In 1989, the Buffalo Sabres goalie had his neck sliced by another players skate, severing his carotid artery, resulting in so much blood loss that it caused eleven fans to faint, two more to have heart attacks, and three players to vomit on the ice. His life was saved by the team trainer. espn.com/nhl/news/story?i…
Today I learned of 67 yr-old 4'10" 100 lb Lorenza Marrujo, aka β€œLady Ninja” who has a black belt in jiujitsu. When she saw a 5'9" 170 lb man attacking her friend, Lorenza bent his fingers back, hit him twice with her elbow in his sternum, and pinned him to the floor with knees on neck & chest till help arrived. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Humans have a free floating bone in the neck that anchors the tongue in place and is believed to greatly contribute to humans being able to talk in the sophisticated manner that we do today. britannica.com/science/hy…
The Easter Island heads, or Moai, are actually full-length figures. The bodies have been buried by shifting soil and sediment, creating the illusion that each sculpture stops at the neck. mymodernmet.com/easter-is…
After being confronted by a protestor, Jean ChrΓ©tien, then-Prime Minister of Canada, grabbed the man by the back of the neck and chin, forcing him to the ground and breaking one of his teeth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Today I learned about The Man in The Iron Lung. After contracting polio at the age of 6, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down, Paul Alexander has been inside an iron lung for 61 years. The iron lung allows him to breath properly and keeps him alive. medicinenet.com/script/ma…
One out of every 200 people have an extra rib, known as the cervical rib. The rib forms above the base of the neck, into a fully-formed bony rib, or a thin strand of tissue fibers that in some cases doesn’t even show up on an x-ray. flushinghospital.org/news…
The man with the world’s longest-ever beard, four and a half feet long, broke his neck and died after tripping over it. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Straight and proportionally spaced frets in instruments are only an approximation of "true temperament", or the type of tuning that allows perfect harmonies. A pair of inventors developed a type of guitar neck that allows for true temperament, with wobbly frets that aren't evenly spaced. pmtonline.co.uk/blog/2009…
Today I learned of American daredevil Sam Scott who in 1841 London planned to run from the White Lion Pub to Waterloo Bridge, jump into the river and get back within an hour. At the bridge as he swung from a rope to jump it slipped around his neck and he promptly hanged himself in front of crowds of onlookers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Arrichion a Greek pankratiast, caused his own death during the Olympic finals. Held by his opponent in a stranglehold and unable to free himself, Arrichion kicked his opponent so hard that he made the sign of defeat to the umpires, but at the same time broke Arrichion's neck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arr…
On long rides through the desert, Mongolian army soldiers would slit a vain in horses neck and drink their blood for sustenance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
The neck rings don't really stretch the neck, they push the shoulders and clavicles down to create the illusion of a longer neck, and removing them incorrectly may cause death because the neck muscles weaken so much they can't support the head on their own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nec…
After suffering a broken neck during a football game in 1992, NFL player Dennis Byrd was paralyzed from the waist down, but after extensive physical therapy he was able regain function in his legs and walk again...only to be killed in a head-on automobile accident in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
On the set of Kill Bill, Uma Thurman had been on a serious car crash because director Quentin Tarantino insisted she perform her own driving stunts. Thurman knew the car wasn't safe but Tarantino insisted and she caved. Thurman permanently damaged her neck and her knee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Jack McCall was found guilty of the murder of Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood, SD on 6 Dec 1876 & sentenced to be hung. McCall was the 1st man to be legally hung in the Dakota Territory on 1 Mar 1877 . He was buried in Yankton’s cemetery with the noose from his hanging still around his neck. legendsofamerica.com/we-j…
Soul Superstar Curtis Mayfield ("Super Fly", "Move on Up", etc) was paralyzed from the neck down in an on-stage accident. Mayfield wrote and recorded his final album while paralyzed, lying flat or at a slant on the studio floor and singing a couple of lines at a time. popmatters.com/120209-bac…
Today I learned about Nicolas Oudinot, one of Napoleon's Marshal who was supposedly wounded 36 times in different battles. He was shot in the head, neck and even shot in the chest four times, he was also wounded with sabres at least two times. Despite the wounds, he died by natural causes in Paris at age 80. youtube.com/watch?v=8XuKH…
The "Frozen Dragon" Cryodrakon boreas, a Pterosaur with a 16' wingspan discovered in Canada, took nearly 3 decades to be properly identified from its bones (neck vertebrae) as it was originally associated with Quetzalcoatlus northropi, making it a new Pterosaur discovered within plain sight nationalgeographic.com/sc…
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-…
Giraffes necks are actually too short. The Giraffe (and its rain forest relative, the Okapi) have necks that are so short relative to their legs and chest that they must splay or bend their legs. blog.londolozi.com/2011/1…
Today I learned of Heros von Borcke, a Prussian cavalry officer who served as a Lt. Colonel in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War. He was shot in the neck at Gettysburg and died from sepsis as a result of the wound 32 years later in 1895. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Today I learned of a variety of giant gourd shaped long-neck avocados (Persea americana Russell) with a glossy exterior that looks similar to zucchini or squash. They can grow to 13 inches long and weigh around 1.5 to 2.5 pounds while a typical Hass avocado usually weighs just 6 ounces. insider.com/what-are-long…
Charlize Theron has suffered many injuries such as dislocating her jaw due to a camel and laughing so hard at Borat that her neck locked up for 5 days en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The original British Airways policy for passengers who died mid-flight was to pretend they were alive, prop them up on their seats, and give them a vodka and tonic, a Daily Mail and eye-shades. Nowadays, they tuck a blanket up to their neck, and if possible, move them to a first-class seat traveller.com.au/put-them…
Lincoln was almost assassinated 9 months before he was assassinated. While riding back to the Soliders' Home, a rifle fired hitting his hat. His horse was startled and ran "break-neck speed" as the President described it. Lincoln dismissed it as a hunting accident. travelthruhistory.tv/fail…
Danish Astronomer Tycho Brahe owned roughly one percent of all the money in Denmark, wore a nose made of gold after losing his own in a duel and had a pet moose that he sent out to attend parties in his place until it one night got so drunk that it fell down a flight of stairs and broke its neck mentalfloss.com/article/5…
During the filming of Poltergeist (1982), the clown doll nearly really killed Robbie Freeling due to an animatronic error when the clown's arm constricted too tightly around his neck. When the actor started protesting he couldn't breath, Spielberg thought he was improve acting. screenrant.com/poltergeis…
A man who was paralyzed from a surfing accident neck injury was able to walk again from an experimental treatment. Stem cells from the man's own stomach fat were injected into his spinal cord to regenerate and repair the injury. goodmorningamerica.com/we…
After an attack that left a bullet lodged in an officer 's neck, it was determined to be a "Devastator" cartridge which contains a small explosive charge designed to explode on contact. Volunteer doctors wearing bulletproof vests removed it after realizing it could explode any time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
Plesiosaurs, the marine reptile group associated with the Loch Ness Monster, had stiff necks and could not raise their heads to the iconic β€œNessie” position. This rules out the plesiosaur theory for Nessie, as almost every description of her as a plesiosaur uses the outdated neck posture. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about how giraffes fight. They almost exclusively use their necks, and thus this practice is known as β€œnecking”. youtu.be/KQLPL1qRhn8
Today I learned of Betty Lou Oliver, a woman who survived a 75-story fall in an elevator. She suffered severe burns, and a broken pelvis, back and neck. It remains the world record for the longest survived elevator fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
Pigs can’t look straight up into the sky. The anatomy of their neck does not allow it to do so. jagranjosh.com/articles/w…
Robert Smith (singer/guitarist of The Cure) played the piano as a child, but his younger sister Janet was a piano prodigy so he switched to the guitar because "she couldn't get her fingers around the neck." Janet later married Cure guitarist Porl Thompson and played on Cure side projects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Cows lick each other on the face and neck to say hello. thenakedscientists.com/ar…
The tiny black square on LEGO figurines’ necks are there to properly orient them when assembling the arms; ensuring they face forward. youtu.be/ChZotngQ3_8
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…
Both "Hung" and "Hanged" are past tenses of the word "Hang". "Hanged" is ONLY used when referring to people subjected to death by rope around the neck. "Hung" is used for all other purposes that don't involve an intention to kill. grammarist.com/usage/hang…
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 β€œCrescent Moon” on the South Carolina flag isn’t a moon at all, but a gorget, worn by military in 1775 to protect the neck in battle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
In 2018, a man ruptured his throat by trying to trap a high-force sneeze. With nowhere to escape, the pressure ripped through the soft tissue in his neck. Trapping a sneeze could also damage the ears or even rupture a brain aneurysm. bbc.co.uk/news/health-426…
Someone revived the dead ancient Sumerian language in the form of a 4,100 year old poem. β€œThe Epic of Gilgamesh” played on the Sumerian long neck gishgudi. youtu.be/QUcTsFe1PVs
Flea circuses using live fleas still exist. Operators choose fleas that show a predisposition to jump or walk, then harness them around their necks using thin gold wire and attach them to props which the fleas then move. Fleas are usually harnessed for the whole of their short lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
To fight a communist insurgency in the Philippines, a CIA operative would drain the blood from captured enemy soldiers through two holes in their neck and leave the corpse to be found to spread rumors of vampire (aswang) attacks. ripleys.com/weird-news/fa…
Today I learned about a type of tinnitus called pulsatile tinnitus, which is where you can hear a pulsing (like your heartbeat) in one or both of your ears. This is typically caused by muscle movements near the ear or blood flow problems in the face or neck. uwhealth.org/health/topic…
Giraffes have long been known as one of the mammals in the world that are not able to swim. Scientists believed that the long neck of the giraffe and the long legs would not provide enough energy to support its neck while in water worldatlas.com/amp/articl…
Giraffes were thought to be nearly completely silent because their long necks make vocal vibration difficult. However, researchers spent 8 years recording almost 1000 hours of audio at three zoos and discovered that giraffes produce a deep, spooky humming noise, almost like tantric chanting. thescienceexplorer.com/na…
Today I learned of Kris Boesen, a young man who is the first fully quadriplegic person to regain use of his arms after an experimental stem cell injection surgery; he was paralyzed from the neck down after a car crash, and then had surgery which injected 10 million AST-OPC1 cells. huffpost.com/entry/paraly…
A gorge is basically a smaller version of a canyon. The gorge takes its name from the French word for throat or neck. nationalgeographic.org/en…

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