Rami Malek watched the YouTube video of Freddie Mercury’s Live Aid performance (1985), over 1500 times in preparation for the film Bohemian Rhapsody. news.com.au/entertainment…
Mercury is thought to be the almost-exposed core of a planet that was 4.5x bigger before a collision with another proto-planet that blew away most of its crust and mantle space.com/26447-mercury-c…
Since the death of Freddie Mercury Queen bassist John Deacon has lived a reclusive life and has only played with the band three more times, the last in 1997. He lives with his wife of 45 years and has six children. According to the 2019 Sunday Times Rich List, he's worth Β£130 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Freddie Mercury was actually Bisexual and was qouted as saying that a women was the love of his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The moon, Ganymede, is larger than Mercury and would be classed as a planet if it were orbiting the Sun rather than Jupiter. bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articl…
Today I learned about Ney Matogrosso, ranked by Rolling Stone as the 3rd greatest Brazilian singer of all time. He is basically a human bird of paradise, and called by some Brazil's Freddy Mercury. youtu.be/-zLicyzaH5A
There is ice on the surface of Mercury despite it being the closest planet to the sun in our solar system and therefore one of the hottest space.com/18695-water-ice…
Today I learned of Qin Shi Huang the 1st emperor of China. Obsessed with immortality he sent out quests for magicians & searched for powerful mountains to give him long life. Reportedly, he died from poisoning due to ingesting mercury pills, made by his physicians believing it to be an elixir of immortality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin…
If you stand on Mercury, experiencing a day, from sunrise to sunrise, will take two full orbits around the sun, and three full rotations of the planet. eso.org/public/outreach/e…
In the early 19th-century the planet "Vulcan" was believed to actually exist in our solar system. Oddities in the orbit of Mercury led mathematicians to predict the presence of another planet closer to the sun. Later, Einstein's new theories of relativity helped disprove that hypothesis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vul…
The US Gemini space capsule had to be redesigned because 14 of the 16 astronauts didn't fit in it. The original design relied so heavily on input from Mercury astronaut 'Gus' Grissom, who was 5' 6", that it was nicknamed the "Gusmobile." airspacemag.com/flight-to…
Ben Enwonwu was one of the first African artists to win critical acclaim, having exhibited in Europe and the US. During her visit to Nigeria in 1956, Queen Elizabeth II commissioned and sat for a portrait sculpture by Enwonwu and a crater on Mercury is named in his honour en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Today I learned the phrase "mad as a hatter" or "madhatter" comes from old hat makers using mercury to shape animal pelts into top hats. history.com/news/where-di…
Ganymede, Jupiter's moon, is the largest moon in the solar system and is larger than Mercury and Pluto. Also it is only slightly smaller than Mars and if it were orbiting the Sun rather than Jupiter, it would be classified as a planet itself. youtu.be/K_JQqXdrNI8
Just before Live Aid, Freddie Mercury was told by his doctor not to do the show because of some vocal trouble. He of course, ignored it, and went on to deliver a 20 minutes show that, according to a BBC poll, is the greatest live performance of all time. attitude.co.uk/article/qu…
As a percentage of its core, Mercury is the most metal planet in the solar system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
When the chief model maker for Thomas the Tank Engine left his rock band in 1970, he was replaced by Freddie Mercury and his former band became Queen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
David Bowie wasn't first choice to play The Goblin King in Jim Henson's Labyrinth movie. Other artists considered for the role include Freddie Mercury, Rod Stewart and David Lee Roth. ultimateclassicrock.com/f…
Lewis and Clark's campsite 'travelers rest' was located by detecting mercury left behind in their stool samples. To combat constepation they consumed pills which contained the metal, mercury doesnt biodegrade so it's still detectable in multiple site locations across America. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The term "Mad as a Hatter" was originated back in the early 1800s in Denton, Tameside (which is in northern England), where hat makers used mercury in their hat making process. The mercury in the hats would cause dementia in wearers due to the mercury leaking into the body. wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_as…
There are 7 days in a week thanks to the Babylonians, who lived in modern-day Iraq. As keen observers of the heavens, the Babylonians adopted 7 days because they observed 7 celestial bodies β€” the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
Fat Bottom Girls and Bicycle Race by Queen were released together on a double A-sided single, and refer to each other. Near the end of Fat Bottomed Girls, Mercury shouts, "Get on your bikes and ride!" Bicycle Race reciprocates with the lyric "fat bottomed girls, they'll be riding today." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bic…
Although our Moon is the largest in comparison to its planet, it's only the 5th-largest moon in the Solar System. Both Jupiter and Saturn have moons (Ganymede and Titan) that are larger than the planet Mercury. worldatlas.com/articles/i…
In a few billion years our sun will become a red giant star, growing larger and swallowing Mercury, Venus and finally Earth. Ending all life on our planet. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The piano played by Paul McCartney in "Hey Jude" is the same one Freddie Mercury used to record "Bohemian Rhapsody". nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/q…
The One (And Only) Time Two Submarines Battled It Out Beneath The Sea Was A Sub That Had 67 Tons of Mercury in 1857 steel flasks nationalinterest.org/blog…
Betelgeuse has a radius of approximately 887 Suns, but its mass is only 11 Suns. And if you swapped out the sun and replaced it with Betelgeuse, the red star would swallow Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and the asteroid belt. youtu.be/8UaXvEI-mDg
A day on Mercury is about twice as long as a year on Mercury. universetoday.com/47834/l…
The drink mix Tang wasn't created by or for NASA. It was introduced in 1957 but sold poorly until the U.S. space agency used it for John Glenn's 1962 Mercury mission. Tang was then marketed as what the astronauts drank, but Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin later said, "Tang sucks." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
While Freddie Mercury stated that "Killer Queen" was about a high-class girl, promoter Eric Hall claims that the song is actually about him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
Boston Corbett - the man who killed John Wilkes Booth (the man who killed Abraham Lincoln) - most likely suffered from psychosis due to inhaling mercury fumes in his job as a hatter, and once castrated himself with a pair of scissors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bos…
In 1983 Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury worked on a handful of duets that were never finished because Freddie didn't get along with MJ's pet llama, Louie, whom MJ insisted on bringing along to the studio. The duets were finally cobbled together and released in 2013. billboard.com/articles/ne…
Mercury is the closest planet to Earth and to every other planet in the solar system most of the time. physicstoday.scitation.or…
... that you can buy liquid mercury... O and an anvil will float in it due to its density youtu.be/f5U63IGmy6Q
Queen was competing with Wham! to become the first Western pop group to perform in China. Wham!'s manager made 2 brochures - one featuring Wham! fans as pleasant middle-class youngsters, and one portraying Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in typically flamboyant poses. The Chinese opted for Wham!. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/enter…
Many Chinese emperors, nobles, and officials believed an elixir, sometimes containing mercury and arsenic, would grant immortality. It didn't. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
On 1st April 1996 Taco Bell spent $300k on ads claiming that they purchased the Liberty Bell and named it Taco Liberty Bell, and achieved $25 million in free publicity. The White House Press Secretary got on the joke, saying the Lincoln Memorial was turned by Ford into Lincoln-Mercury Memorial. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…
The piano Freddie Mercury used to record "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the same one Paul McCartney used on "Hey Jude" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boh…
Members of Lewis & Clark's expedition took mercury-bearing pills to "treat" constipation and other conditions, and thus left mercury deposits wherever they dug their latrines. These mercury signals have been used to pinpoint some of the 600 camps on the voyage. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Freddie Mercury approved the Wayne's World Bohemian Rhapsody scene just before his death loudersound.com/news/fred…
The Queen logo, called the Queen crest, was designed by Freddie Mercury himself, who held a degree in graphic design. The logo combines the zodiac signs of the four band members. goodlogo.com/extended.inf…
Before Einstein's Theory of Relativity was finally able to explain Mercury's unusual orbit, 19th century astronomers believed there could exist another planet between Mercury and the Sun that they took to calling Vulcan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vul…
Saturn's moon Titan is larger than the planet Mercury. solarsystem.nasa.gov/moon…
Sacha Cohen, best known for his role as Borat, was initially going to play Freddy Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. He was dropped due to Cohen wanting to explore the raunchier side of the band, whereas the band members wanted to protect their legacy. nme.com/news/film/sacha-b…
Mercury is the closest planet to Earth. A simulation of an Earth year’s worth of orbits by the terrestrial planets begins to reveal that Mercury has the smallest average distance from Earth and is most frequently Earth’s nearest neighbor. youtube.com/watch?v=GDgbV…
Mercury 'amalgamates' with other metals like aluminum, causing the mixture to grow white, fiber-like aluminum oxide and destroy its shape, which is why it is against the law to bring mercury onto an airplane. youtube.com/watch?v=ZiWlt…
The planet Venus is actually hotter than the planet Mercury. Although Venus is not the planet closest to the sun, its dense atmosphere traps heat in a runaway version of the greenhouse effect that warms Earth. As a result, temperatures on Venus reach 870 degrees Fahrenheit (465 degrees Celsius) space.com/44-venus-second…
Scott Carpenter was the only NASA Mercury astronaut who hadn’t finished college. After his spaceflight, the university granted him his degree because "his subsequent training as an astronaut more than made up for the deficiency in the subject of heat transfer." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
Freddie Mercury of Queen held a party in New Orleans in 1978, which featured nude waiters and waitresses, a man biting heads off live chickens, naked models wrestling in a liver pit, and dwarves walking around with trays of cocaine strapped to their heads. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/q…
The last transit of Mercury until 2032 occurs on 11 November 2019. The tiny black disc of Mercury, just 10 arc seconds across, will take about five and a half hours to pass across the Sun skyatnightmagazine.com/ad…
Everyone naturally consumes and breathes in Mercury as it cycles through the Earth. Toxicity is due to the dose, frequency and what form it comes in, with elemental mercury vapor being the most toxic kind, allowing it to go straight to the brain and organs. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The drug cocktail that allows AIDs patients to survive came along just months after Freddie Mercury died. news.com.au/entertainment…
There was a belief that that planet called Vulcan existed between Mercury and the Sun history.com/news/vulcan-t…
Freddie Mercury ended a potential collab with Michael Jackson because he felt uncomfortable with Jackson's pet llama in the studio. billboard.com/articles/ne…
After losing automatic control of his Mercury capsule, astronaut Gordon Cooper was forced to use his knowledge of constellations, wristwatch, and his eyeballs to manually land his spacecraft. He ended up splashing just 4 miles from his recovery ship, the most accurate landing up to that point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
A teen injected himself with mercury at least three times in an attempt to convert his bones to metal after seeing X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He also had intentional multiple spider bites in the past after wanting to become Spider-Man. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about the bizarre death of silent film star Olive Thomas. She died in 1920, age just 25, of kidney failure after she mistakenly drank the mercury-based topical medicine her husband used for his syphilis sores. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
There's a giant mercury thermometer next to China's "Flaming Mountains" chinaplus.cri.cn/photo/ch…
Gary Webb, the reporter from the San Jose Mercury News who first broke the story of CIA involvement in the cocaine trade, was found dead with "two gunshot wounds to the head." His death, in 2004, was ruled a suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Sacha Baron Cohen left the Freddie Mercury biopic over creative differences with Queen; he was told Mercury died in the middle of the film. Impressed, he thought they meant a non-linear story structure like Pulp Fiction but realized the second half would be how the band β€œcarried on.” rollingstone.com/movies/n…
On November 7, 1677, Edmond Halley documented a transit of Mercury from the South Atlantic island of St Helena. It dawned on him that the data of how long the transit lasted taken from various points on Earth could determine the distance between the Earth and the sun theconversation.com/mercu…
Dental amalgam is a liquid mercury and metal alloy mixture used in dentistry to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. Use of amalgam for dentistry dates as far back as 659AD in the Tang Dynasty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
A small tabletop 76 mm reflector telescope can show moon craters, phases of Venus, but Mars is a fuzzy and small red dot, while Mercury is mush. Saturn’s rings are visible at 15x and look like ears sticking out of the planet, similar to how Galileo saw them telescopicwatch.com/celes…
Oral ingestion of elemental mercury is unlikely to cause systemic toxicity, as it is poorly absorbed through the gastrointestinal system ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Freddie Mercury used a piano as the headboard of his bed and would often play tunes that he had heard in his dreams . This was Bohemian Rhapsody began bbc.com/news/magazine-137…
The tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, remains untouched to this day due to it containing numerous booby traps as well as a flowing river of mercury. amp-livescience-com.cdn.a…
Around 13 times per century, Mercury passes between Earth and the sun in a rare astronomical event known as a planetary transit. Mercury orbits in a plane that is tilted from Earth’s orbit, moving above or below our line of sight to the sun svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/12235
One of the treatments for the Black Plague was to coat the victim in mercury and place them in an oven. historyonthenet.com/the-s…
Because Mercury is so close to the sun, it is never visible in a truly dark sky – only dawn and dusk – and then only for a few days at a time. When it is highest in the sky 45 minutes after sunset or before sunrise, it can be seen with the naked eye or simple binoculars lovethenightsky.com/how-t…
Not long before his death, Freddie Mercury, confined to his bed, got to see an advance copy of the "Wayne's World" scene with Wayne and Garth headbanging to "Bohemian Rhapsody". He loved it and approved of the song's use in the film. The movie, in part, helped launch Queen's comeback in the USA guitarworld.com/brian-may…
The transit of Mercury only occurs in May or November en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Our closest planet to the sun, Mercury, can get as cold as -290Β°F (-180Β°C) at night time due to not having an atmosphere to retain heat. solarsystem.nasa.gov/plan…
Scientists haven’t excavated the tomb of China’s first emperor because they are not allowed to, and because it is (or was) surrounded by a β€œriver of mercury” nbcnews.com/id/48702868/n…
In China and Tibet, mercury use was thought to prolong life, heal fractures, and maintain generally good health. The first Emperor of China died after drinking a mercury and powdered jade mixture because he thought it would give him eternal life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
Two hazmat trucks, five fire trucks and two security cars showed up to tackle a drop of spilled mercury on a Canadian university campus ubyssey.ca/blog/tackle-a-…
One Mercury day equals to two Mercury years. windows2universe.org/merc…
If the Earth would begin falling towards the Sun, the whole journey would take about 65 days. It would take 41 days to cross the orbit of Venus, and on day 57, we'd cross the orbit of Mercury. phys.org/news/2016-07-ear…
In 1996 a chemistry professor accidentally spilled a drop of organic mercury on her latex gloved hand. She died of mercury poisoning less than a year later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Roger Taylor, Queens drummer, has the same 4 octave vocal range as Freddie Mercury and Aretha Franklin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
For five hours and 29 minutes Mercury will be visible crossing the sun on November 11, 2019. It will be one of 14 such transits in the 21st century – the last one occurred in 2016 theguardian.com/science/2…
Despite the video showing all band members singing, the five-part harmony at the start of Queen's Bohemian Rapsody was all performed by Freddie Mercury en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boh…
A 2010 study found Mercury exposure to cause homosexual behavior in male white ibis birds nature.com/news/2010/1012…
Famous rock critic Dave Marsh called Queen "fascist" and Freddie Mercury's voice "passable", said that John Bonham of Led Zeppelin was "something like clinically incompetent", gave all Journey records 1/5 stars and described Grateful Dead as "the worst band in creation". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Archaeologists are able to follow Lewis and Clarks trail across America by looking for their Mercury laden poop. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Himalayan rock salt contains arsenic, lead, mercury, uranium, and plutonium. livestrong.com/article/53…
It is actually possible to make gold from other metals (usually mercury or platinum) however the cost to do so is astronomically difficult and expensive, with a very low yield of usable non radioactive gold. wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/mobi…
Jupiter's moon Ganymede is the largest satellite in the solar system, larger than Pluto and Mercury. space.com/16440-ganymede-…
Freddie Mercury didn’t make it public that he had AIDS until the day before he died. people.com/movies/inside-…
The first scene Rami Malek shot as Freddie Mercury for Bohemian Rhapsody was the Live Aid performance in front of 100.000 people at the end of the film. the-talks.com/interview/r…
During the 2016 Transit of Mercury, the European Space Agency challenged schools to observe the transit and to recreate the measurements made by astronomers around 300 years ago in order to calculate the distance between the Earth and the Sun esa.int/Education/Teacher…
In 2016, NASA scientist Rosemary Killen and colleagues used the Transit of Mercury to study the planet’s ultra-thin atmosphere or exosphere. When Mercury is in front of the sun, it is possible to study Mercury's exosphere as its sodium absorbs and re-emits a yellow-orange color from sunlight science.nasa.gov/2016-tra…
Maxime Faget was the designer of the Mercury spacecraft, and contributed to the later Gemini and Apollo spacecraft as well as the Space Shuttle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
Prolonged exposure to felt containing high levels of mercury would cause mental disfunction in 18th century hat makers, ushering in the phrase "As mad as a hatter". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ere…
Mercury-P is a proposed mission to Mercury by the Russian Space Agency and would be the first lander there. The initial study suggested a launch in 2024, but because of crash of the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, the implementation period was postponed to the 2030s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
In the 1850's that due to mercury poisoning from taking "blue masses," Abraham Lincoln was known to have bouts of jumping up suddenly and running out of his house, as well as suddenly bursting out into laughter. time.com/4711887/bill-cli…
The mummified bodies of Zhou and Xiang, two high ranking Chinese concubines, went on public display for the first time in 2015. Zhou died in 1274 and Xiang in 1538. Zhou's body was treated with mercury, giving it a characteristic dark colour youtube.com/watch?v=2HY8A…
The first knife approved by NASA was a Randall Made Knives model 17 Astro carried by the Mercury Seven. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
The first emperor of China died from drinking a mixture of mercury and powdered jade intended to give him eternal life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
Shazam is an acronym that identifies six historical/mythological figures: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…

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