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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Thomas Jefferson, the third US president, invented the swivel chair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
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…
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…
, 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…
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…
The government in various states used to call their electric chair "Old Sparky" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
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 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…
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…
Jason wasn’t planned to appear in the original Friday the 13th screenplay. Makeup designer Tom Savini had the idea to have Jason appear at the end because he had just seen Carrie and thought the movie needed a β€œchair jumper.” wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday…
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…
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…
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…
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
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 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_…
Charles Darwin is a Pioneer of the Modern-Day Office Chair. blog.officechairsunlimite…
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…
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_…
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…
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…
Anthony Cymerys an 82 years old barber would go out every Wednesday with his chair, a pair of slippers and a car battery to power his clippers at a local park in Hartford. He gives free haircuts to the homeless and doesn't charge them a dime, all you had to do in exchange is to give him a hug. cbsnews.com/news/homeless…
Edwin Howard Armstrong, the inventor of FM radio, loved heights. When he built a 425-foot radio tower in the late 1930's, he would climb it and swing from its 150-foot arms in a specially rigged deck chair. nytimes.com/1996/04/07/ny…
The NES Hot Seat, an accessory by Power To The 10th Inc in 1990, released in the Midwest US, and available for sale or rent. It was a plastic chair with an attached, modified Quickjoy Ni-5 joystick, that allowed rudimentary motion control by tilting the chair. They went out of business in 1992. youtube.com/watch?v=fvws5…
The electric chair was invented by a dentist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
Researchers attempted to trigger episodes of complex sleep behaviors in clinically diagnosed sleepwalkers. Technicians entered the room and approached the sleepwalking subjects. They were met with violence, such as punches and kicks; one subject picked up a chair and threw it at the technicians. psychiatrictimes.com/slee…
Charles Darwin was one of the first people to come up with the idea of putting wheels on his office chair, so that he could work faster gizmodo.com/charles-darwi…
Legal experts determined that in the real world, Goldilocks would be guilty of petty theft (of porridge), criminal damage (breaking a chair) and trespassing on the bear's property. Liable for fines and/or up to 14 years in prison (depending on the state). dgaalaw.com/dgaablawg/ill…
In 1996, Georgia State Representative Doug Teper unsuccessfully sponsored a bill to replace the state's electric chair with the guillotine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
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…
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…
As the chair of the RNC, George HW Bush asked Richard Nixon to resign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Common office chairs can release enough electrostatic discharge (ESD) when raising and lowering, that it affects sensitive electronic equipment nearby. emcesd.com/pdf/eos93.pdf
Today I learned of Larry Walters. A man who, in 1982, achieved his childhood dream of flying with the aid of a weather balloon... I mean 40+ weather balloons, a lawn chair and a bb gun. A dream 20 years and 16,000ft in the making. youtu.be/E7w_v9J7iOc
Thomas Jefferson invented the swivel chair workplaceinsight.net/thom…
Today I learned of the Legend of Wan Hu, a Chinese official from the 16th century who attempted to launch himself into space by attaching 47 rockets to a chair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
Today I learned about a man that became famous for going in flight on a lawn chair. Larry the truck driver. He soared over 16k feet, made headlines, and was famous for a little while. Committed suicide a few years later. youtube.com/watch?v=-wWds…
During a negotiation with Portuagal in 1617, future Queen Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba was not offered a chair, instead being offered a mat. This was an attempt to disrespect her, so she ordered her servant to get on the ground and then sat on her back during the negotiations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nzi…
Tramp Chairs were used in early 1900's US to humiliate prisoners, usually vagrants. These were one man jail cells that forced the occupant to sit and didnt allow room to move, and were left out in the public en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Almost 670,000 Americans went to hospital emergency rooms in 2017 after hurting themselves with a chair, sofa or sofa bed and 417,000 went because they hurt themselves with clothing. cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/2017…
Europeans eat using the Continental style. Hold your fork in your left hand and your knife in your right.Do not rest your elbows on the table, but keep both hands above the table at all times.Never tilt your chair back on two legs, never push food onto a fork with your finger. etiquettescholar.com/dini…
Lawyer and political commentator Barbara Olson was flying to California on September 11th, 2001 to be a panelist on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. She was on AA Flight 77 which was hijacked and flown into the Pentagon. Maher left a panel chair empty for a week in her memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Upon being elected Speaker of the House of Commons in the British Parliament, the successful candidate is physically dragged to the Speaker’s Chair by other MPs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
James Gordon Wolcott killed his family with a .22 long-barrel in 1967. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, he was later released and is now a psychology professor and chair of the Behavioral Sciences department at Millikin University, going by the name James St. James. austinist.com/2013/08/02/…
Today I learned about Larry Walters, a guy from the LA metro area who used 45 weather balloons to power a normal lawn chair 15,000 feet (4600 m) into the air in 1982. He illegally went into LAX airspace, and eventually landed in Long Beach on some power lines. He was unhurt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
A baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers in 1974 featured unlimited beer for ten cents a cup. This led to an angry, drunken mob of Indians fans attacking the Rangers with knives, chains and folding chairs, forcing both teams to fight them off with baseball bats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Today I learned about Larry Walters, who dreamed of flying since he was a child. He was going to join the air force but his poor eyesight disqualified him. On July 2, 1982 he built a homemade airship out of a patio chair and 45 helium balloons and flew for nearly an hour, reaching an altitude of 16,000 feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
In 1944 a black teenager named George Stinney was accused of murdering two white girls on flimsy evidence, he was tried without legal representation with an all-white jury, and he was executed by electric chair at the age of 14 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned about Larry Walters, who in 1982 attached a bunch of weather balloons to a lawn chair and launched himself into the sky, eventually reaching 16,000 feet. His plan for landing was to pop the balloons with a pellet gun, but he flew into LAX airspace and shut down the airport before he could land. snopes.com/fact-check/up-…
Charles Joughin, Chief Baker on Titanic, helped passengers board life boats (forcibly boarding those who thought it safer to stay on the ship), drank a 1/2 bottle of liqueur, then threw chairs overboard for use as flotation devices, rode the side of the ship down while it sunk, and survived en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The last execution by electric chair in the United States was 6 December 2018, at request of the inmate. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
In 2000 a man looking for a barber chair at a garage sale purchased a two deteriorated boxes of items for $45. He later found the boxes contained 65 glass plate negatives from photographer Ansel Adams worth $200 million. cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/07/2…
Louis XV had his own personal elevator in Versailles called the β€œFlying Chair”. It connected his apartment with that of his mistress, one floor above his. history.com/news/who-inve…
William Kemmler was the first person to be executed by electric chair. He was composed and did not resist. 1000 volts passed through his body but he was still breathing. They increased to 2,000 volts. Blood vessels ruptured, flesh around the electrode singed, and caused a nauseating smell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
A Catholic Priest in Brazil tried to raise money for charity by taking to the sky strapped to a chair and 1,000 helium balloons, got to 20,000 feet and then realized he didn't know how to use his GPS, went missing, and two months later was found dead 100km out to sea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ade…
Today I learned of Genie, a "feral child", who until she was found at 13 spent her entire life strapped to a chair or bed in a room with blacked out windows. She was fed only baby cereal and was beat if she made any sounds. She was analysed for her teenage-hood and is still alive today in her early 60s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Charles Darwin was the first person to put wheels on an office chair, creating the modern office chair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off…
In 1936 anti-fascists in the UK disrupted a fascist march with sticks, rocks, chair legs, rubbish, rotten vegetables, the contents of chamber pots and other improvised weapons. It became known as the Battle of Cable Street. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Drones, skateboards, scooters, alcohol, marijuana, coolers, wagons, folding chairs, and selfies sticks are banned from Disney World parks. disneyworld.disney.go.com…
FDR personally designed his wheelchair to take parts from a commercial wheelchair and an ordinary kitchen chair. It was the wheelchair he primarily used when he lost use of his legs. memoryhole.net/album/misc…
After JFK was prescribed use of a rocking chair to ease back pain, he enjoyed them so much that he would give rocking chairs as gifts to friends, family, and heads of state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
The Scottish Coronation Stone, the Stone of Scone, was captured in 1296 by Edward I and fitted in to the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey that has been used to crown most subsequent English and then British sovereigns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
A man in prison killed 2 of his prisonmates and vowed to continue killing if not given the death penalty. He chose the electric chair and was executed in 2013. His last words were "kiss my ass". murderpedia.org/male.G/g1…
The electric chair was intended to be more humane than hanging. But the first in NY in 1890 took 8 minutes and two attempts. Comments included "they would have done better using an axe", and "an awful spectacle, far worse than hanging". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
In 2008 a Brazilian priest, as part of a fundraiser, strapped 1000 balloons to a lawn chair and sent himself up. Weeks later, he was found dead at sea, earning him a Darwin Award. darwinawards.com/darwin/d…
For the 200th episode of Inside the Actors Studio, James Lipton was, for once, in the other chair as the guest who was interviewed. They allowed Lipton to select his interviewer. His choice? Dave Chappelle uproxx.com/viral/classic-…
Electricity was introduced to Ethiopia in 1896 after Emperor Menelik II ordered two newly invented electric chairs as a form of humane capital punishment and realized they were useless in his country without electricity qi.com/infocloud/electric…
After being executed in an electric chair for the murder of President William McKinley, Leon Czolgosz's body was covered in sulfuric acid so that there would be no proper grave to serve as a memorial. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
The dentist who invented the electric chair proudly witnessed the first use of it for an execution, and said, "There is the culmination of ten years work and study! We live in a higher civilization from this day." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
In 1982 a Los Angeles man named Larry Walters used a lawn chair and weather balloons to ascend to 15,000ft above ground. On the way up, he lost both his glasses and his bb gun, which he planned to use to shoot balloons to descend. He caused a 20min power outage, and was fined $1500. wired.com/2009/07/dayinte…
Ikea has clear structure around the naming of their products. Beds and wardrobes - Norweigan place names, Chairs/Desks - men's names, Kitchen items - foreign works, spices, herbs, and fish, Curtains - mathematical terms. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Today I learned of Larry Walters, who in 1982 rode a lawn chair attached to helium balloons to 16,000 feet. He ended up floating in the path of pilots at LAX Airport. Armed with a pellet gun, he controlled his descent by firing the gun at the balloons, popping them one by one. snopes.com/travel/airline…
The deliveryman who picked up Martin's chair in the final episode of Frasier (played by Cleto Augusto) was the same deliveryman who had dropped it off in the pilot. uproxx.com/tv/10-things-y…
A cathedra (Latin for "chair") is the seat of a bishop. A church into which a bishop's official cathedra is installed is called a cathedral. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Today I learned about one of the earliest multi-sensory VR technologies, the Sensorama designed by Morton Heilig in 1962. It featured color display, fans, odor emitters, stereo audio, and a vibrational chair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sen…
The famous headline "Foot Heads Arms Body" (published after Michael Foot was chosen to be the chair of a nuclear disarmament committee) was written by a sub editor as a joke and never intended to be published theguardian.com/theguardi…
In the UK, when a new Speaker of the House of Commons is elected, it is a tradition for that person to be dragged from their seat to the Speaker's chair by other MP's (Members of Parliament). This goes back to when Speakers were killed regularly by monarchs for delivering bad news parliament.uk/about/how/r…
Thomas Jefferson made the first swivel chair. workplaceinsight.net/thom…
In 2015, a Canadian man was arrested after tying more than 100 balloons to a garden chair and flying over the city of Calgary bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
In "Oblomov", the second novel by Russian writer Ivan Goncharov, it takes the protagonist the first 50 pages, to get up from bed, and move to a chair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obl…
Time dilation, often attributed to Einstein, was first recognized by an Irish physicist called Joseph Larmor, who also discovered the Lorentz transformations some years before both Lorentz & Einstein. Larmor held the Lucasian Chair, the same chair held by Isaac Newton & Stephen Hawking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Today I learned of Genie, a feral child who was strapped to a potty chair for 13 years of her life, deprived of human interaction and never gained the proper ability of language theguardian.com/society/2…
Glenn Gould, one of the most proficient pianists to live, hummed instead of crying as a child, learned to read music before language, refused to play in concerts without his chair his father made him, and can be heard humming in virtually all of his recordings glenngould.com/
There's one guy in England who's just growing chairs in a forest atlasobscura.com/articles…
Patrick Stewart once said that, "All of those years in Royal Shakespeare Company -- playing all those kings, emperors, princes and tragic heroes -- were nothing but preparation for sitting in the captain's chair of the Enterprise." jam.canoe.com/Movies/Arti…
When 14-year-old George Stinney was executed in the electric chair he was too short for the chair so he used his Bible as a booster seat. dailykos.com/story/2013/0…
When Florence Henderson arrived to do her Brady Bunch screen test, there was no one on staff to do her make-up. She went over to the adjoining studio where Star Trek was filmed and ended up in a make-up chair surrounded by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and "six or eight space monsters". projects.latimes.com/holl…
On 1982, underestimating helium's lifting power, Larry Walters attached 45 helium-filled weather balloons to a chair to fly it and rose to 4600 m near Los Angeles International Airport, before shooting ballons and landing in power lines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
In the 1956 Melbourne olympics, veterinary student Barry Larkin protested against the relay, carrying a fake flame, consisting of a pair of underpants set on fire in a plum pudding can, attached to a chair leg. Successfully handing it to the Mayor of Sydney and escaping unnoticed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
Today I learned of Charles Justice. As an inmate he devised an idea to improve the efficiency of the restraints on the electric chair. Justice was subsequently paroled from prison. 13 years later he was convicted in a robbery/murder and was put to death in the very chair he helped to improve. newworldencyclopedia.org/…
There is a Paralympic sport called wheelchair rugby, commonly referred to as β€œMurderball”. The sport is a combination of rules from wheelchair basketball, ice hockey, handball, and rugby. Yes, you can knock other people out of their chairs... youtu.be/g1_aUAGvWK4
When Robin Williams was asked to take a seat during his audition for the role of Mork, he immediately sat on his head on the chair. He was cast on the spot. ibtimes.com/remembering-r…
Dave Mustaine from the metal band Megadeth fell asleep with his arm hung over the back of the chair. It caused severe nerve damage. He had to do a lot of therapy for nearly two years to regain his former ability. blabbermouth.net/news/meg…
The old current-time service provided by the phone company was spoken by an actual person sitting in a chair with a clock, in the early days en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…

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