In 1969 LIFE magazine published a cover story called β€œThe Faces Of The American Dead In Vietnam: One Week’s Toll.” Page after page of images of young men, 242 of them, killed in seven days of fighting the war in Vietnam. life.com/history/faces-of…
To train new operatives during the Cold War, the Soviets built fully functional replicas of American towns. Their residents consisted of retired deep cover operatives who taught the trainees everything they needed to know about blending into American life. nypost.com/2010/07/04/100…
Prince’s β€œBreakfast Can Wait” album cover features Dave Chappelle impersonating Prince. Chappelle said he had to appreciate the way his joke was co-opted. "That's a Prince judo move right there.” diffuser.fm/prince-breakf…
Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, released a limited 200 signed copies of the book bound in an asbestos cover making them fireproof. They rarely sell for less than $10,000. abebooks.com/books/Fahren…
Michael Jackson had a skin condition called Vitiligo which destroys the pigmentation of the skin. At first, his makeup crew tried to cover it up with darker shades, but it got so bad that they had to start using a lighter makeup to make it look more even. umassmed.edu/vitiligo/blo…
Van Halen only agreed to let Pepsi use the song 'Right Now' in Crystal Pepsi commercials in 1992 and 1993 because it was crystal clear that if Van Halen did not license the song, Pepsi would hire studio musicians to record a cover. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rig…
Ford made an anti-aircraft gun that suffered from a series of technical problems and massive cost overruns resulting in its cancellation. During a demonstration for a group of VIPs, it started aiming at the review stands, causing several minor injuries as members of the group jumped for cover. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M24…
The kid from the cover of Rage Against the Machine's Evil Empire album cover is based on a real person and he's not a fan of the band kerrang.com/features/what…
A railgun projectile will cover 27 football fields in the first second en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
NASA once suspended 15 astronauts in the aftermath of the Apollo 15 Postal Covers Incident; Apollo 15 astronauts Dave Scott, Alfred Worden and Jim Irwin never flew in space again en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
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 the eating of ortolans, tiny songbirds that are captured live, fattened by overfeeding in the dark, then drowned in Armagnac. They are roasted, then plucked, and consumed whole. The person eating the bird covers his head with a napkin – supposedly to shield him from the eyes of God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
Captain America #1, with its iconic cover of Cap punching Hitler, came out a year before the US entered WWII. At the time most people did not support war with Germany, so Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, both Jews, received death threats. However, the Mayor of New York was a fan and pledged protection. cbr.com/the-history-behin…
"It's now or never" from Elvis is a cover of "O sole mio". He had the idea to make his own version while doing his army service in Germany. bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti…
The album cover to Aladdin Sane, featuring a lightning bolt across Bowie's face, was the most expensive cover ever made at the time. The image went through a dye transfer process, extensive airbrushing, and the plates were made up in Switzerland. amateurphotographer.co.uk…
Today I learned about Paul Kimelman, who held the Guinness World Record for the greatest weight-loss in the shortest amount of time and was featured on the book's cover in 1982, having lost nearly 400 pounds (28.5 stone for my homies across the pond) in only seven months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
In 2004, Gary Sinise started the "Lieutenant Dan Band" a cover band that has played over 500 shows around the world to entertain troops and raise money for disabled veterans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lt.…
The theme song to "Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego" was a cover of a Mozart opera chorus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whe…
The Independant representative of Taipei in Taiwan is also the lead singer of a metal band, Cthonic, which has been compared to being the "Black Sabbath" of Asia. He also sings for Marty Friedman on a side project called Metal Clone X, which covers Japanese hits by turning them into heavy metal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The Moken nomad Tribe of southern Thailand saved their lives during the 2004 tsunami thanks to their Elder's hability to read the "Sea Signs". Soon minutes before the waves hit shore, the entire comunity was able to flee up hills for cover. theguardian.com/global-de…
Russian stores stopped carrying Holocaust graphic novel β€œMaus” because it had a swastika on its cover, calling it β€œNazi propaganda” theguardian.com/world/201…
Marvel's Deadpool issue #27 holds the world record for the most comic book characters in one cover. The cover, drawn by Scott Koblish features 232 characters attending Deadpool's wedding. comicbook.com/news/deadpo…
Aerosmith's version of "Train Kept A-Rollin'" has become so well-known that Jeff Beck, whose recordings of the song with the Yardbirds inspired the Aerosmith version, has been repeatedly told that he made a good cover of Aerosmith's song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
'The Hobbit' famous cover or 'dust protector' illustrated by Tolkien himself was meant to have a red sun. But the publisher wrote "ignore red" to the printers as it would of been too expensive to print a 3rd colour. museoteca.com/r/en/work/7…
Generic SNES space shooter β€œPhalanx” had an old man playing a banjo on the cover, not for any relation to the game itself, but purely as a marketing technique to differentiate itself in the crowded space shooter market. β€œBanjo man” does not appear in the game at any point. nintendolife.com/news/201…
The "fly" in a pair of trousers refers to the flap of clothing covering the opening, and not the zipper itself. For tailors, a fly is any flap of clothing that covers an opening in a garment. courant.com/ctnow/hc-word…
An outbreak of Syphilis caused a surge in Wigmaking. Wigs covered up baldness and head sores caused by Syphilis. Powdered Wigs were popular because the powder contained lavender or orange, to cover up bad smells. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Due to its remoteness and virtually constant dense cloud cover, Brazil's tallest mountain - Neblina Peak - remained undiscovered until the 1950s. summitpost.org/neblina-pe…
Tony Visconti, who collaborated & produced David Bowie on and off for almost 50 years, now tours as bassist with the Bowie covers band, Holy Holy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Aerosmith’s hit β€œBig Ten Inch Record” was a cover of an R&B song that was originally released in 1952, when unsurprisingly, radio stations refused to play it because of its suggestive lyrics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
The classic song Wonderful Christmastime was written by Paul McCartney in 1979. Including royalties from cover versions, its cumulative earnings are over $15 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Won…
Today I learned of the Japanese Society of Manhole Covers, dedicated to tracking the elaborate manholes of Japan atlasobscura.com/articles…
There was a tax imposed on the lower caste and untouchable Hindu women in present-day Kerala state of India if they wanted to cover their breasts in public, until 1924. The tax was evaluated by the tax collectors depending on the size of their breasts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
A man that went looking for the Titanic was only using that as a cover for a secret Cold War US Navy mission. The mission was competed 12 days earlier than expected, so with the time he had left he looked, and he found it! nationalgeographic.co.uk/…
Actor Dennis Hopper took the photograph of the cover of Ike & Tina Turner's album River Deep - Mountain High. A&R man Bob Krasnow said, "He was broke on his ass in Hollywood and trying photography." rollingstone.com/feature/…
Today I learned about Chuuk Lagoon and Operation Hailstone where, in 1944, the US Navy sank over 40 Japanese ships and destroyed more than 250 aircraft. It was described as "Japan's equivalent of Pearl Harbor". One submarine, Shinohara, which had taken part in Pearl Harbor, sank while trying to dive for cover. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
The first Soviet soldiers to raise the USSR flag over the Reichstag were a small team headed by Rakhimzhan Qoshqarbaev, who sneaked into the occupied building and raised it under cover of darkness. It was shot down by German snipers the next day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rak…
Today I learned about a 250 year old Banyan Tree that covers the surface area of two football fields. amusingplanet.com/2011/02…
Those who carry the coffin at a funeral are called β€œPallbearers” because the cloth that covers the coffin is called a β€œPall”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Ustad, or T-24, a wild tiger labelled a man-eater for supposedly killing four men in nine years. Due to his aggressive nature, attributed to multiple sedations for medical concerns, he was placed in captivity to the dismay of many. He is the only tiger ever featured on India Today's cover. ranthamborenationalpark.c…
The that the skull on the back of the moth that covers Clarice Starling's mouth in the Silence of the Lambs poster is made up of several tiny naked bodies moviemaker.com/11-silence…
Ted Koppel stopped reporting on the 1996 Republican Convention after stating there was no news left to cover and calling it "more of an infomercial than a news event". fair.org/home/koppel-copp…
The cover pattern on the Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures is the pulse profile of the first pulsar (rotating neutron star) ever discovered. Its unofficial name was LGM-1, LGM being an abbreviation of β€œLittle Green Men”. radiox.co.uk/artists/joy-…
The unit of measuring cloud cover is called an Okta, and goes from 0 (not a cloud in the sky) to 9 (sky obscured by fog or other meteorological phenomena) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okt…
Canada still has 91% of the forest cover that existed at the beginning of European settlement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bor…
Robert Maxwell, father of Ghislaine Maxwell, was the inspiration for the Bond Villain in Tomorrow Never Dies. At the end of the film M orders a cover-up story paralleling Maxwell's real death, β€œFalling overboard on his yacht." pastemagazine.com/movies/…
Natalie Imbruglia’s 1997 hit β€œTorn” is a cover of a 1993 Danish song called β€œBurned”. youtu.be/jyuGaU4rXjA
A 2 year old boy named James Bulger was taken away from his mother and murdered by two 10 year old boys. The boys threw paint in his face, threw bricks and dropped a 10kg rod on his head. In order to cover their tracks, they left James on rail tracks to make it look like a train accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
"I Will Survive" was the B-side to a cover of a Righteous Brothers song en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_W…
The University of Tennessee’s Anthropological Research Facility (β€œThe Body Farm”) covers 2.5 acres surrounded by a barbed-wire fence, and is used to study body decomposition as well as aid in criminal investigation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…

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