I learned that part of the reason kids like to spin, roll, and swing is that it stimulates and develops the proprioceptive system, which influences coordination, spatial, and body awareness, and also helps calm them down. mamaot.com/why-do-some-ki…
Spider-Man's trademark web-swinging technique in "The Amazing Spider-Man" was done using practical effects instead of the cgi used in the previous films. They built a giant rig that allowed a stuntman to swing from a thin cable attached to a winch over and through the real streets of NYC. ew.com/article/2012/07/04…
Rosemary Kennedy (younger sister of John and Robert) was lobotomised at 23 to deal with mood swings and erratic behaviour. Her mother was informed of this decision after the procedure had taken place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
In 2017, a group of travel influencers were banned from all U.S. public lands. Their violations included driving an RV across the Bonneville Salt Flats, walking on Yellowstone’s hot springs, and affixing a rope swing to the Corona Arch. A year later, they fell off a waterfall in B.C. and died. outsideonline.com/2325286…
Seth MacFarlane is a Easy Listening/Swing singer and a pianist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Set…
"The vacuum of space is cold" is a myth. If you're in total darkness at the coldest spot in the known universe, the vacuum of space can get down to -454 ΒΊF. But in sunlight near Earth, temperatures can swing to a boiling 250 ΒΊF. That's why astronauts wear reflective white spacesuits. science.nasa.gov/science-…
The concept of swing bowling, an essential tool for a fast bowler in cricket was invented by the American Cricketer Bart King. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned of Busta Rhymes Island, a 40x40 island in Central Massachusetts unofficially named by a local who is trying to make the name official through common usage. When asked why the name "Busta Rhymes Island," the local said "It has rope swings, blueberries, and... stuff Busta would enjoy." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus…
There is an exclusive Antarctic group of scientists called the Club 300. To be a member, they would soak in a 200Β°F sauna, then run outside naked in -100Β°F temperatures. The goal is to experience a 300 degree temperature swing, and see how long they can run around the Ceremonial South Pole. theatlantic.com/internati…
Although considered a swing state, Arizona has only once voted Democrat(1992) in the past 70 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Frisian-German warlord Pier Gerlofs Donia wielded a greatsword with such efficiency he was capable of beheading multiple enemies in a single swing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
The NFL actually has a rule against using a helmet as a weapon: "ARTICLE 17. USE OF HELMET AS A WEAPON. A player may not use a helmet that is no longer worn by anyone as a weapon to strike, swing at, or throw at an opponent." Rule 12, Section 2 operations.nfl.com/media/…
Peter Tuchman, a widely-recognized securities stock trader at the NYSE whose face is always on the front page of CNBC during market swings, has "never owned any stock" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Swing dancing teenagers in Nazi Germany would mock Nazis by saying 'swing heil' and called Hitler Youth 'Homo Youth' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
"Midget" Gaedel was a baseball player 3'7" tall and had a strike-zone of 1.5 inches. The owner told him he had a $1 million life insurance policy on him and if he attempted to swing rifleman on the roof of the stadium would shoot. He is the reason commissioners have to approve all contracts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
There are 4 distinct roles in a sled dog racing team from front to back: "Lead dogs" apply the musher's commands & set the pace; "Swing dogs" help turn the team left/right, "Team dogs" are the muscle & maintain speed; "Wheel dogs" guide the sled around obstacles. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Saloons usually had a secondary set of doors; rather than just the swing-doors oft-seen in media mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Edwin Howard Armstrong, the inventor of FM radio, loved heights. When he built a 425-foot radio tower in the late 1930's, he would climb it and swing from its 150-foot arms in a specially rigged deck chair. nytimes.com/1996/04/07/ny…
We swing our arms when we walk because it is the most efficient way to walk. By swinging our right arm with our left leg and our left arm with our right leg we conserve 26% more energy than by other methods such as hands at our side or left arm with left leg/right arm with right leg. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
It clearly states in Article 17 of the NFL rulebook that β€œuse of the helmet as a weapon” is strictly prohibited. β€œA player may not use a helmet that is no longer worn by anyone as a weapon to strike, swing at, or throw at an opponent.” 15 yard penalty, DQ, and automatic 1st down. operations.nfl.com/the-ru…
Spiral staircases in medieval castles were deliberately made clockwise because it diminished the ability of attackers to properly swing their swords, since right-handed fighters would have had to to contend with the walls while making their striking motions. nerdist.com/theres-a-very…
The actress who starred as the orphan in the 1982 film 'Annie' now heads a swing band called Aileen Quinn and the Leapin' Lizards aileenquinnandtheleapinli…
Former MLB player Larry Walker was obsessed with the number 3. He set his alarm for 33 minutes past the hour, took practice swings in multiples of 3, wore the number 3, was married Nov 3 at 3:33pm, and once bought 33 tickets for disadvantaged kids to sit in section 333 of the ballpark. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
A recent study indicated 87% of former football players exhibit signs of significant brain injury. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy -CVT- has been linked to suicidal behavior, dementia, and erratic mood swings. Players as young as high-school aged were found to be affected. time.com/4871597/degenera…
In the movie Hook, the scene where Rufio swings his sword close to Peter Pans face and says the line "You're dead, jollyman" was played in reverse for the movie. The actor had to learn to say those lines backwards. youtu.be/hnxgpVgB5nA
The first microprocessor was not made by Intel. It was actually a classified custom chip used to control the swing wings and flight controls on the first F-14 Tomcats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
The way a ponytail swings while running can say a lot about a runner's form by showing where energy is wasted mychicagoathlete.com/pony…
Pam Ferris really did swing Jacqueline Steiger by the pigtails in Matilda youtu.be/ftW2Obqt_go
In medieval castles, stairwells ran clockwise, so attackers coming up the stairs had their sword hands (right hand) against the wall's interior curve which made it hard for them to swing their swords. Defenders had their swords on the outside wall, which meant more room to swing. medieval.stormthecastle.c…
JFK's sister was given one of the first lobotomies because of her mood swings. Doctors asked her to sing God Bless America while they cut into her brain, and stopped when she "became incoherent" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Most of the US flags planted on the moon were bleached white but are still intact and standing despite decades of UV radiation and extreme temperature swings space.com/16798-american-…
Today I learned about the Axeman of New Orleans, a serial killer. He was never caught and wrote a letter "I am very fond of jazz music, and I swear by all the devils in the nether regions that every person shall be spared in whose home a jazz band is in full swing at the time I have just mentioned." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axe…
While filming Waterworld, Kevin Costner stayed in a luxury $4,500 a night villa while the crew stayed in un-insulated condos that suffered temperature swings. This created on set hostility. moviepilot.com/posts/3402…
Phil Mickelson is actually right-handed in everything he does. He only golfs as a lefty because he would mirror his dad's swing as a child. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
The famous 'orchestra hit,' used in 90s pop and new jack swing, and found on countless keyboards, was originally sampled from Stravinsky's 'Firebird' youtu.be/8A1Aj1_EF9Y
The reason behind spiral stairs being clockwise: In medieval times, they were designed this way in castles, so that attackers running up the stairs had their sword-arm near the center column, while the defenders had more room to swing their sword. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
An American group from Harvard set out to observe the solar eclipse of Oct 27, 1780, with the Revolutionary War in full swing. Though the Brits granted them safe passage (sought in the name of science) into what was enemy territory, they still failed to witness totality due to miscalculations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Stairwells in medieval castles curved very narrowly and clockwise. Attackers coming up the stairs had sword hands (right hand) against the interior curve of the wall and made it very difficult to swing their swords. Defenders had their sword hands on the outside wall giving much room to swing. medievalcastles.stormthec…
The greatest 24-hour temperature change recorded in the U.S. was a swing from βˆ’54 to +49Β°F caused by a chinook wind on 15 January 1972, in Loma Montana. ams.confex.com/ams/pdfpap…
NPR's Marketplace only plays 'It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)' while reading the stock numbers when the markets are mixed. They have other songs for when the markets are up or down. marketplace.org/faqs
When a prisoner is sentenced to be caned in Singapore, they aren't told in advance when the sentence will be carried out, they need medical officials to certify they're physically fit, and they are stripped naked and caned by trained officers who swing the 1.27cm thick cane at speeds up 160kph. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
There is a sport called 'kiiking' , popular in Estonia, where people swing on swings all the way, a full 360 degrees atlasobscura.com/articles…
The worlds largest swing resides at Moses Mabhid Stadium in South Africa. The swing has an arc of 220m. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
There's a German sword fighting technique where you grab the blade and swing the handle at the enemy. en.academic.ru/dic.nsf/en…
Phil Mickelson, the most famous left-handed golfer of all time (his nickname is "Lefty") is actually right-handed. The reason he golfs left-handed is because he learned to swing by facing his father, a right-handed golfer, and mirroring his movements. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Adolf Hitler took 28 different pills for "agonizing flatulence." Treatment included cocaine, amphetamines, human placenta, strychnine and antropine. Violent mood swings, euphoria, attention lapses and erratic behavior were amoung the noted side effects. moreintelligentlife.com/s…
The Barton Swing Aqueduct, built in 1894 is the first and only swinging Aqueduct in the world and is still in use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Elite sprinters do not swing their legs faster; rather, they gain maximum speed by striking the ground with a greater force than others in relation to their body weight, and for a shorter period of time. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…
Special training is given to prison officers administering corporal punishment in Singapore and Malaysia, to teach them how to swing the 1.09-metre cane at a minimum speed of 160kph and produce a force upon impact of at least 90kg. corpun.com/singfeat.htm#p…
Winston Churchill lost the 1945 general election in a landslide. The 12.0% national swing from the Conservative Party to the Labour Party remains the largest ever achieved in a British general election. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Seth Macfarlane, creator of Family Guy, has three swing/jazz albums out. Two of which are grammy nominated en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Set…
The world’s longest swing set consists of 127 swings and is made of 51 playground sets stuck together, stretching 562 feet. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Today I learned of President Andrew Johnson’s disastrous 1866 β€œSwing Around the Circle” speaking tour, in which a stage collapse sent hundreds tumbling into a canal and Johnson repeatedly compared himself to Christ while asking β€œWho has suffered more for the Union than I?” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
A mantis shrimp swings its claws so quickly and violently that it boils the water surrounding it. sciencenewsforstudents.or…
Harry Houdini helped swing popular opinion on spiritualism, turning belief in psychic powers into a sign of gullibility or even madness that would spell doom for any political campaign. atlasobscura.com/articles…
J.F.K's sister was given a lobotimy at 23 years old due to her "violent mood swings". It left her permanently incapacitated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
The Voyager spacecraft gravity assist swing-bys slowed Jupiter down down enough that in one trillion years the planet will have travelled one inch shorter in its orbit voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/miss…
The Aztecs, using obsidian swords called macuahuitl, were able to decapitate horses with ONE SWING. Yikes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
Medieval Castle designed circular staircases for defense purposes: The stairs diminished the ability of attackers mounting an upward assault to properly swing their swords, since right-handed fighters would have had to to contend with the walls while making their striking motions. militaryarchitecture.com/…
A backwards 'K' in baseball signifies a strikeout when the batter does not swing (caught looking) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Cockroaches have special claws on their hind legs that enable them to do high-speed inversions over blind edges. They perform 180-degree swings and land on the underside of the surface, where they can make a quick escape. Scientists have also built robots to mimic this ability. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Walt Disney's mood swings were so unpredictable that employees were advised to call the security guard to see how he was feeling whenever he arrived at the studio. If he was in a particularly bad mood, Walt was said to be wearing his 'bear suit'. books.google.com/books?id…
Paul Anka had to abandon a swing cover of Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' because he couldn't get through a vocal take without bursting into laughter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. had doctors perform a lobotomy on his rebellious daughter, Rosemary, to "calm her mood swings". The lobotomy was not successful and left Rosemary with the mental capacity of a 2-year-old. Her mother was not told about the procedure until after it had been done. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Today I learned of the Stilyagi (Style-hunters), a Soviet counterculture movement of the 40's-60's obsessed with swing and rock-n-roll, snappy foreign clothing and making musical recordings with old x-ray films en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
In the 1991 Boyz II Men song "Motownphilly," the line "Boyz II Men ABC BBD" refers to the two New Jack Swing groups Another Bad Creation and Bell Biv Devoe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
Woodie Guthrie said of This Land is Your Land "This song is Copyrighted in U.S... and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don’t give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
Montreal has musical swing sets downtown. When in motion, they produce sounds. If you can sync all 3 swings, it creates a song. playgroundology.wordpress…
President Lyndon B. Johnson had a nickname for his penis, "Jumbo". If a colleague came into a Capitol bathroom as he was finishing at the urinal there, he would sometimes swing around still holding his member, hooting, "Have you ever seen anything as big as this?" gawker.com/lbj-was-obsess…
A 21 year old word "Limerence", which is the "ultimate, near obsessional form of romantic love." It is characterized by pressure in the chest, acute longing for reciprocation, fear of rejection, drastic mood swings, and intrusive thinking about the "limerent object." Any limerents in the house? time.com/time/magazine/ar…
A swing in equador hangs at the edge of a canyon with no safety measures and is named "the swing at the end of the world" boredpanda.com/the-swing-…
The original Playboy Mansion had a brass plate on the door with the Latin inscription Si Non Oscillas, Noli Tintinnare ("If you don't swing, don't ring"). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
California is one of the only states with a state dance (or a state dance that isn't square dance). It's called West Coast Swing, or the "Sugar Push" swingshoes.net/what-is-we…
J.F.K.'s sister Rosemary Kennedy was lobotomized on the orders of her father at age 23 to deal with her 'mood swings'. The procedure left her permanently incapacitated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Soviet Cosmonauts carried bear-killing shotguns into space with their survival gear. The TP-82 was used until 2007 when the manufacturing of the ammunition ended. It was β€œa deluxe all-in-one weapon with three barrels and a folding stock that doubles as a shovel and contains a swing-out machete.” universetoday.com/118829/…
While in full swing in the US during the 50s, lobotomy was already banned in many countries including the Soviet Union which deemed the procedure contrary to the principles of humanity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lob…
"Cane toad golfing", i.e. practicing golf swings with cane toads as the ball, is a thing in some parts of Australia brisbanetimes.com.au/quee…
English rugby fans sing "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" as a rallying song bbc.com/news/uk-england-l…
A drunk, obese man made a $100 bet that he can get into a baby swing at a playground. He wins the bet but loses his life, when his friends decided to leave him stuck in the swing overnight. He died not due to cutting off circulation, but due to rupturing his infected appendix. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100…
"jizz" is a genre of upbeat swing music in the Star Wars universe. Players of "jizz" include the Cantina Band and Max Rebo of Jabba's Palace fame. starwars.wikia.com/wiki/J…
There is a sport called Kiiking which consists in doing 360ΒΊ turns using a swing with metal arms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kii…
In feudal Japan, they would test a new katanas sharpness on convicted criminals, and the swords sharpness would be measured in how many bodys it could go through in a single swing. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamesh…
Due to her severe mood swings, JFK’s sister was one of the first patients to receive a lobotomy. Doctors asked her to sing God Bless America while they cut into her brain, and stopped when she β€œbecame incoherent”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
There are playground swings for wheelchairs rehabmart.com/product/whe…
Humans swing their arms while walking because it makes walking easier. Swinging your arms while walking can reduce the amount of energy spent by as much as 12% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
JFK's eldest sister, Rosemary, underwent a lobotomy at age 23 for mood swings and irritability. She was permanently disabled, and lived out her life in a home for the handicapped. jfklibrary.org/JFK/The-Ke…
Swinging on a swing is patented google.com/patents?id=T2Q…
After Nazis banned jazzy African American style music, Glenn Miller's swing tunes were played overseas through radio to allied combat soldiers for entertainment and morale, while also used to denounce fascist oppression in Europe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neg…
In Ecuador there is a treehouse with a swing that swings out over a cliff. There are no safety devices and thrill-seekers can swing at their own risk. It is dubbed "The Swing at the End of the World" designtaxi.com/news/35905…
Today I learned of the Bola Spider which swings a web around with a sticky gloop on the end to catch moths mid air. youtu.be/wl120RuhQYg
During his presidency JFK suffered from chronic and severe back pain for which he was prescribed a combination of drugs including animal cells, hormones, amphetamines and steroids. The side effects included hyperactivity, hypertension, impaired judgment, nervousness, and mood swings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Almost 350 years ago, Dutch inventor and scientist Christiaan Huygens observed that two pendulum clocks hanging from a wall would synchronise their swing over time. theguardian.com/science/2…
The reason Britain drives on the left originates to medieval times. Since most people are right-handed, people preferred to keep to the left in order to have their right arm nearer to an opponent and get a good swing at possible assailants bbcamerica.com/anglopheni…
There is a nuclear power plant in Germany that has been converted to an amusement park. The cooling tower features a swing ride and a climbing wall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wun…
At 20 years of age, professional poker player Sami Kelopuro experienced daily swings of up to one million dollars while playing online poker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
There's a Swing Version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" youtube.com/watch?v=RM_xv…
There is a type of music that mixes swing music with electronic music, which is called "Electro swing" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
A man from Nebraska used a rope swing in his youth, but stopped out of concern that the oak tree branch it was hung from would snap. 40 years later, he passed by the tree and saw the same branch come crashing down. slate.com/articles/health…
An early 1900's serial killer in New Orleans wrote a letter; stating that he would spare anyone who had a "jazz band in full swing" at 12:15 on the following Tuesday night. The city met the challenge and the killings stopped. crimelibrary.com/serial_k…
What happens if one mass in a simple pulley system is allowed to swing: Chaos and shit. openprocessing.org/visual…

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