After the holidays, there is a spike of pets being returned to animals shelters due to them being gifted with little thought to the long term responsibilities of pet ownership. wtkr.com/2019/12/24/pets-…
At it's height, 'Old London Bridge' had over 200 shops, with some buildings 6 storeys tall. The bridge was home to one of London's most notorious sights β€” a display of the severed heads of traitors on spikes. The first head to be displayed was that of William Wallace. thetudortravelguide.com/2…
Today I learned about he sandbox tree, also known as the "Dynamite Tree", is covered in spikes, full of poison, and grows exploding fruits. The fruit looks like little pumpkins, but when they fully mature they explode with a loud bang and fling their seeds at up to 150 mph. britannica.com/plant/sand…
Dale Gribble from King of the Hill is named in homage to Mike Gribble, from Spike & Mike's Twisted Animation Festival enacademic.com/dic.nsf/en…
When the phenomenon of "Super Bowl babies" - a supposed spike in births 9 months after an area's football team wins the Super Bowl - was studied, it turned out that Super Bowl wins and losses did not have a significant effect on birth rates in the teams' home counties or states. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The hormone, oxytocin, which triggers feelings of unconditional love and protection occurs when parents and children look into each other’s eyes or embrace, this spikes in both human and canine brains, we love our pets in the same way as family members, and dogs return this devoted affection. telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
The "golden spike" the last spike hammered into the transcontinental railroad, was immediately removed and given to railroad baron Leland Stanford who put on display in Palo Alto, California. cantorcollections.stanfor…
The Soviet Union had an internationally televised song contest. As few viewers had phones, they would turn their lights on if they liked a song and off if they didn’t. The power spikes were recorded by the state energy company and the reports sent to the station to pick the winner. thetrumpet.com/11953-what…
Beelzebufo ampinga was the biggest frog to have ever lived with a length of 19 cm and weight of 4.5 Kg. It had a short, wide head that was almost all mouth-a maw fitted with small, plate-like teeth, massive spikes protruding from its skull and armored plates embedded in the skin of its back blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Snails, which are hermaphrodites, have sex by first stabbing each other with a tiny spike called a love dart, which determines who is more likely to be the 'male' in the exchange (the better stabber). Scaled to human size, the dart would be a 15-inch knife. kqed.org/science/1446777/…
In 1982, the comic strip The Far Side jokingly referred to the set of spikes on a Stegosaurus's tail as a "thagomizer". A paleontologist who read the comic realized there wasn't any official name for the spikes and began using the new word; Thagomizer is now the generally accepted term. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Figure skater Kevin Reynolds performed his solo routine for the 2016 Canadian National Figure Skating Championships to the song "Tank!," which is famous as the theme song to Cowboy Bebop. Reynolds performed the routine dressed as lead Bebop character Spike. youtube.com/watch?v=Jxuxr…
Scientists have made microparticles of twisted spikes out of cysteine, arranged into a ball a few microns across, more complex than what is found in nature. It is capable of absorbing UV energy and transforming it into circularly polarized visible light through quantum mechanical interactions. phys.org/news/2020-04-wor…
During WWII, Russian soldiers took β€œheat pills” that kept them warm in the winter; however, they would also lose weight despite eating well. 2,4-dinitrophenol spikes metabolic rate as potential energy is lost as heatβ€”it is banned as a weight loss aid (U.S.) as overdose can cook people to death. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of David Douglas: A Scottish botanist/explorer who became the first mountaineer in America. When climbing Mauna Kea in Hawaii he fell (or was pushed) into a pit trap with spikes. A bull then fell on top of him, crushing him to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
British comedian Spike Milligan wrote his own obituary, which was published soon after his death. He listed his hobbies as "Writing Goon Shows and dying". standard.co.uk/news/my-ob…
Most of the fish we eat die by asphyxiation. "Ike Jime" is a Japanese humane technique to kill & preserver the fish’s flavor, texture & also removes the nasty tastes caused by suffocation, like adrenaline, lactic-acid, & the cortisol that spikes in the blood. guide.michelin.com/sg/din…
"thagomizer" is the unofficial name of the spike arrangement on the tails of stegasaurid dinosaurs in reference to a The Far Side cartoon. While unofficial, it is still used to describe the feature at the Smithsonian Institute, the Dinosaur Nat'l Monument, and in other literature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
The Iron Maiden is a mythical torture and execution device, consisting of an iron cabinet with a hinged front and spike-covered interior, sufficiently tall to enclose a human being. The first stories citing the iron maiden were composed in the 19th century. medievalists.net/2016/03/…
Forensic examination of the recently discovered skeleton of King Richard III shows he perished at the hands of assailants who hacked away pieces of his scalp and rammed spikes into his brain as the helmetless monarch knelt in the mud. phys.org/news/2014-09-kin…
1 week after getting out of rehab for heroin and cocaine addiction, Samuel L. Jackson began work on his breakout-role as a crack addict in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Grace Slick, singer of Jefferson Airplane, conspired a plot to spike Richard Nixon’s drink with 600 micrograms of LSD at a White House tea party. She was denied entry, but not before her companion hung a huge black flag with a marijuana leaf on the WH gate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Today I learned of the Magpie; a common and ferociously territorial bird that will divebomb and deliver painful pecks to the heads, necks, and faces of people that pass by their nests. This is just a part of life in Australia, necessitating countermeasures such as makeshift spikes worn on helmets. theguardian.com/environme…
The clitoris of a young female fossa (a rare mongoose-like predator in Madagascar) enlarges and grows spikes to appear like an adult male fossa penis, to avoid the unwanted attention of older males theconversation.com/caugh…
Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane was invited to the White House for a tea party in 1969 and planned to spike President Nixon's tea with 600 micrograms of LSD. The plan was thwarted by White House security. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Halle Berry refused to shower for 10 days to accurately portray a drug-addicted prostitute in Spike Lee's 1991 movie Jungle Fever. She felt sorry for co-star Samuel L. Jackson, "(I played) a foul-mouthed crack-smoking hoe. It’s true (I didn’t wash), ask Sam Jackson, he had to get a whiff of it!" torontosun.com/2012/11/02…
The USSR had a televised song contest. Since few people had phones, viewers would turn their house lights ON if they liked a certain song (OFF if they didn’t). The state energy co. recorded the size of each power spike & reported the results to the station to determine points for each contestant thetrumpet.com/article/11…
80% of the SR-71 Blackbird's thrust at Mach 3.2 was generated from its ability to harness energy from the shock waves it created, thanks to special retractable spikes in front of its inlets. Its engines generated the other 20% of thrust. youtu.be/m5qZZ3X44Go?t=2m…
In the original legend, Hamlet actually killed his uncle with his own sword, dropped spikes from the roof on the disloyal courtiers after getting them drunk, set fire to the palace, put dead bodies on spikes to terrify his enemies, had two wives and died in battle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aml…
The American Secret Services tried to spike Hitler's carrots with female hormones to change him into a woman. telegraph.co.uk/history/w…
Directors Spike Jonze and Jordan Peele have both agreed the fan theory setting "Being John Malkovich" and "Get Out" in the same universe is compelling, and Peele has expressed interest in creating a third film that unites both films in one canon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bei…
Today I learned of Russia's "Dead Hand" (aka "Perimeter") automated nuclear defense system. If a large spike in radiation levels was picked up within Russian borders (indicating nuclear detonation), the system would target many different cities and launch nukes. It is believed to still be active. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
"hedgehog's dilemma" describes hedgehogs' inability to cuddle for warmth due to their spikes, and is a metaphor for the challenges of human intimacy. psychologytoday.com/blog/…
In the year 774, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle recorded a "red crucifix" in the sky. Tree rings dated from that year all over the world show a spike in Carbon-14 levels. It is believed that the event was caused by a very strong solar flare, perhaps the strongest ever known en.wikipedia.org/wiki/774…
Today I learned of the sandbox tree; a tree covered in spikes that produces a poisonous sap and that launches its seeds at speeds of around 160 MPH via explosions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
The Marquess of Queensberry rules for boxing made it so no shoes or boots with spikes or sprigs (wire nails) would be allowed wikipedia.org/wiki/Marque…
Grace Slick, the lead singer of psychedelic rock group Jefferson Airplane, planned to spike President Richard Nixon's tea with 600 micrograms of LSD after being invited to a tea party at the White House en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Gary Larson coined the term "Thagomizer" in one of his comics to describe the spikes on stegosaurus's tail, after the fate of a poor caveman named Thag. It is now a recognised scientific term in palaeontology, in tribute to Larson. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Armadillos carry leprosy and caused a spike of leprosy cases in Florida in 2015 cnn.com/2015/07/21/health…
The 1918 Spanish flu "death spike" may have mostly been from aspirin. Aspirin overdoses mimic the symptoms of a severe flu. academic.oup.com/cid/arti…
There’s an 1,800 year-old Roman version of present day Swiss Army Knife, complete with folding spoon, fork, spatula, pick, spike & knife museumcrush.org/romans-in…
In Australia there is a season known as "Swooping Season" wherein Magpies will attack humans regularly. Steps must be take to prevent this such as wearing helmets with eyes painted on the, spikes, or using broad brimmed hats. mashable.com/2017/09/01/m…
Daylight Saving Time is deadly: heart attacks and car crashes spike - 24% increase in Spring, 21% drop in Fall/Autumn businessinsider.com/dayli…
Union Pacific no longer has tracks near Promontory Summit to celebrate the anniversary of the Golden Spike event. They were removed to support the scrap metal projects during World War II. up.com/media/releases/190…
Snoopy has seven siblings, Andy, Marbles, Belle, Olaf, Molly, Rover, and most notably, Spike. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sno…
David Duke called Ron Stallworth and Spike Lee because he was concerned that he would be portrayed like an idiot in the movie Blackkklansman and said he always respected Spike Lee vice.com/en_us/article/7x…
Tarantulas and other spiders lack leg extending muscles, and rely on the blood pressure spike from a heartbeat to 'reinflate' the leg back to its extended position. This is why spiders curl up when they die. animagraffs.com/tarantula…
The UK has a powerstation that's primary function is to deal with the power demand spike caused by people switching on their kettles during TV ad breaks. The power station is built inside of a moutain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
CBS, BET, MTV, CMT, VH1, Nickelodeon, Spike, Comedy Central, Logo, Paramount, Showtime, The CW, TV Land, and Simon & Schuster are all owned by one giant media conglomerate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…

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