What's a "retronym" being something retroactively renamed so it now makes more sense. Like how "analog clock" used to just be a "clock" before digital clocks and how "The Great War" was later renamed "World War I" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ret…
Bees can sense the Electric fields of Flowers. Videos show that when the positively charged bee arrives at the negatively charged flower...pollen literally jumps from the flower to the bee. The bee may fly over to the flower but at close quarters, the flower also flies over to the bee. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
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/…
Great white sharks rarely survive in captivity. Experts suspect being surrounded by glass might either confuse or overload the shark's electroreception system, which is used to sense the electrical signals given off by fish in the open ocean, not necessarily inside a glass box. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Sharks are called "swimming noses" because 2/3 of their brains are olfactory lobes. They can smell blood in water at 1 part per million from hundreds of meters away. But their sense of taste isn't linked to their nose and is not as developed, so often they bite once then decide not to kill. animals.howstuffworks.com…
The 'Swastika' was a symbol of well-being and harmony used by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains until of course anti-Semitic nationalist groups (P.S. Nazis) decided to culturally appropriated it to an Aryan symbol to boost a sense of ancient lineage for the Germanic people. hinduamerican.org/blog/10…
The term "Essential" in Essential Oils does not mean indispensable or usable by the human body, as with the terms essential amino acid, but in the sense that it contains the "essence of" the plant's fragranceβ€”the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ess…
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…
The philosopher Aristotle wrote in his Poetics (c. 335 BC) that comedy is a representation of inferior people, not indeed in the full sense of the word bad, but the laughable is a species of the base or ugly. It consists in some blunder or ugliness that does not cause pain or disaster perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/…
A "sense of impending doom" is a medically recognised symptom, and can indicate certain conditions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
A design lab from the Netherlands created a fish tank car which can be driven by a fish. A webcam senses the fish's movements which then propels the car in the direction the fish is swimming. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Workers can get desensitized to the odor added to natural gas - mercaptan - which can lead to catastrophic industrial accidents. This applies mostly to purging those gases indoors and workers relying on sense of smell rather than monitors, without realizing they can't smell it anymore. youtu.be/rjxBtwl8-Tc?t=36…
Polyps inside nasal passages obstruct the flow of air, make the nose feel stuffy, and can decrease sense of smell. A nasal spray containing corticosteroids can shrink polyps and prevent them from returning health.harvard.edu/a_to_z…
BloodhoundΒ΄s sense of smell is so accurate, it can be used as evidence in court. Apparently they can follow tracks over 130miles. That’s just crazy purina.co.uk/dogs/behavio…
Boar Taint is a foul odor/taste in Pork products that affects 1 in 5 male pigs. Most people can sense it when present and it puts some eaters off Pork forever. It derives from uncastrated male pigs hitting puberty. Smelly pig. kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge…
Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense, the pamphlet that helped gain support for American Independence, was one of the first people to publicly doubt Jesus Christ existed. Prior Christian skeptics simply believed Christ wasn't the son of God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
All vertebrates (except fish) have the same basic skeleton design: a column of vertebrae that supports the body and head, a skull that houses and protects the brain and sense organs, ribs that protect the heart and lungs and 4 limbs. Every limb also shares the same basic pattern and has 5 digits en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Ana…
Not only did Billy Joel write his classic hit "New York State of Mind" in just 15 minutes, but that he did so on the very day he moved from California back to New York while literally on the Greyhound that he was taking back home, out of a sense of pride that he was finally returning home. americansongwriter.com/be…
Shortly after returning from the moon Buzz Aldrin began to suffer from alcoholism and depression. "I wanted to resume my duties, but there were no duties to resume. There was no goal, no sense of calling, no project worth pouring myself into." biography.com/news/buzz-a…
Dogs have an extra sense in their nose that allows them to sense heat from nearby objects, acting like a thermal sensor. newatlas.com/biology/dogs…
A snuffle mat is made from fabric strips tied to a rubber mat. The mats are meant to hide treats for your dog inside the curly fabric strips. Snuffle mats combine a scenting game with mental stimulation for dogs which have a sense of smell up to 100 million times a human. cuteness.com/13717710/wha…
Python 3 rounds 16.5 to 16 which is mathematical rounding. This feels quite counterintuitive when you have learned bankers rounding early in school. Bankers rounding is apperently biased towards the bigger number so mathematical rounding makes more sense for greater amounts of data. docs.python.org/3/library…
Narcissistic - A disorder in which a person has an inflated sense of self-importance. They lack empathy for others. youtu.be/arJLy3hX1E8
There are generally two definitions of "literally": one which is to take something in a literal sense or manner, the second which is to take things figuratively. It's been defined this way for hundreds of years. blogs.illinois.edu/view/2…
In the same sense how change in velocity is acceleration, and change in acceleration is jerk, the next levels up are Snap, Crackle, and Pop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
In Japan there is a therapy called Forest Bathing. It is not taking a bath in the forest, or exercise, or hiking, or jogging. It is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Look for a place where there are trees, and off you go. time.com/5259602/japanese…
The Quran allows coffee because it defines intoxicants as which β€œcovers the intellect,” i.e., causes inebriation or drunkenness like beer, or euphoria such as cocaine or amphetamines.Caffeine is not an intoxicant in that sense, but rather only a mild stimulant and hence permissible seekersguidance.org/answe…
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…
Though dogs are known for their powerful sense of smell compared to humans, we beat dogs in sense of taste. A human tongue contains 9,000 taste buds, dogs have only around 1,700. akc.org/expert-advice/lif…
Grizzly bears have a sense of smell seven times stronger than that of a bloodhound. researchgate.net/publicat…
The earliest of several attempts to ban coffee took place in Mecca 1511 CE. Its effects on the mind were decided to be as intoxicating as alcoholic drinks, and therefore was banned on religious grounds. It was overturned later as coffee has been shown to sharpen instead of dull the senses. businessinsider.com/coffe…
Sharks have 7 senses. They have the same 5 that we have plus two more. One is used to detect vibrations and the other is used to detect electric fields.🦈 worldatlas.com/articles/h…
In 1964 British marines were given LSD and as result ended up laughing and lost all sense of urgency with one of the men joyfully climbing up a tree youtu.be/UhqnUTOkpuQ
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/…
Today I learned that testing to qualify an n95 is done by putting a persons head in a hood and then spraying something sweet or bitter into the hood and using the senses of smell and taste to verify a proper seal. osha.gov/video/respirator…
Spiders can sense electrical currents in the air and use them to launch themselves upward, traveling up to hundreds of miles. Occasionally a β€œmass ballooning” occurs, where so many spiders descend from the sky it looks like snow nationalgeographic.com/ne…
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…
We have crystals in our ears that sense gravity and give you balance health.clevelandclinic.or…
There is no such thing as an "alpha" in a wolf pack. Wolf packs operate more like human families: there is no defined sense of rank, parents are in charge until the young grow up, younger wolves don't overthrow an "alpha" to become the new leader, and social dominance fights are situational en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Humans dont actually have five senses, we have other senses like balance, heat, pain and the passage of time. Humans actually have at least 14 senses. science.howstuffworks.com…
It's possible that Orcas' senses are so developed that they can tell a woman is pregnant before she can. thestranger.com/books/fea…
J.R.R.Tolkien had a peculiar sense of humor. Along with his friend C.S. Lewis, he once dressed as a polar bear for a non-costume party and would chase neighbors away dressed as an Anglo-Saxon warrior. thegospelcoalition.org/ar…
Rhinos vision is kinda shitty and they primarily sense their surroundings through smell and sound. They also use poop as a communication tool. lionworldtravel.com/news/…
The word "piggyback" is just a screwed up play on "pick pack" --> "pick-a-back," which makes infinitely more sense than "piggyback." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
People with absolutely no sense of direction may have a form of spacial dyslexia called Developmental Topographical Disorientation (DTD) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top…
Dung beetles, when placed in a planetarium behave with a sense of direction only under specific constellations. This would indicate that they celestially navigate. time.com/4104980/animal-n…
, Actor Steve Carell bought a small town general store because he wanted to preserve a piece of history that represents a gathering place and gives people a sense of community. ew.com/article/2009/01/16…
Simon Tatham, creator of the popular terminal emulator PuTTY, suffers from a condition known as anosmia, meaning he does not have a sense of smell. chiark.greenend.org.uk/~s…
Today I learned of Krista and Tatiana Hogan, conjoined twins at the head. The twins β€œshare senses of touch and taste, and can even control one another’s limbs.” They can also hear each other’s thoughts without having to speak and see through one another’s eyes. cbc.ca/cbcdocspov/m/featu…
In Halden prison in Norway, guards are encouraged to interact, play sports, and eat with the inmates. This is to prevent aggression and create a sense of family. Despite being a maximum security prison, every cell has a flatscreen TV, an en-suite shower and fluffy, white towels. theguardian.com/society/2…
Taste receptors are found not only on the human tongue but in our stomach, intestines, pancreas, lungs, brain, and testicles where receptors can sense sweet and umami flavors. businessinsider.com/taste…
Not all carnivorous plants exist by eating animals. Some pitcher plants "eat" bat poop. They have evolved to be the perfect nests for roosting bats, even tailoring their shape to stand out to bats' sense of echolocation. sci-news.com/biology/scie…
The reason airline food tastes "bad" to many people is that conditions on an airplane, including low air pressure, dry air, and background noise, affect one's senses of smell and taste. time.com/4862996/airplane…
Honeybees can be trained to locate landmines due to their acute sense of smell. Croatian scientists mixed a sugar solution with a small amount of TNT β€” and after about five minutes of hunting for this doped sugar solution, the honeybees are trained to flock to the smell of TNT. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Scientists don't agree why humans have dreams during sleep. Sigmund Freud postulated that dreams are repressed frustrations relegated to the subconscious, while two 20/21st Century scientists believe that they are the the brain's attempt to make sense of random neurons firing during sleep. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sle…
An Escher sentence is a comparative sentence that seems to make sense but doesn't on closer inspection: "more people have been to Russia than I have" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
There is a species of jellyfish whose sting inflicts the victim with an impending sense of doom. The sensatation of constant imminent dread is reportedly so severe, patients beg their doctors to kill them to end it. wikipedia.org/wiki/Irukan…
Stan Lee, co-creator of Daredevil, worried that blind people would be offended at how far he exaggerated the way a blind person's other senses are enhanced, until he started receiving letters telling him that blind people greatly enjoyed having Daredevil comics read to them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
Pad Thai, the national dish of Thailand, is actually not a traditional dish, but was invented, standardized and promoted by the Thai government, and imposed upon the people, as part of a broad cultural effort to establish a sense of national identity. scmp.com/lifestyle/food-d…
Adenosine is a drug used to treat a fast heart rate (SVT) by slowing down the electrical impulses to the heart. Side effects include a sense of impending doom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ade…
Vincent "The Schemer" Drucci, an Chicago gangster with a strange sense of humor. He made salacious comments to couples on the street while dressed as a priest, performed in a 1923 porno called Bob's Hot Story, and once left two police officers handcuffed with 50 crates of illegal beer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Mice that had their sense of smell suppressed maintained their weight while those with normal sense of smell gained weight despite eating the same amount over the same time. sciencemag.org/news/2017/…
Today I learned about Dissociative Fugue, where someone temporarily loses their sense of personal identity and impulsively wander or travel away from their home or place of work. webmd.com/mental-health/d…
Gaslighting is the act of deliberately driving someone crazy by altering the environment and denying their sense of reality en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas…
Today I learned of Carl, a 5-year-old deaf boxer who is unbothered by court noises and accompanies kids during depositions and trials. He offers a sense of protection for children while they face their abusers in court. people.com/pets/deaf-ther…
The only known case of "Chromosome 6 Deletion" where a person does not feel pain, hunger, or the need to sleep (and subsequently no sense of fear) is a 7-year-old girl named Olivia Farnsworth. In 2016 she was hit by a car and dragged 30 meters, yet felt nothing and emerged with minor injuries. huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016…
Bloodhounds (a.k.a. nose with a dog attached), have 230 million olfactory cells – 40 times that of humans. Because of their sense of smell, their evidence is admissible in the court of law. Bloodhound, Nick Carter, led to the capture and conviction of more than 600 criminals throughout his life. pbs.org/wnet/nature/under…
Today I learned of a nomadic water bird called the β€œbranded stilt” found in Australia that can mysteriously sense and chase rainfalls hundreds of miles away often in sudden, unpredictable and gypsylike movements nytimes.com/2014/10/21/sc…
β€œThe allegory of the cave” was created by Plato to explain β€œthe effect of education (παιδΡία) and the lack of it on our nature...claiming that β€œknowledge gained through the senses is no more than opinion” & that β€œin order to have real knowledge, we must gain it through philosophical reasoning.” youtu.be/SWlUKJIMge4
Microphones and speakers are very closely linked - in the sense that speakers can function as microphones without the need for a dedicated mic nakedsecurity.sophos.com/…
Flow is the mental state in which a person is completely absorbed in an activity, resulting in a loss of their sense of space and time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
Reindeer are the only mammals that can see UV (ultraviolet) light and make sense of it ucl.ac.uk/news/2011/may/r…
Although there is no specialized sensory organ for time, our perception of time nevertheless depends on the rate of change in different sensory modalities. In the absence of sensory input, e.g. under anaesthesia, the sense of time is often lost or impaired. royalsocietypublishing.or…
Badgers and coyotes will sometimes team up to hunt together. Coyotes have a keener sense of smell and movement while Badgers are more efficient diggers. fws.gov/news/blog/index.c…
A chemistry professor imported coca leaves to Germany that he gave his student to analyze. The student isolated a compound that had "a bitter taste, promote the flow of saliva and leave a peculiar numbness, followed by a sense of cold when applied to the tongue.” The compound was cocaine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
With hearing loss, the signal from the ear becomes weak and noisy, like a poorly-tuned radio. The brain's predictive mechanisms therefore have to work very hard to make sense of what we are hearing. These processes sometimes end up running away with themselves to cause musical hallucinations medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Birds have a poor sense of smell so handling a young bird does not cause its parents to abandon it. If you move it, make sure you leave it within hearing distance of where it was found. rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wil…
It is a myth that adult birds abandon their young if handled by humans as birds have a very poor sense of smell. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
There are 'Atheist Churches' for secular humanists, freethinkers, skeptics, atheists and agnostics who want a sense of community without having to deal with any of the God stuff huffingtonpost.com/2014/1…
Those β€˜eye squiggles’ are shadows of things inside your eye. Floaters are small clumps of gel or cells inside the clear jelly-like fluid that fills the inside of your eye. Squiggles that you see are shadows they cast on the retina, which is the layer on the back of your eye that senses light. umkelloggeye.org/conditio…
A survey found that students who were in fraternities and sororities were more likely to say they had a sense of purpose at work, strong connections to friends and family, and that they like where they live. Despite the bad reputation, the experience is a positive one for many students vox.com/2014/5/28/5758788…
The Odradek, a device that helps to detect creatures and other things in the Video Game β€œDeath Strandingβ€œ, originates from the short story β€œThe Cares of a Family Man" by Franz Kafka where it appears as a star-shaped, mystical being that makes no sense to the narrator. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Lincoln was famous for his self-deprecating sense of humor. When accused of being two-faced, Lincoln replied, β€œHonestly, if I were two-faced, would I be showing you this one?” newyorker.com/cartoons/bo…
When an Israeli day care began fining parents for picking up children late, the number of late pickups went up. Economists believe that parents had previously been motivated to be on time by a sense of guilt, and the guilt went away when it was replaced by a fine that most of them could afford. npr.org/2008/03/31/892339…
In the 18th century England, "macaroni" was used to describe something fashionable because some rich guys went to Italy and liked the stuff there. This also finally makes sense out of "Yankee Doodle" wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaro…
In 2007, the science advocacy group Sense About Science contacted the manufacturers of 15 "detox" products. When pressed, not a single detox peddler contacted could come up with a definition of what they meant by detox vox.com/2014/12/31/743856…
Many of Shakespeare’s jokes and poems only make sense when spoken in the Original Pronunciation of English, established around his time. This OP is very different from today’s pronunciation! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
It's theorised that our sense of smell may use quantum tunneling to measure the vibrational states of molecules and there is growing evidence to support this theory. popsci.com/science/articl…
Icelanders don't have surnames in the traditional 'western' sense, they take their fathers first name with son or daughter added on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
The sense of relief and pleasure after defecating has been scientifically studied, and has an official name: Poo-phoria news.dailytoast.com/blogs…
Smallpox was almost eradicated when an outbreak in the Univ. of Birmingham happened at 1978. Janet Parker, the last smallpox victim, died a month later and Henry Bedson, head of the School, killed himself "victim of his own dedicated conscientiousness and his extreme sense of responsibility". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
In the oldest texts of Buddhism, dhyāna is the training of the mind, commonly translated as meditation, to withdraw the mind from the automatic responses to sense-impressions, and leading to a "state of perfect equanimity and awareness (upekkhā-sati-parisuddhi)." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhy…
Today I learned of Thomas Paine, an English-born American whose pamphlet titled "Common Sense" urged independence from Britain and helped garner support for the Patriot cause. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Thomas Paine, who argued for American independence in "Common Sense", was denied his right to vote in New Rochelle, NY on the grounds that the senator did not recognize him as an American citizen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Many skills important to philosophy are also important to law, in particular the abilities to make sense of abstract information and convoluted sentences, to construct arguments on both sides of a case, to anticipate objections and prepare replies, to spot fallacies and weaknesses in arguments askphilosophers.org/quest…
Melanophila beetles (known as fire chaser beetles) are able to sense forest fires from 80 miles away and seek them out since burnt wood is the source of nutrition for their young ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The low pressure and humidity on an airplane makes your senses of taste and smell up to 30% less effective, contributing to the poor reputation of airline food. aerosavvy.com/aircraft-pr…
"Pulp Fiction" was originally rejected by TriStar, with them saying "This is the worst thing ever written. It makes no sense. Someone's dead and then they're alive. It's too long, violent, and unfilmable." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pul…
An unexplainable sense of impending doom is regarded as a symptom for many life-threatening medical crises such as anaphylaxis and heart attack, and can present before any physical symptoms are detectable. verywellmind.com/sense-of…
A bumblebee generates a positive charge by flapping its wings and transfers some to a flower it lands, making other bumblebees easier to sense that pollen of the flower has recently been removed. npr.org/2013/02/22/172611…

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