Elephants rarely get cancer because they have extra copies of two cancer-fighting genes: P53, which hunts for cells with miscopied DNA, and LIF6, which obliterates the mutated cells before they can form a tumor. sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
Ethan Zuckerman, the man who invented pop-up ads has apologized to the world for creating one of the Internet's most hated forms of advertising. nbcnews.com/tech/tech-new…
Mixing alcohol with cocaine starts a chemical reaction in your liver, producing cocaethylene (a stronger longer lasting form of cocaine). After some time it is released back into your bloodstream. This is why some people can overdose after they already seem safely passed out. americanaddictioncenters.…
A restaurant in Bangkok has been constantly cooking and serving from the same soup for 45 years, a form of "perpetual stew" nypost.com/2019/07/29/thi…
There is a form of telephone fraud called the "one ring scam," in which the scammer calls the victim via the area code (473) at times in which the victim is unable to take the call, and then when the victim calls back an automatic $20 fee is charged to their account for making the call. consumer.ftc.gov/blog/201…
Tomatoes are botanically defined as fruits because they form from a flower and contain seeds. Still, they're most often utilized like a vegetable in cooking. In fact, the US Supreme Court ruled in 1893 that the tomato should be classified as a vegetable on the basis of its culinary applications healthline.com/nutrition/…
Beer was banned in Iceland until March 1, 1989, which is now celebrated annually as Beer Day. Iceland outlawed all forms of alcohol in 1915, but within 20 years had unbanned all alcoholic beverages except for beer. bbc.com/news/magazine-316…
Only 8% of the world's currency exists in physical form. The rest exists only on a computer money.howstuffworks.com/c…
Male platypus venom contains a hormone that promotes insulin release, called GLP-1; it's found in humans but degrades quickly. Platypuses make a long-lasting form of it, paving the way to new diabetes treatment; the platypus GLP-1 can be made in the lab so no platypuses will be needed for it. bbc.com/news/world-austra…
A guy filed a change-of-address form to the USPS where he changed the address of the UPS headquarters and got all their mail sent to his apartment. It took three months before this was discovered. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
In the US in the late 19th Century it was briefly fashionable for people to form "13 Clubs" where they would dine in groups of 13, walk under ladders, spill salt at the table, etc. to demonstrate their lack of superstition. Several future US Presidents participated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
A common variety of slime mold (which is comprised of many single cell organisms) is capable of solving mazes and having preferences. To accomplish this, the slime mold is believed to use a form of democratic-ranked-choice voting discovermagazine.com/mind…
Today I learned about hypertumors, a type of tumor that forms on top of an existing tumor and kills it. This happens more on larger animals, which may explain why blue whales don't die of cancer often. nature.com/news/2007/0707…
Alan Turing volunteered during war and in the application form he answered a question that asked the applicant if they understood that by signing up they place themselves liable to military law as "No". No one noticed, he became a fine marksman and then got out by citing this technicality. spectator.co.uk/article/c…
Belly button lint forms because your hairs point toward your navel, and breathing causes your shirt to move up and down, transporting loose clothing fibers forward along those hairs, but not backward. nature.com/articles/s4159…
The roof of some Tesla models appear orange and red when wet due to a protective UV/infrared layer in the glass to reduce heat. Water droplets cause light to bounce around and reflect some of the infrared light (normally not visible to us) in a form that is visible to our eyes adonisdetail.com/why-does…
Today I learned about Kintsugi, a Japanese art form in which broken bowls are repaired with gold. The gold signifies the beauty of repairing things after they are broken. nbcnews.com/better/health…
It's "just deserts" not "just desserts". Besides meaning a sandy desert land, the noun form of 'desert' also means "a deserved reward or punishment". theguardian.pe.ca/lifesty…
Heteropaternal Superfecundation is referred to as a form of twinning where genetically the twins are half siblings or they have different fathers. In 2013, a New Jersey woman found out her twin daughters have different Daddy thru DNA test when she sought for child support on her partner. abc7ny.com/paterson-new-j…
In 1927 William Smith, a college student received two enrollment forms for Georgia Tech, and decided to make an imaginary student with the second form. Over the years, the imaginary student has received multiple degrees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
There are up to 7,000 different languages spoken around the world today. More than half of the world's languages have no written form. It is estimated that 75% of the world’s population does not speak English. kaplaninternational.com/b…
Caffeine in coffee beans is thought to serve as a toxic substance protecting the seeds of the plant, a form of plant defense, against herbivores. Its production has evolved independently to caffeine found in cacao and tea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
In medieval times, corpses of sick people were used as catapult ammunition, as a form of biological weapon. sciencedirect.com/science…
Gamblers in the old west were rarely playing poker, despite representations in films, games and other media. A card game called "faro" was the most popular form of gambling in the US until the early 1900's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
Today I learned about food scientist Robert Baker who invented the chicken nugget in a laboratory at Cornell University in the early 1960s. He successfully created a "chicken stick" that would retain form when freezing or frying. Instead of patenting the invention, he sent the recipe to hundreds of companies. carolinanewsandreporter.c…
Ventriloquism was originally considered a form of Necromancy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
Today I learned about Beena, "a form of marriage used in pre-Islamic Arabia in which a wife would own a tent of her own, within which she retained complete independence from her husband". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Some dolphins form boy bands to that sing together to attract females and these "bands" can stick together for decades smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The planet Earth is approximately halfway between the formation of the previous super continent "Pangea", which formed about 300 million years ago and existed until about 150 million years ago, and the next possible super continent, which may form in the future in about 250 million years needforscience.com/geolog…
Today I learned about the "Ghost Ships of Kiptopeke" - concrete ships sunken off of Kiptopeke, VA, USA to form a breakwater abandonedcountry.com/2013…
Today I learned about Belgian pie thrower NoΓ«l Godin who's pied the likes of Bill Gates and Nicolas Sarkozy. His sworn enemies are "authority, depressing laws, the return of moral order, nuclear power, and any form of political power." His pie of choice is a simple whipped cream and chocolate on a soft sponge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No%…
Otters keep their favorite stones under their arms when they're not using them to detach prey from the seabed and break it open. They've been known to form attachments to them and keep them throughout their lives. discoverwildlife.com/anim…
Formations called "the Devil's Corkscrew" were first found around Harrison, Nebraska, in 1891, and were once thought to be extinct forms of sea sponges, but it turns out they are actually fossilized dens of an extinct type of beaver called Palaeocastor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Lobsters pee out of their faces from urine-releasing nozzles under their eyes. They do this as a form of communication, either when fighting or mating. huffpost.com/entry/facts-…
Count von Count (from Sesame Street) has a form of OCD (Arithmomania) in regards to counting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ari…
Cats do not need to blink on a regular basis to keep their eyes lubricated. Unblinking eyes are probably an advantage when hunting. Cats will, however, squint their eyes, usually as a form of communication expressing affection and ease around another cat or human. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Someone revived the dead ancient Sumerian language in the form of a 4,100 year old poem. β€œThe Epic of Gilgamesh” played on the Sumerian long neck gishgudi. youtu.be/QUcTsFe1PVs
Wilt Chamberlain had his best free throw shooting season(61%), which included his 100 point game, by shooting his free throws underhanded. However, he abandoned this form immediately the following year because he "felt like a sissy", and never shot as well from the free throw line again si.com/nba/2016/06/30/mal…
That the West Country Dialect is the closest form of English to the original Saxon language en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
Virgin queen ants leave their existing colony to form their own in a process known as nuptial flight. In preparation for the flight, males emerge from their pupa case and are "quickly converted into single-purpose sexual missiles." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nup…
A man was arrested because he was pissed off at Bank of America for freezing his account leaving him peniless, that he placed a bag of his own urine and fish bait to rot into their Safety Deposit Box as a form of justice. reviewjournal.com/news/an…
Hummingbirds go into a form of hibernation almost every night called torpor. This puts their body into a state of hypothermia in order to save energy and keep them from dying throughout the night while they can't feed. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
There are two types of amnaesia - retrograde (where you lose past memories but can form new ones) and anterograde (where you can't form new memories). youtu.be/FLnBrNSMsPk
Singapore still use caning extensively as a form of punishment in schools, prisons and the government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Lucasfilm recorded footage of the 2002-2003 Mount Etna eruption and used it to form the landscape of Mustafar in 2005's Revenge of the Sith vanityfair.com/culture/ph…
Today I learned about Cat Burning, a form of entertainment in medieval Europe. It involved such "amusement" ranging from putting cats in a bag and throwing them into a bonfire to setting them ablaze and chasing them through the streets. atlasobscura.com/articles…
β€œDecimation” was a form of punishment within the Roman Army in which every tenth man was executed by his fellow troops. It was used to punish offenses such as mutiny, desertion, and cowardice. The word β€œdecimation” is derived from Latin meaning β€œremoval of a tenth.” militaryhistorynow.com/20…
Betweeen 70% and 80% of medical students suffer a temporary form of hypochondria known as "Medical Student Syndrome" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
Today I learned about Pumped-Storage Hydroelectricity, in which thousands of gallons of water are pumped to a reservoir at a higher elevation using off-peak electricity, then released to turn turbines and produce electricity at a later date. It's a non-chemical form of battery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pum…
Australians used to hold each other's genitals as a form of greeting and to refuse a penis was a sign of hostility. nypost.com/2018/03/10/gen…
In 1956 the Welsh village of Capel Celyn, including its two cemeteries were submerged to form a dam for Liverpool’s drinking. The majority of bodies were not removed. declara.com/collection/f4…
Potato Plants Can Form Berries Which Are Toxic cultivariable.com/potato-…
From 1917 and 1926, 4,000 workers were told that the luminous paint (radium) used for watch dials was harmless, and were encouraged to lick their brushes to form a fine point. These β€œradium girls" experienced gruesome effects. Radiation could even be detected above their graves. yourlawyer.com/library/20…
Pilot fish can form sort of symbiotic relationships with sharks to the point where if their shark is caught, the pilot fish will follow the boat that took it and become distressed when it can't find it or isn't near its "host" shark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pil…
Heroin is an acetylated form of morphine. It is prescribed in the UK and elsewhere as diamorphine or diacetylmorphine. drugbank.ca
A SYNANAGRAM is a word whose letters can be rearranged to form a different word with the same meaningβ€”like β€˜angered’ and β€˜enraged’. β€˜Twelve plus one’ is an anagram of β€˜eleven plus two.’ and both add up to 13! haggardhawks.com/post/201…
Some trees accumulate toxic levels of heavy metals in their tissues as a form of defense indefenseofplants.com/blo…
Today I learned about Pitchcapping. It was a British form of torture used on suspected Irish rebels in 1798. They would heat up tar and pour it on their heads allow it to cool and tear their scalp off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit…
In England and Wales 390,127 people (almost 0.8%) stated their religion as Jedi on their 2001 Census forms, surpassing Sikhism, Judaism, and Buddhism, and making it the fourth largest reported religion in the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jed…
Sodium Benzoate, an infamous food preservative, forms in the body after Cinnamon consumption. Mouse models also show anti-inflammatory effects; yet to be studied in humans ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Some computer games used to be published in book form; the player would have to manually type in the code for the whole game that was printed in the book before they could play it youtu.be/_9SM9lG47Ew
Today I learned about drunken boxing, founded by Liu Qizan, a murderer seeking refuge at a monastery who supposedly beat 30 monks so soundly while drunk they made his form a legitimate style en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dru…
There is no "Missing Link" in Human Evolution. The term "missing link" has fallen out of favor with biologists because it implies the evolutionary process is a linear phenomenon and that forms originate consecutively in a chain. Instead, the term Last Common Ancestor is preferred. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Vitamin D is used as rat poison in extremely high doses, in which it causes Calcium crystals to form in organs (Calcification), tearing them apart from the inside petpoisonhelpline.com/vet…
Earth And Venus Form a Stunning Pentagrammic Pattern in Space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
There is a conference for all towns and cities named Newcastle, held every 2 years. Where members meet up at a Newcastle and discuss how to form better relationships around the world newcastlesoftheworld.com/…
During WW2 in US occupied Aachen, an OSS agent assessed that the US installed mayor was planning to form a dictatorship. The agent leaked the information to the press and the mayor, whose identity was secret, was killed by an SS commando team which parachuted from a captured American B-17. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
β€˜rainbow clouds’ known as a Circumhorizontal arc form when ice crystals formed in the Earths atmosphere refract sunlight to form a rainbow arc or halo around the sun. When clouds pass over these arcs the light is refracted into the clouds giving this β€˜rainbow cloud’ effect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cir…
Today I learned about Bodega Cats, which are the traditional pets kept by several convenience stores in New York City. They act as a form of pest control in stores that are especially prone to rodent infestations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bod…
Russia was actually the first country to form a Space Force from 1992 to 1997, and then again from 2001 to 2011. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Lithium metal must be stored under argon as it can burn in a pure nitrogen atmosphere (no oxygen present) to form lithium nitride. Other reactive metals like sodium and potassium, however, do not react with nitrogen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
Mere hours are sufficient to form fossils aka the Medusa Effect aka flash petrification sciencenewsforstudents.or…
Disney World has the power to establish schools, form their own criminal justice system and construct a nuclear power plant, although they have not chosen to do that yet. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Today I learned about maple syrup mold. Generally harmless, the mold can form in syrup stored for long periods. Refrigeration of open syrup can help reduce the formation of the mold. If formed, you can remove the mold and boil the syrup to restore/purify it. mooresmaple.com/facts.php…
The oldest occurrence of the word "fuck" in adjectival form in English comes from the margins of a 1528 manuscript copy of Cicero's De Officiis. A monk had scrawled in the margin notes, "fuckin Abbot". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuc…
There is a Pakistan Blind Cricket Council that forms blind cricket teams and organizes games. pbcc.org.pk/
Today I learned about Anurag Dikshit, an Indian national who helped form an online poker company. In 2008 he pled guilty to one count of online gambling in the US and was levied a $300,000,000 fine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anu…
The chicken nugget was invented in the 1950s by Robert C. Baker, a food science professor at Cornell University, and published as unpatented academic work. Dr. Baker's innovations made it possible to form chicken nuggets in any shape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Dogs(and probably other animals) bend their tounges backwards to form a spoon to drink. youtu.be/_OT4CNxHEGM
Today I learned about pod corn, a form of maize that develops leaves over its kernels as a result a mutated gene mpg.de/5755791/pod_corn_l…
The Chinese civil service has existed in some form for well over 2000 years starting in the Qin dynasty britannica.com/topic/Chin…
There is a genetic form of insomnia called Fatal Familial Insomnia which results in the inability to sleep, hallucinations, and eventual death of the patient with a few years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat…
The earliest known list of games is one created by Guatama Buddha explicitly saying they were ones he would not play believing them to be a "cause for negligence." The list includes proto forms of hop scotch, pick-up sticks, and chess. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The name "Nigeria" was coined by Flora Shaw, the wife of the first Governor-General of Nigeria (1914-1919) Fredrick Lugard, for the British Protectorate on the Niger River. Lugard had merged the Northern and Southern Protectorates to form one country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
German chocolate cake has nothing to do with Germany. It was invented in 1852 by American baker Samual German and was originally called "German's" chocolate cake. After the recipe became widely popular in the 1950s, it quickly lost the possessive form and became known simply as "German." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
The Kent State shootings in 1970 were the impetus for the band Devo to form, and 3 of their 6 original members were Kent State students at the time of the shootings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dev…
When a bee hive becomes too full, bees will form a "Senate" comprised of older, more experienced bees to seek a new location. When a bee finds a good spot, it begins dancing to motion other bees toward it. Then, they vote on it by dancing as a collective until a consensus is reached. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
The written form of the Finnish language was largely created by one man, who was born at an unknown date somewhere around 1510. The invention of the printing press and the first sails to the Americas predate first texts ever written in Finnish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Melanin forms a protective cap over the nucleus to protect against DNA damage. sciencedirect.com/science…
During the Peloponnesian war the entire island of Delos was purged of all dead bodies as a form of 'purification' by the city-state of Athens, as well as prohibiting everybody from dying and giving birth. (5 BC) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
Today I learned of Poena cullei, a form of punishment for those found guilty of parricide under Roman Law, in which the offender was sewn into a leather sack, with an assortment of live animals, including a dog, snake, monkey and a chicken before being thrown into water and left to drown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe…
Ming Dynasty eunuchs and courtesans in the Ming Dynasty formed a distinctive form of marriage in a secretive way. Although Ming eunuchs were incapable of bearing children, they were equally eager to have a family. mdhist.com/eunuch/3867/
In 2005 Untitled (Β­Cowboy) sold for $1.2 million at auction, then the highest publicly recorded price for the sale of a contemporary Β­photograph, It was also through this photo that a new Art form was born: Photography of Photography. artgallery.nsw.gov.au/col…
Today I learned about "glacier mice": fuzzy green balls of moss that form on top of glaciers and move like a herd of rodents mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Hermione actress Emma Watson interviewed JK Rowling in 2014. Rowling revealed that Hermione "is part of me, although she is not wholly me" as Hermione is the way Rowling may have appeared to people when she was younger. She wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment hypable.com/jk-rowling-ro…
, according to the Chinese Ming-Dynasty (17th century) era book "Wuzazu" by Xie Zhaozhi, the game Rock Paper Scissors dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). In Japan, its earliest form "mushi-ken", players picked from a frog (kawazu), a slug (namekuji), or a snake (hebi). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Today I learned that Dead Reckoning is a form of navigation that relies on eye-sight, a risky form of navigation. britannica.com/technology…
The Shroud of Turin (allegedly Jesus Christ’s burial shroud) may have been created using a lost form of medieval photography smithsonianmag.com/videos…
The first known evidence of the use of cryptography (in some form) was found in an inscription carved around 1900 BC, in the main chamber of the tomb of the nobleman Khnumhotep II, in Egypt. The scribe used some unusual hieroglyphic symbols here and there in place of more ordinary ones. access.redhat.com/blogs/7…
In Las Vegas during the 1950s, Casinos offered "Atomic Tourism" in which guests could watch atomic bombs be tested in the desert as a form of entertainment smithsonianmag.com/videos…

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