A "Graveyard Spiral" is a type of dangerous spiral dive entered into accidentally by a pilot who is not trained or not proficient in instrument flight. Graveyard spirals are the result of several sensory illusions in aviation, causing the pilot lose the orientation of their aircraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Nautilus shells are one of the few natural examples of a logarithmic spiral, as each chamber of the shell is an approximate copy of the next one, scaled by a constant factor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Log…
Today I learned about the Death Spiral of Ants when army ants are separated from their main tribe, lose the pheromone track and begin to follow one another forming and endless loop and causing them to eventually die of exhaustion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The Diderot Effect is obtaining a new possession which often creates a spiral of consumption which leads you to acquire more new things. As a result, we end up buying things that our previous selves never needed to feel happy or fulfilled jamesclear.com/diderot-ef…
Trent Reznor recorded the album The Downward Spiral at the mansion where the Manson Family murdered Sharon Tate and her friends. He built a studio in the house, which he renamed Le Pig, after the word that was scrawled on the front door in Tate's blood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Spiral staircases were installed in fire stations in the 1800s to stop the horses that pulled the engines going up the stairs when they smelled food cooking. redzone.co/2016/09/09/spi…
Light can be circularly polarized. Instead of oscillating up and down in a single plane, the light rotates in a spiral. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cir…
Today I learned about Bishop's Castle, the largest one man architecture project in the world. Jim Bishop has been building, by hand, his very own castle in the mountains of Colorado. The stone castle is 16 stories high with cathedral windows, spiral staircases, iron walkways, and a fire breathing dragon. atlasobscura.com/places/b…
The Backward galaxy has 2 "leading" spiral arms: they point TOWARDS the direction the galaxy is rotating (in the exact opposite direction you'd expect from the picture). NGC 4622 also has 1 "trailing" inner arm that moves as normal (pointing away from the direction of rotation). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NGC…
Today I learned of an "Ant Mill" or more commonly known as a "Death Spiral" in which a group of blind army ants lose the pheromone track of the main foraging party and begin to follow one another in a continuously rotating circle. The ants eventually die from exhaustion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Modern day Beyblades are based upon the traditional Japanese toy "Beigoma", which originated around the 17th Century Edo Period. The toy was originally made by filling spiral seashells with sand and sealing them with molten wax. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bei…
In 1909, British suffragettes released a board game called β€œPank-a-Squith”. It was set out in a spiral, and players were required to lead their suffragette figure from their home to parliament, past the obstacles from hated Prime Minister H. H. Asquith and the Liberal government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suf…
A Graveyard Spiral is a phenomenon when a plane is titled and flying in a descending spiral, but the pilot doesn't detect the tilting and tries to correct the descent by pulling up, but this only tightens the spiral until the plane crashes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
80s singer Brenda K. Starr was the daughter of the organist for the band Spiral Starecase, and although she only had one top 20 hit herself, helped launch Mariah Carey’s career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
The word helicopter doesn't come from heli+copter but helico+pter from the Greek helico meaning spiral and pteron meaning wing vocabulary.com/dictionary…
Today I learned of Big Hill-a section of railway on the Canadian Pacific line that proved so difficult to climb, spiral-shaped tunnels had to be bored to reduce the slope to a safe grade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Army ants can accidentally misinterpret the chemical trails left by other ants and start walking in circles. If too many members of the colony join in, it can kill the whole colony in what is sometimes known as the 'Death Spiral.' or 'Ant Milling.' mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
In 1936, Hubble debuted a way to classify galaxies, grouping them into four main types: spiral galaxies, lenticular galaxies, elliptical galaxies, and irregular galaxies. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The German Parliament building has a glass dome above it that people can climb using a spiral ramp. The dome symbolizes that the people are above the government, and the government should be transparent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rei…
There's a floating island called "Spiral Island" in Mexico that was destroyed by Hurricane Emily in 2005. It was rebuilt in 2008, and is made of plastic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Today I learned about the Tadpole Galaxy which is a spiral galaxy with the distinct feature of having a 280,000 light year long trail of stars that resemble a tail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tad…
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails was the last resident of the house where Sharon Tate was murdered before it was demolished in 1994. After recording "The Downward Spiral" at the house, Reznor moved out following a chance encounter with Tate's sister, but still owns the house's front door. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100…
Ants can accidentally misinterpret the chemical trails left by other ants and start walking in circles. If too many members of the colony join in, it can kill the whole colony in what is sometimes known as the 'Death Spiral' mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Female and male turkeys can be differentiated by their poop. Male poops are J-shaped and female poops are spiral-shaped. pgc.pa.gov/Wildlife/Wildl…
Spiral "Feather Death Crowns" can form in the pillows of the ill or dying, likely caused by fever sweat and thrashing. In Appalachia these "crowns" were commonly saved for posterity. cultofweird.com/paranorma…
The word Helicopter does not consist of "Heli" and "Copter", but from the greek words "Helix" and "Pteron", which mean spiral and wing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
In the word "helicopter", "-copter" is not the suffix. The etymology is Greek, where "helico-" comes from "helix"(spiral), and "-pter" from "pteron"(wing) wordsnooper.com/2011/03/1…
The word helicopter is not split up into "heli" and "copter" but rather split into "helico" meaning spiral and "-pter" meaning one with wings youtu.be/hMBd_s6a7e0?t=98
Spiral staircases in medieval castles were deliberately made clockwise because it diminished the ability of attackers to properly swing their swords, since right-handed fighters would have had to to contend with the walls while making their striking motions. nerdist.com/theres-a-very…
The opening of the male urethra, the meatus, is a vertical slit in order to force urine to exit in a spiral after having traveled the length of the penis in a vertically compressed tube. This design allows for greater control of the stream and also keeps the end of the urethra clean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
The tip of a human penis has a cavity designed to make urine spiral in a stream instead of spray. It's called the navicular fossa. journals.plos.org/plosone…
The helicoprion (and other prehistoric sharks) had teeth-whorls, a spiral of teeth like a circular saw. They bed on soft prey like squid, their jaw creating a rolling-back and slicing mechanism. mainstreetsmiles.com/fun-…
The Nine Inch Nails album "The Downward Spiral" was recorded in the same house as the Manson Family murders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
....while filming A New Hope, Lucas insisted that Vader's TIE fighter spiral out into space instead of blowing up, leaving the question of a sequel. The other film members wanted to remove any questions if a sequel was happening, as sequels usually were regarded as inferior or flops. imdb.com/title/tt0076759/…
Today I learned about the death spiral. It's when two eagles soar up to high altitude, lock talons, and tumble and cartwheel toward Earth They let go before reaching the ground, it is part of a mating ritual nationalgeographic.com/ma…
If a star gets big enough to swallow a planet, the planet doesn't get destroyed. Instead it keeps orbiting inside the star inside of it and gives the star's eventual planetary nebula a spiral shape. youtube.com/watch?v=Mj06h…
In 1991, a Boeing 767-300ER operated by Lauda Air had its thrust reverser deployed in flight without being commanded, causing the aircraft to spiral out of control, break up midair, and crash, killing all 223 people on board. One of the pilots' last recorded words were "Oh, reverser's deployed" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
The Horn shark lays conical shaped eggs with a spiral flange running around the outside, which enables the female to wedge it into a crevice, making it difficult for predators to access. arkive.org/california-hor…
There are 'Stingless Bees' in Australia that make their hives in a spiral news.nationalgeographic.c…
Today I learned that the Pope had his architect Bramante build an impressive spiral staircase at the Vatican covering for several floors, which was large enough for his carriage, pulled by horses, to go all the way up and drop him at the entrance of his rooms! romaexperience.com/best-s…
Until 1878, fire houses were equipped with spiral staircases so the fire horses would not try to climb the stairs into the living quarters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
The male urethra produces a spiral stream of urine that has the effect of cleaning the external urethral meatus (Where the urine exits the body). The lack of an equivalent mechanism in the female urethra partly explains why urinary tract infections occur so much more frequently in females. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The "death spiral" occurs when pilots can only sense a plane descending but not that it is turning, causing them to spiral downwards to their death. It even affects homing pigeons, which, when thrown out of airplanes blindfolded, will spiral helplessly to the ground. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Today I learned about the Diderot effect - how new things can lead us into a dissatisfaction spiral by clashing with what we already had bbc.com/ideas/videos/why-…
The reason behind spiral stairs being clockwise: In medieval times, they were designed this way in castles, so that attackers running up the stairs had their sword-arm near the center column, while the defenders had more room to swing their sword. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Today I learned of the Dancing Forest of Kaliningrad, where, for some unknown reason, the pine trees have grown into twisted shapes, such as rings and spirals. atlasobscura.com/places/d…
The opening of the male urethra, the meatus, is a vertical slit in order to force urine to exit in a spiral after having traveled the length of the penis in a vertically compressed tube. This design allows for greater control of the stream and also keeps the end of the urethra clean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
The common spiral depiction of the Milky Way Galaxy used in media is actually another galaxy:Messier 74. Because we dwell within the Milky Way Galaxy, it is impossible for us to take a picture of its spiral structure from the outside. heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/doc…
The number of spirals in a sunflower match up with the integers 34, 55, 89 and 144 -- numbers found in the famous Fibonacci Sequence youtu.be/z9d1mxgZ0ag
Jon Lovitz blames Andy Dick for causing Phil Hartman's wife to relapse after a decade of sobriety of cocaine which led to a downward spiral leading to killing herself and her husband. time.com/time/arts/articl…

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