During WWI (and briefly WWII) the British would shame men into joining the military by recruiting young women to call them cowards on the streets of their hometowns. These women would also pin a white feather on them to symbolize their cowardice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Elvis Presley's own manager came up with the idea to sell "I hate Elvis" pins to people who hated Elvis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Around 11% of Americans are infected with pin worms. These worms make your anus itchy at night, and reproduce by you digesting their eggs from scratching your ass and inadvertently dropping it in your food. They are highly infectious. wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinwor…
The pin tumbler lock mechanism, most commonly used in locks, invented by Linus Yale became a winning invention in the mid 19th century. youtu.be/o-9tWfCuwnc
Prince was an amazing ten pin bowler who wore furry knee high boots to the bowling alley and could throw a strike at will. themalestrom.com/intervie…
I learned about RAS Syndrome β€” "Redundant Acronym Syndrome". It's when someone repeats a word used in an acronym/initialism, like "ATM machine", "PIN number", "RAS Syndrome", or "TIL I learned". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAS…
"Cheesecake" was an American slang word, that was considered a publicly acceptable term for seminude women because pin-up was considered taboo in the early 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
American mechanic Walter Hunt is regarded as the inventor of the safety pin that bears resemblance to those used today. The safety pin included a clasp that covered the point and kept it from opening, and a circular twist at the bend to act as a spring and hold it in place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saf…
The strawberry on the tomato pin cushion is filled with emery powder, an abrasive, to sharpen pins. dritz.com/product/tomato-…
I learned about RAS Syndrome (redundant acronym syndrome), which is when one or more words, in an acronym, are repeated. Such as, PIN Number, ATM Machine, or UPC Code. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAS…
A Spoor Spider pins its prey to the hot sand, burning it alive before devouring it youtu.be/BVJek0sxgVs
Today I learned about the Honorable Service Lapel Button or the Ruptured Duck pin. During World War II, members of the armed forces were forbidden to possess civilian clothing unless they were under specific orders to do so. It served as proof that the wearer was an honorably discharged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Linn Thomas is the first pin-up model in history to have appeared in both Playboy and Penthouse as a centerfold model. Her mother is Vietnamese and her father is a mix of Irish, Welsh and Italian. Her father abandoned the family when Linn was very young en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
The little pepper or strawberry attached to a tomato pincushion has a purpose: it’s filled with emery and meant to sharpen your needles and pins. denisewild.com/blog/straw…
Snoopy is NASA's official safety mascot. Every astronaut since 1968 has worn a silver Snoopy pin into space; upon return, the astronauts present the pin as a special recognition to a civilian team member who helped keep them safe. gizmodo.com/snoopy-the-as…
The world's foremost expert on ants chose to study ants because when he begun his entomology career in 1947, insect pins were hard to come by due to WWII metal shortages. Unlike other insects, ants are stored in vials, not pinned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._…
Researchers reported duplicating the glue that the sandcastle worms secrete and use to stick sand grains together underwater. They believe the glue to have applications as a biocompatible medical adhesive, for instance to repair shattered bones. For bone repair, it can replace pins and screws en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phr…
In 1969 the first ATM was introduced in the US. Chemical Bank announced, "ON SEPT. 2, OUR BANK WILL OPEN AT 9:00 AND NEVER CLOSE AGAIN." Customers lined up eagerly to use the new cash dispenser, entered their PIN, and withdrew $25 or $50 amounts as onlookers watched. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
Pinball machines were officially banned in New York City from 1942 to 1976. Moral crusaders opposed the game because of its association with illegal gambling; before flippers were added to the game in 1947, balls bounced off pins before dropping into random holes on the table. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Bowling lanes have different oil patterns - most recreational facilities use "house patterns" to make it easier for the average bowler to knock down more pins by funneling the ball toward the center of the lane. pba.com/OilPatterns
People have solved complex problems in their sleep, like Elias Howe who dreamt of the structure of a bobby pin that led to inventing the Sewing Machine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The "Jesus Nut", sometime referred to as the "Jesus Pin", is the only component holding the rotors to some helicopters' body. If it were to fail during operation, the rotors would completely separate from the body, causing a rapid unplanned decent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes…
The Kinks' guitarist Dave Davies created the distortion effect on You Really Got Me by slicing the speaker cone of his amp and poking it with a pin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
Birds have what are called "blood feathers" or "pin feathers", which themselves have an artery and a vein, and if one of those feathers is damaged while still growing then a bird can bleed to death. plainfieldanimalhospital.…
Today I learned about the Caterpillar Club, made up of people who have successfully used a parachute to bail out of a disabled aircraft. The names refer to the fact that the first parachutes were made of silk, with members receiving a pin in the shape of a caterpillar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
In 1981 comedian Andy Kaufman goaded his way into professional wrestling offering $500 to any woman who could pin him at one of his shows, declaring himself the Intergender World Champion, setting up a rivalry and several matches with pro Andy Lawler. youtube.com/watch?v=kB0hL…
The braille on all drive-thru atms is for visually impaired people to use when riding as a rear passenger in a vehicle. Braille on atms is federally mandated, and helps maintain financial privacy by allowing blind individuals to bank without having to disclose their pin to a driver. whsv.com/content/news/476…
The early communists in China established the Counter-Japanese Military and Political University. A full university that included subjects such as guerilla warfare. It counted many early heroes of the cultural revolution among its graduates. This pin celebrates its 10th anniversary in 1946. postimg.cc/GTQzLsQg
The most difficult and rare score to get in 10-pin bowling is not 300, but 292. This requires hitting the first 11 strikes, then rolling exactly 2 pins on your final roll, which is extremely difficult. bowlingdigital.com/bowl/n…
The United States still has 8 nuclear weapons unaccounted for as a result of "broken arrow" incidents typically involving the aircraft carrying it crashing or in one case a crew member accidentally grabbing the emergency release pin. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Ladies visiting the tower of London would stick pins in the lining of King Henry VIII's gigantic armour codpiece in the hopes of β€˜improving their fertility’. historyrevealed.com/eras/…
The strawberry attached to a typical tomato pincusion is filled with abrasive emery, and used to sharpen pins and needles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Women used to wear foot long pins in their hats which could be used in self defense to stab men who groped or assaulted them. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Outside the gates of China's Presidential Palace in Nanjing, vendors sell pins bearing the white sun of the Republic of China flag -- a rare public embrace for the country's former symbol, which today appears on the flag of Taiwan cnn.com/travel/article/na…
Only 3 bowlers have picked up the 7-10 split on television and that despite many shows and movies showing it being picked up by directly sliding one pin into another, this is, in fact, impossible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spl…
Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, barely survived his childhood. In separate incidents, he fell three stories onto his head, swallowed a bowl of acid, swallowed a pin, was burned by gunpowder, and fell into a river. dinant.be/en/inheritance/…
In in the 1970s professional 10 pin bowlers made twice as much as NFL players. priceonomics.com/the-rise…
In a scale model of the solar system, if the sun were modeled by a basketball, Earth would be like a small quilting pin 93 ft away. Pluto - the size of a pinhead - would be over half a mile away; and Alpha Centuari, 4,300 miles distant. solarscience.msfc.nasa.go…
Today I learned about the Silver Snoopy Award, a pin badge carried by NASA astronauts into space and presented to employees that kept them safe on their flight. Badges have been awarded to 15,000 NASA employees since 1968. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
Today I learned of an amateur bowler who almost killed himself trying to bowl the perfect match - 36 straight strikes. He grew increasingly dizzy and sweaty but got 35. In the final frame, he left the last pin standing. A doctor said he had bowled through a stroke and required heart surgery. dmagazine.com/publication…
The phrases 'PIN Number' and 'ATM Machine' are both examples of 'RAS Syndrome', or Redundant Acronym Syndrome Syndrome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAS…
There is a 10% chance a credit cards pin is 1234 gizmodo.com/5946582/the-2…
The idea of wooden stakes to kill vampires actually came from the use of wooden stakes to pin the dead down so they couldn’t escape the coffin. A measure taken during the New England vampire panic among other places. Though staked in the chest it had nothing to do with piercing the heart. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
During WWII the U.S. Army had a pin-up magazine called Yank. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yan…
ATM PINs were originally intended to have six digits, but have four because the inventor's wife said she could only remember that many. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/busin…
Intel has stopped idiot-proofing their CPU sockets. LGA1151 sockets have different pins for gen 6/7 and gen 8/9, but you can still slot them in all the same. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA…
The reason PINs are typically four digits is that the inventor's wife could only remember four digits. Had she not mentioned this they would be six digits. saharaweeklyng.com/why-at…
Hypochondria means the soft tissues and organs that lay beneath your ribs and sternum. Hundreds of years ago, when people went to their doctors with unspecified stomach pains the doctor often couldn’t pin down the problem. These soft tissues and organs were blamed for unspecified health problems blog.oup.com/2008/05/hypo…
Walter Hunt invented the safety pin to settle a $15 debt in 1849. lemelson.mit.edu/resource…
The "pins and needles" sensation you get when a body part falls asleep has a name- Paresthesia ninds.nih.gov/disorders/a…
The Chinese soldiers place pins/needles in their collars to ensure their heads are all angled to the same degree and don't drop while on parade nytimes.com/2009/09/29/wo…
The first automatic bowling pin-setting machines were for candlepin bowling, not ten pin, and they were first used at Whalom Park amusement park in Lunenburg, Massachusetts. boston.com/sports/untagge…
[] If you completely guessed someone's ATM pin was 1234 there is a 11% chance that you'd be right. lifehacker.com/5944567/th…
People can wear a recognized pin badge shaped like a ring to show fluency in, or a willingness to speak, the Irish Language en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C…
Women used needle and thread to sew their hair in place before modern bobby pins and hair ties. youtu.be/9yPwVwSwvAI
The anvil (bottom) of a stapler actualy has a purpose; you can use it to temporarily 'pin' papers. Or use it to staple bigger stacks of paper. shoplet.com/blog/office-s…
Redundant phrases such as "ATM Machine" and "PIN Number" are examples of RAS Syndrome- Redundant Acronym Syndrome Syndrome en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/R…
11% of people have 1234 as their ATM pins; The least popular ATM pin was 8068. huffingtonpost.com/2013/0…
Over 10% of PIN numbers are '1234'. datagenetics.com/blog/sep…
There is a pistol called the Armatix Smart System iP1. the Pistol won't fire unless a radio-signal watch is located within 40 cm of the pistol, and the watch won't activate unless a finger print and a PIN code are entered into it. coedmagazine.com/2011/11/…
The slung term for the main rotor retaining nut in a helicopter is "Jesus nut". The term was coined by American solders in Vietnam because if the pin in the "Jesus nut" were to fail the only thing the crew could do is to "pray to Jesus" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes…
The world's first computer art was of a pin-up girl. theatlantic.com/technolog…
The inventor of the ATM originally envisioned 6-digit PIN codes, but his wife couldn't remember more than 4 numbers, so that became the minimum and currently most popular length. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
The US doesn't have Chip and Pin physorg.com/news/2011-09-…
Ejectees of a Martin Baker Ejection seat join the "Ejection Tie Club," and receive a pin and tie. martin-baker.com/clubs
A bowling alley in Brighton, Massachusetts closed in the 80's after 4 men were brutally beaten with bowling pins and then shot to death. the13thfloor.tv/2016/08/1…
The 7-10 split is the third most difficult spare to pick up in bowling, not the first. The hardest spare to convert is the "Greek Church," consisting of five remaining pins. slate.com/articles/sports…
The medical term for the "pins and needles" sensation you feel when losing circulation is called Paresthesia and has a sub-type called Formication that is the medical term for the feeling of insects crawling under your skin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Phrases like "PIN Number" or "ATM Machine" are examples of "RAS Syndrome", or "Redundant Acronym Syndrome Syndrome". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAS…
Guests visiting Bill Gates' $63 million home are given a pin to wear that automatically adjusts the temperature, lighting, and music of a room when they enter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
11% of people are stupid enough to use 1234 as their PIN, and approximately 26.83% of PIN's could be guessed within 20 attempts by using things like 1111, 2222, 1000 etc. datagenetics.com/blog/sep…
Some girls get "bobby pin headaches", were the tension from putting your hair up gives you a headache. answers.com/Q/Can_hair_ac…
Serial killer John Wayne Gacy met First Lady Rosalynn Carter in 1978. The picture of them together shows him wearing a pin that meant Secret Service gave him special clearance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Most Southern U.S. English speakers make no phonic distinction between 'pen' and 'pin' and this is one of the most widely recognized features of Southern speech today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
The US only recently started adopting chip and PIN for credit cards, meaning around 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMV…
The Foo Fighters’ 1997 sophomore album β€œThe Colour and the Shape” is named after a bowling pin the tour manager bought at a thrift store in which he described it as the reason he bought it. Also that the album was recorded on a Hollywood porn set. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The pins and needles sensation some people feel in their groin when anxious is caused by the nervous system moving the reproductive organs to protect them. blog.awkwardhuman.com/wha…
After refusing to abandon a dying comrade numerous times , Warrant Officer Kevin Wheatley pulled the pins from two grenades and calmly awaited the Viet Cong, holding one grenade in each hand. An action leading to his death and him being posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kev…
In 1964 the best-selling Beatles merchandise were the "I Love Ringo" lapel pins en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
20th century women used their hat pins as weapons against men sexually harassing them. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
ATM PINs are only four numbers because the ATM inventor's wife couldn't remember six. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Parethesia is the proper medical term for the "pins and needles" feeling healthline.com/health/par…
Left handed soldiers prepare and throw grenades upside down because of safety pin removal armystudyguide.com/conten…
Pin ball has been banned in New York City from 1942 to 1976 slate.com/blogs/atlas_obs…
For 50 years townships named Stroud in England, USA, Canada, and Australia have held an annual international Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing Contest stroudnewsandjournal.co.u…
Most languages besides English reference ants when referring to the 'pins and needles' sensation. ask.metafilter.com/293609…
If you eject from an aircraft using a Martin Baker ejection seat you join their Ejection Tie Club - receiving a tie and a pin martin-baker.com/clubs/ej…
American mechanic/inventor Walter Hunt invented safety pin to pay his $15 debt and sold his product's rights for just $400 in 1849 lemelson.mit.edu/resource…
In 1841 the State of Connecticut Outlawed Nine Pin Bowling in an Attempt to Curb Gambling. Ten Pin Bowling was Created as a Loophole to get Around the Law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow…
, bowling pins are not solid plastic but, they are solid maple with nylon shell youtu.be/sSZnI35m3hU
Deep brain stimulation, i.e. zapping the brain, can help manage the tics and outbursts associated with severe Tourette's syndrome. But there are some serious side-effects: "Over 35% of patients reported ... difficulty controlling speech muscles and persistent feelings of pins-and-needles." cosmosmagazine.com/biolog…
The circular dimples on plastic products are because of push pins that push cooled plastic out of a mold youtu.be/RMjtmsr3CqA?t=29…
The term "Type A personality" originated from a bogus, tobacco industry-funded study seeking to pin the blame for heart disease and cancer on an inherently stressful lifestyle, rather than cigarette smoking businessinsider.com/type-…
Guests visiting Bill Gates' $63 million home are given a pin to wear that automatically adjusts the temperature, lighting, and music of a room when they enter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
The buttonhole on mens suit's lapels is not only used for pins, but also was once used to button their hats to their clothing so it would not blow away. gq.com/story/button-hole-…
Today I learned of Combat Juggling. While juggling three pins, two or more players try knocking opponents pins away from them while in the air. The only organization to the competition is the World Juggling Federation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Toe wrestling is a sport involving two opponents who lock feet and attempt to pin the other's foot down. It is common courtesy for each player to remove the other player's shoes and socks. ripleys.com/weird-news/to…
Pi is found not only in circles, you can drop a pin on a sheet of paper with lines spaced the pins length. no matter how many times you drop it, it will bisect a line 2/pi times. (8:30s in) youtu.be/z3iuBXrTBRo?t=51…
IGN.com is owned by Fox News King pin Rupert Murdoch since 2005. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ign…

Please note that this site uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse web traffic. Click here for more information.