Today I learned of the Helen, a unit of measurement based on Helen of Troy. She was known as "the face that launched a thousand ships", therefore 1 milliHelen is the amount of beauty needed to launch a single ship. The negative Helen is the power to beach ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
When the Union abandoned a fort in Florida, they left behind a single soldier as caretaker. When the Confederacy marched on the fort, the lone soldier refused to surrender without a receipt for the fort. He received one, and the fort was taken without a shot fired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
A Filipino singer made a song with Chinese-sounding gibberish. Some of the Chinese community at the Filipino province of Cebu wanted it removed from jukeboxes. According to the singer, a plan to bring it to court failed because no one could find a single Chinese lyric in the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
Liu Chuyu, a Song dynasty princess complained to her brother that it was unfair he was allowed to have as many concubines as he wanted while she was limited to a single husband. He agreed and gave her a harem of 30 young men. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liu…
Today I learned of the Citadel of Erbil, a mound continuously inhabited since 5000 BC. In 2007 all inhabiants were temporarily evicted to conduct a restoration project, except for a single family, who was allowed to stay as to not break the continuous habitation record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
While Mark Zuckerberg was critical overall of his portrayal in "The Social Network", he was impressed by the accuracy of his depicted wardrobe: "Like every single shirt and fleece they had in that movie is actually a shirt or fleece that I own" theguardian.com/film/2010…
Adultery is a felony in the state of Michigan, and when a Married Woman and Single Man commit adultery, the male is also guilty of a felony legislature.mi.gov/(S(fko…
India requires voting booths within 2 km of every registered voter. This means some poll workers trek for days through mountains and jungles to reach small, remote villages, sometimes for only a single registered voter. cbc.ca/news/world/india-e…
The sharpest object ever created is a tungsten needle that tapers down to the thickness of a single atom sciencefocus.com/science/…
Today I learned of Sable Island, a small Island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. This tiny sand filled island (which only has a single tree) is famous for having caused over 350 shipwrecks. It’s also famous for having a random population of almost 500 free roaming horses. cbc.ca/amp/1.2755142
Don Featherstone, creator of the famous plastic Pink Garden Flamingo, also wore matching outfits with his wife every single day for 35 years theatlantic.com/technolog…
Single malt scotch is required to be made completely and bottled in Scotland to be able labeled as scotch whiskey en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
The Scooby-Doo's The Hex Girls are treated as a legitimate band by Warner Brothers. They are credited on two studio albums and have released thirteen singles since 1999. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about the Marxist-Leninist party of Canada, who hasn't been able to secure a single seat in the Canadian Parliament despite running candidates for every election since 1974. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Bobby Riggs bet on himself to win the Men's Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles of Wimbledon in 1939, which he did, winning himself the 2020 equivalent of $2M USD latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The song Ice Ice Baby released in 1990 by Vanilla Ice was the first hip hop single to top the Billboard charts. It was also written by him in 1983 at the age of 16. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Today I learned that Spokane's single-A baseball team (the Indians) worked together with their local tribe, introduced a Redband Trout mascot to promote conservation of a meaningful fish, and used the tribe's language on their jerseys. milb.com/spokane/communit…
Today I learned about UVB-76, an unexplained Russian shortwave radio station that broadcasts a single tone constantly along with cryptic voice messages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UVB…
The Beatles were only together for 7 years, but in that time wrote and recorded 12 studio albums, 13 EP's, 22 singles and 5 live albums. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
An electric car debuted in 1904 that could travel 100 miles on a single charge. Its inventor drove it from Nebraska to NYC, and there were at that time sufficient charging stations along the way. coloradoencyclopedia.org/…
In Rhode Island low number license plates are a status symbol. Single-digit plates have fetched hundreds of thousands of dollars. pocacoop.com/prick-prod-p…
Today I Learned red pandas, one of the most liked and famous animals aren't a single species but two. Chinese red pandas have redder fur and striped tail rings, while Himalayan pandas have whiter faces. This makes the efforts of their conservation a bit trickier. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
3 Senators live together in a single rundown house together, which inspired the TV series 'Alpha House' youtu.be/ODejBuFlY20
The MOSFET (the transistor) is the single most manufactured item in human history, with 13 sextillion (1.3 Γ— 10Β²Β²) created since 1960β€” equivalent to two transistors for every tonne of matter for the entire planet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOS…
The southeastern US is home to more freshwater biodiversity than anywhere else in the US. A single 140 mile long river in Alabama (the Cahaba) has more fish species than the Columbia and Colorado watersheds put together. cahabariversociety.org/ab…
That, through investing in music rights business Hipgnosis, the Church of England co-owns songs such as BeyoncΓ©'s "Single Ladies", Rihanna's "Umbrella", and Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack". bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
Police are called to Walmart stores 3-4 times as often as they are to other big-box retailers like Target. 25% of all arrests in St. Petersburg, FL and 92% of larceny calls in Granite Falls, NC are attributed to single Walmart locations in each city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Jellyfish have one hole for everything: they have a single "mouth" where they consume food, excrete waste, and reproduce. marinesciencetoday.com/20…
When Milka chocolate launched in France, they removed a single square from 13 million chocolate bars. Consumers received a code to enter online, where they could either send the missing piece - with a personalized message - to a friend, or enter their own address to have the piece sent to them blog.hubspot.com/marketin…
A 60 years old Japanese Truck Driver found out he was accidentally switched at birth in 1953 at San Ikukai Hospital in Tokyo. His biological parents are rich family & the infant who took his place grew up to be the Head of a Real Estate company. Meanwhile he was raised by a poor single mother. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Today I learned of Adam Purple, who single-handedly built a 15,000 sq ft. community garden on the site of an abandoned lot in Manhattan in 1975. This act of guerrilla gardening was bulldozed by NYC in 1986. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gue…
Stalin could have single-handedly stopped Hitler's rise to power by ordering the German Communist Party (KPD) to ally with the moderate left and form a unity government which excluded the Nazis (NSDAP) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
In the middle ages in Russia there was a custom of a community gathering together to build an entire church in a single day in order to ward of plagues and epidemics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
The single most destructive bombing in human history was in Japan during WWII, but it wasn't the atomic bombings, it was firebombing raids on Tokyo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
Today I learned of StΓ©phane Breitwieser, perhaps the world’s greatest art thief. Between 1994 and 2001, he robbed nearly 200 museums, averaging a theft every two weeks, and amassed a collection worth $1.4 billion. He claims to have never sold a single piece. gq.com/story/secrets-of-t…
The British Library must store one copy of every single book published in the UK and Ireland. It houses over 200,000,000 publications, adds 6 miles (9.65 km) of new shelf space a year, and receives over 8000 new publications each day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Asteroid mining could bring in $15 Quintillion, about 192,283x the world's total Gross Domestic Product... with a single asteroid. bloomberg.com/graphics/20…
A ghost light is a single bulb left burning in a theatre when it’s dark. Some argue it’s meant to chase away spirits; others say it lights the way for the ghosts that are said to inhabit virtually every theatre. Either way, the light ensures no one takes an accidental tumble off the stage. playbill.com/article/ask-…
All modern penicillin can be traced back to a single moldy cantaloupe from a small grocery store in Peoria, Illinois discovermagazine.com/heal…
Today I learned about LΓ©o Major, a Canadian soldier who single-handedly liberated a whole city in the Netherland capturing 93 German soldier en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C…
XF-84H, aka Thunderscreech, is perhaps the loudest aircraft ever. A turboprop plane intended to break the sound barrier, its single propeller visibly produced a continuous sonic boom that radiated for 100s of yards. Ground crew were regularly incapacitated by nausea and, in one case, a seizure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
A single American organization called ICANN currently controls the entire internet domain system at the root. ICANN controls every single top-level domain like .com, .org, .net, .io, and they charge an $185,000 β€œevaluation fee” for new top-level domain applications. wikipedia.org/wiki/ICANN
Today I learned of the 1966 Aberfan disaster which killed 116 kids and 28 adults when a huge pile of coal mining debris slipped down a hill destroying the junior school. The National Coal Board were held responsible with 9 people named as culpable yet not a single person was fined, prosecuted or lost their job. history.com/.amp/news/eli…
Singles day is a shopping holiday popular among young Chinese people that celebrate their pride in being single. The date, November 11th (11/11), was chosen because the number "1" resembles an individual who is alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Kim Jong-Il didn't claim to shoot 11 hole-in-ones in a single game, it was 5, but it's likely it was the media, not Kim, who made it up based on his caddy's unconventional scoring foxsports.com.au/golf/how…
At Okinawa in WW2, destroyer USS Laffey was badly damaged by 4 bombs & 6 kamikaze crashes in an attack of about 50 planes. When the captain was asked if they should abandon ship, he said he'd never abandon ship as long as a single gun will fire. The Laffey survived en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Termites are being researched as a possible renewable energy source as they can produce up to 2 litres of hydrogen from ingesting a single sheet of paper, making them one of the planet's most efficient bioreactors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
One of the Beatles #1 singles, "The Ballad of John and Yoko" were recorded with only John and Paul due to George being on a holiday and Ringo filming. When John and Paul played George and Ringo's instruments, they even referred to each other as George (on guitar) and Ringo (on drums). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Some feral cats in Australia eat staggering numbers of reptiles. Researchers found many examples of single cats bingeing on lizards, with a record of 40 individual lizards in a single cat stomach. phys.org/news/2018-06-aus…
From 1964 to 1970, the Beatles had the top-selling US single one out of every six weeks, and the top-selling US album one out of every three weeks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…

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