When Alfred Hitchcock was five, his father sent him to a police station with a note. The policeman read the note and locked him in jail for few minutes, saying "this is what we do to naughty boys". This experience left him with lifelong fear of policemen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
If you're under 18 in China you can only play games up to 90 minutes on weekdays and three hours on weekends. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Sony didn't believe that Aaron Sorkin's 162 page script for 'The Social Network' would come out under 2 hours. David Fincher timed Sorkin reading it aloud. The reading took 1 hour and 59 minutes, which was the exact running time of the final cut youtube.com/watch?v=Ya3jO…
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent not 1, not 5, but 21 hours, 36 minutes on the moon's surface, after a rest period that included seven hours of sleep. nasa.gov/mission_pages/ap…
Contrary to its clichΓ©d use in crime fiction, it takes at least five minutes of inhaling an item soaked in chloroform to render a person unconscious. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chl…
The 7-minute long shot in the Charlie Work episode of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" was entirely filmed by camera operator Adam Sklena, without dolly tracks or a rig. "This is a man holding a camera who had to walk backwardsβ€”and we got it without screwing up on take 1," said Charlie Day. collider.com/charlie-day-…
Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace have horological conservators. Their job is to check the 400(WC) and 600(BP) clocks daily, wind them all once a week, and reset them for Daylight Savings Time. The clocks in the kitchen are set 5 minutes fast to ensure the food comes out on time. bbc.com/news/in-pictures-…
While it takes 8+ minutes for a photon to travel from the sun to the earth, for the photon it leaves the sun and arrives at the earth in the same instant. Things that travel at the speed of light do not experience time. futurism.com/photons-mill…
On August 24, 2001, Air Transat Flight 236 lost all of its fuel in mid air, the captain(a glider pilot) then proceeded to glide the Airbus A330, with 306 occupants, without any power, for 19 minutes, covering some 120 km, until landing hard at Lajes Air Base with 0 casualties en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
A British man developed anterograde amnesia after a root canal, so he can't remember anything for longer than 90 minutes and he can't make new memories. Also, he thinks it's the day of his root canal every time he wakes up which is why he must read a detailed note every morning. newser.com/story/209910/i…
Comedian Katt Williams was sued in 2012 by fans for "non-performance." He performed a long-winded rant for roughly ten minutes, challenged an audience member to a fight, and angered fans paying upwards of $94. huffpost.com/entry/katt-w…
Newborn giraffes are typically over 6 feet tall, weigh 220lbs, and will stand within 30 minutes of birth. nationalgeographic.com/an…
The Burj Khalifa is so tall, those above the 80th floor have to wait an extra 2 minutes before they can break Ramadan fast, as the sun can still be setting versus what people on the ground see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
The Moken nomad Tribe of southern Thailand saved their lives during the 2004 tsunami thanks to their Elder's hability to read the "Sea Signs". Soon minutes before the waves hit shore, the entire comunity was able to flee up hills for cover. theguardian.com/global-de…
The United States Navy Pre-Flight School created a routine to help pilots fall asleep in 2 minutes or less. It took pilots about 6 weeks of practice, but it worked β€” even after drinking coffee and with gunfire noises in the background. healthline.com/health/hea…
Today I learned of Dr. Robert Liston, the "fastest knife in the West End.", who could amputate a leg in 2,5 minutes. He was a highly sought after surgeon, but also a show off, which led to some mishaps: he once accidentaly cut a patient's testicles off while trying to amputate his leg theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The average man gets bored during a shopping trip with their wife or girlfriend after just 26 minutes, according to a UK study. news.com.au/finance/money…
In 2004 the computer worm "Slammer" almost took down the entire internet in 15 minutes. The malware was very small (404 bytes) and once it infected a server it would send millions of copies to random IP addresses. It caused over $1 billion in damages and the creator has never been identified. virus.wikidot.com/slammer
The shortest war in history was known as the anglo Zanzibar war. The war lasted only 40 minutes, and even though the war was the shortest, many Zanzibar people lost their lives. britannica.com/event/Angl…
62-year-old former US Marine, George Hood has just broken the world planking record. He held the plank position for 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds. youtu.be/59MaNHq8UDo
A pod of dolphins saved a group of swimmers from a great white shark by herding the swimmers together and doing tight circles around them to create a barrier. The dolphins kept this up for 40 minutes until the shark lost interest and was safe for the swimmers to swim to shore. theguardian.com/science/2…
Speeding doesn't save you much time. Accounting for traffic and road conditions, driving 10-20 miles over the limit only saves you on average 4 minutes on a 30 minute trip. Even driving 20 over for a 5 minute drive saved on average less than 2 minutes. hondaoakland.net/2018/12/…
A suicide bomber with explosives in his laptop boarded the Somali owned Daallo Airlines in 2016 intending to blow the whole aircraft. Twenty minutes after the takeoff, the bomb exploded, creating a hole in the plane, and the suicide bomber was sucked out of the plane. He was the only fatality. cnn.com/2016/02/11/africa…
As Apollo 8 was on its way back to Earth, astronaut Jim Lovell accidentally erased some of the guidance computer's memory, leading the computer to think the spacecraft's current orientation was what it had been on the launchpad. He would spend the next 25 minutes correcting it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Today I learned about ultramarathoner Jasmin Paris, who won the 268-mile Spine race in 2019 in a record setting 83 hours 12 minutes, while stopping at aid stations to express milk for her daughter. runnersworld.com/uk/news/…
Today I learned about Carnival of Light, an unreleased Beatles song that was only played at two 1967 raves. It's 14 minutes long and no copies exist except one in Paul McCartney's possession. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Robert Downey Jr. was paid $10M for only 8 minutes of screen time in β€˜Spider-Man: Homecoming’. He got paid over $1 million per minute he's in the movie. syfy.com/syfywire/report-…
During the cold war a big solarflare knocked out a set of US surveillance radars leading them to believe that the soviets were blocking the radars which was a scenario they had planned for where they would also fire nuclear missiles within 15 minutes. Scientist explination stopped the war. space.com/33687-solar-sto…
There is a silent musical composition that instructs performers not to play their instruments during the entire duration of the four and a half minute piece. npr.org/2000/05/08/107388…
In 1987, a squirrel chewed through a power line near NASDAQ’s computer center and shut trading down for 87 minutes. Another squirrel repeated the event in 1994, shutting trading down for 34 minutes. cantechletter.com/2013/08…
Electric Eels are air breathers, and must return to the surface for air every 10 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Blue-ringed octopi bites are lethal to humans because of the creatures’ venom. The venom can kill more than 20 humans in just a few minutes. healthline.com/health/blu…
Worker ants take up to 250 naps everyday, with each nap lasting just over a minute. This equates to 4 hours and 48 minutes of sleep per day. news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/e…
Today I learned about the Cave of the Crystals in Chihuahua, Mexico with tree sized selenite crystals. The cave is extremely hot, with air temperatures reaching up to 136 Β°F. Without proper protection, people can only endure approximately ten minutes of exposure at a time making almost impossible. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The length of time it takes for cyanide to kill a person ranges from around 2-5 minutes, and during this timeframe, they're fully conscious and experience every bit of the chemical's effects. labroots.com/trending/vid…
80% of plane crashes occur in the first 3 or last 8 minutes of a flight. artofmanliness.com/articl…
In 1906, a man in Seattle was sentenced to one minute in jail for drunkenness and disorder. The original sentence was 30 days, but after an appeal and six months of litigation, it was shortened to one minute. He was kept in jail until the second hand of the jailer’s watch completed a circle blogs.sos.wa.gov/fromourc…
Death from laughter is a recorded cause of death throughout history. One such instance, an English man laughed for 25 consecutive minutes at a joke on the TV show The Goodies. His widow wrote a letter to the show creators thanking them for making his last moments of life so pleasant. historycollection.co/10-p…
During the first battle between the british and american forces during the american revolution, during a tense standoff lasting about 10 minutes, a mentally ill local man named Elias Brown wandered through both sides selling hard cider. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 2005, a chinese man found that he could still buy lottery tickets within a 5 minute window after the winning numbers were announced. this allowed him to win over $4 million. when chinese authorities caught on, he was sentenced to life in prison reuters.com/article/us-lo…
An hour-long hot bath can burn 130 calories β€” the same amount you would burn by walking for 30 minutes insider.com/taking-a-hot-…
Today I learned of Arthur du Mosch, who had a wild leopard leap in the bed of his sleeping family trying to eat his pet cat. Clad in only underwear, he wrestled the leopard and pinned him down until help arrived. "I held him like that for about 20 minutes and talked to him in Dutch. I have a way with animals". cbsnews.com/news/israeli-…
Ancient Babylonians did math in base 60 instead of base 10. That's why we have 60 seconds in a minute and 360 degrees in a circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
Louis-Antoine of France was crowned on August 2th 1830, but renounced his position only 20 minutes after coronation, making him the shortest-reigning king in history. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned of Betty Ong, a flight attendant aboard American Airlines Flight 11. Ong notified the American Airlines ground crew of the hijacking, staying on the telephone for 25 minutes and relaying vital information that eventually led to the closing of airspace by the FAA for the first time in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
In 2012 scientists kept rabbits with blocked windpipes alive by oxygen injections for 15 minutes nature.com/news/rabbits-k…
In 2012 the German freediver Tom Sietas broke the world record for longest breath hold. He held his breath underwater for 22 minutes and 22 seconds. In doing that, he broke Severinsen's previous Record by 22 seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Logistics is a 2012 Swedish film is the longest film ever made with a duration of 51,420 minutes (857 hours or 35 days and 17 hours). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Log…
Today I learned of Chinook winds or "snow-eaters". With hurricane-force gusts (~75 mph) they can rapidly raise temps & melt snow. One in South Dakota took things from -4Β°F to 49Β°F in two minutes, got up to 54Β°, then dropped back to -4Β°, all within a half hour. The largest 24-hour change was 103Β°F, in Montana en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
A nautical mile was originally defined as one arc minute of latitude, equal to 1/60 of 1Β°, along a hypothetically spherical Earth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…

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