The north star is 4000 times brighter than our sun. The light we see when we look at the north star was generated in the year 1587, and it has been traveling through space for 434 years to reach us. space.com/15567-north-sta…
In 2008, a woman who had been missing for 24 years was discovered to be locked up against her will in her father's basement for all those years. In a prison interview, the father said: "Just look into the cellars of other people, you might find other families and other girls down there." who.com.au/josef-fritzl-1…
George Washington never wore a wig. He was a natural red head and powdered it white to look more fashionable. mountvernon.org/george-wa…
In order to misguide Japanese bombers the Taj Mahal was disguised with a huge scaffold which made it look like a stockpile of bamboos. The idea worked and was used again in 1971 at the time of Indo-Pak War. mensxp.com/special-featur…
Famous anarchist Peter Kropotkin once escaped from a Russian prison, evading searchers by going to one of St. Petersburg's fanciest restaurants with his friends, where the authorities wouldn't think to look for an anarchist en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The term Peeping Tom came from the story of Lady Godiva since he was the only person to look at her during her naked ride through Coventry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lad…
Occam's Razor has a counterargument in medicine called "Hickam's Dictum" (by Dr. John Hickam!). Some doctors (using Occam's) look for a single, elegant cause for all of a patient's symptoms. But Hickam's Dictum says: "A man can have as many diseases as he damn well pleases." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hic…
Creatures the size of Godzilla or King Kong cannot exist in real life. If you were to scale up an animal by 10x in each dimension, it would have 100x the muscle power, but 1000x the mass, likely crushing this creature to death. An animal this big would look very differnt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
Polaris, the famous north star at the tail end of the little dipper constellation, is actually 3 stars very close together that look like a single star hubblesite.org/contents/n…
There are 2 versions of Girl Scout Cookies. They employ 2 different bakers for their cookies, ABC Bakers & Little Brownie Bakers (the cookies they make look differently, taste differently &, in some cases, even have different names). Where you live determines which type of cookie you will get! wideopeneats.com/girl-sco…
Today I learned of Jeff Koons's sculpture, Play-Doh. It is 11ft (3m) tall, made of over two dozen painted aluminum sections held together only by gravity, took 20 years to make, and looks like a pile of Play-Doh. Christie's expected to auction it for about $20 million. news.artnet.com/market/ch…
In the Breaking Bad episode Ozymandias, baby Holly crying "mama" in the gas station bathroom following her abduction by Walt was an unscripted fluke that Cranston just rolled with. In that moment, Walt was supposed to look at Holly and realize on his own that he should return her to Skyler. vulture.com/2013/09/rian-…
Treasure Planet's production and sound design followed a "70/30 Law" which meant that the overall look of the film's artwork and the design of the sound effects and music should be 70% traditional and 30% sci-fi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
The idea of black holes was first proposed in 1783 by John Michell, calling them "dark stars" and proposing a method to detect them by looking for star systems that showed the gravitational effects of two stars, but only one star was visible, which is indeed how scientists look for them today io9.gizmodo.com/the-forgo…
Potato plants grow poisonous berries that look like small tomatoes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
Mr. Rogers loved to fart in public to amuse his wife when they attended boring parties or gatherings. According to Joanne Rogers, "He would just raise one cheek and he would look at me and smile." She also said Rogers enjoyed listening to her tell dirty jokes mentalfloss.com/article/6…
There is a type of pasta called Radiatori which is an irregularly shaped pasta and is called its name because it looks like a radiator, and was rumored to be made in the 1960s by and industrial designer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
The first episode of 'The Ed Sullivan Show' - the show that gave America its first looks at Elvis, the Beatles, and the Doors, among other acts - is considered lost. What makes this extra tragic is that it is also the TV debut of the team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…
The King of Hearts is the only King to not have a moustache. The so-called "suicide king" (who earned his name because it looks like he's stabbing himself in the head with a sword) wasn't always bare-faced. He mistakenly lost his facial hair in a redesign. technology.org/2018/10/04…
When you move your eyes from one point to another point, there is a disconnect between your eyes and brain. This stretches your perception of time and can make you think time is standing still. This is why when you look at a clock, it appears to take more than a second for the hand to move. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The animals commonly referred to as "Buffalo" in North America are actually not Buffalo at all, they're Bison. True Buffalo look much more similar to long-horned cattle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bub…
Prior to making Finding Nemo, Pixar's in-house art team was required to take Marine Biology, Oceanography, Ichthyology, and Scuba Diving Classes in order to get the look & feel of the characters and their world just right. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
As the British were forced to abandon the mortally-wounded HMS Sheffield missile destroyer during the 1982 Falklands war, Sub-lieutenant Carrington-Wood led the crew in singing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from Monty Python's Life of Brian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
The Fainting Goat isn't really "fainting," they have a hereditary condition called myotonia congenita, which causes their muscles to stiffen up as they go to run, causing them to fall over, which makes them look as though they are fainting. nhm.ac.uk/discover/why-do…
When observed through a hydrogen-alpha filtered telescope, the Sun looks deep red, in fact, deeper red than computer monitors can display atscope.com.au/BRO/galler…
Eggplant got its name name from the way it looks. Back in the 1700s early European version of eggplant were smaller (size of a goose egg) and yellow or white colour. theoddpantry.com/2015/03/…
Although Thundercats looks like an anime, it's an American original cartoon. The creator had a Japanese animation studio do all the animation, while it was produced, written, and voice acted all in America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thu…
Bōnenkai is a Japanese drinking party that is organized at the end of a year. It literally translates to "forget the year gathering" and is meant to forget the woes and troubles of the past year, and hopefully look to the new year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C…
Swedish band Roxette's success in the US is directly attributed to a Minnesotan who studied abroad in Sweden. He passed off their CD to a Minneapolis DJ and 'The Look' quickly became a fan favorite. Other stations followed suit and record label decided to take the act international. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rox…
Today I learned about Walter Scott, a man who had a One-Hit Wonder called "(Look Out for) The Cheater" on the 60s. In 1983, during talks to reunite with his old music group "Bob Kuban and The In-Men", he was kidnapped and murdered by his wife JoAnn and her lover James Williams. His body was found in 1987. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
The word "Kimosabe" is a fictional word derived from the Ojibwe and Potawatomi word "Gimoozaabi," which translates to "he/she looks out in secret." Another way to translate it is "trusty scout," someone who "looks out," often in "secret," hence why Tonto referred to the Lone Ranger as Kimosabe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ke-…
The Beatles' song "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number" on the 'Let It Be' album features a saxophone part played by Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
When Salvador Dali collaborated with portrait photographer Philippe Halsman, Dali originally wanted to blow up a duck using dynamite, but Halsman rejected that idea and they settled on tossing 3 cats in the air and making everything else, including Dali, look airborne as well. artsy.net/article/artsy-e…
The iconic Atari Logo (called "Fuji") designed by George Opperman which looks like the letter A was meant to resemble the two oposing players and the center court of PONG, the first commercially successful video game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Michael Jackson had a skin condition called Vitiligo which destroys the pigmentation of the skin. At first, his makeup crew tried to cover it up with darker shades, but it got so bad that they had to start using a lighter makeup to make it look more even. umassmed.edu/vitiligo/blo…
The early opening credit s for married with children used unused images from national lampoon's vacation movie. If you look real close you can see the trickster coming off the ramp. youtu.be/-2c3NFddGJc
Today I learned about Marine Iguanas, an Iguana species which only lives on the GalΓ‘pagos Islands and looks like a small Godzilla en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Dario Fontanella, an young chef in Manheim Germany who invented Spaghettieis (ice-cream that looks like spaghetti and tomato sauce) in 1960s, recalled that the kids who were initially served his dish broke into tears because they thought they ordered ice-cream and got pasta sauce instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Cuckoo Birds are considered as β€œBrood Parasites” due to the mother laying her eggs in various birds nests. they are able to lay eggs in various colours to match the nest eggs. The baby birds look similar to other birds babies so the mother bird believes they are theirs and feeds them! sciencenewsforstudents.or…
Today I learned of a dermatological condition, cutaneous horn - A type of lesion or growth that appears on the skin. It's made of keratin, which is a protein that makes up the top layer of the skin. The growth may look like a cone or horn, and it can vary in size medicinenet.com/image-col…
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…
Bill Watterson of Calvin and Hobbes, and Charles M Schulz of Peanuts, briefly sparred in newspaper editorials taking digs at each other - Watterson mocking Schulz' commercialization of Peanuts, and Schulz calling Bill Watterson "ridiculous", and Calvin and Hobbes simply "fun to look at". lareviewofbooks.org/artic…
W (double u) looks like double v(vv) because v print block was more common during the printing press days. rd.com/article/why-w-is-p…
Band directors look at body type and personality to determine the most suitable instruments for their students. An important trait for mastering the β€œvery intricate” Oboe is β€œabove average intelligence” cnn.com/2013/09/09/living…
Donald Sutherland named his four sons after directors with whom he worked: Kiefer, Roeg, Rossif and Angus Redford. Warren Kiefer directed his 1st feature 'Castle of the Living Dead', Nicolas Roeg did 'Don't Look Now', (French director FrΓ©dΓ©ric Rossif) and Robert Redford w/ 'Ordinary People' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Today I learned about the Milt Kahl Head Swaggle, in the days of 2D animation moving a head while talking was an extremely difficult task as the timing would need to be perfect or it would look unnatural cartoonbrew.com/disney/th…
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…
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…
Today I learned about he sandbox tree, also known as the "Dynamite Tree", is covered in spikes, full of poison, and grows exploding fruits. The fruit looks like little pumpkins, but when they fully mature they explode with a loud bang and fling their seeds at up to 150 mph. britannica.com/plant/sand…
Today I learned about Walter Schramm and escheat. He bought AMZN stock in 90's and pledged not to look at his stock account for 20 years. After 20 years logged on and $100,000 worth of Amazon stock was gone. Taken by the state government as unclaimed property because his account was deemed inactive. npr.org/2020/02/13/805760…

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