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…
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_…
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…
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…
Bill Nye's family has a history of a neurological disorder called ataxia and the reason he decided not to have kids was to avoid passing down the condition to them. arstechnica.com/gaming/20…
The star of Columbo, Peter Falk, has legislation called "Peter Falk's Law" named after him. It prevents children of sick parents being prevented access or information about their parents physical and mental condition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Today I learned about Cotard’s syndrome, or the β€œwalking corpse” syndrome, is a rare mental disorder. People with this condition believe that they are either dead, dying, have lost organs, or don’t exist at all. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…
The β€œCinnamon challenge” is dangerous. Cinnamon powder, when inhaled, can cause inflammation and permanent scarring in the lungs, leading to conditions like emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis. nationalpost.com/health/c…
There's a rare condition called spatio-temporal synesthesia where people can visualize time within space. discovermagazine.com/heal…
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…
Today I learned of Capt. James Martin Stag, President Eisenhower's Chief Meteorologist, whose defiant decision to delay the Allies' invasion of Normandy from June 5th to June 6th due to weather conditions was dubbed "The most important weather forecast of all time". usatoday.com/story/weathe…
Former NBA player Randy Foye has a medical condition called "situs inversus", where all his organs are mirrored from their normal positions, but suffered from no complications for his career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Your dick can get stuck during intercourse: a condition called "Penis Captivus". healthline.com/health/hea…
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…
Today I learned of the Jumping Frenchmen of Maine, a group of 19th century lumberjacks who suffered a rare disorder. They had an exaggerated startle reflex and would immediately obey any sudden command and repeat the words. Modern studies have concluded it was a psychological condition rather than a tic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jum…
Today I learned of Grady β€œLobster Boy” Stiles, a carnival performer born with a genetic condition that fused his hands & feet into claws. He murdered his son-in-law-to-be on the night before his wedding; he got house arrest because no prison could accommodate him. He was shot and killed for abusing his wife. wikipedia.org/wiki/Grady_…
The song 'Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)' was originally written as an anti-LSD track. Kenny Rogers covered it, leading to it becoming a counter-culture hit and a long-lasting representation of the late 60's psychedelic era. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus…
β€” World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes "occupational burnout" as a syndrome resulting from chronic work-related stress, but does not classify it as a medical condition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occ…
A Tribe Called Quest received no money for their hit song, Can I Kick It? because of a mistake made by the record label not clearing Lou Reed's bass sample beforehand. Reed agreed the use under the one condition, he gets the royalties. factmag.com/2015/11/18/a-…
In 1967, then Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt went missing while swimming at Cheviot Beach, Victoria, in rough conditions. He was presumed dead, although his body was never recovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In WWII, weather reports were censored to prevent enemy submarines from learning about conditions. A football game in Chicago was so covered in fog that the radio announcer couldn't see the field, but afterwards he was officially thanked for never using the word "fog" or mentioning the weather. wikipedia.org/wiki/Office…
The extreme effect of the solar eclipse eye β€œsunburn” is a condition called solar retinopathy, which is sun blindness caused by overstimulation of the retina. The retina has no pain receptors, so people who burn their retinas won’t feel it until their vision becomes defective several days later inverse.com/article/35729…
The last known win at chess by a human against a top performing computer under normal tournament conditions was in 2005 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Today I learned of the old adage: β€œRed sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky in morning, sailor's warning". By basing the color of the sunset/sunrise one can tell of the weather conditions for that day/night. loc.gov/everyday-mysterie…
Locusts are actually grasshoppers. In certain conditions, their behavior changes to a solitary and timid grasshopper to a gregarious locust. This is due to the release of serotonin in their body. nationalgeographic.com/an…
When a 36-year-old Indian man who had been teased his entire life for looking pregnant got the condition checked out, the doctors ended up pulling out hair, hands, bones & limbs of the man’s twin brotherβ€”who had been trapped in his twin as a fetus & continued to grow post-birthβ€”from his stomach. abcnews.go.com/Health/man…
There is a toxic lake in Butte- MT, which was an old mining site now filled with toxic waters. Scientists have found use of this lake in researching about microbes which thrive in these extreme conditions, helping our fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria and diseases like cancer cen.acs.org/biological-ch…
Actress Catherine O'hara (Schitt's Creek) has Situs Inversus, a rare congenital condition in which all of a person's internal organs in the thorax and abdomen are positioned on the opposite side to where they should be. theguardian.com/science/b…
Karl Marx Suffered From A Very Painful Skin Condition That May Have Lead To Some Of His Thoughts. reuters.com/article/us-ma…
Animal House was filmed at the University of Oregon on the condition that it not be identified in the movie oregonencyclopedia.org/ar…
Lobsters can live for a very, very long time given the right conditions and will continue to grow in size until their last molt. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
J Dilla suffered from thrombocytopenic purpura (a rare blood disease). It was not widely known how serious his condition was until his 2005 European tour, when he performed from a wheelchair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J_D…
Continuous ingestion of Colloidal Silver [an alternative medicine] can cause skin to turn an irreversible blue/grey color - a condition called Argyria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arg…
The record holder for the world's shortest commercial flight is scheduled for just 90 seconds. In good conditions, Loganair’s 1.7-mile jaunt between the Scottish islands of Westray and Papa Westray in the Orkneys, off the north coast of the mainland, can take under a minute. cntraveler.com/story/why-…
Fish have evolved to use turbulence so efficiently, that under the right conditions, a dead fish can "swim" upstream. physicsbuzz.physicscentra…
Humans can have far more chromosomal variation than just XX or XY. Some possible combinations include XXXXY, XXYY, and XXXXX. Also, the XYY condition, in which males have an extra Y chromosome, is often undiagnosed because there are so few symptoms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ane…
Today I learned about photic sneeze reflex, a genetic condition which affects between 10-35% of the population and causes sneezing in response to dramatic light changes. healthline.com/health/pho…
The difference between David Bowie's eyes is caused by Anisocoria ( a condition where the pupils are two different sizes) which developed after Bowie got punched in the eye, in a fight over a girl when he was 15. allabouteyes.com/anisocor…
Monks in Westminster Abbey would eat 6,000 calories a day normally and 4,500 a day when "fasting". They drank a gallon of beer and 10 oz of wine and ate 2.25 lbs of bread, 5 eggs, and 2 lbs of meat or fish a day. Many monks became obese and suffered related conditions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
White cats with blue eyes are usually deaf. This condition is called "Congenital sensorineural deafness in cats" and quite common. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Eating raw or undercooked Shiitake mushrooms, causes a dermatological condition that causes primarily an itchy whiplash like rash, called shiitake mushroom flagellate dermatitis mdedge.com/dermatology/ar…
: When suitable environment conditions are given, the probability of an American nickel landing on edge is approximately 1 in 6000 tosses. ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs…
Alexythymia is a rare condition where the person is unable to describe his feelings and is often associated with autism and depression. healthline.com/health/aut…
A "sense of impending doom" is a medically recognised symptom, and can indicate certain conditions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Rust does not cause tetanus infection. The Clostridium tetani bacterium that causes tetanus requires anoxic conditions to reproduce and these are found in the permeable layers of rust. ehso.com/disease/tetanus.…
By the late 90s the buses in Belgrade were in such bad condition that one passenger died after falling through the rusted floor of a bus and being crushed by a wheel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Today I learned about a condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia. It causes severe facial pain. One of the most painful conditions known to medicine and nicknamed "the suicide disease ". fpa-support.org/learn/
The year 1816 is known as the "year without summer" due to the volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia which resulted in tens of thousands of deaths, a global temperature drop of up to 3 degrees Celsius and unusually cold and wet conditions sweeping across Europe and North America. edition.cnn.com/2019/09/1…
Locusts are not a species. They are actually grasshoppers which have developed gregarious characteristics in suitable environmental conditions forming an organized group worldatlas.com/articles/w…
Finland is the strictest country in the world in terms of driving lessons. There are lessons required regarding car maintenance and driving in icy conditions, with learners requiring a test in the summer and another one in the winter. agradedrivingschool.com.a…
The band Dire Straits allowed Weird Al to parody "Money for Nothing" with the only condition that they be allowed to play guitar and synthesizer for the album recording en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Today I learned of the Bat' d'Af', French military units composed of heavily-tattooed criminals and problematic soldiers. Members called the units "the Hell" due to harsh discipine and living conditions. Despite this, they served with distinction in France's colonial wars, Crimea, and WW1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Andy Milonakis of MTV fame, aged 44, was born with a congenital growth-hormone condition that gives him the outward appearance and voice of an adolescent - which is why he still looks 14 years old today. ellines.com/en/achievemen…
In 1719 prisoners in Paris were offered freedom at the condition they would marry a prostitute and move to Louisiana. historycollection.co/pari…
Physicians in the middle ages would drink their patients urine to diagnose medical conditions. They were able to accurately diagnose diabetes because the urine tasted sweet. sekisuidiagnostics.com/bl…
An "okta" is a unit equal to 1/8 of the sky. Cloud conditions are measured in oktas, so the scientific difference between "partly sunny" and "mostly cloudy" is 1 okta. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Most bald babies will get their hair in by their 1st birthday but can be an issue if they appear bald by age 2. Baby baldness can rarely be caused by fungus or it can be an autoimmune condition healthline.com/health/par…
George Clooney once gave 14 of his closest friends each $1M in cash, and even paid the taxes on it for them - with one condition: they all had to take it or none of them got it. eonline.com/news/899813/g…
Today I learned about Musical Anehdonia, a neurological condition where a person doesn't like or listen to music. They understand and comprehend music, just don't find any enjoyment from listening to music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
Carbon monoxide plays critical roles in the body under physiological conditions, acting as a vasodilator, neurotransmitter, and regulator of circadian rhythm among other important functions. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
A 2014 study found that you could increase the survival rate of a patient suffering with ARDS by 26% (The condition responsible for killing patients with Coronavirus) by simply having them lay on their stomach for 16-18hr a day while on ventilation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acu…
In 2013 the city of Karlskoga made their policies gender neutral and switched their snow removal to clearing pedestrian paths first as women use these more. There was no cost to make this change and they saw a reduction in injuries and lost productivity due to injuries in slippery conditions. includegender.org/gender-…
Trimethylaminuria (TMAU) is an uncommon condition that causes an unpleasant, fishy smell. It's also called "fish odour syndrome". The only symptom is an unpleasant smell, typically of rotting fish. There's currently no cure. nhs.uk/conditions/trimeth…
Today I learned of Exploding Head Syndrome - a little understood condition in which people experience a sudden loud noise either when waking or when falling asleep. Some also experience a flashing light, myoclonic jerks or tachycardia. The cause is unknown but some conspiracy theories have emerged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Today I learned about β€œCraniofacial Duplication”, a rare condition in which a person is born with two sets of lips and eyes, as well as 2 noses! news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south…
Today I learned about Postorgasmic Illness Syndrome. A condition where men experience flu like symptoms (fevers, headache, sore throat, and watery eyes). It occurs after approximately 90% of "ejaculation events" for effected men. This reaction is thought to be secondary to an allergy to ones own semen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
The origin of β€˜Mouth Breather’ and β€˜Slack Jawed Yokel’ is a dental condition called Lip Incompetance. People have a very hard time keeping their lips together. boltondental.com/lip-inco…
Tennessee Fainting, is a breed of Goat that faints due to a condition called myotonia congenita, which is hereditary. Myotonia Congenita is a recessive gene, goats that are crossbred with other breeds typically do not display fainting behaviors. api.nationalgeographic.co…
There is a psychological condition known as Cherophobia, It quite literally means the fear of being happy. Individuals with this condition are said to experience anxiety at joyful events like parties, refuse to engage in life improving oppotrunities, and shun joyous people. healthline.com/health/che…
In 2012 numerous government officials in Mali were detained by a military Junta after a Coup. There has been no update on the condition of these prisoners since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
In 1719 prisoners in Paris were offered freedom at the condition they would marry a prostitute and move to Louisiana. historycollection.co/pari…
Today I learned about Williams Syndrome, which is a condition that is known to make the user have an incredibly friendly personality. Children with this syndrome tend to be very social, friendly, and endearing. youtube.com/watch?v=pxZ7a…
Entry-level animators earn around 200Β₯ per drawing β€” less than $2, with a single drawing that can take more than an hour. Work conditions are grim, an animator’s suicide was classified a work related incident after investigators found he had worked over 600 hrs in the month leading to his death. vox.com/culture/2019/7/2/…
Nala, a beluga calf born to much fanfare one summer at the Vancouver Aquarium died a year later of a "bizarre" condition. Staff discovered that Nala had an abnormal pocket beneath her larynx, or voice box, which contained two stones and a penny ctvnews.ca/baby-beluga-wh…
Viagra was originally meant to be for people with heart conditions. During early clinical trials of sildenafil, now better known by its trade name Viagra, male volunteers taking the pills consistently reported unprovoked, long-lasting erections. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Camels can drink up too 40 gallons of water in one sitting and they do not in fact store water in thier humps, They store fat, which is used for energy when travelling long distances without food and water, they also have 3 eyelids and 2 sets of eyelashes to combat the sandy desert conditions. softschools.com/facts/ani…
Paul Stanley of KISS was born with Microtia, a condition that leaves people with no ear(s); Paul has only his left ear and is deaf on his right side. earcommunity.org/microtia…
Smoking can cause a horrible condition called cacosmia where everything smells like poop. healthline.com/health/cac…
Today I learned of Kim Han-Sol, North Korean heir apparent until 2001, when his father lost favor, and was assassinated by poison in 2017. In 2011 Han-Sol expressed distress and guilt over North Korean social conditions in social media. Targeted for assassination, his whereabouts has been unknown since 2017. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim…
Sir Alec Guiness HATED his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: "Apart from the money, I regret having embarked on the film," calling the dialog "lamentable." An autograph seeker told him he'd seen the movie over 100 times; he gave him an autograph on the condition he never see the movie again. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
A boy whose whole body looked like an open wound because of a genetic condition which led his skin to be paperthin, had a skin sample taken, its DNA repaired, & the modified skin cells grown to make skin grafts totalling 0.85 sq m. He now leads a normal life. bbc.co.uk/news/health-419…
Nike had conditions before giving rookie Michael Jordan a record contract: Either be rookie of the year, or average 20 ppg, or be an all star, or sell $4 mill worth shoes in a year. Jordan was rookie of the year, scored 28.2 ppg, named all star, and Nike sold $100 mill of shoes in 1984-85. espn.com/blog/playbook/do…
The most expensive video game ever sold is a rare version of Super Mario Bros. that sold for $100,150 in 2019. Only one copy is believed to exist in unopened condition. businessinsider.com/most-…
The Moriori were a tribe that practiced pacifism. When the Maori began to kil, cannibalize, and enslave them two chiefs declared, "the law of Nunuku was not a strategy for survival, to be varied as conditions changed; it was a moral imperative." Of a population of ~2,000 only 101 survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
In 2013, a head injury left an Australian woman with a French accent. This is a case of foreign accent syndrome, which is a medical condition in which patients acquire a foreign accent through a stroke or head trauma. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
The experience of pain can be reduced by visual shrinking or increased by visual magnifying. When presented with a shrinking view of their arm, participants with chronic-limb pain reported less pain, or increased pain in the magnified condition. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
Today I learned about a woman with a brain condition that prevented her from feeling fear. "Indeed, she's been held at gunpoint and knifepoint, beaten by her husband, and inches away from a poisonous snake, but nothing seems to faze the Iowa woman." nydailynews.com/life-styl…
Today I learned of Robert Campbell, a World War One soldier who was a German prisoner, he learned that his mother was dying, and wrote to the Kaiser, asking to be released. His request was granted, with the condition that he had to return. Campbell spent a week with his mother, then returned. bbc.com/news/uk-23957605
Water droplets expelled my the mouth become airborne more easily in cold, dry conditions. This partially explains why the spread of viruses tends to be seasonal. bbc.com/future/article/20…
A boy in the UK who is the only one in the world to have a condition called Hamish Syndrome (which is named after him). This condition causes one of his kidneys to be located in his leg. Both kidneys are fully functional and is believed to be caused by a missing a chromosome named 7p22.1 med.news.am/eng/news/2088…
The loss of earthworm species during the last ice age left northern woodlands in the USA to successfully adapt to conditions without them, making the ones we see today invasive species that can actually destroy forest floors more than help them. animals.howstuffworks.com…
Nelle Bly, an investigative journalist and advocate for social change born in 1864, had many extraordinary experiences in her life including faking her way into an insane asylum to expose the horrific conditions by her time of death in 1922. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
James Clavell The author of Shogun and King Rat was held as POW during WWII in horrific conditions and used that experience to write the novel and screen play for King Rat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
A male platypus has ankle spurs that are capable of delivering a wicked sting. So wicked that the excruciating pain can incapacitate an adult human. The pain is also long-lasting, and can even turn into a condition called hyperalgesia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
The Statue Of Liberty and The Venus de Milo both suffer from Morton's Toe. A condition where the second toe is longer than the first toe. historydaily.org/mortons-…
DeepMind's AlphaStar AI is now a full-blown StarCraft 2 Grandmaster and better than 99.8 percent of players on Battle.net, 'under professionally approved conditions.' pcgamer.com/deepminds-alp…
George Lucas approved of Mel Brooks’ Star Wars parody Spaceballs and signed off on a fair use agreement. The only condition was that no Spaceballs merchandise would be made to compete with Star Wars merchandise. This is why there’s never been any Spaceballs figures, cereal, or flamethrower. legendsrevealed.com/enter…
Today I learned about iridodonesis a condition in which the iris (coloured part of the eye) vibrates during eye movements. Upon moving the eye rapidly, the iris can appear to β€˜dance’, or β€˜tremble’ (tremulousness). news-medical.net/health/I…
Theres an extremely rare condition humans can have called Hematidrosis which causes a person to sweat blood, normally under extreme physical or emotional stress. wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemati…
There is a medical condition called Achromatopsia in which people only see black, white, and shades of gray. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ach…

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