Today I learned of the book On the Trail of the Golden Owl, an armchair treasure hunt that offers an owl statue made of gold, silver, and diamonds worth over €150,000 to the winner. Published in 1993, and despite the author releasing several clues, it remains unsolved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_…
Masquerade is a picture book, published in August 1979, that sparked a treasure hunt by concealing clues to the location of a jeweled golden hare, created and hidden somewhere in Britain. The book became the inspiration for a genre of books known today as armchair treasure hunts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
Toshiba sent an armchair to the edge of space youtube.com/watch?v=5VdhZ…
During a live television broadcast of the Armchair Theatre play Underground on the ITV network in the UK on 30 November 1958, British actor Gareth Jones suffered a massive heart attack and died while off-camera between two of his scenes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Today I learned of "Saturday Night Palsy," which refers to reduced nerve sensation in the hand and wrist that comes about from falling asleep with one's arm hanging off an armchair en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
The Centripetal Spring Armchair of 1849, one of the first modern office chairs, was unsuccessful outside the US because it was considered immorally comfortable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
In China, high school girls make up 80% of abortion patients during school holidays. goldsea.com/803/03sexual.…
Today I learned of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian anarchists who were executed for murder in Massachusetts in 1927; widely believed to be innocent, their execution triggered protests and riots as far away as Buenos Aires, Tokyo, and Johannesburg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
All around the world, there was a major decline of crime around 20 years after removing lead from petrol bbc.com/news/magazine-270…
The De Loys' Ape hoax was intended as a way to push a biased agenda that implied Africans evolved from gorillas and Asians from orangutangs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_…

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