Today I learned of the Inughuit of northwest Greenland, the world's northernmost people. When contact was made in 1818 they had been isolated for several hundred years and were completely unaware of the existence of other humans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inu…
There is a 1000 years old Japanese poem about the fleetingness of existence, which uses each letter of the Japanese alphabet exactly once. The poem was used as a way to order the alphabet until the Meiji restauration themathesontrust.org/libr…
The mere existence of other galaxies in the universe has only been known by humans for roughly 100 years; before that it was believed that the Milky Way contained every star in the universe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Over the 125 years of the New York Public Library's existence, the most checked-out books are: The Snowy Day, The Cat in the Hat, 1984, Where the Wild Things Are, To Kill a Mockingbird, Charlotte's Web, Fahrenheit 451, How to Win Friends..., Harry Potter 1, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar nypl.org/125/topcheckouts
Santa was skinny for most of his existence. In 1863, cartoonist Thomas Nast began drawing him with a huge stomach. Both the skinny and fat versions of Santa existed into the 1930's, when Coca Cola used a fat Santa in their advertisings, forever cementing that image in pop culture. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Today I learned about the Rare Earth Hypothesis, which argues that the origin of life and the evolution of biological complexity on Earth required an improbable combination of events and circumstances. It rejects the Mediocrity Principle, which argues that the existence of life on Earth is nothing special. planetary-science.org/ast…
The Knights Hospitaller, who were related to the Templars, defended sick and poor pilgrims during the Crusades and wore a white cross on their clothes instead, and are still in existence today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kni…
Today I learned of hypercomputers, abstract machines capable of solving problems that were proven to be unsolvable by general-purpose computers. Some theorized cases of hypercomputation include the Universe itself, certain quantum mechanical events, and the human mind, but their existence has not been proven. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison tested positive for HIV in 1989, one year into his professional career. This would be hidden until 1996, only being revealed before a fight with Mike Tyson. During this time, he publicly expressed doubt about the existence of the disease. lawandcrime.com/high-prof…
Today I learned of Polybius, an urban legend about an arcade video game whose graphics were designed to have triggered strong symptoms of addiction in players, as well as psychoactive effects like hallucinations. To this day, the existence of the original game is unproven. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
The Byzantine Empire never actually referred to itself as such. For the duration of its existence, its populace considered it to be the Roman Empire and continued to call themselves Romans. Historians retroactively called it the Byzantine Empire to diferentiate it from the western Roman Empire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byz…
The Canadian Football League Expanded into the USA during the 90s. And during that time one CFLUSA team won their championship, the Grey Cup. The team had only been in existence for 3 years. rollingstone.com/culture/…
Today I learned of the Carnyx, an instrument used ceremonially and in battle by the Celtic people during the Iron Age. It played like a trumpet, though its form forced people to hoist it vertically, like a flag, to play it. Despite widespread evidence of its existence, only ten carnyces have ever been found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
NASA has electronically placed 116 photos and a variety of natural sounds such as those of surf, wind and animals, which are carried onboard the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft throughout the solar system. It's a proof to extraterrestrial life of human existence . petapixel.com/2015/11/11/…
Today I learned of the existence of Planet J1407b, a planet that has more than 30 rings, each of them being millions of kilometers in diameter. rochester.edu/newscenter/…
The Roman philosopher Lucretius used the random movement of dust particles in air (later known as Brownian motion) to deduce the existence of the atom in 60 BC en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Today I learned of the physicist Ettore Majorana, whom Enrico Fermi called a genius as great as Galileo and Newton; Majorana predicted the existence of neutron (but never published it), predicted the existence of neutrino (Fermi wrote a paper in Majorana’s name) and then, at age 31, suddenly disappeared in 1938 cerncourier.com/a/ettore-…
The majority of Icelanders either believe in elves or are unwilling to rule out their existence en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
The existence of the wax motor. It is not a motor with rotating parts but a linear actuator that expands and contract by heating or cooling wax. It is mainly used to control a valve that needs to move slowly without rotating parts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wax…
That the Nerpa or Baikal Seal is the only freshwater seal in existence and lives exclusively in Lake Baikal. No-one knows how their ancestors got there since the lake lies hundreds of miles inland and has existed for 20-25 million years. sciencedirect.com/topics/…
Today I learned about the existence of the Kermode bear (aka the Spirit bear) which is a rare subspecies of the Black bear. 10%-20% of individuals are born white and there are only between 100 and 500 left in the wild. They are basically white Black bears. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ker…
The Republic of Cospaia had no rulers, no judiciary, and no written laws. After 385 years of freedom, the republic's existence was ended by the Pope in 1826. As compensation, each citizen of Cospaia received a silver coin. ancap.liberty.me/the-anar…
The sun will transform into a red giant in a few billion years and expand to 256 times it's size. Mercury, Venus and Earth will get engulfed and the habitable zone will be pushed well into the Kuiper Belt. A host of new moons are expected to become suitable for the existence of life. futurism.com/heres-what-i…
Stone‐age miniature obese female statuettes indicate the existence and cultural significance of obesity as long as 30,000 years ago. Health risks of obesity were noted by the physician Hippocrates (460–377 BCE), who wrote the earliest known anti‐obesity recommendations on diet and exercise. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
There were only two other SEAL teams when SEAL Team Six was created (ST1 and ST2). #'s 3-5 were skipped in order to confuse Soviet intelligence about the actual number of SEAL teams in existence. history.com/.amp/news/the…
Despite being a cliche, only one historical map actually uses the phrase "Here Be Dragons". The Hunt-Lenox Globe from 1504, one of the oldest globes in existence, uses the phrase on the east coast of Asia. It is believed to have been inspired by tales of Komodo Dragons from Indonesia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
"Alpha: Black Lotus" is an incredibly powerful card and is the most expensive and iconic Magic card in existence. Featured on Magic's Reserved List, it will never be reprinted, ensuring it will always be the rarest and most precious card in the world. cardkingdom.com/mtg/alpha…
There is a group of Germans who deny the existence of Germany as a nation and have their own King who use to be a Karate instructor bloomberg.com/news/featur…
The dangerous strains of E-Coli Bacteria only came into existence in the early 70s, when, by a freak event of DNA sharing, a E-Coli Bacterium gained the gene to produce kidney and intestine destroying Shiga Toxins from a Shigella Bacterium, the bacteria that causes Dysentery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esc…
Tyrannosaurus Rex lived closer to the making of the movie Jurassic Park (1993) than they did to the existence of Stegosaurus. si.edu/newsdesk/factsheet…
Today I learned about the Suicide Squad a group of 20 New Zealand Legislative Councillors whom in 1950 were appointed by the then NZ Prime Minister to vote the Upper house of Parliament out of existence thus making themselves redundant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
Lucid dreaming is an important practice in Tibetan Buddhism, developed between the 8th to 10th century. Believing all phenomenons are like dreams, the experiences we receive while sleeping can be as real as when we're awake, and lucid dreaming can unite dreams and reality into one existence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dre…
Today I learned about the existence of razor kite string, and it has been banned in India after three separate deaths during Independence Day celebrations 2016 bbc.com/news/amp/world-as…
The state with the largest number of black townships after the Civil War was Oklahoma, with more than 50 townships in the state. Some are still in existence today. history.com/news/black-wa…
Aeroflot, Russia's largest airline, uses a jackal-dog hybrid called the Sulimov dog for bomb detection. There are only about 40 Sulimov dogs in existence, and all are owned by Aeroflot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sul…
About the existence of the Dorset culture. A society of people that lived in Canada for a thousand years before suddenly disappearing. Although they had some advanced tools and were able to hunt in advanced ways simple tools like drills and bows were never evidenced in their culture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
Today I learned about the existence of "reverse money laundering", the process of disguising the use of clean money to finance illegal activities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
-In 1973, 2 European Garden spiders went into low earth orbit as part of the Skylab 3 mission.Both spiders took a long time to adapt to their weightless existence.It was discovered that the webs that were spun in space were finer but also inconsistent compared to earth spun webs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
The US corn industry has mostly grown through increasing government support during the last century. In the process corn became so abundant and cheap that it enabled the existence of CAFOS, ethanol and HFCS production which in turn have profoundly affected the environment and human health. youtube.com/watch?v=9eo8C…
The Prohibition Party is still in existence and does still campaign on banning alcohol prohibitionparty.org/plat…
Ancient Rome had knowledge about the existence of Buddhism en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
Today I learned of the Buddhist concept of Anatta that states the non-existence of a permanent, unchanging Soul en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
Automatons have been in existence since Ancient Greece. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
The Lurie family tree is considered the oldest (3000 years old, started 1037 BCE) family tree in existence. It begins with King David and continues up to the present day and includes among its members Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx and many kings of Judah, and almost every Ashkenazi Jew in existence. atlasobscura.com/articles…
There is only one non-terrestrial geocache in existence, placed by Richard Garriott on the ISS in 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
The number of planck lengths (smallest thing in existence) you could stretch across a brain cell is equal to the number of brain cells it would take to stretch across the observable universe (largest thing in existence). This makes humans the middle (in terms of size). youtube.com/watch?v=Pxb5l…
Today I learned of the Newby-McMahon building in Wichita Falls, TX. Its existence is the result of a scam - the scammer collected investments in a high-rise building, but never verbally stated that the building would be 480 feet tall; instead, the actual height of the building is just 480 inches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
In 1985 New York Governor Mario Cuomo denied the existence of the mafia when asked by reporters, and called them "a lot of baloney". This incident, and Cuomo's rumored mob ties, became a common explanation for him not running for President in 1992. news.yahoo.com/blogs/side…
Physicist Heinrich Hertz, upon proving the existence of radio waves, stated that "It's of no use whatsoever." When asked about the applications of his discovery: "Nothing, I guess." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hei…
The oldest military unit still in existence is the Spanish 1st regiment "Immemorial del Rey" dailymotion.com/video/x70…

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