With 5 million vending machines nationwide (that's 1 vending machine for every 23 people) and natural disasters commonplace, Japan has specialized vending machines that have a backup battery and dispense free drinks and food in the event of a major emergency. inventorspot.com/articles…
Assault is not actual physical contact and that instead it’s the threat portion. Assault and Battery - Tort Law youtu.be/qePP44Rk4eo
In 1945 a malfunctioning toilet forced a German U-boat to the surface off the coast of Scotland after the commander accidentally let water into the boat that came into contact with batteries causing the boat to fill with chlorine gas. It was promptly attacked and sunk by a British aircraft. militarytimes.com/off-dut…
CIA revealed a "heart attack" gun in 1975. A battery operated gun which fired a dart of frozen water & shellfish toxin. Once inside the body it would melt leaving only a small red mark on the victim where it entered. The official cause of death would always be a heart attack. historycollection.com/con…
One of the special effects in Highlander (1985) was achieved by strapping car batteries to the actors’ legs and wiring them up so they’d spark when a sword struck. Production would pause while filming these scenes after three takes because the sword handles would get too hot. theguardian.com/film/2016…
On July 27, 2005, Jamie Moyer and Pat Borders set the MLB record for oldest starting battery (pitcher and catcher); each was 42 years old. After the game, Borders retired. Moyer continued pitching for another 7 seasonsβ€”and won more games in his 40s than he did in his 20s. baseball-almanac.com/play…
Today I learned about the dangerous exploitative industry of Cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. Most of the labor is done by children for very little pay. The demand ever increasing , this mineral fuels the tech industry, cobalt is used for batteries for phones, gadgets and e cars. equaltimes.org/as-increme…
In 2014, Civil War soldier Alonzo Cushing was awarded the Medal of Honor. Commanding an artillery battery against Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg, Cushing was disemboweled by a shell fragment. Holding in his intestines, Cushing continued giving orders until he was shot in the head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alo…
The voice of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, Paul Winchell was one of the original inventors of an artificial heart, an automobile that runs on battery power, a method for breeding tilapia, and many other inventions that are still around today. paulwinchell.com/bio.html
In the year 1913, 39.8% of GMC's sales were battery electric-powered trucks. thedrive.com/news/37216/f…
There's a scientist named John B. Goodenough who was responsible for the invention of RAM, creation of Li-ion batteries in the 1970s (used in virtually all devices today), and is current working on the next breakthrough in revolutionary Solid State batteries at the age of 97 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
U-1206 sank off the coast of Scotland after a toilet flush gone wrong led to a massive leak, flooding and shorting of the batteries that caused it to fill with Chlorine gas. The sub surfaced, only to get bombed by the RAF. 4 died, rest were taken prisoner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Various knifefish, a common aquarium fish, possess an electric organ that produces an electric field. So yes, theoretically, you can have a little fish battery in your home aquarium. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gym…
Corn is used in not only the vast majority of food products, but also in other household products such as windex, envelopes, and batteries. Batteries contain corn because corn starch can conduct electricity. kscorn.com/wp-content/upl…
In 1945, the German submarine U-1206 was sunk after a toilet malfunctioned, resulting in seawater flooding into the hull, which when coming into contact with a battery, created chlorine gas, forcing the submarine to resurface. At the surface, it was discovered and sunk by Allied Forces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Nikola, a company that alleged it had developed hydrogen-powered fuel cell batteries to power electric trucks, was short-sold by a firm named Hindenburg Research marketwatch.com/story/sho…
The Unabomber was a "criminal mastermind" who went to extraordinary lengths to erase any trace of physical evidence within his explosives. He ripped the skins off batteries to make them untraceable. He also avoided commercial glue and instead made his own epoxy by melting down deer hooves. npr.org/2017/08/22/545122…
When the power goes out in an area, the majority of people who utilize rooftop solar panels (the form most commonly used by the public) will lose power along with everyone else; even when still in direct sunlight. A solar battery can be installed to use this power later but isn't the "norm". prospectsolar.com/happens…
A battery has been ringing a bell for 180 years and we don’t know what its made of popularmechanics.com/tech…
A NASA astronaut, Lisa Nowak, was charged with attempted kidnapping, burglary with assault and battery. She agreed to a plea deal and was kicked out of NASA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Rob Trujillo covered the Metallica song Battery on a Metallica tribute album before he ended up joining the band ultimate-guitar.com/news/…
Some old cordless phones used to randomly dial 911 when their battery was low orlandosentinel.com/news/…
In the late 1940s and early 1950s NIST's predecessor NBS was accused of colluding with battery manufactures after they declared AD-X2, a additive to extend the life of batteries a fraud. nist.gov/director/nbsnist…
A Taiwan man, Ben Hsu, swallowed an AirPod while asleep. When Hsu awoke, he hit Apple's tracking & heard beeps from inside his body. Kaohsiung Hospital confirmed: the earbud was in his stomach, and then passed from his body naturally. After a wash/dry his AirPod worked as usual, battery at 41%. businessinsider.com/man-s…
The longest ringing bell has been ringing since 1840 on the same battery! atlasobscura.com/places/o…
There were a few "sponsored" units in the American Civil War. The Chicago Board of Trade Independent Light Artillery, one such unit, was formed in August 1862, and swiftly followed later that month by the competing Chicago Mercantile Independent Light Battery Artillery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
A AA battery exchanges over 100 times more charge than the average lightning bolt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Kelvin Doe lived in Sierra Leone (a small coastal country in southwest Africa) and is known for teaching himself engineering by the age of 13 and building his own radio station in his home country. He also built a battery out of scrap metal capable of powering the surrounding homes. imaginationmatters.org/in…
New scavenger technology allows robots to 'eat' metal for energy. When electronics need their own power sources, there are two basic options: batteries and harvesters. techxplore.com/news/2020-…
The Seattle Space Needle keeps itself clean with elevators that draw in 100% fresh air from outside, incorporating UV-C and UV-C technologies. Using the Protexus PX00ES, a battery-powered electrostatic sprayer, a nontoxic cleanser is atomized throughout all spaces spaceneedle.com/elevating…
In 1859, during a massive solar storm, telegraph operators in Boston MA unplugged their batteries and were able to send messages to Portland ME using only the auroral current. history.com/news/a-perfec…
Today I learned about Pumped-Storage Hydroelectricity, in which thousands of gallons of water are pumped to a reservoir at a higher elevation using off-peak electricity, then released to turn turbines and produce electricity at a later date. It's a non-chemical form of battery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pum…
Engineers at the University of Washington have developed a phone that can make and receive calls with no battery. newatlas.com/battery-lees…
If you drop a used battery and a new battery the used one will bounce much higher due to the zinc oxide forming within the battery. While it isn't a sign the battery is fully dead it's an intereguing demonstration of physical change due to a chemical reaction. princeton.edu/news/2015/0…
, car batteries are used to power electrical equipment that is used to kill sea lamprey in the Great Lakes. youtube.com/watch?v=Eqsko…
Biting on the aluminum foil can be painful and is usually noticed if you have metal in your mouth from dental work (e.g. fillings, crowns). Basically, when you bite on foil, you set up a battery in your mouth and the electrical current stimulates nerve endings in your tooth. science.howstuffworks.com…
In 2015, a British man living in Tokyo dressed up as a fully-lit Christmas tree to spread holiday cheer. The costume used 99 batteries, 100 feet of wiring, and took two months to make. cnn.com/2015/12/22/asia/j…
AAAA batteries exist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AAA…
Today I learned about A and B batteries, which are no longer in common use in America. Size A used to be the smallest size available until the need for AA and AAA that are used in electronics. A batteries were used in early laptops, and B batteries are still used in Europe for certain flashlights and lanterns. rd.com/culture/reason-nev…
The Clarendon Library in Oxford has a clock that has been powered by the same batteries since 1840. To date its bells have rung over 10 Billion times. physics.ox.ac.uk/history.…
Polaroid cameras don't have batteries. They instead have an individual battery in each cartridge to power the camera enough to take the required shots. danfinnen.com/article/wha…
French call AA batteries "Mignon" (french for 'cute' or 'adorable') and Poles call them "Paluszki" (meaning 'little fingers') en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AA_…
The battery powered flashlight dates back to 1899. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Apple said that it slows older Iphones because of the old batteries! cnet.com/news/apple-slows…
Today I learned of the 250 plutonium-powered pacemakers Medtronic manufactured, 22 were still in service more than 25 years later, a feat that no battery-powered pacemaker could achieve en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
Today I learned about Lisa Nowak, a NASA Astronaut who in 2007 was arrested for the attempted kidnapping, assault and battery of US Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, the girlfriend of Astronaut William Oefelein, with whom Novak had been romantically involved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite put into space, transmitted on 20.005 and 40.002 MHz which were detectable by amateur radio operators. After orbiting for about 3 weeks it's batteries had died. 2 months later it burned up falling back into the atmosphere kick-starting the space race. nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/s…
Flashlights got their name because original models could only stay on for a very brief moment due to their zinc batteries. historyoflighting.net/ele…
In the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford University, a bell that has been ringing, nonstop, for at least 175 years. It's powered by a single battery that was installed in 1840. vice.com/amp/en_us/articl…
British-made A.D.E. 651 advertised as a foolproof bomb detector. Tens of millions of dollars’ worth were bought by Baghdad military. They turned out to be pieces of plastic with antennae glued on at the end and their batteries were business cards with the word C4 markered on them. vanityfair.com/news/2015/…

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