In Western dress codes, technically a black-tie event is still only 'semi-formal', as fully formal dress is 'white-tie', which for men requires a coat with tails. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
:In January 1960, white jazz pianist Dave Brubeck canceled a twenty-five-date tour of colleges and universities across the American South after twenty-two schools had refused to allow his black bassist, Eugene Wright, to perform. He also canceled a tv show where they didn't want to show him. amacad.org/publication/da…
Nineteenth century New Orleans socialite Delphine LaLaurie was discovered to have been torturing several slaves in her home for months on end. In public life, she put on a facade of politeness toward black Americans and bragged about taking good care of her slaves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
People who grew up with black and white tv dreamed in black and white about a quarter of the time. People who were under 25 at the time only dreamt in black and white about 4.4% of the time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dre…
The Olympic flag's colors are always red, black, blue, green, and yellow rings on a field of white. This is because at least one of those colors appears on the flag of every nation on the planet. olympic.org
During the Black Death, the physician to the Papacy recognized that bloodletting was ineffective, but he continued to prescribe bleeding for members of the Roman Curia, whom he disliked. He also claimed that all true cases of plague were caused by astrological factors, and were incurable en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
β€œBlack Forest Ham” comes from the Black Forest region of Germany, where it was originally coated with beef blood to give it its dark color. leaf.tv/articles/differen…
We are currently in the Stelliferous Era, which in the grand scale of the universe is the age where stars are created throughout the universe. Eventually all stars will burn out, & we will enter the Black Hole Era followed by the Dark Era, where there is no longer any light in the universe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fut…
BeyoncΓ© assumed she would automatically get the title role of Princess Tiana - Disney's first black princess - in the 2009 film The Princess and the Frog, so she refused to audition. The role went to Anika Noni Rose, who had co-starred with BeyoncΓ© in the 2006 film Dreamgirls cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Today I learned about Srinivasa Ramanujan's lost notebook, which was rediscovered by Mathematician George Andrews in 1976. It was a bunch of notes with over 600 formulae, which he had written before his death.The mock theta functions in the notebook have been useful for calculating the entropy of black holes. thatsmaths.com/2012/12/06…
The Christian β€œBob Jones University” didn’t allow blacks to attend until 1971. From β€˜71 to β€˜76 the only blacks that were allowed were married couples. In β€˜82 they lost a Supreme Court case and had to pay back taxes from β€˜71. Interracial dating wasn’t allowed at the university until 2000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Black Forest ham is a Protected Geographical Indication in the EU, requiring the ham to be traditionally and partially manufactured in the Black Forest region of Germany. However, the US and Canada do not recognize this, resulting in various qualities and types of ham being marketed as such. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
In 2014 four black bears split 90lbs of chocolate and doughnuts and all died from theobromine poisoning (chocolate overdose) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A Canadian police officer was busted smuggling in cheese from the US. Fixed pricing on dairy has created a cheese black market within the country. cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilt…
The Michelin Man is white is because rubber tires are naturally white. It wasn't until 1912 that companies started mixing carbon chemicals with the rubber to make black tires. This process is not an aesthetic change, but a structural one, making the tires stronger and durable. guide.michelin.com/us/en/…
Haitian President Francois Duvalier believed a potential usurper had transformed himself into a black dog to elude capture. Therefore, he ordered all black dogs in Haiti be put to death. The potential usurper was found (in full human form) a few months later and executed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The ashes of Stephen Hawking were buried between the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, in a section of Westminster Abbey known as the "Scientists Corner." As a final tribute, during the burial, the European Space Agency beamed recordings of Hawking's voice to the nearest black hole. nbcnews.com/news/obituari…
Sagittarius A* - the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way - has a mass 4 million times that of our Sun, but a diameter only 31 times the Sun's. It is so dense that it could fit in the space between the Earth and the Sun, but can attract things 50k light years away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
Sunken WW2 ships around the world are disappearing due to "metal pirates" who steal the metal and sell it on the black market. insidescience.org/news/me…
Today I learned about the battle of bamber bridge 1943 an out break of racial violence between black and white american military personnel due to the white MPs trying to enforce jim crow laws the 3 pubs in the town responded by putting up signs that said black troops only blackpast.org/global-afri…
Charley Pride couldn’t make the majors in baseball, so he did something even more improbableβ€”he became the first black superstar in country music. si.com/.amp/mlb/2018/03/2…
Today I learned about the Black Tom explosion. German agents set off an explosion in New York Harbor on July 30, 1916 that killed four people, destroyed $20,000,000 worth of military goods, and damaged the Statue of Liberty. It was one of the largest artificial non-nuclear explosions to have ever occurred. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Spanish porn star Nacho Vidal was born into a very wealthy family. However, most of the family's wealth was lost on Black Monday, the stock market crash of 1987. In 2005, using his porn star income, Vidal bought back the mansion his family used to own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nac…
All 100 billion stars in the Milky Way are rotating around one object: a supermassive black hole named Sagittarius A* (pronounced "Sagittarius A-Star") en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
Not only there was a 'Rat Pack' and a 'Brat Pack' but there was also a 'Black Pack' that was founded by Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall and featured Robert Townsend, Arsenio Hall, Paul Mooney and Keenen Ivory Wayans. The only white member was Pee-Wee Herman. news.avclub.com/in-1988-p…
Ferrets don't exist in the wild; they're the domesticated form of the European polecat, and America's "black-footed ferret" is, in fact, actually a species of polecat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Goldfish (the animal not the snack food) is a small member of the carp family, were first selectively bred in ancient China over 1,000 years ago, and come in a variety of colors. Various combinations of white, yellow, orange, red, brown, and black are known to exist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Several people accused actor Kiell Smith-Bynoe of putting on blackface when he appeared in a promotional film for the BBC. He is in fact black. inews.co.uk/culture/telev…
There are twice as many bathrooms as necessary as the Pentagon because planners had to design the it for black and white employees, including β€œwhite” and β€œcolored” cafeterias. However, Pres. Roosevelt made Jim Crow laws illegal on Federal property prior to its opening and was never enforced. history.com/news/9-things…
Today I learned of Oprichniki, a force led by Ivan the Terrible which wore black clothing and rode black horses. They rode with severed dogs heads as they terrorized Russia and Ivan carried a canine head made of iron jaws which opened and snapped shut as he galloped. Some believe this force was his wife's idea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opr…
Today I learned about Dr.Albert Johnston who went to medical school and became a doctor by hiding his black heritage and passing as white for 20 years. He outed himself by stating he was mixed-race on a Navy application during WWII.The hospital he worked at fired him when they found out. news.stanford.edu/pr/2013…
Black olives are just ripe olives huffpost.com/entry/green-…
Despite leading the Confederate attack that started the American Civil War, P. G. T. Beauregard later became an advocate for black civil rights and suffrage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._…
Today I learned of the Johnson family. Recorded in American history as one of the earliest Black business dynasties, in the 1600s they ran a tobacco operation in the Colony of Virginia. asunow.asu.edu/20190819-d…
Ewan McGregor's character in Black Hawk Down is fictionally named because the real person was convicted of child molestation in 1999. The Pentagon gave permission to use actual Army Black Hawks in the movie if the producers agreed to change the name from John Stebbins to 'John Grimes'. crimemagazine.com/war-her…
The Golden Gate Bridge's famed color, "International Orange" selected by architect Irving Morrow for aesthetics and for visibility in fog, won out over the US Navy's preferred color scheme. The Navy wanted it black with yellow safety stripes --the better for ships to see it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Haiti was the first independent nation in Latin America, the first post-colonial independent black-led nation in the world, and the only nation whose independence was gained as part of a successful slave rebellion. britannica.com/topic/Hait…
The Grinch is green because Chuck Jones (the director of the TV special) rented a car that he thought was a very ugly shade of green. The Grinch is black and white in the original book. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The Independant representative of Taipei in Taiwan is also the lead singer of a metal band, Cthonic, which has been compared to being the "Black Sabbath" of Asia. He also sings for Marty Friedman on a side project called Metal Clone X, which covers Japanese hits by turning them into heavy metal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The 3 Stooges almost became a racially mixed trio. After Shemp Howard died, his brother Moe offered the spot to black actor/comedian Mantan Moreland. Columbia nixed that idea and instead insisted on Joe Besser as he was already under contract with the studio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
In the 1960's the US Air Force forced live black bears to ride rocket sleds and ejected them from jet planes at Mach 2 speeds youtube.com/watch?v=98cXG…
From 1984 - 1988, Spider-Man wore a black costume with a white spider design on his chest. The change to his iconic design was met with controversy. Years later, it was revealed the costume was an alien symbiote which, in turn, gave birth to Venom, one of Marvel's most popular characters en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
The alphabet song, baabaa black sheep, twinkle twinkle little star, "Ist das nicht ein Schnitzelbank", and "Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman" all use the same melody. It is first recorded/dated to 1761. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
The term "black hole" was first coined based on the "Black hole of Calcutta" a prison where no one left alive en.wikipedia.com/wiki/Bla…
Bruce Lee's first student was a black man named Jesse Glover. Glover would also end up becoming Lee's first assistant instructor in the U.S. Glover helped teach Lee about the state of race relations in the U.S at the time. nbcnews.com/news/asian-am…
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's father descended from Black Loyalists, who escaped to Nova Scotia after the Revolutionary War on the promise of British emancipation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
A wave of Jew-burning swept through Western Europe in the beginning of the Black Death (1348-50). Localities with those pogroms were: 6 times more likely to attack jews, had 1.5 times more votes for the nazi party and reported more jews than other localities almost 600 years later. nber.org/system/files/wor…
Today I learned about the Karni Mata Temple, an hindu temple located in the state of Rajasthan, India. It houses 25.000 black rats which are revered and considered sacred, so much so that eating food which has been nibbled on by them is considered to be an honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Today I learned about Alberta Jones. She was a pioneering black female attorney and civil rights icon. She rose to national recognition as the legal representation for Cassius Clay's first professional fighting contract. In 1965, Ms. Jones was assassinated at the age of 34, and the crime remains unsolved today. blackpast.org/african-ame…
Edward the Black Prince (1330-1376) was regarded by his English contemporaries as a model of chivalry and one of the greatest knights of his age. He is on the other hand remembered in France for his well documented brutality and the massacres he ordered en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…

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