The reason allied forces had nets on their helmets during WW2 was to reduce the helmets β€˜shine’ and it would also allow soldiers to place bits of foliage to increase their camouflage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_…
When we eat something sweet and feel that momentary bit of pain at the back of the jaw, its because of the largest salivary gland (Parotid gland) going into overdrive to help with digestion. vinepair.com/articles/why…
Pinball was removed from Windows Vista because the game had issues being ported to 64-bit. It had nothing to due with copyright or legal reasons devblogs.microsoft.com/ol…
A Georgia teacher who bought a $400 travel insurance policy was rewarded $10,000 because she read the fine print of the contract. After reading to page 7, she saw a β€œPays to Read” bit that said the first to email and mention the fine print contest would win 10K. tampabay.com/business/she…
In order to minimize civilian casualties, the CIA has been using a drone missile which pops out several steel blades at the last moment to slice its targets into bits -- and that it's nicknamed the β€œFlying Ginsu” popularmechanics.com/mili…
Ravens are extremely intelligent birds that can be taught how to copy the human speech a bit. youtube.com/watch?v=AfsnH…
Fun little bit of a cat's outer ear is called 'Henry's Pocket' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Starlings are every bit as intelligent as other more common pet bird species and can learn to talk. thesprucepets.com/europea…
North Korea has made a single video game. "Pyongyang Racer" is a racing game reminiscent of 32-bit era graphics. It was developed by university students and published by the country's travel company wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyongy…
Today I learned about Amanda "Powerhouse" Lucas, George Lucas' eldest daughter. She was a professional MMA fighter for six years until she retired to start a family. Lucas had bit parts in all three of the Star Wars prequel movies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
The early YouTube hit "Charlie Bit My Finger" was found on Osama Bin Laden's computer by the CIA after his death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Two 16-yr-old Canadian snowboarders went missing near a B.C. ski resort. A helicopter found them with only a bit of frostnip to their hands ; they had managed to build a shelter and make a fire fueled in part by homework one of the teens had in his backpack. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
Despite having been discontinued in most of the world in the mid-1990s and having exited the video game console market, the 8-bit Sega Master System is still produced in Brazil, and its market share rivals more modern gaming systems there atlasobscura.com/articles…
There is one animal that can literally save its ass (for a while) by getting rid of it. An Argentinian scorpion called Ananteris balzanii removes its poisonous tail to hurt his foes, but loses his anus in the process. The result: his life is lengthened a bit but he gets chronic constipation journals.plos.org/plosone…
Caddisfly larvae spin protective cases out of silk that incorporates bits of sand, gravel, twigs, or other material. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
A pre-Goosebumps R.L. Stine wrote Spaceballs: The Book, a young adult version of the story that substituted some of the stronger language and bits for child-friendly content. It remains the only exclusion to Lucasfilm’s β€œno tie-in” mandate. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
In the 1990s, an issue of the popular The Amazing Spider-Man that sold around 70,000 would be considered a failure. These days, what counts as a successful superhero book is anything that can sell a regular 40-60,000 copies. Most sell quite a bit less. theatlantic.com/entertain…
Engineers at IBM had to hand weave their memory 14KB in total for both control and redundancy of their flight computer in the SATURN V launch vehicle. Wire shaped inside the mesh represented a bit based on the magnetic field generated by the direction of current flowing through it. youtube.com/watch?v=dI-JW…
Legendary Guitarist Randy Rhoads died when his tour bus driver stole a plane and went joyriding with Rhoads on it. They buzzed the tour bus in hopes of waking up the band and clipped the wing of the plane and crashed. Sharon Osborne: "They were all in bits, it was just body parts everywhere" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
The chunks of ice that break off of icebergs are officially called "bergy bits" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
The Beatles' song "Hey Jude" was originally titled "Hey Jules", and it was intended to comfort Julian Lennon from the stress of his parents' separation. McCartney said he changed the name to "Jude" "because I thought that sounded a bit better" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey…
The first modem was invented in 1962 and had a speed of 300 bits per second. whirlpool.net.au/wiki/d_u…
Comedian Redd Foxx signature comedy bit involved faking a heart attack. So when he had a real heart attack on the set of his TV show, his castmates thought he was trying to be funny. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Deglazing: What it Is and Why To Do It. Deglazing is a fancy and intimidating word that means to pour some cold liquid into a very hot pan to get up all the brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Those brown bits are where all the flavors are, and it is called β€œfond.” reluctantgourmet.com/degl…
Leigh Mercer, a mathematician and writer, created an equation that, when spoken aloud, was a limerick. "A dozen, a gross, and a score/Plus three times the square root of four/Divided by seven/Plus five times eleven/Is nine squared and not a bit more." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lei…
Osama bin Laden had the 'Charlie bit my finger' video on his computer when his compound was raided. digg.com/2017/osama-bin-l…
The "Cheerios effect" is an interesting fluid dynamics phenomenon that happens in cereal bowls. When there are just a few bits of cereal left floating on top of the milk, they tend to cluster together in the middle or around the edges of the bowl, rather than dispersing across the surface. phys.org/news/2019-12-che…
Karl Schmidt, a herpetologist who was tasked with identifying a juvenile Boomslang snake, when the venomous snake bit him, instead of going to the hospital, Schmidt went home, believing the juveniles couldn’t produce a fatal bite. He recorded all his symptoms in his diary until death. pri.org/stories/2015-11-1…
The reason Super Mario Bros. 2 was a bit strange, with all the vegetable throwing etc. was that it was actually a re-branded game originally called Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic. There was an actual SMB2 but it was deemed too hard by Nintendo USA. youtube.com/watch?v=MxT6I…
Cyrus the Great's tomb (c.530BC) once read "O man, whoever you are and wherever you come from, for I know you will come, I am Cyrus who won the Persians their empire. Do not therefore begrudge me this bit of earth that covers my bones." You can still visit the tomb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyr…
Today I learned about the Skinner box experiment, where pigeons who pressed a lever were randomly given a bit of food. This made the pigeons tense and press the lever more often. This principle was used in slot machines to hook the player into pressing the spin button more often designindaba.com/articles…
The richer you are, the more likely you are to vote. "The 48 percent voting participation rate for families in the lowest income category in 2016 was a bit more than half of the 86 percent rate for families in the highest income category." econofact.org/voting-and-…
The 18.4TB compressed database of all 7-piece or fewer chess endgames uses on average 0.35 bits per position, storing almost 23 chess positions per byte used. lichess.org/blog/W3WeMyQA…
In 2009 a 70cm fish bit 6 tourists in Switzerland, sending 2 to hospital. Police divers harpooned the zander and offered it to the tourists as compensation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zan…
The McCormick brand bacon bits are primarily made up of soy flour making them vegan. myrecipes.com/extracrispy…
The "drink 8 glasses of water a day" is based on a 1945 recommendation that had no medical basis. The current recommendation is "drink when you are thirsty, unless you are outside on a hot day or are elderly- then drink a bit more." mcgill.ca/oss/article/hea…
If you feel that the number 5 is a bit like an even number, then you’re right, insofar as it is thought to be the only odd untouchable number: a positive integer that can’t be expressed as the sum of all the proper divisors of any positive integer, including the untouchable number itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unt…
White-crested helmetshrikes (Prionops plumatus) are native to sub-Saharan Africa. They build their nests collectively with bits of bark stripped off of trees binding them together with spider webs.The birds acquire these webs by flying through spider webs using their flared crests as collectors. theflacks.co.za/birds/whi…
Today I learned of the "Big Mac Index" a way to measure how much a country's currency is valued by comparing Big Mac prices. Unlike the burger, it "seeks to make exchange-rate theory a bit more digestible." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
For people who aren't addicted to alcohol, a little bit has no long-lasting ill effects and may, in some instances, be beneficial, as with the heart and arteries. health.harvard.edu/heart-…
Internet service providers use Mega bits per second to advertise speeds even though we use bytes to measure data. A 100 Mbps internet speed gives you 12.5 MB/sec download speed. (8 bits in a byte) ncta.com/whats-new/why-do…
In 1951, 650 British soldiers were being overwhelmed by 10,000 Chinese. When an American general asked for a status update, a brigadier responded "things are a bit sticky down there." No help was sent and almost all of the troops were killed because the general did not get the understatement. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
The man who played Vigo, the Scourge or Carpathia, the Sorrow of Moldavia, was a professional wrester, had a bit part in Die Hard, and died thinking that his half-sister was his biological daughter. deadspin.com/the-hateful-…
A bit, now used to describe an eighth of a byte, was historically used to describe an eighth of a dollar. The slang term "two-bit," meaning cheap or unworthy, literally means 25Β’. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bit…
President Kennedy wanted to go to Mars not the Moon – but engineers told him it was 'a little bit too far'. Nasa told him it would take at least 15 years before we could put a man on the Moon after a weekend of intense calculations ibtimes.co.uk/jfk-wanted-…
In the late 70s despite Apple's ads calling the Apple II 8-bit computer "best-selling", the 8-bit machine was outsold by Atari, Radio Shack and later Commodore. lowendmac.com/2003/apple-…
President Roosevelt was almost blown to bits by a torpedo from a US ship taskandpurpose.com/histor…
Today I learned about the 2038 problem that relates to representing time in many digital systems as the number of seconds passed since 1 January 1970 and storing it as a signed 32-bit binary integer. Such implementations cannot encode times after 03:14:07 UTC on 19 January 2038. There is no solution currently. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
Today I learned about when Penn and Teller, for their show Bullsh!t, Teller got into a tank with piranhas to show that they don't just go after people like in movies, and Teller was bit by one of the piranhas. youtu.be/S3vTld5pNlI?t=35
During World War II, Steinway & Sons airdropped pianos with large parachutes and complete tuning instructions into the battle for the American troops. Called the Victory Vertical or G.I. Steinways, the pianos were to provide a bit of relaxation. The pianos came in olive, blue, and gray drab. steinway.com/news/feature…
In some rare cases, it could take up to two years for rabies to develop after being bit. ccohs.ca/oshanswers/disea…
Lebron James rejected a $10 million offer from Reebok when he was just 18. When asked why, he said that Nike or Adidas might offer him a bit more. Less than a year later, he accepted a $90 million offer from Nike. lockerroom.moneyball.com.…
Even though almost all planes were grounded during 9/11, there was one non military plane flying after the FAA ordered all planes to land. This one plane was carrying snake anti venom to Florida to save a snake handler’s life after he had gotten bit by a Taipan snake brokensecrets.com/2011/09…
The 'dingo ate my baby' case was a real case not just a meme or a Seinfeld bit. The 1980 incident led to a huge miscarriage of justice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
At the temperature -20Β°C or below Emperor Penguins form a huddle (like rugby players) to stay warm. The temperature inside the huddle sometimes gets so hot (37Β°C) that some penguins come out and eat ice to cool off a bit. bbc.com/earth/story/20151…
The Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz series was once a man named Nick Chopper. A witch cursed his axe causing it dismember him over time. He then had each bit replaced until he was completely metal. Upon encountering his surviving human head, they argue as to which one is the real Nick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
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…
A Queens man, Raffi Stepanian, has mined the cracks in the sidewalks in Midtown's Diamond District, New York City, for bits of diamonds, rubies, platinum and gold to make a living. Over six days, he says he collected enough gold for two sales totaling $819. nypost.com/2011/06/20/got…
A horse, Beau, saved his stablemate, Beatrice, from being put down. The shire horse had collapsed and the owners, unable to lift her, set a deadline for when she'd have to be put down. With 20 mins left, Beau went to Beatrice, bit the back of her neck and helped her stand up. She recovered. telegraph.co.uk/news/2018…
A house cat bit its owner in the middle of the night to alert the family for the house fire. The family got out in time with no injuries and the fire department confirmed the cat was partially responsible for the rescue, "Hero kitty" cbsnews.com/news/this-her…
Internet speed is measured in Megabits, not Megabytes. Bytes hold 8 bits, thus making an internet speed of 100megabits/s actually only 12.5 megabytes/s. pc.net/helpcenter/answers…
Monty Python and the Holy Grail originally included the characters riding on real horses but they could not afford to rent them so they were forced to add in the iconic coconut bit, which is an old radio trick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
A fundamental limit exists on the amount of information that can be stored in a given space: about 10^69 bits per square meter. Regardless of technological advancement, any attempt to condense information further will cause the storage medium to collapse into a black hole. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/blogs/p…
The intangible cultural heritage of Dongyang, China is eggs simmered in the urine of prepubescent peasant boys, aptly named the Virgin Boy Egg. β€œIt tastes a bit like urine, but not too much. It’s delicious, you should try one sometime!” nytimes.com/2016/07/23/wo…
The UK invaded Iceland in 1940. Locals amassed at the harbour after sighting British ships. Uncomfortable, the British consul in Iceland asked the nearby policeman "Would you mind getting the crowd to stand back a bit, so that the soldiers can get off the destroyer?". "Certainly," came the reply audlem.org/newsroom/headl…
Osama Bin Laden had the "Charlie Bit My Finger" video in his computer's audio/visual collection en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
An elephant destroyed a house in a remote village in Bengal and then turned to head back into the forest when a baby trapped under the rubble began crying. The elephant turned back and gently removed every last bit of debris covering the baby with their trunk. dailyedge.ie/elephant-sav…
The smaller chunks that break off of icebergs are officially called "bergy bits". wikipedia.org/wiki/Iceber…
The Titanic passengers were initially so unfazed with hitting the iceberg that they had a snowball fight with the "bits of ice [that] fell all over the deck." ship.spottingworld.com/Ti…
Men and Women’s bicycles are designed with different frames due to a tradition from early bike models when women wore dresses all the time and lifting their legs over the frame risked showing off their lady bits. bimbimbikes.com/destinati…
Frank Sinatra hated the song "Light My Fire" by The Doors. One night when it came on the radio he switched stations and found that channel also playing the same song. He stopped the car and smashed the radio to bits with his shoe. telegraph.co.uk/music/art…
The velociraptors' raspy barks from Jurassic Park were actually cut from raunchy turtle bits. "It's somewhat embarrassing, but when the raptors bark at each other to communicate, it's a tortoise having sex," Jurassic Park sound designer Gary Rydstrom told NY Mag. gizmodo.com/jurassic-park…
The Boeing 737Max was fitted with a larger engine to be more fuel efficient, however the top of the engine would be bit above the wing; the nose would point too far up in full thrust during take off, so a new Software system MCAS was introduced. This seems to cause the 2 disastrous crashes. youtu.be/H2tuKiiznsY
A company called General Magic in 1990 envisioned and developed the first handheld communications devices including smartphone and tablet with touch screens, emojis but quickly failed to take off because it was a bit too early; technically. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
In the 1800's, sewer-hunters scavenged the London sewers for bones, fragments of rope, miscellaneous bits of metal, silver cutlery, and coins. Paradoxically, the men were strong, robust and even florid in complexion, often surprisingly long-lived–thanks to their strengthened immune systems smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In 1970, a dead whale washed up on Florence Beach, Oregon. Instead of cremating or burying the creature, authorities decided to blow it up with dynamite. The explosion caused bits of whale and chunks of blubber to rain from the sky, injuring spectators and damaging cars. wweek.com/culture/2016/09…
A service dog bit 911 into a cellphone after her owner collapsed from a seizure. She became the first canine recipient of the VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, given to someone who used a cell phone to save a life. nbcnews.com/id/13439261/#…
A Nepalese farmer was bitten by a king cobra , so he bit it back to death. bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia…
When Simon and Garfunkel were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Art Garfunkel thanked Paul Simon for enriching his life and Simon said, "Arthur and I agree about almost nothing. But it's true, I have enriched his life quite a bit." After three songs, the duo left without speaking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
The deepest hole drilled by humans into the Earth is a bit over 12 km. If the Earth was an onion, that would be the equivalent of the first layer of skin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kol…
In Norse mythology, Thor once dressed as a bride and was presented to the giant thrym with loki as his bridesmaid. Thrym got a bit suspicious When Thor ate an entire ox, eight salmon, and many barrels of mead. norse-mythology.org/tales…
The Romans used a unit of distance called the mille passum, which literally translated into "a thousand paces." Since each pace was considered to be five Roman feetβ€”which were a bit shorter than our modern feetβ€”the mile ended up being 5,000 Roman feet, or roughly 4,850 of our modern feet. czasopismologistyka.pl/ar…
On 2002, after having smoked PCP, Big Lurch was found naked and covered with blood; it was soon discovered he had in his stomach bits of flesh and lungs from Tynisha Ysais, his friend's girlfriend who was found dead. He was sentenced to life without parole for murdering her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
There was a failed attempt at building a Colorado summer home for the POTUS. funding included a scheme to have schoolchildren donate their pennies. Today, all that remains is a bit of the foundation and a white marble cornerstone dated 1911. outtherecolorado.com/jour…
Today I learned of the Year 2038 Problem - Time in many digital systems is counted as the number of seconds passed since 1 Jan 1970 and is stored as a signed 32-bit binary integer. Such implementations cannot encode times after 03:14:07 UTC on 19 Jan 2038 causing an insufficient storage issue similar to Y2K. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
Amid widespread chocolate shortage during WW2, Pietro Ferrero sought to create a chocolate treat that would be affordable for struggling families. The result was β€œsupercrema,” a spread made with just a little bit of chocolate and a lot of the hazelnuts. Now we call it Nutella. washingtonpost.com/news/m…
Neil Armstrong's quote was actually, "That's one small step for (A) man, one giant leap for mankind." A tiny bit of radio static caused the whole world to miss hear the quote. space.com/amp/neil-armstr…
When Mick Jagger was 16, he bit off the tip of his tongue playing basketball. It changed the way he spoke, changing it from a more posh accent to a more β€œstreet” accent. It comes through in his singing voice too and is the reason for his distinctive voice. ajournalofmusicalthings.c…
The processing power of the conscious mind is estimated to be 50 bits/s. britannica.com/science/in…
BOLO stands for Be On the Look Out as in an all points bulletin, it makes the tv cop shows a bit clearer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
After a wave of Vietnamese immigrants moved into Houston, TX they developed a fusion of local and Vietnamese cuisines called Viet-Cajun. It blends bits of both cuisines the signature dish being Viet-Cajun crawfish which draws crowds and sees long lines at the restaurants that serve it. houston.eater.com/2017/2/…
A computer 'Bit' is a portmanteau (a joining of words) between 'Binary' and 'Digit' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
β€œSigurd the Mighty” died from an infection caused by being bit by the severed head of his enemy, MΓ‘el Brigte. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
If a Rolex ticks or the second hand is jumping even a tiny bit, it is most likely fake worthy.com/blog/its-about…
In order to get steer the Saturn V rocket, computer bits were hand weaved by women. youtu.be/dI-JW2UIAG0
Today I learned of the Year 2038 problem, where systems that wrap their UNIX time counters and storing it as 32-bit signed integer will reach its maximum capacity (2,147,483,647 seconds after 1 January 1970), the number will wrap around to become -2147483647 and will mean 13 December 1901 on these systems en.wikipedia.org/en/Year_…
A shark helped another shark give birth at an Auckland, New Zealand aquarium in 2009. The first shark bit the abdomen of the second, freeing the pups inside. One aquarium staff member said "It had to bite a certain part to let them out and do it without killing the babies or her." mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
In 1963, Donald Currey cut down a tree to retrieve his drill bit after it got stuck when he was trying to core it to study climate effects. After studying the core of the tree, he found that he'd just cut down the oldest tree (at least 4862 years old) found to date. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
About Britain's Unkillable Soldier Adrian Carton de Wart. Who fought the Boer War, WWI & WWII Britain. Was shot 7 times, survived 2 plane crashes, lost an eye, and bit off his own fingers. youtu.be/NIzy0rNz5rg
Today I learned of 70's radio DJ Morgan White, who pogo'd from Boulder to Denver (27 miles), and did other crazy stunts. He sat in a Zales window filled with snakes for 13 days until he got bit by a water moccasin. denverpost.com/2010/09/11…

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