Today I learned of Mark Roberts, a man from England who has streaked at more than 565 international events. He has his own set of 'rules' for streaking: don't interrupt the play of a game, be prepared to spend an evening in jail, have a good lawyer on hand, and don't eat spicy food the night before a streak news.sky.com/story/ill-ne…
Friends Thomas Cook and Joseph Feeney shook hands in 1992, swearing if either one won the Powerball jackpot, they would split the winnings. Well the power of friendship and a handshake has paid off: 28 years later Tom won €22 million and split the winnings with his friend. powerball.com/winner-stor…
During the Korean War, American and Greek soldiers at Outpost Harry defended against multiple Chinese assaults of far greater numbers. At times being outnumbered 30:1, massive artillery bombardments and intense hand-to-hand fighting were daily occurrences. The Chinese failed to take the outpost. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out…
Meerkats are the most murderous animals on earth. 20% of all meerkats die at the hands of another meerkat. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The "hand on knees" posture resulted in superior heart rate recovery and greater tidal volume (the amount of air inhaled into the lungs with each breath) compared to the "hands on head" posture. stack.com/a/the-myth-of-r…
Madame Nhu, Catholic first lady of South Vietnam (sister-in-law of unmarried President Diem), publicly responded to monk Thich Quang Duc's self immolation with "Let them burn & we shall clap our hands," insulting many among the Buddhist majority. Her father, ambassador to the US, disowned her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
During WW2, Ernest Hemingway used his fishing boat named after his ex-wife (Pilar) to hunt German U-boats in the Caribbean armed only with Thomson machine guns and hand grenades. He was given unlimited gasoline by the US government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pil…
In 1928, the founder of Juilliard overheard an audition of someone improvising on a Rachmaninoff classic. Appalled, he went to confront the blasphemer, but found an 8yo Black girl (Hazel Scott), whose hands were too small to hit all the right keys. She was deemed a prodigy & accepted immediately theweek.com/articles/7933…
Tchaikovsky hated to conduct by his own admission. He became obsessed with the fear that his head was going to fall off while he conducted. In 1868, when Tchaikovsky conducted his own Dances of the Hay Maidens, he held his head in place with his left hand while he conducted with his right. thegreatcoursesdaily.com/…
The Roman Emperor Vespasian wanted to see the Dead Sea for himself. Once there, he ordered certain persons who were unable to swim to be flung into the deep water with their hands tied behind them. Naturally, they rose to the surface and and floated en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ves…
Thomas Midgley Jr, who helped invent leaded petrol, once poured the lead additive over his hands and inhaled its fumes to prove it was safe. He was later diagnosed with lead poisoning... for the second time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
The hand holding the rose for the "American Beauty" movie poster belongs to Christina Hendricks time.com/5659726/christin…
In order to hand draw all of the bubbles in The Little Mermaid, the manpower was outsourced to a China based firm, and the finished artwork of the bubbles was kept in a vault blocks away from the demonstration at Tiananmen Square in 1989. This almost delayed the production of the movie. screenrant.com/disney-pri…
Sleight of hand artist Apollo Robbins was so proficient that he once managed to pick the pockets of 2 secret service agents assigned to former president Jimmy Carter. He managed to steal the forner president's itinerary, the keys to his motorcade and the badges of the agents. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Noninvasive spinal stimulation enables paralyzed people to regain use of hands. A team of scientists reports that six people with severe spinal cord injuries β€” three of them completely paralyzed β€” have regained use of their hands and fingers newsroom.ucla.edu/release…
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…
Today I learned about Anna Ladd, an American artist who, while living in France following WW 1, created hand painted copper masks for disfigured soldiers. This allowed soldiers who were despondent to become more comfortable with their appearance. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Screws are "righty tightly, lefty loosey" because right handed people are more common and arm supination(forearm rotation outward) is stronger than pronation(inward) for right handed individuals. This way tightening bolts uses the most torque. This is why you're left hand can loosen easier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
Caesar salad was invented in Tijuana, Mexico, and contained whole lettuce leaves meant to be picked up and eaten with your hands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cae…
Larry Bird was once bored so he played against the Portland Trailblazers with his left hand; he finished the game with 47 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. nba.com/news/week-history…
Dax Cowart was injured in a propane gas explosion, burning his entire body except the soles of his feet, suffering hearing loss, and the loss of his hands and eyes. He went on to earn a law degree, advocating for patients right to die. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dax…
Nearly 60 y.o. combat instructors Bill Sykes and Dan Fairbairn would introduce themselves to spy trainees during WWII by descending a staircase into a ballroom. They would pretend to fall and roll down the stairs, but pop up at the bottom with a pistol in one hand and knife in the other. bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peop…
A significant portion of the computer science community once believed Douglas Engelbart was "a crackpot." But, then, on 12/9/1968, he demonstrated to critics and world most all the fundamental elements of modern computing. When finished, they described him as "dealing lightning with both hands." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Zach Galifianakis had a two-week trial run as a writer on β€œSNL” before being let go. He wrote a sketch with Will Ferrell being the bodyguard of Britney Spears’s belly button that bombed so bad in the writer’s room that Tina Fey put her hand on his shoulder to comfort him. phillyvoice.com/zach-gali…
In 2009 John Kane found a vulnerability in video poker machines that would allow him to cash out winning hands at a much higher bet amount than he actually wagered. Since it was determined that he was simply pressing buttons that he was allowed to press, he was able to keep the money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The inspiration behind Dylan’s β€œTambourine Man” was a violin prodigy until a firework accident destroyed his hand udiscovermusic.com/storie…
,"the Stopped Clock Illusion". Rapidly move your eyes away from a clock and back to it, and you will notice the second hand taking more time to move than expected. The brain filters the blurry images you see in-between while moving your eyes and replaces it with the image of first thing you see. sciencedirect.com/science…
The Danakil Desert, home of the hottest place on Earth, the Danakil Depression, has salt deposits 800m/2600ft thick that are mined by the Afar people by hand en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Today I learned about Dead Hand, a Russian "fail deadly" system against an enemy's nuclear decapitation strike. If the Russian leadership is wiped out, seismic and other sensors that detect nuclear explosions will allow crews to launch a retaliatory strike. defencexp.com/what-is-rus…
Today I learned about pharming parties. A media-invented term for hangouts where children abused prescription medication. Despite lacking accurate statistics, evidence, or first-hand sources, the term gained traction throughout the US with stories written by numerous publications. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pha…
When you move your eyes from one point to another point, there is a disconnect between your eyes and brain. This stretches your perception of time and can make you think time is standing still. This is why when you look at a clock, it appears to take more than a second for the hand to move. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Today I learned about a Korean CafΓ© that provides visitors dining amongst the illusion of entering a 2D reality. The design of the interior is done in such a fashion that the cafΓ© resembles hand drawn sketches regardless visitors’ points of reference. mymodernmet.com/cartoon-w…
When the Seinfeld finale originally aired on NBC, TV Land paid tribute by not programming any shows opposite it, instead showing an image of a closed office door with hand written notes that said, "We're TV Fans so... we're watching the last episode of Seinfeld. Will return at 10pm et, 7pm pt". screenrant.com/seinfeld-b…
In 1978, two punk bands, "the cramps" and "the mutants", were booked to play a live show at a mental institution in Napa, California. At onother point, the mutants played at a school for the deaf, with the kids holding balloons in their hand in order to "feel the music" vice.com/en/article/rkqq3…
A Chemistry Prof Accidentally Killed Herself by Allowing 2 Drops of Organic Mercury to Land on Her Gloved Hand popularmechanics.com/scie…
The reason that chewing gum rates are high in the Middle East is the presence of a cultural tradition where small merchants routinely hand out chewing gum in place of small change. westsidefamilydentistry.c…
We have left so much waste on the moon including robots, spacecraft parts, moon buggies and much more hardware. "The least charming are 96 bags for poo, urine and vomit that scientists, being scientists, are keen to get their hands on should the opportunity arise." theguardian.com/science/2…
Frank DiPascale, Bernie Madoff’s right-hand-man in his $60B+ ponzi scheme, plead guilty to 10 federal criminal charges, but was released on bail for nearly 5 years and died before ever being sentenced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
After touring with the Allman Brothers Band for an article, Cameron Crowe was summoned by a drunken Gregg Allman to hand over all his taped interviews. The next day Allman called his roadie asking why he had the tapes, which were returned to Crowe. theuncool.com/journalism/…
Tony Iommi, the guitarist for Black Sabbath, lost the tips of two fingers on his left (fret) hand at age 17. He created replacement fingertips with plastic and leather then strung his guitar with banjo strings so he could still play. patient-innovation.com/po…
Almost all shells open on the right-hand side, with the exception of a few snail species whose shells open on the left. If you find a shell that opens on the left (as long as it's from a normally right-hand species), you have a rare shell sometimes highly sought by collectors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas…
The British shelled the French Navy on purpose in WWII. The Attack on Mers-el-KΓ©bir on 3 July 1940 was part of a British plan to destroy French ships to prevent them falling into German hands after the Battle of France. The British killed 1,297 French servicemen and sank 6 French ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
The secret formula for WD-40 is stored in a bank vault and has only left it twice; once was on its 50th birthday when the CEO of WD-40 rode through Times Square on a horse with a suit of armor on and the formula in hand cnbc.com/2012/08/23/7-Sou…
The first stall in public restrooms is most likely to be the cleanest. According to studies, people tend to choose the middle one because of the β€œcentrality preference.” On the other hand, the first stall, which is the least used, is likely to be the cleanest. cleanlink.com/news/articl…
A universal hand gesture to ask for help was introduced in Canada and later in the United States in 2020. The signal is performed by holding your hand up with your thumb tucked into your palm, then folding your fingers down, symbolically trapping your thumb in your fingers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sig…
Today I learned about Alex Zanardi who in 2001 crashed his racing car which ripped off his legs. Two years later he had recovered enough to complete his remaining 13 laps with the help of prosthetics and hand controls. Zanardi overcame his injuries and resumed full time racing again in 2004. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
A Colombian woman was raised by Capuchin monkeys for 5 years after being abandoned in the jungle. She learned to scale trees, catch birds and rabbits with her bare hands, and lived as one of them until she was discovered by hunters. news.com.au/tablet/i-was-…
The first word that Helen Keller learned was water. Her tutor took Helen’s hand, poured water over it, and then spelled out W-A-T-E-R in Helen’s palm. Helen made the association between the writing in her palm and the water. After this breakthrough, Helen learned 30 more words that day. biography.com/activist/he…
It takes approximately 75000 flowers, which need to be plucked by hand, to make one pound of Saffron. This is why the spice is so expensive. britannica.com/story/why-…
Today I learned about The Roaring Lion, a famous photograph of Winston Churchill in which the photographer intentionally got Churchill to scowl by snatching his cigar right out of his hand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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