A sloth's claws work the opposite way that human hand does. The default position is a tight strong grip, and sloths must exert effort to open them up. This is why sloths don't fall out of trees when they're asleep. bbc.com/earth/story/20170…
Today I learned about Philipp MainlΓ€nder a philosopher who believed before the beginning of time there was God, and the only thing God wanted was to die, but since he was a being of infinite unity the only way he could kill himself was to shatter his timeless being into a time-bound and material universe. wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip…
Some people with anxiety may actively resist relaxation in favor of worrying, with a study suggesting that it's a way to avoid a large jump in anxiety if something bad really does happen. news.psu.edu/story/588426…
Today I learned about David Edmondson, who lied on his resume to get a position as a Vice President of Marketing at RadioShack in the 90's. He worked his way up over 11 years to become CEO and resigned in disgrace after it was revealed his resume was falsified. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
A German company developed a pane glass for windows that replicates the way birds see spiders' webs so they will avoid flying into them, thus greatly reducing the high avian death rate caused by collision with building windows phys.org/news/2010-08-bir…
300 years ago, Robert Boyle wrote down a 'wish list' of inventions he hoped science would one day accomplish. We're over half way there. irishphilosophy.com/2014/…
Male platypus venom contains a hormone that promotes insulin release, called GLP-1; it's found in humans but degrades quickly. Platypuses make a long-lasting form of it, paving the way to new diabetes treatment; the platypus GLP-1 can be made in the lab so no platypuses will be needed for it. bbc.com/news/world-austra…
Only 10% of wine 'experts' can consistently rate the wine from the same bottle in the same way, and they aren't consistent the next year. After analysing results across wine competitions in california, medals were found to be distributed at random. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Due to a unit conversion error (lbs instead of kg), Air Canada flight 143 ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet, and glided all the way down on an abandoned airfield being used as racing circuit. Everyone survived and the plane was barely damaged it was flown out to be repaired. nationalpost.com/news/can…
There is no practical way to draw our solar system to a visible scale. With Earth reduced to pea diameter, Pluto would be the size of a bacterium, 1.5 miles from Jupiter. With Jupiter the size of a period, Pluto would still be 35 feet away from it, and reduced to the size of a molecule. space.fm/astronomy/planet…
There is a famous Australian pub rock song about grieving over the loss of a romantic partner. The chorus sings "Am I ever gonna see your face again?" It is Australian tradition for the crowd to shout "No way, get fucked, fuck off." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Am_…
The skin of a honey badger is so thick that it can withstand multiple machete blows, arrows, and spears. The only sure way to kill one is via a club to the skull or gunshot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist and member of the Nazi party, bribed Nazi officials throughout WW2 to prevent the deportation of his Jewish workers. He saved over 1,200 people and was buried in Israel after his death- the only Nazi official to be honored in this way, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osk…
Beer cans used to be 40% thicker and way stronger, which is why we see people crushing beer cans as a display of strength in older movies boston.com/culture/movies…
Cellulite is more of a secondary sexual characteristic than a condition, almost all adult women have it, and there's no healthy or reasonable way to get rid of it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cel…
The Japanese work philosophy of β€œkaizen”, where people constantly seek to find ways to improve methods instead of just doing it the same way lifehacker.com/get-better…
For several years the CIA paid sex workers to bring men back to a β€œsafehouse” brothel so they could secretly dose them with LSD and watch what happened through a two-way mirror in an effort to find a mind control drug. discovermagazine.com/mind…
Today I learned of Joy Milne, a β€œsuper-smeller” who found she could smell a unique odor on people with Parkinson's disease years before the onset of symptoms. Scientists then isolated biomarkers in sebum (oily substance from face/back) of Parkinson’s patients, paving the way to earlier detection/treatment. discovermagazine.com/heal…
A Danish company modified a version of thale cress (plant), that changes from green to red when being near landmines, because of the nitrogen dioxide gas released from landmines. This way you can detect landmines and save lives. nature.com/articles/news0…
The British Royal Society of Chemistry recommends adding tea to milk, and not the other way around, as adding milk to tea results in "significant denaturation" of the milk, adversely affecting flavor. academiaobscura.com/wp-co…
Lupines can signal to a bee that the pollen rewards are gone or almost gone. After pollination occurs, the petals change color as a way of saying β€œno more here, try the next flower…” This re-directs the bee to a flower that needs pollination. nrcm.org/blog/first-light…
Both "canceled" and "cancelled" are acceptable ways to spell the past tense of the verb "cancel". Americans favor "canceled" (one l), while British English and other dialects prefer "cancelled" (two l's). However, there is only one correct spelling of the noun "cancellation". grammarly.com/blog/cancel…
Today I learned that cats don’t perceive music the way we do. Kitties have different acoustic, vocal, and heartbeat ranges than us. And there's music made specifically for them such as Cozmo’s Air composed by a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin. catological.com/cats-like…
Grad students in the Netherlands have created lab-grown venom glands from 9 species of snake embryos: 1mm long white blobs that produced venom in a petri dish. It paves the way for creating antivenom without milking adult snakes for venom and without injecting into a horse to produce antibodies. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Dr. Leroy Chiao was doing squats on the International Space Station when he accidentally found a way to ripple the solar arrays at a low frequency. Another astronaut later tried to use this technique to help loosen a solar array that got stuck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ler…
Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II had young infants raised without speaking to them in the 13th century to determine if there was a "natural" language imparted by God. His experiments proven unsuccessful because all the children raised this way died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
It is rumored that Pablo Escobar committed suicide. It was never confirmed that a police officer fired the fatal shot through his ear. His brothers insisted "he would say to me every day that if he was really cornered without a way out, he would 'shoot himself through the ear'" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pab…
Today I learned about the signal for help. β€œSignal for Help” is a simple one-handed sign someone can use on a video call. It can help a person silently show they need help and want someone to check in with them in a safe way. canadianwomen.org/signal-…
NASA is under presidential orders to land humans on Mars by 2033, and NASA-funded engineers are studying a way to build potential human habitats there by producing bricks from pressurized Martian soil. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
The Aztecs believed our current world was the fifth in a series of creation cycles, and the previous four worlds were destroyed in a variety of ways from flooding to raining flames. According to the Aztecs, the world we currently live in will be destroyed by earthquakes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiv…
In 1997 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a pot-bellied pig named Lulu saved her owner, having a heart attack. Lulu heard the owner's cries of pain then forced her way out of the yard and played dead on the road. Lulu successfully stopped a car and guided help to the owner, she survived. vault50.com/lulu-pig-play…
From 1613 and 1620 a Samurai travelled to Rome by way of Mexico. During this time, Shakespeare was still alive, Virginia had been founded for around a decade, Gallileo was accused of heresy, and Pocahantes arrived in England. He met the Pope he was made a Roman citizen. His name was Hasekura Tsu en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Has…
Today I learned of Jhatka, a Hinduist butchering practice according to which an animal must be killed suddenly with a single blow, and "the animal must not be scared or shaken in any way before the slaughter". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jha…
Dogs are the only non-primate species with a left-gaze bias. Humans tend to look at the right side of a human face for better facial recognition and dogs respond to faces in a similar way: Dogs also fixate on the right side of a human face, but not that of other animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
The only creature on Earth who is not symmetrical in any way is the sponge. cbc.ca/amp/1.4753044
The German city of Frankfurt Am Main supplies heroin addicts with clean needles and tolerates the consumption of drugs in "shooting galeries" around the central station to control the city's drug scene. This approach is called the "Frankfurt way". vice.com/en_uk/article/3b…
Due to the way humans engendered French Bulldogs it is impossible for them to successfully mate and they rarely give birth naturally. All French Bulldogs need to be artificially inseminated and the majority of puppies need to be surgically removed. ourfrenchie.com/quick-han…
A way Switzerland kept itself from being invaded is by booby-trapping and blowing up all it's border linkages, and bridges making it merely impossible for the Nazis to invade during WW2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
Trained sniffer dogs are helping archaeologists in Croatia discover 3,000-year-old iron age tombs. Experts have said that using dogs are a good way to identify archaeological sites, as it is less destructive than many traditional methods. theguardian.com/science/2…
Some psychedelics, including LSD and psilocybin, promote measurable neuroplastic and neurogenic growth in several different ways, and that there is established research on it. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
War for the Spartans was in some ways a respite from the strict schedule of their everyday lives and was almost seen as a holiday. Physical exercise was less rigorous, they were allowed a regimen less rigid and in the afternoons, they held competitions, sang hymns and recited poetry. nationalgeographic.com/hi…
Apples do not reproduce true to type, meaning that the tree from the seed will produce apples that are almost certain to be different than the parent. Unless you pollinate the tree by hand, there is no way to know who the other parent is, considering bees could have used almost every other tree thespruce.com/can-you-gro…
A Zander (type of fish) in Switzerland attacked two tourists in 2009. The local police then caught and cooked it for the tourists as way of an apology for the trouble caused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zan…
The proper way to dispose of an American flag is to burn it and bury the ashes countryliving.com/life/a4…
Some of the most successful films of all time, such as the Harry Potter series, were actually financial losses on paper. This is called creative accounting and it's a way for Hollywood studios to avoid paying actors, producers and directors based on net profits. popmatters.com/192246-hol…
In 2016 after a video essay by Every Frame a Painting criticised the music in the Marvel franchise as being 'unmemorable'. Marvel acknowledge the video and sought to improve their scores, with Mark Mothersbaugh paving the way in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) the following year. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
Doctors found an experimental way to inject oxygen straight into the bloodstream and human trials were planned. popularmechanics.com/scie…
To increase circulation of dollar coins, in 2008 the US Mint allowed individuals to purchase in bulk with free shipping. It was quickly exploited as a way to gain frequent flyer miles. People purchased coins with a credit card, then deposited them at their bank to pay the bill, cost free. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Julian Lennon, John Lennon's first son, was the inspiration for the song 'Hey Jude'. Paul McCartney wrote the song (originally called 'Hey Jules) as a way to comfort Julian after his parents divorced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Today I learned that Shakespeare signed his name a number of different ways, and only more recently did people settle on the accepted spelling youtu.be/j9Q1cM7_ai4
Today I learned about the Hummingbird hawk-moth, which are often mistaken for hummingbirds because of the similar way that they hover and feed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Today I learned of the graffiti symbol "Kilroy Was Here" that was left all throughout World War II as a way of keeping soldiers spirits up en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
There are two Harrison Ford stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - one of them is for the 1920’s silent movie actor and theatre performer. Both are not related in any way wikipedia.org/wiki/Harris…
Research shows that cats may reflect the personality of their owner, in the same way a parent's personality can affect their child. There is some evidence of similar personality traits of owners in cats. phys.org/news/2019-02-cat…
β€˜Ahoy-Hoy’ was once the preferred way to answer the phone, as it was Alexander Graham Bell’s preferred way to answer the phone. However Edison popularized 'Hello' because he thought it was easily heard and distinguished from other words. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Today I learned about Harry Wesley Coover Jr who discovered super glue (cyanoacrylate) in 1942. He ignored it as being too sticky for what he needed. He then rediscovered it in 1956 while at Eastman Kodak who put it into production. It gained notoriety in the Vietnam War as a way to close battlefield wounds. warhistoryonline.com/hist…
A man in 2002 found a way to crack the lottery in the US state of Michigan using math and probability. He figured out that if he bought a certain amount of tickets that he would certainly make a profit. He and his wife Marge ended up making millions of dollars. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06s…
Today I learned of the Great Attractor, a gravitational anomaly suggesting a concentration of mass thousands of times more massive than our entire galaxy. However, it is obscured by the Zone of Avoidance (the Milky Way’s galactic plane), making it very difficult to directly observe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned about "M", a woman from Massachusetts who, after a shingles episode, got a "constant, relentless itch" on her scalp - so severe, one night she scratched through the skull all the way into her brain newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Today I learned that in the 1880s, a young man named Larry Donovan attempted to make a living solely by jumping off high bridges. When he died at the age of 26, his mother was quoted in the newspaper saying: "I told him that jumping off bridges was a poor way of earning a living." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
Ming Dynasty eunuchs and courtesans in the Ming Dynasty formed a distinctive form of marriage in a secretive way. Although Ming eunuchs were incapable of bearing children, they were equally eager to have a family. mdhist.com/eunuch/3867/
After losing a drunken bet with his bandmates, Sabaton singer Joakim Broden had to walk to the band's next gig. Broden walked from Falun, Sweden to Trondheim, Norway, over ~700km, staying at fans' houses and accepting food/beer donations along the way to complete the journey. bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
Mexico had a complex legal and racial caste system. Art referred to as "casta" paintings were seen as a way to "codify racial groups" khanacademy.org/humanitie…
It is likely that solar eclipses, the way we experience them, are likely unique to earth. guide-to-the-universe.com…
The Bud Light "Real American Heroes" ads were changed to "Real Men of Genius" after 9/11 because "the irony was gone and it seemed very inappropriate to run it that way" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rea…
A man named Oswald can be heard only at Embankment station saying "mind the gap". In 2012 they were planning on changing all voiceovers but decided not to at this station when Oswalds wife told them that he had passed away in 2007. She loved listening to him when on the way to work. wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_t…
The turd-rolling dung beetle navigates its way home using the stars. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Today I learned about Jericho, a city in Palestine with history all the way back to 10,000 BCE. It is known as the earliest settlement to have a defensive wall, 1.8 metres high, and the first tower, 8.5 metres high. The people domesticated wild cereals and pulses, hunted wild animals, held rituals and made art. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
A duck is called a duck because it ducks its head under the water to feed. The animal was named after the verb and not the other way around. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duc…
Deer antlers grow more like bone cancer cells than like regular cells. However, deer have one-fifth the cancer rate of other mammals. This could lead to new ways to fight cancer. sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
Feeling sick is part of the body's attempts to preserve energy for the immune system and make you act in a way that signals to nearby people that you need help inverse.com/mind-body/618…
In 2007, reigning Jeopardy! champion Scott Weiss purposely placed his final bet in such a way as to force the first three-way tie in the game's history. He said he knew he could have bet more and won the game, but thought it would be fun to force a tie instead. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Someone walking the full 268 miles of the UK's Pennine Way will navigate 287 gates, 249 timber stiles, 183 stone stiles and 204 bridges, and will cross the border between England and Scotland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
The small suburb of Anoka, Minnesota considers itself the Halloween Capital of the World. It has hosted a safe, family friendly Halloween parade almost every year since 1920, which started as a way to curb pranking and vandalism as was common on Halloween in those days. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
In WW2 escape compasses for the RAF were sometimes hidden by being made to look like a button (unscrewing the top revealed the small compass). When the Germans found out, they changed to a reverse thread, so trying to unscrew the button the usual way tightened it instead, keeping it hidden. paratrooper.be/articles/e…
Hollywood Road is the second oldest street in Hong Kong, built at the founding of the colony in 1841. It arose as a place where foreign traders and merchants would sell artefacts they β€œcollected” in mainland China before making their way towards Europe scmp.com/news/hong-kong/e…
Forcing left-handed children to write with their right hands is not in any way innocuous or helpful- it is actually harmful to their developing brains and can result in dyslexia, stuttering and other learning or speech disorders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bia…
In 1970, the Oregon Highway Division consulted with the US Navy and decided the best way to dispose of a whale carcass was to blow it up with a 1/2 ton of dynamite. The explosion caused blubber to rain down on spectators for over a 1/4 of a mile. A large chunk demolished a car. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
When "Sleepless in Seattle" opened in 1993, TriStar Pictures got an average of 25-30 calls a day from viewers demanding to know about Tom Hanks' tiramisu reference. When told it was just food; a lot of the callers didn't believe it, others sounded a little disappointed & some just went 'no way.' questia.com/newspaper/1P2…
Hughes engineers swung a satellite around the Moon and approached earth from a 'stealthy' direction, "downwards from the Moon rather than up from the ground, the way we typically think of missile launches by aggressor nations." airspacemag.com/daily-pla…
Oxana Malaya wad abandoned by her alcoholic parents at age 2, and for the next 5 years lived with a pack of dogs. At 7 years old, she couldn't speak, walked on all fours and behaved like a dog in every way historydaily.org/oxana-ma…
There is a big difference in asking for β€œEverything” and β€œAll The Way” when it comes to ordering toppings on your hotdog/hamburger and there’s slight variations of what that means all over the country. firstwefeast.com/eat/2016…
Today I learned about Project Mohole, a failed attempt in the 1960s to drill all the way through the Earth’s crust to reach the mantle www8.nationalacademies.or…
Frank McNamara, co-founder of Diners Club International, forgot his wallet while dining out one day and, to avoid such embarrassments in the future, came up with a cardboard charge card with which he paid for a meal at the same restaurant in 1950, paving the way for modern-day credit cards. dinersclubus.com/home/abo…
Twerking, as a Dance, Traces It's Lineage Back Through The Caribbean, All The Way To The Ivory Coast vocal.media/beat/the-hist…
Today I learned about Pals Battalions. British army units consisting of men from the same town or profession during the First World War. They were created as a way to boost morale. They did not take into account that almost the entire male population of a town would be wiped out in a single battle. encyclopedia.1914-1918-on…
"Five-O" being slang for "police" was inspired by the TV show "Hawaii Five-0" (and not the other way around). "Hawaii Five-0" was named that in honor of Hawaii being the 50th state to join the United States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
Large schools of fish can accidentally trap themselves in a small area with no way out while attempting to evade predators. If there are too many in a small or enclosed area they can deplete the water of oxygen and they will asphyxiate by the thousands. popsci.com/thousands-fish…
Many Nintendo players would blow on cartridges to get them to work but actually speed up the tarnishing due to moisture. One way to slow down the tarnishing process and extending the life of the cartridges is to use isopropyl alcohol and swabs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
The international Milky Way bar, which is sold as 3 Musketeers in the US; and the US version of the milky way is sold as the Mars bar elsewhere. The US Mars bar was a Milky bar with Almonds an was discontinued in 2002 and replaced with the snickers almond en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Japan already had HDTV in the 1990s, way before anywhere else youtube.com/watch?v=f3q2t…
In 2013, a 67-year-old Belgian woman was mislaid by her GPS and mistakenly drove 900 miles. Her actual destination was only 90 miles away. She was supposed to pick up a friend in Brussels, but instead drove all the way south to Zagreb, Croatia. It took her two days. gizmodo.co.uk/2013/01/wom…
Southwest China has a "cliff village", 800 meters above the ground. The only way to the outside world from the village was to climb down 17 rattan ladders, among which were two linked vertical rattan ladders 100 meters long. chinadaily.com.cn/a/20180…
Kirsty MacColl, successful British singer / songwriter and daughter of the composer of "Dirty Old Town", died when she was diving in Mexico, pushing her 15 year old son out of the way of a speeding powerboat that ran her over. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kir…
Gymnasium is ultimately derived from gymnos meaning naked, by way of the related verb gymnazo, whose meaning is "to train naked". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gym…
When a dead whale washed up on an Oregon beach, they decided the best way to dispose of the body was to detonate it, unintentionally covering the townspeople in whale blood. youtube.com/watch?v=xBgTh…
Virtually every single way of saying 'tea' in each language comes from the Chinese character 茢 (chΓ‘), reflecting the origins and widespread trade of tea from China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ety…
Today I learned of John Woods, an Army private who lied his way into becoming the Army's hangman and an officer. He carried out 60-70 executions in two years, several of which he bungled by building the gallows too short, including all ten of the Nuremberg Executions of the Nazi high command. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
"Tremolo bars" are called that way because Leo Fender had a habit of calling his volume pedal "vibrato pedal" and his vibrato bar "tremolo bar". Tremolo is a change in volume while vibrato is change in pitch. fender.com/articles/tech-…

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