Domestic dogs are one of only a few species that can understand that the human gesture of pointing means, "look in the direction my finger is pointing". Other animals, including wolves and other primates, don't understand how it works and will only be interested in your outstretched finger. patriciamcconnell.com/the…
Sailships aren't really moved by the wind blowing into the sail and pushing it forward. The curved shape of the sail creates a lift force acting forward, same the aerodynamic lift that makes an aircraft fly. The wind direction can be of almost any angle relative to the ship. discoverboating.com/resou…
Fish can be 'right handed.' When hunting or being hunted, fish typically have a side for attack or direction to turn when chased. 'left handed' fish may find themselves separated from the school by a sudden turn when chased by predators. phys.org/news/2017-11-lef…
In both World Wars, allies ships were painted with bright black and white lines. This was designed as the "opposite of camouflage." It was supposed to confused the enemy, mask their direction, and hide their speed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daz…
Owls have tubular eyes instead of spherical, making them unable to move their eyes in other directions. Instead of moving their eyes, they swivel their heads to view their surroundings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owl…
Prairie dogs can warn others of their species about the type of predator, its direction, and even its color with just a single call. phys.org/news/2010-02-pra…
Today I learned that ceiling fans can make you feel cooler OR warmer, depending on which direction the blades are spinning. advanced-air.com/help-gui…
Because of the Jay Treaty of 1794, "Indians" born in Canada have full rights to enter, work, attend college, and access public benefits in the U.S. exactly as if they were citizens. U.S. "Indians" have very limited access in the other direction. ptla.org/border-crossing-…
Certain languages lack any word for left/right and instead use the cardinal directions to express orientation on a small scale, e.g. "the cup is to the north of me." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bod…
When the space shuttle was in operation, it could launch a payload of 27,500 kg for $1.5 billion, or $54,500/kg. For a SpaceX Falcon 9, the rocket used to access the ISS, the cost is just $2,720/kg. SpaceX’s technical advances and cost reductions have changed the direction of U.S. space policy. theconversation.com/how-s…
The magnetosphere of Jupiter, extends up to seven million kilometers in the Sun's direction and almost to the orbit of Saturn in the opposite direction. If it was visible from Earth, in the night sky, it would be roughly 4 to 5 times bigger than our moon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Timothy Dalton was first approached to play James Bond n 1967, but felt he was far too young at only 21 years old, and, more importantly, didn’t want to be the first actor to follow Sean Connery. He was again asked in 1979, but did not like the direction the series had been going in at the time oneroomwithaview.com/2015…
The bezel on a dive watch only turns counterclockwise so that if the bezel is bumped accidentally during a dive it will only move in one direction, subtracting time from the dive and prompting the diver to surface early rather than staying under for too long. ethoswatches.com/the-watc…
Why radar side lobes are detrimental to radar accuracy. They allow echos and jamming to be received by the radar antenna despite the fact they do not come from the direction the antenna is pointed to. Once received, there is no simple way of distinguishing them from the wanted signals. dailymotion.com/video/x7t…
The reason moles always look so clean, even though they live in the dirt, is because their hair swivels to lay in any direction. animals.mom.me/moles-adap…
Some male and female duck reproductive organs have evolved into a biological arms race, with the male duck’s penis being long, corkscrewed and barbed to secure penetration and the female duck’s vagina being cork-screwed in the opposite direction to prevent penetration. wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_d…
Comet tails always point in the opposite direction of the sun. The tail is created by an interaction with either solar winds or photons from the sun. starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/d…
The words can be drawn in such a way that they remain the same when viewed from different directions/perspectives. Ex: SWIMS (viewed from upside down it remains the same). These are called as ambigrams. adobe.com/in/creativeclou…
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…
The Guugu Yimithirr, an Australian Aboriginal tribe, don't use terms like "left" and "right". Instead they use the geographical directions "north, east, south and west". That means, that there can't be confusions about your left or my left, since the directions are absolute for everyone en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guu…
Snow isn’t actually white, but rather translucent. It’s the light reflecting off it that makes it appear white with the many sides of the snowflake scattering light in many directions, diffusing the entire colour spectrum. Snow can also appear in a wide variety of spectacular hues. bbcearth.com/blog/?articl…
Today I learned about Project Cirrus the first attempt to modify a hurricane by dropping nearly 180 pounds of crushed dry ice into the clouds of the storm. The hurricane changed direction and made landfall near Savannah, Georgia. en.wikipedia.com/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned of Mauro Prosperi who survived for 9 days alone in the Saharan Desert on a diet of urine and bats after becoming disoriented and travelling nearly 200 miles in the wrong direction during an endurance event. He was found in Algeria despite the race taking part in Morocco adventure.howstuffworks.c…
Ty Warner, creator of Beanie Babies, gave a woman who was dying of kidney disease $20,000 to get a banned stem cell treatment outside the US that could save her life. He only met her once, when he was lost and she gave him directions in a parking lot. huffingtonpost.ca/entry/t…
Engineers at IBM had to hand weave their memory 14KB in total for both control and redundancy of their flight computer in the SATURN V launch vehicle. Wire shaped inside the mesh represented a bit based on the magnetic field generated by the direction of current flowing through it. youtube.com/watch?v=dI-JW…
Hughes engineers swung a satellite around the Moon and approached earth from a 'stealthy' direction, "downwards from the Moon rather than up from the ground, the way we typically think of missile launches by aggressor nations." airspacemag.com/daily-pla…
When advice columnist Ann Landers asked in 1986 what the correct direction for toilet paper was, she received 15,000 letters - the most in her column's history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toi…
Most safety features found in cars and other vehicles saw a boom in popularity from the creation of one car, the Tucker 48. Safety features included a pop out windshield, padded dashboard, and even a swivelling headlight depending on which direction you were steering. si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/nm…
The UK has a road marking to stop people blocking road junctions. The Box Junction is a yellow criss-cross marking and you are not allowed to enter the box unless your exit is also clear, thus avoiding blocking traffic from other directions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box…
In-N-Out Burger used to have a phone number where someone gave you directions to the nearest burger location latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Hot air balloon pilots don't directly control the direction of flight. They can only increase or decrease the balloon's altitude to place the balloon into a wind going the same direction they need. They have a few methods to check the direction of the air above and below the balloon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
Today I learned about microbursts. A microburst is created by a column of sinking air that after hitting ground level, spreads out in all directions and is capable of producing damaging straight-line winds of over 240 km/h (150 mph) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow…
Cupped pepperoni slices have a predetermined direction to form their cups, but the direction of heat from your oven overrides their natural tendencies slice.seriouseats.com/201…
Birds are able to see and use the Earth's Magnetic field to migrate due to a protein in their eyes called CRY4. To them the Earth's Magnetic field appears to be a bright haze in the sky in the direction of North or South. Their brain even produces this protein during the migration season. cell.com/current-biology/…
Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy, was a production designer for Disney's "Atlantis: The Lost Empire". Mignola was a major influence on the art direction of the movie, and the animators put a lot of effort into capturing his unique art style. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atl…
Information about Earth's magnetic field such as intensity and direction are stored in certain minerals present in sedimentary rock. Using the data present in different layers of rock, scientists are planning to reconstruct the advancement of this magnetic field over time. apexmagnets.com/news-how-…
Bees perform a math dance to communicate the direction and distance to flowers, pollen, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag…
In international space station, qibla (direction to Mecca that a Muslim prayer must face) can totally change by 180 degrees before the prayer can be finished; on Earth, Tematangi is the antipodal to Mecca, and qibla there is any direction (or exactly downwards) cntraveler.com/stories/20…
Abraham Lincoln faces a different direction on the penny because the penny is an adaptation of a plaque by Victor David Brenner. The illustration was placed on the penny as a result of President Theodore Roosevelt's love for Brenner's work. reference.com/business-fi…
Dung beetles, when placed in a planetarium behave with a sense of direction only under specific constellations. This would indicate that they celestially navigate. time.com/4104980/animal-n…
The bezel on a dive watch only turns counterclockwise so that if the bezel is bumped accidentally during a dive it will only move in one direction, subtracting time from the dive and prompting the diver to surface early rather than staying under for too long. watchtime.com/blog/dive-w…
All airplanes must have a green light on their right wing, and a red light on their left wing, to indicate the direction of travel to other planes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nav…
When lava gets erupted at the mid-ocean ridge axis it cools and turns into hard rock. As it cools it becomes permanently magnetized in the direction of the Earth’s magnetic field. divediscover.whoi.edu/mid…
In around a thousand years all compasses will stop working due to a change in the magnetic polarity of the Earth. For a few centuries compasses will point in different directions. After that they will all point south. relay.nationalgeographic.…
Today I learned about Simpsons Paradox; an effect where individual groups show a trend in a particular direction, but combining groups who have a different underlying nature (eg putting dogs with cats on the same graph) causes the trend to appear to express in the opposite direction en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
People may have difficulty determining which direction an emergency siren is coming from due to the phase difference of high frequencies at the ears. (Low frequencies have the issue if the wavelengths are larger than our heads.) This has led to the development of white noise and other sirens. acentech.com/blog/cutting…
Handedness (directional) preferences are found in birds. When equal safety paths are presented to a bird individual birds will have a definite repeated preferences for a direction to fly. journals.plos.org/ploscom…
Western Europe and the West coast of North America have mild, maritime climates not because of ocean currents transporting heat from the tropics but because of the prevailing wind direction. Winds blowing from over oceans moderate the climate much more than the oceanic transport of heat. ocp.ldeo.columbia.edu/res…
Snakes have forked tongues to be able to smell in three dimensions. By picking up odours from slightly different locations they are able to tell the direction and source of the smell. thescienceexplorer.com/na…
Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are hydrologically the same lake. They are joined by the 5 mile wide, 120ft deep Straits of Mackinac, and depending on conditions, water can flow in either direction, which keeps their water levels similar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
In 1971, a US man named Gerald Mayo filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Pennsylvania. He was suing Satan, for making him fall down. The judge rejected "Mayo v Satan", pointing out that Mayo did not provide appropriate directions for the US Marshals to serve the summons to Satan. kevinunderhill.typepad.co…
The bison on the Wyoming state (US) flag does not have a set direction. It usually faces the hoist (into the wind, toward the mast), as most animals on flags do, but the original design had it facing the fly (away from the mast), "symbolizing its former freedom to roam the plains of Wyoming." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Malaysia's space agency, Angkasa, convened a conference of 150 Islamic scientists and scholars to figure out what direction a Muslim astronaut would need to face to pray from the International Space Station outline.com/ktqdse
There are tidal rivers where the flow of water in the river can change direction with the tide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tid…
Robin Williams accidentally broke Robert De Niro's nose in the 1990 movie Awakenings. But De Niro was actually fine with it. He broke his nose back in the 1980 movie Raging Bull, so breaking it again in the other direction straightened it out. people.com/movies/robin-w…
When under threat from predators, small damsel fish can grow a fake 'eye' on their rear fins and reduce the size of their real eyes. This has the effect of making them appear to be heading in the opposite direction and increases their chances of survival fivefold. underwatertimes.com/news.…
The raised reflectors in between lanes on the highway also indicate direction. Normally they reflect white or yellow but if they appear red, it’s becasue you are going the wrong way. slate.com/human-interest/…
TV shows will often feature guest directors who operate the show in an official capacity while the recurring cast and crew are functionally in charge of creative direction. youtu.be/x7EVzn2TGYk
There was a global search to find a mate for Jeremy, a rare left-coiling snail. Because his shell coiled counterclockwise, the opposite direction of typical snails, his sex organs could not align with others. Two candidates were found but they proceeded to mate with each other instead of Jeremy. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
"Wind speeds can reach up to 560 miles per hour (900 kilometers per hour) on Uranus. Winds are retrograde at the equator, blowing in the reverse direction of the planet’s rotation. But closer to the poles, winds shift to a prograde direction, flowing with Uranus' rotation." solarsystem.nasa.gov/plan…
In WWI, many British naval ships were painted with "Dazzle Camo", a camouflage scheme designed not to make them hard to see, but rather to create a confusing perspective that made judging ship type, speed, and direction difficult. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daz…
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…
After hearing The Doors' first album, lead singer Jim Morrison's father urged him "to give up any idea of singing or any connection with a music group because of what I consider to be a complete lack of talent in this direction." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
There's a hypothesis that every electron in the universe is actually the same one just going back and forth in time forever and when anti matter and regular matter anhialate eachother, it's actually just the matter switching directions in time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Leonard Nimoy met many fans who became scientists because of Spock's example, and talked to the 'Star Trek' actor as if he were a fellow researcher. Nimoy always nodded and told them, "Well, it certainly looks like you’re headed in the right direction." nytimes.com/2011/03/01/sc…
The Le Fort classification of skull fractures came about through the RenΓ© Le Fort's experiments in 1901. These involved the firing of cannonballs at various magnitudes/directions at intact cadaver heads in order to determine the predictable patterns of fractures from specific injuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
In 1958 the Soviets reached one of the most remote places in Antarctica where they built a cabin. When they left they placed a bust of Lenin on top of the chimney facing in the direction of Moscow, which today is now the only thing standing above the snow stuff.co.nz/national/2016…
When fieldfares sit in a tree, they all turn in the same direction en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fie…
, Mars' moons, Phobos and Deimos orbit in opposite directions along the equator. At certain longitudes, you wouldn't be able to see them at all. space.com/28403-astronaut…
Rainbows don't necessarily come in ROYGBIV form, and are sometimes entirely red. Also, they are sometimes "twinned," forming in two opposite directions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Clockwise is the way that it is because sundials in the northern hemisphere that clocks replaced naturally rotate that direction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
Locals in Cornwall created an imaginary beach to deal with overcrowded beaches. Fake signposts were put up all over the county leading to the 'Best Beach In Cornwall," however the signs actually diverted tourists in the opposite direction from any of the coasts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
A comet's tail points away from the sun, and don't indicate the direction it's moving solarsystem.nasa.gov/aste…
In order to turn your bicycle left or right, you must first quickly turn the handle bars in the opposite direction in an action called 'countersteering'. You do this subconsciously every time your turn your bicycle. exploratorium.edu/cycling…
During the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis a second U2 Spy Plane had strayed into Soviet Airspace. When radioing for directions an unknown voice told him to turn right 35 degrees which would have taken him deeper into the Soviet Union. When asked for an identifying code there was no response. vanityfair.com/news/2008/…
The difference between a school and shoal of fish. A school of fish is an structured group of fish, with all the fish traveling in the same direction, while a shoal is not organised. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07k…
In the US, cars have to stop in both directions when a school bus is loading/unloading kids schooltrainingsolutions.c…
That, during WWII, when German prisoners escaped POW camps in Australia, the locals would give them the Australian "fair go", providing food and directions. navyhistory.org.au/german…
Germans soldiers in WW2 executed Jews in a manner known as "sardines" , so as to lay one layer of bodies after the other in the opposite direction to maximize bodies per grave; often forcing still living people to lay on the bodies of the dead before themselves being shot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C…
World longest flight by Singapore Airlines from Singapore to New York can fly either of two completely opposite directions (over Atlantic or over Pacific) depending on winds and weather. flightradar24.com/blog/wi…
More left flip flops will wash up on some beaches and right thongs on other beaches due to ocean currents sending them in different directions smh.com.au/national/curre…
The first recorded mention of mooning was a 1st century soldier baring his buttocks and farting in the general direction of a group of Jews celebrating Passover. slate.com/culture/2012/06…
St. Jude's hospital is named for the saint of Hopeless Causes. Comedian Danny Thomas prayed to St. Jude, "Please, please, give me a sign that I'm going in the right direction, and someday I'll build a shrine in your name." huffpost.com/entry/danny-…
There's a switch on most ceiling fans that lets you adjust the direction of rotation. Counterclockwise rotations are used for summer, and clockwise rotations are used for winter. homedepot.com/c/ah/ceilin…
Hubble wears glasses. The original mirror had an error that resulted in blurred images, so a 1993 service mission added a second set of components with the same error in the opposite direction, correcting the images. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
Today I learned about an Australian Aboriginal language that uses direction (north, south, east, west) instead of left and right; the standard greeting is "where are you going?" to keep everyone completely oriented. messagetoeagle.com/kuuk-t…
That, in biology, any group of fish that stay together for social reasons are shoaling, and if the group is swimming in the same direction in a coordinated manner, they are schooling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Four-legged animals like horses and dogs don't have backwards knees. Those joints are actually their ankles, which bend in the same direction as our ankles do. line-of-action.com/digitr…
Physicists at Washington State University created 'negative mass' where unlike every known physical object in the world, it doesn't accelerate in the direction it was pushed. It accelerates backwards. phys.org/news/2017-04-phy…
A man was actually set on fire for the cover of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" album. An unexpected change in wind direction during the shoot caused stuntman Ronnie Rondell's mustache to catch on fire and burn off. feelnumb.com/2009/10/10/p…
If while standing, you raise and slowly rotate your right foot in a clockwise circle, and then write the number 6 in the air with your right handβ€”your right foot will suddenly shift in the opposite direction. This is due to how your brain codes for movements on the same side of your body. thenakedscientists.com/ar…
A pedestrian scramble is a type of traffic signal movement that stops all vehicular traffic, allowing pedestrians to cross an intersection in every direction, including diagonally, at the same time. Research shows it can reduce pedestrian casualties by 38%. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ped…
Most people who have cars with built in GPS use their phones for directions. money.cnn.com/2016/10/10/…
People from different languages arrange pictures of chronological events differently (English speakers from left to right, Hebrew from right to left), and that the Kuuk Thaayorre will arrange them from east to west regardless of the direction they face in the room. jstor.org/stable/pdf/2600…
Paulo Ferreira is the only football player to won UEFA Cup and Champions league back to back twice and in both directions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
The center of our galaxy the Milky Way is a visibly brighter section of the 'band' in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius. It contains a black hole 4 million times the mass of our sun en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal…
Airport runway numbers actually indicate direction on a compass en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run…
Splenda, the common household sweetener, was first discovered in 1976, when a scientist at a British college accidently misheard directions. He tasted a substance instead of testing it, and from then on the sweet taste of Splenda was discovered. healthline.com/nutrition/…
There was hymn to Ninkasi, the Sumerian goddess of beer; the hymn not only praised her, it provided directions for brewing beer. ancient.eu/article/222/th…
There are 7000 languages, and your cognitive language can vastly affect your skills as a human. For instance, some African languages use the direction they are heading (NSEW) as β€œhello” and literally have no word for left or right. These people stay oriented exponentially better than others ted.com/talks/lera_borodi…

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