In some US cities, local authorities regulated Trick or Treating by creating a fake holiday called "Beggars Night" to replace Halloween en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beg…
When Fatima Othman, a disabled street beggar, died in an abandoned car in Beirut, she was found to be carrying 5 million Lebanese ounds in cash and a deposit book showing more than $1 million in savings. arabnews.com/node/1304116…
Today I learned of Billy Ray Harris, a beggar who was accidentally given a $4,000 engagement ring by a passing woman when she dropped it into his cup. He never sold it. Two days later the woman came back for her ring and he gave it to her. In thanks, she set up a fund that raised over $185,000 for him independent.co.uk/news/wo…
The Black Death led to sharp decline in available workforce in England and Wales. Vagrancy laws criminalised unemployed people who could work but chose not to. People who were too sick or old to work had to obtain beggar's licenses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vag…
During the recording of the Rolling Stones album "Beggars Banquet" Brian Jones would sometimes come to recording sessions and want to play completely irrelevant music. The producer would put him in an isolated booth and simply not record his playing onto any important track. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beg…
Today I learned of the Beggar's Badge, a badge given out by the Scottish government in the 1400s. Only beggars who demonstrated adherence to Christian morals, and could prove themselves unable to work, were given a badge. This gave the government a way to control who was allowed to beg. historyscotland.com/histo…
Chicago passed an Ugly Law that prevented anyone who was disabled, deformed, or an unsightly or disgusting object from exposing themselves to public view. Beggars were fined from $1.00 up to $50.00, or shipped to the poorhouse. This law was active in Chicago until 1974. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugl…
Dungeons and Dragons' "Thieves' Cant" is a real thing - a language used by beggars and thieves in medieval Britain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
A beggar was caught outside a mosque in Kuwait telling worshipers that he badly needed cash and that he had no home. Since it is illegal, he was arrested and police discovered he had over 500,000 Kuwaiti Dinars in his bank account ($1,650,000) gulfnews.com/world/gulf/k…
King Louis IX, who died today in 1270, is the only French monarch venerated as a saint. He invited beggars to eat with him at his table daily, and replaced trial by combat with evidence-based trials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
According to ancient Greek literature, when Odysseus arrived home after an absence of 20 years, disguised as a beggar, the only one to recognize him was his aged dog Argos, who wagged his tail at his master, and then died. spiritofchange.org/Winter…
The Beggar's Opera written in 1728 was accused of being a "base form of entertainment". Similar to the way we blame videogames today; the opera was blamed for increasing crime rates and violence, due to the fact that its main characters were prisoners. wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Be…
In Des Moines, IA, kids go trick or treating on October 30th which is called Beggars night. Kids have to tell a joke or riddle to get candy. whotv.com/2015/10/30/digg…
Despite his immense wealth, John D. Rockefeller always took the train from his mansion to his downtown New York office every day. He was often harassed by beggars and other passengers, but refused to travel with bodyguards or use private transportation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned about "The Burial of GenarΓ­n". GenarΓ­n was an alcoholic beggar who was hit and killed by the first garbage truck in the city of LeΓ³n, Spain in the year 1929. This is a celebration of alcohol, and the main purpose of the people who attend it is getting drunk in honor to the alcoholic beggar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le%…
"Beggars' Night" is a regional substitute in some states for Trick Or Treating on a night instead of Halloween. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beg…
China's subway beggars have designed a system that governs which turf they get to work. Greenhand beggars who intrude on lines reserved for the disabled or elderly get a beating. beijingtoday.com.cn/2013/…
A Chinese beggar whose hands were ruined in an explosion spent a decade designing a new type of two-handed calligraphy. The result was so impressive that China’s largest font maker gave him a design contract with 50 years of royalties and helped to get him off the streets. beijingtoday.com.cn/2011/…
Architect Antoni GaudΓ­ wasn't able to finish the Sagrada FamΓ­lia because he died after being struck by a tram. He was left laying for hours and then only given rudimentary care because he was assumed to be a beggar due to his shabby clothes and lack of identity documents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
William Lee invented a knitting machine in 1589, however Queen Elizabeth I denied him a patent because of her fear that the invention would cause her poor subjects to lose their jobs and become beggars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Alexandra David-Neel disguised herself as a beggar and crossed a frozen, 19,000ft mtn pass in winter to get into Lhasa, witnessed murders and battles, had to barter for passage with warlords, crossed Mongolia and the Gobi desert, became incredibly ill, and boiled her boots to avoid starvation adventure-journal.com/201…
There’s a shrine in Bangkok to a naughty old beggar. After one man prayed at the shrine and won the lottery, he rewarded the beggar with a troupe of sexy dancers. Now people regularly bring dancers to the shrine to seek good fortune (with video) bangkok.coconuts.co/2013/…
A wandering beggar in China led a rebellion against the Mongols, ending the empire established by Kublai Khan. The beggar would later become the Emperor of China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
An underground system governs the turf that China's beggars can work: able-bodied beggars who intrude on territory reserved for the disabled or elderly are beaten beijingtoday.com.cn/begga…
The people of Sodom were guilty of many sins, not just sodomy. One of the worst was to give money to beggars, and then refuse to sell them food. After the beggar had starved, they would steal back the money they had given him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sod…
In certain parts of India, children are maimed, tortured, and even forced into chemical dependance all in an effort to make them into better/more appealing beggars. dalitfreedom.org.au/traff…
There were once "unsightly beggar ordinances". Chicago, to name one city that enacted an "ugly law," didn't repeal its ordinance banning people deemed "diseased, maimed, mutilated or in any way deformed" from public spaces until 1974. snopes.com/fact-check/ugl…
Nikola Tesla was critical of Einstein's relativity work stating "It's a magnificent mathematical garb which fascinates, dazzles and makes people blind to the underlying errors. The theory is like a beggar clothed in purple whom ignorant people take for a king..." en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Nik…
The EDM collab group "I Am Legion" (Noisia x Foreign Beggars) has a song that samples from the ending of Half Life 2. Specifically the line "Choosing For You" said by the G-Man. youtube.com/attribution_l…
There are beggars that earn $300 a day/$100,000+ a year in Oregon komonews.com/news/local/1…
There was an 18th-century British politician who possessed a fortune of around Β£28m in modern money, but was so miserly that he feared birds were stealing his hay and wore a discarded beggar's wig he found in a hedge. He himself was often mistaken for a beggar due to his ragged clothes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
There once was a beggar in my city who begged enough money to build a house on the main street members.virtualtourist.co…
In 1917 the US enacted a law which stated no Asians, idiots, beggars, or anarchists were allowed into the US en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imm…
The Rolling Stones launched their 1968 'Beggars Banquet' album by inviting the press to a medieval banquet where they threw custard pies at the room full of journalists nme.com/photos/the-rollin…
Legendary architect Antoni GaudΓ­ wasn't able to finish his masterpiece because, after being struck by a tram, he was left laying for hours and then given rudimentary care because, although affluent, he lived and dressed humbly and was assumed to be a beggar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gau…
Historically beggars could rent children to increase earnings bl.uk/victorian-britain/a…
Beggars in France Used to Horribly Disfigure Their Faces (or "Countenances") in Order to Inspire Sympathy in People With Money on the Street, Just to Get Them Out of Their Site. The Final Result of the Painful Operation was Called Denatsate. agonyagogo.com/conspiracy…
In 1926, Antoni GaudΓ­, the architect of the famous Sagrada FamΓ­lia in Barcelona, was hit by a tram during his daily walk. Assumed to be a beggar because of his lack of ID and shabby clothing, the unconscious GaudΓ­ did not receive immediate aid and died three days later at a hospital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
England has a huge network of Roma (aka Gypsy) child thieves and beggars who don't attend school & whose parents sometimes even dress them in Islamic garb to beg outside mosques. Police believe much of this money is sent to Romania's mafia bosses. youtu.be/UUoMMH-aHiQ
Today I learned of the 'Court of Miracles' in Paris, the name for the slums that housed unemployed migrants to the city in the 17th Century. So named for the miraculous 'curing' of the residents ailments; "A beggar who had been blind or crippled the whole day could see or walk again once back in the slum" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
A Chinese penniless monk and beggar joined a rebellion against the Mongol dynasty of the Yuan in the mid-14th century, conquered Nanjing which became famous for good administration, defeated his rivals and then became the first emperor of the famous Ming dynasty en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
A beggar from Bulgaria donates all his collections to help restore the local churches. saintdobry.com/elder-dobr…
There is a fictional martial arts sect in Chinese literature known as the Beggar's Sect. Their rank is marked by how many bags they carry, spitting on a Chief Elder is a sign of respect, and their ultimate martial arts style that only their leader may know is called "The Dog-Beating Staff" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beg…
The children of beggars in Europe are sometimes drugged to induce sleep hoaxorfact.com/Social-Awa…
In one version of events, the doughnut was invented as a "soul cake" to remind door-to-door Hallow's Eve beggars of the eternity of their soul. catholiceducation.org/art…
Today I learned about John Heywood's book of proverbs (conveniently titled "Proverbs" and published c. 1538) which contained many of the common phrases and proverbs we use today, such as "beggars should be no choosers", "one good turn asketh another." and "every cock is proud on his own dunghill." notable-quotes.com/h/heyw…
Famous architect Gaudi was hit by a tram and didn't receive proper aid, because he looked like a beggar. He died 3 days later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
In South Africa, beggars are renting babies from corrupt day care centers, hoping to prey on the unsuspecting sympathies of passersby us1.campaign-archive.com/…

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