Today I learned of the Catherine Wheel- A torture device used widely from the Middle Ages until 1841. A victim was tied down and had each limb broken by a cart wheel, and then the limbs were braided between the spokes and the person left to die. One man lasted 9 days before passing. wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaki…
Emperor Wu of Jin had so many women he could choose to sleep with, that he didn't know who to choose. So, he rode a small cart pulled by a goat and he would sleep with whichever woman managed to stop the goat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
A fed up Jet Blue flight attendant announced his resignation over the PA system upon landing. He then grabbed 2 beers from a beverage cart and exited by deploying the plane’s emergency slide. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Some of the actors playing zombies in 1978's "Dawn of the Dead" were drunk, regularly going to nearby bar while they waited for filming to begin. Some even jumped on a golf cart and crashed it into a pillar, causing thousands of dollars in damage. pghcitypaper.com/pittsbur…
19th century New York City was so lousy with oysters, they were typically sold for cheap from street carts for the working class. The remaining shells were then used as pavement for roads, crushed into mortar paste for construction, or burned for lime. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Hot dog cart operators pay almost $300k an year, to operate outside Central Park, NYC. delish.com/food/news/a395…
Today I learned about the J-Cart for the Sega Genesis. It held not only the game data but also came with two additional gamepad ports. This effectively allowed four players to play simultaneously without any extra adapters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J-C…
Those strip of bumps that shake your cart as you leave a store are there to tell blind people they're walking into an area with vehicle traffic (parking lots, streets, etc). They're called Tactile paving en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…
Today I learned of Dondurma, a Turkish variant of ice cream typically sold from carts, where the vendor deliberately pranks the customer before serving the actual cone en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Elizabeth I spent her reigning summers travelling with an entire royal entourage of 400-600 horse drawn carts. They travelled slowly, an average of 10-12 miles a day. Her visits to houses incurred significant expenses for the host, thus they weren’t always happy to have her stay. shakespeareandbeyond.folg…
Costco’s hot dogs started out as a single hot dog cart vendor in front of their San Diego warehouse, using Hebrew National dogs. mashed.com/103084/dont-kn…
Winnipeg's Portage and Main is considered the "most famous interesection in Canada". The downtown street is the widest of its kind due to its historic use as an ox cart trail. At its height, the muddy rut-rife passage through town was wide enough to accommodate up to 20 carts at once skyrisecities.com/news/20…
Leonardo Da Vinci invented a self-propelled cart (powered by two coiled springs and a balance wheel, like a watch) that could drive and even steer autonomously. v2gov.com/da-vincis-self-…
"Tarzan" actor Johnny Weissmuller was playing golf during the Cuban Revolution when his cart was suddenly surrounded by rebel soldiers. After doing the Tarzan yell for them, the guerrillas recognized him and even escorted him to his hotel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In the 1920s, New York Giants players would ride to games in Brooklyn in horse drawn carts. Dodgers fans would wait along the route and pelt the players with beer, coins, and umbrella parts. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In 2001, R.E.M’s guitarist Peter Buck was indicted on two counts of assault, one count of drunkenness on an aircraft, and one count of criminal damage after he became unruly and at one point tried to steal a knife from a serving cart. He was eventually acquitted of all charges. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
In Boston, 1777, during a shortage of coffee and sugar, a crowd of over 100 angry women marched to a wealthy merchant's warehouse, demanded the keys, and grabbed him by the neck when he refused. They opened the doors, loaded up carts with coffee, and left. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
In the United States the reason voting takes place on a Tuesday is in 1845 it could take rural farmers up to a day of travelling by horse and cart to get to a voting station. Wednesday was typically market day and Sunday was the Biblical Sabbath so Tuesday was chosen to allow ample travel time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
When shopping carts were invented, they were not popular because men considered them effeminate and women were reminded of pushing baby carriages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable cancers. Also topping the carts is poor diet, lack of exercise, and alcohol consumption. nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna…
When future Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage had a rough streak after joining NY Yankees, Mickey Rivers once jumped on the bullpen cart screaming "Don't let him in the game!" latimes.com/archives/la-x…
An illiterate retired guard in his 70s saved many of Timbuktu’s priceless manuscripts during the 2012 Al Qaeda occupation of the city, by smuggling them out of the city at night in rice sacks, in a cart. Jihadists went on to burn whatever manuscripts were left. irishtimes.com/news/world…
The death of Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang was kept secret for two months by his prime minister. He died on a journey in the middle of summer, so the minister hid the stench of his decomposing body by having two carts full of rotting fish surround the emperor’s wagon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin…
In 1923, Germany's hyperinflation was so high, the exchange rate went from 9 marks to 4.2M marks to $1 USD. One German worker, who used a wheelbarrow to cart off billions of marks that were his week’s wages, was robbed by thieves who stole the wheelbarrow but left the piles of cash on the curb. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In a "flea circus" the fleas (glued in position) fight to escape, giving the impression of playing instruments, pulling small carts or playing football. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
Michel Lotito, famous for deliberately consuming indigestible objects such as bicycles, shopping carts, televisions, and a Cessna 150 was awarded a brass plaque by the Guinness Book to commemorate his abilities. He consumed it as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
During the WW1 water and sanitary carts ,manufactured by the Furphy family, became popular as a place where soldiers exchanged gossip, often when visiting the latrines. So,furphy is now used as an informal Australian slang for an untrue and absurd rumour or story. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fur…
For India's first mission to space in the year 1963,rocket parts were carried on bicycles and bullock carts to the launch pad. defenceupdate.in/the-fasc…
There is a high school in Georgia where the entire student population drives golf carts to school. wabe.org/georgia-teens-ta…
The shopping cart at your grocery store has more germs and bacteria on the handle than what you will find in the public restroom. A study of 85 random shopping carts conducted by Dr. Charles P. Gerba found that 50 percent carried E. coli, while 72 percent contained coliform bacteria. foxnews.com/lifestyle/how…
It can cost $289,500 a year just for the right to operate a single hot dog cart in Central Park. nytimes.com/2013/09/05/ny…
Target literally reinvented the shopping cart and won industrial design awards for them. nbcnews.com/id/44431406/n…
There are mysterious ancient stone cart tracks all over Malta, some of which disappear over cliffs and reappear at the bottom of the ocean. cartrutsmalta.com
There are still street merchants in Baltimore, called arabbers, who carry on a 150 year old tradition by travelling around selling fruits and vegetables from a horse drawn cart. eater.com/2014/10/8/69155…
The Villages is a retirement community in central Florida. It is master-planned & age-restricted and the largest such housing complex in the world with over 115 THOUSAND residents and tens of thousands of golf carts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Michel Lotito, who was famous for eating "indigestible objects" including bicycles, shopping carts and a Cessna aircraft. He was awarded a plaque by Guinness World Records, which he also ate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
A flight attendant quit his job by telling an unruly passenger "Fuck you", grabbing beer from the beverage cart, deploying the emergency escape chute and sliding away off into the sunset cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/08/10…
In Peachtree City, Georgia. The primary mode of transport is Golf Carts. The city has an over 90 miles long system of golf cart paths spidering across the entire town. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
Piggly Wiggly supermarkets are responsible for familiar supermarket features such as checkout stands, individual item price marking and shopping carts. wikipedia.org/wiki/Piggly…
The word 'Juggernaut' is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Jagannath', a title of the Hindu God, Krishna whose image is drawn on an enormous cart through the streets of Puri, Orissa in India. It is said that devotees threw themselves under its wheels to be crushed. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jugger…
Final Fantasy VII was ported to the NES as an actual cart in 2005. It is also, I believe, the largest single Nintendo game ever put on a cart at 2 MiB. For reference, Super Mario Brothers is about 31kb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
Michel Lotito, also known as Mr Eat-All, is known for eating non-food items such as rubber and metal. He has eaten bicycles, shopping carts and televisions, among other items. His crowning "achievement" was to eat a Cessna 150 airplane over a 2 year period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
On January 25, 1979 Robert Williams became the first known human being killed by a robot. He was an American factory worker at the Ford Motor Company Flat Rock Casting Plant in Michigan. He was struck from behind and crushed by a one-ton cart moved by a robot armβ€”killing him instantly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Disneyworld has secret treasure hunts. You go to a little shop cart and get one of 5 treasure maps. You then search around Adventure land for hidden NFC readers that activate with your Passcard. One was in the gift shop and it activated a whole shipwreck show inside a fish tank! disneyworld.disney.go.com…
A then V.P Lyndon Johnson became friends with a poor camel cart driver while visiting Pakistan in the 60s, who he later brought to the US as a presidential guest. blogs.tribune.com.pk/stor…
The inventor of the shopping cart had to pay people to push them around for 2 years before people would use them... blog.getrooster.com/1930s…
In 1884, mine workers on strike pushed burning carts into the mines in New Straitsville, OH and started a 132 year underground fire that burns to this day. Massive amounts of coal were burned and residents of the area had reportedly used hot water from nearby wells to make instant coffee. ohiohistorycentral.org/w/…
Today I learned of Gene Middlebrooks Jr, who formed his own company Turbonique. Besides selling turbo chargers and devices that doubled a car's HP, he sold rockets that could be attached to Go-Carts that could go over 150 MPH and post times of 7.3 seconds on the 1/4 mile. A Bugatti Veyron Super Sport does 9.7. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Dutch Bros Coffee was founded by brothers Dane and Travis Boersma in 1992. After buying an espresso machine and experimenting with 100 lbs of coffee in their empty milk house, they invested $12,000 in a push cart in Grants Pass, OR. They now have 300+ locations and a revenue of $415 million. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_…

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