Fruit isn't always vegan. Many stores spray their fruit with shellac wax to preserve it, & shellac is derived from insects, making it non-vegan. independent.co.uk/life-st…
The holes in honeycombs don't actually start out as hexagons. Bees create circular tubes staggered with one another. The heat formed by the activity of the bees softens the wax, which connects the gaps between the holes. Then the wax hardens into the the most energy efficient shape, the hexagon. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Silent-era film director F. W. Murnau (1888 - 1931, director of Nosferatu) had his grave robbed in 2015. His skull was removed and candle wax found in the grave suggests an occult ritual was performed. The crime is unsolved and his skull remains missing. news.artnet.com/art-world…
Today I learned about a Miner’s egg, a method in which miners would smuggle silver ore out of mines using candle wax, and later β€œlay” once out of the mine. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
Until 1870, the pope required all Jews living in Rome to attend compulsory sermons every Sabbath in front of the Church of San Gregorio. They all attended, but would often stuff wax in their ears in order not to hear a thing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
When the corpses from Holy Innocents' Cemetery in Paris were dug up to be moved into the catacombs in 1786, many bodies had incompletely decomposed and had reduced into large deposits of fat known as "corpse wax". During exhumation, this fat was collected and turned into candles and soap. museumsandmountains.com/w…
Modern day Beyblades are based upon the traditional Japanese toy "Beigoma", which originated around the 17th Century Edo Period. The toy was originally made by filling spiral seashells with sand and sealing them with molten wax. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bei…
Boxes of aluminum foil, Saran Wrap, and wax paper have tabs on the side that push in to keep the roll in place. eatthis.com/aluminum-foil…
The existence of the wax motor. It is not a motor with rotating parts but a linear actuator that expands and contract by heating or cooling wax. It is mainly used to control a valve that needs to move slowly without rotating parts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wax…
Paraffin wax is used to help ac systems with cooling sciencedirect.com/science…
Wax Worms can eat and break down one of the most common plastics (polyethylene) into organic compounds. Wax worms are common insects which evolved to live in bee hives. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Leonardo Da Vinci once conducted an experiment to understand the flow of blood through the valves of the heart, by pouring hot wax into one, making a mould of thin glass from the cast, and then pumping water mixed with seeds through it. He saw how a heart actually regulates itself. rct.uk/collection/919082/…
Thomas Edison tried to create the first-ever talking dolls. In 1890, thanks to the development of the wax cylinder, he was able to produce a line of baby dolls. With wooden bodies, porcelain heads, and miniature phonographs in their chests, the dolls were unlike any toy to exist at the time. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
Today I learned about the Yao tribe who calls for a specific bird species to find them bees nests, after which the tribe takes the honey and leaves the wax for the birds in a rare case of human mutualism with wild animals. permaculturenews.org/2017…
The first color 3-D feature film from a major studio was House of Wax in 1953, which was directed by Andre DeToth, who only had one eye en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
In 1975, the mummified body of a bank robber was found in an amusement park by a TV crew. It’d been mistaken for a wax mannequin, and was only found out after a man moved it and its arm fell off, exposing human bone. It was identified as the body of Elmer McCurdy, who had died in 1911. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elm…
Today I learned there used to be a Louis Tussaud’s wax museum in Britain ,whose models so seldom resembled the people they were meant to represent, it developed a cult following and sold in 2014 theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Paraffin wax was a common waterproofing method for circus tents but changed in 1944 after the Ringling Bros. Fire in Hartford, CT. The paraffin wax ended up accelerating the deadly fire & 1800lbs of hot wax "rained down from the roof"-killing 167 people; injuring 700, mostly women & children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
It's possible to measure if you are a super-taster by counting the small bumps on your tongue called fungiform papillae. Using blue food coloring, cotton swabs, wax paper, and a magnifying glass, if you find more than 30 papillae within a small area then you are probably a super-taster. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Wax worms can eat and break down one of the most common plastics, polyethylene. Their digestive process breaks the plastic's chemical bond, producing an organic compound. researchgate.net/blog/pos…
"Letterlocking" was a technique used widely from the 13-18th centuries to fold and secure correspondence in such a way to prevent tampering during transit. A letterlocked paper, sealed with wax, becomes its own envelope. Video link is an example by MIT prof who has researched the practice. youtu.be/dzPE1MCgXxo?t=28
A blue whale’s age is determined by its ear wax youtu.be/bgiPTUy2RqI
The wax in paper cups is actually a plastic called Polyethylene or PE, the most commonly used plastic in the world and is practically non-recyclable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pap…
ISS astronauts wax poetic about every aspect of the experience, except for the toilet, which uses a fan to whisk away excrement and has to be hand-packed as it starts getting full, then sealed in a plastic bag to await the next space trash day. businessinsider.com.au/ho…
Binney, working with his wife, Alice Stead Binney, who coined the name Crayola by combining the French word for chalk, craie, with the first part of oleaginous, the oily paraffin wax used to make the crayon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Pistol deuling was an event in the 1908 Olympics, in which competitors would fire wax bullets at one another. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
That, following the closure of a Paris cemetery and removal of bodies in 1786, many of the bodies had improperly decayed and only remained as mounds of human fat. This fat, known as "corpse wax", was subsequently collected and turned into candles and soap. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Baltimore has a wax museum for famous African Americans called "Great Blacks in Wax" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
The Romans used wax tablets called tabula for writing notes, which was erased by heating the wax and then smoothing it. This was termed 'tabula rasa' from which came the philosophical concept of 'clean slate'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tab…
The BibleWalk Wax Museum in Ohio is made up of discarded wax figures and their Jesus figure was an is still unmistakably Tom Cruise amusingplanet.com/2015/08…
The same gene responsible for your earwax type is responsible for body odor. Darker, sticky earwax equates to stronger body odor than light, flaky wax. abc.net.au/science/articl…
In 1909, dueling with wax bullets became popular. Defeated parties could be β€œtheoretically pronounced dead… and the supposedly fatal results created general merriment.” atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of matpakke (food package, or packed lunch), which is the most popular lunch choice for Norwegian students and workers. Individual slices of brown bread, topped with an additional ingredient (often liver pate, brown cheese, or jam), are separated by mellomleggspapir, or between-layer wax paper. bbc.com/worklife/article/…
If you run to the bathroom after eating sushi, it's likely because sushi restaurants often sub tuna with escolar, a fish whose diet is high in wax esters, causing it to have a laxative effect when eaten. blog.medellitin.com/2008/…
There are four types of cheese rind: inedible wax (or paper or bark!), "bloomy" white like Brie, "washed" orange-y rind, and the "natural" rind that some cheeses form. foodandwine.com/news/chee…
Pistol dueling with wax bullets was a popular pastime in the early 20th century and even featured as a sport in the 1908 Summer Olympics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wax…
There is a specied of bird called "Honeyguide" (in Africa) that reponds to humans' calls by guiding the humans to wild bees' hive, waiting until the humans have smoked out the bees and felled the tree with the hive and harvested the honey, and feed on the wax in the leftover bees' hive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
When Dr. Augustus Granville presented the results of his dissection of an Ancient Egyptian Mummy at the Royal Institution in the 1820s, he exhibited his specimens by the light of candles made from what he thought was a preserving wax scraped from his mummy. It wasn't, it was Corpse Wax. theguardian.com/science/2…
Today I learned about 10,000 years ago artists depicted apiculture (beekeeping) on the walls of Spanish caves. Centuries after that, demand for bees wax and honey drove commerce across the empires of ancient Greece and Rome. theguardian.com/environme…
Sperm whales are named after a oily wax producing organ called the spermaceti organ found in their head. oceanicresearch.org/educa…
In 1901, the Wright brothers built their own wind tunnel out of wood, old hacksaw blades and bicycle spokes; using it to test more than 200 wing shapes hand made from pieces of sheet steel and wax. The data it generated was critical to their first powered flight two years later. wright-brothers.org/Adven…
Today I learned about adipocere, or corpse wax. Lacking oxygen, a corpse won't putrefy, it will turn its fat into wax. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adi…
Pistol dueling with wax bullets was once an Olympic sport. outdoorhub.com/pistol-due…
When the remains from an overcrowded Paris cemetery were moved to the catacombs, the "corpse wax" from partially decomposed bodies was used to make soap en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
Each bottle of Maker's Mark is hand-dipped in wax, and that the wax will only melt at 350Β° so it stays intact even if left in a hot car. pastemagazine.com/article…
In 1960s China, a mango given by Chairman Mao to the workers was soon revered as a relic. People soon turned to a fervent mango cult with wax mango replicas being toured and worshipped around the country. bbc.com/news/magazine-354…
Andre DeToth, the director of "House of Wax", the first 3D color movie released by a major American studio, could not see the effect due to the fact he lost an eye at an early age en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Despite making dozens of recordings of his voice on wax cylinders, no known recordings of Mark Twain's voice are known to have survived. blogs.loc.gov/now-see-hea…
Michelangelo created masterpieces like David after first creating a series of rough models out of other materials like wax, clay and terrocatta, presenting those models to his patron, and then finally using sketches on marble to recreate the models to achieve the finished product michelangelomodels.com/m-…
Pistol dueling was a sport in the 1908 summer Olympics. Contestants used wax bullets and metal masks for safety. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wax…

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