The β€˜Batman Effect’. Adopting an alter ego is an extreme form of β€˜self-distancing’, which involves taking a step back from our immediate feelings to allow us to view a situation more dispassionately. It can help control anxiety, and help the subject pursue exercise and healthy diet bbc.com/worklife/article/…
The United Kingdom hasn't really required people to pay for bail since 1898. This was to help reduce the number of people remanded in custody simply because they were poor. Nowadays, bail is automatically given unless said person has a risk of absconding or is a risk to the public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bai…
Today I learned of Ian Manuel. A man who spent years in isolation after he was condemned to die in prison for a nonhomicide offense at age 13. He won his freedom in 2016 with the help of the woman he attacked. He is now an activist, motivational speaker, and published author. eji.org/cases/ian-manuel/
In 1879 it was estimated the Oxford English Dictionary to take 10 years for completion, but in five years they'd only reached the word "Ant". After crowdsourcing readers to help it was completed 44 years later. The publishers now estimate it would take a single person 120 years to just type it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxf…
Police in Finland believe they have caught a car thief with the help of a dead mosquito they noticed inside an abandoned vehicle. Police saw that the mosquito had recently sucked blood and decided to send the insect for analysis, and the DNA matched the man on the Police Register. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europ…
Today I learned of Belphegor, one of the seven princes of Hell who helps people make discoveries and gives them brilliant ideas for inventions to make them rich. He is also Hell's Ambassador for France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
In 1978 Alice Cooper donated $27,000 to help restore the famous HOLLYWOOD sign. He sponsored an O in memory of his friend, Groucho Marx. hollywoodsign.org/announc…
The phrase β€œGod helps those who help themselves” is not stated verbatim in the Bible. The phrase is not even biblical in origin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
Mack Ray Edwards was a serial killer who worked for CalTrans. He’d kill his victims and then bury the bodies in places he would later help build highways over. Not all his victims have been found, and many are very likely still under some of the California highways. thoughtcatalog.com/januar…
Julius Caesar and Cleopatra were in a relationship and political alliance. Julius Caesar needed Cleopatra's money, and Cleopatra needed the help of Caesar's army to take control of Egypt from her husband/brother Ptolemy XIII. historyextra.com/period/a…
, when filming the music video for 'Beat It', Michael Jackson worked with the LAPD to recruit members of the Bloods and Crips for the video to help foster peace between the two gangs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
The residents of Glasgow, Scotland, donated more money to the UK's WW1 tank program than any other city. A year later, tanks were sent into Glasgow to help suppress a strike of workers demanding higher post-war wages. (The photo in this article is from the fundraising, not the strike) heraldscotland.com/news/1…
Doing a few squats can help your brain. The alternate increase & decrease of blood flow to the hippocampus makes the brain work harder: combine this with problem solving like a sudoku, or reading, is even better adinstruments.com/blog/al…
Elephants can hear through both their ears and feet. Through special fat pads called digital cushions, they can hear sounds other elephants vocalize below the range of human hearing from many miles away. This helps warn them of far off danger, incoming floods, and rival elephants. news.stanford.edu/pr/01/e…
Bees need to drink water. When there is not enough water in the hive, then foraging worker bees will quit forage and help with water collection. mybeeline.co/en/p/why-bee…
Today I learned about a Nez PercΓ¨ women named Watkuweis. In 1805, she convinced her tribe not to kill a weakened Lewis and Clark Expedition, and help them instead. Her altruism saved one of the most important expeditions in history. (U.S. National Park Service) nps.gov/articles/watkuwei…
The red liquid seeping out of a cooked rare steak isn't blood. It is in fact a mixture of a protein called 'Myoglobin' and water. Myoglobin helps muscle tissue store oxygen and just like Hemoglobin, contains iron that turns red when it binds with oxygen. thehealthy.com/food/is-me…
Skrillex song "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" can help ward off mosquitoes. researchgate.net/publicat…
In 1955, prominent physicist Qian Xuesen was deported from the United States to China under suspicions of being a communist. He would go on to help China become a nuclear power by 1964, launch a satellite by 1970 and witnessed China's first manned space mission in 2003 bbc.co.uk/news/stories-54…
Abraham Lincoln gave great prominence to hats as they would protect him from bad weather, help store important documents and made his height advantage more prominent smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The word 'Racism' wasn't coined until 1902, when it was used by General Richard Henry Pratt to argue that establishing "Indian Schools" to suppress Tribal customs would help society to progress. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
In his book, The Demon-Haunted World, Carl Sagen offered up a "Baloney Detection Kit" to help people determine if something is true or BS. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Ohio Sparrows actually kill native birds and some ohians have tried to help native birds by replacing their eggs with wooden eggs gettingmoreontheground.co…
Today I learned about ColorADD - A system of symbols designed to help colourblind people distinguish colours en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
In the 1930s, bridge construction projects expected one fatality for every $1 million in cost. So, the Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge enacted the most stringent safety measures in history. He even formulated diets to help fight dizziness and sauerkraut juice β€œcures” for hangovers. fixfastusa.com/news-blog/…
When museum couldn't open an antique safe, it sought help online. A volunteer figured out the combination, only to find that it contained a door with a keyed lock. An antique key was eventually found to fit the lock, and the safe was opened containing only a single paperclip. regina.ctvnews.ca/mystery…
In 1896, a bubΠΎnΡ–c plΠ°gue epΡ–dΠ΅mic struck Bombay, and the government asked Waldemar Haffkine, developer of the first chΠΎlera vΠ°ccΡ–ne, to help. After 3 months of persistent work (1 assistant had a nervous breakdown and 2 others quit), a vΠ°ccΡ–ne was ready, with Haffkine tΠ΅sting it on himself first en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Wild blueberries bushes grow naturally in rocky terrain via a dense network of underground rhizomes that helps with nutrient extraction. A controlled field burn in the off-season, traditionally practiced by Native Americans on the Maine coast, enriches the soil and provides pest/weed control. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of 67 yr-old 4'10" 100 lb Lorenza Marrujo, aka β€œLady Ninja” who has a black belt in jiujitsu. When she saw a 5'9" 170 lb man attacking her friend, Lorenza bent his fingers back, hit him twice with her elbow in his sternum, and pinned him to the floor with knees on neck & chest till help arrived. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Dorothy Hodgkin was the only British Woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. She battled arthritis since her late twenties, raised three children and survived a war. A Royal Society Fellowship was set up in her name to help women who wanted to be both career scientist and raise children en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
From 1943-45, British military pilots were issued "escape boots". If they had to bail out over enemy territory, a concealed knife in one boot cΠΎuld bΠ΅ used to cut away the upper section, and convert them into "ordinary" shoes, which would help the airman pass himself off as a civilian iwm.org.uk/history/6-esca…
The infamous "Top That!" scene in the film "Teen Witch" was actually added months after the production had wrapped to help fix the movie ew.com/movies/2018/03/30/…
The producers of Star Trek Voyager hired a Native American consultant to help with the character Chakotay but it turned out he was a fraud and was just making up racist stuff en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
A study about working out after taking strong antihistamines revealed that it blunted 27% of that recovery response. This is because histamine plays a vital role in exercise recovery, by recruiting immune cells to the muscles to help repair damage menshealth.com/health/a19…
Louisa May Alcott, the author of "Little Women," never actually wanted to write the book. She thought of the genre as "moral pap for the young," and only decided to write this novel in order to help her father. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Growing up as a hungry child, Cristiano Ronaldo would knock on the door of a McDonald's asking if they had any burgers. A lady called Edna and two other women would then help him by giving him something to eat. boredpanda.com/cristiano-…
Pronoia is the opposite of paranoia. A paranoid person thinks everyone in conspiring against him or her, whereas a pronoid person thinks everything is secretly conspiring to help him or her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned of Bank of Italy in San Francisco. In 1904, its founder Amadeo Giannini converted a saloon to a bank to help the immigrants other banks would not serve. He made loans on handshake deals and claimed every loan was repaid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
A British plan to assassinate Hitler was ultimately called off because they thought keeping him in power would help the war end faster given his terrible decision making and strategy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Nova Scotia gives Boston a Christmas tree every year as thanks. In 1917 a ship carrying explosives exploded near the city of Halifax, killing 1,500 people immediately and hundreds in the next few weeks. The city of Boston immediately sent doctors, supplies, and money by ship and train to help. boston.com/news/local-new…
To help protect the permafrost from thawing and releasing methane into the atmosphere, Russians are *removing* trees & reintroducing species of grazing animals in Siberia. rgs.org/geography/39-ways…
The Russo brothers only allowed Robert Downey Jr. to read the entire 'Avengers: Endgame' script. This was done to help make it easier to contain spoilers and leaks of plot points by having fewer eyes on the full script. movieweb.com/amp/avengers…
Today I learned about Mitchell Herndon, a teen with a disease so rare it didn't have a name. Being only one of two people ever, they diagnosed it through the help of fruit flies. When he passed away, they opted to name it "Mitchell Disease" nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Psychology research demonstrates the psychological benefits of working less. Working fewer hours was associated with improved psychological and health benefits. It also helps with productivity. neurosciencenews.com/psyc…
Today I learned about "Homegrown National Park," an effort to encourage Americans to plant as many native plants as possible everywhere on their property to help bring back the continent's biodiversity smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Foxes use the earth's magnetic field to help them hunt prey youtu.be/1MWoPKlAXx4
Terry Crews used to draw and sell paintings of his colleagues while playing for NFL to help with his finances and of his family youtu.be/zUUWg4cW9jE?t=77
Today I learned about Richard Rowland Kirkland, a Confederate soldier who risked his life to tend to wounded soldiers from both sides of the Civil War in the middle of battle at Fredericksburg. Both sides held their fire as they watched him help every wounded soldier regardless of allegiance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
After around week 20, the amniotic fluid is mostly urine. The amniotic fluid helps the fetus learn how to breathe and swallow. thebump.com/a/what-is-amn…
Today I learned about Moss Hills, an entertainer aboard the cruise ship Oceanos who, after the ship began to sink in violent seas and most of the crew fled in panic, worked alongside fellow entertainers and the cruise director to help passengers evacuate. Not a single life out of the 550 passengers was lost. oceanossinking.com/copy-o…

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