Daft Punk's "Touch" and "Beyond" are collaborations with Paul Williams, who also cowrote The Muppets' "Rainbow Connection". His 1974 movie, Phantom of the Paradise, inspired their robot helmets. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
The song "Rainbow Connection" sung by Kermit from the 1979 film, The Muppet Movie reached No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained in the Top 40 for seven weeks. It was also nominated for Best Original Song at the 52nd Academy Awards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
In 1996, a man broke into a radio station in New Zealand held the staff hostage and made them play Kermit's Rainbow Connection non stop. nzherald.co.nz/sport/jere…
In 2001, a Japanese woman with seemingly no connection to the area was found dead Detroit Lakes, MN, after visiting Fargo. A misunderstanding with a police officer and bad media reporting created the hoax that she thought the movie Fargo was real, and died trying to find the money from the movie en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
Some flamethrower tanks in WWII (like the Churchill VII) didn't have any fuel inside, but instead carried it along in an armoured wagon behind them. The gunner could quickly release it by blowing up the connection between the tank in emergencies. warspot.net/224-slow-and-…
The "Norwegian Rat" is just another name for the Brown Rat, and it has no special connection to Norway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Since the Ford Prefect wasn't a common enough car outside of the UK, the French and Greek translators changed the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy character Ford Prefect's name to "Ford Escort" to keep the name's automotive connection clear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Popeye's Chicken wasn't named after a sailor, but Gene Hackman's character Popeye Doyle, from the movie The French Connection. mashed.com/221868/the-rea…
The reason that most pencils are colored yellow is because during the 19th century, the best graphite available came from China, and yellow is a royal color in that country, so that color was used to indicate their high quality and their connection with China southernliving.com/news/w…
Marlon Brando tried to purchase the rights to a movie about the Iran-Contra scandal using a former CIA connection. The CIA was able to derail this by creating a front company to outbid Brando for the rights. The man they put in charge of this operation was none other than Col. Oliver North independent.co.uk/voices/…
The popular sleep-aid Ambien has been shown to make paralyzed and brain-damaged people, who have been well past the point of recovery, spontaneously move and talk again because it can reconstruct neurons and make new connections in the brain. nytimes.com/2011/12/04/ma…
Heterosexual couples are more likely to meet a romantic partner online than through personal contacts and connections. Meeting a significant other online has replaced meeting through friends. People trust the new dating technology more, and the stigma of meeting online seems to have worn off news.stanford.edu/2019/08…
Today I learned about a LNG carrier, which is a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas (LNG), and the different types of engineering connections which are needed to build such a carrier. youtube.com/watch?v=TexqY…
Canadian A&W restaurants have no corporate connection to the US A&W restaurants en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A%2…
Erich Steidtmann a Nazi SS officer was only investigated for war crimes in 2007, when at age 92 he launched a libel suit in connection with an alleged affair, which brought his case to the attention of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
Today I learned of Lydia Fairchild a mother from Washington State who's accused of fraud & kidnapping her own children. During application for government assistance, DNA test shows she has no connection to her kids. It turned out she has chimerism, she has 2 sets of DNA, the reason for the maternal test anomaly lifedaily.com/story/mothe…
Johnson & Johnson and S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. were both founded in 1886 but have no business or family connection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._…
Today I learned of synaptic pruning where the brain removes synapses that it no longer needs in a β€œuse it or lose it” principle that ends in your 20s. Constant stimulation causes synapses to grow and become permanent. If a child receives little stimulation the brain will keep fewer of those connections. healthline.com/health/syn…
Today I learned of Leo Burt an American man indicted in connection with the August 24, 1970 Sterling Hall bombing at the University of Wisconsin. He has been a fugitive from justice since 1970 and his status and whereabouts unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Today I learned about a geographic oddity caused by surveying errors, affectionately known as the Angle. The Northwest Angle's only land link is its western border with Manitoba. It's technically part of Minnesota β€” but with Lake of the Woods to the south, it shares no land connection with the United States. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
In 1996, a man broke into a New Zealand radio station, held the manager hostage, and his demand was for the station to play "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the frog nonstop en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
The International Space Station Has Better Internet Than Most of Us After Its Latest Upgrade. With its new connection, the ISS now has a 600 megabit-per-second (Mbps) connection. universetoday.com/143221/…
Victor Klemperer, Jewish KZ inmate and post-WWII professor of German literature, wrote a book that analyzed how Nazis introduced a nearly Orwellian kind of German language. Examples are: "crisis" for defeat, "connection" (Anschluss) for annexation, and "enhanced interrogation" for torture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LTI…
The human brain stores up to 100,000 gigabytes of information, more than 100 desktop computers! Brains likely store info in synapses, the connection between pairs of Neurons, contrary to computers which store 1’s and 0’s in its hard drive. That’s why human brains are faster than computers aiimpacts.org/information…
In 1996 a man burst into a radio station in New Zealand and took the manager hostage. He demanded that the station play the Muppet song "The Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the Frog or else he would detonate a bomb. cnn.com/WORLD/fringe/9603…
About, Wake Up, Opportunity! a Playlist for NASA's Sleeping Mars Rover made after they lost connection with it. space.com/41434-mars-rove…
An estuary is a partially enclosed coastal body of brackish water with rivers flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea. They are incredibly dynamic and diverse ecosystems, which serve a variety of birds and fish. A famous example of an estuary is Puget Sound, WA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Est…
The Satin Dolls, the strip club that was used as the Bada Bing strip club on "The Sopranos", was shut down in 2014 due to its owner's connections to the Mafia northjersey.com/story/new…
Jason Statham was a diver who was selected by Britain's national diving team to compete in the 1990 Commonwealth Games. Shortly after, he was asked to model for French Connection, Tommy Hilfiger, and Levi's in various advertising campaigns. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_…
Today I learned of Aurora, an exascale computer that neuroscientists plan to use to make a map of the human brain, or connectome. The brain has more connections than the milky way has stars; mapping it would represent the single largest dataset ever collected about anything in the history of the world. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article…
, certain redwood trees are unable to produce chlorophyll, making them albino. They survive by obtaining sugar through the connections between its roots and those of neighboring normal redwood(s), usually the parent tree from whose base it has sprouted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
When George Clooney wanted to adopt a new dog, the rescue shelter said it was up to the dog to like Clooney, and if there wasn’t a connection, they would find the dog a different home. To make sure the dog would like him, Clooney rubbed turkey meatballs on his feet. It worked great. people.com/pets/george-cl…
A study of 1,892 Finish car owners found that though some luxury car owners were conscientious, men deemed "assholes" (less cooperative/less kind/less considerate) were more likely to drive high-status cars such as BMW. No connection between self-centered women & luxury car ownership was found. fastcompany.com/90457589/…
Today I learned that Elvis Costello went by the pseudonym β€œNapoleon Dynamite” for his 1986 LP β€œBlood and Chocolate.” Jared Hess, Director of the 2004 film claims there is no connection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Denali Flavors, Inc., the company that makes Alaska-themed ice cream flavors "Moose Tracks", "Caramel Caribou", and "Bear Claw" is based in Michigan. The name simply refers to the national park and mountain, and is considered, "a unique connection to the 'Alaskan Classics' ice cream flavors." denaliingredients.com/us-…
Today I learned that the Oneida silverware company was founded by a free-love community in upstate New York, led by a Protestant preacher from the 1840's, who believed there was a connection between sex and spirituality. He experimented with perineum pressure during intercourse to block ejaculation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Mushroom therapy is now being used to help treat depression, known for rebooting the brain and creating new connections. (2018) healthline.com/health-new…
In Tanzania, there are seven schools for the deaf, and each uses its own sign language, with no known connection to any other language en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Dr. Robert Lopez, a vet, suspected a connection between cat ear mites and a child's rash, experimenting by transferring them into his left ear. "I heard scratching sounds... as the mites began to explore my ear canal." He repeated the experiment twice, and won the Ig Nobel Prize in entomology. theguardian.com/education…
The tobacco industry funded the study that gave us the theory of "Type A/B Personalities" in order to help obscure smoking's connection to heart disease ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about the human connectome project, a project that maps the neural connections in human brain, just like the human genome project to map the DNA . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Today I learned about Vic Tandy, an engineer who established a connection between supposed paranormal activity and infrasound frequency (~19Hz), which is below the range of human hearing and also roughly the resonant frequency of our eyeballs, causing some people to 'see' things that aren't there. gizmodo.com/some-ghosts-m…
Juice Jacking is a type of cyberattack where public USB charging points double as data connection points, installing malware or copying data. Free USB charging points can be used to steal your data. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jui…
When researchers blocked AMPA-receptor removal in rats, they found that the rats were prevented from forgetting the locations of objects. To forget, it seemed that the rat brain had to proactively destroy connections at the synapse. Forgetting is not a failure of memory, but a function of it. nature.com/articles/d4158…
The practice of playing music for callers on hold began with a faulty phone line connection. A loose wire touching the steel frame of an office building caused it to act as a giant radio receiver, allowing callers to hear music from local radio stations while they waited on hold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
"Six degrees of separation" is the idea that all people are six, or fewer, social connections away from each other. Often called as 6 Handshakes rule. As a result, a chain of "a friend of a friend" statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
β€œParent Advisory” on music albums is a voluntary label due partially to a failed movement by Tipper Gore and Washington connections. After having her daughter reveal Prince’s β€œDarling Nikki” references masturbation. npr.org/sections/therecor…
A study found that brains of doers differ from brains of procrastinators. Procrastinators have a larger amygdala/poorer connection with the part that helps focus by blocking competing emotions/distractions, which shows that emotional mgmt is more problematic than time mgmt in procrastination. bbc.com/news/health-45295…
The data connection between the ISS and other modules is just plain old ethernet via the International Docking System Standard connector (page 73) internationaldockingstand…
The term apophenia is the perception of connections and meaningfulness in unrelated things. Apophenia can be a normal phenomenon or an abnormal one, as in paranoid schizophrenia when the patient sees ominous patterns where there are none. slate.com/technology/2014…

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