An average silver back can deadlift 1800 lb and their grip can crush a crocodile's skull | They are 4 to 9 times stronger than an average human male. animalwised.com/how-stron…
Oakland Raiders player Lester Hayes used Stickum to help him grip the football. This was common in the NFL but Hayes slathered his hands and also his arms and uniform. He was very successful and it was banned in 1981. Jerry Rice admitted to using it after it was banned breaking many NFL records. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
Today I learned of the Palm Cockatoo, the "Ringo Starr" of the bird world, Like no other creature in the world, they fashion thick sticks from branches, grip them with their feet and drum on trunks and tree hollows australiangeographic.com.…
The old timey β€œfisticuffs stance” existed because early boxing bouts allowed grappling. Even Daniel Mendoza, the man who popularised the stance, lost his title because his opponent managed to grab his hair and kept a firm grip while continually punching him in the face with his free hand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Originally auto tires were white, but in 1917 tires had added Carbon black to increase a tire’s durability (blocking UV rays that can cause rubber to crack, and improving road grip). Carbo Black was initially supplied by Binney & Smith, the company that produced Crayola crayons! mentalfloss.com/article/5…
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 sloth's claws work the opposite way that human hand does. The default position is a tight strong grip, and sloths must exert effort to open them up. This is why sloths don't fall out of trees when they're asleep. bbc.com/earth/story/20170…
In an 1893 American football game between rival schools, the home team players showed up on the field with full-body, oiled leather suits, so the slick surface would make it extremely difficult for the opposing players to get a grip on them - but the oil-less squad still won 6-0 mentalfloss.com/article/8…
An 11-yr-old girl in Zimbabwe rescued her 9-yr-old friend from a crocodile. Rebecca Munkombwe saw her friend being pulled under when swimming in a stream; she swam over, jumped on top of the croc & poked its eyes till it released its grip on her friend's leg. The 9-yr-old got only mild injuries. sundaynews.co.zw/girl-11-…
A sloth can hold its breath for up to 40 minutes. 4 times longer than a dolphin. They sleep for 15 hours a day and internal organs like the heart, spleen and liver are arranged to accommodate living upside down.The grip of a sloth is so strong when they die they sometimes remain hanging on trees zsl.org/sloth-facts
Men are much stronger than women in terms of hand-grip strength (90% of women in the study generated less hand-grip force than 95% of men for men and women aged 20-25) ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…
The Bucket Orchid flower attracts orchid bees with a scent, & traps them in their β€œbucket”, the only escape is through a space where the flower grips the bee and glues pollen packets to their back to produce more bucket orchids. britannica.com/plant/buck…
The cover for Death Grip’s debut mixtape Exmilitary, is a picture of a man from an old National Geographic magazine that drummer Zach Hill kept around as a symbol of power, years later finding that it fit the mixtape perfectly and became the official cover in 2011 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exm…
Bride Jeni Stepien was walked down the aisle by the man who got her father's donated heart. Arthur Thomas got Michael Stepien's heart & the families kept in touch. When Arthur walked Jeni down the aisle, he suggested that she grip his wrist to feel the pulse from her father's heart. nytimes.com/2016/08/09/fa…
Men ages 20 to 34 have lower grip and pinch strength than the same aged guys did three decades ago, and that the average grip strength for men ages 25 to 29 is nearly 26 pounds lower today than it was before. menshealth.com/fitness/a1…
The Gerber Mark II combat knife originally had a 5 degree offset between the blade and the grip, one of the reasons being to ride in the sheath more comfortably - many were returned because of a 'bent blade'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
During World War II, it was common for soldiers to keep family photos under clear grips on their 1911 pistols. They were called β€œSweetheart Grips.” warhistoryonline.com/amer…
If you're kidnapped and given the choice of which finger will be removed, the pinky should be your last choice. Your thumb and pinky are the two most opposable digits and form the basis of your grip. The index finger of your non-dominant hand is the best choice. businessinsider.com.au/if…
American electrical plugs have holes in the prongs because if you were to take apart an outlet and look at the contact wipers that the prongs slide into, you would find that they have have bumps on them. These bumps fit into the holes so that the outlet can grip the plug's prongs more firmly. home.howstuffworks.com/tw…
David Bowie's final album, Blackstar, took inspiration from the music of experimental noise rap group Death Grips. nme.com/news/music/david-…
Claw machines can be rigged by programming them to have a strong grip only part of the time, allowing the owner to select a desired level of profit and then automatically adjust the claw strength to make sure that players are only winning a limited number of times vox.com/2015/4/3/8339999/…
Electrical plugs have holes in the prongs to grip onto the corresponding bumps in the electrical socket. This prevents the plug from just slipping back out of the socket. worldstandards.eu/electri…
President James A. Garfield's killer Charles J. Guiteau bought a revolver with an Ivory grip over a cheaper wooden grip because he thought it would look better as a museum piece after the Assassination. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
During WWII soldiers would take broken plastic pieces from bomber windows and make clear pistol grips to store/show their sweethearts photos in. They would be aptly named β€˜Sweetheart Grips’. warhistoryonline.com/amer…
The reason your fingers and toes wrinkle when submerged in water for long periods of time is to improve underwater grip. bbc.com/future/story/2016…
The Plantaris is a small muscle in your calf that is believed to be used by our ancestors to grip with their feet. It is so weak that it is considered functionally obsolete and arguments have been made that humans are evolving it out. It is absent in 7-10% of the population worldwide. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
The BEANO T-13, a WWII impact grenade, was designed to emulate the size, weight, and grip of a baseball -- allowing young American G.I.'s to throw it with distance and accuracy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BEA…
NFL footballs at one point had white stripes painted around each end, similar to college balls, but they were banned in 1976 because the paint made the balls more difficult to grip popularmechanics.com/adve…
Your hands/feet sweating (Eccrine Glands) when you have vertigo is actually biologically designed to HELP you grip when climbing. theconversation.com/why-d…
That, due to the ineffectiveness of swords against plate armor, German knights would grip the blade with both hands and use the pommel as a club when fighting armored opponents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Fingers prune underwater not because of them absorbing the water or washing away the oil, but because of an evolutionary trait caused by the brain to enhance the grip of your fingers underwater. npr.org/2013/01/11/169144…
Yubitsume is the Yakuza ritual of chopping off part of one's pinky as either punishment or an apology. Reason: Amputation of the little finger makes a proper grip on a samurai sword impossible, weakening him in battle and forcing the person to be more reliant on his boss for protection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yub…
The Palmar Reflex is a primitive instinct that develops in the womb. This instinct allows newborns up to 5 mo. To be able to hold up their entire body weight by themselves, similar to certain animals. Their feet also has this same type of strong grip. Most babies lose it by 5/6mo. jnnp.bmj.com/content/jnnp…
In the original version of The Hobbit, Gollum surrenders the Ring to Bilbo as a reward for winning a Riddle Game. However, as Tolkien was conceiving the nature of the Ring, he realized that the Ring's grip on Gollum would never permit him to give it up willingly. lotr.wikia.com/wiki/One_R…
David Bowie's final album "Blackstar" was influenced by Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly" as well as the experimental hip-hop group Death Grips en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Best selling author James Patterson offered a chance for a contest winner to become co-author with him. The contest is write a two-sentence hook for a new bestselling mystery or thriller and submit a sample chapter that grips Patterson and makes him want to work with you benjaminmcevoy.com/how-to…
Fingers prune underwater not because they absorb water or wash away the oil on your skin, but because of an evolutionary trait triggered by your brain to enhance the grip of your fingers underwater. npr.org/2013/01/11/169144…
Most US electrical plugs have a hole in each prong because some sockets have a matching bump that allows them to grip the plug much more firmly when it snaps into place. home.howstuffworks.com/tw…
Millenials have much weaker hand grips (loss of up to 26 lbs of force) than their counterparts in 1985 did. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Scientists had to create gecko-like feet to grip space junk as suction tech and sticky things don't work in the cold vacuum of space popsci.com/gecko-grip-spa…
Allen and Crescent wrenches, as well as Channel Lock and Vice Grip pliers (hex key, adjustable wrench, water pump pliers, locking pliers) are brand names. common-motor.com/basic-to…
We get pruney fingers for better grip on wet surfaces. blogs.discovermagazine.co…
There was a 6 wheel Formula One race car, which was designed to reduce drag and increase grip en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyr…
Wrinkled skin after water immersion is caused by the nervous system triggering a narrowing of blood vessels. The process was thought to be an evolutionary adaptation to help handle slippery objects, but a 2014 study did not find a difference in grip between wrinkly and non-wrinkly fingers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
Every baseball used in the MLB since the 1950s has been treated with "rubbing mud" that is gathered from a secret location by the Bintliff family. The mud is used to help remove the slick finish on the ball and give the pitcher more grip. npr.org/2011/10/23/141563…
We get wrinkly fingers in the water to help with our grip nature.com/news/science-g…
In Japanese Mafia, the ritual of cutting off finger for penance comes from the traditional way of holding a sword. The removal of digits starting with the little finger moving up to the index finger weakens sword grip. So that a person with a weak sword grip then has to rely more on the group. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yak…
Robert Pattinson (Edward in Twilight) played the guitar for a song of the experimental hip hop band Death Grips deathgrips.wikia.com/wiki…
Harrison Ford had a brief stint as a cameraman. He was offered to fill the role of second camera/grip for a documentary about The Doors, called Feast of Friends, after director Paul Ferrara had hired him for carpentry work on his house. stuff.co.nz/entertainment…
The wrinkling of fingers and toes when taking a bath is an involuntary reaction of the autonomic nervous system that increases the ability of hands and feet to grip wet environments. nature.com/news/science-g…

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