A popular sport among Native Americans was basically LaCrosse with teams of "5 to 100" that would last for days. It was used as training, entertainment, and dispute resolution. Being a sore loser is considered to be the spark that ignited an actual war in the 1600's. encyclopedia.com/history/…
A poem and a short story helped spark the first U.S. Supreme Court case protecting same-sex content. The 1958 decision was less than 100 words, but reversed a lower court’s ruling against the magazine they appeared in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Young Francis Billington got ahold of his father's musket and shot it off inside, showering sparks around an open barrel of gunpowder and nearly blowing up the ship. The ships name? Mayflower mayflowerhistory.com/bill…
Today I learned about Solar Maximum cycles and the Carrington Event. A solar storm that hit Earth powerful enough to start fires and cause sparks from telegraph wires. The aurora was seen as close to the equator as South America and Northern Australia. The next Solar cycle is predicted to start this year. history.com/news/a-perfec…
A 9 year old boy, Jude Sparks, accidentally discovers a Stegomastodon Fossil in New Mexico after tripping on its fossilized skull in Las Cruces Desert during a family hiking trip. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Diesel Engines doesn't use Spark Plugs youtube.com/watch?v=rlK7J…
The ZZ Top song "Master of Sparks" is based on a true story of people who used to weld together a spherical cage with a seat inside and then push it off a truck going 60 MPH with a person inside. Whoever survived got the title of Master of Sparks - one of them was ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
Cooking certain vegetables in the microwave can cause it to spark due to the iron content in the food. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
In 2003, during a nightclub performance from the band Great White, sparks from stage pyrotechnics lit the sound-proofing foam on the ceiling of the club. The smoke and fire killed 100 people, including their guitarist, and seriously injured another 200. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about the 1977 book Government by Judiciary by Raoul Berger. In this book, he argues that the US Supreme Court has interpreted the 14th Amendment contrary to the intent of its draftsmen on various issues. His book helped spark a debate about originalism and living constitutionalism in the U.S. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gov…
John Jenkins, a former executive at Microsoft, became co-curator of Bellingham's SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention. The museum started as an informal collection of antique radios from a local and Jenkins added his collection, which included early wireless, electrical devices, and rare books en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPA…
The ancient Finns believed that the Northern Lights were created when a 'firefox' rubbed its tail against the cliffside, creating sparks that would form the lights. visitfinland.com/article/…
The sparks you saw during space shuttle launches were used to burn off hydrogen, not to ignite the engines nasaspaceflight.com/2015/…
The pneumatics ("spiritual", from Greek πνΡῦμα, "spirit") were, in Gnosticism, the highest order of humans, the other two orders being psychics and hylics ("matter"). A pneumatic saw itself as escaping the doom of the material world by realizing the Divine Spark within. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pne…
A broken piece of a spark plug (a.k.a. "ninja rocks") can be used to shatter a car window if thrown with minimum force ridelust.com/obscure-burg…
Unlike forks, spoons generally don't create sparks in the microwave because of their shape npr.org/templates/story/s…
If you smell a natural gas leak, that you should not turn off a light switch as it creates a spark npower.com/home/help-and-…
Flint and steel causes a spark because when the steel is struck against a hard object, such as flint, tiny shards of iron come off the steel and immediately oxidize, resulting in sparks. quirkyscience.com/sparks-…
Lifesavers, and other forms of crystalline sugar - Produce lightning like sparks when chewed vigorously. This effect can be reproduced in any dark environment, and is called Triboluminescence. nytimes.com/2007/06/19/sc…
Sparks From Metal Tools Created Half of the Mendocino Complex Fire California Wildfire in 2018 and the Crown Fire of 2010. nytimes.com/2018/08/07/us…
Wildfires can spawn their own thunderstorms, known as pyroCbs. Lightning from these storms can spark additional blazes far away and send plumes of smoke and aerosols into the stratosphere. e360.yale.edu/features/fi…
Today I learned about the Carr Fire, a large 2018 wildfire in CA that was caused by a tire rim when the tire blew out, causing the rim to scrape against the road which produced sparks that ignited vegetation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
In 1958, 5 time Formula 1 World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio was kidnapped prior to the Cuban Grand Prix. The kidnapping was orchestrated by Fidel Castro in an attempt to have the race cancelled and embarrass the current president. This was an early spark to the Cuban Revolution in 1959. jalopnik.com/how-fidel-ca…
Claudette Colvin was the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation. However, since she was only 15 years old (and pregnant), the NAACP decided their secretary, Rosa Parks, would better represent the movement as the ideal segregation protester who would spark the bus boycotts. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
Buddhist master Drukpa Kunley's penis was known as the "Thunderbolt of Flaming Wisdom" because of its ability to spark enlightenment and drive away evil spirits. Women from all over the world visited him to receive his blessing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dru…
Carrying ceramic spark plug shards is illegal in some states and are referred to as "Ninja Rocks" due to their ability to break automotive glass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
Snakes can belch fire if the decomposing animal they have eaten bursts while being digested and fills the snake's stomach with hydrogen and/or methane. All that's needed is a spark. ebookvampire.com/Most-Pop…
Today I learned of the SS Central America. It carried gold bars and mint coins between the San Francisco mint and New York banks. It sunk in a hurricane in 1857, causing a loss of $2 million USD (modern equivalent of $292 million). This loss helped spark the Panic of 1857. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
You should not get in and out of your vehicle while refueling gas. A static electric charge can develop on your body as you slide across the seat, and when you reach for the pump, a spark can ignite gasoline vapor. nfpa.org/Public-Education…
In 1859 there was an Aurora so powerful that it powered telegraph networks across America and Europe, in some cases causing damage and sparks from the amount of power it generated. wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora…
It was widely believed in the 17th and 18th centuries that man was powered by explosions, such that 23,000 times a day, a human breathed in air containing nitrous particles that, combined with the fire of the heart or the sparks of nerves, created the small explosions that moved the body. vqronline.org/essays-arti…
When professional skateboarder Sergio Yuppie entered his first ever tournament, he wanted to find a way to stand out from the other competitors, so he found a smashed beer can, attached it to his helmet, and whilst performing a knee slide would drag his head across the pavement, creating sparks youtu.be/qu3I6qJp1Mg?t=3m…
Different metals make distinct patterns of sparks when struck en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Fragments of porcelain from spark plugs are so effective at breaking windows easily and quietly, that they're known as 'Ninja Rocks' and listed by the State of California as burglary tools. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
In Yakutia Russia, temperatures become so cold that trees explode, blue sparks fly from falling timber, mercury freezes and exhaled breathe is transformed into a shower of ice crystals called "the whisper of the stars". mikaelstrandberg.com/2012…
There was a 1940's U.S. plane which had 10 engines, 336 spark plugs, carried a camera that could spot a golf ball at 12 miles, and could stay in the air for 50 hours. wikipedia.org/wiki/Convai…
The ship upon whose mutiny the book 'The Hunt for Red October' was based was not trying to defect to the west, but was in fact trying to spark a second communist revolution executedtoday.com/2010/08…
Erwin Rommel did not want Hitler to be assassinated, fearing he would become a martyr, and that it would spark civil war in Germany and Austria. Instead he wanted him tried for his crimes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erw…
Wet hay can spontaneously light on fire without a spark or external heat source, given the right circumstances of humidity and bacterial growth inside the bale. montana.edu/cpa/news/wwwp…
Henry Ford tried spark a peace convention during WWI by chartering a ship to travel to Europe. He called it "The Peace Ship", The Press called it "The Ship of Fools". The mission brought nothing but embarrassment for Ford. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
Microwaving a sliced grape will cause a spark as a result of electrons being ripped away from the atom. These free electrons can compound on themselves through a process called 'runaway breakdown' and cause a massive surge of plasma. minds.com/blog/view/17727…
After the fertilisation of a mammalian egg occurs, a zinc spark transpires; where "sparks" are actually visible inside of the embryo. nature.com/nchem/journal/…
When An Egg And Sperm Meet There Are Actually Sparks youtube.com/watch?v=1fAfQ…
In 1993 the state of Idaho billed a retired couple $1.3 million dollars to put out a forest fire that was ignited when a car towed by the couple's RV blew a tire and caught fire, with the sparks and burning debris left along the road for eight miles until they noticed a problem. articles.philly.com/1993-…
There is a spark at the moment of conception, it's size depending on the quality of the egg news.northwestern.edu/sto…
Today I learned of the Green Bank Radio Telescope in West Viginia. The telescope is so sensitive that gasoline vehicles are not allowed within 1 mile of the telescope due to spark plugs causing too much interference, and microwave ovens (as well as WiFi and any wireless device) are not allowed within 10 miles. youtu.be/eQEGPATQe5s
A spark is given off when a sperm fertilizes a human egg. sciencealert.com/scientis…
The shower of sparks seen during Space Shuttle launches are often assumed to be engine igniters but they're actually part of the Hydrogen Burnoff System; a safety system designed to consume unburned hydrogen so it doesn't damage other parts of the shuttle. nasa.gov/mission_pages/sh…
The 130 ft. wide road NASA built to transport the Mobile Launcher Platform (called the Crawlerway) is topped only with Tennessee River gravel, chosen because of its anti-spark properties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
East Germans joined a waiting list to buy a Trabant automobile, receiving it 11 to 18 years after signing up. The Trabant was so primitive that it was nicknamed "spark plug with a roof". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Today I learned of the Ufa Train/Pipeline Explosion. In 1989, a Soviet pipeline which had knowingly been leaking, managed to fill an entire valley with propane. Sparks from a train ignited the gas, causing an explosion perhaps as large as 10 kilotons of TNT, and killed 575 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ufa…
"Murderous Mary" was a five-ton Asian elephant, who performed in the Sparks World Famous Shows circus. After killing a trainer in Kingsport, Tennessee, she was hanged in nearby Erwin, Tennessee, in 1916. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The X-rays from an atomic bomb are so powerful, they can compress lithium until it causes a fusion explosion... even without the shockwave. Its called a "Teller-Ulam" nuclear weapon, and it uses an atomic bomb as a "spark plug". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
During WWII, Researchers found a portable way for service men to spray malaria-carrying bugs. They developed a small aerosol can pressurized by a liquefied gas. After the war this design would spark a billion dollar aerosol industry with products such as hair spray and cleaners being made. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyl…
People employed in the manufacture of fireworks must wear cotton clothing, including undergarments. Synthetic clothing can create sparks capable of detonating fireworks. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/firewor…
The app Tinder was thusly named because a tinder box (your phone) holds matches (swipes to the right) that could potentially catalyze the fire of a new romance from a single spark made by swiping matches to the right. rewindandcapture.com/why-…
When cooking certain vegetables in a microwave, minerals in the veggies act like tiny pieces of metal and can create sparks and burns. inspection.gc.ca/food/inf…
The murderers of Emmett Till, whose death helped spark the Civil Rights Movement, admitted to their crime in 1955 and were protected from repercussions due to double jeopardy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emm…
Lisa Sparks set the record for most sexual encounters in one day by engaging in intercourse with 919 different men. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
If you bite into a Wint-O-Green Lifesaver in the dark you can see a spark. This is due to a phenomenon called 'triboluminescence' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
The ignition coil, like the spark plug, was invented by Tesla. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ign…
Diesel engines don't have spark plugs, instead they use highly compressed hot air to ignite the fuel. wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel…
You create the electric spark in non-flint lighters by striking a crystal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
Sugar will spark light when broken or shattered in a process called 'Triboluminescence' youtu.be/k5MORochIDw?t=2m…
Today I learned of Domino's delivery vehicle "DXP". A modified Chevrolet Spark with a warming oven and space for 80 pizzas. adweek.com/adfreak/domino…
Metal is not necessarily bad for your microwave. Thin metals like the tine of your fork will act as an antenna and can create sparks. goodhousekeeping.com/food…
Diesel cars are used near radio observatories, as the ignition of the spark plugs in gasoline-powered cars can interfere with radio observations. science.hq.nasa.gov/kids/…
DMG produced the first modern car with spark plug ignition in 1902, after a DMG distributor and racing enthusiast named Jellinek pressed them to build a futuristic, ultra high performance model. DMG named the new car after Jellinek's 10 year old daughter Mercedes. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/E…
Being 'madly in love' sparks the reward area in your brain the same way cocaine does. growingminds.posterous.co…
Only diesel powered vehicles are allowed near the Green Bank Observatory, because spark plugs interfere with the instruments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
In 1992 lead vocalist Donita Sparks removed her tampon on-stage and threw it into the crowd yelling "Eat my used tampon, fuckers!" This has been referred to as one of the "most unsanitary pieces of rock memorabilia in history". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L7_…
Drag cars put out so much power that in 2.5 seconds their clutch welds together and their spark plugs disintegrate, every run. youtube.com/watch?v=-VF0J…
In 2012, Erica Marshall, a British veterinarian in Ocala, Florida, died when the horse she was treating in a hyperbaric chamber kicked the wall, released a spark from its horseshoes and triggered an explosion. telegraph.co.uk/earth/wil…
The word "electricity" derives from the Greek word "elektron," their word for amber. Amber has been known since antiquity as a means of creating sparks and electrostatic adhesion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Pikachu's name is derived from a combination of two Japanese sounds: pika, a sound an electric spark makes, and chu, a sound a mouse makes. contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~n…
Over 550 patients in the U.S. catch on fire during surgery every year... a combination of incompletely-dried combustible prep fluid, pure oxygen and sparks from drills, electrosurgical equipment or lasers. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
In East Texas, New London School Explosion of March 18, 1937, one of the worst school disasters in American history, killed almost 300 students and teachers. Explosion was caused when pockets of natural gas that had leaked from the school's heating system were suddenly ignited by a spark. npr.org/2012/04/06/150063…
If you bite into a Wint-O-Green LifeSaver, it will give off a spark in your mouth. discoverykids.com/activit…
A tiny piece of a spark plug can completely shatter a glass window youtu.be/QhlmKHbPFhU
Due to triboluminescence, lifesaver candies containing wintergreen will spark when chewed. youtube.com/watch?v=pPMx-…
Some vegetables spark in the microwave due to their high mineral content inspection.gc.ca/food/inf…
In January 2009, a proctologist (butt doctor) died while he was operating on a stripper/porn star's rectum using a tool that caused sparks and when the patient farted, a fireball went into the doctor's throat and severely burned his lungs spike.com/video-clips/vye…
The rotors on helicopters in deserts can shoot of sparks of static electricity when landing and taking off realitypod.com/2011/03/he…
Beryllium Copper does not spark, making it an ideal material for hand tools on oil rigs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Studies show that the color green sparks ingenuity. huffingtonpost.com/2012/0…
When you microwave some vegetables, they spark. homegardenguides.com/gard…
The Queen of England can change a spark plug, not only that she is the only British monarch qualified to do so. timesonline.co.uk/tol/new…
You are able to create music with tesla coils. The coils are firing at such a high frequency that the sparks create sound waves as they fly through the air. youtu.be/hgll-XTqcS4
Today I learned that, Agriculture, the spark of civilization is only 500 20 year generations old en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agr…
Today I learned that JDate and Christian mingle dating sites are owned by the same company, Spark Network, Inc. spark.net
Spark plugs can easily break windows [Vid]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxNvcsbxhfE&feature=related

Well, more specifically the ceramic from spark plugs.

The Almogavars, a soldier class from the Spanish Reconquista, would shout "Desperta Ferro!" - "Awake Iron!" - on engaging the enemy. They struck their blades off stones to create showers of sparks, invoking the spirit of iron and intimidating their foes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awa…
(the hard way) that carrots spark and catch fire in the microwave. [Video (not mine) in comments.] bendbulletin.com/news/136…
Ninja rocks are broken pieces of spark plugs which will shatter car windows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
Diesel engines do not have spark plugs. animatedengines.com/diese…
Up until recently, the spark plugs were (for the amount of space they inhabited) the heaviest part of a formula one car. caranddriver.com/columns/…
Prison tattoo artists build motorized tattoo guns from commissary items and create ink by burning wicks in baby oil and harvesting the soot. To light the wicks, they must create a spark using an outlet, a piece of wire and a piece of wood, a technique called "popping a socket." businessinsider.com/inmat…
When you microwave frozen blueberries they spark like metal

No need to call the FDA on Trader Joe's Frozen Blueberries. But, I wish I could find a solid article about this. One commenter on this blog offers an explanation.

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