In The silver fox domestication experiment, the tamest foxes were selected to be bred, generation after generation, to see what happened: they became very tame very fast, developed floppy ears and curly tails, and some got mottled coats, just like other domesticated animals. evolution-outreach.biomed…
An average silver back can deadlift 1800 lb and their grip can crush a crocodile's skull | They are 4 to 9 times stronger than an average human male. animalwised.com/how-stron…
When Richard the Lionheart got married, he was busy with the Crusades, so his bride came to Cyprus for the wedding. Richard then deposed the ruler of Cyprus, claiming the island for England. Richard wrapped the ruler in gold and silver chains, and presented him to the new queen as a wedding gift mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Silver foxes were selectively bred for domestication in the 1950's in order to study evolution. As with dogs, the ears started to droop as physical manifestation of docility, and some even started vocalizing barks as like dogs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
When Samuel Fuller left Hollywood to fight in WW2, he refused offers for desk jobs and instead enlisted as an infantryman, saw heavy fighting, and even liberated a concentration camp. Returning home with a Silver Star, he became one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Today I learned about a Miner’s egg, a method in which miners would smuggle silver ore out of mines using candle wax, and later β€œlay” once out of the mine. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
Some densely populated countries use Election ink to prevent double voting. The ink uses silver nitrate which stains the skin and is only removed by shedding of external skin cells, therefore providing a sure way of knowing who has or hasn't voted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Johnny Marx not only wrote the song Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, he also wrote Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "Silver and Gold," "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," and "Run Rudolph Run." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The Beatles' song 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' is about a murderer, despite the upbeat tune. It took four recording sessions to complete, and John, George and Ringo really disliked the song. Ringo called it "the worst track we ever had to record." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
Today I learned of Swansea Jack, a dog from Wales who saved 27 people from drowning in the river Tawe, he was awarded a silver cup by the Mayor of London and to this day is the only dog to have been awarded two bronze medals by the National Canine Defence League, he was named 'Dog of the Century after his death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
The cast of Pawn Stars don't work at the shop. The Gold & Silver Pawn is managed by someone else and filming interrupts business because they have to close down to bring in the cast and pre-screened customers. reviewjournal.com/enterta…
The Iron Crown of Lombardy that allegedly had a nail of the cross in it's composition is actually a band of silver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
Aluminum was once so valuable that Napoleon III served dinner to his most honored guests on aluminum plates, while the less distinguished were served on gold and silver plates. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Korean chopsticks aremainly metal as during the Baekje(18BC-660AD)Period the royal family used silver chopsticks to detect poison in their food since silver changes color when it comes in contact w/ poisonous chemical.It is believed that commoners took after the king and adopted steel chopsticks. foodbeast.com/news/why-ko…
Major Arthur Wermuth, the β€œOne-Man Army of Bataan”, killed 116 Japanese soldiers and earned a Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and three Purple Hearts before being captured in April 1942. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Dr.Brian May, the lead guitarist of Queen exclusively uses pre-1956 British six-pence coins as guitar picks for his home-built guitar called the 'Red Special'. He likes the serrations on them and claims the soft silver doesn't damage the strings nearly as much as conventional plastic picks canadiancoinnews.com/quee…
Today I learned of Patrick Tadina a 30yr Army veteran who was the longest continuously serving Ranger in Vietnam. Due to his completion & small size he could often pass as Vietcong while wearing pajamas & sandals to get within feet of the enemy. He earned two silver stars & 10 bronze stars, 7 with valor. stripes.com/news/patrick-…
In the middle ages, some people used to "clip" coins, Coins in medieval Europe were based on gold or silver. The purpose of clipping was to remove slivers of this material from the edge of the coin. Do this enough times and you have enough for a new coin, if caught punishment was death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
During a flight of the Hindenburg over the UK a parcel was thrown overboard and found in West Yorkshire. It contained flowers, a small silver Cross, and a note requesting they be delivered to a passenger's brother's grave en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
The year 1972 marks the United States’ first Olympic loss in basketball to the Soviets, by 51-50. Despite the ruling, the American basketball team felt "robbed" and subsequently boycotted the medal ceremony, refusing to accept their silver medals to this day. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The word dollar comes from the word Thaler, one of the large silver coins minted by the Holy Roman Empire, originally minted in the modern day Czech Republic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
The only person to ever win both an Olympic Medal and a Nobel Prize was Philip Noel-Baker. Baker won a silver medal for the 1500m in 1920 and a Nobel Peace Prize in 1959. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Vladimir Lenin's personal car at the time of his death was a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost that he had converted into a half-track. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
Alan Turing once bought 150lbs of silver, but didn't trust banks so he buried it in the woods instead. After the price of silver had almost doubled, he went to dig it up, but could no longer find it. reuters.com/article/us-ma…
The first computer game to get an 18s rating was created by a matriarchal cult called the Silver Sisterhood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
The Republic of Cospaia had no rulers, no judiciary, and no written laws. After 385 years of freedom, the republic's existence was ended by the Pope in 1826. As compensation, each citizen of Cospaia received a silver coin. ancap.liberty.me/the-anar…
The element Cobalt gets its name from a trickster goblin of German folklore, the kobold, because when medieval miners discovered it and tried to smelt it thinking it was silver, it released toxic gasses they believed to be the goblin playing a trick on them. etymologynerd.com/blog/a-…
Today I learned about Silver Star recipient SFC Alwyn Cashe. SFC Cashe was injured and soaked with fuel after a complex ambush in the Iraq. He entered a burning vehicle three times and pulled six soldiers to their safety. SFC Cashe received burns on 75% of his body, injuries he eventually succumbed to. taskandpurpose.com/opinio…
Between 991 and 1018, the Anglo-Saxon kings of England paid an important economic tribute to the Viking invaders worth circa 2.8 million troy oz in silver coins. This explains why today there are still more Anglo-Saxon silver coins in Denmark than in England. thedockyards.com/10-impor…
When producer M. Most got interested in S. English's incomplete song "Hi Ho Silver Lining", English finished it with the dumbest lyrics he could think of to deter Most from recording it. However,not only did Most like it and have Jeff Beck record it, but the song managed to reach Top15 in the UK en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hi_…
Olympic gold medals haven't actually been made of solid gold since 1912. The material of an Olympic gold medal is actually 92.5% silver, plated with only 6 grams of gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
When Japanese pole vaulters Shuhei Nishida and Sueo Oe tied for silver at the 1936 Olympics they refused a tie-breaker. The silver was arbitrarily awarded to Nishida. They had their medals cut in half and then welded together so they each had one "friendship medal" of half silver, half bronze. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue…
The claim that Space Invaders caused a national 100-yen coin shortage in Japan in the late 70s is a myth. It was largely due to low production of the coin as metal composition changed - copper-nickel instead of silver - made people hoard the silver coins. academia.edu/2568838/Spac…
Today I learned about Silver Apples, the pop duo from the β€˜60s that used WWII oscillators to make the first synth-pop music, sharply gaining massive popularity before disappearing due to a lawsuit regarding a controversial album cover and being largely forgotten until recently. youtu.be/5DQiexiUjAs
In 1633, a Turkish gentleman by the name of LagΓ’ri Hasan Γ‡elebi launched himself into the air on a rocket filled with 140 lbs of gunpowder. He landed in the river and was rewarded with silver by the Sultan. Mythbusters later tested this story in 2009 and considered it implausible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag…
James "Honest Dick" Tate was a Kentucky State Treasurer, so-called due to his good reputation. In reality, he had quietly misappropriated over $250,000 ($7 million in present value) from the treasury. In 1888, he fled the state with a sack of gold and silver coins and was never seen again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Andrew Jackson openly opposed paper money, instead preferring gold and silver coins as currency. In his farewell address he cautioned the public on the national bank. Ironic that his portrait has lived on the $20 since 1928, replacing Grover Cleveland. ceifx.com/news/829/5-Curr…
In 1943 to save copper for WWII production, the US Mint made pennies from steel with a coating of zinc. These pennies had a silver appearance rather than the traditional copper coloring. thesprucecrafts.com/how-r…
There are 80 silver goblets that commemorate the 80 men who flew the Doolittle Raid against Japan in April 1942. When a Raider dies, they turn the goblet upside down. doolittleraider.com/the_g…
Spanish conquistadors in America didn't realize the true value and rarity of platinum and only cared about gold, but counterfeiters would use platinum to make fake gold and silver, so the Spaniards would dump any confiscated platinum into the sea to try and combat this forging problem en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Continuous ingestion of Colloidal Silver [an alternative medicine] can cause skin to turn an irreversible blue/grey color - a condition called Argyria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arg…
During WW2, nickel was so important for producing armour plating that the US stopped using it to make nickels - and used silver instead. gainesvillecoins.com/blog…
73% of cars are white, black, silver, or grey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of Project Stormfury. Ran by the US government in 1962, it was an attempt to weaken tropical cyclones by flying aircraft near the eye walls, and β€œseeding” them with silver iodide in hopes to freezing their inner structures. The project was a failure, and ended in 1983. wikipedia.org/wiki/Projec…
In 1977, Queen Elizabeth II planned to hit Ugandan dictator Idi Amin over the head with a ceremonial pearl sword if he gatecrashed a Silver Jubilee church service telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
The albumen print used emulsion of (actual) egg whites and silver nitrate to bind the photographic chemicals to the paper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Argentina was given it name because it was thought that the country was gonna be rich in silver, Argentum being the Latin name for silver, ironically Argentina was rich is many minerals except Silver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arg…
Olympic gold medals composed at least 92.5% of silver en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
The cap of the Washington Monument contains 100 ounces of pure aluminum. Aluminum was one of the rarest and most valuable metals in the world – more valuable than silver – when the building was constructed in the 1850s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
The trope of pirates saying "ARRR" was popularised by actor Robert Newton who played Long John Silver in the 1950 Disney film. In Treasure Island, Long John Silver is from the west country and so Newton took slang from the region and exaggerated it. "ooh arr" means "yes" childrensmuseum.org/blog/…

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