Before the British left New York City after the Revolution, they nailed the Union Jack to a greased flagpole as a final act of defiance. One American managed to scale the pole with nails and cleats and replace the flag with the Stars and Stripes. Reenacting the feat became a holiday celebration finance.yahoo.com/news/th…
The powder you see when you touch a moth is actually tiny scales, like on a fish or lizard. These scales give butterflies and moths their scientific name Lepidoptera (from the Greek Lepido = scale, and ptera = wing). essig.berkeley.edu/exhibi…
There is an exact scale replica of the Parthenon of Athens. Located in Nashville, the building was originally constructed of brick, plaster and wood slats in 1897 as part of an exhibition celebrating 100 years of Tennessee. In 1920, it was rebuilt with durable materials becoming an exact copy. trolleytours.com/nashvill…
The intensity of sound is measured in decibels (dB), the decibel scale is logarithmic. Basically a 40dB sound is not twice as loud as 20dB one, but a hundred times louder. Also one alarm clock ringing at 70dB, two alarm clocks ringing together don’t hit 140dB on scale but measure 73dB. salfordacoustics.co.uk/so…
In the 1930s, metallic paints were invented for cars. They were made with fish scales and it would take 40,000 herring to make a single kilo of paint. consumerreports.org/consu…
An entomologist called Justin Schmidt allowed plenty of venomus insects to sting him in order to record the pain intensity in what's called "Schmidt pain Scale". nhm.ac.uk/scroller-schmid…
Colorado researchers have 3D printed miniature Lego-style bone bricks that can heal broken bones. The blocks, which are the size of a flea, help regrowth and can be interlocked like toy bricks. They hope to scale the technology and use it to supply laboratory-made organs for human transplant. 3dprintingindustry.com/ne…
Creatures the size of Godzilla or King Kong cannot exist in real life. If you were to scale up an animal by 10x in each dimension, it would have 100x the muscle power, but 1000x the mass, likely crushing this creature to death. An animal this big would look very differnt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
Ford developed a project for a nuclear powered car in the 50s, although it was thought nuclear cars would soon replace gasoline cars it was never actually produced, only scale models exist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Today I learned of the Kardashev scale, a method to measure and compare a civilization's technological advancement. A type 1 civilization can use and control the energy of it's planet, a type 2 civilization controls and populates it's planetary system and a type 3 harnesses the energy of it's entire galaxy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Out of 30,000 known edible crops, only 170 crops are grown on a commercially significant scale today and just 3 staple crops (rice, wheat & maize) provide 40 % of our daily calories intake. fao.org/fao-stories/artic…
The Sweden Solar System is the world's largest scale model of the Solar System at a scale of 1:20 million. In Sweden, the Sun is represented by the Globe Arena in Stockholm which is the largest spherical building in the world and the planets are located in different locations of Sweden. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
Many countries including Spain, France, and Italy use β€œlong scale” numbers, which give completely different values to large numbers (e.g. billion means 10^12 instead of 10^9) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Simone Segouin was a French Resistance fighter in WWII that was only 18 when Germany invaded. She took part in large-scale missions, such as capturing German troops, derailing trains, and other acts of sabotage. And she is still alive and just celebrated her 95th birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
Today I learned, that there is a unit of measurement called the β€˜stubble scale,’ as you may of guessed, it measures how fast a man’s beard grows. The average man grows 5 nanometers of a beard a second, or 1 centimeter every 115 days. convertunits.com/info/bea…
We are currently in the Stelliferous Era, which in the grand scale of the universe is the age where stars are created throughout the universe. Eventually all stars will burn out, & we will enter the Black Hole Era followed by the Dark Era, where there is no longer any light in the universe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fut…
The Moment Magnitude Scale, is the authoritative scale for measuring large earthquakes. Despite the persistence of the name, the Richter Scale has not been used since the MMS was developed in the 1970's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mom…
Today I learned about "Middletown": a large-scale study documenting the huge change to daily life between 1890 and 1925 in an average American town (cars were considered scandalous) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
After the 1492 arrival of Columbus in the Americas the Spanish Empire expanded across the Caribbean Islands, half of South America, most of Central America and much of North America. Eventually the indigenous populations plummeted by 80%; arguably the first large-scale genocide in the modern era en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Today I learned of the Garn Scale, an informal test used to measure the severity of space sickness. It was named after senator and astronaut Jake Garn, who vomited so severely in space that he represents the maximum level of space sickness that anyone can ever attain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Saltwater crocodiles sometimes venture into open ocean, can travel hundreds of kilometers in a matter of days using ocean currents, and can spend so long in the ocean that barnacles begin to grow on their scales. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Today I learned of the "stability-instability paradox": as nuclear deterrence makes large-scale conflict between two powerful states unthinkable, it paradoxically increases the frequency of small-scale/proxy conflicts, as neither side fears the other will want to escalate a small conflict into a large one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Today I learned about a fight between clowns and firemen which blew up into a full scale riot and led to the entire Toronto police force losing their jobs torontoist.com/2013/09/ho…
The red pigment E120 or also known as Carmine that is used as a food dye and in cosmetics, especially the classic red lipstick - is made from crushed insects! From cochineal scales to be exact en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of the International Nuclear and radiological Event Scale (INES), a logarithmic scale with 7 distinct levels designed to communicate the extent of a nuclear accident. There have been only 2 level 7 events so far, the Chernobyl accident and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Alexandria (Egypt) came to be regarded as the capital of knowledge and learning, in part because of the Great Library. It was unprecedented due to the scope and scale. According to popular description, an inscription above the shelves read: "The place of the cure of the soul." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
In 1908 a 7.5 Richter scale earthquake killed 20,000 people in southern Italy. The US cargo ship β€˜Florida’ relocated 850 survivors of the earthquake to New York. On the way there the β€˜Florida’ collided with another ship instantly killing 3. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
In 1963 Barbie introduced a teenaged β€œbabysitter” Barbie which was sold with a doll-sized book titled "How To Lose Weight," and read β€œDon’t Eat.” Babysitter Barbie also came with a pink scale, with the weight permanently reading 110, 35 pounds less than a woman her height should weigh groovyhistory.com/barbie-…
The IQ classification scale in 1928 included the phrases β€˜Moron’ (50-74), β€˜Imbeciles’ (25-49) and β€˜Idiots’ (0-24). So calling someone an idiot is actually pretty insulting. scribd.com/document/35668…
Today I learned of the Schmidt sting pain index, where entomologist Justin Schmidt studied pain levels from 78 stinging insects on a scale of 0 to 4. He described the weak sting of a digger bee as "almost pleasant, a lover just bit your earlobe a little too hard." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Human teeth are not bones, but are more like scales instead bbc.com/news/uk-england-c…
"General MacArthur, as military governor of Japan in 1945, revived the practice of large-scale whaling to feed millions of Japanese who were on the verge of starvation after World War II." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
Today I learned of Tanzanian man Saniniu Laizer: a small-scale miner who found 3 rare Tanzanite gemstones which he sold to the government for 12.44 billion Tanzanian shillings. ($5.35 million USD). Laizer, who has 30 children, said it won't change his lifestyle of caring for his 2,000 cows. usatoday.com/story/news/w…
Over time diamond degrades to graphite as its atoms internally rearrange and relax to a lower energy state. However, at Earth's surface temperature, this process can take millions of years, which makes the phrase "diamonds are forever" a very good approximation to reality on a human time-scale. wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2013…
Godzilla was originally created as a metaphor for the the relationship between humans and nuclear weapons. Its skin is not based on reptile scales but the burn wounds found on the survivors of the Hiroshima bombing. youtube.com/watch?v=IGCTS…
If there was a scale model with a diameter of 130 km that represented our Galaxy, the Solar System would take just 2 millimeters en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
The world's largest film studio is Hengdian Studios, in China. Basically a city of permanent full-scale replicas of palaces, fortresses, and towns from various periods of China's history. Whole populations of nearby towns are often employed to be extras for period dramas & fantasy movies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
In Singapore, some ornamental fish traders perform cosmetic surgery on expensive fish, for owners who want the "perfect" fish. The surgery is performed with the fish under anaesthesia, and costs around 120 SGD ($90). Among the procedures: eyelifts, removing blemished scales, enlarging fins/tails channelnewsasia.com/news/…
In 2009 you had to be happy or else! Employees of Japan's Keihin Electric Express Railway faced morning smile checks, where they were subjected to software that analyzed their facial expression to produce a rating of their smile on a scale of zero to 100 japantoday.com/category/f…
Birds do not have lighter skeletons as an adaptation for flight. Skeletal mass to body mass scales almost identically in birds and mammals. The flight adaptation is that skeletal weight was simply redistributed from forelimbs to hindlimbs. jstor.org/stable/2459945?…
Out of 30,000 plant species, we only grow 170 on a commercially significant scale, and 40% of our daily calories come from three crops: wheat, rice and maize fao.org/fao-stories/artic…
There is a difference in the way different countries name powers of 10^3n past a million. The short scale refers to 10^9 as 1 billion, 10^12 as 1 trillion etc, while the long scale refer to 10^9 as a milliard, and use billion to refer to 10^12. Billiard refers to 10^15. languagesandnumbers.com/a…
Certain moths have "stealth technology", nanometre scales that warp the sound of the wing, slowing down its acoustic energy and in turn, reflecting less sound back to a bat's sonar. Moth-inspired soundproofing techniques could make materials β€œ10 times more efficient at absorbing sounds.” pnas.org/content/117/49/3…
Sir William Thomson, the 1st Baron Kelvin, in whose honour the scale for absolute temperatures is named, was Scots-Irish and was knighted by Queen Victoria not for his work in thermodynamics but for his work as an electrical engineer in the sphere electrical telegraphs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The red dye used in the flag that flew over Fort McHenry and inspired the Star Spangled banner was originally discovered by squeezing tiny parasitic scale creatures known as cochineal, known for habiting prickly pear cacti. Cochineal are now bred and cultivated for color and quality. smithsonianmag.com/innova…
The Sun is only 70 million years older than Earth. Dinosaurs lived 65 million years ago, but life started 3.5 billion years ago. On the time scale of life on earth the time between the Sun igniting and earth forming is quite small flexbooks.ck12.org/cbook/…
The Danish astronomer who demonstrated light has a speed, invented a precursor to the Fahrenheit scale, and invented the mercury thermometer... also ran the police force in Copenhagen and fired all the officers because morale was low. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Today I learned of Streets of Monaco, a proposed 155-metre yacht that would be fitted with scale models of Monaco's famous landmarks, including a karting track based on the Monaco F1 track. The price tag of the vessel is 1 billion euros. monacolife.net/pictures-s…
In the 1990s, Las Vegas wanted to revitalize its downtown area. There was a plan to build a full scale replica of the USS Enterprise, with a bar and restaurant on top. Casinos were willing to pay for it and the city was onboard; a Paramount executive said no fearing it would be a failure. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
Richter Scale is Logarithmic, An earthquake a size that scores 3.0 is ten times the amplitude of one that scores 2.0. The energy that is released increases by a factor of about 32. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…

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