Casio was widely accused of false advertising after launching an ad where a hockey player used a g shock as a puck to demonstrate its toughness. However once a TV news channel replicated and verified the ads authenticity it gained popularity amongst the general public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-S…
Horses have blind spots on the front and back of their body. Keeping a hand on their body while walking around them decreases chances of kicking out of shock or fear. equisearch.com/articles/h…
When Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashed, the first helicopter on scene that evening reported no signs of life so rescuers decided to pause and continue the next morning. Many initial survivors slowly died through the night from shock and exposure, leaving 4 survivors out of 524 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Today I learned of the Atari shock, where video game revenues peaked at around $3.2 billion in 1983, then fell to around $100 million by 1985 (a drop of almost 97 percent). The crash abruptly ended what is retrospectively considered the second generation of console video gaming in North America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vid…
Hackers can remotely install malware on pacemakers to deliver life-threatening shocks. This mainly applies to pacemakers which do not rely on encryption to safeguard updates. arstechnica.com/informati…
Today I Learned: The famous "Blue Waffle" shock image/hoax likely shows the application of gentian violet antifungal medication to treat a yeast infection verywellhealth.com/is-blu…
An Ohio company including a physicist & biomimicry expert is developing a football helmet liner based on the shock-absorbing pelt of hedgehog quills. They've mimicked the structure of a hedgehog quill with a polymer which lets it bend but not break & mimicked the spacing & angle of each quill. radio.wosu.org/post/desig…
Shock rocker Alice Cooper is now a born again Christian who attends Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley, California, and even teaches Sunday School gospelherald.com/articles…
Two MIT Scientists successfully planted a false memory into a mouse (Mouseception). When set in a certain box, the mouse freezes in terror, recalling that it receives a shock in this box, when this never happened. This research may lead to new treatments for Depression or Alzheimer's, etc. smithsonianmag.com/innova…
: Tazer Ball is a combination of soccer and rugby in which players could shock each other with stun guns. The game puts two teams of four players on a field. Players have to get a large ball into a net while avoiding their opponents, all of whom are armed with tazers. melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
When he was a child, Stephen King witnessed one of his friends being killed by a train, though he has no memory of the event. His family told him that after leaving to go play with the boy, King returned, speechless and in shock. Only later did the family learn of the friend's death. amc.com/talk/2008/06/stan…
, of the Asian Giant Hornet, whose venom can not only kill by renal failure or anaphylactic shock, it also contains a chemical called phospholipase, which can dissolve human tissue. biology-bytes.com/asian-g…
Today I learned of the Aversion Project in South Africa. Dr. Aubrey Levin treated nearly 1000 patients who were submitted to chemical castrations and electric shock treatment, meant to "cure" them of their homosexual β€œcondition.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aub…
Today I learned that the Dragon's Breath (chili pepper) is rated at 3.18 million Scoville units, and it is so hot that experts warn it can cause death by choking or anaphylactic shock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
The tongue and hyoid bone of this pileated woodpecker wrap around its skull to help cushion the brain while it's pecking for food. The bird's inner-skull contains compressible sponge-like bone, mostly concentrated in the forehead and the back of the skull, which functions as a shock absorber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
In the 1950's nuclear bomb tests at the Nevada Proving Grounds were often a Las Vegas attraction. You'd be able to see the mushroom clouds and feel the massive seismic shock waves produced by the bombs. wassupinlasvegas.com/1950…
In 1869 an electric shock left Dr Cyrus Teed believing he was the messiah. Teed convinced followers that the Earth’s surface is the inner crust of a hollow sphere and that he would rise from the dead. Upon Teed’s death, they left him in a bathtub until Florida health officials forced his burial en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyr…
A respected psychiatrist at a Canadian mental institution, with funding from the CIA, performed experiments on patients without their knowledge or consent involving sleep deprivation, LSD, shock treatments, and sensory deprivation, resulting in many cases in incurable mental illness. youtu.be/TKLy1ALj3Pc
Steve Martin's wedding came as a surprise to his guests. The roughly 75 star-studded attendees (including the likes of Tom Hanks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, and Carl Reiner) said that he had invited them to his house just for a "party." To their shock, upon their arrival his wedding began. people.com/celebrity/stev…
Today I learned about Heat Shock, the reason why the people of Pompeii didn't have a chance to flee is because Mount Vesuvius boiled their blood and caused their skulls to explode within seconds. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Pavlov never trained a dog to salivate to the sound of a bell. He required precise control over the quality and duration of stimuli and the iconic bell would have proven totally useless to his goal. Instead, he most frequently used a metronome, a harmonium, a buzzer, and electric shock. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Today I learned about the No-Contact Jacket, an defensive device that uses electric shock to discourage assailants from grabbing the wearer in unwanted situations such as in cases of assault. thefutureofthings.com/536…
A helicopter tried to makeshift rescue a woman from a plane crash into a freezing Potomac river using a life preserver, but she was in shock and kept slipping back into the river. Surrounded by firefighters who stood and watched her about to drown, an ordinary citizen jumped in and rescued her youtube.com/watch?v=eXSQ9…
Dogs can go into anaphylactic shock and it is rare and highly likely to be fatal. vcahospitals.com/know-you…
Today I learned of the loudest plane ever built, the XF-84H Thunderstreak. At idle power, the propeller would create continuous sonic booms that emitted visible shock waves. Anyone nearby, regardless of ear protection, suffered severe nausea, headaches, and it even caused one man to have a seizure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
Glenn Shadix, the actor who played Otho in Beetlejuice, was subjected to β€œex gay” electrical shock treatments when he came out to his parent. When this failed to change his orientation, he attempted suicide and survived a 3 day coma. After the incident, his parents accept ed his sexuality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gle…
The Milgram Experiment was conducted to test the idea of β€œJust following orders”, it unexpectedly proved humans lean towards obeying authoritative figures over empathizing with a victim. All obeyed in shocking the victim and 65 % of participants administered the experiment's final 450-V shock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
The famous inventor Nikola Tesla became interested in electricity after his cat gave him an electric shock pbs.org/tesla/ll/
In China there are centres for internet addiction with treatments that can be so rough that some patients have died. Some facilities use electro-shock treatment as part of the cure, and among roughly three hundred such centres in China, there have been seven reported deaths. bbc.com/news/world-asia-c…
The Joy Buzzer does NOT deliver an electric shock as stylized by villains in fiction, instead a button on the disc releases the spring, which rapidly unwinds creating a vibration that feels somewhat like an electric shock en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy…
Scientist's still do not know how fish like electric eels shock prey from their bodies without shocking themselves. ed.ted.com/lessons/how-do…
Bambi is listed in the Top 25 Horror Movies of all Time by Time magazine. Bambi, Time states, "has a primal shock that still haunts oldsters who saw it 40, 50, 65 years ago.” en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Today I learned about 40% of patients in ICUs with septic shock have serum levels of vitamin C supporting a diagnosis of scurvy. The inability to generate vitamin C makes humans very susceptible to dysfunction in a variety of biochemical pathways that are vital for surviving a critical illness such as sepsis. ccforum.biomedcentral.com…
The asteroid impact that created Meteor Crater in Arizona hit with up to 20 megatons of energy (Hiroshima was 15 kilotons), which sent out catastrophic winds at roughly 900 mph (1,500 km/h). This debris-hurling shock wave would have killed any human-sized animals within about 4 miles (6 km). astronomy.com/magazine/as…
Although it is commonly shown in medical dramas, you do not shock someone with a flatline. You only use defibrillators on people with ventricular fibrillation, and pulseless ventricular tachycardia (heart beats out of rhythm or heart beats that are really fast and out of sync) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Def…
Invasive brain implants which send electric shocks that activate pleasure senses are being used to treat severe cases of addiction scmp.com/news/china/scien…
Today I learned about β€œThe Cabinet of Curiosities”, a precursor to modern museums from the 15th-19th centuries, they were collections of β€œweird and wonderful” objects intended to shock and awe paying customers. They often included the remains of β€œmythical creatures” like β€œmermaids” and others. sothebysinstitute.com/new…
Shock G had several alter egos that were believed to be actual people by music fans and industry insiders. Aliases included Humpty Hump, Piano Man, Rackadelic, MC Blowfish, Gregory Racker, Icey Mike, Michael Boston, E7L, Peanut Hakeem Anafu Washington, Shakeem Bocaj V, Dat Jit Got a Dolphin Nose en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Not only can the Electric Eel shock its prey, but it can also "control their mind", immobilizing them or making them reveal their position using electricity. zmescience.com/science/bi…
Today I learned of a TV episode of PokΓ©mon that sent 685 Japanese viewers to the hospital due to epileptic seizures because of a 6 second clip with red and blue lights flickering at 12Hz. The incident was labelled "PokΓ©mon Shock". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Cone snail venom contains weaponized insulin. The insulin forms part of a poison mixture evocatively known as β€œnirvana cabal”. It allows the snail to disable entire schools of swimming fish by sending them into β€œhypoglycaemic shock”, a condition brought on by plummeting blood sugar levels. theguardian.com/science/2…
In 1280 Pisa was hit by a series of earthquakes that were believed to threaten the tower; however it remained upright. Researchers later discovered that the soil (the cause of its lean) also protected from the quakes, absorbing the shock of the tremors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
In one variation of the Milgram experiment, subjects were directed to shock a "cute, fluffy puppy" instead of a human. Only half of the male subjects, and all of the female subjects obeyed the orders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
That "Shiver me timbers" is an expression of shock derived from the fact that boats would be lifted up in high wind on the seas,crashing down and shaking(shivering) the sails and frightening the sailors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Defibrillators work by administering a shock that interrupts an irregular heartbeat, allowing the heart to reset to normal. So it does not work on a patient who no longer has a heartbeat. heartsine.com/2012/12/how…
80% of the SR-71 Blackbird's thrust at Mach 3.2 was generated from its ability to harness energy from the shock waves it created, thanks to special retractable spikes in front of its inlets. Its engines generated the other 20% of thrust. youtu.be/m5qZZ3X44Go?t=2m…
A recent study showed that subjects preferred to give themselves electric shocks rather than occupy themselves with their own thoughts for 15 minutes. Most people seem to prefer to be doing something rather than nothing, even if that something is negative wjh-www.harvard.edu/~dtg/…
"Weird Al" Yankovic wrote an original song called "Dare to Be Stupid" in the style of DEVO. Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh: "I was in shock. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard. He sort of re-sculpted that song into something else and... I hate him for it, basically." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
Electrocution and electric shock are completely seperate things. Electrocution is always fatal where as electric shock isn't. wikidiff.com/electrocute/…
Today I learned of the death of Jon-Erik Hexum. Bored with the dealys in filming *Cover Up* in 1984, Hexum imitated Russian Roulette with a blank cartredge. The shock of the blank to his temple caused him to be pronounced brain dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
Attacking your avocado tree can shock it into bearing fruit. fruitexpert.co.uk/growing…
The first 'talking car', the 1982 Datsun 810 Maxima, stored its voice messages ("lights are on", "left door is open", "fuel level is low", etc.) on a 3-inch, shock-resistant, plastic phonograph record. jalopnik.com/5246380/1982…
While filming Hans Gruber's death scene in Die Hard, Alan Rickman was dropped a full second before he expected to fall, resulting in the look of shock present in the film. sploid.gizmodo.com/alan-r…
Rats who were trained to press a lever for food stopped pressing the lever once they saw that it also caused another rat to receive an electric shock blogs.discovermagazine.co…
Ernest Hemingway begged his wife not to send him for more electroshock treatments because he lost so much of his memory he couldn't even remember his own name. He committed suicide the day after his 36th shock treatment. cnn.com/fyi/school.tools/…
Contrary to the prevailing medical misconception of the time that President Harrison's death was caused by the weather at his inauguration, an analysis made in 2014, based on notes and records of the White House water supply, concluded that he likely died of septic shock due to enteric fever. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 1944 Franklin Roosevelt was gifted a letter opener made out of the arm bone of a Japanese soldier but had to return it due to the shock and outrage it caused in Japan and the U.S. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Psycho was the first movie to show a toilet being flushed, which was considered inappropriate at the time. Hitchcock thought that it would add extra shock value to the film. bestlifeonline.com/movie-…
The brand name of norepinephrine (used for septic shock) is Levophed. Many of the older nurses have said that they used to say, "Levophed, leave 'em dead." If patients were sick enough to require norepinephrine to manage their shock, then they were most likely going to die. fromnewtoicu.com/blog/201…
Today I learned of Ewen Cameron, who in the the 50s ran experiments on humans which involved giving several electric shocks a week, taping blacked out football helmets to their heads and playing repetitive messages in their ears for months at a time. Some patients apparently forgot who they were and how to talk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
"Paris Syndome" is a psychological disorder whereby Japanese tourists visiting Paris for the first time experience such severe culture shock that they become ill en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Japanese researchers have discovered that administering an electrical shock that simulates a lightning strike can increase mushroom yields -- leading to more and bigger mushrooms. blog.mycology.cornell.edu…
Of the Solar storm of 1859. It was a powerful geomagnetic storm that caused Telegraph systems all over Europe and North America to fail, in some cases giving telegraph operators electric shocks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Some people would rather shock themselves than be left alone with their thoughts. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Today I learned of the Cromwell twins who served as nurses at the front lines during the World War I. Serving in the front lines they experienced first hand the gravity of war. They were said to portray the symptom of "shell shock" (ptsd) and committed suicide by jumping of the SS La Lorraine on Jan 19,1919. monstrousregimentofwomen.…
13th Floor Elevators’ frontman Rocky Erickson was arrested for possession of a single joint, pleaded insanity to avoid a 10 year jail term, and so suffered 3 years of shock therapy and Thorazine treatment in state hospitals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rok…
"Chimpanzees, who cannot swim, have drowned in zoo moats trying to save others." And "Given the chance to get food by pulling a chain that would also deliver an electric shock to a companion, Rhesus monkeys will starve themselves for several days." nytimes.com/2007/03/20/sc…
A study found that people would rather give themselves electric shocks than sit in the silence of their thoughts time.com/2950919/alone-wi…
Today I learned about Lewis Wheelan who barely survived a high voltage shock. He died several years later from the 2003 blackout when his skin grafts overheated. He survived high voltage electricity just to die to a lack of it. sootoday.com/local-news/c…
The US President must pay for their own meals. Most experience sticker shock & complain. ngm.nationalgeographic.co…
A man became infected with bacteria and eventually died of septic shock because he swam in the Gulf of Mexico with a ~5 day old tattoo that had not finished healing. cnn.com/2017/06/02/health…
When people are electrocuted and thrown far distances, it is a result of sudden and violent muscle contraction and not the result of the shock. This has raised questions as to the actual strength and capabilities of the muscles in the human body entertainment.howstuffwor…
Rats who were trained to press a lever for their food would stop pressing the lever once they saw that it would electrically shock other another rat blogs.discovermagazine.co…
When Apollos 12's Lunar Module was deliberately crashed into the moons surface in a seismic experiment the resulting shock wave lasted 55 minutes. popsci.com/how-apollo-lun…
The first working TV set was made out of household items in a home workshop; the inventor's landlord evicted him after he gave himself a 1000-volt shock en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
About meat allergy, also known as alpha-gal allergy, which can cause anaphylactic shock, leading to death. digg.com/2018/meat-allerg…
When the game ending whistle blew in the 1950 World Cup final hosted in Brazil, a Brazilian fan immediately committed suicide and three others died from heart attacks as a result of shock and shame from losing the final at home. sites.duke.edu/wcwp/tourn…
After a great emotional shock, you can die suddenly due to an abnormal hreat rhythm. You can die from a broken heart. webmd.com/heart-disease/n…
'Game Of Thrones' and 'Westworld' composer Ramin Djawadi kicked off his career in the late 1990s by composing music for a video game that sold poorly, but would later be regarded as revolutionary in the video game industry. The game was System Shock 2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
A small magnet implanted in a finger can allow one to sense magnetic fields. This body mod can be very useful in professions that work with electric currents, allowing the detection of live wires and avoiding electric shock. archive.wired.com/gadgets…
Between 90 and 95 percent of meteors that approach Earth burn up in our atmosphere. The asteroid that entered Earth's atmosphere in 2013 over Russia broke 15 miles above the ground and generated a shock wave equivalent to a 500-kiloton explosion space.com/33695-thousands…
Robert Liston is the only surgeon in history to have performed an operation with a 300% mortality rate, losing his patient to infection, accidentally amputating his assistant's fingers, who also died of infection, and slashing a spectator who died from shock en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Crucifixion was typically carried out by specialized teams, consisting of a commanding centurion and his soldiers. First, the condemned would be stripped naked and scourged. This would cause the person to lose a large amount of blood, and approach a state of shock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cru…
A psychiatric study done on survivors of the WWII London bombings shows that while people that barely survived suffered shock and trauma, people farther away felt a "feeling of excitement with a flavor of invulnerability". thomlangford.com/2015/05/…
Conus Geographus, a venomous snail, is the only animal other than humans to use insulin as a weapon. Its sting causes its prey to go into hypoglycemic shock, stunning it to allow the snail to eat it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Today I learned of Joan Murray who landed on a mound of fire ants at 80mph after her parachute failed to open. Doctors believe that the shock of being stung over 200 times by the ants released a surge of adrenaline which kept her heart beating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
People have been found dead casually sitting next to open electrical equipment - they got a fatal shock to the heart but sat down because they only felt a little lightheaded youtu.be/wR6g38Pxwog
Early treatments for schizophrenia and other psychiatric conditions included Insulin Shock Therapy in which patients were repeatedly injected with large doses of insulin in order to produce daily comas over several weeks. It was used extensively in the 1940s and '50s before falling out of favor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ins…
That, despite its barbaric past, Electric Shock Therapy is on the rise in the UK and is considered by mental health professionals as the best cure for clinical depression. theguardian.com/society/2…
Today I learned of the Rejuvenique Face Mask. Launched in 1999, this "anti-aging" device provides a shock treatment to your face for 15 minutes 3-4 times/week. One user said: "It feels like a thousand ants are biting my face". It is no longer for sale. thedrum.com/news/2017/10/…
In the Vietnamese version of Cinderella (Tam Cam), at the end, Cinderella dismembered her step sister, put the body into a jar of food and sent it to her step mother to eat, which she enjoyed until she found the skull at the bottom of the jar and died of shock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Thomas Edison was a big supporter of execution by electrocution. He would demonstrate the killing power of electricity by staging press conferences at which he would shock stray cats and dogs to death. washingtonexaminer.com/th…
When a soccer player accidentally dedicated a match to his wife and to his "girlfriend" on live TV, the shock of the announcement caused his pregnant wife to go into premature labor. dailysun.co.za/Sunday-Sun…
Some species of cone snail use insulin in their venom to cause their prey to become paralysed from hypoglycemic shock. pnas.org/content/pnas/112…
Tsar Bomba, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated, was so powerful that it created seismic shocks that were measurable even on their third passage around the Earth. tsarbomba.org/
When Buddy Holly died, his pregnant wife first got the news through the TV, and the shock caused her miscarriage, leading to the policy requiring families to be informed before media can release the victims' names. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
President William Henry Harrison probably died from Septic Shock than Pneumonia youtube.com/watch?v=mZDrt…
If left untreated, some tattoo infections can actually lead to blood poisoning, shock, and even eventually organ failure and death authoritytattoo.com/infec…
There's a Vietnamese Cinderella-type story, where 'Cinderella' kills her step-sister by pouring boiling water on her and feeds her to their step-mother who finds out and dies of shock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When the first McDonald's opened in Britain in 1974, culture shock was experienced. A couple of early customer noted with dismay there was no butter on the bread roll, or cutlery to eat with. marketingmagazine.co.uk/a…

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