Domestic dogs are one of only a few species that can understand that the human gesture of pointing means, "look in the direction my finger is pointing". Other animals, including wolves and other primates, don't understand how it works and will only be interested in your outstretched finger. patriciamcconnell.com/the…
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…
An 9 foot alligator clamped onto the leg of 10-yr-old Florida girl Juliana Ossa. She thought of a plan she'd learned in "Gatorland" where she saw a guy wrestle a gator with its mouth taped. The situation was reversed, so Juliana stuck her fingers up the gator's nose, and it released her leg. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
, Mel Brooks wore a fake 6th finger to get his handprint in the sidewalk at Grauman's Chinese Theater. cbsnews.com/news/mel-broo…
Robert Smith (singer/guitarist of The Cure) played the piano as a child, but his younger sister Janet was a piano prodigy so he switched to the guitar because "she couldn't get her fingers around the neck." Janet later married Cure guitarist Porl Thompson and played on Cure side projects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Ariana Grande tried to get Japanese tattoo that read "Seven Rings" but found out later it read "Small Charcoal Grill" and then attempted to correct it, only for it to still be wrong and then read "Japanese BBQ finger" stereogum.com/2030449/ari…
Victim of the Chernobyl accident born with 6 toes per foot and webbed fingers and later both legs amputated, won a gold medal in cross-country skiiing in the paralympics dw.com/en/paralympics-che…
Today I learned of the traditional belief that there existed a 'Vena Amoris' [Latin for 'vein of love'] - a vein that ran directly from the fourth finger of the left hand to the heart. This inaccurate belief was one of the reasons that many cultures adopted the custom of wearing wedding rings on this finger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
In cases of spinal injury emergency doctors may check for the 'bulbocavernosus reflex' where they squeeze head of the penis or the clitoris while their finger is inside the anus to check for contraction of the anal sphincter. Absence of this reflex indicates spinal cord damage pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
Fingernails on males grow quicker than on females. And that their growth rate is based on finger length. fingernails2go.com/10-fac…
Today I learned that the sound of snapping fingers isn't generated from the friction between the middle finger and the thumb, it acctually comes from your middle finger hitting the palm of your hand at a high speed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
The famous pull to refresh in most of our social medias is actually a psychologic trick linking the lever of a gambling machine, thus you anticipate more glory upon doing this some movement of finger on your screen ihpi.umich.edu/news/socia…
On Prince's debut album, For You, he played every instrument on the album: 27 in all. Some notable mentions include, the electric guitar, clavinet, congas, waterdrums, electric piano, finger cymbals, hand claps and several other synthesizers. bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
Pope Steven VI had Pope Formosus dug from the grave, placed in papal robes, put on trial, convicted of perjury, then cut off three of the corpse's fingers and thrown in the Tiber river. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
The early YouTube hit "Charlie Bit My Finger" was found on Osama Bin Laden's computer by the CIA after his death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The 2000 hit "Who Let The Dogs Out" by the Baha Men was a cover of a '98 song "Doggies" by Anslem Douglas, which was informed by a '94 techno hit by Twenty Fingers, which was taken from a '92 hit by Miami Boom, which likely was inspired by a '86 TX highschool football chant cbc.ca/radio/day6/canada-…
When KFC opened in China in the late 80s, the restaurant accidentally translated its famous slogan "Finger-lickin' good" to "Eat your fingers off." businessnewsdaily.com/524…
Citizens of the Dutch city Zwolle are colloquially known as Bluefingers due to the 1682 sale of the town church's bells to the town of Kampen. After finding the bells too damaged for use, Kampen paid Zwolle entirely in pennies; fingers in Zwolle turned blue after counting so much change. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwo…
Today I learned about Puzzle Jugs: common in 18th and 19th century taverns/pubs, these ceramic jugs required the drinker to solve a β€œpuzzle” of hidden finger holes and tubes, to drink without spilling the contents of the jug all over themselves atlasobscura.com/articles…
There are no muscles inside your fingers. The muscles which bend the finger joints are located in the palm and up in the mid-forearm. They pull the fingers like the strings of a marionette. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
When trying to expand into the China in the late 1980s, KFC mistakenly mistranslated their famous β€œIt’s Finger Lickin’ Good” slogan to β€œEat Your Fingers Off” businessinsider.com/sloga…
Jason Hook, lead guitarist for metal band Five Finger Death Punch, got his big break as the guitarist for Hilary Duff’s live touring band in 2000. blabbermouth.herokuapp.co…
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…
It is rare to have hair growing from the mid section of your index finger. udel.edu/~mcdonald/mythdi…
Today I learned of the Dvorak keyboard layout. Its fans say that it requires less finger motion and as a result reduces errors, increases typing speed, and reduces repetitive strain injuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvo…
The Romans called giving the middle finger 'digitus impudicus', the indecent finger. It was historically a phallic gesture, the middle finger being the penis and the curled fingers on either side the testicles. bbc.com/news/magazine-169…
The reason police tap on taillights or run their fingers along the side of a car during a traffic stop is because it left fingerprints used to identify the vehicle afterwards without pictures or video. Now all patrol cars have cameras but it still occurs since it was part of training for decades thelawdictionary.org/arti…
Counting on fingers is a vital part of learning math, and children that do it from an early age develop much better math skills than those who have been told not to theatlantic.com/education…
Today I learned about the Cadaver Synod. In 897 Rome, the deceased Pope Formosus was dug up, tried in the Papal Court for "crimes", found guilty, was stripped of Papal title, 3 fingers were cut off and the body buried in a graveyard meant for foreigners. Then it was re-exhumed and thrown in the Tiber River. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
If your fingers are severed and reattached, or undergo nerve damage, they will no longer shrivel in water. link.springer.com/article…
Osama bin Laden had the 'Charlie bit my finger' video on his computer when his compound was raided. digg.com/2017/osama-bin-l…
Matthew Perry lost the tip of his middle finger as a child β€œdue to an unfortunate door-shutting accident” ruinmyweek.com/entertainm…
In the past, the natives of Tonga would cut off finger tips and offer them to the Gods. They did this to cure a sick relative. This resulted in a severe shortage of finger tips. nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/s…
Women in the Dani tribe in Indonesia amputate a part of their fingers to grieve a loved one's death. It’s believed finger cutting keeps the deceased person’s restless spirit away, as well as symbolising the pain of bereavement. news.com.au/travel/destin…
Today I learned about Finger Binary. A method to count up to 31 on one hand and up to 1024 on two hands mathsisfun.com/numbers/bi…
Peeling off scotch tape in a moderate vacuum produces enough X-rays to generate an x-ray image of your finger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
Your fingers prune after some time in water as a nervous system response, not as a result of absorbing water. healthline.com/health/pru…
Jason Hook, the current guitarist for the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch, began his career as a studio and stage guitarist for Hillary Duff. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jas…
The octopus stinkhorn, or devil's fingers, is a non-poisonous fungus found all over the world. The starfish-shaped fruiting body emerges vertically and spreads out, making the gleba accessible to insects which facilitate the distribution of spores. Mature stinkhorns smell like rotting flesh. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Nail clubbing is a deformity of the finger or toe nails associated with a number of diseases, mostly of the heart and lungs verywellhealth.com/what-i…
21% of the population cannot keep their index finger straight and bend their thumb at the same time. "Linburg-Comstock Variation" refers to a connection of ligiments in your wrists that causes 2 or more fingers to bend in sync. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Upon hearing of Napoleon's abdication, the Duke of Wellington - a famously stoic individual - broke into an impromptu flamenco dance, spinning around on his heels and clicking his fingers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
, during the filming of Escape to Victory, Sylvester Stallone broke a finger trying to save a penalty kick from PelΓ© bbc.com/sport/football/25…
In the Czech and Slovak Language you can create an entire sentence without a single vowel in it: "Strč prst skrz krk" meaning "Stick a finger through your throat". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
A man in Vermont, upset with local officials for denying a building permit for his proposed business, paid $4,000 to build a giant illuminated middle finger statue on his property. β€œIf you don’t want to look at the building, look at this." He said to the Development Review Board. boston.com/news/local-new…
Tony Iommi, of Black Sabbath, accidentally cut off the tips of two fingers on his right hand on his last day of work in a sheet metal factory. He was depressed, until his factory manager told him about Django Reinhardt- a guitarist who had also lost some fingers. It inspired him to play. youtube.com/watch?v=APTjx…
Mel Brooks put on a prosthetic 11th finger while adding his handprint to the Hollywood Walk of Fame eonline.com/news/577576/m…
In Japan multiple people have died or been injured by having compressed air being blasted into their anus due to the cultural precedent of a prank kids play where they clasp the fingers of both hands together to form an imaginary gun with which they poke their unsuspecting victim in the anus. asiatimes.com/2018/07/art…
Daniel Craig has been injured 5 times while playing James Bond. He does all of his own stunts, and has had his two front teeth smashed out, lost the tip of a finger, sprained his arm and knee in separate incidents, and pulled his ankle. esquire.com/entertainment…
A ballerina was diagnosed with a detached retina in 1941 and had eye surgery. She had bed rest for 3 months, but still moved her feet. The op failed, as did another. For her third, she had a year’s bed rest. Her husband sat with her every day, using their fingers to teach her ballet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
Today I learned of Django Reinhardt, a Jazz Gutiarist of the 1930's. He has been called one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century, and he's among the first to play Jazz that featured guitar as the lead instrument. Doing it all while only having 3 fingers on his left hand due to a fire in 1928. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dja…
Tony Iommi, lead guitarist of Black Sabbath, lost the tips of the middle and ring fingers of his right hand in an accident on his last day of work in a sheet metal factory. He went on to be ranked number 25 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Neil Armstrong was working on his farm and got his wedding ring stuck in the gears of a tractor. He didn’t get it out in timeβ€”his ring and ring finger got torn clean off. He then packed it in some ice and drove himself to the hospital to get it reattached portablepress.com/blog/20…
Mister Rogers was bullied as a child. "I used to cry to myself when I was alone," he said. "And I would cry through my fingers and make up songs on the piano." As he grew up, he decided to always look past the surface of people to the "essential invisible" within them. mentalfloss.com/article/4…
When KFC's slogan "finger lickin good" was translated into Chinese, it read "eat your fingers off" hbr.org/2011/11/kfcs-radi…
It was Mick Jagger who paid Sid Vicious’ legal fees over the death of girlfriend Nancy Spungen in 1978. Jagger secretly stepped in when ex-Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren didn't lift a finger. Jagger wanted no publicity and his generosity wasn't revealed until a 2013 John Lydon interview. ultimateclassicrock.com/m…
US sailors captured by North Korea, were flipping the middle finger in photos to protest the propaganda on their treatment. The North Koreans for months photographed them without knowing the real meaning of the finger, while the sailors explained that the sign meant good luck in Hawaii. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The first tiger shark to hatch inside it's mother's uterus eats all the other embryos, and at least one scientist has been bitten by unwisely sticking a finger in a pregnant tiger shark's uterus nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The odds of having the same finger print as someone else is 1 in 64 billion. Because there have been over 108 billion people to have ever lived on earth, many people, either dead or alive, will have to have the same fingerprint ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Boris Yeltsin lost his left thumb and index finger playing with a grenade in his youth. He would conceal that hand in his pocket or behind his tie because he was self-conscious about it. history.com/topics/russia…
The stock exchange in Milan has a marble statue of a middle finger in its main plaza titled L.O.V.E. (for freedom, hate, vengeance, and eternity in Italian) by Maurizio Cattelan. The bankers wanted it removed but the government voted to keep it in place. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Galileo's Middle Finger is on display in a museum in Florence, Italy atlasobscura.com/places/g…
Use of that the Pointer finger (πŸ‘‰πŸ‘† ) symbol in writing dates back to the 12th century and is known as an "index" or "manicule" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
They dug up a pope and put him on trial. Pope Formosus was found guilty, they cut off 3 fingers and threw them in the Tiber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
Japanese bullet trains have never had fatalities due to derailments or collisions, but once a boy had his finger stuck in the closing doors and was dragged along until dead. Court fined the station officer present $5k and had Japan Railways pay the boy's parents $440k in compensation. japantimes.co.jp/news/200…
When fingers and toes get pruny from prolonged exposure to water, it's not because they absorbed water directly and became mushy. The water triggers nerves under your skin to dilate blood vessels and skin tension relaxes. People with specific nerve injuries don't have this response. wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrinkl…
Today I learned of August Dvorak, who in 1936 invented a 'perfect keyboard' which is way more efficient than regular keyboards as it requires less finger motion and reduces errors compared to the standard QWERTY keyboard arrangement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvo…
Anna Ayala, the lady who tried to fraudulently sue Wendy's for finding a human finger in her chili, was sentenced to 9 years in prison for this stunt. nbcbayarea.com/news/local…
A Scottish scientist discovered that finger prints were unique, & asked Charles Darwin to help him promote the idea. Charles Darwin shared this with his nephew, who then claimed the finding as his own. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotl…
At one time forks were seen as decadent and an insult to God in Europe because "God in his wisdom has provided man with natural forksβ€”his fingers." leitesculinaria.com/1157/…
South Sulawesi caves in Indonesia contain paintings from the paleolithic. A hand stencil in the Leang Tempuseng cave was dated to at least 39,900 years old. Some are missing a thumb; it was common practice to cut off a finger when an elder died en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cav…
All characters in The Simpsons have four fingers except for God who has five fingers simpsons.fandom.com/wiki/…
Dr Seuss wrote a 1963 film β€œThe 5000 fingers of Dr T”, about piano teacher Dr. Terwilliker, who has a mad plan to force 500 young boys to practice at his magnificent piano 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. seuss.fandom.com/wiki/The…
Far East cultures have a measurement similar to the inch, but slightly longer because it's based on the second segment of the thumb instead of the second segment of the index finger which was the inspiration for the Western inch. Called in China: "cun" or "tsun", Japan: "sun" and Korea: "chon". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cun…
Mel Brooks put on a prosthetic 11th finger for adding his hand print on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. eonline.com/news/577576/m…
Fentanyl lollipops are used in the US military to treat combat casualties. They are taped to the victim's finger so that, once sedated, they let the lollipop fall from their mouth to reduce the chance of overdoses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fen…
The former drummer of Five Finger Death Punch is now a police officer loudwire.com/five-finger-…
Folk musician Donovan taught John Lennon a finger-picking guitar style in 1968 that Lennon employed in "Dear Prudence", "Julia", "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" and other songs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Today I learned about the Italian Unabomber, who placed tiny explosive devices inside everyday objects, including tomato sauce, a Nutella jar, and an egg, in public spaces in parts of Italy. Numerous people, including children, lost fingers and limbs. The bomber operated from 1994 to 2006 and remains unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ita…
The NFL tried to sue rapper M.I.A. for 100% of her earnings for life (if she ever earned over U.S. $2million) because she flipped a middle finger at the 2012 super bowl halftime show. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Today I learned about Sunflower syndrome. A condition that compels those who suffer from it to turn toward bright light and wave one hand, fingers spread, in front of their eyes. It’s usually the same hand every time. massgeneral.org/neurology…
The Struthio (ostrich) has three peculiarities that makes it especially unique: it's the only bird in the world to have only two fingers, it's the fastest on land at 70 km/h peak (43 mph) and finally, it's the biggest bird currently alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Today I learned about the caviar lime, or the Austrailian finger lime - a less-sour lime that has little pulp balls that resemble fish roe. atlasobscura.com/foods/fi…
E.T. was originally written as a horror movie in which aliens kill others simply by the touch of a long, bony finger. Spielberg changed his mind and decided to make it a family-friendly film and later repurposed the horror concept for "Poltergiest". entertainment.time.com/20…
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers has 23 locations in the Middle East. These 23 locations are their only restaurants outside of the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
A chicken can be hypnotized by holding its head down and drawing with a stick or a finger a straight line away from its beak on the ground. And it will wake up immediately if the line infront of it is erased. youtu.be/mQ_Up5UdwG0
The bluish light emitted when peeling apart scotch tape contains enough x-rays to x-ray your finger scienceworld.ca/blog/ever…
Peeling Scotch Tape in a vacuum releases enough X-rays to produce an image of finger bones on X-ray film technologyreview.com/s/41…
The middle finger has been considered offensive since Roman times. When Caligula would have his defeated enemies kiss his middle finger to add insult them. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Despite their reputation, there are no proven cases of a common snapping turtle biting someone's finger or toe off en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
In 1920, a comedian called Harold Lloyd lost two fingers after picking up what he assumed to be a lit prop bomb at a photo shoot, that turned out to be a real bomb. It took 8 months to recover, and for the rest of his career, he had to wear a prosthetic. silentfilm.org/archive/gi…
Hair tourniquet syndrome, where a hair becomes tightly wrapped around the finger or toe of a baby usually. If left untreated it will lead to autoamputation. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Some in the deaf community see cochlear implants in young children as a form of cultural "genocide." The ASL sign for cochlear implants developed as two fingers to the neck, like a vampire. time.com/76154/deaf-cultu…
Osama Bin Laden had the "Charlie Bit My Finger" video in his computer's audio/visual collection en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The iconic Wiggles finger gesture was created so that people can always see where their hands are when taking pictures with kids! perthnow.com.au/entertain…
It was feared Mike Tyson would forget chroeography and injure Donnie Yen during the filming of Ip Man 3 but ultimately, Yen accidentally fractured Tysons finger by blocking punches with his elbow en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
"tip of the tongue" states where you can't remember a word are a common experience across languages. Even deaf users of sign languages experience β€œtip of the finger” states when they forget a sign. considerable.com/what-it-…
A woman was buried alive. Her husband heard her screaming from inside the coffin and tried to break her free. When they finally got her out, she was dead again but her fingers were bruised and the glass inside the coffin smashed. independent.co.uk/incomin…
The reason the popular male children’s group The Wiggles use their iconic β€œwiggle finger” hand gesture is to avoid false accusations of improper contact with children in photos. news.com.au/entertainment…
In 2005, a woman falsely claimed she found a finger in her food at Wendy's. The fast food chain suffered an estimated US$21 million in lost business. She later revealed, she cooked the finger at her home and then drove it to the Wendy's restaurant in San Jose, where she dropped it into the food. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…

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