In 2009 John Kane found a vulnerability in video poker machines that would allow him to cash out winning hands at a much higher bet amount than he actually wagered. Since it was determined that he was simply pressing buttons that he was allowed to press, he was able to keep the money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Ryan Reynolds paid $10,000 of his own money for the right to wear a shirt with The Golden Girl’s Bea Arthur on it in Deadpool. The estate agreed for a donation in that amount to a charity of their choosing. Ryan paid it himself because he felt you couldn’t have Deadpool without Bea Arthur. vulture.com/2016/06/ryan-…
Today I learned of the Helen, a unit of measurement based on Helen of Troy. She was known as "the face that launched a thousand ships", therefore 1 milliHelen is the amount of beauty needed to launch a single ship. The negative Helen is the power to beach ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Bell Peppers contain more Vitamin C than oranges do, and contain higher amounts the riper the color becomes. A cup of chopped Red bell pepper "contains nearly three times more Vitamin C than an orangeβ€”190 mg." health.com/nutrition/12-f…
The daily routine of Hunter S. Thompson began at 3 pm with cigarettes, cocaine and scotch, and he would begin writing at midnight whilst tripping on LSD, snorting excessive amounts of cocaine, smoking marijuana, drinking constantly and watching porn. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
The largest amount of money ever stolen in a mugging is Β£291 million, stolen from a Bank of England courier in 1990 in an operation that involved the Five Families, the IRA, and Columbian drug lords en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
According to research, temporary, strong emotions, like sadness we experience from a weepy movie, can significantly decrease our ability to taste or perceive the amount of fat we're eating. People who are mildly depressed and who have elevated body weight may have lower sensitivity to fat. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Because of the amount of ice it sits on, the South Pole actually has an elevation of 9,300 ft. (2800m) and people have had to be evacuated due to altitude sickness. latimes.com/world/la-fg-b…
Today I learned about PayPal accidentally crediting $93 quadrillion to a man's PayPal account, which is an amount 1000 times the planet's entire GDP newsfeed.time.com/2013/07…
During the early years of the Tour de France, guzzling alarming amounts of alcohol was the norm. Beer, wine, and brandy were considered safer to drink than water from questionable roadside wells or springs, and cyclists drank copiously. outsideonline.com/2099916…
It is a common misconception that there is no gravity in space (i.e., space is zero-gravity). A small amount of gravity (microgravity) can be found everywhere in space. Gravity is what holds the moon in orbit around the Earth, and the Earth in orbit around the Sun. nasa.gov/audience/forstud…
A Googolplex is physically impossible to write down as the amount of zeroes in a Googolplex is larger than the estimated number of atoms in the observable universe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo…
A massive amount of the donations sent to clothing recycling companies and charities end up being exported and sold all over the world, heavily dominating local markets across Africa. theguardian.com/sustainab…
Dante's Inferno has 9 levels of punishment (the 9 circles), each one with an increasing amount of punishment. The 7th is for violence, murderers and war makers. The next circle is for fraudulent people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inf…
China's 17th-century Tianqi Emperor suffered from a learning disΠ°bility, and was illiterΠ°te. However, he was an outstanding carpenter and craftsman, spending vast amounts of time on woodworking, and he instructed his servΠ°nts to sell his creations undercΠΎver, to see how much they were worth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tia…
The United States Department of Agriculture suggests a serving size of 12-15 fries, which amounts to roughly 140 calories. nationalpost.com/life/foo…
The shortest amount of time someone has spent on the FBI's most wanted list was two hours. The longest time was 32 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FBI…
Shortly after Benny Hill died in 1992, grave-robbers dug up his grave under the mistaken belief that he was buried with copious amounts of gold and jewelry. He was re-buried with a 1-foot thick slab of concrete on top to prevent future dusturbances. wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_…
In 1944, the American air force bombed the train station of Hasselt in Flanders. The bombs that missed made a network of craters in the nearby grasslands, which are now more than 110 ponds and house a large amount of aquatic animal species, some of which are of high conservation importance. pondscape.be/downloads/2a…
There is an inverse correllation between the amount of money spent on a wedding, and how long the marriage lasts. The more people spend on the ceremony, the more likely the couple will get divorced. insider.com/study-couples…
Today I learned of Stephen A. Douglas, who ran a failed campaign for president of the USA in a four way race in 1860. Though he secured the second largest amount of votes, he came in fourth place in the electoral college, winning only one state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/186…
Some languages like English and Mandarin Chinese are spoken slower than others, like Spanish and Japanese, with 20-30% fewer syllabes spoken per second. However, in "slower" languages, more information is conveyed in fewer words, but same amount of information is communicated per unit of time. transfluent.com/en/2015/0…
A man sued Michael Jordan for $416 million on the grounds that his physical resemblance to Jordan caused emotional pain, suffering, and defamation. He sued Nike for the same amount, because "they made Jordan a celebrity". He claimed that "even at the gym, I'm accused of playing ball like him" content.time.com/time/spe…
Blue whales have a stroke volume (amount of blood pumped out of the heart’s left ventricle and into the rest of the body) of 80L and a resting heart rate of about 15 bpm. pnas.org/content/116/50/2…
An annual supply of bottled water for a person who consumes 8 glasses a day would cost approximately $200; the same amount of tap water would cost approximately $0.33. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bot…
On β€œWin Ben Stein's Money,” money won by contestants was paid by the producers. Money left over at the end of a season was given to Stein. If the total amount paid out exceeded that budget, the production company paid the excess so Stein was never in any danger of losing his own money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
During the Vietnam War, American troops would consume small amounts of C4 explosives to get a "high" similar to alcohol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-4…
Today I learned of decision fatique, that feeling when you’re overly stressed by the endless amount of decisions you’ve had to make throughout the day - from what to eat for lunch to more complicated decisions that involve our emotional, financial, and physical well-being. msn.com/en-gb/health/mind…
Oak trees produce bumper amounts of acorns in roughly 5 year cycles. Squirrels will bury many more than they can actually eat increasing the chance of a new oak growing. youtu.be/DPCL9kj7_bU
Eugene Schieffelin hoped to introduce into North America every bird mentioned by Shakespeare. He imported starlings from England and released them in Manhattan in 1890 and 1891. Starlings soon started to drive native birds out of their habitats, ate massive amounts of crops, and spread disease. unintendedconsequenc.es/d…
67% of prisoners in India have not had a trial due largely in part to the 25+ million backlogged cases. It is estimated that with the current amount of judges it would take at least 12 years to clear the pending cases. firstpost.com/india/numbe…
Today I learned about the Aerosol Masking Effect. Itβ€˜s an effect that aerosols have on Marine Stratocumulus (MSC) Clouds, causing them to hold more precipitation for longer amounts of time. MSC clouds reflect much of the solar radiation back into space - meaning more aerosols actually keep the Earth cooler. science.sciencemag.org/co…
The compound which gives feces its smell, skatole, smells like flowers in small amounts meaning that roses really do smell like poo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ska…
During the Great Depression, a prominent attorney flipped $2 (inflation adjusted $31) into $100,000 ($1,500,000). He then proceeded to award the money to the woman who could give birth to the most amount of kids in the following decade. pyvt.com/3-of-the-most-su…
An hour-long hot bath can burn 130 calories β€” the same amount you would burn by walking for 30 minutes insider.com/taking-a-hot-…
When a firefighter gets injured and hasn’t moved for a set amount of time, this PASS device will emit an audible alarm of at least 95db. The purpose of this is to notify other firefighters in the vicinity to rescue the injured firefighter. youtu.be/zwzHtuyTZ_c
There are a significant amount of Chinese Peruvians and up to 20% of Peruvians have Chinese heritage of some sort en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Tomb Raider was initially going to give players the choice of playing either a male or female protagonist. Lara Croft creator, Toby Gard, decided to scrap the male option after realizing having two player characters doubled the amount of work required for the cut-scenes and also preferred Lara. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Morrissey canceled a show because his management felt that the amount of security guards was insufficient, even though it was double what they had hired for a recent Slayer concert. vice.com/en/article/rdzm9…
Entomologist George V. Hudon, the man who created daylight savings, did so in order to increase the amount of daylight he had after work to collect bugs! huffpost.com/entry/daylig…
"fight fire with fire" is an actual technique that they use to fight forest fires, albeit with a certain amount of risk. A controlled burn of a strip of forest will create a barrier to an oncoming forest fire as it will use up all the available fuel. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Secret studies on the effects of radioactive fallout were carried out in the US and the UK, Called "Project Sunshine," studies conducted on dead babies sought to measure the amount of radiation absorbed by humans due to nuclear tests. abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
Today I learned about how African Pouched Rats are being used in Cambodia to sniff out landmines. They have an exceptional sense of smell which allows them to detect TNT in amounts as small as 1 oz, and are able to clear a 200sq m area in 30min where a human will take up to 3 days with a metal detector npr.org/sections/parallel…
Today I learned about the real Iron Mike - aka Mike the Durable. He was targeted for a life insurancy scam and endured a variety of different murder attempts: copious amounts of alcohol, wood alchohol and antifreeze, sardines mixed with shrapnel and poison - and he was run over twice. He survived it all. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Infants’ Tylenol and children’s Tylenol are the same. They have the same amount of medicine and recommended dosage. Infants’ and children’s ibuprofen do not. vitals.lifehacker.com/wha…
Jim Carey was trained by the CIA on how to withstand torture due to the amount of makeup he had to wear while filming β€œThe Grinch” sofrep.com/news/the-cia-t…
Today I learned of Horace Cole, an internationally know prankster born in 1881. He was know for impersonating Royals and members of Parliament, walking down the street with a fake penis hanging out of his pants. And once while on his honeymoon, dumping a massive amount of horse manure in a Venitian square. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two standard-sized swimming pools, and in one year you can fill two bathtubs with your saliva. Salivary glands produce the most saliva during the afternoons and the least amount during the evenings. northerndentalcentre.ca/f…
A song-writer partner with Ed Sheeran, Johnny MdCaid, of which has written 200-300 songs with Ed. One way that Johnny handled Ed's low attention span was to bring in a huge amount of Lego into the studio and he'd keep him inside the room to be able to finish songs and keep writing youtu.be/ZpMNJbt3QDE?t=14…
Today I learned of exploding lake syndrome, a rare type of natural disaster in which large amounts of dissolved carbon dioxide suddenly erupts from lake water, forming a gas cloud that can suffocate anyone within many miles. This happened in Cameroon in 1986, killing 1900 people and 3500 livestock. blogs.unimelb.edu.au/scie…

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