Marlon Brando was once sued for $40,000 for punching a paparazzi photographer in the face, breaking his jaw and knocking out five of his teeth. Undaunted, the same photographer later tried to photograph Brando again, but wore a football helmet to protect himself. bbc.com/culture/article/2…
Sea urchins will pick up objects and wear them as hats...and one aquarium enthusiast decided to 3D-print mini cowboy hats and viking helmets to accommodate them. newsweek.com/sea-urchin-h…
F1 driver Kimi "Iceman" RΓ€ikkΓΆnen once had his car break down during the Monaco Grand Prix. After this, live TV showed him walking along the sidewalks with helmet still on, straight to the harbour, where he climbed aboard his yacht. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim…
Vikings never wore horned helmets. The notion that the Vikings wore horned helmets actually comes from a costume designer for the 1876 performance of Wagner's classic Norse saga, Der Ring des Nibelungen vox.com/2016/4/29/1152656…
The cost of the U.S. Air Force's F-35 helmet is US$400,000 eandt.theiet.org/content/…
When Lawrence of Arabia was killed in a motorcycle accident in May 1935, his doctor, Hugh Cairns, realized that his life might have been saved had Lawrence been wearing a helmet. Cairns introduced crash helmets for military dispatch riders, thereby reducing fatalities by 50%. rcseng.ac.uk/library-and-…
Today I learned of Bathykorus bouilloni, commonly referred to as the Darth Vader jellyfish. These transparent deep-sea jellies are found in the Arctic Ocean at depths below 1,000m (3,300ft). They got their unique nickname due to their body shape closely resembling that of Darth Vader's famous helmet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 2011, a New York man died on his motorcycle while participating in a protest against the law for mandatory helmets. The police say he would likely have survived had he worn a helmet. abcnews.go.com/US/york-ri…
The West Virginia football helmets have β€œCountry Roads” on the back uniswag.com/blog/wvu-helm…
The hairstyle β€œchonmage” or β€œtop knot” of the Japanese in the Edo era was a means to hold samurai helmets in place. In 1876 it was banned along with other references to the samurai class. samurai-world.com/chonmag…
NASA Apollo Helmets had a food port to pass liquids through, though it's thought it was never used in practice hq.nasa.gov/alsj/alsj-Dri…
One regional police force in the UK once had helmets made from straw bbc.co.uk/ahistoryofthewo…
Canadian James Naismith best know for inventing Basketball is also credited with inventing the first Football helmet antiquefootball.com/who_i…
In 2011, near Syracuse, N.Y., a man riding bareheaded in an anti-helmet law rally lost control of his cycle, went over his handlebars, hit his head on the pavement and died. A state troopers said he motorcyclist likely would have survived the accident if he'd been wearing a helmet. cbc.ca/news/world/motorcy…
The reason allied forces had nets on their helmets during WW2 was to reduce the helmets β€˜shine’ and it would also allow soldiers to place bits of foliage to increase their camouflage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_…
Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, had helmets designed after Darth Vader's helmet for his Fedayeen corps, a military unit designated to protect the Ba'athist regime and Hussein himself. youtube.com/watch?v=DIFSd…
After the NHL mandated helmets for all players entering the league in 1979, the rule’s grandfather clause allowed Craig MacTavish to continue to play without one until his retirement in 1997. nhl.com/video/mactavish-h…
Only 19 states including D.C. in the U.S. have universal motorcycle helmet laws that require all riders to wear helmets. Illinois and Iowa have no state law on the books while all other states anyone over the age of 17 to 20 depending on the state is not required to wear a helmet while riding. valuepenguin.com/motorcyc…
Today I learned of Louis de Bourbon, Count of Soissons who after betraying Louis XIII and succesfully beat his army at the Battle of La MarfΓ©e, accidentally killed himself when lifting the visor of his helmet with his pistol after the battle was over en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
There is no historical evidence of Vikings wearing horned helmets. Of the 5 Viking helmets that have been recovered, only 1 of those is fully preserved and none show signs of horns. The Nordic stereotype was created in the 1870s by Karl Doppler to depict Vikings for a German opera. en.natmus.dk/historical-k…
Today I learned about Guangala, a tribe that used children's skulls as helmets for infants used in burial sites phys.org/news/2019-11-inf…
Ultra endurance cyclists' necks can just give out and stop holding up their heads after a week of sleep deprived racing. Some racers continue by kinesio-taping their heads up or tying their helmets to a makeshift back brace. welovecycling.com/wide/20…
An Ohio company including a physicist & biomimicry expert is developing a football helmet liner based on the shock-absorbing pelt of hedgehog quills. They've mimicked the structure of a hedgehog quill with a polymer which lets it bend but not break & mimicked the spacing & angle of each quill. radio.wosu.org/post/desig…
Helmets weren't required in the NHL until 1979. vintagedetroit.com/blog/2…
While Rick Moranis has been on a long acting hiatus, he did return to the character of Dark Helmet voicing the Spaceballs baddie for an episode of The Goldbergs. screenrant.com/goldbergs-…
Pith helmet was an adaptation of salakot hat native to The Philippines by the Spaniards, later on by other Europeans and eventually became seen as symbol of colonialism en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit…
The NFL actually has a rule against using a helmet as a weapon: "ARTICLE 17. USE OF HELMET AS A WEAPON. A player may not use a helmet that is no longer worn by anyone as a weapon to strike, swing at, or throw at an opponent." Rule 12, Section 2 operations.nfl.com/media/…
Top Gear's "tame racing driver", The Stig, would often eat his lunch in the back of an ambulance to avoid being identified. He would also remain in his racing overalls and helmet throughout the day and would put on a French-like accent when talking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Astronauts have a device called a Valsalva installed into their helmet to allow them to block their noses so they can equalize the pressure in their ears (the valsalca manoeuvre) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Val…
You shouldn't remove someone's helmet after a motorcycle crash unless under specific circumstances onlinefirstaid.com/how-an…
550 motorcyclists participated in a ride to protest New York State's mandatory helmet law. During the ride, One of the rider's breaks failed and was sent over the handlebars and hit his head on the pavement, killing him. Medical experts said he would have survived if he had worn his helmet. abcnews.go.com/US/york-ri…
In WW1 The Salvation Army sent 'donut lassies' to soldiers on the front lines of France to make them donuts. They could fry up to 7 donuts at a time in a battle worn helmet. This is why we celebrate national donut day in June and another Nov 5th since it's close to Remembrance/Veterans Day. worldwar1centennial.org/i…
45+ years ago a boy designed a helmet, that when connected to a welder, simultaneously fired 9 shotgun shells into his head. bizarrepedia.com/the-suic…
An endangered parrot in New Zealand would only mate with people's heads, so they made an ejaculation helmet for people to wear, the parrot to fuck and the helmet to collect the rare semen. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned of the Magpie; a common and ferociously territorial bird that will divebomb and deliver painful pecks to the heads, necks, and faces of people that pass by their nests. This is just a part of life in Australia, necessitating countermeasures such as makeshift spikes worn on helmets. theguardian.com/environme…
Viking helmets never had hornsβ€”the design was the invention of Carl Emil Doepler, who designed the costumes for Wagner's opera "Der Ring Des Nibelungen". vox.com/2016/4/29/1152656…
On a spacewalk in 2000 NASA Astronaut Carlos Noriega "sputtered" during "a sip of water." A "drop hit his helmet visor, which was coated with a soapy material to prevent fogging, and bounced back into his eye." It "stung...blinding that eye until he could get back inside and remove his helmet." airspacemag.com/space/spa…
Marine explorer Jaques Cousteau invented the aqualung, giving scuba divers the ability to swim freely under the ocean’s surface. There was no longer any need for a restrictive heavy helmet, diving suit, and air tube linked to a ship. famousscientists.org/jacq…
Today I learned of Dick Trickle, the NASCAR driver ESPN anchors Keith Olberman and Dan Patrick would always be sure to announce the results for because they thought his name was funny. Trickle had a hole drilled in his helmet so he could smoke cigarettes during races, and won rookie of the year at 48 years old en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
The man who played the first zombie in the video for Michael Jackson's Thriller, as well as the zombie whose arm falls off, is a makeup and special effects designer who went on to help create Daft Punk's famous helmets, amongst other things en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Elvis Presley and his entourage would rent out roller skating rinks to throw $15,000 worth of fireworks at each other while wearing "air force jump-suits plus gloves, helmets, and goggles." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
On New Years Eve, Paramedics in New Orleans, LA are required to wear Kevlar infused combat helmets for the 15 minutes before and after midnight because of the frequency of falling bullets. nola.com/news/index.ssf/2…
A single helmet for the Air Force's new F-35 fighter costs over $400,000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loc…
UK prop designer Andrew Ainsworth, who made the original Stormtrooper helmets, was sued by Lucasfilm for $20m for making and selling replicas, who argued he did not hold the intellectual property rights, a point upheld by a US court. After spending Β£700,000 defending himself, Ainsworth won. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-1291068…
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Max McGee didn't expect to play in the first Super Bowl in 1967. He showed up hungover and without his helmet. He ended up making a one-handed catch to score the game's first touchdown en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
Rick Moranis is only on an acting hiatus though he is very selective about his roles. He has done voice acting including Disney’s Brother Bear films and Spaceballs’ Dark Helmet for the TV series The Goldbergs. He returned to live action with Dave Thomas for a Bob and Doug McKenzie special. wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_M…
Warriors on the Pacific Island of Kiribati fought with porcupinefish helmets and wooden swords lined with shark's teeth. hakaimagazine.com/article…
It clearly states in Article 17 of the NFL rulebook that β€œuse of the helmet as a weapon” is strictly prohibited. β€œA player may not use a helmet that is no longer worn by anyone as a weapon to strike, swing at, or throw at an opponent.” 15 yard penalty, DQ, and automatic 1st down. operations.nfl.com/the-ru…
Vikings didn't wear helmet with horns, it was in 1800 that Gustav MalmstrΓΆm portrayed them with their headgear and may have been inspired by 19th-century discoveries of ancient horned helmets. history.com/news/did-viki…
Today I learned of Ewen Cameron, who in the the 50s ran experiments on humans which involved giving several electric shocks a week, taping blacked out football helmets to their heads and playing repetitive messages in their ears for months at a time. Some patients apparently forgot who they were and how to talk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…

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