Researchers found that deaf people with schizophrenia who ‘hear voices’ often visualise hallucinations of moving lips or disembodied hands and arms making sign language movements. Another phenomenon that’s stumped even the smartest scientific brains for decades: No one born blind has ever been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Diamonds slowly turn into graphite (the stuff you find in pencils) over time. Thus, diamonds are not really forever.
A 2014 linguistics study on filler words found that women use “um” ~22% more than men, men say “uh” 250% more than women, & men use filler words ~38% more than women. When speaking to the opposite gender, men use “uh” ~14% less & “um” ~8% more, while women use “uh” ~20% more & “um” ~1% less.
Point Nemo is over 1000 miles away from civilization, making it the least accessible place on Earth. The closest people to Point Nemo are usually astronauts aboard the ISS. Also, it is used as a ‘cemetery’ for spacecraft, because life cannot survive near it due to a lack of nutrients.
In order to get improvements in their job security amidst the emergence of a rival bus line, bus drivers in Okayama, Japan decided to go on strike in a unique way in 2018. While on strike, they supported the community by continuing to drive their routes, but simply not charging customers.
After the musician Prince changed his name to The Love Symbol “Ƭ̵̬̊” in 1993, he sent out custom 3.5 inch floppy disks to news/media outlets with strict instructions that contained a custom font that would replace the capital letter “P” with that symbol on the PC and Macintosh.
In 1981 a CIA agent escaped Iran using a fake German passport. He was detained because it used the middle initial “H”, and German passports didn’t use initials. The quick-thinking agent was released after claiming that it stood for “Hitler” and he had special permission to use an initial.
During the Civil war, the basement of the Capitol building was converted into a bakery to feed the troops. There were about 20 ovens that produced 1000 loaves a day. Each ration included two slices of freshly baked bread, some meat and coffee or soup.
The Ice Bucket Challenge money produced a drug that extends ALS patients’ lives by 7.5 months.
The Hell’s Angels was formed as a motorcycle club in 1948 for WWII veterans to connect and create a community. Military surplus had made motorcycles inexpensive and young men were missing their fellow soldiers. They proudly named themselves after the fighter squadron, “Hell’s Angels”.