, That since domestication, dogs' eyes have changed. Dogs now have eye muscles that make them more expressive and infant-like. These same muscles are absent in wolves, their closest relative. bbc.com/news/education-48…
Today I learned about "Daughter from California" Syndrome, in which a dying, elderly hospital patient receives a visit from a long-lost relative, who -- in shock over the patient's level of deterioration -- guiltily tries to assert themselves as caregiver, while demanding aggressive, unrealistic treatment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dau…
Abraham Lincoln's family line is believed to have gone extinct in 1985 after the death of his last great-grandson. While other relatives exist, no direct descendants of the former president are alive today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Due to the 1701 Act of Settlement, which sought to guarantee a Protestant succession to British throne, George I inherited the crown from Queen Anne, even though there were at least 50 Catholic relatives whose claims were stronger than George’s. royal.uk/george-i
100 million years ago, the Sahara Desert was inhabited by galloping crocodiles. These crocodile relatives were nicknamed BoarCroc, DuckCroc, RatCroc, DogCroc and PancakeCroc. eartharchives.org/article…
93% of people have a vestigial muscle in one or both their arms called Palmaris Longus. The purpose of the muscle is unknown as it is also vestigial in our primate relatives. People missing the muscle suffer no loss of function, so its tendons are sometimes harvested to repair other tendons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Crocodiles are the closest living relatives of the birds, sharing a common ancestor that lived around 240 million years ago and also gave rise to the dinosaurs. news.ucsc.edu/2014/12/cro…
Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburg, a relative of the slaughtered Romanov family, gave a blood sample to help genetically ID their remains when they were discovered and exhumed. history.com/news/romanov-…
In India, there are numerous cases where people "kill" their relatives on paper, in order to take over their land, leaving the relative officially documented as dead. Victims are known as "mritak" (dead man), some adding the title to their names, and there is an "Association of the Living Dead" openthemagazine.com/featu…
Despite being labelled "Dogs of the sea" the Pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, walrus') closest living relatives are actually Bears, Weasels, Raccoons and Skunks. dtmag.com/thelibrary/pinn…
Relative brain size of Homo did not change from 1.8 to 0.6 mya. After about 600 kya it increased until about 35,000 years ago, when it began to decrease. Worldwide, average body size also decreased in H. sapiens from 35,000 years ago until very recently britannica.com/science/hu…
Our closest non-primate relative is the flying lemur. They are one of the inaccurately named animals as they cannot fly and are not lemurs but colugos nature.com/news/2007/0711…
A lottery winner wore a scream mask to collect his one million so that his relatives won't take his money says.com/my/fun/this-man-…
Schizophrenics and their unaffected relatives have lower overall rates of cancer. Research has shown that, despite being more frequent smokers, people diagnosed with Schizophrenia have a significantly lower incidence of lung cancers compared to the general population. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Virtually all Western music since the 18th C. is slightly out of tune (by ~1.5%) relative to perfect harmonies (i.e. when notes resound in exact, simple multiples of one another). The original 7-note Pythagorean tuning and Bach's well-tempered clavier had perfect harmonies but unequal spacing. slate.com/articles/arts/m…
Today I learned about Steller’s sea cow. A close relative to the manatee this sea cow could grow up to 30 FEET long and 4000 kg. It lived in the North Pacific near the commander islands, off the coast of Kamchatka, between Russia and the USA. It only went extinct in 1768. animaldiversity.org/accou…
The romans used sling bullets to trash talk their opponents. Many such bullets from the Perusine war(between Octavian and Mark Antony's relatives) were discovered, with simple inscriptions like "take that", or more elaborate, like "Lucius Antonius the bald, and Fulvia, show us your arse" historyofinformation.com/…
A 9,000 year old skeleton found inside a cave in Cheddar, England, has a living relative was teaching history only a 1/2 mile away, tracing back nearly 300 generations. independent.co.uk/news/th…
Where you’re sitting or standing right now, you’re barreling through the universe at 1.3 Million MPH: Earth rotation, Earth speed around sun, sun around Milky Way, galaxy speed through universe relative to Big Bang. Velocities are constant so you feel like your sitting or standing still. apsari.com/a-former-nasa-…
Lt. Pham Quang Khiem managed to escape South Vietnam in April 1975 with 53 relatives and friends by stealing a C-130a and flying to Singapore. They were later flown to Guam and then the US, where Pham became a pilot for US Airways. The C-130a is currently at the National Warplane Museum. newyorkupstate.com/southe…
About the Evolutionary Timeline of Homo Sapiens and The oldest-recovered DNA of an early human relative comes from Sima de los Huesos, the β€œPit of Bones.” At the bottom of a cave in Spain’s Atapuerca Mountains scientists found thousands of teeth and bones from 28 different individuals. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The relatives of John F. Kennedy's grandmother, Mary Josephine Fitzgerald - who outlived the US President by over eight months - kept her completely unaware of his assassination until she died at 98 in August 1964. cdnc.ucr.edu/?a=d&d=D…
Today I learned about Lagrange Points. Celestial mechanics concerning points of orbit in space. Specifically points where a small object can maintain its relative position within a star system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag…
T Rex’s closest living relative is a domestic chicken, genetically speaking. wideopenpets.com/a-brief-…
Giraffes necks are actually too short. The Giraffe (and its rain forest relative, the Okapi) have necks that are so short relative to their legs and chest that they must splay or bend their legs. blog.londolozi.com/2011/1…
Humans are the only animals whose brains shrink and become subject to cognitive dysfunctions like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Not even close relatives like Chimpanzees experience this shrinkage. sciencemag.org/news/2011/…
Bears are considered by many wildlife biologists to be one of the most intelligent land animals of North America. They possess the largest and most convoluted brains relative to their size of any land mammal. In the animal kingdom, their intelligence compares with that of higher primates. pbs.org/wnet/nature/arcti…
Karen Keegan needed a kidney transplant, so blood relatives tested for compatibility. It was found that her children's DNA did NOT match her own as the mother. Further testing found that she is a genetic chimera, meaning she has the DNA of multiple organisms. She absorbed her twin in the womb. abcnews.go.com/Primetime/…
Rumplestiltskin is not rumple-stilt-skin but rumple-stilts-kin from the German for "little rattler of posts/stilts," a linguistic relative to other creatures who mess with objects, like poltergeists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum…
Due to its isolated location, the Icelandic language has changed very little from its original roots. Modern Icelandics can still read texts written in the 10th Century with relative ease. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
The pronghorn antelope of the western mountain states' closest living relative...is the giraffe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
George Clooney is one of the closest living relatives of Abraham Lincoln. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
DNA tests of 39 of Adolf Hitler's living relatives suggest he had both Jewish and African ancestors. history.com/.amp/news/stu…
, Addams Family creator Charles Addams was a distant relative of former US president John Adams, even with a different spelling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Sailships aren't really moved by the wind blowing into the sail and pushing it forward. The curved shape of the sail creates a lift force acting forward, same the aerodynamic lift that makes an aircraft fly. The wind direction can be of almost any angle relative to the ship. discoverboating.com/resou…
1% milk and 2% milk is not relative to the fat in whole milk, but it is the amount of total fat in the milk compared to other ingredients en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai…
Today I learned about Bayard Rustin, an openly gay black man who advised Martin Luther King Jr. on the principles of nonviolence, was a major civil rights leader, and was the main organizer of the March On Washington. He has been largely forgotten (especially relative to other activists) due to his sexuality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay…
The dung beetle is the first known species to navigate using the Milky Way. They orient themselves to the bright stripe of light generated by our galaxy, and move in a line relative to it. They also use the symmetrical pattern of polarized light that appears around the sun. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Kids falling victim to tampered Halloween candy is an urban myth. None of the reports have found to be true. In one case a child died from heroin found at a relative's. In another a child died after eating cyanide-laced candy from his father who'd taken out a life insurance policy on him. joelbest.net/halloween-sa…
The Fore people of New Guinea had a custom of eating the bodies of dead relatives. When they ate the brain of a member who had a form of prion disease, they contracted an incurable variation of the disease known as "kuru", and it was then spread to other villagers who ate their infected brains. royalsocietypublishing.or…
IQ tests only measure your intelligence relative to everyone else. If we as a group all got smarter or dumber, the IQ numbers would stay the same. 123test.com/interpretatio…
Emperor Taizu of Song invited all the general officers to a lavish banquet where he convinced them all to retire as military leaders in favour of a luxurious lifestyle. none of them refused his terms, and thus began a period of relative internal peace within the realm of the Song dynasty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Elephants are known to take a great interest in the bones of their deceased and to mourn for dead relatives and Magpies have been observed burying their dead under twigs of grass smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned about the idea of the Good Country Index: to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size. Using a wide range of data from the U.N. and other international organizations. This has been active since 2014 goodcountry.org/index/res…
Today I learned about Salps - a jellyfish relative. They asexually reproduce chains of clones who are all female, which then detach and breed sexually. After giving birth to a single asexual offspring they become male, while the offspring starts the cycle over. rnz.co.nz/national/progra…
According to molecular evidence the closest living relatives of whales are the artiodactyls, a group of hoofed mammals that includes deer, cows, sheep, pigs, giraffes, camels and hippos nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Sylvia Bloom, A law firm secretary amassed more than $ 8 million by paying attention to her boss investments. She lived a modest life that Her friends and relatives flabbergasted when they knew about her wealth. She left almost all of her wealth to charity when she died. cnbc.com/2018/05/08/how-a…
Matt Groening based The Simpsons off the locally well known comic strip "The Broons". His distant Scottish relatives used to send him the yearly annuals theporridge.co.uk/post/80…
The current human speed record is shared equally by the trio of astronauts who flew Nasa’s Apollo 10 mission. On their way back from a lap around the Moon in 1969, the astronauts’ capsule hit a peak of 24,790mph (39,897km/h) relative to planet Earth. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Today I learned of mother-in-law languages (also known as avoidance speech) which dictate that a new restricted speech style utilizing a different vocabulary, while retaining the normal phonology and grammar must be utilized in the presence of certain relatives (such a as mother-in-law) which are seen as taboo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avo…

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