Marvel used to issue paychecks to their creatives with vouchers on the back saying that the one signing it renounced all rights to whatever they created. They couldn't sign the paycheck without also signing the voucher. comicsbeat.com/when-carl-…
When, in 1993, the US postal service issued a commemorative postage stamp honoring Elvis Presley's 58th birthday, fans mailed envelopes with first-day issues of the stamp to fictitious addresses so that they would receive their letters back, marked with the words "return to sender". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ret…
People keep finding meticulously crafted hollow dodecahedrons throughout Europe dating back to the Roman Empire but historians have no idea what they're supposed to be used for as there's no historical record of them anywhere. Theories range from dice to knitting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Dave Thomas (the founder of Wendy's) was a high-school dropout. He was afraid his success would convince teens to drop out of school, so at age 60, he went back and got his GED. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Today I learned about "Token Suckers" - Back when the NYC subway system used tokens people called "token suckers" would jam token slots with paper and suck out the tokens with their mouth. to prevent this, some attendants would sprinkle chili powder in the slots alltop.com/viral/disgusti…
In Friday the 13th (1980) an actual snake was killed in the scene where one is found in one of the camper's cabins. The snake's handler, who was unaware of the snake's fate, was incredibly upset and had to be held back by crew members after it happened. screenrant.com/friday-the…
Today I learned about Debbie Mathers, Eminem's mom who not only tried to sue him for 10 million dollars in a "slander" suit, but also released a set of diss tracks with two unknown rappers to get back at Eminem for the things he said about her. She lost the suit and em released even more songs about her abuse. melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
In 1950, four Scottish students stole back the Stone of Scone (the stone in which Scottish monarchs were crowned) from England and brought it all the way back to Scotland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
Sonny and Cher at the lowest point of their career started a lounge act that was so depressing the audience would heckle them. Cher started heckling them back. Sonny would reprimand her and then Cher would heckle and berate Sonny. This became the basis for their TV variety show years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
When a sailor with chronic sea sickness was ordered back to sea because the doctors denied that sea sickness was a real illness, an admiral ordered all port medical staff to take a short voyage by ship in rough seas. The next day the doctors changed their opinion. archive.macleans.ca/artic…
Oxford University is so old that they don’t even know when exactly it was founded and that the earliest evidence of teaching there goes back to 1096. ox.ac.uk/about/organisati…
During the height of the CA gold rush, an egg would cost the equivalent of $25 in today’s money, coffee went for $100/pound, and a pair of boots would set you back more than $2,500. history.com/news/8-things…
In 1865, Charles Dickens was traveling home from France when his train derailed while crossing a bridge, and his car was left dangling from the tracks. He helped save stranded passengers and then climbed back into the dangling car to find a manuscript he was supposed to send to his publishers. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of a brawl involving 50 congressmen on the US House floor in 1858. It ended when someone knocked off a man's wig and the man accidentally put it back on backwards, causing both sides to laugh and stop fighting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
Today I learned about Polish Haitians who date back to 1802 when they fought along side Haitian slaves during the Haitian Revolution which helped establish the world's first free black Republic. The Poles acquired Haitian citizenship for their support in overthrowing the French colonialists. friendlyborders.org/news/…
Hugh Laurie gave Lin-Manuel Miranda the idea for the song "You'll Be Back" from Hamilton after guest starring on House in 2009. Miranda mentioned to Laurie he was trying to write a breakup letter from King George to the colonies and "without blinking, he improv'd at me, 'Awwww, you'll be back'." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
In stocks, being "short" a stock means you have sold a borrowed share, in hopes that it gets cheaper. You owe a share back, but you are "short" it until you buy it back to return to the lender. investopedia.com/terms/s/…
The weightless scenes in the movie Apollo 13 were real. The space capsule set was built inside a cargo plane that would freefall for about 20 seconds at a time, simulating being in orbit. The plane would then climb back up to film the next scene. yahoo.com/entertainment/a…
Johannes Gutenberg lost his printing press to a money lender because he couldn't pay back the loan to build the press. The money lender went on to publish the first printed book with his name as the printer. Only after an Archbishop sacked the city, Gutenberg was finally recognized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The people staying at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station over the winter have an annual tradition of watching β€œThe Thing from Another World (1951)”, β€œThe Thing (1982)”, and β€œThe Thing (2011)” back-to-back after the last plane leaves for the season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amu…
As far back as 1928, the USSR had a water-based analog computer that used functioned by careful manipulation of water through a room full of interconnected pipes and pumps, water levels to store numbers, and rate of flow between them represented math operations. Used until the 1970s. digitaljournal.com/articl…
If you grind a marine sponge through a sieve into salt water, it'll reorganize itself back into a sponge. It's the only animal that we know of that can do that. pbslearningmedia.org/reso…
The first U.S official coin in circulation, the Fugio Cent, designed by Benjamin Franklin had the insignia "Mind Your Business" instead of the modern design "In God we Trust" and had 13 chain rings on the back representing the 13 states. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fug…
Today I learned of Gudrid ThorbjarnardΓ³ttir, Icelandic explorer, who sailed to America around 1000ad. She was the first European to give birth there. She also sailed across North Atlantic eight times between Greenland, Iceland and Norway. Later in her life she made a pilgrimage to Rome and back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gud…
Jack in The Box created a fake boy band called the Meaty Cheese Boys because NSYNC had a CD promo with McDonald’s and Back Street Boys had it with Burger King. enacademic.com/dic.nsf/en…
Instead of saying "once upon a time," Korean fantasies usually begin with "back when tigers used to smoke". waywordradio.org/when-tig…
There was a sex cult community called Rajneeshpuram in Oregon back in the 1980s. They had poisoned over 750 people to commit voter fraud and had multiple assassination attempts on the Wasco county officials although none of the assassination succeeded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raj…
Marbles and other glass shaped through the technique of glass blowing are heated in a furnace known as the "glory hole". The term predates the more modern colloquial use of the phrase. It's use goes back as far as 1825! slate.com/human-interest/…
President Kennedy was prescribed a rocking chair for back pain. He found one he liked so much he bought 14 copies for the Oval Office, Camp David, Air Force One, and homes of his family. He also gifted them to heads of state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
The reason the International Space Station doesn't fall back to earth it's because once a month it fires its thrusters to regain the lost altitude. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISS…
A babirusa's tusks grow upwards through the skin, curve back, and can get so long they penetrate the babirusa's own skull, killing it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
The Opium Wars were due to the British trade deficit with China due to tea. In 1685, China declared all goods bought from China must be paid in silver or bullion. Traders used opium to sell to China to earn back the silver to pay for the tea thus, leading to the Opium Wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea
In the first Gulf War a B-52 bomber mistakenly targeted a fighter with their tail gun radar. The fighter shot back with a HARM missile, causing damage, but no fatalities. Afterwards, the bomber was renamed "In HARM's Way." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGM…
Curry was introduced to Japan by the British. The British brought curry from India back to Britain and introduced it to Japan after it ended its policy of self-isolation. Curry in Japan is categorized as a Western dish wikipedia.org/wiki/curry
Today I learned of the forgotten Winchester 1873, which was found in the Great Basin national park in 2014. No one has been able to trace it back to an owner and there is no clear reason why it was abandoned. It remained undiscovered for over 130 years. centerofthewest.org/2018/…
A species of Australian Nocturnal Ground Parrots thought to be extinct for 100 years were found by one man after 15 years of searching. His search began when he found one feather of this bird on a truck and traced it back to the farm of an Old Indigenous Gentleman. audubon.org/news/yes-more…
Elvis Presley once flew from Graceland to Denver and back in one night just for a peanut butter, jelly, and bacon sandwich. messynessychic.com/2015/0…
An inmate confronted Al Capone to get back when he cut in the line, Al asked him if he knows who he is and while holding scissors to Capone's neck he replied: "Yeah, I know who you are, greaseball. And if you don't get back to the end of that fucking line, I'm gonna know who you were." realitytvworld.com/pophol…
Today I learned of the Sky Burial. Utilized in areas such Tibet and Mongolia, corpses are left on mountainsides to be eaten by carrion birds or otherwise decompose. Many who practice it view it as more practical than digging graves and as a way to give back to nature en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky…
The duck-billed platypus coexisted with dinosaurs, with scientists dating them back to the Jurassic period. blueplanetaquarium.com/bl…
In 2001 a Chinese steel firm purchased an entire shuttered steel mill from Germany for its scrap price, disassembled it, shipped it back to China, and reassembled it. Production was resumed in less than two years. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
A man named GΓΆran Kropp from Sweden rode his bicycle to Nepal, climbed Mount Everest alone without Sherpas or bottled oxygen, then cycled back to Sweden again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
Lea Thompson (Back to the Future) studied ballet as a girl & danced professionally by the age of 14, winning multiple prestigious scholarships. Told she did not have the right body to become a prima ballerina by Mikhail Baryshnikov himself, she changed her focus to acting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
About the Acrotaphus Wasp, a newly found wasp in the Amazon that zombifies spiders, lays an egg on the spiders back, makes the spider weave a web designed for the wasp pupa, the egg then hatches and the wasp consumes the spider and lives on the web. eurekalert.org/pub_releas…
A human skull recovered in the back garden of broadcaster Sir David Attenborough belonged to a woman murdered in 1879 bbc.com/news/uk-england-l…
Washington D.C. is not a state but a city and the capital of the United States of America due to Congress not having a permanent place to stay back in 1790 so they established a 100 square mile territory which would be marked as the District of Columbia. time.com/4296175/washingt…
In 2019 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards signed over all publishing rights to Bitter Sweet Symphony back to Richard Ashcroft (of The Verve) bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Today I learned of 67 yr-old 4'10" 100 lb Lorenza Marrujo, aka β€œLady Ninja” who has a black belt in jiujitsu. When she saw a 5'9" 170 lb man attacking her friend, Lorenza bent his fingers back, hit him twice with her elbow in his sternum, and pinned him to the floor with knees on neck & chest till help arrived. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
The Worlds oldest mummies are not from Egypt. They are from the Chincorro people of the Atacama Desert, present day Chile, dating back to 5000 BC, nearly 2000 years before the Egyptians kslnewsradio.com/1904916/…
It is theoretically possible to deconstruct a solid ball in to pieces and getting two identical copies of the original after putting them back together. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban…

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