Today I learned of 67 yr-old 4'10" 100 lb Lorenza Marrujo, aka β€œLady Ninja” who has a black belt in jiujitsu. When she saw a 5'9" 170 lb man attacking her friend, Lorenza bent his fingers back, hit him twice with her elbow in his sternum, and pinned him to the floor with knees on neck & chest till help arrived. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
In 1990, Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland were to be married - but Julia ran away to Europe with Kiefer's best friend. Humiliated, Kiefer took solace in steer roping. And despite breaking three fingers at his first rodeo he persevered to become a tournament-winning rider on the rodeo circuit. theguardian.com/film/2006…
When North Korea forced several officers from a captured US Navy spy ship to take a photo demonstrating their happiness, they all raised their middle finger, claiming it was a "Hawaiian good luck sign". The photo was published by North Korea. bbc.com/news/world-asia-1…
After an aide brought him the news of Napoleon's abdication, The Duke of Wellington broke into an impromptu flamenco dance, spinning around on his heels and clicking his fingers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Today I learned of the Palmaris Longus Muscle, which around 14% of people do not have. To determine its presence or absence, press the 4th finger and thumb together while flexing the wrist. This causes the tendon (if there is one) to protrude visibly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Polydactylism the condition of having more than the normal number of fingers or toes affects roughly two in every 1,000 newborns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
A horse stands on the tip of one toe. The remaining β€œfingers” have long since faded away with the evolution of the horse, but the split bones along the cannon bone are vestigial remnants of the second and fourth fingers horseillustrated.com/hors…
When Jerry Garcia, former founding-member and lead-guitarist/vocalist for the Grateful Dead, was 4 years old, he lost most of his right middle finger from a wood splitting accident during a family vacation. On the Garcia family's next vacation a year later, Jerry's father drowned to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Today I learned of a 18th century North American fighting style called Gouging, that emphasized brutal bodily mutilation. Eye-gouging was considered the ultimate way of winning the honor-bound duel. Ears, noses, lips, fingers, and genitals were also targeted to maximize the opponent's disfigurement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gou…
The Iphone fingerprint sensors can differentiate between a living and dead. Apple-developed biometric uses radio frequency waves to check the skin underneath a finger's outer layer mashable.com/2017/11/15/s…
Helen Keller learned how to talk through the work of her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Sullivan taught her by placing one of Anne’s fingers over Sullivan’s throat, one over her mouth, and one on her nose so that she could feel the vibrations of all the different letters and replicate them herself sus.org/1930-rare-footage…
Fingernails serve to enhance sensation and precise movements of the fingertips through the counter-pressure exerted on the pulp of the fingers by the nails. bio.libretexts.org/Booksh…
The British National Army Museum approached mountain climber Bronco Lane seeking items to commemorate his successful climb of Mt Everest. Lane presented them with 5 fingers he had lost to frostbite on the trip, stating "I haven't got any use for them any more." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
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…
Sign languages have a phenomenon that is equivalent to tip of the tongue moments in spoken languages: tip of the fingers. jstor.org/stable/40064328…
The European blueberry is actually a 'bilberry' and is different from the American blueberry. The bilberry has a dark red flesh and will cause stains on the fingers and tongue when eaten while the American blueberry has a paler translucent flesh and cause less staining. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vac…
To get wild dogs to adjust to one another, biologists stick their fingers in their rectums and rub the fecal matter on their faces. youtu.be/zQn8hHhdXBQ
There are no muscles in your fingers. Their function is controlled by muscles in your palms and arms. technicalrescuesystems.ne…
Galileo's Middle finger is on display in the Galileo Museum, in Florence, Italy. The finger is to be interpreted by the viewer as sitting eternally defiant to the church that condemned him or pointing upwards to the sky, where Galileo glimpsed the glory of the universe. atlasobscura.com/places/g…
The thumb is not considered a finger ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
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…
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/…
A chicken can be hypnotized, or put into a trance by drawing a line along the ground with a stick or a finger, starting at the beak and extending in front of the chicken. If the chicken is hypnotized in this manner, it will continue to stare at the line, remaining immobile for up to 30 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The word pinky is derived from the Dutch word "pink", which means "little finger". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
The term β€œGreen Thumb” comes from the fact that algae growing on the outside of earthenware pots will stain a person's thumb (and fingers) if he or she handles enough pots. Hence, a person who is always working with flowerpots has a green thumb almanac.com/fact/can-you-…
Stainless steel removes the smell of garlic from your fingers. huffpost.com/entry/elimin…
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…
In 897, 7 months after dying, Pope Formosus' rotting corpse was exhumed, propped on a throne, and put on trial for a variety of offenses. A deacon sat behind the corpse answering for it, and unsurprisingly the corpse was found guilty of all charges and punished by having three fingers cut off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
Mere hours after JFK was killed, a Secret Service agent almost shot Lyndon Johnson. Gerald Blaine was guarding Johnson’s home when he heard suspicious footsteps in the dark. He brought the gun to his chest and put his finger on the trigger β€” only to see that the man was Johnson himself. newsfeed.time.com/2010/10…
Today I learned of Robert Willner, a doctor turned HIV/AIDS denier who believed AIDS was not caused by an HIV. In 1994, he jabbed his finger with blood allegedly infected with HIV. He died the following year of a heart attack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
, Mel Brooks wore a fake 6th finger to get his handprint in the sidewalk at Grauman's Chinese Theater. cbsnews.com/news/mel-broo…
Daniel Craig did all his stunts himself for the Bond franchise and has been injured multiple times including having his two front teeth shattered, losing the tip of a finger, spraining his arm, his knee, and twisting his ankle. esquire.com/entertainment…
Raphael's famous masterpiece 'The School Of Athens' included Leonardo Da Vinci. The central figure representing Plato (the man with the finger towards the sky) is actually Leonardo used as a stand-in for the Greek philosopher en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In the ancient world, people used a base one handed count to 12 instead of today's standard of 10 on two hands for counting each finger. The thumb was used to point to and count each joint on their fingers where they bend for a total of twelve. It began in Sumer in the 3rd millennium BC. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
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…
Broccoli was first cultivated in ancient Roman times and its name is derived from the Latin word brachium, meaning β€œstrong arm or branch”. Roman farmers called it the β€œfive (green) fingers of Jupiter” because of its curative and preventative properties. garden.lovetoknow.com/wik…
Today I learned about Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome, an inborn error of metabolism who's clinical hallmark is self-mutilation. The behavior begins after teething, as infants bite off their lower lip/perioral tissue. Later in life, affected patients are known to stab themselves and amputate fingers, toes, and tongue. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about ulnar dimelia, also know as 'mirror hand,' which is a rare congenital disorder. It is characterized by the absence of the radial ray (including the thumb) and the duplication of the ulna (the bone between the elbow and the pinkie finger). As of 2015, only about 70 cases have been recorded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uln…
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-…
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…
Today I learned about the Cadaver Synod, where Pope Stephen VI ordered the body of former Pope Formosus to be exhumed and put on trial. Formosus was found guilty, and his three fingers used for the blessings were cut off history.howstuffworks.com…
When you rub your finger on a clean plate and it squeaks, the sound isn't made by the plate vibrating, but your finger. (fixed the link) collectionscanada.gc.ca/o…
Some countries use semi-permanent ink in a finger to prevent voting more than once because they don't have a good people identification system to do that en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Today I learned about the β€œThree Finger Rule” - that people can generally only open their mouth as wide as three of their own fingers stacked on top of each other. This rule can help you know if food (such as a burger) is too large to comfortably bite. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
Today I learned about professional breast massages in Japan. Masseuses use fingers in motions that simulate the baby’s suckling of the nipple, in order to improve milk production for new mothers. japantimes.co.jp/communit…
There are no muscles in your fingers. Their movement is controlled by the muscles in the palm and forearm, and the tendons connected to them allow the fingers to move/bend. e-hand.com/hw/facts.htm
James "Scotty" Doohan was badly wounded during WWII losing fingers on one hand. To hide this Star Trek used a hand double but his injury can be seen when he carries Tribbles in the famous episode. snopes.com/fact-check/jam…
Based on the books, Hannibal Lecter has six fingers on his left hand. screenrant.com/hannibal-l…
A theremin is a musical instrument that depends on electromagnetic fields created around its antennae, which players move their hands or fingers around to change pitch or volume. electronics.howstuffworks…
Hellen Keller learned to recognize and reproduce speech by putting her fingers on the throat, lips, and nose of the speaker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tad…

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