On the set of Blade: Trinity, Jessica Biel was supposed to fire an arrow directly at the camera, so the camera was surrounded by Plexiglass except for a 2" x 2" square in front of the camera lens. Biel managed to shoot the arrow through the hole and destroy the $300,000 camera. youtu.be/VApoQKeCcVk
Jigsaw puzzles almost never have the number of pieces they say on the box: most โ€œ1000-pieceโ€ puzzles are 38 x 27 = 1026 vice.com/en/article/xg8k3โ€ฆ
Stan Lee created The X-men as 'mutants' because he didn't want to explain how they got their powers. They were BORN with their powers. interviews.televisionacadโ€ฆ
In X-Men First Class, 2011. Hugh Jackman used 8 takes to try to get his line just right. The line was originally, "fuck off" but on the 8th take Jackman improvised by saying, "go fuck yourself", which became the line used in the film and also gave a genuine reaction from McAvoy and Fassbender. collider.com/hugh-jackmanโ€ฆ
There's a mutant who has been on the X-men for several years, but nobody at all ever remembered due to his power of immediately forgetting he existed once he leaves your point of view. cbr.com/x-men-forget-me-nโ€ฆ
In 2012 doctors around the world voted the 1846 paper describing anesthesia as the most important discovery in modern medicine, ahead of things like antibiotics and X-Rays degruyter.com/view/journaโ€ฆ
Stan Lee, the co-creator of comic book characters including Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Daredevil and the X-Men which have populated a film series that has grossed more than $11bn worldwide, was a victim of elder abuse by his business manager Keya Morgan. abc.net.au/news/2019-05-1โ€ฆ
The FBI began spying on Malcolm X after declaring himself a communist opposed to the Korean War in a letter to President Harry Truman. This surveillance lasted until Malcolm X's death in 1965. history.com/news/7-thingsโ€ฆ
One out of every 200 people have an extra rib, known as the cervical rib. The rib forms above the base of the neck, into a fully-formed bony rib, or a thin strand of tissue fibers that in some cases doesnโ€™t even show up on an x-ray. flushinghospital.org/newsโ€ฆ
Mars Rover Uses X-band Radio Waves to Communicate Data Back to Earth mars.nasa.gov/msl/missionโ€ฆ
There is no way to know for sure how many bones are an any given adult's body unless x-rayed. This is largely due to production of "sesamoid" bones, resembling sesame seeds, which may or may not form within certain parts of the body to aid in movement at different points. kevinmd.com/blog/2018/08/โ€ฆ
Many of the scenes in "Elf" were filmed at an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Vancouver. In the 50's, Riverview Hospital was home to more than 4,000 patients. The X Files, Supernatural, Saw, Deadpool 2 and many others have filmed scenes on the site. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rivโ€ฆ
When YoungKio sold one of his beats to Lil Nas X, the price was just $30. However, the agreement stated that he had 50% of the publishing rights to the finished song - and in this case, he became half-owner of the smash hit "Old Town Road". abcnews.go.com/Entertainmโ€ฆ
The letters in US military aircraft names follow a set nomenclature (A-Attack, B-Bomber, C-Cargo, F-Fighter, X-Experimental, etc). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196โ€ฆ
Billboard removed Old Town Road from their country charts because it did not โ€œembrace enough elements of todayโ€™s country music.โ€ Lil Nas X reached out to Billy Ray Cyrus who later said โ€œitโ€™s honest, humble, and has an infectious hook and a banjo. What the hell more do ya need?โ€ people.com/country/billy-โ€ฆ
Western music was often bootlegged in the USSR using discarded x-rays. This was known as "muzika na kostyax", or "music on the bones". theguardian.com/music/201โ€ฆ
Pope John X died in 929 after being suffocated with a pillow history.com/news/10-grislโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the En-Gedi Scroll, a piece of parchment that was believed to include texts of the Torah, but it couldn't be studied because it was burnt, until it was confirmed 45 years after its discovery using an X-Ray tomography that revealed the text. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/En-โ€ฆ
The Independant representative of Taipei in Taiwan is also the lead singer of a metal band, Cthonic, which has been compared to being the "Black Sabbath" of Asia. He also sings for Marty Friedman on a side project called Metal Clone X, which covers Japanese hits by turning them into heavy metal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freโ€ฆ
In 1862 someone sent Charles Darwin a flower from Madagascar that had an extremely deep crevasse were the nectar was located. He predicted that there was a moth with an extraordinarily long tongue to reach the nectar. X. morganii was discovered nearly 150 years later feeding on the flower. theguardian.com/science/lโ€ฆ
Brood X, the largest and most wide-ranging brood of periodical cicadas in North America, is scheduled to emerge in the Midwest around April 2021, with trillions of cicadas expected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broโ€ฆ
Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr met only once in their lives in March 26, 1964, during Senate debates regarding the (eventual) Civil Rights Act of 1964. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Haplogroup X, an ancient human mitochondrial DNA found in both the Americas and in Eurasia suggesting a more complicated peopling of North America than previously imagined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hapโ€ฆ
National Museum of American History considers "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "The X-Files" and "Star Trek" important parts of American culture, and has related props in collection americanhistory.si.edu/prโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Brooke Greenberg-- a girl who never grew mentally or physically beyond 9 months. She remained functionally a toddler for her whole life before a disease that mostly kills children killed her when she was 20 year old. She was one of a dozen people with "Syndrome X". abcnews.go.com/Health/marโ€ฆ
When Acura/Honda were debuting the Acura NS-X prototype at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show; the President of Honda Motor Company Tadashi Kume hopped into the prototype car and started revving it-- drawing all the attention from other manufacturers and stealing the show tiremeetsroad.com/2018/02โ€ฆ
In the 50's & 60's Russians would make bootleg copies of US LP records on old discarded x-ray films because that was the only suitable material to be found. x-rayaudio.com/x-rayaudioโ€ฆ
The 1992 Rage Against the Machine track "Killing In The Name" was the 2009 UK Christmas #1 song thanks to a campaign set to prevent a song from "The X Factor" from accomplishing the feat for a 5th straight year. The band would then perform a free concert in London thanking fans for the campaign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the episode Home, from The X-Files. The Episode was so disturbing it was banned from resyndication after its initial release on FOX. screenrant.com/xfiles-tv-โ€ฆ
Paul McCartney is a Marvel comics fan. In 1975 he wrote a song about the X-Men called "Magneto and Titanium Man" for his album "Venus and Mars". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magโ€ฆ
The guitar in Lil Nas X Old Town road was sampled from Nine Inch Nails. Nine Inch Nails ended up winning a country music award because of this. rollingstone.com/music/muโ€ฆ
In the late 1990's Michael Jackson nearly bought Marvel Comics so he could star as Spider-Man in the first movie. Michael Jackson and Stan Lee were going to buy the company together. When the deal fell through, he also attempted to play Professor X in the first X-Men movie cheatsheet.com/entertainmโ€ฆ
In 1975, Stephen Hawking bet Kip Thorne a subscription to Penthouse for Thorne against four years of Private Eye for him that Cygnus X-1 wasn't a black hole. Hawking later explained that if black holes didn't exist, much of his research would be incorrect, but at least he'd have won the bet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sciโ€ฆ
Beethoven left school at age 11 to help with the household income, and never learned how to multiply or divide. To his last day, if he had to multiply, say, 60 x 52, heโ€™d lay out 60 52 times and add them up mentalfloss.com/article/5โ€ฆ
This day 125 years ago physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rรถntgen becomes the first person to observe X-rays a significant scientific advancement that would ultimately benefit a variety of fields most of all medicine by making the invisible visible. history.com/this-day-in-hโ€ฆ
There is an estimated 10 septillion or 10^24 planets in the universe. That's 20 million x more then seconds since the big bang, or a million x the number of grains of sand in the world. youtu.be/X_afJYQ_dZI
Disney owns (entirely or partially) Pixar, Marvel Cinematic Universe, ESPN, The History Channel, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Alien/Predator, Avatar, Planet of the Apes, X-Men/Deadpool, Family Guy, The Simpsons and The Muppets. cartoonbrew.com/disney/chโ€ฆ
About 85 percent of hospitals still use pagers because hospitals can be dead zones for cell service. In some hospital areas, the walls are built to keep X-rays from penetrating, but those heavy-duty designs also make it hard for a cell phone signal to make it through but not pagers. rd.com/health/healthcare/โ€ฆ
There was a HYDRA in WWII. It was a powerful radio facility located at an ultra secret spy camp in Canada called Camp X. canadashistory.ca/exploreโ€ฆ
The brushwork on Mona Lisa is so intricate that it literally requires x-rays to view the brush strokes. Apparently, Vinci used a well-known renaissance painting technique called 'sfumato', in which he added 30 layers of paint that still came out to be only 40 micrometers. two-views.com/celebrity/mโ€ฆ
Final Destination started life as an episode of The X-Files. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finโ€ฆ
Since comics were banned on the set of X-Men by Bryan Singer, Kevin Feige (a mere associate producer at the time) would slip Hugh Jackman some of his favorite Wolverine comics to help him learn more about the character slashfilm.com/no-comics-oโ€ฆ
(x + y)^2 = x^2 + y^2 is called "freshman's dream" in mathematics and is actually true and very useful in certain fields en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freโ€ฆ
A photographer found a roll of unexposed 35mm black and white Kodak Plus-X film that expired in 1945. After struggling to determine how to expose and develop the film using more modern cameras and chemicals, the photographer successfully captured images of contemporary New York City. petapixel.com/2016/04/27/โ€ฆ
Today I learned researchers are working on silencing Down syndrome genes. Researchers use โ€œXistโ€ genes normally found in X chromosome inactivation to inactivate one of three chromosome 21s present in Down syndrome. This can help with the development issues people with Down syndrome face. nature.com/news/researcheโ€ฆ
In 1969, Carl Sagan authored an essay detailing his personal experience with cannabis under the pseudonym "Mr. X". The identity of Mr. X wasn't revealed until after Sagan's death in 1996. organism.earth/library/doโ€ฆ
Su Hui, a 4th-century female Chinese poet, wrote a massive poem called "Star Gauge" in a 29 x 29 character grid that can be read to form ~3,000 smaller poems en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Su_โ€ฆ
The healing/soothing properties of Aloe arborescens only became known to the West after it was shown to be effective in treating radiation victims of the Hiroshima Hydrogen bomb. Aloes, native to southern Africa, were found to be effective at relieving x-ray burns. pza.sanbi.org/aloe-arboreโ€ฆ

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