When a Dutch columnist proposed making an artificial mountain 2 kilometres tall and 5 kilometres wide, the Eindhoven University of Technology actually calculated the cost of such a project. It turned out that the potential cost of the mountain would be up to 7 trillion euros. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
When advice columnist Ann Landers asked in 1986 what the correct direction for toilet paper was, she received 15,000 letters - the most in her column's history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toi…
For a period of time in 2010, Ozzy Osbourne was the health columnist in the British Sunday Times happymag.tv/ozzy-osbourne…
Mill Ends Park in Portland Oregon is the smallest park in the World. The park is a small circle 2 ft across, with a total area of 452 square inches. Intended to be the site for a light pole; When the pole failed to appear, Dick Fagan (a columnist) planted flowers and named it after his column. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Today I learned of Varina Davis, first lady of the Confederacy. Criticized for her olive skin tone and high level of literacy, she later became a newspaper columnist, was friends with Julia Grant (widow of Ulysses S. Grant) and declared in an article in 1901 that "the right side won the civil war". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Var…
Today I learned about Hedda Hopper, Hollywood gossip columnist, notorious for McCarthy era red-baiting. She ruined careers of many, including Trumbo and Chaplin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hed…
In 1894, a newspaper columnist argued that in 50 years London would be buried under 9 feet of manure – failing to anticipate the arrival of the combustion engine that would soon render horse-drawn transport obsolete. fee.org/articles/the-grea…
Helen Keller was a radical socialist. After she expressed her socialist beliefs, news columnists who had once praised her then dismissed her stances based on her disabilities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Famous advice columnists Ann Landers and Dear Abby were twin sisters who were born on the 4th of July and were named Esther Pauline and Pauline Esther. Esther (Ann Landers) was known as Eppie and Pauline (Dear Abby) was known as Popo. nytimes.com/2002/06/23/us…
When the Monty Hall problem and its counterintuitive solution was first published in Parade magazine's "Ask Marilyn" column, the columnist received close to 1,000 critical responses from PhDs, some of them on letterheads of mathematics and science departments. nytimes.com/1991/07/21/us…
In 1987 an 18 year old came up with an idea to raise $28,000 he needed for college. He contacted a newspaper columnist, asking to write his readers a request: send a penny each. They sent 90,000 letters and $29,000. He graduated with a Food Science degree from the University of Illinois in 1991 articles.chicagotribune.c…
The King of Jordan appeared in the episode of Star Trek. King Abdullah II, who was then crown prince, appeared as a columnist in Star Trek: Voyager in 1996. Abdullah is an old fan of the series and was very excited by the experience. youtube.com/watch?v=Kmut6…
In 1959 Liberace sued Daily Mirror columnist William Connor for libel after he published an article strongly hinting that Liberace was homosexual. He was awarded Β£8000 in damages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
Shel Silverstein was actually a Playboy columnist for over 40 years & frequent Playboy Mansion guest aol.com/article/2014/09/2…
Nationally-recognized advice columnists Dear Abby and Anne Landers were identical twin sisters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epp…
There's a day in the Netherlands called "rokjesdag", which translates to skirts day. That's the day in spring all girls are suddenly wearing skirts. This day is an invention of writer/columnist Martin Bril. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/R…
In Australian politics a 'Dorothy Dixer' is a pre-arranged question from a friendly audience member. It comes from US advice columnist Dorothy Dix's reputed practice of making up questions to allow her to publish more interesting answers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
NY Daily News columnist Shaun King 'raised' $60,000 for the family of a police shooting victim without their knowledge, and he didn't turn it over to them until it was seized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
The creator of Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston, wrote an article for the Men's Rights Movement as a newspaper columnist titled- Why Men Are Organizing To Fight Female Dominance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Columnist Marilyn vos Savant once featured the famous "Monty Hall Paradox" (a probability puzzle) in her "Ask Marilyn" column. Despite describing the scenario's probabilities correctly, she received dozens of letters from academics contending that she was incompetent. (letters in comments) priceonomics.com/the-time…
Political columnist and baseball enthusiast George Will once postulated a scenario whereby a triple play occurs with no fielder touching the ball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Una…
Columnist Philip Nolan suggested the spread of coffee culture in Ireland is largely thanks to Friends and Frasier; "We saw it reflected in the lifestyles of our TV favorites at Central Perk drinking coffee instead of alcohol, and Frasier and Niles having latte and biscotti at CafΓ© Nervosa." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
Fox News commentator/Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer is paralyzed from a diving accident that happened while he was in college. Afterwards, he still went on to get his MD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Martin Gardner, the famous skeptic and mathematical columnist, was a Theist. He believed in God and an afterlife, but not in any established religion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Peter Ustinov was also a filmmaker, theatre and opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, humorist, newspaper and magazine columnist, radio broadcaster, and television presenter, a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and President of the World Federalist Movement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
In the 1960's a Newsday columnist Mike McGrady and his colleagues (using the pen-name Penelope Ashe) wrote an intentionally bad novel featuring no plot, and many sex scenes. They were trying make a point about literary standards and the tastes of readers. It became a best-seller. museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/a…
Frank Sinatra offered a columnist $100,000 if he could prove he was wearing a hairpiece, and a punch in the mouth if he couldn't. lettersofnote.com/2009/11…
David Mitchell (of Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look, etc.) is a columnist for The Guardian guardian.co.uk/profile/da…
Shel Silverstein was a Playboy columnist for over 40 years aol.com/article/2014/09/2…
Following the airing of Coronation Street's first episode, Daily Mirror columnist, Ken Irwin, stated that the show would only last three weeks. Coronation Street currently holds the title of longest-running TV soap opera in production - having first aired on December 9th, 1960. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Will Rogers wrote best-selling books, was a syndicated newspaper columnist, and starred in Broadway productions, silent films, and talkies. pbs.org/wnet/americanmast…
A man once asked a newspaper columnist to ask people to send a penny. Just one cent, to pay for college. People sent enough money to get the young man through college. snopes.com/college/admin/…
In his first book, left wing columnist Glenn Greenwald expressed his "trust in the Bush administration", support for its "swift removal of the Taliban in Afghanistan", and "accepted [Bush's] judgment that American security really would be enhanced by the invasion of [Iraq]" democraticunderground.com…
Edsel Ford Fong was considered the "world's rudest, worst, most insulting waiter", who, due to his fame, was portrayed in a 1993 BBC miniseries and referenced by Robin Williams in a 1997 eulogy of the man that made Fong famous, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eds…
A Newsday columnist and 25 friends cowrote a book full of sex to spoof what was popular. It became a bestseller. washingtonpost.com/entert…
Syndicated Conservative Columnist Michelle Malkin wrote a book justifying the internment of American-Japanese during WWII while suggesting that we implement a similar policy today for Arab-Americans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
The George W. Bush Administration paid columnists to promote its views is support of the Federal Marriage Amendment, which aims to limit marriage in the United States to unions of one man and one woman en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…

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