King Tut had a club foot, feminine hips, an overbite. He had Kohler’s disease. DNA determine that Pharaoh’s parents were undoubtedly brother and sister. Since the Pharaohs were regarded as at least partially divine, it was thought to be necessary for the royal line to keep marrying each other. The results were a little less […]
In 2012, NYU-Poly constructed a robotic fish and placed it in a tank of golden shiners. After simulating the tail movements of a leader fish, the robotic fish was eventually accepted and became their leader.
In 1987, a guy bought a lifetime unlimited first class American Airlines ticket for $250,000. He flew over 10,000 flights costing the company $21,000,000. They terminated his ticket in 2008.
In 2010 George Lucas said “I’m dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education. It is the key to the survival of the human race.” Two years later, Lucas sold Lucasfilm Ltd. to Disney for $4.05B and donated the proceeds to a charity that focuses on education.
Washoe, a chimpanzee, was taught sign language. When one of her trainers returned after a while away Washoe was initially dismissive of her, but when the trainer signed “My baby died”, Washoe signed “cry” and mimicked a tear running down her face.
There is a movement to create new gender neutral pronouns: ze, zir, zir, hir, hirs, and xe, xem, and xyr. The University of Tennessee is encouraging students to use gender-neutral pronouns to help students feel more welcome.
In 1998 a British man faked his own death to make his wife realize how much she missed him. He left his clothes on the beach and hid. It backfired as his wife divorced him after learning about it.
Early Zenith TV remotes changed channels by sound. When you push the button, a small hammer strikes an aluminum rod, triggering a sound above our hearing range that’s picked up by the TV.
Verizon developed a special knife that uses pressurized air to slice through lawns so fiber optic lines can be buried. The tool cuts through grass but does not break sprinkler pipes and gas lines.
Five officers once volunteered to stand directly under an exploding nuclear bomb. The only non-volunteer was the camera man.