There are only 23 words that date back 15,000 years and are considered the oldest known words in the English language. They are: thou, I, not, that, we, to give, who, this, what, man/male, ye, old, mother, to hear, hand, fire, to pull, black, to flow, bark, ashes, to spit, and worm. itworld.com/article/27099…
The line of thinking 'If I Can't Have It, Neither Can You' is called 'Crab Mentality' because when a crab in a bucket is trying to escape, the others will pull it down en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Scientists trained bumblebees to pull strings for food; they pulled strings to bring discs with sugar water out from under a plastic sheet. Over 60% of other bees watching behind a clear wall knew to pull the string when it was their turn. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
A Disneyland guest attempted to pull the entire "Excalibur" sword from the stone (displayed in front of the "King Arthur Carousel") when his friend said he'd win a prize if he pulled it out. The man succeeded in breaking off the top portion of the sword. wdwnt.com/2020/01/photos-…
Coca-Cola had to pull its water drink from the U.K., because the water turned out to be contaminated water from near Peckham, England. The exact storyline of a joke in the English sitcom β€˜Only Fools And Horses’ episode 12 years earlier standard.co.uk/news/coke-…
In the 1920s, a man convinced his wife to pull out all her teeth and then refused to buy her dentures because it was β€˜cheaper to feed her soup than solid food’. The wife took him to court and the man was told to get her two new sets of teeth and at least a beef steak a week. stanforddailyarchive.com/…
When female rabbits think they're pregnant they pull their fur out and make a nest. thecapecoop.com/rabbit-pu…
The famous pull to refresh in most of our social medias is actually a psychologic trick linking the lever of a gambling machine, thus you anticipate more glory upon doing this some movement of finger on your screen ihpi.umich.edu/news/socia…
In 1990, a pilot was partially sucked out of his plane when the windscreen failed. The cabin crew couldn't pull him back in so he dangled outside the plane for 20 minutes until the copilot landed the plane. The pilot made a full recovery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Today I learned about Obstetrical Forceps, a tool used like a pair of pincers to literally pull out stuck babies during births. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obs…
A fisherman in Florida hooked a swordfish so big that it dragged his boat for 20 miles and fought for eight hours before he could pull it in. It turned out to be the biggest swordfish ever caught in Florida waters. tampabay.com/florida/2019…
The moon has uneven gravitation as there are locations of large, dense regions called mass concentrations, or mascons, which are characterized by strong gravitational pull nasa.gov/mission_pages/gr…
Tongan custom dictates that one should not imitate the actions of persons one is honoring, so at Elisabeth II's coronation; the Queen of Tonga rode her carriage in the pouring rain refusing to pull the hood up as Elisabeth did. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C…
Beethoven was such a massive star that following composers struggled to pull away from his artistic gravity. Brahms for example refused to make a symphony for 21 years, feeling unworthy. Schubert said: Who can ever do anything, after Beethoven? popularbeethoven.com/the-…
Today I learned about Goose Pulling, where people would tie a goose upside down and grease its neck, then ride past it and try to pull its head off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo…
There are no muscles inside your fingers. The muscles which bend the finger joints are located in the palm and up in the mid-forearm. They pull the fingers like the strings of a marionette. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
Wasps and many bees can sting more than once as they are able to pull out their stinger without injuring themselves. Only honeybees have special hooks on their stinger that keep the stinger in the skin after a person is stung. The stinger gets torn out of the bee's body as it tries to fly away kidshealth.org/en/kids/be…
DOOM was named after a Tom Cruise quote. Programmer John Carmack said in an interview that the game’s title was inspired by a scene in The Color of Money. Cruise’s character pulls out his custom cue case at a pool hall and someone asks β€˜What do you have in there?’ Cruise replies... β€˜Doom’ mentalfloss.com/article/6…
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…
Why dogs drink water more sloppily than cats. Both use the tongue to create a vertical jet of water which they clamp down on. Dogs plunge the tongue deep & pull up with a force up to 8x gravity & cause splashes. Cats lap the surface & pull up with a force up to 2x gravity & cause no splashes. businessinsider.com/r-phy…
Today I learned of Lisztomania, the obsessive fan hysteria surrounding the classical composer Franz Liszt. Admirers would fight over his locks of his hair, pull his carriage like horses, and carry glass vials of his old cigars and coffee dregs. bbc.com/culture/story/201…
Raiders of the Lost Ark was originally going to have an elaborate fight scene between Indiana Jones and a master swordsman. But Harrison Ford was ill so they just had Indy pull out a gun and shoot him instead. businessinsider.com/harri…
The man responsible for cookies is Lou Montulli. He developed one of the earliest Web browsers, Lynx, in 1991, and was responsible for a variety of Web innovations including the blink tag, server push and client pull, and HTTP proxying. digitaltrends.com/computi…
"fox tossing" was a favorite pastime of 18th century aristocrats. A couple would stand apart, with a length of cloth between them, and wait for a fox to be herded between them. At the right moment, they would pull the cloth tight, hurling the fox skyward. Whoever sent the fox highest, won. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox…
The soda can tab is engineered to be operate as two different levers: a second-class lever pulls open the middle vent which depressurizes the can and then the first-class lever opens the drinking spout. businessinsider.com/the-g…
Earthworms have a kind of intelligence. This allows them to find the sharpest point of a paper triangle 62% of the time and then use this to pull the paper triangle into their burrows efficiently. They do the same with leaves and this led Charles Darwin to conduct the paper experiment. archive.wilsonquarterly.c…
In computing "booting" comes from the phrase " pull yourself up by your own bootstraps" as computers need no external assistance to start itself up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
Not to pinch and pull a honey bee sting out, because it releases all the venom; instead, drag it with your thumb. youtu.be/N1R28Zh6P1A
American Airlines once had to remove a passenger because the guy blew a gasket when employees asked him not to do pull-ups on the overhead storage bins. huffpost.com/entry/americ…
People accused of witchcraft who underwent trial by water actually had ropes to pull them out if they sank. The notion that the ordeal was devised as a situation without any possibility of live acquittal, even if the outcome was 'innocent', is a modern exaggeration. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Today I learned about "The Great Epizootic of 1872", a massive outbreak of equine influenza. Boston suffered a major downtown fire in part because firemen had to pull the equipment by hand instead of using horses, as they were all incapacitated by the epidemic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equ…
There was a small thermal piston engine called the Stirling Engine, conceived in 1816. It used the expansion and contraction of gasses or fluids to push and pull two pistons and create power almost silently in a confined space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
Today I learned of an optical illusion called a "Gravity Hill" that makes it seem like you are going uphill, but gravity actually pulls downhill. Cars left out of gear will appear to roll upwards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Steven Spielberg made up that he snuck into Universal Studios, found an empty office and began his internship by faking it. In reality his father had to pull some strings to get him an internship through a family friend. snopes.com/fact-check/the…
In New Zealand, a species of fungus gnats known as Arachnocampa luminos exists, that spins silk nests on cave ceilings, and when prey is entangled in a snare, the larva pulls it up by ingesting the snare, and starts feeding on the prey alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
The abrupt end to β€œPull Me Under” by Dream Theater was inspired by the Beatles song β€œShe’s So Heavy”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pul…
In 1957 Northeast Airlines Flight 823 crashed onto Rikers Island, New York’s 400 acre prison complex. Around 50 inmates rushed to help pull passengers from the wreckage. Later the governor set those prisoners free or reduced their sentences. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of Team Hoyt - Richard Eugene "Dick" Hoyt and Richard Eugene "Rick" Hoyt Jr. who have competed together in various athletic endeavors ,including 257 Triathlons .Rick has cerebral palsy and during competition his father pulls/carries/pushes him during different stages of the race. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
Americans, who only had to pay for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, struggled to pull together funding. Joseph Pulitzer started a crowdfunding campaign and gathered $100,000 from more than 120,000 contributors, most of whom gave less than $1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Today I learned of David Goggins, the only member in the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL training, Ranger School and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training. Goggins retired from active duty as a Chief Petty Officer in 2016. He's also an ultra-athlete and held the world record for most pull-ups in 24hrs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The record for the most pull-ups done in 1 hour is 1,009 by Stephan Hyland. On average, he did about 17 pull-ups per minute. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pul…
On September 8, 2009, Sgt. Dakota Meyer disobeyed a direct order to pull back from his position so he could rescue wounded soldiers from a firefight a mile away. He ended up going back five times, saving the lives of 36 soldiers, saying β€œThat’s what you do for a brother”. salem-news.com/articles/d…
Today I learned about the hobby magnet fishing, where people pull up old discarded items from rivers and lakes. It is forbidden in France without a permit, one young fisher caught a gas canister that detonated and blinded him telegraph.co.uk/news/2019…
Saturns' moon Enceladus has fissures known as "tiger stripes". The Southern region of Enceladus spew icy jets of water that are affected by Saturns gravitational pull, liquid freezes on contact with cold temperatures of space. solarsystem.nasa.gov/reso…
'In Old Arizona' the first full-length talking picture filmed outdoors was released 91 years ago. Raoul Walsh was originally set to direct and star in it, but had to pull out after losing an eye from a jackrabbit jumping through his windscreen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
James Gunn has a playlist of over 500 songs that he thinks Peter Quill's mother would have really liked and pulls from that list when he thinks a song would suit a scene. Disney has never rejected any of his songs. cinemablend.com/news/1695…
: Author HG Wells pretty much created the template for the modern day disaster movie with his 1897 short story "The Star". It tells of the Earths near miss with a meteor who's gravitational pull causes earthquakes, tidal waves, and the melting of the ice caps. Millions are killed. bl.uk/romantics-and-victo…
A single Elephant can pull a jet faster than 44 midgets.. youtu.be/VHf05dXzdEQ
Pulp's Jarvis Cocker tried to impress a girl by hanging by his fingertips from the windowsill of her 3rd storey flat. Unable to pull himself up, he fell, resulting in 6 weeks in hospital. He credits this incident with bringing his lyrics 'down to earth'. youtube.com/watch?v=qK84-…
A Sesame Street episode in the year 1976 scared children so much, that the authorities had to pull it off air after several complaints that were made by parents, whose kids screamed in horror. muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Ep…
Today I learned of the Satanic Nightjar, the locals say the sound of its call is the same plip-plop sound that is made when it pulls out a persons eye. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
The largest salt flat on earth has naturally occurring ridges, hills and valleys formed not by topography or erosion but by local variations in the pull of gravity gpsdaily.com/reports/The_…
If you lived in a basement all you life you would live 90 billionths of a second longer than those living on the surface. This is because where the pull of gravity is stronger, the slower time moves. Time moves faster upstairs. insidescience.org/news/ti…
Sony held a contest to see who could pull off the most crazy PlayStation-themed stunt. The winner was a UK man who dressed up in a Parappa the Rapper costume for the entirety of his wedding day. gizmodo.co.uk/2015/01/pla…
When Sinead O'connor was being boo'd (booed?) at Madison Square Garden, the stage manager asked Kris Kristofferson to pull her off stage. Instead he offered her words of support and they became good friends. youtube.com/watch?v=3HwWD…
In 2006 the NHTSA banned rocker/toggle switches in car power windows in favor lever switches (where the only way to raise a window is to pull back on the switch). 25 children have died after sticking their heads out the window and accidentally choking themselves on the window consumerreports.org/cro/2…
An ox is just a steer (or bull) that has been trained to pull a plow, not a separate species from cattle (cows). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ox
Today I learned of Adrienne Koopersmith, creator of ~1,900 holidays. She began after she was violently mugged around Xmas. She aims to give folks a reason to pause & celebrate, so they can pull β€œaway from whatever problem, issue, strife, insufficiency was persistent in their life. Just for a day. It’s a start.” nytimes.com/2018/07/03/st…
Nylon got its name only after 400 other names were rejected. Among them: Klis (silk backwards), Nuron ("no run" backwards), and Duparooh (DuPont Pulls A Rabbit Out Of a Hat). In-house, it was known as 66 (for the 6 carbon atoms in each of the two chemical compounds that make up the fiber). northjersey.com/story/ent…
On 8 September 2009, Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer disobeyed a direct order from a superior to pull back from his position so he could rescue wounded soldiers from a firefight a mile away. He ended up going back five times, saved the lives of 36 soldiers, and won the Medal of Honor. gizmodo.com/5841107/how-s…
The APA pool league has a list of team names it rejected over the years, including Put it In, Just the Tip, Pull It Out, and of course Duck Farts. poolplayers.com/team-name…
Jeff Gordon was so dominant in the late 90s that he was told by NASCAR not to pull out more than four seconds in front of second place to keep the race entertaining. youtube.com/watch?v=jh4jO…
Selfie Sticks are banned at all Disney Theme Parks because of incidents in which guests would pull out a selfie stick mid-ride en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sel…
In the 1920s a Chicago man convinced his wife to pull out all her teeth then refused to get her dentures because it was 'cheaper to feed her with soup than solid food'. She took him to court and he was ordered to get her 2 new sets of teeth and a beefsteak a week. stanforddailyarchive.com/…
In 1904 a Wisconsin based company advertised their new invention, the "bachelors undershirt". No need for a wife, sister or mother to mend this button free shirt as it was stretchy enough to simply pull over your head. i.stuff.co.nz/life-style/…
Today I learned about the Honus Wagner (1911) baseball card. One sold for $3.12 Million in 2016. There are only about 25 - 200 copies in existence because Wagner told the American Tobacco Company to pull the card from circulation. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The Italian government commissioned Salvador Dali to illustrate The Divine Comedy, but had to pull out due to a public outcry that a Spaniard was illustrating an Italian work. brainpickings.org/2014/03…
In 1657 Otto von Guericke, having pumped the air from two copper hemispheres, creating a vacuum, showed that two teams of horses could not pull apart "nothing at all." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott…
"sneaker male" cuttlefish pull a Mrs. Doubtfire to mate - when a female is guarded by a larger male whom they don't expect to beat in a fight, sneaker males will simultaneously present female coloration to the guarding male and male coloration to the female. It works more often than not. scholarblogs.emory.edu/ev…
A rat king occurs when young rats living close to each other get their tails entangled and encrusted with dirt. This knot then tightens when they pull away from the group - the largest found comprised of 32 individual rats. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Jim Davis has been inducted to Marketing Hall of Fame for Garfield. He spends only a few days a month working on the comic, but is deeply involved managing the brand's popularity, and is careful to pull products at peak popularity to prevent blowback from the brand becoming too ubiquitous. slate.com/news-and-politi…
50 % of female US marines failed the minimum requirement of 3 pulls ups. youtube.com/watch?v=B2AGw…
Microsoft had to pull the Simplified Chinese version of Windows 95 from stores in the PRC because it contained slurs against Chinese Communists nytimes.com/1996/09/30/bu…
According to the Monsters Inc DVD commentary track, the sushi restaurant was originally blown up by the CDA. After the events of September 11, Pixar changed the scene to show the restaurant covered in a plasma dome. They managed to pull this off in time for the November 2 release date. pixarpost.com/2012/05/dir…
Elvis once handed Alice Cooper one of his guns and asked him to point it at him to show off his karate skills. Cooper later said that he genuinely wanted to pull the trigger to do something legendary with his life, but Elvis knocked the gun out of his hand and pinned him before he could fire. mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrit…
Brian Wilson, of the Beach Boys, had to pull his car over when he first heard The Ronette's "Be My Baby" on the radio because it had such an impression on him. He concluded that it is the "the greatest record ever produced." nytimes.com/2013/08/18/mo…
That ground has tides. The pull of the Moon's gravity raises the ground up by nearly 40 cm over the course of 12 hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
New Caledonian crows create their own hooks to pull out insects from hard to reach crevices. They are the only non-primate that manufacture their own tools. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Chilly Bang! Bang! was a kids' juice in a water pistol. Kids would put the barrel in their mouths and pull the trigger to drink it. It was pulled from store shelves. weirduniverse.net/blog/co…
After his death Pope John Paul I was found with his hands resting on his chest. The nun who found him had heart problems and told him "Your Holiness, you shouldn’t pull these jokes on me". aleteia.org/2017/11/06/jo…
Bach was attacked by an enraged student of his after Bach called him a "Zippel Faggotist" (bassoon noob). Bach tried to pull a knife but the student wrestled him to the ground too quickly. Both men received reprimands for the incident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
An LA marijuana shop had to pull all of its stock of β€œGirl Scout Cookies” after it received a cease-and-desist from the Girl Scouts of America, otherwise the shop would have been sued for trademark infringement. munchies.vice.com/en_us/a…
To graze, cows pull the grass with their raspy tongue, because they lack teeth! They lack upper incisors. These incisors present in all ruminants are replaced by a hard horn rim, which allows to pinch the grass with the lower incisors, grass that they sometimes swallow without chewing. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Scientists found a way to un-boil egg whites in a matter of minutes. The major ingredient to pull off this reversal was urea, one of the main components in urine. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
In 1980, Punk Rock band Dead Kennedys was invited to play at an awards show to give the event "new wave credibility". Seconds into their set, they stopped to perform 'Pull My Strings', a song written specifically to take the piss out of the music execs in the room. They never played it again. davesstrangeworld.com/201…
Guitar can be played with one hand by using only 'hammer-ons' and 'pull-offs'. Here is a video of Trace 'The Acoustic Ninja' Bundy performing his own song, 'Dueling Ninjas', in which he uses his left hand to play the melody and his right hand to play the bass notes. youtube.com/watch?v=OsNdM…
'family values' activist Terry Rakolta wrote to several advertisers asking for them to pull their ads from the show, Married... With Children. Some did but the media coverage it got is what made it a major hit. The cast and crew sent Rakolta flowers every year they were renewed. definition.org/married-wi…
There is an unindentified gravity mass called the "Dark flow" outside the Milky Way that slowly pulls whole solar systems out of the galaxy and seems to periodically increase in strength nasa.gov/centers/goddard/…
When Canada's first public railway opened in 1836 so many people piled on for the first ride that the locomotive could only pull two of crowded cars. The rest were detached and pulled by horses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
A Chinese airliner crashed in 1993 because neither the pilot nor the co-pilot knew the meaning of the words "pull up" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Poorly designed doors (doors that aren't obvious if you push, pull, turn a handle, etc to open) are called "Norman Doors" and are named after Don Norman who writes about how it should be obvious as to how everyday items function ucreative.com/articles/pu…
The phrase "pull yourself up by your own bootstraps" was originally meant to describe an absurdly impossible action. The phrase is an adynation, a figure of speech in the form of hyperbole taken to such extreme lengths as to insinuate a complete impossibility. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
When Hall of Fame NFL Running back , Curtis Martin, was 15 years old, he was held up with a loaded gun to his head. The criminal pulled the trigger seven times, but no bullet came out. On the eighth trigger pull, the gun discharged while aimed elsewhere espn.com/blog/nfcwest/pos…
The Most Audacious Australian Prison Break used a whaling ship from the USA and took over a year to pull off. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In the 19th century, people would pull the teeth from the mouths of dead soldiers and use them in dentures. After the battle of Waterloo, many barrels of teeth were collected and sold on the market. katetattersall.com/early-…
Sea shanties can be grouped into three types: short haul shanties, for tasks requiring quick pulls; halyard shanties, for heavier work requiring more setup time between pulls; and capstan shanties, for long, repetitive tasks. shanty.rendance.org/what.…
Today I learned of the Photorevolver, a camera hidden inside a non-functional firearm invented in 1882, which allowed the user to pull the β€œgun’s” trigger to close the camera’s shutter. Only 14 photorevolvers were built, with only a handful thought to survive today, with prices between $50,000 and $120,000. sportingclassicsdaily.com…
The ISS doesn't actually have zero gravity. In fact it has 90% as much gravity on Earth. The perceived weightlessness is caused by the balance between the inward pull of gravity, and the very fast orbital velocity. brilliant.org/wiki/is-the…
Bloodworms have 4 fangs made of copper that help pull prey in and inject venom pubs.acs.org/cen/critter/…
How people get ships in bottles. It turns out the ship is assembled outside the bottle, the sails are laid flat, the ships slides in the bottle neck, and then a series of strings pulls the sails into their proper position youtu.be/pqUpopljnS0

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