Air traffic controllers get a break every 2 hours. When controllers remain "on position" for more than 2 hours without a break, performance can deteriorate rapidly, even at low traffic levels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
There is a phenomenon where millions of people in Britain all simultaneously turn on their electric kettles during commercial TV breaks causing massive power surges countrywide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_…
Major Pentagon officials once called Five Guys and requested them to break their no delivery rule. Not only did they refuse, the restaurant's founder ordered a 22-foot banner saying "ABSOLUTELY NO DELIVERY" and hung it in front of the store. Business from Pentagon employees increased. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned of the Citadel of Erbil, a mound continuously inhabited since 5000 BC. In 2007 all inhabiants were temporarily evicted to conduct a restoration project, except for a single family, who was allowed to stay as to not break the continuous habitation record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
Today I learned about Jason Vukovich, known as the β€œAlaskan Avenger,” who was convicted of using the state’s sex offender registry to track down offenders, break into their homes, and beat them with a hammer. nypost.com/2018/01/02/ave…
King Alexander of Greece was killed by a monkey when he attempted to break up a fight between his dog and the monkey. In the middle of breaking the fight up, he was bitten by another monkey and later died of his wounds. He was only 27. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The Burj Khalifa is so tall, those above the 80th floor have to wait an extra 2 minutes before they can break Ramadan fast, as the sun can still be setting versus what people on the ground see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Plant cells can have very high internal pressures. Root cells can be up to 0.6 MPa (90 psi), leaf cells up to 2 MPa (300 psi), and pollen tubes up to 21 MPa (3000 psi). This allows plant cells to rapidly grow as well as to be able to break through obstructions like asphalt and concrete. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
F1 driver Kimi "Iceman" RΓ€ikkΓΆnen once had his car break down during the Monaco Grand Prix. After this, live TV showed him walking along the sidewalks with helmet still on, straight to the harbour, where he climbed aboard his yacht. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim…
Teddy Roosevelt took a break from the presidency to go camping with John Muir for four days. They explored without any supervision/security. Roosevelt was so inspired by the trip that it eventually led to the creation of the National Park Service. bbvaopenmind.com/en/scien…
You should never put your feet up on a car's dashboard. Airbags go off like small bombs, and they can break both of your legs cbsnews.com/news/after-pa…
The pig on Pink Floyd's "Animals" was an actual 40ft balloon. A marksman had been initially hired on the 1st day to shoot it down, should it break loose--but he was absent on the 2nd. That day, it broke free and flew into Heathrow Airport's airspace, resulting in all flights being cancelled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
In 2013, Metallica performed in Antarctica just to break a record and be the first musical act to perform on all 7 continents. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
A propeller powered aircraft can break the sound barrier. hartzellprop.com/can-prop…
XF-84H, aka Thunderscreech, is perhaps the loudest aircraft ever. A turboprop plane intended to break the sound barrier, its single propeller visibly produced a continuous sonic boom that radiated for 100s of yards. Ground crew were regularly incapacitated by nausea and, in one case, a seizure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
Lincoln was almost assassinated 9 months before he was assassinated. While riding back to the Soliders' Home, a rifle fired hitting his hat. His horse was startled and ran "break-neck speed" as the President described it. Lincoln dismissed it as a hunting accident. travelthruhistory.tv/fail…
Michael Larson, a contestant on game show Press Your Luck, memorized the patterns of the Big Board and won $110k in cash and prizes. CBS initially refused to pay him because they suspected him of cheating but paid him anyway. He later lost half of all his money in a break-in and died broke. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Jim Henson's puppeteers sometimes didn't break character during bloopers youtu.be/GduZhqftUn8
Safety experts now recommend driving with your hands at 9 and 3 on the steering wheel. The old 10 and 2 position can break your hands or force your arms into your face if the airbag deploys. popularmechanics.com/cars…
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…
In 2010, Cathay Pacific Flight 780 nearly crashed due to saltwater in the underground fuel tanks causing a pump truck filter to break down, releasing superabsorbent polymer into the A330's fuel system. The fuel metering unit then seized up mid flight and 322 people almost died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
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…
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 serial killer is defined as someone who kills at least three people over more than a month, with a significant amount of time between them. A spree killer kills at two or more locations with almost no time break between murders en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spr…
Resting postures used before the invention of the chair, like squatting and kneeling, involve higher levels of muscle activity than chair-sitting. The Hadza hunter-gatherers in Tanzania tend to squat or kneel when they take a break. phys.org/news/2020-03-hun…
Before crucifying a prisoner, ancient Romans would literally beat him within an inch of his life before nailing him to a cross. If prisoner lingered too long before dying, they'd break his lower limbs. Without his legs to support him, the prisoner died of suffocation. catholiceducation.org/en/…
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…
Lactose free milk is just regular cow's milk with added lactase, an enzyme that breaks down lactose into simple sugars. This is why lactose free milk tastes sweeter than normal milk. healthline.com/nutrition/…
The land speed record has been held for over 20 years by the ThrustSSC at 763mph~1227km/h. It was the first land vehicle to break the sound barrier in 1997. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
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…
Today I learned about Lapland New Forest, a Christmas theme park in the UK. Advertised as a β€œwinter wonderland”, the park was in such dismal quality that violence began to break out between visitors and staff. It shut down after a week and the organizers were sentenced to 13 months in jail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lap…
One meaning of shiver, in the phrase "Shiver Me Timbers", is "to break into pieces." Therefore, the sailor’s oath, "Shiver Me Timbers", is synonymous with, "(if so and so happens then…) let my boat break into pieces." crewseekers.net/notices/t…
At the height of their popularity in 1968, the Beatles took a ~3 month break to study Transcendental Meditation in India bbc.com/news/world-asia-i…
Today I learned of Joseph Grew, the US ambassador to Japan during the lead-up to WWII, who in Jan. 1941 heard rumors in Tokyo that the Japanese were preparing a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in case of a break with the US. When Grew alerted Washington, his warnings were ignored. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
'Turn On' (1969) was the shortest lived show in TV history, being yanked off the air by some affiliates before it even returned from the first commercial break in the first episode. The creators were paid to never air it again. metv.com/stories/turn-on-…
In 1929: Minnie Memphis, a Black woman and famed guitarist, originally wrote & recorded "When the Levee Breaks" A song later made popular by Led Zeppelin. memphismusichalloffame.co…
While shooting the video of Einaudi's "Elegy for the Arctic" (on a platform in the Arctic Ocean), they had to take a break because of a huge wave created by a block of ice that broke off from the glacier. youtube.com/watch?v=IUMog…
Goldfish don't have stomachs. Their intestines are used to break down food and absorb nutrients. Because of this, food can't be stored for a long time or in large amounts. thegoldfishtank.com/goldf…
Forest fires are essential for continuation of giant California Sequoia trees: Seeds will break open during intense heat 150.parks.ca.gov/?page_id…
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…
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…
Even though the famous sample 'Amen break' has been used on thousands of tracks, and has been a staple of drum and bass since the 80s, the drummer Gregory Coleman never received royalties. He died destitute in 2006. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The reason it's difficult to break a dry piece of spaghetti in two pieces is due to a "snap back" effect. To have better success you must twist and bend the spaghetti at the same time. news.mit.edu/2018/mit-mat…
Felix Baumgartner became the first person to break the sound barrier outside of a vehicle on the anniversary of Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier for the first time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oct…
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…
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/…
, the Amen Break, a 6 second drum break beat, from a 1969 B-Side is probably one of the most sampled snippets of music ever, being quite popular in Hip Hop and Jungle youtube.com/watch?v=5SaFT…
Today I learned of the "thrower's fracture": a rare phenomenon in which a young, otherwise healthy person breaks their upper arm bone in half just by throwing a ball too forcefully. brownemblog.com/blog-1/20…
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…
Researchers figured out a way to break into locks by using a smart phone to record the sound of a key being inserted. They were able to narrow down the range from more than 330,000 keys to 3. dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.114…

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