There is a ancient monument in Ireland called Newgrange and every winter solstice its chamber is illuminated for 17 minutes by a beam of light which reveals the mysterious carvings within. history.co.uk/articles/th…
Plato believed in extramission theory which stated that human vision was achieved by eye beams projected from the eyes. These beams were reputedly the source of power of the basilisk, whose gaze was lethal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye…
18th century France developed a visual telegraph system. Using a series of towers topped with adjustable beams that would display a message and instructions on the next tower to relay it to, messages could be sent across the country in a mere matter of hours, long before electricity. bbc.com/news/magazine-229…
On June 1948 a Piano Leg crashed through the floor of the Whitehouse and, and the "beams were staying up by force of habit only". Similarly the floor moved so much Harry Truman was sure he would fall through the floor in his bath "wearing nothing more than my reading glasses" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
After the β€œThe Walkie-Talkie” building in London was finished, due to its weird concave design, it unintentionally melted cars and changed weather patterns. It focused a beam of light that was 6 times brighter than sunlight on to the pavement below which heated to nearly 250Β°F at certain spots. edition.cnn.com/2013/09/0…
The White House was completely gutted and reinforced with steel beams in 1949-50. It was only standing, in the words of the Public Buildings Administration commissioner, β€œby force of habit.” mashable.com/2016/01/06/w…
The character Ernest P. Worrell first appeared in the movie Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr.…
The phrase "Beam me up Scotty" has never appeared in a single episode of Star Trek en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Lincoln Logs was based on the architecture of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. The toy was invented in 1916-1917. The foundation of the hotel was designed with interlocking beams which made it "earthquake proof." It was one of the few buildings left standing after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
After Czech gymnast VΔ›ra ČÑslavskΓ‘ lost her training facility due to the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, she trained for the 1968 Olympics in the forest using potato sacks as weights and logs as beams. She medaled in all six events, four of them Gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C…
In 1978, a Soviet scientist named Anatoli Bugorski stuck his head in a particle accelerator that sent a beam of protons traveling at nearly the speed of light straight through his head. He survived with half his face paralysed & deafness in one ear, completing his doctorate shortly after. amusingplanet.com/2020/02…
The Braggs peak of protons can be control to limit how deep radiation can go within a person thereby giving precise dose of radiotherapy. Link to photo of me inside Proton beam machine in comments bmh.manchester.ac.uk/rese…
Some guys in the Czech Republic figured out how to broadcast data in beams of light capable of streaming DVD-quality video over neighbourhoods.( 10 Mbit/s full duplex Ethernet point-to-point link.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RON…
The Ivanpah Solar Power Facility's mirror arrays focus light into beams so powerful that they kill thousands of birds a year, setting them on fire in flight en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iva…
Today I learned about how the atomic structure of minerals is found. In a crystal, an X-ray beam strikes electrons, which then reflect the X-ray waves in different directions. A screen behind the crystal has black spots indicating where the electrons were, and white spots indicating where the waves struck. qualitymag.com/articles/9…
Danish Physicist Lene Hau lead a team in 2001 that was the first to completely stop a beam of light in its tracks. Later experiments included turning light into matter, and then matter back into light. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
Physicist Nikola Tesla once paid an overdue hotel bill with a box containing a working model of his β€˜death beamβ€˜, warning employees never to open it because of the danger. They hid the box & when it was discovered years later & opened, found to contain old (harmless) electrial parts. history.com/news/9-things…
Rusting gears, beams, & wheels on the coast in Marseille show where an innovative ride was. One could pay to use a special cable car that ran underwater. For safety, pro divers went with the tourists as the pods skimmed along the seabed. It opened in 1966, was shut down after around one year. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
During WWII, the German army used a radar system called Wotan. The British scientist R.V. Jones figured out how the system worked by assuming that it used a single beam based on the fact that the Germanic god Wotan had only one eye. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 1984, OSHA fined a company $640, after a rocket motor fell on an employee and crushed him against the securing beams. osha.gov/pls/imis/establi…
Ants can easily survive being microwaved due to having a large body surface area to volume ratio and an ability to position themselves in between microwaves beams due to their small size. independent.co.uk/environ…
UK surgeon Simon Bramhall marked his initials with an argon beam on the livers of two of his patients. A colleague saw β€œSB” on a liver during a follow-up surgery. The marks aren't believed to be harmful to the liver but Bramhall pleaded guilty to assault. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
In 1854 Commodore Perry gifted 110 gallons of American Whiskey to the Japanese emperor. That gift has since evolved into a $6 billion industry, with Japan's Suntory distillery winning 2015's World Whisky of the Year. Today, Suntory owns Jim Beam. huffingtonpost.com/2015/0…
The corpses of Mussolini and his mistress were beaten and urinated upon and finally left to hang upside down, for public display, from a rusty beam outside a petrol station historyinanhour.com/2010/…
The colors of a karate belt is based from the Sun. White is birth, Yellow is first beam of sunlight, Orange is growing strength of the sun, Green is growth, Blue is sky & light, Purple is dawn, Brown is maturity & harvest, Red is red hot strength of the sun, and Black is darkness beyond the sun. nymaa.com/martial-arts-bl…
During WWII Germany used 2 β€˜Lorenz beams’ to guide bombers at night over the U.K. Bombers followed 1 beam, then, when they crossed the 2nd beam, they dropped their bombs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
Today I learned about Henry VIII's "eavesdrop" figures: he has creepy statues built onto ceiling beams to warn against gossip or dissension and foster paranoia karenstollznow.com/eavesd…
A Russian graduate student, Anatoli Bugorski, in the course of his research was struck in the head by a particle accelerator's beam. He survived and completed his Ph.D. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
The "Sky Beam" that shoots out of the Luxor Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas attracts so many insects that it has established a new ecosystem of moths, bats, and owls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
Though the phrase "Beam me up, Scotty" is the most well-known quote from Star Trek, it does not appear in any movie or tv episode. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
The Soviets planted a bug inside the US Embassy by hiding it in a wooden carving of the US shield. The Americans thought it was clean, as it didn't contain any wires or batteries. Instead, it was activated and powered by an external radio beam. It remained undiscovered from 1945 to 1952. cryptomuseum.com/covert/b…
Today I learned of physicist Lene Hau, who in 1999 led a team at Harvard University that was able to slow down a beam of light to 38mph and in 2001 they successfully stopped a beam of light. youtube.com/watch?v=-8Nj2…
Nikola Tesla once paid an overdue hotel bill with a 'working model' of his 'death beam'. He warned the management never to open it without taking proper precautions to avoid detonation. After his death in 1943, the box was pried open & they found nothing but a bunch of old lab components mentalfloss.com/article/6…
() Haudenosaunee ironworkers from the Six Nations of the Iroquois, mostly Mohawks, raised and riveted the beams of New York’s iconic buildings. The World Trade Center was built by 500 men, 200 of whom were Mohawks. And, in the famous 1932 Lunch Atop A Skyscraper" photo 4 of the men are Mohawks. dailygazette.com/article/…
Nazi imagery is sometimes used in Thailand due to lack of historical understanding. For example, a herbal tea laxative in Thailand depicts Hitler's head with fire coming from his mouth, and light beams emitting from his eyes. The caption reads 'Release the Demon' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naz…
A surgeon got arrested for signing his patient's livers with his initials using an Argon beam. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
The LIGO gravitational wave detector can detect a change in a 4km beam of less than 1/10,000 the diameter of a proton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LIG…
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-…
In October 1971, a physicist and an astronomer took 4 cesium-beam atomic clocks aboard commercial airliners. They flew twice around the world and when reunited, the sets of clocks were found to disagree according to the predictions of the relativity theory cartesio-episteme.net/haf…
In 2010 the RIKEN institute in Japan created mutant cherry blossom trees by firing ion beams at them in a particle accelerator. The mutated trees now bloom 4 times a year and produce more flowers. riken.jp/en/pr/press/2010…
The Nazis, during WW2, planned and worked on building a β€œsun gun” that was a big mirror orbiting the Earth that could concentrate the suns energy into a single beam and rain down fire on the Earth from above, burning anyone and everything in its sights syfy.com/syfywire/nazi_sc…
Tesla once paid an overdue hotel bill with a model of his "death beam", warning hotel staff to never open it. After his death in 1943 the box was pried open and found to contain nothing but harmless old electrical components. history.com/news/history-…
In Japan, a company uses a smile scanning software where the employees have to beam stupidly into a camera hooked computer and get scored out of a 100 how good their smile is every morning theguardian.com/money/blo…
In 2010, the RIKEN institute in Japan created mutant cherry blossom trees by firing ion beams at them in a particle accelerator. The mutated trees now bloom 4 times a year and produce more flowers. riken.jp/en/pr/press/2010…
The police in China are forcing drivers to stare into full-beam headlights as a punishment for dazzling others independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Craig Huxley built an 18 foot long instrument called "The Blaster Beam" which can be played with an artillery shell and gave Star Trek it's unique music for the V'ger encounter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
, in a 60's government funded LSD study, "26 men unleashed a slew of widely embraced innovations shortly after their LSD experiences, including a mathematical theorem for NOR gate circuits, a conceptual model of a photon, a linear electron accelerator beam-steering device," [and more....] themorningnews.org/articl…
Russia successfully put a giant mirror in space to reflect sunlight in order to light up Siberia in the dark winter months. A successful test in the early 1990s created a beam of light the brightness of a full moon and 7km in diameter, but the project was ultimately cancelled. motherboard.vice.com/en_u…
Russian scientist Anatoli Bugorski was working on the Synchrotron U-70, the largest Soviet particle accelerator in 1978. A proton beam measuring about 200,000 rads entered his skull, and 300,000 rads when it exited. Due to nerve destruction, the left half of his face was frozen and doesn’t age. survivor-story.com/bugors…
The beam of the Iowa Class Battleships were 108 feet. They had to fit through the older Panama Canal which was 110’ wide. Only inches on each side made it possible to travel through the Canal. foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com…

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