People who quit smoking before the age of 40 may live as long as people who never smoked at all. Researchers found a smoker loses roughly 10 years of life to the habit but regained most of that time if they quit before 40. The benefit is increased the sooner before 40 you quit. cbsnews.com/news/people-w…
Charles Lindbergh may have been known as a legendary pilot but he was also a Nazi sympathizer and spokesperson for the America First Committee. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
The Earth's rotation and speed changes with the weather and geological events. This means atomic time and solar time may not be identical. Sometimes leap seconds are needed for an adjustment. On 31 Dec 2016, a leap second was added, and the time 23:59:60 existed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
One reason Lyndon B. Johnson did not run for re-election was because a study he commissioned had predicted he would die at 64 and thus may not make it through a 2nd term. True enough, he would die on 22 January 1973 at 64, 2 days after what would have been the end of his 2nd term. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
Boiled potatoes contain a protein called proteinase inhibitor 2 (PI2). This protein may suppress appetite which is what makes everyone feel full. healthline.com/nutrition/…
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…
Since Icelandic horses are not immune to the same diseases that the European horses are, once an Icelandic horse leaves the island it may never return. dangerous-business.com/th…
In the Catholic church, if a child is in peril of dying during delivery, the midwife may perform an emergency baptism. If the midwife is in doubt if the child still lives, she baptises the child saying: "In case you are able to receive the baptism, I baptise thee in the name of the Father etc" dutchgenealogy.nl/emergen…
Following a traumatic event, a person may develop a sense of a foreshortened future, which is currently considered an avoidance symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They may also feel as though they won't be able to reach milestones in their life, such as a career or marriage. verywellmind.com/coping-w…
Squirrels are a common cause of power outages in the USA. They pose a danger to electrical/power grids. The Squirrel Index shows the peak of squirrel electrical disruption is from May to June and October to November. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
The Mayans customized their teeth. They would carve holes into their teeth and fill the spaces with different stone inlays. They used minerals like jadeite, hematite, pyrite and turquoise. The stones also had specific meanings as jade may have symbolized pure breath or elegant speech. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
Today I learned of Friedrich Kellner’s diary titled β€œMy Opposition”, consisting of 10 volumes, 861 pages, and 676 individually dated entries from September 1939 to May 1945. His diary offers a glimpse at what an average German citizen might’ve known of during the height of Nazi Germany’s power. timesofisrael.com/what-di…
Kermit the Frog was awarded an honorary doctorate of Amphibious Letters on May 19, 1996, at Southampton College, New York, where he also gave a commencement speech. He is also the only "amphibian" to have had the honor of addressing the Oxford Union debating society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ker…
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…
According to research, temporary, strong emotions, like sadness we experience from a weepy movie, can significantly decrease our ability to taste or perceive the amount of fat we're eating. People who are mildly depressed and who have elevated body weight may have lower sensitivity to fat. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
At a traditional Thai wedding, the groom's way to the ceremony is blocked by a series of "gates" (golden necklaces or belts) held up by bridesmaids and family members. Some can be passed with money, others require him to answer questions, and he may even need to yell out his love or sing a song thethailandlife.com/thai-…
Brittany Murphy died of pneumonia in December 2009 and her husband also died of similar circumstances just 5 months later in May 2010. It was ruled even though that Brittany was only 32 she died of seemingly natural causes. biography.com/news/britta…
When Pete Conrad, the third man in history to go on the moon, his first words when he landed were "Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that's a long one for me" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
As many as three US Presidents, and also Abraham Lincoln's son, may have died as a result of a contaminated water supply to the White House. Until 1850 there was no sewage system and a field of human excrement called "night soil" flowed freely into the water supply. saturdayeveningpost.com/2…
Today I learned about the TorreΓ³n massacre, in 13-15 May 1911, over 300 Chinese residents in the Mexican city of TorreΓ³n, Coahuila were killed in a racially-motivated massacre by a local mob and a large number of Chinese homes were looted and destroyed. globalvoices.org/2015/05/…
In May 1998, Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf beat Leonardo DiCaprio as People Magazine's Most Beautiful Person. As a joke write-in candidate, Hank was nominated enmass by fans of The Howard Stern Show as a chance to "violate People's expectations while still playing by its rules". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
In May 2006, the tailfin of an F-14 Tomcat washed up on a beach in Ireland. It was discovered to have come from an aircraft that had crashed 4,900 miles away during a training flight in the Gulf of Mexico 3 1/2 years earlier. anft.net/f-14/f14-serial-…
In May 2019, North Face Brazil's ad agency replaced WikiP photos of popular outdoor destinations with photos featuring people wearing North Face products. This was only discovered after they posted a video bragging about it. wikimediafoundation.org/n…
Atari programmers met with Atari CEO Ray Kassar in May 1979 to demand that the company treat developers as record labels treated musicians, with royalties and their names on game boxes. Kassar said no and that "anyone can do a cartridge." So the programmers left Atari and founded Activision en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
Birds' navigational abilities may result from quantum mechanics. This theory suggests that the entanglement of 2 electrons on molecules in their eyes helps them detect Earth's magnetic field pnas.org/content/113/17/4…
As of May of this year, there are still two survivors of the polio epidemic living in the US that depend on iron lungs theguardian.com/society/2…
Cats have vision similar to colour-blind humans. Cats can only see shades of blue and green. They may find red and pinks confusing (they may appear greener), while purple may look like another shade of blue. businessinsider.com/pictu…
In the 1850s the timber pirates of the Great Lakes stole lumber, burned ships, and openly threatened federal agents; killing atleast one. On May 6th 1853 the Buffalo, a lumber steam ship, rammed the USS Michigan but no charges were levied against the ship captain or owner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Available scientific evidence does not support claims that cupping therapy has any health benefits, but it carries a risk of burns, persistent skin discoloration, scars, infection, and may worsen eczema or psoriasis. It has been characterized as quackery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cup…
Today I learned of William Henry Johnson who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2015 for fighting off a German raid in hand-to-hand combat, killing multiple German soldiers and rescuing a fellow soldier while experiencing 21 wounds on May 14, 1918. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
High doses of ketamine can temporarily switch off the brain. This pause in brain activity may correspond to what ketamine abusers describe as the 'K-hole' - a state of oblivion likened to a near-death experience, which is followed by a feeling of great serenity. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
In prison serial killer John Wayne Gacy painted a picture of the Seven Dwarfs playing baseball against the Chicago Cubs. Art dealer Stephen Koschal purchased it and was able to get Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, and Joe Dimaggio to autograph it without telling them its origin. miaminewtimes.com/arts/th…
Wombats hide in tunnels when attacked, only leaving their toughened rear hide open. A wombat may allow an intruder to force its head over the wombat's back, and then use its powerful legs to crush the skull of the predator against the roof of the tunnel. napavalleyregister.com/li…
Hydrogen Peroxide (3% solution) will help induce vomiting in dogs in a emergency situation, such as eating rat poison. Always consult an expert before doing so, as inducing vomiting may not be the right answer. akc.org/expert-advice/hea…
One Russian superstition is that you should make a wish when sitting in between two people with the same name. If you don't tell your wish to anyone, it may come true. rbth.com/arts/lifestyle/2…
The robot suit in the 60's TV series Lost In Space had a built-in ashtray. The suit was so difficult and painful to get in and out of that the actor Bob May would just stay inside and have his smoke breaks in the suit so needed a place for his ashes and butts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
It actually IS possible to develop an addiction to chocolate, and that some people may have a genetic tendency to it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
The legendary dire wolf may not have been a wolf at all sciencemag.org/news/2021/…
The CIA found games such as Final Fantasy, Devil May Cry and even Animal Crossing on Osama Bin Laden's hard drive. They also found anime like Naruto, Bleach and Dragon Ball. comicbook.com/gaming/news…
In May 1981 the citizens of Naphlion, Greece awoke to find small green frogs falling from the sky. The Greek Meteorological Institute surmised they were picked up by a very strong wind since the frog species was native to North Africa. newtimes.co.rw/section/re…
The Aztec noble class spoke in parallelisms, repeating a phrase in two different ways, and in difrasismo, words said in metaphorical sense. Examples are "may we not die, may we not perish" and "The flower, the song" – meaning "poetry" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nah…
The song "Party In the USA" by Miley Cyrus regained popularity after Osama Bin Laden was killed in May of 2011. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Genghis Khan may have killed his half-brother Behter on a dispute over a fish when he was 14 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beh…
Only Alaska Native peoples who reside in Alaska and dwell on the coast may harvest Pacific walruses for subsistence and handicraft purposes. The harvest must be non-wasteful and taking the walrus only for their ivory is not allowed. fws.gov/alaska/pages/mari…
Jairo Mora Sandoval, a 26 year old who dedicated his life to protecting leatherback sea turtle nests from poachers on Moin beach in Costa Rica. Him and volunteers, would collects the eggs and guard them in a hatchery. On May 30, 2013, he was kidnapped and murdered. outsideonline.com/1920831…
Back in May 1984, a 72 years old grandmother ordered her groceries online from Tescos. (world's 1st home online shopping experience) bbc.com/news/magazine-240…
In May 1944, Robert Schock, a diver on the USS Bunker Hill, found the intact body of the kamikaze pilot, Kyoshi Ogawa, who’d hit the flight deck, and recovered his personal effects. In 2001, Schock’s grandson returned them to Ogawa’s family. sfgate.com/news/article/D…
Dogs are not colorblind, they just can't see quite as many colors on the spectrum as humans. In fact, their vision is better than humans when detecting motion or in the absence of light. It is believed they may even be able to see ultraviolet. livescience.com/46565-are…
The O.Henry Pun-Off World Championship is a yearly competition that takes place every May at the O.Henry Museum in Texas. Participants compete in either one of the two areas of punning prowess: Punniest of Show and PunSlingers. The 43rd Pun-Off took place online in 2020 due to the pandemic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._…
There's a species of scorpion that loses its tail when threatened, just like a lizard. Trouble is, its anus is located at the end of its tail, meaning it may survive for up to eight months sans anus, and without ever defecating again nationalgeographic.com/sc…

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