Today I learned of Lajos Kossuth, a Hungarian revolutionary whose English speeches were wildly popular in 1850s America. He learned his archaic English from Shakespeare books while in prison; such speeches even influenced the Gettysburg Address, as Abraham Lincoln was a noted fan. historynewsnetwork.org/ar…
There is a type of online scam called Brushing wherein you get orders from amazon you never placed. The seller places a gift in your name and address, ships a cheap item in it's place but since, order is verified as delivered, they can post "positive" reviews for the original order abc.net.au/news/2020-08-2…
William Henry Harrison gave such a long inaugural address that he caught pneumonia and died a month later. millercenter.org/presiden…
Today I learned about Anne Parrish who was browsing old books in Paris when she discovered a book that she loved as a child in New York. She showed it to her husband. He opened the book and discovered that was, in fact, her childhood copy of the book with her address and name on the inside cover. newyorker.com/magazine/19…
John Grigg, AKA Lord Altrincham, was a British writer who in 1957 publicly arraigned the Queen by likening her to "a priggish school girl." He later became known as the inspiration for her first televised Christmas address that same year. townandcountrymag.com/soc…
The town Carmel-by-the-Sea in California has no street address. The business and houses are instead named, or have Geographical addresses such as "Monte Verde 4SW of 8th, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA". Which translates as the West side Monte Verde Street four properties south of the 8th Ave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
In 1997 the first Astronaut voted from space. Since then, every American Astronaut votes from Space as an absentee voter for the state of Texas (where the Johnson Space Center is located), where they list their address as β€œlow-Earth orbit.” airandspace.si.edu/storie…
Today I learned about Chad Pregracke, who,when he was 23, after witnessing immense levels of trash on the Mississippi River in IL, started a nonprofit to address it. Since then, they have removed 5,000 tons of trash from the Mississippi and it’s tributaries. livinglandsandwaters.org/
John Adams' Inaugural address, which totaled 2,308 words, contained the longest sentence, at 737 words. inaugural.senate.gov/inau…
In 1986, St George's Place in Glasgow was renamed Nelson Mandela Place. It was the address of the South African consulate, forcing them to use the name of their most famous political prisoner on all correspondence. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan…
When Milka chocolate launched in France, they removed a single square from 13 million chocolate bars. Consumers received a code to enter online, where they could either send the missing piece - with a personalized message - to a friend, or enter their own address to have the piece sent to them blog.hubspot.com/marketin…
Shortest-serving US president William Henry Harrison (only 31 days) had the longest inaugural address (8460 words), and longest-serving US president Franklin Roosevelt had second shortest inaugural address (559 words) potus.com/presidential-fa…
A guy filed a change-of-address form to the USPS where he changed the address of the UPS headquarters and got all their mail sent to his apartment. It took three months before this was discovered. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
A burglar stole a Super 8 camera & video tapes from a youth soccer coach; he then turned over the tapes & coach's address to police upon finding sex abuse of the boys from the man's soccer team on the tapes. Police found more child porn of his soccer players in the coach's home & arrested him. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Gene Siskel hated the original Friday the 13th so much that he spoiled the ending in his review so people wouldn't go see it. He published actress Betsy Palmer's (Mrs. Vorhees) address so people could send her hate mail. fridaythe13thfranchise.co…
Today I learned about The Berners Street hoax, in 1809, Theodore Hook bet his friend that he could transform any house in London into the most talked-about address in a week, by sending out thousands of false letters in the name of Mrs Tottenham, requesting deliveries, visitors, and assistance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
In 2012 the University of Chicago received a package for "Henry Jones Jr" (Indiana Jones). Inside a replica of Indiana's notebook. Turned out that someone had ordered it online, it fell out the packet and a postal worker assumed the name/address on the notebook was the intended recipient en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Cary Grant, a leading male actor in the Golden Age of Hollywood, dropped acid once a week in his later years - under a therapist's care, to help address past trauma vice.com/en_us/article/a3…
An Irish postman was able to deliver a letter with no written address, but had a hand-drawn map of the delivery area with β€œHere please” written on an arrow pointing to an illustration of a lighthouse. The letter had been sent by a blogger who regularly challenged the postal service. irishexaminer.com/ireland…
Queens is the only one of the five boroughs of New York City that uses local neighborhoods (e.g., Flushing) in the mailing address. Mail sent to Brooklyn, Staten Island, New York (Manhattan), and the Bronx uses just the borough name. gothamist.com/news/why-do…
"Scotland Yard" is a street name. The former headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police had a back entrance there which was used by the general public. "Great Scotland Yard" was never even the building's actual address, and it hasn't been a police station since 1890. It's a Hyatt now. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
Victoria's Secret was originally marketed to men to buy for their partners. Leslie Wexner bought it for $1 million and changed the marketing to women. To create the illusion of luxury the company listed its headquarters on catalogs at a fake London address, with the real one in Columbus, Ohio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
In China, Harry Potter fan fiction is used as a cultural and educational tool between Western and Chinese cultures. There are a number of "fake" Harry Potter books in China, which address concepts and issues found in Chinese culture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan…
Although he was a fictional character, the actual address of 221b Baker Street, London England has been turned into the Sherlock Holmes museum sherlock-holmes.co.uk/
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…
Andrew Jackson openly opposed paper money, instead preferring gold and silver coins as currency. In his farewell address he cautioned the public on the national bank. Ironic that his portrait has lived on the $20 since 1928, replacing Grover Cleveland. ceifx.com/news/829/5-Curr…
"1 London" is a real address and is for Apsley House at Hyde Park Corner, which was the home of the Duke of Wellington for years. londonist.com/2016/06/why…
Today I learned about the Great Stink, where after years of untreated human waste and industrial runoff in the River Thames, the smell became unbearable in London during the summer of 1858. The stench finally caused local and national authorities to address the problemβ€”and also ended outbreaks of cholera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The term ZIP is an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan. It was chosen to suggest that the mail travels more efficiently and quickly (zipping along) when senders use the code in the postal address. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZIP…
Today I learned of the Berners Street hoax: In 1809, Theodore Hook bet his friend that he could make a random house the most famous house in London within a week. He did so by ordering chimney sweeps, piano deliveries, and priests to the address. The ensuing chaos brought London to a standstill. wikipedia.org/wiki/Berner…
In 1981, Winston Churchill Street in Tehran was renamed Bobby Sands Street. It was the address of the British embassy, forcing them to use the name of their most famous political prisoner on all correspondence. bobbysandstrust.com/the-n…
The Guardian is so accepting of its nickname Grauniad that they have set up an internet address for that misspelling - it sends you to The Guardian's own page. wordhistories.net/2017/06…
In 1996, David Bowie released the first downloadable song by a major artist (it took 11 minutes to download). He later launched an ISP (BowieNet) to compete with AOL. Subscribers to the dial-up service were offered exclusive content, as well as an email address and "uncensored" Internet access. theguardian.com/technolog…
A pizza company, Zume Pizza uses robots for many stages of pizza production. The pizzas are cooked en route in a van equipped with 56 GPS-equipped automated ovens, timed to be ready shortly before arrival at the address, and are then sliced by a self-cleaning robot cutter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zum…
Canada Post receives so many letters to Santa Claus each year that they created a mailing address (with postal code H0H 0H0) from which postal workers volunteer to respond to kids' letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
We could assign an IPv6 address to every atom on the surface of the Earth edn.com/ipv6-how-many-ip-…
In Germany there exists the only tree in the world with its own mailing address. The "matchmaking" tree receives about 1,000 letters per year from singles looking for love. Anyone can take letters from the tree and respond. It is estimated the tree is responsible for over 100 marriages. bbc.com/travel/story/2018…
In 2010, Microsoft banned a user from Xbox Live for putting Fort Gay as his address. When he tried to tell them that Fort Gay actually exists in West Virginia, it took an appeal from the town’s mayor for it to be corrected. kotaku.com/5632871/xbox-l…
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, was a first-class cricketer. He played 10 games for the MCC between 1900 and 1907, achieving a high score of 43 and taking one wicket. Also, the address 221B Baker street, is just down the road from Cricket's heaven, The Lord's. indiatoday.in/sports/stor…
According to one analysis of military veterans in the Uk, 50,000 are coping with mental health conditions, 10,000 are in prison, on parole or on probation and 6,000 have no permanent address. inews.co.uk/news/uk/armed…
Today I learned about the Butt Hole Road, the former name of a street in England. Residents living on the street experienced issues with their address, as they were refused services due to the name and were the target of pranks. The residents raised funds, got local approval and had its name changed in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
The Four Freedoms were goals articulated by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Monday, January 6, 1941. In an address known as the Four Freedoms speech ), he proposed four fundamental freedoms that people "everywhere in the world ought to enjoy: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
Researchers have determined that bats address each other as individuals and frequently get into arguments. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
According to an analysis of 1.6 billion words from 41,829 issues of 132 newspapers from 1830 to 1860, George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address was still "going viral" nearly half a century after it was first published mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Andrew Jackson, face of the $20 bill, made it the goal of his administration to destroy the National Bank. He even cautioned the public about paper money in his farewell address. yakimaherald.com/opinion/…
Ted Sorensen was a speechwriter for President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy once called him his "intellectual blood bank". He helped draft the inaugural address where Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
In Delaware a small building is the legal address for over 300,000 companies. businessinsider.com/build…
After Part 1 of "Who Shot Mr. Burns" aired, someone on Usenet correctly guessed the identity of Mr. Burns' killer the same night. However, the producers were unable to contact this person after Part 2 aired, because the person used a college email address that was defunct by that time. legendsrevealed.com/enter…
John Adams' Inaugural address, which totaled 2,308 words, contained the longest sentence ever, at 737 words. inaugural.senate.gov/days…
Today I learned about the Wobbly Bridge in London. In June 2000 pedestrians walking across the new Millennium Bridge unconsciously synced up their steps with the bridge's natural movement, causing it to sway more than intended. Fearing collapse, engineers closed the bridge for 2 years to address the problem. youtu.be/gQK21572oSU

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