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…
Most people are only six to ten connections away from being able to contact anyone else in the world. The theory is known as "Six degrees of separation" and was created in 1929, but still holds true even after the world population grew by almost six billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
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/…
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/…
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…
The band Slayer released the album "God Hates Us All" on September 11th, 2001. Though it drew connections to the attacks suffered that day, the album was due to release months earlier, but was delayed to the the cover's explicit artwork. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
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…
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_…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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 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…
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…
, 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…
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…
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…
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…
William Friedkin (Exorcist, French Connection) came upon the idea for the 'wrong-way chase scene' in To Live and Die in LA when he fell asleep at the wheel and woke up in the wrong lane with traffic heading straight for him. He spent the next 20 years wondering how he would use it in a film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_…
The University of Cambridge was founded when a group of students defected from Oxford after three Oxford scholars were hanged in connection with murder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
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…
A group of teenagers back in the early 2000s exploited a park bench’s *free* dial-up connection (no I’m not kidding this was an actual thing) by making a couple of international calls, racking up a lot of costs for msn, the provider of the connection. theregister.com/2001/08/1…
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…
The data connection between the ISS and other modules is just plain old ethernet via the International Docking System Standard connector (page 73) internationaldockingstand…
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 of aging American-Japanese men in Hawaii conclusively showed a direct connection between short height and long life. The folks that were 5-2 and shorter lived the longest independent.co.uk/life-st…
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…
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…
"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…
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…
Mushroom therapy is now being used to help treat depression, known for rebooting the brain and creating new connections. (2018) healthline.com/health-new…
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…
A rectovaginal fistula is an abnormal connection between the lower portion of your large intestine and your vagina. Bowel contents can leak through the fistula, allowing gas or stool to pass through your vagina. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
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…
In Finland citizens legally have the right to internet connection, similar to getting education and heath care. bbc.com/news/10461048
Robert De Niro was arrested on February 10, 1998 in Paris and "held for questioning in connection with an international prostitution ring." irishtimes.com/news/de-ni…
Loneliness is labeled an epidemic worthy of a public health intervention in USA. Loneliness and weak social connections are associated with a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day and even greater than that associated with obesity. sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flas…
There are almost 40 saints associated with epilepsy and Saint valentine is one of them. One connection is that in German, Valentine is pronounced "fallentin" which is connected to one denomination of the illness (fallen), literally the falling sickness. sciencedirect.com/science…
The Paris Fire Department is part of the French Military, and thus all of the firefighters are members of its Engineering Arm. During the Bastille Day Parade, members are armed with Famas rifles to signify this military connection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The swasitika was adopted by Nazis, not because of its Hindu connections, but because of a German archaeologist’s obsession with finding the ancient city of Troy. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
People generally become love addicts due to a past history of abandonment from their primary caregivers. Adult love addicts usually recognized as children that their most precious needs for validation, love and connection with one or both parents were not met. This affects their self-esteem psychcentral.com/blog/wha…
Rammstein called themselves 'Rammstein-Flugschau' after the 1988 Ramstein air show disaster in Germany. At the time it was the deadliest air show accident in history. After the band became popular, band members initially denied the connection, afraid of being doomed about the gravity of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
The song "Jingle Bells" was originally composed as a drinking song about horse-racing. It had no connection to Christmas, but was initially associated with Thanksgiving. The composer, John Lord Pierpont, was a deadbeat dad, and uncle of Wall Street banker J.P. Morgan. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
Ex turpi causa non oritur actio is a legal doctrine which states that a plaintiff will be unable to pursue legal remedy for a problem if said problem arises in connection with their own illegal act. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ex_…
L in 1956 a remote controlled wwII fighter plane that was used as an air target lost connection and started to fly on its own. Jets were dispatched but they missed all their shots and ran out of ammo,it took 500 firefighters two days to douse the fires that were started by all the munitions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about Witold Pilecki, a polish agent who volunteered for Auschwitz to feed information to the West about the Holocaust, one of the first to report it. He was executed by the Soviet Union for his Western connections en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
On October 29, 1969 at 22:30, the first "internet" connection was made between the university of california and the MIT. They wanted to communicate the word "login" but the system crashed after the letter "O". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The Caduceus, a staff carried by the Greek god Hermes, became established as a common medical symbol in the United States despite having no connection to medicine. It is believed that this is due to the Surgeon General of the United States confusing the symbol with the Rod of Asclepius. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
Blowing into a Nintendo game cartridge does not fix a game that won’t load by removing dust. The blowing is a placebo. It is the act of removing and reinserting the cartridge into the system that increases the chance of a good connection. Moisture in your breath may even damage your games. geekwire.com/2014/blow-ni…
The earliest use of the found footage genre in film is the 1961 feature The Connection, which states on its title card that the film is an assemblage of found footage. This predates Cannibal Holocaust by nearly two decades, which is often claimed to be the first example of found footage in film en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
A survey found that students who were in fraternities and sororities were more likely to say they had a sense of purpose at work, strong connections to friends and family, and that they like where they live. Despite the bad reputation, the experience is a positive one for many students vox.com/2014/5/28/5758788…
There are 2x connections going back to the eyes. The cortex sends a cascade of predictions about what should be seen at all the different layers of complexity. So what travels back up from the eyes is not raw visuals of the environment, but how the world deviates from what the brain is expecting theatlantic.com/technolog…
H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard were friends, and due to the connections between their works, many people consider Conan the Barbarian to be a part of the Cthulhu Mythos en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
After hearing The Doors' first album, lead singer Jim Morrison's father urged him "to give up any idea of singing or any connection with a music group because of what I consider to be a complete lack of talent in this direction." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Today I learned of the 'Default-mode network' of the Brain, a collection of brain regions that work together to control and repress consciousness. LSD has been shown to breakdown these connections, which could play an important part in the treatment of Depression. beckleyfoundation.org/the…
The song Jingle Bells was originally created as a Thanksgiving season song and had no connection to Christmas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jin…
Ken McElroy, known as "the town bully", was shot to death in broad daylight on main street in Skidmore, Missouri in 1981. He was struck by bullets from at least two different firearms, in front of an estimated 30-46 people. To date, no one has been charged in connection with McElroy's death. nytimes.com/2010/12/16/us…
That, in the original Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother is in fact a cynical device to show that while you may have intelligence, grace and charm, you will never succeed without the right connections en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cin…
Today I learned about Abigail and Brittany, a pair of conjoined twins who have lived remarkably regular lives; each girl has total control of one arm and they coordinate movement through unexplainable processes, demonstrating a deep connection despite having their own brains and spines. youtube.com/watch?v=K57Ic…
During the 1990's Joe Rogan paid $10,000 per month to have a T1 internet connection installed in his house in order to play Quake without dealing with lag youtube.com/watch?v=bVBDi…
The word emoji comes from Japanese e (η΅΅, "picture") + moji (ζ–‡ε­—, "character"), and has no connection to the word "emoticon", which was a portmanteau of "emotion icon". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emo…
Although the cracking of joints, especially knuckles, was long believed to lead to arthritis and other joint problems, medical research has not demonstrated such a connection. The cracking sound is caused by carbon dioxide cavitation bubbles suddenly partially collapsing inside the joints. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
The word β€œspam” used in reference to e-communications (commonly emails) comes from a 1972 Monty Python sketch in which two customers are lowered into a restaurant and everything on the menu contains spam. The connection is that no matter want you want, you can’t get away from the unwanted spam. businessinsider.com/email…
Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu Tang Clan has a 90-page FBI file that includes A shootout with the NYPD, drug dealing, illegal possession of body armor, and connections to 3 different murders. pitchfork.com/news/45043-…
Today I learned of Orkhon script that was used by Turkic tribes and looks remarkably similar to Runic alphabets even though there is no connection en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
In 1903, two men and a pit bull made the first documented journey by automobile from San Francisco to New York using only a connection of dirt roads, cow paths, and railroad beds. The journey took 63 days, became a national sensation, and called for a system of long distance roads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Today I learned about Tamiko Thiel, a product designer and mechanical engineer for Thinking Machines, whose iconic Connection Machine supercomputer, made of eight black cubes that form a larger cube, inspired Steve Jobs to design the NeXTcube in a cube-shaped case fastcompany.com/90151279/…
Joe Rogan paid $10,000 for a T1 internet connection in order to play Quake without lag. fraghero.com/joe-rogan-bo…
A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. A person's stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression due to gastrointestinal (GI) system and brain connections. health.harvard.edu/diseas…
In his prime James Caan turned down the lead roles in The French Connection, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Kramer vs. Kramer, Apocalypse Now, Blade Runner, Love Story and Superman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Quentin Matsys, a Flemish painter in the Early Netherlandish tradition, often used mirrors in his paintings, as other Flemish artists did, in order to establish a connection with space behind the painting and the world outside of the depicted scene. widewalls.ch/artist/quent…
It’s a myth that sex workers don’t kiss clients. Clients just have to pay for the intimate privilege of The Girlfriend Experience, which includes open mouth kissing including tongue. it emphasizes β€œauthenticity” and β€œconnection” bodyandsoul.com.au/sex-re…
Organ transplantation pioneer Vladimir Demikhov, who performed the first heart-lung transplant, first lung transplant, and first liver transplant (all on non-human animals), also successfully transplanted a dog's head onto another dog, using vascular connections to the host dog's heart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla…
During ice age there was a land connection between Russia and USA that is now 50meters submerged due to all the melted ice since 13000yrs ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
When Volkswagen introduced the car that was called Fox in most markets, the Mexican market one got the name of its predecessor, Lupo, to avoid a connection with the then-president of Mexico Vicente Fox. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vol…
Coco Chanel, the founder of the fashion and perfume empire Chanel was a Nazi spy during WW2 with the code name "Westminster" due to her connections with British high society. biography.com/news/coco-c…
By early 1942, the German Reichspost had descrambled scrambled voice transmissions of the transatlantic telephone connection between President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill allowing them to intercept and understand all classified telephone conversations between them. weaponsandwarfare.com/201…
Apophenia is the tendency to mistakenly perceive connections and meaning between unrelated things. This includes pareidolia (seeing a face within an inanimate object) and the Gambler's fallacy (seeing patterns in random numbers that appear in lotteries, card games, or roulette wheels). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
While in America the Anime "Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters" used the Trading Card Game as a main focus of the Show. Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of "Yu-Gi-Oh!" originally created the Card Game solely​ as a Plot Device. ​He just needed something for all the characters to have a connection with... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yu-…
Nathaniel Hawthorne was related to a judge named John Hathorne who resided over the Salem Witch Trials. Upon learning of his ancestry, Hawthorne was so horrified that he changed the spelling and pronunciation of his name so as to avoid any connections being made. historyofmassachusetts.or…
In 2014, UK scientists created the fastest ever internet connection, clocking speeds of 1.4 terabits per second - enough to download 44 HD movies a second. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Popeye’s restaurants were named after the fictional detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in the movie The French Connection and not the comic strip and cartoon character Popeye the Sailor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Anything that interrupts the normal connections between nerve cells in the brain can cause a seizure. But when a person has 2 or more seizures with no known cause, this is diagnosed as epilepsy. In most cases, the cause of epilepsy can’t be found hopkinsmedicine.org/healt…
The Cryptex, the cylindrical combination vaults that hold secret messages, made famous in The Da Vinci Code, is a neologism completely invented by Dan Brown and has no historical connection to a real device of the sort. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
Victor Klemperer, Jewish KZ inmate and post-war professor of German literature, wrote a book which analyses 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…
Livestrong.com is a commercial, for-profit media outlet that has no meaningful connection with the Livestrong Foundation created by Lance Armstrong. It's just another content mill that licensed a name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, one of Denmark's most important art museums, has no actual connection to the US state. Instead, the name is a reference to the three wives of Alexander Brun, the property's first owner, all of whom were named "Louise". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship lost a campaign for US Senate after serving a year in federal prison in connection to the Upper Big Branch mine explosion which claimed the lives of 29 miners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
A doctor introduced hand-washing at his clinic in 1846 because he noticed a connection between women dying of childbed fever and the autopsies doctors performed before delivering babies, and that most didn't believe him, and he lost his job, and later died of sepsis in an asylum. npr.org/sections/health-s…
South Korea has the fastest global average internet connection speed while the United States ranks 10th. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Most new cars have a safety feature that will automatically unlock all doors and have the hazards turn on after an accident. They also cut the main battery connection and the fuel pump relay, to prevent electrical fire and keep running emergency equipments. cartalk.com/content/today…
Dozens of women sent Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber) provocative letters. He fell in love with a fourth-grade teacher, who he forged a "deep connection" with. Music he composed was played at her funeral, and he called her his "Lady Love". yahoo.com/news/falling-in…
Cisco logo meant Golden gate bridge in San FranCisco and the name Cisco came from the city where it originated, San Fran'Cisco' it is a representation of routers and switches in the form of Golden gate bridge. It symbolizes a connection between the past and the future. 1000logos.net/cisco-logo/
Frida Kahlo, despite being born on July 6th, 1907, and because of her strong connection to modern Mexico, often cited her birthday to be on July 7th, 1910, a date marking the Mexican Revolution. huffpost.com/entry/frida-…
Today I learned about Wolf Connection, a not-for-profit that connects troubled teens with rescue wolves and wolf-dogs as a form of therapy. wolfconnection.org/

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