When you eat a lot of green vegetables, some chlorophyll remains intact and when they pass through blood vessels near the surface of your skin, they engage in photosynthesis and you produce ATP (obviously in very small , but still!) jcs.biologists.org/conten…
The USS William D. Porter was the only vessel in US Navy history to have its entire crew placed under arrest after accidentally firing a live torpedo at a vessel carrying the President of the United States and the Secretary of State taskandpurpose.com/histor…
Today I learned about the preserved body of Xin Zhui, a Chinese noblewoman who died in 163 BC. Her body was preserved in an unknown fluid, with skin soft and moist. Her muscles still allowed for arms and legs to flex at the joints, with all organs and blood vessels intact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xin…
In WWII there was a Nazi sailor who flushed his toilet incorrectly, causing his submarine to flood with seawater. The sub was forced to surface in view of the British who then attacked, resulting in the vessel's destruction, 4 Nazi deaths, and 46 Nazis captured en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
During WWI the German civilian ship CAP TRAFALGAR was armed and tasked with sinking British merchant ships, disguised as the the british RMS CARMANIA. The first vessel the CAP TRAFALGAR ran into was the real RMS CARMANIA which sank it's counterfeit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS…
A WW2 German captain had the proposed name of his vessel rejected so he called it GΓΆtz von Berlichengen because GvB was quoted in Goethe as saying "Kiss my arse". The rejected name; Michael. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
The Titanic was a part of 3 large ships called Olympic Class by a company called White Star, looking forward to compete with what at the moment we’re the largest vessels in the world. 2 out of the 3 sunk in less than 1 year (with the Titanic as everyone knows, sinking in the first travel) wikipedia.org/wiki/Titani…
Laid end to end, an adult’s blood vessels could circle Earth’s equator four times! natgeokids.com/nz/discove…
Albino animals appear to have red eyes because the blood vessels in their retina are visible through their transparent irises en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The Halifax Explosion was a disaster that occurred in Halifax, Canada, on December 6th, 1917 when a French cargo ship laden with high explosives collided with a Norwegian vessel. The subsequent fire resulted in a 2.9 Kiloton TNT-equivalent explosion that ultimately killed almost 2000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Currently only two nations operate naval vessels classed as "cruisers": the United States and Russia, and in both cases the vessels are primarily armed with guided missiles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cru…
Today I learned about the Battle of Surigao Strait, in which a Japanese detachment of two battleships was caught in a trap set by six American battleships (five of which were Pearl Harbor survivors), four heavy cruisers, four light cruisers, 28 destroyers, and 39 torpedo boats. No Japanese vessels survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of the "Triangle of Death" on your face, an area heavily connected via blood vessels to the skull where infections (commonly staph) due to broken skin can spread rapidly to critical parts of the brain. healthline.com/health-new…
The Unites States Navy refers to its submarines as boats and not ships. In general, larger vessels are considered ships while smaller vessels are boats. Though modern submarines are large, they began as very small vessels or boats. The naming convention has remained through today. usni.org/magazines/naval-…
Nasal decongestants works by narrowing the blood vessels in the nasal passages. Overusing them may cause congestion to get worse or it may improve but come back medlineplus.gov/druginfo/…
So many cartel swift boats are slamming the West Coast that vessel-recovery services contracted by US Customs have stopped auctioning "pangas" for fear of replenishing cartel fleets. vice.com/en_us/article/ae…
The Alfred, formally known as the Black Prince, became the first vessel to fly the Grand Union Flag; the precursor to the Stars and Stripes that we know today. The flag was hoisted on the Delaware River by John Paul Jones and this event was documented in letters to Congress en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The US Navy publicly denied what is now believed to be an urban legend. Allegedly, a US Navy battleship or aircraft carrier encountered what was ostensibly another vessel and the Captain instructed it to change course. The response was, 'I'm a lighthouse. Your call.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
A US soldier wounded by a bomb got the first ever penis and scrotum transplant in a 14 hr surgery in 2018 called "vascularised composite allotransplantation", which means a transplant of skin, bone, muscles, tendons, blood vessels. Surgeons say he should be able to regain sexual function. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Every day the average human heart pumps over 1800 gallons of blood through veins and other vessels mintstl.com/blog/9-facts-…
A man spent 60 hours underwater, in total darkness, after his vessel capsized and sunk to the bottom of the sea. He was discovered alive by divers sent to recover dead bodies. bbc.com/news/world-africa…
Howard Foote Jr's took an A-4 Skyhawk for a joyride, his safety attributed to experience, skill, and ~100 hours on a flight simulator. Charges brought against him included hazarding a vessel. After 4.5 months in the brig, he got off with just time served and an other-than-honorable discharge. foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com…
The US Coast Guard can search any and all vessels in US waters and US flagged ships in international waters without a warrant or probable cause. sailfeed.com/2012/10/coas…
Project Habakkuk, a British plan to build an aircraft carrier out of wood pulp and ice (pykrete). The project was dropped when a prototype confirmed the researchers' forecast that the full-size vessel would cost more money and machinery than a whole fleet of conventional aircraft carriers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
In response to the infamous "Poop Cruise", Carnival's court filing stated that the passenger contract "makes absolutely no guarantee for safe passage, a seaworthy vessel, adequate and wholesome food, and sanitary and safe living conditions." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The small cookie-cutter shark have disabled the most dangerous ocean creature of allβ€”the nuclear submarine. The attacks happened in the 1970s, the sharks did enough damage to the vessel's sonar equipment that the oils inside that transmit sound would leak out of the ship and break the equipment. businessinsider.com/this-…
Today I learned about USS Pueblo, a Banner-class environmental research ship, that despite being captured by North Korea in 1968 remains an officially commissioned vessel of the United States Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Today I learned of the Stubby Squid. In 2016, Researchers from the Nautilus exploration vessel were cruising along the deep sea floor off California's coast when they came upon the bright purple creature with giant, googly eyes. The Scientists Couldn't contain their laughter. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The idea of St. Bernard rescue dogs wearing casks of brandy comes from an 1820 British painting. In fact, though alcohol makes one feel warm, it does so by dilating blood vessels, hastening hypothermia. The idea is like "rescuing a burn victim with a keg of lighter fluid and a book of matches." thedailybeast.com/the-myt…
Roman Emperor Valentinian died whilst yelling at a group of barbarians due to becoming so angry that a blood vessel in his skull burst en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Val…
Scientists found a medieval salve made out of wine, garlic, onion and oxgall which must be put in a brass vessel for nine nights to become an antibiotic that is potent against MRSA. theconversation.com/medie…
Israeli researchers have made a 3D-printed heart by converting fatty tissue from human patients to form "bioink" which built the heart layer by layer. Around the size of a rabbit heart, it contains cells, blood vessels, chambers, and other structures a heart needs to function normally. nbcnews.com/mach/science/…
Some reindeer really do have red noses like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The color is due to an extremely dense array of blood vessels, packed into the nose in order to supply blood and regulate body temperature in extreme environments. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Kazakh author Rollan Seisenbayev wrote a novel about the human-engineered collapse of the Aral Sea, first published in in the final years of the Soviet Union. The Aral's shrinkage left seaside villages and beached shipping vessels far from the shoreline, destroying the fisheries asianreviewofbooks.com/co…
In 2007, a North Korean cargo vessel was captured by Somali pirates. Its distress signal was responded to by a nearby US destroyer, which provided medical assistance to injured NK sailors who were able to retake the vessel. It led to an unprecedented statement of gratitude by North Korean media. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai…
There is a very rare condition called Hematidrosis where the person will sweat blood, and it happens when capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands rupture, causing them to exude blood, occurring under conditions of extreme physical or emotional stress. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hem…
Most headaches happen in the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles that cover a person's head and neck. It only feels like it is inside the brain kidshealth.org/en/teens/h…
Egg yolks have blood vessels and that these will occasionally rupture causing harmless "blood spots". incredibleegg.org/eggcycl…
The first recorded use of the sonar was by Leonardo da Vinci in 1490, who used a tube inserted into the water to detect vessels with his ear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
While modern child-proof lids were invented in 1967, archaeologists discovered a container nearly 20 years later that was opened using a similar twist-off method. The vessel was found in the Mayan ruins of RΓ­o Azul in Guatemala and dated back to 500 BCE. It contained chocolate. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
After the titanic disaster, congress passed laws requiring passenger vessels to carry more life boats. But the added weight made one ship, the S.S. Eastland, too top-heavy. In 1915, it capsized before even leaving the dock, killing 844 people eastlanddisaster.org/hist…
When fingers and toes get pruny from prolonged exposure to water, it's not because they absorbed water directly and became mushy. The water triggers nerves under your skin to dilate blood vessels and skin tension relaxes. People with specific nerve injuries don't have this response. wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrinkl…
Today I learned of the Kudirka Incident: a Soviet sailor swam from his ship and attempted to defect with the American Coast Guard. Not knowing the protocol for granting asylum, the Coast Guard eventually allowed the Soviets onto their vessel, where they arrested him and sentenced him to 10 years in prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
One of Tibet's leading spiritual teachers has proclaimed that Steven Seagal, the actor and action hero, is a reincarnated lama and sacred vessel of Tibetan Buddhism. sfgate.com/news/article/M…
Today I learned of the oldest bottle of wine, Known as RΓΆmerwein, or the Speyer wine bottle, it’s at least 1,650 years old. This dates back to the 4th century, sometime between 325 and 359 AD. The 1.5-liter glass vessel was discovered during the excavation of a Roman nobleman’s tomb in modern-day Germany. mymodernmet.com/oldest-un…
One unofficial method of defending merchant vessels against Somali pirates is to blast Britney Spears music. And it has been reported to be effective. theguardian.com/music/201…
The reason the dolphins of the western Pacific are pink is not because they have naturally pink skin, but because their skin turns pink when the dolphins are highly active while feeding making their subcutaneous blood vessels swell and this process helps reduce their body temperature. abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
Today I learned of the Ormen Lange. A massive 148' Longship with 68 rowers. It was actually a larger copy of a captured vessel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orm…
Many Manatees have been scarred and/or killed by ship propellers. This is due to their innate curious nature and coastal development. Some Manatees have over 50 scars from vessel strikes. In 2009, 97 of the 429 Florida Manatees that died, were killed by ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
: The tongue-eating louse severs the blood vessels in the fish's tongue, causing the tongue to fall off. It then attaches itself to the remaining stub of the tongue and becomes the fish's new tongue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cym…
Today I learned of the RMS Olympic, while transporting troops from US to France, encountered an U-Boat, which the captain decided to ram into, cutting it clean in two, making it the only merchant vessel in WWI to sink an enemy warship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
Charles Darwin's ship HMS Beagle, which circumnavigated the globe twice and had Darwin on board when he made the discoveries that led to his theory of natural selection, final resting place is believe to be in Paglesham, Essex where the vessel was likely dismantled, and repurposed elsewhere. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
Starting in 1985, Australia built 22 small maritime patrol boats which it then donated (yes, donated) to a dozen Pacific island nations. In some cases these vessels are the only meaningful naval presence these nations possess. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac…
Today I learned about Blue Field Entoptic Phenomenon - the tiny dots of moving light that you see when you stare at a clear blue sky. What you are actually seeing are white blood cells passing through the blood vessels in your eyes. sciencefocus.com/the-huma…
A mummified body of German man was found in yacht adrift off Philippines. He had reportedly been sailing the world on his yacht, Sayo, for the past 20 years. The corpse was found slumped at desk β€˜like he was sleeping’ in cabin of vessel floating in the Pacific theguardian.com/world/201…
Not all torpedoes are designed to pierce hulls then explode, some detonate below the target ship without making contact. This creates a gas bubble that causes the ship to be thrust out of the water then dropped back into the resulting void, often breaking the vessel in half and sinking it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
In order to be qualified to pilot supertankers and other large vessels, pilot boat captains train on to scale versions that handle like their larger counterparts youtube.com/watch?v=M5cyq…
The evidence of WMD in Iraq that led to war included details from the Nic Cage / Sean Connery film The Rock. The film depicted chemical munitions being contained in glass vessels, which was more visually exciting that the truth. theguardian.com/film/2016…
Today I learned of Titan, aka 'Herman the German', a floating crane seized from Germany in reparations after World War II and still in use, currently in the Panama Canal Zone. A sister vessel ordered by the Soviet Union was presumed lost after the war, but was spotted working in Saint Petersburg in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Strong odors, such as cologne and perfume, may cause a person's blood vessels to swell and dilate and, in turn, stimulate the nerve system in the brain associated with head pain causing headaches and migraines. wonderopolis.org/wonder/w…
Today I learned of paddle steamer SS Princess Alice, which sank in 1878 on the River Thames in London after a collision with another vessel; 700 people drowned in heavily polluted waters as 75 million gallons of London's raw sewage had been released nearby, the highest ever loss of civilians in UK waters. intriguing-history.com/th…
The water speed record is one of the deadliest competitions with an 85% fatality rate. The current record of 317 MPH was set in 1978 by an Australian, Ken Warby, using a vessel built in his backyard with an engine purchased for $69. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
Today I learned of Kiyoshi Kimura - A sushi restaurant chain CEO who helped reduce Somali pirates activity by giving them training in fisheries, initially sourcing them fishing vessels and networking them to the fishery distribution network. Ultimately helping them to become fishermen grapee.jp/en/54127
The Romans were aware that lead mining and lead pipes were toxic, but they did not connect that toxicity with lead cooking vessels penelope.uchicago.edu/~gr…
The newest US Navy destroyer is so stealthy that they have to affix huge reflectors on it during peacetime operations because radar thinks the 610-foot warship is a 50-foot fishing vessel which has already caused one near-collision with a civillian vssel. gizmodo.com/the-new-zumwa…
Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It is used to: Form an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels; Heal wounds and form scar tissue; Repair and maintain cartilage, bones, and teeth; Aid in the absorption of iron medlineplus.gov/ency/arti…
If all the blood vessels in your brain were laid out in a straight line, they would be around 400 miles long. Thats nearly long enough to reach from Boston to D.C. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NB…
A medieval English recipe was found to cure MRSA, an infection characterized by a resistance to antibiotics. It consists of wine, garlic, leek, and oxgall standing in a brass vessel for nine days. Each step "was crucial for its efficacy". scientificamerican.com/ar…
When some Hawaiians stole a cutter vessel from James Cook, he kidnapped one of their chiefs, expecting them to submit like the many other tribes he had encountered. The Hawaiians proceeded to kill Cook and 4 of his men. history.com/.amp/this-day…
Two centuries ago, the anatomist Paolo Mascagni made full-body models of the lymphatic system that included the brain, though this was dismissed as an error. No one had published definitive evidence of lymph vessels in any brain until a Virginia mouse study and a concordant Helsinki one in 2015. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Abraham Lincoln, prior to becoming President, was an avid boater and traveled on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers where his boat often got stuck on sandbars. In 1849 Lincoln invented a method for Buoying Vessels Over Shoals, making him the first and only U.S. President to receive a patent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abr…
The use of bowls to house goldfish comes from a misunderstanding of Chinese display vessels--small, temporary containers to show guests goldfish that were otherwise housed in ponds. Fishbowls are so detrimental to goldfish health that they are prohibited by places like Rome for animal cruelty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Today I learned about Felix Von Luckner, a World War I German commerce raider who sank 64,000 tons of British shipping and destroyed 14 vessels. With a three-masted old-school sailing ship. And all without killing a single person en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fel…
On June 13, 1936 a photograph was taken showing a lone German named August Landmesser giving a crossed-arm stance during Hitler’s christening of a new German navy vessel. The act of defiance stands out amid the throng of Nazi salutes. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
The RMS Queen Mary holds the record for most people on a vessel at once, at 16,683 (15,740 troops and 943 crew members) queenmary.com/history/tim…
Today I learned about Ching Shih, a pirate who commanded over 300 ships and employed 20,000-40,000 pirates. She terrorized the China seas in the late 19th century. She married her own son, and ultimately was captured. But, she wasn't imprisoned, and operated a fleet of merchant vessels for the rest of her life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
When a North Korean merchant vessel was attacked by Somali pirates, an American destroyer came to their aid. This event led to rare pro US statements from the North Korean media. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai_Ho…
The cornea doesn't have blood vessels but instead is nourished by tears. The cornea remarkably can heal minor abrasions in under 72 hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
500 years ago, China destroyed its world-dominating navy because its political elite was afraid of free trade. Some vessels were 6x larger than Columbus' Santa Maria. businessinsider.com/china…
In the entire history of mankind it is estimated that there have been 3,000,000 shipwrecks. We have explored less than 1% of them. The Battle of the Atlantic alone, which spanned nearly six years during World War II, claimed over 3,500 merchant vessels, 175 warships, and 783 submarines. popularmechanics.com/scie…
Today I learned about the SL-1 Nuclear Meltdown in Idaho where a nuclear power reactor exploded which launched the 26,000 pound vessel it was contained in 9 feet 1 inch into the air and killed its 3 operators one of which was impaled and pinned to the ceiling by debris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SL-…
William Kemmler was the first person to be executed by electric chair. He was composed and did not resist. 1000 volts passed through his body but he was still breathing. They increased to 2,000 volts. Blood vessels ruptured, flesh around the electrode singed, and caused a nauseating smell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Nearly every major vehicle in the British Army is equipped with a boiling vessel (to make tea). This tradition started with tanks near the end of WWII. It was safer than the improvised cans filled with fuel, and it reduced break time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boi…
Despite being landlocked, Paraguay has a navy that operates over a dozen patrol vessels on its major rivers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
The USS Constitution, a wooden frigate first launched in 1797 and still active for ceremonial and educational purposes, is the only active ship in the U.S. Navy fleet to have sunk an enemy vessel in combat. popularmechanics.com/mili…
Today I learned about the Dogger Bank Incident, a "battle" during the Russo-Japanese war where Russian navy shelled a small fleet of British fishing vessels, managing to sink 1 fishing vessel, and even mistook their own cruisers for Japanese ships, resulting in their battleship line shelling their own forces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
Today I learned of Ice Cream Barge, a vessel employed by the US Navy in the Pacific Theatre of World War II to produce ice cream in large quantities to be provisioned to sailors and Marines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
On 21st June 1919, during the First World War, as the Armistice was being negotiated, a German admiral, Ludwig von Reuter scuttled an entire German fleet in Scotland, as he feared they would be taken by the allies. 52 out of 74 vessels sank. Today, the remaining vessels are popular diving sites. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scu…
Norway sold a naval base called Olavsvern which cost $500m when originally built ( into the side of a mountain ) for $5m and it is now used by Russian research vessels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ola…
Japanese forces have seen only one combat operation since WWII. In 2001, the Coast Guard was fired upon by a North Korean spy-vessel, resulting in a six-hour battle. youtube.com/watch?v=UXRh2…
There are only two aircraft carrier museum ships outside the United States, and that both of them are former Soviet vessels turned theme parks in China en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
When Jim Carrey played Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon he was method acting. He did such a good job that when Andy Kaufman's sister visited the set, she believed Jim Carrey was a "vessel" which allowed Andy to communicate from beyond the grave and talk to his sister. newsweek.com/2017/12/01/a…
In 1120 the the captain of the White Ship was encouraged by on-board revelers to try and overtake another vessel on which King Henry I was a passenger. In the dark the ship hit a submerged rock and capsized, leading to the death of Henry's only heir, which led to a 20 year civil war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
On July 17, 1944, the Port Chicago disaster killed 320 sailors and civilians when deadly munitions exploded while being loaded onto a cargo vessel bound for the Pacific Theater of Operations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
If all arteries, veins, and capillaries of the a person's circulatory system were laid end to end, not only would that person be dead, but their blood vessels could stretch around the Earth nearly two and a half times (60,000 miles/100,000 km). health.howstuffworks.com/…
Today I learned about the Wait Calculation, a principle of inter-stellar travel where any interstellar mission needs to account for the growth of technology when factoring in the length of the mission. This is to prevent later vessels with better technology bypassing the earlier vessels. centauri-dreams.org/2006/…
The Lobster War was a three-year long war between Brazil and France over spiny lobsters in Brazil's coast. The Brazilian government refused to allow French vessels to catch spiny lobsters 100 miles off the Brazilian coast. No one died during the conflict en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lob…
The cornea is clear because it has no blood vessels running through it, which allows us to see. These cells survive because the capillaries on the underside of your eyelids diffuse oxygen and nutrients through your tear fluid into the eye when you blink and sleep. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
On the stroke of midnight on Jan 1, 1900, the SS Warrimoo intentionally crossed the international date line exactly at the equator. This put the vessel in two different seasons and two different centuries at the same time. mastermariners.org.au/201…
Federal regulations state that when an American flag is on a vehicle, the star field must be positioned toward the front of the vessel, so that it’s as if the flag is flying along the side of it. This may cause it to appear backwards at times. thepointsguy.com/news/pla…

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