The first song Joshua Radin ever wrote and recorded (on his roommate’s computer) was β€˜Winter’, which was featured at the end of arguably the best Scrubs episode, β€˜My Screw Up’. He was friends with Zach Braff because they went to Northwestern together. It launched his music career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Today I learned of Charles Fraser-Smith (one of the inspirations behind 'Q' in the James Bond movies) designed a special left-hand thread for the disguised screw-off top of a hidden-document container; he thought that "no German would ever think of trying to unscrew something the wrong way." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Despite being land locked countries, a Czech-Austrian inventor was the first to use a screw type propeller to power a ship. His ship, Civetta of 48 gross register tons, reached a speed of about 6 knots (11 km/h). This was the first ship successfully driven by an Archimedes screw-type propeller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
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.…
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…
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-…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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/…
The metal lightbulb socket used in the US is named the "Edison Screw" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edi…
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…
Philips screws were designed so the screwdriver slips out to prevent over-tightening en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
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…
Many legal drugs for things like ADHD can screw up your life just as much as illicit drugs. erowid.org/experiences/ex…
The Robertson head screw is primarily only used in Canada. theglobeandmail.com/arts/…
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…
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…
On September 3, 1967 Sweden said "Screw it, let's drive on the other side of the road." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dag…
The first screw propeller-driven steamship was named the SS Archimedes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
The Phillips screw driver was actually invented by a person named Thompson. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
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…
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_…

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