Everyone in Singapore above the age of 21 is automatically registered as an organ donor. Opting out from this Act will result in you being put at the very bottom of the organ priority list, should you need an organ transplantation. moh.gov.sg/policies-and-l…
In 2019 an expedition that descended to the Mariana Trench, the deepest area in the world's oceans, found a plastic bag and sweet wrappers at the bottom of the Trench. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
"Thank God for Mississippi" is a common adage in the US, particularly in the South, that is generally used when discussing rankings of US states. As Mississippi commonly (or stereotypically) ranks at or near the bottom of such rankings. Sparing the other states the shame of being ranked last en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Hunter S. Thompson once tied Bill Murray to a chair and dumped him to the bottom of a swimming pool. The pair were attempting a series of Houdini-style escapes, and Thompson saved Murray just before he drowned happymag.tv/the-crazy-nev…
Japanese is either written vertically from top to bottom, or horizontally from left to right, or horizontally from RIGHT to left! Sometimes, both vertical and horizontal writing can be found on the same page. teamjapanese.com/japanese…
The distance from the top of Africa to the bottom (5000 miles) is the same distance as London to Beijing, China (5055 miles). Senegal in west Africa is closer to Jamaica across the Atlantic than Somalia in east Africa. britannica.com/place/Afri…
Today I learned about a Canadian drink called the sour toe. It consists of a mummified human toe at the bottom of a whiskey shot. People donate their toes for the tradition theguardian.com/world/201…
Bloomers, the short gym bottoms worn by Japanese girls in Anime and manga, were largely phased out IRL in favor of unisex longer-legged shorts in the 1990's after a student protest at one school over the shorts attracting "unwanted attention" spread nationally. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
Bikini atoll, the place where Bikini Bottom was named after, was declared a nuclear wasteland after the US dropped 23 bombs in the 1950s. However scientists have found thriving life in the center of it all, with evidence that life restarted a mere 10 years after the bombings. theguardian.com/world/201…
The Indonesian flag is the nearly the same as the Dutch flag, but with the bottom third and blue strip removed. After 138 years of Dutch rule, youths removed a Dutch flag tore off the blue strip and re-hoisted it as an Indonesian flag in 1945 (War of Independence 1945-1949) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
: Brine Pool - the mystical lake of death at the bottom of the sea. A brine pool is a large area of brine on the ocean basin with salinity three to eight times greater than the surrounding ocean acting as a death-trap to any unfortunate creature that strays into its toxic waters youtube.com/watch?v=xuJiU…
The ideal resting position for one's tongue is pressed against the roof of one's mouth rather than letting it β€œsettle” at the bottom of one's mouth. And poor tongue posture can lead to several aesthetic and health problems. healthline.com/health/ton…
The reason images in mirrors appear flipped left to right and not top to bottom is that they're actually flipped front to back youtube.com/watch?v=P1ww1…
The Cave of Swallows in Mexico is the largest cave shaft in the world, being almost 1,000 feet wide at the bottom and 1,100 feet deep, and it's home of many birds, but despite its name, almost no swallows en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cav…
If you gently press the bottom right corner of your eyeball through the eyelid, you see a little dark spot in the top left of your vision. This is because we see the world upside down, but our brain translate it so it looks right side up to us. mentalfloss.com/article/9…
Someone has placed a gnome garden at the bottom of Wast Water lake in England. It was removed by police after three divers died while searching for it, but it is rumored to have reappeared at a point deeper than police are allowed to dive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
During a show for the Royalty of Great Britain the Spice Girls breached royal protocol when two of the group's members planted kisses on Prince Charles' cheeks and pinched his bottom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Today I learned of the Sator Square, a palindrome word square found in the ruins of Pompeii. The five words carved into it, "SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS" can be read top-to-bottom, bottom-to-top, left-to-right, or right-to-left. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
The barbed wire fences along forest roads have a smooth bottom wire to allow for wildlife to pass easily customfenceoviedo.com/fen…
In 1942 a forest guard in India made an alarming discovery. Some 16,000 feet above sea level, at the bottom of a small valley, was a frozen lake absolutely full of skeletons. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
Joaquin Phoenix's birth name is Joaquin Bottom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
Cashew nuts grow on the bottom of cashew apples. garden.eco/how-are-cashew…
There's plastic at the bottom of Mariana Trench almost 11 kms under the ocean level youtu.be/LKXvdyNz6L8?t=80
Abraham Lincoln's interest in law starts at the bottom of a barrel. Lincoln was running a store when he bought a barrel full of rubbish from a traveler. Upon emptying the barrel Lincoln found a complete set of 'Blackstone's Commentaries' which he spent more time reading than manning the store. gutenberg.org/files/22925…
There's an underwater mountain in the middle Lake Superior that rises from the lake bottom (400 feet down) to as high as 21 feet below the surface. Some say Superior Shoal was responsible for the 1975 wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
Someone created a life sized Jason Voorhees and planted him at the bottom of a lake for divers to stumble across youtu.be/-oCO5YDO348
Construction of the Washington Monument was paused for twenty years between 1859 and 1879. The bottom third of the monument is slightly lighter than the rest because marble from different quarries was used after construction resumed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
A Japanese TV show apparently hired 3 experts in fluid mechanics, engineering, and dentistry to determine the best way to hold a burger. After 4 months of research, they concluded that your pinkie and thumb should be on the bottom, while the remaining fingers should be on top of the burger. kotaku.com/the-perfect-wa…
Scottish saturation diver Chris Lemons survived a workplace accident in which the umbilical cable attached to his suit was severed, leaving him stranded on the bottom of the North Sea for over 30 minutes with only one emergency tank with 6 minutes worth of oxygen. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
Today I learned of the Great Bell of Dhammazedi, probably the largest bell to ever have been forged. Weighting a total of 297 tons it was lost in Myanmar's Yangon river when looted by Portuguese adventurers. It's still missing, despite many attempts to locate it in the muddy river bottom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
When Victor Vescovo reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest trench in the world, he discovered a plastic bag and candy wrappers at 10,928 metres (35,849 ft.) below the surface, confirming that human-generated waste can pollute even the deepest parts of the ocean en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Walt Disney invented the modern public trash can. He did this to keep the smell of garbage down at Disney. Previous to this, public trash cans were made of wire mesh, which allowed goop to seep out of the bottom and the smell to escape. themeparktourist.com/feat…
Deglazing: What it Is and Why To Do It. Deglazing is a fancy and intimidating word that means to pour some cold liquid into a very hot pan to get up all the brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Those brown bits are where all the flavors are, and it is called β€œfond.” reluctantgourmet.com/degl…
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress airplane (WW2, Korean War) had an analog computer system that allowed one team to simultaneously control 4 turrets mounted on the bottom of the wings β€” the computer calculates the aim and automatically adjusts all of the turrets respectively youtu.be/XakK81edKFA?t=95
Today I learned of a 100yr old+ Winchester Model 1873 was found abandoned against a tree with the bottom of its stock buried in 4-5 inches of accumulated soil and vegetation, in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, saving it from an eventual wildfire which destroyed said tree. Its called the Forgotten Winchester en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Between 1950 and 1970, Foggy Bottom was transformed from a run-down industrial slum to a high-rent luxury apartment district, considered one of the best downtown residential sections in Washington DC dcist.com/story/11/11/06/…
The Last Supper by Leonardo has a large missing section at the bottom of it where Jesus's feet would be. It was cut away in 1652 to make room for a door in the church where it was kept, after the paint faded away to the point of being unrecognizable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Only four people have been at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, called the Challenger Deep (about 11000 meters or 36000ft down). For reference, 12 people have walked on the Moon. youtube.com/watch?v=LKXvd…
Today I learned of the Okapi, a cousin of the giraffe, with stripes like a zebra on its hind legs and scent glands on the bottom of its feet to track other neighboring okapi. rainforest-alliance.org/s…
The β€œlow man on the totem pole” is actually the one of most importance, since apprentices would be carving the higher (harder to see/reach) parts of the totem pole, while the masters would be sure to finely detail the totems on bottom. woot.com/blog/post/the-de…
A Harvard study found that hiring one highly productive β€˜toxic worker’ does more damage to a company’s bottom line than employing several less productive, but more cooperative, workers. tlnt.com/toxic-workers-ar…
Only sunfish use their dorsal (top) and anal (bottom) fins for propulsion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
The outro music for the TV series Bottom was actually a hit from 1961 for The Mar Keys called Last Night. youtu.be/FX5T9GvSnbY
Fat Bottom Girls and Bicycle Race by Queen were released together on a double A-sided single, and refer to each other. Near the end of Fat Bottomed Girls, Mercury shouts, "Get on your bikes and ride!" Bicycle Race reciprocates with the lyric "fat bottomed girls, they'll be riding today." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bic…
As a cost-saving technique, some of Converse's famous Chuck Taylor shoes have a felt bottom, as fuzzy soles technically qualify as slippers, and have lower import taxes (30%) than regular shoes smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The deepest underground subway station in the world is Arsenalna on Kiev Metro's Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska Line at 105.5 metres. It takes approximately 4 minutes to reach the bottom via two sets of escalators. youtube.com/watch?v=-RQag…
In the 80's/90's, a computer virus called 'Cascade' infected computers and caused all text on screen to cascade down to a heap at the bottom of the screen. In response to this, IBM developed their own anti-virus software. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
The Verrazzano Bridge, connecting New York's Brooklyn and Staten Island,is so long that the curvature of the Earth had to be taken into account in its construction. Its two suspension towers are plumb vertical, but they are 1-5/8-inches (~41mm) further apart at their tops than at the bottom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
A man spent 60 hours underwater, in total darkness, after his vessel capsized and sunk to the bottom of the sea. He was discovered alive by divers sent to recover dead bodies. bbc.com/news/world-africa…
In 2008 a man at a ski resort in Italy stole a rubber padding used on a barrier to stop people at the bottom of a sledding hill. He used the padding to sled down the hill, hitt ing the barrier that he stole the from and died. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Today I learned about the "Axis of evil" | Observations of the cosmic microwave background radiation have observed several anomalies that seem to put our solar system as the "center", specifically in that our "top half" of the CMB is slightly cooler than the "bottom half". This is as of yet unexplained. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axi…
The ladies of Havana was a group of woman that donated the equivalence 1 million dollars in jewelry to contribute to George Washington budget for his soldiers, this even was to be regarded as the 'bottom dollars' upon which the edifice of American independence was erected. orlandosentinel.com/news/…
The summit of Mt. Everest is made of marine limestone which means the highest point on earth was once at the bottom of the sea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Last summer (2019) forty people were seriously injured when a wave pool in China malfunctioned and created a dangerous Tsunami! The pool was overcrowded and people smashed into each other and got bloody from the hard tiles at the bottom. The operator may or may not have been drinking. cnn.com/videos/world/2019…
The disappearance of submarine S-80 remained a mystery until it was discovered at the bottom of the Barents sea 7 years after it had gone missing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
Farmers in Botswana have started painting eyes on their cow's bottoms to stop lions from attacking them. interestingengineering.co…
The deepest part of our oceans, the region from below 6000 km to the very bottom of the deepest sea trench, is known as the Hadal zone, named after Hades, the underworld of Greek mythology. More people have been to the moon than have explored the Hadal deep. mentalfloss.com/article/9…
Frogfishes have a stocky appearance and rarely swim, preferring to clamber over the sea bottom using their fins as feet. Typically, they take cover lying in wait for prey, and then they strike extremely rapidly in as little as 6 milliseconds. They are found in most tropical oceans. (gif below) oceanconservancy.org/blog…
I learned the reason why men should always leave the bottom button open on a suit jacket is out of respect for King Edward VII, who was too fat to button his waistcoat insider.com/suit-button-r…
Pilots training to fly only the plane's instruments often wear "Foggles", goggles with opaque frosting on the top half of the lenses obscuring the view outside the plane, but clear on the bottom allowing the pilot to see inside the cockpit to view the flight instruments and operate controls en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fog…
Today I learned about the Antarctic Snow Cruiser, a massive 55 foot, 75,000lb land vehicle built by the United States for Antarctic exploration in the 1930s. It was abandoned in Antarctica, and is still either buried in snow or somewhere at the bottom of the ocean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
A beard transplant procedure takes an entire day, and can run up to $10,000 for a full beard. The doctor and technicians remove hair strands with the follicles intact from another part of the body -- usually the bottom of the back of the head. It's moved to where it is wanted on the face cnn.com/2014/03/13/health…
The first human name in recorded history is: Kushim. He signed his (or her) name at the bottom of a tablet that's over 5,000 years old, which was excavated in Sumer. Kushim signed at the bottom of the tablet to note how much barley they had on-hand. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
There's a genus of sea cucumbers called sea pigs that live on the bottom floor of every ocean and extract nutrients from the mud. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Rewcuers can't get the almost 60 bodies from Air France flight 447 that crashed in 2009 because while the bodies are perfectly preserved, they decompose immediately as they are brought to the surface. Therefore they sit, still buckled, at the bottom of the ocean. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
In Buddhism it is required for someone who has attained "enlightenment" to perform "The Twin Miracle" where you emitted fire from the top half of your body and water from the bottom half of your body simultaneously, before alternating them and then expanding them to illuminate the cosmos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Americans use the term "downtown" to describe a city's "city center" regardless its geographic location because the term was inherited from New York β€” where businesses occupied the bottom of Manhattan island en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow…
Most aerosol cans have a little dot painted on the rim that, when aligned with the nozzle, help you get every last drop of the product out before you run out of propellant. There’s a curved straw inside that runs down the edge of the can and that dot lines up with the bottom of that straw. thegardenfrogboutique.com…
Sony made an ad for their color display technology featuring 1/4 million brightly colored bouncy balls released down the steep streets of San Francisco. About 50 students were hired to help collect them using skates and floor squeegees at the bottom after each take. thinkbox.tv/creative/behi…
There is an island in the pacific called Yap that uses circular stones as currency. The stones are too large to move so the ownership of the stones is passed by word of mouth to transact business. The location of the stone is irrelevant even in the case of one lost on the bottom of the sea npr.org/blogs/money/2011/…
In 1945, a B25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building, severing the cables of two elevators. One elevator – on the 75th floor at the time – had a female passenger in it, who was able to survive due to the 300m of coiled cable at the bottom of the shaft, which cushioned the elevator’s land history.com/this-day-in-h…
In 2007, the Russian company Rossiya broadcasted television footage showcasing the Russians planting a flag at the bottom of the ocean in the North Pole. A 13 year old boy from Finland noticed some of the footage the station used was from the film Titanic. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Armadillos can cross streams or rivers either by inflating their intestines to float or by simply holding their breath and walking across the bottom. floridamuseum.ufl.edu/sci…
The yacare caiman (Caiman yacare) is endemic to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay and is brown in color with dark blotches, esp. on the lower jaw. Males grow to 10ft and females to 4.5ft. It is also called "piranha caiman" because its bottom jaw teeth can poke holes through the upper jaw. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yac…
Most internet data is not transferred across continents by satellites. Instead, 97% of intercontinental data is transferred through hundreds of thousands of miles of cables at the bottom of the ocean. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Today I learned of the most rural post office in the US; the Supai Post Office is at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and is serviced by a mule train that takes 2.5 hours to reach it. It services the Havasupai reservation and demonstrates the obligation of the US Postal System to service every community. 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
Today I learned about the fossa, a cat-like member of the Eupleridae family. They have retractable claws and even purr (audio at the bottom of the link!), but are most closely related to weasels and civets. animals.sandiegozoo.org/a…
The phrase "no strings attached” is directly tied to 18th century fabric merchants who would mark flaws in woven cloth by tying small strings to the bottom of the bolts at the locations where flaws were present. gingersoftware.com/conten…
Today I learned of the Pitch Drop Experiment. To prove that the substance bitumen is actually an extremely slow-flowing liquid. It was poured into a beaker in 1927, since then only 9 drips have dropped to the bottom of the beaker. (About one every 10 years). smp.uq.edu.au/pitch-drop-…
About the Kamiza and Shimoza seats in Japanese etiquette. The Kamiza seat is the "top" seat furthest from the door and is for important people. The Shimoza(bottom) seat is closest to the door. This dates back to feudal Japan as the Shimoza seat was colder and vulnerable to attackers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kam…
When your mouth is closed and your jaw is at rest, your top and bottom teeth should not be touching. eldoradohillsoralsurgery.…
You’re supposed to flush your water heater every 6 months to avoid calcification and hardening of sediments at the bottom forcing you to replace the water heater if it’s neglected. directenergy.com/blog/how…
During the development of Space Harrier, the president of SEGA insisted that if the graphics were done, a game was ready for release. To properly finish the game, the lead designer rigged a secret switch to the bottom of his desk that would mess up the colors whenever giving a demonstration. shmuplations.com/spacehar…
As a child, Joaquin Bottom travelled South America with his family after they joined religous cult Children of God. After learning the truth of the group, the family moved back the States and changed their last name to Phoenix. nydailynews.com/entertain…
Pythagoras, of the Pythagorean theorem, wouldn't touch beans. (bottom paragraph of the linked section) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyt…
Ships are painted red below the water line to aid efficiency and speed through the water as marine growth on the ship’s hull increases friction and slows down the speed – therefore ships "bottoms" are most often painted in a red copper anti-fouling paint. nauticapedia.ca/Articles/…
When a woman with breast implants is cremated, the implants will melt into "goo." It drips to the bottom of the furnace and needs to be cleaned up once cooled. tahilan.com/2016/04/19/br…
A Filipino diver from the Badjao tribe can descend 65 feet to the sea floor and stay underwater for up to 5 minutes. Even without weights, he is negatively buoyant and can 'walk' across the bottom of the sea as if like hunting on land. youtube.com/watch?v=pmZJy…
Henry VIII had people who were called β€œGrooms of the Stool” who’s job was to wipe his bottom. During his reign he had four such people, all of them were knighted. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The original Volkswagon Beetle would temporarily float on water because of a sealed steel bottom with nothing exposed beneath it. Volkswagen even created a 1972 television commercial which demonstrated its ability to float. It sold for $1999 US dollars (roughly equivalent to 12k today). youtube.com/watch?v=1qB0l…
There is a road in New Jersey where you put your vehicle in neutral at the bottom of a gravity hill and appears to defy gravity as it roll up the hill. Local legends say a ghost pushes the cars up a hill as does a murdered husband who was hung by a tree atop the hill by his abused wife. onlyinyourstate.com/new-j…
If you rubbed garlic on the bottom of your foot, it would be absorbed through your skin and eventually your breath would smell of garlic! popsci.com/you-can-taste-…
Bottom buttons on suits are left unbuttoned because they needed to be unbuttoned while riding a horse. Meanwhile, King Edward VII was too fat for his waistcoat when he was Prince of Wales, so the Court and later everyone in the Empire unbuttoned the bottom of theirs in solidarity. thisisinsider.com/suit-bu…
The Eiffel Tower requires 60 tons of paint every seven years and has to be painted by hand with brushes, paint guns or other accessories are prohibited. 3 different shades of colors are applied from bottom to top, to give it a slender appearance. history.com/news/10-thing…
The tallest cliffs in the solar system are located on Miranda, a moon of Uranus. At 20km high, it would take a freefalling person 12 minutes to reach the bottom, by which time they would have accelerated to 200km/h. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
The fictional town of Bikini Bottom from the show SpongeBob Square Pants is shown in the series to be underneath a real place called Bikini Atoll; a former nuclear test site that is still uninhabitable today. spongebob.fandom.com/wiki…
Today I learned of Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain", a readymade art piece in the early 20th century. In concieving the art piece, Duchamp bought a urinal, reoriented and rotated it around by 90 degrees, and scribbled a fake name "R. Mutt" at the bottom left. theartpostblog.com/en/fou…
When the Israeli military developed their battle rifle, the Galil, they included a bottle opener built into the bottom of the gun. Previous guns had been damaged by Israeli soldiers who kept using their guns to open bottled beverages with their guns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMI…

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