Water is not colorless. The pure water has a slight blue color that becomes a deeper green as the thickness of the observed sample increases. The blue hue of the water is an intrinsic property and is caused by selective absorption and scattering of white light. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Gaddafi had a serious obsession with Condoleezza Rice, showering her with over $200,000 in gifts and having a famous local composer write a song for her called β€œBlack Flower in the White House” cnn.com/2011/11/03/us/ric…
George Washington never wore a wig. He was a natural red head and powdered it white to look more fashionable. mountvernon.org/george-wa…
Today I learned about "The Doll Test", which found that given a choice between Black dolls and white dolls, most Black children preferred to play with white dolls and was later cited as a factor in the Brown v. Board of Education decision. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Fred Gwynne (Herman Munster) wore face paint that was actually a bright violet color because it captured the most light on the black-and-white film. metv.com/lists/8-surprisi…
The Montezuma Castle National Monument in Arizona was named by white settlers who assumed the Aztecs were responsible for all archeological sites but it turns out the monument has nothing to do with Montezuma or the Aztecs and yet no one bothered to rename it. history.com/topics/landma…
Betty White hosted a five-and-a-half-hour long live talk show six days a week from 1949 to 1953. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
Today I learned of the Comanche medicine man Kwihnai Tosabitu (White Eagle), who told his warriors that his medicine made them invincible to the white man's bullets. When this medicine failed and they were massacred in the Battle of Adobe Walls in 1874, he was renamed Isatai'i (Coyote Vagina). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
In 1931, Coca-Cola solidified the image of Santa Claus as a fat old white man. Prior, he was thought to be a little creepy elf/gnome-like man. coca-colacompany.com/comp…
Phosphorus was discoverd when alchemist Hennig Brand who was experimenting with urine attempted to create the fabled philosopher's stone through the distillation of some salts by evaporating urine, and in the process produced a white material that glowed in the dark and burned brilliantly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Eight years after JFK’s assassination, Jackie Kennedy avoided the public unveiling of their White House portraits, but the Nixons graciously agreed to a secret, private tour for her and her kids. It was her only return visit. whitehousehistory.org/a-s…
Today I learned about ghost bikes, which are bicycles painted white, used to symbolize where a cyclist was killed grist.org/living/the-stor…
The only White Giraffe on the planet is found in Kenya and is fitted with a GPS system to detect poachers nbcnews.com/news/animal-n…
In the UK you need an annual license to watch broadcast TV. But today in 2021 you can still apply for a black and white TV License incase your TV can't do colour! tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs/FA…
Wataru Misaka the first non-white NBA player described his first game as "It wasn't a big thing" and "Nobody cared." the same year Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color barrier en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
Ruthie Tompson, one of the animators of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Fantasia, and Sleeping Beauty, is still alive. She is 110 years old en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
The Uffington White Horse, a prehistoric hill figure in Oxfordshire, England, was covered over with turf and hedge trimmings during the Second World War so that Luftwaffe pilots could not use it for navigation during bombing raids. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned about the Danish Protest Pig. In the early 20th century, Danes living under Prussian rule were banned from displaying the Danish flag. To protest this, they bred pigs with a red and white color pattern similar to their flag. The breed is now called "Danish Protest Pig". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice had a pet snake named Emily Spinach. She liked to carry it around the White House in her purse and take it out at unexpected moments. mentalfloss.com/amazingfa…
OJ Simpson had a prank TV show called 'Juiced'. In one episode he tries to sell his white Bronco saying to the prospective buyer that if they "ever get into some trouble and have to get away, it has escapability." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._…
Polar bears have a black skin with a transparent fur to absorb the sun's heat. They appear white because the air spaces of each hair scatters the light in all directions. polarbearsinternational.o…
Most indigenous communities who paint their bodies live in areas where there is an abundance of bloodsucking horseflies, mosquitoes, or tsetse flies - and a 2019 study showed that white, painted stripes on the body protect skin from insect bites, hence protecting them from airborne diseases lunduniversity.lu.se/arti…
The white dashed lines on US highways are 10 feet long. And the space in between them runs 30 feet long. Most people believe that they’re only 2-4 feet long at most. news.osu.edu/slow-down---…
Horror icon Vincent Price was a direct descendant of Peregrine White, the first child born on the Mayflower at harbor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
In Western dress codes, technically a black-tie event is still only 'semi-formal', as fully formal dress is 'white-tie', which for men requires a coat with tails. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
In 1933, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt were at a White House event when they whimsically abandoned their guests for a joyride. Both took turns flying and Roosevelt later stated, "It does mark an epoch, doesn't it, when a girl in an evening dress and slippers can pilot a plane at night." baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
A week before the Rosa Parks incident, segregation on interstate buses was struck down after a black Woman Army Corps Private refused to give up her seat to a white Marine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key…
Cats commonly have white bellies and paws because when pigment develops in the womb, it starts along what will become the spine and works its way around to the front. Sometimes pigmentation doesn’t make it all the way around, resulting in color on top and white on the bottom. reuters.com/article/us-ca…
The wearing of white glove when inspecting rare books is detrimental to the manuscripts. Simple clean hands are best and allow real touch and feel of history. nationaltrust.org.uk/feat…
Today I learned that at the end of the Mexican-American War, there was a popular movement in the US to annex All of Mexico. It was opposed by Congress, mainly because Mexico wasn't white enough. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
ITunes helped save "The Office" when it reached four of the top five slots for downloaded TV shows in the platform. That’s when the people behind the show learned that their audience skewed young, rather than the white-collar workers they thought would be watching mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned about potash evaporation ponds in the Utah desert. Depending on the amount of potash inside the pools, they can turn turquoise, orange, yellow and even white. About 700 - 1000 tons of potash are produced very day, which can then be used to fertilize plants and treat industrial water. atlasobscura.com/places/p…
That, despite being classified as an yellow star, the Sun is actually white when seen from space. I only appears yellow or orange from us here on Earth because of the atmosphere solar-center.stanford.edu…
While studying Madagascar periwinkle leaves used as folk remedy for diabetes in the 1950s, scientists found plummeting white blood cells instead and isolated out vinblastine and vincristine β€” effective chemotherapy drugs which has dramatically improved survival in leukemia patients. jic.ac.uk/blog/vinblastin…
White-tailed Eagles kept flying into moving turbine blades at the SmΓΈla wind farm in Norway. An experiment of painting a single blade black on each of two turbines compared to two unpainted turbines found that the bird deaths declined by 70%. audubon.org/news/can-pain…
After Ford left the White House in 1977, he privately justified his pardon of Nixon by carrying in his wallet a portion of the text of Burdick v. United States, a Supreme Court decision which states that a pardon carries an imputation of guilt and that acceptance carries a confession of guilt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Johnny Otis, a seminal influence on American R&B and rock and roll, lived his professional and personal life as a Black man despite the fact he was ethnically Greek. He wrote, "As a kid I decided that if our society dictated that one had to be black or white, I would be black." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Colonel Sanders bleached his facial hair to match his white hair beardoholic.com/colonel-s…
Elizabeth Coleman White, whose family owned a cranberry farm, teamed up with botanist Frederick Coville to develop and cultivate the first blueberry crop. White paid people for each bush they found with blueberries that measured at least 5/8 of an inch. Coville uprooted and grafted them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Mucus gets its green color from an enzyme white blood cells use to make a corrosive chemical called hypochlorite to dissolve bacteria. Hypochlorite is the same chemical used in household bleach. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mye…
In April 2013 a fake AP tweet saying the White House had been bombed caused a stock market "flash crash" theguardian.com/business/…
Houses in Bermuda have white stepped roofs to harvest rain water and store it, as the island has no fresh-water springs, rivers or lakes. bbc.com/news/amp/magazine…
Sperm whales got their name from late 18th century commercial whalers who discovered the enormous white fluid-filled organ in the whale's head and misinterpret it for sperm fluid. This organ which is now called the spermaceti organ is actually used as a powerful echolocation equipment. britannica.com/story/how-…
The Amazon white bellbird has the loudest song in the world, peaking at 125 decibels, more than high enough to cause immediate hearing damage cbc.ca/news/technology/wh…
:In January 1960, white jazz pianist Dave Brubeck canceled a twenty-five-date tour of colleges and universities across the American South after twenty-two schools had refused to allow his black bassist, Eugene Wright, to perform. He also canceled a tv show where they didn't want to show him. amacad.org/publication/da…
The North Russia intervention, an allied intervention force of foreign armies fighting alongside the Anti-Bolshevik White Movement, marked one of the only times American troops set foot on Russian soil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Today I learned of Lilith, one of only two known blue eyed leucistic (white or partially white) King Cobras in the world youtube.com/watch?v=MN-dD…
The "childish decorations... on the wall behind" President Bush during the 9/11 attacks were designed by a "White House stage artist, not teachers or students" heraldtribune.com/article…
Children from Roosevelt's family would crawl through the space between ceilings and floors in the White House, where no living being but rats and ferrets had been for years. eyewitnesstohistory.com/t…

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