Doing a few squats can help your brain. The alternate increase & decrease of blood flow to the hippocampus makes the brain work harder: combine this with problem solving like a sudoku, or reading, is even better adinstruments.com/blog/al…
Playing action video games can train the mind to make the right decisions faster. Video game players can develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, such as everyday activities like driving, reading small print, or navigating around town. rochester.edu/pr/Review/V…
Eddie Murphy recorded "Party All The Time" following a $1 million bet with Richard Pryor that he couldn't sing. The album it appears on is dedicated to Pryor, with the liner notes reading "To Richard Pryor, my idol with whom I have a $1,000,000 bet. No Mother Fucker, I didn't forget." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
The last search and rescue dog to assist after the September 11 terrorist attacks died in 2016 after retiring to be a reading dog en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
A woman won $10,000 for reading the terms of an insurance policy. The company included a clause in the terms indicating that the first person to email them would win the prize. Other companies have included clauses requiring people to community service for connecting to free Wi-Fi. npr.org/2019/03/08/701417…
Russell Crowe cornered and assaulted a TV producer after the BBC cut out his reading of a poem during his best actor award acceptance speech at the BAFTAs. theguardian.com/media/200…
There was a mega tsunami in Alaska in 2015. It was triggered by a landslide and the resulting wave was almost 200 meters tall at its highest. It struck an uninhabited area with no people present and went unnoticed for several hours until scientists in New York noticed it on seismograph readings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icy…
In 1984 actor Stacey Keach was arrested at Heathrow Airport in London for possession of cocaine. He pleaded guilty, and served six months at Reading Prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Tu Youyou, a Chinese Nobel Laureate, discovered a treatment for malaria by reading an ancient Daoist text from 340 CE describing an herbal remedy for "intermittent fevers" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu_…
Upon reading the Serbian response to the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum, Kaiser Wilhelm II said that there was no need for war, however, Austria-Hungary, which previously got a German Blank Check, declared war on Serbia the same day auswaertiges-amt.de/en/aa…
Today I learned about Flesch–Kincaid readability tests, two tests that measure how difficult a passage in English is to understand. A text with a high Reading Ease score should have a lower Grade-Level score. The Grade-Level test was initially developed for the US Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
In 2006, Dustin Diamond asked listeners of Howard Stern's show to purchase a T-shirt reading "I paid $15.00 to save Screeech's house" (spelling "Screech" with an extra E for copyright reasons), hoping to sell 30,000 shirts in order to raise $250,000 and avoid foreclosure on his house en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dus…
Paul McCartney wrote the song, β€œShe’s Leaving Home”, after reading a story on the front page of the Daily Mail about girl who ran away from her parents. The girl, Melanie Coe, coincidentally met McCartney when he chose her as the prize winner in a dancing contest three years earlier rollingstone.com/feature/…
That, in 1986, former senator Al D'Amato once filibustered a bill by reading the District of Columbia phonebook. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_…
Italian speakers with dyslexia tend to have less severe reading impairment than English or French speakers due to Italian's simpler and more phonetic spelling. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Sony didn't believe that Aaron Sorkin's 162 page script for 'The Social Network' would come out under 2 hours. David Fincher timed Sorkin reading it aloud. The reading took 1 hour and 59 minutes, which was the exact running time of the final cut youtube.com/watch?v=Ya3jO…
The typical full-time office worker in America spends over two and a half hours at work just reading and responding to an average of 120 emails each day. hbr.org/2019/01/how-to-sp…
In 1960, debris from a failed American launch fell on Cuba, killing one cow. Many Cubans demonstrated, with banners on cows reading "The Yankees are killing us without mercy" and "Eisenhower, you murdered one of my sisters". Cuba received $2 million compensation, and the cow had a state funeral digitaljournal.com/tech-a…
Tolstoy at the age of 63, in a letter to his friend, compiled a list of books that most impressed him over the course of his life. He divided the reading list into 5 stages according to the age of the reader and ranked each title by excellence, from 'great' to 'very great' to 'enormous'. brainpickings.org/2014/09…
The passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 did indeed breach the cockpit. The cockpit voice recorder revealed sounds of screaming and crashing; the hijackers' reading of the takbir; and then a calm voice in English instructing "pull it up." Five seconds later, the plane crashed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
There's a font specifically designed to make reading easier for dyslexics opendyslexic.org/
In 1963 Barbie introduced a teenaged β€œbabysitter” Barbie which was sold with a doll-sized book titled "How To Lose Weight," and read β€œDon’t Eat.” Babysitter Barbie also came with a pink scale, with the weight permanently reading 110, 35 pounds less than a woman her height should weigh groovyhistory.com/barbie-…
Isaac Newton wrote a list of his sins at 19, including: β€œThreat[e]ning my father and mother Smith to burne them and the house over them.", striking many, beating Arthur Storer, punching his sister, reading the History of the Christian Champions on Sunday, and eating an apple at Church. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Somebody paid to have a banner flown through the sky reading out β€œCheater” during the Walk of Fame ceremony of Food Network Star and Chef Bobby Flay after divorcing his wife due to a cheating scandal. eonline.com/news/663091/b…
John Corcoran graduated from highschool and college at a reading level of 2nd grade. In spite of this, he taught high school for 17 years and did real estate for 10 years without getting caught. At 48, he received tutoring from a volunteer literacy program, and became a literacy advocate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of Kim Peek, the Inspiration for the Award winning movie 'Rainman'. A megasavant,he is fast reader, reading the left page of the book with his left eye at the same time the right page with his right eye. He has memorized the words in the 12000 books he finished. aruma.com.au/about-us/blo…
Your blood pressure readings can vary between your left and right arm, which can lead to misdiagnosis if only one arm is measured; also, a consistently large difference between the two arms can signal bigger problems. nature.com/articles/10020…
The Talmud is required reading in South Korean elementary schools thejc.com/lifestyle/featu…
Le Bon MarchΓ©, one of the first modern department stores, had a reading room for husbands while their wives were shopping en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
While reading the book Jasenovac - Auschwitz of the Balkans that there was 57 ways of killing and torture of Serbs, Jews and Sitni Roma in Jasenovac concentration camp. It was more than in Auschwitz. Also it had camps especially for children. youtu.be/bOZNou4f6oE?t=81
Ming emperor Hongwu had a secretary flogged for writing a 17,000-word request to the emperor. However, when the flogging was carried out, the emperor had only gotten to the 16,370th word, and when the emperor finished reading it he praised it as an example of a very well-written letter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
The highest number anyone has counted to, out loud, is 1 million. It took 89 days, 16hr a day, reading numbers of a screen. It took place in 2007. rd.com/article/highest-nu…
After the Beatles fired drummer Pete Best in favor of Ringo Starr, he formed a new band and released the album: "Best of the Beatles", a play on his own name. This led to disappointment from fans who bought the album without reading the track listing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
On June 1948 a Piano Leg crashed through the floor of the Whitehouse and, and the "beams were staying up by force of habit only". Similarly the floor moved so much Harry Truman was sure he would fall through the floor in his bath "wearing nothing more than my reading glasses" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
A Georgia teacher who bought a $400 travel insurance policy was rewarded $10,000 because she read the fine print of the contract. After reading to page 7, she saw a β€œPays to Read” bit that said the first to email and mention the fine print contest would win 10K. tampabay.com/business/she…
Mexican singer Chalino Sanchez received a note saying if he played the show he'd be murdered. In the video you can see him reading the note following a flawless performance, he was killed exiting the show. youtu.be/I4CfwS0jQmA
Today I learned that pixie dust in Peter Pan was added later on because children reading the story would think they too could fly like Peter Pan. Apparently there was a rash of young children hurting themselves by trying to fly like pan breakingcharacter.com/hom…
IBM Fellow Lubomyr Romankiw was the one who invented Thin Film Magnetic Heads, a revolutionary technology for recording and reading information on hard drives.. Romankiw was inducted in the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Washington together with Steve Jobs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lub…
Reading all privacy policies the average internet consumer encounters in a year would take 76 work days techland.time.com/2012/03…
Pat Morita was originally denied the opportunity to audition for the role of Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid and only got the part because he grew his hair and beard out during a low point in his life and the producers didn't recognize him when he he was accidentally invited for a script reading. youtube.com/watch?v=MoBeH…
In 1986, Alfonse D’Amato, a New York Senator, resorted to reading aloud from the District of Columbia phone book during a 23 Β½ hour filΡ–buster. 6 years later, the same Senator started singing a song satirising the outsourcing of American jobs during a 15 ΒΌ hour fΡ–libuster mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Harriet Tubman once pretended to read a newspaper on a train to avoid being recognised by a former master. Because the man knew Harriet was illiterate, he ignored the black woman reading on the train. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The last person to be convicted of blasphemy in the United States was an Arkansas man who in 1928 put a sign in his storefront reading, "Evolution Is True. The Bible's a Lie. God's a Ghost." He spent 3 months in jail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
General anesthesia is not simply a deep sleep. EEG (electroencephalography) readings, show that even the deepest sleep is not as deep as the lightest general anesthesia. General anesthesia EEG patterns are most similar to a comatose brain. General anesthesia is essentially a β€œreversible coma.” news.mit.edu/2010/anesthe…
Today I learned of Thomas de Mahy, an aristocrat who was sentenced to be hanged during the French Revolution after a two-month trial. Upon the reading of his death warrant, he remarked, "I see that you have made three spelling mistakes." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Bill Gates predicts that the growth of instructional software will replace textbooks. However, in a 2018 survey of college students, the trade publication Library Journal found that 75 percent say that reading print books is easier than e-books edsurge.com/news/2019-04-…
The iconic song "Jeremy" from Pearl Jam was actually inspired by a 16-year-old boy who killed himself in front of his classmates on January 8, 1991, in Texas. Eddie Veder made the song after reading about the incident in the newspaper. nme.com/news/music/pearl-…
Margaret Mitchell's husband said to her "For God's sake, Peggy, can't you write a book instead of reading thousands of them?" She went on to write "Gone with the Wind." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about an Indian News Anchor who came to know about the possible death of her husband, while reading the Breaking News about a road accident on Live news. She finished the news bulletin with composure, only to later learn her husband was indeed dead in that accident. time.com/4732938/indian-n…

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