Japan's largest organized crime syndicate, the Yakuza, provided food, water, diapers,blankets etc. during both the 1995 and 2011 Japanese earthquakes at a response time much faster than even the Japanese government. reuters.com/article/us-ya…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
The US court confirmed that Snuggies are blankets, not clothes theverge.com/2017/2/16/14…
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…
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…
Female blanket octopuses are 40,000x heavier than their male partners nationalgeographic.com.au…
To create kung fu movie sound effects, a number of people would sit in front of a screen playing the movie with boxing gloves, pieces of wood and blankets (seen in this documentary at around 11:49). youtube.com/watch?time_co…
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…
Sleeping under a weighted blanket can help reduce insomnia, depression and anxiety webmd.com/sleep-disorders…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Sleeping under a weighted blanket can help reduce insomnia and anxiety ptsdjournal.com/posts/sle…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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/…
Weighted blankets improves anxiety for Dementia clients too - and it's not that expensive dailycaring.com/weighted-…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
The blanket octopus rips tentacles off of Portuguese Man o' Wars to use as weapons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
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…
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…
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…
That, because cows have 4 distinct stomach chambers, there are four distinct types of tripe: blanket, honeycomb, book, and reed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
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…
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…
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 female blanket octopus is 4,000 times the size of the male. (That's the equivalent to a 120-pound woman having a mate who weighed 0.003 pounds.) azula.com/female-blanket-…
Michael Jackson's youngest son Blanket (the one held over the balcony) changed his name to Bigi after being bullied at school hellomagazine.com/celebri…
Today I learned about Emma Rowena Gatewood, aka Grandma Gatewood, the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail. She did it in 1955 at the age of 67, wearing Keds sneakers and carrying an army blanket, a raincoat, and a plastic shower curtain, which she carried in a homemade bag slung over one shoulder. sectionhiker.com/the-real…
It took a judge's ruling to settle an argument whether Snuggies are blankets or clothes (Because blankets and clothes are taxed differently) mentalfloss.com/article.p…
There was a service dog named Endal, who, in 2001, rescued his unconscious owner by putting him in the recovery position, covering him with a blanket, retrieving his mobile phone, and running to a nearby hotel to obtain help after his wheelchair was clipped by a vehicle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End…
French mathematician Joseph Fourier believed wrapping his body in a blanket was beneficial to his health. He died after tripping on it and falling down the stairs. scienceworld.wolfram.com/…
Americas most feared dog(blanket term Pit Bull) actually ranks very close to Labrador Retrievers in a temperament test at 86% to the Lab's 94% temperament. atts.org/breed-statistics…
At the height of the fur trade, more than 60% of all goods traded were blankets. Point blankets became the standard for measuring trade items and were used for bedding, clothing, room dividers, outerwear robes and handmade wrap-style coats. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
A man was given an old blanket by his grandmother. He kept it on the back of a chair for years only to find out it is a First Phase Navajo Chief blanket worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. youtube.com/watch?v=WJw2q…
That Japanese have invented and frequently use a heated table-blanket called a Kotatsu that they use to keep warm while sitting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kot…
Originally, Barney the dinosaur was going to be a blanket before he was potrayed as a dinosaur. barney.wikia.com/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned of Emma Gatewood, who in 1955 at the age of 67, told her children (now adults) that she was going for a walk, and became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. She wore Keds sneakers and only carried an army blanket, a raincoat and a plastic shower curtain in a homemade denim bag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Michael Jackson's son, Blanket, legally changed his name to Bigi because he was constantly bullied. unvis.it/greeningz.com/en…
Baltimore issued a blanket prescription for all its residents to carry Narcan baltimoresun.com/health/b…
Every spring the Rhone Glacier in Switzerland gets covered by blankets to slow its melting. A group of scientists trek up the mountain in order to cover the rapidly melting tourist attraction. phys.org/news/2015-09-bla…
The ubiquitous, striped, cotton, flannel baby blankets that hospitals in North America use, all come from one company in Illinois. They have various other styles of the same blanket, but the striped version is cheapest and, therefore, most popular with hospitals. chicago.cbslocal.com/2014…
Today I learned of the now extinct Salish Wool Dog, sheared like sheep and prized for making the famous and rare "Salish" blankets, as the Salish peoples of the Pacific Northwest did not have sheep and wild mountain goat wool was difficult to gather. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
A Labrador Retriever service dog pulled his disabled owner into the recovery position after he was struck unconscious then covered him with a blanket. The dog then retrieved his owner's cell phone and put it against his face, only leaving to fetch help once he had regained consciousness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End…
Today I learned about swaddling: a practice of tightly wrapping an infant in a blanket. More common in the Middle Ages, it is an excellent way to keep children warm as well as soothes them to stop crying en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
The blanket octopus is known to rip off the venomous tentacles of the Portuguese man o' war to use them as weapons science.sciencemag.org/co…
Hellbanning: The practice of making a user's [troll's] contributions invisible to the rest of an online community, while the user still perceives they are participating normally -- i.e. blanket enforcement of "don't feed the trolls". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
The taliban use space blankets to hide their heat signatures from nato forces during night attacks bbc.co.uk/news/world-sout…
A mathematician by the name of Joseph Fourier had a belief that if he wrapped his body in a blanket, it would be beneficial to his health. His death was caused by tripping on a blanket and falling down stairs. scienceworld.wolfram.com/…
Until 2001 there was a malt liquor in the US named "Crazy Horse". John Stroh III made a peace offering to the descendants of Chief Crazy Horse at a ceremony that settled the legal battle. Stroh gave the family tobacco, horses, blankets, braids of sweetgrass and made a public apology. news.minnesota.publicradi…
The blanket octopus exhibits the largest difference in size between sexes, with females weighing 10,000, and probably up to 40,000 times, as much as males en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
The infamous "Dark Knight" Satellite, an objected photographed in LEO thought to be an ancient Satellite left by extraterrestrials, is in fact just a thermal blanket. jamesoberg.com/sts88_and-…
In Japan there is a common practice of using a low table with a heat source below it (once charcoal, now typically electric). The table is skirted with a blanket that traps heat for warming the legs as well as convecting heat into user's clothing. It's called "kotatsu". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kot…
Blanket octopi have evolved an immunity to the poison of the man o' war and rips off its tentacles to use as whips en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
The blanket octopus is immune to the venom of the portuguese man o' war siphonophore and rips its arms off to defend itself en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
Contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence that Native Americans were intentionally given smallpox-laden blankets. quod.lib.umich.edu/p/plag…
Brighton Beach was bought from the Indians back in 1645 for a gun, a blanket and a kettle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The Blanket Octopus rips the tentacles off Portguese Man O Wars and uses them for self defence tolweb.org/tree?group=Tre…
19th-century photographers would regularly enlist mothers and nursemaids to comfort children during long sittings and exposures. In an effort to erase them from the photos, these "hidden mothers" were often draped with blankets, or tucked behind furniture or painted backdrops. theguardian.com/artanddes…
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…
There are "toast places" in London. Places you go to make toast. They even supply blankets for you to cuddle in. london.randomness.org.uk/…
The Blanket Octopus rips off the Portuguese Man O' War's tentacles and uses them for defensive purposes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Owls are weighed wrapped up in blankets like little bird burritos healthtalk.umn.edu/2012/1…
Roman emperor Caligula's horse, Incitatus, had a stable of marble, with an ivory manger, purple blankets, and a collar of precious stones. Inctatus had servants and was fed oats mixed with gold flake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inc…
In 2001, a labrador retriever named Endal won the PDSA gold medal. The lab saved a man by retrieving his phone under his car, fetched a blanket to cover him, and then ran to a nearby hotel for help en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End…
There is a desert spider that builds a blanket from its silk and sand, then burrows into the ground, and hides itself in the burrow with said blanket as a cover. It kills unsuspecting prey by trapping it in the silk blanket and then heating it alive against the scorching sand. bbc.co.uk/cbbc/clips/p009…
Contrary to popular belief, Native Americans were never intentionally given smallpox-laden blankets. quod.lib.umich.edu/p/plag…
There was a Marine in the Korean War who earned two Purple Hearts, was listed by LIFE magazine as one of the US' 100 all-time heroes, and she had a habit of eating her own blanket; Staff Sgt Reckless, a Mongolian chestnut mare. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgt…
The state of California automatically voids all blanket non-compete agreements huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
Cuddle parties are a thing. Strangers get together and hug each other on blankets and pillows for hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cud…
One of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation is named after the guy responsible for giving the Native Americans smallpox blankets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
A broke disabled man discovered the "old rug" he owned was actually a Navajo First Phase Chief’s Blanket after watching Antique Roadshow. It sold for $1.5 million at auction. mostwatchedtoday.com/tag/…
The term "Panther" doesn't actually apply to one animal, it's a blanket term for jaguars, mountain lions, and leopards from around the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Eva Rausing died due to cocaine abuse May 7th 2012. Unable to face her death her husband, Tetra Pak heir Hans Rausing, covered her in blankets in a private apartment within their huge London mansion. When found June 9th, police had to use the serial number on her pacemaker to identify the body. theguardian.com/uk/2012/d…
After the Kobe Japan earthquake, the Yakuza were the first to bring in relief supplies of food and blankets to Kobe with the support of the Police. reuters.com/article/us-ya…
Male Digambara Jain monks do not wear any clothes, eat from their hands and sleep on the floor without blankets, their only possession is a broom to sweep away insects from the ground they step on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
There's a fallout shelter hidden inside the Manhattan anchorage of the Brooklyn Bridge. In 2006, a group of inspectors from the New York City Department of Transportation stumbled into a hidden room filled with blankets, water, a shock-prevention drug called dextran, and 350,000 crackers. atlasobscura.com/places/b…
The female blanket octopus is 70 times larger than her male counterpart. That sets the stage for one of the trickier sex acts in nature. nautil.us/blog/what-to-do…

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