Between 1978 and 1980, Michel Lotito ate an entire Cessna 150 airplane piece by piece. He is estimated to have eaten nine tons of metal over his lifetime, for which he was awarded a brass plaque by the Guinness Book of World Records. (He also ate the award.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
During the "cash for clunkers" program of 2009, the government provided CARFAX vehicle identification numbers (VIN) of the 700,000 clunkers that consumers turned in at dealerships. By law, these cars must have their engines taken out and destroyed, and the rest of the metal scrapped. auto.howstuffworks.com/bu…
Today I learned about the Quadro Tracker, a metal antenna hinged to a hollow plastic handle bought by police in the 90s for $400-$8000/unit. The manufacturer claimed the antenna would swivel to point towards a sought object or person. The fraud was exposed in 1996 and the company executives acquitted in 1997. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
In the 1830s the Swedish Navy planted 300 000 oak trees to be used for ship production in the far future. When they received word that the trees were fully grown in 1975 they had little use of them as modern warships are built with metal. atlasobscura.com/places/v…
The name of "Germany" in the Navajo language means "Metal Cap-wearer Land", referencing the distinctive wartime steel helmets. In Plains Cree, it is "Among the Steel Helmets", and in Lakota, it is "Bad Speaker Land". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
Anthony Michael Hall was the first choice to play the lead role of Private Joker in "Full Metal Jacket". Hall spent eight months preparing for the role but could not reach an agreement with Stanley Kubrick regarding monetary compensation, and was replaced by Matthew Modine. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Harvey Milk and George Moscone were assassinated, at San Francisco's City Hall, by a former City Supervisor who snuck the weapon in by going around metal detectors history.com/this-day-in-h…
80's metal bands Twisted Sister and Manowar were involved in a feud. In an interview, Manowar called Twisted Sister a bunch of 'sissy boys with makeup'. Twisted Sister challenged them to a street fight at Covent Garden, but Manowar never showed up and later apologised for offending them. metal-rules.com/2012/06/2…
Unobtainium, a metal featured in films like "Avatar" and "The Core", was an engineering term coined in the 50's to describe any highly desirable material that is hypothetical, scientifically impossible, extremely rare, costly, or fictional en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uno…
In 2004, a woman's steel chastity belt triggered a security alarm at the metal detector. The woman explained that her husband had forced her to wear the device to prevent an extramarital affair while she was on vacation in Greece. She continued her flight to London on the pilot's authority. abc.net.au/news/2004-02-0…
The Statue of Liberty is worth less than $230,000 in scrap metal, and is the third most expensive statue in the world. popularmechanics.com/tech…
Alexander Graham Bell invented the metal detector to try and find the bullet lodge in President James Garfield. The device worked but had interference from the metal springs in the bed. The chief physician only allowed a search of the right side of the body. The bullet was on the left side. history.com/news/10-thing…
Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid was based on Snake Plissken, John Carpenter's main protagonist from Escape From New York. The similarity between the characters almost landed Hideo Kojima in court. polygon.com/2015/10/28/96…
Rock music has died out in the UK so much that the Rock & Metal Number One spot consists of practically nothing but Don't Let the Bells End around every Christmas, and Bohemian Rhapsody for the rest of the year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Metal blade of a Guillotine weighs about 88.2 lbs. aphfmuseum.org/guillotine…
Rust does not cause tetanus, it is just discarded metal tend to be left at places which also happens to have the bacteria that causes the disease. mcgill.ca/oss/article/did…
12 small ingots of aluminium were exhibited for the first time to the public at the Exposition Universelle of 1855. It is now is produced in greater quantities than all other non-ferrous metals combined en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Hear 'n Aid was a charity record by 40 heavy metal musicians. Aware that the funds raised from similar events such as Band Aid were squandered due to corruption and disorganization which led to "food rotting on docks", Hear 'n Aid instead used funds to purchase and ship agricultural machinery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Bulgarian defector, playwright Georgi Markov, was stabbed with a poison-tipped umbrella on London's Waterloo Bridge in 1978. It was suspected to be a government hit against his anti-Communist broadcasts and proven murder after finding a tiny metal pellet in his thigh which dispensed the poison. theguardian.com/world/fro…
Issac Newton was a firm believer in alchemy and studied for years to find a method to create the substance known as the Philosophers Stone, which could apparently turn base metals into gold. discovermagazine.com/the-…
Dairy cows accidentally eat so much metal waste that farmers feed them magnets to prevent internal organ damage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
James Cameron originally wanted Billy Idol to play the T-1000 liquid metal Terminator in Terminator 2. Idol got into a serious motorcycle accident before filming and Robert Patrick was cast instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-1…
Before Charles Martin Hall discovered a cheaper way for smelting aluminium the metal was more expensive than gold or platinum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
The dots on the ΓΆ of many metal and rock groups have a name: 'rΓΆck dΓΆts' or 'metal umlaut' kerrang.com/features/a-br…
A Florida man heard purring coming from his parked truck; he ended up using sheet metal cutters to peel back a portion of his truck to reveal a kitten. The Humane Society helped him coax the kitten out. When the public heard about it, several people offered to help pay to repair his truck. cnn.com/2014/06/13/living…
When klf was awarded Best British Group at Brit awards in 1992, they decided to collaborate with a metal band to perform a death metal version of their dance song, put a dead sheep outside the venue and firing blanks from a machine gun at the audience, their award was found near stonehenge en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer was brutally killed in prison when another inmate beat him to death with a metal bar taken from the prison weight room. The killer later revealed that he was sickened by Dahmer's crimes and his habit of fashioning severed limbs from the prison food. biography.com/crime-figur…
Nigel Wright, 45, of Osgodby, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, contaminated jars of Heinz baby food with metal shards and placed them on supermarket shelves. He then wrote to Tesco threatening that babies would be seriously or fatally injured unless he was paid Β£1.4m. He was jailed for 14 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tes…
The largest treasure hoard in Britain was accidentally found by a man when he set out with a metal detector to find a hammer he had lost in a farm. It was a 1500 year old treasure hoard hidden by the Romans. The British government rewarded him with Β£1.75 million. He found his hammer afterwards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hox…
The Independant representative of Taipei in Taiwan is also the lead singer of a metal band, Cthonic, which has been compared to being the "Black Sabbath" of Asia. He also sings for Marty Friedman on a side project called Metal Clone X, which covers Japanese hits by turning them into heavy metal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
In 1987, a few guys in Brazil were out collecting scrap metal from an abandoned hospital. They inadvertently collected highly radioactive Caesium-137. About a month later, 4 people had died of radiation poisoning and the incident resulted in one of the worst radiological accidents in history. history.com/this-day-in-h…
WWI Metal of Honor; Jake Allex, alone and exposed, ran directly towards machine gun fire, neutralizing the turret. Out of bullets, he used his bayonet to kill five soldiers before it snapped. He then used his rifle butt to subdue the rest of the nest, capturing 15 prisoners, all by himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jak…
Sunken WW2 ships around the world are disappearing due to "metal pirates" who steal the metal and sell it on the black market. insidescience.org/news/me…
Our bodies age through the same process that rusts metal, oxidation which is a very slow burn. That means that the same air we breathe is also killing us very slowly by burning us to death. thedoctorwillseeyounow.co…
The black soldier fly larva turns most organic substances into nutrient-rich protein and frass, a valuable organic fertilizer. Significant reductions in E. coli and Salmonella were measured in manure after larvae were introduced in it. They can also purify biomass contaminated with heavy metals. entomologytoday.org/2020/…
There is a deepsea crab named after the metal band "Metallica", because its habitat contains all kinds of metals and to raise awareness to the effects of deepsea metal mining cnet.com/news/metal-dwell…
Today I learned of "Thumb Cribs", a metal device with crib-like bars fixed to the roof of a mouth to deter thumb sucking behaviors healthline.com/health/den…
A German company made orchestral instruments from Perspex in the 1930s. The string instruments were too quiet for orchestras, but the flutes and clarinets were just as good as their metal or wooden equivalents. plexiglas.de/en/applicati…
Chuck Schuldiner, often regarded as The Godfather of Death Metal, described himself as "a lover of life, friendship and animals." He also disavowed metal musician stereotype of being "anti-life" and was openly against the use of hard drugs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
During a US WWII bombing mission in 1944, 1st Lt. Bill Lawley, took controls of a severely damaged B-17, managed to evade 20 attackers, pull out of a steep dive, and refused to bail-out with the rest of the crew as 2 team members were wounded. He was subsequently awarded the Metal of Honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The Hindenburg, an airship famous for its fiery death in 1937, was built with metal reclaimed from the airship R101, which crashed and burned 7 years earlier. airships.net/blog/film-br…
In the movie Full Metal Jacket, the actor that played Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) came up with 150 pages of insults on his own. Also the actor that originally was playing the role couldn't yell more than 30 minutes, but when Ermey stepped in and took over, his energy never let up. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
What is described as 'the grandfather of skyscrapers' was built 1796-1797 in Shrewsbury, England. It is notable as being the first metal-framed building, a technique which became standard for the construction of skyscrapers. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dither…
Plutonium is a byproduct of Uranium, and doesn't come in green test tubes like the movies make it out to be. It's a metal, bearing similar significance to lead, and can be held in your bare hand without having to worry too much about radiation affects. pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl…
During Victorian England winters, street vendors sold baked potatoes for food and as hand warmers. In London they sold around 10 tons of potatoes every day from "cans" - small metal boxes on four legs fueled by charcoal. geriwalton.com/baked-pota…
Submarines dispose of trash using specially perforated metal cylinders to ensure the refuse sinks noiselessly to the bottom of the ocean. technology.org/2019/02/02…
Gallium is a metal that will melt in the hand as it liquefies at temperature of 29.76 Β°C (85.57 Β°F) youtube.com/watch?v=cCiEQ…
There is an actual metal pole that marks the south pole. Aside from the ceremonial pole, there is a much smaller pole that must be replaced regularly to account for changing conditions. wikitravel.org/en/South_P…
Today I learned about how African Pouched Rats are being used in Cambodia to sniff out landmines. They have an exceptional sense of smell which allows them to detect TNT in amounts as small as 1 oz, and are able to clear a 200sq m area in 30min where a human will take up to 3 days with a metal detector npr.org/sections/parallel…
Queen composed the first thrash metal song in history, Stone Cold Crazy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…

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