Today I learned about the Quadro Tracker, a metal antenna hinged to a hollow plastic handle bought by police in the 90s for $400-$8000/unit. The manufacturer claimed the antenna would swivel to point towards a sought object or person. The fraud was exposed in 1996 and the company executives acquitted in 1997. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
Car trunks got emergency release handles because a middle aged woman and her husband escaped being kidnapped and fought for it until it became a requirement atlasobscura.com/articles…
In 2007 a man in a wheelchair was hit by an 18 wheeler. The handles were ensnared within the grill of the truck and he was pushed at over 60 mph for several miles on the highway. Amazingly, he escaped without injury. thestar.com/news/2007/06/…
Eating polar bear liver can kill you, the human body can't handle the amount of vitamin A in their livers. adn.com/alaska-life/we-al…
Jan Demczur, a window washer who worked at the World Trade Center, used a squeegee handle to save himself as well as 5 other men trapped in an elevator during the 9/11 attacks. All six men managed to escape and run to safety just minutes before the second tower collapsed. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
One of the special effects in Highlander (1985) was achieved by strapping car batteries to the actors’ legs and wiring them up so they’d spark when a sword struck. Production would pause while filming these scenes after three takes because the sword handles would get too hot. theguardian.com/film/2016…
After a bite from the inland taipan, your muscles start to dissolve into your blood. A typical cause of death is then kidney failure because they can not handle processing all the dissolved muscle tissue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inl…
Six nylon American flags have been left on the Moon. They were purchased from a government catalogue and not designed to handle the harsh conditions of Space. Some flags are still standing. It is thought that the Apollo 11 flag fell over after they left the moon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
The USSS (Secret Service) has to handle threats against the President, and other High Value Individuals, in a careful manner regarding to a study that classified 3 out of 4 individuals who make threats to POTUS, are mentally ill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
Right handies are more common due to cerebral dominance (one part of the brain handles action and movement), and that this phenomenon is widespread in animals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat…
The Roman "Pilum" featured a barbed spear head, on a long, thin iron shaft, attached to a heavy wooden handle. The design used the attackers own momentum to pierce their shield, and render it useless, leaving them defenseless if they choose to keep attacking a Roman formation. youtube.com/watch?v=ZxY3C…
Sylvester Stallone commissioned Arkansas Knife Maker, Jimmy Lile, to create a knife for Rambo. Lile, instructed not to make a prop, responded with a blade that could "Cut through the fuselage of an aircraft" and a unique hollow handle to store survival necessities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Today I learned about Habitat 67, a high capacity, apartment style living space that was developed to try and handle some of the issues coming from rapid urban development at the time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hab…
The first videoconferencing device was made by AT&T in 1927 and was able to handle color by 1929 engadget.com/2014-09-07-l…
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…
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…
The sport that is now softball began as an indoor version of baseball in 1887 at a Chicago boat club, when, anxiously awating the results of a football game played between them, a Yale alumnus playfully threw a boxing glove at a Harvard supporter who hit with a broom handle athleticscholarships.net/…
The idea toilets drain differently in Northern and Southern Hemispheres derives from a MIT professor in 1962. The controversy became so large his obituary read, β€œDr. Ascher Shapiro wanted to get a handle on how fluids move whether they were swirling down the bathtub drain...or the human body". technologyreview.com/2012…
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…
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…
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 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…
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/
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Starbuck's door handles are more germ-laden than NYC subway poles vice.com/en_us/article/j5…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
A male seahorse, who handles the pregnancy, can give birth to upto 2000 seahorse babies api.nationalgeographic.co…
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…
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…
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…
If you eat a polar bear liver, you'll die. Humans can't handle that much vitamin A. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
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…
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…

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