Betta fish are very intelligent. They have been known to be able to recognize their owners. There are even some Betta fish that can do tricks like pushing a tiny ball through a ring using their nose. This is something that most fish are incapable of. bettafishhomeguide.com/be…
The element Cobalt gets its name from a trickster goblin of German folklore, the kobold, because when medieval miners discovered it and tried to smelt it thinking it was silver, it released toxic gasses they believed to be the goblin playing a trick on them. etymologynerd.com/blog/a-…
Steve Martin's Rope Tricks in the "3 Amigos" Were a Skill He Picked Up While Working at Disneyland in His Younger Days. youtu.be/FVJGb7UpnMA?t=31…
The famous pull to refresh in most of our social medias is actually a psychologic trick linking the lever of a gambling machine, thus you anticipate more glory upon doing this some movement of finger on your screen ihpi.umich.edu/news/socia…
We tip more when we get a mint with our restaurant bill because we are victims of a marketing trick known as Reciprocity. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Today I learned about Marjoe Gortner. Forced to be an evangelical preacher at a young age, he left his religion, but then returned to make some money. He eventually invited a documentary crew to follow him as he showed the β€œtricks” of his revivals. The 1972 film won an Oscar. wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjoe
A Canadian man placed feces in his mouth in order to trick a breathalyzer. It didn't work. drugfoundation.org.nz/mat…
The term "Hat-Trick" was first coined in cricket, in 1858, to describe H.H. Stephenson's taking three wickets with three consecutive deliveries. Fans held a collection for Stephenson and presented him with a hat, bought with the proceeds. The term was used in print for the first time in 1865. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat…
During WWII the Royal Marines used a body with fake orders to trick the Axis Powers into believing the Allies were invading Greece en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
In the non-canonical Acts of Thomas that Jesus Christ sells his twin brother Judas Thomas into slavery in order to trick him into going to India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
l, the invention of artificial refrigeration 1904, and various poultry raising techniques eggs were seasonal to the majority of the population. Farmers used various feed/light methods to trick hens into thinking it was spring and laying eggs year-round. Today eggs are a staple of most diets. daily.jstor.org/when-refr…
Goldfish have a memory-span of at least three MONTHS, not seconds, and can distinguish between different shapes, colors and sounds. By using positive reinforcement, goldfish can be trained to recognize and to react to light signals of different colors or to perform tricks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
By redefining the shape of a person's key features, Juggalo makeup can evade facial recognition technologies that rely on identifying areas of contrast (e.g. around eyes & chin). However, the makeup cannot trick technologies based on depth perception. yahoo.com/entertainment/t…
It is considered bad luck to play a trick after midday on April Fool's day and that if you do play a joke after midday, you are considered the April fool yourself! learnenglish.britishcounc…
Oranges can spray fire. This happens because inside the peel is a oil called D-limonene. You can use this to help light fire pit or even show of some tricks like a bartender. astrocampschool.org/orang…
Tony Hawk Performed 50 Tricks in Celebration of Turning 50. The 50 tricks were among the 100+ tricks that he created since he started skating in '77. youtu.be/8Zx7fFFfPis
Today I learned of Kenny "K-Strass" Strasser. Before achieving fame as Nate on The Office, comedian Mark Proksch convinced multiple news shows that he was a Yo-Yo Master named "K Strass". He appeared an multiple morning shows, often unable to do basic Yo-Yo tricks deadspin.com/fake-yo-yo-t…
Christmas in the Middle Ages was more like Mardi Gras on steroids; including raucous parties that lasted for days, animal sacrifices, and adult trick or treating. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Dogs evolved the specific muscles that give them the ability to raise their inner eyebrows more than 33,000 years ago; as they became domesticated. It's an evolutionary trick used to manipulate humans. theatlantic.com/science/a…
Today I learned of the existence of HOV-lanes in the USA, reserved exclusively for cars with multiple occupants. Some drivers try to trick the system by placing blow-up dolls in the passenger seat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
Bumblebees have parasitic "doppelgangers" called cuckoo bumblebees that resemble a specific race enough to be able to sneak into their nest, kill the queen, and trick all the workers into feeding their offspring and ultimately taking over the whole nest before moving onto their next target. bumblebee.org/cuckoo.htm
50% of Panda births result in twins, but Panda moms almost always abandon one. Therefore, Zookeepers have to switch the cubs every few hours to trick the mom in to caring for both. youtu.be/oSRv6znj-n8
Some female penguins engage in prostitution. Performing sex act in exchange for pebbles. However, sometimes they will just trick the male into thinking they’ll have sex, then run off once she gets the pebble. dailypicksandflicks.com/2…
The trick from "Office Space" where they stole tiny fractions of a cent from a large number of transactions and put it into their own bank accounts is called 'salami slicing' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
The 1989 NFL halftime show featured magician/Elvis impersonator "Elvis Presto" performing "the world's largest card trick" broadcast in 3-D. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Today I learned about horsemen from the country of Georgia who are credited with introducing trick riding to American rodeos with their Wild West circus shows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Charlemagne had a cloth made of asbestos and would play tricks on people at dinner because it wouldn't burn. io9.gizmodo.com/the-sordi…
Female fish can fake an orgasm to trick the male into thinking they've successfully mated and swim off to find a better partner. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
St Louis is one of the only cities where when children go Trick-or-Treating the kids say Halloween jokes. Happy Halloween Everyone news.stlpublicradio.org/p…
In Des Moines, IA, kids go trick or treating on October 30th which is called Beggars night. Kids have to tell a joke or riddle to get candy. whotv.com/2015/10/30/digg…
A canadian man changed his name to Above Znoneofthe for an election to trick people into voting for him. time.com/4201147/above-zn…
Fishers, a fierce and furry animal resembling a European polecat, climb trees like a cat but are able, thanks to hind feet that can rotate almost 180 degrees, to climb down headfirst. That trick helps them kill porcupines by attacking the quilled animal's non-quilled head from above. phys.org/news/2018-02-app…
A Penn and Teller magic trick inadvertently led to the creation of safer car airbags and is a classic example of 'serendipitous' design cbsnews.com/news/the-powe…
Trick-or-Treating was paused during World War II due to sugar rations smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned the movie scene that Lloyd tells Harry about in Dumb and Dumber where they trick the waitress into having Sea Bass pick up their bill was from a movie called Something Wild, and the character that does the trick is played by Jeff Daniels himself! youtube.com/watch?v=hHv4a…
The Soviets set up fake border posts at the Czechoslovak borders in order to trick emigrants, making them think they were already in Germany. Once comfortable, they would talk to an "American" agent, revealing their contacts. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Monty Python and the Holy Grail originally included the characters riding on real horses but they could not afford to rent them so they were forced to add in the iconic coconut bit, which is an old radio trick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Today I learned about Police Constable Steve Hutton, who, on 2 separate occasions, barked at fleeing criminals to trick them into thinking he had a police dog with him. It worked. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Noise canceling headphones (like the new AirPods Pro) may trick your brain in to thinking there is a change in air pressure and creates fake pain to make you want to 'pop' your ears to alleviate the fake pressure sensation. howtogeek.com/423960/why-…
Today I learned about Georgian horsemen in the Wild West circuses who are credited with introducing trick riding to American rodeos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
During WW1 France built a fake Paris fitted with lights and even an Arc De Triomphe with the idea being to trick German bombers into bombing that Paris instead of the real one. youtu.be/abUCVr4Zjr0
In war it is illegal under the Geneva Convention to pretend to be injured in order to trick the enemy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
"Beggars' Night" is a regional substitute in some states for Trick Or Treating on a night instead of Halloween. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beg…
Engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel had to design and build his own percussion device to remove a gold sovereign that became lodged in his airway after attempting a magic trick for his kids. alaricstephen.com/main-fe…
Some Spiders pretend to be Ants, waving their front two legs like antennae, and copying ant zig-zag locomotive behavior in order to trick would-be predators like birds and spider-wasps into thinking they're an unpalatable or aggressive ant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Erik The Red who discovered Greenland, called it Greenland in spite of its ice cover, because people would be attracted to go there if it had a favorable name, and used it as a trick to lure settlers to Greenland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
Today I learned about Jimmy the raven, a movie star that appeared in more than 1000 films from the 1930s through the 1950s. He recognised several hundred words, could do many tricks (such tipying and riding a tiny motorcycle) and at one point he was even awarded a Red Cross gold medal for entertaining veterans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
The X-Files episode "Home" (S4, Ep2), is widely considered the most disturbing episode, and was inspired by a story from Charlie Chaplin's autobiography in which he was unexpectedly introduced to a legless man who slept in a cupboard and performed strange tricks and dances mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The sensation of falling when you're falling asleep is called a hypnic jerk. There is no definitive reason that they happen, one theory is the rapid decrease of heart rate and relaxation tricks your brain into thinking you're about to die so you get a jolt of adrenaline to wake you up. businessinsider.com/what-…
German yachtsman Arne Murke survived hours on open sea because he used a Navy SEAL trick to turn his jeans into a life jacket reuters.com/article/us-at…
Orson Welles spent the last nine years of his life working on a TV special where he did magic tricks with guests such as Angie Dickinson. After his death in 1985, the footage was given to the Munich Film Museum, which made a 27-minute cut that was shown at festivals but never released on video. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ors…
"placebo sleep": if you convince yourself that you slept well (even though you didn't), it tricks your brain into thinking that you did sleep well. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Today I learned about Shepard tones, which is an auditory illusion which tricks people into thinking a tone is constantly ascending or descending en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
To help airline passengers deal with travel anxiety, San Francisco International Airport has hired the nation's first airport therapy pig. LiLou wears costumes and performs tricks to help travelers calm down before boarding their flights. mercurynews.com/2016/12/0…
Uncooked spaghetti always break into more than two parts, a curious fact that already baffled Nobel-prize winning physicist Richard Feynman. The riddle was only solved last year by scientists who managed to make spaghetti snap into only two parts with a trick. npr.org/2018/08/16/639149…
Hugh Jackman worked as a birthday clown named 'Coco' and made just 50 bucks. Jackman admits that he had no magic tricks and was even told off by a 6 year old that he is terrible. usatoday.com/story/life/e…
Mary Toft managed to trick doctors into believing that she had given birth to rabbits. Mary did this by shoving the rabbits up her vagina before pushing them out and β€˜birthing’ them. wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_T…
Kids who Trick or Treat past the age of 12 in the city of Chesapeake, VA can be fined up to $100 and/or jailed for up to 6 months. library.municode.com/va/c…
Until 2015, people would ping their credit bureau (i.e Equifax) so many times that eventually their credit score went up because old items were "bumped" (erased) from a credit report. The trick was called "bumping" or "B*" and was kept quiet on forums for 5 years until bureaus caught on doctorofcredit.com/an-int…
In 1962 if astronaut John Glenn's Mercury mission resulted in disaster or failed, the CIA was ready to blame the Cuban government and Castro using fabricated intelligence suggesting Cuban sabotage in an effort to sway public opinion for a war with Cuba. Named Operation Dirty Trick. abcnews.go.com/US/story?i…
The first known case of "doping" in sports was by baseball Pitcher Pud Galvin in 1889. He took an injection containing crushed dog and guinea pig testicles, and then pitched a gem. One newspaper said that the aging Galvin was "once more was a youngster full of fun, power, and tricks." sports.vice.com/en_ca/art…
World champion magician Lennart Green was DQ'd in 1988 FISM convention because judges could not believe he did not use stooges. Her performed the same trick again in 1991 and won, after judges first shuffled his cards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
In 2010, the city of Belleville, Illinois, banned trick-or-treating for kids over 12. Teens can face fines from $100 to $1,000 for going door-to-door. today.com/news/some-citie…
Jews often visit Chinese restaurants over Christmas not just because they are open, but because Chinese restaurants tend to not mix milk and meat and are good places to "trick yourself" into thinking you are eating Kosher foods. theatlantic.com/national/…
Jim Crow-era "Literacy Tests" were frequently not even legitimate tests of reading skills but instead were a series of incredibly confusing trick questions such as "Print the word vote upside down, but in the correct order." slate.com/blogs/the_vault…
Psychologists are interested in magicians because they've been doing experiments for centuries and built a lot of techniques. Tricks rely on manipulating expectations, misdirecting, and can influence decision-making – all things that intrigue psychologists. spring.org.uk/2008/08/psy…
Of the bizarre case of a teenage boy in Manchester, UK. That, in 2003 tried to orchestrate his own murder by inventing multiple internet personas to trick his friend in to stabbing him to death... manchestereveningnews.co.…
A Giant Pacific octopus named Billye learnt to open childproof pill bottles. She could execute the push-and-turn trick - without any instruction - in an average time of five minutes. blogs.scientificamerican.…
In 1768, a skilled equestrian named Phillip Ashtley performed tricks on a horse while riding in a circle instead of a straight line, as his rivals at the time used to do. He chanced on the format and named it "circus". He is called the father of modern circus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Pigs have a relatively high cognitive ability, with the ability to use mirrors and learn a considerable amount of tricks. humanesociety.org/animals…
Today I learned of the Beau Geste effect. Animals can trick you into believing there are more of them by manipulating their sound. forestsociety.org/forest-…
A fig tree tricks a certain species of wasp to pollinate it, sends it down a small passage in the fruit where its wings are ripped off, after which it is digested by enzymes. Figs eat wasps. thekitchn.com/strange-sym…
Capsaicin tricks the receptors in our body into thinking that it's actually an intense heat which is why it feels like spicy food burns our mouths. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The word "con" in the context of a fraud or scam is short of "confidence trick", where confidence refers to the victim's trust that they are not being conned en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Michael Keaton's real name is Michael Douglas, but he was forced to use Keaton because the other actor was already using his name. As a result, he often inadvertently plays tricks on people expecting Michael Douglas - only to get Michael Keaton. cinemablend.com/news/1676…
Catcher Dave Bresnahan threw a potato to trick a runner home. The minor leagues kicked him out and was later quoted saying "Lou Gehrig had to play in 2,130 consecutive games and hit .340 for his number to be retired, and all I had to do was bat .140 and throw a potato." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BB%…
The telemarketing trick that make it seem like a telemarketer is calling from a local number is called "neighbor spoofing". aarp.org/money/scams-frau…
An American magician in the 1900's acted as a Chinese man for his show and never broke character in public, even using a translator when speaking to journalists. he died on stage after a trick went wrong, his last words were "Oh my God. Something's happened. Lower the curtain." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Loud Chips Packets are a marketing ploy & were designed to trick your Brain to associate it with freshness & crispness.. news.com.au/lifestyle/foo…
It is a Class 4 misdemeanor for anyone over the age of 12 to go Trick-or-Treating in Hampton, Virginia. library.municode.com/va/h…
Steve Martin's first job was at Disneyland. He frequented the Main Street Magic shop and demonstrated tricks to potential customers. He was captured in the background of a home movie that was made into the short film Disneyland Dream, incidentally becoming his first film appearance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Rodney Mullen is considered the "Godfather" of modern street skating. He's credited with inventing 37 tricks including the flatground ollie, the Kickflip, the Heelflip, and the 360 flip. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
The devil's advocate technique helps improving decision-making and problem-solving within groups by one member of the group artificially acting as one who asks critical questions and tries to prevent the made decision by every trick in the book (the "devil"). simplicable.com/new/devil…
The Governor of Greece had to trick farmers into stealing his potatoes. Kapodistrias arrived to a newly formed Greece in 1828 to find a bankrupt and hungry nation, and decided to introduce potatoes. He left piles for the farmers to plant, but they wouldn't go near the suspicious-looking bulbs. englishlanguageandhistory…
In order to charge more for cinnamon Arab traders claimed that the sticks were used by deadly birds to build their nest. The only way to get it was to trick the bird into trying fill its nest with heavy pieces of meat. The nest would fall and the cinnamon would be taken before the birds attacked verstegen.eu/en/uk/corpor…
A man sued Blue Man Group claiming he suffered permanent damage to his esophagus when the performers shoved a camera down his throat. It was revealed that it was a camera trick and nothing entered the mans mouth as the live footage was actually a pre recorded medical video marinij.com/general-news/…
Lennart Green, world champion close-up card magician was disqualified from the 1988 competition when the magician judges thought he must have been using stooges to shuffle the cards. He performed the same trick 3 years later, asking the judges to do the shuffling and won. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
The way Helsinki survived WW2. In 1944 the USSR began a massive air attack on the city to force Finland to leave the war. Finns used fires and searchlights to trick Soviet bombers into dropping bombs outside the city. Russian diplomats were surprised to find an intact Helsinki after the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
The earliest known example of a manufactured prop used in a magic trick is the blow book. Popularised after the invention of the printing press, these "magic" coloring books were used in the 16th century to refute the existence of witchcraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
"Con Man" was coined by Dr. James Houston, a reporter for the NY Gazette. He wrote a satirical piece on Samuel Thompson, a jailed trickster who would trick rich people into giving them money out of confidence. The satire was misjudged as praise and Thompson was known as the Confidence Man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Today I learned of Narcotizing Dysfunction. A theory where you obsessively follow the news until it tricks your brain that you are doing something about it, when in reality you are doing shit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nar…
In 1956, a magician was performing the "cut a person in half" trick using his wife for a televised performance. Immediately after she was divided, the host ended the show. People were horrified, thinking she had been killed, but time had just run out on the broadcast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saw…
Today I learned about the Barking Dog Play, perhaps the greatest trick play in basketball: one player gets on all fours and barks like a dog to distract the opposition during an inbounds play. youtube.com/watch?time_co…
Kid Rock has inducted Aerosmith, Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Cheap Trick into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Many who survived the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945 were subsequently eaten by sharks as they bobbed in open waters for four days. Navy intelligence had ignored a message from the sub that had torpedoed it, thinking it was a trick to lure American rescue boats into an ambush. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In George Michael's Freedom! 90 music video, Cindy Crawford's famous steamy bath scene was actually a camera trick and used no water. She was soaked down in shiny glycerin inside an empty tub. "I was resting on an apple box to get me up high enough so it wasn't just my eyeballs peeking out..." allure.com/story/25th-ann…
A royal footman was once fired from Buckingham Palace for having a "party trick" of pouring alcohol into the royal corgis' food and watching them stagger about. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Oprah and David Letterman feuded for over a decade. It started when Letterman made Oprah pay for his lunch by pulling the trick used by Lloyd in Dumb & Dumber. huffingtonpost.com/2010/0…

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