Putting spaces between written words wasn't a thing until the 7th Century and didn't become popular in Europe for another few hundred years (Romanauthorsthoughtyoucouldjustfigureitoutfromcontext) medievalcodes.ca/2015/02/…
Today I learned about Debbie Mathers, Eminem's mom who not only tried to sue him for 10 million dollars in a "slander" suit, but also released a set of diss tracks with two unknown rappers to get back at Eminem for the things he said about her. She lost the suit and em released even more songs about her abuse. melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
In the 1930s, the US spent $300.000 ($5,5 million adjusted for inflation) to built massive car with the goal to cross Antarctica. Only to discover upon arrival that the tyres didn't work in the snow, and the whole thing was abandoned after 140 km (driven in reverse). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Prince John, the inspiration of Robin Hood, raised taxes on the general population to 13% in 1207, which was a factor in the creation of the Magna Carta which limited the king's taxation power among other things magnacarta.cmp.uea.ac.uk/…
Teeth are only able to experience one sensation, that being pain. When you eat or drink something too hot or too cold, or a dentist operates on your teeth, you will only experience pain because that is the only thing the nerves around your teeth respond to. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Kurt Knispel (served Nazi Germany during WW2), the highest scoring tank ace of WW2 with 168 confirmed tank kills was never awarded the coveted Knight's Cross because he assaulted higher officers for mistreating POWs and let others take credit for his kills among other things. military.wikia.org/wiki/K…
There are health requirements to get a desk job/get into university in places like India and China and people with things like type 1 diabetes are rejected because the institutions don't want to deal with possible hypoglycemia. People with illnesses hide their diagnosis. tandfonline.com/doi/abs/1…
Wataru Misaka the first non-white NBA player described his first game as "It wasn't a big thing" and "Nobody cared." the same year Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color barrier en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
The people staying at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station over the winter have an annual tradition of watching β€œThe Thing from Another World (1951)”, β€œThe Thing (1982)”, and β€œThe Thing (2011)” back-to-back after the last plane leaves for the season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amu…
The blue planet used to be purple. 250 million years ago, the oceans lost all their oxygen and one of the only things to survive was a purple alga/bacteria which would have given the seas an irridescent violet hue. Geologists have found remnants of this purple bacteria embedded in ancient rock. astrobio.net/biosphere/di…
Today I learned a man died in one of those big hamster ball things when it veered off course and he fell into a gorge. theguardian.com/world/201…
The spotted hyena is a strong, capable hunter which can digest things such as skin and bones. Aside from that, they can also eat one-third of their body weight at one meal, they have powerful jaws, which gives them a strong bite. animals.sandiegozoo.org/a…
When King Ludwig I of Bavaria met Lola Montez, an irish actress/dancer, the first thing he asked her was "are your breasts real?" She became his mistress and power behind the throne, her influence on him been part of the reason why Ludwig was eventually forced to abdicate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lol…
Pythagorous had a mathematical/philosophical cult. Who, among other things, believed the universe operated as some form of cosmic "music" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
The famous philosopher Voltaire's name is actually a pseudonym that has roots in the French phrase "determined little thing"; acting more like a modern avatar or screen-name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vol…
When things didn't go well for film directors (for a variety of reasons) they could choose to "disown" the project and simply dump the credit onto a fictional director named "Alan Smithee". "Alan Smithee" currently has over two dozen projects attached to his name on IMDb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
After the first Congress first addressed the first amendments to the Constitution (the Bill of Rights), which, among other things, guaranteed separation of church and state, they promptly chose a former preacher as the first Speaker of the House. history.house.gov/Histori…
There is no such thing as a tree, phylogenetically - we define trees loosely by their features and growth patterns with different plant families having converged into trees similar to how carcinization occurs in crustaceans. Palm trees and banana trees are not trees depending on the defintion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Tolstoy thought Shakespeare's work was tedious and repulsive. Tolkein, T.S. Elliot, D.H. Lawrence, and Voltaire also had negative things to say about the revered writer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
From 1953 to 2020, all 7-Eleven stores in Oklahoma were independently operated from its parent company under an agreement with William Brown (his son James heading things in later years); as a result of this, 7-Elevens in that state beared slight differences to stores elsewhere in the country cspdailynews.com/mergers-…
Canada has a French and English National Anthem, both to the same tune, with lyrics meaning completely different things. britannica.com/topic/O-Ca…
Some wine enthusiasts are able to detect the flavor of crushed gravel (and apparently this is a good thing). winefolly.com/grapes/pino…
Slowly losing one's native language while living in a non-English-speaking country is a real thing. It's called language attrition and there are people who study and research it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Staring at Venetian blinds can cause migraines. "Looking at intensely stripy things causes an increase in gamma oscillations in the brain." theguardian.com/science/s…
MI5 and MI6 in the UK are the remainders of 17 Ministry of Intelligence branches responsible for different things from WWII, hence why there is no MI1-4. mi5.gov.uk/faq/what-happe…
The runaway in the Beatles' song "She's Leaving Home" was based on a real person. At 17 she left a note and ran off with an older man, leaving all her things behind. She complained her parents gave her everything but affection. Brought home again, she married at 18 and divorced in under a year. rollingstone.com/feature/…
The gravity at the International Space Station is approximately 90% as strong as on Earth. The reason why things and people float is that they are constantly falling down, the same way people in an elevator would float if it was falling too fast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
,"the Stopped Clock Illusion". Rapidly move your eyes away from a clock and back to it, and you will notice the second hand taking more time to move than expected. The brain filters the blurry images you see in-between while moving your eyes and replaces it with the image of first thing you see. sciencedirect.com/science…
When a human is sexually aroused, things they would usually find "disgusting" become much more tolerable. huffpost.com/entry/arousa…
The Diderot Effect is obtaining a new possession which often creates a spiral of consumption which leads you to acquire more new things. As a result, we end up buying things that our previous selves never needed to feel happy or fulfilled jamesclear.com/diderot-ef…
While the words concrete and cement are often used interchangeably, cement is actually a bonding agent added to concrete, and they are not the same thing. msn.com/en-us/money/reale…
Rick Moranis improvised his entire Louis Tully speech in Ghostbusters at his apartment party, none of that was scripted. He decided he'd be a tax accountant and riffed all that gold. "I'm giving this whole thing as a promotional expense, that's why I invited clients instead of friends." cinemablend.com/news/1532…
The 1984 movie Gremlins first wanted to use monkeys but they proved unreliable. Even the puppets became so infuriating the crew created a list entitled, "Horrible Things to do to Gizmo". Consequently, to satisfy the crew, a scene was included where the gremlins hang Gizmo and throw darts at him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
In 1970; under the reign of Said bin Taimur, Oman had only 10km (6 mi) of paved roads, a grand total of 3 schools, 5% literacy rate, 25% child mortality rate, and things such as Trachoma, venereal diseases and malnutrition were rampant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
In 2012 doctors around the world voted the 1846 paper describing anesthesia as the most important discovery in modern medicine, ahead of things like antibiotics and X-Rays degruyter.com/view/journa…
When the Monty Python team was taken to Germany to find things to write comedy about there, they were taken straight from the airport to Dachau concentration camp youtu.be/xIUKSK-Uf-E
The US portion of the ISS was built in imperial units while the rest of the station was in metric. NASA seriously thought of building the whole thing in metric, but decided it would increase cost by a lot, because all of their contractors would have to switch to new machines and diagrams. airspacemag.com/flight-to…
Difficulty remembering things is one common symptom of sleep deprivation. Since the brain does not have sufficient time to create new pathways for the information you’ve recently learned, sleep deprivation often affects how memories are consolidated. sleepfoundation.org/how-s…
Massachusetts has an optional tax rate when you file taxes (so you can pay more taxes if you wish), and it was originally proposed as a joke. β€œWe were just being sarcastic. The next thing we knew, the legislature seemed to find our sarcasm relevant and so they passed the idea we had." nepm.org/post/heres-quest…
Today I learned about the Family Computer Network System. It was a modem for the Nintendo Famicom that allowed users to do a variety of things, including stock trading, weather forecasts, and even betting on horse racing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fam…
Although they had been invented during WWII, nachos wouldn't become well known worldwide until a Monday Night Football game in 1978, when during the Baltimore Colts/Dallas Cowboys games, Howard Cosell kept mentioning them (Texas Stadium happened to be serving them, which helped things) dallasnews.com/news/obitu…
Over the 125 years of the New York Public Library's existence, the most checked-out books are: The Snowy Day, The Cat in the Hat, 1984, Where the Wild Things Are, To Kill a Mockingbird, Charlotte's Web, Fahrenheit 451, How to Win Friends..., Harry Potter 1, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar nypl.org/125/topcheckouts
Today I learned about Revolt, a book in which farm animals revolt and take over their farm in order to introduce equality, with things quickly denigrating into abuse and terror. The story was meant as a metaphor for the Bolshevik Revolution and was published 21 years before George Orwell's Animal Farm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C…
Today I learned about chlorine triflouride, a better oxidiser than Oxygen. It can set fire to things that are normally not flammable such as concrete, glass, flesh, sand, steel, asbestos, and ash. It is also extremely corrosive and will corrode things like Gold, Iridium, and Platinum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chl…
In β€œForrest Gump,” when his microphone is cut off at the rally, what you don’t hear him say is β€œSometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.” mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Festivus (Dec. 23rd) from "Seinfeld" was a real thing created in 1966 and not invented by the show. Daniel O'Keefe created it to celebrate his first date with his wife 3 years before. His son Dan introduced Festivus to the rest of us when he wrote the episode "The Strike." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Today I learned about Helium Hydride, the strongest acid currently known. It is composed of a hydrogen ion bonded to a helium atom. It is so strong that it will protonate things like NH4+, HSO2+, H3O+ and HCO2+ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Chevy Chase escaped the military draft by "falsely claiming, among other things, that he had homosexual tendencies" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
The Mitsubishi company was founded in 1870 with shipping as its core business. Its diversification was mostly into related fields like shipbuilding, steel milling, and coal mining. It would later become a conglomerate and expanded into cars, finance, and real estate. Among other things en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mit…
Sagittarius A* - the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way - has a mass 4 million times that of our Sun, but a diameter only 31 times the Sun's. It is so dense that it could fit in the space between the Earth and the Sun, but can attract things 50k light years away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…

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