- Because of South Park’s Scientology episode, The Church of Scientology hired people to spy on Matt and Trey to find something on them to use for blackmail. The Church became frustrated when their investigation turned up nothing but the fact that they’re pretty normal people.
- Brad Pitt voluntarily went to a dentist to have his front teeth chipped for the role of Tyler Durden in Fight Club. His teeth were fixed after he finished making the movie.
- in 1957, the BBC aired an April Fools segment showing a family harvesting spaghetti from the family spaghetti tree. When viewers asked how they could grow their own, they were told to place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.
- At a point in history the human brain grew incredibly rapidly, doubling in size in just 2 million years and no one knows why.
- German used to be the second most widely spoken language in the US, before it was forcibly repressed during WWI. Many local governments, schools and newspapers would operate in German.
Wicked Wikipedia article
- Marvin Heemeyer a welder most known for his rampage with a modified bulldozer, armored a bulldozer with layers of steel and concrete and used it to demolish the town hall, the former mayor’s house, and other buildings in Granby, Colorado
- The Great fire of Meireki: AKA self-fulfilling prophecy : Three girls die one after the other before wearing a Kimono in 17 AD Japan -> people think it’s “cursed” -> burning it starts a fire that kills 100,000 People over three days.
- A 5000 year old tree, the oldest non-clonal living thing, was cut down by a grad student for “research”
Articulate (Reddit) article
- ELI5: Why do cigarettes have so many chemicals in them, why not just tobacco?
- ELI5: Would it be possible for an average person to safely land a plane by talking to somebody on the ground?
- ELI5: Why are super-wealthy Russians described as “oligarchs” while super-wealthy Americans are described as “business magnates”?
- Why can’t the body repair spinal cord injuries?
- Let’s say I’ve have been walking through the desert for days and I’m completely dehydrated. “Holy shit! I find WATER!” But it is only ~4 ounces of water. Where does my body send that water? Is there a hierarchy of organs that receive it, or is it evenly distributed?
- Would humans be able to survive in the atmospheric conditions of the Paleozoic or Mesozoic Eras?