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-…
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…
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…
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-…
"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-…
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…
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…
A 2014 U.S. study showed one hour of sleep during the daylight saving time raised the risk of having a heart attack the next week by 24%. By contrast, when β€œfalling back,” the extra hour of sleep made heart attacks risk fall 21% the next week. nbcnews.com/know-your-val…
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/…
A orchidectomy to check for cancer is completely unnecessary because the risk of a needle biopsy spreading cancer is completely theoretical and has never happened in the real word. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
For every year a woman breastfed it lowers her risk of breast cancer by 4.3% mdanderson.org/publicatio…
Titanium is used in the food industry as a coloring/brightener and has many more applications like sun screen, wall paint, and so on. It is used in Marshmallows and Pastry Icing as well. No downsides or risks have been found yet. foodinsight.org/what-is-t…
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…
Just one serving of processed meat per day increases risk of developing diabetes by 51% ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
You can "TAKE YOUR SECRET TO THE GRAVE" without dying. A hollow tombstone in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery has a slot for depositing papers bearing secrets. (But at your own risk: the artist who says she'll burn the papers has done "performance art" of reading aloud her own dead mom's diary.) atlasobscura.com/places/t…
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…
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…
There is a unit of risk called micromort, which is defined as one-in-a-million chance of death. 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…
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…
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-…
Diabetes increases the risk for foot ulcers and amputation. People with diabetes that have nerve damage in their feet and toes often don't notice minor cuts, sores, or blisters in these areas diabetes.ca/managing-my-d…
The July Effect is a perceived increase in the risk of medical errors and surgical complications that occurs in association with the time of year in which United States medical school graduates begin residencies. vox.com/2014/7/13/5893653…
The Apollo Missions (11 to 16), astronauts had trouble getting life insurance as no one would insure someone being in the high risk environment of Space, so they autographed some postal covers before they left Earth. On the chance they didn't come back, those items would be sold for money. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Angelina Jolie had a mastectomy due to having an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer. Her chance of developing breast cancer dropped from 87% to under 5% after the mastectomy. cnn.com/2013/05/14/showbi…
Poultry farming is associated with 9 times higher pancreatic cancer risk pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
The British government in the 1960s feared that their control of Gibraltar was at risk from monkey lesbianism. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/39…
In 1958 nuclear weapons were proposed as a tool for petroleum extraction. The plan was to detonate 100 nuclear bombs in the Alberta Oil Sands, thus adding heat and decreasing viscosity, the bitumen could then be easily pumped out. The project was put on hiatus due to risk of Soviet espionage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
A study shows that people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol have a ~20% lower risk of dying from heart disease when compared to those who don't drink. heartandstroke.ca/articlA…
Today I learned about "The Forgotten 500" U.S. airmen who were shot down during bombing raids into Romania. Serbian peasants hid the airmen, at considerable risk, while the men, living on goat’s milk, had to build a runway large enough to land C-47s, without any real tools or alerting Nazis, for their rescue. historynet.com/wwii-book-…
Research suggests that people who take long naps during the day or sleep 9 or more hours at night may have an increased risk of stroke. Long nappers and long sleepers were 85% more likely to have a stroke. Those with poor sleep quality were 29% more likely to have a stroke. ajmc.com/newsroom/long-mi…
In some cases it is better that a single product design dominates a market for a short period of time, regardless of relative quality (ex. iPod, Blu-Ray, VHS). "Dominant design" allows for relatively low-risk improvement of existing designs, increasing the rate of technological advancement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
The British soldiers responsible for the Boston Massacre were defended by future U.S. President John Adams. At the risk of his own reputation, and even though he disliked the British, he took the case, as he believed in the right to a fair defense and trial. history.com/topics/americ…
Researchers found increasing your daily coffee consumption lowers your risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 11%. Surprisingly, they also found cutting your coffee consumption by one cup can increase your Diabetes risk 17%. hsph.harvard.edu/news/pre…
Beloved WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle was responsible for military troops receiving higher pay when in combat. Pyle felt that ground troops were at equal risk as airmen and that 'flight pay' should extend to 'fight pay'. It became the Ernie Pyle bill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern…
Today I learned about β€˜death by misadventure’. In the UK this means a manner (not cause) of death attributed to risks undertaken voluntarily. Amy Winehouse is amongst the people who have died in this way. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Although it is often mentioned that the Cuban Missile Crisis happened without US provocation, one of the main reasons for the same was the deployment of nuclear tipped 'Jupiter' missiles in Turkey by USA. These missiles exposed western USSR, including Moscow & Leningrad, to nuclear risks. theatlantic.com/magazine/…
Negative probability exist and were discovered in 1942. Although highly criticized at first, they are now the bases of quantum mechanics and risk neutral probabilities in finance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neg…
Mammoth Ivory trade is almost totally unregulated and undocumented, this is not easily distinguishable from elephant ivory and thus there is tangible risk of illegal international trade in elephant ivory being being deliberately mislabeling as mammoth ivory. nationalgeographic.com.au…
Outside of the West Coast, the US government has identified Tennessee and Missouri as the most at risk for a catastrophic earthquake. A 2009 study predicted 7.2 million people displaced, 715k buildings damaged and 86k casualties. theatlantic.com/science/a…
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…
Not only is there no evidence that Saturated Fat is bad for you, it actually changes the LDL cholesterol into a benign subtype that is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. healthline.com/nutrition/…
According to Graham Nash, Jimi Hendrix was unbeatable at the game Risk, especially while on LSD. blog.siriusxm.com/graham-…
Under NACO(National AIDS control organisation) of india,they are providing free needles to drug abusers in order to avoid the needle sharing and subsequent risk of HIV transmission. naco.gov.in
It's impossible to die of skin suffocation. The filmmakers of the James Bond films believed it was a real risk. For Goldfinger, which features a scene of someone dying of skin suffocation due to being painted gold, they had a physician present and cleaned the person as quickly as possible. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Today I learned about Memphis' Martyrs Park, a city park built around a mass grave of the victims of the city's 1878 yellow fever epidemic and honoring the brave individuals who stayed behind despite great risk to care for the sick and bury the dead. roadsideamerica.com/story…
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) more than doubles a veteran's risk of death from any cause and is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. PTSD is more than a psychological disorder. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Today I learned about Premium Bonds issued by the UK, which functions as a low-risk lottery. The bonds don't accrue interest, but every month prizes up to Β£1 million are distributed to select winners after a drawing. Even if you don't win, the government will buy back the bond at the original price. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Flushing cat poop may pose a health risk. If a cat carries the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite can travel long distances in water and may not be eliminated in a citys sewage treatment system allowing it to reach the drinking supply. wusa9.com/article/news/ve…
Today I learned about Lt Gen Vasily Chuikov who took command of the defense of Stalingrad who put himself at the same level of risk as his soldiers and he was buried alive twice by German bombing and kept his HQ 200 meters from the German front line origins.osu.edu/milestone…
Salt mines are used for storage because of their lots of space, low humidity (45%), and low risk of fires. E.g. in Kansas. youtu.be/gI5qV-kvLeg?t=13…
Rabies victims develop an aversion to water because the virus reproduces in the salivary glands; drinking water would reduce the risk of spreading to new hosts. wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabies…
It's against the rules to play polo left-handed, since it leads to a serious injury risk. reference.com/article/spo…
There is a blind cave beetle named after Adolf Hitler, Anophthalmus hitleri. Nazi memorabilia collectors willing to pay up to Β£1200 for a specimen are putting it at risk of extinction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ano…
A micromort (from micro- and mortality) is a unit of risk defined as one-in-a-million chance of death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Kim Kardashian was paid to post a selfie on Instagram and Twitter advertising a pharmaceutical product. Sent to 42 million followers on Instagram and 32 million on Twitter, this illegal advertisement did not contain any risk information or language specifying that it was a paid endorsement. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Bringing pets to work can decrease the risk of having a burnout and that 86% of a company's employees which tested this premise experienced a decrease in overall stress. news.vcu.edu/article/Bene…
Rod Steward used to take cocaine anally, rather than risk destroying his nasal passages. nme.com/news/music/rod-st…
The risk of contracting an STI is higher for swingers than it is for female prostitutes reuters.com/article/us-se…
Nintendo pushed the term "videogame console" so people would stop calling competing products "Nintendos" and they wouldn't risk losing the valuable trademark. independent.co.uk/news/bu…
Lincoln repeatedly warned that British recognition of the Confederacy was tantamount to a declaration of war. Knowing a war would cut off vital shipments of American food, wreak havoc on the British merchant fleet, and cause the immediate loss of Canada, Britain was unwilling to risk a conflict en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dip…
Up until the 1970s it was common for people to use a Foot-o-scope to x-ray their feet when shopping for shoes. The practice was discontinued once the risks to radiation were fully realized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Brushing your teeth can significantly reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. heart.org/en/news/2018/11…
In the UK in 2018 the risk of fatality per motor vehicle mile was about one-tenth that during the 1970s bbc.com/news/uk-52461913
Imbuing N95 face masks with copper oxide particles significantly reduces the risk of transmission of the novel-type of flu viruses ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Tall people are at greater risk of cancer because they have more cells and for every 10cm of height within the typical range for humans the risk increases by about 10%. theguardian.com/science/2…
Chicago mobster Sam DeStefano loaned money at interest rates of 25% by week to very high-risk debtors such as drug addicts, in order to torture them in his cellar when they defaulted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Suicide prevention contracts were widely used by clinicians dealing with depressive patients asking them to sign contracts stating that they will either not act on or reach out for help when experiencing suicidal urges. They're now considered ineffective and may even increase risk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
For every mile traveled, motorcyclists have a risk of a fatal accident that is 35 times higher than a car driver. askadamskutner.com/motorc…
Southern California Edison is only now starting to replace bare power lines with insulated power lines in high wildfire risk areas. sce.com/safety/wildfire
There is little research evidence that suggests taking a full course of antibiotics decreases the risk of antibiotic resistance. On the contrary, research evidence suggests longer courses of antibiotics, increases the risk of antibiotic resistance. health.harvard.edu/blog/i…
In one 2003 estimate, a 68-year-old man who had smoked two packs per day for 50 years (100 pack-years) had a 15 percent risk of developing lung cancer in the next 10 years if he continued to smoke. This risk would drop to 10.8 percent if he quit smoking. verywellhealth.com/what-p…
Cannibalism puts you at risk for prion disease (similar to mad cow), particularly if you eat human brains and bone marrow. vocal.media/horror/what-d…
Today I learned of LeBron James' "Promise School" where at-risk students have 8 hour days, a longer school year and receive free meals, bikes, and tuition time.com/money/5354265/le…
Diclofenac is toxic to some birds and its use in livestock is linked to a drop in vulture populations, which causes a rise in feral dogs populations and an increased risk of rabies transmission en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
The carpet shark, native to the northern Australian coast, is a long, slender shark that tends to be creamy or brown with variously-sized dark spots. They forage for food in tidal pools and risk being stranded, but they can survive for an hour without oxygen or simply walk back to the ocean. floridamuseum.ufl.edu/dis…
Respiratory exposure to propylene glycol (vaping) disrupts molecular circadian rhythms and likely increases health risks in a similar fashion to working night shifts, or irregular shifts. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Cats aren’t actually β€œplaying” with their prey. What they are actually doing, is tiring them out so that they can bite the preys nape (back of neck) without risk of being bitten or injured themselves. metaphoricalplatypus.com/…
Despite movies and television, never put a raw steak or other raw meat on a black eye. The bacteria on raw meat poses a high risk of infection, and this method of treating a black eye has no scientific basis. aao.org/eye-health/diseas…
American space launches happen at Cape Canaveral with a flight path over the Atlantic Ocean to minimize risk of debris falling in populated areas. In the past, fuel tanks carried explosive charges in case a flight went off course towards land, an Air Force officer could "terminate" the flight. popularmechanics.com/spac…
Today I learned about "Intraplate Earthquakes" which refers to earthquakes that occur in places away from typical earthquake areas. This means that earthquakes could happen anywhere and puts cities and towns thought to be "earthquake safe zones" at a very high risk due to the unpreparedness for such events eos.org/research-spotligh…
Today I learned of the β€œCrazy Bastard Hypothesis” which states that young guys (vs girls) are disproportionately more involved in activities entailing a risk of injury or death bc those who are indifferent to the prospect of injury or death constitute dangerous adversaries – and valuable allies. universityworldnews.com/p…
Children who grew up with the lowest levels of "green space" (vegetation) have up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder. pnas.org/content/116/11/5…
The fear of dogs is known as Cynophobia and usually starts in early childhood. The 4 risk factors are direct, observational, or informational experience, & family history of mental illness/anxiety disorders. Kids repeatedly told a dog’s bite can cause rabies are at a higher risk of Cynophobia. psychtimes.com/cynophobia…
Scientists use TGEV pig virus as a surrogate for Coronovirus for experiments. It has no human infection risk but share the same physical structures (enveloped, positive-stranded RNA type viruses) ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Regularly drinking coffee reduces the risk of developing kidney stones. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Many parasites change the behavior of their intermediate hosts so that they can can move to a higher host. For ex. a protozoa makes rodents careless around cats, increasing their risk of predation and the parasite's chance of infecting a cat, its definitive host. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beh…
A study led by University of Pennsylvania psychologists found that β€œbrain training” apps such as Elevate, Luminosity and Peak have no influence on neural activity or choices during decision making or effects of cognitive training on measures of delay discounting or risk sensitivity engadget.com/2017/07/11/l…
Hydrogen sulfide, the gas that gives flatulence its repulsive smell, can help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer and help stave off dementia nypost.com/2017/10/27/sni…
A micromort is a unit of risk defined as one-in-a-million chance of death. Micromorts can be used to measure riskiness of various day-to-day activities en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Independent of lifestyle, men have a 2-5 greatest risk of heart disease. Sex differences account for nearly half the risk factor of cardiovascular death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Taking antioxidant supplements, eg Vitamin C, that mop up free-radicals may increase one's risk of cancer. Once thought to cause ageing and disease, the highly destructive free-radicals are in fact essential to our health, involved in cell signalling and used to tear apart foreign invaders bbc.com/future/article/20…
Today I learned about Yasuteru Yamada, a retired engineer who after watching the news coverage of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, organized a group of 200+ fellow retirees and volunteered to go to the site and assist in the cleanup so the younger generation didn't have to and risk exposure to radiation. af.reuters.com/article/en…
Non-stick pans produce fumes that are toxic to birds. Bird owner should never own non-stick pans due to the risks involved because if this. The compoubd compound that causes toxicity is commonly found in many other kitchen appliances and even Scotchgard as well. petcoach.co/article/teflo…
Bird strikes can be a biohazard / health risk to maintenance personnel due to the avian flu and there are guidelines for bio-safety issued by IATA (international Air Transport Association) and the WHO. iata.org/contentassets/f1…
Since the majority of Canadians live so close to the US, occasionally high risk pregnancies will be transferred to US hospitals, incidentally giving the newborn US citizenship en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…
A 2009 study found that the risk of sudden death during a marathon is 0.8 per 100,000 people, and that triathlons have a significantly higher risk of sudden death at 1.5 in 100,000. theweek.co.uk/health-scie…
Today I learned about Boatswain (1803-1808), Lord Byron's beloved Newfoundland dog. When he contracted rabies Byron personally nursed him despite the risk. After he died Byron wrote the poem "Epitaph to a Dog" in his honour. His wish to be buried with Boatswain was denied. The dog's tomb is larger than Byron's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epi…
In India, the police aren't allowed to handcuff prisoners unless they are at an extreme risk of escaping. The Supreme Court said that handcuffing is against the dignity of an unconvicted prisoner and thus violative of his fundamental rights. So Policemen holdhands instead. mynation.net/docs/handcuf…

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