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. constitutioncenter.org/bl…
In order to protest the high tariffs enforced by a U.K. censorship board, a filmmaker sent in a 10 hour β€œmovie” of white paint drying. They had to watch the entire film. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
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. shanghailiving.com/shangh…
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. arstechnica.com/science/2…
In 1917, 7 years after Mark Twain's death, two spiritualist mediums claimed that Twain’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. splinternews.com/how-mark…
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 composition hearinghealthmatters.org/…
In 2019, a flight bound for Malaysia was abruptly forced to turn around after a mother on board forgot her baby at the airport. travelnoire.com/plane-tur…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
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. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Attending Harvard is free if your household income is below 65K a year. Harvard’s financial aid programs pay 100 percent of tuition, fees, room, and board for students from families earning less than $65,000 a year. college.harvard.edu/admis…
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." atlasobscura.com/articles…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ski…
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. whitmans-brooklyn.org/por…
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. chessprogramming.org/Chun…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alt…
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 poison greecehighdefinition.com/…
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 Board jnj.com/our-heritage/vest…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
There is a physical bell in the Unity module of the ISS that is rung whenever a crew boards or disembarks the station spaceflight.nasa.gov/gall…
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. engadget.com/2018-03-23-x…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
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 β€˜American Dream’. motor1.com/news/75965/the…
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. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The ill-fated Russian submarine Kursk had an aquarium and aviary on board for crew member morale militaryfactory.com/ships…
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" thechemicalengineer.com/f…
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. medievalists.net/2017/01/…
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 Agriculture latimes.com/business/la-x…
China has often complained that Nobel science prize selection boards have long favored Chinese winners only when they aren’t citizens. Chinese born Yang Chen Ning and Andrew Yao shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1957 but established their careers in the US sciencemag.org/news/2017/…
Edward Bowen and his wife did not board the Lusitania after reading Germany’s warning in the newspaper that Germany would sink the ship. They were the only two that cancelled their plans ellsworthamerican.com/mai…
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. siliconvalleywatcher.com/…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATL…
The reason tech stores like staples or Best Buy collect old/broken electronics is because they scrap the circuit boards for precious metals. rockawayrecycling.com/scr…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
Today I learned about the board game go. It was invented in Asia some 2500 years ago and has more possible board variations than atoms in the known universe. It is so exceedingly complex that it was only in 2016 that an AI defeated a human world champion (the chess world champion was defeated in 1997). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon…
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 Titanic’s identical twin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
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. jmarkpowell.com/bundling-…
Star Wars has several easter eggs reverencing a 1963 short produced by the National Film Board of Canada and directed by Arthur Lipsett. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21-…
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 deaths findagrave.com/memorial/2…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
The oldest known reference of the Ancient Egyptian board-game of Senetβ€”aside from a few fragments β€”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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sen…
The triangular thing in oujia board is called a planchette en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
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 ranch owlcation.com/academia/Fr…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbo…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
, 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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ves…
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 Β£1,000 per submission in order to be certified. The film received a U. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
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] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wen…
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 Play en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
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 β€œMr. Biggie” (recently murdered) would be visiting the building. She responded β€œMr. Biggie, he be dead.” She was denied the penthouse. hopkinsandcompany.com/Boo…
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 β€œdoing something” about the crash of TWA Flight 800. viewfromthewing.boardinga…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
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. headbangerslifestyle.com/…
Today I learned of the 1904 disaster of the burning and sinking of sidewheel passenger steamboat PS General Slocum. At the time of the accident, she was on a chartered run carrying members of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church to a church picnic. An estimated 1,021 of the 1,342 people on board died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PS_…
The death of all 301 passengers in Saudi Arabia in 1980 is the world’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. telegraph.co.uk/travel/tr…
Twelve dogs were on board the Titanic when it sank, three of whom survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
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). oldest.org/culture/ouija-…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
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. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
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. theatlantic.com/magazine/…
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. β€œIf you don’t want to look at the building, look at this." He said to the Development Review Board. boston.com/news/local-new…
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. watchtheyard.com/colleges…
The actor of Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) has a stock photo of him used on the board game Quip It. geekyhobbies.com/quip-it-…
Today I learned of the USS William D. Porter which accidentally shot a live torpedo at the USS Iowa while President Franklin D. Roosevelt was on-board and heading to the Tehran conference. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The name Ouija Board was trademarked by William A Fuld in 1950. In 1966, Fuld's company was acquired by Parker Brothers, who then merged with Hasbro, meaning Hasbro has all the rights to the Ouija Board. williamfuld.com/ouija_pat…
The Church of Latter-Day Saints pushed a new version of the English alphabet in the late 1800s called the Deseret alphabet, which was developed by Brigham Young and the board of the University of Deseret between 1847 and 1854. It was meant to be more phonetically consistent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
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 movie mashable.com/2016/01/26/p…
One of the astronauts on board the space shuttle Challenger was due to record saxophone parts in space for a Jean-Michel Jarre record en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
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. nytimes.com/2019/09/11/sp…
A stowaway bird that sneaked on board a plane where passengers saw it flying around the cabin once the aircraft was airborne has been refused entry into Europe – and deported back to Iraq. ananova.news/iraqi-plane-…
Today I learned of Extreme Ironing, a sport in which people take ironing boards to remote locations and iron clothes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reb…
The word β€œdashboard” comes from the board on horse drawn carriages that would shield you from mud and rocks flung up by β€œdashing” horses. thenewswheel.com/origin-o…
Playing board games with children can raise their IQ. For 60 minutes a day, twice per week, researchers played logic games (like Qwirkle) with 7- to 9-year old children. Eight weeks later, the children increased their IQ test scores by 10 points on average. researchgate.net/publicat…
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. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Although the Soviet Luna 3 was first to photograph the far side of the moon, the on-board film used was salvaged from American spy balloons, technically making the first exploration of the moon’s farside a joint Soviet-American endeavor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
The black cat on board the ship Terra Nova during Robert Falcon Scott's 1910 Antarctic Expedition was named "N-word" purr-n-fur.org.uk/famous/…
Today I learned about Extreme Ironing, an extreme sport in which people take ironing boards to remote locations and iron items of clothing. Extreme Ironing has inspired other forms of unusual extreme activity, such as Extreme Cello Playing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
In 1969, Samuel L Jackson was expelled from Morehouse for holding the board of trustees hostage, including MLK Sr., demanding reform in the school's curriculum and governance. His mother, afraid of him becoming a person of interest for the FBI, sent him to LA where he began acting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
David Quinn, a former host of the PBS children's science series 3-2-1 Contact is one of the co-founders of allrecipes.com. He's also a high school teacher, entrepenuer, filmmaker, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Repertory Theatre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
In the UK when they mention COBRA talks it's just the name of the board room they talk in - Cabinet Office Board Room A ukdefencejournal.org.uk/t…
Chess has been solved for all positions with 7 or fewer pieces (including kings) on the board. The database for these endgame positions is 17 terabytes. chessprogramming.org/Endg…
Titanic's sister ship Olympic arrived late at the scene of Titanic's sinking and offered to take on survivors on board RMS Carpathia but was refused, fearing that a virtual mirror-image of Titanic would cause panic amongst the survivors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
Today I learned about Chess960 - a game created by Bobby Fischer which uses the same board and pieces of regular chess, but randomly shuffles the home row to prevent players from relying on memorized strategies and instead rely on their own creativity en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Today I learned about a famous game of Go where the winner was helped by ghosts and the loser threw up blood on the board and died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Charles Lightoller, second officer of RMS Titanic, launched lifeboats on his side half-empty rather than allowing men to board them. During World War I, after sinking a U-Boat he had some of the survivors killed, later writing that he had "refused to accept the hands-up business". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Tetris has an official sequel. Called "Welltris", it was developed by the original creator 5 years after the creation of Tetris, retains that game's falling-block puzzle gameplay but extends the pit into three dimensions while the blocks remain two-dimensional, with the board viewed from above. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
Ron Stallworth, the man who infiltrated the ranks of the KKK and the center of the movie BlacKkKlansman, was a cheerleader, served in the Student Council, served on the Student Advisory Board to the EPISD Board, and was voted most popular in his Senior year at Austin High School austinpanthers.org/outsta…
Backgammon has been around for over Five Thousand years, and only one other board game is older but the rules for it have been forgotten. oldest.org/entertainment/…
There is a character from My Little Pony etched onto a circuit board that is on the International Space Station. equestriadaily.com/2015/0…
A microscopically small bubble of nitrogen, that had not completely dissolved into a titanium ingot, caused a DC-10, with 300 people on board, to lose hydraulics and crash land. sillyguy.fandom.com/wiki/…
LL Cool J is on the Smithsonian National Board of Directors giving.si.edu/smithsonian…

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