The 334 survivors of the USS Arizona sinking can choose to be buried on board the ship--and several dozen have done so.โ€ฆ
Michael Larson, a contestant on game show Press Your Luck, memorized the patterns of the Big Board and won $110k in cash and prizes. CBS initially refused to pay him because they suspected him of cheating but paid him anyway. He later lost half of all his money in a break-in and died broke.โ€ฆ
A priest on the Titanic refused to board a lifeboat twice. Instead, he stayed behind to hear confessions and give absolution to the people left on the ship.โ€ฆ
Movie ratings are decided by a board of up to 10 parents who are all anonymous and all live in Los Angeles.โ€ฆ
In 1908 William "Bigfoot" Anakin, a local champion, was taken along by a publican to court to help demonstrate that darts was not gambling, it was a game of skill. Bigfoot showed that whatever number the court mentioned, he could hit on the board. Judge agreed darts was a game of skill.โ€ฆ
In June 1942, LBJ was supposed to be an observer on the Wabash Cannonball, a B-26 bomber in the South Pacific. Before takeoff, LBJ left the plane to relieve himself. By the time he returned, his seat was taken, so he couldn't get back on. The Wabash wound up crashing, killing everyone on board.โ€ฆ
Agatha Christie was a surfer. Agatha became skilled at body-boarding in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and in Hawaii she learned to ride while standing on the board.โ€ฆ
The 2-step initial pawn move is absent in Indian chess; thus, en passant is also absent. Normal castling with rook and king is absent. The king can make a knight's move once in a game, known as Indian castling. On reaching the opposite end of the board, pawns promote to the piece of that square.โ€ฆ
In 1917 the US War Industries Board asked women to stop buying corsets to free up the production of metal. It liberated 28,000 tonnes of metal, enough to build two battleships.โ€ฆ
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc sold his HP scientific calculator while Steve Jobs sold his Volkswagen van to raise the money they needed to build the first batch of circuit boards for Apple-1 computers. They got $500 (About $2.3k today) and $1,500 (About $6.9k today) each.โ€ฆ
In order to protest the high tariffs enforced by a U.K. censorship board, a filmmaker sent in a 10 hour โ€œmovieโ€ of white paint drying. They had to watch the entire film.โ€ฆ
The Shanghai heroin trade in the 1920s was dominated by two men. One was Chief of Police, the other was head of the government Anti-Opium Board.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Deep Springs College where students don't pay tuition, room, board but work a minimum of 20 hours and live on the college's ranch and farm. The college has fewer than 30 students at any one time.โ€ฆ
Shaquille O'Neal owns a Krispy Kreme in Atlanta and is on the Papa John's Board of Directors.โ€ฆ
Russia has their own version of "Miracle on the Hudson". A Ural Airlines flight collided with a flock of seagulls that struck both of the plane's engines. The pilot opted to land the plane in a corn field and everyone on board survived.โ€ฆ
The standard airline practice of pre-boarding (i.e., allowing passengers with small children and those who need extra assistance to board first) actually improves boarding efficiency by 28% and decreases time to takeoff.โ€ฆ
Before Benedict Cumberbatch joined the cast of "The Imitation Game", Warner Bros. bought the screenplay for a reported 7-figure sum because of Leonardo DiCaprio's interest in playing Turing. However, DiCaprio didn't come on board and the rights of the script reverted to the screenwriter.โ€ฆ
In chess after the first move, 400 board setups exist. After the second pair of turns, there are 197,742 possible ways the match can play out; after 3 moves, 121 mill. Estimated at over 10^120 moves, there are more ways a chess game can play out than there are atoms in the universe.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the SS Richard Montgomery: a US WWII ship carrying munitions, grounded 2.4km from Sheerness, UK in 1944, and broken in two by the weight of the bombs on board. An estimated 1,400 tonnes of explosives remain on board the ship. It is monitored constantly & protected by a 500m exclusion zone.โ€ฆ
Theodosia Burr Alston, daughter of U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr, disappeared mysteriously at sea in 1812. At age 29 she sailed from Georgetown, South Carolina, aboard the Patriot. The ship and everyone on board was never seen again.โ€ฆ
In 1977, a plane carrying the Evansville University men's basketball team crashed on takeoff, killing all on board. One player on the team did not make the trip due to a season-ending injury. He was killed two weeks later in a car accident.โ€ฆ
The ideomotor effect, that is our body moves when we are not trying to move. It's a powerful subconscious tool and is the mechanism behind how ouija boards work.โ€ฆ
The film SpaceCamp, about children accidentally being launched into orbit on board the Space Shuttle, became known as a โ€œmarketing nightmareโ€ after the Challenger Disaster happened just 5 months before its release.โ€ฆ
As Beethoven's deafness began to affect his ability to compose properly, he sawed the legs off of his piano and used the floor as a "sounding board." He would lie on his wooden floor and hit different piano notes at various volumes to feel their vibrations to see if they fit into his compositionโ€ฆ
The water which is shipped to the International Space Station all comes from 2 sources in Italy. One source supplies water for the USA segment of the ISS and the other source to the Russian side based on the tastes of the astronauts and the method used to purify the water on board.โ€ฆ
Attending Harvard is free if your household income is below 65K a year. Harvardโ€™s financial aid programs pay 100 percent of tuition, fees, room, and board for students from families earning less than $65,000 a year.โ€ฆ
In 1917, 7 years after Mark Twain's death, two spiritualist mediums claimed that Twainโ€™s ghost had dictated them a new novel via Ouija Board. The novel was published, received very poor reviews and the book publisher was prosecuted by the Twain estate.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of a rare variation of the game of checkers named Canadian Checkers - the board is 12x12 with 144 squares (as opposed to the European standard 10x10/100 square board)โ€ฆ
Frank Freashwaters, the man known to many simply as the โ€œShawshank fugitiveโ€ for his 56 years on the run from an infamous Ohio correctional facility was captured in May 2015. After spending most of his life as a fugitive, Freshwater was cleared for release by a parole board in 2016.โ€ฆ
In the US 2x4 timber isn't 2x4, it's nominally 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches due historical practices in the lumber industry. And hardwood is different again and sold in board feet.โ€ฆ
In 2019, a flight bound for Malaysia was abruptly forced to turn around after a mother on board forgot her baby at the airport.โ€ฆ
Altoids tins (The mint containers) are used as makeshift casings for custom electronics. Texas Instruments even makes a open source computer board called BeagleBoard with rounded corners to more easily fit into an Altoids tin.โ€ฆ
Yakisugi (burnt cypress) is a traditional Japanese building material. Made by heating cypress boards until the cellulose burns off, it is more fireproof, waterproof, and resistant to insects than ordinary woodโ€ฆ
After her husband was executed by the King of France, Jeanne de Clisson set off on a quest of piracy and bloody justice. She would personally behead any aristocrats on board captures ships with her ax.โ€ฆ
Notorious Pirate/Pirate hunter Benjamin Hornigold once attacked a ship just to steal all of the crew member's hats. His men had gotten drunk and lost their hats during a party the night before and decided to board a ship to get replacements.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the most famous person ever to have literally been in a pickle, Horatio Nelson. He died at sea, so the surgeon on board pickled his body in brandy to preserve it for the long trip to England. 2 weeks into the journey, gaseous pressures burst the cask lid, making Nelson "rise from the dead."โ€ฆ
Famed Grateful Dead sound engineer Better Cantor Jackson lost over 1000 original board tapes when her storage locker was liquidated in a sale. Some of the tapes inside crates were purchased by a teacher who tried to sell them for $1 million despite being offered $100,000 by the band.โ€ฆ
Aeroflot Flight 593 crashed because the pilot let his kids fly the plane, who unknowingly disengaged the autopilot function. The crash killed everyone on board.โ€ฆ
Pepperidge Farm (cookie brand) was founded by a woman named Margaret Rudkin. She got into baking due to her son's severe asthma and his allergies to most processed foods. After her success selling her baked goods, she sold the company to Campbell's and became their first female board member.โ€ฆ
The word 'Trampoline' was created and Trademarked in 1936, and comes from the Spanish 'trampolรญn', meaning a diving board.โ€ฆ
Modern F1 race cars have large wooden board attached under them to make sure the cars do not skid on the race track more than allowed. The board is measured before and after the race, and driver can get disqualified if the board gets too thin.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Vesta Stoudt. During World War 2, she came up with the idea for duct tape at her factory job. After her supervisors rejected the idea, she wrote president Roosevelt, he liked the idea and gave the letter to the War Production Boardโ€ฆ
Civil rights hero Congressman John Lewis appeared in a 2018 episode of Arthur titled "Arthur Takes a Stand". In the episode, Rep. Lewis helps Arthur convince the school board to hire an assistant for the school's overworked cafeteria manager.โ€ฆ
Almost twice as many people died in captivity on board British prison ships during the American Revolution than were killed in battle. Remains of the dead would wash ashore for years until a memorial was built to intern the remains of the Prison Ship Martyrs on top of a hill in Brooklyn.โ€ฆ
Criminals in ancient Athens were most commonly executed via crucifixion ("the board"), but the government allowed the condemned to drink hemlock instead if they personally purchased the poisonโ€ฆ
Experiments found that master-level chess players could remember a position from a chess game perfectly after viewing it for 5 seconds. Players below master level were not able to do this. However, with pieces placed randomly on the board, the chess masters weren't able to remember the position.โ€ฆ
The name "Ouija board" came from a medium asking a Ouija board what they should call it. The board also told her it meant "Good luck." In a related circumstance, the medium acknowledged she wearing a locket with the picture of a woman with the name โ€œOuijaโ€ above her head.โ€ฆ
The longest car in the world was 100 feet long, had 26 wheels, a jacuzzi, diving board, king-sized water bed, and a helicopter landing pad, and was called the โ€˜American Dreamโ€™.โ€ฆ
From 1897 until 1996 the federal government had a board of tea testers whose job was to make sure that imported tea was good enough to be sold in the US.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about "Chess Boxing", a hybrid that combines a cerebral board game and a physical sport. To take home the glory, players must coerce their opponent into a knockout or batter them into checkmate.โ€ฆ
Despite working with an annual budget of only CAD 67M (US $48M), the National Film Board of Canada is among the most highly awarded film studios in the world. It produced over 3000 films, won over 5000 awards & has been nominated for 74 Oscars, more than any film organization outside Hollywood.โ€ฆ
The real reason why the infamous Xbox Duke controller existed wasn't because Microsoft thought westerners wanted a bigger controller. The main supplier of smaller circuit boards at the time, a Japanese company, refused to supply them due to obligations with Sony and nationalist pride.โ€ฆ
In the 1960s, the CEO of Ampex wanted his employees to take LSD to improve their creativity. The board of directors said no, and then had to fire him after they discovered he'd snuck off anyway on a mountain hike with seven or eight engineers and given them LSD.โ€ฆ
There is a physical bell in the Unity module of the ISS that is rung whenever a crew boards or disembarks the stationโ€ฆ
Panasonic attempted to develop a video game console with 3DO. The console was initially announced as an add-on chip for the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer and later unveiled as a standalone console. Ultimately the project was cancelled but the technology was used in some arcade boards and kiosks.โ€ฆ
On the day of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, officials from BP were on board to congratulate the crew for "7 years of operations without a time-loss incident"โ€ฆ
Robert Craig McNamara, the son of the former United States Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, is an organic walnut farmer, expert in soil and sustainable farming, and president of California's state Board of Food and Agricultureโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the English succession wars which all started because 3 of England's potential heirs drowned in the English Channel. The white ship sank in 1120 with the legitimate son of Henry 1st, William, his bastard, Richard and his daughter Matilda, on board.โ€ฆ
The ill-fated Russian submarine Kursk had an aquarium and aviary on board for crew member moraleโ€ฆ
Edward Bowen and his wife did not board the Lusitania after reading Germanyโ€™s warning in the newspaper that Germany would sink the ship. They were the only two that cancelled their plansโ€ฆ
China has often complained that Nobel science prize selection boards have long favored Chinese winners only when they arenโ€™t citizens. Chinese born Yang Chen Ning and Andrew Yao shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1957 but established their careers in the USโ€ฆ
On the Kon Tiki expedition across the Pacific, the 6 men would eat off of whatever came on board. There was a crab in a hole near the steering block that showed no fear, so they let it stay and named it Johannes. Johannes the crab kept the watchman company for the rest of the journey.โ€ฆ
In 2016, a British man crowdfunded a ten hour film of paint drying in order to force the British Board of Film Classification to watch it, as part of a protest against it. This is due to independent filmmakers needing to pay ยฃ1,000 per submission in order to be certified. The film received a U.โ€ฆ
Prior to 1996, there was no requirement to present an ID to board a plane. The policy was put into place to show the government was โ€œdoing somethingโ€ about the crash of TWA Flight 800. viewfromthewing.boardingaโ€ฆ
The word "dashboard" actually derives from a wooden or leather board attached to the front of a horse-drawn carriage to protect the driver from mud splashes thrown up or "dashed' by the horse's hooves.โ€ฆ
There is a college just outside Death Valley on a cattle ranch where tuition and room/board is free, but students are expected to work 20 hours a week on the ranchโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the sport of Extreme Ironing. Exponents take ironing boards to extreme locations and iron garments there. Performances have taken place while doing activities such as skiing, surfboarding, diving and marathon running. Two extreme ironers ironed a Union Jack above Everest base camp in 2003.โ€ฆ
RMS Olympic offered to take on survivors of RMS Titanic, however the captain of Carpathia refused, claiming that the survivors would be traumatised if they were asked to board Titanicโ€™s identical twinโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Navy airmen Frank O'Flaherty and Bruno Gaido. They were captured by the Japanese during the battle of Midway. Only after the end of the war was it discovered that they were interrogated on board the destroyer Mikagumo, then had weights tied to them and were pushed overboard to their deathsโ€ฆ
The title of the Faces single "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything (Even Take the Dog for a Walk, Mend a Fuse, Fold Away the Ironing Board, or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings)" is the longest song title ever to appear on the British charts.โ€ฆ
Germany has launched a rocket with yeast on board into space. When the rocket returns the yeast will be used to make beer. Making it effectively space beer.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about ATLAS-I, aka Trestle, the world's largest structure made entirely of wood, glue laminate, wooden bolts/nuts and sufficient to support a fully loaded B-52 bomber (for elevated EMP testing) 1,000 ft long, 125 ft (about 12 stories) tall, and constructed of 6.5 million board-feet of lumber.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the bundling board. While used for strangers having to share a bed, it is also used by the parents of young, courting, puritan couples to achieve the emotional intimacy of sharing a bed while at the same time "discouraging" any real physical intimacy before marriage.โ€ฆ
Final Solution, a 2003 Indian film allowed a Pirate-and-Circulate campaign in protest against its ban by censor board (Get-a-free-copy-only-if-you-promise-to-pirate-and-make-5-copies). Over 10,000 CDs of the film were distributed and the director uploaded the movie to Vimeo during the campaign.โ€ฆ
The United States Supreme Court ruled in 1985 that Long Island is legally not an island. Despite the legal decision, the United States Board on Geographic Names still considers it an island, as it is surrounded by water.โ€ฆ
Mitsumi Electric, designer of the PS2 controller's circuit board, refused to strain their relations with Sony by supplying their boards to Microsoft. The original Xbox controller was 3x larger than the Dualshock 2 due to an inferior in-house circuit board design.โ€ฆ
, Vesta Stoudt, who had the idea for duct tape, couldnt get her bosses at a military ordnance plant to take her seriously. So she sent a letter to FDR who recommended it to the War Production Board where it was approved for use on ammo boxes.โ€ฆ
Star Wars has several easter eggs reverencing a 1963 short produced by the National Film Board of Canada and directed by Arthur Lipsett.โ€ฆ
A man in Vermont, upset with local officials for denying a building permit for his proposed business, paid $4,000 to build a giant illuminated middle finger statue on his property. โ€œIf you donโ€™t want to look at the building, look at this." He said to the Development Review Board.โ€ฆ
Ancient Egyptians loved board games and a well-known Bronze Age game which was invented in Egypt 4,000 years ago had one player choose Hounds pegs the other Jackals pegs. Carved out of Ivory the game was found in Mesopotamia, Israel, Syria, Iran, Azerbaijan, Levant and the Mediterranean.โ€ฆ
The oldest known reference of the Ancient Egyptian board-game of Senetโ€”aside from a few fragments โ€”is in a painting on the tomb of Hesy-Ra, a member of high Egyptian court, who lived during the reign of Pharaoh Djoser around 2600 B.C.โ€ฆ
In 1918 the SS Princess Sophia became grounded on Alaska's Vanderbilt Reef. Worsening weather ruled out any chance of a rescue. Two days later she sank with the loss of all 364 people on board. A dog was the only survivor.โ€ฆ
In 1998, Mariah Carey wanted to buy a penthouse in NYC but needed approval by the city's board. During the interview, one of the board members asked her if โ€œMr. Biggieโ€ (recently murdered) would be visiting the building. She responded โ€œMr. Biggie, he be dead.โ€ She was denied the penthouse.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Charles Lightoller, who was the last officer remaining on board the Titanic as it sank only to be freed by a boiler explosion; later he helped evacuate over 120 men from Dunkirk.โ€ฆ
The oldest catalogue of board games (and other games) in the world dates from the 5th-6th century BC and is presented as the List of Games That Buddha Would Not Playโ€ฆ
In 1917 the Aerowagon experimental high-speed railcar used an aircraft engine and propeller traction to go 140 kph (87mph) to carry Soviet officials. In 1921 officials successfully went from Moscow to Tula. On return it derailed at high speed killing 6 of 22 on board including the inventor.โ€ฆ
During the Apollo 10 mission a turd was found floating around the spacecraft in zero gravity, but none of the astronauts on board would admit that it was theirs.โ€ฆ
The death of all 301 passengers in Saudi Arabia in 1980 is the worldโ€™s deadliest aviation accident not to involve a crash or mid-flight break up. After landing when a fire started in the cargo bay the pilot taxied the aircraft back towards the terminal. All on board died from smoke inhalation.โ€ฆ
The Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappearance is not a total mystery. Although we haven't found the complete wreckage multiple investigations paint a picture of what probably happened. Spoiler: the senior pilot most likely flew the plane into the ocean after killing everyone on board.โ€ฆ
The triangular thing in oujia board is called a planchetteโ€ฆ
Wenman Wykeham-Musgrave survived being torpedoed on three different ships on the same day; When Aboukir was going down he jumped and swam like mad to escape the suction. He was just getting on board the Hogue and she was torpedoed. He then swam to the Cressy and she was also torpedoed. [1914]โ€ฆ
Samuel L. Jackson was expelled from his college by locking the board members in a building in protest; one of them being Martin Luthor King Sr.โ€ฆ
Twelve dogs were on board the Titanic when it sank, three of whom survived.โ€ฆ
Elijah Bond, the inventor of the Oujia board, also trademarked a talking board called the Nirvana talking board, which featured the word "Nirvana" inside a swastika. He sold it in his own company, called The Swastika Novelty Company (thankfully well before WWII).โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Paint Drying, a 10 hour movie about paint drying on a wall. Created as a protest to force British Board of Film Classification watch all 10 hours to rate the movieโ€ฆ
The "boy [who] stood on the burning deck" was Giocante Casabianca - a brave little boy on on board the burning L'Orient, who refused to leave his post without his father's orders. He didn't know that his father was already dead.โ€ฆ
NHL legend Maurice Richard was so beloved in Canada that he was named one of the inaugural members of the Order of Canada, had a short story written about him adapted into an animated film by the National Film Board, and was the first non-politician to be given a state funeral.โ€ฆ
In ancient China, a huge war was sparked because of a board game gone wrong. The crown prince was arguing with his cousin, the son of a regional king, during a match of a game called Liubo, and when his cousin offended him, he threw the board at him. He died from the blow. His father revolted.โ€ฆ
A high school in Morgan Freeman's hometown of Charleston, Mississippi held its first racially integrated prom in 2008, 54 years after the Brown v Board of Education Supreme Court ruling. Freeman offered to pay for the event if the school board agreed to desegregate.โ€ฆ
Justify failed a drug test one month before winning the 2018 Kentucky Derby/Triple Crown. Instead being disqualified, the California Horse Racing Board dropped the case and lightened the penalty for the substance Justify tested positive for.โ€ฆ

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