Today I learned about The Tragically Hip, "the most Canadian band in the world". They have sold more albums in Canada than global bands like U2, and have had nine albums in the #1 spot on Canadian charts, but are virtually unknown outside of Canada. bbc.com/news/magazine-363…
Rock music has died out in the UK so much that the Rock & Metal Number One spot consists of practically nothing but Don't Let the Bells End around every Christmas, and Bohemian Rhapsody for the rest of the year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
OutKast's "Ms. Jackson," heavily inspired by Andre 3000 and Erykah Badu's former relationship, was a sore spot for Badu--but her mother, Kolleen Gipson, loved it so much that she bought a "MSJACKSON" vanity license plate essence.com/celebrity/ery…
There is a usually harmless condition called penile melanosis which causes a man's penis to become spotted with brown or black spots, which can form on the head or the shaft. healthline.com/health/pen…
Medieval European monks were required to maintain their tonsure (bald spot), and each monastery would usually hire or train a barber. Being skilled with razors, barbers would also perform surgical procedures for the monks. They would eventually be recognized as the first 'barber-surgeons'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Modern manufacturing has made it nearly impossible to spot a fake Rolex. gizmodo.com/modern-manufa…
Nuclear bombs spread radioactive isotopes across the entire planet. Now experts use to spot art forgeries. physicsworld.com/a/nuclea…
Today I learned about the "Mystery Spot" near Santa Cruz, CA where balls roll uphill, chairs sit on walls and people lean over so far they can't see their shoes, yet they don't fall down. The attraction is pitched as some kind of supernatural phenomena, but derives from visual perceptions and visual distortions berkeley.edu/news/berkele…
In 'The Snowplow Game' 1982, icy conditionscaused the game to remained scoreless until the fourth quarter, when the snowplow operator cleared a spot on the snowy fieldallowing the Patriots to kick the game winning field goal and a 3–0 win en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sno…
There are an estimated 8 parking spaces for every car in America, with parking spots taking up about 30% of cities’ areas. When combined, all U.S. parking spots take up about the same area as the state of West Virginia. theneighborhooddevelopers…
Infamous Alabama Governor George Wallace Took The Oath of Office standing on a gold star, which marked the very spot that The President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis stood when he took the oath in 1861. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Chen Si, a Chinese man, has spent every weekend of the past 13 years patrolling the most notorious suicide spot in China, helping prevent suicides. He has saved well over 300 people. news.com.au/lifestyle/rea…
A Semordnilap (The Word Palindromes spelled backwards) is a word that describes a word that spells a different word backward. Like the word "Stops" spells "Spots" backwards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Appaloosa horses get their spots from virus DNA that disrupts a gene journals.plos.org/plosone…
The 3 Stooges almost became a racially mixed trio. After Shemp Howard died, his brother Moe offered the spot to black actor/comedian Mantan Moreland. Columbia nixed that idea and instead insisted on Joe Besser as he was already under contract with the studio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
In the early 1960s, following the decision to build a new High Dam at Aswan, Egypt. it was decided that Ramses’s temples (Abu Simbel) would be cut into more than a thousand blocks and relocated to a higher spot to protect it from floodwaters. nationalgeographic.com/hi…
One of the founders of Whataburger was a pilot and designed the buildings as such so that he would be able to spot his own establishments when in the air. He later died in a private plane crash findagrave.com/memorial/1…
Today I learned of Miki Endo, a Japanese Emergency Worker, who saved thousands of lives during the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami by warning the people of Minamisanriku city via Emergency Broadcast System. She did not leave her spot and was eventually killed in the subsequent disaster. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
After the β€œThe Walkie-Talkie” building in London was finished, due to its weird concave design, it unintentionally melted cars and changed weather patterns. It focused a beam of light that was 6 times brighter than sunlight on to the pavement below which heated to nearly 250Β°F at certain spots. edition.cnn.com/2013/09/0…
Atomic tests were a tourist draw in 1950s Las Vegas. They advertised detonation times and best viewing spots to see the massive flash and mushroom cloud from the bomb test site, 65 miles away. Casinos flaunted their north-facing vistas, offering special β€œatomic cocktails” and β€œDawn Bomb Parties” citylab.com/equity/2014/0…
Scientists discovered broadcasting the sound of a healthy coral reef on underwater speakers in dead areas along the Great Barrier Reef resulted in life returning and thriving. Twice as many fish visited those areas with speakers compared to spots on the reef without speakers. nexusmedianews.com/scient…
It's better to leave an impaled knife in place until it can be surgically removed rather than remove it on the spot - once the knife has punctured deeply, it controls the bleeding. Removing the knife risks uncontrolled bleeding. verywellhealth.com/how-to…
When Voyager 1 took the first photographs of Iapetus (Saturns 3rd largest moon) it noticed a distinct black spot at its center. Carl Sagan sent the picture to Arthur C. Clarke (Author of 2001: A space odyssey) along with the words "Thinking of you..." attached. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
A German man reported his car stolen in 1997 and found it 20 years later. It was in the same spot where he left it, but was so old by that point that he could no longer drive it. huffingtonpost.com.au/201…
While Odin is remembered as the head god in Norse mythology he may have taken the spot from another Norse god, Tyr norse-mythology.org/gods-…
Agriculture workers in early 20th century California were often forced to use "short-handled" hoes so supervisors could easily spot when they stood up to rest, despite contributing to severe injury. Thanks to Cesar Chavez and the UFW, its use was prohibited in 1975 nationalparks.org/connect…
Rapper Akon is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ako…
The area of parking per car--two billion parking spots for about 200 million cars--in the United States is larger than the area of housing per human vice.com/en/article/n7jez…
A Plaque in Plainfield, Indiana marks the spot where a Carriage Driver intentionally drove through a huge mudhole to fling ex-President Martin Van Buren out of the carriage and into the mud. Van Buren had opposed a bill that would have funded improvements to the National Road. npr.org/2011/07/17/137794…
Transient Lunar Phenomenon or β€œMoon Lights” are mysterious and unexplained spots of luminous colour that have been appearing on the moon for millennia. The astronauts on Apollo XI stated that they could see a green fluorescent light on the surface mere hours before they landed. earthsky.org/astronomy-es…
Sunspots are optical sinkholes that are about a thousand kilometers lower than the surrounding photosphere. With binoviewers, a good sunspot group in H-Alpha can make it appear like the Sun is going to eat itself inside out starting at the spot ephemeris.sjaa.net/1209/b…
Today I learned about Philippa Raschker,she is one of the most successful masters athletes to ever compete.She has 70 gold medals from the World Masters Athletics Championships,making her an icon within the running community and earning her a spot in the U.S. Track & Field Hall of Fame. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
The alcohol flush reaction - East Asian peoples' tendency to blush or develop red spots while drunk - is also connected to lower rates of alcoholism. People with more genetic resistance to alcohol are more likely to become addicted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
When holocaust survivors were given candy/food by the allied troops upon liberation, many died on the spot (or soon after) due to re-feeding syndrome skeptoid.com/episodes/467…
One of the branches of AI sets two opposing networks against each other where one network acts like a counterfeiter, and the other network acts like an officer trying to spot fakes. Eventually, this is how computers generate realistic 'artificial' content thinkautomation.com/eli5/…
Italian songwriter Al Bano sued Michael Jackson claiming β€œYou Will Be There” was a plagiarism to his little known β€œI cigni di Balaka”. Jackson lost the cause and the album β€œDangerous” was confiscated in Italy. It was later discovered that both songs are inspired by a 1939 hit by the Ink Spots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Horses have blind spots on the front and back of their body. Keeping a hand on their body while walking around them decreases chances of kicking out of shock or fear. equisearch.com/articles/h…
, The little brown spots found in the center region of the cross section of a banana are its aborted ovules. backyardnature.net/mexnat…
Today I learned about the difference between a Cheetah, a Leopard, and a Jaguar. They have significant difference in behavior and physicality although they look all same. They can be distinguished by the pattern of spots present in their body. sawongam.com/others/the-d…
Ornithologists often use Cheetos to study behaviour in crows. Along with being easy to spot, they’re also one of the birds’ favourite snacks. seattletimes.com/seattle-…
A pearlfish's favorite hangout spot is in the butthole of a sea cucumber youtube.com/watch?v=o6NIG…
From 1847, Rudolf Wolf started counting sunspots. He peered through a telescope every day, if he could, and recorded the number of spots he observed. Today, all sorts of models use Wolf's sunspot record to predict things like the climate, the orbit of satellites, and the stability of power grids skyandtelescope.org/astro…
In 1908, George Ellery Hale used his invention, the spectroheliograph, to show that dark spots on the sun called sunspots were a strongly magnetic phenomenon. Hale invented the spectroheliograph while he was an undergraduate at MIT, to create images of the sun in a narrow range of wavelengths spaceweatherlivinghistory…
Today I learned about Two Air India flights which had crashed into the Mont Blanc almost at the same spot near Rocher de la Tournette, 16 years apart. The first flight crashed in 1950, while the next one in 1966. Wreckage and remains from the flights have been discovered by climbers as recently as July 2020. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Today I learned of moonshiner Amos Owens AKA 'The Cherry Bounce King', who often used a telescope to spot IRS revenue agents before they reached his moonshine stills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amo…
When a bee hive becomes too full, bees will form a "Senate" comprised of older, more experienced bees to seek a new location. When a bee finds a good spot, it begins dancing to motion other bees toward it. Then, they vote on it by dancing as a collective until a consensus is reached. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
For the 1990 film "Arachnophobia," advertisers were uncertain as to whether they should market the film as a thriller or a comedy. Therefore, television spots promoting the film billed it as a "thrill-omedy". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
Male cichlids have oval-shaped dots on their anal fins called egg-spots used to trick females who are carrying unfertilised eggs in their mouth to think they’ve dropped some. The female will then place her mouth to the anal fin and receive a load blown into her face. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cic…
When Stephen Colbert was 10 years old, his father, 2 brothers, and 69 others were killed when their plane crashed 5 miles from the runway amid dense fog. The crew failed to pay attention to the plane's altitude because they were busy trying to spot a nearby amusement park through the fog. wikipedia.com/wiki/Easter…
One parking spot in front Hong Kong's fifth tallest building, The Center, was purchased for $969,000. people.com/travel/parking…

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