Wilbur & Orville Wright's father gifted them a toy helicopter (based on an invention of French aeronautical pioneer Alphonse PΓ©naud). They played with it until it broke, and then built their own. They later pointed to their experience with the toy as the spark of their interest in flying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
Diesel engines don’t have spark plugs because they fire based off compression. mtaq.com.au/why-dont-dies…
During Ben Franklin’s famous kite experiment, the kite was not struck by visible lightning; had it been, Franklin would almost certainly have been killed. Instead, he noticed loose threads on the kite string were repelling each other and there was a spark when he moved his hand near the key. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kit…
Mary was a five-ton Asian elephant who performed in the Sparks World Famous Shows circus. After killing a keeper on his second day at work, in Kingsport, Tennessee in 1916, she was hanged from a crane. blueridgecountry.com/arch…
A novelesque scam involving a fake noblewoman and a gullible cardinal, a hugely expensive diamond necklace, and the French royal family helped ignite the spark of French Revolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aff…
Michael Faraday did a four month long experiment on electric eels. Faraday applied copper paddles and saddles to eels and monitored their reactions, ultimately proving the animal's impulses were electrical by observing sparks and deflections on a galvanometer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
During the liberation of Dachau concentration camp Lt. Col Felix Sparks of the US Army drew his pistol and threatened to kill Brig. Gen. Henning Linden(also of the US Army), who had struck one of Spark's men over the head with a swagger stick. youtube.com/watch?v=aRk2F…
Today I learned about the Tracy Tire Fire which occurred in Aug. 1998 after a spark caused a grass fire that ignited over 7 million illegally dumped tires. The fire wasn’t officially extinguished until Dec. 2000. A fire chief once compared the burning dump site to the result of an "atomic bomb attack." sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…
Honduras in 2000 tried to ban parents from giving children names like Motor or Bujia (Spark Plug). theguardian.com/world/200…
In 1878, a spark ignited airborne flour dust within the Minneapolis Washburn A Mill creating an explosion that killed 18 workers. The ensuing fire killed four people and destroyed five other mills. The explosion made national news and led to reforms in the milling industry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
The sparks you saw during space shuttle launches were used to burn off hydrogen, not to ignite the engines nasaspaceflight.com/2015/…
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/…
Unlike forks, spoons generally don't create sparks in the microwave because of their shape npr.org/templates/story/s…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Different metals make distinct patterns of sparks when struck en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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_…
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…
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…
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/…
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…

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