Today I learned about "foldering", a covert communications technique using emails saved as drafts in an account accessed by multiple people, and poses an extra challenge to detect because the messages are never sent. It has been used by Al Qaeda and drug cartels, amongst others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fol…
The Chinese Army has been training 10,000 pigeons to provide support to the military's communications in the event that war renders its modern technology unusable. The pigeons, flying at speeds of up to 75 miles (120 km) per hour, are being trained to carry loads of up to 3.5 oz (100 g) content.time.com/time/wor…
About "Elimination Communication" - a method of raising babies to not rely on the use of diapers. This method is relatively novel in industrialized countries where diapers are easily accessible, but obviously is still the norm in many non-industrialized countries around the world today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator, has ranked swear words into 4 categories: Mild (including cow, damn, ginger, God); Medium (including balls, bollocks, munter, pissed); Strong (including bastard, bellend, knob, prick); and Strongest (only 3 words: cunt, fuck, and motherfucker) digitalspy.com/tv/a809925…
On September 2, 1859, there was an aurora of such extraordinary strength that it produced a field allowing over 2 hours of communication between two operators of the American Telegraph Line between Boston and Portland, Maine. arstechnica.com/science/2…
The John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs and the Bill Gates Foundation proposed a mosquito emoji be created in order to raise awareness about them and to make it easier to communicate the dangers they pose. The emoji was approved in 2018. ccp.jhu.edu/2018/02/07/mo…
In WW2, US used Native Americans for message encryption. They were called "code talkers" as they simply talked in their native language for transmitting the messages. This allowed fast communication over open channels as enemy was unable to break this code. Was crucial in winning the war. britannica.com/topic/code…
"Charlie" as used to refer to enemies in movies like Forrest Gump comes from the spoken alphabet, where the words "Victor Charlie" meant the letters VC = Viet Cong. As this was used a lot in radio communications, over time it became shortened to just "Charlie". elrelojdesol.com/en/jihad…
After the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Moscow-Washington hotline was established by President Kennedy and Soviet leader Khrushchev for quicker direct communication between the US and USSR. The first official use of the hotline was to send news of Kennedy's assassination. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
After the pandemic began, many investors purchased the wrong Zoom stock, getting shares in a defunct Chinese hardware company, instead of the calling app, Zoom Video Communications. This meant that the wrong Zoom stock price soared by 1800% before the SEC stepped in. nasdaq.com/articles/the-s…
Bats are one of just a few species, besides humans, that communicates directly to individual bats, instead of just making broad communication sounds. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Due to error in communication, the state of Missouri assumed that a man Michael Anderson was in prison, serving his 13-year sentence for armed robbery. They only realised that they had forgotten to take him to jail when they were preparing for him to be released. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
In between 1940 and 1945, the UK went on an "Extended DST period" effectively adding 1 hour to the timezone. This is thought to have been done to syncronise clocks with germany to allow for easier communication. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
That most animals and bugs fart, and that β€œherring fish produce farts, which they think they use for communication.” thenakedscientists.com/ar…
Colombian author Gabriel GarcΓ­a MΓ‘rquez turned down a lucrative offer to adapt his books, explaining that he has a desire for direct communication with his readers - by means of the letters he writes they can imagine the characters to be as they wish, and not as the borrowed face of an actor tvguide.com/news/one-hund…
Cats do not need to blink on a regular basis to keep their eyes lubricated. Unblinking eyes are probably an advantage when hunting. Cats will, however, squint their eyes, usually as a form of communication expressing affection and ease around another cat or human. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
The bridges on Euro notes are to promote collaboration and communication amongst the European countries as well as with other countries around the world. amusingplanet.com/2016/07…
In May this year, the market cap (total value of shares) of Zoom Video Communications became worth more than the market cap of world’s 7 biggest airlines combined (American, United, Delta, Southwest, Lufthansa, Air France-KLM, IAG - British Airways & Iberia) techstartups.com/2020/05/…
"mayday!" is derived from the French "m'aidez!", or "help me!". It was chosen for air communication by an Englishman in the 1920s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
The US Navy placed a top secret tap on a Russian underwater communications cable in the Sea of Okhotsk after finding the cables' location was marked by signs along the remote Siberian shoreline saying "No anchoring - underwater cable". interestingengineering.co…
Today I learned of William A. Jackson, a former slave who had served Jefferson Davis. He routinely observed communications between Davis and other Confederate officials. When he fled north in 1861, he gave the Union detailed information about Confederate military deployments, supply issues, and planning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned of the Airborne Cigar, a British WWII system to jam German air force communications by locating their frequencies and broadcasting noise over them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
The first transatlantic telegraph cable was laid down in the year 1858, which reduced the communication time between North America and Europe from ten days to a matter of minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Today I learned about Proxemics, the study of human use of space and the effects that population density has on behaviour, communication, and social interaction. This is where the term social distancing comes from. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned of Operation Wikinger, where in February of 1940, because of poor communication between the German Kreigsmarine and the Luftwaffe, there was an intense fight between them, resulting in the loss of 578 German sailors and 2 destroyers despite there being no Allied forces anywhere near the battle wikipedia.org/wiki/Operat…
The first ever Ironman Triathlon was won by US Navy Communications Specialist Gordon Haller. The runner-up John Dunbar, a US Navy Seal, was winning after the second transition but lost his lead when he ran out of water and his support crew started giving him beer instead. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ironma…
The US launched a series of satellites to seed the lower orbitals with over 400 Million small, copper needles to facilitate communications if an atomic warhead were detonated in the area because that would destroy the Ionosphere and negatively affect long-range communications. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
President LBJ thought Nixon's back-channel communications to S.Vietnam government were treasonous (Nixon secretly told the S.Vietnamese to stop the Vietnam War peace talks with President LBJ, and wait until Nixon gets elected to get a "better deal".) bbc.com/news/magazine-217…
Lobsters pee out of their faces from urine-releasing nozzles under their eyes. They do this as a form of communication, either when fighting or mating. huffpost.com/entry/facts-…
Today I learned of Hyperlexia. Hyperlexic children are obsessed with letters and numbers, and can learn to read as early as 2-years-old, but struggle with communication and comprehension. wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperl…
Bats are one of just a few species, besides humans, that communicates directly to individual bats, instead of just making broad communication sounds. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about Logorrhea, a communication disorder that causes excessive wordiness and repetitiveness, which can cause incoherency. This disorder is also known as press speech. Sometimes classified as a mental illness, though it is more commonly classified as a symptom of mental illness or brain injury. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Log…
During Operation Ivy Bells (wire tapping Soviet underwater communication lines) the USS Seawolf (SSN-575) was almost lost during one of the missionsβ€”she was stranded on the bottom after a storm and almost had to use her self-destruct charges to scuttle the ship with her crew. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The Wow! signal, discovered by volunteers, remains the strongest evidence of extraterrestrial communication. The "Big Ear" observatory was since dismantled to make room for a golf course expansion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohi…
Trees communicate with each other mainly through the use of underground networks made of fungi that grow around their roots. These networks are called mycorrhizal networks. Mycorrhizal networks connect individual plants (like trees) together into a communication network via their roots. get-green-now.com/how-do-…
While most air traffic communications around the world use the NATO phonetic alphabet (alpha, bravo, charlie, delta, etc), Atlanta doesn't. Taxiways, Gates, and others including a 'D' are referred to as 'Dixie', so as not to cause confusion with Delta Air Lines. Atlanta is Delta's hub. knaviation.net/nato-phone…
Today I learned about Project West Ford. During the Cold War, out fear of the Russians sabotaging overseas communications. The USA launched 480 Million needles into space to try to create an artificial ionosphere to solve the issue. As of March 2020, 36 clumps of needles were still known to be in orbit as junk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Shortly after its launch the Telstar I communications satellite showed the power of instant communication - a satellite broadcast of the US president claiming that the USA wouldn't devalue the dollar immediately led to the currency strengthening on global markets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
Bill Murray hired an assistant who 'was profoundly deaf and spoke only in sign language' to make communication as difficult as possible between him, the director and the studio during the filming of 'Groundhog Day' ew.com/article/2012/02/02…
Today I learned about The Carrington Event, the most powerful solar flare recorded. If this were to happen today, the impact on power grids, telecommunications, internet, crops, satellite communications and GPS systems would be $1 trillion to $2 trillion. history.com/news/a-perfec…
In 1978 a plane suddenly disappeared flying over Bass strait, the last communication of pilot was, ' huge strange aircraft is hovering of top of plane'. after a pause, 'It is not an aircraft'. Disappearance still remains mystery military-airshows.co.uk/u…
For decades the CIA owned and ran Crypto, a Swiss company that supplied cryptography equipment to many countries; naturally, the machines were rigged to give US spooks access to everyone's communications. baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
Volunteers Livestream ATC Communications for Most Airports for Free! liveatc.net/search/icao=l…
Three NASA astronauts staged a strike in space on Dec. 28, 1973. The astronauts turned off radio communications with NASA ground control. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky…
Albanian Highlanders would use shouting as long a distance communication. The one that would hear the shout would shout it to another and so on, traveling 2 week long distances in hours. youtu.be/t82W1vNFMaI
Up until the early 1900s, German used to be the dominant language of international science. "The story of the 20th Century is not so much the rise of English as the serial collapse of German as the up-and-coming language of scientific communication". bbc.com/news/magazine-295…
Prairie dogs use a sophisticated system of vocal communication to describe specific predators. Their calls contain specific information as to what the predator is, how big it is and how fast it is approaching. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pra…
There's a scale to rate how understandable written communication is, called the Flesch readability score. Corporate jargon ranks low on this scale. youtu.be/4ab2ZeZ-krY
Microbiata, or gut microbiome, communication between the gut and the brain is being referred to as β€œpsychobiotics” and has been linked to disorders such as depression, anxiety and even autism. mentalhealthfood.net/ferm…
Orcas can teach themselves to communicate with dolphins. A group of researchers in California discovered that orcas living alongside dolphins changed their vocalizations by adding in more clicks and whistles to match the dolphin’s communication. azula.com/orcas-learned-s…

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