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 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…
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…
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…
The 'ZIP' in ZIP Code is an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZIP…
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…
Today I learned that there's evidence showing that video games can lead to improvement in attention span, vision, and pattern recognition. youtu.be/FktsFcooIG8
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…
Across 203 episodes of Home Improvement there were 662 grunts. Thats approximately 3.26 grunts per episode. youtube.com/watch?v=YQwYN…
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…
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…
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…
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_…
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…
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…
"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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
"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…
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…
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…
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/…
"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…
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 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…
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.…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
German has a word for an improvement that makes things worse: verschlimmbesserung theconversation.com/why-t…
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…
The test used by doctors to determine postsurgical improvement in patients with chronic sinusitis is the 22-point Sino-Nasal Outcome Test, or SNOT-22. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
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/
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…
. 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…
Caffeine has been shown to improve endurance and performance in high-intensity sports. But research also notes that the improvement is mostly seen in trained athletes and may not be seen in people who exercise casually healthlinkbc.ca/health-to…
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…
Tim Allen of Home Improvement was convicted of dealing cocaine. He avoided a life sentence by giving the authorities the names of his associates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
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…
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…
"The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness": Despite the the improvement in the lives of women over the past 35 years, measures of subjective well-being indicate that women's happiness has declined both absolutely and relative to men. Women from the 1970s reported higher happiness than men. nber.org/papers/w14969
The "ZIP" in ZIP Code is an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan, a name given because mail would not only travel more efficiently but also because the mail would comparatively zip right to your address. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZIP…
In the TV show "Home Improvement", the "Tool Time" audience is the actual live studio audience. timallen.com/actor/tv_hom…
A study has been published stating that being naked "led to an increase in life satisfaction, an effect that was also mediated by improvements in body image and self-esteem" link.springer.com/article…
There is open source cola, OpenCola, which allows you to edit and submit improvements for the recipe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Instead of donating money to the New York Food Bank, Toyota offered kaizen, a Japanese word meaning "continuous improvement". Toyota sent its engineers to the soup kitchen and reduced wait time from 90 to 18 minutes. nytimes.com/2013/07/27/ny…
Today I learned that β€œZip” in β€œZip Code” stands for Zone Improvement Plan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZIP…
The ZIP in ZIP Code stands for: Zone Improvement Plan en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z…
During one week in November 1994, Tim Allen simultaneously starred in the highest grossing film (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 television series (Home Improvement) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Winner of the first Olympic marathon in 1896 was Spyridon Louis, and finished in 2:58:50 seconds and the winner of the 2016 Olympic marathon was Eliud Kipchoge which finished in 2:08:44. That's 50 minutes improvement in 120 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In a week in 1994, Tim Allen simultaneously had the #1 show (Home Improvement), #1 movie (The Santa Clause) and #1 book (Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man). wikiwand.com/en/Tim_Allen
The ZIP in ZIP Code stands for Zone Improvement Plan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZIP…
University of New Hampshire football team received a $500K grant to research safety improvements by utilizing helmetless practices. When player's heads go bare, they naturally avoid leading their tackles with them. The goal is to make avoiding head contact an automatic part of muscle memory. mmqb.si.com/2014/12/04/he…
I learned that the 'zip' in 'zip code' stands for 'zone improvement plan' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZIP…
Colleges in Michigan would send Tim Allen some of their apparel to wear on episodes of Home Improvement. Since Michigan was his home state, only those schools would get free advertising. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
The current MB G-Class (463) has been in production since 1990 with only small updates and improvements en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
Smallville stars Allison Mack (Chloe) and Kristin Kreuk (Lana) are both members of a self-improvement program called NXIVM, that some say is a "cult." timesunion.com/local/arti…
During the time Jack Johnson (the first black world champion heavyweight boxer) was incarcerated in Leavenworth, he modified a wrench for tightening loosened fastening devices and received a patent for his improvements on April 18, 1922, known as US Patent 1,413,121. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The tough looking construction worker on Home Improvement was Bob Dylan's drummer when he went electric. imdb.com/name/nm0428856/
Today I learned about the Manipulator, a steam-powered, coal fired vibrator invented in the 1869 by George Taylor. It was used by doctors to treat women suffering from hysteria. Patients show great signs of improvement upon reaching orgasm. bigthink.com/videos/the-s…
"zip" from "zip code" stands for "Zone Improvement Plan". It was implemented in 1963 as a means of streamlining the mailing system. fiftiesweb.com/pop/invent…
Playing Portal 2 leads to greater improvements in problem solving, spatial awareness, and persistence than playing Lumosity. sciencedirect.com/science…
Tim Allen, from Home Improvement, Toy Story, etc, was a cocaine trafficker and a nark. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/T…
After Madonna's first screen test, the producers of "Desperately Seeking Susan" asked her to take four weeks of acting lessons and get screen-tested again. The second screen test was not much of an improvement, but the director still wanted her for her presence and sense of style. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
Both Dave Chappelle and Jim Breuer of "Half Baked" made a guest appearance on an episode of Home Improvement. That episode, titled "Talk to me", was the 20th in season 4. imdb.com/rg/an_share/titl…
While prohibition is considered a failure, it resulted in public health improvements with steep reductions in cirrhosis, alcoholism and alcoholic psychosis hospital admissions. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
A 2012 study by Tampere University of Technology found that, with energy efficiency improvements, a single household could decrease its energy consumption by more than 40% smartretro.demoshelsinki.…
Binford Tools (from TV's "Home Improvement") is in Toy Story
A study of 2,300+ college students showed that 36% "did not demonstrate any significant improvement in learning" after 4 years of college. insidehighered.com/news/2…
The ZIP in ZIP code stands for the USPS's "Zone Improvement Plan" blog.dictionary.com/zip-c…
While in prison for violating Jim Crow laws, the first black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson designed, invented and patented a wrench which while not the first, made vast improvements on the original. ferris.edu/jimcrow/questi…
According the the 1999 Copyright Damages Improvement Act, anyone who downloads songs illegally off the internet could be responsible for up to $300,000 per song in damages to the label who released that album! techlawjournal.com/cong10…
Most popular do-it-yourself eyesight improvement techniques have almost no supporting evidence an rely mostly on anecdotal evidence en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
, there is an SNES game based on the Home Improvement television show. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/H…
Dave Chappelle was on Season 4 Episode 20 of Tim Allen's Home Improvement. 6:10 into the clip youtube.com/watch?v=xfT72…
Great Horned Owls return every year to live in this home improvement store owlpages.com/owls/article…
Ketogenic Diet (High Fat diet) causes drastic fat loss and significant improvements to cholesterol panel ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Jim Breuer and Dave Chapelle had guest roles on episode 4.20 of Home Improvement. Action starts at 6:00 youtube.com/watch?v=xfT72…
"World of Warcraft Boosts Cognitive Functioning In Some Older Adults" (after two weeks of playing) according to a NCSU study. There was significant improvement in spatial ability and focus for subjects who scored low on the initial baseline tests. news.ncsu.edu/releases/wm…
When matches were first invented they could be lit on any rough surface. The improvement, which came much later, was making them only able to light on a provided surface of a matchbox. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
According to the theory of the long economic cycles we live somewhere between depression phase of information wave and improvement phase of hypothetical post-information wave en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon…
Earl Hindman (Wilson, from Home Improvement) is also the voice for the Disneyland Railroad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
Both USPS ZIP codes (which is an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan) and two-letter state abbreviations have only existed since 1963. Additionally, the lowest number ZIP code is 00501 - for an IRS center in NY. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZIP…
The Republic of Ireland imports 90% of its energy. (The UK only imports about one third.) While very high, this is an improvement from the 98% Ireland imported in 1990. irishtimes.com/news/envir…
Dave Chappelle was on Home Improvement (Starts at 0:46) youtube.com/watch?v=Km9Q9…
David Mitchell and Robert Webb did the British Mac vs. PC ads. A huge improvement from the US ones. youtube.com/watch?v=kz9NM…
A video game based on the sitcom Home Improvement was released for SNES in 1994. It received almost exclusively negative reviews, as the levels (which included dinosaurs, acid-spewing mummies, and robots) had little if anything to do with the show itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
The ZIP in "ZIP code" is an acronym for "Zone Improvement Plan" and was chosen to suggest that mail travels more quickly (zipping along) when senders use the code in the postal address en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZIP…
'This Old House' bullied down a home improvement blog run by two people younghouselove.com/2009/0…
Mark Twain patented three inventions including an "Improvement in Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments" (to replace suspenders) and a history trivia game. Most commercially successful was a self-pasting scrapbook; a dried adhesive on the pages needed only to be moistened before use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…

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