Time zones were largely created due to the rapid expansion of railroads needing a more accurate way to plan train schedules. Before, each town utilized their own local time based on the sun's position. zmodal.com/2020/05/14/how…
Safety experts now recommend driving with your hands at 9 and 3 on the steering wheel. The old 10 and 2 position can break your hands or force your arms into your face if the airbag deploys. popularmechanics.com/cars…
Riding β€œshotgun” means sitting in the position of the guard of a stagecoach mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Despite the popular use of being 'low on the totem pole' being lower down in the pecking order, native americans would often accord the most prestige to the lowest position on the totem pole, seen as 'bearing the weight of all other figures', or at eye level to heighten significance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tot…
Elton John owned an English soccer team and was really good at it - "in the space of seven years, the club had climbed from bottom place in the lowest division of The Football League to top position in the highest division" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
A sloth's claws work the opposite way that human hand does. The default position is a tight strong grip, and sloths must exert effort to open them up. This is why sloths don't fall out of trees when they're asleep. bbc.com/earth/story/20170…
Belgrade, capital of Serbia, is in such a strategic position that it has been destroyed in wars 44 times, and battled over in 115 different wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
Today I learned about David Edmondson, who lied on his resume to get a position as a Vice President of Marketing at RadioShack in the 90's. He worked his way up over 11 years to become CEO and resigned in disgrace after it was revealed his resume was falsified. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Up until 1991 there was a dedicated position in the British Armed Forces called 'The Keeper of the Apes'. Their job was solely to care for the monkeys of Gibraltar. The military even had a budget for ape-related expenses. Any sick or injured monkey was cared for in British hospitals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Computers are incapable of producing randomness so when perfoming tasks like procedural generation they use outside sources like the mouse position or the fan noise as a starting point or even use "pseudorandom" generation algorithms using pre-made numbers. howtogeek.com/183051/htg-…
Most watches advertised online and instore display the time 10 past 10. This is beacuse the 10:10 position is symmetrical, and the human brain tends to appreciate symmetry and orderliness. Also the 10:10 hands look β€œhappy” due to the fact that the hands look like a smile. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Today I learned about β€œwhataboutisms” - a logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
The front passenger seat in a vehicle, next to the driver is called "Shotgun"because the position of the shotgun-armed guard on a horse-drawn stage-coach, wagon train, or gold transport was next to the driver on a forward-mounted bench seat. blog.directauto.com/odds-…
In US presidential elections, it is possible to win the most electoral college votes +AND+ win the popular vote and yet still not win the presidency. This happened in 1877 meaning Rutherford B Hayes was awarded the position by a senate and house vote en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
The descendants of the Ming Dynasty, whose last Emperor lost power in 1644, are not only alive and well, but still hold vast wealth and power over modern-day China, occupying top positions in the ruling Communist Party and various state corporations, schools, and societies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
The Queen of England is not the Queen of Canada or any other independent commonwealth nation. Although the position is held by the same person (Queen Elizabeth II), each country's monarchy is separate and legally distinct. thecanadaguide.com/govern…
Vitaly Kaloyev traveled from Russia to Switzerland to kill the air traffic controller handling traffic during an airplane crash aboard which his family died, went to prison for it, & returned to his hometown in 2007 on release to be appointed a Deputy Minister and held that position until 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vit…
Today I learned about Sarah Rosetta Wakeman who was a woman that served in the Union Army During the American Civil War. Serving under a fake name, she was given the position of prison guard. During here time at the prison one of the female inmates there was doing time for the same crime she was committing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Former NBA player Randy Foye has a medical condition called "situs inversus", where all his organs are mirrored from their normal positions, but suffered from no complications for his career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
In 2013 a New Jersey man used an illegal GPS jammer on his pick-up, blocking his location from his employer. Unfortunately, it also disrupted a ground based aircraft position system at Newark Int., as he often drove near the airport. He was fined by the FCC almost $32,000 and fired from his job. nj.com/news/2013/08/man_f…
There are more possible Go positions than there are atoms in the universe. norvig.com/atoms.html
The Russian Empire we’re in a position to go to war with Britain if they intervened in the US Civil War. This Russo-American β€˜alliance’ may have saved the Union. voltairenet.org/article16…
Chess prodigy Bobby Fischer invented a chess variation which randomized the starting positions of the home row pieces to reward creativity over memorization. wikipedia.org/wiki/Fische…
The ideal resting position for one's tongue is pressed against the roof of one's mouth rather than letting it β€œsettle” at the bottom of one's mouth. And poor tongue posture can lead to several aesthetic and health problems. healthline.com/health/ton…
You are taller in the morning than you are at night. While we are lying down in a resting position, the spine is said to β€œspread out” or decompress, so when we wake in the morning we are taller after lying in bed all night. jamaicahospital.org/newsl…
Heinlich Himmler chose Wewelsburg Castle for the SS based on occult prophesies. They renovated it before moving in, & one of the rooms in the building became known as "the Grail Room" with a rock crystal representing the Holy Grail being placed in a central position. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahn…
Moths are attracted to light because they base their navigation on their position relative to a light source. api.nationalgeographic.co…
The color magenta does not appear on the visible spectrum of light and is the only non-monochromatic secondary color. It should be midway between red and violet on the light spectrum (approx 530 nm), but that position is occupied by green (magenta's complementary color). biotele.com/magenta.html
If someone tells you to 'relax your tongue' and you start thinking about it and it starts to cramp, say "N". This returns the tongue to neutral position at the base of the top incisors, in addition to returning jaw muscles to neutral position for people with bruxism. aronsonfamilydental.com/t…
Today I learned about Motte and Bailey Fallacy, where the arguer advances the controversial position, but when challenged, they insist that they are only advancing the more modest position. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
Why northern light is so valuable for painters and sculptors. It's because northern light is consistent during the day, no matter what position the sun is in. It doesn't move through the studio at different angles, the different intensities making it hard to keep colors consistent. finearttips.com/2010/01/w…
Codpiece (Middle English: cod, meaning β€œscrotum”), feature of 15-16th c. men’s fashion, was shaped & padded to emphasize the genital area. It became fashionable to design the codpiece to hold the penis in a position insinuating it was erect constantlyβ€”a statement of political and economic power. fashionhistory.fitnyc.edu…
The ball shaped Experimental Geodetic Satellite "AJISAI" (EGS) was launched by Japan in the mid 80s is still functioning today. Originally intended as a test subject for their launch vehicle that could then map exact positions for isolated Japanese islands. global.jaxa.jp/projects/s…
Today I learned about the only woman name to appear on the Declaration of Independence, Mary Katherine Goddard. She was the second printer of the Declaration of Independence and was the first to include the names of the signatories. She was also removed from her Postmaster position because she was a woman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The phrase "to be on cloud 9" actually comes from the cloud Cumulonimbus(the tallest of clouds) which was on the ninth position in the International cloud atlas of 1896. weathergamut.com/2011/10/…
The Groom of the Stool (person in charge of helping the English monarch poop) was a coveted position of power and influence due to the close, intimate access to the King/Queen. wikipedia.org/wiki/Groom_…
Peter Moore, current CEO of Liverpool Football Club, used to teach physical education and coached rugby in Llangollen, North Wales. He is also known for having held high profile positions in companies such as SEGA, Microsoft and Electronic Arts. youtube.com/watch?v=YcIPV…
In ww2, Operation Cobra was the concentrated aerial bombardment of German positions in Normanby by 1000s of Allied aircraft. Unfortunately, the bombs also killed 111 allied troops, and wounded 490. But it did lead to the loss of the German position in northwestern France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
At the start of the 2008 crash, the second Wall Street firm to reduce its position in mortgage-backed securities was Lehman Brothers Inc, which went bankrupt soon after. The first firm was Goldman Sachs, who moved early at the urging of two employees as dramatized in the 2011 film "Margin Call". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
People scoring in traits associated with the "Dark Triad" are more likely to commit crimes, cause social distress, and create severe problems for an organization, especially if they are in leadership positions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
That, in 1846, planet Neptune's exact location was predicted by three astronomers studying the eccentric orbits of several distant asteroids. The data hinted at the presence of a giant, distant planet. Neptune was found on the very first night, only 1Β° off its predicted position. earthsky.org/human-world/…
Experiments found that master-level chess players could remember a position from a chess game perfectly after viewing it for 5 seconds. Players below master level were not able to do this. However, with pieces placed randomly on the board, the chess masters weren't able to remember the position. chessprogramming.org/Chun…
Today I learned about Le Gentil. In 1760, went to India to see transit of Venus. He missed it, so he waited there for 8 years until the next one. When he returned, he learned that he had been declared dead: His estate had been divided up, his wife had remarried, and his position at the academy was given away. thelaborastory.com/2014/0…
Irish Guardsman Edward Charlton was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for using a .30 cal machine gun to stop a numerically superior German force from overrunning his unit’s position. Ironically, many accounts of his actions came from the opposing Germans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
We measure angles out of 360 degrees because the Sumerians divided the circular path of the sun in the sky into 360 degrees to track the sun's daily position, it took about 360 days for the sun to complete a full circuit across the sky. This all happened approximately 2400 BC. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deg…
Ants can easily survive being microwaved due to having a large body surface area to volume ratio and an ability to position themselves in between microwaves beams due to their small size. independent.co.uk/environ…
There exists an asteroid 2010 TK7 (diameter- 300 mt approx) which has the same orbit around sun as earth and period close to earth's period of 365.256 days. It oscillates a lot about its mean position and on its closest approach to earth it was around 50 times farther than the moon is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
In Starship Troopers movie, one of the specimen in the crowd of bugs gets claustrophobic and freaks out flailing back and forth like he’s having a little seizure. The rendering system put it in the prominent position of the screen, Verhoeven saw an early version of the shot and loved it beforesandafters.com/2020…
Geddy Lee's "Take Off" (1981) hit #16 on the Billboard Hot 100, which was five positions higher then the highest-charting vocal he had with Rush, 1982's "New World Man." ultimateclassicrock.com/g…
Pigs can't look up at the sky from a standing position ripleys.com/weird-news/pi…
The light pen, a predecessor to modern touch screens, was first invented in 1955 and popular through the 60s and 80s. A light pen detects changes in brightness from the cathode-ray tube and communicates the timing of this event, time and brightness are correlated for position. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
Electric eels are capable of controlling their prey's nervous systems with their electrical abilities, and can keep prey from escaping or force it to move so they can locate its position. futurity.org/electric-eel…
Up until as recently as 2008, a descendant of Confucius held a cabinet-level position in the Taiwanese government, titled the "Sacrificial Official to Confucius". The current holder is a 79th generation descendant of the philosopher who died in 479 BC. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duk…
Some areas of Spain have their clocks 3 hours ahead of the sun's position due to a combination of Daylight Saving Time and Francisco Franco changing their time zone to match Nazi Germany's. youtube.com/watch?v=cbUAf…
"Laid Off" means the company has removed the position and thus the individual, while "Let Go" or "Fired" means the company has removed the individual from the position. thebalancecareers.com/dif…
Pilots in Australia and Canada are allowed to take a β€œcontrolled rest in position”, which is a nap in the cockpit, when it is safe to do so time.com/5600729/pilots-s…
Rich Ancient Romans would eat dinner from a reclined position, on a chaise lounge esque furniture they called "kline" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Robert Moses at one point held 12 titles simultaneously (including New York City Parks Commissioner and Chairman of the Long Island State Park Commission). However he only held these positions as an appointee. When he ran for governor of New York as a Republican in 1934 he lost in a landslide. britannica.com/biography/…
Polaris aka the North Star, appears stationary in the sky because it is positioned close to the line of the Earths axis projected into space. As such, it is the only bright star whose position relative to a rotating Earth does not change. earthsky.org/astronomy-es…
Joel Bartsch, owner of the pro softball team Scrap Yard Dawgs, allegedly used his position as the head of the Houston Museum of Natural Science to fund the sport's first $1M contract. sports.yahoo.com/national…
Robert Downey Jr was pulled over for speeding, but the officers quickly discovered Downey was naked and hallucinating allegedly throwing imaginary rats at the officers on the scene. On another occasion, Downey was discovered curled up in the fetal position behind a grungy LA hotel. iamsober.com/blog/robert-…
Chanel's directors were Jewish and that during the Nazi invasion of France Coco Chanel used her position as an "Aryan" to claim sole ownership. The Wertheimers, anticipating the move, turned the control over to a Christian French businessman who, after the war, returned the company to them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
After Warren Harding’s Teapot Dome scandal the House and Senate were given subpoena power for review of tax records of any US citizen without regard to elected or appointed position, nor subject to White House interference. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
More than two decades before his house arrest for his sympathetic treatment of the Tiananmen Square protestors, former CCP General Secretary Zhao Ziyang was removed from his official positions and paraded through Guangzhou in a dunce cap. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zha…
Last year a Japanese company launched a satellite into space that can artificially recreate a meteor shower. This spring it should reach the right position and the first test shower will be released over Hiroshima. They expect a colorful meteor shower visible in an area up to 200km wide. earthsky.org/space/1st-ar…
Today I learned of the H - Index. A ranking of scientific authors and scholars according to productivity and citation impact of publications. It also takes into account things like obtaining the Nobel prize, being a research fellow or holding a high position at a university. Albert Einstein has an H index of 44 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-i…
Modern military submarines have a rescue buoy that releases during an emergency, and it remains attached to the submarine by a cable. Once on the surface it can indicate to rescuers the position of the submarine, and may include a telephone for communication with the trapped submariners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
Today I learned of Toregene Khatun, the Great Khatun and regent of the Mongol Empire from 1241 to 1246. Never before, or since, has such a large empire been ruled by woman. During that time there were women on almost every highest positions in the empire. Surprisingly, none of them had been born Mongol. theglobalist.com/the-wome…
Our ancestors standing up and walking on two feet turned social links into a necessary aspect for Survival (and leading to our current society) due to how this position changed some of women's caracteristics (narrower hips). ynharari.com/book/sapiens…
The US Navy suffered one of its worst-ever defeats in the Battle of Savo Island in 1942, because a ship captain turned off his new-fangled radar out of fear it would reveal his position to the Japanese defenseone.com/ideas/2019…
The Antikythera Mechanism is the world's first (analog) computer, calculating the positions of stars and planets accurate to 1 degree in 500 years, and was made 1500 years before Keppler was even born. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
When Steve Madden was convicted of fraud and forced to resign as CEO of his company, he created a new position for himself that paid $700k per year while he was in prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
During the 6 Day War President Nasser of Egypt attempted to step down and handed power to Vice President Zakaria Mohieddin. Mohieddin Refused the position and thousands began protesting the resignation; forcing Nasser to remain president. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gam…
Humans and many other Eukaryotes have segments of DNA that hop around to different positions on chromosomes. They're called Transposons, or "Jumping Genes," and their discoverer Barbara McClintock was ridiculed for thirty years before being awarded a Nobel Prize in 1983. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
A New York University study found that people with easier-to-pronounce names have higher-status positions at work businessinsider.com/how-y…
James Monroe is the only person in US history to serve in two cabinet positions simultaneously. He served as both Secretary of State and Secretary of War during the War of 1812. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
After Velocity, Acceleration, and Jerk, the fourth, fifth, and sixth derivatives of position vector are Snap, Crackle, and Pop, respectively. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
The orphica, a predecessor of the modern keytar, was a portable piano that could be worn with a shoulder strap and played in a position similar to guitar. It was invented in the late 1700s. Only about 30 orphicas still exist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orp…
Today I learned about Georgia Ann Robinson. The first African-American policewoman with the LAPD. In 1919, she was officially appointed to a position of police officer. After having joined as a volunteer in 1916 during WWI. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned about "court dwarfs". Some of the first dwarfs to have their histories recorded were employed as court dwarfs. They were owned and traded amongst people of the court, and delivered as gifts to fellow kings and Queens . Royals appeared much larger and visually enhanced their powerful position. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
It is impossible to predict the paths of colliding billiard balls after only a few collisions. Tiny differences in initial positions accumulate to such a degree that by the sixth or seventh collision even the force of gravity from people standing near the pool table changes the outcome. io9.gizmodo.com/the-physi…
Boxer Chris Eubank purchased the title 'Lord of the Manor' for Brighton at auction. He then used his power to appoint a town crier. She eventually lost her position for being too 'old fashioned' for Brighton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Even at 0 Kelvin (absolute zero), atoms continue to vibrate due the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, which states that a particle's momentum cannot be precisely determined if its position is known, and vice versa. Basically, because the atom's position is known at 0K, its momentum can't be theglobeandmail.com/techn…
Tardigrades, or water bears, were filmed mating for the first time in 2016 by German researchers. The female lays eggs, the male gets into position (a process that can be several minutes); they engage in mutual stimulation till the male ejaculates his semen into the female's outer layer of skin. bbc.com/earth/story/20161…
Monarchs had people who monitored their bowel movements, and assisted with the action. The position was considered extremely sought after and powerful and was called, "The Groom of The Stool." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gro…
Blinds in the up position makes the heat go towards the ceiling and allows for more privacy retrorenovation.com/2014/…
Taonius borealis is a species of deep sea glass squid found in the North Pacific Ocean. It is also called a cockatoo squid because of the angled position of its tentacles that resemble the tropical bird's crest. It has a mostly ammonia-filled body and it sometimes releases some for buoyancy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tao…
Despite infamously campaigning on "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever," Alabama governor George Wallace later renounced segregationism, publicly apologized to the black community, and appointed record numbers of African Americans to state positions and his cabinet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The Soviet Union used assessors instead of jurors. Like jurors assessors were lay citizens who would decide guilt. Unlike jurors, assessors sat with judges, could allow or deny objections, and voted on the verdict with the judge(s). Higher court assessors were elected to their position. [PDF] scholarlycommons.law.case…
Today I learned about the Copper Scroll, an ancient treasure map. Found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, it relates 64 positions where gold and silver have been hidden. Though searches are ongoing, as of yet, no treasure has been found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop…
The Mali Empire may have made it to Brazil before Europe. Mansa Abu Bakr II ruler of the rich Mali Empire abdicated his position and sailed to explore the Atlantic Ocean. He took over 50 ships full of decades worth of food, supplies, and West African gold. Both he and his fleet never returned. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/afric…
During WWII, RAAF personell found a dog with a broken leg. When a field hospital doctor demanded it, the dog's name and number became Gunner and 0000. Soon after, Gunner would reliably alert air force personnel up to 20 minutes before Japanese military aircraft would approach their position. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
Today I learned of Jim Shooter, a Comic Book writer who started writing comics at the age of 13 and sent them in to DC comics. The head of DC liked them so much that he immediately commissioned Shooter to write Superman stories. Shooter got a regular position at 14, working to support his struggling parents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
John Romero and John Carmack once build a demo of Commander Keen to position themselves as capable of building a PC version for Super Mario Bros. However, although Nin was impressed with the efforts. The company wanted Mario series to remain exclusive on their consoles pcgamesn.com/doom/command…
Contrary to the popular myth that if a horse's legs were raised on a statue, the rider died in battle, there is no correlation between good position and manner of mortality en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equ…
The 18.4TB compressed database of all 7-piece or fewer chess endgames uses on average 0.35 bits per position, storing almost 23 chess positions per byte used. lichess.org/blog/W3WeMyQA…
Today I learned about the Expanding Earth Hypothesis. It asserts that the position and relative movement of continents is at least partially due to the volume of Earth increasing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
The zodiac is wrong because Earth's precession has altered the position of the constellations we see today, effectively shifting the dates of the zodiac. There's a 13th constellation the Babylonians left out, Ophiuchus, which was inconvenient but now relevant 2,500 years later in our night sky.. spaceplace.nasa.gov/starf…
Due to countries in the Commonwealth realm sharing the same monarch, they can't technically send ambassadors to each other. Instead, they send an equivalent position called high commissioners. commonwealthofnations.org…

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