A British man developed anterograde amnesia after a root canal, so he can't remember anything for longer than 90 minutes and he can't make new memories. Also, he thinks it's the day of his root canal every time he wakes up which is why he must read a detailed note every morning. newser.com/story/209910/i…
Prehistoric evidence of burial has been found in both Homo heidelbergensis and Homo neanderthalensis, suggesting that the evolutionary roots of spirituality and belief in the afterlife pre-date modern humans. The earliest evidence of human burial has been dated to 100,000 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo…
Grafting tomato shoots onto tobacco roots in 2003, Rob Baur claimed to be the first to create tomacco, the addictive tomato tobacco hybrid conceived by the Simpsons in 1999. While the leaves had nicotine, the tomatoes did not. scientastica.com/0013toma…
Plant cells can have very high internal pressures. Root cells can be up to 0.6 MPa (90 psi), leaf cells up to 2 MPa (300 psi), and pollen tubes up to 21 MPa (3000 psi). This allows plant cells to rapidly grow as well as to be able to break through obstructions like asphalt and concrete. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Creed Bratton of The Office played guitar in the 1960s rock group The Grass Roots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
, The Anti-Work Movement is a philosophy that sees work as the cause of unhappiness, and should therefore be avoided. Although associated with anarchists and communists today, its roots can we traced back to the Ancient Greek Cynics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ref…
Redwoods, despite their incredible height, have shallow root systems. Their stability is due to the roots extending over 100 feet from the base and that they intertwine with roots of other redwoods. parks.ca.gov/?page_id=222…
Today I learned of "rootstocks", the practice of grafting parts of a plant on roots of another species or variety, usually with stronger roots and more adapted to the soil en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roo…
Saffron crocuses, the flower from which the most expensive spice by weight (saffron) is made, are all genetically identical sterile clones propagated by hand by dividing root corms. They do not occur in the wild. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saf…
A single American organization called ICANN currently controls the entire internet domain system at the root. ICANN controls every single top-level domain like .com, .org, .net, .io, and they charge an $185,000 β€œevaluation fee” for new top-level domain applications. wikipedia.org/wiki/ICANN
Today I learned of a 3800 year old estimate of the Square Root of 2, from Babylon. It is accurate to 6 decimals or 1/2,000,000, the greatest in the ancient world. This indicates that it was computed iteratively, instead of being a mere estimate. Numerically it's: 1 + 24/60 + 51/60^2 + 10/60^3. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YBC…
"fart" is one of the oldest words in the English language, and can be traced back to its Proto-Indo-European roots through its cognates in other European languages and Sanskrit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
Due to its isolated location, the Icelandic language has changed very little from its original roots. Modern Icelandics can still read texts written in the 10th Century with relative ease. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Today I learned that the term "Drinking the Kool Aid" has roots from the Jonestown massacre initiative lead by the cult leader Jim Jones youtu.be/UhpIMBIMJ-M
There is an episode of "Are You Being Served?" that has a blackface musical number at the end called "Roots?". Yes, it was named after the miniseries. totalobscurity.com/2008/0…
The name "Tiffany" comes from ancient Greece with religious roots and related to the word "Epiphany". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tif…
Cilantro is actually the leaves of the Coriander plant. Every part of this plant is edible. The roots of the Coriander plant have a stronger taste than the leaves. 3-21% of people say that Cilantro tastes like soap. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Paleontologists have named an extinct bandicoot from the Miocene of Australia after Crash Bandicoot as the main character from the Crash Bandicoot videogame series. They even left the name in unaltered form without attempting to return to Latin or Greek roots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Plant albinism exists and because of the lack of chlorophyll on their leaves they have to suck energy from the roots of neighboring plants making them essentially - vampires nationalgeographic.org/ar…
The word 'Galaxy' comes from the Greek word for Milk. When the Greeks looked up they though our galaxy looked milky and called our galaxy β€œgalaxias kyklos” or β€œmilky circle'' the root of the current name 'Milky Way'. gizmodo.com/how-the-milky…
Today I learned that trees are able to communicate with other trees through chemical, hormonal and slow-pulsing electrical signals, and can communicate through the air with pheromones and other scents. They will also help other struggling trees by sending them nutrients through their roots. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Trees that get blown over in storms can spring back up again, and people have been trapped under the root ball when this happens. abc.net.au/news/2019-03-2…
The words "charity", "cheer", and "cherish" all share the same root as "whore", from the Proto-Indo-European word for "dear; loved" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
Also a vast range of non-human animals (lemurs, goats, deers, monkeys) get high on purpose, mostly by using psychedelic mushrooms and roots. kahpi.net/high-kingdom-ps…
Snipe hunting is a real thing. Snipe are waterfowl that overwinter in marshes, bogs and wet meadows. They are notoriously difficult to hunt and the word "snipe" is the etymological root of the word "sniper" we use today. georgiawildlife.blog/2018…
Marvin Chomsky (Noam Chomsky's cousin) was one of the directors on Roots en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The root of the word "ruthless" the the verb "to rue" meaning β€œto feel sorrow or regret” word-detective.com/2010/1…
The name Woodchuck for groundhogs doesn't have anything to do with wood. It's thought to be a corruption of the Native American words wejack, woodshaw, or woodchoock. It may have its roots in the Algonquian (or perhaps Narragansett) name for the animal: wuchak. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Mandrakes are real. In one superstition, people who pull up the root will be condemned to hell. The mandrake root would scream as it was pulled from the ground, killing anyone who heard it. In the past, people tied the roots to animals and then used the animals to pull the roots from the soil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
, certain redwood trees are unable to produce chlorophyll, making them albino. They survive by obtaining sugar through the connections between its roots and those of neighboring normal redwood(s), usually the parent tree from whose base it has sprouted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Siquijor island's long-time reputation as a place of magic and sorcery both attracts and repulses visitors. It is famous for festivals that focus on healing rituals where incantations are sung while the old folks make potions out of herbs, roots, insects and tree barks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siq…
Creed from the show The Office is actually named Creed in real life and was a member of the 60's rock band The Grass Roots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
The word β€œDeli” is actually an abbreviation for delicatessen; which is a loanword from German, which gets its roots from French, which gets its roots from Italian, and which finally originated from a Latin word. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
Trees communicate with each other mainly through the use of underground networks made of fungi that grow around their roots. These networks are called mycorrhizal networks. Mycorrhizal networks connect individual plants (like trees) together into a communication network via their roots. get-green-now.com/how-do-…
The pollen of the cattail plant is a good source of protein that can be mixed with flour and used in baking. Young cattail shoots and roots can also be eaten. gardeningknowhow.com/orna…
To this day, Pasta's ethnic roots are still being debated. Many Experts claim that it was a dish that was enjoyed in pre-Roman Italy, while many claim that Marco Polo brought Pasta from China. Before 1270, the Muslim geographer al-Idrisi wrote of seeing pasta produced on Sicily. nationalgeographic.com/hi…
Today I learned of the Noonday Gun - a daily tradition, that has its roots in the grand ambitions and megalomania of the first Tai-pans of the Jardines-Matheson company en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noo…
Lab-grown meat has been made from living animal biopsies, fresh meat, cell banks, or feather roots & has been made from muscle, fat, or stem cells. Cells go into a vat of culture medium to proliferate into meat cell mush; patties & sausages have been created but fillets have not yet been made. theguardian.com/food/2020…
Today I learned of a parasitic fungus called cordyceps that infects ants. Once a spore finds a host it grows a network of roots inside, delivering chemicals that will eventually give the fungus full control of the ant, using the body to reach a suitable place to grow. It anchors down with its jaws, permanently. youtube.com/watch?v=vijGd…
The short-lived Dana Carvey Show had different sponsors each episode. As the ratings tanked, sponsors pulled out. The 1st episode was Taco Bell, the 4th was Diet Mug Root Beer, & the 6th was Szechuan Dynasty, a nearby Chinese restaurant. It was canceled after #7 (no sponsor) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Despite describing objects with completely opposing purposes, the words "dike" and "ditch" both come from the same root word. directdutch.com/2013/07/w…
Mountains have "roots" i.e. a part of the mountain that extends underground in order for the mountain to have isostatic equilibrium geolsoc.org.uk/Education-…
"pioneer" was originally a 16th century military rank, meaning people who advanced first into enemy territory to cut down forests, clear trails, make roads and bridges, etc., so the actual troops could march through after. Pioneer has the same French root as pawn or peon, meaning foot soldier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pio…
Today I learned about "lonely negatives," such as disgust, disheveled, inept and inert. These are words that, due to a prefix or suffix, appear as though they should have a positive root but none exists or it has vanished from usage. mentalfloss.com/article/4…
For over a century, locals in Meghalaya, India have been using trees to build root bridges, known locally as jing kieng jri. Taking 15 to 30 years to grow, they can span up to 250β€² above gorges and rivers and support up to 35 people at a time. nationalgeographic.com/tr…
COLLABORATIONISM does not carry the same positive connotation as its root word. It instead refers to the carrying out an act of treason; most commonly applicable to WW-II en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Sunflower (Helianthus tuberosus) root, also called Jersualem artichokes or Sunchokes, are native to North America. Native Americans were first to cultivate sunflower roots for food. Resists cold, drought, wind. The roots contain inulin, which is firmly established to decrease blood cholesterol. epdf.pub/biology-and-chem…
Today I learned about Toki Pona, a constructed minimalist language that consists of 125 words that describes essences of ideas. These root words are combined to form new words, reducing the complexity of concepts. It is said to be helpful to depression as it simplifies thoughts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tok…
Shakuntala Devi, also known as the human computer, gave the 23rd root of a 201 digit number in 50 seconds. The answer(546,372,891) was verified at the US Bureau of Standards by the UNIVAC 1101 computer, for which a special program had to be written to perform such a large calculation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
The US Postal Inspection Service is the oldest branch of law enforcement in the US. Tracing its roots to 1772 when Benjamin Franklin appointed a surveyor to audit mail delivery, it predates the US itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…

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