When Primus played their song "My Name is Mud" at the rainy Woodstock 94, the crowd responded by pelting the band with mud. The band's singer, Les Claypool, stopped the song and said "when you throw things on stage, it's a sign of small and insignificant genitalia." The crowd ceased throwing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
, when Germany surrendered at the end of WWII, huge celebrations broke out on the streets of London. Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and her sister secretly left Buckingham Palace to join the crowds outside, with Elizabeth describing it as "one of the most memorable nights of my life" britishlegion.org.uk/stor…
The first non-Neapolitan to win the World Pizza Cup in Naples had to escorted off the stage by police for fear of being attacked by the crowd. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
There is a famous Australian pub rock song about grieving over the loss of a romantic partner. The chorus sings "Am I ever gonna see your face again?" It is Australian tradition for the crowd to shout "No way, get fucked, fuck off." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Am_…
The word Geek was originally an early 20th-century term for a carnival worker who was so unskilled that the only thing they could do at a carnival to attract a crowd was to bite off the heads of live animals such as chickens, snakes and rats and swallow them britannica.com/story/wher…
Today I learned about the final speech of Romanian dictator Nicolas CeauΘ™escu: Having forcefully assembled 100.000 workers under threat of being fired on one of Bucharests main squares in order to stage a supportive rally, the crowd soon turned against him, marking the beginning of the end of his dictatorship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
On a postflight tour in China in 1982, astronauts from STS-3 showed pictures of an emerald-colored lake taken over China to a crowd in Beijing and accidentally revealed a secret atomic test site. historycollection.jsc.nas…
Prior to the flu pandemic (1918) being reported in St. Louis, Dr. Max Starkloff had local physicians on high alert and wrote about the importance of avoiding crowds. As health commissioner he closed schools, theaters, and prohibited public gatherings. The city had the lowest U.S. mortality rate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
A few out of 35,000 stray dogs in Moscow learned how to navigate the Subway system. They travel to and from the city every day, navigate through large crowds, and may have learned to identify their stations by scent or by tracking the time taken to reach the station every day. abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
Mel Blanc, the voice of Barney Rubble, suffered a car crash during production of Season 1 and so the actors would crowd around his hospital bed to record lines while the producers used a built in speaker to direct. Around forty episodes were recorded in such a manner. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
The CCP used "Struggle sessions" whereby a victim was forced to endure public humiliation and forced to admit various crimes before a crowd of people who would verbally and physically abuse the victim until he or she confessed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
The large crowd that had gathered for the first execution by guillotine was greatly upset by the "clinical" nature of the device and its swiftness. They wanted a longer execution for more entertainment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Today I learned of the Jackson State Killings, where Mississippi state highway patrol shot into a crowd of Jackson State students, killing 2 and wounding 12, on May 11, 1970. This was one week after the Kent State Massacre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The US military has an Active Denial System aka Heat Ray used for crowd dispersal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
A 1989 Pink Floyd concert in Venice drew a crowd beyond what the city could handle. Fans relieved themselves on monuments and left behind 300 tons of garbage. Days later the mayor and council members stepped down as protesters shouted β€œresign, resign, you’ve turned Venice into a toilet." ultimateclassicrock.com/p…
In the opening scene of the Disney movie 'The Little Mermaid', when King Triton arrives at the arena, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and Kermit the Frog can be briefly seen in the crowd of sea-people. insider.com/the-little-me…
Today I learned of Tyra Winters, a Highschool cheerleader who saved the life of a choking toddler during a homecoming parade. She was on a float and jumped down from it when she spotted the suffering boy in the crowd. She’d gotten CPR training in the 8th grade and used it to save his life. edition.cnn.com/2019/10/0…
Ulysses S. Grant went on a post-presidency world tour from 1877-79. He was received quite well, often greeting cheering crowds, being offered gifts, and meeting various heads-of-state. He even acted as an unofficial diplomat in some cases, such as a land dispute between China and Japan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
In Starship Troopers movie, one of the specimen in the crowd of bugs gets claustrophobic and freaks out flailing back and forth like he’s having a little seizure. The rendering system put it in the prominent position of the screen, Verhoeven saw an early version of the shot and loved it beforesandafters.com/2020…
In August 1966, a few months after John Lennon claimed that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus," a radio station in Texas, USA had a "Beatles bonfire" and burned thousands of Beatles records in front of a crowd. The next day, the station's transmitter tower was struck by lightning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KAR…
In 1815 London a carnival of debauchery and drunkenness arose, complete with dog fighting and acrobats, to service the crowds that had gathered to witness the most Pedestrian of events. atlasobscura.com/articles…
From 1956 to 2008, the world record for the most-attended baseball game was held by Australia's Melbourne Cricket Ground, which hosted a crowd of 114000 for a game between the Australian National Team and a US Armed Services Team en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel…
An American called Gilbert Bates marched across England after the civil war carrying an American flag on a bet of 1000 dollars that he wouldnt be insulted along the way. He couldnt get to London because of the crowds who supported him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
In 1918 at a Boy Scout medal ceremony, Teddy Roosevelt attempted to make a joke at Theodor Geisel’s expense by exclaiming β€œWhat’s this boy doing here?” but it backfired, causing the future Doctor Seuss to develop a lifelong fear of crowds. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Parisians used to "hang out" in the morgue situated near the Notre Dame de Paris. The macabre attraction used to lure as many as 40.000 visitors per day. There were even street vendors catering to the crowds waiting outside to take a peek at the corpses. messynessychic.com/2014/0…
After Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, his coffin was taken by train from New York to Washington DC and thousands gathered along the route to see it pass by. Paul Fusco photographed the crowds from the train. theatlantic.com/photo/201…
The crowd during the Super Bowl halftime show do not have tickets to the game and the performers are paid nothing. The NFL justifies the lack of earnings by saying the performers will make it back in download revenue. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
In 2016, Shabani, a male Gorilla at a Japanese zoo received worldwide attention when women started flocking to see him as they thought him to be extremely handsome and manly. The crowds of women yelling his name made him so uncomfortable, zoo staff had to put up signs telling them to stop en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
When the Six Flags Over Texas theme park opened in 1961, it had a section dedicated to the Confederacy where actors would hunt through the crowd for Union "spies" and "execute" them by firing squad, and where boys and girls could sign up to defend the South as soldiers and nurses. dallasnews.com/news/news/…
The Toyi-toyi was a dance used in protests in South Africa, especially against apartheid, where crowds would jump from one foot to the other youtube.com/watch?v=XPuQB…
That the majority of bees dance to communicate with each other the location of sweet nectar. Yet there is a significant minority of bees that ignore the dance instructions and choose to explore their own paths. These contrarian bees are better at finding food than those that follow the crowd! inverse.com/article/53604…
St. John of Egypt, whose feast day is today, spent most of his life in just three rooms in a cave. He would preach to crowds from a little window. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 1905 the Welsh rugby team responded to the traditional New Zealand pre-match haka by singing. Within seconds the 40,000 capacity crowd joined the players in song. The tradition of singing anthems before international fixtures had been invented. sportinglandmarks.co.uk/s…
During WW2, twenty five soldiers were killed and another seventy one injured when an RAF pilot mistakenly strafed a crowd observing a military demonstration. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imb…
When the painting 'The Chelsea Pensioners reading the Waterloo Dispatch' was first exhibited at the Royal Academy summer exhibition in 1822 it was so popular that a rail was installed to protect it from the crowds. This was the first time that a rail was needed at the Royal Academy exhibition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Today I learned of the infamous "Chicken Incident", when a chicken made its way on the stage of an Alice Cooper gig. Cooper, thinking a chicken would fly, picked it up and proceeded to throw it onto the crowd. It landed on the first few rows occupied by wheelchair users, who then teared the chicken to pieces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
Today I learned of Jallianwala Bagh massacre. On 13 April 1919, British Indian army opened fire on a crowd of unarmed Indian civilians killing at least 400 and injuring over 1000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jal…
The Moscow plague riot of 1771 was caused by an outbreak of bubonic plague. The city's economy was mostly paralysed because industries had been closed down. All of this was followed by acute food shortages, leading to huge crowds rioting, and demands for the elimination of quarantines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
In 1989 96 people were killed at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England after they were crushed due to overcrowding. Although match attendees and hooliganism were first cited as the cause, a 2016 inquiry found the police to be at fault due to their mismanagement of the crowd. theguardian.com/uk-news/v…
Today I learned about the theory of "the wisdom of crowds", where the median will be close, but the mean answer of a crowd of people will be closer to the correct answer. all-about-psychology.com/…
One night at a hockey game in Canada, everyone was given a jar of peanut butter. After the home team blew an early lead and lost, the crowd started throwing the jars on the ice in frustration. One person didn’t throw far enough and hit someone else, and was charged with assault with a weapon. canlii.org/en/mb/mbca/doc…
Billy Crystal was punched in the stomach by Joe DiMaggio, who was angry at Crystal for not having introduced him to a crowd as the "Greatest living player". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
In 1774 English criminal John Rann arrived at his execution in a specially made pea-green suit adorned by a large bouquet of flowers. He cheerfully bantered with the crowd and hangman and danced a jig, before being hanged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of Huberta, a South-African hippopotamus who set off in 1928 on 1600km journey over three years where she attracted crowds, became revered and was eventually declared royal game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
When the Beatles were performing 'Twist and Shout' live, John Lennon would change the lyrics to 'I'm pissed with gout', and due to the screaming crowds, no one ever noticed. getintothis.co.uk/2017/06…
Beeldenstorm is a term used for outbreaks of destruction of religious images that occurred in Europe in the 16th century. During these spates of iconoclasm, Catholic art and many forms of church fittings and decoration were destroyed in unofficial or mob actions by Calvinist Protestant crowds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
A group of 30 Suffragettes taught themselves jiu-jitsu to defend against assaults from crowds and police. bbc.com/news/magazine-344…
That, upon being appointed King of Holland by Napoleon, Louis Bonaparte arrived in Holland and exclaimed to a crowd, β€œI am the Rabbit of Holland” (Iek ben Konijn van Olland). He meant to say β€˜lek ben Koning’ (I am the King). But the Dutch loved him anyways, and remember him as β€œLouis the Good.” rijksmuseum.nl/en/rijksst…
In 2014, in front of a large crowd, the Pope released 2 peace-symbolizing doves in St. Peter's Square... where they were almost immediately attacked by other birds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rel…
A rumor spread at a banquet for Czar Nicholas II's coronation that there would not be enough beer and pretzels for everyone in attendance. The resulting crowd crush killed almost 1400 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kho…
A crowd of 500 Northern civilians tried to watch the First Battle of Bull Run. Among them was a US congressman. He was close enough to the battle that, during the Union retreat, he was captured by Confederate infantry. Upon his release, he wrote a best-selling book about his imprisonment. historynet.com/war-watche…
Today I learned about the 10 Cent Beer Night held by the Cleveland Indians in 1974 and the ensuing riot it caused. To attract more patrons for the game against the Rangers, 12oz *(355ml) light beers (3.2%) was sold at a cheap rate, which led an intoxicated crowd to riot in the 9th inning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Nikolae Ceausesku, President and the last Communist leader of Romania, saw the Romanian Revolution of '89 begin right in front of his eyes as he addressed a crowd of over 80K in the city of TimiΘ™oara. His live reactions were broadcast on State TV by the defiant media. He was shot four days later youtu.be/wWIbCtz_Xwk
The podracing crowd in 'Star Wars The Phantom Menace’ was really 450,000 Q-Tips being blown about. goliath.com/movies/10-mov…
One of W.C. Fields' first acting jobs was as a professional drownee, who faked being saved and resuscitated to draw crowds to an Atlantic City boardwalk. historydaily.org/w.c.-fie…
Today I learned about Radithor (ca. 1925-1928), a radioactive, radium laced drink that was sold to the posh crowd of the 1920's. It claimed to cure arthritis and other ailments, but ended up poisoning and killing many. theconversation.com/when-…
Some airports have private terminals that can be used to avoid lines and crowds theprivatesuite.com/the-e…
Pornhub once led a crowd funding campaign to raise money to be the first to film a pornographic film in space. The film was to be slated for 2016, to include 6 months of training for 2 performers and a 6 person crew. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
The Beatles played their first and only show in Florida on this date in 1964 at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. The audience was supposed to have been segregated so The Beatles refused to play until they were assured the crowd would be mixed beatlesbible.com/1964/09/…
Iggy Pop's last stage dive was at Carnegie Hall - the crowd egged him on and then parted when he dove off the stage, allowing him to hit the ground. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Frank Sinatra’s publicist auditioned and paid girls $5 to scream at his early performances to get the crowd excited. pbs.org/newshour/nation/8…
When Diogenes, the ancient Greek philosopher, noticed a prostitute's son throwing rocks at a crowd, he said, "Careful, son. Don't hit your father." philosimply.com/philosoph…
Nirvana played a concert in Beunos Aires where the crowd threw mud and trash at the all-girl opening act. Kurt Cobain was so upset that he sabotaged the show by playing mostly lesser known songs and teasing 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' without ever playing it. dangerousminds.net/commen…
Mythbusters hosts Adam and Jamie built a combat robot for the show Robot Wars. It was so effective that it often sent pieces of its opponent's bodywork over the shield walls of the arena into the crowd, and after two fights the show's insurance company deemed the bot "too hazardous" to compete. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ble…
Western Australia crowd sources emergency medical assistance through an app that alerts all qualified users within 500m of an emergency and provides a map with the location of every registered defibrillator in the state. stjohnwa.com.au/online-re…
Japanese police wear white gloves since the Beatles’ visit in 1966 when the responsible police chief decided to add a layer of propriety between police officers' hands and crowds of mostly young women japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
In a soccer match between Iran and Denmark, an Iranian player mistook a whistle from the crowd as being the referee's half-time signal, and picked the ball up with his hands in the penalty area. Danish player Morten Wieghorst missed the resultant penalty on purpose, and Denmark lost 1–0. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Today I learned about Charles Nalle - A runaway slave that Harriet Tubman helped escape slavery...A story spanning two cities (Troy, NY and Watervliet, NY); involved an attempted escape from a 2nd floor window, a rushed river crossing, and a crowd storming a police station before Charles was freed. brownstoner.com/history/w…
Frank Goldsmith, Jr., a Titanic survivor who later lived near Navin Field (Tiger Stadium) in Detroit, never took his children to baseball games because the roar of the crowd reminded him of the screams of people dying in the freezing water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
During a speech, the elderly former slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth was accused by a man in the crowd of not being a female, to which she responded by exposing and shaking a withered breast at him and asked: "Want a suck?" muse.jhu.edu/article/4073…
During the shooting of 'Groundhog Day', a crowd of 500 had gathered to watch. Bill Murray said "You know what these people need? Danishes!", went in to the bakery, bought all the cakes he could find and gave them to the crowd. whatculture.com/film/20-m…
In 1919 a British Bregadier General Reginald Dyer ordered his troops to fire on a crowd of unarmed indian protestors including women and children killing atleast 400 people. Rudyard Kipling the Author of Jungle Book and Kim defended Dyer's actions stating "he did his duty as he saw it" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jal…
, there was a 17th century Pope that kept his coffin in his bedroom, and a stone skull on his desk. He was so aware of his own mortality, that as he lay bedridden in his final days, he decided to bless the crowds of Rome one last time during Easter, going against medical advice. He died in May. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Today I learned of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who signed transit visas in Lithuania for more than 6,000 Jews in 1940. He wrote visas for 18-20 hours every day, continuing to sign them through the window of a train and throw them into the crowd as he fled Lithuania. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Hours before Lincoln’s assassination, he dreamt that he walked into the East Room of the WH to find a covered corpse guarded by soldiers and surrounded by a crowd of mourners. Lincoln asked one of the soldiers who had died, the soldier replied, β€œThe president. He was killed by an assassin. history.com/news/did-abra…
The UK invaded Iceland in 1940. Locals amassed at the harbour after sighting British ships. Uncomfortable, the British consul in Iceland asked the nearby policeman "Would you mind getting the crowd to stand back a bit, so that the soldiers can get off the destroyer?". "Certainly," came the reply audlem.org/newsroom/headl…
In 1987 when David Bowie performed β€œHeroes” near the Reichstag in West Berlin, a massive crowd gathered on the eastern side to hear him perform from over the wall. The performance is considered to be a catalyst to the fall of the Berlin Wall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22…
In Boston, 1777, during a shortage of coffee and sugar, a crowd of over 100 angry women marched to a wealthy merchant's warehouse, demanded the keys, and grabbed him by the neck when he refused. They opened the doors, loaded up carts with coffee, and left. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
After the 1st take of the scene where a nude Brian (Graham Chapman) addresses the crowd from his window, Terry Jones pulled Chapman aside and said "We can see that you're not Jewish", referring to Chapman being uncircumcised. This was fixed in subsequent takes with the use of a rubber band. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Hank Williams was late on his way to a show when he died in the car with a friend. When Williams' death was announced, the crowd started laughing, thinking it was excuse. After Hawkshaw Hawkins started singing "I Saw The Light" as a tribute, the crowd realized Williams was dead, and sang along. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
During the 1900 Olympics, the Dutch Mens Double Rowing team felt their cox was too heavy. For the finals, they decided to use a boy from the Parisian crowd. Besides a quick photo, there's no record of the boy and to this day he remains the only Anonymous Olympic Gold Medal Winner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Row…
Abraham Lincoln was an elite wrestler in his days before politics. He once challenged a crowd, saying, "I’m the big buck of this lick. If any of you want to try it, come on and whet your horns.” The challenge went unanswered. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Dr. Seuss was humiliated by Theodore Roosevelt when he was a kid during an award ceremony, resulting in Dr. Seuss fearing large crowds for the rest of his life. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
The band Kansas got their record deal by posting signs that said free beer when they knew a producer was coming to their show. They had a huge crowd and the producer thought that if they could draw a crowd like that he should sign them. youtu.be/bEGPf1AiH4I
Buddy Holly & The Crickets were the first white band to play at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, being mistaken for the R&B group The Crickets. Booked for six nights, the crowd began at first to boo, but by the third night the band had won the them over. backstage360.com/1957-bud…
When Tom Green won a Golden Rasberry Award for "Freddy Got Fingered", he showed up in a white cadillac, rolled out his own red carpet, told the crowd he wanted to win the award, then pulled out and played a harmonica until security dragged him offstage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Using horizontal push bars instead of regular door knobs/handles is too prevent a crowd from smashing into a door and preventing its ability to open. Apparently it's called panic hardware us.allegion.com/content/d…
In 1895 a white man in Louisiana was lynched by a white crowd for an attempt to lynch a black woman timesmachine.nytimes.com/…
Performers at Woodstock warned the crowd that someone was giving out bad "flat blue acid" (LSD). youtube.com/watch?v=Ro76_…
Today I learned about Francis E. Dec, a sufferer of schizophrenia, who mass-mailed hundred of stories about the Worldwide Mad Deadly Communist Gangster Computer God, and the fan crowd who collected his rants bentoandstarchky.com/dec/…
If you don't identify as an "extrovert" or "introvert," you might be an "ambivert." An ambivert is moderately comfortable with groups and social interaction, but also relishes time alone, away from a crowd. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
While competing at the 2002 World Junior Championships at the age of 15, Bolt became so nervous from the crowd's expectations that he put his shoes on the wrong feet. Nevertheless, he won the race, becoming the world's youngest junior gold medallist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usa…
After a wave of Vietnamese immigrants moved into Houston, TX they developed a fusion of local and Vietnamese cuisines called Viet-Cajun. It blends bits of both cuisines the signature dish being Viet-Cajun crawfish which draws crowds and sees long lines at the restaurants that serve it. houston.eater.com/2017/2/…
, German Uboats during WWII were so daring that they incredibly close to the Florida shoreline causing throngs of Floridians to crowd beach-bound highways hoping to watch the spectacle of a uboat trying to down an American oil tanker wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinha…
At the coronation of William the Conqueror the crowds cheered so loudly the guards thought it was an assassination on the new king and started killing and burning homes around Westminister Abbey. The clergy finished the coronation despite the fighting. westminster-abbey.org/abb…
Dr Dre has beaten a couple women. Years ago he publicly beat a female reporter at a party while his bodyguard held the crowd back. He also beat his ex girlfriend while they were together. digitalmusicnews.com/perm…
Tomatoes were put "on trial" on June 28, 1820 in Salem, New Jersey. In front of a courthouse, Robert Johnson ate a horde of tomatoes in order to prove they weren't poisonous. The crowd waited for him to die. He didn't. historychannel.com.au/art…
One of the main reasons why police use horses is for the added height to increase visibility over large crowds/areas. scienceabc.com/social-sci…
Theodore Roosevelt was shot before a speech in Milwaukee and refused to have medical treatment until he delivered his 90 minute speech, in which he showed off the bullet wound to the crowd amp.history.com/news/shot…
Women's soccer in the UK had 150 teams and drew crowds of up to 50,000 in 1920, but was banned from pro fields because officials ruled the game "unsuitable for females." bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…

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