ADHD doesn't always mean 'short attention span'. 'Hyperfocusing' on a task for hours on end is also a known symptom of ADHD, where the inability to stop is considered to be the problem. additudemag.com/understan…
The Python programming language was not named after the snake. But was actually named after "Monty Python's Flying Circus", a British surreal sketch comedy series because the creator wanted to give his programming language a name that was "unique, mysterious and short". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
While climbing the Kanchenjunga mountain,the climbers from the first expedition in 1955 stopped 20 feet short of the summit out of respect for the religious significance of the mountain in Sikkim. Every climber or climbing group that has reached the summit has followed this tradition. deccanherald.com/specials…
Doberman pups aren't born with a short tail or upright ears but have floppy ears and long tails. They are surgically modified a few days after birth. pets.webmd.com/dogs/featu…
When a sailor with chronic sea sickness was ordered back to sea because the doctors denied that sea sickness was a real illness, an admiral ordered all port medical staff to take a short voyage by ship in rough seas. The next day the doctors changed their opinion. archive.macleans.ca/artic…
Before he was caught, Charles Ponzi the namesake of the Ponzi scheme successfully sued a newspaper for libel and won $500,000 in damages after it suggested there was no way Ponzi could legally deliver such high returns in a short period of time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
It is illegal to trade onion futures in the United States due to the 1958 Onion Futures Act, after two traders in 1955 purchased 98% of the onions in Chicago and subsequently crashed onion prices while holding short positions on onion futures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni…
Vin Diesel started his career as not just an actor, but a writer, producer, and director as well. In 1994 he made a short film that screened at Cannes, and in 1997 he made a feature that played at Sundance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Lithuania withdrew from the 1992 Olympics due to the lack of money after the fall of the USSR. The Grateful Dead agreed to fund transportation costs for the basketball team along with Grateful Dead designs for the team's jerseys and shorts. They went on to win the Bronze. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Today I learned that the Simpsons episode "22 Short Films About Springfield" made the writers consider doing a Simpsons spinoff called "Springfield Stories", which, like the episode, would focus on Springfield in general, rather than the Simpsons themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/22_…
In stocks, being "short" a stock means you have sold a borrowed share, in hopes that it gets cheaper. You owe a share back, but you are "short" it until you buy it back to return to the lender. investopedia.com/terms/s/…
Though it has β€œAustralian” in the name, and they commonly go by β€œAussies” for short, the dog breed Australian Shepards are completely American. akc.org/expert-advice/dog…
A hedge fund has 35 days to close out a "failure to deliver" on a short sale. sec.gov/investor/pubs/reg…
Groundhog Day took its repeating time idea from an Oscar Nominated short film starring Kurtwood Smith called 12:01. The writer of the original story almost sued the producers of Groundhog Day but decided against it. wikipedia.org/wiki/12:01_…
A week after Jim Croce died at 30 in a plane crash, his widow received a letter from him promising to stop performing, get a master's degree, and write short stories and movie scripts. It ended "it's the first sixty years that count and I've got 30 left." scpr.org/programs/take-tw…
Carl Stalling composed the music for many early Disney and classic Looney Tunes cartoon shorts, averaging one score a week during his 22 years at Warner Bros. The studio's 50-piece orchestra found Stalling's dynamic cartoon music far more challenging than the film scores they normally played. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of Nazi Germany's "Rally for Peace", which was a 10 day political celebration meant to reiterate Germany's desire for peace in Europe that was canceled on short notice as Germany's unprovoked invasion of Poland began the day before the rally's planned start date. wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremb…
When Eggo waffles were first sold in 1953, they were named β€œFroffles”, short for frozen waffles. southfloridareporter.com/…
Nanjing was the capital of short-lived dynasties in Chinese history, and regimes died away quickly, leading to the idea it is a cursed city. During the Ming dynasty Nanjing was the seat of power from 1368-1421 and may have been the world's largest city of the time rappler.com/world/asia-pa…
Axolotls actually CAN mature into β€˜adult state’ but only under specific conditions and after that they love a relatively short life compared to a typical one. axolotl.org/tiger_salaman…
The widowhood effect is the increase in the probability of a person dying a relatively short time after their long-time spouse has died. The pattern indicates a sharp increase in risk of death for the widower, particularly, in the three months closest thereafter the death of the spouse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wid…
Leatherback sea turtles can reach speeds of 22mph in short bursts oliveridleyproject.org/uf…
A 2008 computer reconstruction of Bach worked from a copper replica of his skull shows him as a strong-jawed man with a slight underbite, large head, short, silver hair. Images of Bach are plentiful, the Bach House alone has 140 likenesses, but he is only known to have sat for one portrait abcnews.go.com/Technology…
Today I learned of Romantic Chess (~1800-1880) a school of Chess that valued bold, short-term tactical plays. It valued emotionality over technical and "dull" mastery. The Nazis used it for propaganda, as "Aryan Chess" was "derailed by 'cowardly, stingy' positional chess exemplified by Jewish players" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
There is a satirical Danish short show series called NazitΓΌbbies that tries to imagine what the show Teletubbies would have been like had Nazis won the WWII en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naz…
Chinese science fiction writer Chen Qiufan published a short story using paragraphs automatically generated by AI, based on his own writing. That story won him a literary prize in a contest moderated by an AI judge, over Nobel laureate Mo Yan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Today I learned about Charlie Ward. He won the NCAA Heisman Trophy for being a Quarterback in American football but was considered to short to play in the NFL so he played professional basketball for the NBA instead. sportscasting.com/the-onl…
'short selling' on Wall Street has a colorful history dating back to 18th century. Notably by Daniel Drew who famously said 'He who sells what isn't his'n, must buy it back or go to pris'n. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
A short stretch of highway in Arizona counts off exit numbers, road signs and markers in kilometers due to a push in the 80's to convert the country's measurement system to metric. gizmodo.com/an-arizona-hi…
Prairie dog language is complex. They don’t just have a call for β€œdanger”: their calls differentiate human, hawk, domesticated dog, coyote etc. and specify size & color. One study found that they can communicate β€œHere comes the short human in the yellow” (vs the tall human in blue) to each other npr.org/2011/01/20/132650…
Today I learned about exploding head syndrome, an event in which a person hallucinates a short and extremely loud noise as they are falling asleep. Despite the name, the syndrome isn’t associated to any dangerous condition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Arnold, the main character from Hey Arnold! on Nickelodeon was first introduced on Pee Wee's Playhouse as a claymation character, appearing in three animated shorts in 1988 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey…
In 1798 economist Thomas Robert Malthus predicted that short-term gains in living standards would inevitably be undermined as human population growth outstripped food production, and thereby drive living standards back toward subsistence and thus famine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
The 1995 short "multi-facial" written, directed, produced by and starring Vin diesel was made on a $3000 budget and shot over the course of three days. It aired at Cannes film Festival later that year and caught the eye of Steven Spielberg who would then go on to cast him in Saving Private Ryan. youtu.be/A6j1yfUxB0U
In 1995 Hayao Miyazaki directed a cyberpunk shortfilm for a rock song after having writer's block. He purposely misinterpreted the lyrics to make the video cryptic to evoke creative interpretations among viewers. SciFi writers and magazines called it "the most perfect short science fantasy film" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_…
There is minimal, short-term, and generally unreliable evidence that flossing might reduce gum inflammation, but no convincing evidence that it promotes plaque removal or prevents tooth decay or dental cavities health.harvard.edu/blog/t…
When Jerry Lewis taught film directing at USC in the late β€˜60s, George Lucas was one of his students and Steven Spielberg audited some of his classes. Lewis later screened Spielberg's short film Amblin' (1968) and told his students, "That's what filmmaking is all about." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Before hosting the world's first version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire in the UK in 1998, its first host, Chris Tarrant, hosted a short-lived game show with the exact opposite objective in which contestants had to give wrong answers called Lose a Million in 1993 ukgameshows.com/ukgs/Lose…
Robert Johnson, renown Delta Blues musician, supposedly made a Faustian Bargain at a crossroads in Rosedale Mississippi. This rumor began due to the fact that Johnson, who was reported to be a terrible musician, became a master guitarist over a very short period of time. youtu.be/L4Ury06WEco
Pez is short for "Pfefferminz", the German word for peppermint, because the original product was a round peppermint. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pez
Wolverines are real animals and they are weasels, not canines. They are the largest land-dwelling species of the family Mustelidae. The Marvel character Logan Howlett was given this name because if his "short stature, keen animal senses, and ferocity". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wol…
β€œPap” as in pap smear is short for Papanicolaou, the doctor who discovered this procedure to detect early signs of cervical cancer. health.harvard.edu/womens…
The orange balls on power lines are called visibility marker balls (or just marker balls, for short), and they help make power lines more obvious to low-flying aircraft like planes and helicopters. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The earliest surviving "Western" film that tells a story was "Kidnapped by Indians" shot in 1899 in Blackburn England. (Short single shot films from 1894 exist of stars performing acts from Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, but they don't tell a story). bbc.com/news/uk-england-l…
In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang's flying bison Appa was captured and imprisoned at Lake Laogai, which served as the base of operations for the Dai Li. "Laogai" is the short for "LΓ‘odΓ²ng GaizΓ o", which literally means "reform through labour", a term used for real prison camps in China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lao…
Today I learned of synthetic short stocks, the creation of both call and put options without borrowing actual shares theoptionsguide.com/synth…
George A. Romero, legendary horror director of Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, got his start directing short films for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood screenrant.com/george-rom…
A researcher recorded more than 100 animal handlers and found it's pretty much universal -- regardless of the language spoken or the animal being handled -- that humans use short, repeated sounds to get an animal to go or speed up, and long, slow sounds to get an animal to stop or slow down. patriciamcconnell.com/the…
The Habsburg ruler, Charles II of Spain, who had been born the son of an uncle-niece relationship, was described by historians as "short, lame, epileptic, senile and completely bald before 35, always on the verge of death but repeatedly baffling Christendom by continuing to live." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
23rd March 1839, the initials O.K officially became part of the national vernacular after it was first published in the Boston Morning Post. It stood for "Oll Korrect", a popular slang then for "all correct". Then-President Martin Van Buren's nickname Old Kinderhook short form (O.K) history.com/this-day-in-h…

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