When museum couldn't open an antique safe, it sought help online. A volunteer figured out the combination, only to find that it contained a door with a keyed lock. An antique key was eventually found to fit the lock, and the safe was opened containing only a single paperclip. regina.ctvnews.ca/mystery…
Today I learned about Nominative Determinism, the idea that people gravitate towards areas of work that fit their names. The term was coined by a New Scientist writer noting studies carried out by researchers with remarkably fitting names, such as an article on urology by researchers named Splatt and Weedon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nom…
Stanley Kubrick wanted to use Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother suite in A Clockwork Orange. Pink Floyd's bassist Roger Waters refused when he found out Kubrick would edit the music to fit the film. Later, Waters asked Kubrick to use sounds from 2001: A Space Odyssey on a record. Kubrick refused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
If you took out all of the empty space from between and within the atoms making up each human being, the entire human race would fit into the volume of a sugar cube. scienceabc.com/pure-scien…
Today I learned of Cranfield Mill - the tallest building in Ipswich, UK, for over a decade but still has no interior fit-out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
While performing the first space walk in human history, Alexey Leonov’s spacesuit inflated so much he couldn’t get back inside his space capsule. He had to let air out of his suit while still in the vacuum of space and was barely able to fit back through the airlock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The first known case of "dying from laughing" involved the greek man called Chrysippus, who, after giving figs to his donkey, cried out "Now give the donkey a drink of pure wine to wash down the figs", had a fit of laughter afterwards and died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
In 1954 an archaeologist discovered 1,224 intact pieces of wood from 2500BC under the Great Pyramid of Giza. A boat builder then spent 14 years figuring out how they fit together and un-warping them to assemble the "Khufu ship", visible in a museum today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khu…
"Wrong Way" Corrigan "accidentally" made an unauthorized transatlantic flight from New York to Ireland instead of California claiming navigational error. Unlike Lindburgh's fancy plane, Corrigan self installed so many "ugly" extra fuel tanks he could barely fit or see out of the cockpit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
1 out of 15 people who ever lived is alive today and could all roughly fit into an 1km cube. waitbutwhy.com/2015/03/7-…
Saoirse Ronan’s acne during the film Lady Bird was real. Stress from production caused her skin to break out, and the producers decided not to cover it up because it fit her character better. self.com/story/how-saoirs…
Tom Hanks in Castaway allowed himself to gain weight to fit the role of a middle-aged man. Production was then halted for a year so he could lose 50 pounds and grow out his hair for his time spent on the island. During the hiatus, Robert Zemeckis used the same crew for What Lies Beneath. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
The costume worn by Star Trek's Seven of Nine had to be modified after an error was made measuring the original. The bad fit cut off the blood supply from her carotid artery, causing her to pass out twice and require medical intervention. The costume was modified to stop it from happening again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
Today I learned about the shoe-fitting fluoroscope, an active x-ray machine that was used in children's shoe stores to see how well shoes fit. They fell out of favor because of health concerns but not until the 1970's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
One can die of laughter. For example the ancient Philosopher Chrysippus is sayed to have died like that. According to a Record of Diogenes Laertius he saw a donkey eating figues and cried out "Now give the donkey a drink of pure wine to wash down the figs" and died in a fit of laughter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
In 1981 RCA developed the capcitance electronic disc (CED) video player that played movies on conductive vinyl platters with high-density grooves using a special needle. Vinyl discs could fit 60 minutes of video per side but could only be played around 500 times before they wore out. atlasobscura.com/articles…
When a prisoner is sentenced to be caned in Singapore, they aren't told in advance when the sentence will be carried out, they need medical officials to certify they're physically fit, and they are stripped naked and caned by trained officers who swing the 1.27cm thick cane at speeds up 160kph. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
In the Brothers Grimm version of Cinderella the ugly stepsisters cut off their toes and heels respectively to fit into the slipper. Each time the Prince is fooled, and requires doves to point out dripping blood. The same birds later peck out the sisters' eyes during Cinderella's wedding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cin…
Zappos offers new hires $3,000 to quit after their training period to weed out employees that do not fit their culture dbusiness.com/Blogs/Annua…
There used to be a coloring book to help A-10 pilots learn how to take out enemy tanks. It included phrases such as β€œColor the bottom of the tank green and yourself brownβ€”you dumb shit. An A-10 will not fit underneath a T-62 tank and remain airborne.” medium.com/war-is-boring/…
Goonies was supposed to have a scene with a giant octopus/squid attacking the kids, but it didn't fit well with the rest of the movie so was deleted. The scene was re-inserted to pad out a kids-tv edit, to make up for other scenes deleted for their inappropriate content. cbr.com/movie-legends-rev…
Tom Hanks in Castaway allowed himself to gain weight to fit the role of a middle-aged man. Production was then halted for a year so he could lose 50 pounds and grow out his hair for his time spent on the island. During the hiatus, Robert Zemeckis used the same crew for What Lies Beneath. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Graham's number is so large that an ordinary digital representation of it (writing it out, starting from 0) would not fit in the observable universe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
When Iggy Pop was in junior high, to support his musical aspirations, Iggy's parents moved out of the master bedroom of their trailer because it was the only room big enough to fit his drum kit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igg…
If you were to take out all the empty space in atoms, the entire human race could fit in the volume of a sugar cube. symmetrymagazine.org/arti…
In the production of the 1992 movie Dracula, Keanu Reeves spoke in an English accent the whole time. It turned out to be 200 years out of date and aristocratic and did not fit the role. Keanu recorded every line again, capturing the emotion and changing the accent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
According to "Bat Out Of Hell" compose Jim Steinman, Andrew Lloyd Webber approached him to write lyrics for The Phantom of the Opera because Lloyd Webber felt that his "dark obsessive side" fit in with the project, but Steinman declined in order to fulfill his commitments to a Bonnie Tyler album en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
The phrase "in a nutshell" can be traced back to the greatly exaggerated Natural History by Pliny the Elder (77 AD). He claimed Cicero told him of a copy of Homer's Illiad written out small enough that it could fit in a nutshell. In his day, it absolutely could not have been. phrases.org.uk/meanings/i…
Erasmus Darwin, Charles's grandfather, got too fat to fit at his table. Instead of trying to lose weight, he had a semicircle cut out of the table to fit around his stomach. erasmusdarwin.org/history…
Scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Montana plan to fit honey bees with radio frequency tags and then release them into a minefield to sniff out mines. modernfarmer.com/2013/06/…
The NBA changed to longer, and baggier shorts in 1988 because Michael Jordan, asked Champion to make the shorts baggier and longer so he could fit his college shorts underneath more comfortably, and so he had something to grab when he bent over while out of breath. nba.com/2011/news/feature…
The final text of 'Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas' left out two chapters that Hunter S. Thompson's literary executor said are "extremely funny and fit very well with the rest of the book". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
The Thames Tunnel was the first tunnel to be constructed underneath a navigable river. Built between 1825 and 1843 using the newly invented tunneling shield technology, it flooded twice during construction and cost Β£454,000 to dig and another Β£180,000 to fit out, far exceeding initial estimates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Only 427 out of the 650 MPs can fit into the Commons chamber en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
Season 2 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia had to be filmed all at once, with the episodes out of order, to fit all of Danny Devito's scenes into the 20 days that he had available. youtube.com/watch?v=RnbNN…
Russia can fit the smallest 124 UN countries inside of it and have enough room left over to be the 119 largest country (out of 193). en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/L…
All the gold mined through out history would fit in a cube 66 feet on each side. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
The Talking Heads album "Speaking in Tongues" is called that because "[David Byrne] originally sang nonsense, and uh, made words to fit that. That worked out all right." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Montana plan to fit honey bees with radio frequency tags and then release them into a minefield to sniff out mines. modernfarmer.com/2013/06/…

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