The City of Omaha Nebraska is heavily contaminated by lead, due to a factory that spewed contaminated lead into the air. The EPA found more than 40,000 contaminated sites across the city, and children have elevated blood levels of lead. cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad…
Today I learned of the $23 million dollar toilets designed by NASA for deep space missions. With odor control being a serious issue, NASA pays certified sniffers to smell the toilets after they've been used to evaluate odor-control measures. The lead engineer calls them the "unsung heroes of the space program". laptrinhx.com/the-toilet-…
A CIA intelligence officer working undercover in Uganda became a minor celebrity as the lead singer of a popular local band known as the "Kampala Jazz All-Stars" abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
In the 1950's the US airforce tried to design a cockpit to fit the average pilot's body. After measuring 4000 pilots they discovered that none of them came close to having an average body. This lead to introduction of adjustable seats. worldwarwings.com/1950s-s…
The director of The Notebook wanted someone "not handsome" for the male lead in the movie, so he cast Ryan Gosling for the role. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Excessive caffeine ingestion leads to symptoms that overlap with those of many psychiatric disorders. In psychiatric in-patients, caffeine has been found to increase anxiety, hostility and psychotic symptoms. cambridge.org/core/journa…
After a set date where it became a faux pas to wear summer straw hats, people wearing said hats would be attacked and have their hats destroyed. In one instance in 1922, this caused a riot which lead to at least one death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
The Black Death was responsible for the beginning of the end of European Feudalism/Manoralism. As there were fewer workers, their lords were forced to pay higher wages. With higher wages, there were fewer restrictions on travel. Eventually, this would lead to a trade class/middle class. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
A questionnaire was sent to 800 migraine patients and 200 cluster headache patients about their experience with sexual activity during a headache attack. The researchers found that sexual activity lead to partial or complete relief of headache in about 30% of the patients. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
Thomas Midgley Jr, who helped invent leaded petrol, once poured the lead additive over his hands and inhaled its fumes to prove it was safe. He was later diagnosed with lead poisoning... for the second time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
While high levels of sodium in your diet can lead to high blood pressure, low levels can increase the risk of death in those who'd had heart failure. One study found a higher risk of dying from heart disease at the lower sodium levels that many guidelines currently recommend healthline.com/nutrition/…
Robert-FranΓ§ois Damiens, after trying to assassinate the king, was sentenced to be executed by having his skin ripped with pliers, molten lead and sulfur being poured onto his ripped skin, then dismemberment by four horses. At hearing this, Damiens replied: β€œWell, it's going to be a tough day.” wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_…
Gerard Way the lead singer of My Chemical Romance wrote the comic series The Umbrella Academy wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard…
Rockstar Games felt that the Skatt Brothers song "Walk the Night" was so essential to GTA IV's soundtrack that they hired a private investigator to fly to Orem, Utah and track down the lead singer Sean Delaney's surviving relatives (he died in 2003) to secure the rights of the song. stuff.co.nz/archived-stuf…
The lead singer of the Offspring came up with the lyrics to "Come Out and Play" (Gotta Keep'em Separated) while trying to cool liquids in his grad school lab en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Steven Van Zandt, guitarist with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, originally auditioned for the lead role of Tony in The Sopranos. HBO didn't think he would work as a lead since he never acted before, so creator David Chase wrote him Sylvio Dante, a character that Steven had created. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Air rifles are commonly called "BB Guns" because the metallic ball projectiles they fire are approximately the same size as BB-size lead birdshot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BB_…
German author Hermann Hesse's mother was born in India. His grandfather compiled the Malayalam language, wrote the English-Malayalam dictionary & translated the Bible from English to Malayalam. This all lead to his 1922 novel 'Siddhartha'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Today I learned that Colombian footballer Andres Escobar was shot dead by cartel after he accidentally scored an own goal against USA in the 1994 world cup that eventually lead to his country's elimination from the competition. sportscasting.com/the-chi…
Catherine Zeta-Jones was initially offered the lead role in Chicago, but turned it down in favor of playing Velma just so she could sing "All That Jazz." yahoo.com/entertainment/t…
The Tsar Bomba, the largest ever nuclear bomb detonated, was originally designed to yield 100 megatons. However, Sakharov was very apprehensive about the amount of radiation it would create, and therefore replaced the bombs innovative uranium layers with lead, halving the size of the blast. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Lewis Hamilton has been in the lead in F1 races for 16,285 miles to date en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
When JFK was only 3 years old, his father Joseph Kennedy narrowly escaped the infamous 1920 Wall Street bombing planned by a group of anarchists who used a wagon full of lead weights as a bomb. The explosion killed 38 bystanders, however, Kennedy was thrown unharmed to the ground. historycentral.com/TheTwe…
Children and pregnant women will absorb more consumed lead (50% of volume) than a non-pregnant adult (5-10%) because children's and pregnant women's bodies have a higher demand for calcium (and Pb readily substitutes for Ca). static1.squarespace.com/s…
The song "Come Dancing" by the Kinks was inspired by lead-singer Ray Davies' memories of his older sister, Rene, who suffered a fatal heart attack at age 31 while dancing at the Lyceum ballroom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Commercial American baby foods are tainted with dangerous levels of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury oversight.house.gov/sites…
Anthony Michael Hall was the first choice to play the lead role of Private Joker in "Full Metal Jacket". Hall spent eight months preparing for the role but could not reach an agreement with Stanley Kubrick regarding monetary compensation, and was replaced by Matthew Modine. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned about the symbiotic relationship of wolves and ravens. Ravens will lead wolves to prey so that they can take a portion of the leftovers, play games of tail chasing with each other, and develop individual friendships. stemjobs.com/wolves-and-r…
Today I learned of Frederick McKinley Jones - an orphaned black American who, in the 1930s when racial segregation was the norm, invented the first successful automatic refrigeration system for trucks. This lead to the development of supermarkets and better combat-zone medical supply. biography.com/inventor/fr…
The lead singer of Limp Bizkit spent 8 millions dollars on a movie featuring John Travolta that generated a mere $3,153 youtu.be/a-uiI_hCoOE?t=5
Consumption of carambola by people with kidney failure might lead to death, they contain caramboxin and oxalic acid, both substances are harmful to individuals suffering from kidney failure, kidney stones, or those under kidney dialysis treatment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The Diderot Effect is obtaining a new possession which often creates a spiral of consumption which leads you to acquire more new things. As a result, we end up buying things that our previous selves never needed to feel happy or fulfilled jamesclear.com/diderot-ef…
Today I learned about William Stoughton who was the chief justice of the Court of Oyer and Terminer which conducted the Salem Witch Trials. He allowed the use of spectral evidence in court which lead to many convictions. When the use was prohibited many witchcraft cases were dismissed due to lack of evidence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
New Order was formed by the former members of Joy Division following the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Harold Ramis was set to direct "Galaxy's Quest", with Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, or Alec Balwin in lead roles. Neither actors were available, and Ramis left the project after DreamWorks favored Tim Allen in the lead instead. Ramis later said he was impressed with Allen's performance in the film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal…
Ed Boon, co-creator and series lead programmer of Mortal Kombat, voiced Scorpions iconic catchphrase β€œGet over here!”. youtu.be/DdAeVKz5cbw
A shoelace knot gets untied while running due to the foot striking the ground at 7G. As the knot loosens, the swinging leg applies an inertial force on the free ends of the laces, which rapidly leads to a failure of the knot in as few as 2 strides after inertia acts on the laces. news.berkeley.edu/2017/04…
Fishy, urine like odors from electrical components indicate serious electrical problems, that could lead to an electrical fire if not acted upon. gacservices.com/blog/outl…
"Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day is About, Lead Singer, Billie Joe Armstrong's Father Dying of Esophageal Cancer on September 1st, 1982, When Billie was 10 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wak…
There is a linear relationship between sleep and cognitive functioning: more sleep leads to better cognitive performance, and vice versa. academic.oup.com/sleep/ar…
In the mid-18th century, Americans were so used to yellow milk, tinted with lead chromate to disguise the bluishness of watered-down dairy, that people refused to purchase white milk, thinking it had been coloured discovermagazine.com/mind…
The USSR's lead rocket scientist, Sergei Korolev, planted newspaper articles falsely suggesting approval for a Soviet space program. President Eisenhower responded by approving an American space program. This forced the Communist Party to approve the space program they previously denied. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Edward Baker is the only US Senator ever killed in battle. His death in the disastrous Union defeat at Ball's Bluff in 1861 prompted Congress to create the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, which would lead to political infighting for the rest of the conflict. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, saved a baby's life whilst filming Carpool Karaoke. A hysterical woman approached the set screaming "My baby can’t breathe”, Kiedis calmly took the child and restored it's breathing through CPR. He then resumed filming the show. radiox.co.uk/artists/red-…
In 1783, an Icelandic volcano (Laki) erupted over 8-months spewing poisonous sulfur dioxide across the Northern Hemisphere. It lead to some of the worst winters on record with mass crop failures, famine, disease and is said to have been the trigger for the French Revolution. theguardian.com/world/201…
Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph suffered immense personal tragedies, execution of his brother Maximilian in Mexico, suicide of his son and heir, murder of his wife and finally assassination of his nephew Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 that lead to WW1 and destruction of Habsburg Empire en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Cavities are contagious. Activities like kissing and sharing drinks can transmit the bacteria Streptococcus mutans and when combined with other factors this can lead to cavities. healthland.time.com/2011/…
The lead role in "Edward Scissorhands" was originally offered to Tom Cruise, but he wanted a happier ending and declined. And before given to Johnny Depp - Tom Hanks, Gary Oldman, Jim Carrey, John Cusack, William Hurt, Robert Downy Jr., and Michael Jackson had all been offered and/or considered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Mariah Carey secretly wrote, recorded and released an alt rock album in 1995 under the name "Chick". She initially provided leading vocals but producers told her it could damage her career so she asked her roommate Clarissa Dane to provide lead vocals. This wasn't revealed until 2020. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Som…
Today I learned of Albert Pierrepoint, England's lead hangman from the 1940's-1950's. He executed many Nazi's and other high profile murderers. He owned a pub and usually was able to carry out an execution and still make it back to open his bar on time. He once had to hang one of his regular pub customers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…

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