Pelorus Jack was a dolphin that used to guide ships through a notoriously dangerous channel in New Zealand. In 1904 someone aboard the SS Penguin tried to shoot Jack with a rifle, he survived and continued to guide all ships except the SS Penguin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pel…
Today I learned about the Disgrace of GijΓ³n, a Football (Soccer) match between West Germany and Austria so bad, the German TV Commentator refused to comment the game at one point, the Austrian TV commentator asked people to change the channel, and Spain's newspaper printed the match in their Crimes Section. footiecentral.com/footbal…
Casio was widely accused of false advertising after launching an ad where a hockey player used a g shock as a puck to demonstrate its toughness. However once a TV news channel replicated and verified the ads authenticity it gained popularity amongst the general public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-S…
Betty White's television career has gone on for so long that her first job was in 1939 and involved singing songs on one of the first experimental TV channels en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
Today I learned about Moko, a bottlenose dolphin who became famous when he rescued two Pygmy whales in March 2008. Moko swam up to the stranded whales, who were trapped between a sandbar and a beach, and led them through a channel out into the open sea. nationalgeographic.com.au…
Adam Walker was protected from a great white shark by a pod of dolphins while swimming to raise money for dolphin conservation. About 10 dolphins surrounded him for about 1 hr in Cook Strait, 6th leg of the Oceans Seven: a marathon of 7 long-distance open water channel swims around the world. news.yahoo.com/blogs/tren…
The Weather Channel released a Smooth Jazz CD based on the music played during its local weather segments; the CD topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts (2007) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned that CNN has planned a doomsday video to air during the end of the world for the last major event on the channel youtu.be/Iawzx1OdWW4
The B/W dots that you see on TV, as well as the background "hiss" that you hear in-between radio channels are actually fragments of the Big Bang AKA "radiation leftover" or "cosmic microwave background radiation" universetoday.com/25560/t…
One can only hike on San Miguel Island (one of 5 in Channel Islands National Park) if accompanied by a ranger, due to the possibility of unexploded mines, bombs, and grenades. laist.com/2016/05/04/san_…
"Home Alone" has become a Christmas tradition in Poland, where it's known as "Kevin Sam w Domu" (literally "Kevin Alone in the House"), with Polish TV channels repeatedly airing the film around Christmas Eve for the last 25 years. culture.pl/en/article/hom…
The β€œmy phone is listening in on me” meme is not entirely baseless: Study's findings suggest that eavesdropping activity would not be detected by current security mechanisms. Not only microphones, but also seemingly harmless motion sensors are a potential eavesdropping channel in smartphones. link.springer.com/chapter…
Comcast subscribers pay ~$2.64 billion a year for channels they could get for free killthecablebill.com/comc…
There is a group called "Snapewives". So called "Snapeists", these woman claim to channel Severus Snape's spirit through their bodies and speak and have romantic relationships with him. They believe Snape is an immortal deity, and see him as a guide to daily life. fanlore.org/wiki/Snapewiv…
14-yr-old Aidan Jackson seated 10,500 teddy bears in a rugby stadium to honor his friend Olivia Alice Walker who died at age 15 and to raise money for a Foundation in her name. He raised more funds by doing a swim equivalent to the English Channel over 3 months; the two had met at a swim club. liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/…
Today I learned of the English succession wars which all started because 3 of England's potential heirs drowned in the English Channel. The white ship sank in 1120 with the legitimate son of Henry 1st, William, his bastard, Richard and his daughter Matilda, on board. medievalists.net/2017/01/…
There was an direct to VHS special of Disney Channel's "Welcome To Pooh Corner" (1983) that dealt with stranger danger, and what to do if a stranger wants to touch you inappropriately. youtu.be/3BINRuQoYdg
Today I learned of the Northern European Enclosure Dam (NEED), a proposed solution for protecting Northern Europe from rising sea levels. It involves the construction of two dams, one in the English Channel and the other in the North Sea stretching from Scotland to Norway. theguardian.com/environme…
The Lo-Fi girl video was a livestream, and that it had been running for 1.5 years before the channel got suspended in error, creating the longest running YT video theverge.com/2020/2/24/21…
President LBJ thought Nixon's back-channel communications to S.Vietnam government were treasonous (Nixon secretly told the S.Vietnamese to stop the Vietnam War peace talks with President LBJ, and wait until Nixon gets elected to get a "better deal".) bbc.com/news/magazine-217…
In 1988, to demonstrate that channeling was a bogus practice, magician James Randi recruited JosΓ© Alvarez, who pretended to channel a 2,000 year old spirit named Carlos, traveling the world and living like a celebrity. Alvarez continued the charade for years after 60 Minutes exposed them. skepdic.com/carlos.html
FOX network refused to pick up the South Park series, saying the talking poo character (Mr. Hankey) would stain "[their] network." The series was then brought to Comedy Central, and it became the highest rated show that made the network one of the fastest-growing U.S. cable channels at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Feudalism was practiced until April 9, 2008 on one of the Channel Islands in the UK, Sark. It was a fiefdom of the larger nearby island of Guernsey and administered by a Seigneur, who was a vassal to the land's owner – the Queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth II. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exa…
There's a shipwreck in the English Channel packed with 1,500 tonnes of explosives, which could detonate at any given moment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
The co-founder of the popular channel FPS Russia was found deceased in his own home. Despite being surrounded by his own weapons, the weapon responsible was never recovered and the death remains unsolved. nytimes.com/2013/01/11/us…
The Turkish Straits crisis was an opening salvo of the Cold War, as the Soviet Union tried to take over two key channels in order to control Black Sea naval traffic. Stalin threatened to invade Turkey from the Balkans, prompting the Truman Doctrine of capitalist aid that put the country in NATO en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Westerns were once so popular, that by 1959 there were 30 Western TV shows airing on US television, even though there were only 3 real channels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
A small portion of television static you see between channels is caused by cosmic background radiation, remnants of the 'Big Bang'. ripleys.com/weird-news/st…
In 2019 a French burglar left DNA traces all over the crime scenes, so that he could get arrested and go to prison, where he could watch the TV channel Canal+ for free. odditycentral.com/news/ex…
Today I learned about "Texas chicken," a result of water pressure changes, where large ships in narrow channels have to sail towards each other to avoid collisions. scribd.com/document/35838…
Today I learned of former lead vocalist of Deee-Lite, Lady Miss Kier, and her past lawsuit against SEGA claiming that Ulala from Space Channel 5 was an unauthorized use of her likeness. She ultimately lost, having to pay all of SEGA's $608,000 in legal fees. gamespot.com/articles/dee…
In 2002, Tropicana aired a half-hour orange juice infomercial called "Breakfast Americana" on Lifetime, A&E, TLC and Discovery Channel. When it also aired on local CBS affiliates, some major markets drew higher ratings than NBA basketball and 'Everybody Loves Raymond'. dmnews.com/marketing-chan…
The TV movie 'Without Warning' presented as if it were an actual breaking news about meteor fragments crashing into the Earth created an uproar. Channels ABC, Fox, & NBC were flooded with complaints, asking them why they were not covering this event at the same time that CBS was covering it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
Sperm don't race to the egg. They are passively transported by the female tract, through β€œpumping and wafting motions.” Many are kept in side-channels for at least 5 days. Also: smaller mammals tend to have longer sperm β€” a mouse sperm is longer than a whale’s. aeon.co/essays/the-idea-t…
Today I learned about Peter Oakley, known as Geriatric1927 on youtube, he was the most subscribed youtube account in 2006, in his channel he talked about his life experiences, such as growing up in the UK during WW2 and experiencing the British inter-war school system, he passed away in 2014 at 86 years old en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The host of FPSRussia was an American from Georgia named Kyle Myers. The channel was discontinued after his home was raided twice, the second time for marijuana possession. He spent two months in prison and over 50 of his weapons were confiscated in the process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FPS…
After History Channel launched a show called Human Weapon the Discovery Channel aired a copycat show called Fight Quest. Discovery hired an MMA fighter who had defeated the host of History Channel’s show. mixedmartialarts.com/foru…
Disney also owns entirely or partially ESPN, Nat Geo, History Channel, Got Talent, VICE, Lifetime, Maker studio, Star India, Tata Sky etc. cartoonbrew.com/disney/ch…
In 2012, China's national TV channel – known for its strict censoring of foreign films – stunned viewers by airing the anarchist film β€˜V for Vendetta’ fully uncensored. It included the famous quote: "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." cbc.ca/news/entertainment…
The underwater Channel Tunnel between the UK and France is built to be earthquake-resistant, even though the last major earthquake in that area occurred in 1580. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/158…
The TV Guide channel still exists as the channel Pop en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Paul Tibblets, the pilot of the Enola Gay when it dropped Little Boy on Hiroshima, did not have a funeral or headstone on his death, fearing it would become a site for protest. Instead he was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the English Channel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Today I learned about Jeanne de Clisson, was a Breton former noblewoman who became a pirate known as The Lioness of Brittany to avenge her husband after he was beheaded for treason by the French king. She plied the English Channel and targeted French ships, often slaughtering the crew, leaving few alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Nickelodeon, a children's television channel, used to run an ad during the mid 2000s warning about the dangers of hidden sugars and how to correctly identify them. youtu.be/qe7UlKPMHUw
Discovery Channel survival expert Ed Stafford was the first person to walk the length of the Amazon River from source to sea. He thought it might take a year, it took him 860 days. themalestrom.com/film-tv/…
The X-Files episode "Home" was so twisted, dark, and disturbing that it only aired on Fox once, was banned from re-runs on the network, and disappeared until the show re-aired on cable channel FX. uproxx.com/tv/10-fascinat…
Ancient Persians irrigated the Iranian plateau utilizing sloping underground channels called Qanats waterhistory.org/historie…
Today I learned about Hurd’s Deep. The deepest point in the English Channel that was used as a dumping spot for years. Following WWI, it was routinely used for dumping of munitions and scuttling of ships until 1974. Between 1946 and 1973, 28,500 barrels of radioactive waste were dumped there as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
Michael PeΓ±a is a member of Scientology. He had learned about it while flipping throught TV channels theguardian.com/film/2016…
News channel MSNBC was founded as a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC, hence the name 'MS'NBC. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSN…
Two pigmy whales, a mother and a calf got stranded in a beach unable to navigate back to the ocean past a series of sandbanks. Seeing their plight a dolphin arrived and guided the whales 200 yards along the shoreline and out through a channel into the open sea. independent.co.uk/environ…
The well-known fireplace video loop [Also known as The Yule Log] concept was created by Fred Thrower, the manager of WPIX-TV Channel 11 in New York City. Thrower’s concept came to life on December 24, 1966 and it's still very popular in ourdays. stackedstonetile.com/fire…
A Norway TV channel planned to show a reindeer migration nonstop in real time for 168 hours, using drones, antler-cams and snowmobiles. Previous "slow TV" included nonstop knitting, 18 hours of live salmon fishing, and hours of "firewood chopping" discussion followed by live footage of a fire. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
Today I learned about Karre Mastanamma - an Indian YouTube celebrity chef who got her big break at the age of 105 with over a million subscribers to her channel. Her unique ways of preparing dishes outside on an open fire - such as roasting chicken inside a steaming watermelon - were hugely appreciated. bbc.com/news/world-asia-i…
Today I learned of channel drift, the gradual shift of a TV network from its original programming to target either a newer audience or a more profitable one, or to broaden its viewership. Often, this results in a shift from informative and quality programming to sensational or ratings-based programming. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Following the airing of "The Simpsons" episode "Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington" in 2003 on Fox, Fox News Channel threatened to sue show creator Matt Groening for mocking the network during the episode en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
The British military laid out a gasoline pipeline with a massive floating spool across the English Channel to supply fuel during WW2. Somehow, the Germans didn't bother to interrupt them. youtube.com/watch?v=Nv9lB…
Australian artist Goyte turned down $10 million dollars in YouTube royalties for hit 'Somebody That I Used to Know'. He said 'I'm not interested in selling music & that's the reason I don't put ads in my channel' news.com.au/entertainment…
The Stanley Hotel, the hotel that served as the inspiration for The Shining, plays the movie adaptation on a continuous loop on channel 42. cbsnews.com/news/the-stan…
– After 9/11, Clear Channel (now iheartMedia) told their stations not to play Stairway to Heaven, Walk Like an Egyptian, Highway to Hell and over 160 songs by Alice in Chains, Beatles, GnR, Tom Petty, U2 and others. In addition, they completely banned every song by Rage Against the Machine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
The TV channel β€œNickelodeon” got its name from nickelodeons in the early 1900’s, silent movie theaters which customers would pay a nickel to get into en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Frank Sinatra hated the song "Light My Fire" by The Doors. One night when it came on the radio he switched stations and found that channel also playing the same song. He stopped the car and smashed the radio to bits with his shoe. telegraph.co.uk/music/art…
In the early days of the Food Network, an overnight engineer accidentally put porn on the air that he was watching causing a huge uproar from viewers. This public outcry actually helped the channel succeed because it showed advertisers they had a large audience. grubstreet.com/2017/11/ea…
When the Beatles met Elvis, they were amazed by the device he had that could change channels on the TV from across the room beatlesnews.com/news/the-…
Today I learned of Eden, a Survivor style reality TV series. Located in a remote part of Scotland, the series was beset with reports of bullying, hunger, a split camp and sexual jealousy. Channel 4 axed it but did not inform the participants, ten of whom stayed for a year. An update was broadcast months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ede…
The Nickelodeon channel gets its name from old five cent (Nickel) movie theaters (The old Greek word for theaters being β€œOdeon”) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Tom Delonge of Blink 182 owns a company that produced a UFO miniseries for the History Channel. thefader.com/2019/03/12/t…
The Alternative Christmas Message, a parody of the Queen's Speech aired each year by Channel 4 in the UK, started with a special message by the extremely camp Quentin Crisp who, coincidentally, was born on Christmas Day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alt…
The Halloween film "Hocus Pocus" was a critical and commercial failure upon release. It became a cult classic after yearly airings on the family channel. yahoo.com/movies/the-magi…
There’s a fiction-based religion called Snapeism which has Snapewives or Snapeists who channel Snape (from Harry Potter), are in romantic relationships with him, and use him as a guide for their daily lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The name of the popular kids TV channel 'Nickelodeon', which is a joining of the words 'nickel' and 'odeon', comes directly from the term for a type of early 20th century theater where people would pay a nickel to see short films. youtu.be/stznrpS3_Gc
The identity of the Pakalu Papito channel is a member of staff of the physics department of an Indian University (IIT Kanpur). iitk.ac.in/phy/staff
Discovery Channel lied to a scientist in order to get him to participate in a fake documentary on Voodoo sharks for Shark Week, and edited the interviews on Bull Sharks to make it appear as if he was researching the Cryptid Shark. He did not know what the program was about until it aired. io9.gizmodo.com/shark-wee…
U-shaped channels are installed under railroad tracks in Japan to help turtles cross from one side to the other, preventing both delayed trains and squashed turtles. youtu.be/rJZU5wiZmoE
Today I learned of Caligula, an emperor of the Roman Empire. His short 4 year long reign consisted of him trying to make his horse a consul, calling himself a god, committing incest, and declaring war on the sea, having his men collect shells from the English Channel and return to Rome to celebrate victory. history.com/topics/ancien…
Sky Sports charges a premium subscription for showing it's channels in pubs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
Some tree species have β€œcrown shyness” when the uppermost branches don’t touch the nearby trees resulting in gaps that resemble channels or zig-zagging. mymodernmet.com/crown-shy…
Florida Newscaster and TV personality Christine Chubbuck killed herself with a pistol on live TV. Her last words: "And now, in keeping with Channel 40's policy of always bringing you the latest in blood and guts, in living color, you're about to see another first - an attempted suicide." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The city of Bruges enjoyed almost 400 years of prosperity due to a single storm in 1134 that opened up a natural channel that allowed sea trade. It lost its prestige when the channel got blocked again in the 1500s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
In 2006, Channel 4's "Gadget Show" tested the durability of an 'Indestructible USB' by cooking it with propane, freezing it with dry ice, submerging it in acidic liquids, running over it in a Jeep, and firing it against a wall with a mortar cannon - all data was recovered from the USB. youtube.com/watch?v=NyOFI…
In 2015, UK Channel 4 aired by mistake an unreleased extended version of The Evil Dead (2013), the existence of it was only a myth at the time. Canal+ supplied channel 4 with movies, and some employee gave them the wrong cut. The extended version was only recently released! bloody-disgusting.com/new…
Between 2009 and 2017, a food delivery service channel was available on the Nintendo Wii. The channel was exclusive to Japan and offered a wide variety of foods provided by different food delivery companies. youtu.be/RSXN9tSbemE
South Park's debut in 1997 was such a ratings success that it made Comedy Central one of the fastest-growing cable channels in the US at that time. The number of households that had Comedy Central jumped from 9.1 million in 1997 to 50 million in 1998. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Some areas of Wales still maintain traditional "rock cannons". These are a series of holes drilled in a flat, hard rock (mainly slate) connected by narrow channels. On celebration days the holes and channels would be filled with gunpowder to produce a series of loud explosions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Today I learned of all the solo swims to cross the English Channel between France and Great Britain, 559 were done by people from Britain and 19 were done by people from France channelswimmingassociatio…
In 2011, China's state owned TV channel CCTV accidentally used an orchestral version of America the Beautiful for its coverage of the Tiangong-1 space station launch. When asked about the blunder, its propaganda chief was stumped, saying, "I don't know what to say." theguardian.com/world/201…
A significant portion of the static you see on TVs on the β€œin between” channels is leftover energy from the Big Bang nasa.gov/vision/universe/…
Jeff Lew, a VFX artist that has worked on such films as X-Men, The Matrix Reloaded, and Tron Legacy, has made an 84 minute long animated film called Killer Bean. He has also released Killer Bean related apps on the AppStore, and trailers can be found as far as 10 years back on his channel. youtu.be/qyYHWkVWQ4o
Hallmark Channel Christmas movies always have some snow, but not a lot, because they film in summer and fake snow costs too much. Each movie has a budget of about $2 million, which is what most TV episodes cost. countryliving.com/life/en…
In 2010 there was a hostage crisis at Discovery Channel headquarters when an armed environmental activist entered the building and held three people hostage before police shot him dead. He claimed the channel was promoting the birth of "parasitic human infants" who were destroying nature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Today I learned of Thallium Poisoning. A chemical often used for rat poison that kills slow and painfully through potassium channels. One of the main treatments is to feed the patient Prussian Blue paint en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
The Simpsons are yellow because Matt Groening thought it would be a perfect way to catch the attention of people flicking through their channels looking for something to watch. esquire.com/entertainment…
Today I learned of Beaufort's Dyke, Britain's underwater munitions dump in the North Channel between Scotland and Ireland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Operation Neptune. Was the code name for the cross channel part of D-Day. historylearningsite.co.uk…
That, in 2007, Princes William and Harry asked Channel 4 not to broadcast a documentary featuring footage of their mother's dying moments. Channel 4 broadcast the documentary anyway, then put out an additional programme an hour later to debate whether it had been right for them to do so. theguardian.com/media/200…
The Channel Tunnel was bored from both ends towards the middle. When the two bored holes met for the first time, they were only out of alignment by about 30cm horizontally and about 8cm vertically theguardian.com/travel/19…
A liquid metal motor can β€œeat” aluminum food and then move spontaneously and swiftly in various solution configurations and structured channels for more than 1 hour. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
During the Second World War, British agents circulated the myth that the British had introduced man-eating sharks into the English Channel sites.durham.ac.uk/writer…
Harriet Quimby was the first woman to fly across the English channel on April 16th 1912, but barely received any media attention because of the Titanic Disaster, which occurred the day before and consumed the interest of the public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
A WW2 pigeon named Mary of Exeter survived an assassination attempt by a German warhawk, was shot, hit with shrapnel, and survived a bombing of her loft while delivering messages across the English Channel to France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…

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