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…
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 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…
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…
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 fully-functional pipe organ in the world is in a Macy's in Philadelphia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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, 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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
β€œpipe dream” is a euphimism for opium dream en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opi…
"Pulling out all the stops" comes from organ-playing meaning "bring into play every rank of pipes" youtube.com/watch?v=Mhw7p…
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…
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…
There is a large pipe embedded in the ice in Antarctica that allows you to see under the ice without getting wet. youtube.com/watch?v=u9aHl…
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=…
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…
Indian pipe is an herbaceous perennial plant native to temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America. Also called ghost pipe or corpse plant, it is sometimes completely waxy and lacks chlorophyll. The plant produces nervine used in western herbal and naturopathic medicine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
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/…
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%…
The heat pipes in your computer are filled with a liquid that changes to a gas and back to liquid. This capillary action greatly increases the heat sinks ability to transfer and cool the heat generated by the processor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Lambeau Filed, the home of the football team Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin has an underground maze of pipes that circulates anti-freeze liquids to keep the field from freezing. It also has an artificial lighting system to help the grass grow in frigid temperatures. nytimes.com/2012/01/14/sp…
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…
Today I learned about Amou Haji, an Iranian man that has not bathed in over 60 years, eats rotten porcupine meat and smokes animal feces from a large pipe. huffpost.com/entry/amou-h…
Today I learned that the term "pipe dream" stems from the practice of smoking opium grammarist.com/phrase/pip…
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…
The cartoon character Popeye was inspired by Frank "Rocky" Fiegel, who lived in the artist's home town. Fiegel had one eye, a prominent chin, he smoked a pipe, and often got into fist fights. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
After Weezer covered TOTO's song Africa, TOTO remade Weezer's song Hash Pipe billboard.com/articles/co…
When it rains heavy at Fenway Park the drain pipe allows fish to swim onto the field and the grounds crew will find dead fish the next day. archive.boston.com/sports…
Chase's octagon shaped logo, designed in 1961, is a stylized representation of the water pipes laid by its predecessor, the Manhattan Company, which Aaron Burr had formed as a water company in 1799, in a backdoor attempt to circumvent Alexander Hamilton's Bank of New York monopoly. newyorktraveler.net/burr-…
Scotland's (unofficial) national anthem, "Flower of Scotland", can't be played properly on the bagpipes because it contains a note - a flattened seventh - that the pipes cannot produce. telegraph.co.uk/sport/foo…
A 7 inch Yorkie saved 250 US soldiers 3 days of digging and kept 40 US planes operational during WWII by running a wire through a 70ft pipe huffingtonpost.com/2013/1…
Ball State University installed the largest geothermal system in the United States. Basically using the temperature of the earth to heat and cool the 600+ acre campus by circulating water through an underground network of pipes waterwelljournal.com/comp…
The Romans were aware that lead mining and lead pipes were toxic, but they did not connect that toxicity with lead cooking vessels penelope.uchicago.edu/~gr…
Today I learned of the $40m 'magic pipe', where Princess Cruises were fined for their ships discharging thousands of gallons of polluted bilge waste by means of a so-called magic pipe to divert oily waste into the waters. theguardian.com/environme…
An Octopus named "Inky" escaped an aquarium in New Zealand by slipping out of his tank, scuttling across the floor and making his way down a 164 foot drain pipe that delivered him into the Pacific Ocean relay-nationalgeographic-…
Weight loss occurs because most of it is breathed out. As you burn calories, the fat/carbs break down to carbon dioxide (80%) and water (20%). Similar to a car losing gasoline via the exhaust pipe. bbc.com/news/health-30494…
Plumbing is named for β€œplumbum”, the Latin word for lead, as Romans used lead to make water pipes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
A study published in 2015 reported detecting traces of Cannabis on pipes found in William Shakespeare's garden. time.com/3990305/william-…
The name of the city of Hoboken, New Jersey most likely comes from the native American phrase "Hopoghan Hackingh" meaning "land of the tobacco pipe" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hob…
The most powerful radio station ever was so strong locals could hear it in pipes, bedsprings, and pots and pans. It was located in OH and it's broadcast covered the eastern half of the US. jeff560.tripod.com/wlw.ht…
An octopus named Inky escaped into the ocean from New Zealand's Nat'l Aquarium. He slipped out of his enclosure via a small opening, slid across the floor during the night and squeezed his body through a pipe leading to the ocean. news.nationalgeographic.c…
When Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire was stepping out of her carriage one day, an Irish dustman exclaimed: "Love and bless you, my lady, let me light my pipe in your eyes!" Thereafter, whenever others complimented her, she would say, "After the dustman's compliment, all others are insipid." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Drano uses caustic or oxidizing chemicals to create heat to unclog a drain. If Drano does not clear the toilet, this heat can crack the porcelain, soften PVC pipes and dissolve old, corroded pipes ragsdaleair.com/news/shou…
A 7 inch Yorkie saved 250 US soldiers 3 days of digging and kept 40 US planes operational during WWII by running a wire through a 70ft pipe huffingtonpost.com/2013/1…
Russian scientist Vladimir Lukyanov built one of the world's first programmable computers in 1928. It manipulated water through interconnected pipes and pumps where the rate of flow represented mathematical operations and the water level in each tank showed the results of the calculations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
An octopus escaped from its tank at a New Zealand aquarium, crawled across the floor and into a pipe that led to the ocean wptv.com/news/world/octop…
"ZIG-ZAG Man" of rolling papers fame is based on the story of a French North African soldier (Zouave) whose smoking pipe was shattered by a stray bullet during the battle of Sevastopol so he rolled his tobacco using a piece of paper torn from a musket cartridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zig…
The trap or 'bend' in pipes is used to block off hazardous gasses from entering buildings. wikipedia.org/wiki/Trap_(…
Plants can β€œhear” the sound of running water through pipes in the groundβ€”they will actually grow towards the pipe, eventually bursting through it. researchgate.net/publicat…
There's systems in which you have pipes across your house that vacuum instead of portable vacuum cleaners, which you can just plug into. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Today I learned of Amou Haji, considered to be the "world's dirtiest man." He hasn't bathed in over 60 years, eats the rotten meat of dead animals, lives in a hole, and smokes animal poop from his pipe. nairaland.com/3809853/amo…
Jellyfish are the nuclear reactor's natural foes. A boiling water type reactor like the ones at Fukushima, Oskharshamn (Sweden) or Diablo Canyon (Ca, USA) have pipes that can and have clogged after a sudden bloom of jellyfish in the surrounding waters. theguardian.com/environme…
Crack pipes are sold as fake flowers in a glass tube at convenience stores. forbes.com/sites/daviddis…
Vincent Van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a 7mm revolver. He walked home, saw doctors but there was no surgeon to remove the bullet. The doctors left him alone smoking his pipe in his room. He died at 37 of infection two days later and his last words were "The sadness will last forever" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
A man spent 4 years in jail for plotting to kill Sherriff Joe Arpaio with a pipe bomb. After investigation it was discovered to be an elaborate publicity stunt, with Maricopa police supplying the bomb parts to the man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
Queen Victoria survived many assassination attempts: a man missed with two shots from six yards; John Francis shot at her two days in a row, a hunchbacked named Bean shot her with a pistol loaded with bits of tobacco pipe; & an Irishman named Hamilton shot a pistol at her that did not fire telegraph.co.uk/only-in-b…
Today I learned of a man, Michael Fagan, who at least once in 1982 broke into Buckingham Palace by climbing a drain pipe. He entered the Queen's bedroom and asked for cigarettes, which a maid bought him, before finally being arrested. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
A 160 million cubic meter decrease in water usage by German breweries has contributed to ground water in Berlin rising by up to a meter. Groundwater now has to be moved around by pipes to avoid flooding. waternewseurope.com/germa…
It's customary in Greece to put your used toilet paper in the bin as the sewer pipes are too small. tripadvisor.com/Travel-g1…
The National Weather Service recommends not to shower during a lightning storm, for if it strikes your house and electrifies your water pipes. It can kill you discovery.com/tv-shows/my…
Rats can actually crawl up your sewer pipe and through your toilet into the house youtube.com/watch?v=0t2VP…
Today I learned of "The Mad Piper" Bill Millin, the only bagpiper to land on the beach in Normandy. While men fell around him, he played his pipes throughout the battle. A group of captured German snipers was asked why they hadn't shot him. They replied that they thought he'd gone insane and felt bad for him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Today I learned that a sink trap is a J-shaped pipe beneath a sink, designed to trap noxious sewer gases before they enter the house. hometips.com/how-it-works…
Intel created a working version of the "Pipe Dream" Machine from Animusic youtube.com/watch?v=E4hjx…
In 2016 an octopus named Inky escaped from their tank at an aquarium in New Zealand and traveled down a 164 ft long pipe that lead to the South Pacific and sweet, sweet freedom. nytimes.com/2016/04/14/wo…
In 1983 hundreds of workers broke a world record by building a 3 bdrm home in just 3 hrs. It was later sold to buyers who weren't told about home's origin. The home was an instant nightmare: uneven slab, burst pipes, flawed roof, mismatched paint, buckled walls, crooked doors, faulty sewer, etc. articles.latimes.com/1986…
The switch to Chloramine in Washington DC did not accompany a pipe rehaul and 42,000 children were infected with lead exposure 6-83 times the maximum safe level leading to irreversible IQ loss en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
A Carrilon is a large, Bell-tower housed keyboard type instrument, comprised of levers that trigger bells ranging from a weight of 16 lbs to 11 tons. It is played with fists instead of fingers, and is dwarfed only by the largest pipe organs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
A cat named Schnautzie received the Purple Paw award for saving her owner from a gas leak. The cat climbed on her sleeping owner and woke her by tapping its paw on her nose. When Trudy Guy awoke she discovered a broken gas pipe. Firefighters told her the house could have blown up. nbc-2.com/story/12293367/…
An Indian rationalist was accused of blasphemy and had to flee the country after he proved that the "miracle" tears coming from a Jesus statue actually came from clogged drainage pipes. theguardian.com/world/201…
The phrase 'pipe dream' is an allusion to the dreams experienced by smokers of opium pipes phrases.org.uk/meanings/p…
Jellyfish have been attacking nuclear power plants in Japan and India since the 1960s, with up to 150 tons per day removed from the cooling system of just 1 power plant. In India, workers removed over 4mil jellyfish from screens over the entrances to cooling pipes. That’s 80 tons of jellyfish. nybooks.com/articles/2013…
The first streaming music service started in 1897. Users in New York could pick up their phones & 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…
In 1942 in a German POW camp north of Toronto the prisoners rebelled using pipes and sticks and were subdued by a group of baseball bat weilding Canadians. The Battle of Bowmanville. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow…
, Brasil was involved in World War II, fighting alongside Allied Forces in Italy, nicknamed 'The Smoking Snakes' based on the Brazilian saying, 'It's more likely for a snake to smoke a pipe than the BEF to go to the front and fight'. warfarehistorynetwork.com…
A man tried to commit suicide by cutting a gas pipe, and ended up blowing up his home. He survived with minor injuries but was imprisoned for 32 months for the knock-on effects of the explosion, having caused stress, damage to property, and injuries to neighbours. manchestereveningnews.co.…
Some top-selling cars and trucks are using special speakers to pipe sound files of a roaring engine into your vehicle's cabin to make more efficient cars sound more powerful washingtonpost.com/busine…
Today I learned of a genre of music called "chap hop" which advocates the wearing of tweed, growing a mustache, drinking gin or sherry, smoking a pipe and generally just living a dandy lifestyle, in a gangster hip hop style en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
After most US cities prohibited the use of lead pipes in the 1920's, the Lead Industry Association mounted a propaganda campaign highlighting the "advantages" of lead over other materials. The LIA's activities resulted in the proliferation of lead pipes for decades. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
A misfired bullet went past safeties at a range, through a storage room, missing a broom and some pipes by inches, breaks through another wall, struck a ceiling tile, skid along the tile for 7 inches, made a downward turn, penetrates another wall, and entered a boy's brain, killing him. youtu.be/HQ9WPwaSgRM
In America, even "lead-free pipes" can be up to 1/400 lead, and the limit was 8% lead up until two years ago cnn.com/2016/01/21/health…
After being seriously burned in her disappearing scene in Munchkinland, Margaret Hamilton (The Wicked Witch of the West) refused to do a subsequent scene requiring her to ride a smoking pipe broomstick. Her fill-in was hospitalized for eleven days with serious burns when the pipe exploded. oz.wikia.com/wiki/Betty_D…

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