G.H Hardy came up with a scale of mathematical ability that went from 0 to 100. He put himself at 25. David Hilbert, the great German mathematician, was at 80. Ramanujan was 100. When he died in 1920 at the age of 32, he left behind three notebooks that still inspire mathematical work today en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri…
H.R. Giger (the designer of the alien in Alien), once got stopped by Dutch customs because of his disturbing drawings, which they thought were photographs. Giger later said: "Where on Earth did they think I could have photographed my subjects? In hell, perhaps?" theguardian.com/artanddes…
29 of the 30 most watched broadcasts in the United States were Super Bowls, with the other one being the final episode of M*A*S*H en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Non-vowel letters of the English alphabet have official spellings (e.g. H = "aitch", Q = "cue") grammarist.com/spelling/l…
The US House of Representatives recognized that Alexander Graham Bell was not the original inventor of the telephone, in H. Res 269. They gave that recognition to Antonio Meucci. In 1887, the SCOTUS found the case viable and remanded a trial, but it was dismissed shortly after Meucci's death. congress.gov/bill/107th-c…
The first US President to be photographed while in office was William H. Harrison in 1841. 48 years later, in 1889, his grandson Benjamin Harrison became the first US President to have his voice recorded en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Peregrine falcon can dive at speeds over 320 km/h (200 mph), making it the fastest bird in the world, as well as the fastest member of the animal kingdom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
H. P. Lovecraft once snuck into the organ loft of the First Baptist Church in America, the church founded in Providence by Roger Williams himself in 1638, to play "Yes, We Have No Bananas" on the organ. However, he wasn't able to turn it on. hplovecraft.com/creation/…
In 1986, a limnic eruption at Lake Nyos in northwestern Cameroon killed 1,746 people. The eruption triggered the sudden release of a cloud of CO2 which rose at nearly 100 km/h and then descended onto nearby villages, displacing all the air and suffocating people and livestock. sci.sdsu.edu/how_volcanoe…
When World War 1 started, British writer H.G. Wells called it "the war to end war", arguing that only the defeat of German militarism could bring an end to war. US President Woodrow Wilson later used the term to justify US entry into the war, claiming it was necessary to preserve human freedom. vision.org/history-the-gr…
During World War II's U.S. air raid on Chichi Jima island, nine shot-down flyers parachuted and, of them, eight were captured. They were tortured and beheaded. Reportedly, some may have been partly eaten. The one flyer who evaded capture was George H.W. Bush, who later became president. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The terms 'D-Day' and 'H-Hour' were coined by America in WWI. In Field Order Number 9 written by the 1st US Army of the American Expeditionary Forces on September 7, 1918, it said "The First Army will attack at H hour on D day with the object of forcing the evacuation of the St. Mihiel Salient." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-D…
Early in his career, H.B. Reese, inventor of the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, created two nearly identical candy bars. The "Lizzie Bar" was named after his oldest daughter and the "Johnny Bar" was named after his son. The only difference between the two was that the Johnny Bar had nuts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._…
Sunspots are optical sinkholes that are about a thousand kilometers lower than the surrounding photosphere. With binoviewers, a good sunspot group in H-Alpha can make it appear like the Sun is going to eat itself inside out starting at the spot ephemeris.sjaa.net/1209/b…
The word "moron" was coined in 1910 by psychologist Henry H. Goddard to classify someone with an IQ of 51-70. "Imbeciles" were 26-50 and "idiots" were 0-25. So for a time, a moron was literally smarter than an idiot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Magda Goebbels, wife of Hitler's propaganda minister, had six children whose names all started with "H" to honor Hitler. When the Red Army entered Berlin, she ordered them all to be knocked out with morphine and then poisoned with cyanide in the Fuhrerbunker. smh.com.au/world/papers-r…
Today I learned about the Areotrain which set a world speed record in 1974 for overland air cushion vehicles, reaching a speed of 417.6 km/h (259.5 mph) and a peak speed of 430.3 km/h (267.4 mph). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A%C…
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._…
Today I learned of H.M. - an American man who underwent a lobotomy in an attempt to cure his epilepsy. Although the surgery was partially successful in controlling his epilepsy, a severe side effect was that he became unable to form new memories. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
A fire tornado is when a fire has such intensity that it generates an actual tornado. California has spawned multiple rare "firenados." One in 2018 was rated EF3 with winds in excess of 143 mph (230 km/h). Resulting in uprooted trees, cars and damaged structures due to wind as well as fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Today I learned about H.Pylori, a stomach bacteria thats possibly affecting over 50% of the world an most wont even know they have it as infection doesn't usually show symptoms, however this deadly bacteria can cause a wide range of other diseases (e.g. ITP, Alzheimers, Multiple Sclerosis, CAD, Periodontitis) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Starman is a mannequin, dressed as an astronaut, riding inside a cherry red Tesla Roadster Convertible Car through space. Starman's Convertible was launched on SpaceX Falcon Heavy - February 6th, 2018. Starman is soaring through space at a whopping 14,668 mi/h. space.com/39759-spacex-st…
Screenwriter Robert Towne so hated the finished Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan that he pulled his name off the film and credited his dog as writer. The dog, P.H. Vazak, ended up with an Oscar nomination. hollywoodreporter.com/fea…
The land speed record has been held for over 20 years by the ThrustSSC at 763mph~1227km/h. It was the first land vehicle to break the sound barrier in 1997. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The Andromeda galaxy is the closest big galaxy to our Milky Way - located about 2.5 million light years from Earth. It is moving towards the Milky Way at a speed of 402,000 km/h. If nothing else happens, we expect a collision of two constellations in four billion years. needforscience.com/astron…
The average airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow is estimated to be 24mph (39.6 km/h) style.org/unladenswallow/
Omni Magazine was an influential publication that ran from 1978 to 1995. Created by Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione and wife Kathy Keeton, it featured interviews with scientists such as Freeman Dyson, art from H.R. Giger and Chris Foss, and original fiction from authors such as Isaac Asimov theverge.com/2017/6/2/157…
Today I learned about UY Scuti, the largest-known star by radius. It is 1700 times bigger than our sun, and it would take 1200 years to fly around it in a 900km/h regular passenger airplane. If Earth was in its habitable zone, it would take 10.000 years for one full rotation, each season lasting 2500 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UY_…
Out at sea, a tsunami is only about a metre high, and could pass a boat without being noticed. As it approaches the shore, it’s the sudden deceleration from about 800km/h to 50km/h which creates the immense wave noc.ac.uk/news/how-tsunam…
Helena Bonham Carter's paternal great grandfather was H. H. Asquith, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the first half of the First World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asq…
In 1909, British suffragettes released a board game called β€œPank-a-Squith”. It was set out in a spiral, and players were required to lead their suffragette figure from their home to parliament, past the obstacles from hated Prime Minister H. H. Asquith and the Liberal government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suf…
H G Wells created the term Time Machine and popularised the concept 7 years before his famous book of the same name, in his 1888 short story The Chronic Argonauts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
William H. Macy appeared as the assistant US Attorney in pilot episode of 'Law & Order' but was recast before the show went to series uproxx.com/tv/25-actors-w…
Today I learned of Sitlington, a historic township in England whose name until 1929 was Shitlington. The h was later dropped and Sitlington was adopted with the approval of the county council. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sit…
Today I learned of the painting called L.H.O.O.Q. which features the Mona Lisa with a moustache. It was called that way because the artist, Marcel Duchamp, thought it sounded like "Elle a chaud au cul". It translates to "she's got a hot ass" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.H…
The ISS or the International Space Station at an average altitude of 400 kilometers/248 miles above Earth and circle the globe every 90 minutes at a speed of about 17,500 mph or 28,000 km/h. space.com/amp/16748-inter…
H. Jon Benjamin (Archer, Bob's Burgers) released and performed on an experimental jazz album despite expressing a distaste for jazz and not knowing how to play any instruments. It's titled 'Well I Should Have... *learned to play the piano'. news.avclub.com/exclusive…
Sweden switched their entire traffic system from the left side of the road to the right side in a single day in 1967 called β€œDagen H”, the most logistically complex event in Sweden’s history. amusingplanet.com/2019/04…
Ulysses S. Grant's real name was Hiram Ulysses Grant, but it was entered incorrectly when he went to West Point. He was embarrassed by his real initials (H.U.G.) so he didn't tell anyone. He ended up going by Ulysses S. Grant for the rest of his life. ducksters.com/biography/u…
The Japanese Shinkansen train network opened in 1964 and consists of 1,717 miles of track with trains reaching 200 MPH or 320 KM/H. Over the Shinkansen’s 50 year history there have been over 5.6 billion riders & not a single death or injury due to accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Homo Erectus lived for much longer than even our current species. H. Erectus was around for about 2 million years before being wiped out, H. Sapiens have only been around for about 200,000 years. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In 1992, President George H.W. Bush had become so sick during a dinner that he vomited all over the Japanese PM’s lap. splinternews.com/lets-not…
The "chestburster" scene from Alien was inspired by Crohn's Disease. The writer, Dan O'Bannon, suffered from the debilitating disorder, where "the digestion process felt like something bubbling inside of [O'Bannon] struggling to get out." He also handpicked H.R. Giger to design the aliens. syfy.com/syfywire/little-…
Harry Houdini hired H. P. Lovecraft and his friend C. M. Eddy, Jr., to write an entire book about debunking religious miracles, which was called β€œThe Cancer of Superstition”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Lewis H. Latimer created the carbon filament light bulb that improved Edison’s initial prototype. lemelson.mit.edu/resource…
H G Wells was inspired to write War of the Worlds by the plight of the Tasmanian Aborigines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
N June 2006, at the request of PETA, Ocean Spray agreed to end its support for animal experiments. Previously, Ocean Spray was funding tests involving infecting mice with H. pylori, bacteria that cause stomach ulcers, and then feeding them cranberry juice to see if it had any positive effect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oce…
Giraffe can run extremely fast - at a gallop they reach a speed of up to 60 km/h, which ranks them among the fastest animals in the savanna, right after the representatives of the cat family. needforscience.com/biolog…
Rolls Royce makes engines for the Apache helicopter. On a standard day, the Apache has vertical climb rate of 1,775 feet per minute, a ceiling of 21,000 feet & can reach speeds of 182 MPH or 293 KM/H. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boe…
When flu viruses are denoted as H1N1, the H is based the protein Hemagglutinin (responsible for the virus entering the cell) which has 18 subtypes. N is based on the protein neuraminidase (responsible for virus release from cell) which has 11 subtypes. The number represents the subtype. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hem…

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