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…
Democritus (460-370 BCE), the ancient Greek philosopher, asked the question β€œWhat is matter made of?” and hypothesized that tangible matter is composed of tiny units that can be assembled and disassembled by various combinations. He called these units "atoms". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
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…
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…
The PlayStation 2 is the best selling home console to date selling over 155 million units wikipedia.org/wiki/PlaySt…
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…
Today I learned about the 'Harlem Hellfighters' WW1's African-American regiment who were the first Allied unit to reach the banks of the river Rhine in November 1918 history.co.uk/article/the…
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…
A "Turnaround" is a scheduled event in which an entire process unit of an industrial plant is taken off stream for a scheduled period of time to perform maintenance, inspections, and testing... youtu.be/2gCk9yBBOUo
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…
Final unit of the Ferrari Enzo (400th) was gifted to John Paul II by Ferrari and some people sugested it become a new Popemobile but it was auctioned off in 2005. John Paul II's successor, Benedict XVI, received a cheque with the proceeds to be donated to charity. youtube.com/watch?time_co…
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…
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…
There were a few "sponsored" units in the American Civil War. The Chicago Board of Trade Independent Light Artillery, one such unit, was formed in August 1862, and swiftly followed later that month by the competing Chicago Mercantile Independent Light Battery Artillery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The USA doesn't actually use the imperial measuring system, but its step brother: US Customary Units. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned about The 442nd Infantry Regiment, which was comprised almost entirely of Japanese American soldiers during WW2. In total, about 18,000 men served, ultimately earning 9,486 Purple Hearts and 21 Medals of Honor, making it the most decorated combat unit in US history. goforbroke.org/learn/hist…
Legionnaires' disease is named such because of an outbreak in 1976 which killed 29 and infected 182 American Legion members during an annual state convention. This new bacteria was found to be coming from the air-conditioning units on the hotel roof. pbs.org/newshour/health/h…
In 1984 a coup planned against Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu failed when the military unit assigned to carry out the plan was sent to harvest corn instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
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/…
The 1st Marine Division (United States Marine Corp) has the Australian icons β€œWaltzing Matilda” as its battle hymn and the Southern Cross as its unit insignia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st…
In 2010, Cathay Pacific Flight 780 nearly crashed due to saltwater in the underground fuel tanks causing a pump truck filter to break down, releasing superabsorbent polymer into the A330's fuel system. The fuel metering unit then seized up mid flight and 322 people almost died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
The PS2 or the PlayStation 2, which was released on March 4, 2000, remains the best-selling gaming console of all time, which had over 155 million units sold screenrant.com/ps2-best-s…
It is illegal to sell products measured in non-metric units in New Zealand, however, a 'pint of beer' is an exception because it is considered a description rather than a volume. business.govt.nz/risks-an…
The unit of measuring cloud cover is called an Okta, and goes from 0 (not a cloud in the sky) to 9 (sky obscured by fog or other meteorological phenomena) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okt…
Many Chinese soldiers that came into contact with protestors at Tiananmen Square refused to open fire on civilians. One official even refused to obey orders by pretending he didn't receive any messages. There was even infighting between the various units over violence against civilians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peo…
The 369th Infantry Regiment (better known as the Harlem Hellfighters) served on the front lines for 191 days during World War I, longer than any other American unit. In that time they never gave up any ground they captured. military.com/history/afri…
Stan Lee and Dr. Seuss were in the same military unit during WW2 thedrive.com/the-war-zone…
McDonalds founder Ray Kroc and Walt Disney both served as ambulance drivers in the same unit in World War I, and both had lied about their age to enlist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
The modern American and Canadian special operations forces trace their heritage to the 1st Special Service Force, an elite American–Canadian commando unit in World War II. During the war, the 1,800-man unit accounted for some 12,000 German casualties, captured some 7,000 prisoners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Each year about 100 US firefighters are convicted of arson. The issue is so prevalent that the South Carolina Forestry Commission and the FBI Behavior Analysis Unit both created profiles of an arsonist firefighter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Today I Learned that after the memory unit prefix yotta (10^24 bytes) a petition was started, by students, for the next unit be called hellabyte (10^27) but instead it will be called geopbyte with the following unit being brontobyte (10^30 ) ... like the dinosaur. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
There is a unit of length in typography called the Cicero. printwiki.org/Cicero#:~:t…
The kilogram, despite having a prefix, is the base unit in the SI system as opposed to the gram. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
The units devised to measure pleasure/dopamine levels measure sex at 200 units whereas methamphetamine at 1,250 units awakeningsrehabilitation.…
United States Army had a tactical deception unit called "Ghost Army" during the WW2, it consisted of 1100 soldiers, their job was to deceive the enemy by inflatable tanks, sound trucks, and fake radio transmissions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
Gold coins are carried by elite military units as emergency currency in war and conflict situations behind enemy lines bullionstar.com/blogs/ron…
The words "ton" and "tonne" refer to different units of weight. A British ton, or "gross ton" is 2,240 pounds or 1,016.047 kg. A US ton, or "net ton" is equal to 2,000 pounds or 907.1847 kg. A tonne, or "metric ton" is equal to 1,000 kg. blog.harwardcommunication…
Due to a unit conversion error (lbs instead of kg), Air Canada flight 143 ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet, and glided all the way down on an abandoned airfield being used as racing circuit. Everyone survived and the plane was barely damaged it was flown out to be repaired. nationalpost.com/news/can…
Today I learned about a unit of 'shyness' called a dirac, named after the famous theoretical physicist and father of quantum physics, Paul Dirac. Known for his succinctness, his colleagues jokingly defined 1 dirac as 1 word per hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
The University of Washington's conservation biology unit uses rescued dogs to track endangered and threatened animals. The dogs identify animals by the scent of their poop and researchers use the fecal samples to gather information. The dogs used are usually too energetic for normal house life. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The largest decimal unit prefix in the metric system is yotta (10^24) and the smallest one is yocto (10^-24) chem.libretexts.org/Books…
The Playstation 3 is the only home console from Sony to not have at least 100 million units sold, having sold only around 87 million units. The PS1 sits at 102 million, The PS4 at 110 million, and the PS2 sits at 155 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of the Dickin Medal, instituted in 1943 in the UK by Maria Dickin to honor the work of animals in World War II. It is awarded to animals that have displayed "conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving or associated with any branch of the Armed Forces or Civil Defence Units". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
In the Mongol army if one soldier ran from danger in battle he would be killed along with the nine comrades in his unit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Paul W. Tibbets IV, grandson to Paul W. Tibbets, Jr. (who dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima), was given command of the same unit his grandfather commanded in 1944-1945 during the atomic bombings, the 509th Bomb Wing in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
During WW2, a 40-man unit of the Belgian "Chasseurs Ardennais" regiment held off the combined arms of the German army, only surrendering because they ran out of ammunition en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned about the Volkswagen currywurst, a meal produced by the German automaker which, measured by units sold, overtook the amount of cars they produce every year. In order for it to be available for every dealership it has, just like every other car part, its own part number. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vol…
A β€œKermit” is a unit of time equal to 1/100th of a day (approximately 14.4 minutes) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Popski's Private Army, a small British Special Forces unit in WW2, was set up as a raiding force to attack Rommel's fuel lines. Actor Christopher Lee was attached to this unit as a liaison officer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…

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