In 1971, a young hacker named John Draper discovered that the toy whistles found in Captain Crunch cereal boxes were capable of mimicking the tones used by phone companies, allowing him to make free phone calls. sites.psu.edu/thedeepweb/…
As Spock became popular on Star Trek, William Shatner became jealous and would hide the bicycle Nimoy rode to get around at work. Shatner also felt, as Captain, his intellect should be greater than anyone on the show, even a Vulcan with superior knowledge. So, he began stealing Nimoy’s lines. giantfreakinrobot.com/ent…
In 1714, 2 gunships fought for 14 hours, before one ran out of ammunition. The captain messaged his opponent, thanking him for a fine duel, and asking for more ammunition, so that the fight could continue. His opponent refused, but they then agreed to sail away in opposite directions. historyanswers.co.uk/hist…
Today I learned about Mary Ann Brown Patten, who took command of a merchant vessel in 1856 when the captain, her husband, became ill and the first mate was found to be sabotaging the voyage to win a bet he'd placed on a competitor. She defeated a mutiny attempt and brought the ship safely back to port. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about Miroslav Ε atan, a former NHL hockey player. Because his name so closely resembles that of Satan, a popular April Fool's joke was that he was traded to the New Jersey Devils as a captain, making him the leader of the Devils. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
In an attempt to trim out the listing Yamato, Japan's super battleship, the captain flooded the outer engine room, drowning three hundred men at their stations. nationalinterest.org/blog…
Among the many bizarre requests received by Virgin Atlantic flight attendants were: "Could you turn the engines down because they are too noisy?"; "Please can the Captain stop the turbulence?"; "Can you take my children to the playroom?"; and "Is there a McDonald's onboard?" archive.indianexpress.com…
The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, who was infamous for his mishandling of the Costa Concordia disaster, taught a panic management course at Rome University 2 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Frances Glessner Lee, the first female police captain in the United States, also known as the "mother of forensic science" constructed herself 20 dioramas of actual crime scenes, complete with working doors, windows and lights to test the abilities of students to collect all relevant evidence en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
On steam powered paddle ships, visibility was greatly hindered by the two large arches on either side of the ship. To combat this, a literal bridge would be built between them so the captain and helmsman could still get good visibility, thus why a ship's command center is called a "bridge". youtube.com/watch?v=RDKRF…
Captain Charles B. McVay III is the only captain in US naval history to be court-martialed for losing a ship in battle. He was only exonerated 30 years after his suicide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947 only after Bell Aircraft balked at the $150,000 bonus requested by their own test pilot. Yeager completed the task as part of his standard USAAF $283/month Captain’s salary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
On June 15th, 1944, the Captain of the USS Texas (BB-35) intentionally flooded the lower decks of the ship so that he could further extend the range of the ship's guns while firing onto the fortified German-held positions of Isigny and Carentan. houstonchronicle.com/neig…
There was only one destroyer captain of the Imperial Japanese Navy that survived to the end of WW2, Captain Tameichi Hara en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tam…
Captain America #1, with its iconic cover of Cap punching Hitler, came out a year before the US entered WWII. At the time most people did not support war with Germany, so Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, both Jews, received death threats. However, the Mayor of New York was a fan and pledged protection. cbr.com/the-history-behin…
On August 24, 2001, Air Transat Flight 236 lost all of its fuel in mid air, the captain(a glider pilot) then proceeded to glide the Airbus A330, with 306 occupants, without any power, for 19 minutes, covering some 120 km, until landing hard at Lajes Air Base with 0 casualties en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Captain WΕ‚adysΕ‚aw Raginis and his battalion of 720 Polish soldiers held out for three days against 42,000 Wehrmacht during the Battle of Wizna. Honoring his oath of not leaving his post alive, Raginis committed suicide by throwing himself on a grenade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WΕ‚a…
On multiple occasions after the official end of WWII in 1945, there were numerous reports of American and Soviet aircraft engaged in combat with one another on May 8 and afterwards. One such pilot to be shot down was Captain Malcolm L. Nash flying a PoW camp pinpoint mission over Dresden. theaviationgeekclub.com/f…
The sinking of the Titanic was a popular subject for early African-American rapping (known as Toasts), specifically the story of a fictional black worker named "Shine" who tries to warn the captain about water flooding, but is ignored. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit…
In the 1850s the timber pirates of the Great Lakes stole lumber, burned ships, and openly threatened federal agents; killing atleast one. On May 6th 1853 the Buffalo, a lumber steam ship, rammed the USS Michigan but no charges were levied against the ship captain or owner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned of the 2014 Sewol Ferry Disaster in which 304 people died as the Captain was the first to escape the ship without giving any directives, trapping hundreds of students in the ship while it sank. youtube.com/watch?v=5_A8d…
In a 2018 English women's football (soccer) match, the referee, upon being without a coin for the pregame coin toss, had the team captains play rock paper scissors to determine which team would kick-off. The referee was subsequently suspended by the FA for three weeks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
James Blunt, who wrote, ''You're Beatiful'', studied aerospace manufacturing engineering and became an army captain, before starting his career at 30 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Charles B. McVay III, the Captain of the USS Indianapolis -famous for delivering the uranium for the Hiroshima bomb- was the only American Captain court martialed for the sinking of his ship in WWII and committed suicide at 70 after years of loneliness and public harassment en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
A random British captain was chosen by George Washington to be executed in response to a hanging by loyalists which itself was in retaliation for another death. The allied French got involved after the French mother of the captain petitioned and he was released en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir…
When Prince Charles arrived at the Britannia Royal Naval College for his Royal Navy officer training, unlike all other cadets who arrived by coach he drove to Dartmouth in his own Aston Martin. While driving up the ramps to meet the Captain it broke down and had to be pushed the final few yards. bythedart.co.uk/things-to…
In addition to Captain Lou Albano as Cindy Lauper's father, the original plan for the "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" video was to dress George "The Animal" Steele up in drag and cast him as Lauper's mother, a role that ended up going to Lauper's actual mother. networkworld.com/article/…
"knotty pine" paneling was made popular in New England homes because ship captains requested their ship quarters be well-outfitted with knot-free pine. The shipbuilders took the leftover knotty pine to use in their own homes. thisoldhouse.com/westerly…
Today I learned of Dirk Graham, an NHL player and coach who was the first Black player to be a captain and win the Frank Selke Award, as well as the NHL's first Black coach. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dir…
During the sinking of the Titanic, an order to evacuate women and children first by Captain Smith was misinterpreted to mean women and children only. As a result, men were prevented from entering lifeboats even when they were empty seats and only 20% of men survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
An English submarine on a combat patrol in WWII accepted a Russian reindeer as a gift. The reindeer spent six weeks at sea, slept under the captain's bed, and got fat off of condensed milk. It then spent the rest of its life in an English zoo. news.bbc.co.uk/local/hamp…
Today I learned about the attempted hijacking of FedEx Flight 705 by a disgruntled employee who filled a guitar case filled with hammers and a spear gun. The captain (ex-Navy) performer extreme arial maneuvers while the first officer and engineer fended off the attacker. The plane landed safely and all survived en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Play-Doh is a scented, colored wallpaper cleaner minus detergent. Vinyl wallpaper made dry paper cleaners obsolete. But kids used it for crafts. Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan) used the modified cleaner, Play-Doh, on TV in return for 2% of the sales, and the rest is history. businessinsider.com/the-s…
During the response to a major bridge collapse in Oklahoma in 2002, an ex-con took command of the disaster site by impersonating a US Army Captain. He directed FBI agents, appropriated vehicles and equipment and lead the rescue/recovery effort for two days before fleeing the scene. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-4…
The face of the well-loved rum brand, Captain Morgan, was a real person. Sir Henry Morgan was a Welsh privateer who fought for the English against the Spanish in the Caribbean during the 1660s and 1670s. Capt. Henry Morgan was knighted by King Charles II, and died in Jamaica a wealthy man. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
At the time of Captain Cook's arrival to Hawaii in 1778, the population was between 250k-800k. The 1900 U.S. Census identified 37,656 residents of full or partial native Hawaiian ancestry. The 2000 U.S. Census identified 283,430 residents of Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
In 1714, a Norwegian captain and an English captain had a 14-hour long ship fight. Afterwards, both ships were badly damaged and the Norwegian captain was running out of ammo. He sent an envoy to the English ship, asking if he could borrow some of their ammo. They said no. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
As well as being captain of Brazil's 1982 World Cup football team, Socrates was a practising medical doctor. He also founded a pro-democracy political movement opposing Brazil's dictatorship en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C…
Along with the Captain, ships sometime need a Pilot to navigate through dangerous/ unknown waters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
During the Battle Of Cowpens in the American Revolution, an American captain successfully used a spontoon to pole-vault toward a British cannon position to take it out and prevent it from firing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
A whistle given as a toy in Captain Crunch boxes in the 70s was used by early hackers to gain free long distance calls. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about William Breckinridge, a captain of the Confederacy who later renounced the views that led him to fight for them and became a racial equality advocate. He also represented blacks in court as a lawyer and was even noted by a black lawyer that he had helped many blacks in their law careers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
At Okinawa in WW2, destroyer USS Laffey was badly damaged by 4 bombs & 6 kamikaze crashes in an attack of about 50 planes. When the captain was asked if they should abandon ship, he said he'd never abandon ship as long as a single gun will fire. The Laffey survived en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Duke Nukem was temporarily called Duke Nukum to avoid legal trouble with the producers of the cartoon show Captain Planet, which featured a villain of the same name. They changed it back when they realized the character's name was not copyrighted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duk…
Today I learned about Captain Eric Brown, a WW2 Royal Navy test pilot, who had flown 487 different types of aircraft, including captured enemy aircraft. He also still holds the record for the most carrier deck landings and take offs and many aviation firsts such as first jet landing on a carrier deck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
There used to be a republic of pirates operating in Nassau in the Bahamas. Pirates ran their ships democratically, sharing plunder equally and selecting and deposing their captains by popular vote. countrylife.co.uk/travel/…
A British pilot of a 747 announced to his passengers: Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress'. They landed safely with no injuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Magellan didn't circumnavigate the globe. Magellan only made it to the Philippines, where he started a battle and was killed by natives. It was one of his Captains β€” Juan SebastiΓ‘n Elcano 1476 – 1526 β€” who actually completed the journey, yet historically has not received credit for his journey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jua…
Queen Victoria had a royal goddaughter from West Africa named Sara Forbes Bonetta, who was ensIaved and intended to die in a human sacrifice by King Ghezo of Dahomey, and rescued by a British naval captain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Today I learned about Captain Craig D. Button, a USAF pilot who inexplicably flew hundreds of miles off-course, without radio contact, while flying a plane equipped with four 500-pound Mk 82 bombs. The plane crashed in Colorado; the bombs, which were designed to survive a crash, were never found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…

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