The units devised to measure pleasure/dopamine levels measure sex at 200 units whereas methamphetamine at 1,250 units awakeningsrehabilitation.…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 south-asian kingdom of Bhutan uses GNH (Gross National Happiness) to measure its growth and success, instead of GDP (Gross Domestic Product). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gro…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
Human hair can be used to accurately measure relative humidity in the air. Human hair hygrometers have been in use since the 18th century. belfortinstrument.com/acc…
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…
There's a debate about whether math was invented or discovered. Even though math is used to measure and predict and model, it's debated whether math is inherent to the universe or if math is just something we came up with to describe/measure/predict natural phenomenon. huffpost.com/entry/is-mat…
In 2005 Sony BGM released copy protection measures on 22 millions CDs that was classified as 'spyware' and installed itself on user's computers without permission causing a wide range of security and provacy concerns fsfe.org/activities/drm/s…
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…
Today I learned of a Great year. A period of time that lasts 25,772 years and measures the rotation of the earths axis. wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_…
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…
Anti-penis measures were the largest operating costs for the MMO Lego Universe. birthmoviesdeath.com/2015…
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…
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…
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…
Researchers found naturally occurring lithium in the water supply lowered suicide rates. They were able to measure lithium levels in 27 Texas counties and show those with more lithium in their water had fewer suicides. Similar studies in Greece, Austria, & Japan corroborated the results. nytimes.com/2014/09/14/op…
In 1993, San Francisco voters approved a ballot measure to allow police officers to go on patrol with a ventriloquist's dummy. deseret.com/1993/11/3/190…
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…
In 1943 the U.S. imposed a ban on sliced bread as a conservation measure during WWII. It lasted less than two months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…
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…
If you weighed 100 pounds at the north pole on a spring scale, at the equator you would weigh 99.65 pounds, or 5.5 ounces less. Your mass, in grams, would stay the same because 'grams' is a measure of the resistance of a body to being moved and has nothing to do with acceleration or gravity. image.gsfc.nasa.gov/poetr…
Slap Braclets were discovered by a substitute shop teacher, Stuart Anders, who was fidgeting with a self-rolling tape measure mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Karats measure the parts per 24 so 24 karat gold is considered 100% gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
Despite apparent aloofness, cats are social creatures capable of relationships with people. In an experiment commonly used to measure bonds that dogs and primates form with caretakers, about two-thirds of cats displayed secure attachments which equal those found for infants and dogs. nytimes.com/2019/09/24/sc…
One cup measure for baking/cooking can vary by country making a big difference in the outcome of recipes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cup…
Until 1929, less than 100 years ago, man didn't know there were other galaxies outside of the Milky Way. Edwin Hubble and his "computer", a woman named Henrietta Leavitt calculated stars called cepheids could accurately measure long distances, proving the Andromeda "nebula" was a separate galaxy vox.com/2016/11/20/136770…
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…
In 2013 Subway was sued for selling 11-inch Footlongs. In the settlement they agreed to pay $525,000 in attorney fees and required their restaurants to now measure bread, so that Footlong and 6-inch sandwiches will indeed be at least 12 inches and 6 inches, respectively. money.com/money/4079569/s…
The ancient Egyptians had structures marked with cubit scalesβ€”now called "nilometers"β€”to measure the Nile River's water level during the annual flood (the foundation of their civilization), to predict how much it would fertilize their cropland and whether the flood would be destructive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nil…
Alfred Wegener, the man who originally came up with continental drift theory, went on to die in a winter expedition in Greenland to measure meteorological events. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
A Kilogram was previously defined by the weight of a platinum-based ingot locked in a safe in Paris. It has been used since 1889. The General Conference on Weights and Measures decided to redefine Kilogram in terms of an electric current. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
The University of Tennessee researchers asked Amish subjects to wear pedometers that would measure their number of daily steps. While the average American walks only a few thousand steps, the average for Amish men was 18,000 steps and for women 14,000 steps. discoverwalking.com/blog/…
That, if we measure the height of moutain from the center of the Earth (which is the same for everybody) and not from sea-level (which is fluctuating and sometimes, hard to calculate), the highest peak on Earth is the Chimporazo Volcano in Chile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The first person in history whose name we know is 'Kushim', who was not a King, poet or a warrior, but an accountant. He signed a receipt which said "29,086 measures barley 37 months Kushim", which was found on a clay tablet in Mesopotamia. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
From June 30 to July 2, 1934, Chancellor Adolf Hilter ordered a series of political extrajudicial executions intended to consolidate his power. It is called The Night of Long Knives. Nazi propaganda presented the murders as a preventive measure against an alleged imminent coup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
Natural gas, propane, etc don't really have a smell of their own. A chemical called methanethiol is added as a safety measure because it is detectable by the human nose at incredibly small concentrations. It is also partially responsible for the smell of bad breath and flatulence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
It's possible to measure if you are a super-taster by counting the small bumps on your tongue called fungiform papillae. Using blue food coloring, cotton swabs, wax paper, and a magnifying glass, if you find more than 30 papillae within a small area then you are probably a super-taster. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Billy West, who does the voice of Philip J. Fry's on Futurama among other characters, intentionally made Fry's voice close to his natural voice as a job security measure because it would be more difficult to replace him. thematthewaaronshow.com/e…
Bernard Vonnegut, the older brother of the novelist Kurt Vonnegut, is famous for his work in cloud seeding to produce snow and rain. He was also awarded an Ig Nobel Prize in 1997 for his paper "Chicken Plucking as Measure of Tornado Wind Speed". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Today I learned of the "Big Mac Index" a way to measure how much a country's currency is valued by comparing Big Mac prices. Unlike the burger, it "seeks to make exchange-rate theory a bit more digestible." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
There is a 4 grade scale to measure your penis erection. getroman.com/impatient/pe…
The Battles of Khalkin Gol increased IJA 'research' at Unit 731; suspicions of Soviet biowarfare led to the IJA implementing more epidemic prevention measures, formally researched by Ishii in Harbin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The stadion, formerly also anglicized as stade, was an ancient Greek unit of length, based on the circumference of a typical sports stadium of the time; showing how we're not the first to measure some things in football fields. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
In the UK there is an informal method used to measure inflation based on the chocolate treat; Freddos. Selling price has increased at a rate faster than the UK average inflation rate since 2005 and now sits at 35 pence, instead of the property adjusted price of 15 pence, causing uproar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
A micromort is a unit of risk defined as one-in-a-million chance of death. Micromorts can be used to measure riskiness of various day-to-day activities en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Time of flight (ToF) sensors in our modern smartphones actually bounce a signal off the object in front of it and record how long the signal takes to return to the sensor in order to measure distance, kind of like radar terabee.com/time-of-fligh…
Internet service providers use Mega bits per second to advertise speeds even though we use bytes to measure data. A 100 Mbps internet speed gives you 12.5 MB/sec download speed. (8 bits in a byte) ncta.com/whats-new/why-do…
Statistical analysis of 6619 generals found that Napoleon Bonaparte had a Wins Above Replacement score (a statistical measure originating from baseball which determines a player's importance to victory) that was 23 standard deviations above the average general. towardsdatascience.com/na…
A slave rebellion broke out on slaveship La Amistad in 1839, resulting in two deaths. The slaves were captured and stood trial. It was ruled that they acted as free men, and were entitled to take any measures necessary to ensure freedom, including force. They were all returned to Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
While the Grand Canyon ranks as the largest canyon in the US and the Yarlung Tsangpo Canyon as the largest on Earth, they both pale in comparison to Valles Marineris on Mars, the largest in the solar system, which measures 2,500 miles long, 120 miles wide and over 4 miles deep. esa.int/Science_Explorati…
Smartwatches measures blood preassure by emitting light to the skin and reading how much light is reflected back; as the heart pumps blood, it causes a variation in blood volume on the skin and can be detected by change in light absorption, a not-so-new technology called photoplethysmogram. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
The device used to measure your feet at shoe stores actually have a name: a Brannock Device. brannock.com/
A study led by University of Pennsylvania psychologists found that β€œbrain training” apps such as Elevate, Luminosity and Peak have no influence on neural activity or choices during decision making or effects of cognitive training on measures of delay discounting or risk sensitivity engadget.com/2017/07/11/l…
Mount Everest is only the world's tallest mountain as measured from sea level. But since the earth bulges at the equator, the mountain Chimborazo in Ecuador is the tallest mountain if you measure from the earth's core. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The longest eyelashes in the world measure up to 12.4 centimeters by a lady named You Jianxia in China. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
"Jacks" and "Jills" were originally units of volume, roughly each equal to 1/64th to 1/32nd gallons, which one might use to measure a pail of water en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
A review of decades of research shows children of same-sex couples are doing just as well as kids of heterosexual couples across a number of wellbeing measures, including academic performance, cognitive development, social development, and psychological health. pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/ar…
Today I learned of the Proton Magnetometer. It uses the principle of Earth's field nuclear magnetic resonance (EFNMR) to measure very small variations in the Earth's magnetic field, allowing ferrous objects on land and at sea to be detected. It is used in archaeology and in the locating of wrecked ships/subs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Pounds are abbreviated to "lbs" because it is derived from the ancient Roman unit of measure "libra pondo", meaning "a pound by weight". "Pounds" came from the "pondo" part while "lbs" is an abbreviation of the "libra" part. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
A 'micromort' is a unit to measure how likely you are to die in any given situation. The founder Ronald A. Howard also pioneered the modern practice of decision analysis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
While both the US and the UK use pints to measure liquid, they are not the same en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
The ton of TNT equivalent, used to measure the power of nuclear weapons, is exactly one million Calories. This is about 10% less than the actual energy released by a ton of TNT en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TNT…
While Millard Fillmore was in office, Congress passed the Compromise of 1850, a package of stop-gap measures which effectively postponed the Civil War for a decade usmint.gov/coins/coin-med…
Singer Chubby Checker, famous for the song β€œThe Twist”, sued Hewlett-Packard over an app designed to measure penis size called β€œChubby Checker” theguardian.com/technolog…
The hook or "catch" of a tape measure is supposed to be loose. It's so that you can accurately measure with it either pushing up against or pulling on something. There is no elusive 'high quality' tape measure that has no play in it. But it's worth making sure it is not bent. diy.blogoverflow.com/2011…
The Tianxingzhou Yangtze River Bridge in Wuhan measures 504 m at its main span, making it the longest combined road and rail cable-stayed span in the world. As of 2012 there are at least half a dozen of road crossings of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, as well as a subway line under the river en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tia…
Time passes faster in the mountains than it does at sea level and that we can measure it using precision time pieces. theguardian.com/books/201…
Human ears grow throughout the entire lifetime in sexually dimorphic patterns. At birth, the human ears measure 52mm on average, but by the age of 20, female ears are 61mm long, while male ones are 65mm long; and by the age of 70, female ears are 72mm long, while male ones are 78mm long. sciencedirect.com/science…
Today I learned of the MUI, or Men's Underwear Index, an unconventional economic indicator championed by former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan. It measures how well the economy is doing based on the sales of men’s underwear. investopedia.com/terms/m/…
Loopholes are the slits in castle walls that archers fired from, and that's why finding the loophole is finding a way to circumvent security measures in place en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loo…
'Assload' and 'Buttload' are actual defined units of measure--the former being the maximum load of a donkey (about 8 bushels), the latter a large cask with a volume of 491 liters/108 Imperial gallons. thiswonderfulword.com/201…
Gladys West contributed to GPS by performing geodesy calculations to measure the shape of the Earth. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Western Sahara is considered as one of the non-self-governing territory. According to the United Nations system, a non-self-governing territory refers to a territory whose people are yet to attain the full measure of self-government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
We can make clocks so accurate that we can measure the relativistic time difference between clocks just an inch apart youtu.be/6BmWMm0Jtgk?t=11…
The U.S. government banned sliced bread in 1943 as a wartime conservation measure. Officials said "the ready-sliced loaf must have a heavier wrapping than an unsliced one if it is not to dry out." Consumers, businesses and local officials objected, and the ban was lifted two months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…
A Ha-Ha is a wall that is recessed into the ground in order to preserve an uninterrupted view of the landscape beyond. A Ha-Ha is used at the Washington Monument to reduce the visual impact of security measures following 9/11. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ha-…
French Republican calendar sought to modernize the measure of time with 10 days per week, 10 hours per day, 100 minutes per hour, and 100 seconds per minute. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The Keeling Curve, used to measure carbon dioxide in the air, has been increasing steadily from values around 317 parts per million (ppm) when Charles D. Keeling began measurements in 1958, to nearly 400 ppm today. youtu.be/dXBzFNEwoj8
Four Corners isn't actually at the technical border of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona; It's 1,807 feet east, due to the less accurate technology used to measure when it was created en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
The team of physicists and engineers working to measure radiation following the Chernobyl meltdown were called Liquidators. They measured radiation doses outside the reactor and develop a monitoring system made up of nearly 200 different types of sensors. stand.uow.edu.au/chernoby…
The "tail suspension test" is one method researchers use to measure depression in rats. Subjects are hung upside down by their tails and timed to measure how long it takes the rat to stop struggling and accept its fate. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tail_s…
It's theorised that our sense of smell may use quantum tunneling to measure the vibrational states of molecules and there is growing evidence to support this theory. popsci.com/science/articl…
Today I Learned it is now possible to diagnose Multiple Sclerosis through a sort of medical breathalyzer that measures VOCs pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1…
Today I learned of the "Daughter from California" syndrome, a situation in which a long-lost distant relative arrives at the hospital at which a dying elderly relative is being treated, and insists on aggressive measures to prolong the patient's life, or otherwise challenges the care the patient is being given. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dau…
Sound pulses are used to measure the temperature of the ocean dosits.org/people-and-sou…
American currency is green because back when it was created, at the time of black of white photos, green was used as an anti-counterfeiting measure and it continued being a stable and durable color history.com/news/why-is-a…
The plural for Stadium is actually Stadia (from Latin) and that a Stadium used to be a measure of distance equal to 1/8 of a Roman mile, a standard measure that arose from the length of the track at Olympia (Greek) - the Greek Olympic Stadium! wiktionary.org/wiki/stadi…
Watching paint dry is an actual job. Keith Jackson, an Englishman, has been watching paint dry for over 30 years (as of 2006). He works for an industrial paint manufacturer and measures how long it takes paint to dry by putting it on a piece of cardboard and timing it with a stopwatch. standard.co.uk/news/the-m…
Today I learned about Henrietta Swan Leavitt, whose discovery enabled astronomers to measure the distance to faraway galaxies well beyond reach of the direct measurement tools such as Parallax. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Today I learned about the Mathematician Fry Lewis Richardson who discovered that it is impossible to measure the length of coastlines in a meaningful manner. This so-called Coastline Paradox later led to the creation of the field of Fractal Geometry. mathsection.com/from-coas…
, Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of such Nintendo games as Mario, Donkey Kong, and Zelda, has a hobby of guessing the measurements of objects, then checking to see if he was correct. He enjoys the hobby so much he carries a tape measure with him everywhere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…

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