Jason Padgett was hit in the head after a violent attack in 2002, this attack in turn made him acquire Savant Syndrome, which gave his extremely good math skills and a different view in the world, with water looking like flowing lines as opposed to the smoothness most of us see. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Navajo Code Talkers were commended for the skill, speed and accuracy they demonstrated throughout WWII. One officer said, "Were it not for the Navajos the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima". They were also assigned bodyguards to protect them from fellow Americans: or kill them if captured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
NASCAR was formed after Prohibition when out-of-work bootleggers wanted to keep their driving skills sharp through organized races. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
Today I learned about Kurt Lee, who was the first Asian (US) Marine Corps officer, when fighting in the Korean War used his Mandarin language skills to confuse the enemy soldiers and infiltrate their positions during the battles around Inchon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kur…
The best age to start piano lessons is typically between the ages of 6 and 9-years-old. If the child has basic motor skills, can focus on a task for 30 minutes, then they should be able to handle taking lessons schoolofrock.com/resource…
Today I learned of Marcel Marceau, a French mime who used his acting skills to save Jewish children during WWII. He smuggled them over the Swiss border and would mime to keep them happy and get them to stay quiet. He saved at least 70 children. history.com/news/marcel-m…
Today I learned about β€˜Redemption Roasters’ world’s first behind bars specialty coffee company in the U.K. who train offenders professionally in the art of roasting and barista skills and help find jobs in their own coffee shops or with partners. redemptionroasters.com/
Before Florence Nightingale was a nurse, she was a statistician. She used her skills to pioneer medical research methods, medical hygiene practices, and infographics. bbc.co.uk/ideas/videos/wh…
The word 'charisma' has been used to mean inspiring charm/devotion in others only for the past ~100 years. For centuries it was used to mean extraordinary power given by God (the Holy Spirit). People were charismatic because of a relationship with God, not inter-personal skills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Prominent mathematician Leonhard Euler had a botched eye surgery which left him almost totally blind at 59. Despite this, he still used his mental calculation skills to contribute more work to mathematics, and he could recite epic poems by memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
In 1908 William "Bigfoot" Anakin, a local champion, was taken along by a publican to court to help demonstrate that darts was not gambling, it was a game of skill. Bigfoot showed that whatever number the court mentioned, he could hit on the board. Judge agreed darts was a game of skill. independent.co.uk/sport/g…
When German geologist Alfred Wegener first presented his continental drift hypothesis to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, he was basically laughed out of the room. The English translation of his work was poor, and his English skills were not good enough to debate his peers. pubs.geoscienceworld.org/…
Frank Farian, the man responsible for Milli Vanilli was also responsible for Boney M (Rasputin, Ma Baker, Daddy Cool). Milli Vanilli got caught lip synching, but Bobby Farrell from Boney M was hired because of his dancing skills and also lip synched his performances. dw.com/en/boney-m-produce…
In 1824, Thomas Jefferson introduced legislature for the United States to end slavery by purchasing all slave children, train them for various skills and crafts, and then send them to the Dominican Republic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Today I learned of Paniolos, Hawaiian cowboys trained in the late 1800s at the request of King Kamehameha III by vaqueros (Spanish-Mexican cowboys) in roping, herding, and other skills to manage the tens of thousands of wild cattle roaming the countryside. paniolopreservation.org/w…
Today I learned of the Parthian shot, an ancient military tactic where archers on horses would feign retreat and then turn their bodies while at full gallop to shoot at the pursuing enemy. It required great skill to master. Without a stirrup, the rider relied solely on pressure from his legs to guide his horse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Mike Rowe launched the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in 2008 to help close the skills gap by challenging the stigmas and stereotypes that discourage people from pursuing the millions of available jobs that don't require a college degree mikeroweworks.org/about/
Almost all American drivers describe their driving skills as "above average" psychologicalscience.org/…
Scientists have found that people who abstain from alcohol are also more likely to lack social skills, have higher levels of anxiety and have more mental health issues than those considered heavy drinkers. nhs.uk/news/mental-health…
Today I learned of John Sedgwick, a Union general who was fatally shot in the head by a confederate soldier, after criticizing Confederate shooting skills. In battle, Sedgwick saw his men duck for cover. He said, "Why are you dodging like this? They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.” He was then shot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Arthur Conan Doyle loosely based Sherlock Holmes on Dr Joseph Bell, a Scottish surgeon who was known for his skills in observation. Dr Bell would often pick a stranger, and by observing him, deduce his occupation and recent activities. He was considered a pioneer in forensic science. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Because lotteries are illegal in Canada, companies tie the award to a game of skill, which is typically asking an elementary math question youtu.be/jOmnx-V1zBo
In 1942, the Nazis cracked the algorithm for the serial numbers and rag content of British Pound notes. Using prisoners with counterfeiting skills, near perfect bills were produced with the plan to scatter them over England by air to induce hyperinflation and collapse the economy. pmgnotes.com/news/article…
Electric toothbrushes were originally intended to help people with limited motor skills electricteeth.com/ca/the-…
Falconers (and trainers of other birds of prey) will sew the eyelids of a wild caught bird shut, slowly allowing them to reopen to imprint themselves. The reopening process takes anywhere from a week to 40 days depending on the bird’s nature and the skill of the trainer cntraveler.com/galleries/…
A German nurse was sentenced to life in prison without eligibility for parole after he murdered more than 85 patients because he wanted to show off his resuscitation skills and be the hero who saves them on the hospital bed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nie…
The Vidocq Society - an elite global society of law enforcement professionals from numerous investigative, scientific and forensic specialties - will accept cold cases from law enforcement agencies and use their skills to help local police to solve the crimes on a pro bono basis. whyy.org/articles/cold-ca…
The guy who holds the world record for most consecutive made free throws didn't even make the β€œA” basketball team in high school. He attributes his skill to the concentration he learned as a dairy farmer. vault.si.com/vault/1991/0…
Today I learned about the Third Wave experiment. Kids were instructed in posture, began each remark with Mr. and saluted. In 3 days the movement had grown to 200 students. Students showed increased academic skill and motivation. After 5 days students were informed it was an experiment on how NAZIsm spread. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Elephants are so complex they are able to mourn, cry, have mental breakdowns, play the drums, paint, mimic humans’ speech and show basic arithmetic skills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Steve Martin's Rope Tricks in the "3 Amigos" Were a Skill He Picked Up While Working at Disneyland in His Younger Days. youtu.be/FVJGb7UpnMA?t=31…
Iwao Takamoto, the Japanese-American animator and designer behind cartoons such as Scooby-Doo, Penelope Pitstop and several Disney characters, learned his skills as a teenage prisoner in the Manzanar internment camp, which held over 110,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. illustrationhistory.org/a…
Children with the chromosomal abnormality William's syndrome are known to present with well developed verbal skills, extreme friendliness, and elf-like features. bbc.com/news/health-26888…
'kahuna' is a Hawaiian word, defined as a respected person who has moral authority in society; a "priest, sorcerer, magician, wizard, minister, expert in any profession (whether male or female)". There are many different types of kahunas that represent all sectors of society and all skills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kah…
In 1974, a trainee who failed to become a US Army pilot stole a helicopter and buzzed around Washington DC to demonstrate his skills. He intended to personally surrender to President Nixon, and landed on the South Lawn en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
In Canada the winner of a sweepstakes is required by law to correctly answer a skill testing question, usually math related, in order to receive the prize. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In 2007, a 12 year old Norwegian boy named Hans Jorgen Olsen saved both himself and his sister from a vicious moose attack using skills he learned from playing World of Warcraft; taunt and feign death. geek.com/games/world-of-w…
Shaggy from Scooby Doo's real name is Norville Rogers and he was once a track star and gymnast, both of which hint at his "uncanny skills in quickly evading villains." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Jean-Claude Van Damme was originally cast as the Predator with the intent that the action star would use his martial arts skills to make the Predator an agile, ninja-like hunter. It was reported that Van Damme constantly complained about the suit being too hot and caused him to pass out. wikipedia.org/wiki/Predat…
A U.S. Army veteran used his military sharp-shooting skills to rescue a bald eagle which had been hanging upside down in a tree for days with its leg tangled in a rope, 70 ft from the ground; Jason Galvin fired 150 shots from a .22 rifle with scope at the rope until it released the eagle. abcnews.go.com/US/sharp-s…
The author Edward Bunker (who played "Mr. Blue" in "Reservoir Dogs") did time in San Quentin with Danny Trejo. Bunker, remembering Trejo's boxing skills, offered Danny $320 per day to train Eric Roberts, for a boxing scene in the 1985 Movie "Runaway Train". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Meilleurs Ouvriers de France , is an honorary title given to the best Chefs in France, since 1920 only 200 have been awarded, the candidates show high technical skills : Pollack in one dish has to be pierced in four places by Herring Lardons, the latter imparts its saltiness into the Pollack. eater.com/2018/11/30/1811…
The Elo rating system, a method to calculate the relative skill level of players in different competitive games, originated from two player games such as chess and its creator Arpad Elo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arp…
:Pinbal was banned from the early 1940s to the mid-1970s in most of America's big cities. It was a game of chance, not skill, and so it was a form of gambling. In fact, one of the key parts of pinball: the flippers, weren't invented until 1947, five years after most of the bans were implemented. popularmechanics.com/tech…
Dr. Seuss, the popular children's book author who is known for his rhyming skills, was born with the name Theodor Seuss Geisel. Seuss is his mother's maiden name, and their family pronounces it as "soice" (rhyming with voice). wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Se…
An estimated 1 in 4 Alabamans are functionally illiterate, meaning they're unable to manage daily living and employment tasks that require reading skills beyond a basic level uab.edu/news/service/item…
Today I learned about the Agoge, the compulsory training program for all male citizens of ancient Sparta between the ages of 7 to 21. This included not only military training, but also tuition in dancing, singing, stealth and thievery, social skills, and loyalty to Sparta. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ago…
The Arachne, a creature from Greek mythology, (whose name was later used for words like β€œarachnid” and β€œarachnophobia”) comes from the tale of Arachne, a very famous and talented weaver who was so proud of her skills that she challenged the goddess ATHENA to a contest to see who was best. greekgodsandgoddesses.net…
Most Americans are overconfident in their driving skills: 73 percent of U.S. drivers consider themselves better-than-average drivers, even though 90 percent of crashes involve human error. businessinsider.com/ameri…
Howard Foote Jr's took an A-4 Skyhawk for a joyride, his safety attributed to experience, skill, and ~100 hours on a flight simulator. Charges brought against him included hazarding a vessel. After 4.5 months in the brig, he got off with just time served and an other-than-honorable discharge. foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com…

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