Inuit in northern Greenland were using iron blades for centuries without knowledge of metallurgy. They made them by breaking pieces off of a huge iron meteorite and shaping them with heavy stones. They built their settlements close to the meteorite and used its iron for generations. now.ku.dk/documents/Meteo…
Old houses in US could have hundreds of old rusting razor blades between the walls. This is the result of a safe solution designed to dispose blades after being used, which was to drop them in a slot in the wall. rd.com/article/if-you-liv…
When William Gibson wrote about a third of the Neuromancer, he watched 20 minutes of Blade Runner. He felt very discouraged, as he thought people would think he copied from the film. Thus, he rewrote the first two-thirds more than 12 times, and still feared losing the reader's attention. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neu…
The Onion wrote a satirical article about a five-blade shaving razor in 2005, one year before Gillette actually came out with a real five-blade razor boingboing.net/2005/09/14…
Today I learned about the Kamov ka-50, The first operational helicopter to be equipped with ejector seats. In an emergency situation, the blades are designed to eject from its sleeve a fraction of a second before the pilot's ejector seat is activated en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kam…
Blackbeard would go into battle with anywhere from six to ten pistols on his person, and multiple blades. His fighting style with a cutlass was meant to be intimidating as well as effective. guns.com/news/2011/08/09/…
There was a serial slasher in London called the London monster. He affixed sharp blades to his knees then would stab women in the butt by kneeing them. He would also put knives in flower bouquets then trick women into smelling it before stabbing them in the face. youtu.be/tN4DHMKAWPo
Billy Bob Thornton was told he was too ugly to be an actor, so he should write his own screenplay and star in it. So, he wrote and starred in Sling Blade, for which he won the screenplay Oscar. The man who told him he was too ugly was Billy Wilder, 6-time Oscar-winning writer and director. youtu.be/mfIjOZ4mzyE?t=14…
In the event of an engine failure, a helicopter can safely land in autorotation. The airflow caused by the fall rotates the blades and brakes the aircraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
Jane Fonda's mother killed herself by slicing her own throat with a razor blade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The shape of a lawn mowers blade creates lift which forces the grass to stick up, making it much easier to be cut by the next blade en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, Back to the Future, The Shawshank Redemption, The Thing, and more (over 150 movies) had posters designed and illustrated by Drew Struzan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dre…
The movie Blade Runner got its title from a book called The Bladerunner by Alan E. Nourse. The novel was was published in 1974 and has nothing to do with Ridley Scott's Blade Runner universe theverge.com/2017/10/4/16…
The directors cut of Blade Runner was not actually compiled by the director en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
The CIA has a "ninja missile" that uses spinning blades and kinetic force rather than explosives to minimize collateral damage militarytimes.com/2020/06…
A complete official release of the Blade Runner soundtrack doesn't exist, leading to numerous bootlegs over decades. In addition, Vangelis composed a new album of "inspired by BR" music for the 25th Anniversary edition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Helicopter rotor blades spin at a fairly constant speed and only gain lift by altering the angle of the blades. The centrifugal force is too much to attempt to alter the blade RPM enough to generate lift. phs.com.au/how-does-it-fl…
Wind turbines have only three blades because a fourth blade wouldn't add as much value as it costs extra youtu.be/RNPIRfxUTQ4
Hampton Fancer, co-writer of the Blade Runner movies, was born to a Mexican-Danish mother in Los Angeles and ran away at 15yo to Spain to become a flamenco dancer. He renamed himself "Mario Montejo" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
King Tutankhamun (14th Century BC Pharaoh) was entombed with a dagger of "extraterrestrial origin." Advanced spectrometry tests strongly suggest the iron, nickel, and cobalt contained in the blade are from a meteorite that crashed near the the Kharga Oasis about 200 km west of the Nile. history.com/news/research…
Today I learned that ceiling fans can make you feel cooler OR warmer, depending on which direction the blades are spinning. advanced-air.com/help-gui…
Philip K. Dick novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" ignited the New Wave sci fi movement in the 60s, inspired the founders of the cyberpunk sci fi movement in the 80s, and was the basis for the classic sci fi film "Blade Runner" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_…
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…
The movie Solider (starring Kurt Russell) takes place in the same fictional universe as Blade Runner en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Helicoprion is a genus of extinct shark whose fossil specimens reveal spirally arranged clusters of the individuals' teeth called "tooth whorls" that resemble our modern circular saw blades.The shark's blade, connected to cylindrical muscle tissue, would shred prey into small, bite-sized pieces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
The 1998 science fiction film "Soldier" starring Kurt Russell was meant to share a universe with "Blade Runner" and has oblique references to it and stories by Philip K. Dick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
People used to toss thier used razor blades into holes in the wall, where they would just sit until someone removed the wall. isarchitecture.com/seen-a…
; NZ still shears around half a million sheep by blade. The extra wool left using this method keeps the animal warmer during the cold winters. rnz.co.nz/national/progra…
Neither Director Ridley Scott nor screenwriter David Webb Peoples read Philip K. Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" on which "Blade Runner" is based. filmsane.com/just-a-bunch…
Today I learned of the Great Catfish Massacre of 1985, where a Louisiana mayor decided to turn the town swimming pool into a giant catfish farming operation. Turned out the circulation blades didn’t have blade covers, which was a problem for the ecosystem. β€œIt looked like we were chumming for sharks." bayoubrief.com/2019/08/13…
In 1922 Raymond DeWalt invented the Radial Arm Saw, with the first saw blade driven directly by a motor. Naming it the "Wonder-Worker," he then started the DeWalt company which still exists today. Once a versatile staple of home workshops, the Radial Arm Saw is in extremely limited use today. vintagemachinery.org/mfgi…
Why paper cuts are so painful is b/c at a microscopic level, paper is actually quite rough. A knife makes a straight cut, but paper acts like a saw blade and does more damage to cells and nerve endings. Paper also leaves behind tiny fibres and chemical residues, irritating the wound even more. sciencefocus.com/the-huma…
New York State is the first and only state in the U.S. to ban declawing of house cats except if medically necessary. (Declawing, or onychectomy, surgically amputates all or part of the end bones of a cat's toes using a one of three methods: scalpel blade, guillotine trimmers, or laser). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ony…
Dustin Hoffman was originally considered for the lead role in β€˜Blade Runner’ cbc.ca/radio/q/10-things-…
Sci-Fi writer Philip K. Dick's writing had accumulated a total revenue of over US $1 billion by 2009: Blade Runner (from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall (from We Can Remember It for You Wholesale), Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, The Adjustment Bureau, among others. wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip…
Blade Runner and The Thing both came out on the same day, received mixed critical reception, and were considered box office flops, and are both now considered masterclasses in their genres. smellslikeinfinitesadness…
King Tut (Tutankhamun) was entombed with an iron dagger. It is believed that the dagger's blade is forged from a Nickel Iron meteorite, the only available source of that metal in the Bronze Age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tut…
Master swordsmith Masamune founded the Soshu tradition about 700 years ago. He has a 24th generation grandson who continues the tradition of forging blades, in the same area, to this day. sword-masamune.com/en/inf…
Nearly every part of a wind farm turbine is recyclable except for the blades, which are too large and too strong to be crushed. Instead, the blades get put in a landfill where they will take β€œhundreds of years to biodegrade.” educationviews.org/landfi…
The USA has developed a missile that kills its targets with blades and not explosives to minimize unintended civilian casualties news.com.au/technology/in…
In WWII, Gillette created covert kits for POWs that contained Gillette grooming items, but also other secret supplies like razor-blade compasses, counterfeit German currency, and maps of enemy territory. gillette.com/en-us/about/…
"After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, 365" USAF B-52 Stratofortress heavy bombers "were destroyed under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. The aircraft were stripped of usable parts, chopped into five pieces with a 13,000 pound steel blade and sold for scrap at 12 cents per pound." airman.dodlive.mil/2018/0…
Today I learned of compass plants which tend to align their leaf blades on a North-South axis. This is the optimal alignment for minimal sunlight exposure. wildflower.org/plants/res…
When helicopters kick up sand while they are spinning blades, the sand creates a static discharge from the friction of the rotor blades spinning. This generates a bright light surrounding the blades as they spin. youtu.be/ny2ueQEmkEk
The Gerber Mark II combat knife originally had a 5 degree offset between the blade and the grip, one of the reasons being to ride in the sheath more comfortably - many were returned because of a 'bent blade'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Saturn's rings 282k km across but only ~1km thick. Making the rings 10k times thinner than a razor blade if saturn was a meter wide. coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.e…
Ines Ramirez Perez is the only woman to successfully do a self C-section. Alone in her house with no medical facility near Perez took several swigs of hard liqour and cut into herself using a 6-inch blade. rd.com/true-stories/survi…
Obsidian Blades are so sharp that they can cut cells and DNA. They are used are used in modern medicine because the sharp blades create incisions which heal faster. edition.cnn.com/2015/04/0…
Obsidian knives are so sharp they cut on a cellular level. Due to this, when used in the medical field, incisions made with the blade heal faster with less scarring. cnn.com/2015/04/02/health…
When King Louis XVI of France was executed via guillotine, it did not sever his neck. The blade went through the back of his skull and into his jaw. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exe…

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