I learned Sue, the most complete T. Rex skeleton, was discovered by paleontologist Sue Hendrickson when she and her crew got a flat tire at the end of their field season. During repairs, Hendrickson found bones at a cliff face leading the discovery of larger bones in the cliff's formation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue…
Evel Knievel, perhaps the best known daredevil, ruined his career when he attacked a man with a baseball bat due an unflattering book. The victim was knocked unconscious and needed major surgery to repair his arm.Evel only served 6 months in jail but lost all his endorsements and contracts. bizarrela.com/2016/03/eve…
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…
Today I learned of a couple who received a $31.5mil settlement after unreported hail damage repair on their car resulted in a collision safety failure, trapping them in an inferno that ended in 4th degree burns. The body shop responsible glued the roof back on instead of welding to OEM specifications. repairerdrivennews.com/20…
Great Britain's Houses of Parliament is riddled with asbestos, at constant risk of flood or deluge of sewage, furnished with steam pipes that can explosively fail at any moment, catches fire so often a safety team is on patrol every hour of every day. Repairs will cost Β£3.5 billion (2015). theguardian.com/news/2017…
Snow globes were accidentally invented by a medical tool repair man. He was trying to make a brighter light bulb for operating rooms, so he tried using a water filled glass with reflective particles to do this. The effect looked like snow to him which is how he got the idea for snow globes. goworldtravel.com/snow-gl…
There is an abandoned Six Flags park in New Orleans that closed in 2005 to prepare for Hurricane Katrina. However, the Hurricane has flooded the theme park, causing extreme damages and irreversible repairs which Six Flags called off the lease and the park has never reopened for 15 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
A Florida man heard purring coming from his parked truck; he ended up using sheet metal cutters to peel back a portion of his truck to reveal a kitten. The Humane Society helped him coax the kitten out. When the public heard about it, several people offered to help pay to repair his truck. cnn.com/2014/06/13/living…
Only one two-lane road connects eastern Canada with western Canada. In 2016, the road was closed due to a bridge needing repairs, splitting the country for 17 hours and forcing drivers to detour through the US en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nip…
Today I learned of the Chancel Repair Liability, where some property owners in England and Wales are liable to pay for any repairs to their local church. The law dates back to medieval times and was upheld in court in 2003 where a homeowner was presented with a Β£100,000 bill for repairs to a local church. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 1978 an architectural student discovered that a skyscraper in NY could topple if strong winds hit the building. The engineer that is credited for designing the building then made secret nightly repairs in collaboration with the NYPD, without alerting the general public to the danger 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
During the recording process of the Iron Maiden album The Number of the Beast, producer Martin Birch was involved in a car accident with a minibus transporting a group of nuns, after which he was presented with a repair bill for Β£666 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A man who was paralyzed from a surfing accident neck injury was able to walk again from an experimental treatment. Stem cells from the man's own stomach fat were injected into his spinal cord to regenerate and repair the injury. goodmorningamerica.com/we…
When Vincent Van Gogh cut his left ear with a razor, he was taken to hospital and treated by Dr Felix Rey. Van Gogh painted a portrait of Rey and gave it to him, who used it to repair a chicken coop, then gave it away. In 2016, it was valued at over $50 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
The Microsoft Surface Laptop is built in such a way that it is impossible to open one for repairs without destroying it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
There's only one type of toothpaste that actually rebuilds enamel and damage to teeth, as opposed to creating the environment for teeth to repair themselves. Using a chemical called NovaMin that was initially used in the 60s to quickly repair the bones of troops in battle. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
During the meltdown, Chernobyl electrician Oleksander Lelechenko saved his younger colleagues from radiation exposure by walking through radioactive water three times to effect emergency repairs alone. He died in Kiev hospital less than 2 weeks after the disaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Our species is continuing to evolve in 3 ways: natural selection (by which many are adapting to malaria and high altitudes), random mutations (increasingly likely as more older males become fathers), and a mysterious genetic repair tool that biases eggs and sperm to C and G bases over A or T. theconversation.com/human…
An undercover investigation found that Apple charges $1200 for a computer repair that a local repair store was able to fix in 1 minute and charged $0 for. youtube.com/watch?v=_XneT…
In 1955 a Plymouth owner had her 10-day-old car suddenly veer off into a wall while she was driving. The dealer refused to pay for repairs, claiming that the warranty only covered repairing defective parts, not the damages caused by them. However, they got sued and lost the case. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
If a pregnant woman has organ damage, the baby in her womb sends stem cells to help repair the organ. snopes.com/fact-check/fet…
Koenigsegg uses only one car for crash testing. They keep the carbon fibre body and rebuild and repair it after each crash test. topspeed.com/cars/car-new…
Today I learned about Stone Man's Syndrome, a disabling disorder with no cure or treatment in which the body repairs damaged connective tissue with bone structure. Surgical removal of the extra bone growths has been shown to cause the body to "repair" the affected area with even more bone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fib…
British carriers suffered almost no damage due to Kamikaze attacks. "When a kamikaze hits a U.S. carrier it means 6 months of repair at Pearl. When a kamikaze hits a Limey carrier it's just a case of 'Sweepers, man your brooms.'" thefreelibrary.com/The+sh…
The streets of Hong Kong are littered with abandoned cars including highly sought after classic and JDM cars (Skylines/NSXs/Supras/Lotus) due to strict annual car inspections resulting in mandatory repairs. Parking can cost as much as rent so often they just buy new cars and abandon the old one. jalopnik.com/the-cars-i-f…
Because of a botched surgery intended to repair a severely perforated eardrum, that actually caused permanent inner ear damage, Stephen Colbert wasn't able to scuba dive for a marine biology job he wanted which pushed him to comedy. The damage to his eardrum also left him deaf in his right ear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Roads in Ukraine are so bad that 97% need repair and some have not been repaired for so long that the villages they led to have disappeared obserwatorfinansowy.pl/in…
Dr. Alma Dea Morani was the first female plastic surgeon, created Philadelphia's first hand surgery clinic, and co-founded the Robert H. Ivy Society. At 15, she was inspired to become what she called a "repair doctor" after her Girl Scout leader gave her advanced first aid training. cfmedicine.nlm.nih.gov/ph…
Phil Swift founded Swift Response, the company that creates Flex-adhesive Products. They sponsor NASCAR racers and even had the product used to repair one car in the middle of a race. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
-An undergraduate architecture student in '78 found a flaw in the Design of Citicorp Center '77: that Citicorp Center could blow over in the wind. Repair work was done throughout the night and quit at daybreak, just as the building occupants returned to work. The story remained a secret until '95 slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2…
The Romans created the first road signs. Most signs told you how many miles you were from Rome as well as who built the road and who was the last person to repair it. history.com/.amp/news/8-w…
Synthesizer repair man Eliot Curtis accidentally tripped on acid while cleaning a a vintage Buchla Model 100 synthesizer. pitchfork.com/news/synth-…
When Martin replicated Joan Baez's Martin 1929 0-45 (purchased in 1962), they included a replica of the note "Too bad you're a communist" which they found inside her original guitar. It was put there by some unidentified repair person sometime in that guitar's 40-ish year career. musicradar.com/news/joan-…
Apple was fined $9 million in Australia because it misled hundreds of Australian customers by β€˜bricking’ their iPhones in a software update and then denying them repairs. The customers were informed they were no longer entitled to a repair because they had used a third party to fix their devices couriermail.com.au/techno…
During pregnancy, the fetus can send stem cells across the placenta to which can repair damage to organs and tissues in cases of injury in the mother. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
July 21, 2014, Research was published that showed how scientists from Temple University were able to permanently delete the HIV virus from human DNAβ€”snipping out the gene, and allowing the cell’s repair machinery to take over, soldering the genome back togetherβ€”resulting in virus-free cells. engadget.com/2014/07/22/r…
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. youtu.be/TQW8t6w0Cy4
Vincent Van Gogh gave his 1889 'Portrait of Doctor FΓ©lix Rey' to Dr. Rey (The physician who had treated his severed ear). The physician was not fond of the painting and used it to repair a chicken coop, then gave it away. In 2016, the portrait was estimated to be worth over $50 million en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
The Japanese repair broken pottery with gold lacquer to highlight imperfections. The process is called Kintsugi. The art of Kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but to display with pride. wikipedia.org/wiki/Kintsu…
Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) holds the record for the biggest car repair bill (via a successful insurance claim) to fix his crashed McLaren F1 - more than Β£900k news.sky.com/story/mr-bea…
Airbags by Takata (an auto parts manufacturer) had to be recalled in 2008 because the inflators would explode, shooting shrapnel-like material at vehicle occupants. At least 37 million vehicles are affected. The repairs are still ongoing. yourlawyer.com/library/cr…
In 1977 the mayor of Vulcan, WV requested foreign aid from the Soviet Union after two years of requests to the state about repairing the town's only bridge. Within an hour of a Russian journalist's arrival, the state agreed to help repair the bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vul…
A truck in Norway carrying 27 tonnes of Brunost (a delicacy cheese) caught fire in a tunnel. Due to the high fat and sugar content, the fire raged for 5 days and caused significant damage to the tunnel, requiring several months to repair it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
Hole In My Bucket Day is based on a song from the 1700s, where Henry needs to fix his bucket but he never has the materials to repair it. nationaldaycalendar.com/d…
If humans lived long enough, they would all eventually develop cancer. This is because of inherent limits in the DNA repair mechanisms. nytimes.com/2010/12/28/he…
If a pregnant mother suffers organ damage during the pregnancy the fetus can send stem cells to help repair the damage snopes.com/fetus-can-send…
The British planted an 1100 mile hedge through the center of India in the 1800s to enforce salt tariffs. Each mile required 250 tons of thornybrush and other organic material to create, and patrols carried as much as 100,000 tons of material per year for repairs. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
That, according to tradition, Cobblers were only allowed to repair shoes. Cordwainers were the ones that made new shoes. footfiles.com/subject/cob…
Today I learned about Kintsukuroi which is the practice of seeing beauty in the flawed or imperfect. Instead of throwing out the damaged pottery, the Japanese would repair it with gold and create art from the broken. mymodernmet.com/kintsugi-…

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