Rear Admiral Selden Hooper was the only admiral in the US navy to be convicted by court-martial. It was because he was a homosexual. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sel…
Early Lamborghini Countach prototypes had periscopes that provide better rear-view visibility. Early supercars had very poor visibility. coreofcars.com/2015/10/29…
Wombats hide in tunnels when attacked, only leaving their toughened rear hide open. A wombat may allow an intruder to force its head over the wombat's back, and then use its powerful legs to crush the skull of the predator against the roof of the tunnel. napavalleyregister.com/li…
In 2011, a Japanese company released a motorcycle that runs on "biogas" - human faeces - with the seat featuring a built-in toilet, and a giant roll of toilet paper mounted at the rear end. The motorcycle can also play music, write messages in the air using residual light imagery, and talk cnet.com/news/toilet-moto…
After an insult to his wife, Antony Moynihan, the 3rd Baron Moynihan, challenged the offender to a duel by buttocks. The two would attempt to push each other off a cushion with their rear ends. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Painting artificial eyespots on the rear-ends of cattle reduces predation by large carnivores. The technique is being used in Africa as an effective, low-cost, anti-predation method to save the lives of both cattle and predators. snippetscience.com/painti…
The U.S. Capitol has no rear. It has an East front and a West front en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Bumblebees hate pumpkin pollen. When bumblebees are fed the pollen, it causes all kinds of problems. Adults have damaged and distorted digestive tracts and colonies fed cucurbit pollen failed to rear any offspring. phys.org/news/2020-03-bum…
The safest position for any occupant involved in a motor-vehicle crash is the rear middle seat. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
The originator of the popular saying, "It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission" was Grace Hopper, a United States navy Rear Admiral and pioneer of computer programming who popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Gra…
The piano player in "Rear Window" is Ross Bagdasarian, the voice of Alvin and the Chipmunks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
In naval architecture, a poop deck is a deck that forms the roof of a cabin built in the rear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poo…
Today I learned of Matvey Kuzmin, known as 'Lone Wolf', the oldest person to be awarded Hero of the Soviet Union. During WW2, a Nazi battalion paid him to lead them to the rear of Russian defenses. Instead, he led the battalion directly into an ambush. Realizing his betrayal, the Nazis killed him. He was 83. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Today I learned of Charles O'Rear, a photographer who snapped the famous grassy hill (Bliss) image used as the default background for Windows XP. Another photo of his, "Full Moon over Red Dunes," was also considered for the default, yet was denied because testers thought the sand dunes resembled buttcheeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bli…
The WW2 Luftwaffe Dormier Do 17 bomber had a flamethrower installed in the rear. Due to insufficient oxygen mix, it never worked, and only shot oil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Alfred Hitchcock owned the rights to his classic films Vertigo, Rear Window, Rope, The Trouble with Harry, and The Man Who Knew Too Much. He refused to allow them to be distributed or re-released for over two decades; they were known as the "Forbidden Five" until three years after his death. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Every Honda CR-V from 1997 to 2006 had a picnic table stowed underneath the rear seats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Marlon Brando refused to memorise his lines in 'Last Tango in Paris'. Cue cards were posted around & out of the frame. His eyes lifting upward in one act was not spontaneous dramatic acting but a search for his next cue card. And once asked if he could "write lines on Maria Schneider's rear end" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
In a car crash, the risk of death for a restrained driver or front-seat passenger is increased five-fold when the rear-seat passenger is unrestrained at the time of impact. sciencedirect.com/science…
Fuzzy dice hanging on a rear view mirror is a good luck charm with the origins based on WWII pilots keeping gambling trinkets in their air planes. middletownhonda.com/fuzzy…
Today I learned of Carrier Strike Group 11, currently commanded by Rear Admiral James "Jim" Kirk. In the past this Group included the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65). A new USS Enterprise (CVN-80) is set to be operational in 2027. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of Dorothy Levitt: Among her many achievements, she held the water speed record, the women's land speed record, and even lays claim to inventing the rear-view mirrorβ€”seven years before being adopted by manufacturers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
While Car & Driver was testing the 1978 Porsche 911SC when it was new, the writer remarked that it could have been the last 911 and the last rear-engined Porsche. caranddriver.com/reviews/…
Before mating, a male giraffe will apply pressure to a female giraffe's rear in order to make her pee. He then tastes the pee to determine if the giraffe is fertile. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
After they decommissioned a torpedo type in the 1980s, the rear tubes were used for storing beer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obe…
The iconic rear spoilers on Lamborghini Countachs first installed by a customer were entirely cosmetic & non functional, in fact it added drag since the car already had problematic lift at the front. When it was popularized by Cannonball Run, Lambo had little chose but to offer factory options drivetribe.com/p/the-stor…
A 2014 study found out that out of 24 late-model pickup trucks studied only two, the 2014 Ram 3500 and Ford F-450, both with dual rear wheels, were able to have their beds filled with water without overloading. jalopnik.com/why-a-bedlin…
In 1978, three Indiana teenagers were killed in when their Pinto was involved in a rear-end collision. Ford was indicted on three counts of reckless homicide. Indiana v. Ford was the first time a corporation faced criminal charges for a defective product and charged with murder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Sega sold their own line of rear-projection TV’s in the 70’s. It was called the SEGA Vision and came in 3 different models with two size choices, 44 and 50 inch. While it never reached commercial success it did end up as a prize on an episode of The Price Is Right segaretro.org/Sega-Vision
If you're seated in the rear of a modern jumbo jet, the walk to your seat is longer than the Wright Brothers' 120 ft first flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
Today I learned about the Naperville Train Disaster, a rear ending collision that killed 45 and injured another 125 people in 1946, just outside the Kroehler Manufacturing building. The wreck is a major reason most passenger trains in the US have a 79mph speed limit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
US Army dentist Ben L. Salomon was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for providing a rear-guard action during the Battle of Saipan. His body was found laying on his machine gun with 98 Japanese soldiers in front of him and 76 bullet wounds (and almost as many bayonet wounds) in him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
CBS recorded World Airlines' last flight to evacuate Women & Children as DaNang fell. Chaos erupted as 1000s swarmed the airfield to escape. They flew with an exposed rear stairway where 8 held on for life. 7 fell off. Almost 300 made it onboard, but the crew counted only 8 Women & Children. youtube.com/watch?v=36lLB…
, Rollie Free set the American motorcycle land speed record in 1948 on the Bonneville Salt Flats while lying prone on the motorcycle's rear fender wearing a bathing suit, sneakers, and a shower cap (yes, there is a pic). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
Serial killer Joel Rifkin was only caught when he was spotted driving without a rear licence plate, and police found the corpse of his last victim in the back of his truck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
NYC yellow cabs and livery cars have a 4.5-inch amber flasher (aka a "trouble light") on the rear. Its serves as a way to alert outsiders that they are feeling threatened. It's like their version of a silent alarm banks use. cityroom.blogs.nytimes.co…
If getting two new tires they should be put on the rear axle. theglobeandmail.com/globe…
A French town honored a toilet as a war hero for over 25 years. The town's mayor showed General Patton a grave in 1917, unaware that it said 'Abandoned Rear', meaning a latrine. When Patton came back during World War 2, the latrine was still being maintained as a hero's grave. warhistoryonline.com/worl…
Chevy Chase's maternal grandfather - Admiral Miles Browning - was Rear Admiral Raymond A Spruance's Chief of Staff on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise at the Battle of Midway in World War 2 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Riding roller coasters can help people pass kidney stones. Sitting in the rear proved to be most effective at increasing passage rates jaoa.org/article.aspx?art…
Mobile phones come with a SOS feature. It sends "I need help" message, current location, 5 seconds voice message, and front and rear camera picture to contact numbers you chose. This feature is most effective for emergencies like kidnapping. youtube.com/watch?v=sfK65…
Burbot are commonly referred to as the "Lawyer fish" by fishermen because their heart is found right by their "rear end." doorcounty.com/newsletter…
When under threat from predators, small damsel fish can grow a fake 'eye' on their rear fins and reduce the size of their real eyes. This has the effect of making them appear to be heading in the opposite direction and increases their chances of survival fivefold. underwatertimes.com/news.…
The male platypus is venomous. It has a crooked spur on the heel of each rear foot which can inject venom that is resistant to conventional painkillers. slate.com/technology/2015…
The inventor of the GameBoy and Duck Hunt, Gunpei Yokoi, died in his fifties after rear ending someone and then being hit by a car when he went to check on them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
Russian cosmonauts pee on the rear bus tire before a space launch. The tradition was started by Yuri Gagarin who did it out of necessity and Russians have since emulated him.Female cosmonauts bring along their urine in vials ready to dump on the tire so they can be part of tradition too. syfy.com/syfywire/why-do-…
General Motors purposely kept the 1979 Chevy Malibu gas tank dangerously close to the rear of the vehicle. Instead of paying an extra $8.59 per vehicle to move the gas tank to a safer location, GM estimated that they would only have to pay $2.40 per vehicle to pay off personal-injury lawsuits. nytimes.com/1999/07/10/us…
, the infamous Yugo car from the 80s is lightweight enough in the rear portion for two adults to easily carry it with the rear wheels off the ground. It is also based on Fiat components built in Yugoslavia. youtu.be/i-O5i1zeXXQ?t=92
The braille on all drive-thru atms is for visually impaired people to use when riding as a rear passenger in a vehicle. Braille on atms is federally mandated, and helps maintain financial privacy by allowing blind individuals to bank without having to disclose their pin to a driver. whsv.com/content/news/476…
A man called Zeb Quinn went missing in 2000. His car was found two weeks later, with it's lights on, a pair of lipstick lips drawn on the rear windshield, and a live Labrador puppy inside. Zeb Quinn has never been found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…

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