The reason snow is able to absorb sound is because it is porous. Snowflakes are six-sided crystals, and they are filled with open spaces.Those spaces absorb sound waves, creating a quieting effect over a blanket of snow. reconnectwithnature.org/n…
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…
Almost all shells open on the right-hand side, with the exception of a few snail species whose shells open on the left. If you find a shell that opens on the left (as long as it's from a normally right-hand species), you have a rare shell sometimes highly sought by collectors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas…
Today I learned about Benson rafts, huge rafts up to 1000 feet long made of thousands of logs lashed together that used to be floated across 1,100 miles of open ocean from the mouth of the Columbia River to San Diego as a cheaper alternative to sending the logs by rail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Not only do bats make high-pitched sounds for echolocation, many bat species also sing. A team of scientists that analyzed one species’ song translated it as a sequence that opens with a hello, then a gender identification, then some geographic information, & then a "let's talk" section. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
The Can-Can was a particularly scandalous dance in the 19th century because women wore pantalettes, which had an open crotch, and the high kicks were intentionally revealing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Spain had a guardianship system until 1985, which granted men near-total control over their wives and daughters. Women needed their guardian's consent to open a bank account, work, or drive, and men could legally kill their female wards for having extramarital sex. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
Harry Houdini in disguise would attend magic shows by people who claimed to be "spiritual mediums", knowing their trick, he would finally light a flashlight that left the deception in the open and stand up and cry β€œI am Houdini! And you are a fraud!" bbvaopenmind.com/en/scien…
Bob Marley gave a credit on "No Woman, No Cry" to one of his friends who ran a soup kitchen, to ensure the royalty checks would keep it open. ledgernote.com/blog/inter…
There is a cavernous 40-foot tall basement underneath the Lincoln Memorial excavated during its construction. At one point it was open to the public, before being closed after asbestos was found by a tourist. As recently as 2017, it was proposed the basement should be converted to a museum. architectofthecapital.org…
The Battle of Adwa in 1896 saw Ethiopia win a decisive victory against Italy, securing Ethiopia's independence for another 40 years. In that period Ethiopia was hailed as the only surviving African state to defeat a European colonial power in open battle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 2004 the father of Professional Golfer Rory McIlroy placed a Β£200 ($341) bet, at 500-1 odds, that his son would win the British Open within the next 10 years when his son was just 15 years old. In 2014 McIlroy won the tournament earning his father $171,000 from the wager. mashable.com/2014/07/21/r…
Open-plan offices can lead to increases in health problems in officeworkers. The design increases noise polution and removes privacy which increases stress. Ultimately the design is related to lower job satisfaction and higher staff turnover. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
One Blockbuster store is still open registerguard.com/news/20…
During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Molson delivered a fully-stocked beer fridge to Team Canada Olympic House. The only way to open the fridge was to use a Canadian passport on the electronic passport reader. abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/…
Tiger Woods almost ran out of golf balls during the 2nd round of the 2000 US Open because his caddy forgot to pack the balls Tiger was putting with in his hotel room the night before. He finished the round with one ball and went on to win the tournament by a record-setting 15 strokes. golfdigest.com/story/us-o…
The My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War ended only after Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson, an Army helicopter pilot on a reconnaissance mission, landed his aircraft between the soldiers and the retreating villagers and threatened to open fire if they continued their attacks. history.com/topics/vietna…
Biologists are still yet to confirm how baby eels are made. Much of their lifecycle has many questions. The general consensus is that adult eels migrate to the Sargasso Sea to spawn offspring, but only one adult eel has ever been found in open waters. Nobody has seen two eels mate. discovermagazine.com/plan…
A study showed that plants have the potential to store memory; a plant species that would close up when touched was repeatedly dropped. At first the plants closed on every drop but over time remained open because the drops did not harm them. They retained this memory even a month later. atlasobscura.com/articles…
During WWI, The British would send decoy Merchant β€˜Q-Ships’ to known areas of U-Boat activity. When the U-Boats surfaced, the β€˜crew’, would make a show of abandoning ship. Suddenly the Q-ship's panels would drop to reveal hidden deck guns, which would then open fire, sinking the enemy vessels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q-s…
President Andrew Jackson once held an open house party at the White House at which he served a 1,400 lb block of Cheddar cheese. The White House is said to have smelled of cheese for weeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Today I learned about skishing, a discipline of extreme fishing where the practitioner swims in the open ocean while fishing, was popularized by a Montauk cabinet maker who was kicked out of a fishing tournament for swimming out to a rock to fish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ski…
Today I learned of the Orangutan Opening, a chess opening so named because the grandmaster Tartakower "consulted" an orangutan at a zoo the day before a tournament game, who "somehow indicated, Tartakower insisted, that he should open with b4". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sok…
In October 1958, Physicist William Higinbotham created what is thought to be the first video game. It was a very simple tennis game, similar to the classic 1970s video game Pong, and it was quite a hit at a Brookhaven National Laboratory open house. aps.org/publications/apsn…
Some spider species mimic ants and kill them one by one when they least expect it. They have a fake ant head that splits open to reveal deadly weapons. theconversation.com/spide…
A potential cold open for 'Fun Run - Part 1,' (S4 E01) of The Office actually had Michael hit Meredith with his car and then back over her again to make sure she was dead. In this case there would not have been a camera in the car with him but a spy cam that he wasn't aware of. screenrant.com/office-mic…
Before the "robber barons" of late 19th-century capitalism, there were robber barons or "robber knights" in medieval Germany who were feudal lords who levied extortionate taxes or road tolls, some resorting to open banditry and piracy: robbing merchants and kidnapping people for ransom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The Berlin Wall came down by mistake. When the East Germans planned to slowly open the border they announced it at a press conference without including a plan. When a reporter asked when it would be opened, the party official mistakenly said "Immediately, without delay" causing a run on the wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
According to Jewish law, the deceased should be buried as quickly as possible - if the passing occurred in the morning, one should try to ensure that they are buried before dusk of the same day. It is also forbidden to hold an open casket viewing, which is considered extremely disrespectful chabad.org/library/articl…
A sloth's claws work the opposite way that human hand does. The default position is a tight strong grip, and sloths must exert effort to open them up. This is why sloths don't fall out of trees when they're asleep. bbc.com/earth/story/20170…
There is a Diamond mine in Arkansas that is open to the public. Visitors can keep whatever Gems they find. Till now Thousands of diamonds have been found since it opened. arkansas.com/articles/dia…
The Ludlow Massacre. In 1914, The Colorado National Guard and the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company open-fired with machine guns on a tent colony of striking coal miners and their families, killing 21 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
Cats show you their butt to β€œpolitely open themselves up to a sniff” as a way of showing they comfortable with you. thesprucepets.com/cat-but…
In WW2, US used Native Americans for message encryption. They were called "code talkers" as they simply talked in their native language for transmitting the messages. This allowed fast communication over open channels as enemy was unable to break this code. Was crucial in winning the war. britannica.com/topic/code…
The movie set built for "Popeye" (1980) has been maintained as a tourist attraction and open-air museum on the island of Malta. People even get married there. popeyemalta.com/
Unlike most owls, pueo are active during the day and are commonly seen hovering or soaring over open areas. The species is thought to have colonized the Hawaiian Islands sometime after the arrival of Polynesians. They are very sacred to Hawaiians because they protect individuals from harm. fws.gov/refuge/Hakalau_Fo…
RMS Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic and the only civilian class vessel to sink an enemy warship in World War 1 by tearing open a German U-boat's pressure hull with it's propeller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
During the Black Death, which was thought to be caused by deadly vapours, some doctors believed that "like cured like", and that "therapeutic stink" would fight the disease. So they told people to store farts in jars, and when the plague appeared in the area, to open the jars and take a whiff cbsnews.com/pictures/15-m…
The phenomenon of wind throb from an open car window is called Helmholtz resonance, and is the same thing occurring when you blow across an open bottle to produce a tone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Today I learned of one of the most dominant competitors of all time, Australian squash player Heather McKay. McKay only lost two games in her career, going undefeated from 1962 to 1981, winning 16 British Opens, 2 World Opens and various national titles. squashinfo.com/players/23…
Groupers will recruit moray eels to hunt with them using a series of fin signals. Morays hunt better in the cracks and crevices of a coral reef, while the grouper is faster in open water. The prey has nowhere left to hide. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The first Korean to try coffee was Emperor Gojong in 1896. It was given to him by Antoinette Sontag, the sister in law of a Russian ambassador. She helped Emperor Gojong open Korea's first cafe. thekrazemagazine.com/late…
Many Chinese soldiers that came into contact with protestors at Tiananmen Square refused to open fire on civilians. One official even refused to obey orders by pretending he didn't receive any messages. There was even infighting between the various units over violence against civilians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peo…
Greyston Bakeries in Yonkers, NY hires without any interviews, resumes, or background checks via their 'Open Hiring'. This has dramatically opened up opportunities for low income workers and ex-offenders. The approach has since been taken up by companies such as The Body Shop. fastcompany.com/90462746/…
Open concept office spaces are damaging to workers’ attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction. newyorker.com/business/cu…
When you open your eyes in a perfectly dark room you don't see black, but "Eigengrau", a shade of gray that arises from visual noise en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eig…
When Julie Andrews won the Oscar for Mary Poppins, she thanked Jack Warner, the producer of the competing movie, My Fair Lady. Andrews had starred in My Fair Lady on Broadway but Warner refused to cast her in the movie, leaving Andrews open to play Mary Poppins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Part of the reason we sigh is because the alveoli in the lungs collapse with disuse, and a sigh pops them back open by taking in more air. Humans average about 12 sighs an hour, and without them our lungs would fail. independent.co.uk/life-st…
The Queen technically owns all unmarked mute swans on open water in the U.K., a right dating back to the medieval ages, when swans were prized as a delicacy and symbol of nobility. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Double bassist & composer Garth Stevenson accidentally summoned twelve Sei whales that swam next to the boat he was performing on during a four-day open sea crossing between South Georgia & Antarctica. He also casually did a duet with a seal! wanderlust.com/journal/mi…

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