When Joseph Stalin was dying, his private physician was not available because he was already being tortured in the basement of the KGB headquarters for suggesting the Soviet leader required more bed rest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lav…
Boston's debut album was initially rejected because band founder Tom Scholz had recorded and produced it entirely in his basement. In order to appease/fool the label, Scholz hired someone to pretend to produce the album while he rerecorded and reproduced the same album from his basement again. ultimateclassicrock.com/b…
Barbra Streisand has built a shopping mall in the basement underneath her house, unstaffed and she stocks it with things she buys herself. Need a gift for a friend, she β€˜shops’ for it in her own private mall. harpersbazaar.com/fashion…
To prevent a rodent infestation, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia owns around 70 cats. The cats spend their days mostly in the basement and are taken care of by the museum staff. The museum has a small kitchen and a pet clinic dedicated to the well-being of the cats. telegraph.co.uk/travel/de…
Today I learned of Eizō Nomura, a Japanese man who survived the Hiroshima explosion in a basement only 170 meters from ground zero. He lived for another 37 years. hiroshimapeacemedia.jp/?b…
A principal once punished a mischievous student by making him read the U.S. Constitution in a basement until he could recite it. The student, Thurgood Marshall, would go on to become the first black associate Justice of the Supreme Court govinfo.gov/content/pkg/C…
The bones of around 10 bodies; six of them children were found in the basement of the house Benjamin Franklin lived in London's Craven Street for nearly two decades, while he was an ambassador for the American colonies. londonist.com/2016/05/the…
Dave Grohl wrote the popular 90s song "Everlong" in 45 minutes while living in a friend's basement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
A long-lost Rembrandt painting was found in a basement in New Jersey. It was initially valued by a local auction house at $800, who were unaware of its true value. But numerous art buffs recognised its true value, resulting in it selling for $870,000 ($1.1 million with the sale premium). reuters.com/article/us-ne…
Today I learned about Julia Pastrana, a Mexican woman who was toured around the world as "the bear woman". When she died in childbirth in 1860 her husband had her embalmed and continued touring. Her remains ended up in the basement of the University of Oslo. In 2013 she was finally laid to rest in Mexico. sciencedirect.com/science…
Gary Gygax's wife was convinced he was having an affair so she followed him to a dimly lit basement and burst into the room only to find him and his friends hunched over hand drawn maps. Gary would go on to invent the role playing game "Dungeons and Dragons" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Today I learned of the Pittsburgh toilet: a toilet in the basement with no surrounding walls, which is common in pre-WWII houses in the Pittsburgh area en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit…
Most homes in California don't have basements. This is because basements are primarily for keeping pipes below the frost line so they don't freeze when it's cold out. Warm climates don't have this problem, thus no need for a basement. finehomebuilding.com/1998…
Today I learned of Erica Pratt, who was abducted and locked in a basement when she was seven years old. She escaped her kidnappers in less than 24 hours by gnawing through the duct tape binding her hands and feet, kicking out a panel on the basement door, punching out a window, and then screaming for help. nytimes.com/2002/07/24/us…
Today I learned about half of the Lincoln Memorial is hidden underground. The 43,800-square-foot basement was built with dozens of concrete columns to support the weight of the marble structure. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
In 1998, 10 bodies were discovered in Benjamin Franklin’s basement during house renovations. The bodies belonged to his friend and anatomist William Hewson, who had a falling out with his mentor William Hunter and illegally procured them for study. Hunter’s body was not among them. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Today I learned of Frank Willis, a security guard in 1972. While on duty he noticed tape on a basement door lock. Thinking a worker had left it there accidentally, he removed it. Willis later found tape again in the same place. He called the police, saying he believed there had been a break-in at Watergate. nytimes.com/2000/09/29/us…
Goldfinger was banned in Israel after it was reported that the actor playing Goldfinger, Gert FrΓΆbe, was a former member of the Nazi party. The ban was lifted when it was discovered he helped to hide two Jews in his basement during the war. forbondfansonly.com/posts…
NYC beekeepers noticed their bees making red honey, which led to an investigation that ultimately exposed the city's largest marijuana farm in the basement of a Brooklyn cherry factory thedailybeast.com/how-bee…
Ray Bradbury took 9 days to write his novella, The Firemen, in the basement of a UCLA library on a typewriter rented for 10Β’/30 minutes. After being urged by his publisher, he returned to the basement, got to work, and expanded his novella into Fahrenheit 451, which also took 9 days to write en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fah…
National Geographic hires an archivist who has worked by himself in the magazine office basement for over 30 years. He has handled hundreds of thousands of photographs and is responsible for about eight million images in the vintage collection youtu.be/3mgFQ_wAgz4
Today I learned of Eva Saxl, a diabetic woman who synthesised her own insulin in a basement during WWII, saving not only her own life but the lives of over 200 people in the Shanghai Ghetto who would have died when legal insulin became unavailable en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…
, In 1998 renovators found the bones of 15 people in the basement of Ben Franklin's house in London. 6 of them were children. history.howstuffworks.com…
The majority of homes in Texas don’t have basements. zarealestate.com/4-reason…
In the Garfield comic strip, Jon originally had a roommate named Lyman, who was also Odie's owner. He stopped appearing after a few years. Cartoonist Jim Davis has never confirmed what happened to him--all he's said on the subject is "Don't look in Jon's basement!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Barbra Streisand has a shopping mall in her basement where she displays different categories of her things in different shops. harpersbazaar.com/culture…
Kodak Had a Secret Nuclear Reactor Loaded With Enriched Uranium Hidden In a Basement gizmodo.com/kodak-had-a-s…
Ray Bradbury wrote the first draft of "Fahrenheit 451" on a coin-operated typewriter in the basement of the UCLA library. It charged 10Β’ for 30 minutes, and he spent $9.80 in total at the machine. e-reading.club/chapter.ph…
Today I learned of "Bobst Boy," an NYU student who lived in the basement of the campus library for eight months because he couldn't pay for campus housing. NYU offered him free housing and financial assistance until graduation, and he now has a Ph.D. in folklore from Indiana University. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Four family members in Russia died due to poison gas from the rotting potatoes in their basement huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014…
In 2000, two visiting Egyptologists found that a 2,700-year-old statue was unwittingly being used as a bike rack by staff in the basement of a Southampton museum. It had been ignored for a century. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
A man spent 17 years building a Lamborghini Countach by hand in his basement. youtu.be/MMQma4xH3lk
If you lived in a basement all you life you would live 90 billionths of a second longer than those living on the surface. This is because where the pull of gravity is stronger, the slower time moves. Time moves faster upstairs. insidescience.org/news/ti…
It is common to have a random toilet in the middle of your basement in Pittsburgh today.com/home/what-heck-…
Hunter S. Thompson pranked Jack Nicholson on his birthday by shining a spotlight on his house, blasting a recording of a pig being eaten alive by bears, firing his pistol, and leaving an elk's heart at the front door, while Nicholson and his two daughters hid in the basement. nerve.com/entertainment/t…
During WW2, Britain shipped most of its gold reserves and foreign securities to Canada in crates labeled 'Fish'. They were stored for years in an office building in downtown Montreal, where about 5000 people worked throughout the war without having a clue about what was hidden in their basement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
Hermann Goring, commander of the Luftwaffe, was a collector of model trains. It widely know that he had Trix and Marklin railways, but it is mostly neglected that he had two Marklin railways, one in his attic and one in his basement. marklinstop.com/2011/12/m…
Mama Cass Elliot lived in a "secret" storeroom in the basement of a corner store in Laurel Canyon before she made it big totally-la.com/the-la-hom…
The original print of the famous painting β€˜Washington Crossing the Delaware’ was destroyed in a Nazi basement during a WWII air raid en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
In 2005, Lynden, Washington, gained renown for its infamous Lynden Drug Tunnel, built by a band of Canadian drug-smugglers in the basement of a residence 5 miles north of Lynden along the Canada–US border. This is the only known drug tunnel along the US-Canada border en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
There is a collection of hundreds of preserved diseased brains along with photographs of patients in the sub-basement of Yale Medical School that is free and open to the public. The collection was started by the first neurosurgeon to successfully remove a brain tumor - Dr. Harvey Cushing. statnews.com/2017/10/31/b…
In 1937, a gas leak in the basement at the local school in New London, Texas caused a massive explosion which killed almost 300 children and teachers, the deadliest school disaster in US history. Adolf Hitler even sent his condolences by telegram. texasmonthly.com/articles…
A 78 year old German man was caught hiding a working Panther tank and an 88mm Anti-aircraft gun in his basement. Prosecutors were originally looking for stolen Nazi art. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
In season 1 of "Breaking Bad", Jesse Pinkman was originally going to be killed by a rival drug dealer. The storyline was supposed to proceed with Walter White tracking the killer down, abducting him, shackling him in the basement and slowly torturing him for the remainder of the season. thewrap.com/breaking-bad-…
Due to tomb construction, a plot to steal him, artempts to hide him and a reconstruction, Lincoln's coffin was open 5 times and moved 17 times. Including 11 years in the basement of his tomb, 2 years disguised as a wood pile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fun…
A Canadian creationist who believes the world is only around 6,000 yrs old, accidentally discovered a 60-million-year-old fish fossil while excavating a basement in Calgary. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei featured an Andy Warhol exhibition with portraits of Mao Zedong in its basement. It also displayed some of Chiang Kai-shek’s favorite foods fpri.org/article/2019/03/…
A Baltimore woman locked a police officer in her basement when he tried searching her home without a warrant. She sued and won a settlement. wbaltv.com/i-team/Woman-9…
Teddy Roosevelt was an avid boxer and became the first American ever to receive a brown belt in Judo. He lined the White House basement with training mats and sparred with anyone that was willing including boxing champion John Sullivan, his wife, and a Swiss minister. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Kodak had a semi-secret nuclear reactor in their office basement in Rochester New York for 30 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…

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