During the Gulf War, the U.S. dropped a 6,800 kg BLU-82 bomb to conduct psychological warfare against Iraqi troops. A British SAS unit that witnessed the explosion assumed the U.S. had used a nuclear weapon and radioed back to their headquarters, "Sir, the blokes have just nuked Kuwait!". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BLU…
In the United States, some 50% of homes had garbage disposal units as of 2009, compared with only 6% in the United Kingdom and 3% in Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
In World War 1, Nobel prize winning physicist Marie Curie developed mobile X-Ray stations to travel to the frontlines and assist army surgeons and preventing amputations when limbs were still intact. It's estimated that over a million wounded soldiers were x-rayed with her units. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
While responding to a fire in Brooklyn, a firefighter was hit in the head by an air conditioner that fell from a two story window. He was knocked unconscious, but was saved by his helmet which was split in half by the AC unit. abc7.com/firefighter-hit-…
Aquariums aren't allowed to pay to get animals from other aquariums as it encourages poaching. So there is a barter system in place where they swap animals. A New England aquarium traded a dozen penguins for 800 mackerel and their basic unit of trade is the jellyfish npr.org/transcripts/49329…
Today I learned about the Quadro Tracker, a metal antenna hinged to a hollow plastic handle bought by police in the 90s for $400-$8000/unit. The manufacturer claimed the antenna would swivel to point towards a sought object or person. The fraud was exposed in 1996 and the company executives acquitted in 1997. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
The hottest pepper in the world is claimed to be "Pepper X" with over 3 mil Scollville Heat Units. This has not been verified by the Guinness Book of World records, who still recognizes the Carolina Reaper (1.6 mil SHU) as the hottest. Pepper X is 1272 times hotter than jalapeΓ±os! pepperscale.com/pepper-x/
Today I learned about the Sacred Band of Thebes, an elite Theban army unit made up of 150 pairs of male lovers. They were a highly successful unit through the 4th century BC, ending Spartan domination at the Battle of Battle of Leuctra. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
Nintendo created an entire factory for the sole purpose of creating Virtual Boy consoles. It expected to sell 1.5 million units of the Virtual Boy within its first year. The Virtual Boy sold a total of 770,000 units during its entire lifetime. It is the company's worst-selling console. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
New York City has a sanitation police unit. The agency "primarily responsible for regulating, enforcing and investigating sanitation-related offenses within the City of New York." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
There are secret bunkers all over the UK that were to be used as resistance bases if Germany had been successful with Operation Sealion the invasion of Britain.The special units only had a projected life expectancy of just twelve days. bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-3794…
A man tried to mummify his amputated leg inside a BBQ grill placed inside of a storage unit. However, after falling behind on payments, the grill was sold to a local entrepreneur who saw the leg as a way for fame, fortune, and a roadside attraction. A feud over ownership was settled on court TV. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
An electric scooter firm in Mexico City temporarily ceased operations in 2019 because so many of its two-wheeled units have been stolen. The company said in a statement that "at present, the theft of our scooters in Mexico City is the biggest challenge." ien.com/operations/news/2…
One of the flags historically used by Confederate army units depicted a crescent moon alongside thirteen stars representing the thirteen states admitted to the Confederacy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
The unit of speed the knot, used extensively throughout the world in aviation, weather, and nautical contexts, comes from literal knots of the "common log" device. This 17th century device was a coil of rope with uniformly spaced knots, attached to a piece of wood shaped like a slice of pie. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
The most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of the US military was the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated Japanese American unit that once fought alongside the 92nd Infantry Division, a segregated African American unit; Their motto was "Go for broke." nationalww2museum.org/war…
The most decorated infantry unit in US history was made up of Japanese-Americans during WWII despite being untrusted and their communities forced into camps. nationalww2museum.org/war…
There was a Coast Guard unit in Wyoming until 2010. rapidcityjournal.com/news…
An aged Teddy Roosevelt promised to die in battle if political rival President Woodrow Wilson would allow him to create a Rough Riders unit for WWI. β€œI told Wilson that I would die on the field of battle, that I would never return if only he would let me go!” smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned, that there is a unit of measurement called the β€˜stubble scale,’ as you may of guessed, it measures how fast a man’s beard grows. The average man grows 5 nanometers of a beard a second, or 1 centimeter every 115 days. convertunits.com/info/bea…
Today I learned of the Helen, a unit of measurement based on Helen of Troy. She was known as "the face that launched a thousand ships", therefore 1 milliHelen is the amount of beauty needed to launch a single ship. The negative Helen is the power to beach ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
The US portion of the ISS was built in imperial units while the rest of the station was in metric. NASA seriously thought of building the whole thing in metric, but decided it would increase cost by a lot, because all of their contractors would have to switch to new machines and diagrams. airspacemag.com/flight-to…
The first 500,000 units of the Playstation 3 came with a Blu Ray of Talladega Nights a month before its release. highdefdigest.com/news/sh…
Today I learned of Toystory the Bull. Known for his "testicular fortitude," he produced over 2.4 million units of semen in his lifetime and (through artificial insemination) fathered roughly 500,000 offspring. denverpost.com/2015/01/16…
The founder of the CIA's polygraph unit believed plants can feel pain and have extrasensory perception (ESP) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
In modern music sales, the "Album-Equivalent Unit" is used to define the consumption of music that equals the purchase of 1 album copy. In the United States, 1,250 premium audio streams, 3,750 ad-supported streams, or 3,750 video streams are equal to 1 album unit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The USA does not use Imperial units, but instead United States customary units, though both are derived from English units en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
-40Β° is the only unit in temperature where both Celsius and Fahrenheit converge. findanyanswer.com/why-is-…
The German invasion of Poland was originally planned for August 25th - at the last minute, Hitler delayed to September 1st, but one German unit didn't get the message and invaded on the 25th anyway - they were defeated and Hitler blamed the incident on an "insane individual" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jab…
The world's smallest unit of time is zeptosecond, which is trillionth of a billionth of a second, which means 1zeptosecond=0.000 000 000 000 000 000 001second and an interesting fact is a photon takes 247 zeptoseconds to cross a Hydrogen molecule. bbc.co.uk/newsround/54631…
Five Lithuanian soldiers serving in a reconnaissance unit were declared missing during a military exercise. They thought the drill was ongoing and successfully evaded all forces sent to find them, including trained dogs and a helicopter lrt.lt/en/news-in-english…
The unit β€œcarat” for jewellery comes from the carob seed, which was used to measure their weight in ancient times. A carat, or 0.2g, is equivalent to the weight of a carob seed. jewelrywise.com/jewelry-1…
Today I learned of the unit of measurement of length called the Hand (abbreviated h or hh), which measures 4 inches and is used to calculate the height of horses in English-speaking countries. The subdivisions of the Hand are in base 4, so 30 inches would equal 7 hands and 2 inches, or 7.2 hands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Grant Imahara from Mythbusters was one of three people who operated the R2-D2's in the Star Wars prequels and he updated all of the electronics on 12 R2 units. starwars.com/news/don-bie…
Roman soldiers (that survived battle) actually had longer lives than the average Roman citizen due to the implementation of medical units in their legions. ancienthistorylists.com/r…
The Hobbit is a unit of volume used in Wales during the 19th century. It is equal to two-and-a-half bushels, or almost exactly 24 gallons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hob…
Some languages like English and Mandarin Chinese are spoken slower than others, like Spanish and Japanese, with 20-30% fewer syllabes spoken per second. However, in "slower" languages, more information is conveyed in fewer words, but same amount of information is communicated per unit of time. transfluent.com/en/2015/0…
In 1952 Mr. Potato Head became the first toy ad on TV and the first ad campaign to be aimed directly at children, previously toy ads were always aimed at parents. It successfully sold over a million units in the first year, and the concept revolutionized marketing resulting in an industrial boom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
The 'Ghost Army' was created in 1944 as the first tactical deception unit in US Army history to fool the German Wehrmacht. They used inflatable tanks, fake radio traffic, sound effects, and created phony headquarters with bogus officers. This was kept a secret for decades after the war. nationalww2museum.org/vis…
The popular use of the word racism is relatively recent. The word came into widespread usage in the Western world in the 1930s, when it was used to describe the social and political ideology of Nazism, which treated "race" as a naturally given political unit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
A moment was a medieval unit of time. The movement of a shadow on a sundial covered 40 moments in a solar hour, a twelfth of the period between sunrise and sun. Although the length of a moment in modern seconds was therefore not fixed, on average, a moment corresponded to 90 seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mom…
After the Chinese Civil War, several units of the Nationalist army fled to Burma. When recalled to Taiwan, some refuse and marched into Thailand, where they grew opium while fighting Communists for the government. Their village is now "one of Thailand's top ten destinations among backpackers." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Today I learned of the beard-second, which is a unit of length inspired by the light-year, but applicable to extremely short distances such as those in integrated circuits. It is the length an average beard grows in one second. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
As of 2012 there is still an active witch hunting unit in Saudi Arabia. In 2009, 118 people were charged with witchcraft and by 2011 there were 9 bureaus in the country to combat sorcery. The US has been accused of having sorcerers. theatlantic.com/internati…
A Marine sniper unit in Iraq became huge fans of Gilmore Girls. Near Christmas in 2005 one of them wrote to the show's creator about the lack of male clothing options in the show's gift store. Weeks later they received five boxes of Gilmore Girls jackets. thisamericanlife.org/606/…
Today I learned of the Normandie Niemen Squadron, a unit of French fighter pilots who fought on the Eastern Front during WW2. They are credited with 273 air victories , 132 transports and 27 trains destroyed. They were the only Western Allied unit to fight with the Soviet forces until the end of the war. airspacemag.com/military-…
Today I learned about the micromort, a unit of measurement that measures the chance of death for any action. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The unit of speed the 'knot' comes from when sailors used to throw rope with uniformly spaced knots over the side of the ship and count how many knots went over in a defined period of time oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
The difference between a "Tonne" and a "Ton" - both are units of weight, but a β€œton” is a British and American measure, while a β€œtonne” is a metric measure. A β€œtonne” is equal to 1,000 kg and a "ton" is is equal to 2,240 pounds or 1,016.047 kg. blog.harwardcommunication…
The stone weight was an old English unit of mass equal to 14 pounds (6.35 kg). Although now prohibited for commercial use in the United Kingdom the stone is customarily used for body weight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…

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