We are currently in the Stelliferous Era, which in the grand scale of the universe is the age where stars are created throughout the universe. Eventually all stars will burn out, & we will enter the Black Hole Era followed by the Dark Era, where there is no longer any light in the universe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fut…
Today I learned of a couple who received a $31.5mil settlement after unreported hail damage repair on their car resulted in a collision safety failure, trapping them in an inferno that ended in 4th degree burns. The body shop responsible glued the roof back on instead of welding to OEM specifications. repairerdrivennews.com/20…
Native Americans used controlled fires to manage the land. These prescribed burns decreased the impact/frequency of damaging wildfires, boosted agricultural production, helped with hunting, and reduced tick populations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
After WW2, the Allies discovered meticulous plans for a Sun Gun by the Nazis. Planned by renowned Nazi Scientist Hermann Oberth, it was a .62 mile mirror attached to a space station to burn cities and evaporate oceans estimated to take 15 years to build. He later joined NASA. huffpost.com/entry/nazi-s…
In 1917 Malaria was used as a treatment for Syphilis. It would burn the syphilis out of the system and was known as "Pyrotherapy." While the patient then had Malaria, this was a far less lethal disease than syphilis and was considered less painful to die from. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyr…
The Montreal Protocol to protect the Ozone layer was the first treaty in UN history to have been accepted by all member states. If the treaty and it's actions had not been accepted, the ozone layer would've been so degraded by 2070 that just 5 minutes in sunlight would burn you. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Louis Vuitton burns surplus bags and products at the end of each year. This maintains exclusivity of the brand and ensures that their products are never sold at a discounted rate. marketingmind.in/reason-l…
Available scientific evidence does not support claims that cupping therapy has any health benefits, but it carries a risk of burns, persistent skin discoloration, scars, infection, and may worsen eczema or psoriasis. It has been characterized as quackery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cup…
The first Roman fire brigade was created by Marcus Crassus. 500 men strong. Arriving at the scene, the fire fighters did nothing while Crassus offered to buy the burning building from the owner at a low price. If the owner agreed to sell, they put the fire out. Otherwise they let it burn down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Stored wet hay heat up on the inside of the bale so much that it can spontaneously combust and burn a barn down! ag-safety.extension.org/p…
The first ever Roman fire brigade was created by Marcus Licinius Crassus. During fires, they would do nothing while Crassus would offer to buy the burning building from the owner at a very low price. If the owner agreed, they would put out the fire. If he refused, they would simply let it burn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In 1978, 2,300 students tried to set a WR for the largest tug of war game. Instead, disaster ensued. The 2,000ft long braided nylon rope snapped, recoiling several thousand pounds of stored energy. Nearly 200 students lay wounded, 5 with severed fingertips, hundreds more faced 2nd degree burns. newspapers.com/clip/30819…
Scientists discovered sharks that are living in an active underwater volcano. Divers cannot investigate because they would get burns from the acidity and heat. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The original purpose of screensavers was to prevent phosphor burn-in on older computer monitors, by automatically changing the images on the screen during inactivity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour. ksl.com/article/16687545
An hour-long hot bath can burn 130 calories β€” the same amount you would burn by walking for 30 minutes insider.com/taking-a-hot-…
The Spanish Inquisition was devoid of its own budget, meaning it depended exclusively on the confiscation of the goods of the denounced. Due to this organization and possibility of abuse, someone wrote a letter to the king saying of the inquisitors "if they do not burn they do not eat". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
"fight fire with fire" is an actual technique that they use to fight forest fires, albeit with a certain amount of risk. A controlled burn of a strip of forest will create a barrier to an oncoming forest fire as it will use up all the available fuel. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The Sun does not "burn", like logs in a fire or paper burning. The Sun glows because it is a very big ball of gas, and a process called nuclear fusion is taking place in its core starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/d…
The idea of St. Bernard rescue dogs wearing casks of brandy comes from an 1820 British painting. In fact, though alcohol makes one feel warm, it does so by dilating blood vessels, hastening hypothermia. The idea is like "rescuing a burn victim with a keg of lighter fluid and a book of matches." thedailybeast.com/the-myt…
Observing the sun is the only inherently dangerous observing an amateur astronomer can do. Solar filters that let too much infrared light through can burn an eye if used visually. There is no pain when this happens astroleague.org/content/h…
Before 1975, the BBC overwrote or destroyed old show tapes. Hundreds of Doctor Who episodes were thought lost forever, until a worldwide hunt began to turn them upβ€”e.g. 2 in a London Mormon Church, and a goldmine 9 in Nigeria (employees had ignored instructions to burn them). 97 remain unfound. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of John L. Burns, a veteran of the War of 1812, The Mexican-American War, and the American Civil War. He fought in the Battle of Gettysburg at the age of 69 and was a skilled marksman, even shooting a confederate marksman off his horse. After, he became a national hero and even met Lincoln. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Tattoo ink can cause complications with an MRI Machine. Depending on the ingredients used for the ink, and its shape, tattoos can heat up/arc, causing burns. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Human anus are covered by cells similar to those in our mouth. Hence why spicy foods can burn down there just as much as in mouth. menshealth.com/health/a19…
Today I learned of Betty Lou Oliver, a woman who survived a 75-story fall in an elevator. She suffered severe burns, and a broken pelvis, back and neck. It remains the world record for the longest survived elevator fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
The healing/soothing properties of Aloe arborescens only became known to the West after it was shown to be effective in treating radiation victims of the Hiroshima Hydrogen bomb. Aloes, native to southern Africa, were found to be effective at relieving x-ray burns. pza.sanbi.org/aloe-arbore…
The stinkhorn mushroom looks like a penis and smells like death, and that its scientific name literally means "shameless phallus". Charles Darwin’s neo-pagan daughter, Hetty, would collect specimens from the woods and burn them in secret, reportedly "to protect the morals of young women". theguardian.com/science/2…
The theme song to Ken Burns' 1990 Civil War documentary, was not from the 19th century. The song, "Ashokan Farewell," was written in 1982 by Jay Ungar. It is the only 20th century song featured in the documentary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash…
For 5000 years, Europeans built huge magnificent cities, and lived in them, just to burn them to the ground every 75 years. People in current-day Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and the area, intentionally set their settlements on fire between 7000-2000 BC, for reasons still being researched. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
A Boeing 747 burns 11 tonnes of fuel every hour (1 gallon per second) flightdeckfriend.com/ask-…
During the 30-years war the Count of Tilly was going to burn down a city, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, when a councilman tried to change his mind with 3 1/2 liters of wine. The Count declared that if anyone could drink it all in one go, he would spare the city. The mayor succeeded, and Tilly left. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rot…
During the WW2, the Nazis were developing a huge space mirror with 1,5 kilometer diameter, it would've been used as a weapon that could burn cities and boil parts of oceans using the mirror to reflect the sunlight. huffpost.com/entry/nazi-s…
Brown fat's primary role in the body is to burn off heat. It is often called good fat. White adipose tissue or white fat, on the other hand, is responsible for obesity and harder to burn off. It is commonly known as bad fat. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
The Thai language is tonal, and has 5 distinct tones. So, when spoken with the correct tones, the phrase "Mai mai mai mai mai" translates to "New wood doesn't burn, does it?" 1stopchiangmai.com/speak_…
During the 2011 Kimberley Ultramarathon in Australia, 5 runners suffered severe burns after running through a brush fire in order to survive bbc.com/news/world-asia-1…
If you leave lime juice on your hands on a sunny day, your skin can get second degree burns and be discolored for YEARS. It's called "margarita dermatitis" because people often get it while making margaritas outside! delish.com/food-news/a282…
Researchers applied 400 burns to 13 women in labor to calibrate their pain-o-meter to the pain of childbirth. They got 55 usable measurements and only 2 volunteers β€˜show[ed] hostility to the entire experimental team’ and β€˜cried and complained with vigor’ even with β€˜cajolingβ€˜ and β€˜persistence’. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
One of the primary reasons Bob Burns got the role as Tracy the Gorilla in the 1975 "The Ghost Busters" series by Filmation was because he already owned a gorilla suit. bobburns.mycottage.com/al…
The smallest European colony was the Fort of St. John the Baptist in Ouidah, Dahomey (modern day Benin). When the government of newly independent Dahomey annexed the fort in 1961, the last two residents tried to burn it down instead of surrendering it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Today I learned about Silver Star recipient SFC Alwyn Cashe. SFC Cashe was injured and soaked with fuel after a complex ambush in the Iraq. He entered a burning vehicle three times and pulled six soldiers to their safety. SFC Cashe received burns on 75% of his body, injuries he eventually succumbed to. taskandpurpose.com/opinio…
Forest fires can "hibernate". When a forest fire burns hot enough, what’s left of the fire can sit over winter and smoulder, even under a layer of snow. edmontonjournal.com/news/…
Einstein’s theory of special relativity explains why a star can burn for billions of years without running out of fuel. If you can measure potential energy by multiplying mass by the speed of light squared, that means an average adult stores 30 large hydrogen bomb explosions worth of energy. iperceptive.com/works/sho…
A radio station organized a bonfire to burn Beatles records after they claimed they were "more popular than Jesus". The next day, the station’s broadcast tower was struck by lightning, damaging equipment and sending the news director to the hospital en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KLU…
Picasso was once so poor that he had to burn his own paintings to keep warm during winter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pab…
You can "TAKE YOUR SECRET TO THE GRAVE" without dying. A hollow tombstone in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery has a slot for depositing papers bearing secrets. (But at your own risk: the artist who says she'll burn the papers has done "performance art" of reading aloud her own dead mom's diary.) atlasobscura.com/places/t…
Today I learned of incinerating toilets that are used primarily in places where plumbing is difficult or impossible to install. They use propane and electricity to burn waste. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inc…
After the devastating volcanic eruption on Whakaari last year in which 21 died and 26 were injured, New Zealand ordered 1.2 million cm of human skin from the US to treat burn victims en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Today I learned of Larkhall, Scotland, a town which has had its subway change its green signs, as well as had residents try to burn grass, because of sectarianism. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
There was a mysterious culture in Eastern Europe between 5,500 to 2,700 BC which constructed sophisticated, organized, densely-populated settlements - only to burn them to the ground every 60-80 years to rebuild the same settlement as before en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuc…

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