A Vietnamese man was hospitalized unconscious from consuming too much methanol alcohol; doctors transfused 15 cans of beer about 1 per hr into his body to revive him. The liver breaks down ethanol before methanol which gave doctors more time to do dialysis to remove the alcohol from his system. newsweek.com/alcohol-pois…
A man decided to deposit a check that he received from a junk mail ad just to see what would happen. to his surprise, they allowed him to deposit the $95,000 check. the bank tried to take the money back, but since he didn’t break any laws, there was nothing they could do. nytimes.com/1995/08/20/us…
Guinness World Records accepts payments (ranging from $12,000 to $500,000) from individuals, organizations and governments to either find a record that they could break or to create an entirely new record category en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
John Carmack (founder of "id Software" known for his work in the development of Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein) was arrested at the age of 14 for helping a group of children steal Apple || computers using a mixture of thermite and Vaseline to melt the windows to break into the building. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
When Dakota Meyer was contacted to arrange a time to inform him that his case for the Medal of Honor had been approved, the caller was told that Meyer was working at his construction job and were asked to call again during his lunch break. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dak…
Gremlins were invented by the RAF as mythical creatures who break airplanes, as way to explain random mechanical failures in reports; an "investigation" was even conducted to make sure Gremlins didn't have nazi sympathies historynet.com/gremlins.h…
The Ancient Mongol Warriors were said to have worn silk vests, as an arrow hitting silk does not break the silk but ends up embedding the arrow in the flesh wrapped in silk, allowing the arrow to be removed by gently teasing the silk open. blog.patra.com/2014/05/29…
The shape of a Pringles chip is a hyperbolic paraboloid, which gives them their unique crunch, makes them easier to stack, and makes them less likely to break during transport. interestingengineering.co…
There are 18 miles of translucent wires stretching around much of Manhattan to make it easier for Jews not to break Jewish law mentalfloss.com/article/9…
Gen. Chuck Yeager, a WWII fighter ace, the first human ever to break the speed of sound and considered the greatest test pilot of his generation, is still alive. The last time he surpassed Mach 1 was in 2012, when he was just 89 years old. edition.cnn.com/2013/01/3…
There's an eco friendly variation to standard cremation - hydro cremation. The process utilizes a mix of water and sodium to break down the soft tissue of a body, and the bones are then pulverized to be given to the family. It doesn't utilize formaldehyde, nor does it relase green house gas orderofthegooddeath.com/r…
Today I learned about the concept of Shuhari, a Japanese philosophy on learning. The student first follows the rules (Shu), seeks to break the rules (Ha), then becomes the rules (Ri) as they have achieved mastery and the rules are no longer necessary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shu…
There’s no β€˜correct’ side of aluminum foil to use when cooking. The difference between the two sides is due to a manufacturing process. Two layers of foil are pressed together and milled at the same time, because otherwise, it would break. rd.com/food/fun/real-reas…
Exxon used to be known as Esso, a phonetic spelling of "S.O." for Standard Oil after it was forced to break up into 34 smaller companies. It is still widely known as Esso outside the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ess…
Otters keep their favorite stones under their arms when they're not using them to detach prey from the seabed and break it open. They've been known to form attachments to them and keep them throughout their lives. discoverwildlife.com/anim…
Robert Downey Jr. provided his DVD commentary in Tropic Thunder as Lincoln Osiris, a nod to a joke in the film that Lazarus never breaks character until he completes the DVD commentary wikipedia.org/Tropic_Thun…
Today I learned about Yoshie Shiratori, who broke out of prison four times, and most famously was the only person in history to break out of Abishiri prison in Hokkaido, Japan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yos…
Ford initiated the 5 day work week... not to give people a 2 day break, but to improve human output and spending observer.com/2017/03/kill…
TV pickup is a phenomenon that affects electricity transmission networks. It occurs when a large numbers watch the same TV programmes while taking advantage of breaks in programming to operate electrical appliances, thus causing large synchronised surges in national electricity consumption. selectra.co.uk/energy/new…
A Florida man accidentally locked his 1 yr old daughter in his car, and 5 prisoners out on work detail used a coat hanger to break her out. The mother who took a video of it said: "Them prisoners bust that s*** right open, so thank god for the criminals in the world." nbc-2.com/story/39976783/…
Marvin Gaye died in April of 1984 after being shot twice in the chest. Marvin had tried to break up a fight between his parents when Marvin's father pulled out a .38 Smith & Wesson, a Christmas gift from Marvin to his father from the year before, and fatally shot his son. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Alexander Godunov, who played Karl, the violent German in Die Hard (1988), his first major break into Hollywood was playing a gentle Amish farmer in Witness (1985). In 1979, he had defecting from the USSR and was a world class ballet dancer. Sadly, he died aged 45, in 1995 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Ball lightning is weird, actually real and deadly. The strange phenomenon of ball lightning appears during thunderstorms and has been known to break through windows, with nasty results. nationalgeographic.com/en…
There was a man known as β€œThe Glastonbury Tickler” who would break into people’s houses at night, tickle their feet while they were sleeping, and immediately leave. courant.com/news/connecti…
Massachusetts man Richard Noll bought two scratch-offs in order to break a $100 bill to buy lunch and won $10 million from one of the tickets. Mitesh Patel, who sold him the winning ticket, will receive a $50,000 bonus. nydailynews.com/news/nati…
One of the 'unwritten rules' of the Tour de France: if the Tour is passing through where one of the riders grew up, everyone will slow down to let that rider lead the whole Tour through his hometown (also, if the race leader needs to stop to take a pee break, everyone else slows down/stops too) nytimes.com/2019/07/25/sp…
It is illegal in Alabama to play cards on Sunday. According to section 13A-12-1 of the Alabama code, those who break this rule shall be fined not less than $10.00 nor more than $100.00, and may also be imprisoned for maximum three months. law.justia.com/codes/alab…
In WW2, US used Native Americans for message encryption. They were called "code talkers" as they simply talked in their native language for transmitting the messages. This allowed fast communication over open channels as enemy was unable to break this code. Was crucial in winning the war. britannica.com/topic/code…
A traditional Sardinian cheese, casu marzu, is eaten with live maggots in it. The maggots break down the cheese’s fats, making it exceptionally soft. Each cheese has thousands of maggots in it. The larvae can launch up to 15 cm, so diners hold their hands above the cheese to prevent this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
For a cloth bag to actually be sustainable and better for the environment, it has to be reused 131 times to break even with the plastic bags in terms of impact on environment in the process of making. (While plastic bags can also be reused but people just don't) stanfordmag.org/contents/…
Gorillas are nearly in a constant state of flatulence (farting/gas) due to a large amount of bacteria that live in their guts. This bacteria helps break down the vegetative plant matter that comprises most of their diet. youtu.be/aHOwbc8Feu4
Some fruits like pineapple, papaya, and mango can't be used fresh in Jello because they contain enzymes called proteases, which break down collagen proteins and prevent gelatin from setting. Cooking the fruit first inactivates the enzymes. scientificamerican.com/ar…
George Miller, an M.D. at the time, was inspired to make Mad Max (1979) when he witnessed fights break out during a gas shortage in Australia. He assumed in the future nations would not implement infrastructure for renewable energy until it was too late and this could lead to a dystopia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
Spaghetti almost invariably breaks into more than two pieces. It required a team of scientists, including a MIT mathematician, to figure out how to reliably snap spaghetti into just two pieces cnet.com/news/mit-scienti…
PhD students built a supersonic cannon that can fire pingpong balls that break the sound barrier, and shoot clean through steel cans. youtu.be/zJqMWXt5Ihs
Today I learned of the Republic XF-84H, the loudest aircraft ever built. Its engine was audible from 22 miles away, and Edwards Air Force Base was worried the noise would break windows in the control tower. The airplane was not popular at Edwards, and is rumored to have caused several miscarriages. airspacemag.com/how-thing…
Even though smoking has been banned on airplanes, ash trays are mandatory on every plane. This is for safe disposal in case someone breaks the law. money.cnn.com/2017/03/09/…
When a massive earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015, Nepal’s longest-serving β€œliving goddess” Dhana Kumari was forced to break seclusion and walk the streets for the first time in her life. theguardian.com/world/201…
The gold medalist in the men's triathlon in the 2016 Olympics ran the 10k portion in around 31 minutes. This is the same as running a mile in around 5 minutes for six times. The 10k portion of triathlon takes place after a 1.5 km swim and 40 km cycle with no breaks in between. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
A team of 500 goats helped save the Ronald Reagan library in California from wildfires, by eating through 13 acres of surrounding scrubland. This created a vital fire break. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
Today I learned of Bruce Patterson, a British man who in 2010 managed to put six Cadbury's Creme Eggs in his anus. Five years later he managed to break his own record by anally inserting nine of them. pressreader.com/uk/sunday…
Today I learned about William Castle, a producer /director know for his unusual promotional gimmicks, such as wiring theater seats to vibrate and shake during the climax of his movie and setting up a booth for people to get refunds during a movie’s β€œFright Break” if they were too scared to see the ending en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 2016 a London Zoo gorilla drank five litres of blackcurrant juice after escaping enclosure: β€˜Kumbuka’, a male silverback, sparked an armed police response after his break out bid on 13 October theguardian.com/world/201…
Police in the UK can legally break into any person's house under the Bees Act 1980 if they suspect it contains foreign bees legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/…
The chunks of ice that break off of icebergs are officially called "bergy bits" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
When Muhammad Ali fought Chuck Wepner, the inspiration for Rocky, the fight was billed with the phrase Give the White Guy a Break wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhamm…
Ringo Starr's song Octopus's Garden on Abbey Road was written as an F-You to the other members of the Beatles in response to tensions that were threatening to, and would eventually, break up the Beatles ultimateclassicrock.com/b…
Jason Hook, lead guitarist for metal band Five Finger Death Punch, got his big break as the guitarist for Hilary Duff’s live touring band in 2000. blabbermouth.herokuapp.co…
An Ohio company including a physicist & biomimicry expert is developing a football helmet liner based on the shock-absorbing pelt of hedgehog quills. They've mimicked the structure of a hedgehog quill with a polymer which lets it bend but not break & mimicked the spacing & angle of each quill. radio.wosu.org/post/desig…
A New Zealand wild Kea parrot snatched Β£600 from the van of a Scottish tourist out taking photos; a Canadian couple told him: "We’ve just seen that bird take something out of your van." He reported the theft to police who laughed. Kea are known car vandals, reported to break off wing mirrors. telegraph.co.uk/travel/ne…
Today I learned of Clifford Stoll a sysadmin who’d tracked a $0.75 accounting error back to a an East German spy ring in one of the first documented cases of a computer break-in. youtube.com/watch?v=hTx9h…
The inspiration behind Crocodile Dundee, Rod Ansell, suffered a psychotic break due to amphetamines and went on a rampage, injuring two people and killing a policeman before being shot dead himself theguardian.com/world/199…
Thai cops that break the rules are punished by having to wear pink Hello Kitty armbands while not being allowed to disclose what they've done to "earn" it, leaving their offense to the imagination news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
26 states in the U.S. do not require employers to provide meal or rest breaks to their employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
The wreckage of the Titanic will likely disappear by 2030 due to forming "rusticles" that will eventually break apart and drift away. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
Just after shooting β€œThe Goonies,” Richard Donner desperately needed a break and flew to his Hawaii home to get away. In response, Spielberg flew the cast to Hawaii, and Donner eventually came home to discover the child actors had emptied their luggage and were lounging on his furniture youtube.com/watch?v=-SF_V…
Today I learned of Army Sgt. Joe Kieyoomia; captured by the Japanese, he was first tortured as a traitor, until he could prove he was Navaho, then tortured to get him to help break Code Talker (he couldn't), then kept in a cell in Nagasaki for three years, freeing him three days after the bombing. thepeoplespaths.net/artic…
New Zealand's "arch environmental criminal" was an English communist who released thousands of exotic fish species other than trout into waterways in an attempt to break class barriers in the angling community (trout being associated with upper classes) stuff.co.nz/national/1188…
People often ignore public fire alarms or fires that break out in front of them, hesitating to escape and denying any danger, because they are committed to finishing what they came to do, or they believe they have a role to be passive pdfs.semanticscholar.org/…
Today I learned of Ann Hodges, the only known and confirmed meteorite victim in human history. The meteorite breaks through their ceiling one afternoon in 1954 while she was sleeping on her couch and left a large bruise in her thigh. The meteorite was eventually donated to Alabama Museum of Natural History. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Union Pacific train operators once faced a real life "trolley problem" when 30 of its cars broke loose during a switching operation and headed at high speed without breaks toward downtown Los Angeles -- and decided to derail them on a side track, destroying two homes and injuring 13 people cnn.com/2003/US/West/06/2…
Wax Worms can eat and break down one of the most common plastics (polyethylene) into organic compounds. Wax worms are common insects which evolved to live in bee hives. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Alfred George Hinds today remains remembered as one of the most celebrated British prison break artists. During his life he managed to escape from not one, but three heavily guarded prisons, all in attempt to prove his innocence to the English legal system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
70% of straight unmarried couples breakup within the first year. After five years there is a 20% chance that a couple will break up and that figure dwindles by the time they have been together for ten years. rxbreakup.com/2018/08/cou…
Bill Nye originally got his break into the Entertainment industry after 4 times of being rejected to join NASA's astronaut training program in the late 70's, and stumbled into a new career path by winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest in 1978 that launched his career into stardom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
The Amen break is the most sampled drum solo in music history. youtu.be/v89CjsSOJ_c
Bearded vultures seize turtles and fly high above the ground to release the reptile, typically over rocky ground or onto large rocks or boulders. These vultures will repeat the exercise if the shell of the turtle does not break after the first attempt. sciencing.com/animals-eat…
In 2017 a Canadian Joint Task Force 2 sniper breaks longest confirmed kill record with 3450 metre shot. The bullet was fired from a McMillan TAC-50 rifle set on a high-rise tower and took 10 seconds to travel towards the fighter. kurdistan24.net/en/news/a…
In 2012 three anti-nuclear activists, including an 82-year-old nun, managed to break into an US government nuclear complex, paint anti-war slogans on the enriched uranium storage building, and spend several hours in the complex before being stopped by a lone guard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y-1…
Today I learned of 3,500 mosquito species a few hundred bite humans. The larvae are food for other larvae and for beneficial insects, put nutrients into many ecosystems, are food for fish, help break down debris in waterways, and pollinate plants. But scientists think ecosystems will adjust if we eliminate them 247wallst.com/special-rep…
The state of West Virginia was the only state to be formed as a break away state, by separating from a Confederate state (Virginia) and was admitted into the union in 1863. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
The record for the Cannonball Run is now 27 hours and 25 minutes. At least two dozen attempts are known to have been made by others since the last record was set in 2013, but only one managed to break 30 hours until now. roadandtrack.com/car-cult…
Today I learned of the ABC TV show Turn-On, which debuted February 1969. The first episode was so bad, one affiliate refused to return to it after the commercial break. Several west coast affiliates refused to air the show at all. Before the first episode had finished playing, the show was cancelled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
, Queen Elizabeth has someone on her staff whose job it is to break in her shoes. people.com/royals/queen-e…
A Californian politician accidentally left his microphone on during a meeting break and was caught graphically boasting about two different affairs he was having. He resigned less than 15 hours after the story broke. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Today I learned of AndrΓ© Stander, a South African police officer who robbed almost 30 banks. Sometimes he’d carry out a crime during his lunch break and then return to the scene as an investigating officer. He was caught but escaped, formed a gang and robbed more banks. He was eventually killed in Florida. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Chiggers don't actually bite or burrow but rather drill holes into our skin and then excrete enzymes that break the skin down into a liquid mixture; then they slurp up the mixture through a hardened skin cell straw. They basically make skin frappes out of us! boyslife.org/outdoors/wil…
Today I learned of 2020 CD3, a near-earth asteroid and temporary satellite of earth expected to break free in May 2020 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/202…
The death of all 301 passengers in Saudi Arabia in 1980 is the world’s deadliest aviation accident not to involve a crash or mid-flight break up. After landing when a fire started in the cargo bay the pilot taxied the aircraft back towards the terminal. All on board died from smoke inhalation. telegraph.co.uk/travel/tr…
If you wanted to see every piece of art in The Louvre in one visit, and you spent 30 seconds observing each piece, it would take you over a month, and that’s assuming you were there 24/7 and took no breaks & didn’t sleep. edition.cnn.com/2013/11/2…
Actor Oliver Reed died during a break from shooting Gladiator after winning a drinking match with British sailors. He "drank eight pints of German lager, a dozen shots of rum, half a bottle of whiskey and a few shots of Hennessy" and beat five young sailors at arm wrestling before collapsing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
Aunt Sally was a game played in England. An Aunt Sally was originally the modelled head of an old woman with a clay pipe in her mouth; the object was for players to throw sticks at the head in order to break the pipe. The target could also be a live person, a puppet, or ball on a stick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aun…
The Beatles were such big fans of Monty Pythons Flying Circus that they did cameo appearances on the programme after their break up madmusic.com/album_detail…
Why the sky is blue. White light (which is made up of all the colors) comes from the sun, and hits our atmosphere, which breaks it apart. Blue light has a higher frequency than most other colors, so it scatters much faster, filling our skies. chemforyourlife.transisto…
The Hays code had a rule only allowing kissing to go on for 3 seconds in movies. Alfred Hitchcock got around this rule for his 1946 film, Notorious, by two actors break off every three seconds. The whole sequence lasts two and a half minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
During WW2 the Allies partly managed to break the German secret Enigma code because a German communications officer stationed in the Qattara Depression would regularly state "nothing to report" in his transmissions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qat…
The small cookie-cutter shark have disabled the most dangerous ocean creature of allβ€”the nuclear submarine. The attacks happened in the 1970s, the sharks did enough damage to the vessel's sonar equipment that the oils inside that transmit sound would leak out of the ship and break the equipment. businessinsider.com/this-…
A 74 year old Japanese man, dressed as a ninja and possessing great physical ability, carried out 254 break-ins worth $260,000 before he was caught by police grapee.jp/en/88152
In 1946, a black WWII veteran was taking a bus home in uniform, and asked the driver to stop for a bathroom break. The driver called the police, and the local chief of police arrested the man, beat him, and gouged out his eyes with a nightstick. The officer was acquitted by an all-white jury. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
During the chrysalis faze of metamorphosis, a caterpillar digests itself by releasing enzymes that break down all of its tissues. Specialized groups of cells survive the process and use the protein-rich soup to build the adult body parts of the butterfly. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Bill The Butcher (Gangs of NY) was head of the Bowery Boys gang who's territory was Bowery street today. Mostly made up of firefighters literally fighting other gangs to have control over putting out fires. Fights between gangs would often break out and the fires were sometimes never put out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Astronomers discovered a "zombie" star that went supernova in 1954...then exploded again in 2014. According to the study's lead author, "This supernova breaks everything we thought we knew about how they work." astronomy.com/news/2017/1…
The entertainment idiom "break a leg" may have meant Take a Bow, as in, do well enough that the audience is happy with your performance. grammarist.com/idiom/brea…
The palolo worm exhibits unique breeding behavior. During the breeding season the back part of the worm breaks free and swims to the surface as a separate animal, complete with eyes. The front end, still attached to its tube, regenerates a new posterior end. britannica.com/animal/pal…
Today I learned of Frank Willis, a security guard in 1972. While on duty he noticed tape on a basement door lock. Thinking a worker had left it there accidentally, he removed it. Willis later found tape again in the same place. He called the police, saying he believed there had been a break-in at Watergate. nytimes.com/2000/09/29/us…
In 1975, Joel Kaplan escaped from a prison in Mexico without breaking a single law. He didn't bribe or assault the guards since they were on a break, the helicopter and plane used in his breakout were bought legally, his flight followed FAA guidelines, and he entered the US with his real name. time.com/3912533/jail-bre…
[] that the Muppets first big break was on The Jimmy Dean Show (the sausage guy) from 1963-66. Rowlf the dog had a 7-10 minute spot with Jimmy every episode. Jim Henson was so grateful he offered Dean 40% of the Muppets, but he turned it down saying he didn't earn it. muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Th…
In some countries, including China, Russia, Mexico and Germany, there is no punishment for escaping from prison because their law considers it human nature to want to escape. No extra time is added to an escapee's sentence provided they did not break any other laws in order to escape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
The film Homicidal (1961) features a 'fright break' before the climax. The break gave the audience a chance to leave and get a refund before it got too scary. People that left got their pictures taken and added to 'Coward's Corner' which was used to advertise how scary the film was. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
In May 2005 the Crazy Frog commercial was aired at an average of nearly 2378 spots per day in the UK. 15% of these ads were shown twice during the same ad break. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…

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