- ancient Babylonians did math in base 60 and not base 10, giving us 60 seconds in a minute, 360 degrees in a circle, etc.
- A 1997 comedy movie by the name of “Trojan War” made only $309 in ticket sales. It’s budget? 15 million.
- in the London riots of 2011, the looting and vandalism which took place throughout the city was almost totally avoided by bookshops. One man said his store would probably stay open during the unrest, stating: “If they steal some books, they might actually learn something.”
- pineapples were such a status symbol in 18th century England that you could rent one for the evening to take to a party.
- Some older/less efficient worker termites will develop ‘backpacks’ of toxic chemicals that explode when the termite is threatened. They are essentially used as suicide bombers when the colony is being attacked.
- During a major Civil War battle, both armies briefly stopped fighting to watch a fist fight between two opposing soldiers who had both taken cover in the same place.
Wicked Wikipedia article
- Amethyst. The Ancient Greeks believed that the stone protected people from drunkenness. That’s why wine goblets were often carved from it. The word is made up of “a-” (“not”) and methustos (“intoxicated”).
- List of English words of Old Norse origin
- Beer soup
Articulate (Reddit) article
- ELI5: Why do the FBI and CIA use polygraph (“lie detector”) tests on their employees, if polygraph tests are considered pseudoscience and so unreliable that US courts don’t allow them as evidence?
- ELI5: How is Time Warner Cable only worth $45 Billion but a simple app like WhatsApp is worth $16 billion?
- ELI5: How come eyebrow, eyelash, arm hairs, ect only grow to a certain point, but when you shave them they grow back? How does it know it’s been shaved? Why don’t they continuously grow like head hair?
- What happens to a smell once it’s been smelled?
- Why are some fruits segmented?
- What causes a nuclear disaster like Chernobyl to make an area uninhabitable for 20 thousand years while areas like Hiroshima are now habitable?