No matter the language, we all exchange information at 39 bits/second, suggesting a biological limit. Languages that are lower information density are spoken fast (Spanish & Japanese) while denser languages are spoken more slowly (Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese). advances.sciencemag.org/c…
The upper limit for Yu-Gi-Oh! decks is 60 cards because someone once entered a tournament with a 2000+ cards deck and that wasn't illegal at the time comicbook.com/anime/amp/n…
A Talkbox works by playing sound from the tube in the singers mouth and not the voice being sung down the tube. It requires no breath from the singer and theoretically there is no limit for the length of note. youtu.be/h_L5v9OTSxc
Former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il secretly studied English on the small island of Malta in the 1970s . His English teacher, Prof. Daniel Massa, said that he used to become irritable when hungry, especially when lessons overstepped their time limit and impinged on his lunch break. timesofmalta.com/articles…
A stretch of Route 66, between Albuquerque and Tijeras, will play "America the Beautiful" as you drive over added grooves in the road. If you drive the speed limit of 45 mph for the quarter-mile stretch, you can hear "America the Beautiful" play through the vibrations in your car's wheels. popularmechanics.com/tech…
Speeding doesn't save you much time. Accounting for traffic and road conditions, driving 10-20 miles over the limit only saves you on average 4 minutes on a 30 minute trip. Even driving 20 over for a 5 minute drive saved on average less than 2 minutes. hondaoakland.net/2018/12/…
During World War 2, the US implemented a nationwide "Victory Speed Limit" of 35 mph to conserve gasoline and rubber for the war effort. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
The Dubai First Royale MasterCard is considered to be the most exclusive credit card in the world. The card has legitimate gold trim and an actual diamond stud. It's believed that most of the cardholders are members of the Dubai and Saudi royal families, with no limit and no restrictions. cnbc.com/2018/07/06/3-lux…
Ming China placed limits on how frequently its client states could offer tribute. This was because Ming China always provided a return gift whenever they received tribute, which would often be of greater value than the tribute received. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
In 1962, scientists discovered a limit to how many times human cells divide before they become exhausted. They also figured out that telomeres, which cap the ends of chromosomes and prevent them from fraying, shorten each time a cell divides. When they get short enough, a cell stops dividing. slate.com/technology/2020…
A game called No Limit Texas Dreidel was introduced in 2007. The new game combines the rules of traditional dreidel with these of Texas Hold'em poker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dre…
During the discussion of the proposed House of Lord Reform in 1999 which will limit the numbers of Hederitary peers to 92, the Earl of Burford protest by leaped to his feet, crossed the floor of the House, stood on the speaker chair and denounce the proposed bill in front of the house. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Steve-O was a test subject in a study to determine the stress limits of ractopamine saturation in humans. Ractopamine is an animal feed additive used to promote leanness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
The FDA has added a daily percentage to added sugars in foods and drink. For example, a single can of Coke contains 78% of your daily recommended sugar intake limit. fda.gov/food/new-nutritio…
There's a constitutional amendment that has been pending for 231 years. The Congressional Apportionment Amendment had no time limit placed on it for ratification, so it's still "pending before the states" to this day. mereorthodoxy.com/congres…
A road sign trick sent a self-driving car into high-speed mode. A two-inch piece of black electrical tape across the middle of the 3 in a 35 mph speed limit sign tricked Teslas into accelerating to 85 mph. techxplore.com/news/2020-…
Prehistoric hunter-gatherer tribes had an average group limit of 50 people. Incidentally, modern research shows that in the video game World of Warcraft, maximum group player cohesiveness occurs at a limit of 50 players. lesswrong.com/posts/W5Phy…
George Washington declined to run for a third term of office because he believed his death in office would create an image of a lifetime appointment. The precedent of a two-term limit was created by his retirement from office. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Astronomer Simon Newcomb declared in 1888 that "We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy." This was just before Einstein's theory of general and special relativity, and at a time when the Milky Way was thought to contain all the stars of the entire universe. universetoday.com/tag/cos…
Near the end of the Beatles song "A Day In the Life", there is a 15-kilohertz sound that is at the upper limit of human hearing, but can be heard clearly by cats and dogs. This was done by the request of John Lennon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_D…
In 1952, a nuclear reactor in Canada had a partial meltdown. American and Canadian service personnel disassembled the reactor a few minutes at a time to limit radioactive exposure. Jimmy Carter was one of the Americans. His experience led him to cease development of the neutron bomb as POTUS. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
The World’s first speeding ticket was given to Walter Arnold in Kent for going at 8 mph on a road with a 2mph speed limit. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
Today I learned of Hutterites, a communal branch of Anabaptists where colonies are limited in size. Once an upper limit is reached they branch off into daughter colonies by putting two pieces of paper, labeled "Group A" and "Group B", into a hat. The name drawn indicates which group is leaving. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hut…
Since the real-life area of Nutbush, TN, mentioned in "Nutbush City Limits", is an unincorporated community, it has no official boundaries and therefore there are no Nutbush city limits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut…
The famous Las Vegas Strip is not actually in the city of Las Vegas. It sits immediately south of the city limits and is technically located in the unincorporated towns of Paradise and Winchester, NV. reviewjournal.com/uncateg…
[] the "Big One," the maximum upper-limit of the San Andreas fault is estimated to be 8.2, which is only 6% as powerful as the earthquake that struck Tohoku (Fukushima), Japan because the Richter scale is logarithmic. Both will be dwarfed by a Cascadia subduction zone quake. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
The Braggs peak of protons can be control to limit how deep radiation can go within a person thereby giving precise dose of radiotherapy. Link to photo of me inside Proton beam machine in comments bmh.manchester.ac.uk/rese…
Today I learned of Julia Gunthel. Born in 1985 in Kazakhstan, she is a renowned contortionist. She hold Guinness World record performing acts while her body is bent to absolute limits. allrus.me/russian-rubber-…
The US was so short on rubber during WWII that it imposed a speed limit of 35mph to preserve car tires. It was called the "Victory Speed Limit". deseret.com/2009/2/17/203…
In 1974, after Congress threatened to withhold funding for states that didn't set a highway speed limit of 55, Montana complied by enacting a $5 fine for exceeding it. Some drivers kept wads of $5 bills ready to hand an officer when stopped. missoulian.com/news/state…
A man named Walter Arnold was the first ever to receive a speeding ticket, traveling at 8mph; 6mph over the posted speed limit. carbuzz.com/news/how-fast…
When introducing the 2010 Taurus, Ford intentionally avoided fleet sales to limit the car's depreciation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
If the universe had one dimension of space and three dimensions of time instead of the other way around, the speed of light would be the LOWER limit of speed instead of the upper limit. Thus, everything would be made of tachyons - theoretical faster-than-light particles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Today I learned of COCOM limits, controls placed on GPS systems which stop them from functioning at a speed of over 1200 MPH and/or 59,000 feet. These are specifically in place to prevent the GPS from being used to guide missiles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coo…
Mississippi is the only state to allow drivers to drink alcohol while operating a motor vehicle. It is permitted as long as the driver's blood alcohol content stays below the state’s legal limit of 0.08%. theawl.com/2016/04/riding…
Today I learned of Japan's "Okinoshima", an island off-limits to women. Access is only granted to 200 men for one day every year after they purify themselves in the surrounding sea. en.wikipedia.com/wiki/Oki…
Men initiate sex more than 3x as often as women do in a long-term, heterosexual relationship. However, sex happens far more often when the woman takes the initiative, implying that it’s the woman who sets limits, and that frequency of sex depends on how enthusiastic a couple are about it. norwegianscitechnews.com/…
Today I learned of Dmitry Argarkov who scanned a credit card agreement, edited it, and returned it with a 0% interest rate and no limit in the new terms. The bank signed and approved without reading and a judge held them to it. telegraph.co.uk/finance/p…
UFC1 had no weight classes and just 3 rules - no biting, eye gouging, or groin shots. There was no time limit and the winner, Royce Gracie, had to fight 3 guys in the same day on November 12, 1993, to win. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFC…
The Sammy Hagar song "I Can't Drive 55" is a song protesting a US federal law (the National Maximum Speed Law) that had mandated a national speed limit of 55 miles per hour (90 km/h). The law was repealed in 1995. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_C…
In 2004 the pilots of Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3701 decided to test the limits of their Bombardier CRJ-200 to see if they could join the "410 club" (41,000 FT - the altitude limit of the aircraft). They ended up stalling the aircraft and crashing, there were no survivors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
An 11 year old girl in Nova Scotia, when told she couldn't swim in her local river, initiated testing of the river for fecal contaminants. After the samples tested above allowable limits, three levels of government committed $15 million to install 600 septic tanks along the river. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
Researchers actually know shockingly little about male pattern baldness. While most agree it involves DHT, we don't know the specific mechanisms of how and why DHT causes baldness. This is due to baldness being classified as cosmetic issue, not a disease, which limits research funds available. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
In 1888 Kentucky State Treasurer James "Honest Dick" Tate disappeared with $250,000 in state funds after years of embezzling the state's treasury. He was never heard from or seen again. His theft is what spurred the state to impose strict terms limits on state office holders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The City of London, the ancient center of Greater London, uniquely allows businesses headquartered within its limits to vote alongside residents. The β€œbusiness vote” was almost eliminated in 1969, but the local resident population is so small that abolishing it was considered impractical. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loc…
The University of Chicago economists used to propose a plan, dubbed The Chicago Plan, to limit the power and independence of the Federal Reserve. This plan was drafted during the wake of the Great Depression en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Since reopening after undergoing an extensive facelift in October 2018, there are new rules and regulations, and a limit to the number of tourists allowed on Boracay island. There is no eating or drinking on the beach, no smoking, no fire dancing, and no commercial sandcastles wikitravel.org/en/Boracay
Steve Jobs didn't let his kids use iPads. "β€œThey haven’t used [the iPad]...We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” nytimes.com/2014/09/11/fa…
In order to conserve gas in the 1970's during an oil crisis, the maximum speed limit in the US was cut to 55 mph. npr.org/sections/pictures…
It's generally agreed that 10 power is the upper limit of hand-holdable binoculars. The higher the magnification, the greater the wobble. At some point, the wobble negates the increased resolution that magnification provides birdwatching.com/optics/m…

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