Today I learned of Eddie Gaedel, the shortest player to ever play in a Major League Baseball game. Standing 3’7”, Gaedel made 1 plate appearance and drew a walk on four pitches. At age 36, he was beaten to death on his way home from the bowling alley. sabr.org/bioproj/person/e…
That, in 2009, that largest home in Los Angeles County was Spelling Manor, a 73,500 sq ft mansion that included a swimming pool, a tennis court, a bowling alley, a beauty salon, three rooms just for wrapping gifts, and a doll museum with over 1,000 dolls on display. people.com/celebrity/go-i…
Despite how TV shows and movies depict it, New York only has a few alleys. Almost every alley scene is shot at the same location: Cortlandt Alley citylab.com/design/2011/1…
Today I learned about a 250 year old violin valued at $100k that was left at a bar by accident. The bar used it for a fiddle contest and the winner got to keep the violin. That winner pawned it for $600. The violin was then miraculously found abandoned in an alley and returned to its rightful owner. theglobeandmail.com/arts/…
NYC smells bad because of a slapdash real-estate based city plan that omitted alleys youtube.com/watch?v=VrSSU…
The basketball term "Alley Oop" actually comes from football, which in turn took it from a syndicated comic strip created December 5, 1932. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Today I learned about "Dixie Alley", an area of the Southeastern US that has more tornado-related deaths than anywhere in Tornado Alley (except Texas), and is experiencing increasing tornadic activity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dix…
There is a secret entrance to the White House through an alley on H Street atlasobscura.com/places/s…
Prince was an amazing ten pin bowler who wore furry knee high boots to the bowling alley and could throw a strike at will. themalestrom.com/intervie…
Today I learned about β€œJK Alley, a street in Tokyo known for being a place where men pay money for the company of teenage girls in school uniforms bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/articl…
The FBI has an entire fake town for training agents. Hogan's Alley has a bank, post office, hotel, laundromat, barber shop, pool hall, shops, and homes. The town is populated by actors who roleplay parts like bystanders, terrorists, bank robbers, and drug dealers so scenarios always change en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hog…
In Calgary Alberta there is a stretch of road referred to as Vaseline Alley, where empty tubs of the stuff regularly appear. cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar…
Alabama despite being outside tornado alley. Has the highest number of fatalities from tornadoes since 1991. spc.noaa.gov/climo/torn/f…
In the 1930s, residents of Munich would take a small side street so they didn't need to render the Nazi salute to the shrine of the Nazis who died in the Beer Hall Putsch. This side road came to be called "DrΓΌckebergergasse" or "Shirker's alley" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr%…
When the creation of the 'Cheers' spinoff, 'Frasier' was announced, Cheers cast-member Kirstie Alley called producer David Lee to tell him she wouldn't make any appearances on the show, because she was a Scientologist and didn't believe in psychiatry. He replied, "I don't recall asking." articles.sun-sentinel.com…
Today I learned of Hogan's Alley, a small town created by the FBI and filled with paid actors posing as criminals, terrorists, and bystanders. The town is used to train agents in handling real-world situations, and even includes simulated gun fights. fbi.gov/services/training…
Today I learned about Salina Turda, a massive Roman salt mine in Transylvania which contains an underground theme park and other tourist attractions including a lake, mini golf course, and bowling alley. The salty air down there is apparently very good for asthma. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
NYC only has a handful of alley ways. And of those, only one is really suitable for filming in. So every time you see a New York alley way on screen it's Cortlandt Alley. 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
Oscar's most nominated family are the Newman's, a family of composers and song writers that started with Alfred Newman's work on Tin Pan Alley in 1941 . Cousins Randy and Thomas Newman are competing this year for best score. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There’s a British tornado alley bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti…
Nintendo converted old bowling alleys into light gun shooting ranges in 1973. In 1974 the system was shrunk down to an arcade cabinet and featured films of cowboys that the player could quick draw against. This became the basis for the NES Zapper games like Wild Gunman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
Salt Lake City, Utah, had a Chinatown that was located in a section called "Plum Alley", which lasted until 1952. It contained a Chinese population that worked in the mining camps and the transcontinental railroad. Plum Alley was eventually razed and replaced by a parking terrace en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
In Western Australia there is a giant abandoned American military base that is a slice of 60's Americana. Bowling alleys, baseball fields and signs telling you to drive on the right hand side of the road. abc.net.au/news/2015-09-0…
Tornado Alley, an area in the US that's known for a large amount of tornadoes, has been slowly moving East, and we don't have a definite reason why. weather.com/storms/tornad…
In 2014 a Lincoln, Nebraska, mother called 911 when she emerged from the bathroom to find her 3-year-old son missing. Moments later Lincoln police received a call from a nearby bowling alley to report a toddler happily playing inside the iron claw machine. people.com/crime/missing-…
At the age of 17, Allen Iverson was sentenced to 15-years in prison after participating in a brawl at a bowling alley. He was only released due to a pardon by the Virginia Governor after a Tom Brockaw interview caused a public outcry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Today I learned of Kolmanskop - a former diamond mining town in the Namib desert. It was home to over 1000 people with amenities like a ballroom, bowling alley and a hospital. It was completely abandoned by 1954 and since then, has been slowly invaded by sand. businessinsider.com/kolma…
Today I learned of the Versailles House, a home being built in Florida that will have 11 kitchens, 14 bedrooms, 32 bathrooms, a 30-car garage, a bowling alley, an indoor roller rink, five total pools, a video arcade, a two-story movie theater, a fitness center, a 20,000-bottle wine cellar, and 2 tennis courts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
In 1977, 20th Century Fox's expected sci-fi blockbuster was not Star Wars, but Damnation Alley, which had a larger budget. However, Star Wars turned into an epic hit, while Damnation Alley passed into total obscurity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dam…
"Tin Pan Alley" was a term used to refer to the popular music industry around 1900. The name came from the fact that musicians would fill their pianos with old newspapers to muffle the sound and prevent competitors from overhearing and copying their tunes, resulting in a "Tin Pan" sound. slate.com/articles/arts/c…
The bowling alley featured in The Big Lebowski was seized via eminent domain, torn down, and turned into an elementary school articles.latimes.com/2002…
The Bermuda Land Snail was thought to have gone extinct in the 70s. In 2014, many were rediscovered in a Hamilton city alleyway. The snails had colonized the alley early on and the surrounding city shielded them from the threats that wiped out the rest of the species. royalgazette.com/article/…
London Black Cab drivers have to go through a highly intensive training known as β€œThe Knowledge” which requires them to memorize hundreds of streets, routes, and back alleys. A training which can take years to complete. theknowledgetaxi.co.uk/
Chicago has ~1900 miles (~3000 km) of alleys. I.e almost the distance from Chicago to Mexico City. moss-design.com/alley-chi…
During the casting of Kung Fu Hustle, Yuen Qiu who did not audition, was spotted, during her friend's screen test smoking a cigarette with a sarcastic expression on her face, which won Yeun the part of The Landlady Of Pig Sty Alley. wikipedia.org/wiki/Kung_F…
Stockton Street in San Francisco's Chinatown is reminiscent of markets in Hong Kong, yet tourists rarely dare to explore. Nearby Ross Alley has a history of brothels and gambling but now home to a Fortune Cookie Factory mercurynews.com/2016/06/0…
Today I learned of The Market Theater Gum Wall. The Gum Wall is a brick wall covered in used chewing gum located in an alleyway in Post Alley under Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle. its a local landmark. Parts of the wall are covered several inches thick, 15 feet high for 50 feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gum…
The White House has a bowling alley, which was added at the request of Richard Nixon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Jack And Meg White of the White Stripes did a strange tour in Canada consisting of many obscure venues, (senior home, bowling alley) and "a show that lasted for a single note. (It was an E. The crowd chanted, β€œOne more note!”)" nytimes.com/2012/04/08/ma…
The U.S.S. Enterprise had a six-lane bowling alley on board. io9.com/5827581/10-things…
In 1830 to keep horse-drawn wagons and loiterers out of his alley, John Hollensbury removed the alley by building a tiny 7 foot wide 325 square foot townhouse. The house, located in Old Town Alexandria VA, is commonly referred to as The Spite House. hookedonhouses.net/2008/0…
There was a medieval pervert called Whipping Tom who waited in alleys to grab women and yell spanko historyanswers.co.uk/peop…
Lightening Alley is has the most ground strike lightening in the USA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Abraham DeLacey Giuseppe Casey Thomas O'Malley is the full name of the alley cat in the movie The Aristocats. In the Italian version, his name is simply Romeo. translit.ie/blog/analysin…
A bowling alley in Brighton, Massachusetts closed in the 80's after 4 men were brutally beaten with bowling pins and then shot to death. the13thfloor.tv/2016/08/1…
Bubblegum Alley is a is a tourist attraction in downtown San Luis Obispo, California, known for its accumulation of used bubble gum on the walls of an alley. sanluisobispovacations.co…
Kirstie Alley was the only surviving regular cast member of 'Cheers' not to appear on 'Frasier' because appearing on a show which appeared to portray or endorse psychiatry went against her beliefs as a Scientologist. articles.sun-sentinel.com…
When the Nazis designated the Beer Hall Putsch site as "sacred" and made it compulsory for citizens to do the Nazi salute when passing-by, as a form of passive resistance, people would take a detour alley that is nicknamed "Shirker's Lane", bypassing the beer hall completely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fel…
Youbou, a small town with a population of 966 has the last hand-set bowling alley in North America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…

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