Today I learned of "A Counterblaste to Tobacco", an anti-smoking treatise written by King James VI in 1604. In it, he warns of the dangers of passive smoking as well as the damage to the lungs and brain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
People often ignore public fire alarms or fires that break out in front of them, hesitating to escape and denying any danger, because they are committed to finishing what they came to do, or they believe they have a role to be passive pdfs.semanticscholar.org/…
Today I learned about NASA's Project Echo "sateloon" from the 1960's where they launched 100 foot in diameter inflatable reflective orbs into space to use as passive comsat relays. history.nasa.gov/SP-4308/…
Ancient Japan had female warriors called Onna-bugeisha, who would fight alongside Samurai in times of war. They started to lose their importance by the 17th century, when roaring ideals of fearless devotion and selflessness were gradually replaced by quiet, passive, civil obedience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onn…
Passive internet use (looking at stuff but not posting) affects your well-being in a more negative way than active internet use (commenting and posting). ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
The song "Love Song" by Sara Bareilles was written as a passive-aggressive response to her record label pressuring Bareilles to write safe, "radio friendly" songs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lov…
"maledictology" is a branch of psychology that does research into cursing and swearing. Research assumes that swearing is part of human life and can even act as a passive self-defense, since it prevents palpable argument en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
Today I learned about "The Thing", one of the first covert listening devices (bugs), which was implanted in a Great Seal of the United States gifted from the Soviet Union to the United States and, being entirely passive in nature, remained hidden for 7 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
SMAP The Soil Moisture Active Passive Satellite measures soil moisture levels on earth and can predict droughts, monitor floods and predict crop yields for a given year. It can measure all the soil on earth every 2-3 days. nasa.gov/smap
In 1980s when a baboon troop was hit by a outbreak of tuberculosis killing all of its aggressive alpha males, the remaining passive males which were bullied by previous alpha males transformed the troop from an aggressive and violent troop into a peaceful one, which had never been seen before. nytimes.com/2004/04/13/sc…
Gay Turkish men can avoid military service by providing photographs of themselves having sex. But only if they are the passive partner, and their face is clearly visible in the photo. bbc.com/news/magazine-174…
There is an episode of The Cosby Show, where after consuming Cosby's "special barbecue sauce", women stop fighting, become passive, and become more affectionate towards their lovers. tv.com/shows/the-cosby-sh…
Sophise Scholl, White Rose member and passive resistance leader, was guillotined, not shot, when she was murdered by the Nazis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sop…
Issac Newton and Robert Hooke were bitter rivals, and Newton’s famous quote β€œIf I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants” was most likely a passive-aggressive attack on Hooke, who stood significantly shorter than Newton. io9.gizmodo.com/5877660/w…
Guinea pigs show passive resistance by rumbling as they walk away or, "rumblestrutting" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Cornell Tech has built the world's tallest 'passive house' in NYC on Roosevelt Island. It is designed to reduce energy consumption up to 60% and handles thermal regulation with color changing paint, building 'gills', and an insulating facade. fieldcondition.com/blog/2…
The gigantic, hairy "Goliath birdeater" tarantula spider is entirely harmless and passive toward humans and their bite would hardly compare to the sting of a wasp. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
There are two types of vocabulary: Passive vocabulary refers to words that learners understand but are not yet able to use. Active vocabulary, on the other hand, is the words that learners understand and use in speaking or writing. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
The Moriori people in the Chatham Islands lived by a code of non-violence and passive resistance. This made it easy for Maori invaders to take control of the island, while killing or enslaving its entire population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Ethernet is named after the Luminiferous Ether (or aether) once postulated to exist as an "omnipresent, completely-passive medium for the propagation of electromagnetic waves." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eth…
The first integrated circuits were made in the 1920's by Loewe and included up to three triodes, tetrodes or pentodes and SEVERAL PASSIVE ELEMENTS in the same vacuum tube enclosure. These devices implemented almost an entire radio receiver in that one enclosure. electricstuff.co.uk/loewe…
Today I learned of "The Thing". A passive Russian bug hidden in the residential study of the US Ambassador to Russia for 7 years (1945-1952). It was hidden in a seal presented as a gift of friendship, and due to its passive nature, was only discovered by accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Beagles, due to their passive nature and size, are the most used dog in animal testing, accounting for about 97% of dogs used for studies in the UK. wikipedia.org/wiki/Beagle
When the Nazis designated the Beer Hall Putsch site as "sacred" and made it compulsory for citizens to do the Nazi salute when passing-by, as a form of passive resistance, people would take a detour alley that is nicknamed "Shirker's Lane", bypassing the beer hall completely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fel…
Our brains can exhibit neural activity prior to forthcoming stimuli, and that research on the brain mechanisms taking place before stimulus have provided experimental evidence that brain functioning is more than a passive processor of external stimuli. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
"The best defense is a good offense", the idea is that proactivity (a strong offensive action) instead of a passive attitude will preoccupy the opposition and ultimately hinder its ability to mount an opposing counterattack, leading to a strategic advantage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A specific color of pink is used in drunk tanks to calm people and was once used for college football locker rooms of visiting teams to make the team passive. colormatters.com/color-an…
The Moriori, the native people of the Chatham Islands, embraced pacifism and lived by a code of passive resistance which led to their demise at the hands of Maori invaders after two influential chiefs decided non-violence was not a strategy for survival but a moral imperative en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Soviet Russians invented one of the first passive listening devices, that requires no battery power or active electronics whatsoever, but is energized by a remote radio source en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Women with Passive, Submissive Personalities are Most Likely to be Rapedβ€”and that They Tend to Wear Body-Concealing Clothing psychologytoday.com/artic…
Since the 70s there has been a campaign to allow Americans to decide whether they pay a fraction of their taxes to the US military or to other programs as to not contradict their passive ethics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Google developed contact lenses that can monitor blood sugar level, greatly helping the quality of life of those with diabetes by providing a passive way to monitor blood sugar. wired.com/2015/05/diabete…
Cigarette smoke contains radioactive lead and polonium, which contribute to cancer. The damage done by the radiation is equivalent to the damage done by 300 chest X-rays per year. Passive smokers also receive 50-70% of these radioactive particles. prfamerica.org/1995/Radio…
"Toblerone" chocolate bars are named after passive tank fortifications in Switzerland that have a similar shape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tob…
The seemingly cute, cuddly and passive wombat is able to kill a dingo by crushing it against the roof of its burrow, bowl down a human and able to inflict serious wounds towards humans with its teeth and claws. smh.com.au/national/womba…
In Hebrew the verb "To Be" ("hoveh", in present /"is being"/) has a form YeHuweh which is expressing a recurrent-passive future tense meaning something like "will-be-established regularly", so it is very concrete and this the Name used instead of the meaningless sound-series like "god". blakleycreative.com/jtb/T…
A satellite called Echo 1 was the first passive communications satellite, consisting of a 100 ft diameter mylar balloon which reflected microwave signals. It was also visible to the unaided eye from Earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
In 1945 a gifted great seal of the United States from the Young Pioneers of the USSR was actually a passive listening device that hung in American ambassador's study until its discovery in 1952. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
King James I of England wrote one of the earliest anti-tobacco publications in 1604. In "A Counterblaste to Tobacco" he complains about passive smoking, warns of dangers to the lungs, and decries tobacco's odour as "hatefull to the nose." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
Unlike other passive jellyfish, the box jellyfish actively seeks out and hunts prey with its 24 eyes and deadly venom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box…
Scientists use Meteor Burst Technology that uses Meteor tails as passive satellite reflectors to transmit VHF data signals from remote mountainous weather stations up to 1400 miles. abcnews.go.com/Technology…
A European company developed a 'Passive radar' could render stealth planes obsolete. wired.co.uk/news/archive/…
That, inspired by Don Quixote, EU scientists plan to "attack" asteroids in order to learn more about them than we've learned thus far by passive observation. Quixote will, of course, be accompanied by a squire named Sancho who watches the action from a distance. esa.int/SPECIALS/NEO/SEMZ…
Some prisons and opposing team locker rooms are painted pink, as it is deemed a calming, passive colour under colour psychology. psychology.about.com/od/s…
A Serbian performance artist assigned a passive role to herself, with the public being the force which would act on her. For six hours the artist allowed the audience members to manipulate her body and actions with 72 objects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
USPS prohibits shipping of passive night vision goggles & maps showing incorrect locations of India to India about.usps.com/publicatio…
The difference between poison and venom. Poison is passive, you need to ingest it for it to work. Venom is active, it must be 'administered' by an animal or plant. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The US military first developed the concept of passive aggressive behavior to describe soldiers who would not obey instructions happily en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
Before we were able to put up our own, we used the moon as a passive communications satellite. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EME…
You can build a passive solar heater based on used soda/beer cans planetgreen.discovery.com…
The word "born" is just the passive participle of the verb "to bear". merriam-webster.com/dicti…
University of Iowa had their football locker rooms painted pink because pink can cause a "passive mood" and possibly give the the home team an advantage. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/K…
A Hungarian engineer named BΓ©la BarΓ©nyi retired with twice as many patents as Thomas Edison and is considered the father of passive automotive safety en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BΓ©l…
The inventor of the Theremin was a russian spy, inventor groundbreaking spy tech like the laser/window hack and RFID-like passive microphones, as well as the first drum machine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Passive aggressive leaflets were dropped on American forces during WWII encouraging them to listen to enemy propaganda radio psywarrior.com/RadioLeafl…
The word "pervert" in Ancient Greek referred to the passive partner in homosexual intercourse books.google.com/books?id…
One of the laws of Nezahualcoyotl, king of Texcoco in pre-Columbian Mexico, that homosexual couple must be smothered in ash, with the passive partner's intestines pulled out, then their bodies were filled with ash, and finally, were burnt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suf…
Leon Theremin, the inventor of the musical instrument the Theremin, also invented the Thing, one of the first covert listening devices to use passive techniques for the Soviet Union. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C…
The Nazis formed their own offshoot of Christianity when the traditional form of it was deemed "too passive" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
McGill's faculty of law has a policy of "passive bilingualism" where students must be proficient in both French and English. The LSAT is also not required in Quebec law schools as the university considers it unfair for native French speakers to take an exam offered only in English mcgill.ca/law-admissions/…
The United States Department of Commerce controls the entire Internet yet is passive about it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
It's possible to locate a passive receiver tuned to a specific station, by triangulating RF emitted by the local oscillator en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…

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