Composer Franz Liszt's hotness is a matter of historical record. Such was his beauty, talent and benevolence, the Hungarian pianist was said to bring about states of 'mystical ecstasy' and 'asphyxiating hysteria' in his fans. Many doctors felt he posed a public health risk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Some roads in Australia are so long that the Australian government counteracts the risk of fatigue by playing little trivia games on the side of the road. boredpanda.com/trivia-roa…
When Die Hard was finally made, Bruce Willis was mostly known for TV. His $5 million fee was seen as a huge risk. The film ended up taking at least $140 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
Residents of Virginia are not required to have insurance on their vehicles. You can pay $500 and "drive at your own risk" dmv.virginia.gov/vehicles…
A study found that by spending a predominant part of the day gaming, excessive video gamers are at risk of showing lower educational and career attainment, problems with peers, and lower social skills. frontiersin.org/articles/…
Smoking just one cigarette a day still accounts for half of coronary heart disease risk associated with smoking 20 cigarettes a day in men, and a third of that risk in women bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k…
Sugar can be dangerously explosive. In 2008, 14 people died and 40 were injured when sugar dust combusted at Imperial Sugar's refinery in Georgia. A U.S. Chemical Safety Board report found the explosion was entirely preventable. The sugar industry has been aware of explosion risks since 1926. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
In the United States, a person has an estimated 1:10,000-lifetime risk of being struck by lightning. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NB…
While airbags can save lives, they can also kill you, or severely injure a person. Shorter females and children are particularly at risk consumerreports.org/car-r…
Today I learned of the Decade Volcanoes, a list of 16 active volcanoes with high risk of sudden destructive eruptions and significant potential to kill hundreds of thousands of people. The list includes Mount Rainier, Mount Etna, Santorini, Mount Vesuvius, and Mauna Loa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Available scientific evidence does not support claims that cupping therapy has any health benefits, but it carries a risk of burns, persistent skin discoloration, scars, infection, and may worsen eczema or psoriasis. It has been characterized as quackery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cup…
The β€œDeath Zone” is what climbers call the highest part of Mount Everest (everything above 26,247ft). Due to its lack of oxygen, the body literally begins to die, cell by cell. This can result in health risks like impaired judgement, heart attack or stroke, and altitude sickness. businessinsider.com/mount…
Weirs (also called lowhead dams) are particularly dangerous due to the risk of being trapped in a "drown jump" and repeatedly bashed against the rocks and drowned. youtube.com/watch?v=GVDpq…
Despite a diet of up to 7,000 calories per day and weighing up to 400 lbs, sumo wrestlers typically do not suffer from symptoms of obesity due to their intense workout regimens. Upon retirement, however, they must seriously cut calories or become at risk for cardiovascular disease. businessinsider.com/sumo-…
It's been illegal to import haggis to the US since 1971 because it contains lung, which is banned due to the risk of contamination by stomach acid or phlegm during slaughter. All US haggis is produced in the country, minus the lung (and traditional stomach bag). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hag…
Using mouthwash too often can increase blood pressure and risk of developing diabetes. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Humans spend less time sleeping than any other primate. However, humans also sleep deeper than other primates. Because we sleep on the ground (no risk of falling from tree) and are well-defended from predators, we can afford to get deeper, higher-quality sleepβ€”so we don't need to sleep as long. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
Voting is mandatory in Belgium. Citizens are automatically registered in the electoral polls and more than 90% of the eligible population takes part in the voting process, since you risk a fine if you do not vote either in person or by proxy. angloinfo.com/how-to/belg…
Fireflies are actually highly toxic, especially if your pet eats them; Lizards, birds, and amphibians are particularly at risk and just eating one firefly can kill them. animalplanet.com/pets/oth…
Men produce a higher percentage of motile sperm in their ejaculates after viewing sexually explicit images of two men and one woman (a sperm competition risk) than after viewing sexually explicit images of three women, likely indicating a response to an active risk of sperm competition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
It's better to leave an impaled knife in place until it can be surgically removed rather than remove it on the spot - once the knife has punctured deeply, it controls the bleeding. Removing the knife risks uncontrolled bleeding. verywellhealth.com/how-to…
600 years ago the Japanese placed ancient stone markers along the coastline to warn future generations not build there due to the risk of tsunamis cbsnews.com/news/ancient-…
Nicotine has been found to help people with neurological disorders like tourettes and schizophrenia, and reduces the risk of conditions like Parkinson's disease discovermagazine.com/heal…
In Europe, Italians have the highest genetic diversity. They have extraordinary peculiarities that contribute to reducing the risk of kidney inflammation and skin cancers, and the risk of diabetes and obesity, favoring a longer lifespan. phys.org/news/2020-05-ear…
"fight fire with fire" is an actual technique that they use to fight forest fires, albeit with a certain amount of risk. A controlled burn of a strip of forest will create a barrier to an oncoming forest fire as it will use up all the available fuel. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Embalming is entirely optional, and unembalmed remains do not pose a health risk. Embalming chemicals may pose more of a risk, and there is also a β€œwater cremation” (aquamation) that uses way less energy than traditional cremation. youtu.be/pWo2-LHwGMM
β€˜negative ion’ products not only do not release negative ions, but they’re also fairly radioactive, increasing the risk of skin cancers and radioactive contamination hackaday.com/2020/02/26/b…
The Swiss Cheese Model likens human systems to multiple slices of swiss cheese, stacked side by side, in which the risk of a threat becoming a reality is mitigated by the differing layers and types of defenses which are "layered" behind each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
Children of Japanese samurai had an increased risk of lead poisoning. A study that analyzed the amount of lead in people from this era showed that many children had higher amounts of lead than men and women. They determined that the lead-based makeup popular among their mothers was the cause. discovermagazine.com/heal…
A risk factor for a latex allergy is a history of allergies to avocado, banana, peach, chestnut, passionfruit, raw potato, kiwi, tomato, or papaya pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
"Type A Personality" was invented by researchers who were paid by the tobacco industry to hide the link between smoking and health risks. businessinsider.com/type-…
A study of 11 years of Base Jumping showed each jump carried a 1 in 2,317 chance of dying, compared to 1 in 101,083 for sky diving. The chances an individual base jumper will die in a year (annual fatality risk per person) is even higher: 1 in 60, and 72% had witnessed death or serious injury. telegraph.co.uk/men/activ…
Loneliness and social isolation are as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and can lead to a a 29% increase in risk of coronary heart disease and a 32% increase in risk of a stroke. hrsa.gov/enews/past-issue…
During a 2000 celebrity edition episode of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", comedian Norm MacDonald made it to the million dollar question, but passed on it to not risk it. However, his anwer was right. youtube.com/watch?v=4w-jx…
Today I learned of Jia Jiang, a startup founder who set out to overcome his fear of rejection in "100 Days of Rejection." He forced himself to ask strangers for favors with high risk of a "no" such as: Ask to borrow $100; ask for a free "burger refill" at a restaurant. His odd requests sometimes got a "yes." nextshark.com/chinese-ent…
Babies may wake easily as a way to avoid oxygen deprivation and children with slower startle response reaction times are at a higher risk of SIDS parentingscience.com/baby…
Body piercings present a risk to people with heart problems, because of the risk of infection newswise.com/articles/ris…
Marmorated stink bugs hatch in unison, cued by a vibration at a specific frequency. This is advantageous, as hatched larvae will eat other unhatched larvae, so any slowpokes would risk being devoured by their new siblings if they did not all hatch at the same time. sciencedirect.com/science…
Quicksand combined with rising tides is a legitimate deadly risk at some beaches in the United Kingdom home.bt.com/lifestyle/tra…
You should wait 72 hours after it rains to swim in the ocean. Storm runoff that empties into the ocean carries increased levels of contaminants, like bacteria, fertilizers, and sewage. Swimming in the ocean too soon can increase your risk of various infections. caseagrant.ucsd.edu/news/…
Fat cells can sense sunlightβ€”not getting enough increases metabolic syndrome risk phys.org/news/2020-01-fat…
The number of men and women in the world is roughly equal, though men hold a slight lead, men (50.4%) women (49.6%). Males have a higher risk of dying than females, both in childhood and at adult ages. So at a certain age, the numbers of men and women even out. In France this occurs at age 25 ined.fr/en/everything_abo…
In 1900 Chicago built the Sanitary & Ship Canal to flush the city's sewage down the Mississippi. Missouri, fearing the health risk, began filing an injunction to halt the canal's opening. Chicago officials slipped onto the canal at dawn and blew open the temporary dam at its mouth with dynamite chicagolawyermagazine.com…
Stone‐age miniature obese female statuettes indicate the existence and cultural significance of obesity as long as 30,000 years ago. Health risks of obesity were noted by the physician Hippocrates (460–377 BCE), who wrote the earliest known anti‐obesity recommendations on diet and exercise. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
Today I learned about the Vajont Dam Disaster. In 1963 after reporting numerous warning signs about the the risks of a landslide some journalists were sued by the goverment for "undermining the social order". A landslide eventually occurred causing an overflow and killing between 1,900 and 2,500 people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaj…
There is a traditional Sardinian cheese, Casu Marzu. It contains live maggots which aid in its fermentation, and the Italian and EU governments have both tried to ban it due to the health risks of its consumption. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
For every year a woman breastfed it lowers her risk of breast cancer by 4.3% mdanderson.org/publicatio…
The first attempt to make an anti-Nazi film in America was Herman J Mankiewicz's "The Mad Dog of Europe" in 1933. The film floundered in early production and was ultimately never produced because no studio would risk being banned in Germany. telegraph.co.uk/history/w…
Jesse Owens was not only not acknowledged by Hitler, but also from his president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Only white Olympians were invited to the White House in 1936. Most likely, FDR did not want to risk losing the support of Southern Democrats by appearing overly soft on the race issue. britannica.com/story/was-…
A dog named Sundance (Sunny) was trained to go get a grocery list from his neighbor who is self-quarantining due to medical conditions that put her at high-risk such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and then he brings the groceries over to her front door every night. wmcactionnews5.com/2020/0…

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