Seat belts were very controversial when they first appeared in cars during the 40s and 50s with many arguing that they caused injuries and didn't work, no matter how much researchers disputed these claims. Many people refused to wear them and even cut them out of their car seats. wpr.org/surprisingly-cont…
The asteroid belt is no where near as crowed as portrayed in movies and on TV. There are millions of kilometers between each object and astronauts would probably not even realize they were flying through the belt scientificamerican.com/ar…
Ed O'Neill of Married With Children/Modern Family is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the famous Gracie family, he has been training since he was around 42 years old, he is now 74 years old. jitsshop.com/blogs/journa…
After being called out on local TV, 2 porch pirates caught on camera returned a package of replica WWE belts (belonging to a 5-yr-old autistic boy with a brain tumor) with a note that read: β€œAfter seeing ourselves looking like low lives on the news, we have both decided to get clean and sober.” yahoo.com/lifestyle/thiev…
Today I learned of 6 Psyche, one of the largest asteroids in the asteroid belt is made up of pure metals. At current prices, the metals in the asteroid are estimated to be worth quintillions of Dollar. universetoday.com/142719/…
In 2015 "Hello Barbie" was released. She used speech recognition and connected to wifi. When you pressed her belt buckle, Barbie saved what you said to the cloud so she could learn your likes and dislikes and incorporate them into future conversations. Some parents found it "too creepy". money.cnn.com/2015/03/11/…
A Chinese theme park has a ride that simulates death. It begins in a "morgue" where riders are placed in a casket and carried on a conveyor belt to be "cremated” by a blast of 105 degree hot air. It ends with the rider being passed through a β€˜womb’ and being reborn. local10.com/news/2015/05/…
Lynn Russell, a former CNN anchor, has two black belts, a deputy sheriff’s badge, a real estate license, and her private investigative license. Lynn and her husband, Chuck de Caro survived a shootout at a Motel 6 in 2015. ajc.com/lifestyles/harrow…
The origin of the expression "The whole 9 yards" is unknown. It may have referred to: the length of pieces of fabric/garments, WWII aircraft machine gun belts, Football, OR ritual disembowelment npr.org/2013/01/14/169140…
Today I learned about Wangari Mathaai, the first African Woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She founded the Green Belt movement that helped plant 30 million trees and empowered women to get involved in social change. brainpickings.org/2019/06…
In the US at least, automobile safety β€” air bags, seat belts, etc.β€”is tested with female- and infant-sized crash test dummies as well as adult male sizes. nhtsa.gov/crash-test-dumm…
Theodore Roosevelt was the first American to earn a brown belt in judo. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
New Hampshire is the only state in the US where drivers over the age of 18 aren't required to wear a seat belt. nhpr.org/post/you-asked-w…
Dolph Lundgren in addition to being a 3rd Dan Black Belt and '80/'81 European Karate champion, earning a Masters in Chemical Engineering, a scholarship to MIT, and becoming a movie star, is an abuse survivor. youtube.com/watch?v=iNOE0…
A sword attributed to William Wallace needed its original scabbard, hilt and belt replaced in 1505 because the originals were reported to be made out of human skin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Today I learned about Jane X. Lee who, as a graduate student, discovered the Kuipler asteroid belt, together with David C. Jewitt, whom she asked for material for her PhD project and thus began the search. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
: That Ed O'Neill AKA Al Bundy is a black belt in Brazilian jiu Jitsu youtu.be/3I8JiAJqUMc
Today I learned about an asteroid in our own asteroid belt called 16 Phyche. Because of it's metallic composition and size, the entire asteroid would be worth $700 quintillion dollars at today's metal prices. youtu.be/Oo72-BtYc24
An Anti seat-belt advocate, Derek Kieper, once wrote that β€œUncle Sam is not here to regulate every facet of life no matter the consequences.” He later died after being thrown from his vehicle while driving without a seat-belt. snopes.com/fact-check/sea…
NASA has satellites sensitive enough they are able to see the light produced by plants during photosynthesis. This light is called fluorescence and it showed the U.S. Midwest's "grain belt" are some of the most productive lands on Earth. nasa.gov/content/goddard/…
Ed O'Neill has a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu. youtu.be/k3yjN1KrqfM
The last English knight to be publicly degraded (stripped of knighthood) was Francis Mitchell in 1628. He’d committed extortion. His spurs were broken and thrown out, his belt cut, and his sword broken over his head. He was called "no longer a Knight but Knave" and led to the Tower of London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Kano Jigoro, the father of Judo, asked to be buried in his white belt to be remembered as a learner and not the black belt master that he was. randygravitt.com/are-you-…
Pringles had to use supercomputers to engineer their chips with optimal aerodynamic properties so that they wouldn't fly off the conveyor belts when moving at very high speeds. hpcwire.com/2006/05/05/hi…
Some Jewish communities have rules about carrying anything on the Sabbath, including house keys, canes, medication, and even babies. They can get around it if they can make the object into clothing, like making an ornate belt buckle with a house key in it. myjewishlearning.com/arti…
Betelgeuse has a radius of approximately 887 Suns, but its mass is only 11 Suns. And if you swapped out the sun and replaced it with Betelgeuse, the red star would swallow Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and the asteroid belt. youtu.be/8UaXvEI-mDg
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…
There is an asteroid named after Tom Hanks. It's called "12818 Tomhanks" and orbits the Asteroid Belt in between Mars and Jupiter. newsfeed.time.com/2011/10…
During Katrina, the New Orleans airport was turned into a makeshift triage center. There were so many bodies that they used the baggage conveyor belts to carry the stretchers. One reporter said "I’ve been reporting for 21 years around the world and I've never seen the likes of this." nbcnews.com/id/9175928/ns…
Richard Turner, world famous card mechanic won β€œClose-Up Magician of the Year” of 2014, fooled Penn & Teller on β€œFooled Us” in 2017 and has a black belt in karate, has been legally blind since childhood. *Dealt* is a documentary about his life, career, and coming to terms with his loss of sight richardturner52.com/about…
Today I learned of Operation Argus, during which the US secretly detonated a series of low yield Nuclear devices in the upper atmosphere in order to create a radiation belt that would degrade radio and radar transmissions, damage and destroy ICBM warheads, and endanger the crews of space vehicles hsns.ucpress.edu/content/…
Today I learned about Richard Turner. He is one of the best card mechanics/ magicians in the world. He is a 2-time recipient of the Close-Up Magician of the Year award, while being blind after losing his eye sight at the age of 9 from scarlet fever. He also is a 5th degree karate black belt. good.is/features/richard-…
(1421) Esperanto is a main-belt asteroid that is named after an international language, Esperanto. minorplanetcenter.net/db_…
The underbelly membrane of lobsters is the toughest material of all natural hydrogels, including collagen, animal skins, and natural rubber. The membrane is about as strong as industrial rubber composites, such as those used to make car tires, garden hoses, and conveyor belts. phys.org/news/2019-02-lob…
Today I learned of 486958 Arrokoth, an object in the Kuiper Belt which is the farthest object in the Solar System visited by a spacecraft. It was initially nicknamed Ultima Thule as a reference to its distance, but was renamed to avoid Nazi connotations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/486…
Bob Barker trained for eight years with Chuck Norris and is a black belt. sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-…
Similar to the fact that the American South may referred to as "The Bible Belt", or the Great Lakes Region is referred to as "The Rust Belt", the Mormon Corridor (in the Midwest of the US)is nicknamed "The Jello Belt" because they consume twice the amount of Jello as the average American. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Black belts were created in the 1880's in Judo to show that the student has mastered the basics of the art and would be ready for a more advanced form of training. This ranking system has worked very well in motivation the student, but it also has developed some problems. shuriway.co.uk/black.html
Spotted hyenas are able to digest all organic components in bone, have been known to eat leather items such as boots and belts at campsites, and are thought to be responsible for eating car tyres. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
- in a rare case of black bear vs black belt - a 63 year old Japanese man used his karate skills to defeat a bear that attacked him while he was fishing. The man then drove himself to the hospital to treat his injuries, after collecting the fish he had caught. telegraph.co.uk/news/2016…
All the oceans' waters travel on a "global conveyor belt" called thermohaline circulation--and the journey once around the planet takes about 1000 years. oceanservice.noaa.gov/edu…
As a white belt, Paul Walker told his BJJ coach that he would get his black belt "even if he needed to get it in his coffin", shortly after Walker's death, that same coach awarded Walker his black belt and told his father he could put it in his coffin. grapplinginsider.com/bjj-…
Baby Sanddollars (like a sea urchin) eat the heaviest bits of sand they can find, to weigh them down so they don't get swept away, like a teeny tiny weight belt sciencedirect.com/book/97…
There is a region in Africa called the "meningitis belt", with three countries in it accounting for 65% of all cases in Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afr…
There is an object in the asteroid belt named after Moomintroll, the illustrated character created by Swedish-speaking Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson. wikidata.org/wiki/Q359941…
Today I learned of Charondas, a Greek lawgiver from Sicily, that issued a law that anyone who brought weapons into the Assembly must be put to death. One day, he arrived at the Assembly after hunting in the countryside with a knife still attached to his belt. In order to uphold his own law, he committed suicide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned about Bass Reeves, the first black deputy U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi River and a former slave. Over the course of his career, he had made over three thousand arrest, never got wounded (except for his hat and belt), and became one of Judge Issac Parker's most valued deputies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
In 1970 Volvo sued a seat belt manufacturer for infringement on its seat belt patent, but had the seat belt patent revoked instead due to lack of originality openjurist.org/435/f2d/98…
The US corn belt during corn season does more photosynthesis than anywhere else on the planet vox.com/a/explain-food-am…
Hershey's Kisses got their name because the machine that makes them looks and sounds like it's kissing the conveyor belt. definition.org/youll-neve…
On the same day James Van Allen announced his discovery of the "Van Allen" radiation belt, he agreed to help the US military nuke it to see what happened. It was described by historian James Fleming as the first time "someone discovered something and immediately decided to blow it up". npr.org/sections/krulwich…
In 1917 you could order a belt-fed machine gun from a Sears catalog: "Machine guns are used largely by police organizations, home guards and municipalities in case of riots." gutenberg.org/files/54213…
Josh Waitzkin (chess prodigy from Searching for Bobby Fischer) also became a world champion at Tai Chi, has written a book on the psychology of learning, and has a black belt in Jiu Jitsu joshwaitzkin.com/josh
The band of pink that proceeds the purple band of Earth's shadow at sunset is called "The belt of venus" or the antitwilight arch. The former name is not from the planet Venus, but from the girdle the Godess Venus wore. astronomytrek.com/what-is…
After discovering Jupiter's intense radiation belt , NASA needed a last minute fix to shield the exterior cables of the Voyager deep space probes. They sent a technician to the local supermarket, bought all of the kitchen grade aluminum foil, and wrapped it around the cables. amp.businessinsider.com/v…
The original gold rush in the US was to the Carolinas, where gold is still actively mined and explored for today in the Carolina Slate Belt which runs in the Piedmont hills of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. ils.unc.edu/nclibs/davids…
The definition of Hindi used in the Indian census results in more than forty percent of Indians being reported to be speakers of Hindi, though respondents may use a local language name. The Hindi Belt covers most of northern, central India where Hindi is widely spoken en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hin…
Gordon Ramsay has a black belt in karate trademagazin.hu/en/gordon…
Ed O'Neil (Married With Children) is a Brazilian Jiu-JItsu Black Belt attacktheback.com/celebri…
Elvis was quite gifted in the martial arts. He reached the level of First Degree Black Belt and one of his instructors instructors was quoted saying β€œIn martial arts, he wasn’t Elvis, The Entertainer. He was Elvis, The Black Belt, with 15 years’ experience” mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The iPhone 3G safety manual warns that radiation exposure may exceed government standards during β€œbody-worn operation” if the phone is β€œpositioned less than 15 millimeters (5/8 inch) from the body” The iPhone, Apple says, should always be worn in a belt clip or holster. newsweek.com/iphone-6-ben…
UK engineers have created a clock that is powered by catching flies on a fly trap conveyor belt. The flies are then taken into the clock to be β€œdigested” and turned into fuel for the clock. blogs.discovermagazine.co…
In spite of the way they are portrayed in sci-fi films, asteroid belts are not densely populated and a passing spacecraft has virtually zero chance of striking one. In fact, considerable effort is required to ensure contact with an asteroid. universetoday.com/119626/…
Pat E. Johnson, the head referee in the original Karate Kid movie, is actually a 9th degree black belt in Tang Soo Do under Chuck Norris, choreographed the martial arts scenes in many famous 80s movies, and was the karate instructor for Steve McQueen, Bob Barker and the Osmond family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, was long considered a planet, and contains 1/3 the mass of the asteroid belt en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cer…
Actress Ellen Wong (Knives Chau in Scott Pilgrim vs The World) has a black belt in taekwondo. It was her martial arts background that helped her land the role. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell…
Ron Thomas who played Kobra Kai member Bobby Brown in 'The Karate Kid' went on to become two-time Karate world champion and a sixth degree black belt. nothingbutnostalgia.com/t…
Although clasps, buckles, and belts were a thing, buttons were non-existent in 11th century England. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
Today I learned about the Odin Tower (OdinstΓ₯rnet) in Odense in Denmark. The 175 meter high tower opened in 1935 and was blown up by Danish nazi saboteurs in 1944. At its time it was the second highest tower in Europe and was built by surplus material from the Little Belt Bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odi…
Some early Yugo models had an "interference engine" which meant if the owner didn't perform a timing belt replacement every 40-thousand miles, the valves and pistons could interfere with each other and permanently damage the engine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yug…
Tim Horton died at the age of 44 while attempting to drive from Toronto to Buffalo at 4AM with twice the legal Blood Alcohol Level, multiple drugs in his system, no seat-belt, and the police chasing him. ottawacitizen.com/news/ma…
According to Encyclopedia of Chicago, bronzeville was β€œalternately referred to as 'Black Belt' or 'Black Ghetto' and occasionally 'Darkie Town.'” James Gentry, a theater editor for the Chicago Bee suggested the name β€œBronzeville.” He said that African-Americans skin color was closer to bronze chicagodetours.com/bronze…
In the late 1800-1920s people believed that they could catch diseases including Cholera if the torso got to cold, so they would wear a 6 foot long knitted flannel belt under the clothes around the abdomen to prevent many diseases. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
Belts weren’t commonly worn by men until the 1920s, meaning that, until then, most pants didn’t have belt loops. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
The northern US was known as the "Goiter Belt", where millions of people had enlarged thyroid glands (neck lumps or "goiters"), due to iodine deficiency in the region; starting in the 1920s, iodized salt solved the problem. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
There is a 60 mile conveyer belt in Morocco that carries phosphorus from mines in the Western Sahara to the Atlantic Ocean. It can be seen from space. gizmodo.com/the-worlds-lo…
Teddy Roosevelt was an avid boxer and became the first American ever to receive a brown belt in Judo. He lined the White House basement with training mats and sparred with anyone that was willing including boxing champion John Sullivan, his wife, and a Swiss minister. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Edward J. Hock invented the safety belt first used by the Ford Motor Co. as standard equipment, and Hock was awarded $20.50 for his invention. The original schematic and blueprints shows that he utilized scrap parachute strapping to implement his idea. caryp.mobi/article/The-Hi…
A college student wrote against seat belt laws, saying they are "intrusions on individual liberties" and that he won't wear one. He died in a car crash, and his 2 passengers survived because they were wearing seat belts. journalstar.com/news/loca…
β€œThe whole nine yards” has a highly controversial origin story. The primary belief is that ammunition belts on WWII aircraft were 9 yards long thus the phrase β€œGive them the whole 9 yards”. nytimes.com/2012/12/27/bo…
Actor Ed O'Neill (Al Bundy / Jay Pritchett) is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu youtube.com/watch?v=5wVlZ…
Earth's moon is more than twenty times as massive as the entire contents of the asteroid belt. sciencedaily.com/terms/as…
That the only woman ever in history to obtain a 10th degree black belt in Judo did so at the age of 97. She also continued teaching Judo 3x a week until she died at 99 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
When William Wallace beat the English at Sterling he had a belt for his sword made out of the skin of the English commander en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Because of "compartmentalization", American school busses don't use seat belts because the large busses are just as safe without them nhtsa.gov/road-safety/sch…
Today I learned of the "Stroke Belt", a region of the South Eastern U.S. with unusually higher rates of diabetes, stroke and lung cancer than the rest of the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
A Russian suicide bomber received an unexpected text message from her wireless carrier which triggered her belt bomb and killed her instantly. wired.com/2011/01/sms-sui…
A man was once fined for actually getting "medieval" on his wife and putting her in a personal chastity belt to cure her infidelity. historyextra.com/period/s…
The first black Deputy US Marshal of the Wild West was said to have arrested over 3,000 felons in his career, including his own son. He had his belt and hat shot off several times, but was never wounded himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Volvo invented the three point seat belt and then gave free license to all other auto manufacturers to use it theautochannel.com/news/2…
In 1997 NBA broadcaster Marv Albert pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery for multiple biting incidents and forced oral sex with various women. In one instance Albert was wearing "white panties and a garter belt." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The total mass of the asteroid belt is approximately 4% that of the Moon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
There isn't much evidence at all for chastity belts to specifically prevent sex during medieval era news-guard.com/2016/08/we…
NASA estimates that the value of minerals in the asteroid belt exceeds $600,000,000,000,000,000,000. Or nearly $100 billion per person alive. usatoday30.usatoday.com/n…
In the 1970's, the pH of rain samples from parts of NY were at 3.3 due to pollution from the rust belt, the same acidity as grapefruit juice. The default pH of rain is 5.1. This prompted the creation of the term "Acid Rain." sciencehistory.org/distil…
After dropping boxing because he lost vision on his left eye American president Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt went on to become a Brown Belt in Judo fightland.vice.com/blog/t…
The Rust Belt has a tic that linguists call β€œNeeds Washed” where a speaker creates an implicit β€œto be” out of nowhere, e.g.... β€œThe car needs washed” ygdp.yale.edu/phenomena/n…

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