Rotting potatoes give off a noxious gas that can knock a person unconscious & even cause death. canr.msu.edu/news/storing…
That, on May 13, 1974, seventy three children were struck with a mysterious illness at a Florida elementary school. Suspecting a gas leak, the Dept. of Public Health sent investigators. Dr. Nitzkin, an epidemiologist, discovered it was mass hysteria: one child fainted and the others panicked. newyorker.com/magazine/19…
Due to the New Long School natural gas leak explosion in 1937, a disaster that killed more than 295 students and teachers, thiols were added to natural gas, the strong odor makes leaks quickly detectable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
In the early 1800s they had laughing gas theaters where people enjoyed a show after inhaling nitrous oxide. This was a few years before they figured out it can be used for anesthesia. pdf.sciencedirectassets.c…
Saturn is the only planet in our solar system whose average density is less than water. The giant gas planet could float in a bathtub if such a colossal thing existed. astrokramkiste.de/saturn
Natural gas is actually odorless. That β€˜gas smell’ is infused to make leaks detectable. sciencenetlinks.com/scien…
Today I learned the same Mason Williams who wrote the classic guitar piece, "Classical Gas" was also a comedy writer for the Smothers Brothers and Saturday Night Live. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
Today I learned of balloon syndrome, a rare condition in hedgehogs in which gas is trapped under the skin as a result of injury or infection, causing the animal to inflate. This condition is unique to hedgehogs because they have significant space under their skin as a result of their ability to curl up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
It rains diamonds in abundance on Saturn and Jupiter. These two planets are the largest in our solar system and are filled with gas with extreme negative temperatures that under the effect of lightning produced by thunderstorms produce more than 1000 tons of diamond every year. nypost.com/2013/10/15/its…
In the 1920s, Colonel Sanders became involved in a shootout after a rival gas station owner killed an employee over a sign dispute. Sanders returned fire, wounding his rival. This had the side effect of eliminating the competition as he was never charged. gizmodo.com/no-colonel-sa…
In 1966 after failing for 3 years to extinguish a gas well fire Soviet authorities decided to use a 30kt atomic bomb. It was detonated at a depth of 1,500m, crushing the well and extinguishing the flames in seconds. Following this success the same technique was use on 4 other well fires. energyglobalnews.com/1966…
In 1945, the German submarine U-1206 was sunk after a toilet malfunctioned, resulting in seawater flooding into the hull, which when coming into contact with a battery, created chlorine gas, forcing the submarine to resurface. At the surface, it was discovered and sunk by Allied Forces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Today I learned about exploding lakes. A limnic eruption, also known as a lake overturn, is a rare type of natural disaster in which dissolved carbon dioxide suddenly erupts from deep lake waters, forming a gas cloud capable of suffocating wildlife, livestock, and humans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lim…
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…
Farmers put citrus fruit in ethylene gas chambers to make the skins turn orange, even though it doesn't improve the taste. seasonal.substack.com/p/m…
Some lichens are able to fix nitrogen. Cyanobacteria in nitrogen fixing lichens can transform nitrogen gas into a biologically useful form. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lic…
An intracolonic explosion or colonic gas explosion is an explosion of fart gases inside the colon, which can happen as a result of the electrical nature of a colonoscope. The result can be acute colonic perforation, which can be fatal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Pres. Jimmy Carter was fishing in his hometown of Plains, GA in a boat alone. A rabbit chased by hounds jumped in the water and swam towards him, trying to board. The event was sensationalized by press and critics framed the event as emblematic of Carter's presidency as hapless and enfeebled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
To resist early 20th century uptake of electric appliances, gas-powered radios (and refrigerators) were manufactured youtu.be/s3XCxJutUEo
Today I learned of the "Pink Panthers," an international gang of ex-soldiers reponsible for stealing almost $1 billion in jewelry. They were most active in the 2000s, and have used disguises, tear gas, and even speedboats in their heists. jewellermagazine.com/Arti…
The Quintinshill rail disaster in 1915 was the worst railway accident in UK history, involving a 4 train crash with fire caused by gas lighting. Over 200 were killed, and a witness reported seeing an officer shooting people trapped in burning carriages with no hope of rescue en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
If Batman & Robin was more successful, a sequel was already planned. Batman Unchained, would have Clooney and O'Donnell reprising their roles, with Scarecrow and Harley Quinn as the main villains, and cameos from past villains appearing as hallucinations due to Scarecrow's fear gas. cbr.com/batman-unchained-…
The use of Mustard Gas during WWI directly lead to the discovery of the first chemotherapy treatments for cancer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned of Ghulam Dastagir, a Stationmaster who refused to leave his post during the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, & prevented any trains from stopping at the station, saving thousands of lives even as his colleagues were dead and he himself spent 2 decades in and out of hospital due to long exposure to the Gas news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south…
In the 1960s the US military planned on testing Sarin and VX nerve gas on 200 Australian troops by aerial bombing areas around Lockhart river. Harold Holt, the prime minister at that time vetoed the plan. abc.net.au/news/2008-07-0…
Today I learned about a LNG carrier, which is a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas (LNG), and the different types of engineering connections which are needed to build such a carrier. youtube.com/watch?v=TexqY…
Potato chip packages are filled with nitrogen gas to help the snacks stay fresh indianapublicmedia.org/am…
The soviets used a nuclear bomb to fix a gas leak. military.com/video/nuclea…
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/…
The Sun does not "burn", like logs in a fire or paper burning. The Sun glows because it is a very big ball of gas, and a process called nuclear fusion is taking place in its core starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/d…
The Gaet'ale Pond is the saltiest water body on Earth, at a salinity of 43%. Don't go swimming there because its temperature is roughly 50–55 Β°C (122–131 Β°F). Bird and insect corpses have been found around the lake, likely because of the odorless gas it emits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gae…
There is a 4th state of matter known as plasma. It is superheated matter- so hot that the electrons are ripped away from the atoms forming an ionized gas. It comprises over 99% of the visible universe. psfc.mit.edu/vision/what_…
Today I learned of exploding lake syndrome, a rare type of natural disaster in which large amounts of dissolved carbon dioxide suddenly erupts from lake water, forming a gas cloud that can suffocate anyone within many miles. This happened in Cameroon in 1986, killing 1900 people and 3500 livestock. blogs.unimelb.edu.au/scie…
The M1 Abrams, currently the main battle tank of the U.S. Army, requires 10 US gallons (38 L) of fuel just to start the gas turbine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_…
When popping a cork from a champagne bottle, the resulting jet from the gas mixture exceeds Mach 1 advances.sciencemag.org/c…
Tennis player Vitas Gerulaitis died at the age of 40, while visiting a friend's home in Southampton, New York. An improperly installed pool heater caused carbon monoxide gas to seep into the guesthouse where he was sleeping, causing his death by carbon monoxide poisoning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vit…
Roundabouts reduce fatalities from accidents by 72-82%. They also lower wait times and save gas. safety.fhwa.dot.gov/inter…
An African-American man named Garrett Augustus Morgan invented the gas mask and the three-position traffic signal. He was the son of former slaves. transportation.gov/connec…
Japan's Rabbit Island (Ōkunoshima) had a poison gas factory that supported much of the chemical warfare carried out in China. Although Japan was a signatory of the 1925 Geneva Protocol, they kept the development of their chemical weapons a secret. Today, many visitors can play with the rabbits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5…
Today I learned about H. H. Holmes’ "Murder Castle," a planned hotel with gas chambers and chutes that dropped into acid vats to dispose of bodies. Holmes was arrested for murder, and the building was gutted by a fire set by an unknown arsonist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._…
Potatoes and onions shouldn't be stored together because onions emit ethylene gas that spoils potatoes. rd.com/food/store-potatoe…
Bats can breathe through their wings: wings make up 85% of a bat's surface area and can contribute up to 10% of its gas exchange. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Michael Schumacher made his F1 debut as a replacement for Bertrand Gachot, who missed the 1991 Grand Prix as he was in prison for spraying a taxi driver with CS gas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Smoke, Jelly, Styrofoam, and Whipped Cream are all considered colloids and are classified based on the phase (state of matter) of the suspended particles and the medium. For example, Smoke is a Solid aerosol as solid particles are suspended in the air (gas). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
US Marine SSgt Jonathan Turner’s remains were to be boxed up and mailed from CA to GA, but hundreds from motorcycle group "The Patriot Guard Riders" stepped up to create a dignified caravan to bring his remains home. Turner served 7 tours in Iraq & Afghanistan and died of combat wounds in CA. tribunist.com/news/bikers…
Today I Learned that propane has no smell. That smell of rotting eggs associated with propane is actually ethanethiol, a β€œstench gas” used as an additive in odorless combustible gasses to help accidental ingesters to identify it as a danger. nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb/…
The emergency oxygen on airplanes comes from a burning chemical reaction, not compressed gas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eme…
Britain removed all their road signs during World War II so that if the Germans invaded, they would get lost. These defensive preparations included the removal of signposts, milestones, and railway station signs. Gas pumps were also removed from service stations near their coast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ano…
Today I learned about the Rawalpindi experiments. According to documents at the British National Archives in London, British army scientists and doctors tested the effects of mustard gas on over 500 Indian soldiers[3] over a ten-year period. Beginning in the early 1930s, scientists at Rawalpindi sent Indian sol en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw…

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