Betta fish are very intelligent. They have been known to be able to recognize their owners. There are even some Betta fish that can do tricks like pushing a tiny ball through a ring using their nose. This is something that most fish are incapable of. bettafishhomeguide.com/be…
Today I learned about cross dominance where each hand is better at different activities. Ex: being a lefty when writing but preferring the right hand for throwing a ball etc. learningsuccesssystem.com…
In Billy Madison, Sandler shot the infamous dodgeball scene using a real ball and by throwing it as hard as he could at the kids. They cut the scene after each kid was hit so we wouldn’t see them crying. theplaylist.net/tamra-dav…
The Very First Kermit The Frog Puppet Was Made Of An Old Green Coat Creator Jim Henson's Mother Owned, And A Ping Pong Ball Cut In Half. britannica.com/topic/Kerm…
In 1841 during a naval battle between Argentina and Uruguay, the ship from Uruguay ran out of cannonballs. The captain ordered his men to shove the hard balls of cheese they had onboard into the cannons and to fire those. The cheese tore holes in the Argentine ship's sails and killed 2 sailors. anchor.fm/foodhistory/epi…
Lance Armstrong owns a coffee shop in downtown Austin, Texas called "Juan Pelota Cafe". The name is a joking reference to his testicular cancer, with the name "Juan" being considered by some a homophone for "one" and "Pelota" being the Spanish word for "ball". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
The 'Hubble Deep Field image' covers an area of the sky equal to holding a tennis ball at 100 metres away, and contains over 10,000 galaxies, each one with around 100 billions stars in it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
North Korea has their own basketball rules: slam dunks are worth three points, field goals in the final three minutes of the game are worth eight points, three-pointers are worth four if the ball doesn't touch the rim, and a point is deducted for missed free throws. heraldsun.com.au/sport/ba…
After an intense 8 artillery week barrage, British troops on the first day of the Battle of the Somme were so sure of their victory that 4 platoons had a competition to see who could kick a soccer ball into the German trenches first. Nearly 20,000 British men were killed that day history.com/news/10-thing…
Astronaut Alan Shepard hit 2 golf balls on the moon's surface. On the Apollo 14 space mission Alan became the first and only person to play golf somewhere other than Earth. He created the club by smuggling a six-iron head onboard in a sock and attached it to a piece of rock-collecting gear. foxnews.com/science/golf-…
Japan has chosen Dragon Ball Z's Goku as an ambassador of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics konbini.com/en/entertainm…
Ball lightning is weird, actually real and deadly. The strange phenomenon of ball lightning appears during thunderstorms and has been known to break through windows, with nasty results. nationalgeographic.com/en…
Gambling for cash is nominally illegal in Japan, but a legal loophole allows for pachinko gambling. Pachinko balls won from games are exchanged for β€œsepecial prize” tokens which are sold for cash to a separate vender off-premises. These vendors then sell the tokens back to the Pachinko parlor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac…
Ga-ga ball, from that episode of Bob’s Burgers, is a real thing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ga-…
The Giant Squid sees the world with Eyes the Size of Soccer Balls. They're at least 25 centimetres (10 inches) across, making them the largest eyes on the planet. Even the blue whale – the largest animal that has ever existed – has measly 11-centimetre-wide eyes. youtu.be/dRK4oYjPrF0
That, when threatened, the yellow-spotted millipede or Harpaphe haydeniana curls up into a ball and exudes hydrogen cianide on its predator, accompanied by the characteristic smell of toasted almonds, being lethal to rodents and birds. It uses chemical warfare on its victims! blog.nature.org/science/2…
A Steelers fan had a heart attack when Jerome Bettis fumbled the ball in the 2005 AFC playoff game against the Colts. He wasn't upset that the Steelers might lose the game, but he was concerned Jerome Bettis' legacy would be tarnished during what would have been his last game ever if they lost. espn.com/nfl/news/story?i…
David Bowie didn’t actually perform the crystal ball spinning in the movie Labyrinth. It was illusionist Michael Moschen who dressed in black and hid behind Bowie when filming. youtu.be/3U8fTAHxjdo
Billiards can refer to any kind of tabletop game played with a cue stick and cue ball, while pool largely means a game with pockets mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The first person to actually look at Saturn in a telescope was Galileo. He saw a strange oval-shaped planet. He thought the planet might have ears, or two small balls on either side. Later observations showed that these were actually Saturn’s grand ring system universetoday.com/46237/w…
Today I learned about an African American man who was shot by authorities during a protest in Boston. His name was Crispus Attucks, and he took two musket balls in the chest. First death of the American Revolution. Attucks was said to be exhibiting "mad behavior" and his shooters were acquitted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
Tiger woods is the first golfer who hit a ball from Europe to Asia. He did this on the bosphorus bridge in Istanbul, Turkey which is the bridge that connects asia and europe. youtu.be/FdiSFqnPg44
Ten years ago (June 2, 2010) baseball pitcher Armando Galarraga nearly became the 21st person to pitch a perfect game. However umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly ruled that opposing team batter Jason Donald reached first base safely on a ground ball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
PhD students built a supersonic cannon that can fire pingpong balls that break the sound barrier, and shoot clean through steel cans. youtu.be/zJqMWXt5Ihs
On average, golf balls contain between 300 and 500 dimples across their surface. Balls with more dimples have less drag and go further. golftips.golfweek.com/imp…
An eyewitness to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre appeared on a nationally televised game show with Lucile Ball. youtu.be/q4CCFObSEAU
Today I learned about "glacier mice": fuzzy green balls of moss that form on top of glaciers and move like a herd of rodents mentalfloss.com/article/6…
That the average golf ball has 300 to 500 divots in it. For one manufacturer, the answer to how many dimples on a golf ball was a whopping 1,070, which happens to be the record for the most dimples on a golf ball. golf.com/gear/golf-balls/…
Ed Sheeran went golfing with Justin Bieber. Justin lay on the floor and asked a drunk Ed to hit the golf ball out of his mouth. Ed ended up smashing Justin in the face with the golf club. theguardian.com/music/201…
Today I learned of Julie D’Aubigny, who was a 17th-century bisexual French opera singer who once took vows at a convent just so she could have sex with another nun, and then set it on fire. When she kissed a women at a ball, she was challenged to a duel by 3 men and she then beat them all. historyhustle.com/mademoi…
Today I learned about Alice Ball, an African American woman who, in 1915, at the age of 23 revolutionized the treatment for leprosy, by creating an soluble & injectable treatment from chaulmoogra oil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
The knobby bumps on a giraffes head are not bone antlers (as with deer) but are hard cartilage (like the hard part of a human ear), and add weight and firmness that allow the giraffe to use its neck and head as a ball and chain flail and deliver fatal blows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oss…
Electronic Arts needed an intense audit to realize that FIFA versions prior to FIFA 14 had incorrect drag coefficient of the ball, which led to unrealistic behavior of the ball. scientificamerican.com/ar…
A mysterious 10-12kg (22-26lbs) icy ball fell into an Indian village. Some villagers thought it was an extra-terrestrial object. There were reports of villagers taking pieces home to put in their refrigerators. They found it was more likely to be frozen human faeces leaked from a plane overhead. bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia…
Grizzly Bears are strong enough to smack a human's head off, crushing crushing a bowling ball with their jaws, and running 35 mph mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The Bradley-Martin Ball of 1897 hosted America’s 4,000 richest families. The cost ($9.7mil of today’s dollars) was enough to feed 1,000 families for 1 year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
The full lyrics of "Take me Out to the Ball Game" reveal the song was a feminist anthem about a woman wanting to go see a baseball game rather than go on a date to a show. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Tennis balls are green/yellow because they were the easiest for viewers at home to see on their colour TVs. Before that, they were white artsy.net/article/artsy-e…
Male garter snakes secrete male and female pheromones, causing many males to attempt mating with each other. The advantage is that the male snake derives needed warmth after hibernation by being the center of a β€œmating ball” of amorous snakes. nature.com/articles/35104…
Approximately 25,000 golf balls are lost each year at the CDA Resort Golf Course in Idaho under the only floating green in the world. krem.com/article/news/cda…
Today I learned that there are two golf balls on the moon quipoquiz.com/question/th…
The legendary heart on satin intro for "I Love Lucy" was created specifically for the 1959–67 CBS daytime network rebroadcasts, and subsequent syndication. The original intros featured animated matchstick figures of Arnaz & Ball making reference to each episode's sponsors. youtube.com/watch?v=lqXso…
Japan is planning to create the worlds first artificial meteor shower later this year. A Tokyo based company, Astro Live Experiences sent microsatellites that will release tiny balls to mimic shooting stars above Hiroshima as part of the "Sky Canvas project" independent.co.uk/life-st…
Florence,Italy have had a championship in June for the past 400 years that is a combination of rugby & mixed martial arts,using a ball like a basketball. youtu.be/8_tn5Ji0nac
Today I learned of Prince Frederick (1707-1751), the heir apparent to the British throne, who died at the age of 44. His cause of death was historically attributed to a burst lung abscess, caused by blunt force trauma to the chest delivered by a cricket ball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Today I learned about the overview effect: It is the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, "hanging in the void" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ove…
Kazuhiko Torishima, editor of Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball, only started working at Shueisha (publisher of Weekly Shōnen Jump) because he wanted to work on Japanese Playboy. Torishima was disapointed when Shueisha started sending him boxes of manga as he had never worked with manga before. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaz…
New Jersey's law on reckless endangerment explicitly bans manufacturing or selling "a golf ball containing acid or corrosive fluid substance." law.justia.com/codes/new-…
Motoball is a team sport similar to football, but all players (except goalkeepers) are riding motorcycles, and the ball is much bigger. topendsports.com/sport/li…
Andrea Bocelli has been blind since he was 12, when he was hit in the eye by a soccer ball which caused a brain hemorrhage. Doctors tried leeches as a last resort but unfortunately were unsuccessful. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Aniseed ball candies were used as timing devices for underwater mines during WWII, as each had precisely the same spherical shape and consistently dissolved in water after 35 minutes, leaving the saboteur time to escape en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
: Tazer Ball is a combination of soccer and rugby in which players could shock each other with stun guns. The game puts two teams of four players on a field. Players have to get a large ball into a net while avoiding their opponents, all of whom are armed with tazers. melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
Dragon Ball has actually caused an international incident- It is so popular inMexico that there were government-sponsored public watch parties for the final episodes of Dragon Ball Super.They became so popular Japan had to send a formal diplomatic notice commanding them to stop,which they didn't torrentfreak.com/japanese…
Today I learned about the Atherstone Ball Game which is a Medieval football game played annually in England. Members of the town brawl over a large ball up and down the towns small ancient streets. The aim is simple: make sure you're holding onto the ball when the game ends. One rule : don't kill anybody! tifofootball.com/video/at…
In Japan, establishments like banks & convenience stores visibly keep baseball-sized orange orbs behind the counter. These β€œanticrime color balls” are filled with bright pigment that burst on impact & are for employees to lob at robbers (or getaway vehicles) to improve the chance of arrest. japantimes.co.jp/news/200…
β€œcooties” originally was WWI soldiers’ slang for body lice that infested the trenches, before it evolved into a children’s game of contagion that even includes β€œinoculation” via a ball point pen and a rhyme, which emerged after the polio vaccine became common. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Dance Poles have two different modes, spinning and static. In the spinning mode, the pole uses ball bearings to spin. THis mode can be used to complete more experienced pole moves, make moves easier and add a dramatic effect to the move. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Someone sued walmart for stopping them to check their receipt on the way out. Ball v. Wal-Mart, Inc., 102 F. Supp. 2d 44 (D. Mass. 2000) law.justia.com/cases/fede…
The inventor of the functional component of the Magic 8-Ball was inspired by a spirit writing device used by his mother, a clairvoyant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Aunt Sally was a game played in England. An Aunt Sally was originally the modelled head of an old woman with a clay pipe in her mouth; the object was for players to throw sticks at the head in order to break the pipe. The target could also be a live person, a puppet, or ball on a stick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aun…
The Baseball Rule holds that a baseball team cannot be held liable for injuries suffered by a spectator struck by a foul ball batted into the stands as long as the team has offered some protected seating en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Spray/aerosol cans don't always have metal ball bearings in them, they can also be marbles and are known as 'peas' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
It is impossible to predict the paths of colliding billiard balls after only a few collisions. Tiny differences in initial positions accumulate to such a degree that by the sixth or seventh collision even the force of gravity from people standing near the pool table changes the outcome. io9.gizmodo.com/the-physi…
Archaeologists have found slingshot balls engraved with β€œTake that!” or β€œCatch!”, dating from 4th BC Greece. britishmuseum.org/researc…
, Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors set an NBA record of 14 three-pointers while only dribbling the ball FIVE...TIMES... clutchpoints.com/warriors…
The story of Kevin Hart (not that one), a high-school football player with aspirations to play college ball, who staged an elaborate camera-filled signing-day event and committed to a school that didn't recruit him due to his 1.8 GPA and non-existent SAT score. deadspin.com/kevin-hart-w…
The ball from the Immaculate Reception, regarded as the greatest play in NFL history, was taken by a fan after the game. He offered it back to the Steelers in exchange for season tickets for life, but was refused. He now keeps the ball in a bank vault and has refused all offers to sell it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imm…
Certain whales use a technique called bubble netting which involves encircling schools of prey and blowing a series of bubble rings or vortex rings through the water which surround the prey, effectively enveloping them into a ball so that they’re easier to capture. Dolphins also do this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bub…
Golf players are allowed to play the ball out of a water hazard without penalty, but it is rarely practical unless the hazard is only a few inches deep. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Tall people were considered unsuitable for playing basketball because they were thought too awkward. George Mikan was the first tall player at 6'10" He could block basketballs, prompting a rule change. His team's strategy became giving him the ball to drop in the basket. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Until 1889 American football required the ball to be touched to the ground to complete a touchdown en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tou…
Very short β€˜guillotine’ haircuts for women and bals des victimes, or victim’s balls were all the rage for ex-aristocrats in post-revolution France messynessychic.com/2019/0…
Harvey Ball, the graphic designer who designed the yellow smiley face icon in 1963, was only paid $45 for his work. The Smiley Company, which licenses the image, made $419.9 million in 2017. edition.cnn.com/style/art…
Coffee was originally chewed. The very first African tribes who consumed coffee actually ground the berries up, added animal fat and rolled their new inventions into little balls which they consumed. science.howstuffworks.com…
The professional soccer team RB Leipzig stands for Rasenballsport Leipzig, which translates to lawn ball sport. This was done because of legal disputes. Everyone still calls them Die Rotten Bullen (The Red Bulls) because of how ridiculous the actual name of the team is. theguardian.com/football/…
On July 9, 1776 after George Washington had his troops gather in Lower Manhattan to hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a mob went to Bowling Green and beheaded a statue of George III of Great Britain; the body was sent to Connecticut to be melted down into musket balls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The phrase "keep the ball rolling" comes from William Henry Harrison's presidential campaign in 1840, when supporters would roll giant balls filled with campaign slogans into towns blogs.loc.gov/loc/2012/08…
On American metal band Tool's 1996 album, Γ†nima, there's an aggressive and intimidation song sung in German titled "Die Eier Von Satan" ("The Balls Of Satan"). However, when translated to English, the lyrics reveal themselves to be a recipe for hashish sugar cookies. genius.com/2060698
The long snapper is a specialty position in American football and that you can make 1$million per year snapping the ball for punts and field goals. With about 15 appearances per game, its around 5000$ each time the long snapper steps on the field. espn.com/blog/cincinnati-…
Legendary director/actor/pilot John Huston once flew over a celebrity golf tournament and dropped 5,000 ping pong balls on it. movieactors.com/actors/jo…
Matt Murphy, the man who caught Barry Bonds' record-breaking 756th home run ball, sold the ball for $752,467 and gave half to Amir Kamal, the friend he was at the game with. espn.com/espn/page2/story…
Today I learned of Eddie Gaedel, a dwarf and shortest player to appear in a MLB game at hight 3'7". Gaedel had one plate appearance, where he was walked in 4 straight balls and was replaced by a pinch runner. He wore the bat boy's uniform and was paid $100 for his appearance which he parlayed into $17K via TV en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
The COO of Riot Games (League of Legends) was suspended for farting in people's faces and tapping their balls in the office. kotaku.com/top-riot-execu…
A major breakthrough towards the invention of plastics was achieved due to a surge in the popularity of billiard, prompting producers of billiard balls to offer a reward of 10000$ to anyone who could come up with a viable alternative to ivory (which the balls were hitherto made of...) sciencehistory.org/distil…
Today I learned about Julie d'Aubigny, a French swordwoman who: dressed in men's clothing, joined a convent to be with her female lover, got challenged to duels by three separate men for kissing a woman at a ball, and was a popular opera singer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Golf balls were once smooth. Golfers eventually realized that old, beat up balls flew farther. Modern day golf balls now have dimples around them because they increase turbulence, which allow them to fly farther. entertainment.howstuffwor…
There is a variation of soccer called "blind football" , which is currently a Paralympic sport. All players, except for the goalkeeper, are blindfolded and the ball has been modified to make a jingling or rattling sound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bli…
In World War II a design had been planned for a plane nicknamed "The Flying Flapjack," and when it was decomissioned its structural integrity was so well-designed that it took a wrecking ball hitting the fuselage to destroy it usni.org/magazines/naval-…
There is a disagreement about what color people say tennis balls are, with 52% saying green, 42% saying yellow and 6% saying "other" theatlantic.com/science/a…
Sony made an ad for their color display technology featuring 1/4 million brightly colored bouncy balls released down the steep streets of San Francisco. About 50 students were hired to help collect them using skates and floor squeegees at the bottom after each take. thinkbox.tv/creative/behi…
Before the American Civil War, baseball was played with either the New York Rules (today’s game) or Massachusetts Rules. Mass Rules there were no fouls, defenders had to throw and hit runners with the ball to get them out, runners could use the whole field to dodge the ball, and game was to 100! baseball-almanac.com/rule…
The actor who played the Ow my balls guy in Idiocracy committed suicide at the age of 43. findagrave.com/memorial/1…
A "Hot Shot" was originally a cannon ball that was heated in a furnace and then fired at wooden ships for the purpose of setting fire to them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
In 1982 Jim Rice saved a 4 year old boys life. The boy was hit in the face by a foul ball and Rice knew it would take several minutes for the ballparks EMS to get to the boy. He immediately sprinted into the stands, picked up the boy, and ran him into the dugout to the team doctor. si.com/mlb/2017/09/26/yan…
All the confetti that falls in Times Square for the NYE ball drop is thrown by hand. amny.com/things-to-do/tim…
The Ball Corporation, who makes Ball jars and Aluminum cans, owns a subsidiary who manufacturers satellites, other spacecraft and components. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Mens balls hang below their body because sperm dies at body temperature blogs.scientificamerican.…
Alan Shepard pulled out a makeshift six-iron he smuggled on board Apollo 14 and hit two golf balls on the lunar surface, becoming the first -- and only -- person to play golf anywhere other than Earth. pga.com/news/golf-buzz/fe…
Tennis balls were white until the 1970s when they were made yellow to be seen easier on color tv. cnn.com/style/article/art…
The Chicago Cubs originally played at a stadium whose right field fence was less than 200 feet from home plate.Any ball hit over that fence was deemed a ground rule double.After changing the ground rule to call those hits home runs, the Cubs had over 100 more home runs than the second place team en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…

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