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…
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…
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…
Slow TV, very long coverage of mundane, ordinary events, is huge in Norway. The national broadcaster NRK has regularly shown programmes such as a 376 hr boat voyage, 60 hrs of choirs singing, and 12 hrs of knitting. Shorter shows include a lecture on Norway's past 200 years in 200 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
A pigeon, Gustav, carried the first word of the Normandy invasion back to the British mainland in WW2, as the fleet underwent radio silence at that time. He flew 150 miles in 5 hours 16 minutes. He was awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery. He died after the war by being accidentally stepped on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
Norman Greenbaum wrote the famous song, "Spirit in The Sky" in only 15 minutes, and has been living solely on the royalties for the last 50 years. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
The blue whale heart rate was measured for the first time last year! It gets as low as 2 beats per minute, raising up to 37 when it resurfaces (more oxygen access). It works at physiological extremes, and explains why the whale never evolved to be even bigger. newatlas.com/biology/firs…
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…
While performing a stand-up performance in June 2004, Dave Chappelle walked off the stage after berating his audience for constantly shouting "I'm Rick James, bitch!" After a few minutes, Chappelle returned and resumed by saying, "The show is ruining my life," referring to the Chappelle's Show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Today I learned of Anya Pogharian, a Canadian who at age 17 invented a portable dialysis machine costing $500 to build; (dialysis machines typically cost about $30K). Her machine filters 4 liters of blood in 25 minutes. cbc.ca/news/canada/montre…
TBS sped up Seinfeld by 7.5% so they could add 2 more minutes of commercials. collider.com/tbs-speeds-u…
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves has a directors cut where all 12 additional minutes are Alan Rickman's character being extra weird and it changes the tone of the movie. filmstories.co.uk/feature…
James Franco launched a college course entitled "Master Class: Editing James Franco...with James Franco," in which student editors are to compile a 30 minute documentary on Franco, using behind the scenes footage of Franco supplied by Franco, to "create a cinematic image of James Franco." news.avclub.com/james-fra…
In 36 BCE, Roman statesman Marcus Varro wrote about germs, describing β€œminute creatures which cannot be seen by the eyes, which…enter the body through the mouth and nose and there cause serious diseases.” The germ theory of disease would not be accepted widely for another 1,900 years. rcpe.ac.uk/heritage/histo…
In 2015, a flight from the UK to Dubai had to turn around and land after 30 minutes because of a 'poisonous' smell in the plane. The smell was later confirmed to be the "liquid faecal excrement" of a passenger in the toilet, which was so bad it caused a safety hazard. vice.com/en_uk/article/bn…
Joss Whedon wrote the Buffy episode "Hush" after hearing people say that the show was only successful because of the dialogue. Hush, with only 17 minutes of dialogue, became the only episode nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing and is considered to be one of the show's greatest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hus…
Today I learned of Sila Sutharat, a roadside vendor in Phetchaburi, Thailand, who for 20 years has used a grill made of 1,000 mirrors to focus sunlight to cook chicken and pork. A chicken cooks in about 12 minutes. bangkokpost.com/learning/…
Despite being a popular trope in crime fiction, it's basically impossible to quickly incapacitate someone with a chloroform-soaked rag. It generally takes about 5 minutes of inhaling the substance to render someone unconscious wikipedia.org/wiki/Chloro…
Japan Airlines Flight 1628 over Alaska had a 42 minute long UFO encounter Supported by Radar Data and Air Traffic Control and Voice Cockpit recordings leaked in 2001 by FAA Division Chief of the Accidents and Investigations division John Callahan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
During World War 2, Ford Motor Company produced a B-24 bomber every 63 minutes thehenryford.org/collecti…
The BBC once managed to convince people that spaghetti grew on trees by showing a three-minute 'documentary' on April's fools day youtube.com/watch?v=YCks8…
Today in 1954 for 5 minutes, thousands of baby frogs fell from the sky after being picked up by a tornado and landed in Sutton park in Birmingham. birminghammail.co.uk/news…
Helen Keller took over the controls of a Douglas Skymaster airplane for 20 minutes while flying over the Mediterranean during a trip from Rome to Paris. The instructions were relayed from the pilot to Polly Thompson, and then to Helen through fingerspelling. afb.org/HelenKellerArchiv…
North Korea has their own basketball rules: slam dunks are worth three points, field goals in the final three minutes of the game are worth eight points, three-pointers are worth four if the ball doesn't touch the rim, and a point is deducted for missed free throws. heraldsun.com.au/sport/ba…
Goldeneye for the Nintendo 64's popular multiplayer mode was created as an afterthought in six weeks at practically the last minute, without developper Rare or Nintendo knowing about it or wanting it. digitalspy.com/videogames…
Sloths can swim three times faster than they can walk on land. And because of their ability to slow their heart rates to one-third its normal rate, they can also hold their breath for a whopping 40 minutes under water. roaring.earth/sloths-swim…
The first woman didn't run a mile in under 5 minutes until 1954. Today, most good high school track runners easily run a mile in under 5 minutes. runnersworld.com/races-pl…
While recording the band Ween's 2003 album Quebec, Dean Ween got word from his roadie that Carlos Santana's guitar and equipment had arrived at a nearby storage locker. The band broke in and recorded the guitar solo for the song Transdermal Celebration on one take in less than ten minutes. ultimateclassicrock.com/d…
To just be allowed to try out for the US Olympic team for running the marathon, you have to run a marathon in under 2 hours and 19 minutes. That is the same thing as running 26 miles where each mile is done in around 5 minutes and 18 seconds. usatf.org/events/2020/202…
While fighting in WWII Battle of Bougainville, Tony Stein modified a .30 caliber ANM3 Browning aircraft machine gun which he picked up from a wrecked dive bomber into a personal weapon firing 1200-1500 rounds per minute, which he named β€œThe Stinger”. hawaiireporter.com/a-crea…
In 1952, a nuclear reactor in Canada had a partial meltdown. American and Canadian service personnel disassembled the reactor a few minutes at a time to limit radioactive exposure. Jimmy Carter was one of the Americans. His experience led him to cease development of the neutron bomb as POTUS. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
The clocks in the Great Kitchen at Windsor Castle are always five minutes fast so food is never served to the Queen late. The estate has more than 450 clocks in total. It takes 18 hours to change the time on them when the clocks go back. readersdigest.ca/culture/…
If the Queen pops her handbag on the table at dinner, it reportedly means she wants dinner to end within the next five minutes. If it goes on the floor, rumour has it, she's tired of the conversation and wants to be whisked off quickly by her lady-in-waiting. standard.co.uk/insider/ro…
A male pig's ejaculation lasts about 6 minutes on average and may last up to 30 minutes scielo.org.za/scielo.php?…
In 2012, a burger king employee anonymously posted an image on 4-chan of him putting his feet in lettuce, with the caption: "This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King." It took 20 minutes for people to track down the branch the employee worked at and contact the news. He was promptly fired. mashable.com/2012/07/19/4…
On April 18, 1930 the BBC made an announcement at the beginning of its daily radio program that there was no news. For the rest of the 15-minute time slot, the station played only piano music and it became known in history as The Day Without News’ atlasobscura.com/articles…
When Devo were opening for Sun Ra, they decided to annoy the audience by playing a half-hour rendition of Jocko Homo. They kept repeating the "Are we not men? We are Devo!" line for about 25 minutes until people started fighting them to make them stop playing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joc…
The Wolf of Wall Street, with a fuck count of 857, is the 3rd highest ranked movie measured by how many times the word "fuck" was used. At 3.16fpm, it also has the 5th highest rank for fucks per minute. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Randy Gardner was an American high school student who set the record for the longest time a human has gone without sleep. 17-year-old Gardner stayed awake for 11 days and 25 minutes, breaking the previous record of 260 hours en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
In a scene of Jojo Rabbit (2019), β€œHeil Hitler” is said 31 times in one minute! According to writer/director Taika Waititi, he wanted a funny moment, but also wanted to illustrate how ridiculous Nazi protocols were. idropeit.com/in-this-scen…
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…
The Sony PlayStation was never meant to be a product. It was intended to be a new console that would play exclusively Nintendo games on CDs. Instead Nintendo backed out of the deal at the last minute. Sony went ahead and launched what would become the most successful console of all time. nationalpost.com/entertai…
A person takes, on average, about 8 showers per week. Men average 9 minutes per shower and women 9.5 minutes, which comes to about 62 hours per year for men and 65 hours for women. klaw.com/do-you-take-a-lo…
Giraffes only require about 30 minutes of sleep per day... with an average lifespan of 25 years, they’re conscious for most of it. boredpanda.com/giraffes-s…
Legos last up to 1300 years, clogging up the earth’s oceans. Along with garbage such as plastic bottles and bags, ocean surfaces contain more of these plastic particles than larval fish. In commercial fishing seas, fishing nets collect over 10,000 pieces of plastic in an average 5 minute tow. sciencedirect.com/science…
In 1990, a pilot was partially sucked out of his plane when the windscreen failed. The cabin crew couldn't pull him back in so he dangled outside the plane for 20 minutes until the copilot landed the plane. The pilot made a full recovery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
At Midnight on April Fool's Day 2013, Teen Nick aired a "Never-Before-Seen" Episode of Rocko's Life. It was just 30 minutes of a jar of Mayonnaise that never moved. huffpost.com/entry/teenni…
The slowest car to ever lap the Nurburgring was a Trabant P50 which had a time of 16 minutes and 1 second. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The filming of Hardcore Henry was so intense that it caused severe neck pain, and tooth loss for 2 actors played the protagonist. It is also the first full POV action movie, 96 minutes of Hardcore Henry are all in first person en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The engine that powers the MiG 21 fighter jet can, in an emergency, provide 143% of maximum thrust for two minutes before it explodes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tum…
Before 2005 at Washington Reagan National Airport, 30 minutes prior to landing or following takeoff, passengers were required to remain seated. If anyone stood up, the aircraft was to be diverted to Dulles under military escort and the person standing would be detained and questioned tsa.gov/news/press/releas…
Some minutes have 59 or 61 seconds, known as Leap Seconds, to account for irregularities of Earth's rotation due to climatic/geological events en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The MASH theme song "suicide is painless" lyrics were written by a 14-year old in 5 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
It takes thousands of years for sunlight to travel from the Sun’s core to its surface and then only ~8 minutes to reach us. ed.ted.com/lessons/sunlig…
It can take a photon 40,000 years to reach the surface of the sun from the core, but only 8 minutes to travel to earth. sunearthday.nasa.gov/2007…
Leah Betts, a girl that made headlines after dying from taking a single ecstasy pill, didn’t actually die directly from taking the drug, but instead from drinking 7 litres of water in 90 minutes. Ecstasy causes water retention, making even slightly high water consumption fatal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
An additional 20 minutes commuting each day lowers job satisfaction equivalent to a 19% pay cut info.uwe.ac.uk/news/uwene…
Stellate Ganglion Block is a breakthrough treatment thats been proven to significantly diminish various symptom of PTSD. Medal of Honor recipient and Marine veteran Dakota Meyer told 60 Minutes he felt like a million pounds was taken off him immediately after being administered one of the shots. militarytimes.com/off-dut…
John Franzese was a mob boss who was taped by an informant discussing the ideal method of disposing of a body. He recommended taking 30 minutes to an hour to dismember the body in a kiddie pool, dry the parts in a microwave and finally mulch them in a commercial grade garbage disposal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
"The day of two noons,” November 18, 1883, when people were required to stop what they were doing and reset their clocks anywhere from two to thirty minutes in the adoption of standard time zones. historymatters.gmu.edu/d/…
Scottish saturation diver Chris Lemons survived a workplace accident in which the umbilical cable attached to his suit was severed, leaving him stranded on the bottom of the North Sea for over 30 minutes with only one emergency tank with 6 minutes worth of oxygen. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
The gold medalist in the men's triathlon in the 2016 Olympics ran the 10k portion in around 31 minutes. This is the same as running a mile in around 5 minutes for six times. The 10k portion of triathlon takes place after a 1.5 km swim and 40 km cycle with no breaks in between. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Gravity moves at the Speed of Light and is not Instantaneous. If the Sun were to disappear, we would continue our elliptical orbit for an additional 8 minutes and 20 seconds, the same time it would take us to stop seeing the light (according to General Relativity). math.ucr.edu/home/baez/ph…
The first words spoken in a film were β€œwait a minute, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet” in the 1927 film The Jazz Singer theguardian.com/film/2017…
Eddie Murphy is the only person to host Saturday Night Live while still a member of the cast, filling the role at the last minute when the scheduled host (his 48 Hours co-star Nick Nolte) became ill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Most of the world don't refrigerate their eggs. Some wash their eggs the minute they are laid to which prevents salmonella. In the places that don't wash their egg they leave the protective layer (cuticle) on allowing eggs to stay out. womenshealthmag.com/food/…
Quebec engineering students invented a giant vacuum to clean up microplastics from beaches. At about 3 gallons/minute, it sucks sand into a tank which then separates particles by weight, so plastic can be filtered out. fastcompany.com/90366838/…
Anne Hathaway won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Les MisΓ©rables with only 15 minutes of screentime across the entire film mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Not only did Billy Joel write his classic hit "New York State of Mind" in just 15 minutes, but that he did so on the very day he moved from California back to New York while literally on the Greyhound that he was taking back home, out of a sense of pride that he was finally returning home. americansongwriter.com/be…
There is a town in Florida 45 minutes from Orlando called Howey-in-the-Hills. Named after William Howey, a citrus grower and real estate developer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
A pigs orgasm can last anywhere from 30-90 minutes. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The world record for β€œFastest Marathon In a Banana Suit” was set in January 2020 in Arizona with an official time of 2:41:27, which broke the previous record by six minutes. runnersworld.com/uk/news/…
In the midst of the French Revolution in the 1790s, the French government adopted French Revolutionary Time, which divided the day into 10 hours, with 100 minutes in an hour and 100 seconds in a minute; it lasted all but 17 months. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
A 15-minute, 1963 English comedy sketch is still shown nationwide every New Year's Eve in Germany, and may attract half of the entire population. It never appeared on English TV until 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
In the 80s a British Harrier pilot got disoriented and, with less than a minute of fuel remaining, successfully landed on top of a flower shop van on the deck of a Spanish cargo ship. The ship's crew were awarded over 500,000 pounds for the safe delivery of the Harrier to the Royal Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alr…
A sloth can hold its breath for up to 40 minutes. 4 times longer than a dolphin. They sleep for 15 hours a day and internal organs like the heart, spleen and liver are arranged to accommodate living upside down.The grip of a sloth is so strong when they die they sometimes remain hanging on trees zsl.org/sloth-facts
Dave Grohl wrote the popular 90s song "Everlong" in 45 minutes while living in a friend's basement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
It takes your GPS receiver up to 12 minutes to adjust the time correctly. The GPS time is presently 18 seconds ahead of UTC because they started timekeeping in 1980 and can't factor in leap seconds. timetoolsltd.com/gps/what…
In the original Star Wars movie, Darth Vader was only on screen for a total of 8 minutes and 6 seconds. gointothestory.blcklst.co…
The longest tennis match in history was played at Wimbledon in 2010. It was 11 hours and 5 minutes long, played over 3 days. The final set lasted 8 hours and 11 minutes-longer than the previous record. After, both players and the umpire were given a crystal bowl and champagne flutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isn…
Cows can drink up to 14 liters a minute, and 155 liters a day. farminglife.com/news/are-…
Ireland's state broadcaster's flagship news, the Six One, airs at 6.01pm, rather than the top of the hour. The preceding minute is taken up by some Catholic bell ringing or something. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RT%…
Today I learned of the Korean TV programme, 'Finding Dispersed Families', that aired in 1983 and was responsible for reuniting over 10,000 Koreans with family that they had lost during the Korean War. Originally planned to be 95 minutes, the programme went on to run for 453 hours, with over 53,000 participants. world.kbs.co.kr/service/n…
The train schedule in Tokyo is so reliable that if they run more than 5 minutes late, they issue a note to passengers to prove to their employers that it was the train's fault they were late to work bbc.com/news/world-asia-4…
The Philippines has the world highest internet usage with a person averaging 10 hours screen-time a day while Japan has the lowest internet usage of a person only averaging 3 hours 45 minutes a day. theguardian.com/technolog…
Service dogs go through a β€œPublic Access Test” where among other things they must stay put as a plate of food is placed 18” from them for one minute and then taken away iaadp.org/iaadp-minimum-t…
If you flush with the lid up, germs will still be in the air 90 minutes later ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
Mike Tyson's Training Regiment included waking up at 4am, jogging 5-miles. Then he would do 2000 sit-ups, 500 pushups, 500 dips, 500 shrugs and about 30 minutes of neck bridges daily. He repeated this 6 days a week. overfight.com/mike-tysons…
Today I learned about the 2005 IKEA riots in Edmonton, London. The new shop was open for only 30 minutes before a literal riot had broken out resulting in 5 hospitalisations and one stabbing. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/engla…
Hugh Jackman was a last minute fill-in for the role of Wolverine in the X-men movies. Dougray Scott was originally cast for the role, but had to back out when Mission Impossible 2 needed more shooting time and Tom Cruise wouldn't let him leave the set. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
A dispute between Serbia and Kosovo back in 2018 over electricity caused numerous digital clocks across Europe to lose a minute of time. reuters.com/article/us-se…
The term "in a New York minute" was first recorded in the mid-twentieth century in Piney Woods, Texas. grammarist.com/idiom/in-a…
There is a Canadian TV anchor who translates all the English news into Inuktitut live on air. Igalaaq is the only Inuktitut supper hour TV program in the whole country where unilingual Inuktitut speakers have this one chance, for 30 minutes, to see someone speaking their language cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/g…
Today I learned about 4'33", read four thirty-three. It's a music piece by experimental composer John Cage, and instructs the performer(s) to not play the their instruments for the entire four minutes, thirty-three seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4%E…
Rabbits move their jaws more than 120 times a minute when eating. In order to cope with this constant wear, their teeth are open-rooted, allowing them to grow continuously. petcentral.chewy.com/unde…
The bass line in "Rapper's Delight" is not a direct sample of Chic's "Good Times"- rather, the producer paid a 17-year old bassist to play the same line for 15 minutes straight, with no mistakes. duluthnewstribune.com/lif…
A Sloth Can Hold Its Breath for 40 Minutes Underwater,Longer than a Dolphin thedodo.com/8-awesome-thi…
Marina AbramoviΔ‡ performed The Artist Is Present, a 736-hour and 30-minute static, silent piece, in which she sat immobile in the museum's atrium across from 1,545 sitters, including Klaus Biesenbach, James Franco, Lou Reed, Alan Rickman, Jemima Kirke, Jennifer Carpenter and BjΓΆrk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Ants have designated paramedics that are assigned to rescue their wounded soldiers, carry them back to their nest and help them heal by gently holding the hurt limb in place with their mandibles and front legs while intensely β€œlicking” the wound for up to 4 minutes. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Greenwich Mean Time is mean because Noon GMT is the annual average moment of the moment the Sun crosses the Greenwich meridian and reaches its highest point in the sky there. It is rarely the exact moment, and may occur up to 16 minutes before or after noon GMT. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…

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