Today I learned about "Daughter from California" Syndrome, in which a dying, elderly hospital patient receives a visit from a long-lost relative, who -- in shock over the patient's level of deterioration -- guiltily tries to assert themselves as caregiver, while demanding aggressive, unrealistic treatment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dau…
There was a product sold in the 80's and 90's called the "Electric Worm Getter". It was sold to fishermen for the collection of earthworms for bait. It sent an electric shock through the top layer of soil forcing the worms to surface. It had to be recalled in 1993 after 30 people died using it. cpsc.gov/Recalls/1993/ele…
The cone snail, one of the most venomous animals on earth, releases a cloud of insulin when a fish swims by, causing it to go into hypoglycemic shock, immobilizing it so it can inject the fish with a cocktail of up to 200 toxins museumsvictoria.com.au/ar…
2 weeks after the 1972 democratic convention, vice presidential nominee T.Eagleton had to withdraw from the race because of a media campaign targeting his rumoured history of depression and shock therapy. 77% of voters polled at the time, said that his medical record would not affect their vote en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Today I learned of Pieter Peutemans, a Dutch artist active in the late 1600's. He was engaged in anatomical studies in a room full of skeletons, when an earthquake struck. The shaking made the skeletons move and dance, and he fled the room in terror, dying of shock shortly thereafter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
St. Elmo's Fire isn't fire or lightning and won't burn or shock you if you touch it. youtube.com/watch?v=cNYZW…
During her visit to the United States, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands heard footsteps outside her White House bedroom, answered a knock on the door, saw the ghost of Abraham Lincoln and fainted in shock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Electric shock may directly cause death in three ways: paralysis of the breathing centre in the brain, paralysis of the heart, or ventricular fibrillation. britannica.com/science/el…
Arthur Sackler, Purdue Pharma's founder who died before Oxycontin's release, established NYC's first racially integrated blood bank, discovered and advocated for gentler alternatives to electro-shock therapy, was a pioneer in using ultrasound technology, and an early anti-smoking crusader. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
When crank telephones were being replaced with dial phones, people used to take magneto out of crank telephones to electrocute water to shock fishes, when shocked the dead fish would rise to the surface. techwalla.com/articles/ho…
In 1942, German sub U-68 torpedoed the 8,600-ton British freighter Surrey in the Caribbean Sea. Unbeknownst to the submarine crew, the Surrey carried tons of dynamite in the cargo which detonated. The shock wave lifted U-68 out of the water as if she had suffered a torpedo hit herself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
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…
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…
Children's YouTube celebrity Blippi was once a self proclaimed shock comedian who made a "Harlem Shake" video where he explosively defecated on his friends face. He has used DMCA takedowns to try and erase it from the internet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bli…
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…
There is no correct way to install an electrical outlet. They are placed "upside-down" for many reasons including letting you know it is attached to a light switch, for grounding purposes, to reduce chances of electric shock. esinationwide.com/why-are…
If a person has metal dental work and chews on aluminum foil they will create an electric current, which can be quiet painful. Having neighboring teeth crowned or filled with different metals can also cause electric shocks if one eats acidic foods. mcgill.ca/oss/article/you…
When you fall into cold water you produce an involuntary 'gasp' response and inhalation of water due to a response called Cold Water Shock that greatly increases your chance of drowning theconversation.com/divin…
Kaiser Wilhelm II had a series of birth defects, most notably a withered left arm. Treatments for his arm include: salt water sprays, cold compression, electric shocks, stretching, and putting the arm into a fresh animal carcass (Queen Victoria thought this was a bad idea). blogs.bl.uk/untoldlives/2…
Today I Learned Insulin shock therapy or insulin coma therapy (ICT) was a form of psychiatric treatment in which patients were repeatedly injected with large doses of insulin in order to produce daily comas over several weeks. britannica.com/science/sh…
PTSD used to be called shell shock. The term was originated in 1915 during WW1 by Charles Myers captivate-thoughts.com/20…
The Milgram Experiment, in which participants believed they were shocking people, was flawed. Many suspected that the shocks were fake. Subjects who thought they were truly shocking others were much more likely to defy the experimenter and refuse to proceed. psypost.org/2019/11/unpub…
Today I learned about Disco Demolition Night. In the Late 70s the White Sox hired a shock-jock, anti-disco campaigner to promote an event where fans were urged to bring in disco records for discounted ticket priced. These records were collected and then blown up. The even ended with riot police dispersal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
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…
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…
Shock G and Humpty Hump from Digital Underground are the same person. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
, 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…
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…
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…
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…
: 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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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.…
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
The famous inventor Nikola Tesla became interested in electricity after his cat gave him an electric shock pbs.org/tesla/ll/
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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