Airport runways at higher elevations need to be longer because the thin air at high elevations results in less lift on the aircraft stantec.com/en/ideas/cont…
In Iceland men would have to to lift a 100 kg stone to hip height to qualify to work on a fishing boat. Some of the original stones still sit on the beach at DjΓΊpalΓ³nssandur. This tradition became the inspiration for lifting the Ardblair Stones in Scotland, Iceland, and Wales. theworldsstrongestman.com…
The Faroe Islands banned alcohol in a referendum in 1907, and didn't lift this ban until as recent as 1992. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/190…
Today I learned about Whipping Tom of 1681, a nickname given to a serial spanker in London. He would wait for an unaccompanied woman, grab her, lift her dress and slap her buttocks whiles shouting "Spanko!" before fleeing. Vigilantes would dress in women's clothing and patrol the areas he was known to operate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Due to a design flaw, when Apple III owners had problems (like garbled data) they were instructed to "lift the machine 3 inches and drop it in order to re-seat the chips on the logic board". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
Clint Eastwood was mayor of tiny Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA in the 1980s; he ran because he wanted to lift a ban on public ice cream sales, flew home from movie sets for weekly council meetings, wrote a column in the town paper, and a local hotel changed their slogan to "make my stay". mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The Space Shuttle Endeavor's fuel pump alone generated up 71,000 horsepower during lift off (about the equivalent power of 28 locomotives). It's oxygen pump generated around 23,000 hp and the three main engines... up to 37 million horsepower. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RS-…
Researchers taught monkeys to lift weights until they could lift weight equivalent of doing a one armed pull-up. This study demonstrated that strength is gained through development of the nervous system before muscle is added. inverse.com/mind-body/wei…
Flettner rotors were used on ships and planes using the Magnus effect. This led to planes without wings but rotors instead. However, these planes did not become popular since the plane has no lift when a rotor stops turning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rot…
Big Blueβ€”one of the world’s largest crane used to lift a retractable roof for the Milwaukee Brewers stadium collapse triggered a shock severe enough to be measured on the seismograph at a near by University. taproot.com/collapse-of-b…
The shape of a lawn mowers blade creates lift which forces the grass to stick up, making it much easier to be cut by the next blade en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
In 1977, a man vandalised lifts with chewing gum in a neighbourhood in Singapore for two weeks. He was later caught red-handed by a mechanic who planted himself at the top of a lift cabin. nas.gov.sg/archivesonline…
Hercules Beetles Can Lift 100 Times Their Own Weight (Not 850, As Previously Claimed), And With Incredible Efficiency discovermagazine.com/the-…
Sailships aren't really moved by the wind blowing into the sail and pushing it forward. The curved shape of the sail creates a lift force acting forward, same the aerodynamic lift that makes an aircraft fly. The wind direction can be of almost any angle relative to the ship. discoverboating.com/resou…
Helicopter rotor blades spin at a fairly constant speed and only gain lift by altering the angle of the blades. The centrifugal force is too much to attempt to alter the blade RPM enough to generate lift. phs.com.au/how-does-it-fl…
Today I learned about a British heavy lift helicopter, code named Bravo November, which was the only of its squadron that survived an attack by the Argentinian air force during the Falklands war and is still currently in service having also flown in Iraq and Afghanistan. gov.uk/government/news/ra…
That, when Henry Ford took over production of the B-24 Liberator bombers for WWII, he actively recruited "little people" from Hollywood and circuses to help fasten rivets in the narrow sections of its wings. Appreciative co-workers helped lift them up to punch their time-cards. uso.org/stories/112-detro…
Much of the 2006 movie "World Trade Center" was filmed in Los Angeles. The producers went to Ground Zero on a scissors lift and took 500k 360-degree photos to recreate the site in LA in an old aircraft hangar using manufactured foam and shipping containers. 50 rescuers were hired as consultants. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
The Soviet Union tried to get a Moon sample back to earth before the American Apollo 11 mission could do so. The Soviets had a robotic spacecraft called Luna 15 orbiting the moon, but it crashed onto the moon on 21 July 1969, hours before the Apollo 11 lift off from the moon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
There is a bridge in the Netherlands known as the Flying Drawbridge that uses a hydraulic lift to pickup and remove a section of the bridge, instead of the traditional vertical hinge drawbridge. popularmechanics.com/tech…
Today I learned of Aleksandr Karelin who dominated Greco-Roman wrestling with a devastating reverse body lift, a Phd in Sports Science and an 888-1 record. In the 2000 Olympics, he faced Rulon Gardner, an US dairy farmer who wrestled cows. Gardner was so heavy, Karelin was unable to lift him and lost. youtube.com/watch?v=yJ4qh…
The Princess Bride had an alternate ending with Fred Savage looking out his window and see the four heroes on horseback. Andre the Giant was too heavy for a horse so they set up a cable system. That day of shooting Andre showed up drunk and workers had to lift a drunk giant on that horse. hollywoodreporter.com/vid…
Mark Henry has the world record for combined lifts of snatch, clean&jerk, squat, bench press and deadlift totaling 3324.5 lbs all in drug tested competitions. Making him arguably the strong man to have ever lived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1891 Chicago issued a challenge to all engineers to build a structure that would surpass The Eiffel Tower. The engineer who won proposed a giant rotating wheel that will lift visitors high above the city. The inventor of this giant wheel's name was George Ferris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Dish soap doesn't kill bacteria, it just lifts the food and grime off so that it can be rinsed away. realsimple.com/home-organ…
A magnet powerful enough to lift an aircraft carrier is in the ITER fusion reactor core iter.org/newsline/-/2924
At high enough speeds an aircraft can use it's own shockwaves to generate a considerable amount of additional lift. This phenomenon is called compression lift and has only been demonstrated to two aircraft models. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Today I learned about Agnus MacAskill, who is the tallest ever "non-pathological giant" and could allegedly lift a 2800 lbs ship anchor to chest height! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
In 2017, a company restoring a captured Iraqi tank from the Gulf War, discovered five gold bars hidden in the fuel tank when they found they couldn't lift it even though it was empty of fuel. tanks-alot.co.uk/gold-fou…
The iconic rear spoilers on Lamborghini Countachs first installed by a customer were entirely cosmetic & non functional, in fact it added drag since the car already had problematic lift at the front. When it was popularized by Cannonball Run, Lambo had little chose but to offer factory options drivetribe.com/p/the-stor…
A horse, Beau, saved his stablemate, Beatrice, from being put down. The shire horse had collapsed and the owners, unable to lift her, set a deadline for when she'd have to be put down. With 20 mins left, Beau went to Beatrice, bit the back of her neck and helped her stand up. She recovered. telegraph.co.uk/news/2018…
If customers had an overheating problem with their Apple ||| computer, Apple's official solution was "Lift the computer two inches and drop it" techjunkie.com/apple-iii-…
Two of The Most Ripped Boxers in Tyson and Jones Did Not Lift Weights brawlbros.com/boxing-work…
It's possible to enter the St Louis Gateway Arch, and ride a lift to a viewing platform within the apex youtube.com/watch?v=I8YGf…
- that an average gorilla can lift and bench press 1800 pounds (815 kgs) gorillafacts.org/how-stro…
Actress Anne Ramsey - better known as Mama Fratelli in "The Goonies" and Mrs. Lift in "Throw Momma From The Train" - had a famously unique speech slur left over after surgery from esophageal cancer in 1984. That cancer would later return in 1988, and was the ultimate cause of her passing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Today I learned about the "omnipotence paradox," where the ability to do anything and everything seems to lead to logically contradictory ideas such as creating square circles. Its most well-known version is the so-called paradox of the stone: "Could God create a stone so heavy that even He could not lift it?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omn…
An officially recommended solution to a common problem with the Apple 3 was to "lift the computer two inches and drop it" tekrevue.com/apple-iii-dr…
Since the 1960s, we have commercially bred Turkeys by having handlers ejaculate a male bird, lift the feathers of a female bird, and inject the tom's sperm into the hen to artificially inseminate them. freakonomics.com/2011/11/…
Today I learned about Vacuum Airships which are a hypothetical type of airship which would use a vacuum instead of gas filled balloons to generate lift. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vac…
It was Mick Jagger who paid Sid Vicious’ legal fees over the death of girlfriend Nancy Spungen in 1978. Jagger secretly stepped in when ex-Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren didn't lift a finger. Jagger wanted no publicity and his generosity wasn't revealed until a 2013 John Lydon interview. ultimateclassicrock.com/m…
Dumpster is an American brand name that produces the specific type of bin specially designed for truck lifts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dum…
A $350m drillship built in the early '70s by US billionaire, Howard Hughes, to collect 'mineral riches' from the ocean floor was actually a cover for the CIA to be used to lift a lost Soviet submarine, loaded with nuclear missiles, up from the floor of the Pacific Ocean, 3 miles deep en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Grain bins are built from the top down. The roof is assembled and a series of hydraulic jacks lift the roof and one ring of the bin is added. Then the jacks are attached to the newly added ring and lifted up so another ring can be assembled around the bin. Then repeated until the bin is complete youtube.com/watch?v=ywBV6…
Today I learned of Whipping Tom, the name given to two serial spankers in London in the 17th & 18th centuries. "On seeing an unaccompanied woman, he would grab her, lift her dress, and slap her buttocks repeatedly before fleeing. He would sometimes accompany his attacks by shouting "Spanko!"" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
The Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine was the first production engine to combine cam-phasing variable valve timing with dual-profile variable valve lift in the American market. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
Apple support told customers that experienced problems with their Apple III to lift it up and drop it. It actually worked. techjunkie.com/apple-iii-…
Weightlifter Chua Koon Siong fainted for seven minutes after smashing his face with the barbell during his first lift at the 1981 Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship. Still bleeding, he completed his remaining lifts and won the gold medal with a final lift of 137.5 kg. singaporeolympics.com/chu…
During the Berlin air-lift, one USAF pilot secretly air-dropped candy to the kids below, rocking his plane so they'd know it was him flying overhead. They called him "Uncle Wiggly Wings". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…

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