One of my favorite pastimes is wandering the internet wastelands looking for weird bits of science & culture that pop up to see if there is something that I could modify for use in my stories.
One of my all-time favorite discoveries was from some years ago, Aerogel. An extremely heat resistant substance that has been around since the 1930s. It sparked an idea for how that might be a very interesting substance for a dragonslayer to use in his armor, if he were friends with the right sort of alchemist who could make an aerogel like substance that was flexible & not as brittle. 🙂
Have you ever stumbled across any weird & wacky science or social fact that inspired you to think… what if?