The Space Shuttle never flew on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day before 2006 because its computers couldn’t handle a calendar year rollover. Instead, it was believed a date counting discrepancy between the shuttle clock and its backup would force a shutdown of all systems while in space. abcnews.go.com/Technology…
In Singapore it is common to get take away coffee (kopi) in a plastic bag (not dissimilar to a small shopping bag with handles), rather than a takeaway cup. expatliving.sg/local-coff…
An β€œugly stick” is a traditional Newfoundland musical instrument fashioned out of household and tool shed items, typically a mop handle with bottle caps, tin cans, small bells and other noise makers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugl…
Alan Shepherd, the first American to travel into space in 1961, later became the fifth and, at the age of 47, the oldest man to walk on the Moon in 1971. On the moon he used a Wilson six-iron head attached to a lunar sample scoop handle to play golf. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
The best age to start piano lessons is typically between the ages of 6 and 9-years-old. If the child has basic motor skills, can focus on a task for 30 minutes, then they should be able to handle taking lessons schoolofrock.com/resource…
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military plied its servicemen with speed, steroids, and painkillers to help them handle extended combat. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The NRS-2 is a Soviet era combination gun and knife. The barrel faces out the bottom of the handle and has an effective range of 25 meters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NRS…
The term β€œGreen Thumb” comes from the fact that algae growing on the outside of earthenware pots will stain a person's thumb (and fingers) if he or she handles enough pots. Hence, a person who is always working with flowerpots has a green thumb almanac.com/fact/can-you-…
John Denver's death was caused by his inability to switch fuel tanks during flight. The selector valve handle should have been located between the pilot's legs, but the builder put it behind the pilot's left shoulder. The fuel gauge was behind the pilot, not visible by him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned about 800 men, women and children, armed with ax handles, baseball bats, tire tools and golf clubs, stretched across a mile of the desolate prairie near Mud Lake and rounded up jackrabbits which they claim have done an estimated $5 million in crop damage. idahopress.com/news/state…
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/
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…
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…
The original reason why umbrella handles are curved is to make it easier for servants to hold the umbrella at an angle to shield their employer gentlemansgazette.com/umb…
The company formed by the Beatles to handle their wealth was mismanaged by them and exploited by their employees who purchased drugs and alcohol, lunched at expensive restaurants, and made regularly international calls, and lent money to people never to be seen again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
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…
The phrase "the buck stops here" originates from the game of poker during the American Frontier. A marker, such as a knife with a buckhorn handle, would signify the dealer for each round. If they refused the responsibility, they could pass the "buck" to the next player. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buc…
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…
Starbuck's door handles are more germ-laden than NYC subway poles vice.com/en_us/article/j5…
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…
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…
A male seahorse, who handles the pregnancy, can give birth to upto 2000 seahorse babies api.nationalgeographic.co…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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