Danny Devito asks for a trampoline in his dressing room and uses it as part of his warm-up routine celebritydailyroutine.com…
Today I learned of a sword found in the River Witham in 1825 with a mysterious 18-letter inscription that has stumped researchers and caused the British Library to ask readers to help crack the code. usatoday.com/story/news/w…
A mother whose daughter was having brain surgery, called the Mister Rogers Neighborhood studio to ask for a signed photo. After hearing about this, Mr Rogers flew to the hospital to see her. His only request was that there was no press. wusa9.com/article/syndica…
Marilyn Monroe was once roommate with actress Shelley Winters, and they made a list of men they wanted to sleep with. "There was no one under 50 on hers," Winters later said. "I never got to ask her before she died how much of her list she had achieved, but on her list was Albert Ein-stein" mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Barbara Bach who was Russian agent XXX the main Bond girl in The Spy Who Loved Me, auditioned for Charlie's Angels prompting them to ask her manager if she could play an American. Bach was born in Queens, New York en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Since religion was largely ignored in Randy Newman's childhood home, when Newman was informed that he couldn't come to a country club cotillion because he was a Jew, he had to ask his father what a "Jew" was. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Today I learned about Nim Chimpsky, a chimpanzee from the 70's who was raised like a child to see if chimpanzees could learn sign language. Nim loved cats, and learned to ask for marijuana. He ultimately fell into a deep depression when his original caretakers abandoned him. npr.org/2011/07/20/138467…
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…
In 1953, J Edgar Hoover published a FBI report warning β€œthe nation can expect an appalling increase in the number of crimes that will be committed by teenagers in the years ahead." Leading President Eisenhower to ask for legislation to β€œassist the states in dealing with this nationwide problem." saturdayeveningpost.com/2…
The Continental Congress may have considered electing a Prussian Monarch over the United States. Although widely denied by members, a rejection letter has been found in archives where Prince Henry of Prussia suggested they ask the French for a prince instead of him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pru…
The player depicted on the Heisman Trophy is actually former NYU player Ed Smith. He also had no idea he even modeled for the trophy until almost 50 years later when a reporter called to ask him questions about it. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
The originator of the popular saying, "It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission" was Grace Hopper, a United States navy Rear Admiral and pioneer of computer programming who popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Gra…
Today I learned about The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness; A study in which pairs of strangers were sat across each other, and given 36 questions to ask each other over a 45 minute period to see if they would fall in love. rd.com/list/arthur-aron-3…
To reduce infanticide, Sweden passed a law in 1778 allowing unwed pregnant women to go to a different area where she is unknown to give birth. The midwife was forbidden to ask her identity or to ask who the father was. The baby was then put in an orphanage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inf…
A Russian eagle named "Min" & 3 other eagles being tracked by scientists unexpectedly flew into Iran/Pakistan; the birds racked up so many out-of-network data roaming charges on SMS text transmitters that scientists had to take out a loan & ask for help on social media to pay off the phone bill. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Today I learned of Jia Jiang, a startup founder who set out to overcome his fear of rejection in "100 Days of Rejection." He forced himself to ask strangers for favors with high risk of a "no" such as: Ask to borrow $100; ask for a free "burger refill" at a restaurant. His odd requests sometimes got a "yes." nextshark.com/chinese-ent…
, FDR asked singer Eddie Cantor if he could get a million people to send in a dollar to support polio research. He replied that it would be easier to ask for dimes. By the end of the month, the White House had received 2.68 million dimes ($268k) and the March of Dimes began. time.com/5062520/march-of…
In 1925, the IRA sent a delegation to the USSR to ask for weapons. The Soviet delegation asked the IRA how many bishops they had killed. When the Irish said they hadn't killed any, the Soviets replied "Ah, you people are not serious at all." historyireland.com/20th-c…
Fidel Castro, aged 14, once wrote to Roosevelt to ask for $10. lettersofnote.com/2009/09…
Today I learned about the Monty Hall Problem: You're on a game show. There are 3 doors, a prize is behind one and goats behind two. You pick one, then the host opens one of the other doors revealing a goat and that door is removed. Host then asks if you want to switch your pick. You should ALWAYS switch! betterexplained.com/artic…
Despite being hospitalized for E.Coli from eating at Chipotle, a 19-yr-old woman told her lawyer to ask for free Chipotle burrito coupons to be included in her settlement. Chipotle paid her an undisclosed sum of money plus gave her about 3 dozen free burrito coupons. foxnews.com/food-drink/ho…
In his shows in Nazi Germany, Weiss Ferdl brought photographs of Hitler, GΓΆring, and other Nazi leaders and ask his audience β€œNow should I hang them, or line them up against the wall ?" uvic.ca/humanities/histor…
Today I learned of the Monty Hall problem. If a prize is hidden behind one of three doors and you choose a door, say door 1. The host then opens a door, say door 3, that didn’t have the prize and asks if you want to switch doors before the reveal. You are more likely to win the prize if you switch to door 2. statisticsbyjim.com/fun/m…
One of the founders of The Church of Jediism was removed from a Tesco supermarket in North Wales for refusing to remove his hood on a religious basis. The owner justified Jones's ejection by saying, "Jedis are very welcome to shop in our stores although we would ask them to remove their hoods." theguardian.com/world/200…
As a joke, the Apple II release of "Karateka" had a full version of the game on the reverse side of the disk that rendered the game upside down prompting users to call support and ask why the game was upside down. They were told to "take the disk out, insert it right-side up, and reboot". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Charles VI of France suffered mental illness throughout his life, and at one point, he forgot his own name and that he was king. Also when his wife came to visit, he had to ask his servants who she was, and ordered them to give her what she required so she would leave him alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Toothpicks were popularized by Charles Forster who bought the patent & targeted stationers who would not buy them; hired Harvard students to go to those retailers and ask for toothpicks, who had to turn away customers. Forster would return to those stores and later sell billions. slate.com/human-interest/…
During the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz mission, to help USA/USSR relations, astronauts and cosmonauts played smuggled audio recordings of glasses clinking, laughter, and many female voices. Houston radioed to ask what’s going on. "Oh nothing,” they said. β€œWe finished work, just having a party up here." supercluster.com/editoria…
Today I learned of a Jain festival β€œKshamavani” (Forgiveness Day) wherein the followers ask for forgiveness, of all your dear ones, everyone whom they may have wronged, knowingly or unknowingly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ksh…
The "For Dummies" book series started with "DOS for Dummies" in 1991. The creator overheard someone in a bookshop ask if there was "a book about DOS for dummies like me". Since then the series has grown to about 2,500 titles with more than 200 million books in print en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
60-65% of scholarships and grants either require less than a 3.5 GPA, or don’t ask for a GPA requirement at all. Students would actually be surprised at the sheer number of scholarship opportunities that don’t ask for a GPA requirement. These mostly geared toward extra-curricular activities. huffpost.com/entry/how-to…
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/…
John Lennon hated his own voice and loved to double-track his records. He would often ask the producer, George Martin: "Can't you smother it with tomato ketchup or something?" cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
In the UK, Superman was portrayed in an anti-smoking campaign against his arch rival Nick O’Teen - an evil villain who looked like a human cigarette butt with yellow stained teeth. The campaign was aimed at kids aged 7 to 11 and 800,000 of them ask for an anti-smoking campaign pack via the mail. comicsflix.org/2018/01/02…
DOOM was named after a Tom Cruise quote. Programmer John Carmack said in an interview that the game’s title was inspired by a scene in The Color of Money. Cruise’s character pulls out his custom cue case at a pool hall and someone asks β€˜What do you have in there?’ Cruise replies... β€˜Doom’ mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Dave Chappelle agreed to be in 'A Star is Born' after Bradley Cooper flew to a party hosted by Chappelle in Ohio to ask him to join the cast. Cooper had to persistently bother Chappelle before he agreed to be in the film. cinemablend.com/news/2477…
The Judgement of Solomon has parallels in many other traditions such as India (where the Buddha asks to two mothers to tug war the child's body) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Goldbach's Conjecture asks if every even integer is the sum of two prime numbers. It's deemed a "million buck problem" because its solution would advance mathematics by a great margin, although it remains unsolved since 1742 artofproblemsolving.com/w…
You if your a sober alcoholic and struggling at an airport you can ask an airport employee to page for "Bill" or "Friends of Bill" to come to your gate. Bill W. being the founder of AA other sober alcoholics will show up to your gate as support theawl.com/2016/10/how-to…
Japanese urban legend of Aka Manto, an evil spirit which appears in public restrooms and asks people to choose between red or blue toilet paper after which they kill you depending on your choice. Lacerations for red and strangulation for blue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aka…
When Mary Queen of Scots was executed, her executioners knelt before her to ask her forgiveness. She granted it saying β€œI forgive you with all my heart, for now, I hope, you shall make an end of all my troubles.” Unfortunately the headsman missed his first stroke, hitting the back of her head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
β€œShoeless” Joe Jackson was illiterate. In restaurants, rather than ask someone to read the menu to him, he would wait until his teammates ordered and then order one of the items that he heard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Today I learned of irukandji syndrome. Caused by irukandji jellyfish venom, it has an unusual symptom where the victim has a feeling of "impending doom." The victim is so sure they are going to die, that they ask the doctors to kill them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iru…
In the 1980's the yellow pages aired an advert in Britain. The ad saw a pregnant woman with cravings ask her husband for a pizza with tuna fish and banana. Thousands of people tried to place orders for this weird combination of toppings, prompting Domino's to put it on the menu. youtu.be/d6oKNn1oArk
John Carmack would ask for a medium pepperoni pizza from Domino's Pizza almost every day, during his time at id Software, and it was even carried by the same delivery person for more than 15 years. Carmack is such a regular customer that they still charge him 1995 prices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
There is a Starbucks in CIA headquarters and the baristas are not allowed to ask for names rd.com/culture/cia-starbu…
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…
President Roosevelt's dog, Fala, was so well known to Americans during his presidency that American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge would ask each other what the president's dog was named in order to prove that they weren't Germans in disguise. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
According to the Constitution, a Constitutional Convention can be convened if 2/3 of the states (currently 34 states) ask for it. At such a convention, amendments to the constitution can be proposed bypassing Congress. Due to vague wording, the scope and power of such a convention are unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
In South Korea it is illegal to play videogames from 12:00am - 6:00am when you are under 16. Parents may ask the government for exemption. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shu…

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