The birth of JFK's sister Rosemary in 1918 was complicated by medical resources focused elsewhere during a pandemic. A nurse, trying to delay delivery for a doctor, held her mother's legs closed. When that failed, she reached into the birth canal and held Rosemary's head in place for two hours. marieclaire.com/celebrity…
When relocating rhinos in South Africa, they're drugged, blindfolded, and have their legs are tied to a helicopter. It was found that blindfolding them decreases stress during the flight. They're flown because it's much quicker and more convenient than relocating them via truck. biographic.com/rhino-relo…
Smaug the dragon originally had 4 legs in the first Hobbit movie but was changed to having 2 legs and 2 wing-arms in the second Hobbit movie. mtv.com/news/1719502/smau…
In the movie Child’s Play, it took 11 different people to control the animatronic puppet Chucky, with a different person handling each part of his body from his legs to his eyebrows screenrant.com/childs-pla…
In β€œForrest Gump,” when his microphone is cut off at the rally, what you don’t hear him say is β€œSometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.” mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Prince was 5’2β€³, or 157.5 cm tall and weighed 112 pounds, he often wore heels to combat his small size. His grand piano was even modified by shortening the legs so he could reach the pedals while sitting down to play. musicinminnesota.com/20-f…
Wombats hide in tunnels when attacked, only leaving their toughened rear hide open. A wombat may allow an intruder to force its head over the wombat's back, and then use its powerful legs to crush the skull of the predator against the roof of the tunnel. napavalleyregister.com/li…
Today I learned of Dr. Robert Liston, the "fastest knife in the West End.", who could amputate a leg in 2,5 minutes. He was a highly sought after surgeon, but also a show off, which led to some mishaps: he once accidentaly cut a patient's testicles off while trying to amputate his leg theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Caterpillars have structures at the tip of their walking legs called CROCHETS that act like velcro to keep them anchored to surfaces!! thecaterpillarlab.org/sin…
Flamingos pull one leg up close to their body to conserve heat that might otherwise be lost while standing in cold water. They tend to stand on two legs in warmer weather smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
Myrtle Corbin who was born with 4 legs, had two functioning sets of reproductive organs, and gave birth to 5 children carrying three on the right side and two on the left. It was reported she preferred intercourse on the right side. youtu.be/ng6t_Tj5tz0
In 1842, Santa Anna, a Mexican politician and general, staged a state funeral that included cannon salvos, poetry and lofty orations for his amputated leg. And in 1847, his prosthetic leg was captured as a battlefield trophy. britannica.com/biography/…
Prior to the invention of photography, artists could not work out how horses legs moved in a gallop, this led to horses being incorrectly depicted in paintings. amusingplanet.com/2019/06…
The reason Jonathan Frakes has a distinctive way of sitting (known as the Riker maneuver) on The Next Generation is because he injured his back working as a furniture mover. This is also why he leans on chairs and consoles, or has one leg propped up on something. themarysue.com/riker-sits…
In 1968 the Mauritanian president gave orders to shoot at a workers protest, nine people died as a result and the president immediately afterward made a statement on the radio saying he gave orders to shoot at their legs but because they reached down to pick up rocks they ended up getting killed tawary.com/spip.php?artic…
After suffering a broken neck during a football game in 1992, NFL player Dennis Byrd was paralyzed from the waist down, but after extensive physical therapy he was able regain function in his legs and walk again...only to be killed in a head-on automobile accident in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Teddy Roosevelt nearly died on several occasions while exploring the previously uncharted River of Doubt. After surviving a close call with a coral snake and an emergency surgery on his leg, he became delirious with a fever and repeatedly demanded to be left alone to die in the jungle. history.com/news/the-amaz…
On the French island of Ile de rΓ©, the donkeys wear trousers. Because the marshes were thick with mosquitoes and other bugs, locals sewed pants to keep insects off the donkeys legs. ripleys.com/weird-news/do…
Ticks can paralyze and kill humans with their saliva. Tick paralysis takes 2-7 days of tick toxin exposure and leads to paralysis of the legs, arms, and eventually the diaphragm. The disease can be reversed if the tick is found and removed before respiratory failure occurs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tic…
The Japanese spider crab has the greatest leg span of any arthropod, reaching up to 3.7 metres (12.1 ft) from claw to claw and weigh up to 19kg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
In 1813, a steam locomotive propelled by legs was constructed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
There are two rhymes in English for purple: curple, a strap passing under a horse’s tail, and hirple, to walk along dragging one leg behind the other. everything2.com/title/Thi…
Poland and Bayern MΓΌnchen football star Robert Lewandowski only sleeps on his left side, to preserve his stronger right leg; and always eats desserts first, because sweet foods digest quicker, so by metabolising them first, he avoids mixing them in his stomach with protein and carbohydrates theguardian.com/football/…
Today I learned about the preserved body of Xin Zhui, a Chinese noblewoman who died in 163 BC. Her body was preserved in an unknown fluid, with skin soft and moist. Her muscles still allowed for arms and legs to flex at the joints, with all organs and blood vessels intact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xin…
Today I learned about Sigurd the Mighty, who after defeating his nemesis Mael Brigte, then tied the leader's head to his saddle as a trophy. The severed head bounced around and the teeth scratched Sigurd's leg. The leg became infected and as a result Sigurd died - Sigurd was defeated by a decapitated head. historycollection.com/biz…
Platypus venom can cause hyperalgesia, swelling, and excruciating pain for months. Platypus venom is produced in glands connected to hollow spurs on its hind legs. Victims describe being struck by a platypus spur as worse than being hit by shrapnel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
You should never put your feet up on a car's dashboard. Airbags go off like small bombs, and they can break both of your legs cbsnews.com/news/after-pa…
During Victorian England winters, street vendors sold baked potatoes for food and as hand warmers. In London they sold around 10 tons of potatoes every day from "cans" - small metal boxes on four legs fueled by charcoal. geriwalton.com/baked-pota…
Giraffes necks are actually too short. The Giraffe (and its rain forest relative, the Okapi) have necks that are so short relative to their legs and chest that they must splay or bend their legs. blog.londolozi.com/2011/1…
In 1977 Sports Illustrated named NFL Football Guard, Conrad Dobler as β€˜Pro Football’s Dirtiest Player’. According to his opponents, he would frequently engage in eye gouging, face-mask twisting, leg whipping, tripping and even biting. vault.si.com/vault/1977/0…
Sarah Biffin, a Victorian English painter born without arms and legs, learned to write, sew and paint with her mouth. Her miniature portraits at a traveling show impressed an Earl so much that he paid for her tutelage. She became very popular and even the Royal Family commissioned her work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Today I learned about Vietnamese Dragon-Legged chickens. They're known for their stout feet and legs which can be as wide as a human's wrist. They're a rare breed and a pair of them can sell for $2,500. Also, it's said they are the most delicious breed of chicken. domesticforest.com/dong-t…
Sir Richard Branson once lost a bet with Tony Fernandes on the winner of the 2010 F1 Grand Prix. The loser had to work as a female flight attendant on the winner's airline. Branson shaved his legs, dressed in drag, and hosted passengers on a 5 hour Air Asia flight that raised 200k for charity. cnn.com/travel/article/br…
People have dominant eyes just like arms and legs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocu…
Modern body armor was created by a pizza delivery guy who was wounded in the head and leg after a pizza delivery turned into a shootout. Richard Davis, a former US Marine, developed the bulletproof vest using Kevlar. During testing, he shot himself in the chest 190 times. businessinsider.com/moder…
Before crucifying a prisoner, ancient Romans would literally beat him within an inch of his life before nailing him to a cross. If prisoner lingered too long before dying, they'd break his lower limbs. Without his legs to support him, the prisoner died of suffocation. catholiceducation.org/en/…
Today I learned about Hetty Green, the Witch of Wall Street. Know as "the greatest miser", she was said never to turn on the heat or use hot water, wore one dress and undergarments until they worn out, didn't wash her hands and ate fifteen cents pies. Her son lost his leg after she refused to pay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Het…
When the hobble skirt became popular in the early 1900s, women got into accidents like falling or breaking their legs because the skirt made it harder to walk. The skirt was seen as unsafe by some and was even banned from some workplaces. edwardianpromenade.com/be…
Today I learned of the frog galvanoscope. The first electrical voltage testers were made by using a frog's leg with the sciatic nerve still attached and connecting two points on the leg to a potential electrical source. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fro…
Today I learned of Michael Patterson, a man who jumped into a creek to save a drowning four-year-old girl. He ended up severing his spinal cord during the rescue and paralyzing both of his legs and one of his arms. He also suffered other injuries. He later died in hospital. today.com/news/good-samar…
An 9 foot alligator clamped onto the leg of 10-yr-old Florida girl Juliana Ossa. She thought of a plan she'd learned in "Gatorland" where she saw a guy wrestle a gator with its mouth taped. The situation was reversed, so Juliana stuck her fingers up the gator's nose, and it released her leg. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Sannakji, a Korean dish that features a young live octopus cut into small pieces and served immediately, must be eaten very carefully - the octopus' legs are still moving when consumed, and approximately six people die each year by choking on the suction cups foodandwine.com/news/sann…
Scientists attached stilts to the legs of ants to prove that they return to their nests by counting their steps. The regular ants walked right to the nest and went inside. The ants on stilts walked right past the nest and got lost. This was because of the change in length of the legs. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Today I learned of the Japanese spider crab. They have the greatest leg span of any arthropod, reaching up to 12.1 feet from claw to claw, and can weigh up to 42 pounds. It is reported to have a gentle disposition despite its ferocious appearance. wikipedia.org/wiki/Japane…
Adam DeVine of Workaholics and Pitch Perfect was paralyzed and nearly had his legs amputated at age 11 after being run over by a truck. He recovered years later after multiple surgeries and still has scarring. He credits this experience with giving him his ambition and drive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada…
John Denver's death was caused by his inability to switch fuel tanks during flight. The selector valve handle should have been located between the pilot's legs, but the builder put it behind the pilot's left shoulder. The fuel gauge was behind the pilot, not visible by him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 2014, Walter Williams was pronounced dead. Paperwork was completed, he was put in a body bag and taken to a funeral home. When he was taken to the embalming room, his legs began to move and the coroner noticed him lightly breathing. He was still alive. Two weeks later he died for real. smithsonianmag.com/sponso…
Today I learned of Hallucigenia, the prehistoric worm which was accidentally reconstructed both upside-down and backwards. What turned out to be its legs were thought to be tentacles, each with a separate mouth on the end. The location of its actual mouth is unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Owls have long legs that are covered in a mass of feathers so only their feet are exposed. boredpanda.com/owl-long-l…
Adam Walker was protected from a great white shark by a pod of dolphins while swimming to raise money for dolphin conservation. About 10 dolphins surrounded him for about 1 hr in Cook Strait, 6th leg of the Oceans Seven: a marathon of 7 long-distance open water channel swims around the world. news.yahoo.com/blogs/tren…

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