Today I learned of a French soldier who was taken as a POW and fed only potatoes during his captivity, and survived. Feeling like he should have died, he made it his life’s mission to convince the world of the nutritional value of potatoes, and his tomb in France is decorated with potatoes as a tribute. atlasobscura.com/places/g…
Bilingual reduced emotional resonance is a fairly well-established phenomenon were many bilinguals report β€œfeeling less” in their second language, which might make it easier to use highly emotional vocabulary, and swear. theguardian.com/science/b…
Today I learned about DOOMSCROLLING. The act of obsessively checking online news for updates, especially on social media feeds, with the expectation that the news will be bad, such that the feeling of dread from this negative. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doo…
High doses of ketamine can temporarily switch off the brain. This pause in brain activity may correspond to what ketamine abusers describe as the 'K-hole' - a state of oblivion likened to a near-death experience, which is followed by a feeling of great serenity. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Of "Champagne Charlie" Charles Heidsieck, He brought his wine to America, got ripped off by his American partner, then on the verge of bankruptcy, the brother of his former partner, feeling bad for him, gave him the deeds to a small town in Colorado called Denver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
DΓ©jΓ  rΓͺvΓ© is the feeling of having already dreamed something that you are now experiencing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DΓ©j…
Today I learned of decision fatique, that feeling when you’re overly stressed by the endless amount of decisions you’ve had to make throughout the day - from what to eat for lunch to more complicated decisions that involve our emotional, financial, and physical well-being. msn.com/en-gb/health/mind…
Turkey vultures vomit to express upset feelings & to cool themselves off when it's hot out they go to the bathroom on their feet. Their vomit & feces are highly acidic & accidentally damage people's roofs & electricity structures causing power failures sometimes sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/archive…
The actors associated with the 1980’s β€œBrat Pack” viewed the name as an insult and were angered with the journalist, David Blum, who coined the term. When asked about Blum years later, Judd Nelson said "I would have been better served following my gut feeling and knocking him unconscious.” hollywoodreporter.com/new…
The term "Hypochondria" for those with anxiety of having a serious illness comes from the name of the anatomical region because of "the ancient belief that the viscera of the hypochondria were the seat of melancholy and sources of the vapor that caused morbid feelings." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
After β€œIt’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" aired, people mailed in bags of candy to Charles Schulz's office for Charlie Brown, feeling so bad for him. livestly.com/5-facts-abou…
The piano in the 'Succession' theme song is out of tune. Composer Nicholas Britell wanted his theme to be weird, strange, and evoke feelings of humanness that comes through when things aren’t perfect. vulture.com/2019/08/succe…
In 1774, Franz Mesmer produced an "artificial tide" in a patient, who suffered from hysteria, by having her swallow a preparation containing iron and then attaching magnets to various parts of her body. She reported feeling streams of a mysterious fluid running through her body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Mark Twain had a lifelong feud with the USPS. He called the cost of mailing letters to England "downright robbery," and remarked that "when England in 1848 invented stamps, my feelings were decidedly anti-English." atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about Fremdscham, the opposite of schadenfreude. Fremdscham is the feeling of embarrassment from observing the embarrassing actions of another person. npr.org/2014/07/19/332760…
Deaf people can still enjoy music by "feeling" the vibrations produced by said music. webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/n…
The famous photo of Johnny Cash giving the middle finger at San Quentin in 1969 was taken by photographer Jim Marshall when Marshall asked Cash to share his feelings on the prison authorities, saying to Cash, "John, let's do a shot for the warden" nme.com/news/music/johnny…
The feeling you get when a storm is coming is really the barometric pressure dropping around you. sciencing.com/rain-pressu…
Some humans have what's called "Cute Aggression". Meaning when you see something cute, you get the overwhelming feeling of needing to hurt that cute baby or animal. vice.com/en_us/article/d3…
ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It is a description of the feeling you get from listening to certain sounds or experiencing certain stimuli. It is not a description of the sounds themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASM…
Adolf Hitler had mixed feelings about the Battle of Singapore, as he felt that Britain's decisive defeat at the hands of the Japanese reflected poorly on the white race. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The phrase "Until the bitter end" doesn't refer to feelings of bitterness, but instead is a Nautical term referring to the end of an Anchor, known as "The Bitter". grammar-monster.com/sayin…
Beethoven was such a massive star that following composers struggled to pull away from his artistic gravity. Brahms for example refused to make a symphony for 21 years, feeling unworthy. Schubert said: Who can ever do anything, after Beethoven? popularbeethoven.com/the-…
There is a sound frequency that is said to induce a feeling of fear even when it is inaudible. sageaudio.com/blog/music-…
Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon, died from a blood clot caused by kicking up her leg to show her nurses how well she was feeling after having surgery for an ovarian cyst en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The hormone, oxytocin, which triggers feelings of unconditional love and protection occurs when parents and children look into each other’s eyes or embrace, this spikes in both human and canine brains, we love our pets in the same way as family members, and dogs return this devoted affection. telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
A study found that a majority of women tended to prefer a man who cracks clean jokes vs dirty jokes, both for a casual hook-up & for a long-term relationship. But women who had a positive feeling about casual sex tended to find dirty jokes funnier. sciencedirect.com/science…
Land sickness is a thing. After returning from a boat trip the body gives the illusion of rising and falling just like on a boat. The feeling can last from minutes to hours. If the feeling is permanent it is called Mal de debarquement and a "cure" is to drive in a car en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
The Black Eyed Peas hold the record for the longest uninterrupted time at #1 on the Hot 100, a total of 26 consecutive weeks from April to October 2009, with "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
IKEA once made a commercial where the viewers were first shown emotional shots of a lamp being abandoned by its owner, and then had an actor say "Many of you feel bad for this lamp. That is because you crazy [sic]. It has no feelings, and the new one is much better." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lam…
In 2001, there's a concept car known as the Toyota Pod that is capable to express its own feelings with colored LEDs, and features an antenna that wags like a dog's tail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
Today I learned about a woman with a brain condition that prevented her from feeling fear. "Indeed, she's been held at gunpoint and knifepoint, beaten by her husband, and inches away from a poisonous snake, but nothing seems to faze the Iowa woman." nydailynews.com/life-styl…
There are four primary chemicals that can drive the positive emotions you feel throughout the day: dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins (sometimes referred to as D.O.S.E.). Oxytocin specifically comes from physical contact and gives you a lasting feeling of love and security. happyfeed.co/research/4-b…
Feeling sick is part of the body's attempts to preserve energy for the immune system and make you act in a way that signals to nearby people that you need help inverse.com/mind-body/618…
Today I learned: Joan Crawford was bisexual. Her daughter Christina confirmed in 2010 her mother had relationships with several women; her unreciprocated feelings for Bette Davis are rumored to have fueled their at times combative relationship. gomag.com/article/queer-w…
China produced a swimsuit poster in 1990, "The feeling of the sisters of the two coasts", showing young Chinese and Taiwanese women in a sisterly gathering, indicating how good relations are (or should be) on both sides of the Taiwan Strait chineseposters.net/poster…
Today I learned about the Dutch postal code lottery. They draw a postal code and if you live there and you bought a ticket, you win. That increases the feeling of regret for those who didn't buy a ticket, as they see their neighbors buying new cars, renovating, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
The call of the void is that feeling when you stand in a high place and think about jumping, but don't actually want to and don't actually do it. wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicid…
A cat in Wisconsin, saved her human family by pawing at them when they were feeling sleepy and got them out of the house. First responders did a test and revealed that the house had a dangerous level of carbon monoxide poisoning. abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/…
Alexythymia is a rare condition where the person is unable to describe his feelings and is often associated with autism and depression. healthline.com/health/aut…
Today I learned about Jeff Parness- a native New Yorker who, after feeling the national post 9/11 support, founded β€˜New York Says Thank You’- an organization of volunteers that helps disaster stricken neighborhoods around the US. cnn.com/2011/US/04/21/cnn…
Kate Winslet keeps her Oscar in the bathroom so her guests can hold it and make acceptance speeches in the mirror without feeling self conscious variety.com/2015/film/new…
The star wars theme was written purposely on the same key as the 20th Century Fox fanfare (that used to appear before the movie started) so that there will be a continuous feeling and a smooth entry to the film for the viewers. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
Dessert stomach is a real thing, your gut expands upon contact with sugar and therefore makes room for dessert even after having the feeling of being full. huffingtonpost.com.au/201…
Individuals who get "chills" from music have differently wired brains than those who don't- more nerve fibers connect their auditory cortex (the part of the brain that processes sound) to their anterior insular cortex (the region involved in processing feelings). smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The reason for feeling uneasy in an empty parking lot or school hallway is because they are Liminal Spaces - only serving as a waiting area, causing us to feel on edge wp.nyu.edu/liminalmaru/
When Scholastic was trying to decide on a new title for "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (feeling "philosopher" was too archaic of a word), a title considered for the book was "Harry Potter and the School of Magic" before settling on replacing "philosopher" with "sorcerer". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
There is a family in italy named Marsili which can not feel pain due to a genetic mutation. Family members can suffer burns and broken bones while feeling virtually no pain and they do not need any sort of anesthesia during surgery independent.co.uk/news/sc…
In 1772, a boy named Tarare was born with a peculiar deformity. He was able to eat anything without feeling full even after eating pounds of food. He died in 1792 from Tuberculosis, not obesity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
A study of robot aesthetics has found non-human-like machines gather positive emotional responses from viewers, while humanoid objects that imperfectly resemble human beings produces feelings of eeriness and revulsion in observers. This dip in positive responses is called the Uncanny Valley. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…

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