A dad in Texas couldn’t find an amusement park that would accommodate his daughter with special needs so he sold his homebuilding business and built a completely accessible amusement park for kids with special needs called Morgan’s Wonderland. freethink.com/videos/morg…
Point-blank range does not mean extremely close range. It means any distance over which a certain firearm can hit a target without the need to compensate for bullet drop. wikipedia.org/wiki/Point-…
The largest Masonic Temple in the world, the Detroit Masonic Temple, was saved from foreclosure in 2013 by Jack White of the White Stripes. White paid off $142,000 owed in back taxes by the Temple due to the fact that it had given his mother a job as an usher when she was in need. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Det…
In the United States, a check does not need to be written on a specific bank check paper; a check can be written on ANYTHING and can be legally cashed as long as the required information is included in it money.cnn.com/2001/03/22/…
Today I learned of 'poor doors', which are separate entrances for low income tenants, so that wealthier tenants don't need to encounter or see them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poo…
Henry Winkler is an honorary OBE awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II for services to children with special educational needs and dyslexia in the UK en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Home Improvement: Power Tool Pursuit! for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System had no real instruction manual. Instead there was a fake manual with a sticker reading, "Real men don't need instructions". The game also featured dinosaurs, acid-spewing mummies, and robot sentries as enemies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
Not only was Marie Curie the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in physics and chemistry, but she was exposed doses of radiation that 100 years later her notebooks need to be kept sealed in a lead-lined box. blog.bir.org.uk/2015/09/0…
The standard airline practice of pre-boarding (i.e., allowing passengers with small children and those who need extra assistance to board first) actually improves boarding efficiency by 28% and decreases time to takeoff. arstechnica.com/science/2…
Huskies need to train to be better distance runners. While the average pet husky can only run between 10 to 20 miles a day, a well-conditioned race husky can run for 11 hours straight making up to 125 miles. They can repeat this distance for up to 10 days in a row. barkstory.com/how-long-ca…
Lupines can signal to a bee that the pollen rewards are gone or almost gone. After pollination occurs, the petals change color as a way of saying β€œno more here, try the next flower…” This re-directs the bee to a flower that needs pollination. nrcm.org/blog/first-light…
People such as astronomers who spend a lot of time in dark environments prefer to use red lighting when they need just a little light. Eyes are less sensitive to red light and they are less likely to mess with the dark-adaption of our eyes telescopicwatch.com/best-…
Live snails need their own train ticket, if you take one on a train in France. According to French law, when taking any animal under 6KG (~13lbs) one must pay 7 Euro (~$7.5) for the ride. Law requires you to stay with your snail and keep it and the other passengers safe for the whole ride. us.toluna.com/opinions/40…
Sloths only poop once a week, and when they do they lose up to 1/5th of their body weight. Pooping for sloths is also responsible for 50% of their deaths, as being down on the ground is a vulnerable time for them. Overall, the entire trip to poop uses 8% of their daily energy needs. blog.nature.org/science/2…
Cats do not need to blink on a regular basis to keep their eyes lubricated. Unblinking eyes are probably an advantage when hunting. Cats will, however, squint their eyes, usually as a form of communication expressing affection and ease around another cat or human. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Today I learned about the signal for help. β€œSignal for Help” is a simple one-handed sign someone can use on a video call. It can help a person silently show they need help and want someone to check in with them in a safe way. canadianwomen.org/signal-…
A South African man plans to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to provide drinking water to 4 million people. After facing droughts limiting water usage, the 125 million ton, 70 story tall iceberg would supply 20% of Cape Town’s water needs for a year. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
The United States Airforce Thunderbirds Demonstration Squadron, are part of the USAF combat force and can be rapidly integrated into an operational fighter unit and be combat ready in less than 72 hours if the need arises. af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Shee…
Queen Elizabeth can legally drive a car without a license. She didn't need to take a driver's test and also doesn't have a number plate on her car. vanityfair.com/style/2019…
For a human to run on water they would need to reach a speed of at least 67 mph popularmechanics.com/cult…
Some states/cities consider it ownership to feed stray animals. They have laws which state if you feed strays, you are acting in responsibility for it as an owner. As a result, you're held legally liable for the animal's behavior (attacks) and liable for its medical needs (shots and checkups). kltv.com/story/9395720/li…
Due to the way humans engendered French Bulldogs it is impossible for them to successfully mate and they rarely give birth naturally. All French Bulldogs need to be artificially inseminated and the majority of puppies need to be surgically removed. ourfrenchie.com/quick-han…
One of the 'unwritten rules' of the Tour de France: if the Tour is passing through where one of the riders grew up, everyone will slow down to let that rider lead the whole Tour through his hometown (also, if the race leader needs to stop to take a pee break, everyone else slows down/stops too) nytimes.com/2019/07/25/sp…
Mark Wahlberg loved his giant penis prosthetic from Boogie Nights so much that he would wear it even in scenes where he didn't need it movieweb.com/boogie-night…
According to some German soldiers interviewed after the D Day landings, the most amazing thing about the allied invasion was not the immense scale, or anything like the surprise of tanks driving out of the sea, but the fact that the allies did not need to use any horses. youtu.be/KmXc2UbtB7o
Baby otters can’t swim when they are born. It can take baby otters months to learn how to swim depending on their species. Sea otter moms need to carry babies on their belly or place them in kelp beds until they learn how to swim properly on their own. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Lewis Carrol developed ideas in linear algebra, probability & the study of elections & committees. Also one of his inventions was a writing tablet called the nyctograph that allowed note-taking in the dark, thus eliminating the need to get out of bed and strike a light when one woke with an idea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lew…
1000's of Children in Romanian Orphanages Were Systematically Killed Due to Lack of Meeting Their Basic Human Needs. youtube.com/watch?v=7fUUx…
The kangaroo rat does not need to drink water to survive. Instead, they rely heavily on the water metabolized from the seeds they eat. desertmuseum.org/kids/oz/…
Today I learned of Bear, a "koala detection dog". Wearing special boots to protect his paws from scorched ground, Bear sniffs out koala survivors of Australian bushfires. His previous owners couldn't handle him as he chewed furniture & walls out of boredom, but his need to work made him an ideal detection dog. 9news.com.au/national/que…
Skyscrapers shrink over time due to building materials compressing. This shrinkage is large enough that elevator guide rails in the highest skyscrapers need to be mounted to sliding clips, instead of attached solidly, so they can move when the building shrinks instead of warping. hitachi.com/rev/archive/2…
Saudi Arabia's special needs football team won the World Cup four times in a row arabnews.com/node/1358506…
The worlds largest aircraft engine, made by GE for Boeing 777, has 110,000 horse power compared to the Titanic which had 46,000 HP combined. The engine also intakes 2 million cubic feet of air at takeoff, a human would need 4 days to breath that much. Each engine costs $24 million. bangaloreaviation.com/200…
To defend against predatory wasps, honeybees create a defense wave known as shimmering. Participating honeybees need to respond with perfect timing when it's their turn to shimmer. youtu.be/dU2rLhpaMAY
Feeling sick is part of the body's attempts to preserve energy for the immune system and make you act in a way that signals to nearby people that you need help inverse.com/mind-body/618…
In 1818, German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer described the post-orgasm moment of clarity as "devil's laughter", explaining: "They have fulfilled their need to reproduce and are momentarily caught in the abyss of meaninglessness." themodernsisyphus.com/sch…
Today I learned of Alcibiades, an Athenian general and statesman whose enemies drove him to defect to Sparta where he fought against Athens. He then gained enemies in Sparta who drove him to defect to Persia. There he worked as an advisor in their efforts to weaken Athens & Sparta so Athens would need him back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
Porcupines haul large bones back to their dens to eat because they need the nutrients for growing their quills en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gig…
Male show dogs can't be fixed and a judge needs to feel his testicles to make sure they're present and are equal size. A male dog failing to show a healthy pair of testicles will be disqualified. Sometimes a dog's testicles retract during inspection and its handler must coax them back down. slate.com/culture/2018/05…
James Franco has a mutation on a gene that allows him to sleep for about half the time that we normally need edition.cnn.com/2011/HEAL…
The schoolchildren who sang "we don't need no education" in Pink Floyd's song "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" (1979) initially were not paid for their efforts. They were eventually given copies of the album, and the school received a Β£1,000 donation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
95% of the world's food needs are provided by just 30 species of plants. At least 12,650 species names have been compiled as edible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neg…
It is essentially impossible to keep great white sharks in captivity due to their dietary needs and tendency to travel extremely long distances. The longest record is 198 days for a juvenile great white. thejakartapost.com/life/2…
80 to 90 percent of high school graduates in Singapore are myopic. The same is true in China, Taiwan, Japan and South Koreaβ€” all places where kids now spend far more time hunched over a desk or computer than did previous generations. Half the world could need glasses by 2050 dianakwon.com/highlights/…
The house in Parasite (2019) was not a real house, but a set constructed to Bong Joon Ho' s script and specific camera needs. Lee Ha Jun, who is also the production designer on BJH's earlier film 'Snowpiercer', designed the house from scratch to match the story and blocking requirements. indiewire.com/2019/10/par…
A Texas dad sold his business and built a $51 million amusement park for his disabled daughter with free admission for everyone with special needs. Morgan's wonderland has had more than a million visitors since it opened, and one-third of it's staff includes people with special needs. abcnews.go.com/WN/america…
Attachment theory is a psychological, evolutionary and ethological theory concerning relationships between humans. The most important tenet is that a young child needs to develop a relationship with at least one primary caregiver for social and emotional development to occur normally. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
There is a man who needs to drink 20 liters of water a day or else he will die from dehydration. youtube.com/watch?v=ap3A2…
Sled dogs can run without getting tired because their bodies can directly burn fat and protein for energy whereas other animals need carbs to do so. youtube.com/watch?v=HDG4G…
Orson Welles, out of work and in need of money in the late 70's resorted to appearing in and even directing tv ads for various products. In recent years a backstage video has resurfaced of a drunk Welles filming an ad for Paul Masson wines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ors…
Spit and condensed water accumulate in brass instruments and need to be drained regularly. Tumpets have "water keys" for this purpose. youtu.be/TGp_Hdi5ZH0
Stanford scientists are continuing the work of Nikola Tesla to make his vision of wireless electricity transmission a reality. This would allow for electric cars to be able to charge while in motion, eliminating the need for charging stations. futurism.com/stanford-sci…
In 2012 there was a massive solar flare, at least as powerful as the Carrington event in 1859. It could have devastated the electrical grid and even disabled the water supply, but missed Earth by a week. The chance of another hit was 12% in the next 10 years. "We need to be prepared." science.nasa.gov/science-…
, when mosquitos are sucking your blood, their fluid levels need to be regulated. They do this by peeing on you... somethingaboutscience.com…
All raindrops have a speck of dirt inside them. Raindrops can only form when they have something to condense on to, thus the need for a particle of dirt. pmm.nasa.gov/education/vi…
Today I learned of the Northern European Enclosure Dam (NEED), a proposed solution for protecting Northern Europe from rising sea levels. It involves the construction of two dams, one in the English Channel and the other in the North Sea stretching from Scotland to Norway. theguardian.com/environme…
"the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" is not a quote from some ancient philosopher or legal code. It is a quote from the 1982 Star Trek film The Wrath of Khan. theobjectivestandard.com/…
Titan (Saturn’s largest moon) has an atmosphere so dense, you wouldn’t need a spacesuit to walk on the surface. However, you would still need an oxygen mask and protection from the extreme cold (-290F/-179C). solarsystem.nasa.gov/moon…
The same guy that charted with "It Never Rains in Southern California" also wrote "The Air That I Breathe" for The Hollies, "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" for Julio Iglesias/Willie Nelson, and "When I Need You" by Leo Sayer as well as the novelty hit "Gimme Dat Ding' for the Pip en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
NASA has four M113 that astronauts learn to drive in case they need to escape from the launchpad. These M113 are also used by the NASA firefighters' squad. nasa.gov/mission_pages/sh…
, that only female papaya trees give fruit but they need male flowers to pollinate them. nda.agric.za/docs/papaya/…
The answer to 'how fat do you need to be to stop a bullet?' depends on the gun. A 9mm bullet from a handgun will penetrate 60cm of human fat tissue. A bullet from an AK47 can shoot through a brick wall. A morbidly obese 125kg person can have around 60cm of fat at the thickest point. sciencefocus.com/the-huma…
Today I learned about A and B batteries, which are no longer in common use in America. Size A used to be the smallest size available until the need for AA and AAA that are used in electronics. A batteries were used in early laptops, and B batteries are still used in Europe for certain flashlights and lanterns. rd.com/culture/reason-nev…
When the Sea Squirt or Tunicate becomes an adult, it sticks to a rock for the rest of its life. As it only needs to eat and reproduce by self-fertilisation, it eats or reabsorbs it's sense organs and nervous system as it no longer needs them. 3quarksdaily.com/3quarksd…
Merrows are Irish mermaids (there are mermen too) who wear little red hats which they need to navigate between watery and terrestrial realms. Capture the hat, capture the merrow. occult-world.com/merrow/
Meme of DMX crying is from an interview done with VH1, where he admits that his mother never told him that she loved him. " You know what I think a lot of people lose sight of the fact that no matter how strong you are as a man no matter how tough you are we all need to be somebody's baby." allhiphop.com/rumors/hip-…
Despite having a weight of 1100 pounds, an adult colossal squid only needs to consume about 30 grams of prey per day, due to an extremely slow metabolism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Since 1991, there are japanese companies which offer family rental services. Actors are hired to act as family members, partners or even parents of clients in need of intimacy and social contact en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
Women started shaving only in the early 1900s and it was out of a need. owlcation.com/humanities/…
I don't need to buy yeast to make bread, it will spontaneously grow in the kitchen. cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar…
You should never wash a cast iron pan with soap because it can strip off the oil you've baked and cooked into the dish. Also, when you first get a cast iron, you need to "season" it by baking oil into it and each time you use it, the layers of oil and flavor will build. hunker.com/12433041/what-…
In most states, a "Certificate of Need" is required before a new hospital can be established. A new entrant has to prove that its services and capacity are "needed,” and existing hospitals are given a chance to argue why the entrant should be barred. This is meant to control care costs. ncsl.org/research/health/…
If you're an American needing to find an embassy in Austria, you can go to any McDonald's in the country and they will provide you a phone number and even a phone if you need it in order to contact the embassy. time.com/5591001/mcdonald…
The creator of The Sims, Will Wright, was inspired to make the game after losing his home and most of his material possessions in a fire in 1997. Thinking about the value of material needs as he rebuilt his life gave him the idea of a game where players managed the life of a suburban household. berkeleyside.com/2011/10/…
In 2017 Dr. Thatcher Cardon received $15,000 from NASA for winning the Space Poop Challenge. His prototype removes the waste from the space suit completely so astronauts don't need to take off their notoriously heavy, cumbersome, and uncomfortable space suits before going to the toilet fastcompany.com/3068263/m…
Hole In My Bucket Day is based on a song from the 1700s, where Henry needs to fix his bucket but he never has the materials to repair it. nationaldaycalendar.com/d…
Hot air balloon pilots don't directly control the direction of flight. They can only increase or decrease the balloon's altitude to place the balloon into a wind going the same direction they need. They have a few methods to check the direction of the air above and below the balloon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
Plastic and petroleum were originally environmental saviours, because they eliminated the need to kill whales, elephants, turtles, and many other creatures for their materials. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Urine contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassiumβ€”key nutrients that plants need to grow. Researchers have been studying the removal of bacteria, viruses, and pharmaceuticals in urine to improve the safety of urine-derived fertilizers. phys.org/news/2020-01-uri…
, so much buried treasure is found in the UK that they need specific laws regarding finds. Any discovered treasure must first be offered to UK museums at a price set by the independent Treasure Valuation Committee. Only if no museums want the find can the treasure be privately sold or kept. gov.uk/treasure
Songs get stuck in our heads because of "earworms", where a song will get lodged in your head and cause a sort of "cognitive itch" or "brain itch", or rather a need for the brain to fill in the gaps in a song's rhythm. science.howstuffworks.com…
Cows need to be pregnant and give birth for milk production and release to occur. dairy.com.au/dairy-matter…
Butterflies and bees need salt to survive, so they sometimes drink the tears of crocodilians such as caimans and other animals in regions where the mineral is scarce. thisiscolossal.com/2016/0…
Over 15 to 20 networks rejected the Duffer Brothers' "Stranger Things" series, saying no one would be interested in a Sci-Fi horror that revolves around kid protagonists. One executive said they need to make it a kids show or have an adult character (Jim Hopper) be the main protagonist instead. cnbc.com/2018/12/11/duffe…
Cats bond with you via scent! Kitties smell really nice and comforting in order to suggest love and the need for care, just like a newborn does. The better the cat smells, the more likely you are to have a strong bond with it. catcheckup.com/why-cats-s…
Pacemakers need to be removed before cremation. theguardian.com/uk/2000/s…
In computing "booting" comes from the phrase " pull yourself up by your own bootstraps" as computers need no external assistance to start itself up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
Although you need to be 21 to purchase alcohol in the United States, states have the right to make exceptions to when a minor may consume alcoholic beverages niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-hea…
Today I learned of the Online Disinhibition Effect, where one feels a complete lack of restraint when communicating over the internet. While online, typically reserved people can often react with extreme emotions, without feeling any need to suppress them, making them prone to harassment and outrage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onl…
Most homes in California don't have basements. This is because basements are primarily for keeping pipes below the frost line so they don't freeze when it's cold out. Warm climates don't have this problem, thus no need for a basement. finehomebuilding.com/1998…
Today I learned of "Hammer" Simwinga, a Zambian man who has helped stop poaching in North Luangwa Nat'l Park. Most villages near the park relied on poaching for income. Simwinga eliminated the need for poaching for 35K+ people in 60 villages by teaching sunflower planting, beekeeping, & sustainable farming. nationalgeographic.org/fi…
Korn, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kid Rock reached out to help Chuck Schuldiner in his time of medical need. Chuck was lead vocalist of the band Death and often cited as a prominent musician in the creation of death metal. loudsoundepicenter.com/?p…
The model for Uncle Sam on the famous 1917 poster β€œI Want You” is the face of the painter, James Montgomery who used his own picture in order to avoid the need to find a model. For effect, he aged his portrait and added the goatee beard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
Today I learned about HERA, a telescope searching for the oldest stars in the universe, from a period known as the Cosmic Dark Ages. And it is built from stuff you could buy at any local hardware store. "This is the beauty of low frequency radio astronomy: one doesn’t need custom, expensive hardware." supercluster.com/editoria…
There is a family in italy named Marsili which can not feel pain due to a genetic mutation. Family members can suffer burns and broken bones while feeling virtually no pain and they do not need any sort of anesthesia during surgery independent.co.uk/news/sc…
A Scottish woman can't feel pain or anxiety and is very happy and optimistic all the time all because of a rare genetic mutation which increases the brain chemical "Anandamide". She was given 1 g of paracetamol or acetaminophen after a trapeziectomy where people usually need morphine. sciencedirect.com/science…
The Warty Comb Jelly does not have an anus in a fixed location on its body. Instead an anus develops when the jelly needs to defecate and disappears when it’s done. independent.co.uk/environ…
To run for President of France you need a bank account en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Pipe Organs need to be tuned like almost every other instrument, a long and laborious process made more complicated by the fact that the body heat of the organ tuner is sufficient to noticeably change the pitch of the pipe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pip…
Severe heartbreak can cause emotional trauma which imprints on individuals' psychobiological wellbeing, affecting future responses to rejection or loss. A key factor to the trauma is 'being left' triggers primal separation fear – the fear of being left with no one to care for one's vital needs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…

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