Psychologist George Stratton wore glasses that turned the world upside down for 8 days. By the third day his brain had adjusted the image to feel right side up and normal. Once he took the glasses off his normal vision looked inverted for hours. madsci.org/posts/archives…
Today I learned about Richard Rowland Kirkland, a Confederate soldier who risked his life to tend to wounded soldiers from both sides of the Civil War in the middle of battle at Fredericksburg. Both sides held their fire as they watched him help every wounded soldier regardless of allegiance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Almost all shells open on the right-hand side, with the exception of a few snail species whose shells open on the left. If you find a shell that opens on the left (as long as it's from a normally right-hand species), you have a rare shell sometimes highly sought by collectors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas…
The borders between Belgium and the Netherlands are so complex that many buildings have an international border running right through them. A bank was built on top of the border so paperwork was moved from one side of the building to the other whenever one nationality’s tax inspectors came. bbc.com/travel/story/2017…
The Battle of The Eclipse aka The Battle of Halys that took place in 585 BC which was halted due to a solar eclipse during the on-going fight. Both sides took this as a bad omen from their gods and sought to negotiate resulting in the ending of a 6 year long war between the two empires. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The use of the term "starboard" to denote the right side of a ship is so-called because they were originally navigated with a steering oar on that side. β€œstΓ©or bord” in Old English literally means β€œsteering side”. When tying up, the dock always had to be positioned on the left, hence β€œport”. oceantimemarine.com/why-i…
Today I learned about the Megagon, a shape with 1,000,000 sides that, even if it were drawn at the size of the Earth, would be hard to distinguish from a circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
In the 1920s, Colonel Sanders became involved in a shootout after a rival gas station owner killed an employee over a sign dispute. Sanders returned fire, wounding his rival. This had the side effect of eliminating the competition as he was never charged. gizmodo.com/no-colonel-sa…
Caffeine consumption is related to a lot of negative side-effects, such as anxiety and depression among a long list of others. caffeineinformer.com/harm…
The largest known β€œtectonic” cave in the United States is in Lancaster, PA. Unlike β€œsolutional” caves formed by water dissolving limestone or other rocks, tectonic caves are created when massive rocks on the sides of ridges or mountains slip and separate. unchartedlancaster.com/20…
Philips developed a double-sided video cassette and player to rival the VHS and Betamax formats called β€˜Video 2000’. Similar in nature to an audio tape it was capable of 8 hours of recording (4 hours per side). Ultimately the product remained unpopular and lost out in the β€˜videotape format war’. wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_…
Myrtle Corbin who was born with 4 legs, had two functioning sets of reproductive organs, and gave birth to 5 children carrying three on the right side and two on the left. It was reported she preferred intercourse on the right side. youtu.be/ng6t_Tj5tz0
The Independant representative of Taipei in Taiwan is also the lead singer of a metal band, Cthonic, which has been compared to being the "Black Sabbath" of Asia. He also sings for Marty Friedman on a side project called Metal Clone X, which covers Japanese hits by turning them into heavy metal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Gary Larson, creator of The Far Side comics, is teaching himself digital art and has started to make new comics again. thefarside.com/new-stuff
Not only did Robert Todd Lincoln watch his father die, but he also saw the assassinations of Garfield and McKinley. When Roosevelt took office, Lincoln wrote β€œI do not congratulate you, for I have seen too much of the seamy side of the Presidential Robe to think it an enviable garment". werehistory.org/robert-to…
The Blaster is a invention by the BMW company in South Africa created in 1998 in response to the growing amout of car jackings in the cities. The Blaster is basically a flamethrower attached to the side of your car that could create a wall of fire up to 2 meters or 6,5 feet high next to your car youtube.com/watch?v=aLhWz…
Napoleon has a theorem named after him in geometry. It states that,"if equilateral triangles are constructed on the sides of any triangle, either all outward or all inward, the lines connecting the centres of those equilateral triangles themselves form an equilateral triangle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
A part of why our faces are asymmetrical is due to our sleeping patterns. Those who sleep on their side or stomach are more likely to have an asymmetrical face. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
Though Indonesia is the world's most populated Islamic nation, the 20000 Ruphia bank note has a watermark with the Hindu God Lord Ganesh, who is considered to be the embodiment of wisdom in local culture. The other side of the note is a classroom. indiatoday.in/trending-ne…
Julian Jaynes theorized early man’s state of mind was one in which one side of the brain spoke, while the other listened and obeyed. The voices were experienced as auditory hallucinations, and Jaynes theorized that this lead people to believe the voices were coming from God. youtube.com/watch?v=zAiN3…
A Sperm whale can click at about 236 decibels, making it the loudest animal on Earth. Some researchers believe they can contact each other in the ocean even from opposite sides of the planet. For comparison, a jet engine takeoff registers 150 dB. NASA's Saturn V rocket launch registered 204 dB. youtube.com/watch?v=zsDwF…
Poland and Bayern MΓΌnchen football star Robert Lewandowski only sleeps on his left side, to preserve his stronger right leg; and always eats desserts first, because sweet foods digest quicker, so by metabolising them first, he avoids mixing them in his stomach with protein and carbohydrates theguardian.com/football/…
Extreme form of patterned baldness in which only a thin rim of hair remains at the sides and the back of the head is called Hippocratic Wreath. britannica.com/science/ba…
Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s wife kept hanging up on his phone calls from the ISS thinking he was a telemarketer. The 3 second delay made her think no one was on the other side of the line when she’d answer. NASA then gave her the ISS’s phone number so her phone read β€œSPACE” each time he called. youtu.be/t93UCj1hzu8
The Bedouin tribes have a ritual for resolving grave civil or criminal disputes, in cases where there are no witnesses. A metal ladle is stuck down into flames while both parties recount their sides. The defendant then licks the ladle 3 times, and if his tongue is scarred, he is judged guilty en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
Ireland was neutral in world war II and actively prepared for an allied invasion of the island along side a Nazi attack. This neutral stance was held until the end of the war, with the president even signing a book of condolences for Adolf Hitler's death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iri…
Human ear localization accuracy is 1 degree for sources in front of the listener and 15 degrees for sources to the sides. Humans can discern interaural time differences of 10 microseconds or less. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
The largest battle of WW2 was known as the Rzhev Meat Grinder (РТСвская мясорубка), led to about 3 million casualties, but has been largely forgotten as it was inconclusive for both sides and overshadowed by Stalingrad. aif.ru/society/history/rz…
Today I learned of β€œCow Tools,” a cartoon described as the most loathed Far Side strip ever, that confused so many readers the newspaper’s phones didn’t stop ringing for two days. The author, Gary Larson, issued a press release explaining the joke after receiving hundreds of letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow…
Today I learned of Taylor Alexis Muhl, a human chimera. She is fraternal twin sisters in one body. She has birthmark in her chest as her left side is darker, the recessive twin body part. She also has two immune system causing her to be sickly in her teens. Now in her 30's she works as a model. huffpost.com/entry/i-am-m…
Toothed whales developed asymmetric skulls to help with ecolocation. In most toothed whales, the internal organs in the skull are squashed into the left side to make way for soft tissues which help them to echolocate. nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2…
Jenga blocks aren’t all the same size. Some are almost imperceptibly smaller than others, meaning they’ll side out of the stack more easily. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Operation Brock, is where they close one side of the M20 to Dover and the Channel Tunnel. And use it to park lorries waiting to cross the channel to France. A concrete barrier is placed on the other carriageway creating a contraflow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Archduke Franz Ferdinand killed over 300,000 animals while hunting during his life. He’d ride on a train with servants loading rifles on either side of him and he’d shoot any animal he saw. Trailing train would pick up the carcasses. pbs.org/newshour/world/8-…
Today I learned of the father of extreme sports, Daniel Canary, was featured in a 1883 article describing his "fancy riding" where he did the first documented wheelies, nose wheelies and dark side bike flips. Center column towards the middle of the newspaper article. chroniclingamerica.loc.go…
During the first battle between the british and american forces during the american revolution, during a tense standoff lasting about 10 minutes, a mentally ill local man named Elias Brown wandered through both sides selling hard cider. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The B-side of the cassette release of "In God We Trust, Inc" by Dead Kennedys is left blank. The B-side label states "Home taping is killing record industry profits! We left this side blank so you can help.". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-s…
There is no difference between the shiny/dull sides of Aluminum Foil reynoldskitchens.com/prod…
It is a federal requirement for the phrase β€œobjects in mirror are closer than they appear" to be engraved on a vehicle’s passenger side mirror. Objects appear smaller (further away) because the passenger mirror is convex while the driver’s side mirror is flat. wikipedia.org/wiki/Object…
The song 'The Night Chicago Died' by Paper Lace references an east side of Chicago, which does not exist. There are North, South, and West Downtown Chicago but the east is occupied by Lake Michigan. Songwriters Peter Callender and Mitch Murray had never been to Chicago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The exoplanet HAT-P-7b β€˜rains’ rubies and sapphires. The gas giant is tidally locked, with the same side facing its star. On its β€˜night’ side, high precipitation of corundumβ€”the mineral which forms rubies and sapphiresβ€”is found in the atmosphere. exoplanets.nasa.gov/news/…
Today I learned about the Nocebo effect, the opposite of Placebo. Suffering real side effects of medications never taken en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noc…
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…
Today I learned about the phenomenon called Yakovlevian torque. This is the tendency of the right side of the human brain to be warped slightly forward relative to the left and the left side of the human brain to be warped slightly backward relative to the right. It is thought to play a role in handedness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yak…
The Swiss Cheese Model likens human systems to multiple slices of swiss cheese, stacked side by side, in which the risk of a threat becoming a reality is mitigated by the differing layers and types of defenses which are "layered" behind each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
The last and largest major battle in the American Revolutionary War occurred in Europe. Spain had entered the war on the American and French side in an attempt to take Gibraltar from Great Britain, besieging the peninsula from 1779 to 1783. They relented just prior to the Treaty of Paris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The lower left side of Sylvester Stallone's face (including parts of his lip, tongue, and chin) is paralyzed due to a nerve being accidentally severed during his birth, which gave him his signature snarling look and slurred speech. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syl…
In Alaska, plants can grow freakishly large due to the 20 hours of sunshine they receive per day - which gives them a photosynthesis bonus. Examples include 138 lb cabbage, 65 lb cantaloupe, & 35 lb broccoli. A noted side effect is that the produce is also much sweeter due to the extra sunlight. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
The Moon Rotates on it's Axis "completing a rotation once every 27.3 days; the confusion is caused because it also takes the same period to orbit the Earth, so that it keeps the same side facing us." space.com/24871-does-the-…
Moustache cups came into use in 1860s England. It had a ledge, called a moustache guard, across the cup, which had one semicircular opening against the side of the cup. The pampered moustache then rested safe and dry on the guard while sipping a hot beverage through the opening wikipedia.org/wiki/Mousta…

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