The women who work in the garment recycling industry in India have a theory that because of a water shortage in the West, it must be cheaper to buy new clothes than to wash them. This explains why so many clothes are discarded barely worn. (Link fixed) aeon.co/videos/this-is-th…
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 hands of Winifred Atwell, one of the UK's most successful pianists of all time, were famously insured by Lloyd's of London for Β£40,000 with her policy stipulating that she was never to wash any dishes. She remains the only female instrumentalist to have a UK Singles Chart No.1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Almost twice as many people died in captivity on board British prison ships during the American Revolution than were killed in battle. Remains of the dead would wash ashore for years until a memorial was built to intern the remains of the Prison Ship Martyrs on top of a hill in Brooklyn. whitmans-brooklyn.org/por…
19-yr-old Eric Simons squatted at AOL HQ to work on his startup. When a mentorship ended, his badge still gave access; for 2 months he got basic free food from the lounge, used the showers, locker, & gym, did wash at AOL's free laundromat, & rotated sleep on 3 couches to evade night security. cnet.com/news/meet-the-ti…
A Taiwan man, Ben Hsu, swallowed an AirPod while asleep. When Hsu awoke, he hit Apple's tracking & heard beeps from inside his body. Kaohsiung Hospital confirmed: the earbud was in his stomach, and then passed from his body naturally. After a wash/dry his AirPod worked as usual, battery at 41%. businessinsider.com/man-s…
You're not supposed to wash your mouth with water after brushing and instead spit out any excess toothpaste. Washing results in washing away the concentrated fluoride in the remaining toothpaste. nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-…
Most of the world don't refrigerate their eggs. Some wash their eggs the minute they are laid to which prevents salmonella. In the places that don't wash their egg they leave the protective layer (cuticle) on allowing eggs to stay out. womenshealthmag.com/food/…
You're not supposed to rinse with water straight after toothbrushing as it'll wash away the concentrated fluoride in the remaining toothpaste. This dilutes it and reduces its preventative effects. nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-…
You shouldn't pre-wash dishes before putting them in the dishwasher; modern detergent is designed with enzymes that bind to food particles, so it works best against dirtier dishware. While you should remove large pieces of food, those who pre-wash dishes waste up to 6,000 gallons per year. goodhousekeeping.com/home…
The reason recipes tell you to wash rice is so that individual grains do not stick together in the final dish foodnetwork.com/recipes/a…
You should never wash a cast iron pan with soap because it can strip off the oil you've baked and cooked into the dish. Also, when you first get a cast iron, you need to "season" it by baking oil into it and each time you use it, the layers of oil and flavor will build. hunker.com/12433041/what-…
The paint colour Suffolk Pink was first created by adding berries to white wash and also using pig's blood to thicken the paint. fennwright.co.uk/about-us…
If ripening cherries are not dried after it rains, they will soak up the water, split, and can't be picked and sold. Helicopters slowly maneuver 5 feet over the trees. The intense rotor wash blasts the water off the cherries! (this is part of the reason cherries are expensive) youtu.be/6mmA_nZXbeQ?t=21…
Using mouth wash can damage the microbiome to the point that it can have a slight but noticeable negative impact on your blood pressure when eating foods containing nitrates and nitrites. sciencefriday.com/segment…
School and council issue toilet paper used to be waxy and non-absorbent because people couldn’t be trusted to wash their hands properly afterwards wellcomecollection.org/ar…
Lysol was originally sold as a feminine hygiene product. In the 1920s, ads for Lysol as a feminine hygiene product started appearing in women’s magazines, encouraging housewives to wash their genitals with disinfectant liquid. huffpost.com/entry/lysol-…
One evening, while rushing for dinner after a long day at the lab, Constantin Fahlberg, a chemist at Johns Hopkins, forgot to wash his hands that had traces of benzoic sulfimide. This compound made his dinner taste sweet, and that’s how he discovered the artificial sweetener Saccharin. todayinsci.com/F/Fahlberg…
Today I learned that you should not wash your chicken or poultry after getting it from the store. Raw chicken may have bacteria on them but you'll kill them when cooking your food. But by washing your chicken you are can splash these bacteria around your kitchen and even making them airborne. youtube.com/watch?v=6BP6L…
The Westin St Francis Hotel in San Francisco employs someone to wash and clean the coins that pass through the tills, and has done so since 1938. sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…
Chewing sugar free gum after a meal is actually good for your teeth as it increases salivary flow in the mouth, helping neutralize and wash away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on teeth. ada.org/en/member-center/…
A chimp named Yuhui learned how to hand wash clothes by watching his caretaker. indianexpress.com/article…
Every year, dozens of derelict boats from North Korea (called "ghost ships") wash up on Japanese shores; some of the boats house the remains of their crew. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Today I learned that York, William Clark's slave, was one of the first Africans that the Native Americans West of the Mississippi River met. They tried to wash the blackness off of him, and when they discovered that he was in fact human they respected his strength. pbs.org/lewisandclark/liv…
The Chinese term xǐnΔƒo "wash brain" was originally used to describe the coercive persuasion used under the Maoist government, which aimed to transform "reactionary" people into "right-thinking" members of the new social system. It's based on Taoist custom of "washing the mind" before ceremonies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Martha Wash, of β€œIt’s Raining Men” fame, had TWO different musical groups try to pass her voice off as someone else’s. Both C+C Music Factory & Black Box had videos showing other (thinner) women lip syncing to Martha Wash’s vocals. Vocal credit on albums became mandatory after she sued. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Today I learned about Acanthamoeba: genus of amoebae that can infect your eyes if you don't wash your contacts correctly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aca…
The previously unknown glymphatic system was first described in 2012. Previously, scientists did not fully understand how the brain, which maintains its own closed ecosystem, removed waste. During sleep, a system of plumbing pumps cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) through the brain to wash away waste medicalxpress.com/news/20…
The first known case of "dying from laughing" involved the greek man called Chrysippus, who, after giving figs to his donkey, cried out "Now give the donkey a drink of pure wine to wash down the figs", had a fit of laughter afterwards and died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Today I learned of Polyrhachis sokolova, the most aquatic of all ants, which nests at the base of mangrove trees and scavenges organisms that wash up in the tides. Its nests are mound-like, with a small opening at the top, and are completely submerged at each high tide. antwiki.org/wiki/Polyrhac…
Today I learned of the Semmelweis reflex, a tendency to reject evidence that contradicts existing beliefs. Documented when doctors refused to wash their hands from autopsies to delivery rooms despite evidence this decreases mortality. u.osu.edu/korzen.1/2016/1…
Ancient Romans would collect and sell human urine. It was used as laundry cleaner, general cleaner, and even mouth wash. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
You should never wash raw chicken. Doing do increases your risk of food poisoning from campylobacter bacteria by splashing water contaminated with the bacteria onto hands, work surfaces, clothing, and cooking equipment. nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well…
Halle Berry refused to shower for 10 days to accurately portray a drug-addicted prostitute in Spike Lee's 1991 movie Jungle Fever. She felt sorry for co-star Samuel L. Jackson, "(I played) a foul-mouthed crack-smoking hoe. It’s true (I didn’t wash), ask Sam Jackson, he had to get a whiff of it!" torontosun.com/2012/11/02…
US NAVY Sailors do not wash their coffee cups as a tradition/sign of seniority. navyhistory.org/2013/11/d…
It's better to use your hands while showering/bathing instead of a loofah or a wash cloth. oprahmag.com/life/a258936…
About 10% of US plants wash the chicken carcass in chlorine to kill potential germs and bacteria. chickencheck.in/faq/chlor…
Today I learned about Dr. Joseph Lister, who was the first doctor to understand the concept of "germs" and why surgeons should wash their hands before operating. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Jeans aren't supposed to shrink: if you wash and dry them according to the manufacturer's instructions, they won't shrink at all! petiteandminimal.com/how-…
More left flip flops will wash up on some beaches and right thongs on other beaches due to ocean currents sending them in different directions smh.com.au/national/curre…
The Apollo astronauts' footprints on the moon will probably stay there for at least 100 million years since here's no wind or water to erode or wash away the Apollo astronauts' mark on the moon,but erosion is still happening on the moon, just very slowly by "micrometeorites". space.com/14740-footprint…
Today I learned about the Port Jackson Shark. Only found in a certain part of Australia, their eggs are shaped like a long corkscrew, and commonly wash up on beaches around the country. australianmuseum.net.au/l…
A shipping container of Garfield phones fell off a boat near the coast of Brittany France causing orange phones to wash up on the beach since 1983 theguardian.com/world/201…
Tecnu, a product sold to wash off urushiol (the oil from poison ivy), was originally invented during the Cold War to wash off fallout from a nuclear blast. teclabsinc.com/about
Listerine mouth wash was named after Joseph Lister, the first person to perform antiseptic surgery. listerine.ca/our-heritage
Mary Mallon infected at least 122 people with salmonella, killing 5, because she didn't wash her hands after pooping and then prepared their food, giving her the nickname "Typhoid Mary." ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
All seaweed is believed to be completely nontoxic. Never eat any seaweed that has been sitting on the beach, rotting and attracting flies. Seaweed that has already begun to decompose contains bacteria that will cause sickness if eaten. Be sure to thoroughly wash your seaweed before consumption. asgmag.com/survival-skill…
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have β€œPittsburgh Potty’s”. They exist because of Steelworkers coming home covered in soot from the mills. The men were to wash off in the laundry basin, and use the restroom without tracking dirt through the house. youtu.be/c0v6X-V3BfY
Bar soap is better for the environment than liquid body wash and poses no health risk to the general population hongkongfp.com/2016/07/17…
Today I learned that you need to wash your water bottle everyday even if you only keep water in it. globalnews.ca/news/363209…
One can die of laughter. For example the ancient Philosopher Chrysippus is sayed to have died like that. According to a Record of Diogenes Laertius he saw a donkey eating figues and cried out "Now give the donkey a drink of pure wine to wash down the figs" and died in a fit of laughter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Listerine has been pitched as a surgical antiseptic, a floor cleaner, a cure for gonorrhoea, before settling on being a mouth wash in the 1920s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
You are not supposed to wash raw chicken as it spreads the bacteria and can cause food poisoning nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well…
Some newer cars have problems getting through automatic washes. Issues include inability to turn engine off outside of Park, collision avoidance systems braking in front of the cloth and emergency car locking after all the keypad buttons are pressed by the wash. autoweek.com/article/car-…
It is a semi-regular occurrence for severed human feet, still in shoes, to wash up on coasts in Washington State and British Columbia. They are believed to naturally detach during decomposition, and be preserved and floated to shore by the shoes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
The okapi can wash its own eyelids with its 18-inch tongue and communicate via infrasonic noises imperceptible to humans. africageographic.com/blog…
EINSTEIN once declared that his second greatest idea after the theory of relativity was to add an egg while cooking soup in order to produce a soft-boiled egg without having an extra pot to wash. oaks.nvg.org/sa5ra17.html
Cockroaches are so repulsed by humans that if they're touched by a human, not only do they run away, but they wash themselves. qi.com/infocloud/cockroac…
Whilst looking into puerperal infection in maternity hospitals, Ignaz Semmelweis concluded that students who came directly from the dissecting room to the maternity ward carried the infection. He ordered the students to wash their hands in a solution of chlorinated lime before each examination. britannica.com/biography/…
The actor who played Bogdan in Breaking Bad (Walter White's car wash boss with the often mocked eyebrows) is actually a very successful scientist. He is currently a senior scientist in positions related to the history of the Manhattan Project. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Many major cities in Europe offer β€˜Sanisettes’: private, self-contained, self-cleaning, public bathrooms. After the user has exited, a wash cycle begins and the entire floor and toilet fixture are automatically sprayed, scrubbed and disinfected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
When Brooks Brothers sold cotton madras garments to consumers without proper washing instructions, it caused the bright madras dyes to bleed & fade in the wash. In response to this, Madison Avenue's David Ogilvy coined the phrase "guaranteed to bleed" & used this as a selling point instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
The 90’s musical groups Seduction, Black Box, and C+C Music Factory all used demo vocals of a then-unknown singer named Martha Wash in many of their dance hits without giving her proper credits and used other female artists to lip-sync Wash’s vocals during music videos and live performances rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Orangutans have been known to wash themselves with soap because they’ve seen us doing it, it has no benefit to them, they just do it anyway. mirror.co.uk/news/weird-n…
The band slipknot refused to ever wash their masks on tour ppcorn.com/us/slipknot-15…
Snapple attempted to break the world record for largest popsicle, but it ended up melting in the summer heat. Firefighters had to block off several streets near Union Square to wash away the mess. nbcnews.com/id/8321110/ns…
The rabbit used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail was a real rabbit. Also, the crew used a red dye which they thought was washable, but then had to halt shooting while they desperately attempted to wash the dye off before the owner arrived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
You should wash reusable shopping shopping bags regularly as they can harbor E-Coli and other bad bacteria. Also, have a bag that you only use for meat so there's less chance that cross contamination occurs between fruit, veges & meat. news.com.au/lifestyle/hea…
During the Great Depression women made clothes out of flour sacks and when manufacturers learned of this they started using patterned fabrics and designed the label to wash out. littlethings.com/flour-sa…
The doctor that proposed medical professionals should wash their hands before handling patients was so mocked by his peers that he suffered from a nervous breakdown. He was committed to a mental institution, dying from a septic wound that was not treated properly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ign…
Soap nuts contain saponin and we can wash our hands by wiping them between wet palms. As it releases a natural detergent it is even possible to wash clothes with these nuts. youtube.com/watch?v=WL4wg…
: the first artificial sweetener was discovered accidentally in 1897 by a Johns Hopkins University researcher who was looking for new uses for coal tar derivatives. He forgot to wash his hands before lunch and tasted something sweet on his fingers. saveur.com/artificial-swe…
Levi's CEO recommends that you never wash your jeans independent.co.uk/life-st…
Whales, sturgeon, dolphins and porpoises that wash up on the shore in the UK are "royal fish" and are property of the Queen. bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
In 2001, IBM paid street artists to tag various spots around San Francisco as part of an ad campaign. Artists were supposed to use a bio-degradable chalk that would wash off easily, but used spray-paint instead. IBM denied involvement at first, but later had to pay the city $100,000 articles.latimes.com/2001…
Today I learned of the Asian brown cloud, a layer of air pollution that appears over South Asia and the Indian Ocean every year between January and March when there is no rain to wash pollutants from the air. Nearly two million people die each year, in India alone, from conditions related to the brown cloud. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asi…
Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis dropped the mortality rate for childbirth from 12% to 2% after he insisted doctors wash their hands in between handling cadavers and delivering babies. explorable.com/semmelweis…
When the first European settlers reached North America, lobsters were so plentiful that they would reportedly wash ashore in piles up to 2 feet high history.com/news/a-taste-…
Today I learned of Ignaz Semmelweis who made doctors wash their hands between autopsies and deliveries. He was later shunned by the scientific community, and beaten to death by asylum guards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ign…
95% of people don't wash their hands long enough to kill germs before leaving a public toilet popsci.com/science/articl…
Bill Belichick was the primary advocate for a goal line camera (specifically the pylon cam). He sarcastically offered to hold a bake sale or car wash for the NFL to raise money for the cameras. boston.cbslocal.com/2017/…
In the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 there were too many bodies to bury so the corpses were dumped into the Gulf of Mexico. Shortly thereafter the bodies began to wash back onshore and survivors constructed funeral pyres to burn the corpses. The fires burned day and night for weeks. gthcenter.org/exhibits/st…
A New York woman was hospitalized after a bit of a dentists drill lodged near her eye. The dentist was dancing to "Car Wash" at the time. The patient later sued the dentist for $600k. nbcnews.com/id/21599495/n…
A sly foodie convinced upper class Americans not to ever wash their salad bowls. The idea was that the dressing would cure the wooden bowl over time and make better and better salads. The real result was a rancid, smelly bowl. The practice continued for thirty years. articles.latimes.com/1999…
Japanese folklore contains a creature known as Ashiarai Yashiki, a giant foot that crashes through the roof in the middle of the night, demanding the terrified homeowner wash it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y%C…
In 1830, the annual per capita consumption of alcohol by Americans had climbed to more than five gallons. At the time Americans believed liquor was nutritious and stimulated digestion. It was also consumed to help wash down poorly cooked, greasy, salty, and sometimes rancid food. historynet.com/ulysses-s-…
The toilets at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport pass the white-glove test. A realistic looking housefly is painted inside the men urinals so that men will aim at the fly and try to wash it down the drain. Fly-in-urinal research found that the etching reduced spillage by 80 percent. hoax-slayer.com/fly-in-th…
Racoons will wash their food if near water a-z-animals.com/animals/r…
It wasn't a bullet that killed former president James Garfield, but rather the germs that crawled into his wound when doctors didn't wash their hands. cbsnews.com/news/how-doct…
In 18th-century England, it was fashionable for wealthy estate owners to hire people to dress as druids, never wash themselves, grow their hair and nails as long as possible, and live in their gardens as β€˜ornamental hermits.’ www2.le.ac.uk/news/blog/2…
Washing dishes by hand uses almost 7 times the amount of water as a modern dishwasher (103L vs. 15L for a full load). Also, it takes an average of 15 minutes to load and unload a dishwasher vs. 82 minutes to hand wash and dry a full load. Half the overall energy use too for using a dishwasher. landtechnik.uni-bonn.de/r…
Fingers prune underwater not because they absorb water or wash away the oil on your skin, but because of an evolutionary trait triggered by your brain to enhance the grip of your fingers underwater. npr.org/2013/01/11/169144…
Every morning up to 100 people would gather in King Louis XIV's room at Versailles to watch him wake up. They then watched his servants wash him, comb his hair, and dress him. en.chateauversailles.fr/d…
In Japanese myth there's a creature called the Ashiaraiyashiki. It is a giant, unwashed foot that appears before you and demands to be washed. If you don't wash it, it will rampage through your house. hyakumonogatari.com/2010/…
People that say "warsh" instead of wash and "rut" instead of roof speak in a dialect called Midland American English en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
Laundry was for 50 years often mailed. Until the 1960s, many US college students mailed dirty clothes home for moms to wash and mail back (often including food), using reusable boxes and USPS parcel post. Modern washing machines that made washing clothes locally easier ended laundry mail. postalmuseum.si.edu/colle…
In 1946, a man named Thomas Simpson is credited with inventing the first semiautomatic car wash system that took most of the manual labor out of the tunnel. davison.com/blog/2013/04/…
Unwashed eggs still have their protective coating, the bloom, and are safe to store on the counter. Many modern countries wash eggs before sale so they 'look' cleaner and safer, but this opens the pores of the shell for infection from bacteria during storage time. preparednesspro.com/safel…
A father accidentally killed four of his children after applying the pesticide aluminum phosphide under his home. When he tried to wash it away with a garden hose, the water triggered a chemical reaction that produced deadly phosphine gas. acsh.org/news/2017/01/05/…

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