Today I learned of Charles Ramsey, a Cleveland man who was key in the rescue of 3 women & a child from over a decade of captivity in a neighbor's home. When word got out he was eating a Big Mac when he heard a woman's cries for help, over a dozen Ohio restaurants pledged to offer him a free burger anytime. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The key to American victory in the Revolutionary War was the 75-ton β€œGreat Chain” that stretched across the Hudson River to prevent the British from moving inland. It was such an obstacle, they paid Benedict Arnold Β£20,000 for the plans to the Chain’s main defenses, at Fort West Point hvmag.com/life-style/hist…
Today I learned about a book called β€œThe Secret (treasure hunt)”. It contains 12 cryptic paintings associated with 12 cryptic riddles you must decipher in order to dig up a key to the loot buried around the U.S. and Canada. Only 3 have been discovered since 1982. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A deceased man was considered a coauthor of a 1990 math paper after he appeared in a dream to the other author to explain some of the key ideas. gwern.net/docs/math/1990-…
The two oldest cats ever recorded was owned by one guy: Creme Puff (38 years) and Grandpa Rex Allen (34 years). The owner even revealed what he believed to be the key to their longevity, a diet of dry cat food supplemented with broccoli, eggs, turkey bacon, coffee with cream and red wine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
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…
Today I learned of the Ceremony of the Keys which is carried out every night at exactly 9:53 pm at the Tower of London and is believed to be the oldest military ceremony in the world. Originating in the Middle Ages it has never once been cancelled though it was delayed once during WWII due to enemy action. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cer…
Today I learned of Γ†thelflΓ¦d, Lady of the Mercians. Eldest daughter of Alfred the Great who ruled the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia and played a key role in conquering the Danelaw. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
β€œlow-key photography” consists of shooting dark-colored scenes while emphasizing light only on specific areas in the frame en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low…
Taurine which is a key ingredient in Red Bull, Monster, Rock Star, and other energy drinks, is an amino acid that humans and dogs can produce within their own bodies from other amino acid, but Cats cannot synthesize. Cats must get it from their diet, and it is required to remain healthy. vcahospitals.com/know-you…
A prison in the UK had to change every lock because a news program showed keys on live TV standard.co.uk/news/itn-i…
F. Scott Fitzgerald (author of *The Great Gatsby*) is the second cousin to Francis Scott Key (writer of "The Start Spangled Banner"), but Fitzgerald was born over 50 years after Key died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._…
The popular combination of WASD keys used in gaming, especially FPS games, was made popular by a gamer named Denish Fong when he won a PC gaming tournament in May of 1997. ag.hyperxgaming.com/artic…
The shift (maj) key's name originated from the typewriter, where one had to press and hold the button to shift up the case stamp to change to capital letters. computerhope.com/jargon/s…
"Dyscalculia is a learning disability in math. People with dyscalculia have trouble with math at many levels. They often struggle with key concepts like bigger vs. smaller. And they can have a hard time doing basic math problems and more abstract math." understood.org/en/learnin…
There is a theory that explains advertising wants, international conflicts, friendship and rivlary. Mimetic theory’s key insight is that human desire is not an autonomous process, but a collective one. We want things because other people want them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
Henry Allingham, one of the last surviving veterans of WWI and one-time oldest man on earth, was called away from eating lunch to design the key countermeasure to Nazi magnetic mines - he did this in only 9 days. He attributed his longevity to "cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Phil Zimmerman, the developer of PGP, named the symmetric-key cipher of PGP v1.0 as "BassOmatic", based on a Dan Aykroyd SNL skit involving a blender and a whole fish to illustrate that the BassOmatic algorithm does to data what the original BassOmatic did to the fish en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
The Rosetta Stone, the key to deciphering Ancient Egyptian, was found in 1799 during the French military expedition to Egypt, by a French Army engineer captain named Pierre-Francois Bouchard. Bouchard had been part of a unit tasked with restoring an old fort, where he spotted the slab. discoveringegypt.com/egyp…
Today I learned that Hans Zimmer plays keys in the Video killed the radio star video youtu.be/W8r-tXRLazs
There's a type of keyboard, called a "chorded keyboard", that uses only eight or fewer keys. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
Today I learned about Witness Trees. These are trees that were present during key moments in American history. They have been known to hide bullets from those events within new layers of wood and bark. To help preserve their historic relevance, a Witness Tree Protection Program was launched in 2006. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
In 2008 footballer Mathieu Flamini co-founded GF Biochemicals, the first company in the world to mass produce Levulinic acid, a a chemical identified by the US Department of Energy as key to unlocking a greener world. The company has won a John Sime award for most innovative new technology. bbc.co.uk/news/business-3…
Today I learned of a man who retired at 61 and becames a perpetual hiker. Over 15 years he walked over 34,000 miles (55,000 KM). He became the first known person to hike the entire Appalachian Range in North America, from Newfoundland to the Keys and more and more. theguardian.com/world/201…
A common belief in alchemy, kabbalah, renaissance magic and medieval esoterism in general was that birds spoke the perfect divine language used by Angels and/or Adam which was key to obtaining perfect knowledge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Spit and condensed water accumulate in brass instruments and need to be drained regularly. Tumpets have "water keys" for this purpose. youtu.be/TGp_Hdi5ZH0
In the Nazi Enigma code, a letter couldn't be represented by itself in the coded transmission. This flaw was exploited by Allied code-breakers and was a key part of the "Bombe" Enigma decoding machine designed by Alan Turing and engineered by Harold Keen. youtube.com/watch?v=V4V2b…
Porsche key fobs are shaped, miniature models of the vehicle on a scale of 1:43. porsche.com/international…
A leopard gecko's tail houses much of its spinal cord; when grabbed, it detaches, a blood clot forms, radial glia (RG) cells multiply & regrow a tail. Humans lose RGs as adults & scar tissue would block RGs. Scientists believe RGs & bypassing scar tissue are keys to human spinal cord healing. popsci.com/gecko-tail-reg…
By redefining the shape of a person's key features, Juggalo makeup can evade facial recognition technologies that rely on identifying areas of contrast (e.g. around eyes & chin). However, the makeup cannot trick technologies based on depth perception. yahoo.com/entertainment/t…
Apple told tech support not to instruct customers to press "Any key", because they would "panic" and ask what key to press en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Any…
Viruses are considered by some to be a life form, although they lack key characteristics that are generally considered necessary to count as life. Because they possess some but not all such qualities, viruses have been described as "organisms at the edge of life." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
Martin Luther, a key figure of the Protestant Reformation in the early 16th century, was an Anti-Semite who called for persecution of Jews. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_…
Most Commercial Handcuffs Use The Same Key, So If You Have A Standard Key, You Can Probably Just Unlock Them And Walk Away vocal.media/lifehack/how-…
The outro music for the TV series Bottom was actually a hit from 1961 for The Mar Keys called Last Night. youtu.be/FX5T9GvSnbY
Today I learned about the legendary pickpocket Apollo Robbins, who once stripped Jimmy Carter’s Secret Service detail of their watches, badges, keys, and the presidential itinerary. He once stole a man’s driver’s license and made it turn up inside a sealed bag of M&M’s in his wife’s purse. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
The line of descending numbers on the copyright page of a book is called the Printer's Key, and it indicates which printing of the book it is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
A woman escaped a serial killer who’d held her captive for 3 days, by waiting until he had left for work, then used a key an accomplice had left behind to unlock her chains. She then fought the accomplice, stabbing them with an ice-pick, before running out. It led to the killers arrest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
In 1972 a snorkeling chemist investigating what he first believed was a buried corpse uncovered the Riace Bronzes, little known to the public and today considered by many to be the most exquisite and alluring statues ever made for their combined realism and exaggeration of key features wikipedia.org/wiki/Riace_…
Urine contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassiumβ€”key nutrients that plants need to grow. Researchers have been studying the removal of bacteria, viruses, and pharmaceuticals in urine to improve the safety of urine-derived fertilizers. phys.org/news/2020-01-uri…
Today I learned about a "Cat Organ", a hypothetical musical instrument which consists of a line of cats fixed in place with their tails stretched out underneath a keyboard so that they cry out when a key is pressed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Jack Black's older half brother, Neil Siegel, is a prolific computer scientist and engineer who has developed key systems for the US military and inventions that make GPS possible in our phones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
Actor Joseph Fiennes was familiar with one of the key filming locations for Best Picture movie Shakespeare In Love (1998) as it was his ancestral home, Broughton Castle. Joseph is the fourth cousin of Nathaniel Fiennes, 21st Baron Saye and Sele, who owns the property. broughtoncastle.com/furth…
A key symptom of depression is anhedonia, typically defined as the loss of ability to experience pleasure. It is a core feature of depression, but it is also one of the most treatment-resistant symptoms. Using ketomine, researchers found over-activity in the brain blunting reward seeking medicalxpress.com/news/20…
In the era of keyboard ubiquity, typing has fallen out of the curriculum and no longer taught at schools. Nor has anyone invented a rival to the home keys method technologyreview.com/s/42…
The Turkish Straits crisis was an opening salvo of the Cold War, as the Soviet Union tried to take over two key channels in order to control Black Sea naval traffic. Stalin threatened to invade Turkey from the Balkans, prompting the Truman Doctrine of capitalist aid that put the country in NATO en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
The city of Key West, FL passed a law banning the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are believed to be detrimental to coral reefs. tampabay.com/florida/2019…
About "The Wrecking Crew" a rotating ensemble of about 20-30 studio musicians with a core of about 6 key members that played on and contributed original material to many recording sessions in the 1960s and is responsible for the "California sound" in pop music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Prosecutors considered, but ended up not, calling a husband's parrot as a key witness in a wife-husband murder case after the bird kept repeating "don't shoot" in the victim's voice; wife found guilty anyway. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Today I learned about Monte Testaccio, the 'Mountain of Pots' in Rome, a hill made entirely from around 53 million discarded ancient Roman containers used to carry olive oil. It is one of the largest ancient 'spoil mounds' in the world, and is now key in understanding Roman trade routes in Spain and Libya. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
HMS Terror, of the doomed Franklin Expedition, mortared Fort McHenry inspiring Francis Scott Key's "Bombs bursting in air". A ship called HMS Erebus, not of the Franklin Expedition, launched Congreve rockets, inspiring Key's "Rocket's red glare." numa.net/2014/11/sunken-s…
A wildly popular Canadian TV show (The Red Green Show) made a change to a key segment for its remaining 10 seasons after receiving a single request for it from a blind viewer. youtu.be/QHzbqY0kwIQ?t=20…
Severe heartbreak can cause emotional trauma which imprints on individuals' psychobiological wellbeing, affecting future responses to rejection or loss. A key factor to the trauma is 'being left' triggers primal separation fear – the fear of being left with no one to care for one's vital needs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Fish waste excretion is crucial to the survival and growth of coral reefs, and in reefs where fishing occurs, nearly half of the key nutrients from fish waste excretion are absent from the ecosystem. phys.org/news/2016-08-big…
Hunter S. Thompson killed himself while being on the phone with his wife. She mistook the cocking of the gun for the sound of his typewriter keys and hung up as he fired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
The tomato, once nicknamed "poison apple," was feared in Europe for More Than 200 Years until pizzas were invented in Naples, Italy around 1880 and tomato sauce became a key ingredient. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Music legend Dolly Parton has won less Grammys than the Dixie Chicks, Alicia Keys, and Leontyne Price grammy.com/grammys/artist…
The Indian Bullfrog male, during the monsoon mating season, turns from drab green to yellow in color and their vocal sacks turn blue. Their loud bellows and changed appearance are key in attracting females.These frogs are able to jump right out of water as though on land despite their huge size. zmescience.com/ecology/an…
Today I learned about β€œLatchkey Incontinence” - a phenomenon where the urge to urinate gets stronger the closer you are to a bathroom. One example would be when you put your key in your front door when returning home from work. melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
Due to its proximity to the Gulf Stream and the Gulf of Mexico giving it a mild tropical climate year round, Key West Florida is the only city in the Continental US that's never had recorded frost. key-west.com/weather.htm
Wild bottlenose dolphins can have bold and shy personalities just like people according to studies. Such differing personality traits were shown to be key to their survival because it was observed how these play into social cohesion, communication and taking chances to secure food resources. researchgate.net/publicat…
Some Jewish communities have rules about carrying anything on the Sabbath, including house keys, canes, medication, and even babies. They can get around it if they can make the object into clothing, like making an ornate belt buckle with a house key in it. myjewishlearning.com/arti…
:Pinbal was banned from the early 1940s to the mid-1970s in most of America's big cities. It was a game of chance, not skill, and so it was a form of gambling. In fact, one of the key parts of pinball: the flippers, weren't invented until 1947, five years after most of the bans were implemented. popularmechanics.com/tech…
The Greek Key design, on the toga the mascot for Little Caesars Pizza wears, is actually the initials LC for Little Caesars. littlecaesars.com
Before a key battle in Alexander the Great's campaign in Persia, the Persian king offered Alexander generous terms for peace. One of Alexander's generals is said to have remarked: "I would accept the terms, if I were you". Alexander responded: "So would I, if I were you". He won. hellenicaworld.com/Greece…
The original "laugh track" used in sitcoms was a physical instrument like an organ, was held under lock and key, and was owned and operated by only one man who knew how it worked. Charley Douglass used his "laff box" to create the laugh track for almost every sitcom in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
A key question for the ancient Greeks is whether the soul can exist independently of the body. Plato (from the Phaedo) certainly thought that the soul could exist separately. On Aristotle’s account, although the soul is not a material object, it is not separable from the body faculty.washington.edu/sm…
There was once an idea to add a couple key dams and drain the Mediterranean Sea thus connecting Europe with Africa and creating hydroelectric power and farmland. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Small island archipelago St. Pierre & Miquelon is the only French owned territory in North America and is 30 minutes off the coast from Newfoundland, Canada. It was also a key part of alcohol smuggling into the US during the prohibition era. thedailybeast.com/frances…
Ward Kimball, one of Disney's Nine Old Men, was a key figure in helping spread the rumor the Walt Disney was cryogenically frozen after his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
The Big Beat, a 1980 song by Billy Squier, has been sampled in more than 260 recordings including Jay-Z's β€œ99 Problems”, Alicia Keys' β€œGirl on Fire” and Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Higher Ground". The original song never charted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The star wars theme was written purposely on the same key as the 20th Century Fox fanfare (that used to appear before the movie started) so that there will be a continuous feeling and a smooth entry to the film for the viewers. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
Axel F, the soundtrack to Beverly Hills cop, is written in the key of F en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axe…
Trey Parker had to deliberately sing off key to get auto-tune to work, saying "If you use it and you sing into it correctly, it doesn't do anything to your voice." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
Eclairs and Long Johns, while sometimes advertised as being the same thing, have key differences. Long Johns use doughnut, yeast-risen or batter-derived pastry, not steam-puffed choux dough. Both eclairs and Long Johns can be filled with custard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
Rome has been nicknamed the Cocaine Capital of the World with €1,23 billion worth of cocaine seized in 3 police operations but it was all kept on the low key to protect the image of the eternal city. the-view-from-rome.blogau…
In 2007 a thief drove a $280,000 Porsche through the glass window of a Malaysian luxury car showroom. The car was abandoned nearby, its fuel tank empty. The thief kept the keys and returned with a can of gas to the police station where the car was impounded, stealing the vehicle a second time. reuters.com/article/us-ma…
The guy who made the main theme and some music for BoJack Horseman is also the drummer for The Black Keys en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
The key of A Minor is all the white keys, just like C Major, they're just in a different order. youtu.be/ujS0Viuv5kg?t=87
Today I learned about randomart in ssh. It generates ASCII art from ssh keys. SSH keys are long strings of characters, and they are easy to verify with a computer, but difficult for humans to verify visually. If you regularly ssh to a server, it's anticipated that you'd notice any changes to the picture. superuser.com/questions/2…
Key's matchstick grasshopper, native to Australia, was rediscovered in 2019 after having not seen since 1967. It is flightless, and unlike most other grasshopper species, it is active during the winter. This insect's unique chromosomes were studied extensively by early evolutionary biologists. environment.nsw.gov.au/re…
Old typewriters did not have a number 1 key by design, you were meant to use the 'l' key. daskeyboard.com/blog/why-…
In 1989, then Prime Minister of Japan Sōsuke Uno resigned after a geisha revealed she had an extramarital affair with him. The key of the scandal wasn't morality, but that he had failed to properly provide and support his mistress with an appropriate amount, and was branded as a stingy man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C…
Uzbekistan shuts down the entire country's internet and SMS service for five hours every year to prevent students from cheating during a key college exam. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Today I learned of Ludwig Gertsch, one of Australia's most high-profile unsolved homicides. In 1990, after inheriting the multi-million estate of his deceased lover - a gay businessman key in establishing Sydney's scene - Gertsch's body was found by the Blue Mountains. The case reopened in 2006 without success. news.com.au/national/a-ki…
When Richard Lawrence stood trial for trying to assassinate US Pres. Andrew Jackson, the prosecutor was Francis Scott Key (author of the Star-Spangled Banner) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
The Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev composed an opera, The Giant, when he was only 7 years old - using only the white keys wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei…
Today I learned of the parasitic Massospora fungus which infects cicadas, replaces their genitals with a fungal stump, and hijacks their brains with amphetamines and/or psilocybin (the key chemical in hallucinogenic mushrooms), forcing them to mate non-stop and spread the fungal spores to infect other cicadas. nytimes.com/2019/06/28/sc…
Disabled people in the UK can get a universal key which works with disabled toilets around the whole of the UK (around 9,000+ toilets) disabilityrightsuk.org/sh…
Key West was once the wealthiest town per capita in the United States. Also chickens roam free in the city as well. trolleytours.com/key-west…
Today I learned of Heinz Heydrich. Brother of Reinhard Heydrich who was a key architect of the Holocaust. When Heinz learned of the Final Solution he helped many Jews escape their certain deaths by forging identity papers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hei…
⌘, the command key on a Mac, is commonly used as a 'place of interest' sign in Nordic countries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loo…
Today I learned that the term "FOB", as in "key fob" has been around since the late 1800's and was originally used to describe an accessory to a pocket watch but was expanded to identify any small decorative token added to a keychain. theatlantic.com/technolog…
During WWII, three Royal Navy sailors boarded an abandoned German submarine (U-559) to retrieve the U-boat's Enigma key setting sheets with all current settings for the U-boat Enigma network; two of them were inside the U-boat, attempting to get out, when it foundered; both drowned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Today I learned of Helen Gandy who was Edgar Hoover's secretary for 54 years. The day of his death, she resigned and destroyed all of his personal FBI files that he used to manipulate key Washington figures. cs.mcgill.ca/~rwest/wikis…
If you point your car keys to your head, it increases the remote’s signal range. This works by using your skull's oral cavity to act as a radio transmitter. driver-safety.wonderhowto…
Jon Stewart was a talented college soccer player who scored the only goal in a key game leading to the NCAA tournament. espn.com/espn/story/_/id/…
Today I learned about Mark DeFriest, an autistic savant who was sentenced to 4 years in prison for 'stealing' his father's tools. Able to memorise and reproduce keys by looking at them, he's been imprisoned 36 years for multiple escapes. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
The first "junk playground" opened in Copenhagen in 1943 under German occupation. It had three components: a vacant lot; donated scraps; and a single adult supervisor, who β€œwas available only for guidance and was key to the success of the playground.” theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Saint Valentine's Keys are given to offer a cure for epilepsy on Saint Valentine's Day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…

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