Egyptian pharaohs were often fat. They had high-sugar diets that were rich in bread, honey, beer, and wine. Examinations of various royal mummies show that many suffered from obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Hatshepsut, Egypt's most famous woman pharaoh, was obese and had tooth decay. drmcdougall.com/misc/2011…
The Morrison Shelter was distributed (600.000 sets) during WW2 to British homes to provide protection from bombs while sleeping. Authorities realized there was a lack of shelters. One examination found that "120 out of 136 escaped from severely bomb-damaged houses without serious injury. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Today I learned about Ingeborg Rapoport, the oldest person to ever receive a regular Doctorate degree. She submitted her thesis on diphteria in Nazi Germany 1937 but was refused oral examination because she was jewish. She successfully defended her thesis 2015 at the age of 102. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ing…
Shrikant Jichkar ( 14 September 1955 – 2 June 2004) was known as the most qualified person in India. He obtained 20 degrees after appearing for 42 university examinations. He was also a politician, known to be the elected as the youngest MLA in the country at age 26 indiatoday.in/education-t…
Today I learned that Taiwan has 5 branches of government. Aside from Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches there's the Examination Yuan which validates qualifications of civil servants and the Control Yuan which is an investigative branch that audits, evaluates and prosecutes govt officials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gov…
As part of the Imperial Examination in Ming and Qing dynasty China, candidates would bring stationery, food, water, bedding and a chamber pot to be isolated with in a tiny room for 3 days and 2 nights to write essays. If any died, the bodies were simply wrapped in a mat and tossed over the wall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imp…
Albert Baez, the father folk singer Joan Baez, while enrolled at Stanford's doctoral program in physics co-invented (with his doctoral program advisor) the X-ray reflection microscope for examination of living cells. Later in his career he helped develop the x-ray telescope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
California administers what is widely considered the nation's most difficult bar examination twice each year. Unsuccessful applicants have even sued the State Barβ€”unsuccessfullyβ€”on the grounds that the exam is unnecessarily difficult. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Forensic examination of the recently discovered skeleton of King Richard III shows he perished at the hands of assailants who hacked away pieces of his scalp and rammed spikes into his brain as the helmetless monarch knelt in the mud. phys.org/news/2014-09-kin…
The Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II was issued a passport by the modern Egyptian government in order to have his mummified body sent to France for examination, as traveling humans no matter alive or deceased, are required by Egyptian law to have a passport in order to leave the country en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
Today I learned of air stewardess Vesna Vulovi, who drank coffee to combat low blood pressure in order to pass stewardess examination. She then was the only survivor of JAT Flight 367, due to her low blood pressure en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ves…
French marshal and eventual Swedish king Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte was worried about doctor examinations. The reason? The former Jacobin had β€œDeath to kings” tattooed on his chest. napoleon-empire.com/perso…
Today I learned that London taxicab drivers have to obtain something called "The Knowledge", an in depth understanding of London and it's streets, proven by a number of examinations. It's the world's most demanding training for taxi drivers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax…
Covert consciousness "is consciousness that cannot be detected by bedside examination. Studies . . . suggest that approximately 10 percent of those believed to be in a vegetative state or a low-level minimally conscious state . . . can actually follow commands during functional MRI or EEG tests" news.martinos.org/uncover…
In 1935 a recently-captured shark vomited up a tatooed human arm. When a medical examination of the arm revealed it had not been bitten off by the shark but had been removed from its body in a non-surgical procedure, the focus of the investigation turned to murder. dictionaryofsydney.org/en…
When the mummy of Ramesses II was flown to Paris for examinations in 1974, it was issued an Egyptian passport listing his occupation as "King (deceased)". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
Toilets in Germany have a "stool examination shelf". germangirlinamerica.com/g…
J.R.R. Tolkien started the Hobbit while grading examination papers. He found a blank page in one of the exams. Suddenly inspired, he wrote the words, "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Apollo 12 landed within 600 feet of the Surveyor 3 spacecraft that had arrived 2 years earlier. Parts of the spacecraft were retrieved and taken back home for examination. nasa.gov/content/astronau…
The Court of Master Sommeliers examination is one of the toughest in the world where only 249 have passed since 1969. The final practical round can be as tough as distinguishing 6 types of wines by taste and identifying the type of grapes used along with the country of origin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Nigerian writer Chukwuemeka Ike earned a master's degree at Stanford and wrote the novel "Expo '77", a critical look at academic examination abuses in West Africa. The word "expo" was used in Nigeria as slang for academic cheating en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
The Taiping Rebellion, one of the deadliest wars in history, could have been prevented if the rebellion's leader, Hong Xiuquan, had passed his imperial examinations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Whilst looking into puerperal infection in maternity hospitals, Ignaz Semmelweis concluded that students who came directly from the dissecting room to the maternity ward carried the infection. He ordered the students to wash their hands in a solution of chlorinated lime before each examination. britannica.com/biography/…
The 1992 comedy "My Cousin Vinny" is so well regarded in the US legal community that it is frequently used in law schools to demonstrate courtroom procedures such as voire dire and cross examination en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
Rutherford B. Hayes was the first US President to oppose the Spoils System of giving federal jobs to political supporters, wanting instead to pick them by merit according to an examination. history.com/topics/us-pre…
A statistical examination of hockey has determined that if your team is down by 1 goal with 5:40 left in the game, that is the proper time to pull your goalie. If you are down by 2 points, the statistically correct time is 11:40. papers.ssrn.com/sol3/pape…
The only definitive test of Alzheimer’s Disease can only be done with an autopsy--after a patient succumbs to the disease--which includes a thorough examination of brain tissue. nia.nih.gov/health/how-al…
Prostate cancer is different from breast cancer or testicular cancer, in that early signs or symptoms can't easily be assessed by regular self examination. prostatecancerinfolink.ne…
"Post-mortem examinations of humans with Alzheimer's disease show that there are high concentrations of aluminum in the brain." ccohs.ca/oshanswers/disea…
When contestants are kicked off of Gordan Ramsey's show "Hell's Kitchen", they are giving psychological examinations. The show is so draining that the producers want to make sure the contestants won't kill themselves or someone else. nypost.com/2010/12/14/hel…
In 2001, British author Giles Foden (Last King of Scotland) compared Eminem to Robert Browning, one of the foremost Victorian poets, and remarked that "a brief examination of β€˜Stan’ reveals it to have all the depth and texture of the greatest examples of English verse." usatoday30.usatoday.com/l…
Today I learned of the legend of Pope Joan, a woman who became pope. New popes were subjected to an examination whereby, having sat on a chair containing a hole, a cardinal had to reach up and establish that the new pope had testicles, before announcing "He has two, and they dangle nicely" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
The only reliable test for rabies requires an examination of an animal’s brain (post-mortem) cdc.gov/rabies/specific_g…
An illegally corked bat was confiscated during the 1st inning of a 1994 Indians vs White Sox game and stored in the umpire's room for later examination. A teammate crawled 30 feet through the stadium ductwork and swapped out the bat, and an investigation led by a former FBI agent ensued. chicagotribune.com/sports…
It is possible to purchase an insurance policy against alien abduction. The insurance policy is redeemed if the insured person can prove they were abducted by aliens and returned to Earth. Some companies offer policies for alien pregnancy, alien examinations and death caused by aliens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
In 2007, a French man went to the doctor complaining of a sore leg. On examination, he was found to be missing the vast majority of his brain. Apart from a below average IQ, he was completely normal. thelancet.com/journals/la…
The Suanpan abacus was taught in Chinese schools into the 1990s. Chinese accountants had to pass examinations in bead arithmetic before they were qualified, until around the early 2000s when it was replaced by computer accounting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sua…
American black panthers are actually jaguars with a dominant gene that causes the black pigment (opposite of albino). And that close examination of their coats will show that the typical markings of a jaguar are still present, but are hidden by the excess black pigment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
There are insurances for alien abduction, alien pregnancy, alien examination and alien caused death en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A…
3 months before Muhammad Ali's last fight against Larry Holmes, the NAC ordered a neurological examination and Ali was unable to hop on one foot or touch his nose fightsaga.com/news/item/2…
China has always been very meticulous in keeping secret Chinese leaders' health conditions. In the past when Jiang Zemin was visiting abroad, he would not even relieve and urinate in hotels' toilet bowls for fear that foreign governments could collect his excrements for examination hkhkhk.com/engpro/message…
The West Memphis Three, three Arkansas teenagers, who were convicted of killing three boys in a Satanic ritual were released 18 years later in a plea deal to avoid a new examination of evidence questioning their guilt. cnn.com/2011/CRIME/08/19/…
In his first year of college at age 17, Edgar Allen Poe gambled away all of his scholarship aid, and often showed up in class drunk-even during examinations. In spite of his slovenly behavior, Edgar had the highest grades in his class. interestingfacts.org/fact…
If a patient photo is added to the patient file the quality of radiological examinations is significant improved: Reports were longer, more recommendations made, summaries usually included and more incidental findings recorded. nytimes.com/2009/04/07/he…
Today I learned of the Persian Princess, a mummy that was claimed to be the daughter of the Persian king Xerxes. Upon further examination, it was discovered to be a forgery. The body was that of a modern woman 21–25 years of age who had been killed with a blunt instrument, prompting a murder investigation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
The mummy of Ramesses II was issued an Egyptian passport that listed his occupation as "King (deceased)", in order to fly it to Paris for examination en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
Alpacas are very tolerant of topical eye medication to dilate the pupil, and are very tolerant of examination with an ophthalmoscope and photography of their eyes rmla.com/html/-alpaca_eye…
The 1982 film WHITE DOG, praised as an "uncompromising, poignant examination of racism," was shelved by Paramount pictures after the NAACP threatened a boycott despite not having seen it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
There is a Jesus Project, formed by The Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion (CSER), in which a group of 20 scholars from relevant disciplinesβ€”historians, archeologists, philosophersβ€”meet every nine months for five years, to examine the evidence for Jesus's existence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
After Soviet pilot Viktor Belenko defected to Japan in his MiG-25, Japan, after examination of the MiG, billed the Soviets $40,000 for airport damage done by the jet. Upon receiving back the MiG, the Soviets found 20 parts missing and billed Japan $10M. Neither of the two paid each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vik…

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