In 1790, Thomas Jefferson proposed a decimal-based system for weight, length, and volume that predates the metric system. If it had been adopted, 1 mile would equal 10,000 ft, an inch would be divisible by 10, and 1 cubic foot would equal exactly 1,000 ounces.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of "Barcode Battler", a handheld game released in 1991. The โ€œbarcode gaming systemโ€ came with a variety of cards containing barcodes; each representing a player, enemy or powerup. Players could also experiment to find barcode monsters from everyday products like food and cleaning supplies.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Taylor Alexis Muhl, a human chimera. She is fraternal twin sisters in one body. She has birthmark in her chest as her left side is darker, the recessive twin body part. She also has two immune system causing her to be sickly in her teens. Now in her 30's she works as a model.โ€ฆ
Researchers deduce that the appendix is designed to protect good bacteria in the gut. That way, when the gut is affected by a bout of diarrhea or other illness that cleans out the intestines, the good bacteria in the appendix can repopulate the digestive system and keep you healthy.โ€ฆ
Jerry Lawson pioneered home video gaming in the 1970's by helping to invent the Fairchild Channel F, the first system with interchangeable cartridges. One of few black engineers in computing at the time, he unfortunately received less recognition than deserved due to the Channel F's poor sales.โ€ฆ
John Harvey Kellogg, inventor of Kellogg's Cereal, routinely administered half a pint of yogurt as an enema (placed it up his anus) because he believed it would clean out his systemโ€ฆ
Despite making up less than 0.1% of the prison population, The Aryan Brotherhood is responsible for between 18-25% of all murders in the US federal prison system.โ€ฆ
The US has been quietly converting to the metric system and has already gotten pretty farโ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
, there are actually 5 dwarf planets in our solar system, 3 which have moons, the biggest of which is named Eris. Most people only know of Pluto. The other 3 are Haumea, Makemake and Ceres.โ€ฆ
The naming system for unearthed dinosaur fossils didn't start until 1758, and that the first named bone was called "Scrotum humanum" -- because it was originally believed to be the ball sack of an ancient giant manโ€ฆ
Peru uses an ingenious system of "fog catchers" to make water accessible to residents of capital Lima's low-income neighborhoods. The fog catchers resemble large rectangular sailboat sails, which are composed of nylon nets that trap microdroplets of water.โ€ฆ
In the US Civil War, the prisoner exchange system broke down over the CSA's treatment of the Union's black soldiers. Officially, the CSA tried them as rebellious slaves, a capital offense. In practice, they were often just killed instead of captured.โ€ฆ
Although pandas have switched to a bamboo only diet for 2.4 million years, they have experienced little to no changes in their digestive system and are completely able to eat and digest meat.โ€ฆ
Nikola Tesla, widely known as the inventor of the AC power system, also installed the first hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls in 1896. It was around this time that Tesla also disavowed coal and oil in favor of renewable energy sources.โ€ฆ
In 1793, Thomas Jefferson requested a 1kg copper cylinder from France, to be used as a weight standard in adopting the metric system in the United States. The ship carrying the copper was blown off course into the Caribbean, where it was looted by pirates.โ€ฆ
A Vietnamese man was hospitalized unconscious from consuming too much methanol alcohol; doctors transfused 15 cans of beer about 1 per hr into his body to revive him. The liver breaks down ethanol before methanol which gave doctors more time to do dialysis to remove the alcohol from his system.โ€ฆ
There is a secret subway system in Moscow that is longer than the actual public metro systemโ€ฆ
A few weeks before the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, US scientists performed a safety test on the EBR-II reactor by disabling cooling pumps and automatic protection systems at full thermal power. The core passively cooled itself as designed without human intervention or damage.โ€ฆ
Some scientists say certain objects' unexpected orbits must be due to the presence of a gigantic planet beyond the solar system's Pluto. However, an emerging theory says the region's gravitational anomalies are better explained if the proposed object instead is a tiny early-stage black hole.*โ€ฆ
Venice does not have a complete modern sewage system, meaning its canals are also its sewer system.โ€ฆ
Despite the Romans using lead water pipes, lead poisoning from the water supply system was almost nonexistent since the high calcium content in their water created a layer of plaque preventing the water contacting the lead itself.โ€ฆ
Japan has an early warning system for earthquakes that notifies you on your smartphone and radio seconds before it happens.
There are only 3 countries that don't use the metric systemโ€”Burma, Liberia, and the US.โ€ฆ
The City of Boston still maintains a fleet of over 3,000 telegraph fire alarm stations all over the region, with an annual budget of roughly $2 million and a dozen workers keeping the system running. The system has been in continuous use since 1852!โ€ฆ
Today I learned that auto makers have been adding fake engine noises to their car speaker systems, or even adding entirely separate speaker systems to increase the rumble and depth of the sound of engines to compensate for modern efficiency resulting in less oomph. Itโ€™s called a Soundaktor.โ€ฆ
A California man got 'NULL' as a personalized license plate hoping that 'NULL' would confuse the computer system. Instead, when cops left the plate number info empty on a ticket or citation, the fine went to him. He got over $12k fines sent to him his first year.โ€ฆ
The sun takes up over 99.8% of all the mass in our solar system.โ€ฆ
That the Netherlands Flood Defense System includes 2 of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. Dutch government spends >1BN euro/yr ensuring that its extensive system of dikes/dams/levies are held to a standard of 1 flood every 10,000 years, this includes depositing 3.1bn gallons of sand on shores.โ€ฆ
Planthoppers (Issus coleoptratus) has the only mechanical gears ever found in Nature. The first natural design that mechanically functions like our geared systems contrasting the gear-like structures previously found on other animals like the spiny turtle which were purely ornamental.โ€ฆ
The US Metric Association publishes a bi-monthly newsletter giving updates on converting the US to the metric system. It's been published since 1966.โ€ฆ
Yawning and stretching at the same time is called "pandiculation." It's apparently very important in waking up our nervous system. somaticmovementcenter.comโ€ฆ
The metric system is "the preferred system of weights and measures for U.S. trade and commerce" in the USA (Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988) and that US Customary Units (e.g. foot, mile, pound, quart) have actually been defined in terms of their metric counterparts since 1893.โ€ฆ
The Metric system was invented in 1799โ€ฆ
Researchers modeled a system where the Peter Principle holds true and found that instead of promoting the best employees until they reach a level where they stop performing competently, it's more efficient for a company to promote employees at random. For this research they won an Ig Nobel.โ€ฆ
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.0 ran on its own operating system and was used at that time to verify if IBM PC clones were 100% compatible.โ€ฆ
The FDA has cleared the worldโ€™s first portable, low-cost MRI. It costs $50K USD which is 20x cheaper than traditional systems, runs on 35x less power, and weighs 10x less than normal 1.5T MRI machines.โ€ฆ
Your nose only breathes using one nostril at a time, and that the nostril in use switches every few hours. This "nasal cycle" is dictated by the same system that regulates heart rate and other unconscious bodily functions and is the reason why only one nostril gets stuffy at a time.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the 1972 Magnavox Odyssey, the first home video game system. Although selling only about 350,000 copies, Magnavox and its creators made over $100 million from lawsuits over patent violations including the console and its popular game Table Tennis which was duplicated by Atari's Pong.โ€ฆ
A solar storm in 2012 with a strong Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) missed Earth by nine days. Had the CME hit Earth, it would have inflicted serious damage to worldwide electronic systems and cost up to $2.6 trillion. The recovery time from such a disaster would have been about 4 to 10 yearsโ€ฆ
The first ever phone to run in an Android system is the HTC Dream also known as HTC G1 or T-Mobile G1, as it was set to revolutionize the smartphone market. Aside from running in an Android system, it had 3G support and 3.2 inch screen smartphone and it was released in 2008โ€ฆ
A fed up Jet Blue flight attendant announced his resignation over the PA system upon landing. He then grabbed 2 beers from a beverage cart and exited by deploying the planeโ€™s emergency slide.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the pareto principle also known as the 80/20 rule. Which states that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. ex. Microsoft has noted that by fixing the top 20% of the most-reported bugs, 80% of the related errors in a given system would be eliminated.โ€ฆ
The 22 official languages of India use 13 different writing systems: เคฆเฅ‡เคตเคจเคพเค—เคฐเฅ€, เฆฌเฆพเฆ‚เฆฒเฆพ, เฐคเฑ†เฐฒเฑเฐ—เฑ, เฎคเฎฎเฎฟเฎดเฏ, เช—เซเชœเชฐเชพเชคเซ€, ุงุฑุฏูˆโ€Œ, เฒ•เฒจเณเฒจเฒก, เดฎเดฒเดฏเดพเดณเด‚, เจ—เฉเจฐเจฎเฉเจ–เฉ€, เฌ‰เฌคเญเฌ•เฌณ, แฑšแฑž แฑชแฑคแฑ แฑค, ๊ฏƒ๊ฏค๊ฏ‡๊ฏฉ ๊ฏƒ๊ฏŒ๊ฏฆ๊ฏ›, ุงู„ุนุฑุจูŠุฉโ€ฆ
What causes the โ€œlumpโ€ in your throat when you cry. The autonomic nervous system responds to all types of crying as stress. In turn, this opens the glottis to allow more oxygen into the lungs. When we swallow, the glottis must close, creating the โ€œlumpโ€.โ€ฆ
Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter became a defense consultant mostly by accident while becoming an expert in missile defense systems while trying to find new music recording technology.โ€ฆ
The length of an inch is now based on the metric system: 25.4 mmโ€ฆ
Foxes utilize the earth's magnetic field as a targeting system to find preyโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Memory of Mankind, a sophisticated time capsule project in Austria designed to last a million years. The designers made a system for the capsule to be discovered by a future society and even planned for the possibility of it being discovered by alien life.โ€ฆ
There is no practical way to draw our solar system to a visible scale. With Earth reduced to pea diameter, Pluto would be the size of a bacterium, 1.5 miles from Jupiter. With Jupiter the size of a period, Pluto would still be 35 feet away from it, and reduced to the size of a molecule.โ€ฆ
Wildfires make clouds called pyrocumulus (fire cloud) as smoke rises and condenses in the upper atmosphere along with the water evaporating from burned plants. If it's big enough it becomes a pyrocumulonimbus (fire storm cloud) with its own wind system. lightning and even fire whirls (tornadoes)
Some countries use semi-permanent ink in a finger to prevent voting more than once because they don't have a good people identification system to do thatโ€ฆ
Horses can distinctively lock major joints in their legs so they can sleep while standing up. There is also buddy system to protect other horses from predators.โ€ฆ
Lego copied their interlocking brick system from a British psychologist in 1940, and have failed to trademark it several times since.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the bristol stool chart. A 7 pronged classification system for poop developed by Dr KW Heaton in 1997, formerly Reader in Medicine at the University of Bristol.โ€ฆ
The Egyptians' system of taxation was based on usable land area, and you could claim a reduction in tax based on the surface area that dipped underwater when the Nile flooded.โ€ฆ
Sun isn't center of the solar system and actually orbits the real center - all objects in our system (especially Jupiter) influence the barycenter which planets and sun orbits.โ€ฆ
Voyager 1 and Pioneer 10 are first and second most distant space crafts from earth. And since both are moving on the opposites sides of solar system, it also makes them two man made objects farthest from each other.โ€ฆ
The Luna Moth does not have a mouth or digestive system. It will only live for about a week, with the singular purpose of matingโ€ฆ
The crew of Planet Earth II gathered to film the mass birthing of Saiga Antelope in Kazakhstan. Within a ten day period, they witnessed the death of approx 200,000 antelope. Scientists believe a natural bacterium found in the animalsโ€™ respiratory system caused the mega-death.โ€ฆ
Due to a case of real world bullying for a Runescape in-game item, the Dutch legal system has since then considered non-physical theft as being a regular form of "theft" and is judged as such by the lawโ€ฆ
Home Improvement: Power Tool Pursuit! for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System had no real instruction manual. Instead there was a fake manual with a sticker reading, "Real men don't need instructions". The game also featured dinosaurs, acid-spewing mummies, and robot sentries as enemies.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Japanโ€™s 5pm bell, or national emergency broadcast system, that plays music each day at a specific time for over 90% of the country. The music is actually a daily test to ensure the system can inform residents of any major disasters (i.e. tsunami, industrial accident).โ€ฆ
Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine devised a system roughly analogous to a dialysis machine, called BrainEx, that restores circulation and oxygen flow to a dead brain. Using BrainEx, they restored restored cellular function in 32 pig brains that had been dead for over four hours.โ€ฆ
There is a fungus in Thailand that spreads into ants and controls their central nervous system making them perform actions to help its spread. It causes ants to climb trees and then fall into the moist soil where the fungus thrives.โ€ฆ
The current owner of the "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" flying car is director Peter Jackson. He could would drive cast members of The Hobbit films around in the car while playing the main theme song through a sound system.โ€ฆ
Your central air systems works more efficiently, and saves more money, with interior doors open, not closed.โ€ฆ
In 2013 a New Jersey man used an illegal GPS jammer on his pick-up, blocking his location from his employer. Unfortunately, it also disrupted a ground based aircraft position system at Newark Int., as he often drove near the airport. He was fined by the FCC almost $32,000 and fired from his job.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the IBM's System/23 Datamaster, designed to be set-up and operated by first-time computer users, and the predecessor to the PC. This desktop computer weighed 95 lbs, had 256 kB of memory, a text-only display, and cost around $9,000 (equivalent to $25,310 in 2019).โ€ฆ
Following the Roman departure from Britain, systematic construction of paved highways in the UK did not resume until the early 18th century. The Roman road network remained the only nationally-managed highway system until the early 20th century.โ€ฆ
Jet Li was a Chinese citizen until 2003, United States citizen from 2003 to 2009, and has been a naturalized Singaporean citizen since 2009. He was said to have chosen Singapore for its education system for his two younger daughters.
Today I learned of all the planets in the solar system, Venus is the most similar in size to Earth - its diameter is 0.95 and its mass is 0.82 in relation to the Earthโ€™s size - gravity on the surface is 0.9 G. The problem is in the surface temperature which is about 470 C, the pressure is around 93 bar.โ€ฆ
The solar storm of 1859 caused the aurora borealis to be seen as far south as the Caribbean and was bright enough to wake miners in the Rockies. The geomagnetic current was also strong enough to power telegraph systems. A similar event happening today would cause widespread blackouts and damage.โ€ฆ
Sweden switched their entire traffic system from the left side of the road to the right side in a single day in 1967 called โ€œDagen Hโ€, the most logistically complex event in Swedenโ€™s history.โ€ฆ
In the 50-plus year history of the Japanese bullet train system, carrying over 5.3 billion passengers, there has been not a single passenger fatality or injury due to train accidents.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of COCOM limits, controls placed on GPS systems which stop them from functioning at a speed of over 1200 MPH and/or 59,000 feet. These are specifically in place to prevent the GPS from being used to guide missiles.โ€ฆ
The Southern Tenant Farmersโ€™ Union (STFU) was a federation of tenant farmers formed in July 1934 in Poinsett County with the immediate aim of reforming the crop-sharing system of sharecropping and tenant farming. encyclopediaofarkansas.neโ€ฆ
There's been proposals to terraform Venus for a human colony since the 1960's, such as thinning the dense atmosphere to reduce the 450 ยฐC surface temperature, setting up a system of orbital mirrors to give it Earth-like day/night cycle, and colliding it with an ice moon to fill it with water.โ€ฆ
As a defensive measure Israel installed an underwater pipe system to pump flammable crude oil into the Suez Canal, thereby creating a sheet of flame. On the eve of the Yom Kippur War, teams of Egyptian frogmen blocked the underwater openings with concrete before launching their attackโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the University of Sydney Pirates. In 1957, a group of 10 students dressed as pirates and boarded the U.S.S. Bennington. They then snuck to the bridge where they proclaimed, over the PA system of the ship, that "The U.S.S. Bennington has been captured by Sydney University pirates!"โ€ฆ
The FBI's $1B facial recognition system couldn't match photos of the Boston marathon bombers to their drivers licenses. The system was only good for matching drivers license and passport photos to other drivers license and passport photosโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Tesler's theorem: โ€œAI is whatever hasn't been done yet". Every time an AI system completes a new feat, that feat loses its status as a benchmark for 'true' intelligence. Then, the goalposts for what counts as AI change again.โ€ฆ
During sometime during the Late 80's. Incase of Nuclear Attack, The Peacekeeper Rail Garrison was a Rail Garrison System used to Store 50 MGM--118A Peacekeeper International Ballistic Missles into boxcars, It got cancelled and Two remain, 1 In USA. And 1 in Soviet Union (Russia)โ€ฆ
Today I learned of TempleOS. An operating system written entirely by schizophrenic programmer Terry Davis, who believed his code was a third temple that could talk to God. The innovative os has been noted for its speed, one engineer noting Davis would have been another Wozniak or Jobs were he not mentally ill.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Worker Policing. A brutal regulatory system in hives by which female workers will attach their queen and eat her sons if there are too many compared to their own sons, and sometimes will eat their own if the Queen's eggs are too few.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Brady Feigl a 6'4" redheaded minor league baseball pitcher in the Oakland Athletics system and Brady Feigl a 6'4" redheaded minor league baseball pitcher in the Texas Rangers system. Despite being each others doppelganger, DNA test did not indicate they were related to each other.โ€ฆ
In 1963, Alweg (known for Disneyland's Monorail) offered to fund/build a monorail transit system throughout Los Angeles County at no cost to county taxpayers. Instead, L.A. County authorities killed off the project due to being pressured from Standard Oil of California and General Motors.โ€ฆ
The last time there were two named storm systems in the Gulf of Mexico at the same time was June 18, 1959โ€ฆ
U.S. area codes were influenced by the rotary dial, where smaller numbers are dialed faster than longer ones. The first digit could not be one or zero, but the second had to be one or zero. Therefore, the most quickly dialed code was 212; the slowest was 909. This system existed until 1995.โ€ฆ
Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune all have ring systemsโ€ฆ
A Mosquito bite strengthens the human immune systemโ€ฆ
In 1994 the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 broke apart and struck Jupiter, giving scientists their first ever look at an extraterrestrial collision of Solar System objects. One impact had 600 times more force than the entire worldโ€™s nuclear arsenal.โ€ฆ
The sound mourning doves make while flying when startled is NOT a vocalization, but a "wing whistle" that is a natural alarm system to alert other birds to potential predatorsโ€ฆ
The heart creates its own electric impulse to make a heartbeat, AKA Cardiac Conduction System.โ€ฆ
The US uses customary units of measurement that, prior to 1959, were slightly bigger than the imperial system units. The Mendenhall Order established a set conversion rate between the US and metric systems, causing discrepancies with the imperial system over time.โ€ฆ
Linux operating system Ubuntu, is named after the Nguni philosophy of ubuntu, which Canonical indicates means "humanity to others" with a connotation of "I am what I am because of who we all are".โ€ฆ
The โ€œWowโ€ signal is a strong radio signal detected by Jerry R. Ehman in 1977, during an extraterrestrial life research. Its remarkable intensity led Ehman to believe it was coming from outside the Solar System. The signal lasted 72 seconds, and was never heard again.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Joseph Tartaro who applied for a vanity license plate with the California DMV that said "NULL" as a joke. Because of how computers interpret that word it wreaked havoc in the system and he began to receive dozens of citations in bulk from all over the state.โ€ฆ
Female monarch butterflies feed in part on male sperm, which is digested in a special organ in a reproductive system, bursa copulatrix. The ejaculate weighs 23% of adult monarch male weight. d1wqtxts1xzle7.cloudfrontโ€ฆ
There is a tier system for the Holy Relics of the Catholic Church. First-Class Relics are items directly linked to Jesus or body parts of saints and martyrs, Second-Class Relics are the personal items of Saints. Third-Class Relics are anything that went into contact with the first two.โ€ฆ

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