In 2019, a hipster complained to MIT Technology Review for using his picture to imply hipsters look the same, end up discovering the picture was of an entirely different hipster theregister.com/2019/03/0…
Toronto has around 90 fake houses (they look real on the outside) which contain transformers that convert raw, high voltage electricity to a voltage low enough to distribute throughout the city. blogto.com/city/2010/10/t…
Domestic dogs are one of only a few species that can understand that the human gesture of pointing means, "look in the direction my finger is pointing". Other animals, including wolves and other primates, don't understand how it works and will only be interested in your outstretched finger. patriciamcconnell.com/the…
The flag patches on a soldier’s uniform are reversed to mimic a real flag that if being carried into battle would flow backwards in the wind when marching forward into battle. If it were displayed normally it would look like the soldier was retreating. businessinsider.com/why-t…
The fourth funnel on the Titanic was fake. It was for appearances only: it made the ship look bigger. It was not connected to the charcoal ovens, but it was connected to the first-class smoking room, making it a sort of oversized kitchen hood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
Tree experts pointed out a mistake in current Canadian currency. Instead of it's notes featuring Canadian maple leaves, it instead features Norwegian maple leaves. Although, both look fairly similar. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
People with β€œbaby faces” tend to live longer healthier lives than those who look their age. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/healt…
I learned that Owls can't move their eyes at all - they can only look straight ahead. To compensate, they use their long, flexible necks to move their eyes through 270 degrees of rotation. Their eye 'structures' provide fantastic vision and account for up to five percent of their body weight. animalquestions.org/birds…
If you look at a blue sky you can actually see white blood cells moving around in your eyes. sciencedirect.com/science…
The 101st Airborne was nicknamed "The Chicken Men" by the NVA and the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War because the Eagle insignia looks like a Chicken. North Vietnamese commander was warned to not fight with the "The Chicken Men", because you will surely lose the battle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/101…
For the film Cape Fear, Robert De Niro reportedly took his body fat down to 4%. De Niro also paid a doctor $5,000 to grind down his teeth for the role to give the character 'Max Cady' a more menacing look, later paying $20,000 to have his teeth restored after the film production was over. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
A woman from the turn of the 20th century would sell people the time by letting them look at her watch wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_B…
The most requested song at British funerals is Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life". The comedy song beat out more traditional choices like "The Lord is My Shepherd" and "Abide With Me," as well as Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now". telegraph.co.uk/news/pict…
Serial killer Edmund Kemper buried one of his victim's head in his mother's garden facing upward toward her bedroom. After his arrest, he stated that he did this because his mother "always wanted people to look up to her." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edm…
Many car commercials use a vehicle called the "Mill Blackbird" to film their commercials, and use CGI to make the vehicle look like the car they're advertising. thenewswheel.com/car-comm…
There is a species of moth called the Bagworm moth. They build a cocoons out of sticks and small twigs. These cocoons can sometimes look like small log cabins. After metamorphosis the female of the species spend their whole lives, of a few weeks, in the little home they made. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Bonito flakes are basically shaved fish jerky. Traditional katsuobushi is skipjack tuna preserved using smoke, caves, mold and the sun in a process that can take years. The fish is so tough that it is shaved with a katsuobushi kezuriki, which looks like a wood carving tool. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
Today I learned about The Paris Commune of 1871. The French workers created the first example of workers' power. They showed what a government of, for and run by the workers would look like. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
One reason the Lockheed F-117 and the HB1001 look like retro low-poly computer models is because they literally are. In 1974 when Denys Overholser leveraged 60s Soviet algorithms to calculate radar reflection, computers weren't powerful enough to reliably perform this function on curved surfaces en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loc…
Today I learned of the Inca Maiden mummy which is 500 years old but still looks eerily lifelike. It was discovered near the summit of the volcano Llullaillaco and is one of 3 mummies of children who were sacrificed as part of a religious ritual. youtube.com/watch?v=UYKKb…
If you gently press the bottom right corner of your eyeball through the eyelid, you see a little dark spot in the top left of your vision. This is because we see the world upside down, but our brain translate it so it looks right side up to us. mentalfloss.com/article/9…
Dogs are the only non-primate species with a left-gaze bias. Humans tend to look at the right side of a human face for better facial recognition and dogs respond to faces in a similar way: Dogs also fixate on the right side of a human face, but not that of other animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
Blobfish don't normally look all blobby and only look like that when they're pulled from the deep ocean. Its due to the pressure difference animals.howstuffworks.com…
The reason moles always look so clean, even though they live in the dirt, is because their hair swivels to lay in any direction. animals.mom.me/moles-adap…
When filming Forrest Gump, director Robert Zemeckis sent set designers to his old college so Forrest's dorm could look just like the one Zemeckis stayed in. 949wdkb.com/niu-facts-pt-…
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-…
Today I learned of the "Buddhabrot set", a plot of points that are not in the fractal Mandelbrot set, that under certain plotting settings looks similar to a picture of a sitting Buddha. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
For color blind people peanut butter looks green instead of brown enchroma.com/blogs/beyond…
If the Andromeda Galaxy were brighter, it would look 6 times wider than the moon in our night sky waitbutwhy.com/2014/06/an…
Tanuka are seen as an animal of luck in Japan because of their hude ballsack (Just look at those pictures!) univie.ac.at/rel_jap/an/M…
That John Wilkes Booth is said to be the first actor to have his clothes torn by fans. His good looks and charm made him an early American heat throb history.com/news/john-wil…
Paris holds an annual contest to find the city’s best baguette. Around 200 bakers each submit two baguettes (must be eligible) to be graded on quality, look, smell, taste, and crunch. The winner wins €4000 and a contract to supply the French president fresh baguettes every day for 1 year. bbc.com/travel/story/2019…
Lindsay Lohan Filed a case against GTA 5 makers that a Character was based on her , so the judges threw the case out saying Lacy Jonas 's'indistinct, satirical representations of the style, look, and persona of a modern, beach-going young woman that are not reasonably identifiable as plaintiff.” polygon.com/2018/3/31/171…
The cars that played Sonny Crockett's Ferrari Daytona from Miami Vice actually weren't genuine Ferraris, but 1976 and 1981 Chevrolet Corvettes rebodied to look like Ferrari Daytonas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned Norman Rockwell painted a depiction of the June 21, 1964 murders of the three young civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman in Philadelphia, Mississippi, for the magazine Look. nrm.org/MT/text/MurderMis…
Mike Myers thought up the Austin Powers character while driving home one day. His radio was playing Burt Bacharach’s β€œThe Look of Love”, and he was with his then-wife Robin Ruzan. Myers asked her if he was β€œmaking her horny”. She told him to stop it and write his new character down. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The first person to actually look at Saturn in a telescope was Galileo. He saw a strange oval-shaped planet. He thought the planet might have ears, or two small balls on either side. Later observations showed that these were actually Saturn’s grand ring system universetoday.com/46237/w…
: The "thousand-yard stare" is a phrase often used to describe the blank, unfocused gaze of soldiers who have become emotionally detached from the horrors around them. It is also sometimes used more generally to describe the look of dissociation among victims of other types of trauma. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Instead of using the idiom, "It's all Greek to me," when something looks like gibberish, the Greeks themselves often say, "It's Turkish," Turks say, "It's French," the French say, "It's Hebrew," Hebrew speakers say, "It's Chinese," and Chinese people say, "This looks like its from Mars." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
There's a Japanese museum of rocks that look like faces thisiscolossal.com/2016/1…
The movie Spaceballs never merchandised toys because George Lucas told Mel Brooks they'd look too similar to Star Wars toys. maxim.com/entertainment/i…
George Orwell's 1984 was heavily inspired in terms of themes and plot by Russian Yevgeny Zamyatin's 'We', an anti-utopian book which Orwell has stated had a great impact on him. The book was written 26 years before Orwell's 1984 but looks critical acclaim it deserves. youtu.be/w0Z9LVqKd4A
Andy Milonakis of MTV fame, aged 44, was born with a congenital growth-hormone condition that gives him the outward appearance and voice of an adolescent - which is why he still looks 14 years old today. ellines.com/en/achievemen…
Today I learned about unofficial medical jargon. FLK- "Funny Looking Kid” is one of the most common abbreviations used. FLK does not mean that the child looks comical but it refers to the child looking different from the norm. today.mims.com/the-unoffi…
In the original cut of The Santa Clause Tim Allen's character looks at a phone number and says "1-800-SPANK-ME. I know that number." This scene was cut from all home media releases after a kid in Washington called the number - which led to an active sex hotline - and racked up a $400 phone bill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about JIS-spec screws, which look an awful lot like Phillips-head screws, but the tools are not always interchangeable and can cause mechanics tremendous frustration. motorcycle.com/ask-mo-any…
While violets and purples look similar, but violets are a single wavelength and purples are a mix of red and blue or violet wavelengths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vio…
Famed soul duo Sam & Dave - Grammy winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees - hated each other. They travelled on tour seperately, didn't talk to each other offstage for 13 years, and didn't look at each other onstage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
In WW2 escape compasses for the RAF were sometimes hidden by being made to look like a button (unscrewing the top revealed the small compass). When the Germans found out, they changed to a reverse thread, so trying to unscrew the button the usual way tightened it instead, keeping it hidden. paratrooper.be/articles/e…
Pigs can't look up at the sky from a standing position ripleys.com/weird-news/pi…
Matt Groening originally planned for Krusty the Clown to be Homer Simpson in disguise. This is why Krusty looks so similar to Homer. screenrant.com/simpsons-h…
There is s fungus called xylaria polymorpha which looks like dead man fingers protruding from the ground. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xyl…
Winston Churchill described Graham Sutherland's gift of a portrait of Churchill as filthy and malignant, and said it made him look like a down-and-out drunk who has been picked out of the gutter. Lady Spencer-Churchill broke it into pieces and had them incinerated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sut…
In 1913, a study was published on "the feeling of being stared at". It was found to be groundless, attributed to you being nervous about how you look when someone's looking at you. jstor.org/stable/1413454
Today I learned about the "Super Guppy," an oddly-shaped, massive plane designed for transporting really really large cargo (rocket parts). Five were built, and they look kind of like flying beluga whales. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
During the filming of Quigley, actor Gary Busey demanded that Heaven be changed to reflect what he saw when he was there during his near-death experience. He then came to blows with another actor who had also had a near-death experience, over what Heaven actually looks like. vulture.com/2012/03/there…
Today I learned about the book β€œHow to spot a Jap” issued to US soldiers in China during WWII. In it, they were told the Chinese are β€œabout the size of an American”, has even teeth and walk in strides while the Japanese are buck-toothed, shuffle and look as if β€œtheir legs are directly attached to their chests”. ep.tc/howtospotajap/index…
Collecting toad sperm is easy; many release it in urine. Scoop 'em up and they urinate/ejaculate in fear. But what if they don't? According to Diane Barber of Fort Worth Zoo: "It's kind of weird, but if you hold them in your hand and look at them and bark at them like a dog, then they will pee". phys.org/news/2019-11-1st…
Today I learned about Henri Frenay, a Frenchman who initially supported the Nazis, but changed his mind immediately after the Nazi occupation of France, after seeing "the look of contempt on the faces of the Germans when viewing the French". He then joined the Resistance movement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
In the 1987 film Predator, the monster was originally designed to look like a giant bug-eyed lizard thing and was actually played by Jean-Claude Van Damme. The monster scenes were later reshot with the new predator designed by Stan Winston. movieweb.com/predator-mov…
Somatotypes were created by a eugenicist who believed that one can make a psychological inference based on how a man looks. elitefts.com/education/tr…
In Japan there is a therapy called Forest Bathing. It is not taking a bath in the forest, or exercise, or hiking, or jogging. It is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Look for a place where there are trees, and off you go. time.com/5259602/japanese…
Madagascar has an animal called tenrec that looks exactly like a hedgehog, but are completely different animals nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
Those floaty things in your eye that disappears whenever you try to get a closer look, only to reappear as soon as you shift your glance are called Muscae volitantes, Latin for "flying flies” ted.com/talks/michael_mau…
Ringworm isn’t actually caused by worms. It’s a fungal infection that got its name because the rash looks like a worm, not because it’s caused by a worm. healthline.com/health/rin…
There is an unusual instrument called the celeste/celesta which looks like a piano, but has metal plates like a xylophone, instead of strings, inside. This instrument is what gives the Nutcracker's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, and the Harry Potter theme, their distinct sound. youtu.be/Aw7HAyq54rw
The hormone, oxytocin, which triggers feelings of unconditional love and protection occurs when parents and children look into each other’s eyes or embrace, this spikes in both human and canine brains, we love our pets in the same way as family members, and dogs return this devoted affection. telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
Shortly before Osama bin Laden was killed, the FBI used a Spanish MP as the basis for computer generated images of what he might look like. theguardian.com/world/201…
β€œDark side of the Moon” does not actually mean β€œdark”. We only see one side of the Moon from Earth and never see the other (tidal locking), but both sides have 2 weeks of sunlight followed by 2 weeks of night. Moon’s Dark/far side looks quite different than the side we see from Earth. nasa.gov/mission_pages/LR…
A cortical homunculus is a distorted representation of the human body which shows how what the body looks like to the brain from the inside and how the brains view of the body is based on how important it considers each body part. io9.gizmodo.com/how-your-…
Female psychopaths appear to be more prone to promiscuity than male psychopaths, and while they.prefer to date non-psychopathic men in the short-term, for long-term relationships they tend to look for a fellow psychopath. theconversation.com/five-…
The distinctive look of the Curious George books is because, to save money, the artist hand-painted colour separations for a CMYK printing process. Hence the heavy use of primary colours and fringing on secondary ones. barbaralalicki.com/single…
There are sea slugs that look like fuzzy little bunny rabbits. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned about the Cheerleader Effect which makes people look more attractive when in groups theatlantic.com/business/…
An instrumental version of the song "Sukiyaki", a story of a man who looks up and whistles while he is walking so that his tears will not fall, was played by NASA over the radio for the Gemini VII astronauts as mood music, thereby becoming one of the first pieces of music sent to humans in space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suk…
Today I learned of the existence of eyebrow wigs and temporary eyebrow tattoos, for those who, for whatever reason, have lost their brows and want to look and feel more "normal". headcovers.com/eyebrows/
Today I learned about Utah’s β€˜otherworldly’ Cinamon Hadley β€” ballerina, goth queen and comic book character. The woman who inspired the look of the DC Comics character known as DEATH, by creator Neil Gaiman. sltrib.com/artsliving/art…
In 2015 Queen Elizabeth visited the set of Game of Thrones and got a close look at the Iron Throne, but refused to take a seat because there's an old rule that says the Queen is not allowed to sit on a foreign throne. esquire.com/entertainment…
The Confederate States' Flag actually looks like the Betsy Ross Flag. The flag most believe to be the "Confederate Flag" is actually one of the Confederate Battle flags. britannica.com/topic/flag…
In 1920s - 1960s Germany, there was a trend to pose in a photo with a person in a polar bear costume. In thousands of photos, the bear doesn't change much in looks or poses, but history advances around the polar bear: from smiling beachgoers to smiling Nazis to smiling American G.I.s. mashable.com/2016/02/17/t…
Today I learned of 145 rue Lafayette, Paris. It's a fake building designed to look like a real building. It functions as part of the ventilation system for the Paris subway. unjourdeplusaparis.com/en…
Narcissistic personality disorder and bipolar disorders share many traits in common, such as: setting high, unattainable, goals; and being very impulsive. This makes diagnosis difficult, since what looks like one of the disorders in a person might actually be the other. healthline.com/health/bip…
The color of the Sun is a composite of all visible frequencies of light which makes it perfectly white. We see it yellow because of the Earth's atmosphere. In space the sun looks white. scienceabc.com/nature/uni…
When they first opened the ride Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland the design team was disappointed with the look of the fake bones they used so they used real skeletal remains instead and there is allegedly still a real human skull in the ride today mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Today I learned of Mettigel, a German dish prepared by garnishing raw pork to look like a hedgehog. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Bill Nye originally got his break into the Entertainment industry after 4 times of being rejected to join NASA's astronaut training program in the late 70's, and stumbled into a new career path by winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest in 1978 that launched his career into stardom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
President Lyndon Johnson was known for his vulgar behaviour. He would burp, fart, pick his nose, and scratch his crotch in front of people. He would also openly urinate in front of others, including in front of a reporter at his ranch. He also harassed women about their weight and looks. nationalpost.com/opinion/…
Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario and Zelda, came up with the idea of Pikmin when gardening. He saw a line of ants carrying leaves towards their nest and wondered what the scene would look like if they were tiny people instead. kotaku.com/pikmin-has-the…
The blobfish only looks ugly because they deflate from the pressure difference of being pulled to the surface youtube.com/watch?v=cwu6E…
In Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, certain scenes such as the forest swinging scene, Miles was animated a 12 frames a second while Peter was animated at 24 frames a second, making Miles look less smooth. This was done to show Miles' inexperience at being Spiderman compared to Peter. businessinsider.com.au/sp…
Today I learned about prehistoric aquatic reptiles and the mosasaurus, they are closely related to modern reptiles rather than dinosaurs and looked like a reptilian shark or dolphin. Also interesting is how these aquatic reptiles, mammals (dolphins), and fish (sharks), all evolved to look as if they’re related. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
Spiders can sense electrical currents in the air and use them to launch themselves upward, traveling up to hundreds of miles. Occasionally a β€œmass ballooning” occurs, where so many spiders descend from the sky it looks like snow nationalgeographic.com/ne…
There is an organic compound called penguinone because it looks like a penguin peakscientific.com/discov…
There are legless lizards. They look and move like snakes, but have distinct features that make it a lizard. youtu.be/TjDpvC9Xh0Y
The SHAZAM comic inspired Elvis Presley's look, from his hair to his costume - specifically the character Captain Marvel Jr. (aka Freddy Freeman). nerdist.com/article/shaza…
The symbol on the flag of Kyrgyzstan is what you see when you look up while inside a yurt en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Louis Theroux has a brother that looks and sounds just like him and also does documentaries. youtube.com/watch?v=Wq308…
Young cattle were called "dogies" because motherless calves look potbellied, being unable to digest grass yet. Dough-guts -> Dogies azcentral.com/story/trave…
In bacteria names, the 1st word often indicates what the bacteria look like under a microscope. For e.g., Staphylococcus = a cluster of spherical bacteria, where Staph = cluster and Coccus = spherical shape, or Streptobacillus, where Strep = chained together and bacillus = rod shaped. courses.lumenlearning.com…

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