Ken Eto, the first American-Asian leader in the mafia, was shot 3 times in the head at close range. After the hitmen ran, he climbed out of the car, walked a few blocks over to the nearest pharmacy and politely asked for medical attention. He lived to 84. ojp.gov/pdffiles1/Digitiz…
Winchester Cathedral was built on marsh and was on the verge of collapse as it sunk into the earth. A diver named William Walker worked alone in pitch-black water for five years, eventually putting down 25,000 bags of concrete, 115,000 concrete blocks, and 900,000 bricks to save its foundation. bbc.co.uk/hampshire/conte…
In order to hand draw all of the bubbles in The Little Mermaid, the manpower was outsourced to a China based firm, and the finished artwork of the bubbles was kept in a vault blocks away from the demonstration at Tiananmen Square in 1989. This almost delayed the production of the movie. screenrant.com/disney-pri…
The use of a phone jammer, GPS blocker, or other signal jamming device designed to intentionally block, jam, or interfere with authorized radio communications is a violation of federal law. gps.gov/spectrum/jamming/
The Washington Monument’s many blocks are held together by just gravity and friction. No mortar was used in the building process. today.com/news/engineerin…
Camel and goat eyes are ovals to better control light input and are horizontal for a 'panoramic view' that blocks light from above and below. Cats and predators are vertical slits for judging distance without moving the head. Cats eyes alone have ~9x more control over light than humans. theconversation.com/revea…
To clean out the sewer pipes that tended to block, the mayor of the city of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe instituted a synchronized flush. Residents who did not comply were fined. bbc.com/news/world-africa…
The Rubik's Cube was originally designed to solve β€œthe structural problem [of] how could the blocks move independently without falling apart.” It wasn’t until the designer Erno Rubik couldn’t β€œreset” his cube that the idea of a puzzle was conceived. puzzlesolver.com/puzzle.p…
An epidemic in 1872 affecting horses was a key moment in the animal rights movement as the founder of the ASPCA would stand in the street to block horse-drawn trolleys to insist that sick horses be returned to the stables instead of being worked to death slate.com/technology/2020…
Although rarely used if at all, Ancient Persian Cuneiform has a block in Unicode. There's only a handful of surviving tablets in this script en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
The designs on the microwave door glass act as a Faraday Cage to block the electrons from the microwaves. The shapes stop the wave from reaching outside the glass, thereby preventing damage to our eyes from looking inside the microwave. physicsworld.com/a/are-fa…
Printing was first conceived and developed in China and Korea. The oldest printed book using woodblock printing, a Korean Buddhist scripture, dates to 751 AD. The oldest surviving book printed using block printing, the Chinese Diamond Sutra, dates to 868. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
Today I learned of the Saint Gallen Group, a group of liberal-minded bishops and cardinals that held yearly secret meetings from 1996 to 2004 to discuss church policy, and were rumored to try to block Benedict XVI from being elected as pope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
President Andrew Jackson was gifted a 1,400-pound block of cheese by a New York dairy farmer. The cheese remained on display at the White House for over a year but was entirely eaten by a large crowd during Jackson's final party as President. foodandwine.com/news/real…
In 1995 Hayao Miyazaki directed a cyberpunk shortfilm for a rock song after having writer's block. He purposely misinterpreted the lyrics to make the video cryptic to evoke creative interpretations among viewers. SciFi writers and magazines called it "the most perfect short science fantasy film" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_…
In ancient times some inuit people did not have access to enough wood for their sleds and often used frozen fish wrapped in skins in place of runners. They used blocks of ice to reduce drag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qam…
The scone of stone in Terry Pratchets "fifth elephant", a dwarfish baked good that is used in the coronation of the dwarf king (quite hilarious in itself), is based on a real item, the stone of scone: a block of sandstone that was used in the coronation of scottish monarchs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer had a development plan he wanted to keep secret, so the architect jokingly labelled the block of land as "dinosaur park". After newspapers worldwide reported that they were planning to clone dinosaurs, 500 scientists applied to be involved in the process traveller.com.au/clive-pa…
F1 driver Ayrton Senna once claimed he crashed because a wall moved. A team engineer humored him and checked the location of the crash and discovered Senna was telling the truth. Tire marks showed that someone had hit the wall block, causing it to tilt and protrude enough for Senna to hit it. essentiallysports.com/gre…
Multitasking actually takes a toll on productivity, especially with complex tasks. Apparently, task switching takes a tenth of a second and these brief mental blocks can take up 40% of one's productive time. apa.org/research/action/m…
The world's oldest, largest, intact map from the middle ages is the Mappa Mundi located in England. It depicts geographical, historical, and religious highlights of 1300. It is actually a map of the world's knowledge from a spiritual and earthly narrative. Disable ad block to view. bbc.com/travel/gallery/20…
The blocks in Tetris are tetrominos, geometric shapes composed of four squares, connected orthogonally (i.e. at the edges and not the corners). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet…
There's a supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park that would release ash so dense; it would block the sun and send the world into another Ice Age if it were to erupt usgs.gov/faqs/what-would-…
W (double u) looks like double v(vv) because v print block was more common during the printing press days. rd.com/article/why-w-is-p…
Every New Year's Day from 1801 to 1932 (except during Wilson's presidency) a White House reception was held in which the public lined up to shake the president's hand. The line was often several blocks long and the president was expected to shake hands with everyone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
In 2006 H&R block announced that they had miscalculated their own state taxes, and owed $32 million from the IRS en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%2…
President Andrew Jackson once held an open house party at the White House at which he served a 1,400 lb block of Cheddar cheese. The White House is said to have smelled of cheese for weeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
In Germany they have installed these "Stolpersteins" (stumbling blocks), that have the biographical information of the victims of the Nazis. Their intent is to remind people of the victims of their Nazi past in a manner that does not glorify those events. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
Jenga blocks aren’t all the same size. Some are almost imperceptibly smaller than others, meaning they’ll side out of the stack more easily. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
White Drupelet Syndrome/Disorder. When blackberries or raspberries are exposed to too much direct sunlight or high temperatures, some of the drupelets (the little sections of the berry) will turn white, usually in a solid block or area. They are safe to eat, but most don't make it into stores. susansinthegarden.com/201…
The World Mosquito Project scientists cultivate and release mosquitoes infected with a bacterium called Wolbachia. The bacterium is passed down to future generations. The bacterium appears to block mosquitos from transmitting arboviruses (dengue, chikungunya & yellow fever) & Zika npr.org/sections/goatsand…
Today I learned about the Olympic Mountain "Rain Shadow", a natural phenomenon where the Olympic Mountains block almost all moisture from the Pacific Ocean from reaching eastern Olympic Peninsula myportangeles.com/rain-sh…
That, while car windshields block ~96% of UV radiation, the windows on car doors often block less, between 44% and 96%. reuters.com/article/us-he…
The Persian Army brought an immense block of marble to the Battle of Marathon, intending to build a monument of their victory. Captured by the Greeks, they sculpted a statue of Nemesis, the goddess who cuts down those with too much pride en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nem…
Today I learned of the Minneapolis Skyway System, a system of footbridges that connects shops, restaurants, and residential buildings over an area of 80 full city blocks. It allows residents to live, work, and shop without ever leaving the Skyway system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
Drinking OJ after brushing your teeth tastes bad because of a foaming ingredient in toothpaste which blocks your ability to taste sweetness, and you're left with the pure acidity and bitterness of the fruit. colgate.com/en-us/oral-he…
After their victory at the Battle of Marathon, the Greeks carved a statue of Nemesis (the goddess who punishes the arrogant) out of an enormous block of marble that the Persians had brought to the battle with the intention of carving a monument to their victory over the Greeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rha…
Despite its rapid population decline since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the settlement of Tiksi in Russia remains the world's most northerly settlement with a population of over 5,000 and many of its apartment blocks have been abandoned en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tik…
Today I learned about glow-in-the-dark kitties. Scientists insert the GFP(green fluorescent protein from jellyfish) gene along with another gene that blocks feline AIDS, into the cat's unfertilized eggs. When the eggs are fertilized, glowing cats are produced, which means that they also have the anti-AIDS gene. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The Great Pyramid of Giza volume is about 2.5 million cubic meters. The construction of the pyramid in 20 years meant placing 800 tons of stone blocks - every day! Since it comprises 2.3 million blocks, construction in 20 years required the placement of over 12 blocks every hour, day and night. needforscience.com/archeo…
The origin of the term β€œGrandfather Clause” was first used to refer to statutes put in place after the Civil War by seven Southern states in an attempt to block African Americans from voting while exempting white voters from taking literacy tests required to vote. investopedia.com/terms/g/…
In the 4th century AD, the brother of the Japanese emperor Nintoku gave him a gift of ice from a mountain. The Emperor was so happy with the gift that he named the first of June as the "Day of Ice" and ceremoniously gave blocks of ice to his officials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Scientists believe that by 2050 the Dead Sea will be so salty that the salt will block water from evaporating, leaving a small pool of slimy sludge. Sinkholes that keep appearing around it, may prevent any permanent solution to its replenishment. timesofisrael.com/as-dead…
Charging Bull, the famous statue on Wall Street, was installed secretly and illegally outside the New York Stock Exchange in 1989 following the 1987 stock market crash. The sculpture was seized and impounded by NYPD, but re-installed two blocks south of the Exchange after a public outcry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In an effort to push "slow TV," Norway had a 12-hour block of programming in 2013 dedicated to events such as knitting for 12 hours, and people fishing in a river for 18 hours. npr.org/templates/story/s…
If microwaves had clear glass windows you would be exposed to the harmful microwaves they emit. The metal mesh screen over the windows have large enough holes for our eyes to see inside, but small enough to block the harmful microwaves that would otherwise be emitted. learning.knoji.com/why-mi…
In 2013 Surveyors Found Part of A Landing Gear From One Of The 9/11 Jets Wedged In Between Two Buildings Blocks From Ground Zero, A Full 12 Years After The Tragedy bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
The idea behind the relocation of the Abu Simbel temples in Egypt was given by an Italian Donald Duck comics story, where Scrooge McDuck cuts the giant statues into blocks. ventennipaperoni.com/2019…
Shirley Temple's first role at age three was in β€œBaby Burlesks,” a series of sexually suggestive short films. When she misbehaved on set, she was confined to a black box where she had to sit on a block of ice. theatlantic.com/entertain…
The last weekend of Saturday morning cartoons in America was aired on October 4th, 2014. The CW aired its last segment of "The Vortexx" and replaced it with a 5-hour block of educational programming called "One Magnificent Morning" gizmodo.com/this-is-the-f…

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