The Hindenburg Zepplin had a smoking lounge. The room was pressurized to prevent Hydrogen from leaking in and the airships stewards scrutinized passengers who left the room to make sure they weren't bringing out lit cigarettes or pipes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
, the first president of Mongolia, Peljidiin Genden allegedly slapped and broke Stalin's pipe after Stalin pressured him to destroy Mongolia's buddhist clergies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pel…
Today I learned of a Russian analog computer built in 1936 that ran by a careful manipulation of water through a room full of interconnected pipes and pumps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
A grandmother was killed at a gender reveal party when the partygoers mistakenly built a pipe bomb instead of a clever gender reveal device. cnn.com/2019/10/28/us/iow…
The first pipe organ was made 2200 years ago by Greek engineer Ctesibius of Alexandria, making pipe organs 200 years older than Christianity. They weren't adopted by the church until 1000 years later, when Charlemagne requested one for his private chapel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pip…
The worlds largest pipe organ is located in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It is also the loudest musical instrument ever constructed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boa…
The romans often had toilets and a drainage system involving running water at their homes, but their pipes had no u shaped traps, meaning that their toilets may have done more harm than good towards sanitation, as everything could travel both ways in their pipe system nature.com/news/the-secre…
In 2002 a midwestern college student attempted to create a "smile" across America with pipe bombs in mailboxes. He was committed to an FBI psych hospital where he remains to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luk…
Despite the Romans using lead water pipes, lead poisoning from the water supply system was almost nonexistent since the high calcium content in their water created a layer of plaque preventing the water contacting the lead itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
An ancient effigy was recently discovered beneath an English church's pipe organ. It is the oldest alabaster effigy of a priest discovered in the UK. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Casio founder Kashio Seisakujo's first invention was a cigarette holder called yubiwa pipe that allowed smoker to use both hands while smoking en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Today I learned about the Great Stalacpipe Organ, a 3.5 acre pipe organ inside a cavern in Virginia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The Valere Basilica in Switzerland houses the world's oldest playable pipe organ, built ca. 1435. Twelve pipes and most of the case are original (the other pipes have been replaced in later restorations). The arrangement of the pipes form the outline of a church. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Scientists discovered a cannibalistic ant colony composed entirely of worker ants in a abandoned Soviet Bunker in Poland. They had fallen down ventilation pipes leading into the bunker and reverted to cannibalism to survive. The scientists built a bridge that allowed most of them to escape. newsweek.com/cannibal-ant…
The phrase β€œpull out all the stops” derives from pipe organs. Organ stops, the knobs around the organ console, are pulled or pushed to control whether or not a section of pipes produce sound, and consequently the volume. When you need to play an organ at full volume, you pull out all the stops. thetabernaclechoir.org/ar…
A 1983 April Fools' Day edition of the Durand Express, reported that "dihydrogen oxide" had been found in the city's water pipes,and warned that it was fatal if inhaled,and could produce blistering vapours.The dihydrogen monoxide parody involves calling water by an unfamiliar chemical name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dih…
The early 20th century Marquess of Anglesey, Henry Cyril Paget, led an extremely lavish lifestyle. He travelled in a custom car with leather furniture, wooden fixtures, and a baroque carved ceiling. The exhaust pipe sprayed scent: sometimes violet, sometimes patchouli, sometimes l’eau d’Espagne thechap.co.uk/2013/12/18/…
The Hindu god Shiva has long been linked to cannabis. He is often represented smoking cannabis in a pipe, or chillum, and referred to as β€œLord of the Bhang” (bhang is the indian term for cannabis). youtube.com/watch?v=HJNvQ…
The Philippines has a pink sand beach recognized as one of a handful of Pink Sand Beaches in the World and is the only one in Asia. The color of the sand comes from the pulverized red organ pipe coral from eons of surf erosion mixed with the white sand en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The first streaming music service started in 1897. Users in New York could pick up their phones and connect to the Telharmonium, a central hub that would pipe music being played live by two musicians playing 24 hours a day. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about Chester Plummer, the first shooting victim on the grounds of the White House. This happened when the taxi driver from Washington, DC, scaled the fence with a pipe and started charging towards the White House en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
As a defensive measure Israel installed an underwater pipe system to pump flammable crude oil into the Suez Canal, thereby creating a sheet of flame. On the eve of the Yom Kippur War, teams of Egyptian frogmen blocked the underwater openings with concrete before launching their attack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
The largest fully-functional pipe organ in the world is in a Macy's in Philadelphia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
Today I learned of spray paint on sidewalks called β€œutility graffiti,” which uses colors and symbols to identify pipes and wires underground. Marking the ground wasn’t standard until 1976, when a dig in Los Angeles punctured a gas line and created a β€œwall of fire” that killed 9 people and destroyed 7 buildings. popularmechanics.com/tech…
The largest firework on record used a 62" shell, weighed 2797 pounds, was launched from a 26 ft metal pipe buried into Emerald Mountain in Colorado, and was launched with a starting velocity of at least 300mph. datagenetics.com/blog/jul…
The term "Pipe Dream" originated from the opium dens of the old west, where people would hallucinate after smoking too much opium. grammarist.com/phrase/pip…
The Manhattan Company, founded by Aaron Burr, was established in the early nineteenth century to provide lower New York with clean water by pumping it through a system of wooden pipes. archaeology.org/issues/18…
In 2016, Manchester United canceled a game and evacuated the stadium after a steward discovered a pipe bomb in the bathrooms. Fortunately, the bomb was a fake; it had been left there by the security team during a training exercise and forgotten. theguardian.com/football/…
There are only two organs with 64β€² pipes (stops) in the world. The lowest note of these stops has a frequency of 8 Hz, which humans can just feel, not hear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Org…
In 2016, an octopus named Inky mysteriously disappeared from New Zealand's National Aquarium. A wet trail later revealed he escaped his tank through a small hole, slid across the floor at night and squeezed his body through a pipe leading to the ocean. news.nationalgeographic.c…
In 1999, 40 million people suddenly lost power in the Philippines, igniting fears of a possible military coup, only to find out that the cooling pipes of one power grid had sucked up 50 dump truck’s worth of jellyfish which caused the outage. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Junius Brutus Booth (father of the assassin) was a raging alcoholic and actor whose manager locked him up before plays to keep him sober. From a room Junius was locked in before one play, he bribed a bellboy to stand outside with brandy to drink it through the door’s keyhole using a small pipe. libsysdigi.library.illino…
After the band Weezer covered the song "Africa" by Toto, Toto covered the song "Hash Pipe" by Weezer as a response spin.com/2018/07/toto-wee…
Today I learned about Smoky the Yorkie, a pet dog to soldiers in the south pacific, weighing 4lbs, who kept operational 40 United States fighters by running a wire tied to her collar through a 6in pipe, completing a 3 day construction job in minutes. Also had 10 recognized combat flights, 8 combat stars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
Portland has started generating clean energy by replacing some water pipes with pipes that contain turbines. The turbines generate electricity from water that is already flowing under the city. The pipes are expected to generate $2,000,000 worth of renewable energy capacity over 20 years. money.good.is/articles/po…
The steam iconically shooting out of the streets of New York City comes from the underground new york steam system. The 105 mile system of pipes began providing services in 1882, it uses clean water and still delivers steam to over 2,000 city buildings today. wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Yo…
In response to the cholera outbreak of 1854, Chicago engineers decided to install a sewage system by raising the grade of the city by up to 14 feet. That is, they literally put buildings on stilts and buried the new sewer pipes under the buildings. enjoyillinois.com/illinoi…
Most homes in California don't have basements. This is because basements are primarily for keeping pipes below the frost line so they don't freeze when it's cold out. Warm climates don't have this problem, thus no need for a basement. finehomebuilding.com/1998…
Today I learned about Inky the Octopus's great escape from New Zealand's National Aquarium. One night he squished through a hole in the tank, slid across the floor and squeezed through a pipe into the ocean. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The world's largest musical instrument is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Wanamaker Organ has 28,750 pipes in 464 ranks, laid out across five floors, and has 2 full-time curators to keep it running perfectly. youtube.com/watch?reload=…
Pipe Organs need to be tuned like almost every other instrument, a long and laborious process made more complicated by the fact that the body heat of the organ tuner is sufficient to noticeably change the pitch of the pipe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pip…
In 1986 Congress Amended the Safe Drinking Water Act, mandating "lead free" pipes in public water systems or plumbing providing water for human consumption. The "lead free" pipes were allowed to be up to 8% lead. epa.gov/sdwa/use-lead-fre…
The Brazen Bull, an alleged execution device which roasted the condemned alive. The hollow brass bull was set over a fire with the victim locked inside. Pipes converted the screams into sounds of a bull, and the smoke into spicy clouds of incense. The scorched bones were then made into bracelets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Parodies of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa date back to atleast 1887 when EugΓ¨ne Bataille created Mona Lisa Smoking a Pipe. Another classic parody is Marcel Duchamp's, 1919, L.H.O.O.Q. which is a postcard of the painting with a drawn on moustache and beard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.H…
There are over 105 miles of pipes under New York City that brings steam to over 100,000 buildings to provide heat. None of these buildings has a chimney, which is a distinct feature of the NYC skyline. citylab.com/life/2015/10/…
205-year-old wooden water pipes were recently (2017) unearthed in Philadelphia philly.curbed.com/2017/5/…
Aunt Sally was a game played in England. An Aunt Sally was originally the modelled head of an old woman with a clay pipe in her mouth; the object was for players to throw sticks at the head in order to break the pipe. The target could also be a live person, a puppet, or ball on a stick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aun…
Today I learned of Bill Millin, a bagpiper who was one of the first soldiers to charge on D-day. While playing the pipes, his comrades fell around him. He said he only survived because German snipers thought he was too crazy to shoot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
There are "combat dolphins" used by many naval forces in the world. They seek mines, look out for intruders, and locate/tag lost equipment. These dolphins can tell the difference between stainless steel, brass, or aluminum pipes that are buried over two feet in mud in the ocean floor. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Producer George Young suggested AC/DC add bagpipes to "It's a Long Way to the Top" after learning that singer Bon Scott had been in a pipe band. Scott agreed despite having never played the bagpipes before; he had actually been the pipe band's drummer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%…

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