As Beethoven's deafness began to affect his ability to compose properly, he sawed the legs off of his piano and used the floor as a "sounding board." He would lie on his wooden floor and hit different piano notes at various volumes to feel their vibrations to see if they fit into his composition hearinghealthmatters.org/…
King Henry VIII of England was a gifted musician and composer. He could sing and play many instruments and was considered highly skilled in his time. Many of his compositions survive and some are still played in classical concerts, especially his most popular piece, "Pastime with Good Company." classical-music.com/featu…
The common characteristics of Prader-Willi syndrome include small hands and feet, abnormal growth and body composition (small stature, very low lean body mass, and early-onset childhood obesity), hypotonia (weak muscles) at birth, insatiable hunger, extreme obesity, and intellectual disability fpwr.org/about-prader-wil…
Researchers discovered something dubbed "Cheese Metabolism". People who eat fatty cheese were found to paradoxically have healthier body compositions than those who don't. They theorize a substance in cheese called butyrate increases metabolism which can help people manage their weight better. vice.com/en_us/article/qk…
WD-40's formula is a trade secret, and has not changed. To avoid disclosing its composition, the product was not patented in 1953, and the window of opportunity for patenting it has long since closed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WD-…
Desolation Islands [Kerguelen Islands] lived up to it's name being remotely situated in Southern Ocean, 3000+ km away from nearest mainland in Durban South Africa. There's no permanent resident, just 100+ researchers doing rotational work on flora, fauna & geological composition of the region. youtube.com/watch?v=n7exk…
Miles Davis played his cover of David Crosby's "Guinnevere" for Crosby at the former's home before releasing it, and Crosby didn't recognize any resemblance between Davis's version and his composition. Davis got offended and kicked him out of his house. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Today I learned about an asteroid in our own asteroid belt called 16 Phyche. Because of it's metallic composition and size, the entire asteroid would be worth $700 quintillion dollars at today's metal prices. youtu.be/Oo72-BtYc24
Florence Price was the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have her composition (Symphony No. 1 in E minor) played by a major orchestra on June 15, 1933. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
Pyotr Tchaikovsky's family original last name was Chaika (Seagull) and it was of a distinguished Ukrainian Cossack background. Tchaikovsky wrote more than 30 compositions while in Ukraine, because - "I found a feeling of peace in my soul, which I couldn't find in Moscow and St Petersburg" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyo…
FΓΌr Elise, one of Beethoven's most popular compositions, was not published during his lifetime. It was only discovered in 1867, 40 years after his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C…
Today I learned of the Sword of Goujian, a completely untarnished 2000-year-old sword that was found in an ancient Chinese tomb. It also has an unusual sharpness for its age. This is due to its unique copper composition and the air tight scabbard it was found in, keeping it sealed from the elements. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swo…
Norman Rockwell used his neighbours and friends as models in all of his paintings. Rockwell would take photographs of them and then trace the image. He worked with various photographers and directed every facet of every composition. npr.org/sections/pictures…
Today I learned about Greek Fire. An incendiary weapon developed by the Byzantines in the 7th century, it was deployed on ships, and in handheld tubes, operating similar to a flamethrower. Water didn’t extinguish it. Its precise chemical composition is still unknown. interestingengineering.co…
The sounds birds make have clear tones, repeat similar phrases, and are made of discrete notes. Despite these pleasing attributes, however, it has never been scientifically proven that the notes in birdsong follow the same organizational rules that govern most musical compositions sciencemag.org/news/2012/…
Fire-stick farming is the practice of Indigenous Australians regularly using fire to burn vegetation. There are a number of purposes, including to facilitate hunting, to change the composition of plant and animal species in an area, weed control, hazard reduction, and increase of biodiversity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Christmas carols are among the oldest musical compositions still regularly sung. Some Christmas carols can be traced directly back to the Middle Ages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Cummingtonite, discovered in Cummington, MA, is an intermediate material with the chemical composition (Mg, Fe2+)2(Mg, ​Fe2+)5Si8O22(OH)2 found commonly in metamorphosed magnesium-rich rocks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cum…
Due to their similar protein composition, blood can be used as an egg substitute in baking and making ice cream. organicauthority.com/not-…
A community college in the Bronx uses the same cirriculum as Columbia University in the Ivy League. For the past three years, professors at Hostos have been teaching a version of the Columbia Core in their freshman composition classes chronicle.com/article/Tea…
A chiral pair of molecules have the same components but are mirror images in terms of geometry, making them smell different to the human nose. For example, spearmint and caraway are the same molecules in composition, but their shapes create different odors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Making bad tasting medicines taste better is tricky because adding flavors may negatively change the chemical composition of the medication. Flavor chemists must carefully determine which flavors can be added without affecting the medication’s potency. webmd.com/drug-medication…
The 'Galactic Bulge' is tightly packed group of stars closer to the centre of the Milky Way. As you go closer to the centre, the distribution of stars becomes vertically thicker, representing a different composition of the galaxy. burro.case.edu/Academics/…
, Frank Zappa had a composition so complex it was called The Black Page because the sheet music was covered in so much ink. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Ancient farmers as early as 4,500 years ago transformed the Amazon's soils by using techniques of polyculture agroforestry and thereby left an enduring legacy on the present composition of the rainforest which resembles natural food forest more near ancient settlement sites eurekalert.org/pub_releas…
Human urine is actually beneficial to plants and can be used as a natural fertilizer because of its composition of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned of 'Mummy Brown'. A rich brown pigment used in paints that was originally made in the 16th and 17th centuries from the ground-up remains of Egyptian mummies, both human and feline. It fell from popularity during the 19th century when its composition became more generally known to artists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mum…
The "double-decker concert grand piano designed by Luigi Borgato boasts an additional 37 pedals. Since its completion in 2000, numerous compositions have been completed specifically for this pedal piano." cbc.ca/music/here-are-10-…
Today I learned about Longplayer, a composition comprised of six short pieces of music designed to play without repetition for 1,000 years. It began playing at midnight on 31 December 1999. Its permanent home is Trinity Bouy Wharf in London, and it can be streamed online. longplayer.org/about/
Kendrick Lamar, an american rapper, won the Pulitzer Prize for Musical Composition for his album DAMN earlier this year making him the first non-jazz or Classical artist to ever win the prize in history. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Ryan Gosling had no double for his pianist role in the La La Land movie. He learned to play the piano and all the musical compositions from scratch, in the 3 months before the movie was shot. youtube.com/watch?v=7szil…
There is a battery of unknown composition still supplying power after 176 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxf…
Civet Coffee, with a per pound price of $100-$500 US, is made from whole coffee beans which are pulled from the droppings(poop) of a type of cat called the Asian palm civet. The beans ferment in their digestive tract for 24 to 36 hours altering the taste and chemical composition of the beans. enjoyjava.com/civet-coffe…
Costa Rica's national anthem was composed in prison. Manuel Gutierrez, an orchestra director, was contacted by the Costa Rican president to compose a national anthem. When Gutierrez replied that he had no composition skills, the president threw him in prison, setting bail at β€œ1 National Anthem". news.co.cr/costa-ricas-ir…
Randy Newman was originally hired to write the score for the film Air Force One. However, his composition was rejected in lieu of the more somber and patriotic-sounding score commissioned by Jerry Goldsmith. Parts of Newman's rejected score were later used in Toy Story 3. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Due to its composition, camel milk does not curdle naturally and won’t coagulate as easily as other types of milk. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Today I learned of Rosemary Brown, spiritualist who caused a sensation in the 1970s when she claimed to take dictation of new compositions from the spirits of Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy and others. Experts denounced the pieces as pastiches, but her works have been performed by well known musicians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
The biochemical composition of tears is similar to saliva huffpost.com/entry/tear-f…
There was a song written in the 1630s that was performed only in the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican kept the composition of the piece secret for 150 years until the 14-year-old Mozart listened to the piece two times, transcribed it from memory, and produced the first unauthorized copy of the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
"Baa Baa Black Sheep", "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "The Alphabet Song" are all sung to the same piano composition by Mozart called Twelve Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twe…
, that a song named Have mercy upon me O' god, meant for exclusive playing in the Sistine chapel, and it's composition was kept a close guarded secret. Until it was listened to by 14 year old Mozart in a performance, after going home he nearly flawlessly copied it down on paper. youtube.com/watch?v=MCMJa…
The royalties from all of Paul Desmond's compositions, including Take Five, all go to The American Red Cross, which makes in excess of $100,000 a year from this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
'Tubular Bells' (famously used in, 'The Exorcist') is an album released in 1973 consisting of two complex, twenty-plus minute instrumental compositions. Both of which were written, played and recorded by a 19 year old Mike Oldfield. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tub…
A sound produced on Earth sounds very different if produced on Mars. The composition and pressure of the Martian atmosphere distort sounds to a lower pitch, and planetary.org has samples for you to hear. planetary.org/explore/pro…
Today I learned about how the metal composition of the Titanics hull attributed to its failure. The metal was a lower grade metal that was more brittle and was not suited for service in low temperatures. cbc.ca/newsblogs/technolo…
So important was music to Mengele, that he trained one of his dogs to be sensitive to every nuance of his favorite compositions. If ever inmate musician would play a note inaccurately, the dog would pounce on her and viciously bite her. aish.com/ho/i/48954311.ht…
Due to their similar protein composition, blood can be used as an egg substitute in baking and making ice cream. organicauthority.com/not-…
John Milton was totally blind during the composition of his ten-thousand-line epic poem Paradise Lost. Every morning he would have verses already prepared in his head for his aide to take dicatation. If the aide was late, Milton would complain, saying 'I want to be milked' newstatesman.com/culture/…
There is a mineral named Cummingtonite. Its chemical composition is (Mg,Fe2+)2(Mg,Fe2+)5Si8O22(OH)2. It was named after Cummington, Massachusetts, where it was discovered in 1824. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cum…
Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy became the first graduate of Liverpool Hope University's MA in the Beatles. She studied the Beatles' compositions, sound and impact on pop culture. theguardian.com/music/201…
The earliest known creator of gunpower was the Chinese alchemist Wei Boyang, who documented its chemical composition in 142 A.D. His intention was not to create a weapon of war, but a search for an "elixir of life" that would grant immortality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Mozart was one of the first to pirate music. He heard Miserere while in a chapel and transcribed the entire composition from memory later that day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
The Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev, wrote his first piano composition at the age of five and began composition on his first opera at the age of nine 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-…
A material, Starlite, is capable of completely withstanding any amount of heat applied to it. Even after meetings with NASA and the Atomic Weapons Establishment, its composition was taken to the grave in 2011 because the inventor never told anyone for fear of losing the rights to the product. documentarytube.com/artic…
An organ in Germany is currently playing a composition by John Cage called "As Slow As Possible." The piece will take 639 years to complete. The most recent note change was in 2013, the next will be in 2020. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_…
Ashokan Farewell is the only modern composition in the soundtrack of 1990 PBS miniseries 'The Civil War' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash…
The copyright duration of composed music is the same as for books, paintings and other literary and artistic works: the author's lifetime + 70 years. Therefore, the musical compositions of old masters like Beethoven (1770 – 1827) are all in the public domain and you can freely use them. copyrightuser.org/create/…
The famous Nokia Tune originated from a solo guitar composition named Gran Vals by composer Francisco TΓ‘rrega in 1902. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nok…
A mothers milk will change in composition and even colour to adapt to her babies needs parents.com/baby/all-abou…
The Curiosity Rover has a laser dubbed the ChemCam. The ChemCam fires a laser and analyzes the elemental composition of vaporized materials from areas smaller than 0.04 inch (1 millimeter). It has a range of 23 feet or 7 meters. mars.nasa.gov/msl/mission…
If two pieces of metal with a similar composition (ie, copper on copper) touch in space, they instantly become one. This is a process called "cold welding." esmat.esa.int/Publication…
The composition of both marijuana and tobacco smoke is nearly identical - "Toxic substances, such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and nitrosamines occur in similar concentrations in tobacco and marijuana smoke; so do the amounts of particulate material known collectively as 'tars'." erowid.org/plants/cannabi…
The Grammy Awards are Made of Gold Plated Grammium, a Proprietary Metal Alloy, Whose Composition is Known Only to the Maker of the Awards youtu.be/ZU_0z49pCQk?t=28…
We have a good idea of what other planets would smell like based on their atmospheric composition. Venus and Mars would smell like rotten eggs, while Uranus is odorless. curiosity.com/memes/space…
Madame Dimanche, a woman from 19th century France had a 26cm horn grow on her forehead. It was of the same composition that a rhino's horn memento.muttermuseum.org/…
An English inventor named Maurice Ward (1933-2011) invented a thermal shielding material called Starlite which was able to withstand extreme heat (10000 degrees C), but never revealed its composition in fear of reverse engineering and losing control of rights to the material. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Greek Fire was a flame-throwing weapon used to set light to enemy ships. It's composition remains a matter of speculation and debate. ancient.eu/Greek_Fire/
There was a song written in the 1630s that was performed only in the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican kept the composition of the piece secret for 150 years until the 14-year-old Mozart listened to the piece two times, transcribed it from memory, and produced the first unauthorized copy of the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Composer John Cage's composition ASLSP is being performed over a period of 639 years. The most recent note was played in 2013. The next is in 2020. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_…
Ezhuthachan is known as the father of modern Malayalam language. His contribution to the Malayalam language is considered as unparalleled as he brought massive changes and standardisation in the language although he did not write a single original composition en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thu…
"Dafne" by Jacopo Peri is the earliest composition which can be considered "opera" and was written around 1597 in Florence Italy. It is believed to have been an attempt to revive the classical Greek drama; unfortunately it has been almost entirely lost to history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daf…
The theme from Monday Night Football was a library composition, which is when a group of people make a song about a particular theme, and then sell it to other people to use in movies or TV shows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
The Y chromosome in humans has lost nearly 97% of its original genetic composition over the last 300 million years, degenerating at a rate of 4.6 genes per million years. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Although liquid water is not a mineral, it becomes one when it freezes since ice is a naturally occurring, inorganic solid with a definite chemical composition and an ordered internal structure. geology.com/minerals/what…
Children's fingerprints disappear faster than those of adults due to differences in the type and composition of oil found in the skin. phys.org/news/2011-02-chi…
There's a music composition named "OrganΒ²/ASLSP" (As Slow as Possible) that started being performed in 9/5/2001 and is scheduled to be over in 639 years, on 9/5/2640 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_…
The unique strontium isotope composition of the bedrock where you grew up is recorded in your tooth enamel. This allows archaeologists to analyze a person's remains and determine where in the world they lived as a child. youtube.com/watch?v=rrDJ8…
An Australian man named James Harrison was found to have an unusual plasma composition in his blood that has been used to make a treatment for Rhesus disease. He has made over 1000 donations throughout his lifetime, and these donations are estimated to have saved over two million lives. odditycentral.com/news/me…
The Leaning Tower of Nevyansk features a lightning rod 28 years before Ben Franklin's scientific explanation of them and rebars that dont have a trace of corrosion. The iron composition of these parts is 99.6%. While common today, how they made it in the 18th century still remains a mystery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
The composition of the arthropod head has been one of the most controversial topics in zoology en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Francis Galton, the cousin of Charles Darwin, used the theories of genetics of the time to coin the term eugenics, the systematic approach to improve the genetic composition of humans by sterilizing "unfit" people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Saturn's moon Titan has an unexplained anomaly in its atmospheric composition that is consistent with earlier predictions about life there nasa.gov/topics/solarsyst…
There is a Haiku Society of America. It is a non-profit organization composed of haiku poets, editors, critics, publishers and enthusiasts that promotes the composition and appreciation of haiku in English. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
In 1761 Benjamin Franklin invented the glass harmonica. Many composers, including Mozart, Beethoven, Donizetti and Saint-SaΓ«ns went on to utilise it in their compositions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
Farts are like fingerprints; their bacterial composition is unique to an individual. Which is why you aren't bothered by your own but are nauseated by the farts of others. m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6…
Infants delivered by cesarean section have different gut flora than natural delivery, indicating that "the mode of delivery has a deep impact on the composition of the intestinal microbiota at the very beginning of human life" and potentially has long-term health effects. jn.nutrition.org/content/…
John Lennon hated many of Paul McCartney's later compositions for the Beatles, calling it 'Paul's granny music shit' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ob-…
Cai Lun, a Eunuch in the Chinese Court, is credited with inventing the composition for paper (along with the papermaking process) in 105 AD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cai…
Beethoven routinely had the same breakfast each morning before he started working on his compositions. It consisted of coffee, which he prepared himself. He determined that there should be sixty beans per cup, and he often counted them out one by one for a precise dose. fourhourworkweek.com/blog…
The composition of a fart is Nitrogen 9%, Hydrogen 21%, Carbon dioxide 9%, Methane 7%, Oxygen 4%, Hydrogen sulphide 1% (This is what makes a smelly fart) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
There is a three-movement composition named 4'33", in which the pianist does not play a single note, but instead just sits there in silence for the entirety of the piece. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4%E…
Mummy Brown - A popular pigment used by artists which was made from ground up egyptian mummies. It fell out of popularity when artists became aware of its composition. (Plus they ran out of mummies.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mum…
Some airport sniffer dogs are trained to detect the particular ink used in printing the bills. The exact composition of legal tender, including the formula for ink, is a closely guarded secret. thepoodleanddogblog.typep…
Fewer than one- half of 1 percent of the planet’s 250,000 species of higher plants have been exhaustively analyzed for their chemical composition and medicinal properties. From that one-half of 1 percent, some 25 percent of all our prescription pharmaceuticals have been discovered. dtp.nci.nih.gov/
Our fingerprints are developed while we're still in the womb and are unique based on our movement, location in the womb and composition of our mother's amniotic fluid everydaylife.globalpost.c…
There are dozens of musical compositions which consist of nothing but silence, including ones by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Soundgarden, Korn, Nine Inch Nails and John Denver. The Soundgarden one is a cover of the John Lennon one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The chemical composition of farts is: Nitrogen: 20-90% Hydrogen: 0-50% (flammable) Carbon dioxide: 10-30% Oxygen: 0-10% Methane: 0-10% (flammable) chemistry.about.com/od/me…
To make one penny, it costs approximately 1.8 cents. The United States Mint said that β€œthere are no alternative metal compositions that reduce the manufacturing unit cost of the penny below its face value.” sbeconomic.com/#!Why-The-…
John Cage composed β€œ4’33” - a three movement composition where the performers do not use their instruments or make a sound for 4 minutes and 33 seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4β€²3…

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