Today I learned of Joy Milne, a โ€œsuper-smellerโ€ who found she could smell a unique odor on people with Parkinson's disease years before the onset of symptoms. Scientists then isolated biomarkers in sebum (oily substance from face/back) of Parkinsonโ€™s patients, paving the way to earlier detection/treatment. discovermagazine.com/healโ€ฆ
Caffeine in coffee beans is thought to serve as a toxic substance protecting the seeds of the plant, a form of plant defense, against herbivores. Its production has evolved independently to caffeine found in cacao and tea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cofโ€ฆ
Despite being a popular trope in crime fiction, it's basically impossible to quickly incapacitate someone with a chloroform-soaked rag. It generally takes about 5 minutes of inhaling the substance to render someone unconscious wikipedia.org/wiki/Chloroโ€ฆ
The hottest known substance in the universe is actually created on Earth at the Large Hadron Collider. When gold particles are smashed together, for a split second temperatures can reach up to 7.2 trillion degrees Fahrenheit, which is hotter than a supernova. futurism.com/what-is-the-โ€ฆ
In 2016, a 14-year-old male masturbated with an entire 60-gram tube of BENGAYยฎ and got salicylate poisoning as the product contains methylsalicylate (which is broken down to salicylic acid in the body) and scrotal skin can absorb certain substances up to 40 times better than other skin regions ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artiโ€ฆ
The beak like mask which the black plague doctors wore was actually filled with sweet smelling substances usually Lavander; It's purpose was to aid with the smell of rot and decay and second, they believed that good smell would help them fight Black plague, which they believed it to be airborne. wikipedia.org/wiki/Plagueโ€ฆ
Early refrigerating systems would use toxic substances like sulphur dioxide, ammonia and methyl chloride as coolants. Methyl chloride was also a gas used during WW1 youtu.be/SkXyCoUCeK0
I learned about Mellified man. The donor would only eat honey, going as far as to bathe in the substance. Shortly, his feces (and even his sweat, according to legend) would consist of honey. When this diet finally proved fatal, the donor's body would be placed in a stone coffin filled with honey wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellifโ€ฆ
Trees can stimulate cloud production in order to cool down by producing substances known as monoterpenes owlcation.com/stem/Cloud-โ€ฆ
Researchers discovered something dubbed "Cheese Metabolism". People who eat fatty cheese were found to paradoxically have healthier body compositions than those who don't. They theorize a substance in cheese called butyrate increases metabolism which can help people manage their weight better. vice.com/en_us/article/qkโ€ฆ
Kary Mullis, Nobel Prize Winner American Biochemist, who invented PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) technique, held high belief in 'Astrology' and had an encounter with an extraterrestrial in the form of a fluorescent raccoon. He used to self-test novel psychoactive substances too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karโ€ฆ
Matthew Perry doesn't remember filming three seasons of Friends due to his substance use. vulture.com/2016/01/matthโ€ฆ
A material's melting point is the same as its freezing point. These are just different terms for the same thing, it just depends on whether energy is being removed from a substance (freezing) or if energy is being added to a substance (melting). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melโ€ฆ
New Jersey's law on reckless endangerment explicitly bans manufacturing or selling "a golf ball containing acid or corrosive fluid substance." law.justia.com/codes/new-โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Sadi Carnot (father of thermodynamics) who replaced the previously long-lived idea that heat was a substance by the conception of heat as a quantitative property en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refโ€ฆ
Edward Doisy received the Nobel in Medicine for discovery of vitamin K with Henrik Dam. He also competed with Adolf Butenandt in the discovery of estrone in 1930. They discovered the substance independently, but only Butenandt was awarded the Chemistry Nobel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwโ€ฆ
A.A. founder Bill Wilson credited his sobriety to an experience with LSD and even endorsed the drug as a springboard to the "spiritual awakening" thought critical for others in recovery. However, "most AAs were violently opposed to his experimenting with mind altering substances". psychedelictimes.com/whenโ€ฆ
Pistacios stored in bulk can spontaneously combust and behave like pyrophoric and self-heating substances (Class 4.2 of the IMDG Code) tis-gdv.de/tis_e/ware/nueโ€ฆ
Today I learned of โ€œDenatoriumโ€, the most bitter chemical substance known, that is added to soap, paint, and even game cartridges to prevent ingestion by children. scienceofcooking.com/denaโ€ฆ
Some bodies form a waxy substance on the skin called adipocere in the first few days after death. sciencedirect.com/topics/โ€ฆ
Chevy had an option on almost all of its cars in the 60s called "Liquid Chain". It would spray a traction enhancing substance on the tires to aid traction in snow. hagerty.com/articles-videโ€ฆ
Rhino horns are made of the same substance as hair and fingernails lionworldtravel.com/news/โ€ฆ
IU on vitamin packages stands for International Unit for measuring amount of substance and ironically this unit is not part of International System of Units en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intโ€ฆ
If you feed a chicken a diet of spicy red peppers, its egg yolk will turn red. This is harmless for the chicken as all birds are immune to capsaicin (the substance that makes food taste spicy). newworlder.com/article/39โ€ฆ
In 1952 a chemist was helping out a milk truck driver complaining about the smell of rotten milk in his truck by extracting oils from evergreen trees. 2 years later he patent his โ€œodor-destroying, air-perfuming substances,โ€ invention shaped like a little tree with a string attached to it. arnoldclark.com/newsroom/โ€ฆ
When Paul Verhoeven first received the script for Robocop, he threw it away in disgust after glancing through it. His wife picked it up from the bin and read through it more thoroughly, and persuaded him that it had more substance than he initially thought. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robโ€ฆ
In 1969 the case Leary v. United States ruled that the Marihuana Tax Act required self-incrimination, thus violating the Fifth Amendment of Constitution. Congress responded in 1970 by replacing the Marihuana Tax Act with the new Controlled Substances Act and continuing the prohibition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaโ€ฆ
Today I learned about โ€œThe Redemption of Vanityโ€, an artwork by Diemut Strebe who put the blackest black (developed by MIT) onto a $2M diamond - thereby covering the worldโ€™s brightest material with the worldโ€™s darkest. Both substances are molecular forms of the same element: Carbon. the-redemption-of-vanity.โ€ฆ
In a 2005 questionnaire about substance abuse, 18.2% (163/894) admitted to taking derbisol โ€“ a drug that does not exist sswr.confex.com/sswr/2005โ€ฆ
A painkiller works when the active site of the enzymes COX-1 and COX-2 which convert arachidonic acid to prostaglandins (pain causing substance) is blocked by the presence of the drug, eventually killing the sensations of any pain whatsoever. youtu.be/9mcuIc5O-DE
Bees make a substance called bee bread to feed their hive. youtu.be/sAKkjD3nEv0
A fish called the Red Sea Moses sole secretes a substance that repels sharks by irritating their gills en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parโ€ฆ
Justify failed a drug test one month before winning the 2018 Kentucky Derby/Triple Crown. Instead being disqualified, the California Horse Racing Board dropped the case and lightened the penalty for the substance Justify tested positive for. nytimes.com/2019/09/11/spโ€ฆ
Canada has an act/law (The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act) that in the event that you need to call 911 for someone whoโ€™s overdosed, you wonโ€™t get arrested for possession of controlled substances charges, and breach of conditions regarding the drug charge canada.ca/en/health-canadโ€ฆ
A Kansas animal hospital helped a dog who had 30 to 40 Asian beetles living on the roof of its mouth. Asian beetles secrete a sticky substance which allows them to latch onto a surface, like the roof of a dog's mouth. They cause ulcers on the tongue and mouth and have a very painful bite. people.com/pets/kansas-veโ€ฆ
When threatened, a Tomato Frog puffs up its body, the frog's skin secretes a thick substance that numbs up the predator's eyes and mouth, causing the predator to release the frog to free up its eyes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomโ€ฆ
Alexander Shulgin, the man who rediscovered MDMA and "the godfather of psychedelics", had a license from the DEA to produce any schedule 1 substance. He managed to discover over 200 psychoactive compounds before the license was revoked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleโ€ฆ
When Albert Grossman, Janis Joplin's manager, learned about her substance abuse, he decided to buy insurance worth $200k on her life instead of confronting her about her habit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albโ€ฆ
The name Sperm Whale was based on what was mistakenly identified as the whales' semen, is the semi-liquid, waxy substance found within the whale's head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speโ€ฆ
Several species of lettuce produce a milky substance commonly called "lettuce opium" that has sedative and analgesic properties, resembles and can be smoked like opium, and produces mild euphoria without side effects wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactucโ€ฆ
Today I learned that early Christian authors such as St. Augustine regarded the devil as a fallen angel; he was bad for having rebelled against God, but retained his angelic substance, and was not a physical being. In other words, demons are beautiful when taking a physical form. nationalgeographic.com/hiโ€ฆ
Actor James Remar was originally slated to play Cpl. Hicks in "Aliens," but was replaced after 2 weeks by Michael Biehn due to Remar's substance abuse problems. Remar remains in the final cut of the film, in one undistinguishable wide shot of the Marines encountering the Xenomorph hive avp.fandom.com/wiki/Dwaynโ€ฆ
Certain birds can produce a milk type substance called crop milk. The birds that produce include pigeons, flamingos, and emperor penguin. thespruce.com/glossary-deโ€ฆ
Substances that make your eyes water, such as tear gas, are known as lachrymator, after the Latin 'lacrimare', to weep. ilpi.com/msds/ref/lachrymโ€ฆ
Helium is the only substance that can't freeze. Instead, once it reaches a temperature below it's melting point, it turns into a superfluid with zero friction. scientificamerican.com/arโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the nocebo effect. The opposite of the placebo effect, the nocebo effect brings negative outcomes from inert substances if the patient is told that the pill has negative side effects. smithsonianmag.com/sciencโ€ฆ
Hugh Hefner tried to make sure his beneficiaries wonโ€™t blow through his money after his death. His will states that his children will be cut off โ€œif the trustees reasonably believe that (the beneficiary) routinely or frequently uses or consumes any illegal substance" independent.co.uk/life-stโ€ฆ
Researchers found that bacteria release large quantities of hydrogen peroxide, weakening the immune system. One of the best known substances with the ability to neutralize hydrogen peroxide and that could hence boost anti-bacterial immunity are vitamins such as vitamin C, found in fruits. medicalxpress.com/news/20โ€ฆ
Wisconsin statute 101.58(2)(j)2.f. f. (Employee's Right to Know) specifically states that lutefisk is not considered a toxic substance. law.justia.com/codes/wiscโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Pitch Drop Experiment. To prove that the substance bitumen is actually an extremely slow-flowing liquid. It was poured into a beaker in 1927, since then only 9 drips have dropped to the bottom of the beaker. (About one every 10 years). smp.uq.edu.au/pitch-drop-โ€ฆ
Today I learned about McKamey Manor, a "haunted house" where employees are allowed to physically assault patrons, waterboard them, force them to eat and drink unknown substances, have them bound and gagged and engage in other forms of emotional or psychological torture. The current waiting list is 24000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKโ€ฆ
Tennessee tried to force drug dealers to anonymously pay taxes on their sales of illegal substances en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craโ€ฆ
Antihydrogen is the most expensive substance to produce on Earth. In 1999, NASA gave an estimate cost of $62.5 trillion per a single gram of antihydrogen, which becomes $94 trillion considering inflation nowadays. This amount of money is higher than GDPs of China, India and USA combined. telegraph.co.uk/business/โ€ฆ
Between 17% to 80% of UK doctors prescribe placebos. 97% said they have prescribed substances or methods that lack therapeutic value such as vitamin C for cancer, antibiotics for suspected viral infections, or peppermint pills for pharyngitis. cbc.ca/news/health/placebโ€ฆ
Cement is the second most consumed substance on Earth after water. blogs.ei.columbia.edu/201โ€ฆ
While high on substances and during a meeting with a CBS exec in Germany, Ozzy Osbourne performed a Nazi goose-step on the executive's table before dipping his testicles in the executive's wine and then urinating in it. He only came to find out what he had done later by Sharon Osbourne. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozzโ€ฆ
Today I learned about chlorine trifluoride, a substance which can burn virtually everything (e.g. sand, ash, asbestos) while letting off clouds of highly-corrosive superheated acid. Also, the acid is poisonous. blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Trabutina mannipara, or mana scale. This mealybug feeds parasitically on tamarisk trees, and excretes a sweet substance which is sometimes collected for human consumption. The manna of the Bible, in Exodus, may have been this excrement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Tonsil Stones, also called tonsillolith, which are lumps of calcified material in the tonsils, the fleshy pads at the back of the throat. Tonsil stones are formed when debris, such as food, dead cells, and other substances, become trapped on the tonsils. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.orโ€ฆ
Indian Kathakali makeup is an elaborate process lasting for about 3 hours. It is so heavy that it looks like a mask and all the colors in the makeup come from natural herbs and substances ivygordonphoto.com/kathakโ€ฆ
Huffing gasoline is a real form of substance abuse and that it causes actual highs and hallucinations. It is also one of the most commonly abused household items for lower class people and also one of the most dangerous. addictionresource.com/druโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Miracle Berry aka Sideroxylon dulcificum that produces a substance called Miraculin, this causes after ingest, normally-sour-tasting acidic foods, such as citrus, to be perceived as very sweet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synโ€ฆ
Particle physicist John Ellis lost a bet and had to include the word "penguin" in his next scientific paper. After struggling to find a way to include the word, he "smoked some illegal substance" which gave him the inspiration for the now important Penguin Diagrams. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penโ€ฆ
The metallic odor of copper and iron does not come from the metal itself but from oils in our skin that decompose into volatile substances when we touch the metal nature.com/news/2006/0610โ€ฆ
In 2012, a man sued PepsiCo arguing that he had found a dead mouse in his Mt. Dew. Thus, PepsiCo had to prove and found that a mouse would "have dissolved into a "jelly-like" substance after 30 days" foxnews.com/health/2012/0โ€ฆ
Applying chalk to a billiard cue increases the amount of friction between the ball and the cue, preventing the tip slipping from the ball during a strike. It is also not made of chalk, but a substance called corundum (aluminum oxide and silica). legacybilliards.com/blog/โ€ฆ
Psychoactive toads exist. Colorado River toads contain a substance 5 times as potent as DMT- a strong hallucinogenic drug banned in the US. People have been arrested for attempting to get high by licking the toxic glands of the toads, when in fact the drug has to be extracted to be used. prohbtd.com/the-bizarre-hโ€ฆ
The slow loris is the only recognized venomous primate. At roughly 2 lbs the slow loris secretes a toxin that when mixed with itโ€™s saliva creates a substance that while mainly used in defense can be fatal to humans. io9.gizmodo.com/this-cuteโ€ฆ
Silkworms are killed in the process of harvesting the raw silk. They are killed by boiling in order to remove the sticky substance that keeps the cocoon intact. indianapublicmedia.org/amโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Vantablack, the darkest known substance, which absorbs 99.96% of visible light, which is manufactured by a UK company for telescopes, infrared cameras, and other uses en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanโ€ฆ
Gelatin is a yellowish, odorless, and nearly tasteless substance that is made by prolonged boiling of skin, cartilage, and bones from animals. It's made primarily from the stuff meat industries have left over โ€” pork skins, horns, and cattle bones. popsugar.com/fitness/Gelaโ€ฆ
Ancient Roman women apllied makeup which consisted of a variety of substances, ranging from minerals and herbs to lead (altough it was already known to be poisonous). While a decent makeup was considered embellishing, too much of it could make for accusations of adultery or even witchcraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosโ€ฆ
Sucralose (Splenda) was discovered when a scientist at a British college misheard instructions about testing a substance. Instead, he tasted it, realizing that it was highly sweet. healthline.com/nutrition/โ€ฆ
Today I learned butterflies 'pee'. Occasionally adult butterflies drink so much they must emit a fine liquid spray from the tip of their abdomen. This substance is not like urine; rather, it is almost pure water. youtu.be/Lva0YSrgKNU
Trimethylamine, the substance mainly responsible for the fishy odor of fish, is often associated with bacterial vaginosis. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3โ€ฆ
In addition to pine tar, it's against the rules of Major League Baseball to put any substance on a baseball, even spit. The penalty for spitting on the baseball is immediate ejection from the game, and a possible suspension. digg.com/2014/what-is-pinโ€ฆ
Hitler's doctor, Theodor Morell, kept a medical diary of the drugs and other substances he administered to the Fรผhrer on a daily basis, such as; Atropine, Caffeine, Cocaine, Adrenaline, E. coli, Methamphetamine, Strychnine, Morphine, Heroin and Testosterone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
Sucralose (Splenda) was discovered in 1976 when a scientist at a British college misheard instructions about testing a substance. Instead of "test" he heard "taste", and when he did he found that the substance was very sweet. It was patented shortly after. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sucโ€ฆ
O fthe North Carolina Unaurthorized Substance Tax. A tax that is to be paid on any illegal substance you possess over a certain weight within 48 hours of recieving it . Than placing a stamp onto it showing the tax was paid. And no, it doesn't make it any less illegal to posses. arnoldsmithlaw.com/north-โ€ฆ
Tobacco is third in the list in terms of "Dependence potential" (loosely how addictive the substance is) with Heroin and Cocaine being first and second respectively. Others worth mentioning: alcohol (fifth) and cannabis/marijuana (eighth). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subโ€ฆ
The first whitewall tires looked the way they did because zinc oxide, a pure white substance, was added to natural rubber to increase traction, but carbon black was added to the tread to improve endurance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiโ€ฆ
The St. Patrick's Day tradition of dyeing the Chicago river green arose by accident when a group of plumbers used green dye to trace illegal substances that were polluting the river. The dyeing of the river is still sponsored by the local plumbers union. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiโ€ฆ
In 17th-century Poland, wet bread mixed with spider webs was used to cure wounds. It may sound stupid, but it work, as the bread contained fungal spores, including penicillin and naturally produced antibiotic substances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hisโ€ฆ
The recorded cases of spontaneous human combustion (SHC) have these things in common: 1) the victims are chronic alcoholics; 2) they are usually elderly females 3) the body has not burned spontaneously, but some lighted substance has come into contact with it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoโ€ฆ
Most of what we call "styrofoam" isn't styrofoam, it's polystyrene. Styrofoam is a different substance used for building insulation. tedium.co/2017/03/14/expaโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Wood Frog. These frogs have adapted to cold climates by freezing over the winter. During this time, they stop breathing and their hearts stop beating. Their bodies produce a special antifreeze substance that prevents ice from freezing within their cells nwf.org/Educational-Resouโ€ฆ
The phrase "Mad as a hatter" was born because men who worked in the hattery industry was suffering from mercury poisoning due the substance being used in the process of hat making. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madโ€ฆ
A common homeopathic cure for the flu is a 200C dilution of duck liver. A dilution of one molecule in the observable universe is 40C, therefore one would need to consume the equivalent of 10^320 observable universes of the substance to get a single molecule of duck liver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homโ€ฆ
Most "eye floaters" are caused by age-related changes that occur as the jelly-like substance (vitreous) inside your eyes becomes more liquid. These fibres clump and cast shadows on your retina. These shadows are what we see as either specks or strings that seem to dart around our vision. nei.nih.gov/health/floateโ€ฆ
Liquorice can actually be quite toxic to the body. Liquorice poising is actually quite common and can cause kidney failure and even paralysis. The substance is obviously used to make candy, but is also found in numerous teas and other sources. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liqโ€ฆ
Today I learned about a Rat king, a collection of rats whose tails are intertwined and bound together by things like hair and sticky substances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratโ€ฆ
1/3 of cats have no reaction to catnip. Many cats that don't respond to catnip do respond to honeysuckle wood. Honeysuckle contains a chemical that is similar to the active ingredient in catnip. Most likely, it is this substance that puts cats into a delightful, temporarily altered state. cathealth.com/behavior/caโ€ฆ
The Leidenfrost effect occurs when a liquid is contacted by substance at a temperature much hotter than the liquid's boiling point. Vapor forms immediately into a layer between the substance and the liquid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leiโ€ฆ
At near the end of WWII, French intelligence found out that German scientists had smuggled out a large amount of a rare radioactive substance, thorium, and feared that it would be used in the German atomic program, but it turns out they just wanted to make radioactive toothpaste. atlasobscura.com/articlesโ€ฆ
Jason Mewes (of Jay and Silent Bob fame) has been clean of heroin since June 28, 2010, after being convinced to start a podcast with long time collaborator and friend, Kevin Smith. Called "Jay and Silent Bob Gets Old", Jason speaks about his history of substance abuse, among other topics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayโ€ฆ
A man from Arizona caused a wildfire that burnt 47,000 acres by shooting at a target that contained colorful powder to reveal the gender of their baby, and an explosive substance to trigger the powder. It took a week to stop the fire and the man was fined $220,000 elle.com/culture/a2353592โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Cocaethyline, a substance produced by the body when cocaine and alcohol are consumed together. Its euphoriant properties are so powerful it causes feelings of acute well-being almost universally among users, but it's also about 25 times more likely to kill you than cocaine alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocโ€ฆ
Vantablack (the darkest artificial substance) was licensed to artist Anish Kapoor. In retaliation, artist Stuart Semple banned Kapoor from buying the strong shade of pink that Semple had developed, meaning anyone can buy and use the pink besides Kapoor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanโ€ฆ
The 9/11 tragedy released a cloud of asbestos fibers over NYC. 400 tons of asbestos was in the WTC building. An estimated 410,000 people were exposed to the toxic substance. Nearly 70% of rescuers have lung problems. Experts expect cancer diagnoses to peak in 2041-four decades after the attack. asbestos.com/world-trade-โ€ฆ
Today I learned of a species of bee called the Vulture bee, which makes a honey like substance out of rotten meat en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulโ€ฆ

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