Johnny Cash's brother, Jack, died when he was 14 after getting mangled by a table saw after cutting wood. Johnny, who admired his brother a lot, was heartbroken. According to his sister, Johnny helped dig Jack's grave. biography.com/news/johnny…
Today I learned about a little town called Ytterby in Sweden, has 4 elements in the Periodic table named after this one single town - yttrium(Y), erbium(Er), terbium(Tb) and ytterbium(Yb). In addition 4 other elements (Sc, Ho, Tm, Gd) too can be trace their discovery back to this quarry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ytt…
Helium is the only element on the periodic table that was not discovered on the earth. It was found when analyzing the sun’s spectrum, hence its name which comes from the Greek god of the sun Helios. education.jlab.org/itsele…
Today I learned that brain surgeons sometimes check their work by testing the patient's brain function while they are sl on the operating table. In February 2020 a patient was asked to play the violin while the surgeon cut away at her brain tumor. cnn.com/2020/02/19/world/…
In 2014, a woman's corpse was propped up at a table during her funeral in New Orleans. She also had her nails painted and had a glass of whiskey in her hands. Her daughters stated that this is what their mother wanted for her funeral and that guests enjoyed it. blacknews.com/news/dead-w…
Just 5% of salt is added at the table and only 10% of all salt comes from food freshly prepared at home. Restaurant meals and store bought foods - including crackers, breads and soups - account for over 70% percent of salt intake. webmd.com/food-recipes/ne…
John Quincy Adams had a pool table installed in the White House that he enjoyed playing most days. Something his opponents and some dignitaries found scandalous. shannonselin.com/2018/04/…
Today I learned about doljabi which is a tradition for a child's first birthday in Korea. The child is placed in front of a table with many items and the item they pick up first shows what the child will grow up to be. For example, if they pick money, they'll be rich. If they pick a book, they'll be smart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
Today I learned about KyffhΓ€user Hill in Germany, the legendary resting place of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, who died in 1190. According to legend, Barbarossa is actually asleep in a hidden cavern, sitting motionless at a stone table, and will emerge at his county's hour of greatest need. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyf…
Lincoln loved cats so much that he once fed them from the table during a formal White House dinner. When his wife told him that it was β€œshameful in front of their guests,” he replied β€œIf the gold fork was good enough for former President James Buchanan, I think it is good enough for Tabby.” mentalfloss.com/article/8…
A Leaf Blower puts out as much CO in 1 hour as a car does in over 8, as well as a DB level comparable to that of a Table Saw. dec.ny.gov/chemical/10942…
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…
Today I learned about the "world's rudest, worst, most insulting waiter"β€”Edsel Ford Fong at the Sam Wo Restaurant in San Francisco, CA. Fong is known for seating people with strangers, criticizing customer's menu choices, slamming food on the table, and busing tables before people are finished eating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eds…
The Seinfeld episode β€œThe Pen”, in which Jerry and Elaine visit his parents in Florida, is the only episode that doesn’t feature Jason Alexander. After the table read, he threatened to quit the show if they ever wrote another episode without George in it again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In the US in the late 19th Century it was briefly fashionable for people to form "13 Clubs" where they would dine in groups of 13, walk under ladders, spill salt at the table, etc. to demonstrate their lack of superstition. Several future US Presidents participated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Those bibles that you find in the bedside table's drawer in hotels are actually placed in there by a group called Gideons International and usually not by the hotel itself. gideons.org/
Martin Luther, founder of Protestant Christianity, loved good beer - his wife, runaway nun Katharina von Bora, owned a brewery, his letters often discussed the quality of beer (hers and others'), and he often gave religious discourses at his dining table with tankard in hand npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Tickets to the Met Gala cost $30,000 each. Even if they are purchased, Anna Wintour, Vogue's editor in chief, must approve of the person going. This also applies to who can join tables purchased for the event which are $200,000 to $300,000. thecut.com/article/what-i…
There are theoretical "Islands of Stability" in the periodic table. These are sets of isotopes of superheavy elements, that have far longer half lives than "normal" elements. Unlike most superheavy elements that decay almost instantly, these are theorized to be able to last for years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
The letter J is the only letter not on the periodic table of elements. The reasoning behind this is most likely due to the letter J being the 4th least frequently used word in English, as well as not being used at all in the Latin language. generalknowledgefacts.com…
Today I learned of Modern Toilet restaurant, a small Taiwanese restaurant chain in which customers sit on toilets to eat, food is served in miniature toilet bowls, and drinks are served in miniature urinals. The tables are bathroom sinks with glass tops placed over them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mod…
Following John F Kennedy's assassination, VP Lyndon B Johnson was to take the oath of office as president. Someone found a book with a cross on it on a side table in President Kennedy's cabin on Air Force One and assumed it was a bible. It was a missal, a book of Catholic mass texts and verses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
McDonald's had an offer to give away free big Mac's, French fries and drinks through scratch cards with every medal that USA wins during the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. They lost millions of dollars because USSR and it's allies boycotted the event and USA unexpectedly topped the table. youtu.be/JBnVtUpCV28
David Hume, at a dinner party, once openly questioned whether anyone could truly be an atheist. His host, the Baron d'Holbach, revealed that Hume was sitting at a table with seventeen atheists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
In 2017, in Scotland, two students entered an art gallery and, finding an empty table, placed a pineapple there to see if people would take it for art. When they returned 4 days later, the pineapple was covered with a glass protection. bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/articl…
A hamster could drink you under the table. blogs.scientificamerican.…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
In 2004 police discovered a movie theater in the Paris Catacombs. It was equipped with a giant cinema screen, seats, projection equipment, film reels, a fully stocked bar and a complete restaurant with tables and chairs. Its power source and the identity of those responsible remain unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Fawzia Koofi, an Afghan peace negotiator and women's rights activist suggested to the Taliban that they should also bring women to the table. They laughed immediately bbc.com/news/world-asia-5…
Michael BublΓ© was fired as an extra from The X-Files because he stole a hot dog off the craft services table. cinemablend.com/televisio…
Pink Himalayan Salt is one of the most expensive salts in the world. People claim it contains more minerals than ordinary table salt. Scientists found the amount of minerals it contains is so miniscule that it makes no measurable difference. businessinsider.com/what-…
Today I learned about the Angola Prison Rodeo, a rodeo that employs prisoners and has rodeo spectacles like "Convict Poker" where the last person sitting down on the poker table wins after a bull is let loose around it. youtu.be/HLGwUVy345c
Carl Benz's wife Bertha was the first motorist. In the summer of 1888 Bertha decided to β€œtest drive” the second prototype Motorwagen on a journey from Mannheim to Pforzheim, a distance of more than 50 miles in a single day and left a note for Carl on the kitchen table heacockclassic.com/articl…
If a new element were to be discovered, we would have to create a new row on the periodic table smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
John Cleese based the character of Basil Fawlty on Donald Sinclair, an eccentric hotel owner who’d accommodated Monty Python. Sinclair threw Eric Idle’s briefcase out of a window because he mistook it for a bomb, and criticised Terry Gilliam’s table manners because he was American. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
In 1848 a geologist named William Buckland once attended a banquet held by Lord Harcourt. After dinner Lord Harcourt displayed for his guests a mummified piece of King Louis XIV's heart. It was passed around the table & when it got to Buckland, he popped it in his mouth and swallowed it whole! anchor.fm/foodhistory/epi…
The original Honda CR-V included a folding picnic table autotrader.com/car-news/e…
Restaurants during the German hyperinflation of the 1920s, a waiter would stand up on a table every 30 minutes to call out the new prices. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Outside the academic space Dmitry Mendeleev (creator of Periodic table of elements) was a man of unusual interests and the widest professional knowledge. It’s hard to count them all. He was a chemist, physicist, economist, meteorologist, technologist, geologist, meteorologist, pedagogue, aviator needforscience.com/chemis…
If the Queen pops her handbag on the table at dinner, it reportedly means she wants dinner to end within the next five minutes. If it goes on the floor, rumour has it, she's tired of the conversation and wants to be whisked off quickly by her lady-in-waiting. standard.co.uk/insider/ro…
When Hattie McDaniel won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Gone with the Wind, the first Oscar won by any black entertainer, she had been sitting at a segregated table at the far wall of the room. The venue had a strict no-blacks policy and had only allowed McDaniel in as a favour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat…
Today I learned of Julius Lothar Meyer who was a German chemist. He was one of the pioneers in developing the first periodic table of chemical elements. Both Mendeleev and Meyer worked with Robert Bunsen. He never used his first given name, and was known throughout his life simply as Lothar Meyer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Every Honda CR-V from 1997 to 2006 had a picnic table stowed underneath the rear seats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Today I learned of the Flamen Dialis, a roman high-priest. The person holding the title lived under strenuous rules: he was not allowed to touch/ride a horse, sleep three days outside his bed, appear at an empty table, touch iron, have a knot on his attire, swear an oath, touch or name a dog (and many more). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
During the women’s gymnastics all-around final at the 2000 Olympics, the vaulting table was accidentally set 5 centimeters too low. Half of the gymnasts had vaulted before organizers fixed the error, and many of them had crashes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gym…
Michael Jordan once tipped a waitress a $5 chip for bringing him a drink. Wayne Gretzky stopped the waitress, removed the $5 chip, grabbed one of the many $100 chips on Jordan’s side of the table, and gave it to her. Then he said, "That's how we tip in Las Vegas, Michael." sbnation.com/2010/9/9/167…
Sandwich (the food) was probably named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. He was a gambler who ate slices of cold meat between bread at the gaming table during marathon sessions rather than get up for a proper meal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In Nordic countries like Denmark, people enjoy a salty licorice candy using a different type of salt -- ammonium chloride. Its flavor can be incredibly polarizing due to how much more potent it is to table salt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
The Package Saver is the name of the little plastic table that goes into the middle of pizza boxes. eater.com/platform/amp/20…
Ainan Cawley has, allegedly, the highest IQ ever; said his first word at 2 weeks old, started walking at 6 months, he passed GCSE chemistry at 7, recited pi to 518 d.p. and remembered the periodic table at the age of 9. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain…

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