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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Toilets in Germany have a "stool examination shelf". germangirlinamerica.com/g…
Coating eggs with soybean oil will preserve their shelf life at room temperature for three weeks ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
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…
In China, PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon) is top shelf beer and will cost you $44 a bottle. gawker.com/5592399/pabst-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Some countries in Europe sell unrefrigerated milk that has a 6-month shelf life. 100daysofrealfood.com/uht…
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…
An Antarctic Ice Shelf makes sounds, you can hear them here. youtube.com/watch?feature…
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/…
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…
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…
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 no major difference between top shelf brands of vodka. npr.org/2018/03/01/590022…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
Lactose free milk has a shelf life of 60-90 days, versus regular milk at 7 - 21 days. shelflifeadvice.com/conte…
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…
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…
1.3 million pints of donated blood spoil every year since blood only has a 40 day shelf life. forbes.com/sites/erincarl…
George Harrison decided to write a song based on the first words he read upon opening a book. He then wrote "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" after seeing the words "gently weeps" in a random book pulled from a shelf at his parent's house. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
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…
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/…
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…
Contrary to popular belief, Twinkies only have a shelf life of about 45 days en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twi…
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…
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…
To prevent the Nazis from discovering two fellow scientist's gold Nobel prizes, Niels Bohr had them dissolved in aqua regia. They were then stored on a shelf until after the war, when the gold was extracted and re-cast by the Nobel Foundation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nie…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Bleach has a shelf life and when it expires it loses it smell completely clorox.com/dr-laundry/she…
The British Library adds approximately 3 million items every year occupying 6 miles (9.6km) of shelf space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
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…
VHS tapes have a shelf life of 10 to 15 years and deteriorate in quality rapidly unless they are digitally preserved. playitagainvideo.com/546/…
German toilets have a shelf so that you can inspect your "deposit" afterwards asecular.com/~scott/misc/…
In the 1960s, crime novelist James M Cain was asked by a reporter β€œWhat do you think of what Hollywood has done to your books?” (Mildred Pierce, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity) Cain replied β€œThey haven’t done anything to my books. They’re right there on the shelf. They’re fine” bibliosmiles.com/tag/jame…
Osama Bin Laden's book shelf contained books on voting tampering in the US, Adobe photoshop manuals, fact sheets on France, Washingtonian Magazine profile of John Esposito, a brief guide to understanding Islam, and The 2030 Spike by Colin Mason dni.gov/index.php/resourc…
Cheap vodka can be filtered with a water filter to taste like a top-shelf vodka. gizmodo.com/5901746/vodka…
Hydrogen Peroxide has a shelf life and decomposes into water and oxygen. chemistry.about.com/b/201…
The majority of wine you'll see on the store shelf comes in one of four bottle shape: The Bordeaux bottle, the Burgundy bottle, the Champagne bottle, or the Hock bottle mnn.com/food/beverages/bl…
The terms "upper case" and "lower case" come from the printing press days, when type blocks were stored in cases on shelves. The capital letters were stored on the upper shelf because they were used less, and the smaller letters on the lower shelf. Hence, upper and lower case of letters. wikipedia.org/wiki/Letter…
Two of the Nobel Peace Prizes were dissolved into acid and left on a shelf in a university. This was to keep Nazis from confiscating them. After WWII, the gold percipitate was sent back and the Nobel Foundation recast the two awards and gave them back to the scientists a second time.

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'The Bloop', a loud and ultra-low frequency sound picked up by the NOAA in 1997 and heard at listening stations underwater over 5,000km apart, was not a "sea monster" but the sound of an ice shelf breaking off of Antarctica -- an icequake. boingboing.net/2012/11/21…
The U.S. Marine Corps tested the usefulness of commercial off-the-shelf skateboards during urban combat military exercises in the late 1990s. Their special purpose was "for maneuvering inside buildings in order to detect tripwires and sniper fire". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ska…
In 2000 an iceberg the size of Connecticut broke off Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf. cnn.com/2014/04/22/world/…
Brewed coffee has antimicrobial properties which extend shelf life and even hold off staph aureus. link.springer.com/article…
25% of German toilets are built with a "viewing shelf" so you can examine your poo prior to flushing. medienkritik.typepad.com/…
German toilets have a dry "poo shelf" in the middle of the bowl that allows inspection of feces and makes urinating standing up messy. jimcofer.com/personal/200…
When Singapore Airlines had the former longest scheduled nonstop service (from LA to Singapore), the A340 was outfitted with a special shelf to store corpses should someone die on the 17 hour flight there. theguardian.com/business/…
Our modern concept of a grocery store, where you grab items off the shelf yourself, wasn't invented until 1917. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sel…
In Ohio,liquor licenses cannot be bought and sold outright, so a family owned grocery store sold a shelf and a case of beer to a national chain for $3 million...then transferred the license. dispatch.com/content/stor…
CDs & DVD's deteriorate over time which causes them to have have a life expectancy (or shelf life) estimated to be as low as 20 years. clir.org/pubs/reports/pub…
Ranch dressing was invented by a plumber-turned-rancher and eventually bought & reformulated by the Clorox Company to become a shelf-stable, consumer-accessible product. slate.com/articles/arts/n…
During harvest season potatoes can be dug up, fried, packed and on the shelf as crisps (potatos chips) in less than 24 hours walkers.co.uk/faq/product…
Iraqi militants "used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need to evade or monitor U.S. military operations." wsj.com/articles/SB126102…
Soy milk is shelf stable and manufacturers spend extra on refrigeration to convey freshness. yumsugar.com/Does-Soy-Mil…
Brazil and France had a dispute over spiny lobsters, where Brazil refused to allow French fishing vessels to catch spiny lobsters near its coast, arguing that lobsters "crawl along the continental shelf", while the French sustained that "lobsters swim" and might be caught by any country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lob…
Apples have a typical shelf life of 90-240 days if refrigerated tmkproduce.com/produce.as…
The most complained about ad in Australia in 2010, was a commercial for an erectile dysfunction product. The ad features a woman standing on her husband's penis, in order to reach something on the top shelf. adweek.com/adfreak/wife-s…
There is a North Pole Marathon every year. People come from all over the world to compete in the 26.2-mile marathon race on top of a floating Arctic ice shelf. npmarathon.com
Whisky (unopened) does not get better or worse with age like wine, but opened whisky can be consumed between 6 months and 2 years unlike opened wine that has a shelf life of a few days whisky.com/information/kn…
Twinkies only have a shelf life of 25 days, and used to have banana filling until WW2 halted the world's banana trade forcing Hostess to change it to the filling we eat today. snopes.com/food/ingredien…
In Belgium, France, Spain, and Portugal over 90% of the milk consumed is UHT (Ultra-high-temperature) processed and has an unopened shelf life of 6 to 9 months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ult…
Beans and rice (not brown rice) have an indefinite shelf life eatbydate.com/proteins/be…
β€œBest before” dates refer to the quality and shelf life of an unopened food product, not safety theglobeandmail.com/life/…
Honey really does last forever. 'Honey has an indefinite shelf life. It’s the properties of processed honey that keep it from becoming a hotbed of microbes and other things that may spoil or contaminate it.' zidbits.com/2013/07/does-…
Uncooked brown rice only has a 6-8 month shelf life, where white rice can last from 4 years all the way to 25-30 years! eatbydate.com/grains/rice…
Potato chip bags are filled with nitrogen gas to lengthen shelf life and prevent crushing. madehow.com/Volume-3/Pota…
Most beer have 4 month shelf life. beerdates.com/
The Killers wrote a trilogy of songs based around a murder: "Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf" (From "Sawdust"), "Midnight Show" and "Jenny Was A Friend of Mine" (both from "Hot Fuss"). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
That, before digital format was used in movie theaters, an 80-minute feature film would cost $1,500 to $2,500 for every film print. Now that digital projectors are more commonly used, a feature-length movie can be stored on an off-the-shelf 300 GB hard drive for $150. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
There is a Jewish equivalent of Elf on a Shelf called Mensch on a Bench themenschonabench.com/
In New Orleans crypts the bodies are left on a shelf to cook for a year and a day then the remains are swept into a pile to mix with earlier family remains. Ad infinitum. thecarpetbagger.org/2012/…
Viagra also makes cut flowers "stand up straight," extending their shelf life a week beyond their natural life span en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
In Canada (some provinces) there is a retail law that requires stores to give the item for free or $10 off, if they charge you more at the cashier (than what is marked as the shelf price)! retailcouncil.org/advocac…
Artificial muscles have been created using off the shelf fishing line. singularityhub.com/2014/0…
Toilets in Germany have a shelf to facilitate stool examination asecular.com/~scott/misc/…
Germans use a special "Poo-Shelf" toilet to inspect their faeces. banterist.com/archivefile…
Medicine bottle expiration dates aren't related to drug potency or shelf halflife health.harvard.edu/fhg/up…
Commercially produced pure honey has a practically indefinite shelf life. stilltasty.com/questions/…
Because most beer is filtered it has a shelf life <1 year, whereas bottle conditioned beers can be stored for decades and even improve in flavor like wine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bot…
, bleach only has a shelf life of about 6 months, then starts to "degrade". finance.yahoo.com/family-…
There was a Video Game Industry Crash in the Mid-1980's where Revenues that had peaked at $3.2B in 1983 plummeted to $100M in 1985. Toy retailers concluded that video games had been a fad and re-assigned shelf space to other products. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vid…
The North Pole Marathon, known as the World's Coolest Marathon, began in 2002 and averages a wind chill temperature of 22 below zero. In 2011, 255 people from 38 nations braved the conditions to compete in the 26.2 mile marathon race on top of a floating Arctic ice shelf. today.com/news/10-things-…

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