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…
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…
The feeling you get when a storm is coming is really the barometric pressure dropping around you. sciencing.com/rain-pressu…
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…
Penguins can shoot faeces up to 4feet due to their strong rectal pressure. popularmechanics.com/scie…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Glaucoma is almost always caused by too much pressure inside one or both eyes. People don’t typically experience symptoms until the optic nerve has already been damaged and glaucoma usually occurs later in life, but it can happen at any age allaboutvision.com/condit…
Today I learned of the most famous person ever to have literally been in a pickle, Horatio Nelson. He died at sea, so the surgeon on board pickled his body in brandy to preserve it for the long trip to England. 2 weeks into the journey, gaseous pressures burst the cask lid, making Nelson "rise from the dead." atlasobscura.com/articles…
Blobfish don't normally look all blobby and only look like that when they're pulled from the deep ocean. Its due to the pressure difference animals.howstuffworks.com…
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…
The surface pressure of Venus is so high that it would collapse the hull of modern military submarines. The surface pressure on Venus is over 90 bar which is equivalent to 900 meters below the surface of the ocean. military.wikia.org/wiki/S…
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…
Airplanes at high cruising altitudes (20-30K+ft/6-9k+m), despite going slower than the speed of sound (~767mph/1238km/h) are technically flying supersonic. That's because the speed of sound decreases with pressure and pressure drops with altitude. youtu.be/p1PgNbgWSyY?t=91…
Our fingerprints are formed by things such as pressure, while we form within the womb. So although monozygotic twins are nearly genetically identical, as they develop as two separate fetuses the β€œenvironmental” impact creates different patterns on their fingers. ahajournals.org/doi/full/…
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 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…
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…
The Pressure at the center of the Earth is the same as 47,700 elephants balanced in your head. bbc.com/future/bespoke/st…
Ice can have up to 18 crystalline phases, depending on pressure, temperature, and the process of formation. Hexagonal ice, the one most common on Earth, is very rare in outer space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
In south London in 1864, Thomas Webster Rammell built an atmospheric railway for passenger transportation, called Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway, that went around 39.6 km/h (24.6 mph) through a 2.7x3m tunnel just by varying the air pressure in the tunnel before/behind the railway wagon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
Pressure differentials can trap and kill divers underwater youtube.com/watch?v=AEtbF…
Due to the decreased atmospheric pressure at high altitudes, the boiling point required to cook is also low. At 8000ft above sea level, water will boil at 198 Β°F and thus Vegetables and some starches will simply take longer to cook. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
Heron of Alexandria invented the first vending machine in the 1st century AD to prevent people from stealing holy water. Temple goers stuck a coin in the slot to apply pressure on a lever that released water. Once the coin reached the end of its path, no more water came out. io9.gizmodo.com/the-first…
During the earliest period of Earth's existence, the Hadean Period, 4.6-4.0 billion years ago, the surface temperature was over 200Β°C but there were still liquid-water oceans because the atmospheric pressure was 27 times as strong as it is now, significantly raising the boiling point of water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Had…
Humid air is lighter than dry air. This is why low-pressure areas (L) bring the rain, not the high-pressure areas (H). And this is because water (H2O) molecules are actually lighter than Oxygen (O2) and Nitrogen (N2) that make up the atmosphere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low…
In 1831, a train suffered a boiler explosion when a fireman grew tired of listening to it whistle, and tried to stop the noise by placing a piece of lumber on the safety valve and sitting on it. The blocked valve caused the pressure within the boiler to exceed its capacity, and it exploded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bes…
Today I learned of Phosphenes, illusory light effects seen in pitch dark due to eye pressure, electrical or magnetic stimulation. Lengthy light deprivation causes the brain to see shapes made of phosphenes, called Prisoners Cinema. Some scientists believe this was an inspiration for neolithic cave paintings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
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…
Before mating, a male giraffe will apply pressure to a female giraffe's rear in order to make her pee. He then tastes the pee to determine if the giraffe is fertile. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
Today I learned about the polio epidemic of August 1952 in Copenhagen, Denmark. This epidemic ushered in the widespread use of positive-pressure ventilation, replacing the negative-pressure iron lung machine. It is also during this time that the concept of an intensive-care unit (ICU) was first introduced. nature.com/articles/d4158…
Footballer Jimmy Greaves was signed for Β£99,999 by manager Bill Nicholson, as he didn’t want him to be saddled with the pressure of being the first Β£100,000 player sundaypost.com/sport/spor…
Hearing your own voice and/or breathing in your ears is not normal. It can be caused by Patulous Eustachian tube disorder. The tube helps equalize pressure in your head. It’s normally closed, but stays open occasionally with the disorder. It only affects about 1% of the population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
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…
A NYPD officer was killed by Nation of Islam members in a mosque while responding to a fake call for help and the investigation was practically shut down following political pressure from Louis Farrakhan and others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
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…
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…
Some victims of Mount Vesuvius died when steam coming from their boiling blood created extreme pressure in their skulls, causing their heads to explode. journals.plos.org/plosone…
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels aerobatics team perform all their maneuvers on an aircraft with a modified control stick spring tensioned with 40 lbs of pressure. Additionally the pilots do not use G-suits despite making high-G maneuvers during their routines. blueangels.navy.mil/faq
Ventilators used to be respirators that holds a patient in an air-tight horizontal chamber with patient’s head out, pumping negative pressure to help the patient breathe back in 1930-1950s due to the polio epidemic bymyhealth.com/the-earlie…
John Lennon tried to convince Paul McCartney to drill a hole in his skull as part of a practice called trepanning explaining β€œAll you’d have to do is just bore a little hole in your skull and it lets the pressure off. Paul replied β€˜ John, you try it and let me know how it goes.'” nme.com/news/music/paul-m…
The blobfish only looks ugly because they deflate from the pressure difference of being pulled to the surface youtube.com/watch?v=cwu6E…
During the Korean War, hundreds of American pilots fought and died in a hot aerial war with the Soviet Union, which flew 75% of all fighter missions in support of North Korea. This was kept secret by both countries until the end of the Cold War to avoid pressure for confrontation. questia.com/read/1P3-4369…
There are 18 types of ice crystal including recently confirmed Ice XVIII or Supersonic Ice. It exists under extreme pressure, is black, very hot, and heavier than regular ice. Scientists believe it's the most abundant form of water in the universe and is found deep in icy planets like Uranus. quantamagazine.org/black-…
In a sneeze, high velocity of the airflow is achieved by the buildup of pressure inside the chest with the vocal chords closed. Sudden opening of the cords allows the pressurized air to flow back up the respiratory tract to expel the irritants scientificamerican.com/ar…
Psychology researchers found that pressure to feel upbeat can make you feel downbeat. Embracing your darker moods can make you feel better in the long-run. news.berkeley.edu/2017/08…
Opening the emergency door on a airborne plane is impossible because of cabin pressure nbcdfw.com/news/local/aa-…
Using mouth wash can damage the microbiome to the point that it can have a slight but noticeable negative impact on your blood pressure when eating foods containing nitrates and nitrites. sciencefriday.com/segment…
Honda, under pressure in the late 90s from American dealerships to introduce a car with a V8 engine, sent one dealer a shipment of V8 Juice instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V8_…
King Ludwig II was a huge fan of Richard Wagner. He even threatened to abdicate and follow him when political pressure forced him to exile Wagner from MΓΌnchen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
Today I learned about "Texas chicken," a result of water pressure changes, where large ships in narrow channels have to sail towards each other to avoid collisions. scribd.com/document/35838…
Donating blood has a range of health benefits for the donor, including reducing blood pressure, blood glucose and low-density lipoprotein/high-density lipoprotein ratio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Elephant seals can dive as deep as a mile, where the pressure is crushing, and stay underwater for as long as two hours. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Even Freddie Himself Mistook Ice Ice Baby For Under Pressure When He First Heard It ultimateclassicrock.com/f…
Kale, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage are all the same plant species, just with different pressures from artificial selection. vox.com/xpress/2014/8/6/5…
Store-bought pressure cookers can be an appropriate substitute for commercial autoclaves. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Wind and barometric pressure changes can produce waves and effects similar to tides in enclosed bodies of water. This phenomenon is known as a seiche. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
Astronauts have a device called a Valsalva installed into their helmet to allow them to block their noses so they can equalize the pressure in their ears (the valsalca manoeuvre) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Val…
Ernest Hemingway lived through anthrax, malaria, pneumonia, dysentery, skin cancer, hepatitis, anemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, two plane crashes, a ruptured kidney, a ruptured spleen, a ruptured liver, a crushed vertebra, and a fractured skull. en.wikipedia.org/?title=E…
A man was snorkeling off the coast of South Africa when an enormous Bryde's whale scooped him up in his mouth headfirst. The man felt pressure on his body but soon realized he was too big for the whale to swallow him whole which was "kind of an instant relief." The whale spat him out unharmed. foxnews.com/world/diver-s…
Today I learned about Ama, female Japanese pearl divers that start diving at the age of 12-13, and are well active into their 70s. They endure freezing conditions and great pressure from deep sea depths to get pearls. They have a unique technique in which they release air in a long whistle as they resurface. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
The reason airline food tastes "bad" to many people is that conditions on an airplane, including low air pressure, dry air, and background noise, affect one's senses of smell and taste. time.com/4862996/airplane…
Blocking the human air passage with the thumb, then exhaling, activates something called the vagus nerve that's spread throughout the body. This stimulation decreases heart rate and blood pressure, making you feel more relaxed much like when we try to calm our heart rate after exercise. themuse.com/advice/the-we…
The August 1883 eruption of the Krakatoa volcano "generated a pressure wave that . . . traveled 3-1/2 [3.5, three and one half] times around the world." "It produced the loudest sound ever recorded." "And it produced one of the most destructive and deadliest non-seismic tsunamis." usgs.gov/media/videos/pub…
The "Einstein refrigerator" is an absorption refrigerator which has no moving parts, operates at constant pressure, and requires only a heat source to operate. It was jointly invented in 1926 by Albert Einstein and his former student LeΓ³ SzilΓ‘rd, who patented it in the US on 11/11/1930. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ein…
Deep-Sea Gigantism is the tendency for species to be larger than their shallower-water relatives. Proposed explanations include: scarcer resources; greater pressure; and colder temperatures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
A man in Florida drowned on his birthday, after crashing his car into a fire hydrant. He had managed to get out of his car, but was then sucked into a sinkhole likely created by the water pressure resulting from the fire hydrant's destruction. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Rubbing your eyes increases the pressure within the eyeball and this pressure activates ganglion cells in the retina in the same way as light does. Your brain doesn’t know the difference and so interprets the activation as though you were seeing light from the world outside. sciencefocus.com/the-huma…
Mythbusters has saves lives: a woman trapped in her car as it filled with water recalled the episode with the Underwater Car Myth and waited until the pressure equalized to open the door. cinemablend.com/televisio…
Air Brakes Are Released By Air Pressure, Not Engaged. Without Compressed Air You Can't Move a Transport Trailer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Wheelchair athletes with spinal injuries will sometimes intentionally injure themselves on the lower body (e.g. break a toe), causing their bodies to respond by raising blood pressure and enhancing their performance. This practice has been banned as cheating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
Frank Sinatra had ties to the Mafia and was involved in a plot to assisnate Fidel Castro. He had a FBI file and even had mobsters apply pressure on a company to help get him out of a contract. history.com/.amp/news/fra…
Many men who climb Everest get weird boners because of the difference in altitude and air pressure causing more blood to flow into the penis vice.com/en_us/article/wj…
The cabin pressure on an airplane actually causes people to become more flatulant at altitude. It's known as HAFE: High-altitude flatus expulsion. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Dan Frost, a German man, discovered a way to turn peanut butter into diamonds by extracting the oxygen from the C02 leaving behind carbon that, under intense pressure, forms diamonds popularmechanics.com/scie…
It's common for Dentists to have aquariums because they reduce stress and anxiety. Aquarium Therapy has been shown to reduce stress, insomnia, and high blood pressure; achieving results that are the same, or better than, hypnosis. tonic.vice.com/en_us/arti…
In addition to being able to generate an electric charge quartz can generate light under pressure sciencing.com/make-electr…
Spiders legs extend using hydraulic pressure from their circulatory system, and when they're crushed the legs curl in due to the loss in pressure realclearscience.com/blog…
Today I learned of the β€œGreat Spokane Fire” which raged throughout downtown Spokane. Due to problems, there was no water pressure to extinguish the fire which led to many buildings being blown up with dynamite to limit the fires growth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The hole in the center of a cheez-it is called a "docker hole" and used to help release pressure while baking youtube.com/watch?v=kgGRm…
Because regular air is toxic at high pressures, deep sea divers live on a mix of helium and oxygen, meaning they live and speak with a squeaky helium voice for around a month while working. youtu.be/B3BWSMrgi3I?t=11…
It is possible for a high-pressure jet of water to cut through steel science.howstuffworks.com…
The maximum root pressure ever measured is around 0.6 megapascals or about 87 lbs per square inch (psi). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roo…
Paul Fisher, creator of the space pen, redesigned the ink instead of the cartirdge to prevent leaking. He developed a thixotropic ink that is a gel at rest, but turns into a liquid under pressure. With this new ink, the pen would never leak and would only write when pressure was applied. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The noble gas Xenon can be used as a near perfect general anesthetic. It works fast, has minimal side effects, protects your brain, is environmentally friendly, and can be used at normal air pressure. The only downside is it's expensive and can't be synthesized. theconversation.com/scien…
There is a larva that bends his own body and uses hidrostatic pressure to jump distances in a speed of 1m/sec - on a human scale it would be a distance of 60m! youtube.com/watch?time_co…
There are PTSD service dogs who wake veterans up from nightmares, alert of high blood pressure or cortisol levels in the blood, dial suicide hotlines & 911 on a dog-friendly phone, and more. usserviceanimals.org/blog…
Every year in Ronchi dei Legionari (Italy) some people make a tournament where they play curling with pressure cookers! youtu.be/6DtRm-6kyuw
Mythbusters were going to do an episode which highlighted the immense security flaws in most credit cards, but Discovery was threatened by, and eventually gave into immense legal pressure from the major credit card companies. youtube.com/watch?v=-St_l…
Today I learned about the Delaware Aqueduct. It is a 70 year old, 80 mile long man made aqueduct that connects NYC to clean water. It has been leaking since the '90s and they are having a hard time fixing it because the only thing keeping it from collapsing is positive pressure from the water. recordonline.com/news/201…
The Ancient Romans practiced "mountain wrecking," a mining practice where they pumped water into the crevices of mountains until their pressure caused their rock faces to burst open en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rui…
Wheelchair athletes with spinal injuries would intentionally injure the lower part of their body to increase their blood pressure which would enhance their performance. This practice is called β€˜Boosting’ and has been banned by the International Paralympic Committee since 1994. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
In 1902, due to pressure from the butter industry, the U.S. government made it illegal to put yellow food coloring into margarine. This caused annual margarine consumption to drop from 54k tons to 22k tons due to the unappetizing stark white color of undyed margarine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Technical and commercial divers will breathe a mixture of oxygen, nitrogen, and helium known as trimix. Some of the nitrogen in air is replaced with helium to reduce the narcotic effect of breathing nitrogen under pressure, allowing them to dive deeper while maintaining a clear head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
A 2012 survey of 1,000 Americans found that 45% of them wished they could skip Christmas due to financial pressures nbcnews.com/business/surv…
Shanghai's Jin Mao Tower has a skywalk on the 88th floor. It is open to visitors age 10 to 60, between 30 to 100kg. Visitors must also not have heart disease, high blood pressure, fear of heights, mental illness, epilepsy, dizziness, be pregnant, in a wheelchair, and/or are drunk 247tickets.com/t/skywalk-…
That, after beaching, whales and other big cetaceans can literally EXPLODE. This is due to the formation of high-pressure gasses in the animal's body during its decomposition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Hurricanes and storms induce labor in pregnant women because low barometric pressures induce delivery by leading to breaking their water. theatlantic.com/health/ar…

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