The holes in honeycombs don't actually start out as hexagons. Bees create circular tubes staggered with one another. The heat formed by the activity of the bees softens the wax, which connects the gaps between the holes. Then the wax hardens into the the most energy efficient shape, the hexagon. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Advanced DNA testing used by law enforcement can construct a 3D image of an unknown criminal's face including eye color, hair color, race and facial shape. discovermagazine.com/tech…
The "heart" shape, used to indicate love, likely originated as a depiction of the seed pod of the plant Silphium, which was used in ancient Rome as a contraceptive. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about the Megagon, a shape with 1,000,000 sides that, even if it were drawn at the size of the Earth, would be hard to distinguish from a circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
The flag of Ohio is the only state flag in the United States that is not rectangular in shape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
There are two planets in the solar system that rotate east to west, those being Venus and Uranus. Venus has an axial tilt of 3 degrees, nearly spinning upright. Thus, this affects their orbit shape, and making their orbits nearly circular shaped while others are more oval shaped. solarsystem.nasa.gov/plan…
In a German evergreen forest there used to be a group of larch trees (which turn yellow in winter) deliberately planted in the shape of a swastika. abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
The area denial weapon the caltrop/caltrap is named after a plant whose seeds are that shape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
In 1985, Apple patented a cellphone design, with the closed phone in the shape of the Apple logo - including the leaf on the top - and which opened up sideways at the "bite" to reveal an earpiece and a keypad jaymug.com/post/299187387…
'Mastodon' literally translates to 'nipple-teeth' (or breast-teeth) because of the shape of their molars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
The plague doctor masks are not a crow face. They have that shape to store a container with herbs, the smell of it was supposed to fend off evil spirits nationalgeographic.com/hi…
The shape of the Milky Way galaxy is warped and twisted. Kind of like a potato chip. earthsky.org/space/milky-…
Pee Wee Herman was the original casting for Gozer, the shape shifting god in Ghostbusters. comicbook.com/horror/news…
That ambergris is an excretion produced by the sperm whale and very sought after. While ambergris is produced in various shapes, colours and textures; the undeniably unique fragrance is common to all. ambergris.co.nz/about-amb…
Mercedes designed and built a car based on the shape of the yellow box fish for its aerodynamic form en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
There are different dimple patterns, shapes & colours on UK pavement that help the partially-sighted/blind know what kind of junction they are at. youtu.be/cdPymLgfXSY
Raindrops are originally round and not in the form of drops. This is due due to the surface tension of water. ... On smaller raindrops, the surface tension is stronger than in larger drops. The reason is the flow of air around the drop. As the raindrop falls, it loses that rounded shape. gpm.nasa.gov/education/ar…
Ancient Native American tribes around Great Lakes didn't need to smelt copper to make tools since the copper purity was around 95% and would be hammered into shape. While evidence of organized mining are present between 4000-500 BCE, there's oddly a lack of pottery and ceramics during this era. mpm.edu/research-collecti…
Today I learned of Bathykorus bouilloni, commonly referred to as the Darth Vader jellyfish. These transparent deep-sea jellies are found in the Arctic Ocean at depths below 1,000m (3,300ft). They got their unique nickname due to their body shape closely resembling that of Darth Vader's famous helmet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In many parts of the world, the "A-okay" hand sign is considered an insulting gesture, often due to the fact that it mimics the shape of a human anus. Conversely, in Japan means "pay me". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OK_…
The shape of Pringles purposely causes a loud sound when consumed. This loud noise causes people to perceive the chips as fresher and crispier. flavourjournal.biomedcent…
The shape of a lawn mowers blade creates lift which forces the grass to stick up, making it much easier to be cut by the next blade en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
The Dunce Cap was invented by Duns Scotus during the 13th century and was originally worn by the intelligent. Scotus believed that in some metaphysical way, the shape of the cap could act as a funnel for knowledge from the tip to the brain. slate.com/human-interest/…
Today I learned of the Chain Test. For an arch to stand, it must fit into the mirrored shape generated by a chain. youtube.com/watch?v=JlL6Z…
There is a relationship between the flying habit of birds and the shape of their eggs. Better flyers have more elliptical eggs, while worse flyers and flightless birds have more spherical eggs. The elliptical shape prevents rolling, thus stopping the eggs falling out the nest vis.sciencemag.org/eggs/#…
Tattoo ink can cause complications with an MRI Machine. Depending on the ingredients used for the ink, and its shape, tattoos can heat up/arc, causing burns. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Gerrymandering is named as such because a governor named Elbridge Gerry, in 1812, created a partisan district in the shape of salamander. Gerrymander. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
The DNA molecule in plants, humans, and all living things are all the same shape genetics.thetech.org/ask/…
Antoni GaudΓ­, the architect behind the Sagrada Familia in Spain, would accurately model the behavior of arches by hanging strings with birdshot as weights. Hanging ropes form the same shape as arches, a catenary, and mirror in their behaviors. youtu.be/JlL6ZHChhQE?t=17…
There is a massive impact crater in the lower Chesapeake Bay, that was discovered only by accident when Oil exploration vessels discovered the shape in seismographs of the floor of the bay. youtu.be/1iTUAUmF-N4?t=19…
Sailships aren't really moved by the wind blowing into the sail and pushing it forward. The curved shape of the sail creates a lift force acting forward, same the aerodynamic lift that makes an aircraft fly. The wind direction can be of almost any angle relative to the ship. discoverboating.com/resou…
Sting owns 85% of the rights to Juice WRLD's song "Lucid Dreams" because it features a sample of his 1993 hit β€œShape of My Heart.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
When Hebrew was revived as a spoken language, no Hebrew names were found for produce from the New World. A word was devised for tomato, calling it ΚΏagbaniyyah (Χ’Χ’Χ‘Χ Χ™Χ”) - derived from the shape of tomatoes, which resemble buttocks (ΚΏagaαΈ‡Δ«m), and which was once thought to enhance one's love-life en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rev…
Only about 20-30% of the population has torus palatinus, "a harmless, painless bony growth located on the roof of the mouth (the hard palate). The mass appears in the middle of the hard palate and can vary in size and shape." healthline.com/health/tor…
Coffins and caskets differ in that coffins are tapered at the head and foot and wide at the shoulders, whereas caskets are rectangular in shape and are usually constructed of better quality timbers and feature higher standards of workmanship. burstows.com.au/arranging…
Today I learned about "Duck Buildings" buildings shape like the merchandise they're selling. Popular in the 20s and 30s, there were stores and restaurants shaped like kegs, hats, and all types of animals. restaurant-ingthroughhist…
Mt Chimborazo of Ecuador is the highest point on Earth, 1.5 miles/2.4 kilometers above Mt Everest. The Earth is an 'oblate spheroid' shape, so the equator bulges out. The mountain sits on top of this bulge so it is the closest point to the moon and outer space. universetoday.com/15025/h…
Humans have patterns that are invisible under normal conditions - we have stripes. They follow a "V" shape over the back, "S" shaped whirls over the chest and sides, and wavy shapes on the head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
The shape of a Pringles chip is a hyperbolic paraboloid, which gives them their unique crunch, makes them easier to stack, and makes them less likely to break during transport. interestingengineering.co…
4 sailors survived at sea off the coast of New Zealand for 118 days after their trimaran, the Rose-Noelle, was upturned by a rogue wave. They cut holes in the hull, collected rainwater, and eventually caught and cooked fish. They were in such good shape upon return many doubted their story. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The name for the shape of Pringles is called a β€˜Hyperbolic Paraboloid’. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
McDonald's chicken nuggets come in 4 shapes: Bowtie, boot, ball, and bell eatthis.com/mcdonalds-chi…
In 1596, Abraham Ortelius, recognized as the creator of the first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, noticed the shapes of continents on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean (most notably, Africa and South America) seem to fit together. He was the first to theorize the Continental Drift. wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraha…
Today I learned about the saukele, a Kazakh traditional bridal headdress. Conical in shape and very expensive, it had to be custom made by a jeweler. Each was decorated with jeweled/beaded pendants and had a veil in front and an embroidered strip hanging down the back. voicesoncentralasia.org/d…
The Hershey Kiss is a better packaged, better marketed, and mass produced version of The Wilbur Bud. The Wilbur Bud achieved its shape through the cumbersome process of molding. Hershey streamlined the process with a machine that formed the right shape automatically onto a cooled conveyor belt. time.com/3707086/hershey-…
The shape of California's state highway signs is meant to represent the spades/shovels used by the miners during the Gold Rush. kcet.org/shows/lost-la/wh…
One way to visualize multivariate data is through "Chernoff faces," where the shape of each part of the face represents different values for each variable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, sometimes called "broken heart syndrome", gets its name from the Japanese term for "octopus trap" because the shape of the left ventricle of the affected heart resembles that of an octopus trap. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
McDonald's Chicken McNuggets come in only 4 shapes, the boot, the ball, the bell and the bone. youtu.be/33Ko3loegTA

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