Today I learned about the concept of Shuhari, a Japanese philosophy on learning. The student first follows the rules (Shu), seeks to break the rules (Ha), then becomes the rules (Ri) as they have achieved mastery and the rules are no longer necessary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shu…
Today I learned of the Three Kingdoms War (184 AD-280AD) fought between the Wei, Shu, and Wu Chinese states. The war had the highest death toll of any ancient war with between 36 and 40 million deaths. It wasn't until World War 2 that any war had a higher death toll. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Chairman Mao had his cataracts removed by couching (jin pi shu), an ancient method described around 600BC that consisted on pushing the lens to the vitreous cavity with a needle. It was an outdated procedure at the time, but was considered part of traditional Chinese Medic, treasured by Mao ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
In one of the Egyptian creation myths, a bisexual god masturbated and created two other deities Shu and Tefnut through the act egyptianmyths.net/atum.ht…
The world's oldest color printed book is Chinese and is called "Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu". It is a calligraphy and painting manual dating from 1633. thisiscolossal.com/2015/0…
In some versions of the ancient Egyptian creation myth, the first Egyptian God Atum created Shu, the god of air and Tefnut, the godess of moisture through masturbation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atu…
'The Scoville Scale' is a measurement of the pungency (spicy heat) of chili peppers, or other spicy foods, as reported in Scoville heat units (SHU), a function of capsaicin concentration. Capsaicin is one of many related pungent compounds found in chili peppers. chilliworld.com/factfile/…
The Trinidad Scorpion Moruga Blend ranks as high as 2,009,231 SHU on the Scoville scale, making it the hottest chili pepper in the world to date. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/T…
'Da Shu Hua' is a traditional Molten Iron Throwing Festival in China originating around 500 years ago in-which blacksmiths throw heated iron into the air for fireworks like effect (pictures included) amusingplanet.com/2016/06…
Autofellatio can be found in ancient mythology. Including one such Egyptologist who's reading of an ancient poem is that the sun god Ra fellated himself and spat out the semen to create the wind god Shu and rain goddess Tefnut. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Pepper spray has a Scoville scale (measurement of spiciness) of 500,000 to 2 million SHU (compared to a jalapeno pepper of 3,500–8,000 SHU) theppsc.org/Staff_Views/C…
The egyptian god Shu was said to be sneezed into existence, myth that came from a pun with his name and the sound of a sneeze en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anc…
There is an equivalent to the car mounted deer whistle in Australia called a Shu-Roo used to to scare off kangaroos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
Resiniferatoxin is over a thousand times hotter than pure Capsaicin(Active ingredient in hot peppers) 15 Million(SHU) vs 16 Billion(SHU) chemistry.about.com/b/201…
The Ancient Egyptians once believed that they're creator god (Atum) had created the god of air (Shu) and the god of humidity/moisture (Tefnut) by masturbating into his mouth and expelling his semen through his nose and mouth books.google.com/books?id…
Today I learned about "nu shu", an age old *for women only* written language, that is almost extinct in China.

I am reading a very well researched book called "Snow flower and the Secret Fan". It is set in early 19th century rural China and features a 'secret' women's written language - the only one in recorded history. Here is an example of the script and a little info on the language: http://www.chinaexpat.com/2008/08/26/the-secret-writing-of-nu-shu.html/

The story in the book also covers the process of foot binding in order satisfy the beauty ideals of the day. I was suprised to learn that it was not only the elite who followed this practice, but that most women endured foot binding and the ones that did not were not even considered suitable for marriage. They were alternately called 'big footed girls' and 'little daughters in law' - which is much a more complimentary sounding euphimism than I expected for a house slave, who was also a sex slave available to any man of the household and with no status at all. How miserable those little daughters in law must have been.

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The strongest chilli in the world can kill you by burning up your airways, and it was initially developed as a local anesthetic myrecipes.com/extracrispy…
Egyptian Pharaohs would publicly masturbate into the Nile as a religious ceremony face2faceafrica.com/artic…
Today I learned of a Chinese general with 100 troops who had to defend a town against 150,000. He told his men to hide, flung open the gates and sat on the walls playing a lute. The opposing general, certain it was a trap, ordered a retreat books.google.co.uk/books?…
Ghost peppers are used in India to keep elephants away from farmers crops news.nationalgeographic.c…
A Chinese general defended his town against 150,000 soldiers by opening the gates and playing a lute on top of the wall. The enemy general thought it was a trap and retreated. subverse.net/editors-choi…
Drinking vodka or any other form of liquor will actually ease the pain of a hot pepper. lotoflaughters.com/31-alc…
"shi shi" is a slang term for fancy, as well as a casual Hawaiian creole term for urination.

A friend of mine at work used it today (using the first definition), so I had to look it up. Second definition I found first using wiki.

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