The Oval Office's current desk, a gift from Queen Victoria, was modified by FDR who had a carved front panel added to hide his leg braces. It has also been raised with a base because presidents from JFK to Reagan kept banging their knees against the underside. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
After Pearl Harbor was bombed FDR gave his β€œDay of Infamy” speech, one of the most famous speeches in American history. FDR was paralyzed from the waist down due to polio, so he walked to the podium for his speech with the help of steel leg braces, a cane, and his son. cbsnews.com/news/pearl-ha…
Braces use a shape memory alloy that activate in response to body heat. The pulling sensation you feel is the metal trying to get back to its original shape. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
There's a school of thought that believes JFK's assassination was aided by the corset/brace he was wearing for his bad back, which prevented him from falling forward after the first shot. edition.cnn.com/2017/11/2…
Ultra endurance cyclists' necks can just give out and stop holding up their heads after a week of sleep deprived racing. Some racers continue by kinesio-taping their heads up or tying their helmets to a makeshift back brace. welovecycling.com/wide/20…
Wilma Rudolph had polio as an infant and was unable to walk properly until she was 11. For several years, her family had to massage her legs four times a day, and she had to wear a metal brace. In 1960, she became the first American woman to win three gold medals in an Olympic event. womenshistory.org/educati…
As PSA flight 182 was heading nose down into the ground at 300 miles per hour, 4 seconds before impact the captain announced on the cabin speakers: "Brace yourself" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PSA…
Cats can survive falls from upto 19 storeys high and end up with only minor bruises due to the fact that they naturally live on trees (Arboreal animals).They have adapted to falling from such great heights by positioning themselves in the right way to brace the fall through the years. bbc.com/news/magazine-174…
Gray Whale couples need a 3rd Whale to act as a brace while they mate so they don't float apart midway through. sandiegoboattours.com/gra…
In 1955, evangelist Jack Coe claimed to have divinely healed a three-year-old of polio and told the boy's parents to remove his leg braces. This caused the boy constant pain, but Coe never faced jail time as medical malpractice did not cover divine healing. The next year, Coe died of polio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
A college student aligned his teeth successfully by 3D printing his own clear braces for less than $60; he'd built his own 3D home printer but fixed his teeth over months with 12 trays he made on his college's more precise 3D printer. money.cnn.com/2016/03/16/…
The youngest sergeant of WWI was Brace Beemer, who lied about his age and joined the army at 14. Beemer would later go on to play the Lone Ranger on radio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Underbites are much more rare than an overbite. If one reaches adulthood with an underbite and decides to correct it then they are going to either be getting braces or having to undergo surgery emergencydentistsusa.com/…
The builders of the National Cathedral held a contest for kids to design gargoyles with the winners earning spots on the cathedral. The winning designs include Darth Vader, a raccoon, a girl with pigtails and braces, and a man with large teeth and an umbrella. cathedral.org/what-to-see…
Original plans for Hong Kong's Bank of China Tower included an x-shaped cross-brace. However, in China the "X" shape is seen as a symbol of death. As an alternative, IM Pei chose to use less menacing diamond forms and bamboo inspired patterns archdaily.com/153297/ad-c…
Gray whales mate in threes; the non-dominant male just acts as a brace to hold the female in place so that she doesn't float away. sandiego.org/members/boat…
JFK may have survived his assassination if it were not for the fact he was wearing a brace for his bad back. Oswald's first shot hit him in the shoulder and chest, but the brace prevented him from slumping over, allowing Oswald to get a more accurate shot to the head. medicaldaily.com/jfk-assa…
In Norway, there's a steep hill cyclists struggle to get up, so they created a 'bike elevator' which has a small metal plate come out of the road that they can brace their foot against which slides up the hill and pulls the cyclist up on their bike. trampe.no/en/home
To "brace for impact" you should place your head on, or as close as possible to, the surface it is most likely to strike... not between your knees en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Today I learned about Brace Belden, a twitter troll who joined a Kurdish militia and fought in the Syrian Civil War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Pets can get dental/orthodontic braces en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vet…
During one of his innumerable Presidential affairs, John F. Kennedy tore a groin muscle and had to wear a stiff shoulder-to-groin brace that prevented the reflexive ducking which might have saved him from the second, fatal, assassin's bullet. (PDF: par 3 pg 5) bztv.typepad.com/Winter/D…
"Braces for your eyes" exist. Corrective nighttime contact lenses so no contacts are worn during the day. clevelandjewishnews.com/s…
Today I learned of "Twilight sleep", a practice that only lasted 2 years in hospitals in the early 1900s that caused psychosis and hallucinations during and amnesia after labor. Women giving birth had to be strapped down with lamb skin braces so they would have no bruises after thestir.cafemom.com/pregn…
NASA invented invisible braces, scratch resistant lenses, and much more. curiosity.discovery.com/t…
Ancient Egyptians wore braces! Egyptian mummies have been found with gold bands around some of their teeth, which researchers believe may have been used to close dental gaps with catgut wiring. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The most expensive toilet known to man is on the International Space Station. It includes braces to keep the user in position. popsci.com/scitech/articl…
Before the use of cutlery became prominent in the 18th century, human overbites were much less common. After analysing 19,000 skulls, anthropologist Charles Loring Brace concluded that the appearance of the overbite in Britain 250 years ago coincided with the time when forks were invented. qi.com/infocloud/cutlery
Michael Diamond of the Beastie Boys interviewed "Weird Al" in 1996 and had Spike Jonze (in a neck brace) repeatedly interrupt the interview posing as a crazed fan, and arranged for Yoko Ono to walk by just as Al was talking about being denied permission to parody Beatles songs. yerdoingreat.wordpress.co…
One in five orthodontic patients needing braces is over age 18. The bones of adults have stopped growing, so some structural changes cannot be accomplished without surgery health.harvard.edu/oral-h…
Faith healer Jack Coe "cured" a boy of polio and told his parents to remove his leg braces, leaving the boy in pain, only to contract polio himself and die a few weeks later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
There's a theory of the brace position used in safety protocol for airlines in case of the plane crashing, that states the position is designed to kill you because of how much money victims receive if they survive but was tested by MythBusters to be false. discovery.com/tv-shows/my…
Ernest Brace (POW during Vietnam war) escaped a bamboo cage after a month of imprisonment, got captured again for 7 months (now with his legs in stocks and bolted), escaped again and got buried to his neck for 7 days after being captured again. channel.nationalgeographi…
Today I learned of Vinny Paz, a former boxer who held several world titles. After a serious car accident in which his neck was broken doctors informed him he might never walk again. Disobeying their orders he began to train with a circular metal brace screwed into his skull and regained his world championship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Workers at the British Grid brace the system for a surge in energy at the end of popular television shows, as people around the country go to boil a kettle of water. geek.com/geek-cetera/tea-…
Jenna Jameson started stripping in high school and ripped out her braces with pliers to get a job at a strip club. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jen…
Orthodontic braces became a fashion trend in Asia, creating a market for fake braces that teens would wear strictly for the appearance ca.shine.yahoo.com/blogs/…
Orlando Bloom was trying to fix something on a friends roof and climbed the drain. It collapsed and he fell three stories paralyzing him for four days. Doctors said he would be paralyzed for life but he walked out of the hospital weeks later with crutches and a back brace. people.com/people/orlando…
Robert Wadlow, the tallest man in the world at 8'11", died at age 22 from an infected blister on his ankle due to an ill-fitted brace. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/R…
A Fashion trend of fake braces caused the death of two Tai Teens hosted.verticalresponse.c…
African-American track star Wilma Rudolph (1960) survived infantile paralysis & required a leg brace til 9. By 12 she suffered scarlet fever, whooping cough & measles. She went on to win 3 Olympic Gold medals & was considered the "Fastest woman on Earth". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Students from Rice University created a power-generating knee brace. The invention charges a battery pack but they hope it will lead to a device that will charge artificial hearts. news.rice.edu/2015/04/30/…
After he was paralyzed from the waist down, FDR fit his legs and hips with iron braces and taught himself to walk by swiveling his torso. youtube.com/watch?v=Q6EB4…
The "brace position" in air travel varies depending on which side of the Atlantic you're flying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
3M makes more than tape and post-it notes! They also make street signs, sandpaper, touch screens, steri strips, car wax, multimedia projectors, stethoscopes, synthetic track & field materials, dental braces, thermal clothing insulation, bandaids, optical films, and 55,000 other products. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3M
Many BBSes are still alive, some are even intact from the 90s with files and all, and conveniently available via telnet (brace for epic nostalgia trip) telnetbbsguide.com/briefl…
The tallest man in history died at age 22 from an infection caused by a faulty leg brace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Vin Diesel was rapping under the name Mark Sinclair back in 1986. (brace yourself...) soundcloud.com/garylucas/…
Johnny Greenwood, lead guitarist of Radiohead, wears a wrist brace due to a repetitive strain injury caused by his aggressive playing style. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, died of an infection caused by a blister he got because of a faulty leg brace. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Jonny Greenwood, guitarist of Radiohead, had to wear an arm brace after he contracted Repetitive Strain Injury from his aggressive style of guitar playing. allaxess.com/biography-pr…
Sean Bean does indeed say "Brace Yourself" but not where you think (TES4: Oblivion spoiler) youtube.com/watch?feature…

Please note that this site uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse web traffic. Click here for more information.