Today I learned of the Schiphol fly, which is a fly engraved on urinals at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. The psychology is that men will want to "wash" the fly off the urinal so they focus more when urinating, apparently lowering cleaning bills in public bathrooms. worksthatwork.com/1/urina…
Canada and the US share a number of "pene-exclaves" which are parts of a country that that can only be conveniently reached through the territory of another, such as Point Roberts, WASH and the Northwest Angle, MINN ctvnews.ca/canada/beyond-…
The first artifical sweetener Saccharin was discovered on accident when a chemist forgot to wash his hands after work and tasted something "unspeakably sweet" during supper. He dropped his dinner and went on to taste every beaker in his lab, which luckily for him contained nothing poisonous. todayinsci.com/F/Fahlberg…
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…
15% of men and 7% of women do not wash their hands after using a public restroom. 50% of men and 22% of women do not use soap when washing their hands in a public bathroom. baltimore.cbslocal.com/20…
Song It's Raining Men was rejected by Donna Summer, Barbara Streisand, Cher and Diana Ross. Backing singers Martha Wash and Izora Armstead then recorded it, with the duo now named The Weather Girls en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
That, according to a 2015 survey, the Dutch were the least likely to wash their hands with soap and water after using the toilet (only 50%). Bosnia & Herzegovina was found to be the most hygienic nation (96% of the participants naturally washed their hands after visiting the toilet). independent.co.uk/news/wo…
The Greek philosopher Chrysippus of Soli died in 206 BC, at the age of 73, after a laughing fit caused by his own joke. His biographer reports he saw a donkey eating some figs and yelled that it needed to be given a pure wine to wash the figs down. dailystoic.com/chrysippus…
Wash and Book were killed off in "Serenity" because their actors, Alan Tudyk and Ron Glass, couldn't commit to doing sequels en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
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 1st doctor to discover that doctors should wash their hands before performing surgery was ridiculed for suggesting that doctors were causing their own patients harm. He was ostracized and exiled from the medical community until his death. youtu.be/_VZrY2vSbws?t=24…
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…
Metal (eg. coins, nails...) has no smell at all. The distinct smell we associate with metals is just the metal reacting with oils and other dirt on our hands. If you wash a coin thoroughly and smell it without ever touching it, it won't have any smell at all. youtu.be/BqLH-nTZEOc
Rinsing your mouth out with water immediately after brushing teeth is not advised as the water will wash away the concentrated fluoride in the remaining toothpaste, thus diluting the fluoride and reducing its preventive effects. nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-…
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…
Anyone who sings on a music track - no matter how minor - must be credited under US law. This is because house music groups Black Box and C+C Music Factory were sued by singer Martha Wash after they credited women lip-syncing to vocals she sang for them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
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…
Leading scientists have unravelled the cause of one of life’s greatest mysteries by discovering the secrets of why our socks go missing in the wash and they devised a math formula to predict the probability of being left in a spin with odd socks after a washing load. news.samsung.com/global/s…
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…
You shouldn't just rinse the ash from wildfires off of your car with water: water and ash mixed together can create a highly toxic mixture that will damage the paint of your car. If your car is coated with ash, you need to use soap to wash off all the ash and then dry the entire car thecarconnection.com/news…
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-…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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-…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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
US NAVY Sailors do not wash their coffee cups as a tradition/sign of seniority. navyhistory.org/2013/11/d…
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…
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…
A chimp named Yuhui learned how to hand wash clothes by watching his caretaker. indianexpress.com/article…
Ancient Romans would collect and sell human urine. It was used as laundry cleaner, general cleaner, and even mouth wash. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
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
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…

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