A little over one week before I’ve done two continuous years of daily Twitter #weirdscifacts!!! In the meantime, here’s the last week’s weirdness:
718. Feb 29: Moon’s shadow, like a ship, creates waves in Earth’s atmosphere.
719. Mar 01: The Poor Woman Who Will Forever Be Known As Typhoid Mary. (h/t @JenLucPiquant)
720, Mar 02: In 19th C. to make leeches attach, you soaked them in wine, which irritated them into biting. (via @seelix)
721. Mar 03: Exploding whale carcasses, from both man-made and natural causes. (h/t @encephalartos)
722. Mar 04: The Battle of Kadesh (1273 B.C.E., where recorded documents from both sides declare victory! This is one of my favorite stories from archaeology — both the Hittites and the Egyptians claimed victory in a battle which was most likely a draw. The Egyptian pharaoh, in particular, took the opportunity to describe how he essentially fought the entire Hittite army by himself!
723. Mar 05: How the sawfish wields its saw – like a swordsman! It not only swings its saw around to spear fish, but the saw is also a sensory organ that can be used to track and detect prey. (by @edyong209)
723a. Terrifying photos reveal first ever evidence of bears using tools. Sure, it’s not a really sophisticated tool, and it’s hardly more elaborate behavior than the typical bear-scratching-his-back-on-a-tree, but… yeah, we’re screwed. (h/t @lukedones)
724. Mar 06: The case of the upside-down glasses: George Stratton and perceptual adaptation. I can’t recall who shared this tale with me recently! In short, Stratton wore a pair of glasses for weeks that showed him the world upside-down. After sufficient time, “upside down” became “right-side up” according to his brain. When he took the glasses off, he had to wait for his vision to readjust to the “normal” orientation.