High doses of ketamine can temporarily switch off the brain. This pause in brain activity may correspond to what ketamine abusers describe as the 'K-hole' - a state of oblivion likened to a near-death experience, which is followed by a feeling of great serenity. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Some of the Challenger crew were awake and alert when the cockpit separated from the vehicle and fell to earth at 500 MPH. They activated their "PEAPs", which is a manual switch which turns on supplemental air. This was discovered after recovery of the vehicle cockpit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
The first large-scale dog food company, Spratt's, used snob appeal to get consumers to switch from feeding their dogs table scraps to their food. Their aggressive advertising and targeting of health-conscious pet owners helped convince people to buy a product they didn't actually need. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spr…
In the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th seasons of Lost, 76 different babies were used to play Aaron, Claire's son. Most were girls, as they tend to have a rounder face, don’t age as quickly, and squirm less. During the group shot, the nurse told everyone to switch babies, and pick the baby they really want stereogum.com/1779483/spo…
John Denver's death was caused by his inability to switch fuel tanks during flight. The selector valve handle should have been located between the pilot's legs, but the builder put it behind the pilot's left shoulder. The fuel gauge was behind the pilot, not visible by him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
There is no correct way to install an electrical outlet. They are placed "upside-down" for many reasons including letting you know it is attached to a light switch, for grounding purposes, to reduce chances of electric shock. esinationwide.com/why-are…
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 original LA Lights shoes used a mercury switch to activate the lights with each step. It was considered safe enough to wear but caused problems when it came to disposing of old shoes: baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
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 of Simon Dee who shot to fame as talk show host on UK TV in the 1960s. After pay disputes a switch to another broadcaster and a bizarre interview with James Bond actor George Lazenby, Dee's shows were abruptly cancelled and he became a bus driver en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
Chinese premier Zhang Qun died at age of 101 in 1990, and was the world's oldest living former head of government. In 1972, he played a large role in the difficult negotiations regarding Japan's switch of diplomatic recognition to the People's Republic of China wikizero.com/index.php/en…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned of CSX 8888, known as "crazy eights": A runaway train that ran uncontrolled through Ohio for two hours at up to 82 km/h. Police tried to stop it by shooting at a fuel cut-off switch and it was eventually stopped by a second locomotive chasing behind it so an engineer could jump aboard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX…
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…
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…
Today I learned about the italian general Pietro Badoglio. He's responsible for the defeat of Caporetto in WWI; the use of mustard gas during the italian invasion of Ethiopia; the failed invasion of Greece, the "switch of side" and the triggering of the Italian Civil War during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
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…
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…
Camus could have been a professional goalkeeper, but he got diagnosed with tuberculosis and had to switch career, also his Mom was deaf readrounds.com/blog/post/…
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-…
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…
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 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 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 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…
Nintendo sold more Nintendo Switch consoles in its first year than Wii U consoles in its entire lifetime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eig…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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
Nintendo has intentionally made the switch game cartridges taste disgusting to stop children (and presumably, pets) from accidentally swallowing them. standard.co.uk/stayingin/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…

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