The idea caffeinated coffee & tea dehydrate you is misunderstood. It's true that caffeine can be a weak diuretic - (stimulates urination) - but the loss is negated by the water in the drink itself. You're ingesting more fluids than urinating when drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee or tea. time.com/5192272/coffee-t…
If you grind a marine sponge through a sieve into salt water, it'll reorganize itself back into a sponge. It's the only animal that we know of that can do that. pbslearningmedia.org/reso…
CIA revealed a "heart attack" gun in 1975. A battery operated gun which fired a dart of frozen water & shellfish toxin. Once inside the body it would melt leaving only a small red mark on the victim where it entered. The official cause of death would always be a heart attack. historycollection.com/con…
Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy. Since 2004, Italian law insists Neapolitan pizza must include wheat flour, flour yeast, mineral water, peeled tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, sea salt & olive oil to be considered pizza. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
31 million people in Europe do not have access to basic sanitation, 48 million people do not have piped water at home, and more than 300,000 people still practice open defecation, mainly in the countryside. sdg.iisd.org/news/who-and…
Elephants are tremendous distance swimmers. They can swim for up to six hours and 25 miles (48km). They are so buoyant that if they tire in the water, they can just rest by floating and will not sink. They can also use their trunk as a snorkel and dive. wildanimalpark.org/can-el…
The most recognazible symptom of rabies, hydrophobia, isn't specific to water but any liquid too, including the infected's own saliva. Being unable to swallow saliva, causes it to accumulate on the mouth, increasing the chances of the host spreading the virus through biting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
The Aztec capital Tenochtitlan was built on Lake Texcoco, which was engineered to segregate freshwater & saltwater with dikes to maintain a drinking water supply. The Spanish drained the lake to build Mexico City, resulting in water shortages. Mexico City sank 10m over the past century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
A dragonfly can live for 5 years but only develops wings in its last 2-4 months of life. During its second stage of life, the nymph lives a water-bound existence where it molts (sheds skin) up to 12 times before developing wings. sciencing.com/life-cycle-…
The WHO runs a diagnosis database that is so detailed, it has its own code (V91.07) for patients being injured because their water skis caught on fire. icd10data.com/ICD10CM/Cod…
Today I learned about the Rat Park experiment by Canadian psychologist Bruce Alexander. He built a Rat Park with food, balls and wheels for certain male and female rats while the other rats were caged. After offering tap water and morphine water to each group he found that caged rats consumed more morphine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat…
If you burn hardwood, dissolve the ash in water, put the liquid in a pan and let it evaporate in the sun. Then you got a powdery substance left in the pan called potash which is a form of potassium, and this is where potassium gets it's name from 'potash - ium'. It is used a fertilizer gardeningknowhow.com/gard…
In the late 1800's there was a dolphin named Pelorus Jack who guided boats through a treacherous stretch of water named French Pass in New Zealand. Once he was wounded by a gunshot from a ship's passenger - that same ship later ran aground in French pass claiming 75 lives teara.govt.nz/en/photogra…
Every year, a regatta is held in Alice Springs. Due to the lack of water in Central Australia, contestants have to carry bottomless "boats" trough a dried-out river. When the river did carry water in 1993, the regatta became "the only regatta ever cancelled because of wet weather". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
A town crier needed to be employed in Germany to remind the local populace not to defecate in the river every time its water was drawn for brewing beer windsortowncrier.com/twin…
Harry Houdini wanted to prevent people from copying his "Chinese water torture cell" trick, but didn't want to patent it, as that would require explaining how it works. So he gave a performance of the trick as a one-act play before an audience of one, and then filed for a copyright on the play smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
Concrete is made from water-eroded quartz sand, and we're running out of it npr.org/2017/07/21/538472…
Snow globes were accidentally invented by a medical tool repair man. He was trying to make a brighter light bulb for operating rooms, so he tried using a water filled glass with reflective particles to do this. The effect looked like snow to him which is how he got the idea for snow globes. goworldtravel.com/snow-gl…
The first Native American who met the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony walked into their encampment and greeted them in English. Which he had begun to learn from fishermen frequenting the waters of Maine. Supposedly, he greeted them then asked if they had beer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Bee's waggle their bodies in the hive when they walk around. They use mathematics to tell other bees the distance, direction and angle to point others towards flowers, water or a new hive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag…
Octopuses have 2/3 of their neurons in their arms. When in captivity they regularly occupy their time with covert raids on other tanks, squirting water at people they don't like, shorting out bothersome lights, and escaping. theguardian.com/environme…
In World War 2 the Japanese made American and Filipino soldiers walk 96.6 km or 60 miles. They were subjected to physical abuse and given little to no food and water. With the death of thousand of soldiers it is called the "Bataan Death March" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of a study in which five octopi were submerged in water laced with MDMA. After absorbing the drug, they proceeded to cuddle with each other, instead of playing with the Star Wars figurines that would normally have intrigued them. nature.com/articles/d4158…
During the early years of the Tour de France, guzzling alarming amounts of alcohol was the norm. Beer, wine, and brandy were considered safer to drink than water from questionable roadside wells or springs, and cyclists drank copiously. outsideonline.com/2099916…
Australia became the first place on earth to rescue people stranded in the water with drones. nationalgeographic.com/ad…
As many as three US Presidents, and also Abraham Lincoln's son, may have died as a result of a contaminated water supply to the White House. Until 1850 there was no sewage system and a field of human excrement called "night soil" flowed freely into the water supply. saturdayeveningpost.com/2…
Saturn is the only planet in our solar system whose average density is less than water. The giant gas planet could float in a bathtub if such a colossal thing existed. astrokramkiste.de/saturn
The first word that Helen Keller learned was water. Her tutor took Helen’s hand, poured water over it, and then spelled out W-A-T-E-R in Helen’s palm. Helen made the association between the writing in her palm and the water. After this breakthrough, Helen learned 30 more words that day. biography.com/activist/he…
A Colorado man almost died after stepping out of a hot shower into a cold bathroom from having a serious allergic reaction to the cold temperature called "cold urticaria" , which is an allergic reaction of the skin after exposure to cold temperatures, including cold air or cold water. livescience.com/cold-alle…
Today I learned of the kappa, a water imp in Japanese folklore famous for sneaking up peoples intestines through the anus in order to steal their livers and shirikodama, an organ believed to plug the anus; however, you can repel a kappa by farting at them. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about "solar canals" project in India, wherein Solar panels are placed over irrigational canals. This helps to reduce water loss due to evaporation, covered top reduces algae bloom in the water with the added advantage of less land to be acquired. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The colour of ocean water is blue because the absorption that causes us to see water as blue is at the red end of the colour spectrum, and blue is the complementary colour of red. Reflections from the sky play a part, but it's not the whole picture. This is why we can see blue hues in snow. invigoratedwater.com/blog…
Humans humans have a β€œdiving reflex” that shuts down bodily functions when submerged in water to prevent drowning. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NB…
Sonora Webster Carver was a horse diver who went blind after landing in the water with her eyes open and continued to dive with them for 11 years afterwards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
One of the most effective weapons in WW2 was the proximity fuzed shell: the allies were so terrified of the enemy getting hold of samples they were initially only to be used over water by the Navy - there was an embargo on their use over land until 1944. historynet.com/proximity-…
Some fish eggs can survive being digested by waterfowl and remain viable after being pooped out. This provides one explanation as to how fish β€˜miraculously’ appear in bodies of water where they otherwise never existed. audubon.org/news/mallards…
The water in the L.A. river is composed mostly of treated sewage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Til…
Stalin's poorly planned canal projects in the Amu Darya river and Syr Darya river to divert water to cotton fields was one of the major causes of drying of Aral Sea and completely destroying ecosystem around it which was the 4th largest lake at the time. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
Rod Ansell was the inspiration for the character of Crocodile Dundee, after he famously survived for 56 days stranded in the bush in 1977, when his boat sank leaving him with no water and few supplies. In 1999, he was killed in a shootout by policemen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Victor Prather, a surgeon involved in developing space suits, ascended in a balloon to an altitude of 21 miles in 1961. He survived the freezing journey of 10 hours. He fell into the sea when rescued by a helicopter in the Gulf of Mexico. His suit filled with water, and he drowned. stratocat.com.ar/stratope…
The Bull shark can thrive in both salt and fresh water and can travel far up rivers. They have been known to travel up the Mississippi River as far as Alton, Illinois, about 700 miles (1100 km) from the ocean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bul…
Gold can grow on Eucalyptus trees. In its search for water, the Eucalyptus tree absorbs gold particles dissolved in the water deep underground, then storing the gold in the leaves of the tree. This is a cheap and effective way to discover new gold deposits in Australia. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned of the SS Monte Carlo. A concrete ship that, in 1932 was anchored in international waters off California and was a destination for gambling and prostitution during prohibition. She was grounded during a storm in 1937 and has remained on the beach ever since, frequently buried in the sands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Jupiter's moon Europa is covered by a thick layer of ice, with a huge subsurface ocean of liquid water underneath it. Estimates give the ocean an average depth of 100km, and a radius of 877km. This equates to 3 times the combined volume of water of Earth's oceans. apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap1205…
A family survived a shipwreck by taking enemas of turtle blood and rain water collected in the bottom of their lifeboat. Drinking the mixture orally would have been poisonous and led to their deaths. They were rescued after 37 days. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
The water of Lake Tahoe is so cold that when the body of Donald Christopher Windecker was found 17 years after he went missing, it was preserved enough to conduct an autopsy and determine his cause of death. The body was located 265' (80 meters) below the surface. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The sinking of the Titanic was a popular subject for early African-American rapping (known as Toasts), specifically the story of a fictional black worker named "Shine" who tries to warn the captain about water flooding, but is ignored. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit…
Rainbows have cousins. Fogbows appear when water droplets suspended in the air are so small that the diffraction of light is negligible, hence appearing white. It also causes the arc to be steeper. They’re sometimes known as ghost rainbows or white rainbows. shetlandtimes.co.uk/2020/…
Jason Padgett was hit in the head after a violent attack in 2002, this attack in turn made him acquire Savant Syndrome, which gave his extremely good math skills and a different view in the world, with water looking like flowing lines as opposed to the smoothness most of us see. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Today I learned about Robert Dreyer, who crashed his car into a fire hydrant on his 89th birthday. He went to check on the damage to the car, but the water pressure from the hydrant was so great that it created a sinkhole and sucked him in, killing him. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…

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