Da Vinci discovered that severing the spinal column of a frog resulted in instant death. But it seems he felt disturbed by hurting living things, stopped working on live animals, and became a vegetarian. In fact, he loved animals so much that he would buy birds at the market and let them go. dana.org/article/the-hidd…
In 2015, the US Air Force wanted to scrap the A-10, and Chuck Norris wrote a column praising it. In 2019, most of the fleet got new wings, enabling them to stay in service until late 2030s. airforcetimes.com/news/yo…
A plotter against Hitler survived the war because the Nazi judge in his show trial was crushed by a column, still clutching the man's files, when the courtroom was bombed in an air raid led by a Jewish-American pilot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fab…
All vertebrates (except fish) have the same basic skeleton design: a column of vertebrae that supports the body and head, a skull that houses and protects the brain and sense organs, ribs that protect the heart and lungs and 4 limbs. Every limb also shares the same basic pattern and has 5 digits en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Ana…
When advice columnist Ann Landers asked in 1986 what the correct direction for toilet paper was, she received 15,000 letters - the most in her column's history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toi…
Today I learned about the Salt Witch of the Nebraska Plains. Indians maintained that a salt column was under the custody of the Salt Witch, and when they went there to gather salt they would beat the ground with clubs, believing that each blow fell upon her person and kept her from working other evil. legendsofamerica.com/ne-s…
Today I learned of Stephen Wiltshire, an autistic British artist who can draw a landscape from memory after seeing it just once. He can draw entire cities from memory, after just a single, short, helicopter ride. When he drew Rome, he drew the exact number of columns in the Pantheon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned about Marco Bragadin gruesomely killed, first dragged around with sacks of stone on his back; then tied to a chair and hoisted up a Turkish flagship, then tied to a column and flayed alive, then his skin was stuffed and redressed in his military clothes, then rode on an ox around town venetoinside.com/hidden-t…
Today I learned about microbursts. A microburst is created by a column of sinking air that after hitting ground level, spreads out in all directions and is capable of producing damaging straight-line winds of over 240 km/h (150 mph) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow…
Mill Ends Park in Portland Oregon is the smallest park in the World. The park is a small circle 2 ft across, with a total area of 452 square inches. Intended to be the site for a light pole; When the pole failed to appear, Dick Fagan (a columnist) planted flowers and named it after his column. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Today I learned about half of the Lincoln Memorial is hidden underground. The 43,800-square-foot basement was built with dozens of concrete columns to support the weight of the marble structure. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
Top Gear/Grand Tour Presenter Jeremy Clarkson printed his bank details in a newspaper column to prove the loss of personal information was a "storm in a teacup". Instead, his details were used to set up a Β£500 charity donation. theguardian.com/money/200…
In 1928, Benito Mussolini hearing of the story of the Byakkotai members who committed suicide was deeply impressed by their loyalty to their lord. He donated a column from Pompeii to be erected by the graves at Iimori Hill; this column remains there to the present day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bya…
In 2008, Jeremy Clarkson published his bank details in his Sun newspaper column to prove nobody could take money from his account. Somebody then donated Β£500 to a Diabetes charity from his account. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/enter…
Ethernet inventor Robert Metcalfe predicted that the internet would collapse in 1996, promising to eat his words if not. In 1997, he took a printed copy of his column that predicted the collapse, put it in a blender with some liquid and then consumed the pulpy mass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In 1944 a Soviet fighter ace shot down 3 USAAF planes over Serbia protecting a Soviet vehicle column coming under friendly fire from those planes. 43 years later the same pilot, now a Chief Marshall of Aviation, was dismissed from service following Mathias Rust’s landing in the Red Square. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The the phrase "Fifth Column" came about during the Spanish Civil War. As General Emilio Mola Vidal's four army columns moved on Madrid, the general referred to his supporters within the capital as his β€œfifth column,” intent on undermining the loyalist government from within. britannica.com/topic/fift…
In British English, the person writing advice columns in a newspaper is called an "agony aunt" lexico.com/en/grammar/bri…
When rocket artillery was introduced during the Napoleonic Wars, they had such a psychological effect that "whenever they saw a rocket coming, whole columns ran away and abandoned everything" theobservationpost.com/bl…
A Scottish con artist, Arthur Furguson, sold Nelson's Column, the White House, and attempted to sell the Statue of Liberty to people until he was finally caught dark-stories.com/eng/ferg…
Today I learned about the STEVE atmospheric phenomenon, a purple and green light ribbon of crossing plasma columns that was formally discovered in 2016 and that has even been observed in New Zealand. It can traverse across the sky for hundreds or thousands of miles, aligned east-west. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Revered folk musician Woody Guthrie ("This Land Is Your Land") was a known communist sympathizer, associating with U.S. communist groups and writing columns for a communist newspaper en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
In the 50s, teenagers having a stable monogamous relationship ("going steady") was considered edgy and frowned upon by parents and the church as amoral. Instead they encouraged their kids to go out with different people every weekend. (read column on the right) time.com/vault/issue/1957…
When the Monty Hall problem and its counterintuitive solution was first published in Parade magazine's "Ask Marilyn" column, the columnist received close to 1,000 critical responses from PhDs, some of them on letterheads of mathematics and science departments. nytimes.com/1991/07/21/us…
Dogs form a "scoop" with their tongues to drink water, while cats flick the water with their tongue, causing a column of water to rise that they then catch in their mouths. npr.org/2010/11/11/131241…
: In the 1821 Greek War of Independence, the Ottoman Turks ran out of bullets and started to strip the columns of the Parthenon for lead. When the Greeks got wind of this, they gathered up their bullets and sent them to the Turks to use against themselves to protect their ancient heritage. ahistoryofgreece.com/revo…
Blind army ants can become separated from the main legionary column, lose the pheromone track, and begin following each other in a loop until they all die of exhaustion. This phenomenon, which is observed in the wild, is called an "Ant Mill". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
"Stylitism" was a form of Christian worship in Byzantium in which a holy man would live atop a column, preaching, fasting and praying. The aim was to suffer, as the stylites believed this would ensure the salvation of their souls. St Alypius spent 53 years standing on his column. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sty…
The Serpent Column, which the Greeks created in 478 BC to celebrate their victory over the Persians at Plataea, still exists and was made from the melted-down bronze of the Persians' weapons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
The oldest musical composition to have survived in its entirety is a 1st century A.D. Greek tune known as the β€œSeikilos Epitaph”. It was found engraved on an ancient marble column used to mark a woman’s gravesite in Turkey as an β€œeverlasting sign of deathless remembrance” history.com/news/what-is-…
Martin Luther King Jr. wrote an advice column for Ebony Magazine where he'd answer people's questions about sex and relationships npr.org/2013/01/21/169910…
Airports in earthquake areas sit on columns connected to 5 ft diameter ball bearings allowing the entire airport to move and protect itself and the people inside from damage. science.howstuffworks.com…
For nearly 50 years the advice columns Dear Abby and Ask Ann Landers were written by twin sisters Esther Pauline "Eppie" Friedman and Pauline Esther "Popo" Friedman en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Baz Lurhmann not only wasn't the guy who narrated the Sunscreen song from 1999 (actor Lee Perry did), he didn't even write it. It was actually written by a journalist, Mary Schmich as a last minute idea for a column for the Chicago Tribute. telegraph.co.uk/music/art…
The reason behind spiral stairs being clockwise: In medieval times, they were designed this way in castles, so that attackers running up the stairs had their sword-arm near the center column, while the defenders had more room to swing their sword. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Most male marsupials have a bifurcated penis of two columns to correspond with the female's two vaginas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The former columns of the U.S. Capitol building still stand, now in the U.S. Arboretum in NE D.C. atlasobscura.com/places/n…
Today I learned of the now defunct magazine Computer Shopper. During the early 90's, each issue was massive, with over 800 pages of ads, product reviews and columns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Marilyn vos Savant, who has the highest IQ ever recorded, was asked to solve the Monty Hall problem by one of her magazine column readers. Thousands of readers challenged her answer, including Ph.D.s in Mathematics. When she explained her solution, they agreed that she was correct. marilynvossavant.com/game…
:In the mid 1880’s, James Corning and August Bier were the first doctors to successfully perform epidurals (neuraxial blockades), by injecting cocaine solution into the spinal column. Although cocaine was phased out, it was responsible for proof-of-concept and early development of the technique. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
San Francisco International Airport is essentially built on top of 267 ball bearings whose support columns are capable of moving 20in any direction during an earthquake en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Swedish Auto maker Saab make vehicles with floor mounted ignitions. They believe this is safer considering drivers can shatter their kneecaps on steering column ignitions during an accident. This also makes Saabs more difficult to Hot-Wire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saa…
At the fall of Constantinopole the Turks melted down the Column of Justinian into cannons and when Romania became independent 400 years later it melted Turkish cannons into the Steel Crown of Romania en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Today I learned of Valerie Plame, a covert CIA official whose cover was blown when a government official (Richard Armitage) leaked her identity for a news column about her husband, an ambassador. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
The famous 5th century AD Byzantine holy man Symeon the Stylite lived on a column for years but because of the crowds of onlookers he built his column even higher. He stayed there for 30 years ancient.eu/article/1163/b…
In 1980, English band The Durutti Column made the original 3,600 LP sleeves of their debut album out of coarse sandpaper, designed to scratch LPs which were placed on either side of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The *Dracula simia* is a type of orchid where the arrangement of column, petals and lip strongly resembles a monkey's face. The flowers are fragrant and smell like a ripe orange. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Before the advent of air travel, landowners used to own an infinitely tall column of air rising above their property. Today there's no official verdict on where property rights end, but U.S. policy is that anything above 500 feet is navigable airspace. slate.com/articles/news_a…
"Seikilos Epitaph" is the oldest known song to have survived in its entirety, it was found engraved in a marble column used to mark a woman's gravesite. history.com/news/ask-hist…
Today I learned of the Iron Collar, a form of execution where the condemned would be garotted until a small metal spike severed their spinal column. capitalpunishmentuk.org/g…
Chinese culture has 18 levels of hell where one may be steamed or deep fried alive, climb a mountain of knives, and tied naked to a scorching hot column of copper. cvltnation.com/the-eighte…
Traditionally Chinese was written from right to left in vertical columns. Since 1949 horizontal writing has become the standard in mainland China, and all PRC newspapers changed from vertical to horizontal text in 1956 omniglot.com/chinese/stru…
In 1952 a man wrote to The Philadelphia Inquirer to tell them that they had spelled his name wrong in a recent column; it was "Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff," not "Wolfeschlegelsteinhasenbergerdorff." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
In the War of 1812, the 93rd Highlanders regiment were halted within range of the enemy. The commanding officer was killed and with no orders to advance or retreat, the column held fast and took concentrated American fire. This continued until another general ordered their withdrawal. allempires.com/article/in…
At the start of his career, writer Kurt Vonnegut was assigned to write a column for Sports Illustrated about a racehorse that jumped the fence and ran away, after staring at the blank piece of paper on his typewriter all morning, he typed, "The horse jumped over the f**king fence", and left. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kur…
Advice columns date back to at least 1690. The article linked contains some gems of questions, such as, "Dancing, is it lawful?" theatlantic.com/technolog…
Today I learned of Sigiriya (aka Lion Rock) in Sri Lanka - a massive column of rock where a fortress once stood en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sig…
There was a execution method called Blood Eagle, in which the victim (always a member of a royal family) was placed prone, the ribs severed from the vertebral column with a sharp implement and the lungs pulled through the opening to create a pair of β€œwings”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
The Nigersaurus had +500 teeth: 50 columns with 9 replacement teeth behind them. The front ones would be worn out in just a month, making the Nigersaurus the fastest teeth-replacing dinosaur. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
The Parthenon was mostly intact until 1687 when the Venetians attacked an Ottoman ammunition store located there. Not only did 700 cannonballs strike the temple, but the gunpowder there ignited thus destroying 28 columns and killing 300 people. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/parthen…
The dollar symbol is likely a representation of the "pillars of Hercules" from the Spanish coat of arms: two columns with an S shaped scroll between them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
Albert Einstein did not fail mathematics in school, as is commonly believed. Upon being shown a column making this claim, Einstein said "I never failed in mathematics... Before I was fifteen I had mastered differential and integral calculus." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 2018 the second time capsule from Helium Centennial Time Columns Monument will be opened - it will be 50 years old en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
The rows on a chess board are called ranks and the columns are called files. chess.com/lessons
The most responded to subject in the Ask Ann Landers advice column's history is whether toilet paper should hang over or under. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toi…
Today I learned about the term 'fifth column'- a group of people who undermine a larger group from within, usually in favor of an enemy group or nation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fif…
There is church in Belgium made of horizontal steel columns.By standing at the same height as the structure, you can see through the slats and it appears almost transparent, making landscape behind the church visible. wired.co.uk/news/archive/…
We have what Scientists call a "second brain" in our stomach equipped with its own reflexes and senses.The second brain can control gut behavior independently of the brain and consists of around 100 million neurons, more than in either the spinal column or the peripheral nervous system. psychologytoday.com/artic…
Today I learned of earth pyramids, a natural formation consisting of columns of moraine clay soil (which can be very tall!) with rocks at the very top, formed due to the rocks protecting the ground underneath them from erosion by rain. ritten.com/en/highplateau…
US businesses and individuals so frequently mistake New Mexico as a foreign country or a part of Mexico, that New Mexico Magazine has a regular column documenting such incidents. nmmagazine.com/one-of-our…
There is an infinite 2-D grid of numbers such that if you sum the columns and then add up the sums of the columns, you get 2 (the sums come to 1, 1/2, 1/4, etc. and the sum-of-sums comes to 2), but if you sum the rows and then add up the sums of the rows, you get -2. circumventor.com/infinite…
Alanis Morissette has an advice column theguardian.com/lifeandst…
A mountain craggy peak in Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China was renamed from "Southern Sky Column" to "Avatar Hallelujah Mountain" as a tribute to them being the inspiration behind the "Floating mountains" from the Hollywood blockbuster film "Avatar". reuters.com/article/us-ch…
Dogs actually lap a column of water and bite to drink nytimes.com/video/science…
The Parthenon was not constructed perfectly straight at all. The temple's floor and columns are curved in order to APPEAR straight to the human eye, which distorts straight lines of that length. The Greeks were aware of this and accounted for it. depts.washington.edu/nwst…
The columns of the Roman Pantheon were quarried in Egypt, traveled hundreds of miles by river and sea and weighed 60 tons each. This was in 126 AD. turismoroma.it/cosa-fare/…
Today I learned of Aeroflot Flight 593, which crashed after a pilot let his children sit at the controls. This was due to the pilot's son when he applied enough force to the control column which turned off the plane's autopilot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
Columnist Marilyn vos Savant once featured the famous "Monty Hall Paradox" (a probability puzzle) in her "Ask Marilyn" column. Despite describing the scenario's probabilities correctly, she received dozens of letters from academics contending that she was incompetent. (letters in comments) priceonomics.com/the-time…
The female orgasm is activated in the spinal column, and not the brain. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…
When defecating onboard the International Space Station, a bounce maneuver is required to break the column of feces that attaches you to the toilet. youtu.be/m1DYJIIqyQA
Even though whales do not have external earlobes, they still make earwax. An adult whale can have two foot-long column of wax in their head, and scientists can harvest them to learn more about what chemicals the whales were exposed to throughout their life. npr.org/2013/09/17/223139…
The columns and sculptures from the Greco-Roman times were not white washed.Plato mentioned: β€œIt is as if we were colouring a statue and someone blamed us, saying that we did not apply the most beautiful pigments to the most beautiful parts…” ancientworldalive.com/sin…
A businessman from Finland fell for a Nigerian Scam and planned to build the biggest car sales centre in Europe with the money. He managed to build a 30-meter-high advertising column for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
In 1838 Charles Darwin made a list of pros and cons for marriage. In the pros column, having a wife was "better than a dog, anyhow." darwin-online.org.uk/cont…
You can download wikipedia articles as .pdf files by clicking print/export in the left column and then clicking download as pdf
The only reason traditional keyboards have staggered columns was to make typewriters less prone to jamming blog.geddski.com/truly-er…
Male driver ants leave their colony soon after hatching, but are drawn to its scent trail left by a column of siafu once they reach sexual maturity. When a colony of driver ants encounters a male, they tear its wings off and carry it back to the nest to be mated with a virgin queen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
Today I learned of savage Greek pride. After defeating the Persians the Greeks erected the Serpentine Column at the Hippodrome to commemorate their victory Made of the Melted Weapons of Their Defeated Foe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Part of Madeira Airport (Portugal) is built on top of 180 columns of 70m tall each. amusingplanet.com/2011/11…
Former Megadeath guitarist Marty Friedman is an avid J-Pop fan, going so far as to move to Japan where he uses his guitar skills to help produce songs write a weekly J-Pop column npr.org/2014/07/05/328513…
The San Jacinto Monument commemorating Texas' independence from Mexico is the world's tallest masonry column - 13 feet higher than the Washington monument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
The Monument to the Great Fire of London was also designed as a science experiment. The column houses an underground lab and the urn at the top opens so the column can be used as a zenith telescope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Plastic bag millionaire and philanthropist, Percy Ross, donated $30 million of his fortune in small increments (mostly <$1,000) to tens of thousands of strangers who wrote into his newspaper column, "Thanks a Million," explaining their specific need and how his donation would improve their life people.com/people/archive…
Roger Ebert permanently retired the word "midget" from his column after Danny Woodburn (aka Kramer's friend Mickey on Seinfeld) wrote to him and called it a "hate word" for little people. rogerebert.com/rogers-jou…
In 1995, Ethernet inventor Robert Metcalfe predicted that the Internet would collapse and promised to eat his words if it did not. At a conference two years later, he took a copy of his column that predicted the collapse, put it in a blender with some liquid, and then consumed the pulpy mixture. ibiblio.org/pjones/ils310…
Today I learned of "Stylites" - early Christian ascetics in Syria and Asia Minor who climbed and lived on stone columns, where they preached to gathering crowds. Stylites may have influenced the later use of minarets in Islam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sty…
Spoila is the name for the widespread ancient practice of reusing old stone columns in new buildings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
A Chinese lantern caused a fire at a recycling centre in the UK, which generated a 6,000 foot column of smoke and required over 200 firefighters and nearly 40 appliances from three fire services to extinguish en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
When the Acropolis was besieged by the Ottoman empire during the Greek War of Independence, the Greeks chose to offer the besieged Ottoman forces, who were attempting to melt down the lead in the columns to cast bullets, bullets of their own if they would leave the Parthenon undamaged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elg…

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