In Japan, beer cans have braille text on them so blind people do not mistake them for soft drinks vinepair.com/articles/bra…
The Epic of Gilgamesh is often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature and the second oldest religious text. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epi…
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…
The first ever text message or SMS was sent by Engineer Neil Papworth on December 3, 1992 which is "Merry Christmas" on a computer and sent it to the cellphone of Vodafone director Richard Jarvis, it ultimately changed technology engadget.com/amp/2017-12-…
Only two fragments of text predating Christianization in (Old High) German still survive, which refer to pagan beliefs. They are magic spells dating from the 9th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
15 years ago, Berkeley Researchers recovered "typed text using audio recording of keystrokes" berkeley.edu/news/media/r…
Due to its isolated location, the Icelandic language has changed very little from its original roots. Modern Icelandics can still read texts written in the 10th Century with relative ease. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
The forbidden fruit mentioned in the Book of Genesis is never identified as an apple, a misconception widely depicted in Western art. The original Hebrew texts mention only tree and fruit. Jewish scholars have suggested that the fruit could have been a grape, a fig, an apricot, or an etrog straightdope.com/columns/…
A lot of the Marvel graphics and end credits text crawl was made by a studio whose artists are on the autism spectrum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exc…
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). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM…
The Infinite Monkey Theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter will produce, in an infinite amount of time, any finite text we can think of. This would include, as an example, the complete works of William Shakespeare. towardsdatascience.com/un…
The longest poem in the world is the Mahābhārata, a Hindu text. It's literally 5 times the length of the bible and the Iliad and the odyssey combined! It has 220000 verses and about 1.8 million words en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
A Russian eagle named "Min" & 3 other eagles being tracked by scientists unexpectedly flew into Iran/Pakistan; the birds racked up so many out-of-network data roaming charges on SMS text transmitters that scientists had to take out a loan & ask for help on social media to pay off the phone bill. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Today I learned about the oldest surviving song. 3400 years old, the Hurrian Hymn was discovered in Syria, in a clay tablet with Cuneiform text. It was dedicated to the goddess of the orchards Nikkal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
Today I learned about the play Gatz. It's an eight hour long reenactment of the novel The Great Gatsby. The entire text of the novel is memorized by the cast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Steppe eagle named Min was set out with SMS tracker attached by Russian researchers. Little did they know Min, a globetrotting eagle appeared in Iran and sent hundreds of texts with roaming rates that bankrupt scientific study. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In 2010, the Library of Congress announced an exciting and groundbreaking acquisitionβ€”a gift from Twitter of the entire archive of public tweet text beginning with the first tweets of 2006 through 2010, and continuing with all public tweet text going forward. blogs.loc.gov/loc/2017/12…
The word "daily" in the Lord's Prayer ("our daily bread") translates from the ancient Greek word "epiousios," which appears twice in the New Testament and nowhere else in any known ancient Greek text. We're not 100% sure of its meaning-some say it means "necessary" or "for the future" instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epi…
During a 1966 film version of Fahrenheit 451, the opening credits were read aloud with no text, since it's about a world without reading matter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The best-selling English translations of Rumi, the famous 13th Century Persian poet, were done by a woefully underqualified man who doesn't know Persian; never studied Islam or Sufism; took extreme liberties with the original texts; and omitted much of the Islamic references and context newyorker.com/books/page-…
There's an Irish translation of the Book of Genesis from the 11th Century that incorporates apochryphal New Testament texts and the lineage of Irish Kings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leb…
Oskar Saville, a former lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs after Natalie Merchant departed, is now a "transformational energy coach” with rates of $10,000 for 4 months worth of emails and text messages en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osk…
The written form of the Finnish language was largely created by one man, who was born at an unknown date somewhere around 1510. The invention of the printing press and the first sails to the Americas predate first texts ever written in Finnish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Today I learned of the Gnostic Gospels. Discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt in 1945, these texts carry non-canonical stories of Jesus from the perspectives of Mary Magdalene, Judas, Thomas and others. youtube.com/watch?v=MdR1y…
There is a comment by a monk in a text from 1528. It is short and simple. "β€œO_d fuckin Abbot” It is the first known instance of the word's use as a curse word. huffpost.com/entry/a-fcki…
Based on a 9th-century Taoist text, the invention of gunpowder by Chinese alchemists was likely an accidental byproduct from experiments seeking to create the elixir of life. wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunpow…
Today I learned of the Harvard Sentences, a set of phonetically-balanced words used to test audio quality. It is used to test phone call quality, text-to-speech programming, and more. gizmodo.com/the-harvard-s…
A 'stereotype' was originally a plaster-cast copy of a block of typeset letters, that printers could use to reprint unchanged text (for example books) without having to re-set the type from scratch en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Garbha Upanishad(esoteric doctrine over the embryo),a hindu upanishadic texts deal with the theory of the formation and development of the human embryo and human body after birth.in section 3 it gives an idea about how embryo develops. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
When printers started to print books in the 15th century, they used scraps of ancient and medieval parchments to help bind the book. Examining the bindings, historians have reconstructed old texts. Some texts only survive in the modern day in this way. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
A Russian Black widow bomber blew herself up when her phone company sent her a spam text message, causing her explosive device to explode prematurely. couriermail.com.au/news/s…
A group of researchers determined that infinite monkeys probably couldn't write Shakespeare: 'The six monkeys - Elmo, Gum, Heather, Holly, Mistletoe and Rowan - produced five pages of text which consisted mainly of the letter 's'." news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/30139…
The first SMS text message ever sent was on December 3, 1992. It was sent by a 22 year old test engineer from his computer to a phone. The message simply read "Merry Christmas". npr.org/2017/12/04/568393…
There's a surviving text of an 1121 law in Baghdad requiring all Jewish women to wear at all times: 1 yellow star on their head, 1 yellow star on their neck, a necklace w/ a lead plaque that said "Dhimmi" (ie "non-Muslim"), 1 red shoe, 1 black shoe & a bell on their neck or their shoes wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow…
The massive ancient library of Ninevah (think: Mesopotamian equivalent of the library of Alexandria) was burnt by the Medes. Unlike a library containing organic documents, the fires treated the ~30,000 clay tablets and preserved the cuneiform text very well rather than destroying it. ancient.eu/nineveh/
Complex mathematics does not appear until 3000 BC with ancient texts from Mesopotamia & Egypt appearing in 2000-1800 BC. The Pythagorean theorem seems to be the most ancient & widespread development in mathematics after basic arithmetic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
In 2012 a 22-year-old man on a business trip sent a wrong-number text to a woman 30 years older; she replied that she'd like to hang out anyway. They went to a concert together, started dating, got married, and in 2019 she needed a kidney transplant and he donated his kidney to her. ksdk.com/article/features…
The phrase β€˜Drop you a Line’ refers to a sending very short letter: a row of written text is the the singular β€˜line’, delivered through a letter β€˜dropped’ in a mailbox word-detective.com/2013/0…
In the 80's/90's, a computer virus called 'Cascade' infected computers and caused all text on screen to cascade down to a heap at the bottom of the screen. In response to this, IBM developed their own anti-virus software. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
An Israeli couple were forced to pay over $2000 for an apartment they never rented because their use of smiley and champagne emojis in a text with the prospective landlord conveyed "great optimism", causing him to take the property off the market. complex.com/life/2017/05/…
Inspired by the well-known β€œghosting” phenomenon, β€œsoft ghosting” is described as slowly breaking off communication with someone by β€œliking” their text messages, but offering no genuine response or continuation of a conversation foxnews.com/lifestyle/sof…
The extremely famous Fibonacci series predates Fibonacci by over 1400 years !! It was first noted in Indian texts ~ 200 BC. The series is one of the most popular introductions to recursive programming for students of computer science. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fib…
Today I learned about the Q source, a hypothetical text that, with the gospel of Mark, contain the original material that the gospels of Matthew and Luke elaborated upon. And the Q source theory got traction with the discovery of the complete copy of the gospel of Thomas in 1945. wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_sour…
The first SMS text message was sent 27 years ago in December 1992 and simply said β€œMerry Christmas β€œ cbc.ca/amp/1.4430659
[] A 2013 Spanish study found that Helvetica, Courier, Arial and Verdana were the best fonts for dyslexics, as well as lightly colored paper, 12-14 point sans serif font, and bolding of text for highlighting. dyslexia-reading-well.com…
Ameretat (or Amurdad) is the goddess of immortality and long life in Zoroastrian thought, a religion which dates back to the ancient Persians. Her name literally means 'Immortality'; in later texts she is associated with plants, and therefore food, important of course to a long healthy life. thaliatook.com/AMGG/amere…
When French explorers thought they were the first Europeans to ever reach some historical Afghan caves in the 1930s, they were surprised to find a text inscribed on the wall saying: "if any fool this high samootch explore, Know Charles Masson has been here before" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 2015, Cheryl Treadway, a Florida woman, was being held hostage by her boyfriend, Nickerson. He didn't allow her make calls or write texts, so she used the Pizza Hut app to send a discreet call for help. Police arrived at the location and she was released. people.com/crime/cheryl-t…
Today I learned of the WeilΓΌe, a text from the third-century China describing the Roman Empire. io9.gizmodo.com/heres-wha…
Per capita, the Philippines has the world’s highest use of selfies, social media and text messaging. theguardian.com/cities/20…
According to the Talmud (central text of Rabbinic Judaism and the primary source of Jewish religious law), the 'deadline' by which the Messiah (future redeemer of the Jewish people) must appear is 6000 years from creation, between 29 September 2239 to 16 September 2240. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
Disney does not own Dr. Seuss but there’s one book where Dr. Seuss anonymously wrote the text and it’s called β€œLife of Donald Duck” disneyhistoryinstitute.co…
About the evil numbers, Belphegor's Prime and Everton Prime , both contain three 6's and are palindromic. *Bonus* The number of the beast being six six six is a mistranslation of the original text which was originally six one six in the ancient greek scriptures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
In Hindu Mythology there is a sun god named 'Surya' who rides a chariot driven by 7 horses depicting 7 colours of the visible light. There's a quote in 'Rigveda' (an ancient Hindu text) that day and night are caused by the Sun because of rotation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
The Johannine comma is text added onto the end of John 5:7-8 in the Bible and it was most likely forged as it is not found in any of the earliest manuscripts or writings. It is also the only verse explicitly describing the Holy Trinity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
6 of the top 50 most expensive books ever sold are copies of the same text ''The birds of America'' by John James Aubudon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The word "algorithm" has its roots in the name of the Persian mathematician of al-Khwarizmi. The word "algebra" is derived from the Latinization of "al-jabr", part of the title of his most famous book. He also oversaw the translation of major Greek and Indian mathematical and astronomical texts. storyofmathematics.com/is…
SNES emulation code found its way into Stephen Hawking's text to speech module. byuu.org/about
Dark mode is bad for eyes, and decreases your ability to process information. Light Mode provides better performance in focusing of the eye, identifying letters, transcribing letters, text comprehension, reading speed, and proofreading performance. howtogeek.com/423717/dark…
Thomas Jefferson studied the Quran (as well as many other religious texts) and criticized Islam much as he did Christianity and Judaism. Regardless, he believed each should have equal rights in America npr.org/2013/10/12/230503…
The front and back side of the flags of Brazil and Saudi Arabia are per definition different, since the backside is not a mirror image of the front. They are produced with two front sides sewn together so the flags text is readable from both sides. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
A Wordmark is the correct name of the distinct text-only typographic treatment of a company or product. It's what most people would refer to as a logo in passing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
Today I learned about an automaton around 240 years old called 'The Writer' which still works and can be programmed to write up to 40 characters of text atlasobscura.com/places/j…
An ad had children looking at the ad see a photo of an abused boy, a help hotline and the message β€œif somebody hurts you, phone us and we’ll help you” while adults can only see an unbruised photo of the boy with the text β€œSometimes child abuse is only visible to the child suffering it.” laughingsquid.com/child-a…
The eruption of Vesuvius in 79CE destroyed the city of Pompeii, and buried its library in ash. Texts from that library are now being read for the first time in two thousand years. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The oldest recorded "your mom" joke was discovered on a 3,500 year old Babylonian tablet in 1976. The text read: β€œ...of your mother is by the one who has intercourse with her. What/who is it?” There was no response on the tablet. io9.gizmodo.com/the-world…
A study performed at the University of Plymouth wanted to test the claim that an infinite number of monkeys with typewriters would create the works Shakespeare. They got funding for six monkeys for one month. They produced five pages of text which consisted mainly of the letter "s". news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/30139…
The first ever text message sent to a phone was sent 27 years ago, it read "Merry Christmas" engadget.com/2017/12/03/f…
Today I learned of an album of cards issued by German margarine company Echte Wagner in the 1930s which accurately predicted many future innovations. 'Visions of the Future' included pictures and text explaining the potential workings of mobile phones and video calling, motorways, monorail and moon landings. flashbak.com/wonderful-fu…
The first eBook was created by Michael S. Hart in 1971, while he was a student at the University of Illinois. He typed the entire text of the Declaration of Independence onto a computer and made it available for others to download. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The real reason peppers are hot is to discourage mold growth, the fact that birds can't taste capsicum is secondary at best. Its NOT only about the seed dispersal. References SciShow with pictures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE_OlyBhr1A&app=desktop# and the source text below. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
"The Book of the Dead", also known as "Book of Coming Forth by Day" or "Book of Emerging Forth into the Light", is an ancient Egyptian text that originated around 1550 BCE. It consists of at least 192 spells to assist a dead person's journey through Duat, or underworld, and into the afterlife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
Many Medieval texts contain graphical commentary such as drawings of heroic knights fighting giant snails. Many have lost their cultural context and historians can only speculate as to their original meaning. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
A team of 15 biblical scholars worked from the oldest copies of reliable texts, variously written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greeks to create the The New International Version Bible. First published in 1978, it ensured a high quality translation in modern English en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
The Sikh religion was formerly led by human spiritual leaders - a succession of ten Gurus. The tenth Guru, on his deathbed, appointed a book of sacred texts as his successor. That book, the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, is now honored as the eleventh and eternal living Guru rajacademy.com/guru-grant…
Victor Marchetti's 1974 work "The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence" was the first book subject to pre-publication censorship by the US government. The book was published with gaps showing where text had been excised and bold text where CIA censorship demands had been overturned by a court. cia.gov/library/readingro…
Depictions of knights fighting snails were common in medieval texts. And no one really knows why. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about a 2000 year old Roman era tomb in Jordan whose walls hold 260 figures painted in narrative scenes with comic-style speech bubbles. The 60 odd texts painted in black appear to be Aramaic using Greek letters and are considered one of oldest versions of comic design. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned of the Somerton Man Mystery, a case in which a man was found dead on an Australian beach, with a piece of paper that lead to a book with indentations of a ciphered text. Cause of death unknown, and despite international assistance, he was never identified. ciphermysteries.com/tamam…
The main reason Warren Buffet didn’t help broker a deal to save Lehman Brothers from collapse during the 2008 financial crisis is that he didn’t see a text sent to his flip phone, for 10 months. theatlantic.com/business/…
Rhino horn is NOT considered an aphrodesiac in Chinese "medicine", and that this is a misinterpretation of Chinese texts. However, due to the repetition of this misinterpretation in the West, people in Viet Nam are starting to believe the rumor, and demand there is surging because of it. savetherhino.org/rhino-in…
There is a Crisis Text Line available 24/7 in the US and in some other countries. You just text β€œhello” to 741741. Think suicide hotline except not just for suicidal thoughts and by text. crisistextline.org/textin…
The blinking text bar when you type is called a caret en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Inspired by the Black Mirror episode "Be Right Back," a software developer gathered over 8,000 lines of text from friends and family of her recently deceased best friend, and used it to create an artificial intelligence simulation of him. theverge.com/a/luka-artif…
"John's Phone" is known as the "world's most basic cell phone", allowing the user only to make and receive calls with none of the features of modern smartphones such as a camera, Internet access and text messaging. It is marketed as being ideal for children, the elderly, and technophobes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
There is a font called Sans Forgetica which helps the reader remember the text they read due to the difficulty in reading it, making the brain remember it as it used up more resources. sansforgetica.rmit/
Today I learned of the Voynich manuscript. Dated to the 15th century, it consists of 240 pages of text in an unidentified language, and obscure illustrations seemingly related with topics such as astronomy and biology. Despite considerable scientific effort, it remains mostly undeciphered to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voy…
In the oldest texts of Buddhism, dhyāna is the training of the mind, commonly translated as meditation, to withdraw the mind from the automatic responses to sense-impressions, and leading to a "state of perfect equanimity and awareness (upekkhā-sati-parisuddhi)." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhy…
Al-Khwarizmi from Baghdad around A.D. 800 worked on a value of pi calculated to four decimal digits: 3.1416. The term 'algorithm' derives from his name, and his text Kitab al-Jabr wal-Muqabala gives us the word 'algebra' (from al-Jabr, which means 'completion' or 'restoration') en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muh…
The loss of the Great Library of Alexandria wasn’t a great loss of historical texts. The majority of the library’s scrolls had been copied for libraries in Persia, Byzantium, and Iraq; Its believed the study of these texts helped form universities through Europe in the Early Middle Ages ancientworldmagazine.com/…
Martin Luther King's iconic sentence "I have a dream" was improvised. Toward the end of the speech, King departed from his prepared text for a partly improvised peroration on the theme "I have a dream", prompted by Mahalia Jackson's cry: "Tell them about the dream, Martin!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_H…
There is a copy of the Qur'an written in Saddam Hussein's blood which he had commissioned for his 60th birthday. Over the course of 2 years he provided up to 57 pints of his blood to complete the 336,000+ words that make up the text en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
There was a 20 year patent on mini games during loading screens that recently expired last year. This is why all loading screens aren't interactive and usually only contain flavour or lore text. kotaku.com/the-patent-on-…
The first English text on recreational fishing is believed to have been authored by a woman, Juliana Berners, and was published in the second Boke of Saint Albans, a treatise on hawking, hunting, and heraldry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
There's actually an irony mark to denote irony in text, similar to the question mark highlighting questions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
Special Order 191 was issued by the General Lee in September 1862. He had divided his army and planned to regroup it later according to this text. A confederate soldier lost his copy. It was found by Union army troops and played a great part in them winning the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
A company was fined 1,190,000 Euros for text message scams and was caught 2 years later doing the same thing. shortcodes.org/blog/compa…
Today I learned about Sans Forgetica - a font designed to help you remember text better when studying and reading.The 'desirable difficulty' you experience when reading it prompts your brain to engage in deeper processing. sansforgetica.rmit/
Cyrillic was designed off of Greek in order to translate religious texts into Old Church Slavonic language around the time of the Kyivan Rus' conversion from Paganism to Orthodoxy. Consequently, it contains many allusions to early Christian symbols. watchdocumentaries.com/th…

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