The β€˜Batman Effect’. Adopting an alter ego is an extreme form of β€˜self-distancing’, which involves taking a step back from our immediate feelings to allow us to view a situation more dispassionately. It can help control anxiety, and help the subject pursue exercise and healthy diet bbc.com/worklife/article/…
The EU offers free train passes to 18-year-olds so that they can explore Europe brusselstimes.com/news/ar…
Silver miners in the 1800s would discard their old work jeans in the mines. These jeans now can be sold for prices over $30,000, Levis going for the most! Many people have started hobbies going into the silver mines in hopes of finding them. jeanstore.co.uk/blogs/new…
Today I learned about male Australian semelparous phascogales, a tiny marsupial, that have such frantic sex that it can kill them. They copulate for up to 14 hours at a time, during which their muscles start to break down so that every ounce of energy can be diverted into mating. theconversation.com/doing…
Fish eggs can survive and hatch after passing through a duck, providing one explanation of how seemingly pristine, isolated bodies of water can become stocked with fish smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Not everyone can unfocus their eyes whenever they want to. It's accomplished by having the ability to relax the ciliary muscles in your eyes, which causes them to lose their focusing powers. healthline.com/health/eye…
Brazil forbids anyone to visit the island "Ilha da Queimada Grande" without a special permit. It's crawling with the endangered Golden Lancehead Vipers and its venom is so strong it can melt human flesh. Poachers visit the island because specimens can fetch $10-30K on the black market. indiatoday.in/education-t…
Over the last decade, there have been at least 15 cases of athletes who have died from over-hydration during sporting events. Too much fluid consumption can cause serious health issues by diluting the sodium in the blood, which creates a swelling of the brain and lungs bbc.com/future/article/20…
A new kind of artificial cornea successfully restored sight in a 78-year-old man. The surgery uses a lens which can more easily replace damaged tissue in a simpler surgery. Immediately after the surgery, the patient was able to recognize family members and read numbers on an eye chart. engadget.com/synthetic-co…
People who speak Icelandic can still understand the old Icelandic Sagas because of how little the language has changed over the past 1000 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Today I learned of a "Kotatsu", A traditional japanese table with attached blanket. You can use it to relax, nap, eat/drink/hangout with friends and even has a built in heater underneath. huffingtonpost.co.uk/entr…
Cannabis is invasive in North America, referred to as 'feral cannabis,' 'wild marijuana,' and 'ditch weed' when it grows in the wild. Seeds can lie dormant for 7-10 years and the wild plant can damage farm equipment. Feral cannabis is cultivated in North Korea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for happiness, can be toxic. When injected into skin it causes extreme pain and is a main ingredient of wasp venom mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Polar bears and grizzly bears can have babies and they are called pizzly bears! northamericannature.com/w…
Today I learned about breatharianism: the (false and deadly) believe that humans do not need food or water but can survice on sunlight alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ine…
In Japan, you can hire a handsome man to watch sappy movies with you and wipe away your tears. The company, "Ikemeso Danshi," (Handsome Weeping Boys) was born out of the idea that crying can be therapeutic and showing off your vulnerability can make you work better as a team. bbc.com/news/magazine-371…
Sea snakes can die of thirst and rely on rainwater to make pools on the ocean surface in order to survive. insidescience.org/news/wh…
Humans can regenerate some of their organs through a process called compensatory hypertrophy. When part of the liver is removed or destroyed, the remaining portion grows to the original size and allows the liver to function as it did before. Kidneys and lungs can also similarly compensate. nigms.nih.gov/education/D…
In the Jainism religion of India, they don't even eat root vegetables like potatoes and garlic, because by using the root you are killing the plant as it can not grow again. djsm.org.au/jainism/2020/…
Scientists tracking the migration of swifts discovered they can stay airborne for 10 months straight without ever landing. Of those birds that did land, they still spent 99.5% of their ten months in the air. sciencefocus.com/nature/s…
The most mass a planet can have is ~10-13x the mass of Jupiter. After this point, it's own sheer gravity begins to cause nuclear fusion and the body is classified as a brown dwarf (also called a failed star). hub.jhu.edu/2018/01/23/si…
Numbered musical notation is popular in China, making conventions to encode and decode music more accessible than in the West, as more Chinese can sight read it than standard notation. Indexing with numbers makes it possible to search music by melody, but it has never become popular in the West en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Num…
While high levels of sodium in your diet can lead to high blood pressure, low levels can increase the risk of death in those who'd had heart failure. One study found a higher risk of dying from heart disease at the lower sodium levels that many guidelines currently recommend healthline.com/nutrition/…
The earth can create natural nuclear fission reactors under its crust. The only one we currently know of is located in Gabon, Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
New York uses steam as it's main source of heating! - You can often see it bellowing out of pipes in the city. It has the largest steam network in the world. The Steam system was built in the 1800's to reduce the amount of wood that was being burned as a heat source in the cold winter months. youtube.com/watch?v=mAB1g…
Today I learned about a psychological phenomenon known as psychic numbing, the idea that β€œthe more people die, the less we care”. We not only become numb to the significance of increasing numbers, but our compassion can actually fade as numbers increase. bbc.com/future/article/20…
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…
After being told a jet powered car can run on anything that burns, the President of Mexico rode it running on tequila. roadandtrack.com/car-cult…
Pumping water from the ground causes the ground to contract. Areas with high well usage can lose dozens and dozens of feet of elevation due to this "land subsidence". usgs.gov/special-topic/wa…
There are β€œwitch camps” in Ghana where women accused of witchcraft can flee for their lives. They live in squalid conditions for the rest of their lives unless a priest determines their innocence by killing a chicken and watching how it dies. utne.com/community/witch-…
Cloudberries are an extremely rare berry because they cannot be grown commercially and can only harvested in the mountains,mainly Scandinavia. mylittlenorway.com/2011/0…
The flight control computer on the F-22 Raptor is so advanced that the manual stated "you can maneuver the airplane with reckless abandon, without departing from controlled flight" youtu.be/22u4qxm1YjY?t=24…
Human children can regenerate fingertips as long as the proximal nail matrix remains intact. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles offers visa-free access, free of charge, to all foreign nationals, from every country in the world (besides Kosovo, which Seychelles doesn't recognise). The visitor's permit is valid for 3 months, and can be extended for up to 12 months en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vis…
Today I learned about United States v. Darby Lumber Co., a 1941 U.S. Supreme Court case that upheld federal min. wage and labor laws. Congress has the power to regulate interstate commerce, and can prevent states from using substandard labor practices to gain an economic advantage over other states. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The 'leaf sheep,' a sea slug native to Japan, is an animal that can photosynthesize. It eats algae and retains the chloroplasts that plants use for photosynthesis and can live for months on photosynthesis alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos…
Florida is second to Alaska for highest number of breeding pairs of Bald Eagles in the US. Hawaii is the only state where you can’t find Bald Eagles. wildlifeinformer.com/bald…
In the UK you need an annual license to watch broadcast TV. But today in 2021 you can still apply for a black and white TV License incase your TV can't do colour! tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs/FA…
Today I learned about Mariano Martinez. A man who in 1971 modified an ice cream machine to create the first frozen margarita machine. He did this to meet demand for a popular margarita recipe he was serving at the time. You can find his invention on display at the Smithsonian Museum for American history. wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian…
Playing action video games can train the mind to make the right decisions faster. Video game players can develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, such as everyday activities like driving, reading small print, or navigating around town. rochester.edu/pr/Review/V…
Elephants can hear through both their ears and feet. Through special fat pads called digital cushions, they can hear sounds other elephants vocalize below the range of human hearing from many miles away. This helps warn them of far off danger, incoming floods, and rival elephants. news.stanford.edu/pr/01/e…
Occam's Razor has a counterargument in medicine called "Hickam's Dictum" (by Dr. John Hickam!). Some doctors (using Occam's) look for a single, elegant cause for all of a patient's symptoms. But Hickam's Dictum says: "A man can have as many diseases as he damn well pleases." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hic…
Today I learned about the Decoy Effect where companies give a decoy options to nudge consumers to purchase the target option. It is when we are choosing between two alternatives, the addition of a third, less attractive options (decoy) can influence our perception of the original two choices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Doing a few squats can help your brain. The alternate increase & decrease of blood flow to the hippocampus makes the brain work harder: combine this with problem solving like a sudoku, or reading, is even better adinstruments.com/blog/al…
Domestic cats' intelligence may apply "if I fits I sits" even in perceived spaces -- for instance, a cat will still try to sit in a 2D optical illusion that can be perceived as a 3D container (Illusory contours) sciencedirect.com/science…
A lab study found honeybee venom (which has the compound "melittin") destroyed 2 types of hard to treat breast cancer cells. Melittin on its own reduced cancer cell growth & can be produced synthetically. One venom concentration killed cancer cells within 1 hour with minimal harm to other cells. bbc.com/news/world-austra…
In 1964, three physicists who just got their PhDs were tasked with developing a working design for a nuclear weapon using only unclassified information. The goal is to see if a country can develop a nuclear weapon without aid. They accomplished it within 2 and a half years. atomicheritage.org/histor…
A smell can recall emotional memories better than any other sense. A sense of smell is also linked to overall psychological well-being. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Colorado researchers have 3D printed miniature Lego-style bone bricks that can heal broken bones. The blocks, which are the size of a flea, help regrowth and can be interlocked like toy bricks. They hope to scale the technology and use it to supply laboratory-made organs for human transplant. 3dprintingindustry.com/ne…
Sadie Hawkins is based off a comic where a dude has an ugly daughter who can’t find a husband so he forces all the men in town to race and the slowest one marries her womenyoushouldknow.net/ug…

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