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…
An artist, fed up by a poorly-signed exit near LA, secretly painted and installed an improvement which went unnoticed by the DOT for months 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
A 13-yr study analyzing 17,000 traffic deaths in 12 cities found that cities that had protected bike lanes with physical barriers between bikes & motorized traffic had 44% fewer overall traffic deaths than the average city without them. But painted line bike lanes had no improvement on safety. usa.streetsblog.org/2019/…
A Plaque in Plainfield, Indiana marks the spot where a Carriage Driver intentionally drove through a huge mudhole to fling ex-President Martin Van Buren out of the carriage and into the mud. Van Buren had opposed a bill that would have funded improvements to the National Road. npr.org/2011/07/17/137794…
In response to the Rosa Parks incident, the Montgomery bus boycotters organized as the Montgomery Improvement Association, or MIA. They selected Martin Luther King Jr., a newcomer to Montgomery, who was a young and mostly unknown minister of the Dexter Ave. Baptist Church, to be their leader. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Andrew Carnegie believed that public libraries were the key to self-improvement for ordinary Americans. Thus, in the years between 1886 and 1917, Carnegie financed the construction of 2,811 public libraries, most of which were in the US santamonica.gov/blog/look…
In season 4, episode 20 of Home Improvement, Dave Chappelle and Jim Breuer played Tool Time audience members three years before starring in Half Baked together. youtube.com/watch?v=dXVRC…
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), still utilized today, allows for improvements in depression in 70-90% of the patients treated with it, much higher than that of psychopharmacology. hopkinsmedicine.org/psych…
Home Improvement: Power Tool Pursuit! for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System had no real instruction manual. Instead there was a fake manual with a sticker reading, "Real men don't need instructions". The game also featured dinosaurs, acid-spewing mummies, and robot sentries as enemies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
In the Early Bronze Age bronze was made of copper and arsenic rather than copper and tin, due to the scarcity of sites where tin can be mined. Only after improvements in long-distance trade the copper-tin alloy became dominant. makin-metals.com/about/hi…
Across 203 episodes of Home Improvement there were 662 grunts. Thats approximately 3.26 grunts per episode. youtube.com/watch?v=YQwYN…
The 'ZIP' in ZIP Code is an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZIP…
The term ZIP is an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan. It was chosen to suggest that the mail travels more efficiently and quickly (zipping along) when senders use the code in the postal address. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZIP…
In 2013 In lieu of Money, Toyota helped Food Bank-which is the countries largest anti-hunger charity-by improving the system at Food Bank and cut down the wait time for dinner to 18 minutes from as long as 90. Toyota used "Kaizen" (continuous improvement) instead of just giving a check. nytimes.com/2013/07/27/ny…
In some cases it is better that a single product design dominates a market for a short period of time, regardless of relative quality (ex. iPod, Blu-Ray, VHS). "Dominant design" allows for relatively low-risk improvement of existing designs, increasing the rate of technological advancement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
Referring to a bathroom or water closet as a Crapper, stems from Thomas Crapper. Thomas was an English businessman and plumber that made significant improvements to toilet design. He held 3 toilet patents and we still use most of them today. courses.washington.edu/ce…
When severely depressed patients were treated with psilocybin, all enjoyed some improvement, 2/3rds were in remission at 1 week, and 42% remained depression-free at 3 months. imperial.ac.uk/news/18241…
Sleep deprivation has opposite effects in healthy people and those with depression. If you’re healthy and you don’t sleep, you’ll feel in a bad mood. But if you’re depressed, it can prompt an immediate improvement in mood, and in cognitive abilities. This is the basis of Wake Therapy smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Disney has its own Gorvernment. The company petitioned the Florida State Legislature to let them govern its own land. In 1967, the statutes were signed and the Reedy Creek Improvement District was born. Disney have almost total autonomy within its border. wikipedia.org/wiki/Reedy_…
Disneyworld has it's own government. The Reedy Creek Improvement District has two municipalities within itself, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista. Both allow the Disney Corporation to issue their own building permits and liquor licenses... among other benefits. popularmechanics.com/tech…
The character of Wilson in Home Improvement (1991) was based on Time Allen's childhood memories of being too short to look over his fence to see his neighbors. looper.com/166051/the-rea…
Richard Karn, the actor who played Al on Home Improvement, heard about the role after receiving a traffic citation, going to traffic school and sitting beside an agent who told him about a casting session for the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Because The Home Depot and Lowe’s are so large, the third largest home improvement store in the US is a regional chain called Menard’s with just over 300 locations wikipedia.org/wiki/Menard…
"Seinfeld" scrapped a claymation episode (that included Kramer with a pencil stuck in his eye) because "Home Improvement" did something similar. It was Jerry's biggest regret of the show. nydailynews.com/entertain…
The hit movie Mrs. Doubtfire was originally written as a movie spin off for the TV show Home Improvement. Tim Allen turned down the roll of 2 characters and the idea was scrapped, re-written and handed over to Robin Williams. nydailynews.com/entertain…
Teaching social and emotional skills in school, such as self-management and relationship skills, can result in up to 11 percentile point improvement in academic achievement. casel.org/wp-content/uplo…
The 1% rule is a rule of thumb pertaining to participation in an internet community, stating that if you get a group of 100 people online then one will create content, 10 will "interact" with it (commenting or offering improvements) and the other 89 will just view it. theguardian.com/technolog…
In Japan, houses are considered depreciating assets. Half of all homes are destroyed by the time they are 38 and rebuilt. There are 4 times as many architects and twice as many construction workers per capita as the US. There is no home equity LOC and virtually no home improvement industry. freakonomics.com/podcast/…
Debuting in 1979 as a one-time, 13-part series, "This Old House" was one of the earliest home improvement shows. It was initially controversial among building contractors, and the cast was afraid that they were giving away secrets of the building trades. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
America has an infrastructure grade of a D. Records report that the grade hasn’t changed since 2013 but hopes to see improvements by 2025 infrastructurereportcard.…
A review of clinical trials showed that counselling provides short-term, modest improvements in reducing anxiety and depression, but no long-term improvements. Another review showed that it didn't have an impact on patients’ social functioning, such as work, leisure, &family relationships. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Dom PΓ©rignon did not invent champagne in the late 1600s; Benedictine monks achieved double fermentation in 1531 by bottling wine before fermentation had ended; later English scientist/physician C. Merret created second fermentation by adding sugar to wine; PΓ©rignon made other improvements en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Daily exercises in self-control, such as improving posture, altering verbal behavior, and using one's nondominant hand for simple tasks, gradually produce improvements in self-control en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imp…
"ZIP" code is an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan. This was intentionally chosen by USPS to indicate to senders that mail would travel more quickly when the postal code was included in the address en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZIP…
On "Home Improvement" the part of Al Borland was to be played by Stephen Tobolowsky, but had to be recast due to a timing conflict. Richard Karn received the role in part because he sat next to an agent who told him about show casting during traffic school. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
In 1997 Australia was declared free of Bovine TB after a decades long program of testing every head of cattle and buffalo in the heard. Associated improvements in mustering and handling techniques saw some producers reporting 50% more cattle than they thought they had. pir.sa.gov.au/aghistory/i…
"Aerodynamics research conducted as part of the Space Shuttle Program led to truck design improvements." "NASA engineers . . . discovered that adding small tabs to the back of a truck smoothed air flow around the vehicle, reducing drag β€” a technology made commercially available." nasa.gov/offices/oct/home…
NASA’s Apollo bought almost all the output of IC chips in the early 60’s, driving reliability and capacity improvements. If one chip failed one test, 1000 chip lot was rejected. Moore wrote his Law during this program. fastcompany.com/90362753/…
German has a word for an improvement that makes things worse: verschlimmbesserung theconversation.com/why-t…
For one week in 1994, Tim Allen had the #1 movie at the box office (The Santa Clause), The #1 rated TV show (Home Improvement), and the #1 NY Times bestselling book (Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man). imdb.com/title/tt0111070/
. A company named Ray's Sausage spent over $20,000.00 in improvements to their sausage making business due to constant complaints for causing foul odors, but the odors were actually from the rotting victims of serial killer Anthony Sowell. cleveland.com/morris/inde…
In 1996 Dave Chappelle was in a spin off from Home Improvement, called "Buddies". It premiered on March 5, 1996 and was cancelled on April 3, 1996 after just five episodes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
PG&E diverted funds for gas line improvements to executive pay and bonuses. Shortly thereafter a section that would've been replaced blew up destroying 38 houses and killing 8 people. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2…
In November 1994, Tim Allen starred in the highest grossing film, Disney's "The Santa Clause", topped the New York Times best-seller list with his book "Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man" and appeared in the top rated TV series "Home Improvement", all within the span of one week. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
The term "ZIP" code is actually an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan, was introduced in the 40's only for large cities, and was a signature mark for the USPS to give the impression that the mail would "zip" along faster if citizens used it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZIP…
Screwdrivers "popping out" of Phillips-head screws is an intentional design goal of the Phillips-head shape, to prevent thread damage during automated manufacturing. The design remains popular even though improvements to automatic screwdrivers have largely eliminated its benefits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
Today I learned of the technological singularity, a theory stating humans will one day make an intelligent agent that'll enter a runaway reaction of self-improvement cycles, with each new version appearing more rapidly, causing an intelligence explosion and resulting in an intelligence that will far surpass us researchgate.net/publicat…
Music lessons have been found to increase IQ in children when compared to drama lessons or no lessons. Yet, children who take drama lessons score pre- to post-test improvements in adapative social behavior that are not evident in music groups whatsoever. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
Disney World is located in and governed by the Reedy Creek Improvement District, a jurisdiction created by Disney that is exempt from all Florida land use laws en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ree…
Home Improvement for the SNES did not include a real manual. Instead, it included a fake manual with a sticker reading "Real men don't need instructions". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…

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