Following the teams first Stanley Cup victory, Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington included the name of his father, Basil, who was unaffiliated with the team, to be engraved on the cup. After the NHL learned of the move, it ordered the name removed. The name is now covered by a line of X's. nhl.com/news/stanley-cup-…
After the completion of Saint Basil's Cathedral (the colorful church in Moscow's Red Square), Czar Ivan the Terrible allegedly ordered the cathedral's architect blinded so he could never design anything so beautiful again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Today I learned about Basil II. He is said to have captured 15,000 prisoners and fully blinded 99 of every 100 men, leaving one one-eyed man in each cohort to lead the rest back to their ruler. The king of Bulgaria was struck down by the sight of his blinded army and died two days later after suffering a stroke en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
John Cleese based the character of Basil Fawlty on Donald Sinclair, an eccentric hotel owner who’d accommodated Monty Python. Sinclair threw Eric Idle’s briefcase out of a window because he mistook it for a bomb, and criticised Terry Gilliam’s table manners because he was American. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Saint Basil's Cathedral located in Moscow was built on orders from Ivan the Terrible in 1561 & commemorates the capture of Kazan & Astrakhan. In 1812, French troops looted the church & attempted to blow it up. In 1928, the church became a museum & property of the USSR. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Basil Rathbone, Ronald Colman, Claude Rains, and Herbert Marshall all served in the London Scottish Regiment in World War I. All won medals for valor, and all but Rathbone were wounded. Rains got his trademark husky voice because his vocal cords had been paralyzed in a poison gas attack. sistercelluloid.com/2015/…
Seeds of several basil varieties become gelatinous when soaked in water, and are used in some Asian drinks and desserts such as faluda, sharbat-e-rihan, or hα»™t Γ©. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Mint isn't just one species of plant, but it's a whole family of related plants known for having aromas in all parts and includes widely used culinary herbs, such as basil, rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme, marjoram and lavender. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lam…
Saturday Night Live used to feature dance segments. The female dancer in this dance group (The Lockers) is actually Tony Basil. The one hit wonder singer of the 80’s song β€œMickey”. vimeo.com/131597746
After winning the battle of Kleidion in 1014, the Byzantine Emperor Basil II took an estimated 14,000-15,000 prisoners, and punished them by sorting them into groups of a 100, then blinded 99 men in each one and left a single man in each with one eye so that he could lead the others home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The mint family includes not only a plethora of culinary herbs (including mint, basil, rosemary, sage, savory, marjoram, oregano, hyssop, thyme and lavender) but also some shrubs, trees and even vines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lam…
Sherlock Holmes never speaks the line "Elementary, my dear Watson" in the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was said by Basil Rathbone in the movie 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' shmoop.com/quotes/element…
Toni Basil hit 'Mickey' was originally a Chinn Chapman song called 'Kitty' performed by UK pop group Racey youtube.com/watch?v=h3Jxi…
Toni Basil was 38 years old at the time of her breakout hit 'Mickey', whose music video portrays her as a high school cheerleader en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
In 859 a man named Basil arrived in Constantinople penniless. Within 8 years, he had begun an affair with the Byzantine Emperor Michael III, had married the emperor's mistress, and had been crowned co-emperor. In 867 Basil murdered Michael in his bedchambers after first cutting off his hands. roman-emperors.org/EudIng…
There was a woman that faces jail for growing vegetables in her front yard; five large planter boxes containing basil, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes and cucumbers. The charges got dropped later on after the city was hammered with negative publicity. business.time.com/2011/07…
The world’s most expensive hot dog is 18” long, on an herb/oil focaccia roll with truffle butter, and grilled. It’s topped with mustard, garlic/herb mayo, shallots, baby greens, bacon, tomato, moose cheese, cranberries, basil olive oil/pear-cranberry-coconut balsamic vinaigrette, and pepper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
Today I learned of Royal Navy captain Geoffrey Basil Spicer-Simson. After his request to name his pair of motor launches Cat and Dog was denied, he named them Mimi and Toutou. After the Admiralty accepted, he stated they were French words for "Miaow" and "Bow-wow." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The name Rihanna means basil en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rih…
, after invading Bulgaria and capturing 15,000 prisoners, Basil II, blinded 99 of every 100 men, leaving one one-eyed man in each group to lead the rest back to their ruler. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
In 1014 AD Byzantine Emperor Basil II the "Bulgar-Slayer" had 15,000 Bulgarian captives blinded. But he left one in every 100 with one eye so they could lead the rest back to Bulgaria. ancient.eu/Basil_II/
Margherita Pizza has tomato, mozzarella, and basil as toppings to represent the Italian national flag en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piz…
A philantropist and arms dealer, Basil Zaharoff, donated Β£20.000 to the Paris Zoo's monkey house. They thought the check was a hoax and left it in a drawer for 2 months before realizing it was real. trove.nla.gov.au/newspape…
The first "delivery" Pizza was for Queen Margherita, of Naples. This is also the origin of "Margherita" topping (Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella) foodandwine.com/fwx/food/…
Basil Rathbone, famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, was once arrested in 1926 along with every other member of the hit play The Captive for the play's homosexual subject matter. The play was forced to end its run. popmatters.com/edouard-bo…
Eastern Roman Emperor Basil I sent an insulting letter to Holy Roman Emperor Louis II, telling him Franks could not be Roman emperors and should not style themselves such. Louis sent a letter in response, and it reveals two competing notions of ethnicity and Roman identity turbulentpriests.group.sh…
A single Japanese company owns: Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Old Grand-Dad, Old Crow, Baker's, Basil Hayden's, Booker's, Knob Creek, Laphroaig, Ardmore, The Tyrconnell, Connemara, Canadian Club, Courvoisier, Starbucks Liqueurs and many other booze brands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
Italians are "horrified" by the spaghetti bolognese served in the the rest of the world. The Italian original uses wider noodles than spaghetti, and the sauce only has meat, vegetables, wine, milk, and tomatoes; no oregano, basil, parsley, or garlic. atlasobscura.com/articles…
After the Battle of Kleidion, Emperor Basil II blinded 99 of every 100 people, leaving the remaining one with only one eye to lead them home en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
After the battle of Kleidion, Basil ll ordered captured Bulgarian soldiers to be blinded, some soldiers, however, were only blinded in one eye so they could lead every one else home en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Basil interacts with cannabinoid receptors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Byzantine emperor Basil II, earned the title "Bulgar-Slayer" by blinding every 99 out of every 100 of 15,000 Bulgarian prisoners. The remaining man only received one blinded eye in order to lead his 99 back to friendly territory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
The 1981 hit song 'Mickey' by Toni Basil was an altered cover of the 1979 song 'Kitty' by Racey en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
When Byzantine Emperor Basil II took 15,000 Bulgarian prisoners at the Battle of Kleidion he had them all blinded. Only 1 man in every 100 was allowed to keep one eye - to lead their blinded companions home. For his gruesome triumph the Emperor was named Basil the Bulgar Slayer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Church sanctified gay marriages date back to the same sex union of Byzantine Emperor Basil I (867-886) and his companion John. gaychristian101.com/Gay-M…
In 1974, Basil Brown, a 48-year-old health food advocate from Croydon, England, drank himself to death by consuming 10 gallons (37.85 litres) of carrot juice in ten days, causing him to overdose on vitamin A and suffer severe liver damage. blog.plover.com/bio/butte…
Ancient Greeks and Romans thought basil would only grow if you screamed wild curses and shouted while sowing the seeds. burpeehomegardens.com/Bur…
Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that to grow basil one had to yell and curse angrily while sowing the seeds theepicentre.com/Spices/b…
John Cleese's character Donald Sinclair in the film Rat Race is named after the real hotel owner that Basil Fawlty is based on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat…
Toni Basil was 39 years old when she sang the 80's cheerleader hit song "Mickey". youtube.com/watch?v=LSfno…
Today I learned of skin diver and fisherman Harry Goodridge whose pet seal, Basil, was eaten by a great white after falling off his boat in 1960. Goodridge then harpooned the shark and fought it to the death. bangordailynews.com/2012/…
That instead of using meat, some South and East Asian beverages are made gelatinous through soaked basil seeds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Toni Basil's hit 80s song "Mickey" was thought by many to include a subtle anal-sex reference vulture.com/2012/08/vultu…
Despite being an expert fencer in real life, Basil Rathbone only won one swordfight in a movie en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Byzantine emperor Basil I died by a fever after having his belt caught by the antlers of a deer while hunting and being dragged 16 miles as a result. The emperor was eventually cut down by an attendant, but had him executed after believing the knife he took out was for assassination. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Remember that hysterical Fawlty Towers scene where, during a fire drill, Basil locks Manuel in a burning kitchen? that he actually DID catch fire, and still bears the scars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
NASA plans to send / put seedlings of Arabidopsis (a minimalist plant), besides basil & turnip on the Moon next year and on Mars by 2020 in order to make them more human-life supportable. nasa.gov/centers/ames/cct…
Today I learned about Mathias Rust, a West German man who in 1987 illegally piloted his plane to Moscow, where he landed on Red Square by of St. Basil's Cathedral. airspacemag.com/history-o…
Today I learned of Basil I, emperor of Byzantium. Born a simple peasant in Macedonia, he rose to the Imperial court and usurped the throne from Michael III. His dynasties reign is concidered the most prospeous and glorious for Byznatium. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
After capturing 14000 Bulgarian soldiers Byzantine Emperor Basil II had the prisoners divided into groups of 100 men, blinded 99 men in each group and left one man in each with one eye so that he could lead the others home. militaryhistory.about.com…
Basil Marceaux served as a member of Force Recon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
There are two dozen engraving errors on the Stanley Cup. Only one is NOT a spelling error. After the '83-'84 Oilers won the cup, owner Peter Pocklington had his dads name snuck onto the team roster. The NHL caught the error later and had Basil Pocklington's name crossed out with X's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
That Toni Basil (of Mickey fame), Fred "Rerun" Barry, and Ozone from the movie Breakin' all were in the same street dance troupe and was on the third episode ever of Saturday Night Live en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of the mysterious Sir Basil Zaharoff, an arms dealer who started his career as a professional arsonist and became one of Europe's richest men selling steam-powered submarines amongst other things. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Basil and Oregano have a compound that activates CB2 cannabinoid receptors -- the kind found in the immune system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swe…
99 out of every 100 prisoners captured in the Battle of Kleidion was blinded by the victorious Byzantine emperor Basil II and the 100th was spared one eye to guide the rest back to their homes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byz…
Basil is considered a mint en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Basil plants live longer when their flowers are snipped. gardening.stackexchange.c…
An American remake of 'Fawlty Towers' wrote out the character of Basil Fawlty. billyingram.blogspot.jp/2…
Mathias Rust, who is famous for landing his plane on the Red Square in May 1987, was nearly shot down several times, and he didn't land on the Red Square but on a bridge by Saint Basil's Cathedral instead. wired.com/thisdayintech/2…
Basil, mint, rosemary, sage, savory, marjoram, oregano, thyme, lavender, and perilla are closely related en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lam…
Toni Basil of one hit wonder Mickey fame was one of the tripping prostitutes in the Easy Rider lsd scene youtube.com/watch?v=twBsq…

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