Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are able to fly across the Golf of Mexico, a distance of 500 miles, in one 20-hour non-stop flight. This requires more calories than the bird's weight, so they prepare by doubling their fat mass. They expend the entire caloric reserve during the flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
The Battleshitts scene in Harold and Kumar was authentic shit sounds. "Sound engineer Jeff Kushner looked for recordings of bowel movements, but couldn’t find the β€œrichness” he wanted, so instead he hid in a truck stop bathroom with a boom mic to capture authentic bowel moments." uproxx.com/viral/harold-a…
In the 1920s, one reason corsets went out of style was because they were made of lots of metal which was needed for tools during WWI. The U.S War Industries Board even asked women to stop buying them which helped them save enough metal to build two battleships. insidehook.com/article/hi…
There is a traditional European custom called "telling the bees," where bees would be informed about important events like deaths, births, and marriages; and that if the bees were not properly informed people feared they would leave the hive, stop pollinating or producing honey, or die daily.jstor.org/telling-t…
In 1996, a man broke into a radio station in New Zealand held the staff hostage and made them play Kermit's Rainbow Connection non stop. nzherald.co.nz/sport/jere…
The Chimney Sweepers Act of 1788 was a British Act of Parliament passed to stop child labor, as boys as young as four were being used as chimney sweeps. The Act raised the minimum age to eight years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
A researcher recorded more than 100 animal handlers and found it's pretty much universal -- regardless of the language spoken or the animal being handled -- that humans use short, repeated sounds to get an animal to go or speed up, and long, slow sounds to get an animal to stop or slow down. patriciamcconnell.com/the…
Among the many bizarre requests received by Virgin Atlantic flight attendants were: "Could you turn the engines down because they are too noisy?"; "Please can the Captain stop the turbulence?"; "Can you take my children to the playroom?"; and "Is there a McDonald's onboard?" archive.indianexpress.com…
After covering one of his songs Prince summoned Sinead O'Connor to his house to tell her to stop swearing in interviews. When she told him to F off he punched and attacked her and she had to escape from his house en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not…
Casu martzu is a cheese that contains live maggots, which can survive stomach acid in the intestine, leading to pseudomyiasis, where the maggot grows and feeds on the stomach's live tissue. Diners have to hold their hands above the cheese when eating it, to stop the maggots jumping out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Scheherazade, the storyteller from One Thousand and One Nights tells her stories (Aladdin, Sinbad, ...) to the monarch so that he would stop marrying and killing a new virgin every day after his first wife betrayed him. He had already killed 1001 women when they met. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Shaquille O’Neal holds the record for biggest total purchase in Walmart history. Shaq spent $70,000 in one stop at Walmart in 2008. businessinsider.com/walma…
In 1896, Auburn students greased the train tracks leading in and out of the local station. When Georgia Tech's train came into town, it skidded through town and didn't stop for five more miles. The GT football team had to make the trek back to town, then went on to lose, 45-0. thewareaglereader.com/201…
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…
The Apostrophe Protection Society that was founded to enforce the proper use of the apostrophe in written English was brought to a "full stop" in 2019. The founder of the society stated that "the ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Thanks to a genetic algorithm, Dr. Adrian Thompson produced a prototype voice-recognition circuit distinguishing and responding to "stop" and "go" using only 37 logic gates; 5 of them weren't connected to the rest of the network, yet if they were removed, the device stopped working talkorigins.org/faqs/gena…
A 3600-year-old ancient Egyptian papyrus is the oldest known surgical text and contains the earliest recorded use of the word β€œbrain” and suggests using raw meat to stop bleeding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Tomatoes come in two main varieties Determinate and Indeterminate Determinate varieties (including bush varieties) reach a certain plant height and then stop growing. ... Indeterminate varieties continue to grow and produce tomatoes all along the stems throughout the growing season. bonnieplants.com/gardenin…
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…
In Africa, people are planting a Great Green Wall of trees to stop the Sahara from expanding into arable land bbc.com/news/world-africa…
Today I learned about the "Pilgrim Army", a group of 15000 crusaders who were blown off course to the holy land and made to stop in Portugal where the King convinced them to help defeat the Moors in return for anything they could plunder, the majority elected to retire in Lisbon afterward. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
In 2001, while performing the song "Two Step," Dave Matthews sang the words "Let it rain" and immediately the crowd was poured on by a violent rain and hail storm, which did not stop until the song concluded. This performance has now been called "Two Step in the Rain." bestsongsever.com/dave-ma…
Alaskan Wood Frogs would freeze their bodies in the winter. Their breathing and heart beat also stops, allowing them to survive temperatures as low as -80 degrees Fahrenheit. Their bodies will thaw during the spring and come back to life. businessinsider.com/these…
Emperor Wu of Jin had so many women he could choose to sleep with, that he didn't know who to choose. So, he rode a small cart pulled by a goat and he would sleep with whichever woman managed to stop the goat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
The Los Angeles Dodgers got their name due to fans having to dodge Brooklyn's complex network of trolley cars, which killed over 130 people in the first 3 years of operation. With horse drawn trolleys, the horse would stop. The all new electric trolley cars, however, would plow right over you. gizmodo.com/the-la-dodger…
The people who own the housing Breaking Bad was filmed in had to construct a 6 ft. wrought iron fence to stop people from constantly throwing pizzas on their garage roof. ew.com/tv/2017/10/13/brea…
The mother of a 15 year old girl from Florida who had been missing for 8 months was informed that her daughter was seen in videos on a popular adult site. She tipped off police and a month later the girl was found during a traffic stop in a car driven by one of the men seen in those videos. nbcnews.com/news/crime-co…
There was a paramilitary socialist group in Canada in the 1960s that wanted to overthrow their provincial government with an armed revolution. The only peace time use of Canada's War Measures Act was to stop them. The group was in contact with the KGB, and the top members were exiled to Cuba. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
Sharks don't have swim bladders and if they stop swimming they sink ucmp.berkeley.edu/vertebr…
After corrections officer Robert Johnson was nearly killed by a hitman hired by a prisoner using a contraband cellphone, he not only became an advocate for strong measures against prison phone use, but also influenced the FCC to pass a law that made it easier to stop phone use among prisoners. usnews.com/news/best-stat…
Old homes in Vermont have diagonal windows called Witch windows, meant to stop witches from flying in on their broomsticks. schmidtroofing.com/peculi…
Today I learned of Raphael Gray, a hacker who posted stolen data of over 6.5k credit cards, claiming that the law enforcement was too incompetent to stop him. Gray's arrogance annoyed ex-hacker Chris Davis so much that he found Gray's information and informed the FBI about the crime, leading to Gray's arrest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rap…
GameCube game Batman: Dark Tomorrow infamously ends with Batman failing to stop Ra's al Ghul from killing billions of people unless an unlabeled hidden objective is met whatculture.com/gaming/10…
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…
Longtime Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson once confronted notorious D.C. drug lord Rayful Edmond III, who had become friendly with several players. When Edmond initially refused to stop contact with said players, the 6'10 Thompson stood up and yelled at Edmond, who then oblidged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
, Your fingernails and hair do not, in fact, continue to grow after you die. To grow, these must have a steady supply of glucose, which is cut off after the heart stops beating, preventing any further growth. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Today I learned of Dr Sami Yahya al-Hajj of Yemen who offers free consultation to anyone who stops his car news.yahoo.com/stop-docto…
Today I learned about the Berlin Airlift, an American and British operation that flew a peak of 12,941 tons of food, fuel and other necessities daily to West Berlin between 1948 ans 1949, because of a land blockade imposed by the Soviet Union trying to stop the use of a west backed currency in the city en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
The screaming at Beatles concerts was so loud that no one could hear them playβ€”not even the Beatles themselves. It led them to stop playing live performances entirely, retreat to the studio, and ultimately create albums like Sgt. Pepper with no concern for performing any of the songs live. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Alaskan Wood Frogs freeze during winters. 2/3rds of their body water turns into ice, hearts stop beating & blood stops flowing. They build up high concentrations glucose in their organs & tissues which prevents cells from shrinking/dying. When spring arrives, they thaw out & hop away. latimes.com/science/scien…
Fran Drescher’s stalker changed how sitcoms were made. To stop him from sneaking into the studio audience of The Nanny, they began to cast the audience from extras. Good/loud laughers were picked in casting, making the show feel funnier to home audiences. This became an industry standard. news.com.au/entertainment…
Today I learned of β€œCow Tools,” a cartoon described as the most loathed Far Side strip ever, that confused so many readers the newspaper’s phones didn’t stop ringing for two days. The author, Gary Larson, issued a press release explaining the joke after receiving hundreds of letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow…
Some leaf cutter ants grow antibiotics on their backs so that when their nests get infected with microbes they roll on it to kill bacteria. This new discovery is helping doctors and researchers stop the current antibiotic crisis. news.ncsu.edu/2018/02/ant…
In 1962, scientists discovered a limit to how many times human cells divide before they become exhausted. They also figured out that telomeres, which cap the ends of chromosomes and prevent them from fraying, shorten each time a cell divides. When they get short enough, a cell stops dividing. slate.com/technology/2020…
In 1998 Australian Astronomers detected fast radio burst signals, and named them Perytons. It was soon discovered that it was escaping radiation from the microwave in the lunch room, which was being stopped by using the door release without pushing the stop button first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The world record for the most number of non-stop push-ups is 10,507 by Minoru Yoshida of Japan, which was achieved in October 1980, no one has beat it since. recordholders.org/en/list…
Residents in Shitterton, a hamlet in England, clubbed together to replace the town sign with one carved in 1.5 ton of stone to stop people stealing it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
In 1990, Dr. Mary-Claire King discovered the human gene BRCA1 which is linked to breast cancer. Soon after, Myriad Genetics cloned and patented it. She was sent a cease-and-desist letter to stop researching it. Finally in 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that human genes cannot be patented. hopkinsmedicine.org/resea…
During the famous Holyfield vs. Tyson II fight, Mike Tyson biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear did not stop the fight. Tyson bit Holyfield's other ear the next round (did not bite a piece of it off this time) and at the conclusion of that round, they stopped the fight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…
Union Major-General Ulysses S. Grant expelled all Jews from his military district because he wanted to stop illicit trading of Southern cotton. Jews were rounded up, treated roughly, and forced to leave Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee by foot. He claimed it was done without prejudice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…

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