Today I learned about Hair Ice, which is uncommonly found and gets its name from its resemblance to hair. The fine ice strands are formed with the assistance of the fungus Exidiopsis effusa bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
A 9,000-meter strand of silk weighs about one gram. enwild.com/videos/fabric-…
The storm that strands Mark Watney in The Martian is not actually possible mars.nasa.gov/news/1854/t…
A single strand of spaghetti is called a spaghetto wisdombiscuits.fairnorth-…
Lobsters have the enzyme called "telomerase" which stops DNA strands called "telomeres" from damage as new cells are made. Other organisms' telomeres erode with age, but lobsters can theoretically live forever, because their ability to create perfect copies of cells never erodes. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
On average, we lose 50 to 100 strands of hair a day from the scalp. Also, Human facial hair grows faster than any other hair on the body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
Genes are turned on when DNA strands are "loose", and turned off when they're "tightly bundled" 🧬 youtu.be/PonbiZjvd8Q
The Incas did not have a written language, instead they used colourful knotted cords called Quipu to record numbers and archives such as census data and storehouse records. They had up to a thousand unique strands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
James Scott was convicted of causing the 'Great Mississippi Flood of 1993', the most costly flood in US history. His friend told authorities that Scott broke the levee to strand his wife on the other side of the river, so Scott could drink and have an affair en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Because the movie The Godfather Part II has two narrative strands - one about Michael Corleone as the new Don of the Corleone family and the other about his father Vito Corleone when he was young - it is considered both a sequel AND a prequel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Star Destroyer models were illuminated by 100,000 hand wired strands of fiber optics in the original Star Wars trilogy. For the Super Star Destroyer, they switched to brass etching by hand to increase the number to 250,000. youtu.be/85MK2GDkoxo?t=16…
A beard transplant procedure takes an entire day, and can run up to $10,000 for a full beard. The doctor and technicians remove hair strands with the follicles intact from another part of the body -- usually the bottom of the back of the head. It's moved to where it is wanted on the face cnn.com/2014/03/13/health…
On April fools Day in 1957, BBC show panorama hoaxed the nation with a report about an annual spaghetti harvest. The report showed farmers picking spaghetti from trees and laying the strands down to dry. Newspapers were split over weather it was a great joke or a terrible hoax on the public. youtube.com/watch?v=tVo_w…
Thomas Edison invented Christmas lights. He created the very first strand of electric lights during the Christmas season of 1880, these strands were strung around the outside of his Menlo Park Laboratory. loc.gov/everyday-mysterie…
In 1960 the British Strand cigarette brand advertised with the slogan "You're never alone with a Strand." Sales promptly collapsed because the public now associated the cigarette with loneliness and the company had to entirely re-brand en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
A single strand of spaghetti is a spaghetto bonappetit.com/story/spag…
Despite being no larger than 4cm, the female Darwin's Bark Spider can create a web bridge spanning up to 75 feet across rivers by releasing several strands of silk which the wind carries to the other side. She then reinforces it, allowing her to hunt for insects flying over the river. bbc.com/earth/story/20151…
If you uncoil and stretch out a strand of DNA from one cell in your body it is about 2 meters, if you did this with all the DNA in your body it would be twice the diameter of the Solar System sciencefocus.com/the-huma…
Obsidian can be made into a scalpel with a cutting edge of 3 nanometers. A strand of DNA is 2.5 nm, a sheet of paper 100,000 nm en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/O…
Grey hair strands don't exist - grey hair is just the result of the mix of white strands next to darker strands of hair that haven't lost their pigment differencebetween.net/sci…
One theory as to how asbestos causes cancer is that its extremely thin fibers get physically tangled in your chromosomes, leading to strand breaks and mutations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Spaghetto is what you call a single strand of spaghetti. bonappetit.com/story/spag…
"spaghetti" is actually the plural form of the word. An individual strand is referred to as a "spaghetto" dictionary.reference.com/…
A single strand of Spaghetti is a "Spaghetto" bonappetit.com/story/spag…
Today I learned about "ballooning" - when newly-hatched spiders release fine strands of silk to catch the wind and disperse. Darwin noted spiderlings travelling like this when they landed on the Beagle - 100km from shore australianmuseum.net.au/l…
Bolivia is the poorest country in South America and lacks enough specialist hospitals and cardiac doctors to treat children born with heart problems. So cheap innovations are welcome. Heart devices are made by weaving a single strand of a super-elastic metal used in military industries. bbc.com/news/health-32076…
. During the Great flood of 93, James Scott, 23 intentialy removed sandbags from a levee causing it to breach so he could strand his wife on the other side and continue to party. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/G…
Spiders can detect and use earth's electric field to take off miles in the air by "ballooning" - in which they climb to an exposed point, raise their abdomens to the sky, extrude strands of silk, and float away. theatlantic.com/science/a…
Locks of Love, the popular charity that receives donated hair, discards over 80 percent of the donations. Usually because people are unaware of the guidelines and often send strands that are that too short, processed or gray. huffingtonpost.com/2013/0…
Spider Silk is so strong it has been theorized by scientists that a single strand the width of a pencil could stop a Boeing 747 in mid flight chm.bris.ac.uk/motm/spide…
Mollusk teeth are made of the strongest biological material in nature. At 5 times stronger than spider silk, a spaghetti-sized strand can hold the weight of an adult female hippopotamus. washingtonpost.com/news/m…
Putting Mercury in contact with an Aluminium plate triggers a process called amalgamation. As the Mercury penetrates the Aluminium, strands of Aluminium Oxide start to 'grow' out of the plate, forming some pretty wacky structures. youtu.be/IrdYueB9pY4
About the Mary River Turtle, also known as the green-haired turtle, due to the fact that many specimens are covered with growing strands of algae which resemble hair. They use bimodal respiration, and are capable of absorbing oxygen via their genitals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Bill Broyles, the writer for the movie Castaway, chose to deliberately strand himself for one week on an isolated beach in the Sea of Cortez, to force himself to search for water and food, and obtain his own shelter. During this time, a volleyball washed up on shore. austinchronicle.com/scree…
Today I learned about Galaxy Filaments, which can be from 200 to 500 million light-years long, making them the largest known structures in the universe. They are strands of dark matter that gravitationally attract "normal" matter, creating superclusters of galaxies along their lengths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal…
While researching for the film Castaway, screenwriter William Broyles Jr. chose to strand himself for one week on an isolated beach in the Gulf of California to force himself to search for water and food and obtain his own shelter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
During the Great Flood of 1993, 23 year-old James Scott removed sandbags from an Illinois levee in order to strand his wife on the other side of the river so that he could keep partying. He received life imprisonment for "intentionally causing a catastrophe". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The mysterious squiggly things floating in our eyes are called "floaters". They are shadows cast on our retina by small strands of protein inside our eyes. livestrong.com/article/39…
Stepping on a strand of hair can potentially allow it imbed itself deep into your skin causing **a lot** of pain, this is called a hair splinter. livestrong.com/article/30…
If you take all the DNA in your body and line it up to form one long strand, it would measure to be 135 trillion meters long. It would be able to wrap around the Earth's equator 2.5 million times or about twice the diameter of our solar system. scienceline.ucsb.edu/getk…
A man named James Scott intentionally caused a levee to fail during the 1993 Mississippi River Flood so he could strand his wife on the other side of the river and continue partying en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
One strand of spaghetti is called a spaghetto. bonappetit.com/story/spag…
European DNA has two strands that when plotted against each other reveals a political map of the continent. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Fans reacted badly to Arthur Conan Doyle killing off Sherlock Holmes. It was front-page news around the world; 20,000 people cancelled subscriptions to 'Strand' magazine and sent hate mail; thousands wrote to the author begging him to undo the death. Doyle resurrected Holmes a decade later. dianeduane.com/outofambit…
Each silk strand in a corn on the cob connects to an individual kernel of corn. articles.extension.org/pa…
Spiders tune each strand of their web to a specific frequency by making some strans tighter than others so that when something is caught in it, the spider can easily pinpoint where it is. This is also used for determining whether what cause the sound is a food or a potential mate. npr.org/2014/06/10/319179…
A strand of spider silk long enough to orbit the Earth, would weigh less than 500 grams en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
It is unusually difficult to slide your fingers along a hair strand towards your scalp (while taught) due to the scale structure that makes up our hair. This structure makes it easy to slide your fingers along your hair away from your head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
As promotion for the 1933 film Bureau of Missing Persons, missing Judge Joseph Force Crater was offered $10,000 if he turned himself in to the Bureau while the film played at the Strand Theatre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
There was a massive residential scheme that failed in Florida leaving a massive system of canals and barren roads that you can easily see in Google Maps that is now called Picayune Strand State Forest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic…

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