Due to a design flaw, when Apple III owners had problems (like garbled data) they were instructed to "lift the machine 3 inches and drop it in order to re-seat the chips on the logic board". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
Bill Murray once drove a taxi cab so that the cab driver could spend time playing saxophone in the backseat. The cab driver mentioned that he never had time to play his sax since he had to work 14 hours a day. Murray took the driver’s seat so that he could finally play some tunes. pagesix.com/2014/09/05/bi…
In 2011, a Japanese company released a motorcycle that runs on "biogas" - human faeces - with the seat featuring a built-in toilet, and a giant roll of toilet paper mounted at the rear end. The motorcycle can also play music, write messages in the air using residual light imagery, and talk cnet.com/news/toilet-moto…
Today I learned about the Kamov ka-50, The first operational helicopter to be equipped with ejector seats. In an emergency situation, the blades are designed to eject from its sleeve a fraction of a second before the pilot's ejector seat is activated en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kam…
Seat belts were very controversial when they first appeared in cars during the 40s and 50s with many arguing that they caused injuries and didn't work, no matter how much researchers disputed these claims. Many people refused to wear them and even cut them out of their car seats. wpr.org/surprisingly-cont…
During the sinking of the Titanic, a drunken baker helped load women and children into the lifeboats, refused a seat for himself, threw deck chairs overboard for passengers to use as flotation devices, and somehow survived hours swimming in the freezing water until he was rescued at dawn. nationalpost.com/news/can…
Today I learned about the Marxist-Leninist party of Canada, who hasn't been able to secure a single seat in the Canadian Parliament despite running candidates for every election since 1974. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
In Canadian Parliament, it is tradition to drag the new Speaker of the House to their seat. The Speaker had to report to the Monarch, and sometimes the Monarch would kill them if the news was bad. It was an undesirable position and many Speakers were forced into that role. nationalobserver.com/2019…
None of the four occupants were wearing seat belts in the 1997 Paris high speed car crash that killed Diana Princess of Wales, Dodi al Fayed and the intoxicated driver. Dodi al Fayed's bodyguard survived with serious injuries. news.sky.com/story/trevor…
The only state in US where wearing seat belt not enforced for adults is New Hampshire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Despite being one of the smallest states by population and by land area, New Hampshire has by far the largest state house of representatives of all fifty states, with 400 seats, one rep for every 3,300 citizens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Today I learned about the "Antilia", the world's largest private home built by Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani and located in Mumbai, India. It is 173m (568ft) tall and has over 37,000 square meters (400,000 sq ft) of living space, 27 floors, a 168-car garage, 9 elevators, a Hindu temple and a 50-seat theater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
During the sinking of the Titanic, an order to evacuate women and children first by Captain Smith was misinterpreted to mean women and children only. As a result, men were prevented from entering lifeboats even when they were empty seats and only 20% of men survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
The 1959 film "The Tingler" was about a parasite that causes tingling sensations in victims. The films producers rigged surplus WWII aircraft motors to random theater seats, so viewers would "feel the tingler" when it attacked. Some viewers were also paid to pretend to scream and faint en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Prime Minister of Canada doesn't have to be a member of parliament, but does need a seat to participate. In the 1925 election Liberal Party leader William Lyon Mackenzie King lost his seat while his party won and "governed from the hallway" before winning a by-election a few weeks later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Today I learned about the 'cyber seat', the world's first park bench with free internet. It was installed in the UK in 2001 by Microsoft. Within days, two teens had plugged their house phone into it, attempting to call Bill Gates to say 'we are calling you from your bench'. They managed to reach his secretary. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/t…
In 1938, the Benld meteorite tore through man's garage in Illinois, piercing the roof, seat, and floor of his Pontiac before rebounding off the car's muffler and landing in the back seat. This created a clean series of holes that were used to trace the meteorite's final path, a first. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
There was a full movie theater with a bar, concessions, seats, and movie screen in an underground catacomb of Paris. ( theguardian.com/world/200…
The original British Airways policy for passengers who died mid-flight was to pretend they were alive, prop them up on their seats, and give them a vodka and tonic, a Daily Mail and eye-shades. Nowadays, they tuck a blanket up to their neck, and if possible, move them to a first-class seat traveller.com.au/put-them…
There are 650 MPs in the British House of Commons, but only 427 seats, so during the bigger debates and announcements, some of the MPs have to stand. If the MPs get in at 8am, they can grab a "prayer card" and place it where they want to sit later on - but only if they attend the prayers bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articl…
Your office chair can technically explode at any given time, piercing the chair seat and your body. officesolutionpro.com/can…
Rin Tin Tin 12th Generation dog lives on. The original Rinty was brought back from France in 1918 and saved Warner Brothers, and some of his offspring have been on TV and in movies. The current Rinty does appearances, is a spokesdog, and even travels in a seat when flying. presspubs.com/white_bear/…
The safest position for any occupant involved in a motor-vehicle crash is the rear middle seat. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
In June 1942, LBJ was supposed to be an observer on the Wabash Cannonball, a B-26 bomber in the South Pacific. Before takeoff, LBJ left the plane to relieve himself. By the time he returned, his seat was taken, so he couldn't get back on. The Wabash wound up crashing, killing everyone on board. constitutioncenter.org/bl…
The city of Bangkok has the longest city name in the world and the full name can be translated as "City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Vishvakarman at Indra's behest." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban…
Ford uses a robotic butt, called Robutt, to quickly simulate 10 years worth of wear and tear on car seats in just 3 days. It is heated to 36 degrees Celsius (to approximate the human body’s temperature) and can sweat. theverge.com/tldr/2019/1/…
Mercedes-Benz designed the 1996 F200 concept car with joysticks instead of a steering wheel and switchable electronic dashboard displays so drivers could sit in either front seat. oldconceptcars.com/1930-2…
Today I learned of showman cowboy who was given a full military funeral after the plane he was flying broke up at 61m (200ft) and he and his passenger cricketer William Evens were thrown clear of the plane after not wearing seat belts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
The capital of what would become modern Spain was in Toledo until 1561 when Phillip II decided to separate the seats of power for church and state by moving the gov't to Madrid en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned of National Airlines Flight 27, during which a passenger was partially forced into the opening made by a failed cabin window. Efforts to pull the passenger back into the airplane were unsuccessful, culminating in the seat occupant's complete expulsion from the aircraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
On STS-33 space shuttle mission the β€œspace toilet” broke, which caused commander Fred Gregory to be sucked to the toilet seat by the bare vacuum of space. blogs.nasa.gov/waynehales…
After WWII Rod Serling (Creator of The Twilight Zone) made money testing military parachutes. On one occasion, he made $1,000 testing a jet ejection seat that had killed the previous three testers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Neil Douglas boarded a flight & found his doppelgΓ€nger/lookalike, Robert Stirling, sitting in his seat. The whole plane laughed & they took a selfie. Douglas arrived at his hotel, only to find the same double at the check-in desk. Their paths crossed again at a bar & they shared a laugh & a pint bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
Many cargo aircraft can be temporarially converted into passenger transport using "palletised seating". Seats come on individual pallets, just like how air freight is normally carried, and is easily installed in the same way too, without any physical modification to the aircraft. kwdmfg.com/products/mixed…
The front passenger seat in a vehicle, next to the driver is called "Shotgun"because the position of the shotgun-armed guard on a horse-drawn stage-coach, wagon train, or gold transport was next to the driver on a forward-mounted bench seat. blog.directauto.com/odds-…
The first elected female Member of Parliament in UK was Constance Markievicz. Elected in 1918 as a member of Sinn FΓ©in, she didn't take up her seat in opposition to British policy and treatment of the Irish. parliament.uk/about/livin…
Today I learned of John Frederick Parker, the bodyguard assigned to Abraham Lincoln on the night of his assassination, not only was he 3 hours late, but he left his post to get a drink at a saloon next door. It was during this that Booth entered the box seats where Lincoln was sitting and shot the president. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
A young man was killed when his head became stuck underneath a cinema seat as he looked for some possessions he’d dropped bbc.com/news/uk-england-b…
There are no US laws or regulations about β€œexpiration dates” for child car seats. The 6 year rule was made up by manufacturers and there’s no data to indicate that older child car seats are unsafe. marketplace.org/2019/11/1…
Wild Bill Hickok usually sat with his back to a wall so he could see the entrance of the building he was in. On his last day, when he went to play poker, the only seat available was one facing away from the door. He tried changing seats twice, but couldn’t. He was shot in the back of the head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The capital of The Netherlands is Amsterdam. However, it is not the seat of government (Den Haag; The Hague) nor the capital of the province it's located in (Haarlem). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net…
In 2004 police discovered a movie theater in the Paris Catacombs. It was equipped with a giant cinema screen, seats, projection equipment, film reels, a fully stocked bar and a complete restaurant with tables and chairs. Its power source and the identity of those responsible remain unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Today I learned of Sisamnes, a corrupt judge in the Persian Empire (525 BC). After accepting a bribe, the king had him arrested and skinned alive. His skin was then used to cover the seat from which judgments were made. His own son 'Otanes' then replaced him as judge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sis…
Former Utah Senator Orrin Hatch defeated incumbent Senator Frank Moss in 1976. Twelve years later, Hatch retained his seat when he defeated Frank's son, Brian H. Moss. kutv.com/news/local/timel…
Ford invented "Robutt", a robotic butt which simulates drivers repeatedly getting in and out of their cars to test the seats in new Ford vehicles. To better mimick real life usage, like getting into your car after the gym, it also sweats, by feeding half a liter water through the fabric. cnet.com/roadshow/news/fo…
The New Hampshire General Court is the largest state legislature in the United States with 424 seats. 400 of those seats are the House of Representatives and 24 are the Senate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
The US Air Force tested how cats react to being tossed in air in zero gravity. The experiment was documented in a 1947 bioastronautics research video which included slow-mo ejection-seat footage (of men, not cats). They also tested pigeons in zero gravity; some pigeons flew upside down. businessinsider.com/the-a…
In the 1970s, AMC released a special edition Levi's denim-branded Gremlin, with a faux-denim interior and copper rivets instead of seat buttons automobilemag.com/news/th…
The reason why bus seats looked ugly is to hide stains and graffiti. bbc.com/autos/story/20160…
The Prankster Horace De Vera Cole once handed out free symphony tickets to bald men. He painted a letter on each of the men's heads. When they sat in their seats their shiny bald heads spelled "Bollocks" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…

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