There are β€œharbinger zip codes”, these contain people who tend to buy unpopular products that fail and tend to choose losing political candidates. Their home values also rise slower than surrounding zip codes. A yet to be explained phenomena where people are "out of sync" with the rest. kottke.org/19/12/the-harb…
50 years ago, fried chicken tycoon David Bamberger used his fortune to purchase 5,500 acres of overgrazed land in the Texas Hill Country. Planting grasses to soak in rains and fill hillside aquifers, Bamberger devoted the rest of his life to restoring the degraded landscape. youtu.be/ZSPkcpGmflE
The early versions of the Easy-Bake Oven, a child's toy that allows children to bake small treats, used incandescent lightbulbs as their heat source. That's because these bulbs were so inefficient that only 5% of the electricity they used produced light. The rest produced heat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
When Joseph Stalin was dying, his private physician was not available because he was already being tortured in the basement of the KGB headquarters for suggesting the Soviet leader required more bed rest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lav…
Agriculture workers in early 20th century California were often forced to use "short-handled" hoes so supervisors could easily spot when they stood up to rest, despite contributing to severe injury. Thanks to Cesar Chavez and the UFW, its use was prohibited in 1975 nationalparks.org/connect…
The United States has "more coal than the rest of the world has oil." energy.gov/sites/prod/fil…
In Italy, it's very common for dwarfs to undergo painful limb lengthening surgery (that involves repeatedly breaking bones and pulling them apart over the course of 2-3 years) due to societal pressure. 90% of Italian dwarfs undergo the procedure (in the rest of Europe, the rate is around 8%). vice.com/en_uk/article/pp…
The United States Government encouraged Nazis to emigrate to the states and compensated them in exchange for foreign intelligence. Many of them were war criminals, yet they faced little to no punishment and were allowed to live out the rest of their lives in America ips-dc.org/the_cias_worst…
A polarbear was recorded swimming for 9 days, without rest, through the Bering Straight. polarbearfacts.net/how-fa…
There is more genetic diversity among those from the African continent than the rest of the world ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Only 8% of the world's currency exists in physical form. The rest exists only on a computer money.howstuffworks.com/c…
Before 'The Addams Family' movie, actor Carl Struycken resembled the original Lurch so much that instead of a casting call, he had a meeting with the director and producer. The producer let him know he got the part by saying, "Well, that's what you're going to be for the rest of your life." hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
When Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1935, only Nazi Germany supported Ethiopia while the rest of the world ignored the conflict en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
Ulysses S. Grant's real name was Hiram Ulysses Grant, but it was entered incorrectly when he went to West Point. He was embarrassed by his real initials (H.U.G.) so he didn't tell anyone. He ended up going by Ulysses S. Grant for the rest of his life. ducksters.com/biography/u…
In 1715, a Scottish Nobleman named William Maxwell escaped death by switching clothes with his wife’s maid on the night before his execution and fleeing the Tower of London. He escaped to Rome, where he lived with his wife for the rest of his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
A bear in a state park got into campers’ coolers and used claws & teeth to puncture beer cans; Fish & Wildlife Sgt. Bill Heinck said the bear tried a can of Busch, ignored the rest, then drank about 36 Rainier beers. They caught it a live trap baited with donuts, honey, open cans of Rainier. nbcnews.com/id/5756809/ns…
That, during the so-called "Dark Ages" of Europe, the Muslim World was having an "Enlightened," or "Golden" Age, in part, because the Muslims adopted "modern" numbers from the Hindus as it was "easier" to do mathematics while the rest of Europe kept Roman Numerals (linked playlist with video). youtube.com/watch?v=LdqFW…
Only 1% of DNA is for protein-coding genes, the rest 99% is non-coding and was once thought to be junk. Later studies found that it can't be that such a huge chunk is just "packaging material" and it is starting to become clear that it has many uses, mainly as a regulator of different sorts ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/ba…
The first recorded pizza delivery was in 1889 to Queen Margherita of Savoy. Reportedly, she was tired of courtly fare and requested a local peasant meal; they delivered a white, green, and red pie to symbolize the newly unified Italy's flag. She called it "delicious" and the rest is history. foodandwine.com/news/poli…
Today I learned of the ancient law of General Average. If a ship carrying cargo is required to jettison some of its load to save the rest, the loss of the cargo is to be shared proportionally among interest holders. First written in law in 800BC, it continues to be declared in present-day maritime emergencies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Today I learned about Brihadisvara Temple, India - A 11th century temple whose dome (25 tons), rests 7 meters high on a single block of granite, weighing 80 tons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Nose and Ears are the only two body parts that in human body that doesn't stop growing, even after the growth of the rest of body parts comes to a halt. thehealthy.com/ear-nose-t…
ThΓ­ch QuαΊ£ng Đức, the person in the famous picture of a burning monk, was re-cremated but his heart did not burn with the rest of the remains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%…
Dolly Parton used to stop business meetings for sixty seconds so that the men could stare at her boobs and focus for the rest of the meeting msn.com/en-us/entertainme…
Howie let loose a perfectly timed and pitched fart while recording β€œThe Call” that fit so perfectly in the song that the producer and the rest of the Backstreet Boys decided to keep it in the final recording. billboard.com/articles/co…
In 1746, a Swedish king tried to prove coffee was unhealthy by having one man drink large amounts of coffee and his identical twin drink the same amount of tea everyday for the rest of their lives. Both twins outlived the doctors in charge of the experiment and the king himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
Only about 43% of the human body's cells are human. The rest are microscopic organisms. bbc.com/news/health-43674…
A 2015 survey showed that STEM workers are more likely to have autistic traits than non-STEM ones - the average STEM worker had an autism spectrum quotient of 21.9, while the rest had 18.9. independent.co.uk/life-st…
The United States has 20 aircraft/helicopter carrier ships; the rest of the world combined has 24 globalfirepower.com/navy-…
: The Ark Of The Covenant is claimed to be located in the church St. Mary of Zion in Aksum, Ethiopia. A guardian monk is appointed for life by his predecessor and then confined to the chapel of the Ark of the Covenant for the rest of his life, praying before it and offering incense. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Moose violently shed their antler velvet (layer of skin) and the rest of their antlers each season youtube.com/watch?v=7qPsX…
Julius Caesar was "slut shamed" for an alleged sexual relationship with King Nicomedes Bithynia. Not because it was of a homosexual nature, but because Caesar was allegedly the receptive partner. The accusation may have been a political smear, but it bothered Caesar for the rest of his life. sourcebooks.fordham.edu/p…
On April 18, 1930 the BBC made an announcement at the beginning of its daily radio program that there was no news. For the rest of the 15-minute time slot, the station played only piano music and it became known in history as The Day Without News’ atlasobscura.com/articles…
Economy class passengers have lost up to eight inches of legroom and two inches of seat width since the so-called golden age of flying. Seats also have narrower arm rests - allowing for an increased number of passengers per flight. telegraph.co.uk/travel/co…
Today I learned of angel gowns. Wedding dresses are donated to charities and people sew them into infant sized dresses for deceased infants that died in NICU. Grieving families can take pictures or baptize their babies prior to laying them to rest. These are made through no cost of the family. atriumhealth.org/dailydos…
Because of the vastness of the deep ocean, when a male and female anglerfish mate their bodies fuse into one. The male's now useless body parts like eyes and fins wither away. He spends the rest of his life attached to her like a parasite, taking food and providing her with babies. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Body fat lost is converted mostly to CO2 and exhaled; the rest is converted to water, excreted as either urine or sweat. theconversation.com/when-…
When you receive a bone marrow transplant, your blood’s DNA matches the donor’s for the rest of your life. nytimes.com/2019/12/12/sc…
Late piano virtuoso Glenn Gould spent only 10% of his time at the keyboard in the studio and the rest working on the recordings itself by editing, splicing and supervising the record to achieve the best, absolute and note-perfect version of his playing. music.org/index.php?optio…
Brazil has more law schools than the rest of the entire world thebrazilbusiness.com/art…
Every former U.S president is guaranteed secret service protection for the rest of their life. secretservice.gov/about/h…
There is actually a neighborhood called West Seattle, even though Seattle borders Puget Sound to the west. It is completely connected to the rest of Seattle, the biggest city in the Pacific Northwest region, and is inside the city limits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
Norman Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter is using a copy of Mein Kampf as a foot rest. youtube.com/watch?v=-HRMr…
6 American soldiers defected to North Korea after the Korean War. Most of which lived in NK for the rest of their lives while being "given" wives by the NK government along with support and housing. Some of which had children who live in NK still. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Tennessee furnished more soldiers for the Union Army than the rest of the Confederacy combined and more soldiers for the Confederate Army than any other state besides Virginia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
The 0.56% unpure part of Ivory soap consisted of uncombined alkali, carbonates and mineral matter. The rest is all fatty acids and combined alkali. straightdope.com/columns/…
Frank Welker originally auditioned for the role of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, and Casey Kasem auditioned for Fred. The actors were hired, with roles reversed, and the rest is animation history. youtu.be/H1SpL7qBj5I
Ethiopia uses a 13-month calendar and is between 7 and 8 years behind the Gregorian calendar used in the rest of world. New Years is either on August 29 or August 30. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eth…
Essentially all penicillin produced after 1943 originated with a mold sample found on a cantaloupe in Peoria, Illinois. The moldy part was cut off and cultured and the lab technicians ate the rest of the fruit. saturdayeveningpost.com/2…
Halo was supposed to be an exclusive for the Mac. (Even being revealed by Steve Jobs himself.) the game was also meant to be a third person shooter. But before that was finalized, Microsoft bought bungie rest is history. kotaku.com/when-halo-was-…
Today I learned about Julia Pastrana, a Mexican woman who was toured around the world as "the bear woman". When she died in childbirth in 1860 her husband had her embalmed and continued touring. Her remains ended up in the basement of the University of Oslo. In 2013 she was finally laid to rest in Mexico. sciencedirect.com/science…
Anchorites took their religious devotion to extreme levels, vowing to remain walled into a cell for the rest of their lives. This mostly happened to the Middle Ages, but also in modern times, some chose the life of an anchorite. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anc…
A lawyer used his will for practical jokes. He gave a house to 3 men who hated each other, stocks in a brewery to preachers, shares of a racetrack to each ministers "except Spracklin, who shot a hotelkeeper", and gave the rest to whoever had the most kids in 10 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Kate Bush, global art rock icon (e.g., 1978 hit "Wuthering Heights"), is pretty much unknown in the United States, despite her incredible success in the rest of the world (everyone of her albums having gone platinum in the UK) . npr.org/2011/08/16/139579…
Today I learned of The 1 Percent Rule. This rule states that only 1% of an Internet community creates new content. The rest of the community is divided between content editors (9%) and content viewers (90%). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1%2…
Construction of the Washington Monument was paused for twenty years between 1859 and 1879. The bottom third of the monument is slightly lighter than the rest because marble from different quarries was used after construction resumed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
In 1806 Andrew Jackson challenged a man to a duel after he made fun of his wife and wrote a letter to a newspaper calling him a "coward". Jackson ended up winning but got shot in the chest, and as a result had a bullet stuck near his heart for the rest of his life. presidentialpetmuseum.com…
Today I learned of the HMS Hercule. Originally a French 74-gun battleship. She was captured on her maiden voyage less than 24 hours at sea, spending the rest of her career with the British Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Helsinki, Finald, gives rough sleepers a stable and permanent home of their own as soon as possible. They can pay rent through state housing benefit and people can even opt to stay for the rest of their lives bbc.com/news/uk-england-4…
Researchers were given rare access to fragments of Hitler's teeth. They found that Hitler definitely died in 1945 from taking cyanide and from a bullet. They aimed to put conspiracy theories to rest. phys.org/news/2018-05-hit…
Hummingbirds are only found in the Americas (and not in the rest of the world), but the oldest known hummingbird was actually a fossil collected in Germany. nbcnews.com/id/4916516/ns…
Today I learned about Basil II. He is said to have captured 15,000 prisoners and fully blinded 99 of every 100 men, leaving one one-eyed man in each cohort to lead the rest back to their ruler. The king of Bulgaria was struck down by the sight of his blinded army and died two days later after suffering a stroke en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Canada recycles just 9 per cent of its plastics with the rest dumped in landfill and incinerators or tossed away as litter, a new report shows. rco.on.ca/canada-recycles…
In "Take Me Home, Country Roads," the ode to West Virginia , the Shenandoah River is one of two place names mentioned. But the Shenandoah spends only its sixteen final miles in West Virginia. The rest--about 230 miles of main stem and combined North and South Forks--is in Virginia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
Today I learned of a South Korean illegal pornography ring that targets young women and minors; only a handful of the monsters affiliated with the group, including a K-Pop star, has been brought to "justice" and the rest's still on the loose. bbc.com/news/world-asia-5…
26 states in the U.S. do not require employers to provide meal or rest breaks to their employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
The first Peace movement was started to stop all the knights killing other and rob rest of the people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
In 1915, surrounded and faced with imminent defeat, the entire Serbian army and government, numbering 400,000 (~10% of the population), retreated through Albania to the sea and evacuated to Greece. Half of them died on the march, but the rest came back in 1917 to liberate their country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
While dying of stomach cancer and hospitalized in 1989. Osamu Tezuka (creator of Kimba and Astro Boy) was still able to draw tons of sketches with his pens and paper. His last words was "I'm begging you, let me keep working!" as a hospital nurse took away his pens and paper so he could rest. tofugu.com/japan/osamu-te…
ANZAC Day, April 25th, is the only legal day in Australia to play "Two-Up", a gambling and heavy drinking game which involves tossing a single coin in the air and betting on the result. It is illegal the rest of the year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two…
When President Millard Fillmore left office, he joined the New York militia and spent the rest of his life in it. He personally guarded President Lincoln’s funeral train when it passed through Buffalo. presidenstory.com/bios.ph…
Notorious criminal John Dillinger served a stint as a sailor aboard the battleship USS Utah, which long after he left the service, was destroyed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. She still rests in the Harbor today as a lesser known memorial compared to the USS Arizona. history.com/topics/crime/…
Surgically cropping a dog's ears or docking its tail can artificially alter the way dogs communicate with other dogs and humans. These procedures can have a significant impact on how dogs communicate and interact for the rest of their lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
Redheads have a 25% higher pain threshold, can make their own supply of vitamin D and feel temperature changes better than the rest of us due to their 'redhead gene' MC1R. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Pilots in Australia and Canada are allowed to take a β€œcontrolled rest in position”, which is a nap in the cockpit, when it is safe to do so time.com/5600729/pilots-s…
The first place to use the Euro as their currency was in Africa. The French island of Reunion adopted the Euro at midnight on 31st December 2001, a few hours ahead of the rest of the Eurozone irishtimes.com/news/frenc…
Eberhard I, the Duke of Wuerttemberg (1445-1495) once was praised as the richest prince amongst the German princes, as he was said to be able to rest his head on the lap of every one of his subjects without having fear for his life or property. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebe…
Lewis and Clark's campsite 'travelers rest' was located by detecting mercury left behind in their stool samples. To combat constepation they consumed pills which contained the metal, mercury doesnt biodegrade so it's still detectable in multiple site locations across America. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count and the rest are microscopic colonists bbc.com/news/health-43674…
When the Sea Squirt or Tunicate becomes an adult, it sticks to a rock for the rest of its life. As it only needs to eat and reproduce by self-fertilisation, it eats or reabsorbs it's sense organs and nervous system as it no longer needs them. 3quarksdaily.com/3quarksd…
The house mouse (domestic mouse) migrated from regions within India to the rest of the world. This has large scale implications to the origin and spread of agriculture, human settlement and human civilization itself. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
, Pandas can poop up to 40 times a day. The rest of the time is spent eating or sleeping. Sometimes they eat and poop at the same time. sparrowinspace.com/travel…
On the Kon Tiki expedition across the Pacific, the 6 men would eat off of whatever came on board. There was a crab in a hole near the steering block that showed no fear, so they let it stay and named it Johannes. Johannes the crab kept the watchman company for the rest of the journey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon…
According to secret service agents, Ronald Reagan carried a pistol in his briefcase when he was president, "just in case you guys can’t do the job, I can help out". Reagan acquired a pocket sized pistol after college in the 1930s "and kept it lovingly the rest of his life”. time.com/3923183/ronald-r…
Today I learned about Xia Peisu, β€œThe Mother of Computer Science in China.” With the country isolated from the rest of the world, she managed to develop the first indigenous PC, the Model 107, and to create the first schools in computer science. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xia…
The story of Horatio on the Bridge. A junior Roman officer, he defended a bridge leading to Rome when an Etruscan army invaded. While the rest had retreated, Horatio rallied men to destroy the bridge behind him while he stopped the enemy from crossing. Jumping into the river, he swam to safety. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Nobel winner in Medicine Julius Axelrod injured his left eye when an ammonia bottle in the lab exploded and wore an eyepatch for the rest of his life. He also made major contributions to the understanding of the pineal gland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Today I learned of Eilmer of Malmesbury. An English monk who, in the 11th century, developed a glider and flew ~200m high. However, a gush of wind crashed him and left him crippled for the rest of his life. He wrote later in life that the reason for the crash was not developing a tail component to the glider. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eil…
Today I learned of afro turks, people of Zanj (Bantu) descent in Turkey, the current pop is now mixed with the rest of the population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afr…
Today I learned about Rhode Island. The smallest US state, it was first in the union to declare independence from great Britain - on May 4, 1776. The rest of the Union would follow suit, and in turn force RI to ratify the US constitution. It was the last state to do so. history.com/this-day-in-h…
The largest fossilized human turd ever found, measuring 8"Γ—2" ( 20 cm by 5 cm ), came from a sick 9th century Viking and it rests at the JΓ³rvΓ­k Viking center in the city of York, England. wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyds…
North Korea uses a different calendar than the rest of the world, with year 1 indicating the birth of Kim Il-Sung en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Long-haul flight crews have their own little area for sleeping when they're on rest time youtu.be/1venL93QmXA
On 1816, after the French frigate ran aground the coast of Mauritania, 150 passengers and sailors went on a raft. They were found 15 days later, only 15 survived, the rest dying from drowning, hunger and violence from other survivors. Most had to eat human flesh to survive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The people on house hunters already bought a house before the show and the rest is staged hookedonhouses.net/2010/0…
In 1998, a scientist who was cut off from the rest of the world at an Antarctic station, developed breast cancer and had to operate on herself-to extract tissue samples for analysis. She had ER experience and was on call with US medics. A plane airdropped equipment. She was later evacuated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Up to 1921, the winners of the previous year's Championship at Wimbledon were automatically granted byes into the final round. This led to many winners retaining their titles in successive years, as they were able to rest while their opponent competed from the start of the tournament. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There's an island in Liberia where chimps used for scientific experiments are sent to after retirement. This island has kept them segregated from the rest of the country's primates for 50 years. A team of locals are paid to row out and feed them regularly. atlasobscura.com/places/m…
Little Debbie's snack cakes are a sponsor of NASCAR. However, a sponsorship condition requires cars and crews cover up the logo from Friday evening to Saturday evening. This is because the company was founded by 7th Day Adventists who observe the sabbath (day of rest). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McK…
Today I learned of the Pomelo, one of the original citrus species from which the rest of cultivated citrus' have been hybridized, such as today's oranges and grapefruit, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pom…

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