Today I learned about Jason Vukovich, known as the β€œAlaskan Avenger,” who was convicted of using the state’s sex offender registry to track down offenders, break into their homes, and beat them with a hammer. nypost.com/2018/01/02/ave…
Walter Freeman, who championed lobotomy in the U.S., toured the country with his van that he called the "Lobotomobile," demonstrating the procedure and performing dozens of ice-pick lobotomies each day. He often used carpenter’s hammers and also liked to insert picks in both eyes. sciencedirect.com/topics/…
In the early 1800s, tourists visiting Plymouth Rock were provided a hammer so that they could take a piece of the rock as a souvenir. By 1880, what was left of the rock was fenced off. americanhistory.si.edu/so…
Of the Mordhau technique in historical swordsmanship, where you turn your sword into a hammer and obliterated your opponents skull with the hilt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
The largest treasure hoard in Britain was accidentally found by a man when he set out with a metal detector to find a hammer he had lost in a farm. It was a 1500 year old treasure hoard hidden by the Romans. The British government rewarded him with Β£1.75 million. He found his hammer afterwards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hox…
Today I learned about the attempted hijacking of FedEx Flight 705 by a disgruntled employee who filled a guitar case filled with hammers and a spear gun. The captain (ex-Navy) performer extreme arial maneuvers while the first officer and engineer fended off the attacker. The plane landed safely and all survived en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The Beatles' song 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' is about a murderer, despite the upbeat tune. It took four recording sessions to complete, and John, George and Ringo really disliked the song. Ringo called it "the worst track we ever had to record." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
Frank Sinatra was friends with JFK. In 1962, in anticipation of a presidential visit, Sinatra had a helipad built at his house in Palm Springs. When JFK snubbed him and ended their friendship (due to Sinatra’s alleged mob ties), Sinatra grabbed a sledge hammer and smashed up the helipad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
In 2002 three geriatric Catholic nuns broke into a US nuclear missile launch facility, vandalized it with hammers, and drew crosses on the silo with their own blood. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Addams Groove was MC Hammer's last top ten hit. The song was a tie in with and played before some screenings of The Addams Family (1991). The song was given the Golden Raspberry Award for worst original song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Add…
There's a dish called "bang bang chicken" (bΓ ng bΓ ng jΔ«) in China, which takes its name from the fact that the chicken is tenderized using a hammer or a big stick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
The 'Cowboy Load' - in the Wild West, it was most common for 6-shot revolvers to only be loaded with 5 rounds. A live bullet in the chamber below the hammer of a 19th century single-action revolver can be set off with a sharp knock, hence it was not desirable to carry one fully loaded en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
The FBI spent years investigating an anti-goth cult that didn’t even exist.Official investigation on β€˜Church of the Hammer’ and their Yahoo group β€˜GodHatesGoths', continued for over 2 years before they realized the entire thing was completely fake and intended to be a joke. muckrock.com/news/archive…
BBQ lighters us a small hammer mechanism (clicking sound) to strike a small piece of material (like pure quartz crystal), which in turn causes a small electrical charge to occur. This is what ignites the butane fuel. It's called a Piezoelectric Effect. home.howstuffworks.com/qu…
A woodpecker's tongue wraps around its skull to protect it while hammers at over 1000 times the force of gravity. This protects it from bashing its brains out while pecking. infinitespider.com/woodpe…
In 1990, Rick James sued MC Hammer for copyright when Hammer sampled his song β€œSuper Freak” in Hammer’s hit β€œCan’t Touch This” without permission. They agreed to settle out of court and Hammer credited James as a co-composer, James won his first and only Grammy from β€œCan’t Touch This”. vlaa.org/music-sampling-c…
In the 80s, businessman Armand Hammer bought a significant portion of the company that makes "Arm & Hammer" products simply because people kept asking him about the name en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
British suffragettes used toffee hammers to break windows as part of their successful protests for women voting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tof…
The sound used behind the Williams Street logo on Adult Swim was originally from the Mark VII Limited "hammer" logo, a production company of actor and director Jack Webb. youtu.be/akMrmMtVlms
Actor Armie Hammer's real name is Armand D. Hammer-named after his great-gfather oil tycoon, Armand Hammer. The oil tycoon was asked many times if he was the namesake for brand Arm & Hammer that he sought to buy the company. Though unsuccessful, he bought enough shares to be one of the BOD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
The largest fire in California's history was caused by a man trying to plug a wasp's nest with a stake and hammer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men…
Today I learned of Federal Express Flight 705. In April 1994, a disgruntled, suicidal employee tried to hijack and down the plane, brutally attacking the crew with a hammer. The wounded captain put the DC-10 in a dive and rolled it to incapacitate the attacker before landing successfully. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
Today I learned about Armand Hammer - an oil tycoon who tried to purchase baking soda company Arm & Hammer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
In 1992, a retiree was out searching for a lost hammer with a metal detector. During his search he found a huge cache of Roman treasure, including 15,234 coins. The British government gave him and the owner of the land Β£1.75 million for finding it. Later on, he also found the hammer smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned of "Hammer" Simwinga, a Zambian man who has helped stop poaching in North Luangwa Nat'l Park. Most villages near the park relied on poaching for income. Simwinga eliminated the need for poaching for 35K+ people in 60 villages by teaching sunflower planting, beekeeping, & sustainable farming. nationalgeographic.org/fi…
A "Wellerism" is an expression that comedically uses a saying in the wrong situation, such as "We'll have to rehearse that, said the undertaker as the coffin fell out of the car." or "So I see, said the blind carpenter as he picked up his hammer and saw." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
Diamond, despite being the hardest material known, will shatter if hit with a hammer. Hardness means resistance to scratching; toughness is a different property. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
In Portland, Oregon (2006) a 58 year old husband hired a Hit man to murder his wife. When his wife returned home she encountered an intruder wielding a claw hammer. After a struggle, the 51-year-old nurse fended off her attacker by strangling him with her bare hands. nbcnews.com/id/14859827/n…
The "law of the instrument", a cognitive bias that involves an over-reliance on a familiar tool. As Abraham Maslow said in 1966, "I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
MjΓΆlnir, the legendary hammer of Thor, was supposed to have a much longer handle but was given a shorter handle because of a manufacturing mistake caused by Loki. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%…
Mantis shrimp can whack and crack a crab's claw with its hammer-like claws. It keeps doing this until its prey is smashed to pieces so that it can eat the inner flesh. The speed of the whack has been measured at 75 feet/sec, and the heat generated by this whack also stuns and kills its prey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The "bell" at the beginning of Metallica's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" isn't actually a bell toll, but an anvil being hit by a hammer vintageheavymetal.com/alb…
Even though diamonds are the hardest material known to man, they can be smashed and shattered by a hammer because hardness only determines how scratch resistant something is, not how strong it is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Laszlo Toth destroyed Michelangelo's PietΓ  statue by hitting it with a hammer and he was never charged for the crime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
Businessman Armand Hammer got asked so much if he worked at Arm & Hammer, he bought enough stock in the company to get on their board of directors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
John Hamm, of Mad Men fame, was suspended from The University of Texas for putting a student's testicles in a claw hammer and leading him around a house while the student was beaten, paddled, and set on fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
A FedEx flight engineer tried to hijack a cargo plane by bludgeoning the pilots with hammers and threatening them with a speargun. He hoped to stage an accident so family could collect life insurance. While others fought back, the pilot flew at record speeds and rolled violently, saving them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
They hit dead popes in the head with a hammer, just to make sure. people.howstuffworks.com/…
The audio team for Halo 3 made certain sounds by smashing an Xbox with a hammer gamespot.com/articles/the…
The Royal Navy tried defending against submarines by putting 2 blacksmiths in a boat with hammers: "On a periscope being sighted the boat was to steal quietly up alongside it, and the nearest blacksmith was to give it a dint with his hammer." cnrs-scrn.org/northern_ma…
Mohs scale of hardness defines "hardness" by their "scratch resistance" compared with other minerals. The scale goes from 1-10 were diamond is a 10, 15x harder than ordinary quartz. Which clocks in at a solid 7/10. You could still easily crush a gem sized diamond with a hammer though. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moh…
The US military allows Norse Heathens to grow beards and the Hammer of Thor symbol is allowed on headstones. armytimes.com/news/your-a…
A diamond will shatter if hit with an ordinary hammer. It is hard (does not scratch) but is not tough (resistant to fracture) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
During the Apollo 15 mission, astronaut David Scott carried out a version of the classic Galileo's hypothesis by dropping a feather and a steel hammer at the same time on the surface of the moon. The objects took the same amount of time falling and there by proving the hypothesis. youtu.be/oYEgdZ3iEKA
Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Hammer was purchased for $30,802,500 in 1994 by Bill Gates; 3 years later he released a digital version of the historic diary for all the world to enjoy. content.time.com/time/spe…
A 75 year old woman was arrested after she took a hammer to a Comcast customer service center and smashed up the waiting room. "It had never occurred to me to take a hammer to a phone company before, but I was just so upset..." washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn…
Scottish mountaineer Hamish MacInnes. Invented the all metal ice axe, short ice axe with hammer and incline picks, the MacInnes stretcher and writing the international mountain rescue hand book. He was also climbing double and safety advisor on the Eiger sanction and the mission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
Even though the piano creates sound using strings, it is usually classified as a percussion instrument because the strings are hit by hammers to generate the sound, rather than plucked or bowed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia…
Jan Hammer, the original keyboardist for Mahavishnu Orchestra, later went on to compose the soundtrack for Miami Vice. youtu.be/GQDU-2qMre0

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