Today I learned of the Pittsburgh Toilet or "Pittsburgh Potty." In Pittsburgh, many basements or cellars feature a toilet, unguarded by walls, free-standing in the center of the floor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit…
Today's ground level in Edinburgh is multiple stories above of the original medieval city, some of which is still accessible through deep cellars historic-uk.com/HistoryMa…
In 2009 newsagent WHSmith had to apologise after promoting a book about Josef Fritzl - who kept his daughter captive in a hidden cellar for 24 years - in its Father's Day campaign "Top 50 Books For Dad". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WHS…
The Erfurt latrine disaster was an event that occurred in Erfurt, Duchy of Thuringia in 1184. A number of nobles from across the Holy Roman Empire were meeting in a room at the Church of St. Peter, when their combined weight caused the floor to collapse into the latrine beneath the cellar and le en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erf…
Today I learned that the presidente hotel is home to the largest wine cellar in Latin America, housing over 40,000 bottles of wine marcobeteta.com/cavas-gra…
The Erfurt latrine disaster was an event that occurred in Erfurt, Duchy of Thuringia. A number of nobles from across the Holy Roman Empire were meeting in a room at the Church of St. Peter, when their combined weight caused the floor to collapse into the latrine beneath the cellar. wikipedia.org/wiki/Erfurt…
Today I learned of "Pitting" storing oysters in cellars or pits to overwinter. capeandislands.org/post/w…
Milestii Mici is the biggest wine cellar in the world with a length of 200 kilometers. It is so big that to help visitors to not get lost, the tunnels have names like cities' names. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Chicago mobster Sam DeStefano loaned money at interest rates of 25% by week to very high-risk debtors such as drug addicts, in order to torture them in his cellar when they defaulted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Queen Mary of England was gifted a 1:12 scale doll house in 1924. It had working lights, books that were specially written by writers for the library, bottles filled with the appropriate drinks in the wine cellar, and model cars made by Rolls Royce. Even the toilets had working plumbing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Today I learned about The Coroners Act of 1846 in Ireland which decreed a dead body had to be taken to the nearest public house, or pub, & stored until further arrangements were made. Beer cellars were cool and slowed decomposition. The law was on the books until 1962 & some pubs still perform this dual role. irishtimes.com/culture/bo…
Today I learned of The Hackney Mole Man who was evicted from his house in 2006 after he had secretly hollowed out a web of tunnels and caverns, some 8m (26ft) deep, underneath his London home, ultimately putting the neighbourhood at risk. He denied this, saying: β€žI tried to dig a wine cellar.β€œ theguardian.com/society/2…
The Tennessee State Capitol was designed by renowned architect William Strickland, who modeled it after a Greek Ionic temple. Fifteen enslaved Black men worked on carving its limestone cellar and it is believed to be "the most significant project where the state government rented slave labor" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
British officers imprisoned in Colditz castle, an 'escape-proof' Nazi POW camp, tried to escape by tunneling out. They emerged instead in a German colonel's wine cellar, where they proceeded to drink 137 bottles of wine, fill them with urine, and place them back on the shelves. newdistrict.ca/media/esca…
Moldova has the two largest wine cellars in the world. The cellars of Milestii Mici extend for 200 km (120 mi) underground and the ones of Cricova for 120 km (75 mi). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
A German in the 17th century had thousands of liters of urine in his cellar: He originally wanted to create the philosopher's stone, but accidentally discovered phosphorus instead, when boiling said urine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
The largest wine cellar in the world is Moldova's MileΘ™tii Mici. It has streets that carry the names of grape. Visitors drive cars or bikes in it, and traffic rules apply. The second largest wine cellar in the world is also in Moldova. nationalgeographic.com/tr…
During WWII the British government distributed 600,000 Morrison shelters, which were designed as a DIY indoor bomb shelter kit for houses without cellars. When properly positioned they could protect a family from the collapse of a two story building and also doubled as dining table. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Today I learned of the Versailles House, a home being built in Florida that will have 11 kitchens, 14 bedrooms, 32 bathrooms, a 30-car garage, a bowling alley, an indoor roller rink, five total pools, a video arcade, a two-story movie theater, a fitness center, a 20,000-bottle wine cellar, and 2 tennis courts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
Thieves in Paris recently drilled through a limestone wall in the Catacombs into a high end apartment building wine cellar and made away with $300,000 worth of vintage wine. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Rats are sometimes eaten in parts of France. In Bordeaux, there is a recipe that calls for the use of alcoholic rats who live in wine cellars. The rats are skinned and eviscerated, brushed with a thick sauce of olive oil and crushed shallots, and grilled over a fire of broken wine barrels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat…
There are two different kinds of spiders commonly referred to as "daddy long legs". The cellar spider and harvestmen. heartspm.com/fascination-…
There are hidden wine cellars that run beneath the expanse of the Brooklyn Bridge. Though no longer in use, they were created to help supplement the building costs as merchants would pay to store expensive bottles in the always cool vaults. psfk.com/2012/03/wine-cel…
The British royal family has their own personal "Yeoman of the Wine Cellars" foxnews.com/food-drink/th…
The phrase 'cellar door' was determined by experts to be the most euphonious phrase, or pleasant sounding, in all of English. hotword.dictionary.com/be…
30 british officers tried to escape POW camp "Castle Colditz" (Oflag IV-C) by digging a tunnel. Because they read the compass wrong, they landed in the wine cellar of a german colonel. There they drank 137 bottles of wine, filled them with their urine and placed them back. desertwar.net/oflag-iv-c.…
"Cellar door" has been cited as an example of a word or phrase which is beautiful purely in terms of its sound, without regard for semantics. Some even considering it the most beautiful in the English language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cel…
Today I learned of Milestii Mici, the world's largest wine cellar, which is in Moldova, is 200km long, has streets (with cars and buses), and stores 2 MILLION bottles of wine winerist.com/blog/entry/w…
A mother skinned one of her sons alive and fed his flesh to cannibal relatives, her other son was caged in the cellar huffingtonpost.com/2008/0…
"Daddy Long Legs" (Harvestmen not Cellar Spiders) are nonvenomous, lack fangs entirely, and aren't even a spider. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Today I learned of Dr. Hawley Crippen, an unfaithful husband who was executed in 1910 for the murder of his wife Cora, after parts of a decomposed body were found in his cellar. Crippen claimed she had left him for another man and moved away. In 2007, DNA evidence indicated that the body was not Cora’s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
For the most part outside of the US, the name 'daddy longlegs' is used to describe crane flies, not the cellar spider britannica.com/animal/cra…
In August 2017 some Parisian thieves used the city's catacombs, a system of underground graves, to access a wine cellar's wall, dig through it and steal over €250,000 worth of grand cru wines. theguardian.com/world/201…
The first act of the UK's State Opening of Parliament is to check the cellars to ensure that it doesn't have any bombs in it. This is a tradition that has carried on after the original failed gun powder plot of 1605. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
In the ancient Greek city of Sybaris, the citizens, derided by famous writers of the time for their extremely luxurious lifestyles, had canals built that transported wine directly from the countryside into their personal cellars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syb…
The Phoenix 1000 is a private luxury submarine for the super wealthy. Holds up to 20 passengers, and can be designed with a wine cellar and gym. $80m spiegel.de/international/…
In France you can pay a company 1000Β£ to kidnap, gag, and hold you hostage in a dark cellar for four hours. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Daddy Longlegs (cellar spiders) carry their eggs with their teeth, thus generally not being able to eat spiders.us/species/pholcu…
Edgar Allan Poe's favourite phrase was "Cellar Door" which is the reason the raven says "nevermore" in his poem "The Raven" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cel…
Queen Mary of England was gifted a 1:12 scale doll house in 1924. It had working lights, books that were specially written by writers for the library, bottles filled with the appropriate drinks in the wine cellar, and model cars made by Rolls Royce. Even the toilets had working plumbing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Before Queens's annual speech, the cellars in the Palace of Westminster are searched to prevent another "Gunpowder plot" - a 1605 failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Newgate Prison, the main prison in London for over 700 years, once had an inmate-run drinking cellar within the prison. Inmates who could afford to purchase alcohol from it often remained perpetually intoxicated while jailed there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Tereza Kanitz survived the holocaust hiding in a neighbour's potato cellar for 7 months, emigrated to Canada, and was killed by a drunken driver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
The Bloody Benders were a family who killed at least a dozen guests at their Inn by seating them a table where a female would distract them; allowing for a family member to sneak up, hit them with a hammer, slice their neck, then release them to a cellar below via trap door en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Primus frontman Les Claypool is a serious winemaker and owns a vineyard called Claypool Cellars in Sebastopol, California. claypoolcellars.com
Today I learned of the Fritzl case, where a father kept his daughter and subsequent grandchildren as sex slaves in a cellar for 24 years while his wife and other children unknowingly lived normally above them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
When there's the State Opening of Parliament, a member of the government is held hostage at Buckingham Palace until the monarch returns, and the Yeoman of the Guard search the cellars of the Houses of Parliament for gunpowder. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politic…
Legend has it that one night, Charlie Chaplin snuck down to the fur cellar at Hearst Castle and decorated all of the statues in the courtyard & garden. HearstCastleTourGuideonMe…
In 1944 Nazi Germany created one of the world's first nuclear reactors in a beer cellar beneath a church in Haigerloch, Germany. Nazi scientists were trying to create a sustained nuclear chain reaction with uranium, and narrowly failed. haigerloch.de/stadt/atomk…
The biggest wine cellar in the world is 34 miles long and holds over 2 million bottles drinkmemag.com/at-34-mile…

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