Point-blank range does not mean extremely close range. It means any distance over which a certain firearm can hit a target without the need to compensate for bullet drop. wikipedia.org/wiki/Point-…
"Point Blank Range" is not necessarily a close shot, but the range at which a gun can shoot directly at a target without any elevation of the barrel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poi…
Today I learned that cats don’t perceive music the way we do. Kitties have different acoustic, vocal, and heartbeat ranges than us. And there's music made specifically for them such as Cozmo’s Air composed by a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin. catological.com/cats-like…
Nepalese farmers create a honey called 'mad honey' which is produced by bees pollinating rhododendron plants. The honey is psychoactive and its effects can range from euphoria and lightheadedness to being similar to a full-blown acid trip. twistedfood.co.uk/this-tr…
Chinese billionaires are trying to "return" China's lost cultural artefacts that were looted from the country by colonial powers in the 19th Century. Their efforts range from "buying back" said artefacts to hiring thieves to steal them away from museums and private collections. telegraph.co.uk/news/2018…
The telephone numbers in the range 555-0100 through 555-0199 are specifically reserved for fictional use. This is done in order to prevent practical jokers and curious callers from bothering telephone subscribers and organizations by calling telephone numbers they see in works of fiction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/555…
Scientists have improved upon CAR-T: a living drug made by genetically engineering a patient's T-cells kill cancer cells. They found a new type of T-cell that could attack a wider range of cancers than the existing CAR-T. This raises the prospect of a 'one-size-fits-all' cancer treatment. bbc.com/news/health-51182…
The ratio of people using email for fun versus those using it for work has flipped since the 1990s. Many people nowadays dread email "because it is a conduit for unwanted advertising, a wide range of spam, and flat out attempts to scam or β€˜phish’ us” bbc.com/worklife/article/…
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…
A TV movie about nuclear war called The Day After (1983), starring Steve Guttenberg and Jon Lithgow, may have prevented nuclear war. When Ronald Reagan wrote about it he said it left him "greatly depressed". This lead to the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1987. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Death Row prisoners’ last words are transcribed and recorded. They range from religious statements, familial farewells, true apologies, insistences of innocence, even and snarky one-liners. goodbyewarden.com/
President Ronald Reagan wrote in his diary that the 1983 film The Day After "left me greatly depressed" and that it changed his mind on the policy on nuclear war. Reagan's memoirs drew a direct line from the film to his signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1987. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Moths are a crucial pollinator of a wide range of flowers and plants. New research shows that the moths' transport networks are larger and more complex than those of daytime pollinators like bees. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Florida man Courtland Hunt modified a Glock 9mm to shoot underwater & used it to shoot invasive lionfish at point-blank range while scuba diving. Hunt said: "Who wouldn't want to go shoot their gun at fish underwater? Especially a species that detrimental to the environment." fox13news.com/news/braden…
Alexa commercials are intentionally muted in the 3,000Hz to 6,000Hz range of the audio spectrum, which apparently tips off the system that the β€œAlexa” phrase being spoken isn’t in fact a real command and should be ignored. theverge.com/platform/amp…
Today I learned of a man who retired at 61 and becames a perpetual hiker. Over 15 years he walked over 34,000 miles (55,000 KM). He became the first known person to hike the entire Appalachian Range in North America, from Newfoundland to the Keys and more and more. theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned about the WW2 battle between the destroyer USS Borie and U-405, in which the two ships collided and became locked together. The crews had to resort to fighting at close range, with small arms and anything they could get their hands on. One German sailor was even killed by a thrown sheath knife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
In 1926 President Coolidge and his wife were gifted a raccoon as a Thanksgiving dinner gift. They did not want to eat her, so they named Rebecca and kept her as a pet. She had free range of The White House and would go on trips with the couple. whitehousehistory.org/rac…
Ultrasound, thought to lie outside of the human hearing range, can be detected by listeners when it is played in combination with sound in the audible range. The mechanism for this is unknown, but in June 2000, researchers verified it by using brain activity scans. journals.physiology.org/d…
Astronomers discovered a bizarre rogue planet wandering the Milky Way. The free-range planet, which is nearly 13 times the mass of Jupiter and does not orbit a star, also displays stunningly bright auroras that are generated by a magnetic field 4 million times stronger than Earth's. astronomy.com/news/2018/0…
Astronomers discovered a bizarre rogue planet wandering the Milky Way in 2018. The free-range planet, which is nearly 13 times the mass of Jupiter and does not orbit a star, also displays stunningly bright auroras that are generated by a magnetic field 4 million times stronger than Earth's. astronomy.com/news/2018/0…
The DNA Doe Project has helped identify over 24 victims. Some families receive closure after 20+ years. Victims range from a bootlegger found in 1979 to a woman thrown from a truck in 2017. The volunteers work from donations. You can also help by submitting your DNA results to GEDmatch. dnadoeproject.org/project…
Today I learned of Wenceslao Moguel, AKA El Fusilado. He was sentenced to death without a trial, and was shot 8–9 times by a firing squad in the body, and the "coup de grΓ’ce", or one final shot to the head point-blank range to ensure death. Yet he survived the incident, and Chumbawumba wrote a song about it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wen…
Medieval scribes would frequently scribble complaints in the margins of books as they copied them, as their work was so tedious. Recorded complaints range from β€œAs the harbor is welcome to the sailor, so is the last line to the scribe.”, to β€œOh, my hand.” and, "A curse on thee, O pen!" blog.bookstellyouwhy.com/…
In the 1970s, the New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish introduced 93 gemsbok (an African gazelle) to the White Sands Missile Range. Today, they number 3,000-6,000. nps.gov/whsa/learn/nature…
Before we had man-made communications satellites, a technique called the "Moon bounce" was used to send long range radio signals. Radio waves were sent up from Earth, bounced off the Moon, and then back down to a receiver on Earth. The technique is still used by some amateur radio operators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
There was once a flying reptile the size of a giraffe. Its weight is estimated to range from 70 to 250 kgs. Its wingspan was over 10 m. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Mike Patton of Faith No More has the widest vocal range (6 Octaves) of any known singer in popular music. ultimate-guitar.com/news/…
When George Washington died in 1799, the British Royal Navy was ordered to lower their flags to half mast. The London Morning Chronicle opined that β€˜The whole range of history does not present to our view a character upon which we can dwell with such entire and unmixed admiration’. historytoday.com/archive/…
Today I learned about Dewey Beard, the last Native American veteran of the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn. In 1892, his family was killed by the US Army at the Wounded Knee Massacre, and he was shot. In 1942, the Department of War confiscated his land to form a firing range. He died in poverty in 1955. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dew…
Midway Atoll is actually part of an underwater mountain range that stretches from Hawaii to Meiji Seamount, an underwater mountain near the coast of Russia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Gyrojet was a family of firearms that fired tiny rockets called Microjets. In theory the rockets accelerate over a distance making them non-fatal at close range and fatal at greater distances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyr…
In 1980, small engine manufacturer Briggs and Stratton made a compact Hybrid automobile. it required twin rear axles due to its 1000lb battery pack. Electric only range was ~60 miles @ 40mph blog.consumerguide.com/br…
Today I learned of Anatoli Bugorski; the only person in history to be shot at point blank range by a particle accelerator. He received 400 times the lethal dose of radiation, made a near full recovery and is still alive today, over 40 years later. chemeurope.com/en/encyclo…
In 2005 Greenpeace protesters managed to infiltrate a Range Rover Sport assembly facility and temporarily delay its production. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
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…
As a final insult to his victims, serial killer Ted Bundy stipulated that his cremated remains be scattered in the Cascadian mountain range where he hid his victims’ bodies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
Today I learned about a plan by the British during the Second World War to construct an aircraft carrier out of ice for use against German U-boats in the mid-Atlantic, which were beyond the flight range of land-based planes at that time. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Today I learned about Vic Tandy, an engineer who established a connection between supposed paranormal activity and infrasound frequency (~19Hz), which is below the range of human hearing and also roughly the resonant frequency of our eyeballs, causing some people to 'see' things that aren't there. gizmodo.com/some-ghosts-m…
The Appalachian Mountains and the Scottish Highlands are part of the same ancient mountain range. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Twin Peaks actress Joan Chen was discovered on a Shanghai shooting range by Mao's wife and Gang of Four member Jiang Qing. Qing noticed the 14 year old Chen's excellent marksmanship and decided to send her to a training program for actors at a Shanghai studio en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
The Red Army accepted a Ukrainian woman after she shot two enemy soldiers at range in an audition, she became the most prolific female sniper in history smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In 2015, researchers testing the efficiency of mosquito repellents used a Victoria’s Secret perfume because they thought the floral fragrance would attract mosquitoes. To their surprise, they found it repels mosquitoes better than a range of mosquito deterrents. businessinsider.com/mosqu…
-Alexa commercials are intentionally muted in the 3,000Hz to 6,000Hz range of the audio spectrum, which tips off the system that the β€œAlexa” phrase being spoken isn’t in fact a real command and should be ignored theverge.com/2018/2/2/169…
The Appalachian Mountains were once part of a mountain range called the Central Pangean Mountains, which were created when the supercontinent Pangea was formed about 335 million years ago. Other mountains that were once part of that range are now in Africa and Scotland. wikipedia.org/wiki/Centra…
The Stanley crane is the national bird of South Africa. Unlike most cranes, it has a relatively large and unusually shaped head and a proportionately thin neck giving this bird a highly unique appearance. Also called the blue crane, it is listed as vulnerable and has a very restricted range. animalia.bio/blue-crane
Today I learned about the M247 tank. During a February 1982 prototype demonstration, its computer immediately aimed the guns at the review stands, causing several minor injuries as congressmen and generals jumped for cover. The troubled tanks were eventually assigned to a bombing range ---- as targets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M24…
There is an actual short barber pole with a metallic sphere on top located near the Geographic South Pole. There is also a tradition where scientists at the South Pole Station run around the pole naked to join the "300 Club", enduring a range of 300Β° Fahrenheit (166Β°C) within a very short time. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
Mice can sing, but we can't hear them. Male mice can produce complex songs, similar to songbirds, in the ultrasonic range when they spend time with females. huffpost.com/entry/mice-s…
Blanks can injure or kill a person if used in close range. a known case is of actor Jon Erik-Hexum. Bored by delays while filming, he pointed a gun loaded with blanks to his head and reportedly said, β€œCan you believe this crap?” before pulling the trigger. us.mentalfloss.com/articl…
Tall people are at greater risk of cancer because they have more cells and for every 10cm of height within the typical range for humans the risk increases by about 10%. theguardian.com/science/2…
The muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), the only species in genus Ondatra, is a medium-sized semi-aquatic rodent native to North America and is found in wetlands over a wide range of climates and habitats. Muskrats mate while underwater and can also hold their breaths for up to 20 minutes underwater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
The words "idiot", "imbecile", and "moron" were specific descriptors of IQ-based intelligence with each indicating a different IQ range en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
, radio station WGHB in Farmville, North Carolina serves as a range extender for radio station WDLX in Washington, NC, and WDLX adjusts it's broadcast strength to a lower intensity during nighttime to avoid interference with a radio station on Montreal, Quebec, CINX, which is 10 kilohertz off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WDL…
Barnum effect, also known as Forer effect, is a common psychological phenomenon whereby individuals give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically to them, that are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
British longbows in the 1600's netted much longer firing ranges than the contemporary Native American Powhaten tribe's bows (400 yds vs. 120 yds, respectively). Colonists from Jamestown once turned away additional longbows for fear that they might fall into the Powhaten's hands. nps.gov/jame/learn/histor…
R0 (R naught - the basic reproduction number) for Measles is in the range 12-18. This means that the average number of people that an infected person will infect while he or she is contagious, assuming that everyone in the population is susceptible to the disease, is around 15 (plus or minus). blogs.scientificamerican.…
Charles XII of Sweden was killed via shot to the head while besieging a Danish Fortress in 1718. Theories about who killed him range from enemy fire, to an assassin hired by an heir to the throne. He has been exhumed three times since his death, (most recently 1917) yet the mystery remains. wikipedia.org/wiki/Charle…
The entire spectrum of radio frequencies are assigned and allocated for specific use which is why AM and FM radio has the set range it does. Other services that use radio are cellular services, satellites, maritime devices and aeronautical navigation. ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/p…
After woman in British Columbia survived being shot by a shotgun at close range, doctors discovered that the force of the shot had propelled the underwire of her bra into her body. It caused more life-threatening injuries than bullet fragments. She spent nearly 2 weeks in the ICU. msn.com/en-us/health/heal…
The Drake Equation (which gives an estimate of the number of communicable intelligent civilizations) has a reasonable range from 0.00000000000091 (only 1 in the universe) to over 15 million in our galaxy alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
The Royal Guardsmen followed up their 1966 hit "Snoopy Vs the Red Baron" with a song in 2006 called "Snoopy vs Osama," wherein Snoopy gets a successful kill shot on Osama Bin Laden from close range. youtube.com/watch?v=6pLda…
Today I learned that Mike Patton, lead singer of Faith No More, with a six octave range, provided the voices and sounds for the dark seekers in the movie I am Legend. faithnomorefollowers.com/…
In 25 countries, it is illegal to attempt to commit suicide. Penalties range from fines up to 3 years of imprisonment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
Some malls in Los Angeles have vending machines that serve caviar. Prices range from $5 to $500. Each machine costs about $85,000 – including hardware, software, security and maintenance – and has about $50,000 worth of inventory inside. nbcnews.com/businessmain/…
Rats laugh when they're tickled too, but they giggle at 50kHz, which is out of our audio range. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The largest living American Chestnut, a critically endangered tree once numbering more than 3 billion and making up 25% of the trees in the Appalachian forest, is located in Oregon - thousands of miles from its natural range. cookingupastory.com/one-o…
Today I learned about Sick Building Syndrome, a range of illnesses that are experienced by an occupant while inside a particular building or within a specific area of the inside environment. The symptoms usually disappear hours, or in some cases days, after the person is away from the environment. link.springer.com/article…
Thioacetone, one of the worst smelling compounds known to man, can make people vomit and pass out within a mile range due to its extremely unpleasant odor chemistryhall.com/most-da…
The average lifetime cost of dog ownership ranges from $27k to $42k cnbc.com/2017/04/27/how-m…
Nintendo converted old bowling alleys into light gun shooting ranges in 1973. In 1974 the system was shrunk down to an arcade cabinet and featured films of cowboys that the player could quick draw against. This became the basis for the NES Zapper games like Wild Gunman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
A woman died of natural causes and her free-range pet golden hamster scavanged her body to make a nest of her bones, skin and flesh. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7…
β€œoktavists” sing a full octave below the traditional lowest choral voice range youtube.com/channel/UCg6I…
The residents of Chernobyl had a new city built for them by workers from 8 former Soviet republics. The city has a range of different architectural styles such as pink stoned Armenian buildings and wooden Baltic-style houses. City districts are named after a city from each republic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
The space shuttle was built for people between 4’ 10-1/2” and 6’ 3”. Outside that range, you couldn’t reach the controls or fit in the seat. nytimes.com/1994/07/12/sc…
Allied soldiers summarily executed guards at Dachau after discovering the concentration camp. Estimates vary as to how many but range between 35 and 50. scrapbookpages.com/Dachau…
The physical shape of the human ear selectively filters out frequencies outside of the human vocal range. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aur…
If you point your car keys to your head, it increases the remote’s signal range. This works by using your skull's oral cavity to act as a radio transmitter. driver-safety.wonderhowto…
Pure sine wave inverters cost more than modified sine wave inverters because pure sine wave inverters can run a wider range of devices including medical devices without excess heat build-up that could damage some devices lifewire.com/modified-sin…
The normal intelligible outdoor range of the male human voice in still air is 180 m (590 ft 6.6 in). The silbo, the whistled language of the Spanish-speaking inhabitants of the Canary Island of La Gomera, is intelligible under ideal conditions at 8 km (5 miles). guinnessworldrecords.com/…
There are three types of dashes. A hyphen (-) connects compound works, like Anglo-Saxon. The En-Dash (–) is used when showing a type of distance or range, like Mon–Fri. The Em-Dash (β€”) is used to add a thought into a sentence, like "I memorized the state capitals β€” all fifty of them." reword.ca/different-types…
Singer Tim Storms holds the world records for lowest note produced by a human and widest vocal range. He has a vocal range of 10 octaves and some of his sounds are so low they can't be perceived by the human ear. huffpost.com/entry/tim-st…
In 1972, a 200,000 square foot "curtain" was installed across a valley in the Grand Hogback mountain range christojeanneclaude.net/m…
"[H]ow much dust enters the atmosphere each year is unclear--projections range from" 200 Tg to 5000 Tg a year; a teragram, Tg, is one trillion grams. "Scientists estimate that, on average, about 20 Tg of dust are suspended in the atmosphere at any given time, but seasonal variability is common." nesdis.noaa.gov/content/d…
An actor in the 80s during a delay on the set took a gun loaded with blanks and after saying ”Can you believe this crap?” put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger as a joke, accidentally killing himself. A blank can kill you when shot at close range. people.com/archive/a-brig…
In post-Soviet Russia, feral dogs have learned to commute on the subway to broaden their food scavenging range - including getting to know which stops they are looking for based on the announcements over the PA. newyorker.com/culture/cul…
A body was decomposing in a water tank on the hotel roof. Guests of the hotel drank and showered in the water. The body was discovered when guests began complaining about the water supply. Explanations range from paranormal involvement to bipolar disorder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
A geophysics professor discovered that there is a river flowing uphill beneath an ice sheet in Antarctica. The location is in the Gamburtsev Mountains, an enormous range with valleys and peaks that are as big as the Alps. The enormous pressure from the ice sheet above it pushes the water uphill. ibtimes.co.in/can-river-f…
Today I learned about the world's only black flamingo. Despite hoaxes of blue flamingos, their colours only range from white to hues of pink depending on their diet. The black flamingo has melanism and is probably one of a kind. news.nationalgeographic.c…
In medieval times, criminal trials were held for accused animals. Even insects were trialled. Documented cases range from a donkey cleared of bestiality due to its β€œgood behaviour”, to a rooster sentenced for having apparently lain an egg. The practice lasted up until the 18th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
The parent company of T mobile, Deutsche Telekom, is trying to stop other companies from using a wide range of magenta tones for any reason. The company claims it offs copyright infringement. dw.com/en/court-confirms-…
2% of the population suffers from prosopagnosia aka "face blindness" which can range from difficulty reading facial expressions to complete lack of ability to differentiate one human face from another. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
When Mount St. Helens erupted on 18 May 1980 the volcano's lateral blast blew down "4 billion board feet of timber (enough to build about 300,000 two-bedroom homes)." Mount St. Helens, located in Washington, United States of America, "is the most active volcano in the Cascade Range." pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2000/fs0…
The Barnum effect, also called the Forer effect, is a common psychological phenomenon whereby individuals give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically to them, that are vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
In 1991, a boy, Trey Cooley, was killed at a shooting range by a bullet that ricocheted from the outdoor range into the building he was in and hit him in the head. Forensic scientists were able to track the origin/path the bullet took, exposing the bad design of the range. It was later closed. youtube.com/watch?v=czfF-…
The company behind the infamous CueCat had a data breach back in 2000 revealing name, email address, age range, gender and zip code. They gave a 10$ Radioshack gift card to everyone affected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cue…
There is a service in Japan where you can rent middle aged men for Β₯1000 (9$USD) an hour. The men, who have previous or current experience in a range of professions from engineers to marketing managers, meet up with their charges in person to offer everything from life advice to music lessons. telegraph.co.uk/news/2018…
Today I learned about the "Hesla." Dutch engineers retrofitted a Tesla Model S with a hydrogen fuel cell, nearly doubling its range to 1000 km (620 miles). futurism.com/hacked-tesla…
The Siberian city of Verkhoyansk holds the record for the greatest temperature range on Earth: 189 Β°F (105 Β°C) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
No one really knows how the new generation after Gen Z will be called. Names range from Gen Alpha to Gen Glass, but it's agreed that they will be "the wealthiest, most formally educated, most technologically-supplied generation ever" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…

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