Audio experts could not tell the difference between $100 Monster speaker cables and cables made from soldering together old coat hangers gizmodo.com/363154/audiop…
Coca-Cola makes most of its money from selling syrup to companies that manufacture and distribute their drinks and, as a result, it has a group dedicated to sending resources and experts to help any that are in financial trouble. This helps avoid image and logistical problems for the brand. investopedia.com/articles…
Aki Ra, a former Khmer Rouge child soldier has personally found and/or destroyed over 50,000 land mines. He now trains bomb experts, curates a mine museum, and advocates for demining and the victims of mines. wikipedia.org/wiki/Aki_Ra
The wreck of the titanic is very rapidly deteriorating, with experts estimating the wreck to be all but gone within the next decade or two, some estimating as soon as 2025 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wre…
When Picasso died at the age of 91, he left more than 45,000 works. In 1980 the Picasso estate was appraised at $250 million, but experts have said the true value was actually in the billions. Picasso did not leave a will, the division of his holdings took six years among seven heirs vanityfair.com/culture/20…
2 donkeys that have been together for 10 years at a zoo in Poland were separated after a local politician and parents complained about them mating in front of children. Experts weighted in and a petition to rejoin them got 7,000 signatures so the zoo put them back together. thestar.com/news/world/20…
Only Fans was created as a general content subscription service. The concept was to allow content by occupations such as fitness experts and musicians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onl…
Today I learned about 78-year-old twin sisters Margaret and Marjorie Barthel β€” who were purposefully and lovingly feeding rats, nurturing an exponentially multiplying population of rats on the affluent Westside of LA, which experts believe ranged from tens of thousands to as many as a half-million Rats laweekly.com/palisades-ra…
Experts believe that the elephants that live in Sri Lanka are the progeny of elephants that swam across from Southern India across the sea in search of food and water. wildanimalpark.org/can-el…
Today I learned about Inky, an octopus at New Zealand's National Aquarium, that escaped by slipping out of its tank and slithering down a drainpipe into the ocean. One expert commented, "None of this is surprising or atypical of octopus behavior." api.nationalgeographic.co…
Safety experts now recommend driving with your hands at 9 and 3 on the steering wheel. The old 10 and 2 position can break your hands or force your arms into your face if the airbag deploys. popularmechanics.com/cars…
The 'Expert Wizard Amendment' in New Mexico (1995) required psychiatrists and psychologists to dress up as wizards in court proceedings if they provided expert testimony. It was revealed to be satire before the vote, yet passed the New Mexico Senate unanimously. It was not signed into law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Phil Collins of Genesis is the largest private collector of Alamo Memorabilia valued in the tens of millions. He donated the collection to the state owned historical site . He is also considered a leading expert on the battle and wrote a book documenting the collection and history. thealamo.org/visit/exhibi…
Only 10% of wine 'experts' can consistently rate the wine from the same bottle in the same way, and they aren't consistent the next year. After analysing results across wine competitions in california, medals were found to be distributed at random. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
The heroine of Zero Dark Thirty and villain of The Report are based on the same CIA expert, once dubbed the "Queen of Torture" moviemaker.com/is-maura-t…
One of the top security experts at the FBI, Frank Abagnale, was also one of the most successful con-mans of all time. He posed as a pilot to travel for free on over 250 flights to 25 countries aged between 16-18, and had scammed his father out of $28k (adjusted for inflation) aged just 15. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
In 2011, a team of experts explored the gold plated Padmanabhaswamy Temple in India. They discovered $22 billion worth of valuables inside five out of six vaults. The sixth vault, Vault B, remains sealed shut under the order of the Supreme Court, and its Contents remains unknown. theprint.in/?p=460345
Gwyneth Paltrow named her company Goop because some branding expert told her that all successful internet companies have double o's in their name, so she just put two o’s between her initials. insider.com/goop-history-…
The person on the 10,000-Yen banknote is Fukuzawa Yukichi, who was among the first Japanese to visit America in 1860, after the end of Japan's isolation period. He became known as one of the foremost experts on Western culture, and the college he founded, Keio University still stands today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuk…
Though nonhuman primates exhibit the mechanics necessary for articulate speech, most experts agree these came about to assist with eating and other functions. Humans are exceptional in find a secondary use for a flexible tongue & precise breath control: pronouncing a wide variety of sounds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ori…
Beethoven’s famous β€œMoonlight Sonata” was not named as such until after Beethoven’s death by a critic. The original title is β€œQuasi Una Fantasia” or β€œIn the Manner of a Fantasy”. Many experts have claimed that this is proof the piece is meant to be played exponentially faster than is common. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia…
In a major breakthrough in bovine linguistic research, experts have confirmed that cows moo with accents distinct to their herd. theregister.com/2006/08/2…
Tree experts pointed out a mistake in current Canadian currency. Instead of it's notes featuring Canadian maple leaves, it instead features Norwegian maple leaves. Although, both look fairly similar. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
Some Californian red and white wines went up against French wines in a 1976 blind competition judged by the top wine experts in the world. It was considered a non-event... until the American wines won. And it changed the wine industry forever. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
At age 30, Dan McLaughlin with no golf experience, quit his job and dedicated to train to be a pro golfer. His philosophy was 10k hours to become an expert, and with the help of psychologists and trainers he was able to get a 2.5 handicap (top 6%), but his back went out at 6k hours and he quit. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Today I learned of an incident in which an extortionist claimed a nuclear weapon had been hidden in Boston. A team of nuclear experts rushed in, but their radiation detection gear arrived at the wrong airport. The FBI then rented vans to carry detectors around the city, but forgot to bring the required tools. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuc…
Today I learned of Guy Goma, who was accidentally interviewed live on BBC News as an expert while only there for an interview as an accountant bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-3626…
Today I learned about the terms Polymath, Philomath and Multipotentialite. While Polymath refers to someone who is an expert in multiple fields, Philomath refers to someone who enjoys learning and studying. Multipotentialite is someone who has a hold in different areas, but is not necessarily master in those. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Dwight from The Office nearly got a spinoff called "The Farm". It would have focused on expert beet-farmer Dwight, his brother Jeb, and his sister Fannie take over the land that his aunt left behind. However, people did not receive this idea well, saying that it was too late for a spinoff. screenrant.com/dwight-off…
Dreamworks consulted over 300 religious’ experts for The Prince of Egypt. This included biblical scholars, theologians, archeologists, Egyptologists, clergy and different religious leaders. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The painting "The Concert" by Johannes Vermee, stolen in 1990 during the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Theft, is still considered by many experts to be the most expensive object ever stolen. It was valued at 250 million dollars in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Trained sniffer dogs are helping archaeologists in Croatia discover 3,000-year-old iron age tombs. Experts have said that using dogs are a good way to identify archaeological sites, as it is less destructive than many traditional methods. theguardian.com/science/2…
Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter became a defense consultant mostly by accident while becoming an expert in missile defense systems while trying to find new music recording technology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
A prop in the movie 'Stuart Little' turned out to be a long-lost masterpiece worth nearly $300k after it was spotted in the background by an art expert watching the film. bbc.co.uk/news/av/enterta…
The TV show Mr Robot has a team of hackers and cyber security experts who make sure that the hacking shown on the show is accurate. Hacking scenes are also performed by members of the technical team in real life, then recorded and rebuilt using Flash animation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
Out of 24 SS Death Squad leaders, prosecuted in 1947 for the direct killings of more than 1m people, 9 were jurists, 1 university professor, 1 opera singer, 1 expert in art history, 1 architect, 1 economist, 2 teachers, 1 priest, 1 dentist en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ein…
In 2004 Singapore Airlines started flying between Singapore and Newark, the longest commercial route in the world at the time. After concerns from medical experts about the 18-hour flight time, the airline had special lockers installed to store the corpses of any passengers that died en route. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
The real-life James Bond was an American ornithologist and expert on Caribbean birds. Ian Fleming, who was a keen bird watcher living in Jamaica, appropriated the name for his fictional British spy, because he wanted a name that sounded "as ordinary as possible" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
A Japanese TV show apparently hired 3 experts in fluid mechanics, engineering, and dentistry to determine the best way to hold a burger. After 4 months of research, they concluded that your pinkie and thumb should be on the bottom, while the remaining fingers should be on top of the burger. kotaku.com/the-perfect-wa…
That most areas of California are due for a large earthquake dubbed "The Big One". Southern California has not had a major earthquake since 1857 and are overdue for a big earthquake of magnitude 7.8 or higher. Experts predicted in that the anticipated earthquake can kill about 1,800. businessinsider.com/big-o…
Today I learned about Collingwood Ingram, a British man who became an expert on cherry trees and saved the great white cherry from extinction in Japan. japantimes.co.jp/culture/…
Pigs are smarter than any other domestic animal and they are considered by animal experts to be more trainable than dogs or cats. pbs.org/wnet/nature/the-j…
In 1996 the boxing career of former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison ended when he tested positive for HIV. However, in 2007 two nationally renowned HIV experts retained by the NY Times concluded that the 1996 result had been a false positive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
To this day, Pasta's ethnic roots are still being debated. Many Experts claim that it was a dish that was enjoyed in pre-Roman Italy, while many claim that Marco Polo brought Pasta from China. Before 1270, the Muslim geographer al-Idrisi wrote of seeing pasta produced on Sicily. nationalgeographic.com/hi…
Buckminster Fuller was a renaissance man -- expert in architecture, design, engineering, science, cartography and education. Self-described 'comprehensive anticipatory design scientist ' generating ideas and artifacts that cross boundaries and defy normality pushfestival.ca/ten-surpr…
Quincy Jones successfully sued Michael Jackson's estate based on expert testimony that was immediately expunged from the record. youtube.com/watch?v=6qHvO…
'kahuna' is a Hawaiian word, defined as a respected person who has moral authority in society; a "priest, sorcerer, magician, wizard, minister, expert in any profession (whether male or female)". There are many different types of kahunas that represent all sectors of society and all skills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kah…
Robert Craig McNamara, the son of the former United States Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, is an organic walnut farmer, expert in soil and sustainable farming, and president of California's state Board of Food and Agriculture latimes.com/business/la-x…
The reason a software wizard is called wizard, is because there used to be software experts nicknamed wizards that helped users to go trough tasks, and the name stuck when the wizards became part of the softwares themselves en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiz…
In 1983 Stevie Nicks starred in Hands Off!: A Unique New System of Self Defence Against Assault for the Women of Today. Written by Bob Jones, an Australian martial arts expert who worked security for Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Joe Cocker, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and other big names. flashbak.com/stevie-nicks…

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