Today I learned about "War Tubas," huge horns with stethoscopes which were used to listen for enemy aircraft and determine their position during WW I. By the time of WW II faster airplanes and radar had made these "sound locators" obsolete. cnn.com/style/article/war…
The Klaxon horn (the very loud "aaaaYOOOGAH" horn found on old cars and Navy ships) was invented by the same guy who invented one of the first electric hearing aids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Today I learned of the β€œBonnacon,” a Medieval legendary bull that sprayed caustic feces at its pursuers, burning them, because it supposedly had useless horns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/bon…
19 people have won two Medals of Honor. The first was Thomas Ward Custer who twice risked his life to capture Confederate flags & soldiers in the same month, April 1865. He died at Little Big Horn with his brother, George Armstrong. Also dead was another brother, nephew & a brother-in-law. history.com/news/has-anyo…
Invented around 1770, the basset horn was pitched a fourth lower than the traditional clarinet (F) and is described to have a rich tone. Mozart liked its sound so much that wrote multiples pieces specifically for his clarinetist friend. As the orchestra started to grow, it fell into obscurity dansr.com/vandoren/resour…
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra auditioned ten dogs for a rare performance of Leopold Mozart’s Hunting Horn Symphony, which calls for four hunting horns, off-stage rifle fire and a chorus of barking dogs. The ten hairy finalists were selected from a series of hopeful video submissions limelightmagazine.com.au/…
Paul Horn, a flautist, went on a 1968 trip to visit the Maharishi with The Beatles and during a visit to the Taj Mahal recorded an entire album there in one take. A nearby guard started chanting during recording and there was a natural 28 second echo. The album would usher in "New Age" music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ins…
The magyars that raided the european continent were the Dark Age's version of the Zodiac Killer. They believed that whoever they killed in battle, he would serve them in the afterlife. An example is related to the legend of the Horn of Lehel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned that there is a European bison, the horns of which were often used to make drinking horns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eur…
Audi cars made for the Indian market have more louder and robustly-built horns than Audi's European cars as Indian drivers tend to honk every 3 seconds econlife.com/2012/10/audi…
Kaiser Wilhelm II's car had a custom made horn. It played Wagner therestisnoise.com/2015/0…
Mammoths were known to indigenous Ugric peoples before Europeans, but they conceived of it as a water spirit or a giant burrowing rodent. The word mammoth even comes from an Ugric term meaning "earth horn" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mam…
Louis Armstrong always wore a Star of David as an homage to a Jewish family that took him in when he was young and gave him his first horn history.com/news/9-things…
Dairy cows typically are born with horns, they must be "de-horned" when young, and that dairy farmers over time use selective breeding to eliminate the recessive gene that causes horns in both male and female cattle. dairycarrie.com/2012/01/0…
Today I learned of a dermatological condition, cutaneous horn - A type of lesion or growth that appears on the skin. It's made of keratin, which is a protein that makes up the top layer of the skin. The growth may look like a cone or horn, and it can vary in size medicinenet.com/image-col…
In 2018, 3 people walked out of a Texas aquarium with a grey horn shark hidden in a baby stroller. When authorities arrived at a suspect's home, they were shocked to find the shark "continuing to thrive" in a tank very similar to the one at the aquarium. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In Japan, the law forbids drivers to use car horns and bicycle bells unless it’s necessary. That’s why city streets are very quiet. japaneselawtranslation.go…
Today I learned about the Horned Screamer, the only bird that has a horn growing out of its head. The horn is made of cartilage and grows constantly throughout the bird's life. It lives in South America and is related to ducks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Audi had to use more durable horns in Indian-market cars, as their normal horns would have been unable to cope with the amount of honking Indian drivers do. jalopnik.com/audi-is-desi…
If sound could travel through empty space, we'd be able to hear the sun at 125 decibels from Earth's surface. In comparison, 120 decibels is a train horn about one meter away from you. spaceanswers.com/deep-spa…
The English Horn is not a horn and it originated in Silesia, a region largely within Poland, in about 1720. While not a regular member of the orchestra, composers from Beethoven to Sibelius to Stravinsky to John Williams have written pieces incorporating it obergh.net/songoffire/201…
Today I learned of Scylla and Charybdis - and all the different idioms that have been handed down from their myth, such as "between the devil and the deep blue sea," "between a rock and a hard place" and "on the horns of a dilemma." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
During the US Civil War, Union Lt. Custer (of later Little Big Horn fame) found a West Point classmate Capt. Lea who was fighting for the Confederates and was captured. While recuperating, Lea met and married his nurse. Custer attended the wedding in full blue Union uniform, with Lea in gray. dailypress.com/history/dp…
Regular car horns in America usually honk the note F. Older cars (1960-70) honked the note C#. carsofamericainc.com/blog…
Dr. William Dove was able to produce unicorn (single-horn) rams, goats, and a bull in 1930 by moving the un-anchored horn buds of the animal and trimming them so that they fit together. Dove reported that his unicorn bull became the leader of its herd and was very rarely challenged by others. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Conservationists in South Africa have been injecting rhino horns with red dyes and toxins to prevent poaching. The mixture renders the horn completely useless to those trying to sell it commercially and is also toxic for human consumption. nypost.com/2014/09/16/con…
Today I learned about cutaneous horns, hard conical projections of the skin made up of compact keratin; The name comes from the growth sometimes resembling an animal’s horn. dermnetnz.org/topics/cuta…
The "horned sign" is an ancient hand gesture meant to either ward off, or curse someone with, the "evil eye", or malocchio in Italian. Ronnie James Dio re-popularized the gesture as the "sign of the horns" when he joined Black Sabbath in 1979, having originally learned it from his grandmother. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Goats who misbehave are often forced to wear foam pool noodles to cover their horns. boredpanda.com/goat-horns…
Today I learned about the Rhino Horn Plantain that is a hybrid banana that can grow to a length of 60cm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhi…
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…
Many countries have their own version of β€œwhen pigs fly.” In South Africa it’s β€œWhen horses grow horns.” In Russia: β€œWhen the crawfish whistles on the mountain.” In Albania: β€œOn August 36.” In Greece: β€œRight on the Day of St. Dick’s” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
A goat named β€œBig Boy” escaped from an Ohio farm and headbutted through a glass door in a local home & was found in the bathroom. Failing to get lured out by carrots, dog bone & grass, he was led out by the horns. The family's home insurance covers damage from deer & bears but not goats. abcnews.go.com/US/goat-br…
Horn sharks exist AND that their eggs are shaped like a twisty conch shell sciencefriday.com/article…
Today I learned about the Shope papilloma virus, a virus that can cause rabbits to grow "horns" on their head. This may have led to the myth of the jackalope en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Nicholas II, last Tzar of Russia, had a Japanese tattoo of a "dragon with a black body, yellow horns, a red belly and green paws.” He got it on a trip to Japan. Later he was attacked by "Sanzo, a former samurai who fought in the Satsuma Rebellion." All this before the Russo-Japanese War. japantoday.com/category/f…
Following his death at the Battle of Little Big Horn, the reputation of General George Custer was rehabilitated by his widow, who spent decades promoting his image as as the "gallant fallen hero amid the glory of Custer's Last Stand". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
The Horn Effect is when individuals believe negative traits are connected to each other. e.g. an observer assuming a physically unattractive person is morally inferior to an attractive person. The inverse, believing an attractive person has superior morals, is the Halo Effect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Abraham Lincoln was an elite wrestler in his days before politics. He once challenged a crowd, saying, "I’m the big buck of this lick. If any of you want to try it, come on and whet your horns.” The challenge went unanswered. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
K9 "Officer Benny", a 2-year-old rescue Labrador Retriever, is Washington state's first wildlife crime detection dog. He is trained to find illegal shipments such as rhino horn, bear gallbladder, shark fin, firearms, spent casings, and elephant ivory. komonews.com/news/local/m…
Today I learned of Turner D. Century, a Marvel villain motivated by a hatred of post-WW1 social changes. His gadgets include a flame-throwing umbrella, a flying tandem bicycle, and a "time horn" that induces unconciousness in those under the age of 65. He was killed after only three appearances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
In Moses sculpture by Michelangelo, he is actually described as having "rays of the skin of his face", which the Vulgate had translated as "horns". The mistake in translation is possible because the word "keren" in the Hebrew language can mean either "radiated (light)" or "grew horns". wikipedia.org/wiki/Moses_…
Rhino horns, tortoise shells and amber are all types of plastics. sciencemuseum.org.uk/obje…
Agnes Waterhouse was the first woman executed for witchcraft in England (1566). She was accused of turning her talking cat into a toad, which then turned into a dog with horns and threatened her neighbor with a knife. She denied it, but was found guilty and hung. gorillacool.com/agnes-wat…
In 1856 an American clipper was approaching Cape Horn when its captain collapsed, leaving his 19-year-old wife to navigate through one of the world's deadliest sea passages. She commanded for 56 days, faced down a mutiny, and navigated the clipper ship into San Francisco en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The "Battle of the Little Bighorn" actually took place along the Little Horn Riverβ€”its junction with the Big Horn was several miles awayβ€”so the term for the battle has always been a misnomer. historynet.com/book-revie…
The Lakota Indian known as Curly had a vision that he would be protected in battle. When he was subsequently wounded he realised the vision hadn't shown scalping, so he never scalped again. He went on to be known as Crazy Horse and helped defeat Custer at Little Big Horn. u-s-history.com/pages/h37…
In Japanese mythology, the Unicorn is a fierce creature able to root out criminals, instantly punishing them by piercing them through the heart with its horn content.time.com/time/hea…
Today I learned about "ethical" ivory trade. Mammoth tusks and woolly rhino horns are dug up by the tons in the Artic permafrost. The horns are used in traditional medicine and tusks in the ivory-carving industry. While permits are available, the majority of tuskers work illegally, damaging fossils and nature. sciencefocus.com/nature/m…
Rhino horns are actually made up of hair grown tightly packed on their nose and joined together by a glue like secretion nature.com/articles/s4159…

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