30 years ago you had 15-17 minutes to escape a house fire. Nowadays you only have 3-5 minutes (due to more plastics & petroleum-based products in the house as well as more open floor plans, bigger rooms, & higher ceilings). buyersask.com/interior/al…
Stanford researchers showed that mealworms can safely consume various types of plastics including toxic additive-containing plastic such as polystyrene with no ill effects. The worms can then be used as a safe, protein-rich feed supplement news.stanford.edu/press/v…
Sushruta, the first known plastic surgeon specialized in rhinoplasty i.e. nose reconstruction. This was important in ancient India as convicted criminals and women accused of adultry had their noses amputated as a mark of untrustworthiness. Rhinoplasty offered them a chance to escape the stigma. ancient.eu/sushruta/
Until 1964, Mr. Potato Head toys were meant to be used with real potatoes. The toy was shipped with β€œplastic facial pieces,” which had sharp ends that had to be forcibly inserted into a potato (not included), and presented both choking and stabbing hazards for small children. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
The Invictus games for disabled Veterans was started by Prince Harry after he was pulled from Afghanistan and they put him on a flight with four unconscious soldiers missing limbs and wrapped in plastic. One holding a piece of shrapnel that had been removed from his head. abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
The little 3-legged plastic pizza table (pizza saver) was invented in 1974, which the inventor called "SEPI" or "Separador de pizza" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piz…
Jackie Chan has permanent hole in his head filled with plastic plug en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
Today I learned that Lego creator, Ole Kirk Christiansen, created plastic interlocking bricks in 1949. They were originally named "Automatic Binding Bricks". Lego has kept their original size so all bricks can interlock. lego.com/en-us/aboutus/ne…
The "recyclable" logos with a number inside found on plastics are not actually indicating if the item is recyclable or not, but simply what type of plastic it is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
In 2006, the Worlds Tallest Man saved two dolphins by using his long arms to reach into their stomachs and pull out dangerous plastics after all other attempts to use instruments had failed. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
The first plastic credit cards were issued in 1961 by Diners Club International kommersant.ru/doc/1556158
The market for recycled plastic determines what gets recycled. If you put plastic bags in the recycling, they cost too much to recycle and get put in landfills after sorting. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
The first ATM was patented by Scotsman James Goodfellow in 1966. The first one was invented by John Shepherd -Barron and unveiled in London 1967, Shepherd - Barron's one used impregnated cheques. Where's name Goodfellow's used a plastic card similar to today's machines. bbc.com/news/amp/uk-scotl…
In Singapore it is common to get take away coffee (kopi) in a plastic bag (not dissimilar to a small shopping bag with handles), rather than a takeaway cup. expatliving.sg/local-coff…
Don Featherstone, creator of the famous plastic Pink Garden Flamingo, also wore matching outfits with his wife every single day for 35 years theatlantic.com/technolog…
The area south of Berlin where the Tesla Giga Factory is being built was also the birth place in the 50s of a plastic material durable and flexible enough to be be used as car body for the iconic Trabant. bpb.de/geschichte/zeitges…
In 2019 an expedition that descended to the Mariana Trench, the deepest area in the world's oceans, found a plastic bag and sweet wrappers at the bottom of the Trench. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
[] the base of bubblegum is made from synthetics, plastics, and rubber. youtube.com/watch?v=j893F…
A footbag is the term for a small, round bag usually filled with plastic pellets or sand, which is kicked into the air as part of a competitive game or as a display of dexterity. "Hacky Sack" is the name of a brand of footbag popular in the 1970s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hac…
In the 1950s, jazz musician Charlie Parker played on an early plastic saxophone called the Grafton. Today, the vast majority of student clarinets from professional manufacturers are actually made of ABS Resin, not wood blog.pbone.co.uk/the-prob…
Before the advent of plastics, tortoiseshell from the hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) was used in eyeglass frames and decorative items. britannica.com/animal/tur…
The floppy disk drive (FDD) was invented at IBM by Alan Shugart in 1967. The 5.25-inch disks held 360 kilobytes and were dubbed "floppy" because the diskette packaging was a very flexible plastic envelope. computer.howstuffworks.co…
Dr.Brian May, the lead guitarist of Queen exclusively uses pre-1956 British six-pence coins as guitar picks for his home-built guitar called the 'Red Special'. He likes the serrations on them and claims the soft silver doesn't damage the strings nearly as much as conventional plastic picks canadiancoinnews.com/quee…
The round indentation on the side of plastic milk jugs serves a specific function: it varies between individual bottles to make sure all milk jugs have the exact same interior volume. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Most Modern Chewing Gums, are made from polyethylene and polyvinyl acetate. Plastic Polymers that are commonly used to create Grocery Bags, & Plastic Bottles. These ingredients are considered Trade Secrets & are generally listed in the Ingredients under the description 'Gum Base.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Scientists trained bumblebees to pull strings for food; they pulled strings to bring discs with sugar water out from under a plastic sheet. Over 60% of other bees watching behind a clear wall knew to pull the string when it was their turn. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
Today I learned that Japanese scientists discovered a bacteria that eats plastic bottles. It was discovered in a pile of bottles outside a recycling plant and it was named Ideonella sakaiensis. Scientists speculate that more bacteria are out there that have evolved to eat other plastics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ide…
Water striders (pond skaters) are not just found in freshwater, but are the only insects that have successfully adapted to the open ocean. Increased floating plastics, has given ocean going pond skaters more nesting surface which could cause a disruption to the oceanic food chain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Today I learned of Artur Fischer, a German soldier who survived Stalingrad on the last plane out. After the war, he went on to invent many ubiquitous items such as the synchronized camera flash and the plastic wall anchor, and held over 1100 patents before dying at age 96. nytimes.com/2016/02/09/bu…
The original Mr. Potato Head didn't come with a plastic body. The pieces were meant to be put into an actual potato. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
After recovering three Astronauts' bodies from the sunken wreckage of Space Shuttle Challenger in March 1986, the bodies were placed in 30 gallon plastic garbage cans and transported 25 miles in the open bed of a Navy pickup truck. lutins.org/nasa.html
Modern glitter made from plastics was invented in 1934 by a farmer in New Jersey. Glitter was previously made from glass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gli…
Between 2008 and 2017 monobloc plastic chairs were banned from public spaces in Basel to "preserve the beauty of cityscape". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled theguardian.com/environme…
There’s no plastic used in plastic surgery. The term comes from the Greek word β€œplastikus” which means β€œto form” or β€œto mold”. royalfree.nhs.uk/services…
Traditionally bubblegums are made using tree resins, today most bubblegums are made from synthetic materials, such plastic and rubber. youtube.com/watch?v=2kttV…
Today I learned about "The Cube", an all-plastic, fan-less, button-less computer revealed by Apple on July 19th, 2000. Steve Job's focus on aesthetics resulted in a computer that looked good but that consumers couldn't afford, and it was retracted less than a year later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pow…
A train company invented a way to ship oil without pipelines; bitumen is converted into a solid product and sealed in plastic made from recyclables. The pucks are designed to be transported in regular container cars by train and loaded onto cargo ships at coal terminals. They float too! cbc.ca/news/business/cn-r…
london based innovative start-up called Skipping Rocks Lab, a group of researchers and business developers whose aim is to make product packaging obsolete β€œOoho”- A sustainable water bottle you can eat and drink declares war on plastic bottles interestingengineering.co…
The man believed to be the richest drug lord of all time died while getting plastic surgery to alter his appearance. The two surgeons that performed the procedure were later found dead, encased in concrete inside steel drums, with their bodies showing signs of torture en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
In 1979 students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison planted 1008 plastic flamingos across campus. Ever since, Madison has embraced plastic flamingos; they are their soccer team's mascot and are even the city's official bird. wisconsinhistory.org/Reco…
Some commuters in Rome can now exchange plastic bottles for metro and bus tickets. The scheme started in 3 stations. One month after launching, 100,000 bottles had been exchanged. aawsat.com/english/home/a…
The original See 'n Say toy generated all its sounds using a plastic phonograph; so did many early talking cars youtube.com/watch?v=XsMRx…
A type of interlocking brick were invented in the late 1930s (predating LEGO by a decade) called American Bricks by ELGO Plastics Company madeinchicagomuseum.com/s…
Wax Worms can eat and break down one of the most common plastics (polyethylene) into organic compounds. Wax worms are common insects which evolved to live in bee hives. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The original iPhone’s screen was supposed to be plastic. But Steve Jobs complained that he was getting scratches on his screen. So Corning glass made the screen glass. theverge.com/2019/7/9/206…
Plastic and petroleum were originally environmental saviours, because they eliminated the need to kill whales, elephants, turtles, and many other creatures for their materials. scientificamerican.com/ar…
When Victor Vescovo reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest trench in the world, he discovered a plastic bag and candy wrappers at 10,928 metres (35,849 ft.) below the surface, confirming that human-generated waste can pollute even the deepest parts of the ocean en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1937 Fred Morrison got inspiration to create a plastic flying disc after initially throwing a pie pan from the Frisbie Pie Company. Twenty years later, the disc was named a Frisbee, as a nod to the pie company. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Dr. Alma Dea Morani was the first female plastic surgeon, created Philadelphia's first hand surgery clinic, and co-founded the Robert H. Ivy Society. At 15, she was inspired to become what she called a "repair doctor" after her Girl Scout leader gave her advanced first aid training. cfmedicine.nlm.nih.gov/ph…

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