King Leopold of Belgium had between 1-15 million Congolese people murdered while he exploited their area for rubber wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopol…
The term "tire", the rubber component of a vehicle's wheel, comes from the word "attire", from the idea that a wheel with a tire is a dressed wheel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tir…
In 1992, 28800 rubber duckys fell off a cargo ship in the middle of the ocean, and some of them even made it to Hawaii! (17000 miles away!) edition.cnn.com/2013/10/0…
Juicy Fruit gum has been produced since 1893. It used be plant based (chicle plant) but has been made from sythetic rubber since the 1960s. The flavor mix is a secret but one of the main ingredients is peach. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jui…
In 1992 when a container of yellow rubber ducks, fell into the Pacific Ocean, it allowed scientists to gain insight into a hidden world of ocean currents. Over the years, the ducks washed up on several different continents, revealing a worldwide network of currents, that had been invisible. bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti…
Rubber ducks naturally inspire water play that develops muscle strength and coordination. With their bright color, smooth texture, and (for some) squeaky or quacky sounds, rubber ducks sharpen toddlers’ senses wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubber…
New tires have little rubber hairs on them as a byproduct of the manufacturing process and that those hairs do not have any practical purpose or benefit for the tire. autoblog.com/2015/11/12/w…
Roots of a rubber tree species in India known as The Ficus Elastica are so strong that sometimes they join each other and create hanging bridges for locals to pass atlasobscura.com/places/r…
Coastal rubber boas are native to southwestern Canada and the northwestern US. They are considered the most docile of boa species and are often used to help people overcome their fear of snakes. There are no reports of rubber boas ever biting a human under any circumstance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
The rubber coating of the sonar dome of the USS Stein was attacked by a giant squid, the evidence of which points to a squid larger than any discovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Big name chewing gum is made up of rubber and plastics sciencefocus.com/science/…
Morton Thiokol, the company that made the o-rings that caused the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, began in 1926 when two chemists poured some chemicals into a sink. The chemicals formed a sticky mess they couldn't remove; a synthetic rubber they later called Thiokol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
Modern chewing gum is made from plastic and rubber youtube.com/watch?v=2kttV…
Today I learned of Le PΓ©tomane, a French farteur, who could suck water up from a pan into his rectum and project it up to several yards along with playing "La Marseillaise" on an ocarina through a rubber tube in his anus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
Today I learned about E.D. Morel, the shipping clerk who revealed Belgium's atrocities in the Congo. He noticed shipments of ammunition going to the Congo, and coming back with ivory and rubber. His superiors offered him a promotion in exchange for his silence. He refused, quit his job, and became a journalist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._…
FIFA 2001 and Gran Turismo 2 for the Playstation included "Scratch and Sniff" discs. When rubbed, the Gran Turismo disc would smell like rubber in a pit lane, and the FIFA 2001 disc would smell like a soccer field. vgfacts.com/game/granturi…
Today I learned of FordlΓ’ndia, Brazil. Henry Ford's ill-advised attempt to build his own city in the jungle in 1927 to harvest rubber trees. Resulting in catastrophic failure , shortly before the development of synthetic rubber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Houston Zoo passed off a rubber coral snake as a real one in 1984. chron.com/news/houston-te…
In 2008 a man at a ski resort in Italy stole a rubber padding used on a barrier to stop people at the bottom of a sledding hill. He used the padding to sled down the hill, hitt ing the barrier that he stole the from and died. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
The word "rubber" comes from latex's excellent ability to rub-off pencil marks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Vulcanizing rubber joins all the rubber molecules into one single humongous molecule. In other words, the sole of a sneaker is made up of a single molecule. pslc.ws/macrog/exp/rubber…
The β€œgum base” listed as an ingredient in most chewing gum is a mixture of synthetic rubbers and plastics. Depending on the type, this makes up between 15% and 30% of the gum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gum…
Henry Ford bought an area of Brazilian rainforest the size of Connecticut to build 'Fordlandia', the greatest rubber plantation known to man, where alcohol, women and football were banned. It produced almost no rubber, immediately descended into rioting and disease, and was abandoned en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
China blocked searches for "big yellow duck" because activists photoshopped Florentijn Hofman's Rubber Duck sculpture into the Tank Man photo rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.…
Hollow caltrops can be used to puncture self-sealing rubber tires. The hole in the center allows air to escape even if the other end of the tube is sealed by soft ground. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Today I learned about rubber duck debugging, where programmers work out problems in their code by explaining them out loud to a rubber duck client-server.com/blog/20…
Lloyd Groff Copeman, grandfather of singer Linda Ronstadt, was a famous inventor with almost 700 patents in his name including rubber ice cube trays and early versions of the microwave, electric stove, fridge and toaster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
The underbelly membrane of lobsters is the toughest material of all natural hydrogels, including collagen, animal skins, and natural rubber. The membrane is about as strong as industrial rubber composites, such as those used to make car tires, garden hoses, and conveyor belts. phys.org/news/2019-02-lob…
In 1970, the song "Rubber Duckie" sung by Ernie (Jim Henson) on Sesame Street peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart content.time.com/time/spe…
In 1992, shipping containers with around 28,000 rubber ducks were lost in the Pacific Ocean. Ducks are still being found today. npr.org/2011/03/29/134923…
The man who would be King of Italy had the monarchy not been abolished, shot and killed a man after his rubber dinghy was stolen. He was given a 6 month suspended sentence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vit…
Russia has a village called Electroisolator next to Moscow with a rubber glove on its flag and coat of arms ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0…
Today I learned about Rubber Hose cryptanalysis, where the person is repeatedly beaten with a rubber hose, until secret information is extracted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
Tyres are black coloured because of a chemical compound β€˜carbon black’ which is added to the rubber to increase strength and durability of the tyres. hugtheroads.com/why-are-t…
99% of all asphalt is recycled and used to fix and build roads over and over again. A variety of recycled materials are in that pavement - recycled roof shingles, ground rubber from tires, glass, foundry sand, slag and even pig manure. sustainablebusiness.com/i…
In 1900 a young clerk at a British shipping company observed a fortune in rubber returning from the Congo while only guns and manacles were being sent in return. He correctly deduced that these resources were being extracted from the population by force and campaigned to expose the abuses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._…
Rubber bullets were invented by the British Ministry of Defence for use against rioters in the Troubles in Northern Ireland, first used there in 1970 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
After the 1st take of the scene where a nude Brian (Graham Chapman) addresses the crowd from his window, Terry Jones pulled Chapman aside and said "We can see that you're not Jewish", referring to Chapman being uncircumcised. This was fixed in subsequent takes with the use of a rubber band. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Why some microphones have those X's on 4 sides. It's a truss to attach elastic or rubber bands to the mic, isolating the mic from the mic stand. youtu.be/n3P15ggj0Jc
An indigenous Mexican woman from the Tarahumara community won a 50km race featuring 500 runners from 12 countries while wearing a skirt and sandals made from tyre rubber bbc.com/news/world-latin-…
The ball in an old-school ball mouse is not hard rubber, but a metal ball coated in rubber. youtu.be/bGgec3N_sAs
Natural latex rubber occurs in plants other than the rubber tree. youtube.com/watch?v=VqgH5…
Queen Elizabeth has a rubber duck with an inflatable crown in her bath at Buckingham Palace and keeps a Big Mouth Billy Bass on her piano at the summer Balmoral retreat in Scotland. news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/h…
In 2008 a man at a ski resort in Italy stole a rubber padding used on a barrier to stop people at the bottom of a sledding hill. He used the padding to sled down the hill, hitting the barrier that he stole the padding from and died. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Cocoa House in Ibadan, Nigeria, was once the tallest building in tropical Africa. It was built in 1965 from proceeds from commodities (e.g., Cocoa, Rubber, Timber and so on) of the then Western State of Nigeria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
Today I learned of the "Rubber Duck Debugging" used in Software Engineering that makes the programmer tell his code line by line to a rubber duck in hopes of finding a bug. thoughtfulcode.com/rubber…
Today I learned of a form of debugging called rubber duck debugging, where you debug code by explaining it. The name is in reference to the book "The Pragmatic Programmer" where a programmer would debug code by explaining it, word by word, to his rubber duck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
The first whitewall tires looked the way they did because zinc oxide, a pure white substance, was added to natural rubber to increase traction, but carbon black was added to the tread to improve endurance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
In Congo Free State, ruled by King Leopold II of Belgium, severed hands became a sort of currency, used when the rubber quotas weren't reached. The Force Publique soldiers were paid on the basis of how many hands they collected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atr…
The silicone or rubber part of the earphone that is inserted into the ear is called an β€œearbud sleeve”. crutchfield.com/S-mI7i1dt…
Today I learned about FordlΓ’ndia, a town in Brazil. The place was founded by Henry Ford in 1928 as a town meant to be occupied by 100,000 people. This was to secure a source of rubber for the company's cars. The project failed after a revolt occured among the workers. FordlΓ’ndia is now a village. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
In 1880, Hiram Codd, the inventor of the carbonated drink bottle with a cinched neck, a marble and a rubber washer, instigated the idea of a bottle exchange in London. Agents charged a small fee on each bottle for providing this service (one penny per each 144 bottles). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hir…
The intended use of Rubber Bullets is to fire at the ground so that the round bounces up and hits the target on the legs, causing pain but not injury. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
In 1992, a shipping container filled with 28,000 rubber duckies was lost at sea. To this day, they're still being found around the world. mnn.com/earth-matters/wil…
Rubber bands were technically invented in the 1840s, but nobody saw any use for them until 1923 when Wm Spencer of Alliance, Ohio realized they would make a great office supply; his company Alliance Rubber remains the #1 rubber band manufacturer in the world, (7K tons of rubber bands/year). gizmodo.com/a-brief-histo…
In the early 60s, singles were more important to most musicians than albums. It wasn't until the Beatles released Rubber Soul that focus shifted to making albums without filler tracks that were the product of an artistic vision. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
Today I learned of the US Army's 23rd HQ Special Troops, who during WWII faked out the Germans using things like rubber tanks and planes, fake radio transmissions, and giant speakers playing audio of military activities, right down to COs swearing at their troops. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The Indian village of Meghalaya, the wettest place on Earth, has trained branches of rubber trees to create natural bridges over rainy valleys. theatlantic.com/photo/201…
The guitarist Buckethead uses a rubber hand-puppet to communicate during interviews because he claims β€œI don’t talk so good'. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
The general manager of a R Woolf rubber factory in Hayes, West London had served with Sikhs in World War II and recruited them post-war - attracting Punjabis to Southall as it was the only affordable area to rent around, setting the ground for the largest Punjabi community outside India. theguardian.com/cities/20…
The Song β€œRubber Duckie” by Ernie from Sesame Street, reached #16 on the Billboard charts in September of 1970. billboard.com/charts/hot-…
I learned that 21% of East Asians, 17% of Caucasians, and 14% of people of African descent find the taste o cilantro/coriander/coentro disgusting, comparing it to soap, rotten and burnt rubber huffpostbrasil.com/entry/…
Henry Ford bought land in Brazil and created an American town of 10,000 workers called FordlΓ’ndia. It had typical American houses, a hospital, a school, etc. He wanted to use the town to lower the cost of rubber for his company’s tires. The town failed due to strict rules, and was abandoned. wikipedia.org/wiki/Fordla…
The Michelin Man's 'real' name is Bibendum, and the reason he's white is because he was created before carbon was added as a preservative and a strengthener to the basic rubber material. Before 1912, tyres were a gray-white or light and translucent-beige colour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The slang term for a detective - a β€œgum shoe” originated as a term for gum-rubber, used at the bottom of shoes which helped walk more quietly, fantastic for catching thieves. word-detective.com/030299…
In 1992, 28000 rubber ducks fell off a shipping container in the Pacific and revolutionized our understanding of ocean circulation columbiatribune.com/edito…
Dr. John Fryer of Philadelphia appeared at the 1972 APA convention wearing a rubber mask to deliver a speech about the hardships of being a psychiatrist and gay. His speech was vital to getting homosexuality off the list of mental disorders. sdgln.com/causes/2016/10/…
The Germans and Russians tried to use Russian dandelion as an alternative source of natural rubber in the 1930s and '40s with limited success. In 2013, the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany developed a cultivar that appears suitable for commercial production. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Chewing gum is a synthetic rubber - polyisobutylene - and can be recycled into things like shoes, coffee mugs, pencils and rulers. youtu.be/pIHvFMsSYYM
George Harrison considered Rubber Soul as his favourite Beatles-album. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Belgian Colonists cut the hands of children if villages did not meet Rubber Quotas in Congo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
In 1992 nearly 30,000 rubber ducks and others animals were lost at sea. Oceanographers tracked their progress over several years and continents, using them to test ocean current models. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
The 1st overall draft pick in the inaugural NFL draft ultimately decided not to play in the NFL, rejecting offers from two teams, to ultimately work for a rubber company en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay…
The early computer mouseβ€”the kind with a trackballβ€”was patented in 1947. The prototype used a metal ball rolling on two rubber-coated wheels was ever built, and the device was kept as a military secret. wikipedia.org/wiki/Comput…
Household rubber gloves and boots are NOT good electrical insulators. machinedesign.com/blog/6-…
Airports have to clean their runways of rubber because so much accumulated from the landings that if they didn’t, it would be way too slippery for landings & takeoffs sun-sentinel.com/local/br…
In 2000 Rage Against the Machine performed a free concert outside the Democratic Convention in protest of the two party system. It was controversially dispersed with rubber bullets and tear gas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Single and double hand/arm/leg amputees are allowed to pilot airliners, and that the additional equipment they need is rubber bands, clamps or remote controls bbc.com/news/magazine-287…
A solid glass or steel ball will bounce higher than a ball made of rubber sciencenotes.org/why-a-gl…
Michel Lotito, also known as Mr Eat-All, is known for eating non-food items such as rubber and metal. He has eaten bicycles, shopping carts and televisions, among other items. His crowning "achievement" was to eat a Cessna 150 airplane over a 2 year period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Ozzy Osbourne didn't know that the bat which head he bit off during a concert was real, he thought it was a rubber toy telegraph.co.uk/culture/b…
Dana Air Flight 992 crashed into buildings in Lagos while attempting an emergency landing, killing all 153 passengers. Crowds attempted to bring hoses to the site while soldiers dispersed onlookers with punches and rubber whips. The onlookers then threw stones at the soldiers in retaliation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
The Challengers failure was traced to a tiny rubber part called an O-ring that could not function in freezing conditions and a lack of communication regarding it. Reducing the flights success approximation by 1,000 times. history.com/news/how-the-…
A hardened steel ball will bounce higher than a rubber ball of the same size when dropped from the same height onto a hard surface. blog.discoveryeducation.c…
Twins separated at birth, one raised by a German Catholic Nazi family and the other by a Jewish family in Trinidad, both as adults flushed the toilet before and after going, enjoyed sneezing in elevators to startle people, dipped buttered toast in coffee, and wore rubber bands on their wrists. ted.com/talks/steven_pink…
Today I learned about a Disney gas mask for kids, produced in 1942 by the Sun Rubber Company in response to the bombing at Pearl Harbor. gizmodo.com/somehow-this-…
During filming Lawrence of Arabia, Peter O'Toole added foam rubber to his camel saddle to increase comfort. This eventually spread across the Middle East and O'Toole was called the "Father of Rubber" npr.org/2013/12/16/251610…
You cannot melt vulcanized rubber. sciencing.com/melt-rubber…
The Koosh Ball, the non-bouncing rubber ball once described as a "cross between a porcupine and a bowl of Jell-O", was invented because some kids were not good at playing catch. Its invention is chronicled in the book, The Secret History of Balls. mentalfloss.com/article.p…
Chiclets gets its name from chicle, a gum harvested from Mesoamerican trees. It was introduced to the USA by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna while he was living in exile in Staten Island, as a substitute for rubber. uh.edu/engines/epi963.htm
Before the Columbian Exchange, there were no oranges in Florida, no bananas in Ecuador, no potatoes in Ireland, no coffee in Colombia, no pineapples in Hawaii, no rubber trees in Africa, no chili peppers in Thailand, no tomatoes in Italy, and no chocolate in Switzerland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
A woman shot lightning out her butthole after it went in through her mouth but rubber shoes prevented it exiting through her feet news.com.au/lifestyle/rea…
Goldenrod flowers were considered a weed in the United States until the 1980s. They're made of as much as 12% rubber. Thomas Edison experimented to grow a 12 foot Goldenrod. His friend Henry Ford gifted him a model T made with Goldenrod tires. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Car tires are black because one manufacturer wanted "more distinguished looking" tires and had carbon black added to the white rubber; the result lasted 4-5 times as long bntraaca.org/index.php/mi…
In 1839, Charles Goodyear discovered vulcanization when he accidentally dropped some India rubber mixed with sulfur on a hot stove. Although his invention made millions for others, they were infringed upon and at his death he left debts of some $200,000. britannica.com/biography/…
The keyboard solo in The Beatle’s In My Life from their β€˜65 album, Rubber Soul, was played by George Martin an octave down and at half speed, giving it that amazingly virtuosic feel. Apparently even he couldn’t pull it off at the song’s actual tempo. classicfm.com/discover-mu…
Before rubber, people used to use fish bladders and sheep intestines as condoms gizmodo.com/5923695/from-…
A NASA scientist conducted a tongue-in-cheek experiment to see what animals drivers are more likely to hit, he placed rubber fakes on the side of the road and found that 6% of drivers intentionally swerve to hit them, tarantulas being hit the most. livescience.com/21836-roa…
Ancient Mesoamericans discovered how to produce rubber around 1600BCE, more than 3000 years before Charles Goodyear invented vulcanization. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
The Apollo Spacesuit's soft garments were made by the International Latex Corporation. Who, prior to winning the contract, made latex and rubber underwear for Women en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ILC…

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