In 1971, burglars broke into an FBI office by writing a note that said β€œPlease don’t lock this door tonight” and plastering it onto the front door. It worked and they stole several files. boingboing.net/2014/02/05…
In 1988, Denny's restaurants (which are open 24 hours, 365 days a year) decided to close for Christmas and give their employees a day off. The only problem: their doors had no locks on them, so they had to outfit 700 locations with new locks so they would be able to close for the day. nytimes.com/1988/12/20/us…
There is an ancient chinese village of long-haired rapunzels and for the women, hair is their most prized possession. They grow their hair up to 6.8 feet long and were so sacred that until recently, no one was allowed to look at a woman’s loose locks except her husband and children. historydaily.org/ancient-…
A prison in the UK had to change every lock because a news program showed keys on live TV standard.co.uk/news/itn-i…
In 1985, Hulk Hogan and Mr. T were guests on Hot Properties hosted by Richard Belzer. Belzer persistently asked Hogan to put him in a wrestling move. Pressured by the Mr. T/audience, Hogan put Belzer in a front chin lock and Belzer passed out, hit his head on the floor, resulting in 9 stitches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
The origin of the British "lock-in" (Where pubs lock their doors at closing time and continue to serve customers inside) was a reaction to 1915 changes to licensing laws in England and Wales, which curtailed opening hours to stop factory workers from turning up drunk and harming the war effort. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magaz…
Today I learned of Lisztomania, the obsessive fan hysteria surrounding the classical composer Franz Liszt. Admirers would fight over his locks of his hair, pull his carriage like horses, and carry glass vials of his old cigars and coffee dregs. bbc.com/culture/story/201…
The zipper on many jeans will lock in place if you fold the tab down and press it against the teeth. independent.co.uk/life-st…
When Denny’s stores closed for the first time ever for Christmas in 1988, many didn’t have door locks because they were always open. thedailymeal.com/eat/9-th…
The original "laugh track" used in sitcoms was a physical instrument like an organ, was held under lock and key, and was owned and operated by only one man who knew how it worked. Charley Douglass used his "laff box" to create the laugh track for almost every sitcom in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
That, When Kicking In a Door, Always Aim Just Above or Just Below The Lock; It's One of The Weakest Points vocal.media/lifehack/how-…
The Cape Cod Canal opened in 1914. The 7 mile long waterway cuts across Cape Cod saving ships as much as 135 miles. The canal was dug to to allow seawater through, there are no locks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Today I learned about Anatori Crypts in northern Georgia. A crypt villagers used to lock themselves in during the plague so they wouldn't infect others. thedailybeast.com/anatori…
Today I learned of Frank Willis, a security guard in 1972. While on duty he noticed tape on a basement door lock. Thinking a worker had left it there accidentally, he removed it. Willis later found tape again in the same place. He called the police, saying he believed there had been a break-in at Watergate. nytimes.com/2000/09/29/us…
Some states grow so much zucchini, people can randomly find baskets or bags full of them in their back seats if they forget to lock their cars. ag.ndsu.edu/sargentcounty…
In the Ottoman Empire, they would lock away spare male heirs in a part of the Imperial palace called the β€œKafes” (β€œthe cage”), and put them under lifelong confinement, unless they succeeded the throne. This was to avoid a war of succession, and ensure the survival of the royal dynasty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaf…
Raccoons in an experiment were able to open 11 of 13 locks in fewer than 10 tries and had no problems repeating the action when the locks were rearranged or turned upside down. They could also remember the solutions to tasks for 3 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
There are about 2,200 miles of navigable canals in the United Kingdom requiring many tiny locks to be manually operated and many of them no wider than 7 feet (2.1m). Started for use as commercial transport in the early 19th century it has now turned into a leisure highway of "narrowboats." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Raccoons were able to open 11 of 13 complex locks in fewer than 10 tries and had no problems repeating the action when the locks were rearranged or turned upside down. They can also remember the solutions to tasks for up to 3 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
According to Mike Rinder, Scientology's Dear Leader has a secret wall in his private offices, to hide in case of a raid by the FBI ("or Martians landing", as Rinder puts it). There's also a panic button to lock all doors, installed in his desk, which "cost more than a car". mikerindersblog.org/scien…
John Ford would would rarely drink while making a film, but when a production finished he would often lock himself in his study wrapped only in a sheet and go on a solitary drinking binge for several days followed by routine repentance and vowing never to drink again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Joesph Bramah stared a lock company that was famed for their resistance to lock picking. The company had a β€œChallenge Lock” where they would pay whoever could pick the lock 200 guineas. The challenge stood for 67 years until Alfred Hobbs finally picked it in 51 hours, spread over 16 days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
In the time before user accounts and passwords, computers used physical locks & keys to prevent keyboard input, access to the hard drive, or other unauthorized access. youtu.be/y0zZqHOZq7M
In 2015, the locks on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris were removed because they were too heavy, and part of it collapsed due to the weight in 2014. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
In 1971, burglars were able to steal records from the FBI simply by leaving a note on the front door of the Delaware office that said "Please don't lock this door tonight" boingboing.net/2014/02/05…
Today I learned about the death spiral. It's when two eagles soar up to high altitude, lock talons, and tumble and cartwheel toward Earth They let go before reaching the ground, it is part of a mating ritual nationalgeographic.com/ma…
Today I learned about Lisztomania, a literal condition diagnosed by European doctors as fan frenzy over composer Franz Liszt. Women would try to get locks of his hair, and if a piano string broke, admirers were said to try to obtain his broken piano strings to make a bracelet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Tom Cruise saved the American release of 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' by endorsing it at a buyer screening, launching the careers of Guy Ritchie, Matthew Vaughn, and Jason Statham in the process. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02k…
There are neurons in the dragonfly brain that 'lock on' to a moving target and predict where it will be in the future. elifesciences.org/article…
In the entire history of the world, during only a brief 67 year period there existed "perfect security". This was due to the Bramah lock invented by Joseph Bramah in 1784. Since it was broken by Alfred Hobbs in 1851, locks have become more a social construct than a mechanical one. 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
A skeleton key is a key that has been filed or cut to create one that can be used to unlock a variety of warded locks each with a different configuration of wards. Skeleton keys have often been associated with attempts to defeat locks for illicit purposes, to release handcuffs for example. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ske…
There is such a thing as a "pee detector" in some elevators to prevent public urination and it locks you in the elevator if it detects urine. vice.com/en_us/article/av…
: Kevin Wheatcroft the world's biggest collector of Nazi memorabilia which is appraised at $190 million and includes signed photos from hitler/mengele, tanks, the door to Hiter's cell, $220k locks of hair, and Hitler's art. His wealth comes from restoring Panzer tanks in the $47 million market. nypost.com/2015/06/27/mee…
Studies of Raccoon's showed that they can solve complex locks in less than 10 tries, and remember task solutions for up to three years. Their North American population has also increased up to 20 times since 1930. And they travel in same sex packs of 4. newworldencyclopedia.org/…
Today I learned of the real-life "Weeping Angel Effect," where illuminating quantum objects locks them in place physicsbuzz.physicscentra…
Locks of Love, the popular charity that receives donated hair, discards over 80 percent of the donations. Usually because people are unaware of the guidelines and often send strands that are that too short, processed or gray. huffingtonpost.com/2013/0…
In Somalia, a widely used "treatment" for the mentally ill is to lock them in a room overnight with a hyena medicaldaily.com/somalias…
An orangutan at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha Nebraska had learned to pick locks with a piece of wire that he had hidden in his mouth. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
A man stole $100 million in diamonds, bypassing a 100-million-combination lock, infrared sensors, seismic sensor, and private security force, but was convicted by DNA he'd left on a partially eaten sandwich near the scene. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Num Lock key exists because earlier 84-key IBM PC keyboards did not have cursor control or arrows separate from the numeric keypad. Most earlier computer keyboards had separate number keys and cursor control keys; however, to reduce cost, IBM chose to combine the two in their early PC keyboards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Num…
The F-117A stealth fighter shot down by the Serbians in 1999 was picked up on radar because it had opened its internal bomb doors - the open doors increased its radar profile, allowing a SAM missile crew to get a lock on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loc…
Eating undercooked pizza can cause a fail on an ignition lock breathalyzer test. lifesafer.ca/blog/can-eat…
Blackbeard and his crew would lock themselves in the hold of the ship and light pots of sulphur to see who could last the longest without suffocating. markstrecker.com/page8.ht…
For Disney's 'Tangled', the company had to hire Kelly Ward, who has a Ph.D in animating human hair, to help with the simulation and physics of Rapunzel's locks. That hair also weighs 60 to 80 pounds and is about 70 feet long. gpb.org/blogs/passion-for…
The 4th-8th derivatives of displacement are called snap, crackle, pop, lock, and drop. wearcam.org/absement/Deri…
In order to perform the anti-gravity dance move from β€œSmooth Criminal” live, Michael Jackson and designers developed and patented a special shoe that locks the performer's feet to the stage, allowing them to lean forward at 45 degrees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Tesla Motors uses a software lock to limit the battery charging capacity of its cheaper model cars. Owners can pay a fee to upgrade their driving range. gizmodo.com.au/2016/06/th…
The extra shoelace holes at the top of running shoes are used to create a β€œheel lock” or β€œlace lock” to prevent blisters. youtube.com/watch?v=IijQy…
There was someone breaking into homes in Mississippi in the 40's and would only cut locks of hair off people sleeping. Police made an arrest, but it's believed he was the wrong man. articles-gulflive-com.cdn…
The average citizen of Liechtenstein doesn't even lock their door because crime in the country is so low. The last murder was 10 years ago (as of 2007). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
The Sambia people of Papua New Guinea lock all of its women in a "Menstruation Hut" during their period because they believe that it gives them witch -like powers. orijinculture.com/communi…
During test times in Korea, they will lock the access to rooftops. This is because students have been known to realise they are failing whilst taking the test, stop, and leave to jump off the roof. eatyourkimchi.com/suicide…
In 2003 a man in Belgium stole diamonds worth 100M Dollars after getting past a lock with 100M possible combinations, infrared heat detectors, a seismic sensor, Doppler radar, a magnetic field and security force. He was caught because he left a partially eaten sandwich near the crime scene en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The caps lock key was created for the disabled and people with weak pinkies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Locks of Love charges patients and their families for their services. onmilwaukee.com/family/ar…
Wal-Mart used to routinely lock overnight workers in the store, often without a key-holding manager present and sometimes even chaining the fire escape shut nytimes.com/2004/01/18/us…
Winston Churchill had a secret Transatlantic radio-telephone link directly to the White House disguised as a private toilet. The door had no guards or security locks, only a standard "VACANT/ENGAGED" toilet lock. historyextra.com/period/s…
Atari, using the Tengen, entered a partnershp with Nintendo to produce games. Atari proceeded to illegally get a copy of the Nintendo patent for the lock out chip, produced several unlicensed games, then attempted to sue Nintendo for monopolistic practices. youtube.com/watch?v=fLA_d…
The time machine in 'Back to the Future' was originally a refridgerator, but was changed since they were concerned kids would lock themselves inside en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
It is illegal to lock your car doors in downtown Churchill, Manitoba in case someone needs to escape from a polar bear herald.ie/lifestyle/trave…
IBM has stated that the Scroll Lock key on your keyboard does nothing. When PC Magazine asked an executive of keyboard manufacturer Key Tronic about the key's purpose he replied, "I don't know, but we put it on ours too." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
Leonardo da Vinci invented the Miter Lock in 1497, which is still in use today including in the Panama and Suez Canals. youtu.be/jvO1P4BEYkM
The "s" curve in drain pipes acts as a water lock to prevent sewer gas from escaping into buildings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Over 1000 priceless books disappeared from a mountaintop abbey to the confusion of the monks and the local police, and despite reinforcing the library's doors and changing its locks. Turned out the culprit was using a long-forgotten secret passageway found in the public archives. theguardian.com/world/200…
Today I learned of Jerningham Wakefield, a New Zealand politician who was such a notorious drunk, his friends would lock him in Parliament overnight to keep him sober enough to vote the next day. However, this failed in 1872 when his political enemies began lowering bottles of whisky down the chimney. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Lisztomania was a term coined to describe the frenzy that Franz Liszt's performances induced in his audiences, causing them to "literally attack him: tear bits of his clothing, fight over broken piano strings and locks of his shoulder-length hair. npr.org/2011/10/22/141617…
There is a bridge in Little Rock, Arkansas with thousands of "love locks" on display by romantic couples. arkansasonline.com/news/2…
To understand diabetes, a lock and key analogy is useful. To provide energy to cells, insulin (the key) unlocks cells to let sugars in. Type-A is the pancreas producing too few keys, so insulin is injected. Type-B means rusty keyholes, which can be fixed with exercise, weight loss, or medicine. diabetesdaily.com/blog/20…
Kryptonite has an opt-in offer to reimburse you with up to $5000 if your bike is stolen because their lock was compromised. This covers any Kryptonite lock in 29 countries, but excludes the Manhattan borough of New York City, which only the toughest locks (The "New York Series") cover. kryptonite.zendesk.com/hc…
Ontario, Canada has the worlds oldest and tallest working lift lock built in 1904 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Most cancer patients do not qualify for Locks of Love hair donations, but all going through chemotherapy will qualify for wigs from Pantene's Beautiful Lengths. glamamom.com/2010/11/hair…
When Bonnie and Clyde were killed in an ambush exactly 83 years ago, locals rushed to collect souvenirs from the bodies - including locks of bloody hair, shell casings, and (unsuccessfully) Clyde's ear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
Linda Hamilton actually picked the locks on her harness and on the door in the mental hospital in Terminator 2 imfdb.org/wiki/Talk:Termi…
Anti-lock brakes (ABS) can actually dramatically *increase* stopping distances and make braking worse on gravel, sand, and deep snow en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Horses sleep standing up by using a stay apparatus, which is an adaptation of the musculoskeletal system that enables them to lock their limbs in place. They do lie down occasionally though as sleeping standing up only allows for light sleep. onekindplanet.org/top-10/…
A 51 year old man spent 30 years completely alone in the Alaskan wilderness. Richard Proenneke built a cabin entirely by himself featuring a fireplace, cache, and working door locks. nps.gov/lacl/historycultu…
There was an "MIT Guide to Lock Picking" first published in 1987, 30 years ago. Here's the full guide blurofinsanity.com/mit/lo…
During the WWII battle for the Coral Sea the amount and magnitude of explosions was so intense the reverberations caused the rubber bearings on some warship propeller shafts to harden and lock up, rendering the ships dead in the water. marineenginedigest.com/sp…
In the 50's there were so many kid dying from playing in abandoned fridges in the US, they passed the Refrigerator Safety Act. It was so severe troops of people would sometimes search out abandoned refrigerators, detaching the doors and smashing the locks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ref…
Allen and Crescent wrenches, as well as Channel Lock and Vice Grip pliers (hex key, adjustable wrench, water pump pliers, locking pliers) are brand names. common-motor.com/basic-to…
A Chinese tycoon has developed plans for a Nicaraguan Canal, which would reduce fuel consumption by 6%, be 1,300 nautical miles shorter, and include fewer water locks in comparison to the Panama Canal. nytimes.com/2016/04/04/wo…
The 4th through 8th time derivatives of position are called Snap, Crackle, Pop, Lock, and Drop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sna…
An apartment in Paris was left unoccupied, under lock and key for 70 years - the rent faithfully paid on time. Inside a painting worth 2 million Euros was discovered when the renter died. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
In the 1980s some crazy guy put some cyanide in a tylenol bottle, thus causing the creation of the safety lock on the bottles. To this day, the man hasn't been caught en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The third to tenth derivatives of position, after velocity and acceleration, are known as "jerk, snap, crackle, pop, lock, drop, shot and put." khanacademy.org/test-prep…
Facebook often locks out users with Native American names like Mike Raccoon Eyes Kinney, Bobby Kat LittleCub, Little White Wolf, Summer Lightfeather and Donna GhostBear because their names appear to be "fake" katu.com/news/problemsolv…
The CEO of Life Lock (identity theft protection) posted his social security number to the public to show the effectiveness of his company. His identity was stolen 13 times. techdirt.com/articles/201…
In Ottawa, Ontario there is a law stating that it is illegal to lock a child under the age of 5 in a refrigerator narcity.com/ottawa/8-real…
Refrigerators have magnetic doors largely because many children suffocated to death in refrigerators with locks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ref…
The perpetrators of the "Diamond Heist of the Century" got past 10 layers of security, including infrared heat detectors, Doppler radar, a magnetic field, a seismic sensor, and a lock with 100 million possible combinations -- and to this day no one knows how wired.com/politics/law/ma…
Before 1956, troops of people went around detaching doors and smashing locks on abandoned refrigerators because refrigerator doors could only be opened with a latch from outside and children would often die after locking themselves inside during play. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ref…
Many of Denny's restaurants were built without locks, which was problematic when they decided to close for Christmas. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/D…
Phil Morgese, a single dad who was given full custody of his young daughter, taught himself how to do her hair, and started a free bi-weekly class to teach other dads and daughters how to do everything from detangle long locks to coil hair into buns. people.com/human-interest…
A wanted pimp had such a sophisticated pattern lock on his android phone that the FBI was unable to crack it. They had to serve Google with a warrant to try and help them. wired.com/threatlevel/201…
In 2013, schools were put on lock down after a student played the theme song from 'Fresh Prince of Bel'Air' on his phone. A teacher misheard the lyrics as "shooting some people outside of the school." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
How door locks work when inserting a key.
The phrases "Lock, stock, and barrel" and "Cold shoulder" were both coined by Sir Walter Scott. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
When JFK was shot, RFK immediately called the White House and had the locks on cabinets changed and the recording tapes dismantled so that the Vice President would not have access en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The term 'fairy-locks', which originated in the mid to late 1500s, is another word for dreadlocks. It was believed when the fairies played in your hair at night they would knot it up; and it was bad luck to untangle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
Owning lock picks is actually legal in all but five states art-of-lockpicking.com/ho…

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