Today I learned about the oldest known written complaint in the world. Around 1750 BC a man in Babylon named Ea-nasir sold substandard copper ingots to a man named Nanni and treated Nanni's servant rudely. The tablet is one of several found in the same building, all of which are complaints about Ea-nasir. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Today I learned of the "copper" scroll found with the Dead Sea Scrolls. Besides being metal, this scroll is different from the others in that it is not a religious work. It claims to list the locations of where various items of gold and silver were buried or hidden. Attempts to find it have been unsuccessful. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop…
A teenaged Evel Kinevel, while working at a copper mine, popped a wheelie with a piece of heavy machinery. He hit a power line, causing the city of Butte, Montana to lose power for several hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
Paul Revere III, the great-great-great-great-grandson of the American Revolutionary War hero of the same name, currently serves as legal counsel for a copper manufacturing company which was founded by the original Paul Revere in 1801. romesentinel.com/stories/…
The book that the Disney classic Fox and the Hound was based on ended with the master as a drunk who poisoned a kid, Tod the fox dropping dead from exhaustion of Copper chasing him, and Copper being shot because dogs weren't allowed at the nursing home the master moved to. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A United States Nickel is only 25% nickel and is actually 75% copper en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Today I learned about the city of Cahokia; a Native American (Mississippian) city built on the Mississippi which had over 140 hand-built earthen mounds, more people than contemporaneous London, a copper smelting workshop and 5 concentric circles of posts which line up with the sun on equinoxes and solstices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cah…
In 1719 miners found a body in a disused tunnel. It was so well preserved by the naturally occurring copper sulfate in the mine that it remained on display for 30 years. Eventually, a woman recognized him as her fiancΓ© who had disappeared in March 1677, 42 years before he was found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fet…
Andy Warhol made a painting by urinating on a canvas prepared with copper paint wikiart.org/en/andy-warho…
Normally, gold or clear lacquer is applied to the surface of the saxophone but some players prefer a dull finish. When a non-lacquered finish is used, the sulfur in sweat comes into contact with the copper in the brass, and little by little the shine is worn off and the color becomes drab yamaha.com/en/musical_ins…
NASA orbited a giant ring of copper around the earth that still mostly exists today youtube.com/watch?v=sOLwp…
Today I learned that Sweden used very big copper coins, which weighed up to 20 kilos, during the 1600s and 1700s. riksbank.se/en-gb/about-t…
Ancient Native American tribes around Great Lakes didn't need to smelt copper to make tools since the copper purity was around 95% and would be hammered into shape. While evidence of organized mining are present between 4000-500 BCE, there's oddly a lack of pottery and ceramics during this era. mpm.edu/research-collecti…
Canada’s Parliament Building’s iconic green oxidized copper roof was originally mopped with horse urine to speed up the oxidization. cbc.ca/amp/1.3227517
A Puli-type dog called The Auditor lived at the Berkeley Pit, a contaminated copper mine and Superfund site in Montana, in 1986-2003. Locals provided food and shelter but it mostly avoided humans. When it died, its hair turned out to have 128x the normal arsenic level. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aud…
The small pocket in jeans was designed to store pocket watch. The original copper-riveted jeans had a tiny pocket to hold small pocket watches for working men, from carpenters and miners to railroad engineers. And the design stuck ever since! today.com/style/why-do-je…
US pennies were made of steel in 1943 due to a copper shortage during world war 2. wikipedia.org/wiki/1943_s…
Afghanistan shares a 46-mile border with China. Marco Polo used it in his Silk Road travels. It's rumored to have a fort Alexander the Great was not able to conquer, and it has one of the largest untouched copper mines in the world. insider.com/afghanistan-c…
Octopuses have 2/3 of their neurons in their tentacles; the mother dies almost immediately after the eggs are hatched, due to exhaustion; their blood is copper based which makes it blue; they can change the color of their skin, & also texture; they can watch and learn; evolved from snails. youtu.be/GJor1sk_JDI
Michael Faraday did a four month long experiment on electric eels. Faraday applied copper paddles and saddles to eels and monitored their reactions, ultimately proving the animal's impulses were electrical by observing sparks and deflections on a galvanometer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Scientists trained 17 rats to drive tiny cars; each rat stood on the aluminum floor of the car & gripped copper bars with their paws to complete a circuit to propel the car. By touching left/center/right on the bar, rats could steer to pick up rewards of Froot Loops morsels in the arena. cnet.com/news/rats-drive-…
Green dirt in the nose pads of eyeglasses aren't moss/fungus but due to the oxidation of a certain type of copper used in glasses pottglasses.com/green-dir…
Along with blacksmiths, there are "whitesmiths" who work with tin or other light metals and "brownsmiths" who work with brass or copper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Today I learned of Basil the Copper Hand, a 10th century Byzantine rebel leader who had his hand cut off by Byzantine authories. He later fashioned a copper hand holding a large sword for himself and started another rebellion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Frank Gusenberg, a gangster who was shot 14 times in the St Valentine's Day massacre, refused to identify his killer. His last words were, "I ain't no copper." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
In the 1970s, AMC released a special edition Levi's denim-branded Gremlin, with a faux-denim interior and copper rivets instead of seat buttons automobilemag.com/news/th…
The US launched a series of satellites to seed the lower orbitals with over 400 Million small, copper needles to facilitate communications if an atomic warhead were detonated in the area because that would destroy the Ionosphere and negatively affect long-range communications. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Moscow mules were created by a guy that couldn’t sell his vodka, another that couldn’t sell his ginger beer and a lady that had too many copper mugs copper.org/consumers/arts…
The claim that Space Invaders caused a national 100-yen coin shortage in Japan in the late 70s is a myth. It was largely due to low production of the coin as metal composition changed - copper-nickel instead of silver - made people hoard the silver coins. academia.edu/2568838/Spac…
In the Early Bronze Age bronze was made of copper and arsenic rather than copper and tin, due to the scarcity of sites where tin can be mined. Only after improvements in long-distance trade the copper-tin alloy became dominant. makin-metals.com/about/hi…
In 1943 to save copper for WWII production, the US Mint made pennies from steel with a coating of zinc. These pennies had a silver appearance rather than the traditional copper coloring. thesprucecrafts.com/how-r…
The architects of the 2005 de Young museum in San Francisco hoped the building’s copper facade would have turned green by now, like the Statue of Liberty, but new estimates give it 50 years. sf.curbed.com/2017/5/31/1…
While bronze is usually made from copper and tin, it can be made with copper and arsenic instead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ars…
The most cited scientific paper in history, authored by Oliver H. Lowry, described one of the most important biological technique to easily measure the amount of protein in a solution based on their interaction with copper ions. It is now known as the Lowry's test. nature.com/news/the-top-1…
Coins like pennies actually have no odor. Metals such as iron & copper catalyze a chemical reaction in skin oils which produces the source of the "metal smell", a compound called 1-octen-3-one, and every person's smell is slightly different. nature.com/news/2006/0610…
Around 150 years before bimetallic Euro coins appeared, some bimetallic coins circulated in England. In J. Moore's 1840s privately-made "one penny model," proposed replacements for large copper pennies, a copper donut held a pea-sized silvery Queen Victoria disc. Some shopkeepers accepted them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/184…
The Statue of Liberty was originally a dull copper color, but after 20 years it oxidized and was covered in green petina. Congress wanted to paint away the corrosion, but the Army Corps of Engineers concluded it "softened the outlines of the Statue and made it beautiful." en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Today I learned of the Sword of Goujian, a completely untarnished 2000-year-old sword that was found in an ancient Chinese tomb. It also has an unusual sharpness for its age. This is due to its unique copper composition and the air tight scabbard it was found in, keeping it sealed from the elements. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swo…
Approximately 140 million cellphones are discarded every year, which would equate to 2,100 metric tons of copper and 3.9 metric tons of gold, among other metals, plastics and glasses techwalla.com/articles/wh…
Copper and brass are naturally antimicrobial. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Copper has antimicrobial properties and researchers found that a strain of human coronavirus - 229E - was rapidly destroyed on copper. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The Chrysler Building sits on land owned by Cooper Union, a non profit school. Because of Copper Union's non profit status this means that there is no property tax assessed to the property. Instead the Chrysler Building pays yearly rent to Cooper Union en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Today I learned of a Woman with β€˜Wi-Fi allergy’ sleeps in a $500 copper sleeping bag nypost.com/2019/09/27/wom…
, Ziprider, the world's longest zipline, located in Copper Canyon Mexico, is ~1.5 miles long and lets you travel at a speed of ~85 miles per hour. ziprider.com/rides/copper…
The first Zildjian cymbals were created in 1618 by Avedis Zildjian, an alchemist who was looking for a way to turn base metal into gold. He made an alloy of tin, copper, and silver into a sheet of metal, which could make musical sounds without shattering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ave…
Today I learned about the Copper Scroll, an ancient treasure map. Found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, it relates 64 positions where gold and silver have been hidden. Though searches are ongoing, as of yet, no treasure has been found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop…
There was a copper scroll found among the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1952 that is not a literary work like the others. Instead it lists the locations of valuable treasures such as silver and gold that have been buried or hidden. historicmysteries.com/cop…
Power lines are made of aluminum and not copper because even though aluminum lines must be 1.5 times thicker to match the same conductivity, they're still 2 times lighter. youtu.be/yn9qhQSMCRk
Imbuing N95 face masks with copper oxide particles significantly reduces the risk of transmission of the novel-type of flu viruses ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
People originally thought pennies would bring good luck because of religious beliefs.Ancient civilizations said metals-like copper-were gifts from Gods.Also, it comes down to the battle between good and evil-Finding a penny heads up meant you’d have luck on your side, tails would mean bad luck. rd.com/culture/why-are-pe…

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