European bison herds move by majority rule: each bison β€œvotes” by facing the direction it wants to go, and the herd goes in the direction chosen by the largest number. scientificamerican.com/ar…
In 1714, 2 gunships fought for 14 hours, before one ran out of ammunition. The captain messaged his opponent, thanking him for a fine duel, and asking for more ammunition, so that the fight could continue. His opponent refused, but they then agreed to sail away in opposite directions. historyanswers.co.uk/hist…
No Kum-Sok, the first pilot to defect with an operational aircraft, received a $100,000 reward from Operation Moolah in 1953. He landed the wrong way on the runway: had he tried to land in the right direction, he would have been spotted and shot down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_…
B.F. Skinner almost convinced the army to use pigeon-guided missiles, where pigeons would sit in the nose of the missile and peck a screen to change the direction. military-history.org/arti…
There was a tractor built in the 1950’s that had the capability to idle at 0 RPM. Because the engine is two-stroke, it could switch directions before it made a full rotation. youtu.be/pYeEotP_c3M
There are locations on planet Mercury where during a day the sun will appear to pause, reverse direction, then continue forward again as it moves across the sky. This happens as the planet’s angular orbital velocity and angular rotational velocity flip as it crosses perihelion space.com/29265-mercury-p…
If the SR-71 was attacked by surface-to-air missiles, it simply flew higher, faster, and in a slightly different direction to outrun them. theaviationgeekclub.com/t…
In 3000 BC the North Star was not Polaris, but a star called Thuban, because the axis of the earth was pointed in a different direction back then. This is because of the precession of equinoxes speeding and slowing down of the earth's spin through imperceptible intervals. starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/d…
There is a phenomenon called refraction that affects the direction of sound propagation. During the day, the sound bends away from the ground; during the night, it bends towards the ground. Hence at night you have additional "sound" reaching you, making it louder. thermaxxjackets.com/sound…
Bee's waggle their bodies in the hive when they walk around. They use mathematics to tell other bees the distance, direction and angle to point others towards flowers, water or a new hive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag…
The Inka never developed writing but instead had a system of tying knots called khipu in which the color, direction and structure of the knots communicated different information. While most of it is numerical, fully cracking the code reveal a phonetic khipu alphabet with records of history. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Windsocks are calibrated to visually show wind speed as well as wind direction. They are designed such that each inflated red/white stripe indicates a 3 knot increase in wind speed to a maximum of 15 knots. hollandaviation.nl/en/win…
There was a global search to find a mate for Jeremy, a rare left-coiling snail. His shell coiled counterclockwise, the opposite direction of typical snails, so his sex organs could not align with others. After being rejected by other left-coiling snails, he would eventually find love. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
There is a rare medical condition called Uncombable Hair Syndrome where the hair does not grow downward, but out from the scalp in multiple directions and cannot be flattened down medlineplus.gov/genetics/…
There are languages with no words for left or right, forward and backward and only use compass points (NSEW) and because of this these people have an incredible sense of direction languagetrainers.com.au/b…
We have only ever measured the "round-trip" speed of light and it is impossible (based on our current understanding of relativity) to measure the speed of light in one direction. It is possible that light travels faster in one direction than another. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Pilots can lose the sense of direction and as a result of this they sometimes fly into the ground at high speed. It's called "CFIT" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The sky is blue due to scattering of sunlight off molecules of the atmosphere. This is more effective at short wavelengths. Therefore the light scattered down to the earth at a large angle with respect to the direction of the sun's light is predominantly in the blue end of the visible spectrum. hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu…
Male flowers of the Catasetum genus of orchid have a mechanism in which their pollen sacks are explosively launched toward the direction of a potential pollinator when their seta are stimulated. Charles Darwin was reportedly ridiculed by naturalist T. H. Huxley for this observation. youtu.be/fw9hEjQEH78?t=37
If the SR-71 was attacked by surface-to-air missiles, it simply flew higher, faster, and in a slightly different direction to outrun them. nationalinterest.org/blog…
Glasgow, Montana is the "middle of nowhere" of the contiguous United States, about 4.5 hours in any direction from any metropolitan area of more than 75,000 people". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
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…
In thanks to Benjamin Franklin, all electrical diagrams (at least in the U.S.) are technically backwards (in terms of electron flow/direction). He assumed the flow of electricity originated from the positive terminal of a current source, and traveled to the negative terminal. douglaskrantz.com/ElecEle…
The second place winner for the illusion of the year contest used two visual Phenomena; One that creates the illusion of direction allowing the viewer to change which way the dots appear to go, and another that changes the color of the dots. youtu.be/rFDDvwTjT5A
To ancient Babylonians who lived in villages on natural levees in the lower parts of the Euphrates or Tigris Rivers, a major local flood would have made it appear to the eye that their "whole world" was under water in all directions. ncse.ngo/yes-noahs-flood-…
Goats have rectangular pupils. This grants them panoramic vision which can detect intruders approaching from various directions. zmescience.com/ecology/an…
In April 1914, the Mexican government refused to perform a 21-gun salute for the arrest & eventual release of 9 US Sailors. This resulted in the US occupying the port of Vera Cruz, per the direction of Woodrow Wilson. The occupation took place the morning after the Ludlow Massacre, in Colorado. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
An engineering project in 1900 was completed to guarantee fresh water for the city of Chicago, by reversing the direction of the Chicago River. interactive.wttw.com/chic…
Homer Simpson's famous "D'oh!" catchphrase is actually written in scripts as "(Annoyed Grunt)". Voice actor Dan Castellaneta simply interpreted that direction as "D'oh!" youtube.com/watch?v=Eo0Hf…
Today I learned about the cemetery gun, a mounted gun that was used to kill grave robbers. The gun would be set up in front of the grave with 3 tripwires attached to it. If someone triggered a tripwire the gun would turn and fire in the direction or whatever tripwire was pulled, killing the person. royalarmouries.org/storie…
The reflective freeway markers are red if you're going the wrong direction. sacbee.com/news/local/tra…
The Backward galaxy has 2 "leading" spiral arms: they point TOWARDS the direction the galaxy is rotating (in the exact opposite direction you'd expect from the picture). NGC 4622 also has 1 "trailing" inner arm that moves as normal (pointing away from the direction of rotation). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NGC…
The Greek tyrant Histiaeus sent a secret message by shaving a slave's head, tattooing the message on the slave's scalp, and waiting for the hair to grow back. The slave was then sent to Histiaeus' son-in-law, who followed his secret direction to revolt against the Persians. heritage-history.com/inde…
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…
How the US "attacked" Ciudad Juarez, Mexico with a Modified V2 Rocket. The V2 launched from White Sands USA but went in the wrong direction. Scientists then restrained the Range Safety Officer to stop him from pressing the vehicle destruction button until it crashed in Mexico. No one was killed. whiteeagleaerospace.com/t…
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…
Director/choreographer Bob Fosse won three major awards for best direction in 1973: a Tony for "Pippin", an Emmy for 'Liza with a Z", and an Oscar for "Cabaret". Over his career he was awarded a total of 9 Tony awards for achievements in Broadway theatre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Panic At The Disco had an album planned to come after 'A Fever You Can't Sweat Out.' They had scrapped it to change directions with their sound and follow up with 'Pretty. Odd' instead. The songs were previously lost until found by the former bassist's father. nme.com/news/music/lost-p…
The direction of the Dragon Ball series was dictated by author Akira Toriyama's editors who forced Toriyama to make changes to villains they deemed lame (Androids 17, 18, 19 & 20) and ugly (Cell's forms), to continue the series against Toriyama's wishes and more changes to the initial plot. kanzenshuu.com/translatio…
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-…
Today I learned about the 'Brocken spectre' where the observer's shadow is magnified and cast upon clouds opposite the Sun's direction. The figure's head is often surrounded by halo-like rings of coloured light when water droplets in clouds refract and backscatter sunlight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned about CONELRAD, the civil defense system in the β€˜50s and β€˜60s to get info out to Americans by rapidly switching radio transmitters around at 640AM & 1240AM so Soviet bombers couldn’t direction-find on their signals. rfcafe.com/references/rad…
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…

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