An ethical hacker called Jim Browning (Alias) routinely tracks down internet scammers who exploit old and vulnerable people online. He managed to shut down a company that scammed people with the help of BBC recently. youtu.be/le71yVPh4uk
A "Power Ranger" has spent 2 hrs a day helping Tokyo subway riders lug heavy packages and baby strollers up the station stairs, as it has no elevators nor escalators. He said: "Japanese people find it hard to accept help, they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out." nbcnews.com/news/world/ma…
I learned that part of the reason kids like to spin, roll, and swing is that it stimulates and develops the proprioceptive system, which influences coordination, spatial, and body awareness, and also helps calm them down. mamaot.com/why-do-some-ki…
Today I learned of Charles Ramsey, a Cleveland man who was key in the rescue of 3 women & a child from over a decade of captivity in a neighbor's home. When word got out he was eating a Big Mac when he heard a woman's cries for help, over a dozen Ohio restaurants pledged to offer him a free burger anytime. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
In 1990 43 out of the 45 climbers attempting Lenin Peak were buried in an avalanche. The two survivors could hear their comrades shouting for help hours after the slide, but failed in any attempts to rescue them as the ice set like concrete immediately wiredforadventure.com/tra…
In 1908 William "Bigfoot" Anakin, a local champion, was taken along by a publican to court to help demonstrate that darts was not gambling, it was a game of skill. Bigfoot showed that whatever number the court mentioned, he could hit on the board. Judge agreed darts was a game of skill. independent.co.uk/sport/g…
Patch Adams only agreed to the 1999 film of his namesake because they promised to help build his hospital. None of the profits from the film was ever given to his foundation, and the film was heavily criticised by Patch Adams himself, saying: "I hate that movie." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
During D-day, the USS Texas intentionality flooded a part of itself to help provide inland fire support. It flooded the starboard torpedo blister to list the ship 2 degrees, giving the ship’s guns enough elevation to continue its mission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles was so profitable that profits continue to help fund youth sports as recently as in the 2010s gizmodo.com/how-l-a-s-198…
In 1985, Australia decommissioned its only aircraft carrier, and sold it for scrap to a Chinese company. It was towed to China where, before scrapping, it was studied extensively by the military to help design China's first aircraft carrier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMA…
The day that "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" premiered, there was an op-ed in the New York Times titled "O'Brien flops" that said "one can't help but have grave doubts about his prospects". The op-ed was written by Conan O'Brien himself. archive.nytimes.com/www.n…
Today I learned about the β€œThree Finger Rule” - that people can generally only open their mouth as wide as three of their own fingers stacked on top of each other. This rule can help you know if food (such as a burger) is too large to comfortably bite. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
In 2005, Dr. Phil offered to help find missing American teenager Natalee Holloway who went missing in Aruba. He released an undercover interview with one of the suspects in which he confessed participating in her murder. The video was proven to be heavily edited and completely misleading. thedailybeast.com/dr-phil…
Collapse of Compassion. Which states if the number of people in need of help increases, the amount of compassion people would feel toward the people decreases. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
A woman complained about a long history of seeing people’s faces change into dragon-like faces. Brain scans were normal, but researchers suspected a neurological basis for the woman's complaint. She was put on a dose of anti-dementia drug, which help vanquish the dragons. thecut.com/2015/03/strang…
Many higher end, larger camera lenses are white instead of black due to issues caused by temperature fluctuations. As a lens heats in sunlight, it expands, affecting focus of the glass elements. This is particularly problematic for larger lenses. The white color helps reflect light/heat. petapixel.com/2016/02/19/…
3 Canadian men working on a boat at Digby's waterfront freed a 15 ft minke whale tangled in a net which surrounded its mouth & embedded about an inch into its skin. The whale came to shore in waist-high water as if searching for help from humans; when free, the whale swam back to deeper waters. cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-s…
An estimated 8 million war horses were killed in conflict during WW I. They were used to help carry food, water, ammunition & medical supplies. More than a million dogs were also killed. They were used as messengers, sentries, rescuers, and small beasts of burden theatlantic.com/photo/201…
Mary Queen of Scots suspected of murdering her husband fled to England for help. Cousin Queen Elizabeth I, threatened by Mary’s claim to her throne, imprisoned her 19 yrs then beheaded her. Elizabeth had no children so Mary’s son ironically became first king over England, Scotland & Ireland history.com/this-day-in-h…
The Vidocq Society - an elite global society of law enforcement professionals from numerous investigative, scientific and forensic specialties - will accept cold cases from law enforcement agencies and use their skills to help local police to solve the crimes on a pro bono basis. whyy.org/articles/cold-ca…
Chainsaws were originally created to help with childbirth. If the baby was to large to fit through the birth canal, then the doctors had to cut parts of the pelvic bone with a chainsaw. Also, the woman that was giving birth was not given any anesthesia through this procedure. businessinsider.com/chain…
In 1997 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a pot-bellied pig named Lulu saved her owner, having a heart attack. Lulu heard the owner's cries of pain then forced her way out of the yard and played dead on the road. Lulu successfully stopped a car and guided help to the owner, she survived. vault50.com/lulu-pig-play…
Today I learned that trees are able to communicate with other trees through chemical, hormonal and slow-pulsing electrical signals, and can communicate through the air with pheromones and other scents. They will also help other struggling trees by sending them nutrients through their roots. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned of Lee Ellis, a Canadian man who evaded police to give water/food to pets left behind during the May 3, 2016 wildfire evacuation in Fort McMurray, Alberta. He and his buddy managed to help dozens of pets before getting forced to evacuate by police. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
At age 113, Bernando LaPallo continued to shop for himself, cook, bathe, shave without any assistance from anyone to help him in and out of the shower. He generally slept by 9:30 and got up at 3:30 or 4 am blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Today I learned about the signal for help. β€œSignal for Help” is a simple one-handed sign someone can use on a video call. It can help a person silently show they need help and want someone to check in with them in a safe way. canadianwomen.org/signal-…
A Florida woman used the Pizza Hut app to get police help. Her boyfriend held her hostage with her children, and took her phone away. She convinced him to let her use the phone to order a pizza; she put in the comments: "Please help. Get 911 to me." Police arrived; the boyfriend was arrested. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
Two doctors saved a woman’s life on an airplane by performing mid-air surgery on her with a coat hanger and silverware. They also used cognac to sterilise the equipment. It was on a flight from Hong Kong-London. They couldn’t land for help, as the increase in air pressure could kill her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
A Russian eagle named "Min" & 3 other eagles being tracked by scientists unexpectedly flew into Iran/Pakistan; the birds racked up so many out-of-network data roaming charges on SMS text transmitters that scientists had to take out a loan & ask for help on social media to pay off the phone bill. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Greg LeMond, in order to win the 1986 Tour de France and become the first American to wear the Yellow Jersey, did so not only without help from his own team, but had to actively fend off their attacks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Hot drinks can help cool you down npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
During WW2, the British Navy sent ships to help defend the U.S. from German U-Boat attacks. The HMT Bedfordshire was sunk off the coast of North Carolina. A special cemetery was created in Ocracoke, NC, and is leased in perpetuity to England so that the men would be buried on British soil. historynet.com/why-a-piec…
NYPD officer John Perry was turning in his retirement papers on 9/11 when the first plane struck. He asked for his badge back and ran to help. He was killed while assisting a woman in the south tower as it collapsed. nypdangels.com/nypd/perry…
A man walked across Australia, from Perth to Sydney, dressed in a Stormtrooper costume to raise money for a charity that helps cheer up hospitalized children. Over 9 months he traveled 3000 miles (5000km), lost over 26lbs (12kg), went through 7 pairs of shoes, and raised more than $100,000. mnn.com/health/fitness-we…
Lenin's body has improved over time due to the new technique called plastination. It helps maintain the natural color, feel and flexibility of the tissues. Currently, there are no plans to remove the body from the mausoleum. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Stained glass originated to help illiterate people learn about the Bible wikipedia.org/wiki/Poor_M…
A U-2 spy plane lands via a "controlled crash" every time because its massive wingspan makes it difficult to maneuver and there are no wheels on the sides (only front and back). When the plane finally tips to one side, the titanium skid pads under the wings help bring it to a stop. youtu.be/txVHB8k0rTI
Jaws’ production woes added suspense. Unreliable mechanical sharks forced Spielberg to only suggest an unseen shark; actors heightened performances to help; J Williams’ ominous theme induced fear. Spielberg said β€œJaws went from Japanese Saturday matinee horror flick to more of a Hitchcock" theguardian.com/film/2015…
Sleeping in a cold room can help you slim down! A study shows sleeping in a 66 degree room (Fahrenheit) can help increase your fat burning ability by 10 percent! nih.gov/news-events/nih-r…
Bragging was a virtue in medieval Scandinavia and some made runestones for themselves. "Vigmund had this stone carved in memory of himself, the cleverest of men. May God help the soul of Vigmund, the ship captain. Vigmund and Γ…frid carved this memorial while he lived." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run…
A 2015 Japanese study suggests that looking at pictures of puppies and kittens can help improve focus and concentration. psychologicalscience.org/…
Today I learned about Lady Wonder, a horse who some believed had psychic abilities. 150,000 people paid to consult Lady Wonder ($1 for three questions). While many assumed it was an elaborate hoax, the horse did help locate the body of a missing person. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Since it can't match the Earth's rotational speed, a westward plane technically travels east β€” just like the entire planet beneath it. It just has engines that help it travel east a little more slowly than everything else, making it move west relative to the ground. discovery.com/science/Ear…
On August 18th 1920 women gained the right to vote because tie-breaker Tennessee republican representative, and an opponent to women’s suffrage, Harry T. Burn’s mother told him β€œDon’t forget to be a good boy and help Mrs. Catt put the β€˜rat’ in ratification.” history.com/topics/womens…
Mick Jagger once sought help from a sex addicition therapist, but ended up seducing the therapist. cbsnews.com/news/book-rol…
The disorder known as "Lazy eye" or "Amblyopia" can be improved by playing tetris. This is more efficent than an eye patch due to using your eyes in unison and using rapid eye movement to help check the pieces and where they should go. lenstore.co.uk/eyecare/51…
The "Hogwarts Express" rescued a family caught by a flood in the Scottish Highlands. Faced with a 3-mile walk in a bog for kids aged 6, 8, 10 & 12, the father called for help; police had the next train pick them up called the Jacobite, which happened to be the train from Harry Potter movies. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
Bill Gates succeeded in his mission to build a Toilet to help combat the sanitary crisis across multiple parts of Africa and India. Costing $350, its powered by worms, and doesnt require to be hooked up to a sewer system. businessinsider.com/bill-…
Mike Rowe launched the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in 2008 to help close the skills gap by challenging the stigmas and stereotypes that discourage people from pursuing the millions of available jobs that don't require a college degree mikeroweworks.org/about/
Commercial airline pilots help make weather forecasts more accurate npr.org/sections/coronavi…
Today I learned about maple syrup mold. Generally harmless, the mold can form in syrup stored for long periods. Refrigeration of open syrup can help reduce the formation of the mold. If formed, you can remove the mold and boil the syrup to restore/purify it. mooresmaple.com/facts.php…
During the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz mission, to help USA/USSR relations, astronauts and cosmonauts played smuggled audio recordings of glasses clinking, laughter, and many female voices. Houston radioed to ask what’s going on. "Oh nothing,” they said. β€œWe finished work, just having a party up here." supercluster.com/editoria…
In "The Land Before Time X" the long-neck dinosaurs gather together and believe in a myth that during each eclipse they must all stretch out their necks and help push the sun up so it doesn't fall. They succeed and celebrate having saved the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Ex-England football star Paul Gascoigne tried to help save the fugitive murderer Raoul Moat by seeking him out in his dressing gown, with a fishing rod and a cooked chicken. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Gorillas are nearly in a constant state of flatulence (farting/gas) due to a large amount of bacteria that live in their guts. This bacteria helps break down the vegetative plant matter that comprises most of their diet. youtu.be/aHOwbc8Feu4
Spiderman was featured in an anti-drug comic book series in 1993. In the first issue, Spidey helps a kid's hockey team say "NO" to drugs comics.org/issue/86054/
Due to OpenReach, all broadband and telephone companies have access to BT cables in the UK. This helps to ensure more competition in the broadband industry and has the long-term benefit of keeping broadband prices low. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The former Bloods and Crips gang leaders made peace with each other and started an organization to promote peace in their communities. They’re now training former gang members and community leaders to help younger generations. freethink.com/shows/catal…
88 Years ago on 1st Mar, 1932 , 20-mon old son of Charles Lindbergh (who flew the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927) was kidnapped. Even Al Capone offered his help from prison. In the aftermath of the crime (baby found dead) kidnapping was finally made a federal offense in USA history.com/this-day-in-h…
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated $4M to help stop malaria in a plan to create genetically modified non-biting male mosquitoes released to mate with malaria-carrying wild females, giving birth to progeny that dies before reaching the human biting age. businessinsider.com/bill-…
Chinese Pidgin English. Used for 200 years in Chinese ports, the language mix Chinese syntax and English words creating a grammar like: "Chinese man very great rogue truly, but have fashion, no can help". Some expressions were introduced back into English: "Long time no see"; "No money no talk". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Feeling sick is part of the body's attempts to preserve energy for the immune system and make you act in a way that signals to nearby people that you need help inverse.com/mind-body/618…
Scientists believe that younger Sand Dollars sift through sand and ingest small grains Magnetite, an iron-rich deposit found in the ocean. These Sand Dollars will then take these grains and store them in chambers inside their body to help weigh them down and keep them from floating away. kqed.org/science/1932072/…
4 Canadian wolves were air-dropped into Isle Royale National Park in Michigan to boost the park's wolfpack to 8. The extra wolves were brought in to help keep the moose population in check, thereby preventing mass starvation of the moose herd. foxnews.com/science/4-can…
A 7-year-old boy named Zhenya Tabakov was posthumously awarded Russia’s Order of Courage. He died defending his older sister from being assaulted by a criminal in their home. Zhenya stabbed him with a kitchen knife and he let his sister go. She ran for help. The criminal stabbed Zhenya 8 times. real-life-heroes-and-good…
A frog cannot keep its eyes open when eating, because it uses them to help swallow its prey sciencenetlinks.com/daily…
The quote "God helps those who help themselves" originated from Aesop's Fables, and is mentioned nowhere in The Bible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
The beak like mask which the black plague doctors wore was actually filled with sweet smelling substances usually Lavander; It's purpose was to aid with the smell of rot and decay and second, they believed that good smell would help them fight Black plague, which they believed it to be airborne. wikipedia.org/wiki/Plague…
The US Military did not help Marvel with The Avengers (2012) because they could not understand the role of SHIELD in the chain of command politi.co/2SjsSFz
TV executive Fred Silverman got the inspiration for Scooby-Doo's name from Frank Sinatra's hit song "Strangers In The Night." The syllables "doo-be-doo-be-doo" can be heard at the end of the song. Silverman used Sinatra's improvisation to help name the cartoon canine. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Buganda's Indigenous religion has a saying for when they pray to their gods for help β€œLubaale mbeera, nga n'embiro kw'otadde" (pray for deliverance from danger, but start running too). buganda.com/eddiini.htm
According to a Kyoto University team, dogs can recognize a bad person & negatively evaluate people who refuse to help their owners. sciencedirect.com/science…
The tobacco industry funded the study that gave us the theory of "Type A/B Personalities" in order to help obscure smoking's connection to heart disease ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
McDonald's in an effort to help kids eat healthier developed bubble-gum flavored broccoli. It was ultimately rejected after it was tested with children focus groups who found the product confusing. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Today I learned of Neil Harbisson - a cyborg, with an antenna implanted into his skull to help him hear colors due to his complete colorblindness en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
Horseshoe crab has 10 eyes. Some detect both visible & UV light and some help find mates during the spawning season.. The eyes are a million times more sensitive to light at night than day. They've been around for 450 million years, are not crabs actually and more related to spiders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Grape Juice is a modern invention which didn't exist prior to 1869. It was invented by a Methodist pastor to help alcoholics take Christian Communion. christianitytoday.com/ct/…
In 1979, a woman became ill on Space Mountain and couldn't exit the rollercoaster. While waiting for help, she was accidentally sent on the ride a second time by a different set of employees. She slipped into a coma and died one week later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Stroke symptoms and protocol are, "F.A.S.T". F= Face drooping/numbness,A= Arm numbness, S= Speech inability/ slurred, T= To call medical help. stroke.org/en/about-strok…
A 3,000-acre wilderness wolf sanctuary in Frazier Park, CA helps heal military veterans who have treatment-resistent PTSD. Vets are paired with hurt, abandoned and exploited captive wolves/wolf-dog hybrids to tend to daily. laweekly.com/this-wolf-sa…
Today I learned about Witness Trees. These are trees that were present during key moments in American history. They have been known to hide bullets from those events within new layers of wood and bark. To help preserve their historic relevance, a Witness Tree Protection Program was launched in 2006. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
Ryan North (Marvel writer) once got stuck in a skate pit with only "his dog Noam Chompsky, an umbrella, a leash, a t-shirt, and a pocket computer" after the rain had made the pit slippery. When he asked Twitter users for help, they found a way for him to combine those items that let him escape. boingboing.net/2015/08/19…
During the first SARS epidemic in 2002-2004, to help revive the economy Toronto hosted a concert called SARSstock which was attended by 500,000 people and headlined by The Rolling Stones , AC/DC, Justin Timberlake, Rush and others. It is the largest outdoor ticketed event in Canadian history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell took home a 16 mm camera from the Lunar Module that would have otherwise been destroyed. Mitchell tried to auction the camera to help medical treatments for his son who had cancer before he agreed to relinquish the camera by donating it to the Smithsonian palmbeachpost.com/article…
Today I learned Jonestown Survivor Jackie Speier Who was Shot in the Head and Stomach After an Ambush, Survived and Crawled into a Forest Only to be Attacked by a Swarm of Fire Ants. She spent 22 hours Without Medical Help. sfgate.com/opinion/articl…
That, when Henry Ford took over production of the B-24 Liberator bombers for WWII, he actively recruited "little people" from Hollywood and circuses to help fasten rivets in the narrow sections of its wings. Appreciative co-workers helped lift them up to punch their time-cards. uso.org/stories/112-detro…
After his presidency, US Grant lost nearly every cent in a Ponzi scheme. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with terminal throat cancer. Pushing through the pain, and with the help of Mark Twain, Grant penned his autobiography in order to not leave his wife with no financial security. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Coastal rubber boas are native to southwestern Canada and the northwestern US. They are considered the most docile of boa species and are often used to help people overcome their fear of snakes. There are no reports of rubber boas ever biting a human under any circumstance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
The Federal Child Abuse and Protection Act (CAPTA) was loosely birthed from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The 1st documented case of child abuse was Mary Ellen Wilson. Local law enforcement were reluctant to act, so a neighbor turned to SPCA founder for help. garbagebagsuitcase.com/si…
Today I learned about RΓ©doine FaΓ―d, France's most wanted criminal in 2013. A gangster and serial jailbreaker, one of his prison escapes involved hijacking a helicopter with the help of three armed accomplices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C…
Christopher Lee was once driving through Italy with his wife when their car had a puncture. He went for help, but fell into a ditch and got covered in mud. He reached a house and knocked on the door. The owner opened it, shrieked and fainted. They’d seen a Dracula film the night before. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Ants have designated paramedics that are assigned to rescue their wounded soldiers, carry them back to their nest and help them heal by gently holding the hurt limb in place with their mandibles and front legs while intensely β€œlicking” the wound for up to 4 minutes. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
"Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day" was actually a line created by Kelloggs to help sell their new cereal. daytwo.com/blog/nutrition…
Researchers discovered something dubbed "Cheese Metabolism". People who eat fatty cheese were found to paradoxically have healthier body compositions than those who don't. They theorize a substance in cheese called butyrate increases metabolism which can help people manage their weight better. vice.com/en_us/article/qk…
A miniature horse named Digby is the UK’s first guide horse, trained to help his partially-sighted owner navigate London’s streets and its Metro. Horses are sometimes preferred over dogs due to their long lifespan, averaging anywhere from 30-45 years. news.sky.com/story/uks-fi…
Today I learned about the Bystander Effect. A social phenomenon where individuals witnessing a crime or accident are less likely to help depending on the number of bystanders. The more bystanders, the less likely it is that one of them will help. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bys…
During the Civil War the king of Siam (now known as Thailand) offered Lincoln war elephants to help fight the confederates. Lincoln respectfully declined. foxnews.com/world/lincoln…
Today I learned about the Roland MT80s, a boombox that played MIDI files from floppy discs. It also features a metronome to help people practice learning musical instruments. Also, Roland made these kind of machines up to late 2000s when they added an USB port. youtube.com/watch?v=5ks3u…
The financial industry is rushing to embrace artificial intelligence to help in areas including trading, investing and automating interactions with customers. Most banks are at least piloting AI in equity research, but with varying degrees of commercial success at this point business.financialpost.co…
The US Navy uses dolphins to help it defend the world's largest stock pile of nuclear weapons at naval Base Kitsap. businessinsider.com/the-w…

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