The operation of the largest fraud in US history was fairly simple. Bernie Madoff deposited all his investors' money into his Chase bank account and paid them off as necessary. At its height his account balance was over $5 billion. The scheme collapsed when he ran out of money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Mark Ruffalo had brain cancer when his wife was pregnant with their first child, and had to fight through facial paralysis and balance problems for months. cancerhorizons.com/cancer…
A statistics professor derived the mathematical formula for a "perfect snowman" that balances aesthetics with slowing down the melting process: it should be 1.6m (5ft 4in) tall with three large snowballs of 80cm, 50cm, and 30cm bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articl…
American Express cards aren't accepted everywhere because Amex is a 'charge card', requiring customers to pay off balances monthly. Since they make little-to-no profit off interest payments & have competitive reward offerings, they raise their per-transaction interchange fees to compensate. experian.com/blogs/ask-ex…
Dogs, more commonly elderly dogs, can catch a case of vertigo. It’s a vestibular disease which causes the dog to lose its sense of balance. It can last from one day to two weeks, and unfortunately there’s no treatment other than to wait. ardmoreah.com/pet-care/co…
Most flavored condoms use glycerin for the flavoring or taste. Sugar/glycerin can throw off the PH balance of a woman's vagina which drastically increases the chance for developing a yeast infection so flavored condoms are only for oral sex ripnroll.com/blogs/sexual…
Today I learned about a family in Turkey that walks on all fours due to a rare syndrome that strikes the areas of the brain that control balance. This rare mutation prevents proteins from distributing fat molecules correctly in the cells, which leads to defective nerve cells, brain damage, and loss of balance. sciencenordic.com/brain-d…
In 2015, Zimbabwe announced that it would credit 5 USD to bank accounts with balances of up to 175,000,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwean dollars, and would exchange Zimbabwean dollars for USD at a rate of 1 USD to 35,000,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwean dollars to accounts with higher balances en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zim…
In 2007, the hijacking of a Mauritanian flight was thwarted. Over the PA, the pilot instructed the passengers that he was about to make a bumpy landing, and they should attack the hijacker while he was off balance. He said this in French, which the gunman did not speak. The ploy succeeded. chron.com/news/nation-wor…
Mark Lenard, best known for his role as Sarek, the father of Spock, first appeared in the first season of Star Trek: The Original Series, playing the first Romulan ever seen in the series, in the episode "Balance of Terror" (1966). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Breweries in Dorset and Devon counties in England once failed to secure their waste from wildlife creating a colony of drunk seagulls. Seagulls were staggering around, losing their balance, and only vomiting seemed to help them. bbc.com/news/uk-england-4…
Rhode Island’s Cranston School District is sending parents who owe lunch money $20 or more and who haven’t paid off the balance within 60 days to collection agency turnto10.com/news/local/c…
Humans dont actually have five senses, we have other senses like balance, heat, pain and the passage of time. Humans actually have at least 14 senses. science.howstuffworks.com…
There is a procedure called "fecal transplantation". The doctor transplants feces from a healthy donor into another person to restore the balance of bacteria in their gut. healthline.com/health/fec…
Geolibertarianism (Georgism) is a poltical philosophy which asserts the ONLY tax should be a land tax, and seeks to find balance with ecology. Famous proponents include Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
During the Great Depression, the state of Arkansas was in such bad financial shape that the treasurer at one point reported a balance of $4.62 for the entire general revenue fund of the state. nytimes.com/2011/01/23/we…
Leonardo Da Vinci invented a self-propelled cart (powered by two coiled springs and a balance wheel, like a watch) that could drive and even steer autonomously. v2gov.com/da-vincis-self-…
Today I learned about Missouri Compromise. It determined that in states located south of the 36Β°30' parallel, slavery was allowed. Every time the United States expanded west, two states would be created, one pro-slavery in the south and other anti-slavery in the north to keep the balance of power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
South Africa has 3 capital cities: Pretoria is the administrative capital, Cape Town is the legislative capital and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital. The formation of 3 capitals was due to political and cultural issues that eventually lead to a compromise to spread the balance of power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
We have crystals in our ears that sense gravity and give you balance health.clevelandclinic.or…
An elephant's penis is not only 6 feet long, but prehensile. A male elephant can use his penis to swat flies, scratch his belly, to balance like a third leg, and even to grasp onto things. It even does all the work during intercourse. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
In a study of 1,000s, the score for "dark triad" (narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy) was subtracted from "light triad" (Kantianism, Faith in Humanity, Humanism) to an avg. balance of 1.3, suggesting the avg. human tends to the light more than the dark. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Ben Franklin left the cities of Boston and Philadelphia $2,000 in his will, but they could not draw the full balance for 200 years. In 1990, the cities received $6.5 million. nytimes.com/1990/04/21/us…
Fish have small, roundish, special ear bones called otoliths located near their brains that provide the fish with balance, knowledge of their velocity, and hearing, however, ichthyologists can study otoliths to determine a fish's age and health just as dendrochronologists study tree rings. fishbio.com/field-notes/f…
Between the 4th and 5th century, ancient Athens adopted Ostracism, a (check and balance) system that allowed the citizens to vote to exile and banish anyone deemed a threat or tyrant for ten years. The ostracism was only considered valid if the total number of votes counted to at least 6000 wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostrac…
While in prison, Clyde Barrow (Bonnie and Clyde) tried to avoid hard labor by chopping off two of his toes with an axe. As a result, he drove his getaway cars wearing only socks because he couldn’t balance correctly on the pedals of a car when wearing shoes. This is why he died wearing socks. biography.com/news/bonnie…
Today I learned about dimorphus expression, e.g. tears of joy or wanting to bite something because it's so cute. It creates balance during overwhelming emotions. insider.com/cute-aggressi…
The reason we use "lb" for "pound" is libra (c.f. the astrological sign) is balance, while "pondo" means weight. A "libra pondo" was a "weighed pound", which was shortened to "lb". mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Seagulls can drink salt water, as well as fresh water, as they possess exocrine glands located in supraorbital grooves of the skull by which salt can be excreted through the nostrils to assist the kidneys in maintaining electrolyte balance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gul…
William McAdoo's decision to close the NYSE for 4 months in 1914 to prevent Europeans from selling American securities and exchanging proceeds for USD, and then gold, led to a decisive shift in the global balance of economic power, from Europe to the USA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Federal regulations prohibit Life Flight providers from billing Medi care/caid patients the unpaid balance, so they make up for that loss by higher prices, sometimes in excess of $50,000 and aggressively pursuing personal assets for patients that are not on those government coverage. bendbulletin.com/localsta…
John Favreau credits Dungeons & Dragons with giving him a really strong background in imagination, storytelling, understanding how to create tone and a sense of balance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
The Gonbad-e Qabus tower has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012 and can be seen from 30km away. Considered to be a masterpiece of Persian architecture, it achieves an "almost perfect balance between a purpose, a form, and a single material" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gon…
Swinging our arms when walking not only helps with our balance but also uses 12% less metabolic energy compared to keeping ours arms still when walking. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Karin Lichey achieved something in gymnastics that is so rare it's happened only one time in the history of the NCAA. On Feb. 23,1996 she scored a "perfect 40" meaning she scored a perfect 10 on all 4 events -- vault, balance beam, uneven bars & floor exercise all during one meet. ncaa.com/news/gymnastics-…
Violinists are completely holding the violin with their head and shoulder and just uses their hand for balance violinonline.com/howtohol…
The abbreviation for pound (lb) comes from an ancient Roman unit of measurement called "libra pondo" (a pound by weight). "Libra" meant balance or scales, and is also why the symbol for the British pound (Β£) is a stylized L with a line through it. theweek.com/articles/4613…
EVE Online's economy is so rich, that CCP (the developers) had to employ five full-time economists to keep things in balance and to prevent it from being unstable. ign.com/articles/2013/05/…
Zimbabwe's bank balance was a total of just $217 at the start of 2013 bbc.com/news/world-africa…
The Bank Of England has physical β‚€1 million and β‚€100 million notes. Called "giants" and "titans", the notes balance legal tender between England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and, if necessary, could be replaced with Bank Of England cash. bbc.com/news/magazine-211…
Today I learned about the the Opium War. Britain illegal imported large amounts of opium to China in order to balance out the large amount of tea China imported to Britain nam.ac.uk/explore/opium-w…
Today I learned that a condition called vestibular disease can suddenly affect a cat's ability to balance and thus develop severe discoordination. The exact cause is unknown. vcahospitals.com/know-you…
There's a disease called nf2 which effects your balance/hearing and currently has no cure. cancer.net/cancer-types/n…
Alligators in Louisiana have learned to balance sticks on their snouts specifically during egret and heron nesting season, when the birds are actively searching for nest materials. This is the first known case of predators using lures based on seasonal prey behavior. tandfonline.com/doi/full/…
Moving your head quickly back and forth while in an MRI can cause you to feel nausea, loss of balance, a metallic taste in your mouth, or even to see flashes of light. blogs.discovermagazine.co…
Vaginas have ecosystems of bacteria which feed on vaginal discharge while maintaining a healthy PH balance. Yeast infections can occur when the ecosystem is disrupted. myisolove.com/vaginal-bal…
Today I learned of the church of euthanasia. their belief is to "restore balance between humans and the remaining species on earth." their famous slogan being "Save the Planet, Kill Yourself" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
In the 1800's the British actively pushed addictive Opium on the Chinese population to balance a trade deficit. China would only trade silver for tea and silk and the Brits were going broke. Solution: sell drugs... and it worked! bbc.co.uk/history/0/20428…
A gymnast at the Rio Olympics named Marisa Dick created a new move for the balance beam and was the first to use it in competition. A β€œchange-leg leap to free-cross split sit” is now known as The Dick Move. sports.yahoo.com/news/gym…
NASA is running low on the material (plutonium-238; a byproduct of nuclear weps) that powers many of its deep-space missions. NASA today has about 77 pounds. If NASA hits a plutonium bottleneck, the future of deep-space exploration could hang in the balance for untold years businessinsider.com/nasa-…

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