The Roman "Pilum" featured a barbed spear head, on a long, thin iron shaft, attached to a heavy wooden handle. The design used the attackers own momentum to pierce their shield, and render it useless, leaving them defenseless if they choose to keep attacking a Roman formation. youtube.com/watch?v=ZxY3C…
The male β™‚ and female ♀ gender symbols were once thought by historians to represent the shield and spear of Mars, and Venus's hand mirror, respectively, but this theory is now almost unanimously rejected by historians. They are simply contractions of the ancient Greek words for those gods. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
The iconic podium used by the President of the United States is nicknamed "The Blue Goose" and is actually bulletproof, doubling as a shield in the event of a attempted attack. inproduction.net/news/mee…
Today I learned of the eating of ortolans, tiny songbirds that are captured live, fattened by overfeeding in the dark, then drowned in Armagnac. They are roasted, then plucked, and consumed whole. The person eating the bird covers his head with a napkin – supposedly to shield him from the eyes of God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
The Irish used to celebrate the day after Christmas by killing wrens. The Norse origin theory for this tradition maintains that wrens betrayed Irish soldiers by beating their wings on Irish shields whilst fighting against Viking invaders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wre…
Alexander the Great once suffered an arrow wound that pierced his lung. He fought on as long as he could, but eventually collapsed on his shield. His army was able to protect him long enough to win the battle and to escape. They cut the arrow out of his chest and amazingly he fully recovered. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The island of Maui is a "volcanic doublet," formed from two shield volcanoes that overlapped one another to form an isthmus between them. The larger, younger volcano to the east, Haleakalā, rises to more than 10,000 feet above sea level, and measures 5 miles (8.0 km) from seafloor to summit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau…
There is an islet in Hawaii formed of the remains of a shield volcano several times more massive than the big island, but which has eroded down to a tiny uninhabited rock. It is still earth's most massive volcano or mountain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Maui Nui or Greater Maui, is a modern geologists' name given to a prehistoric Hawaiian Island built from seven shield volcanoes. 1.2 million years ago, Maui Nui was 14,600 square kilometres (5,600 sq mi), 40% larger than the present-day island of Hawai'i. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau…
Part of the World Trade Center is on Mars. NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity has a aluminum cuff serving as a cable shield on each of the rock abrasion tools, this was made from aluminum recovered from the destroyed World Trade Center towers. nasa.gov/mission_pages/me…
According to Roman Mythology, Tarpeia allowed Sabine soldiers to enter the city of Rome in exchange for β€œWhat they bore on their left arms”, referring to their bracelets. Instead they threw their shields at her, crushing her to death, and hurled her body over a cliff en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Brooke Shields was only 14 when "The Blue Lagoon" was filmed glasshousejournal.co.uk/p…
The original reason why umbrella handles are curved is to make it easier for servants to hold the umbrella at an angle to shield their employer gentlemansgazette.com/umb…
In 525 BC, the Battle of Pelusium marked Egypt’s decisive defeat by the Persians and a milestone of psychological warfare. As Eygptian considered cats as sacred, the Persian Army used Cats as a shield. The Egyptians did not dare to shoot their arrows for fear of wounding the animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about the Gaesatae, a group of Gaulish mercenaries hired to fight the Romans in 225 BC. The Gaesatae fought naked to intimidate their foes, but their small shields offered little protection against Roman javelins, and they were driven back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gae…
In 525 BCE, the Persian king Cambyses II won a battle against the Egyptian Army using cats. Mid battle, he painted the goddess Bastet, protector of cats, on his shield and released live cats onto the battlefield. The Egyptians' ingrained reverence for cats won out, and the army surrendered. ancient.eu/article/43/the…
In the film Blue Lagoon, Brooke Shields had to walk in shallow trenches because she is almost 178 cm (5'10) while Christopher Atkins is just 167 cm (around 5'6). He later described the experience as "like having the Statue of Liberty standing beside me". smh.com.au/lifestyle/the-…
Fungus growing in Chernobyl can make up for light shield against radiation in terms of armor and help space travel popularmechanics.com/scie…
Robert Downey Jr. gave Chris Evans a custom-designed "Steve Rogers" car with the Cap shield emblazoned on the steering wheel menshealth.com/entertainm…
While serving in the Mexican-American war, future U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant at the Battle of Monterrey hung off the side of the horse he was riding to use it as a shield while under sniper fire as the horse was still running. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uly…
The US Military did not help Marvel with The Avengers (2012) because they could not understand the role of SHIELD in the chain of command politi.co/2SjsSFz
Crabs use sea urchins for protection in terms of a shield and/or throwing weapon, and they use anemones regenerative ability by breaking them in half and allowing them to grow around its claws to use them as boxing gloves. azdailysun.com/lifestyles…
Today I learned of Project Valkyrie: a theorized lightweight interstellar spacecraft that could attain 92% lightspeed. Components are tethered, with the crew 10 km away from the antimatter engine. A system would spray liquid droplets in front of the craft to shield against interstellar dust particles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
A Giant Tortoise, the last confirmed sighting of which, was in 1906, was discovered in 2019. The female Tortoise was discovered on Fernandia, an active shield volcano on the Galapagos Islands. nationalgeographic.com/an…
In 1975 Playboy published nude photographs (child pornography) of 10-year-old actress Brooke Shields snopes.com/fact-check/bro…
Mongols used Wicker shields which means the cuisine legend of β€œmongols grilling meat on their shields” has been debunked by this SCA article. viahistoria.com/SilverHor…
Today I learned of the IMCF, a sport in which people dress in full medieval armor and fight each other in an arena with a shield and (blunt) swords en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Mythbusters hosts Adam and Jamie built a combat robot for the show Robot Wars. It was so effective that it often sent pieces of its opponent's bodywork over the shield walls of the arena into the crowd, and after two fights the show's insurance company deemed the bot "too hazardous" to compete. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ble…
Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Sigmund Freud, Malcolm X, were amongst the supporters of the Shakespeare authorship question, arguing that Shakespeare was a front to shield the identity of the real author or authors, who for some reason did not want or could not accept public credit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
There is a popular medieval MMA league in Russia where people fight in armor with a sword and shield telegraph.co.uk/men/the-f…
The 1984 movie Supergirl was the first English language superhero film to feature a woman in the lead role. Demi Moore and Brooke Shields were both rejected and unknown Helen Slater was paid $75,000 for the role en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
The word β€œdashboard” comes from the board on horse drawn carriages that would shield you from mud and rocks flung up by β€œdashing” horses. thenewswheel.com/origin-o…
The Soviets planted a bug inside the US Embassy by hiding it in a wooden carving of the US shield. The Americans thought it was clean, as it didn't contain any wires or batteries. Instead, it was activated and powered by an external radio beam. It remained undiscovered from 1945 to 1952. cryptomuseum.com/covert/b…
Aluminum recovered from the World Trade Center is now used to shield cabling on Mars Rover Spirit and Opportunity. jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.ph…
A man named Robert Shields wrote the longest diary in history - 37.5 million words written over a 25 year period until he was disabled by a stroke. He spent hours every day chronically the most minute details of his daily life and even limited sleep to 2 hours at a time to record his dreams. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Abraham Lincoln was almost in a saber duel with James Shield on September 22, 1842 until John J. Hardin and Dr. R.W. English ceased the hostilities between the two. historynet.com/abraham-li…
The Alaskan Wood Frog shields itself during winter with about an inch or two of leaf litter along the forest floor and allows up to 60 percent of it's body to freeze solid. It's heart stops eventually beating and survives in a semi-frozen state for weeks.... nationalgeographic.com.au…
King Henry loved adding guns to other weapons. His bodyguards carried shields with pistols built into them, and Henry himself had a walking stick that doubled as both a spiked mace and a three-barreled pistol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pis…
Captain America's shield in the first Ironman movie was only there as a joke from an ILM artist during cinesync sessions to which Jon Favreau wanted to leave in just to see who else might notice it. mtv.com/news/2596683/capt…
After discovering Jupiter's intense radiation belt , NASA needed a last minute fix to shield the exterior cables of the Voyager deep space probes. They sent a technician to the local supermarket, bought all of the kitchen grade aluminum foil, and wrapped it around the cables. amp.businessinsider.com/v…
The Chinese word for "contradiction", ηŸ›η›Ύ, consisting of the characters for "spear" and "shield" respectively, is said to derive from an old tale in which a Chinese merchant proclaimed to sell "spears that could pierce any shield" and "shields that could defend from all spear attacks". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irr…
In 378BC, 30K Spartans invaded Thebes and were met by 20K Athenians deployed on an open hill. When the armies reached 200m apart, the Athenian general ordered his men to stand at ease (spears up, shields down) which they did with such precision and confidence as to cause the Spartans to retreat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Normally the wing folding process of ladybugs is shielded by their elytra, the cases that shield their wings and give them their iconic red and black coloring. Scientists created artificial transparent elytra and grafted them onto the bugs revealing the folding process in stunning detail. youtu.be/WyM-2BkQom8
If engulfed in flames in a forest fire, some fire trucks can go into `burnover mode` when a sprinkler system keeps watering the truck (including each tyre) while the fire fighters hide behind heat shields. youtu.be/PO7GTTBqDKo?t=10…
By using cats Cambyses II of Persia defeated Egypt at the Battle of Pelusium in 525 BCE. The Persian king had his army paint the image of the cat on their shields and also charged the frontline with cats. The Egyptians, unwilling to risk the wrath of their gods, surrendered. ancient.eu/warfare/
They make a tiny film shield which can be attached to the old Polaroid cameras to allow them to use the new more light sensitive Polaroid Film. youtube.com/watch?v=WZihW…
The US Military dropped its support from Marvel's Avengers because it could not reconcile SHIELDs relationship with the government. screenrant.com/the-avenge…
Genghis Khan would marry off a daughter to the king of an allied nation, dismissing his other wives. Then he would assign his new son-in-law to military duty in the Mongol wars, while the daughter took over the rule. Most sons-in-law died in combat, giving him shield around the Mongol lands thetyee.ca/Books/2010/07/…
10 year old Brook Shields posed nude for for a Playboy publication. A judge ruled it "non pornographic" except to "perverse minds". snopes.com/fact-check/bro…
There was a Roman priesthood whose job was to perform a specific dance and chant around sacred shields. Since this ritual was unchanged for centuries, later Romans had no idea what the ritual actually meant while still continuing the tradition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…

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