Many elements of Harry Potter are very similar to a book written 3 years before. The Secret of Platform 13 features a boy of magical lineage who lives with in an abusive house with a spoilt other child, and you get to the magical world through a platform at King's Cross. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In the 1700s, pills made out of the element antimony were taken orally as a laxative for constipated bowels. Once they passed through, they were retrieved from the excrement to be used again. Some families passed down the same pill from one generation to the next. slate.com/articles/health…
Today I learned about Yola, a language that developed from Middle English and was spoken in Wexford (Ireland). It went extinct in the 19th century and contained elements from Norman French, Welsh and Flemish. youtube.com/watch?v=RFl9p…
Covered bridges are designed with roofs to protect and preserve the wooden structure from the elements. Uncovered wooden bridges typically have a lifespan of only 20 years because of the effects of rain and sun, but a covered bridge could last 100 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cov…
When you were born, you had 300 bones. Now you have 206. The human skeleton begins to develop 13 to 16 weeks after conception. At birth, a human has about 300 bones and cartilage elements, and many bones that will eventually fuse together are still separate, although joined by tough membranes. bendbulletin.com/lifestyl…
Michael Jackson composed songs despite not playing any instruments. He would build each element of a track with his voice, so pitch perfect that studio musicians could match chords to his singing. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/t…
Many higher end, larger camera lenses are white instead of black due to issues caused by temperature fluctuations. As a lens heats in sunlight, it expands, affecting focus of the glass elements. This is particularly problematic for larger lenses. The white color helps reflect light/heat. petapixel.com/2016/02/19/…
Outside the academic space Dmitry Mendeleev (creator of Periodic table of elements) was a man of unusual interests and the widest professional knowledge. It’s hard to count them all. He was a chemist, physicist, economist, meteorologist, technologist, geologist, meteorologist, pedagogue, aviator needforscience.com/chemis…
If a new element were to be discovered, we would have to create a new row on the periodic table smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Alchemist Hennig Brand is thought to have used upwards of 1500 gallons of human urine in his quest to make gold. After he evaporated, boiled and distilled it multiple times, it started to glow in the dark and burst into flames. He had instead discovered the element phosphorus. gizmodo.com/how-one-man-s…
The element Cobalt gets its name from a trickster goblin of German folklore, the kobold, because when medieval miners discovered it and tried to smelt it thinking it was silver, it released toxic gasses they believed to be the goblin playing a trick on them. etymologynerd.com/blog/a-…
Than motherboard and other electronics element, like hdd and cars, use one of the most expensive metal on Earth with the Palladium (more expensive than gold) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
There is an English book on atomic theory that avoids all foreign loan words: elements become "firststuffs", hydrogen is "waterstuff", and the title, Uncleftish Beholding, means Atomic Theory en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
Ten elements have been found in the mineral ore extracted from a modest feldspar mine in the small village of Ytterby on the Swedish island of ResarΓΆ. At least four of these elementsβ€” Yttrium (Y), Erbium (Er), Terbium (Tb), and Ytterbium (Yb)β€”are named after the village. amusingplanet.com/2017/08…
Indium the element was not named for India, but for indigo the color. The spectrum of indium has a bright emission line at 451 nm and happened to correspond with one of Isaac Newton's rainbow colors. episodictable.com/indium/
Helium (He) is the only element on the periodic table that was not discovered on Earth. It was found when analyzing the sun’s spectrum, hence its name which comes from the Greek god of the sun Helios. education.jlab.org/itsele…
The Jurassic period is named after the french moutain of Jura where geological elements of that period were named "terrains jurassiques" in 1829 by Alexandre Brongniart en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
The energy required to fuse iron and heavier elements is greater than the energy created during the fusion process en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
Oliver Sacks used to count his age in terms of elements in Periodic Table, and had element friends who gifted him elements on birthdays, like Thallium(81) for his 81st Birthday. vice.com/en_us/article/wn…
No new chemical element was discovered in an US laboratory since Seaborgium (Z=106) in 1974; Livermorium (Z=116) and Tennessine (Z=117) are named after American toponyms, but they were actually discovered in Dubna, Russia sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
Despite being one of the most common elements on Earth, aluminum was hard to isolate until the 1800s. It wasn't widely used for everyday things like coins and foil until the 1950s and 60s. At one point in history, it was more valuable than gold npr.org/2019/12/05/785099…
The characterization of Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars saga as an ambitious and ruthless politician dismantling a democratic republic to achieve supreme power is in part inspired by Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Adolf Hitler. Other elements of the character come from Richard Nixon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
There's a genre of music called Breakcore that utilizes traditional elements of hardcore, breakbeat, and drum n bass but at insane tempos and in non-traditional song structures and time signatures usually through manipulating samples. Venetian Snares is an example of one such artist. wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakc…
The chemical element Berkelium is named after the University of California, Berkeley, which is named after the city of Berkeley, which is named after the philosopher George Berkeley, who, ironically, believed that the physical world does not actually exist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Elements within the Japanese Imperial Navy originally planned to assassinate British entertainer Charlie Chaplin during his visit with the Japanese PM in order to provoke a war with the US but Chaplin was not present when the PM was killed. japantoday.com/category/f…
In 1700s Transylvania the element Tellerium was discovered. This element is poisonus and, upon consumption, makes the breath of its consumer wreak of garlic. rsc.org/periodic-table/el…
Capsaicin, the element that gives peppers their spiciness, doesn't affect birds. thepipettepen.com/spice-i…
The word "Mesmerized" stems from a charlatan who operated in Paris in the late 1700's. Dr Franz Mesmer touted "universal magnetic fluid" existed in all animals and he claimed the ability to heal countless diseases through treatments with hypnotic and exotic elements. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Dmitri Mendeleev, a Russian chemist and teacher, devised the periodic table. In 1867, one day after working for three straight days, he got the inspiration from a dream: "Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper.” He named his discovery the β€œperiodic table of the elements.” khanacademy.org/partner-c…
The word potassium is derived from the pre-industrial era method of obtaining the element: soaking plant ashes in a pot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives was the first and only movie in the series that didn’t have nudity. Part 6 was also the first to receive positive reception from critics since part 1, due to its introduction of metahumor and action elements en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Today I learned about β€œThe Redemption of Vanity”, an artwork by Diemut Strebe who put the blackest black (developed by MIT) onto a $2M diamond - thereby covering the world’s brightest material with the world’s darkest. Both substances are molecular forms of the same element: Carbon. the-redemption-of-vanity.…
Disney's "Enchanted" film was originally written as a R-rated comedy princess movie with borrowed elements from "American Pie" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" that focused heavily on sex and profanity en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
The Emperor of Japan is personally bankrolling his nation's search for Ununennium, chemical element 119. eic.rsc.org/feature/the-h…
Today I learned of the Sword of Goujian, a completely untarnished 2000-year-old sword that was found in an ancient Chinese tomb. It also has an unusual sharpness for its age. This is due to its unique copper composition and the air tight scabbard it was found in, keeping it sealed from the elements. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swo…
Ytterby, an island in Sweden has 4 elements named it - Yttrium, Ytterbium, Terbium and Erbium. slate.com/articles/health…
Some "Negative Ion" products may contain varying minerals from volcanic ash and titanium to less familiar ones such as tourmaline, zeolite, germanium and monazite sand. They may also contain naturally occurring radioactive elements, including uranium and thorium. public-blog.nrc-gateway.g…
Astatine is the rarest naturally occurring element in the Earth's crust; its most stable isotope has a half-life of only 8 hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
Professional athletes have extraordinary skills for rapidly learning unpredictable, complex dynamic visual scenes that are void of any specific context. These remarkable mental processing and learning abilities are critical elements for world-class performance in sports. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about the Alu element, a short stretch of DNA that appears over a million times in the human genome but we don't know what, if any, purpose it has. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alu…
Noble gases on the periodic table are called "noble" because they don't react or generally interact with other elements, like "noble" aristocracy. h2g2.com/edited_entry/A25…
Plato's dialogue "Timaeus" presents the shapes of the four elements. Earth would be a cube, air an octahedron, of water an icosahedron, and of fire a tetrahedron. The dodecahedron represents the shape of the universe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Egyptians and Sumerians invented straws 7,000 years ago to use for sipping beer. Created from natural products, the straws were used to separate sediment from beer as the beer-making process used to leave unwanted elements in the drink egypttoday.com/Article/4/…
The Swedish town of Ytterby lends its name to four natural elements: yttrium (Y), ytterbium (Yb), erbium (Er) and terbium (Tb), discovered over a course of 84 years in the same quarry, in which elements scandium (Sc), holmium (Ho), thulium (Tm), and gadolinium (Gd) were also first discovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ytt…
Hennig Brand, a German alchemist in the 1660s, was convinced he could distill gold from human urine. After amassing 1,500 gallons of urine and boiling it, he discovered the element phosphorus. npr.org/sections/health-s…
In Imagery Rehearsal Therapy, sufferers of recurring nightmares write down the narrative or the central elements of the bad dream, but change the ending to give a positive outcome, & then before falling asleep they induce the intention to re-dream their altered story. psychcentral.com/blog/a-b…
Today I learned of Sky Burials where the the corpse is left exposed to the elements and often eaten by vultures atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about the Island of Stability, a group of super heavy elements and isotopes which have yet to be discovered that are hypothesized to have much longer half-lives than the currently discovered super heavy elements, allowing them to be observed in more detail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
Helium (He) is the only element on the periodic table that was not discovered on Earth. It was found when analyzing the sun’s spectrum, hence its name which comes from the Greek Titan of the sun, Helios. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Pickleball, a game that combines elements of badminton, tennis and ping pong, has been around since 1965 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic…
The Theremin was invented by a Soviet scientist when he added a sonic element to his gas density analyzer. It is the only musical instrument that is played without touching it. daily.redbullmusicacademy…
2 artists and a composer created a 22 minute song with elements that were polled as the β€œmost annoying” sounds, which included cowboy music, bagpipes and a rapping soprano youtu.be/wUOkz0a42k8
Johannes Fibiger won Nobel Prize (1926) in Medicine for discovering a parasitic worm that causes cancer. Fermi won the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his demonstrations of the existence of new radioactive elements produced by neutron irradiation. Both of these theories were later disproved. realclearscience.com/blog…
At the time Bambi was released, it received mixed reviews from the critics, mainly because of the lack of fantasy elements in the film and objection towards a dramatic story of animals and their struggle to survive in the woods and were not considered a classic as now it is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bam…
Russia still controls a region of former German territory that it acquired after World War 2. The German government has stated that it has no claim to the region and Russia views it as a vital element of its ability to project power in the Baltic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kal…
Jean Paul Gaultier designed the costumes for the block buster movie 'The Fifth Element' vogue.com/article/the-fif…
Sky burial is a funeral practice in which a human corpse is placed on a mountaintop to decompose while exposed to the elements or to be eaten by scavenging animals, like vultures. For Tibetan Buddhists, sky burial and cremation are templates of instructional teaching on the impermanence of life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky…
Uranium is one of the more common elements in the Earth’s crust. 40 times more common than silver and 500 times more common than gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ura…
In Avatar: The Last Airbender, the bending styles for each element were influenced by a different Chinese martial art. For example, earthbenders use movements inspired by Hung Gar––chosen for its firmly rooted stances and powerful strikes as a representation of the solidity of earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ava…
Today I learned of Earth's rarest element, Astatine, which exists in quanities of 1g or less at any given time naturally, and decays within seconds to hours youtube.com/watch?v=zv6er…
Locals in Russia's Far East claim that there are enough lakes and rivers in the region for each inhabitant to have one of each. They are fond of boasting that the region contains every element in the periodic table independent.co.uk/travel/…
There was a campaign to rename a newly discovered element 'Lemmium' after Lemmy from Motorhead bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
The first generation of stars in the Universe were all several thousand times more massive than the Sun and were made of hydrogen, helium, and trace amounts of lithium. All the heavier chemical elements were formed within their cores. One of these stars was observed for the first time in 2015. astronomy.com/news/2015/0…
Today I learned about gin infused with elephant poo. The rich botanical elements are easily extracted as elephants aren't very good at digesting their food. ibhu.co.za/
Today I learned of Chekhov's gun, which is like an Occam's razor for plot writing. It states that every element in a story must be necessary and that irrelevant elements should be removed. nownovel.com/blog/use-che…
Stars have to die twice just to produce the heavy elements of our universe like gold, uranium, and plutonium. A star dies in a supernova explosion and once again when it merges with another neutron star/black hole in a kilonova explosion, which thus flings the heavy elements out into space. wtop.com/the-space-place/…
Different elements of a single plant type - Brassica oleracea, or wild cabbage - have been selectively cultivated to give kale, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Chinese broccoli and collard greens. botanistinthekitchen.blog…
Despite their name, rare-earth elements are, except for radioactive promethium, relatively plentiful in Earth's crust. In fact, cerium's more abundant than copper. However, due to geochemical properties, they are typically dispersed and not often found concentrated in minerals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rar…
The very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the first food eaten there, were communion elements. Buzz Aldrin asked for a moment of silence while he was on the moon and had his own communion. NASA then kept it a secret due to activist Madalyn O'Hair. history.com/news/buzz-ald…
50 Shades of Grey started out as Twilight fan-fiction. But after criticism that they were too provocative for the fan sites E.L. James decided to remove the vampire elements and publish them as a book. The book would go on to sell 125 million copies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fif…
Today I learned about the β€œRule of Thirds,” which is a technique used in film and photography that divides the frame into a 3x3 grid, and focuses elements of the frame at the intersecting points on the grid, where our eyes find them most pleasing, and makes the image more comfortable to look at. shutterstock.com/blog/ess…
When Stanley Kubrick asked Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters to use elements of the Atom Heart Mother suite, Waters refused because Kubrick wanted to cut the piece to fit the film. Later, when Waters asked Kubrick if he could use sounds from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Kubrick duly refused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
Half-Life 2 has a Japanese arcade port. Aside from the G-Man introductory cut-scene, Half-Life 2: Survivor contains none of Half-Life 2's story elements, levels, or physics-based puzzles. Though the game is played with two joysticks and pedals it has since been emulated and is available on PC. combineoverwiki.net/wiki/…
Ferdinand Porsche stole several design elements of Volkswagen Beetle from an Austrian engineer named Hans Ledwinka of Tatra, a Czech car company. Tatra took legal action, but Hitler invaded Austria, seized its factory, and banned the car. The case was settled by VW after the war. bbc.com/culture/story/201…
Today I learned of "Nintendocore", a musical genre that combines elements of video game theme music and sound effects to modern punk rock or metal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
In Stoic philosophy, pneuma is the concept of the "breath of life," a mixture of the elements air (in motion) and fire (as warmth). For the Stoics, pneuma is the active, generative principle that organizes both the individual and the cosmos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pne…
Chinese companies "rent foreigners." They hire them to play the role of musicians, athletes, architects, lawyers and many other professionals for their PR department. For decades, products made in China but associated with foreign elements have been seen as superior by Chinese customers. scmp.com/news/china/socie…
The Chinese Landwind X7 was a car banned from sale, after 4 years of legal battles resulted in it being ruled to have copied unique design elements from the Range Rover Evoque, to which it looks almost identical, but at 1/4 of the price. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Tungsten is the chemical element with the highest melting point at 6,177 degrees Fahrenheit and is commonly used in tools for cutting, drilling, mining, milling, and turning. alansfactoryoutlet.com/th…
Tony Stark AKA Iron Man is an alcoholic and his alcoholism is considered a defining element of his character. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
Sir Sandford Fleming, a Scottish Canadian, promoted worldwide standard time zones, a prime meridian, and use of the 24-hour clock as key elements to communicating the accurate time, all of which influenced the creation of Coordinated Universal Time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Barns are painted red because red paint is cheap. The paint is cheap because iron is plentiful, and iron is plentiful because it is the final element formed out of a star's death. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Americans used to say "alumin-ium" like the British, but the chemist who named the element couldn't make up his mind on how to spell it. This led to Webster's Dictionary printing it as "alumin-um", eventually causing American chemists to adopt the 'incorrect' spelling. worldwidewords.org/articl…
French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier designed all the costumes for the cult classic The Fifth Element. dazeddigital.com/fashion/…
Helium was first discovered in 1868 on the SUN. Astronomers at the time noticed a certain wavelength in sunlight which could not be produced by any known element at the time. It was thought that the gas was only present on the sun, thus was named after the Greek god Helios. education.jlab.org/itsele…
Prince originally signed on for the role of Ruby Rhod in The Fifth Element, but then decided the costume was a little too effeminate for him io9-gizmodo-com.cdn.amppr…
Today I learned about the cult of Santa Muerte- or "Saint Death"- a death cult spreading throughout Latin America. The cult is popular with criminal elements, especially cartels, and has been estimated to have grown to about 10-12 million members. leb.fbi.gov/articles/feat…
Emperor Akihito stated that Japan "inflicted severe suffering upon the Chinese people. This is a deep sorrow to me", during his first visit to China in 1992. On their trip to Xian, the imperial couple focused on the glories of the Tang Dynasty, when Japan adopted many elements of Chinese culture latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry named element 111 after Wilhelm Roentgen for discovering the X-Ray. Roentgenium is an extremely radioactive synthetic element with multiple unstable isotopes. theradiologictechnologist…
Michael Jackson composed songs despite not playing any instruments. He would build each element of a track with his voice, so pitch perfect that studio musicians could match chords to his singing. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/t…
Robert Hooke, despite pioneering the experimental method and discovering many elements of gravitational theory first, was almost entirely erased from history by Sir Isaac Newton because they did not like each other and Newton lived 25 years longer, allowing him to edit history to his favour. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Despite being the most abundant metal in the earth's crust, aluminium is never found in its pure form. It is always combined with other elements to form compounds. education.jlab.org/itsele…
Seven new rare earth elements have been found in the small Swedish village of Ytterby. Four of the elements are named after the village, ytterbium, yttrium, terbium, and erbium, the other three are holmium, thulium, and gadolinium. slate.com/articles/health…
Helium was discovered on the Sun before the Earth. It's the only element to be first discovered somewhere other than Earth. education.jlab.org/itsele…
The symbol for the game half-life from Valve is called "Lambda" and it is use to calculate the half-life of an element. half-life.fandom.com/wiki…
Either it's possible to split a three-dimensional solid body into finitely many subsets and move them around to get a solid body with a different volume - or it's possible to split the same set into more subsets than it has elements academia.edu/17327248/Car…
A recessed landscape design element that creates a vertical barrier while preserving an uninterrupted view of the landscape beyond is called a "ha-ha" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ha-…
The word 'Quintessential' comes from the words 'Quint' (Five) and 'Essential' (Essence/Element). In Medieval Cosmology, Quintessence is the unknown Fifth Element which fills the universe. In modern Physics it refers to Dark Energy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…

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