In terms of the average number of steps required to link actors to other actors, Kevin Bacon is only the 543rd ranked actor in Hollywood history. The actors with the lowest average number of steps are Christopher Lee, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Plummer, Michael Caine, and Donald Sutherland oracleofbacon.org/center.…
In Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), when first Darth Vader force chokes the imperial officer, he interrupts him saying the words "hidden fortress". This is a nod to The Hidden Fortress (1958), an Akira Kurosawa film set in Feudal Japan which Star Wars is based on. (timestamped link in comments) bbc.com/culture/article/2…
A Harvard research showed that having no friends is as deadly as smoking. Researchers have discovered a link between loneliness and the levels of blood-protein which can cause heart attacks and strokes newsweek.com/study-shows-…
Today I learned of the Unified Deep Water System of European Russia, or UDWS. A series of canals and rivers that link the White, Baltic, Caspian, Azov, and Black sea with Moscow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
"Cotton Eye Joe" by Rednex is based on a classic American folk song with a history dating back to before the American Civil War. The earliest known recordings are from the 1920s and it's been recorded numerous times since then, including a beautiful version by Nina Simone (link in the comments) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…
A British grad school, Imperial College Business School, delivered its first holographic lecture in 2018, with lecturers and visiting speakers appearing as 3D, life-size entities within one of the college's lecture theatres (video link in first comment) imperial.ac.uk/news/18885…
Bizzy Bone of Bone Thugs N Harmony was abducted at age 4, which led to abuse and him being molested for 2 years. John Walsh shared the story on America's Most Wanted in 1983 which led to his rescue. Bizzy went on the show in 2002 to update and thank John Walsh. Video in link. cleveland.com/entertainme…
William McBride, an Australian obstetrician who helped determine the link between thalidomide and birth defects, was years later de-registered for falsifying scientific data to claim that another drug also caused birth defects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl, which airs every Super Bowl Sunday featuring 2 teams of pups that carry toys to their side of a miniature field. It serves the purpose of appreciating the pups and the shelters/people who help them. All dogs in it can be adopted during the show. (New link: Rule 3) today.com/today/amp/tdna1…
Scientists have not confirmed a link between salt consumption and blood pressure time.com/3313332/salt-and…
A 1992 study looked into why obese people who reported eating less than 1200 calories per day failed to lose weight. The study found the group underreported their actual food intake by an average (Β±SD) of 47Β±16 percent and overreported their physical activity by 51Β±75 percent. (Corrected link.) nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056…
In 2017, KrakΓ³w, Poland (770k residents) had total of 200 car thefts, whereas cities like Detroit (690k residents) and Portland (655k residents) have had around 10 000 - 12 000 - and it is considered average when compared to other US cities! Link to my original post with articles on all cities. safety.com/news/cities-wi…
The idea of creating a water passage across the isthmus of Panama to link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans dates back to at least the 1500s history.com/topics/landma…
The women who work in the garment recycling industry in India have a theory that because of a water shortage in the West, it must be cheaper to buy new clothes than to wash them. This explains why so many clothes are discarded barely worn. (Link fixed) aeon.co/videos/this-is-th…
The "Nope, Chuck Testa" commercial was created by Rhett and Link before Good Mythical Morning en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
The speed of electrical signals in our body varies greatly depending on the type of signal. Signals carried by neurons that link the spinal cord to the muscles can travel at 156 to 270 miles per hour while signals carried on the fibres of pain receptors travel at 1.1 to 4.4 miles per hour. earthsky.org/human-world/…
The production team on the show Doctor Who expected that Weakest Link host Anne Robinson would decline to voice the Anne Droid in an episode. Before she accepted the role, they had already hired a celebrity voice impersonator to record the lines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad…
Acupuncture needles can sometimes be inserted too deep, causing lungs to be punctured and deflate. [Additional link to study in comments] i.stuff.co.nz/national/he…
Current Saturday Night Live head writer Colin Jost was first a contestant on the Syndicated edition of The Weakest Link with George Gray back in 2002. Spoiler Alert: He won. uproxx.com/tv/colin-jost-…
Today I learned about decommissioned National Park Service (NPS) sites. Mackinac was the second National Park after Yellowstone 1875, but 1895 was delisted from NPS and given to Michigan as their first state park. Link is list of 26 abolished NPS sites. nationalparkstraveler.org…
The first recorded MC rap battle occurred in 1981 at Harlem World and was unplanned, when Busy Bee called out Kool Moe Dee, who was in the crowd and asked for a right of reply... (audio in the link) stopthebreaks.com/gems/ko…
Minesweeper's theme was so controversial in some countries that Microsoft was forced to replace the mines with flowers in some locations and rebrand it as "Flower Garden". Link instantfundas.com/2010/02…
There is no "Missing Link" in Human Evolution. The term "missing link" has fallen out of favor with biologists because it implies the evolutionary process is a linear phenomenon and that forms originate consecutively in a chain. Instead, the term Last Common Ancestor is preferred. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
"Type A Personality" was invented by researchers who were paid by the tobacco industry to hide the link between smoking and health risks. businessinsider.com/type-…
The target quantity of blood for a donation in the UK is 475ml. (The link is for the Welsh Blood Service) welsh-blood.org.uk
The airport in which "The Terminal" was shot was a massive failure. Traffic predictions were grossly overestimated, the highways to link it to MontrΓ©al were never built and its terminal was insulated with asbestos. It hasn't received passengers since 2004 and the terminal was destroyed in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Video calling technology has existed since 1936 when it was first installed via direct link between Berlin and Leipzig. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Permissive Action Links are devices included in or attached to nuclear weapon systems to preclude arming and/or launching until the insertion of a prescribed discrete code or combination. wikipedia.org/wiki/Permis…
The standard text-to-speech voice we hear so often is the voice of Jon Briggs, who also did the voice-over narration for the UK edition of The Weakest Link. His text-to-speech voice was the original British voice for Siri. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
The UK's military satellite system, which have links to unmanned drones and fighter jets, is called Skynet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky…
Today I learned about a geographic oddity caused by surveying errors, affectionately known as the Angle. The Northwest Angle's only land link is its western border with Manitoba. It's technically part of Minnesota β€” but with Lake of the Woods to the south, it shares no land connection with the United States. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
A dog’s age is not 7 times human age, but: 16(ln(dog’s age))+31. It’s a natural logarithmic curve, so a 1-year old dog is about 31 in human years, and a 10-year old is about 68. (Link has calculator!) smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about Paul Graham's Hierarchy of Disagreement, a measure for the credibility of a rebuttal to an argument, explored in his 2008 essay (link to essay in comment) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil…
During the Cold War, the UK government feared that town twinning with localities in the east could lead to communist infiltration - so they restricted access. In spite of this, some Cold War links survived. Barnsley, South Yorkshire is still twinned with Gorlovka, Ukraine today: yorkshirepost.co.uk/inter…
Some guys in the Czech Republic figured out how to broadcast data in beams of light capable of streaming DVD-quality video over neighbourhoods.( 10 Mbit/s full duplex Ethernet point-to-point link.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RON…
Hitler hated smoking. In addition, German doctors were the first to link smoking with cancer, leading to the first ever public anti-smoking campaign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
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…
When you rub your finger on a clean plate and it squeaks, the sound isn't made by the plate vibrating, but your finger. (fixed the link) collectionscanada.gc.ca/o…
The link between celiac disease and wheat was identified during the Dutch famine of 1944. The Nazis sent all Dutch agricultural output to Germany, resulting in famine. Kids with celiac improved and mortality dropped to near 0, until after the war when the mortality rate spiked again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coe…
Hard hats are recommended to be replaced every 5 years, the webbing inside to be replaced every year, and they are recyclable as #2 plastic. (It's the first FAQ and last FAQ under head protection in the link) bullard.com/faq
The movie Starships Troopers was originally called Bug Hunt at Outpost Nine, and had no link to Robert Heinlein's novel. When the director subsequently bought the book rights he only read 2 chapters, finding it boring. empireonline.com/movies/f…
China is the first and only country that's currently constructing a national forensic DNA database. They aim to collect and store genetic profiles of 10% of the country's male population, which can be used to construct genetic links to China’s entire male population, roughly 700 million people. aspi.org.au/report/genomi…
Joe Walsh's Maserati 5000 GT couldn't do 185 (closer to 170) mph, but the top speedometer marking is 300 kph (186 mph). It was impounded by Austrailian authorities after being inspected for the presence of asbestos. Also, each 5000 GT had a custom body so each one is unique. Links in comments. stuff.co.nz/motoring/1024…
Some BB gun pellets can go through a child's skull and cause brain damage (case studies in link) thejns.org/pediatrics/vie…
Today I learned about β€œWar Babies” a very odd short film from 1934 that featured a bunch of toddlers in diapers acting out creepily grown-up plots. Shirley Temple does stuff like trade kisses for lollipops and says things like β€œI’m expensive.” Video is in the link. time.com/12851/before-the…
When F4 Phantom pilots were carrying a nuclear payload, they were issued an eye patch. Before they flew into the target area, they would put the eye patch on, just in case they accidentally blinded themselves with one of their own nukes, they'd still have one good eye. Link is a pilot interview youtu.be/wuUXT3JQfMI
Styx's third album had a hidden track called Plexiglass Toilet which was a calypso song about a mother warning her child about how to safely use a portapotty (link to song in comments) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 2005 British Student, Alex Tew, Built The Million Dollar Homepage to Raise Money For His Education. The Homepage Consisted of a Million Pixels Arranged in 1000 Γ— 1000 Pixel Grid, Image-Based Links Were Sold for $1 Per Pixel in 10 Γ— 10 blocks the Site Grossed $1,037,100 in 5 months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
"Rohan" is a real place in France, as well as the fictional kingdom from The Lord of the Rings (Tolkien was aware of this and might have borrowed the word, but otherwise said there was no link between the two) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roh…
Today I learned of Australian serial killer William MacDonald. When he left a victim under his shop and fled to another city police failed to link it to the other murders and assumed the rotting corpse was MacDonald, who was declared dead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…

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