If your headphone plug has 1 stripe, it's mono; if it has 2 stripes, it's stereo; if it has 3 stripes, it's stereo and also passes microphone input geeksmate.io/rings-on-the…
Born-blind people actually dream of visual content. That's because auditory and tactile inputs can create virtual images in their brain, and that images can be revealed in their dreams. sciencedirect.com/science…
The US Gemini space capsule had to be redesigned because 14 of the 16 astronauts didn't fit in it. The original design relied so heavily on input from Mercury astronaut 'Gus' Grissom, who was 5' 6", that it was nicknamed the "Gusmobile." airspacemag.com/flight-to…
After Warner Bros. execs suggested adding a third character to "Pinky And The Brain," writers responded to the unwanted input with the episode "Pinky & The Brain And...Larry" which featured a third, superfluous mouse named Larry that added nothing to the plot but repeatedly saying "I'm Larry" uproxx.com/tv/pinky-and-t…
Quine is a self-reproducing program, where it has no input, but its output is an exact copy of itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
Today I learned about Nara Dreamland, a theme park that sought to be Japan's Disneyland and even had some creative input from Walt Disney himself. It operated from 1961 to 2006, at which point it sat abandoned for a decade, before finally being demolished in 2017. youtube.com/watch?v=iU6GC…
Humans hear anywhere from 20 to 100 times faster than they see so that everything that they perceive with their ears is coloring every other perception they have, and every conscious thought they have. Sound gets in so fast that it modifies all the other input and sets the stage for it. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Headphones can be hijacked and used as a microphone, even headphones that don't have an inbuilt microphone for calls. This even works if the port is output-only, as hackers can get around this and change output to input. Researchers can get two computers to 'talk' to each other like this. researchgate.net/publicat…
Today I learned of Forward Compatibility, the ability of a system to accept input intended for a later version of itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The Octavia was an effects pedal designed for Jimi Hendrix by his sound technician, Roger Mayer. It reproduces the input signal from a guitar one octave higher and/or lower in pitch, and mixes it with the original and added distortion fuzz. It can be heard in guitar solos on the song Purple Haze en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oct…
The creator of "The Sims" had played a game called "Little Computer People", developed by Activision, in which you play a character going about its daily routine. he also received valuable input from said game's creator when developing "The Sims". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
When Canada considered changing the name of the Northwest Territories in 1996, the public was asked for their input. Although various aboriginal names were considered, β€œBob” became the second most popular choice. theglobeandmail.com/news/…
Because our brain has to wait to process sensory inputs from the outside world at the same time, tall people may live further in the past than short people. vice.com/en_us/article/qj…
Although there is no specialized sensory organ for time, our perception of time nevertheless depends on the rate of change in different sensory modalities. In the absence of sensory input, e.g. under anaesthesia, the sense of time is often lost or impaired. royalsocietypublishing.or…
"dolphins in the ocean" can swim "more than 50 miles an hour" with "little power input." "Research . . . appears to show that the dolphins do this by twitching their skin in such a way as to discourage the formation of turbulent vortices and turbulence which leads to drag and power dissipation." apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/ful…
After a screening of the film The Elephant Man, studio executives recommended the surreal scenes be cut. Producer Mel Brooks responded: "We screened the film to bring you up to date as to the status of that venture. Do not misconstrue this as our soliciting the input of raging primitives." tcm.com/this-month/articl…
In a 2-step process, neurons in one area of the brain learn the representation of the stimuli, and another area categorizes that input so as to ascribe meaning to itβ€”like first seeing just a car without a roof and then analyzing that stimulus in order to place it in the category of convertible. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
In the time before user accounts and passwords, computers used physical locks & keys to prevent keyboard input, access to the hard drive, or other unauthorized access. youtu.be/y0zZqHOZq7M
IBM sold a smartphone with a touchscreen display input that could send emails and run third party apps in 1994 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM…
In the human brain, input from your genitals gets processed next to input from your feet. This may explain the prevalence of foot fetishes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
Tom Clancy actually had a good deal of input on the games that bear his name. Including making Sam Fisher fail if he kills a civilian. theguardian.com/technolog…
HDMI-CEC, the feature that lets your HDMI devices talk to each other, switch TV inputs, and pass information back-and-forth (like your TV remote to control your PS4), comes from the french SCART video connector of the 1970s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCA…
A professor proposed a policy of automatic retaliation that would serve to end rocket attacks on Israel. If a rocket was fired at Israel an automated missile would fire at a arbitrary spot in Gaza without human input, meaning if militants rocketed Israel they would also be rocketing themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dah…
The reason water feels as it feels when it touches the skin is actually a complex electro-chemical reaction. The sensory inputs are a combination of the pH of your body and the water, the temperature of your body and the water, atmospheric pressure, and molecular polarity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
Walking requires minimal input from brain meaning that even when the spinal cord is severed we can still perform the basic cycle of gait at variable speeds while suspended on a treadmill en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
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The City of Adelaide, South Australia has a "Bus Railway" system that needs no input from drivers. youtube.com/watch?v=r4u1t…
Today I learned of a mechanism from Ancient Greece, similar to an analogue computer, where you could input data and it would give you the planets and stars positions, and could foresee eclipses and moon phases. antikythera-mechanism.gr/
There is the machine which consists of twelve pairs of worms and gears. The input gear makes 4 revolutions in a minute and the output gear thus makes 1 revolution in 2.3 trillion years and is embedded in a block of solid concrete. This machine represents time frames astrophysicist deal with. makezine.com/2012/04/25/a…
Modern cars measure the tire-pressure by sensing individual tire rotation and comparing it to speed and other sensory inputs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tir…
In 2006, 1/3 of all stocks traded in the USA and EU were traded electronically by specially designed algorithms without any human input. Today, it is estimated that around 70% of stocks traded in the US and EU markets are bought/sold by algorithmic programs, with some markets pushing 80%. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alg…
The Speak & Spell earned an IEEE milestone in 2009 for being the first device to use an integrated circuit to process digital inputs into speech. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
There can be up to an 80 ms delay between visual and auditory input and your brain will synchronize the signals to make it appear as one event youtube.com/watch?v=oA8R3…
Computer Magazines In The 1980s Had Video Game Code That You Could Input Into Your Computer To Play A Given Game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typ…
The crew of United Flight 232 after losing 1 of 3 engines and all flight controls managed to crash land the plane using only throttle inputs to steer it to a runway. 185 of the 296 souls onboard survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
A "domino computer" was once constructed, that could add two three-bit inputs and produce a four-bit output. It was made of dominoes standing on end, and relied on timing and precise placement when they were knocked over. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
The old Nickelodeon show "Gullah Gullah Island" was actually based on a real island community descended from former slaves, and developed with input from some of the tribe members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gul…
The computing term "booting" is short for "bootstrapping," which refers to a self-starting process that proceeds without external input (in this case, loading the basic software into the memory of a computer after power-on, esp. the operating system which will then load other software as needed) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
CAPTCHAS combine a control word and a suspicious word to help with digitising books. If you input the control correctly your input for the suspicious word is used to assist in the digitising. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReC…
Six nations, plus the EU, are collaborating on building the world's first nuclear fusion power plant in France. It aims to achieve 10 times input to output energy ratio, and may totally revolutionize the energy industry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITE…
Experiments in cats indicate the brain can be blind to visual input it did not experience during development. psychologytoday.com/blog/…
In the 1980s, German AI pioneer Ernst Dickmanns refurbished a Mercedes-Benz van to take input from various cameras and sensors, process it, and guide the navigation of the car. The 5-ton Mercedes traveled hundreds of miles across Germany using autonomous technology all without a driver. snapmunk.com/google-now-h…
What we think is "objective reality" or "seeing is believing" is really a fabrication of our brains reacting to multiple inputs, including the context, and can be quite objectively untrue (i.e., an illusion), and it is impossible to escape the illusion. ted.com/talks/beau_lotto_…
There exists an algorithm to work better on floating point summation by holding off on rounding until all inputs have been processed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kah…
Walt Disney gradually lost interest in animation as his attention turned to theme parks in the 1950s. By then, Disney would only come into the studio when asked for input and said that it didn't seem possible to make a better picture than Snow White books.google.ca/books?id=…
There is a neurological condition where sensory input from the left and right sides of the body are reversed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Most blind people have a sleeping disorder. This is because there is no light input to trigger typical circadian rhythm response. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non…
There is a tank/chamber you can go into that deprives your body of all its senses which causes the brain to create hallucinations because it has no "input" to process youtube.com/watch?v=A9pCl…
Satoru Okada is solely responsible for inventing the modern D-pad on controllers, designed initially as an input for the β€œGame & Watch” series. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-p…
A typical neuron in the cerebral cortex receives input from some 10,000 other neurons discovermagazine.com/2007…
The trackball input device was invented in Canada in 1952 for the Navy and used a 5-pin bowling ball. This preceded the first 'mouse' interface by 11 years... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DAT…
Broadcast radio stations don't need to get permission from an artist or their label to broadcast their work; They get it from large industry organizations instead. Artists have no input in this. ascap.com/licensing/licen…
Canada has their own breed of cow, the Canadienne, bred to produce high quality milk on low input management systems. It has official Heritage status and is part of an embryo flushing program called Project Embryo Plus to prevent extinction. cfagrf.com/Canadienne_Cow…
When you include inputs to produce and transport food to feed a cyclist, a cyclist gets the equivalent of 290 miles per gallon. physics.ucsd.edu/do-the-m…
The F-16 originally had a non-moving stick and relied on force inputs from the pilot, which led to over-correction. To combat this, they modified the stick to move but still have no effect on the plane, relying entirely on pressure inputs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
The sound made by touching the tip of an audio input cord is called the Mains hum en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mai…
Today I learned about the ITER, a fusion reactor that will output 500 megawatts from an input of 50 megawatts. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/I…
There is a site to exchange ideas. You input one idea and in return receive an idea theideaswap.com
According to Dolbear's Law you can input the amount of chirps a cricket makes per minute into a formula and receive the approximate temperature outside. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/D…
The California two-spot octopus can sense light through its skin and react, with no input from the eyes or brain. scientificamerican.com/po…
The US Army uses a Combat-Simulator Game, where soldiers input their height, weight, fitness and shooting test scores affecting their characters' abilities in virtual training army.mil/article/123316/L…
Naming laws in China are based on technical limitations rather than the appropriateness of words. Out of over 70,000 Chinese characters, only 32,232 are supported for computer input. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/N…
The founder of reCAPTCHA, Luis von Ahn also started Duolingo, both of which use user input data to digitize books and translate text on the web. ted.com/talks/luis_von_ah…
Cirrus aircraft come standard with a ballistic parachute to deploy during emergencies which lands the aircraft safely, on wheels, without pilot input. [Story in comments] youtube.com/watch?v=2_8qC…
The QWERTY keyboard layout was developed with telegram operators in mind and with their input, Remminton bought the rights and became one of the largest manufacturers of typewriters smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
On November 22, 2003, a DHL Airbus A300 cargo jet was hit by a surface-to-air missile while taking off from Baghdad airport. Although on fire and severely damaged, the 3-man crew managed to land the plane safely using only differential engine thrust as the only pilot input. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Apple invented the Newton MessagePad in the 90's. Some models had a 6.1 inch screen, ARM processor, pen input and even could connect to the internet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
Tennessee is the only state in which a prisoner can be executed via electric chair without input from the condemned. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/E…
You can undo text input on the iphone by shaking it

I had seen this window probably fifty times before today after the phone had been shaking around in my pocket. Only today did I figure out it was a feature, not a bug. Hopefully other people will be a little less freaked out by their not-broken iphones now.

Android was initially developed as a non-touch based OS supporting keyboards and trackballs as input methods. appleinsider.com/articles…
Samsung sued Apple over smiley face input method pcmag.com/article2/0,2817…
Booting (as in a computer) is short for bootstrapping - a process starting without external input en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
A simple, easy to adopt, cost-free system of detecting fetal heart defects was created by a local Manitoban, with no input from the government. tedxmanitoba.com/karen-le…
Today I learned about Theo Jansen's PVC tube creatures - multilegged "robots" that move and react with analog inputs. youtube.com/watch?v=b694e…
SilkAir 185 crashed in 1997 killing 97 people NTSC could not determine cause due to inconclusive evidence, NTSB determined the crash was the result of deliberate flight control inputs and a court ruling blamed a servo valve issue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
You can train your brain to use your tongue (+camera) to see and do other things because the brain can map any sensory input coming into it. huffingtonpost.com/gini-g…
Steve Martin wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Times poking fun at reporters for asking for his input about King Tut's remains touring the USA in 2004 nytimes.com/2004/12/05/op…
JFK stole his 'ask not what your country can do' speech from his old headmaster. The speech had long been thought to have been written with the input of Kennedy's poetic speechwriter Theodore C Sorensen. huffingtonpost.com/2011/1…
People that are cordically blind via damage to their primary visual cortex can still respond to visual input, even if they can't "see" it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bli…
In China, most keyboards do not actually have Chinese characters. They Input their characters using "Hanyu pinyin" Which is a way to make Chinese sounds in english letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Even before WWII began, Germany had a telephone tap on the British War Department headquarters by reverting the Strowger switch to transmit the microphone's input and could listen in on any room and thus, any conversation, they chose to. youtu.be/23wEmj-EWVI?t=1m…
Copiers and photo editors use the EURion Constellation to detect and block the input of currency. necessaryfacts.blogspot.c…
A condition exists that causes your brain to ignore input from certain parts of your vision. It's called Hemispatial Neglect en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hem…

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