John Walker created the match by accident in 1826. He was scraping a mixture of dried chemicals off of a stick in his hearth and it caught fire. Against the advice of friends he did not patent his idea, leading to others greatly profiting off of his invention thenorthernecho.co.uk/new…
Charlie Day was offered a part on the network show "Life on a Stick." At the same time, his friends began filming their own show with no money. Day turned down β€œLife on a Stick,” which lasted one season, while "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" became one of the longest running comedies ever. businessinsider.com/full-…
Around the Pittsburgh and Cleveland areas during the depression, pork and veal offcuts were cheaper than chicken, leading to "city chicken" a breaded stick of pork and veal that was fried up like chicken. polishhousewife.com/city-…
Puffins can use sticks to scratch their itches. This is the first evidence that seabirds can use tools. cnn.com/2019/12/31/world/…
The superb fairywren is a socially monogamous but sexually promiscuous bird. Couples stick together, but each member mates with other fairywrens. Coupled birds later help each other to raise the resulting "illegitimate" offspring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
'Skippy the Bush Kangaroo' was a tv show starring a real kangaroo that was difficult for the human staff to train. To achieve the illusion of Skippy opening a door or placing an object in her stomach pouch, the humans used cut off paws from a separate kangaroo attached to sticks. nfsa.gov.au/collection/cu…
There are no "real" crab sticks, even the original Japanese ones are an imitation made of fish en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
The term "Slapstick Comedy" came from the a comedy style known as β€œCommedia Dell'arte” in 16th-century Italy. The "slap stick" consists of two thin slats of wood, which make a "slap" when striking another actor, with little force needed to make a loud and comical sound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
To get wild dogs to adjust to one another, biologists stick their fingers in their rectums and rub the fecal matter on their faces. youtu.be/zQn8hHhdXBQ
The rarest insect in the world is the Lord Howe Island stick insect. It was believed to be extinct since 1920 until some were found again in 2001. In 2006 there were only about 50 of them, but only 2 years later their population increased to 700! nationalgeographic.com/ne…
England’s Crown Jewels has 142 pieces including a spoon and walking stick. It is the only full set of regalia of its kind in the world and owned by Queen Elizabeth II. ancient.eu/British_Crown_…
The swagger stick (a short stick used to display authority, usually made from rattan) derives from the vine staff carried by Roman centurions. General Patton famously carried one that alleged concealed a hidden dagger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
In a Colgate marketing campaign in Thailand, when you finished eating an ice-cream or a lollipop, it revealed a toothbrush-shaped stick with the message "Don’t forget", alongside the Colgate branding theodmgroup.com/promotion…
Black kites (birds) in Australia will transport burning sticks to another area of bush to spread the fire. It’s thought this improves their hunting chances. link.springer.com/referen…
Cancer patients who opt for alternative therapy die at twice the rate of those who stick with conventional cancer therapy. jamanetwork.com/journals/…
There's a dish called "bang bang chicken" (bΓ ng bΓ ng jΔ«) in China, which takes its name from the fact that the chicken is tenderized using a hammer or a big stick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
Mozzarella sticks originate in 14th century Medieval France where a recipe for fried cheese sticks appeared in a book titled "Le MΓ©nagier de Paris." It was a guidebook on women's proper behavior. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moz…
In 1994, country music singer Alan Jackson was asked to use a pre-recorded version of his song 'Gone Country' when performing live at the award show. He protested by having his drummer perform with no drum sticks in his hand the whole performance tasteofcountry.com/alan-j…
By the time NYC finally began to clean its streets of garbage in late 1800s, the residents of the poorer/filthier neighborhoods were so afraid of government employees of any kind that they threw bricks and sticks at the workers and police had to guard the men as they swept up the trash. collectorsweekly.com/arti…
The shape of a lawn mowers blade creates lift which forces the grass to stick up, making it much easier to be cut by the next blade en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
A chicken can be hypnotized, or put into a trance by drawing a line along the ground with a stick or a finger, starting at the beak and extending in front of the chicken. If the chicken is hypnotized in this manner, it will continue to stare at the line, remaining immobile for up to 30 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Today I learned of the "Battle of Bowmanville." After an international dispute led to Germans and Canadians shackling each others POWs in WW2, some German prisoners revolted and locked themselves in a mess hall with makeshift weapons. The Canadians successfully raided the building using hockey sticks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow…
Stickbugs dance to appear like a real stick in the wind, they will do this when predators are near. stick-insect-advice.com/w…
Today I learned of the Battle Of Bowmanville in 1942 where approximately 100 Canadian soldiers quelled a rebellion of German POWs using only hockey sticks and water cannons. wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowman…
The caloric energy in a donut is similar to the amount of caloric energy in a stick on dynamite. mcgill.ca/oss/article/nut…
Baguette in French actually translates to β€œbaton, wand or stick” - the baguette was called une baguette de pain (a baton of bread). Its name was shortened over time. If you eat Asian food in France, you might choose to forgo your fork and knife and eat with des baguettes (chopsticks) instead. frenchtogether.com/baguet…
Pilots taking off from aircraft carriers must keep their hands off the stick until they are fully launched off the end of the ship and in the air. This is to prevent them from intentionally diving the plane into the water due to a form of disorientation called "somatogravic illusion". boldmethod.com/learn-to-f…
Today I learned of "Stick Around", a sitcom pilot which aired once on ABC in 1977. It was a futuristic comedy, starring Andy Kaufman as the family's robot. Kaufman would later recycle the voice he used on the pilot for the more successful ABC sitcom "Taxi", and the robot for the 1981 movie "Heartbeeps". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
Stick Bugs Have Sex for Two Months Straight. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
During the liberation of Dachau concentration camp Lt. Col Felix Sparks of the US Army drew his pistol and threatened to kill Brig. Gen. Henning Linden(also of the US Army), who had struck one of Spark's men over the head with a swagger stick. youtube.com/watch?v=aRk2F…
, of Summer Jam, a concert in Watkins Glen, NY held in 1973, featuring The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brother's Band. There was a single fatality by a skydiver who blew himself up with a stick of dynamite. newyorkupstate.com/concer…
Some dolphins form boy bands to that sing together to attract females and these "bands" can stick together for decades smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about the Gee-haw whammy diddle, a deceptively simple wooden toy. You rub one notched stick with another to make a propeller spin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gee…
Left-handed hockey sticks are banned in Field Hockey. According to the rules of the International Hockey Federation, left-handed sticks create too much danger on the field when used in competition against right-handed sticks, so it was banned due to safety concerns and injury prevention. sportsrec.com/6533675/why…
The Australian Palm Cockatoo is the only animal other than humans known to drum out a rhythmic beat with a tool/stick. First witnessed in 1997 they do this to attract females. api.nationalgeographic.co…
Today I learned about Lee Trevino, PGA player who, when younger used to hustle using a Dr. Pepper bottle taped to a stick and never lost a match with it. oklahoman.com/article/335…
A bumblebee will stick up a middle leg if it’s annoyed by your presence, which means β€œback off!”. Otherwise they are docile to the point that you could usually handle one without negative consequence. bumblebee.org/
Mucus is easy for bacteriophages to stick to. These bacteriophages provide an extra level of protection against infections by bacteria pnas.org/content/110/26/1…
The Steel Drum was created in Trinidad and Tobago after the British banned African percussion music and traditional stick-fighting after the Canboulay Riots in 1890. Steel Drums later emerged made from frying pans, dustbin lids, and, of course, oil drums due to the country's oil resources. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
The Marshallese used map charts made of sticks to navigate the Marshall Islands in canoe. They displayed the major ocean swell patterns and how the islands disrupted them. The charts are only interpretable by their makers who would memorize them before their voyages. They were used up until WW2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
According to old danish law, any dane is entitled to beat any swede with a stick, if they try to cross ΓΆresund when its frozen. And yes, specifically with a stick. historycollection.co/40-u…
Today I learned about food scientist Robert Baker who invented the chicken nugget in a laboratory at Cornell University in the early 1960s. He successfully created a "chicken stick" that would retain form when freezing or frying. Instead of patenting the invention, he sent the recipe to hundreds of companies. carolinanewsandreporter.c…
The dept of Homeland Security ran an experiment where they left CDs and USB sticks in the parking lots of government buildings and private contractors. 60% of those who picked them up plugged the device into their office computers, and if it had an official logo, 90% of them were installed. thenextweb.com/insider/20…
The Sheriff of Nottingham from the Disney version of Robin Hood was supposed to be a goat, but was changed to a wolf because the director wanted to stick to traditional animal stereotypes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
Before toilet paper, Ancient Romans used a sponge on the end of a long stick that was shared by everyone in the community. When not in use, the stick stayed in a bucket of heavily salted seawater in the communal bathroom. mentalfloss.com/article/4…
Dog chew toys called bully sticks marketed as "single-ingredient pizzle" are dried bull penis, and pizzle has been known since at least the 1500's as a type of flogging whip en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piz…
In medievel England, eels were used and accepted , to an extent, as currency, mostly in rental agreements. Many rental agreements, where the landlord would stipulate the rent due in "eel currency" were found. 25 eels would be a "stick". 10 sticks a bind. historiacartarum.org/eel-…
The term 'Slapstick' arises from a device developed for use in a physical comedy style in 16th-century Italy. The "slap stick" consists of two thin slats of wood, which make a "slap" when striking another actor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
Today I learned of the "compute stick", a fully fledged computer that is plugged into a monitor like a streaming device. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
In Taipei there is a Dog Temple that follows an "amoral code" and is a place of worship for gangsters, thugs, prostitutes, gamblers etc. In place of incense sticks, visitors burn cigarettes as a sign of prayer. taipeitimes.com/News/feat…

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