The former World Chess Champion G. Kasparov described Hungarian female chess player Polgรกr as a "circus puppet" and said that women chess players should stick to having children. Later in September 2002, in the Russia versus the Rest of the World Match, Polgรกr defeated Garry Kasparov.โ€ฆ
The highest g force voluntarily experienced by a person was 46.2 g's by John Stapp. He rode a rocket sled that reached a top speed of 632 MPH, The land speed record at the time and he stopped in 1 second. For a brief moment his body weighed 7700 pounds.โ€ฆ
At G.E. in the 1920s, as a joke, newly hired engineers would be told to develop an inside frosted lightbulb, which was believed to be impossible. In 1925, newly hired Marvin Pipkin got the assignment, and astonished his peers by succeeding.โ€ฆ
In the 1790s, an Oxford student introduced using guano (bird poop) as fertiliser. He spread guano across the university lawn, using it to spell G U A N O. The lawn was soon scrubbed, but when spring came, the word GUANO was clearly visible, growing higher and thicker than the rest of the grassโ€ฆ
G.H Hardy came up with a scale of mathematical ability that went from 0 to 100. He put himself at 25. David Hilbert, the great German mathematician, was at 80. Ramanujan was 100. When he died in 1920 at the age of 32, he left behind three notebooks that still inspire mathematical work todayโ€ฆ
The Chinese Army has been training 10,000 pigeons to provide support to the military's communications in the event that war renders its modern technology unusable. The pigeons, flying at speeds of up to 75 miles (120 km) per hour, are being trained to carry loads of up to 3.5 oz (100 g)โ€ฆ
Ships are referred to as "she" from long tradition that they are female figures (e.g., mothers) who guide and protect its passengers and crew.โ€ฆ
Non-vowel letters of the English alphabet have official spellings (e.g. H = "aitch", Q = "cue")โ€ฆ
The design of carburetors in British WWII fighter aircraft had a fault that would shut down the aircraft's engine during a negative-G force maneuver. In 1941 a female engineer solved the problem with a simple device, which British pilots then named after her. It was named Miss Shilling's orificeโ€ฆ
Despite leading the Confederate attack that started the American Civil War, P. G. T. Beauregard later became an advocate for black civil rights and suffrage.โ€ฆ
Shipwreck hunter Tommy G. Thompson is imprisoned and fined 1,000$ per day for not revealing where he hides the gold he found and had promised to split with investorsโ€ฆ
A blue swastika, the ancient symbol of the sun and good luck, was adopted as the insignia of the Finnish Air Force. The swastika was officially taken into use after an order by Commander-in-Chief C. G. E. Mannerheim on 18 March 1918 the FAF changed its insignia, which resembled the Nazi Swastikโ€ฆ
Today I learned about a paper which models the expected "time-to-failure" of potential conspiracies. E.g. if the moon landing was a hoax, the conspiracy would have had to involve 411k people, and thus the model posits that the conspiracy would have been exposed within about 4 yearsโ€ฆ
In Ireland there is a popular tradition known as The 12 pubs of Christmas. You must go to 12 different pubs in one night, having one drink (most commonly a pint of beer) in each Pub. Participants usually have 12 rules to follow, e.g "No sitting in pub 3", "No using the bathroom in pub 7" etc.โ€ฆ
When World War 1 started, British writer H.G. Wells called it "the war to end war", arguing that only the defeat of German militarism could bring an end to war. US President Woodrow Wilson later used the term to justify US entry into the war, claiming it was necessary to preserve human freedom.โ€ฆ
The town of Staines changed its name to Staines-upon-Thames to avoid being associated with Sacha Baron Cohen's character Ali G.โ€ฆ
The treble clef is actually a fancy letter "g" that circles the line corresponding to the note g
A triple dot sign on certain structures (e.g. dams) means that the work "contains dangerous forces" and may not be attacked in observance of international humanitarian lawโ€ฆ
Before 1975, the BBC overwrote or destroyed old show tapes. Hundreds of Doctor Who episodes were thought lost forever, until a worldwide hunt began to turn them upโ€”e.g. 2 in a London Mormon Church, and a goldmine 9 in Nigeria (employees had ignored instructions to burn them). 97 remain unfound.โ€ฆ
The Oreo was first sold in 1912. In the United States, they were sold for 25 cents a pound (454 g) in novelty metal canisters with clear glass tops.โ€ฆ
The title of the movie, "Gattaca," was invented out of G, A, T and C, which stand for guanine, adenine, thymine and cytosine, the four nucleobases of DNA.โ€ฆ
The Japanese yen, now worth about one U.S. cent, was originally defined in 1871 as 1.5 g gold, then about one U.S. dollar. Soon after losing most of its value in the aftermath of WWII, Bretton Woods fixed the rate at 360 yen per dollar until 1971.โ€ฆ
The Rhind Mathematical Papyrus contains Math Questions about Pyramids. E.g.: Find the height of a pyramid with a given slope and base length.โ€ฆ
The winner of the Americas cup not only gets to decide the location of the next race but also all the technical parameters of the sailboat and other conditions (e.g. no testing) to be used for the next edition!! Every edition essentially has an entirely new boat from each participantโ€ฆ
Today I learned about eggcorns, which are words or phrases that results from a mishearing or misinterpretation of another, an element of the original being substituted for one that sounds very similar or identical (e.g. tow the line instead of toe the line ).โ€ฆ
Today I learned about H.Pylori, a stomach bacteria thats possibly affecting over 50% of the world an most wont even know they have it as infection doesn't usually show symptoms, however this deadly bacteria can cause a wide range of other diseases (e.g. ITP, Alzheimers, Multiple Sclerosis, CAD, Periodontitis)โ€ฆ
In 1967 a Munich resident Helmut G. Winter built a catapult to launch Bavarian potato dumplings at noisy planes flying over his house forcing the West German Luftwaffe pilots to concede defeat and change their flight path.โ€ฆ
F1 drivers lose close to 4kg (8lb) in every race (90min) since they have to endure high G force and extremely hot temperaturesโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Anonymouse - a Swedish design collective that created miniature mouse-size establishments (e.g. model restaurants or a gas station) and placed them in ordinary city streets.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about a Lithuanian artist who designed a roller coaster whose purpose is to kill people through euphoria obtained by g-forces and appropriately called it "Euthanasia coaster." He got this idea while working at an amusement park.โ€ฆ
The g-force of a "hearty greeting slap on upper back" is more than that of the Space Shuttle during launch and reentry (4.1g vs. 3g)!โ€ฆ
Casio was widely accused of false advertising after launching an ad where a hockey player used a g shock as a puck to demonstrate its toughness. However once a TV news channel replicated and verified the ads authenticity it gained popularity amongst the general public.โ€ฆ
Japan developed a Train that can travel from Tokyo to Osaka (~500km) in 14 minutes from 1965 to 1967. After a successful test, it unfortunately ended as a a dream as the G force will likely kill all passengers at launch.โ€ฆ
The most G force a person has survived was in the 2003 Chevy 500 when the car driven by Kenny Brรคck made contact with Tomas Scheckter's car. This immediately resulted in Brรคck's car impacting the catch fence that would record a peak of 214 g meaning he weighed 30000 lbs for a few seconds.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Farley Files, created by Roosevelt's Campaign Manager, James Farley. They were notes about everyone FDR ever met (e.g. spouse's name, hobbies, prior meeting notes). Farley & FDR would review the files prior to any meeting and the effect was powerful and intimate for visitors.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Tim Storms, who holds two world records; one for lowest note sung by a human (G-7, which is so low as to be inaudible to the human ear) and one for widest human vocal range at ten octaves.โ€ฆ
'Chemtrails' are a thing (kind of). 'Cloud Seeding' is a surprisingly wide used method where planes are spraying chemicals (like sodium chloride aka salt) into clouds to increase the amount of precipitation e.g. to try getting more rain in dry regions.
There were lots of sketchy criticality accidents during the Manhattan Project and other early nuclear weapons research. E.g. One scientist died after dropping a Tungsten Carbide brick onto a Plutonium sphere which reflected more neutrons back onto it increasing the radiationโ€ฆ
Ulysses S. Grant's real name was Hiram Ulysses Grant, but it was entered incorrectly when he went to West Point. He was embarrassed by his real initials (H.U.G.) so he didn't tell anyone. He ended up going by Ulysses S. Grant for the rest of his life.โ€ฆ
Our species is continuing to evolve in 3 ways: natural selection (by which many are adapting to malaria and high altitudes), random mutations (increasingly likely as more older males become fathers), and a mysterious genetic repair tool that biases eggs and sperm to C and G bases over A or T.โ€ฆ
J.J. Thomson won the Nobel in Physics in 1906 when he showed electrons were particles. His son G. P. Thomson won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1937 for showing that electrons are waves.โ€ฆ
Queens is the only one of the five boroughs of New York City that uses local neighborhoods (e.g., Flushing) in the mailing address. Mail sent to Brooklyn, Staten Island, New York (Manhattan), and the Bronx uses just the borough name.โ€ฆ
H G Wells created the term Time Machine and popularised the concept 7 years before his famous book of the same name, in his 1888 short story The Chronic Argonauts.โ€ฆ
Certain languages lack any word for left/right and instead use the cardinal directions to express orientation on a small scale, e.g. "the cup is to the north of me."โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, an African-American Wall Street broker who was a millionaire during the 1800s. His work was so successful that even during the Civil War and shortly after the Draft Riots, he let it be known he was willing to receive cigars and champagne in exchange for his services.โ€ฆ
Kelly Clarkson's single "Since U Been Gone" was inspired by the 2003 song "Maps" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. "Maps" and "Since U Been Gone" share similar introductions, post-chorus guitar breaks, and middle eights, and are both in the key of G major.โ€ฆ
2 people have died of gforce at Disney mission space ride. G force was 2.5g.โ€ฆ
The earliest chess rating system ranked players by their handicap needed to beat chess masters (e.g., a "rook player" or "pawn and move player") rather than the ELO system we have today (e.g., a "1200 player")โ€ฆ
The Instant Pot pressure cooker can serve as a laboratory autoclave where more expensive units are not available (E.g. remote labs) or attainable (E.g. lack of funding). It even passes the Geobacillus stearothermophilus spore inactivation test.โ€ฆ
The metric system is "the preferred system of weights and measures for U.S. trade and commerce" in the USA (Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988) and that US Customary Units (e.g. foot, mile, pound, quart) have actually been defined in terms of their metric counterparts since 1893.โ€ฆ

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