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.โ€ฆ
About Austin Rogers-a bartender that became a 12-time โ€œJeopardy!โ€ champion whose impressively broad knowledge helped him win more than $400,000 on the show. Today, Rogers still works as a bartender in the Hellโ€™s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City.โ€ฆ
Renowned scientist Michael Faraday, whose work on electromagnetism made him one of the most influential physicists in history, had little formal education. In particular his knowledge of maths extended only to the simplest algebra, and he was unaware of trigonometry.โ€ฆ
A study was conducted in an Australian University in 2008 found that "male science nerds" are most likely to be virgins and that female art majors were the most sexually active, but have little knowledge of what chlamydia is. The study was prompted by rapidly increasing cases of chlamydia.โ€ฆ
The creator of chiropractic medicine, D.D. Palmer, claims he received his knowledge from the spirit of a deceased physician named Jim Atkinson and believed chiropractic medicine was a moral obligation and a religious duty.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Paul Shuen, one of Canada's most respected obstetricians and gynecologists for 30 years. His license to practise in Ontario was revoked after it was discovered that, since deliveries paid more on weekends, he was drugging his patients without their knowledge to induce labor on Saturday.โ€ฆ
In 1984 NASA crashed a fully fueled Boeing passenger jet, with crash dummies as passengers and pilots into the Mojave desert. The crash was filmed from multiple angles at high speed in 16MM film. The knowledge gained from this test lead to major changes in airline flight safety standards.โ€ฆ
The first successful artificial insemination (1884) involved a woman being knocked out with chloroform and impregnated against her knowledge with the donated sperm of the doctor's "most attractive" student. The husband was eventually told the truth. The wife was never informed.โ€ฆ
In 1940, the Nazis sent 12 spies to Britain to pave the way for an invasion. However, the plan failed due to the ineptitude of the agents. None of them were that fluent in English and they lacked basic knowledge of British customs.โ€ฆ
Taylor Swift used facial recognition at a concert in 2018 to identify known stalkers. The photos were taken at a rehearsal clip photo booth and transmitted to s control center for processing, without the fans knowledgeโ€ฆ
โ€žPut Him in Buccaโ€œ was a Candid Camera Style Iraqi television program. Fake bombs were placed in celebritiesโ€˜ cars without their knowledge and soliders in on the prank โ€ždiscoveredโ€œ them at military checkpoints. The celebrities then were threatened with detention and execution.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Sidney Lewis who joined the British Army at age 12, fought in the Battle of the Somme at age 13 but was sent home when his mother complained. He reenlisted without her knowledge, fought in Austria in 1918, and went on to fight in WWII, too, before retiring to run a pub.โ€ฆ
Black Sabbathโ€™s live album โ€œLive At Lastโ€ was released without the bandโ€™s knowledge or permission. After dismissing their manager Patrick Meehan in the 70s, in 1980, Meehan arranged the reissue of the Sabbath catalogue and the release of an album consisting of concert recordings from 1973.โ€ฆ
During the Lewis & Clark expedition Sacagawea was reunited with her brother Cameahwait, the "Great Chief" of the Lemhi Shoshones. This led to generous aid including selling horses, carrying cargo, sharing knowledge of the Bitterroot Mountains and the Columbia River, and supplying a guide.โ€ฆ
In Russia the first day of school is called "Knowledge Day" falls on Sept 1st and is a national holiday. Kids and parents celebrate by bringing their kids to school carrying balloons and presents for their teachers, it's especially special for first graders.โ€ฆ
An "Apocalypse" refers to any great 'uncovering of knowledge' not just the end of the world.โ€ฆ
The Dunce Cap was invented by Duns Scotus during the 13th century and was originally worn by the intelligent. Scotus believed that in some metaphysical way, the shape of the cap could act as a funnel for knowledge from the tip to the brain.โ€ฆ
Beatrix Potter was an avid taxidermist, who used her knowledge of anatomy gained in this way to draw illustrations to her booksโ€ฆ
In 2017, Canadian scientists recreated an extinct horse pox virus to demonstrate that the smallpox virus can be recreated in a small lab at a cost of about $100,000, by a team of scientists without specialist knowledge.โ€ฆ
Rommelโ€™s stance as an anti-Nazi and supporter of the July 20 plot to kill Hitler is largely exaggerated. He remained loyal, and his desire to negotiate a surrender was driven by the knowledge that the successful Allied landings in Normandy would lead to catastrophe for Germany.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Chลซnibyล , a japanese term which translates to "year-nine syndrome", typically used to describe early teens who have delusions of grandeur, who so desperately want to stand out that they have convinced themselves they have hidden knowledge or secret powers.โ€ฆ
Chanakya, one of the oldest economist added a tiny bit of poison in the Kings food, without his knowledge, to immunize him from enemy assassination attempts. The King accidently killed his 8 month pregnant Queen by sharing his food.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Lincos language, designed in 1960 to communicate with extra-terrestrial species, and based only on mathematics and logic and thus not requiring any knowledge about Earth or humans to understandโ€ฆ
Christopher Nolan cast Harry Styles in Dunkirk over hundreds of other candidates based on his "old-fashioned face." Nolan had no knowledge of Styles' fame as a singer.โ€ฆ
Albert Stevens survived the the highest known accumulated radiation dose in any human after being given a dose of plutonium without his knowledge or informed consent during the Manhattan Project.โ€ฆ
Ancient Rome had knowledge about the existence of Buddhismโ€ฆ
The Memory of Mankind has buried modern 'clay tablets' preserving the most important modern knowledge beneath a salt mine in Austria for future generations with clues to decipher themโ€ฆ
WWII Submarine Captain John Philip Cromwell stoically went down with his stricken sub Sculpin rather than allow himself to be captured by the Japanese. Cpt Cromwell had knowledge of top secret highly sensitive Allied war plans that the enemy may have extracted from him through drugs or torture,โ€ฆ
According to Anthropologist Gordon McEwan, the Inca Empire (1438 - 1572) lacked the use of wheeled vehicles, lacked the knowledge of iron and steel, and above all, they lacked a system of writing, but were still able to construct one of the greatest imperial states in human history.โ€ฆ
Outside the academic space Dmitry Mendeleev (creator of Periodic table of elements) was a man of unusual interests and the widest professional knowledge. Itโ€™s hard to count them all. He was a chemist, physicist, economist, meteorologist, technologist, geologist, meteorologist, pedagogue, aviatorโ€ฆ
Owls are associated with knowledge in Western tradition because they are the companion animal of Athena, the goddess of wisdom, in Greek mythology. However, the origins of this relationship are largely unknown.โ€ฆ
In Pennsylvania (USA), you can be on the hook for your parentsโ€™ debt without your knowledge or consent, and itโ€™s completely legalโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Werther-Effect, the emulation of another suicide that the person attempting suicide knows about either from local knowledge or due to accounts or depictions of the original suicide. Due to this, in Australia it's illegal for media to report suicide as a reason a person has passed.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of The Testimony of Truth, a 4th century Gnostic manuscript that tells the story of The Garden of Eden from the point of view the serpent, a gnostic symbol for divine wisdom and knowledge, in which it depicts God as jealous and the villain in the story.โ€ฆ
The first successful artificial insemination was performed in 1884 on a Philadelphia housewife without her knowledge. The doctor anesthetized the woman and took sperm from his โ€œbest-lookingโ€ student and impregnated her. The doctor and the womanโ€™s husband never revealed the truth to her.โ€ฆ
The Cassandra metaphor occurs when valid warnings are dismissed. The Greek god Apollo gave Cassandra the gift of prophecy, but she refused his love so he placed a curse that nobody would believe her. She was left with knowledge of future events she could not alter or convince others of.โ€ฆ
The robbery of the Federal Reserve in Die Hard with a Vengeance is so plausible that the FBI actually questioned the screenwriter on how he had such intimate knowledge of the vaults.โ€ฆ
The term "Agnostic" was coined in 1869 by T.H. Huxley, and not as a description, but as a creed: "to follow reason as far as it can take you, but then, when you have established as much as you can, frankly and honestly to recognize the limits of your knowledge."โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Hitler's Cross, an Adolf Hitler-themed restaurant in Mumbai. It was decked out in Nazi colors and had a gigantic portrait of Adolf Hitler. Following a huge backlash from Mumbai's Jewish community, the owner revealed he had no knowledge of Hitler's deeds and tore down the Nazi imagery.โ€ฆ
The album "Trout Mask Replica" by Captain Beefheart was composed by a man who had limited musical knowledge but held a cult leader like control over the band, allegedly refusing to let them leave and making weird rules that bordered on brainwashing. The album is now considered a work of art.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
Simon & Garfunkel's first album was so unsuccessful on the charts that the duo split. Their producer took one of the songs from the album, overdubbed/remixed it without their knowledge or permission, and "The Sounds of Silence" became a hit. The duo made four more albums.โ€ฆ
The large jolly figure that Westerners associate with Buddhism is not Buddha at all, but a 10th century Chinese monk named Budai. This is common knowledge everywhere except the West.โ€ฆ
Professional wrestler Kerry Von Erich had to have his foot amputated after a bad accident, but continued wrestling while secretly wearing a prosthetic - even showering in his boots so no one would know. His injury wasn't public knowledge until his death from suicide 7 years later.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of a bogus Deep Purple fronted by original Purple vocalist Rod Evans which toured North America in 1980 with shows often ending in riots. The real Deep Purple found out and placed an ad stating that none of them would be appearing. They sued and won and claim to have no knowledge of Evans since.โ€ฆ
Thirteenth-century philosopher John Duns Scotus believed that a pointed cap would help spread knowledge from the tip to the brain, and his โ€œDunsmenโ€ followers wore them as a badge of honor.โ€ฆ
In 1990, Using his knowledge of telephone systems, Kevin Poulsen, alias โ€œDark Dante,โ€ hacked the phone lines of a radio station to become the winning caller for a brand new Porsche. He was called the โ€œHannibal Lecterโ€ of computer crime by the mediaโ€ฆ
Today I learned about gorillas in the wild with the ability and knowledge of how to dismantle poacher traps. expand-your-consciousnessโ€ฆ
Source amnesia is the inability to remember where, when or how previously learned information has been acquired, while retaining the factual knowledge. Source amnesia has caused issues in court when people used outside information in their own testimony and musicians accidentally plagiarized.โ€ฆ
Shirley Temple was among the highest profile advocates about breast cancer awareness. In 1972 it was common for doctors not to tell women their diagnosis and to initiate mastectomy without their knowledge or consent because they were thought unable to deal with the news of their affliction.โ€ฆ

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