The 1854 Broad Street cholera outbreak was ended when they discovered the source was a single water pump and simply removed the handle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/185…
Diners started using orange handle coffee pots for decaf because the colour orange was associated with the orange coloured label on Sanka, a once popular brand of instant decaf coffee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
A bumblebee will stick up a middle leg if it’s annoyed by your presence, which means β€œback off!”. Otherwise they are docile to the point that you could usually handle one without negative consequence. bumblebee.org/
Today I learned about Ferret-legging: a sport originating in England in which contestants put live ferrets down their pants, while not wearing underwear. The contestant that can handle the ferret’s sharp teeth on their groin the longest, wins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Today I learned about "the Beast", the US president's armored limo. It has a number of features to protect the president, including 8-inch doors, 5-inch bulletproof glass, Kevlar run-flat tires, fully-sealed pressured interior, and electrifying car door handles. It cost roughly US$1–1.5 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Today I learned of Bear, a "koala detection dog". Wearing special boots to protect his paws from scorched ground, Bear sniffs out koala survivors of Australian bushfires. His previous owners couldn't handle him as he chewed furniture & walls out of boredom, but his need to work made him an ideal detection dog. 9news.com.au/national/que…
A 1989 Pink Floyd concert in Venice drew a crowd beyond what the city could handle. Fans relieved themselves on monuments and left behind 300 tons of garbage. Days later the mayor and council members stepped down as protesters shouted β€œresign, resign, you’ve turned Venice into a toilet." ultimateclassicrock.com/p…
As the largest postal service in the world, the US Postal Service handles approximately 48% of the world's mail volume each year. In 2019 alone, total mail volume delivered by USPS was 142.6 billion. facts.usps.com/size-and-s…
John Snow, who found the cause of cholera during the height of an epidemic, proved his findings by halting an entire outbreak through one action- removing the infected water pump handle. bbc.co.uk/history/histori…
Starbuck's door handles are more germ-laden than NYC subway poles vice.com/en_us/article/j5…
In WWII British tanks, one man's job was to handle the radio, hull machine gun, and brewing tea whenever there was an opportunity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
When Curly (Jerry Howard) auditioned for the Three Stooges, he had long ginger hair and a handle bar mustache. He shaved his head to get the part. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Those tiny maple syrup bottle handles are an example of a "skeuomorph". A retained but no longer functional stylistic feature. thekitchn.com/why-do-mapl…
One of the hardest parts of SAS selection is that unlike other areas of the military where you're ordered to do something, here you're simply asked politely, to prove your self-motivation - which most potential recruits can't handle themalestrom.com/intervie…
Hanno of Carthage, the first explorer who wrote about Gorillas describes them as hairy, savage humans. His crew managed to capture 3 females alive but killed them and took their pelts, after they were deemed too dangerous to handle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Today I learned about an associate professor of law at Southwestern Law School, named Caleb Mason who teaches individuals about 4th Amendment Rights. He in 2012 wrote a law commentary piece to Jay-Z's song "99 Problems" to inform individuals about how to handle searches and seizures in a lawful manner. huffpost.com/entry/99-pro…
Final Fantasy VII was originally planned for the Nintendo 64, but its cartridge-based system couldn't handle what they wanted the game to do and Nintendo refused to listen to Square Enix' advice of using CD-ROMs, so they jumped ship to the then in development Sony Playstation gonintendo.com/stories/28…
Slow lorises are the only primates that are venomous since they secret toxins in the crook of their inner arms which can cause life-threatening swelling in humans who handle them improperly. popsci.com/article/scienc…
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%…
If you eat a polar bear liver, you'll die. Humans can't handle that much vitamin A. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
The first electric guitar was mass produced by Rickenbacker Electro Guitars and was created by artist George Beauchamp in 1931. It was nicknamed β€œThe Frying Pan” due to its elongated neck (the handle) and circular, flat shaped body. truefire.com/blog/inspira…
Chuck Yeager broke two of his ribs two nights before a test flight. Worried an injury would have him removed, he told almost no one and snuck a broom handle into the plane to help him seal the hatch. He then proceeded to become the first human being to break the sound barrier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
The title "Handle with Care" by the Traveling Wilburys was taken from a sticker on the side of a cardboard box in the studio while they were writing the song. youtu.be/GEO-chM5h48?t=24…
The only reason we’ve had to teach sign language to chimps instead of trying to teach them how to speak is because their brains literally can’t handle it. sapiens.org/language/prim…
The door of 10 Downing Street, residence of the UK Prime Minister, cannot be opened from the outside as it has no handle. telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle…
When the Beatles went to an Indian transcendental meditation retreat together, the Beatles were in the early stages of the disputes that would ultimately break up the band. However, Ringo Starr had to leave two days after arriving because his stomach couldn't handle Indian food. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
While crossing the street, Ben Carpenter's wheelchair was hit by the front of a semi, getting the handles lodged into its grill, then proceeding to take the man on a wild 50 mph highway ride. nbcnews.com/id/19088976/n…
The notion of a β€œtongue map” for different tastes is a myth. Scientists have found that specialist brain cells handle different tastes. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
In order to turn your bicycle left or right, you must first quickly turn the handle bars in the opposite direction in an action called 'countersteering'. You do this subconsciously every time your turn your bicycle. exploratorium.edu/cycling…
Saturn appears as an oval shape viewing it through most regular binoculars. When Galileo observed this, he likened them to handles. It is very rare to see any space between the rings and the planet bestbinocularsreviews.com…
Trinitite is a mineral produced by the first ever nuclear detonation (the "Trinity" test). It is a pale green glassy material resulting from the atomic blast melting the desert sand. It is mildly radioactive but still safe to handle and was originally marketed for use in jewellery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
In order to be qualified to pilot supertankers and other large vessels, pilot boat captains train on to scale versions that handle like their larger counterparts youtube.com/watch?v=M5cyq…
Murder rates in Miami, Florida were so high during the 1970s and 1980s that the Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office had to rent a refrigerated trailer from Burger King to handle the overflow of corpses oxygen.com/blogs/in-1980s…
Children write letters backwards because letters are one of the very few things that aren't the same at any orientation. IE: a coffee mug is a coffee mug no matter which way the handle points but a p is a q when backwards. blog.ed.ted.com/2018/05/1…
Charles J. Guiteau, the assassin of former U.S. President James A. Garfield, specifically chose to use a revolver with an ivory handle because he wanted it to look good as a museum exhibit after the assassination. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
If any crimes occur at the McMurdo station in Antarctica, the US attorney in the district of Hawaii handles the case asd.gsfc.nasa.gov/archive…
Using horizontal push bars instead of regular door knobs/handles is too prevent a crowd from smashing into a door and preventing its ability to open. Apparently it's called panic hardware us.allegion.com/content/d…
Two y/o Karlee Kosolofski was found dead, frozen to her porch in 1994. She had followed her dad out of the house on a -22Β°C morning and couldn't reach the handle to get back in. Over five hours later, she was found and amazingly revived with only the lower part of her leg needing amputation. cbc.ca/news/canada/saskat…
The origin of the phrase 'fly off the handle' originated in the USA in the 1800s when loosely fitted axe-handles would fly off while cutting a tree and impale someone or break something. writingexplained.org/idio…
Most paper receipts are coated in BPA, can enter the human bloodstream within minutes. This is especially problematic given that people often handle receipts right before eating or handling food. saferchemicals.org/2018/0…
In 2015 a paper bag company in Bristol, UK, made a paper bag 22.5 meters long, 15.4 meters wide, and 3.36 meters deep. The bag was an accurate scale replica of a normal-sized paper bag, complete with twine handles. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The shopping cart at your grocery store has more germs and bacteria on the handle than what you will find in the public restroom. A study of 85 random shopping carts conducted by Dr. Charles P. Gerba found that 50 percent carried E. coli, while 72 percent contained coliform bacteria. foxnews.com/lifestyle/how…
Margot Robbie initially thought the script for I, Tonya was fiction. She wasn't aware of Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan or anything to do with the knee-bashing incident. Since there was no one who could match Tonya's skating technique they had to handle it with visual effects vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
Christopher Boyce, a college drop out who despised the CIA was given high level security clearance to handle top secret CIA wires. He then sold these top level secrets to the Soviet Union through its embassy in Mexico City. The story was a top selling book and movie "The Falcon and the Snowman" wikispooks.com/wiki/Chris…
Dunkin donuts donuts used to have a handle on them to dunk the donuts brandeating.com/2016/08/d…
The Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace handle public nuisances not by ignoring them as seen in movies, but by shouting and pointing their loaded rifles at them. changing-guard.com/changi…
In England it is illegal to handle salmon in suspicious circumstances en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
The IKEA HQ in Delft, Netherlands had to stop offering their €1,- breakfast during the weekends because the highways couldn't handle the traffic it attracted. nltimes.nl/2014/01/24/tra…
Poorly designed doors (doors that aren't obvious if you push, pull, turn a handle, etc to open) are called "Norman Doors" and are named after Don Norman who writes about how it should be obvious as to how everyday items function ucreative.com/articles/pu…
One computer system handles over 7% (about $11 trillion) of the worlds financial assets. youtube.com/watch?v=-fny9…
Today I learned of the island of Niue, 1500 miles NE of New Zealand. It is self-governing but has 'free association' with New Zealand, which handles most of Niue's diplomacy. It is not a UN member, holds elections every 3 years, and in 2003 was the first country to provide state-funded wifi to all residents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niu…
Cornell Tech has built the world's tallest 'passive house' in NYC on Roosevelt Island. It is designed to reduce energy consumption up to 60% and handles thermal regulation with color changing paint, building 'gills', and an insulating facade. fieldcondition.com/blog/2…
The world's littlest skyscraper was built in a scam to help a small town handle an oil boom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
Astronauts still have to file their taxes on April 15 every year -- even if they're floating in outer space. Some astronauts "file an extension pre-flight, or their spouse handles filing the taxes" money.cnn.com/2014/12/07/…
According to Norse mythology, Thor's hammer MjΓΆlnir was originally intended to be wielded with both hands. Its characteristically short handle is due to a manufacturing defect caused by Loki who harrased the dwarven brothers Sindri and Brokkr while they were forging the weapon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%…
The NYPD's Major Case Squad handles only kidnappings and property crimes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
If you are right handed, you should shoot a hockey puck with a left handed stick. This is because the dominant hand should be at the top of the stick in order to handle the puck easier. hockeygiant.com/support/s…
Scientists have discovered why some people can thrive on less sleep than others. A particular gene variant is responsible, and those with it can also handle extended periods of sleeplessness better. yahoo.com/news/scientists…
William Howard Taft, the 27th president of the United States, once said that perhaps the best way to handle former Presidents was to chloroform and ceremonially cremate them when they left office, in order to β€œfix their place in history and enable the public to pass on to new men” americanheritage.com/cont…
The windshield of the SR-71 Blackbird can reach a temperature of over 600Β°F during flights at mach 3. It had to be made of quartz and was ultrasonically fused to the titanium hull in order to handle the stress. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loc…
The standard sex symbols are pictograms. The male symbol is meant to represent a spear and shield, whereas the female symbol represents a bronze mirror with a handle jstor.org/stable/1217734?…
The original "Dunkin' Donut" from Dunkin' Donuts had an actual pastry handle for dipping into coffee. It was discontinued in 2003 because it had to be cut by hand. brandeating.com/2016/08/d…
Enzo Ferrari told a man "you may be able to drive a tractor but you will never be able to handle a Ferrari Properly" the man was so pissed he vowed to create the perfect car, his name, Ferruccio Lamborghini. 400gt.com/articles/compar…
James Earl Jones once used the handle β€œDarth Vader” while travelling across the country and spoke, in character, to truck drivers on the CB radio. Apparently, the drivers would really freak out so he stopped doing it. nytimes.com/2014/01/19/ma…
There is a British run Post Office in Port Lockroy, Antarctica that handles 80 000 postcards and letters each season telegraph.co.uk/news/2017…
There's a script for how Seinfeld would handle 9/11 theguardian.com/tv-and-ra…
Some pillows have a fabric β€œhandle” to make them easier to pull out of a pillowcase. macys.com/shop/product/ca…
When the Queen of England dies, Operation London Bridge will commence. It is an originally secret protocol meant to handle the news and organize the country's 12-day mourn. Several news channel rehearse this even every year, replacing her name with "Mrs. Robinson". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Mount Vesuvius erupted during WWII, and the US Military had to handle the evacuation. earthmagazine.org/article…
Tom Hanks agreed to play Mario in the the 'now infamous' live action movie "Super Mario Bros". However, studio executives turned him down because they were worried he couldn't handle the film's more dramatic elements. (Clip starts at 4:26) youtube.com/watch?v=Ve26G…
Maple syrup bottles have little handles on them because they originally came in 5lb containers that needed handles to hold, so when shrinking the bottle the handle was kept on because people associated the handle with that product. thekitchn.com/why-do-mapl…
Rolls Royce offers a course called "White Glove Experience" to teach chauffeur's how to, among other things, minimize fingerprints on door handles and brake the car without kickback. blog.caranddriver.com/smo…
Lightning is static electricity on a larger scale. In order to equalize the charge of the atoms in storm clouds, electrons occasionally jump to the neutrally charged ground in a lightening bolt - just as they might jump from our staticky hands to a door handle or unsuspecting friend. explainthatstuff.com/how-…
The US Postal Service handles 47% of the entire world's mail about.usps.com/who-we-are…
I learned that the son of a high ranking DPRK diplomat who recently defected was an avid CounterStrike player and had the handle "North Korea is Best Korea" reuters.com/article/us-no…
Lamborghini started as a tractor company. In the early 1960's, its founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini, unimpressed with sports cars of the time, set out to build his own. He was also told, "You may be able to drive a tractor, but you will never be able to handle a Ferrari," by Enzo Ferrari. youtube.com/watch?v=T5p4s…
Dead Kennedys front man Jello Biafra ran for mayor of San Francisco; his platform included holding auctions for city government positions, setting up a board of bribery to handle liquor licenses and building codes, and forcing businessmen to wear clown suits. He placed 4th among 10 candidates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jel…
When an F18 is catapulted from its carrier, the pilot doesn't actually take the controls. The acceleration is so brisk that the pilot would pitch down thinking that the nose was to high and crash into the ocean. They instead just hold handle they call the "towel rail" youtu.be/f3irhyNzKXA
The association between Jewish people and money stems from 15th Century Europe. Only they could lend money as the Protestant Church prohibited usury; the king even needed "Court Jews" to handle the finances of the kingdom. thejewniverse.com/2016/wh…
In a study by Kimberly-Clark, Gas pump handles are the filthiest surface that Americans encounter on the way to work reuters.com/article/us-us…
It was Christopher Lee's lifelong dream to play Gandalf. He auditioned for the role but was given the part of Saruman instead, because they thought he was too old to handle the fighting scenes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
In Britain it is illegal to handle a salmon in suspicious circumstances mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news…
Baby koala's find eucalyptus leaves too toxic while they're growing so they feast on their mother's poop until they can handle the leaves pickle.nine.com.au/2015/0…
Thor's hammer was intended to have a much longer handle and be wielded two-handed. While it was being forged, Loki interrupted the dwarf manning the bellows, resulting in the hammer's defect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%…
Charles Guiteau, the assassin of President James A. Garfield, chose a .442 caliber British Bulldog revolver with an ivory handle because he thought it would look good in a museum exhibit after the assassination. The revolver has since been lost and its whereabouts are unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
In December, 2015, U-Haul was used by UPS to help temporarily expand UPS's fleet to handle a surge due to Christmas and other holiday volume en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U-H…
There are actual differences between cups (lighter, thinner, 6oz, always has a saucer and handle) and a mug (thicker, 8+oz, handle optional) mugs.coffee/coffee-mug-kn…
The Space Shuttle never flew on new year's day or eve because its computers couldn't handle a year rollover. newscientist.com/article/…
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had to remember not to close the door on the Eagle Lunar Lander, because it had no outside door handle. popsci.com/military-aviat…
The small diamond pattern etched into flashlights, tool handles, barbells, etc. is called "knurling" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knu…
Companies in America will outsource call center duties to prisons. The prisoners make $0.92 per hour to handle calls. cio.com/article/595304/Pr…
Thor's hammer was intended to have a much longer handle and be wielded two-handed. While it was being forged, Loki interrupted the dwarf manning the bellows, resulting in the hammer's defect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%…
In South Korea a lot of the toilets "can't handle" flushing toilet paper so they place a garbage can next to the toilet for you to place your used toilet paper. seoulistic.com/korean-cul…
The phrase 'God never gives you more than you can handle' never appears in the bible and actually the opposite is said multiple times aumethodists.org/worship/…
Young children biologically have a higher tolerance for sugar and there's virtually no limit on how much sugar they can handle npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Mario gaming series creator Shigeru Miyamoto & team had wanted Mario to ride a dinosaur since just after the completion of the very first Super Mario Bros. game. It took 6yrs. before Technology could handle the release of Yoshi in Super Mario World. wii.ign.com/articles/109/…
Today I learned of S.M. "The woman with no fear". Scientists tested her by having her handle snakes and spiders, watch scary movies, and go through a haunted house. Like the haunted houses with people that jump out and scare you. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M…
The phrase "balls to the wall" comes from aviation; ball-shaped handles controlled the throttle and fuel, and putting these handles closer to the wall resulted in the fastest possible speed wordorigins.org/index.php…
It's illegal in the U.K. to handle salmon 'suspiciously' legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/…
Wrinkled skin after water immersion is caused by the nervous system triggering a narrowing of blood vessels. The process was thought to be an evolutionary adaptation to help handle slippery objects, but a 2014 study did not find a difference in grip between wrinkly and non-wrinkly fingers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…

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