Buster Keaton's famous stunt when a building facade collapses on him, with an open window fitting perfectly around his body, used no trickery. The facade weighed two tonnes, and the mark on the ground telling him exactly where to stand to avoid being crushed was a nail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned of the "sixth toenail", which is a miniscule accessory nail situated on the pinky toe's outer corner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acc…
British sailors on the HMS Dolphin in the 18th century discovered that native Tahitian women were eager to exchange sex for iron, and they began pulling nails out. The resulting trade became so extensive that the loss of nails started to threaten the ship's structural integrity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
In 2014, a woman's corpse was propped up at a table during her funeral in New Orleans. She also had her nails painted and had a glass of whiskey in her hands. Her daughters stated that this is what their mother wanted for her funeral and that guests enjoyed it. blacknews.com/news/dead-w…
Fingernails serve to enhance sensation and precise movements of the fingertips through the counter-pressure exerted on the pulp of the fingers by the nails. bio.libretexts.org/Booksh…
Some species of birds have a comb built into one of their toenails called a pectinate toe. These nails help birds with very long necks keep their feathers clean. infinitespider.com/birds-…
Trent Reznor was the only permanent member of the band, Nine Inch Nails, until the official addition of English musician Atticus Ross in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
Today I learned of Brown v Burdett, an English trust law case in which an old lady left a clause in her will that her house was to be boarded up with bent nails, but for some reason that her clock should be left inside, for 20 years. The term was quickly thrown out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
A dentist named Fred Slack helped invent the traditional form of acrylic nails used today after he broke his fingernail at work and used foil and dental acrylic to replace it. nailsmag.com/encyclopedia…
The Iron Crown of Lombardy that allegedly had a nail of the cross in it's composition is actually a band of silver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
The guitar in Lil Nas X Old Town road was sampled from Nine Inch Nails. Nine Inch Nails ended up winning a country music award because of this. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Today I learned of a supergroup 'The Traveling Wilburys", (music legends George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison), who created a music video in '91 with John Candy, Woody Harrelson, Milli Vanilli, Jimmy Nail, Whoopi Goldberg, Eric Idle, Jeff Lynne, Cheech Marin, Fred Savage etc. youtu.be/_Vs1dmoKAEc
Today I learned of a β€œRamset”, a commonly used construction tool that uses a .22 caliber shell to drive nails into concrete and wood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pow…
Metal (eg. coins, nails...) has no smell at all. The distinct smell we associate with metals is just the metal reacting with oils and other dirt on our hands. If you wash a coin thoroughly and smell it without ever touching it, it won't have any smell at all. youtu.be/BqLH-nTZEOc
Today I learned about "Leonardo da Toenail", a man who went about the University of Southern California surreptitiously painting women's toenails as they studied in the library in the 1980s. Eventually a suspect was caught with 15 bottles of nail polish on him but disappeared before his hearing. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
"nail houses" are buildings in China that are left standing alone whilst massive development progresses around them, usually looking really awkward and out of place when the project is done. This happens because their owners refuse to leave their homes and the development progresses anyway. businessinsider.com/what-…
There are only 4 authentic Thai pavilions built outside of Thailand. One being in Madison Wisconsin. It was a gift to the University of Wisconsin-Madison from the Thai government for the large Thai student population. The pavilion does not contain any screws or nails of any kind. olbrich.org/gardens/thai.…
There is a Filipino carpenter who has been voluntarily crucified every year since 1985 on Good Friday. He drives four-inch nails into both hands and feet and is then lifted on a wooden cross for around five minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
, blues musician Robert Johnson built a homemade guitar by mounting nails on a building as his first guitar to play music on. It had only three strings, and used a bottle as a bridge. youtube.com/watch?v=PcjI2…
The avarage human body has enough iron in it to forge a metal nail that is 3-inches long, enough sulfur to kill all fleas on a dog, enough carbon to make 900 pencils, enough potassium to fire a toy cannon, enough fat to make 7 bars of soap, and enough phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads. sciencenotes.org/elements…
Neon nail polish is illegal to make in the U.S. Neon polish available in the country is actually imported since the ingredients aren't tested by the FDA refinery29.com/en-us/ille…
Alcatraz's reputation as a tough as nails prison was a Hollywood myth. Many inmates requested transfer there on account of its good food and one man per cell policy. history.com/news/10-thing…
Ridiculously long nails was the hot trend in Vietnam during the 1920’s. saigoneer.com/saigon-cult…
Swelling around nail beds or nails that curve downwards can be a telltale sign of lung cancer and it is advised to consult a doctor asap. huffingtonpost.co.uk/entr…
Festivus was a real holiday invented by the father of a Seinfeld writer. In their celebration, their dad would also put a clock in a bag & nail it to the wall. β€œI don't know what it meant...he would always say, "That's not for you to know."” en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Fes…
In the Philippines, some Catholics volunteer to be non-lethally crucified on Good Friday. Sterilised nails are driven through their palms and they are hung on crosses. Ruben Enaje has been crucified 27 times. Philippines Department of Health advises tetanus shots before crucifixion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cru…
Kaley Cuoco’s Penny did not appear in the original The Big Bang Theory pilot. The first pilot included two female lead characters - Katie, "a street-hardened, tough-as-nails woman with a vulnerable interior" and Gilda, a scientist colleague and friend of the male characters. wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bi…
London pays yearly rent for a property to the Queen since 1211 with an axe, a knife, 6 horseshoes, and 61 nails. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The word gadzooks comes from "God's hooks", referring to the nails that attached Jesus to the cross. mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-cu…
While assisting displaced Vietnamese refuge seekers, actress Tippi Hedren's fingernails intrigued the women. She flew in her personal manicurist & recruited experts to teach them nail care. 80% of nail technicians in California are now Vietnameseβ€”many descendants of the women Hedren helped bbc.com/news/magazine-325…
Vikings believe the death ship Naglfar was built from the nails of the dead and so anyone who died with nails unpared provided ship-building material and hastened the inevitable end. ancient.eu/Vikings/
Farmers have cows swallow a big magnet, so when cows eat things like loose nails, it doesn’t travel through their digestive tract and rip it open. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The "law of the instrument", a cognitive bias that involves an over-reliance on a familiar tool. As Abraham Maslow said in 1966, "I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
Yoshiaki Sugita,one of Japans best sword smiths, wanted to create a mysterious pattern of overlapping petals on the edge of his swords(from the Kamakura period)but kept failing for 30 yrs. Finally he used 200 yr old temple nails to recreate his dream sword, ceremoniously gifting it to the temple amazingjapan.org/a-japane…
Nail clubbing is a deformity of the finger or toe nails associated with a number of diseases, mostly of the heart and lungs verywellhealth.com/what-i…
The song "Old Town Road" is based off a Nine Inch Nails instrumental from the free-to-use album Ghosts I-IV. pitchfork.com/news/nine-i…
The city of London still pays rent to the Queen on land it leased in 1211. Nobody even knows where the land is located anymore. But over the past centuries, the city has paid the same flat rate: a knife, an axe, six oversized horseshoes, and 61 nails. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
Giancarlo Esposito, who portrayed the villain Gustavo Fring in Breaking Bad, has such a poor Spanish accent that some native speakers have described it as 'Nails on chalkboard'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
English sailors on the HMS Dolphin in 1766 discovered that native women on islands would trade sex for iron, and began pulling nails out, causing loss of the ship's structural integrity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails was the last resident of the house where Sharon Tate was murdered before it was demolished in 1994. After recording "The Downward Spiral" at the house, Reznor moved out following a chance encounter with Tate's sister, but still owns the house's front door. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100…
Rich kids bragging on social media, such as Instagram, are unwittingly providing incriminating evidence for prosecutors about their parents' fraud schemes. Cybersecurity firms say they have been using social media evidence to nail fraud and assets in up to 75 percent of their cases. cosmopolitan.com/lifestyl…
KFC makes a nail polish that tastes like fried chicken fortune.com/2016/05/05/kf…
Traditional Japanese woodworking didn't use nails or glue, instead they used interlocking joints to connect the wood interestingengineering.co…
In the 18th century, the wealthy would keep live "garden hermits" or, people that would dress as druids and live in handmade grottos among the properties. They would be used as entertainment, could not cut their hair or nails, and were often treated as sages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Penn Jillette from Penn and Teller painted his finger nails red as a joke in response to his mother telling him him to get a manicure because people would be looking at his hands, but always keeps one finger nail painted red in memory of his mother. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Bobbie the Wonder Dog covered 2,551 miles on his own to return home to Oregon after he was lost. He returned mangy, dirty, and scrawny, with his nails worn down to nothing and seemingly walked the entire distance, swam rivers, and crossed the Continental Divide during the coldest part of winter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Your fingernails/toenails are made of keratin, which is also what your hair is made of, and thats why your nails grow. onhealth.com/content/1/fi…
Classical guitarists have several ways of trimming their plucking nails. There are various shapes and angles that influence ease of plucking and tone. classicalguitar101.org/cl…
In the Phillipines, "some Catholics are voluntarily, non-lethally crucified for a limited time on Good Friday to imitate the sufferings of Christ. Pre-sterilised nails are driven through the palm of the hand between the bones, while there is a footrest to which the feet are nailed." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cru…
When Plato defined humans as "featherless bipeds", Diogenes brought a plucked chicken into Plato's classroom, saying "Behold! I've brought you a man!". After the incident, Plato added "with broad flat nails" to his definition. en.wikisource.org/wiki/Li…

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