In 1948-1958, a man wore 30lb, 3 toed lead shoes and stomped around a Florida beach during the night, leading people to believe there was a 15ft tall penguin roaming their lands. The hoax was only revealed 40 years later. tampabay.com/features/hum…
An Italian atheist group wanted to advertise on buses "The bad news is that God does not exist. The good news is you don't need it". When they were refused, they changed it to "The good news is there are millions of atheists in Italy. The excellent news is they believe in freedom of speech" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned of erotomania, a delusional disorder in which a person believes another person, often famous or important, is in love with them. The person suffering from this delusion might think the person of interest is sending them subliminal messages. This disorder is most often seen in women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ero…
Today I learned about 78-year-old twin sisters Margaret and Marjorie Barthel β€” who were purposefully and lovingly feeding rats, nurturing an exponentially multiplying population of rats on the affluent Westside of LA, which experts believe ranged from tens of thousands to as many as a half-million Rats laweekly.com/palisades-ra…
A Sperm whale can click at about 236 decibels, making it the loudest animal on Earth. Some researchers believe they can contact each other in the ocean even from opposite sides of the planet. For comparison, a jet engine takeoff registers 150 dB. NASA's Saturn V rocket launch registered 204 dB. youtube.com/watch?v=zsDwF…
Three cows that were swept off an island in North Carolina during Hurricane Dorian were found alive on a different island. Cape Lookout National Seashore Park officials say they believe the three stranded cows swam up to five miles. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Today I learned of Razzle Dazzle. A carnival game that is designed to make the player believe he is ALMOST winning. But mathematically it actually is near impossible to win despite being very very few points from winning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raz…
While many believe that earth's oxygen comes from rainforests, tiny ocean plants called phytoplankton contribute 50-80% of the oxygen on earth earthsky.org/earth/how-mu…
Scientists believe that the egg came first.The first chicken egg was laid by a bird who wasn't a chicken. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) does not believe it is important for students to take calculus in high school, saying β€œthe pump that is pushing more students into more advanced mathematics ever earlier is not just ineffective: It is counter-productive.” nctm.org/uploadedFiles/St…
Archaeologists found traces of burnt cannabis on an altar in an ancient Jewish shrine, the first time cannabis has been identified in the Ancient Near East. Scientists believe there was sufficient THC to create a mind-altered state in those breathing the fumes. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned of Anton's syndrome, a disorder where people believe they can see when in fact, they are cortically blind. They can't be convinced otherwise though and will be very offended if you point their blindness out and start confabulating/making things up when asked what exactly they are seeing. hindawi.com/journals/crin…
Today I learned about the Cassandra, a Greek mythology character, who could accurately predict the future but was cursed so that no one would believe her. fictionphile.com/cassandr…
1783 the grand master Philodor played and won three chess games simultaneously while blindfolded. Witnesses signed affidavits since they doubted future generations would believe such a feat was possible. chess.com/clubs/forum/vie…
In 1935, a Congressman proposed an amendment that any declaration of war would need a national referendum. He said that "If the United States had such an anti-war provision in its Constitution, other countries would follow our example, and I believe wars would be brought to an end" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
The inventor of plastic bags, Sten Gustaf Thulindid, didn't believe in single-use plastics. he carried a plastic bag in his pocket and used it over and over again. independent.co.uk/environ…
Today I learned scientists have been able to track the history of the AIDS virus. Through research they believe 'patient zero' lived Cameroon in Africa, and contracted the disease around 1908, after hunting a chimp and being infected with SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus) wnycstudios.org/podcasts/…
There is a religious group in Japan who believes that Jesus didnt die on the cross. Instead it was his kid brother Isukiri. Jesus instead went to Japan and lived there until he was 106 years old. His grave is found in Shingo and thousands of pilgrims and pagans go there ever year. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Mormons believe that God has a wife called the "Heavenly Mother" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Reese’s was sued by consumers in the Eastern District of New York for deceiving customers by allowing them to believe White Reese’s where white chocolate but they contain no cocoa butter, a required ingredient for chocolate. They are peanut butter in solidified milk cream. confectionerynews.com/Art…
Today I learned about Cotard’s syndrome, or the β€œwalking corpse” syndrome, is a rare mental disorder. People with this condition believe that they are either dead, dying, have lost organs, or don’t exist at all. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…
Today I learned of Alexander of Abonoteichus, a roman era cult leader who made people believe a sock-puppet was a snake-god. He was so influential even the emperor joined his cult, and the few sceptics who opposed him were christians, epicureans and writer Lucian of Samosata, who tried to expose him as a fraud en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The invention of satanic witchcraft by medieval authorities was initially met with public skepticism. While people were concerned about magic, the public didn't initially believe witches gathered to worship demons, have orgies, eat babies, and perform other abominable acts. theconversation.com/the-i…
Irish people believe that Autumn (Fall) starts in August and follow the Gaelic calendar for the seasons. everestlanguageschool.com…
Al β€œScarface” Capone got his famous facial scars from saying β€œHoney, you got a nice ass and I mean that as a compliment, believe me" to a woman. He got knifed in the face and received eighty stitches for the remark because it offended her brother. worldhistoryproject.org/1…
Today I learned about phantom pregnancy, where women believe they’ve been pregnant for years despite having ultrasounds, doctors, and pregnancy tests repeatedly prove them wrong. motherandbaby.co.uk/tryin…
The BBC almost didn't air the first report from the Belsen concentration camp as they couldn't believe its content. They only relented when journalist Richard Dimbleby threatened to resign if they didn't. bbc.co.uk/archive/richard…
Today I learned about Kevinism in Germany. BThe word describes the fact that, for example, when a child is called "Kevin" or "Chantal", teachers believe that this child comes from an educationally disadvantaged home. The increase form "Alpha-Kevin" describes a teenager who is ignorant but also very stupid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kev…
Today (August 24) is International Strange Music Day, started by composer Patrick Grant, who believes β€œ...it is always good to listen and play music that we are unfamiliar with. It keeps our ears and outlook fresh.” exploringthemetropolis.or…
Legendary musician and producer Nile Rodgers believes his single proudest moment is ''Soul Glo'' - a jingle for an in-movie commercial from β€œComing To America” vibe.com/2016/04/in-nile-…
There is a psychological disorder called Boanthropy in which the afflicted believes that they are a cow/ox and behaves as such. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boa…
The majority of Icelanders either believe in elves or are unwilling to rule out their existence en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
Today I learned about Bertrand Russel's teapot. If he were to assert, without offering proof, that a teapot, too small to be seen by telescopes, orbits the Sun somewhere in space between the Earth and Mars, he could not expect anyone to believe him solely because his assertion could not be proven wrong. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
Scientists believe, that just like elephants and Woolly mammoths, that rhinos had a "Woolly" counterpart as well smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Scientists believe that by 2050 the Dead Sea will be so salty that the salt will block water from evaporating, leaving a small pool of slimy sludge. Sinkholes that keep appearing around it, may prevent any permanent solution to its replenishment. timesofisrael.com/as-dead…
Today I learned about the Druze, a religious group who believe that Jethro of Midian (Moses' father-in-law) is their anscestor and chief prophet. They also believe in the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, and Pythagoras and incorporate elements of both major and minor religions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dru…
The crew of Planet Earth II gathered to film the mass birthing of Saiga Antelope in Kazakhstan. Within a ten day period, they witnessed the death of approx 200,000 antelope. Scientists believe a natural bacterium found in the animals’ respiratory system caused the mega-death. biosphereonline.com/2020/…
When the Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov visited the US in 1962, the American press initially portrayed him as affable and polite. But when he said, "I saw neither angels nor God up there. I believe in man," the press quickly turned on him and accused him of spreading "anti-religious propaganda." historylink.org/File/1010…
"Comrade Kim goes Flying" is North Korea’s first β€œgirl power” movie and it was screened at numerous film festivals in 2014. The story of coal miner, her dream of becoming a trapeze artist is crushed by an arrogant trapeze star who believes miners belong underground and not in the air comradekimgoesflying.com/
In 1986 The Slow Movement that believes in "doing everything as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible." Began with a protest against the opening of a McDonalds in Rome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
Today I learned about Cassandra, a Greek mythological figure who was given the gift of foresight, but was cursed so that no one would ever believe her predictions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
There is a tribe in Vanuatu that worships Prince Phillip as a divine being. They believe that he is the son of an ancient mountain spirit that travelled over seas to marry a powerful woman and will in time return to them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
A South Pacific Tribe worship and believe airplanes are there Messiah after receiving supplies from airplanes during WW2 guardian.ng/life/culture-…
Bill Murray has caused mischief by stealing chips, crashing parties and deliberately photobombing passers-by, Murray will then often use his famous parting phrase to people he’s surprised: β€œAnd no one will ever believe you!” nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/1…
The Mosuo (a Chinese ethnic group) believe that long ago, dogs had life spans of 60 years and humans had life spans of 13 years, and humans traded their life span with the dogs in exchange for honouring them. During the adulthood initiation rites, adolescents pray before the family dogs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
The Comics Code Authority refused to believe "Wolfman" was a real name until it was given a writing credit. They did, and thanks to Marv Wolfman, this opened the door for all comic book writers to receive credit for their work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The β€œWow” signal is a strong radio signal detected by Jerry R. Ehman in 1977, during an extraterrestrial life research. Its remarkable intensity led Ehman to believe it was coming from outside the Solar System. The signal lasted 72 seconds, and was never heard again. seti.net/indepth/wow/wow.…
Although most people believe that the distress signal SOS stands for "Save our souls" or "Save our ship", the letters don't actually stand for anything. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOS
Today I learned about Jerusalem Syndrome, an acute psychotic disorder which causes some people who visit Jerusalem to slip into a psychosis and believe they’re a biblical figure abc.net.au/triplej/progra…
Today I learned of a Squonk: A mythical animal in American folklore. It believes that it's so ugly, it will avoid all other life. It spends most of its time weeping. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
Having mercury fillings removed isn't recommended unless medically necessary. When they drill out the old filling to replace them, it creates mercury vapors you can unintentionally inhale. The FDA recommends keeping the fillings unless you believe you suffer from a mercury sensitivity. fda.gov/medical-devices/d…
There's a school of thought that believes JFK's assassination was aided by the corset/brace he was wearing for his bad back, which prevented him from falling forward after the first shot. edition.cnn.com/2017/11/2…
Jamie Lee Curtis is a Baroness because her husband Christopher Guest inherited the title of Baron and is a member of the House of Lords. She however rejects the use of the title because she believes it has nothing to do with her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
There is a religion called Last Thursdayism that believes that our entire universe, with all of us and our collective memories was created just Last Thursday. last-thursday.org/
Today I learned about Banjawarn station in Western Australia, once owned by the Japanese cult responsible for the 1995 sarin subway attacks. They used the extremely remote property to experiment with chemical weapons and due to an unexplained seismic event some believe they detonated a nuclear bomb. vice.com/en_ca/article/7x…
In the Aymara language, the past is considered to be in front while the future is behind. Linguists believe this is a visual conception, as you are able to see what is in front like you are able to know the past, but you are unable see what is behind like you are unable to know the future. theguardian.com/science/2…
The women of Bari tribe of Venezuela believes that a child can have multiple biological fathers. That, a child is not born from the sperm of a single man, but from the accumulation of sperm in a woman's womb. discovermagazine.com/heal…
Many archaeologists claim water erosion, head recarving and older megalithic sites prove that the Great Sphinx is thousands of years older than current estimates. When confronted with evidence and asked to respond, the minister of Egyptology refuted the claims, saying "I don't believe in radar". youtu.be/q4NnCAZcxHg
Many scientists believe that there is a 'mean gene' that is passed down through families and that there are four categories of meanness. Some scientists believe that this will eventully go away via evolution. thestar.com/news/insight/…
The $2 bill makes up 1% of currency circulation. Its scarcity in daily use has confused some merchants who believe the bill to be fake. A 13 year-old girl in Texas was detained by Police when she tried to pay for her school lunch w/a $2 bill, b/c the school’s counterfeit pen wouldn’t work on it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Rapper B.o.B. believes the earth is flat and released a disstrack about astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, which references his beliefs in many other conspiracy theories. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Scientists believe that younger Sand Dollars sift through sand and ingest small grains Magnetite, an iron-rich deposit found in the ocean. These Sand Dollars will then take these grains and store them in chambers inside their body to help weigh them down and keep them from floating away. kqed.org/science/1932072/…
Some Hong Kong skyscrapers have holes in the middle of the building and many people believe this is because blocking a dragon's path will bring bad luck. This was actually started to allow residents to see the greenery and feel the wind that tall buildings block. cnn.com/style/article/hon…
In "The Land Before Time X" the long-neck dinosaurs gather together and believe in a myth that during each eclipse they must all stretch out their necks and help push the sun up so it doesn't fall. They succeed and celebrate having saved the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A 238-lb (108-kg) pot-bellied pig named Ludwig apparently saved his owners from being burgled. The pig can growl in a low rumble that sounds like a large Rottweiler, and his owners believe this scared the burglars away. catersnews.com/stories/an…
The religion of Zoroastrianism believes the otter ("water dog") is a highly sacred animal and believe in harsh punishments for those who kill them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
Today I learned about Tulip Mania, during the 17th Century Dutch Golden Age, when prices for some tulip bulbs skyrocketed. Many think it is one of the first speculative bubbles to pop, but some historians believe it has been exaggerated over time. history.com/news/tulip-ma…
Today I learned about the Spotlight Effect, due to which people constantly believe that they are being noticed much more than they really are. Since the centre of one's own world is oneself, and not others, you cannot correctly evaluate how others feel about you. verywellmind.com/what-is-…
When "Sleepless in Seattle" opened in 1993, TriStar Pictures got an average of 25-30 calls a day from viewers demanding to know about Tom Hanks' tiramisu reference. When told it was just food; a lot of the callers didn't believe it, others sounded a little disappointed & some just went 'no way.' questia.com/newspaper/1P2…
The $2 bill makes up 1% of currency circulation. Its scarcity in daily use has confused some merchants who believe the bill to be fake. A 13 y/o girl in Texas was detained by Police when she tried to pay for her school lunch with a $2 bill, b/c the school’s counterfeit pen wouldn’t work on it. abc13.com/1314203/
Norbert Pearlroth was the silent partner of Ripley's Believe It or Not. He was the soul researcher, answering 3000 letters a week, examining 7000 books a year, spending 10 hours a day, six days a week at the New York Library, and fluent in 14 languages. He produced 24 items a week for 52 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Today I Learned a man landed a plane in the streets of New York. Then did it again because someone didn't believe him about the first time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
The Christmas song, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" was written during the Great Depression and had lyrics telling those who were fortunate enough to give back to others and raise spirits. As such, the true meaning of the song is to be as charitable and kind as children believe Santa to be. youtu.be/kM_eWxvLGiM
In 2007, biologists discovered a harpoon from the 1800s lodged in a 50-ton Bowhead whale, leading them to believe the whale was at least 115 years old. This would place the whale in the Victorian Era. The Bowhead is believed to live up to 200 years. nytimes.com/2007/06/13/wo…
On a trip to Nepal, Apollo astronaut Stu Roosa met Nepalese who believe the spirits of their dead reside on the Moon. Roosa could not understand why a few of the local citizens treated him like a god, nor why they were distressed when he told them he saw no one else on the Moon vc.airvectors.net/tamrc_2…
Today I learned about Manuel Herrick, the first (and only) man elected to the US Congress after: 1) being raised to believe that he is the Second coming of Jesus Christ; and 2) being arrested for robbing a train, being declared insane at the resulting trial, and being sent to a mental asylum. okhistory.org/publication…
There is a group called "Snapewives". So called "Snapeists", these woman claim to channel Severus Snape's spirit through their bodies and speak and have romantic relationships with him. They believe Snape is an immortal deity, and see him as a guide to daily life. fanlore.org/wiki/Snapewiv…
Today I learned of Phosphenes, illusory light effects seen in pitch dark due to eye pressure, electrical or magnetic stimulation. Lengthy light deprivation causes the brain to see shapes made of phosphenes, called Prisoners Cinema. Some scientists believe this was an inspiration for neolithic cave paintings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Rastafarians believe the former Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie is their God. They also believe that they will one day return to the promised land of Ethiopia to live in peace and freedom. bbc.co.uk/religion/religi…
Mary Mallon (Typhoid Mary) was an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever. She worked as a cook and presumed to have infected 51 people, three died. She refused to believe she carried the disease. Years after her first quarantine, she changed her name went back to being a cook. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Evidence for social hunting in Raptor Dinosaurs is basically nonexistent. Scientists believe they behaved closer to crocodiles rather than wolves as is widely accepted. sci-news.com/paleontology…
When kids in Asia lose baby teeth from their lower jaw, they throw the teeth on the roof of the house. Those from the upper jaw are thrown on the floor or buried. They believe the new teeth grow toward the lost teeth. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The D.C. Sniper attacks of 2002 were carried out as an attempt for John Allen Muhammad to kill his ex-wife and make authorities believe it was part of a series of random shootings. npr.org/templates/story/s…
A majority of Icelanders believe in the existence of elves nationalgeographic.com/tr…
Thomas Jefferson had a copy of a 1734 edition Qu'ran in his private library. Historians believe he bought the book while studying law to better understand Islam’s influence on some of the world’s legal systems. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
Today I learned of Colobraro, a town in southern Italy that people in neighboring towns believe is cursed and is never referred to by name italiantribune.com/the-cu…
Today I learned about Cellular Automata: simple programs that produce complex results. They were so magnificent they led Stephen Wolfram to believe that the universe ran on similar principles. youtu.be/ez773teNFYA
Ornithologists believe birds rub ants on their wings as the formic acid that the ants release may kill feather lice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The Etoro people of New Guinea believe that in order for a boy to achieve manhood they must first ingest the semen of their elders through fellatio. The nearby Kaluli tribe find this barbaric, and instead believe that the semen should be delivered to the boys in the anus. hci.ucsd.edu/102b/reading…
A leopard gecko's tail houses much of its spinal cord; when grabbed, it detaches, a blood clot forms, radial glia (RG) cells multiply & regrow a tail. Humans lose RGs as adults & scar tissue would block RGs. Scientists believe RGs & bypassing scar tissue are keys to human spinal cord healing. popsci.com/gecko-tail-reg…
People often ignore public fire alarms or fires that break out in front of them, hesitating to escape and denying any danger, because they are committed to finishing what they came to do, or they believe they have a role to be passive pdfs.semanticscholar.org/…
The Confederate States' Flag actually looks like the Betsy Ross Flag. The flag most believe to be the "Confederate Flag" is actually one of the Confederate Battle flags. britannica.com/topic/flag…
According to legend that many used to believe was fact, the founder and first King of Britain was Brutus of Troy, a descendant of a hero from the Trojan War, and he also founded Troia Nova or New Troy in what is today London. He was also supposedly the ancestor of King Arthur. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
Keanu Reeves believes the Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship, i.e. that the works of William Shakespeare were written by Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kea…
A 14-year-old visited a Chinese hospital with stomach pains after experiencing constipation for five days. Doctors believe that she drank so much bubble tea that about a hundred tapioca pearls built up in her body, causing a blockage today.com/health/bubble-t…
A virus destroyed the Roman Army in 165 AD. It caused a recession and also killed their emperor, Lucius Verus. 10% of the Roman population died. It hit the military harder because of their close quarters. Most scholars believe it was smallpox. medium.com/publishous/the…
As women enter middle age, they experience a rapid decline in facial attractiveness (regardless of cultural beauty standards) as compared to their male counterparts which scientists believe mirrors their quickly diminishing fertility. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Police in a district in India's Madhya Pradesh state have been paid extra to grow moustaches because their bosses believe it makes them command more respect. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world…
Viruses infect other viruses and scientists believe a whole class of viruses might exist that infect other viruses. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Zoroastrians believe in the End of the World, the earth will be devoured by fire, after which sinners will be punished for three days -- and then forgiven edition.cnn.com/2017/03/0…

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