Death from laughter is a recorded cause of death throughout history. One such instance, an English man laughed for 25 consecutive minutes at a joke on the TV show The Goodies. His widow wrote a letter to the show creators thanking them for making his last moments of life so pleasant. historycollection.co/10-p…
Shoveling snow is a known cause for heart attacks - the increase in blood pressure combined with cold air constricting arteries creates the right environment for it to happen. bbc.com/news/blogs-magazi…
Although most schizophrenics hear voices, the reverse is not true; most people who hear voices are not schizophrenic (or necessarily mentally ill). Around 10% of people have had auditory hallucinations of some kind and there are many potential causes of auditory hallucinations. theconversation.com/heari…
The US Department of Defense withdrew its financial and logistical support for the TV series The Lieutenant (1963–1964) after its creater Gene Roddenberry pressed ahead with a plot titled "To Set It Right" in which a white and a black man find a common cause in their roles as Marines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
There was a mysterious disease that existed in Guam. It was the leading cause of adult death between 1945 & 1956. Fruit bats were part of the local diet at the time & became extinct as a result of over hunting. A decline in fruit bat consumption led to a decline in incidence of the disease en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyt…
Today I learned of Raymond Robinson, a severely disfigured man who only went out for walks late at night so as not to cause a panic. Urban legend spread about "The Green Man", a faceless monster that wandered the roads at night. People who heard the legend are often shocked to find out he was a real person. historydaily.org/green-ma…
In 1971, as part of an experiment to study the causes and effects of landslides, Japanese scientists watered down a hill using fire hoses to simulate the effect of a torrential rainstorm. The soil on the hill gave way and the resulting landslide killed 4 scientists and 11 observers. blogs.agu.org/landslidebl…
1 in 3 middle aged men are affected by baldness on their lower legs. This pattern of hair loss is extremely common yet hardly studied. Leg crossing, trouser rubbing and friction have all been suggested as causes, but no study has demonstrated what the actual cause is. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of the pareto principle also known as the 80/20 rule. Which states that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. ex. Microsoft has noted that by fixing the top 20% of the most-reported bugs, 80% of the related errors in a given system would be eliminated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The β€œCinnamon challenge” is dangerous. Cinnamon powder, when inhaled, can cause inflammation and permanent scarring in the lungs, leading to conditions like emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis. nationalpost.com/health/c…
Belly button lint forms because your hairs point toward your navel, and breathing causes your shirt to move up and down, transporting loose clothing fibers forward along those hairs, but not backward. nature.com/articles/s4159…
During a concert in Ireland, Dave Mustaine (of Megadeth) drunkenly dedicated a song to "the cause" and yelled "give Ireland back to the Irish!". A riot then broke out between the Catholics and Protestants and Megadeath had to travel in a bulletproof bus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
The roof of some Tesla models appear orange and red when wet due to a protective UV/infrared layer in the glass to reduce heat. Water droplets cause light to bounce around and reflect some of the infrared light (normally not visible to us) in a form that is visible to our eyes adonisdetail.com/why-does…
Proto-Germanic tribes created the word "bear" out of fear that using its true name, "arkto" would cause it to appear. This is considered by some to be the oldest known euphemism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Researchers have found that the β€˜spring forward’ to daylight savings time (i.e. putting your clocks forward an hour) causes a 6% increase in fatal car accidents in the US during the workweek following the adjustment, and results in about 28 additional deaths each year. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
In a 1993 press release, id Software had written that they expected Doom to be "the number one cause of decreased productivity in businesses around the world". Doom indeed became a problem in workplaces like Microsoft and Intel, and educational institutes like University of Louisville. doomwiki.org/wiki/Doom_in…
In 36 BCE, Roman statesman Marcus Varro wrote about germs, describing β€œminute creatures which cannot be seen by the eyes, which…enter the body through the mouth and nose and there cause serious diseases.” The germ theory of disease would not be accepted widely for another 1,900 years. rcpe.ac.uk/heritage/histo…
Most cats are lactose intolerant so giving them cow's milk can actually cause significant health issues rd.com/advice/pets/can-ca…
Some animals like Crocodiles, alligators and a few tortoises and turtles do not age physically, and can not die of physical old age. They die of deceases, accidents, predators, and other causes. awesci.com/crocodiles-do-…
Jews were often blamed and persecuted for being the cause of the Black Plague. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Several years ago there was somehow a common cold outbreak at a research base in Antarctica after 17 weeks of complete isolation. No cause was found. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about Jerusalem Syndrome, an acute psychotic disorder which causes some people who visit Jerusalem to slip into a psychosis and believe they’re a biblical figure abc.net.au/triplej/progra…
The solar storm of 1859 caused the aurora borealis to be seen as far south as the Caribbean and was bright enough to wake miners in the Rockies. The geomagnetic current was also strong enough to power telegraph systems. A similar event happening today would cause widespread blackouts and damage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Researchers have discovered that a cicada fungus called contains chemicals similar to those in hallucinogenic mushrooms. It causes cicadas to lose their limbs & eccentric behavior sets in: Males try to mate with everything they encounter, although the fungus has consumed their genitals & butts. wvutoday.wvu.edu/stories/…
Slaves were given redacted bibles so they would not read anything that could cause them to rebel. Most of the old testament and half of the new testament was omitted. history.com/news/slave-bi…
Some people can voluntarily cause a rumbling sound in their ears by tensing the tensor tympani muscle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
A parasitic amoeba called Naegleria fowleri. Once this amoeba enters the sinuses, it makes its way to the brain and causes a fatal infection healthline.com/health/sin…
The 'Salema Porgy' is a species of fish that can cause hallucinations when eaten. In Ancient Rome it was consumed as a recreational drug. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
The gravity on the ISS is almost the same as it is on Earth. Satellites orbit by constantly freefalling around the Earth, and freefall causes weightlessness. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
Some BB gun pellets can go through a child's skull and cause brain damage (case studies in link) thejns.org/pediatrics/vie…
Over-exerting the neck can cause a stroke. This includes heavy lifting, surfing, holding a phone neck to shoulder - all can cause micro-tears in neck arteries. Carotid artery dissection is the most common cause of ischemic stroke in young people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned that allergic rhinitis can cause dark bags under the eyes, called "allergic shiners". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
In 1917, Germany transported 32 dissidents back to Russia hoping to cause problems for the Russian government. Among them were V. I. Lenin and his wife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla…
The American Humane Association complained about a live maggot being eaten in the movie β€œThe Shawshank Redemption” on the grounds that it was cruel to the maggot. A maggot that had β€œdied of natural causes” had to be found. ifc.com/2014/05/the-shaws…
The reason why dogs and cats are unable to ingest chocolate is because it contains something called theobromine, which can’t broken down in their livers as fast - it causes various dangerous symptoms to them sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
Prosperity theology is a belief by some Protestant Christians that financial and physical well-being is the will of God; faith and donations to religious causes will increase one's material wealth. Prosperity theology came to prominence in the 1950s United States and later 1980s televangelism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned about the existence of krokodil, a homemade Russian heroin substitute that causes you to literally rot away un you die. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
0.3% of bee stings can cause a delayed secondary reaction days or weeks after the initial sting medicinenet.com/bee_and_w…
An immune disease named Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis is suspected of being an underlying cause of most of the historical accounts of demonic possession en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Nasal decongestants works by narrowing the blood vessels in the nasal passages. Overusing them may cause congestion to get worse or it may improve but come back medlineplus.gov/druginfo/…
Researchers actually know shockingly little about male pattern baldness. While most agree it involves DHT, we don't know the specific mechanisms of how and why DHT causes baldness. This is due to baldness being classified as cosmetic issue, not a disease, which limits research funds available. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Continuous ingestion of Colloidal Silver [an alternative medicine] can cause skin to turn an irreversible blue/grey color - a condition called Argyria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arg…
Infrasound, a sound wave with frequencies below 20 Hz making it unable to be heard by people, can cause recipients to feel fear, anxiety, sorrow, depression, and nausea; it has also caused recipients to see hallucinations which causes them to think of it as a paranormal/supernatural event. eastcoastrip.org/weather-…
None of Haiti's first nine Presidents served their full terms and retired voluntarily; all either died of disease, natural causes, were overthrown, declared themselves emperor, or were (most commonly) sent into exile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
A Box of Durian cause a mass airport evacuation while HAZMAT/Emergency services were called to deal with a potential biohazard. northwesttelegraph.com.au…
Today I learned about Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) which causes individuals to be temporarily or permanently perceived to be speaking with a foreign accent discovermagazine.com/mind…
A wedding planner in England died after eating a scalding-hot fishcake at a wedding. It burned his throat so badly that it left him unable to breathe. The cause of death was ruled as asphyxiation. The coroner said it was similar to smoke inhalation from house fires. aol.com/article/news/2019…
There are poisonous birds. The Hooded Pitohui is the first scientifically documented poisonous bird. Its feathers give off a neurotoxin called homobatrachotoxin which has previously only been found in the skin of poison dart frogs, and handling them can cause numbness. australiangeographic.com.…
Today I learned about photic sneeze reflex, a genetic condition which affects between 10-35% of the population and causes sneezing in response to dramatic light changes. healthline.com/health/pho…
The Bubonic plague, the cause of the Black Death, is still around. Congo, Madagascar and Peru have several cases a year. Isolated cases occur in the United States and China as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bub…
Your eyes can change in accordance with their environment. Looking at things close up (reading, computer games and photos ect.) Will cause your eyes to grow causing myopia. One of the major reasons behind China's 90% myopia rates. newoptixoptometry.com/why…
People scoring in traits associated with the "Dark Triad" are more likely to commit crimes, cause social distress, and create severe problems for an organization, especially if they are in leadership positions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
That, contrary to popular belief, friction is not the primary cause of spacecraft heating up on re-entry. Rather, the heat comes from the air in front of the craft being highly compressed. This is also why the leading edges get the hottest. wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerody…
There are 46 prescription drugs that can cause drug-induced Lupus symptoms. lupus.org/resources/medic…
Baylisascaris or "Raccoon Roundworm" can infected humans and other mammals through ingestion of Raccoon feces. The larvae migrate to the brains and eyes and cause damage making the organism easier prey for the raccoon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay…
Today I learned about Drapetomania, a mental illness that Dr. Samuel Cartwright hypothesized as the cause of slaves wanting to flee captivity en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Children stop believing in Santa at around 8 years old. Errors by 'bumbling parents' are the main cause of children losing their faith in Santa. phys.org/news/2018-12-int…
Eating raw or undercooked Shiitake mushrooms, causes a dermatological condition that causes primarily an itchy whiplash like rash, called shiitake mushroom flagellate dermatitis mdedge.com/dermatology/ar…
Today I learned about the Cremasteric Reflex which causes testicles to move around like they’re alive. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NB…
The last two remnants of the virus known to cause smallpox, which are kept in tightly controlled government laboratories in the United States and Russia. In 2013, cloned variola major (smallpox) DNA fragments were found in a South African laboratory. wikipedia.org/wiki/Smallp…
In 1857 Charles Lockock, believing there to be a cause-effect relationship between masturbation and seizures, began to treat his patients with potassium bromide which was known to reduce sex drive. In doing so, he serendipitously discovered what would become the first drug therapy for epilepsy. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of β€œChronostasis”, a type of temporal illusion in which a new event introduced to the brain can appear to be extended in time. Chronostasis causes the β€œstopped-clock illusion” which is why the first second after looking at an analog clock can appear to be longer than normal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Rabies Disease produces Hydrophobia ("fear of water"), since the ability to transmit the virus would decrease significantly if the infected individual could swallow saliva and water. Thus, attempts to drink or even suggestion of drinking can cause painful spasms in the throat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
Tomatoes contain similar protein structures to grass pollen, and thus can cause mouth irritation for hay-fever sufferers verywellhealth.com/tomato…
Catfish whiskers are completely harmless, but it's actually the fins that can cause high amounts of pain catfishedge.com/how-to-ho…
The coldest temperature recorded was -144Β°F in Vostok Antartica. Humans can’t inhale air that cold for more than a few breathsβ€”it would cause your lungs to hemorrhage. Russian scientists ducking out to check on the weather station would wear masks that warmed the air before they breath in. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned of Semantic Satiation: the psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to lose meaning for the listener, who then perceives the speech as repeated meaningless sounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sem…
Today I learned of the Nocebo Effect, the opposite of the Placebo Effect, where the belief or expectation that a treatment will cause a negative side effect induces that side effect even in those taking a sugar pill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noc…
Ressentiment is a sense of hostility toward an object that one identifies as the cause of frustration, i.e. an assignment of blame for one's frustration. The sense of inferiority complex and jealousy in the face of the "cause" generates a rejecting value system which attacks the perceived source en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
Throwing rice at weddings will not cause birds to explode and that the myth that it is harmful was probably started by churches and wedding venues who didn't want to clean it all up and for them to avoid potential slip-and-fall lawsuits snopes.com/fact-check/aga…
Vitamin D is used as rat poison in extremely high doses, in which it causes Calcium crystals to form in organs (Calcification), tearing them apart from the inside petpoisonhelpline.com/vet…
Today I learned about β€˜death by misadventure’. In the UK this means a manner (not cause) of death attributed to risks undertaken voluntarily. Amy Winehouse is amongst the people who have died in this way. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Death from laughter is a real thing. Excessive laughter can cause trauma, fainting and death by cardiac arrest or asphyxiation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Leah Betts, a girl that made headlines after dying from taking a single ecstasy pill, didn’t actually die directly from taking the drug, but instead from drinking 7 litres of water in 90 minutes. Ecstasy causes water retention, making even slightly high water consumption fatal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
The philosopher Aristotle wrote in his Poetics (c. 335 BC) that comedy is a representation of inferior people, not indeed in the full sense of the word bad, but the laughable is a species of the base or ugly. It consists in some blunder or ugliness that does not cause pain or disaster perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/…
Nearly 250,000 Americans die every year from medical errors, making it the third leading cause of death in the country. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
Today I learned about Chronic Wasting Disease, a contagious disease that infects the brains of deer, elk, and other ruminants. It causes weight loss, confusion, tremors, and is always fatal. Found in at least 24 states, scientists are unsure whether it can transfer to humans via contact or meat consumption. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The moon doesn’t just cause ocean tides, it also causes Earth tides, raising and lowering the Earth’s crust by centimeters. usgs.gov/faqs/can-positio…
Today I learned about Stone Man's Syndrome, a disabling disorder with no cure or treatment in which the body repairs damaged connective tissue with bone structure. Surgical removal of the extra bone growths has been shown to cause the body to "repair" the affected area with even more bone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fib…
Rust does not cause tetanus infection. The Clostridium tetani bacterium that causes tetanus requires anoxic conditions to reproduce and these are found in the permeable layers of rust. ehso.com/disease/tetanus.…
Warts (rough and hard growths on the skin) are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, the same virus that causes cervical cancer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
The phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning for the listener is called Semantic Satiation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sem…
The first virus discovered is the Tobacco mosaic virus, over 100 years ago. It causes a mosaic looking disease in tobacco plants; it can survive for years in cigars and cigarettes made from infected leaves. Wendell Stanley won the Nobel Prize in 1946 for discovering that it's made from protein. pdb101.rcsb.org/motm/109
When a cough lasts longer than six to eight weeks, it's considered a chronic cough. How postnasal drips causes a chronic cough is still not clearly understood newsnetwork.mayoclinic.or…
Today I learned about Twilight sleep, a procedure used for labor in the early 1900s. Women were drugged, restrained in a dark room with gauze on their eyes and ears plugged. The purpose of the drugs was to cause the women to forget the childbirth, not prevent pain, as they were still conscience the whole time. embryo.asu.edu/pages/twil…
Today I learned of Kenny, a mutated gene that is named after Kenny McCormick from South Park, which causes adult flies to die within two days after they are infected with certain bacteria. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned about the Aral Sea. Poorly executed Soviet irrigation projects in the 60's and 70's cause an entire sea to disappear en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
The earliest known list of games is one created by Guatama Buddha explicitly saying they were ones he would not play believing them to be a "cause for negligence." The list includes proto forms of hop scotch, pick-up sticks, and chess. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about Dr. Rodney Marks, an Australian astrophysicist who died from methanol poisoning while working at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. The cause of the fatal methanol poisoning has never been determined. Forty-nine other people were at the base at the time of Marks' death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Today I learned about a condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia. It causes severe facial pain. One of the most painful conditions known to medicine and nicknamed "the suicide disease ". fpa-support.org/learn/
In Britain, drivers can be fined up to Β£5,000 if they are caught driving through a puddle which causes a pedestrian to be splashed. nottinghampost.com/news/m…
The Lascaux cave was discovered accidentally by 4 teenagers and their dog- the cave has 17,000 year old paintings, including extinct animals like the Aurochs, and hand prints. The French government had to make a replica (Lascaux II) since tourists causes mold to grow ancient.eu/Lascaux_Cave/
There's a genetic abnormality called Turner Syndrome, which occurs when the second X chromosome is partially or completely missing, which can cause internal and external physical deformities, as well as vision and hearing and problems, and learning disabilities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Brushing your teeth straight after eating sugary or acidic food can cause more damage. This is because brushing too early, aggravates the acidic damage caused to tooth enamel. mayoclinic.org/healthy-li…
There are monitor manufacturers who use DisplayPort cables where pin20 is also used and which can cause interference and even damage the graphics card/PC - depending on the situation cablechick.com.au/blog/th…
Christine Cavanaugh, the voice of Dexter (of Dexter's Laboratory), Gosalyn (Darkwing Duck), Chuckie (Rugrats) and Babe (the pig) died in her home of "undisclosed causes" and was cremated at the age of 51. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Frito-Lay launched WOW fat-free potato chips in 1998 containing Olestra which caused "abdominal cramping, diarrhea, fecal incontinence ["anal leakage"], and other gastrointestinal symptoms". Warning on package "This Product Contains Olestra. Olestra may cause abdominal cramping and loose stool” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lay…
One of the causes of American War of Independence was the Royal Proclamation of 1763 which prohibited non-Native settlement west of the Appalachians en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Today I learned about JIS-spec screws, which look an awful lot like Phillips-head screws, but the tools are not always interchangeable and can cause mechanics tremendous frustration. motorcycle.com/ask-mo-any…
Quinine is a historic treatment of malaria and babesiosis that is a flavor component of tonic water and bitter lemon drink mixers. Tonic water was given to soldiers, who often mixed jin to mask the bitter taste. The quinine content of tonic water causes it to fluoresce under black light. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…

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