During the sinking of the Titanic, a drunken baker helped load women and children into the lifeboats, refused a seat for himself, threw deck chairs overboard for passengers to use as flotation devices, and somehow survived hours swimming in the freezing water until he was rescued at dawn. nationalpost.com/news/can…
There's a farmer in South Africa who has bred ducks for many years. He uses the ducks instead of pesticides on his farm. Every morning he assembles over 1,000 ducks into a line to go and pluck the pests out of his vineyard. youtu.be/H6Ehoxu9QY8
James McCormick sold the ADE 651, a fake β€˜bomb detector’, all over the world (specifically Iraq) by purchasing novelty golf ball detectors for less than $20 and reselling it for $5000 each. His scam has cost lives and the β€˜bomb detectors’ are probably still in use today. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-2238036…
IKEA has complete ownership over their supply chain of products, even growing theor own wood (forest ownership), and uses approximately 1 percent of all lumber usage globally. lovemoney.com/gallerylist…
"Nearly 75 percent of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today" due to recycling aluminum.org/industries/p…
The Tourette Association of America initially feared South Park’s release of their Tourettes episode, but ended up being surprised at how accurate and well-researched the show was on the condition. The only thing they critiqued was the frequent use of β€œcoprolalia” or rampant swearing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
George Lucas wanted the final trilogy to take place in a microbiotic world. It would be shown that creatures called Whills are actually what use the Force and that Jedi only communicate with Whills via their midi-chlorians. His vision for Star Wars was to teach appreciation for ecosystems. indiewire.com/2018/06/geo…
Rolls Royce uses the leather of 15 to 18 Bulls per car, raised in cold climates to prevent marks from insect bites. Cows aren't used because they might have stretch marks from pregnancies. thehogring.com/2011/03/22…
Admiral Ackbar was voted by students to be the Ole Miss Rebel's mascot. Lucasfilm declined to allow the characters use for the role stating he would have trouble finding time to attend games as he was leading the Rebel Alliance Fleet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adm…
Imperial China had laws on depicting Dragons in artwork: commoners can only depict their dragons with 3 claws, nobility/high officials can only use 4-clawed dragons, while the Emperor reserved 5-clawed dragons for himself. Any one else using 5-clawed dragons can be executed for treason. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
In 1986, St George's Place in Glasgow was renamed Nelson Mandela Place. It was the address of the South African consulate, forcing them to use the name of their most famous political prisoner on all correspondence. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan…
Despite the popular use of being 'low on the totem pole' being lower down in the pecking order, native americans would often accord the most prestige to the lowest position on the totem pole, seen as 'bearing the weight of all other figures', or at eye level to heighten significance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tot…
Donald Duck is an extremely popular pop-icon in Germany, where you can buy his comics at most newsstands. In their version, Donald uses a highly sophisticated level of language and "many Germans credit him with having initiated them into the language of the literary classics". mhpbooks.com/donald-duck-…
Betty Crocker was never a real person. She was created for a Gold Medal Flour ad in 1921. Shortly after the company decided to use the character to answer all the baking and cooking questions received by mail, as a woman was a more trusted source of baking information than an all male staff pbs.org/food/the-history-…
James Cagney in the 1932 film 'Taxi' is famous not only for Cagney's dancing, it's also the first film where he refused to be shot at with live ammo. This was very common at the time, due to it being much cheaper to use than blanks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
A medieval French soldier climbed up a toilet into a besieged castle to let his army in. King John of England had specifically requested that toilet be installed for personal use during church services. The castle’s fall led to English loss of Normandy and the signing of the Magna Carta. medieval.stormthecastle.c…
There's a school in India that teaches children to use both hands. Known as "The ambidextrous school". The students from this school can write six different languages and two different languages simultaneously. indiatoday.in/education-t…
Steve Jobs was already trying to develop the iPad in 1983, saying what they want to do is "put an incredibly great computer in a book that you can carry around with you and learn how to use in 20 minutes" and that he hoped to sell it for under $1,000 within the decade. lifelibertytech.com/2012/…
Velcro was invented by a Swiss electrical engineer after a hunting trip in the Alps in 1941. He took a close look at the burrs of burdock that stuck to his clothes and his dog’s fur and developed the technology for commercial use in the 1950s. sites.psu.edu/eseminar/20…
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…
The American Rock Band β€˜The Postal Service’ was sent a cease and desist letter by the United States Postal Service for trademark infringement of their name. After negotiations, the USPS allowed the band to use their name in exchange for playing a free show at their national conference. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Disney uses code names in the park. Rude visitors are called 'Treasured Guests.' Vomit is called 'Protein Spill.' Kids peeing in the pool is called 'Code Winnie.' Illegally spreading ashes is called 'White Powder Alert.' nypost.com/2017/09/07/dis…
Theodore Roosevelt Jr, son of President Theodore Roosevelt, was the only general to storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day in the first wave of Utah beach despite having to use a cane. Also, his son Quentin Roosevelt II stormed Omaha beach in the first wave. insidehook.com/article/hi…
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/…
Computers are incapable of producing randomness so when perfoming tasks like procedural generation they use outside sources like the mouse position or the fan noise as a starting point or even use "pseudorandom" generation algorithms using pre-made numbers. howtogeek.com/183051/htg-…
The inventor of plastic bags, Sten Gustaf Thulindid, didn't believe in single-use plastics. he carried a plastic bag in his pocket and used it over and over again. independent.co.uk/environ…
Today I learned of the "Vitamin D Paradox" among black people. Researchers couldn't understand why black folks had better bone health while 80% were chronically Vit D deficient. They discovered black folks make less of a protein which interferes with Vit D. They have less overall but use it more efficiently. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Ornithologists often use Cheetos to study behaviour in crows. Along with being easy to spot, they’re also one of the birds’ favourite snacks. seattletimes.com/seattle-…
Ford uses a robotic butt, called Robutt, to quickly simulate 10 years worth of wear and tear on car seats in just 3 days. It is heated to 36 degrees Celsius (to approximate the human body’s temperature) and can sweat. theverge.com/tldr/2019/1/…
In 1994, country music singer Alan Jackson was asked to use a pre-recorded version of his song 'Gone Country' when performing live at the award show. He protested by having his drummer perform with no drum sticks in his hand the whole performance tasteofcountry.com/alan-j…
Dolphins have learned to use rudimentary tools. For example, mother dolphins teach their young to cover their snouts with sponges while foraging on the ocean floor. This prevents them from being stung by venomous creatures. nbcnews.com/id/8121399/ns…
Lipstick may contain metal in toxic amounts. Daily use of lipstick and/or lipgloss may expose women to excessive amounts of the metal chromium which is associated with stomach cancer. Also, 75% of products tested contain lead. There is no way for consumers to find out a product's metal content. ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1205518…
Today I learned of Musopen, a non-profit org. that provides high-quality recordings of classical music in the public domain, so that anyone can use them. The project emerged as a response to the big corporations in the music industry that were burying old artists, like Beethoven and Chopin, behind copyright musopen.org/music/
Ferrero, the company that makes Nutella, uses about a quarter of the WHOLE world's hazelnut supply every year npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
During the Victorian era, a newly developed feeding bottle for infants was introduced. Infant moαΉ›tality rates due to these bottles were shocking– only 2 out of 10 infants lived to their 2nd birthday, but parents continued to buy and use them and they earned the name as murdeαΉ› bottles. anomalien.com/the-victori…
Scientists discovered a species of fungus at Chernobyl that uses the gamma radiation from the nuclear waste as a food source en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
In the 1990s, a Russian mafia and Italian mafia organization participated in a literal money-laundering scheme, washing and bleaching the ink out of US$1 bills and reprinting them as $100s, for use in the post-Soviet bloc countries, where the bills might avoid detection as counterfeits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
A common variety of slime mold (which is comprised of many single cell organisms) is capable of solving mazes and having preferences. To accomplish this, the slime mold is believed to use a form of democratic-ranked-choice voting discovermagazine.com/mind…
Former Chinese President Yang Shangkun told his doctor before his death that the crackdown on June 4 had been the Communist Party's "most serious mistake in its history, a mistake he couldn't correct but which would eventually be corrected." He had initially opposed the use of force on students. voachinese.com/a/yangbaib…
Today I learned of spray paint on sidewalks called β€œutility graffiti,” which uses colors and symbols to identify pipes and wires underground. Marking the ground wasn’t standard until 1976, when a dig in Los Angeles punctured a gas line and created a β€œwall of fire” that killed 9 people and destroyed 7 buildings. popularmechanics.com/tech…
The Romans not only built aqueducts and other wonders, but a large amount of dams. In Spain alone they built 72, and many of their dams in Europe are still in use to this day. They were mostly used for irrigation, but one example shows they dried up water in order to find gold deposits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
The US Air Force uses enormous anime-style swords to honor officers thedrive.com/the-war-zone…
In German there are two verbs for eating, one exclusively for humans and one for animals. In fact, you can use the animal verb to imply (impolitely) that someone eats like an animal. allesgerman.com/differenc…
"Frisbee" is a trademarked name, and any organised frisbee-utilising sports (e.g. Ultimate, disc golf) legally can't use the word in their names en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Today I learned about Jimmy Savile, who was said to have been the first disc jockey to use twin turntables to keep music in constant play in the late 1950's. He also happens to be one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
The use of phrenology was largely responsible for the racial divide that resulted in the 1994 Rwandan genocide which killed over 1 million people researchgate.net/publicat…
Males and females finish urination differently. Specifically, males contract a muscle called the bulbospongiosus several times to empty the urethra, whereas the female urethra is emptied by gravity, and females do not use this muscle to 'squeeze' out the urine like males do. wikidoc.org/index.php/Uri…
Today I learned about Cannabis hyperemesis a disordered caused by chronic marijuana use. Its symptoms include cyclical vomiting, compulsive bathing, and symptom resolution on cannabis cessation. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Oprah has been criticized in the past for promoting skin creams that use foreskins from babies. vice.com/en_ca/article/xd…
Despite being a cliche, only one historical map actually uses the phrase "Here Be Dragons". The Hunt-Lenox Globe from 1504, one of the oldest globes in existence, uses the phrase on the east coast of Asia. It is believed to have been inspired by tales of Komodo Dragons from Indonesia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
There is an international standard for writing the date called ISO 8601, that uses the format YYYY-MM-DD. Although it has been around since 1988, very few countries actually use it. brilliantmaps.com/how-to-…
Till Lindemann, lead singer of Rammstein, wanted a light put in his mouth for visual effects. His bandmate suggested he use a flesh colored wire and run it into his mouth from the outside. Lindemann refused, opting to have a surgical incision in his left cheek to directly feed it into his mouth youtu.be/VWBDNL71tJo?t=32…
Pablo Picasso always carried a revolver loaded with blanks, which he would use to shoot at people who questioned him about the meaning of his paintings. huffpost.com/entry/pablo-…
In most artworks of George Washington has him using his Grey Horse named Blueskin. However, his Horse named Nelson was George Washington's most favoured Horse to use during the Revolutionary War, as he was not easily provoked by gunfire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nel…
Former Ugandan president Idi Amin asked Japan's government to loan him Kamikaze fighters in order to use them against the Tanzanians during the, 1979 Air campaign of the Uganda–Tanzania War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
George Washington never wore a wig: his hair was naturally long and lustrous, although he did use powder to make it white. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Farmers in Africa use beehives to protect their crops from the largest and arguably most destructive crop pest in Africa: the elephant. Bees can’t sting through their thick hides but they can sting sensitive areas like the eyes, mouth, and inner trunk - they hear the hive buzzing and flee. thisiscolossal.com/2015/1…
The oldest university in the world is in Africa and was founded by a Muslim woman. It's called University of al-Qarawiyyin and was founded in 859 in Fez, Morocco. Runner up is the University of Bologna founded 1088 in Bologna, Italy and was the first institution to use the term university. uaq.ma/
Stanley Kubrick wanted to use Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother suite in A Clockwork Orange. Pink Floyd's bassist Roger Waters refused when he found out Kubrick would edit the music to fit the film. Later, Waters asked Kubrick to use sounds from 2001: A Space Odyssey on a record. Kubrick refused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
, That despite its popular use in scams and pop culture, Nigeria doesn't have a Monarchy and hasn't had one since 1963 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
The Wild Thornberrys was the first Nicktoon to exclusively use 22 minute stories. Other Nicktoons relied on 10-11 minute stories, using 22 minute stories occasionally. Usually, Nicktoons focused on kids, but after running focus groups, they found kids fixating on the parent-child relationships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Before electricity, theatrical groups would heat up calcium oxide, also known as quicklime, for stage lighting. This is where the expression β€œin the limelight” originates from. People use to literally be in the limelight. britannica.com/art/limeli…
Tadpoles make use of quantum tunneling in the enzymes used to break down their tail. This explains how it’s able to do it so quickly. curiositystream.com/serie…
Today I learned of a 1970's gameshow called Bowling for Dollars, which actually was a franchise of locally produced shows all across the nation. The use of each cities local celebrities and citizens gave it a homey feel. The show was created by the creator of Romper Room, which had the same franchise format. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow…
There's a species of ants that abducts larvae of other colonies to use them as slaves. Their own "workers" do nothing but these raids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
I learned that Owls can't move their eyes at all - they can only look straight ahead. To compensate, they use their long, flexible necks to move their eyes through 270 degrees of rotation. Their eye 'structures' provide fantastic vision and account for up to five percent of their body weight. animalquestions.org/birds…
The zipper brand, YKK, makes everything they use in their production processes, in-house. From the machines they use to make their zippers, to smelting their own brass - they even make the boxes they ship their zippers in. slate.com/business/2012/0…
Starting this May, the Netherlands will no longer refer to itself as "Holland" in international events, seeking to draw tourists to lesser-visited areas as well as to deemphasize drug use and prostitution. theguardian.com/world/201…
Once a Queen ant has mated she nips off her wings and uses the energy from the flight muscles and fat reserves to lay her first batch of eggs before eating weeks later. She stores the sperm acquired during her nuptial flight for decades continuing to lay fertilised eggs for her entire life. theconversation.com/six-a…
The American Service-Members' Protection Act, nicknamed the "Hague Invasion Act" and passed in 2002, instructs the US military to use any means necessary to free US officials imprisoned for war crimes by the International Criminal Court. theguardian.com/film/2002…
The first recorded mention of trawling was from a petition to stop its use as a fishing method to King Edward III in the 14th century. The petitioner raised concerns about its effect on the environment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bot…
There is a 2 foot wide panel studded with 100 mirrors on the moon, which astronomers can use to measure the distance between earth and the moon extremely accurately. science.nasa.gov/science-…
Will Rogers World Airport, in Oklahoma City, is the only airport in the world to use the word "World" in its name - despite not having any international flights en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Bats are one of the few animals that use a different tone of voice depending on which individual they're talking to. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Americans don’t size their papers like A2, A3 or A4 but they use Letter, Legal or Junior Legal. papersizes.org/us-paper-s…
Historically, monarchs in East Asia would use two alternative titles: internally they claimed to be β€œemperors”, but in dealing with China they called themselves β€œkings” to avoid offending the Chinese. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Today I learned of incinerating toilets that are used primarily in places where plumbing is difficult or impossible to install. They use propane and electricity to burn waste. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inc…
Snipe hunting is a real thing. Snipe are waterfowl that overwinter in marshes, bogs and wet meadows. They are notoriously difficult to hunt and the word "snipe" is the etymological root of the word "sniper" we use today. georgiawildlife.blog/2018…
In 1972, Oscar-winning director Sydney Pollack shot a feature-length documentary on Aretha Franklin but forgot to use clapperboards, which made it impossible to sync audio and video and left all of the footage unusable. The film was finally salvaged and released 46 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
Kraft paper is not "craft paper" and gets its name from the kraft process used to make it, unrelated to its use for arts and crafts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kra…
A Tribe Called Quest received no money for their hit song, Can I Kick It? because of a mistake made by the record label not clearing Lou Reed's bass sample beforehand. Reed agreed the use under the one condition, he gets the royalties. factmag.com/2015/11/18/a-…
Killer whales use a hunting technique known as a "karate chop" against sharks. Using its tail it pushes the shark to the surface on a vortex, then raises its tail high in the air and slams it on the shark’s head. Then it flips the shark over causing tonic immobility, rendering it paralyzed. pbs.org/wnet/nature/kille…
You should NOT use bleach to remove mold on most surfaces epa.gov/indoor-air-qualit…
Certain languages lack any word for left/right and instead use the cardinal directions to express orientation on a small scale, e.g. "the cup is to the north of me." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bod…
The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, was arrested in part because of his use of the phrase "You can't eat your cake and have it, too." The odd phrasing showed up in both his manifesto and his personal letters. itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/l…
The Water Boatman insect uses its penis to make a 99.2 decibel mating call, making it, pound for pound, the loudest creature on Earth. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Wild camels used to roam British Columbia for 43 years. During the gold rush people thought it was a good idea to use camels as pack animals. Their soft feet ended out making them ill suited for the rocky terrain. They were let loose and multiple generations survived, last seen 1905. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
About 85 percent of hospitals still use pagers because hospitals can be dead zones for cell service. In some hospital areas, the walls are built to keep X-rays from penetrating, but those heavy-duty designs also make it hard for a cell phone signal to make it through but not pagers. rd.com/health/healthcare/…
The first known use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in baseball was in 1899, when Hall of Fame pitcher Pud Galvin received an injection of crushed dog and guinea pig testicles vice.com/en_us/article/yp…
Getty Images has repeatedly been caught selling the rights for photographs it doesn't own, including public domain images. In one incident they demanded money from a famous photographer for the use of one of her own pictures. latimes.com/business/hilt…
The dumpster was patented in 1935 by the Dempster Brothers. The first front-loading garbage truck that made use of dumpsters was called the Dempster Dumpmaster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dum…
The US census bureau used to use β€œinsane and idiots” and a demographic category census.gov/history/www/th…
Ivy League schools + sister schools used to take nude photos of all incoming freshmen, supposedly to gauge the severity of scoliosis and etc. The two lead psychologists then tried to use the data to justify their theories on body type and social hierarchy. messynessychic.com/2013/1…
Critics responded negatively to the use of nudity in the pilot episode of Stargate SG1, which was filmed at Showtime's insistence. Those scenes were cut or edited in future releases on DVD and TV. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Today I learned about the italian general Pietro Badoglio. He's responsible for the defeat of Caporetto in WWI; the use of mustard gas during the italian invasion of Ethiopia; the failed invasion of Greece, the "switch of side" and the triggering of the Italian Civil War during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
There’s no β€˜correct’ side of aluminum foil to use when cooking. The difference between the two sides is due to a manufacturing process. Two layers of foil are pressed together and milled at the same time, because otherwise, it would break. rd.com/food/fun/real-reas…
Deaf parents use special vibrating baby monitors or smart watch applications to alert them when babies are crying during the night. youtu.be/WR4zNyjUsis
Ecuador uses the U. S. Dollar as its currency. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuado…
There’s actually 14 non-quadrilateral flags still in use today wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o…
Barbers in Turkey use fire to singe off the fine hairs in your ears thegroomingguide.com/hair…

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