Jurassic Park's visual effects were so groundbreaking to filmmakers that it inspired Peter Jackson to begin work on Lord of the Rings, George Lucas to start on the Star Wars prequels, and Stanley Kubrick to invest in his pet project, A.I (Artificial Intelligence). Jurassic Park (film) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
David Dunbar Buick was a plumber who invented the process for adhering enamel to cast iron, clearing the way for cast iron bathtubs in homes. He would later start the Buick Motor Company en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
George A. Romero, legendary horror director of Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, got his start directing short films for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood screenrant.com/george-rom…
The holes in honeycombs don't actually start out as hexagons. Bees create circular tubes staggered with one another. The heat formed by the activity of the bees softens the wax, which connects the gaps between the holes. Then the wax hardens into the the most energy efficient shape, the hexagon. discovermagazine.com/plan…
A newborn is triggered into its first breathe by contractions that reducing oxygen flow through the umbilical, which increases carbon dioxide. The increase of carbon dioxide causes acidosis which triggers the respiratory center of the brain, causing the baby to start using it's lungs. courses.lumenlearning.com…
Today I learned of Mira, the dying star that has been shooting across solar systems. It has burned for roughly 300,000 years leaving behind materials to help start and create new stars. nasa.gov/mission_pages/ga…
Twins are becoming more common than ever. Around 1915, 1 in every 50 babies born was a twin, a rate of 2%. The rate increased to 3.3% by 2010 (1 in every 30 babies born is a twin). Scientists believe that older woman tend to have more twins and couples tend to start families later nowadays. verywellfamily.com/increa…
Peanuts start out as flowers above ground. They then wilt, and the remaining peg goes back into the ground and turns into a peanut. auntrubyspeanuts.com/howg…
A 59 year old drag racer named Shelly Howard was in a freak fatal accident where her car became airborne, landed the wrong way, crossed the finish line with its wheels spinning backwards, reversed coarse to the start line and crashed straight into a car her son was in, killing them both. caranddriver.com/news/a18…
During the last few months for jazz legend John Coltrane’s death, he would take the sax out of his mouth during performances and start beating his chest, chanting, yodeling, and screaming. Sometimes Coltrane felt like even his sax couldn’t truly express what he wanted to say. jazzwise.com/other/articl…
Today I learned of John Brown. An abolitionist who was the first person executed for treason in the US for leading a slave rebellion in 1859. His actions and hanging helped ignite the start of the Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
George B. McClellan, the mayor of New York in 1904, was to symbolically start the first train at City Hall station and the hand it over to an engineer. However, he enjoyed himself so much that he refused to stop controlling the train until he reached 103rd street. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned about Benford's law: if you take natural sets of numbers (like lenghts of rivers, population of cities, financial transactions..), probability of first number is not even. There is 30% probability for number to start with 1, and only to 5% for 9. It is so reliable it is used to defect fraud! wikipedia.org/wiki/Benfor…
Economics academics with last names that start earlier in the alphabet are more likely to receive tenure and awards. There is no such effect among psychology researchers, who don't list their names alphabetically on papers researchgate.net/publicat…
After finding that 66% of teens have chronic sleep deprivation, the CDC has started recommending later start times for schools theatlantic.com/education…
During various historical periods, competing instrumentalists tried to produce a more "brilliant" sound, creating "pitch inflation". At the start of the 17th century, pitch levels became so high that singers had severe throat strain, and lutenists and viol players complained of snapped strings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Today I learned of Alexander Turner, a slave who escaped from his plantation at the start of the Civil War. He joined the Union Army and guided his regiment to his old plantation in Virginia, where he killed his former overseer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai…
Most recordings of "White Christmas" skip the opening verse and start with the chorus. The opening verse, though, reveals the song is being sung by someone in "Beverly Hills, LA," where "the sun is shining, the grass is green/The orange and palm trees sway," but is "longing to be up north." kqed.org/news/83832/why-w…
Before the start of salt iodization in the 1920s, 47% of schoolchildren in Michigan had goiter and 30% of WWI draftees were medically disqualified for the condition. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The best age to start piano lessons is typically between the ages of 6 and 9-years-old. If the child has basic motor skills, can focus on a task for 30 minutes, then they should be able to handle taking lessons schoolofrock.com/resource…
Today I learned about Washboard, known for being one of the most ill advised start-ups ever. They would send $20 worth of quarters meant to be used at a laundromat for $27. It got ten subscribers in one week and folded. bizjournals.com/bizjourna…
The Analects, one of the most important scripture of Confucianism which is a large collection of sayings and ideas attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius, literally starts with "Isn't it a pleasure to study and practice what you have learned?" acmuller.net/con-dao/anal…
At the start of his racing career, jockey Eddie Arcaro lost his first 250 races. He refused to give up, and over his career he won 4,779 out of his 24,092 races, including a record 554 stakes races, and is the only jockey to win the US Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby/Preakness/Belmont) twice rainbeforerainbows.com/ar…
Scholars think that Constantinople’s fall in 1453, and the exodus of Greeks to Italy, helped mark the end of the Medieval era and the start of the Renaissance, with the Byzantine intellectuals changing the course of humanism and the Renaissance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
When female African Social spiders give birth to their young, they produce a nourishing fluid, which they feed to them. In the end, the female will basically start to liquefy, and will use up almost all of her resources. When she is almost depleted, the offspring will crawl onto her and eat her. api.nationalgeographic.co…
Blue Jays pitching great Dave Steib lost a no hitter with 2 outs in the 9th inning on 3 separate occasions. And 2 of them came in back to back starts. thestar.com/sports/blueja…
When Katie White of the Ting Tings was 12 years old, her grandfather won Β£6.6 million on the lottery. He gave Β£1 million to Katie's father who, as well as buying ponies for Katie and her sister, used the money to start his own music management company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
A Dutch start-up company have been able to start training wild crows so that they pick up cigarette butts and put them in bins for peanut as a reward. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned that being late in Brazil is so part of the culture, if they want to start on time they say β€œcom pontualidade britΓ’nica” which means β€œwith British punctuality.” streetsmartbrazil.com/how…
Pemberton's French Wine Coca was the start of Coca Cola. The famous drink actually started out as a wine developed by John Smith Pemberton to combat his drug addiction. Later, due to prohibition, it was transformed from a wine to a cocaine filled cola and then into the Coke we know today. pharmacytimes.com/news/5-…
Jeffrey Skilling - the CEO mastermind of the Enron scandal - is now a free man and plans to start another energy company with his former colleagues. cnbc.com/amp/2019/03/23/f…
Today I learned of "familicide," a type of murder or murder-suicide in which a perpetrator kills multiple close family members in quick succession. Perpetrators tend to be white males in their 30s. Many of these crimes occur in August, before school starts, which may delay detection and investigation. abcnews.go.com/US/people-…
John Lennon had been planning his first post-Beatles tour when he was murdered. It was going to start in May of 1981. webgrafikk.com/blog/john-…
Girl Guides were used for espionage in the first world war. Boy Scouts were also used at the start, but they were too talkative and boisterous. scotlandswar.co.uk/guides…
At the start of the civil war for reasons now lost to history; a small town in upstate New York named TownLine voted to secede the union even though they had zero slaves.The residents eventually forgot that they rebelled and as a result didn’t β€œofficially rejoin” the union until after WW2. history.com/.amp/news/civ…
"Chef Boy-Ar-Dee" was a real Italian chef named Ettore Boiardi who came to America and opened a restaurant. His spaghetti sauce was so popular people would buy by the jug which lead him to start his own company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ett…
Israeli farmers are raising shrimp and coral in the Negev desert. (Aquaculture starts at 26:30) youtube.com/watch?v=VUNmN…
The Mexican government sent around 500 of it's elite soldiers to be trained as commandos at Ft. Bragg(USA), in order to better combat the rising drug violence in the country. After training, many of the soldiers returned to Mexico, only to start the brutally violent drug cartel: Los Zetas. aljazeera.com/indepth/fea…
Henry Ford once tried to start a colony in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest called "Fordlandia", in which the locals were forced to live a midwestern American lifestyle until they rebelled and chased their managers into the forest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Abolitionist John Brown was the first person executed for treason in the history of the United States. He tried to start a violent slave rebellion in Southern US states to end slavery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Jim Henson and his Muppets got their start on local DC TV doing short TV segments between the news and the Tonight show. youtube.com/watch?v=BVoGf…
Mixing alcohol with cocaine starts a chemical reaction in your liver, producing cocaethylene (a stronger longer lasting form of cocaine). After some time it is released back into your bloodstream. This is why some people can overdose after they already seem safely passed out. americanaddictioncenters.…
The M1 Abrams, currently the main battle tank of the U.S. Army, requires 10 US gallons (38 L) of fuel just to start the gas turbine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_…
At the start of the revolution in 1776 the United States had a population of approximately 2.5 million compared to the Britain's 8 million. Today the US has a population of 331 million and the UK is at 68 million. encyclopedia.com/history/…
Tupac got his start with the Digital Underground rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Today I learned of Anton's syndrome, a disorder where people believe they can see when in fact, they are cortically blind. They can't be convinced otherwise though and will be very offended if you point their blindness out and start confabulating/making things up when asked what exactly they are seeing. hindawi.com/journals/crin…
The reason why fake tv/movie phone numbers start with 555 is because phone companies never used that prefix. No major place names in the United States began with a combination of the letters J, K, and L (the letters assigned to the 5 key on a phone) mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Even though a meteor may lose more than 95% of its mass entering our atmosphere due to high temperatures, by the time it reaches Earth’s surface, it is usually at best warm to touch, never hot enough to start fires. meteorites.ucla.edu/faq/
Upon its release 'Stalker', a film by Andrei Tarkovsky, was criticized for being slow. In response to this Tarkovsky replied "The film needs to be slower and duller at the start so that the viewers who walked into the wrong theatre have time to leave before the main action starts." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Mormon missions are entirely self-funded--many Mormon children start saving for their mission as early as age 6 pbs.org/mormons/faqs/miss…

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