The band Green Day got its name from the phrase, "green day", which was slang in the Bay Area, where the band originated, for spending a day doing nothing but smoking marijuana. Armstrong once admitted in 2001 that he considered it to be "the worst band name in the world". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
"Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day is About, Lead Singer, Billie Joe Armstrong's Father Dying of Esophageal Cancer on September 1st, 1982, When Billie was 10 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wak…
Billie Joe Armstrong once dropkicked a guy in the middle of a Green Day concert after he saw him roughing up a young girl. He stopped the show and challenged him to a fight before jumping into the crowd. rockcelebrities.net/the-r…
For journalistic purposes, William Thomas Stead exposed child prostitution and abduction in 1885 by having a thirteen-year-old victim, Eliza Armstrong, "purchased" for Β£5 and taken to a brothel where she was drugged. He published this later in a series of exposΓ©s that shocked readers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of the Armstrong Limit (~59,000ft) - the altitude which atmospheric pressure is so low that water boils at the normal temperature of the human body. Exposure to pressure below this limit results in a rapid loss of consciousness... and eventually death, in 60-90 seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
After Lance Armstrong was stripped of his wins, seven successive Tour de France races (1999-2005) were officially declared without winners because so many riders who finished behind Armstrong were also associated with doping offences. reuters.com/article/us-cy…
William Safire, Richard Nixon's speechwriter, had prepared a statement for Nixon to deliver in the event of an Apollo 11 disaster; addressing a hypothetical (but highly possible) scenario where Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin would be stuck on the moon and left to die. businessinsider.com/nixon…
After Neil Armstrong's death, his sons put hundreds of items they inherited from their parents on auction, pulling in $14.69 million. Neil Armstrong owned pieces of fabric from Wright Flyer, and Apollo 11 gold medal that sold for $2.04 million cincinnati.com/story/news…
Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends is actually a song dedicated to Billie Armstrong's father who died of cancer on September 1st, 1982. songfacts.com/detail.php?…
The filmmakers of The Jungle Book (1967) originally considered Louis Armstrong for the voice of King Louie, but were worried that choosing a black actor to voice an ape would cause controversy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
The F9F was flown by Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, and Ted Williams, was air conditioned and was the first Blue Angles jet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gru…
Neil Armstrong was given the option to replace Buzz Aldrin with Jim Lovell because NASA was aware that "Aldrin's personality grated on several of the other astronauts". Armstrong kept Aldrin and felt Lovell deserved to command his own moon mission, the ill-fated Apollo 13 smithsonianmag.com/air-sp…
Sir William Thomson, the 1st Baron Kelvin, in whose honour the scale for absolute temperatures is named, was Scots-Irish and was knighted by Queen Victoria not for his work in thermodynamics but for his work as an electrical engineer in the sphere electrical telegraphs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
When Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon, inside his pocket was a small piece of fabric from the 1903 Wright Flyer history.com/news/10-thing…
Louis Armstrong always wore a Star of David pendant, in gratitude to the Jewish family who raised him, treating him as though he were their own child. He was also fluent in Yiddish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Today I learned about Thomas Darcy, 1st Baron Darcy de Darcy, an English nobleman executed by King Henry VIII, whose wonderfully repetitive title is eclipsed only by the name of his first wife, Dousabella Tempest. (Incidentally, Henry VIII also had courtiers called Richard Rich and William Fitzwilliam.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Neil Armstrong's barber sold Armstrong's hair for $3k without his consent. Armstrong threatened to sue the barber unless he either returned the hair or or donated the proceeds to charity. Unable to retrieve the hair, the barber donated the $3k to a charity of Armstrong's choosing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
Lance Armstrong was ordered to pay over $20 million after his cycling doping scandal. However, his fortunes were partially saved by being one of Uber's first investors in 2009. cnbc.com/2018/12/06/lance…
Even though Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of electronic television, was disappointed by it for most of his life, he changed his mind the day he saw Neil Armstrong walk on the Moon thanks to his invention, telling his wife "this has made it all worthwhile". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
There were only 66 years between the first ever powered flight and the moon landing. The Wright Brothers successfully flew a plane for the first time in 1903; in 1969 Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon. worldatlas.com/articles/d…
Neil Armstrong's heart rate spiked to 150+ when NASA turned the control over to him for the moon landing. popsci.com/apollo-moon-la…
During the peak of the cold war, one of the tasks given to Niel Armstrong was to place two Soviet medals on the moon to honour their fallen Soviet competitors. theconversation.com/apoll…
Today I learned about the Confederate Truce Flag, now housed at the National Museum of American History. It was preserved by General George Armstrong Custer, who was present at the surrender of Robert E. Lee. americanhistory.si.edu/co…
US astronaut Frank Borman is shown on the cover of Led Zeppelin II album but it was supposed to be Neil Armstrong. feelnumb.com/2014/04/26/l…
Louis Armstrong always wore a Star of David as an homage to a Jewish family that took him in when he was young and gave him his first horn history.com/news/9-things…
The Apollo 11 spacesuits worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were actually created by bra maker seamstresses at Playtex. glamourdaze.com/2019/07/p…
It is unknown what Neil Armstrong took with him to the moon personally and the record of his personal property kit was never found. Armstrong made an unscripted visit to a crater and it is speculated he left his late daughter's bracelet there nbcnews.com/mach/science/…
'Neil Armstrong' was one of the test pilots for the hypersonic experimental aircraft "X-15" before he became an astronaut. nasa.gov/centers/armstron…
If the astronauts had followed spacewalk tradition (the junior crewmember leaves the space capsule first while the commander remained inside), Aldrin would have been the first man on the moon, not Armstrong. yahoo.com/now/buzz-aldrin…
Louis Armstrong wore a Star of David pendant for most of his life, up until the day he died, to commemorate a Jewish family that had taken him in and cared for him as a child. wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_…
Louis Armstrong was an avid pot smoker all his life. He was arrested for drug possession in New Orleans in 1930, and was jailed 9 days for it, but described marijuana as being "a thousand times better than whiskey". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
In 1972, Neil Armstrong visited the town of Langholm, Scotland. In which he was read a 400 year old law declaring any Armstrong caught in the town should be hanged en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
In 1985 expedition leader Mike Dunn organized a trip of the "greatest explorers" to the North Pole. Among them were Neil Armstrong, Steve Fossett and Sir Edmund Hillary. Armstrong said that he accepted the invitation because he only ever saw the North Pole from space and not from the ground en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
Neil Armstrong met his second wife at a group breakfast where they were seated together. Two weeks later, he called her to ask what she was doing and she said cutting down a cherry tree. Half an hour later, he was at her house to help. They stayed married until his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
Jeff Bezos funded a team that searched the Atlantic Ocean for discarded NASA rockets. By 2013, the team salvaged two rockets. After careful inspection, the team realized they found part of the rockets used to carry Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon on Apollo 11. space.com/22044-apollo-ro…
In 1969, Neil Armstrong brought a piece of the Wright Flyer to the Moon in his space suit’s pocket. The Wright Brothers, like Armstrong, were from Ohio. The pieces were part of the propeller and some of the fabric from the wing of the 1903 ipfactly.com/neil-armstro…
When Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon, he had with him a piece of the propeller from the Wright Brothers' first airplane, the Wright Flyer time.com/5418950/first-ma…
The same day Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped for the first time on the surface of the Moon, Luna 15, a Soviet robotic mission to collect samples from the Moon before the US, failed and crashed 344 miles away into the side of a mountain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
Early in life, Abraham Lincoln wrestled. When local gang leader Jack Armstrong heard of him, he challenged The Honest One to a match. It ended with Abe grabbing him by the throat, hoisting him up, giving a little shake, then throwing him to the dirt. It was the first chokeslam used in wrestling. prowrestlingstories.com/p…
The first song ever played on the lunar surface was "Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra. Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, took the cassette with him on the mission, and subsequently he played it off when he stepped onto the moon's surface shortly after Armstrong. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Louis Armstrong, an influential jazz figure, didn't receive formal musical training until he was arrested for firing a pistol at age 11. In there, the music teacher, Peter Davis, taught him how to play the bugle and cornet. In retrospect, Louis said that was when "me and music got married." history.com/news/9-things…
19 people have won two Medals of Honor. The first was Thomas Ward Custer who twice risked his life to capture Confederate flags & soldiers in the same month, April 1865. He died at Little Big Horn with his brother, George Armstrong. Also dead was another brother, nephew & a brother-in-law. history.com/news/has-anyo…
When Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, he carried with him a piece from the Wright brothers' first airplane en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
The Office theme was originally Mr Blue Sky by ELO. It didn't work out and the eventual choice was written by Bob Thiele Jr, whose father co-wrote Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World". The final theme was later recorded by the Scrantones "...one week before the air-date of the premiere .” screenrant.com/the-office…
Louis Armstrong asked Richard Nixon to carry his bags through customs for him because he β€˜was an old man’. The bags had marijuana in them. veryimportantpotheads.com…
Neil Armstrong was working on his farm and got his wedding ring stuck in the gears of a tractor. He didn’t get it out in timeβ€”his ring and ring finger got torn clean off. He then packed it in some ice and drove himself to the hospital to get it reattached portablepress.com/blog/20…
Neil Armstrong claims he said "one small step for A man" when he set foot on the moon and that audio analysis of the recording backs that up and it's been misquoted this entire time. cnn.com/2013/06/04/tech/a…
Neil Armstrong went to the North Pole with Sir Edmund Hillary (first to climb Mt Everest) and other prominent explorers. He said that he was curious to see it from the ground, since he'd only seen it from space. explorationmuseum.com/201…
When Lance Armstrong was asked in an interview what he would do if he could go back in time and return to 1995 (the year he started doping), he said that he would "probably do it again." theguardian.com/sport/201…
Lance Armstrong owns a coffee shop in downtown Austin, Texas called "Juan Pelota Cafe". The name is a joking reference to his testicular cancer, with the name "Juan" being considered by some a homophone for "one" and "Pelota" being the Spanish word for "ball". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…

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