The tiles on the space shuttle dissipate heat so efficiently that you can pick them up straight out of a 2200 degree oven. youtu.be/Pp9Yax8UNoM
There exists a map projection, based on the tetrahedron, which makes it possible to tile a surface with infinitely many copies of the Earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee…
At the 2011 World Scrabble Championships in Poland, a competitor demanded the official strip search his opponent after a β€˜G’ tile went missing, but the officials decided against it due to a lack of evidence of cheating npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Today I learned of the Moon Museum, a <1/2 square inch tile left on the Moon containing drawings by six prominent artists...including a penis drawn by Andy Warhol en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
A French family had a roof leak in 2011. Upon inspection, the culprit turned out to be a 4.5 billion year old meteorite that had smashed through their roof tile. the family's name? Commette. world.time.com/2011/10/11…
The Toynbee tiles are cryptic messages of unknown origin. Hundreds of tiles are embedded in streets of major US and South American cities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
A Disney mosaic tile artist was also a master S.S. interrogator for the Nazis during World War II. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
The wife of General George S. Patton, Beatrice Banning Ayer, was once so offended by the lack of respect shown to her husband by another officer that she leapt onto him, knocked him down, and began pounding his head against a tile floor armchairgeneral.com/a-ver…
Last summer (2019) forty people were seriously injured when a wave pool in China malfunctioned and created a dangerous Tsunami! The pool was overcrowded and people smashed into each other and got bloody from the hard tiles at the bottom. The operator may or may not have been drinking. cnn.com/videos/world/2019…
For 20 years, the wooden pieces for every Scrabble set in North America were manufactured in Fairfax, Vermont. FYI, in the US, the standard Scrabble sets had wooden tiles, and the deluxe ones had plastic, but in Europe, it was the other way around. vtdigger.org/2019/12/26/t…
John Houbolt, who was an early supporter of Lunar Orbit Rendezvous for the Apollo missions, co-wrote a letter concerned the first Shuttle launch would be lost due to the heat tiles being damaged. Such an issue resulted in the loss of shuttle Columbia in 2003. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
When playing all seven tiles in Scrabble, it is called a bingo in the United States, bonus in the United Kingdom and scrabble in French en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bin…
Scallops have up to 200 eyes, each the size of a poppy seed, that contain a miniature mirror made up of millions of square tiles nytimes.com/2017/11/30/sc…
Islamic architects invented Girih tiles β€” a set of tiles that can completely cover an unlimited surface in a non-periodic way β€” five centuries before the modern science rediscovered it as Penrose tiling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gir…
Today I learned of Toynbee tiles. These tiles are linoleum based imprints in random streets across the world, found in 24 major cities. They are roughly the size of a license plate, and most of them are located in Philadelphia. The person responsible for them has never been caught. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
In the centre of Nagasaki's Peace Park is simple, black monolith that marks the epicenter of the atomic bomb's explosion. Furthermore, there is an area that allows visitors to take a look at a layer of soil below the park's surface where broken roof tiles, bricks and pieces of glass japan-guide.com/e/e4400.h…
The construction of the Holland Tunnel in New York used 15,000 square meters of tiles called "Tunelia", which were custom-made by tile factory "RAKO" in Czechoslovakia, Europe. The entire order was supervised by an American engineer and shipped overseas as a whole. rako.cz/en/about-us-1/pro…
In 1914 Daniel Hess refused to sell the last bit of his property to the city of New York after the rest his property had been seized via eminent domain, and today it remains on the sidewalk with a tile that reads "Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated For Public Purposes" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hes…
To decide on letter distribution, Scrabble inventor Alfred Butts studied the front page of The New York Times and did painstaking calculations of letter frequency. His basic cryptographic analysis of our language and his original tile distribution have remained valid for over 60 years. scrabble-assoc.com/info/h…
The tiles in Tetris are called Tetronimos. This is a mathematical term that refers to four tiles connected orthogonally. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet…
"Monster Mash" used low-budget sound effects for the recording: the sound of a coffin opening was made by a rusty nail being pulled out of a board; the sound of a cauldron bubbling was water being bubbled through a straw, and the chains rattling were simply chains being dropped on a tile floor. songfacts.com/detail.php?…
Pyrrhus of Epirus, an ancient Greek General, died while fighting an enemy soldier in the streets of Argos. The soldier's mother, who was watching their battle from a rooftop, threw a tile that hit Pyrrhus in the head and paralyzed him, sealing his fate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyr…
Pyrrhus of Epirus, an ancient Greek General, died while fighting an enemy soldier in the streets of Sparta. The soldier's mother, who was watching their battle from a rooftop, threw a tile that hit Pyrrhus in the head and paralyzed him, sealing his fate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyr…
There is a math version of Scrabble, with 0~9, + - * / ^ and ≑ (always equal) tiles. A legal "word" is a correct equation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
The Space shuttle used normal bathroom sealant to glue the heat resistant tiles in place endemolshinedistribution.…
A misfired bullet went past safeties at a range, through a storage room, missing a broom and some pipes by inches, breaks through another wall, struck a ceiling tile, skid along the tile for 7 inches, made a downward turn, penetrates another wall, and entered a boy's brain, killing him. youtu.be/HQ9WPwaSgRM
Scrabble in different languages have differing letter distributions of the tiles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
A 1980 article predicted Space Shuttle's high costs per launch, rocket booster failure (Challenger 1986) and fragile heat tiles (Columbia 2003). thespacereview.com/articl…
Today I learned of the Toynbee tiles, plates of an unknown origin scattered across two continents and containing cryptic references to 2001: A Space Odyssey en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
STS-27 Atlantis had similar damage from liftoff that brought down Columbia but survived reentry by chance because the damaged tile uncovered a steel antenna mount. youtu.be/hLHo9ZM3Bis?t=52…
Today I learned of the Toynbee Tiles, cryptic messages placed in asphalt on roads in about two dozen major cities in the United States and South America. They started appearing the 1980s and while there have been different suspects no one has been clearly identified as the creator of them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
A mysterious man placed dozens of tiles on roads all over the Northeastern US and even South America over a period of 20 years. They contain the boggling message: "TOYNBEE IDEA IN MOViE' 2001 RESURRECT DEAD ON PLANET JUPITER." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
The word 'Vandalism' stems from the sack of Rome by the Germanic Vandals in the year 455, during which they damaged objects of cultural significance such as the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus by stripping away the gilt bronze roof tiles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
The origin of Toynbee tiles still has not been solved, despite many new copycat tiles interestingengineering.co…
There are only 17 ways to make a repeatable (tile) visual pattern such as rotating, mirroring, and flipping en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Today I learned of a chess move called "En Passant" where if a pawn were to have been able to be captured by another pawn had it moved one tile up instead of two, on the next turn, the pawn that would have been able to capture it, can. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/E…
NASA's Space Shuttle tiles can absorb oil but leave water behind... possible solution to human-caused oil spills. youtu.be/CchPemGaEmw?t=7m…
Then NASA Director of Mission Operations John Harpold, upon hearing about the damages to thermal tiles that led to the Columbia disasater, said that "it would be better for them to have a happy successful flight and die unexpectedly" than to stay on orbit indefinitely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Today I learned of Severino Verna, an introvert whose idea about resurrection the media wouldn't publiticize. So he made Tiles all around North and South America to get his message across. It was a mystery for many decades until Justin Duerr and his crew figured it out. temple-news.com/arts/myst…
There are thousands of space invader tiles all over the world done by an artist "Invader" space-invaders.com/sominv…
The first Space Shuttle flight (STS-1) lost several thermal tiles but this wasn't thought to be an issue. youtu.be/YlIApHgLe9E?t=61…
That the 1995 Ford GT90 Concept car had an exhaust so hot, that it could damage the car's body panels. Because of this, the car required ceramic tiles, similar to the ones used on the Space Shuttle, in order to keep the car from melting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
There are over 130 tiles called "Toynbee Tiles" found in the asphalt in major cities around the world. No one knows who put them there or where they came from. Each tile has the inscription, "Toynbee idea / Resurrect dead / Movie '2001' / Planet Jupiter." weirdus.com/states/new_yo…
Hundreds of random cement tiles have been placed all over the world with similar messages, the creator of which has never been identified en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/T…
The Welsh language version of Scrabble has no X or Z tiles, and 7 Y tiles, valued at 1 point each. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…
In 1983 the government of Indonesia prohibited any outdoor activities during a total solar eclipse. Locals are required to seal off all windows, ventilation shafts and glass tiles to prevent sunlight from entering their houses. print.kompas.com/baca/201…
Vanna White sued Samsung for $403,000 for using a robot in an ad that turned tiles on a board... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
Saddam Hussein installed a tile mosaic depicted of George Bush to force visitors to walk over his face. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_…
13 of the words in the official Scrabble word list are unplayable even with both blank tiles. These include "knickknack" and "pizzazz". scrabbleplayers.org/w/Off…
The 'Toynbee tiles' are messages of unknown origin embedded in streets in about two dozen major cities in the US and South America. They reference Jupiter, resurrection, and the year 2001. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…

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