Today I learned about the symbiotic relationship of wolves and ravens. Ravens will lead wolves to prey so that they can take a portion of the leftovers, play games of tail chasing with each other, and develop individual friendships. stemjobs.com/wolves-and-r…
Air traffic controllers get a break every 2 hours. When controllers remain "on position" for more than 2 hours without a break, performance can deteriorate rapidly, even at low traffic levels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Elephants are tremendous distance swimmers. They can swim for up to six hours and 25 miles (48km). They are so buoyant that if they tire in the water, they can just rest by floating and will not sink. They can also use their trunk as a snorkel and dive. wildanimalpark.org/can-el…
When you eat fruit with its inherent fiber (aka eating the whole fruit) up to 30% of the sugar will be eaten by the microbes in your gut before it can be absorbed. sugarscience.ucsf.edu/sug…
If you're under 18 in China you can only play games up to 90 minutes on weekdays and three hours on weekends. independent.co.uk/life-st…
A single dose of the antibiotic azithromycin, taken orally, can cure yaws, a horrific tropical disease that causes disfiguring, ulcerating wounds and usually occurs in children. There’s hope that the disease can be completely eradicated, like smallpox has been. sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
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…
7% of men suffer from paruresis, an anxiety disorder that means you can't pee if other people are in close proximity. nationalsocialanxietycent…
Honeybees can recognize human faces. Whereas before it was thought that only large brained mammals could distinguish faces, but honeybees can do this as well! They see faces in a compilation of 5,000 individual images – kind of like pixels. scientificamerican.com/ar…
People who use heroin describe sensations of warmth and safety while they are high. When sleeping on the streets on a cold night, a hit of heroin can make it possible to relax and get some rest verywellmind.com/what-her…
Among the many bizarre requests received by Virgin Atlantic flight attendants were: "Could you turn the engines down because they are too noisy?"; "Please can the Captain stop the turbulence?"; "Can you take my children to the playroom?"; and "Is there a McDonald's onboard?" archive.indianexpress.com…
Tanker trucks are built with baffles in the tank to discourage sloshing during and after braking. At highway speeds, this can reduce braking distance by more than 25 feet. [Visualization] youtu.be/56cxOzgl-mc
Despite what you've seen on TV countless times, you can't revive a flat-lining patient by shocking them. Defibrillation works but reorganizing the heart's electrical activity into a better rhythm, but a flat-lining patient doesn't have any electrical activity to organize. theconversation.com/monda…
The villagers of Piplantri plants 111 trees every time a girl is born. To ensure the girls financial security, the villagers contribute Rs 21,000 and set a fixed deposit bank account, which can be used only, once she turns 18 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pip…
Today I learned about Split-Brain-Patients, who have their brain hemispheres disconnected. While those "do not show any significant difference in function" from healthy persons, you can prove with specific experiments that there are two brains working independently without recognizing each other embryo.asu.edu/pages/roge…
Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, saved a baby's life whilst filming Carpool Karaoke. A hysterical woman approached the set screaming "My baby can’t breathe”, Kiedis calmly took the child and restored it's breathing through CPR. He then resumed filming the show. radiox.co.uk/artists/red-…
The Can-Can was a particularly scandalous dance in the 19th century because women wore pantalettes, which had an open crotch, and the high kicks were intentionally revealing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Ant queens can take over other colonies by murdering their real queen and bathing in her bodily fluids to avoid detection. Since ants can only parasitize other specific species, it is speculated that some ants decorate their homes with the heads of other ant species to mask their own scent. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Today I learned of Krista and Tatiana Hogan, one of the rarest forms of conjoined twins. Their brains are connected by a thalamic bridge which gives them unique neurological capabilities. They can feel and taste what the other is experiencing, can see through each other's eyes, and hear each other's thoughts. cbc.ca/cbcdocspov/feature…
Sagittarius A* - the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way - has a mass 4 million times that of our Sun, but a diameter only 31 times the Sun's. It is so dense that it could fit in the space between the Earth and the Sun, but can attract things 50k light years away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
An average silver back can deadlift 1800 lb and their grip can crush a crocodile's skull | They are 4 to 9 times stronger than an average human male. animalwised.com/how-stron…
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 reason for the Netherlands not being underwater is due to its complex network of dikes, ditches, canals and pumping stations that have been built through the course of its history. It is so intricate that controlled flooding can create a ring of fortification around Amsterdam, its capital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Jean-Claude Van Damme took up ballet when he was young, and has said "If you can survive a ballet workout, you can survive a workout in any other sport." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
North Korea has its own smartphones for use in the nation, and users have to download apps at physical store locations where they can get only get government approved apps. businessinsider.com/north…
At a traditional Thai wedding, the groom's way to the ceremony is blocked by a series of "gates" (golden necklaces or belts) held up by bridesmaids and family members. Some can be passed with money, others require him to answer questions, and he may even need to yell out his love or sing a song thethailandlife.com/thai-…
The cone snail, one of the most venomous animals on earth, releases a cloud of insulin when a fish swims by, causing it to go into hypoglycemic shock, immobilizing it so it can inject the fish with a cocktail of up to 200 toxins museumsvictoria.com.au/ar…
An egg yolk’s color can be affected by a chicken’s diet and that a diet of peppers that naturally have lots of red pigment produces completely red egg yolks newworlder.com/article/39…
Gold can grow on Eucalyptus trees. In its search for water, the Eucalyptus tree absorbs gold particles dissolved in the water deep underground, then storing the gold in the leaves of the tree. This is a cheap and effective way to discover new gold deposits in Australia. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
There is as much vitamins and nutrients in frozen vegetables as in fresh ones. This is due to the fact that they have been quickly frozen after picking to preserve their properties, unlike "fresh" ones that can stay for days in a storage or display. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Members of the crow family (crows, Jays, Ravens, etc) can conceive of 'fair' and 'unfair' treatment and can hold grudges against specific humans for years at a time. They also hold funerals for their dead. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Some fish eggs can survive being digested by waterfowl and remain viable after being pooped out. This provides one explanation as to how fish β€˜miraculously’ appear in bodies of water where they otherwise never existed. audubon.org/news/mallards…
The β€œDeath Zone” is what climbers call the highest part of Mount Everest (everything above 26,247ft). Due to its lack of oxygen, the body literally begins to die, cell by cell. This can result in health risks like impaired judgement, heart attack or stroke, and altitude sickness. businessinsider.com/mount…
2 million Americans can trace their lineage to a Mayflower passenger who fell overboard and survived by grabbing a trailing rope accesswdun.com/print/2015…
Sir David Attenborough is a member of the β€œOrder of Merit,” in 2015. It recognizes distinguished service in the armed forces, science, art, literature, or for the promotion of culture. Only 24 (living) people can be a member at a given time wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_…
Democritus (460-370 BCE), the ancient Greek philosopher, asked the question β€œWhat is matter made of?” and hypothesized that tangible matter is composed of tiny units that can be assembled and disassembled by various combinations. He called these units "atoms". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
Today I learned of Kay Antonelli. Her official civil service title, as printed on her employment documentation, was "computer". During her work as a computer, she invented the subroutine (a sequence of computer instructions which can be used repeatedly). Today, the subroutine is essential programming for all. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
In Georgia one can be sentenced to banishment from all but one county (a total banishment is unconstitutional). Usually that is Echols which is mostly an unpopulated swamp. Most choose to leave the State instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ech…
A study from Harvard University finds that having no friends can be just as deadly as smoking. Both affect levels of a blood-clotting protein. telegraph.co.uk/science/2…
Puffins can use sticks to scratch their itches. This is the first evidence that seabirds can use tools. cnn.com/2019/12/31/world/…
Rice that was cooled and then reheated increase resistant starch content, meaning more part of the rice can't be digested, which is good for weight loss and people with Diabetes Mellitus pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
Hay bales can spontaneously combust if their moisture content exceeds 22% aimscentral.com/keeping-h…
A British man developed anterograde amnesia after a root canal, so he can't remember anything for longer than 90 minutes and he can't make new memories. Also, he thinks it's the day of his root canal every time he wakes up which is why he must read a detailed note every morning. newser.com/story/209910/i…
Atari programmers met with Atari CEO Ray Kassar in May 1979 to demand that the company treat developers as record labels treated musicians, with royalties and their names on game boxes. Kassar said no and that "anyone can do a cartridge." So the programmers left Atari and founded Activision en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
The Burj Khalifa is so tall, those above the 80th floor have to wait an extra 2 minutes before they can break Ramadan fast, as the sun can still be setting versus what people on the ground see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Michael Jones, one of the all-time greatest rugby players, was a devout Christian, and didn't play on Sundays (which made him miss many World Cup matches). When asked how a religious person can be such a fierce tackler, he replied with a quote from the Bible: "It's better to give than receive" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Suppressing a sneeze can damage your eardrum or damage your blood vessel in your brain. It can at times even lead to death. straitstimes.com/world/eu…
Christopher Nolan believes that "audiences can sense when things are actually there instead of just being all computer generated", which is why he prefers to build practical sets whenever possible. cinemablend.com/new/10-In…
Consuming too much lean protein can cause symptoms similar to broad malnutrition in a condition known as protein poisoning, or more colloquially called "rabbit poisoning" due to the first observed cases in frontiersmen who ate nothing but wild rabbits over the winter and developed symptoms. wisegeek.com/what-is-rabb…
The loris is the only known venomous primate. They create the venom using a secretion from glands at their elbows, which becomes venomous when mixed with their saliva. The mother will coat the babies in this venom to deter predators so that she can forage for food. animals.sandiegozoo.org/a…

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