An Australian beer company had to change the design of its beer bootle because male jewel beetles were mating with the bottle thinking it was a female. This odd behaviour was observed in 1983 by two biologists. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Henry Heimlich, the inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, has a son, Peter, who is devoted to exposing him as a serial liar and con artist. Peter says his father paid off the study that persuaded the American Red Cross to change its response to choking to Heimlich's. inhomecpr.com/choking-eme…
Winston Churchill got Iran to change its name to Persia, to avoid confusion with Iraq during WW2 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
FIFA is not solely in charge of making the rules for football (soccer). Instead, FIFA meet with the football associations of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales to collectively agree any rule changes. This is due to the legacy of the games origins in the United Kingdom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Cicero's cognomen, or personal surname, comes from the Latin for chickpea(a type of lentil), cicer. Cicero was urged to change this deprecatory name when he entered politics, but refused, saying that he would instead make Cicero a glorious name. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicero
In 427BC Athens sent a ship to Mytilene which had instructions to kill all adult men in the city-state. The next day, Athenians voted to change their decision - a second ship was dispatched. Racing through the night, it reached Mytilene just in time to prevent the massacre from happening. wikipedia.org/wiki/Mytile…
Green flashes phenomenon, seen at sunrise/sunset when some part of the Sun suddenly changes color from red/orange to green/blue aty.sdsu.edu/index.html
Today I learned about Kiyoshi Shimizu, a Japanese journalist that helped solved a series of child kidnaping cases and released an innocent man from further prosecution. He also helped solved the murder of Shiori Ino which led to the changes to legal treatment of stalking in Japan mainichi.jp/english/artic…
In 1905, 19 people died playing football. Ten of those killed were aged 17 or younger. People, including President Teddy Roosevelt, called for rules changes. They sought to remove slapping, nosepulling, and biting, but critics thought it would make the players soft. paleofuture.gizmodo.com/1…
The Earth's rotation and speed changes with the weather and geological events. This means atomic time and solar time may not be identical. Sometimes leap seconds are needed for an adjustment. On 31 Dec 2016, a leap second was added, and the time 23:59:60 existed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
In 2009 the FDA required General Mills to either register Cheerios as a drug or change their labels claiming the cereal lowerd cholesterol. GM revealed the labeling had been approved by the FDA and the investigation was closed in 2012. webmd.com/food-recipes/ne…
The New Jersey constitution extended voting rights to women and people of color for almost 20 years until allegations of β€œvoting irregularities” led to a law change in 1807. amrevmuseum.org/virtualex…
Today I learned about Massopora, a fungus which infects 13 and 17 year cycle cicadas. It can dissolve the gonads of males, cause their butts to fall off, turning them into "flying zombie salt shakers", and can also change the behavior of some males to make them trick other males into trying to breed with them. cicadamania.com/cicadas/c…
The reason that chewing gum rates are high in the Middle East is the presence of a cultural tradition where small merchants routinely hand out chewing gum in place of small change. westsidefamilydentistry.c…
Filling a given length of cigarette with a filter is cheaper than tobacco, and they contain chemicals that change color when exposed to smoke to create the illusion of functionality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cig…
When Eleanor Roosevelt married FDR, she did NOT have to change her maiden name as it was already Roosevelt. Eleanor’s father was the brother of former President Theodore β€œTeddy” Roosevelt. aboutfranklindroosevelt.c…
Daylight Savings Time has been shown to increase the rate of heart attacks (AMI’s) by 24% the morning of the time change. Scientists think this is due to the change in our sleep cycle. Conversely, when the time switches back, the study showed a 21% decrease in AMI’s that day. openheart.bmj.com/content…
In 1981 a group of scientists met to discuss ways of making future humans aware of nuclear waste disposal sites. One idea was genetically engineering cats to change color in the presence of radiation and introducing a cultural idea to run away when you see a cat change color. theguardian.com/environme…
The creator of Taco Bell reverse engineered his taco recipe from a Mexican taco stand that was outselling his hot dog stand. The name of his new taco restaurant underwent several changes, from Taco-Tia through El Taco, before settling on Taco Bell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…
The Michelin Man is white is because rubber tires are naturally white. It wasn't until 1912 that companies started mixing carbon chemicals with the rubber to make black tires. This process is not an aesthetic change, but a structural one, making the tires stronger and durable. guide.michelin.com/us/en/…
Today I learned about "Middletown": a large-scale study documenting the huge change to daily life between 1890 and 1925 in an average American town (cars were considered scandalous) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
Electric fish in saltwater are 'wired' in parallel, but in freshwater they are 'wired' in series. This change overcomes the higher resistance of freshwater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Rock n roll impessario Larry Parnes is suspected to have renamed his artists based on their sexual characteristics. Names included Billy Fury, Johnny Gentle, and Dickie Proud. Joe Brown refused to change his name to Elmer Twitch en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
Farmed salmon is actually naturally white in color. It's reddish pink only because farmers add in a pigmenting compound to the fishes' food that changes the color of their flesh, which is more appealing to consumers. time.com/4790794/farmed-s…
Each avocado seed is genetically unique, and only gives you a 1/10,000 change of producing fruit that tastes good. youtu.be/yWAR_DotvZs
Today I learned about the Sorites Paradox, a paradox that arises from vague predicates. If you remove a grain of sand from a heap, it is still a heap of sand. When the process is repeated enough times: is a single remaining grain still a heap? If not, when did it change from a heap to a non-heap? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sor…
Both male and female sweat have the same componds but in different composition. The difference in each aroma is caused by bacterial enzymes that changes the sweat to produce the smelly compounds. Women have a more oniony fragrance while men have more of a cheesy fragrance. mcgill.ca/oss/article/gen…
Some trees growing in tropical rainforest do not have annual growth rings due to lack of seasonal changes (winter/summer or dry/wet). researchgate.net/publicat…
The measles has a rare complication called Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis that occurs 6-15 years after the virus is caught. This complication causes brain swelling which leads to memory loss, change in personality, loss of body functions, uncontrollable spasming, and inevitably death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub…
In Italy, the Disney movie "Moana" had to change its title to "Oceania" because of a famous porn star with the same name. player.one/disneys-moana-…
After Franklin Roosevelt defeated Herbert Hoover in the 1932 US presidential election, he tried to change 'Hoover Dam' back to it's original name: 'Boulder (Canyon) Dam', but by then the name 'Hoover Dam' was too popular with Americans, and 'Boulder Dam' failed to catch on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
To promote the Smurfs (2011) movie, Sony temporarily painted the traditional "pueblo blanco" town of Juzcar, Spain to a bright blue. The residents were so happy with the increase in tourism afterwards that they elected to keep the change permanently. veebrant.com/juzcar-smurf…
The Brookesia nana, a tiny chameleon found in Madagascar, was first described in 2021. Adult males and females measure 22 mm and 29 mm in total length, respectively. Unlike most other chameleons, they do not change colors or live in trees, but prefer to live on the forest floor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
LBJ constantly asked the flight crew of Air Force One to change the temperature of the cabin. Eventually, they installed a fake control knob for him to 'control' the temperature himself. The president stopped complaining. blog.museumofflight.org/q…
Boxer Marvin Hagler was so upset that he wasn't introduced before a 1982 fight by his nickname of Marvelous that he went to court to legally change his name. vault.si.com/vault/1982/1…
B.F. Skinner almost convinced the army to use pigeon-guided missiles, where pigeons would sit in the nose of the missile and peck a screen to change the direction. military-history.org/arti…
Forest bathing as a medicinal practice in Japan goes back to the 1980s when the government began to notice the adverse effects of the tech boom. Meditation and mindfulness come naturally when you allow your senses to focus on the small, uncomplicated changes around you. japan.travel/en/guide/for…
The Tour de France is not a continuous course, rather segments which are often disconnected. Also, the course changes every year and sometimes goes through other countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/202…
When recording with Bowie in Berlin, Brian eno would use whatever loose change he had in his pocket to buy a U-Bahn subway ticket to however far that cash would take him, and then spend the day exploring there. Bowie says they took that approach to recording the album bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09…
When Southwest Airlines tried to change their motto to β€œJust Plane Smart” in the 1990s, they found out a much smaller company was already using it. To settle the issue, the CEOs of each company engaged in an arm wrestling match and the smaller company, Steven’s Aviation, ended up winning. community.southwest.com/t…
Michael Caine's stage name was originally Michael Scott, but he had to change his name because that name had already been registered by someone else. theguardian.com/film/2016…
Former Lord Mayor of Dublin SeΓ‘n Loftus would often change his name to reflect his political views so that they would appear on ballot papers. He was at times known as 'SeΓ‘n D. Christian Democrat Dublin Bay Loftus' and 'SeΓ‘n Dublin Bay Rockall Loftus'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Se%…
Today I learned of Tanzanian man Saniniu Laizer: a small-scale miner who found 3 rare Tanzanite gemstones which he sold to the government for 12.44 billion Tanzanian shillings. ($5.35 million USD). Laizer, who has 30 children, said it won't change his lifestyle of caring for his 2,000 cows. usatoday.com/story/news/w…
Ewan McGregor's character in Black Hawk Down is fictionally named because the real person was convicted of child molestation in 1999. The Pentagon gave permission to use actual Army Black Hawks in the movie if the producers agreed to change the name from John Stebbins to 'John Grimes'. crimemagazine.com/war-her…
Today I learned about the steady-state approximation, used in chemical kinetics. You set the rate of change of a reaction intermediate in the reaction mechanism equal to 0 so that the kinetic equations can be simplified by setting the rate of formation of the intermediate equal to the rate of its destruction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In 1953 a worldwide agreement was made based on an idea by the Rockefeller Foundation to change the frequency of music. They changed it from its natural harmonic resonance of 432hz to the less natural 440hz. (audio examples in article) globalnews.ca/news/419410…
In 2005 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to change the official death toll of the 1906 quake from previous estimates of 700-800 to 3,000+, making it the only quake in U.S. history to have killed more than a thousand people. Second most deadly quake in U.S. history killed only 165. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/190…
Today I learned of nuclear semiotics, a field of research focused on warning future humans of the dangers of nuclear waste sites. Suggested solutions include granite columns, breeding cats that change color around radiation, and atomic priesthoods--the use of legends to create fear around sites for generations. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Setting the power level on a microwave doesn’t change how much energy/heat is put out by the magnetron; rather, it changes how long the magnetron runsβ€”at full powerβ€”in the cook time set. theeagle.com/brazos_life/…
Solar observing in Hydrogen Alpha light is the only branch of amateur astronomy where you can see changes by the minute, rather than hours or days, unlike most astronomical objects. All events happening on the Sun are unique and never will be repeated astroleague.org/content/h…

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