Today I learned of Charles Fraser-Smith (one of the inspirations behind 'Q' in the James Bond movies) designed a special left-hand thread for the disguised screw-off top of a hidden-document container; he thought that "no German would ever think of trying to unscrew something the wrong way." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
30 Seconds To Mars singer, Jared Leto was once sent a severed ear by a fan, as a gift, with a note attached that read, "Are you listening?" Leto poked a hole in it, thread a string through it and wore it as a necklace. cbsnews.com/news/fan-send…
During Ben Franklin’s famous kite experiment, the kite was not struck by visible lightning; had it been, Franklin would almost certainly have been killed. Instead, he noticed loose threads on the kite string were repelling each other and there was a spark when he moved his hand near the key. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kit…
Scientists genetically modified goats to spin spider silk from their udders at University of Wyoming. These goats had a gene transplanted in them. The transplanted gene meant the goats produced milk containing an extra protein, which is extracted and spun into spider silk thread. phys.org/news/2010-05-sci…
Giant pandas are under thread of mass starvation due to bamboo mass blossoming this year. After bamboo, panda's main food source, blooms it dies and it takes 10 years for new bamboo to mature. When this happened in 1975 giant panda population dropped from 2000 to 1000 over the next 10 years. earth.org/bamboo-flowerin…
In the 90’s Sitcom Family Matters Steve Urkle (Jaleel White) was only suppose to appear in just one episode of Family Matters (More Details In Thread) mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The Kaaba πŸ•‹ in the Great Mosque of Mecca is black because it's covered with a giant silk shroud called the kiswah. It's made with 670 kgs of black silk, embroidered with 15 kg of gold thread, and costs $4.5 million to make. It's also replaced every year by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kis…
Light bulbs in the New York City subway system screw in "backwards" (i.e. with left-handed threads) so people won't steal them to use at home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edi…
Several mosquito species have a proboscis that’s strong enough to make it through the tight weave of denim. There’s also lots of space between the threads that make up socks, and mosquitoes can easily suck blood through those spaces abchomeandcommercial.com/…
Today I learned of Setara Hussainzada, the first woman to ever sing in a TV program in Afghanistan. She received numerous death threads and has been force to live in exile. youtu.be/QJ5enk8eS_Y
Chinchillas have 50 hairs per follicle which is why their fur is so soft, like a fine thread count animals.howstuffworks.com…
In WW2 escape compasses for the RAF were sometimes hidden by being made to look like a button (unscrewing the top revealed the small compass). When the Germans found out, they changed to a reverse thread, so trying to unscrew the button the usual way tightened it instead, keeping it hidden. paratrooper.be/articles/e…
Most plastic soda bottle tops are designed to save materials by using gapped thread standard called PCO 1881 published by the International Society of Beverage Technologists. bevtech.org/assets/Commit…
Ballooning is a process by which spiderlings and even some species of adult spiders move through the air by releasing one or more gossamer threads from their spinnerets to catch the wind becoming airborne sometimes for long distances and great heights at the mercy of air and electric currents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Thread is measured in lengths called Lea (120 yds/110 m), Hank (a length of 7 leas) and Spyndle (14,400 yards/13,200 m), and Thread (54 inches/1.4 inches). Denier refers to the weight (in g) of 9000 m of thread. A single thread of silk 9000 m long weighs about a g, so it's 1 denier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Mycelium (fungal threads that form a network, usually underground, mushrooms being just their fruiting bodies) are so tiny that one cubic inch of soil contains enough to stretch for 8 miles permaculturenews.org/2014…
Iceland is extremely protective of their language, instead of loaning words from other languages they repurpose old ones, telephone is 'simi', meaning thread, jet plane is 'thota', meaning to zoom and the word for computer, 'tΓΆlva' translates to number priestess or numbers witch. gizmodo.com/icelandic-has…
Cyril of Alexandria claimed that "camel" is a Greek misspelling in the phrase "it's easier for a camel to thread the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter heaven." He claimed camel was actually "kamilos," meaning rope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye…
The Pope wears red leather "papal shoes" outside, the color represents the blood of Catholic martyrs. They are not to be confused with the indoors "papal slippers", made of satin, silk and gold thread. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pap…
Screwdrivers "popping out" of Phillips-head screws is an intentional design goal of the Phillips-head shape, to prevent thread damage during automated manufacturing. The design remains popular even though improvements to automatic screwdrivers have largely eliminated its benefits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
The bottom button on some button-up shirts is sewed with a different color thread, and the button hole is horizontal instead of vertical. manmadediy.com/2983-what-…
Deep in the remote Senegalese countryside is an arts centre built by one of New York’s top architects. It’s called 'The Thread' - its ambition is to push modern art away from its usual London, New York or Berlin crowd and closer to people in the developing world youtube.com/watch?v=pfefz…
Today I learned about Dimitri Tsafendas, who wanted to end Apartheid in South Africa by killing Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd. Under death threads against him and his relatives he had to plead mentally ill, by stating that a tape worm in his guts told him to kill. He died imprisoned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dim…
The metal band of a Mason Jar is suppose to be removed for storage to prevent residual water between the jar threads and the lid from rusting the band. If the jar seal is properly formed, internal vacuum will keep the lid tightly on the jar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
Jonathan Swift, author of β€œGulliver’s Travels”, disarmed what is widely thought to be the first letterbomb. Intended for Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford, it was rigged by a string to set off two pistols when opened. Swift cut the thread on the package, saving the Earl's life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let…
It takes roughly 150 flowers to yield 1 gram (0.035 oz) of dry saffron threads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saf…
Women used needle and thread to sew their hair in place before modern bobby pins and hair ties. youtu.be/9yPwVwSwvAI
Gandhi's spinning wheel and a habit of spinning were remnants of a 1921 campaign, where underemployed Indians would spin their own thread rather than buy British fabric, regardless of whether this would actually be economical. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about Morgellons, a condition in which sufferers complain of bugs and colored threads under their skin. It is controversially considered a form of "delusional parisitosis" by most in the medical community. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
If you were to scale up a cell so that the DNA within was as thick as a sewing thread, that cell would be 200 kilometers long nytimes.com/2003/03/16/bo…
A Baltimore hairdresser helped prove that ancient Roman Vestal Virgins' hairstyles were not wigs, as was commonly believed, but was instead achieved through the use of needle & thread, which she showed by recreating the hairstyle on a live person for the first time in centuries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
Spiders use the breeze to start spinning a web between two trees that are feet apart. The thread that is produced is not sticky or gluey, but is still able to stick to trees and other surfaces. earthsky.org/earth/how-do…
The cause of so many urban pigeons’ missing toes/feet is fine wire, string, thread, and even human hair getting tangled up in their feet. To a lesser degree, also from infections from standing in their own excrement. 🀒 blogs.scientificamerican.…
Unlike a moth caterpillar that spins thread to produce a cocoon, a butterfly caterpillar sheds its skin to reveal it’s chrysalis. youtu.be/5XWFFTuX5gQ
A hairstylist discovered that Roman women used needle and thread in their natural hair to create their intricate hair styles, though they were previously thought to have been wigs. journalofromanarch.com/sa…
Toyota's logo depicts a thread going through the eye of a needle. It a call back to when Toyota used to make weaving machines. toyoheadquarters.com/thre…
The tapestry in Brave was actually composed of billions of individual, digital threads that were all woven together. io9.gizmodo.com/5957662/y…
The thread of a bicycle's left pedal is reversed. Lefty tighty righty loosey en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Bic…
Spiders build webs by spinning a thread into the wind which sticks to a random spot, it then becomes a tightrope to spin the rest of the web from. earthsky.org/earth/how-do…
Toyota started as a loom company. This is why their "T" logo looks like a sewing machine. The thread runs through the needle making the "T" wikipedia.org/wiki/Histor…
In 1862, massive storms put much of California underwater, destroying 1/4 of the state's economy. The Central Valley became a massive lake, Sacramento was underwater for months. Experts say such floods happen every 100 to 200 years, and could repeat at any time. More links in the thread. soundwaves.usgs.gov/2011/…
Today I learned of a "Hair tourniquet", a medical condition wherein a hair or other thread becomes tied around a toe or finger tightly, so as to put the digit at risk of damage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
The little gaps perpendicular to the screw threads on plastic bottles are there for a reason - to allow gas to escape when you open the bottle so that it doesn't POP like a champagne bottle. 3:00 in on the video. youtube.com/watch?v=KL6k_…
9000 meters of single strand silk weighs about 1 gram. It is also known as a Denier and used to define how fine a thread is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The word 'clue' comes from 'clew' a thread of ball or yarn, and ultimately from how Theseus found his way out of the Minotaur's lair. etymonline.com/index.php?…
[] in India and some Asian countries a celebration of protecting sisters called Raksha Bandhan. Sister ties a thread on brothers wrist as a commitment to protecting her for life. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/R…
On Chinese forums, the first comment in a thread is called the "sofa", so rather than seeing "first post!", instead you see "got the sofa!" chinasaysno.wordpress.com…
Today I learned of ballooning, a means by which spiders can travel through the air. The spider will release threads which will catch in the wind and drive the spider up to 5 km high and hundreds of kilometers away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
U. S. paper money is actually not paper at all – it’s cloth (75% cotton and 25% linen fibers). In the 1700's, people would repair their torn or frayed bills with a needle and thread. reliancebankstl.com/10-fu…
Leopard slugs mate by hanging together from a mucus thread and dangling their hermaphroditic penises, which intertwine into several different complex shapes while exchanging semen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lim…

Please note that this site uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse web traffic. Click here for more information.