There is still someone in the US living in an iron lung alcalde.texasexes.org/202…
Inuit in northern Greenland were using iron blades for centuries without knowledge of metallurgy. They made them by breaking pieces off of a huge iron meteorite and shaping them with heavy stones. They built their settlements close to the meteorite and used its iron for generations. now.ku.dk/documents/Meteo…
Stan Lee, the co-creator of comic book characters including Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Daredevil and the X-Men which have populated a film series that has grossed more than $11bn worldwide, was a victim of elder abuse by his business manager Keya Morgan. abc.net.au/news/2019-05-1…
David Dunbar Buick was a plumber who invented the process for adhering enamel to cast iron, clearing the way for cast iron bathtubs in homes. He would later start the Buick Motor Company en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The Roman "Pilum" featured a barbed spear head, on a long, thin iron shaft, attached to a heavy wooden handle. The design used the attackers own momentum to pierce their shield, and render it useless, leaving them defenseless if they choose to keep attacking a Roman formation. youtube.com/watch?v=ZxY3C…
Aluminum is so corrosion resistant because where iron and steel rust, Al combines with oxygen to form a material even harder than aluminum itself, called corundum. This is the second hardest naturally occurring material, next to diamond. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alu…
James Stockdale, a Vietnam War POW who didn't want to be in Vietnam, spent over seven years in a POW camp - four of them in solitary confinement and two in leg irons - and credits his Stoic philosophy studies for allowing him and his men to survive the constant torture and interrogation newsletter.butwhatfor.com…
The first two ironclad ships, one from each side during the civil war, battled for hours because their cannon shots proved entirely ineffectual against each other's iron armor. After a long period of fighting, both ships retreated to their respective ports. mashable.com/2016/03/03/c…
Today I learned about an "Engineers ring" - a ring of stainless steel or iron worn on the pinky to represent being a certified engineer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
As of May of this year, there are still two survivors of the polio epidemic living in the US that depend on iron lungs theguardian.com/society/2…
British sailors on the HMS Dolphin in the 18th century discovered that native Tahitian women were eager to exchange sex for iron, and they began pulling nails out. The resulting trade became so extensive that the loss of nails started to threaten the ship's structural integrity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
An archaeological site near Ebbsfleet containing iron weapons (a javelin included) and battle wounded bones marks the location where Julius Caesar and his troops landed and encamped in Britain around 54 BC, the first archaeological site revealing evidence of Caesar's invasion of Britain smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Nazis offered Iron Cross for 4 Finnish Jews during WW2. None accepted. For example, Leo Skurnik was awarded Iron Cross for evacuating a German soldier under enemy fire. Major Skurnik told the Germans that Skurnik would "wipe his arse with the medal." nationalpost.com/news/wor…
Today I learned of The Rolling Stones Mobile Studio (Invented by the Rolling Stones in 1968 to free them from having to record in one place) Also borrowed by bands such as Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Iron Maiden, and Fleetwood Mac en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
Iron Mountain Mine in CA is one of the most polluted places in the US and has the most acidic naturally occurring water on Earth. The pH is below 0 (-3.6). Bacteria add to the acid and form a biofilm over hot water with a pH of 0.8. 70,000 people drink water from within 3 miles of the source. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
The people who own the housing Breaking Bad was filmed in had to construct a 6 ft. wrought iron fence to stop people from constantly throwing pizzas on their garage roof. ew.com/tv/2017/10/13/brea…
The word 'thing' originated in Norway during the Iron Age. An actual place, where members of a clan and surrounding freemen would gather to work out conflicts and dole out punishment to those who committed a crime. lifeinnorway.net/history-…
Today I learned of Oprichniki, a force led by Ivan the Terrible which wore black clothing and rode black horses. They rode with severed dogs heads as they terrorized Russia and Ivan carried a canine head made of iron jaws which opened and snapped shut as he galloped. Some believe this force was his wife's idea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opr…
In 2010 approx. 400 Allied Nippon workers beat their boss to death with iron rods to protest layoffs of their former co-workers, two other senior managers were hospitalised and members of Human Resources were also attacked. businessinsider.com/fired…
The 1999 film "The Iron Giant" is based on a 1968 science fiction novel by poet Ted Hughes, written to comfort his children after the suicide of their mother, fellow poet and his wife Sylvia Plath. theguardian.com/culture/1…
In 1950 a Czech mechanic found a wrecked German AFV from WWII and rebuilt it to smash through the Iron Curtain and apply for US Citizenship. historyisnowmagazine.com/…
A 3500 year old Egyptian obelisk was encased in an iron cylinder and then rolled into the sea. With the addition of a bow, rudder, mast, and a bridge for crew accommodation the cylinder was turned into a ship and sailed to London, England, where it arrived three months later in January 1878 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
Over 200 armed children stormed a graveyard in 1950s Scotland, hunting for an iron-fanged vampire! dangerousminds.net/commen…
There's a deep-sea snail called the scaly-foot snail with an iron sulfide shell and iron sulfide plates on its foot as defenses--so far one of the only animals known to make use of iron sulfide in such a manner. It's even magnetic! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sca…
There is an asteroid named 16 Psyche worth $10,000 quadrillion in gold, planinum, iron and nickel. cbsnews.com/news/nasa-mis…
After the fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett was knighted in 2009, he forged his own sword out of iron and pieces of meteorite. He humorously said that he was frustrated knights were not allowed to carry around swords anymore due to knife crime laws in the UK. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
During the recording process of the Iron Maiden album The Number of the Beast, producer Martin Birch was involved in a car accident with a minibus transporting a group of nuns, after which he was presented with a repair bill for Β£666 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The flat-iron steak was identified as recently as 2002. It was the result of the University of Florida and the University of Nebraska trying to find a way to get more use out of the cheaper chuck, which was previously used primarily for ground beef. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
In 2015 James "Iron Cowboy" Lawrence ran 50 Ironmans on 50 consecutive days in 50 different states ironcowboy.com/
In 1774, Franz Mesmer produced an "artificial tide" in a patient, who suffered from hysteria, by having her swallow a preparation containing iron and then attaching magnets to various parts of her body. She reported feeling streams of a mysterious fluid running through her body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The owner and only resident of this ghost town in Utah is a former Prague University engineering student who at 24 escaped the Iron Curtain in 1984 using his DIY glider powered with a 600cc Trabant engine, and landed undetected at Vienna International Airport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
Today I learned about Bishop's Castle, the largest one man architecture project in the world. Jim Bishop has been building, by hand, his very own castle in the mountains of Colorado. The stone castle is 16 stories high with cathedral windows, spiral staircases, iron walkways, and a fire breathing dragon. atlasobscura.com/places/b…
Today I learned about the real Iron Mike - aka Mike the Durable. He was targeted for a life insurancy scam and endured a variety of different murder attempts: copious amounts of alcohol, wood alchohol and antifreeze, sardines mixed with shrapnel and poison - and he was run over twice. He survived it all. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The Ludlow Massacre. In 1914, The Colorado National Guard and the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company open-fired with machine guns on a tent colony of striking coal miners and their families, killing 21 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
The Iron Crown of Lombardy that allegedly had a nail of the cross in it's composition is actually a band of silver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
The early devkits for the Oculus Quest 2 were disguised as clothing irons to avoid suspicion and design leaks. roadtovr.com/oculus-quest…
Today I learned of the Carnyx, an instrument used ceremonially and in battle by the Celtic people during the Iron Age. It played like a trumpet, though its form forced people to hoist it vertically, like a flag, to play it. Despite widespread evidence of its existence, only ten carnyces have ever been found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The Eiffel Tower grows in summer. When it gets hot, the iron expands due to the heat and shrinks again in the winter. It grows by 6 inches each summer. ipfactly.com/the-eiffel-t…
The Crying Indian in the Keep America Beautiful ad was really an Italian guy named Espera "Oscar" de Conti. He moved to Hollywood, changed his name to Iron Eyes Cody and had a 60-year career as an Indian. Even after being found out he still claimed to be Cherokee and Cree, not Sicilian. valleyrelicsmuseum.org/ge…
Cartoon Network aired The Iron Giant continuously for 24 hours in the early 2000s for Fourth of July and Thanksgiving en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Magentic Soap, composed of iron rich salts dissolved in water, that responds to a magnetic field when placed in solution, which could calm concerns over the use of soaps in oil-spill clean ups. bristol.ac.uk/news/2012/8…
Maya Moore, the best women’s basketball player in the world, retired early to fight for criminal justice reform. She helped overturn a wrongly convicted man who served 22 years of a 50-year sentence. His name is Jonathan Irons. time.com/5770359/wnba-may…
The first Celtic currency of Britain consisted of iron bars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cel…
Today I learned about a report on the case of a 17 year old man who was admitted to a hospital due to severe iron-deficiency anemia. He also suffered from pagophagia, a psychological disorder characterized by the compulsive consumption of ice. Pagophagia is known to improve some symptoms of iron deficiency. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
The sound effect in the opening line of the song Iron Man, "I am Iron Man", was made by having Ozzy Osbourne sing from behind a fan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
C4 explosive was allowed in Sweden to produce art on iron tablets in the 1960's. Strings of C4, just like toothpaste, was put on the iron in distinctive patterns. The tablet was taken outside and connected to explode, and thus created patterns. This is not allowed anymore. (11:40 in video.) svtplay.se/video/13927340…
Engineers in Canada receive an Iron Ring to remind them to have humility and follow highest engineering standards. It is proudly worn on a pinky of working hand and is given in a non-public ritual authored by Rudyard Kipling en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
In 2003 two Iron Age bodies were discovered in a peat bog in Ireland. One stood 6 foot 6 inches tall and had manicured fingernails while the other had hair styled with hair gel. Both had been brutally murdered. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
A 13,000 year old farming village was instantly ended when fragments from a passing comet exploded in mid-air, leaving behind glass spheres, melted iron/sulfur, and nanodiamonds. space.com/comet-debris-de…
The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Llangollen, Wales is the world's tallest canal aqueduct and the UK's longest, 336ft long, 12ft wide, 126ft tall, with 18 cast iron spans, and a railing on only one side en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pon…

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