There's a natural phenomenon known as β€œthundersnow”, which happens when thunderstorms form in wintry conditions, giving rise to heavy downpours of snow, thunder and lightning. metoffice.gov.uk/weather/…
The former president of SEGA gave the company $730M as part of his dying will, in the form of stocks and debt forgiveness, covering the loss from the the Dreamcast failure. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/busin…
Today I learned of Krista and Tatiana Hogan, one of the rarest forms of conjoined twins. Their brains are connected by a thalamic bridge which gives them unique neurological capabilities. They can feel and taste what the other is experiencing, can see through each other's eyes, and hear each other's thoughts. cbc.ca/cbcdocspov/feature…
With only 324 households declaring ownership of a swimming pool on their tax form and fearing tax evasion, Greek authorities turned to satellite imagery for further investigation of Athens' northern suburbs. They discovered a total of 16,974 swimming pools. boingboing.net/2010/05/04…
That, contrary to expectations, objects with greater drag generate less heat when entering the atmosphere. This is because a pocket of air forms in front of the object. After this was discovered in 1951, vehicles such as the Apollo capsule were designed to enter the atmosphere blunt-end first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atm…
Ferrets don't exist in the wild; they're the domesticated form of the European polecat, and America's "black-footed ferret" is, in fact, actually a species of polecat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Cows have best friends. In a study to identify factors affecting milk yields, researchers noticed that cows form attachments to specific individuals in their herd. When these cows are together, indicators of stress in both noticeably reduce. plantbasednews.org/cultur…
The original manufacturing method for shotgun pellets was to pour molten lead through a sieve at the top of a tower. The falling lead would naturally form nearly-perfect spheres due to surface tension. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
There are at least 3 companies operating under some form of the name WHATABURGER or What-A-Burger. There is the Texas based company, Virginia based, and a third based in the Carolinas. They sued each other in the early 2000's and a result of the lawsuits was that all 3 could keep using the name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
Today I learned about β€œcooping,” a form of electoral fraud in which unwilling victims were kidnapped, drugged, and forced to vote; often several times over, for a particular candidate in an election. Cooping is cited in relation to the death of Edgar Allan Poe in 1849. sampsoniaway.org/fearless…
, Special devices exist in the form of "wrap-around foot stools" to allow users of western-style toilets to defecate in a posture that is somewhat similar to squatting. huffpost.com/entry/squatt…
Today I learned of guitarist Dave Mustaine who was fired from his band for drug abuse, alcoholism, and aggressive behavior. He went on to form his own band, Megadeth, which would go on to sell 25 million albums worldwide. The band that fired him? Metallica. drmani.com/subtle-art-not…
Coyotes and Badgers can form hunting pairs, and work together. nationalgeographic.com/an…
The CocaCola-Mentos reaction is not a chemical but a physical reaction. Gas dissolved in CocaCola needs a surface to form on. We can increase that surface by adding Mentos. The microscopic surface of Mentos is quite rough, so it allows a lot of gas to form and it creates a lot of pressure. eepybird.com/featured-vid…
Today I learned about "Aztec Cheese", a fast growing algae, was responsible for the protein needs of the 1.5 million residents of the Lake Texcoco region. Today, it is known as the super food "Spirulina" and is sold in tablet form. mexicolore.co.uk/aztecs/h…
The popular form of Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah is thanks to John Cale. He'd asked Cohen to fax the lyrics to him, and faced with fifteen pages worth, couldn't imagine himself singing so many religious references. He cut many verses and kept 'the cheeky ones'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Napoleon has a theorem named after him in geometry. It states that,"if equilateral triangles are constructed on the sides of any triangle, either all outward or all inward, the lines connecting the centres of those equilateral triangles themselves form an equilateral triangle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
In 1995, a man named Shawn Nelson stole and drove an M60 Patton tank in a rampage, destroying cars, traffic lights, an RV and others throughout San Diego, California. Police had no means to disable the tank and once asked the U.S. Marines to intervene in the form of a Cobra helicopter airstrike. youtube.com/watch?v=1aA90…
ISO, the short form for the International Organization for Standardization, is itself a standardization and is not an acronym in any language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Today I learned that the nations of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda are considering merging to form a new nation: the East African Federation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Adidas and Puma were the result of two brothers, Adolf & Rudolf Dassler, who created the Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory and had a falling out which caised to split and form their own rival companies. Adolf who was nicknamed Adi Das made Adidas and Rudolf went on to make Puma. historybyday.com/human-st…
A 2015 study concluded that the the Universe will form over 10 times more planets than currently exist, that our own galaxy is expected to host ∼10^9 Earth-like planets, and that this would imply at least a 92 per cent chance that we are not the only civilization the Universe will ever have. academic.oup.com/mnras/ar…
A guy awoke form a coma and this first words were "I want Taco Bell". grubstreet.com/2016/05/ma…
Today I learned about a process called "controlled spoilage" in which certain kinds of bacteria are purposefully introduced to food in order to develop flavours and keep more harmful forms of bacteria at bay! kids.britannica.com/stude…
Today I learned about β€œUnschooling”, a form of homeschooling where the child has no curriculum or schedule. Instead they learn by living their life while following their passions. Proponents say it increases the child’s general well being and improved attitude towards learning. wbur.org/onpoint/2019/12/…
A Virginian couple with the last name "Null" is often unable to fill out online forms because their last name is rejected for being "null." bbc.com/future/article/20…
During WWII the American army created Operation Fantasia in which foxes covered in glow in the dark paint would have been released in Japan as a form of psychological warfare. The plan never reached Japan, but they did test it on some DC natives. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In ancient times, the Persians referred to Greece as Yunan, a form of Ionian, a Greek tribe in Anatolia. Because this tribe was the easternmost group of Greeks, they were among the first encountered by the Persians. Therefore all Greeks were known as Ionian, or Yunan. hellenisteukontos.opoudji…
A dentist named Fred Slack helped invent the traditional form of acrylic nails used today after he broke his fingernail at work and used foil and dental acrylic to replace it. nailsmag.com/encyclopedia…
WhopperCoin was a cryptocurrency launched by the Russian branch of Burger King as a loyalty program in the summer of 2017. It was the first issuance of branded cryptocurrency by a major company, and the first form of loyalty points that traded freely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
We have effectively cured an extremely common form of cancer: chronic myelogenous leukemia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Stalin could have single-handedly stopped Hitler's rise to power by ordering the German Communist Party (KPD) to ally with the moderate left and form a unity government which excluded the Nazis (NSDAP) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
The chicken pox and shingles virus is a form of herpes. Not the same as normal herpes but still. verywellhealth.com/is-chi…
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…
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/…
Alka-Seltzer is made up of Baking Soda and Citric Acid, which when placed in liquid form Sodium Citrate (Antacid) Carbon Dioxide (causing the fizz) and water msdlt.instructure.com/fil…
Today I learned of The Purple Earth Hypothesis Which States that Photosynthetic Life Forms of Early Earth were Retinal-Based Rather than Chlorophyll-Based, Making Earth Appear Purple Rather than Green en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
When the power goes out in an area, the majority of people who utilize rooftop solar panels (the form most commonly used by the public) will lose power along with everyone else; even when still in direct sunlight. A solar battery can be installed to use this power later but isn't the "norm". prospectsolar.com/happens…
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…
Today I learned about the formation of sand from quartz. As magma in the Earth's crust cools, its excess silica crystallizes and forms quartz (SiO2). Over million of years, quartz grains are carried by water streams to the oceans. Most of the world's sand is made up of those quartz grains. britannica.com/video/1856…
The exoplanet HAT-P-7b β€˜rains’ rubies and sapphires. The gas giant is tidally locked, with the same side facing its star. On its β€˜night’ side, high precipitation of corundumβ€”the mineral which forms rubies and sapphiresβ€”is found in the atmosphere. exoplanets.nasa.gov/news/…
Childhood trauma is actually relatively common. 60% of the population experiences trauma by the age of 16. Research suggests childhood trauma has life-long impacts in the form of diminished health, financial and academic success, and social life. bbrfoundation.org/content…
Rongorongo, the form of writing found on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), has not been deciphered. The last natives who could read rongorongo were priests who were captured in a Peruvian slaving raid in 1862 and subsequently died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Today I learned of Sir Hans Sloane, an Irishman heavily involved in the Slave Trade to his personal enrichment. His botany collections form the basis of todays Natural History Museum. nhm.ac.uk/discover/hans-s…
According to a study's preliminary results, when shopping, consumers respond rationally for the first 23 minutes, then they begin to think with the emotional part of their brain. After 40 minutes, the brain becomes tired and effectively shuts down, ceasing to form rational thoughts altogether. bbc.com/news/uk-wales-nor…
Ethnic Samaritans still exist, and practise their own form of Judaism. As of 2020, there are only 818 of them left. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
No universally used singular form in modern English of "cattle" exists, other than the sex- and age-specific terms (i.e. cow, bull, steer, heifer). beef2live.com/story-singu…
Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons are all the same thing but named different where they appear. Hurricanes are storms that form in North Atlantic Ocean and Northeast Pacific, cyclones are formed over the South Pacific and Indian Ocean and typhoons are formed over the Northwest Pacific Ocean. byjus.com/physics/differe…
"kabuki" -- a popular and stylized form of theatrical dance-drama in Japan -- was originally formed by an all-female dance troupe in 1603. Twenty-six years later, however, it became an all-male theatrical form when women were banned from performing it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kab…
The name of the instrument β€œcello” is a shortened form of the original word β€œvioloncello”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cel…

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