Guatemala had a 36+ year long civil war during which the government committed mass genocide against the Maya. The military chief became the first person to be convicted of ordering forced disappearances and the president the first former head of state to be tried for genocide by his own country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
Today I learned about the One-electron Universe Theory, which states that the reason because all of the electrons have the same charge and mass is because they are just the same electron travelling through space and time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
In 1920, candy store owner Christian Kent Nelson, unable to decide between ice cream and chocolate bars, invented an ice cream brick with chocolate coating. He secured an agreement with local chocolate producer Russell C. Stover to mass-produce them under the new trademarked name "Eskimo Pie". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edy…
There are 23 floating-year-round boat schools in Bangladesh due to constant flooding in the country. Starting in 2002, these schools ensure year-round education in a country where heavy monsoon rains can submerge 70% of the land mass under water. npr.org/sections/goatsand…
Trees get most of their mass from the carbon dioxide in the air serc.carleton.edu/eslabs/…
Alexander Fleming’s mold could not produce penicillin fast enough for mass production; itwasn’t until 15 years later that lab worker β€˜Mouldy’ Mary Hunt tested a moldy cantaloupe in a grocery store and discovered the strain that is used to produce all penicillin today mcdreeamiemusings.com/blo…
The most mass a planet can have is ~10-13x the mass of Jupiter. After this point, it's own sheer gravity begins to cause nuclear fusion and the body is classified as a brown dwarf (also called a failed star). hub.jhu.edu/2018/01/23/si…
Einstein's view of gravity is not a force of attraction between matter, but a natural consequence of curved space and time caused by mass. Einstein's extraordinary claim is that there is no force of attraction between the Earth and moon; it is simply the moon following curved spacetime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Today I learned about the Schwarzschild Radius. A collective mass will become a black hole if it shrinks smaller than its Shwarzchild Radius pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article…
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…
Today I learned about Katyn massacre, a series of mass executions of nearly 22,000 Polish military officers and intelligentsia carried out by the Soviet Union, specifically the NKVD ("People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs", the Soviet secret police) in April and May 1940. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
Gloria Ramirez died of cancer in the ER. Then 23 of the 37 staff became mysteriously ill which the hospital attributed to mass hysteria. An investigation concluded that Gloria's blood drawn and cooled in the ER broke down to dimethyl sulfate and vaporized, causing their illnesses. discovermagazine.com/heal…
Fans of Mass Effect trolled Bioware by sending them 400 cupcakes with the message "The cakes are vanilla, and so is all the icing... no matter what choice you make, it'll all have the same generic flavor." destructoid.com/stories/r…
The Moon has an atmosphere, although it is so thin that scientists consider it basically nonexistent for practical purposes. The total mass of the lunar atmosphere is about the same as a school bus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atm…
The crash of Pacific Airlines Flight 773 is the worst mass murder in modern California history after a gunman shot the pilots and then himself causing the plane to crash and killing all 44 aboard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac…
The amount of energy the Earth gains adds 160 tonnes of mass each year. bbc.com/news/magazine-167…
In 1972 the Mount Morris dam of Letchworth State Park came within inches from spilling over due to mass flooding. If the dam broke it would have caused major damage down river to Rochester letchworthparkhistory.com…
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are able to fly across the Golf of Mexico, a distance of 500 miles, in one 20-hour non-stop flight. This requires more calories than the bird's weight, so they prepare by doubling their fat mass. They expend the entire caloric reserve during the flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
According to a new study Sound carries mass pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3…
Today I learned about Doggerland, a now submerged and previously inhabited land mass that connected Britain to Europe thousands of years ago. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Today I learned about the Nike Decade, a shoe line that was discontinued after members of the cult Heaven's Gate performed a mass suicide while wearing the sneakers. Pairs of the shoes now resell for thousands of dollars. vice.com/en/article/kbynm…
Today I learned about Norman Borlaug, an American agronomist who is credited with saving over a billion people from starvation. He is called "the father of the Green Revolution" and bred a high-yield and disease-resistant dwarf wheat that helped many countries to battle mass starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
The largest cruise ship today, Symphony of the Seas, is the equivalent of almost 5 Titanics in size and mass. rlist.io/l/largest-cruise…
When remains of the last Romanovs were found in a mass grave, their identity was confirmed by a DNA sample provided by Prince Philip as one of their closest living relatives. dnainthenews.com/human-hi…
In 1942, the Luftwaffe dropped three bombs on the church of Mosta, Malta. Two of them deflected without exploding, but one 500kg high explosive bomb pierced the dome and entered the church, where more than 300 people were awaiting evening mass. The bomb did not explode and was later defused en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rot…
In his annus mirabilis, or miracle year, 26 year old Albert Einstein revolutionized modern physics, publishing four papers establishing quantum mechanics, the existence of atoms, special relativity (the speed of light is the same for any observer), and mass-energy equivalence (e=mc^2). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
There is insufficient scientific evidence to support the popular metabolic window theory, being that for about half an hour after a workout the intake of protein & carbs aids the increase of muscle mass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
The Finnish Alcoholic Beverage Retailer, Alko, Mass-Produced Molotov Cocktails in the 1940s for use during the Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union. They even improved the Molotov Cocktail's design, allowing it to ignite on impact without having to light it beforehand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
Today I learned of Robert Metcalfe, who predicted in 1995 that the Internet would suffer a "catastrophic collapse" next year; he promised to eat his words if it did not. In 1997, he took a printed copy of his column about the collapse, put it in a blender with some liquid and then consumed the pulpy mass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
When the Hale-Bopp comet was discovered in 1995, it was believed by some amateur astronomers and UFO enthusiasts that a spacecraft was trailing the comet. This led 39 members of the Heaven's Gate UFO cult to commit mass suicide in 1997 in an effort to teleport to the spacecraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
The Great Sphinx of Giza was carved from a single mass of limestone exposed when workers dug a horseshoe-shaped quarry in the Giza plateau. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
There is a German island in the North Sea (FΓΆhr) whose residents love the Manhattan cocktail - a relic of mass emigration to America in the late 1800s/early 1900s of island residents. bbc.com/travel/story/2020…
African clawed frogs were used as a pregnancy test as late as the 60s. The female lays eggs shortly after being injected with a pregnant woman's urine. (Their use by humans is thought to have contributed to the mass extinction of frogs currently underway all over the world.) newyorker.com/magazine/20…
The People’s Temple Basketball team were among the only Survivors of the Jonestown Mass suicide because they were playing at a basketball tournament in Georgetown. espn.com/espn/news/story?…
Our entire existence is because of the precise mass difference between neutrons and protons, with the former being unstable as a result, which causes it to either decay into protons, bind with electrons and create Hydrogen or bind with already existing protons and create other elements. cosmosmagazine.com/physic…
Instant noodles were invented in response to the mass starvation in Japan following WW2 gizmodo.com/the-humble-or…
Ten years after the Heaven's Gate mass suicide, Nike was going to release a shoe based off the incident. They were instead replaced with the Nike Dunk SB High Un-Futuras after higher ups found it distasteful. theshoegame.com/nike/heav…
The first electric car was created in 1828 and ECs were mass produced at the beginning of the 20th century, but were later taken over by gasoline vehicles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
In 1783, an Icelandic volcano (Laki) erupted over 8-months spewing poisonous sulfur dioxide across the Northern Hemisphere. It lead to some of the worst winters on record with mass crop failures, famine, disease and is said to have been the trigger for the French Revolution. theguardian.com/world/201…
A Nebula the Diameter of Earth Would Have a Mass of Only a Few Kilograms and Would Be Less Dense Than Vacuums Created on Our Planet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neb…
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…
That, on May 13, 1974, seventy three children were struck with a mysterious illness at a Florida elementary school. Suspecting a gas leak, the Dept. of Public Health sent investigators. Dr. Nitzkin, an epidemiologist, discovered it was mass hysteria: one child fainted and the others panicked. newyorker.com/magazine/19…
Darker manes are correlated to higher testosterone in male lions, resulting in higher levels of aggression and muscle mass. They also get preferential mating with females and other males tend to avoid fighting them. Additionally, they tend to have larger bellies and be well fed. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/scien…
In May 1911 a Ford Model T car was driven to the summit of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. It was a publicity stunt to demonstrate that the imported, mass produced American cars were superior to hand-crafted British ones bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
The sun makes up 99.8 percent of the mass in the solar system. solarsystem.nasa.gov/sola…
Today I learned about Cambodia's memorials to documenting vicious rule of Pol Pot and the genocide of the Khmer Rouge. Nearly 20% of Cambodia's population were murdered and buried in mass graves. atlasobscura.com/places/p…
A monty python sketch repeatedly referring to SPAM (canned cooked pork that got popularized in WW2) inspired the use of the word for mass unsolicited emails tools.ietf.org/html/rfc26…
Due to the hawksbill turtle's diet of sea sponges, their meat can often become toxic and has led to the mass poisoning of groups of individuals. They are endangered largely due to demand for their eggs, meat, and shells. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
During the 1962 Tanganyika Laughing Epidemic, dozens of schoolgirls began laughing and created mass hysteria, spreading uncontrollable laughter to over 1000 people which lasted several months. dash.harvard.edu/handle/1…
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…

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