The reason snow is able to absorb sound is because it is porous. Snowflakes are six-sided crystals, and they are filled with open spaces.Those spaces absorb sound waves, creating a quieting effect over a blanket of snow. reconnectwithnature.org/n…
When Alan Alda was seven years old he contracted polio. To combat the disease his parents administered a painful treatment regimen developed by Sister Elizabeth Kenny consisting of applying hot woolen blankets to his limbs and stretching his muscles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
Today I learned about the "Chartaline blanket" invented in Manchester, England. The Victorian poor would take cotton batting and layer it between paper to create a paper blanket. paperspast.natlib.govt.nz…
The original British Airways policy for passengers who died mid-flight was to pretend they were alive, prop them up on their seats, and give them a vodka and tonic, a Daily Mail and eye-shades. Nowadays, they tuck a blanket up to their neck, and if possible, move them to a first-class seat traveller.com.au/put-them…
Today I learned of Mim, an eastern grey kangaroo raised by a family who hand-fed her. After they released her, Mim roamed wild for years; but when wildfires burned near the family's home in Kulnura, Australia, Mim turned up at their door seeking shelter. They let her stay indoors where she lounged on a blanket. theguardian.com/environme…
The US Army never gave the Native Americans smallpox infested blankets as a tool of genocide. The US did inflict countless atrocities against the natives, but the smallpox blankets story was fabricated by a University of Colorado professor. quod.lib.umich.edu/p/plag…
Today I learned of The Salish Wool Dog; an extinct breed of white, long-haired, Spitz-type dog that was developed and bred by the Coast Salish peoples of what is now Washington state and British Columbia. The fur of the Salish Wool Dog was prized for making the famous and rare "Salish" blankets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Today I learned about the blanket octopus, named for the sheets of thin webbing between its arms. Females can reach over 6' (1.9m) in length, while males are approximately the size of a walnut. This is the most extreme case of sexual size dimorphism found in nature. nationalgeographic.com/an…
A Navajo blanket was appraised on PBS’s β€œAntiques Roadshow” for $500,000. After seeing the broadcast, a disabled man realized he had a similar blanket which had been sitting in his closet for 7 years. He took it to an auctioneer and its final bid was $1.5 million. cnbc.com/2017/11/20/krytz…
Blanket octopus females, can reach nearly seven feet in length, compared with males that are about 0.9 inch long. They're also 40,000 times heavier than the male. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Male Blanket Octopus is 10,000 times smaller than females and during mating season, it just creeps up on female, snaps off its penis and put it in female's part which then climbs into her to ejaculate sperms. octolab.tv/species/blanke…
Today I learned about the disparity between male and female Blanket Octopus. A female can grow up to 2 metres in height, whereas a male can only grow around 2.4 centimetres. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
The US gave the Soviet Union 44,000 jeeps, 375,883 trucks, 8,071 tractors, 12,700 tanks, 1,541,590 blankets, and 331,066 liters of Alcohol for the war effort against the Nazis, and $500 billion in financial recovery to European countries. youtube.com/watch?v=-60bP…
A TN man bought a school bus to rescue 53 dogs & 11 cats from SC shelters overcrowded due to Hurricane Florence; one shelter said he took "leftover pets" that would be hard to adopt out. He drove them to a friend's shelter in AL where they got baths & blankets till they could find new shelters. seattletimes.com/nation-w…
The blanket octopus has the biggest sexual size-dimorphism of any non microscopic organism. Females can be 6 feet long, while males are only 2.4 cms long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
In the early 1900's people thought radioactivity was healthy, and would buy products such as uranium blankets and radioactive water. popsci.com/scitech/articl…
The US court confirmed that Snuggies are blankets, not clothes theverge.com/2017/2/16/14…
A submarine ran out of fuel about 100 miles from hawaii while searching for a lost tug. Sub R14 had empty reserve tanks, no radio communications and a week's worth of food. Crew rigged up blankets and mattress covers as sails. It sailed back to Hawaii over 5 days. pigboats.com/subs/r-14.ht…
Sleeping under a weighted blanket can help reduce insomnia, depression and anxiety webmd.com/sleep-disorders…
Sleeping under a weighted blanket can help reduce insomnia and anxiety ptsdjournal.com/posts/sle…
During the tornado outbreak of 1974, forecasters in Indiana, frustrated because they could not keep up with all of the simultaneous tornado activity, put the entire state under a blanket tornado warning. This was the only time in U.S. history that an entire state was under a tornado warning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Today I learned of Endal the service dog. After Endal's owner was knocked out of a wheelchair by a passing car, Endal put him in the recovery position, covered him with a blanket from his wheelchair, retrieved his phone from under the car, and went into a nearby hotel to get help. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End…
Female blanket octopuses are 40,000x heavier than their male partners nationalgeographic.com.au…
Plaid is not meant to describe a pattern, it was an article of clothing (blanket draped over shoulder), the pattern is named tartan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Today I learned about Crazy Ants. An invasive ant species invading the united states; they disrupt food chains by eating everything, are immune to fire ant venom, and the trickiest ant for exterminators. So numerous they blanket the ground, they also target and short out electronics like air conditioners. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
Horses can communicate with humans by pointing to symbols. Researchers trained the horses to understand 3 symbols which meant β€œblanket on,” β€œblanket off,” and β€œno change.” After training they were tested in different weather conditions and researchers found the choices matched the weather. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
I learned of Grandma Gatewood who hiked the 2,200 mile Appalachian trail at 55 bringing only Converse shoes, an army blanket and a plastic shower curtain after reading about it in a magazine and telling her children she was going for a walk. She hiked it again at 72 and 75. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
In Catalonia there is a tradition involving a TiΓ³ de Nadal (Christmas Log). A log is brought inside ones living room, often referred to as a 'Poop Log', it's given a blanket and fed small treats. Come Christmas day children beat the log with sticks, demanding that it poop presents for them. convospanish.com/el-tio-d…
Weighted blankets weren't designed as a sleep aid. They were first used as an alternative to physically restraining children with autism or pervasive developmental disabilities, as well as adults in acute-care psychiatric units. healthcarenews.com/a-sens…
Back in 1984, religious fanatics in Iran sent children marching over minefields to clear them. They got plastic keys that would open the gates of heaven for them. Later, they also gave them blankets so corpse parts wouldn't be blown everywhere. matthiaskuentzel.de/conte…
Today I learned that there is a phenomenon called sexual size dimorphism which causes female Blanket Octopuses to outgrow males. Females can be up to 6 feet long whereas males are size of a walnut. Some scientists think its because males spend more energy in looking for females than growing. nationalgeographic.com/an…
The β€œcalm before the storm” is a real phenomenon that occurs when warm, dry air descends from altitude over the storm front, which blankets and stabilizes the surrounding region. science.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned about the blanket octopus that has the most extreme form of sexual dimorphism in the animal kingdom. Females can be up to 6 feet and males are only a few centimeters. wikipedia.org/wiki/Blanke…
There was a Jack The Ripper themed club in Chicago in the late 1880s called the Whitechapel Club. It was decorated with weapons used in local murders, bloody blankets and a coffin being used as furniture. chicagomag.com/city-life/…
Weighted blankets improves anxiety for Dementia clients too - and it's not that expensive dailycaring.com/weighted-…
The "historical fact" that the American government gave blankets infected with smallpox to Native Americans was made up by a single person. quod.lib.umich.edu/p/plag…
Scientists didn't discover a single male Blanket octopus until 2002 because they were looking at the wrong magnitude. Females can be up to 40,000 times more massive than males; the largest gender size discrepancy in the animal kingdom. wired.com/2015/03/absurd-…
That, after his disabled owner was struck by a car, 'Endal' the service dog pulled his unconscious owner into the recovery position, retrieved his mobile phone from beneath the car, fetched a blanket and covered him, and then ran to a nearby hotel to obtain help en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End…
After the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the yakuza sent hundreds of trucks filled with food, water, blankets, and sanitary accessories to aid the people in the affected areas of the natural disaster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yak…
On September 11 2001, Delta flight 15 had to land near Lewisporte, Newfoundland (pop. 4000). The town took care of 800 passengers for 3 days with homemade food, toiletries and fresh blankets daily. Since then, Flight 15 Fund has raised 1.5 million dollars and has presented 134 scholarships. canadianexpatnetwork.com/…
Trenton is named after William Trent, who so colorfully recorded the use of biological warfare against the Indigenous Peoples: "Out of our regard for them, we gave them two Blankets and an Handkerchief out of the Small Pox Hospital. I hope it will have the desired effect." history.org/foundation/jo…
Despite their assumed ubiquitous use in British and American colonization, there is only one recorded incident of "smallpox blankets" ever being used. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
Every pregnant woman in Finland gets delivered a Maternity Box, which includes children's clothes and other necessary items, such as nappies, bedding, cloth, gauze towels, a blanket, crib sheets, and diapers. wikiwand.com/en/Maternity…
During winter there is a train in Japan where everyone sits at low wooden tables with attached blankets and a heat source underneath, mirroring a cozy living room atmosphere. japan-experience.com/upda…
We need to use a blanket at night to keep warm, as our bodies no longer thermoregulate. atlasobscura.com/articles…
A Labrador Retriever service dog pulled his disabled owner into the recovery position after he was struck unconscious, then covered him with a blanket. Retrieved his mobile phone and pushed it against his face, and only left his owner to fetch help once he had regained consciousness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End…
The Yakuza, Japan's largest organized crime syndicate, provided food, water, blankets, diapers, etc. during both the 1995 and 2011 Japanese Earthquakes and at a much faster response time than even the Japanese Government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yak…
Labrador Retriever service dog pulled his disabled owner into the recovery position after he was struck unconscious, then covered him with a blanket. Retrieved his mobile phone and pushed it against his face, and only left his owner to fetch help once he had regained consciousness. rendip.com/post/2660/a-la…
Sleeping with a weighted blanket results in an uptick in serotonin and can help in the treatment of anxiety and even autism atlasobscura.com/articles…
The female Blanket Squid is up to 40.000 times heavier than the male. That is equivalent to a full-sized human female having sex with a walnut-sized male. news.nationalgeographic.c…

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