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…
Only 5 countries in the world have never been under any sort of European control. vox.com/2014/6/24/5835320…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Chimpanzees, Elephants, and Magpies all mourn their dead and feel some sort of grief. myguaranteedplan.ca/funer…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
The saying "Kill them all; let God sort them out." originates from the instructions given by a Papal representative to the crusaders just before the The Massacre at BΓ©ziers where all 20,000 citizens were killed. The original Latin instructions: Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cae…
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…
The Sea of Galilee Boat is an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century AD, discovered in 1986 on the north-west shore of the Sea of Galilee. The boat is important to Christians because this was the sort of boat used by Jesus and his disciples, several of whom were fishermen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Today I Learned it is now possible to diagnose Multiple Sclerosis through a sort of medical breathalyzer that measures VOCs pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1…
If the earth were at the center of a globular cluster of stars, the darkest night would be a strange sort of twilight, making astronomy really difficult. io9.gizmodo.com/what-the-…
The quote "Kill them all & let God sort them out" came from a French Cistercian Monk. thisdayinquotes.com/2011/…
A number of animals, including honeybees, have been shown to understand concepts like less versus more or right versus left. Only a couple of species have been shown to do any sort of addition and subtraction besides humans: mostly apes, monkeys, birds, and spiders. blogs.discovermagazine.co…
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…
Some European countries use "parking discs" which are sort of like self-metering "timers" for free parking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Sony's name comes not only from Latin "sonos" (sound), but also from "sonny boy", a slang term for smart and presentable young men - the sort of people Sony founders saw themselves as. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
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 different colors of the FedEx logo mean all sorts of different things when transporting goods. For example, green is for ground shipping while orange is for express shipping. imjustcreative.com/fedex-…
In Congo Free State, ruled by King Leopold II of Belgium, severed hands became a sort of currency, used when the rubber quotas weren't reached. The Force Publique soldiers were paid on the basis of how many hands they collected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atr…
"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…
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…
Texas only prohibited drivers from having open containers in its 1987 law. ''Texans sort of pride themselves on personal freedom and feel it's their God-given right to rip up and down the highways with beer can in hand,'' said the chief clerk for the House Committee on Liquor Regulation. nytimes.com/1987/05/11/us…
β€œa heart attack” and β€œa cardiac arrest” are different things: a heart attack is when there is some sort of blockage in blood circulation to the heart, while cardiac arrest is when some problem (usually one with the heart’s electrical impulses) causes the heart to start beating irregularly. heart.org/en/health-topic…
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…
The Cryptex, the cylindrical combination vaults that hold secret messages, made famous in The Da Vinci Code, is a neologism completely invented by Dan Brown and has no historical connection to a real device of the sort. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
The parasites that cause malaria and toxoplasmosis were a type of alga; although no longer capable of photosynthesis, their chloroplasts (which are themselves a sort of 'double parasite') have since been repurposed for other functions. nature.com/articles/d4158…
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…
Handcuffs in Spanish is esposas, which also translates to wives in English. I guess it's sort of like how we say "the old ball and chain" westword.com/news/dear-me…
The 21 Gun Salute is the HIGHEST honor in the United States, and the use of these sorts of salutes have a deep history throughout the world. history.army.mil/html/faq…
Biologists sort all animal species into 33 groups called phyla. More than half of them consist of some kind of worms. Mammals, birds, reptiles and fish are all in one phylum together. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phy…
When people play the Ouija board, they know in advance of what it’s supposed to do, they (often) expect it to give some sort of results, and unconsciously, they guide the pointer so that it gives β€œanswers” relativelyinteresting.com…
Today I learned about the 'Wound Man' - a drawing of a man with tens of lesions, insect and animal bites, cuts from weapons etc. It's a sort of table of contents for medieval medical manuscripts, used by surgeons to quickly look for cures and treatment options. publicdomainreview.org/20…
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…
Oysters create pearls when they feel some sort of irritating foreign object inside of them, then layer on coat after coat of nacre as a defense mechanism, forming the pearl. thepearlsource.com/facts-…
Many medieval books on animals include the bonnacon, a bull-like creature that defends itself by defecating on its attackers. It was said that it was able to fire its dung over 600 meters, and that contact with its feces "scorches pursuers like a sort of fire." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
In Missouri, it is was sort of legal to kill Mormons until 1976. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
When you bring in a live Christmas tree, you can also be bringing in spiders, mites, and all sorts of other "overwintering" insects. consolidatedpestcontrol.c…
There's an archive in East London called the Clown Egg Register, which holds over 250 ceramic eggs with clown make-up. It acts as a sort of non-legal copyright for the make-up of professional clowns. atlasobscura.com/places/c…
According to Disney composer Alan Menken, the personality and musical style of Genie was inspired by Harlem Jazz and Fats Waller. "The Genie of the Ring was described as being black, and having actually an earring in his ear and sort of looking like a hipster" billboard.com/articles/ne…
Newton once inserted a bodkin-a long needle of the sort used for sewing leather into his eye socket and rubbed it betwixt his eye and the bone as near to (the) backside of his eye to see what would happen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
β€œbutter was involved in some Celtic pagan practices, and in Ireland, it was believed that a β€˜witch’ could use magic to steal the neighbor’s β€˜butter luck’. People had all sorts of practices for preventing such supernatural disasters”. parade.com/615458/solanah…
When challenged to prove her claims, a proponent of Breatharianism (living without food or fluid of any sort) lasted four days before suffering acute dehydration en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jas…
George Lucas gave his blessing to Mel Brooks to create Spaceballs: The Movie, as long as Brooks agreed not to do any sort of merchandizing. mentalfloss.com/article.p…
Jeremy Clarkson once published his bank account number and sort code to prove that the information couldn't be used to steal money. Someone used it to set up a monthly direct debit from his bank account to a charity. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/71747…
An employee of the Kodak Camera Company discovered in the 40s that there must have been some sort of nuclear test on United States mainland. Realizing the importance of his discovery, he kept his findings a secret until 1949. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
There was an experiment where three schizophrenic men who believed they were Jesus Christ were all put in one place to sort it out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There is no indication from the Bible, other ancient texts or archaeology that the average ancient Israelite ate meat on any kind of regular basis. They had an overwhelmingly consistent and basic vegetarian diet that included bread and some sort of dairy product on a daily basis biblearchaeology.org/post…
There was an experiment where three schizophrenic men who believed they were Christ were all put in one place to sort it out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The island of Faisans in the middle of the Bidasoa river, on the border of Spain and France, switches countries every six months. This was agreed to as part of the signing of the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659. This sort of joint sovereignty is called a condominium. bbc.com/news/stories-4281…
A picture within itself is known as the β€œDroste effect.” The Dutch name for this sort of recursive image derives from a brand of cocoa. A box of Droste cocoa powder depicts a nun carrying a tray bearing a cup and a Droste box. maa.org/meetings/calendar…
Tavuk gâğsΓΌ is a dessert pudding made with shredded white chicken breast. The meat is mixed with milk, sugar, cracked rice and/or other thickeners, and often some sort of flavoring such as cinnamon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tav…
"More dust blows out of the Sahara Desert and into the atmosphere than from any other desert in the world . . . By way of the dry Saharan air layer, dust either promotes or suppresses the development of Atlantic hurricanes, an enigma that scientists are trying to sort out." earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
Battle of Brisbane, a 2 night riot between US military & Aussie military & civilians. Afterwards, US Sergeant Bill Bentson said "It sort of settled down & you go into a pub & an Aussie would come & up & slap me on the back."Oh, wasn't that a good ruckus we had the other night? Have a beer on me. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 1917 Alexander Graham Bell predicted that "the unchecked burning of fossil fuels would have a sort of greenhouse effect" on the planet, and argued for the use of alternative energy sources such as solar energy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Magpies apparently grieve for their dead and hold some sort of "funerals" telegraph.co.uk/news/eart…
The phrase "kill them all, let God sort them out" comes from a Crusader in 1209 who wiped out a town of cathar 'heretics'. Couldn't tell them apart from Catholics, so killed em all xenophongroup.com/montjoi…
The phrase, "Kill them all and let God sort them out", originated with the Catholic crusader Arnaud, who when burning an entire city was asked how to distinguish the Christian Cathars from the Catholics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arn…
Today I learned of Jasmuheen, a proponent of "breatharianism" (living without food or fluid of any sort). Journalists discovering her well-stocked fridge were informed the food was for her husband Jeff Ferguson, a convicted fraudster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jas…
Beavers secrete a sort of anal-molasses that's used to make vanilla flavoring and scents. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Urban birds now perform a sort of 'avian rap' with short and fast songs while their rural counterparts stick to slow melodies news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
Wilson Pickett, when asked in a TV interview what happens in the midnight hour (in reference to his song "In the Midnight Hour"), replied β€œAll sorts of things. You have to get up and take the dog out. I mean anything can happen.” pri.org/stories/2018-07-1…
Doctors are growing flesh by using donated skin to create collagen grafts, or patches which provide a "sort of scaffolding into the wound" for the patients' damaged cells to grow from. One babies foreskin can yield as much as four football fields of skin. edition.cnn.com/2009/HEAL…
Fish sleep. Not with their eyes closed because they lack them, but they go into a trance-like state and swim at a slower rate. One fish even surrounds itself in a sleeping bag or sorts made of mucus. wonderopolis.org/wonder/d…
It is now illegal to wear any sort of face coverings aka Burqa, etc. in France in public due to the fact that it is a "social hindrance within a society". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
There is a Seed Vault that protects seeds from all sorts of natural and man-made disasters; essentially a food insurance policy in case the world goes to hell. xposethereal.com/most-peo…
We call it a penknife not because of the size, but because that sort of knife was used to prepare quills for writing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
A Public Defender dared a deputy sheriff to arrest her, then sued for false arrest, and won (sort of). Both sides effectively told to grow up. courthousenews.com/2015/0…
Pancho Villa was once a movie star... sort of. He was funded by Hollywood, who in exchange filmed his battles to be made into a movie. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Littleberry Carter, great-grandfather of President Jimmy Carter, was murdered at a carnival by his partner D. P. McCann over a dispute about receipts from a machine known as a Flying Jenny, a sort of small merry-go-round. famouskin.com/family-tree…
The sandcrawler in Star Wars IV: A New Hope, was built and took the crew four days to move it into the Tunisian Desert. The Libyan government was interested in the vehicle and sent inspectors to make sure it wasn't any sort of military vehicle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Upon Vaudevillian actor W.C. Fields' death he left money to start the "W. C. Fields College for Orphan White Boys and Girls, where no religion of any sort is to be preached" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._…
The villain Frieza from the Dragon Ball Z series was based on real estate speculators, who the creator claimed were "the worst sort of people." dragonball.wikia.com/wiki…
Allan Moore's 1986 graphic novel, "Watchmen" discusses "DUB music." The character Ozymandias calls it "a sort of music of the future, a result of technological advances transcending the cultural barriers they set up" spacemanmick.blogspot.com…
Robert F. Kennedy risked his life to save Indianapolis from the sort of rioting that erupted in other U.S. cities in the hours after MLK was killed -- and he did it using only his words. foto.gettyimages.com/arch…
Before Abraham Lincoln, no President wore a beard; after Lincoln until Woodrow Wilson, every President except Andrew Johnson and William McKinley had either a beard or a moustache of some sort. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
The Taoist explanation of why all major religions prescribe some sort of sabbath: balance. Balance between *doing* and *being.* We work all week, doing. On the sabbath, we can be. bbc.co.uk/religion/religi…
In 1898 the United States Navy fired upon the small town of Matanzas and there was one casualty - a mule. This mule was then buried with distinction like some sort of Harambe. Today, we honor this mule in the holiday known as Matanzas Mule Day. timesmachine.nytimes.com/…
If we sort known planets (including extrasolar) by standard primary habitability, Earth is only fifth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Dr. Kellogg firmly believed that red meat increased sexual desire and he advocated a diet rich in nuts and cereals. He began to develop a sort of anti-masturbation food and Kellogg’s Corn Flakes are meant to help decrease your likelihood of masturbation. iquitsugar.com/true-story…

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