The β€˜Batman Effect’. Adopting an alter ego is an extreme form of β€˜self-distancing’, which involves taking a step back from our immediate feelings to allow us to view a situation more dispassionately. It can help control anxiety, and help the subject pursue exercise and healthy diet bbc.com/worklife/article/…
Today I learned of the $23 million dollar toilets designed by NASA for deep space missions. With odor control being a serious issue, NASA pays certified sniffers to smell the toilets after they've been used to evaluate odor-control measures. The lead engineer calls them the "unsung heroes of the space program". laptrinhx.com/the-toilet-…
Genghis Khan would marry off a daughter to the king of an allied nation. Then he would assign his new son in law to military duty in the Mongol wars, while his daughter took over the rule. Most sons in law died in combat, giving his daughters complete control of these nations thetyee.ca/Books/2010/07/…
Julius Caesar and Cleopatra were in a relationship and political alliance. Julius Caesar needed Cleopatra's money, and Cleopatra needed the help of Caesar's army to take control of Egypt from her husband/brother Ptolemy XIII. historyextra.com/period/a…
Over 200 bird species including the Northern Cardinals, wild turkeys and Baltimore Orioles use a method of pest control called "anting." They take an ant in their beak and wipe their tail feathers in order to deter lice. The ants release formic acid that the birds utilize routinely. worldbirds.org/cardinal-b…
After crashing, a driver in German was fined for using Tesla touchscreen wiper controls, under the same rules as using a phone while driving. The German court decided touchscreen car controls should be treated as a distracting electronic device bbc.co.uk/news/technology…
Today I learned about Yaupon, a holly bush indigenous to the south-east United States. It was once the most widely consumed caffeinated beverage in the Americas, so popular that the British East India Company deemed it a threat to their control of the tea market. bbc.com/travel/story/2021…
The flight control computer on the F-22 Raptor is so advanced that the manual stated "you can maneuver the airplane with reckless abandon, without departing from controlled flight" youtu.be/22u4qxm1YjY?t=24…
Doctor Who briefly featured Kamelion, an android who was "played" by an actual robot. Unfortunately, the writers had to kill the character off when the robot's inventor, who was the only one who knew how to control it, died in a boating accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kam…
Berkshire Hathaway was a failing textile business. The chairman at the time offered to buy Warren Buffet's stake, but changed his offer last minute. Angered, Buffet bought more, taking control of the company and firing the chairman. Berkshire Hathaway is now the 8th largest company in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Neil Armstrong's heart rate spiked to 150+ when NASA turned the control over to him for the moon landing. popsci.com/apollo-moon-la…
Today I learned of the Kardashev scale, a method to measure and compare a civilization's technological advancement. A type 1 civilization can use and control the energy of it's planet, a type 2 civilization controls and populates it's planetary system and a type 3 harnesses the energy of it's entire galaxy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
The developers of the racing simulator game Assetto Corsa were attempting to find the source of what they believed to be a bug with the in-game traction control. In reality, the "bug" was the simulation accurately recreating a real world physics problem they were unaware of. youtube.com/watch?v=PFxIZ…
In 1997 Russia tried manually docking a supply vessel to the Mir space station using only a handheld laser range finder, stopwatch, and remote control joysticks. It went badly, but visiting NASA astronaut Michael Foale managed to save Mir by MacGyvering sailing technique with physics knowledge. curious-droid.com/316/spa…
Alberta Indigenous Communities feared the poison used in rat control. In order to convince them, a member of the Agriculture staff ate the drug while discussing the issues and impressed the natives. open.alberta.ca/dataset/5…
Camel and goat eyes are ovals to better control light input and are horizontal for a 'panoramic view' that blocks light from above and below. Cats and predators are vertical slits for judging distance without moving the head. Cats eyes alone have ~9x more control over light than humans. theconversation.com/revea…
The NASA Vehicle Assembly Building is so large, in fact, that it has its own weather. On humid days, rain clouds can form below the ceiling, requiring about 10,000 tons of air conditioning equipment to control the moisture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veh…
As Drone Bees mate with Queen Bees mid-flight, all blood in the Drone's body rushes to his endophallus causing him to lose control of his body. After inseminating the queen, his body falls to the ground leaving part of his endophallus in the queen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dro…
MRI data was analyzed from participants consisting of more than 800 incarcerated men who committed homicide and those who committed other crimes, the 200 men who committed homicide showed reduced gray matter in brain regions responsible for behavioral control and social cognition. the-scientist.com/noteboo…
Honeybees used in almond groves often die of pesticides, lack of biodiversity, arousal from dormancy early. To mitigate, growers split hives, put mail-order queens in new hives, feed bees fake pollen. The "Bee Better" program puts diverse flora in almond groves as natural pest control/bee food. theguardian.com/environme…
The US Navy is replacing the heavy and clunky control panel for the ship's periscope, with an Xbox 360 controller. The USS Colorado is the first to have the conversion installed with plans to convert all Virginia-class submarines with the Xbox controllers. geekwire.com/2017/u-s-nav…
The earliest form of sushi, a dish today known as narezushi, has its probable origin in ancient Southern China. The prototypical "narezushi" was made by lacto-fermenting fish with salt and rice in order to control putrefaction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
When dreaming, hardcore video gamers have been reported to be able to toggle between first and third-person point-of-view; readily take control over and even enjoy nightmares; and have more dreams that involve far-fetched or impossible scenarios, like imaginary characters or space travel theverge.com/2014/1/21/53…
Wild blueberries bushes grow naturally in rocky terrain via a dense network of underground rhizomes that helps with nutrient extraction. A controlled field burn in the off-season, traditionally practiced by Native Americans on the Maine coast, enriches the soil and provides pest/weed control. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The US Navy believed that the United Kingdom had no chance of winning the Falklands War. They believed that it was a 'military impossibility' for the UK to regain control of the Falklands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
In 2014 and 2019 an environmental group, the Center for Biological Diversity, wanted to introduce grizzly bears into Arizona, including Grand Canyon. The reintroduction of grizzly bears to the greater Southwest would’ve helped control prey population and sustain the health of deer and elk herds. ktar.com/story/2632453/co…
Many birth control pills contain Folic Acid to prevent neural tube defects if the contraceptive happened to fail. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Martha's Vineyard is one of only 5 Natural Features in the U.S. with possessive apostrophes in their names. The Board on Geographic Names has only permitted 5 places to spell their names with possessive apostrophes to avoid disputes and issues over the ownership and control of the land. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Today I learned of the National Weight Control Registry, which tracks 6,000 Americans and has shown that calorie control and regular exercise is key to keeping off the pounds, regardless of how much fat you eat. consumerreports.org/cro/2…
The Allies did NOT liberate many of the LGBTQ+ prisoners interned in Nazi concentration camps upon taking control of them in 1945, and even kept Paragraph 175 of the German criminal code (which made homosexuality a crime and had been strengthened by the Nazis) on the books after the war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
When John DeLorean was busted buying cocaine, undercover agents thought he had paid by signing over control of his car company. At trial, it came out that he had signed over rights to a worthless holding company instead. legal.thomsonreuters.com/…
Today I learned about "Manilatown" in San Francisco, one of the US' first Filipino American communities. In the 1960s, the community was getting destroyed due to city development and forced eviction, which led to an anti-eviction / tenants rights campaign, helping rent control laws be established in 1979. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Today I learned about Alex Zanardi who in 2001 crashed his racing car which ripped off his legs. Two years later he had recovered enough to complete his remaining 13 laps with the help of prosthetics and hand controls. Zanardi overcame his injuries and resumed full time racing again in 2004. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Due to the use of plastics (that leech hormone-mimicking chemicals), pesticides, & birth control meds, there has been a rise in aquatic animals found with intersex traits. In one US wildlife refuge, 85% of males of a bass species were found with eggs growing in their testes. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Today I learned of Hawaii's "Forbidden Isle", an island bought by a Scottish woman for $10,000 in 1864. Access to the island or its 170 inhabitants requires special permission from the woman's great-great grandsons, who still own and control the island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ni%…
In 2008, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh taught a monkey to control a robotic arm using only its mind. The experiment was conducted to further research into creating robotic prostheses for paralysis and stroke victims. chronicle.pitt.edu/story/…
Figure Skating got its name from skaters' abilities to trace patterns on the ice to be judged for motor control and accuracy. The rise of broadcasting the sport made the art difficult to follow on TV, so tracing was dropped in 1991, and younger athletes began winning based on difficult leaping. britannica.com/sports/fig…
For Freud, Schizophrenia was an infantile state. He stated that symptoms such as delusions of grandeur reflect this primitive state. He further thought that auditory hallucinations reflect the persons attempt to re- establish ego control lankaweb.com/news/items/2…
An electric eel can also remotely control its prey's movements, with electrical impulses acting on the prey's motor neurons. It can make hidden prey twitch to reveal itself, and then freeze so that it doesn't escape. science.sciencemag.org/co…
, William C. "Billy" Durant, founder of General Motors Corporation, lost control of the firm in 1910 to a bankers trust as a deal to buy Ford for $8 million fell through. After being forced out of GM, Durant co-founded the Chevrolet Motor Company in 1911 with Louis Chevrolet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned of The Suez Crisis, an invasion of Egypt in 1956 by Israel, the United Kingdom, and France with aims to regain control of the Suez Canal for the Western powers after Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue…
The title of the Radiohead album "OK Computer" comes from a line in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: "OK, computer, I want full manual control now." The song "Paranoid Android" refers to "Hitchhiker" character Marvin, the Paranoid Android. vice.com/en/article/ev4ga…
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…
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a tradition of passing around a lucky jar of peanuts throughout mission control during critical events. The tradition started with the Ranger 7 Moon-imaging mission in 1964, which was the first successful Ranger mission after six previous failed attempts. space.com/16927-mars-rove…
Certain controls on airplanes are 'shape coded' so a pilot can tell what a switch or lever will do just by touch. davidhall.io/psychologica…
The Maltese language is descended from the time of Muslim Arab control over Malta a millennium ago. The Arab language survived Christian reconquest, but disconnected from the Arab world, absorbed Italian/Sicilian/English vocabulary, evolving into Maltese today. It is written with Latin script. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
The Canadian province Alberta basically has no permanent Norway Rat population because they have an incredibly aggressive rat control program. It includes a hotline to call if you ever actually see a rat in the province. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
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…
Blue Angels pilots do not wear a G-suit despite pulling high G maneuvers of 7 to 8 Gs as the G-suit interferes with their ability to control the aircraft navytimes.com/news/your-n…
Scientists implanted mice brains with human brain cells and the mice became "statistically and significantly smarter than control mice." They then created mouse-human hybrids by implanting baby mice with mature human astrocytes. Those cells completely took over the mouse's brain. cnet.com/news/mice-implan…

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