A male elephant in India smashed through a wall in the house of Kipak and Lalita Mahato where their baby was. They saw the elephant start to move away; but when the baby kept crying, the elephant returned and used his trunk to gently remove pieces of brick and stone that had fallen on the baby. independent.co.uk/news/we…
After illegally demolishing a historic London pub that survived the Blitz, a property developer/lawyer was ordered by court to rebuild it brick by brick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
U.S. prisoners are feed a flavorless brick named "disciplinary loaf" for misbehaving. businessinsider.com/what-…
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull was so annoyed at critics calling "Aqualung" a concept album when he didn't consider it one that he decided to make "the mother of all concept albums" - "Thick as a Brick", a 43:46-long single piece of music designed to spoof progressive rock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
NASA is under presidential orders to land humans on Mars by 2033, and NASA-funded engineers are studying a way to build potential human habitats there by producing bricks from pressurized Martian soil. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Henry Heinz deliberately put his ketchup in clear glass bottles which was uncommon due to a lack of food safety standards. unethical companies used colored bottles to hide shoddy product and he worked with a chemist who went on to find foods containing gypsum, brick dust, borax, formaldehyde etc nationalgeographic.com/ma…
The schoolchildren who sang "we don't need no education" in Pink Floyd's song "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" (1979) initially were not paid for their efforts. They were eventually given copies of the album, and the school received a Β£1,000 donation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
, Seattle's famous Pike Place Market gum wall was steam cleaned in 2015, removing 20 years worth of chewing gum stuck on the brick. youtube.com/watch?v=1MN-J…
The original Lego bricks were not invented by Lego but by a British company called Kiddicraft. As the Lego company was close to bankruptcy they found out about the bricks, marketed them as their own and made a fortune out of it. miniland.nl/Historie/gesc…
Before dogfighting was a thing, enemy pilots would simply exchange waves or shake their fists at one another. At the beginning of WWI, recon pilots would often resort to throwing bricks, grenades, and even rope in hopes that it would get entangled in the enemy's propellor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
Lego bricks helped solve a twenty-three year old cold case murder in 2014. The murderer allowed his child to play with the bricks in another room while murdering his victim, and fingerprints on a brick that was left behind allowed the police to connect the dots to the killer. abcnews.go.com/US/lego-fi…
The answer to 'how fat do you need to be to stop a bullet?' depends on the gun. A 9mm bullet from a handgun will penetrate 60cm of human fat tissue. A bullet from an AK47 can shoot through a brick wall. A morbidly obese 125kg person can have around 60cm of fat at the thickest point. sciencefocus.com/the-huma…
Today I learned of Da Shuhua, a Chinese tradition tossing molten iron onto cold bricks to create a dazzling light show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
Chili originates as a portable trail meal. A mixture of beans, chilies, and beef suet would be pounded together and left out to dry. Travelers would then drop the β€˜chili brick’ over boiling water over a campfire and serve. whatscookingamerica.net/H…
The largest castle in the world is Malbork Castle, built by the Teutonic Order of knights. It was completed in 1406 and at the time was the largest brick castle in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
Today I learned about Fort Jefferson, abandoned since 1906, a huge hexagonal fort occupying nearly an entire island in the Dry Tortugas off Florida; though never finished, it is the largest brick masonry structure in the Americas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Mt. Everest guide Scott Fischer claimed, "We've got the Big E figured out, we've got it totally wired. These days, I'm telling you, we've built a yellow brick road to the summit." Fischer and 7 others were killed in a blizzard on Mt. Everest, and his body is still on the mountain. outsideonline.com/1915126…
A group of Philippine High school students have found a way to convert the poo of stray dogs into a mixture for bricks. In the Philippines, the ownership of dogs is unregulated, meaning that there is a large number of stray dogs in the country reuters.com/article/us-ph…
Legendary sci-fi author Harlan Ellison, as part of a dispute about fulfillment of a contract, once mailed 213 bricks to a publisher and made them pay for it. He also mailed them a dead gopher in fourth-class mail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Lego didn't invent interlocking bricks, they just copied them from a toy that wasn't patented in Denmark en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
The Spartan Pausanias was accused of treason for conspiring with the Persians, but seeked refuge in a temple so he couldn't be tried and executed while inside. His mother went to the temple to lay the first brick at the door, which was sealed until he died of starvation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Rolling stone gave Elton John's album 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' a scathing review, despite years later including it as #91 on their list of top 500 albums of all time rollingstone.com/music/mu…
In 1913, a bank was shipped in 50 pound increments through the USPS mail system to save money. 40 tons of bricks ended up being shipped and the USPS released a statement saying β€œit is not the intent of the United States Postal Service that buildings be shipped through the mail." postalmuseum.si.edu/exhib…
The slippers of Dorthy in the Wizard of Oz book are silver but were changed to red for the movie to contrast better with the yellow brick road thelist.com/34367/things-…
Today I learned of Harry Daghlian, a 24 year-old physicist with the Manhattan Project. He accidentally dropped a brick into the centre of a plutonium core and exposed himself to a lethal dose of radiation, dying 25 days after the accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Professionals who walk over hot coals and broken glass have confirmed that walking over Lego bricks is more painful smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In 1784 Great Britain imposed a tax on bricks to pay for the war in America. In response, people starting using larger bricks, and buildings can be dated based on the brick size en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
There is a Lego brick that is 4 times the size of the standard brick called Quatro. lego.fandom.com/wiki/QUAT…
Elton John's smash hit "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" was written by his long time partner Bernie Taupin and is about Bernie's rejection of fame, high society riches and his desire to go back to a simple way of living. Taupin was raised on a farm without electricity as a child. ultimateclassicrock.com/e…
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei published photos of himself with Lego hanging off his moustache and beard, celebrating the toymaker’s decision to back down on rules that blocked his bulk order of bricks reuters.com/article/us-le…
Dwight D. Eisenhower said "The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants...It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals...We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The children's choir was not originally intended to be part of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2". The producer got the sound engineer to sneak out to a local elementary school and conspire with the music teacher. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ano…
Pink Floyd is inducted into the National Association of Brick Distributors' Hall of Fame for their services to the brick industry through their 1979 album, "The Wall". angelfire.com/biz/velvetl…
In 1963, Heineken created a beer bottle that could also function as a brick to build houses in impoverished countries after he took a trip to the island of Curacao in the Caribbean Sea and discovered that he could barely walk 15 feet on the beach without stepping on a littered Heineken bottle. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison once mailed a publishing house 213 bricks and forced them to pay for it, and then later mailed them a dead gopher with a recipe for braised gopher stew, 4th class mail, over a contract dispute. harlanellison.com/text/ne…
In 1963 Alfred Heineken created a beer bottle that could also function as a brick to build houses in impoverished countries. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
There was once a LEGO game in devolpement that would allow people to make anything they wanted out of Lego bricks, but it was never completed because they couldn’t stop people making dicks, even with a dedicated β€˜dong detection’ team. eurogamer.net/articles/20…
Martin Luther King Jr. said he experienced far more hatred in Chicago than he ever did in Alabama or Mississippi. King took part of the Chicago Housing Movement in August 1966 with thousands of local whites jeering, throwing bricks, and displaying Confederate and Nazi signs all over the city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Lego's brick making is so accurate only 18 in every million bricks made are defective, which are then recycled. stackitevents.com/2016/10…
An architect in Colombia started a company to turn waste plastics into Lego style bricks for low cost homes. Using the bricks, it takes 4 people about 5 days to construct a 430 square foot house. The concept is to reduce plastic waste and give homes to those most in need. betterworldsolutions.eu/m…
Today I learned of the TrΓΌmmerfraue (Rubble Women): The women that helped rebuild Germany after WWII by clearing 400,000,000 cubic meters (16 square kilometers) of debris, tearing down structures too damaged to rebuild and collecting and cleaning bricks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tr%…
Tea, in the form of bricks, was used as currency from the 9th-20th centuries in China, Russia, and several other Asian countries. The Chinese Emperor himself had exclusive control of the production of tea as a currency. nbbmuseum.be/en/2009/08/t…
In the centre of Nagasaki's Peace Park is simple, black monolith that marks the epicenter of the atomic bomb's explosion. Furthermore, there is an area that allows visitors to take a look at a layer of soil below the park's surface where broken roof tiles, bricks and pieces of glass japan-guide.com/e/e4400.h…
The iconic black bricks of 10 Downing Street are actually yellow underneath. They were blackened by the London smog during the 19th century, and as a result were painted black during the 1960s since people were accustomed to seeing them that way strawberrytours.com/londo…
The outside of the Sistine Chapel is just plain brick walls with no ornamentation. Nothing distinguishes it from surrounding buildings. newworldencyclopedia.org/…
Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in Star Trek reboot, was found dead, pinned between his own car and a brick pillar outside his house, after he'd got out of his car, which then rolled back, trapping him against the pillar and asphyxiating him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Today I learned that in the backstory for Super Mario, all the mushroom people got turned into objects by the Koopa Turtles Magic. This is why a lot of inanimate objects in Super Mario (ex. Bricks, stones and clouds) have eyes on them legendsoflocalization.com…
I learned that a normal 2x2 lego brick can withstand 950 pounds of force before breaking. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
During prohibition, grape farmers would make semi-solid grape concentrates called wine bricks, which were then sold with the warning "After dissolving the brick in a gallon of water, do not place the liquid in a jug away in the cupboard for twenty days, because then it would turn into wine" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Dwight D. Eisenhower said "The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants...It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals...We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
When the second London Bridge was replaced in 1967, businessman Robert P. McCulloch purchased it and had it transported to and rebuilt brick by brick in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, even creating a new river for it to cross. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
In the 1960s and β€˜70s Lego produced a line of bricks intended for professional use by architects and planners under the name Modulex. archinect.com/features/ar…
Heineken created a brick-shaped beer bottle to help build houses in impoverished countries. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
A Sonic fan game came with malware DRM that sent the user's IP address to the creator, then used browser history and admin privileges to brick the game if the user tried to use cheat engines. Simply searching the name of the game followed by "cheat" would close the browser window. goombastomp.com/sonic-gat…
During Prohibition, Grape bricks/juice came with warnings on how "not" to make wine so people could make their own wine. grapecollective.com/artic…
After a female pedestrian in his community was killed by a red-light runner, a 74 year old Chinese man spent an entire day hurling bricks at bad drivers. He smashed over 30 red-light runners' cars before the police asked him to stop. chinadaily.com.cn/china/2…
Today I learned about Danny the Street, a DC hero that is a sentient street that can teleport. He crossdresses, by lining the streets with gun shops with frilly lace. He reverts to become a brick, kills a god, becomes a planet, then turns into an ambulance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
The curvy brick walls common to East Anglia and the University of Virginia are officially known as "crinkle crankle walls" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
Lego bricks from 1958 still interlock with those made in the current time. Each Lego piece must be manufactured to an exacting degree of precision. When two pieces are engaged they must fit firmly, yet be easily disassembled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
A man --Dharampal Singh, was stoned to death by monkeys in India. The animals had collected bricks from a dilapidated building nearby and reportedly pelted him with the bricks from a tree. His family lodged a formal complaint about the incident at Doghat police station in Uttar Pradesh. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
There are 62 Lego bricks for every person on earth. planitnorthwest.com/shopp…
During prohibition in the US, merchants sold "bricks" of grape concentrate with a packet of dried yeast. These would come with a "warning label" cautioning not to mix the brick, yeast, water and sugar in a pot and then seal it for seven days, or else "an illegal alcoholic beverage will result". books.google.com/books?id…
In 1945, Canadian soldiers waiting to return from the war started a riot in the small town of Aldershot, England. "they threw bricks and stones at cars, smashed the remaining undamaged shop windows, threatened shopkeepers and broke into a brewery where they helped themselves to the stock." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ald…
Lego bricks are very consistent, with only 18 bricks out of every 1000000 made being considered defective. The design and manufacture of bricks is also consistent enough to allow bricks manufactured today to interlock with those manufactured in 1958. bloomberg.com/bw/stories/…
That there is a gum wall in Seattle that started in 1993, was cleaned down in 2015 due to erosion of bricks, then started back up right after. thenewstribune.com/news/l…
The Great Wall of China is being stolen brick-by-brick by locals to build houses and also by visitors as souvenirs. theguardian.com/world/201…
The ruins of a 2,300-year-old Mayan Temple in Belize were destroyed by contractors who wanted to use the bricks for gravel to build a road. theguardian.com/world/201…
LEGO sets are subjected to an "oven test" wherein the bricks are heated to 60 to 70 degrees C. At those temperatures, the bricks change shape slightly which will cause structurally unsound sets to fall apart. eurobricks.com/forum/inde…
The KKK tried to to set up a kerosene-soaked cross at Spring Hill College due to its supporting the civil rights movement. When the students were alerted they chased the Klansmen away with whatever items they could use as weapons like golf clubs, tennis rackets, bricks, and softball bats. americamagazine.org/issue…
In 1696, the UK passed a window tax, that lead people to brick up their windows, to avoid paying the tax. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Building an averaged size house (79 sq m) out of Lego would cost almost 6 times more than building it from real bricks. bbc.co.uk/news/technology…
In 1916, William H. Coltharp Shipped 80,000 Bricks through USPS. It’s the Largest Shipment Ever Made Through Mail and is the Reason Why Customers Can Only Ship up to 200 Pounds of Goods Per Day mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Retail Apocalypse refers to the closing of a large number of North American brick-and-mortar retail stores, especially those of large chains, starting in the 2010s and continuing through 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ret…
Today I learned of The Market Theater Gum Wall. The Gum Wall is a brick wall covered in used chewing gum located in an alleyway in Post Alley under Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle. its a local landmark. Parts of the wall are covered several inches thick, 15 feet high for 50 feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gum…
In 1963, Alfred Heineken created a beer bottle that could also function as a brick to build houses in impoverished countries. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Sticky Rice is responsible for the incredible staying power of the Great Wall of China’s mortar. Proving to reinforce the bricks strongly enough to resist earthquakes and modern bulldozers while keeping the building intact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
Due to high automation at factory in denmark when you open a set of LEGO you are the first human to look at the bricks youtu.be/zrzKih5rqD0?t=52
When demolishing the house of serial killers Fred and Rosemary west, every brick was crushed and every timber beam burned in order to discourage souvenir hunters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Today I learned of the Millwall brick, an improvised bludgeon weapon made by rolling a newspaper and then folding it in the middle. It is named for the supporters of the English football club Millwall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
A 14 karat gold LEGO brick was given out in the early 80s to employees who had worked at the Germany LEGO factory for over twenty-five years. They are valued at nearly $15,000. gizmodo.com/5964089/the-w…
Brick sizes have names, and one of them is called a "Slim Jumbo Norman" beldenbrick.com/brick-dim…
In the 1960s, Heineken proposed a novel idea: rectangular "World" beer bottles that could double as bricks for affordable housing. fastcodesign.com/1672684/…
The smallest known meteorite impact crater has a diameter of 7cm and a depth of 3cm, caused by a 1.3kg meteorite that crashed into Erhard Seemann's backyard in Germany on the morning of April 23rd 2013; upon impact with his brick patio, the meteorite shattered into hundreds of small pieces meteoritestheblog.com/201…
There are 95,103,765 ways to combine 6 2x4 Lego bricks youtu.be/3ItV57Mnnh8
Ypsilanti, Michigan is home to the 'Brick Dick', a water tower officially recognized as 'the most phallic building in the world.' atlasobscura.com/places/y…
The African lungfish has been known to end up as an accidental brick in the wall of a mud hut. It can survive like this for up to four years, until rain softens the mud brick and it breaks out of the mud wall. youtube.com/watch?v=tqWci…
A bank was once sent through USPS brick by brick stampsofdistinction.com/2…
Today I learned of the World's Littlest Skyscraper! Newby-McMahon Building is is located at 701 La Salle (on the corner of Seventh and La Salle streets) in downtown Wichita Falls, Texas. This late Neoclassical style red brick and cast stone structure is only 40 ft (12 m) tall and contains 4 rooms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
In 1916, a man mailed a building to Utah. He needed to build a bank, but his construction materials were 126 miles away. He packaged 80,000 bricks into boxes and mailed them. They got there, but the US postal service was not amused. stampsofdistinction.com/2…
After a girl in his community was killed by a red-light runner, a 74 year old Chinese man spent an entire day hurling bricks at bad drivers. With his neighborhood cheering him on, he smashed over 30 red-light runners' cars before the police asked him to stop. (x-post /r/China) english.people.com.cn/900…
In 1990, Dr. Dre beat the crap out of a woman over an interview with Ice Cube. He picked her up by her hair, slammed her head repeatedly against a brick wall, all while his bodyguard held off the crowd with a gun. After trying to throw her down the stairs, he punched her in the back of the head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
A brick of gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court amnh.org/exhibitions/gold…
The Pink Floyd single "Another Brick in the Wall" and the album "The Wall" were banned in South Africa in 1980 after the song was adopted by supporters of a nationwide school boycott protesting racial inequities in education under the apartheid regime dprp.net/proghistory/1979…
Flush toilets, urban brick and mortar sewers, paved and graded streets and other aspects of hydraulic/civil engineering were present in the Indus Valley thousands of years before they appeared in the west. ancient-civilizations.com…
Bedford is England's "most Italian town" due to labour recruitment by the London Brick Company in the 1950s. Today approximately 30% of the town's population is of Italian descent. independent.co.uk/sport/f…
In 1967 the London Bridge, built in the 1830's and spanned the River Thames, was taken apart and the bricks were numbered to be reconstructed in Lake Havasu, Arizona. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
As little as a 2% concentration of Helium is enough to brick an iPhone temporally. youtube.com/watch?v=vvzWa…
If all the LEGO bricks produced were shared out equally every single person on Earth would own 86 LEGO bricks. warpedfactor.com/2014/11/…
Convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky was taunted by inmates singing "Hey teacher leave them kids alone" A line from Pink Floyd's Another Brick in The Wall nydailynews.com/news/nati…

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