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/…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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 Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab. A toy lab set that was produced by Alfred Carlton Gilbert. The Atomic Energy Lab was released by the A.C. Gilbert Company in 1950. The kit's intention was to allow children to create and watch nuclear and chemical reactions using radioactive material. orau.org/ptp/collection/a…
Rod Serling wrote one of "The Twilight Zone" episodes as his reaction to JFK assassination. The episode ends with the news broadcast saying that the sky has turned dark over the street in Dallas; as well as North Vietnam, part of the Berlin Wall and "other places of hate around the world". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_A…
The New England vampire panic was the reaction to an outbreak of tuberculosis in the 19th century throughout New England. Tuberculosis was thought to be caused by the deceased consuming the life of their surviving relatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
0.3% of bee stings can cause a delayed secondary reaction days or weeks after the initial sting medicinenet.com/bee_and_w…
John Williams' soundtrack in "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" lost to Howard Shore's score of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" for Best Original Score. Critical reactions to the soundtrack were almost universally positive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Coins like pennies actually have no odor. Metals such as iron & copper catalyze a chemical reaction in skin oils which produces the source of the "metal smell", a compound called 1-octen-3-one, and every person's smell is slightly different. nature.com/news/2006/0610…
Senator Jake Garn, who flew in the Space Shuttle in 1985, experienced the worst case of space sickness on record. Because of this, NASA jokingly uses a "Garn Scale" to measure reactions to space sickness, where "1.0 Garn" is the worst. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Flavanols found in dark chocolate improve memory, focus and reaction time health.harvard.edu/blog/y…
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…
Wine, Beer and Cider can make hay fever worse, whilst Gin and Vodka are less likely to trigger a reaction. expresspharmacy.co.uk/blo…
Despite its negative reaction, New Coke continued to be sold as "Coke II" in limited markets until it was quietly discontinued in 2002 businessinsider.com/new-c…
Today I learned about I'll Do Anything, a 1994 James L. Brooks film that was originally filmed as a movie musical, featuring songs by multiple artists including Prince. After negative test reactions to the music, Brooks cut out all the numbers and spent seven weeks adding and re-editing new scenes for the film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%2…
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…
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…
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…
4 years ago 16 year old Korean Pop star Chao Tzuyu of TWICE released a video apology for waving a Taiwanese flag during a show of JYP Entertainment. The reactions in Taiwan "may have widened the opposition's victory margin by 1%... gaining a majority in parliament for the first time". youtu.be/6Edmbqjum8w
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned of "concrete cancer" a chemical reaction that causes concrete to crack from swelling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alk…
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…
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-…
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…
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/…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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_…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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 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-…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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