LBJ constantly asked the flight crew of Air Force One to change the temperature of the cabin. Eventually, they installed a fake control knob for him to 'control' the temperature himself. The president stopped complaining. blog.museumofflight.org/q…
A Texas state representative introduced a bill honouring Albert DeSalvo, widely thought to be the Boston Strangler, for his work in "population control." He wanted to prove that his colleagues passed legislation without due diligence. They passed the bill unanimously. snopes.com/fact-check/the…
Before she had her show β€œTalk Sex” Sue Johanson opened one of the first birth control clinics in Canada. She did weekly sex education segments from 1984-2008 and her show has aired in 25 different countries and five different languages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue…
The phrase β€œpull out all the stops” derives from pipe organs. Organ stops, the knobs around the organ console, are pulled or pushed to control whether or not a section of pipes produce sound, and consequently the volume. When you need to play an organ at full volume, you pull out all the stops. thetabernaclechoir.org/ar…
West Point banned an annual pillow fight held by first year cadets after it devolved into a β€œbloody clash” in 2015. 30 people were injured, 24 of them had concussions. A report said upper-class cadets did not take proper control of the fight to ensure the safety of first years. militarytimes.com/news/yo…
Only 5 countries in the world have never been under any sort of European control. vox.com/2014/6/24/5835320…
Macaques and by extension many other monkeys and mammals have the anatomical capacity to speak but not the brain capacity and neural control to do so. This contradicts the often claimed statement that animals can’t make speech due to their specific anatomy. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
In WW2 a female feudal lord took control over 275 Nazis to force them to fix up her island after German occupation ended in Sark mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Cockroaches are rapidly developing immunity to pesticides and passing it on to their young. Scientists that foused the roaches with two different pesticides failed to control them, with three, they were able to control the population but not kill. cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/…
Mongoose were imported to Hawaii to control the rat population, not realizing that the two animals were on opposite sleep schedules (nocturnal/diurnal) and thus innefective. bigislandnow.com/2016/04/…
Inuits effectively teach their children to control their anger and emotions not with discipline, but through stories. npr.org/2019/03/04/689925…
It's not actually illegal to drive barefoot. In many countries including the UK, US and Canada it's fine as long as you have the ability to operate the controls safely. rac.co.uk/drive/advice/ro…
Today I learned of COCOM limits, controls placed on GPS systems which stop them from functioning at a speed of over 1200 MPH and/or 59,000 feet. These are specifically in place to prevent the GPS from being used to guide missiles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coo…
For several years the CIA paid sex workers to bring men back to a β€œsafehouse” brothel so they could secretly dose them with LSD and watch what happened through a two-way mirror in an effort to find a mind control drug. discovermagazine.com/mind…
Today I learned of the time a 59-year-old Louisiana man was captured by South Koreans after trying to cross the Civilian Control Line into North Korea. When questioned, he claimed he was going to "help resolve tensions on the Korean Peninsula." All he packed for his heroic escapade was extra underwear. cbsnews.com/news/south-ko…
In 2011, near Syracuse, N.Y., a man riding bareheaded in an anti-helmet law rally lost control of his cycle, went over his handlebars, hit his head on the pavement and died. A state troopers said he motorcyclist likely would have survived the accident if he'd been wearing a helmet. cbc.ca/news/world/motorcy…
The CIA was on a Quest For Mind Control. They used Torture, LSD And had a β€˜Poisoner In Chief' npr.org/2019/09/09/758989…
That, in March 2001, while on a trip in Kenya, the pilot of an airplane with Rowan Atkinson in it fainted, so Atkinson took control and flew it, until the pilot recovered en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Row…
Lysol was advertised as a method of birth control (via douching), leading to several deaths myvagina.com/douching-as-…
Today I learned that Taiwan has 5 branches of government. Aside from Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches there's the Examination Yuan which validates qualifications of civil servants and the Control Yuan which is an investigative branch that audits, evaluates and prosecutes govt officials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gov…
Japan Airlines Flight 1628 over Alaska had a 42 minute long UFO encounter Supported by Radar Data and Air Traffic Control and Voice Cockpit recordings leaked in 2001 by FAA Division Chief of the Accidents and Investigations division John Callahan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
The first large scale human trial for the birth control pill was conducted on Puerto Rican women in the 1950s. These women were unknowingly participating in the clinical trial and deaths of participants were not investigated. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
Robotic assisted surgeries have been done for more than 10 years. The Dr sits at a station in the operating room with a 3-D display and uses joystick-like controls to manipulate robotic arms, but does not physically touch the patient to perform the surgery. my.clevelandclinic.org/he…
The left-brain/right-brain theory that each side of the brain controls certain functions and people’s abilities are based on their stronger side is actually a myth. Studies have shown that both sides of the brain collaborate to perform tasks, and that they perform equal activity on average. verywellmind.com/left-bra…
A full NASA space suit costs $12,000,000. While the entire suit costs a cool $12m, 70% of that cost is for the backpack and control module. theplanets.org/space-fact…
Alberta Canada is the largest inhabited land mass that has no rat population. Every territory surrounding it has rats, but high rat control efforts have kept them out. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Helen Keller took over the controls of a Douglas Skymaster airplane for 20 minutes while flying over the Mediterranean during a trip from Rome to Paris. The instructions were relayed from the pilot to Polly Thompson, and then to Helen through fingerspelling. afb.org/HelenKellerArchiv…
Hitler slept until noon most days, including D-Day, so 2 crucial Panzer divisions under his exclusive control where unusable robotbutt.com/2017/02/02/…
In ancient Rome under times of crisis the senate could appoint a person to have almost complete control of Rome. This person was called a Dictator. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
The British government in the 1960s feared that their control of Gibraltar was at risk from monkey lesbianism. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/39…
When Benito Mussolini lost control of Italy, he was actually overthrown by his own fascist government. bbc.co.uk/history/histori…
Today I learned of Chara Nash, the woman who had her face, jaw and hands torn off by an out of control pet chimpanzee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Cats are sometimes intentionally released into urban environments on the popular assumption that they will control the rat population; but there is little scientific basis for this. In fact, they end up harming the beneficial native wildlife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Corey Hart's hit song Sunglasses at Night was inspired by the recording sessions for the album, where control room personnel wore sunglasses to protect their eyes from the A/C vents directly above the mixing console en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
Today I learned of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, a prominent american female labour activist, known for her promotion of women's rights, birth control, and suffrage. She died during a visit to the Soviet Union in 1964, and was awarded a state funeral and procession on the Red Square. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
l Python hunting is allowed in Florida's Everglades as a measure to control the non-native snake, the Pythons originally pets released by their owners have become an invasive species. The giant snakes have decimated local bird populations and wildlife because it has no know natural predators. sunshinestatenews.com/sto…
Cerebral palsy is a brain disorder that affects the areas of the brain that control movement. While CP can occur with intellectual disabilities, CP itself does not affect the reasoning areas of the brain. Most people with the disorder are as intelligent as anyone else. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cer…
The German city of Frankfurt Am Main supplies heroin addicts with clean needles and tolerates the consumption of drugs in "shooting galeries" around the central station to control the city's drug scene. This approach is called the "Frankfurt way". vice.com/en_uk/article/3b…
After WWII, a brief period of time, 1945 to 1952, was the only time when Japan was occupied by a foreign power in its entire history. Japan was under the sole control of the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Britney Spears has been under conservatorship for 12 years, her father has legal control over most of her life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Today I learned of the Beggar's Badge, a badge given out by the Scottish government in the 1400s. Only beggars who demonstrated adherence to Christian morals, and could prove themselves unable to work, were given a badge. This gave the government a way to control who was allowed to beg. historyscotland.com/histo…
Tournai is the only Belgian city to be ruled by England. It was under English control from 1513 to 1519. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tou…
Electric Eels Can Remotely Control Their Prey’s Muscles nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Harrison Ford has had 4 separate incidents while in control of various aircraft. One Crash Landing, one emergency landing, and two near misses while both landing and taxiing. usatoday.com/story/life/m…
Today I learned about the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, a series of nuclear reactors and processing labs with a history of meltdowns and fires that resulted in radiological releases 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The incident in 1959 was so bad they opened control room loading doors to vent contamination. thebulletin.org/2019/02/a…
While Michael Collins was orbiting the moon, mission control warned of a problem with the shuttle's coolant system. Instead of fixing the problem manually as advised, he flicked the system's switch from auto to manual, then back to auto, and carried on with other chores. The issue self resolved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Today I learned of the Beijing Weather Modification Office, used by the government to control the weather on demand. Examples include creating real snowfall for New Years Day and moving clouds away from the Olympic Stadium to prevent rain by firing chemicals into the sky. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bei…
The majority of Americans teenagers are still virgins by the time they hit eighteen, and the number using birth control has increased over time. consumer.healthday.com/ki…
Three NASA astronauts staged a strike in space on Dec. 28, 1973. The astronauts turned off radio communications with NASA ground control. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky…
The U.S. has control over an island in the Indian Ocean which it got from the British who took it from Mauritius. It has a base on the island is named 'Footprint of Freedom' and the name of its camp is 'Camp Justice' while original inhabitants of the island are displaced from their homeland youtu.be/e1EymGBTl-A
A first time deer hunter named Sergio Martinez, who got lost in the woods of San Diego county in 2003, set a small fire to signal rescuers. The fire quickly got out of control and became the Cedar Fire burning nearly 300,000 acres of land, destroying more than 2200 homes and killing 15 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ced…
Horsehair worms are parasites. The can live inside a cricket and control it boosting chemicals in its host's brain. They also eat all cricket's stored-up fat and crickets lose their chirp. kqed.org/science/1937775/…
Today I learned about Bodega Cats, which are the traditional pets kept by several convenience stores in New York City. They act as a form of pest control in stores that are especially prone to rodent infestations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bod…
In Ireland you cant own a lake or river but by owning the land on both sides you can own the bed and the airspace above and completely control access to it canoe.ie/water-access/
Today I learned about Homo Syntheticus, the idea that we will soon take control of evolution away from nature and replace it with cybernetics & genetic engineering. techcrunch.com/2016/05/01…
Today I learned of the Republic XF-84H, the loudest aircraft ever built. Its engine was audible from 22 miles away, and Edwards Air Force Base was worried the noise would break windows in the control tower. The airplane was not popular at Edwards, and is rumored to have caused several miscarriages. airspacemag.com/how-thing…
Today I learned of a parasitic fungus called cordyceps that infects ants. Once a spore finds a host it grows a network of roots inside, delivering chemicals that will eventually give the fungus full control of the ant, using the body to reach a suitable place to grow. It anchors down with its jaws, permanently. youtube.com/watch?v=vijGd…
When Henry Ford II took control of Ford Motor Co., the first thing he did was fire his grandfather's brutal, union-busting head of security by sending his own second-in-command, a former FBI agent, to deliver the news. Both men drew handguns on each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Female wasps will attack almost any other insect to implant their eggs, which hatch into parasitic larva that eventually kill their host. This actually makes them useful as a 'green' method of pest control, being intentionally introduced to decimate the populations of crop-killing pests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
The mafia used to control the artichoke industry in NYC, ultimately leading to Mayor LaGuardia banning the vegetable in 1930 atlasobscura.com/articles…
Bears can be chased off by dogs, as they associate them with wolves, or humans. Where there's one wolf, there's usually a pack waiting. (Or some human with a gun/phone with animal control) bearwithus.org/understand…
Engineers at IBM had to hand weave their memory 14KB in total for both control and redundancy of their flight computer in the SATURN V launch vehicle. Wire shaped inside the mesh represented a bit based on the magnetic field generated by the direction of current flowing through it. youtube.com/watch?v=dI-JW…
Under NACO(National AIDS control organisation) of india,they are providing free needles to drug abusers in order to avoid the needle sharing and subsequent risk of HIV transmission. naco.gov.in
The greater rhea, an ostrich-like bird native to South America, is now represented by a small but growing wild population in northern Germany after some escaped from a game farm in 2000. Hunting was recently introduced to control the population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Luis Felipe, leader of the Latin Kings, sentenced to life imprisonment with 45 years to be served in solitary confinement in an unprecedented sentence. No one is allowed to write him letters , no one to visit unless close relative, which he has none and the Judge will be in control whole time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lui…
Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation did not free slaves living in Tennessee (or any other state under Union control). timesnews.net/Blog/2019/0…
A NASA Flight Controller Rode His Horse To Mission Control Because The Parking Permit For His Car Was Revoked. historycollection.jsc.nas…
The HongKong Dollar being pegged to the US Dollar at a rate of 7.80 under the linked exchange rate system, where the government does not control the supply/demand in the foreign exchange market, exchange rate is stabilised by arbitrage where banks sell HongKong Dollar at a gain/loss. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Bill Gates hijacked the control panel at an airport gate -- and got the plane to come back. businessinsider.com/10-th…
Today I learned of Hogan Sisters, conjoined twins who share a brain therefore they can control each others limbs, see from each others eyes and and know what other twin is thinking about cbc.ca/cbcdocspov/m_featu…
The US Navy submarines started using Xbox 360 controllers back in 2017 to control their periscopes theverge.com/2017/9/19/16…
, mongooses found in Hawai’i are native to India and were originally introduced to Hawai’i Island in 1883 by the sugar industry to control rats in sugarcane fields and have since caused the extinction of 8 federally listed endangered Hawaiian birds. dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/info…
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress airplane (WW2, Korean War) had an analog computer system that allowed one team to simultaneously control 4 turrets mounted on the bottom of the wings β€” the computer calculates the aim and automatically adjusts all of the turrets respectively youtu.be/XakK81edKFA?t=95
When Deep Blue, the chess-playing computer developed by IBM, became the first computer system to defeat world champion Garry Kasparov in a match under standard chess tournament time controls, Kasparov accused IBM of cheating and demanded a rematch. IBM refused and dismantled Deep Blue. wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_B…
Women on birth control pills blink 32% more often than other women. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7…
Real-life Zombies exists in nature. One example is Zombie Ants, insects infected with a fungal parasite that controls their body and mind, making them crawl up plants where they stay put. When they die, their infectious fungal spores rain down on other ants below, spreading the contagion. bbc.com/earth/story/20170…
The owner of nissan.com and nissan.net was in a 20 year legal battle against Nissan Motor for control over the domain names. After many years of lawsuits and appeals, Nissan never got control over neither domain nissan.com/Lawsuit/The_St…
In most states, a "Certificate of Need" is required before a new hospital can be established. A new entrant has to prove that its services and capacity are "needed,” and existing hospitals are given a chance to argue why the entrant should be barred. This is meant to control care costs. ncsl.org/research/health/…
Dr. William Marston, a famous psychologist, created Wonder Woman in 1941. He was interested in the women's suffrage movement and in Margaret Sanger, the birth control and women's rights activist β€” who was also his mistress's aunt npr.org/2014/10/27/359078…
Most muppets are lefthanded, because most muppet-puppet-players are righthanded and use their dominant hand to control the head of the muppet, so they use the left hand to control the arm. 6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.co…
Scientists discovered the specific molecule in bees' royal jelly (which worker bees feed to larvae) that aids wound healing, called "defensin-1". Compared to a control, a royal jelly trial & a pure defensin-1 promoted healing of wounds on rats. nature.com/articles/s4159…
Control+Alt+Delete was used to log into Windows. According to Bill Gates, there was an option to make a single button for such a command, but the IBM keyboard designer didn’t want to give Microsoft a single button. So Microsoft decided to use β€œCtrl+Alt+Del” as a way to log into Windows. geekwire.com/2013/gates-h…
Today I learned about Castrator barnacles, a species that feminizes male crabs after parasitically taking control of their reproductive physiology. This causes the male crab to grow ovaries, develop female behaviors, and care for the barnacle's egg sack as its own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels aerobatics team perform all their maneuvers on an aircraft with a modified control stick spring tensioned with 40 lbs of pressure. Additionally the pilots do not use G-suits despite making high-G maneuvers during their routines. blueangels.navy.mil/faq
After seeing the 1989 Tony Danza comedy "She's out of Control" film critic Gene Siskel felt so distraught & depressed he nearly quit his career as a film critic. youtube.com/watch?v=--r_V…
Hot air balloon pilots don't directly control the direction of flight. They can only increase or decrease the balloon's altitude to place the balloon into a wind going the same direction they need. They have a few methods to check the direction of the air above and below the balloon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
The phrase "Houston, we have a problem." is actually a misquote. After the explosion on Apollo 13, Jack Swigert instead reported to ground control, "Uh, Houston, we've had a problem here." history.nasa.gov/SP-350/c…
The US bombed the South indiscriminately with pesticides to try to eradicate fire ants but instead killed native insects and birds that otherwise would have kept them in control youtu.be/rz3UdLEWQ60
, The US state of Michigan used to be part of the Canadian province of Quebec in 1774, while the United Stated didn't have uncontested control of Michigan's Upper Peninsula until 1818. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Alan Smithee was an official pseudonym used by film directors who wished to disown a film. In order to use the pseudonym, directors were required to prove that they were not able to exercise creative control over the project. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
The kid that used the remote control lawnmower in Honey I Shrunk the Kids died of a heroin overdose while in prison in Arizona. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
There is a plane that flies above Los Angeles every single day releasing thousands of sterile fruit flies from 2,000ft in the air to combat the invasive Mediterranean Fruit Fly. Up to 125,000 flies per square mile are released each week in what’s called β€œbiological birth control” cdfa.ca.gov/plant/PDEP/pr…
, The first recorded car accident occured in Ohio City in 1891. The driver was James William Lambert, he lost control of the vehicle because he hit a tree root and smashed into a hitching post. ohiohistorycentral.org/w/…
The album "Trout Mask Replica" by Captain Beefheart was composed by a man who had limited musical knowledge but held a cult leader like control over the band, allegedly refusing to let them leave and making weird rules that bordered on brainwashing. The album is now considered a work of art. pitchfork.com/reviews/alb…
Chanel's directors were Jewish and that during the Nazi invasion of France Coco Chanel used her position as an "Aryan" to claim sole ownership. The Wertheimers, anticipating the move, turned the control over to a Christian French businessman who, after the war, returned the company to them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
Chimpanzees are the only primates apart from humans observed to not only have territory but also defend that territory, and go to war against other owners of territory for control over it, leading to (relatively) massive casualties. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
There was technically a second Norman Conquest of England, in the 13th century King Louis VIII briefly seized control of England and declared himself King before being defeated a few months later. He was never officially crowned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, was a victim of the CIA's MKUltra mind control project boingboing.net/2014/05/09…
Today I learned about Delusional parasitosis, a mental disorder in which individuals have a persistent belief that they are infested with living or nonliving pathogens such as parasites, insects, or bugs, when no such infestation is present. It's most commonly seen in the pest control field. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…

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