Kalpana Chawla, one of the astronauts killed in the Columbia tragedy, knew Steve Morse of Deep Purple and had even taken the band’s β€œMachine Head” album to space with her on the mission. Morse wrote a song called β€œContact Lost” as a tribute to her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kal…
In 1918 the federal government tried to find the geographical center of the United States by balancing a US-shaped cardboard cutout on the head of a pin. They were accurate to within 20 miles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Woodworkers or machinists who align all their screw heads call it "clocking" popularwoodworking.com/wo…
Today I learned of Henry de Bohun, a brave knight who thought he could kill Robert the Bruce on the open field because the King of Scots was armed only with an axe. Robert regretted the incident because he broke his favorite axe splitting Henry's head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
A fault with the automation system on Australian Qantas Flight 72 (2008) caused the jet to violently pitch down so steeply, several passengers were thrown up from their seats and their heads smashed through ceiling panels. Some sustained long term permanent head, back, bone, and joint injuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qan…
George Washington never wore a wig. He was a natural red head and powdered it white to look more fashionable. mountvernon.org/george-wa…
When giraffes are born, they fall six feet on their head, but it's the fall that gets them to start breathing animalplanet.com/tv-shows…
Thomas Selfridge was the first person to be killed in an airplane crash in 1908. The propeller shattered in mid-flight and the plane nose-dived into the ground. Selfridge hit his head on the framework and died from a skull fracture. The pilot was Orville Wright. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
While making Moana, Disney producers visited the South Pacific and assembled an "Oceanic Story Trust" comprised of local cultural experts to advise on accuracy of details. Maui was originally bald but he was redrawn with a full head of hair as hair symbolized mana (power) in Polynesian culture. screenrant.com/moana-poly…
Harriet Tubman suffered a violent head injury as a child causing her to frequently slip into into sleep like states. These would produce vivid dreamlike hallucinations that Tubman interpreted as messages from god, to devote her life to freeing southern slaves through the Underground Railroad. folks.pillpack.com/brain-…
Guatemala had a 36+ year long civil war during which the government committed mass genocide against the Maya. The military chief became the first person to be convicted of ordering forced disappearances and the president the first former head of state to be tried for genocide by his own country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
During renovation works to the Statue of Liberty before centennial celebrations in 1986, engineers found numerous defects when it was originally designed and constructed. These include the head being two metres off centre, and the right arm not being properly attached. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
While responding to a fire in Brooklyn, a firefighter was hit in the head by an air conditioner that fell from a two story window. He was knocked unconscious, but was saved by his helmet which was split in half by the AC unit. abc7.com/firefighter-hit-…
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…
Today I learned about a Houston resident physician who was decapitated in a terrible elevator accident in which his head was stuck inside the elevator with several horrified individuals un someone was able to come and free them. snopes.com/fact-check/hou…
Ken Eto, the first American-Asian leader in the mafia, was shot 3 times in the head at close range. After the hitmen ran, he climbed out of the car, walked a few blocks over to the nearest pharmacy and politely asked for medical attention. He lived to 84. ojp.gov/pdffiles1/Digitiz…
There is a shrine located in Kyoto, Japan dedicated to the 38,000 severed noses of Korean troops and civilians. Japanese warriors would traditionally bring back body parts of enemies as proof of their deeds. A total of 214,752 heads were brought back after the second invasion of Korea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mim…
Baby owls sleep down on their stomach because their heads are too heavy. They do that until they are large enough to sleep upright. mymodernmet.com/baby-owls…
Montreal Expos player Tim Raines had such a bad cocaine habit in 1982, that he would slide head first running the bases, in order to not break the cocaine vials he had in his back pocket. sportscasting.com/mlb-gre…
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/…
In 1982 a line drive foul ball hit a 4 year old boy in the head. Red Sox player Jim Rice scooped up the boy and laid him on the dugout floor so the Red Sox medical team could treat him. When the boy arrived at the hospital 30 minutes later doctors said that Jim's actions saved the boy's life. nola.com/sports/article_f…
Ethel Rosenberg's execution did not go smoothly. After she was given three electric shocks, attendants removed the strapping only to have doctors determine that Ethel's heart was still beating. Two more electric shocks were applied, eyewitnesses reported that smoke rose from her head theguardian.com/world/195…
In 882 Louis III of France mounted his horse in pursuit of a girl who was running to seek refuge in her father's house. He then rode through a low door, hit his head on the lintel and fractured his skull. He died childless. He is one of two French kings to die from hitting a door lintel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Today I learned about Ray Chapman: the only player to die from injury during a MLB game. It was allowed at the time to do anything to the ball from using saliva to dirt, making the ball hard to see. Chapman is believed to not have seen the ball at all which struck him in the head and killed him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
A common carnival baseball toss involved throwing hardballs at the head of a young black man, often resulting in serious injury or death. ferris.edu/HTMLS/news/jim…
The Talking Heads only had ONE top 10 hit: Burning Down the House. Once in a Lifetime didn’t even make the top 100. ultimateclassicrock.com/t…
Crocodiles Balance Twigs on Their Heads to Lure Nest-Building Birds smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Your car headrest, when properly positioned, plays an important role in protecting your head and neck when in an accident and can help prevent injuries like whiplash cars.com/articles/how-to-…
That, after hearing Leonard Cohen's album including "Hallelujah," the head of CBS Records said it wasn't good enough for a U.S. release. Years later, accepting an award, Cohen thanked his record company by saying, β€œI have always been touched by the modesty of their interest in my work.” newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Madame Tussaud (of the famous wax museums) got her start casting guillotined heads during the French Revolution. theguardian.com/books/201…
The first recorded instance of a person being killed in a motor vehicle collision in the US was in 1899. Henry Hale Bliss, a real estate dealer, was stepping out of a trolley car in NYC when an electric-powered taxicab struck him. Bliss hit the pavement crushing his head and chest and soon died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
An Earworm is a catchy song which gets stuck in your head. Research shows that moderately difficult tasks (like anagrams and sudoku) and chewing gum can help alleviate the problem. Pop culture remedies include listening to God Save the Queen' or 'Happy Birthday'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
The famous Madame Tussaud started out in Paris during the French Revolution. Marie Tussaud used to make 'death masks' of famous people who's heads had been chopped by the Guillotine. She went on tour to Britain for 30 years with her collection before setting up her waxworks in London. britannica.com/biography/…
Popcorn was integral to early 16th century Aztec ceremonies. Young women would dance a popcorn dance, with popcorn garlands as thick as tassels of maize placed on their heads; and popcorn was used as a decoration for ceremonial headdresses, necklaces, and ornaments on statues of Aztec gods en.hopipopi.cz/about-popc…
Today I learned about Anpanman, the titular hero of a Japanese children’s book with a red bean pastry for a head. The Anpanman franchise is estimated to be worth $44.9 billion, more than the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Grand Theft Auto combined. features.japantimes.co.jp…
President Kennedy was prescribed a rocking chair for back pain. He found one he liked so much he bought 14 copies for the Oval Office, Camp David, Air Force One, and homes of his family. He also gifted them to heads of state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
The Niger River, Africa's third longest, begins only 150 miles from the Atlantic ocean, but heads inland and curves south creating a boomerang shape. 2,600 miles later, it reaches the Atlantic ocean in Nigeria. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
Chinook would flatten their heads as babies with a board lewis-clark.org/article/1…
If you were a head of household who was living in Texas on March 2nd, 1836, you got given, for free, 4,605 acres of land. Some restrictions apply. glo.texas.gov/history/arc…
Today I learned of the Falcon Sex Hat, a hat that allows a falcon to have sex with a breeders head to collect the semen. earthtouchnews.com/wtf/wt…
In car vs. SUV head-on crashes you're 7.6 times more likely to die if you're driving the car. consumerreports.org/cro/n…
Abraham Lincoln's youngest son's nickname was Tad because of his large head and he was "as wiggly as a tadpole." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tad…
Human skin is overlaid with Blaschko’s Lines, a pattern of stripes covering the body from head to toe, invisible unless under UV light or if certain skin conditions manifest them mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Idi Amin, dictator and commonly known as the "Butcher of Uganda", reportedly boasted that he kept the decapitated heads of political enemies in his freezer, although he said that human flesh was generally "too salty" for his taste. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idi…
Camel and goat eyes are ovals to better control light input and are horizontal for a 'panoramic view' that blocks light from above and below. Cats and predators are vertical slits for judging distance without moving the head. Cats eyes alone have ~9x more control over light than humans. theconversation.com/revea…
Baseball legend Ted Williams really did have his head removed from his body and cryogenically frozen in the hope of being reanimated in the future. A whistle blower employee says the head was damaged and abused, the cryogenics company denies the allegations. azcentral.com/story/news/…
Diogo Alves committed the famous β€œAqueduct Murders” 1836-1840 and was the penultimate person to be hanged in Portugal. Scientists wanted to study the brain of a serial killer and so preserved his head in a glass vessel. It is still viewed today in the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Medicine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dio…
Russian President Boris Yeltsin once got so drunk at a state dinner that he drummed on Kyrgyzstan President Askar Akayev's bald head, using dinner spoons. reuters.com/article/us-ru…
The Headless Sea Slug's Decapitated Head Crawls Around Before Regrowing a Body smithsonianmag.com/smart-…

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