In 1933, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt were at a White House event when they whimsically abandoned their guests for a joyride. Both took turns flying and Roosevelt later stated, "It does mark an epoch, doesn't it, when a girl in an evening dress and slippers can pilot a plane at night." baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
Today I learned of 'Death by GPS,' or the deaths of people who follow their GPS systems off cliffs, into lakes, and deep into the desert. These deaths are mainly attributed to "uncritical acceptance of turn-by-turn commands and paying more attention to the navigation system than what is in front of them." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
:The discoverer of neutron(James Chadwick) was a student of discoverer of proton(E.Rutherford) which in turn was a student of discoverer of electron(J.J. Thomson) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The phrase "Turn a blind eye" (willfully ignore information) originated from Admiral Lord Nelson in 1801, who used his injured eye to see through his telescope during the Battle of Copenhagen when he wished to ignore his commander's signals, which resulted in their victory. britannica.com/list/7-eve…
The Byrds’ β€œTurn, Turn, Turn” has the distinction in the US of being the #1 hit with the oldest lyrics, as 99% of it was written by King Solomon in the 10th century BCE, then rearranged by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s. wikipedia.org/wiki/Turn!_…
There is a phenomenon where millions of people in Britain all simultaneously turn on their electric kettles during commercial TV breaks causing massive power surges countrywide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_…
In the original version of The Princess and The Frog, by the Brothers Grimm, the princess does not kiss the frog to turn it into a prince but rather throws the frog at a wall as hard as she can which breaks the curse on the frog and turns it back into a prince. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Issac Newton was a firm believer in alchemy and studied for years to find a method to create the substance known as the Philosophers Stone, which could apparently turn base metals into gold. discovermagazine.com/the-…
The Church of Scientology (β€œDianetics”) sponsored a car in the 1988 Indy 500- it was the first time a religious faith sponsored an IndyCar entry, however, it crashed on the second turn of the first lap autoweek.com/racing/indyc…
Among the many bizarre requests received by Virgin Atlantic flight attendants were: "Could you turn the engines down because they are too noisy?"; "Please can the Captain stop the turbulence?"; "Can you take my children to the playroom?"; and "Is there a McDonald's onboard?" archive.indianexpress.com…
Merle Haggard was a 20 year old prisoner at San Quentin when he saw Johnny Cash play his first concert for inmates in 1958. Haggard said it helped turn his life around and inspired him to be a country artist. Cash always told Haggard, β€œYou’re everything that people think I am.” history.com/.amp/this-day…
The villagers of Piplantri plants 111 trees every time a girl is born. To ensure the girls financial security, the villagers contribute Rs 21,000 and set a fixed deposit bank account, which can be used only, once she turns 18 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pip…
Composer DvoΕ™Γ‘k was inspired by African-American spirituals while in America and became convinced they were the future of American music. He told a student, "these beautiful and varied themes are the product of the soil. They are the folk songs of America and your composers must turn to them." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sym…
The phrase β€œlive in the boonies” comes from the word Boondocks which in turn comes from the Philippine (Tagalog) word Bundok which means mountains, or an out of the way rural area. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
Brenda Lee was only 13 years old when she recorded "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" in 1958 (she turns 76 this week!) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Paul C. Fisher created the space pen. The device writes upside down, in frigid or hot conditions, underwater, and in zero gravity. Pressurized cartridge ink, a gel-like solid turns to fluid to write. Pressurized nitrogen prevents air from mixing with the ink, so it cannot evaporate or oxidize. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Certain moths have "stealth technology", nanometre scales that warp the sound of the wing, slowing down its acoustic energy and in turn, reflecting less sound back to a bat's sonar. Moth-inspired soundproofing techniques could make materials β€œ10 times more efficient at absorbing sounds.” pnas.org/content/117/49/3…
Peanuts start out as flowers above ground. They then wilt, and the remaining peg goes back into the ground and turns into a peanut. auntrubyspeanuts.com/howg…
Today I learned about Clink restaurants (UK) where your meal will be cooked and served by prisoners who are training towards gaining their accredited qualifications. The aim is to increase future prospects of the prisoners who want to turn their lives around and reduce reoffending. theclinkcharity.org/
The black soldier fly larva turns most organic substances into nutrient-rich protein and frass, a valuable organic fertilizer. Significant reductions in E. coli and Salmonella were measured in manure after larvae were introduced in it. They can also purify biomass contaminated with heavy metals. entomologytoday.org/2020/…
Jason Padgett was hit in the head after a violent attack in 2002, this attack in turn made him acquire Savant Syndrome, which gave his extremely good math skills and a different view in the world, with water looking like flowing lines as opposed to the smoothness most of us see. bbc.com/future/article/20…
White Drupelet Syndrome/Disorder. When blackberries or raspberries are exposed to too much direct sunlight or high temperatures, some of the drupelets (the little sections of the berry) will turn white, usually in a solid block or area. They are safe to eat, but most don't make it into stores. susansinthegarden.com/201…
The Indian Bullfrog turns a shade of bright yellow and his vocal sacs turn bright blue in order to attract a mate, the brighter his colors the better he will look to a potential mate. roaring.earth/frog-change…
Today I learned about β€žWonderwallβ€œ, a movie from 1968 about a lonely professor and his increasing obsession with his female neighbour, a fashion model whose life he spies on via a hole in the wall. George Harrison from the Beatles wrote the film music which in turn inspired the hit song β€žWonderwallβ€œ from Oasis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Won…
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…
People living in Commonwealth countries get a birthday card from the Queen of England when they turn 100, 105, and all birthdays after that. gov.uk/get-birthday-anniv…
Nuclear weapon researchers in WW2 believed that a secret message, MAUD RAY KENT (Radium Taken), was sent from Europe saying that Germans were stealing the radium to produce the bomb. It turns out that Maud Ray actually referred to Neils Bohrβ€˜s maid who lived in Kent, England. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAU…
From 1984 - 1988, Spider-Man wore a black costume with a white spider design on his chest. The change to his iconic design was met with controversy. Years later, it was revealed the costume was an alien symbiote which, in turn, gave birth to Venom, one of Marvel's most popular characters en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Executives at McGraw Hill were curious to find out why their accountant was on television racing a Mclaren F1 GTR, chartering Concorde trips and showing up to work in a Ferrari. Turns out he had been embezzling Β£2.8 million from them the past 5 years since he was recruited! telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Of the Mordhau technique in historical swordsmanship, where you turn your sword into a hammer and obliterated your opponents skull with the hilt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
In a German evergreen forest there used to be a group of larch trees (which turn yellow in winter) deliberately planted in the shape of a swastika. abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
Some of the Challenger crew were awake and alert when the cockpit separated from the vehicle and fell to earth at 500 MPH. They activated their "PEAPs", which is a manual switch which turns on supplemental air. This was discovered after recovery of the vehicle cockpit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Farmers put citrus fruit in ethylene gas chambers to make the skins turn orange, even though it doesn't improve the taste. seasonal.substack.com/p/m…
The Byrds' 1965 recording of "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" holds the distinction in the U.S. of being the # 1 hit with the oldest lyrics. Nearly all the lyrics are taken from the book of Ecclesiastes, traditionally ascribed to King Solomon in the 10th century BC en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Cereal is named for cereal grains, which in turn are named for Ceres, Roman goddess of harvests and agriculture en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cer…
The poppy has been a symbol of fallen soldiers since the Napoleonic wars, when the war would turn the battlefields into barren muck; the blood-red poppy was one of the few flowers that could grow in the churned soil. bbc.co.uk/remembrance/how…
Tide doesn't come in and out, but there are two bulges of water formed by the gravitational force of the moon and sun and the earth turns inside that bulge youtu.be/dBwNadry-TU
The 1950 St. Louis Browns hired a hypnotist to try to turn the team around. It did not work. retrosimba.com/2020/06/03…
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…
Alaskan Wood Frogs freeze during winters. 2/3rds of their body water turns into ice, hearts stop beating & blood stops flowing. They build up high concentrations glucose in their organs & tissues which prevents cells from shrinking/dying. When spring arrives, they thaw out & hop away. latimes.com/science/scien…
Some frogs can't vomit, so they've learned to do the next best thing - after eating something nasty the American bullfrog turns its stomach inside out and cleans it manually with its front limbs, then puts it back in place [physiological study] SFW jstor.org/stable/30157929…
When weather turns cold, ladybugs look for a warm, secluded place to hibernate, such as in rotting logs, under rocks, or even inside houses. kids.nationalgeographic.c…
Every time Lisa Simpson has a birthday on "The Simpsons" she turns 8 youtube.com/watch?v=OuZLu…
H. P. Lovecraft once snuck into the organ loft of the First Baptist Church in America, the church founded in Providence by Roger Williams himself in 1638, to play "Yes, We Have No Bananas" on the organ. However, he wasn't able to turn it on. hplovecraft.com/creation/…
Today I learned about the door-in-the-face. An attempt is made to convince the respondent to comply by making a large request that the respondent will most likely turn down. The respondent is then more likely to agree to a second, more reasonable request, than if that same request is made in isolation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doo…
Today I learned dog poo doesn't turn white any more because they stopped putting bone meal in dog food drool.pet/blogs/articles/…
The Word book origins from the tree beech (in german Buche). (From Old English bōc, which in turn comes from the Germanic root *bōk-(Buch) cognate to 'beech). β€ž...many scholars remain convinced that book (Buch) and beech (Buche) are ultimately related, ...β€œ blog.oup.com/2014/06/orig…
Why mandrills have such colorful bums. Turns out the bright red and blue on a male mandrill’s backside really draws the eye – especially the ladies’. Only dominant, top males flaunt such vibrant hues, and female mandrills see them as a badge of fitness. popsci.com/science/articl…
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…

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