Brass doorknobs disinfect themselves, so do not need to be cleaned as much as other materials apartmenttherapy.com/olig…
The song we commonly associate with clowns and a circus wasn't originally intended to be used that way. 'Grande Marche Chromatique' (Entrance of the Gladiators) was composed by Czech composer Julius Fučík and the piece was supposed to demonstrate the ability of modern brass instruments. musictales.club/article/e…
The zipper brand, YKK, makes everything they use in their production processes, in-house. From the machines they use to make their zippers, to smelting their own brass - they even make the boxes they ship their zippers in. slate.com/business/2012/0…
About aurichalcum (AKA orichalcum), a "lost" precious metal written of in ancient times and now gone to legend. It was considered second in value to gold. The word is used among present-day coin collectors to describe a certain alloy of brass used in Roman-era sestertius and dupondius coins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ori…
Along with blacksmiths, there are "whitesmiths" who work with tin or other light metals and "brownsmiths" who work with brass or copper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Brass doorknobs (or any other brass objects) sterilise themselves after about 8h since bacteria have a hard time surviving on brass. This is called the Oligodynamic Effect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
Scientists found a medieval salve made out of wine, garlic, onion and oxgall which must be put in a brass vessel for nine nights to become an antibiotic that is potent against MRSA. theconversation.com/medie…
Copper and brass are naturally antimicrobial. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Spit and condensed water accumulate in brass instruments and need to be drained regularly. Tumpets have "water keys" for this purpose. youtu.be/TGp_Hdi5ZH0
Today I learned of the Stolperstein; small brass plaques dotted around Berlin and other European cities to commemorate victims of Nazi persecution. stolpersteine.eu/en/home/
In the US, production of alarm clocks was allowed in 1944, despite them containing brass needed for war materials, because workers kept missing their shifts due to a critical alarm clock shortage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
Things like brass doorknobs and silverware sterilize themselves as they naturally kill bacteria because of something called the Oligodynamic effect en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
The Brazen Bull, an alleged execution device which roasted the condemned alive. The hollow brass bull was set over a fire with the victim locked inside. Pipes converted the screams into sounds of a bull, and the smoke into spicy clouds of incense. The scorched bones were then made into bracelets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Star Destroyer models were illuminated by 100,000 hand wired strands of fiber optics in the original Star Wars trilogy. For the Super Star Destroyer, they switched to brass etching by hand to increase the number to 250,000. youtu.be/85MK2GDkoxo?t=16…
Brass surfaces kill superbugs staph-infection-resources…
The Morrison Digital Trumpet exists! It’s a MIDI controller for brass instrumentalists, with fingerings identical to that of a regular trumpet. youtu.be/BxLlym502bI
There are "combat dolphins" used by many naval forces in the world. They seek mines, look out for intruders, and locate/tag lost equipment. These dolphins can tell the difference between stainless steel, brass, or aluminum pipes that are buried over two feet in mud in the ocean floor. news.nationalgeographic.c…
A medieval English recipe was found to cure MRSA, an infection characterized by a resistance to antibiotics. It consists of wine, garlic, leek, and oxgall standing in a brass vessel for nine days. Each step "was crucial for its efficacy". scientificamerican.com/ar…
Door knobs made out of brass automatically disinfect themselves in about 8 hours through the oligodynamic effect tested.com/science/life/4…
Today I learned about Jazz Funerals, a New Orleans tradition in which a person is β€œburied with music” by a brass band and other musicians in a procession to their grave. β€œSecond Liners”- people who dance to the music in all styles, accompany the music players to bury the person with respect. 64parishes.org/entry/jazz…
The bazooka was a brass musical instrument created by Comedian Bob Burns. It was several feet in length and incorporated telescopic tubing like the trombone. The military borrowed the nickname for its anti-tank weapon during World War II due to its vague resemblance to the musical instrument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baz…
"top military brass thought that tobacco was essential to the morale of soldiers fighting on the front lines" so each C-Ration included 9 different brands of cigarettes. This practice was not phased out until the end of the Vietnam War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
Michel Lotito, famous for deliberately consuming indigestible objects such as bicycles, shopping carts, televisions, and a Cessna 150 was awarded a brass plaque by the Guinness Book to commemorate his abilities. He consumed it as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Nigeria suffered the most looting in Africa. At the National Museum in Ile-Ife in 1994, thieves with an inside contact smashed open 11 display cases and took off with terra-cotta and brass heads worth about $200 million. It was the museum's third burglary that year content.time.com/time/wor…
In New Orleans, for a few hundred dollars, you and your friends can rent a brass brand and have your very own police escorted personal parade. theglobeandmail.com/life/…
Brass, Copper and some other alloys, when used as door knobs in hospitals, kill bacteria, even antibiotic ones such as MRSA far faster than steel and aluminium due to the Oligodynamic Effect news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/healt…
Ketchup polishes brass and copper. apartmenttherapy.com/how-…
Today I learned about Havergal Brian who wrote the longest symphony in the world called The Gothic. It has only been performed 6 times since it was finished in 1927. It requires 200 musicians and 800 singers, including brass bands, a children’s choir, and a machine that makes thunder sounds. theguardian.com/music/201…
The Book of Mormon suggests that there were donkeys, cattle, horses, oxen, sheep, pigs, goats, elephants, wheat, barley, figs, silk, steel, brass, scimitars, and chariots in Pre-Columbian America. None of them existed in America before Columbus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Brass doorknobs will self-disinfect within 7 hours due to an anti-microbial property of brass. members.vol.at/schmiede/M…
The view of most scholars is that the term "brass instrument" should be defined by the way the sound is made, by lip vibration, and not by whether the instrument is actually made of brass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
John Wayne was awarded 'two spheres manufactured from brass' for appearing at Harvard after being called the biggest fraud in history. nytimes.com/1974/01/16/ar…
The French term for Brass Knuckles is "poing amΓ©ricain", which literally translates to "American fist" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
EA sent out brass knuckles to the gamewriters of the Godfather II before realizing that they were illegal in most of the states they sent them to, including California, where EA is based. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Certain metals (including copper, brass, silver, and gold) are naturally antimicrobial. A brass doorknob will self-sterilize in about eight hours if left untouched. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/O…
1807, After his victory at Friedland, Napoleon proposed a rabbit hunt as to celebrate. invited military’s biggest brass & collected a colony of rabbits, once bunnies were released they didn’t scurry in fright. Instead, bounded toward him & his men. The attack ceased only as the coach rolled away awkward.com/did-you-know-…
In Germany (and other parts of Europe) there are brass plaques set in the sidewalks in front of the former homes of people who fell victim to German Nazism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
The color of the Statue of Liberty is green due to Verdigris; patina that is formed when copper, brass or bronze is weathered and exposed to air or seawater over time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
Famed dentist Painless Parker (who wore a necklace of teeth) & his Dental Circus lured naive patients by promising that the 50c extraction would be painless, or he'd pay $5. Screams of agony were drowned by a brass band while the audience was distracted, enjoying contortionists & dancing women. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
The New York City public school system had its own custom cast brass doorknobs.They date back to the Progressive Era and were installed in the late 19th and early 20th century. The NYC Board of Education started to offer free secondary public education in 1896 and put forth a plan to modernize untappedcities.com/2013/0…
Chris Morris of Brass Eye once filled a studio with helium causing the weather reporter to sound ridiculous on live radio youtube.com/watch?v=qqSK5…
The phrase get down to brass tacks (not brass tax) is an Americanism dating from the 19th century. In the idiom, brass tacks means (1) the essentials, or (2) the basic facts, so to get down to brass tacks is to focus on the essentials. grammarist.com/usage/get-…
In the early 1900s French gangsters used a weapon called an Apache Revolver that functioned as a revolver, a knife, and brass knuckles weapons.about.com/od/curi…
Brass doorknobs automatically disinfect themselves in 8 hours en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
Zinc, silver, copper, bronze, and brass all self-sanitize over time - this is known as the oligodynamic effect. academicjournals.org/arti…
Brass beds became popular in the early 19th century to help fight and prevent bedbug, tick and woodworm infestations. herald-dispatch.com/featu…
The French term for brass knuckles is "Poing AmΓ©rican" which literally translates to "American Fist" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Germany has an ongoing project to create brass plated block Infront of houses of victims of National Socialism stolpersteine.eu/en/
Didgeridoos are technically brass instruments rural-lit.com/gray-nomad-…
Much Mexican music, like what you hear in Mexican restaurants in the US, has its roots in German polka and waltz, hence all the accordion and brass en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…

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