1. Louis-Sébastien Lenormand, the inventor of the parachute made a successful jump from a tower in 1783 to demonstrate his wooden framed parachute. His intended use for the parachute was to help entrapped occupants of a burning building to escape unharmed. – Source
2. In 1996, Bear Grylls broke his back after falling 16’000ft when his parachute ripped. Two years later he climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest. – Source
3. UK charity parachute jumpers injure themselves so frequently that, for every £1 they raise for charity, they cost the public health system £13.75. – Source
4. In his multiple record-breaking Stratos space dive, Felix Baumgartner opened his parachute early to allow his mentor Col. Joseph Kittinger the dignity of retaining his own record for longest free fall. – Source
5. There is a sport called Banzai Skydiving. You throw the parachute out of the airplane first and then jump after it. – Source
6-10 Parachute Facts
6. In the 60s, General Electric designed a system that could bring an astronaut from orbit to the Earth’s surface in an emergency. The system consisted of a plastic bag that would be filled with polyurethane foam, a small deorbit rocket, and a parachute. It could fit into a suitcase. – Source
7. In Utah, the US government used to launch monkeys off of a cliff with a parachute to test airplane ejection seats. – Source
8. In the 1940s the Idaho Fish and Game Dept relocated beavers into the wilderness by dropping them out of airplanes with parachutes. – Source
9. During WWII, Pacific island natives thought the misplaced cargo parachute-drops delivered to them were from their dead ancestors. So, after the war, they imitated soldiers they had seen, re-enacting marches with wooden rifles and built airplanes of straw, in hopes that the airdrops would return. – Source
10. Afraid of flying, Muhammad Ali spent his first flight praying with the parachute strapped to his back. He was heading to Rome. – Source
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11. Some cargo ships use parachutes to burn less fuel. – Source
12. “The Parachute murder” is a name the Belgian media gave the 2010 Belgian love triangle skydiving murder trial. Two women had fallen in love with the same man, and while parachuting one had sabotaged the other’s parachute. – Source
13. In 1970, a man named Yuichiro Miura became the first person to ski on Mount Everest, descending nearly 4,200 vertical feet while using a large parachute to slow him down. A documentary about his feat won an Academy Award in 1976. – Source
14. When skydiver Joan Murray’s parachute failed, she approached the ground at 80 miles (128km) per hour, landing on a mound of fire ants. The shock from being stung over 200 times by the ants released a surge of adrenaline which kept her heart beating and allowed her to survive. – Source
15. The reserve parachute is significantly more reliable than the main. – Source
16-20 Parachute Facts
16. During the Apollo 12 mission, Ground Control feared an unexpected lightning strike during launch may have disabled the parachute, which would result in the crew’s death upon re-entry, but since there was no way to test it during the mission they didn’t tell the crew. – Source
17. During WWI, American and British pilots were strictly denied parachutes because it was thought that they would “impair the fighting spirit of pilots”. – Source
18. A flight crew aboard a B-29 survived a jump over China when the engine caught fire. The pilot saved his parachute and later proposed to his girlfriend at the time with these exact words, “I’d like to have you make a wedding dress out of my parachute. It saved my life.” She married him. – Source
19. People yell GERONIMO! when jumping from things due to a drunk private who, when testing parachutes in 1940, claimed he wasn’t scared. He yelled the name when he jumped to prove this. The rest of the platoon did not want to be shown up so they yelled it as well and it quickly caught on. – Source
20. The opening scene of The Spy Who Loved Me in which James Bond skies off a cliff and opens a Union Jack parachute amazed even royalty. “I have never seen a reaction in the cinema as there was that night. You couldn’t help it. You could not help but stand up. Even Prince Charles stood up.” – Source
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21. In 1913, a Slovakian coal miner invented a parachute skirt. He demonstrated it by jumping off a building in Washington within eyeshot of the U.S. Patent Office. – Source
22. It is not considered a war crime to attack troops deployed by parachute while they fall but it is considered a war crime to attack a pilot who has ejected from his aircraft and is still falling. – Source
23. Agent Dale Cooper, of “Twin Peaks”, is named after D.B. Cooper, the only man in history to have successfully hijacked a commercial airliner for a ransom, and escape by parachute (in 1971). Numerous copycats followed, along with major security changes. D.B. Cooper was never found. – Source
24. The Soviet space mission Soyuz 23 ended in near disaster when the reentering capsule unexpectedly landed on a frozen lake, broke through the ice, and was dragged underwater by its parachute. The crew was saved but spent 9 hours in the capsule underwater. – Source
25. Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov performed a mission knowing the spacecraft had hundreds of ignored problems. After dealing with devastating system failures, he managed re-entry, then the parachute and backup parachute failed. He reportedly cried and raged in fury as he plunged to his death. – Source
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26. An American pilot was decorated with one of Germany’s highest medals for dropping miniature parachutes with candy during Berlin Airlift. – Source
27. The tower on top of the Apollo spacecraft contained a launch escape system, which could eject the crew module safely away from an imminent rocket explosion. The tower contained a solid-fueled rocket and used the craft’s parachutes to get the crew to safety. – Source
28. It is possible for Commercial Airplanes to have parachute for the whole plane. – Source
29. There is an AGM Missile which will deploy a parachute and wait till radar goes back online before starting up the second engine and finishing the job. – Source
30. The oldest parachute design appears in an anonymous manuscript from 1470s Renaissance Italy (over 400 years before the airplane), showing a free-hanging man clutching a crossbar frame attached to a conical canopy. As a safety measure, four straps run from the ends of the rods to a waist belt. – Source
31. 100 years ago a tailor jumped to his death from the Eiffel Tower in a failed test of the parachute he’d designed. – Source
1. Dark roast coffee actually has less caffeine than light roasts. – Source
2. A Starbucks grande coffee has 320 milligrams of caffeine, over four times the amount of caffeine in a Red Bull. – Source
3. In 2010, Dave Grohl was admitted to hospital due to a drug overdose. He had consumed too much caffeine from coffee whilst recording a new album. – Source
4. Keurig coffeemaker co-inventor John Sylvan went to the ER reporting tunnel vision and heart palpitations. After a few tests, the doctors had no clue so they asked questions like “how much coffee do you drink?” To which John replied, “30 or 40 cups a day.” The diagnosis was caffeine poisoning. – Source
5. Ingesting caffeine will caffeinate your semen. – Source
6-10 Caffeine Facts
6. The caffeine in the coffee plant, like capsaicin in chili peppers, is meant to be a toxic substance to deter herbivores. – Source
7. In 2010, a man swallowed two spoonfuls of pure caffeine and quickly collapsed and died. – Source
8. A monastery in the UK makes as fortified wine called Buckfast that has 15% alcohol and as much caffeine as 8 cokes per bottle. Despite being made by monks, it is synonymous with crazed blackouts and underage use. – Source
9. Diet soft drinks have significantly more caffeine than their regular versions. Diet Coke, for example, has 30% more caffeine than regular Coke. – Source
10. Caffeine is a painkiller, and when used with other painkillers, such as Acetaminophen or NSAIDs, potentiates their effects significantly. – Source
11-15 Caffeine Facts
11. British researchers in 1996 found that the best nap was a short one taken just after intaking caffeine. – Source
12. Scientists in Portugal found a way to ferment coffee beans into 80 proof booze, destroying the caffeine in the process. – Source
13. In Lithuania, you have to be 18 years old to purchase beverages with more than 150 milligrams of caffeine per liter. – Source
14. A UK university was fined £400,000 after 2 students were accidentally given a lethal dose of caffeine during a scientific experiment. Because of a misplaced decimal point on the phone used to calculate the caffeine dosage, they received 30g instead of the planned 0.3g. The lethal dose is 18g. – Source
15. Caffeine, a stimulant, has actually been shown to calm down people with ADHD and help them concentrate. – Source
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16. The Cola gets its name from the kola nut, a caffeine-containing fruit of the kola tree, which is used as a flavoring ingredient in beverages. – Source
17. Some orthodox Jews in the New York area use caffeine suppositories for fasting because it’s not “eating”. – Source
18. Caffeine was actually evolved as a natural insecticide, and that it paralyzes/kills insects who try to eat the plants. – Source
19. The fish in the Pacific Ocean is full of caffeine. – Source
20. It only takes 18 days to build a complete tolerance to a given daily dosage of caffeine. – Source
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21. In 1912, Congress nearly banned caffeine as a harmful substance. – Source
22. Spiders can get high and build different webs on weed, caffeine, mescaline, and LSD. – Source
23. According to the American Psychiatric Association, caffeine withdrawal is officially a mental disorder. – Source
24. Monster (and other energy drink companies) have more caffeine than legally allowed in a soft drink due to the company classifying the beverage as a “supplement.” – Source
25. Antarctic explores Shackleton and Scott relied on “Forced March” a pill containing cocaine and caffeine. – Source
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26. Native Americans brewed a drink from common shrub Ilex vomitoria, which contains nearly as much caffeine as coffee. You could be growing your morning fix in your backyard. – Source
27. Mountain Dew in Canada didn’t have caffeine until early 2012. – Source
28. There is a type of coffee called Death Wish Coffee that holds the world record for highest caffeine content and has 200% more caffeine than your ‘average joe’. – Source
1. If Google misinterprets a voice command, you can correct it by saying “No, I said <the word it misheard>”.
For example, if you say “Okay google play Feels by Calvin Harris on Spotify”, and google interprets it as “Okay google play Fields by Calvin Harris on Spotify” you can correct it by saying “Okay google no I said Feels”.
2. If you’re abroad and your debit or credit card stops working, you can use Google Voice to call your bank.
Or really it’s wise to call your bank and let them know you’re leaving the country before you leave if you plan on using your card abroad. Otherwise, the bank will think it’s fraud and freeze the card until they hear from you.
3. If you are looking to buy a condo, you’re going to have to budget in the monthly HOA fees which can sometimes be more than the mortgage payments on the condo.
4. A 48oz bottle of canola oil has six days worth of calories and was likely to be overlooked in a zombie apocalypse.
5. To wear sunscreen during Indian summer because the Earth is getting closer to the Sun in the Fall.
To wear sunscreen during Indian summer. This is because the earth is closest to the sun in January and farthest away from the sun in June. Although the days feel cooler and get shorter in Sept and Oct as the northern hemisphere of Earth tilts away from the Sun heading into the winter solstice, overall the Earth is getting ever closer to the Sun, this means it’s easy to get an unexpected sunburn in the early northern Fall. We’ll be 5M Km closer in January than in June. The fact that the two effects cancel each other out, the tilt away when close, tilt toward when far away, is why the Northern hemisphere is so much more temperate overall than the Southern Hemisphere. The fact that the Southern Hemisphere tilts toward the Sun while it is also closest to the Sun goes a long way to explaining why everybody down South is so tan! http://ift.tt/2jzmxXH
1. It’s 2017, any place that charges a convenience fee to pay bills online is just not done.
2. There should be a reality show where flat-earthers have to find the edge of the world.
3. I have never in my life seen someone replace the ink stick in a pen, yet most pens are built so this can be done.
4. If any realistic message came out of Shrek, it would be that ugly people don’t need to worry about being ugly since they will just marry other ugly people.
5. Snickers commercials say “You’re not you when you’re hungry.” But I’m always hungry so who am I.
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6. As much as I use my smartphone I don’t think I have ever seen it in any of my dreams.
7. Mimes are the opposite of ghosts. You can see mimes but can’t see what they interact with. You can’t see ghosts but can see what they interact with.
8. Taking dating advice from attractive people is like taking financial advice from someone who won the lottery.
9. From Saturn’s perspective, today the human terrorist organization “NASA” just attacked them with a dirty bomb.
10. Rap diss tracks are essentially just two grown men writing poems about each other.
11-15 Shower Thoughts
11. I wish horses knew that every time we pass them we say, “Ooh look, horses.”
12. Sometimes the only reason I stop scrolling is that I’ve accidentally pressed the back button and can’t be bothered finding my place a million posts down again. Might as well go to sleep then.
13. Whenever I’m forced to watch an entire ad, it makes me make a mental note in my head to avoid ever buying from that company again.
14. When I was a child, people told me I was an old soul because of my ability to understand the world around me. Now, I’m almost 30 years old and that understanding has turned into a cynical, sarcastic humor where my coping mechanism is to make jokes about everything. Now people tell me I’m childish.
15. Why do we assume that a zombie apocalypse has to have human zombies? Maybe zombie cows will be a threat to all humanity.
1. In 1943, smog formed so suddenly and severely in the Los Angeles area that residents believed they were being attacked by Japanese chemical weapons. – Source
2. YouTube has a production space in Los Angeles that is free to use if you have 10,000 subscribers. – Source
3. After a power outage in Los Angeles in 1994, dozens of people starting calling the local observatory panicking about the “strange sky”. They were talking about the stars. – Source
4. Los Angeles consumes the same amount of water today as it did in 1970, with 1 million more residents. The city consumes approximately 123 gallons per capita, per day, which is the best in the entire nation. – Source
5. Los Angeles and its suburbs, home to 19 million people, is the only megacity in the world where mountain lions live side by side with humans. – Source
6-10 Los Angeles Facts
6. Los Angeles County in California has a higher population than other US states. – Source
7. In Los Angeles, you can serve a jail sentence in a much nicer “pay-to-serve” jails for $100. These allow day release for employment, food delivery, and better-visiting conditions. Those that can’t pay as much clean the jail. – Source
8. In 2001, a Los Angeles man, upset at the poor exit signage on the 110 Freeway, modified an overhead sign under the cover of night. Caltrans investigated it, approved of the workmanship, and left it up for eight years. – Source
9. In 1893, geologist and explorer Major John Wesley Powell told the Los Angeles International Irrigation Congress, “Gentlemen, you are piling up a heritage of conflict and litigation over water rights, for there is not sufficient water to supply the land.” He was booed out of the hall. – Source
10. In Feb. 24, 1942, the US Military ordered a total blackout of Los Angeles and fired 1,400 anti-air artillery and thousands of .50 caliber shots at a hovering object for 1 hour. – Source
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11. The last time a Solar Eclipse passed through Los Angeles was on May 22, 1724. Another eclipse won’t pass through LA until April 1, 3290. – Source
12. Los Angeles was hit with a devastating and deadly series of intentionally set fires in the 1980s and 90s. They finally arrested the arsonist who turned out to be The Arson Inspector charged with investigating the fires. – Source
13. In 1976, doctors in Los Angeles went on strike, and the mortality rate dropped 18%. – Source
14. The first ever 3D feature film was released in Los Angeles in 1922. Now believed to be lost forever. – Source
15. Los Angeles once had the largest electric rail system in the world, until automobile, tire, and oil companies bought and dismantled it, along with mass transit systems in 44 other US cities. The mass transit systems were replaced with freeways and buses, increasing sales of cars, tires, and oil. – Source
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16. The largest mass lynching in American history was the Chinese Massacre of 1871 in Los Angeles. – Source
17. To camouflage aircraft factories in suburban Los Angeles during WWII, the military built simulated neighborhoods on their rooftops complete with fake cars, roads, homes, and foliage. Actors were hired to inhabit these spaces too. – Source
18. Hitler had a bunker in the hills of Los Angeles built by American fascists. – Source
19. The City of Los Angeles uses 96 million plastic balls to cover its water supply to prevent evaporation, saving enough drinking water for around 8,100 people per year. – Source
20. In 1910, Alice Stebbins Wells was sworn in as the first policewoman in the United States by the Los Angeles Police Department and was issued a standard badge. When she was accused of impersonating her husband, LAPD presented her with “Policewoman’s Badge Number One”. – Source