In the '80s, the drinking age was raised from 18 to 21 nationally because Reagan passed a bill in 1984 that required states to raise their drinking age to 21. They don't have to make it 21 per se, but if they chose to opt-out, they would simply be ineligible for federal highway funding. vox.com/2019/8/23/2082864…
John Travolta has been a fully licensed pilot since age 22. He owns several planes including a Boeing 707 and even has a taxiway leading straight to his door in Florida. He says his acting career has funded his passion for aviation. bjtonline.com/business-je…
Actress Tilda Swinton comes from an ancient Anglo-Scots family that can trace its lineage to the Middle Ages, & is one of only three British families that can trace their unbroken land ownership and lineage to before the Norman Conquest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Til…
John Legend graduated from high school salutatorian of his class and at age 16. He was then accepted to Harvard but turned it down for the University of Pennsylvania where he would graduate. He is also one of only 15 people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. cnbc.com/2018/09/11/john-…
Puppies removed from their mother before 12 weeks of age experience more behavioral problems and are less healthy than puppies separated from mother after 3 months. Removing puppies early doesn't improve puppies' ability to bond with humans. europepmc.org/article/MED…
'Idiot' once specifically referred to somebody with the mental age of a 2yr old. 'Imbecile' referred to somebody with the mental age of a 3 to 7yr old, and 'Moron' referred to somebody with the mental age of a 7 to 10yr old. eugenicsarchive.ca/discov…
Today I learned about Ingeborg Rapoport, the oldest person to ever receive a regular Doctorate degree. She submitted her thesis on diphteria in Nazi Germany 1937 but was refused oral examination because she was jewish. She successfully defended her thesis 2015 at the age of 102. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ing…
Adam DeVine of Workaholics and Pitch Perfect was paralyzed and nearly had his legs amputated at age 11 after being run over by a truck. He recovered years later after multiple surgeries and still has scarring. He credits this experience with giving him his ambition and drive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada…
At the end of high school, Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, was voted β€œMost Likely to Write for The Simpsons.” Then at the age of 23, Glover was hired by Tina Fey to write for 30 Rock after he submitted a spec script (a non-commissioned unsolicited screenplay) about The Simpsons. mensvariety.com/donald-gl…
Lady Margaret Beaufort, who was married to Edmund Tudor at age 12, gave birth to the future Henry VII at just age 13. A political pawn during the Wars of the Roses, her first marriage took place when she was no older than 3. wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_M…
McDonalds founder Ray Kroc and Walt Disney both served as ambulance drivers in the same unit in World War I, and both had lied about their age to enlist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
John Carmack (founder of "id Software" known for his work in the development of Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein) was arrested at the age of 14 for helping a group of children steal Apple || computers using a mixture of thermite and Vaseline to melt the windows to break into the building. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of Anya Pogharian, a Canadian who at age 17 invented a portable dialysis machine costing $500 to build; (dialysis machines typically cost about $30K). Her machine filters 4 liters of blood in 25 minutes. cbc.ca/news/canada/montre…
The inventor of the IQ test, Alfred Binet, did not created it with the intention of measuring intelligence. Instead, his intention was to classify the "mental age" of kids and indetify the ones that weren't developing themselves well in school and sort of "rescue" them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
Sacagawea, Native American kidnapped, enslaved and sold as a wife at age 12, helped guide the Lewis & Clark Expedition through the Rocky Mountains. Her route was later chosen as the optimal path for the Northern Pacific Railroad to cross the Continental Divide. biography.com/explorer/sa…
After spending the best part of 60 years in prison, mob boss John Franzese was finally released in 2017 at the age of 100, at the time he was the oldest inmate in the US and the only centenarian in prison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Abraham Lincoln wrote poems throughout his life, including this one at the age of seventeen: Abraham Lincoln is my nam[e], And with my pen I wrote the same, I wrote in both hast and speed, and left it here for fools to read loc.gov/rr/program/bib/pr…
Mamoru Samuragochi is a deaf Japanese composer, who known as the β€œdigital-age Beethoven” and creator of Onimusha’s OST. But, it later turned out that all of his works in 18 years were actually written by a ghost writer. And his deafness is all fake newyorker.com/culture/cul…
The Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan offers a driver's training class to teach people of any age to learn how to drive a Ford Model T built between 1908 and 1927 performance.ford.com/enth…
People with β€œbaby faces” tend to live longer healthier lives than those who look their age. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/healt…
The oldest known spider lived for 43 years (1974-2016), and did not die of old age, but was instead killed by a parasitic wasp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Num…
Today I learned of Eva Umlauf, a Jew who arrived in Auschwitz at the age of two in 1944. Despite her young age, she was tattooed with her camp number: A26959. Getting it was so painful, that she passed out. Her mother was a digit lower. Eva thinks she was the youngest child to have been tattooed who survived. theguardian.com/world/201…
In 2003 two Iron Age bodies were discovered in a peat bog in Ireland. One stood 6 foot 6 inches tall and had manicured fingernails while the other had hair styled with hair gel. Both had been brutally murdered. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Producer Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment says they were inspired to create the Magic School Bus TV show after learning that many girls and minorities were opting out of science at young ages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Ching Shih. Originally a prostitute who married a pirate, she ended up commanding a fleet of 20,000-40,000 pirates, battling the Portuguese empire, British empire, and Qing Dynasty at various stages. She married her adopted son, had two children with him and died a free woman at age 69. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Jimmy Carter is the longest-lived president, the longest-retired president, the first president to live forty years after their inauguration, and the first to reach the age of 95. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Some animals like Crocodiles, alligators and a few tortoises and turtles do not age physically, and can not die of physical old age. They die of deceases, accidents, predators, and other causes. awesci.com/crocodiles-do-…
Johnny Cash performed dressed all in black, in contrast to most of the major country acts in his day – rhinestone suits and cowboy boots. Cash wrote the song "Man in Black" to explain that he wore black for the poor and hungry and those betrayed by age or drugs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Bill Stone, one of the last five surviving WWI veterans, made multiple separate trips to rescue 1,000 men at Dunkirk although the first trip was "the worst experience of his life." His motto in life was "keep going." He died at age 108. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
11% of US working age adults are on antidepressants. nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna…
Today I learned of Herman Lehmann, who, at age 11, was captured as a child by Native Americans. He lived first among the Apache and then the Comanche but eventually returned to his family later in life. He wrote an autobiography, β€œNine Years Among the Indians,” about the experience. wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman…
Up until 1942 the minimum age of marriage for girls in Australia was 12. amnesty.org.au/seven-time…
A study showed that people who drank 32 ounces of energy drinks in an hour had abnormal electrical activity in their hearts and higher blood pressure four hours later. About 30% of Americans ages 12 through 17 regularly consume energy drinks, linked to increased emergency room visits and death heart.org/en/news/2019/05…
In 2017, a Tinder profile was created for Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino describing him as the β€˜most eligible bachelor in the world’. His profile started with the line β€œI’m one of a kind”. He was euthanized on 19 March 2018, after suffering from age-related complications. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Paul Newman, Actor and Founder of Newman’s Own, also founded a summer camp called the Hole In The Wall Gang. It is a summer camp for seriously ill children of all ages, free of charge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
Mary, Queen of Scots was 5' 11" (1.8m) tall in an age when 5' 4" (1.63m) was considered tall for a woman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of Artur Fischer, a German soldier who survived Stalingrad on the last plane out. After the war, he went on to invent many ubiquitous items such as the synchronized camera flash and the plastic wall anchor, and held over 1100 patents before dying at age 96. nytimes.com/2016/02/09/bu…
Following a public petition to release him, at the age of 100 Bill Wallace, an Australian man who had spent several decades in an institution for the criminally insane, was allowed to leave. He refused, reportedly saying "β€œDon’t be f***ing silly, I live here.”. oldest.org/people/prisone…
The approximate Korean word for friend "Chingu" is only used with people of the same age. You can be friendly with older people or younger people, but you will never be friends with people who aren't the same age thesoulofseoul.net/2014/0…
Why we have a stronger urge to pee when closer to the toilet. From an early age, we're taught to associate the bathroom with peeing. So the closer we get to one, that programming, located deep in the rivers of the subconscious mind, activates the thought and the body acts. shape.com/lifestyle/mind-…
Today I learned about Chartreuse, The liqueur has been made by the Carthusian Monks since 1737 according to the instructions set out in a manuscript given to them in 1605. It is composed of distilled alcohol aged with 130 herbs, plants and flowers. It continues to age and improve in the bottle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Bill Gates' idea of a splurge was a used Porsche 911 after Microsoft went public that made him worth over $350Million before the age of 30 cnbc.com/2018/02/22/billi…
Raising the drinking age to 21 significantly reduced the number of alcohol related traffic fatalities for people aged 16-20 in the U.S. by 64 percent, according to the NIH. pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/public…
During her early acting career from age 14, "The Wizard of Oz" actress Judy Garland was under abuse by studio executives due to her weight and short figure and was put on a strict diet of chicken soup black coffee and numerous cigarettes a day along with diet pills to maintain her appetite. biography.com/news/judy-g…
The actor that played the Telletubby, Tinky Winky, died alone on a street in Liverpool from alcoholism at the age of 52. news.sky.com/story/tinky-…
Umarell is a term in Bologna that refers to men of retirement age who pass their time watching construction sites and offering unwanted advice, stereotypically with hands clasped behind their back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uma…
"Baby Huey" was a 400lbs Chicago soul singer who died in 1970 at age 26 after releasing a single album. The album later became hugely influential on early hip-hop artists, eventually being sampled on hundreds of tracks over the past ~40 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
Today I learned of Tillie Anderson; the Swedish seamstress-turned-undisputed women’s cycling champion of the 1890s, who won all but seven of her 130 races before women’s races ceased in 1902. She was inducted into the US Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2000, 35 years after her death at age 90. outsideonline.com/2314716…
Unlike knives and spoons which have been around since antiquity, forks only appeared in the Middle Ages. They did not see common use for centuries, with records of British sailors ars recently as 1897 refusing to use forks as they considered them effeminate and unmanly. slate.com/articles/arts/d…
At age 113, Bernando LaPallo continued to shop for himself, cook, bathe, shave without any assistance from anyone to help him in and out of the shower. He generally slept by 9:30 and got up at 3:30 or 4 am blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Today I learned about Ben Ferencz (100), the last living prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials. After WW2 where he fought at D-Day and in other battles, he at age 27 became Chief Prosecutor at the Einsatzgruppen Trial - which was his first case and first time in a courtroom. All of the 22 accused were convicted. youtube.com/watch?v=NZHTt…
In 2017, the CIA released over 470,000 files that were on Osama Bin Laden's hard drive to the public with the exception of copyright material and some porn. It was found he had Final Fantasy 7, Ice Age, and Resident Evil along with several BBC and CNN documentaries on him. cia.gov/news-information/…
Scientists determine a blue whale's age by counting the layers of it's earwax. api.nationalgeographic.co…
Kelvin Doe lived in Sierra Leone (a small coastal country in southwest Africa) and is known for teaching himself engineering by the age of 13 and building his own radio station in his home country. He also built a battery out of scrap metal capable of powering the surrounding homes. imaginationmatters.org/in…
Trained sniffer dogs are helping archaeologists in Croatia discover 3,000-year-old iron age tombs. Experts have said that using dogs are a good way to identify archaeological sites, as it is less destructive than many traditional methods. theguardian.com/science/2…
The finding of a 1,600 year old bog body in England was confused for the body of a woman who disappeared under suspicious circumstances in the 1960s. This caused her ex husband to confess to murdering her. After analysis revealed the body's age, he attempted to recant, but was still jailed. mg.co.za/article/1998-04-…
A NYC man was exonerated and released, after being held in jail for transporting child pornography, when pornstar Lupe Fuentes flew from spain to appear at his trial with her ID and passport proving her age. nypost.com/2010/04/24/a-t…
Stereotypical cavemen hardly existed as very few Stone Age people lived in caves. Most were nomadic hunter gatherers living in temporary shelters such as tents or huts. Caves just have the best preserved artifacts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cav…
Jack Lukas, USMC Medal of Honor recipient at the age of 17 jumped on 2 grenades. Had 20+ surgeries and 200+ pieces of shrapnel removed, and lived. Then at age 40, jumped out of an airplane and his parachutes didn’t open, and walked away. Still keep going until Leukemia took him at the age of 80. military.com/marine-corps…
Today I learned of the Ceremony of the Keys which is carried out every night at exactly 9:53 pm at the Tower of London and is believed to be the oldest military ceremony in the world. Originating in the Middle Ages it has never once been cancelled though it was delayed once during WWII due to enemy action. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cer…
In Canada, there is no federally defined age for legal alcohol purchase or consumption. Each province and territory is free to set its own drinking age, which is either 18 or 19. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
Today I learned of Mason McDeid who cried constantly from severe cerebral palsy issues; his father failed to comfort him with classical & new age music. Then he tried Metallica & the child stopped crying, fell asleep. Now in his 20s, unable to speak, Mason has had 100+ surgeries & attended 450+ metal concerts. stage-www.startribune.com…
French queen Marie Antoinette was offered in 1787 a boy from Senegal as a servant but instead taking him as servant she adopted him as her son and baptized as Jean. During the revolution Jean was separated from the royal family and left by revolutionaries to die on streets at age of 10. sheffield.ac.uk/french/ne…
The MOS Transistor, which is responsible for launching technology into the digital age, is the most manufactured product in history clocking in at 13 sextillion (13,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) produced since its invention in 1960 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Pornography involving characters with the appearance of minors is proctected by the First Amendment, as long as the actors themselves are of legal age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
65+% of Americans over the age of 20 are Overweight or Obese en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obe…
In South Korea, in addition to the international age system, a traditional system known as "Korean age" is still widely used. In Korean age, people's age starts at 1 rather than 0 and gains one year at every New Year's Day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
The most decorated WWII soldier received every medal of valor by the age of 21. After returning home he then starred in over 40 Hollywood movies including films about himself. biography.com/military-fi…
Lobsters have the enzyme called "telomerase" which stops DNA strands called "telomeres" from damage as new cells are made. Other organisms' telomeres erode with age, but lobsters can theoretically live forever, because their ability to create perfect copies of cells never erodes. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Bear Grylls, at the age of 21, survived a fall of 16,000 feet after his parachute malfunctioned bbc.com/news/magazine-229…
Only 19 states including D.C. in the U.S. have universal motorcycle helmet laws that require all riders to wear helmets. Illinois and Iowa have no state law on the books while all other states anyone over the age of 17 to 20 depending on the state is not required to wear a helmet while riding. valuepenguin.com/motorcyc…
Your brain doesn’t stop developing at the previously thought age 21-24 and new studies show it may even keep developing until age 40 telegraph.co.uk/news/heal…
Today I learned about the Bronze Age collapse, in which the Sea People invaded the Mediterranean. In 50 years the Mycenaeans, Kassites, and Hittites collapsed, while Egypt was crippled economically. Trade routes were disrupted, literacy was severely reduced andcities were destroyed or abandoned permanently. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat…
Today I learned about Jack London. Oyster pirate, Socialist, and rail rider. Berkeley attendee, trekked the Yukon and Chilkoot Pass, took a rowboat 1500 miles down the Yukon River to the Bering Sea. Built his own yacht and mansion and wrote 23 novels, 7 plays, short stories, and poems. Died of alcoholism age 40 smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Joaquin Phoenix began calling himself "Leaf" as a child, having been inspired by spending time outdoors raking leaves and desiring to have a nature-related name like his siblings. This became the name he used as a child actor, until he changed it back to Joaquin at age 15. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
Economy class passengers have lost up to eight inches of legroom and two inches of seat width since the so-called golden age of flying. Seats also have narrower arm rests - allowing for an increased number of passengers per flight. telegraph.co.uk/travel/co…
A treatment in the Middle Ages for venomous snakebite was to pluck the feathers from a rooster's arse and place it on the site of the bite. Apparently its anus could suck up the venom. It was considered a good sign if the rooster died. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Adam Devine, who plays Adam Demamp on Workaholics, was hit by a cement truck at age 11, and both his legs were completely mangled. To pass time while recovering, he’d call radio DJ’s and impersonate celebrities, which is how he discovered his love of comedy. ew.com/article/2016/07/08…
Shirley Temple's first role at age three was in β€œBaby Burlesks,” a series of sexually suggestive short films. When she misbehaved on set, she was confined to a black box where she had to sit on a block of ice. theatlantic.com/entertain…
Most of the oldest people in the world and supercentenarians over age 110 appear to be concentrated into regions with no birth certificates and short lifespans. In the US, supercentenarian status is predicted by the absence of vital registration statmodeling.stat.columbi…
William Henry Harrison, born 1773, was the last American president to be born a British subject. By age 28, in 1801 Harrison was the governor of Indiana battlefields.org/learn/bi…
Today I learned of Kazimierz Piechowski, a Holocaust Survivor, who, along with three other Polish inmates under the age of 21, successfully escaped Auschwitz by stealing a commandant's car, driving to the entrance posing in stolen Nazi uniforms, and demanding the guards to open the gate. theguardian.com/world/201…
Chimpanzees and monkeys are living in their Stone Age and have been for thousands of years. bbc.co.uk/earth/story/201…
Anchorites took their religious devotion to extreme levels, vowing to remain walled into a cell for the rest of their lives. This mostly happened to the Middle Ages, but also in modern times, some chose the life of an anchorite. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anc…
The word 'assassin' comes from the order of Hashashins, a sect from the middle ages. Young boys were believed to be shown paradise by giving them cannabis (hashish). The leader would ask them to e.g. kill someone, 'so he could get them back to paradise' afterwards. They complied. hashashin.wikia.org/wiki/…
Admiral Lord Nelson, famous for his victory (and death) at the Battle of Trafalgar, attempted to hunt a polar bear in the Arctic at the age of 14. His musket misfired and he had to fight the now angry bear with the musket butt until a rift in the ice separated them. thetrafalgarway.org/blog/…
Today I learned of Bobby Driscoll, famous Disney child actor in the 1940s and 50s (including the voice of Peter Pan), who died penniless and alone at age 31 in an abandoned NYC building. When his body went unclaimed, he was buried in an unmarked grave. wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_…
Today I learned that in the 1880s, a young man named Larry Donovan attempted to make a living solely by jumping off high bridges. When he died at the age of 26, his mother was quoted in the newspaper saying: "I told him that jumping off bridges was a poor way of earning a living." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
E. C. Segar, cartoonist behind Popeye, died at age of only 43 from leukemia and liver disease in 1938. He worked on Popeye for only 9 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._…
Hydras (small organisms) are practically inmortal and don’t seem to age at all en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyd…
Today I learned about Tulip Mania, during the 17th Century Dutch Golden Age, when prices for some tulip bulbs skyrocketed. Many think it is one of the first speculative bubbles to pop, but some historians believe it has been exaggerated over time. history.com/news/tulip-ma…
Today I learned of Amedeo Guillet, an Italian WWII officer who led the last-ever cavalry charge against the British Army and won. The last cavalry commander in history, he died in 2010 at the age of 101. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Today I learned about Marjoe Gortner. Forced to be an evangelical preacher at a young age, he left his religion, but then returned to make some money. He eventually invited a documentary crew to follow him as he showed the β€œtricks” of his revivals. The 1972 film won an Oscar. wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjoe
Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping studied abroad in Paris at age 16 as well as in Moscow later on. He worked in a Renault plant, factories, and developed two lasting passions in France -- one was for croissants; the other was for communism pbs.org/wgbh/commandinghe…
Women’s peak fertility is at age 24 with women under 25 having a 96% chance to conceive. By age 30, the chance of miscarriage rises 20% and women’s fertility begins to decline at age 35. parents.com/getting-pregn…
During the Age of Exploration (1500-1800) at least 2 million sailors died from scurvy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scu…
Clair Cameron Petterson, the American geochemist who proposed the still-accepted age of the Earth of 4.5 billion years old, helped accelerated the phaseout of lead from all standard, consumer, automotive gas, decreasing lead level in blood of Americans by 80% by the late 1990s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
President John Tyler had 8 children with his wife Letitia. She died of a stroke in the White House at age 52. After Letitia’s death his niece served as First Lady until he married Julia who was 30 years younger and had 7 children. Tyler’s 15 kids are the most of any U.S. President. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Romans invented the flamethrower in the early middle ages, only to lose the invention when the guy who invented it died. They re-invented it about 200 years later. It's also most likely the inspiration for the "wilfire" in GoT. historyextra.com/period/a…
Today I learned about Harald Hardrada. Exiled for 15 years after losing to Cnut The Great, he was a mercenary for the Kievan Rus', joined the Varangian Guard, became King of Norway and died at Stamford Bridge, ending the Viking Age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…

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