The Ingenuity helicopter uses many off-the-shelf parts including a Snapdragon 801 processor, parts from SparkFun, and Linux. It's also significantly more powerful than the Perseverance rover itself. spectrum.ieee.org/automat…
NASA used Taco Bell tortillas for space missions - bread had too many crumbs so they used tortillas for standwiches, and NASA started making space tortillas. Taco Bell made a tortilla in the 90s with a 9 month shelf life, so NASA started using those instead. cnet.com/news/houston-we-…
The British Library must store one copy of every single book published in the UK and Ireland. It houses over 200,000,000 publications, adds 6 miles (9.65 km) of new shelf space a year, and receives over 8000 new publications each day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Viagra can double shelf life of cut flowers, making them stand up straight for as long as a week beyond their natural lifespan ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The United States Marine Corps tested the usefulness of commercial off-the-shelf skateboards during urban combat military exercises in the late 1990s in a program called Urban Warrior '99. Their special purpose was "for maneuvering inside buildings in order to detect tripwires and sniper fire" military.com/defensetech/…
The largest iceberg ever was B-15, which split from the Antarctic Ross Ice Shelf in 2000. At its origin, it was larger than Jamaica. The last known piece of it was seen in 2018 drifting toward the Falklands and measured over 10mi long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Taco Bell provides tortillas for NASA to use in lieu of bread, which cause problems due to crumbs getting caught in instruments - these Taco Bell tortillas are ideal due to their long shelf life firstwefeast.com/eat/2014…
Nasa photographed a naturally occurring rectangular iceberg a mile long. They suspect it had recently broken off from an ice shelf. These objects are not unknown. They are known as 'tabular icebergs.' bbc.co.uk/news/science-en…
In 2003 New Zealand engineer Bruce Simpson designed an $5,000 cruise missile using off the shelf parts sourced from the Internet. Despite being entirely legal, his project was shut down by the government. interestingprojects.com/c…
Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel ― the bran, germ, and endosperm. Refined grains have been milled, a process that removes the bran and germ. This is done to give grains a finer texture and improve their shelf life, but it also removes dietary fiber, iron, and many B vitamins. diet.mayoclinic.org/diet/…
, the Monterey Cyprus only grows in two small regions near Carmel and Monterey CA. At one point it was a part of a larger forest that extended to the continental shelf. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cup…
The Slinky was invented by accident, when a Mechanical Engineer was working to devise springs that could keep sensitive ship equipment steady at sea. After accidentally knocking some samples off a shelf, he watched in amazement as they gracefully β€œwalked” down instead of falling. toyhalloffame.org/toys/sl…
The flags planted on the moon (Apollo 11) were purchased by a NASA secretary who went to Sears and bought off-the-shelf nylon flags for $5.50 USD (1969). These flags are still β€œflying” and held aloft by their poles. hq.nasa.gov/alsj/ApolloFl…
The US has 1.39 billion pounds of surplus cheese, which equates to 4.6 pounds of cheese per person. Due to dairy producers regularly overproducing milk, the excess is typically turned into cheese because of the shelf life. vox.com/science-and-healt…
Toilets in Germany have a "stool examination shelf". germangirlinamerica.com/g…
In 1998, Lay's marketed a new line of chips called "WOW!" that was pulled off shelfs after it was found to have caused abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and anal leakage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lay…
In China, PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon) is top shelf beer and will cost you $44 a bottle. gawker.com/5592399/pabst-…
The "restructured meat" technology that led to the intro of McNuggets & McRibs in the '80s came from a 1970s U.S. Army program to lower costs and increase efficiency in making Army food. Saran wrap, Cheetos, and and shelf-stable bread have similar military precursors. military.com/undertherada…
Peanut butter in a plastic jar at the supermarket usually has a sell-by date of about 18 months after it hits the shelf. Past this date, if it’s unopened it’s still perfectly good. Opened, peanut butter will slowly develop off-flavors of rancid nuts over the next five or so years. foodrepublic.com/2013/02/…
Coating eggs with soybean oil will preserve their shelf life at room temperature for three weeks ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
Aluminum can be recycled over and over again without any loss to quality, and a recycled beer can could be back on the shelf in 60 days. aluminum.org/industries/p…
There is a bar in NYC that mimics the stock market every night. The real time "drink ticker" allows the price of drinks to go up and down with the demand of certain beverages. You can play the market and get top shelf beverages very cheap when they hit the "bottom of the market". exchangebarandgrill.com/a…
The most valuable vinyl record of all time is not a rare recording, it's a plain, off the shelf, version of Double Fantasy by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It's worth half a million dollars because John Lennon signed the cover for Mark David Chapman 5 hours before Chapman murdered Lennon. biography.com/people/mark…
Red delicious apples used to be yellower, and tasted extremely sweet. However, farmers selectively bred them for redder color (because consumers were drawn to it) and longer shelf-life, destroying the flavor of the Apple. washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn…
Rosin core solder can actually expire... Flux cored solder wire has a limited shelf life determined by the alloy used in the wire. For alloys with more than 70% lead, the shelf life is two years from date of manufacture. Others have a shelf life of three years from date of manufacture. evilmadscientist.com/2013…
The International Space Station ran on a 20MHz Intel 80386SX CPU from 1988 & was upgraded in August with a commercial off-the-shelf computer. The station orbits Earth & sees a sunrise once every 92 minutes. Soon after the upgrade, it will have a computer that can keep up. insights.hpe.com/articles…
1.3 million pints of donated blood spoil every year since blood only has a 40 day shelf life. forbes.com/sites/erincarl…
An Ohio newspaper once switched the captions for 'The Far Side' and 'Dennis The Menace', resulting in Dennis telling his mother "I see your little, petrified skull... labeled and resting on a shelf somewhere." dangerousminds.net/commen…
Lactose free products actually have lactase added to them, rather than lactose being removed. Lactase breaks down the milk so people will intolerance can absorb it. It's also sweeter and has a long shelf life than normal milk due to ultra pasturization. healthyeating.sfgate.com/…
An Antarctic Ice Shelf makes sounds, you can hear them here. youtube.com/watch?feature…
Lactose free milk has a shelf life of 60-90 days, versus regular milk at 7 - 21 days. shelflifeadvice.com/conte…
There is no major difference between top shelf brands of vodka. npr.org/2018/03/01/590022…
Chum Lee (From Pawn Stars) once leaned a stand-up bass that someone had pawned for $700 against a shelf and walked away, the bass fell and broke which cost the Pawn shop $20,000 to replace. huffingtonpost.com/2012/0…
During the 2006 NFL season the Washington Redskins sold peanut bags with Independence Air logos on them to fans....Independence Air went bankrupt in 2005 and peanuts only have a shelf of about 3 months. washingtoncitypaper.com/a…
The slinky was invented on accident when Richard James was developing springs that could support sensitive instruments aboard ships in rough seas. He knocked one off the shelf, and watched in awe as it "stepped" in a series of arcs across various objects in his home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…
In only 1 1/2 months a huge crack developed in the Antarctic ice shelf, and it’s likely to break apart in the next few months, setting free about 2,300 square miles of ice into the sea. nasa.gov/feature/goddard/…
Milk can be processed for a non-refrigerated shelf life of up to six months. Though popular in Europe, the treated milk tastes sweeter thus making Americans leery of buying it. scientificamerican.com/ar…
ISERV -- ISS SERVIR Environmental Research and Visualization System -- "automatically takes images of Earth through a small telescope with an off-the-shelf digital camera mounted in the International Space Station's Destiny module." ISERV "captures 3 images per second" when running. nasa.gov/mission_pages/st…
Jodie Foster, Susan Sarandon, Sean Connery, Kate Winslet, Lionel Richie and Emma Thompson all keep their Oscar statues in their bathrooms. Russell Crowe keeps his in a chicken coop; Tom Hanks has his in a family trophy shelf next to football trophies and a "World's Greatest Mom" trophy. theguardian.com/film/2014…
Supermarkets treat beef and other meats with carbon monoxide for two reasons: Preferentially binds to hemoglobin to maintain the bright red colour; and helps to maintain a package environment that limits bacterial growth extending the shelf life. truthorfiction.com/superm…
The valve on most roasted coffee bags is a one way valve to let out C02 released by the beans as well as keep out oxygen and humidity that would degrade the shelf life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
Contrary to popular belief, Twinkies only have a shelf life of about 45 days en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twi…
German toilets do not have a bowl full of water, but a "shelf" that allows you to easily examine your poo before flushing german-way.com/german-toi…
Law enforcement officials in New Jersey busted 29 restaurants selling cheap liquor in top shelf bottles and called it "Operation Swill". It even included a restaurant selling rubbing alcohol and food coloring disguised as scotch. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
The bodies of Robert Falcon Scott and two others are entombed under 75 feet of ice within the Ross Ice Shelf and will reach the ocean in 275 years, perhaps floating away in an iceberg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Because blood only has a shelf life of approximately 42 days, after 9/11 and the flood of blood donations the Red Cross had to throw out all of the surplus blood, and experienced a shortage. commondreams.org/headline…
German toilets have a shelf so that you can inspect your "deposit" afterwards asecular.com/~scott/misc/…
Today I learned about the Barbie Liberation Organization, a group of artists who swapped voice boxes of GI Joe and Barbie toys, and then put them back on the shelf nytimes.com/1993/12/31/us…
Today I learned of the Tzompantli, a rack or shelf that the Aztec, Toltec, and Maya used to publicly display human skulls. A 2017 archaeological dig revealed a single one that held 650 skulls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tzo…
Bleach has a shelf life and when it expires it loses it smell completely clorox.com/dr-laundry/she…

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