There is a psychological disorder called utilization behavior. People affected by it find it difficult to ignore anything in front of them - for example, if presented with a toothbrush, they'll brush their teeth, regardless of the situation. The disorder is also linked to hypersexuality. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Elephants are a keystone species. They carve pathways through impenetrable under brush shaping entire ecosystems as they create pools in dried river beds and spread seeds as they travel. nationalgeographic.org/en…
Egyptians are believed to have started using a paste to clean their teeth around 5000BC, before toothbrushes were invented. Toothbrushing tools date back to 3500-3000 BC when the Babylonians and the Egyptians made a brush by fraying the end of a twig. colgate.com/en-us/oral-he…
A 46,000 acre brush fire was started by an explosive target at a baby gender reveal party tucson.com/news/local/wat…
Today I learned of Firehawks, birds that collect burning brush and spread wildfires to draw out prey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
What ancient Romans did without toilet paper. They’d use a tersorium, which was like a toilet brush for your butt made by attaching a natural sponge to a stick. After they wiped they’d rinse the tersorium in whatever was available and leave it for the next person. sapiens.org/column/curios…
The word pencil comes from the latin, penicillum , the name for a small, fine-tipped brush used for writing, which in turn is a diminutive form of the latin word for brush, peniculus, which in turn is a diminutive form of the Latin word penis, which means β€œtail.” museumofeverydaylife.org/…
I learned giant herds of goats are used to eat brush in high risk areas around CA to help prevent wildfires. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The term β€˜curry favour’ came in to use from a misheard lyric in reference to brushing a horse. Curry is the word meaning to brush or groom a horse, not the Indian spice. And the second word was originally Fauvel, the name of the horse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Today I learned about the β€œradium girls β€œ. How radium was used to make glow in the dark watches, and that when the brush would go flat the women would point the brush out on their tongue causing them to ingest a small amount of radium each time! mun.ca/biology/scarr/Radi…
The B in Oral-B stands for "Brush" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ora…
The nerves that supply your diaphragm (the phrenic nerves) share a root with the nerves that supply sensation to your shoulders. When you have GI upset, your abdominal organs brush up against and may irritate these nerves which your brain misinterprets as shoulder tip pain. erj.ersjournals.com/conte…
The first successful artificial Christmas tree was made from brush bristles by Addis Housewares using the same machinery used to manufacture it's toilet brushes. The trees were made from the same animal-hair bristles used in the brushes, except they were dyed green. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toi…
The act of attributing causal relationship between unrelated actions and events is called "Magical thinking", for example "If I don't brush my teeth today my dog will die", and is considered a form of OCD. beyondocd.org/expert-pers…
It has been said that electric and manual toothbrushes are equally effective as long as you brush teeth thoroughly for 2 minutes, twice a day. But a 2014 analysis found that electric models may have a slight edge consumerreports.org/cro/n…
A 'party truck' owned by Johnny Cash started a brush fire that "roasted, into near extinction, 49 of the 53 endangered California condors", the largest bird in North America, from their last habitat. When brought to court, Cash said "I don't care about your damn yellow buzzards." laweekly.com/music/the-ti…
Artificial Christmas trees were invented by a British toilet brush company in the 1930s. The company used the same machinery and bristles to make the trees as they used to make their toilet brushes realchristmastreesdirect.…
In 1952 there were "Exploding Sweaters" made out of Brush Rayon that burned completely in minutes if exposed to open flame trove.nla.gov.au/newspape…
There is a tree in Australia that if you brush against it it will affect you for 3-6months and if you shake it you can breath in its toxic needles australiangeographic.com.…
Chimney sweep kids would be forced to climb up chimneys, their masters would light a fire under their feet or prick them with needles. The master sweeps would also attempt to "harden" their knees and elbows my scraping their scarred joints with a rough brush and brine in front of a hot flame owlcation.com/humanities/…
US Radium employed girls to paint glow-in-the-dark dials with radium paint, telling them to shape the brush points with their lips or fingers. When employees later started losing their jaws, company-paid examiners covered it up and claimed they had syphilis. damninteresting.com/undar…
"Chimney Sweeps" were originally enslaved children who would shimmy up a chimney with a cleaning brush - and oftentimes they would get stuck in the process and die. The deaths were so common that brick masons developed a technique to open chimneys and extract bodies quickly. thepandorasociety.com/dr-…
Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug native to India and Thailand. It is processed and sold as dry flakes and dissolved in ethanol to make liquid shellac, which is used as a brush-on colorant, food glaze and wood finish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
You shouldn't brush your teeth within 60 minutes of eating a meal as your acidic oral pH makes your tooth enamel too easy to brush away freysmiles.com/blog/view/…
The world's most expensive keyboard in 2007 cost over $4,400 US and was hand lacquered using a brush made from the hairs of virgins then coated in gold dust. most-expensive.com/10-com…
It is recommended that you do not brush or floss your teeth, or eat crunchy foods after performing oral sex. This could cause small cuts inside the mouth and make infection easier to spread. opendoors.nhs.uk/content/…
Don Rickles once set it up where he gave Frank Sinatra the brush-off in public in order to impress the woman he was with vanityfair.com/culture/20…
Brushing one's teeth wasn't popular in America until after World War II, when soldiers, ordered to brush teeth, brought home their enforced habit massdental.org/toothbetol…
Google hires a herder from the California Grazing Company to keep the brush and grass around the building short without creating more air pollution. ehow.com/info_8635234_fun…
The International Boundary Commission is responsible for keeping a 6 meter wide zone free of brush and trees for the entire length of the US Canadian border. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Yakov Smirnoff, the man who created β€œIn Soviet Russia” jokes is also a painter, and painted a 9/11 memorial mural titled β€œAmerica’s Heart”. Each brush stroke represents one person that died on that day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yak…
Social etiquette in horse herds includes standing face to ass to brush flies off each others faces. all-natural-horse-care.co…
It costs the U.S. DOT $30,000 to put in a single road sign: $2,000 to make the sign; $8,000 for two steel posts and concrete; $5,000 to clear brush/etc; $15,000 for maintenance crews to set up traffic cones, work vehicles, program highway signs and spend the evening doing the work mynorthwest.com/?nid=76&a…
Eucalyptus oil is so volatile that in brush fires, the trees can violently explode. The tree has adapted to survive fires and uses them to its advantage to help regrow theguardian.com/notesandq…
There are companies that rent out goats and herding dogs for landscaping / brush removal getyourgoatrentals.com/
The Japanese character (kanji) for wife is the combination the characters for 'woman' and 'brush' kanjidamage.com/kanji/166…
The small amount of toothpaste you use to brush your teeth with is called a "nurdle." en.wiktionary.org/wiki/nu…
Google's Mountain View HQ uses goats to clear the brush fields, rather than lawn mowers. googleblog.blogspot.co.uk…
Hans Berger received a concerned telegram from his distantly located sister immediately after having a brush with death. He concluded that the brain must be able to send electric messages and went on to invent electroencephalography (EEG) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Toyota was changed from Toyoda because in Japanese, Toyoda required more brush strokes. washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn…
Australian bushranger Ned Kelly's first brush with the law involved the robbery and assault of a Chinese trader named Ah Fook. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned…
While vacationing in Africa, Ernest Hemingway was almost fatally injured in 2 separate plane crashes over a 2-day period. The next day he read in a newspaper his own obituary. Then, only a few days later, he was seriously injured in a brush fire. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/E…
It's actually healthier to brush your teeth before rather than after breakfast dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…
An estimated 600+ dogs have jumped to their deaths from the Overtoun Bridge in Scotland. Even stranger are the reports of dogs surviving their brush with death, only to return to the bridge for a second attempt. historicmysteries.com/ove…
You should not brush your teeth after vomiting. The stomach acid weakens the enamel and brushing further damages it. nycsmiledesign.com/new-yo…
Most Americans did not brush their teeth until returning WWII soldiers introduced the habit in the 1940s, while toothbrushes were mass-produced in England, France, Germany, and Japan a full hundred years earlier. massdental.org/toothbetol…
Sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl ether sulfate make everything taste bad after you brush your teeth, NOT the overwhelmingly minty flavor m.mentalfloss.com/article…
Today I learned of a political activist who campaigned in 2012 who wanted to pass laws requiring people to brush their teeth, time travel research, and zombie awareness. He also wanted to give each American a free pony. His name is Vermin Supreme. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
Jainist vows of non-violence are so strong that some carry special brooms to brush insects out of the way and wear a cloth over the mouth to prevent harming airborne germs and insects en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asc…
Long held belief that one could identify a Jackson Pollock painting by determining whether or not the brush strokes and pain flecks showed fractal geometry had been proven false in a study in which fake Jackson style paintings tested positive for the fractals physicsbuzz.physicscentra…
The artificial christmas tree was invented by the maker of the toilet brush straightdope.com/columns/…
US Radium employed girls to paint glow-in-the-dark dials with radium paint, telling them to shape the brush points with their lips or fingers. When employees later started losing their jaws, company-paid examiners covered it up and claimed they had syphilis. damninteresting.com/undar…
Today I learned that mild flourosis is now the norm in the United States and no matter how much you brush, you cannot avoid the stains and little brown marks left on your teeth by the flouride in your drinking water. youtube.com/watch?v=sgFcn…
Australian brush turkeys build heaping brush mounds instead of the traditional bird nest. wildlife.org.au/wildlife/…
It actually doesn't matter if you floss before or after you brush your teeth oralanswers.com/2011/07/f…
The guy who wrote/sang the theme for Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step, and Perfect Strangers is now the CEO of a chicken brush company sofrsystem.com/principals…
That Guybrush (From Monkey Island) got his name from the fact that his file was named "Guy" and the extension was .brush. Thus, Guybrush, was born. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy…
The old guy from The Office (Creed Bratton) had his first brush with fame in the 70's when his band topped the charts with "Midnight Confessions" youtube.com/watch?v=J07CW…
In the middle of the first century, a Germanic gladiator allegedly committed suicide with an ancient toilet brush. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xyl…
Humans can see how light is polarized using an effect in the eye called Haidinger's Brush

When I looked at the white space on reddit and tilted my head side to side, I was able to see it almost clear as day. Pretty neat.

EDIT: link >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haidinger%27s_brush

After Jerry Garcia died a hotel key, bottle cap, pipe screen and mascara brush were found in his large intestine. The key was likely from Buffalo, NY and 1979. chickenhead.com/stuff/jer…
Black Kites are reported to spread burning sticks from brush fires to burn more land in an effort to force out prey savanna.org.au/all/wedge-…
John Leonard Orr, a former arson investigator turned arsonist is believed to have been responsible for starting over 2,000 fires between 1984 and 1991. After Orr's arrest, Investigators claim the number of brush fires in the nearby foothill areas of L.A decreased by over ninety percent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The cool tingling feeling you get when you brush your teeth is just a marketing technique to make you associate the tingling with cleanliness, and to make you crave it. The ingredients that cause it are otherwise pointless. books.google.com/books?id…
One of the leading causes of death for California Condors is electrocution. If they land on a power pole and brush two of the transformers with it's 9 foot wingspan, 17,000 volts will run through the bird. articles.latimes.com/1993…
The pinstriping on the Rolls Royce Phantom is done by hand with a small, thin brush made of squirrel hair. The whole process takes about 6 hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
The name "roadrunner" comes from the bird's habit of racing down roads in front of moving vehicles and then darting to safety in the brush. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Artist Larime Taylor draws the comic book series 'A Voice in the Dark' using only his mouth, a brush, and a Wacom Cintiq tablet. bleedingcool.com/2014/03/…
Jains, a religious minority in India, so strictly adheres to non-violence that they cannot eat honey and rarely go out at night, when insects are often roaming about, simply to avoid harming animals. Ascetics even carry a brush to push away insects in their path. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahi…
Orde Wingate, a British army officer who served in British territories in Africa and the Middle East, ate raw onions because he thought they were healthy, rubbed himself with a rubber brush instead of bathing, and greeted visitors to his tent while completely naked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ord…
The Australian Brush-turkey makes compost piles to incubate its eggs instead of sitting on them compost.css.cornell.edu/b…
Ben Franklin had to invent electricity terminology as he went along in his experiments. At least 25 electrical terms which he was the first to use include: armature, battery, brush, charged, condense, conductor, plus and minus, positively and negatively . franklinbusybody.com/fact…
Brushing your teeth too hard can cause gum recession and bone loss. There is no medical way to reverse this. Brush gently and regularly.

I have mild recession of them gum and bone near my back teeth, which is strongly correlated with the heavy pressure I apply when brushing. I have used medium to hard bristles, which within months would mushroom out. If I learn a way to reverse gum and bone recession in this situation I will post another TIL.

Dennis Quaid used to be a door-to-door hair brush salesman. To encourage uninterested housewives to not slam the door in his face, he adopted a fake English accent to catch their attention. contactmusic.com/news-art…
Born with Down syndrome, Shoko Kanazawa began brush calligraphy at five years old. When she was just 24 years old, her work was displayed alongside the famous Wind God & Thunder God exhibit at the Tokyo National Museum. She quickly became one of the most respected calligraphy artists in Japan. youtu.be/dtEOwfHMelk
They used to put Radium in paint to create a glow in the dark effect. People were told to lick the brush for healthy effects m.mentalfloss.com/article…
Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols thought that if he replaced his teeth he wouldn't have to brush his teeth ever again the-talks.com/interviews/…
Many wallaby species are named for the habitat they live in. E.g. the rock wallaby, shrub wallaby, brush wallaby true-wildlife.blogspot.co…
Cavities are caused from the acids that are made from certain bacteria. These bacteria are not in children until the parent infects them. These bacteria also live in the toothbrush and few if any treatments will remove them from the brush. parents.com/baby/health/b…
Zoo keepers brush hippo's teeth and they use a special toothbrush. metro.co.uk/news/846190-s…

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