Bilinguals experience tip-of-the-tongue moments twice as often as monolinguals. Processing two languages at the same time comes with a computational cost. Although, this kind of β€œmultitasking” trains the brain. thebrainstorms.io/brain-l…
Today I learned of the Yaghan, the people inhabiting the southernmost tip of the world. Despite extreme cold, they used to wear no clothing and instead lit many fires. This caused passing European ships to call their land the "land of fires". wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaghan…
Einstein once gave a note in lieu of a tip to a Japanese courier. The note said, β€œa quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest”. It sold in 2017 for $1.56m. theguardian.com/science/2…
A horse stands on the tip of one toe. The remaining β€œfingers” have long since faded away with the evolution of the horse, but the split bones along the cannon bone are vestigial remnants of the second and fourth fingers horseillustrated.com/hors…
Snapping a wet towel can cause the tip to go as fast as 120 MPH youtu.be/SGGi7AqEvrY
Caterpillars have structures at the tip of their walking legs called CROCHETS that act like velcro to keep them anchored to surfaces!! thecaterpillarlab.org/sin…
Cigarettes used to be handmade with rose petals covering the tips for people that found the ordinary cork filters too harsh on their lips youtu.be/PrldWmzUoNE?t=65
Sign languages have a phenomenon that is equivalent to tip of the tongue moments in spoken languages: tip of the fingers. jstor.org/stable/40064328…
Cartoonist Bill Watterson named the main characters of his popular cartoon series Calvin and Hobbes after the 16th-century theologian John Calvin and the 17th-century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes allegedly as a "tip of the hat" to the political science department at Kenyon. britannica.com/topic/Calv…
Minnesota law enforcement agencies created a deck of "Cold Case Playing Cards," each card featuring photos and info for victims of unsolved homicide, missing person, and unidentified remains cases, to generate tips. dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/…
There is a naturally growing forest at the southern tip of Greenland in Qinngua Valley en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin…
A zookeeper secretly grew a cannabis plantation inside the rhino enclosure at an Austrian zoo for years. He was the only one who had access to the enclosure and police made the discovery after a tip from a drug user. digitaljournal.com/articl…
The Dunce Cap was invented by Duns Scotus during the 13th century and was originally worn by the intelligent. Scotus believed that in some metaphysical way, the shape of the cap could act as a funnel for knowledge from the tip to the brain. slate.com/human-interest/…
In 15th c. Europe, excessively long, pointy shoes called β€œpoulaines” were popular among nobles, with some tips extending 5” past the toe. The longer the point/pike the more leisurely the wearer’s lifestyle. England equated them to public indecency and banned pikes of more than 2” in 1463. atlasobscura.com/articles…
In 1917 U.S. Radium Corporation manufactured glow-in-the-dark watch dials that used radium to make them luminous.The women would dip their brushes into radium, lick the tip of the brushes to give them a precise point, That direct contact and exposure led to many women dying from radium poisoning en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
Since bird beaks are measured from the tip of the beak to the nostrils, the Kiwi technically has the shortest beak in the world since it’s nostrils are at the very tip of its beak. sciencelearn.org.nz/resou…
Daniel Craig did all his stunts himself for the Bond franchise and has been injured multiple times including having his two front teeth shattered, losing the tip of a finger, spraining his arm, his knee, and twisting his ankle. esquire.com/entertainment…
The inventor of the sewing machine had a dream where cannibals were going to cook him. In the dream their spears had holes at the tip that they raised up and down. This inspired him for the breakthrough of the machine, putting a hole at the tip instead of the base. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Comedian/Actor Joel McHale took an Uber from Rochester, NY to Manhattan. His flight out was canceled and needed to get to his appearance on Jimmy Fallon, so he spent $700 on a (350 mile, 5-6 hour) Uber ride and paid $200 in tips, as well as paid the driver additional money for his gas back. 13wham.com/news/local/ube…
Today I learned of the Clacton Spear. A wooden spear tip that survived intact for 420,000 years but has broken several times since its discovery in 1911. core.ac.uk/download/pdf/1…
Americans are now tipping more money, and for more services, than ever before. It’s a phenomenon called β€œTip Creep” where social pressure encourages tipping for counter-service interactions where a tip was previously never given. englishmanlovesamerica.co…
John Cleese has a rubbish tip named after him in New Zealand because he insulted the city of Palmerston North. abc.net.au/news/2007-05-2…
In 2014, scientist Michael J. Smith published a study on where it’s most and least painful to get stung by a bee. Most painful: nostril, lip, and penis shaft. Least painful: skull, middle toe tip, and arm. He won an IgNobel Prize. peerj.com/articles/338/
The Hiller YH-32 Hornet was an experimental helicopter powered by two little ramjet engines attached to the tips of the rotor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hil…
Famous jazz pianist Fats Waller was kidnapped by gangsters for three days in Chicago in 1926. He was the "surprise guest" at Al Capone's birthday party. He was later found very drunk, extremely tired, and had earned thousands of dollars in cash from Capone and other party-goers as tips. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat…
In Japan it is considered rude to tip staff at restaurants, as it's considered an act of pity japan-talk.com/jt/new/why…
Alexa commercials are intentionally muted in the 3,000Hz to 6,000Hz range of the audio spectrum, which apparently tips off the system that the β€œAlexa” phrase being spoken isn’t in fact a real command and should be ignored. theverge.com/platform/amp…
In WWI, a German ship made its way to a British colony about 1700 km off the tip of India. The captain of the ship was surprised when he was welcomed. No news of the war had reached the colony. The ship was repaired and restocked, and in thanks, the captain had a local’s boat fixed. warhistoryonline.com/war-…
Greenland actually has a forest. It's a 9 mile stretch of birch and willow trees called the Qinngua Valley, which is located on the southern tip of the island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin…
After a woman was murdered at a Texas church, it was discovered that a person in full makeshift tactical gear had been wandering around the church before her arrival. They were caught on the church’s CCTV and are thought to be her murderer. Despite over 2,000 tips, the case remains unsolved. nbcdfw.com/news/local/3-Y…
The Icelandic Phallological Museum holds the worlds largest display of penises and penile parts, including the tip of a Blue Whale penis weighing 150lbs, dubbed β€œa real Moby Dick”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
In 52.5% of NBA games, the team that wins the tip wins the game 82games.com/random14.htm#…
-Alexa commercials are intentionally muted in the 3,000Hz to 6,000Hz range of the audio spectrum, which tips off the system that the β€œAlexa” phrase being spoken isn’t in fact a real command and should be ignored theverge.com/2018/2/2/169…
In the Yakuza, pinkies are amputated for transgressions. There is a woman in Japan that handcrafts new pinkies for former members. They help reformed criminals regain a normal life. The fake tip, which lasts 5-10 years, slides on to the existing stub like a lid on to a pen. theguardian.com/world/201…
Neil Armstrong and Aldrin were almost stranded on the moon because they broke a vital circuit breaker, snapping power to the engine. They finally managed to push and hold it back in with a felt-tip pen long enough for it to work. history.com/news/buzz-ald…
The dust storm that sets off the events in the film "The Martian" isn't plausible because the atmosphere on Mars is about 1% as dense as Earth's and the winds in the strongest Martian storms top out at about 60 miles per hour, unlikely to tip or rip apart major mechanical equipment. mars.nasa.gov/news/1854/t…
Michael Jordan once tipped a waitress a $5 chip for bringing him a drink. Wayne Gretzky stopped the waitress, removed the $5 chip, grabbed one of the many $100 chips on Jordan’s side of the table, and gave it to her. Then he said, "That's how we tip in Las Vegas, Michael." sbnation.com/2010/9/9/167…
Today I learned about the "Vigiles" or Watchmen of Rome. Created by Caesar Augustus, they were firefighters who were also allowed to stop petty crimes while patrolling the city at night. If a magistrate found that someone had ignored the Vigiles' fire safety tips, the citizen was ordered beaten. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vig…
Today I learned about a journalist/broadcaster from BBC who was assassinated at a bus stop in London by the KGB. A 1.7mm pallet was shot in his leg from the tip of an umbrella. The coating of the pallet melted and allowed the deadly toxin "Ricin" to be absorbed in his bloodstream. He was dead 4 days later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
A U-2 spy plane lands via a "controlled crash" every time because its massive wingspan makes it difficult to maneuver and there are no wheels on the sides (only front and back). When the plane finally tips to one side, the titanium skid pads under the wings help bring it to a stop. youtu.be/txVHB8k0rTI
Dalian, China, was ruled by Russia and it became the southern tip of the Trans-Siberian Railway and the main port of the eastern Russian empire. The Chinese government resumed control following the Second World War, though the city was jointly run with Russia until 1955 wikitravel.org/en/Dalian
Daniel Craig has been injured 5 times while playing James Bond. He does all of his own stunts, and has had his two front teeth smashed out, lost the tip of a finger, sprained his arm and knee in separate incidents, and pulled his ankle. esquire.com/entertainment…
In Taiwan, it is customary for condemned prisoners to leave a NT$500-$1000 (approx 17-$33 USD) tip for their executioner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Dogs have a special set of taste buds that can taste WATER at the tip of their tongues. healthydogtreats.com.au/w…
The sound doves make when taking off/landing isn’t from their beak, but rather from their wing tips animals.mom.me/doves-wing…
Today I learned of the Fuegian dog, the only dog naturally domesticated not from the wolf, but from the fox. Now extinct, it was a companion of the Yaghan people living at very tip of Tierra del Fuego. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fue…
When you have something on the tip of your tongue, but all you can think of is that similar (but not the desired) fact, those intrusive thoughts are called "Ugly Sisters". oxfordreference.com/view/…
Bilinguals experience tip-of-the-tongue moments twice as often as monolinguals. Processing two languages at the same time comes with a computational cost. Although, this kind of β€œmultitasking” trains the brain. thebrainstorms.io/blog/br…
When House Speaker Tip O'Neill showed Ronald Reagan the desk of former president Grover Cleveland, Reagan remarked that he'd played Cleveland in a film. O'Neill reminded him that Reagan had actually played Grover Cleveland Alexander, a baseball player. sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-…
The Rainbow Shark isn't rainbow at all, and are usually a darker shade of black with red tips on it's fins. Furthermore, it's not even a shark, but a minnow with the appearance of a shark, thanks to it's dorsal fin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…

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