Betty White was originally set to play Blanche and Rue McClanahan was set to play Rose. However, with neither actress wanting to be typecast, Golden Girls producers allowed them to switch parts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
The first mathematical theorem to be created and proven on TV was on Futurama (The Prisoner of Benda). If two people could switch unique pairs of bodies only once, it requires only two extra individuals to return everyone to their original bodies. mathgoespop.com/2010/08/t…
Today I learned about the Monty Hall Problem: You're on a game show. There are 3 doors, a prize is behind one and goats behind two. You pick one, then the host opens one of the other doors revealing a goat and that door is removed. Host then asks if you want to switch your pick. You should ALWAYS switch! betterexplained.com/artic…
Today I learned of the Monty Hall problem. If a prize is hidden behind one of three doors and you choose a door, say door 1. The host then opens a door, say door 3, that didn’t have the prize and asks if you want to switch doors before the reveal. You are more likely to win the prize if you switch to door 2. statisticsbyjim.com/fun/m…
There was a baboon named Jack who, for nine years, helped a man with two peg legs switch tracks for trains and never once made a mistake. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Due to their size, the Nintendo Switch Game Cards are coated with denatonium benzoate, a non-toxic, bitter-tasting agent, as a safety precaution against accidental consumption by young children. dailydot.com/unclick/nint…
While Michael Collins was orbiting the moon, mission control warned of a problem with the shuttle's coolant system. Instead of fixing the problem manually as advised, he flicked the system's switch from auto to manual, then back to auto, and carried on with other chores. The issue self resolved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
In the midnight of Dec 29, 2011 Samoa loses a day and jumps forward in time to Dec. 31, 2011 without experiencing Dec 30 as they move westward of international dateline. The switch was made to improve ties with major trade partners in Australia and New Zealand. bbc.com/news/world-asia-1…
After WWII, Col. S. L. A. Marshal published a report that found only 15-20% of soldiers in combat fired to kill during the war, even if their lives were threatened. This prompted the US Army to switch from bulls-eye targets to sillouette targets to desensitize soldiers to killing killology.com/aggression-…
Lady Gaga admited that Kiss FM was the only radio station to correctly censor the song during the chorus when she replaces "poker face" with "fuck her face". Although not in the official lyrics, the switch can be heard every second repetition of the phrase during the chorus. ladygaga.fandom.com/wiki/…
The Lotus Bridge between left-lane-driving Macau and right-lane-driving China allows for traffic to seamlessly switch the side of the road that they are driving on at the border. cntraveler.com/stories/20…
The most common group of people who switch majors in American universities are people in STEM field majors who decided to quit and do a non-STEM major instead thecollegesolution.com/ch…
The Nintendo Switch sold 17.8 million units in its first year alone. That is more than Nintendo’s previous console, the Wii U, sold in its entire lifetime. thenextweb.com/gaming/201…
On a US Navy submarine using the "emergency blow activator, or 'chicken switch,'" is "a last resort in emergency situations." "Throwing the switch immediately blasts large volumes of compressed air into all of a submarine's ballast tanks, bringing the boat to the surface as quickly as possible." americanhistory.si.edu/su…
The BBC managed to film Transgender fish changing sex. The female Asian Sheepshead Wrasse has the ability to switch gender and become larger after transformation. It is unknown why they do this. There is speculation that they can pass on more genes as a male. telegraph.co.uk/science/2…
The oldest living Nobel laureate, Edmond Fischer was born on April 6, 1920. He and his collaborator Edwin Krebs were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1992 for describing how reversible phosphorylation works as a switch to activate proteins & regulate various cellular process. wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond…
The ancient switch to soft food gave us an overbiteβ€”and the ability to pronounce β€˜f’s and β€˜v’s. sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
James Bond originally used a Beretta 418 until a fan of the novels (and small arms expert) wrote to Ian Flemming criticizing it as "a woman's gun". When Flemming had Bond switch to his iconic Walther PPK in Dr. No, he wrote the fan into the scene as MI6's armorer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
The origin of Backslash in MS Windows. Unix introduced in '70 the forward slash as its directory separator. In '81 MS-DOS 1.0 didn’t support directories at all and already were using "/" as switch operator, hence the DOS 2 had to chose the "\" as the only viable to keep compatibility. howtogeek.com/181774/why-…
Mr & Mrs Crompton and their six children were the largest family to die in the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. Travelling first class to England, they were known as being noisy during the voyage, even causing one woman to switch rooms because of it. garemaritime.com/lusitani…
50% of Panda births result in twins, but Panda moms almost always abandon one. Therefore, Zookeepers have to switch the cubs every few hours to trick the mom in to caring for both. youtu.be/oSRv6znj-n8
The first time a switch hitter went up against a switch pitcher they kept alternating stances until the umpires stopped the game youtube.com/watch?v=yDyCR…
Today I learned about the widely-discredited Titanic Switch Theory, a conspiracy theory in which it was not the Titanic that sank, but rather its predecessor the Olympic, which had been previously damaged in an accident, and for which the company supposedly wanted to file an insurance claim. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
All clownfish are born male. They have the ability to switch their sex, but will do so only to become the dominant female of a group.The change is irreversible. nationalgeographic.com/an…
You mostly breathe through one nostril at a time. Every few hours, your autonomic nervous system will switch nostrils to give the another one a break! hormonesmatter.com/nasal-…
Nintendo sold more Nintendo Switch consoles in its first year than Wii U consoles in its entire lifetime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eig…
Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (and many others), also wrote stories for Playboy. The book Switch Bitch is a collection of those stories en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
When you splash water on your face, your body instantly begins to prepare your body for free diving, slowing your heart rate and pulling blood into vital organs in what scientist call β€œthe master switch of life” jstor.org/stable/24935967…
Nintendo has intentionally made the switch game cartridges taste disgusting to stop children (and presumably, pets) from accidentally swallowing them. standard.co.uk/stayingin/…
When Apollo 11 astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin left the lunar lander to step onto the moon, one of them broke off the toggle switch that armed the ascent engines. Aldrin jammed a pen into the resulting hole to arm the engines so they could get home. cnbc.com/id/42592372
The different adaptations of The Addams Family switch between Gomez's mother (Grandmama Addams) and Morticia's mother (Granny Frump). In the Broadway musical, she can't remember whose mother she is. addamsfamily.fandom.com/w…
During the development of Space Harrier, the president of SEGA insisted that if the graphics were done, a game was ready for release. To properly finish the game, the lead designer rigged a secret switch to the bottom of his desk that would mess up the colors whenever giving a demonstration. shmuplations.com/spacehar…
Apollo 12 was struck by lightning during launch and was on the verge of being aborted before a single Flight Controller realised that flipping a little known switch would restore enough systems to save the mission. motherboard.vice.com/en_u…
Before whistles were introduced, hockey referees used a cowbell. They had to switch to whistles when fans started bringing their own cowbells to disrupt game play. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
In 2009, after deciding to switch from estimated to actual water meter readings, the city of Brockton billed a woman for a total of $100,000 covering 12 years of back charges. enterprisenews.com/x18959…
Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve became close friends after meeting at Julliard in 1973. β€œOccasionally Robin would need to switch off and have a serious conversation with someone, and I was always ready to listen... This has remained true for twenty-five years.” thedailybeast.com/robin-w…
Switch was originally supposed to be a women in The Matrix, but a man in the real world. She was instead presented androgynously after Warner Brothers rejected the idea. matrix.fandom.com/wiki/Sw…
The real reason Airlines ask their passengers to switch their phones to "Airplane Mode" is not to stop interference with the Airplane's navigational equipment, but to prevent radio interference with cell phone networks on the ground. businessinsider.com/phone…
In 2006 the NHTSA banned rocker/toggle switches in car power windows in favor lever switches (where the only way to raise a window is to pull back on the switch). 25 children have died after sticking their heads out the window and accidentally choking themselves on the window consumerreports.org/cro/2…
In 1993, Nintendo stated that the widely-criticised β€œpro-violence” game Night Trap would never appear on their consoles. In 2018, Night Trap was released on the Nintendo Switch, with an ESRB β€œTeen” rating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
A study of U.S federal courts found that on the Monday after the switch to Daylight Saving Time, when people lose sleep, judges gave sentences of on average 5% longer than normal journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
There's a switch on most ceiling fans that lets you adjust the direction of rotation. Counterclockwise rotations are used for summer, and clockwise rotations are used for winter. homedepot.com/c/ah/ceilin…
In 2015, Yamaha had its musical instrument designers and motorcycle designers switch jobs for an exhibition. The instrument designers designed a bicycle and a motorcycle, and the motorcycle designers designed a marimba and a drum set. cnet.com/news/yamahas-mot…
An earlobe is soft when gently pulled. However, with more insistent pulling and more force, it will become very stiff. The skin and most of the soft tissues in the body have this extraordinary ability to drastically switch from soft to stiff when they are subjected to large deformation phys.org/news/2019-02-tis…
Many famous pathogens, such as Salmonella, E. Coli, and Y. Pestis, are all Facultative Anaerobes, that is to say, they prefer to "breathe" oxygen, but can switch to fermentation in its absence en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fac…
After occupying Japan at the end of WWII the US wanted to ban Shogi. Kozo Masuda, a 9-Dan player persuaded them that Shogi was more humane than Chess since captured switch sides instead of being killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The most sophisticated bomb ever encountered by the FBI destroyed Harvey's Wagon Wheel casino in Lake Tahoe in 1980. The device included 28 toggle switches , a float switch, tilt sensor, sensors and spring switches casing screws and joints, and a few surprises. damninteresting.com/the-z…
During the first live iPhone presentation, Steve Jobs had to frequently switch phone to an identical one behind his desk because it would otherwise run out of RAM and crash techspot.com/news/54246-f…
Three games for the Nintendo Switch – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – have each sold more copies than units of Nintendo's previous flagship console, the Wii U en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of the Diverging Diamond Interchange; a type of highway interchange in which the directional roadways of the non freeway road switch over each other either temporarily using under/overpasses or traffic signals, making it simpler to enter and exit the freeway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Div…
The Nintendo Switch controller has a secret message directly above the right analog stick that reads β€œthnx2 allgamefans!". This is to help prevent counterfeit controllers. kotaku.com/the-nintendo-s…
Van Halen's guitarist, Eddie Van Halen practiced playing drums first, while his brother Alex took up the guitar. However, when Eddie saw Alex mastered the drum solo in the song "Wipe Out", they decided to switch roles. Eddie went on to be one of the greatest rock guitarists in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
Forty percent of Americans who move to a new address switch toothpaste brands at the same time. epdf.tips/queue/uncle-joh…
In 2017, Norway will be the first country in the world to shut down FM radio and go digital instead. Norway plans to switch to DAB (which stands for β€˜Digital Audio Broadcasting’), since FM is eight times more expensive. thedockyards.com/20-facts…
One of the major objectives of the French Revolution was to switch all measures of time from base 12 to base 10, including a ten day week. Ironically, the experiment lasted 12 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
If you smell a natural gas leak, that you should not turn off a light switch as it creates a spark npower.com/home/help-and-…
The Canadian military has developed a stealth snowmobile that is able to switch to "silent mode" for covert special ops missions in the Arctic popularmechanics.com/tech…
Today I learned of a new birth control method for men that has had a 100% success rate in test subjects so far. Developed by an Indian doctor, it works similar to an 'on off' switch, and would afford countless families across the globe an incredibly cheap method to control the size of their families. m.vice.com/en_ca/read/the…
Gasoline has summer and winter blends. The difference is in the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) of the fuel or how easily the fuel evaporates at a given temperature. Winter-blend has a higher RVP. Summer-blend has a lower RVP. The switch between the 2 fuels happens 2x a year, fall and spring. newsroom.aaa.com/2013/06/…
In 1994, Indian’s relief pitcher Jason Grimsley once crawled through the Comerica Park air duct with a flashlight in his mouth to get into the umpire’s room so he could switch out Albert Belle’s confiscated bat because he knew it was corked. foxsports.com/ohio/story/…
In the late 1800s Australian surveyors had realised the two tallest mountains, Mt. Kosciuszko and Mt. Townsend, were mismeasured, and in fact Mt. Townsend was taller. Instead of rewriting many textbooks the NSW government decided to switch the two names, leaving us with what we have today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
During the first few minutes of The Hunt for Red October the film switches from Russian to English. The switch occurs on the word "Armageddon", which is the same in both languages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Most ceiling fans have a switch to reverse the rotation of a ceiling fan to help move air in the summer vs the winter. mom4real.com/change-ceili…
BBC radio has a network of blue "obit lights" to immediately alert presenters of the death of a member of the Royal Family. When the light goes off, broadcasters switch to a pre-prepared playlist of somber music in anticipation of the official announcement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The switch from $1 bills to $1 coins would save American taxpayers approximately $4.4 billion in the next 30 years. This is because coins are significantly more durable than paper bills. nydailynews.com/news/nati…
Today I learned of Chris Sizemore - A woman with an identity disorder who would switch her personality in an instant when asked by doctors youtube.com/watch?v=97DL0…
There is an "X" in "LAX" because they had to switch from 2 letter airport codes to 3 letters in the 1930s due to so many being built. Hence also "DXB" for Dubai. Phoenix (PHX) was originally simply PH and the "X" completely coincidental. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…
The switch to Chloramine in Washington DC did not accompany a pipe rehaul and 42,000 children were infected with lead exposure 6-83 times the maximum safe level leading to irreversible IQ loss en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
Switch cartridges taste bad due to denatonium benzoate, a β€œbittering agent” coating, which was applied to keep kids from putting them in their mouths. telegraph.co.uk/technolog…
Growing up, Stephen Colbert always wanted to pronounce his last name with a silent "t" and decided to do it while on a flight to attend college as no one knew him there. Colbert says his father always wanted to switch too, but he "lacked the pretentious gene that I have." businessinsider.com/why-c…
The most sophisticated bomb ever encountered by the FBI destroyed Harvey's Wagon Wheel casino in Lake Tahoe in 1980. The device included 28 toggle switches , a float switch, tilt sensor, sensors and spring switches casing screws and joints, and a few surprises. damninteresting.com/the-z…
HDMI-CEC, the feature that lets your HDMI devices talk to each other, switch TV inputs, and pass information back-and-forth (like your TV remote to control your PS4), comes from the french SCART video connector of the 1970s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCA…
The original 2DS had a "sleep slider" switch that would put the system in sleep mode to compensate for the design's inability to close like other models do. siliconera.com/2013/08/28…
When switching languages, multilingual people also switch their personalities communicaid.com/business-…
You start your Bachelors in India when you're in 10th Grade and either focus on Business/Math or the Sciences and cannot switch your study afterwards. scholaro.com/pro/Countrie…
In 1961 the US accidentally dropped a nuclear bomb on a small town in North Carolina. It was 1 low voltage switch away from actually detonating. history.com/news/document…
Nintendo sold more copies of Zelda: Breath of the Wild than actual Switch consoles. theverge.com/2017/4/13/15…
The US wanted to switch completely to the metric system and is still going slowly towards it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Psychopaths do not lack empathy, rather they can switch it on at will, according to new research. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
The chains that you can see hanging under school buses and trucks are there to provide traction in snow. With the flip of a switch, the chains will lower automatically and the centrifugal force sends the chains into action. [Video] youtube.com/watch?v=EwLCO…
If you are someone whose shoelaces are constantly coming undone you are probably using a "weak" version of the traditional 'bunny ears' knot! Once you switch to the strong version, the likelihood of the knot coming undone with activity and time diminishes significantly! ted.com/talks/terry_moore…
Nintendo Switch games are covered in a bittering agent to prevent kids from ingesting them theverge.com/2017/3/1/147…
Many of the core systems of the New York Transit system are nearly 100 years old. Vacuum tubes, cloth lines, and antiquated switch panels run one of the biggest subway systems in America. youtube.com/watch?v=Mjx3S…
A study found that bilinguals can use two languages as efficiently as a single language, switching between them frequently without any cost, if they switch only when a word is more accessible in the other language. psychologicalscience.org/…
The switch to lower-powered LED lighting has not only greatly increased light pollution, it may not even be saving energy gizmodo.com/the-switch-to…
There's a host club in Tokyo that switch traditional gender roles. They cater to female customers by featuring young handsome male hosts that sing, drink, and hold conversations with them. scmp.com/week-asia/societ…
Dennis Sciama was Stephen Hawking's Ph.D supervisor and considered one of the fathers of modern cosmology. He was perhaps the only prominent Steady-State supporter to switch sides to the Big Bang theory en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
The Strowger switch is the first automatic telephone exchange. Invented by Strowger, an undertaker after having difficulties with the local telephone operators-one of the manual telephone exchange operators was the wife of a competitor who was sending calls "to the undertaker" to her husband slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2…
Today I learned about the "Didetrot effect" where, if a person buys something that is deviant from their usual style, it can often trigger a wave of uncharacteristically risky purchases, in an impulsive effort to switch to the new style. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Did…
A $0.57 faulty ignition switch in General Motors cars has killed 124 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
The solution of the Monty Hall problem (that asks to pick one of three doors to win a car, the picked door remains closed and the third one opens, then asks if you want to switch or not) is so counterintuitive that mathematician Paul Erdos was unconvinced until he saw a simulation of it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Marilyn vos Savant received nearly 1,000 letters of complaint with signatures bearing PhDs after (correctly) stating that choosing to switch doors in the Monty Hall Problem would double the chances of winning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
In 1988, a comatose 8 month old was disconnected from life support when his father held medical staff at gunpoint in order to switch it off, and wept as he cradled his dying baby in his arms. The father was found not guilty of homicide. articles.latimes.com/1989…
The Qwerty layout was designed to separate heavily used keys in order to avoid jams. Designers have created more efficient keyboards (after a short learning period) based on most common letters. But no one is ready to make that kind of switch. howtogeek.com/189270/alte…
In a speech given on George Washington's birthday, President Andrew Johnson referred to himself 200 times, compared himself to God, and engaged in arguments with hecklers. He essentially switch political parties a year into his presidency and was eventually impeached. teachingamericanhistory.o…
Nobody invented the switch-operated "hoverboard". It arose simultaneously from a few dozen factories in Shenzhen, China. npr.org/templates/transcr…
Multitasking is a myth. What we call multitasking is actually 'switch-tasking.' There is actually a stop/start process that occurs in the brain when we switch between tasks. This process causes "more mistakes, and over time it can be energy sapping." psychologytoday.com/blog/…
One Dr. Pepper plant has used the same recipe for 120 years after refusing to switch over to high fructose corn syrup. But they can only sell it in a 44-mile radius. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dub…
The "Switch Witch" (aka the "Santa of October") is something anti-candy parents are doing on Halloween. A child leaves out their bag of candy and the Switch Witch replaces it with an awesome toy. sheknows.com/parenting/ar…
Today I learned of Demi-Lee Brennan, the first liver transplant patient to switch blood groups - at estimated odds of 6 billion to 1. The switch in blood type means the 15-year-old no longer requires life-long consumption of immunosuppressant drugs which are used to stop the body from rejecting a new organ. smh.com.au/news/national/…

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