When filming the TV series "The Mandalorian" in 2019, the crew ran out of Stormtrooper costumes, so they reached out to the local branch of a Star Wars fan organisation, whose members came to join the filming in their own home-made Stormtrooper costumes cbr.com/the-mandalorian-5…
From 1777 to 1870, Vermont had a fourth branch of government called the Council of Censors. It consisted of 13 members, elected every 7 years, who had to check if "the legislative and executive branches have performed their duty as guardians of the people." They could also amend the constitution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
During the 1960s, Colonel Harland Sanders of KFC fame attempted to branch out (albeit unsucsessfully); among some of the things he tried were opening his own fish and roast beef restaurants en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned about Charles Q. Brown Jr., who is the 22nd Chief of Staff of the US Air Force. He is the first black Chief of Staff to lead any branch of the US Armed Forces, and was confirmed unanimously by the Senate in June 2020. af.mil/About-Us/Air-Force…
The United States made it illegal to discriminate based on an individual's DNA sequence in 2008, an act that was passed almost unanimously by the house, senate, and executive branch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
The Hutterites, a branch of communal Anabaptists, are not allowed to wear jewelry. Thus in order to signify marital status, the man grows a beard instead of wearing a wedding band. ctvnews.ca/canada/we-want…
Today I learned of miswak, a natural toothbrush made from chewing up a miswak branch so one end is a fibrous brush. Kenyans who use this have great dental hygiene and glowing white teeth. youtu.be/TPZ7kOxo9II
WhopperCoin was a cryptocurrency launched by the Russian branch of Burger King as a loyalty program in the summer of 2017. It was the first issuance of branded cryptocurrency by a major company, and the first form of loyalty points that traded freely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
The word Assassin originates from the Old French, Hassasis, a member of the Nizari sect of Ismaili Muslims a branch of Shia Islam, who trained feared assassins known as Fidai. Hassasis is likely a derogatory term based on claims the Fidai would chew hashish, resulting in erratic behaviour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niz…
In 2012, a burger king employee anonymously posted an image on 4-chan of him putting his feet in lettuce, with the caption: "This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King." It took 20 minutes for people to track down the branch the employee worked at and contact the news. He was promptly fired. mashable.com/2012/07/19/4…
The Presidential seal doesn't change in a time of war. The eagle usually faces the olive branch, but on the Resolute desk, it faces the arrows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
Sponges were the first to branch off the evolutionary tree of animals, making them the sister group of all other animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
In 2006, $8 million were stolen from the Banco Rio branch in Acassuso, Argentina. During the robbery, the robbers ordered pizza for the hostages, sang happy birthday to a female lawyer, and then left a note that said they stole 'money, not love' before escaping on a boat. cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/15/…
Today I learned of Hutterites, a communal branch of Anabaptists where colonies are limited in size. Once an upper limit is reached they branch off into daughter colonies by putting two pieces of paper, labeled "Group A" and "Group B", into a hat. The name drawn indicates which group is leaving. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hut…
Today I learned of the Dickin Medal, instituted in 1943 in the UK by Maria Dickin to honor the work of animals in World War II. It is awarded to animals that have displayed "conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving or associated with any branch of the Armed Forces or Civil Defence Units". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
Broccoli was first cultivated in ancient Roman times and its name is derived from the Latin word brachium, meaning β€œstrong arm or branch”. Roman farmers called it the β€œfive (green) fingers of Jupiter” because of its curative and preventative properties. garden.lovetoknow.com/wik…
Despite Okinawa's brutal ground combat, the Navy suffered the most deaths of any US military branch due to kamikaze attacks. britannica.com/topic/Batt…
Today I learned that Taiwan has 5 branches of government. Aside from Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches there's the Examination Yuan which validates qualifications of civil servants and the Control Yuan which is an investigative branch that audits, evaluates and prosecutes govt officials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gov…
Today I learned all Navel Oranges are genetically identical, the trees originally grafted in the 1800's from one mutant branch on a tree in a monastery in Brazil. The mutation that made it seedless just happened to cause a smaller conjoined twin to grow on one end, the "navel". npr.org/templates/story/s…
David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidians, who was killed in Waco, Texas, has living children from members of his Harem of Wives who left him and the cult and were not in the compound when it was set on fire. youtube.com/watch?v=n4mVx…
Pornhub has a branch of their network called β€œPornhub Cares” where they focus on humanitarian efforts. Some of their causes are breast and testicular cancer research, planting trees, and funding student college scholarships. archive.attn.com/stories/…
There's a tree of Italian pasta dishes with Cacio E Pepe at the very top, and each branch below changing by adding only one ingredient. youtube.com/watch?v=Ng7GW…
Gold replica of an olive branch, the traditional symbol of peace, which was left on the Moon's surface by Apollo 11 crewmembers. The gesture represented a fresh wish for peace for all mankind. spaceflight.nasa.gov/gall…
On 17th May 1972, 10,000 London school kids went on strike to march against caning, detention, uniforms and β€˜headmaster dictatorships’. Abandoning lessons to march on County Hall, the government thought it so serious MI5 and the Special Branch were involved to spy on 'school activists. flashbak.com/1972-schools…
The idea for the ATM cash machine came about when its inventor, John Shepherd-Barron, took a bath after his bank branch had closed for the day and was inspired by chocolate bar vending machines nydailynews.com/news/mone…
Today I learned about Hemimastix kukwesjijk which is not a plant, animal, fungus, or protozoa. It constitutes an entirely new Kingdom, a new branch on the tree of life. scientificamerican.com/ar…
China's military is a branch of the Chinese Communist Party, not the Chinese government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peo…
Argonauts (also known as paper nautilus) are a branch of cephalopods capable on producing its own shell thought specialised tentacles. The shell is used to lay their eggs and for buoyancy. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Tupac Shakur was a member of the Baltimore branch of the Young Communist League USA in the late 1980s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
David Koresh, leader of the Branch Davidian ranch cult in Waco was a songwriter and musician that attempted to make it big in Hollywood. (Fact #5 on list in link) history.com/news/waco-sie…
The US Postal Inspection Service is the oldest branch of law enforcement in the US. Tracing its roots to 1772 when Benjamin Franklin appointed a surveyor to audit mail delivery, it predates the US itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The Branch Davidians didn't start with David Koresh, but were a long standing Seventh Day Adventist offshoot that started in the 1930s. youtube.com/watch?v=w4Yg1…
There is a spider called Dolophones conifera, known as the "wrap-around spider". So called due to it's ability to flatten themselves perfectly for camouflage around the surface of a branch. australiangeographic.com.…
A Bank Of America branch was legally foreclosed upon by a homeowner after failing to pay court-ordered restitutions business.time.com/2011/06…
Today I learned of all felines, the Margay (tree ocelot), native to Central and South America, is most adapted for a true arboreal life.It is the only cat to possess the ability to rotate its hind legs 180Β°, enabling it to run head-first down trees like squirrels.It can also hang from a branch by one hind foot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In the original Pinocchio story he is executed by hanging. The Fox and the Cat bind his arms, pass a noose around his throat and hang him from the branch of an oak tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Deepfakes are a tiny branch in a much more vast field of AI called "synthetic media". These AIs are or will be capable of generating entire stories, endless music and video, swapping actors or genres, generating video games, and much, much more (even create waifus!) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syn…
A branch of whales evolved from dog-like, carnivorous land mammals evolution.berkeley.edu/ev…
The white noddy or fairy tern, native to tropical Pacific islands, is notable for laying its egg on a bare branch in a small depression without a nest. It is also considered one of the most useful of land-finding birds to mariners since these seabirds generally roam within 45 km of their island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
China has a 60-year (Sexagenary) cycle on top of its 12-year (Zodiac) cycle, with 2020 being the start of a cursed "Branch". 1900- middle of the Boxer Rebellion (~100,000 casualties) and 1960 - middle of the Great Chinese Famine (with casualties ranging from 15 to 45 million) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
The red ovenbird, the national bird of Argentina and Uruguay, collects mud and piles it on top of a tree branch while letting it slowly dry, like adobe construction.When completed, its characteristic dome-shaped nest bears a resemblance to an old-fashioned wood-fired oven, hence the bird's name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruf…
There was a branch of the US mint in the Philippines, and it minted US pesos coins.www.collectors-soci…
In response to a "catastrophic emergency," the United States government can be suspended and replaced with a single, combined branch "coordinated" by the President, indefinitely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Wild tigers never lived in Africa. As part of the Felidae family (lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, jaguars, etc), these cats share a common ancestor that originated from Africa. A common theory is that one branch of this family migrated to Asia nearly 2 million years ago, evolving into tigers. thegreatprojects.com/blog…
In 2009, A man was unable to cash a check at a Bank of America branch in Tampa, Florida, because he could not provide a thumbprint. The man has two prosthetic arms. The bank later issued an apology nbcnews.com/id/32675980/n…
The first olympic marathon gold medalist told hittler that he hoped he won't start a war. And brought him an olive tree branch instead of nazi waving. pappaspost.com/august-1-1…
Today I learned about the Enabling Act of 1933, where Germany's elected officials were threatened to give Hitler's "executive branch" all of their law making power. historyplace.com/worldwar…
Morris Frank founded the Seeing Eye to promote guide dogs after losing one eye to a tree branch at 6 and the other boxing at 16 he found hired young men who served as guides were unreliable. His mother was blind and he was her guide as a child. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
The red-capped manakin (Ceratopipra mentalis) is found in the tropical moist lowland forests of Central America. The bird is probably best known for the male's highly unusual and dazzling courting ritual (see video) whereby he shuffles rapidly backwards across a branch akin to a speedy moonwalk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
The Mandarin word for honey (蜜, mΓ¬) is a cognate to the English word 'mead.' It was borrowed into Old Chinese from Tocharian, an extinct branch of the Indo-European language family that was spoken in what is now Xinjiang in China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…

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