The bottom of a tectonic plate off Portugal’s coast is peeling off, causing the plates to start grinding beneath each other and creating a subduction zone. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Today I learned about the world's smallest motorized car. About the size of a grain of rice, it is a micro-model of a 1936 Toyota AA, and includes a body, tires, spare tire, wheels, axle, bearings, headlights, tail lights, bumpers, step, number plate and emblem. It travels at 5-6 mm per second. trussty.com/2016/05/japan…
Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury threw a party where he had dwarves walk around with plates full of cocaine strapped to the tops of their heads, as an offering to his guests. theguardian.com/media/200…
Today I learned of Eddie Gaedel, the shortest player to ever play in a Major League Baseball game. Standing 3’7”, Gaedel made 1 plate appearance and drew a walk on four pitches. At age 36, he was beaten to death on his way home from the bowling alley. sabr.org/bioproj/person/e…
In Argentina, the 29th day of each month is Gnocchi Day, with almost all families eating gnocchi. The tradition started because the 29th of the month was just before payday, so money was tight, and only potatoes and flour were left. For extra luck, everyone gets a peso under their plate foodrepublic.com/recipes/…
The first national lottery was in 1597. To encourage people to play all ticket holders were promised freedom from arrest for all crimes other than murder, felonies, piracy or treason. The prize was Β£5000 paid part in money and part in plate, tapestries and β€˜good linen cloth’. todayinbritishhistory.com…
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…
Plate armor and firearms had coexisted for over 300 years in Europe. Armor had been in an arms race against firearms during that time, and it wasn't until the 16th century that full body armor was phased out in favor of prioritizing protection of vitals. metmuseum.org/toah/hd/aam…
As the Pacific plate moves Hawaii’s volcanoes farther from the hotspot, they erupt less frequently and begin to die. Millions of years from now, Hawai'i will disappear when the edge of the Pacific plate that supports them slides under the North American plate and returns to the mantle. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
In Rhode Island low number license plates are a status symbol. Single-digit plates have fetched hundreds of thousands of dollars. pocacoop.com/prick-prod-p…
There's a deep-sea snail called the scaly-foot snail with an iron sulfide shell and iron sulfide plates on its foot as defenses--so far one of the only animals known to make use of iron sulfide in such a manner. It's even magnetic! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sca…
Today I learned about the Delboeuf Illusion. Whereby the human mind will misestimate the size of an object surrounded by white. The smaller the white space, the larger the object seems. This leads to smaller plates making us feel fuller when compared to eating the same portion on a larger plate. foodnavigator-usa.com/Art…
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…
Today I learned about Yao Jiaxin, a 21-year-old student from Xi'an, ran down and injured a waitress, Zhang Miao, while driving. He then got out of his car and stabbed her to death when he saw her memorizing his license plate number. He was sentenced to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yao…
Henry Bessemer, the engineer largely credited with the invention of modern steel, also invented or contributed to embossed postage stamps, long sheets of plate glass, military weapons, and a method for extracting sugar from sugar cane. He eventually earned nearly 130 patents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
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 about Munroe effect observed when after the explosion the manufacturer’s name (which was pressed into the explosive) had been transferred to the nearby metal plate. Later knowns as Munroe effect, it has led to the discovery of the shaped charges which are capable of penetrating 80cm thick steel wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaped…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned of Microbial Art done using fluorescent or pigmented microorganisms as "paint" on agar plate canvases; the American Society of Microbiology has held an annual Agar Art competition since 2015 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
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…
Drivers with any type of bumper sticker, window decal, or personalized license plate are more likely to be aggressive and territorial 9news.com/article/news/ed…
Many industrially useful high-grade metamorphic rocks, such as quartzite and kyanite, are formed when massive continental plates collide, and the resulting compressional force is so extreme that it crushes them into pieces, causing their atoms to rearrange into new, more compact structures. csmgeo.csm.jmu.edu/geolla…
The marine taxa of the East Indies were all found in the Medditeranean 50 million years ago; marine biodiversity hotspots are mostly within zones of tectonic plate convergence; and the eastward movement of the East Indies marine ecoystem occured due to the collision between Africa and Europe. researchgate.net/publicat…
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…
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/…
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…
A lot of the world's quartzite reserves form during massive tectonic events that give rise to high mountains such as Mount Everest. Continental plates collide, and the resulting compressional force crushes quartz-bearing sandstone. The remaining quartz grains recrystallize and form quartzite. eartheclipse.com/geology/…
In order to make Office Space's setting more generic, the cars in that movie have generic American license plates instead of state-specific ones. briff.me/2016/03/22/behin…
Today I learned of the East African Rift, a continental rift zone in East Africa that is in the process of splitting into two new tectonic plates, called the Somali Plate and the Nubian Plate, at a rate of 6–7 mm per year. The lithospheric rupture will occur within 10 million years, forming a new ocean basin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
When you rub your finger on a clean plate and it squeaks, the sound isn't made by the plate vibrating, but your finger. (fixed the link) collectionscanada.gc.ca/o…
There are different lat/long coordinates depending on the datum you use. The different datums are anchored to the tectonics plates so they move with the plates. fws.gov/r7/nwr/Realty/dat…
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…
In Delaware, the governor gets the license plate number 1, the lt. governor gets #2, the secretary of state gets #3. All other existing license plate numbers can be traded or sold and in 2018, #6 sold at auction for $410,000 npr.org/2018/08/25/641835…
"Plate tectonics is what modulates our atmosphere at the longest timescales. You need that to be able to keep water here, to keep it warm, to keep life chugging along." - Katharine Huntington Prof. U of Washington quantamagazine.org/plate-…
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
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…
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…
The most expensive vehicle registration plate number in Switzerland, "VS 1", was auctioned off for CHF 150'000 ($148,632 in 2017). Registration plates with low serial numbers or specific patterns ("TI 111 111") are very popular and are usually auctioned off. vaterland.li/wirtschaft/i…
When ice sheets collide, they can form mountains at the boundary, just like tectonic plates en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
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…
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…
Jupiter has a moon named Leda. It was discovered by Charles T. Kowal at the Mount Palomar Observatory on September 14, 1974, after three nights' worth of photographic plates had been taken en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Led…
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…
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…
, 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
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…

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