Paper books still outsells e-books by a huge margin, even among young people. cnbc.com/2019/09/19/physi…
In the film Psycho (1960), a concern for the censors, was an actresses flushing a toilet, with its contents (torn-up note paper) fully visible the first time. No flushing toilet had appeared in mainstream film and television in the United States at that time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psy…
The Soviets realised that the Americans and British were developing an atomic bomb when they noticed that Western scientists had ceased publishing papers on nuclear science. Correctly guessing that nuclear science had been made a state secret, they began their own program en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
In 2012 doctors around the world voted the 1846 paper describing anesthesia as the most important discovery in modern medicine, ahead of things like antibiotics and X-Rays degruyter.com/view/journa…
On January 13, 1920, a New York Times editorial said rockets could never work in space because in a vacuum there was nothing for them to push against. The paper later said it regretted the error. popsci.com/military-aviat…
Left-handers can have poor handwriting posture because they write with a β€œhooked” style when trying to copy how right-handers write, but if they position the paper to their left with the bottom-right edge angled down, then their wrist and arm straightens for neater and more comfortable writing. handedness.org/action/lef…
A physics paper published in 2015 had 5,154 authors, breaking the record for largest number of contributors to a single research article. Only the first nine pages of the paper describe research on the size of the Higgs boson, while the remaining 24 pages list the authors and their institutions. nature.com/news/physics-p…
Kurt Vonnegut had a cameo appearance in the movie; β€˜Back to School.’ When the protagonist (Rodney Dangerfield) is asked how he is gong to write a paper on β€˜Vonnegut’ for literature class, if he hasn’t read any of the books? ...the actual Kurt Vonnegut shows up at his dorm room. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
In 2018, United Airlines switched to lighter paper for their inflight magazines, it saved 1oz per copy which after 1 year saved 170,000 gallons (643,000 L) of fuel worth $290,000. traveller.com.au/united-a…
Isaac Newton spent 50 years (and wrote 4,500 pages) trying to predict the date for the end of the world using a biblical code. He finally settled on 2060 and this was not known for over 250 years until his papers on the issue were found in a trunk in at the house of the Earl of Portsmouth. telegraphindia.com/leisur…
The Mayans had paper-based books (codices) that Spanish missionaries burned, causing "much affliction" among the surviving Maya. Only three codices survive today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
In 2013 Detroit was so broke that they were unable to print out death certificates because they had not been able to pay the company that provided the special embossed paper on which they were printed, and subsequently ran out. huffpost.com/entry/detroi…
Polymer banknotes were developed in Australia. In 1988, they were the first country to issue such notes. Today, many countries have switched completely to polymer banknotes. These notes incorporate many security features not available in paper banknotes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
In 2015, Neil Moore, a prisoner serving time for a $2.7 million fraud conviction, walked out the front gate of a high security prison by forging his own release papers. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Daniel Oppenheimer won the Ig Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006 for his paper "Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems with using long words needlessly" which argues that simple writing makes authors appear more intelligent than complex writing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
President Andrew Jackson didn’t like paper money. This is because during his presidency, Paper money was printed by individual banks, and their value could fluctuate greatly. Some of it was worthless, and Jackson felt bankers were abusing the citizenry. seattletimes.com/nation-w…
The "Keep Calm & Carry On" phrase was initially coined by the U.K.'s Ministry of Information in 1939 near the beginning of World War II. The phrase made its way to posters, but with paper scarce during the War, they did not receive a high degree of circulation. cnn.com/style/article/kee…
Benjamin Harrison before signing the statehood papers for North Dakota and South Dakota shuffled the papers so that no one could tell which became a state first. "They were born together," he reportedly said. "They are one and I will make them twins." grandforksherald.com/comm…
Air conditioning wasn't invented for human comfort whatsoever, rather it was a solution to decrease humidity at a printing company having issues with too much moisture impacting the paper and ink. asme.org/topics-resources…
Gino Bartali not only won the Tour de France twice, but also saved 800 Jewish lives during WW2 by smuggling counterfeit identity papers in his bike’s handlebars. edition.cnn.com/2019/05/0…
JosΓ© Arturo Castellanos Contreras, a Salvadoran army colonel and diplomat who, while working as El Salvador's Consul General for Geneva during World War II helped save up to 40,000 Jews and Central Europeans from Nazi persecution by providing them with false papers of Salvadoran nationality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
There was a tractor made in the 1940’s that would be started using a shotgun shell and a piece of paper thedrive.com/news/33770/y…
It was difficult to erase mistakes made by early electric typewriters, which caused problems for typists. Bette McMurray created Liquid Paper to allow typists to simply paint over their mistakes to correct typing errors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
Clint Eastwood was mayor of tiny Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA in the 1980s; he ran because he wanted to lift a ban on public ice cream sales, flew home from movie sets for weekly council meetings, wrote a column in the town paper, and a local hotel changed their slogan to "make my stay". mentalfloss.com/article/7…
There was toilet paper in Victorian England that had a watermark on each sheet to deter counterfeits blog.wellcomelibrary.org/…
Today I learned of Helen Foley, a 7th grade English teacher who encouraged the class clown to join public speaking activities. Rod Serling eventually joined the debate team, wrote for the school's paper, and went onto to have a career in early radio & TV pressconnects.com/story/n…
All Treasurers of the USA have been women since 1949. Their signatures appear on all paper money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Prior to 1913, U.S. Senators were largely chosen by state legislatures. The 17th Amendment changed this by giving that power to the people. The publishing giant, William Randolph Hearst, used his papers to influence the public in favor of this change. senate.gov/artandhistory/…
In a 2018 English women's football (soccer) match, the referee, upon being without a coin for the pregame coin toss, had the team captains play rock paper scissors to determine which team would kick-off. The referee was subsequently suspended by the FA for three weeks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
The first toilet paper factory in the USSR was built in 1969, 8 years after they went to space. rbth.com/history/328837-t…
Economics academics with last names that start earlier in the alphabet are more likely to receive tenure and awards. There is no such effect among psychology researchers, who don't list their names alphabetically on papers researchgate.net/publicat…
In 2011, a Japanese company released a motorcycle that runs on "biogas" - human faeces - with the seat featuring a built-in toilet, and a giant roll of toilet paper mounted at the rear end. The motorcycle can also play music, write messages in the air using residual light imagery, and talk cnet.com/news/toilet-moto…
β€œkraft paper” is spelt with a K and also named after the german work for strength. pakfactory.com/blog/what-…
Einstein's last paper on quantum physics before departing from the field argued that it's an "incomplete" solution to a fundamental problem, with him writing that God "does not play dice." Ironically, the paper was highly influential and paved the way for decades of progress in quantum physics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hid…
Today I learned of F. D. C. Willard, the pen name of a Siamese cat who internationally published two scientific papers in Physics once as a co-author and once as the sole author. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._…
Today I learned about the Battle of Talas which occurred in 751 AD. An engagement between the Abbasid Caliphate and the Tibetan empire against the Chinese Tang Dynasty. The Chinese were defeated and prisoners captured handed over paper making technology which spread across the Middle East and eventually Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 1973, Johnny Carson joked about a non-existent "toilet paper shortage" that caused hoarding -- and a shortage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned about a paper which models the expected "time-to-failure" of potential conspiracies. E.g. if the moon landing was a hoax, the conspiracy would have had to involve 411k people, and thus the model posits that the conspiracy would have been exposed within about 4 years journals.plos.org/plosone…
Today I learned of Dr. Michael D. Levitt, who has published over 275 research papers about farting. gizmodo.com/why-do-other-…
Wearing paper clips was a symbol of rejecting Nazi ideals and racism during WWII gizmodo.com/how-the-humbl…
Oil magnate J. Paul Getty, one of the richest humans in history, was so miserly that he laundered his own shirts by hand, reused envelopes and paper, made all the phones in his home coin-operated, and stood in line for hours for show tickets to save 50 cents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._…
Termites are being researched as a possible renewable energy source as they can produce up to 2 litres of hydrogen from ingesting a single sheet of paper, making them one of the planet's most efficient bioreactors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
There exists a game called RPS-101, a variant of rock-paper-scissors with 101 choices instead of just 3. There are 5050 different outcomes. umop.com/rps101.htm
Play-Doh is a scented, colored wallpaper cleaner minus detergent. Vinyl wallpaper made dry paper cleaners obsolete. But kids used it for crafts. Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan) used the modified cleaner, Play-Doh, on TV in return for 2% of the sales, and the rest is history. businessinsider.com/the-s…
The Chinese women who presented the medals in the 2008 Olympics had to be 168-174 centimetres, weigh up to 55 kg, and have an upper to lower-body ratio of 11:13. They trained daily by balancing books on their heads, clenching chopsticks between their teeth, and jamming paper between their knees theage.com.au/world/stric…
In 1976 a local pilot crashed his plane into the top deck of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium ten minutes after a playoff game ended. The pilot reportedly had a grudge against a former Baltimore Colts player, and had previously dropped bottles and toilet paper onto his restaurant. baltimorefishbowl.com/sto…
Steve Jobs while interim CEO of Apple, along with Apple board member Larry Ellison, once pranked an inexperienced but adamant campaigner for the permanent CEO role by telling him he got the job two days before Christmas... Only for Jobs and Ellison to mock him publicly in the papers the next day sfgate.com/business/artic…
Today I learned about Sabella Nitti. A woman who escaped the death sentence in the 1920s, because she had a make over. The papers first called her "ugly" and that she was "obviously a killer", after the make over she was described as a "butterfly". racked.com/2018/1/26/1692…
The song 'The Night Chicago Died' by Paper Lace references an east side of Chicago, which does not exist. There are North, South, and West Downtown Chicago but the east is occupied by Lake Michigan. Songwriters Peter Callender and Mitch Murray had never been to Chicago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Chief Running Antelope was the only Native American featured on U.S. paper money. U.S. designers swapped his Sioux head dress for an incorrect Pawnee head dress because the correct head dress was too tall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run…

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