- Japan imports rice from the U.S. in order to comply with World Trade Organization rules, but little of it is eaten by the Japanese. Instead it is given to North Korea as food aid, fed to pigs or left to rot in warehouses.
- in 1954, a man committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, his suicide note simply read “Absolutely no reason except I have a toothache.”
- in the iconic door-smashing scene in The Shining, Kubrick originally had a prop door in place. Jack Nicholson, who had worked as a volunteer fire marshal, got through it too quickly, so it was replaced with a real door.
- Paul McCartney dreamed the melody of “Yesterday” one night and immediately wrote the music the next morning. He then looked around for a month to find out whether he did not subconsciously plagiarize it from someone else.
- the suicidal jumpers off the Golden Gate Bridge that survived the fall reported a complete change of heart while falling “I instantly realized that everything in my life that I’d thought was unfixable was totally fixable—except for having just jumped.”
Wicked Wikipedia article
- Ming (the tiger) of Harlem.
- The Infinite Monkey Theorem
- The world’s largest freestanding illuminated man-made star
- Lawnchair Larry
Articulate (Reddit) article
- ELI5: Why is Florida the site of most, if not all shuttle launches in the U.S? Why not something with more consistent weather like Arizona?
- ELI5: What math is being done when you press tan, cos or sin into a calculator?
- ELI5: Wouldn’t all parasites be killed by our stomach acid? How do tapeworms and other parasites survive though the digestion process?
- How would you ground electronics in the space station?
- If a bird is inside a box, but it’s flying, does the box weigh the same as it would if the bird was standing on the bottom.
- If our fingers are operated by tendons in our forearms, why is it hard to move your fingers when they get cold?
- If I no longer have a fever, am I still contagious?