In the 1700s, King Louis XIV and other males began wearing high heels as a sign of status. But soon their popularity and a race for increasingly higher heels required regulation; Β½ inch for commoners, 1 inch for the bourgeois, 1Β½ inches for knights, 2 inches for nobles and 2Β½ inches for princes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
The 1960s some models of Plymouth and Chrysler came with dashboard record players which played seven-inch 45s. The player was called the "Highway Hi-Fi” and it was an absolute failure. hagerty.com/media/automot…
In 2008 a Japanese bikini model was acquitted of trespass charges because a recreation of the alleged crime showed she couldn't have fit through the access hole because of her 44 inch breasts. brisbanetimes.com.au/worl…
There are species of bamboo that can grow an inch every 40 minutes guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The International Space Station orbits about 220 miles above Earth. To put that in perspective, if Earth were the size of a basketball, the space station would be about 1/4 of an inch (<7mm) off the surface. earthsky.org/human-world/…
Sea otter fur has up to a million hair per square inch doi.gov/blog/12-facts-abo…
Elizabeth Coleman White, whose family owned a cranberry farm, teamed up with botanist Frederick Coville to develop and cultivate the first blueberry crop. White paid people for each bush they found with blueberries that measured at least 5/8 of an inch. Coville uprooted and grafted them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
The Irukandji, a jellyfish from Australia that is less than an inch big, has a sting which causes feelings of impending doom, incredible lower back pain, relentless nausea and vomiting, full body cramps, and profuse sweating. thecut.com/2016/04/appare…
After the musician Prince changed his name to The Love Symbol "Ƭ̡̬̊" in 1993, he sent out custom 3.5 inch floppy disks to news/media outlets with strict instructions that contained a custom font that would replace the capital letter "P" with that symbol on the PC and Macintosh. nymag.com/intelligencer/2…
The original Doctor Who theme music was composed without musicians, instruments, synthesizers or even a two-track recorder. It was put together on one-inch pieces of 1/4inch tape and painstakingly stuck together by British digital music pioneer Delia Derbyshire and her assistant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc…
The original Macintosh computers were sold with 9" screens that were 72 pixels per inch. This size was chosen because their printer would print at 144 ppi, exactly double the screen. This way the printed text and the screen text would end up being exactly the same size. photoshopessentials.com/e…
Because Stevie Nicks is only 5 feet 1 inch, she said she felt "a little ridiculous" standing next to Mick Fleetwood, who is 6 feet 6 inches. For this reason, she regularly wore 6-inch platform boots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In 1930 the Indiana Bell building was rotated 90Β°. Over a month, the structure was moved 15 inch/hr, all while 600 employees still worked there. There was no interruption to gas, heat, electricity, water, sewage, or the telephone service they provided. No one inside felt it move. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AT%…
Today I learned a sea otter has the densest hair of any creature at more than one million per square inch. A human has on average 80,000-120,000 total. pbs.org/harriman/1899/sea…
In 1790, Thomas Jefferson proposed a decimal-based system for weight, length, and volume that predates the metric system. If it had been adopted, 1 mile would equal 10,000 ft, an inch would be divisible by 10, and 1 cubic foot would equal exactly 1,000 ounces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
During the filming of Casablanca (1942) Humphrey Bogart often had to wear 3-inch wooden platforms tied to his shoes to make up for the height disparity between him and co-star Ingrid Bergman. reelrundown.com/celebriti…
Since 1959 the US has defined its customary units of length; inch, foot, yard etc in terms of metric units with 1 yard = 0.9144 metres so technically the US is already metricised ngs.noaa.gov/PUBS_LIB/Fed…
Today I learned about a rare bone disease called fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive, or stone man syndrome. The disease causes people’s muscle and connective tissue to be gradually replaced by bone. Joints become rigid, jaws won’t open more than an inch, and the rib cage won’t fully expand for breathing. webmd.com/children/what-i…
The Moon is slowly moving away from the Earth about an inch each year. solarsystem.nasa.gov/moon…
The guitar in Lil Nas X Old Town road was sampled from Nine Inch Nails. Nine Inch Nails ended up winning a country music award because of this. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Today I learned of the Moon Museum, a <1/2 square inch tile left on the Moon containing drawings by six prominent artists...including a penis drawn by Andy Warhol en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
Today I learned of a man in England was jailed for the manslaughter of his ex-girlfriend, after she came to his home with an 8 inch kitchen knife in her handbag, that she fell on after he pushed her during an ensuing argument bbc.com/news/uk-england-l…
Trent Reznor was the only permanent member of the band, Nine Inch Nails, until the official addition of English musician Atticus Ross in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
The US Military still uses 8 inch floppy disks on outdated IBM computers to run the nuclear missile systems. It's because they are incredibly hard to hack. The computers are essentially air-gapped and the old IBM computers are reliable. They could run for another 40 years with spare parts. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The Smithville EF5 tornado of 2011 flung a SUV into a water tower, causing a six inch deep and 32 inches wide dent. tornadotalk.com/the-smith…
Aerosmith’s hit β€œBig Ten Inch Record” was a cover of an R&B song that was originally released in 1952, when unsurprisingly, radio stations refused to play it because of its suggestive lyrics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Before crucifying a prisoner, ancient Romans would literally beat him within an inch of his life before nailing him to a cross. If prisoner lingered too long before dying, they'd break his lower limbs. Without his legs to support him, the prisoner died of suffocation. catholiceducation.org/en/…
The floppy disk drive (FDD) was invented at IBM by Alan Shugart in 1967. The 5.25-inch disks held 360 kilobytes and were dubbed "floppy" because the diskette packaging was a very flexible plastic envelope. computer.howstuffworks.co…
A road sign trick sent a self-driving car into high-speed mode. A two-inch piece of black electrical tape across the middle of the 3 in a 35 mph speed limit sign tricked Teslas into accelerating to 85 mph. techxplore.com/news/2020-…
The smallest chameleon is known as Brookesia micra which was discovered in 2012 in Nosy Hara, Madagascar. It is so tiny it can perch on the matchstick head. An adult (both M/F) will grow to only about 1 inch (25.4mm) from nose to tail. The species is considered extremely threatened due scientificamerican.com/ar…
The Battle of the North Inch was one of Britain's last mass trials of combat. Two Scottish clans settled a dispute by staged combat in front of spectators. Of the 60 who started the battle, only 12 survived en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Being tall is such an advantage that on average for every inch in height a person makes on average an additional $789 per year. Meaning someone who is six feet tall would earn $5,525 more than someone who is 5'6 cnn.com/2007/US/Careers/0…
There is a recording of President of United States Lyndon B. Johnson ordering pants, asking for enough waist for 10-15 lbs of weight change each month, an extra inch "from where the zipper ends...back to my bunghole." to "let out...down where your nuts hang." youtube.com/watch?v=S3GT9…
The smallest bone in your body is in your ear. The stapes is a bone in the middle ear of humans that which helps conduct sound vibrations for identification. It is only roughly 0.04 inch (1mm) in size. dundeesciencecentre.org.u…
US Marines have strict rules about tattoos, like leaving a two inch gap on the elbow for vein access and uniform reasons. nationalpost.com/news/wor…
3 Canadian men working on a boat at Digby's waterfront freed a 15 ft minke whale tangled in a net which surrounded its mouth & embedded about an inch into its skin. The whale came to shore in waist-high water as if searching for help from humans; when free, the whale swam back to deeper waters. cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-s…
Three barleycorns laid out end to end are the basis for an inch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned about vanity sizing, which is the practice of assigning smaller sizes to clothing to flatter customers and encourage sales. For example, a Sears dress with a 32 inch (81 cm) bust was labeled a size 14 in the 1930s, a size 8 in the 1960s, and a size 0 in the 2010s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
There is a Filipino carpenter who has been voluntarily crucified every year since 1985 on Good Friday. He drives four-inch nails into both hands and feet and is then lifted on a wooden cross for around five minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
The length of an inch is now based on the metric system: 25.4 mm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inc…
Today I learned about the Lloyd's Bank Coprolite, an 8 inch human fecal fossil unearthed in York, England, which is considered the largest ever uncovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llo…
Snails, which are hermaphrodites, have sex by first stabbing each other with a tiny spike called a love dart, which determines who is more likely to be the 'male' in the exchange (the better stabber). Scaled to human size, the dart would be a 15-inch knife. kqed.org/science/1446777/…
In 1979, the first stage version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy had the entire audience wafted 1/2000th-of-an-inch above the floor aboard an industrial hovercraft during set changes. Zaphod Beeblebrox was portrayed by two actors inside one large costume. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
In 2013 Subway was sued for selling 11-inch Footlongs. In the settlement they agreed to pay $525,000 in attorney fees and required their restaurants to now measure bread, so that Footlong and 6-inch sandwiches will indeed be at least 12 inches and 6 inches, respectively. money.com/money/4079569/s…
The first ever phone to run in an Android system is the HTC Dream also known as HTC G1 or T-Mobile G1, as it was set to revolutionize the smartphone market. Aside from running in an Android system, it had 3G support and 3.2 inch screen smartphone and it was released in 2008 gizmochina.com/2019/06/06…
Australian fisherman Mathew Orlov caught a pregnant 8-foot-8-inch shark that was dead when he pulled it up, (he felt through the line the shark being attacked). Orlov did an impromptu C-section to free 98 shark pups back into the sea; he and his family ate the mother shark. foxnews.com/great-outdoor…
Today I learned about SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy), a Boeing 747SP modified to carry a 106-inch reflecting telescope. Flying in the stratosphere at 38,000-45,000 feet puts SOFIA above 99 percent of Earth’s infrared-blocking atmosphere. nasa.gov/mission_pages/SO…
In Europe in the 1700s, high heeled shoes were seen as a sign of upper-class status, and their length was regulated by authorities - Β½ inch for commoners, 1 inch for the bourgeois, 1 and Β½ inches for knights, 2 inches for nobles, and 2 and Β½ inches for princes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
In 1955, Quaker Oats gave away free land deeds as part of a cereal promotion. Participants could mail in their cereal box to redeem a plot of land sized 1 inch x 1 inch in a gold-rush region of Canada. wikipedia.org/wiki/Klondi…
The tallest sunflower ever recorded, was 30 Feet and 1 inch tall,It was grown by Hans-Peter Schiffer of Germany. guinnessworldrecords.com/…

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