Today I learned of Nyarri Morgan, an Australian aboriginal man who had no contact with the Western world until he witnessed - with no context - an atomic test and its resulting effects abc.net.au/news/2016-10-0…
Ronald Reagan was an announcer for the Chicago Cubs in the 1930s until he landed a 7-year movie contract after taking a screen test while traveling with the Cubs in California in 1937 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947 only after Bell Aircraft balked at the $150,000 bonus requested by their own test pilot. Yeager completed the task as part of his standard USAAF $283/month Captain’s salary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
A test pilot for the SR-71 Blackbird had the aircraft disintegrate around him while flying at nearly 80,000 feet, while going Mach 3.1 (2,300mph), and lived. chuckyeager.org/news/sr-7…
Today I learned about the Controlled Impact Demonstration, where NASA and the FAA intentionally crashed a remote controlled Boeing 720 to gain data on a fuel additive that was believed to help suppress an airline fire in the event of a crash. The test ruled that this additive was ineffective. nasa.gov/centers/armstron…
Caesium-137 does not exist naturally, so its presence is used as a test to date wine and detect counterfeits. If Caesium-137 is detected in the test, whatever is being tested was manufactured or put together after 1945, the year of the first atomic bomb en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cae…
Astronomers use the Pleiades as a test pattern for telescopes. The Hawaiians used it as a marker for their new year and during this time there was a celebration where all wars were stopped and harvest was done. The Japanese name for this cluster is Subaru, which means β€œcoming together as a team" stargazehawaii.com/seven-…
Plutonium is a byproduct of Uranium, and doesn't come in green test tubes like the movies make it out to be. It's a metal, bearing similar significance to lead, and can be held in your bare hand without having to worry too much about radiation affects. pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl…
In 1984 NASA crashed a fully fueled Boeing passenger jet, with crash dummies as passengers and pilots into the Mojave desert. The crash was filmed from multiple angles at high speed in 16MM film. The knowledge gained from this test lead to major changes in airline flight safety standards. supercluster.com/editoria…
A woman sued Keanu Reeves, claiming that he was the father of her four adult children and sought $ 3 000 000 a month in spousal support and $150 000 a month in retroactive child support. DNA tests proved she was lying and she lost the case. thestar.com/news/ontario/…
In early 1990s, NASA sent jellyfish to space to test how spaceflight would affect their development. The jellies did not develop the proper gravity-sensing capabilities and had trouble figuring how to swim around in normal gravity, with abnormal pulsing and movement when returned to Earth. popsci.com/article/techno…
During WWII the American army created Operation Fantasia in which foxes covered in glow in the dark paint would have been released in Japan as a form of psychological warfare. The plan never reached Japan, but they did test it on some DC natives. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
A new blood test can detect 50 different types of cancer cancernetwork.com/view/ne…
People scored higher in a mental agility test while wearing a lab coat that they believed was a doctor's coat. The effect was not there when they believed the same white coat was a painter's coat. The study showed that we embody associations we have with particular clothes. sciencedirect.com/science…
Wild Camels living around a nuclear test site in the Great Gobi Desert can drink salt water with a higher salt content than sea water. wildcamels.com/bactrian-c…
The first female pregnancy test was in the 1950s and involved injecting a woman's urine into a female frog's skin. If the woman was pregnant, then within 5-12 hours, the female frog would lay eggs. theatlantic.com/science/a…
The first hydrogen bomb test, Ivy Mike, with a payload of over 10 megatons completely erased the island of Elugelab off the map. large.stanford.edu/course…
The Rorschach test is just one of many standardized ink blot tests and ink blot tests can include colored ink as well. There are 10 standardized, not random ink blots in the Rorschach and the tests don't just measure what the subject sees but how they react to the test itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ror…
Animals are smarter and more aware than we think. Certain animals have passed the mirror test, thus proving they can identify themselves. Note that babies under the age of 18 months are unable to do this consistently (50% success) however as they age, they improve progressively. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
Today I learned of submarine USS Thresher. On 10 April 1963, Thresher sank during deep-diving tests about 350 km (220 mi) east of Boston, Massachusetts, killing all 129 crew and shipyard personnel aboard. It is the second-deadliest submarine incident on record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Fake turds are scientifically created to test the "transport" in sewer pipes. plumbingefficiencyresearc…
In 2013, in Virginia's Fairfax County, a 26-year-old named Joshua Brady pretending to be a CIA agent convinced people to try to rob banks to test the security of Washington-area banks. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
Secret studies on the effects of radioactive fallout were carried out in the US and the UK, Called "Project Sunshine," studies conducted on dead babies sought to measure the amount of radiation absorbed by humans due to nuclear tests. abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
Atomic tests were a tourist draw in 1950s Las Vegas. They advertised detonation times and best viewing spots to see the massive flash and mushroom cloud from the bomb test site, 65 miles away. Casinos flaunted their north-facing vistas, offering special β€œatomic cocktails” and β€œDawn Bomb Parties” citylab.com/equity/2014/0…
After a student failed the math portion of Minnesota’s Basic Standards Tests her father demanded to see the exam, threatening to sue for it. A series of scoring errors were found meaning math scores for 45,739 Minnesota students were wrong and 7,935 students who were told they failed had passed. bc.edu/research/nbetpp/st…
Steve-O was a test subject in a study to determine the stress limits of ractopamine saturation in humans. Ractopamine is an animal feed additive used to promote leanness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
CNN smoked up some volunteers in Washington to test how well they could drive stoned. youtu.be/dw1HavgoK9E
A company during the XXth century painted clocks and stuff with radioactive material because it glowed. In 1945 even the Office of Strategic Services (later CIA) enlisted the company's help for tests of a psychological-warfare scheme to release foxes with glowing paint in Japan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Right outside of Las Vegas, there is a prominent nuclear test site used during WWII atomicheritage.org/locati…
Today I learned about Winter Lab. A 5x5m room with an ice floor that is mounted on a 6 axis motion simulator capable of simulating icy walking conditions. It is used to independently test winter boots, work boots, and ice cleats by the Toronto University Hospital Network Rehabilitation Institute. ratemytreads.com/about/
Today I learned about the Boycott effect, the phenomenon where suspended sediment settles out of liquid in an inclined test tube significantly faster than a vertical test tube youtube.com/watch?v=8zjix…
In the 1920 Presidential election (the first where women were allowed to vote), only 36% of eligible women turned up at the polls, partly due to barriers like poll taxes and literacy tests, both of which are now illegal. historyhub.history.gov/th…
The late French ex-president Jacques Chirac commemorated the anniversary of Hiroshima with atomic bomb tests in the Pacific. improbable.com/2019/09/26…
Today I learned about Captain Eric Brown, a WW2 Royal Navy test pilot, who had flown 487 different types of aircraft, including captured enemy aircraft. He also still holds the record for the most carrier deck landings and take offs and many aviation firsts such as first jet landing on a carrier deck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
The South Korea airspace closes temporarily at the annual South Korean CSAT day (the '21 test is today) from 13:05 to 14:20 when the English Section begins. It is for preventing loud noises from impairing the students' ability in the Listening Section. koreabizwire.com/govt-res…
The youngest person admitted to Mensa was 2 years and 5 months old and had scored 141 on the Standford-Binet IQ test en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men…
For BBC TV widescreen test transmissions in the late 90s the soundtrack was an Aphex Twin track with permission given by Richard James himself in a phone call with the engineers creating it who got Warp’s number from a phone book youtu.be/Ok06G7E07Ik
During the 2018 Winter Olympics Russian athlete Nadezhda Sergeeva failed a drug test several days after having posted a video of herself in a "I don’t do doping" sweatshirt. theguardian.com/sport/201…
After seeing how good the costume was for Ludwig van Beethoven in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Fashion historian Hilary Davidson created the 'Bill & Ted test' as a benchmark by which to judge other Regency movies by. slate.com/culture/2020/04…
Today I learned about Oishi Matashichi, a Japanese anti-nuclear activist and a fisherman exposed to the radioactive fallout of the Bravo Nuclear Test. His catch of tuna and shark was found to be contaminated with radiation, resulting in two tons of tuna buried at Tsukiji fish market instead of being sold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ois…
The t-test, well known by researchers and statistics students everywhere, was invented by William Sealy Gosset, who unknowingly revolutionized modern scientific methods while working for his "institution," Guinness Brewery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 1963 the first message sent on the Moscow–Washington hotline was the test phrase "THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPED OVER THE LAZY DOG'S BACK 1234567890". Later, the confused Russian translators responded, "What does it mean when your people say 'The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog'?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The person with the highest average test cricket score isn't (as many believe) Don Bradman, but is the little known Andy Ganteaume from Trinidad. He played test cricket once and wasn't picked again after scoring his 112 runs "too slowly". theguardian.com/sport/201…
Until 1994, blood tests for syphilis were required for a marriage license in California at a cost of over $20 million/year to the state. In 1992, 37 cases were found or $413k per case. leginfo.ca.gov/pub/93-94/…
There was a test several years ago where 70 undercover agents tried to sneak bombs or guns through US airport security; 67 succeeded abcnews.go.com/US/exclusi…
Today I learned of the Chain Test. For an arch to stand, it must fit into the mirrored shape generated by a chain. youtube.com/watch?v=JlL6Z…
A company in Thailand created vests with hidden cameras for stray dogs to wear. The vests can livestream video whenever the dog barks in order to help patrol the community. They say they'll still need to do more tests before implementing them though. ipdefenseforum.com/2018/0…
In 1904, the creator of the Thompson Submachine Gun conducted tests on both living cattle, and some human cadavers, to determine which caliber should be used in American military handguns. Tests were conducted at the Nelson Morris Company Union Stock Yards in Chicago, Illinois. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Aaron Burr had a son, John, with an Indian servant, Mary Eamons, who became a celebrated abolitionist and a key figure in the Underground Railroad. His lineage was recently confirmed by a DNA test. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
African clawed frog was used as pregnancy tests between 1930 and 1960s. Female frogs can laid eggs when injected with urine from pregnant women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afr…

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