Some elephants eat off a specific tree to induce labor - the same tree which kenyan women brew a tea of for the same purpose io9.gizmodo.com/elephants…
When the # and * keys were first put on phones they had no purpose whatsoever and were only included because touch tone phones could create up to twelve tones. blog.solidsignal.com/tuto…
Today I learned about the cube teapot, which is a teapot whose main purpose was to be used on a ship. The cube shape of the teapot would stabilize it so that it would not roll over and scald the person making the drink, whereas conventional curved teapots would roll over when the ship rocked from side to side. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cub…
The term β€œteenager” originated around 1944 primarily for marketing purposes. boundlesstheatre.org.uk/w…
93% of people have a vestigial muscle in one or both their arms called Palmaris Longus. The purpose of the muscle is unknown as it is also vestigial in our primate relatives. People missing the muscle suffer no loss of function, so its tendons are sometimes harvested to repair other tendons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
FBI director J. Edgar Hoover possessed one of the world's largest collection of pornography, both for blackmail and for personal titillation purposes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._…
Wild orangutans use medicinal plants to sooth joint and muscle inflammation. The apes chew leaves of the Dracaena cantleyi plant to create a white lather, which they then rub onto their bodies. Local indigenous people also use the plant for the same purpose. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl, which airs every Super Bowl Sunday featuring 2 teams of pups that carry toys to their side of a miniature field. It serves the purpose of appreciating the pups and the shelters/people who help them. All dogs in it can be adopted during the show. (New link: Rule 3) today.com/today/amp/tdna1…
An Indian man developed a low cost sanitary pad for rural women because they were so expensive. The purpose of his feat was to prevent his wife from using dirty rags. His name is Arunachalam Muruganantham and Bollywood made a movie called "Padman" inspired by his story. youtu.be/zkQL7UJYDIY
Most high-quality hair extensions worn by celebrities are made from so-called "temple hair" sourced from religious organizations in India and China that shave women's heads for ritual purposes and then sell it to support the temple. theguardian.com/world/200…
People ate humans for medical purposes as late as 1908. Human fat was believed to be a cure all. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Only Alaska Native peoples who reside in Alaska and dwell on the coast may harvest Pacific walruses for subsistence and handicraft purposes. The harvest must be non-wasteful and taking the walrus only for their ivory is not allowed. fws.gov/alaska/pages/mari…
A sundown town is a community that for decades kept non-whites from living in it and was thus β€œall-white” on purpose. abhmuseum.org/sundown-tow…
Today I learned of hypercomputers, abstract machines capable of solving problems that were proven to be unsolvable by general-purpose computers. Some theorized cases of hypercomputation include the Universe itself, certain quantum mechanical events, and the human mind, but their existence has not been proven. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
In 1896, Bill Crush orchestrated the spectacle of smashing two trains into each other completely on purpose. Although no one was within 200 yards of the impact, the explosion from the steam engines killed two spectators and injured more. The event was considered a big PR and financial success. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned about the Airport Equestrian Program. It was a program started at certain airports in the early 2000s with the purpose to "to provide additional perimeter security for the airport, and to give equestrians a quality place to trail ride. " elcr.org/airport-equestri…
Stoicism had a profound impact on Christianity, with some of the central concepts of Stoicism still being used in religious texts today, such as "virtue", "Spirit" and "conscience". Stoicism also invented the idea that sex is just within marriage, for unitive and procreative purposes only. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece is over 2000 years old and still used for it's original purpose after extensive renovations in the 19th century. It has hosted events from three modern Olympics, a Special Olympics, and is the finishing line for the annual Athens Classic Marathon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
In-N-Out burgers operates occasional pop-up restaurants in Australia for the sole purpose of protecting their tradmark there. news.com.au/lifestyle/foo…
Mother Mosque of America in Cedar Rapids Iowa, is the oldest standing purpose-built mosque in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
When a firefighter gets injured and hasn’t moved for a set amount of time, this PASS device will emit an audible alarm of at least 95db. The purpose of this is to notify other firefighters in the vicinity to rescue the injured firefighter. youtu.be/zwzHtuyTZ_c
β€œMushroom management” is where employees aren’t told about the ideas or general state of the company, and are given work without knowing its purpose. So called because they are β€œkept in the dark and fed bullshit” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
The original purpose of screensavers was to prevent phosphor burn-in on older computer monitors, by automatically changing the images on the screen during inactivity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
. Chalk outlines were drawn by the police for press photographers, not for investigative purposes. It allowed the press to take a picture and represent the scene without the gruesomeness of a body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The word "eggcorn", defined by Merriam-Webster as "a word or phrase that sounds like and is mistakenly used in a seemingly logical or plausible way for another word or phrase", such as "all intensive purposes" instead of "all intents and purposes". npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
In the middle ages, some people used to "clip" coins, Coins in medieval Europe were based on gold or silver. The purpose of clipping was to remove slivers of this material from the edge of the coin. Do this enough times and you have enough for a new coin, if caught punishment was death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
A USSR physicist published his equations for solving reflected electromagnetic waves from surfaces, as the Soviet authorities considered them insignificant for military purposes. His work was found by Lockheed in the 1970s, leading to a breakthrough in developing their stealth plane F-117. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
According to the United States Flag Code, the flag β€œshould never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.” This includes paper napkins or plates printed with the design. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The practice of placing coins not the eyes of the deceased is referred to as β€œCharon's obol”. The purpose of which was to provide adequate payment for the β€œFerryman”, who conveyed souls across the river that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Adult mayflies have unusable mouths, their only purpose is to mate, then die. The adult female lives for less than five minutes. britannica.com/animal/may…
Pidgin languages are languages formed from mixing two or more languages to help facilitate trade between peoples with different native languages. Usually less complex due to their limited purposes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pid…
The Black Guard was a Brazilian 19th century secret paramilitary society of recently freed slaves whose purpose was to protect the emancipation of slaves, the Brazilian Imperial family and the institution of the Monarchy against Republicanism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Adelaide has purpose built, concrete tracks for road buses that run for a 12KM section of a bus route, on which the buses are physically guided and the drivers don't need to steer, called the O-Bahn Busway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O-B…
The first general purpose computer was invented in 1822, called the Difference Engine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dif…
Today I learned about a Lithuanian artist who designed a roller coaster whose purpose is to kill people through euphoria obtained by g-forces and appropriately called it "Euthanasia coaster." He got this idea while working at an amusement park. vice.com/en_us/article/ex…
Nikola Tesla once spent over $2,000 on an injured white pigeon. The amount includes building a device that comfortably supported her so her bones could heal. "I loved that pigeon as a man loves a woman, and she loved me. As long as I had her, there was a purpose to my life," he said of her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
The United States Marine Corps tested the usefulness of commercial off-the-shelf skateboards during urban combat military exercises in the late 1990s in a program called Urban Warrior '99. Their special purpose was "for maneuvering inside buildings in order to detect tripwires and sniper fire" military.com/defensetech/…
Today I learned about Biosphere 2. A 3.14-acre closed ecosystem, that amongst many other things has its own rainforest, ocean, and lungs. Its inventors called it Biosphere 2, Biosphere 1 being earth. The main purpose of biosphere 2 was initially to create a prototype for colonizing space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bio…
Today I learned of the 'Hess Triangle' - the smallest piece of private property in NYC (2mΒ²) and the result of a grudge between a Philadelphia landlord and city of New York. The sidewalk inscription reads "Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated For Public Purposes" mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Thanks to a Swedish tax law regarding costumes, ABBA’s stage clothes were outlandishly-designed on purpose. As long as they were impractical for everyday wear, the group’s outfits were tax-deductible. wtop.com/news/2014/02/abb…
There is no correct way to install an electrical outlet. They are placed "upside-down" for many reasons including letting you know it is attached to a light switch, for grounding purposes, to reduce chances of electric shock. esinationwide.com/why-are…
French fashion designers Chanel sent two design team members to the remote Fair Isles in Scotland for research purposes. Having purchased two sweaters from Scottish knitwear designer Mati Ventrillon, Chanel proceeded to plagiarise the design for a fashion show in Italy. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
30 Billion honey bees from around the US are shipped to California once a year to pollinate almond trees. They are then shipped to other parts of the country through the year for the same purpose. npr.org/2017/03/09/519500…
Today I learned about the Antarctica Treaty, which 54 countries are a part of, states that it’s primary purpose is β€œto ensure in the interests of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord." scar.org/policy/antarctic…
The musical Cats is so popular in Japan, that it has been running since 1983. It caused a β€œmusical boom” and brought other Broadway musicals to Japan. There is a purpose-built CATS theatre in Tokyo. The production has played over 10,000 performances to over 10 million audience members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Today I learned of the Flower wars, ritualistic wars fought between the Aztec Empire and neighboring states. Armies would meet at an agreed time and place and fight using only melee weapons. The (probable) purpose was to use the losers for human sacrifices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
In 1939, radio station WJSV in Washington, DC recorded their entire 19-hour broadcast day for historic purposes. It contains the only known recordings of a number of programs from the Golden Age of Radio. It is now in the National Recording Registry and is available free, streaming online. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WJS…
Example.com isn't a 'real' domain - it's specifically set aside for the purpose of documentation examples iana.org/domains/reserved
Also a vast range of non-human animals (lemurs, goats, deers, monkeys) get high on purpose, mostly by using psychedelic mushrooms and roots. kahpi.net/high-kingdom-ps…
Ships in distress used to spill a few litres of oil (olive-, fish-, and later special storm oil) into the sea to mitigate the waves under a thin layer of viscous oil. Some still carry oil for this purpose. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…

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