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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Secret studies on the effects of radioactive fallout were carried out in the US and the UK, Called "Project Sunshine," studies conducted on dead babies sought to measure the amount of radiation absorbed by humans due to nuclear tests. abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
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…
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-…
Today I learned of a Great Year. A period of time that lasts 25,772 years and measures the rotation of the earths axis. This also changes the position of stars in the sky. wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_…
The units devised to measure pleasure/dopamine levels measure sex at 200 units whereas methamphetamine at 1,250 units awakeningsrehabilitation.…
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…
Body dysmorphic disorder, occasionally still called dysmorphophobia, is a mental disorder characterized by the obsessive idea that some aspect of one's own body part or appearance is severely flawed and therefore warrants exceptional measures to hide or fix it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bod…
A β€˜buttload’ is an actual measure - 500 liters. Technically a Butt cask, but still fun. blog.thewhiskyexchange.co…
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…
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 metric system is "the preferred system of weights and measures for U.S. trade and commerce" in the USA (Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988) and that US Customary Units (e.g. foot, mile, pound, quart) have actually been defined in terms of their metric counterparts since 1893. nist.gov/system/files/doc…
In the early 1930s one of the measures enacted by Brazil to alleviate the economic impact from the great depression was "Quota do sacrifΓ­cio" [or Quota of Sacrifice] where the government ordered farmers to collect all coffee, pile it up and light it on fire. thecoffee.blog/all/histor…
Today I learned about Paul Graham's Hierarchy of Disagreement, a measure for the credibility of a rebuttal to an argument, explored in his 2008 essay (link to essay in comment) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil…
As a defensive measure Israel installed an underwater pipe system to pump flammable crude oil into the Suez Canal, thereby creating a sheet of flame. On the eve of the Yom Kippur War, teams of Egyptian frogmen blocked the underwater openings with concrete before launching their attack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned about the idea of the Good Country Index: to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size. Using a wide range of data from the U.N. and other international organizations. This has been active since 2014 goodcountry.org/index/res…
A MagnetoEncephaloGraph (MEG) measures the magnetic activity caused by the brain's electrical impulses, and is used in epilepsy surgery and for mapping brain activity. It is more discerning temporally and spatially than a conventional EEG (electroencephalogram). ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Einstein’s theory of special relativity explains why a star can burn for billions of years without running out of fuel. If you can measure potential energy by multiplying mass by the speed of light squared, that means an average adult stores 30 large hydrogen bomb explosions worth of energy. iperceptive.com/works/sho…
In 1739, Benjamin Franklin was pivotal in the commencement of American paper currency and anti-counterfeit measures. He even went as far as intentionally misspelling words and using leaf imprints to fool counterfeiters. bellevuerarecoins.com/ben…
IQ tests only measure your intelligence relative to everyone else. If we as a group all got smarter or dumber, the IQ numbers would stay the same. 123test.com/interpretatio…
In Philadelphia, due to long-standing custom, one foot (12 inches) is not actually 12 inches for survey purposes. Each β€œSurvey District” uses a different measure and a β€œfoot” is usually longer than 12 inches. pobonline.com/articles/86…
To measure the intensity of a hurricane, a weather plane can release roughly 30 probes called dropsondes. At $800 each, there are hundreds of thousands of these on the bottom of the ocean. eol.ucar.edu/content/what…
A study found that wearing a tie can reduce blood flow to the brain. Men wearing ties & men without ties were scanned using MRI to measure the blood flow to the head; brains of tie-wearers on average received 7.5% less cerebral blood flow than brains of those with no ties. businessinsider.com/weari…
The Richter scale, used to measure the magnitude of an earthquake, is logarithmic, meaning every whole-number increase in the scale indicates a tenfold increase in the intensity. science.howstuffworks.com…
Sturgis tourism dept measures the number of Bike Week visitors not by counting bikes or people, but by weighing the TRASH after the event time.com/5875694/sturgis-…
There is a 2 foot wide panel studded with 100 mirrors on the moon, which astronomers can use to measure the distance between earth and the moon extremely accurately. science.nasa.gov/science-…
Today i learned that you can use 3 fingers to measure the most comfortable width of your mouth. Chefs use it for burgers youtu.be/sUNFKa_stoI
Most utility poles are buried 6 feet deep. In fact, utility poles are buried according to a specific formula: 10% of the pole’s height plus two feet equals the appropriate depth of burial. A standard utility pole measures 40 feet, so a standard hole will go about 6 feet down into the ground. info.aldensys.com/joint-u…
Japan proposed an amendment to the Treaty of Versailles that outlawed all racial discrimination. Despite receiving a majority vote for it to be added to the treaty Woodrow Wilson personally vetoed the measure and as a comprise let Japan claim a number of islands in the Pacific. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
What it means to measure immortality (sometimes called "lifespan") of an electron, in experiment that failed to disprove immortality assumption, but has offered its minimum lifespan at 66,000 yottayears, which is more than five-quintillion times the current age of the Universe gizmodo.com/electron-life…
l Python hunting is allowed in Florida's Everglades as a measure to control the non-native snake, the Pythons originally pets released by their owners have become an invasive species. The giant snakes have decimated local bird populations and wildlife because it has no know natural predators. sunshinestatenews.com/sto…
The kg is defined as being equal to the mass of the International Prototype of the Kilogram (IPK), a block of platinum-iridium alloy manufactured in 1889 and stored at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in SΓ¨vres, France. metric-conversions.org/we…
Venice banned Kebab Shops to preserve the decorum and traditions of the city. Measures were made to stop fast-food restaurants that were incompatible with the city's heritage. theguardian.com/world/201…
Senator Jake Garn, who flew in the Space Shuttle in 1985, experienced the worst case of space sickness on record. Because of this, NASA jokingly uses a "Garn Scale" to measure reactions to space sickness, where "1.0 Garn" is the worst. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Navy Seals who carried out the Bin Laden kill mission, forgot to bring a tape measure and had to measure Laden's height by making a six feet tall Seal lie down next to Laden's corpse cbsnews.com/news/navy-sea…
The most cited scientific paper in history, authored by Oliver H. Lowry, described one of the most important biological technique to easily measure the amount of protein in a solution based on their interaction with copper ions. It is now known as the Lowry's test. nature.com/news/the-top-1…
The LINPACK benchmpark, which is used to measure the processing power of supercomputers, is pretty commonly criticized as having little relation with the actual performance of the computers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LIN…
Swatch Internet Time was a decimal time concept introduced in 1998 by the Swatch corporation. Instead of having time zones, hours, and minutes, decimals were used to measure what time it was. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
Sailors in the Royal Navy would receive a measure of grog (1 part rum, 2 parts water) everyday. The glasses they used were then washed on the outside, but never washed inside, in the belief that residue of past grogs would stick to the side of the glass and make the next grog even stronger! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum…
Anti-penis measures were the largest operating costs for the MMO Lego Universe. birthmoviesdeath.com/2015…
In a bra, cup size doesn’t measure breast size. It signifies the difference in measurement between ribcage and bust. A woman can wear an 80B and 75C bra the same. youngwomenshealth.org/201…
Today I learned of the megatherium, which was a huge prehistoric sloth, which could measure up to 6m in length and weigh up to 4000kg. prehistoric-wildlife.com/…
We measure angles out of 360 degrees because the Sumerians divided the circular path of the sun in the sky into 360 degrees to track the sun's daily position, it took about 360 days for the sun to complete a full circuit across the sky. This all happened approximately 2400 BC. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deg…

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