African surgeons are often advised to treat hippo bites as a crushing injury rather than a penetration wound, due to the severity of damage to bones and internal organs. A majority of hippo attack survivors are left with a disability. Amputations are very common. academic.oup.com/omcr/art…
Today I learned of a couple who received a $31.5mil settlement after unreported hail damage repair on their car resulted in a collision safety failure, trapping them in an inferno that ended in 4th degree burns. The body shop responsible glued the roof back on instead of welding to OEM specifications. repairerdrivennews.com/20…
Dairy cows accidentally eat so much metal waste that farmers feed them magnets to prevent internal organ damage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
A third building collapsed on 9/11, building 7, due to the damage taken for the twin towers falling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
There is an abandoned Six Flags park in New Orleans that closed in 2005 to prepare for Hurricane Katrina. However, the Hurricane has flooded the theme park, causing extreme damages and irreversible repairs which Six Flags called off the lease and the park has never reopened for 15 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
Over the course of 19 minutes, about one hundred bullets caused $15 million dollars in damage to our power grid, damaging components that take months to manufacture: 2013’s Metcalf sniper attack near San Jose, California en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Suppressing a sneeze can damage your eardrum or damage your blood vessel in your brain. It can at times even lead to death. straitstimes.com/world/eu…
Creeper was the first ever computer virus and it was designed to move between DEC PDP-10 computers running TENEX OS using the ARPANET. While it wouldn't cause any damages, it would print out a message on the connected teletype that says "I'm the creeper, catch me if you can". And this was 1971. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
In 2004 the computer worm "Slammer" almost took down the entire internet in 15 minutes. The malware was very small (404 bytes) and once it infected a server it would send millions of copies to random IP addresses. It caused over $1 billion in damages and the creator has never been identified. virus.wikidot.com/slammer
Barns are red due to the mixture of linseed oil, milk, lime, and ferrous oxide used on wood to resist mold and sun damage in the late 1700s mentalfloss.com/article/2…
POWs from Rommel's Afrika Korps helped build a 200 acre hydraulic model of the entire Mississippi river basin. It has helped prevent millions of dollars of damage by allowing engineers to test the impacts of flood control measures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
The world’s tallest tree, Hyperion, is over 380ft (115.8m) tall. It was discovered in 2006 in California’s Redwood National Park, but to prevent damage, its exact location remains a secret. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
As a child Jimi Hendrix carried an actual broom with him everywhere around school for over a year, as a pretend guitar. The school's social worker tried to get funding for a real guitar, insisting that leaving him without one might result in psychological damage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Squirrels don’t take β€œfall damage” because their terminal velocity is too low for it to do any damage on impact, it’s the same with ants. physicsforums.com/threads…
Engineers have been able to increase the damage resistance of an airplane's black box by 60 times thanks to studying the anatomy of a woodpecker's skull.ο»Ώ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
Turkey vultures vomit to express upset feelings & to cool themselves off when it's hot out they go to the bathroom on their feet. Their vomit & feces are highly acidic & accidentally damage people's roofs & electricity structures causing power failures sometimes sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/archive…
Hurricane Katrina (2005) caused $170 billion in damages. Harvey (2017) caused $131.3 billion in damages. Maria (2017) caused $94.5 billion in damages. Sandy (2012) caused $74.8 billion in damages. Irma (2017) caused $52.5 billion in damages. 3 of the 5 costliest U.S. storms occurred in 2017. thebalance.com/hurricane-…
Asian Giant Hornet, the largest hornet species in the world, are 2.25 inches (5.5 cm) in length. They secretes venom which can cause tissue damage and several stings will flush your body with enough neurotoxins to kill you. extension.umd.edu/hgic/to…
Anton syndrome is a rare symptom of brain damage occurring in the occipital lobe. Those who have it are cortically blind, but affirm, often quite adamantly and in the face of clear evidence of their blindness, that they are capable of seeing. amjmed.org/eyes-are-usele…
Today I learned of the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant. It was much closer to the epicenter of the 2011 Earthquake than the Fukushima Power Plant, yet it sustained only minor damage and even housed tsunami evacuees. It's safety is credited to engineer Hirai Yanosuke who insisted it have a 14m (46FT) tall sea wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ona…
Getty Images, a company infamous for sending threatening letters requesting payment when their photos are used without permission, was sued for more than $1 billion in damages when they mistakenly demanded a β€œsettlement payment” from a photographer for her own work. latimes.com/business/hilt…
Today I learned of the Seattle windshield pitting epidemic of 1954. Nearly 3000 residents reported unexplained damage to their windshields, blaming everything from vandals to cosmic rays to sand fleas. However, it was actually just people noticing normal damage that had always been there, causing mass delusion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
The ILOVEYOU virus was one of the world's most destructive computer viruses. Created by Filipino college student Onel de Guzman, this computer worm caused US$5.5–8.7 billion in damages worldwide. This led the Pentagon, CIA and other corporations to shut down their mail systems. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ILO…
An "Act of God" is a legal term concerning liability, where an unforeseen event like an earthquake, flood, lightning strike, etc., can diminish liability on damages, delays, or expenses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
The "cookies" Sesame Street's Cookie Monster eats are NOT real cookies, as the oils from them would damage the puppet; he instead eats painted rice cakes disguised as cookies soyummy.com/cookie-monste…
Children can have permanent neurological damages from neglect and abuse caused by the constant increased cortisol and adrenaline in their bloodstreams in those states. It is called Toxic Stress Syndrome youtube.com/watch?v=vMseN…
Today I learned about the Solar storm of 2012 which missed the Earth by approximately nine days. Otherwise it would have inflicted serious damage on a global scale. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
An injury to head could cause a severe damage to the brain which could cause a symptom like bursting into laughter irrespective of the situation. Even though it appears to be laughter outside, that mean completely opposite inside. headway.org.uk/about-brai…
STS-27, the second flight after the loss of the Challenger, was almost lost itself due to significant tile damage from launch debris. The crew thought they would die on reentry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS…
Dr.Brian May, the lead guitarist of Queen exclusively uses pre-1956 British six-pence coins as guitar picks for his home-built guitar called the 'Red Special'. He likes the serrations on them and claims the soft silver doesn't damage the strings nearly as much as conventional plastic picks canadiancoinnews.com/quee…
On August 31st, 1886, Charleston, SC had a 7.6 magnitude earthquake, which was felt as far away as Boston, Chicago, and Cuba, with damage extending to Ohio & Alabama. Total damage was in excess of 5.5 million (112 million today) history.com/this-day-in-h…
Some of the actors playing zombies in 1978's "Dawn of the Dead" were drunk, regularly going to nearby bar while they waited for filming to begin. Some even jumped on a golf cart and crashed it into a pillar, causing thousands of dollars in damage. pghcitypaper.com/pittsbur…
Today I learned about a family in Turkey that walks on all fours due to a rare syndrome that strikes the areas of the brain that control balance. This rare mutation prevents proteins from distributing fat molecules correctly in the cells, which leads to defective nerve cells, brain damage, and loss of balance. sciencenordic.com/brain-d…
Two Buddhists who bought Β£5,000 of live Crustacea and released them into the sea for good karma, were fined Β£15,000 for β€˜untold damage’ to the environment by introducing non-native species. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
There's only one type of toothpaste that actually rebuilds enamel and damage to teeth, as opposed to creating the environment for teeth to repair themselves. Using a chemical called NovaMin that was initially used in the 60s to quickly repair the bones of troops in battle. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The CIA has a "ninja missile" that uses spinning blades and kinetic force rather than explosives to minimize collateral damage militarytimes.com/2020/06…
A few weeks before the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, US scientists performed a safety test on the EBR-II reactor by disabling cooling pumps and automatic protection systems at full thermal power. The core passively cooled itself as designed without human intervention or damage. ne.anl.gov/About/hn/logos…
A solar storm in 2012 with a strong Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) missed Earth by nine days. Had the CME hit Earth, it would have inflicted serious damage to worldwide electronic systems and cost up to $2.6 trillion. The recovery time from such a disaster would have been about 4 to 10 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
The solar storm of 1859 caused the aurora borealis to be seen as far south as the Caribbean and was bright enough to wake miners in the Rockies. The geomagnetic current was also strong enough to power telegraph systems. A similar event happening today would cause widespread blackouts and damage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Today I learned about the Bloodbath of B-R5RB, the largest player-versus-player online battle in history. It took place in the game EVE Online and in-game damages amounted to an approximate real-currency value of $300,000-330,000 USD. Over 7000 players took part in the nearly 20-hour battle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
The deadliest tropical cyclone on record was the Bhola cyclone, which hit East Pakistan in Nov. 1970. Over five hundred thousand people perished. The storm's damage and aftermath were major factors in sparking the revolution that led the province to becoming independent Bangladesh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Prior to the development of modern guns, soldiers needed to use their teeth to open cartridges, so militaries introduced requirements about the minimum number of the teeth of their soldiers. In some cases soldiers would pull or damage their teeth in order to avoid military conscription. ke.army.mil/bordeninstitu…
There is a more extreme form of veganism called fruitarianism where you can only eat plant parts that do not damage the plant -primarily fruits, nuts, and seeds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fru…
Today I learned about 800 men, women and children, armed with ax handles, baseball bats, tire tools and golf clubs, stretched across a mile of the desolate prairie near Mud Lake and rounded up jackrabbits which they claim have done an estimated $5 million in crop damage. idahopress.com/news/state…
Blobfish aren't naturally ugly, but the way they are commonly known is the result of tissue damage when they are rapidly brought to the ocean's surface from their habitat 3,000 feet below sea level. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In 1955 a Plymouth owner had her 10-day-old car suddenly veer off into a wall while she was driving. The dealer refused to pay for repairs, claiming that the warranty only covered repairing defective parts, not the damages caused by them. However, they got sued and lost the case. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
If a pregnant woman has organ damage, the baby in her womb sends stem cells to help repair the organ. snopes.com/fact-check/fet…
Today I learned about people who cannot feel fear due to a rare genetic disorder called Urbach-Wieth disease, which damage the amygdalae in the brain. The amygdala serves as a go-between for the parts of the brain that interpret sensory inputs and those that initiate fearful responses. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
British carriers suffered almost no damage due to Kamikaze attacks. "When a kamikaze hits a U.S. carrier it means 6 months of repair at Pearl. When a kamikaze hits a Limey carrier it's just a case of 'Sweepers, man your brooms.'" thefreelibrary.com/The+sh…
The war in Malaysia in the early fifties was known as The Malayan Emergency so that plantation owners could claim insurance for any damages as their policies did not cover civil war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…

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