A baby penguin was born without feathers in a Chinese zoo and was thus rejected by his parents, but the zookeepers found out he had digestion problems so they fed him by hand until he grew feathers and was reunited with his parents themarysue.com/bald-baby-…
Ed Sullivan took heat from show sponsors Ford Lincoln dealers, for kissing Pearl Baily on the cheek and shaking Nat King Cole's hand during his TV show. He also had a Ford executive thrown out of the theater after he suggested Sullivan should stop booking so many black acts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_…
Today I learned about 'Umarells', a term used in Italy used to describe old men, who watch over construction sites with their hands behind their backs, offering unwanted advice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uma…
Today I learned of John Nixon, an 88-year-old former commando who attacked five robbers who were mugging a woman. He was stabbed in the hands and head after trying to disarm one of them. They fled afterwards, leaving empty handed. Nixon survived the encounter and recovered in hospital. standard.co.uk/news/crime…
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 1962, when Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall refused to integrate his team, President Kennedy forced his hand by refusing to allow the team to play in their then-new stadium, which was on Federal land. Marshall relented and became the last NFL owner to integrate. npr.org/2011/09/04/140066…
Al Capone, set up an empty storefront with a bookshelf, a broken piano and old tables & chairs to look like an antique store. With advice from a friend, Capone learned to carry himself with the air of a legitimate businessman. Capone printed cards that read: Second Hand Furniture Dealer. npr.org/2010/08/09/128872…
Today I learned about Hetty Green, the Witch of Wall Street. Know as "the greatest miser", she was said never to turn on the heat or use hot water, wore one dress and undergarments until they worn out, didn't wash her hands and ate fifteen cents pies. Her son lost his leg after she refused to pay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Het…
Today I learned about Hans Huber, a paper mill owner who refused to destroy the member records of the Nazi Party, hiding them instead to hand them over to the US after the war pro.magnumphotos.com/C.as…
Knights would work out in their armor and put weights on their swords to make themselves more effective in combat. One knight even climbed a 60-foot ladder in armor by hand, with no foot support. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about cross dominance where each hand is better at different activities. Ex: being a lefty when writing but preferring the right hand for throwing a ball etc. learningsuccesssystem.com…
Today I learned about the moon landing’s β€˜Human Computers’. Who were a group of women, who held math and science degrees, and were responsible for managing the moon landing’s incredibly complex calculations. They also did it real-time, by written hand, and were faster than any technology available before 1970. wehackthemoon.com/people/…
A gorilla carried a 3-year-old boy to safety after he fell into an enclosure at the Brookfield Zoo. The Gorilla, named Binti Jua, gently carried the child to a safe place to protect him from the other gorillas. The boy suffered a broken hand and cuts to his face. abcnews.go.com/US/gorilla…
In 1994, country music singer Alan Jackson was asked to use a pre-recorded version of his song 'Gone Country' when performing live at the award show. He protested by having his drummer perform with no drum sticks in his hand the whole performance tasteofcountry.com/alan-j…
Today I learned of Thor Heyerdahl who sailed from South America to Polynesia in a hand-built homemade raft to prove that ancient humans could've reached South America via Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Horses have blind spots on the front and back of their body. Keeping a hand on their body while walking around them decreases chances of kicking out of shock or fear. equisearch.com/articles/h…
For hand washing, regular soap is just as good as antibacterial soap fda.gov/consumers/consume…
Joseph Lister, the father of antiseptic medicine, had the idea that surgeons could prevent infecting their patients by washing and disinfecting their hands with carbolic acid before surgery. This idea earned him ridiculeβ€”until people started noticing that it did indeed help. britannica.com/biography/…
I learned that the British Museum may hold many artifacts from around the world and also refuses to hand over the artifacts they took it from. history.com/news/british-…
A 2 year study showed that washing hands 5 times daily reduced incidence of respiratory infections by 45%. ajpmonline.org/article/S0…
The Spanish singer-songwriter Julio Iglesias was a professional footballer signed with Real Madrid. When he was recovering from an accident that ended his career, a nurse gave him a guitar so that he could recover the dexterity of his hands. In learning to play, he discovered his musical talent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
There are only 23 words that date back 15,000 years and are considered the oldest known words in the English language. They are: thou, I, not, that, we, to give, who, this, what, man/male, ye, old, mother, to hear, hand, fire, to pull, black, to flow, bark, ashes, to spit, and worm. itworld.com/article/27099…
If you leave lime juice on your hands on a sunny day, your skin can get second degree burns and be discolored for YEARS. It's called "margarita dermatitis" because people often get it while making margaritas outside! delish.com/food-news/a282…
Ancient Romans used a single hand to show numbers smaller than 100 and another hand to show greater than 100. And using both hands they could count up to 10,000. imperiumromanum.edu.pl/en…
When deaf people with schizophrenia 'hear voices', they hallucinate hands communicating using sign language ucl.ac.uk/news/2007/jul/e…
Romans were known to create tombs for their dogs and gave them epitaphs to remember them by. One such inscription read, β€œI am in tears, while carrying you to your last resting place as much as I rejoiced when bringing you home with my own hands 15 years ago.” thedodo.com/9-touching-ep…
The hands of Winifred Atwell, one of the UK's most successful pianists of all time, were famously insured by Lloyd's of London for Β£40,000 with her policy stipulating that she was never to wash any dishes. She remains the only female instrumentalist to have a UK Singles Chart No.1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Today I learned of Mim, an eastern grey kangaroo raised by a family who hand-fed her. After they released her, Mim roamed wild for years; but when wildfires burned near the family's home in Kulnura, Australia, Mim turned up at their door seeking shelter. They let her stay indoors where she lounged on a blanket. theguardian.com/environme…
Today I learned of the Hand Angels, a Taiwanese NGO whose main service is giving hand jobs to the severely disabled. vice.com/en_uk/article/av…
Luxembourg's version of Superman is Superjhemp, who unlike the American version has a sizeable belly and draws his powers from eating cheese and drinking beer. He also flies around with his hands in his pockets, "because every real Luxembourger has his hands in his pockets". luxtimes.lu/culture-life/…
Some asexual people wear a black ring on the middle finger of their right hand to identify themselves to other asexuals. asexualityarchive.com/bla…
Larry Bird scored 20 points with his left (non-dominant) hand in a single game to "save his right for the Lakers." basketballnetwork.net/198…
Today I learned of Chara Nash, the woman who had her face, jaw and hands torn off by an out of control pet chimpanzee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
The US government created a raisin cartel that was run by raisin companies, which increased prices by limiting the supply, and forced farmers to hand over their crops without paying them. The cartel lasted 66 years until the Supreme Court broke it up in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Undercover FBI agent Joseph Pistone led to over 200 indictments and over 100 convictions of Mafia members. The man who introduced Pistone to the Mafia was murdered for having allowed an FBI agent to infiltrate the family; he was shot dead and his hands were cut off. wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph…
In Toy Story 4 instead of creating all of the individual cobwebs by hand, Pixer created AI spiders that were programmed to spin the webs wherever the cobwebs needed to be. kottke.org/19/09/pixars-a…
The Latin word for left hand is "sinister". This prejudice against left-handed people eventually made the word sinister mean evil and threatening. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bia…
Umarell is a term in Bologna that refers to men of retirement age who pass their time watching construction sites and offering unwanted advice, stereotypically with hands clasped behind their back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uma…
Vanilla comes from a flowering plant in the orchid family. It grows as a vine and flowers only bloom for one day. There is only a 1% chance of wild pollination so each flower must be hand pollinated. The fruits are 15–23 cm (6–9 in) long pods and are used to produce vanilla extract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
In 1974, after Congress threatened to withhold funding for states that didn't set a highway speed limit of 55, Montana complied by enacting a $5 fine for exceeding it. Some drivers kept wads of $5 bills ready to hand an officer when stopped. missoulian.com/news/state…
Bacteria are becoming more tolerant of hand sanitizers, but that regular hand washing with soap is a solution: β€œIt's the physical action of lifting and moving them off your skin, and letting them run down the drain” npr.org/sections/goatsand…
The "horned sign" is an ancient hand gesture meant to either ward off, or curse someone with, the "evil eye", or malocchio in Italian. Ronnie James Dio re-popularized the gesture as the "sign of the horns" when he joined Black Sabbath in 1979, having originally learned it from his grandmother. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
The Tragically Hip song, "Fifty Mission Cap" is credited with single handedly reviving the memory of Toronto Maple Leaf's Defenceman Bill Barilko and is so important to the team that they have a copy of hand written lyrics in the player's lounge and use the song at nearly every home game. cbc.ca/news/canada/toront…
When a 36-year-old Indian man who had been teased his entire life for looking pregnant got the condition checked out, the doctors ended up pulling out hair, hands, bones & limbs of the man’s twin brotherβ€”who had been trapped in his twin as a fetus & continued to grow post-birthβ€”from his stomach. abcnews.go.com/Health/man…
Today I learned of the Da Silva family from Brasilia, whose members have 6 *functional* digits in each hand. youtu.be/LlfPIKQmPok
During the 1956 Olympic torch relay, veterinary student Barry Larkin tricked onlookers by carrying a fake torch made of a chair leg, a pudding can, and flaming underpants. He managed to hand it over to the mayor of Sydney who gave a speech without realizing it was a hoax. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
The term "Hands Down" comes from the world of horse racing, where a jockey cruising to an easy victory would loosen the reigns and drop his hands, thus winning "Hands Down". mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned of the traditional belief that there existed a 'Vena Amoris' [Latin for 'vein of love'] - a vein that ran directly from the fourth finger of the left hand to the heart. This inaccurate belief was one of the reasons that many cultures adopted the custom of wearing wedding rings on this finger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
Apples do not reproduce true to type, meaning that the tree from the seed will produce apples that are almost certain to be different than the parent. Unless you pollinate the tree by hand, there is no way to know who the other parent is, considering bees could have used almost every other tree thespruce.com/can-you-gro…
In the 1952 polio epidemic in Denmark, mortality was over 85 per cent due to a shortage of respirators. Dr Bjorn Ibsen invented a new kind of ventilator, proved it worked and then recruited thousands of volunteers to hand-pump them for weeks (they were fully manual). Mortality fell to 26%. researchgate.net/publicat…
Charles Darwin once found two ground beetles and grabbed one in each hand before seeing a "sacred" crucifix beetle (Panagaeus cruxmajor). Afraid to lose it, he put one of the beetles he had between his teeth to grab the crucifix but the beetle spit acid down his throat and he lost them all. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The job title for marrying two halves of an expensive set of hand made scissors is a "Master putter togetherer" youtu.be/bK4AWtTV3h4
In arabic language, Sham means left hand side and Yemen means right hand side, hence the Arabic names of Syria and Yemen as they are on left and right of Saudi Arabia when you face east en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syr…
Only three people in the nation were qualified to hand-pack the parachutes for Apollo 15. Their expertise was so vital, they were not allowed to ride in the same car together for fear that a single auto accident could cripple the space program. history.com/news/moon-lan…
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…
On Prince's debut album, For You, he played every instrument on the album: 27 in all. Some notable mentions include, the electric guitar, clavinet, congas, waterdrums, electric piano, finger cymbals, hand claps and several other synthesizers. bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
Today I learned about the fate of Concubine Qi at the hands of Lu Zhu. Regarded as the most beautiful woman in China, 'she had Qi's limbs chopped off, eyes gouged out, ears sliced off, forced her to drink a potion that made her mute, and thrown into a latrine. She called Qi a "human swine". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Boxing legends Pacquiao, Marquez and Barrera took up business degrees. Marquez was an accountant before he became a legend while Barrera took up law. Pacman on the other hand took up business administration. cpacamp.com/famous-boxers…
Today I learned of Gergely Barki. In 2009 while watching Stuart Little with his daughter, he noticed a painting that had not been seen in public since 1928. After finding the painting and putting it in the right hands. It was auctioned off for $285,000 vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
Today I learned about GΓΆtz von Berlichingen, also known as GΓΆtz of the Iron Hand, who lost his right hand to cannon fire in 1504 and had it replaced with a mechanical iron prosthetic. GΓΆtz is remembered for his response to an enemy's order to surrender: β€œTell him he can kiss my ass." atlasobscura.com/articles…
"Noodling" as a means of catching catfish using bare hands as bait, is practiced primarily in the South. It requires fishermen to reach into submerged breeding holes in riverbanks in hopes that the catfish will swim forward and latch onto their hand or is large enough to be grabbed by the gills en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noo…
Lloyds of London is known for providing unusual insurance policies. Things insured by Lloyds of London include Keith Richards' fingers, Michael Flatley's legs for $47m, Keiran Lee's penis for $1m, and the hands of the 1932 world yo-yo champion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llo…
Today I learned that the sound of snapping fingers isn't generated from the friction between the middle finger and the thumb, it acctually comes from your middle finger hitting the palm of your hand at a high speed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
Today I learned about manual babbling. Deaf children or children born to deaf parents babble with their hands instead of vocalized babbling. Thus indicating that babbling is not nonsense, but instead an important part of language acquisition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
A traditional Sardinian cheese, casu marzu, is eaten with live maggots in it. The maggots break down the cheese’s fats, making it exceptionally soft. Each cheese has thousands of maggots in it. The larvae can launch up to 15 cm, so diners hold their hands above the cheese to prevent this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Engineers in Canada receive an Iron Ring to remind them to have humility and follow highest engineering standards. It is proudly worn on a pinky of working hand and is given in a non-public ritual authored by Rudyard Kipling en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
Humans are among a small hand full of species to menstruate including apes, monkeys, bats, and a type of shrew. Animals with an estrous cycle (they go into heat) can soak up the unused endometrium. youtu.be/cjbgZwgdY7Q
It's generally agreed that 10 power is the upper limit of hand-holdable binoculars. The higher the magnification, the greater the wobble. At some point, the wobble negates the increased resolution that magnification provides birdwatching.com/optics/m…
Today I learned about Dagen H day. On September 3, 1967 Sweden switched from driving on the left-hand side of the road to the right, causing a brief but monumental traffic jam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dag…
Two 16-yr-old Canadian snowboarders went missing near a B.C. ski resort. A helicopter found them with only a bit of frostnip to their hands ; they had managed to build a shelter and make a fire fueled in part by homework one of the teens had in his backpack. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
Forcing left-handed children to write with their right hands is not in any way innocuous or helpful- it is actually harmful to their developing brains and can result in dyslexia, stuttering and other learning or speech disorders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bia…
Today I learned about the Aleutian Islands campaign, or the "Forgotten Battle". Between disease, booby traps, a massive Banzai charge that ended in brutal hand to hand combat and a friendly fire incident instigated by a Canadian soldier, more than 5,800 died in the campaign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Sergei Rachmaninoff's famously massive hands may have come from Marfan's syndrome rachmaninoff.org/articles…
Lawn darts are also banned in the USA in 1988 as they sent 6,000 people (81% were 15 or younger) to the ER in eight years. In Canada, lawn darts resulted in at least 55 serious injuries, so they were banned for sale in July 1989. The sale of second-hand lawn darts is also illegal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
The Lascaux cave was discovered accidentally by 4 teenagers and their dog- the cave has 17,000 year old paintings, including extinct animals like the Aurochs, and hand prints. The French government had to make a replica (Lascaux II) since tourists causes mold to grow ancient.eu/Lascaux_Cave/
An Irish postman was able to deliver a letter with no written address, but had a hand-drawn map of the delivery area with β€œHere please” written on an arrow pointing to an illustration of a lighthouse. The letter had been sent by a blogger who regularly challenged the postal service. irishexaminer.com/ireland…
Three different artificial sweeteners (saccharin, cyclamate & aspartame) were discovered as the direct result of scientists with poor hand hygiene. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Jeff Bezos is building a 10,000 Year Clock inside a remote mountain in West Texas an icon for long-term thinking. It ticks once a year, the century hand advances once every 100 years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium, and will keep time for the next 10,000 years. 10000yearclock.net/learnm…
A study found that the "hand on knees" posture results in better heart rate recovery and a greater amount of air inhaled into the lungs with each breath than the "hands on head" posture. journals.lww.com/acsm-tj/…
The the only US unit that regularly trains to chase nuclear weapons that fall into the wrong hands is SEAL Team 6, one of the toughest units in US military. The Black Squadron snipers (~100 members) is the most exclusive group within Seal Team 6, and the only one to admit female operatives. thestate.com/news/local/m…
A Navy study showed that washing hands 5 times daily reduced incidence of respiratory infections by 45% over a two year period. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Ancient Sparta had two kings co-ruling the state, and most of the wealth was in the hand of a few heiresses due to its unconventional inheritance policy. ancient.eu/sparta/
People who have lost nerve function in their hands have either slight or no wrinkling when they are immersed in water (AKA bathing). I also learned that the outer layer of our skin is made up of dead keratin cells. loc.gov/everyday-mysterie…
Intermarche supermarkets in France offered a 70% discount on Nutella, bringing the price down from €4.50 to €1.40. This led to riots & violence in stores. One customer claimed 'They are like animals. A woman had her hair pulled, an elderly lady took a box on her head, another had a bloody hand.' bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
Engineers at IBM had to hand weave their memory 14KB in total for both control and redundancy of their flight computer in the SATURN V launch vehicle. Wire shaped inside the mesh represented a bit based on the magnetic field generated by the direction of current flowing through it. youtube.com/watch?v=dI-JW…
The common characteristics of Prader-Willi syndrome include small hands and feet, abnormal growth and body composition (small stature, very low lean body mass, and early-onset childhood obesity), hypotonia (weak muscles) at birth, insatiable hunger, extreme obesity, and intellectual disability fpwr.org/about-prader-wil…
People who were deaf from birth and suffer from hallucinations will, instead of hearing voices, see things such as disembodied lips or hands moving or signing at them. gizmodo.com/can-deaf-peop…
Emperor Nero had become so fond of a gladiator called Spiculus, that when he was overthrown in 68 AD, he wanted to die a swift death at the hands of him. But his aides could not get hold of Spiculus in time and Nero took his own life ancienthistorylists.com/r…
In 1942 the song "Deep in the Heart of Texas" was banned by BBC during working hours on the grounds that its infectious melody might cause wartime factory-hands to neglect their tools while they clapped in time with the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
Collecting toad sperm is easy; many release it in urine. Scoop 'em up and they urinate/ejaculate in fear. But what if they don't? According to Diane Barber of Fort Worth Zoo: "It's kind of weird, but if you hold them in your hand and look at them and bark at them like a dog, then they will pee". phys.org/news/2019-11-1st…
Truly ambidextrous people make up 1% of the world's population. However, left-handed people are able to use their right hand almost as well as their dominant left. rd.com/culture/facts-ambi…
Every sweater Mr Rogers wore on his show had been hand knitted by his mother, Nancy Rogers. She made him a new one every Christmas. She died in 1981. When they started wearing thin in the 1990s, replacements were found, but the source has been forgotten. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
There is a variation of rock paper scissors with 15 different hand combinations wrpsa.com/different-varia…
Today I learned about Matthew Buchinger who was born with no hands or feet and stood 29 inches tall. He became a remarkable artist, magician, calligrapher and was a marksman with a pistol. He was also married 4 times, and had 14 children by 8 different women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Caswell-Massey is America's oldest and still thriving company, founded 24 years before the United States itself. They specialize in hand creams and soap. caswellmassey.com/
Today I learned about the WW2 battle between the destroyer USS Borie and U-405, in which the two ships collided and became locked together. The crews had to resort to fighting at close range, with small arms and anything they could get their hands on. One German sailor was even killed by a thrown sheath knife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The distinctive look of the Curious George books is because, to save money, the artist hand-painted colour separations for a CMYK printing process. Hence the heavy use of primary colours and fringing on secondary ones. barbaralalicki.com/single…
Rob Thomas of Matchbox fame 20 had a rough upbringing and experimented with drugs. During one acid trip he decided to play with dry ice and his hands were burned so badly doctors initially thought they would require amputation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Deaf people suffering from schizophrenia still have auditory hallucinations. However, instead of hearing voices, they see hands signing at them mosaicscience.com/story/c…
A civilian who went on a fly-along aboard a French Air Force Rafale B fighter jet was accidentally ejected during flight. He survived with back injuries and the pilot managed to land the jet with minor injuries to his hands from broken canopy glass but the cause of the error is unknown. militarytimes.com/off-dut…

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