There are at least 66 different names for eggs that are fried in a hole in toast (egg in a basket). myrecipes.com/extracrispy…
During WWI Charles de Gaulle was imprisoned for 32 months in 6 different prison camps. He tried to escape 5 times in various ways, including hiding in a laundry basket, digging a tunnel, digging a hole through a wall, and even posing as a nurse to fool his guards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The first baby stroller was made in 1733. The Duke of Devonshire asked architect William Kent to build a means of transport for his young children, and Kent constructed a shell shaped basket on wheels for children to sit in. It was richly decorated, and meant to be pulled by a goat or small pony en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
200 years ago, Robert Gibbon Johnson ate a whole basket of tomatoes outside a courthouse to prove that they were safe to eat and not posionous! dailytelegraph.com.au/new…
The Persian Empire counted how many soldiers in a battle died through counting the arrows that each soldier would place in a basket before a battle. When the soldiers came back, they each picked up an arrow and the remaining arrows would be counted to calculate the total amount of deaths warhistoryonline.com/inst…
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…
Broadswords are supposed to have basket hilts thearma.org/essays/broads…
Not only can eyeballs be rugby-ball shaped (astigmatism) instead of basket-ball shaped, but one in 2000 people have a cornea shaped like the top of The Gherkin, rather than the O2 Arena. This is called Keratoconus and causes blurred vision, but not blindness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ker…
Venus' flower basket sponges are often found to house glass sponge shrimp, usually a breeding pair, who are typically unable to exit the sponge's lattice due to their size. They are a symbol of undying love in Japan, where the skeletons of these sponges are presented as nuptial gifts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
A supermarket was closed down so that Michael Jackson could fulfill his dream to go to a supermarket and shop like everybody else and experience what it was like to β€œput things in a basket.” It was populated with his friends and family pretending to be fellow shoppers and employees. boingboing.net/2018/07/02…
Several significant inventions predated the wheel by thousands of years: sewing needles, woven cloth, rope, basket weaving, boats and even the flute. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned about Venus' flower basket. In Japan this sponge is a symbol of eternal love as each basket commonly contains a pair of mated shrimp. It also creates glass fibre by extracting silica from sea water britannica.com/animal/Ven…
In order to prevent tourists from stealing their beer glasses, some bars in Belgium require people to hand over one of their shoes as a deposit which is then put in a basket and hung from the ceiling. This shoes basket has also become an attraction. thedrinksbusiness.com/201…
Owls don't build their own nests, instead they take over abandoned ones. These old nests are often in such poor condition that fallen young owls frequently must be re-nested in man-made baskets so that they don't just fall again. audubon.org/news/the-men-…
Fishing nets account for 46 percent of the trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, with the majority of the rest composed of other fishing industry gear, including ropes, oyster spacers, eel traps, crates, and baskets. news.nationalgeographic.c…
[] About the "Chapwood Index" which seeks to expose problems with consumer price index. By using a more updated "basket of goods" and showing fluctuations by geographical area. chapwoodindex.com/
Some states grow so much zucchini, people can randomly find baskets or bags full of them in their back seats if they forget to lock their cars. ag.ndsu.edu/sargentcounty…
Tall people were considered unsuitable for playing basketball because they were thought too awkward. George Mikan was the first tall player at 6'10" He could block basketballs, prompting a rule change. His team's strategy became giving him the ball to drop in the basket. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Up until the tail-end of the 18th century, tomatoes were considered poisonous, and nicknamed the β€œpoisonous apple.” It wasn’t until 1820, when Colonel Robert Johnson ate an entire basket of the fruit, that those myths were proven false tomatoandhealth.com/index…
The lead singer of German industrial metal band Rammstein was given his position after being heard singing whilst weaving baskets for a living. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
The Finns sarcastically dubbed the Soviet cluster bombs "Molotov bread baskets" in reference to Molotov's propaganda broadcasts. When the hand-held bottle firebomb was developed to attack Soviet tanks, the Finns called it the "Molotov cocktail", as "a drink to go with the food". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
The first honeybees in New Zealand were brought over from the UK in two woven baskets via ship in 1839. Those bees made manuka honey, which is highly prized for its anti-microbial properties, and is now a big part of the US health industry. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
North Korea has its own distinct basketball rules, such as three points for a dunk, four points for a three-pointer that does not touch the rim, minus one point for missing a free throw, and eight points for a basket scored in the final three seconds. heraldsun.com.au/sport/ba…
In 2001, drug kingpin El Chapo escaped from prison in a dirty laundry basket. After bribing multiple guards, he was wheeled out of prison hidden inside it. The escape allegedly cost him over $2.5m. Over 70 guards were implicated including the warden, who's now in prison for the part he played. crimeandinvestigation.co.…
Dolphins can understand syntax. In 1997, researchers used a symbolic gestural/acoustic language, asking dolphins to put one of many specific toys in one specific basket. They were able to perform the task immediately, and responded appropriately when the objects in the sentence were swapped. youtu.be/KTShFMlFFBc?t=15…
The Soviets Dropped Cluster Bombs on Finland but Claimed they Were Humanitarian Food Drops. As a Result, The Finns Coined the Term "Molotov Bread Basket" to Describe These Bombs and then the Term "Molotov Cocktail" as "A Drink To Go With The Food" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
They used soccer balls to play basketball before their own ball was invented. Early basketball players used a soccer ball, which they threw into half-bushel peach baskets hung on opposite ends of the gym. sportsrec.com/6592545/the…
Basketball was invented in 1890. Players would need a ladder get the ball out of the peach basket. It took them 10 years to add a net, then another 6 years to cut a hole in the net to allow the ball to come down without needing a ladder livestrong.com/article/36…
Even though the wheel is often citied as man's original invention... it wasn't invented until after flutes, baskets, woven cloth, and even boats smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Two PETA workers stole a chihuahua from a family's front porch, only to come back to the house two days later to give the family a fruit basket and tell them that they killed the dog. huffingtonpost.com/dougla…
A man in England accidentally blew up his parents’ house after he knocked on a stove’s control, which burned a clothes basket, which then lit a grocery bag on fire and caused an aerosol can of deodorant to explode, resulting in Β£20,000 ($26,182) in damages. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
On August 14 1945, more than 1,000 Japanese officers raided the Imperial palace to destroy the recording of the Emperor's speech of surrender. Confused by the layout of the palace, the rebels never found the recording. It was later smuggled outside in basket of women's underwear for broadcast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyo…
Employees and customers of the popular grocery chain Market Basket successfully boycotted the company after its beloved CEO was fired. During the monumental protests, Market Basket lost an estimated 10$ Million per day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Underwater basket weaving has been used as a pejorative term for excessively easy/useless/niche courses for at least the past 65 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Und…
"Basket Case" by Green Day uses the same chords as Pachalbel's Canon youtu.be/rDYBa-Hu0Gk
Carnival basketball hoops are 11 feet high instead of the standard 10 feet. The sliding tarp underneath the hoop messes with our perception and so almost everyone shoots short of the basket. gizmodo.com/science-helps…
New England grocer Market Basket doesn't have self-checkout lanes because CEO Arthur T. Demoulas stated that he wanted "a human being waiting on a human being." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeM…
The wheel was invented thousands of years after boats, woven cloth, rope, sewing needles, baskets and even the flute. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In 1957 some basketball coaches were seriously considering putting a height limit on the sport; another common idea was raising the basket to 12-13 feet. si.com/vault/1957/01/14/5…
On June 10, 1876, farmer, self-proclaimed inventor and Civil War veteran James Moon rode into Lafayette and got a room. He bought an axe and some iron plates, claiming to be "inventing an instrument for making fruit baskets." The next day, he was found beheaded by a crudely built guillotine. amp.jconline.com/amp/9418…
87% of parents will buy or make Easter baskets for their childrenβ€”and 81% will then proceed to steal candy from them. infoplease.com/spot/easte…
Former NBA player Andrew Bynum was once thrown out of a team practice session because he kept shooting the ball whenever he touched it, regardless of how far away he was from the basket. sports.yahoo.com/news/how…
On June 10, 1876, farmer, self-proclaimed inventor and Civil War veteran James Moon rode into Lafayette and got a room. He bought an axe and some iron plates, claiming to be "inventing an instrument for making fruit baskets." The next day, he was found beheaded with a crudely built guillotine. jconline.com/story/news/h…
When an online college in the US jokingly offered, as an April Fools gag, a course called 'Underwater Basket Weaving' (a notorious code for a do-nothing class) the school was forced to apologize when they were accused of being disrespectful to indigenous cultures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Und…
In North Korean basketball, you get three points for a dunk, four points for a three pointer that doesn't touch the rim, and eight points for a basket scored in the final three seconds. A missed free throw means minus-one point. legacy.signonsandiego.com…
The Phoenix Suns got their mascot by accident when a messenger from a singing telegram service came to a home game dressed as a gorilla. Before he left, security suggested he do a few dances underneath the basket. Fans loved it and he kept coming to games until it was made official. nba.com/suns/history/hist…
During WW1, German zeppelins had a "spy basket" which was a small capsule that would be dropped from above the clouds to spy on the allies. Despite it being cold, isolated and cramped, crew members would volunteer to be in it because it was the only place they were able to smoke. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spy…
Stopping Midway through "Basket Case" Billie Joe Armstrong went on a rant, smashing his guitar and pulling down his pants, during an IHeartRadio music festival in 2012 yahoo.com/entertainment/b…
Yankees star Derek Jeter gives gift baskets to his one night stands nymag.com/daily/intellige…
During the first battle of the American Civil War, hundreds of civilians from Washington DC brought picnic baskets and came to watch the battle, sure the Union would easily win. The Union lost, and the civilians were caught in the retreat of the Northern army. historynet.com/war-watche…

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