A 75-year Harvard study found close relationships are the key to a person's success. Having someone to lean on keeps brain function high and reduces emotional, and physical, pain. People who feel lonely are more likely to experience health declines earlier in life. cnbc.com/2016/12/15/75-yeโ€ฆ
In 1928, the founder of Juilliard overheard an audition of someone improvising on a Rachmaninoff classic. Appalled, he went to confront the blasphemer, but found an 8yo Black girl (Hazel Scott), whose hands were too small to hit all the right keys. She was deemed a prodigy & accepted immediately theweek.com/articles/7933โ€ฆ
Sleight of hand artist Apollo Robbins was so proficient that he once managed to pick the pockets of 2 secret service agents assigned to former president Jimmy Carter. He managed to steal the forner president's itinerary, the keys to his motorcade and the badges of the agents. newyorker.com/magazine/20โ€ฆ
The name of the Marshall Tucker Band doesnโ€™t refer to any particular member of the band, but rather a blind piano tuner who had been working on a piano in the bandโ€™s practice space and accidentally left behind a key with his name on it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
Despite the efforts from the Catholic church, the hallucinogenic San Pedro cactus' name is attributed to the belief that just as St Peter (San Pedro) holds the keys to heaven, the effects of the cactus could allow its users to reach heaven while still being on earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echโ€ฆ
Babiesโ€™ cuteness is key to their survival. Cute babies are just extremely hard to ignore, and this is likely hardwired into human brains. Less cute children are treated differently. vox.com/2016/6/8/11872688โ€ฆ
For a while in the 2010s, you could rent the country of Liechtenstein on Airbnb for $70,000 a night. This included hanging out with the monarch, temporary currency, the ability to rename streets and a key to country. theguardian.com/world/201โ€ฆ
When museum couldn't open an antique safe, it sought help online. A volunteer figured out the combination, only to find that it contained a door with a keyed lock. An antique key was eventually found to fit the lock, and the safe was opened containing only a single paperclip. regina.ctvnews.ca/mysteryโ€ฆ
An epidemic in 1872 affecting horses was a key moment in the animal rights movement as the founder of the ASPCA would stand in the street to block horse-drawn trolleys to insist that sick horses be returned to the stables instead of being worked to death slate.com/technology/2020โ€ฆ
La Malinche was a native woman who played a key role in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, acting as an interpreter, advisor, and intermediary for the Spanish conquistador Hernรกn Cortรฉs. Today the term "malinchista" refers to a disloyal compatriot in Mexico. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_โ€ฆ
Many keyboards in Japan have small space bars to make room for a language switching key chowderbucket.com/tech/inโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the National Weight Control Registry, which tracks 6,000 Americans and has shown that calorie control and regular exercise is key to keeping off the pounds, regardless of how much fat you eat. consumerreports.org/cro/2โ€ฆ
William Stephenson, a Canadian, was the real-life inspiration for fictional character James Bond. Stephenson played a key role in the creation of the CIA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilโ€ฆ
There is a small musical key on an instrument that is never "played" in music, and it is called a "water key". It is often erroneously called a "spit valve" because of the wrongly held belief that the drained liquid is spit. It's actually condensed moisture from exhaled breath. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watโ€ฆ
When the # and * keys were first put on phones they had no purpose whatsoever and were only included because touch tone phones could create up to twelve tones. blog.solidsignal.com/tutoโ€ฆ
The Beach Boys made it up. There is no place called Kokomo off the Florida Keys. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokโ€ฆ
There is an Australian pine growing out of an old railroad bridge in the Florida Keys named Fred the Tree. Fred survives with salt spray, lots of sunshine, and no apparent soil. Fred even withstood Hurricane Irma! fla-keys.com/keysvoices/fโ€ฆ
Entrepreneurship is a key to economic growth in Africa. In 2019, venture capital startup funding grew to 1.3 billion dollars, increasing rapidly. The causes are as of yet unclear, but education is certainly a factor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecoโ€ฆ
Adopting a new fad diet is a predictor of future weight gain. People who adopt new diets will gain back even more weight within five years. Consistent exercise was the key factor that separated people who stayed thinner. Scientists advise realistic goals of dietary moderation and exercise. newsroom.ucla.edu/releaseโ€ฆ
King Alfred the Great of Wessex began uniting the kingdoms of England into a single nation in the late 800โ€™s. One of his key achievements was stemming the onslaught of Viking invaders from Denmark. Alfred is presently the most popular name given to baby boys in Denmark. nameberry.com/popular_namโ€ฆ
The US Constitution required Northern States to forcibly return escaped slaves to their Southern Owners, and that the failure to enforce this Constitutional requirement was the key basis for Mississippi seceding from the US. battlefields.org/learn/arโ€ฆ
There is a standard order to listing specific adjectives describing a noun which sounds "off key" to a native language speaker, if they are listed in the wrong order. gingersoftware.com/contenโ€ฆ
The QWERTY keyboard format was developed because of typewriter mechanics. Normally you press a key which swings a hammer with an inked letter onto the paper. If you pressed two keys next to each other quickly, their hammers could collide and jam it. Commonly used letters were thus spaced out. youtu.be/ZBPo82lCmOc
On December 9th 1944, the Nazi party held a celebration at Castle Varlar to display the power of the new V-2 rocket. In between launches, key figures were awarded medals for their success. All the while, the launched V-2 rockets were raining down horror on Belgium. guernicamag.com/v-2-and-sโ€ฆ
Today I learned of St John Philby, a British explorer who was fluent in many languages and who served as an adviser to Saudi Arabia's founder Ibn Saud, playing a key role in convincing him to unify the Arabian Peninsula. Later in life, he openly criticized Saud's successor King Saud and was exiled to Lebanon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_โ€ฆ
Walter Oi, a blind economist employed as the staff economist on President Nixon's Commission on an All-Volunteer Armed Force, did the research used as a key piece of evidence in the debate to end the policy of conscription, which led President Nixon to end conscription in 1973. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walโ€ฆ
The French word for "key" is "clef," which is where we get clefs and different keys within a clef in music. musictheoryacademy.com/hoโ€ฆ
The Windows 95 product key algorithm was entirely based on the key just being divisible by 7. youtu.be/cwyH59nACzQ
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-wโ€ฆ
Microsoft Excel can reach down to 1,048,576 rows. A YouTuber spent over 9 hours holding down the down key mentalfloss.com/article/9โ€ฆ
If you shake keys near a flying moth with ears, it will dive to the ground to avoid encountering what it thinks is a bat. This is because shaking keys emits sonar similar to that produced by bats. blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/wecdepโ€ฆ
The drummer of Black Keys Patrick Carney was testing out his new studio in Tennessee and sent some chords to his uncle, who then added sax and trombone sounds to go with it. It was all compiled by the time Noel Bright was looking for a theme song for Bojack and became first pick. indiewire.com/2016/08/bojโ€ฆ
Modern car thieves use a scanner to amplify the signal of the key from inside your home. carlock.co/blog/en/2019/0โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Lawrence Morley, a Canadian Geophysicist who proposed the theory of magnetic imprinting, (key to explaining continental drift and plate tectonics). science.ca/scientists/sciโ€ฆ
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the home of two of the most holy sites in Christianity, has had the same Muslim family as its Custodian of keys since the 12th century. reuters.com/article/us-reโ€ฆ
Rosetta Stone was discovered during the Egyptian campaign by Napoleon Bonaparte's French forces in 1799. It became the essential key to the modern understanding of ancient Egyptian literature and civilisation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosโ€ฆ
When Albert Eั–nstะตin first visited the USA in 1921, Bruce Falconer, a New York City official, delayed Eั–nstะตin being handed the key to the city, because he was unfamiliar with his work and argued no one could prove his claims mentalfloss.com/article/6โ€ฆ
IBM put a solenoid in their IBM 3278 keyboards to make key presses sound more like a typewriter youtube.com/watch?v=hNRH1โ€ฆ
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-โ€ฆ
Most slot machines play tones and music in the key of C, as itโ€™s been shown to be the key that makes people happiest. blog.betway.com/casino/hoโ€ฆ
British nuclear weapons were armed with only a bike lock key until the mid 90's. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/70971โ€ฆ
Platypus does not have a stomach. Also in its genome some of the key genes involved in gastric sections are deleted, including genes for acid production. vivo.colostate.edu/hbooksโ€ฆ
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/lookโ€ฆ
Deer musk, historically a key constituent of perfume, is obtained from the caudal glands of musk deer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deeโ€ฆ
Irving Berlin (composer of White Christmas and Putting On The Ritz) could only play piano in one key, so he had a custom piano built with a switch that shifted the entire keyboard left and right to different strings. youtu.be/DV9uq8z2k5E
Today I learned about HMS Minden, aboard which Francis scott key wrote the poem "Defense of Fort M'Henry", which became the lyrics for "The Star-Spangled Banner", was built in Bombay by Wadia Group, the oldest currently existing company in India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMSโ€ฆ
In 2003 the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency created a set of playing cards to help the military identify key Iraqi leaders. To date, out of the 52 leaders carded, 47 have been either killed or captured en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosโ€ฆ
The man who invented Tang, was also key in creating Pop Rocks and Cool Whip. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tang_(โ€ฆ
During Ben Franklinโ€™s famous kite experiment, the kite was not struck by visible lightning; had it been, Franklin would almost certainly have been killed. Instead, he noticed loose threads on the kite string were repelling each other and there was a spark when he moved his hand near the key. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitโ€ฆ
One of the key early fundraising tools for the Nazi Sturmabteilung was operating their own cigarette company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuโ€ฆ

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