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…
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…
Had Woodrow Wilson lost the 1916 presidential election (which he nearly did) he planned to appoint his opponent as secretary of state and then resign along with his vice president, sparing the country a lengthy lame duck period during a time of international conflict. historylessons.net/presid…
Today I learned about the Black Hole Era, a period of time in the future where the universe will spend the vast majority of it's overall life shuttered in absolute darkness with all the stars in the night sky having died out and space itself dominated by nothing but super massive black holes for eons upon eons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fut…
Over a period of four centuries, the accumulated error of adding a leap day every four years amounts to about three extra days. Therefore, the Gregorian calendar drops three leap days every 400 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
In the 1980s American Airlines sold tickets for unlimited travel (priced around 250000 dollar). One passenger, over a period of 10+ years, traveled more than 10 million miles, accumulated over 40 million frequent flier miles (all of which he gave away), and cost the airline more than $21 million bosshunting.com.au/travel…
Today I learned about Windows 7 Whopper. It was sold at Burger King in Japan for the promotion of Microsoft's Windows 7. The hamburger contained 7 stacked beef patties, weighed almost 1 kg, and had more than 1,000 cal. The promotion period was extended from 7 days to 16 days due to unexpected popularity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
The person on the 10,000-Yen banknote is Fukuzawa Yukichi, who was among the first Japanese to visit America in 1860, after the end of Japan's isolation period. He became known as one of the foremost experts on Western culture, and the college he founded, Keio University still stands today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuk…
The reason so many African flags have green, yellow and red is because of the Ethiopian flag; as one of the few independent African nations during the colonial period, the new countries of Africa looked to them for inspiration en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Napoleon actually lost most of his troops during the summer period of his invasion of Russia rather than during the infamous winter retreat. France started with ~650,000 troops and many died from heat exhaustion and disease. The army numbered about 100,000 by the time it reached Moscow. history.com/news/napoleon…
Ireland remained neutral during WWII, a period known as "The Emergency" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Double spacing after a period is no longer the standard, according to most style guides. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sen…
Around 1800 BC, a king in Mesopotamia appointed a palace worker king for a short period of time to avoid a disaster that he was told was coming by an oracle. Near the end of the time, he died while eating soup and the worker ruled for 24 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Err…
There is no practical way to draw our solar system to a visible scale. With Earth reduced to pea diameter, Pluto would be the size of a bacterium, 1.5 miles from Jupiter. With Jupiter the size of a period, Pluto would still be 35 feet away from it, and reduced to the size of a molecule. space.fm/astronomy/planet…
Shakespeare became wealthy by hoarding grain, and reselling at inflated prices during a period of famine. He used the profits for money-lending activity and was pursued by authorities for tax evasion and was prosecuted for hoarding grain. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
The crew of Planet Earth II gathered to film the mass birthing of Saiga Antelope in Kazakhstan. Within a ten day period, they witnessed the death of approx 200,000 antelope. Scientists believe a natural bacterium found in the animals’ respiratory system caused the mega-death. biosphereonline.com/2020/…
Today I learned of "Tuatara", reptiles native to New Zealand and the sole surviving member of its order, which originated in the Triassic period 240 M yrs ago. They are related to lizards and snakes but have unusual features such as they don't have external ears, and have a third eye on the top of their head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tua…
Spiders do not sleep, instead they lower their metabolic rate during periods of inactivity to conserve energy. Nor do they blink. tepapa.govt.nz/discover-c…
There are some parts of the world (including rural parts of India) that consider menstruation as a huge taboo. It is not openly discussed between females and some males even consider period as an illness. Sanitary pad is still a foreign object for them. youtu.be/Lrm2pD0qofM
Women’s periods don’t sync when they are together bbc.com/news/magazine-372…
As many as 55% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage -- most often before a woman misses a menstrual period or even knows she is pregnant and that more than 80% of miscarriages occur within the first three months of pregnancy, mostly caused by chromosomal abnormalities. researchgate.net/publicat…
Warren Buffet bet $2,222,278 that, over a ten-year period, the S&P 500 will outperform a portfolio of funds of hedge funds when performance is measured on a basis net of fees, costs and expenses. He won. longbets.org/362/
In 18th century during the Russian occupation tens of thousands of Finns were killed or sold to slavery. The total population of Finland was only 400,000 at the time. This period is known as 'The Great Hatred' (Isoviha). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
Sitting cross-legged for long periods is harmful to your body, especially the pelvis and back. healthline.com/health/cro…
Today I learned that during the years it was produced, the Ford Bronco II averaged about seventy deaths per a year or about as many people as were killed by tornadoes in the United States in the same time period. cjponyparts.com/resources…
The period in China from the 18th Century to the end of the WWII, where the nation was dominated by foreign powers, is referred to as "the century of shame and humiliation." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Suffragette's were a militant movement that bombed Westminster Abbey and carried out roughly 250 arson or destruction attacks in one six-month period en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suf…
Today I learned of the Johnson gang. Travelling criminals from Gloucestershire, UK who specialised in stealing fine art and antiques from English country manors over a period of 20 years. The goods they stole are valued between Β£30 - Β£80 million. The gang were sentenced to a total of 49 years in prison in 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about the Cave of Crystals in Naica, Mexico discovered by miners in 2000. The cave, at a depth of 300m, includes some of the largest natural crystals ever found. With over 90 percent humidity, a person can only survive exposure in the cave for a short period of time. cen.acs.org/physical-chem…
There was a period in French history where the country actually was represented by a plain white flag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
Scandinavians have traditionaly used things like moss, tree bark and burned bones during periods of famine. Bark bread, bread made from tree bark was a common recipe during food sortages and tree bark is still used today in certain recipes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned of the book β€œFinnegans Wake”. The book is written by James Joyce and is composed of composite words from sixty to seventy world languages. Written over a period of 17 years it is considered to be one of the most difficult works in the Western canon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
Emperor Taizu of Song invited all the general officers to a lavish banquet where he convinced them all to retire as military leaders in favour of a luxurious lifestyle. none of them refused his terms, and thus began a period of relative internal peace within the realm of the Song dynasty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
The game Candyland was invented by a woman during the polio pandemic. The woman, Eleanor Abbott, was recovering in hospital she created the game to entertain the children in her hospital wing as they were left by family members for long periods of time to recover. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
There's a decades-long experimental archeology project in France to build a 13th century castle with period tools. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gu%…
The longest period that the United States has gone without a vice president is 3 years and 334 days (1841-1845) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
Today I learned about the Pakasuchus Kapilimai, a crocodile-like creature from the Cretaceous period that had long legs and mammal-like teeth. Also referred to as the Cat Crocodile. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Sobhuza II, King of Swaziland (now Eswatini) for over 82 years (the longest verifiable reign of any monarch in history), married 70 wives and had 210 children over a 50-year period, and had more than 1000 grandchildren at the time of his death. He was known by the honorific "Bull of Swazi" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sob…
Saturation Divers have to breathe a helium oxygen mix since a Nitrogen oxygen mix can lead to Nitrous Oxide poisoning. Due to this divers have high pitched helium voices for their entire submersion period which leads to more difficulty in communicating. youtu.be/Bmy8hqYvEyw
Sydney has an annual duck fashion show! The Easter 'Pied Piper Duck Show' individually dresses up each duck, covering daywear, evening and period attire, and bridal couture mymodernmet.com/australia…
New Jersey had 5 different people as Acting Governor over an 8 day period, including John Farmer, Jr. (who was in charge for a total of 90 minutes). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
To deal with periods, β€œUntil the turn of the 20th century, women simply bled into their clothes or, where they could afford it, shaped scraps of cloth or other absorbents like bark or hay into a pad or tampon-like object” theconversation.com/thous…
All large land animals belong to two lineages: synapsids and sauropsids. Mammals are the last surviving synapsids; but our ancient synapsid forbears dominated the world in the Permian period before the age of the (sauropsid) dinosaur usurpers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syn…
That the movie β€œThe Hills have eyes”, is loosely based on the exploits of The Bean clan of 16th century Scotland, whom murdered and cannibalised over 1000 people, with estimates of up to over 5000 in just a 25 year period. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
The Sahara Desert was once green 5000-11000 years ago due to Earth's orbital movement as it created the Humid period, which lasted a few centuries. eos.org/articles/podcast-…
The slang 'buck' for currency originated from the fact that deer skins were traded for goods in colonial America before the dollar existed and was the 'currency' of the period. investopedia.com/terms/b/…
In 1996, as a loss-leading tactic, British supermarkets competed so heavily on the price of baked beans that one store decided to sell them for MINUS 2p. This period is referred to by economists as The Bean Wars. youtube.com/watch?v=JGI4R…
The world's longest hangover was recorded in 2007 and it lasted 4 weeks after a 37-year old Scotsman consumed 60 pints (35 litres) of beer over a 4-day period. brisbanetimes.com.au/worl…
The American Public Power Association has a β€˜Squirrel Index’ data tracker to track squirrel attacks on electrical power systems. They found that the two peak periods of highest squirrel activity are May-June and October-November. publicpower.org/blog/defe…
After WWII, a brief period of time, 1945 to 1952, was the only time when Japan was occupied by a foreign power in its entire history. Japan was under the sole control of the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
President Harry S. Truman was not given a middle name, only the initial S. The S honors his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young. There is controversy over whether or not the period after the S should be included, although Truman's own letters suggest he regularly used a period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
A second is technically defined to be "9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium-133 atom”. discovermagazine.com/the-…
Over a fifth of all Kinects sold were sold in the first 60 days; 8 out of all 35 million shipped were bought in that period, making the Kinect the fastest-ever selling consumer electronics device at that time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
In some cases it is better that a single product design dominates a market for a short period of time, regardless of relative quality (ex. iPod, Blu-Ray, VHS). "Dominant design" allows for relatively low-risk improvement of existing designs, increasing the rate of technological advancement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
The Jurassic period is named after the french moutain of Jura where geological elements of that period were named "terrains jurassiques" in 1829 by Alexandre Brongniart en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
Today I learned of a Great year. A period of time that lasts 25,772 years and measures the rotation of the earths axis. wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_…
The 3rd generation Ford Mustang was produced from 1978-1993, and during a period of slumping sales in the 80s was almost replaced with a Ford Probe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The period 1955-1972, the development of nuclear rocket engines in the USA began with the "Rover" project. The first experimental nuclear engine was named "KIWI" and experiments were performed on it until 1964. They constructed a compact nuclear reactor with U235 carbide in a graphite housing. needforscience.com/astron…
From 1994-99 George Foreman was paid about 40% of the profits on each Foreman grill sold, earning him $4.5M a month in payouts at its peak. In the period it’s estimated he received over $200M, more than he did as a boxer. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
Three songs recorded by Mariah Carey in the period 1991-2 were the subject of successful plagiarism lawsuits. Other artists who have settled multiple plagiarism suits include The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Ed Sheeran. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
That, with war looming, President Wilson - had he lost the 1916 election - pragmatically planned to avoid a long lame-duck period by appointing his opponent, Charles Evans Hughes, Secretary of State, with Wilson & his VP then resigning, thereby making Hughes president ahead of schedule. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twe…
The song "Mr. Blue Sky" by the Electric Light Orchestra was found to be the happiest song ever using a formula made by studying songs from a period of 50 years. shareably.net/happiest-so…
Today I learned about maple syrup mold. Generally harmless, the mold can form in syrup stored for long periods. Refrigeration of open syrup can help reduce the formation of the mold. If formed, you can remove the mold and boil the syrup to restore/purify it. mooresmaple.com/facts.php…
A Navy study showed that washing hands 5 times daily reduced incidence of respiratory infections by 45% over a two year period. scientificamerican.com/ar…
There exists an asteroid 2010 TK7 (diameter- 300 mt approx) which has the same orbit around sun as earth and period close to earth's period of 365.256 days. It oscillates a lot about its mean position and on its closest approach to earth it was around 50 times farther than the moon is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
For a period of four years, the North Irish Horse (a British regiment) was reduced in size to a single man, Major Sir Ronald Ross en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
U-2 Spy planes requires chase cars that can accelerate 0-100mph in a short period of time at both landing and take-off. youtu.be/nTFCFNHDY_I
The Nile river valley used to be a deep canyon system, up to 1.8 km deep where Cairo is today (the same depth as the Grand Canyon). It filled with sediment 5 million years ago when the Mediterranean Sea refilled after a period of drying out. thenaturalhistorian.com/2…
To promote Windows 7's launch in 2009, Burger King in Japan released the Windows 7 Whopper, which had 7 patties totaling over 1,000 kcal and weighing 2.2 lb (1 kg). Originally planned to be sold for only 7 days, unexpected popularity led to its available period being extended to 16 days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
During the earliest period of Earth's existence, the Hadean Period, 4.6-4.0 billion years ago, the surface temperature was over 200Β°C but there were still liquid-water oceans because the atmospheric pressure was 27 times as strong as it is now, significantly raising the boiling point of water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Had…
Today I learned of the 228 Incident, when the govt. of Taiwan massacred between 5,000 to 28,000 protestors, an event which was the precursor to the White Terror - a 38 year period of martial law - in which tens of thousands of other Taiwanese went missing, died or were imprisoned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feb…
In the Middle Ages, a nun in a French convent inexplicably began to meow like a cat, shortly leading to the other nuns in the convent also meowing. Eventually all the nuns would meow together for a certain period every day. This did not stop until the police threatened to whip the nuns en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about an engineering principle called the "Bathtub Curve". It suggests all products have 3 phases of reliability: An early high failure rate that decreases as defects are removed, a period showing intrinsic (random) failure rate, and then an increase in failures as wearout occurs. sciencedirect.com/topics/…
The Costume Museum of Canada holds more than 35,000 textile artifacts reflecting clothing worn over a 400-year period. However, it was on the edge of bankruptcy and closed its doors to the public in 2010 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos…
Scientists identified a vast underground ecosystem of billions of micro-organisms below the earth - twice the size of the Earth's oceans. Life was shown to survive far beneath the Earth's surface for long periods of time, without energy from the Sun. theguardian.com/science/2…
In the United States, in a single eighteen-month period during 1971 and 1972 the FBI counted an amazing 2,500 bombings on American soil, almost five a day. time.com/4501670/bombings…
Pregnancy starts from the last 'normal' period of the mother, so when you would normally discover a pregnancy from a missed period, there is only ~8 months left, not 9. americanpregnancy.org/wee…
Between 1981 and 1986 Kia had a period in which they didn't make any passenger cars, because government-enforced industry centralisation forced them to move out of that sector and focus on light trucks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kia…
When former slave Jordan Anderson was asked to come back and work for his old master, he replied with a deadpan letter asking for 52 years' back pay as proof of good faith. The letter has been described as a rare example of documented "slave humor" of the period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jor…
Today I learned of Pax Americana, a period of relative peace beginning around the middle of the 20th century, brought about by the dominant power of the United States. Similar time periods were Pax Romana and Pax Britannica. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pax…
How a Japanese man named Yoshie Shiratori escaped 4 different harsh Japanese prisons within a 12 year time period, with his most well-known escape involving the use of miso soup youtube.com/watch?v=oI8tr…
We are currently living in an era called "The Long Peace", a period of peace which has not been seen since the Roman Empire. There are now less than 10 reported deaths per million each year due to war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
A rare 400-year-old shimpaku tree, which was due to be entered in a Japanese beauty competition, was stolen from a roughly 5,000 hectare park run by a fifth generation bonsai master whose family practice dates back to the Edo period (1603-1868) cnn.com/2019/02/11/asia/j…
Child Pornography in Japan was First Made Illegal in June of 2014. A 1-Year Grace Period of Lax Enforcement Followed. techinasia.com/japan-used…
Despite being thin and athletic, serial killer Israel Keyes got lap band surgery in his late 20s, presumably so he could go for prolonged periods without eating during his murder sprees oxygen.com/martinis-murde…
Apollo 13 was shot in β€œa hollowed-out, windowless, padded Boeing 707 jet that climbs to 30,000 ft. and then arcs into a steep dive, creating a 23-second period of weightlessness.” This plane is used by NASA for 0g training. amc.com/talk/2008/07/apol…
The largest air traffic shut down since World War II happened in 2010 due to the EyjafjallajΓΆkull eruption. 95,000 flights were cancelled in a 6-day period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
That upwards of 50% of all accidental deaths in the Tudor period were drownings historyextra.com/period/t…
Today I learned about Newgrange, "an exceptionally grand passage tomb built [in Ireland] during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
The Orangutan birth rate of once every 9 years is one of the slowest among mammals, hindering their survival but also creates one the strongest mother-child bonds in nature as kids stay close to their mother during that whole period and nurse for most of it nytimes.com/2017/05/17/sc…
The Albanian Civil Unrest of 1997, also known as the Albanian rebellion, Albanian unrest or the Pyramid crisis, was a period of civil disorder in Albania in 1997, sparked by pyramid scheme failure. That escalated into a civil war. wikipedia.org/wiki/Albani…
Pregnancy is counted from the first day of the last period. So if you were to conceive in the week before your period, you’d already be approx. 3 weeks pregnant (assuming a 4 week menstrual cycle)! betterhealth.vic.gov.au/h…
Today I learned of Hatshepsut, the first female ruler of ancient Egypt who acted as a full pharaoh. In art, she had herself depicted as a male ruler; she wore a false beard, had her breasts reduced and deemphasized, and her shoulders portrayed as broad and manly. She brought Egypt into a period of prosperity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Oxford University research shows that women's periods do not synchronise when they spend time together - as commonly claimed. Nevertheless, the myth continues to endure. theguardian.com/society/2…
Today I learned of the Ozark Medieval Fortress, a now defunct attempt to build a period authentic 13th-century French castle in northern Arkansas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oza…
Today I learned about the holiday paradox and why time seems to go by more quickly as we age and when we are having fun. Our brain encodes new experiences, but not familiar ones, into memory, and our retrospective judgment of time is based on how many new memories we create over a certain period. scientificamerican.com/ar…
For a period of time in 2010, Ozzy Osbourne was the health columnist in the British Sunday Times happymag.tv/ozzy-osbourne…
There is a belief that most of the people in laugh tracks are dead as most audio is from the 1950s. There was a period when the few tracks of laughter meant anyone in audio work could predict the laugh order, but as TV audio engineers updated their reels both have become less true/harder to do. bbc.com/culture/story/201…
For a period in the early 1970s the North Korean GDP per capita was higher than the South Korean one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco…
In 1993 Rick James and girlfriend plead guilty to kidnapping and torturing a record executive for a 20 hour period. This happened while he was out on bail for holding another woman hostage for 6 days, with the help of his girlfriend, and burning her with a crack pipe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…

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