In 1911 The Rigby family included their cat Tom in their census form. 'Tom Cat' was listed as being an 8-year old, married Mouse-Catcher, Soloist and Thief with 16 children. His birthplace was listed as Cheshire and he was described as being 'speechless' in the infirmity section of the form. findmypast.co.uk/blog/dis…
The band UB40 is named after Unemployment Benefit, Form 40 - a form issued to people claiming unemployment benefits. The name was suggested by a friend of the band because all the members were unemployed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UB4…
The β€˜Batman Effect’. Adopting an alter ego is an extreme form of β€˜self-distancing’, which involves taking a step back from our immediate feelings to allow us to view a situation more dispassionately. It can help control anxiety, and help the subject pursue exercise and healthy diet bbc.com/worklife/article/…
Tame Impala is a single person named Kevin Parker who writes, plays, and produces all the recorded music, but tours with a group of other musicians to form the full live band. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tam…
That, in July 2020, marine biologists studying the seafloor in the South Pacific Gyre ("the deadest spot in the ocean") discovered aerobic microorganisms in "quasi-suspended animation." At 101.5 million years old, they are the longest-living life forms ever found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
Kuru is found among people from New Guinea who practiced a form of cannibalism in which they ate the brains of dead people as part of a funeral ritual. This practice stopped in 1960, but cases of kuru were reported for many years afterward because the disease has a long incubation period healthline.com/health/kur…
The Herpes Virus is being used to treat Cancer. A modified form of Herpes is already FDA approved to treat melanoma. moffitt.org/endeavor/arch…
The comb jelly β€” also known as the warty comb jelly, or sea walnut β€” has a transparent butt that only appears during defecation. The gut fuses with the epidermis when waste accumulates and forms an anal opening. Once excretion is complete, the process is reversed and the anus vanishes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mne…
Today I learned about β€œcrazy ants” that often form colonies within electrical equipment and can cause problems in all kinds of electrical systems similar to termites in wood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ras…
Bears form "Fecal Plugs" during hibernation. It is formed from hair, callused footpad, and plant material ingested while grooming, as opposed to a changed diet as previously speculated. bear.org/bears-mysterious…
Some Inuit groups used ridicule in the form of song duels as a means of conflict resolution. Two men who had failed to resolve a conflict by other means would secretly compose derisive songs about their adversary. The whole camp gathered in a large igloo to observe the song duel. sites.psu.edu/toombsrclbl…
Male turkey will sometimes form alliances with siblings where a subordinate male assists his brother to find a mate and protect her but only the dominate male mates. The younger male will never mate throughout his entire life but lives only to assist the larger male. core.ac.uk/download/pdf/2…
Space used to be orange before it was black. After the Big Bang, the Universe was a hot dense place, too hot for atoms to form. Indeed, the electromagnetic radiations emitted during the recombination era were orange making space look that color too. salt.ac.za/2017/09/22/bla…
Today I learned about 14 cargo ships that were stranded in the Suez Canal for 8 years, whose crews all decided to form a micronation mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In the last 7 years craters started to appear in the Siberian Tundra, similar to the craters that form by cryovolcanism on the Saturn's moon Enceladus. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
In Slavic tradition, a Domovoi was a house spirit that would take the form of an ancestor or familiar object. The spirit would be kept happy by putting out offerings of food and tobacco and recognizing the spirit before leaving on a journey. adf.org/articles/gods-and…
The Vanuatu tribe in the South Pacific uses a form of bungee jumping as a rite of passage but instead of bungee cords, vines are used and some people do the feat at age 5. cnn.com/travel/article/va…
The NASA Vehicle Assembly Building is so large, in fact, that it has its own weather. On humid days, rain clouds can form below the ceiling, requiring about 10,000 tons of air conditioning equipment to control the moisture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veh…
Research shows that viewing online Cat media (i.e. pictures and videos) is related to positive emotions. It may even work as a form of digital therapy or stress relief for some users. Some feelings of guilt from postponing tasks can also be reduced by viewing Cat content. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
The martial arts style portrayed by Denzel Washington in the 2010 movie "The Book of Eli" is called Kali and is the national martial arts form of the Philippines. It teaches to focus on and react to angles of attack rather than particular strikes/attacks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Viewing online cat media can work as a form of digital therapy or stress relief. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Liposuction (a surgical procedure done to remove excess fat deposits from specific areas of the body) can cause thrombophlebitis (a condition that makes veins to be inflamed when a blood clot forms). healthtuition.com/liposuc…
Sigmund Freud considered believing in a single god to be a delusion. He also stated that religion "comprises a system of wishful illusions together with a disavowal of reality, such as we find in an isolated form nowhere else but amentia, in a state of blissful hallucinatory confusion". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rel…
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 earliest form of sushi, a dish today known as narezushi, has its probable origin in ancient Southern China. The prototypical "narezushi" was made by lacto-fermenting fish with salt and rice in order to control putrefaction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Free nitrogen and oxygen atoms, generated by solar energy in the upper atmosphere, recombine at night to form nitric oxide (NO) in a process that releases a photon, thereby contributing to "Nightglow". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
A form of sadistic entertainment in Middle Age Europe involved putting cats into a net and lobbing them into a bonfire en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Basque, although considered to be a language isolate, actually had a predecessor in the form of Aquitanian, which died out almost 2,000 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqu…
In 2010, French cuisine earned a spot on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The "gastronomic meal of the French" is alongside other embodiments of "intangible" cultural heritage, including Peking opera and Corsican polyphonic chant, on UNESCO's list celebrating world art forms and traditions. content.time.com/time/wor…
The state of Nevada once sentenced a man to death by firing squad but was unable to find five men to form one. Instead, a specialized "shooting gallery of steel" was requisitioned and built to carry out the execution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Babylonians were using a rudimentary form of calculus to calculate Jupiter’s displacement each day along the ecliptic, the path that the sun appears to trace through the stars. Historians had thought such techniques did not emerge until more than 1400 years later, in 14th century Europe. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
The chair has been around for nearly 5,000 years. The earliest example in the form of a sculpture from the Cycladic Islands at approximately 2,700 B.C. which was prior to Egyptian chairs, which were typically stools. Chairs with arms and backrests implied elite status. npr.org/2016/09/03/492090…
Alternative rock band R.E.M.'s 1991 album "Out of Time" was politically significant, and had a Rock the Vote form inside the CD Long-Box packaging (the only way the band would agree to use the "wasteful" long box), resulting in an unprecedented 10,000 petitions delivered to Senate. 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
Seirogan was written as 征露丸, meaning β€˜Conquer Russia Pills’, during the Russo-Japanese war. It was changed to the current form, 正露丸 (Right Dew Pill), after Japan’s surrender in World War 2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sei…
Transient ischaemic attack is considered a mini-stroke. Other forms of strokes are Ischemic stroke: occurs when a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain becomes narrowed or obstructed, and Hemorrhagic strokes: occurs when a weakened blood vessel in your brain ruptures. healthtuition.com/stroke-…
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…
Male dolphins form alliances and aggressively pursue females to mate. The females frequently "bolted", but only managed to escape 1/4 attempts. Male dolphins sometimes also commit infanticide so that their mothers will come back into estrus. Dolphins also occasionally practice incest. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
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…
Archaeologists in China found a surprising haul in one tomb, where they uncovered a bronze cooking pot. When they opened the pot, they found 2,400-year-old bone soup. Because of oxidization, the soup turned green, but it was still in liquid form, and the bones were still floating on top. hindustantimes.com/india/…
Today I learned of "the Great Male Renunciation" - the late 18th century phenomenon in which Western men stopped using brilliant or refined forms in their dress, which were left to women's clothing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The Carolina Dog is a dog breed first discovered living wild in the southeast region of the United States, and it is believed they are descendants of a primitive form of dog that evolved from Asian wolves and accompanied humans across the Bering land bridge thousands of years earlier. akc.org/dog-breeds/caroli…
The ancient maōri people of New Zealand had a ritual form of cannibalism called Kai tangata teara.govt.nz/en/riri-tra…
Some birds form crΓ¨ches, a "daycare system" where baby birds separate from their parents and form a group supervised by a few adults, allowing their parents to go forage for food. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Some of the earliest forms of surfing trace back 5000 years to Peru, with a method called bodysurfing. Used for both fishing and recreation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The free use of -ass to form punchy adjectives began 100 years ago, with words like "fat-ass" and "silly-ass". By the 1950's, it was particularly productive in forming new American slang. Smart-ass, candy-ass, bad-ass, and crazy-ass were all first found in the 1950s. thedailybeast.com/weve-hi…
Today I learned about Eefing, a form of traditional Appalachian mouth music similar to beatboxing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eef…
Hurricanes rarely form or affect the southern Atlantic Ocean, with only 44 recorded since 1588. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Resident killer whales in the eastern North Pacific form matrilineal social groups, consisting of the eldest female, her children, and the descendants of her daughters. Closely related matrilines with similar dialects form aggregations called pods, which in turn form clans and communities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
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…
Pussy and pussycat, is attested from the 16th century and may have been introduced from Dutch or from Low German related to Swedish or Norwegian. Similar forms exist in Lithuanian and Irish. The etymology of this word is unknown, but it may have simply arisen from a sound used to attract a cat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat

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