The music genre β€œshoegaze” got its name from British critics mocking the musicians always looking down at their shoes while playing instead of the audience. In reality, the musicians had to focus on the numerous music effect pedals in their playlist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Thomas Young proved that light is a wave, described elasticity, capillary action, explained how our eyes focus and see color, compared the grammar and vocabulary of 400 languages, deciphered hieroglyphs and contributed to music theory. He is called "The Last Man Who Knew Everything". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Anglo-Saxon nicknames tend to focus on testicle, while Viking nicknames focus on penises anoxfordhistorian.com/pos…
The parents were conceived as the leads of sitcom Family Ties but positive reaction to Michael J Fox's character saw focus switch to Alex after the fourth episode en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
In 1960s, Spanish dictator Franco advised US President Johnson to avoid military confrontations in Viet Nam and focus on political angle, and to advise him to be friendly with Ho Chi Minh history.state.gov/histori…
A parking garage in Derby, UK was once listed by BBC Focus as one of the 10 most secure locations in the world, along with Fort Knox, Air Force One, and Area 51. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bol…
In 1260, the christian crusader state of Jerusalem and the muslim Mamluk sultanate agreed to a truce to focus on the threat of Mongol invasion. The crusader state allowed a Mamluk army to pass through their territory in exchange for a discount on captured Mongol horses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The best age to start piano lessons is typically between the ages of 6 and 9-years-old. If the child has basic motor skills, can focus on a task for 30 minutes, then they should be able to handle taking lessons schoolofrock.com/resource…
Kelvin Doe, also popular as DJ Focus, became a self-taught engineer at the age of 13. He built his own radio station in Sierra Leone in West Africa, where he broadcasts news and play music. imaginationmatters.org/in…
During the mating selection process, peahens spend less than a third of the time looking at the display peacock and focus on his tail and lower train. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Dolly Parton used to stop business meetings for sixty seconds so that the men could stare at her boobs and focus for the rest of the meeting msn.com/en-us/entertainme…
Today I learned about CANZUK, a theoretical political and economic union of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The international body would be similar in scope to the former European Economic Community and focus on trade, foreign policy co-operation, and military co-operation between the four nations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAN…
Today I learned of Sila Sutharat, a roadside vendor in Phetchaburi, Thailand, who for 20 years has used a grill made of 1,000 mirrors to focus sunlight to cook chicken and pork. A chicken cooks in about 12 minutes. bangkokpost.com/learning/…
Many higher end, larger camera lenses are white instead of black due to issues caused by temperature fluctuations. As a lens heats in sunlight, it expands, affecting focus of the glass elements. This is particularly problematic for larger lenses. The white color helps reflect light/heat. petapixel.com/2016/02/19/…
In the 1950s a scientist used a mirror to focus the enery from a nuclear explosion to light his cigarette businessinsider.com.au/ho…
Today I learned about "The Cube", an all-plastic, fan-less, button-less computer revealed by Apple on July 19th, 2000. Steve Job's focus on aesthetics resulted in a computer that looked good but that consumers couldn't afford, and it was retracted less than a year later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pow…
George R. R. Martin only wrote four episodes of Game of Thrones. He was originally planned to write one episode per season but stopped after season 4 to focus on other writing (A Song of Ice and Fire). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Paul Stanley of KISS starred in a 2000 Folgers ad that never actually aired because focus groups asked β€œWho is the old, creepy guy?” rollingstone.com/music/mu…
A 2015 Japanese study suggests that looking at pictures of puppies and kittens can help improve focus and concentration. psychologicalscience.org/…
The Wild Thornberrys was the first Nicktoon to exclusively use 22 minute stories. Other Nicktoons relied on 10-11 minute stories, using 22 minute stories occasionally. Usually, Nicktoons focused on kids, but after running focus groups, they found kids fixating on the parent-child relationships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Ivanpah Solar Power Facility's mirror arrays focus light into beams so powerful that they kill thousands of birds a year, setting them on fire in flight en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iva…
Focus puller is a member of a camera department whose primary responsibility is to maintain the camera lens's optical focus on whatever subject or action is being filmed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foc…
Pornhub has a branch of their network called β€œPornhub Cares” where they focus on humanitarian efforts. Some of their causes are breast and testicular cancer research, planting trees, and funding student college scholarships. archive.attn.com/stories/…
Siquijor island's long-time reputation as a place of magic and sorcery both attracts and repulses visitors. It is famous for festivals that focus on healing rituals where incantations are sung while the old folks make potions out of herbs, roots, insects and tree barks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siq…
McDonald's in an effort to help kids eat healthier developed bubble-gum flavored broccoli. It was ultimately rejected after it was tested with children focus groups who found the product confusing. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Today I learned about Phocion, an Athenian statesman who was so humble and frugal that he was known simply as "The Good", was elected a record 45 times as Strategos (head of the military) and singlehandedly convinced Alexander the Great to spare Athens and focus on war with Persia instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Flavanols found in dark chocolate improve memory, focus and reaction time health.harvard.edu/blog/y…
The β€œTetris Effect” occurs when you focus so much on somethingβ€” such as a video gameβ€” that you start to see it in real life and during sleep en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet…
People with ADHD have hyper-focus ability for things that they like additudemag.com/adhd-symp…
Today I learned about four museums that focus solely on cats: one in Malaysia; one in the Netherlands, one in Lithuania, and one in the US. There's also a museum in the US dedicated to Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat) statues. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Railway employees in Japan use a system called β€œPointing and Calling” to reduce mistakes. This involves pointing at a sign or signal and calling out the status. Though it may look silly, making these gestures and saying the status maintains focus and attention, greatly reducing workplace errors. atlasobscura.com/articles…
There's a service called "Cleaning for a Reason" in the U.S. and Canada that cleans the houses of women with cancer for free so they can focus on their health. today.com/health/cleaning…
In 1996 Atari developed an arcade game for Beavis and Butt-Head with groundbreaking visuals. Unfortunately, it was never released due to poor reception during focus group testing. polygon.com/2016/4/9/1139…
C&P: Thomas Jefferson used a razor to cut passages from the New Testament and literally pasted them together into what is now known as the Jefferson Bible, currently on display at the Smithsonian. He felt the focus should be on Jesus’ life and moral teachings, not inexplicable miracles americanhistory.si.edu/Je…
A study found that brains of doers differ from brains of procrastinators. Procrastinators have a larger amygdala/poorer connection with the part that helps focus by blocking competing emotions/distractions, which shows that emotional mgmt is more problematic than time mgmt in procrastination. bbc.com/news/health-45295…
Japanese train drivers and conductors purposely point at all the signs they pass as a way to keep focus and prevent accidents. The technique is called shisa kanko and has been in use for more than 100 years. japantimes.co.jp/news/200…
On Michael Collins during Apollo 11 mission in July 1969, he was afraid of media focus if the mission failed , if he returned alone to Earth, & he was concerned about his mice companion not getting sick on quarantine back home. space.com/michael-collins…
Between 1981 and 1986 Kia had a period in which they didn't make any passenger cars, because government-enforced industry centralisation forced them to move out of that sector and focus on light trucks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kia…
By bringing light to a focus, a telescope forms an image β€” a little picture floating in the air inside the tube. Eyepieces makes it possible to view that image and changing eyepieces determines a telescope's magnifying power skyandtelescope.org/astro…
Today I learned about Dr. Robert Liston's fast-paced amputations. Apart from the famous incident, he once amputated a man's leg and testicles due to his focus on speed and showmanship. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The company that built the Titanic still exists, and as of 2011 it’s focus has shifted away from shipbuilding towards renewable energy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Princeton has a Professor of Hip Hop teaching special topics in hip hop dance with a focus on Breaking en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rap…
Austrian and Chinese scientists have succeeded in teleporting three-dimensional quantum states for the first time. In future work, the quantum physicists will focus on how to extend the newly gained knowledge to enable teleportation of the entire quantum state of a single photon or atom. phys.org/news/2019-08-com…
In US family sitcom Good Times Jimmie Walker as son JJ was the breakout star and his catchphrase "dyn-o-mite!" repeated each episode. Those playing the parents disliked the focus shift to JJ's antics: John Amos was fired and his character killed off, Esther Rolle left the series for one season en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo…
We can see the shadows of the capillaries in our eyes. Our brains just ignore them because they offer no useful information to us (kind of like how you don't see your nose unless you focus on it.) This is called the Troxler Effect. I linked a procedure you can follow to see the shadows yourself. aao.org/museum-education-…
Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" didn't have a musical soundtrack because he wanted the auditory focus of the movie to be on the unsettling and experimental electronic sounds produced by a strange instrument called the trautonium, a predecessor to the analogue synthesizer. dw.com/en/horror-and-the-…
The wife of Japanese fighter pilot Hajime Fujii drowned herself and their two daughters in 1944. She wanted to unburden him of his fatherly duties so he could focus on his military obligations. warhistoryonline.com/worl…
Shortly before the Ford Focus reached the German market, the publisher of the Focus magazine had the court order Ford to change their compact's name. However, the two companies managed to work it out and the Ford Focus could keep its name in Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Microsoft executives originally disliked the Xbox's name, and only left it on the prospective name list during focus testing to show how unpopular it would be. However, it ended up being much more popular than all the alternatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbo…
Count Juan Raphael Dante, a director of the US Karate Association until 1962, didn't like the focus on ceremony, tradition, and protocol, over "effectiveness", so he created the "Dance of Death" system, taught in a mail-order booklet, World's Deadliest Fighting Secrets, advertised in comic books en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…

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