There's a natural phenomenon known as β€œthundersnow”, which happens when thunderstorms form in wintry conditions, giving rise to heavy downpours of snow, thunder and lightning. metoffice.gov.uk/weather/…
Today I learned about exploding head syndrome, an event in which a person hallucinates a short and extremely loud noise as they are falling asleep. Despite the name, the syndrome isn’t associated to any dangerous condition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Up to 1980 there were only 5 English medieval longbows known to still exist. In 1980, 137 longbows in excellent condition were recovered from the wreck of King Henry VIII's naval ship, the Mary Rose, which had capsized in the 1500s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
Today I learned about Elizabeth Cochrane, who, under the pseudonym of Nellie Bly, got herself admitted into an insane asylum in Blackwell's Island by feigning insanity to uncover what really goes on there and how the patients are treated. Her exposΓ© of the conditions of the patients were collected into a book digital.library.upenn.edu…
Evangeline Lilly agreed to play Tauriel in the Hobbit movies on the condition that she would not be part of a love triangle. The love triangle was added during reshoots. yahoo.com/entertainment/b…
The journalist Nellie Bly got bored of writing about fashion and gardening and instead went undercover in a mental asylum to expose the horrible conditions there. She later travelled around the world by balloon in record time. irishcentral.com/roots/hi…
A sufferer of Truman Show delusion (a condition in which a person believes their live is a staged reality show) traveled all the way to New York City to check whether the World Trade Center had fallen, believing the 9/11 attacks to be an elaborate plot twist in his personal storyline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
It’s possible for a penis to get stuck inside a vagina during intercourse. This condition is called penis captivus and it’s a rare healthline.com/health/hea…
The majority of the Great Wall of China has broken down or disappeared. Only sections built in the Ming Dynasty (roughly 10% of it) is still in good condition. chinahighlights.com/great…
Today I learned of Doug Hegdahl, who was captured during the Vietnam War, who remembered the names of about 256 fellow POWs to the tune of "Old Macdonald Had A Farm" and revealed the conditions of the POW camp to the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
Before the trial of Soviet politicians Zinoviev and Kamenev, they had agreed to plead guilty to the false charges on the condition that they not be executed, a condition that Stalin accepted, stating "that goes without saying". A few hours after their conviction, Stalin ordered their execution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gri…
Consuming too much lean protein can cause symptoms similar to broad malnutrition in a condition known as protein poisoning, or more colloquially called "rabbit poisoning" due to the first observed cases in frontiersmen who ate nothing but wild rabbits over the winter and developed symptoms. wisegeek.com/what-is-rabb…
Paula Deen (of deep-fried cheesecake and doughnut hamburger fame) kept her diabetes diagnosis secret for 3 years. She also announced she took a sponsorship from a diabetes drug company the day she revealed her condition. eater.com/2012/1/17/66221…
The 2020 Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine was given to researchers who diagnosed, Misophonia, which is a condition causing distress at hearing other people make chewing sounds improbable.com/ig-about/w…
Today I learned about "Phantom Vibration Syndrome" a condition in which people mistakenly think their mobile phone is vibrating in their pocket, it effects 9 out of 10 people. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Today I learned about Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, an extremely rare illness, which causes episodes of being mostly asleep for weeks at a time. If awake during an episode, sufferers are confused about what is real and what is a dream. The condition appears in adolescence and resolves itself 10-15 years later. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
Today I learned of athlete’s heart, a harmless condition in which the heart becomes larger and the left ventricle walls thicker. This is common in athletes who exercise for more than an hour a day merckmanuals.com/professi…
The subject of "Christina's World," one of the best-known American paintings of the middle 20th century, was Anna Christina Olson. The artist was inspired after observing her crawling across a field, which was due to her medical conditions- Charcot–Marie–Tooth disease, a genetic polyneuropathy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
There is an actual metal pole that marks the south pole. Aside from the ceremonial pole, there is a much smaller pole that must be replaced regularly to account for changing conditions. wikitravel.org/en/South_P…
Before the start of salt iodization in the 1920s, 47% of schoolchildren in Michigan had goiter and 30% of WWI draftees were medically disqualified for the condition. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
There is a rare polka-dotted zebra that is the only one in the world and her name is Tira. She has a genetic condition known as β€˜pseudomelanism’ which is responsible for the abnormalities in the stripe pattern amongst zebras. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Ice, water, and vapour can coexist under a specific condition known as the triple point where water can freeze, melt and boil at the same time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
The Tourette Association of America initially feared South Park’s release of their Tourettes episode, but ended up being surprised at how accurate and well-researched the show was on the condition. The only thing they critiqued was the frequent use of β€œcoprolalia” or rampant swearing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
Speeding doesn't save you much time. Accounting for traffic and road conditions, driving 10-20 miles over the limit only saves you on average 4 minutes on a 30 minute trip. Even driving 20 over for a 5 minute drive saved on average less than 2 minutes. hondaoakland.net/2018/12/…
The International Space Station ISS doesn't orbit at a constant elevation. It's orbit is constantly decaying, at varying rates due to changing conditions in the upper atmosphere, and it has boosters to periodically launch itself back up to a higher altitude heavens-above.com/IssHeig…
Today I learned about Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem, who agreed to annul her marriage to Guy de Lusignan to appease the High Court, on the condition that she have free rein to choose her next husband after her coronation. Upon being crowned queen, Sibylla immediately announced that she chose Guy as her husband. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sib…
Hysteria was believed to be a condition that only women could experience and that it was caused by the uterus wandering around the body and putting pressure on other organs (like the lungs) mcgill.ca/oss/article/his…
Nicotine has been found to help people with neurological disorders like tourettes and schizophrenia, and reduces the risk of conditions like Parkinson's disease discovermagazine.com/heal…
In the aftermath of the black plague peasants and workers were about to demand better pay and living conditions through riot and revolt brown.edu/Departments/Ita…
Physician-assisted suicide is a constitutionally-protected right in Canada since 2015, when a Supreme Court decision ruled that people with "grievous and irremediable medical conditions", and whose natural death is "reasonably foreseeable" or "incurable", are entitled to assisted suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eut…
In Tenerife in 1977 two aeroplanes crashed into each other during foggy conditions because, among other reasons, the call from the control tower telling one plane not to take off was interfered with by a simultaneous radio call by the other plane, resulting in 583 casualties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
One of the conditions Woody Harrelson had for taking his role in Zombieland was that the director, Ruben Fleischer, not eat dairy products for a week. Instead of sticking with just a week he maintained a vegetarian diet for 11 months en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zom…
Deep Blue versus Garry Kasparov was a pair of chess matches between the then world chess champion Garry Kasparov and an IBM supercomputer called Deep Blue played in 1996 and 1997. The 1997 match was the first defeat of a reigning world chess champion by a computer under tournament conditions. independent.co.uk/sport/g…
Today I learned about Winter Lab. A 5x5m room with an ice floor that is mounted on a 6 axis motion simulator capable of simulating icy walking conditions. It is used to independently test winter boots, work boots, and ice cleats by the Toronto University Hospital Network Rehabilitation Institute. ratemytreads.com/about/
Today I learned of two experiments that had participants living in conditions resembling those on a future Martian colony for 520 days and 8 months respectively. Psychologists are using the data to design software that will help the first Mars settlers tackle mental health and interpersonal issues. apa.org/monitor/2018/06/m…
Jason Sudeikis suffers from anosmia, which is β€œa condition in which people are born with a lifelong inability to smell.” insider.com/olivia-wilde-…
Pavarotti's last public performance, happened at the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, was actually a lipsync, as the tenor had turned the invitation down several times because it would have been impossible to sing late at night in the subzero condition en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
Gene Wilder got into comedy and acting because of his mother's heart condition. His mother's doctor told him to 'Try to make her laugh,' to make her feel better, leading to his conscious efforts to make other people laugh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Some people experience visual snow, a condition in which they continuously see white or black flickering dots similar to that of a television screen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vis…
33% of women in Nigeria reported that their husbands have more than one wife; polygamy is recognised and regulated by the civil law that allows a man to marry up to four women under certain conditions west-africa-brief.org/con…
The world’s oldest known intact wooden architecture, a timber box at the bottom of a well - 7,000 years old - was found near the eastern German city of Leipzig, buried more than 20 feet underground, and preserved for millennia by cold, wet, oxygen–free conditions. archaeology.org/issues/15…
The winner of the Americas cup not only gets to decide the location of the next race but also all the technical parameters of the sailboat and other conditions (e.g. no testing) to be used for the next edition!! Every edition essentially has an entirely new boat from each participant bbc.com/news/av/technolog…
"tongue tied" isn't just a term to describe having difficulty finding the right words to say, but is an actual medical condition that may require surgery to correct. hopkinsmedicine.org/healt…
Today I learned about Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who was kept captive for 19 yrs by her mother, Dee Dee, who faked medical conditions that her daughter had in order for her to be seen as a caregiver. Dee Dee is a classic Munchausen syndrome by proxy. After Gypsy had Dee Dee killed, she was sentenced 10yrs in prison biography.com/news/gypsy-…
Eddie Murphy never left his home when he did the voice of Mushu in Mulan. He accepted the role on the condition he could record all his lines at his home recording studio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mul…
Cellulite is more of a secondary sexual characteristic than a condition, almost all adult women have it, and there's no healthy or reasonable way to get rid of it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cel…
The concrete used by the Roman Empire has been proposed as an alternative to modern concrete. It's believed that it would have a substantially smaller environmental impact than our own in addition to being far more durable, surviving thousands of years in harsh conditions nearly unscathed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Venus could have had habitable conditions for billions of years. Long enough for life to have developed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lif…
One in every 5,000 babies is born without a butthole. This condition is called β€œimperforate anus” and the baby has to have one created manually in the hospital. The cause of this is not fully understood but it is believed to be caused by abnormal development of the rectum. rarediseases.org/rare-dis…
Sleep difficulties and sleep disorders are the most common comorbidities reported in individuals with ADHD, affecting approximately 73% of children and adolescents with the condition and up to 80% of adults with ADHD. psychiatrictimes.com/view…

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