McDonalds founder Ray Kroc and Walt Disney both served as ambulance drivers in the same unit in World War I, and both had lied about their age to enlist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
Today I learned of "bone music": sold on the Soviet black market, etched onto discarded X-Rays npr.org/2016/01/09/462289…
Stars don’t actually twinkle. Light rays penetrate through different layers of air, distorting the brightness. That’s atmospheric Refraction. ck12.org/book/cbse-physic…
About 85 percent of hospitals still use pagers because hospitals can be dead zones for cell service. In some hospital areas, the walls are built to keep X-rays from penetrating, but those heavy-duty designs also make it hard for a cell phone signal to make it through but not pagers. rd.com/health/healthcare/…
The first man to perform a cardiac catheterisation, had done it on himself first and then walked downstairs to the radiology department to take the x-ray as proof that one would not die. Werner Forssmann was fired, became a Nazi and then won the Nobel Prize. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wer…
In some cases it is better that a single product design dominates a market for a short period of time, regardless of relative quality (ex. iPod, Blu-Ray, VHS). "Dominant design" allows for relatively low-risk improvement of existing designs, increasing the rate of technological advancement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
Today I learned about the 18th century folk song Maggie May. A prostitute in Liverpool who robs sailors after spending the night with them, Maggie is eventually caught and sent to the Botany Bay penal colony in Australia. It's possible the song's story is of a real woman, Nellie Ray, a prostitute and thief. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Today I learned about Inspector Clouseau, a giant, pink manta ray, and scientists are not 100% sure where his unique color comes from nationalgeographic.com/an…
The US military has an Active Denial System aka Heat Ray used for crowd dispersal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
Sony released a camera in 1998 that could see through people's clothes. It included an infrared powered night mode that consumers realized could turn dark fabric and swimsuits transparent. Sony sold 700k "x-ray cameras" before fixing the issue in manufacturing. fossbytes.com/sony-accide…
The 'Butterfly Effect' can be traced back to a short story called 'A Sound of Thunder', written by Ray Bradbury in 1952. timetravelnexus.com/a-sou…
Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan's first studio recordings were with a Texas high-school band called "A Cast of Thousands," which featured as its lead singer Stephen Tobolowsky, who later became a highly-recognizable character actor best known as "Ned Ryerson" in the film 'Groundhog Day' youtube.com/watch?v=AVV5a…
The light pen, a predecessor to modern touch screens, was first invented in 1955 and popular through the 60s and 80s. A light pen detects changes in brightness from the cathode-ray tube and communicates the timing of this event, time and brightness are correlated for position. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
Elvis Presley probably died of constipation. He died in 1977, while straining on the stool. The autopsy showed Presley had an enlarged "megacolon," horribly impacted with clay like material from a barium X-ray procedure that the King went through four months earlier. nbcnews.com/science/cosmi…
At the age of 25, William Lawrence Braggβ€”along with his fatherβ€”were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their efforts in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays. He remains the youngest person ever to receive it in a scientific field, as Malala Yousafzai is the youngest bibalex.org/SCIplanet/en/…
The earliest explosion ever detected is a Gamma-ray burst from 13 billion years ago. At this point in time the universe was only 6% of its current age. It is likely to be an explosion of an early star. The light of this burst passed the earth in 2005. nasa.gov/vision/universe/…
Somebody is serving 30 years in the Supermax Prison for "plotting to build an industrial X-ray machine that would spew lethal doses of radiation powerful enough to kill people from a distance" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADX…
Stevie Ray Vaughan played the famous guitar solo on David Bowie's "Let's Dance" guitarworld.com/amp/artis…
In 2004, teacher Barry Bradford and 3 students collaborated with a journalist to create a documentary about the murder of 3 civil rights activists by the KKK in 1964. Their discovery of fresh evidence got the case reopened, resulting in the conviction of white supremacist Edgar Ray Killen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Astronauts often see random flashes of light in space, even through closed eyes - this is caused by cosmic rays passing through their eyes or optical nerves. Scientists think the light is either generated by Cherenkov radiation or by the ray being powerful enough to activate the optical nerve. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos…
The inventor of the Erector Set also released an "Atomic Energy Laboratory" that included real uranium ore. One suggested activity was to play "hide and seek with the gamma ray source" by using the included Geiger counter to find a radioactive sample hidden in a room. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
The black paint around the outside of your car's windshield is called β€˜frit’. The frit band both hides the sealant securing the windshield to your car AND protects it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which can damage the adhesive. dedona.com/the-purpose-of…
On the sitcom "NewsRadio", Ray Romano was originally cast as the electrician and handyman character Joe Garrelli but was let go after one rehearsal, and was replaced by Joe Rogan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
When two light rays combine with each other crest-to-trough, they can cancel each other out. This cancellation results in darkness and is called β€˜destructive interference’. exploratorium.edu/ronh/bu…
Today I learned of Billy Ray Harris, a beggar who was accidentally given a $4,000 engagement ring by a passing woman when she dropped it into his cup. He never sold it. Two days later the woman came back for her ring and he gave it to her. In thanks, she set up a fund that raised over $185,000 for him independent.co.uk/news/wo…
In 1929, W. Forssmann performed the first human heart cath on himself. He tricked the OR nurse, put himself under local anesthesia, inserted a catheter into his arm, then walked to the X-ray room to see if it reached his heart. He was fired from the hospital, but awarded the Nobel Prize in 1956. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of GRB 080319B, a extremely bright gamma ray burst/supernova that despite being 7.5 billion light years away from the Earth, was visible to the naked eye for around 30 seconds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GRB…
Today I learned of Project X-Ray. This cancelled World War 2 weapon, when deployed, would disperse Mexican free-tailed bats carrying small incendiary bombs. The bats would then roost onto buildings before igniting. It was intended to be used in Japan, were many buildings were made of wood and paper. youtu.be/VSWS8SyACCo?t=14…
Stevie Ray Vaughan's signature '59 Stratocaster, Number One, aka "The Wife" was originally owned by Christopher Cross who traded it to a local music store because he wanted a guitar with a "beefier" sound. acltv.com/2012/10/03/gear…
We're supposed to be wearing sunscreen indoors to protect from UVA rays. keckmedicine.org/myth-or-…
When Weird Al Yankovic asked the publishers of The Kinks' Lola whether songwriter Ray Davies would allow its parody, Yoda, to be released, he got a negative response. However, when Yankovic met Davies five years later, Ray told him that he had never been asked and allowed Al to release Yoda. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yod…
Peeling away Scotch tape in a vacuum releases enough x-rays to image your hand. nature.com/articles/natur…
Ribs, music recordings on X-rays, to smuggle and distribute prohibited music in the USSR. The films were bought or taken from the trash, cut into 7-inch discs, and the center hole was burned via a cigarette. The quality was awful, the price was low, and could really only be played 5 to 10 times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rib…
Both Sting and Ray Liotta actually voiced their own characters in Bee Movie en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
Before found The Doors with Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek graduated from DePaul University with an economics degree, spent a year in US Army Security Agency as a prospective intelligence analyst, and received a M.F.A. in cinematography from UCLA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
A plaque honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. mistakenly thanked his assassin, James Earl Ray, instead of actor James Earl Jones snopes.com/fact-check/jam…
Up until the 1970s it was common for people to use a Foot-o-scope to x-ray their feet when shopping for shoes. The practice was discontinued once the risks to radiation were fully realized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Ray Parker Jr. was a highly sought after session guitarist, playing on hits by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, and more - long before Ghostbusters. Playing in clubs and gigging at 15 years old, the young Parker ended up making more money than his father in a year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
Today I learned of N-rays, a new form of radiation described by French physicist Prosper-RenΓ© Blondlot in 1903, sparking the publication of hundreds of scientific articles. Failing to detect them himself, physicist Robert Wood later found them to be illusionary after sabotaging a experiment by Blondlot himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N_r…
Peeling off scotch tape in a moderate vacuum produces enough X-rays to generate an x-ray image of your finger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
"Jazz on bones" or "Ribs" were bootleg vinyl recordings made from old x-rays with holes burned in the middle from cigarettes. In the 50's and 60's they were a black market method for smuggling banned music into the Soviet Union such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Elvis. vice.com/en_ca/article/rq…
In Moses sculpture by Michelangelo, he is actually described as having "rays of the skin of his face", which the Vulgate had translated as "horns". The mistake in translation is possible because the word "keren" in the Hebrew language can mean either "radiated (light)" or "grew horns". wikipedia.org/wiki/Moses_…
The lead guitarist on James Brown’s β€œLiving in America” was Stevie Ray Vaughan. When he first heard the final mix, he was angry that his playing was buried in the mix. rockcellarmagazine.com/be…
X-Rays were common in shoe stores through the early to mid 20th century. They were also used as gimmicks at birthday parties. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
A 1950s and 60s Greenwich Village street poet named Big Brown had an enormous influence on Kerouac and the Beats, Bob Dylan, and proto-Hip Hop with Rudy Ray Moore (Dolemite) and The Last Poets. Dylan referred to his poems as "the best poetry I ever heard". youtube.com/playlist?list…
There is a church in Munich, Germany which got new windows in 2019 showing about 3000 lung x-ray pictures from members of the church br.de/nachrichten/bayern/…
About 85 percent of hospitals still use pagers because hospitals can be dead zones for cell service. In some hospital areas, the walls are built to keep X-rays from penetrating, but those heavy-duty designs also make it hard for a cell phone signal to make it through but not pagers. rd.com/health/healthcare/…
Smoking 1 1/2 packs of cigarettes a day is equal to 300 chest X-rays a year. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Pixar's Cars (2006) was simultaneously Pixar's final movie to be released on VHS and their first movie to be released on Blu-ray. howtogeek.com/trivia/whic…
Today I learned about Bone Music. In the USSR, Western music was banned, so bootleggers made and sold records out of old X-rays that preserved the bone patterns. theguardian.com/music/201…
Today I learned about β€œray cats”, an idea to genetically engineer cats, which would change color in the presence of radiation and serve as a warning to humans of contamination. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
A 25-year-old from the Czech Republic spearheaded the restoration and digital release of the Star Wars trilogy -- in its original theatrical form -- by using material from Blu-rays, DVDs and HDTV broadcasts as well as donated photographs, 35mm prints and 16mm prints. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Despite Mac and Dick McDonald having already franchised 6 restaurants before meeting Ray Kroc, Ray considers himself the founder. He even falsely claims in his autobiography that his franchise was the first McDonald’s ever opened amp.timeinc.net/time/mone…
Bassist Carol Kaye recorded over 10,000 sessions in her 50 year span as a musician, including recording for artists Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Phil Spector, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Andy Williams, The Lettermen, Tina Turner, Herb Alpert, The Supremes, and The Monkees. berklee.edu/news/4554/ber…
A very popular song at Mexican parties is a Spanish version of Billy Ray Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart" youtube.com/watch?v=ZHl74…
In 1982 a boxing match occurred between Ray Boom Boom Mancini and Duk Koo Kim. After loosing the fight in the 14th round Kim suffered a severe head injury, fell into a coma and died. 3 months later Kim’s mother committed suicide,the referee of the bout also committed suicide later that year. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Ma…
Remoras' front dorsal fins have evolved to enable them to adhere by suction to the smooth surfaces of a host animal such as whale, turtle, shark or ray. Remoras get a free ride and protection, thus saving them valuable energy.The remora is doing its host a huge service by hoovering up parasites. sharktourshawaii.com/blog…
Ray Lewis grew up using a deck of cards to do push ups and sit ups. If he drew a 7 he would do 7. An ace was 25 and a Joker 30. He would go through the whole deck. In the nfl, he would do it 3 times for each exercise. Also the reason he wore 52 was because of the number of cards in the deck livestrong.com/article/36…
Ray Bradbury took 9 days to write his novella, The Firemen, in the basement of a UCLA library on a typewriter rented for 10Β’/30 minutes. After being urged by his publisher, he returned to the basement, got to work, and expanded his novella into Fahrenheit 451, which also took 9 days to write en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fah…
There exist fungus that can digest gamma rays using melanin, the protein found in our skin, and turn it into energy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the Berlin Patient was the first person to be cured of HIV/AIDS. virology.ws/2014/09/06/th…
Soviet music bootleggers in the 50s and 60s would take discarded X-Ray film from hospitals and re-purpose them into improvised phonograph records containing banned music. These recordings were called "Rib Music", "Jazz on Bones", or "Roentgenizdat" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rib…
Shoe stores used to have fluoroscopes (x-ray machines) to help customers select a size. They were used until the 1970's in the USA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
, Danny Sugerman started a career in music at 12 years of age, opening fan mail for the Door's. After Jim Morrison's death he took over for their manager, following into Ray Manzarek's solo career. In addition to also managing Iggy Pop, he wrote 3 books about the Doors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Giant manta ray have the largest brain of any fish β€” with especially developed areas for learning, problem solving and communicating. Giant manta rays are known to be playful and curious and might even recognize themselves in mirrors, a sign of self-awareness. oceana.org/blog/manta-ray…
Today I learned about MARAUDER, a real plasma cannon developed by the United States Air Force in 1993. The device could fire a ring of plasma with the force of 5 pounds of TNT. Impact effects included a high temperature explosion with x-ray radiation and EMP. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAR…
Today I learned of the Marvel character "Hatemonger", who is a clone of Adolf Hitler who uses a "Hate-ray" as his primary weapon marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Ha…
Beer bottles used to be kept in clear glass bottles in the 19th century until brewers realized UV rays from the sun were altering the flavor and making the beer smell "skunky". This is why most beers are kept in brown glass bottles now, it blocks the UV rays from the sun; preserving taste. businessinsider.com/why-b…
On August 26, 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughn described a disturbing dream to his band mates in which he witnessed his own funeral. The next day, he tragically died in a helicopter crash. guitarworld.com/artists/a…
Ray Davies took two round trips from the USA to the UK to rerecord two words in the song Lola. He then flew back for a third time to change a word in their next single, Apeman. ultimateclassicrock.com/k…
Galen of Pergamon was the doctor of emperors and gladiators. One of his many works, "On the Mixtures and Powers of Simple Drugs," the most complete surviving version of the translated manuscript was erased and written over with hymns in the 11th century. Researchers are using X-rays to read it. phys.org/news/2018-03-hid…
Ray J Makes $360K in Royalties Per Year for his 'Performance' on the Kim K Sex Tape. cinemablend.com/pop/16448…
During the 2016 anti-government protest, Thai people improvised body armor out of used x-ray film which could stop .38 special bullets. theboxotruth.com/the-box-…
We had digital VHS tapes back in the 90s comparable to modern blue ray as far as storage and image quality. lifewire.com/when-vhs-wen…
Ray J continues to make $90,000 every 3 months from his sex tape with Kim Kardashian. It is the biggest selling sex tape ever, a title that was previously held by Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's sex tape. businessinsider.com/kim-k…
Before the discovery of X-rays and xylophone popularity, the Persian King Xerxes was used for the X letter in children's alphabet books. publicdomainreview.org/co…
Tom Cruise's career saved Ray-Bans from extinction. Business was tanking in the 70s, so Ray-Ban signed a product placement deal for 60 films. Risky Business, Top Gun, and Rain Man all had Cruise wearing Wayfarers and Aviators, and sales went through the roof. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
At the founding of the first McDonalds, Ray Krok and a Coca-Cola executive named Waddy Pratt entered into a "Gentleman's Handshake" agreement that all McDonalds would offer Coca-Cola exclusively. Both companies continue to honor this agreement. nytimes.com/2014/05/16/bu…
Martin Luther King Jr.'s family does not believe James Earl Ray assassinated him and that he was framed for a government conspiracy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
A dagger discovered in King Tutankhamen’s tomb, in 1925, was made of meteoric metal. It wasn’t until recently that scientists were able to confirm, using portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, that it was composed of iron, nickel, and cobalt, β€œstrongly suggests an extraterrestrial origin.” abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
Our palms and soles of feet cannot tan like the rest of our bodies regardless of how much sun they are exposed to. This due to a thick layer of dead skin that prevents UV rays from being exposed to the living cells popsci.com/scitech/articl…
In 1994, after Hinsdale County Sheriff Roger Coursey was killed by a suspected bank robber, Undersheriff Ray Blaum(now the only officer left in the county) raised a posse of armed citizens. Deputizing over 100 local civilians to aid in the house to house manhunt for the suspects. scholarlycommons.law.nort…
Timothy Ray Brown is considered to be the first person cured of HIV/AIDS. Brown had chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant to treat leukaemia. His transplant came from someone with a natural genetic resistance to HIV. He was cured of HIV but scientists don’t fully understand why. wikipedia.org/wiki/Timoth…
In 1919, having pitched 8β…” innings in a game against the Athletics, Indians pitcher Ray Caldwell was struck by lightning. Despite being knocked unconscious, he refused to leave the game. He went on to record the final out for the complete-game win. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
Hippos produce a natural antibacterial sunblock. The β€˜sweat’ is made of a red pigment, which contains an antibiotic, and an orange pigment, which absorbs UV rays. These two pigments work together to protect the hippos from both bacterial infections and sun damage. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
In 2008, a fire at Universal Studios destroyed masters of 500,000 songs including recordings by Ray Charles, Tom Petty, Buddy Holly, Barry White, Tupac Shakur, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and hundreds more. It took a decade for Universal to admit the extent of the damage. lamag.com/culturefiles/un…
The moon is actually 'brighter' than the sun when it comes to (some types) of gamma rays syfy.com/syfywire/the-moo…
The bluish light emitted when peeling apart scotch tape contains enough x-rays to x-ray your finger scienceworld.ca/blog/ever…
In 1934, following rumours of a German 'death ray', the RAF offered a Β£1,000 prize to anyone who could demonstrate a working death ray that could kill a sheep at 100 yards. It went unclaimed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Peeling Scotch Tape in a vacuum releases enough X-rays to produce an image of finger bones on X-ray film technologyreview.com/s/41…
Today I Learned that from the 1920's to the 1970's that some shoe stores would X-Ray your foot to make sure the shoes you were buying fit properly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Glass absorbs 97% of UV rays meaning it's equal to SPF 30 sunscreen. sciencefocus.com/science/…
Indonesia created manta ray sanctuaries upon realising each manta ray brings lifetime tourism income of $1 million. thenational.ae/world/asia…
Early-modern books have chopped up medieval manuscripts in their spines for reinforcement and researchers can read them with X-rays. medievalbooks.nl/2015/12/…
Computer Programmer Ray Tomlinson is credited with inventing using the "@" symbol to send emails and being the first person to send an email in 1971 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
Ray Charles wrote β€œWhat’d I Say” by improvising on the spot during a live performance. He needed to fill 12 minutes of time and the song is what he came up with. history.com/.amp/this-day…
The term 'X-ray' was chosen upon its discovery in 1895 by Wilhelm RΓΆntgen as they were so puzzling and strange he didn't know what to call them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-r…
There are two massive bubbles on either side of the galactic plane of our Milky Way galaxy at the center which can only be observed in x-rays and gamma Ray's. They were first discovered in 2010 by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. nasa.gov/mission_pages/GL…
Internet personality and former host of Equals Three Ray William Johnson is the great-grandson of legendary folk singer Robert Johnson wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Wi…
Today I learned about The Schreber Case: a paranoid schizophrenic man whose diary served as Freud's primary source to understand the condition. Schreber believed he was receiving cosmic rays through his anal glands by God in order to transform him into a woman so that he could herald and breed a new race. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…

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