"larger crocodiles can go for over a year without eating a meal. In extreme situations, crocodiles appear to be able to shut down and live off their own tissue for a long period of time." pbs.org/wnet/nature/super…
Ancient Egyptians had 12 months of exactly 30 days each, with five epagomenal days to bring the total to 365. Each month was divided into three 10-day periods known as decans or decades. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egy…
If you totally sleep-deprive a white-crowned sparrow in the laboratory during the migratory period of the year, it suffers virtually no ill effects whatsoever. The US government continues to have a vested interest in this sparrow: their hope for developing a 24-hour soldier. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Michelangelo hid under the Medici Chapel in Florence for 3 months during a period of political turmoil, occupying his time by sketching on the walls with charcoal. His whereabouts were a secret for almost 500 years until the museum director stumbled upon the drawings in 1976. atlasobscura.com/places/m…
There's a traditional "postpartum confinement" period of about 1 month for women to recover after giving birth, and in Asia there's now specialized luxury resort centers that charge thousands of dollars to take care of both the mom and baby for the entire period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess was written over a period of three weeks after he was misdiagnosed with brain cancer and given a year to live.He decided to spend that year writing five novels to provide for his wife after his death. Ironically, he outlived her. heraldscotland.com/arts_e…
The speed of light was first estimated in 1676 by a Danish Astronomer who was timing the eclipses of Io caused by Jupiter. He noticed the period between eclipses increased with Earth's distance from Jupiter and guessed it was because light had to travel a longer distance. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The first two ironclad ships, one from each side during the civil war, battled for hours because their cannon shots proved entirely ineffectual against each other's iron armor. After a long period of fighting, both ships retreated to their respective ports. mashable.com/2016/03/03/c…
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent not 1, not 5, but 21 hours, 36 minutes on the moon's surface, after a rest period that included seven hours of sleep. nasa.gov/mission_pages/ap…
In a 1966 study, a group of engineers, mathematicians, artists, and architects were administered 50 micrograms of LSD and 100 milligrams of mescaline over a period of time. They then discovered solutions to professional problems that were previously unsolvable for them for 3 months en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psy…
The film "My Blue Heaven" is related to "Goodfellas." Intended to be a comedic take on Henry Hill's (aka Vincent Antonelli) life in witness protection, it was written by Nora Ephron...the wife of "Goodfellas" co-writer Nicholas Pileggi...and her own convos with Hill during the same time period. decider.com/2019/08/22/do…
In 1936, Joseph Stalin replaced the two-headed eagle on top of the Spasskaya Tower with a red star because he wanted to remove all evidence of the former Tsarist period. The star also rotates in 360Β°. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Jamie McDonald ran 524 treadmill miles in a week. He had less than 3 hours of sleep a night, covering 3 marathons a day, a total of 20 marathons. A few weeks earlier he'd run 5,500 miles across America over a period of a year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
In the early 1900s, school bathrooms were invented to help teach children to bathe regularly and to promote the idea of regular bathing to their parents. During this time period, people usually only bathed once a week. themodernrogue.com/articl…
A lot of the greek tragedies of the classical period are "spin offs" or new takes on stories from the works of Homer. In Euripides' "Helen", Helen of Troy never really went to Troy, but unbeknownst to the Achaeans, she was in Egypt the whole time, and the trojan war was completely pointless en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
The Bernoulli family of Basel was a patrician family, notable for having produced eight mathematically gifted academics who, among them, contributed substantially to the development of mathematics and physics during the early modern period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Capital punishment was legal in the Vatican from its formation in 1929 to 1969, but it was never carried because it only applied for attempts to assassinate the Pope and there were none in this period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
The world's largest film studio is Hengdian Studios, in China. Basically a city of permanent full-scale replicas of palaces, fortresses, and towns from various periods of China's history. Whole populations of nearby towns are often employed to be extras for period dramas & fantasy movies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
The Battle of Adwa in 1896 saw Ethiopia win a decisive victory against Italy, securing Ethiopia's independence for another 40 years. In that period Ethiopia was hailed as the only surviving African state to defeat a European colonial power in open battle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Margarine was illegal in Wisconsin for more than 70 years. Margarine smuggling was widespread during this period. daily.jstor.org/when-marg…
When George Washington died, Napoleon Bonaparte of France gave a personal eulogy and ordered a ten day mourning period for France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
According to a study, researchers found the "honeymoon phase" of marriage wears off after 30 months. An initially high level of marital satisfaction steadily decreases after that period of time for most couples. shape.com/lifestyle/study…
A moment was a medieval unit of time. The movement of a shadow on a sundial covered 40 moments in a solar hour, a twelfth of the period between sunrise and sun. Although the length of a moment in modern seconds was therefore not fixed, on average, a moment corresponded to 90 seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mom…
In Lord of War starring Nicholas Cage, they bought 3000 real guns for the filming because it was cheaper to buy real guns and resell later than buying props. They also rented 50 tanks which were only available for a short period because the source had to sell them to Libya later cinemablend.com/news/2472…
One mating pair of rats can lead to a population of around 1,250 in a 12 month period! safeguardpestcontrol.co.u…
During various historical periods, competing instrumentalists tried to produce a more "brilliant" sound, creating "pitch inflation". At the start of the 17th century, pitch levels became so high that singers had severe throat strain, and lutenists and viol players complained of snapped strings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The Roaring 20's were called the "Golden 20's" or "Goldene Zwanziger Jahre" in Germany as it was also a period of rapid economic growth, expansion of liberal ideas, and spurt in the field of arts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Pole-Sitting was a fad in the 1920s that involved sitting atop a pole (commonly a flagpole) for an extended period of time, often trying to beat another's record. It continued until the Great Depression where it mostly died out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
A "Turnaround" is a scheduled event in which an entire process unit of an industrial plant is taken off stream for a scheduled period of time to perform maintenance, inspections, and testing... youtu.be/2gCk9yBBOUo
Cicero wrote more than three-quarters of surviving Latin literature from the period of his adult life, encompassing the last of the Roman Republic and the rise and fall of Julius Caesar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cic…
Homicides have been dropping in the US since the colonial period. With 30 per 100,000 population in the 1700s, 20 per 100k in 1800s, and 10 homicides per 100k population in the 1900s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
Today I learned the Romans considered winter a monthless period en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feb…
Today I learned about the Goloshchyokin genocide, Soviet man made famine that killed up to 40% of Kazakstan during the same time period as the Holodomor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaz…
Depth vision has to be "learned" by the nervous system by relevant visual experience during a critical period. If one is eye is covered during this critical period the individual will not develop stereoscopical vision, and the opportunity to do so will be permantly lost. scholarpedia.org/article/…
In the medieval period the church believed that Jesus was born a perfectly formed little man and changed little throughout his life. This is often reflected in the art of the time. blog.artsper.com/en/a-clo…
Today I learned of the Boring Billion, also known as the Dullest Time in Earth's History, a billion-year geological period characterised by little in the way of tectonic changes, climate change, or evolution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bor…
The Italian town of Capracotta in Southern Italy set the record for most snowfall in a 24 hour period: 100 inches in 18 hours on March 5th 2015. meteoweb.eu/2015/03/uffic…
The term "logbook" has maritime origins. A log with a rope attached to it would be thrown overboard, with knots in the rope being spaced at regular intervals. To determine the speed, you would count how many knots passed in a given time period. This is also the origin of the term β€œknots”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Log…
6 times in US history the President in office has been the only living President, with no surviving predecessors. Nixon was the last example of this after LBJ died until his resignation, coincidentally he was also alive for 1 of 4 periods when there were 6 living Presidents, until his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
Today I learned of the Axial Age, the ~200 year period when most of Eurasia's religion and philosophy was created. Greek & Chinese philosophers, Zoroaster, Mahavira (Jainism) and Siddharta all lived/flourished between 600-400 BCE. It's unknown if this is an unlikely coincidence, or evidence of some structure en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axi…
A cemetery may choose to reclaim a cemetery plot if it has not been used for an extended period of time. burialplanning.com/resour…
Thomas the blind, bisexual goose, died at 40 years old, and had been in a relationship with two swans, raising 68 cygnets with them over a period of 6 years. bbc.com/news/world-asia-4…
In his treatise on oceans, Aristotle wrote that many processes on Earth occured "in periods of time which are so immense compared with the length of our life" that we can't observe them, and that "before their course can be recorded from beginning to end whole nations perish and are destroyed." ucmp.berkeley.edu/history…
The Chehalis (Sts'Ailes) people of southwest Canada begin their count of months from the arrival of spawning chinook salmon (in Gregorian calendar October), and count 10 lunar months, leaving an uncounted period of around 70 days until the next chinook salmon run en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
The Jiahu neolithic site in China has yielded flutes dating back to 7,000 BC – 5,000 BC that could represent the earliest playable instruments ever found. Fragments of bone flutes from this period are still playable today, and are remarkably similar to modern versions in terms of hole placement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diz…
GDP of Shenzhen soared from 196 million yuan in 1979 to more than 2.2 trillion yuan in 2018, increasing 2,152-fold with an average annual growth rate of 22.4 per cent. In the same period, GDP per capita grew from 606 yuan to 183,100 yuan (or 28,169 USD in current exchange rate USD/CNY 6.55) metropolis.org/sites/defa…
Modern day Beyblades are based upon the traditional Japanese toy "Beigoma", which originated around the 17th Century Edo Period. The toy was originally made by filling spiral seashells with sand and sealing them with molten wax. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bei…
Today I learned of the primordial pouch: a skin flap on the stomach area of some cat breeds which appears regardless of weight; it helps to store energy when a cat goes a long period in between meals, and to protect vital organs when involved in fights. sepicat.com/primordial-po…
Korean chopsticks aremainly metal as during the Baekje(18BC-660AD)Period the royal family used silver chopsticks to detect poison in their food since silver changes color when it comes in contact w/ poisonous chemical.It is believed that commoners took after the king and adopted steel chopsticks. foodbeast.com/news/why-ko…
Obake Kuruta i.e. Ghost cards or Monster cards are an old card game from the Edo period in Japan in which cards feature monsters and other creatures from Japanese mythology and the objective is the collect the most cards to beat your opponent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…

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