Su Hui, a 4th-century female Chinese poet, wrote a massive poem called "Star Gauge" in a 29 x 29 character grid that can be read to form ~3,000 smaller poems en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Su_…
John Denver's death was caused by his inability to switch fuel tanks during flight. The selector valve handle should have been located between the pilot's legs, but the builder put it behind the pilot's left shoulder. The fuel gauge was behind the pilot, not visible by him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Weapons manufacturer Remington produces an 8-gauge shotgun called the Master Blaster. It's classified as an "industrial tool" rather than a firearm, being used to blast away built-up materials within rotary kilns from a distance. ballisticmag.com/2018/12/…
Ivy League schools + sister schools used to take nude photos of all incoming freshmen, supposedly to gauge the severity of scoliosis and etc. The two lead psychologists then tried to use the data to justify their theories on body type and social hierarchy. messynessychic.com/2013/1…
Pipelines are internally maintained via "PIGS" (Pipeline Inspection Gauges), which perform cleaning, inspection and other maintenance operations. The PIG is inserted via a "pig launcher" and removed via a "pig catcher." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
Today I learned about the "Gauge War" in Great Britain. Competing widths of railroad tracks led to groups excluding competitors from their territories. To unify the system Parliament choose Narrow Gauge as the new Standard, which is now used by over half of the world's railroads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gau…
In 1872 urologist Sir Henry Thompson kicked of the "Prayer Gauge" controversy by proposing an experiment to test the efficacy of prayer. "One single ward or hospital ... to be made the object of prayer by the whole body of the faithful, and that ... the mortality rates should be compared" ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Height strips on gas station doors were originally used to gauge the height of robbers but now they are used as physiological deterrents. The reason they aren't usually accurate is because they are angled to be accurate from the point of view of a security camera. slate.com/culture/2012/09…
France sent the one and only cat into space to gauge the effects of spaceflight on living creatures in the hopes that humans could follow en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C…
When dashboard lights were first used in cars they were called "idiot lights" because drivers were frustrated by the warning lights used in place of gauges, making it more difficult to detect issues early since they only activated after one occurred. alansfactoryoutlet.com/th…
"dashboard" was originally a barrier of wood or leather at the front of a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh to protect a driver from mud or other debris "dashed up" by the horses' hooves. Today it refers to the evolution of that flat board which now contains displays, gauges and instruments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
DJ Khaled used his baby son Asahd Tuck Khaled's reactions to the sounds to gauge the quality of songs for the album "Grateful" (the baby vomiting indicated best quality), and then had the baby legally declared the album's executive producer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Cat whiskers are like radar. Cats use them to gauge distances and size up objects, even in the dark. pets.thenest.com/cats-nee…
The Japanese high speed trains (the Shinkansen) use a different gauge from the rest of the network. This is done to prevent any freight or slower traffic from using the network, and thus increase safety. railway-technology.com/pr…
That, from the 1940s to the 1970s, incoming freshmen at certain Ivy League and Seven Sisters were forced to take nude posture photos, to gauge the rate and severity of rickets, scoliosis and lordosis in the population en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivy…
The Fairey Barracuda had high rate of unexplained fatal crashes often involving experienced pilots. It was found that gauges were spraying ether into the pilot’s face. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
The U.S. Geological Survey uses the spelling "gage" vs. "gauge" for river measurements, and it's because the inventor of many of our river measurement techniques preferred Saxon to Norman spellings of English words. usgs.gov/faqs/why-does-us…
Jim Moylan invented the gas tank indicator arrow (the little triangle on your gas gauge) in 1986 and was introduced in select Ford models in 1989. He chose not to patent it and other manufacturers soon copied his idea in their vehicles. jalopnik.com/the-inventor…
Today I learned about the "Torino" Scale - DEFCON-type system which gauges the potential for near-earth-objects, meteoroids and comets to strike the earth. cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/sentry…
When you tap on a gauge or meter to see if it is reading accurately, you are applying "dither" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dit…
Methuselah, from the Bible, is accredited as being the oldest person to have ever lived, dying at age 969 years. But it is thought that this is a mistranslation and that he was 969 lunar months old when he died (78.5 years old) since early Judaic tribes used lunar months to gauge time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Video game designer Toru Iwatani wanted to create a video game that could appeal to girls. To gauge their interests, he sat in cafes and eavesdropped on female conversations, until one day a group began discussing favorite foods. He used this info as the basis to create Pac-Man. venturebeat.com/2009/09/2…
The sound Cicadas and Crickets make can be used to gauge temperature. Counting a Cricket's chirps over a 15 second period, then adding 37, can give you the temperature. yesterdaysisland.com/natu…
Today I learned of a flower park named Niji-no-sato (Rainbow Country) in Izu, Japan which has 6 gardens including British and Canadian villages and a 15 inch (381 mm) gauge miniature railway named Shuzenji Romney Railway whose rolling stock consists of UK-built steam engines which operates by burning real coal japaneserailwaysociety.co…
Today I learned about green boots, a man who died during his climbing of Mt. Everest, his body is now used as a land mark to gauge how far from the summit climbers are en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned about gauge blocks for standards in measurments, their surface is so smooth, they stick together by something calleg Van der Waals effect youtu.be/mgL_qH70KAU
Today I learned of 'Radium Girls', US Radium, and UnDark, radium paint applied to watches and gauges. Though executives protected themselves, they denied any danger to β€˜the girls’ applying UnDark and blamed health problems on syphilis. The 'girls' died rapidly, their bodies radioactive almost a century later. messynessychic.com/2015/0…
Since China and Russia use different railway gauges, trains entering to and from each country into the other have to be lifted up while passengers are onboard in order to put in new bogies. thetranssiberiantravelcom…
Gas gauges lie to us to make us feel better. autos.aol.com/article/gas…
The Post Office Railway, is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge, driverless underground railway in London that was built by the Post Office to move mail between sorting offices. It operated from 1927 until 2003. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Hood ornaments originally had thermometers to gauge the coolant level in the car. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
The southern United States converted all its railroads from broad gauge (5 feet/1.524 meters) to standard gauge (4 feet 8 1⁄2 inches/​1.435 meters) in 36 hours starting on May 31, 1886 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
; Pyrometric cones are used to gauge heat work in pottery kilns so they don't over heat the pottery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyr…
Cats actually have whiskers all over their bodies which they use to gauge data about their surroundings. catster.com/lifestyle/cat…
The supposedly arbitrary length of the Standard Gauge in railways (used by 55% of the world's lines) has its origins in the ancient Roman Empire. trn.trains.com/railroads/…
Today I learned about Penile Plethysmography, a device used in certain counties to gauge sex offenders level of rehabilitation by measuring their penis' reaction to certain pictures/stimulus jaapl.org/content/35/4/53…
English has at least 38 different ways to spell the vowel sound in "say". For example <eigh> (eight), <alf> (halfpenny) <au> (gauge) etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
Some US & British warships during WW I used the Dazzle Camouflage scheme that had bright, loud colors and contrasting diagonal stripes to make it incredibly difficult to gauge a ship’s size and direction that were designed to confuse the German U-boats. twistedsifter.com/2010/02…
The gauge of a shotgun is multiplicative inverse of the weight (in pounds) of the largest lead sphere that would fit in the barrel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gau…
The major races use 3-year old horses because they're old enough to run impressively fast but young enough to make their full potential hard to gauge. slate.com/articles/news_a…
FEMA has a Waffle House Index to gauge the severity of natural disasters marketplace.org/2015/03/0…
One of the best ultra runners in the world gained her ability after a seizure, warping her sense of time. She has no ability to gauge the amount of time she has left to run. radiolab.org/blogs/radiol…
Dragon's breath is an exotic incendiary round for a 12 gauge shotgun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
After being sexually assaulted, Indian women face the "two finger exam" to gauge their level of promiscuity which could be seen as a redeeming factor for perpetrators edition.cnn.com/2013/02/0…
Robert Tappan Morris created the first Internet Worm by accident trying to "Gauge the size of the Internet." He is the first to be convicted of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. limn.it/the-morris-worm/
The US Military has conducted several "mock" biological attacks on American cities to gauge the vulnerability of the population. In 1950, the Navy secretly spraying the city of San Francisco with the bacteria Serratia and caused fatal pneumonia in at least 11 civilians. online.wsj.com/articles/S…
There is a International Bitterness Unit ( IBU ) to gauge the bitterness of beer. beerconnoisseur.com/artic…
Remington makes the 'MasterBlaster', a fixed location, 8 gauge industrial shotgun to "to remove virtually any type of build-ups in boilers, kilns, silos, quarries or mines." remington.com/products/am…
In 1948, Before the days of Neilson ratings, a TV advertiser hatched a simple, scheme to gauge the size of the audience. They offered a free pocket mirror to the first 200 viewers who wrote in requesting one. Expecting only a few hundred viewers, they received nearly 9000 requests for mirrors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…

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