Omar from The Wire was based on a real stickup man who robbed drug dealers in the 70's/80's in Baltimore en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
, there's an 18 mile long wire circling above the buildings of Manhattan and certain other US cities with large populations of orthodox Jews. This is a talmudic invention meant to circumvent sabbath restrictions against carrying a burden. npr.org/2019/05/13/721551…
The UK's Secret Intelligence Service is said to train secret agents in field operations at a star-shaped 1700's castle called Fort Monckton. It is known as No.1 Military Training Establishment & is guarded by razor wire, high intensity lighting & an "in-house" security staff. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Kanye West fell asleep at the wheel in 2002, causing a head on collision and shattering his jaw. Kanye then rapped Through The Wire with his jaw still wired shut, and its subsequent success kickstarted his career as a rapper. yahoo.com/lifestyle/kanye…
Microcoils, tiny coils of conductive wire, can be made by electroplating Spirulina, a coil shaped bacterium. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
A man named Jayme Gordon sued Dreamworks Animation for stealing ideas from his drawings to make β€œKung Fu Panda”. Investigators found that he had traced his drawings from a β€œLion King” coloring book. Gordon was charged with perjury and wire fraud. He was sentenced to two years in prison. fbi.gov/news/stories/the-…
Actor Michael K. Williams got his big break playing Omar Little on The Wire due to the facial scar he received in a bar fight. npr.org/2014/06/30/326934…
Between 2007 and 2015, the city of Chicago received over 6000 requests to remove shoes from telephone wires. wbez.org/stories/shoes-on…
Barbed wire enabled cattle operations in the American West to become profitable in the mid 19th century. Before the invention of barbed wire, the wood and stone fences used to contain cattle were too expensive to make the business profitable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
The University of Tennessee’s Anthropological Research Facility (β€œThe Body Farm”) covers 2.5 acres surrounded by a barbed-wire fence, and is used to study body decomposition as well as aid in criminal investigation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The American Humane Association Film Unit (responsible for "No Animals Were Harmed" message in films) formed in 1940 due to outrage about a horse that was thrown off a cliff and drowned for the 1939 film Jesse James. Before then trip wires were used to film horses falling over often killing them cbr.com/movie-legends-rev…
Electrons don't flow very fast through wires, closer to around 1.2cm/min in typical home wiring. The reason circuitry acts so fast is because as soon as an electron is introduced on one side, another electron is pushed out the other. uu.edu/dept/physics/scien…
There are 18 miles of translucent wires stretching around much of Manhattan to make it easier for Jews not to break Jewish law mentalfloss.com/article/9…
A bird named the Loggerhead Shrike impales its' prey on thorns or barbed wire due to lack of adequate talons of its own. It is also known as the Butcherbird due to its carnivorous behaviours and the fact that it sometimes leaves its' prey on display. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Log…
Wirewrapping is considered on of the earliest forms of handmade jewelry "Examples of wire and beaded jewelry made using wire wrapping techniques date back to thousands of years BC." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wir…
After a horse ran into No Man's Land during World War I and got shot, French soldiers decided to replace it with a fake papier-mache horse with a sniper inside. He also had a telephone wire so he could message back to the trenches on enemy movement. The ploy was discovered after three days. historydaily.org/decoy-ho…
Christopher Nolan refused to use green screens for Interstellar, instead opting to build an actual set for the black hole scene and suspend Matthew McConaughey on wires cinemablend.com/new/Chris…
Today I learned of spray paint on sidewalks called β€œutility graffiti,” which uses colors and symbols to identify pipes and wires underground. Marking the ground wasn’t standard until 1976, when a dig in Los Angeles punctured a gas line and created a β€œwall of fire” that killed 9 people and destroyed 7 buildings. popularmechanics.com/tech…
Till Lindemann, lead singer of Rammstein, wanted a light put in his mouth for visual effects. His bandmate suggested he use a flesh colored wire and run it into his mouth from the outside. Lindemann refused, opting to have a surgical incision in his left cheek to directly feed it into his mouth youtu.be/VWBDNL71tJo?t=32…
There were 4 dogs used in the film β€œCujo” and they all had to have their tails tied down by fishing wire to make them appear menacing because they were all wagging their tails the entire time. mentalfloss.com/article/9…
Flea circuses using live fleas still exist. Operators choose fleas that show a predisposition to jump or walk, then harness them around their necks using thin gold wire and attach them to props which the fleas then move. Fleas are usually harnessed for the whole of their short lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
In Operation Olympia, otherwise known as the β€œWarburg Wire Job”, Allied POWs scaled barbed wire fencing at a Nazi camp using four huge ladders they had made and disguised as bookshelves. 32 escaped; 6 were quickly re-captured. aircrewremembered.com/war…
New York City is encircled by translucent eruv wire to allow observant Jews to run errands and so socialize on the Sabbath. Other major cities including Chicago and St. Louis are also encircled by eruv wire mentalfloss.com/article/9…
A man rigged his house up with Indiana Jones style booby traps, including a hot tub which would roll at you if you tripped a wire, a fortified front door, and animal traps. An FBI agent was shot by a wheelchair, fitted with a fishing line and shotgun cartridges. bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-c…
The military uses silly string to find trip wires around bombs and also add scrap metal to Humvees as "Hillbilly Armor". cbsnews.com/news/a-seriou…
One of the first functional digital home computers was the Digi-Comp I from 1963. It was entirely mechanical and used no electricity. It could output 3 binary digits and programmers used thin wires to set up primitive logic. With no power, the user had to pull a lever to perform each CPU cycle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
Walt Disney invented the modern public trash can. He did this to keep the smell of garbage down at Disney. Previous to this, public trash cans were made of wire mesh, which allowed goop to seep out of the bottom and the smell to escape. themeparktourist.com/feat…
In 2002 producer Kanye West suffered a car crash that led to a fractured jaw. This lead him to write his debut single β€œThrough the Wire”, which he recorded with his jaw still wired shut from the operation. wikipedia.org/wiki/Throug…
During Operation Ivy Bells (wire tapping Soviet underwater communication lines) the USS Seawolf (SSN-575) was almost lost during one of the missionsβ€”she was stranded on the bottom after a storm and almost had to use her self-destruct charges to scuttle the ship with her crew. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
During WWII, the British launched nearly 100,000 weather balloons trailing long metal wires toward occupied Europe, causing power outages when they shorted out power lines and causing at least one German power station to burn down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The invention of barbed wire started many disputes, and eventually led to a concentration of power in the hands of the land owners. The wealthy ranchers started fencing their land and individuals with livestock but no land had nowhere for their livestock. historyengine.richmond.ed…
The internals of NASA's Apollo computer were handwoven like a quilt by women at a Raytheon factory in Waltham, Massachusetts. They'd sit in special rooms and use long needles with wire attached to them, carefully weaving the wiring that was to be the computers' programming. fastcompany.com/90363966/…
During WWI a German weapon manufacturer developed a 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) unmanned, drone, biplane, glider torpedo that was launched from Zeppelin Airships. It was guided by wire to its target. The last test was August 2, 1918, 102-years-ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
The circuit board on an average phone has about 360ft (110m) of wire to connect all of the internal components. youtube.com/watch?v=Z2Lgm…
Slinky was invented by sheer accident. A naval engineer Richard James was designated to come up with a device that would secure equipment on ships while they rocked at sea. When he accidentally dropped the coiled wires, he was tinkering with, he saw them tumble end-over-end across the floor. smithsonianmag.com/innova…
Today I learned about The Chicago Ripper Crew, a satanic cult and organized crime group operating in the early 80's. It's 4 members abducted, tortured and mutilated 18 women, amputating their breasts with a wire garrote to cannibalize as part of a satanic sacrament. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rip…
As steel wires in tires become magnetized with use, rotating tires create a magnetic field. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
The barbed wire fences along forest roads have a smooth bottom wire to allow for wildlife to pass easily customfenceoviedo.com/fen…
Nobody knew for certain if there was a point in a horses gait where all 4 legs were off the ground until it was finally settled in 1878 with 16 photos that captured it in quick succession. A horse ran over wires placed every 21 inches and triggered the shutter in ​one-thousandth of a second. theatlantic.com/entertain…
Today I learned about Smoky the Yorkie, a pet dog to soldiers in the south pacific, weighing 4lbs, who kept operational 40 United States fighters by running a wire tied to her collar through a 6in pipe, completing a 3 day construction job in minutes. Also had 10 recognized combat flights, 8 combat stars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
The "legs" you see in old high speed footage of nuclear tests are a result of the explosion chasing down the wires of the support tower. The metal of the wire conducts heat faster than the surrounding air, allowing the pulses to move out ahead of the rest of the blast. physicscentral.com/explor…
The practice of playing music for callers on hold began with a faulty phone line connection. A loose wire touching the steel frame of an office building caused it to act as a giant radio receiver, allowing callers to hear music from local radio stations while they waited on hold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
A photosensitive drum, charged by a corona wire, inside a photocopier machine, carries an electrical shadow of the letters to be copied towards the toner, where the toner particles stick to the shadow and then transfered to white blank paper. youtu.be/Sy5PPaxaBCI
In 1906 Eleanor Roosevelt bought a chicken-wire cage for hanging from the window of her New York City townhouse for first child, Anna, to nap inβ€”a practice known as "airing" for city dwelling children. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
While filming ”The Wire”, Andre Royo, who played Bubbles, a drug addict, was approached by a Baltimore resident who handed him a package of heroin and said he looked like he needed a fix. Royo calls this his "street Oscar." attendly.com/bubbles-from…
In 2014, an Arizona man escaped prison to meet with his girlfriend on Valentine's Day. The man crawled past razor wire, scaled two fences and made his way to a bar about 10 miles away. cnn.com/2014/02/16/justic…
Today I learned about Solar Maximum cycles and the Carrington Event. A solar storm that hit Earth powerful enough to start fires and cause sparks from telegraph wires. The aurora was seen as close to the equator as South America and Northern Australia. The next Solar cycle is predicted to start this year. history.com/news/a-perfec…
Barbed wire fences were used for telegraph transmission in rural areas. antiquebarbedwiresociety.…
The film "The Hobbit" caused as many as 27 animals deaths during production. One horse had the skin and muscles of her leg torn off by wire fencing, several chickens were mauled to death by unsupervised dogs, and one horse was hobbled and left on the ground for three hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Physicist Ted Taylor was the first person to light a cigarette using a nuclear bomb. During a bomb test in 1952, he used a parabolic mirror to concentrate the light of the blast enough to heat a cigarette suspended from a tiny wire. awesci.com/nuclear-bomb-c…

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