In 1978, 2,300 students tried to set a WR for the largest tug of war game. Instead, disaster ensued. The 2,000ft long braided nylon rope snapped, recoiling several thousand pounds of stored energy. Nearly 200 students lay wounded, 5 with severed fingertips, hundreds more faced 2nd degree burns. newspapers.com/clip/30819…
Despite being advised to join the NBA after one year in college, Tim Duncan decided to stay in school for 3 more years because he had promised his mother, on her deathbed, that he would get his college degree. The move paid off, as he got drafted by the Spurs & won 5 championships with them grunge.com/12319/true-sto…
Guitarist Les Paul fragmented his elbow in a car accident. Doctors couldn’t rebuild it so Les told them to fuse it together in a 90 degree angle so he could keep playing. He then recorded his biggest hit. npr.org/2015/06/09/413178…
Today I learned about Ingeborg Rapoport, the oldest person to ever receive a regular Doctorate degree. She submitted her thesis on diphteria in Nazi Germany 1937 but was refused oral examination because she was jewish. She successfully defended her thesis 2015 at the age of 102. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ing…
EDS lost a 2010 court case because their star witness, a senior EDS executive, bought his Masters degree from an online diploma mill. The opposing lawyer signed his dog up for the same degree, and the dog graduated with a higher score than the EDS executive. The judge ruled against EDS. itnews.com.au/news/key-ed…
In 2002, Steven Spielberg recieved a bachelors degree for completing a course on film and electronic arts at university. To pass the advanced filmmaking class exam, he submitted his own 1993 epic, 'Schindler's List'. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/enter…
Today I learned of Gabe Sonnier, a man who started off as a janitor in a Louisiana elementary school until one day in 1985, when he was inspired by the then-principal to take up teaching. Gabe was 39 years old when he started studying for a teaching degree. He’s now the principal of that elementary school. cbsnews.com/news/louisian…
Today I learned of the Felony Murder Doctrine, where any killing that occurs in the course of a dangerous felony can be charged against the felon as first-degree murder. This can lead to strange results. If you rob a store with your brother and he is shot by the clerk, you can be charged with his murder. law.cornell.edu/wex/felon…
A graduate sued Anglia Ruskin University over her "Mickey Mouse" degree and received a Β£60,000 out-of-court settlement. She claimed the university "exaggerated the prospects of a career" and sued them for false advertising. She graduated with a first in international business strategy. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-4849057…
In 2015, Tu Youyou became the first Chinese woman to win a Nobel Prize, for helping to create an anti-malaria medicine. In China, she is being called the "three noes" winner: no medical degree, no doctorate, and she's never worked overseas bbc.com/news/blogs-china-…
If you leave lime juice on your hands on a sunny day, your skin can get second degree burns and be discolored for YEARS. It's called "margarita dermatitis" because people often get it while making margaritas outside! delish.com/food-news/a282…
Founding Father and Author of the US Constitution James Madison had a Bachelor of Arts Degree en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
In 1982, Dolph Lundgren graduated with a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
In New Jersey, it's a third-degree crime to wear a bulletproof vest while engaged in some criminal activity, including murder. law.justia.com/codes/new-…
James Doohan (i.e. Scotty in the Original Star Trek) helped a suicidal fan by personally requesting her attendance to a convention, after 8 years of silence he received a letter from her thanking him for what he did, and stating she had earned her Masters degree in Electronic Engineering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Sleeping in a cold room can help you slim down! A study shows sleeping in a 66 degree room (Fahrenheit) can help increase your fat burning ability by 10 percent! nih.gov/news-events/nih-r…
A Chinese theme park has a ride that simulates death. It begins in a "morgue" where riders are placed in a casket and carried on a conveyor belt to be "cremated” by a blast of 105 degree hot air. It ends with the rider being passed through a β€˜womb’ and being reborn. local10.com/news/2015/05/…
Mike Rowe launched the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in 2008 to help close the skills gap by challenging the stigmas and stereotypes that discourage people from pursuing the millions of available jobs that don't require a college degree mikeroweworks.org/about/
That, as well as being the UK's first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher was also the first Prime Minister to hold a science degree. She had trained as a chemist at Oxford. lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v35/n…
Today I learned there's one degree of separation between Rugrats and Scarface, and her name is Elizabeth Daily en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._…
Gene Kelly had a 103 degree fever when filming the title number for Singin' in the Rain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) is a program of Bard College that provides college education to people in prison. Currently operating in six prisons across New York State, BPI's academic programs engage students in the full breadth of liberal study and end in associate & bachelor's degree en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
A person who prioritizes calling "Shotgun" more than a normal person, to the degree that they'll compromise their own ethics to gain the front seat, is known pejoratively as a "Shotgun Gaper." shotgunrules.com/the-shot…
Brushing your teeth at a 45 degree angle, also known as the Bass Technique or the Modified Bass Technique, is superior at removing supragingival plaque (i.e. above the gumline) compared to normal toothbrushing. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…
One degree of latitude equals 69 miles usgs.gov/faqs/how-much-di…
PhDs aren't the only terminal degree. JD, MBA, MSW, MLW, MArch are all considered terminal. teach.com/online-ed/educa…
A "Masterpiece" isn't necessarily an artists best ever work. It has it's origin in a master craftsman's show piece for acceptance into a guild, later adopted by apprentice artists as their show piece for their Masters Degree, allowing them to study further - and get better at their craft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
Clint Robertson, the good-ol'-boy contractor from Boise Boys, has a law degree, a business degree and was a contestant on The Apprentice www1.cbn.com/700club/cont…
US rapper Jay-Z stabbed record producer Lance Riviera in a Berlin nightclub in 1999 and was sentenced to 3 years' probation for second-degree felony assault. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Some trees can survive temperatures as low as -269 degree Celsius. They have evolved a supercooling method where the insides of their cells turn into glass. Its a kind of suspended animation where the molecules don't really move. nature.com/articles/natur…
A calorie is the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. verywellfit.com/what-is-a…
The average human body temperature has been dropping by 1/20 of a degree Fahrenheit per decade, since being established as 98.6 in 1851. The reason is improved health and thus reduced population-level inflammation; heat is a symptom of inflammation. medicinenet.com/script/ma…
A woman named Christina Santhouse had her brain's right hemisphere removed because it was ravaged by a disease called Rasmussen's syndrome. She went on lead a normal life and received a master's degree in speech language pathology. buckscountycouriertimes.c…
Reflector (or reflex) sights have been used in some degree on weapons for just over 100 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ref…
Precision refers to how tightly clustered your data is; accuracy refers to how close that data is to the real value. You might have a dozen miscalibrated thermometers that all tell you the wrong temperature with a very high degree of precision. howtogeek.com/423720/how-…
Today I learned about The Mad Trapper of Canada. He opened fire on policemen, fled 85 miles in -50 degree weather in 3 days, climbed a 7,000 foot mountain during a blizzard, and was finally shot dead by a WWI ace. The only sound he ever made was laughter as he killed a policeman. His identity is still unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The Iranian blizzard of 1972 was the deadliest blizzard in history. It dropped up to 26 feet of snow and killed over 4,000 people. Those few who survived the -13 degree Fahrenheit temperatures were without water, food, heat and medical aid for days mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Today I learned that there exists a formal, research-based protocol for assessing the degree of danger a woman faces of being murdered by her male spouse/boyfriend/partner/ex dangerassessment.org/DA.a…
Despite graduating magna cum laude in 2007 with a 3.8 GPA, J. Cole officially received his degree in a homecoming concert in 2015 due to money owed for a library book. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J_C…
The late professional wrestler Bam Bam Bigelow received second degree burns over 40% of his body while rescuing 3 children from a burning house and spent 10 days recovering in a hospital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bam…
Before found The Doors with Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek graduated from DePaul University with an economics degree, spent a year in US Army Security Agency as a prospective intelligence analyst, and received a M.F.A. in cinematography from UCLA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
Lil Peep's grandfather, John Womack, was a Rhodes Scholar and earned his bachelor's degree and PhD at Harvard, eventually becoming a Harvard Professor of Latin American History and Economics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The Gerber Mark II combat knife originally had a 5 degree offset between the blade and the grip, one of the reasons being to ride in the sheath more comfortably - many were returned because of a 'bent blade'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
People are smarter in the summer and fall, to such a degree that it is significantly easier to diagnose dementia in the winter. Other species have similar β€œseasonal plasticity”. journals.plos.org/plosmed…
Today I learned about 90% of the population is right handed, while the remaining 10% are either left-handed or some degree of ambidextrous, though people with "true" ambidexterityβ€”i.e., no dominant hand at allβ€”only make up about 1 percent of the population. apa.org/monitor/2009/01/b…
The Antikythera Mechanism is the world's first (analog) computer, calculating the positions of stars and planets accurate to 1 degree in 500 years, and was made 1500 years before Keppler was even born. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Prior to losing the $3 million settlement to the lady who spilled coffee and got 3rd degree burns, Mcdonald's had over 700 reports of injuries from similar incidents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie…
In Denmark babies take their naps outside, all year round (with the exception when temperatures are -10 degree Celsius or below). makchic.com/mums-denmark-…
In 2019 scientists finally calculated that a day on Saturn was, 10 hours 33 minutes and 38 seconds long. This number still has a degree of error of a couple of minutes longer or shorter but is less than the previous 12 minute window. space.com/43058-how-long-…
It is impossible to predict the paths of colliding billiard balls after only a few collisions. Tiny differences in initial positions accumulate to such a degree that by the sixth or seventh collision even the force of gravity from people standing near the pool table changes the outcome. io9.gizmodo.com/the-physi…
Victor Vescovo is the first and only person to have dived to the deepest points of all of Earth's oceans. He's also climbed the highest mountains on each continent and skied the Last Degree of Latitude at the North and South Poles. edition.cnn.com/travel/ar…
Some U.S. States Can Charge "Open Murder" Against a Person and Determine Later What "Degree" of Homicide They Wish to Press themarshallproject.org/20…
A Wal-Mart heiress gave back her USC degree when she was exposed to have used another student to complete her school work for years. articles.latimes.com/2005…
There is an exclusive Antarctic group of scientists called the Club 300. To be a member, they would soak in a 200Β°F sauna, then run outside naked in -100Β°F temperatures. The goal is to experience a 300 degree temperature swing, and see how long they can run around the Ceremonial South Pole. theatlantic.com/internati…
In 1955, June Bacon-Bercey became the first African-American woman to receive a degree in meteorology; she went on to become America’s first female TV meteorologist. accuweather.com/en/weathe…
John Belushi's drug dealer was charged with first degree murder for administering the injection that killed him, and later served 15 months in prison after pleading to involuntary manslaughter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
, mallard ducks have a 360 degree field of vision. ducks.org/conservation/wa…
Half of the youth who age out of the American foster system will not have a steady job at age 24. Less than 3% will earn a college degree at any point in their life. nfyi.org/51-useful-aging-…
Nearly half the states in the US allow village and town judges to hold office without a law degree. In NY, these judges aren't even required to have a degree of any kind and can preside over criminal cases. northcountrypublicradio.o…
Meteorologists use a 40 degree N latitude 70 degree W longitude marker called "The Benchmark" to help predict how much snow a storm will dump on the northeastern United States. weathergamut.com/2017/02/…
At Cornell University, you can major in wine-making. The official title of the degree is "Viticulture and Enology." grapesandwine.cals.cornel…
Today I learned about Yoshio Nakamura. An American Citizen of Japanese decent who was sent to an interment camp during WWII but enlisted in the army and fought in Italy to break the German line. He used his GI bill to earn a degree to become a teacher but school districts wouldn't hire him due to his heritage. whittierdailynews.com/201…
Pluto was discovered by a 23 year old farmboy with no degree in astronomy who spent a year comparing photographs of the night sky, searching for a "star" that changed positions. He would later earn his Masters degree and teach at New Mexico State en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
The Queen logo, called the Queen crest, was designed by Freddie Mercury himself, who held a degree in graphic design. The logo combines the zodiac signs of the four band members. goodlogo.com/extended.inf…
Today I learned about Richard Turner. He is one of the best card mechanics/ magicians in the world. He is a 2-time recipient of the Close-Up Magician of the Year award, while being blind after losing his eye sight at the age of 9 from scarlet fever. He also is a 5th degree karate black belt. good.is/features/richard-…
The coldest temperature observed in the universe was achieved on Earth, 50 trillionth of a degree kelvin, and differs from the hottest temperature achieved on Earth by ~10,000,000,000,000,000,000 (10 quintillion) degrees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ord…
Phantom traffic jams (queues of traffic not caused by vehicle collisions or roadworks) are the result of a single driver braking suddenly, causing each successive car to break to a greater degree, creating a wave of stopped or slowed traffic. vox.com/2014/11/24/727602…
Pomp and Circumstance was originally composed for the coronation of King Edward VII, but after it was played when the composer received an honorary degree from Yale, more and more schools just started using it as well until it became the default graduation tune npr.org/templates/story/s…
There is an exclusive club in Antarctica called Club 300. In order to become a member one have to warm themselves in a 200 degree sauna, and then run outside naked and touch the Ceremonial South Pole where it's 100 degrees below. theatlantic.com/internati…
Tehran's Plasco Building, completed in 1962, was cherished as a symbol of modernization. It featured one-of-a-kind shopping mall and commercial office space. Visitors would go to the rooftop of the 17-story building and enjoy 360-degree view of Tehran before it collapsed during a fire cnn.com/2017/01/23/middle…
That, in order to become an astronaut, you need to know stuff like survival skills, robotics, how to fly an airplane, and both english and Russian. You also need a bachelor's degree in a nature science. space.com/37110-becoming-…
Today I learned about Grace Brewster Murray Hopper, a computer pioneer and naval officer, who received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale. One of the first three modern β€œprogrammers,” Hopper is best known for her trailblazing contributions to the development of computer languages. news.yale.edu/2017/02/10/…
Marilyn Bell, at age 16, became the first person to swim across Lake Ontario in 1954. Her 32 mile route was greatly lengthened by high wind and high waves. Fanged lamprey eels attacked her in 65 degree water. It took her 21 hours. She is still alive today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The Egyptian government opened the unusual Bent Pyramid to the public for the first time in decades in 2019. The design of the Bent Pyramid is considered unusual, as its first 49 meters are built at a steep 54 degree angle before tapering off in the top section dw.com/en/egypt-opens-ben…
Scott Carpenter was the only NASA Mercury astronaut who hadn’t finished college. After his spaceflight, the university granted him his degree because "his subsequent training as an astronaut more than made up for the deficiency in the subject of heat transfer." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
Today I learned about 90 percent of people are right-handed. The remaining 10 percent are either left-handed or some degree of ambidextrous, though people with "true" ambidexterityβ€”i.e., no dominant hand at allβ€”only make up about 1 percent of the population. theyoak.com/blogs/trainin…
Mike Judge has a degree in physics. ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/archive…
Shaquille O'Neal received a doctorate degree in education from Barry University in 2012 with a GPA cumulative grade-point average of 3.813 espn.com/nba/story/_/id/7…
Today I learned about Victor Sibson, who killed his girlfriend in a botched suicide attempt. The bullet passed through his head, and into her chest, killing her. He survived the attempt and now faces 2nd degree murder charges and life in prison. ktuu.com/content/news/APD…
Black people in ancient Rome were not discriminated against because of their skin colour or physical features. They were not excluded from any profession and there was no stigma against mixed race relationships. Classical writers did not attach social status or degree of humanity to skin colour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Dolph Lundgren aka Drago has a masters degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney(β€˜82)and Royal Institute of Technology(β€˜80). He received a fulbright scholarship to MIT(β€˜83). He’s European Champion in Karate (β€˜81) and has an IQ of 160. iq-test.net/what-is-dolph…
Actor Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean, Johnny English) has a masters degree in a Electrical Engineering from University of Oxford. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Row…
Apollo astronauts were given courses in geology, said to provide equivalent of at least a MS degree, with emphasis on lunar geology nytimes.com/1964/05/11/ar…
Today I learned of The Crooked Forest of Poland, or Krzywy Las where about 400 pine trees grow crooked with a sharp 90 degree bend at their bases and oddly all point in the same direction-North. They grow to be about 50 feet tall and are generally healthy despite the unnatural curves at their bases. nytimes.com/2017/03/31/sc…
Today I learned about the felony murder rule, which means that if there is a death during a crime (either of the criminal or a bystander), then all of those who are complicit in the crime (even if they did not intend to commit murder) can be charged with first-degree murder. (the crime must be a felony) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fel…
22 people have died at the Yellowstone hot springs, including one man who dove in head first trying to rescue his dog after it jumped into a 202-degree pool. outsideonline.com/2090251…
Today I learned about First Lady Lou Henry Hoover who was the first American woman to earn a geology degree. She spoke 5 languages fluently and is the only first lady to speak an Asian language. She established the American Women's War Relief Fund, founded the National Women’s Conference on Law Enforcement. history.com/topics/first-…
Dolph Lundgren has a master's degree in chemical engineering and had a Fulbright scholarship to MIT in 1983. He left MIT when actress Grace Jones, whom he was having a relationship with, convinced him to move to NYC and take up acting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
When Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female recipient of a medical degree in the U.S., applied to Hobart College, the dean decided to hold a vote in the class she was applying to. If just one of the 150 male students objected, she would be rejected. All the 150 young men voted to accept her en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Titus Adams, aged 7, walked barefoot in the snow for half a mile to get help for his mom after she was thrown from her crashed pick-up truck. His courageous half-mile walk amid 23-degree weather saved his mother's life, authorities in Greeley, Colo., said. nydailynews.com/archives/…
Today I learned about the British Thermal Unit (BTU): the amount of energy needed to heat one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. The metric equivalent is the calorie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Attorneys/lawyers are not allowed to refer to themselves as "Doctor" even though they have obtained a professional degree (a juris doctorate). hg.org/legal-articles/wha…
Teachers who have their masters degree do not get paid extra for it in the state of North Carolina. insidehighered.com/news/2…
The director of My Cousin Vinny (1992) has a law degree from Cambridge and that the film is highly regarded in the legal community for its realistic depiction of courtroom procedure and trial strategy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
McDonalds has their own university which gives you a degree in Hamburgology. It also has a lower acceptance rate than Harvard thebestschools.org/magazi…
You don’t need a law degree to be a federal judge robertreeveslaw.com/blog/…
Averaged between equatorial and meridional measurements (horizontal and vertical), the circumference of Earth is roughly 24,880 miles, which means that every time you travel 69 miles along such a path (or 111 kilometers, roughly), you've traveled one degree around our planet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
Paul Robeson, the third black student at Rutgers, was valedictorian, two-time All-American in football, got a law degree from Columbia while playing in the NFL, was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, an international recording, stage, and film star, and a civil rights activist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Today I learned about Kai Tak Airport and the Runway 13 approach, which involved the pilot making a 47 degree visual right turn to line up to the runway, with only two nautical miles to do so. Passengers and pilots who flew this approach called it the "Kai Tak Heart Attack." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kai…

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