Land that was covered by glaciers during the last Ice Age is still rising about a centimeter a year, 12,000 years after the massive weight of the ice sheets is gone en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
A Florida man heard purring coming from his parked truck; he ended up using sheet metal cutters to peel back a portion of his truck to reveal a kitten. The Humane Society helped him coax the kitten out. When the public heard about it, several people offered to help pay to repair his truck. cnn.com/2014/06/13/living…
Termites are being researched as a possible renewable energy source as they can produce up to 2 litres of hydrogen from ingesting a single sheet of paper, making them one of the planet's most efficient bioreactors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
The artwork for Metallica's 1996 album "Load" is a piece by Andres Serrano titled "Blood and Semen III", which was created by combining cow blood and his own semen between two sheets of Plexiglass en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loa…
Your printer puts information in every sheet you print that will allow authorities to track any printed page back to your printer. This hidden information most likely survives scans and photos of your printed documents, allowing those to be tracked as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
Henry Bessemer, the engineer largely credited with the invention of modern steel, also invented or contributed to embossed postage stamps, long sheets of plate glass, military weapons, and a method for extracting sugar from sugar cane. He eventually earned nearly 130 patents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
The Great Lakes of North America are only a few thousand years old. They formed when the ice sheets of the most recent glacial period began to recede about 14,000 years ago, filling the basins they left behind with water. britannica.com/place/Grea…
Most cigarette tobacco is in fact "reconstituted tobacco", sheets of waste material sprayed with nicotine and other chemicals, which are then cut to look like leaf. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/cigaret…
Today I learned of William "Fatty" Foulke, an English football keeper that was 24stone (336lbs). Foulke once kept a literal clean sheet, having to wear a bedsheet because no jerseys were large enough to fit him. On one occasion, he chased a ref, "unclothed" into a cupboard because he was displeased with a call. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The the lowest naturally occurring temperature on Earth was measured to be -148/-100 degrees Fahrenheit/Celsius, recorded in tiny valleys near the top of Antarctica’s ice sheet news.agu.org/press-releas…
Scientists trained bumblebees to pull strings for food; they pulled strings to bring discs with sugar water out from under a plastic sheet. Over 60% of other bees watching behind a clear wall knew to pull the string when it was their turn. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
Scientists have uncovered the largest volcanic region on Earth. Researchers have revealed almost 100 volcanoes below the surface of the vast ice sheet that covers west Antarctica. Despite volcanic eruptions may not reach the surface, it could melt the ice from beneath and destabilise it theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned about the blanket octopus, named for the sheets of thin webbing between its arms. Females can reach over 6' (1.9m) in length, while males are approximately the size of a walnut. This is the most extreme case of sexual size dimorphism found in nature. nationalgeographic.com/an…
As a defensive measure Israel installed an underwater pipe system to pump flammable crude oil into the Suez Canal, thereby creating a sheet of flame. On the eve of the Yom Kippur War, teams of Egyptian frogmen blocked the underwater openings with concrete before launching their attack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
In 1909, the first truly salacious hit song β€œI Love, I Love, I Love My Wifeβ€”But Oh! You Kid!” made the leap from vaudeville stage to the sheet music stands of a million parlor room pianos in America, inciting newspaper editorials, outraged sermons by preachers, and at least one fatal shooting. slate.com/articles/arts/c…
When ice sheets collide, they can form mountains at the boundary, just like tectonic plates en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Many color laser printers and copiers print secret dots on each printed sheet, known as a Machine Identification Code, that can be used to identify the device that made the printed sheet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
It is 100% legal be to buried at sea in the USA. You basically wrap the body in a sheet with some weights, at least 3 miles from shore and throw it off the boat. The Navy even has a program to assist veterans of the armed services. epa.gov/ocean-dumping/bur…
Lake Vostok, in Antarctica, is the 16th largest lake in the world. The lake water itself has been isolated upwards of 15 million years, sealed off by a sheet of ice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Tori Amos taught herself to play piano at the age of 2, and started composing at the age of 3. She was admitted into the Peabody Conservatory at the age of 5, but lost the scholarship six years later, reportedly due to her dislike for using sheet music and interest in rock and pop music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
In 1992 a Canadian lady by the name of Gisele Jubinville patented the design for a fitted sheet that wouldn't slip off the mattress in the night, and subsequently sold the rights for over a million dollars. royalalbertamuseum.ca/blo…
Each soldier in the British army was rationed 3 sheets of toilet paper per day in WW2. American soldiers were rationed to 22,5 sheets per day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-r…
The Turboencabulator is a fictional technobabble device and an in-joke among engineers. The idea was invented in 1944 and featured in Time Magazine in 1946, confusing many readers. Companies such as GE and Chrysler have released joke data sheets and training videos for the device. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Japanese researchers transplanted lab-grown heart muscle cells onto a human patient's damaged heart as a successful alternative to whole heart transplant. They turned adult stem cells into heart muscle cells, placed the cells on degradable sheets, & covered the damaged parts of the heart. lehren.com/news/tech/arti…
Charlie Chaplain composed the music for almost all of his films and played the Piano, Violin and Cello, despite not knowing how to read sheet music en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned about the Fold And Cut Theorem which states that any shape with straight edges can be cut from a single sheet of paper with a single straightforward cut, with the right folding. youtube.com/watch?v=ZREp1…
In nautical terms, the chain that attaches to the corner of a sail is known as a "sheet". The expression "three sheets to the wind", which implies that someone is inebriated, refers to those chains being loose, allowing the sail to wave around wildly in the wind like a drunk. grammarist.com/idiom/thre…
Scientists have thought the melting and forming of ice sheets around the world changed the distribution of mass around the planet enough to shift the polar axis. Since 2000, the Earth's axis has jumped eastward by about 7 inches a year” cnbc.com/amp/2016/04/09/s…
1k-10k sheets of toilet paper were manufactured during the early 14th century, what is now Zhejiang province... Elsewhere, wealthy people wiped themselves with wool, lace or hemp, while less wealthy people used their hand when defecating into rivers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toi…
The first Zildjian cymbals were created in 1618 by Avedis Zildjian, an alchemist who was looking for a way to turn base metal into gold. He made an alloy of tin, copper, and silver into a sheet of metal, which could make musical sounds without shattering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ave…
Tony Iommi, of Black Sabbath, accidentally cut off the tips of two fingers on his right hand on his last day of work in a sheet metal factory. He was depressed, until his factory manager told him about Django Reinhardt- a guitarist who had also lost some fingers. It inspired him to play. youtube.com/watch?v=APTjx…
When Eric Clapton and George Harrison were working on an untitled song, Harrison noted down the word "bridge" on the music sheet. Clapton misread the word as "badge", and the musicians decided to title the song "Badge". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad…
Antony Hopkins composed a waltz in 1964 that was only released years later. The famous actor was afraid that nobody would like it and therefore never got to hear it being played up until 2011 thanks to AndrΓ© Rieu - a Dutch violinist who got sent the music sheets by Hopkins' wife. inspiremore.com/anthony-h…
Holiday Inn had a trail run of human bed-warmers in 2010. "A willing staff-member will dress in an all-in-one fleece sleeper suit before slipping between the sheets." reuters.com/article/us-ho…
Sheryl Crow used to advocate for "only one sheet" when using the toilet. theguardian.com/environme…
Tony Iommi, lead guitarist of Black Sabbath, lost the tips of the middle and ring fingers of his right hand in an accident on his last day of work in a sheet metal factory. He went on to be ranked number 25 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
After the cancellation of the 1944 Olympics, Polish prisoners of war being held in the Nazi Oflag II-C POW camp staged their own unofficial Olympics games. They made their own flag from a bed sheet, an opening ceremony was held and even a commemorative stamp was printed by the camp post office. history.com/news/the-olym…
The average single male changes his sheets just four times a year. metro.co.uk/2013/08/21/me…
New Zealands first tank (the Bob Semple tank) was built from a tractor, sheet metal and 6 machine guns. When ridiculed for the design Bob Semple said "I don’t see anyone else coming up with any better ideas." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Today I learned of secondary impacts from the extraterrestrial impact on the Laurentide ice sheet 12,700 years ago, which effectively carpet-bombed large parts of North America with giant ice boulders traveling at 3km/s, ending the successful Clovis culture and killing all species of North American mega-fauna. youtu.be/BQlbzurlObY
Dali began selling signed blank sheets of canvas, originally intended as lithographs, to the market, allowing for counterfeiting and forgeries. Around 350,000 authentic Dali blank sheet signatures were released, but in 2016 over 12,000 fakes were seized, one which was estimated at $6.75 million. artsy.net/article/artsy-e…
Today I learned of a top secret US Cold War project "Iceworm" to build nuclear missile sites under the Greenland ice sheet. Abandoned due to ice instability it was assumed the chemical and radioactive waste would remain under the ice forever. It's now predicted this waste will re-enter the environment in 2100. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, & Eddie Van Halen all have something in common - none of them can read sheet music. themusicstudio.ca/blog/20…
Ramanujan's lost notebook, discovered 56 years after his death, contained the mock theta functions that have been found to be useful for calculating the entropy of black holes. The unordered sheets contained over six hundred mathematical formulas listed consecutively without proofs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
The largest known landslide not in the ocean is Heart Mountain in Wyoming. A 1300 square kilometer, 4-5 kilometer thick sheet of rock traveled 40 kilometers in 30 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
The Ice Age was not an anomalous event. The Earth alternates between glacial periods and interglacial periods. Although we are in an interglacial period, the presence of polar ice sheets is a leftover from the last Ice Age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
During WWII, three Royal Navy sailors boarded an abandoned German submarine (U-559) to retrieve the U-boat's Enigma key setting sheets with all current settings for the U-boat Enigma network; two of them were inside the U-boat, attempting to get out, when it foundered; both drowned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Ghost sheet comes from burial sheets. In old theater productions, when you wanted someone to look as if they had risen from the dead you would have them appear in their burial sheet thus representing that they were corpses. And that has lasted on to become a sheet over your head youre a ghost thedailybeast.com/who-inv…
Michael Jackson could not read sheet music. Instead, he composed all of his songs in his head, beat boxed into a tape recorder and brought that into the studio for musicians to play. youtu.be/lqMvIqfrSRU

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