A research that analyzed the birthdays of all 20 million husbands and wives in England and Wales failed to reveal any evidence of attraction or compatibility between people of particular star signs. manchester.ac.uk/discover…
The AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas changes the gender signs on bathrooms based on the gender makeup of a crowd. This allows them to provide more female or male bathrooms depending on the event. It also prevents long lines for bathrooms. espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/2…
Little Richard, while performing in Australia in 1957, saw a fireball flying across the sky and took it to be a sign from God to repent from secular music and his wild lifestyle at the time; he wouldn't return to secular music until 1962. The fireball that he saw was the launch of Sputnik 1. theguardian.com/music/202…
Airplanes that fly the advertising banners do not take off with the signs. They lower a grappling hook and grab them from the ground. airsign.com/blog/how-we-f…
Fort Wayne, IN had a mayor named Harry Baals, and in recent years have had to adjust street signs and buildings named after him and his family now pronounces the name 'Bales'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Today I learned of Martin Pistorius, a man who fell into a coma at age twelve. He was trapped in his body for 12 years. When he showed signs of recovery, his mum quit her job and worked with him for two years, teaching him to speak with a computer. He went on to get a degree, learn to drive, and get married. npr.org/sections/health-s…
There are two "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" signs; the famous one on the strip, and a smaller one on the outskirts of Vegas. There used to be three, but it was knocked over by a drunk driver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
Today I learned about Washoe, a female chimpanzee who was the first non-human to learn to communicate using American Sign Language. She learned approximately 350 signs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
The desk used by many presidents of the United States was named β€œResolute Desk” because it was made from pieces of wood of the HMS Resolute, a English ship discovered by an American in Artica, repaired and sent back to England as a sign of friendship between the two countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
The late king of Jordan was an avid Amateur Radio operator who regularly interacted with people around the world. Taking conversations from anyone who had the privilege of having his JY1 call sign respond he never allowed anyone to call him King on the net, and helped the hobby gain members. theguardian.com/theguardi…
Before Walt Disney opened Disneyland he ran out of cash and was unable to remove all the weeds & finish the landscaping. So he wrote the Latin names of the weeds on little signs giving them them the appearance they belonged. dixonondisney.com/2013/02…
Today I learned about the battle of bamber bridge 1943 an out break of racial violence between black and white american military personnel due to the white MPs trying to enforce jim crow laws the 3 pubs in the town responded by putting up signs that said black troops only blackpast.org/global-afri…
Today I learned of Rebecca Fried, a high schooler who debunked a claim by historian Professor Richard Jenkins who claimed "No Irish Need Apply" signs never existed irishcentral.com/roots/hi…
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…
The moment Gerald Ford was sworn in, Nixon was on Air Force One flying home. Because he was no longer President, the airplane's call sign was changed mid-flight from Air Force One to SAM 27000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VC-…
The Moken nomad Tribe of southern Thailand saved their lives during the 2004 tsunami thanks to their Elder's hability to read the "Sea Signs". Soon minutes before the waves hit shore, the entire comunity was able to flee up hills for cover. theguardian.com/global-de…
To promote actress Laura Dern's Oscar nomination for the film "Inland Empire", director David Lynch campaigned with a live cow and a sign that read "Without cheese there wouldn't be an Inland Empire". Dern was, ultimately, not nominated for Best Actress. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Waving arms and screaming are not signs of drowning, but of aquatic distress. Actual drowning is often β€œquieter”; no call for help, no waving arms, just an upright body and head tilted back. Thus many people fail to recognize when a person is actually drowning. globalrescue.com/common/b…
Arrichion a Greek pankratiast, caused his own death during the Olympic finals. Held by his opponent in a stranglehold and unable to free himself, Arrichion kicked his opponent so hard that he made the sign of defeat to the umpires, but at the same time broke Arrichion's neck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arr…
Martha's Vineyeard had their own sign language that was commonly used until 1952. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The origins of the slogan "Don't Mess with Texas" was a litter campaign. Printed on street signs, it reduced litter by 72% within a few years. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned about Nim Chimpsky, a chimpanzee from the 70's who was raised like a child to see if chimpanzees could learn sign language. Nim loved cats, and learned to ask for marijuana. He ultimately fell into a deep depression when his original caretakers abandoned him. npr.org/2011/07/20/138467…
In 1977, the city of Seoul & Tehran each renamed a street in their city as a sign of friendship. Originally a street which ran through farmland, Teheran-ro in Seoul has now become one of the richest streets in S.Korea: housing various IT firms including the offices of Samsung and Google. koreaherald.com/view.php?…
Astronaut Jim Lovell was asked if he would go on another spaceflight after an explosion almost killed the crew of Apollo 13 on its way to the Moon. Lovell was about to say yes. Then he saw a hand shoot up from the audience and slowly give the thumbs-down sign. It was his wife, Marilyn. astronomy.com/magazine/ne…
When Primus played their song "My Name is Mud" at the rainy Woodstock 94, the crowd responded by pelting the band with mud. The band's singer, Les Claypool, stopped the song and said "when you throw things on stage, it's a sign of small and insignificant genitalia." The crowd ceased throwing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
Today I learned about Harvey Haddix. Haddix pitched for the Pirates in 1959, who threw nine innings of a perfect game. The perfect game was broken up in the thirteenth inning by a fielding error. Thirty years later, it was found that the Braves had stolen his signs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Deaf people create a unique sign to represent their name called a β€œName Sign” handspeak.com/culture/ind…
Black American Sign Language (BASL) is a dialect of American Sign Language (ASL), used most commonly by deaf African Americans in the United States, that diverged from ASL largely as a result of the segregation of schools in the American South. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Sign languages have a phenomenon that is equivalent to tip of the tongue moments in spoken languages: tip of the fingers. jstor.org/stable/40064328…
You usually can't smell your house or your own scent because of 'olfactory adaptation.' The brain is always looking for new, strange, or changing smells as a sign of possible danger and ignores familiar scents. wikipedia.org/wiki/Olfact…
A large number of Graffiti found in Pompeii are political ads. Specificaly, one Gnaeus Helvius Sabinus appears in no less than 140 political signs throughout the town, endorsed by all manner of individuals, trade unions, religious and social groups antiquitatem.com/en/pompe…
The inspiration for the "Wakanda Forever" salute came from Egyptian pharaohs who were laid to rest with their arms crossed and West African sculptures. It also means a β€˜hug’ or β€˜love’ in ASL, American Sign Language.” inverse.com/article/44867…
In the 80s, deaf Nicaraguan children with no prior sign language (or any true language) exposure were brought together to a deaf school, & started spontaneously making their own sign language, developing complexity & syntax. This gave linguists rare insight into the birth of human language. youtube.com/watch?v=pjtio…
Dr. Phil lost his license to practise psychology in 2006. Therefore, all guests on his TV show must sign a contract stating they are only there to receive "advice" from an individual, not a psychologist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
That, in America, before TV was on 24 hours, there was a nightly sign off where the Star Spangled Banner was played and an image of the American flag was shown before the TV cut to static. nytimes.com/2019/10/30/ar…
During WW2 Ireland put up over eighty signs of the word Eire (Ireland in the Irish language) around its coast to warn bombers they were flying over a neutral country. bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
Roy Rogers' horse, Trigger, was able to sit in a chair, sign his name with a pencil, and would walk up multiple flights of stairs to visit children in the hospital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Residents in Shitterton, a hamlet in England, clubbed together to replace the town sign with one carved in 1.5 ton of stone to stop people stealing it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
When Clark Gable discovered the studio facilities for filming Gone With The Wind were segregated, he threatened to walk out of production until the segregation signs were taken down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
In many parts of the world, the "A-okay" hand sign is considered an insulting gesture, often due to the fact that it mimics the shape of a human anus. Conversely, in Japan means "pay me". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OK_…
The Sign Language interpreter for press conferences with the Governor of NH is deaf unionleader.com/news/heal…
Today I learned of Ding Dong, Texas - An unincorporated community founded in the 1930s that got its name from a sign that had "Ding" and "Dong" painted underneath two bells. In 2000 it had a population of 22! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
A triple dot sign on certain structures (e.g. dams) means that the work "contains dangerous forces" and may not be attacked in observance of international humanitarian law casebook.icrc.org/glossar…
22-yr-old Canadian man John McCue took it upon himself to fill potholes with the sign: "I filled the potholes. Pay me instead of your taxes." Drivers gave him cash, coffee and joints for filling in potholes. cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-s…
Nim Chimpsky was a chimpanzee raised like a human child by a surrogate family as part of a controversial project on animal language acquisition. During his lifetime, Nim learned over 125 signs, including "stone smoke time now" which Nim used when he wanted to smoke marijuana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nim…
Chimpanzees show deference to the alpha male of their community by performing ritualized postures and gestures. If an alpha male is present, then they will offer their hands while grunting as a sign of submission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alp…
To discourage public urination the district St.Pauli, in Hamburg, Germany, came up with a unique solution. By coating walls with hydrophobic paint, the walls could reflect a person's urine. Signs were placed warning of these walls saying β€œWir pinkeln zurΓΌck” which translated to β€œWe pee back" theguardian.com/cities/20…
A road sign trick sent a self-driving car into high-speed mode. A two-inch piece of black electrical tape across the middle of the 3 in a 35 mph speed limit sign tricked Teslas into accelerating to 85 mph. techxplore.com/news/2020-…
During the filming of 1917, the production staff had to install signs warning walkers in the area, not to be alarmed at the artificial bodies and body parts strewn around the site. (Near Low Force, on the River Tees, Teesdale, England in June 2019) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/191…
When deaf people with schizophrenia 'hear voices', they hallucinate hands communicating using sign language ucl.ac.uk/news/2007/jul/e…

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