A man suffering from gastrointestinal distress in a Kansas Home Depot mens room provided a friendly warning to other bathroom goers by saying: β€œYou need to get out of here because I’m fixin’ to blow it up.” Police were called on suspicion of a bomb threat. No charges were laid. canoe.com/news/weird/blow…
A suicide bomber with explosives in his laptop boarded the Somali owned Daallo Airlines in 2016 intending to blow the whole aircraft. Twenty minutes after the takeoff, the bomb exploded, creating a hole in the plane, and the suicide bomber was sucked out of the plane. He was the only fatality. cnn.com/2016/02/11/africa…
Bladeless fans blow 10 to 20 times more air than it takes in due to β€œinducement” & β€œentrainment” only-fans.org/video/eEaUH…
The phenomenon of wind throb from an open car window is called Helmholtz resonance, and is the same thing occurring when you blow across an open bottle to produce a tone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
An al-Qaeda plot to blow up USS The Sullivans while she was refueling in Yemen was foiled after the boat carrying the explosives was overladen and sunk before reaching its target. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
The skin of a honey badger is so thick that it can withstand multiple machete blows, arrows, and spears. The only sure way to kill one is via a club to the skull or gunshot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Henry Heimlich used β€œslick tactics” and β€œintimidation” to get support for the Heimlich Maneuver. Outside of the US, the recommended first aid for choking is to perform sharp blows to the back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abd…
1,400 Filipinos defeated 40,000 chinese communists on the battle of Yultong during the Korean war, 1951. Leaving a lethal blow against the Chinese army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Back in the 1700s, doctors would literally blow smoke up people’s asses to resuscitate them gizmodo.com/blowing-smoke…
Candy Cigarettes were introduced in late 19th century. They were wrapped in paper and packaged to resemble cigarettes. Some contained powdered sugar, allowing users to blow and produce clouds of sugar, imitating smoke. Candy cigarettes are currently banned in many countries including the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Today I learned of Jhatka, a Hinduist butchering practice according to which an animal must be killed suddenly with a single blow, and "the animal must not be scared or shaken in any way before the slaughter". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jha…
About German Captain Axel von dem Bussche, who was picked to model new uniform items to Hitler. Bussche twice volunteered pocket small bombs, hug Hitler during the inspection and blow up the two of them. Quirks of fate derailed both would-be suicide-bombing attempts. Bussche lived until 1993. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
During the filming of Quigley, actor Gary Busey demanded that Heaven be changed to reflect what he saw when he was there during his near-death experience. He then came to blows with another actor who had also had a near-death experience, over what Heaven actually looks like. vulture.com/2012/03/there…
After arresting a man for blowing up an airplane federal agents learned that it was not in fact a federal crime to blow up an airplane. Colorado instead charged the man for the single murder of his mother, a passenger on the plane. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Today I learned about β€œThe Mother’s Kiss”, a procedure in which one nostril is closed while a caregiver blows into a child’s mouth, removing a foreign object from the open nostril. webmd.com/children/news/2…
In 1970, the Oregon Highway Division consulted with the US Navy and decided the best way to dispose of a whale carcass was to blow it up with a 1/2 ton of dynamite. The explosion caused blubber to rain down on spectators for over a 1/4 of a mile. A large chunk demolished a car. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
On a US Navy submarine using the "emergency blow activator, or 'chicken switch,'" is "a last resort in emergency situations." "Throwing the switch immediately blasts large volumes of compressed air into all of a submarine's ballast tanks, bringing the boat to the surface as quickly as possible." americanhistory.si.edu/su…
, the earliest form of smallpox immunization was used in China in the 1500’s. Doctors would take ground up scabs from people with mild cases of the disease, and blow the material into their nostrils. This lead to a mild version of the disease which had a mortality rate of ~2%.(20-30%if untreated) historyofvaccines.org/con…
On examining the brain of 111 deceased NFL players, 110 of them were found to have Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) - a degenerative disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. nytimes.com/interactive/2…
The plane John McClane blows up in Die Hard 2, N473EV, was later nearly destroyed in reality by extreme turbulence which caused one engine to be completely torn from the plane mid-flight. aviation-safety.net/datab…
-An undergraduate architecture student in '78 found a flaw in the Design of Citicorp Center '77: that Citicorp Center could blow over in the wind. Repair work was done throughout the night and quit at daybreak, just as the building occupants returned to work. The story remained a secret until '95 slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2…
The knobby bumps on a giraffes head are not bone antlers (as with deer) but are hard cartilage (like the hard part of a human ear), and add weight and firmness that allow the giraffe to use its neck and head as a ball and chain flail and deliver fatal blows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oss…
Once Mr. Rogers opened the door of his closet on set to hang up his jacket, only to find a blow-up sex doll. Michael Keaton β€” then a young stagehand β€” had put it in there. jsonline.com/story/entert…
Today I learned of Joseph Pujol, master of Musical Farts. He would imitate birds, dogs, and other animals, play instruments, and inhale cigarette smoke and blow it back. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Many Nintendo players would blow on cartridges to get them to work but actually speed up the tarnishing due to moisture. One way to slow down the tarnishing process and extending the life of the cartridges is to use isopropyl alcohol and swabs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
Le PΓ©tomane was a French professional farter. His act involved sound effects of cannon fire and thunderstorms, as well as playing "'O Sole Mio" and "La Marseillaise" on an ocarina through his anus. He could also blow out a candle yards away. His audience included royalty and Sigmund Freud. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
C.S. Lewis was Irish, once saying β€œI'm Irish not English. Did you ever know an Irishman who didn't puff and blow?” when informed his heavy breathing was interfering with a radio broadcast. hansard.parliament.uk/Lor…
Actress Glynis Johns originally thought she was being offered the role of Mary Poppins. To soften the blow of telling her she was being cast as Mrs. Banks, Walt Disney announced she'd get her own song, then quickly called the film's songwriters, who adapted a deleted song into Sister Suffragette en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sis…
California sea otters blow air into their fur to keep them afloat and insulated. This is possible because of their amazingly thick and intricate fur that traps the air bubbles as they blow onto it. kqed.org/science/25908/th…
In ancient China, a huge war was sparked because of a board game gone wrong. The crown prince was arguing with his cousin, the son of a regional king, during a match of a game called Liubo, and when his cousin offended him, he threw the board at him. He died from the blow. His father revolted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reb…
One of Switzerland’s defense strategies is to demolish every main road, bridge and railway access into Switzerland in case of a foreign invasion, with at least 3,000 locations around the country prepared to blow at a moment’s notice. expatica.com/ch/about/bas…
Today I learned about the Salt Witch of the Nebraska Plains. Indians maintained that a salt column was under the custody of the Salt Witch, and when they went there to gather salt they would beat the ground with clubs, believing that each blow fell upon her person and kept her from working other evil. legendsofamerica.com/ne-s…
In 1996 heavyweight boxing contender Andrew Golota fought Riddick Bowe twice. Both times Golota was disqualified for multiple low blows to Bowe. Both times Golota was dominating the fight and leading on the scorecards when he was disqualified. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Hugh Hefner tried to make sure his beneficiaries won’t blow through his money after his death. His will states that his children will be cut off β€œif the trustees reasonably believe that (the beneficiary) routinely or frequently uses or consumes any illegal substance" independent.co.uk/life-st…
In 1968 Japan a fake motorbike cop stopped a car carrying 300m Yen in cash (26m USD), told the driver to run because the car was rigged to blow and then simply drove the car away. The culprit and the cash have never been found news.com.au/world/japan-h…
One of the main engineers behind NASA's Challenger rocket, which exploded in 1986, revealed that after NASA would not heed his warnings against launching in the cold weather, he told his wife the night before the launch, "It's going to blow up." npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Today I learned of the existence of HOV-lanes in the USA, reserved exclusively for cars with multiple occupants. Some drivers try to trick the system by placing blow-up dolls in the passenger seat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
The massive velocity of the Paris Gun used in 1918 meant that each shell fired had a larger diameter than the previous or the gun would blow up. The shells were numerically ordered by size from the factory to make sure you fired the right one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Actor Kit Harington is a direct descendant of Robert Catesby, the mastermind behind the plot to blow up parliament. Kit also plays Catesby in the BBC drama Gunpowder, retelling the story behind the plot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
That, to avoid traumatic brain injury, woodpecker's toungues wrap around their skulls in a small empty cavity, which helps to cushion the blows. infinitespider.com/woodpe…
Whales blow bubbles in a circle to trap fish, and then swim up through the vortex to swallow them! youtube.com/watch?v=JNhld…
A man lived with a bullet in his head for five years after forgetting he was shot at party. When presented with the bullet, the man recalled he had received a blow to the head around midnight at a New Year's party 5 years prior but had forgotten about it because he had been "very drunk" reuters.com/article/us-ge…
Saint Basil's Cathedral located in Moscow was built on orders from Ivan the Terrible in 1561 & commemorates the capture of Kazan & Astrakhan. In 1812, French troops looted the church & attempted to blow it up. In 1928, the church became a museum & property of the USSR. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
A television critic, Richard Ingrams, wrote a caustic condemning review about 'Fawlty Towers'. John Cleese took revenge by naming one of the guests in the second series "Mr. Ingrams", who is caught in his room with a blow-up sex doll. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faw…
A petard was a small bomb used in the sixteenth century to blow up walls. So being hoisted by his own petard means he was blown up by his own bomb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Today I learned about the St. Scholastica Day Riot on February 10, 1355, where two students from the University of Oxford complained about the wine in a local tavern, the argument with the bartender came to blows, which turned into a bar brawl, which turned into a citywide riot that left nearly 100 people dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_…
The RCMP effectively wiped out the population of Canadian Eskimo dogs used for transporting sleds in the Arctic in order to drive the Inuit population to relocate to government created communities. It was a crippling blow for the hunter culture as it deprived them of transport for hunting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Hungarian comedian GΓ©za Hofi used to give sarcastic "shout-outs" to government informers and secret police spies watching his shows during the Communist era. He got away with it because his act was seen as a way for people to blow off steam under the authoritarian regime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
In the 1940s the Superman Radio Show had Superman fight their version of the KKK using real information about the Klan. This was a crippling blow to the organization, causing recruitment to drastically decrease. In response the KKK ordered a boycott of the Radio Show’s sponsor, Kellogg. winewithcheetos.com/2017/…
On the same day James Van Allen announced his discovery of the "Van Allen" radiation belt, he agreed to help the US military nuke it to see what happened. It was described by historian James Fleming as the first time "someone discovered something and immediately decided to blow it up". npr.org/sections/krulwich…

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