The reason snow is able to absorb sound is because it is porous. Snowflakes are six-sided crystals, and they are filled with open spaces.Those spaces absorb sound waves, creating a quieting effect over a blanket of snow. reconnectwithnature.org/n…
Actor Dan Richter, the lead man-ape in "2001: A Space Odyssey", had the status of a β€œlegal” drug addict in England, and injected a doctor-prescribed combination of heroin and cocaine up to 7 times daily. When he needed additional stimulation, he always had state-supplied crystal meth on hand history.com/news/making-2…
Van Halen only agreed to let Pepsi use the song 'Right Now' in Crystal Pepsi commercials in 1992 and 1993 because it was crystal clear that if Van Halen did not license the song, Pepsi would hire studio musicians to record a cover. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rig…
The most common type of vertigo is caused by crystals (that sense gravity) becoming dislodged from a gelatin area inside the inner ear. vestibular.org/article/di…
The chemical formula for table salt, NaCl, does not actually describe the chemical formula of a molecule. It is actually the ratio of sodium atoms to chlorine atoms in a sodium chloride crystal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ion…
That 'The Dark Crystal' is largely inspired by Jim Hensen's obsession with a new age prophet Jane Roberts, who claimed to be sending messages from an extradimensional being named of 'Seth.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
'The Dark Crystal' was originally titled 'The Dark Chrysalis', but Brian Froud misheard Jim Henson, drew a crystal in his designs, and it stayed. thefilmagazine.com/the-da…
Today I learned about the Cave of the Crystals in Chihuahua, Mexico with tree sized selenite crystals. The cave is extremely hot, with air temperatures reaching up to 136 Β°F. Without proper protection, people can only endure approximately ten minutes of exposure at a time making almost impossible. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The Oldest known pieces of our planet’s surface are 4.4-Billion-year-old Zircon crystals from the Jack Hills of Western Australia. abc.net.au/news/2020-07-0…
The human brain has tiny tiny magnetic crystals scattered throughout it. physicstoday.scitation.or…
The term "crystal glass" is a pure oxymoron. By definition, glasses are materials that have their molecules unordered. In other words, the very definition of glass is a material that is not a crystal. wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2013…
In 1993 Pixar wanted Billy Crystal to voice Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story, but Crystal declined. The studio did a composite of what Buzz Lightyear would sound like with Crystal’s voice using audio from When Harry Met Sally. youtu.be/CXf8e_YL0kE
American country star Charley Pride played a show at Belfast's Ritz Cinema in the 70's, breaking a touring concert ban. His song "Crystal Chandeliers" was seen as a unity song en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Powder Room bar in Hollywood offers a $500 milkshake with decadent chocolates, ultra-premium spirits, gold flake, and includes a Swarovski crystal cocktail ring. cnbc.com/2017/11/21/the-p…
BBQ lighters us a small hammer mechanism (clicking sound) to strike a small piece of material (like pure quartz crystal), which in turn causes a small electrical charge to occur. This is what ignites the butane fuel. It's called a Piezoelectric Effect. home.howstuffworks.com/qu…
August’s birthstone, peridot, was prized by the ancient Egyptians and called, β€œthe gem of the sun.” The stone can be found deep in the earth’s mantle but also in meteorites. In 2004, we discovered peridot crystals in the surface of Mars. wikipedia.org/wiki/Perido…
That, when Dan Aykroyd was developing Crystal Head Vodka, he thought there would be a trademark conflict with "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull", a meeting between Aykroyd and director Steven Spielberg resulted in the drink being served at the movie's premiere en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
Today I learned about Time Crystals, discrete crystals that have a structure that repeats in time, causing them to resist entropy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Sandstone is made up of loosely packed quartz crystals which, over time, are buried, exposed to high pressure, and glued together by minerals carried by groundwater. The quartz atoms rearrange themselves, and the result is quartzite, a rock with a lower surface area and a more stable structure. usenaturalstone.org/prope…
David Bowie didn’t actually perform the crystal ball spinning in the movie Labyrinth. It was illusionist Michael Moschen who dressed in black and hid behind Bowie when filming. youtu.be/3U8fTAHxjdo
Today I learned about the Cave of Crystals in Naica, Mexico discovered by miners in 2000. The cave, at a depth of 300m, includes some of the largest natural crystals ever found. With over 90 percent humidity, a person can only survive exposure in the cave for a short period of time. cen.acs.org/physical-chem…
The longest tennis match in history was played at Wimbledon in 2010. It was 11 hours and 5 minutes long, played over 3 days. The final set lasted 8 hours and 11 minutes-longer than the previous record. After, both players and the umpire were given a crystal bowl and champagne flutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isn…
Today I learned about how the atomic structure of minerals is found. In a crystal, an X-ray beam strikes electrons, which then reflect the X-ray waves in different directions. A screen behind the crystal has black spots indicating where the electrons were, and white spots indicating where the waves struck. qualitymag.com/articles/9…
In Crystal City, Mo, there is a disk gold course totally in a cave pdga.com/course-directory…
The baby who played Toby in Labyrinth, also named Toby, was the son of a sculptor for Henson Studios, Wendy Froud, and artist Brian Froud, the main designer of the film. They met while making Dark Crystal. Toby is now an accomplished puppeteer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Vitamin D is used as rat poison in extremely high doses, in which it causes Calcium crystals to form in organs (Calcification), tearing them apart from the inside petpoisonhelpline.com/vet…
Heinlich Himmler chose Wewelsburg Castle for the SS based on occult prophesies. They renovated it before moving in, & one of the rooms in the building became known as "the Grail Room" with a rock crystal representing the Holy Grail being placed in a central position. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahn…
In 2016 two alligators were found guarding €500,000 worth of crystal meth, €300,000 in cash, and several firearms in Amsterdam. The owner of the crocodiles was following the law and had the appropriate permits for the animals. dutchnews.nl/news/2016/02…
The first person killed by an automobile was Bridget Driscoll (UK), who received fatal injuries when she walked into the path of a car moving at 4 mph (6.4 km/h), as it was giving demonstration rides in the grounds of Crystal Palace, London, UK on 17 August 1896. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned about tetramethyl orthosilicate, a substance that reacts with water to create silica and methanol. It's vapor can blind you and give you respiratory problems by creating silica crystals in your eyes and lungs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet…
When Crystal Pepsi was released, Coca-Cola released a competitor called Tab Clear, however Tab Clear was intentionally marketed poorly in order to hurt Crystal Pepsi's image by product association. The "born to die" strategy was successful and both campaigns were dead 6 months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
Today I learned about crystal radio, a radio receiver made with simple parts that needs no external power source, all it needs is a radio signal to produce sound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
There are 18 types of ice crystal including recently confirmed Ice XVIII or Supersonic Ice. It exists under extreme pressure, is black, very hot, and heavier than regular ice. Scientists believe it's the most abundant form of water in the universe and is found deep in icy planets like Uranus. quantamagazine.org/black-…
Ice is a mineral just as much as Quartz is. Ice is a naturally occurring compound with a defined chemical formula and crystal structure, thus making it a legitimate mineral. Its only limitation, in comparison to all other minerals, is that it is not stable at room temperature. geology.com/articles/wate…
Radioactivity was discovered accidentally due to bad weather. H. Becquerel stopped his experiments on uranium that required sunlight in an overcast day and put uranium crystals and photographic plates away in a drawer. When he opened the drawer, he discovered the radioactive nature of uranium. aps.org/publications/apsn…
β€˜rainbow clouds’ known as a Circumhorizontal arc form when ice crystals formed in the Earths atmosphere refract sunlight to form a rainbow arc or halo around the sun. When clouds pass over these arcs the light is refracted into the clouds giving this β€˜rainbow cloud’ effect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cir…
Largely unknown to the outside world, the lake-filled Pingualuit crater had long been known to local Inuit who knew it as the "Crystal Eye of Nunavik" for its clear water. WWII pilots often used the almost perfectly circular landmark as a navigational tool en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
At the age of 25, William Lawrence Braggβ€”along with his fatherβ€”were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their efforts in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays. He remains the youngest person ever to receive it in a scientific field, as Malala Yousafzai is the youngest bibalex.org/SCIplanet/en/…
The β€˜sound’ produced by an ultrasound machine is made from applying an electrical current to piezoelectric crystals science.howstuffworks.com…
In south London in 1864, Thomas Webster Rammell built an atmospheric railway for passenger transportation, called Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway, that went around 39.6 km/h (24.6 mph) through a 2.7x3m tunnel just by varying the air pressure in the tunnel before/behind the railway wagon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
Among many things named in honor of the naturalist Peter Pallas (b 1741, d 1811) are around a dozen animal species and an important olivene-crystal-studded stony-iron meteorite. Also, the Russian town closest to the meteorite crater was named for him --as was the surrounding land district. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The Iran Mall is the world's largest shopping mall. It features a fashion avenue, a diamond and crystal atrium, three food courts with more than 200 restaurants, and a 3,300 square meter book garden with 67,000 volumes of books en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
We have crystals in our ears that sense gravity and give you balance health.clevelandclinic.or…
The drink Crystal Pepsi was killed in the US due to a "kamikaze" marketing campaign by Coke. Coke created the drink Tab Clear, designed to be unpopular, and marketed it so that consumers would conflate the two drinks even though they were not similar. It worked and both were pulled in 1994. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
There is a new state of matter that exists and it is known as time crystals. These lab-created time crystals are structures that repeat periodically in time rather than space. vice.com/en_us/article/mg…
Billy Crystal was punched in the stomach by Joe DiMaggio, who was angry at Crystal for not having introduced him to a crowd as the "Greatest living player". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
The BIC Crystal ballpoint pen was first sold in the US in 1959 for $0.19. It is still sold for approximately $0.19 even with inflation. theatlantic.com/technolog…
That there is one thing that physical therapists can cure on the very first visit with just a simple maneuver: a type of debilitating vertigo called BPPV, caused by calcium crystals in the inner ear. uofmhealth.org/health-lib…
There are ice caps, crusts is water ice, and water crystals that can be found in many places in our own solar system on planets, moons, comets and in the rings of giant planets like Saturn. spaceplace.nasa.gov/ice-o…
In 1999, a study was conducted on the power of crystals vs. placebo. 80 people were asked to meditate with either a quartz crystal or a placebo stone which was indistinguishable from quartz. Most reported feeling typical "crystal effects" irrespective of whether the crystals were real or placebo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…

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