Today I learned about "Phantom Vibration Syndrome" a condition in which people mistakenly think their mobile phone is vibrating in their pocket, it effects 9 out of 10 people. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Former US President Andrew Jackson was approached by a man who pulled a gun on him.The man pulled the trigger and shot at him but misfired, he then took another gun out of his pocket and and pulled the trigger but that gun also misfired.Jackson who was 67 at that time then beat him with his cane en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
The inventor of plastic bags, Sten Gustaf Thulindid, didn't believe in single-use plastics. he carried a plastic bag in his pocket and used it over and over again. independent.co.uk/environ…
In order to advertise the TR-63 radio as "pocketable", Sony salesmen wore custom-made shirts with larger pockets than usual to demonstrate that they could put these radios there. sony.net/SonyInfo/Corpora…
The pockets in suits can actually be opened alterationsneeded.com/201…
"The Pocket Book of Boners" (1941), by Dr. Seuss, was one of the best selling books of WWII with over 1.34 million copies in print by 1945. It is a compilation of four books in the Boners Series: "Boners" (1931), "More Boners" (1931), "Still More Boners" (1931), and "Prize Boners" (1932). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The little pocket on the front of jeans was for a pocket watch. Early jeans only had one pocket on the back and two on the front, plus the little one. levistrauss.com/2014/04/1…
Sean Connery agreed to drive himself during the production of Zardoz so that he and the film's writer/director could pocket the Β£300/day it was costing the film for a car and chauffeur filmschoolrejects.com/35-…
Conan O'Brien paid his staff's (About 80 people) salary from his own pocket during the WGA strike, Later during the Tonight show debacle with Jay Leno He did the same thing again. deadline.com/2007/11/excl…
Luxembourg's version of Superman is Superjhemp, who unlike the American version has a sizeable belly and draws his powers from eating cheese and drinking beer. He also flies around with his hands in his pockets, "because every real Luxembourger has his hands in his pockets". luxtimes.lu/culture-life/…
In 2006 muggers accosted magician David Copperfield, who promptly turned all of his pockets empty despite carrying his wallet, cell phone and passport cbsnews.com/news/david-co…
An off-duty Brazilian policeman in uniform had a cell phone in his back pocket when he visited his parents to do laundry. His parents were being held hostage by 2 robbers; when the policeman turned to flee, the robbers shot him in the buttock, but his Nokia Lumia 520 phone stopped the bullet. pcmag.com/news/brazilian-…
Because a country's maritime borders extend 200 nautical miles into the ocean, this creates pockets in places like the Gulf of Mexico known as "donut holes", where no country is within 200 miles, making them international waters. donutholes.ch/
Bees have small "pockets" on their hind legs which they use to collect the pollen that has stuck to their antennae, face, or body. adirondackalmanack.com/20…
Fun little bit of a cat's outer ear is called 'Henry's Pocket' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
The tiny pockets on jeans and some other pants were designed for pocket watches. They were first used with the original Levi's "waist overalls" jeans in 1890. It is called a watch pocket. insider.com/small-pocket-…
Hot Pockets blamed a lack of sales in 2013 to a lack of extended food stamp benefits en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
Wrist watches became a fashion accessory for men only after WW1. Until then Wrist watches were worn exclusively by women and men used pocket-watches. However during WW1 many soldiers began converting the pocketwatches into wristwatches for ease of use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
A 13-year-old opened a hot dog stand in front of his home in Minnesota, causing a complaint to the health department. Instead of shutting him down, the inspectors helped him bring his stand up to code and paid the $87 fee for his permit out of their own pockets. cnbc.com/2018/08/05/jaequ…
Today I learned of Axel von dem Bussche who was chosen to model a new winter uniform in front of Hitler in 1943. He had planned to hug Hitler then detonate a landmine in his pocket, killing the both of them. The plan fell through when a traincar carrying the uniforms was destroyed by the Allies. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Ryan North (Marvel writer) once got stuck in a skate pit with only "his dog Noam Chompsky, an umbrella, a leash, a t-shirt, and a pocket computer" after the rain had made the pit slippery. When he asked Twitter users for help, they found a way for him to combine those items that let him escape. boingboing.net/2015/08/19…
Billiards can refer to any kind of tabletop game played with a cue stick and cue ball, while pool largely means a game with pockets mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of a brewery that sells hot pockets for $10 in order to circumvent indiana’s outdated liquor laws indystar.com/story/life/f…
The CEO of Patreon plays keyboards in Pomplamoose and Scary Pockets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The tiny vestigial pocket in blue jeans dates back to 1890. It was originally included as a means for carrying a pocket watch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poc…
Levi's doesn't know the significance of most of their historical trademarks, including their three-digit model numbers (e.g. 501) or the arc design stitched on their back pockets. This is because all of their records were lost with their headquarters in the 1906 San Francisco fire. levistrauss.com/wp-conten…
According to secret service agents, Ronald Reagan carried a pistol in his briefcase when he was president, "just in case you guys can’t do the job, I can help out". Reagan acquired a pocket sized pistol after college in the 1930s "and kept it lovingly the rest of his life”. time.com/3923183/ronald-r…
Nala, a beluga calf born to much fanfare one summer at the Vancouver Aquarium died a year later of a "bizarre" condition. Staff discovered that Nala had an abnormal pocket beneath her larynx, or voice box, which contained two stones and a penny ctvnews.ca/baby-beluga-wh…
Dr. Seuss illustrated a bestselling book called The Pocket Book of Boners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of the Sharp EL-8061 - essentially a pocket-watch/calculator hybrid calcuseum.com/SCRAPBOOK/B…
In 1881, a doctor discovered that a silk handkerchief in a dead man’s pocket had greatly reduced the penetration of a bullet. The doctor was fascinated and created a silk bulletproof vest with 30 layers of cloth. He stopped his research afterwards. Another man invented the vest. culture.pl/en/article/the…
The first pocket calculator [Curta (Type I) mechanical calculator] was invented by the Jewish inventor Curt Herzstark in Buchenwald concentration camp during WWII. The Nazis planned to make a present of it to Hitler as a gift after the successful end of the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
Warren Buffett once took Bill Gates to McDonalds. He offered to pay, and then reached into his pocket and pulled out coupons. couponit.com/blog/327/The…
The female Surinam toad absorb their eggs into their own backs where the young hatch & develop under the skin. The fully formed toadlets then push and squirm to loosen the female’s skin, then the pockets on her back open up. When they’re ready, they pop out of their holes. animals.sandiegozoo.org/a…
Florence Nightingale had a pet owl she rescued in Greece, named Athens, and that it would ride in her pocket with her. trin.cam.ac.uk/news/night…
From ancient China to modern day pockets of rural India, people would use pigs to get rid of their BMs. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
In 1783, a mysterious admirer of Marie Antoinette ordered her a most complicated pocket watch from Breguet. It included hours, minutes, seconds, perpetual calendar, equation of time, repetition for hours, quarters and minutes, independent seconds, thermometer and power-reserve indicator. breguet.com/en/house-breg…
During the vajont disaster, a megatsunami created by a massive landslide that killed about 2000 people, was so strong, the wall of water pushed an air pocket more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb, so strong that people's clothes were blown off by the blast before the wave came bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Naim SΓΌleymanoğlu (AKA The Pocket Hercules) is the 1st and only weightlifter to have snatched 2.5 times his body weight, and the 2nd of only 7 lifters to date to clean and jerk 3x his body weight. He is the only weightlifter to date to clean and jerk 10 kilos more than 3x his bodyweight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nai…
The founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad, was so frugal that he would regularly pocket salt and pepper packets at restaurants, reuse teabags, and drove a 1993 Volvo. He was worth $58.7 billion at the time of his death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ing…
President Jimmy Carter left nuclear codes in the pocket of his suit jacket, and sent it to the dry cleaners. They threw it in the bin. atomicheritage.org/histor…
The Australian slang phrase, "Pissing in a person's pocket", means to insincerely attempt to convince a person that you're doing them a favor, when you actually have only your own interests (generally either making a profit or ingratiating oneself) at heart. loudwire.com/mastodon-bre…
Hans Steininger, a 16th century German Mayor of a small town, died by tripping on his beard. It was over 4 and a Β½ feet long and he usually kept it tucked away in a pocket, but during a town fire he forgot to put it in and tripped on in it in the chaos, breaking his neck. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Boris Yeltsin lost his left thumb and index finger playing with a grenade in his youth. He would conceal that hand in his pocket or behind his tie because he was self-conscious about it. history.com/topics/russia…
Cuvier's beaked whales hold the record for the deepest and longest dives ever documented for any mammal. During one study, the longest dive recorded was 137.5 minutes. This was also the deepest dive at 9,816 feet. The whales' rib cages can fold down to reduce air pockets and decrease buoyancy. us.whales.org/whales-dolp…
In 1969, Neil Armstrong brought a piece of the Wright Flyer to the Moon in his space suit’s pocket. The Wright Brothers, like Armstrong, were from Ohio. The pieces were part of the propeller and some of the fabric from the wing of the 1903 ipfactly.com/neil-armstro…
John Astin, the actor who played Gomez in the original sitcom The Addams Family, had pockets lined with asbestos. His character often pulled lit cigars out of his suit pockets, thus the need to line the jacket pockets with the deadly flame retardant metv.com/lists/13-altoget…
In 1945, a school dropout and self-taught electrical engineer named Percy Spencer was working at Ratheon. He stepped in front of a magnetron, a device that powers radars. He noticed a chocolate bar in his pocket had melted. Later that year, he filed a patent for the first microwave oven. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
For free, the US Treasury Department provides blind US citizens with a machine to read their currency for them. "The iBill is compact enough to slip into a side pocket. It can identify all US currency," They have also developed free apps to read currency with a smartphone. afb.org/info/living-with-…
Hot Pockets were originally called Chunk Stuffers thedailymeal.com/eat/10-t…
A shifting climate on Saturn's moon Titan caused underground nitrogen pockets to explode. The craters left behind by these huge blasts eventually became Titan's liquid-hydrocarbon lakes. astronomy.com/news/2019/0…
Today I learned about the Curta, the smallest mass-produced pocket calculator which was still in use up to the 1970s. Its inventor developed the working drawings imprisoned in the Buchenwald concentration camp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
Today I learned that the term "FOB", as in "key fob" has been around since the late 1800's and was originally used to describe an accessory to a pocket watch but was expanded to identify any small decorative token added to a keychain. theatlantic.com/technolog…
While investigating a suspected serial killer, an FBI agent accidentally pocket dialed him, and he overheard them discussing their plans to apprehend him. That man is still on the loose today. youtu.be/I6FNHush2Lw#t=11…
The Supercomplication, the most complex pocket watch built without the aid of a computer, shattered records and sold for $25 million at auction. vocal.media/01/the-superc…
When falconers want to breed falcons, they wear special sex hats with pockets to catch falcon semen. Birds reared by humans often sexually imprint on the falconer. The sex hat encourages the falcon to copulate with the falconers head and collects its sperm for artificial insemination. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imp…
"sinister" means "left" or "left-handed" in Latin from the word "sinus" meaning "pocket". In Roman togas, the pocket would be on the left side. This grew to left-handed people having unlucky or even evil connotations, which led to the modern English word "sinister". blog.oup.com/2010/09/left…
The original English dub singing voice for Sailor Moon, Jennifer Cihi, is the same person who sang the Hot Pockets jingle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jen…
Women's jeans pockets are nearly half the size of men's jeans pockets, and that 40% of women's jeans won't fit the leading smartphones. pudding.cool/2018/08/pock…
Former MLB player Tim Raines kept cocaine in his back pocket during games and would fall asleep in the dugout in between innings nbcsports.com/chicago/chi…
Virginia Woolf killed herself by filling her pockets with rocks and walking into the River Ouse en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
All early Presidents up to James Buchanan paid the salaries of their private secretaries out of their own pockets; these roles were usually fulfilled by their relatives, most often their sons or nephews. Thomas Jefferson had one messenger and one secretary en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
In 2013 Harrison Okene, a cook aboard a Nigerian tugboat, was the only survivor of a crew of 12 when the boat sank. Trapped 100 feet below the surface, he survived for 72 hours in an air pocket before being rescued by Dutch divers from a nearby oil rig who had been sent in to recover the bodies. nypost.com/2013/12/04/nig…
Sea otters have pockets and many adults carry their favorite rock at all times to break open clams and other shellfish. aquarium.org/a-sea-otters…
Apart from being an excellent writer Mark Twain was also an investor. At one time, he even invested in a watch company that launched a signature β€˜Mark Twain’ pocket watch. By investing in the watch company Mark Twain's aim was to bring affordable watches to the masses. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned of the fat wallet syndrome, where sitting on a fat wallet in your back pocket can cause sciatica (a type of back pain) and piriformis (a form of butt pain). ijmrhs.com/medical-resear…
The then-fugitive millionaire Robert Durst was arrested in 2001 for shoplifting a $5 sandwich, even though he had $500 of cash in his pockets. nypost.com/2001/12/01/lam…
In Wisconsin in 1907 a mother spanked her child who had a dynamite cap in his back pocket. He was fatally injured in the explosion, which tore off 2 of her fingers. newspapers.lib.utah.edu/d…
Today I learned of George Spencer Millet, who died running away from 6 girls who were trying to kiss him on his birthday. He tripped and fell and a pen in his pocket stabbed his heart. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Otters have skin pockets for their favorite rocks. oceantoday.noaa.gov/seaot…
A secret message was engraved inside Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch by a jeweler, and it was not discovered until 2009. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Lord Collingwood, Nelson's second in command at the Battle of Trafalgar, would carry a pocket full of acorns on walks in the countryside, planting them as he went so the 'Navy would never want for oaks to build the fighting ships upon which the country's safety depended.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cut…
Edmund Halley (of the Halley's Comet) paid for the publishing of Newton's Principa Mathematica from his own pocket. telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
When Frank Sinatra's son was kidnapped the kidnappers demanded that all communication be on payphones.Sinatra was concerned he wouldn't have enough change to complete the calls. He carried a roll of dimes with him at all times for the rest of his life; he was buried with ten dimes in his pocket. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
NASA engineers used slide rules to build the rockets and plan the mission that landed Apollo 11 on the moon. It's said that Buzz Aldrin needed his pocket slide rule for last-minute calculations before landing npr.org/sections/ed/2014/…
Frank Sinatra always carried 10 dimes after once fearing he would run out of change while talking on a payphone with his son's kidnappers. He was even buried with them in his pocket. apnewsarchive.com/1998/Si…
The small pocket in your jeans was originally designed for cowboys to keep a small watch on a chain in, normally kept in a waistcoat pocket, it was to prevent it from being lost or broken. independent.co.uk/life-st…
The Common Surinam Toad exists; a toad that hatches its tadpoles out of pockets of skin on its back that hold its eggs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
In 1987 Jamie Lee Curtis invented and patented a diaper modification, a moisture proof pocket containing wipes for easy access. She refused to allow it to be marketed until companies started selling biodegradable diapers, the patent expired in 2007 and is now in the public domain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The pocket calculator, patented in 1967, was one of the earliest uses of rechargable batteries. One of the creators, Jerry Merryman, saw it not just as a pocket calculator, but as an "electionic revolution," bringing buttons, thermal printing, and rechargable batteries to the forefront. npr.org/2013/04/15/177369…
Dr. Seuss published a book called "The Pocket Book of Boners" in 1931. At the time, a "boner" meant a blunder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The pockets on men's dress clothing are often sewn shut to preserve aesthetics during transport to, and display in, the store. These are functional pockets that can be opened up and are not fake pockets as many assume. hespokestyle.com/suit-jac…
A man was found alive in an air pocket on a sunk ship after three days of no water, no food, and in pitch black. youtu.be/iKL11BavG0U
In 1948, A man was found dead on a beach in Adelaide and the words "Taman Shud", torn from a book, in a hidden pocket. The rest of the book was found in a nearby car, with a mysterious code on a page only visible under UV Light. The code and the identity of the man has never been solved mikedashhistory.com/2011/…
Someone in Colorado is breaking in to homes, Stealing snacks namely Hot pockets and watching animes. He steals no cash or valuables only snacks. munchies.vice.com/article…
Abraham Lincoln had Confederate currency in his pockets when he was assassinated. c-span.org/video/?460076-…
Union Pacific Railroad swindled the US government out of $43 million by creating a shell company that they used to bill themselves at double the actual rate for labor and materials, then getting Congress to pay the inflated bill leaving Union Pacific to pocket the difference. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cré…
Today I learned about Leo Gradwell, a WWII Royal Navy volunteer. He saved his lightly-armed ship and three unarmed merchant ships from German attacks by sailing north against orders, and hiding in thick Arctic ice by painting the ships white. His only navigational aids were a sextant and a pocket atlas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
In the 1690s women had pockets tied around their waist, between the under-petticoat and petticoat. Openings in the side seams allowed them to put their hands through and reach their pockets. vam.ac.uk/content/article…
Today I learned about Avshalom Feinberg, A spy for the British in Ottoman Palestine who died in 1917 after being killed by bedouins. His body was lost until 1967 when it was discovered due to a palm tree that grew from a date in his pocket. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avs…
Percy Spencer was working for what is now Raytheon when he noticed a radar set using electromagnetic waves melted the candy bar in his pocket He had the idea to make a metal box using microwaves to heat food but the company was the one to file the patent. He received a $2 bonus but no royalties aps.org/publications/apsn…
In Dunkirk, Hans Zimmer employed the Shepard Tone, an auditory illusion that seemingly ascend or descend in pitch, and sampled the ticking sound of Chris Nolan’s pocket watch, to intensify tension throughout the film. vox.com/videos/2017/7/26/…
An officer was transferred off the Titanic shortly before she sailed. He packed his quarters quickly and accidentally left the ship with a key in his pocket - the key to the crow's nest cabinet where they kept the lookout's binoculars. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
The small pocket on blue jeans was originally designed to hold pocket watches. The pocket dates back to the old west (1879). Cowboys kept their pocket watches on chains and they put the watch in the small pocket, to help protect it. huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
In 2003, after Roy Hunt was brutally mauled by one of his tigers during their show in Vegas, the doctors removed a part of his skull to avoid his death from brain swelling, and placed it in a pocket inside of his abdomen until it was ready to be reattached. slate.com/articles/news_a…
Neil Armstrong had pieces of the propeller and wing of the Wright Brothers' Wright Flyer in his pocket as he took mankind's first steps on the moon. history.com/news/10-thing…
If you have no debts and $10 in your pocket, you have more wealth than 25% of Americans forbes.com/sites/timworst…
A ship's cook was found alive in an air pocket inside a wreck, 100ft under the sea, 60 hours after it sank [bonus headcam video from very surprised diver in comments] reuters.com/article/2013/…
NYC Mayor Fiorello La Guardia banned pinball in the 1940s as gambling that emptied the "pockets of schoolchildren in the form of nickels and dimes given them as lunch money". All pinball machines were rounded up and smashed dramatically by the mayor, before being dumped into city rivers. popularmechanics.com/tech…

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