The original manufacturing method for shotgun pellets was to pour molten lead through a sieve at the top of a tower. The falling lead would naturally form nearly-perfect spheres due to surface tension. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
"Mad" Mike Hughes died after crashing in his homemade steam powered rocket. He launched from the California desert and hoped to reach the KΓ‘rmΓ‘n Line, where Earth's atmosphere meets outer space 62 miles above the ground to prove that the Earth is a flat disk and not a sphere. popularmechanics.com/spac…
The Arctic Circle is gradually moving north. Iceland has an 8 tonne rollable sphere, so they can easily move it a dozen meters each year to keep pace with the moving Artic Circle boundary. icelandreview.com/news/ei…
There were lots of sketchy criticality accidents during the Manhattan Project and other early nuclear weapons research. E.g. One scientist died after dropping a Tungsten Carbide brick onto a Plutonium sphere which reflected more neutrons back onto it increasing the radiation wikipedia.org/wiki/Critic…
Physicist Freeman Dyson, who died in late February, was the first to propose advanced aliens would likely build "Dyson Spheres" around their home stars, which are giant shells that capture most of a star's energy to help power an entire interplanetary civilization. astronomy.com/magazine/20…
A 13,000 year old farming village was instantly ended when fragments from a passing comet exploded in mid-air, leaving behind glass spheres, melted iron/sulfur, and nanodiamonds. space.com/comet-debris-de…
Milk Duds were intended to be candy spheres but the machines produced less-than-round candies which the workers called "duds". The "milk" part of the name refers to the large amount of milk in the candy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
A man called Washington Irving is primarily responsible for perpetuating the idea that the Earth is flat. Evidence would suggest that the world has been known to be a sphere since as early as the Ancient Greeks, Romans, and even Chaucer. youtu.be/H6Q-Dbrqvy4
Today I learned of Red Rock Coulee, which features large numbers of strange round stone spheres. hikingwithbarry.com/2018/…
Today I learned of the Valley of the Balls, featuring curious natural stone spheres. atlasobscura.com/places/v…
Purgatory in the Divine Comedy (1320) is a mountain situated on the opposite end of the world to Jerusalem, and Dante and Virgil reach it by going to the centre of the Earth (via Hell) and up the other side. This is because the Medieval world, and hence Dante, knew the Earth was a sphere. florenceinferno.com/dante…
Today I learned of the 1561 celestial phenomenon over Nuremberg, Germany. The event was documented in a broadsheet news article at the time with claims that witnesses observed hundreds of spheres, cylinders and other odd-shaped objects that moved erratically overhead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/156…
The worlds largest scale model of the Solar system exist in Sweden. The Sun is a large spherical arena in Stockholm with 110m in diameter. 300km north of it is Pluto, a small sphere of 12 cm in diameter constructed next to a lake believed to have been created by a meteorite impact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swe…
Today I learned about the Stone Spheres of Costa Rica. Hundreds of stone sculptures from the Isthmo-Colombian area, the largest weighing 15 tons. Their exact significance remains unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
A riddle from 1688 goes. "If a man born blind can feel the differences between shapes such as spheres and cubes, could he, if given the ability, distinguish those objects by sight alone?" In 2003 the riddle was solved when five people had their sight restored though surgery. They could not. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
There is an actual short barber pole with a metallic sphere on top located near the Geographic South Pole. There is also a tradition where scientists at the South Pole Station run around the pole naked to join the "300 Club", enduring a range of 300Β° Fahrenheit (166Β°C) within a very short time. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
The Greek Titan Atlas was condemned to hold up the sky, not the Earth. The sphere he holds is the celestial sphere, not the globe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atl…
10 Downing Street in the 19th Century was guarded by two men who would sit outside the building in leather chairs, armed with a pistol. Each chair featured a drawer filled with hot coals to keep the guards warm, and a sphere-shaped hood to protect from the weather and improve acoustics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10_…
In 1869 an electric shock left Dr Cyrus Teed believing he was the messiah. Teed convinced followers that the Earth’s surface is the inner crust of a hollow sphere and that he would rise from the dead. Upon Teed’s death, they left him in a bathtub until Florida health officials forced his burial en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyr…
At the time when countries in East Asia was colonized by European countries and Philippines by the United States, Japan proposed the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, to create a self-sufficient "bloc of Asian nations led by the Japanese and free of Western powers". wikipedia.org/wiki/Greate…
Four centuries before Isaac Newton proposed gravity and seven centuries before the Big Bang theory, Grosseteste described the birth of the Universe in an explosion and the crystallisation of matter to form stars and planets in a set of nested spheres around Earth. nature.com/news/history-a…
The highest point from the Earth's center is not Mount Everest, but Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador, due to the Earth not being a perfect sphere oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
A philosophy riddle from 1688 was recently solved. If a man born blind can feel the differences between shapes such as spheres and cubes, could he, if given the ability, distinguish those objects by sight alone? In 2003 five people had their sight restored though surgery, and, no they could not. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
Today I learned of glass artist Josh Simpson (whose wife is an astronaut). He makes small glass spheres he calls "planets", and since 1976 he has given away over 3000 of them to people to hide all over the world. He calls it the Infinity Project. megaplanet.com/the-infini…
Iron Giant book ends with the Iron Giant defeating a "Space-Bat-Angel-Dragon" the size of Australia in a contest of pain endurance. The Iron Giant then commands the alien monster to bring peace to humanity by flying around the Earth singing the "music of the spheres". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Thelonius Monk`s middle name is "Sphere" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Mayan calendars were more accurate than the calendars of the invading Spanish. This is because the Mayans didn't make the mistake that the Greeks did in thinking of the heavens as a groups of spheres moving in circles, but instead based their system on hundreds of years of observations. youtube.com/watch?v=eZoe6…
Before the Washington Monument was completed, the tallest structure in the US was the 234 foot tall Phoenix Shot Tower, where molten lead was dropped from a platform at the top of the tower through a sieve into a vat of cold water at the bottom, forming perfect spheres of shot. pssatrap.org/shot-towers-…
Paleontologist William Buckland, who described Megalosaurus, found white spheres resembling ancient dog feces at Kirkdale Cave. To confirm that these were fossil hyena droppings, he let a pet hyena eat guinea pigs and then studied what the hyena threw up or pooped. strangescience.net/buckla…
The golden circle on the flag of Portugal represents an armillary sphere, a nautical device used by Portuguese sailors exploring unknown seas during the Age of Discoveries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
The Ancient Greek mathematician Hippasus of Metapontum was supposedly drowned as punishment, either for divulging the secret of irrational numbers to the general public or for revealing how to construct a dodecahedron inside a sphere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
Freeman Dyson, the man behind the concept of the Dyson Sphere, based the idea from a book called Star Maker. He even stated it should be called the Stapledom Sphere after the author Olaf Stapledom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Today I learned of Champ Island in the Arctic Region of the Franz Josef Land Archipelago. It’s covered in thousands of perfectly round stone spheres ranging in size from ping-pong ball to meters in diameter. It’s still unknown where they came from or how they were formed. weirdrussia.com/2016/05/1…
The Sykes–Picot Agreement, was a secret pact between the United Kingdom & France. With assent from Russia & Italy, the pact was to defined to split the Ottoman Empire's territory after WW1 and maintain their spheres of influence. This pact also created the the countries of Syria & Iraq. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syk…
Archimedes would deduce geometric properties of a figure by comparing it with a simpler figure. He referred to planar regions, and line segments, as though they had mass and weight. Archimedes deduced the volume of a sphere by comparing it with a cylinder and a cone whistleralley.com/torus/t…
John Wayne was awarded 'two spheres manufactured from brass' for appearing at Harvard after being called the biggest fraud in history. nytimes.com/1974/01/16/ar…
That small plastic spheres are floated on top of reservoirs to help stop evaporation during droughts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Today I learned of the Napkin Ring Problem. If you core a sphere, you also reduce the height by cutting off the top and bottom. As long as two spheres are cored to the same height ring, they will always have the same volume, no matter the starting size of the sphere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
The Sun is the most perfect sphere ever observed in nature. theguardian.com/science/2…
Today I learned of the Photon Sphere, a spherical region of space where gravity is strong enough that photons are forced to travel in orbits. If you were to stand in this region and look straight ahead you would see the back of your head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Musket shot (bullets) were made by dropping molten lead from a tall tower, allowing it to cool into a sphere on its way down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
A Dyson sphere is a hypothetical megastructure that completely encompasses a star to capture its power output. The concept attempts to explain how a spacefaring civilization would meet its energy requirements once those requirements exceed the home planet's resources alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dys…
To combat wildfires, drones can be flown in to launch dozens of 'dragon eggs', highly combustible spheres which self-combust a minute after being launched. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Today I learned of the Photon Sphere, a spherical region of space where gravity is strong enough that photons are forced to travel in orbits. If you were to stand in this region and look straight ahead you would see the back of your head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Today I learned of the "Concave Hollow Earth" theory, according to which the Earth is actually the outer edge of a sphere with the entire universe inside it, a theory that may eventually have influenced Adolf Hitler. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
The observable universe actually has a shape. It's a sphere. space.com/24073-how-big-i…
A platinum weight kept in a French vault that defines a perfect kg keeps experiencing minor fluctuations in mass. Now a perfect crystal sphere that took two years to polish and has a fixed number of atoms is being developed as the new standard wired.com/wiredscience/20…
The Sun Is The Closest Thing To A Perfect Sphere Ever Observed In Nature space-facts.com/the-sun/
Thunderstorms can produce glowing orbs called β€œball lightning.” Though still largely unexplained, these β€œluminous spheres” move around for a few seconds and then disappear. britannica.com/science/ba…
On a small island in Costa Rica was an ancient culture that we only know of because of some unusual stone spheres they carved en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…

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