Num Lock key exists because earlier 84-key IBM PC keyboards did not have cursor control or arrows separate from the numeric keypad. Most earlier computer keyboards had separate number keys and cursor control keys; however, to reduce cost, IBM chose to combine the two in their early PC keyboards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Num…
In Greek isopsephy and Hebrew gematria, every letter has a corresponding numeric value. Summing these numbers gives a numeric value to a word or name. The use of isopsephy to calculate "the number of the beast" aka Nero the Emperor not Satan ecclesia.org/truth/beast.…
; Babylonians/Sumerians invented the base 60 numeric system because they could count using the knuckles on their fingers. Also, still used today for time (60 mins in an hour), because it has so many divisors. storyofmathematics.com/su…
The Sumerians used the duodecimal numeric system, counting the joints from each finger in both hands, excluding the thumbs and that's why we split the day in 24 hours (12x2). livescience.com/44964-why…
All the Minuteman nuclear missiles in the US used the same eight-digit numeric passcode to enable their warheads: 00000000. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
Today I learned that there is a handy numeric scale with which I can classify my bowel movements en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
While the US used names for their nuclear tests such as Trinity or Redwing, the Solviet Union primarily used a numeric naming system. (click on the dates to see the names of the tests) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Napoleons military genius was considered to be so enormeous that the entire stategy of the Coalition that defeated him (the Trachenberg Plan) depended on retreat wherever & whenever they faced him and only attacking his underlings until they built up an overwhelming numerical troop advantage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
The music genre β€œshoegaze” got its name from British critics mocking the musicians always looking down at their shoes while playing instead of the audience. In reality, the musicians had to focus on the numerous music effect pedals in their playlist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
The Inka never developed writing but instead had a system of tying knots called khipu in which the color, direction and structure of the knots communicated different information. While most of it is numerical, fully cracking the code reveal a phonetic khipu alphabet with records of history. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Around the same time Arabic numerals began to reach northwestern Europe, Cistercian monks developed their own numeral system that could express any number up to 9,999 in a single character. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cis…
After a fatal motorcycle accident in India, the pΠΎlΡ–ce took the bike to a nearby station, but on numerous occasions, it disappeared before dawn and was found back at the accident site. A shrine dedicated to the bike was then built at the site, with hundreds praying there daily for a safe journey en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_…
Due to its numerous overseas departments and territories scattered on all oceans of the planet, France possesses the largest Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ) in the world, covering 11.7 million km2. It is followed by the US, third is Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exc…
King Louis XV was stabbed in an assassination attempt, and fearing he was about to die, called his wife in his room and confessed to numerous affairs, asking for forgiveness. His thick winter clothes protected him, and the wound was only superficial. He survived en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Clocks and Watches Use the Roman Numeral IIII instead of IV. One explanation for this deviation is that ancient Romans feared offending the God Jupiter, which was spelled IVPPITER in Latin. monochrome-watches.com/wh…
Alexander Grothendieck, the greatest mathematician of the 20th .c, became obsessed with the Devil whom he thought orchestraed any turmoil in the world. One such conviction was that Devil corrupted the numerically beautiful speed of light, from 300,000 km/sec to the irrational 298,779 km/sec. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
African American architect Paul Williams learned to draw upside down because white clients were uncomfortable sitting next to a black man. He practiced mostly in Southern California and designed the homes of numerous celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Lon Chaney en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Most people with a latex skin allergy, may also have numerous food allergies. Including bananas, avocados, and kiwis. saswh.ca/files/SASWH%20Re…
In 1820 Thomas Jefferson cut and pasted numerous sections from the New Testament to make his own Bible. Jefferson's condensed composition excludes all "miracles" of Jesus and most mentions of the "supernatural". It's called The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth. americanhistory.si.edu/Je…
The largest Roman numeral that can be expressed is MMMCMXCIX or 3,999 blog.prepscholar.com/roma…
Canada is making numerous changes to its food labeling laws. Among other changes, companies must list the daily value of sugar on their nutrition labels, and also must group sugar-based ingredients together in ingredient lists canada.ca/en/health-canad…
Multiple Star Wars lead actors have struggled with a habit of making their own sound effects for fight scenes to the point where numerous takes needed to re-shot because you could see the actors making lightsaber noises. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
Today I learned about Charles Blondin, a tightrope walker who walked across the Niagra Gorge numerous times. He made the journey backward, blindfolded, in a sack, somersaulting, locked in chains, on stilts, and carrying people on his back. On one occasion he even stopped halfway and cooked an omelette. ripleys.com/weird-news/gr…
Today I learned of a 3800 year old estimate of the Square Root of 2, from Babylon. It is accurate to 6 decimals or 1/2,000,000, the greatest in the ancient world. This indicates that it was computed iteratively, instead of being a mere estimate. Numerically it's: 1 + 24/60 + 51/60^2 + 10/60^3. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YBC…
Henry Ford probably never said "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses" - but his tone-deafness to customers' needs in the 1920s, when GM was producing numerous models to Ford's single Model T, caused Ford's market share to drop from 70% to 15% in 6 years hbr.org/2011/08/henry-for…
Osaka Castle in Japan has been destroyed numerous times. The castle was originally built in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It was sieged in 1614, 1615, exploded in 1660, burnt down in 1665, burnt down in 1868, & bombed during WW2. The castle today was rebuilt as recent as 1995. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osa…
Today I learned about the manchineel tree. The tree has milky-white sap which contains numerous toxins and can cause blistering, with the sap present in every part of the tree. It bears fruit that looks like an apple, and so it's also called manzanilla de la muerte, "the little apple of death." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
In 2004, 4 college students carried out a heist to steal rare books worth millions from Transy University. Despite numerous blunders, they managed to evade capture until they were ID'd by a phone number. FBI agents had also heard them loudly comparing themselves to "Ocean's 12" at the theatre. vanityfair.com/magazine/2…
The numeral system wasn't created by the Arabs, it was just developed and used by them. The credit for creating the numeral system goes to Indians, and was in use as far back as the middle of the 3rd century BC! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Ferromagnetic detection scanners to detect magnets are being put into use around hospitals after numerous children had ingested magnetic or metallic material and received MRI scans; the material violently reacted with the MRI by moving around the patients’ insides, causing serious harm. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
James Dean's car in which he died was rumored to be cursed, and was involved in or related to numerous subsequent serious injuries and deaths, including an attempted murder-suicide. history.com/this-day-in-h…
A complete official release of the Blade Runner soundtrack doesn't exist, leading to numerous bootlegs over decades. In addition, Vangelis composed a new album of "inspired by BR" music for the 25th Anniversary edition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
The Judica-Cordiglia brothers recordings are a series of amateur radio recordings that supposedly reveal the Soviet coverup of a series of space disasters. The legitimacy of the recordings is questionable as there are numerous gramatic and technical errors throughout. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
The directors of Airplane! auditioned numerous voice actors for the opening red zone/white zone scene, disliking all of them. They ended up tracking down the married couple who originally recorded the announcements that were used at LAX in 1980. Their voices are in the finished film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
For 2 weeks from when Saving Private Ryan was first screened, the Department of Veterans Affairs had to increase staffing on its telephone counseling line, as numerous veterans were disturbed by the film and were compelled to seek professional help. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
There have been numerous and contradictory studies into the health benefits of chocolate milk, some of which fail to include comparisons, and others which aren’t impartial. However, one study concluded that it serves as a more convenient, cheaper recovery beverage option for many athletes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
Today I learned about the Vajont Dam Disaster. In 1963 after reporting numerous warning signs about the the risks of a landslide some journalists were sued by the goverment for "undermining the social order". A landslide eventually occurred causing an overflow and killing between 1,900 and 2,500 people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaj…
Albert Einstein married his first cousin for his second and final marriage and during that union he had numerous affairs with other women. theguardian.com/science/2…
A woman with a β€˜mutant’ gene who feels no pain and heals without scarring was discovered by scientists. She reported numerous injuries without pain, often smelling her burning flesh before noticing any injury, and could open door to new treatments. independent.co.uk/news/he…
Battlefield Earth, a 1982 science fiction novel written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, has been praised by numerous fantasy and science fiction authors, among them Neil Gaiman, Frederik Pohl, and Kevin J. Anderson en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Even though humans are quite numerous inhabitants of the earth, we are outnumbered by chickens by a bit more than 3 times and we are still rapidly increasing their numbers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Today I learned about the the Uppe Satyagraha, or the Salt March, a movement led by Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi to oppose Britain's Salt Acts that made India, a land abundant with salt, purchase more expensive salt from Britain. Gandhi and some nationalists led Indians to the numerous salt flats to produce salt. scholarblogs.emory.edu/po…
Today I learned about "safety coffins": a coffin fitted with a mechanism to prevent premature burial or allow the occupant to signal that they've been buried alive. The fear of being buried alive led to numerous patents for safety coffins during the 18th and 19th centuries and they are still available today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saf…
Today I learned of the "Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks", a painting that depicts the legendary event whereby in reply to a demand for their surrender from the Ottoman Sultan, the Cossacks sent a letter back filled numerous insults and profanities, telling the Sultan to "fuck thy mother". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
That, during the so-called "Dark Ages" of Europe, the Muslim World was having an "Enlightened," or "Golden" Age, in part, because the Muslims adopted "modern" numbers from the Hindus as it was "easier" to do mathematics while the rest of Europe kept Roman Numerals (linked playlist with video). youtube.com/watch?v=LdqFW…
After his arrest, numerous stars came out to speak in support of Paul Reubens, including Bill Cosby, who said "Whatever (Reubens has) done, this is being blown all out of proportion." ew.com/article/1991/08/16…
"Comrade Kim goes Flying" is North Korea’s first β€œgirl power” movie and it was screened at numerous film festivals in 2014. The story of coal miner, her dream of becoming a trapeze artist is crushed by an arrogant trapeze star who believes miners belong underground and not in the air comradekimgoesflying.com/
Queen Elizabeth, mother of Elizabeth II, had numerous nicknames, including: Buffy, Cookie, the Dowdy Duchess, the Fat Scotch Cook, the First Lady of the Turf, the Merry Mischief, the Most Dangerous Woman in Europe, the Original Queen of Hearts, the Smiling Duchess, the Upmarket Alf Garnett en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
During her early acting career from age 14, "The Wizard of Oz" actress Judy Garland was under abuse by studio executives due to her weight and short figure and was put on a strict diet of chicken soup black coffee and numerous cigarettes a day along with diet pills to maintain her appetite. biography.com/news/judy-g…
The integral of the secant formula, important in cartography, has been found accidentally when a mathematician was running through numerical approximations known at the time and recognized they matched ln(|tan(phi/2 + pi/4)|). It took 28 more years for someone find a formal proof en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
I learned of Rodney Alcala, a serial killer who appeared on the TV show "The Dating Game", after he had already killed numerous people. He was said to have an IQ of 160, and interrogated himself on the witness stand during his trial, in Smeagol/Gollum fashion, switching voices and demeanor. youtu.be/XQ4d2nORMHQ
When John Lennon got his driving license, numerous luxury car dealers brought their wares to Lennon's house, so that the rock star could personally see their cars without leaving his house. The idea worked for a Ferrari dealer, as Lennon bought a 330GT 2+2 from him. bonhams.com/auctions/2092…
The Vidocq Society - an elite global society of law enforcement professionals from numerous investigative, scientific and forensic specialties - will accept cold cases from law enforcement agencies and use their skills to help local police to solve the crimes on a pro bono basis. whyy.org/articles/cold-ca…
Since their inception in 1997, numerous line up changes have left the band Norma Jean with no original members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Flowers for Algernon was rejected for publication numerous times because author Daniel Keyes refused to change the ending to make it happier en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
Today I learned of George Martonaro, a man who was sentenced to life without parole on non-violent charges. In his 32 years in the prison system, he learned dozens of subjects, taught numerous courses such as creative writing to over 8000 inmates, and authored more than 30 books. hiphempcafe.com/pages/abo…

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