Sarah Hyland, of Modern Family fame, was diagnosed with kidney dysplasia when she was young, received two kidney transplants from her father and her brother and has undergone 16 surgeries, even during the shooting of Modern Family en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Today I learned of the Navratil boys, whose father had kidnapped them after separating from his wife. He tried to move them to America on the Titanic, but died when the ship sank. The brothers were rescued and re-united with their mother after she saw a newspaper picture of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
During the Lewis & Clark expedition Sacagawea was reunited with her brother Cameahwait, the "Great Chief" of the Lemhi Shoshones. This led to generous aid including selling horses, carrying cargo, sharing knowledge of the Bitterroot Mountains and the Columbia River, and supplying a guide. lewis-clark.org/article/2…
Vincent Van Gogh was named after his dead older brother, who died in infancy exactly a year before he was born. It’s been suggested that being given the same name might have had a deep psychological impact on him and influenced his art. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
A poor 19th century Chinese man failed the civil service exam, fell ill, reread a Christian pamphlet he had earlier ignored, & hallucinated that he was Jesus' brother. He led a cult/rebellion that conquered much of southern China, crowning himself as king. This civil war killed over 10 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai…
For the movie "O Brother, Where art Thou?", the cows that were shot and hit by the police car looked so realistic that the American Humane Society wouldn't immediately certify the movie as "No Animals Were Harmed". A representative had to be shown how they were digitally created ten times. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The Catalina Wine Mixer from Step Brothers wasn't a real thing when the movie was made, but has since become a real event because of the movie lamag.com/digestblog/cata…
Salvador Dalli was born 9 months after his older brother, who was also named Salvador, died and his parents believed he was a reincarnation of said older brother and he spent most of his life trying to live outside the shadow of his older brother. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Steve Martin and Martin Short both turned down the role of Lloyd in Dumb and Dumber. Originally the Farrelly Brothers didn't know who Jim Carrey was and were only told that he was "The White Guy" on In Living Color. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumb_a…
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…
The founder of Barbie named the dolls after her kids, Barbara and Kenneth. Therefore, the real Barbie and Ken are actually brother and sister. barbie.mattel.com/en-us/a…
Today I learned of pharaoh Ptolemy VIII and his sister-wife Cleopatra II. When Ptolemy married his niece (Cleopatra's daughter by another brother), it caused Cleopatra to rebel in support of their 12-year-old son. Ptolemy responded by dismembering their son and sending the pieces to Cleopatra on her birthday en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pto…
Bruce Lee tried to create an American TV show in the 70’s but Warner Brothers stole the idea, created β€œKung Fu” and cast David Carradine as the lead. 50 yrs later Bruce Lee’s daughter took her fathers idea and created β€œThe Warrior” for Cinemax. theguardian.com/film/film…
Today I learned of the Felony Murder Doctrine, where any killing that occurs in the course of a dangerous felony can be charged against the felon as first-degree murder. This can lead to strange results. If you rob a store with your brother and he is shot by the clerk, you can be charged with his murder. law.cornell.edu/wex/felon…
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…
Bud Sailors, 6'5", would tease his younger brother, Kenny Sailors, 5'7", playing basketball, "Kenny, this isn't the game for you. It's for big men. Tall men." So Kenny invented what is known today as the Jump Shot. wbur.org/onlyagame/2016/0…
In 1989 two brothers flew ultralight planes over the Berlin Wall into East Germany to rescue a brother they'd left behind when they escaped years earlier. They landed at a park inside the DDR, picked up their brother, and flew back to West Berlin in less than 20 minutes. youtu.be/ywY67XU56KE?t=49
The Marx Brothers were the first actors in Hollywood to get a percentage of the gross receipts from one of their films en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The U.S. First Lady in 1885 - 86 was a lesbian. Rose Cleveland served as the First Lady for her brother who was unmarried. She carried on a relationship for more than 30 years with Evangeline Whipple until Rose died of the Spanish Influenza in 1918. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI got married "by proxy". The wedding took place in Vienna, with Marie Antoinette's brother standing in for the groom at the altar. Louis was in France at the time history.com/news/royal-we…
Rube Goldberg made his sons Thomas and George change their lastname to protect them from backlash from his political cartoons. Thomas chose the lastname George as a tribute to his brother, and in the spirit of family, George followed suit, voluntarily spending entire life going by George George. nytimes.com/2007/11/15/th…
In the Brothers Grimm version of Snow White, the Prince proposed to Snow White when she was only about Seven Years old. grimmstories.com/en/grimm…
A harmless 2009 coffee commercial for Folgers sparked internet theories about the brother and sister in the ad being incestuous, to the point fan fiction about them was (and still is!) being written. news.avclub.com/this-oral…
The actor who played Pugsley in the 1990s Addams Family movies is the brother of Modern Family's Ariel Winter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Warner Brothers called composer John Williams to compose music for a promotional reel for Harry Potter. He did it "sight unseen" (without looking at it). This music became Hedwig's theme and is the most recognized Harry Potter theme. youtu.be/91URVrdNlX8
Bessie Coleman was an American Aviator and the first black woman to earn a pilot's license.Because flying schools in the United States denied her entry,she taught herself French and moved to France,earning her license from France's well-known Caudron Brother's School of Aviation in just 7 months biography.com/explorer/be…
Bryan Cranston's father was an actor, but did not secure enough roles to provide for his family. He walked out on the family when Bryan was 11 years old, and they did not see each other again until a 22-year-old Bryan and his brother Kyle decided to track him down. wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_…
Lehman Brother before going bankrupt paid its CEO nearly half a billion dollars in total compensation from 1993 to 2007, and fired him in 2008 only after declaring bankruptcy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
The TV show "Big Brother" had a policy of keeping the contestants in total information isolation. This included not informing the cast about 9/11. They had to change the policy after one of the cast's family members was lost at Ground Zero. ew.com/article/2001/10/05…
The dumpster was patented in 1935 by the Dempster Brothers. The first front-loading garbage truck that made use of dumpsters was called the Dempster Dumpmaster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dum…
Common fruit fly females prefer to mate with their own brothers over unrelated males en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dro…
Clockwork Orange was so controversial in the UK that Stanley Kubrick requested Warner Brothers withdraw the movie from any further releases in the country only a year after its release, and thus up until Kubrick's death in 1999 it was very difficult to watch the movie legally in Britain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
Princess Diana and her brothers had such a bad relationship with their stepmother than, two days after their father died, they threw her out of their house. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Between 2006 and 2007 Poland’s prime minister and president were identical twin brothers, making them the first brothers in history to hold a country’s prime ministership and presidency at the same time. britannica.com/biography/…
Wayne and Brent Gretzky hold the NHL record for most combined points by two brothers: 2,857 for Wayne and 4 for Brent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
Osama bin Laden's brothers own the Construction firm in charge of constructing the tallest building in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sau…
Groucho Marx invited the band Queen to visit him because they named 2 of their albums after Marx Brothers movies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%27…
When a 36-year-old Indian man who had been teased his entire life for looking pregnant got the condition checked out, the doctors ended up pulling out hair, hands, bones & limbs of the man’s twin brotherβ€”who had been trapped in his twin as a fetus & continued to grow post-birthβ€”from his stomach. abcnews.go.com/Health/man…
Today I learned of the Piccirilli Brothers, who carved the Lincoln statue (DC), the NY Public Library lions, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (DC), the NY Stock Exchange, and the Washington Square Arch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic…
Three Israeli brothersβ€”Ramy, Muzher, and Shadde Badirβ€”managed to set up an extensive phone and computer fraud scheme in Israel in the 1990s, despite all of them being born blind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
It is rumored that Pablo Escobar committed suicide. It was never confirmed that a police officer fired the fatal shot through his ear. His brothers insisted "he would say to me every day that if he was really cornered without a way out, he would 'shoot himself through the ear'" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pab…
Today I learned of Ryan Arnold, a man who saved his older brother’s life by donating him two thirds of his liver. Unfortunately, he died a few days after surgery while his brother got better. nbcnews.com/id/40133320/n…
That, shortly before his death, Chris Farley was preparing for his first dramatic role in a biopic about Fatty Arbuckle. According to his brother, Chris was excited to show the world that he, just like the also overweight Arbuckle, was misunderstood as an actor and a person. vulture.com/2012/12/the-l…
During Dave Davies' 50th birthday party his brother and Kinks bandmate Ray Davies first made a speech honoring himself, and then stamped all over Dave's birthday cake. stereogum.com/562932/kink…
Jackie Robinson had a brother named Mack who ran with Jessie Owens watchstadium.com/videos/o…
Barbie was modeled after a racy gag gift for adults and besides being just lovers, Barbie and Ken are named after a real life brother and sister: the son and daughter of the creator, Ruth Handler. history.com/news/barbie-t…
Tom Hanks has a brother named Jim who has substituted for voice roles like "Woody" in various things like video games. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
The first virus that attacked MS-DOC is called Brain and was written by two brothers, Basit Farooq Alvi and Amjad Farooq Alvi, from Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan in 1986. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Elvis Presley had an identical twin brother who was stillborn wikidata.org/wiki/Q164081…
At the start of the 2008 crash, the second Wall Street firm to reduce its position in mortgage-backed securities was Lehman Brothers Inc, which went bankrupt soon after. The first firm was Goldman Sachs, who moved early at the urging of two employees as dramatized in the 2011 film "Margin Call". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
McDonald's had tie in Batman Returns Happy Meals that received complaints from parents who felt the film should not be promoted to kids. Complaints and a lower box office return led to Warner Brothers dropping Tim Burton and hiring Joel Schumacher for the less adult orientated sequels. vocal.media/geeks/a-not-s…
Today I learned of Brian Moran, 31, a minor league pitcher with the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2019, in his major league debut, Moran pitched a scoreless inning. He struck out one batter, his brother, Colin Moran. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The former King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, killed his brother Alfonso shooting him in the head when he was 14 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inf…
Today I learned of the fraternal birth order effect, which indicates that for every older male brother a man has, their odds of being attracted to the same sex increases by a third. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
In 2000, 2 Italian brothers and their friend crossed the Atlantic Ocean by car scmp.com/sport/outdoor/ex…
That, of the seven Kings of Saudi Arabia, the most recent six were all sons of the first, King Abdulaziz (born 1875), the throne passing brother to brother since his death in 1953 through agnatic seniority. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura in Star Trek, had a brother named Thomas who committed suicide along with 38 others in the Heavens Gate cult. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Johny Cash had a younger brother, Tommy Cash who also is a country singer and is still active. wideopencountry.com/whate…
In 1992, Nike made a Super Bowl commercial where an animated Bugs Bunny played basketball with a real-live Michael Jordan. The commercial was so successful that Warner Brothers decided to turn it into a whole movie (Space Jam). highsnobiety.com/2015/07/…
Dane Cook had to send his brother to prison for stealing millions from him. youtube.com/watch?v=mE2i3…
When Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon, he had with him a piece of the propeller from the Wright Brothers' first airplane, the Wright Flyer time.com/5418950/first-ma…
Billie Eilish was born into the entertainment industry. She grew up in Los Angeles with both her parents being successful actors and her older brother already being in the music industry. She joined the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus at 8, and her brother wrote her debut song for her at 13. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
The version of the song β€œPo Lazarus” used in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? was an actual recording of prisoners singing at Mississippi State Penitentiary in 1959 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Phil Collins amazed Disney bosses when he agreed to sing his songs for the studio's films Tarzan and Brother Bear phonetically in a number of different languages. genesisfan.net/phil-colli…
Point Udall is both the most western and eastern point of the USA. The easternmost point of the USA is Point Udall, US Virgin Islands. The westernmost point of the USA is Point Udall, Guam. The points were named after brothers Stewart Udall and Morris Udall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poi…
Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, John Cage, Miles Davis, the Everly Brothers, Dave Brubeck, Tony Bennett and Edith Piaf all worked with the same producer - George Avakian - in the 1950s and 1960s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
When Stephen Colbert was 10 years old, his father, 2 brothers, and 69 others were killed when their plane crashed 5 miles from the runway amid dense fog. The crew failed to pay attention to the plane's altitude because they were busy trying to spot a nearby amusement park through the fog. wikipedia.com/wiki/Easter…
One of the principle deniers of the Cambodian Genocide of 1975-1979 (the British Academic Malcom Caldwell) was (almost certainly) killed by the Khmer Rouge (probably under the orders of Pol Pot) shortly after interviewing Brother Number One on Dec. 22 1978. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
The song, β€œLove Hurts” by Nazareth was just a cover of an Everly Brothers song youtu.be/hFE2SnliiV0
William Still, the father of the Underground Railroad, interviewed and kept records of every escaped slave he came across. Once, while interviewing a man, he discovered that the man was actually his long-lost brother. freedomcenter.org/content…
Groucho Marx was never told about his brother Gummo's death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gum…
For 25 years, two brothers re-gifted each other the same pair of pants, in increasingly inventive and difficult packaging, including a 600lb safe, a double-glazed window, a 16-foot rocket ship, and a crushed car, with a card that read "Merry Christmas, the pants are in the glove box". snopes.com/fact-check/pan…
It was said of the Khmer Rouge's Brother Number Two, that 'in comparison with Nuon Chea, people considered Pol Pot a paragon of kindness'? Also he was not punished for his many, many murders until he was 81. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuo…
Today I learned about Pedro Alonso Nino, a Black-Spanish explorer who piloted The Santa Maria on Columbus’s first voyage to America. He comes from the famed Nino Brothers. The La NiΓ±a, another of Columbus ships was actually owned by Pedro’s brother, Juan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ped…
Ronald Spiers, the ice cool officer from 'Band of Brothers' who fought with the 101st Airborne, was actually Scottish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
'The Blues Brothers'(1980) set a record for Most Cars Destroyed in a movie production at 103 cars. This record was held for 18 years until the sequel 'The Blues Brothers 2000' wrecked 104 cars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight was released in 2003 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight. It featured several historical aircraft such as the Wright Flyer, Ford Tri-Motor, and the Douglas DC-3 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Ian Thomas (musician best known for "Painted Ladies") and Dave Thomas (best known as Doug Mackenzie of "Bob & Doug Mackenzie" fame) are brothers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian…
Actor Edwin Booth, elder brother of Abraham Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth, saved the life of Robert Todd Lincoln, the only one of Abraham Lincoln's sons to survive into adulthood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
The most severe profanities in Italian are related to blasphemy. A very common one is "Porco Dio" (Pig Godβ€”i.e. God is a Pig). In one region people say "pota de Cristo" (Christ's cunt). On the Italian version of Big Brother, use of blasphemous profanity was grounds for immediate expulsion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ita…
Weber Grills were invented by Weber Brothers Metal Works, which produced metal buoys for the Coast Guard. George Stephen cut a buoy in half and added legs, and the Weber Grill was born. smithsonianmag.com/innova…
Today I learned about "Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs". It is one of the most controversial cartoons in Warner Brothers history, being one of the Censored Eleven. Because of its unflattering and stereotypical use of darky iconography, the cartoon has been rarely seen on television since its production in 1943. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
"Dumpster" is a proprietary eponym, or a brand name that is commonly used to refer to most similar products. It was named after the creators, the Dempster brothers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dum…
Abraham Lincoln's son was almost crushed by a train, only to be rescued by the actor, Edwin Booth. A year later Edwin's brother, John, murdered the President. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Today I learned about General John C. Pemberton, the Confederate General at Vicksburg who was born in Pennsylvania and whose younger brothers fought for the Union. Pemberton fought for the Confederacy due to the influence of his wife, who was a Virginian en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The Wright Brothers tested over 50 different types of airfoils on their plane. corescholar.libraries.wri…
Today I learned about Matthew (Mack) Robinson who broke the world record in the 200m at the Olympic games 1936 in Berlin just to lose against Jesse Owens who ran 0.4 seconds faster. Besides that Macks little brother made a career for himself. His name - Jackie Robinson. nytimes.com/2012/07/21/sp…
Tchaikovsky, who was gay, signed off a letter to his brother Modest, who was also gay, as "Your devoted and loving sister, Petrolina" independent.co.uk/arts-en…
The Doobie Brothers got that name because an acquaintance of the group, Keith "Dyno" Rosen, asked them "Why don't you call yourself the Doobie Brothers because you're always smoking pot?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Van Dyke Parks learned of his brother's death from composer Terry Gilkyson, who to help make up for it, offered him a job as arranger on his song "The Bare Necessities" for The Jungle Book in 1963 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
After Paula Wolff (Hitler's sister) was released from American custody, she moved to Germany and became a recluse. She was looked after by surviving members of the SS and her brother's inner circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Herman Goering's brother, Albert, was anti-Nazi and even enabled sabotage and resistance operations in Czechoslovakia during the war. He regularly used his brother's influence to get out of trouble. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The eldest brother of the Dalai Lama was one of the first high-profile Tibetans to go into exile and was the first to settle in the United States. He led three long walks for Tibetan independence, including a 600-mile walk from Toronto to New York City en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thu…
Jose Conseco skipped on a celebrity fight, sent his twin brother Ozzie (who had very obviously different arm tattoos) sports.yahoo.com/blogs/bo…
In the non-canonical Acts of Thomas that Jesus Christ sells his twin brother Judas Thomas into slavery in order to trick him into going to India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
Alice Lidell, inspiration for Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", once met Peter Llewellyn Davies, one of the brothers who inspired J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan". wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_…
Will Ferrell is really singing and John C. Reilly is really drumming in the event saving scene at the Catalina Wine Mixer from Step Brothers. maxim.com/entertainment/g…
Mia Farrow's brother is currently serving a ten year prison sentence, after pleading guilty to molesting two boys when they were eight and a nine years old. cbsnews.com/news/john-cha…
An amateur sign language interpreter signed mostly gibberish in a Hurricane Irma update. Manatee County typically used professionals but instead asked a lifeguard whose brother is deaf. Deaf viewers said he signed "pizza," "monsters," & the phrase: "help you at that time to use bear big." al.com/news/2017/09/sign_…

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