Today I learned of "The Vegetable Orchestra" - a group consisting of ten musicians, one cook, and a sound technician. They play a wide range of music on vegetables (carrot xylophones, pumpkin drums, leek violins, onion maracas, et al). After performances, the vegetables are cooked into a soup for the audience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
For the 1973 Clint Eastwood western film 'High Plains Drifer' over 50 technicians and construction workers built an entire townβ€”14 houses, a church, and a two-story hotelβ€”in 18 days, using 150,000 feet of timber. Complete buildings, rather than facades, were built. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
The only Oscar won by "2001 A space Odyssey" was for special visual effects. Awarded to Stanley Kubrick it was his sole win from 13 nominations. The technicians involved felt it wrong for him to receive the sole credit. Following this controversy, the Academy changed its eligibility rule bscine.com/bsc-members/?i…
Essentially all penicillin produced after 1943 originated with a mold sample found on a cantaloupe in Peoria, Illinois. The moldy part was cut off and cultured and the lab technicians ate the rest of the fruit. saturdayeveningpost.com/2…
A Nuclear Ballistic Missile was almost launched from McConnell Air Force Base in 1980 because a technician loaded the wrong data into a computer. The crew was able to avoid the launch after switching off the main power to the building. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned about Karen Silkwood, a chemical technician who died in a car crash after attempting to expose unethical things done at the nuclear power plant she worked in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
While assisting displaced Vietnamese refuge seekers, actress Tippi Hedren's fingernails intrigued the women. She flew in her personal manicurist & recruited experts to teach them nail care. 80% of nail technicians in California are now Vietnameseβ€”many descendants of the women Hedren helped bbc.com/news/magazine-325…
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 buyers have a $5,000 option of going to the Corvette factory and putting their car's engine together with the help of a Chevy technician. The engine is then fitted with a plaque bearing the owner/builder's name and assembly date. caranddriver.com/news/for…
Michael J. Anderson, the actor who played The Man from Another Place in Twin Peaks, worked as a computer technician on the ground support system for NASA’s space shuttle prior to his acting career. wikipedia.org/wiki/Michae…
When Elton John proposed marriage to sound technician Renate Blauel who was a member of his entourage on a 1983 Australian concert tour, she accepted and the engagement was announced the following day. The wedding took place three days later smoothradio.com/artists/e…
Every Nissan GT-R is personally hand-assembled in a dust and temperature controlled clean room by a single technician known as a Takumi. Only five master craftsmen in the world have this unique qualification. nissan.com.au/vehicles/br…
A beard transplant procedure takes an entire day, and can run up to $10,000 for a full beard. The doctor and technicians remove hair strands with the follicles intact from another part of the body -- usually the bottom of the back of the head. It's moved to where it is wanted on the face cnn.com/2014/03/13/health…
The Octavia was an effects pedal designed for Jimi Hendrix by his sound technician, Roger Mayer. It reproduces the input signal from a guitar one octave higher and/or lower in pitch, and mixes it with the original and added distortion fuzz. It can be heard in guitar solos on the song Purple Haze en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oct…
Today I learned about Jim LeBlanc, the only man to survive a vacuum. He was a spacesuit technician, and entered a simulated vacuum to test a spacesuit, when his pressurization hose malfunctioned. He passed out in fourteen seconds, but survived with only an earache. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eff…
The Crypt Keeper has Chucky’s eyes. FX technician Kevin Yagher created both puppets and reused Chucky’s clear blue eyes for the show mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The Roman Emperor Claudius was known for executing the workers and technicians of the Roman Colosseum if anything went wrong. If they botched a spectacle or if a device failed, they would be sent into the arena. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
More than 1,500 German scientists, engineers and technicians (many of whom were formerly registered members of the Nazi Party, some were party leaders) were recruited and brought to the United States. After World War II they were hired under Operation Paperclip. aviationtrailinc.org/sing…
88-year-old Ilda Vitor Maciel died in a Brazilian hospital, allegedly as a result of nursing technicians injecting soup directly into her vein instead of her feeding tube. huffpost.com/us/entry/us_…
After discovering Jupiter's intense radiation belt , NASA needed a last minute fix to shield the exterior cables of the Voyager deep space probes. They sent a technician to the local supermarket, bought all of the kitchen grade aluminum foil, and wrapped it around the cables. amp.businessinsider.com/v…
The inventor of the smoke detector (Duane Pearsall) originally wanted to make an ion generator designed to control static electricity in factories and photo labs called a β€œstatic neutralizer.” But when one of his technicians lit up a cigarette, a meter measuring the ions went haywire. nytimes.com/2013/12/22/ma…
Researchers attempted to trigger episodes of complex sleep behaviors in clinically diagnosed sleepwalkers. Technicians entered the room and approached the sleepwalking subjects. They were met with violence, such as punches and kicks; one subject picked up a chair and threw it at the technicians. psychiatrictimes.com/slee…
A race condition bug in the Therac-25 (a radiation therapy machine) caused some patients to receive radiation doses "that were hundreds of times greater than normal". The bug arose after technicians became 'to efficient' at entering commands causing code to execute in an unintended order. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Idaho is the only state in America allowing Pharmacy Technicians to administer immunizations under supervision of a Pharmacist info.nhanow.com/learning-…
Today I learned that the earliest audio recording of the word "fuck" was made in 1885. A technician at Volta labs was testing his equipment when it malfunctioned and recorded his iritated response. youtu.be/vq3RsJ35LKU
U2 has performed only one show without the full band; Adam Clayton got so drunk the night before a show in Sydney that he couldn't go on stage and was replaced by one of the band's technicians. Clayton felt so bad he missed the show that he quit drinking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoo…
The first Soviet probe sent to Mars' moon Phobos failed due to user error. While the probe was still on its way to Mars, an impatient technician who didn't want to wait for his code to be proofread unintentionally sent a command to the probe to shut down and there was no way to turn it back on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
The first digital photograph was taken in December of 1975, and was of a lab technician named Joy. The photo was not saved and therefore deleted from history. diyphotography.net/worlds…
A teenager hacked CIA director John Brennan's email by calling Verizon's customer support and pretending to be a Verizon technician wired.com/2015/10/hacker-…
A wildlife technician, Richard Thomas, took the famous tongue twister, β€œhow much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood” and calculated a rough estimate of what the answer would actually be. It came out to be around 700 pounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
A lab technician accidentally created a burst of nuclear fission and was exposed to radiation levels 7 times above lethal limits in under a second. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cec…
The drug cartels are capturing technicians and making them build a private cell phone network wired.com/dangerroom/2012…
The US government recruited over 1600 Nazi scientists, engineers, and technicians, in what is know as Operation Paperclip, in an effort to win the space race nypost.com/2014/02/01/beh…
In 1988 A New York fish and wildlife technician by the name of Richard Thomas took the famous tongue twister, β€œhow much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood” and calculated a rough estimate of what the answer would actually be. It came out to be around 700 pounds. en.wilipedia.org/wiki/How…
A 54 year old German x-ray technician fell in love with a dying 20 year old Tuberculosis patient. After she died, he exhumed her body and began a romantic relationship with her corpse. He kept the corpse in his broken β€œairship” while he tried bringing her back from the dead. atlasobscura.com/articles…
In 1979 RCA lost contact with a communications satellite when technicians on earth sent the command to fire a small engine to put the $20 million craft into permanent orbit. Despite sophisticated tracking systems, the satellite was never located and its fate remains unknown. nytimes.com/1979/12/11/ar…
Today I learned of Guy Goma, an unemployed computer technician who was mistaken for Guy Kewney (technology expert) & was interviewed on BBC News TV for their BBC Special. Guy Goma had gone in for a job interview which he attended but wasn't hired. youtube.com/watch?v=e6Y2u…
A Oleg Losev, a Russian inventor sans degree, discovered the LED, as well as negative resistance oscillators, amplifiers and superheterodyne receivers...all 25 years before the transistor. His only job title was technician. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ole…
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (known for the Oscars) was created by Louis B. Mayer to weaken the growing labor movement of Hollywood talent and technicians. The Academy would arbitrate contracts (in the studios' favor) and bestow the now-famous "feel good" awards. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
A LIFE Magazine Photographer Stormed the Beaches of Normandy but Later Almost All the Photographs Were Destroyed By a Darkroom Technician cameras.reviewed.com/feat…
At the age of 5 years and 11 months, Ayan Qureshi took and passed Microsoft’s IT Technician Exam, making him the youngest certified computer specialist in the world. thehigherlearning.com/201…
African giant pouched rats are trained to detect tuberculosis, which is the world’s second most fatal infectious disease. Although they currently are not an accepted standalone diagnostic tool, one rat can evaluate more samples in 10 minutes than a lab technician can evaluate in 1 day. news.nationalgeographic.c…
In 2006, Guy Goma showed up at the BBC for a job interview as a computer technician. He was mistaken for Guy Kewney, a computer expert, and put on live TV to discuss a judicial verdict. Despite his amazing performance faking his way through the segment, he did not get the job. youtu.be/e6Y2uQn_wvc
Despite having overlapping protection in almost all places, bomb suits leave the hands and forearms completely unprotected so that the technician has greater mobility. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
At a sound check before the address, Reagan made the following joke to the radio technicians: "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes." en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/W…
Phobos 1, a probe launched by the Soviet Union to explore the moon of Mars, was shut down before even reaching Mars because a technician unintentionally left out a single hyphen character in one of the commands that were sent to it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
The hole on elevator doors is for a β€œdrop key” which allows emergency crews or technicians to open the door from the outside. slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2…
In 1979, NORAD experienced a computer glitch that alerted technicians of a widespread Russian nuclear attack on North America. The U.S. air defense program ordered the president’s β€œdoomsday plane” to take off, and warned launch control to prepare for a retaliatory attack. history.com/news/history-…
Live many radio and TV transmissions are broadcasted with some delay in order to allow to technicians to intervene if someone in the transmission do something wrong. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
A medical technician invented Rapex to help prevent rape in South Africa. This product resembles a female condom with sharp teeth. Any man who attempts to rape a woman impales himself on the teeth and must go to hospital to have the Rapex removed, hopefully coinciding with an arrest. io9.com/5568455/vagina-de…

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