There are only 4 authentic Thai pavilions built outside of Thailand. One being in Madison Wisconsin. It was a gift to the University of Wisconsin-Madison from the Thai government for the large Thai student population. The pavilion does not contain any screws or nails of any kind. olbrich.org/gardens/thai.…
Today I learned about JIS-spec screws, which look an awful lot like Phillips-head screws, but the tools are not always interchangeable and can cause mechanics tremendous frustration. motorcycle.com/ask-mo-any…
Light bulbs in the New York City subway system screw in "backwards" (i.e. with left-handed threads) so people won't steal them to use at home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edi…
Today I learned about the art piece "Machine with Concrete" by Arthur Ganson. It's a series of gears and screws driven at 200RPM that end in a final gear embedded in concrete. At that speed it will take over 2 trillion years for the final gear to turn once. makezine.com/2012/04/25/a…
The difference between a bolt or a screw is whether there is a nut used or not. A fastener can be a screw in one application and a bolt in another, if it uses a nut. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bol…
While waiting for his audition for 'The Office', John Krasinski was telling someone about how he was worried the producers were going to screw the show up because of how great the British version is. The person he was talking to was Greg Daniels, the shows executive producer. hellogiggles.com/reviews-…
Phillips screws and screwdrivers should be called Thompsons. They were invented by John P. Thompson, who couldn't find a manufacturer and so sold the design to businessman Henry F. Phillips. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of the Olds Elevator, which looks like a normal Archimedes screw elevator but rotates the casing instead of the shaft. youtube.com/watch?v=-fu03…
Not all cross head screws are Philips heads. There is another standard called JIS that was meant to prevent the screwdriver from jumping out and rounding the screw. rtstools.com/jis-vs-phill…
Researchers reported duplicating the glue that the sandcastle worms secrete and use to stick sand grains together underwater. They believe the glue to have applications as a biocompatible medical adhesive, for instance to repair shattered bones. For bone repair, it can replace pins and screws en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phr…
Today I learned about a man with bones so hard he had several failed hip replacements because they couldn't screw the prosthesis into his bone the-scientist.com/noteboo…
DJ Screw and several other rappers whose music brought purple drank to national attention died from overdoses of it. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The most sophisticated bomb ever encountered by the FBI destroyed Harvey's Wagon Wheel casino in Lake Tahoe in 1980. The device included 28 toggle switches , a float switch, tilt sensor, sensors and spring switches casing screws and joints, and a few surprises. damninteresting.com/the-z…
After begin asked by the Ottoman Empire's Sultan to surrender, the Cossacks sent an extremly vulgar letter with insults such as: "he devil shits, and your army eats", "slay a hedgehog with your naked arse", "screw thine own mother", "the crick in our dick" and "kiss our arse!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
Chicago was raised over 4 ft with screw jacks in the 19th century in order to install the first sewer system in the US. factually.gizmodo.com/chi…
The most sophisticated bomb ever encountered by the FBI destroyed Harvey's Wagon Wheel casino in Lake Tahoe in 1980. The device included 28 toggle switches , a float switch, tilt sensor, sensors and spring switches casing screws and joints, and a few surprises. damninteresting.com/the-z…
Screwdrivers "popping out" of Phillips-head screws is an intentional design goal of the Phillips-head shape, to prevent thread damage during automated manufacturing. The design remains popular even though improvements to automatic screwdrivers have largely eliminated its benefits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
When the movie Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf was released in 1962, the level of profanity was unheard of for the time, and caused a controversy. The movie included language such as "goddamn" and "up yours", although "screw you" was removed before release for being too controversial. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
Freddie Mercury released a solo album in 1985 that was dedicated "to my cat Jerryβ€”also Tom, Oscar and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universeβ€”screw everybody else" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
The Mac startup sound is based on a sound heard in the Beatles song A Day in the Life, as a "screw you" to Beatles' record label Apple Records whose lawyers had rigidly enforced a contract forbidding Apple from doing "anything with music" so customers wouldn't confuse the two companies 20k.org/episodes/letitbee…
Hollywood Studios used to own and exploit their actors as part of the 'Star System'. They would create public personas to serve their movie characters, often changing their names. They groomed them with acting, dancing and singing lessons, and often paid hush money to hid screw ups. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
In 1985 Freddy Mercury release an album dedicated to his cats, with liner notes: "..to my cat Jerry - also Tom, Oscar and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe - screw everybody else!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
In 1978, then-NBA center Clifford Ray saved a dolphin's life by using his 45 inch reach to grab a screw the dolphin had swallowed. He received instruction over the phone from a veterinarian, who told him how to reach up and into the dolphin's second stomach to extract the screw. blog.sfgate.com/parenting…
Originally, Monopoly was invented in 1903 to expose the unfairness of a social system where a small minority screw the majority of tenants. youtu.be/4Xx_5PuLIzc
P.L. Robertson invented a new improved square screw head and turned down exclusive license to Henry Ford to use in the Model T car. Henry Ford later turned to Henry F. Phillips, who came up with an alternative cross design. Unlike Robertson, Phillips was more interested in licensing his design. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._…
The most sophisticated bomb ever encountered by the FBI destroyed Harvey's Wagon Wheel casino in Lake Tahoe in 1980. The device included 28 toggle switches , a float switch, tilt sensor, sensors and spring switches casing screws and joints, and more damninteresting.com/the-z…
There is a unique screw fastener type in Canada called a Robertson robertsonscrew.com/
The verb 'bork', which usually means 'to screw something up', comes from Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork. Congress rejected his nomination, and later, Floryne Kennedy said about new nominee Clarence Thomas, "We're going to Bork him. We're going to kill him politically." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned of the 1850's Raising of Chicago. Buildings and whole streets were raised nearly 2 meters with screw jacks to allow the installation of a sewage system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
In the 1850s and 1860s, engineers used screws to raise the entire city of Chicago several feet high in order to install the first modern sewer system users.ox.ac.uk/~sedm1912/…
The metal lightbulb socket used in the US is named the "Edison Screw" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edi…
At 2:58 in the Hey Jude, you can hear 'fucking hell' as Paul McCartney screws up on the piano. The band thought it was funny enough to leave in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey…
There are six basic simple machines: the lever, the wheel and axle, the inclined plane, the pulley, the wedge, and the screw. idahoptv.org/sciencetrek/…
Napoleon Dynamite screws up movie recommendation algorithms nytimes.com/2008/11/23/ma…
Russians manufactured an offroad vehicle which used screw drive instead of wheels or tracks. autoevolution.com/news/zi…
The first screw propeller-driven steamship was named the SS Archimedes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Mark Mothersbaugh (of DEVO) incorporated the phrase "We smell sausage" into many of his works (including the Rugrats theme) to screw with conspiracy theorists youtu.be/-izS9AG2C3Q?t=1m…
The little gaps perpendicular to the screw threads on plastic bottles are there for a reason - to allow gas to escape when you open the bottle so that it doesn't POP like a champagne bottle. 3:00 in on the video. youtube.com/watch?v=KL6k_…
Philips screws were designed so the screwdriver slips out to prevent over-tightening en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
The Robertson head screw is primarily only used in Canada. theglobeandmail.com/arts/…
Many legal drugs for things like ADHD can screw up your life just as much as illicit drugs. erowid.org/experiences/ex…
The Phillips screw driver was actually invented by a person named Thompson. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Freddie Mercury's album "Mr Bad Guy" was dedicated "to my cat Jerry- also Tom, Oscar and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe- screw everybody else" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
The guy who Kanye hit in his 2002 car crash was left with 'a totaled car, broken pelvis, two broken legs, broken knees and a shattered ankle that required more than ten screws to fix' and that Kanye changed his story 2 months later and blamed that guy for cutting him off www1.hiphopdx.com/m/index…
The original predecessor for the helicopter was the Aerial Screw. It was invented by Leonardo and was 15 feet wide made of linen and reed. It is thought to have been too heavy to actually take flight. da-vinci-inventions.com/a…
There's an excellent chance that herpes could be curable (and half of us have it) but there's no funding for the research out there - guess treatment is more profitable than a cure. Here's a petition I found. Screw this B.S. health.change.org/petitio…
Trivago Guy Tim Williams looked super sloppy in that first ad back in 2013 because he couldn't shave as it would screw up continuity for a TV show he was a regular on and wardrobe didn't have any belts that fit the loops on his jeans abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
On September 3, 1967 Sweden said "Screw it, let's drive on the other side of the road." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dag…
Screwfix is the name of one of the UK's biggest hardware, tools and accessories store. It's first mail order catalogue in consisted of a single page devoted solely to screws. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
Ducks have 10 inch cork screw penises that fall off at the end of the year wired.com/2010/08/duck-pe…
There is a style of fastener called a sex bolt that is threaded internally so a screw can go inside of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
In the early 90s, a Chilean stockbroker, Juan Pablo Davila, accidentally lost $30 million, selling stock instead of buying. He tried to recoup the losses, but ended up losing $176 million more. He lost his job, got 3 years of jail for defraudation, and inspired the verb "davilar" (to screw up). telegraph.co.uk/business/…
Century old Japanese temples were made without any nails or screws instead they were constructed with interlocking pieces like a puzzle. m.youtube.com/watch?v=770…
The 'SS' prefix in a ship's name refers to 'Screw Steamer', a propeller-driven steamship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Phillips screws are deliberately made to cam out (slip) when the screw stalls, explaining why they slip so often. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There is a term for when the screwdriver slips out of a screw when it gets too tight en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
DJ Screw was able to play works of art like Etude in C major by Chopin flawlessly, by ear en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ_…
Ellis S. Chesbrough lifted the entire city of Chicago with jack-screws to build the sewer system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell…
Pianist can place objects on the strings or in between strings to create an entirely different sound, called a prepared piano. Objects used can range from ping pong balls and tambourines to bread clips and brass screws. youtube.com/watch?v=43Z4y…
Beats headphones were created by Monster Cable, Dre/Jimmy were brought in to market them but leveraged their trust to screw them. androidauthority.com/mons…
Today I learned of a gas powered engine that is built of nothing but wood. No metal, screws, nuts or nails and held together with wooden pegs and actually runs. gasenginemagazine.com/gas…
A 'cow magnet' is a magnet that is placed in a cows stomach to collect all the metallic items they accidently eat like nails, screws and coins. stevespanglerscience.com/…
George Washington's teeth were made of hippopotamus ivory, lead, human teeth, bone, brass screws, and gold metal wire. mountvernon.org/digital-e…
Apple Inc. uses their own tamper resistant screws called the "pentalobular security screw" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
The phrase "screw the pooch” popularized in "The Right Stuff" is attributed to John Rawlings, a NASA space suit designer. It is said to have been coined by his college friend Jack May who softened β€œyou are fucking the dog” in reference to John Rawlings procrastinating on a school project. slate.com/blogs/lexicon_v…
There's an artist that makes 3D portraits using drywall screws boredpanda.com/3d-screw-p…
The Pratfall effect explains why people like talented individuals who screw up. psych2go.net/pratfall-eff…
On September 11, 1973 the US violently overthrew Salvador Allende's democratic government. The new government eventually murdered thousands of political opponents. The Nixon administration's goal was to kill the β€œvirus” that might encourage all those β€œforeigners [who] are out to screw us” mobile.salon.com/2011/09/…
Uranium screws are special types of screws used to construct nuclear weapons. explainxkcd.com/wiki/inde…
A tip to remove a stripped screw: Try a rubber band apartmenttherapy.com/la/h…
In the year 2038, millions of applications around the world are expected to screw up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
Philips screws were intentionally designed to cause your screw driver to jump out of the head of the screw. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Paul Gorrell of Burlington, IA built a running 1 cylinder gas engine...made out of all wood. No metal screws, nuts or nails, it's held together with wooden pegs. All parts lubed with extra virgin olive oil and has a wooden gas tank as well along with a flint stone ignition. farmshow.com/view_article…
The screwdriver was invented centuries after the screw. The screw was invented around the 3rd century BC, while the screwdriver was invented during the Middle Ages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
Charles Fraser-Smith, the inspiration for Bond's Q, used a left-hand thread on hidden document screw-top containers because the "unswerving logic of the German mind" would never think of anything but righty-tighty lefty-loosey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
There are at least 27 different kinds of screws I've never seen before neatorama.com/2009/01/04/…
A Dr. Who porn parody exists called "Dr. Screw", and apparently their TARDIS is a porta-potty. youtube.com/watch?feature…
Foxconn is a mammoth company, making approximately 1/2 of all consumer electronic products sold in the WORLD(iPhone, iPad), is the largest private employer in China, and regularly screws over its employees. pcmag.com/article2/0,2817…
Actor Norman Reedus was in a car accident involving an 18 wheeler. He was thrown through the windshield, and required surgery, which resulted in a titanium eye socket and four screws in his nose. tv.yahoo.com/news/-the-wa…
The blue paint on laptop screws is actually threadlocker meant to keep the screws from loosening due to vibration. devcon.com/products/produ…
The screw has been around since about 400 bc but the screwdriver has only been around since about 1700 ad uh.edu/engines/epi1581.ht…
Fordson, side project of Ford, made a screw drive Snowmobile in 1929 youtube.com/watch?v=Fo31_…
The threaded lightbulb fixture is called the Edison Screw en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edi…
Japan is considered by many strategic analysts to be a de-facto nuclear state due to being "just a screw driver's turn away" from possessing the bomb. wikipedia.org/wiki/Japane…
An ex-WW2 luftwaffe pilot and millionaire once planted a bomb at a casino; it would explode with light vibrations and the screws were rigged to the trigger. The culprit was found after his son's ex told on him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Ash's magic phrase (that he screws up) in Army of Darkness (klaatu barada nikto) is a nod to the 1951 movie, The Day The Earth Stood Still. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kla…
Screw worms were virtually eradicated by sterilizing enough male flies and allowing them to, er, "mate" with normal females. fao.org/docrep/u4220t/u42…
Putting sheet metal screws into the bottom of sneakers makes them unslippable on ice and snow. skyrunner.com/screwshoe.h…
Bernie Madoff had a sculpture of a screw in his office. forbes.com/sites/joanlapp…
German General Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck told Hitler to go screw himself. timashby.com/the-german-g…
There are 1000 year old Japanese temples built without nails or screws youtube.com/watch?v=rMtSc…
Egyptian Rat Screw is actually called that in the official Hoyle's Rules of Games book books.google.com/books?id…
Shakespeare's will left his estranged wife (Ann Hathaway) his "second-best bed" and no one really knows if it's an inside joke or the ultimate "screw you". shakespeare-online.com/bi…
The threads on pipes used in plumbing are commonly tapered like wood screws to form a tight seal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
The little ring left on screw-top bottles has nothing to do with the actual seal, it just shows tampering. The actual seal is inside the cap itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tam…
Toyota and GM worked together to build cars. Long-time UAW "screw-ups" changed their ways after visiting Japanese plants in the early 80's. GM FAIL. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NUM…
The inventor of the square-drive screw, got screwed over with the licensing of his screw mentalfloss.com/blogs/arc…
There is a type of clothing designed to screw up photographs petapixel.com/2015/02/25/…

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