Author and radio host Amy Krouse Rosenthal publicly announced that she had ovarian cancer by writing a modern love essay for the NY Times that was a dating profile for her soon to be widower husband. She died 10 days after publication. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy…
Shaq has been a DJ since 1986, and goes by the stage name DJ Diesel. He used to mix Hip Hop music until his retirement in 2011, where he performed at the TomorrowWorld Electronic Music Festival and discovered his love for electro. He now mixes Electronic genres, mostly riddim dubstep maxim.com/entertainment/s…
Today I learned of the tragedy of Love Canal, NY a town that was meant to be a dream community but was built on a toxic waste dump. The government ignored helping the families suffering from birth defects and health issues until a group of activist moms kidnapped 2 EPA officials for a few hours. wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_C…
The White Stripes contacted LEGO in hopes of having a small Lego set of the band included with each single for "Fell In Love with a Girl" (ft. a Lego music video). Lego initially refused, saying "their toys are not or anyone over the age of 12," but later changed their minds when it became a hit youtu.be/JzebYFxuB-A?t=16…
The Florence Nightingale Effect is only a dramatic story trope and there is no record of Florence Nightingale actually falling in love with her patients. In fact, she never married for fear it might interfere with her calling for nursing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
Serial killer Richard Ramirez spent time in his youth with his Vietnam Veteran cousin who spoke of his love for killing, polaroids of severed heads, and taught him military tactics until the cousin shot and killed his wife in front of Ramirez. He plead insanity and was not charged. stmuhistorymedia.org/crea…
As a child, Jane Goodall's father gave her a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee as an alternative to a teddy bear. Goodall has said her fondness for this figure started her early love of animals. Today, Jubilee still sits on Goodall's dresser in London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
Ulysses S Grant was famous for his extreme love and talent for horsemanship, showing prodigy level ability from a young age and setting a high jump record at West Point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
There was a global search to find a mate for Jeremy, a rare left-coiling snail. His shell coiled counterclockwise, the opposite direction of typical snails, so his sex organs could not align with others. After being rejected by other left-coiling snails, he would eventually find love. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Evelyn Nesbit, dubbed 'the world's first supermodel' was one of the most sough after women for her rare beauty and would later be known for her involvement in a deadly love triangle between railroad scion Harry Kendall Thaw and architect Stanford White, which resulted in White's murder by Thaw en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
Today I learned of Tu'er Shen, a Taiwanese Taoist deity of homosexual love and sex. According to the legend, a man who was sentenced to death for peeping on his crush was appointed as a god by the underworld officials, since his crime was one of love. taipeitimes.com/News/feat…
Today I learned about the case of Carl Tanzler, a Florida man who dug up the body of the β€œlove of his life” Elena "Helen" Milagro de Hoyos, essentially taxidermied her, and then lived with her corpse in his home for 7 years. historydaily.org/carl-tan…
Musician Ben Folds married and subsequently divorced four times between 1987 and 2011. In 2012, he was quoted as saying, "As much as I love the idea of being married, it's not for me." By July 2020, he was married for the fifth time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
A producer on Family Ties felt Michael J. Fox was too short for the role and tried to have him replaced saying β€œthis isn’t the face you'll see on a lunch-box." Fox later gave him a custom-made lunch-box with the inscription "this is for you to put your crow in. Love and Kisses, Michael J. Fox.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Fidel Castro was obsessed with ice cream, once consuming 18 scoops in one sitting. His love for ice cream inspired him to implement a fully fledged dairy industry in Cuba and he even opened his own ice cream parlor. vice.com/en_us/article/mb…
The manufacturers of the first Indian-designed condom wanted to call it "Kamaraj" ( loosely meaning "Lord of Passion"), a pseudonym for the Hindu god of love Kamadev. However, since one of the leading politicians of the day was named K Kamaraj, they renamed it to "Nirodh" i.e. "protection". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nir…
Chester Cheetah wasn't the original mascot for Cheetos. Instead it was a mouse simply named the Cheetos Mouse, as it was decided a mouse would be the perfect pick since mice love cheese. It wasn't until 1986 when Chester Cheetah came along and Cheetos Mouse faded to obscurity. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Mark Mothersbaugh, co-founder, lead singer, keyboardist of 1980's new wave powerhouse DEVO, was the composer for Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok soundtrack and is signed on for Thor: Love and Thunder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Michael Jordan had a clause in his contract called β€œFor the Love of the Game” that allowed him to play basketball anytime, anywhere, for any reason. si.com/nba/2015/08/25/nba…
Berliners love the "currywurst", a sausage topped with curry ketchup, so much, that there have been commemorative coins, novels, plays and movies honoring its invention. By tradition, every candidate for mayor must be photographed in front of a currywurst stand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
In 2019, a British woman married her dog. She explained that after four failed engagements, 220 dates, and a range of unsatisfactory experiences in the search for love, she had given up on the male of her species - whereas with her dog, she felt that he had saved her and she had saved him theguardian.com/lifeandst…
The inspiration for the "Wakanda Forever" salute came from Egyptian pharaohs who were laid to rest with their arms crossed and West African sculptures. It also means a β€˜hug’ or β€˜love’ in ASL, American Sign Language.” inverse.com/article/44867…
Disney auditioned cars for the role of Herbie in the 1968 Love Bug film. Disney set up a casting call for cars, including Toyotas, a TVR, Volvos, an MG and a pearl white Volkswagen Beetle. The Beetle was chosen as it was the only one that elicited the crew to reach out and pet it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A woman gave birth to her own grandchild. 61-year old Cecile Eledge served as the gestational surrogate for her son and his husband, carrying to term a baby created from her son's sperm and her son's sister-in-law's egg. β€œI just never hesitated,” Eledge said. β€œIt was unconditional love." nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-o…
While writing the popular 1990s song Friday I'm in Love, The Cure frontman Robert Smith became convinced that he stole the tune from somewhere, and was so paranoid that he called every person he knew and played the song for them, asking if they recognized it. It was, indeed, unique. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
The now infamous televangelist Kenneth Copeland had a career as a recording artist when young under the name Ken Copeland, getting one of his songs "Pledge of Love" on the Billboard Top 40 which charted in the Top 40 on April 20, 1957 and stayed on the charts for 15 weeks, and peaked at #17 youtube.com/watch?v=q2Ozd…
In 1977 PK Mahanandia, a poor Indian man, cycled 3,600 km to Sweden in a journey spanning 8 countries and 4 months to reunite with his love, Charlotte Von Schedvin with $80 in his pocket. They had initially met in 1975 in India for a month when she had her portrait painted by him. edition.cnn.com/travel/ar…
Brad Garrett, who portrayed Ray's brother on Everyone Loves Raymond, is featured on the album art for Electric Light Orchestra's album Discovery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Future U.S. President Andrew Jackson, known then for his love of dueling, killed famed attorney Charles Dickinson in a duel history.com/this-day-in-h…
The cinematographer for the music video of REM’s β€œThe One I Love” was chef Alton Brown. Reportedly, between takes he would watch cooking shows and thought he could do better. biography.com/personality…
In 2006, $8 million were stolen from the Banco Rio branch in Acassuso, Argentina. During the robbery, the robbers ordered pizza for the hostages, sang happy birthday to a female lawyer, and then left a note that said they stole 'money, not love' before escaping on a boat. cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/15/…
When Hebrew was revived as a spoken language, no Hebrew names were found for produce from the New World. A word was devised for tomato, calling it ΚΏagbaniyyah (Χ’Χ’Χ‘Χ Χ™Χ”) - derived from the shape of tomatoes, which resemble buttocks (ΚΏagaαΈ‡Δ«m), and which was once thought to enhance one's love-life en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rev…
60 years after it went off the air, I love Lucy still generated $20 million a year in revenue for CBS finance.yahoo.com/news/mu…
The first documented game of chess with modern rules is a 15th-century poem using chess as an allegory for love. The 1st stanza in each group represents White's move ("Love"), the 2nd one Black's move ("Glory"), both debating about love, and the 3rd one a comment on the rules by the arbiter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sca…
Joe DiMaggio was so in love with Marilyn Monroe that after her death he had flowers delivered to her grave twice a week for 20 years pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
Pearl Jam formed after Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone overdosed and died. Chris Cornell approached Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament for a project with him and Eddie Vedder (guest appearance) and Mike McCreedy - Temple of the Dog. Afterward, Vedder/Gossard/Ament/McCreedy formed Pearl Jam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
Today I learned of AimΓ©e de Heeren, a Brazilian socialite who dazzled the high society of Paris in the 30's. She befriended Coco Chanel and later fell in love with JFK's older brother. In Paris she was actually a spy for the president of Brazil, gathered info on Nazi plans and drove Brazil away from the axis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aim…
Philadelphia is Greek for "brotherly love," derived from the Ancient Greek terms φίλος phΓ­los (beloved, dear) and αΌ€Ξ΄Ξ΅Ξ»Ο†ΟŒΟ‚ adelphΓ³s (brother, brotherly) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Lorraine β€œMrs. Loud” Crosby, the female vocalist on Meat Loaf’s 1993 hit β€œI’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” finally released her debut solo album in 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
The Star Spangled Banner is a rendition of a musical called β€œAnacreon In Heaven” that was written in 1778 by a British man named John Stafford Smith about a Greek poet, Anacreon, known for his writings of praise and love of wine. The melody became the U.S. national anthem 153 years later. nationalgeographic.com/cu…
Alton Brown, a personality on Food Network, was the director of photography for REM'S "The One I Love" music video. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Germany has the only tree in the world with its own mailing address. It's known as the Bridegroom Oak, and it receives about 1000 letters per year from singles looking for love. Anyone can take letters from the tree and respond. They estimate that it's responsible for over 100 marriages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The true meaning of 'Aloha' in Hawaiian is love, peace and compassion. The literal translation of Aloha from Hawaiian to English is β€œthe presence of breath”. β€œAlo” is a Hawaiian word for presence and β€œha” means β€œbreath”. icchawaii.edu/what-does-a…
Curly, from the Three Stooges, would often take in stray dogs while travelling for work and care for them until he found them a home. His love for dogs purportedly contributed to his financial difficulties throughout his lifetime, as he spent so much money caring for the dogs he encountered. stooges.fandom.com/wiki/C…
In 1956 two young girls who were obsessed with Elvis Presley went missing after going to see "Love Me Tender" for the 15th time. Elvis was so concerned that he issued a public appeal over the radio pleading with them to be β€œgood Presley fans and go home and ease their mother's worries". thecurrentatahs.com/5032/…
Among high schoolers in Japan, asking for or receiving the 2nd button from a boy's school uniform during graduation is a confession of love. This is because the 2nd button is closest to the heart. sojapan.jp/2016/04/gradua…
In the UK it's musician union rules that for every actor or model playing an instrument in a music video, the production still has to pay an actual musician. In the iconic "Addicted to Love" video not only they paid the 5 'fembot' models but also 5 musicians behind camera miming the models. uk.news.yahoo.com/video/r…
George Boldt, a millionaire hotel manager, began building a castle on an island in 1900 for his wife. She died in 1904 and he left the castle there never to return as a monument to their love. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bol…
Today I learned of the traditional belief that there existed a 'Vena Amoris' [Latin for 'vein of love'] - a vein that ran directly from the fourth finger of the left hand to the heart. This inaccurate belief was one of the reasons that many cultures adopted the custom of wearing wedding rings on this finger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
The movie "Beethoven's 2nd" was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song (The Day I Fall in Love; James Ingram, Feat. Dolly Parton). It lost to Streets Of Philadelphia, from "Philadelphia" (Bruce Springsteen). oscars.org/oscars/ceremon…

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