The β€˜Batman Effect’. Adopting an alter ego is an extreme form of β€˜self-distancing’, which involves taking a step back from our immediate feelings to allow us to view a situation more dispassionately. It can help control anxiety, and help the subject pursue exercise and healthy diet bbc.com/worklife/article/…
Today I learned of Henry Gunther, an American soldier who charged a German machine gun nest trying to regain his rank after being demoted. He was reluctantly killed by them at 10:59am on November 11th, 1918. One minute before the Armistice took effect. Making him the last soldier killed in World War I. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Despite his scientific background and immeasurable contributions to promoting science to the public, Carl Sagan's nomination was rejected from the National Academy of Sciences leading to the Sagan Effect where popular scientists in the media are seen as less knowledgeable than their peers. jneurosci.org/content/36/…
Today I learned about the 1991 "Great Butter Fire" which burned for 8 days (due to water having little effect on the fire), had flames 300ft high, and destroyed 50 million pounds of food. nbc15.com/content/news/20…
Coffee doesn't actually dehydrate you. A 2003 study found that the diuretic effect of caffeine is negligible in people who regularly consume caffeinated drinks pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
The effect that grapefruit juice has on the absorption of many pharmaceutical drugs was discovered accidentally, when studying the effect of alcohol on drug absorption. The study used grapefruit juice to mask the taste of alcohol for a blind test. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The vocal effect used in the song Zombie by the Cranberries is known as 'keening'. This is a wailing sound used in Ireland to mourn the dead at funerals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zom…
β€œBennie and the Jets” by Elton John was not recorded live. It was produced in a studio and the live effects were added later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Today I learned of the CSI Effect. Due to popular TV shows exaggerating the capabilities and techniques of forensic science in criminal investigations, many jurors have begun to demand a greater amount of evidence from the prosecution during trials, raising the standard of proof needed for a conviction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSI…
"double-acting" baking powder generates carbon dioxide to raise baking products at both room temperature and then, using different compounds, at oven temperature. This double-raising effect increases the reliability of the baking process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak…
Today I learned about the Decoy Effect where companies give a decoy options to nudge consumers to purchase the target option. It is when we are choosing between two alternatives, the addition of a third, less attractive options (decoy) can influence our perception of the original two choices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Martin Newell needed a simple mathematical model of a familiar object for his work in 1975. He created what is considered today to be the "Utah Teapot", a 3D test model that has become a standard reference object for testing and demonstrating rendering algorithms and visual effects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uta…
The movie Independence Day still holds the record for most miniature models to appear in one film. Approximately 95% of the movie's special effects were shot using miniatures and due to the advances in digital technology this record may stand forever. dga.org/Craft/DGAQ/All-Ar…
Despite the efforts from the Catholic church, the hallucinogenic San Pedro cactus' name is attributed to the belief that just as St Peter (San Pedro) holds the keys to heaven, the effects of the cactus could allow its users to reach heaven while still being on earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ech…
Manipulating your core body temperature through hot baths, showers, or saunas can have dramatic effects on your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep foundmyfitness.com/episod…
During solar eclipses, tree leaves act as pinhole cameras, resulting in trees casting crescent-shaped shadows on the ground. This effect puzzled Aristotle in the 4th Century BC. science.nasa.gov/science-…
Fans of Mass Effect trolled Bioware by sending them 400 cupcakes with the message "The cakes are vanilla, and so is all the icing... no matter what choice you make, it'll all have the same generic flavor." destructoid.com/stories/r…
Adding water to anise-flavored liqueurs and spirits (like sambuca and absinthe) turns the drink into a milky color. This spontaneous emulsification is known as the "ouzo effect." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouz…
Jurassic Park's visual effects were so groundbreaking to filmmakers that it inspired Peter Jackson to begin work on Lord of the Rings, George Lucas to start on the Star Wars prequels, and Stanley Kubrick to invest in his pet project, A.I (Artificial Intelligence). Jurassic Park (film) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
In 1972 Ed Catmull and Fred Park creates the first 3D Animation of a hand and a face. The technics they devolped are the foundation of our modern movies, effects and gaming graphics. This animation was first used in the movie "Futurworld" from 1976. youtube.com/watch?v=T5seU…
Today I learned about Clever Hans, a horse that was claimed to have performed arithmetic and other intellectual tasks. Psychologist Oskar Pfungst investigated and found the horse was not performing these mental tasks, but was responding to his trainer's reactions. This is now known as the Clever Hans Effect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
In September 1945 Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett defied US restrictions and snuck into Hiroshima by train. Burchett was the first to tell the world about the effects of radiation on the victims of the bombing, which the US denied both before and after his story was published. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Dim, the rhinoceros beetle from A Bug's Life (1998), had no known reference in nature until the Megaceras briansaltini was discovered in 2007. This phenomena, of nature mimicking art, was coined the Dim Effect by its discoverer. digitalcommons.unl.edu/cg…
One of the special effects in Highlander (1985) was achieved by strapping car batteries to the actors’ legs and wiring them up so they’d spark when a sword struck. Production would pause while filming these scenes after three takes because the sword handles would get too hot. theguardian.com/film/2016…
Over 60% of all prices in all stores end in the number 9, Because businesses use the "left digit effect." when pricing items. I.E., (Pricing an item $4.99 instead of $5). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psy…
The idea of black holes was first proposed in 1783 by John Michell, calling them "dark stars" and proposing a method to detect them by looking for star systems that showed the gravitational effects of two stars, but only one star was visible, which is indeed how scientists look for them today io9.gizmodo.com/the-forgo…
Treasure Planet's production and sound design followed a "70/30 Law" which meant that the overall look of the film's artwork and the design of the sound effects and music should be 70% traditional and 30% sci-fi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
The widowhood effect is the increase in the probability of a person dying a relatively short time after their long-time spouse has died. The pattern indicates a sharp increase in risk of death for the widower, particularly, in the three months closest thereafter the death of the spouse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wid…
Without the greenhouse effect, the earth would have an average temperature of -0.4F / -18C. earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
Today I learned of Ramsar, Iran the most naturally radioactive place on earth. Current studies show a possible radioadaptive effect that allows the residents to live with over 10x the safe levels of radiation exposure. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramsar…
The current global framework of IP protection, the TRIPS Agreement, went into effect in 1995. Prior to the agreement national governments had divergent standards of what was patentable. India did not allow drugs to be patented, which is one reason it is a center of generic drug manufacture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRI…
Today I learned of Nyarri Morgan, an Australian aboriginal man who had no contact with the Western world until he witnessed - with no context - an atomic test and its resulting effects abc.net.au/news/2016-10-0…
The music genre β€œshoegaze” got its name from British critics mocking the musicians always looking down at their shoes while playing instead of the audience. In reality, the musicians had to focus on the numerous music effect pedals in their playlist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
"Marooned", AKA "Space Travelers", was the only film ever shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000 to win an Oscar (for Best Special Visual Effects). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Many of the special effects in "Escape From New York" were done by James Cameron cinemablend.com/news/2495…
The Diderot Effect is obtaining a new possession which often creates a spiral of consumption which leads you to acquire more new things. As a result, we end up buying things that our previous selves never needed to feel happy or fulfilled jamesclear.com/diderot-ef…
The smelliest substance on earth, Tioacetone (CH3)2CS, smells so bad that it can effect areas up to a half-mile in radius. "When it was accidentally made it was followed by cases of vomiting, nausea and unconsciousness in a radius of 0.75 kilometres (0.47 mi) around the laboratory" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
Claims that money raised by humanitarian groups for 1984-85 Ethiopian famine relief ended up being spent on weapons were false, and the BBC officially retracted their claims to such effect and apologized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der…
Today I learned about Typhoon Connie, a storm that damaged 30+ US Navy ships and killed 7 men, and its lasting effects on how USN deals with weather related communications ww2db.com/battle_spec.php…
The identity of the cooing baby on Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody?" is a mystery. The sample was recorded in 1964 for a sound effects compilation, but the label didn't keep a paper trail, and the engineer who recorded it doesn't remember who the baby was daily.redbullmusicacademy…
Stanford researchers showed that mealworms can safely consume various types of plastics including toxic additive-containing plastic such as polystyrene with no ill effects. The worms can then be used as a safe, protein-rich feed supplement news.stanford.edu/press/v…
Today I learned about the Dogme 95, a set of filmmaking rules created by Danish directors stating that films should focus on real life storytelling and should not fit into a specific genre or time period, include any props or music that are not part of the filming location, or include any special effects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
In a study of 38 on the mental Effects of Probiotics, there was found to be a significant improvement in mood, with a reduction in depressive mood state, anger, and fatigue, and an improvement in sleep quality ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The first woman to run a sound effects department in radio broadcasting was Ora Nichols. She pioneered many new sound-producing methods, and often clashed with Orson Welles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ora…
Glow in the dark effect of phosphorous was discovered by an alchemist boiling his own pee while searching for the Philosopher’s Stone: Hennig Brand research.ncl.ac.uk/nefg/i…
Today I learned about the "Mariko Aoki effect", which is when people have an urge to poop caused by visiting a bookstore menshealth.com/health/a35…
Sugar (sucrose) solution makes polarized light rotate clockwise (or to the right). Dextrose also gets its name because of this light effect. When sugar is hydrolyzed, the effect is the opposite and light is rotated to the left, hence called *inverted sugar*. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inv…
Staring at someone's eyes in a dimly lit room for 10 minutes can produce LSD-like effects usatoday.com/story/news/2…
The reason snow is able to absorb sound is because it is porous. Snowflakes are six-sided crystals, and they are filled with open spaces.Those spaces absorb sound waves, creating a quieting effect over a blanket of snow. reconnectwithnature.org/n…
If you totally sleep-deprive a white-crowned sparrow in the laboratory during the migratory period of the year, it suffers virtually no ill effects whatsoever. The US government continues to have a vested interest in this sparrow: their hope for developing a 24-hour soldier. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…

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