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  1. After Beethoven went deaf, he found he could affix a metal rod to his piano and bite down on it while he played, enabling him to hear perfectly through vibrations in his jawbone. The process is called bone conduction.

  2. After Ludwig van Beethoven went deaf, he found he could attach a metal rod to his piano and play while biting on it: this enabled him to hear through vibrations in his jawbone. This process is called bone conduction

  3. Rod Steward used to take cocaine anally, rather than risk destroying his nasal passages.

  4. The movie Crocodile Dundee's character was loosely based on a man called Rod Ansell, who was lost in the outback for 56 days, sued Paul Hogan for not profiting from the film, lost his property, started growing weed, got hooked on meth and ended up dying in a drug fuelled police shootout.

  5. Rod Stirling wrote the screenplay for Planet Of The Apes. The twist ending came from a woman he met at a party who pitched him the "it was earth all along" plot as a Twilight Zone episode. He paid her $500 for the idea.

  6. The ADE 651; an inert rod of metal with a plastic hinge, was sold as a bomb detector. It was used by the militaries of Iraq, Afghanistan and more than a dozen other countries for years before anyone noticed that it did nothing at all.

  7. Terry Grosz, a fish and game warden that caught illegal fishers by waiting in the Eel river in a wetsuit and reeled himself in when the fisherman cast out their lines. After writing citations and confiscating their fishing rods, he went back into the river and swam away.

  8. There's a 12-foot-tall replica of the Washington Monument hidden under a manhole on the grounds of the monument. Its purpose is that of a surveying tool that's usually just a metal rod, but because of the location this special version was installed.

  9. USAF Project Thor (aka "Rods from God”) consisted of dropping telephone pole sized tungsten rods from space. This would provide global strike faster than an ICBM, be nearly impossible to defend against, and would hit the earth at Mach 10 causing the devastation of a tactical nuclear warhead.

  10. Project Thor which explored using large projectiles from 1,000+ miles above the Earth. The "rods from god" idea was a bundle of telephone-pole-size tungsten rods, dropped from orbit, reaching up to 10 times the speed of sound. The explosion would be on par with a nuke - but no fallout.

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The first TV remote controls were called "clickers" and did not use batteries, they transmitted an ultrasound when the user clicked the button, striking a metal rod inside to send an audible signal to the TV

Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, was so talkative that on a two hour car ride the rest of his family remained silent to see if Rod would notice their lack of participation. He did not, talking nonstop through the entire car ride.

To make an extra buck, Rod Serling of “The Twilight Zone“ tested parachutes and other experimental technologies for the Air Force. “In one instance, he earned $1,000 for testing a jet ejection seat that had killed the previous three testers.”

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.

About the Baghdad Battery. A 2000 year old clay jar with a stopper made of asphalt. Sticking through the asphalt is an iron rod surrounded by a copper cylinder. When filled with vinegar or other electrolytic solution, the jar produces about 1.1 volts.

Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling originally recorded the show's intro by saying there was a sixth dimension. When a confused producer asked why he skipped a dimension, he responded with, "Oh. Aren't there five?"

In the late 1600s London was plagued by an attacker who would spank his victims with a rod and shout "Spanko!" before running away

"rods" and "hogshead" are actual measurement units, and when Grandpa Simpson claims his car "gets forty rods to the hogshead, and that's the way I like it", he's boasting about getting just shy of 0.002 MPG.

Blind people may detect and respond to light if it is a kind of skyblue light at 481nm. "There is more to the eye than rods and cones — the discovery of a third photoreceptor is rewriting the visual rulebook."

In 1999, the TV, lighting & sound cables for Greenwich Park's 'Millennium Pop Concert' were laid by trained ferrets because it was impossible to use rods to push the cables through the tiny underground tunnels.

One reason that you so often see people holding fans in ancient Japanese paintings/art is because the fan was a common self defense weapon. It had a metal rod inside, and there is an entire martial art dedicated to fighting with the fan.

Terry Grosz, a Fish and Game warden, who swam a mile down a river in the dark in order to be reeled in by illegal fishers. After writing citations and confiscating their fishing rods, he swam back into the river.

There is a position in the House of Lords called Black Rod. Their job is to summon the House of Commons and have a door slammed in their face, showing the people's power over the monarchy.

Tooth enamel, the hardest and most mineral dense substance in our bodies, is primarily composed of dense rods of hydroxyapatite crystals.

The 1968 film "Planet of the Apes" was originally planned to be an episode of the television series "The Twilight Zone" written by Rod Serling.

The caduceus symbol mistakenly used by many American medical companies is actually associated with thievery and commerce, the true medical symbol is the similar looking Rod of Asclepius.

The rumor Rod Stewart had to have his stomach pumped after "ingesting" too much semen, was spread by a disgruntled employee after being fired by Stewart. The rumor followed Stewart for decades and he finally dispelled it in his 2012 autobiography.

Some Hiroshima survivors grew "black fingernails," which were strange rod-shaped fingernails that contained active blood vessels and bled profusely when they broke off.

In Paris in 1778 lightning rods were the height of fashion, being included in hats, umbrellas and the like.

The act of Kinetic Bombardment (firing large metal rods from a satellite into the Earth's surface at terminal velocity as a weapon) remains legal

The Catholic church objected Lightning rods until a gunpowder explosion in Brescia caused by a lightning strike killed 3000.

Six people attempted to steal cobalt-60 rods from a chemical plant in the Chechen Republic. One of them died from radiation exposure thirty minutes after opening the containers for the rods and handling the contents.

Many famous British artists, including Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones, left the UK in the early 70s to avoid an 83% tax on the top bracket of their income.

Beethoven overcame deafness by biting a metal rod attached to his piano to hear his work. It's called bone conduction, and can also be used to help divers talk and hear underwater, and is also used by elephants to communicate

Rod Serling, creator and narrator of The Twilight Zone, co-wrote the film adaptation of The Planet of the Apes. He is the one responsible for the famous twist at the end.