In the 17th century, weavers in Nimes, France, accidentally made denim while trying to replicate the process of producing another popular fabric called serge. They called the new material β€œserge de Nimes” meaning literally β€œserge from Nimes.” Over time, merchants shortened the name to β€œdenim”. ellicott.co/blogs/posts/d…
Our brains do not necessarily process everything as that would be an overload of information, a study from 2016 found that under the influence of LSD, the brain recruited many more regions for visual processing than normal, enriching the images people saw even when their eyes were shut. theguardian.com/science/2…
Today I learned about the Sorites Paradox, a paradox that arises from vague predicates. If you remove a grain of sand from a heap, it is still a heap of sand. When the process is repeated enough times: is a single remaining grain still a heap? If not, when did it change from a heap to a non-heap? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sor…
John Stark, an unpaid rescuer of the Donner Party, refused to leave any of the 9 dying survivors, mostly children, behind (unlike his paid partners who just grabbed one kid each and left). He carried 2-3 at a time, then went back and repeated the process. All 9, and Stark, survived. donnersummithistoricalsoc…
The Michelin Man is white is because rubber tires are naturally white. It wasn't until 1912 that companies started mixing carbon chemicals with the rubber to make black tires. This process is not an aesthetic change, but a structural one, making the tires stronger and durable. guide.michelin.com/us/en/…
An amateur Egyptologist, Seamus Blackley, successfully baked bread with 4,500-year-old yeast extracted from ancient Egyptian ceramics once used to bake bread and brew beer. The dormant yeast was activated by a nutrient solution injected into the ceramics during the extraction process smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Over time diamond degrades to graphite as its atoms internally rearrange and relax to a lower energy state. However, at Earth's surface temperature, this process can take millions of years, which makes the phrase "diamonds are forever" a very good approximation to reality on a human time-scale. wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2013…
Today I learned about Occam’s broom. An anti-thinking tool opposed to Occam's razor. It alludes to the process whereby inconvenient facts that don’t fit into one’s hypothesis are swept under the rug. businessinsider.com/occam…
There is a bar in Canada where you can order a shot with a mummified toe. The bar currently has six toes in use and more in the process of curing, to complete the shot the toe is placed in the drink and must touch your lips before you finish it. Patrons face a fee of $2000 if they eat the toe. usatoday.com/story/travel…
Not only did Eddie Van Halen write and play the guitar solo for Michael Jackson's Beat it, but he did it for free and set a monitor speaker on fire (with his music) in the process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Lobsters don't age the way other living creatures doβ€”they don't lower their reproductive ability, slow their metabolism, or decrease in strength. Because of their molting process, it is difficult to determine their actual ages. They continue growing larger with each molt until they die. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Most cats are lactose-intolerant. Their digestive system cannot process dairy foods. Offering a cat a saucer of milk can result in digestive upset with diarrhea. pets.webmd.com/cats/ss/sl…
Today I learned about a process called "controlled spoilage" in which certain kinds of bacteria are purposefully introduced to food in order to develop flavours and keep more harmful forms of bacteria at bay! kids.britannica.com/stude…
Canada's Northwest Territories launched a process in 1996 to find a new name. They dropped the matter when "Bob" emerged as a frontrunner. cbc.ca/news/canada/northw…
During the War of 1812, while British soldiers were in the process of destroying Washington D.C., Dr. William Thorton, Superintendent of the U.S. Patent Office saved the building from sure destruction by standing in front of a loaded cannon and convincing British Soldiers not to fire. myoutbox.net/pobere.htm
There is a method of growing rhubarb known as "forcing" where the plant grows in complete darkness and is tended to in candlelight. It grows so quickly during this process that you can hear it grow. bbc.com/travel/story/2019…
Voting is mandatory in Belgium. Citizens are automatically registered in the electoral polls and more than 90% of the eligible population takes part in the voting process, since you risk a fine if you do not vote either in person or by proxy. angloinfo.com/how-to/belg…
During the recording process of the Iron Maiden album The Number of the Beast, producer Martin Birch was involved in a car accident with a minibus transporting a group of nuns, after which he was presented with a repair bill for Β£666 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Darwin never used the word "evolution" in his book On the Origin of Species, he instead called the process "descent with modification". He only used the term "evolved" once, as the last word of the last sentence of the book. fluther.com/167182/why-di…
Hungarian scientists working on a project to save the critically endangered Russian sturgeon from extinction by encouraging asexual reproduction through a process called gynogenesis accidentally created a hybrid fish between the sturgeon and the American paddlefish, dubbed the Sturddlefish. thetakeout.com/sturddlefi…
The Andean condor can fly for over 5 hours without flapping, covering over 170 kilometres in the process. snippetscience.com/study-…
U.S. Supreme Court rulings are hand-delivered to news outlets in a process known as the "Running of the Interns" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run…
Today I learned about the Morinaga Milk Arsenic Poisoning of 1955 in Japan which led to the deaths of over 100 children due to improper procedures during the manufacturing process of powered milk. themonsterwith21faces.com…
The Sun does not "burn", like logs in a fire or paper burning. The Sun glows because it is a very big ball of gas, and a process called nuclear fusion is taking place in its core starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/d…
In 1970 a 13-year old boy and his father conducted the first known successful airline hijacking in the Soviet Union, killing a flight attendant in the process. Years later in 2002, after they were granted asylum in the US, the son killed his then 77-year old father over a family argument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
Flamingos' feet can withstand subzero temperatures, freeze and not damaged in the process. dw.com/en/flamingos-are-t…
[] "Pyrrhic Victory" Describes winning in a way that virtually destroys you in the process - Named for King Pyrrhus of Epirus - who's campaign was ruined after 'winning' a catastrophically costly battle against the Romans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyr…
Today I learned about 'Botanical Sexism', a process by which urban landscapers, in an effort to keep streets clear of seeds & flowers, plant only male trees. The male trees lack the seeds of their female counterparts & as the trees get bigger, their pollen counts increases which can worsen seasonal allergies. earth.com/news/botanical-…
Today I learned about Guerrilla Grafting. It's the illegal process of turning city maintained sterile fruit trees into fruiting trees by splicing compatible branches onto the sterile trees with branches from fruiting trees. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Human tissue can be turned into a glass/glaze due to a process called vitrification nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056…
The process to create some of the 40% less fat potato chips are nearly identical to the classic chips and just have one additional step. After they’re removed from the fryer, they spin the excess oil in a centrifuge. cooksillustrated.com/arti…
The "Sarco" is a 3D-printable suicide machine designed by Dr. Philip Nitschke. The machine uses liquid nitrogen to operate and completes its function within 5 minutes. The only way to control the machine is from the inside, making the whole process voluntary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
The retirement case files for every Federal Employee are not digitally stored. Instead they are in paper form deep underground in an abandoned mine in Pennsylvania. When a Federal Employee retires one of 600 workers in the mine process it by hand and mostly on paper. This is still used today. blog.stwserve.com/iron-mo…
In 1943 German student Sophie Scholl was sentenced to death for her role in the White Rose non-violent resistence group. The entire process of being taken from her cell to being executed by guillotine was recorded as having taken 48 seconds. whiterosehistory.com/1943…
There is a parasite that replaces the tongue of fish and changes sex in the process nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The Queen has been the face of so many currencies and has reigned for so long that it is possible to observe her aging process on Commonwealth banknotes. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
During the cremation process of a 500 pound body, the corpse was so obese that it set the crematorium on fire. wtvr.com/2014/10/08/henri…
Fritz Haber, a German scientist, is responsible for the loss of millions of lives, but also saved billions. The Haber process takes nitrogen in the air and turns it into nitrate to make explosives, but also fertilizer, avoiding famines after WW1. It is still heavily used today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Today I learned of Hans Munch - the good man of Auschwitz - the only doctor who refused to participate in the selection process. He created elaborate, safe, experiments to keep his subjects from being exterminated. He is the only person to be acquitted at the Auschwitz Trials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
In 1823, Giralomo Segato invented an improved process to petrify and preserve human corpses with colors and textures intact. Accused of dealing in Egyptian black magic and denied funding, he destroyed his research, his own body rotted away as a "gloriously unhappy human". ghoulsguides.com/2016/01/…
Baby jellyfish grow from a tube in a process called strobilation. ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/i…
There's an eco friendly variation to standard cremation - hydro cremation. The process utilizes a mix of water and sodium to break down the soft tissue of a body, and the bones are then pulverized to be given to the family. It doesn't utilize formaldehyde, nor does it relase green house gas orderofthegooddeath.com/r…
Underwater explosions can be used to manufacture complicated jet engine parts and missile cones in a process that's called "explosive forming". engineeringclicks.com/exp…
Medical Cannibalism, the process of eating the dead to remedy certain diseases, was a common treatment among Europeans (especially in higher social classes). atlasobscura.com/articles…
In 2005 a cheese company in Quebec lost $50,000 worth of cheese in lake Baie des Ha! Ha! The company placed the cheese there the year before, believing the aging process would improve the taste. cbc.ca/news/canada/quebec…
Some turtles can breathe through their anus using a process called cloacal respiration publications.rzsnsw.org.a…
Today I learned of the East African Rift, a continental rift zone in East Africa that is in the process of splitting into two new tectonic plates, called the Somali Plate and the Nubian Plate, at a rate of 6–7 mm per year. The lithospheric rupture will occur within 10 million years, forming a new ocean basin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Some blind people can understand speech that is almost three times faster than the fastest speech sighted people can understand. Research suggests that a section of the brain that normally responds to light is re-mapped in blind people to process sound. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned about Luang Pho Daeng a Thai Buddhist monk who through the process of self-mummification died during meditation and was put on display in his temple to inspire future generations to follow Buddhists teachings. He is the only known mummy to be wearing sunglasses, to make his face less disturbing wikipedia.org/wiki/Luang_…
Today I learned about absorption cooling: freeze things by burning stuff (or using residual heat from other processes, such as water heating). Patented back in 1859-1860, with the first commercial application in 1925, this process is still used today in gas powered refrigerators, typically found in RVs. youtu.be/KDPgGDCdAo4

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