The Hammer Museum in Haines, Alaska is the first museum in the world dedicated to hammers, and it boasts 1400 hammers and related tools ranging from ancient times to the industrial era. Its mission is to educate the general public about the history and use of hammers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
Humane ways of killing squirrels in California include drowning, freezing and bludgeoning with a hammer. sanjosepestwildlife.com/s…
For the movie Star Wars, the sound designer for the Stormtrooper's blasters came up with the sound of the blaster during a family backpacking trip. He hit the guy-wire of an AM radio transmitter tower with a hammer and recorded the sound with a microphone close to the impact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
In 2018 a 47 year old man, wielding a hammer, tried to steal one of the four remaining copies of England's Magna Carta - a document drafted in 1215 that inspired the US Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. bbc.com/news/uk-england-w…
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…
In 1991, Michelangelo's statue of King David was attacked by a person with a hammer. Before the person with the hammer could be stopped, damage was done to the toes of the left foot. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
The QWERTY keyboard format was developed because of typewriter mechanics. Normally you press a key which swings a hammer with an inked letter onto the paper. If you pressed two keys next to each other quickly, their hammers could collide and jam it. Commonly used letters were thus spaced out. youtu.be/ZBPo82lCmOc
TV remotes used to use ultrasonic sounds that rang at certain frequencies forcing the television to turn on or off, changing the channel or muting or un-muting the sound. The sound was made by by hammers hitting aluminium rods within the remote . bbc.com/future/article/20…
Pope John XII died on 14 May 964; one story relates that he died of a paralytic stroke suffered while having sex with a woman named Stefanetta. He may have died instead when the woman's husband defenestrated John or beat him to death with a hammer during the act. wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_…
In 1999 North Korea tried to get a national set of computer characters added to Unicode; it had the symbol of the Workers' Party (hammer, sickle, *and* paintbrush) and the names of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il written in a special font northkoreatech.org/2011/0…
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…
In 2011 MC Hammer announced that he had a team developing his own search engine - WireDoo. edition.cnn.com/2011/10/2…
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…
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…
In the 1970s, Oakland Athletics owner Charles Finley hired several teenagers to work for the club. Stanley Burrell made VP by age 16; he grew up to be 'MC Hammer.' Meanwhile, Debbi Sivyer was one of the first ballgirls. She brought homemade cookies to games and grew up to be 'Mrs. Fields.' thepostgame.com/blog/thro…
For a few years in the 90s, the letters 'BK' didn't just mean fast food. They stood for British Knights, a sneaker company promoted by MC Hammer that briefly challenged Nike and Adidas for shoe supremacy youtube.com/watch?v=nq0a0…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
British suffragettes used toffee hammers to break windows as part of their successful protests for women voting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tof…
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…
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…
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…
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 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
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…
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…
Today I learned about Armand Hammer - an oil tycoon who tried to purchase baking soda company Arm & Hammer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
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 "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…
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…
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…
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…
They hit dead popes in the head with a hammer, just to make sure. people.howstuffworks.com/…
A disgruntled employee attempted to hijack and crash a FedEx flight using hammers and a speargun. Despite their traumatic head injuries, one pilot flew the plane upside down while the other grappled with the assailant until he was subdued. Both pilots lived and managed to land the plane safely en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
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…
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%…
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…

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