Steve Jobs had just been pruning apple trees in Oregon which led him to call his company Apple. β€œIt sounded fun, spirited, and not intimidating. Apple took the edge off the word computer, ” Jobs said. β€œPlus, it would get us ahead of Atari in the phone book.” thefiscaltimes.com/Articl…
Woodworkers or machinists who align all their screw heads call it "clocking" popularwoodworking.com/wo…
Today I learned of the $23 million dollar toilets designed by NASA for deep space missions. With odor control being a serious issue, NASA pays certified sniffers to smell the toilets after they've been used to evaluate odor-control measures. The lead engineer calls them the "unsung heroes of the space program". laptrinhx.com/the-toilet-…
There is a house in New Orleans, they call it the Rising Sun, but it’s not a brothel as singer Eric Burdon once described it. It's a bed and breakfast run by a Louisianan couple who love the legend and have collected over 40 versions of the Animals' song. Their B&B features ample brothelabilia. abcnews.go.com/Travel/sto…
Richard Simmons would wake up at 4AM to call up to 40 people who are isolated, alone, or needed empathy. Some credited Richard Simmons for saving their lives. youtube.com/watch?v=2sWFm…
Samuel L. Jackson heard someone repeating his Ezekiel 25:17 speech to him, he turned to discover it was Marlon Brando who gave him his number. When Jackson called, it was a Chinese restaurant. But when he asked for Brando, he picked up. It was Brando's way of screening calls. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
The pop song "Who Let the Dogs Out" by Baha Men (2000) was a feminist-themed protest against cat-calls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
Today I learned about KauaΚ»i ʻōʻō, a now-extinct species of bird, endemic to the island of Kaua'i in Hawaii. The last individual ever was a male, and he was recorded singing a mating call, to a female that would never come. He died in 1987. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kau…
About 16% of wild birds have been known to hybridize with other species of birds. The mallard can hybridize with at least 40 other species. The extent of hybridization calls into question the modern definition of "species". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…
In 1971, a young hacker named John Draper discovered that the toy whistles found in Captain Crunch cereal boxes were capable of mimicking the tones used by phone companies, allowing him to make free phone calls. sites.psu.edu/thedeepweb/…
In 1991, a man broke into the Florida State Capitol & blockaded himself inside. His demands included pizza, beer, cigarettes, chinese food, weed, 666 donuts (for the cops) and phone calls w/ Ice Cube, Timothy Leary, & Lemmy from MotΓΆrhead. No demand was met, but the standoff ended peacefully en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Despite increases in computer power, each Shrek film has taken about twice as many hours to render as the one before it. Dreamworks calls this "Shrek's Law". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shr…
In the U.S. television stations east of the Mississippi River all have call signs starting with a "W" and ones to the west have call signs beginning with a "K". Dallas, Texas has both because of a weird rule when they moved the demarcation. dallasnews.com/news/curio…
Today I learned about the Mount Washington strip search phone call scam. A man impersonating a police officer over the phone convinced several people to detain and strip search a fast food employee. One person was ordered to sexually humiliate and abuse her and did so for two hours. courier-journal.com/story…
In 2016, the Swedish Tourism Council created a single phone number that connected the caller to a random Swede for you to have a conversation with. In the 79 days it was open, almost 200,000 calls were made with a combined 367 days worth of conversations. theswedishnumber.com/
Today I learned of Staff Sgt. Monique Munro-Harris, who survived a sting from one of the world's most poisonous creatures and now goes by the call sign "The Scorpion Queen" torch.aetc.af.mil/News/Fe…
... The iconic Seinfeld line "They're real, and they're spectacular!" was adlibbed by actress Terri Hatcher, and enjoyed by writers Larry and Jerry so much that they included a call-back reference in the series finale en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Pitbull’s eeeeyyoooooooooooo is a registered trademark, and the first trademarked call sign by a music artist. billboard.com/amp/article…
Juveniles of the endangered Regent Honeyeater are struggling to learn their species' mating call due to there being so few adults. 12% of males were found to be copying other species' songs instead, further contributing to their decline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg…
In 2007, Rockstar Games allowed fans to call a number and rant about what they thought was wrong with America. The best calls were featured on a radio station in "Grand Theft Auto IV" gtaforums.com/topic/26235…
In 1974, a prankster redirected outgoing calls from Santa Barbara, CA to himself, claiming that there has been a nuclear explosion and that all telephone lines are out; the police were enquired about this 'tragedy' from as far as Alaska, and some even feared that WWIII had begun. explodingthephone.com/doc…
In 2021, you can still call the US Naval Observatory to get accurate local and UTC time. usno.navy.mil/USNO/time/t…
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took a phone call on the moon. techchannel.att.com/play-…
Prairie dog language is complex. They don’t just have a call for β€œdanger”: their calls differentiate human, hawk, domesticated dog, coyote etc. and specify size & color. One study found that they can communicate β€œHere comes the short human in the yellow” (vs the tall human in blue) to each other npr.org/2011/01/20/132650…
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut was originally intended to be rated NC-17 because of its language. After a series of calls between Paramount, Trey and Matt, and their producer, the film was changed to an R rating without reason and the original film remained intact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra auditioned ten dogs for a rare performance of Leopold Mozart’s Hunting Horn Symphony, which calls for four hunting horns, off-stage rifle fire and a chorus of barking dogs. The ten hairy finalists were selected from a series of hopeful video submissions limelightmagazine.com.au/…
Philip K. Dick used to call Blade Runner "Road Runner" because he initially didn't like the idea of his book "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" being turned into a movie scpr.org/programs/the-fra…
Comfort noise is artificially created noise used in online phone calls to fill the artificial silence. It is used to give the user the feeling that someone is still on the line. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
In several Chinese cities, there is a service called "jam-busting". Drivers in traffic jams who need to get somewhere urgently call for a couple of people to show up on a motorbike. One stays with your car, and the other puts you on the back of the bike, and blasts off through and around the jam theglobeandmail.com/globe…
In the late 90s with millions in the bank, David Lee Roth became a state-licensed EMT who went on hundreds of calls wikipedia.org/wiki/David_…
The passenger pigeon once had a population of 3-5 billion birds in North America. Hunters killed tens of thousands of them every day, then ignored calls to protect them when their numbers dwindled, until the last wild one was shot and stuffed in 1902, and the last captive one died in 1912. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
Learned that in 1985 a guy programmed his computer to call Jerry Falwell Sr's toll free prayer line every 30 seconds for 8 months. It clogged up the lines and cost them over $750k in reverse charges. content.time.com/time/mag…
Before the internet, Nintendo had "game counselors" - whom you could call if you were stuck in a game and they would coach you through it. games.avclub.com/what-was…
Crows and Owls hate each other. On their own Great Horned Owls will behead and eat Crows. But if caught unaware a Crow will serveil and call for reinforcements. Then the Murder of Crows will Mob the Owl and give chase. If the Murder grows into the dozens or so they can even kill the Owl. goodmorninggloucester.com…
The first public call made from an iPhone was made by Steve Jobs. He called a Starbucks and ordered 4,000 lattes; then said 'just kidding' and hung up. fastcompany.com/3006147/b…
For the first 10 years that payphones existed, they worked on a honor system and callers would pay for their call after completing it. techchannel.att.com/play-…
In 2017 the discovery of the Bronze Age era Pylos Combat Agate caused researchers of the Agate to call for re-evaluation of the academically accepted timeline & development of Greek Art, the craftmanship & design being nearly 1,000 years ahead of it's time in terms of what was believed possible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyl…
Today I learned of synthetic short stocks, the creation of both call and put options without borrowing actual shares theoptionsguide.com/synth…
Pranks calls about having Prince Albert in a can refer to a brand of tobacco. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
There is a section of the southern Pacific Ocean that is call the Spacecraft cemetery because regularly used as a location to de-orbit and destroy spacecraft when they have reached the end of their usefulness en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
The movie "Lake Placid" is set at a place named "Lake Black". The only reference to 'placid' in the movie is the line: "they wanted to call it 'Lake Placid,' but somebody said that name was taken." script-o-rama.com/movie_s…
While Martin Cooper of Motorola is considered the inventor of the handheld cellular telephone (demonstrating a call on it in 1973), cell phone technology was actually invented much earlier in 1947 by Bell Labs engineer, Douglas Ring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
Today I learned of the Yaghan, the people inhabiting the southernmost tip of the world. Despite extreme cold, they used to wear no clothing and instead lit many fires. This caused passing European ships to call their land the "land of fires". wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaghan…
Police are called to Walmart stores 3-4 times as often as they are to other big-box retailers like Target. 25% of all arrests in St. Petersburg, FL and 92% of larceny calls in Granite Falls, NC are attributed to single Walmart locations in each city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
The Latin phrase "annus horribilis" is used by world leaders to call the worst year in living memory. For Queen Elizabeth, it was 1992, the year when Windsor Castle caught fire and Princess Diana and Prince Charles' marital problems became increasingly public theguardian.com/uk/2012/m…
The comedy central office assistant who received the call that dave chappelle had left chappelle's show was john mulaney deadline.com/2019/12/john…
Doo-wop is considered to be one of the precursors of Punk, with bands like The Ramones borrowing the 12-bar aab pattern, and some early bands adopting the call-and-response background vocals characteristic of Doo-wop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doo…
The first ever Cell Phone call was made by a Motorola researcher. He called his rival at Bell Labs who had also been working on creating a working cell phone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The Canadian province Alberta basically has no permanent Norway Rat population because they have an incredibly aggressive rat control program. It includes a hotline to call if you ever actually see a rat in the province. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter entitled "Fart Proudly" as a response to the Royal Academy of Brussels calls for serious scientific papers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…

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