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…
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…
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…
People who are susceptible to Hay Fever can experience a short term burning or itchy sensation when eating Fruit, due to "Oral Allergy Syndrome", in which your body reacts to something it mistakenly believes is pollen. verywellhealth.com/apple-…
Caffeine dependency is a common cause of migraine headaches, and can also thereby be used for short-term relief from them americanmigrainefoundatio…
During the American Revolution at the Siege of Boston β€”as winter approachedβ€” the Americans were so short on gunpowder that soldiers were given spears to fight with in the event of a British attack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
The notification tone for an incoming message in the early Nokia handsets: three short beeps (dot dot dot), two long ones (dash dash), and three short beeps (dot dot dot) is the Morse code for "SMS - Short Message Service." textmagic.com/blog/the-hi…
During Vostok 4, Russian cosmonaut Pavel Popovich said that he was able to observe thunderstorms from his spacecraft. However, he forgot that the Russian word for thunderstorms was the agreed upon code word for extreme nausea requiring immediate landing, and his mission was cut short. astronautix.com/p/popovic…
Coffee improves short term memory, creativity and alertness. slate.com/technology/2014…
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt started a production company while they were married, and Pitt is the current owner and CEO. The company has produced over 30 movies, including The Departed, 12 Years a Slave, Moonlight, The Big Short, MoneyBall, Vice, Selma, Okja, Eat Pray Love, Troy, and The King en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
In Lord of War starring Nicholas Cage, they bought 3000 real guns for the filming because it was cheaper to buy real guns and resell later than buying props. They also rented 50 tanks which were only available for a short period because the source had to sell them to Libya later cinemablend.com/news/2472…
During WWI the British raised two β€œbantam” battalions for men who were too short to join ordinarily historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
ISO, the short form for the International Organization for Standardization, is itself a standardization and is not an acronym in any language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Thomas A Edison made the first short baseball movie in 1898. youtu.be/9vPRL6jkhog
In 2009, a Latvian company offered short-term loans of up to $500, with the clients signing their immortal soul as collateral. The company said they wouldn't employ debt collectors to get its money back: "If they don’t give it back, what can you do? They won’t have a soul, that’s all" fr.reuters.com/article/us…
Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers Neighborhood) gave George Romero (Director of Dawn of the Dead) his first paying gig directing shorts for the children’s show. Romero then went on to create some of the most iconic zombie films of all time. screenrant.com/george-rom…
A producer on Family Ties felt Michael J. Fox was too short for the role and tried to have him replaced saying β€œthis isn’t the face you'll see on a lunch-box." Fox later gave him a custom-made lunch-box with the inscription "this is for you to put your crow in. Love and Kisses, Michael J. Fox.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Giraffes necks are actually too short. The Giraffe (and its rain forest relative, the Okapi) have necks that are so short relative to their legs and chest that they must splay or bend their legs. blog.londolozi.com/2011/1…
In 1995 Vin Diesel wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the short film 'Multi-Facial.' This caught the attention of Steven Spielberg who wrote a part for Vin Diesel, and cast him in Saving Private Ryan yahoo.com/entertainment/v…
In 1962, scientists discovered a limit to how many times human cells divide before they become exhausted. They also figured out that telomeres, which cap the ends of chromosomes and prevent them from fraying, shorten each time a cell divides. When they get short enough, a cell stops dividing. slate.com/technology/2020…
As they became domesticated (in a remarkably short time), dogs evolved specific muscles that allow them to raise their inner eyebrows to manipulate human emotions. Dogs who made the facial movement enabled by these muscles are more likely to be adopted from a shelter than those who don't. theatlantic.com/science/a…
The term "butterfly effect" in chaos theory *might* have its origins in a 1952 Ray Bradbury short story. In it, a time-traveler travels back 66 million years where he accidentally crushes a butterfly, resulting in an altered timeline observed upon his return. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
Music can help people suffering with dementia access certain memories and improve their cognitive function at least in the short term. More studies still need to be done and the results can vary but there is a noticeable improvement in the quality of life after receiving Music Therapy ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The swagger stick (a short stick used to display authority, usually made from rattan) derives from the vine staff carried by Roman centurions. General Patton famously carried one that alleged concealed a hidden dagger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
Matt Groening named his show The Simpsons because he thought it was funny to have the word simp (short for simpleton) in their name. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The 1997 movie Boogie Nights was based on director Paul Thomas Anderson's 32-minute short mockumentary called "The Dirk Diggler Story," which he made in 1988 at age 17. moviefone.com/2017/10/05/…
Jim Henson and his Muppets got their start on local DC TV doing short TV segments between the news and the Tonight show. youtube.com/watch?v=BVoGf…
The Nuremberg executions had a series of errors and accidents. The primary problems were rope being too short and the trap door was too small, several of the executed hit their heads on the side of the trap door. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nur…
Manx cats either have no tail, or have a short stub instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Today I learned about Floating-Harbor Syndrome, an extremely rare genetic disorder characterized by short stature, delayed bone age, dental problems, visual impairment, mild to moderate intellectual disability and a distinctive facial appearance. There are less than 50 diagnosed cases worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
Napoleon wasn't actually short. He was 1.68 m which was tall at the time. history.com/news/napoleon…
Agriculture workers in early 20th century California were often forced to use "short-handled" hoes so supervisors could easily spot when they stood up to rest, despite contributing to severe injury. Thanks to Cesar Chavez and the UFW, its use was prohibited in 1975 nationalparks.org/connect…
Today I learned about the wicked blacksmith Procrustes, who would rent his spare bed to travelers. When the guest inevitably complained the bed was too short, Procrustes would get his tools and cut his guest down to size. Today, "Procrustean" is used to describe when an item is resized to an arbitrary standard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The saying "O'Clock" is short form for "Of The Clock." It originated as early as the 14th century and was said to distinguish between other time telling methods. blog.michelherbelin.co.uk…
When Alexander was a boy, his tutor chastised him for burning too much incense at Gods' altars. After conquering Gaza, a major frankincense producer then, Alexander sent 500 talents of frankincense back to the old man in Macedonia, with the message: "Now you can stop short-changing the gods." redlandsdailyfacts.com/20…
Danny DeVito's short stature, 4 ft 10 in, is the result of Fairbank's disease, a rare genetic disorder that affects bone growth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Steve Martin and Martin Short both turned down the role of Lloyd in Dumb and Dumber. Originally the Farrelly Brothers didn't know who Jim Carrey was and were only told that he was "The White Guy" on In Living Color. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumb_a…
The expressions "the sun never sets on the empire" was not coined for the British Empire. It was for Charles V's (1500 - 1558) dominions which included the Holy Roman Empire, Spain, and encompassed both the long-lasting Spanish and the short-lived German colonizations of the Americas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
At the age of 14, in 1905, Charles de Gaulle wrote a short story titled "General De Gaulle" in which he imagined himself leading the French Army to victory over Germany "sometime in the 1930s." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Dave Gahan, lead singer of depeche mode. was notorious for near death experiences. los Angeles paramedics referred to him. as the cat for having not one not two but four different near death overdoses in A Short period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The oldest documented computer-generated 3D animation was a hand created in 1972 by Pixar founder Ed Catmull at the University of Utah. Believed to be the world's first rendered 3D model, it was later short-listed from 2,228 films nominated by the public for its cultural & historical value. youtube.com/watch?v=wdedV…
Today I learned about MDZhB, a Russian ghost radio station that has been broadcasting since 1982. No one claims it but it has continuously produced a buzz punctuated with someone making a short random statement once or twice a week since its inception. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Sumo wrestlers must wear traditional dress when in public: the lower-ranked wrestlers wear only a thin cotton robe, even in winter, and wear wooden sandals; those ranked higher wear a short overcoat over their robe, and may wear straw sandals; and the highest-ranked wear quality silk robes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sum…
A study suggests that short-time stress actually boosts the immune system, in preparation for possible injury and consequent infection med.stanford.edu/news/all…
WW1 was started in large part because of a novella written 6 years prior by the Russian writer, Leonid Andreyev. His short story inspired a group of Bosnian revolutionaries to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand. bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti…
British Variety artist/comedian and songwriter Max Bygraves, brought the rights to the musical "Oliver!" for Β£350... And sold them on, a short while later for Β£250,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
Walt Disney and his wife Lillian invented Mickey Mouse during a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood. Much later on they'd also make an animated short β€œMickey’s Choo-Choo”, where Mickey is a train engineer. disneyparks.disney.go.com…
Jadwiga (r. 1384–1399) of Poland was crowned King and not Queen to signify that she ruled in her own right. Also, her great grandfather was named WΕ‚adysΕ‚aw the Elbow-high, probably not because he was short, but because his kingdom was rather unimportant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jad…

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