For 18 months, a village in Wales was mystified as to why their broadband internet crashed at 7am every morning, until engineers "picked up a large burst of electrical interference" springing from one dude turning on his very old TV. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Cape Wrath, Scotland, isn't named for it's treacherous conditions and ship-smashing waves, but for the Old Norse word 'Hvarf', meaning 'Turning Point'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Today I learned of the battle of Central station where 5,000 soldiers refused to do extra duty and walked off camp, crowded trains bound for Sydney where they were joined by 10,000 more soldiers and spent the rest of the day raiding pubs and turning over fruit carts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
Early proposals for raising the Titanic back to the ocean's surface included filling it up with ping-pong balls, injecting 180,000 tonnes of vaseline into it, and turning the ship itself into an iceberg. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Today I learned about Sanada Masayuki, the head of Sanada clan in the 16th century, sent his older son to join the Tokugawa army and his younger son to the opposing army at the Battle of Sekigahara, the turning point in feudal Japan, to ensure the survival of the clan, regardless of the outcome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
The "Leaning Tower of Pisa" should have collapsed a long time ago, but British Engineer John Burland managed to reverse the tilt. He could have made it completely straight but only reversed the tilt by 10% out of fear that turning it into the "Tower of Pisa" would anger a lot of people. listerious.com/facts-abou…
Today I learned about Dirk Willems, a Dutch martyred Anabaptist who is most famous for escaping from prison and turning back to rescue his pursuerβ€”who had fallen through thin ice while chasing Willemsβ€”to then be recaptured, tortured and killed for his faith. (Anabaptists, which includes Mennonites and Amish) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dir…
Flettner rotors were used on ships and planes using the Magnus effect. This led to planes without wings but rotors instead. However, these planes did not become popular since the plane has no lift when a rotor stops turning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rot…
Due to an unfortunate mistranslation from the original ancient Greek word Lycopersicon (literally "Wolf Peach") tomatoes were blamed for turning people into werewolves if they ate them. anchor.fm/foodhistory/epi…
The Independant representative of Taipei in Taiwan is also the lead singer of a metal band, Cthonic, which has been compared to being the "Black Sabbath" of Asia. He also sings for Marty Friedman on a side project called Metal Clone X, which covers Japanese hits by turning them into heavy metal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Michael Jackson proposed a Harry Potter musical, but J.K. Rowling turned it down. Michael Jackson dreamed of turning Harry Potter into a musical but his idea was slapped down by JK Rowling because she feared it lacked credibility. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The last duel fought in Canada was in 1873 over a woman. Upon turning and firing, one duelist fell to the ground. Both duelists unknowingly had blanks loaded in their guns by their seconds. The one man fell because he fainted with fear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Anal fistulas are treated by cutting open the wall between the fistula and the anus, turning a tunnel that poop leaks out of into a ditch. This prevents bacteria from accumulating and forming an abscess. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
In 2013 a large Egyptian statue at Manchester Museum in the UK was found to be mysteriously turning round gradually of its own accord - the phenomenon was even caught on video. The cause turned out to be vibrations from nearby roadworks. bbc.com/news/av/uk-250349…
Today I learned about Guerrilla Grafting. It's the illegal process of turning city maintained sterile fruit trees into fruiting trees by splicing compatible branches onto the sterile trees with branches from fruiting trees. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
King Midas turning his daughter into gold was not in the original myth; the daughter was added by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1852 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
The practice of yoga was originally used to prepare you for practice of meditation. By increasing the body's flexibility, strength and by turning into your breath. All of which made meditation more comfortable yogajournal.com/meditatio…
All species of snake in the genus Chrysopelea are capable of performing gliding flight, with ranges as great as 100m. The snakes in this genus achieve this by leaping from branches, then sucking in their abdomen and flaring out their ribs, turning their body into a "pseudo concave wing". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
NYPD officer John Perry was turning in his retirement papers on 9/11 when the first plane struck. He asked for his badge back and ran to help. He was killed while assisting a woman in the south tower as it collapsed. nypdangels.com/nypd/perry…
A child prince from the Khwarezmian Empire was sold as a slave after the Mongols invaded their land and killed his family. He arrived in Egypt and rose among the ranks until he became Sultan. He then served the Mongols one of their first major defeats in history. A Historical turning point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qut…
In 1919, marines killed Charlemange PΓ©ralte, who led a resistance against the US occupation of Haiti. Troops distributed a photo of his strung-up carcass to discourage rebels, but it backfired. He looked crucified, turning him into an icon & a martyr. He was even put on Haitian coins in the 90s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Microwaves heat things by flipping an electromagnetic field fast enough that polar molecules in the field never stop spinning to align to it. Because moving molecules are hot molecules, the food gets hot. Translation: we heat our food by turning it's molecules into electric motors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
Soaps have been made for millennia. Alongside making fire and cooking food, turning oils and fats into soap is one of the oldest and simplest chemical reactions known to humankind. It is believed that the first soaps were accidentally made by fat dripping into the ashes of cooking fires. drbronner.com/about/our-c…
Lyndon B. Johnson was known for wandering the White House turning off lights in rooms he thought empty, sometimes to the surprise of people working in those rooms! This earned him the nickname β€œLight Bulb Johnson.” kua.com/blog/6-electric-f…
Danish Physicist Lene Hau lead a team in 2001 that was the first to completely stop a beam of light in its tracks. Later experiments included turning light into matter, and then matter back into light. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
General George G. Meade had only been in charge of the Union Army for 3 Days before the Battle of Gettysburg began. The subsequent fight was not only the bloodiest battle in the American Civil War, but considered a turning point by many Historians history.com/topics/americ…
Pope John XII was the only Pope who was ever beaten to death by a jealous husband for sleeping with his wife. He was also accused of turning the papal palace into a brothel, sleeping with his niece, toasting the devil, ordaining a 10yr old boy, and misusing papal funds to pay gambling debts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
The word β€œtrophy” is derived from the Ancient Greek β€œtropaion”, the name for a monument that was set up, usually on the spot of the battle’s β€œturning point", to commemorate the one side’s victory over the other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tro…
The Lancia Gamma had such a badly-designed engine that even turning the steering to full lock could cause high strain on the timing belt, leading to it snapping and causing significant engine damage. roadandtrack.com/car-cult…
Universal Studios Florida was only supposed to have a Studio Tour attraction ported from its Hollywood counterpart. When Disney-MGM Studios was announced in 1985, USF was switched to a full theme park by using staged encounters from Hollywood’s Studio Tour and turning them into standalone rides. themeparktourist.com/feat…
During a particularly cold spell in the town of Snag (Yukon) where the temp reached -83f (-63.9c) you could clearly hear people speaking 4 miles away along with other phenomenon such as peoples breath turning to powder and falling straight to the ground & river ice booming like gunshots. islandnet.com/~see/weathe…
While only 30% of 16-24 year olds in the UK report having had sex before turning 16, 72% of them thought half or more of 16 year olds had had sex before turning 16 natsal.ac.uk/media/3935/n…
The origin of the British "lock-in" (Where pubs lock their doors at closing time and continue to serve customers inside) was a reaction to 1915 changes to licensing laws in England and Wales, which curtailed opening hours to stop factory workers from turning up drunk and harming the war effort. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magaz…
The director of the 1969 "Spider-Man" movie shot the wall-climbing scenes by turning the camera sideways. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
The primary additive for turning milk into curds, called Rennet, is extracted from the stomach lining of butchered calves en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
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
Anthony Bourdain at times wouldn't name the places he'd visit while filming. He did this sometimes to prevent tourists from turning a bar or restaurant into a tourist trap after filming there. npr.org/2017/10/20/558792…
Richard Nixon once called in staff to help him open an allergy-pill bottle. It was the childproof type of bottle, with instructions saying β€œPress down while turning.” The cap had teeth marks on it where Nixon had apparently tried to gnaw it open knoxviews.com/richard-nix…
In 1999, defunct online retailer eToys once went in a legal battle with Swiss art group Etoy, who were attempting to take their web domain because of the similarity. This then led to the group turning it into an elegant campaign called "Toywar", which ridiculed eToys and was successful. etoy.com/projects/toywar/
Teddy Roosevelt traveled over 300 miles to arrest three boat thieves in the Dakota territory, forcing them to march back for trial instead of hanging them. He even recreated the capture for a photo before turning them in truewestmagazine.com/trac…
Bethesda (creators of Skyrim) promised to give lifetime free Bethesda games to anyone who named their newborn child "Dovahkiin" on 11/11/11. Turns out, one family did it. Dovahkiin will be turning 8 this year. eurogamer.net/articles/20…
Today I learned of Gus the Central Park Zoo Polar Bear (1985-2013). Reporters dubbed him "neurotic", "depressed", "flaky", and "bipolar" turning him into a "symbol of the stress of living in New York City". As part of his therapy and treatment, Gus was the first zoo animal in history to be treated with Prozac. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
There is a mathematical "game" called the homicidal chauffer problem, in which a driver in a fast but slow-turning car tries to run over a slower pedestrian who has more freedom of motion. It is used to improve missile guidance systems. pdfs.semanticscholar.org/…
Duke Nukem Forever was actually already 90% complete in 2001. But because the Unreal Engine 1 used for the game made levels turning black, and other conflicts with textures. So the studio scrapped all those finished works, and start all over again dsogaming.com/articles/th…
Joss Whedon, of Buffy and Avengers fame, was responsible for saving the script for Toy Story and turning it from β€œunwatchable” into beloved. businessinsider.com/joss-…
Just outside Albuquerque you can drive East on Route 66 and hit a rumble strip that plays "America The Beautiful" if you drive the speed limit, turning the wheels of your car into a phonograph thesingingroad.com/
Agnes Waterhouse was the first woman executed for witchcraft in England (1566). She was accused of turning her talking cat into a toad, which then turned into a dog with horns and threatened her neighbor with a knife. She denied it, but was found guilty and hung. gorillacool.com/agnes-wat…
A prisoner tried to sue a couple he’d kidnapped, for turning him in to police. He contended that he’d made a legally binding oral contract with them- they would hide him from police in exchange for money. They had escaped from him when he’d fallen asleep. The suit was dismissed. cbsnews.com/news/kidnappe…
Christopher Lee turned down the role of Dr. Barry Rumack in Airplane! The part later went to Leslie Neilsen. Lee later said that turning down the role was "a big mistake." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Robert Wagner is a person of interest in actress Natalie Wood's 1981 drowning death. The captain of the boat admitted that he lied to police & that Wood & Wagner had argued the night she drowned & that Wagner had prevented the captain from turning on the search lights & contacting authorities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…

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