After WWII Rod Serling (Creator of The Twilight Zone) made money testing military parachutes. On one occasion, he made $1,000 testing a jet ejection seat that had killed the previous three testers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
In 2011 a small team of Japanese Firefighters saved Tokyo from being uninhabitable for decades by bravely keeping spent fuel rods cooled and unexposed youtu.be/-3GzQ9kryx4?t=25…
Today I learned about Pierre Levegh, who attempted to drive the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1952 all by himself. He held a 4-lap lead after 23 hours, but over-revved his engine by breaking a connecting rod, causing him to lose his lead in the final hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
Today I learned about the ADE651 bomb detector device. Sold to over 20 countries including Β£52 million in sales to the Iraqi government. The device was a glorified dowsing rod. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADE…
Ex-England football star Paul Gascoigne tried to help save the fugitive murderer Raoul Moat by seeking him out in his dressing gown, with a fishing rod and a cooked chicken. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Today I learned of Phineas Gage, a railroad worker in 1848 who lived through an iron rod passing through his head, completely severing his frontal lobe. Gage may have been the first case to suggest the brains role in determining personality, and that damage to the brain could induce personality changes. britannica.com/biography/…
During WWII, in the Philippines, **Rod Serling** and his platoon were watching platoon member Melvin Levy deliver a comic monologue when a supply crate dropped from above and decapitated Levy. One version of the story has the two men posing for a picture when it happened. honorstates.org/index.php…
Today I learned of a bogus Deep Purple fronted by original Purple vocalist Rod Evans which toured North America in 1980 with shows often ending in riots. The real Deep Purple found out and placed an ad stating that none of them would be appearing. They sued and won and claim to have no knowledge of Evans since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
When Python Lee Jackson first released "In a Broken Dream", their single with Rod Stewart vocals, in 1970, the song failed to chart. But when they re-released the song in 1972, after Stewart became a star, the song reached #3 on the UK single chart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
The inspiration behind Crocodile Dundee, Rod Ansell, suffered a psychotic break due to amphetamines and went on a rampage, injuring two people and killing a policeman before being shot dead himself theguardian.com/world/199…
The Rod of Asclepius, a snake winding around a stick and international symbol of medicine, represents the treatment for the bloodworm Dracunculus. This worm travels through the blood and eats its way to the skin: treatment involves wrapping the worm around a wooden stick and pulling it out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
David Bowie wasn't first choice to play The Goblin King in Jim Henson's Labyrinth movie. Other artists considered for the role include Freddie Mercury, Rod Stewart and David Lee Roth. ultimateclassicrock.com/f…
When The Kinks were being formed, Rod Stewart was briefly considered as the group's singer, being a schoolmate of three of their members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Phineas Gage, (1823–1860) an American railroad construction foreman remembered for his improbable survival of an accident in which a large iron rod was driven completely through his head, destroying much of his brain's left frontal lobe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
The biggest concert ever was Rod Stewart concert in Rio with an audience of 4.2 million in 1994 guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Rod Stewart was charged with battery after he punched a guard on New Year's Eve 2019 when the guard didn't let a group of children from his family enter a private children's party. theguardian.com/music/202…
In the US the Rod of Asclepius, symbol of the deity associated with healing and medicine, is often confused with the staff of the god Hermes, the caduceus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
The song "The First Cut is the Deepest," covered by Sheryl Crow (#1 Billboard Adult Top 40) and Rod Stewart (#1 UK Singles Chart), was actually written in 1965 by Cat Stevens. He sold the song for Β£30. youtube.com/watch?v=aBccr…
When Consumer Reports tested a Renault 12 in 1972, the car had 34 defects, including a connecting rod breaking through the engine block, loosened flywheel bolts and the windshield wiper motor burning. The best car in the comparison, Toyota Corolla, had only 9 defects. curbsideclassic.com/blog/…
In bacteria names, the 1st word often indicates what the bacteria look like under a microscope. For e.g., Staphylococcus = a cluster of spherical bacteria, where Staph = cluster and Coccus = spherical shape, or Streptobacillus, where Strep = chained together and bacillus = rod shaped. courses.lumenlearning.com…
Many famous British artists, including Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones, left the UK in the early 70s to avoid an 83% tax on the top bracket of their income. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax…
The Church of Narazo in Northern Italy, loaded with thousands of pounds of gunpowder, exploded when struck by lightning in 1767. Over 3,000 were killed and 1/6th of the city destroyed. The lightning rod was invented in 1752, but churches often refused to install them. esdjournal.com/articles/f…
Rod Steward used to take cocaine anally, rather than risk destroying his nasal passages. nme.com/news/music/rod-st…
The 1961 western film One Eyed Jacks was originally meant to be directed by Stanley Kubrick from a script written by Rod Sterling and Sam Peckinpah, but studio disputes lead to Marlin Brando directing instead, and Sterling and Peckinpah going uncredited en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Rod Stewart has been working on a massive model railroad for the last 23 years. bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
Blind people may detect and respond to light if it is a kind of skyblue light at 481nm. "There is more to the eye than rods and cones β€” the discovery of a third photoreceptor is rewriting the visual rulebook." nature.com/news/2011/1101…
There's a 12-foot-tall replica of the Washington Monument hidden under a manhole on the grounds of the monument. Its purpose is that of a surveying tool that's usually just a metal rod, but because of the location this special version was installed. atlasobscura.com/places/w…
, while a 20 year old Rod Serling was serving in WWII, he saw his best friend killed by a falling crate of food. Seeing the unpredictability and irony of life and death, he would later use that experience to create, 'The Twilight Zone'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
From The Munsters, the "Munster Koach" was a hot rod built on a lengthened 1926 Ford Model T chassis with a custom hearse body. It was 18 feet long and cost almost $20,000 to build. The "Drag-u-la" was the combination of an illegally acquired coffin and a Ford Hot Rod. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Planet of the Apes was written by Twilightzone creator Rod Serling and Michael Wilson, who had been blacklisted from Hollywood for being a communist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
If you stroke metal rods you can make them sing. youtu.be/_Okhe0tmGZY
Bone Conduction is when sound moves to the inner ear through the bones of the skull. Ludwig van Beethoven used bone conduction after losing most of his hearing, by placing one end of a rod in his mouth and resting the other end on the rim of his piano. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
A British company sold 1500 magic bomb-detecting dowsing rods to Iraq in 2008 and 2009, for more than Β£50 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADE…
Gown, the band that plays during the final stunt in Hot Rod, is actually Queens of the Stone Age youtube.com/watch?v=9vzyh…
Beethoven overcame deafness by biting a metal rod attached to his piano to hear his work. It's called bone conduction, and can also be used to help divers talk and hear underwater, and is also used by elephants to communicate blog.medel.com/how-beetho…
The word "fascism" is derived from the ancient Roman word "fasces," which is a bundle of wooden rods that symbolises strength through unity. This symbol is still used widely today, including in the United States, with two appearing on the seal of the United States Senate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fas…
Roy Cleveland Sullivan, a park ranger at the Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, was struck by lightning on 7 different occasions, earning him an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records and the nickname "Human Lighting Rod." He survived all of them, and lived to 71. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
The Caduceus, a staff carried by the Greek god Hermes, became established as a common medical symbol in the United States despite having no connection to medicine. It is believed that this is due to the Surgeon General of the United States confusing the symbol with the Rod of Asclepius. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
Rust Doesn't cause Tetanus. Tetanus, or lockjaw, is a bacterial infection caused by Clostridium tetani, an extremely hardy rod-shaped bacterium found in animal digestive tracts and soil worldwide. Humans can be exposed to Clostridium tetani in a variety of non-rusty ways, such as animal bites. mcgill.ca/oss/article/did…
Rod Serling, best known as the narrator and creator of The Twilight Zone, is responsible for the iconic ending of the original Planet of The Apes(1968). Serling's script was ultimately rejected and revised, but the final version retained the Statue of Liberty scene. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
"Ancient Egyptian stonemasons" checked surface planarity with "boning rods, consisting of three rods and a string. Two rods of equal length are connected to each other at their tops by a string. The third rod, also of the same length, is used to move over the surface against the taut string." drmsh.com/PaleoBabble/Who…
Today I learned of Eratosthenes ( ~200 be), who calculated the Earth's circumference with remarkable accuracy at 25 000 miles, using a rod and a hole/well. Modern day measurement of the earth’s circumference is 24,859.734 mi at the Poles and 24,901.461 mi at the Equator. wikipedia.org/wiki/Eratos…
Today I learned of the Sniffex - a divining rod used to detect explosives. The Navy ran tests showing the device failing to detect two trucks hauling over 1000 lbs of explosives and concluded it didn't work. The military bought 8 anyway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sni…
Today I learned of Project Thor which explored using large projectiles from 1,000+ miles above the Earth. The "rods from god" idea was a bundle of telephone-pole-size tungsten rods, dropped from orbit, reaching up to 10 times the speed of sound. The explosion would be on par with a nuke - but no fallout. businessinsider.com/air-f…
Fascist, the extreme right-wing ideology big in 1930s & ’40s Europe, got its name from a Roman bundle of wooden rods or fasces. ancient.eu/Fasces/
The caduceus, the traditional symbol of Hermes which features two snakes winding around an often winged staff is often mistakenly used as a symbol of medicine. The Rod of Asclepius, featuring one snake around a rod is the correct symbol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
The music video for Rod Stewart's Young Turks, was the first video aired on MTV to feature breakdancing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
The ADE 651; an inert rod of metal with a plastic hinge, was sold as a bomb detector. It was used by the militaries of Iraq, Afghanistan and more than a dozen other countries for years before anyone noticed that it did nothing at all. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADE…
Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, wrote the first draft for Planet of the Apes. The Statue of Liberty at the end was his idea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
The movie Crocodile Dundee's character was loosely based on a man called Rod Ansell, who was lost in the outback for 56 days, sued Paul Hogan for not profiting from the film, lost his property, started growing weed, got hooked on meth and ended up dying in a drug fuelled police shootout. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
-That the symbol depicting a snake coiling around a rod found on ambulances represents the rod of Asclepius used by Asclepius the Greek God of medicine and doctors and is often confused with the Caduceus which depicts 2 snakes representing negotiation and commerce en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
The symbol of medicine often mistakenly referred to as a cadaceus is actually the Rod of Asclepius. The cadaceus is actually the traditional symbol of Hermes and is associated with eloquence, negotiation, alchemy, and wisdom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
Rod Stewart lifted the melody for "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" from Brazilian artist Jorge Ben's song "Taj Mahal". Stewart donated his royalties to UNICEF in response. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_…
Rod Stewart is a huge model railroading enthusiast and has enjoyed working on (train) models while backstage bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling's final project was Fantasy Park, a 1975 radio concert. It was a 48-hour long rock concert edited together from dozens of separate live acts, including The Beatles. Presented as an actual concert, stations reportedly received calls asking how to get to the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
USAF Project Thor (aka "Rods from God”) consisted of dropping telephone pole sized tungsten rods from space. This would provide global strike faster than an ICBM, be nearly impossible to defend against, and would hit the earth at Mach 10 causing the devastation of a tactical nuclear warhead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Most Muppets are left-handed because most Muppeteers are right-handed, so they operate the head with their favored hand, using their right hand to operate the head while operating the arm rod with their left hand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Terry Grosz, a fish and game warden that caught illegal fishers by waiting in the Eel river in a wetsuit and reeled himself in when the fisherman cast out their lines. After writing citations and confiscating their fishing rods, he went back into the river and swam away. thisamericanlife.org/radi…
Today I learned of the SL-1 Incident, the first nuclear reactor meltdown in the United States. When the reactor exploded, it pinned the body of Richard Legg (who was on top of the reactor adjusting control rods) to the ceiling 9 feet above, where he remained until retrieved by the Chemical Radiological Unit. timeline.com/arco-first-n…
A lava-like material called corium is created during a nuclear reactor meltdown, formed of the fuel, fission products, control rods, structural materials, and anything else it can absorb before cooling down en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, was so talkative that on a two hour car ride the rest of his family remained silent to see if Rod would notice their lack of participation. He did not, talking nonstop through the entire car ride. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
The first draft of β€œPlanet of the Apes” (1968) was written by Rod Serling himself, inspired by Twilight Zone S01E15 β€œI Shot an Arrow into the Air” with a very similar concept en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_S…
Today I learned about Roy Sullivan, the human lightning rod, who on seven different occasions was struck by lighting, and is the Guinness world record holder for being struck by lightning more times than any other person en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
The rumor Rod Stewart had to have his stomach pumped after "ingesting" too much semen, was spread by a disgruntled employee after being fired by Stewart. The rumor followed Stewart for decades and he finally dispelled it in his 2012 autobiography. snopes.com/music/artists/…
Rod Sterling (The Twilight Zone) wrote the screenplay for Planet of the Apes in 1968 metv.com/stories/rod-serl…
The first TV remote controls were called "clickers" and did not use batteries, they transmitted an ultrasound when the user clicked the button, striking a metal rod inside to send an audible signal to the TV youtube.com/watch?v=LOlBA…
'Rods from God' is a kinetic bombardment of tungsten rods that are dropped from a satellite and directed towards a target. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
The Washington Monument is capped with 100 ounces (2.83kg) of aluminium as a lightning rod, but also because aluminium was a rare and valuable metal at the time - as valuable as silver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
The caduceus symbol mistakenly used by many American medical companies is actually associated with thievery and commerce, the true medical symbol is the similar looking Rod of Asclepius. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
Today I learned of Phineas Gage, a man who had a large metal rod go completely through his head and destroy his brain’s left frontal lobe. Miraculously he survived, and was able to recover his social skills over time although people noted changes to his personality, behavior, and memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
During MTV's first day of broadcasting Rod Stewart was the most-played artist. The most popular songs were You Better You Bet (The Who), Just Between You and Me (April Wine) and In The Air Tonight (Phil Collins). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Caduceus is incorrectly used to symbolize 'medicine.' The caduceus actually represents 'commerce.' The correct symbol is called the Rod of Asclepius and has one snake instead of two. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Thriller was not written by Michael Jackson, but by Rod Temperton en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Today I learned of St. Elmos Fire. A phenomenon that happens when longhorn cow herds become lightning rods and electricity jumps around their horns causing much distress to bother the cows and the cowboys thewildwest.org/cowboys/w…
In 1988, Rod Laver Arena opened making the Australian Open the first Grand Slam to feature a retractable roof. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aus…
Early Zenith TV remotes changed channels by sound. When you push the button, a small hammer strikes an aluminum rod, triggering a sound above our hearing range that’s picked up by the TV. pushclicktouch.com/blog/?…
Writer/Creator of β€œThe Twilight Zone” Rod Serling would return to his hometown Binghamton, NY whenever possible to relive his boyhood and visit places he loved. A man trying to relive his boyhood is the plot of β€œWalking Distance”, the 5th episode of season 1 of Serling’s Twilight Zone. generalcode.com/submitted…
Singer Rod Stewart has eight children from five different women, and there is a 49-year age gap between his youngest and oldest child (ages 6 to 55). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
The clothing store 'Abercrombie and Fitch' was originally founded in 1892 and sold things like shotguns, fishing rods, and tents. wikipedia.org/wiki/Abercr…
The act of Kinetic Bombardment (firing large metal rods from a satellite into the Earth's surface at terminal velocity as a weapon) remains legal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Six people attempted to steal cobalt-60 rods from a chemical plant in the Chechen Republic. One of them died from radiation exposure thirty minutes after opening the containers for the rods and handling the contents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
Even though lightning often struck church steeples & killed bell ringers Ben Franklin’s newly invented lightning rod was roundly denounced as unholy. The popular belief at the time was that only the 'Almighty' could determine where lightning struck and that the rod was a violation of His will. humanistperspectives.org/…
Nuclear power is essentially steam power. The nuclear rods create steam which turns the turbine. nuclear-power.net/steam-g…
In Paris in 1778 lightning rods were the height of fashion, being included in hats, umbrellas and the like. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
The KISS song "Hard Luck Woman" was originally written for Rod Stewart en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In the late 1600s London was plagued by an attacker who would spank his victims with a rod and shout "Spanko!" before running away en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
There's what's called an anode rod inside of a water heater (gas or electric) that keeps the steel of the water heater lining from rusting, by being the thing that corrodes. aricoplumbing.com/waterhe…
Frogs and toads have the ability to see color even when it is so dark that humans are not able to see anything at all. They are unique in having rods with two different sensitivities. lunduniversity.lu.se/arti…
Today I learned of 'Project Thor': a terrifying weapon system that is shockingly simple - 6 m. Tungsten rods launched from near Earth orbit, invisible to radar, could strike anywhere on earth, impact speed of Mach 10, impact equal to a tactical nuclear bomb but with no explosives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
The usage of Caduceus instead of Rod of Asclepius as a symbol of a medical services in NA is just a result of a common mistake and documented failure in 19-20 century. They are still widely confused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
In the late 1600s London was plagued by an attacker who would spank his victims with a rod and shout "Spanko!" before running away en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Beethoven (nearly deaf) discovered bone conduction as a means to hear his piano by clenching a metal rod (attached to the piano) between his teeth. goldendance.co.jp/English…
There is a town in British Columbia called Houston and is home to the world's largest fly-fishing rod en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
Some Hiroshima survivors grew "black fingernails," which were strange rod-shaped fingernails that contained active blood vessels and bled profusely when they broke off. pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/out…
The concept weapon "Rods from God" could do the same damage as nuke with none of the fallout. popsci.com/military-aviat…
The photoreceptive rod and cone cells in our eyes fire signals during DARKNESS, not during light. This prevents random accidental firings from creating "static" (neuronal noise) in our vision when exposed to light, but causes a little "white noise" vision when our eyes are in total darkness en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Nose grease (nose sebum) has been used in to minimize scratches on optical surfaces, as a lubricant for fly fishing rod ferrules, and as a defoaming agent to shrink a beer's head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nas…
The safety system for the Chicago Pile, the first nuclear reactor, consisted of a man with an ax and a man with a bucket. In the case of a runaway reaction, one would cut a hemp rope attached to a control rod, and the other would throw a bucket of concentrated cadmium nitride over the pile en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
Today I learned of Terry Grosz, a Fish and Game warden, who swam a mile down a river in the dark in order to be reeled in by illegal fishers. After writing citations and confiscating their fishing rods, he swam back into the river. thisamericanlife.org/radi…

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