Auto-Tune, introduced in 1997, which uses a proprietary device to measure and alter pitch in vocal and instrumental music recording and performances was named one of the 50 worst inventions by Time magazine. content.time.com/time/spe…
Today I learned of the $23 million dollar toilets designed by NASA for deep space missions. With odor control being a serious issue, NASA pays certified sniffers to smell the toilets after they've been used to evaluate odor-control measures. The lead engineer calls them the "unsung heroes of the space program". laptrinhx.com/the-toilet-…
Icelandic horses are not allowed to leave the country. If they do, they are banned from returning. This is because Iceland is an island so they have limited diseases, and this is another measure to prevent it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
The intensity of sound is measured in decibels (dB), the decibel scale is logarithmic. Basically a 40dB sound is not twice as loud as 20dB one, but a hundred times louder. Also one alarm clock ringing at 70dB, two alarm clocks ringing together don’t hit 140dB on scale but measure 73dB. salfordacoustics.co.uk/so…
In 1870, the voters of the Dominican Republic voted to become part of the United States. 99% of voters supported the measure, but when the annexation was brought before the U.S. Senate, the vote was split 28/28 and the measure failed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/187…
Today I learned of the Kardashev scale, a method to measure and compare a civilization's technological advancement. A type 1 civilization can use and control the energy of it's planet, a type 2 civilization controls and populates it's planetary system and a type 3 harnesses the energy of it's entire galaxy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
In the 1930s, bridge construction projects expected one fatality for every $1 million in cost. So, the Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge enacted the most stringent safety measures in history. He even formulated diets to help fight dizziness and sauerkraut juice β€œcures” for hangovers. fixfastusa.com/news-blog/…
Today I learned about Flesch–Kincaid readability tests, two tests that measure how difficult a passage in English is to understand. A text with a high Reading Ease score should have a lower Grade-Level score. The Grade-Level test was initially developed for the US Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
Today I learned, that there is a unit of measurement called the β€˜stubble scale,’ as you may of guessed, it measures how fast a man’s beard grows. The average man grows 5 nanometers of a beard a second, or 1 centimeter every 115 days. convertunits.com/info/bea…
In the sea between Australia and New Zealand, there's an island taller than it is wide. Ball's Pyramid only measures 300m across, yet peaks at 562m in elevation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
The Sullivan Principles were one of the major influences in dismantling the system of apartheid in South Africa and introducing the concept of social capital as a measure of company value, which was largely dismissed in favor of the Friedman doctrine for most of the 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sul…
Today I learned of the Garn Scale, an informal test used to measure the severity of space sickness. It was named after senator and astronaut Jake Garn, who vomited so severely in space that he represents the maximum level of space sickness that anyone can ever attain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
The protrusions on a "winged spear" acted as a safety measure to prevent creatures such as boars during boar hunting from running up the shaft to get at you. Effectively, pinning them at the spear head. youtu.be/EVmmz8ypZyo?t=36…
Today I learned about Eratosthenes of Cyrene, the first person to determine the size of Earth. He proved not only that the Earth was round but calculated circumference between about 24,000 miles and about 29,000 miles. The Earth is now known to measure about 24,900 miles around the equator. aps.org/publications/apsn…
The Brookesia nana, a tiny chameleon found in Madagascar, was first described in 2021. Adult males and females measure 22 mm and 29 mm in total length, respectively. Unlike most other chameleons, they do not change colors or live in trees, but prefer to live on the forest floor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Today I learned of readability tests, which are used to determine how easy it is for someone to understand a piece of writing. One such test is SMOG, short for "Simple Measure of Gobbledegook". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMO…
Upton Sinclair, author of The Jungle and other Progressive era reform books, often experimented with his diet, ranging from periods of vegetarianism to fasting. His novel The Fasting Cure claimed that fasting, among other measures, greatly improved his health. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upt…
The U.S. Census measures Los Angeles as the densest urban region in the country [6,999 population/sq mile] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The unit β€œcarat” for jewellery comes from the carob seed, which was used to measure their weight in ancient times. A carat, or 0.2g, is equivalent to the weight of a carob seed. jewelrywise.com/jewelry-1…
Today I learned of the unit of measurement of length called the Hand (abbreviated h or hh), which measures 4 inches and is used to calculate the height of horses in English-speaking countries. The subdivisions of the Hand are in base 4, so 30 inches would equal 7 hands and 2 inches, or 7.2 hands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Competitors of Gucci used to send Gucci handbags to Snooki of the Jersey Shore as a counter branding measure to avoid her being seen with their own brand’s merchandise. racked.com/2010/8/18/7790…
We've only ever measured light that has traveled in two directions; out to a reflecting point and back. With no good way to measure light traveling just one direction, this means the one way speed of light isn't empirically verifiable, and light could travel faster in one direction than another. youtube.com/watch?v=pTn6E…
Chemists at the University of Alberta determined that they can now measure how much pee is in a pool by measuring artificial sweeteners contained in urine. The average amount of pee in a public swimming pool is 20 gallons and most pool water doesn't get changed for years. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Large ships often measure their fuel efficiency in 'gallons per mile'. A cruise ship will usually burn 30 to 50 gallons per mile, and as much as 250 tons of fuel in a day. cruises.lovetoknow.com/wi…
Oliver R. Smoot was 5’7” in 1958 when his fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, used him to measure the Harvard Bridge. The bridge is 364.4 Smoots long +/- 1 ear. news.mit.edu/2009/smoot-0…
There are only 5 countries in the world that still officially use Fahrenheit to measure temperature: the Bahamas, Belize, the Cayman Islands, Palau and the United States. sciencing.com/countries-u…
Banks have used security questions for over 100 years. In a 1906 speech, Baltimore banker William Hayden explained his bank requested new account holders' birthplace, residence, mother's maiden name, occupation and age for security measures to supplement signature records. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
There was a paramilitary socialist group in Canada in the 1960s that wanted to overthrow their provincial government with an armed revolution. The only peace time use of Canada's War Measures Act was to stop them. The group was in contact with the KGB, and the top members were exiled to Cuba. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
Vets can measure a cat’s blood pressure by putting a cuff around its tail. catcare4life.org/advice/m…
Today I learned about the micromort, a unit of measurement that measures the chance of death for any action. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The difference between a "Tonne" and a "Ton" - both are units of weight, but a β€œton” is a British and American measure, while a β€œtonne” is a metric measure. A β€œtonne” is equal to 1,000 kg and a "ton" is is equal to 2,240 pounds or 1,016.047 kg. blog.harwardcommunication…
We have only ever measured the "round-trip" speed of light and it is impossible (based on our current understanding of relativity) to measure the speed of light in one direction. It is possible that light travels faster in one direction than another. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
The United Nations General Assembly can and did (e.g. the Suez crisis) sanction collective measures, including the use of armed force, as per General Assembly Resolution 377 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
After corrections officer Robert Johnson was nearly killed by a hitman hired by a prisoner using a contraband cellphone, he not only became an advocate for strong measures against prison phone use, but also influenced the FCC to pass a law that made it easier to stop phone use among prisoners. usnews.com/news/best-stat…
The official measure/definition of a second (time): The duration of 9,192,631,770 β€˜oscillations’ of a Caesium 133 atom at rest and at absolute zero temperature astronomy.swin.edu.au/cos…
Bhangmeter is the device used to measure yield of nuclear weapon.It is named after the hindi word for cannabis as a joke that only a person on drugs would believe the bhangmeter to work properly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bha…
"Sabermetrics" is the empirical analysis of baseball, especially baseball statistics that measure in-game activity. Rush lead man Geddy Lee is a sabermetric enthusiast as well as an avid baseball memorabilia collector. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sab…
The Ancient Chinese could tell the hour of the day by smell. The incense clock had a timed measure of incense attached to a ball, which then dropped from the display. Each section was indicated by a different aroma en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inc…
In 2016, the Rwanda Football Federation passed strict measures against the use of witchcraft: a player will be fined 100,000 Rwf (1000 Rwf = $1) and suspended for 3 matches; a manager will be fined 200,000 Rwf and suspended for 4 matches; and a team will be fined 500,000 Rwf and lose 3 points newtimes.co.rw/section/re…
POWs from Rommel's Afrika Korps helped build a 200 acre hydraulic model of the entire Mississippi river basin. It has helped prevent millions of dollars of damage by allowing engineers to test the impacts of flood control measures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
FICO is a data analytics company based in San Jose, California focused on credit scoring services. It was founded by Bill Fair and Earl Isaac in 1956. Its FICO score, a measure of consumer credit risk, has become a fixture of consumer lending in the United States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIC…
The island of Maui is a "volcanic doublet," formed from two shield volcanoes that overlapped one another to form an isthmus between them. The larger, younger volcano to the east, Haleakalā, rises to more than 10,000 feet above sea level, and measures 5 miles (8.0 km) from seafloor to summit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau…
In 1971, the original tapes for Monty Python were almost erased and destroyed by the BBC. This was intended as a cost saving measure to reuse the tapes. Terry Gilliam bought them all and saved them. edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOW…
Ancients measured long distances by hiring "bematists." They were trained to count steps while walking between locations and could measure hundreds of miles with 95%+ accuracy. Eratosthenes used one to calculate the circumference of the Earth within 15% in 240 B.C.E. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bem…
The Rorschach test is just one of many standardized ink blot tests and ink blot tests can include colored ink as well. There are 10 standardized, not random ink blots in the Rorschach and the tests don't just measure what the subject sees but how they react to the test itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ror…
The units devised to measure pleasure/dopamine levels measure sex at 200 units whereas methamphetamine at 1,250 units awakeningsrehabilitation.…
Alcohol's measurement is coined "proof" because, during the 1500s, England would increase taxes on drinks containing a higher percentage of alcohol. They would measure this is by soaking gunpowder in the alcohol and trying to ignite it. If it ignited, this was "proof" that it had a high content. thedailymeal.com/drink/fa…
The world's largest recorded penis belongs to 41-year-old New Yorker Jonah Falcon, whose appendage measures 9.5 inches flaccid and 13.5 inches erect. glamour.com/story/11-sex-…
Former Massachusetts State Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein planned to "fight to the death for Fluff" and supported legislation that would make the Fluffernutter the official state sandwich. The measure failed to pass in 2006 and again in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flu…

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