In 1915, a pilot planned a stunt to drop a baseball into an MLB coach’s glove from a plane during a flyover. As a prank she dropped a grapefruit instead; it exploded in the coach’s glove and covered him in red pulp, and he was convinced he was seriously injured and bleeding to death. mlb.com/news/wilbert-robi…
80's pop sensations Spandau Ballet got its name from the standard drop method hangings at Spandau Prison when the condemned would twitch and jump at the end of a rope. Spandau Prison was home to seven high ranking Nazis sentenced to imprisonment at the Nuremberg Trials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Old houses in US could have hundreds of old rusting razor blades between the walls. This is the result of a safe solution designed to dispose blades after being used, which was to drop them in a slot in the wall. rd.com/article/if-you-liv…
The inventor of the Graham cracker, Sylvester Graham, spoke out against meat, alcohol, sex, warm baths, hard beds, and even store-bought bread. An angry mob of bakers and butchers once marched to the hotel he was lecturing at, only for his supporters to drop bags of lime on them from the roof. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
Beethoven loved his coffee so much that he had his own recipe. It consisted of 60 beans. Not 59, not 61, but precisely 60. He would drop them into a cup separately and sometimes do a second recount. He also had a special apparatus for preparing it. greenfarmcoffee.shop/blog…
Due to a design flaw, when Apple III owners had problems (like garbled data) they were instructed to "lift the machine 3 inches and drop it in order to re-seat the chips on the logic board". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
A Grand Jury can indict a DNA sample in order to press pause on the statute of limitations. In Brittani Marcell's case, a drop of blood believed to belong to the suspect was indicted on the charges, in order to give detectives time to figure out who it belonged to. abcnews.go.com/US/dad-fac…
The reason why we feel hangry is because the level of nutrients in the bloodstream begins to drop. When the brain runs out of dry fuel, it stimulates a stress response. Our inhibition to different emotions is lowered. bbc.com/news/amp/world-us…
Today I learned of the Genetic Bottleneck Theory. Around 75,000 years ago, a supereruption occurred at Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia. This resulted in the early human population to drop to 3k-10k unique genetic individuals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tob…
Hyssop essential oil (used in alternative medicine) can induce seizures at very low doses, taking only 2 drops to induce convulsions in a child. wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyssop…
If wasps decide they don't like you they drop pheromones on you so that other wasps don't like you either. phys.org/news/2015-12-arm…
Today I learned about Operation Christmas Drop. Every year around Christmas, the US Air Force drops toys, school supplies, and humitarian aid over the islands of Micronesia. It has been running since 1952, making it the longest-running humanitarian airlift in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned of Marco Pantani. Considered one of the best cyclists of all time, his resting heart rate was 34bpm, and could drop to even more dangerous levels in sleep. So dangerous he would need to wake up at night and cycle just to raise his heart rate to a safe level. youtu.be/hT8GZlBBv5k
Designing and producing the B-29 Superfortress which was used to drop the A-Bomb on Japan, was more expensive than developing the bomb itself. Total costs for the B-29 was $3 billion, the Manhattan Project ended up costing $1.9 billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boe…
Ronald Reagan would write personal checks to individuals with financial struggles. He was known to drop $4,000 or $5,000 checks into the mail for certain people. He was also known to call upon the Air Force to aid in the transport of children who were experiencing medical emergencies. goliath.com/random/15-thi…
A study showed that plants have the potential to store memory; a plant species that would close up when touched was repeatedly dropped. At first the plants closed on every drop but over time remained open because the drops did not harm them. They retained this memory even a month later. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about the Lead-crime Hypothesis: Researchers have found that the elimination of leaded gasoline in the US accounted for up to a 56% drop in violent crime rates between 1992 and 2002. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet…
In 2007, when Halo 3 released it broke records on video game sales, making $170 million on the first day. Film executives blamed Halo for a 27% drop in the box office for that week. gamesradar.com/halo-3-bla…
Some crows in Japan are known to drop walnuts on pedestrian crosswalks, wait for cars to crack the nuts by running them over, and then wait until the next light to safely eat the cracked nuts. bbc.com/earth/storyoflife…
During WWI, The British would send decoy Merchant β€˜Q-Ships’ to known areas of U-Boat activity. When the U-Boats surfaced, the β€˜crew’, would make a show of abandoning ship. Suddenly the Q-ship's panels would drop to reveal hidden deck guns, which would then open fire, sinking the enemy vessels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q-s…
During the Cold War, the CIA used hot air balloons to drop copies of Animal Farm into Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia in order to cause discontent amongst the population towards the countries’ leaders. Their responses were to order their militaries to shoot down the hot air balloons. spectator.co.uk/article/n…
: During the Korean War of the 1950s ( aka 'Forgotten War' ) Nukes were deployed in Guam & there were contingency plans to drop upto 50 Atomic Bombs to Strategically Target North Korea & parts of China news.yahoo.com/korean-war…
Raindrops are originally round and not in the form of drops. This is due due to the surface tension of water. ... On smaller raindrops, the surface tension is stronger than in larger drops. The reason is the flow of air around the drop. As the raindrop falls, it loses that rounded shape. gpm.nasa.gov/education/ar…
Point-blank range does not mean extremely close range. It means any distance over which a certain firearm can hit a target without the need to compensate for bullet drop. wikipedia.org/wiki/Point-…
Claw machines are rigged,and the owner can program them to drop a toy after it gets picked up, giving you the illusion of near-success. vox.com/2015/4/3/8339999/…
The Turkey Drop is when a freshman college student comes home for Thanksgiving and is unceremoniously dumped by his high school girlfriend or boyfriend. refinery29.com/en-us/turk…
18-25% who drop out of high school are intellectually gifted--i.e an IQ of more than 130. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Since 2016, the U.S.'s suicide rate is so high that it has contributed to the CDC's reported drop in American life expectancy vox.com/science-and-healt…
Queen Anne's Lace is a white flower that resembles a lace pattern, with a red area in the centre which represents a drop of blood, from where Queen Anne pricked herself while sewing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dau…
Al Jazeera means peninsula and their logo is meant to represent a drop of water network.aljazeera.net/abo…
A Louisiana Church Filled A Drop-Duster With Holy Water And Blessed A Whole Community npr.org/2019/12/23/790973…
Henry Ford probably never said "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses" - but his tone-deafness to customers' needs in the 1920s, when GM was producing numerous models to Ford's single Model T, caused Ford's market share to drop from 70% to 15% in 6 years hbr.org/2011/08/henry-for…
Arctic ground squirrels' body temperatures drop as low as -2.9C, the lowest measured in any mammal, and their major organs slow while others shut down entirely. They awaken in the midwinter to heat up to make sure they don’t get any colder. bbc.co.uk/earth/story/201…
Big cats like tigers and cheetahs are attracted to Calvin Klein's Obsession. The Banham Zoo has requested people to drop off their perfumes due to low supplies. The fragrance has also been used in India in 2018 to catch a reported man-eating tiger. bbc.com/news/uk-england-n…
To spy on USSR and China, U.S. Air Force literally made a satellite which used film cameras to take photos and it would drop from space. A plane would then catch it. They were "discarded" after about 10 uses and the photos were usually blurry and had light streaks due to the ionosphere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Ancient remains of at least 15 humans were found in a chamber in a cave, 80 m from the entrance, only 25–50 cm at its narrowest, and at the bottom of a 12 m vertical drop, in complete darkness and with no evidence of any tools or fire. They were from the previously undiscovered Homo Naledi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
The US Army enlisted Pigeoneers during WWII, whose job it was to raise, train, and drop pigeons from airplanes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
There are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on Earth, but more molecules in 10 average sized drops of water, than stars in the observable universe! npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Andy Dalton and his wife rent out a hotel every year to let parents of children with disabilities drop off their kids for a much needed paid date night. bengals.com/news/andy-dal…
Dewey Readmore Books was a cat adopted by a public library in Spencer, Iowa. He was rescued after being abandoned in the library's book drop, and went on to achieve international fame as a library cat. Following his death, his obituary was featured in over 270 newspapers worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dew…
In a 2017 criminal case, the US government put the secrecy of its hacking tools above all else. Prosecutors chose to drop all charges in a case of child exploitation on the dark web rather than reveal the technological means they used to locate the anonymized Tor user. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
If you drop a used battery and a new battery the used one will bounce much higher due to the zinc oxide forming within the battery. While it isn't a sign the battery is fully dead it's an intereguing demonstration of physical change due to a chemical reaction. princeton.edu/news/2015/0…
Starfish can drop off their arms when they feel threatened. Some species can even regenerate themselves from a single arm, as long as there's a small portion of the central disk, and some also reproduce that way, simply splitting in half to become two individual starfish. youtube.com/watch?v=Krfcg…
The year 1816 is known as the "year without summer" due to the volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia which resulted in tens of thousands of deaths, a global temperature drop of up to 3 degrees Celsius and unusually cold and wet conditions sweeping across Europe and North America. edition.cnn.com/2019/09/1…
The US National Guard will air drop hay bales to stranded livestock that the farmers can’t get to. army.mil/article/219257/g…
In the Hawaiian language, there are over 200 different words for rain, depending on the colour, intensity, duration, accompanying wind, time of year, the paths the drops fall in, the area it falls in, and even if it falls shortly after a loved one's death. hawaiimagazine.com/conten…
During the Cold War, an American CIA agent devised a psychological warfare plan to drop very large condoms labelled "medium" to intimidate and demoralize the Soviet troops. The plan was not executed. mentalfloss.com/article/4…
In 1923 the USPS instituted a requirement that all delivery addresses feature a mail-box or drop-slot to reduce the time that mail carriers waited at each door. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let…
The term "Hands Down" comes from the world of horse racing, where a jockey cruising to an easy victory would loosen the reigns and drop his hands, thus winning "Hands Down". mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Florida man Arnold Abbott had been feeding street people at a beach weekly from 1991 till he died age 94 in 2019; he refused to stop even when a FL law limiting public food sharing came out in 2014. FLPD showed up when Abbot was passing out food; an officer demanded: "Drop that plate right now." browardpalmbeach.com/news…

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