Fort Wayne, IN had a mayor named Harry Baals, and in recent years have had to adjust street signs and buildings named after him and his family now pronounces the name 'Bales'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Today I learned of the 27-day month called Mercedonius, which ancient Romans would insert into the calendar every few years to adjust for their year being 355 days long. wikipedia.org/wiki/Merced…
To get wild dogs to adjust to one another, biologists stick their fingers in their rectums and rub the fecal matter on their faces. youtu.be/zQn8hHhdXBQ
How extreme isolation warps the mind ["in darkness most people eventually adjust to a 48-hour cycle: 36 hours of activity followed by 12 hours of sleep. The reasons are still unclear."] bbc.com/future/story/2014…
Microwave power settings don't actually adjust the power levels. The magnetron simply turns on and off in cycles to allow heat to be radiated throughout the food. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Ducks can adjust their penis size based on how many female ducks are around. popsci.com/duck-penis-soc…
The modern (Georgian) calendar skipped 10 days between Thursday October 4th to Friday October 15th, 1582 to help quickly adjust the drift of the equinoxes from the Julian calendar. jstor.org/stable/25025653
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress airplane (WW2, Korean War) had an analog computer system that allowed one team to simultaneously control 4 turrets mounted on the bottom of the wings β€” the computer calculates the aim and automatically adjusts all of the turrets respectively youtu.be/XakK81edKFA?t=95
North Koreans are very proud of their one-of-a-kind desks. The desk was invented by Kim Jong Il and has a knob which can be used to adjust the height of the desk. youtube.com/watch?v=3HJj8…
David Bowie's Heroes was recorded with one microphone 22cm (9 inches) away from him, another one 6m (20 feet) away, and the last one 15m (50 feet) away, so that he'd have to adjust his tone in different parts of the song (in the 6 minute album version, link in comments) reverb.com/news/eventide-…
A 14 year old boy in China was killed anally after the gas cylinder in the base of his office chair (the part that allowed the user to adjust the seat up and down) exploded and sent chunks of the metal seat up his rectum, causing him to bleed to death. gizmodo.com/boy-killed-an…
It takes your GPS receiver up to 12 minutes to adjust the time correctly. The GPS time is presently 18 seconds ahead of UTC because they started timekeeping in 1980 and can't factor in leap seconds. timetoolsltd.com/gps/what…
Operation Downfall was a proposed Allied plan for the invasion of the Japan. The Japanese were able to accurately predict the Allied invasion plans and thus adjust their defensive plan, Operation Ketsugō. The operation was canceled when Japan surrendered after two atomic bombs hit the country. wikipedia.org/wiki/Operat…
Today I learned of 3,500 mosquito species a few hundred bite humans. The larvae are food for other larvae and for beneficial insects, put nutrients into many ecosystems, are food for fish, help break down debris in waterways, and pollinate plants. But scientists think ecosystems will adjust if we eliminate them 247wallst.com/special-rep…
In 1999 Coca Cola invented a vending machine that could adjust its prices based on the temperature, allowing it to hike up the price of a Coke on a hot summer day. Customers denounced the idea, while even Pepsi accused Coke of exploitation nytimes.com/2005/06/27/bu…
, radio station WGHB in Farmville, North Carolina serves as a range extender for radio station WDLX in Washington, NC, and WDLX adjusts it's broadcast strength to a lower intensity during nighttime to avoid interference with a radio station on Montreal, Quebec, CINX, which is 10 kilohertz off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WDL…
Games created with the intention of selling on a global scale have to go through a process called "Localization". A process in which the writers have to cater to the cultural references, slang, idioms, historical references and so on for each country and adjust the till accordingly. youtu.be/Gxg5INjNopo
The Couch Gag in The Simpsons intro developed into a clever way to adjust the show's runtime as needed. simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/C…
Claw machines can be rigged by programming them to have a strong grip only part of the time, allowing the owner to select a desired level of profit and then automatically adjust the claw strength to make sure that players are only winning a limited number of times vox.com/2015/4/3/8339999/…
The fifth through the 14th of October in the year 1582 never existed. They were skipped over to adjust for the 10 days difference between calendar and reality that the previously-used Julian calendar had caused, and to transition to the modern Gregorian calendar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
There's a switch on most ceiling fans that lets you adjust the direction of rotation. Counterclockwise rotations are used for summer, and clockwise rotations are used for winter. homedepot.com/c/ah/ceilin…
The Earth rotates so fast that snipers have to adjust accordingly taking into consideration the Coriolis Effect or the EΓΆtvΓΆs Effect (in the linked video the guy actually explains the EΓΆtvΓΆs Effect) youtube.com/watch?v=jX7dc…
Similar to the common clock, atomic clocks use a quartz oscillator to keep time. The atomic part is used to (constantly) adjust its frequency to be more accurate. explainthatstuff.com/howr…
Sniper bullets can travel so far that the rotation of the Earth will move the target, and shooters have to adjust their aim accordingly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Pennies are used to adjust the time in London's Big Ben clock tower. A single penny can change the pendulum's centre of mass and alter the time by 0.4s per day. bigbenfacts.co.uk/facts/
The 'falling sensation' and jerk reflex felt before sleep may go back to our ancestors having to re-adjust themselves when sleeping in trees, so they didn't fall out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
Today I learned about Road Zippers, which are specialized trucks that move concrete barriers to adjust lanes to accommodate traffic patterns. youtu.be/-MeQnStAH0U
Today I learned of "rubberbanding", a way video games adjust difficulty. In Mario Kart and other racing games computer vehicles behind the player become much faster, and those ahead become much slower, as if connected by a rubber band with the player. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyn…
Even though sales taxes aren't usually posted, shoppers adjust when sales taxes change by stocking up before sales taxes go up and then switching to online shopping or cross-border shopping after the tax increase. ibhf.cornell.edu/docs/Sym…
Bacterial cells use quorum sensing to count themselves, determine when they have reached an optimal density, and adjust their behavior synchronously for tasks that require many cells working together. hhmi.org/scientists/bonni…
A forager bee can communicate the direction and distance of a flower with nectar by using a β€˜dance’ with the sun as reference. It can even adjust for the movement of the sun. youtu.be/4NtegAOQpSs
A WWII Congressman publicly mentioned that US submarines escaped typically shallow Japanese depth charges, likely leading the Japanese to adjust and sink 10 additional subs and 800 service men. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Some atomic weapons have a built in dial that allows the operator to adjust the yield. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Var…
The Dolly Zoom is an in-camera effect achieved by zooming a zoom lens to adjust the angle of view while the camera moves toward or away from the subject in such a way as to keep the subject the same size in the frame throughout. This method is used in many films, most famously in the movie JAWS. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
Guests visiting Bill Gates' $63 million home are given a pin to wear that automatically adjusts the temperature, lighting, and music of a room when they enter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity predicts a "second" is 8 microseconds longer for a GPS satellite traveling 9000 mph than it is for the GPS unit on the ground. Your GPS unit is programmed to adjust for the difference. wired.com/magazine/2011/0…
Despite alternative health claims, there is no way to adjust the body's pH. Alkaline diets, water, and other attempts to changes the body's pH for health benefit have no scientific support, despite being widely considered working practices. hydrationanywhere.com/alk…
Movie lighting departments widely use ordinary wooden spring-filled clothes pegs - called C47s in the industry - to adjust rigging on set as the lights quickly become too hot to touch. They’re also used with straws to help actors in full make up drink beverages without spoiling their look. en.wikipedia.org/clothesp…
Old-fashioned (1930s) bar tenders wore arm-bands to adjust the lengths of their sleeves. In those days, most men's shirts came ready made with a single length extra long sleeve. gerbers1933tavern.com/abo…
1969 World Series MVP winner, Donn Clendenon, went to Morehouse College. He was given a "Big Brother" to help adjust to college life. His Big Brother was Martin Luther King Jr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
A blind British pianist, Derek Paravicini, can play perfectly any song that he has heard once, and adjust it to any style requested. youtube.com/watch?v=qpIig…
Spectators in Sacramento's new solar powered NBA stadium can use an app to adjust the temperature at their own seat. nba.com/article/2016/10/2…
Pirates used eye patches to quickly adjust their eyes from above to below deck, having one eye trained in bright light, and the other in dim light. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye…
Many office thermostats do not adjust the temperature, but people feel the warmth changing because of a placebo. This effect is called 'the placebo button'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Morocco observes Daylight Savings Time, but does not observe it during the month of Ramadan. This means that they adjust their clocks due to Daylight Savings four times every year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day…
The ISS uses gyroscopes to adjust its position to keep its solar panel facing the Sun youtu.be/R_xmf-v6VZc?t=10…
Guests visiting Bill Gates' $63 million home are given a pin to wear that automatically adjusts the temperature, lighting, and music of a room when they enter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
When the Gregorian calendar was implemented in 1582, Thursday 4 October was followed by Friday 15 October, to adjust to the new calendar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The Ames room, an optical illusion used to make things appear different in size than they actually are, was used in the Lord of the Rings films to adjust the height of Hobbits newworldencyclopedia.org/…
If you cross the border Between China and Afghanistan, you'll need to adjust your watch by 3.5 hours. futilitycloset.com/2014/0…

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