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…
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…
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…
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…
Coca-Cola makes most of its money from selling syrup to companies that manufacture and distribute their drinks and, as a result, it has a group dedicated to sending resources and experts to help any that are in financial trouble. This helps avoid image and logistical problems for the brand. investopedia.com/articles…
Today I learned of Miguel Wattson, an electric eel from Tennessee with its own Twitter account. Whenever he discharges a large enough jolt, a tweet will be automatically send out to his account EelectricMiguel. Apart from sending tweets, he also helps power up Christmas trees at the aquarium. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
In the early 1900s, school bathrooms were invented to help teach children to bathe regularly and to promote the idea of regular bathing to their parents. During this time period, people usually only bathed once a week. themodernrogue.com/articl…
There’s a body farm in Texas where people donate their bodies to have them be placed in different circumstances to help study human decomposition and therefore help develop methods for determining the post mortem interval or time since death. txstate.edu/anthropology/…
The Japanese Navy always eat curry on Fridays to help sailors keep track of which day it is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
United Airlines had assured a blind woman that they would help her off the plane but only after the other passengers had gotten off, before forgetting about her and locking the plane up with her in it after everybody else had left. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
In the 1930s Bob Wian had a cushy job managing a restaurant but felt he didn't know the business fully. So he quit, got jobs as a dishwasher, fry cook, and then counter help. With that experience he started Bob's Big Boy, invented the double decker burger, and became hugely successful. burgerbeast.com/bobs-big-…
Target has a forensics lab that's so advanced that the company regularly helps police departments free of charge. mprnews.org/story/2011/10…
A man became a millionaire by selling fake dog balls. Neuticles are prosthetic testicles implanted to help avoid the trauma of altering the pet. A $2800 pair has even been made for an elephant. cnbc.com/2018/05/22/neuti…
The S. Korean gov. has a program that helps pay for US Korean War vets to visit the locations where they fought 70 years ago military.com/military-rep…
The United States Navy Pre-Flight School created a routine to help pilots fall asleep in 2 minutes or less. It took pilots about 6 weeks of practice, but it worked β€” even after drinking coffee and with gunfire noises in the background. healthline.com/health/hea…
Today I learned about the Controlled Impact Demonstration, where NASA and the FAA intentionally crashed a remote controlled Boeing 720 to gain data on a fuel additive that was believed to help suppress an airline fire in the event of a crash. The test ruled that this additive was ineffective. nasa.gov/centers/armstron…
British actress Emilia Clarke has survived two brain aneurysms and founded a charity called SameYou which helps provide treatment to people recovering from a brain injury or stroke newyorker.com/culture/per…
Contrary To The Stereotype, Rats Are Actually Empathetic And Will Help To Free Other Rats Stuck In Cages npr.org/2011/12/09/143304…
Waving arms and screaming are not signs of drowning, but of aquatic distress. Actual drowning is often β€œquieter”; no call for help, no waving arms, just an upright body and head tilted back. Thus many people fail to recognize when a person is actually drowning. globalrescue.com/common/b…
Humans have a stereo sense of smell: our two nostrils work like two ears to subconsciously help us move towards the source of a smell pnas.org/content/117/27/1…
A Florida man heard purring coming from his parked truck; he ended up using sheet metal cutters to peel back a portion of his truck to reveal a kitten. The Humane Society helped him coax the kitten out. When the public heard about it, several people offered to help pay to repair his truck. cnn.com/2014/06/13/living…
Actor Lance Henriksen was illiterate until the age of 30, when he received his first acting role. For his first role, he also put the entire script to tape with the help of a friend, learning everyone's part in addition to his own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Lady rabbits have a special chemical that's released from their rabbit boobs that help their kids find their way when they're hungry. This rabbit boobs chemical slows the heart rate down in freaked out dogs that have anxiety problems depts.ttu.edu/animalwelfa…
The superb fairywren is a socially monogamous but sexually promiscuous bird. Couples stick together, but each member mates with other fairywrens. Coupled birds later help each other to raise the resulting "illegitimate" offspring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
In 1957, San Francisco's "Youth for Service" program helped get young gang members off the streets by having them help the community. They did things like paint houses and help the elderly. The idea was that they just wanted to feel needed. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
Neil Armstrong met his second wife at a group breakfast where they were seated together. Two weeks later, he called her to ask what she was doing and she said cutting down a cherry tree. Half an hour later, he was at her house to help. They stayed married until his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
After the American Civil War, former Confederate and Union officers were hired by the Egyptian military to help defeat the Ethiopian Empire during the Ethiopian-Egyptian War. However, the war ended in a military disaster for Egypt en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eth…
:Police in West Midlands, U.K. have hung posters with photographs of staring eyes exploiting a phenomenon called β€œgaze detection". While humans evolved it to avoid being eaten by predators, some law enforcement agencies believe that it might actually help to deter some crimes. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In 2005 two engineers at Apple help the US Department of Energy create a Top Secret iPod the looked and functioned like a regular iPod but had added hardware to record data. They have no idea what kind of data they helped the government record. arstechnica.com/informati…
Today I learned about box breathing: a breathing technique used by Navy SEALs with proven health benefits that help combat GAD, PTSD, panic disorders, depression, and ADHD healthline.com/health/box…
Today I learned of the longest monopoly marathon, it lasted five days. This was set by a University of Pittsburg fraternity. On the fourth day of play, the bank ran out of money. The fraternity wired Parker Brothers for help. The company sent over $1,000,000 in Monopoly money by Air Express. pittnews.com/article/1329…
In Germany you can be punished by up to one year in prison if you don't help someone who's in danger or has had an accident lewik.org/term/15890/omis…
In 2003 the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency created a set of playing cards to help the military identify key Iraqi leaders. To date, out of the 52 leaders carded, 47 have been either killed or captured en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
Teddy Roosevelt once had his boat stolen by three armed thieves. With the help of two friends he built a new boat and personally tracked down and captured the thieves. nps.gov/thro/learn/histor…
Today I learned about β€˜Redemption Roasters’ world’s first behind bars specialty coffee company in the U.K. who train offenders professionally in the art of roasting and barista skills and help find jobs in their own coffee shops or with partners. redemptionroasters.com/
The first mixed-race Miss Universe Japan winner, Ariana Miyamoto, was inspired to compete after her biracial Japanese friend committed suicide. Her goal was to help people being bullied over their skin color. tokyoweekender.com/2015/0…
In 1988 Holland, MI installed a snowmelt system underneath their sidewalk to help bring more tourism and to combat lake-effect snow. holland.org/snow-free-hol…
Viagra, when dissolved in water, can help plant stems stay erect and double their lifespan. telegraph.co.uk/gardening…
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
Disneyland has a community of cats that help control the pest population vice.com/en/article/vdpj7…
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…
Nicotine has been found to help people with neurological disorders like tourettes and schizophrenia, and reduces the risk of conditions like Parkinson's disease discovermagazine.com/heal…
Kegels are for men too; men who do kegel exercises by working out their pelvic muscles can ejaculate further and stronger, control bladder functions, and urinate more precisely. In addition, urologists suggest that kegels help recover from prostate cancer by strengthening the pelvic floor. uclahealth.org/urology/pr…
The Golden Gate Bridge, due to new bicycle-path railings and a wind retrofit project that helps it to be more aerodynamic, is now a giant harmonica whose "songs" has been heard at more than three miles away from it theguardian.com/us-news/2…
There are different dimple patterns, shapes & colours on UK pavement that help the partially-sighted/blind know what kind of junction they are at. youtu.be/cdPymLgfXSY
Kevin Bacon went from being horrified about the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon to creating a charity to use his celebrity status to help local charities. Back in 2012 he gave a TEDx talk about it. youtu.be/n9u-TITxwoM
Potato chip packages are filled with nitrogen gas to help the snacks stay fresh indianapublicmedia.org/am…
Music can help people suffering with dementia access certain memories and improve their cognitive function at least in the short term. More studies still need to be done and the results can vary but there is a noticeable improvement in the quality of life after receiving Music Therapy ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
When songwriter Robert Sherman was working on the leitmotif for Mary Poppins, his son Jeffrey received the polio vaccine. Robert asked him if it hurt, and Jeffrey said they put it on a sugar cube for him to eat. "A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down" was born soon afterward. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_S…
Peter Tabichi, a science teacher from rural Kenya who donated 80% of his salary to help poorer students, was crowned the world's best teacher of 2019, and was awarded with a 1M prize, beating 10000 other nominees from 179 countries. bbc.com/news/business-476…

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