Vermont passed a law in 1999 that the state pie is Apple and one must make a β€œgood faith effort” to serve it with either a glass of cold milk, 1/2 oz. of cheddar cheese, or a large scoop of vanilla. netstate.com/states/symb/…
Glassblowers in Alexandria, Egypt were the first to produce clear glass around 100 AD through the introduction of manganese dioxide into the glass making process. Thereafter, the Romans began to use clear glass for architectural purposes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
NPR radio host Ira Glass, who has done the show "This American Life" since 1996, received a raise from $170,000 to $278,000 in 2013. Glass said this raise was "unseemly" and asked it to be lowered to $146,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
Laminated safety glass was invented by chemist Γ‰douard BΓ©nΓ©dictus after a lab accident in 1903. A glass flask coated with the plastic cellulose nitrate was dropped, shattering but not breaking into pieces. In 1909 he filed a patent, after hearing of a car accident causing injury by glass debris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lam…
Today I learned about "Pele's tears" and "Pele's hair" which are named after the Hawaiian fire goddess of volcanoes, Pele. Pele's tears are small pieces of solidified lava drops, whereas Pele's hair is thin strands of volcanic glass. Pele's tears are often found on one end of a strand of Pele's hair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pel…
John Lennon wrote Glass Onion because fans looking for hidden meaning in earlier Beatles songs annoyed him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
Snapping shrimps (the family Alpheidae), which grow to only 3-5cm long, compete with sperm whales for title of loudest animal in the ocean. Their snaps are capable of stunning fish and breaking glass jars. In numbers, the shrimp can interfere with sonar and underwater communication. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alp…
Diogo Alves committed the famous β€œAqueduct Murders” 1836-1840 and was the penultimate person to be hanged in Portugal. Scientists wanted to study the brain of a serial killer and so preserved his head in a glass vessel. It is still viewed today in the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Medicine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dio…
Singer Ella Fitzgerald's career had a late renaissance when, at an audition for Memorex Recording Tapes' advertising, was asked to break a glass using the power of her voice, and she succeeded. npr.org/2019/09/03/749019…
While Pope John Paul II considered the word 'popemobile' to be undignified, Pope Francis has made fun of the vehicle, calling it a 'glass sardine can'. cbsnews.com/news/pope-fra…
That, during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the extreme heat caused one man's brain to turn to glass. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
There is a clear ceramic made out of Aluminum that is stronger than bulletproof glass, and has a higher melting point than stainless steel. It is called ALON, and is used for armored windows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alu…
Today I learned about see-through wood, which is treated to become as clear as glass and is a potential alternative to regular windows. It is 5 times as insulative and 3 times as durable while also being lighter, making it perfect for cold weather structures. goodnewsnetwork.org/trans…
The designs on the microwave door glass act as a Faraday Cage to block the electrons from the microwaves. The shapes stop the wave from reaching outside the glass, thereby preventing damage to our eyes from looking inside the microwave. physicsworld.com/a/are-fa…
Several European nobles thought that their bodies were made of glass. This is called the Glass Delusion. history.com/news/the-delu…
Darryl Dawkins "Chocolate Thunder", who was most famous for his two glass shattering dunks, was the first NBA player to play out of high school. He once claimed to be an alien from the planet Lovetron, where he spent the off-season practicing "interplanetary funkmanship" with gf Juicy Lucy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
Eyepiece sun filters were once commonly supplied with imported telescopes and consist of a piece of dark glass mounted in a cell that screws into the bottom of an eyepiece. The heat from the Sun concentrated by a telescope can shatter these filters without warning, making them very dangerous skyandtelescope.org/obser…
Glass sponges are thought by many to have the longest life span of any animal on Earth, growing up to 15,000 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hex…
, during his inauguration in 1905, Teddy Roosevelt wore a ring where six strands of Abraham Lincoln's hair were displayed under an oval piece of glass mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Today I learned about chlorine triflouride, a better oxidiser than Oxygen. It can set fire to things that are normally not flammable such as concrete, glass, flesh, sand, steel, asbestos, and ash. It is also extremely corrosive and will corrode things like Gold, Iridium, and Platinum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chl…
Today I learned of Nadia Boulanger, French composer, conductor and teacher. She was the first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic and was a teacher at Fontainebleau, teaching famed composers such as Aaron Copland, Philip Glass, and Ross Lee Finney en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nad…
Ancient Romans used human and animal urine as a mouthwash and to whiten their teeth. Urine contains ammonia (compound of nitrogen & hydrogen) which can act as a cleansing agent. Today ammonia is mainly used for cleaning glass, porcelain, stainless steel, & removing baked off grime from the oven. edmontonjournal.com/welln…
The mostly glass Vdara hotel in Las Vegas was said to have it's own "death ray" due to the way the glass reflected the sun into the pool area and was hot enough to singe hair or melt plastic cups. nbcnews.com/id/wbna394033…
In 1900 at a college football game in San Francisco, hundreds of people climbed on the roof of a glass factory to watch the game. When the roof collapsed they were dumped into a hot glass furnace where 22 died and hundreds were injured. sfchronicle.com/college/o…
Before buying a vehicle escape tool/glass breaker,you should determine if you have tempered glass windows or laminated glass windows first. Tempered glass can break with a glass breaker, while laminated glass which is found in many new model vehicles, won't break, according to research from AAA. newsroom.aaa.com/2019/07/…
Some scalpels made from obsidian (volcanic glass) are 10-20 times sharper than a household razor blade cnn.com/2015/04/02/health…
The shamrock presented to the US President every year is destroyed immediately afterwards. They keep the glass bowl though. edition.cnn.com/2010/POLI…
The Juno spacecraft carries 3 Lego mini-figures representing Galileo Galilei, the Roman god Jupiter, and his wife Juno. Juno holds a magnifying glass to signify her search for the truth, while her husband holds a lightning bolt, the miniature Galileo has his telescope with him on the journey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun…
The last person guillotined in France got to smoke 2 cigarettes and drink a glass of rum just before the blade fell. youtube.com/watch?v=Tj_84…
In 2017, of the 267.8 million tons of municipal solid waste generated by Americans, only 94.2 million tons were recycled or composted. 66% of discarded paper and cardboard was recycled, 27% of glass, and 8% of plastics. blogs.ei.columbia.edu/202…
When McDonald's closed all its restaurants in Iceland in 2009, a man decided to buy his last hamburger and fries to see how long it would take to decompose. 10 yrs later, curious observers can watch a livestream of the burger & fries from its current location in a glass cabinet in Snotra House. bbc.com/news/blogs-trendi…
In the 1976 film "Heart of Glass", almost all of the actors performed while under hypnosis, to copy the trance-like state of the people in the story. The actors memorised most of their dialogue during hypnosis, and many of the actors' gestures and movements occurred spontaneously during filming en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
The term "Banana Republic" is from the 1904 novel "Cabbages and Kings" which is itself named after the famous poem "The Walrus and The Carpenter" from Louis Carrol's "Through the Looking Glass." The term refers to Anchuria as a "small maritime banana republic". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cab…
Lightning strikes on soil can form glass; the energy discharge melts silica and other sediments into deposits called fulgurites en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ful…
A top-level Dutch football club signed up an 18-month old for a ten year contract, after his father posted a video of the boy kicking a ball into his toy chest 3 times in a row. After scribbling his signature for the club, the toddler celebrated with a glass of orange juice en.espn.co.uk/football/sp…
In 2005, scientists discovered a planet 63 light years from Earth which they named HD 189733b. The daytime temperatures reach 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit, and it rains molten glass and silicone particles sideways at speeds of up to 5,400 miles per hour abc.net.au/news/2013-07-1…
In the original StarWars movie, the prop for Luke's Lightsaber was made from a Graflex Flashgun, sliding glass cabinet grips and calculator parts. Kenobi's Lightsaber was put together with a sink knob, a browning machine gun booster, a WWI rifle grenade and a part from a Rolls-Royce jet engine. nofilmschool.com/Original…
In 2017 , 2 Students Left A Pineapple in an art gallery. When they came back 4 days later , it was in a glass frame. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Glass is opaque to UV light. thehindu.com/sci-tech/sci…
Henry Bessemer, the engineer largely credited with the invention of modern steel, also invented or contributed to embossed postage stamps, long sheets of plate glass, military weapons, and a method for extracting sugar from sugar cane. He eventually earned nearly 130 patents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Wash and Book were killed off in "Serenity" because their actors, Alan Tudyk and Ron Glass, couldn't commit to doing sequels en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Today I learned of the sunkin library book burning memorial in Berlin, Germany. The library is built underground, is not accessible to the public, and can only be viewed through a glass plate that shows enough empty bookcases to hold 20,000 books, the amount burned in a book burning event on May 10, 1933. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
Fish can actually see through the glass of an aquarium and recognize when you’re holding food youtu.be/vhYZFmxl7n0
Henry Heinz deliberately put his ketchup in clear glass bottles which was uncommon due to a lack of food safety standards. unethical companies used colored bottles to hide shoddy product and he worked with a chemist who went on to find foods containing gypsum, brick dust, borax, formaldehyde etc nationalgeographic.com/ma…
Today I learned about Congressman Charlie Wilson's revenge. When he was 13, his neighbor, Charles Hazard poisoned his dog by mixing glass into its food. Years later, when Hazard was running for office, Wilson drove 96 people to the polls, telling them how Hazard had killed his dog. Hazard lost by sixteen votes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The song "Heart of Glass" by Blondie became a hit in part due to critical exposure on the TV show "WKRP in Cincinnati." In gratitude, the band gave the show a gold record, which can be seen hanging on set from the 2nd season onwards. metv.com/lists/12-fascina…
In July 2014, six sealed glass vials of smallpox dated 1954 were discovered by chance in a storage room in an FDA laboratory at the NIH in Maryland. Upon transfer to the CDC in Atlanta, two of the vials had virus which proved to be viable in culture. They were destroyed 7 months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma…
In 2017, in Scotland, two students entered an art gallery and, finding an empty table, placed a pineapple there to see if people would take it for art. When they returned 4 days later, the pineapple was covered with a glass protection. bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/articl…
The term "crystal glass" is a pure oxymoron. By definition, glasses are materials that have their molecules unordered. In other words, the very definition of glass is a material that is not a crystal. wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2013…
The Ruyi footbridge is composed of 3 steeply undulating bridges, part of its deck is made of transparent glass, & is 100m long & 140m high, spanning the Shenxianju valley in China. ezhejiang.gov.cn/2020-11/…

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