In the away team dressing room at Chelsea FC's stadium, the coat-hangers are very high up to strain the players' limbs; the tactics board is at the back of the door, which is a fire exit and must stay open; and the mirrors give players the impression of being smaller than they actually are uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/…
Today I learned about Dorothy Levitt, one of the first British female racing drivers. In her column for women she advised women on a car to buy, how to dress while driving, and items to bring, including gloves, an extra handkerchief, a clean veil, a powder-puff, hair-pins, a hand mirror, chocolates, and a gun. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
After WW2, the Allies discovered meticulous plans for a Sun Gun by the Nazis. Planned by renowned Nazi Scientist Hermann Oberth, it was a .62 mile mirror attached to a space station to burn cities and evaporate oceans estimated to take 15 years to build. He later joined NASA. huffpost.com/entry/nazi-s…
The male β™‚ and female ♀ gender symbols were once thought by historians to represent the shield and spear of Mars, and Venus's hand mirror, respectively, but this theory is now almost unanimously rejected by historians. They are simply contractions of the ancient Greek words for those gods. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Research shows that mirrors in public places like retails stores will improve customer behavior by increasing self awareness. You won't act like a jerk if you had to watch yourself doing so. behaviouraldesign.com/201…
In January 2000, British boxer Julius Francis faced Mike Tyson. British newspaper The Mirror was so certain of Francis' defeat that they paid Β£20,000 for an advert on the soles of his shoes. Francis lost in two rounds, but he enjoyed the biggest payday of his career, at around Β£350,000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Parrots become overly attached to their reflection and then very frustrated because the bird in the mirror they're in love with can't groom them or reciprocate any physical affection. beakcraze.com/are-mirrors…
Chirality, a property of asymmetry, in which way that the structure and its mirror image are not superimposable. Human hands are the most universally recognized example of chirality. sawongam.com/science/a-sc…
A Norwegian town installed giant mirrors in the mountains to give it light during the winter months. cnn.com/travel/article/rj…
Animals are smarter and more aware than we think. Certain animals have passed the mirror test, thus proving they can identify themselves. Note that babies under the age of 18 months are unable to do this consistently (50% success) however as they age, they improve progressively. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
In 1963, the Bronx Zoo had an exhibit called "The Most Dangerous Animal in the World". It was a mirror. flashbak.com/watching-the…
Your face looks distorted in selfies because it is a wide-angle lens, compared to real life/in the mirror howtogeek.com/678397/why-…
Ants are amongst the few animals who passed the mirror test, which is a strong evidence of self-recognition, and indicates the possibility of self-awareness (i.e. a β€œsense of self”). animalcognition.org/2015/…
Planned to be the world's largest optical/near-infrared telescope, construction of a reflecting telescope with a 39.3-metre-diameter segmented primary mirror telescope began in 2014, and won't be complete until 2025. It is called the ELT, which stands for Extremely Large Telescope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
Antoni GaudΓ­, the architect behind the Sagrada Familia in Spain, would accurately model the behavior of arches by hanging strings with birdshot as weights. Hanging ropes form the same shape as arches, a catenary, and mirror in their behaviors. youtu.be/JlL6ZHChhQE?t=17…
For several years the CIA paid sex workers to bring men back to a β€œsafehouse” brothel so they could secretly dose them with LSD and watch what happened through a two-way mirror in an effort to find a mind control drug. discovermagazine.com/mind…
Rather than using a mirror, some observatory telescopes were built to use a large, spinning pool of liquid metal as a reflecting surface en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liq…
In WWII, an Australian soldier removed his own appendix in the middle of a Philippine jungle in 1944, without any anaesthetic and with only the use of a mirror and an ordinary knife. The operation took 4 and a half hours and he stitched himself up with jungle fibre. trove.nla.gov.au/newspape…
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/…
In 1948 Harry Ross and Ralph Smith proposed a steam powered space station as a refuelling stop on the way to the moon. It would have head a gigantic curved mirror focusing sunlight to heat water and produce steam. bis-space.com/what-we-do/…
During the WW2, the Nazis were developing a huge space mirror with 1,5 kilometer diameter, it would've been used as a weapon that could burn cities and boil parts of oceans using the mirror to reflect the sunlight. huffpost.com/entry/nazi-s…
Today I learned of the Hockey-Falco thesis which says the renaissance realist painters used devices made with mirrors and pinholes to project an image of the subject onto a canvas, the painter would then simply trace over the image to make the painting. It's also used to forge famous paintings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoc…
In the 1950s a scientist used a mirror to focus the enery from a nuclear explosion to light his cigarette businessinsider.com.au/ho…
Today I learned about ulnar dimelia, also know as 'mirror hand,' which is a rare congenital disorder. It is characterized by the absence of the radial ray (including the thumb) and the duplication of the ulna (the bone between the elbow and the pinkie finger). As of 2015, only about 70 cases have been recorded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uln…
Mirrors only have to be half your height for you to see yourself as long as it’s positioned correctly physicsclassroom.com/clas…
The Ivanpah Solar Power Facility's mirror arrays focus light into beams so powerful that they kill thousands of birds a year, setting them on fire in flight en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iva…
There is a 2 foot wide panel studded with 100 mirrors on the moon, which astronomers can use to measure the distance between earth and the moon extremely accurately. science.nasa.gov/science-…
There's been proposals to terraform Venus for a human colony since the 1960's, such as thinning the dense atmosphere to reduce the 450 Β°C surface temperature, setting up a system of orbital mirrors to give it Earth-like day/night cycle, and colliding it with an ice moon to fill it with water. wiki2.org/en/Terraforming…
There is a radioactive mass created by the Chernobyl disaster that is so dense it could only be pierced by an AKM rifle, destroyed any camera that tried to take a picture of it (photographs had to be made with a mirror), and ate through 2m of materials to arrive at its current location. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Today I learned about the Troxler Effect, which causes our brains to tune out the non-relevant parts when faced with an abundance of visual stimulation. It can lead to optical illusions, including "monsters in the mirror" if you stare at one spot in your reflection for too long. whatthemicroscopesaw.co.u…
Terry Pratchett's daughter, Rhianna Pratchett, is a video game writer responsible for stories like BioShock Infinite, Mirror's Edge, the new Tomb Raider series and Overlord. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhi…
Passenger side mirrors were uncommon on cars for most of the 20th century. thenewswheel.com/why-did-…
The reason images in mirrors appear flipped left to right and not top to bottom is that they're actually flipped front to back youtube.com/watch?v=P1ww1…
In several experiments giving mirrors to rhesus monkeys, they looked into the mirrors and groomed themselves, as well as flexed various muscle groups. This behaviour indicates that they recognised and were aware of themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhe…
Kate Winslet keeps her Oscar in the bathroom so her guests can hold it and make acceptance speeches in the mirror without feeling self conscious variety.com/2015/film/new…
Mirror boxes can relieve serious pain, for people missing a limb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
Amber Room. A chamber in Catherine Palace (near St Petersburg) with amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. Constructed in the 18th century, disappeared in WW2. It was considered an "Eighth Wonder of the World". A reconstruction was installed in the Catherine Palace between 1979 and 2003 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amb…
Today I learned about the Mirror test, which attempts to determine if an animal possesses the ability of visual self-recognition. The animal gets marked and is then given a mirror. If the animal investigates the mark,it is taken as an indication that the animal perceives the reflected image as itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
How one way mirrors work, One-way mirrors are coated with a half-silvered layer, allowing the mirror to reflect half the light that strikes its surface. science.howstuffworks.com…
Dolphins Are So Clever They Know The Reflection In A Mirror Is Not Another Dolphin But Their Own. youtu.be/6M92OA-_5-Y
The Hubble Space Telescope has already required 4 servicing missions (1993, 1997, 1999, 2002). The fifth mission, that was scheduled in 2005, was canceled following the Columbia disaster (2003). Hubble's problems began when it was discovered that its optical system had a flawed mirror. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
Fuzzy dice hanging on a rear view mirror is a good luck charm with the origins based on WWII pilots keeping gambling trinkets in their air planes. middletownhonda.com/fuzzy…
A New Zealand wild Kea parrot snatched Β£600 from the van of a Scottish tourist out taking photos; a Canadian couple told him: "We’ve just seen that bird take something out of your van." He reported the theft to police who laughed. Kea are known car vandals, reported to break off wing mirrors. telegraph.co.uk/travel/ne…
Catherine O'Hara, Donny Osmond, and Enrique Iglesias were all born with situs inversus, meaning their internal organs are all in the mirror-opposite place of where they should be theguardian.com/science/b…
Coca-Cola came under scrutiny in Egypt in 1951 because of a conspiracy that the Coca-Cola logo, when reflected in a mirror, spells out "No Mohammed No Mecca" in Arabic. After some analysis the Department of Fatwas declared the drinks permissible under Islamic law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cok…
Today I learned of Dorothy Levitt: Among her many achievements, she held the water speed record, the women's land speed record, and even lays claim to inventing the rear-view mirrorβ€”seven years before being adopted by manufacturers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
The James Webb Space Telescope has gold-plating on its mirrors because the mirrors are made of poorly-reflective beryllium able to withstand cold. nasa.gov/topics/technolog…
Dogs were originally listed as non-self-aware, due to failing the "mirror test". However, since dogs are not visually oriented, a new test, "sniff test of self recognition" was developed, and shows significant evidence of self-awareness in dogs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
The Beatles song 'Mean Mr. Mustard' was inspired by a Scotsman, John Mustard, who gave his wife only Β£1 in the year before they parted. Lennon read about in the Daily Mirror on June 7th 1967. beatlesbible.com/gallery/…
As women enter middle age, they experience a rapid decline in facial attractiveness (regardless of cultural beauty standards) as compared to their male counterparts which scientists believe mirrors their quickly diminishing fertility. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…

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