The Hawaiian island of Kauai encourages tourists to check a dog out of shelters for a day as part of a field trip for dogs program. Having the dogs out and about gives them exercise and increases their chances of getting adopted by a local. hawaii-aloha.com/blog/201…
The cottage where Ulysses Grant finished his memoirs is now an historic monument and is kept how it was when he died. On his desk is a large bottle of liquid cocaine. Park rangers check it annually to make sure it is all there. blog.americanheritage1.co…
From 1777 to 1870, Vermont had a fourth branch of government called the Council of Censors. It consisted of 13 members, elected every 7 years, who had to check if "the legislative and executive branches have performed their duty as guardians of the people." They could also amend the constitution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
In 2002 Microsoft forgot to pay to renew one of their domains and a user paid the bill so he could check his hotmail. whoapi.com/blog/5-all-tim…
A sufferer of Truman Show delusion (a condition in which a person believes their live is a staged reality show) traveled all the way to New York City to check whether the World Trade Center had fallen, believing the 9/11 attacks to be an elaborate plot twist in his personal storyline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Bob Marley gave a credit on "No Woman, No Cry" to one of his friends who ran a soup kitchen, to ensure the royalty checks would keep it open. ledgernote.com/blog/inter…
Today I learned that brain surgeons sometimes check their work by testing the patient's brain function while they are sl on the operating table. In February 2020 a patient was asked to play the violin while the surgeon cut away at her brain tumor. cnn.com/2020/02/19/world/…
Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace have horological conservators. Their job is to check the 400(WC) and 600(BP) clocks daily, wind them all once a week, and reset them for Daylight Savings Time. The clocks in the kitchen are set 5 minutes fast to ensure the food comes out on time. bbc.com/news/in-pictures-…
The Iphone fingerprint sensors can differentiate between a living and dead. Apple-developed biometric uses radio frequency waves to check the skin underneath a finger's outer layer mashable.com/2017/11/15/s…
Today I learned of Robert Rozier, a former NFL player who killed 7 people on behalf of a cult, went into the witness protection program, did 22 years in prison, got out, became a web developer, and then was sentenced to 25 years to life for passing $2,200 worth of bad checks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned about Rex Beaver, a private investigator hired by the Church of Scientology in 1968 to spy on Rupert Murdoch who had published unflattering stories about the church in his newspaper. After passing his security check Beaver went to Murdoch and offered to work as a double agent. abc.net.au/news/2016-11-0…
Today I learned of Alexander Montagu, the current Duke of Manchester, who was sentenced to three years' in an Australian prison after being convicted of 22 charges of fraud and later was charged with passing a bad check in Las Vegas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Ronald Reagan would write personal checks to individuals with financial struggles. He was known to drop $4,000 or $5,000 checks into the mail for certain people. He was also known to call upon the Air Force to aid in the transport of children who were experiencing medical emergencies. goliath.com/random/15-thi…
A man decided to deposit a check that he received from a junk mail ad just to see what would happen. to his surprise, they allowed him to deposit the $95,000 check. the bank tried to take the money back, but since he didn’t break any laws, there was nothing they could do. nytimes.com/1995/08/20/us…
'Catastrophizing'. A cognitive distortion that prompts people to jump to the worst possible conclusion after a minor setback. When a situation is upsetting but safe, they still feel like they are in the midst of a huge crisis. Getting enough sleep can also help keep 'catastrophizing' in check. youtu.be/b4pP6HyXRMI
, a bank teller refused to cash Charlize Theron's check when she first came to Hollywood; so she engaged in a shouting match with him. A talent agent, waiting behind her, handed her his business card and subsequently introduced her to casting agents. She made her film debut several months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In the United States, a check does not need to be written on a specific bank check paper; a check can be written on ANYTHING and can be legally cashed as long as the required information is included in it money.cnn.com/2001/03/22/…
Greyston Bakeries in Yonkers, NY hires without any interviews, resumes, or background checks via their 'Open Hiring'. This has dramatically opened up opportunities for low income workers and ex-offenders. The approach has since been taken up by companies such as The Body Shop. fastcompany.com/90462746/…
Today I learned about "Georgian swimming" - a swimming style where swimmer's hand and feet are bound together. It was re-discovered in the 60es after a swimming enthusiast decided to fact-check a legend about ancient warriors training by swimming in this manner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
There is such a thing as weekend jail for nonviolent crimes, where you check in on Friday and get released on Sunday vice.com/en_us/article/ex…
A BBC reporter saw a Queen death reporting rehearsal and thought it was real, and tweeted that the Queen was in hospital, then that the Queen had died - as in the scenario. Since the Queen was in hospital for a check-up on that day, many news outlets assumed the info was true and reported on it bbc.com/news/uk-33432647
The coldest temperature recorded was -144Β°F in Vostok Antartica. Humans can’t inhale air that cold for more than a few breathsβ€”it would cause your lungs to hemorrhage. Russian scientists ducking out to check on the weather station would wear masks that warmed the air before they breath in. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Neil Douglas boarded a flight & found his doppelgΓ€nger/lookalike, Robert Stirling, sitting in his seat. The whole plane laughed & they took a selfie. Douglas arrived at his hotel, only to find the same double at the check-in desk. Their paths crossed again at a bar & they shared a laugh & a pint bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
"Bedlam," meaning an uproar or chaos, comes from the Bethlem Hospital, an English asylum. People often toured the asylum as seeing the mentally ill was believed to "keep baser instincts in check." Reformed in the 1800s, the first building was called "a palace for Lunatics." bbc.com/culture/article/2…
The disorder known as "Lazy eye" or "Amblyopia" can be improved by playing tetris. This is more efficent than an eye patch due to using your eyes in unison and using rapid eye movement to help check the pieces and where they should go. lenstore.co.uk/eyecare/51…
Iowa Man Tyler Heep won $1.00 from a scratch-off, drove to Lottery Headquarters, and demanded a gigantic novelty check. They wrote him out an oversized check and had him hold it up for a photo in a room set up with a camera and the Lottery logo. Heep used his winnings to buy 1/2 a gallon of gas. whotv.com/2019/01/16/smal…
Marlon Wayans was cast as Robin in Batman Returns. Producers decided that, with The Penguin and Catwoman, the movie was too crowded and decided to cut out Robin. Despite not getting to actually play the role, Wayans was still paid $100,000 and receives royalty checks up to this very day. batman-news.com/2018/03/0…
The sound quality of the album Back in Black by ACDC is so good, that after its release, studios in Nashville would use it to check the acoustics of a room, while MotΓΆrhead would use it to tune their sound system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
Rocky Marciano, the legendary boxer, had a fear of being β€œbroke” and was obsessed with cash. He hid cash in various places, and his accountant couldn’t convince him of the concept of β€˜checks’. Rocky gave away checks, sometimes as much as $50,000. He once traded a $5,000 check for $2,500 cash. vault.si.com/vault/1993/0…
Although the TV show "Friends" ended in 2004, the six main cast members still receive a yearly check of $20 million in royalties alone. usatoday.com/story/life/e…
At the UK State Opening of Parliament, Yeomen of the Guards (Queen's Bodyguards) still check underneath the House of Lords for traces of Gunpowder. It is a tradition that dates back to Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Once they get the all clear they have a ceremonial glass of whiskey bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
A Rolls Royce oil change is $650 and the annual check up is almost $4,000... autoinfluence.com/cars-mo…
A orchidectomy to check for cancer is completely unnecessary because the risk of a needle biopsy spreading cancer is completely theoretical and has never happened in the real word. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
β€” $99,999,999.99 is the largest check the Internal Revenue Service will accept. Multiple checks must be written for tax payments of $100 million or more. irs.gov/payments/pay-by-c…
The seventh most populous city in the world, Mumbai, also has one of the highest densities of leopards (41 leopards) in a forest inside the city and the leopard population saves Mumbai US$18,000 by keeping the stray dogs population in check. theguardian.com/cities/20…
Today I learned about the signal for help. β€œSignal for Help” is a simple one-handed sign someone can use on a video call. It can help a person silently show they need help and want someone to check in with them in a safe way. canadianwomen.org/signal-…
In 1978, a man was sentenced to life in prison for forging an $88 check because he refused to accept a plea deal and had previously been convicted of two felonies. The Supreme Court upheld the decision. caselaw.findlaw.com/us-su…
In 2013 In lieu of Money, Toyota helped Food Bank-which is the countries largest anti-hunger charity-by improving the system at Food Bank and cut down the wait time for dinner to 18 minutes from as long as 90. Toyota used "Kaizen" (continuous improvement) instead of just giving a check. nytimes.com/2013/07/27/ny…
In cases of spinal injury emergency doctors may check for the 'bulbocavernosus reflex' where they squeeze head of the penis or the clitoris while their finger is inside the anus to check for contraction of the anal sphincter. Absence of this reflex indicates spinal cord damage pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
Till 2016 Michael Caine's legal name was Maurice Micklewhite. He legally changed it to Michael Caine because of the rise in airport security checks. Airport security guards know him as Michael Caine but his passport had a different name which made him wait hours. theguardian.com/film/2016…
4 Canadian wolves were air-dropped into Isle Royale National Park in Michigan to boost the park's wolfpack to 8. The extra wolves were brought in to help keep the moose population in check, thereby preventing mass starvation of the moose herd. foxnews.com/science/4-can…
An FBI file says (pg.34) a "clairvoyant" (name redacted) claimed the space shuttle Challenger explosion was the work of NASA-employed "local conspirators" in security whose addresses she gave. Checks found "none of the current security employees, or recent dismissals" lived in the general area. vault.fbi.gov/Space%20Shu…
Pat McCormick, head writer for The Tonight Show, streaked across the stage during Johnny Carson's monologue in 1974. (For Golden Girls fans, McCormick was also the drugstore clerk who asked for a price check on condoms. https://youtu.be/BpNS8jYniLY) youtu.be/J4FUg6N7k-k
In 1866, The United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million by writing a check. britannica.com/event/Alas…
Walt Disney's younger sister Ruth lived to age 92. Ruth was very shy and private, giving less than a half dozen interviews over the decades. Walt would send an annual December birthday letter to Ruth, accompanied by a check along with a selection of Disney-related merchandise for her son mouseplanet.com/10148/Let…
The Knights Templar invented international banking and payable checks bbc.com/news/business-384…
In the US a check does not need to be written on a bank check. It can be written on anything (including clothing) and legally be cashed as long as it includes the proper information. money.cnn.com/2001/03/22/…
A "rain check" was originally a ticket given to a spectator at an outdoor event interrupted by rain that provided admission to a later event (instead of a refund), but has since become an informal term for a request to reschedule any event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glo…
Alaska residents receive an annual dividend check funded from investment earnings of statewide mineral royalties. pfd.alaska.gov/Division-I…
β€˜Band of Brothers’ strived for historical accuracy to such an extent that multiple WWII veterans were flown in from all over the world to advise on the weaponry, battle tactics, and combat situations. As a final check, the veterans screened previews of each episode prior to their release. smh-hq.org/gazette/bandbr…

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