In 2007, Rockstar Games allowed fans to call a number and rant about what they thought was wrong with America. The best calls were featured on a radio station in "Grand Theft Auto IV" gtaforums.com/topic/26235…
Prairie dog language is complex. They don’t just have a call for β€œdanger”: their calls differentiate human, hawk, domesticated dog, coyote etc. and specify size & color. One study found that they can communicate β€œHere comes the short human in the yellow” (vs the tall human in blue) to each other npr.org/2011/01/20/132650…
In the late 90s with millions in the bank, David Lee Roth became a state-licensed EMT who went on hundreds of calls wikipedia.org/wiki/David_…
In several Chinese cities, there is a service called "jam-busting". Drivers in traffic jams who need to get somewhere urgently call for a couple of people to show up on a motorbike. One stays with your car, and the other puts you on the back of the bike, and blasts off through and around the jam theglobeandmail.com/globe…
The Latin phrase "annus horribilis" is used by world leaders to call the worst year in living memory. For Queen Elizabeth, it was 1992, the year when Windsor Castle caught fire and Princess Diana and Prince Charles' marital problems became increasingly public theguardian.com/uk/2012/m…
Crows and Owls hate each other. On their own Great Horned Owls will behead and eat Crows. But if caught unaware a Crow will serveil and call for reinforcements. Then the Murder of Crows will Mob the Owl and give chase. If the Murder grows into the dozens or so they can even kill the Owl. goodmorninggloucester.com…
The first public call made from an iPhone was made by Steve Jobs. He called a Starbucks and ordered 4,000 lattes; then said 'just kidding' and hung up. fastcompany.com/3006147/b…
Learned that in 1985 a guy programmed his computer to call Jerry Falwell Sr's toll free prayer line every 30 seconds for 8 months. It clogged up the lines and cost them over $750k in reverse charges. content.time.com/time/mag…
The comedy central office assistant who received the call that dave chappelle had left chappelle's show was john mulaney deadline.com/2019/12/john…
Before the internet, Nintendo had "game counselors" - whom you could call if you were stuck in a game and they would coach you through it. games.avclub.com/what-was…
The β€œDeath Zone” is what climbers call the highest part of Mount Everest (everything above 26,247ft). Due to its lack of oxygen, the body literally begins to die, cell by cell. This can result in health risks like impaired judgement, heart attack or stroke, and altitude sickness. businessinsider.com/mount…
The Canadian province Alberta basically has no permanent Norway Rat population because they have an incredibly aggressive rat control program. It includes a hotline to call if you ever actually see a rat in the province. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Bill Murray Likes to Call Kelly Lynch’s Husband Every Time He Sees Patrick Swayze Having Sex With Her in Road House grantland.com/hollywood-p…
The moment Gerald Ford was sworn in, Nixon was on Air Force One flying home. Because he was no longer President, the airplane's call sign was changed mid-flight from Air Force One to SAM 27000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VC-…
What I thought was Holland is actually the Netherlands. Two of the Netherlands provinces make up what people call Holland. holland.com/global/touris…
The first ever Cell Phone call was made by a Motorola researcher. He called his rival at Bell Labs who had also been working on creating a working cell phone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Waving arms and screaming are not signs of drowning, but of aquatic distress. Actual drowning is often β€œquieter”; no call for help, no waving arms, just an upright body and head tilted back. Thus many people fail to recognize when a person is actually drowning. globalrescue.com/common/b…
Prank calls on radio stations are fake unless the radio station is breaking the law fcc.gov/enforcement/order…
In the Czech Republic, beer is cheaper than water in pubs, leading its health minister to call on restaurants and bars to offer at least one nonalcoholic drink at a price less than that of beer - but the Czech Hotel and Restaurant Association said that it is ready to fight "excessive regulation" firstwefeast.com/eat/2013…
Resident doctors have term called a "Golden Weekend": A Saturday and Sunday when you are not on call and not working. gomerpedia.org/wiki/Golde…
In 1955, a local Sears store in Colorado Springs, CO, had an ad stating children can call Santa on Christmas Eve. The phone number listed was misprinted, and calls were directed to NORAD; thus starting a yearly tradition 9news.com/mobile/article/…
In his college days, Steve Wozniak used a blue box (an illegal phone hacking device) to call the Vatican. He pretended to be Henry Kissinger and asked to speak with the Pope but was denied because the Pope was asleep. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
Teddy Roosevelt nearly died on several occasions while exploring the previously uncharted River of Doubt. After surviving a close call with a coral snake and an emergency surgery on his leg, he became delirious with a fever and repeatedly demanded to be left alone to die in the jungle. history.com/news/the-amaz…
Police are called to Walmart stores 3-4 times as often as they are to other big-box retailers like Target. 25% of all arrests in St. Petersburg, FL and 92% of larceny calls in Granite Falls, NC are attributed to single Walmart locations in each city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
The term for what a country calls itself within its own borders is an endonym, contrarily what other countries call other countries is an exonym. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
The Mayan people constructed the temples in a way that a handclap at the base of the temple produces an echo that sounds like the call of the sacred Quetzal bird. For them the bird was a messenger of the gods. io9.gizmodo.com/heres-how…
Today I learned of SeΓ‘n na Sagart, hired by England to hunt Catholic priests who didn't recognize the Protestant Queen. He would capture/kill priests by pretending to be sickly and would call for a priest to confess his sins. He was killed attempting to attack a disguised priest at a fellow priest's funeral. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
"Dead Cat Space" is an Auto Industry standard term for what engineers and designers call the area above the tire and below the fender. It got its name because the top of a car’s tire is often a warm place where cats seek to nap. detroitnews.com/story/bus…
The practice of naming storms was popularized by the hit single "They call the wind Maria" from the play "Paint your wagon" who got "Maria" from George Stewart's novel "Storm." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s wife kept hanging up on his phone calls from the ISS thinking he was a telemarketer. The 3 second delay made her think no one was on the other side of the line when she’d answer. NASA then gave her the ISS’s phone number so her phone read β€œSPACE” each time he called. youtu.be/t93UCj1hzu8
, There's an opposite to "deja vu", they call it "jamais vu", it's when you meet the same people or visit places, again and again, but each time, is the first. everybody is always a stranger. nothing is ever familiar. link.springer.com/referen…
Ronald Reagan would write personal checks to individuals with financial struggles. He was known to drop $4,000 or $5,000 checks into the mail for certain people. He was also known to call upon the Air Force to aid in the transport of children who were experiencing medical emergencies. goliath.com/random/15-thi…
Today I learned of Jean Meslier, a catholic priest and exemplary clergyman of 40 years, known for his charity work. After his death a 633 page "testament" was found in his house. In it he claims he only became a priest to please his parents, denies the existance of god and calls religion "a castle in the air" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Disney auditioned cars for the role of Herbie in the 1968 Love Bug film. Disney set up a casting call for cars, including Toyotas, a TVR, Volvos, an MG and a pearl white Volkswagen Beetle. The Beetle was chosen as it was the only one that elicited the crew to reach out and pet it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A couple wanted to name their son 4Real, because after seeing an ultrasound image, they realised their baby was "for real". The couple argued that 4Real is the same as names like John Williams III, but the registrar didn't agree - so they registered his name as Superman, but will call him 4Real news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
Six Georgia inmates out on work detail saved a Deputy Sheriff who collapsed unconscious. They could have taken his gun & fled with the work van but used the Deputy's phone to call 911. The Sheriff's Office gave the men a pizza party with homemade dessert & recommended reduced sentences. cbsnews.com/news/six-inma…
Rodney Dangerfield suffered a mild heart attack while performing his act on The Tonight Show. While Dangerfield was doing his standup, Jay Leno noticed something was off with Dangerfield’s movements and asked his producer to call the paramedics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
After the success of Snow White, Walt Disney bought his parents a new home in Burbank. His mother frequently complained about the furnace, so Disney studio workers were sent to fix the broken furnace and failed resulting in Flora Call Disney dying in her sleep due to asphyxiation in 1938. disneydreamer.com/walt-di…
Today I learned about the 'cyber seat', the world's first park bench with free internet. It was installed in the UK in 2001 by Microsoft. Within days, two teens had plugged their house phone into it, attempting to call Bill Gates to say 'we are calling you from your bench'. They managed to reach his secretary. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/t…
In 1984, New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon got drunk and decided to spontaneously call a general election, which he lost. thespinoff.co.nz/food/bev…
David Bowie founded the β€œSociety for the Prevention of Cruelty to Men with Long Hair” when he was 17. The BBC interviewed him about it on which he stated β€œIt's not nice when people call you darling and that" davidbowienews.com/2014/0…
Today I learned about a man who calls himself Luis Nostromo who transformed his Barcelona apartment into a replica of the spaceship from "Alien" odditycentral.com/news/fa…
In Tenerife in 1977 two aeroplanes crashed into each other during foggy conditions because, among other reasons, the call from the control tower telling one plane not to take off was interfered with by a simultaneous radio call by the other plane, resulting in 583 casualties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
The Byzantine Empire never actually referred to itself as such. For the duration of its existence, its populace considered it to be the Roman Empire and continued to call themselves Romans. Historians retroactively called it the Byzantine Empire to diferentiate it from the western Roman Empire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byz…
The largest sea evacuation in history was on 9/11. The Coast Guard had let out an "all available vessels call", and almost 100 boats responded, ranging from tugboats to ferries to yachts. insh.world/history/the-gr…
Although Japan's Emperor apparently renΠΎunced his divinity in 1946, Japan's WWII shrine sees that interpretation as prΠΎpaganda; the shrine's Shinto priest said "his ancestors are from the world of gods, so he is a divine being"; and Japan's anthem calls for the Emperor to live 8,000 generations theguardian.com/world/200…
Ollie North voiced himself in Call of Duty: Black Ops II en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
There's a (tiny) community of people who regularly consume rotten meat (on top of an entirely raw diet that eschews fruit) and believe it's a "healthy" diet. They call it "High Meat" as it apparently gives them a "tremendous viagra effect" from eating raw, rotten meat. weirduniverse.net/blog/co…
When he was serving as an assistant at Comedy Central, John Mulaney was the one who answered the phone call when Dave Chappelle "went missing." He then was tasked with breaking the news of Chappelle's departure to Africa to the execs who were in the middle of meeting. ew.com/tv/2019/12/27/john…
The Ouija board got its name after the inventor’s sister in law asked the board what they should call it. When they asked what the name meant, the board replied β€œGood luck”. vox.com/2015/6/11/8765053…

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