Friends Thomas Cook and Joseph Feeney shook hands in 1992, swearing if either one won the Powerball jackpot, they would split the winnings. Well the power of friendship and a handshake has paid off: 28 years later Tom won €22 million and split the winnings with his friend. powerball.com/winner-stor…
Not everyone can unfocus their eyes whenever they want to. It's accomplished by having the ability to relax the ciliary muscles in your eyes, which causes them to lose their focusing powers. healthline.com/health/eye…
The soundtrack for the 2019 miniseries Chernobyl (which concerns the 1986 nuclear disaster) was composed by Hildur GuΓ°nadΓ³ttir, who incorporated field recordings from a real power plant in Lithuania, capturing the sounds of pumps, reactors and turbines. classicfm.com/discover-mu…
While making Moana, Disney producers visited the South Pacific and assembled an "Oceanic Story Trust" comprised of local cultural experts to advise on accuracy of details. Maui was originally bald but he was redrawn with a full head of hair as hair symbolized mana (power) in Polynesian culture. screenrant.com/moana-poly…
Habsburg Emperor Joseph II tried to reform Austria into "ideal Enlightened state". He abolished serfdom, removed restrictions against Jews, gave religious freedom to Protestants and Orthodox and tried to weaken power of Catholic church. But as soon he died all his reforms were abolished en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
The King's doctor Johann Struensee seized power for over a year in 18th century Denmark. He managed to abolish slavery, abolish censorship of the press, and have an affair with the Queen before being ousted and executed in 1772 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The story of the Chernobyl power plant didn’t end with the tragedy of 1986. There was actually a second fire that broke out on Reactor 2 in 1991, and it wasn’t until 2000 that the last operating reactor was fully shut down. world-nuclear-news.org/Ar…
Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini were friends at one point, however Doyle refused to accept Houdini performed using trickery and believed he had supernatural powers. Their friendship ended after Houdini exposed sΓ©ance mediums who claimed to have powers to talk to the dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Austria's only nuclear power plant in Zwentendorf was completed in the late 70s and was ready to be switched on, but in a referendum in 1978 the Austrian people rejected nuclear power by a slim majority of 50.47% against. As a result the power plant was never started up. atlasobscura.com/places/z…
Despite the success of Power Rangers, the original actors were only paid $600/wk and did stunt work(pink ranger was almost electrocuted/set on fire) awwman.com/nps/main/2012/…
The Apollo Guidance computer was programmed in metric, but showed imperial values in the displays. Using metric meant fewer calculations thus optimizing the use of the limited processing power and the astronauts were used to imperial so that's what they saw on the display. ukma.org.uk/why-metric/my…
The first country to recognize Greek independence was not any of the western powers, but Haiti, who alledgedly sent 25ton of Coffee beans to finance their rebellion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Creatures the size of Godzilla or King Kong cannot exist in real life. If you were to scale up an animal by 10x in each dimension, it would have 100x the muscle power, but 1000x the mass, likely crushing this creature to death. An animal this big would look very differnt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
The Grateful Dead briefly toured with a PA system called the Wall Of Sound that consisted of six hundred and four speakers, channelling twenty-six thousand watts of power. It has been called β€œthe greatest vessel for the amplification of sound in history”. liveforlivemusic.com/news…
In 1859, a massive solar flare caused telegraph communications around the world to fail. Auroras glowed so bright in the night that birds chirped and people went to work believing it was sunrise. A similar event today could impact power grids, satellites, and GPS systems, costing $1-2 trillion. history.com/news/a-perfec…
Today I learned about the Seal of Solomon, a signet ring attributed to King Solomon in medieval Arabic tradition. It is the predecessor of the Star of David, and gave Solomon the power to command demons, jinn (genies) and spirits, or to speak with animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
After the murder of his father, Genghis Khan went into poverty, even being enslaved at one point. It wasn’t until he was in his 50’s did he rise to power and become the Khan of Mongolia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
On the day he was assassinated by revolutionary nihilists, Alexander II of Russia had signed a ukaz establishing elected positions for commoners in the Tsardom. This edict was immediately dissolved by his son, who went on to consolidate and expand the Tsar's power in Russia. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Despite increases in computer power, each Shrek film has taken about twice as many hours to render as the one before it. Dreamworks calls this "Shrek's Law". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shr…
Today I learned that Count von Count from Sesame Street has hypnotic powers, but only used them in two episodes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
In 1955, prominent physicist Qian Xuesen was deported from the United States to China under suspicions of being a communist. He would go on to help China become a nuclear power by 1964, launch a satellite by 1970 and witnessed China's first manned space mission in 2003 bbc.co.uk/news/stories-54…
Today I learned of Vibratory urticaria. A rare condition that causes an itchy sensation following exposure to vibrations from massage guns, mowing the lawn, power tools, and even horseback riding. It can manifest as both a sensation or actual hives and can happen on both exposed and covered skin. dermnetnz.org/topics/vibr…
Singer Ella Fitzgerald's career had a late renaissance when, at an audition for Memorex Recording Tapes' advertising, was asked to break a glass using the power of her voice, and she succeeded. npr.org/2019/09/03/749019…
Mars Curiosity Rover's main power is generated through a Radioisotope thermoelectric generator fueled with 4.8 kg plutonium-238 dioxide which can generate Electricity with a minimum lifetime of 14 years knovhov.com/curiosity-mar…
B92, a dissident radio station in Serbia, played Public Enemy's 'Fight the Power' on repeat when they were banned from broadcasting news. The song became an anti-MiloΕ‘eviΔ‡ anthem in 1991. bbc.com/culture/article/2…
Today I learned of Georgy Malenkov. Though he led the Soviet Union after Stalin's death, he eventually lost an internal power struggle with Khrushchev. He was demoted to be a manager of a hydroelectric plant in Kazakhstan and lived out the rest of his life in utter obscurity en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Stan Lee created The X-men as 'mutants' because he didn't want to explain how they got their powers. They were BORN with their powers. interviews.televisionacad…
Wheelie bins manufactured and/or sold in the EU must be measured on the volume of noise they make when the lid is shut and when moved over irregular ground and the "guaranteed sound power level" must be "visibly, legibly and indelibly" fixed to it. eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-c…
In an attempt to boost the sales of the Playstation 2, Sony's marketing chief attempted to anonymously seed a story to news outlets that Saddam Hussein had imported 4,000 PS2s to use their processing power to build nuclear weapons. youtube.com/watch?v=YCr8i…
The largest power outage in U.S. history was caused by a software bug in an alarm system and knocked out power for most of the Northeastern U.S. and parts of Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
The Mighty Morphine Power Rangers show's action scenes are all from different Japanese series called Super Sentai en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mig…
In the Sellafield nuclear power plant there is an industrial freezer packed with an expanding mountain of radioactive seagulls that were shot by snipers employed by the plant independent.co.uk/environ…
Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines. webmd.com/migraines-heada…
There's a mutant who has been on the X-men for several years, but nobody at all ever remembered due to his power of immediately forgetting he existed once he leaves your point of view. cbr.com/x-men-forget-me-n…
In the 1890s, electric bicycles were documented within various U.S. patents. However, in 1992 hardly any commercial electric bicycles were available and the terms E-Bike, power bike, pedelec, assisted bicycle, and power-assisted bicycle only became popular by 2001 optibike.com/brief-histor…
Britain's worst nuclear accident, would have been much worse, were it not for Sir John Douglas Cockcroft. Whom insisted on installing filters onto the exhaust shaft of the Windscale Nuclear Power Plant. When the accident happened the radioactive dust was reduced by 95%. bbc.com/news/uk-england-c…
There is a phenomenon where millions of people in Britain all simultaneously turn on their electric kettles during commercial TV breaks causing massive power surges countrywide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_…
A British plan to assassinate Hitler was ultimately called off because they thought keeping him in power would help the war end faster given his terrible decision making and strategy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
There are two seperate and incompatible power grids in Japan. East Japan (Tokyo) is powered by 50hz generators and West Japan (Osaka, Kyoto) is powered by 60hz. As early companies looked for AC current options, the east ordered their generators from Germany, the west ordered from America. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
The blast of hot or cold air from above entrances is called an 'air door'. It prevents inside and outside air from mixing, increasing a buildings power efficiency as well as keeping out dust and insects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Actor Verne Troyer, known for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series, began his career as the stunt double for the infant character "Baby Bink" in John Hughes' film Baby's Day Out (1994) wikipedia.org/wiki/Verne_…
A teenaged Evel Kinevel, while working at a copper mine, popped a wheelie with a piece of heavy machinery. He hit a power line, causing the city of Butte, Montana to lose power for several hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
Today I learned of the Helen, a unit of measurement based on Helen of Troy. She was known as "the face that launched a thousand ships", therefore 1 milliHelen is the amount of beauty needed to launch a single ship. The negative Helen is the power to beach ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Khmer Rouge, the genocidal Communist regime in Cambodia, was toppled by Vietnam, but due to Cold War politics, many Western powers supported Khmer Rouge's claim to be a government in exile and gave them a seat in the UN. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
The story of the Chernobyl power plant didn’t end with the tragedy of 1986. There was actually a second fire that broke out on Reactor 2 in 1991, and it wasn’t until 2000 that the last operating reactor was fully shut down. nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-co…
The US senate used the same ivory gavel for over 170 years till president Richard Nixon broke it during a late night debate about nuclear power in 1954 atlasobscura.com/articles…
Joe Son from Austin Powers ("Random Task" "who throws a shoe?") Is in jail for torturing a woman, and then murdered his cellmate. bakersfield.com/news/aust…
The Bourbons almost regained power in France in 1871. The monarchists won a majority in parliament and offered the throne to Henry V. He wished to replace the republican tricolour, which was deemed impossible. A "temporary" republican government was therefore established. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
One of the major reasons Japan became imperialist in the advent of WW2 is because of a refusal by the Entente powers in WW1 to accept a Racial Equality Proposal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…

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