Police are called to Walmart stores 3-4 times as often as they are to other big-box retailers like Target. 25% of all arrests in St. Petersburg, FL and 92% of larceny calls in Granite Falls, NC are attributed to single Walmart locations in each city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Point-blank range does not mean extremely close range. It means any distance over which a certain firearm can hit a target without the need to compensate for bullet drop. wikipedia.org/wiki/Point-…
"Point Blank Range" is not necessarily a close shot, but the range at which a gun can shoot directly at a target without any elevation of the barrel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poi…
In order to minimize civilian casualties, the CIA has been using a drone missile which pops out several steel blades at the last moment to slice its targets into bits -- and that it's nicknamed the β€œFlying Ginsu” popularmechanics.com/mili…
Charlie Chaplin was one of the planned assassination targets during a May 15, 1932 coup attempt by Japanese naval officers. While the prime minister was killed at home, Chaplin survived as he was at a sumo event with the prime minister's son. japantoday.com/category/f…
Ticks and mites can smell the breath of its target, e.g. human. Then they come out of their shelter to attack breathing target. Ticks have special unique organs (called olfactoreceptors) that can smell carbon dioxide that comes out when you're breathing. link.springer.com/article…
A unanimous 1893 decision of the United States Supreme Court found that federal tariffs on imported vegetables could target tomatoes, although they are botanically a "fruit of the vine." The parlance of common people and customary consumption during the main course motivated the ruling. wikipedia.org/wiki/Nix_v.…
In 1985 the US tested a robotic anti-aircraft tank, the M247 Sergeant York. The tank malfunctioned and locked its guns onto a review stand packed with top generals. Mercifully it didn't fire, but did subsequently attack a portable toilet instead of a target drone. bbc.com/news/business-503…
To avoid being targets of violence, reporters notebooks took on a smaller format in the Civil Rights Movement and it stuck clarionledger.com/story/j…
There is a jigsaw puzzle designer that specifically targets the wealthy with his extremely difficult high-quality wooden puzzles. His name is Steve Richardson but people call him the 'Chief Tormentor' and his puzzle can go as high as $8,000. thefader.com/2016/06/09/d…
"Accuracy" is the ability to hit a target, "Precision" is the ability to achieve the same results over and over. You can be accurate without being precise, and precise without being accurate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acc…
Both America and Australia have major store chains called Target, despite them being completely unrelated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Boomerangs used for hunting are not designed for a curved return flight, but to fly straight and hit their target. Returning boomerangs are at most used to frighten birds into movement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
Mafia leader John Gotti and the Gambino crime family used an area in New York City called The Hole as a mass grave for mafia targets. gothamist.com/news/welcom…
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-…
Kyoto was actually at the top of the list of targets for the atomic bomb, not Nagasaki nor Hiroshima. Secretary of War Henry Stimson ordered for the ancient city with its thousands of palaces, temples, and shrines to be removed from the list, but the military kept on putting it back. bbc.com/news/world-asia-3…
There is a "World’s Smallest Target Store" in Marathon, Texas. An unknown person painted a bullseye and the word Target on the side of a former railroad structure and turned it into an art installation. texashillcountry.com/smal…
The US military has never banned the use of napalm on military targets away from civilian areas, and still has a type of bomb very similar to napalm called the Mark 77 that has been used in both Iraq and Afghanistan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The 2nd deadliest day for law enforcement in the U.S. was a 1917 bomb attack that killed nine Milwaukee police officers. The original target was a local church but a boy discovered the suspicious package and brought it to the police department, where it exploded. (The deadliest day was 9/11.) usatoday.com/story/news/n…
The Assassin's Brotherhood was based on a real life group, the Hassassin, who existed during the Crusades, and used covert executions and strikes to eliminate high profile targets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ord…
When F4 Phantom pilots were carrying a nuclear payload, they were issued an eye patch. Before they flew into the target area, they would put the eye patch on, just in case they accidentally blinded themselves with one of their own nukes, they'd still have one good eye. Link is a pilot interview youtu.be/wuUXT3JQfMI
The day after John Lennon was murdered, Mark D. Chapman was supposed to attend a David Bowie concert, as Bowie was his next target. Lennon and Yoko Ono were supposed to go to the show too, so when the show started, there were three empty seats in front row. The ones for Lennon, Ono and Chapman adelaidenow.com.au/lifest…
Today I learned of a South Korean illegal pornography ring that targets young women and minors; only a handful of the monsters affiliated with the group, including a K-Pop star, has been brought to "justice" and the rest's still on the loose. bbc.com/news/world-asia-5…
The Canadian Navy accidentally shelled the US town of Callam Bay after an exercise shooting at drone targets in 1962, they failed to take into account what was behind the targets they were shooting at. Miraculously nobody was killed. paleofuture.gizmodo.com/t…
In 2018, a man plotted to plant small bombs in Target stores disguised in food packages. His goal was to create bad publicity for Target, which would lower stock prices and allow him to buy cheap shares before they rebounded. He was caught after paying someone else to plant the bombs. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Today I learned of Operation Bloodstone, a CIA project to recruit former Nazis and collaborators to conduct "psychological warfare, subversion, sabotage, [...] assassination, target capture and rescue". Many hired agents were high ranking Nazis, some of which had committed crimes against humanity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The first time Germany bombed a civilian target during WWII was an accident. The retaliation led to the Blitz, which was actually great for Britain because the RAF air fields had almost been completely put out of action by Luftwaffe action up to that point and Hitler changed targets. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Target has their own forensics lab which is so good that police departments routinely ask them for help. mprnews.org/story/2011/10…
The handrail around the turret in some early WW2 tanks is an antenna. The presence of a handrail antenna would reveal to the enemy that the tank is a command tank, which made it a primary target in the combat. Because of this, it was eventually replaced with a whip antenna. manxgamingsolutions.com/w…
The common fitness target of 10,000 steps/day came from a Japanese pedometer company who gave their product a name that means "the 10,000-step meter” because the Japanese character for β€œ10,000” resembles a person walking: δΈ‡. There is no known science behind a goal of 10,000 steps theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The term "Life unworthy of life", used by the Nazis to describe the targets of the Holocaust, had been around since 1920 referring to mental disabilities, and later was adopted and extended by the Nazis to include racial differences. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lif…
Today I learned about Project Pigeon where psychologist B.F. Skinner developed pigeon-guided missiles for World War II. He put pigeons in the nose cones of missiles and trained them to peck at targets. It was effective but never got off the ground because nobody took them seriously and radar became popular. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._…
The department of defense developed a Hellfire Missile with swords for precise target elimination with little to no collateral damage. thedrive.com/the-war-zone…
An abusive relationship with a narcissist or psychopath tends to follow the same pattern: idealisation, devaluation, and discarding. At some point, the victim will be so broken, the abuser will no longer get any benefit from using them. They then move on to their next target. businessinsider.com/traum…
The same Klan group who lost the fight against the Lumbee also lost a firefight to a group of black WWII veterans who were protecting the house of one of the Klan's targets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Four people were targets for assassination the night that Lincoln was killed. John Wilkes Booth was the only one who succeeded. youtu.be/OJYMt5VHZ60
L during the Night of the Long Knives, the Nazis accidentally killed a music critic called Willi Schmid, when their intended target had been someone with a similar surname. A few days after his death, Rudolf Hess visited Willi’s widow and apologised for the mistake, and offered her a pension. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 1687, the Parthenon in Athens exploded when it was hit by a Venetian mortar round in a war between Venice and the Turks. The building was being used by the Turks to store gunpowder. One account says the Turks did not expect the Venetians to target such a historic monument. 300 people died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
A hitman fell in love with his target and faked her death with ketchup; he was hired to kill a woman whom a wife suspected of having an affair with her husband. The hitman sent a pic of his target in ketchup to the wife, but the jig was up when the wife caught hitman kissing his would-be victim. nypost.com/2011/09/23/hit…
Today I learned about the IRA's proxy bomb campaign of 24 Oct 1990. Three separate people had their families held at gunpoint while they were forced to drive vehicles packed with explosives to targets. The tactic was seen as abhorrent by Catholics and Protestants alike, and even by some members of the IRA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Part of the US defence strategy is for Colorado and surrounding states to act as β€˜nuclear sponges’, diverting incoming missles from other targets. denverite.com/2017/08/08/…
The Star Wars (1977) attack run scene was heavily influenced by the Dam Busters (1955) bombing run (based on the true story of a low flying bombing run, deep in Axis territory, amidst enemy fire, with a very narrow target window to hit a weak point in enourmous enemy targets. Sound familiar?). youtu.be/lNdb03Hw18M
Today I learned about serial killers Leonard Lake and Charles Ng, who besides killing friends, coworkers and relatives, would target and murder entire families. They'd kill the men and children first, while keeping the women as slaves in their bunker until they were murdered or died of their injuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
A target of the BTK serial killer escaped death in 1973 by arriving home later than he’d expected. BTK had become obsessed with her and was β€œabsolutely livid” when she evaded him. He’d waited hours for her, but got impatient and left when she didn't come home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Aunt Sally was a game played in England. An Aunt Sally was originally the modelled head of an old woman with a clay pipe in her mouth; the object was for players to throw sticks at the head in order to break the pipe. The target could also be a live person, a puppet, or ball on a stick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aun…
The guy who played Carlo in the Godfather shot and killed a member of the Medellin Cartel who was harassing a female patron in his casino and who had stabbed him with a broken bottle. Pablo Escobar put out a hit until he realized the target was in one of his favorite movies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia…
After Marvin Gaye recorded β€œWhat’s Going On” with two Detroit Lions players, he tried to join the team as a wide receiver even though he had never played football. Head Coach Joe Schmidt declined, believing he’d be too much of a moving target. espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/1…
Today I learned about "hotshots" - the practice of heating cannonballs in a fire before shooting them so the target ships would catch fire. They were used as recently as the Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
The current version of the Tomahawk cruise missile is capable of loitering over a target while sending back imagery to ground controllers before being commanded to dive on to the a target. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Today I learned about the Butt Hole Road, the former name of a street in England. Residents living on the street experienced issues with their address, as they were refused services due to the name and were the target of pranks. The residents raised funds, got local approval and had its name changed in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
Today I learned about the M247 Sergeant York, an early computer-controlled anti-aircraft tank that was cancelled in 1985 after it locked its guns onto a stand packed with top generals reviewing the device. Fortunately it did not fire but it did subsequently attack a portable toilet instead of a target drone. bbc.co.uk/news/business-5…
In 2012, a β€œguru” tricked a French family out of €4.5M by convincing them that they were the target of a secret conspiracy and that their lives were in danger. He persuaded them into barricading themselves into their family chateau, and then in a suburban house in Oxford. theguardian.com/world/201…
There is a department store chain in Australia named "Target" that has a red bulls-eye as its logo and is in no way affiliated with the American company of the same name en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Today I learned about the M247 tank. During a February 1982 prototype demonstration, its computer immediately aimed the guns at the review stands, causing several minor injuries as congressmen and generals jumped for cover. The troubled tanks were eventually assigned to a bombing range ---- as targets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M24…
Bumblebees have parasitic "doppelgangers" called cuckoo bumblebees that resemble a specific race enough to be able to sneak into their nest, kill the queen, and trick all the workers into feeding their offspring and ultimately taking over the whole nest before moving onto their next target. bumblebee.org/cuckoo.htm
Today I learned about Crazy Ants. An invasive ant species invading the united states; they disrupt food chains by eating everything, are immune to fire ant venom, and the trickiest ant for exterminators. So numerous they blanket the ground, they also target and short out electronics like air conditioners. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
Today I learned of oncolytic viruses, viruses that are genetically modified to target and kill cancer cells abcnews.go.com/Health/res…
The Night Witches was a WWII German nickname for the all female aviators of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment. They would idle the engines near their target and glide to the bomb release point with only wind noise to reveal them. The Germans likened the sound to broomsticks, giving their nickname. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
The USA has developed a missile that kills its targets with blades and not explosives to minimize unintended civilian casualties news.com.au/technology/in…
Skilled archers can shoot arrows so they turn in the air, hitting targets behind obstacles youtube.com/watch?v=qc_z4…
Lymphocytes kill targets including tumor cells by inducing them to undergo programmed cell death aka apoptosis. youtube.com/watch?v=RPIzI…
There is a Target Australia that is completely unrelated to Target America, even though they share the same logo and are both department stores. businessinsider.com/austr…
Today I learned of the declassified US nuclear targeting list from 1959, designating 3400 targets spread across 1200 cities in Eastern Europe, USSR, and China nsarchive2.gwu.edu/nukeva…
During the Cold War, the CIA could identify KGB cars in the Soviet Union because they used windscreen wipers compared to the rest of the public who didn’t. The KGB continued to use windscreen wipers to maintain a visual on their targets. Especially during bad weather. Link P219 epdf.pub/download/the-mas…
Today I learned of the Mistel, a WWII Nazi "drone" containing a shaped explosive in the nose come. It was carried by a fighter and dropped to glide to the target. It wasn't terribly successful. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
The Japanese carried out a second raid on Pearl Harbor on March 4, 1942, using two flying boats. Neither hit any military targets. One plane's bombs missed Oahu completely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned about this wild plasma railgun the US Air Force created in 1990 that can fire a plasma toroid at 10,000 km/s ( 3.3% the speed of light ) and each shot carries the energy of 5 pounds of TNT exploding which exploded with devastating thermal and mechanical effects while scrambling target circuitry osti.gov/biblio/7369133
Today I learned of Eli Cohen, an Israeli spy who masqueraded as a Syrian businessman. He encouraged the Syrians to plant trees around their fortifications to give soldiers shade: during the Six-Day War the Israelis used these as artillery target markers, allowing them to capture the Golan Heights in two days en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
A new tool to study neural networks uses the modified rabies virus. This will allow scientists to target specific cells for genetic modification that can be used to treat intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. youtu.be/hrVg9OCP3vI
Nazi Germany developed the only operational rocket-powered fighter aircraft in history (Me 163) with unsurpassed speed and climb rate for the time. However, it proved ineffective in engaging slower Allied aircraft as its target was reached and passed in seconds limiting its attack opportunities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
Your body odors changes when you've been successfully infected by plasmodium (Malaria). Thereby making you a better target for mosquitos and spreading the disease. sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
In 2003, US Intelligence developed a set of playing cards featuring the most wanted members of Saddam Hussein’s regime. They were disturbed among troops to help them identify targets. As of 2018, all but 6 of the 52 most wanted have been either killed, or captured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
The world record for a confirmed sniper kill was measured at 3871 yards or over 2 miles away from from the target. nationalinterest.org/blog…
President Lincoln was one of only 3 targets on the night he was assassinated. The Secretary of state was beaten almost to death that night, and the VP's assassin chickened out drunk in a hotel bar. history.com/news/the-othe…
The default target for US ICBMs is the open ocean. This is in case of an accidental missile launch. blogs.reuters.com/talesfr…
Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper was used as target practice by Napoleonic soldiers. They used Jesus’s face as a bullseye. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
A study found optimism correlated with longer life, leading them to suggest that optimism may provide a valuable target to test for strategies to promote longevity. pnas.org/content/116/37/1…
L in 1956 a remote controlled wwII fighter plane that was used as an air target lost connection and started to fly on its own. Jets were dispatched but they missed all their shots and ran out of ammo,it took 500 firefighters two days to douse the fires that were started by all the munitions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about Grace Hopper who was the inventor of the first compiler, the intermediate program that translates English language instructions into the language of the target computer. history-computer.com/Mode…
Today I learned of channel drift, the gradual shift of a TV network from its original programming to target either a newer audience or a more profitable one, or to broaden its viewership. Often, this results in a shift from informative and quality programming to sensational or ratings-based programming. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
A small Polish town of Frampol was destroyed by Luftwaffe bombing on Sep. 13, 1939 just because it looked like a giant shooting target from air en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
The longest kill shot in military history is claimed by an unnamed Canadian soldier from Joint Task Force 2 (JFT2), who hit the target from 3,450 metres. His heartbeat could have made him miss his target. Canadian soldiers currently claim three of the top five longest confirmed shots recorded. globalnews.ca/news/355228…
Today I learned of recently discovered photos that showed Japanese military using Sikh POW (fighting under the British Empire) as target practice after the fall of Singapore during World War II. sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/p…
The set of Sesame Street was intentionally made to look like a poor inner city block, complete with trash and decay, because the original target audience was inner city children and the producers wanted it to feel familiar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The high rate of lesbians driving Subarus is not a coincidence, but rather the result of a strategic marketing campaign based around the outdoorsiness of the vehicle brand and the niche target market theatlantic.com/business/…
Due to specialization of brain hemispheres, dolphins use the right eye to look at unfamiliar objects and the left eye for familiar targets journals.plos.org/plosone…
Bonobos form all-female coalitions to target violent males as a counterstrategy against harassment. thescienceexplorer.com/na…
Today I learned about the first sniper rifle. The Whitworth rifle was a scoped musket used by the Confederates during the Civil War which could hit targets at up to 2000 yards, and was the cause for the death of many high ranking officers and artillery crews from a distances considered impossible at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Today I learned about Operation Yellow Ribbon - where Canada grounded 230+ planes as quickly as possible on 9/11 to keep them out of US airspace and away from potential targets. Canadians hosted thousands of passengers stranded in Canada until U.S. airspace was reopened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Casimir Zeglen, the inventor of bullet-proof vests, volunteered as a target to demonstrate the efficacy of his invention. flps.newberry.org/article…
In 1956 the USAF used interceptors armed only with unguided rockets to try and shoot down a runaway target drone. All 208 rockets missed, starting bush fires as well as hitting buildings and cars in a nearby town. In total over 1,000 acres of land was burnt but there were no fatalities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The original plans for 9/11 called for 12 hijacked planes and included more targets across the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
The 2003 Coors "Love Song" aka "...and twins" campaign was very successful with its target demo but was short lived because of political pressure that costs Coors' chairman Pete Coors his bid for the senate. seattletimes.com/nation-w…
In 2013, a woman got furious at Target for naming the color of her plus-size dress "Manatee gray" while the regular-size dress was called "dark heather gray". Target changed the color name and issued an apology. articles.latimes.com/2013…
Today I learned of the Mosquito Laser which can tell mosquitoes by their wing beat frequency and target females only. fastcompany.com/3059127/w…
Dragonflies are capable of higher-level thought processes when hunting its prey. The discovery is the first evidence that an invertebrate animal has brain cells for selective attention, which has so far has only been demonstrated in primates. It selects one target and filters out all others phys.org/news/2012-12-dra…
Television networks target shows they want to cancel by moving them to the "Friday night death slot" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
In 1954 Israel tried to create a false flag attack in Egypt by planting bombs in Egyptian, American, and British civilian targets. Muslims were to be blamed in order to convince British troops to stay in the Suez canal. Israel denied any involvement before awarding the agents 51 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lav…
The United States had plans for a nuclear-powered missile that could stay aloft for months at a time, until ordered to "dash" to a target at supersonic speeds. The missile would carry multiple nuclear warheads and even fly around contaminating an area with radiation after all ordnance was gone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Not all torpedoes are designed to pierce hulls then explode, some detonate below the target ship without making contact. This creates a gas bubble that causes the ship to be thrust out of the water then dropped back into the resulting void, often breaking the vessel in half and sinking it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…

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