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…
Today I learned the difference between Mbps and MBps. When Internet providers advertise speeds of up to 100Mbps, they mean Megabits per second, not Megabytes per second. One megabyte is equal to eight megabits and therefore speeds of 100Mbps equals 12.5MBps... attplans.com/resources/di…
Ancient Babylonians did math in base 60 instead of base 10. That's why we have 60 seconds in a minute and 360 degrees in a circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
The rarest natural hair color in the world is red, with only 1-2% of the world population having natural red hair. Second is blond, with 3%, then brown/brunette, with 11%, and finally black with 75-85%. skincaregeeks.com/rarest-…
In 1958 a technician was working on a plutonium compound that went super critical giving him a lethal dose in 200 micro seconds, his colleges found him outside in the snow screaming "I'm burning up! I'm burning up!". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cec…
"home equity loan" is a euphemism for a second mortgage. Invented in 1982/83, the term was part of a systematic effort to sell more loans and financial products. npr.org/transcripts/87740…
A retired American heart and lung surgeon has patented a scuba suit that would allow a human to breathe β€œliquid air”, like in the movie The Abyss. He has simulated 1000 foot dives with mammals and has decompressed them in less than half a second with no decompression sickness. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
The 30 second ad on television was created after tobacco companies could no longer advertise (1971), that the 15 second ad was inspired by MTV (1984), and that the "unskippable" 5 second ad was created by Geico after research showed 94 percent of YouTube viewers skipped prerolled ads (2015) cbc.ca/radio/undertheinfl…
Today I learned about Congo's Salonga National Park. The world’s second largest tropical rainforest national park and the largest in Africa. It is considered to be practically virgin, unaffected by human activities and largely unexplored. naturalworldheritagesites…
During the Vietnam War one damaged American F-4 Phantom fighter pushed another damaged F-4 away from certain capture by resting the second airplane’s tail hook onto his own cockpit glass and pushing him to a safer location before both crews bailed out and were rescued the next day. sierrahotel.net/blogs/new…
The French Marshall Michel Ney was a respected Marshall who served Napoleon. After Napoleon's second exile, he was charged with treason and sentenced to death by firing squad. Due to his status, he was allowed to face the soldiers unblindfolded and was permitted to give the final order to fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The Mark Turmell, the game designer of NBA Jam, was a Pistons fan. Since the Pistons and Chicago Bulls were rivals, Turmell wrote a code into the game so that, whenever a Bulls player would attempt a last-second shot against the Pistons, the shot would wind up missing espn.com/espnmag/story?id…
First, Second, and Third World referred to political affiliations during the cold war (NATO, Warsaw, Unaffiliated) and not about the strength of a country's economy. history.com/.amp/news/why…
The most G force a person has survived was in the 2003 Chevy 500 when the car driven by Kenny BrΓ€ck made contact with Tomas Scheckter's car. This immediately resulted in BrΓ€ck's car impacting the catch fence that would record a peak of 214 g meaning he weighed 30000 lbs for a few seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-f…
Ethiopia named one of it's cities squares in Addis Ababa after Mexico, because it was one of only 5 countries that refused to recognize Italy's annexation of Ethiopia during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
Today I learned about IvΓ‘n FernΓ‘ndez Anaya, a long distance runner who saw his competitor Abel Mutai slow down before the finish line due to a mistake. Instead of overtaking him to claim first place, he told/showed Abel the error and came second to him in an amazing display of sportsmanship. fairplayinternational.org…
When the famous roman politican Cato saw that Carthage could make a comeback after the Second Punic war, and threaten Rome. He began ending all his speeches, no matter what the subject was, with saying: "Furthermore, I think that Carthage must be destroyed". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anc…
Voyager 1 and Pioneer 10 are first and second most distant space crafts from earth. And since both are moving on the opposites sides of solar system, it also makes them two man made objects farthest from each other. voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/freq…
Diaeresis mark (the two little dots above a vowel) indicates that the second vowel should be pronounced independently of the first. Some examples are naΓ―ve, and the given names ChloΓ« and ZoΓ« en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
FDR's first vice-president said the vice-presidency "isn't worth a pitcher of warm piss." His second VP, Harry Truman, said it was as "useful as a cow's fifth teat." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
From elephants to mice, all mammals take approximately 21 seconds to urinate pnas.org/content/111/33/1…
, on the day of bombing on Hiroshima, within the first three seconds 1000s of people were incinerated as the temperature at the burst-point reached 60 million degrees centigrade- 10000 times hotter than the Sun's surface. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02y…
Four times more people speak English as a second language (roughly two billion) than as a native one (approximately 350 million). newyorker.com/magazine/20…
The longest-running children's TV show in the world Blue Peter held a poll to determine the name of their next pet. The winner was 'Cookie'. Despite this, the staff named their new cat 'Socks'. They ended up having to bring in a second cat called 'Cookie' due to the controversy this caused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
Disney World is the second-largest purchaser of explosives in the United States. The first is the U. S. Department of Defense mygoodtimes.in/lifestyle/…
Hagfish were being transported to South Korea where they are eaten as a delicacy, but instead covered the car and road in slime. Hagfish slime expands by 10,000 times in a fraction of a second. It is 100,000 times softer than Jell-O. Hagfish produce slime when attacked or stressed. theatlantic.com/science/a…
The Kentucky oath of office has remained unchanged since the early 1800s, and that anyone sworn into any statewide or county office or judgeship in Kentucky must declare under oath that he or she has not participated in, acted as a second or otherwise assisted in a duel. npr.org/templates/story/s…
In 1927 William Smith, a college student received two enrollment forms for Georgia Tech, and decided to make an imaginary student with the second form. Over the years, the imaginary student has received multiple degrees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
If you leave lime juice on your hands on a sunny day, your skin can get second degree burns and be discolored for YEARS. It's called "margarita dermatitis" because people often get it while making margaritas outside! delish.com/food-news/a282…
Svetlana Savitskayaβ€”the second woman in spaceβ€”arrived at Mir (first modular space station) in 1982, she was greeted with an apron as a welcome present, and jokingly told to get to work in the kitchen by her fellow cosmonauts. spacecentre.co.uk/blog-po…
The Rolling Stones’ first No. 1 single, '(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction', was written, in part, by Keith Richards during a dream. Apparently, while asleep, he started rolling a tape and playing guitar, and the next morning he listened back and was satisfied with about 30 seconds of the riff. ultimateclassicrock.com/r…
To become a certified master trainer (Takumi master) for the Lexus production facility in Japan, you need 60,000 hours of training. You must also have the ability to fold an origami cat with your non-dominate hand in 90 seconds. driving.ca/lexus/features…
U.S. area codes were influenced by the rotary dial, where smaller numbers are dialed faster than longer ones. The first digit could not be one or zero, but the second had to be one or zero. Therefore, the most quickly dialed code was 212; the slowest was 909. This system existed until 1995. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rot…
There is a tier system for the Holy Relics of the Catholic Church. First-Class Relics are items directly linked to Jesus or body parts of saints and martyrs, Second-Class Relics are the personal items of Saints. Third-Class Relics are anything that went into contact with the first two. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rel…
If every star in our galaxy had a trillion planets, each with a trillion people who had a trillion decks of cards & they manage to make 1,000 unique shuffles 1,000 times per second & had been doing so since the Big Bang, they'd only just now start to repeat shuffles. youtube.com/watch?v=SLIvw…
Today I learned of CSX 8888, known as "crazy eights": A runaway train that ran uncontrolled through Ohio for two hours at up to 82 km/h. Police tried to stop it by shooting at a fuel cut-off switch and it was eventually stopped by a second locomotive chasing behind it so an engineer could jump aboard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX…
Today I learned about Vickrey auction, a type of sealed-bid auction. Bidders submit written bids without knowing the bid of the other people in the auction. The highest bidder wins, but the price paid is the second-highest bid. This was first described academically by Nobel winner William Vickrey in 1961. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
The 1952 presidential election was the first American political race that employed 30-second TV ads, and the Eisenhower campaign’s embrace of this technology vs Stevenson’s traditional campaign style was a major factor in Eisenhower’s landslide victory. thelastarchive.com/season…
The world is running out of sand. It is necessary for making glass and concrete which makes it the second most used resource globaly. And since desert sand is mostly unusable, it's not as abundant as most people think. earth.org/are-we-running-…
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA superstar, also is the author of a trilogy of mystery novels about Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes (the second and third books are rated 4/5 on goodreads). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myc…
One of the shortest scheduled passenger flights in the world takes just 47 seconds from take-off to landing. It connects Scottish Westray and Papa Westray en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
Your brain makes up its mind up to ten seconds before you realize it, according to researchers. By looking at brain activity while making a decision, the researchers could predict what choice people would make before they themselves were even aware of having made a decision. nature.com/news/2008/0804…
One of the catalysts for the Battle of the Little Bighorn (Custers Last Stand) was the discovery of gold in the Black Hills of South Dakota and the influx of white miners who disregarded the Second Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868). britannica.com/biography/…
There are 5 Ages of the Universe. We are in the second (the Stelliferous Era), which is dominated by galaxies and new stars. But during the Degenerate Era, there will be no fuel for new stars, leaving only stellar corpses like white and brown dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
San Francisco voters select their first, second, and third choices for mayor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
It is the second time Tokyo Olympics did not happen according to schedule. The 1940 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XII Olympiad, were originally scheduled to be held from September 21 to October 6, 1940, in Tokyo, Japan, but were cancelled due to the outbreak of WWII. wikipedia.org/wiki/1940_S…
Today I learned that John Adams wanted to celebrate Independence day on July Second with, "Pomp and Parade with shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations" constitutioncenter.org/bl…
Carl Benz's wife Bertha was the first motorist. In the summer of 1888 Bertha decided to β€œtest drive” the second prototype Motorwagen on a journey from Mannheim to Pforzheim, a distance of more than 50 miles in a single day and left a note for Carl on the kitchen table heacockclassic.com/articl…
There are more people who have learned English as a second language than there are native speakers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
Events like earthquakes create differences between GMT and UTC that require the introduction of Leap Seconds to keep them in sync, the last one being Dec 31 2016. en.worldtempus.com/articl…
Alice Cooper was one of 9 donors to restore the HOLLYWOOD sign in 1978. Cooper’s donation, which is the second β€œO”, was made in memory of Groucho Marx. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
Henry IV of France was assassinated after his coach got stuck in traffic. His second wife had just been crowned Queen of France. Her coronation had caused the congestion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
The World Rubik's Cube Championships, was first held in 1982, won by American, Minh Thai in 22.95 seconds. Germany’s Philipp Weyer won in 2019 with a time of 6.74 seconds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Steve Irwin was just the second person reported killed by a stingray in Australian waters since 1945. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage created a combat robot. In its first two tournaments, they were asked to withdraw in exchange for co-champion status. In the first it had slung pieces of its opponents into the audience. In the second these pieces damaged the walls specifically improved for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ble…
To just be allowed to try out for the US Olympic team for running the marathon, you have to run a marathon in under 2 hours and 19 minutes. That is the same thing as running 26 miles where each mile is done in around 5 minutes and 18 seconds. usatf.org/events/2020/202…
Today I learned about the only woman name to appear on the Declaration of Independence, Mary Katherine Goddard. She was the second printer of the Declaration of Independence and was the first to include the names of the signatories. She was also removed from her Postmaster position because she was a woman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Dolly Parton used to stop business meetings for sixty seconds so that the men could stare at her boobs and focus for the rest of the meeting msn.com/en-us/entertainme…
Hello kitty is the second highest-grossing media franchise after PokΓ©mon visualcapitalist.com/succ…
In 1958 Cuba became the second country in the world to have color TV broadcasts. However, the Cuban Revolution made them end in 1959 after broadcasting stations were seized, and Cuban television then remained solely black and white until 1975. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
The second tallest monument in Arlington National Cemetery is a 32' tall bronze sculpture to Confederacy titled "New South" by the sculptor, and the Daughters of the Confederacy hold Confederate memorial day ceremonies there to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
In an experiment, an American Cockroach registered a record speed of 5.4 km/h (3.4 mph), about 50 body lengths per second, which would be comparable to a human running at 330 km/h (210 mph). jeb.biologists.org/conten…
Gerard Way (lead singer of My Chemical Romance) is Joe Rogan's second cousin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Today I learned of the Atari shock, where video game revenues peaked at around $3.2 billion in 1983, then fell to around $100 million by 1985 (a drop of almost 97 percent). The crash abruptly ended what is retrospectively considered the second generation of console video gaming in North America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vid…
The hottest known substance in the universe is actually created on Earth at the Large Hadron Collider. When gold particles are smashed together, for a split second temperatures can reach up to 7.2 trillion degrees Fahrenheit, which is hotter than a supernova. futurism.com/what-is-the-…
A guy called Xia Boyu lost both his legs climbing Mt. Everest after giving his sleeping bag to a sick teammate. Aged 69 he tried it again and became the second double amputee to scale Everest. ispo.com/en/outdoor-socie…
It is not difficult to get a flag that flew over the US Capitol- Workers raise about 200 to 500 flags a day on the three designated poles for about 30 seconds each to fly over 100,000 flags a year. 10,000 were flown on July 4, 1976, alone for the US Bicentennial. bu.edu/washington/2006/10…
Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is sold once every 30 seconds somewhere around the world. theatlantic.com/family/ar…
In 2008 famous DJ deadmau5 missed a flight in Spain just seconds after the jet bridge was closed, upsetting the DJ because he was late for another show. The air plane barely took off before crashing and killing 152 people youtu.be/z_3SxGUxEx8
The Queen actually has two birthdays- one that was determined by the commonwealth and changed to be the second saturday of June, and another that is her actual one which is the 21st of April. The birthday is changed in order to guarantee better weather for celebration time.com/5248082/queen-el…
The β€œWow” signal is a strong radio signal detected by Jerry R. Ehman in 1977, during an extraterrestrial life research. Its remarkable intensity led Ehman to believe it was coming from outside the Solar System. The signal lasted 72 seconds, and was never heard again. seti.net/indepth/wow/wow.…
The record holder for the world's shortest commercial flight is scheduled for just 90 seconds. In good conditions, Loganair’s 1.7-mile jaunt between the Scottish islands of Westray and Papa Westray in the Orkneys, off the north coast of the mainland, can take under a minute. cntraveler.com/story/why-…
Today I learned about Andy Hartley Payne, who was the winner of the International Trans-Continental Footrace in 1928 to promote U.S. Route 66. He ran the 3,423.5 mi route from Los Angeles to New York City, much of it along U.S. Route 66, in 573 hours, 4 minutes, 34 seconds over an 84-day staged run. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Pabst Blue Ribbon makes "whiskey" that is aged for 5 seconds to make it fit the legal definition of whiskey. internetwines.com/product…
Martin Van Buren was the first president who was born after the United States declared independence, and the first to have English as a second language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
"The 1 Second Film" is a film project intending to feature 1 second of animation followed by 1 hour of credits. $1 or above donors to the film's crowdfund received a producer credit, this caused havoc as the IMDb listing reached over 3,000 producers. Ultimately the film was removed from IMDb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of β€œChronostasis”, a type of temporal illusion in which a new event introduced to the brain can appear to be extended in time. Chronostasis causes the β€œstopped-clock illusion” which is why the first second after looking at an analog clock can appear to be longer than normal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Due to his acting roles in many Marvel movies, the late Stan Lee is the highest-grossing actor of all time. With a total box office gross as an actor at $30,617,384,366. The second highest grossing actor is also a Marvel movie star, Samuel L. Jackson of Nick Fury fame. the-numbers.com/box-offic…
The best selling book of the 2010's was Fifty Shades of Grey. The second best selling was Fifty Shades Darker. The third best selling was Fifty Shades Freed. lithub.com/these-are-the-…
Today I Learned that a fireworks show in San Diego that was meant to last 18 minutes ended up going out in 25 seconds due to a computer glitch youtube.com/watch?v=H6J-A…
When a bee visits a flower it transfers charge; this affects the electric field in the vicinity of the flower. A second bee can sense this and determine from a distance if the flower was recently visited. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Super Mario is named after real-life businessman Mario Segale, who was renting out a warehouse to Nintendo. After Nintendo fell far behind on rent, Segale did not evict them but gave them a second chance to come up with the money. Nintendo succeeded and named their main character after him. gamespot.com/gallery/35-f…
The sun is made up of plasma where hydrogen accounts for about 73.4% of the total mass or 92% of the total number of atoms. The other basic building block is helium, which accounts for 25% of the mass or 7.8% of the total number of atoms. Every second 6 million tons of hydrogen turns into helium needforscience.com/astron…
A second is technically defined to be "9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium-133 atom”. discovermagazine.com/the-…
Experiments found that master-level chess players could remember a position from a chess game perfectly after viewing it for 5 seconds. Players below master level were not able to do this. However, with pieces placed randomly on the board, the chess masters weren't able to remember the position. chessprogramming.org/Chun…
Batman: The Animated Series was ranked by IGN as being the second best animated series ever, behind only The Simpsons ign.com/lists/top-100-ani…
Dick Van Dyke had to pay Walt Disney $4,000 to land a second role as the banker in Mary Poppins hollywoodreporter.com/new…
In 1980, with less than 5 seconds on the clock and a tied score, college basketball player Les Henson made a full-court field goal, setting a record of 89 feet, 3 inches ncaa.com/news/basketball-…
While the first and second US presidential elections in which the winner lost the popular vote were separated by just 12 years, happening in 1876 and 1888, the third such election didn't happen until 2000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
At theoutbreak of the Second World War, zookeepers killed all the poisonous insects and snakes in London Zoo, in case it was bombed and they escaped zsl.org/blogs/artefact-of…
Lady Gaga admited that Kiss FM was the only radio station to correctly censor the song during the chorus when she replaces "poker face" with "fuck her face". Although not in the official lyrics, the switch can be heard every second repetition of the phrase during the chorus. ladygaga.fandom.com/wiki/…
The slowest car to ever lap the Nurburgring was a Trabant P50 which had a time of 16 minutes and 1 second. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Gravity moves at the Speed of Light and is not Instantaneous. If the Sun were to disappear, we would continue our elliptical orbit for an additional 8 minutes and 20 seconds, the same time it would take us to stop seeing the light (according to General Relativity). math.ucr.edu/home/baez/ph…
George Washington gave the shortest inauguration speech of all time(135 words) and John Adams waited 9 months to be sworn in for his second term as Vice President en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson was the first African American woman to earn a doctorate from MIT, and the second in the US to earn a doctorate in physics. She was also made an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012 and awarded the National Medal of Science in 2014. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
, the first TV commercial was 10 second ad for Bulova Watch Company on July 1st, 1941. caranddriver.com/features…
Because human fast-twitch muscles contract and relax up to 70 times per second, you can clench your first tightly, hold it close to your ear, and hear it vibrating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Zoot Suit Riots were a series of anti-Mexican youth riots in Los Angeles that happened in 1943. The suits worn were seen as unpatriotic because of the amount of fabric used, and later became prohibited during the Second World War because of their wastefulness of cloth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoo…
Stalin was photographed with three deputies. The first deputy fell out of favour and was doctored out of the photo. The second duty eventually fell out of favour and was also removed. After the last deputy fell out of favour, only Stalin remained in the re-re-re-edited photo. history.com/news/josef-st…
In 2014, rollercoaster thrill-seekers were showered in blood after the ride decapitated a deer which ran onto the tracks. The Ultimate, the 2nd longest in the world at 7,442 ft / 1.4 miles, mostly hugs the hilly land at ground level, this was the second deer death (Yorkshire, England) thenorthernecho.co.uk/new…

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