No matter the language, we all exchange information at 39 bits/second, suggesting a biological limit. Languages that are lower information density are spoken fast (Spanish & Japanese) while denser languages are spoken more slowly (Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese). advances.sciencemag.org/c…
Dwight D. Eisenhower wanted to attend his son John's graduation from West Point, but was unable to do so because he was "a bit too busy with work." On graduation day - June 6, 1944 - the elder Eisenhower was overseeing the Allied invasion of Normandy. pennlive.com/entertainmen…
Legendary football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant earned his nickname by agreeing to wrestle a bear for $1 at a carnival when he was 13 years old. The bear bit his ear, and the carnival never paid him $1. fanbuzz.com/college-footb…
Because the original Pac-Man game stores the level counter as an 8-bit integer, an overflow error occurs when reaching level 256. This causes the level map to only half load, rendering it unbeatable. Making it to level 256 was used as a mark of prestige amongst players. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
When a Taser is fired, it releases tiny bits of uniquely numbered confetti that correlate to the specific weapon. It can then allow Taser International to track the sale of the specific weapon, which could lead police to the buyer bernews.com/2010/04/polic…
Between the 1930s and 1940s penicillin was so precious that it was re-extracted from the urine of patients to conserve every last bit of it smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
When the singer from the band Mayhem killed himself, he wrote in his suicide note, "Excuse all the blood." When the guitarist found him, he called the bassist and told him, "Dead has done something really cool! He killed himself" The band members also had necklaces made from bits of his skull. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
Elvis's chimpanzee 'Scatter' drank beer & whiskey & pulled clothes off women. He bit people & went to the bathroom into his hands & threw it during parties. Elvis's friend Lamar Fike electrocuted Scatter with a cattle prod & claimed Elvis once assaulted him with a pool cue. elvis.com.au/presley/scat…
The Soviets bugged US Embassy and Consulate typewriters with one of the world's first keyloggers. It was a long bit of circuitry inside a supporting bar in the typewriter, capturing text by measuring magnetic disturbance as the print head moved. This was sent by radio bursts to the Soviets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM…
Today I Learned red pandas, one of the most liked and famous animals aren't a single species but two. Chinese red pandas have redder fur and striped tail rings, while Himalayan pandas have whiter faces. This makes the efforts of their conservation a bit trickier. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
The length of time it takes for cyanide to kill a person ranges from around 2-5 minutes, and during this timeframe, they're fully conscious and experience every bit of the chemical's effects. labroots.com/trending/vid…
Today I learned about Gu Gu, a panda at Beijing zoo who has attacked trespassers on 3 different occasions. The first incident happened in 2006, when a drunk man jumped the fence and tried to give the panda a hug. Gu Gu and the man bit each other until zoo officials separated them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gu_…
Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat in a concert of 5,000 in Des Moines, on Jan. 20, 1982. He was rushed to the hospital afterwards for rabies shots desmoinesregister.com/sto…
During the famous Holyfield vs. Tyson II fight, Mike Tyson biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear did not stop the fight. Tyson bit Holyfield's other ear the next round (did not bite a piece of it off this time) and at the conclusion of that round, they stopped the fight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…
There is actually a tiny bit of lag in your peripheral vision jov.arvojournals.org/arti…
The crunchy bits in toothpaste is microscopic silica glass called diatoms. It's used as a fine abrasive to clean your teeth. microcosmos.foldscope.com…
The last thylacine captured on film bit the cameraman on the ass. australiangeographic.com.…
Studies on the subject indicate Morning People are generally happier and less inclined to develop bad habits, while Night Owls are generally a bit more intelligent and sexually promiscuous fastcompany.com/3046391/m…
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…
The weight of gravity ever so slightly contracts and compresses our spines to the point where we are a bit taller in the morning than we are in the evening. The larger the planet the heavier the pull of gravity. youtube.com/watch?v=QcUey…
4096-bit RSA decryption keys can be extracted within an hour using the sound generated by the CPU during the decryption, using a plain mobile phone placed next to the laptop, as discovered by Adi Shamir, one of the authors of the RSA algorithm. pcworld.com/article/20822…
Musician Mike Posner walked across America in 2019 walking upwards of 30 miles a day. He got bit by a rattlesnake halfway through his journey and almost lost his leg. time.com/5713206/mike-pos…
Ben Nyaumbe survived being constricted by an African Rock Python for 3 hours. He bit the snake, smothered it with his shirt, was dragged up a tree by the snake and ultimately was rescued by Law Officials with the help of a rope badassoftheweek.com/nyaum…
On the cover of the 2004 Eurostat Statistical Compendium, published by the EU, Wales was left off and replaced by the Irish Sea. The anti-EU party UKIP responded: "We're pleased the EU has recognised our wish to withdraw the UK, but we didn't expect them to do it one bit at a time" news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
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_…
The first spaceflight that landed humans on the moon (Apollo 11) had an on board guidance computer with only 4kB of RAM (32,768 bits) and 72kB (589,824 bits) of ROM. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
In 1970 Florence, Oregan, traffic officials used 450 kgs of dynamite to remove the carcass of a whale from a beach. This resulted in whale bits covering spectators and even denting cars over 800 ft away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Even though humans are quite numerous inhabitants of the earth, we are outnumbered by chickens by a bit more than 3 times and we are still rapidly increasing their numbers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Unlike their Hollywood counterparts, Velociraptors were likely only a bit smarter than a rabbit and only about the size of a 30lb turkey. nhm.ac.uk/discover/veloci…
Four year old Wilhelm II attended the wedding of Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark. Wilhelm was in the care of his uncle Prince Alfred. Alfred asked Wilhelm to be quiet and the child threatened to stab his uncle with a dirk. A conflict occured and Wilhelm bit his uncle on the leg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Chanakya, one of the oldest economist added a tiny bit of poison in the Kings food, without his knowledge, to immunize him from enemy assassination attempts. The King accidently killed his 8 month pregnant Queen by sharing his food. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
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…
Today I learned of the trial and judgement of Nazi camp commandant Josef Oberhauser. Sentenced by West German courts for 450,000 counts of accessory to murder in the BeΕ‚ΕΌec camp, he was punished with 4,5 years imprisonment, or, a bit more than 5 minutes per victim. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
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…
Am-Phu cave in Vietnam is decorated with "hell" themes: sculpted demons "and fanged devils bathed in sinister red light, where hands reach up from the waters below and river monsters threaten to gnash (visitors') souls to bits." It's located under the mountain associated with heaven. atlasobscura.com/places/a…
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…
Ravens are extremely intelligent birds that can be taught how to copy the human speech a bit. youtube.com/watch?v=AfsnH…
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…
Some whale vomit is used in perfumes, Is also worth a fair bit if u happen to stumble across it on a beach walk, *Reedited* edition.cnn.com/2016/04/1…
Dogs go crazy for stinky horse hoof trimmings!! A bit of manure, keratin cells, and the whole array of smells in the barn will bring your dog running for this vile treat when feet are being trimmed. Dogs welcome the farrier with open paws so they can get one of their favorite treats. equimed.com/health-center…
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…
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…
When Redd Foxx suffered his fatal heart attack, cast members on set of his new show thought he was doing his Sanford and Son heart attack bit ew.com/article/1998/10/09…
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…
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…
Fun little bit of a cat's outer ear is called 'Henry's Pocket' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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