Snow globes were accidentally invented by a medical tool repair man. He was trying to make a brighter light bulb for operating rooms, so he tried using a water filled glass with reflective particles to do this. The effect looked like snow to him which is how he got the idea for snow globes. goworldtravel.com/snow-gl…
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 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…
In 2014, a woman's corpse was propped up at a table during her funeral in New Orleans. She also had her nails painted and had a glass of whiskey in her hands. Her daughters stated that this is what their mother wanted for her funeral and that guests enjoyed it. blacknews.com/news/dead-w…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned of cranberry glass, which owes its red colour to particles of gold suspended in the glass matrix. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
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…
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…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ore…
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…
Despite being enemies, Germany traded optical glass to Britain in exchange for rubber during the First World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Human tissue can be turned into a glass/glaze due to a process called vitrification nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056…
The crunchy bits in toothpaste is microscopic silica glass called diatoms. It's used as a fine abrasive to clean your teeth. microcosmos.foldscope.com…
Medieval Venetian glass was so successful and secretive that glassmakers were forbidden from leaving the city on pain of death. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
The close up shots of a pen floating in zero-gravity in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) were achieved by sticking a pen to a piece of glass and rotating it. The set could also be moved towards and away from the camera which remained stationary. youtu.be/StZ2fmWYom4?t=62…
Lexus offers a Kiriko glass trim package that adds $23,080 to the price of the $80,000 sedan. lexusenthusiast.com/2018/…
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…
Today I learned of Modern Toilet restaurant, a small Taiwanese restaurant chain in which customers sit on toilets to eat, food is served in miniature toilet bowls, and drinks are served in miniature urinals. The tables are bathroom sinks with glass tops placed over them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mod…
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 2011 radio personality Ira Glass claimed to have tracked down Coca-Cola's secret recipe, to a 130-year-old notebook belonging to inventor's best friend. He said that the closely guarded formula is: alcohol and six oils – orange, lemon, nutmeg, coriander, neroli and cinnamon. theguardian.com/business/…
In the late 1500s, two Dutch spectacle makers stacked a number of lenses in a tube and realized that, together, they made items appear much larger than under a single magnifying glass. Because the maximum magnification was only 9x, they were more of a novelty than a scientific instrument thermofisher.com/blog/mic…
"hermetically sealed" is named after Hermes Trismegistus who was into alchemy and supposedly found a way to make a glass tube air tight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California gained unfavorable attention when it emerged in 2018 that two workers had been injured and required hospital treatment after walking into the building's futuristic clear glass walls and doors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
Modern glitter made from plastics was invented in 1934 by a farmer in New Jersey. Glitter was previously made from glass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gli…
During the Vietnam War one damaged American F-4 Phantom fighter pushed another damaged F-4 away from certain capture by resting the second airplane’s tail hook onto his own cockpit glass and pushing him to a safer location before both crews bailed out and were rescued the next day. sierrahotel.net/blogs/new…
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…
Many higher end, larger camera lenses are white instead of black due to issues caused by temperature fluctuations. As a lens heats in sunlight, it expands, affecting focus of the glass elements. This is particularly problematic for larger lenses. The white color helps reflect light/heat. petapixel.com/2016/02/19/…
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…
A 13,000 year old farming village was instantly ended when fragments from a passing comet exploded in mid-air, leaving behind glass spheres, melted iron/sulfur, and nanodiamonds. space.com/comet-debris-de…
The roof of some Tesla models appear orange and red when wet due to a protective UV/infrared layer in the glass to reduce heat. Water droplets cause light to bounce around and reflect some of the infrared light (normally not visible to us) in a form that is visible to our eyes adonisdetail.com/why-does…
Regulator Clocks and the associated "regulator" logo etched on many glass clock pendulum encasements refers to an old mechanism (the "regulator"), and is not actually a brand of clock. Also, despite the logo, most clocks displaying the logo are quartz regulated, not mechanically with a pendulum woodmagazine.com/woodwork…
Today I learned of An Oak Tree - an art installation consisting of a glass of water and a plaque with an artist Q&A claiming that "the actual oak tree is physically present but in the form of the glass of water." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_…
A river of molten tin is the mold they used to make perfectly flat glass youtu.be/e1hIEsDMpZQ
In 2004 a burglar broke into the house of a 73 years old grandma, who instead of calling the cops, offered him food and a glass of milk, pray for him and even shared family photos with the burglar. Later when he fell asleep the grandma called her daughter who then called the cops eastbaytimes.com/2004/07/…
Stained glass originated to help illiterate people learn about the Bible wikipedia.org/wiki/Poor_M…
At the UK State Opening of Parliament, Yeomen of the Guards (Queen's Bodyguards) still check underneath the House of Lords for traces of Gunpowder. It is a tradition that dates back to Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Once they get the all clear they have a ceremonial glass of whiskey bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
The world is running out of sand. It is necessary for making glass and concrete which makes it the second most used resource globaly. And since desert sand is mostly unusable, it's not as abundant as most people think. earth.org/are-we-running-…
In 1964, 3 amateur jewel thieves stole $400,000 worth of jewels from the American Museum of Natural History. Using a glass cutter, duct tape, and a squeegee, they were able to take the world's largest sapphire, the world's most perfect ruby, and the largest black sapphire smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The word cartoon dates back to the middle ages with the meaning back then being a first draft of stain glass or a tapestry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
In 1887 contact lenses made of blown glass were invented, and were so heavy they could only be worn for a few hours. glasseshistory.com/glasse…
Princess Alexandra of Bavaria believed she had swallowed a glass piano as a child. This delusion was not unheard of and was recorded in Europe and mainly suffered by royals, nobels and scholars (between C15 and C17). It was manifest as a fear that parts of their anatomy were made of glass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
A fertilizer explosion at an Oppau, Germany plant in 1921 was so powerful that it destroyed all the medieval stained-glass windows of Worms cathedral, 15 km away en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opp…
The glass containers with a selection of rotating watches are called "watch winders", and they are not just a fancy part of a rich person's wardrobe, but can actually be used to wind watches while you are not wearing them blog.watchdoctor.biz/2017…
Russia, using earthworks and cultivation techniques (and with little glass), pioneered growing citrus trees, known for incredible frost sensitivity, in temperatures down to -30C / -22F. Annual national production of citrus reached almost half a billion pounds in 1950. lowtechmagazine.com/2020/…
Ostriches must eat rocks and sharp things to help them digest their food, and those rocks never come out when they poop. Instead they get worn down by the food. And if ostriches don't eat rocks, glass, or other sharp things, they will die. safariostrich.co.za/2017/…

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