There is a species of squid that can live in fresh water (sort of for a bit), but no octopus can doi.org/10.3354%2Fmeps226…
Massachusetts has a ruling regarding what qualifies as a sandwich. Qdoba and Panera were part of a 2006 contract dispute in which it was claimed that a burrito was a sandwich. The court ruled that only two pieces of bread, along with some sort of filling, could hold the mantle of sandwich. wistv.com/story/5664109/m…
Today I learned about Euro English, a sort of dialect involuntary used by non-native English speakers in Europe and influenced by other European languages en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eur…
All snow forms from a pollutant of some sort called pollutant nuclei , and that snow forming from a condensation molecule is very rare. 9news.com/mobile/article/…
Today I learned about the Vent Haven Museum a place that houses over 900 ventriloquist dummies and is seen a graveyard of sorts for famous dummies once the performer linked to them has died. venthaven.org/who-we-are
The fourth funnel on the Titanic was fake. It was for appearances only: it made the ship look bigger. It was not connected to the charcoal ovens, but it was connected to the first-class smoking room, making it a sort of oversized kitchen hood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
Pilot fish can form sort of symbiotic relationships with sharks to the point where if their shark is caught, the pilot fish will follow the boat that took it and become distressed when it can't find it or isn't near its "host" shark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pil…
There are a significant amount of Chinese Peruvians and up to 20% of Peruvians have Chinese heritage of some sort en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The inventor of the IQ test, Alfred Binet, did not created it with the intention of measuring intelligence. Instead, his intention was to classify the "mental age" of kids and indetify the ones that weren't developing themselves well in school and sort of "rescue" them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
In the 1970s there was a coin shortage in Italy, all sorts of things ended up being given as change such as candy, fruit and pencils numismatics.org/pocketcha…
Only 5 countries in the world have never been under any sort of European control. vox.com/2014/6/24/5835320…
From 1847, Rudolf Wolf started counting sunspots. He peered through a telescope every day, if he could, and recorded the number of spots he observed. Today, all sorts of models use Wolf's sunspot record to predict things like the climate, the orbit of satellites, and the stability of power grids skyandtelescope.org/astro…
Dean Norris has played a law enforcement official a lot. He said, β€œI used to call myself the alphabet actor. FBI, CIA, DEA, You name it, I’ll play it.” In total as of 2015, Norris has played some sort of law enforcement official 35 times. uproxx.com/movies/dean-no…
The Japanese command didn't realize Hiroshima had been totally destroyed until almost a whole day after it happened. Vague reports of some sort of large explosion had begun to filter in, but the Japanese high command knew that no large-scale air raid had taken place over the city. osti.gov/opennet/manhatta…
A team of international scholars have been working to recreate recipes from 4000 years ago from tablets. One Mesopotamian dish resembles a chicken pot pie, with layers of dough and chunks of bird smothered by a sort of Babylonian bΓ©chamel sauce bbc.com/travel/story/2019…
During World War Two, the British Home Guard was issued with 250,000 pikes. Due to a lack of guns in 1941, Churchill wrote to the War Office saying, "every man must have a weapon of some sort, be it only a mace or a pike." His request was taken seriously. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
Ava Gardner, while married to Frank Sinatra, became pregnant twice, but aborted both pregnancies due to "MGM [having] all sorts of penalty clauses about their stars having babies." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ava…
Despite not being composed with any military victory in mind, Beethoven's 5th Symphony is now known as the Victory Symphony. The famous opening four notes - sort-shot-short-long, aligning with the morse code for the letter V - dot-dot-dot-dash. cmuse.org/beethovens-fift…
Since female dairy cows are much more valuable than bulls we use machines to sort bull semen into male vs female semen. These machines work based on the fact that XX semen have more DNA than XY, and thus greater mass, and can be automatically discriminated when colored with florescence. agweb.com/article/how-it-…
There is a family in italy named Marsili which can not feel pain due to a genetic mutation. Family members can suffer burns and broken bones while feeling virtually no pain and they do not need any sort of anesthesia during surgery independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Chimpanzees, Elephants, and Magpies all mourn their dead and feel some sort of grief. myguaranteedplan.ca/funer…
Only 1% of DNA is for protein-coding genes, the rest 99% is non-coding and was once thought to be junk. Later studies found that it can't be that such a huge chunk is just "packaging material" and it is starting to become clear that it has many uses, mainly as a regulator of different sorts ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/ba…
A family in China adopted what they thought was a dog and raised it for 2 years, only to find out it was an Asiatic black bear. They reportedly couldn't figure out why the dog kept growing. It turns out that sort of mix-up happens fairly often. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Russell Crowe commissioned Nick Cave to write a sequel to Gladiator. When Cave asked "didn't you die at the end of gladiator" Crowe responded "yeah, but you sort that out" bbc.com/culture/story/201…
The Clash song Garageland was inspired by a critic's comment that "The Clash are the sort of garage band that should be speedily returned to the garage, preferably with the motor still running". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1941, with a lot of the Home Guard unarmed, Churchill wrote to the War Office that "every man must have a weapon of some sort, be it only a mace or a pike". The War Office took him literally and order 250,000 pikes, there was an uproar and none were ever issued. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
Sumo has a sort of caste system- wrestlers typically live together and higher ranked earn far more money, and are treated akin to royalty, while lower ranked wake up earlier to make the food, earn far less money, and even have to bathe the higher ranked hatagotravel.com/beginner…
Led Zeppelin had become so frustrated with reporters and interviewers that officials had put down strict rules for anyone who went backstage. One of those rules stated "Do not make any sort of eye contact with John Bonham. This is for your own safety." uproxx.com/music/led-zepp…
In 2002 a bakery (focacceria) in Altamura, Italy, defeated McDonald's with the local product of the city: "focaccia" a sort of bread that is stuffed with diffrent kind of products. McDonald's tried in every way to attract the attention of the citizens, but was forced to close after 2 years. nytimes.com/2006/01/12/wo…
In 1209, crusaders were sent to siege BΓ©ziers (in France) as many citizens had become heretics. Before the attack, the army asked the Pope's ambassador on how to distinguish between heretics and Catholics, he replied: "Kill them all; let God sort them out." All 20,000 inhabitants were killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cae…
Had it not been for the Norman Conquest of 1066, the English we speak today would have been much different and more restrictive. The merging of Old English and Norman French led to Modern English being sort of hybrid of the two, giving another shade of meaning to words such as "swine" vs "pork". geoffboxell.tripod.com/wo…
In the mid-2000s Kevin Smith was approached about the possibility of a Jay & Silent Bob/Hellraiser crossover as sort of a 21st century Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein. They would have opened the box and their version of Hell would have been rehab. ihorror.com/that-time-jay…
Approximately 75% of US adults use some sort of vision correction. About 64% wear eyeglasses, 11% wear contact lenses and 30% of the American population is near-sighted glassescrafter.com/inform…
Large ships use sea water as ballast; the water contains all sorts of living organisms which when released, results in the spread of invasive species around the world. This has an economic impact of billions of dollars a year to the US alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
The phrase "out of sorts" is most often attributed to typesetting and refers to running out of an individual metal type called "sorts" that printers used during Tudor times in England, though the phrase itself predates that. grammarist.com/phrase/out…
"Weird Al" Yankovic wrote an original song called "Dare to Be Stupid" in the style of DEVO. Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh: "I was in shock. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard. He sort of re-sculpted that song into something else and... I hate him for it, basically." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
Orcas exploit a 'security bug' in great white sharks to immobilize and kill them. When a shark is held upside down this induces tonic immobility (TI), a sort of temporary paralysis; the orca are known to attack them in a way that induces TI and will keep them there till they suffocate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Songs get stuck in our heads because of "earworms", where a song will get lodged in your head and cause a sort of "cognitive itch" or "brain itch", or rather a need for the brain to fill in the gaps in a song's rhythm. science.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned of Hotel Barges, a Sort-Of Sailing Hotel Room on a River in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and, Most Commonly, France. The Guest Capacity Can Be Anywhere from Four to Twenty-Four en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
Today I learned of a contract between Disney and Robin Williams stating that the Genie from Aladin could not be used in any sort of merchandising or tie-in products. After Disney broke the contract, Robin received a Picasso painting as an apology. cinemablend.com/new/Robin…
North American turkeys were sort of named after the country of the same name. Europeans referred to the Guinea Fowl as "turkeys" due to their origin in Turkish regions. When European settlers arrived in North America, they called the new bird a "turkey" as well, due to the resemblance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Today I learned about a former Olympic event (1904 only), the "Plunge for Distance," where you dive from 18in (46cm) without jumping, then just sort of sink without propelling yourself in any way for 60 seconds. Winner goes to whoever made it the furthest. It was reportedly as boring as it sounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
When JRR Tolkien was asked for proof of Aryan descent in Germany, 1938, he replied, "If impertinent and irrelevant inquiries of this sort are to become the rule in matters of literature, then the time is not far distant when a German name will no longer be a source of pride." lettersofnote.com/2012/03…
There is a conglomerate language called Esperanto that's designed with most European languages in mind. It's designed to be easy for anyone to learn and to help bridge communication gaps between European countries, the creator intending it to be a sort of universal second language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esp…
In medieval times women's hairstyles showed if they were single or married. Married women would have kept their long hair tied up in braids beneath a head covering of some sort. Single women would allow their hair to fall freely over their bodies signaling that they were available for marriage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
The phrase "Kill 'em all, Let God Sort them Out" dates back to August 1209, and was uttered during the Albigensian Crusade when over 7000 people, both Catholics and "heretics", were murdered in Beziers, France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
The space between teeth should be smooth and flowing, without any ridges or sharp corners. If dental floss shreds, there must be some sort of edge in this area that is disrupting the floss fibers. Many times, this is the result of a filling placed between two teeth that needs to be smoothed out thousandoaksfamilydentist…
Upon exiting the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created. His answer was: "A republic, if you can keep it." constitutioncenter.org/le…
In an interview printed in the New York Times in 1969, Vladimir Nabokov said, "I often think there should exist a special typographical sign for a smile -- some sort of concave mark, a supine round bracket." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
The quote "Kill them all & let God sort them out" came from a French Cistercian Monk. thisdayinquotes.com/2011/…

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