Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary, designed by the β€œSociety for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons,” so isolated prisoners that many went insane. (The 1829 castle-like complex did have better comforts than period prisons --like dependable heat. Shut: 1971, ruin-park since '94.) atlasobscura.com/places/e…
Today I learned about the book 'Comfort women of the Empire', by a korean historian who was the first to interview the Korean comfort women for the japanese army. nadesiko-action.org/wp-co…
Today I learned of Mason McDeid who cried constantly from severe cerebral palsy issues; his father failed to comfort him with classical & new age music. Then he tried Metallica & the child stopped crying, fell asleep. Now in his 20s, unable to speak, Mason has had 100+ surgeries & attended 450+ metal concerts. stage-www.startribune.com…
Today I learned about Cockaigne, an imaginary place of "extreme luxury" in medieval myth where physical comforts and pleasures are always immediately at hand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
Julian Lennon, John Lennon's first son, was the inspiration for the song 'Hey Jude'. Paul McCartney wrote the song (originally called 'Hey Jules) as a way to comfort Julian after his parents divorced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Today I learned of Hatty, a Labrador retriever who was sworn in as an IL County "Comfort Dog." Her paw was on a law book as an oath was read. Hatty's job is to comfort sexual trauma victims during testimony and interviews; the dog will work 9 - 5 on up to 200 cases per year. She was trained by prison inmates. cnn.com/2019/11/02/us/coo…
, Southern Comfort is neither whiskey or bourbon. It's actually a whiskey-flavored liqueur. huffpost.com/entry/southe…
Ceiling fans should turn counter-clockwise in the summer and clockwise(on low) in the winter for maximum comfort in hot and cold. delmarfans.com/educate/ba…
There was a proposal to make Ottawa's Rideau Street enclosed in a continuous glass-and-steel structure. The heated mall was expected to allow pedestrians to shop in comfort year-round. However, the downside was that it attracted large numbers of vagrants and late-night drinkers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rid…
The Beatles' song "Hey Jude" was originally titled "Hey Jules", and it was intended to comfort Julian Lennon from the stress of his parents' separation. McCartney said he changed the name to "Jude" "because I thought that sounded a bit better" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey…
Today I learned about Kim Bok-Dong and what a "comfort woman" was. During WWII, at 14 years old, Kim Bok-Dong was taken to Japan where she joined other young women who were forced to work as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers. The Japanese government later made them work as nurses to try to hide what had happened youtube.com/watch?v=qsT97…
Nick Park's first Wallace and Gromit short, 'A Grand Day Out', lost the 1990 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film to 'Creature Comforts', also directed by Nick Park en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_G…
Voles comfort each other when mistreated. Also, the comforting voles have the same level of stress hormone of the mistreated one, suggesting that voles are capable of empathy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vol…
Today I learned of Wang Pou, one of the 24 Confucian exemplars of filial piety. According to a legend, his mother was afraid of thunder. After her death, Pou would rush to his mother's tomb each thunderstorm to comfort her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Research shows that cats that are provided with empty boxes are more interactive, friendly and comfortable with the people around them as compared to those cats that do not have a box to snuggle in. So, it can be said that cats derive comfort and security from boxes. scienceabc.com/nature/ani…
Anthony Daniels, who endured years of discomfort in the C-3PO costume, was so annoyed by Alan Tudyk (Rogue One) playing K-2SO in the comfort of a motion-capture suit that he cursed at Tudyk. Tudyk later joked that a "fuck you" from Daniels was among the highest compliments he had ever received. cinemablend.com/news/1602…
Americans sought comfort TV after 9/11 and watched so much Food Network that the station had to restructure itself to appeal to a general audience. This led to the creation and subsequent rise of reality cooking shows like Chopped and Iron Chef USA. youtu.be/T1-k7VYwsHg?t=72…
There is an emotional support alligator named Wally who comforts the elderly and children that have disabilities. people.com/pets/emotional…
American bases in Europe during WWII were named after well-known cigarette brands for both security and soldiers' comfort en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cig…
Since 1948 there has been a group of ladies at Arlington National Cemetery that has attended every funeral to support and comfort families, or to be there only one that attends to ensure no one is ever buried alone aarp.org/home-family/frie…
Fancy race horses travel via Air Horse One, an all-horse plane that allows them to bring comfort animals like goats on for free like you would a carry-on usatoday.com/story/travel…
Indiana State Prison has a cat adoption program that allows death row inmates the company and comfort of a furry friend. wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian…
Today I learned about "comfort women" who were women and girls forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army in occupied territories before and during World War II. Thousands of women have been abducted or lured with false promises and placed in "comfort stations" as sex slaves for the Japanese soldiers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Male fruit flies seek comfort in alcohol when sexually rejected sciencemag.org/news/2012/…
Evangelist Ray Comfort recorded a video arguing the banana displayed many user-friendly features that were evidence of intelligent design. Comfort retracted the video upon learning that the banana is a result of artificial selection by humans, and that the wild banana is small and unpalatable. huffingtonpost.com/2014/0…
In 1880, Felix Adler, the philosopher who would later lead America’s first national campaign against child labor, proposed a 100% tax rate on income above the point β€œwhen a certain high and abundant sum has been reached, amply sufficient for all the comforts and true refinements of life”. theguardian.com/commentis…
In 1985, a Colombian girl was trapped in a volcanic mudflow, and was trapped up to her waist. She was mostly alert and was interviewed. Knowing she would die, volunteers and rescuer did their best to comfort her. She died after 60 hours, and her photo became iconic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oma…
Schizophrenic voices are shaped by local culture. Patients in America hear voices asking them to do violent things whereas in Africa and India the voices they hear are usually of dead relatives or nice voices offering comfort news.stanford.edu/2014/07…
Dreams about already deceased loved ones bring comfort to the dying ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
A 2018 study found being wealthy β€” past the point required for daily comfort and purchasing power, at least β€” can lead to unhealthy social comparisons and unfulfilling material pursuits. time.com/money/5157625/id…
A korean comfort woman was stripped and rolled on a board of nails by Japanese WWII soldiers vox.com/2015/12/29/106828…
"Hey Jude" was written by Paul McCartney to comfort John Lennon's son Julian while his parents were getting divorced. wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey_Ju…
The writer of Peter Pan (J.M.Barrie) had a brother named David (his mother's favorite) who died at the age of 12. Barrie's mother found comfort in the fact that her dead son would remain a boy forever, never to grow up and leave her. This is why the children in his story do not grow old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._…
Today I learned about the Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Who Found Homes In The City Sewers. They formed communities and found comfort with others. boredpanda.com/undergroun…
After 9/11, the Queen of England authorized the Coldstream Guards to break protocol and play the US national anthem during the Changing of the Guard, giving some comfort to Americans stranded in London due to airport closures. huffingtonpost.com/2014/0…
Baby elephants suck their trunks for comfort just like human babies suck their thumb mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
In 2016, Celine Dion stood near the open casket of her deceased husband for 7 hours to greet and comfort complete strangers who had arrived to pay their respects at the public visitation held on the eve of his funeral. She was only expected to stay for 30 minutes. thestar.com/news/canada/2…
Today I learned about the motivation behind Necrophilia: 1) desire to possess a non-resisting and non-rejecting romantic partner (21%), sexual attraction to corpses (15%), comfort or overcoming feelings of isolation (15%), or seeking self-esteem by expressing power over a homicide victim (12%). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nec…
During filming Lawrence of Arabia, Peter O'Toole added foam rubber to his camel saddle to increase comfort. This eventually spread across the Middle East and O'Toole was called the "Father of Rubber" npr.org/2013/12/16/251610…
In 2017 Delta airlines had passengers attempt to fly with service animals including 'comfort turkeys', gliding possums, snakes and spiders news.delta.com/delta-intr…
The song "Hey Jude" by The Beatles, was written by Paul McCartney, to comfort John Lennon's son, Julian, during his parents' divorce. John Lennon thought it had actually been written for him and contended that, on one level, McCartney was giving his blessing to Lennon and Ono's relationship en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey…
The Virgin Hotel in Chicago has no check-in desk; it uses a smartphone system in which you scan a QR code and retrieve your room key from a vending machine. The personal comfort assistant app named Lucy can order more pillows, control room temperature, and coordinate messages with hotel staff. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
That, to create tension between the actors in The Blair Witch Project, they were deliberately given less food each day of filming. Producer Gregg Hale told them: β€œWe’re very concerned about your safety, just not your comfort.” ew.com/article/2014/10/06…
German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, while playing for Bayern Munich, walked up to Santiago CaΓ±izares, the goalkeeper from Valencia, and tried to comfort him after Bayern won the 2001 UEFA Champions League Final through penalty shoot-out. For such act, he won the UEFA Fair Play Award. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
35 percent of British adults sleep with a teddy bear or comfort object upi.com/Odd_News/2012/02/…
Today I learned of "Third Man Factor", a psychological phenomenon that can occur during traumatic experiences. People report an unseen presence like a guardian angel that provides comfort or support en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
Many voice communication systems insert artificial noise called "comfort noise" into the audio stream to signal to the listener that the connection is open even when it's being silent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
A baby elephant will suck it's trunk like a baby sucks it's thumb for comfort. jumbofoundation.com/facts…
Today I learned of Magic the Miniature Therapy horse, who routinely visited hospital patients needing comfort. She visited one patient who had not spoken for three years; Upon seeing the horse, she said 'Isn't she beautiful?' It caused the staff to break out in tears content.time.com/time/spe…
Voles are capable of empathizing with each other. When a vole is mistreated, other voles will comfort it and spend more time grooming it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vol…
The 'third man factor' is a syndrome that allows certain people to have an unseen presence (i.e. a spirit) who provides comfort/support during tramatic experiences. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
From the age of 7 to 13, Chester Bennington was sexually abused by an older male friend. He was afraid to ask for help because he did not want people to think he was gay or lying. To comfort himself, he drew pictures and wrote poetry and songs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Chinese Emperor's had a complicated system of rankings for their wives. These ranks at times included titles such as Lady of Excellent Employment, Lady who Could Comfort a Multitude, Lady of Complaisant Constancy, Lady for Miscellaneous Uses and The Decent Consort. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imp…
Suicides tend to decrease following an election. Rather than kill themselves out of despair, people supporting the losing candidate actually find comfort in each other. sciencedaily.com/releases…
The Japanese enslaved as many as 410,000 "comfort women" from Korea, China, and Southeast Asia to serve as prostitutes and raise the spirits of the Japanese soldiers. Approximately three quarters of them died and most survivors were left infertile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
The music of Estonian minimalist Arvo PΓ€rt brings the most comfort to dying people, according to a 2017 study. theguardian.com/music/201…
In the 50/60s, jazz trumpeters grew a soul patch for the comfort it provided when using a trumpet mouthpiece en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
At the Humane Society of Missouri, kid volunteers comfort anxious shelter dogs by reading to them. hsmo.org/shelterbuddies/
There are dogs that work in courtrooms to comfort victims of abuse whilst testifying. They are called 'comfort dogs'. indy100.independent.co.uk…
The world's first motel was built in 1925 in San Luis Obispo, CA due to it being a midpoint between LA and San Francisco, a two-day trip for motorists at the time. Originally named the "Milestone Mo-Tel", the motel combined the convenience of an overnight campground with the comfort of a hotel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
South Koreans have been protesting in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul every Wednesday since January 8, 1992, demanding justice for comfort women in WW2 called Wednesday Demonstration en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wed…
American grade school administrators have stepped in to alter textbook reproductions of the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because Washington's watch fob was painted too close to his crotch for their comfort, possibly resembling male genitalia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
Today I learned of Margaret Leeson, notorious Irish 18th century brothel madam. Born to comfort, she fled home when her brother assumed control. Entering the prostitution business, she rose to success. After 'reforming', finances strained - prompting her series of scandalous, best selling memoirs. womensmuseumofireland.ie/…
A man was arrested after he crashed his truck into the front gate of Augusta NGC and held hostages inside the golf shop with a gun demanding β€œwhiskey and a meeting with Mr. Reagan”, who was on the 16th hole. The suspect was a Republican and seemed to find comfort in talking with Reagan. nytimes.com/1983/10/24/us…
Audrey Hepburn suffered from a severe water phobia. While shooting "Two for the Road" in 1967, Albert Finney had to throw her into a swimming pool. During filming, divers were placed off-camera for her comfort. The fear on her face during the scene is real. celebs.answers.com/movies…
Disney scrapped George Lucas's, Star Wars Episode VII Plot because it centered on very young characters/teenagers which might have struck Disney executives as "veering too close for comfort" to The Phantom Menace and its 9-year-old Anakin Skywalker and 13-year-old Queen Amidala. geeksofdoom.com/2015/05/0…
Some Japanese textbooks only mention Rape of Nanking and comfort women as one-line footnotes. Some Japanese scholars even say rape of Nanking was staged with Chinese actors bbc.com/news/magazine-212…
Similar to how a baby human sucks on its thumb, baby elephants can suck on their own trunks for comfort. guff.com/15-little-known-…
Hammocks are Intentionally Wide for the Ideal Laying Position is Diagonal. This position provides the most support and comfort. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
Japanese life insurance will pay, even if you commit suicide. Therefore motivating people to kill themselves, so their family can live in comfort. One of many reasons for the high suicide rate in Japan. (English summary at the bottom) fihs.org/volume10_2/artic…
The police mostly wear blue because it makes the uniform easy to clean, makes them harder to see at night, and the colour evokes feelings of comfort and security amongst most people. todayifoundout.com/index.…
There are police officers who carry teddy bears in their cars to comfort children in distress washingtontimes.com/news/…
Jazz trumpeters grew goatees as it provided comfort when playing en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…
Elizabeth Black, a little-known Philly artist and Red Cross volunteer during WWII, created a project during which she sketched charcoal portraits of hundreds of soldiers, sailors, and airmen while deployed in Europe; the Red Cross mailed the portraits home to comfort anxious families. wqed.org/elizabethblack/a…
The Japanese enslaved as many as 410,000 "comfort women" from Korea, China, and Southeast Asia to serve as prostitutes and raise the spirits of the Japanese soldiers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Many buttons we press everyday are fake and are there only to comfort us. They're placebo buttons. youarenotsosmart.com/2010…
Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes-Booth, saved Abraham Lincoln's son from a life-threatening train platform accident. Booth didn't know the identity of the man until later, but it was said he took comfort in having done it following his brother's assassination of the president. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
HervΓ© Villechaize, best known as the diminutive Nick Nack in 'The Man With The Golden Gun', helped deal with child abuse in the 70s and 80s, going to crime scenes to help comfort victims. He would often confront and chastise spousal and child abusers in person, despite standing only 3'11". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
United Airlines deployed over 200 trained comfort dogs to help reduce stress for holiday travelers. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
19th-century photographers would regularly enlist mothers and nursemaids to comfort children during long sittings and exposures. In an effort to erase them from the photos, these "hidden mothers" were often draped with blankets, or tucked behind furniture or painted backdrops. theguardian.com/artanddes…
Monkeys reared with a "terry cloth mother", a wire feeding apparatus wrapped in softer terry cloth which provides a level of tactile stimulation and comfort, are considerably more emotionally stable as adults than those with a mere wire mother. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
Tom Cruise always wears a thong while filming a movie because it provides him with "comfort and flexibility." showbizspy.com/article/26…
There was a 'very special episode' of "Too Close for Comfort"(1985) in which Monroe Ficus is kidnapped and raped by two women. It has rarely aired since. youtube.com/watch?v=mGdJF…
The 'Safety Cab' of a train is also known as a 'Canadian Comfort Cab' and it's windows are built to withstand the impact of a .22 caliber or cinder block. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
'Donut Dollies' were American Red Cross volunteer women who drove and maintained hundreds of 'Clubmobiles' to serve donuts as comfort food to American soldiers in WW2, Korean War, and Vietnam War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Janis Joplin drank so much Southern Comfort that they sent her a fur coat rockandrolljournal.com/id…
During WWII, the Japanese captured an estimated 200,000 women from neighboring countries and placed them in more than a hundred different "comfort stations" throughout East Asia, where they were forced to sexually service Japanese soldiers. fadingawaymovie.com/thela…
Today I learned of Sick Building Syndrome; a phenomenon affecting building occupants who claim to experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building. This has actually resulted in "Sick Buildings" being demolished. nhs.uk/Conditions/Sick-bu…
Baby monkey's get comfort from fake cloth mothers that don't feed it, but not fake non-soft(wire) mothers mothers that do. youtube.com/watch?v=OrNBE…
On Halloween in Poland, believers are encouraged to walk through forests whilst praying out loud so that the souls of the dead might find comfort. wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallow…
In a U.S. friendly fire incident during Operation Provide Comfort in northern Iraq, two United States Air Force aircraft mistakenly shoot- down two United States Army helicopters, killing 26 people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
In World War 2 the Japanese military kidnapped up to 200,000 "comfort women" as young as 11 years old in order to deliver sexual services on demand to Japanese soldiers believing it would improve their morale and effectiveness. soulscripture.com/2012/01…
Today I learned of Florence Irene Ford. A little girl who was so afraid of storms, after her death her mother had a glass viewing window installed just above her head above her coffin so that during storms, the mother could walk down and comfort her daughter. natchezcemetery.com/custo…
In South Korea, outside the Japanese embassy, they installed a statue of a girl symbolising WW2 'comfort women'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wed…
The International Space Station has an espresso machine to simulate the comforts of home. nasa.gov/mission_pages/st…
During WWII, the ~500,000 loudspeaker system in the city of Leningrad employed the sound of a softly ticking metronome 24/7 to comfort citizens into knowing the transmitter hadn't been bombed. encspb.ru/object/28040339…
There is an 81 year old government appointed Wizard of New Zealand who is known for complaining about the colour of public telephone boxes, played for the local rugby team, heckled Christian evangelist Ray Comfort, evaded the compulsory census, and performed three drought-breaking rain dances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiz…
Southern Comfort is neither a whiskey or bourbon, but a fruity liqueur

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http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20060713104316AAexzLp

For some reason, this new knowledge is a blow to my manhood.

Some music scholars claim that Chopin's Nocturnes Op. 37 and related pieces act as an "aphrodisiac" and were used by women to "comfort their repressed libido. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noc…

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