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…
Saudi Arabia owns 15000 acres in California with water rights to the Colorado River so they can cheaply grow alfalfa to feed their cows theguardian.com/us-news/2…
During the sinking of the Titanic, a drunken baker helped load women and children into the lifeboats, refused a seat for himself, threw deck chairs overboard for passengers to use as flotation devices, and somehow survived hours swimming in the freezing water until he was rescued at dawn. nationalpost.com/news/can…
In 2010 a land dispute between India and Bangladesh was solved by rising sea levels. The New Moore Island/South Talpatti in the Sunderbans was completely submerged by water and vanished thus solving the dispute. theguardian.com/world/cif…
Viagra, when dissolved in water, can help plant stems stay erect and double their lifespan. telegraph.co.uk/gardening…
A few months into the Flint Water Crisis, GM's truck assembly plant stopped using municipal tap water for production because it was corroding engine components en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fli…
Biologists are still yet to confirm how baby eels are made. Much of their lifecycle has many questions. The general consensus is that adult eels migrate to the Sargasso Sea to spawn offspring, but only one adult eel has ever been found in open waters. Nobody has seen two eels mate. discovermagazine.com/plan…
In 2001,Kenny Waters, a man who was wrongly imprisoned 18 years for murder, was finally freed after his high-school dropout sister went to law school to prove his innocence bbc.co.uk/worldservice/pr…
New York City’s tap water is full of copepods (tiny crustaceans). Because of this, the water is technically not kosher. newsfeed.time.com/2010/08…
Dr. Khurshid Guru, the Director of Robotic Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York, saved the life of a child having an asthma attack aboard his transatlantic flight, by making a makeshift inhaler with a water bottle, cup, some tape, and an oxygen tank. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p039…
An annual supply of bottled water for a person who consumes 8 glasses a day would cost approximately $200; the same amount of tap water would cost approximately $0.33. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bot…
You're not supposed to rinse out your mouth with water straight after toothbrushing because it washes away the concentrated fluoride in the remaining toothpaste, diluting and reducing its preventative effects. electricteeth.com/uk/rins…
Swallowing pills without water can make it take longer for them to work, increase the chances of the pill to get stuck in your esophagus and in worse scenarios make an ulcer in your esophagus mucosa. thehealthy.com/healthcare…
Because the UK Royal Navy's Astute class nuclear powered submarines can purify their own air and water and run on nuclear fuel, that the endurance is only limited to 90 days due to breakfast storage capacity for 18,000 sausages and 4200 Weetabix en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
Today I learned about Perpetual Stew, a stew popular in medieval inns. The stew was made with bread, ale or water, then whatever the inn had on hand was added to the stew. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
There's a cave in Romania that had been sealed off from the outside world for 5.5 million years and scientists have discovered dozens of unique lifeforms thriving in the poisonous gases and water. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
In 2008 a school Camden, NJ forced students to eat their lunch off the floor for 2 weeks after a child accidentally spilled water while refilling a water cooler. 7 students won a $500,000 legal settlement. reuters.com/article/us-sc…
Cats often avoid consuming food or water from sides of their bowls to prevent 'whisker fatigue.' Whiskers brushing against a bowl can trigger sensory overload, causing them pain and stress whenever eating or drinking. petmd.com/care/whisker-fa…
Peru uses an ingenious system of "fog catchers" to make water accessible to residents of capital Lima's low-income neighborhoods. The fog catchers resemble large rectangular sailboat sails, which are composed of nylon nets that trap microdroplets of water. youtube.com/watch?v=ko8tS…
According to models, Titanic should have tipped over about an hour into the sinking, killing practically everyone. Miraculously a rare coal fire during the voyage required coal to be shifted to the opposite side of the ship, creating a list that offset the incoming water during the sinking xumo.tv/channel/9999255/t…
US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq is world's largest (almost of the same size as Vatican City). It houses its own power station, water & sewage treatment, internet and phone network, gym, cinema and sports facilities. Also has 6 apartment buildings for employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
Alligators are scared of humans and it's usually safe to swim in most alligator infested waters. A 2010 report tallied all the reported alligator attacks over the 81 years from 1928 to 2009. It found there were only 24 deaths from alligators in the United States, most of them in Florida. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
Japan's largest organized crime syndicate, the Yakuza, provided food, water, diapers,blankets etc. during both the 1995 and 2011 Japanese earthquakes at a response time much faster than even the Japanese government. reuters.com/article/us-ya…
Today I learned of the Battle Of Bowmanville in 1942 where approximately 100 Canadian soldiers quelled a rebellion of German POWs using only hockey sticks and water cannons. wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowman…
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…
There is no left brain and right brain divide. People are not divided on the left-brain and the right-brain thinkers: those who are logical and analytical vs. those who are intuitive and creative. Scientific research has shown that the popular left brain / right brain story doesn't hold water. ideas.time.com/2013/11/29…
A Confederate soldier named John Stith Pemberton got stabbed in the chest in battle, and afterwards became hooked on morphine. He was working on a cure for his painkiller addiction when he accidentally mixed it with carbonated water and invented Coca-Cola. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Water striders (pond skaters) are not just found in freshwater, but are the only insects that have successfully adapted to the open ocean. Increased floating plastics, has given ocean going pond skaters more nesting surface which could cause a disruption to the oceanic food chain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, containing 22–23% of all fresh surface water. it contains more water than the North American Great Lakes combined: is the world's deepest lake; and is considered the world's oldest lake, at 25–30 million years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Steve Callahan survived 76 days lost at sea in a small raft after his sloop sank due to a collision; where he faced sharks, lack of drinkable water, food and atrophy. His survival skills were sought after by the director of the critically acclaimed Life of Pi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Humans can hear the difference between hot and cold water being poured. This is because the viscosity of water will go down as temperature increases. npr.org/2014/07/05/328842…
Lima is the second largest desert city after Cairo. The city faces acute water shortage due to very low precipitation. To solve their water shortage issues, the locals use meshed fog catchers made of bamboo frames to harvest water from the thick sea fog that covers Lima all year round. theguardian.com/global-de…
"Jet Ski" is a brand name owned and trademarked by Kawasaki. The more correct term is personal watercraft (PWC), water scooter or comically, a boatercycle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
The Mediterranean Sea evaporated after plate tectonics sealed the Strait of Gibraltar. The new inland oceans became too salty to support sealife, and today almost no sea creature is native to the Mediterranean. The waters dramatically returned in an event known as the Zanclean flood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
Workers on the sinking Titanic had their wages stopped the moment they hit the water belfasttelegraph.co.uk/ar…
Despite the Romans using lead water pipes, lead poisoning from the water supply system was almost nonexistent since the high calcium content in their water created a layer of plaque preventing the water contacting the lead itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
When you fall into cold water you produce an involuntary 'gasp' response and inhalation of water due to a response called Cold Water Shock that greatly increases your chance of drowning theconversation.com/divin…
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…
Shishi-odoshi, those cool Japanese bamboo water features that go DOOK, were created to scare away deer or boar so they don't eat the agriculture but are now an audiovisual aesthetic en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Pilots taking off from aircraft carriers must keep their hands off the stick until they are fully launched off the end of the ship and in the air. This is to prevent them from intentionally diving the plane into the water due to a form of disorientation called "somatogravic illusion". boldmethod.com/learn-to-f…
Today I learned about absorption cooling: freeze things by burning stuff (or using residual heat from other processes, such as water heating). Patented back in 1859-1860, with the first commercial application in 1925, this process is still used today in gas powered refrigerators, typically found in RVs. youtu.be/KDPgGDCdAo4
Syrian golden hamsters are natural alcoholics; in the summer they store fruits and by the time winter comes, the fruits will have fermented into alcohol. They also prefer alcohol over water. huffpost.com/entry/syrian…
Big circles of brick set in the pavement of some San Francisco intersections aren't meant as old-timey street decoration. They mark buried emergency water tanks in case the city ever catches fire again. They were put in after The Great Fire of 1906 (the big earthquake then broke water mains). atlasobscura.com/places/1…
Water towers aren't for storing water; putting the water higher up pressurizes it, making it easier to distribute. hkywater.org/i-didnt-know…
Today I learned of the fiasco that ensued when Coca Cola launched its 'Dasani' brand of 'pure' bottled water in the UK in 2004. A trade magazine revealed that the source was ordinary tap water. The resulting press outcry led to an investigation and a contaminated batch was found. The brand was withdrawn in UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
Brine lakes exist at the bottom of the ocean. It is heavier than water and extremely toxic, since there are many chemicals such as hydrogen sulfide and methane in it. amusingplanet.com/2018/11…
A 1983 April Fools' Day edition of the Durand Express, reported that "dihydrogen oxide" had been found in the city's water pipes,and warned that it was fatal if inhaled,and could produce blistering vapours.The dihydrogen monoxide parody involves calling water by an unfamiliar chemical name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dih…
Today I learned of the Zong Massacre. In 1781, a British slave ship threw 130 chained African slaves overboard and claimed compensation under the ship's insurance. They falsely blamed the act on water shortage and lost their case. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zon…
Not only is Lake Baikal the world's largest lake by volume (22–23% of the world's fresh surface water) and the deepest (1,642 m / 5,387 ft), but it also has over 7 km of sediment, placing the rift floor some 8–11 km (5.0–6.8 mi) below the surface, making it the deepest continental rift on Earth. wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_B…
There are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on Earth, but more molecules in 10 average sized drops of water, than stars in the observable universe! npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Today I learned of the unlucky voyage of Soyuz 23, a Soviet spacecraft that unintentionally "splashed-down" in a frozen lake. They spent nine hours in the cabin waiting to be lifted out of the water, and an additional two hours before the responders realized they were alive inside americaspace.com/2013/10/…
Kaiser Wilhelm II had a series of birth defects, most notably a withered left arm. Treatments for his arm include: salt water sprays, cold compression, electric shocks, stretching, and putting the arm into a fresh animal carcass (Queen Victoria thought this was a bad idea). blogs.bl.uk/untoldlives/2…
Vegemite, a food spread made of leftover brewery yeast, was banned in some Australian prisons to prevent inmates from making moonshine. Also, because Vegemite's high concentration of ions and water can be used to conduct electricity, it's currently being researched to make edible medical sensors mentalfloss.com/article/8…
london based innovative start-up called Skipping Rocks Lab, a group of researchers and business developers whose aim is to make product packaging obsolete β€œOoho”- A sustainable water bottle you can eat and drink declares war on plastic bottles interestingengineering.co…
Today I learned of Cragside House - The first house in the world to be powered by Hydroelectric. It was the first 'smart home' of the 1800's with water powered electricity, laundry, rotisserie and even a dishwasher. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Seltzer water was invented in 1740 by William Brownrigg but never published. Joseph Priestley invented it independently and on accident in 1767 at a brewery in Leeds, England. wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon…
The nematomorph parasite attaches itself to a cricket, but needs an aquatic habitat to survive. To achieve this, the parasite induces the cricket into a water dive, which is a suicidal impulse to drown itself. npr.org/transcripts/90230…
Lungs are the only organ that can float in water floridachest.com/pulmonar…
Today I learned of "hunger stones": the Central European practice of marking river levels with carved stones during droughts, to warn future generations that there will be a famine if the water level again gets low enough to see the carving. This has been done at least since 1115, and as recently as 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
Mark Spitz, nine-time Olympic swimming champion, jokingly told a Russian journalist in 1972 that his moustache increased his speed in the water, deflecting water away from his mouth. By 1973 the Russian men’s swimming team had, according to Spitz, all grown moustaches. olympic.org/news/snapped-…
Most of the water scenes in the titanic were filmed in a large pool. collider.com/galleries/ti…
Whales do not drink water but convert their food into metabolic water πŸ³πŸ’¦ whalescientists.com/do-wh…
β€œsea serpent” myths likely originated from Oarfish. This sometimes 50 foot long fish is known to surface with its head and β€œcrown” out of the water, seemingly searching for something. They usually die after surfacing, however. oceana.org/marine-life/oc…
The average supermassive black hole is less dense than water. wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwar…
The Romans not only built aqueducts and other wonders, but a large amount of dams. In Spain alone they built 72, and many of their dams in Europe are still in use to this day. They were mostly used for irrigation, but one example shows they dried up water in order to find gold deposits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Today I learned of GuΓ°laugur Friðþórsson, who was fishing off the coast of a remote Icelandic island inhabited by puffins when his ship capsized. He survived by swimming six hours in freezing water and walking several miles over volcanic rock. An average person survives in those conditions for about 75 minutes. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Ford invented "Robutt", a robotic butt which simulates drivers repeatedly getting in and out of their cars to test the seats in new Ford vehicles. To better mimick real life usage, like getting into your car after the gym, it also sweats, by feeding half a liter water through the fabric. cnet.com/roadshow/news/fo…
When a Doctor is confirming that a pregnant woman’s water has broken they will conduct a β€œFern Test”. Under a microscope the amniotic fluid will resemble a beautiful pattern resembling a fern. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
More than 98 inches of water rained down on Cherrapunji, India in two days (June 15-16, 1995). This is the world record for the most rain to fall in a 48-hour period. wunderground.com/blog/wea…
Wildfires make clouds called pyrocumulus (fire cloud) as smoke rises and condenses in the upper atmosphere along with the water evaporating from burned plants. If it's big enough it becomes a pyrocumulonimbus (fire storm cloud) with its own wind system. lightning and even fire whirls (tornadoes) scijinks.gov/firestorm/
"The Havasupai people, which literally translates to 'people of the blue-green water,'” live near secluded waterfalls in the Grand Canyon. The tribal land is just outside the national park border. The water's striking turquoise color comes from calcium carbonate in the spring feeding the falls. atlasobscura.com/places/h…
It is a common misconception that we lose most heat from our heads. If you immerse your head in cold water, it adds around 10% to overall heat loss. This is not excessive given that the head accounts for 7-9% of the body's surface area. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Today I learned about the self-mummification practice of "sokushinjōbutsu" meaning "attaining Buddhahood in the flesh". The monks performed extreme "tree-eating", cold-water ablutions, exposure to freezing temperatures, etc. to become a Buddha in the flesh. This would result in mummification after 10 years. theapricity.com/forum/arc…
Scientists believe that by 2050 the Dead Sea will be so salty that the salt will block water from evaporating, leaving a small pool of slimy sludge. Sinkholes that keep appearing around it, may prevent any permanent solution to its replenishment. timesofisrael.com/as-dead…
Today I learned about the Potato Paradox, a counter-intuitive math calculation that states: If you have 100 lbs of potatoes made of 99% water and dehydrate them to be just 98% water, they would then weigh only 50 lbs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
In the 1600s, some monks in Germany only drank beer and water during their 40-day fast for lent. They concocted an β€œunusually strong” brew, full of carbohydrates and nutrients. In 2011, a journalist attempted to re-create their fast. He lost 25 pounds during the ordeal. catholicnewsagency.com/ne…
The Royal Navy made a daily issue of rum to its sailors until 31 Jul 1970. The issue was a tot, "only" 1/8 of a pint of rum, daily and it was mixed with water to make "grog" to make it palatable. Tots are still issued on special occasions, such as the Queen's Jubilees and Royal births. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum…
Today I learned about Jarrod Wyatt, an MMA fighter who ripped out a friend's heart and tongue after drinking psychedelic mushroom water. He said he thought his friend had turned into the devil and we was saving the world...he was sentenced in 2010 to life with a minimum of 50 years served. cbsnews.com/news/jarrod-w…
There's an eco friendly variation to standard cremation - hydro cremation. The process utilizes a mix of water and sodium to break down the soft tissue of a body, and the bones are then pulverized to be given to the family. It doesn't utilize formaldehyde, nor does it relase green house gas orderofthegooddeath.com/r…
The first Architect of the Capitol tried to reanimate George Washington’s corpse by freezing him in cold water and transfusing his blood with that of a lamb. mountvernon.org/george-wa…
Stanley Kubrick wanted to use Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother suite in A Clockwork Orange. Pink Floyd's bassist Roger Waters refused when he found out Kubrick would edit the music to fit the film. Later, Waters asked Kubrick to use sounds from 2001: A Space Odyssey on a record. Kubrick refused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
During world War II, the army would pour ice cold water in the ear of "draft dodgers" who pretended to be deaf. The normal response is to turn the eyes to the ear with cold water (Caloric reflex. About half of deaf lack this reflex). No response = truly deaf. Response = Possible draft dodger. youtu.be/kxAhHKmVjBc
Birds poop white because they don't urinate. The uric acid turns poop white and makes it hard to get off windshields because it doesn't dissolve easily with water. audubon.org/news/what-mak…
The word potassium is derived frm 'potash.' This preindustrial way to produce water-soluble possasium was by burning plant matter then soaking the ashes with water in a pot. wikidiff.com/potas
Sap and resin are totally different things. Sap is thin, runny and carries water and nutrients. It's basically the blood of the tree. Resin is viscous and used to heal wounds. All trees have sap. Only some trees have resin. Resin is NOT thickened sap. They are chemically totally different. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sap
Today I learned about Ice VII: a form of Ice that is not found on Earth but is created because of extreme pressure that forces water molecules to become or act like a solid en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
The roof of some Tesla models appear orange and red when wet due to a protective UV/infrared layer in the glass to reduce heat. Water droplets cause light to bounce around and reflect some of the infrared light (normally not visible to us) in a form that is visible to our eyes adonisdetail.com/why-does…
Elephants typically eat 200-600 pounds of food per day. They also can drink up to 50 gallons of water each day. nationalelephantcenter.or…
The books / elements of Avatar The Last Aibender were inspired by a 17th century Japanese martial arts manual containing 5 chapters: The books of Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Void (spiritualism) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The first ever Ironman Triathlon was won by US Navy Communications Specialist Gordon Haller. The runner-up John Dunbar, a US Navy Seal, was winning after the second transition but lost his lead when he ran out of water and his support crew started giving him beer instead. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ironma…
The "drying" of oil paint is not due to evaporation of water or other solvents, but instead to atmospheric oxygen forming crosslinks between oil molecules, polymerizing them into a solid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry…
Today I learned about heavy water, which is just water but slightly heavier en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
In 1910 there was a "Hippo Bill" which would introduce Hippos into the wetlands of Louisiana to combat invasive water hyacinth and provide meet. It was supported by the Teddy Roosevelt, the USDA, and the "lake cow bacon" was championed in major newspapers It fell just short of passing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
Porch roofs on old houses in the American South are sometimes painted blue to scare off "haints," a variation of the word "haunt" referring to ghosts or spirits. Blue is the color of water, and ghosts supposedly can't cross water. today.com/home/what-haint…
Pineapples are actually in a proto-carnivorous plant family called bromeliads. Water trapped in their crowns supports thriving mini-ecosystems, whose residents and their droppings are absorbed for nutrients (not energy) through their leaves, as most plants can actually do. youtu.be/ut3EviqJei8?t=25…
Today I learned about a boy who survived 45 minutes under icy water. twincities.com/2007/12/04…
40% of the deaths during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005 were from drowning, mostly from fast rising waters after levee breeches overcame neighborhoods. Most of the deaths were the elderly, with 49% of the fatalities over age 75. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
The water that sits on top of yoghurt is called whey. This liquid contains protein, calcium and B vitamins and so it’s better to stir it back in rather than drain myfearlesskitchen.com/why…
Many starving children in developing nations appear bloated with swollen bellies due to a condition called kwashiorkor, an illness related to malnutrition caused by a lack of protein resulting in an osmotic imbalance where the cells hold onto too much water. nhs.uk/conditions/kwashio…
The West African lungfish can survive up to 3.5 years without food or water. It has been around for 400 million years & their gills have evolved to obtain oxygen from the air as well as water. During estivation they get nutrients by digests its muscle tissue & can go on for years! worldatlas.com/articles/w…

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