β€˜Nigerian Prince’ scam e-mails are intentionally filled with grammatical errors and typos to filter out all but the most gullible recipients. This strategy minimizes false positives and self-selects for those individuals most susceptible to being defrauded. businessinsider.com/why-n…
Charlize Theron's abusive father was shot dead by her mother, in self defence. This happened on a night when he sprayed bullets into Charlize's room door, which Charlize and her mother had held shut for protection. Upon their miraculous survival, her mother immediately shot him down. bbc.com/news/newsbeat-508…
Parrots kept as pets will go through severe emotional trauma when they're given away, sold, or abandoned, developing destructive behaviors like screaming, aggression and self mutilation, plucking out their feathers In the wild they are extremely social and often mate for life (60-80 years.) birdsupplies.com/blogs/ne…
Certain ant species commit suicide to protect their territory. As stinging wasn't effective against some predators, they evolved the ability to self-sacrifice to kill one or more enemies. They wrap themselves around an opponent & explodes, releasing sticky corrosive material killing both. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
There's a special memorial with tiles in a London Park for ordinary people that died while saving people other peoples live. It's called 'Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice' . It has been erected in 1900. Last name added was in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
Ants are amongst the few animals who passed the mirror test, which is a strong evidence of self-recognition, and indicates the possibility of self-awareness (i.e. a β€œsense of self”). animalcognition.org/2015/…
Today I learned of William Howard Hughes, a United States Air Force officer with security clearance and expertise in rocket self-destruct technology, vanished in 1983. Authorities feared he had defected to the Soviet Union. In June 2018, he was found living in California under an assumed name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Legendary video game composer Nobuo Uematsu is completely self-taught, and thought making video game music would be a fun side job. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nob…
Today I learned about "Cryptomnesia", where forgotten memories or ideas return to an individual and are interpreted as being new and original. It can result in unintentional self-plagiarism, and in some individuals, a sincere belief that they possess clairvoyant abilities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
Sokushinbutsu is the practice of Buddhist monks self-mummifying while still alive. They'd spend years preparing by relying on a diet of pine needles, resins & seeds, which eliminates bodyfat. After starving, the monks would stop drinking, which dehydrated & shrank their organs, leading to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sok…
Andrew Carnegie believed that public libraries were the key to self-improvement for ordinary Americans. Thus, in the years between 1886 and 1917, Carnegie financed the construction of 2,811 public libraries, most of which were in the US santamonica.gov/blog/look…
Today I learned of a musician named Elizabeth Cotten. She was a self-taught left-handed guitarist, who played a guitar strung for a right-handed player. She played it upside down, as she was left-handed. Her signature style became known as "Cotten picking", and she is known today as a pioneer in the folk genre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Today I learned of Buckskin Frank Leslie, a legendary gunfighter from the Wild West. In 1880, Leslie became famous in Tombstone, Arizona, for killing two men in self-defense. He married the widow of one of his victims eight days after killing her husband. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buc…
Scientists found that if they made fibers out of biodegradable bioplastics that they had an astonishing strength of 580,000 pounds per square inch. The fibers are used within bioplastics themselves to self reinforce. ptonline.com/blog/post/se…
Buckminster Fuller was a renaissance man -- expert in architecture, design, engineering, science, cartography and education. Self-described 'comprehensive anticipatory design scientist ' generating ideas and artifacts that cross boundaries and defy normality pushfestival.ca/ten-surpr…
The education minister of Kazakhstan deemed SpongeBob SquarePants too violent for children, labeling the titular character a "self-absorbed hooligan" who "regularly inflicts violence on others in his community and seems to enjoy what he does." washingtontimes.com/news/…
While Michael Collins was orbiting the moon, mission control warned of a problem with the shuttle's coolant system. Instead of fixing the problem manually as advised, he flicked the system's switch from auto to manual, then back to auto, and carried on with other chores. The issue self resolved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The present-day eastern edge of Tennessee was an autonomous territory named Franklin (or Frankland) that self-governed for 4 years. It applied to become the 14th US state, but dissolved after the vote failed in Congress. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
The Nursing Code of Ethics includes care of self as well as others bestnursingdegree.com/nur…
After conquering China, by 1241 the Mongols were expanding their empire to the west, using Chinese rockets (self-propelled flying bombs) in battles across Eastern Europe. And with them came secret of black powder - the recipe was first written down around 1250 by English scholar Roger Bacon. needforscience.com/astron…
Today I learned about the Terra Nova Expedition. Arriving too late, the 5-man party began their journey to the ship. Evans died after injuries and Oates, severely frostbitten, walked into a blizzard in self-sacrifice. Wilson, Bowers, and Scott were stopped by a storm and took to their tent, but never emerged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
I learned the source of the internet myth that Mr. Rogers was a sniper: The screenwriters of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood say they discovered in their research that there was another Fred Rogers who was a sharpshooter for the Marines, and his self-promotion confused a lot of people online moviemaker.com/mister-rog…
Fleetwood Mac has released two self-titled, non-numbered albums in their career. In order to tell them apart, fans often call the later one "The White Album". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
Today I learned of Killswitch, an urban legend of a game supposedly with only 5000 copies that would self-delete after completion kotaku.com.au/2016/07/the…
In 2015 Forbes named Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes the youngest and wealthiest self-made female billionaire in America based on a $9 billion valuation of her company. Yet within a year, following revelations of potential fraud about its claims, Forbes revised her net worth to zero dollars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Most Octopus species live between 1 & 2 years because of their reproductive process. Males are often strangled & eaten by females during the mating process. Females die a few weeks after laying the eggs as their bodies self destructs through cellular suicide till she dies. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Wildly successful country singer Marty Robins of β€œEl Paso” fame also had a moderately successful 13 year side-career as a self funded NASCAR driver espn.com/racing/nascar/st…
In 1976, Barry Kidston, a 23-year-old chemistry graduate student in Maryland, US, synthesized MPPP with MPTP as a major impurity, and self-injected the result. Within three days he began exhibiting symptoms of Parkinson's disease en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPT…
William Dorsey Swann, an African-American born into slavery, was the first self-identified Drag Queen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright was trained on trombone and saxophone, as well as being self-taught on guitar, piano and trumpet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Narcissistic - A disorder in which a person has an inflated sense of self-importance. They lack empathy for others. youtu.be/arJLy3hX1E8
Leonardo Da Vinci invented a self-propelled cart (powered by two coiled springs and a balance wheel, like a watch) that could drive and even steer autonomously. v2gov.com/da-vincis-self-…
There is an ongoing study of Dutch seniors over age 100, self-reported to be cognitively healthy, where they are followed annually until death. Centenarians came from higher socio-economic classes and had higher levels of education compared to their birth cohort link.springer.com/article…
The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF, or the modern Japanese Navy) uses the same rising sun naval ensign that the Imperial Japanese Navy used before and during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Today I learned of Ernest Vincent Wright, a self published author whose 1939 book "Gadsby," contains 50,000 words, all without using the letter "E." mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Princess Diana was a self-mutilator. She publicly admitted throwing herself down stairs whilst pregnant and cutting herself with razors, penknives, and other kitchen tools because of her torment over her marriage relationship. history.com/news/explosiv…
When the Sea Squirt or Tunicate becomes an adult, it sticks to a rock for the rest of its life. As it only needs to eat and reproduce by self-fertilisation, it eats or reabsorbs it's sense organs and nervous system as it no longer needs them. 3quarksdaily.com/3quarksd…
Binghamton University researchers have been working on a self-healing concrete that uses a specific type of fungi as a healing agent. When the fungus is mixed with concrete, it lies dormant until cracks appear, when spores germinate, grow and precipitate calcium carbonate to heal the cracks. binghamton.edu/news/story…
Today I learned about "vanity sizing" in which clothing of the same size classification becomes bigger over time in order to satisfy the wearers' desire to feel thinner and to promote a more positive self-image. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
Slap Braclets were discovered by a substitute shop teacher, Stuart Anders, who was fidgeting with a self-rolling tape measure mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Quine is a self-reproducing program, where it has no input, but its output is an exact copy of itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
In 1974 the Soviet Union launched Salyut 3, a crewed military satellite armed with a 30mm 'self defence' cannon. It was fired several times and even used to destroy a test satellite in orbit. It remains the only armed, crewed spacecraft ever flown. wikipedia.org/wiki/Salyut…
There have been "targeted interventions" that show increasing metacognition in clients with schizophrenia can lead to more complex self-reflection and be pivotal in the recovery process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Kary Mullis, Nobel Prize Winner American Biochemist, who invented PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) technique, held high belief in 'Astrology' and had an encounter with an extraterrestrial in the form of a fluorescent raccoon. He used to self-test novel psychoactive substances too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Buzz Lightyear was originally conceived as a "Dudley Do-Right" kind of character: dim-witted but cheerful and self-aware. He was then re-envisioned as an action figure who isn’t aware that he’s a toy, and who therefore takes his job as an Intergalactic Space Ranger quite seriously. businessinsider.com/joss-…
Today I learned about "Ludonarrative dissonance," which is a term used to describe when a video game's narrative conflicts with its gameplay. As an example, in BioShock, the theme of self-interest comes through its gameplay while promoting the opposing theme of selflessness through its narrative. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
"Day of Silence" in Bali where anything that interferes with self-reflection is restricted. The main restrictions are no lighting fires (lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and, for some, no talking or eating at all (in 2020, it falls on March 25). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nye…
A Cornell University study found that social media "Likes" are less likely to affect the self-esteem of people with a sense of purpose (defined as ongoing motivation that is self-directed, oriented toward the future and beneficial to others). news.cornell.edu/stories/…
Self-consciousness arose because of Social life and Mutual recognition, according to the World's most-cited Neuroscientist. This view was envisioned by 19th century Philosopher Hegel. frontiersin.org/articles/…
A pizza company, Zume Pizza uses robots for many stages of pizza production. The pizzas are cooked en route in a van equipped with 56 GPS-equipped automated ovens, timed to be ready shortly before arrival at the address, and are then sliced by a self-cleaning robot cutter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zum…
Apollo-11 trajectory to the Moon is named "Kondratyuk Route" after a self-educated Ukrainian who had calculated it 50 years before the lunar flight nmspacemuseum.org/halloff…
About Bass Reeves, an American law enforcement officer, the first black deputy U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi. He was credited with arresting more than 3,000 felons and shot and killed 14 in self-defense. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Today I learned about the Million Man March, a large gathering of African-American men that took place in Washington DC in 1995. It aimed to "convey to the world a vastly different picture of the Black male" and to unite in self-defense against economic and social ills plaguing the African American community. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Today I learned about the Blue Glaucus, or Blue Sea Dragon, a shell less gastropod that swims through the ocean upside down, preys on Portuguese Man O Wars and keeps their nemocytes so it can sting in self defense. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
Curry in Japan was introduced in the 1870 through the UK Navy to the Japan Maritime self-defense force base. In those days eating meat was rare in Japan and the curry masked the scent. In the 1920's curry was made available to the public through restaurants and became a staple food in Japan. youtu.be/KdZNdx_lFBU
Today I learned of "Complex PTSD". Typical PTSD happens after a single incident like a car crash, but C-PTSD results from prolonged trauma, like childhood abuse or neglect. It's harder to spot & to treat. Victims have issues with trust, boundaries, and sense of self... and they often get revictimized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Pistacios stored in bulk can spontaneously combust and behave like pyrophoric and self-heating substances (Class 4.2 of the IMDG Code) tis-gdv.de/tis_e/ware/nue…
The first computer virus 'Creeper System' (1971) was an experimental self-replicating program. It was not designed to cause damage, but left a message "I'm the creeper: catch me if you can". It moved between mainframe computers on ARPANET (US Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
One of the hardest parts of SAS selection is that unlike other areas of the military where you're ordered to do something, here you're simply asked politely, to prove your self-motivation - which most potential recruits can't handle themalestrom.com/intervie…
Today I learned of Roy Sullivan; a man who was struck by lightning 7 times throughout his life and died at the age of 71 by a self inflicted gunshot wound (rumoured to be the cause of an unrequited love) guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned of the "Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race". Finnish postman Ashprihanal Aalto won in just over 40 days, about 77 miles/day. The course is 5,649 laps aound a NYC block that's open to traffic. Some runners report out-of-body experiences. There's no prize money; finishers might receive a T-shirt. bbc.com/sport/48702452
The bear paw, a simple self-feeding device, was invented by a disabled person frustrated by the $4,500 cost of electronic ones freethink.com/articles/as…
Obsessive taking of selfies and posting to social media has been found to be linked to many symptoms common to mental disorders to include narcissism, low self-esteem, loneliness, self-centeredness, and attention-seeking behaviors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sel…
Today I learned of the Staten Island Quarantine War, which began in 1800 the City of New York began quarantining patients on nearby Staten Island. Locals resisted for years, ultimately burning down the facility. At trial the leaders of the attack successfully argued that they had destroyed it in self-defense. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
While Alcoholics Anonymous claims the program, based on self-reported data, worked for 75 percent of people, a psychiatry professor from Harvard Medical School found the success rate to be actually only 5 to 8 percent. theatlantic.com/magazine/…
Today I learned of Bass Reeves, the first black deputy U.S. Marshall in the West. A former slave, he is credited with capturing over 3,000 felons and killing 14 in self defense. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Today I learned about Leonid Ivanovich Rogozo. He was the only medical staffer stationed at the Novolazarevskaya Station(Soviet Antarctic Expedition). While there, he developed appendicitis, which meant he had to perform an appendectomy on himself in a case of self-surgery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Today I learned of Mary Sweeny, the "Wisconsin Window Smasher" Who went about smashing windows in the 1890's. It is not known why she suffered from the urge to smash windows but she used cocaine to self-medicate because "it quiets her nerves". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1893, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world to grant women national voting rights. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Survivor guilt is a mental condition that occurs when a person believes they have done something wrong by surviving a traumatic event when others did not, often feeling self-guilt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
A 2002 episode of "The Twilight Zone" addressed the novikov self-consistency principle of time travel: a woman, played by Katherine Heigl, goes back in time to kill baby Hitler. She succeeds, but his mother adopts a child and raises him as Adolf. He grows up to lead the Nazi Party. vox.com/2015/10/24/960540…
In 1969 the case Leary v. United States ruled that the Marihuana Tax Act required self-incrimination, thus violating the Fifth Amendment of Constitution. Congress responded in 1970 by replacing the Marihuana Tax Act with the new Controlled Substances Act and continuing the prohibition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
[] The Ramones self titled debut album was granted Gold in 2014. 38 years after it's debut en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
Today I learned about Geek Code, a compact language of numbers and symbols used by self-described "Geeks" to inform other geeks about all aspects of their personality, appearance, interests, skills, and opinions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gee…
Artist Henri Rousseau was a self-taught artist who started painting seriously in his early forties; by age 49, he retired from his job as a customs officer to work on his art full-time. His nickname was Le Douanier the tax collector. In 2009 a painting of his sold for $2,882,50 Christie's en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Since 1900 a London park has a Memorial to those that have died in heroic acts of self sacrifice and who might otherwise be forgotten. Each heroic act is listed such as, "Drowned in attempting to save a poor girl who had thrown herself into the canal". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
The source of the 'having a rib removed to perform self-fellatio' myth was Gabriele D'Annunzio, one of Italy's most prestigious poets, a world-famous seducer, and the creator of fascism as well as the Roman Salute β€” later known as the Nazi Salute. theguardian.com/books/201…
In 2007 a self-confessed "vampire hunter" acted to prevent the very remote possibility that former dictator Slobodan Milosevic might stage a come-back - by driving a three-foot stake through his heart heraldscotland.com/news/1…
The cover of RATM's self-titled album is a pulitzer-winning photo of a monk, ThΓ­ch QuαΊ£ng Đức, who set himself ablaze in 1963 to protest the persecution of Buddhists by the govt. of Vietnam. This drew enough international attention to persuade JFK to withdraw support for President Ngo Dinh Diem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rag…
Today I learned of David Buckel, who self-immolated to protest the burning of fossil fuels. He left a note to police apologizing for the mess and built a fire ring so the fire would not spread. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Before the persecution of the Jews became an active Nazi policy in 1933, there was a German Jewish organization that supported Adolf Hitler in the early years of Nazi Germany. Their goals were: assimilation of Jews, self-eradication of Jewish identity, and expulsion of Jews from Eastern Europe. wikipedia.org/wiki/Associ…
Kate Winslet keeps her Oscar in the bathroom so her guests can hold it and make acceptance speeches in the mirror without feeling self conscious variety.com/2015/film/new…
Skin creams have contributed to 37 fatal self-incinerations between 2010 and 2017 in England bbc.com/news/uk-39308748
Research shows that rather than making decisions, the conscious self is alerted to a given behaviour that the rest of the brain is already planning. The consciousness then plays some moderating role, but it could still be that an unconscious process precedes that. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neu…
A 96-year-old self-taught conservationist dedicated the last 40 years of his life to saving North American bluebird populations, building and monitoring 350 nest boxes all across southeast Idaho. In part from his conservation efforts, bluebird populations have significantly rebounded. audubon.org/news/meet-96-…
Today I learned of Edith Garrud, a 20th century suffragette who knew Jujitsu and was one of the first female martial arts instructors in the West. She taught the "Suffragettes Self-Defence Club”, and was an instructor for β€œthe Bodyguard” a 30-women unit that defended fugitive suffragettes and fought the police. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edi…
There is a Nigerian floating village of nearly 100,000 people that is self-sufficient and self-policing: There's electricity, hotels, schools, and restaurants fully independent of the mainland cntraveler.com/story/anth…
Some fire exit signs are made from tritium viles as it is self illuminating and so they don’t need electricity in the event of a power outage, and can be seen in the dark indefinitely until the tritium decays. Also its radioactive. exitlightco.com/Tritium-E…
Tinder users have much lower self-esteem than non-Tinder users. Men are more negatively affected by Tinder than women. Men are more likely to swipe right, opening opportunity for harmful experiences such as rejection and ghosting. news.unt.edu/news-release…
In 1974, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis published a paper titled "The Unsuccessful Self-Treatment of a Case of 'Writer’s Block.'" The body of the paper has a total of 0 words. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The Poundland discount stores chose Star Wars' Jedi Grand Master Yoda as the voice of their self-service checkout. "Finished, you have. Items, you must take!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yod…
Star Trek's Wesley Crusher is suspected to be an idealized self-insertion character for Gene Roddenberry (whose middle name was Wesley) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Every night Parrotfish sleep in a self-made β€˜mosquito net’ of their own vomit in an effort to protect themselves from predators. discovermagazine.com/plan…
In 1960, a man planted a garden inside a large bottle and created a self-contained ecosystem that is still thriving to this day. boredpanda.com/sealed-bot…
Many states allow you to skip auto-insurance by being self insured. You set aside a bond or cash to cover the state minimums, thus bypassing the need to buy a policy blogs.findlaw.com/law_and…
At the time when countries in East Asia was colonized by European countries and Philippines by the United States, Japan proposed the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, to create a self-sufficient "bloc of Asian nations led by the Japanese and free of Western powers". wikipedia.org/wiki/Greate…
Charlize Theron's mom killed her dad in self defense. Charlize was 15-years-old. people.com/movies/charliz…
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles initially started off as a single-issue self-published parody by its two creators, parodying Daredevil and similar comics. It slowly but surely achieved mainstream recognition after it was noticed by a licensing agent, and became a major bestselling success. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tee…

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