Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflour, and Kohlrabi are all selectively bred varieties of the same plant. They were each developed from the wild mustard plant. businessinsider.com/brocc…
The Aztecs believed our current world was the fifth in a series of creation cycles, and the previous four worlds were destroyed in a variety of ways from flooding to raining flames. According to the Aztecs, the world we currently live in will be destroyed by earthquakes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiv…
The reason there are tags on mattresses that say "Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law" is the result of laws that require that the contents of the mattress be listed on the label. These laws were passed in a time when many mattresses were filled with a variety of undesirable contents. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Isaac Singer, of Singer Sewing Machine fame, had more than two-dozen children with a variety of wives and mistresses. Several relationships overlapped and a few of his children were born in the same year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
The BBC publishes in the informal oral language of Nigerian Pidgin, which is spoken by ~75mil people across Nigeria and neighbouring countries, but due to its informality and variety of dialects does not currently have an agreed written form. bbc.co.uk/news/world-afri…
In 1941, some Soviet tanks were so superior to German ones, that a single KV tank stalled the German advance for a full day while being attacked by a variety of anti-tank weapons and was overrun only because it finally ran out of ammunition en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Snow isn’t actually white, but rather translucent. It’s the light reflecting off it that makes it appear white with the many sides of the snowflake scattering light in many directions, diffusing the entire colour spectrum. Snow can also appear in a wide variety of spectacular hues. bbcearth.com/blog/?articl…
Tracy Chapman, multi-platinum and four time Grammy Award winning artist, says she credits the inspiration to learn guitar as a child came from an American telivision variety show called "Hee Haw" that featured country music and themed backdrop. (corrected) npr.org/2009/08/20/112056…
There are over 7,500 cultivars (varieties) of apples, meaning if you ate one every day, it would take over 20 years to taste them all en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
The man responsible for cookies is Lou Montulli. He developed one of the earliest Web browsers, Lynx, in 1991, and was responsible for a variety of Web innovations including the blink tag, server push and client pull, and HTTP proxying. digitaltrends.com/computi…
The poison fire coral fungus is native to Asia and is responsible for a number of fatalities in Japan and Korea. Its potent mycotoxins known as trichothecenes can cause multiple organ failure if consumed and severe dermatitis if touched. This fungus can be easily confused with edible varieties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pod…
Iron Maiden lead singer, Bruce Dickinson is considered a polymath by Intelligent Life magazine due to excelling in a wide variety of pursuits. He is a commercial pilot, presented shows on radio and TV, written novels, brews his own beer and was once ranked 7th in Great Britain for fencing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
Human procrastination is considered a complex psychological behavior because of the wide variety of reasons people do it. Although often attributed to "laziness", research shows it is more likely to be caused by anxiety, depression, a fear of failure, or a reliance on abstract goals. solvingprocrastination.co…
There is a pepper variety, called PadrΓ³n (name of a town in Spain, where they grow), that can either be spicy or not and they don't have any visible characteristic to distinguish them. The amount of water and sunlight received during growth influence their spiciness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pad…
Fish can produce a variety of noises (and sometimes sound like birds) kpbs.org/news/2018/mar/07…
In addition to enjoying a variety of tropical fruity flavors in their diet, Tucans also consume the nestlings of smaller birds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tou…
Today I learned about the cookiecutter shark. The name refers to its feeding habit of gouging round plugs, as if cut with a cookie cutter, out of larger animals. Marks made by cookiecutter sharks have been found on a wide variety of marine life, as well as on submarines, undersea cables, and even human bodies! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coo…
In the UK it is illegal under the Plant Variety and Seeds Act 1964 (with many amendments) for an individual or organisation to give, trade or sell seed of an older variety of wheat (or any other agricultural crop) to a third party for growing purposes, subject to a significant fine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
The native, undomesticated variety of the avocado is known as a criollo, it's small, has dark black skin, contains a large seed. It probably coevolved with extinct megafauna. The avocado tree has a long history of cultivation in Central and South America, likely beginning as early as 5,000 BCE. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avo…
The apple variety "Red Delicious" only exists because the unwanted apple seedling managed to regrow after being discarded. huffingtonpost.com.au/ent…
Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos is the brand’s only widely available plant-based, vegan-friendly variety chooseveg.com/blog/new-ve…
The phone system's three rising tones (Special Information Tone, or SIT) comes in 8 varieties that are similar but can be distinguished by electronic equipment. It was designed so equipment could identify the error, even without understanding the spoken message. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
The poet who coined the phrases, β€œVariety’s the very spice of life” and β€œGod moves in a mysterious way” was institutionalized for insanity, depression, and suicide attempts, but was also a forerunner of the Abolitionist movement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
American History X director Tony Kaye was so dissatisfied with the final cut of the film he spent $100,000 of his own money to take out 35 full-page ads in the Hollywood trade press denouncing Norton and the producer, using quotations from a variety of people from John Lennon to Abraham Lincoln. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Chinese has more linguistic variety within it than the Romance language family. "Chinese" as a language describes over a half dozen language families, which themselves have hundreds of dialects, many of which are not mutually intelligible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Today I learned of Distichlis palmeri, a grain plant with a high salt tolerance. Until recently it was thought to be extinct. But a breeding program of the remaining plants has bred varieties with yields of 2 tons per hectare, and is a strong candidate to become a major global food crop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Today I learned about a condition called hospital delirium, where patients (usually older) can experience confusion and altered consciousness from a variety of hospital-related causes health.harvard.edu/stayin…
Durian was banned on hotel and public transport. Despite its stinky smell, Malaysian people love it and have the highest consumption of 11Kg/pax/year (<0.1 kg for US). Musang King is the best durian variety with a hefty price of 20-30 USD per fruit, highly demanded and you can see a long queue youtu.be/cZCKFmDs_VI
Tehran's Carpet Museum exhibits a variety of Persian carpets, dating from the 16th century to the present. The museum's exterior is designed both to resemble a carpet loom, and to cast shade on the exterior walls, reducing the impact of the hot summer sun on the interior temperature en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
When studio execs refused to release Brazil, Terry Gilliam took out a full-page ad in Variety, urging them to release it. He also conducted private screenings without their knowledge. They only released it after Brazil was awarded β€œBest Picture” by the LA Critics association. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Seeds of several basil varieties become gelatinous when soaked in water, and are used in some Asian drinks and desserts such as faluda, sharbat-e-rihan, or hα»™t Γ©. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
The average home has more than 100 different species of flies, spiders, beetles, ants, and other bugsβ€”with an even greater variety inside houses in wealthier neighborhoods. Instead of pests, they are mostly benign species that are often so small that we don't notice them. latimes.com/science/scien…
Artificial banana flavoring is NOT based on the Gros Michel variety of banana, but is primarily derived from isoamyl acetate, the "banana ester". bbc.com/future/article/20…
Wineries in Israel are trying to recreate ancient wine, including the varities that Jesus may have drank. Researchers use techniques like DNA testing and three-dimensional scans of grape seeds found at archaeological digs to help identify these unique varieties foodandwine.com/fwx/drink…
The "57 varieties" refered to on Heinz ketchup means "nothing" smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Botox is used to treat spasticity. Spasticity can occur in a variety of conditions including cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury (ABI), spinal cord injury (SCI), genetic and metabolic conditions. childrens.health.qld.gov.…
The name Macintosh was coined by an Apple employee inspired by his favorite variety of the fruit, neatly tying the whole theme together mashable.com/2010/07/08/1…
Potatoes contain toxic compounds known as glycoalkaloids, of which the most prevalent are solanine and chaconine. Glycoalkaloid poisoning may cause headaches, diarrhea, cramps, and, in severe cases, coma and death. However, poisoning from cultivated potato varieties is very rare. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
Today I learned of Nosmo King, a British variety act who took the name when disguising himself in blackface to appear at two theatres in one night. His act involved doing impressions of famous comedians, one of whom was American blackface comic Frank Tinney. King later admitted he had never set eyes on Tinney. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._…
Electroshock Therapy as demonised by One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest is actually a valid, effective and humane treatment for a variety of brain conditions and still used to this day mayoclinic.org/tests-proc…
Pepsico wholly owns the rights to a variety of potato known as FC5, grown exclusively for their Lay's potato chips. In April, Pepsico sued four farmers in India for illegally growing and dealing their patented potato variety. reuters.com/article/us-in…
99% of all asphalt is recycled and used to fix and build roads over and over again. A variety of recycled materials are in that pavement - recycled roof shingles, ground rubber from tires, glass, foundry sand, slag and even pig manure. sustainablebusiness.com/i…
There’s a theme park which offers children the experience of adulthood called KidZania. Instead of going on rides, kids can work in a variety of jobs, like fireman or pilot planes, and use their β€œsalary” in the gift shop or rent electric versions of luxury cars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kid…
Cotton is native to both the Old and New Worlds, but while cotton fibers occur naturally in colors of white, brown, pink and green, fears of contaminating the genetics of white cotton have led many cotton-growing locations to ban the growing of colored cotton varieties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…
Altoids once came in sour varieties but were discontinued in 2010. bustle.com/articles/95869…
The comedian Milton Berle was so popular in 1951 that the U.S. television network NBC signed him to a $6 million, 30-year contract. Berle's comedy-variety show was canceled in 1956 due to low ratings. NBC, however, continued to pay him until 1981. emmys.com/news/hall-fame/…
Due to the variety of its ecosystems, which include mountains, woods, plains, largely uninhabited territories, streams, rocky coasts, and long sandy beaches, the island of Sardinia has been defined metaphorically as a micro-continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Rust Doesn't cause Tetanus. Tetanus, or lockjaw, is a bacterial infection caused by Clostridium tetani, an extremely hardy rod-shaped bacterium found in animal digestive tracts and soil worldwide. Humans can be exposed to Clostridium tetani in a variety of non-rusty ways, such as animal bites. mcgill.ca/oss/article/did…
Fearing invasion during the Cold War, Albania’s leader Enver Hoxha forced his country to build 750.000 bunkers. Today, many of those bunkers have been converted into a variety of uses, like turning them into pizzerias, espresso bars and makeshift bars. bbc.com/future/story/2018…
A farmer named Tony Dighera developed a plastic mold to put over his pumpkins so that they grow into the face of Frankenstein. Known as "Pumpkinsteins", it took him 4 years, 27 varieties of pumpkin and $400,000 to perfect his idea. nytimes.com/2014/10/13/us…
The male water deer is the only variety of deer that doesn't have horns or antlers. But it does have prominent canines or tusks, earning them the name "vampire deer" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
Apple trees grown from a seed will never produce fruit that tastes the same as another tree's; apples of one variety are all cloned from a single tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
Early humans from pre-agricultural days ate a wider variety of plants than modern humans smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Cephalopods (octopus and squid) only live up to five years. Dying shortly after mating and only mate once in their lifetime. This means large varieties such as the colossal squid have to grow incredibly fast to reach full size in five years. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned about 40% of patients in ICUs with septic shock have serum levels of vitamin C supporting a diagnosis of scurvy. The inability to generate vitamin C makes humans very susceptible to dysfunction in a variety of biochemical pathways that are vital for surviving a critical illness such as sepsis. ccforum.biomedcentral.com…
"True Potato Seeds" are what they call the actual seeds that come from a tomato-like fruit of the Potato plant. But all commercially grown varieties come from small or cut up pieces of the original tuber, called: "Potato Seed" gardeningknowhow.com/edib…
The bananas sold in stores today are different than the variety sold in the 1950s. Gros Michel bananas were the dominant export to Europe and North America until the species was decimated by disease. Since then, exporters began growing bananas belonging to the similar-tasting Cavendish subgroup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gro…
There was a popular sweet wine drunk in 16th and 17th century Britain called "Bastard", which came in white and brown varieties. It originated in Spain or Portugal and got its name from being a second-rate vintage mixed with honey. Brown Bastard wine is mentioned in Shakespeare's play Henry IV. topmeaning.com/english/br…
Calrose rice, a prominent rice variety in the United States, was once smuggled in large quantities to Asia and sold in the black markets as it was considered "exotic". english.chosun.com/site/d…
Not all bees are endangered/vulnerable, only 7 varieties of the Yellow Faced Bee which is native to Hawai'i snopes.com/fact-check/bee…
Argentina's name comes from the Latin word for Silver, Argentum, as early Spanish and Portuguese conquerors of the 16th century acquired a variety of beautiful silver objects from the GuaranΓ­ tribes down the Rio de La Plata therealargentina.com/en/i…
Italy had a televised Satanic variety show in 1978 which featured Grace Jones atlasobscura.com/articles…
Many varieties of chestnut are poisonous and can even cause death canr.msu.edu/news/whats_t…
Ancient Roman women apllied makeup which consisted of a variety of substances, ranging from minerals and herbs to lead (altough it was already known to be poisonous). While a decent makeup was considered embellishing, too much of it could make for accusations of adultery or even witchcraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos…
Jasmine rice isn't actually scented and flavored with jasmine. It's just a distinct variety of rice that naturally has a fragrant, floral aroma. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jas…
That, in addition to the piano and harmonica, Stevie Wonder is a virtuoso with a variety of other instruments. In fact, he has played many of the instrumentsβ€”including drumsβ€”on his recordings over the years. youtu.be/DbhG9841tgA
The practice of sending another director a congratulatory note started in 1977 when Steven Spielberg took out a full-page ad in Variety magazine to congratulate George Lucas' "Star Wars" on beating "Jaws" at the box office. insider.com/star-wars-sen…
Trees are not a taxonomic group, but a variety of plants that independently evolved woody trunks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Body farms are places that keep dead human bodies in variety of conditions: car trunks, shallow graves, floating in pools, and study stages of decomposition to help solve crimes. One can sign up to donate their body to a body farm after death. nytimes.com/2019/02/28/we…
Between 2009 and 2017, a food delivery service channel was available on the Nintendo Wii. The channel was exclusive to Japan and offered a wide variety of foods provided by different food delivery companies. youtu.be/RSXN9tSbemE
Today I learned of the Judean Date Palm. An extinct palm variety that was revived using 2,000 year old seeds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Surveys conducted in a variety of countries have indicated that pneumonia occurs in 30% to 80% of slaughter pigs. In a survey of Minnesota slaughter swine, 79.4% of individual pigs had pneumatic lesions when slaughtered. pdfs.semanticscholar.org/…
In 2018 a Canadian man was found smuggling 5,000 leeches in his luggage. Leeches are used for treating a variety of conditions in a practice formerly known as bloodletting. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Today I learned of Punch and Judy, a popular puppet show from the 1600s. In the show, Punch usually ends up killing his baby, his wife, a policeman, the devil and a variety of other characters by beating them with his β€˜slapstick’. The phrase β€œpleased as punch” comes from Punch’s gleeful self-satisfaction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pun…
Today I learned of CMTs -- Culturally Modified Trees, which are trees which were altered, mostly by indigenous people, for a variety of practical and cultural reasons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
A microbiologist examined samples from 33 keyboards and found a variety of bugs including E coli and S aureus, which can cause skin infections and make people ill. One of the keyboards had to be removed from the office because it was five times dirtier than a toilet theguardian.com/technolog…
Tangerines, clementines and satsumas are all special varieties of Mandarine oranges. producemadesimple.ca/diff…
Non-adherence to social norms is an indicator for a variety of psychiatric conditions including dementia ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed…
Magma is underground, molten lava, whereas lava is above ground (via a volcano). After that it can take on a variety of names based on its flow pattern, including aa (ah ah), pahoehoe (pa-hoy-hoy), and pillow lava. instanthawaii.com/cgi-bin…
While prohibition agent Izzy Einstein made nearly 5,000 arrests in a variety of disguises, on 20 occasions he showed his ID to the bouncer who let him in thinking it was fake. history.com/news/the-impr…
Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, collard greens, and a few other plants are just varieties from the same species, Brassica oleracea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Today I learned of quipos - the Andean writing system which didn't use ink and paper/tablets/skins. Information was encoded in an intricate system of strings of colored yarn tied in a variety of knots. This system survived until just after the Conquistadors. ancient.eu/Quipu/
Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale and Brussel sprouts are all varieties of the same species Brassica oleracea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Thanks to its wildly successful Asian flavor experiments, Kit Kat has offered over 350 different varieties of its candy bars. andersmayland.com/every-j…
When poisonous frogs are fed zoo diets they no longer become poisonous. The wide variety of food in the wild supplies them with the chemicals for making poison. animals.sandiegozoo.org/a…
There are at least 17 varieties of ice. With that kind in your drink being number one. popsci.com/ice-vii-lasers
After experimenting with a variety of religions, JD Salinger tried Dianetics - a precursor to Scientology but discounted it upon meeting L Ron Hubbard en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._…
The Gros Michael banana nearly went extinct in the 1950s due to Panama Disease wilt, causing it to be replaced in grocery stores by the hardier Cavendish bananas. Higher concentrations of isoamyl acetate make it taste "artificial" in comparison to the Cavendish variety we are now used to. britannica.com/plant/bana…
A skeleton key is a key that has been filed or cut to create one that can be used to unlock a variety of warded locks each with a different configuration of wards. Skeleton keys have often been associated with attempts to defeat locks for illicit purposes, to release handcuffs for example. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ske…
Gros Michel bananas were common in grocery stores until the 1950's when Panama disease wiped out much of the crops. They were replaced by the modern banana of the Cavendish variety. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gro…
Dubai has a 1.2 million sq km Safari Park with 2,500+ varieties of flora and fauna, and to provide a cool natural habitat for the animals during hotter months, chilled water bodies, misting fans and air-conditioned artificial rocks have been installed across the park bayut.com/mybayut/dubai-s…
There is a variety of cactus that lives in northern Canada almost to the arctic circle. fs.fed.us/database/feis/p…
Dinosaur eggs came in a variety of bright colors, just like birds sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
A Florida-based beer company created fully edible 6-pack rings from brewing byproducts such as wheat and barley; the rings are just as strong as the plastic variety, yet completely digestible and biodegradable blogs.discovermagazine.co…
In Canada, non-street-based sex workers are between 80–95 percent of the overall sex worker population. This encompasses male, female, trans, and non-binary workers providing a variety of sexual services from massage parlours and escorting to online sex work the-peak.ca/2016/05/the-d…
The US military produced four different varieties of nuclear weapons that were designed to be used as land mines. realclearlife.com/militar…
The orange carrot was first cultivated in the Netherlands in the 16th century. Prior to this, all carrots known to the world were white, yellow and purple varieties. carrotmuseum.co.uk/histor…
Today I learned about the Harvard Psilocybin Project, a series of experiments by Harvard researchers in the 1960s. Before coming to a controversial ending, the experiments revealed evidence of a variety of positive psychological side effects from psilocybin use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Male sharks have two penises called β€œclaspers”, which develop due to a gene called the Sonic hedgehog gene. This gene causes a variety of body parts to develop, and if the gene is expressed in female sharks as long as it’s expressed in male sharks, they also develop two claspers. gizmodo.com/heres-why-sha…
Human babies breastfed directly from animals when wet nurses weren’t available and animals still suckle directly from lactating humans in a number of cultures for a variety of reasons including promoting lactation, hardening the nipples for a new baby and draining a mother’s breast of milk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…

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