CIA revealed a "heart attack" gun in 1975. A battery operated gun which fired a dart of frozen water & shellfish toxin. Once inside the body it would melt leaving only a small red mark on the victim where it entered. The official cause of death would always be a heart attack. historycollection.com/con…
Australian comedian Hamish Blake won the heavyweight category in the 2011 New York State Body Building competition after entering as a joke, as he was the only competitor heavy enough to qualify for his weight category youtu.be/w86vPvXu75I
Today I learned of the 1626 AD Explosion in Beijing, one of the largest and most lethal explosions ever, and the exact cause hasn't yet been determined. Body parts and animals rained down from the sky. Everything within 3-14 miles was utterly obliterated. The explosion was about equal to the Hiroshima bombing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
Sloths lose 1/3 of their body weight when they poop, which happens once a week on the ground, and in the standing position. businessinsider.com/the-h…
Today I learned of a couple who received a $31.5mil settlement after unreported hail damage repair on their car resulted in a collision safety failure, trapping them in an inferno that ended in 4th degree burns. The body shop responsible glued the roof back on instead of welding to OEM specifications. repairerdrivennews.com/20…
Wild orangutans use medicinal plants to sooth joint and muscle inflammation. The apes chew leaves of the Dracaena cantleyi plant to create a white lather, which they then rub onto their bodies. Local indigenous people also use the plant for the same purpose. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Japan's reputation for longevity among its citizens is a point of controversy: In 2010, one man, believed to be 111, was found to have died some 30 years before; his body was discovered mummified in his bed. Investigators found at least 234,354 other Japanese centenarians were "missing." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Today I learned of Martin Pistorius, a man who fell into a coma at age twelve. He was trapped in his body for 12 years. When he showed signs of recovery, his mum quit her job and worked with him for two years, teaching him to speak with a computer. He went on to get a degree, learn to drive, and get married. npr.org/sections/health-s…
There’s a body farm in Texas where people donate their bodies to have them be placed in different circumstances to help study human decomposition and therefore help develop methods for determining the post mortem interval or time since death. txstate.edu/anthropology/…
The β€œDeath Zone” is what climbers call the highest part of Mount Everest (everything above 26,247ft). Due to its lack of oxygen, the body literally begins to die, cell by cell. This can result in health risks like impaired judgement, heart attack or stroke, and altitude sickness. businessinsider.com/mount…
Some fish eggs can survive being digested by waterfowl and remain viable after being pooped out. This provides one explanation as to how fish β€˜miraculously’ appear in bodies of water where they otherwise never existed. audubon.org/news/mallards…
There are no legal ways to be buried in Longyearbyen (Norway). In 1950 they discovered bodies of residents from the 1918 flu pandemic which had not begun to decompose in the cold. Scientists fear the corpses, preserved in permafrost, could still contain live strains of the virus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
The water of Lake Tahoe is so cold that when the body of Donald Christopher Windecker was found 17 years after he went missing, it was preserved enough to conduct an autopsy and determine his cause of death. The body was located 265' (80 meters) below the surface. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In 1671, Francois Vatel was responsible for a 2,000 person banquet in honor of King Louis XIV. He was so distraught about the lateness of the fish that he committed suicide. His body was found by someone announcing the delivery of the fish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Otter capable of killing and eat alligator by drastically wearing out the gator in the fight. The lactic acid build up in the body would intoxicate the gator, eventually killing it. The otter then rips the alligator hide off with its razor sharp claws and eats the gator organs. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned about the case of Carl Tanzler, a Florida man who dug up the body of the β€œlove of his life” Elena "Helen" Milagro de Hoyos, essentially taxidermied her, and then lived with her corpse in his home for 7 years. historydaily.org/carl-tan…
The actor who played the killer in Boyz N Da Hood later became a Blood and was locked up for a double homicide. He was then murdered and his body was used for a satanic ritual thetruecrimedatabase.com/…
In 1719 miners found a body in a disused tunnel. It was so well preserved by the naturally occurring copper sulfate in the mine that it remained on display for 30 years. Eventually, a woman recognized him as her fiancΓ© who had disappeared in March 1677, 42 years before he was found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fet…
Cruise Ships have complimentary morgues that can hold up to 10 bodies, as seniors tend to be the primary customers. Not so recently this service was booming. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cru…
Plate armor and firearms had coexisted for over 300 years in Europe. Armor had been in an arms race against firearms during that time, and it wasn't until the 16th century that full body armor was phased out in favor of prioritizing protection of vitals. metmuseum.org/toah/hd/aam…
After L. Ron Hubbard's death in 1986, the Church of Scientology officially claimed that he voluntarily abandoned his physical body after it became an impediment to his work, and that he had left Earth to do scientific research on another planetβ€”having "learned how to do it without a body". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._…
Today I learned of Lingchi, also known as death by a thousand cuts, which was a form of torture and execution used from roughly 900 CE until it was banned in 1905. It involved methodically slicing portions of the body over an extended period of time, eventually resulting in death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Waving arms and screaming are not signs of drowning, but of aquatic distress. Actual drowning is often β€œquieter”; no call for help, no waving arms, just an upright body and head tilted back. Thus many people fail to recognize when a person is actually drowning. globalrescue.com/common/b…
Barnacles have the largest penis-to-body ratio in the entire animal kingdom. It can stretch up to 8 times the barnacles own length nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Goosebumps made our ancestors appear bigger to the predators, since we used to have more body hair scientificamerican.com/ar…
Vlad III (the Impaler, Dracula) once impaled 20,000 Ottoman soldiers before he had to abandon the Wallachian capital of TΓ’rgoviΘ™te. Upon arriving and seeing the bodies, the Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed II ordered his army to retreat back. findingdulcinea.com/news/…
During filming of the 1978 film "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", actress Veronica Cartwright was not told the film would end with Donald Sutherland delivering his infamous pod shriek rather than meeting him for an actual conversation. She was genuinely terrified when Sutherland shrieked at her. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
In May 1944, Robert Schock, a diver on the USS Bunker Hill, found the intact body of the kamikaze pilot, Kyoshi Ogawa, who’d hit the flight deck, and recovered his personal effects. In 2001, Schock’s grandson returned them to Ogawa’s family. sfgate.com/news/article/D…
In 1913 the inventor of the Diesel engine (Rudolf Diesel) mysteriously died while travelling from Belgium to the UK to meet with the British navy about installing his engines on their submarines. His body was found 11 days later floating in the sea. It’s still unknown if he was murdered. history.com/.amp/this-day…
In adult human bodies, fat is stored in yellowish deposits due to coloration from beta carotene and other nutrients. Infants, who have not yet accumulated these substances, have fat which is closer to white. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
Squirrels will wrap their tails around their head during cold weather to reduce heat loss; the tail, with its high density of long hairs, is extremely well insulated, losing significantly less heat than the squirrel's body wildlifeonline.me.uk/anim…
When legendary drag performer Dorian Corey died, in her belongings they found a preserved body with a gunshot to the head, that she had kept for around 15 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
There is a Taiwanese dish called "Yin Yang fish". It consists of a whole fried fish whose head remains alive. The body is dipped into frying oil, while its head is protected. The fish is covered in sauce and served, with its mouth continuing to gasp, especially when irritated by the sauce en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yin…
Alaskan Wood Frogs freeze during winters. 2/3rds of their body water turns into ice, hearts stop beating & blood stops flowing. They build up high concentrations glucose in their organs & tissues which prevents cells from shrinking/dying. When spring arrives, they thaw out & hop away. latimes.com/science/scien…
The Roman punishment for the killing of parents was known as Poena cullei ('penalty of the sack') and it consisted of being sewn up in a leather sack, with an assortment of live animals including a dog, snake, monkey, and a chicken or rooster, and then being thrown into a body of water. imperiumromanum.edu.pl/en…
The Chinese women who presented the medals in the 2008 Olympics had to be 168-174 centimetres, weigh up to 55 kg, and have an upper to lower-body ratio of 11:13. They trained daily by balancing books on their heads, clenching chopsticks between their teeth, and jamming paper between their knees theage.com.au/world/stric…
Hysteria was believed to be a condition that only women could experience and that it was caused by the uterus wandering around the body and putting pressure on other organs (like the lungs) mcgill.ca/oss/article/his…
The Outer Space Treaty, signed by all major space faring nations, prohibits claiming territory in space or on celestial bodies. Space is considered "the shared heritage of mankind" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out…
Europeans in the 17th century once thought they could heal themselves by consuming human corpses. The remains were considered medicinal because they were believed to contain the spirit of the body they were taken from. Bone powder, human fat, and fresh, warm blood were in high demand. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In 1889, the USS Trenton was in Samoa when a cyclone struck, ravaging the harbour. The ship lost steam and rudder, and was in imminent danger of foundering on the reef, so the entire crew went into the port rigging, the mass of bodies forming a sail. When the wind struck, the ship steered away en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Today I learned of Bridget Cleary, a woman who was killed by her husband in 1895. He believed that she was a changeling; that fairies had kidnapped his original wife and left a copy behind. Evidence shows that he either burned her alive or killed her and then burned her body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
. Chalk outlines were drawn by the police for press photographers, not for investigative purposes. It allowed the press to take a picture and represent the scene without the gruesomeness of a body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned of photographer Robert Landsburg, who spent his last moments photographing the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, then putting away his film and protecting it with his body before he was caught in the pyroclastic flow en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned about the divorce trial of Leonard and Alice Rhinelander in 1924. The wealthy Leonard Rhinelander was ordered by his father to annul his marriage, so he claimed Alice lied about being white. Alice was ordered to show the jury her naked body. The jury decided she didn't lie about her mixed race. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
The human bot fly, native to Central and South America. A female bot fly will catch a mosquito mid-flight and deposit eggs on its body. When the mosquito takes a blood meal, the eggs hatch and enter the skin through the bite wound. The larvae feeds on the host for 6-12 weeks before crawling out ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The color of Siamese cats' fur is temperature sensitive. At birth, they are all white, but they develop dark patches (known as "points") on the colder parts of their bodies after a few weeks. Cats raised in colder climates have noticeably more points or are even completely dark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sia…
Mosquitoes are attracted to the scent of our body. As such, mosquito repellents evaporate on the skin and work by blocking a mosquito's sense of smell, preventing it from finding its target. readersdigest.ca/travel/t…
It's estimated that at least half the nitrogen in the human body today comes from a synthetic ammonia plant. sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
Today I learned of Bathykorus bouilloni, commonly referred to as the Darth Vader jellyfish. These transparent deep-sea jellies are found in the Arctic Ocean at depths below 1,000m (3,300ft). They got their unique nickname due to their body shape closely resembling that of Darth Vader's famous helmet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about R2-45, a practice in Scientology where a person achieves exteriorization by being shot in the head with a .45 pistol. Exteriorization is defined as the separation of the thetan (soul) and the physical body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R2-…

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