12 pairs of things that are surprisingly related to each otherBy Vika https://pictolic.com/en/article/12-pairs-of-things-that-are-surprisingly-related-to-each-other1
Do you know how linked nuclear bombs and art?
We invite you to learn about unexpected relationships between completely incompatible things.
1. Art and nuclear weapons.
The first nuclear explosion caused a small number of radioactive isotopes, such as cesium-137 and strontium-90, which covered the Earth. All paintings created after 1945 contain these radioactive particles: isotopes have polluted the soil of the world, including flax and linseed oil, which are used in the production of modern dyes. Therefore, it is impossible to create an ideal copy of the famous works of the past (such as Rembrandt or Leonardo da Vinci). In fact, there is expertise that can help experts distinguish a real masterpiece from a fake copy.
2. Pantyhose and skating.
Once upon a time, Soviet athlete Viktor Kosichkin had to take part in the championship in Davos. Suddenly the weather became really cold, and he asked a woman from Germany to give him something warm to hope for. They had only warm pantyhose, which the athlete had to wear. Surprisingly, he took second place. Kosichkin really loved the effect of this subject, having bought more tights and a tight black sweater and tried to use them during the preparation for the Olympics. During the Olympic Games, he took first and second place, and this interesting outfit became the official uniform for speed skating.
3. Kapcha and old books.
CAPTCHA is not just a set of letters that protect sites from spam. If the site uses the CAPTCHA system, solving these puzzles will help the community. The fact is that he uses words, scanned from old books and newspapers, which computers can not recognize. Only a person can read such a text. The system distinguishes people from fakes, collects different variants of one and the same symbol, and inserts them into e-books. About 200 million puzzles are solved daily.
4. Rats, mines, and tuberculosis.
Giant rats are one of the most valuable workers in Tanzania. Thanks to my intellect and sharpness, these animals are indispensable, when the case comes to search min. Rats, who finish their training, are remembered as "rat-heroes" and work in other countries (for example, in Cambodia). Moreover, they even work in health care, although their smell helps to diagnose the early stages of tuberculosis.
5. Telegraph and gore.
Samuel Morse was a great artist and, presumably, dedicated his life to this, if not another sad event. During a long trip, he received a letter from his father, in which it was said that his wife recovers after a serious illness. Then, in 3 days, he received another letter, in which it was said that his wife died. Because of the slow communication methods, Morse did not have the opportunity to say goodbye to his beloved. Thus, after 7 years, he accidentally joined the conversation about electricity and began to think about the invention of a convenient and fast communication tool. Another 12 years from Washington to Baltimore, the first "fast message" was sent.
6. Doves and cancer.
A scientist from the United States was able to learn how to find malignant cells with the help of histology. Comparing them with people, they have 2 advantages: improved perception of color and lack of imagination (birds can not imagine things and, thus, do not doubt when staging the diagnosis). Each pigeon went through a single preparation. When the bird "answers" correctly, scientists will feed her. Throughout the month, each "student" chose the correct answer 80% of the time. The level of accuracy obtained by the group reached an amazing 99%.
7. Pink color and masculinity.
Initially, the pink color was considered boyish, and blue-girlish. It was believed that the white color is suitable for girls, as well as for boys. This trend began to change in the 20th century with the help of the feminist movement and marketing. When it became possible to determine the floor of the unborn child, there were various advertising advertisements, forcing future parents to buy clothes of a certain color.
8. Olympic medals and art.
We are accustomed to thinking that the Olympic Games are dedicated exclusively to sports, and the most "artistic" thing, which you will see, is gymnastics. But in the middle of the 20th century, from 1912 to 1948, there were Olympic art competitions. It was the intention of the founder of the Olympic movement, Pierre de Coubertin, who believed that sport and art contribute to mental, as well as physical health. In any case, he believed that the works of art should be associated with sports. Medals were awarded for works of art, inspired by sports and they were divided into 5 categories: architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture.
9. Printers and fingerprints.
Most laser printers have their own fingerprints: yellow dots. These are special labels that create a unique drawing while printing an image. Such measures are directed to the fight with forgery. There were also situations when this method helped to investigate cases of leakage of information.
10. Sun and sigh.
According to these scholars, every fourth person in the world hears from the bright sunlight. This is an inherited genetic trait (the chance to inherit it is 50%). Irritation of the retina causes a sudden series of tingling from 1 to 10 times, then it stops in the course of the next 24 hours.
11. Vikings and advertising.
Eric Red was a traveler and researcher who discovered Greenland. He was the first person to use an excellent marketing trick to use a cool name to attract more people. He called the land "green", although his homeland was covered with ice and was white. Using this trick, he tried to attract as many colonists as possible. The method worked really well: through the year many people moved to Greenland together with Eric.
12. Gravity and morality.
At the end of the 19th century, inventor Lamarcus Thompson discovered the largest entertainment park in the United States on Coney Island. The main purpose of this park was to attract the attention of people who were interested only in such "sins" as visiting saloons and brothels. He invited guests to enjoy the picturesque landscapes (for example, the Alps), riding in a small van. It is one of the most popular ways to get an adrenaline rush.