It is illegal to trade onion futures in the United States due to the 1958 Onion Futures Act, after two traders in 1955 purchased 98% of the onions in Chicago and subsequently crashed onion prices while holding short positions on onion futures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni…
After losing her position in her university's anatomy department in 1938, Rita Levi-Montalcini set up a laboratory in her bedroom and studied the growth of nerve fibers in chicken embryos. This work led to her discovery of nerve growth factor, for which she was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1986. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rit…
Air traffic controllers get a break every 2 hours. When controllers remain "on position" for more than 2 hours without a break, performance can deteriorate rapidly, even at low traffic levels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Sloths lose 1/3 of their body weight when they poop, which happens once a week on the ground, and in the standing position. businessinsider.com/the-h…
Thousands of people of Jewish decent were conscripted or volunteered into the German army during WWII, some ending up in senior positions. Hitler personally signed off on the "declaration of German blood" for 77 high-ranking officers who had Jewish parents or were married to Jews. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The Beryozka or Berezka Dance Ensemble is a troupe of female dancers in Russia, wearing long gowns and move in very small steps on very low half-toe with the body held in a certain corresponding position, so the dancers appear as floating or moving on wheels. youtu.be/gwbcTYQ84dU
Left-handers can have poor handwriting posture because they write with a β€œhooked” style when trying to copy how right-handers write, but if they position the paper to their left with the bottom-right edge angled down, then their wrist and arm straightens for neater and more comfortable writing. handedness.org/action/lef…
New York City offers so-called Friendship Benches, a program first used in Zimbabwe, where peers offer an ear to people who are suffering from depression but are not in a position to seek professional therapy. goodmorningamerica.com/we…
In 1891, in Waynestown, Indiana, the race for County Treasurer was so close that it was decided by a 200-yard footrace. William Simms, the favorite, seemed like a sure bet but tripped three yards from the finish line, letting his opponent win the race and therefore the position. newspapers.com/clip/16439…
On June 15th, 1944, the Captain of the USS Texas (BB-35) intentionally flooded the lower decks of the ship so that he could further extend the range of the ship's guns while firing onto the fortified German-held positions of Isigny and Carentan. houstonchronicle.com/neig…
In correspondence chess there is a concept known as the "Dead Man's Defense", where a player spends as much time as possible playing out a lost position in hopes that the opposing player simply dies or loses interest, thereby winning the game. iccfwebfiles.blob.core.wi…
The Hunts built a large, leveraged position in silver in the 1970s, causing a price spike & jeopardize the trading exchanges. Exchanges & US gov't changed rules to limit purchases & discourage lending to speculators. On Silver Thursday, the price collapsed 77% & the Hunts went bankrupt. businessinsider.com/hunt-…
Several former Nazis, including Adolf Heusinger, who served as acting Chief of Staff of the Army for Nazi Germany, and Johannes Steinhoff, who was one of the highest scoring Luftwaffe pilots, took high level positions within NATO after World War II. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
One of New Zealand PM, Julius Vogel, was a fantasy writer. In 1898 he wrote an utopian novel about a world where women held many positions of authority. Four years later, after 20 years of suffrage campaign, NZ became the first country to give women the right to vote. nzhistory.govt.nz/media/p…
The WW2 MK14 torpedo used by America was 80% unreliable with most of them exploding not at all, too early or in the wrong position. Light & strong alloys were needed to fix the detonator issues, initially obtained ironically from a shot down Japanese fighter at Pearl Harbour. warfarehistorynetwork.com…
Garrett Morgan invented the three-position traffic signal and the smoke hood, which was an early precursor to the gas mask. He also discovered and developed a chemical hair-processing and straightening solution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
In the 1600s Queen Elizabeth I created an official position of "Uncorker of Ocean Bottles", andβ€”thinking some bottles might contain secrets from British spies or fleetsβ€”decreed that anyone else opening the bottles could face execution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
Giuseppe Piazzi, following his discovery of the Dwarf Planet Ceres, had difficulty tracking its position given the lack of data. Carl Friedrich Gauss, upon hearing this, worked for three months on the problem and successfully predicted its position within half a degree a year after discovery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
There are over 43 billion-billion possible combinations in a standard 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube. There are more than 100 million starting positions that can be solved in exactly 20 moves. It took 30 years to determine this magic number. bbc.co.uk/news/technology…
Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a volunteer position that accepts fewer than 20 percent of all applicants, and of those only a small percentage go on to become actual Tomb Guards. The high attrition rate makes it the second least awarded US military decoration. businessinsider.com/every…
Scientists studying the structure of the human fist and it's effectiveness at protecting the bones of the hand did their tests by using cadaver arms to punch and slap in different positions and motions. jeb.biologists.org/conten…
Today I learned about Kurt Lee, who was the first Asian (US) Marine Corps officer, when fighting in the Korean War used his Mandarin language skills to confuse the enemy soldiers and infiltrate their positions during the battles around Inchon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kur…
In the State of Louisiana, convicted felons are barred from serving on a jury for life, but not from holding any elected position. restoration.ccresourcecen…
The only President and Vice President not elected to the office was Gerald Ford. Using the 25th Amendment, President Richard Nixon appointed Ford as Vice President after Spiro Agnew resigned from the position. Nine months later, President Nixon resigned and Gerald Ford rose up in his place. history.com/news/9-things…
There is a boat called RP FLIP that floats in a vertical position, it is a research platform owned by the US Office of Naval Research en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RP_…
Today I learned about β€œlittle-ease,” an old torture cell in the tower of London. It measured a mere 1.2m square. Its cramped size prevented prisoners from settling in any bearable position: they were unable to stand, sit or lie down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
Today I learned about Pataphysics, a β€œphilosophy” of science that β€œexamines imaginary phenomena that exist in a world beyond metaphysics”. The College of Pataphysics in Paris is permanently headed by Dr. Faustroll, a fictional character, and their Vice-Curator position was previously held by a crocodile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%27…
Wisconsin residents can request any of their elected officials be recalled from their position after a year and have to run for office again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rec…
Elvis Presley died while trying to poop in his toilet: he had enlarged colon, which makes this activity harder. Due to rigor mortis, his body was found still in the seating position, but fallen forward on the floor, head down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elv…
62-year-old former US Marine, George Hood has just broken the world planking record. He held the plank position for 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds. youtu.be/59MaNHq8UDo
There were nurses during the Black Plague. They were often poor and old women coerced into the position and the public widely hated them as they were seen as greedy and spreaders of the plague. Even the doctors hated them so they were the reviled nurses. (Look up an outfit) historyextra.com/period/s…
In Canadian Parliament, it is tradition to drag the new Speaker of the House to their seat. The Speaker had to report to the Monarch, and sometimes the Monarch would kill them if the news was bad. It was an undesirable position and many Speakers were forced into that role. nationalobserver.com/2019…
The serpent is a European bass brasswind instrument that was a predecessor of the tuba. Its snake-like form helps to position the finger holes within reach of the player’s hands metmuseum.org/art/collect…
Lou Ferrigno has been a Deputy Sheriff with San Luis Obispo County since 2012. This is not an "honorary position". He serves at least 20 hours a month. His father was a NYPD Lieutenant. louferrigno.com/pages/dep…
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…
The Fata Morgana: this phenomenon is caused by the refraction of light. When the light arrives, "the real position of the object is subject to human interpretation, since the formation of the image is conditioned by the refraction of the light", which has been altered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat…
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…
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…
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…
In 1937, TIME named Chinese First Lady Soong Mei-ling Person of the Year alongside her husband, declaring, β€œNo woman in the West holds so great a position as Mme Chiang Kai-shek holds in China.” time.com/5793488/soong-me…
That, until 2015, the Royal Marriages Act 1772 stipulated that any descendent of King George II would require the Monarch's permission to marry (because they wanted to preserve the royal position of the dynasty) or else it would be null and void in the UK en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Today I learned about Lagrange Points. Celestial mechanics concerning points of orbit in space. Specifically points where a small object can maintain its relative position within a star system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag…
The world record for the longest time in the plank position is held by George Hood, a 62 year old former US marine. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
After David L Roth left Van Halen, Eddie offered the lead singer position to Patty Smyth of Scandal. She declined. He then offered it to Daryl Hall, who also declined. Finally Eddie was introduced to Sammy Hagar via their mutual Ferrari mechanic and he accepted the position. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
The Beatles held top five positions on Billboard Hot 100 on April 4th 1964. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
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-…
Riding β€œshotgun” means sitting in the position of the guard of a stagecoach mentalfloss.com/article/8…
During the Battle Of Cowpens in the American Revolution, an American captain successfully used a spontoon to pole-vault toward a British cannon position to take it out and prevent it from firing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
American football jersey numbers are restricted by position en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
If you are standing on the moon, the earth has a largely fixed position and does appear not move in the sky other than rotating on it's axis every 24 hours and 40 min, getting bigger or smaller each month, or slightly moving due to change in lunar tilt starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/d…

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