No matter the language, we all exchange information at 39 bits/second, suggesting a biological limit. Languages that are lower information density are spoken fast (Spanish & Japanese) while denser languages are spoken more slowly (Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese). advances.sciencemag.org/c…
Eccentric 18th-century American businessman Timothy Dexter authored a book complaining about politicians, the clergy, and his wife. The book contained no punctuation, so in the second edition, he added a page with 11 lines of punctuation marks, for the readers to distribute them as they pleased en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
The highest g force voluntarily experienced by a person was 46.2 g's by John Stapp. He rode a rocket sled that reached a top speed of 632 MPH, The land speed record at the time and he stopped in 1 second. For a brief moment his body weighed 7700 pounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
South Korea is the second leading consumer of Spam. Spam was introduced in Korea during WWII, and it was "godsend" for people in Korea and Japan who were starving as result of the war. Koreans view Spam as a delicacy and it is a popular gift item for the Lunar New Year. eater.com/2014/7/9/619168…
Bilingual reduced emotional resonance is a fairly well-established phenomenon were many bilinguals report β€œfeeling less” in their second language, which might make it easier to use highly emotional vocabulary, and swear. theguardian.com/science/b…
25 percent of Jamaican citizens claim Irish ancestry, the second-largest reported ethnic group in Jamaica after African ancestry. irishtimes.com/culture/bo…
In 1985 two bodies were discovered in a barrel in Bear Brook National Park, New Hampshire. 300 feet away was a second barrel containing two more bodies from the same murder, but it was not discovered until 15 years later in 2000. All four bodies remained unidentifiable until 2019. wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_B…
Because of their massive balloons during Thanksgiving parades, Macy's is the second biggest consumer of Helium in the world after the US Military. wbaa.org/post/helium-shor…
India has more English speakers who speak it either as their first language or second language than the US,UK and Canada combined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
:The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree (typically a 50- to 60-year-old Norway spruce, generally over 20 metres tall) is a Christmas tree gifted to the people of Britain by Norway each year since 1947 as a token of gratitude for British support to Norway during the Second World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Learned that in 1985 a guy programmed his computer to call Jerry Falwell Sr's toll free prayer line every 30 seconds for 8 months. It clogged up the lines and cost them over $750k in reverse charges. content.time.com/time/mag…
While Sharon was giving up, sick in bed with cancer, Ozzy asked Robin Williams to visit her. He hopped in her sick bed randomly and apparently her family went from crying to peeing themselves laughing in a second. She loved it and went from giving up to chemo the next day. pagesix.com/2018/03/06/sh…
In Return of the Jedi (1983) for the speeder chase, Garrett Brown walked through the forest shooting at less than one frame per second. By walking at about 5 mph and projecting the footage at 24 frame/s, the motion seen in the film appeared as if it were moving at around 120 mph en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ret…
Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a volunteer position that accepts fewer than 20 percent of all applicants, and of those only a small percentage go on to become actual Tomb Guards. The high attrition rate makes it the second least awarded US military decoration. businessinsider.com/every…
In the 1997 UK general election the Liberal Democrats won the Winchester constituency by 2 votes. The Conservative incumbent legally challenged the result and secured a re-run of the election. The second time he lost by 21,556 votes! wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_W…
Tina Turner's hit song, "Private Dancer" was written by Mark Knopfler and intended for the Dire Straits. However, Mark felt the lyrics he wrote were unsuitable for him. When Tina recorded it, she had Jeff Beck do the solo to which Mark said, "it's the world's second ugliest guitar solo." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
In 1920 an amateur golfer named David Mulligan drove his friends to the golf course, but nearly missed their tee time. In his haste, David shanked his first shot, but as a courtesy, David’s playing group granted him a second chance, which for the past 100 years has been known as the β€œMulligan”. countryclubmontreal.com/t…
In 1966 after failing for 3 years to extinguish a gas well fire Soviet authorities decided to use a 30kt atomic bomb. It was detonated at a depth of 1,500m, crushing the well and extinguishing the flames in seconds. Following this success the same technique was use on 4 other well fires. energyglobalnews.com/1966…
The digestive biscuit is so popular in the UK, that an average of 70 of them are consumed there each second. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
A moment was a medieval unit of time. The movement of a shadow on a sundial covered 40 moments in a solar hour, a twelfth of the period between sunrise and sun. Although the length of a moment in modern seconds was therefore not fixed, on average, a moment corresponded to 90 seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mom…
Today I learned of the SWAT World Challenge, where SWAT teams and special forces compete in armed drills. Since 2007, the second place all time score belongs to the US Office of Secure Transportation, the agency for guarding America's nukes. But beating them is Ocean Country NJ's SWAT team. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWA…
The official measure/definition of a second (time): The duration of 9,192,631,770 β€˜oscillations’ of a Caesium 133 atom at rest and at absolute zero temperature astronomy.swin.edu.au/cos…
What the West knows of Aristotle comes largely from Latin translations by Roman Catholic monks of Spanish Jewish recitations of Arabic Muslim texts translated from Syriac using surviving fragments of Koine Greek documents that quoted him second-hand from Attic Greek sources. encyclopedia.com/humaniti…
99 percent of vanilla-flavored products on the market, from vanilla-flavored vodka to vanilla wafers and vanilla pudding, don’t actually contain vanilla, since it is the world's second most expensive spice. nationalgeographic.com/cu…
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…
In 1957 at an MLB game a woman was hit by a foul ball. It broke her nose. The game was paused as medics came to tend to her. As they carried her away on a stretcher, play resumed and a foul ball then struck her as she was being carried off by the medics. The second ball broke a bone in her knee. billy-ball.com/2010/04/de…
The last duel fought in Canada was in 1873 over a woman. Upon turning and firing, one duelist fell to the ground. Both duelists unknowingly had blanks loaded in their guns by their seconds. The one man fell because he fainted with fear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There are β€œghost islands” off the coast of Virginia that have been uninhabitable since 1936 as they act as a natural barrier to the coast during hurricane season. They are home to a feral horse population, a NASA flight facility, and the second tallest lighthouse in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
In 2014, due to a glitch in the Canadian version of iTunes, a Taylor Swift song titled β€œTrack 3” was released and immediately shot to the top of the charts. Fans who downloaded the song had purchased eight seconds of static noise for $1.29. time.com/3531142/taylor-s…
Jimmy Carter has been alive for 39 years since he left office, which is the longest timespan of any POTUS ever. Second place is held by Herbert Hoover, who lived for 31 years after his presidency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
30 Seconds To Mars singer, Jared Leto was once sent a severed ear by a fan, as a gift, with a note attached that read, "Are you listening?" Leto poked a hole in it, thread a string through it and wore it as a necklace. cbsnews.com/news/fan-send…
In 1997 the second highest rated Chess player in America was a prisoner who played largely through letter correspondence. He was accused of inflating his rating by fixing matches against other inmates, and briefly escaped prison after bolting when permitted to attend a chess tournament. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
62-year-old former US Marine, George Hood has just broken the world planking record. He held the plank position for 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds. youtu.be/59MaNHq8UDo
Neil Armstrong met his second wife at a group breakfast where they were seated together. Two weeks later, he called her to ask what she was doing and she said cutting down a cherry tree. Half an hour later, he was at her house to help. They stayed married until his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
Today I learned that the surface of the earth at the equator moves at a speed of 460 meters per second! scientificamerican.com/ar…
On his second day in office, President Jimmy Carter pardoned all the Vietnam War draft evaders by issuing Proclamation 4483. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Some languages like English and Mandarin Chinese are spoken slower than others, like Spanish and Japanese, with 20-30% fewer syllabes spoken per second. However, in "slower" languages, more information is conveyed in fewer words, but same amount of information is communicated per unit of time. transfluent.com/en/2015/0…
Cats have a second β€œnose” located in the roof of their mouth, called the vomeronasal organ to pick up pheromones for social, mating and territorial information. purina.co.uk/cats/key-lif…
Stevie Nicks is the only woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame TWICE. Once for Fleetwood Mac and a second time for her solo career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
A newly developed camera is capable of taking as many as 70 trillion frames per second. That is fast enough to see waves of light traveling and the fluorescent decay of molecules. phys.org/news/2020-05-ult…
Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s wife kept hanging up on his phone calls from the ISS thinking he was a telemarketer. The 3 second delay made her think no one was on the other side of the line when she’d answer. NASA then gave her the ISS’s phone number so her phone read β€œSPACE” each time he called. youtu.be/t93UCj1hzu8
The word 'SET' has the most meanings with 430 senses listed in the Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. The word commands the longest entry in the dictionary at 60,000 words, or 326,000 characters. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned about the door-in-the-face. An attempt is made to convince the respondent to comply by making a large request that the respondent will most likely turn down. The respondent is then more likely to agree to a second, more reasonable request, than if that same request is made in isolation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doo…
To compose a picture of a black hole in 2019, 5 petabytes of data were used, which took half a ton of hard drives. Part of this data was physically moved by plane. This allowed a transfer of 14 gigabytes per second, which was faster than if data would be transferred through the internet. sixcolors.com/post/2019/0…
There is an estimated 10 septillion or 10^24 planets in the universe. That's 20 million x more then seconds since the big bang, or a million x the number of grains of sand in the world. youtu.be/X_afJYQ_dZI
Muhammad Ali knocked down only 4 times in his entire 21-years career. In all of them, he stood up within 5 seconds. youtube.com/watch?v=EYJrD…
The heart of ThΓ­ch QuαΊ£ng Đức (the Buddhist monk that burned himself alive) was preserved and unburnt after a second cremation, and is still taken out of its vault once a year for ceremony. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%…
In 1906, a man in Seattle was sentenced to one minute in jail for drunkenness and disorder. The original sentence was 30 days, but after an appeal and six months of litigation, it was shortened to one minute. He was kept in jail until the second hand of the jailer’s watch completed a circle blogs.sos.wa.gov/fromourc…
Britain's first overseas colony, Newfoundland (claimed in 1583), was offered a referendum to join Canada in 1948. Despite Canada and Britain supporting the union, it failed to gain a majority of public support. A second referendum was held the next month with fewer options. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
During the Second World War the German armed forces suffered 80% of its military deaths in the Eastern Front, which involved more land combat than all other WWII theatres combined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…

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