In 1991, 60 Minutes suggested red wine was the answer to the "French Paradox" (France enjoys a low incidence of heart disease despite a diet high in saturated fats). Within a year, American consumption of wine increased 40% and some wine sellers began promoting their products as "health food". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Air traffic controllers get a break every 2 hours. When controllers remain "on position" for more than 2 hours without a break, performance can deteriorate rapidly, even at low traffic levels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
The Beryozka or Berezka Dance Ensemble is a troupe of female dancers in Russia, wearing long gowns and move in very small steps on very low half-toe with the body held in a certain corresponding position, so the dancers appear as floating or moving on wheels. youtu.be/gwbcTYQ84dU
The orange balls on power lines are called visibility marker balls (or just marker balls, for short), and they help make power lines more obvious to low-flying aircraft like planes and helicopters. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Robert Moses who built bridges across his parkways low in order to "restrict the use of state parks by poor and lower-middle-class families," who did not own cars and would arrive by bus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned about the U.S. Air Force's doomsday weapon, SLAM. The rocket was designed to fly fast and low over the Soviet Union, dropping hydrogen bombs over predetermined targets while its unshielded nuclear reactor contaminated everything in it's path. popularmechanics.com/mili…
David Bowie was so unconvinced of the commercial viability of his album "Low" that after its release he decided to tour as Iggy Pop's keyboardist instead of promoting the new record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22…
That fully aquatic mammals, never fully go to sleep. instead it shuts down only half of its brain at a time, along with the opposite eye. The other half of the brain stays awake at a low level of alertness. So that they may continue to swim to surface to breath animals.howstuffworks.com…
An Indian man developed a low cost sanitary pad for rural women because they were so expensive. The purpose of his feat was to prevent his wife from using dirty rags. His name is Arunachalam Muruganantham and Bollywood made a movie called "Padman" inspired by his story. youtu.be/zkQL7UJYDIY
Before clocks were commonplace, the terms "sunwise" and "deasil" from the Latin root "dexter" ("right") were used for clockwise. "Widdershins" (from Middle Low German "weddersinnes", "opposite course") was used for counterclockwise en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
Today I learned about Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest (DHCA), wherein patients are deliberately put into hypothermia as low as 20C (68F) thereby stopping all heart and brain function in order to increase survival time on reduced oxygen, while making delicate surgeries easier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
No matter what height a squirrel falls from, it will almost always survive due to its relatively low terminal velocity. cyruskhan.com/blog/2014/4…
Today I learned about the high levels of PTSD in low-income, urban neighborhoods in the United States. A sample of 1900 patients in Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital found that 87.8% of the sample suffered at least one-lifetime traumatic event, and the lifetime prevalence of PTSD was 46.2%. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Color blindness isn’t common in females because there’s a low likelihood that a female will inherit both genes required for the condition. However, only one gene is needed for red-green color blindness in males. Globally, 1 in 12 males and 1 in 200 females are colorblind. healthline.com/health/eye…
A 1949 BBC memo forbade employees to use desk lamps unless the main room light was on. The head of the Variety department believed that a man working at a desk in a confined space with only the light from a low-wattage lamp would nurture furtive ideas and produce degenerate programme material. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Hyssop essential oil (used in alternative medicine) can induce seizures at very low doses, taking only 2 drops to induce convulsions in a child. wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyssop…
There is a shanytown on the edge of Seoul's affluent Gangnam District, created by people evicted from houses in low-income areas demolished prior to the 1988 Olympics, who came there as their last refuge. It has 2500-4000 residents, mostly impoverished elderly, living in shacks and trailers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gur…
Liquid water can exist in two distinctly different states. At low temperatures and high pressures, it can become 20% denser than room-temperature water. The two states are immiscible, like oil and water. scitechdaily.com/research…
Alaskan Wood Frogs would freeze their bodies in the winter. Their breathing and heart beat also stops, allowing them to survive temperatures as low as -80 degrees Fahrenheit. Their bodies will thaw during the spring and come back to life. businessinsider.com/these…
In Medieval Europe, almost no one ate breakfast for its association with gluttony and fear of being labeled "low status". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The best snow for skiing is made up of snowflakes called fernlike stellar dendrites. These snowflakes are the largest type of snowflakes, diameters exceeding 5 mm, and are extremely thin and light, so they make a low density snowpack. its.caltech.edu/~atomic/s…
Beethoven never went completely deaf. Although his hearing loss affected his professional and personal life, he could still hear speech and music until 1812 and at the end of his life was still able to distinguish low tones and sudden loud sounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
A 2018 study of British payday and installment loan consumers showed that they often weren't low-income people - the percentage of borrowers with incomes between Β£30k and Β£50k a year was higher than in the general population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pay…
By weight, 1,500 objects make up 98% of all space debris in low Earth orbit, and weigh only 1,900 tons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
In 1997 the first Astronaut voted from space. Since then, every American Astronaut votes from Space as an absentee voter for the state of Texas (where the Johnson Space Center is located), where they list their address as β€œlow-Earth orbit.” airandspace.si.edu/storie…
The first ever Roman fire brigade was created by Marcus Licinius Crassus. During fires, they would do nothing while Crassus would offer to buy the burning building from the owner at a very low price. If the owner agreed, they would put out the fire. If he refused, they would simply let it burn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The first Roman fire brigade was created by Marcus Crassus. 500 men strong. Arriving at the scene, the fire fighters did nothing while Crassus offered to buy the burning building from the owner at a low price. If the owner agreed to sell, they put the fire out. Otherwise they let it burn down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The production budget of the first season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" was so low, the cast shot the opening credits sequence using a digital camera themselves while driving around Philadelphia one night. Charlie Day called it the "cheapest credits ever." indigoprod.com/nyc-video-…
Some old cordless phones used to randomly dial 911 when their battery was low orlandosentinel.com/news/…
There's no evidence that depression is caused by low levels of seratonin. This has been known for decades, and neuroscientists have been trying to debunk this myth to the public for years. The actual mechanism of antidepressants is unknown. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Flies don’t have lungs, and when submerged in a liquid don’t initially drown and instead go into β€œlow oxygen mode” (12:50 min in) abc.net.au/triplej/progra…
Gabapentin can cause sexual dysfunction and loss of libido at as low as 300 mg per day. sciencedirect.com/science…
The Ortolan Bunting populations were hunted to dangerously low levels because they were considered such a decadently delicious delicacy (they were captured in nets, kept in the dark to induce gorge eating, then drowned in brandy before being cooked and served); they're now illegal to served en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
Squirrels don’t take β€œfall damage” because their terminal velocity is too low for it to do any damage on impact, it’s the same with ants. physicsforums.com/threads…
John Lennon purposely tuned the D string low on his guitar making it "slightly out of tune" in order to make it recognizable on mono recordings from the other Beatles. youtu.be/9SqAahel-ws?t=60
Today I learned of a US Navy pilot in 1998 who flew too low against regulations, cutting a gondola's cable and killing 20 people. He and his crew were put on trial and found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cav…
After returning from WWII over 1 million black americans were denied the benefits of the GI bill for free education and low rate home loans history.com/.amp/news/gi-…
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…
George Washington was the first American mule breeder. However, his first donkey had a low libido. After much study, Washington discovered what got the donkey off: female donkeys, two at time. If the donkey had a clear view of them together he would successfully perform with female horses smithsonianmag.com/histor…
When a peacock shakes his tail, it produces a low pitched sound humans can't hear despite the noise being about as loud as a car going past a few metres away. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
In Rhode Island low number license plates are a status symbol. Single-digit plates have fetched hundreds of thousands of dollars. pocacoop.com/prick-prod-p…
Painting artificial eyespots on the rear-ends of cattle reduces predation by large carnivores. The technique is being used in Africa as an effective, low-cost, anti-predation method to save the lives of both cattle and predators. snippetscience.com/painti…
Due to the low crime presence in Iceland, some mothers often leave their babies outside to nap. iheartradio.ca/virginradi…
After being called out on local TV, 2 porch pirates caught on camera returned a package of replica WWE belts (belonging to a 5-yr-old autistic boy with a brain tumor) with a note that read: β€œAfter seeing ourselves looking like low lives on the news, we have both decided to get clean and sober.” yahoo.com/lifestyle/thiev…
NBC's broadcast of Schindler's List was the first film to get a TV-M rating and was unedited. The broadcast was controversial, with a Republican congressman complaining "it was all-time low, with full-frontal nudity, violence and profanity and a insult to decent-minded individuals everywhere". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
A frozen zoo is a storage facility in which genetic materials taken from animals are stored at very low temperatures. Material preserved in this way can be stored indefinitely and used for artificial insemination, in vitro fertilisation, embryo transfer, and cloning. institute.sandiegozoo.org…
Today I learned of the St. Petersburg paradox, a theoretical lottery game offering infinite expected value and low apparent value en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
The Danish astronomer who demonstrated light has a speed, invented a precursor to the Fahrenheit scale, and invented the mercury thermometer... also ran the police force in Copenhagen and fired all the officers because morale was low. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Area codes were attributed in the days of phones with rotary dials. Low numbers were quicker to dial, which led to prominent and highly populated cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit to have area codes with low numbers (212, 213, 312, 313, respectively) 99percentinvisible.org/ar…
For the first 6 years of the production of the Ford Model T (1908-1913), it was only available in green, blue, gray (only for the town cars), and red (only for the touring cars). "Any colour so long as it is black" only started in 1914, due to the low cost, durability, and faster drying time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…

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