Today I learned of Hazel Hill, a 13 year old schoolgirl who influenced the design of the Spitfire fighter aircraft. She and her father did the calculations that allowed for the aircraft to be fitted with 8 guns instead of 4. The aircraft became famous for winning the Battle of Britain. bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-5335…
In 1985, Australia decommissioned its only aircraft carrier, and sold it for scrap to a Chinese company. It was towed to China where, before scrapping, it was studied extensively by the military to help design China's first aircraft carrier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMA…
Canada had a counterfeit giant rubber duck at their 2017 sesquicentennial. Since 2007 artist Florentijn Hofman has created a series of giant rubber duck sculptures that have been on display at major events. In 2014 the duck designs were stolen and have been used for unauthorized giant ducks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
After becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart started her own fashion line. Unconventional materials such as parachute silk and textile from airplane wings were used in some designs, and she gave a nod to her love of aviation with buttons shaped like propellers. history.com/news/amelia-e…
Today I learned about Peregrine Falcons. Able to dive at 240mph pulling 8g's of force, the falcon has a special beak design that allows them to shut air off from their lungs so they don't pass out during high speed dives. audubon.org/field-guide/b…
Lincoln Logs were invented by John Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the toy’s design was based on his father’s blueprint for the Tokyo Imperial Hotel. history.com/news/the-birt…
According to the United States Flag Code, the flag β€œshould never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.” This includes paper napkins or plates printed with the design. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
About 85 percent of hospitals still use pagers because hospitals can be dead zones for cell service. In some hospital areas, the walls are built to keep X-rays from penetrating, but those heavy-duty designs also make it hard for a cell phone signal to make it through but not pagers. rd.com/health/healthcare/…
The design for the Sears Tower was discovered accidentally when architect Bruce Graham was pulling a cigarette out of his pack and they stuck together. architectmagazine.com/des…
Although the design of Ursula in The Little Mermaid is based in an octopus, she was drawn with six tentacles instead of eight to reduce animation costs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urs…
The Russian battleship Sissoi Veliky was built with design and construction problems, yet commissioned anyway. Flooding from an artillery barrage and torpedo hit sank her in the only battle she participated in, causing the deaths of 47 sailors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
Today I learned of the Burnside Fountain, "Boy With Turtle," infamous in a nearby town for its design. Sculptor Charles Y. Harvey killed himself a week after beginning the piece, claiming to have heard voices coming from inside the sculpture which instructed him to commit suicide on a specific date. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Today I learned about a tombstone mentality which is an attitude, in aviation air safety, of ignoring design defects until people have died because of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Game designer Sid Meier has a 33/33/33 rule of sequel design, 33% of the game should keep established systems, 33% should feature improved systems, 33% brand-new mechanics gamasutra.com/view/news/2…
Codpiece (Middle English: cod, meaning β€œscrotum”), feature of 15-16th c. men’s fashion, was shaped & padded to emphasize the genital area. It became fashionable to design the codpiece to hold the penis in a position insinuating it was erect constantlyβ€”a statement of political and economic power. fashionhistory.fitnyc.edu…
Dave Thomas, the founder of the successful fast food chain, Wendy’s, worked at KFC prior to Wendy’s and was responsible for the red and white striped chicken bucket design. thebalancesmb.com/dave-th…
Today I learned about the Kiss Kasket. Dubbed by Gene Simmons as β€œthe ultimate KISS collectible”, its a coffin with a design that features pictures of the band playing, lots of fire, and a massive Kiss logo on the front. Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was buried in one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kis…
In some cases it is better that a single product design dominates a market for a short period of time, regardless of relative quality (ex. iPod, Blu-Ray, VHS). "Dominant design" allows for relatively low-risk improvement of existing designs, increasing the rate of technological advancement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
Buckminster Fuller was a renaissance man -- expert in architecture, design, engineering, science, cartography and education. Self-described 'comprehensive anticipatory design scientist ' generating ideas and artifacts that cross boundaries and defy normality pushfestival.ca/ten-surpr…
The 13-star American flag attributed to Betsy Ross was just one of many designs that fit the Continental Congress’ resolution that the flag have β€œthirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field” 1stdibs.com/introspective…
The infamous Heaven's Gate cult supported themselves by doubling as a moderately successful web design firm. Their clients included the San Diego Polo club and a Christian music store. vice.com/en_us/article/pg…
Today I learned about The Independent, the tallest building in Austin, Texas. It has been nicknamed the "Jenga Tower" and the "Tetris Tower" due to the unique design of β€œoverhanging / suspended” sections en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Greece's modern navy has a trireme, based on ancient Athenian designs. The ship is designed for a crew of 10 spearmen, 4 archers, 10 sailors, 5 officers, a flutist, and 170 oarsmen, with a 450 lb bronze ram for ramming other ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
The Ford LTD's name does not stand for Limited, but for Lincoln Type Design. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
To design a spacesuit that would let astronauts walk on the moon, NASA's engineers studied Henry VIII's (1491-1547) armor as a mix of protection and mobility. In thanks, NASA sent a replica Apollo suit to London to be photographed next to Henry's armor. historyextra.com/period/n…
The confederate battle flag was a rejected design from a flag contest. It was adopted to prevent friendly fire incidents, because the official flag looked a lot like the US flag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Mark Fisher, who designed the stage for Pink Floyd’s original THE WALL concert also went on to design stages for U2, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Madonna, and Metallica. stufish.com/about/mark-fi…
A design lab from the Netherlands created a fish tank car which can be driven by a fish. A webcam senses the fish's movements which then propels the car in the direction the fish is swimming. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Today I learned of Franz Reichelt,an Austrian-born French tailor, inventor and parachuting pioneer, now sometimes referred to as the Flying Tailor, who is remembered for jumping to his death from the Eiffel Tower while testing a wearable parachute of his own design en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
In 1992 a Canadian lady by the name of Gisele Jubinville patented the design for a fitted sheet that wouldn't slip off the mattress in the night, and subsequently sold the rights for over a million dollars. royalalbertamuseum.ca/blo…
In 1969, the Penn Central Railroad Co. planned to build a tower on top of Grand Central which would have required removal of a portion of the station's facade. The NYC Landmark Preservation Commission rejected the design, leading to a landmark Supreme Court "takings-clause"case in 1978. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Henry Allingham, one of the last surviving veterans of WWI and one-time oldest man on earth, was called away from eating lunch to design the key countermeasure to Nazi magnetic mines - he did this in only 9 days. He attributed his longevity to "cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Referring to a bathroom or water closet as a Crapper, stems from Thomas Crapper. Thomas was an English businessman and plumber that made significant improvements to toilet design. He held 3 toilet patents and we still use most of them today. courses.washington.edu/ce…
After the completion of Saint Basil's Cathedral (the colorful church in Moscow's Red Square), Czar Ivan the Terrible allegedly ordered the cathedral's architect blinded so he could never design anything so beautiful again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
All vertebrates (except fish) have the same basic skeleton design: a column of vertebrae that supports the body and head, a skull that houses and protects the brain and sense organs, ribs that protect the heart and lungs and 4 limbs. Every limb also shares the same basic pattern and has 5 digits en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Ana…
Tom Dickson, the "Will it Blend?" guy, had his blender jar design ripped off by Vita-Mix. He took them to Federal court, won, and was eventually awarded $24M youtu.be/gAQA62hzbCE?t=6m…
Today I learned of the tomb of Marcus Vergilius Eurysaces. Eurysaces, a baker, who lived in Rome during the 1st century BC built himself a 33-feet tall tomb, sporting intricate designs and extravagant engravings. Eurysaces, though having died a wealthy man had come to Rome as a slave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
This 2 ton acrylic slab was going to be the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey, but Kubrick rejected it and went with the iconic black design instead. londonist.com/london/secr…
Ford created the iconic Jeep design jalopnik.com/the-iconic-f…
During the Great Depression of the 30's it wasn't uncommon for woman to make dresses out of burlap bags and other material. What I learned was when companies learned of this, they started to put designs and patterns on the bags to attract more buyers. flashbak.com/feed-sack-fa…
The famous 80's car, the Delorean, was meant to have a new sport design, dubbed the DMC Delorean Firestar 500, but plans fell through in 1986 and those plans never came to be. testdrivejunkie.com/1986-…
The US Gemini space capsule had to be redesigned because 14 of the 16 astronauts didn't fit in it. The original design relied so heavily on input from Mercury astronaut 'Gus' Grissom, who was 5' 6", that it was nicknamed the "Gusmobile." airspacemag.com/flight-to…
A mob member hired an architect to design his house, then murdered the architect when the architect asked for a bill ganglandgazette.com/antho…
That in the 1980s a group of scientist found that male Jewel beetles in Australia were mating with discarded beer bottles as they looked like very sexually attractive females; glossy, dimpled and brown. Afterwards, the beer company changed their bottle design. australiangeographic.com.…
Princess Leia's ship in A New Hope, Tantive IV, was the original design for the Millennium Falcon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Rip offs in fashion design are legal as fashion designs are not copyrighted. Technical components of a design, such as proprietary fabrics like nylon, can be patented. Company names, slogans, and logos can be trademarked. vox.com/2018/4/27/1728102…
The crew of 'Return of the Jedi' mocked the character design of Admiral Ackbar, deeming it too ugly. Director Richard Marquand refused to alter it, saying, "I think it's good to tell kids that good people aren't necessarily good looking people and that bad people aren't necessarily ugly people." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adm…
Mr. Peanut was created by grade schooler Antonio Gentile for a 1916 contest to design the company's brand icon. americanhistory.si.edu/bl…
When Tower 42 in the City of London was proposed, people objected to its height. The architect favored a single tower design, but to quell objections to height he presented a two tower alternative. After seeing the stubby towers, everyone agreed to go along with the taller single tower. chrismrogers.net/col-towe…
A smaller binocular can have an even wider field of view than big one. Although the field of view depends primarily on the binocular's eyepiece design, the magnification also has a bearing birdwatching.com/optics/m…
-An undergraduate architecture student in '78 found a flaw in the Design of Citicorp Center '77: that Citicorp Center could blow over in the wind. Repair work was done throughout the night and quit at daybreak, just as the building occupants returned to work. The story remained a secret until '95 slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2…
In 1941 The Soviet had a design competition for the IL-2's sophisticated 23mm autocanons. The winner was chosen to equip the plane. The loser was arrested and executed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ily…
Levi's doesn't know the significance of most of their historical trademarks, including their three-digit model numbers (e.g. 501) or the arc design stitched on their back pockets. This is because all of their records were lost with their headquarters in the 1906 San Francisco fire. levistrauss.com/wp-conten…
When they first opened the ride Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland the design team was disappointed with the look of the fake bones they used so they used real skeletal remains instead and there is allegedly still a real human skull in the ride today mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Today I learned about the American Revolution's Pine Tree Flag which featured the words "An Appeal to Heaven." It was one of a few different flag designs used for the new nation during the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
When Lumber Baron William E Boeing created the Boeing Airplane Company in 1917 the company depended on designs from their first aeronautical engineer hire, Chinese MIT grad Wong Tsu. He worked for a year with the company before returning to China. He fled to Taiwan when Mao took over China en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Won…
Many casinos try to avoid making you ever have to turn in a right angle by design, as such a hard turn forces people to call upon the decision-making parts of their brain; something that casinos naturally want to avoid. vox.com/2014/8/7/5976927/…
The iPad doesn't have a native calculator app because Steve Jobs didn't like any of the proposed UI designs cultofmac.com/421893/why-…
'Keep Calm and Carry On' was produced by the MOI of British Government to be issued in the event of the Second World War. But it was never officially issued and very few original designs have remained. history.blog.gov.uk/2014/…
China began efforts to its first manned space flight in 1968 and accomplished the goal in 2003 with Shenzhou 5. The design of Shenzhou resembles the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The Chinese spacecraft is, however, larger than Soyuz and is an all new construction aerospace-technology.com/…
A single type of MP3 player, the S1 one, was sold under dozens of different brand names, including counterfeits of iPod, Samsung and Sony trademarks, and with various case designs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S1_…
There are 7 main types of non-standard door designs for cars: Butterfly (f. ex. on McLaren Senna), Gullwing (i.e. DeLorean doors), Scissors ("Lambo doors"), Sliding (for vans), Suicide doors, Canopy (rare), and Swan doors, and that there are hundreds of cars (many hi-ends) using them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
It was Theodore Hall, a scientist working at Los Alamos during WWII, who gave the designs of the atomic bomb to the Soviets. He did so because he did not want the USA to have a monopoly on nuclear weapons. He was never charged for his crimes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Despite popular culture, there is very little evidence suggesting a physical Celtic migration into pre-Roman Britain. Instead it is likely that this Celtic migration was a cultural phenomenon, with Celtic wares, jewellery and designs becoming assimilated into British culture. irishtimes.com/opinion/ce…
- There are 15 cards in the Yu-Gi-Oh Official/Trading Card Game that were designed by fans. Through several drawing contests 15 designs were picked as winners and turned into official cards in the OCG/TCG, sold in Booster Packs, and are tournament legal. yugipedia.com/wiki/Fan-Ma…
Mitsumi Electric, designer of the PS2 controller's circuit board, refused to strain their relations with Sony by supplying their boards to Microsoft. The original Xbox controller was 3x larger than the Dualshock 2 due to an inferior in-house circuit board design. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbo…
There is a show on TLC where people design wedding dresses made entirely out of toilet paper. tlcme.com/inside-tlc/Toil…
The whistling noise when bombs are dropped are an actual intentional design for psychological warfare in WW2. mechstuff.com/why-did-air…
Paisley is from Kashmir, the iconic red design was brought to Scotland from Turkey in 1758, George Washington owned one of the first modern bandanas, and women entering the workforce in WWII popularized them. heddels.com/2017/05/the-h…
About 85 percent of hospitals still use pagers because hospitals can be dead zones for cell service. In some hospital areas, the walls are built to keep X-rays from penetrating, but those heavy-duty designs also make it hard for a cell phone signal to make it through but not pagers. rd.com/health/healthcare/…
Students in competitions to design fuel-efficient vehicles routinely design vehicles capable of travelling THOUSANDS of miles per gallon of gas. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Inventor Lewis Latimer, not only made Thomas Edison's Light Bulb more efficient & practical, he invented an Apparatus for Cooling & Disinfecting, making rooms more sanitary & climate-controlled. He also improved the design of elevators & co-invented (1874) a toilet for train cars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lew…
"Tattoo" is a military bugle call played daily in the U.S. Army, not long before "Taps", which is played last; the word has a completely different etymology than does "tattoo" meaning a design inked into the skin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tat…
Larch trees were planted in a German forest that displayed a giant swastika when viewed from above. The design remained visible for over 60 years until the reunified German government discovered the site from aerial photographs. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europ…
In 2006 a design for masks made out of pre-shrunk T-shirts was published for situations when N95 masks were unavailable. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The artist Banksy financed and helped design the hotel "with the worst view in the world" overlooking the wall separating Israeli and Palestinian sections of Bethlehem. cnn.com/style/article/ban…
The Greek Key design, on the toga the mascot for Little Caesars Pizza wears, is actually the initials LC for Little Caesars. littlecaesars.com
Certain species of Finch have Rorschach-like designs on their palates called "gape markings". Each species has a unique design. These are thought to help their parents feed them, and to differentiate between parasitic chicks, who are then rejected. Image gallery in link. efinch.com/gape.htm
To disguise their pre-production cars, automakers specially design patterned vinyl wraps that "flatten" character lines of the vehicle, hiding its shape and design features from both eyes and cameras. autoblog.com/2014/11/07/h…
April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day which was established by WIPO to raise awareness about how patents, copyrights, trademarks and designs impact daily life. wikipedia.org/wiki/World_…
The Soviet space shuttle looked identical to the American shuttle because it was built off of stolen NASA designs. nbcnews.com/id/18686090/n…
Phillips screws and screwdrivers should be called Thompsons. They were invented by John P. Thompson, who couldn't find a manufacturer and so sold the design to businessman Henry F. Phillips. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The design of The Simpsons character Dr. Nick Rivera is based somewhat on Klasky Csupo cofounder GΓ‘bor CsupΓ³, though the show's animators mistakenly believed Hank Azaria, was impersonating CsupΓ³ when Azaria says the voice was actually a "bad" imitation of Ricky Ricardo from I Love Lucy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GΓ‘b…
The original 1851 zipper design was called the 'Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure', but was expensive and problematic. The next was called the 'Seperable fastener', but it was the 1913 β€˜hookless fastening devise’ which lead to "The Zipper" in 1922. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zip…
The check mark is believed to have been created during the Roman Empire. "V" was used to shorten the word "veritas", meaning 'truth'. This was used to indicate yes, true, or confirmed on items in a list. Over time, the design of the mark changed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Adam Jones, the guitarist of the rock band TOOL, also worked on makeup and set design for Hollywood blockbuster films such as Jurassic Park, Terminator 2 and Ghostbusters II, and used his background in film to create TOOL's "unique" stop-motion music videos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada…
During WWII flour and feed bag manufactures made their bags in bright colors and fun designs because women often used them to make clothing for their families. americanhistory.si.edu/co…
Sears once sold on mail order an entire house as a giant DIY kit. There were over 370 home designs, and the house had over 30,000 parts worth 25 tons. Sears claimed a man of β€œaverage” abilities could assemble it in 90 days. messynessychic.com/2018/0…
The tatoo artist who inked WWE star Randy Orton filed a civil lawsuit claiming she owns the tattoo designs and WWE is infringing on her rights by using them in their Video Games. wrestletalk.com/news/rand…
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…
Old typewriters did not have a number 1 key by design, you were meant to use the 'l' key. daskeyboard.com/blog/why-…
Architect Edmund Bacon (Kevin Bacon's dad) illegally skateboarded across Philadelphia's LOVE Park, the plaza he helped design, to protest the city's skateboard ban. phillymag.com/news/2016/0…
When the Great Seal of the United States was redesigned/updated in 1885, a new reverse design was ordered but never used. The reverse seal (The Pyramid w/ All Seeing Eye - still used today) received an update but was rejected due to criticism of the design. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned about the Versailles wedding hall disaster, which resulted in 23 deaths and 380 injuries after the third floor of an Israeli building collapsed during a wedding due to poor structural design en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
The increased speed in 'Space Invaders' was due to hardware limitations and not an initial design decision en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
In World War II a design had been planned for a plane nicknamed "The Flying Flapjack," and when it was decomissioned its structural integrity was so well-designed that it took a wrecking ball hitting the fuselage to destroy it usni.org/magazines/naval-…
Paraguay's flag has a different design on each side, the only national flag to do so. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Rolex designs the Greenroom at the Oscars galeriemagazine.com/oscar…
Today I learned about Robert Cocking who tried to invent an improved parachute design. He was so convinced of his invention that he tested it himself, hanging below a balloon and releasing the parachute in the height of 5,000 ft. He was the first person who died in a parachute accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
– in 1917, Valerian Abakovsky invented a railway car fitted with an airplane engine and propeller for propulsion, the design was able to achieve speeds up to 140 KPH (87 MPH). Unfortunately, four years later, the car derailed during a test run, killing the inventor and 6 others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…

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