The oldest known oil paintings were found inside caves in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. Dating from the 6th century AD, the paintings show scenes of Buddhas in vermilion robes and mythical creatures. Oil wasn’t added to paint in Europe until the 13th century. reuters.com/article/us-af…
Today I learned about Fordite/Motor City Agate, a man-made, eco-friendly gem made from recycled car paint from hand-sprayed cars. The paint is then baked and formed into jewelry nationaljeweler.com/blog/…
In 1956 the US ambassador to Italy, Clare Boothe Luce, resigned due to health reasons after suffering from arsenic poisoning. While it was rumored to be the work of the Soviet Union it was found to be from arsenate of lead in paint dust falling from her bedroom ceiling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
In September 1978, a paint scraper worth 15 cents was dropped into the torpedo launcher of the US nuclear submarine USS Swordfish, jamming the loading piston in its cylinder. When divers failed to free the piston, the sub had to be drydocked and repaired at a staggering cost of 171,000$ . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Today I learned about Donny Johnson, convicted murderer and prison artist. Serving three life terms in solitary confinement, Johnson uses brushes made from his own hair and paint created from M&M colorings. In 2006 and 2007, exhibitions of his postcard art were held in Mexico. bbk.ac.uk/hiddenpersuader…
In 1957, San Francisco's "Youth for Service" program helped get young gang members off the streets by having them help the community. They did things like paint houses and help the elderly. The idea was that they just wanted to feel needed. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
During WWII the American army created Operation Fantasia in which foxes covered in glow in the dark paint would have been released in Japan as a form of psychological warfare. The plan never reached Japan, but they did test it on some DC natives. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The practice of naming storms was popularized by the hit single "They call the wind Maria" from the play "Paint your wagon" who got "Maria" from George Stewart's novel "Storm." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Painter Anthony Van Dyke used to paint royalty considerably more attractive than they actually were. Sometimes going so far as to hid serious physical deformities. sartle.com/artwork/queen-…
Sarah Biffin, a Victorian English painter born without arms and legs, learned to write, sew and paint with her mouth. Her miniature portraits at a traveling show impressed an Earl so much that he paid for her tutelage. She became very popular and even the Royal Family commissioned her work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
The β€œTubby Custard” from Teletubbies was actually just a combination of mashed potato with red and yellow acrylic paint. nme.com/blogs/tv-blogs/te…
Lovebug fly has an acidic body chemistry. When they die on windshields, hoods, and radiator, if left for more than an hour, remains become extremely difficult to remove. The acidity of the dead body, often resulted in pits and etches in automotive paint and chrome if not quickly removed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lov…
In late 2005, Sony hired graffiti artists to spray-paint advertisements on buildings for their latest gaming console, the PSP, in seven major U.S. cities, including New York City, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Facial recognition software can be successfully fooled by wearing Juggalo face paint. It throws off the softwares light contrast and depth perception, causing it to misidentify the jawline and eye area. fastcompany.com/90373952/…
The TnO2, the white base pigment for most paints, is also sunblocker piedmont.org/living-bette…
A company during the XXth century painted clocks and stuff with radioactive material because it glowed. In 1945 even the Office of Strategic Services (later CIA) enlisted the company's help for tests of a psychological-warfare scheme to release foxes with glowing paint in Japan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Victorian parents would paint on their deceased children's eyes at funerals hauntedoc.com/victorian-f…
Old automobile paint collected from the floor of the factory was cut and polished into β€œFordite” aka Detroit Agate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz wore extremely toxic paint to make her face green. It contained high levels of copper. The actress, Margaret Hamilton, had to be on a strict liquid diet while filming due to this. doyouremember.com/98597/i…
Elephants like to paint and play music. Some paintings have been compared to abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock and have sold for $25,000. Other elephants have been taught to play in an orchestra and reportedly have a strong sense of rhythm and enjoy improvisation. the-scientist.com/daily-n…
To discourage public urination the district St.Pauli, in Hamburg, Germany, came up with a unique solution. By coating walls with hydrophobic paint, the walls could reflect a person's urine. Signs were placed warning of these walls saying β€œWir pinkeln zurΓΌck” which translated to β€œWe pee back" theguardian.com/cities/20…
Surfing existed in ancient Peruvian cultures, which used reed watercraft since 200 CE; in 1590, a Jesuit missionary commented, "They looked like Tritons, or Neptunes, who paint upon the water" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
Jackson Pollock's painting One: Number 31, 1950 exemplifies at a grand scale the radical β€œdrip” technique that defined his Abstract Expressionist style. Moving around an expanse of canvas laid on the floor, Pollock flung and poured ropes of paint across the surface moma.org/collection/works…
Today I learned of Microbial Art done using fluorescent or pigmented microorganisms as "paint" on agar plate canvases; the American Society of Microbiology has held an annual Agar Art competition since 2015 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
A 2 year old boy named James Bulger was taken away from his mother and murdered by two 10 year old boys. The boys threw paint in his face, threw bricks and dropped a 10kg rod on his head. In order to cover their tracks, they left James on rail tracks to make it look like a train accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
In order to protest the high tariffs enforced by a U.K. censorship board, a filmmaker sent in a 10 hour β€œmovie” of white paint drying. They had to watch the entire film. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
The brushwork on Mona Lisa is so intricate that it literally requires x-rays to view the brush strokes. Apparently, Vinci used a well-known renaissance painting technique called 'sfumato', in which he added 30 layers of paint that still came out to be only 40 micrometers. two-views.com/celebrity/m…
Today I learned about Rogan Art a 400 year old art which uses paint 'strings' made out of castor oil youtu.be/H3Den05Q_D0
1940s-1970s nuclear weapon tests released so much carbon-14 isotope to atmosphere that they affected the substances used in paint production. Measuring of these isotopes is used to identify art forgeries. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The "drying" of oil paint is not due to evaporation of water or other solvents, but instead to atmospheric oxygen forming crosslinks between oil molecules, polymerizing them into a solid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry…
From 1917 and 1926, 4,000 workers were told that the luminous paint (radium) used for watch dials was harmless, and were encouraged to lick their brushes to form a fine point. These β€œradium girls" experienced gruesome effects. Radiation could even be detected above their graves. yourlawyer.com/library/20…
Ringo Starr from The Beatles makes and sells paitings made in MS Paint, for about $2000 dollars a piece. His painting have been shown in several art galleries, and the profits from purchasing one of them goes to a charity called The Lotus Foundation theknow.denverpost.com/20…
Titanium is used in the food industry as a coloring/brightener and has many more applications like sun screen, wall paint, and so on. It is used in Marshmallows and Pastry Icing as well. No downsides or risks have been found yet. foodinsight.org/what-is-t…
Today I learned of spray paint on sidewalks called β€œutility graffiti,” which uses colors and symbols to identify pipes and wires underground. Marking the ground wasn’t standard until 1976, when a dig in Los Angeles punctured a gas line and created a β€œwall of fire” that killed 9 people and destroyed 7 buildings. popularmechanics.com/tech…
:Circa 1917-28, clock dial painters (mostly women) were told to lick the brushes to get a fine point --and told the night-glow paint was harmless. However, radioactive radium made it luminous! Later, when sued, some employers tried to discredit workers by blaming the cancer & jaw rot on syphilis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
Mixing moss with yoghurt creates a "growing paint" you can use to paint moss on things. gardeningknowhow.com/orna…
Phil Hartman (Simpsons, Jingle all the Way) was, before his untimely-death, developing a live action movie for his beloved Simpsons character Troy McCLure. You might remember him from such educational videos as "Lead Paint: Delicious but Deadly" and "Here Comes the Metric System!" entertainment.ie/cinema/m…
Charlie Lyne was so fed up with BBFC that, he made a 10 hour and 7 minute long film of paint drying to make BBFC watch the whole thing to give it an age rating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pai…
You shouldn't just rinse the ash from wildfires off of your car with water: water and ash mixed together can create a highly toxic mixture that will damage the paint of your car. If your car is coated with ash, you need to use soap to wash off all the ash and then dry the entire car thecarconnection.com/news…
In 1984, an anti-cruise missile activist poured red paint on the only good copy of the Canadian Constitution. He was subsequently sentenced to 89 days in weekend jail. cbc.ca/archives/entry/198…
β€˜primer’, as in an introductory book or explanation (to a complex subject for example), is pronounced β€œprimmer” not β€œpry-mer”. Paint primer is pronounced β€œpry-mer” and is a much newer word. quickanddirtytips.com/edu…
It was common for elite Romans and Greeks to paint their banquet floors with pictures of food scraps. This trend was called β€œasarotos oikos”, or β€œunswept room”. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Dayglo paint was developed in the 1930s. During WWII, UV fluorescing materials allowed Allies to use aircraft carriers at night, an advantage over the Japanese military. DayGlo fluorescent fabric panels were used by troops in North Africa to identify themselves as friendly to Allied aircraft. acs.org/content/acs/en/ed…
In 2016, a British man crowdfunded a ten hour film of paint drying in order to force the British Board of Film Classification to watch it, as part of a protest against it. This is due to independent filmmakers needing to pay Β£1,000 per submission in order to be certified. The film received a U. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Elephants are so complex they are able to mourn, cry, have mental breakdowns, play the drums, paint, mimic humans’ speech and show basic arithmetic skills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Marilyn Manson's 2015 album was printed on the same discs used for PlayStation 1 videogames. The famous black discs were used for their high contrast against a white thermal paint that would appear when heated by a disc reader, changing the image on the disc when played. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The exterior of George Washington's home at Mount Vernon is not stone. It is beveled wood siding painted with lead paint and coated with sand so as to resemble sandstone blocks. mountvernon.org/the-estat…
All every Rolls Royce pinstripe is painted by a man who used to be an old English village sign painter. It's the last manufacturing step and can't afford mistakes as the paint instantly bonds with the car body and cannot be erased. money.cnn.com/2015/04/30/…
One man paints the cochlines on every single Rolls-Royce motorcar. This is done entirely freehand and he is the only man both capable and qualified for the job. youtu.be/aZ37QC2xFkQ
Michelangelo and Leonardo were actually commissioned to paint frescos in the same room on opposite walls and it was to be Florence's premier "event" at the time. They hated each other, bickered, and neither every actually completed their work. theguardian.com/culture/2…

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