New Mexico license plates are the only ones with USA on them because Americans don’t know it’s part of their country abqjournal.com/70736/100-…
In 2014 Korean Air vice president Heather Cho was so angry about receiving macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a plate, she forced the plane to taxi back to gate and unload the offending flight attendant. "Nutgate" ended up costing her 5 months in jail en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut…
Aluminum was once so valuable that Napoleon III served dinner to his most honored guests on aluminum plates, while the less distinguished were served on gold and silver plates. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Pizza Hut restaurants in China stopped offering one trip salad bars- due to customer's creating elaborately engineered "salad towers" carefully balanced on one plate. kotaku.com/how-chinese-in…
The cast of Top Gear was once violently attacked by an angry mob because the locals were offended by the license plate on one of their cars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top…
A California man got 'NULL' as a personalized license plate hoping that 'NULL' would confuse the computer system. Instead, when cops left the plate number info empty on a ticket or citation, the fine went to him. He got over $12k fines sent to him his first year. arstechnica.com/cars/2019…
Today I learned of the sunkin library book burning memorial in Berlin, Germany. The library is built underground, is not accessible to the public, and can only be viewed through a glass plate that shows enough empty bookcases to hold 20,000 books, the amount burned in a book burning event on May 10, 1933. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
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…
Today I learned about a traditional dish in Rochester made up of a disorganized combination of food known as the "Garbage Plate" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Russian License Plates use Cyrillic Characters, but only the ones that look like Latin Characters. rbth.com/lifestyle/330068…
According to the United States Flag Code, the flag β€œshould never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.” This includes paper napkins or plates printed with the design. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Beelzebufo ampinga was the biggest frog to have ever lived with a length of 19 cm and weight of 4.5 Kg. It had a short, wide head that was almost all mouth-a maw fitted with small, plate-like teeth, massive spikes protruding from its skull and armored plates embedded in the skin of its back blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Color photography has existed since 1907. The "autochrome" process used millions of microscopic red, green and blue colored potato starch grains that filtered light before it reached the emulsion on a glass plate. blog.scienceandmediamuseu…
When ice sheets collide, they can form mountains at the boundary, just like tectonic plates en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
The cover art for Prince's 2013 single "Breakfast Can Wait" was Dave Chappelle dressed as "Purple Rain" era Prince holding a plate of pancakes from a 2004 sketch. hollywoodreporter.com/liv…
Today I learned of Joseph Tartaro who applied for a vanity license plate with the California DMV that said "NULL" as a joke. Because of how computers interpret that word it wreaked havoc in the system and he began to receive dozens of citations in bulk from all over the state. theverge.com/tldr/2019/8/…
The band Franz Ferdinand's name was inspired by a racehorse called Archduke Ferdinand. The horse won the Northumberland Plate in 2001 and the band liked the alliteration. Additionally the band wanted a name that would imply their music would transform the world; like Ferdinand's death did. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Queen Elizabeth can legally drive a car without a license. She didn't need to take a driver's test and also doesn't have a number plate on her car. vanityfair.com/style/2019…
One reason why Greenland is considered the largest island and Australia is a continent not an island (even it fits the definition of an island to be entirely surrounded by water) is because Greenland is a part of the North American plate and Australia has its own separate tectonic plate. britannica.com/story/is-a…
Today I learned about β€œpico y placa” or β€œpeak and plate” which was started in BogotΓ‘, Colombia. It’s a driving restriction policy aimed to mitigate traffic congestion. Only license plates with certain numbers can drive on pre-established days and during peak hours. wikipedia.org/wiki/Pico_y…
, Silfra Iceland has a fissure where very experienced dives are able to touch two tectonic plates (North American and Eurasian) at once. dive.is/dive-sites/silfra
Radioactivity was discovered accidentally due to bad weather. H. Becquerel stopped his experiments on uranium that required sunlight in an overcast day and put uranium crystals and photographic plates away in a drawer. When he opened the drawer, he discovered the radioactive nature of uranium. aps.org/publications/apsn…
Because the number 8 is considered very lucky in Chinese culture, a Chinese man spent the equivalent of 1 millions RMB to secure a license plate reading '88888' in the hope of increasing his luck, to get pulled over 8 times by cops who thought the plate was a fake. shanghaiist.com/2016/06/2…
Florida man Arnold Abbott had been feeding street people at a beach weekly from 1991 till he died age 94 in 2019; he refused to stop even when a FL law limiting public food sharing came out in 2014. FLPD showed up when Abbot was passing out food; an officer demanded: "Drop that plate right now." browardpalmbeach.com/news…
There is an unusual instrument called the celeste/celesta which looks like a piano, but has metal plates like a xylophone, instead of strings, inside. This instrument is what gives the Nutcracker's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, and the Harry Potter theme, their distinct sound. youtu.be/Aw7HAyq54rw
; the first photograph was in 1826 or 1827, it was on a pewter plate and can still be seen, just. hrc.utexas.edu/kiosk/firs…
These rectangular plates on sidewalks are to warn people with vision impairment that they are about to walk out onto a street. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…
Service dogs go through a β€œPublic Access Test” where among other things they must stay put as a plate of food is placed 18” from them for one minute and then taken away iaadp.org/iaadp-minimum-t…
A team of scientists have had to recalculate Australia's latitude and longitude coordinates, as the country is on the fastest moving continental tectonic plate in the world. GPS data was out by more than 1.5 metres. abc.net.au/news/2016-07-2…
Pangaea wasn't the "first" continent where everything formed in one place, and that many super continents existed before it due to cyclical plate tectonic activity youtube.com/watch?v=ovT90…
In 2015 the Indiana Supreme Court banned a police officer from having "OINK" on their Fraternal Order of Police license plate. wfyi.org/news/articles/in…
The first state-issued license plate in the USA, a Massachusetts plate from 1903, is still being used by a relative of the original licensee. historicvehicle.org/licen…
The California DMV only allows the number "69" on your vanity license plate if your car was built in 1969. lamag.com/citythinkblog/r…
A man with a personalized license plate which read "NO PLATE" received 2500 overdue traffic tickets... because they had all been issued to various cars with no plates, and when a car marked "NO PLATE" appeared in the system, the algorithm automatically redirected those tickets to its owner. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In 600 million years plate tectonics will cease and C3 photosynthesis will no longer be possible, killing 99% of current plant species. In ~4 billion years the surface of the Earth will be +2,000 degrees F, melting surface rock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Today I learned of Eddie Gaedel, a dwarf and shortest player to appear in a MLB game at hight 3'7". Gaedel had one plate appearance, where he was walked in 4 straight balls and was replaced by a pinch runner. He wore the bat boy's uniform and was paid $100 for his appearance which he parlayed into $17K via TV en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
A Japanese Man cut off and served his own genitals to five diners, charging them $250 dollars a plate. He was reported to the police but wasn't arrested as there is no law against cannibalism in Japan. huffpost.com/entry/asexua…
A man whose car bore a license plate reading 'NO PLATE' received notices for thousands of unpaid parking tickets. snopes.com/fact-check/aut…
Every California license plate since 1947 has been made in the infamous Folsom State Prison, where inmates produce 45,000-50,000 plates each day kcra.com/amp/article/see-…
Everest hasn't stopped growing, Everest is 50 to 60 million years old and is formed by the upward force generated when the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates collided, pushing up the rocks that formed the highest mountain on Earth. That force is still at work today nationalgeographic.com/ad…
Queen Elizabeth II and Marilyn Monroe met in 1956, when both were 30, at the premiere of "The Battle of the River Plate". The Queen celebrated her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016, while Marilyn Monroe would have turned 90 on June 1 vanityfair.com/style/2016…
Serial killer Joel Rifkin was only caught when he was spotted driving without a rear licence plate, and police found the corpse of his last victim in the back of his truck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
Owners of high-end exotic sports cars often register their license plates in Montana to avoid taxes. autotrader.com/car-news/h…
Vermont's state license plate is the only US plate where the characters are debossed onto the plate, rather than embossed or screen printed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
In the Middle Ages, Knights in full harness (full plate armor) could contarary to popular belief, move quite well and were still agile enough to climb, run, roll, and wrestle with little dificulty. gizmodo.com/new-study-bus…
The Chicago Cubs originally played at a stadium whose right field fence was less than 200 feet from home plate.Any ball hit over that fence was deemed a ground rule double.After changing the ground rule to call those hits home runs, the Cubs had over 100 more home runs than the second place team en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Japan sits 4 tectonic plates, which is why Japan suffers from many earthquakes and tsunamis, and is why Japan has 110 active volcanoes. pbs.org/newshour/science/…
In Ohio, repeat DUI offenders have β€˜Scarlet letter’ license plates! lancasteronline.com/news/…
In 2017, the State of California formally placed a ban on the number β€œ69” (the sex number) from being added to custom license plates for all drivers inverse.com/amp/article/2…
1981 Cadillac Eldorados were fitted with a metal plate under the driver's seat to fix a balancing problem. This saved mob associate Frank Rosenthal's life when the plate shielded him from the force of a car bomb exploding under his Eldorado. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The number 8 is considered lucky in China. A man bought a license plate reading 'K88888' for $150,500. He was stopped by the police eight times in one day to confirm the number plate was real. ejinsight.com/20160630-he…
The state of Ohio requires drivers convicted of a DUI to drive with unique bright yellow license plates cga.ct.gov/2004/rpt/2004-…
The collision of the Indian Plate with Asia, which formed the Himalayas, altered climate conditions in East Africa and was instrumental in the evolution and survival of modern humans theconversation.com/how-a…
Nanocardboard is made out of an aluminum oxide film with a thickness of tens of nanometers. Its sandwich structure, similar to that of corrugated cardboard, makes it more than 10,000x as stiff as a solid plate of the same mass. Shining a light on a piece of nanocardboard allows it to levitate. phys.org/news/2018-11-ult…
Today I learned about Iceland's Silfra Crack in the Atlantic Ocean, where divers and snorkelers can float between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates and can actually touch both continents at the same time. amusingplanet.com/2013/07…
Every vehicle crossing the two bridges to and from Cape Cod has its license plate recorded by the Massachusetts State Police. wbur.org/radioboston/2019…
The lost boy at camp in the beginning of The Parent Trap (1998) was Michael Lohan. Brother to Lindsay Lohan. In his adult years he graduated Stanford and went on to create a Karaoke app called Just Sing It. He was also arrested for possession of a fake instrument and forged US government plates. informationcradle.com/usa…
On trucks & tankers with "UN" hazard plates: the first number tells you how to extinguish what's inside if it goes on fire; the next letter tells you how to clean it up; and the numbers afterward tell you what's inside. resourcecenter.ovid.com/s…
The Giant Oceanic Manta Ray's population has been drastically declining for years due to demand of their gill plates in Chinese traditional medicine nytimes.com/2016/01/07/wo…
Because the number 8 is considered very lucky in Chinese culture, a Chinese man spent the equivalent of $145,000 to secure a license plate reading '88888' in the hope of increasing his luck. On his first day with the plate, he was pulled over 8 times by cops who thought the plate was a fake. shanghaiist.com/2016/06/2…
In SΓ£o Paulo, Brazil, the Last Digit of your License Plate Determines What Days You Can Drive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veh…
The β€œpink hat man” is a 72 year old man who who owns Cub’s tickets and sits behind home plate but wears a pink hat so his wife knows that he is at the game and not cheating. dnainfo.com/chicago/20151…
Today I learned of Lampreys. These blood suckers can grow up to 1m, have large eyes (sometimes 4), one nostril and 14 gill pores. To eat, they use their teeth to clamp onto their prey whilst using their tongue (which has 3 sharp plates on it) to scrape through the skin to get to their prey's fluids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lam…
A DC man with the license plate β€œNO TAGS” has received $20,000 in tickets due to his plates being the same phrase police use to ticket unregistered cars. newsfeed.time.com/2012/02…
In California, the DMV will only allow 1969 year model cars to include "69" on a custom license plate. inverse.com/article/28874…
After Steve Jobs discovered a loophole that allowed a 6-month grace period before requiring a license plate on a leased car, Jobs would lease the same Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG every six months in order to avoid having a plate esquire.com/entertainment…
Today I learned of the "nut rage incident", where on a Korean Air flight the vice president of the airline struck the cabin crew chief with a tablet and ordered the plane to return to the gate after being being served nuts in a plastic bag instead of on a plate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut…
The β€œWorld’s Rudest Waiter” worked in a San Francisco Chinese Restaurant. His name was Edsel Ford Fong and he was known to curse at patrons, slam plates on tables, and spill soup on customers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eds…
The state of Ohio gives out different colored license plates for those convicted of DUI dougdemuro.kinja.com/ohio…
In California, survivors of the Pear Harbor attack can get a special licence plate to commemorate the event. dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/det…
The theory of plate tectonics was not widely accepted by the geoscientific community until the 50s or 60s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
In 2000 a man looking for a barber chair at a garage sale purchased a two deteriorated boxes of items for $45. He later found the boxes contained 65 glass plate negatives from photographer Ansel Adams worth $200 million. cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/07/2…
The diameter of a weight plate is designed to keep the bar from crushing the skull of the lifter when dropped overhead. t-nation.com/training/dea…
Ohio issues "Scarlet Letter Plates" to people who are given limited driving privileges because they were convicted of a DUI. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veh…
A curve ball can curve 17.5 inches from mound to plate. popsci.com/how-people-pro…
Today I learned of Toynbee tiles. These tiles are linoleum based imprints in random streets across the world, found in 24 major cities. They are roughly the size of a license plate, and most of them are located in Philadelphia. The person responsible for them has never been caught. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
Today I learned about the Stennis Flag, an alternate design for the flag of Mississippi that does not include the Confederate Battle Flag. Many bills have been brought before the Mississippi legislature to make it official but never passed. It is now however available for official specialty license plates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Idaho license plates are coded by county of issuance and is one of eight states to do this. itd.idaho.gov/wp-content/…
According to Friends' Matt LeBlanc, the beef trifle was actually whipped cream and banana. He was sitting next to David Schwimmer who, unknown to LeBlanc, spit a whole mouthful of whipped cream to his plate which LeBlanc proceeded to eat. He only realised what happened when watching the bloopers thedailymeal.com/matt-leb…
Microwaves work by vibrating particles within food, such as water, heating food through use of friction. This also means that anything that doesn't have liquid in it is unaffected by the microwaves, i.e plates, paper, plastic Ect. businessinsider.com/how-d…
FE-Schrift, the typeface used on license plates in many countries, was designed to prevent easy modification en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FE-…
A man in California got a personalized license plate that said "No Plate" and was rewarded with more than 2500 parking tickets snopes.com/autos/law/nopl…
Today I learned of the Tomb Of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. Begun in 1921, it honors servicemen and women whose remains were never returned or found. Also, its sentinels do not wear their name plates or ranks on their uniforms out of respect for the fallen comrades arlingtoncemetery.mil/Exp…
The VW Beetle on the cover of The Beatles' Abbey Road had its license plate repeatedly stolen after the album was released. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abb…
A man attempted to sue Applebee's after he leaned over a plate of sizzling fajitas to pray. A trial judge dismissed the suit, finding Applebee's was not required to warn the man "against a danger that is open and obvious." usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Scientists once had a favorite curb in Hayward, CA. They studied the curb because it lay on the Hayward fault line & was being pulled apart each year. This evidence of Earth’s shifting plates was observed from the 1970s till 2016 when the city decided to fix the sidewalk & unknowingly ruined it latimes.com/local/lanow/l…
When Nolan Ryan pitched a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers & struck out 17, Norm Cash brought a white table leg to the plate instead of a baseball bat. The umpire told Cash he could not use it, to which Cash responded, β€œWhy not? – I won’t hit him anyway!” youtube.com/watch?v=Je8tt…
Today I learned about β€œWhisker Stress”, something that some cats suffer from. It can cause malnutrition, poor health, and messiness. You can alleviate this by using a better bowl, or simply by using a plate. consciouscompanion2012.co…
In 2007, Ohio proposed issuing specially marked license plates to sex offenders, similar to those already used for DUI offenders. nytimes.com/2007/03/07/us…
The current New Zealand flag was first flown in combat in the very odd Battle of the River Plate (which was also the first naval battle of WW2). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of 'Whiskey Plates'; in Minnesota those involved in certain DWI and DUI incidents obtain special registration plates that always begin with the letter 'W'. dwiguys.com/whiskey-plate…
Ohio Issues Bright Yellow Licence Plates to Shame DUI Offenders dougdemuro.kinja.com/ohio…
In Korea, live baby octopus is served still wriggling on your plate. It's recommended that you chew it thoroughly before swallowing so that the tentacles don't latch onto your throat while it goes down foodandwine.com/fwx/sanna…
The first naval battle of WWII happened in the coasts of Montevideo. The Battle of River Plate was a huge morale booster for the Allies, as the Graf Spee (a German battleship that had been a bother for the Allies) was sunk. iwm.org.uk/history/what-y…
We have a tectonic plate that is literally called "Sandwich Plate". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
The Mexican state of Coahuila added a picture of a dinosaur to its license plate to highlight its rich paleontological history. complex.com/sports/2013/0…
In 2008 due to the recession Japanese workers could go to a shop called 'The Venting Place' in Tokyo and buy plates to smash against a wall to release anger. "You can get three small dishes for 500 yen, a medium sized plate for 500 yen, a big platter for 1000 yen" telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
The license plate of Agent Smith's car in the Matrix Reloaded is "IS 5416" - referencing Isaiah 54:16, which states "Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have the waster to destroy." eeggs.com/items/40457.htm…
Urban Dictionary has been used in many court cases to define slang terms that are not found in dictionaries and that some states' DMVs refer to it to determine if certain license plates are appropriate or not en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urb…

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