Today I learned Mexican jumping beans are actually a real thing! They’re not beans and the movement is caused by grubs inside the seed when warmed up in the palm of your hand. youtu.be/o3HxoK_Ywc8
The first word that Helen Keller learned was water. Her tutor took Helen’s hand, poured water over it, and then spelled out W-A-T-E-R in Helen’s palm. Helen made the association between the writing in her palm and the water. After this breakthrough, Helen learned 30 more words that day. biography.com/activist/he…
The movie Palm Springs was the largest ever sale from Sundance, by 69 cents. variety.com/2020/film/new…
; Palm Trees Withstand Hurricanes because, unlike traditional trees, are not made of wood. "Instead, you'll find a jumble of spongy tissue, scattered instead of arranged" inside a palm. theguardian.com/environme…
The city of Palmdale, California was named not for palm trees but for Joshua trees. The settlers who founded the town had heard of palm trees before but didn't know what they looked like, so upon reaching California and seeing Joshua trees for the first time, they assumed they were palms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Today I learned palm trees are more closely related to grass than they are oak trees or pine trees as palms are monocots while most other trees are dicots en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
2000 year-old seeds were discovered in Israel around 1965 and were held in storage for the next 40 years. After they were planted, a tree that has been extinct for 1800 years and has seeds that are larger than those of both modern cultivated date palms and wild plants sprouted theguardian.com/environme…
Constant interruptions from your smartphone can change your brain's chemistry to make you feel anxious and distracted. Notifications can trigger the release of a hormone called cortisol. This tenses muscles, increases heart rate and causes palms to become sweaty. earth.com/news/smartphone…
Most recordings of "White Christmas" skip the opening verse and start with the chorus. The opening verse, though, reveals the song is being sung by someone in "Beverly Hills, LA," where "the sun is shining, the grass is green/The orange and palm trees sway," but is "longing to be up north." kqed.org/news/83832/why-w…
Today I learned of the Palm Cockatoo, the "Ringo Starr" of the bird world, Like no other creature in the world, they fashion thick sticks from branches, grip them with their feet and drum on trunks and tree hollows australiangeographic.com.…
Today I learned that the Rusty-Spotted Cat is the world's smallest cat, measuring up to only 19 inches (48.26 centimeters) in body length and 3 pounds (1.36 kilograms) in body weight. These cats could easily fit in the palm of your hand when curled up! boredpanda.com/worlds-sma…
A comic strip in 1986 called Doonesbury ridiculed a Palm Beach law requiring all "servant" workers to register with the police and get fingerprinted. This ridicule was so effective that they passed a new law banning the practice, called The Doonesbury Law. sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-…
There are no muscles in your fingers. Their function is controlled by muscles in your palms and arms. technicalrescuesystems.ne…
Frank Sinatra was friends with JFK. In 1962, in anticipation of a presidential visit, Sinatra had a helipad built at his house in Palm Springs. When JFK snubbed him and ended their friendship (due to Sinatra’s alleged mob ties), Sinatra grabbed a sledge hammer and smashed up the helipad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
55 million years ago, the North Pole was more like Miami. Not only were there palm trees and alligator ancestors, the temperature averaged around 74 degrees. cbsnews.com/news/study-no…
The world’s most expensive cup of coffee is made from coffee beans collected from the feces of a small cat-like animal, the Asian Palm Civet. Wild-collected beans can sell for US $1,300/kilo. kayakopi.com/what-is-kopi…
Today I learned about the Suicide Palm Tree, a tree 60 foot high and native to Madagascar which has a life span of around 30-50 years. Once the time comes the palm tree bursts out hundreds of flowers, taking up so many of the tree's nutrients it kills itself. grangettosnews.com/news/1…
Today I learned of the Judean Date Palm, a seed was sprouted in 2005 after 2,000 years of accidental storage. It is said to be the oldest oldest viable seed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
The Palmolive brand name comes from the B.J. Johnson Soap Company Palmolive soap that was made with palm and olive oils. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
When Winston Churchill started to use the V for Victory hand sign, he initially did so with the palm facing inward, unaware this was an offensive gesture in lower classes. He was basically flipping people off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_s…
The Australian Palm Cockatoo is the only animal other than humans known to drum out a rhythmic beat with a tool/stick. First witnessed in 1997 they do this to attract females. api.nationalgeographic.co…
There are no muscles in your fingers. Their movement is controlled by the muscles in the palm and forearm, and the tendons connected to them allow the fingers to move/bend. e-hand.com/hw/facts.htm
There are no muscles inside your fingers. The muscles which bend the finger joints are located in the palm and up in the mid-forearm. They pull the fingers like the strings of a marionette. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
In the Philippines, some Catholics volunteer to be non-lethally crucified on Good Friday. Sterilised nails are driven through their palms and they are hung on crosses. Ruben Enaje has been crucified 27 times. Philippines Department of Health advises tetanus shots before crucifixion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cru…
3 men were shipwrecked in the south Pacific; buoyed by life vests, they swam to the deserted island Fanadik. After 3 days on the island, a US Navy plane spotted a fire the men made and then saw the men waving life vests next to palm fronds that spelled H-E-L-P. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
-one reason for the popularity and growth of Palm Springs was due to the Hollywood studio's '2 hour rule' mandating that stars had to be that close by car in case they were needed for filing visitpalmsprings.com/holl…
These plants are toxic to pets: peony, mums, daffodil, lily, tulip, iris, foxglove, dieffenbachia (dumb cane,) autumn crocus, sago palm, and rhododendron/azaleas. petmd.com/dog/infographic…
Today I learned that the sound of snapping fingers isn't generated from the friction between the middle finger and the thumb, it acctually comes from your middle finger hitting the palm of your hand at a high speed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
Number 4 (ε››; accounting 肆; pinyin sΓ¬) is considered an unlucky number in Chinese because it is nearly homophonous to the word "death" (ζ­» pinyin sǐ). Due to that, many numbered product lines skip the "4": e.g., Nokia cell phones (there is no series beginning with a 4), Palm PDAs, Canon PowerShot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Palm trees aren't actually trees but a type of gigantic grass. xcalakmexico.com/shocking…
The idea for In-N-Out signature crossed palms came from the 1963 comedy It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, in which there’s a search for a buried treasure that’s hidden beneath four crossed palm trees. thedailymeal.com/eat/real…
The Ash Wednesday ashes come from burning the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday. cruxnow.com/church-in-the…
Nutella has very few hazelnuts and is actually 58% sugar and is 32% fat, most of which is palm oil. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Palm trees are known to grow in the west of Scotland thanks to the effects of the Gulf Stream, which transports warm tropical water to the area. In contrast, the tree has proven notoriously difficult to grow in the colder east. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
The Palm Dog Award is awarded to the best performance by a canine (live or animated) at the Cannes Film Festival, with its name being a play on words of the Palme d'Or, the festival's highest honor. Notable awardees include Dug in Up (2009) and Sayuri in Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Today I learned of the Palm Dog Award, an award at the Cannes Film Festival given to the best canine performance. palmdog.com/
How in 1484 the alchemist Giovanni Mercurio rode into Rome wearing a bloody robe, crown of thorns, and silver halo, marching into St. Peter's Basilica in the middle of Palm Sunday mass and depositing an alchemical essay called β€˜The Eternal Gospel’ on the altar, and immediately fleeing town en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gio…
Our palms and soles of feet cannot tan like the rest of our bodies regardless of how much sun they are exposed to. This due to a thick layer of dead skin that prevents UV rays from being exposed to the living cells popsci.com/scitech/articl…
Marketing has promulgated the idea that coconut oil is a healthy food. In fact, studies have found that coconut oil consumption has health effects similar to those of other unhealthy fats, including butter, beef fat, and palm oil, and many health organizations advise against its consumption. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
In the Phillipines, "some Catholics are voluntarily, non-lethally crucified for a limited time on Good Friday to imitate the sufferings of Christ. Pre-sterilised nails are driven through the palm of the hand between the bones, while there is a footrest to which the feet are nailed." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cru…
Only one speciesβ€”Washingtonia filifera, the California fan palmβ€”is native to California. All of L.A.'s other palm species, from the slender Mexican fan palms that line so many L.A. boulevards to the feather-topped Canary Island date palm, have been imported. kcet.org/shows/lost-la/a-…
Palmar palm is a primative reflex found in humans and primates where a baby can hold up its own weight. youtu.be/jXJLaGguQiU
The demon core was a palm sized orb of plutonium responsible for the death of scientists on two separate occasions. Both incidents included a slip of the wrist, resulting in a millisecond long burst of radiation. Blue light was emmited in the second incident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
Today I learned about Kopi luwak, a coffee that consists of partially digested coffee cherries, which have been eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kop…
The oldest innovations were hand axes designed to be held in the palm of the hand. They were great at chopping down branches, chopping up the carcass of a large animal, digging for water to drink, or digging up tubers to eat. From 1.2M yrs ago to 500K yrs ago, the tech remained largely unchanged npr.org/sections/goatsand…
The expansion of palm oil plantations is the main thing threatening orangantan extinction orangutan.org/rainforest/…
Civet Coffee, with a per pound price of $100-$500 US, is made from whole coffee beans which are pulled from the droppings(poop) of a type of cat called the Asian palm civet. The beans ferment in their digestive tract for 24 to 36 hours altering the taste and chemical composition of the beans. enjoyjava.com/civet-coffe…
The Pen-tailed treeshrew, a small mammal from Thailand, consumes the equivalent of 10 to 12 glasses of wine a night in the form of fermented nectar from the bertam palm. This nectar has an alcohol content of up to 3.8%. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Today I learned of the Judean Date Palm. An extinct palm variety that was revived using 2,000 year old seeds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Palm trees are actually a really big type of grass theearthconnection.org/bl…

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