Alchemists considered Mercury as a magical substance that a Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang took it as the elixir of immorality which resulted in him dying at the age of 49 and even he was buried in an underground mausoleum full of mercury thinking it's going to help him rule in the afterlife thestar.com/news/insight/…
There are locations on planet Mercury where during a day the sun will appear to pause, reverse direction, then continue forward again as it moves across the sky. This happens as the planet’s angular orbital velocity and angular rotational velocity flip as it crosses perihelion space.com/29265-mercury-p…
Fire sprinklers don't activate all at once like in the movies - each sprinkler has a mercury vial which cracks when it gets too hot, opening the sprinkler. The change in water pressure triggers the alarm. explainthatstuff.com/fire…
Freddie Mercury spent his last months recording as many vocals as he could for the rest of Queen to finish after his death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury threw a party where he had dwarves walk around with plates full of cocaine strapped to the tops of their heads, as an offering to his guests. theguardian.com/media/200…
Today I learned about the Mercury 13 - a group of women in the early 1960's that passed the same vigorous tests as male astronauts and was part of a privately funded project that aimed to send them to the moon cnet.com/news/the-true-st…
Freddie Mercury, upon releasing his only solo album in 1985, added special thanks to his Queen bandmates, Brian, Roger and John, β€œfor not interfering”. Less than three months later Queen performed their legendary live set at Wembley for Live Aid udiscovermusic.com/storie…
Freddie Mercury did a song with opera singer Montserrat Caballe called "Barcelona" for the 1992 Summer Olympics youtube.com/watch?v=Y1fiO…
The colloquial phrase "mad as a hatter" comes come British hatters slowly going crazy because of the poisoning from the mercury used in the hat making process en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
We have seven-day weeks today because the ancient Babylonians observed seven objects in the heavens -- The Sun, The Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn -- and based their weeks on that. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Today I learned about Ham (July 1957 – January 19, 1983), also known as Ham the Chimp and Ham the Astrochimp, was a chimpanzee and the first hominid launched into space. On January 31, 1961, Ham flew a suborbital flight on the Mercury-Redstone 2 mission, part of the U.S. space program's Project Mercury. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
On 26 July 69163, Venus and Mercury will transit the sun simultaneously. That's also a Friday. skyandtelescope.org/astro…
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…
The Danish astronomer who demonstrated light has a speed, invented a precursor to the Fahrenheit scale, and invented the mercury thermometer... also ran the police force in Copenhagen and fired all the officers because morale was low. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Today I learned about Mercury's Sodium Tail. Mercury's thin atmosphere contains small amounts of sodium that glow when excited by light from the Sun. Sunlight also liberates these molecules from Mercury's surface, pushes them away. It can be seen from earth with a sodium filter and a long enough exposure science.nasa.gov/mercurys…
NASA planned on sending a crew to do a flyby of Venus. They would launch on an altered Saturn V and use the third stage as a workshop once it was emptied of fuel. The crew would make direct observations of Venus, Mercury, and the Sun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The orbit of Mercury follows a unique pattern different from other planets which remained unexplained until Einstein’s theory of bending space time due to large nearby gravitation. Previous theory was there was another planet between mercury and the sun, Vulcan. aether.lbl.gov/www/classe…
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…
Queen released a four second clip in their album, Made in Heaven. The clip was of Freddie Mercury saying "Yeah." youtube.com/playlist?list…
Freddie Mercury's iconic Wembley costume (yellow jacket and white trousers) was sold in an auction in 2004 for just Β£26,290 (US$ 33,951) and has not been seen since. bonhams.com/auctions/1138…
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…
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…
The original LA Lights shoes used a mercury switch to activate the lights with each step. It was considered safe enough to wear but caused problems when it came to disposing of old shoes: baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
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 sun will transform into a red giant in a few billion years and expand to 256 times it's size. Mercury, Venus and Earth will get engulfed and the habitable zone will be pushed well into the Kuiper Belt. A host of new moons are expected to become suitable for the existence of life. futurism.com/heres-what-i…
There's a kind of deep sea fish called the orange roughy that can live about 150 to 250 years. Most live to be at least 200. They're a popular food, but mature fish contain so much mercury (due to their long lifespan) that eating it regularly will badly affect your health. nzgeo.com/stories/the-230…
Astronomer Samuel Schwabe was looking for a possible planet inside the orbit of Mercury. From 1826 to 1843, on every clear day, Schwabe would scan the Sun and record its spots trying to detect any new planet among them. He did not find any planet but discovered variations in sunspots instead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hei…
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…
Historians have followed the trail of Lewis and Clark with help from the Mercury in their latrines. Mercury, in the form of Dr. Rush’s Bilious Pill (a fast-acting purgative), that was used as a go-to drug for many conditions, including constipation mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Despite containing mercury, compact fluorescent light globes emit less mercury into the environment than incandescent light globes which contain no mercury due to their lower electricity consumption energystar.gov/ia/partner…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
A dental worker once injected herself with mercury and survived nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056…
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…
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…
The Mercury Cougar alone accounted for nearly 40% of Ford's Lincoln-Mercury division sales in 1967. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
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…
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
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…
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-…
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…
Freddie Mercury approved the Wayne's World Bohemian Rhapsody scene just before his death loudersound.com/news/fred…
The piano Freddie Mercury used to record "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the same one Paul McCartney used on "Hey Jude" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boh…
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
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…
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…
As a percentage of its core, Mercury is the most metal planet in the solar system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…

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