Winchester Cathedral was built on marsh and was on the verge of collapse as it sunk into the earth. A diver named William Walker worked alone in pitch-black water for five years, eventually putting down 25,000 bags of concrete, 115,000 concrete blocks, and 900,000 bricks to save its foundation. bbc.co.uk/hampshire/conte…
In 2016, a study that examined over 464,000 recordings of pop music recorded between 1955-2010 found that since the 1960s, pop music had less variety in pitch progressions, grown average loudness levels, less diverse instrumentation and recording techniques, and less timbral variety en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
After a 2002 football match between Mali and Cameroon, the Cameroonian head coach and goalkeeping coach were arrΠ΅sted by rΡ–ot pΠΎlice, after allegedly placing a charm on the pitch. A spokesman said "we are no more willing to see witch doctors on the pitch than cannibals at the concession stands" goal.com/en/news/chan-202…
The reference pitch for tuning orchestras was incorporated into the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I (article 282.22) loc.gov/law/help/us-treat…
Acquiring β€˜perfect’ pitch is possible for some adults news.uchicago.edu/story/a…
In 1998 There was a soccer match in the Democratic Republic of Congo between Bena Tshadi and Basangana teams. The Score was 1-1 when suddenly lightning struck the pitch during the match and killed all eleven Bena Tshadi players while the the athletes from Basanga came out unscathed. theguardian.com/football/…
There is a soccer (association football) pitch in the Baltic country of Estonia that has a 150-year old oak tree in the middle of it that was named the 2015 European Tree of the Year theguardian.com/environme…
Increasing a sound by one octave doubles its pitch/frequency szynalski.com/tone#A4,v0.…
The worlds smallest playable guitar is 10 microns long (about the size of a red blood cell). It has six strings each about 100 atoms wide and is played by aiming lasers at the strings. Its tone is about 130,000 times higher than a regular guitar supposedly the highest pitch ever recorded. theguardian.com/music/201…
Rod Serling got the idea for the Twilight Zone episode "I Shot an Arrow into the Air" from a conversation with a friend, to whom he paid $500 for the rights. More people would pitch episode ideas to Serling in person over the years, but none were ever produced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_S…
In baseball, when a 95 mile per hour pitch is thrown, batters only have around 425-450 milliseconds to react. For reference, blinking takes about 400 milliseconds on average. Quite literally, if you blink, you'll miss it. npr.org/2016/09/03/492516…
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…
Abraham Lincoln’s voice was "shrill" and "higher" pitch than we portray. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Michael Jackson composed songs despite not playing any instruments. He would build each element of a track with his voice, so pitch perfect that studio musicians could match chords to his singing. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/t…
Adam DeVine of Workaholics and Pitch Perfect was paralyzed and nearly had his legs amputated at age 11 after being run over by a truck. He recovered years later after multiple surgeries and still has scarring. He credits this experience with giving him his ambition and drive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada…
FIFA 2001 and Gran Turismo 2 on PlayStation had a "scratch and sniff" perfumed disc that was supposed to smell like a football pitch on FIFA and burning tyres on Gran Turismo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
Aroldis Chapman holds the record for fastest pitch at 105.1 MPH. When Nolan Ryan played they clocked pitches at 10 feet from the plate, now they clock it at release point. Had Ryan pitched his record 100.9 today it would have clocked at around 108 MPH and he would have regularly thrown 106-107. beyondtheboxscore.com/201…
In the initial pitch of Scooby Doo, Scooby was depicted as a sheep dog. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
Vocal jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald was born with perfect pitch so precise that the band musicians she worked with would tune their instruments to her voice. npr.org/2010/03/29/125170…
John Knoll, who is one of the creators of Adobe Photoshop, was the visual effects supervisor for the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and helped pitch the story of Rogue One en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Pilots departing from California's John Wayne Airport are required by law to cut their engines and pitch nose down shortly after takeoff for about 6 miles in order to reduce noise in the residential area below. avgeekery.com/whats-rolle…
As President McKinley was dying, no one knew where Vice President Teddy Roosevelt was. When located in the wilderness he raced all night down mountain roads on a buckboard wagon in pitch black and pouring rains to be sworn in. thehistorybandits.com/201…
Ray Chapman is the only Major League Baseball player to die during a game. He was hit in the head by a pitch thrown by Yankees pitcher Carl Mays. It led to Major League Baseball banning the spit ball. sportscasting.com/yankees…
A theremin is a musical instrument that depends on electromagnetic fields created around its antennae, which players move their hands or fingers around to change pitch or volume. electronics.howstuffworks…
Novelist Nick Hornby (Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, About a Boy) uses Jigsaws to help him write. He also locks himself out of his internet to avoid distractions. thecommunitywriter.com/bl…
Today I learned of this Turkish language which is not spoken but whistled, this language is used by villagers living in the mountains and the high pitch of the whistle allows them to communicate across long distances youtube.com/watch?v=6CYhR…
The Red, White, & Blue Bomb Pop was created the summer of 1955 as Cold War tensions between the US and Soviet Union were heating up, with nervousness and caution surrounding a possibility of nuclear war building to a fever pitch. Marketed as a Patriotic Popsicle, associated with the 4th of July. mylocalradio.com/cold-war…
The "whistling" noise used to indicate bombs falling in movies and TV shows is almost always the wrong way round. Anyone underneath a bomb that made such a sound (only specific WW2-era bombs) would hear the pitch increasing as it got closer, not decreasing, due to the Doppler effect. scienceabc.com/eyeopeners…
The lyrics of "Paperback Writer" actually show a bad pitch of a book - reasons for the pitch's low quality include not telling enough about the plot, revealing the writer's desperation, making outlandish claims and showing that the book is unfinished. nathanbransford.com/blog/…
The creators of Fever Pitch had to rewrite the ending - they expected the Red Sox to lose in the playoffs, and wrote the original script accordignly, but the Boston team surprised them by winning the World Series. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fev…
, Sandy Koufax, the youngest player ever elected to the Hall Of Fame was devoutly Jewish and alternately refused to pitch or attend workouts on the holidays of Passover, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. baseballhall.org/discover…
Vocal jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald was born with perfect pitch so precise that the band musicians she worked with would tune their instruments to her voice. npr.org/2010/03/29/125170…
Over Newgrange, a prehistoric tomb in Ireland. It is pitch dark in the tomb the whole year, except for 15 min around Dec 21, when sunlight illuminates the niche in the front. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Today I learned of Phosphenes, illusory light effects seen in pitch dark due to eye pressure, electrical or magnetic stimulation. Lengthy light deprivation causes the brain to see shapes made of phosphenes, called Prisoners Cinema. Some scientists believe this was an inspiration for neolithic cave paintings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Today I learned about Monica Seles who became the youngest-ever French Open singles Champion at the age of 16 years, 6 months in 1991 and a further 7 Grand Slams till 1993 when a fan invaded the pitch and stabbed her, she never really recover from the psychological setback. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Today I learned of Panyee FC, a club in Southern Thailand that plays on a floating pitch. thepositiveday.com/story-…
At the peak of Kelsey Grammers addictions, Frasier writer Dan O'Shannon said "he would snap into Frasier and expound in this very erudite dialogue and be pitch-perfect. Jimmy would cut and he would ooze back into Kelseyβ€”glazed over eyes, half asleep, going through whatever he was going through." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kel…
"Tremolo bars" are called that way because Leo Fender had a habit of calling his volume pedal "vibrato pedal" and his vibrato bar "tremolo bar". Tremolo is a change in volume while vibrato is change in pitch. fender.com/articles/tech-…
The woman that plays the not out, but obvious, lesbians from Pitch Perfect is actually Esther Dean. A hit singer, songwriter, producer and actor that has earned the name, β€œthe song factory” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Est…
Until 2013, Shark Tank required 5% equity of all companies - just to pitch in the show. Lawyers at ABC later changed the requirement after Mark Cuban gave them an ultimatum β€” remove the equity clause or "I'm not coming back." inc.com/will-yakowicz/mar…
Today I learned about 20% of the people with absolute pitch also have synesthesia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abs…
The Octavia was an effects pedal designed for Jimi Hendrix by his sound technician, Roger Mayer. It reproduces the input signal from a guitar one octave higher and/or lower in pitch, and mixes it with the original and added distortion fuzz. It can be heard in guitar solos on the song Purple Haze en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oct…
A "no pitch" in baseball that is ruled to be not a ball, a strike or a balk. One of the most well-known examples of this is when Randy Johnson hit a bird with a pitch in 2001; the ball was ruled dead, as was the bird. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_…
The actor/comedian Chevy Chase has β€œAbsolute Pitch”, which is defined as being able to identify or re-create any given musical note without the benefit of a reference tone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
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 of the color Mummy Brown. First made in the 16th and 17th centuries, this rich brown pigment was created by mixing both human and feline mummy crumbles with white pitch and myrrh. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
The longest continuously run experiment in the world is a pitch drop experiment started in 1928. Drops fall at a rate of about 1 per decade. It has outlived at least 2 of its experimenters. bbc.co.uk/news/science-en…
Today I learned of the Pitch Drop Experiment. To prove that the substance bitumen is actually an extremely slow-flowing liquid. It was poured into a beaker in 1927, since then only 9 drips have dropped to the bottom of the beaker. (About one every 10 years). smp.uq.edu.au/pitch-drop-…
, in 2013, an expedition to recover bodies from a tugboat sunk at 30 meter depth, found one survivor trapped in an air bubble, in pitch black, after 3 days theguardian.com/world/201…
The Triangle is theoretically an instrument of indefinite pitch, for its fundamental pitch is obscured by its nonharmonic overtones. Triangle parts in classical music can be very demanding and "the triangle is by no means a simple instrument to play" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…

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