In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as a "Citizen's Holiday". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pub…
No matter what height a squirrel falls from, it will almost always survive due to its relatively low terminal velocity. cyruskhan.com/blog/2014/4…
During the fall of Saigon in April of 1975, the American radio station played "White Christmas" to signal American troops to immediately move to evacuation points en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
The first person to survive going over Niagra Falls in a barrel was a 63 year old woman named Annie Edson Taylor. She was hoping to make enough money from her fame to become financially secure, but never got much, in part because her manager stole her barrel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
International building code originated from King Hammurabi of Babylon in 1758 B.C. Hammurabi's Code stated, β€œIf a builder has built a house for a man and his work is not strong, and if the house he has built falls in and kills the householder, that builder shall be slain.” motherearthnews.com/green…
N.Machiavelli, fired from his job, subjected to torture and exiled in his farm after the fall of the republic, would return from the fields at dusk and put on a diplomat's formal attire just to make himself feel better while he was studying alone. At around this time he wrote "the prince" courses.washington.edu/hs…
The United States Navy Pre-Flight School created a routine to help pilots fall asleep in 2 minutes or less. It took pilots about 6 weeks of practice, but it worked β€” even after drinking coffee and with gunfire noises in the background. healthline.com/health/hea…
Not all of Arizona does not change times for Daylight Savings Time (DST). The Navajo Nation does observe DST. Also, the Hopi Nation that is within the Navajo Nation does not observe DST. All of Arizona is on the same time from mid-fall to late winter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
While filming Tokyo Drift, they couldn't get a permit to film a scene. They filmed it anyway, and the studio hired a fall guy to claim to be the director and spend a night in jail. digitalspy.com/movies/a15…
A factor in the fall of Constantinople was a huge cannon called Basilica that was over 8m long, .75m in diameter, and could fire 270kg stone balls over 1.5km. Basilica took 3 hours to reload, and collapsed under its own recoil after 6 weeks of use. It took 60 oxen and 400 men to transport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
Constantinople was renamed to Istanbul in the 1930s, by the Republic of Turkey, not the Ottomans after the fall of the Byzantine Empire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
:King Gillette (who invented Safety Razors) published a book in 1894 which advocated that all industry should be taken over by a single corporation owned by the public, and that everyone in the US should live in a giant city called Metropolis powered by Niagara Falls - to cure all social ills en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Cicero wrote more than three-quarters of surviving Latin literature from the period of his adult life, encompassing the last of the Roman Republic and the rise and fall of Julius Caesar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cic…
Police are called to Walmart stores 3-4 times as often as they are to other big-box retailers like Target. 25% of all arrests in St. Petersburg, FL and 92% of larceny calls in Granite Falls, NC are attributed to single Walmart locations in each city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
China launched a localized cloud seeding project in Beijing shortly before the 2008 Olympics, which successfully forced anticipated rains to fall before the event started. theguardian.com/sport/200…
In 18th Century India, the Kingdom of Mysore and the Maratha Empire once practiced "Rocket Executions," which involved tying the condemned to rockets and launching them into the air, with the resultant fall killing them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Scholars think that Constantinople’s fall in 1453, and the exodus of Greeks to Italy, helped mark the end of the Medieval era and the start of the Renaissance, with the Byzantine intellectuals changing the course of humanism and the Renaissance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Squirrels don’t take β€œfall damage” because their terminal velocity is too low for it to do any damage on impact, it’s the same with ants. physicsforums.com/threads…
Niagara Falls was "turned off" and drained by engineers in 1969 to install a hydroelectric plant scientificfeed.com/storie…
There are blue, metal detectable bandages. Used in food processing, they are easier to see, and the metal makes them easily detectable by equipment if they fall off a worker. mfasco.com/first-aid-supp…
In the event of an engine failure, a helicopter can safely land in autorotation. The airflow caused by the fall rotates the blades and brakes the aircraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
Dowager Empress Marie, mother to the last Russian Tsar, was moved from Denmark to St Petersberg in 2006, 77 years after her death. During the reinterment ceremony, the crowding around the coffin caused a young danish diplomat to fall into the grave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Astronauts on the International Space Station experience 90% of Earth's gravity unlike the moon which experiences 16.6% and Mars, 37.6%. However, on the ISS, astronauts appear to float as they are in free fall around the Earth. nasa.gov/audience/forstud…
In 216 B.C during the Battle of Silva Litana, the Germanic Boii cut the forrest’s surrounding trees in such a way that they could fall down with the force of a simple push. Following this they waited and ultimately crushed the approaching Roman column, and destroyed their army of 30,000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
A sloth's claws work the opposite way that human hand does. The default position is a tight strong grip, and sloths must exert effort to open them up. This is why sloths don't fall out of trees when they're asleep. bbc.com/earth/story/20170…
Today I learned of the Teapot Dome Scandal: Between 1921-1923 during Harden's presidency, the Secretary of the Interior, Albert Fall, secretly leased federal oil reserves to the Mammoth Oil Company in exchange for $200k worth of liberty bonds. He became the first Cabinet secretary to go to prison. britannica.com/event/Teap…
On Uranus, a 1 kg ball dropped from 10 meters, will fall slower than on Earth, even though the diameter of Uranus is 4 times the diameter of the Earth, and its mass is 14.5 times greater. youtu.be/o93gVt0Wqqc
It takes approximately seven minutes for a raindrop to fall from the cloud to the ground. gpm.nasa.gov/resources/fa…
Nikola Tesla, widely known as the inventor of the AC power system, also installed the first hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls in 1896. It was around this time that Tesla also disavowed coal and oil in favor of renewable energy sources. genius.substack.com/p/gen…
The CEO of the MGA toy company, Isaac Larian, created the L.O.L Surprise toy line when he stayed up all night watching toy unboxing videos because he couldn't fall asleep. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In Russia the first day of school is called "Knowledge Day" falls on Sept 1st and is a national holiday. Kids and parents celebrate by bringing their kids to school carrying balloons and presents for their teachers, it's especially special for first graders. realrussia.co.uk/Blog/kno…
In 1969 engineers decided to drain Niagara Falls in order to stop the rocks from eroding. scientificfeed.com/storie…
Today I learned about Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, a rare illness in which you have a distorted view of the world for a small period of time. It's coined after the storybook character Alice, whose world shifts after she falls down the rabbit hole. webmd.com/migraines-heada…
On 2 April 1993, Philip Morris caused their stock price to fall 26% after announcing a 20% price cut to Marlboro cigarettes to fight back against generic competitors. Investors interpreted the price slash as an admission of defeat and the event became known as Marlboro Friday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about King Simeon II of Bulgaria who was exiled in 1946 after Bulgaria became communist. He returned 50 yrs. later in 1996 after the fall of communism and later become the Prime Minister of Bulgaria. He is also the only living person who has borne the title "Tsar"and the last person to do so. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
The average raindrop falls at a speed of 20 mph uu.edu/dept/physics/scien…
Today I learned about The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness; A study in which pairs of strangers were sat across each other, and given 36 questions to ask each other over a 45 minute period to see if they would fall in love. rd.com/list/arthur-aron-3…
, that pubic hair doesn't grow long because the hair follicles die after six months and fall out. sharecare.com/health/teen…
The Fall Back Photo Avatar in Outlook 2010 Is Actually Taken from Bill Gates’ Mug Shot arstechnica.com/informati…
Today I learned of Betty Lou Oliver, a woman who survived a 75-story fall in an elevator. She suffered severe burns, and a broken pelvis, back and neck. It remains the world record for the longest survived elevator fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
Niagara Falls is going to end up in Lake Erie because of gradual erosion! The rate of around 3 feet per year. During the last 12,300 years, it has eroded 11.4 kms. The Niagara Falls has retreated from Lake Ontario towards Lake Erie in the last 200 years at a yearly rate of 5 feet! marriottonthefalls.com/bl…
A woman sued CBS, Showtime, and the New York City subway system because an ad for the show "Dexter" was so scary that it made her fall down a flight of stairs. marketwatch.com/story/jud…
A medieval French soldier climbed up a toilet into a besieged castle to let his army in. King John of England had specifically requested that toilet be installed for personal use during church services. The castle’s fall led to English loss of Normandy and the signing of the Magna Carta. medieval.stormthecastle.c…
A 10-20 kiloton explosion of a gunpowder armory in Beijing in 1628 killed twenty thousand people and hastened the fall of the Ming Dynasty wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanggo…
Squirrels' brains grow in size during the fall to help them remember where they bury their nuts. Their brains are smaller the rest of the year. lsa.umich.edu/psych/news-…
Cowboy boots are designed for safety. The high heel prevents your foot from sliding thru the stirrups, trapping your foot but if it does and you fall off the horse the lack of laces allows your foot to slide out of the boot preventing you from being dragged by the horse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow…
In 2016 skydiver Luke Aikins jumped out of a plane at 25000 feet with no parachute or other device to halt his fall and landed safely in a 100 by 100 foot net. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luk…
Today I learned of Lowell Weicker, former Governor of Connecticut, who became one of the few third party candidates to win a state governorship in recent years. He named his party β€œA Connecticut Party” in order to fall first in alphabetical order on the ballot, later winning the 1990 election. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
In 1997 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a pot-bellied pig named Lulu saved her owner, having a heart attack. Lulu heard the owner's cries of pain then forced her way out of the yard and played dead on the road. Lulu successfully stopped a car and guided help to the owner, she survived. vault50.com/lulu-pig-play…
Due to dark chicken meat being disliked in the US, they export it to other countries that do prefer it such as Russia. Their trade with Russia began in 1991 after the fall of the USSR. The chicken legs became so popular that they're nicknamed "Bush legs" after then President Bush Sr. slate.com/human-interest/…

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