The Make-a-Wish Foundation granted a child to visit the set of Thor: Ragnarok. When Thor sees Hulk enter the arena on Sakaar, the child said Thor should say "He's a friend from work!" comicbook.com/marvel/news…
Milhouse from the Simpsons was named after U.S president Richard Milhous Nixon. The name was the most "unfortunate name Matt Groening could think of for a child". Later in the series, it was also revealed that Milhouse's middle name was Mussolini cinemablend.com/televisio…
Growing up as a hungry child, Cristiano Ronaldo would knock on the door of a McDonald's asking if they had any burgers. A lady called Edna and two other women would then help him by giving him something to eat. boredpanda.com/cristiano-…
John von Newmann was a child prodigy who could divide eight-digit numbers in his head by age six and learned calculus by age eight. He developed the computer architecture that virtually all computing devices use today. He became a US strategic adviser and his game theory led to the MAD doctrine. content.time.com/time/mag…
Theodore Roosevelt's youngest son Quentin Roosevelt I was a pilot in World War I and was killed in France during combat. He is the only child of a US President to die in combat en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
The Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria is elected by writing the names of the top three candidates, putting them in a box and having a five-year old child draw blindly one of the names. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Today I learned of Coca-Cola's failed "Magican" campaign. They sold cans that contained spring loaded tabs to dispense cash prizes. Prize cans contained a foul smelling liquid instead of cola to prevent drinking. Though harmless, one child drank it and Coca-Cola ended the campaign 3 weeks later due to backlash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
The Chimney Sweepers Act of 1788 was a British Act of Parliament passed to stop child labor, as boys as young as four were being used as chimney sweeps. The Act raised the minimum age to eight years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
That, on May 13, 1974, seventy three children were struck with a mysterious illness at a Florida elementary school. Suspecting a gas leak, the Dept. of Public Health sent investigators. Dr. Nitzkin, an epidemiologist, discovered it was mass hysteria: one child fainted and the others panicked. newyorker.com/magazine/19…
In the Catholic church, if a child is in peril of dying during delivery, the midwife may perform an emergency baptism. If the midwife is in doubt if the child still lives, she baptises the child saying: "In case you are able to receive the baptism, I baptise thee in the name of the Father etc" dutchgenealogy.nl/emergen…
As a child, Jane Goodall's father gave her a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee as an alternative to a teddy bear. Goodall has said her fondness for this figure started her early love of animals. Today, Jubilee still sits on Goodall's dresser in London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, saved a baby's life whilst filming Carpool Karaoke. A hysterical woman approached the set screaming "My baby can’t breathe”, Kiedis calmly took the child and restored it's breathing through CPR. He then resumed filming the show. radiox.co.uk/artists/red-…
Today I learned of the Aquatots. In 1950, Bubba, aged 4, swam 22 miles of the Mississippi River while Kathy, aged 2, swam 5 miles. When their father attempted them crossing the English Channel, the British and French forbade it as child abuse. Later, the father bragged of their baby food diet and killed Kathy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqu…
At the height of their popularity in the 1990's baseball card manufacturers produced an estimated 81 BILLION cards per year. That's about 325 cards per every man, woman, and child in the United States. failuremag.com/article/th…
In 1988, Meredith Maran announced to her family that her father molested her when she was a child. In 1996, she realized it was "false memories" and he was actually innocent. He had a heart attack and got Alzheimer's before she reconciled with him for his last few years. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
In 16th-century England, the midwives' oath included not allowing the mother to falsely name the father of the child, not exchanging the child after birth, not using sorcery or incantations during the labour or delivery, and not dismembering the child or cutting or pulling their head off elizabethan.org/compendiu…
Mark Ruffalo had brain cancer when his wife was pregnant with their first child, and had to fight through facial paralysis and balance problems for months. cancerhorizons.com/cancer…
There's a 78 year-old pharmacist, Bill Pagel, who collects Bob Dylan memorabilia. He owns 15,000 photos, 4,000 posters, and two houses that Bob Dylan lived in as a child. startribune.com/ultimate-…
In the movie Child’s Play, it took 11 different people to control the animatronic puppet Chucky, with a different person handling each part of his body from his legs to his eyebrows screenrant.com/childs-pla…
Aki Ra, a former Khmer Rouge child soldier has personally found and/or destroyed over 50,000 land mines. He now trains bomb experts, curates a mine museum, and advocates for demining and the victims of mines. wikipedia.org/wiki/Aki_Ra
After graduating college at 13 with a degree in Mathematics, child genius Promethea Pythaitha received considerable unwanted attention from the Greek-American Community, including an obsessive stalker who was killed in front of her house. en.goodtimes.my/2017/12/1…
Hyssop essential oil (used in alternative medicine) can induce seizures at very low doses, taking only 2 drops to induce convulsions in a child. wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyssop…
The vulture and the little girl picture won the Kevin Carter's Pulitzer Prize showing a starving Sudanese child with a hooded vulture eyeing her from nearby, waiting for her to die. The photographer, Kevin Carter was told not to touch the child in fear of getting a fatal disease en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about Anne Parrish who was browsing old books in Paris when she discovered a book that she loved as a child in New York. She showed it to her husband. He opened the book and discovered that was, in fact, her childhood copy of the book with her address and name on the inside cover. newyorker.com/magazine/19…
Today I learned of Candance Newmaker, a child who was killed during a 70-minute attachment therapy session purported to treat reactive attachment disorder. The treatment, during which Candace was suffocated, included a rebirthing script which led to her suffocation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
In 2000 a doctor was driven from her home by vandals who were confused between paedophile and paediatrician and thought she was a child molester. theguardian.com/uk/2000/a…
Anni-Fryd Lyngstad, one of the lead singers of the band ABBA, was a child of a Nazi soldier during the occupation of Norway as part of Nazi breeding experiments ajournalofmusicalthings.c…
In 2015, two day care teachers were charged with child abuse for running a toddler Fight Club in Cranford, NY, where they'd pit children aged 4 to 6 against each other, record it while quoting the book and movie and post it on Snapchat. nypost.com/2015/09/01/day…
Aretha Franklin had her first child at the age of 12. instyle.com/news/aretha-f…
Today I learned of Aeroflot Flight 593, which crashed after an inadvertent deactivation of the autopilot by a child went unnoticed by the crew. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
Julia Child’s first job was with the US Office of Strategic Services (predecessor to the CIA) during WWII. One of her accomplishments was developing a recipe for shark repellant for the OSS. Her husband was also OSS when they met. The CIA has released her files to the public. intelligence.gov/index.ph…
Ewan McGregor's character in Black Hawk Down is fictionally named because the real person was convicted of child molestation in 1999. The Pentagon gave permission to use actual Army Black Hawks in the movie if the producers agreed to change the name from John Stebbins to 'John Grimes'. crimemagazine.com/war-her…
The zany Dan Aykroyd comedy 'My Stepmother Is an Alien' was suppose to be a drama, an allegory about child abuse. The original writer pitched a movie about a child's nightmarish vision of his stepmother as an evil alien. After 3 studios and many rewrites it evolved into the '88 box-office flop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
When naming a newborn in Iceland names not previously used aren't permitted via Icelandic rule. A new name would have to be pre-approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee. Also they are not permitted to give a child a name that would embarrass them. wsimag.com/culture/2248-t…
Dog the Bounty Hunter AKA Duane Chapman offered his third wife $1,000 to have his child, to which she agreed. The two had met just days prior in a bar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dua…
The most recent partial Neanderthal is a four year old child buried with a seashell. The bones date around 24 500 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag…
Today I learned about doljabi which is a tradition for a child's first birthday in Korea. The child is placed in front of a table with many items and the item they pick up first shows what the child will grow up to be. For example, if they pick money, they'll be rich. If they pick a book, they'll be smart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
Pablo Escobar’s wife was 12yrs old when she met Escobar (who was 23yrs old at the time). The couple married when she was 15 (he was 26) and she had their first child one year later. primer.com.au/widow-pablo…
The firm Cantor Fitzgerald lost 658 employees on 9/11. The CEO, who was taking his child to school that day, later distributed $180 million to the families and offered jobs to all children of the victims. 57 of those children were employed by Cantor Fitzgerald as of 2016. ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/…
Ringo Starr contracted tuberculosis as a child and was admitted to a sanatorium for two years. During his stay the staff made an effort to stimulate motor activity and relieve boredom by giving him a makeshift mallet made from a cotton bobbin that he used to strike the cabinets next to his bed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
When Peter the Great became Czar as a child, a hole was cut in the back of his throne and the regent hid inside and whispered orders into his ear so it could appear he was coming up with them on his own en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Today I learned about β€œUnschooling”, a form of homeschooling where the child has no curriculum or schedule. Instead they learn by living their life while following their passions. Proponents say it increases the child’s general well being and improved attitude towards learning. wbur.org/onpoint/2019/12/…
Today I learned about Nim Chimpsky, a chimpanzee from the 70's who was raised like a child to see if chimpanzees could learn sign language. Nim loved cats, and learned to ask for marijuana. He ultimately fell into a deep depression when his original caretakers abandoned him. npr.org/2011/07/20/138467…
There's a type of almond that when eaten uncooked, contains enough cyanide to kill - As few as five almonds can kill a child en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alm…
A woman sued Keanu Reeves, claiming that he was the father of her four adult children and sought $ 3 000 000 a month in spousal support and $150 000 a month in retroactive child support. DNA tests proved she was lying and she lost the case. thestar.com/news/ontario/…
Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, never approved a Hobbes plush toy. He said the comic strip is ambiguous as to whether Hobbes is a real tiger or a child's stuffed animal and creating a toy would destroy the magic. It's estimated he lost out on over $300 million in merchandising. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
The best age to start piano lessons is typically between the ages of 6 and 9-years-old. If the child has basic motor skills, can focus on a task for 30 minutes, then they should be able to handle taking lessons schoolofrock.com/resource…
The use of cakes to celebrate special events goes back to Ancient Greece, where moon shaped cakes were adorned with candles in the Temple of Artemis. It wasn’t till the Industrial Revolution that new techniques made them widely available and associated with the celebration of a child’s birth. hankeringforhistory.com/t…
As a child Jimi Hendrix carried an actual broom with him everywhere around school for over a year, as a pretend guitar. The school's social worker tried to get funding for a real guitar, insisting that leaving him without one might result in psychological damage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
In Slavic folklore, the Baba Yaga is a supernatural, ferocious looking old woman. She lives in the deep dark forest in a chicken footed hut. Her depictions vary greatly across tales, ranging from a child-eating monster, to helping a protagonist find his missing bride. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…

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