During an interview with Stephen Hawking, the camera operator yanked a cable causing an alarm and Hawking to slump forward. Worried they had killed him, everyone rushed over to find Hawking giggling at his own joke. The alarm was from an office computer losing power. biography.com/news/stephe…
A "Power Ranger" has spent 2 hrs a day helping Tokyo subway riders lug heavy packages and baby strollers up the station stairs, as it has no elevators nor escalators. He said: "Japanese people find it hard to accept help, they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out." nbcnews.com/news/world/ma…
Nikola Tesla, widely known as the inventor of the AC power system, also installed the first hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls in 1896. It was around this time that Tesla also disavowed coal and oil in favor of renewable energy sources. genius.substack.com/p/gen…
Today I learned of the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant. It was much closer to the epicenter of the 2011 Earthquake than the Fukushima Power Plant, yet it sustained only minor damage and even housed tsunami evacuees. It's safety is credited to engineer Hirai Yanosuke who insisted it have a 14m (46FT) tall sea wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ona…
A necropsy performed after the death of Secretariat in 1989 showed the thoroughbred had a heart almost twice the size of average racehorses, a factor that contributed to its incredible power and stamina si.com/horse-racing/2015/…
Today I learned about an octopus named Otto who caused a power outage by shooting water at the 2000 watt spotlight over his tank which was seemingly annoying him. Otto is an interesting octopus who has also been caught juggling hermit crabs, throwing rocks at the glass and re-arranging the contents of his tank sherryduquet.com/otto-the…
The FDA has cleared the world’s first portable, low-cost MRI. It costs $50K USD which is 20x cheaper than traditional systems, runs on 35x less power, and weighs 10x less than normal 1.5T MRI machines. healthimaging.com/topics/…
Home Improvement: Power Tool Pursuit! for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System had no real instruction manual. Instead there was a fake manual with a sticker reading, "Real men don't need instructions". The game also featured dinosaurs, acid-spewing mummies, and robot sentries as enemies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
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…
Queen Elizabeth II has seen 13 different UK Prime Ministers come into power, with the first one being Winston Churchill. independent.co.uk/life-st…
In 1908 a meteorite hit Russia with hundreds of times more power than an atom bomb, destroying 500,000 acres of forest, knocking ppl over 40 miles away and causing weather events around the globe - but no one was killed and no impact crater was found. history.com/news/6-bizarr…
The US postal service has a law enforcement arm made up of officers who carry firearms and have arresting powers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Up until 1982, the British government still had the power to create laws in Canada, including making amendments to Canadian constitutional law. In fact, Canada could not technically make amendments to its own constitution without permission from the British government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
The solar storm of 1859 caused the aurora borealis to be seen as far south as the Caribbean and was bright enough to wake miners in the Rockies. The geomagnetic current was also strong enough to power telegraph systems. A similar event happening today would cause widespread blackouts and damage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
A Nuclear Ballistic Missile was almost launched from McConnell Air Force Base in 1980 because a technician loaded the wrong data into a computer. The crew was able to avoid the launch after switching off the main power to the building. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Despite being aligned with Nazi Germany in WWII, Finnish Jews were not persecuted by the government of Finland. The Finnish Army set up the only field synagogue on the Eastern Front and Finnish Jews fought with Germans in support of the Axis Powers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
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/…
Today I learned about Castrati. Male singers who were castrated before puberty to prevent their larynx from transforming and resulting in increased vocal range and lung power. wikipedia.org/wiki/Castra…
Austria has a nuclear power plant that costed more than a billion euros to make which has never been turned on. This is because the government held a vote on whether to use nuclear power or not after it was made, and 50.5% voted no. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwe…
When Adolf Hitler took power in the 1930s, he owed back taxes totaling 405,494 Reichsmarks (over USD $2 million today). He never paid. jstor.org/stable/1844922?…
A MASSIVE solar storm just barely missed Earth in 2012. Power grids all over the world would have been catastrophically compromised & so would the lives of the entire population. slate.com/technology/2014…
Today I learned of the Tory Power Stance, a stance done by British politicians where they stretch their legs far apart while ragdolling their arms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
Today I learned about The Paris Commune of 1871. The French workers created the first example of workers' power. They showed what a government of, for and run by the workers would look like. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The Queen piece in chess was originally a Visier, akin to prime minister. In Europe, according to one theory, it changed to a queen during the 13th century as prominent European Queens (Eleanor of Aquitaine/Blanche of Castile) better reflected the role of a King's source of power and influence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
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_…
Ironically, the doctrine of papal infallibility (the pope officially has singular absolute final say on matters of church doctrine) dates only to 1870, around the time when the papacy permanently lost all its remaining temporal political power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
The tale generally considered to be the first detective story is Edgar Allan Poe's, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," in 1841. The story describes the extraordinary analytical power used by Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin to solve a series of murders in Paris. history.com/this-day-in-h…
The Italians almost made a jet fighter prototype in WW2 developed from their N1 experimental craft, though under a mixed piston/jet power. A single prototype was under production and it is unknown what happened to it or if it was completed at all en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
The US Navy has 6 standard alarms for specific scenarios on a submarine. Each alarm sounds different, has immediate actions and priority- collision, diving, missile emergency, missile jettison, general, and power plant casualty. A mnemonic for the order is, "Can Dead Missile Men Get Pro-Pay?" wikipedia.org/wiki/Alarms…
Today I learned about the presocratic philosopher Empedocles. He claimed to have magical powers and a divine status, and would walk around Sicily in a large purple robe. Apparently, he died when he jumped into Etna, an active volcano, to prove to his followers that he really was a god. iep.utm.edu/empedocl/
Chinese billionaires are trying to "return" China's lost cultural artefacts that were looted from the country by colonial powers in the 19th Century. Their efforts range from "buying back" said artefacts to hiring thieves to steal them away from museums and private collections. telegraph.co.uk/news/2018…
Hitler was a highly decorated veteran of WWI. He only wore his wound badge, Iron Cross First Class, and Nazi Party Gold Badge #1 after assuming power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
When Sadam Hussein seized power in Iraq in 1979 he had the coup filmed and forced members of the capitulated parliament to kill each other. youtube.com/watch?v=CR1X3…
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 US Army’s secret unit, Project Stargate, investigated paranormal activity for 3 Cold War decades, including using psychic powers to spy on & locate the enemy during warfare independent.co.uk/life-st…
James Randi exposed a fraudulent televangelist named Peter Popoff who was using a ear mic to fool believers into thinking he had God-given healing powers youtube.com/watch?v=6djop…
In 2013 multiple gunmen shot up power transformers in Northern California and cut fiber optic cables, causing over $15 million in damage and outages. The gunmen were never caught. theatlantic.com/technolog…
In 2003, a woman found a stolen painting worth $1 million in the trash on a NYC curb. She felt it "had power" and took it without knowing its origin or value. She spent 4 years researching it and discovered it’d been stolen in 1987. She got a $15,000 reward plus a % of its $1,049,000 sale price. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruf…
The Japanese invaded Kiska, Alaska during WWII. This was the first time that the continental United States was occupied by a foreign power since the War of 1812. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Today I learned of Gordon Cooper, a NASA astronaut whose reentry vehicle lost nearly all power. He had to manually calculate reentry by scratching lines on his window for attitude and using his wrist watch for timing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor…
The "electrical" smell from running things like a food processor or power tools for too long is the carbon brushes in the motor overheating and starting to burn en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
A major factor for Joseph Stalin’s rise to power in the Soviet Union was that political rival Leon Trotsky missed Vladimir Lenin’s funeral - because Stalin gave Trotsky the wrong date. bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides…
Qian Xuesen was a Chinese scientist/colonel in the US army partially responsible for helping America go to space. But because of racism, he was deported to China. He was the father of Chinese rocketry and is one of the reasons why China is a world power today with ICBMS. youtu.be/CDvosSqSUTw
Loki was actively pansexual and genderfluid in mythology Loki | Mythology, Powers, & Facts. britannica.com/topic/Loki
A googol is 10 raised to the hundredth power and a googolplex is 10 raised to the power of a googol. youtu.be/0lFQOmb6mVs
Mike Myers thought up the Austin Powers character while driving home one day. His radio was playing Burt Bacharach’s β€œThe Look of Love”, and he was with his then-wife Robin Ruzan. Myers asked her if he was β€œmaking her horny”. She told him to stop it and write his new character down. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
One horse’s power is greater than one horsepower princess.co.uk/2018/09/ma…
Prince Charles inherits the possessions of anyone who dies in Cornwall without a will or next of kin, a power that in some years has yielded hundreds of thousands of pounds. He funnels the money into charities after deducting his costs. theguardian.com/uk/2013/m…
The Monarchy of Norway was founded in 872AD, been in power for over a 1000 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The engine that powers the MiG 21 fighter jet can, in an emergency, provide 143% of maximum thrust for two minutes before it explodes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tum…
'mana' is the spiritual life force energy or healing power that permeates the universe, in the culture of the Melanesians and Polynesians. Anyone or thing can have Mana. It is a cultivation or possession of energy and power, rather than being a source of power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Castrato, also called Evirato, male soprano or contralto voice of great range, flexibility, and power, produced as a result of castration before puberty. The castrato voice was introduced in the 16th century, when women were banned from church choirs and the stage. britannica.com/art/castra…
The famous Spider-Man quote "With great power comes great responsibility" is NOT said by Uncle Ben, but originally appears in a narrative caption of the comic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
Ron Wasserman, the composer of the Power Rangers theme song, also composed the theme song for the X-Men Animated Series en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Disney World has the power to establish schools, form their own criminal justice system and construct a nuclear power plant, although they have not chosen to do that yet. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
It's generally agreed that 10 power is the upper limit of hand-holdable binoculars. The higher the magnification, the greater the wobble. At some point, the wobble negates the increased resolution that magnification provides birdwatching.com/optics/m…
The cameras onboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft can still be turned back on, but it is not a priority for its Interstellar Mission. The cameras were turned off to save power and memory for the instruments expected to detect the new charged particle environment of interstellar space. voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/freq…
Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atom bomb, famously said "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." after witnessing his creations power. That quote is actually from the Hindu Epic Bhagavad-Gita, and Oppenheimer turned to Hinduism after seeing nuclear weapons capabilities years later. wired.co.uk/article/manha…
When Apple released the LaserWriter printer in 1985 it had a built-in programming language, its own RAM and used the same CPU as the original Macintosh, but running at a higher speed. Because of this, the LaserWriter printer had the most processing power in Apple's product line at that time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
The worlds largest aircraft engine, made by GE for Boeing 777, has 110,000 horse power compared to the Titanic which had 46,000 HP combined. The engine also intakes 2 million cubic feet of air at takeoff, a human would need 4 days to breath that much. Each engine costs $24 million. bangaloreaviation.com/200…
Today I learned of Aleksander Doba, a Polish kayaker known primarily for his long voyages across oceans. He kayaked across the Atlantic Ocean under his own power on three separate occasions. He completed his last crossing at the age of 70. His passages remain the longest open-water kayak voyages ever made nytimes.com/interactive/2…
The Sovient Union developed a nuclear weapon so power that not even they were willing to test it at full capacity. The Tsar Bomba was the largest nuclear bomb ever tested in the earth's atmosphere, having a mushroom cloud spanning over 40 miles (64km) and a yield of 57 million tons of TNT. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Branford Marsalis played saxophone on Public Enemy's Fight the Power en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fig…
There is no agreement on what the value is of Zero to the power of zero. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zer…
Today I learned about The Carrington Event, the most powerful solar flare recorded. If this were to happen today, the impact on power grids, telecommunications, internet, crops, satellite communications and GPS systems would be $1 trillion to $2 trillion. history.com/news/a-perfec…
In 2016, a monkey fell on a transformer at a Kenya hydroelectric power plant, resulting in the loss of 180 megawatts of power which caused a nationwide blackout. The monkey survived and power was restored after four hours. bbc.com/news/world-africa…
The number of bacteria on earth is estimated to be 5,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. This is five million trillion trillion or 5 x 10 to the 30th power. sciencing.com/how-many-ba…
In Marvel comics, The Beatles are actually a group of rogue skrulls who came to Earth to invade it but decided that the money and power was better. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of "Project A119" a plan from 1958 in which the US Air Force wished to nuke the moon in an attempt to show power over the Soviets and also collect data on astrogeology. The project was eventually rejected due to fear of public backlash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
In 2004 police discovered a movie theater in the Paris Catacombs. It was equipped with a giant cinema screen, seats, projection equipment, film reels, a fully stocked bar and a complete restaurant with tables and chairs. Its power source and the identity of those responsible remain unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
During WWII the Royal Marines used a body with fake orders to trick the Axis Powers into believing the Allies were invading Greece en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
King George VI took six months to give up the title of Emperor of India from the date Great Britain relinquished power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
A significant contribution to the 2003 NE blackout was the tendency of high-voltage lines to sag under high current. As one power line sagged, touched an unmaintained tree and faulted, the load on remaining lines increased, causing a cascade of sagging onto trees and faulting. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Rolling Stone was planning to track down Jack eyVinson, the actor from The Wizard who said, "I love the Power Glove. It's so bad," and have him attempt to actually use a NES Power Glove before they discovered he was a convicted child molester rollingstone.com/movies/m…
The Huanghuagang Martyr Memorial in China has a replica of the US Statute of Liberty on top. It replaced a previous Statue of Liberty that held a rifle, symbolizing Mao's quote that β€œpolitical power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” chinasmack.com/the-story-…
Article V of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty requires nuclear powers to sell nuclear bombs to non-nuclear powers if they are determined to be for peaceful explosive purposes by an international body. un.org/disarmament/wmd/nu…
Three Honolulu firefighters were killed, and six wounded, during the attack on Pearl Harbor, making them the only fire department on American soil to be attacked by a foreign power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Bodybuilders faint during exercise because they hold their breath while exerting to increase power, but this reduces blood to the heart, aka Valsalva maneuver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Val…
South Africa has 3 capital cities: Pretoria is the administrative capital, Cape Town is the legislative capital and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital. The formation of 3 capitals was due to political and cultural issues that eventually lead to a compromise to spread the balance of power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
When the Soviet military shot down Gary Powers' U2 spy plane, they also shot down one of their own MiG fighters with the same missile salvo. aviationweek.com/defense-…
The Volcanic Eruption of Krakatoa Indonesia On 27th August 1883 with an explosion the equivalent power of 150 million tonnes of TNT. The eruption was so loud that the sound was heard over a twelfth of the Earth’s surface, the shockwaves reverberated around the entire planet, seven times. theatlantic.com/magazine/…
Kaiser Wilhelm II drew up plans to invade the United States in 1897. The plan called for an attack on Boston and New York in order to neuter American power in the Pacific. theguardian.com/world/200…
Jules Verne's wrote a novel in 1863 which predicted gas-powered cars, fax machines, wind power, missiles, electric street lighting, maglev trains, the record industry, the internet, and feminism. It was lost for over 100 years after his publisher deemed it too unbelievable to publish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Today I learned of Pax Americana, a period of relative peace beginning around the middle of the 20th century, brought about by the dominant power of the United States. Similar time periods were Pax Romana and Pax Britannica. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pax…
Neil Armstrong and Aldrin were almost stranded on the moon because they broke a vital circuit breaker, snapping power to the engine. They finally managed to push and hold it back in with a felt-tip pen long enough for it to work. history.com/news/buzz-ald…
Following an immensely popular TED talk about the benefits of power poses, many politicians adopted wide-legged stances in photos. But 11 further studies on power posing failed to replicate the original findings. There is no science to it at all. theguardian.com/science/h…
A helicopter pilot flew to 40820 feet, setting a world record for the highest altitude reached by a helicopter. However, when he started to descend, the engine failed, but he safely landed the helicopter with absolutely no power - a world record for the highest unpowered descent by a helicopter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
A CIA analyst was able to figure out the locations and power consumption of the Soviet nuclear enrichment plants based on a censored cover of a magazine cia.gov/library/center-fo…
Egyptian Pharaohs and Deities that weren't known for being born of a God or Goddess had to take part in cannibalistic consumption of a God to take in a power known as hk3w that was later personified as the God Heka. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hek…
A unit of Donkey Power is a thing equalling 250 watts which is about a third of a Horse Power en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The origin of Shark Fin Soup dish can be traced to the Emperor Taizu of the Northern Song. He established shark fin soup to showcase his power. With the decline of Elitism when the CCP came to power, economy reforms led to middle classes who showcased their wealth by buying Shark Fin Soup. theguardian.com/science/b…
A pair of low power (2-3x), wide-field binoculars can pull in fainter stars while still showing entire large constellations. Observers describe these binoculars giving them 'super vision', as Constellations outlined by fainter 4th and 5th magnitude stars, like Eridanus , pop into view agenaastro.com/vixen-kasa…
NASA uses the unit of milli-pirate-ninjas (around 40.55 mW) when referring to power of the Curiosity rover components en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Dictatus papae, 27 powers arrogated to the pope, including papal supremacy, such as: Only the Pope can with right be called "Universal". All princes shall kiss the feet of the Pope alone. His name alone shall be spoken in the churches. His title is unique in the world. No one may judge him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
There was a conspiracy theory, actually investigated by some in British intelligence, that prime minister Harold Wilson was a KGB mole, and that the leader of the Labour Party before him was assassinated to clear his path to power newyorker.com/magazine/20…
The characterization of Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars saga as an ambitious and ruthless politician dismantling a democratic republic to achieve supreme power is in part inspired by Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Adolf Hitler. Other elements of the character come from Richard Nixon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
A sequel to the cult film 'Who Killed Captain Alex?' was near completion in 2010. The director Nabwana IGG had completed filming on Tebaatusasula (Luganda: "Those Who Were Screwed Over") when a massive power surge in Wakaliga destroyed the hard drive that contained the footage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
Woodrow Wilson gave immense power to his son-in-law William Gibbs McAdoo and appointed him U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and presided over the Federal Reserve en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The island of Malta was awarded the George Cross by King George the 6th during WW2 for the people of Malta displaying heroism and devotion during a siege on the island by the Axis powers. The medal to this day is incorporated in Malta's national flag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awa…
The Peelian Principles, developed by Sir Robert Peel in 1829, express an approach to policing based in the idea that police exercise their powers to police their fellow citizens only with the implicit consent of those fellow citizens en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pee…

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