Tame Impala is a single person named Kevin Parker who writes, plays, and produces all the recorded music, but tours with a group of other musicians to form the full live band. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tam…
In 1879 it was estimated the Oxford English Dictionary to take 10 years for completion, but in five years they'd only reached the word "Ant". After crowdsourcing readers to help it was completed 44 years later. The publishers now estimate it would take a single person 120 years to just type it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxf…
The Liberator. A 2.10$, single-shot (no magazine) pistol; It was shipped with 10 rounds and an instruction sheet in comic strip air-dropped on Axis-occupied lands; A resistance fighter was to sneak up on an Axis occupier, kill or incapacitate him using the gun, and retrieve his weapons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FP-…
In the U.S., 30% to 40% of the entire food supply is thrown away, worth $161 billion (or 133 billion pounds of food) in 2010. Wasted food is the single largest category of material placed in municipal land fills fda.gov/food/consumers/fo…
Neither the FBI or New York recorded the 9/11 attack in the crime statisitcs report for 2001. They claimed this single event would skew the entire crime statistics program and therefor could not be counted as deaths in New York. huffpost.com/entry/911-on…
In 1845, Queen Ranavalona I of Madagascar ordered 50,000 of her subjects to go on a buffalo hunt. The hunt required building roads across jungles and lasted for 4 months, with around 10,000 people died from exhaustion, starvation, and malarial disease - but not a single buffalo was killed historyofyesterday.com/th…
Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" was not intended to be released as a single. They were later convinced to do so by Michael Jackson who had attended a Queen concert in Los Angeles and suggested it to Freddie Mercury backstage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ano…
In the 1930s, metallic paints were invented for cars. They were made with fish scales and it would take 40,000 herring to make a single kilo of paint. consumerreports.org/consu…
In 1628 a Swedish warship Vasa, coined as the most spectacular warship ever built, sank only 20 minutes into her maiden voyage, sailing less than a single nautical mile. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about the Fregoli delusion. A disorder where one believes that strangers are in fact all just a single person constantly switching disguises bent on persecuting the afflicted. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
Occam's Razor has a counterargument in medicine called "Hickam's Dictum" (by Dr. John Hickam!). Some doctors (using Occam's) look for a single, elegant cause for all of a patient's symptoms. But Hickam's Dictum says: "A man can have as many diseases as he damn well pleases." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hic…
No single country owns Antarctica. Instead, it is governed by a group of nations in a unique international partnership. The Antarctic Treaty, 1959, designates Antarctica as a continent devoted to peace and science. It is also the only continent without an indigenous human population. antarctica.gov.au/about-a…
George Michael wrote his hit single β€œCareless Whisper” at 17 years old out of sheer boredom while riding the bus to work. Despite its success, he was not happy with the song and in a 2009 interview with the Big Issue, he said he was β€œa bit puzzled why it made such an impression on people”. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Polaris, the famous north star at the tail end of the little dipper constellation, is actually 3 stars very close together that look like a single star hubblesite.org/contents/n…
Ben Feldman was one of the most successful salespeople in history. During his career, he sold a total of $1.8B in life insurance. With a world record for the most products sold in a single day - $20M! - his yearly commissions were equal to those of entire sales forces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
White-tailed Eagles kept flying into moving turbine blades at the SmΓΈla wind farm in Norway. An experiment of painting a single blade black on each of two turbines compared to two unpainted turbines found that the bird deaths declined by 70%. audubon.org/news/can-pain…
, Febreze, initially marketed as a way to get rid of unpleasant smells, sold poorly until P&G realised that people become accustomed to smells in their own homes, and stop noticing them even when they are overpowering (like the smell of several cats in a single household) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feb…
In 2016, the Swedish Tourism Council created a single phone number that connected the caller to a random Swede for you to have a conversation with. In the 79 days it was open, almost 200,000 calls were made with a combined 367 days worth of conversations. theswedishnumber.com/
Eminem broke the "Fastest rap in a #1 single" world record three times in a row - after having set the record with 6.46 words per second in "Rap God", he then broke it in "Majesty" at 6.5 wps and later broke it once again by rapping at 7.5 wps in "Godzilla". guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Sigmund Freud considered believing in a single god to be a delusion. He also stated that religion "comprises a system of wishful illusions together with a disavowal of reality, such as we find in an isolated form nowhere else but amentia, in a state of blissful hallucinatory confusion". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rel…
Roger Moore, known as the James Bond of the 70's, also starred in the TV series 'The Persuaders'. Moore was paid an unheard of sum of Β£1 million for a single series, making him the highest-paid TV actor in the world in the 1970's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rog…
Kate Bush topped the UK charts at just 19 y/o with her debut single 'Wuthering Heights', the first female artist to do so with a self-written song, and in 2016 she had 8 albums in the UK Top 40 simultaneously, the third-most for any artist, behind only Elvis and the Beatles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
That America did not start using 911 until 1968 after the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice recommended the creation of a single number to be used nationwide for reporting emergencies. pbs.org/independentlens/b…
A kidney is donated, the single normal kidney will increase in size to compensate for the loss of the donated kidney. kidney.org/transplantatio…
When museum couldn't open an antique safe, it sought help online. A volunteer figured out the combination, only to find that it contained a door with a keyed lock. An antique key was eventually found to fit the lock, and the safe was opened containing only a single paperclip. regina.ctvnews.ca/mystery…
The band Chicago is the second most successful American rock band of all time (topped by the Beach Boys) in terms of both albums and singles on the Billboard charts. allmusic.com/artist/chica…
In 2012, a survey in eastern Germany (regions formerly part of East Germany/GDR) was unable to find a single person under the age of 28 who believed in God theguardian.com/commentis…
When the Billy Joel song β€œOnly The Good Die Young” was released as a single, religious groups attempted to censor the song from radio stations, which caused the initially poor sales of the song to skyrocket. performingsongwriter.com/…
The Backstreet Boys despite having sold over 100 million records worldwide and being called as one of the world's best selling music artists of all time, have never attained no. 1 position in Billboard Hot 100 chart. They have had no. 1 albums but not any no. 1 single. billboard.com/photos/7318…
A the Netherlands supposedly declared war on the Isles of Scilly (off the southwestern coast of Cornwall, England) in 1651, and essentially forgot about it until a treaty was signed 335 years later, in 1986. Not a single shot was ever fired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
Blue whales can eat half a million calories in a single mouthful nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The Great Sphinx of Giza was carved from a single mass of limestone exposed when workers dug a horseshoe-shaped quarry in the Giza plateau. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Israel has largest number of start-ups per capita in the world. Compulsory military service is thought to be the main reason as it gives every single person (from any background) the tools to enter the start-up game - technical training and collaboration between diverse army community. apex.aero/articles/startu…
In 1880s Britain, a fraudulent organization "catfished" singles by advertising high-class matches. Once a fee was paid, the promised wealthy matches disappeared and were replaced with working-class matches. After the organization was raided, they mocked the victims in court for being gullible. daily.jstor.org/a-19th-ce…
Carole King has written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100. She also wrote 61 hits that charted in the UK, making her the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles charts between 1962 and 2005 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The 2002 Iraqi presidential referendum, according to β€œofficial statistics”, had a β€œ100% turnout” in which every eligible voter in the country of 11.4 million, supposedly voted β€œyes” to continuing Saddam Hussein’s rule. Not a single vote for β€œno”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
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…
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…
Today I learned about Moss Hills, an entertainer aboard the cruise ship Oceanos who, after the ship began to sink in violent seas and most of the crew fled in panic, worked alongside fellow entertainers and the cruise director to help passengers evacuate. Not a single life out of the 550 passengers was lost. oceanossinking.com/copy-o…
A physics paper published in 2015 had 5,154 authors, breaking the record for largest number of contributors to a single research article. Only the first nine pages of the paper describe research on the size of the Higgs boson, while the remaining 24 pages list the authors and their institutions. nature.com/news/physics-p…
A large number of major luxury sunglasses and prescription glasses brands, including Chanel, Ray-Ban, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Prada, and Burberry are manufactured by a single Italian company called Luxottica. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
Birds survive contact with power lines because of they way they are sitting, with both feet on the same wire. They are safe as long as they touch only a single wire, but as soon as they touch another wire, or a support pole at the same time, they will be electrocuted. oppdthewire.com/can-birds…
There has never been a single, confirmed, fatal alligator attack in the state of Louisiana. wemjournal.org/article/S1…
Manfred Mann's Earth Band's recording of "Blinded by the Light" is Springsteen's only No. 1 single as a songwriter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bli…
Award winning chemist and lauded scientist Thomas Midgley Jr. actually had more impact on the atmosphere than any other single organism in Earth's history and is indirectly responsible for the deaths of millions of people through his inventions of leaded gasoline, freon and CFCs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
A single dose of the antibiotic azithromycin, taken orally, can cure yaws, a horrific tropical disease that causes disfiguring, ulcerating wounds and usually occurs in children. There’s hope that the disease can be completely eradicated, like smallpox has been. sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
In 1995, a Nick Leeson single handedly bankrupted Britain's oldest merchant bank by losing $1.4 B dollars in bad trades. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
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 about the fairy fly a type of chalcid wasp which is the smallest insect known to exist. Most species are about 1mm (0.039 in) long but some are as small as 0.15 mm (0.0059 in) This is smaller than some single cell organisms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
Three companies (Blackrock, Vanguard, Statestreet) are the largest single shareholder in 90% of S&P 500 firms. theconversation.com/these…

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