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…
A masked Manchester music producer known as "Outlaw" has been driving around at 5 mph blasting McFerrin's "Don't Worry" & handing out free items such as toilet paper, sanitiser, & weed. He's also known for handing out cash to needy at xmas & for giving bags of bud to passersby in Picadilly Gdns. vice.com/en_uk/article/93…
Today I learned about Hans Huber, a paper mill owner who refused to destroy the member records of the Nazi Party, hiding them instead to hand them over to the US after the war pro.magnumphotos.com/C.as…
In the United States, a check does not need to be written on a specific bank check paper; a check can be written on ANYTHING and can be legally cashed as long as the required information is included in it money.cnn.com/2001/03/22/…
Charles β€œPretty Boy” Floyd, a Great Depression-era gangster and notorious bank robber, endeared himself to the public by destroying mortgage papers at the banks he robbed, freeing many from their debts. biography.com/crime-figur…
Kleenex was invented and intended as a paper filter for gas-masks during World-War I. militaryhistorynow.com/20…
In 2014 two chemists co-authored a paper describing all those consumer products appropriately labelled as β€œchemical free”. The paper was blank. blogs.nature.com/thescept…
A deceased man was considered a coauthor of a 1990 math paper after he appeared in a dream to the other author to explain some of the key ideas. gwern.net/docs/math/1990-…
Paper airplanes were not created to mimic real airplanes. They predate them. vox.com/2015/4/28/8505377…
, old books have a particular smell due to lignin being present in the paper. Lignin is related to vanillin, leading them to have a faint vanilla scent. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
According to the United States Flag Code, the flag β€œshould never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.” This includes paper napkins or plates printed with the design. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
When Hitler was Chancellor Jewish orgs/papers said, "nobody would dare to touch Jewish constitutional rights", "forces are active that would turn against a barbarian anti-Jewish policy.", "It is a hopeless misjudgement to think that one could force a dictatorial regime upon the German nation." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
Today I learned about the Anti-PowerPoint Party, an actual political party in Switzerland whose single campaign goal is to reduce the use of MS PowerPoint. The Party advocates for the use of paper flip charts instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The cofounder of the New York Times manned a Gatling Gun to defend the paper’s headquarters during the 1863 New York draft riots en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
King George V was euthanized/killed when injected with fatal doses of morphine and cocaine in his deathbed, so that the announcement was ''in the morning papers rather than the less appropriate evening journals.'' nytimes.com/1986/11/28/wo…
That, according to a recent published paper, cats can sometimes heal themselves by purring. A domestic cat's purr has a frequency of between 50 and 150 Hertz, which is the frequency needed to speed healing time and boost strength and mobility, helping them retain bone density and muscle tone. petcentral.chewy.com/pet-…
NYPD officer John Perry was turning in his retirement papers on 9/11 when the first plane struck. He asked for his badge back and ran to help. He was killed while assisting a woman in the south tower as it collapsed. nypdangels.com/nypd/perry…
Some of the most successful films of all time, such as the Harry Potter series, were actually financial losses on paper. This is called creative accounting and it's a way for Hollywood studios to avoid paying actors, producers and directors based on net profits. popmatters.com/192246-hol…
Rubber, the material, got its name on 1770 when Joseph Priestley noted that a piece was extremely good for rubbing off pencil marks on paper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
During WWII, the US government recalled all paper currency circulating in Hawaii and replaced it with notes stamped with "HAWAII". In the event of a Japanese invasion of Hawaii, all currency captured would be easily identifiable and would be rendered worthless. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
Bananas can ripen avocados. Ripe bananas contain a natural plant hormone called ethylene, which triggers ripening in mature fruit. If both are placed in a paper bag, the paper bag traps the ethylene gas that’s produced by the fruit and speeds up the ripening process. thekitchn.com/smart-tip-t…
Today I learned about St. Chad, who was instrumental in bringing Christianity to England in the 7th century AD. As he lived during a politically troubled time and 'chads' refers to holes from punched ballot papers, he was called the patron saint of botched elections in the 2002 US presidential elections. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
During the Great Depression, fake currency called Depression Scrip (which were things such as shells, wood, paper, etc) was used as local currency instead of US dollars due to banks being closed. depressionscrip.com
Before toilet paper, Ancient Romans used a sponge on the end of a long stick that was shared by everyone in the community. When not in use, the stick stayed in a bucket of heavily salted seawater in the communal bathroom. mentalfloss.com/article/4…
There are two families of Charmin toilet paper bears, one for ultra soft and one for ultra strong. charmin.com/en-us/about-u…
Johnny Carson caused a nationwide toilet paper shortage in 1973 by claiming on national TV that there was a toilet paper shortage. nytimes.com/1974/02/03/ar…
Nokia has existed since 1865. They started as a papermill and even produced toilet at one stage. The original toilet paper is still on display in a museum in Finland. wikipedia.org/wiki/Histor…
Candy Cigarettes were introduced in late 19th century. They were wrapped in paper and packaged to resemble cigarettes. Some contained powdered sugar, allowing users to blow and produce clouds of sugar, imitating smoke. Candy cigarettes are currently banned in many countries including the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
, according to the Chinese Ming-Dynasty (17th century) era book "Wuzazu" by Xie Zhaozhi, the game Rock Paper Scissors dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). In Japan, its earliest form "mushi-ken", players picked from a frog (kawazu), a slug (namekuji), or a snake (hebi). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
It is theoretically possible to send a paper plane from the ISS to earth, without the planes burning up on reentry. An experiment was scheduled, but unfortunately cancelled. universetoday.com/12541/r…
When advice columnist Ann Landers asked in 1986 what the correct direction for toilet paper was, she received 15,000 letters - the most in her column's history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toi…
2-ply toilet paper isn't always twice the thickness of 1-ply toilet paper. 1-ply paper is made of one layer of 13# (13-pound) thickness paper while 2-ply is made of two layers of 10# thickness paper. web.mit.edu/barryk/Public…
Looking at the sky through a cardboard paper towel tube and through a standard drinking straw is about the same as the difference in the amount of sky seen in ordinary binoculars and a small telescope. Binoculars in astronomy are used for their wider field of view skynews.ca/choosing-binoc…
If you take the long side of A4 paper and divide it by the short end you get root 2. They do this so that when you fold it in half, it stays the same ratio so there’s no distortion. youtu.be/5sKah3pJnHI
There is a variation of rock paper scissors with 15 different hand combinations wrpsa.com/different-varia…
Andrew Jackson openly opposed paper money, instead preferring gold and silver coins as currency. In his farewell address he cautioned the public on the national bank. Ironic that his portrait has lived on the $20 since 1928, replacing Grover Cleveland. ceifx.com/news/829/5-Curr…
The Spanish Flu effected the entire world, killing more than 50 million. The outbreak was during WWI and to keep morale high, wartime censors for many countries minimized it. Papers were free to report its effects in neutral Spain causing many to think it was largely confined to that country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Each soldier in the British army was rationed 3 sheets of toilet paper per day in WW2. American soldiers were rationed to 22,5 sheets per day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-r…
Carleton Gajdusek, who first described the prion disease kuru, had the rare distinction of being a Nobel prizewinner and a convicted child molester. As a medical researcher he studied kuru, an incurable disease that affects the Fore tribe in Papua New Guinea, and published 150 papers theguardian.com/science/2…
Today I learned of the Machine Identification Code. A series of secret dots that certain printers leave on every piece of paper they print, giving clues to the originator and identification of the device that printed it. It was developed in the 1980s by Canon and Xerox but wasn't discovered until 2004. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
The world uses 27,000 trees worth of toilet paper every day. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Bugs Bunny is actually enlisted as a US Marine complete with dog-tags and registration papers and retired as a Master Sergeant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
When given colored construction paper, wasps build rainbow colored nests thisiscolossal.com/2016/0…
Ching Chow, a comic strip that was filled with stereotypical Chinese jokes managed to stay in papers until 1990 and was popular among gamblers as they thought it contained secrets for sports betting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
In January 2002, while a junior in high school, Gallivan demonstrated that a single piece of toilet paper 4000 ft in length can be folded in half twelve times. She then served as a consultant and was mentioned in an episode of MythBusters in 2007. wikipedia.org/wiki/Britne…
Polished Anus Syndrome (Perianal Dermatitis) affects around 5% of the US population. It is caused by wiping too hard with dry toilet paper. lifehacker.com/stop-wipin…
In Japan, more paper is used to print manga than is used to make toilet paper youtu.be/sfBps2Zq_-A?t=55…
Today I learned of eccentric English aristocrat Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners [1883-1950]. A talented composer, writer and artist, Lord Berners had a clavichord in his Rolls-Royce, paper flowers in his garden, had tea with a horse and would drive around his estate in a pig mask to scare the locals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
In 2018, Andrew Douglas Macintosh, a 64-year-old corporate executive from Brisbane, Australia, was arrested for repeatedly defecating on his neighbors' lawns. The neighbors banded together to catch the culprit, photographing Macintosh in the act; bent over, holding a piece of toilet paper. couriermail.com.au/news/q…
Today I learned of the Dryton and Apollonia archive, a family archive from 2nd century BC Egypt which contains info for 3 generations of a soldier's family, in the form of wills, divorce papers, financial accounts, personal letters etc en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry…
The first documented use of toilet paper dates back in 589AD in early medieval China. Elsewhere, wealthy people wiped themselves with wool, lace or hemp, while others used their hand when defecating into rivers, using rags, wood shavings, leaves, grass, hay, stones, sand, moss,water, snow, etc. wikipedia.org/wiki/Toilet…
In 1975 a Siamese cat coauthored an influential physics paper. His owner, who was the sole author, wrote the paper using plurals such as β€œwe” and β€œour”. To avoid correcting his errors, he added his cat, Chester, as a coauthor. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
The Beijing 2008 Olympic torch made a peaceful procession through North Korea. Thousands of cheering people lined the 12-mile route through the capital, Pyongyang, waving pink paper flowers and small flags with the Beijing Olympics logo and chanting: "Welcome, welcome" theguardian.com/world/200…
Two businessmen in QuΓ©bec bet $517,000 on a best-of-three game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. The loser had to sign a notarized recognition of the debt contract, secured with a mortgage over the loser’s house. fasken.com/en/knowledge/2…
The reason we write from left to right is to not smudge ink. The Greeks (from whom English is derived) mostly had right handed stone workers and when they began to use papyrus, left to right allowed them to see what they were writing as well as prevent ruining the paper by smudging the ink childrensmuseum.org/blog/…
While dying of stomach cancer and hospitalized in 1989. Osamu Tezuka (creator of Kimba and Astro Boy) was still able to draw tons of sketches with his pens and paper. His last words was "I'm begging you, let me keep working!" as a hospital nurse took away his pens and paper so he could rest. tofugu.com/japan/osamu-te…
1 in 5 genetics research papers have errors due to auto-formatting in Microsoft Excel genomebiology.biomedcentr…
In WW2, the British made their plane's external fuel tanks out of paper-mache, to save metal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dro…
Folding 1000 paper cranes was a requirement for Japan's Astronaut Program. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
After the scene where Margot Robbie has sex with Leonardo DiCaprio on a pile of money in 'Wolf of Wall Street', Robbie ended the scene with her back covered in paper cuts from the fake money they used thedailybeast.com/margot-…
Toilet paper originated in China around AD 589 but was not commercially packaged until 1857 by New York entrepreneur Joseph Gayetty. It was marketed as β€œThe greatest necessity of the age!” historyextra.com/period/a…
Before the advent of modern toilet paper many different materials were used for the same purposes. Different materials were used depending upon the country, weather, customs and status. People used leaves, grass, ferns, corn cobs, maize, fruit skins, seashells, stone, sand, moss, snow and water. toiletpaperhistory.net/to…
George Washington was an imposing figure at over 6 feet tall and 220 pounds. The average man was only 5’6 at the time. Also he was featured on Philippine paper money in the early 1900’s. cheatsheet.com/culture/th…
Using the outward setting on a stapler is called "pinning", and it's meant for temporary staples that are easy to remove without mangling the paper. sandiegoreader.com/news/2…
Today I learned of Project X-Ray. This cancelled World War 2 weapon, when deployed, would disperse Mexican free-tailed bats carrying small incendiary bombs. The bats would then roost onto buildings before igniting. It was intended to be used in Japan, were many buildings were made of wood and paper. youtu.be/VSWS8SyACCo?t=14…
Ducks exhibit sexual violence. Males chase and attack lone females until the males can take turns on her. In one study of "homosexual necrophilia", a male duck mounted another he was chasing after the chased male died flying into a window. This paper was awarded an Ig Nobel Prize in 2003. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
Before toilet paper was widely available, it was common to use pages from the Sears catalog. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
1k-10k sheets of toilet paper were manufactured during the early 14th century, what is now Zhejiang province... Elsewhere, wealthy people wiped themselves with wool, lace or hemp, while less wealthy people used their hand when defecating into rivers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toi…
Victor Lustig, a German con artist, designed and sold a "money box" which he claimed could print $100 bills. A victim, sensing profits, would buy the machine for a high price. Stocked with six to nine genuine $100 bills for demonstration purposes, but after that it produced only blank paper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Bidet's use less water the toilets and toilet paper. bidet.org/blogs/news/how-…
Earthworms have a kind of intelligence. This allows them to find the sharpest point of a paper triangle 62% of the time and then use this to pull the paper triangle into their burrows efficiently. They do the same with leaves and this led Charles Darwin to conduct the paper experiment. archive.wilsonquarterly.c…
There is a show on TLC where people design wedding dresses made entirely out of toilet paper. tlcme.com/inside-tlc/Toil…
For seven generations, the Crane family have been the sole supplier of the paper that the U.S. Dollar is printed on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
The use of toilet paper for post-defecation cleansing first started in China en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
A group of reporters submitted a computer generated fake 'research' paper to a scientific journal... and it was published. youtube.com/watch?v=ras_V…
School and council issue toilet paper used to be waxy and non-absorbent because people couldn’t be trusted to wash their hands properly afterwards wellcomecollection.org/ar…
In 2003, Dutchman Kees Moeliker won the Ig Nobel Prize for Biology after writing a paper on "the first case of homosexual necrophilia [by a mallard]" after watching a duck die after crashing into his window, only for its corpse to be "raped almost continually for 75 mins" by another duck. hetnatuurhistorisch.nl/fi…
Hallmark created wrapping paper. In 1917, after running out of tissue paper, the Hall Brother's store in Kansas City resorted to selling colourful envelope liners. This proved to be successful and inspired them to create wrapping paper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gif…
A statistician spent years writing a science fiction novel to teach university statistics. Even though he didn't know anything about writing fiction, he got an illustrator to create graphic novel strips for his story which contained the equivalent of 60 research papers discoveringstatistics.com…
An Australian company developed a 22-karat gold toilet paper with a sale price of $1.3 million per roll. nydailynews.com/news/worl…
Japanese urban legend of Aka Manto, an evil spirit which appears in public restrooms and asks people to choose between red or blue toilet paper after which they kill you depending on your choice. Lacerations for red and strangulation for blue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aka…
The name of a Hershey’s kiss paper plume is called a niggly wiggly. kisselpaso.com/5-little-k…
Today I learned about polymer banknotes, and how they're in general circulation in at least 30 countries. They were first developed in Australia to replace paper banknotes with a more secure and more durable alternative. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Rwanda uses drones from the US company Zipline to deliver urgent blood supplies to hospitals (such as whole blood, platelets, frozen plasma, & cryoprecipitate). At the destination, the drone descends to a height of 30ft to drop the payload which lands gently using a paper parachute. bbc.com/news/av/business-…
John Lennon signed the papers to officially disband The Beatles while at the Polynesian Resort in Disney World ultimateclassicrock.com/j…
A Japanese hospital has an entrance test for aspiring medical students - they must perform 3 tasks in 15 minutes using surgical instruments - make miniature paper cranes, reassemble a dead bug from parts and make miniature sushi using a single rice grain. 40 students are selected odditycentral.com/pics/ja…
Colored toilet paper used to be popular in the U.S. until the 80s. It was colored to better match different bathroom decors. It is still widely used in France today. apartmenttherapy.com/colo…
The world record for stacking 10 toilet paper rolls with one hand is 5.45 seconds. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Bubble wrap was originally invented to be wallpaper. The creators tried to make plastic wallpaper with a paper backing, but it came out with plastic backing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bub…
Today I learned of F.D.C Willard, known for being the first Cat to co-author a Physics paper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._…
A man was charged with assault using Toilet Paper🧻 Allen Kerner, 55, threw a roll of TP at a custodian because he was angry about being whistled at. The custodian was changing rolls and whistling unaware anyone was in the bathroom and was pelted in the back of the head by a roll of toilet paper metrowestdailynews.com/x1…
Rock, paper, scissors is 2,000 years old wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_p…
[] A 2013 Spanish study found that Helvetica, Courier, Arial and Verdana were the best fonts for dyslexics, as well as lightly colored paper, 12-14 point sans serif font, and bolding of text for highlighting. dyslexia-reading-well.com…
Dmitri Mendeleev, a Russian chemist and teacher, devised the periodic table. In 1867, one day after working for three straight days, he got the inspiration from a dream: "Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper.” He named his discovery the β€œperiodic table of the elements.” khanacademy.org/partner-c…
The season one "Spongebob Squarepants" episode "The Paper" is the least reran episode of the series. youtube.com/watch?v=7Maso…
The term β€œcorn hole” (aka butt-hole) is apparently derived "from the practice in the days of the outhouse of using dried corn cobs for toilet paper." wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornho…
The largest News Paper to ever be printed for one day was the New York Times. It was a Sunday, October 17, 1965. The paper had a total of 15 sections including a total of 946 pages and weighted a whopping 7 1/2 lbs or 3.40 kg. bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discove…
There was a group of middle aged women called β€œSnapists” who believed that they were married to Severus Snape on the β€˜astral plane’ and that he controlled their lives. An independent researcher published an in-depth paper on the matter. mdpi.com/2077-1444/5/1/21…
Today I learned about Kirigami a variation of origami that includes cutting of the paper, rather than solely folding the paper as is the case with origami, but typically does not use glue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kir…
Condoms were used internationally for hundreds of years, in China, oiled silk paper was the material of choice, while the Japanese favored tortoise shell we Brits opted for animal intestine... maxim.com/.amp/maxim-man/…

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