Turkeys will attack or attempt to dominate humans they view as subordinate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Two people have fallen from the Empire State and lived. Elvita Adams jumped in 1979 in a suicide attempt, but a gust of wind blew her onto a ledge one story below. In 2013, a man fell but was also saved by a ledge one story below. They both fell from the 86th floor and landed on the 85th floor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
In 1941, an Italian newspaper reported that the Loch Ness Monster had been killed by a direct hit in a German air raid. However, when a family boating on the Loch in August 1941 sighted the monster, the Daily Mail made a point of noting that Nessie had survived the Nazi attempt on her life hoaxes.org/archive/permal…
In Abraham Lincoln's time in the Illinois legislature, he once leapt out of a first-story window in a failed attempt to prevent a quorum from being present. The doors of the Capitol had been locked to prevent legislators from fleeing. wikipedia.org/wiki/Quorum…
The first Sikh member of the US Army - Bhagat Singh Thind gained US citizenship in 1918 and was stripped of it 4 days later for being Indian. The Supreme Court ruled against him in his second attempt. He succeeded in his third attempt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bha…
If an alpha male chimpanzee relies on intimidation and aggression in order to keep his status, then a coalition of chimpanzees will attempt to overthrow the alpha male en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alp…
In 1990 43 out of the 45 climbers attempting Lenin Peak were buried in an avalanche. The two survivors could hear their comrades shouting for help hours after the slide, but failed in any attempts to rescue them as the ice set like concrete immediately wiredforadventure.com/tra…
An 81 year old man called Giles Corey, accused of being a wizard in 1692, was the only man in American history to be subjected to death by pressing in an attempt to get him to submit to trial by jury. It is said that his response to the torture was to tell them to add 'more weight.' historyofmassachusetts.or…
Tiger Moths can beat their wings in a way that noise cancels a hunting bat's echolocation attempts to find it. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned about a Documentary called Kadoma. In which 2 American Pro Kayakers and their South African guide attempt the first descent of the Lukuga River in The Democratic Republic of Congo.While filming, the guide was snatched out of his Kayak by a 15fT crocodile and never seen again. mountainfilm.org/media/ka…
Helicopter rotor blades spin at a fairly constant speed and only gain lift by altering the angle of the blades. The centrifugal force is too much to attempt to alter the blade RPM enough to generate lift. phs.com.au/how-does-it-fl…
Due to his fascination with James Bond novels CIA boss Allen Dulles made the CIA attempt to make some of the Bond gadgets in real life. While the poison-tipped shoes reportedly did work in real life, many other gadgets failed to do their job. bbc.com/news/education-23…
During the prohibition in the 1920s, the United States government poisoned the alcohol in an attempt curtail enthusiasm for the drink, resulting in an estimated 10000 deaths. The move had little effect, and prohibition failed, ending in 1933. smithsonianchannel.com/vi…
The Vomit-Flavored Jelly Bean That Jelly Belly Makes Originated From A Failed Attempt To Make A Pizza-Flavored Jelly Bean confectionerynews.com/Art…
In 1976, Bob Marley planned a Non-Political Free Concert 'Smile Jamaica' which led to an Assassination Attempt. Bob would Survive & Perform the 90-Minute Set, still Healing from the Gunshot Wound. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/k…
Iceland in 1940 passed a law that made swimming lessons mandatory in schools starting at grade 1 (age 6) to grade 10 (age 16). Lessons are held once a week. Historically, a lot of Icelandic seamen had met a tragic end because of the harsh sea and this law was an attempt at saving lives. hakaimagazine.com/feature…
Today I learned about β€œwhataboutisms” - a logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
The 1964 baseball champion St. Louis Cardinals team photo had to be retaken because in the first attempt, one black player (HoF pitcher Bob Gibson) and one white player (famed broadcaster Bob Uecker) held hands with big goofy smiles. joeposnanski.substack.com…
Today I learned of the Bone Wars. In the late 1800s, two rival paleontologists sought to disgrace each other, resorting to bribery, theft, attempts to cut off funding, and destruction of bones. Both paleontologists were ruined financially, but their efforts led to the discovery of 136 new species of dinosaurs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
In 1944 the goaltending rule was adopted in basketball making it illegal for a defensive player to touch the ball on its downward flight. This was in reaction to Bob Kurland & George Mikan standing in front of the basket and swatting practically every opponent shot attempt. hooptactics.net/premium/b…
The origin of the term β€œGrandfather Clause” was first used to refer to statutes put in place after the Civil War by seven Southern states in an attempt to block African Americans from voting while exempting white voters from taking literacy tests required to vote. investopedia.com/terms/g/…
There have been several attempts by counties in the state of Colorado to secede and merge with neighbouring states (e.g. New Mexico, Wyoming) and a proposed state of North Colorado en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Chanakya, one of the oldest economist added a tiny bit of poison in the Kings food, without his knowledge, to immunize him from enemy assassination attempts. The King accidently killed his 8 month pregnant Queen by sharing his food. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The phrase "running amok" comes from a folk sickness in Malay/Indonesian cultures in which a man with no violent history will attempt to kill anyone he encounters in a sudden frenzy. It is thought an evil tiger spirit entered his body, therefore no ill will is held towards the man afterwards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run…
Germany funded the 1917 communist revolution in Russian (Lenin and the Bolsheviks) to bring down the Russian monarchy it was at war with. Only for Lenin to attempt to fund a communist revolution in Germany later. dw.com/en/how-germany-got…
Bhagat Singh Thind gained US citizenship in 1918, only to be stripped of it 4 days later for being Indian. His 2nd attempt had the Supreme Court rule against him. He succeeded in his 3rd attempt. He was also the first turbaned (Sikh) member of the US Army, serving during WWI. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bha…
The first attempt to make an anti-Nazi film in America was Herman J Mankiewicz's "The Mad Dog of Europe" in 1933. The film floundered in early production and was ultimately never produced because no studio would risk being banned in Germany. telegraph.co.uk/history/w…
In 1972, hours after George Wallace was shot in an assassination attempt, Nixon rushed E. Howard Hunt to the shooter's apartment to plant campaign literature for Democrat George McGovern, hoping to sway McGovern supporters to Nixon. Hunt called it off after FBI sealed off the apartment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
About German Captain Axel von dem Bussche, who was picked to model new uniform items to Hitler. Bussche twice volunteered pocket small bombs, hug Hitler during the inspection and blow up the two of them. Quirks of fate derailed both would-be suicide-bombing attempts. Bussche lived until 1993. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Australia constructed a number of pest-exclusion fences in an (unsuccessful) attempt to control rabbit and dingo populations - at one time, the rabbit-proof fence was the longest unbroken fence in the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
Michael Jackson met with producers in an attempt to play Professor Xavier in the first X-Men film gamesradar.com/whoa-the-f…
In 2016 a man fatally stabbed 19 people and injured 26 others (most in their sleep) at a care home in Japan in an attempt to advocate the euthanasia of disabled people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
Charlie Chaplin was one of the planned assassination targets during a May 15, 1932 coup attempt by Japanese naval officers. While the prime minister was killed at home, Chaplin survived as he was at a sumo event with the prime minister's son. japantoday.com/category/f…
Turkeys will attack or attempt to dominate humans they view as subordinate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Today I learned of 'Code of the Secret Service', a movie which lead actor Ronald Reagan called "the worst picture I ever made." The film inspired a man named Jerry Parr to join the Secret Service, who in 1981, saved President Ronald Reagan from an assassination attempt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Architect Oscar Niemeyer and urbanist LΓΊcio Costa invented an urban plan for Brasilia and structures that would attempt to micromanage the daily activity of human life. The unabashed goal was to create the space that would birth β€œthe new Brazilian citizen” cbc.ca/documentarychannel…
Safety Beach near Melbourne, Australia was previously called Shark Bay due to the presence of many sharks . The name was changed in an attempt to attract tourists the area as they had previously feared swimming in a place called "Shark Bay". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saf…
Today I learned of autistic savant Mark DeFriest, aka Houdini of FL. Arrested on a minor charge as a teen, he got a life sentence from escapes/attempts & pranks. He made a zip gun from a toothpaste tube, replicated keys from memory. In & out of prison since 1978, 27 yrs in solitary; he's in prison to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
One of Edgar Allan Poe’s rivals wrote a scathing obituary about him in order to posthumously destroy him. However, his attempt failed and sales from Poe’s works skyrocketed. softschools.com/facts/aut…
Ilya Ivanov, a Russian and Soviet biologist, specialized in the field of artificial insemination and the interspecific hybridization of animals. He is famous for his controversial attempts to create a human-ape hybrid by inseminating three female chimpanzees with human sperm (with no results). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ily…
The first attempt at a Thomas the Tank Engine TV series came as a live broadcast. The show was a disaster, with the model trains jerking around until a train derailed, and a crew member's hand visibly put it back on track. This caused so much embarrassment that the show was immediately cancelled lostmediawiki.com/The_Sad…
Emperor Hirohito of Japan was commissioned as a lieutenant in the army at age 13, escaped multiple assassination attempts, and became an acclaimed marine biologist after WWII en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hir…
Today I learned that scientists gave dolphins lsd as an attempt to communicate with them independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Today I learned about the Pseudo-Geber corpus, a group of influential works on chemistry and alchemy from the 13th and 14th centuries, whose authors are unknown because they attributed them to the legendary alchemist Geber in an attempt to gain credibility. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pse…
Soviets had nuclear tractors, aka Project Gamma Kolos, in an attempt to mutate wheat seeds before sowing them smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Queen Victoria had 8 Failed Assassination Attempts Made Against Her smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The first assassination attempt on a US president was targeted at Andrew Jackson. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Today I learned about the 101 freeway chickens. Since 1969 free roaming chickens have been spotted along the Hollywood freeway. After different attempts to round up the chickens and move them to a farm, they keep showing up and are slowly moving North. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The ratio of people using email for fun versus those using it for work has flipped since the 1990s. Many people nowadays dread email "because it is a conduit for unwanted advertising, a wide range of spam, and flat out attempts to scam or β€˜phish’ us” bbc.com/worklife/article/…
Today I learned of Project Stormfury. Ran by the US government in 1962, it was an attempt to weaken tropical cyclones by flying aircraft near the eye walls, and β€œseeding” them with silver iodide in hopes to freezing their inner structures. The project was a failure, and ended in 1983. wikipedia.org/wiki/Projec…
Albert Speer refused Hitler's order known as the Nero Decree. Its content dictated to destroy the German infrastructure and resources in an attempt to prevent the Allies from obtaining them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ner…
Today I learned of a secret society called Cicada 3301, that has on six occasions uploaded puzzles and also alternative fact games (some enduring years) in an attempt to recruit code breakers from the public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cic…
Today I learned about the Mirror test, which attempts to determine if an animal possesses the ability of visual self-recognition. The animal gets marked and is then given a mirror. If the animal investigates the mark,it is taken as an indication that the animal perceives the reflected image as itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
Iran's Supreme Leader issued an order calling for the assassination of Salman Rushdie, a British writer accused of blaspheming Islam. While he was not killed, the Japanese translator of the book was murdered and two other translators survived murder attempts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruh…
Over the years, there have been multiple unsuccessful attempts to make a sequel to 'The Goonies'. Recently, film and TV producer Adam Goldberg admitted he has drafted a spec script for 'Goonies 2' that took almost 9 years. slashfilm.com/the-goonies…
Toots & the Maytals made an unsuccessful attempt to get in the Guinness Book by recording, pressing and distributing a new album in 24hrs. Despite the fact that they managed, they did not get the record because nobody had notified Guinness book organization prior to the event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Too…
There were more than 600 assassination attempts against Fidel Castro cnn.com/2016/08/12/americ…
When a woman in Tokyo jumped into a river in an apparent suicide attempt, a group of Sumo wrestlers from the Sakaigawa-beya heya* helped to pull the woman from the water; she had no life-threatening injuries. *("heya" literally means "room" but is normally translated in English as "stable"). tokyoreporter.com/japan/s…
Why people don't scream and flail around when they close to drowning; their bodies do not have the air needed to perform actions such as waving around or screaming for help to seek attention, so the body attempts to prolong your survival in a few ways completely subconsciously. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ins…
In 2016 France blocked an attempt by Belgium to issue a 2-euro coin commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Using a loophole in Eurozone guidelines, Belgium simply minted a 2.50-euro commemorative coin and put it into circulation anyway theguardian.com/world/201…
Muhammad Ali was a guest referee at the first WrestleMania. The match was Hulk Hogan, and Mr. T against "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff. Midway through the match, all four men began brawling in the ring, and Muhammad Ali punched Piper in an attempt to restore order. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wre…
It took 128 attempts to get the script for The Simpsons episode "A Fish Called Selma" greenlit. uproxx.com/movies/jack-ba…
In 1885, British Criminal John "Babbacombe" Lee survived 3 attempts of excecution by hanging. He was dubbed 'The Man Who Could Not Be Hung'. His sentance was changed to 'Life in prison' and was released 22 years later. bbc.co.uk/insideout/south…
Today I learned about Kentucky abolitionist politician Cassius Marcellus Clay. During a debate in 1843, he survived an assassination attempt due to his political views. Despite being shot in the chest, Clay drew his Bowie knife, tackled his would be assassin, cut out his eyes, and threw him over an embankment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Rabies Disease produces Hydrophobia ("fear of water"), since the ability to transmit the virus would decrease significantly if the infected individual could swallow saliva and water. Thus, attempts to drink or even suggestion of drinking can cause painful spasms in the throat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
North Korea started to attempt to emulate certain aspects of China’s economic reform policies in 1980s, but both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il felt great hostility toward China after Deng Xiaoping launched China on the path of pursuing market-oriented β€œsocialism with Chinese characteristics” keia.org/publication/nort…
In 2018, the US Army started its own e-sports team as an attempt to recruit from a younger audience pcgamer.com/the-us-army-i…
"Antidisestablishmentarianism" was a movement in opposition to attempts to remove the Church of England as the official state religion of the UK en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Today I learned about Tim Friede, who has endured 200 snakebites and 700 injections of lethal snake venom, in an attempt to immunise himself against snakebites and then offer scientists his blood to make a universal antivenom. outsideonline.com/2395803…
Feeling sick is part of the body's attempts to preserve energy for the immune system and make you act in a way that signals to nearby people that you need help inverse.com/mind-body/618…
There is a woman in the Bible named the Witch of Endor. King Saul consults her to summon the spirit of the prophet Samuel for battle advice, after various attempts to consult God through sacred lots and prophets had failed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
A carnival game called "Hit the baby ni****" existed between the 1880s and as late as the 1950s. This game was sometimes played with live humans who would attempt to dodge eggs or baseballs thrown at them. As popularity faded the game was replaced with the dunk tanks we know today. snopes.com/fact-check/rac…
Hitler commissioned special "Wound Badges of 20 July 1944" to those who were wounded in the failed assassination attempt with him as per the Resistance's Operation Valkyrie. Only 24 people were awarded such medals. warmilitaria.it/en/wounde…
In an attempt to make his spy novels feel more authentic, author John Le CarrΓ© is credited with coining a number of terms for his fictional intelligence agency (terms like mole, honey trap, pavement artist, asset babysitter) which have become common terms used in real intelligence agencies. oregonlive.com/books/2015…
A European group is using back-breeding in attempts to re-introduce the aurochs, a forerunner of all modern cattle which has been extinct since 1627. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Warfarin was initially used as a rat poison, until a failed suicide attempt demonstrated its safety in humans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
In 1918, a black man named Laurence C. Jones survived a lynching attempt from a White mob by convincing them of his passion to educate Black kids. The mob ended up collecting money for his cause. inspiremore.com/laurence-…
A Texas man walked his leashed African Watusi steer named Oliver into Petco in an attempt to call Petco's bluff on their "All leashed pets are welcome" policy. To his surprise, the Petco staff in the Humble, TX location welcomed Oliver who is trained to ride and rein like a horse. fox8.com/2019/03/20/video…
No peer-reviewed attempt to replicate the Stanford Prison Experiment have reproduced the results, leading to allegations of fraud. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
King Zog of Albania survived 55 assasination attempts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zog…
Today I learned of the Hindu-German Conspiracy, an attempt to organize a revolt in the British Raj during WW1 by Indian nationalists. It received support from Germany, Turkey and the Irish republican movement. A major mutiny was prevented after the US Ghadar Party was infiltrated by British intelligence agents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hin…
Scottish scientists were awarded Β£250,000 in funding for a 3 year program to breed sheep who fart less. First they will work out how much methane the sheep produce; then they'll attempt to create more of the animals who fart the least. thescottishsun.co.uk/news…
Today I learned about the Prussian Scheme which was a rumored attempt in 1786 to establish a monarchy in the U.S. ruled by Prince Henry of Prussia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pru…
Today I learned of Maurice Herzog, the french mountaineer who summited Annapurna 1 first in 1950, the deadliest 8000 meter mountain with a 32% death rate. Not only was this the first 8000 meter peak summited, but also the only 8000 meter peak conquered on its first attempt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau…
In the 1950s the CIA made a fake sex tape featuring the president of Indonesia in an attempt to destroy his career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
The New Mexico territory was often considered for statehood in the 19th century but was never approved. One attempt in 1905 included merging with Arizona under the name 'Montezuma'. The following year the same merger was suggested under the name 'Arizona'. Arizona rejected the option. abqjournal.com/286241/new…
Rolling Stone was planning to track down Jack eyVinson, the actor from The Wizard who said, "I love the Power Glove. It's so bad," and have him attempt to actually use a NES Power Glove before they discovered he was a convicted child molester rollingstone.com/movies/m…
White House Police officer Leslie Coffelt was fatally shot while protecting President Truman in an assassination attempt, but managed to kill his attacker with a headshot from 30 feet away before dying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
In an attempt to resist the reintroduction of slavery in Guadeloupe, Louis DelgrΓ¨s (and hundreds of his followers blew themselves up, killing many French troops in the process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Today I learned about Project Cirrus the first attempt to modify a hurricane by dropping nearly 180 pounds of crushed dry ice into the clouds of the storm. The hurricane changed direction and made landfall near Savannah, Georgia. en.wikipedia.com/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned of "Project A119" a plan from 1958 in which the US Air Force wished to nuke the moon in an attempt to show power over the Soviets and also collect data on astrogeology. The project was eventually rejected due to fear of public backlash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
A company once redirected all attempts to a non-registered domains to their own page, supposedly for profit. This also messed up with emails sent to non-existing domains for a while. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
In an attempt to modernize Newfoundland, Canada, the province's Premier hired the former Latvian Minister of Finance, Alfred Valdmanis. While industrializing the province, Valdmanis embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars before being unmasked as a criminal and former Nazi collaborator. archive.macleans.ca/artic…
Colgate once tried to expand their product line by making frozen dinners. "Colgate Kitchen Entrees" remains one of the worst brand expansion attempts in history. huffpost.com/entry/6-hila…
Today I learned about Project Mohole, a failed attempt in the 1960s to drill all the way through the Earth’s crust to reach the mantle www8.nationalacademies.or…
A Soviet scientist, Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov has attempted inseminate three female chimpanzees with human sperm as a part of his controversial attempts to create a human-ape hybrid. The purpose of the project was to "prove" evolution and use it as propaganda against the Russian Orthodox Church. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ily…
"the Curse of Tippecanoe" is a pattern since 1840 of US presidents dying in office if elected in a year divisible by 20. The exceptions are Presidents Reagan and W. Bush, both of whom survived assassination attempts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
As the brain gets used to alcohol, it attempts to restore itself to a normal state in the presence of alcohol. If the influence of alcohol is suddenly removed, the brain has to readjust once again, leading to β€œthe shakes” or increased anxiety. pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/public…
Today I learned about Crown Prince Shah of Nepal who was named king, though he was in a coma after his suicide attempt, which took place after murdering his father King Birendra en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nep…
Gore-Tex was discovered as attempt to reduce cable isolation costs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor…

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