The theft of catalytic converters from cars has skyrocketed in recent years due to the precious metals eg. rhodium, palladium and platinum, contained in the devices. bbc.com/news/business-497…
In 1973 the CEO of GM dismissed Honda's CVCC technology as only good for "little toy motorcycle engines." Soichiro Honda then bought a Chevy Impala with a 5.7L V8 and had engineers build a CVCC system for it. Flown back to the US, it passed EPA tests without a catalytic converter. jalopnik.com/when-honda-g…
In 1966, General Motors had a working electric car, the Electrovair II. It was built using the Chevy Corvair body, a 532-volt silver-oxide battery array, and had a range of up to 80 miles. GM however was focused on more practical concerns, like developing the catalytic converter. autoblog.com/2010/08/13/f…
In 1973, a photo of a Swedish Playboy model was used to engineer the digital image format that would become the JPEG. Engineers at University of Southern California tore off the top third of the spread, ran it through a set of analog-to-digital converters, and saved the resulting 512-line scan. macobserver.com/link/lena…
NASA made a car engine in 1986 that required no oil changes ever, met emissions standards without a catalytic converter, could run on any type of fuel, and got 41 MPG when installed into a Chevy youtube.com/watch?v=H_Vnx…
More than half the supply of palladium is used in catalytic converters, which convert as much as 90% of the harmful gases in automobile exhaust into less noxious substances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
George Lucas named Tosche Station (where Luke wants to get his Power Converters) after the lead detective on The Zodiac Killer case, Dave Toschi. Lucas had felt the San Francisco detective had been unfairly judged in his handling of the case. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The first digital CADC (Central Air Data Computer) was used in the F-14 Tomcat (1970). The integrated flight control system developed by Garrett AiResearch consisted of an A-to-D converter, several quartz pressure sensors and the MOS-based microprocessor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Catalytic converters, although designed to reduce toxins and other pollutants found in vehicle exhaust, increase CO2 emissions per vehicle by 10% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Today I learned of a waste disposal system that seems to have no downsides. Behold! Plasma Waste Converters! youtube.com/watch?v=pTLyK…
The world's first analog to digital converter was made out of string and magnets blog.gatunka.com/2014/04/…
The first digital/analog converter in the world was made from string and magnets blog.gatunka.com/2014/04/…
Nascar engines are carbureted (instead of fuel injected) and have no catalytic converters. Just like a 1950s car. auto.howstuffworks.com/qu…
Because of catalytic converters it is almost impossible to commit suicide by running your car in the garage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
That Windows 7 Calculator has lots of new features including a programming mode and unit converter
For cars bought in the U.S., catalytic converters have a mandatory 8 year or 80,000 mile warranty carcarepeople.com/a/feder…
A field of seagrass converts carbon dioxide to oxygen at over 8x the rate of a forest the same size. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The reason cellular signal is so bad in poor weather is because raindrops and water vapor reflect radio waves and convert them into heat energy before they can reach your phone. The same goes for clouds, snow, and fog. wilsonamplifiers.com/blog…
Alec Guinness played detective-priest Father Brown in a movie. While filming he met a French child and although unable to speak French, Guinness was impressed that the child was so friendly and decided that the Church had an unfair reputation. He later converted to Catholicism. catholicculture.org/cultu…
There is a cavernous 40-foot tall basement underneath the Lincoln Memorial excavated during its construction. At one point it was open to the public, before being closed after asbestos was found by a tourist. As recently as 2017, it was proposed the basement should be converted to a museum. architectofthecapital.org…
Erwin Wurm sculpted a Convertible Fat Car (Porsche) in 2005. His artwork is meant to critique consumer culture. xavierhufkens.com/exhibit…
There is a 1:1 Douglas DC-3 in Whitehorse, Yukon that has been converted into a weatherwane youtube.com/watch?v=lSIDO…
Aurora Borealis occur when electrically charged particles from the sun collide with oxygen & nitrogen particles in the air. Their energy is partially converted into light. Depending on the height at which the particles collide, it glows red, green or blue-violet. theconversation.com/curio…
An Indian man lost his mother as his village had no ambulance.So he vowed that no one should die because of lack of transportation to any medical facility. Thereafter he converted his own bike into an ambulance to transfer poor villagers to nearby hospitals for free. myindiamyglory.com/2017/0…
Humans have developed injections containing nanoparticles which when administered into the eye convert infrared into visible light giving night vision for up to 10 weeks popularmechanics.com/mili…
"Tom's Diner" was the first song ever to be converted to MP3 format en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
A Nazi officer named Johann von Leers praised Islam for "preventing the threatened conquest of Arabia by the Jews". He later escaped to Egypt, converted to Islam, and changed his name to Omar Amin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of the MT Vulcanus, a freighter ship that was converted into an incinerator ship to burn hazardous waste, including Agent Orange from the Vietnam War. The ship burned hazardous waste at sea in the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, and South Pacific from 1972 until 1990. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MT_…
Toronto has around 90 fake houses (they look real on the outside) which contain transformers that convert raw, high voltage electricity to a voltage low enough to distribute throughout the city. blogto.com/city/2010/10/t…
When the Grand Mosque of Mecca was seized by hundreds of insurgents in 1979, since Islam forbids any violence within (to the extent that plants cannot be uprooted), action couldn't be taken until a religious sanction was given and French commandos who participated had to convert to Islam en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
The Fibonacci numbers (1,1,2,3,5,8....) can be used to approximately convert miles to kilometers. 2 mi β‰ˆ 3 km, 3 mi β‰ˆ 5 km, etc. catonmat.net/fibonacci-mi…
There were two World War II era American aircraft carriers called USS Lexington: CV-2 and CV-16. CV-2 was a converted battle cruiser, and when it was sunk, the CV-16 USS Cabot which was under construction was renamed Lexington in that ship's honor. CV-16 is now a museum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Inventors of "a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander" were awarded 2009 Ig Nobel prize in Public health improbable.com/ig-about/w…
Dave Chappelle converted to Islam in 1991 content.time.com/time/art…
The US has been quietly converting to the metric system and has already gotten pretty far smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The Christian Cult called "The Children of God" encouraged its female members to enter into sexual relationships with potential converts to lure them in. Called 'Flirty Fishing', they 'successfully' lured over 100,000 men into the cult. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
That, in 1967, due an argument with their bishop everyone in a small Italian village renounced Catholicism and converted en masse to Greek Orthodox. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
The Sun converts 4 million tons of matter into energy every second. That's the equivalent mass of 40 aircraft carriers and power output of 50 billion nuclear bombs each second. solar-center.stanford.edu…
When the 2014 VW Beetle convertible was introduced, certain markets had the option of the "Beetle" badge being replaced with the local language's slang term for the original Beetle, such as "Vocho", "Fusca" or "Coccinelle". volkswagen-newsroom.com/e…
Last year, researchers from the University of British Columbia figured out how to convert blood type A into the universal Type O, which all patients can receive in a transfusion, regardless of their own blood type. This could broaden the supply of blood and ease shortages. sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, the abandoned prison where The Shawshank Redemption was filmed, was purchased for $1 and converted into a tourist attraction that nets $16 million annually. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
After leaving the WWE, the late Chyna moved to Japan to teach English and converted to Mormonism while there ldssmile.com/2016/04/21/c…
The last Confederate killed in the American Civil War, Charles A.L. Lamar, also happened to have sponsored the second-last ship bringing an illegal cargo of enslaved Africans to the U.S. - the ship was later seized by the Union navy and converted into a gunboat, the USS Wanderer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Morgan Freeman converted his 124-acre ranch into a giant sanctuary to protect honey bees mymodernmet.com/morgan-fr…
The Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) create an intense radio emission that can be converted to sound youtube.com/watch?v=Zcef9…
There are two seperate and incompatible power grids in Japan. East Japan (Tokyo) is powered by 50hz generators and West Japan (Osaka, Kyoto) is powered by 60hz. As early companies looked for AC current options, the east ordered their generators from Germany, the west ordered from America. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
Starman is a mannequin, dressed as an astronaut, riding inside a cherry red Tesla Roadster Convertible Car through space. Starman's Convertible was launched on SpaceX Falcon Heavy - February 6th, 2018. Starman is soaring through space at a whopping 14,668 mi/h. space.com/39759-spacex-st…
Harvard used to have an "Indian College". They were low on funds in the 1640s, and thus obtained funds from an England religious charity to educate (and convert) Native-Americans. The schools building opened in 1656, the first in Harvard Yard. It housed the first printing press in the colonies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The Grasshopper Mouse survives on a meat-based diet and is not only immune to scorpion venom, but converts it into a pain killer. It is also known as the Werewolf Mouse because it howls to mark its territory. youtube.com/watch?v=1K9mO…
The Chinese surname Chen largely comes from the assimilation of a nomadic Xianbei tribe into what is now China. The Xianbei subjects whose surname of HΓ³umΓ²chΓ©n were converted to Chen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
The brazen bull was allegedly a torture and execution device designed in ancient Greece. Prisoners were to get in a bronze bull and a fire was set below.The bull's head was designed with a system of tubes so that the prisoner's screams were converted into sounds like bellowing of a bull. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Today I learned about the Norweigen Crusade, were the newly converted vikings sailed to the holy land. Looting and pillaging on their way. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Vladimir Lenin's personal car at the time of his death was a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost that he had converted into a half-track. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
Researchers report that they used newly discovered gut bacteria enzymes to convert type A blood to type O at a rate faster than ever before. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article…
Canadian researchers discovered how to convert blood types A, B and AB to universal donor O-negative. They found that human gut bacteria makes a class of enzymes which react with the non-O type red blood cells, essentially transforming them into O-negative. cbc.ca/radio/quirks/aug-2…
UPS used to convert their cargo aircrafts into passenger aircrafts. The service was called UPS Airlines and lasted from 1996-2001. aerosavvy.com/ups-727-pas…
Today I learned about the Denton House McDonald’s, a fast-food restaurant built in an 18th century farmhouse converted into a mansion. McDonald’s worked with conservationists to restore the house in exchange for permission to build a drive-thru. scoutingny.com/the-most-b…
Vladimir The Great, Prince of Kiev, considered converting from Paganism to Islam. He sent envoys to study Islam, but upon Learning that Islam forbade alcohol and pork, he got baptized himself and baptized Kiev Rus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla…
Many cargo aircraft can be temporarially converted into passenger transport using "palletised seating". Seats come on individual pallets, just like how air freight is normally carried, and is easily installed in the same way too, without any physical modification to the aircraft. kwdmfg.com/products/mixed…
The actor playing Hedorah the Smog Monster in a 1971 Godzilla film came down with appendicitis. Doctors were forced to perform surgery while he was still wearing the monster suit due to the length of time it took to take off. During the operation he learned that painkillers had no effect on him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
Most of the Arabian Peninsula had converted to Islam within 15 years of when Muhammad first started preaching publicly en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muh…
The US Metric Association publishes a bi-monthly newsletter giving updates on converting the US to the metric system. It's been published since 1966. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
During the 1990's it's believed that up to 90% of the worldwide supply of LSD was manufactured in an decommissioned US missile silo converted into a luxury hideaway with hot tubs and bath appointed with imported marble. atlasobscura.com/places/w…
Hundreds of thousands of Moroccan Jews were saved from being deported to concentration camps thanks to Sultan Mohamed V who told the Nazis in 1941 "there are no Moroccan Jews or Muslims, only Moroccans." latimes.com/opinion/op-ed…
The US signed a treaty to convert to metric units in 1878. Instead of converting they changed the definition of all units to their metric equivalent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…

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