In the 2011 animation film Rango, there were more than 60 scenes depicting the act of tobacco smoking. Several advocacy groups at the time tried to pressure the film rating board to give the film an R rating. This came to nothing and the film continues to maintain a PG rating today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Vanilla Ice used Queen and David Bowie's Under Pressure song baseline for his one-hit wonder Ice Ice Baby but didn't pay any royalties to Queen or Bowie. After facing a lawsuit, he then claimed he purchased the song Under Pressure in an interview, only to be corrected by a Queen spokesman. ultimateclassicrock.com/v…
Today I learned about the treeless tundra town of Nome Alaska, who's residents create their own Nome National Forest on the frozen sea out of their discarded Christmas trees. The tradition has fallen out of practice but has recently been reborn through pressure from the Mayor. knom.org/wp/blog/2017/12/…
Scientists have not confirmed a link between salt consumption and blood pressure time.com/3313332/salt-and…
Vets can measure a cat’s blood pressure by putting a cuff around its tail. catcare4life.org/advice/m…
Chinstrap and AdΓ©lie penguins generate considerable pressures, up to 60kPa, to propel their feces away from the edge of the nest when they poop. link.springer.com/article…
When we are sleep deprived, our blood pressure is at raised levels for longer, our blood vessels don’t get a chance to rejuvenate, and raised levels of inflammation-causing proteins may also cause extra strain on the heart. optimumsleep.com/importan…
When Leo Tolstoy became a vegetarian, two of his children followed, but his wife and aunt didn't. He didn't pressure them, but sometimes teased them. His aunt once came to dinner and found a knife and a chicken on her chair. Tolstoy said "We knew you wanted chicken, but none of us would kill it" veg.ca/1998/09/07/history…
Today I learned about Robert Dreyer, who crashed his car into a fire hydrant on his 89th birthday. He went to check on the damage to the car, but the water pressure from the hydrant was so great that it created a sinkhole and sucked him in, killing him. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Liquid water can exist in two distinctly different states. At low temperatures and high pressures, it can become 20% denser than room-temperature water. The two states are immiscible, like oil and water. scitechdaily.com/research…
The CocaCola-Mentos reaction is not a chemical but a physical reaction. Gas dissolved in CocaCola needs a surface to form on. We can increase that surface by adding Mentos. The microscopic surface of Mentos is quite rough, so it allows a lot of gas to form and it creates a lot of pressure. eepybird.com/featured-vid…
Why singers lose their accents when they sing. There are 3 main reasons. Phonetics, the pace at which they sing and speak, and the air pressure from one’s vocal chords. ajournalofmusicalthings.c…
Rocks can exfoliate, exploding into the air due to pressure below the surface. gizmodo.com/watch-a-slab-…
Using mouthwash too often can increase blood pressure and risk of developing diabetes. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Plant cells can have very high internal pressures. Root cells can be up to 0.6 MPa (90 psi), leaf cells up to 2 MPa (300 psi), and pollen tubes up to 21 MPa (3000 psi). This allows plant cells to rapidly grow as well as to be able to break through obstructions like asphalt and concrete. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Fingernails serve to enhance sensation and precise movements of the fingertips through the counter-pressure exerted on the pulp of the fingers by the nails. bio.libretexts.org/Booksh…
A teaspoon of a neutron star weighs over six billion tons. The pressure in this star's core is so high that most of the charged particles, electrons and protons, merge resulting in a star composed of mostly uncharged particles called neutrons. nasa.gov/mission_pages/ch…
Hysteria was believed to be a condition that only women could experience and that it was caused by the uterus wandering around the body and putting pressure on other organs (like the lungs) mcgill.ca/oss/article/his…
Today I learned about Botswana's first President, Seretse Khama, successor to the throne of the then British Protectorate of Bechuanaland who, after marrying a British woman, was banished by the British under pressure from South Africa, but eventually led the nation to independence in 1956 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Shoveling snow is a known cause for heart attacks - the increase in blood pressure combined with cold air constricting arteries creates the right environment for it to happen. bbc.com/news/blogs-magazi…
In Italy, it's very common for dwarfs to undergo painful limb lengthening surgery (that involves repeatedly breaking bones and pulling them apart over the course of 2-3 years) due to societal pressure. 90% of Italian dwarfs undergo the procedure (in the rest of Europe, the rate is around 8%). vice.com/en_uk/article/pp…
Today I learned about Dead Hand, a Cold War-era automatic nuclear weapons system used by the Soviet Union. It can trigger the launch of Russian ICBM's if an attack is detected by seismic, light, radioactivity, and pressure sensors, even at the absence of human oversight. It allegedly still remains in use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
A former Michelin Guide inspector said an inspector's life is lonely, underpaid drudgery, driving around France for weeks on end, dining alone, under intense pressure to file detailed reports on strict deadlines, the guide had become lax in its standards, & some famous chefs are "untouchables". wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel…
RMS Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic and the only civilian class vessel to sink an enemy warship in World War 1 by tearing open a German U-boat's pressure hull with it's propeller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
In 1995 we sent a probe in Jupiter's atmosphere. It gathered and relayed data for 58 minutes, before being destroyed by the increasing pressure. solarsystem.nasa.gov/miss…
Two doctors saved a woman’s life on an airplane by performing mid-air surgery on her with a coat hanger and silverware. They also used cognac to sterilise the equipment. It was on a flight from Hong Kong-London. They couldn’t land for help, as the increase in air pressure could kill her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Ernest Hemingway was A SURVIVOR: He lived through Anthrax, Malaria, Pneumonia, Dysentery, Skin Cancer, Hepatitis, Anemia, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, 2 Plane Crashes, a Ruptured Kidney, a Ruptured Spleen, a Ruptured Liver, a Crushed Vertebra, and a Fractured Skull; only to kill himself zmescience.com/other/feat…
Current theory why testicles are outside some animals are due to high mobility. Animals characterized by signicant ability to leap and land have external testes to avoid concussive hydrostatic rises in intra-abdominal pressure. Temperature moderation is actually a secondary benefit ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The feeling you get when a storm is coming is really the barometric pressure dropping around you. sciencing.com/rain-pressu…
Today I learned of the Parthian shot, an ancient military tactic where archers on horses would feign retreat and then turn their bodies while at full gallop to shoot at the pursuing enemy. It required great skill to master. Without a stirrup, the rider relied solely on pressure from his legs to guide his horse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
A man was cooked alive in a 270Β° pressure cooker oven along with 12,000 pounds of tuna. In CA’s largest workplace safety violation settlement ever ($6M), Bumble Bee Tuna agreed to pay $1.5M to the deceased’s family, $1.5M to state government and courts, and $3M to purchase new automated ovens. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
There is a yoga pose called Pawanmuktasana, AKA the wind relieving or gas releasing pose. It puts pressure on the abdomen to help release those stubborn farts. yogapoint.com/asana/pawan…
Wendy's founder Dave Thomas regretted using his daughter's name. Not long before he died he told his daughter: "I should've just named it after myself, because it put a lot of pressure on you." today.com/food/wendy-s-fo…
Ritalin which is an ADHD drug was named after its inventor's wife started to take it to help her problems with low blood pressure before playing tennis. His wife's nickname was Rita. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Almost all meteors never hit the surface of the earth: the pressure of the atmosphere usually causes them to explode. Only extremely large meteors, upwards of 100 meters in diameter, ever directly reach the surface of the earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imp…
Thunderstorms can cause headaches due to changes in barometric pressure. verywellhealth.com/weathe…
Spiders move their legs (and genitalia) in part by using a hydraulic system powered by they bloof pressure. When spiders die, their legs curl up because the blood pressure is gone. asknature.org/strategy/le…
Sandstone is made up of loosely packed quartz crystals which, over time, are buried, exposed to high pressure, and glued together by minerals carried by groundwater. The quartz atoms rearrange themselves, and the result is quartzite, a rock with a lower surface area and a more stable structure. usenaturalstone.org/prope…
Coffin birth, also known as postmortem fetal extrusion, is the expulsion of a nonviable fetus through the vaginal opening of the decomposing body of a deceased pregnant woman as a result of the increasing pressure of intra-abdominal gases. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
The Instant Pot pressure cooker can serve as a laboratory autoclave where more expensive units are not available (E.g. remote labs) or attainable (E.g. lack of funding). It even passes the Geobacillus stearothermophilus spore inactivation test. journals.plos.org/plosone…
Americans are now tipping more money, and for more services, than ever before. It’s a phenomenon called β€œTip Creep” where social pressure encourages tipping for counter-service interactions where a tip was previously never given. englishmanlovesamerica.co…
Without Quantum mechanics, we couldn't understand why the Sun shines. Quantum tunnelling allows the atoms to spontaneously overcome the electromagnetic repulsion between positively charged protons and produce the nuclear fusion, something the heat and pressure at the Sun core can't do at his own en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
A survey of 1,000 Americans conducted in 2012 found that 45% of them did not want to celebrate Christmas because of financial pressures. nbcnews.com/businessmain/…
A study showed that people who drank 32 ounces of energy drinks in an hour had abnormal electrical activity in their hearts and higher blood pressure four hours later. About 30% of Americans ages 12 through 17 regularly consume energy drinks, linked to increased emergency room visits and death heart.org/en/news/2019/05…
Spiders don't have muscles in their legs. They extend them using a system of hydraulics powered by their blood pressure. When they die, spiders' legs curl up because the blood pressure is gone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
The International Potato Center has successfully grown potatoes in a simulated Mars environment. They grew the plants in a CubeSat which mimicked the Martian air pressure and atmosphere, and used saline desert soils analogous to Martian soils as the growing medium. cipotato.org/blog/indicat…
In 2018, a man ruptured his throat by trying to trap a high-force sneeze. With nowhere to escape, the pressure ripped through the soft tissue in his neck. Trapping a sneeze could also damage the ears or even rupture a brain aneurysm. bbc.co.uk/news/health-426…
Today I learned about Ice VII: a form of Ice that is not found on Earth but is created because of extreme pressure that forces water molecules to become or act like a solid en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Tina Turner was diagnosed with kidney failure after she opted to take homeopathic remedies instead of high blood pressure medication, something she now regrets. She was considering an assisted suicide until her current husband donated a kidney to her, saving her life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
Today I learned that the Oneida silverware company was founded by a free-love community in upstate New York, led by a Protestant preacher from the 1840's, who believed there was a connection between sex and spirituality. He experimented with perineum pressure during intercourse to block ejaculation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…

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