In 2018, 3 people walked out of a Texas aquarium with a grey horn shark hidden in a baby stroller. When authorities arrived at a suspect's home, they were shocked to find the shark "continuing to thrive" in a tank very similar to the one at the aquarium. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Although less talked about, the trauma of unexpectedly getting fired is very similar to the trauma of being left by a loved one. abandonment.net/fired-fro…
Many elements of Harry Potter are very similar to a book written 3 years before. The Secret of Platform 13 features a boy of magical lineage who lives with in an abusive house with a spoilt other child, and you get to the magical world through a platform at King's Cross. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
People with pollen allergies can develop "oral allergy symptom" and have mildly allergic reactions to raw fruits/veggies with proteins similar to pollen, such as an itchy mouth/throat. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
In Chinese culture the expression "wearing a green hat" signifies that a man's wife or girlfriend has cheated on him, because the Chinese phrase for "green hat" sounds similar to the word for "cuckold". Because of this, Chinese men won't wear a green hat. squirrelsofafeather.com/c…
Today I learned of "Tetraphobia" or avoiding the number 4 due to the fact it sounds similar to the pronunciation of death in Mandarin Chinese. In some cases this can lead to buildings missing multiple floors, so a 20 story building elevator goes up to 22 because there is no 4th or 14th floors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet…
Today I learned that someone experiencing stress or anxiety can feel a tight pain in their chest similar to that of a heart attack my.clevelandclinic.org/he…
The caloric energy in a donut is similar to the amount of caloric energy in a stick on dynamite. mcgill.ca/oss/article/nut…
Memoirist AB Facey was found to be perfectly 6 feet tall when he went for his 1915 army medical. The medical detachment, which had conducted thousands of similar measurements, said it was the only time they'd ever seen someone with a height of 6 feet in exact round figures. researchonline.jcu.edu.au…
Samsung used the movie 2001: a Space Odyssey as a response to Apple's copyright infringement lawsuit regarding iPads, as a similar device was shown in the film. abcnews.go.com/Technology…
14 years before Rick Astley's infamous song of a similar title was released, Barry White had a song called Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up in 1973. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nev…
Today I learned about CANZUK, a theoretical political and economic union of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The international body would be similar in scope to the former European Economic Community and focus on trade, foreign policy co-operation, and military co-operation between the four nations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAN…
Some people don't like vegetables like cabbage and broccoli due to genes that make their taste buds super sensitive to having more of a protein that interlocks with phenylthiocarbamide, causing the sensation of bitterness. A very similar compound is found in brassicas, causing a similar reaction learn.genetics.utah.edu/c…
Human anus are covered by cells similar to those in our mouth. Hence why spicy foods can burn down there just as much as in mouth. menshealth.com/health/a19…
During World War 2, Hawaii’s Japanese populationβ€”about 158,000, more than one third of the territory’s total populationβ€”did not face mass removal and imprisonment similar to what happened on the mainland. law.berkeley.edu/article/…
The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that Earth-size planets exist in the habitable zones of other stars and signals a significant step closer to finding a world similar to Earth exoplanets.nasa.gov/what-…
An English man, Darren Hickey, died after eating a scolding hot fishcake at a wedding - He suffered injuries to his throat similar to those who die of smoke inhalation in house fires. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
In Sweden, due to The Producers, most Mel Brooks movies have been given similar names to Springtime for Hitler: Springtime for the Sheriff (Blazing Saddles); Springtime for Frankenstein (Young Frankenstein); Springtime for World History (History of the World); Springtime for Space (Spaceballs) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The traditional US motto "E pluribus unum" originates from a Latin fragment describing a recipe similar to the modern Genoese Pesto sauce en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_p…
A decade-long study of rhesus monkeys found that caloric restriction in the presence of adequate nutrition was effective in delaying the effects of aging. They develop, mature and age in similar ways to humans, and the researchers concluded that the benefits are "likely translatable" to humans. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Kelly Clarkson's single "Since U Been Gone" was inspired by the 2003 song "Maps" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. "Maps" and "Since U Been Gone" share similar introductions, post-chorus guitar breaks, and middle eights, and are both in the key of G major. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
There was an organization similar to NATO for southeast Asia, called SEATO, formed in 1954 for the same purpose of combating communism. It was deemed a failure and was eventually dissolved in 1977 due to internal conflicts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
In 1867 San Francisco banned people who were β€œdiseased, maimed, mutilated or in any way deformed” from "appearing in streets or public spaces." Similar "ugly laws" were passed around the country. The last arrest under an ugly law was in 1974. sfgate.com/sfhistory/arti…
Those suffering from autism and schizophrenia naturally produce a chemical similar to DMT en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buf…
Tree experts pointed out a mistake in current Canadian currency. Instead of it's notes featuring Canadian maple leaves, it instead features Norwegian maple leaves. Although, both look fairly similar. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
This year, the official Yu Gi Oh tournament hosted by Konami instituted a hygiene clause to rulebook. This allows judges to penalize players with dirty clothing or terrible odor by giving them a loss. Super Smash Bros tournament have also started implementing similar rules. theregister.co.uk/2019/04…
Nepalese farmers create a honey called 'mad honey' which is produced by bees pollinating rhododendron plants. The honey is psychoactive and its effects can range from euphoria and lightheadedness to being similar to a full-blown acid trip. twistedfood.co.uk/this-tr…
The term "yakuza" comes from the numbers 8, 9, and 3, which are the worst cards you can have in Oicho-Kabu, a Japanese card game similar to Baccarat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yak…
The logo of the film Tenet had to be altered for its May trailer, because it was too similar to the logo of a bike part manufacturer of the same name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Between 17th and 19th centuries, instead of getting divorced, English men would sold their wives to the highest bidder, similar to cattle auctions history.com/news/england-…
While the 1994 McLaren F1 had a 3.2 second 0-60 time, less than 15 years later similar times (3.4s) were achieved by far cheaper cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo or even Chevrolet Corvette Z06. caranddriver.com/features…
Sai, traditional eastern asian weapons, were actually more similar in usage to bludgeoning weapons than to daggers - The middle part of a Sai isn't even pointy! technology.org/2019/05/24…
The solar storm of 1859 caused the aurora borealis to be seen as far south as the Caribbean and was bright enough to wake miners in the Rockies. The geomagnetic current was also strong enough to power telegraph systems. A similar event happening today would cause widespread blackouts and damage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Alexander the Great's invasion led to Greek-speaking Buddhist kingdoms in present-day Afghanistan. This led to Greek influences on Buddhist art, for example the Buddha being depicted in a flowing robe (from the Greek himation [similar to a toga])β€”before this he was shown wearing a loincloth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Tequila is regulated by the CRT. They ensure compliance regarding quality & source materials during the production, bottling/labeling phases and ensure tequila is made in specified areas in Mexico (similar to Champagne) They collect samples from products to verify compliance using a chemical lab crt.org.mx/index.php/en/f…
English and Norwegian share not only the same syntax, but also have very similar pronunciation / sounds and even shared words (although usually with different meanings). English is classified as western Germanic but it fits all the characteristics of a northern Germanic language. partner.sciencenorway.no/…
A wedding planner in England died after eating a scalding-hot fishcake at a wedding. It burned his throat so badly that it left him unable to breathe. The cause of death was ruled as asphyxiation. The coroner said it was similar to smoke inhalation from house fires. aol.com/article/news/2019…
Compassion Fatigue is similar to PTSD, & Secondary Traumatic Stress compassionfatigue.org/
Today I learned of all the planets in the solar system, Venus is the most similar in size to Earth - its diameter is 0.95 and its mass is 0.82 in relation to the Earth’s size - gravity on the surface is 0.9 G. The problem is in the surface temperature which is about 470 C, the pressure is around 93 bar. needforscience.com/astron…
Github have an archive program, where they physically store almost all influential open-source projects in the Arctic World Archive (AWA), a project similar to the Svalbard Seed Vault. The intention is to aid future historians and technologists for at least a 1000 years. archiveprogram.github.com
When the Grand Canyon divided the local squirrel population, they evolved into two different species. Despite being separated only by the Colorado River and remaining extremely similar in appearance, they are now so genetically incompatible that they can no longer interbreed. cbsnews.com/news/nature-u…
In parts of the Caucasus Mountains highlands, some 1,000-year-old stone tower-fort homes built by the isolated Svan warriors are still being lived in. "The turbulent history of the region ensured that these fortifications remained in use long after similar defenses become redundant elsewhere." atlasobscura.com/places/t…
Theres an island off the east coast (near Washington DC) where the residents have unique British American accents, that are similar to Americas first settlers and founders. The accent is in danger of disappearing, because the island is sinking into the ocean wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangie…
Researchers have discovered that a cicada fungus called contains chemicals similar to those in hallucinogenic mushrooms. It causes cicadas to lose their limbs & eccentric behavior sets in: Males try to mate with everything they encounter, although the fungus has consumed their genitals & butts. wvutoday.wvu.edu/stories/…
Today I learned of the lowland streaked tenrec, a black hedgehog-like creature with yellow-striped quills native to Madagascar. Despite its similar physiology, it is unrelated to hedgehogs, instead acting as an example of convergent evolution. It is sometimes referred to as a "fake hedgehog" wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowlan…
In Ancient Roman had a rather revealing "bikinis" that are very similar to the ones we use nowadays. ancientworldmagazine.com/…
Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" is commonly requested at music gigs in Finland as a joke, similar to how Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" is in the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Today I learned of Moctezuma's headdress, a featherwork crown which tradition holds belonged to Moctezuma II, the Aztec emperor at the time of the Spanish Conquest. It is now in the Museum of Ethnology, Vienna, and is a source of dispute between Austria and Mexico, as no similar pieces remain in Mexico. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
General anesthesia is not simply a deep sleep. EEG (electroencephalography) readings, show that even the deepest sleep is not as deep as the lightest general anesthesia. General anesthesia EEG patterns are most similar to a comatose brain. General anesthesia is essentially a β€œreversible coma.” news.mit.edu/2010/anesthe…
Some people are phobic of certain numbers. In some Asian countries, it is common to omit floors that include the 4 as it is similar to death in Mandarin. While in Italy, 17 may refer "I am dead." In some western cultures, 13 is considered an unlucky number. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
The Nazis made a similar film to James Cameron's Titanic 54 years before he did as an attack on British and American capitalism en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit…
Mushrooms are the only vegetarian food that can make vitamin D. They contain a β€œpro-vitamin,” or precursor, called ergosterol that is converted into vitamin D when exposed to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiationβ€”similar to how your skin synthesizes the vitamin in response to sun exposure. berkeleywellness.com/heal…
Today I learned of Radiotrophic Fungus, originally found in Chernobyl, that utilize Melanin to turn Gamma radiation into Chemical Energy. Similar to how plants use Chlorophyll to turn sunlight into Energy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
On multiple occassions, scientists have in fact compared apples and oranges, and according to one study performed at the NASA Ames Research Center in 1995 they have been found to be "remarkably similar". ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Research shows that cats may reflect the personality of their owner, in the same way a parent's personality can affect their child. There is some evidence of similar personality traits of owners in cats. phys.org/news/2019-02-cat…
Pope Clement VII personally approved Nicolaus Copernicus’s theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun in 1533, 99 years before Galileo Galilei’s heresy trial for similar ideas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Nuclear bombers sometimes were painted with "ANTI-FLASH WHITE" (also called blast white or atomic white) to deflect some thermal radiation from their bombs' nuclear explosions. (Shiny silvery surfaces can have similar effect.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The Washington monument was constructed in 2 phases separated by over 2 decades, due to funding issues. The stones used in the 2nd phase was different from the one used earlier. Though they looked similar then, the stones have aged differently and the difference is clearly visible now. mallhistory.org/explorati…
In a study of over 500 million users on a social media service similar to Twitter, researchers found different users share similar affective states- specifically the correlation of anger among users is significantly higher than that of joy. journals.plos.org/plosone…
Dogs are the only non-primate species with a left-gaze bias. Humans tend to look at the right side of a human face for better facial recognition and dogs respond to faces in a similar way: Dogs also fixate on the right side of a human face, but not that of other animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
Researchers found naturally occurring lithium in the water supply lowered suicide rates. They were able to measure lithium levels in 27 Texas counties and show those with more lithium in their water had fewer suicides. Similar studies in Greece, Austria, & Japan corroborated the results. nytimes.com/2014/09/14/op…
Birds fly in a V formation to conserve more energy, by syncing their flapping similar to the energy saving technique used by squadron jets sciencemag.org/news/2014/…
It takes only 8-minutes for sunlight to reach the Earth, but can take up to 170,000 years for it to travel from the Sun's core to its surface. This is because the photons travel in a nonlinear path known as a random walk process - looks pretty similar to a convoluted zig zag. sunearthday.nasa.gov/2007…
Matt Groening originally planned for Krusty the Clown to be Homer Simpson in disguise. This is why Krusty looks so similar to Homer. screenrant.com/simpsons-h…
The US military has never banned the use of napalm on military targets away from civilian areas, and still has a type of bomb very similar to napalm called the Mark 77 that has been used in both Iraq and Afghanistan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Enrico Fermi estimated the strength of the atomic bomb detonated in Trinity Test from the distance traveled by some pieces of paper that he dropped during the blast. Similar estimation problems, whose exact solutions are very difficult, in physics and engineering are called Fermi Problem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
A Navajo blanket was appraised on PBS’s β€œAntiques Roadshow” for $500,000. After seeing the broadcast, a disabled man realized he had a similar blanket which had been sitting in his closet for 7 years. He took it to an auctioneer and its final bid was $1.5 million. cnbc.com/2017/11/20/krytz…
New York City and Barcelona have very similar yearly sunshine duration. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Anteaters, armadillos and extinct animals such as glyptodonts, giant ground sloths, are pampatheres are all related. They share similar teeth that have no enamel and grow throughout the entire life of both animals and never completely wear down. moas.org/Discovering-the-…
Today I learned of the "Buddhabrot set", a plot of points that are not in the fractal Mandelbrot set, that under certain plotting settings looks similar to a picture of a sitting Buddha. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
South America was once inhabited by giant sloths (Megatherium). It weighed up to 4 tonnes (similar to a present day elephant) and on its hind legs it would have stood 3.5m (12ft), which make it the largest bipedal mammal of all time. It lived from ca 400'000 ago until ca 8'000 ago. nhm.ac.uk/discover/what-w…
Bruceploitation was a practice where filmmakers hired Bruce Lee lookalikes to cash in on his popularity after his death. Some actors even changed their names to sound similar to Bruce Lee en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
If you cut down a cactus in Arizona, you be penalized up to 25 years in jail. It is similar to cutting down a protected tree species. lawinfo.com/resources/cri…
The movie Spaceballs never merchandised toys because George Lucas told Mel Brooks they'd look too similar to Star Wars toys. maxim.com/entertainment/i…
While American Sign Language is NOT universal and vastly different than even other English speaking countries, it is similar to French Sign Language because of frenchman Laurent Clerc who helped found the first school of the Deaf in America. gallaudet.edu/tutorial-an…
There is a festival in India called Gore Habba. Villagers celebrate by throwing & smearing cow poop at each other. Similar to La Tomatina in Spain but replace the tomatoes with cow poop. Vids in comments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor…
Elephants walk on their tippy toes and have a padding under their heels similar to a person wearing high heels. en.upali.ch/foot-and-foot…
Today I learned about the Hummingbird hawk-moth, which are often mistaken for hummingbirds because of the similar way that they hover and feed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
According to a 2011 lawsuit the premise of the movie Sister Act was stolen from a nun’s 1987 autobiography detailing a real life similar situation. dailyedge.ie/nun-sues-dis…
After a composer released a song that was just 60 seconds of silence, he was sued by the estate of a man who had released a similar track, called 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence. His defense was, "I have been able to say in one minute what he could only say in four minutes and 33 seconds" cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/Musi…
Tomatoes contain similar protein structures to grass pollen, and thus can cause mouth irritation for hay-fever sufferers verywellhealth.com/tomato…
In 1986 there was a midair collision in LA county similar to the one depicted in Season 2 of Breaking Bad, in which the ATC’s name was Walter White latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Thor Christiansen, a Serial Killer who was only caught because his fifth would-be victim survived a shot to the head. She recognised him months later in a bar and reported him to police. Law enforcement then linked him with four other then-unsolved murders that had a similar MO. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
When you have something on the tip of your tongue, but all you can think of is that similar (but not the desired) fact, those intrusive thoughts are called "Ugly Sisters". oxfordreference.com/view/…
The word "Cappuccino" comes from the Capuchin friars of the Franciscan order of monks! The color of the espresso mixed with frothed milk was similar to the color of the Capuchin robe. bbc.com/news/blogs-magazi…
While animal brains are part of many countries' cuisines, eating human brains can cause a deadly disease similar to mad cow disease called Kuru vox.com/2015/2/17/8052239…
While violets and purples look similar, but violets are a single wavelength and purples are a mix of red and blue or violet wavelengths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vio…
Today I learned of the disappearances of Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos. Both men went missing in 2004 and 2003, respectively, under similar circumstances in Naples, Florida. Both men were last seen being arrested by Steve Calkins, who claims he changed his mind about both arrests and let them go. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Pluto was named by 11-year-old Venetia Burney. After her grandfather read about the discovery, Venetia, who enjoyed mythology, said the planet was in a region similar to the dark, remote underworld ruled by the Roman god Pluto. Her grandfather then contacted astronomers suggesting the name. astronomy.com/year-of-plu…
Today I learned about Formula E, which is similar to F1 but includes real life speed boost zones akin to Mario Kart, and provides social-media powered speed boosts to drivers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Cashews are in the same family as posion ivy and sumac, and their shells will give you a similar rash indianapublicmedia.org/am…
Texas at one point was very very similar to other Deep Southern states, however by 1936, Texas elites took a step to redefine Texas and it’s culture with a very prominent Wild West theme to distance themselves from the Confederacy slowly but surely. texasmonthly.com/the-dail…
Cashews are in the same family as poison ivy and they cannot be sold in their shells because they can cause a similar itchy skin reaction due to a chemical called urushiol evilmadscientist.com/2007…
In 1947, MGM produced The Cat Concerto and Warner Bros released a similar Bugs Bunny cartoon. Both used identical gags, the same piece by Fransz Liszt, and similar endings. Both MGM and Warner Bros. accused each other of plagiarism, after both films were submitted for Academy Awards ceremony. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
"555-nanometer wavelength green" (which is similar to the shade of green used in "green screens") is the most visible color because it stimulates the most cones in the eye. fastcompany.com/90124059/…
Today I learned of Pax Americana, a period of relative peace beginning around the middle of the 20th century, brought about by the dominant power of the United States. Similar time periods were Pax Romana and Pax Britannica. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pax…
:word mummy derives from Arabic word "mumiya" a substance which was used as a medicine .Bitumen, another substance was used in process of mummfication had a similar name"mumia".Europeans confused the words and thought "mumiya" refers to real mummies and thus started eating mummies as medicine hauntedwalk.com/news/why-…
The Bikini swimsuit was introduced by Louis RΓ©ard four days after the first nuclear device was detonated over the Bikini Atoll. RΓ©ard hoped that his swimsuit's revealing style would create an "explosive commercial and cultural reaction" similar to the social reaction the nuclear explosion. wikipedia.org/wiki/Bikini…
L during the Night of the Long Knives, the Nazis accidentally killed a music critic called Willi Schmid, when their intended target had been someone with a similar surname. A few days after his death, Rudolf Hess visited Willi’s widow and apologised for the mistake, and offered her a pension. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Both humans and domestic dogs elicit a dramatic increase of oxytocin, the bonding hormone, from the other when staring into each other's eyes. Similar to a human mother and her infant. sciencemag.org/news/2015/…

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