The famous photo of the Soviet flag being raised during the Battle of Berlin in 1945 was actually doctored. Photographer Yevgeny Khaldei added smoke to make it seem more dramatic, and also removed one of two watches from a Senior Sergeant's wrist, as it would have implied looting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Instead of saying "once upon a time," Korean fantasies usually begin with "back when tigers used to smoke". waywordradio.org/when-tig…
You're not supposed to inhale when you smoke cigars. smallbatchcigar.com/faq-c…
Photoelectric smoke alarms are highly effective at detecting smoldering fires, provide adequate protection from flaming fires. Fire safety experts recommend installing a combination alarm, that either detect both heat and smoke or use both the ionization & photoelectric smoke sensing methods. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
A-10's main gun (GAU-8 Avenger) generates a recoil force greater than one of the plane's engine and generates so much smoke that it made the engines stopped during initial test flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GAU…
During the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, storms were so severe that its clouds blew smoke as far away as Boston, MA. Red snow fell on New England in winter 1934-1935. It was the largest American exodus in history, with over 86k relocating to California. 1/8 of CA's populace is of "Okie" heritage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dus…
The English language term "smoking" was coined in the late 18th century; before then the practice was known as "drinking smoke". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
The Seminole Tribe of Florida generated so much revenue from opening tax-free smoke shops and organizing high-stakes bingo games that in 2007 they bought Hard Rock Cafe International. The tribe still owns it today, with 180 Restaurants, 24 Hotels, and 11 Casinos in 74 different countries. money.cnn.com/2006/12/07/…
The robot suit in the 60's TV series Lost In Space had a built-in ashtray. The suit was so difficult and painful to get in and out of that the actor Bob May would just stay inside and have his smoke breaks in the suit so needed a place for his ashes and butts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
In WW2 they used special smoke screens that were that were half a mile long and hundreds of feet tall to hide ships and blimps from enemies. youtube.com/watch?v=fJr9f…
Today I learned of the Dublin Whiskey Fire of 1897, in which 13 people died, not from the fire or smoke inhalation but from alcohol poisoning after drinking the "rivers of whiskey" that filled the streets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dub…
Queen Elizabeth I made a bet with Sir Walter Raleigh that he couldn’t weigh the smoke of a new import from America - tobacco. She lost the bet. [5:16 mark] youtu.be/pR8JUQVbaEg
The world's dirtiest man, Amos Haji, who hadn't bathed in over 60 years. He smoked animal feces, eats rotten porcupine, and sometimes smokes 5 regular cigs at a time. He becomes angry at the thought of a bath. Villagers said this was due to an emotional setback in his youth. huffingtonpost.in/entry/a…
Nim Chimpsky was a chimpanzee raised like a human child by a surrogate family as part of a controversial project on animal language acquisition. During his lifetime, Nim learned over 125 signs, including "stone smoke time now" which Nim used when he wanted to smoke marijuana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nim…
A county in China, to increase tax revenues, ordered its employees to collectively smoke 23,000 packs of cigarettes per year. Officials were fined for missing their targets or if they were caught smoking brands from other provinces. reuters.com/article/idUSP…
Smoke, Jelly, Styrofoam, and Whipped Cream are all considered colloids and are classified based on the phase (state of matter) of the suspended particles and the medium. For example, Smoke is a Solid aerosol as solid particles are suspended in the air (gas). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
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…
Australia's 2019 fires was so large it created a Pyrocumulonimbus cloud, made from smoke and fire, an explosive thunderstorm cloud which ravaged tens of thousands of acres in thunder and ash. cbsnews.com/news/fires-in…
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…
Americium, a chemical element, was originally named Pandemonium due to the difficulty in discovery and because Pandemonium meant Hell (the word is of Greek origin and the capital of Hell in Milton's Paradise Lost). Today, Americium's most common use is in smoke detectors which detect fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The Korea Central Zoo in Pyongyang is home to a chimpanzee that smokes a pack of cigarettes a day nbcnews.com/news/world/no…
While filming There Will Be Blood, the director Paul Thomas Anderson tested the pyrotechnical effects of an oil fire, causing an enormous amount of smoke to intrude on the nearby set of No Country For Old Men, filming of No Country For Old men had to be delayed for a day because of this. screenrant.com/there-will…
Today I learned of a comedian Jim Purol, a non-smoker who managed to smoke seven packs of cigarettes simultaneously, thus setting a Guinness world record weirduniverse.net/blog/co…
"Blowing smoke up someone's ass" refers to the medical practice of a tobacco enema historydaily.org/blowing-…
Some people smoke ants to get high gulfnews.com/general/teen…
Wildfires make clouds called pyrocumulus (fire cloud) as smoke rises and condenses in the upper atmosphere along with the water evaporating from burned plants. If it's big enough it becomes a pyrocumulonimbus (fire storm cloud) with its own wind system. lightning and even fire whirls (tornadoes) scijinks.gov/firestorm/
In London, one of Tower Bridge's ornate cast-metal lampposts is actually no lamppost: It's a remarkably-lamppost-like hollow flue. It was meant to vent coal smoke (from the stove in the room below decks where guards could warm up). atlasobscura.com/places/t…
Ruth Hale was paid by Lucky Strikes to encourage women to join march β€œLight another torch of freedom” inviting women to smoke cigarettes out in the public en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
Candy Cigarettes were introduced in late 19th century. They were wrapped in paper and packaged to resemble cigarettes. Some contained powdered sugar, allowing users to blow and produce clouds of sugar, imitating smoke. Candy cigarettes are currently banned in many countries including the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Today I learned of Barb Tarbox, a Canadian anti-smoking activist who, despite trying to quit, and even after being diagnosed with cancer, continued to smoke until her death in 2003 communitydrugalert.ca/pdf…
Buckey O'Neill of the "Rough Riders" insisted officers shouldn't duck when shot at. To a concerned fellow soldier he blew cigarette smoke and said, "Sergeant, the Spanish bullet isn't made that will kill me." The same day, a Spanish bullet fatally struck him through the mouth and out the skull. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buc…
The Korolev Cross is a stage of the Souyez rocket when it sheds it's 4 external boosters creating a plume of smoke in the shape of a cross... named after the designer of the R-7 rocket, Sergey Korolev. youtube.com/watch?v=Uf1Wu…
In 1964, when Bob Dylan first met The Beatles, he had misheard the lyrics to β€œI Want to Hold Your Hand” as β€œI get high” instead of β€œI can’t hide”, and showed up to meet them ready to smoke. He gave a joint to Ringo, who didn't realize he was supposed to pass it and smoked the whole thing himself liveforlivemusic.com/feat…
There are only six full-time 'skywriters' left in the world. Skywriters are those who use aircraft to expel special smoke during flight in patterns. vice.com/en_in/article/qj…
Back in the 1700s, doctors would literally blow smoke up people’s asses to resuscitate them gizmodo.com/blowing-smoke…
For unknown reasons, people who smoke and people who are taking oral contraceptives, are less likely to develop canker sores. merckmanuals.com/home/mou…
Two men dressed as Batman and Captain America were teaching kids at an event when they noticed a nearby home on fire. They ran to the house, rushed inside, and rescued a cat that had inhaled smoke. "Batman" gave the cat mouth-to-mouth breaths until it recovered, then it hissed and "freaked out." wsaz.com/home/headlines/H…
3 billion people still cook over open fires and millions of people die each year from smoke inhalation. nationalgeographic.com/ph…
A dark patch was left intentionally on the ceiling of Grand Central Station's main concourse to show how dirty it was before and after it's first cleaning. The patch was swabbed and tested revealing the dirty ceiling was about 100 years of built up nicotine/cigarette smoke nytimes.com/2018/06/07/ny…
South African gamblers smoke endangered vulture brains for luck blogs.scientificamerican.…
China accounts for 40% of the tobacco consumption worldwide. 52 percent of adult Chinese men smoke. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
There are trees in Florida that are so deadly that even standing under it in the rain is enough to cause blistering if the skin is wetted by raindrops containing any sap. Additionally, if one of these deadly trees is burned, the resulting smoke can cause blindness if it reaches a person’s eyes. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Bonito flakes are basically shaved fish jerky. Traditional katsuobushi is skipjack tuna preserved using smoke, caves, mold and the sun in a process that can take years. The fish is so tough that it is shaved with a katsuobushi kezuriki, which looks like a wood carving tool. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
A cat in Michigan saves family from fire in home with no working smoke detectors. globalnews.ca/news/617260…
When NASA launches a rocket from Kennedy Space Center, you dont see smoke, but stream. They flood the launch pad with 450,000 gallons of water to prevent the rockets from melting the launch pad. It also lowers vibrations that may have an effect in sensitive equipment on the ship. nasa.gov/audience/forstud…
A Japanese company has awarded its non-smoking employees 6 extra vacation days to compensate for the smoker’s smoke breaks cnbc.com/amp/2017/11/02/t…
There are at least 7,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke lung.org/quit-smoking/smo…
Today I learned about Tokyo's incredibly efficient recycling systems. All combustible trash is incinerated, the smoke and gasses cleaned before release, and then the left over ash is used as a replacement for clay in the cement used for construction. japantimes.co.jp/life/201…
Today I learned of Joseph Pujol, master of Musical Farts. He would imitate birds, dogs, and other animals, play instruments, and inhale cigarette smoke and blow it back. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
A company in japan offers extra days off to workers who don’t smoke since they don’t take smoking breaks. businessinsider.com/non-s…

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