Before asbestos was seen as hazardous, a Han dynasty general had a jacket made from it. He would pretend to spill wine on it at dinners. Then he'd throw it into a fire and pull it out to show it was still intact to impress his guests. daily.jstor.org/when-asbe…
The passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 did indeed breach the cockpit. The cockpit voice recorder revealed sounds of screaming and crashing; the hijackers' reading of the takbir; and then a calm voice in English instructing "pull it up." Five seconds later, the plane crashed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned about the Inuit sport of the Ear Pull. Competitors face off with a 2 foot loop of string wrapped around one ear each. The winner is determined if the string falls off the opponent's ear or the opponent quits. newsminer.com/news/local_…
During a US WWII bombing mission in 1944, 1st Lt. Bill Lawley, took controls of a severely damaged B-17, managed to evade 20 attackers, pull out of a steep dive, and refused to bail-out with the rest of the crew as 2 team members were wounded. He was subsequently awarded the Metal of Honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Flamingos pull one leg up close to their body to conserve heat that might otherwise be lost while standing in cold water. They tend to stand on two legs in warmer weather smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
In 2006, the Worlds Tallest Man saved two dolphins by using his long arms to reach into their stomachs and pull out dangerous plastics after all other attempts to use instruments had failed. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
In 2003, the lead singer of Creed, Scott Stapp, contemplated suicide. He put two guns to his head, but did not pull the triggers. He instead fired a few rounds through the walls of his house, put the guns away, went to the garage, got some putty and patched the holes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
Harry Truman and his wife were pulled over on the Pennsylvania turnpike. He was in the left lane, cruising along at fifty-five with a line of cars behind him, when Pennsylvania State Trooper Manley Stampler pulled alongside him and motioned for him to pull over. upenn.edu/gazette/0709/ar…
During the filming of Tenet in Mumbai, a man attempted to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. The lifeguards couldn't get to him, but luckily the crew had 40 ships in the water, and they were able to pull the man out of the water using ropes. news18.com/news/movies/ch…
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…
After the horrific murder, beheading, and cannibalization of a Greyhound passenger in 2008 the company had to pull their advertising campaign which extolled the relaxing upside of bus travel and stated, "There's a reason you've never heard of bus rage". cbsnews.com/news/bus-rage…
The phrase β€œpull out all the stops” derives from pipe organs. Organ stops, the knobs around the organ console, are pulled or pushed to control whether or not a section of pipes produce sound, and consequently the volume. When you need to play an organ at full volume, you pull out all the stops. thetabernaclechoir.org/ar…
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/…
The Mazawattee Tea Company, one of the most important and most advertised tea firms in Britain during the late 19th century, used a small team of tame zebras to pull one of their vans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maz…
The weight of gravity ever so slightly contracts and compresses our spines to the point where we are a bit taller in the morning than we are in the evening. The larger the planet the heavier the pull of gravity. youtube.com/watch?v=QcUey…
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/…
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…
Today I learned of National Airlines Flight 27, during which a passenger was partially forced into the opening made by a failed cabin window. Efforts to pull the passenger back into the airplane were unsuccessful, culminating in the seat occupant's complete expulsion from the aircraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
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-…
Prior to the development of modern guns, soldiers needed to use their teeth to open cartridges, so militaries introduced requirements about the minimum number of the teeth of their soldiers. In some cases soldiers would pull or damage their teeth in order to avoid military conscription. ke.army.mil/bordeninstitu…
Steve Wozniak has a binder of $2 bills and pulls them out as suspiciously as possible when making small purchases. One time the Secret Service was called and Steve gave them an ID saying he was a member of the β€œDepartment of Defiance” youtu.be/LJ1TIYxm1vM
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…
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…
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-…
Mandrakes are real. In one superstition, people who pull up the root will be condemned to hell. The mandrake root would scream as it was pulled from the ground, killing anyone who heard it. In the past, people tied the roots to animals and then used the animals to pull the roots from the soil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Islam has an ancient and allowable form of contraceptive called 'azl. In English it means to pull out before ejaculation. bbc.co.uk/religion/religi…
One of the first functional digital home computers was the Digi-Comp I from 1963. It was entirely mechanical and used no electricity. It could output 3 binary digits and programmers used thin wires to set up primitive logic. With no power, the user had to pull a lever to perform each CPU cycle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
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…
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…
"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 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…
The success World War II fighter ace Douglas Bader was put down to him having lost his legs in an aerobatics accident before the war, which allowed him to pull higher g-forces in combat turns without blacking out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
The difference between freestone and clingstone peaches is literally how much the fruit’s flesh clings to the pit (stone). With freestone peaches, the fruit easily pulls away from the pit, while clingstone peach flesh stubbornly clings to the pit. thekitchn.com/whats-the-d…
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-…
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…
When female rabbits think they're pregnant they pull their fur out and make a nest. thecapecoop.com/rabbit-pu…
Muscles can only pull and cannot push. bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics…
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…
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…
Some ants will do anything for sex! In this clip from "Natural World: Ant Attack" this ant pulls his own wing off to mate with a queen! youtube.com/watch?v=dOcse…
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…
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…
When a woman in Tokyo jumped into a river in an apparent suicide attempt, a group of Sumo wrestlers from the Sakaigawa-beya heya* helped to pull the woman from the water; she had no life-threatening injuries. *("heya" literally means "room" but is normally translated in English as "stable"). tokyoreporter.com/japan/s…
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 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…
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 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…
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…
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…

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