In 2015, people who ate the Burger King Halloween Special had their poop turn bright green. This was due to the combination of food colourings in the burger's bun, which was black for the occasion. cbsnews.com/news/black-bu…
While filming 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' (2017), Michael Keaton would whisper 'I'm Batman' to Tom Holland during fight scenes. "We have a fight in the movie and I punch him. He turns around and says [in a deep voice], β€˜I’m Batman.’ He kept doing Batman quotes on set” Holland said. batman-news.com/2017/01/1…
Max Brooks, the author of "World War Z" and son of Mel Brooks, was invited to join the Modern War Institute at West Point as a non-resident fellow to write about non-military issues that could turn violent in the future, such as corporate control of the food chain. theguardian.com/books/202…
Today I learned of Helmuth HΓΌbener, the youngest German legally executed by Nazi Germany. After being sentenced at the age of 17, he turned towards his judges and said "Now I must die, even though I have committed no crime. So now it's my turn, but your turn will come". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Before 1975, the BBC overwrote or destroyed old show tapes. Hundreds of Doctor Who episodes were thought lost forever, until a worldwide hunt began to turn them upβ€”e.g. 2 in a London Mormon Church, and a goldmine 9 in Nigeria (employees had ignored instructions to burn them). 97 remain unfound. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Many blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries have little transparent worms in them, that eventually turn into fruit flies unless you eat them first. Known as "Drosophila suzukii", this particular species first appeared in the United States in 2008. They are safe to eat. kuow.org/stories/there-ar…
'Turn On' (1969) was the shortest lived show in TV history, being yanked off the air by some affiliates before it even returned from the first commercial break in the first episode. The creators were paid to never air it again. metv.com/stories/turn-on-…
Today I learned about Rosie Ruiz, a woman who won the Boston Marathon in 1980. It turns out, she cheated and simply hopped in a cab and only pretended to run the race. She hopped out 1/2 of a mile away and jogged to her trophy(which was subsequently taken away 8 days later). nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna…
Carl Sagan convinced NASA to turn the Voyager Spacecraft towards earth and take the iconic β€œPale Blue Dot” photo nearly 4 billions miles away from earth planetary.org/explore/spa…
There are over 43 quintillion possible combinations for a rubix cube, and yet you are never more than 20 turns away from solving it independent.co.uk/news/sc…
About operation "come of power" where by a coven of British witches convened in the forest in 1940 to thwart the Nazi leadership and turn the tide of the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Today I learned about Hetty Green, the Witch of Wall Street. Know as "the greatest miser", she was said never to turn on the heat or use hot water, wore one dress and undergarments until they worn out, didn't wash her hands and ate fifteen cents pies. Her son lost his leg after she refused to pay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Het…
Fish can be 'right handed.' When hunting or being hunted, fish typically have a side for attack or direction to turn when chased. 'left handed' fish may find themselves separated from the school by a sudden turn when chased by predators. phys.org/news/2017-11-lef…
Hurricanes can collide into a phenomenon called the Fujiwhara Effect. At 900 miles, the two cyclones begin to orbit up until they reach 190 miles of each other, which is the moment when they'll then merge and the two storms turn into a single giant one. weather.gov/news/fujiwhar…
Spider-man received a Japanese live-action adaption in 1978, in which he piloted a giant robot. This use of giant robots subsequently became its own franchise, which, in turn, is adapted back in the US as Power Rangers ign.com/articles/2018/08/…
There's a company in the UK that takes wet coffee waste and turns it into things like coffee flavouring, and bio-fuel logs and pellets bio-bean.com/renewals/cof…
When electricity was first installed in the White House in 1891, President Benjamin Harrison and his wife were afraid of electrocution because of the new concept. They refused to touch light switches so the staff had to turn the lights on and off for them. energy.gov/articles/histo…
How William Shakespeare’s name is spelled is unknown, even to himself. His contemporaries spelled it more than 80 different ways, including β€œShappere” and β€œShaxberd”. It turns out, he never used β€œWilliam Shakespeare” once history.com/news/10-thing…
Chase Bank and J.P. Morgan & Co helped Germany in WWII by allowing Nazi sympathizers to purchase Marks (known as RΓΌckwanderer) with dollars to fund the war effort. The banks also turned over their client lists to the Nazis who in turn used it to recruit spies in the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Your lamp that clicks twice to turn on/off is a 3-stage lamp. If you use the proper bulb, it actually has a low, medium, and high setting. But since most lightbulbs aren't that fancy, they only work on in the medium and high setting, meaning you'll have to click twice to turn it on and off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3-w…
The drums in β€œNever Let Me Down Again” by Depeche Mode were sampled from the drums in β€œRhymin & Stealin” by the Beastie Boys, which we’re in turn sampled from β€œWhen The Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin. dmlive.wiki/wiki/Sample_s…
Due to a rare condition, a simple Hickey can turn into a deadly stroke, a 17-year-old die getting a hickey from his girlfriend. vice.com/en_ca/article/7b…
What causes the β€œlump” in your throat when you cry. The autonomic nervous system responds to all types of crying as stress. In turn, this opens the glottis to allow more oxygen into the lungs. When we swallow, the glottis must close, creating the β€œlump”. indianapublicmedia.org/am…
Today I learned about "Vibration white finger" also known as "hand-arm vibration syndrome". A secondary form of Raynaud's syndrome that's triggered by continuous use of vibrating hand-held machinery. Fingers and parts of the hand turn white due to prolonged vibration exposure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vib…
In 2016 a Forest Service Officer named Brad Treat took a blind turn while mountain biking at 30 mph. He crashed into a large grizzly bear that was sitting on the trail and was immediately mauled to death in response to the collision. nsmb.com/articles/report-…
Fire in Sweden turns cans of rotten fish into exploding missiles bbc.com/news/world-middle…
Today I learned about Microtargeting where machine-learning algorithms ingest large amounts of voter data to divide the electorate into narrow segments and predict which individual voters are best target to persuade or turn out in an election en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
When you get chills listening to music it stimulates reward pathways in the brain. Sad music often triggers chills more often than happy music, yet evokes positive emotions. Sad songs may activate a fear response in the brain, but when no real threat is present, the response turns positive. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In 2015, a flight from the UK to Dubai had to turn around and land after 30 minutes because of a 'poisonous' smell in the plane. The smell was later confirmed to be the "liquid faecal excrement" of a passenger in the toilet, which was so bad it caused a safety hazard. vice.com/en_uk/article/bn…
Nettilling Lake on Baffin Island is the largest lake on an island and also contains the largest lake on an island on a lake on an island, which in turn contains the largest island on a lake on an island in a lake on an island en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net…
Crows in Japan learned to crack walnuts by dropping them in a crosswalk. the birds hop in front of the cars and place walnuts. After the lights turn green the vehicles drive over the nuts, cracking them open. when it’s time to cross again, the crow join the pedestrians and pick up their meal. pbs.org/lifeofbirds/brain…
German anatomy institutes receive so many donations that they often have to turn away cadavers, or even charge donors to take them. This is the result of people avoiding strict funeral costs that they would otherwise be legally required to pay. german-way.com/history-an…
When it gets too hot in Australia, the nectar in certain flowers will ferment and turn into alcohol. These bees get "drunk" and are not allowed back into the hive before they sober up. vice.com/en_au/article/zm…
Toothpicks were popularized by Charles Forster who bought the patent & targeted stationers who would not buy them; hired Harvard students to go to those retailers and ask for toothpicks, who had to turn away customers. Forster would return to those stores and later sell billions. slate.com/human-interest/…
During world War II, the army would pour ice cold water in the ear of "draft dodgers" who pretended to be deaf. The normal response is to turn the eyes to the ear with cold water (Caloric reflex. About half of deaf lack this reflex). No response = truly deaf. Response = Possible draft dodger. youtu.be/kxAhHKmVjBc
Birds poop white because they don't urinate. The uric acid turns poop white and makes it hard to get off windshields because it doesn't dissolve easily with water. audubon.org/news/what-mak…
Why the cut apple turns brown. It turns out that the enzymes and polyphenols in the apple react with oxygen; now some apples on the market will not change color because they have been genetically modified. todayhealthonline.com/sci…
Viruses are not alive because they do not have cells, they cannot turn food into energy, and without a host they are just inert packets of chemicals. Then I learned they are not exactly dead, either: They have genes, they reproduce, and they evolve through natural selection. discovermagazine.com/envi…
The US corn industry has mostly grown through increasing government support during the last century. In the process corn became so abundant and cheap that it enabled the existence of CAFOS, ethanol and HFCS production which in turn have profoundly affected the environment and human health. youtube.com/watch?v=9eo8C…
A lawsuit between Gilbert O'Sullivan and Biz Markie over a sampling of "Alone Again" led to the requirement of licensing and fees to sample parts of song, which in turn made it prohibitively expensive to sample multiple songs into a new piece, which had been a common practice in hip hop en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Scientists trained bumblebees to pull strings for food; they pulled strings to bring discs with sugar water out from under a plastic sheet. Over 60% of other bees watching behind a clear wall knew to pull the string when it was their turn. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
In chess after the first move, 400 board setups exist. After the second pair of turns, there are 197,742 possible ways the match can play out; after 3 moves, 121 mill. Estimated at over 10^120 moves, there are more ways a chess game can play out than there are atoms in the universe. popsci.com/science/articl…
Bald eagles share parenting duties: The male and the female take turns incubating the eggs, and they both feed their young. They usually mate for life too. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
There is a ship which can turn 90 degrees vertically, leaving most of it underwater, transforming itself into an underwater lab amusingplanet.com/2012/05…
In the past, when Locusts would swarm, communities would eat the locusts or turn them into animal feed. Locusts are very nutritious. Unfortunately, modern governments spray locusts swarms with toxic insecticides that are harmful to humans and animals so locusts should no longer be consumed. theconversation.com/swarm…
Today I learned about spiderman : turn off the dark, a musical based on the 2002 film and the greek myth of arachne. It is the most expensive Broadway production in history, with a budget of $75 million. It received predominantly negative reviews, and closed production at a Massive financial loss. syfy.com/syfywire/spider-…
Scatman John grew up with a severe stutter. This led him to jazz scat and, in turn, one of the most popular songs of the 90s. youtube.com/watch?v=a6zci…
Frank Darabont managed to acquire the script of The Shawshank Redemption for just $5,000 from Stephen King. After working on it for just 8 weeks to turn it into a movie script he was offered $3 million by Rob Reiner, but refused it and decided to direct the movie himself. listerious.com/facts-abou…
The TV Show Friends was loosely based on the Cameron Crowe film Singles. Crowe turned down the offer to turn the movie into a TV series, but NBC went ahead with the concept anyway, and Friends became one of the most popular TV series in history. rollingstone.com/movies/m…
Nazis ordered the Minsk Ghetto to turn over a Jewish resistance leader, Hersh Smolar, hiding in a hospital. They handed over a bloody passport and said he'd been killed in a roundup shooting. The Nazis fell for it. Smolar survived the war. executedtoday.com/2011/04…
When Boeing fired over 70,000 employees in Seattle during the 1970s Boeing Bust, a billboard was placed on the highway leaving Seattle stating: β€œWill the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights.” seattletimes.com/seattle-…
Today I learned about the Turnspit dog. The Turnspit dog was a short-legged, long-bodied dog bred to run on a wheel, called a turnspit or dog wheel, to turn meat. The Turnspit tragically went extinct in the 1800’s. foodnonfiction.com/episod…
A Decibel is a tenth of a Bel, which in turn derives its name from Alexander Graham Bell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
The local government of the area where "Parasite" was shot is now planning to turn the set into a "Parasite" experience tourism facility. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Scientists at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany have discovered that since peanut butter is so rich in carbon, it's possible to turn into diamonds. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Bees have a stomach specifically for honey. If they get hungry they can turn a valve which allows some of the collected nectar to travel to their stomach. honeybee.org.au/education…
When Hitler was Chancellor Jewish orgs/papers said, "nobody would dare to touch Jewish constitutional rights", "forces are active that would turn against a barbarian anti-Jewish policy.", "It is a hopeless misjudgement to think that one could force a dictatorial regime upon the German nation." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
While the human body contains only 250g of ATP at any one time, more is created and used continuously such that we turn over more than our weights worth of it each day. chm.bris.ac.uk/motm/atp/a…
When potatoes are exposed to light, they produce chlorophyll, a pigment that turns potatoes green. Chlorophyll itself is completely harmless, but it can signal the presence of a toxin healthline.com/nutrition/…
A woman from the turn of the 20th century would sell people the time by letting them look at her watch wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_B…
Formations called "the Devil's Corkscrew" were first found around Harrison, Nebraska, in 1891, and were once thought to be extinct forms of sea sponges, but it turns out they are actually fossilized dens of an extinct type of beaver called Palaeocastor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
In 2019, A&W became the first franchised restaurant chain to turn 100 years old businesswire.com/news/hom…
Flamingos aren't born pink and turn that color due to their diet. sciencefocus.com/nature/w…
To deal with periods, β€œUntil the turn of the 20th century, women simply bled into their clothes or, where they could afford it, shaped scraps of cloth or other absorbents like bark or hay into a pad or tampon-like object” theconversation.com/thous…
Roseate Spoonbills get their pink coloration from the foods they eat. Crustaceans and other aquatic invertebrates contain pigments called carotenoids that help turn their feathers pink. allaboutbirds.org/guide/R…
Today I learned of the Parthian shot, an ancient military tactic where archers on horses would feign retreat and then turn their bodies while at full gallop to shoot at the pursuing enemy. It required great skill to master. Without a stirrup, the rider relied solely on pressure from his legs to guide his horse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The bezel on a dive watch only turns counterclockwise so that if the bezel is bumped accidentally during a dive it will only move in one direction, subtracting time from the dive and prompting the diver to surface early rather than staying under for too long. ethoswatches.com/the-watc…
In 2019, a flight bound for Malaysia was abruptly forced to turn around after a mother on board forgot her baby at the airport. travelnoire.com/plane-tur…
Today I learned of Radiotrophic Fungus, originally found in Chernobyl, that utilize Melanin to turn Gamma radiation into Chemical Energy. Similar to how plants use Chlorophyll to turn sunlight into Energy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
They tried to turn the famous Francis Ford Coppola movie β€˜The Outsiders’ into a tv show starring David Arquette and introduced by Bart Simpson youtu.be/miQf9_BAdmU
Today I learned about Pumped-Storage Hydroelectricity, in which thousands of gallons of water are pumped to a reservoir at a higher elevation using off-peak electricity, then released to turn turbines and produce electricity at a later date. It's a non-chemical form of battery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pum…
When a batch of ice cream doesn't turn out right, producers mix it with chocolate ice cream instead of throwing it away. It's not noticeable due to chocolate's dark colour and strong flavour and is known as "reconditioning" in the food industry. nbcnews.com/health/health…
Famous chemist and lifelong bachelor Robert Bunsen once proposed to a girl who said yes, but he then lost himself in his work for a few weeks. When he finally emerged from his lab, he couldn't remember if he ever proposed or not, so he did it again, only to have her turn him down. che.uc.edu/jensen/W.%20B.…
Early in the development of Disney's Pinocchio (1940), Pleasure Island (where the boys turn into the donkeys) was initially called Boobyland. youtube.com/watch?v=LXZsw…
The Chocolate Hills on Bohol Island, Philippines, are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, transforming the area into seemingly endless rows of Hershey's "chocolate kisses". There are 1,247 hills, of which two have been developed into tourist resorts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
The success World War II fighter ace Douglas Bader was put down to him having lost his legs in an aerobatics accident before the war, which allowed him to pull higher g-forces in combat turns without blacking out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
Imelda Marcos & her husband hold the Guinness World Record for the Greatest Robbery of a Government. She once forced a plane to do a U-turn mid-air just because she forgot to buy cheese in Rome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ime…
Continuous ingestion of Colloidal Silver [an alternative medicine] can cause skin to turn an irreversible blue/grey color - a condition called Argyria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arg…
In 1992, Nike made a Super Bowl commercial where an animated Bugs Bunny played basketball with a real-live Michael Jordan. The commercial was so successful that Warner Brothers decided to turn it into a whole movie (Space Jam). highsnobiety.com/2015/07/…
Of the Merryhill museum of art in middle of nowhere Washington State, originally intended as a country mansion for entrepreneur Sam Hill, In 1917 he was convinced by a friend to turn it into β€œa museum for the public good, and for the betterment of French art in the far Northwest of America.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
A trucker hauling potato chips got lost in an unfamiliar area after entering wrong gps info and becoming stuck on a snowy embankment while attempting to turn around. He was found after 4 days so dehydrated his kidneys shut down and close to having frostbite on one foot but he didn't eat one chip cnn.com/2018/04/29/us/ore…
Brandon Sanders once, In his high school, sent his story to a writing contest, Judges thought he had written something really postmodern and telling the story backward, Turns out he had just stapled the pages backward. brandonsanderson.com/cent…
The Snake Pass Inn in Northern England was originally called the Snake Inn, but is now named after the pass itself, which in turn was named after the inn. wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_…
There are 80 silver goblets that commemorate the 80 men who flew the Doolittle Raid against Japan in April 1942. When a Raider dies, they turn the goblet upside down. doolittleraider.com/the_g…
When microbiologist Curt Jones tried to freeze cow feed with liquid nitrogen to turn it into mini pellets, he was inspired to do the same with ice cream and invented Dippin' Dots. foodbeast.com/news/dippin…
In the 1900s Argentina had a tax on unmarried men that included an exemption for single men who had proposed to a woman for marriage but were rejected. Women then started proposals rejection businesses where they would charge to turn down proposals from bachelors seeking to evade the tax. paperspast.natlib.govt.nz…
One can apparently buy gold pills that will turn your poop gold huffpost.com/entry/gold-p…
Ceiling fans should turn counter-clockwise in the summer and clockwise(on low) in the winter for maximum comfort in hot and cold. delmarfans.com/educate/ba…
A This New Burial Technique Turns a Corpse Into a Tiny Pile of Freeze-Dried Fertilizer smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
NASCAR doesn't only turn left! "While NASCAR is known for primarily running counter-clockwise on oval tracks, Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International are complex road courses which are raced clockwise. ... Since 1963, the series has raced on at least one road course every year." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAS…
The sun is made up of plasma where hydrogen accounts for about 73.4% of the total mass or 92% of the total number of atoms. The other basic building block is helium, which accounts for 25% of the mass or 7.8% of the total number of atoms. Every second 6 million tons of hydrogen turns into helium needforscience.com/astron…
Dogs were once used in kitchens to turn spits for roasting meats. The Canis vertigus, or turnspit, was an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain in the 16th century. The small cooking canine was bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit in cavernous kitchen fireplaces. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Today I learned about "paired kidney exchange", which allows you to donate your kidney that wasn't a match for your intended recipient (spouse, child, etc.) to a stranger but in turn receive a kidney that is a match for your loved one. Instead of two people going without a transplant, both get a transplant. kidneyfund.org/kidney-dis…
Over half of road vehicles in North America have red turn signals, as opposed to amber. cnet.com/google-amp/news/…
Two dwarfs, Tamara De Treaux and Pat Bilon, as well as 12-year-old Matthew DeMeritt, who was born without legs, took turns wearing the E.T. costume, depending on what scene was being filmed. DeMeritt actually walked on his hands and played all scenes where he walked awkwardly or fell over. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T…
At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement. nobelprize.org/prizes/pea…
Sony released a camera in 1998 that could see through people's clothes. It included an infrared powered night mode that consumers realized could turn dark fabric and swimsuits transparent. Sony sold 700k "x-ray cameras" before fixing the issue in manufacturing. fossbytes.com/sony-accide…
Today I learned of heat death, where the universe will eventually turn into a cold void with no interactions between particles, its ultimate death realclearscience.com/blog…
Today I learned about Jack Trice. He was the second black college football player. Before his first game, he wrote about how proud he was to have the opportunity. He was intentionally targeted throughout the game, breaking his collarbone and causing internal bleeding, which in turn caused his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
To defend against predatory wasps, honeybees create a defense wave known as shimmering. Participating honeybees need to respond with perfect timing when it's their turn to shimmer. youtu.be/dU2rLhpaMAY

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