In 1951, a woman sitting in her Florida apartment caught on fire. When found the next day, all that was left was her backbone, her left foot and her skull, shrunk to the size of a cup. Nothing else in the apartment burned. Police were stumped. Some think it was spontaneous human combustion. tampabay.com/news/florida…
The renowned Conestoga wagon, the backbone of any Oregon Trail playthrough, was almost never used by westward settlers as it was too heavy to pass the soft prairie trails. americanheritage.com/prai…
Unix, which forms the backbone for nearly every single computer system in the world, was originally created to make shoot-em-up games after a platform called Multics fell through informationweek.com/whats…
Magnetospirillium magneticum is a free-living bacteria which has the ability to actively take in iron, convert it to magnetic magnetite, align it like a backbone along its body, and travel through its environment using magnetic fields. microbewiki.kenyon.edu/in…
A typical Mumbai Suburban train (called Locals), the backbone of the city's transport system, has 9 cars and designed to carry 1,700 people. During peak hours, that number rises up to around 4,500 per train. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mum…
In 1880 Alex Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, also invented the photophone, a device that transmits sound using visible light. Although he called it his greatest invention, it wasn't until the 1980s, over a century later, that it precursed fibre optics, the backbone of the modern Internet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Vertebrates (animals with a backbone) amount to less than five percent of all described animal species. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
Today I learned about the Outer Space Treaty that lists some principles that nations can and cannot do in space and on other worlds. Since signed in 1967, 105 nations have become parties to the document that has become the backbone of space law. theverge.com/2017/1/27/14…
Mongols had rules against spilling noble blood over the ground. Instead they used loopholes like making them bend backwards until the backbone snapped, pouring molten silver into eyes and ears, and being rolled up in a rug and trampled to death by the Mongol cavalry. web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/courses…
In 2011, a woman in Georgia pierced a fiber backbone line with a shovel and left the neighboring country of Armenia without Internet access for 12 hours en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
There are 120 species of puffer fish and "Their poison is 1,200 times more powerful than cyanide. It’s the second most poisonous vertebrate (having a backbone) in the world next to the poison dart frog." orma.com/sea-life/puffer-…
There are 13 root servers that comprise the backbone of the internet. At times, over half have been taken down by DDoS attacks and internet users have not been affected by it. isoc.org/briefings/020/
The Swedish state financially support TOR, the backbone of the Deep Web and anonymous surfing blog.torproject.org/categ…
Bear Grylls lives on an old barge on the River Thames with his wife and 3 children Jesse, Marmaduke, and Huckleberry, and describes his Christian faith as the β€œbackbone” in his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
A Georgian woman sent almost all of Armenia offline for about 12 hours by damaging an international fiber-optic backbone cable with a shovel while scavenging for scrap metal. wsj.com/articles/SB100014…
The Caecilian, a type of amphibian without legs, is a major group of living creature that is mistaken for a snake or worm in most instances. Its features include a backbone, teeth, lungs (sometimes), and it can grow to the size of a child. student.societyforscience…
In the '90s mainframes were loudly criticised for being 'dinosaurs'. IBM then code named their then current machines 'T-Rex'. Mainframes are still the backbone of much of today's financial and defence industries. ibm.com/support/knowledge…
Teddy Roosevelt insulted then President William McKinley by saying McKinley had "no more backbone than a chocolate eclair." classroomhelp.com/lessons…
Only 1% of animal species have a backbone stlzoo.org/animals/aboutt…
The Norwegian Lundehund (a rare, medium sized dog breed) was bred to hunt Puffins, and can touch its snout to its backbone. outsideonline.com/outdoor…
Robert Elliot "Bob" Kahn, along with Vint Cerf created TCP/IP, the backbone of internet protocol we use today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Hollywood actress Hedy Lammar came up with frequency hopping, its core principles provide the backbone for wireless communications such as cell phones, wifi & bluetooth! billhung.net/ee20/Invente…
ICANN owns the backbone of the internet and before them the US government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICA…
Hurricane Electric (an Internet backbone ISP) estimates that we will run out of IPv4 addresses in less than 14 months. ipv6.he.net/statistics/

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