Sagittarius A* - the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way - has a mass 4 million times that of our Sun, but a diameter only 31 times the Sun's. It is so dense that it could fit in the space between the Earth and the Sun, but can attract things 50k light years away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
The sun makes up 99.8 percent of the mass in the solar system. solarsystem.nasa.gov/sola…
In 1997 a series of Ponzi schemes run by the Albanian government collapsed. 2/3rds of the citizenry were invested. This lead to mass protests. And the formation of gangs, who took control of entire cities. These gangs siezed weapons from military bases, and started a full blown civil war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The stone weight was an old English unit of mass equal to 14 pounds (6.35 kg). Although now prohibited for commercial use in the United Kingdom the stone is customarily used for body weight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
Due to the mass suicide by Heaven's Gate members all wearing Nike Decades, the shoes were discontinued resulting in pairs having a high resale value. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
The sci-fi technology of the "mass driver" or electromagnetic catapult is real. The first prototype was built in 1977 for only $2,000, and the device was theorized by a sci-fi writer in 1937. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
In 1589, William Lee was refused a patent grant for his knitting machine after Elizabeth I feared automation would lead to mass unemployment britannica.com/biography/…
The largest mass mailing in American history was the Understanding AIDS is a pamphlet in 1988. 126 million pamphlets were sent out hoping to reach every household in the USA. It contained information to avoid AIDS and encouraged the reader not to fear day-to-day contact with people with AIDS. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Und…
Participants in the 1978 cult mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana did not consume a drink containing Kool Aid, but a generic version called Flavor Aid. jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_…
Lincoln suspended habeas corpus and oversaw mass arrests of up to 38,000 antiwar protesters and journalists in the North. encyclopedia.com/history/…
"The "Lavender Scare" was a moral panic during the mid-20th century about homosexual people in the United States government and their mass dismissal from government service. " en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lav…
Alexander the Great arranged a mass wedding for his Macedonian soldiers to marry Persian women to unite the regions called the Susa Wedding. After Alexander died, all the men except two divorced their Persian wives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
There is a patron saint of TV, and it's St. Clara. When she was on her deathbed she couldn't attend the christmas mass, but she supposedly experienced it through a vision from afar as if she was really there. aleteia.org/2016/09/17/th…
Shirley Temple disliked her namesake drink, as she disliked the idea of cocktails for children. She also found most varieties to be "too sweet" for her tastes. She also sued companies seeking to mass produce the drink, claiming it diluted her commercial value and invaded her privacy. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Suicide have a claim to being the first band to describe themselves as "punk", with flyers for a 1971 gig advertising a β€œPunk Music Mass” theguardian.com/music/201…
Swinging within Taiwanese skyscraper Taipei 101 is the world's largest tuned mass damper, a 660-ton steel pendulum that counteracts the tremendous forces of tropical winds on the building en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai…
The last Hollywood movie to get a mass-produced VHS release was David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" in March 2006, just 3 months before the global release of the Blu-Ray Disc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_H…
In 1889, the USS Trenton was in Samoa when a cyclone struck, ravaging the harbour. The ship lost steam and rudder, and was in imminent danger of foundering on the reef, so the entire crew went into the port rigging, the mass of bodies forming a sail. When the wind struck, the ship steered away en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
BBC was cautious about producing realistic documentaries about the effects of Nuclear War. They feared a realistic portrayal would result in mass suicide. It only changed in 1982, with cold war tensions increasing. scotsman.com/arts-and-cul…
On December 26, 1862, thirty-eight Dakota Indians were hung in Mankato, Minnesota, in the largest mass execution in US history–on orders of President Abraham Lincoln. Their crime: killing 490 white settlers, including women and children, in the Santee Sioux uprising the previous August. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dak…
Today I learned of the "Fleming myth" that although Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928 and published findings in 1929, penicillin was largely ignored by the medical community for over a decade until a group at Oxford successfully purified it in 1940 and enabled mass production in 1945 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The Sun makes up about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
The author of 'Jaws' dedicated the last decade of his life to the preservation of sharks to make up for the mass hysteria he helped create. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Child actor Bobby Driscoll (Peter Pan and other Disney classics) is buried as an unknown vagrant in a mass grave on Hart island (NYC), and was only identified after his mother, who thought he was still alive, matched his fingerprints to a burial record. ew.com/oscars/2019/01/22/…
The Sun converts 4 million tons of matter into energy every second. That's the equivalent mass of 40 aircraft carriers and power output of 50 billion nuclear bombs each second. solar-center.stanford.edu…
In 1842, a 17-year-old depressed hunchbacked dwarf tried to shoot Queen Victoria. He initially escaped, but got caught later that day due to a mass roundup of hunchbacked dwarves in London. shootingvictoria.com/post…
Today I Learned that Ton 618 is the largest super massive black hole with a scary large mass of 44 billion suns. It is also one of the brightest objects in the universe. epic.cpacamp.com/the-size…
Today I learned about bezoar, a solid mass of indigestible material that can accumulate in the digestive tract, sometimes causing a blockage. Once eliminated, it has the appearance of a stone. They were once considered to have magical or medicinal properties and even made into jewelry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bez…
The Battle of the North Inch was one of Britain's last mass trials of combat. Two Scottish clans settled a dispute by staged combat in front of spectators. Of the 60 who started the battle, only 12 survived en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Half of the entire Asteroid Belt's mass is contained in only four asteroids universetoday.com/32856/a…
Chewing gum has been banned in Singapore since 1992, with some minor exceptions being allowed in 2004. This had a lot to do with people disrupting Mass Rapid Transit services by sticking chewed gum on door sensors, preventing them from functioning properly. eresources.nlb.gov.sg/his…
On Uranus, a 1 kg ball dropped from 10 meters, will fall slower than on Earth, even though the diameter of Uranus is 4 times the diameter of the Earth, and its mass is 14.5 times greater. youtu.be/o93gVt0Wqqc
Today I learned of the Seattle windshield pitting epidemic of 1954. Nearly 3000 residents reported unexplained damage to their windshields, blaming everything from vandals to cosmic rays to sand fleas. However, it was actually just people noticing normal damage that had always been there, causing mass delusion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
A "Carrington-Class Coronal Mass Ejection" might obliterate Earth electronics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Entire Regions of India Beset by Mass Hysteria Called Puppy Pregnancy Syndrome where people believe "puppies are conceived within their abdomen." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pup…
Today I learned of the National Defence Corps Incident. When a South Korean force of 406,000 suffered 300,000 casualties from starvation, disease and mass desertion due to High ranking officers embezzling funds earmarked for the purchase of food supplies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Even though a meteor may lose more than 95% of its mass entering our atmosphere due to high temperatures, by the time it reaches Earth’s surface, it is usually at best warm to touch, never hot enough to start fires. meteorites.ucla.edu/faq/
Polar bears often hunt walruses by simply charging at a group of them and eating the ones that were crushed or wounded in the mass panic to escape. Direct attacks are rare. blog.poseidonexpeditions.…
Today I learned of the Women's March on Versailles in 1789, when bread scarcity led to mass demonstrations interwined with the revolutionary activity. The women ransacked the armories and marched on the Palace, where they removed the royal family. Forlorn, the king requested the history of Charles I. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
VW produced the most mass-produced amphibious car in history, and named it the Volkswagen Schwimmwagen. It came with oars to help with steering in the water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vol…
Mass solar flares from the sun happen quite often and can produce coronal mass injections which can trigger geomagnetic storms that have been known to disable satellites and knock out terrestrial electric power grids for extended periods of time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Only about 20-30% of the population has torus palatinus, "a harmless, painless bony growth located on the roof of the mouth (the hard palate). The mass appears in the middle of the hard palate and can vary in size and shape." healthline.com/health/tor…
When Earth passed through the tail of Halley's Comet in 1910, Astronomer Camille Flammarion claimed that toxic gas from the comet would penetrate the atmosphere and kill all life on Earth. This led to mass panic buying of gas masks and "anti-comet" pills and umbrellas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Following John F Kennedy's assassination, VP Lyndon B Johnson was to take the oath of office as president. Someone found a book with a cross on it on a side table in President Kennedy's cabin on Air Force One and assumed it was a bible. It was a missal, a book of Catholic mass texts and verses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Owls have long legs that are covered in a mass of feathers so only their feet are exposed. boredpanda.com/owl-long-l…
In 2003, MTV aired an adult cartoon called Clone High which features clones of historical figures in high school. It was canceled after one season because it caused mass protest in India and even hunger strikes over its portrayal of Ghandi as a party animal ew.com/tv/2017/11/02/clon…
Trees are mostly made from the air, not the ground. They take carbon dioxide, use photosynthesis to split carbon off to make most of their mass, and "exhale" the oxygen. youtu.be/ifk6iuLQk28
The catchment area of the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Canada is one third of the country's total land mass en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
In 1931, mass murderer Szilveszter Matuska derailed trains using explosives. After being caught, he reported to take great delight in hearing screams of the dying. After being sentenced to life in prison, he escaped and was never found again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Szi…
A solar storm in 2012 with a strong Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) missed Earth by nine days. Had the CME hit Earth, it would have inflicted serious damage to worldwide electronic systems and cost up to $2.6 trillion. The recovery time from such a disaster would have been about 4 to 10 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…

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