Wrinkles in the brain are an evolutionary trait - folds allow more brain matter to fit in the skull without increasing the skull's size. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about Letterlocking, which is how you would keep correspondence secret, without a wax seal, before envelopes had been invented. Lots of intricate folds and creases en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let…
Before envelopes, people sealed their letters with intricate folds, paper locks, and even booby-traps atlasobscura.com/articles…
There were only three members of the band Ben Folds Five. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Musician Ben Folds married and subsequently divorced four times between 1987 and 2011. In 2012, he was quoted as saying, "As much as I love the idea of being married, it's not for me." By July 2020, he was married for the fifth time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
GDP of Shenzhen soared from 196 million yuan in 1979 to more than 2.2 trillion yuan in 2018, increasing 2,152-fold with an average annual growth rate of 22.4 per cent. In the same period, GDP per capita grew from 606 yuan to 183,100 yuan (or 28,169 USD in current exchange rate USD/CNY 6.55) metropolis.org/sites/defa…
Today I learned about cutis laxa, a connective tissue disorder in which the skin becomes inelastic and hangs loosely in folds. Making one look old/older is a noticeable treat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cut…
'Sushi parasites' have increased 283-fold in past 40 years. When people eat live herring worms, the parasite can invade the intestinal wall and cause symptoms that mimic those of food poisoning, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. phys.org/news/2020-03-sus…
The extra layer of skin over the eye of 90% Asiatic people is called the "epicanthic fold" and is theorized to have evolved as a protection against cold and snow blindness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epi…
Until about the ninth week of gestational age the external genitalia of males and females look the same. After this stage, the what ends up being the scrotum raphe (the vertical line on the scrotum on males) grows from the labioscrotal folds which grow in to the labia on females wikipedia.org/wiki/Develo…
9/11 was a "Super Tuesday" of music releases - including hugely anticipated albums by Jay-Z, Bob Dylan, Nickelback, Ben Folds, Mariah Carey and many more, and TWO album covers that depicted WTC being on fire villagevoice.com/2014/09/…
The Epicanthic Fold, also known as Double Eyelids, is not just found in East Asians. It is also found in smaller numbers in several European and African populations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epi…
To become a certified master trainer (Takumi master) for the Lexus production facility in Japan, you need 60,000 hours of training. You must also have the ability to fold an origami cat with your non-dominate hand in 90 seconds. driving.ca/lexus/features…
In a car crash, the risk of death for a restrained driver or front-seat passenger is increased five-fold when the rear-seat passenger is unrestrained at the time of impact. sciencedirect.com/science…
The offensive term 'Mongoloid' or 'Mongol' derives from an old word for people with Downs Syndrome. This was due to the shape of their eyes, with the epicanthic fold resembling that of the Mongolian race. wikipedia.org/wiki/Epican…
MLB planned to fold the Montreal Expos and Minnesota Twins in 2001. When the Twins had to honor the end of its lease at the Metrodome, MLB kept both squads to maintain an even number of teams. Unluckily for the Expos, they had sold most of their prospects, and moved to Washington, D.C. in 2005. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Pablo Escobar's Holding Company Sells a Fold-able Phone Which Comes With a Copy of His Auto-Biography Titled "I Made Billions Selling Coke Now My Smartphones Will Destroy Apple and Samsung" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esc…
A Chef's hat traditionally has 100 folds. This is said to represent the number of different ways a chef knows how to cook eggs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
There are more viruses in the oceans than there are stars in the universe, by 10 million fold, and lined side-by-side, they would stretch beyond the nearest 60 galaxies. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
The zipper on many jeans will lock in place if you fold the tab down and press it against the teeth. independent.co.uk/life-st…
If you take the long side of A4 paper and divide it by the short end you get root 2. They do this so that when you fold it in half, it stays the same ratio so there’s no distortion. youtu.be/5sKah3pJnHI
All Scottish fold cats are descended from a single barn cat named Susie. A local shepherd found Susie and started a breeding program in 1966. Susie's, and her descendants' iconic floppy ears are actually a sign of a painful genetic disease where the cat's cartilage is weak. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
Prince Harry took a HIV test live on July 14, 2016 to show how easy it is. It was hailed as a "groundbreaking moment in the fight against HIV." HIV awareness group THT has reported a 5 fold increase in the number of orders of HIV self-tests since the prince's broadcast. mashable.com/2016/07/27/p…
Today I learned about the Fold And Cut Theorem which states that any shape with straight edges can be cut from a single sheet of paper with a single straightforward cut, with the right folding. youtube.com/watch?v=ZREp1…
The title of the Faces single "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything (Even Take the Dog for a Walk, Mend a Fuse, Fold Away the Ironing Board, or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings)" is the longest song title ever to appear on the British charts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
Two British sisters (in their 60s) in Spain died when the fold-up bed unit they were sleeping in collapsed on them. The coroner report shows they survived under it for four days before dying from asphyxiation. gorillacool.com/died-in-a…
"Letterlocking" was a technique used widely from the 13-18th centuries to fold and secure correspondence in such a way to prevent tampering during transit. A letterlocked paper, sealed with wax, becomes its own envelope. Video link is an example by MIT prof who has researched the practice. youtu.be/dzPE1MCgXxo?t=28
Helium changes the sound of your voice because the speed of sound travels faster through the lighter material, so the resonances occur at higher frequencies. However, the flesh in your vocal folds still vibrates at the same frequency. animations.physics.unsw.e…
β€˜Studies have shown that earbuds cause an 11-fold increase in bacteria in the ears’ and β€˜when you share headphones, you’re doubling the microbial flora in your ears and introducing new bacteria’ marieclaire.co.uk/life/he…
In the half-century between April 1964 and April 2013, only one issue of Mad magazine was published which didn't contain new material by cartoonist Al Jaffee. At age 97 as of 2018, Jaffee still does the "Fold-in" for MAD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_…
A traditional French Chef's hat is called a 'Toque'. It's suggested that the pleates in the hats were symbolic of the experience of the chef i.e. 100 folds symbolised a chef knew how to prepare eggs 100 ways. The concept can be found in use today, but height of hat is more common than folds. blog.ehl.edu/gastronomy-c…
Whale oil was a key component of automotive transmission fluid until 1972; over 30 million pounds was used annually until its use was outlawed, after which transmission failures rose eight-fold en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Seals and sea lions have retractable nipples, while dolphins and whales have folds of skin that hide feeding glands called "mammary slits", and we're still not sure how their babies feed from that. Also, a blue whale can produce 200 liters of milk per day. discoverwildlife.com/anim…
Folding a piece of paper 42 times will get me to the moon, as each fold the thickness of the paper doubles (by the time you reach the moon your piece of paper will be 439,804,651,110 mm thick). And folding a piece of paper 103 times will make it as thick as the universe itself. wwvv.codersrevolution.com…
Honduran white bats (Ectophylla alba) or Caribbean white tent-making bats, create their own daytime sleeping quarters by using their teeth to cut the ribs of large leaves causing them to fold down to form a tent. They appear as white puffballs when they gather in groups.The bats mostly eat figs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Cuvier's beaked whales hold the record for the deepest and longest dives ever documented for any mammal. During one study, the longest dive recorded was 137.5 minutes. This was also the deepest dive at 9,816 feet. The whales' rib cages can fold down to reduce air pockets and decrease buoyancy. us.whales.org/whales-dolp…
Lion roars can be as loud as 114 decibels, and they can achieve this because their vocal folds form a square shape instead of a triangle. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
If you fold a paper in half 103 times it'll get as thick as the Universe. sploid.gizmodo.com/if-you…
The Japanese had a negative view of antidepressant until a marketing plot renamed depression as "a cold of the soul". After, the sale of antidepressant increased 6 folds. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
Ben Folds showed up to a jury recital at University of Miami's music school with a broken hand from defending his roommate from bullies the night before, but was required to play anyway. He ended up losing his scholarship and in desperation threw his drum kit into his campus' lake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
If you could fold a paper in half just 103 times it would be as thick as the universe. gizmodo.com/if-you-fold-a…
Scottish fold cats are banned by the UK's pedigree cat registry because a genetic mutation that make their ears folded and their faces so cute also causes distortion of their limb bone shapes and severe painful arthritis. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
In 2012 the UK began automatically enrolled workers into employer based pension plans. In the following 6 years, enrollment increased 4 fold, with 9 out of 10 people staying in the scheme uk.finance.yahoo.com/news…
Walmart Pop-Tart sales go up seven-fold and beer is the top selling item before a hurricane hits countryliving.com/food-dr…
Stomach muscles relax to prepare for a meal, which determines how full they will get from the food. As you eat more, your stomach volume can increase more than five-fold to house it all. After it passes through the digestive tract, the stomach returns to its original size. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned about Fimbriated folds under some people's tongues. They are fringe-like pieces of skin that come in pairs and are horn-shaped. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fim…
Eggs from hens raised on pastures "contain twice as much vitamin E and long-chain omega-3 fats, 2.5-fold more total omega-3 fatty acids, and less than half the ratio of omega-6:omega-3 fatty acids" than eggs from commercial hens cambridge.org/core/journa…
If you could fold a piece of paper in half 42 times, it would reach the moon. If you fold it 94 times, it would be the diameter of the observable universe. scienceblogs.com/startswi…
If you had a 1mm thick sheet of paper large enough that you could fold it 100 times its thickness would be greater than the size of the observable universe. brilliant.org/daily-probl…
There are 8 ways to fold a 2x2 map along its creases, but 129,950,723,279,272 ways to fold a 7x7 map along its creases (and we don't know how many ways an 8x8 map can be folded, either) oeis.org/A001418

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