Today I learned about the preserved body of Xin Zhui, a Chinese noblewoman who died in 163 BC. Her body was preserved in an unknown fluid, with skin soft and moist. Her muscles still allowed for arms and legs to flex at the joints, with all organs and blood vessels intact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xin…
Ric O'Barry transitioned from training dolphins for the TV show 'Flipper' to instead advocating against industries that keep dolphins in captivity, after one of the Flipper dolphins died in his arms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Someone tried and failed to save President Abraham Lincoln. His name was Major Henry Rathbone. After Booth fired the shot, Rathbone tried to tackle him to the ground, but Booth was able to get free by slicing Rathbone in the arm with a dagger. Rathbone was never free of the guilt till his death. blog.nyhistory.org/attend…
During the filming of Poltergeist (1982), the clown doll nearly really killed Robbie Freeling due to an animatronic error when the clown's arm constricted too tightly around his neck. When the actor started protesting he couldn't breath, Spielberg thought he was improve acting. screenrant.com/poltergeis…
A starfish does not have the capacity to plan its actions. If one arm detects an attractive odor, it becomes dominant and temporarily over-rides the other arms to initiate movement towards the prey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Petula Clark caused a stir when she touched the arm of Harry Belafonte during a duet. She refused to destroy the negative and sponsors lost their cool. She and her husband ensured the negatives remained in tact by locking herself in the editing suite and refused to do another take. theguardian.com/music/201…
Axolotls can regenerate the same organs and limbs up to 5 times, including its heart, arms, spine and parts of it's brain! factanimal.com/axolotl/
The atmosphere in Titan, Saturn's Moon, is so thick and the gravity so low, that humans could fly through it by flapping "wings" attached to their arms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atm…
The US postal service has a law enforcement arm made up of officers who carry firearms and have arresting powers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The Galil ARM features a bottle opener on the front handguard, as magazines were being damaged by being used to open bottles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMI…
Otters keep their favorite stones under their arms when they're not using them to detach prey from the seabed and break it open. They've been known to form attachments to them and keep them throughout their lives. discoverwildlife.com/anim…
In Mongolia, scientists discovered a fossil of a prehistoric creature known as a "Murder Swan," which had a bill with teeth, claws on its feet and additional claws on flipper-like arms. theverge.com/2017/12/8/16…
There is a pair of skeletons found near Italy, that appear to have died facing each other and with their arms around each other. It was named "Lovers of Valdaro". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lov…
Robotic assisted surgeries have been done for more than 10 years. The Dr sits at a station in the operating room with a 3-D display and uses joystick-like controls to manipulate robotic arms, but does not physically touch the patient to perform the surgery. my.clevelandclinic.org/he…
Rick Allen, the drummer from Def Leppard, lost an arm in a car accident in 1984. He thought he would never play again until a friend noticed him tapping his foot while listening to music and offered to develop a specially designed electronic foot pedal. He returned to the band in 1986. montereycountyweekly.com/…
In North Carolina there is a small sign marking the location where a B-52 broke apart midair in 1961, dropping two nuclear weapons below. One was set to ARM. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
Male octopuses mate using a specialized arm called a hectocotylus that is sometimes (depending on species) torn off and presented to the female. There are even species that have two hectocotylized arms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hec…
Today I learned of the Tory Power Stance, a stance done by British politicians where they stretch their legs far apart while ragdolling their arms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
Today I learned of Stubbins Ffirth who attempted to prove that Yellow Fever wasn't contagious by smearing vomit, blood, saliva, and urine from patients in open wounds on his arms. While he never got sick, it later emerged that the samples he used had come from late-stage patients who were no longer contagious en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
When Southwest began using the motto "Just Plane Smart," Stevens Aviation, which had been using "Plane Smart," advised of infringing its trademark. Instead of a lawsuit, the CEOs staged an arm wrestling match. The loser paid to a charity of his choice and the winner claimed the motto. wikipedia.org/wiki/Southw…
Some male and female duck reproductive organs have evolved into a biological arms race, with the male duck’s penis being long, corkscrewed and barbed to secure penetration and the female duck’s vagina being cork-screwed in the opposite direction to prevent penetration. wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_d…
Today I learned about Armand Hammer - an oil tycoon who tried to purchase baking soda company Arm & Hammer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
Between 1967 and 1989 East Germany sent a massive amount of arms to ANYONE at war with Israel - to the tune of three quarters of a million Klashnikovs, 120 MiG fighters, 180,000 anti-personell mines, 235,000 grenades; 25,000 RPG launchers; and 25 million cartridges of varying sizes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Und…
Economy class passengers have lost up to eight inches of legroom and two inches of seat width since the so-called golden age of flying. Seats also have narrower arm rests - allowing for an increased number of passengers per flight. telegraph.co.uk/travel/co…
In 2019, Roderick Sewell became the first-ever above-the-knee double-amputee to complete the grueling Ironman World Championship on prosthetic legs. The race included him completing a 112 mile bike ride he completed by pedaling a recumbent bike with his arms. sandiegouniontribune.com/…
Because of an obstruction in the shuttle's external wastewater dumping system during STS-41D, a two-foot "pee-sicle" formed during the mission which had to be removed with the Robot Arm airandspace.si.edu/storie…
In the 80s, businessman Armand Hammer bought a significant portion of the company that makes "Arm & Hammer" products simply because people kept asking him about the name en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
A tourist that fell down the Victoria falls in 2013 and survived it with nothing but bruises to his arms bangkokpost.com/world/382…
Lisa Nowak operated the robotic arm on the International Space Station and also became the first astronaut ever to be arrested. She is remembered for wearing maximum-absorption garmentsβ€”government-issued astronaut diapersβ€”during her 950-mile drive from Houston to Orlando houstoniamag.com/news-and…
In 1922 Raymond DeWalt invented the Radial Arm Saw, with the first saw blade driven directly by a motor. Naming it the "Wonder-Worker," he then started the DeWalt company which still exists today. Once a versatile staple of home workshops, the Radial Arm Saw is in extremely limited use today. vintagemachinery.org/mfgi…
Jeremy Renner, probably best known for his character Hawkeye, broke both of his arms, went to to the hospital, and then kept acting. indiewire.com/2018/06/jer…
The cashew "apple" is a light reddish to yellow fruit, whose pulp can be processed into a sweet, astringent fruit drink or distilled into liquor. The cashew β€œnut” is the seed of the fruit. The shell of the cashew seed is used for lubricants, waterproofing, paints and arms production. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
The ground-to-air signal for needing medical assistance in a survival situation is to just lay there flat with your arms above your head. aircav.com/survival/asch1…
In 2014, scientist Michael J. Smith published a study on where it’s most and least painful to get stung by a bee. Most painful: nostril, lip, and penis shaft. Least painful: skull, middle toe tip, and arm. He won an IgNobel Prize. peerj.com/articles/338/
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson sent American combat troops to Russia during the Russian Revolution to protect arms meant for the newly-collapsed Eastern Front, as well as to rescue 56,000 Czech soldiers allied with the Triple Entente who became stranded along the Trans-Siberian Railroad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
An "ell" is an archaic word for arm and also means a unit of length corresponding to one's forearm. It's also where the word "elbow" ("arm-bend") comes from. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell
A great white shark attacked 60-yr-old New Zealand surfer Nick Minogue. He yelled "fuck off!", tried to punch it in the eye, missed, then yelled "fuck off!" again & hit it in the eye. The shark then retreated, leaving the surfer with 2 tooth holes in his wetsuit, 1 of the 2 punctured his arm. nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar…
The Stroke symptoms and protocol are, "F.A.S.T". F= Face drooping/numbness,A= Arm numbness, S= Speech inability/ slurred, T= To call medical help. stroke.org/en/about-strok…
In 1935 a recently caught tiger shark at a Sydney aquarium regurgitated a human arm. The police were able to identify the owner of the arm and launch a murder investigation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Today I learned Stalins left arm was slightly crippled and shorter than the right, due to an injury sustained when he was 12. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
Jose Conseco skipped on a celebrity fight, sent his twin brother Ozzie (who had very obviously different arm tattoos) sports.yahoo.com/blogs/bo…
King George V, on a visit to Japan, had a local artist tattoo a blue and red dragon on his arm in 1881. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
An American army doctor who served in Vietnam returned an arm he’d amputated to its owner, a Vietnamese soldier, 47 years after he took it as a souvenir of a good deed. They met each other’s children and grandchildren and joked about which of them had been better looking back in the war. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
A man was killed when he tried to shoot down a 125-year old Saguaro cactus. The man blasted most the way through and poked at one of the plants arms. The 500lb arm then fell crushing him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
When Def Leppard recorded Pour Some Sugar On Me their drummer Rick Allen only had one arm. He had lost it in a car crash in 1984. The song was released on their Hysteria-album in 1987. ultimateclassicrock.com/d…
The six-cylinder Holden Torana was made just because Holden, GM's Australian arm, did not have a four-cylinder engine, which was considered more suitable for a car of that size. The unusual move turned out successful and launched a group of imitations from other brands. curbsideclassic.com/autom…
One of an Octopus’s right arms serves as its penis and is called a hectocotylus. thebluereporters.com/2017…
Today I learned about the WW2 battle between the destroyer USS Borie and U-405, in which the two ships collided and became locked together. The crews had to resort to fighting at close range, with small arms and anything they could get their hands on. One German sailor was even killed by a thrown sheath knife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Today I learned of Francis Tsai, an artist who did work for Marvel, and was later diagnosed with ALS. When the disease paralyzed his arms, he learned to draw using his right foot on an iPhone. When he was no longer able to use his feet, he used eye-gaze technology in order to keep drawing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned of Kris Boesen, a young man who is the first fully quadriplegic person to regain use of his arms after an experimental stem cell injection surgery; he was paralyzed from the neck down after a car crash, and then had surgery which injected 10 million AST-OPC1 cells. huffpost.com/entry/paraly…
In 1929, W. Forssmann performed the first human heart cath on himself. He tricked the OR nurse, put himself under local anesthesia, inserted a catheter into his arm, then walked to the X-ray room to see if it reached his heart. He was fired from the hospital, but awarded the Nobel Prize in 1956. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Thalidomide (the drug that causes birth defects like short arms and legs) is still manufactured and is used to treat Hansen's disease (leprosy) in Brazil and India. Babies are still being born deformed to this day. bbc.com/news/magazine-234…
Tentacles and arms are different and an octopus has 8 arms not tentacles aqua.org/blog/2017/Octobe…
Today I learned of Carl Unthan (1848-1929), a Prussian violinist who was born without arms. At the age of 10, he taught himself to play the violin by strapping it to a stool. If he broke a string- he replaced it and tuned it using only his toes. He was also a skilled marksman, operating a rifle with his feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned about Ibrahim Hamato, a para table tennis player who reached the paralympics of Rio 2016 playing with his mouth, as he has no arms. youtube.com/watch?v=mrQEo…
The experience of pain can be reduced by visual shrinking or increased by visual magnifying. When presented with a shrinking view of their arm, participants with chronic-limb pain reported less pain, or increased pain in the magnified condition. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
Today I learned about referred itch, the phenomenon in which a stimulus applied in one region of the body is felt as an itch or irritation in a different part of the body. That’s why by plucking a hair in your arm you may feel an itch on your back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ref…
Most muppets are lefthanded, because most muppet-puppet-players are righthanded and use their dominant hand to control the head of the muppet, so they use the left hand to control the arm. 6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.co…
Among starfish that can regenerate their entire body from a single arm, some can do so from just 1cm (0.4in) long and in some species of starfish, a large female can split in half, each half becoming male which changes back into female once they grow big enough. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
From 1975 to 1998, a version of the Confederate battle flag appeared in the coat of arms and flag of Americana, SΓ£o Paulo, a city settled by Confederate expatriates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mod…
Neil deGrasse Tyson allegedly inappropriately touched a university professor in 2009. She had a tattoo of the solar system which went from her arm to collar bone and he claimed he was looking for Pluto. nytimes.com/2018/12/01/ar…
When Meghan Markle became the Duchess of Sussex, she had to make up her own coat of arms because she didn't already have one. bbc.com/news/uk-44258461
'23 skidoo' is believed to be America's first national fad. Popularized in the early 20th century, the phrase means to make a quick exit (sometimes by force) and was seen on Pennants and arm-bands at shore resorts, parks, and county fairs. The origin of the phrase is still debated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/23_…
William Marston, creator of Wonder Woman, was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife and with Olive Byrne, whose distinctive bracelets were the inspiration for the hero's trademark arm wear. He had children with both women and they continued to raise the children together after his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
Jeremy Renner broke both his arms during filming of the movie "Tag". CGI was used to replace Renner's arm casts in the final film. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
The Class of ’75 at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, MD held their Senior Prom in the East Room of the White House and the event was covered by the Washington Post. ghostsofdc.org/2012/02/07…
In 1849, a fossil arm bone from a 10 foot long sea turtle was discovered in a streambed in New Jersey. In 2012, an amateur paleontologist found the other half of the same bone and the two halves were reunited after more than 160 years apart sci-news.com/paleontology…
In the original Pinocchio story he is executed by hanging. The Fox and the Cat bind his arms, pass a noose around his throat and hang him from the branch of an oak tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Famous "Soviet flag over Reichstag" photo, was doctored because the soldier holding the flag was wearing 2 watches. Photographer erased the watch on his right arm because he thought soldier had looted items from dead Nazi soldiers, which was a punishable offence. vox.com/videos/2018/10/2/…
Today I learned about Lakshmi Tatma, an Indian girl born with four arms and four legs. Named after a Hindu goddess often depicted as four-armed, the girl became worshipped, and a circus offered to buy her. After a 27-hour surgery done by thirty surgeons, done for free, Lakshmi's extra limbs were removed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
In the 1970s in East Germany, Coffee rationing due to failed harvest and the introduction of "Mix Kaffee" (A 51% coffee, 49% filler mixture) was received so poorly that the East German Government started trading arms to Asia and Africa in Exchange for Coffee en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Actor Oliver Reed died during a break from shooting Gladiator after winning a drinking match with British sailors. He "drank eight pints of German lager, a dozen shots of rum, half a bottle of whiskey and a few shots of Hennessy" and beat five young sailors at arm wrestling before collapsing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
In 1992, A North Dakotan teen, John Thompson, was home alone when he had both of his arms chopped off by a tractor in a freak farming accident. However, he still managed to get up, go inside, and dial for help via holding a pencil in his mouth. He survived. bismarcktribune.com/news/…
Researchers and archeologists found the skeleton of Richard III, king of England in the 1400’s and the main character of a Shakespearean play titled β€œRichard III”. The king was rumored to have severe scoliosis and to have a withered arm. historyextra.com/period/m…
The 35-yr-old owner of a boat called "Naut Guilty" was found not guilty in a boating incident. Another man was at the helm who failed to put the boat into neutral as a 19-yr-old woman swam near the boat; she lost her arm in the propeller. Both men pleaded guilty to furnishing alcohol to minors. nbcboston.com/news/local/…
Today I learned of German academic fencing duels fought with sharp swords standing against each other at arm's length, with evading a hit against the rules, duels paused only for stitching together the participants faces when hit. vice.com/en_us/article/av…
James Bond originally used a Beretta 418 until a fan of the novels (and small arms expert) wrote to Ian Flemming criticizing it as "a woman's gun". When Flemming had Bond switch to his iconic Walther PPK in Dr. No, he wrote the fan into the scene as MI6's armorer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Ally Bank is the re-brand of the General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC), the financing arm of GM that was bailed out by the Department of Treasury during the Great Recession in 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Matt Stutzmann- a man without arms- holds the record in archery for the farthest accurate shot under FITA conditions. The shot is on 283.47 m (930.04 ft)! guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The queen uses her handbag as body language. If she's finished with a conversation, she'll put the handbag under her arm to politely end it. admin.monagiza.com/storie…
Russia has a military themed park that features international arms dealers, and are building a replica of the Reichstag for kids to invade atlasobscura.com/places/p…
American socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein was introduced to her billionaire husband, Alec N Wildenstein, by a Saudi arms dealer named Adnan Khashoggi. In 1999, she received $2.5 billion in the divorce and $100 million each year after for 13 years. She declared bankruptcy in 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joc…
The concept of a soulmate was originally put forth by Plato. According to his story humans originally had 4 arms, 4 legs and 2 faces. The gods feared humans were too powerful and so Zeus split them in two, condemning them to spend their lives searching for the other half of their soul. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Any of the "little ships" that participated in the Evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 are permitted to fly a specific flag- the Admiralty Flag with the Arms of Dunkirk superimposed. Known as the "Dunkirk Jack", only small craft that participated in the evacuation may fly it. adls.org.uk/t1/
Slow lorises are the only primates that are venomous since they secret toxins in the crook of their inner arms which can cause life-threatening swelling in humans who handle them improperly. popsci.com/article/scienc…
The NYC Rockettes don’t actually hold hands behind each other’s backs during their line kicks. It’s a fake out, keeping their arms up helps them keep their peripheral vision to sync their leg heights and prevents all the dancers from falling if one does. rockettes.com/blog/rocket…
Sen Daniel Inouye lost his arm in WWII while holding a grenade. He pried the still-live grenade out of his severed hand, used it to kill a German solider, then kept shooting with his one remaining arm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Daniel Craig has been injured 5 times while playing James Bond. He does all of his own stunts, and has had his two front teeth smashed out, lost the tip of a finger, sprained his arm and knee in separate incidents, and pulled his ankle. esquire.com/entertainment…
Today I learned about Clay Dyer. A professional bass fisherman that was born without arms or legs, and is almost completely dependent while fishing wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay_D…
The Smother Brother's Comedy Hour featured The Who in 1967. The performance ended with The Who destroying their instruments, aided by pyrotechnics. Keith Moon accidentally received 3x the normal explosives. The explosion sent cymbal shrapnel cut into Moon's arm and singed Townshend's hair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
Beatles producer George Martin was granted his own coat of arms in 2004, which includes three beetles and the motto "Amore Solum Opus Est" - "All you need is love" college-of-arms.gov.uk/ne…
Today I learned about Chris Lee Burden, an American performance artist most well known for his work *Shoot* (1971), in which he had a friend shoot him in the arm using a small-caliber rifle. gagosian.com/artists/chri…
Today I learned of Blas de Lezo, a Spanish naval officer from the XVIII century, who repelled the large-scale British invasion of Cartagena (Colombia) with only six warships and without an eye, an arm and a leg, becoming one of the greatest strategists in naval history. accioncultural.es/en/blas…
Franz Ferdinand never ascended to the throne but was inspector general of all the armed forces of Austria-Hungary, which included presumed command in wartime. His assassination, along with the arms race, nationalism, imperialism, militarism, and the alliance system all contributed to WWI. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
Ukrainian Trident/Tryzyb was also the Coat of Arms of the Viking ruling dynasty of Kiev Rus 1,000 years ago, and it is believed to mean a symbol of the Holy Trinity en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
The number of men working in a lighthouse in the UK was increased from 2 to 3 following an 1801 incident where one half of a duo died, the other placed him outside and was then driven mad by the wind causing his dead colleagues arm to appear to beckon him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma…
A physician and sexual predator named John Schneeberger successfully foiled several DNA tests by surgically installing a tube in his arm filled with someone else's blood and then tricking the lab tech into taking the blood sample from it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…

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