President Kennedy was prescribed a rocking chair for back pain. He found one he liked so much he bought 14 copies for the Oval Office, Camp David, Air Force One, and homes of his family. He also gifted them to heads of state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Ted Bundy was offered a plea deal of 75 years in prison if he confessed to some of his murders, but he backed out at the last minute because accepting meant he had to admit to the world that he was guilty and "he just couldn't do it". He was later executed via the electric chair. archive.seattletimes.com/…
In Wales, musical chairs is played with the boys sitting while the girls skip around, always outnumbering the boys. If a girl doesn't sit fast enough on the boy's lap, she would have to forfeit. This continues until the end, when the winning girl would kiss the last boy on the cheek. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
When Leo Tolstoy became a vegetarian, two of his children followed, but his wife and aunt didn't. He didn't pressure them, but sometimes teased them. His aunt once came to dinner and found a knife and a chicken on her chair. Tolstoy said "We knew you wanted chicken, but none of us would kill it" veg.ca/1998/09/07/history…
During the sinking of the Titanic, a drunken baker helped load women and children into the lifeboats, refused a seat for himself, threw deck chairs overboard for passengers to use as flotation devices, and somehow survived hours swimming in the freezing water until he was rescued at dawn. nationalpost.com/news/can…
Satchel Paige pitched his last Major League Baseball game at age 59 for the KC Athletics. Before the game, Paige sat in the bullpen on a rocking chair, being attended to by a "nurse". He pitched three scoreless innings, giving up one hit and then walked off to the song "The Old Gray Mare". sabr.org/gamesproj/game/s…
The reason Jonathan Frakes has a distinctive way of sitting (known as the Riker maneuver) on The Next Generation is because he injured his back working as a furniture mover. This is also why he leans on chairs and consoles, or has one leg propped up on something. themarysue.com/riker-sits…
Today I learned about Hans Schmidt, the only Catholic priest to ever be executed in the US. He killed his pregnant mistress, drank her blood, and dismembered her. He was found guilty for the crime and executed via electric chair in Feb 1916. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
US President Howard Taft was so large that the owner of a hotel in California had a special chair made to accommodate his 160kg body during a visit. roadsideamerica.com/tip/2…
Roy Rogers' horse, Trigger, was able to sit in a chair, sign his name with a pencil, and would walk up multiple flights of stairs to visit children in the hospital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
During the discussion of the proposed House of Lord Reform in 1999 which will limit the numbers of Hederitary peers to 92, the Earl of Burford protest by leaped to his feet, crossed the floor of the House, stood on the speaker chair and denounce the proposed bill in front of the house. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Resting postures used before the invention of the chair, like squatting and kneeling, involve higher levels of muscle activity than chair-sitting. The Hadza hunter-gatherers in Tanzania tend to squat or kneel when they take a break. phys.org/news/2020-03-hun…
Your office chair can technically explode at any given time, piercing the chair seat and your body. officesolutionpro.com/can…
Hunter S. Thompson once tied Bill Murray to a chair and dumped him to the bottom of a swimming pool. The pair were attempting a series of Houdini-style escapes, and Thompson saved Murray just before he drowned happymag.tv/the-crazy-nev…
19th Century superstar juggler Paul Cinquevalli could juggle three balls while carrying his assistant, a chair and a desk, using his teeth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
In Saskatchewan during the great depression a grasshoppers swarm hit and a man in a dentist chair almost got choked to death while his mouth was open. esask.uregina.ca/entry/gr…
During the 1956 Olympic torch relay, veterinary student Barry Larkin tricked onlookers by carrying a fake torch made of a chair leg, a pudding can, and flaming underpants. He managed to hand it over to the mayor of Sydney who gave a speech without realizing it was a hoax. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
Today I learned of Daniel Boria. Labelled the 'Bolloniatic' Daniel flew over Calgary in Lawn Chair as publicity stunt for his cleaning company by strapping $13000 worth of industrial balloons onto a Canadian Tire lawn chair. Upon landing he was apprehended by police and later fined $5000 for the stunt. cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar…
Between 2008 and 2017 monobloc plastic chairs were banned from public spaces in Basel to "preserve the beauty of cityscape". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
In 2004 police discovered a movie theater in the Paris Catacombs. It was equipped with a giant cinema screen, seats, projection equipment, film reels, a fully stocked bar and a complete restaurant with tables and chairs. Its power source and the identity of those responsible remain unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
In The Last 15 Years There Has Been A Quarter Of A Dozen Reported Cases of Office Chairs Exploding (2 Critical Injuries & 1 Fatality) chairpickr.com/can-office…
In the 1950s, an old woman tried to sue a five-year-old boy for pulling a chair out from under her. She lost. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
The Goodwill will refuse to take your old office chair, bean bags, or box spring mattresses chairpickr.com/how-to-rec…
Today I learned about Philip Gale, child prodigy that committed suicide at age 19, jumping from a classroom's window. Before jumping he wrote on the blackboard Newton's equation for how an object accelerates as it falls, along with a sketch of a stick figure tossing a chair. He signed it, "Phil was here" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Before MRI scans were widespread, doctors used an extremely painful X-ray to look at the brain where the CSF was drained and replaced with air. They would strap patients into a rotating chair to angle them upside down so that the fluid would be fully replaced in different parts of the brain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pne…
The U.S. National Library of Medicine studied children’s posture and found sitting on the floor has a positive effect on posture (Nearly Double) compared to using a traditional chair chairpickr.com/do-gaming-…
Willie Francis survived the electric chair because the person that set it up was drunk. He unsuccessfully argued to the US Supreme Court that executing him again was double jeopardy. He died in the electric chair a year later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
The life expectancy for an 80-year-old ranges from 8 to 10 years in high-income countries but is only 4,5 years for 90-year-olds. For nonagenarians being able to rise from a chair without using hands, the average remaining lifespan was 1.6 to 1.7 times as high as that for men and women ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Thomas Jefferson, the third US president, invented the swivel chair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
The First Gravity Chairs Were Developed To Help Astronauts Mimic Posture During A Shuttle Launch. chairpickr.com/zero-gravi…
The USA long held the record for having the World's Tallest Chair --until 2014 when St. Florian, Austria's, great Lutz chair left much worldwide lesser giant furniture in the dust. XXXLutz and Holzleimbauwerk Wiehag GmbH worked together to build the epic seat that stands almost 100 feet tall. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Albus Dumbledore's Chair From The Harry Potter Films Was The Inspired By The Coronation Chair AKA King Edward's Chair. chairpickr.com/15-famous-…
After a botched execution, Willie Francis sued for his freedom arguing that he had been executed, even if he didn’t die. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court which ruled against him. He would later die in the electric chair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
, Larry Walters rode a lawn chair attached to helium balloons to 16,000 feet and using a pellet gun, he controlled his descent by firing the gun at the balloons, popping them one by one. youtu.be/E7w_v9J7iOc
Monobloc plastic chairs are so widely used in the world, because of this, they became 'context-free object' for academic studies. vice.com/en_us/article/bn…
5 ft tall, 100 lbs Edward Leedskalnin single-handedly & secretly carved over 1,100 tons of coral rock to create a castle with a stone living room, rocking chairs, beds, bath, and dining table - known as Coral Castle. Engineers aren’t sure how Ed, a mason from Latvia, created the sculptures. coralcastle.com
The Adirondack chair's deeply slanted seat, was actually designed to allow upright seating when placed facing down a steep hill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adi…
Today I learned about Marco Bragadin gruesomely killed, first dragged around with sacks of stone on his back; then tied to a chair and hoisted up a Turkish flagship, then tied to a column and flayed alive, then his skin was stuffed and redressed in his military clothes, then rode on an ox around town venetoinside.com/hidden-t…
Thomas Edison took part in the development of the electric chair even though he was against capital punishment. The first victim of the electric chair did not die instantly but became unconscious, was shocked again burning his scalp. It took 8 minutes for him to die. historytoday.com/archive/…
The guillotine had numerous nicknames. Some of these nicknames include "The National Razor", "Charlot's Rocking Chair," and "The Goncourt Prize for Murderers". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Wyatt Earp was embarrassed in 1876 when, while sitting with friends in a saloon, his revolver fell out of its holster and fired when it hit the floor. Forty years later, he asked the author of his upcoming biography to leave out "the little affray with the chair". tactical-life.com/firearm…
10 Downing Street in the 19th Century was guarded by two men who would sit outside the building in leather chairs, armed with a pistol. Each chair featured a drawer filled with hot coals to keep the guards warm, and a sphere-shaped hood to protect from the weather and improve acoustics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10_…
Today I learned about the legend of Wan Hu, a supposed Chinese man who became the β€œfirst astronaut” in 2000BC by tying 47 firework rockets to a chair. Dressed in regal splendour, he had 47 servants light each of the rockets and then took off as they ran for cover. When the smoke cleared, he was gone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
Ergonomists could show a relationship between the ergonomic characteristics of the educational furniture and the number of cognitive errors based on Stroop test. They found that an error percentage reduction using separated chair and desk against arm table student chair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
The movie "Psycho" (by Alfred Hitchcock) is based on a true story: Ed Gein dug up corpses and killed two women; then used their body parts to make skin chairs, skull bowls, skin lamps, and a woman suit β€” because he was obsessed with his mother en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_…
A man avoided the electric chair due to an appeal, but was later electrocuted when his homemade headphones shorted out while he was on the toilet in his prison cell. deseret.com/1997/1/3/1928…
A 14 year old boy in China was killed anally after the gas cylinder in the base of his office chair (the part that allowed the user to adjust the seat up and down) exploded and sent chunks of the metal seat up his rectum, causing him to bleed to death. gizmodo.com/boy-killed-an…
Actress Mercedes McCambridge who dubbed the voice of the demon in The Exorcist swallowed raw eggs, chain smoked and drank whiskey to make her voice harsh. She was bound to a chair during recordings and requested no credit for the film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
The government in various states used to call their electric chair "Old Sparky" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
The first swivel chair was invented by Thomas Jefferson, and that he sat on it when he drafted the United States Deceleration of Independence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…

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