When Truman told Stalin about the Manhattan project in July of 1945, Stalin displayed little reaction, since Stalin had known about the project for almost 4 years before Truman, and he arguably knew more about it than Truman himself did. osti.gov/opennet/manhatta…
In 1942 some scientists theorized that detonating a nuclear bomb could produce such intense heat that it would cause a chain reaction which would set the atmosphere itself on fire, killing all life on Earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eff…
A woman experienced a Brazil Nut allergy after the allergen was passed to her from her partner's semen during intercourse. The researchers believe this to be the first case of a sexually transmitted allergic reaction. jiaci.org/summary/vol17-i…
Today I learned about Clever Hans, a horse that was claimed to have performed arithmetic and other intellectual tasks. Psychologist Oskar Pfungst investigated and found the horse was not performing these mental tasks, but was responding to his trainer's reactions. This is now known as the Clever Hans Effect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
The real-life inspiration for "The Americans" was not Cold War spies, but 10 Russian deep-cover agents captured in 2010; but the show creator was unimpressed by the public's lukewarm reaction to the case, and figured the story would make for better TV if set in the Cold War. entertainment.time.com/20…
The song Fire and Rain by James Taylor is about his reaction to his friend Suzanne Schnare’s suicide and his experiences with drug addiction and fame. He found out about the death 6 months later as his friends kept it from him as they were concerned it might distract him from his big break. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Today I learned about Reaction wood growth in trees and how it is the wood that grows due to stress (wind, water, outside forces..). This is the reason trees can grow near parallel to the ground and not fall over. botanicalgarden.berkeley.…
Today I Learned about the Niacin Flush reaction-- a response to Niacin dosages of 500mg or more in which the face will flush a bright red color-- a result of enlargement of capillaries in the face en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nia…
In X-Men First Class, 2011. Hugh Jackman used 8 takes to try to get his line just right. The line was originally, "fuck off" but on the 8th take Jackman improvised by saying, "go fuck yourself", which became the line used in the film and also gave a genuine reaction from McAvoy and Fassbender. collider.com/hugh-jackman…
Today I learned of the Purple Plague, an unexpected chemical reaction between gold and aluminum. Discovered in 1970 when NASA was building the Apollo Telescope for Skylab, it caused an eight-week delay that took all of the cushion out of the telescope's delivery schedule history.nasa.gov/SP-4208/…
Today I learned of the phenomenon known as misophonia where certain repetitive sounds (commonly chewing) trigger specific emotional responses that are intolerant towards that noise. Common reactions are anger, annoyance, disgust, and even panic in an attempt to get away from the noise. webmd.com/mental-health/w…
Truffles cause a chemically-induced euphoria reaction similar to that of THC. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
During Roy Orbison's 1963 Tour of the United Kingdom, the Beatles (Who were originally opening acts for Orbison) had gotten such a large reaction from the concert-goers that the band became co-headliners alongside Orbison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Today I learned of a rare reaction to sunburn called "Hell's Itch" or "Suicide Itch", affecting ~5% of the population, randomly. The condition is described as similar to having "fire ants hatching under your skin trying to get out" and uniquely is made much worse by creams and ointments, even aloe vera. insider.com/what-is-hells…
In 2008 a woman from Ireland died from an allergic reaction to canine semen after having sex with a dog. thejournal.ie/woman-died-…
Pet allergies are caused by an allergic reaction to the animal's salivaβ€”not the fur itself. The allergens come from saliva, urine, and dander, which then attaches to the fur. webmd.com/allergies/cat-a…
The CocaCola-Mentos reaction is not a chemical but a physical reaction. Gas dissolved in CocaCola needs a surface to form on. We can increase that surface by adding Mentos. The microscopic surface of Mentos is quite rough, so it allows a lot of gas to form and it creates a lot of pressure. eepybird.com/featured-vid…
Humans have a faster reaction time to audio cues than visual cues. There is also a significant difference between male and female reaction time, as well as between sedentary and regularly exercising individuals. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
A Colorado man almost died after stepping out of a hot shower into a cold bathroom from having a serious allergic reaction to the cold temperature called "cold urticaria" , which is an allergic reaction of the skin after exposure to cold temperatures, including cold air or cold water. livescience.com/cold-alle…
Today I learned about the steady-state approximation, used in chemical kinetics. You set the rate of change of a reaction intermediate in the reaction mechanism equal to 0 so that the kinetic equations can be simplified by setting the rate of formation of the intermediate equal to the rate of its destruction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
You can become allergic to vitamins. A 76 year old woman developed an allergic reaction to Vitamin D3, causing a skin rash and joint inflammation upon supplementation ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Natural nuclear fission reactors existed in Oklo, Gabon approximately 1.8 billion years ago. These fission reactions lasted for a few hundred thousand years, and produced on average less than 100 kilowatts – enough to power a few dozen toasters scientificamerican.com/ar…
People with pollen allergies can develop "oral allergy symptom" and have mildly allergic reactions to raw fruits/veggies with proteins similar to pollen, such as an itchy mouth/throat. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Cooking lasagna (and other acidic foods) covered with aluminum foil is notorious for dissolving the aluminum in a chemical reaction called the "Lasagna Cell" amazingribs.com/more-tech…
The parents were conceived as the leads of sitcom Family Ties but positive reaction to Michael J Fox's character saw focus switch to Alex after the fourth episode en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
While the massive WWII battleship Yamato sank, its listing apparently made some ammunition fall and detonate, causing a chain reaction explosion with a mushroom cloud a mile high, seen over 100 miles away, which killed almost all the fleeing seamen with shrapnel and an underwater concussion. historynet.com/killing-th…
The famous 1960's TV show Candid Camera started as a radio program in the 1940's called Candid Microphone. Allen Funt would hide a large 27 pound recorder in various places to catch people's reactions to set ups. otrcat.com/p/candid-micro…
"Glomar response" ( the 'neither confirm nor deny' response) was created by the CIA in reaction to media inquiries about a covert agency program. When the CIA opened its twitter account for the first time, they tweeted: 'We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet' abcnews.go.com/US/cias-se…
Mixing alcohol with cocaine starts a chemical reaction in your liver, producing cocaethylene (a stronger longer lasting form of cocaine). After some time it is released back into your bloodstream. This is why some people can overdose after they already seem safely passed out. americanaddictioncenters.…
Today I learned about the 'Glomar response' that refers to a response to a request for information with 'can neither confirm nor deny', was created by the CIA in reaction to media inquiries about a covert agency program, which created a salvage vessel named the Glomar Explorer to recover a Soviet submarine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glo…
Some people don't like vegetables like cabbage and broccoli due to genes that make their taste buds super sensitive to having more of a protein that interlocks with phenylthiocarbamide, causing the sensation of bitterness. A very similar compound is found in brassicas, causing a similar reaction learn.genetics.utah.edu/c…
Scientists found evidence that a natural nuclear reactor existed in Africa 2 billion years ago. There was a uranium deposit large enough to sustain a chain reaction. It was first noticed when a French power plant's uranium shipment from Africa had decreased levels of fissile uranium-235. scientificamerican.com/ar…
What DARVO means. It stands for Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender. It is a common reaction for abusers and perpetrators trying to flip the script on their victims in order to avoid accountability for their actions. dynamic.uoregon.edu/jjf/d…
The alcohol flush reaction - East Asian peoples' tendency to blush or develop red spots while drunk - is also connected to lower rates of alcoholism. People with more genetic resistance to alcohol are more likely to become addicted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
Steve Carrell’s reaction to his goodbye song in S7 E21 β€œMichael’s Last Dundies” was completely genuine and the cast rehearsed the song without him knowing. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Hayabusa, the first spacecraft to return asteroid samples, succeeded despite having its solar panels crippled by solar flare, 2 reaction wheels failing, 2 engines losing power, losing its mini-lander, the intended sampling system failing to deploy, and losing contact with Earth for a month. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hay…
Today I learned about Sound of Colleagues, a white noise machine that emulates the sound of an office. A creative collaboration that was created as a reaction to this spring's strict work from home policies in Sweden. soundofcolleagues.com/
Terry Kneiss studied/memorized the prices in every episode of the Price is Right, got on the show, and became the first player in 38 years to name the price of the Showdown Showcase right on the nose. Host Drew Carey was so shaken and certain Kneiss had cheated, his reaction was markedly subdued urbo.com/content/this-guy…
The emergency oxygen on airplanes comes from a burning chemical reaction, not compressed gas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eme…
White Castle became popular because of public reaction to Upton Sinclair’s β€œThe Jungle”. To make sure that customers thought their food was clean, the buildings were painted completely white, the interiors were made of stainless steel, and the employees all wore spotless uniforms thedailymeal.com/eat/9-th…
Babies may wake easily as a way to avoid oxygen deprivation and children with slower startle response reaction times are at a higher risk of SIDS parentingscience.com/baby…
Michael Faraday did a four month long experiment on electric eels. Faraday applied copper paddles and saddles to eels and monitored their reactions, ultimately proving the animal's impulses were electrical by observing sparks and deflections on a galvanometer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Soaps have been made for millennia. Alongside making fire and cooking food, turning oils and fats into soap is one of the oldest and simplest chemical reactions known to humankind. It is believed that the first soaps were accidentally made by fat dripping into the ashes of cooking fires. drbronner.com/about/our-c…
Today I learned about Kessler Syndrome, a scenario that a chain reaction of exploding space debris can end up making space activities and the use of satellites impossible for generations. newsbreak.com/news/148118…
The scene of Big Bird learning Mr. Hooper died was in one take because the cast was so overwhelmed they couldn’t do another. The emotional reactions were all genuine. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
In the movie Alien, the actors were not told that the Xenomorph was going to burst through Kane's chest, as to make the reactions real, even causing Veronica, one of the actors, to pass out. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Air bags are not inflated from some compressed gas source but rather from the products of a chemical reaction. The chemical at the heart of the air bag reaction is called sodium azide, or NaN3. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The CEO of Charles Schwab often conducts interviews over breakfast, asking the cook ahead of time to slightly mess up the candidate's order. He judges their reaction as a test of their character. businessinsider.com/charl…
Alexander Litvinenko, the Soviet Secret Service defector that was assassinated by polonium poisoning for defecting, converted to Islam in Britain. His father's reaction to this was "It doesn't matter. At least you're not a communist" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
If you drop a used battery and a new battery the used one will bounce much higher due to the zinc oxide forming within the battery. While it isn't a sign the battery is fully dead it's an intereguing demonstration of physical change due to a chemical reaction. princeton.edu/news/2015/0…

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