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…
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 origin of the British "lock-in" (Where pubs lock their doors at closing time and continue to serve customers inside) was a reaction to 1915 changes to licensing laws in England and Wales, which curtailed opening hours to stop factory workers from turning up drunk and harming the war effort. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magaz…
Today I learned about Postorgasmic Illness Syndrome. A condition where men experience flu like symptoms (fevers, headache, sore throat, and watery eyes). It occurs after approximately 90% of "ejaculation events" for effected men. This reaction is thought to be secondary to an allergy to ones own semen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
Cashews are in the same family as poison ivy and they cannot be sold in their shells because they can cause a similar itchy skin reaction due to a chemical called urushiol evilmadscientist.com/2007…
Kary Mullis, Nobel Prize Winner American Biochemist, who invented PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) technique, held high belief in 'Astrology' and had an encounter with an extraterrestrial in the form of a fluorescent raccoon. He used to self-test novel psychoactive substances too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
The Bikini swimsuit was introduced by Louis RΓ©ard four days after the first nuclear device was detonated over the Bikini Atoll. RΓ©ard hoped that his swimsuit's revealing style would create an "explosive commercial and cultural reaction" similar to the social reaction the nuclear explosion. wikipedia.org/wiki/Bikini…
When two subatomic particles called β€œbottom quarks” fuse, they release more than 7x the energy of individual fusion reactions in hydrogen bombs. The physicists who made this discovery kept it a secret until they were certain the discovery cannot be weaponized. scientificamerican.com/ar…
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 2007, the Autralian Goverment spent $84 Million developing and launching an internet porn filter - only for it to be cracked by a 16 year-old student in less than 30 minutes. A second filter was released as a reaction, which was bypassed by the same teenager in 40 minutes. idm.net.au/blog/00103484m…
Denatured Alcohol isn't a chemical reaction. It's Ethanol -the same alcohol found in alcoholic beverages- mixed with other chemicals and made poisonous to ingest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Galvanic reactions between the State of Liberty's copper skin and wrought iron supports caused the iron to corrode. The Statue required extensive renovation, and was entirely disassembled and Teflon insulation placed in between the iron and copper en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal…
Today I learned of The Great Disappointment: a reaction to the failure of a preacher's proclamation that Jesus would return to Earth on October 22, 1844. When nothing happened, many groups reacted with violence, including a group in Toronto being tarred and feathered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned about Stendhal Syndrome, a psychological reaction to seeing something incredibly beautiful. It has been observed in tourists visiting the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, many of whom experience palpitations, dizziness, and even fainting. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
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…
Only 10 to 15 percent of laughter is the result of someone making a joke, said Baltimore neuroscientist Robert Provine, who has studied laughter for decades. Laughter is mostly about social responses rather than reaction to a joke. nbcnews.com/id/36122340/n…
Virtually every house has thousands to millions of dust mites that you can’t see and never notice unless you have an allergic reaction to its feces bangordailynews.com/2018/…
The β€œYou Think I’m Funny?” scene in Goodfellas was based off of Joe Pesci’s real life. Scorsese allowed Pesci & Liotta to improvise the scene. He did not tell the other actors in the scene what would happen because he wanted their genuine surprised reactions. flipthemoviescript.com/go…
Scientists in 2013 took actually pictures of molecules before and after a chemical reaction. news.berkeley.edu/2013/05…
People with an allergy to ragweed may also have an allergic reaction to bananas, cantaloupe, and sunflower seeds due to their pollens containing similar proteins. The condition is known as oral allergy syndrome and can effect anyone with a pollen allergy. acaai.org/allergies/types…
Today I learned of the first Medal of Honor ever recorded on video: John Chapman's heroic actions saved his entire SEAL team and another 18 members of a quick-reaction force, to earn him America's highest honor. youtu.be/3oKMjTqdTYo
Pink peppercorns are related to cashews and can cause an allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis, for those with tree nut allergies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
The seared meat does not "seal in flavor" and it actually loses the same amount or more of moisture than non seared meat. Searing simply saved flavor through the maillard reaction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
The first controlled nuclear chain reaction was initiated under the bleachers of the football stadium at the University of Chicago. eia.gov/energyexplained/n…
Humans can't actually smell metal. Instead, whenever we touch metals it is a reaction between oils on our skin and the metals which we are smelling. nature.com/news/2006/0610…
Water can react with itself in an ionization reaction to create small amounts of hydroxide (a base) and hydronium (an acid). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sel…
If My Name Is Earl had not been prematurely canceled the creator planned to end it with Earl being unable to finish his list but realizing that his original list had started a chain reaction of good in the world tvseriesfinale.com/tv-sho…
Anaphylaxis isn't always a sudden, dramatic reaction, and can come on slowly, with only a few mild-appearing symptoms for up to 20 minutes after exposure. It can also come back for another round of symptoms hours after, which is why getting immediate medical attention is so important. today.com/health/what-doe…
Today I learned about The Elephants Foot of Chernobyl - a lava produced from the explosion. It is only 1 meter in size, but weighs an estimated two metric tons. Photos of it are blurry because of the reaction of the film to the radiation. large.stanford.edu/course…
Today I learned of a University of Michigan study "If You’re House Is Still Available, Send Me an Email: Personality Influences Reactions to Written Errors in Email Messages" which found that disagreeable personalities are more likely to be grammar police than agreeable personalities journals.plos.org/plosone…
Nikolae Ceausesku, President and the last Communist leader of Romania, saw the Romanian Revolution of '89 begin right in front of his eyes as he addressed a crowd of over 80K in the city of TimiΘ™oara. His live reactions were broadcast on State TV by the defiant media. He was shot four days later youtu.be/wWIbCtz_Xwk
Harrison Schmitt, the last man to walk on the moon, had an allergic reaction to moondust newsweek.com/last-man-wal…
Coughing while cleaning inside your ears is not something that everyone else experiences and is actually an uncommon reaction called Arnold’s Nerve Reflex link.springer.com/article…
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…
Scientist claims hydrogen peroxide was the vital ingredient in rock pores around underwater heat vents that set in train a sequence of chemical reactions that led to the first forms of life. Ubiquitous life prevents h. peroxide from accumulating sufficiently anywhere to drive a 2nd origin event. phys.org/news/2017-11-ear…
Today I learned of "concrete cancer" a chemical reaction that causes concrete to crack from swelling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alk…
Oily rags can spontaneously self-ignite because the oil reacts with oxygen in a reaction to produce heat, and a bunched up cloth can trap the heat enough to reach ignition temperatures. hgi-fire.com/blog/fire-sa…
Cashew trees are in the same family as poison ivy and poison sumac. They are usually sold shelled and roasted because if not, the shell oil may cause a skin reaction similar to poison ivy. indianapublicmedia.org/am…
East Asians have their own specific syndrome, which is called "Asian Flush Reaction". It made their face turned red after consuming alcoholic drinks, 36% East Asians have this syndrome en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
The accidental detonation of a single rocket on the USS Enterprise in 1969 led to a chain reaction of 17 more explosions that nearly destroyed her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
When Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avery won Best Original Screenplay for 'Pulp Fiction' at the Oscars, Avery paid a camera man $500 to not capture Tarantino's reaction to winning. To date, when watching a clip of the win, the screen briefly goes black when Tarantino's name is called. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
A scene in the movie "Days of Wrath" involved the burning of a witch. To capture a genuine reaction, director Theodor Dreyer tied the actress on a pole and left for lunch along with all of the crew. When he returned he shot the scene with the actress still in distress from the experience en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day…
Chipmunks and other small rodents have fast reaction time because they process light faster. They see the world in slow motion. popsci.com/science/articl…
When Georgie Henley who played Lucy Pevensie in the Narnia movies was to be filmed in Narnia for the first time, she was blind-folded so her reaction to the set would be as genuine as possible. scotsman.com/lifestyle-2-…
Stress or abuse in childhood can rewrite your DNA causing reactions in adulthood that are out of line with reality. Further, the DNA changes can be passed on to children through a pregnant mother who is experiencing stress. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
Yellow underarm stains commonly found on white t-shirts are caused by a chemical reaction between aluminum-based compounds (found in most antiperspirants) and sweat. health.howstuffworks.com/…
John Lennon's remark in 1966 that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus" drew no controversy in the UK, but angry reactions in the US that resulted in neither the Beatles nor Lennon ever touring again. The band's press officer expressed fears that Lennon would be shot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Pistachio Nuts are prone to spontaneous combustion if improperly stored or transported in large quantities due to a chemical reaction that continues to take place in the nuts even after they are harvested io9.gizmodo.com/when-pist…
Astronauts lose as much as 22% of their blood while in space, as a reaction to the uniform blood pressure caused by microgravity. Until their body replaces this blood, many returning astronauts can't stand for more than a few minutes without fainting. science.nasa.gov/science-…
Researchers spent years studying reactions to hundreds of film clips before narrowing down the final scene of "The Champ" (1979) as the saddest movie in the world. The clip has become commonly used in studies to illicit sad and depressed feelings. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Chris Pratt of Parks & Rec did a scene in which Andy shows up at Ann's house totally naked wearing skin-tone briefs. After several takes, Pratt felt that Amy Poehler did not seem convincingly surprised, so he took off the briefs. Poehler's genuine reaction was later aired on TV. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Reaction Formation is an ego defense mechanism in which emotions and impulses which are anxiety-producing or perceived to be unacceptable are mastered by exaggeration of the directly opposing tendency. For example, if you feel hate towards someone you will express love in order to conceal it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rea…
There is a nuanced difference between β€œproportional” and β€œproportionate”. β€œProportional” is best used when splitting something, while β€œproportionately” best describes a reaction to an affront. grammarist.com/usage/prop…
The core for Fatman, the implosion device dropped on Nagazaki, weighed around 14 lbs. (6 kg). Only about 2 lbs. (1kg) underwent a fission reaction, and only 0.0333 oz. (1 gram) got converted to explosive energy and was equal to 21,000 kg. More in the comments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat…
Camel milk is the closest you can get to a human mother’s milk and it doesn’t contain beta-lactoglobin - the protein, found in cow’s milk that causes allergic reactions huffingtonpost.com/philip…
The inside membrane of the mitochondria is folded in order to increase surface area and make chemical reactions easier to occur biology4kids.com/files/ce…
Today I learned about 'Limerence' a biochemical reaction that produces euphoria during the early stages of love. The euphoria typically begins to normalize between 6 and 24 months into a relationship. But if it's with an emotionally unavailable person, the feeling takes an addictive turn. huffpost.com/us/entry/162…
The producer of IT AndrΓ©s Muschietti didn't want the young cast of the children to spend too much time with the actor of Pennywise when not shooting to get a realistic fear reaction out of the children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_…
In-ear headphones are more likely to contribute to tinnitus and hearing loss than other types of headphones. However, tinnitus can also be caused by stress, negative reactions to medicines, neck or head injuries, and other untreated medical conditions hiddenhearing.org/hearing…
I learned why we can β€œsmell metals” when they don’t have a significant vapour pressure, sublimating etc. We smell the reaction of oils in our skin with the metal, producing detectable byproducts such as ketones, not the metal itself. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
In 2007, a British woman with a Brazil nut allergy suffered the first recorded severe allergic reaction transmitted by semen during vaginal intercourse. reachmd.com/news/what-all…
Dustin Hoffman's famous "I'm walkin here" scene from Midnight Cowboy was completely improvised. As they were filming, a taxi driver cut right through the shot and almost hit Hoffman. In reaction to the taxi, he reacted but stayed in character, giving us the quote we have today. cbr.com/midnight-cowbody-…
Actor Jason Mantzoukas (Dennis Feinstein in Parks & Rec) has a life threatening allergy to eggs. Even a trace amount of egg will cause him to have a severe reaction. Once, while on set, he had to be taken to the hospital because of undisclosed egg whites in a parfait he ate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jas…
Today I learned of a millionaire who announced he would bury his Bentley for his afterlife. After lots of negative reaction, he revealed the publicity stunt about organ donations. "People bury things that are much more valuable then cars and nobody seems to care". carscoops.com/2013/09/bra…
Oxygen masks in airplanes aren't connected to an oxygen tank. Instead, they use a chemical reaction to generate it on the spot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
The Spanish Flu, which killed 5% of the world’s population, was especially lethal to healthy adults. This happened because their strong immune reactions ravaged the body, whereas the weaker immune systems of children and middle-aged adults resulted in fewer deaths among those groups. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Nitrogen trichloride, also known as trichloramine, is responsible for that common swimming pool smell. This yellow, oily, pungent-smelling and explosive liquid is most commonly encountered as a byproduct of chemical reactions between ammonia-derivatives and chlorine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nit…
During the rap battle montages in 8 Mile, Eminem would mime to save his voice. However after one rapper got a particularly good audience reaction, he turned his mic on and improvised a verse in response rather than let himself be beaten. mtv.com/news/2370762/emin…
DJ Khaled used his baby son Asahd Tuck Khaled's reactions to the sounds to gauge the quality of songs for the album "Grateful" (the baby vomiting indicated best quality), and then had the baby legally declared the album's executive producer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Idaho is the only U.S. state to declare cannibalism illegal. Idaho adopted the ban in 1990 as a reaction to a fear that eating humans would emerge in ritualized practices. businessinsider.com/most-…
A scientist named Doctor Claire Rind wanted to design a collision-avoidance system for cars, so she made locusts watch Star Wars while monitoring the reactions of their visual systems. A robot was programmed with the data obtained and was able to avoid collisions 91% of the time. indianapublicmedia.org/am…
Over-cooking hard boiled eggs will typically result in a thin green iron(II) sulfide coating on the yolk. This reaction occurs more rapidly in older eggs as the whites are more alkaline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boi…
Bruce Lee's cause of death is highly debated upon, the official reason being an allergic reaction to a compound in a painkiller while hypothesised reasons include murder by ninjas, heatstroke and cannabis maxim.com/entertainment/b…
Tanning lotion works by inducing in the skin the Maillard’s reaction, the one also responsible for the change of color of bread when it’s toasted or the smell of bacon when it’s fried. The compounds formed (melanoidins) are different from a normal tan and don’t protect from the sun. compoundchem.com/2014/08/…
In the move Fight Club, Brad Pitt's reaction to getting punched in the ear by Edward Norton was real. Norton was instructed by the director to hit him in the ear instead of the shoulder last minute, to get a more genuine reaction. whatculture.com/film/10-i…
That, over the course of 144 episodes, only one character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer died of natural causes. The following episode, which examines Buffy's mourning/reaction to the first death she couldn't have prevented, is consistently ranked as one of the best television episodes of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A Japanese pilot who attacked a town in Oregon during WWII returned 20 years later to present his family's 400-year-old sword as a symbol of regret. His daughter later said, if he had received a hostile reaction, he would’ve used the sword to perform a ritual suicide by disembowelment instead. sharpen-up.com/japanese-w…
During the first meeting between Lecter and Starling, Anthony Hopkins's mocking of Jodie Foster's southern accent was improvised on the spot. Foster's horrified reaction was genuine; she felt personally attacked. She later thanked Hopkins for generating such an honest reaction. hollywood.com/movies/the-…
After nearly being wiped out 40 years ago, bedbugs have been on the rise since the 90s. One in three people experience no reaction to being bitten and may not know they have an infestation. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
1/3 of cats have no reaction to catnip. Many cats that don't respond to catnip do respond to honeysuckle wood. Honeysuckle contains a chemical that is similar to the active ingredient in catnip. Most likely, it is this substance that puts cats into a delightful, temporarily altered state. cathealth.com/behavior/ca…
Mindy Kahling (from The Office) predicted the reaction to the girl Ghost Busters movie years before the movie was made. indiewire.com/2016/06/min…
Misophonia (also called "sound-rage" syndrome) is a condition in which strong negative emotions and physical reactions (e.g. sharp anger, aggression, pain) are triggered by specific, common sounds. health.harvard.edu/blog/m…
In the morning of his Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, Kary Mullis (inventor of the polymerase chain reaction) was nearly arrested by Swedish authorities for the "inappropriate use of a laser pointer". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In LotR: The Two Towers, Arwen fought at Helm's Deep. The scenes were cut after negative fan reactions. One shot remains in the film as evidence. moviemistakes.com/picture…
Today I learned of the 'mammalian diving reflex', that is present in all air-breathing vertebrates studied to date. It makes your body slow down its heart rate, reduce bloodflow to extremities, and other physiological reactions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Div…
36% of Asians have Alcohol Flush Reaction. They are more probable to get cancer from drinking alcohol as well as it causing more minor symptoms as nausea, headache and discomfort. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
Sneezing as a reaction to sunlight or bright light is aka "ACHOO" which stands for Autosomal dominant Compelling Helio-Ophthalmic Outburst. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
Meat from any kind of mammal β€” beef, lamb, pork, goat, and even whale and seal β€” can cause an allergic reaction acaai.org/allergies/types…
Humans can develop allergic reaction to semen onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
The military is attempting to use fish as "underwater spies" by watching their behavior in reaction to underwater sound waves and optical, electromagnetic, and chemical shifts in the environment around them. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The reason why medicine bottles are orange or light brown is because of its ability to prevent ultraviolet light from degrading the contents through photochemical reactions, while still letting enough visible light through the bottle for the contents to be seen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dru…
When you are ignored by a person whose attention means the most to you, the reaction in your brain will be similar to physical pain. greatergood.berkeley.edu/…
Modern DNA testing exists due to Yellowstone park, as DNA polymerase chain reaction is made possible by a chemical isolated from Yellowstone Park bacteria realclearscience.com/blog…
Evidence suggests that life developed on Mars, and then seeded Earth. Two elements- molybdenum and boron- help form organic compounds, and were much more abundant on ancient Mars. Additionally, Earth sported a worldwide ocean where these initial reactions would not likely have taken place. space.com/22577-earth-lif…
Putting Mentos in Coca-Cola is actually a physical reaction even though it is believed to be a chemical reaction by many scientificamerican.com/ar…
As a reaction to slipping behind in the space race, the United States Air Force developed a plan to detonate a nuclear bomb on the moon. The main objective was to cause a nuclear explosion that would be visible from Earth, boosting the morale of the Amercian people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
We shiver when cold because the movement of muscles creates heat as well as use up energy which is made through endothermic reactions. timesofindia.com/life-sty…
Today I learned of an experiment called The Three Christs of Ypsilanti. Three schizophrenics claiming to be Jesus were brought together have their reactions documented. In the end, each came to the conclusion that the other two must have mental issues. damninteresting.com/three…
When accepting Japan's surrender in WW2, the Canadian representative signed on the wrong line. This set off a chain reaction of wrong signatures that ended with MacArthur's Chief of Staff having to cross out and amend the document in pen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
The gene that was bred into tomatoes by commercial farmers to give them a uniform color had the unintended result of preventing internal sugar reactions that give tomatoes flavor. This mutation (and lack of flavor) has been bred into almost all commercial American tomatoes. nytimes.com/2012/06/29/sc…

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