When Germany invaded Belgium in World War I, King Albert I took personal command of the Belgian Army. He led his army for 4 years, fighting alongside his troops, while his wife, Queen Elisabeth, worked as a nurse at the front. His 12 year-old son, the Crown Prince, also fought in the ranks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The largest fossilised human faeces ever found is known as the Lloyds Bank coprolite. A paleoscatologist said: "This is the most exciting piece of excrement I've ever seen... In its own way, it's as irreplaceable as the Crown Jewels". In 2003, it was dropped and broke into 3 pieces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llo…
Due to the 1701 Act of Settlement, which sought to guarantee a Protestant succession to British throne, George I inherited the crown from Queen Anne, even though there were at least 50 Catholic relatives whose claims were stronger than George’s. royal.uk/george-i
Director/producer Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) worked at Burger King to collect funny stories during a writer's strike. He was given 1 of 12 known special Burger King Crown Cards that give people like Robert Downey Jr, Hugh Laurie, Jennifer Hudson. and Jay Leno unlimited free food for life. rd.com/article/burger-kin…
Today I learned that tree canopies avoid touching each other due to "crown shyness.” mcgill.ca/oss/article/did…
Today I learned of Graham Hill: the only race driver to win the "triple crown" of motorsports (Le Mans 24, Indeanapolis 500, Monaco Grand Prix) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Scientists in China have successfully grown tooth enamel which paves the way to replace fillings & crowns. A chemical mixture applied to whole human teeth created an enamel layer 2.7 micrometers thick within 48 hours. (Calcium & phosphate ions with triethylamine in alcohol). telegraph.co.uk/science/2…
The crown prince of Abu Dhabi heads the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, supporting species conservation across 150 countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moh…
At the start of his racing career, jockey Eddie Arcaro lost his first 250 races. He refused to give up, and over his career he won 4,779 out of his 24,092 races, including a record 554 stakes races, and is the only jockey to win the US Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby/Preakness/Belmont) twice rainbeforerainbows.com/ar…
In 1850 Michigan's Beaver Island was home to a Mormon Kingdom. After Joseph Smith's death, many Mormons considered James Strang to be the head of the church. He proclaimed himself King of the Mormons, had a crown and scepter, and afterward he was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
England’s Crown Jewels has 142 pieces including a spoon and walking stick. It is the only full set of regalia of its kind in the world and owned by Queen Elizabeth II. ancient.eu/British_Crown_…
In 2001, the Crown Prince of Nepal shot and killed his father the King, his mother the Queen, and 7 other members of the royal family, before shooting himself in the head. He was then declared King while in a coma, and died three days later without regaining conciousness en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nep…
When America fought for independence during the American Revolution, 40,000 British citizens fled to Canada to remain faithful to the crown. canada.ca/en/immigration-…
Scotland has an additional criminal verdict known as the 'barstard verdict' or 'not proven' as well as 'guilty' and 'not guilty'. The 'barstard verdict' can be used the jury when they feel the person is guilty, but not enough proofs have been shown by the crown. (It is treated as an aquittal). theconversation.com/scotl…
In 1671 Colonel Thomas Blood tried to steal the crown jewels. The audacious plot was foiled but the colorful personality of Blood so amused King Charles, he awarded Blood an estate in Ireland. This inspired the quip: "Since loyalty does not man good, Let's steal the King, and outdo Blood!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
The crown of the General Electric Building in New York features four 50-foot-tall sculptures of electric deities holding forked lightning. The "rays" of the deities have the ability to light up at night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
The Iron Crown of Lombardy that allegedly had a nail of the cross in it's composition is actually a band of silver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
Paintings & statues of ancient Egyptian pharaohs show them wearing a special crown which had tremendous political, religious & ceremonial significance, but none have ever been found in a pharaoh's tomb. This indicates that the crown belonged to the state, not the pharaoh personally en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pha…
Secretariat not only won the Triple Crown in 1973, he set the world record fastest time for EACH of the 3 races (Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes) that still stands today horseracingnation.com/new…
When Sassanid (Iranian) king Hormizd II died, his oldest son reigned for a few months, and was killed by the empire's nobles, who then blinded the second son, and imprisoned the third son. The crown was placed upon the pregnant queen's womb, crowning the unborn son, who later ruled for 70 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Babylonians believed that eclipses were the gods’ way of expressing anger, if the moon appeared in front of the sun, they would literally murder their king. In order to escape this, the king would crown a puppet king and queen days before the eclipse, and kill them instead. metmuseum.org/blogs/now-a…
Today I learned about William Franklin. Born the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin, William became an avid Loyalist during the American Revolution, spent two years in jail for supporting the British Crown, and when released spent the rest of his life in England. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
The Preakness, part of horse racing's Triple Crown, has a mascot named Kegasus, a "half-man, half-thoroughbred, party manimal." Kegasus starred in ads to promote the course's all-you-can-drink β€œMug Club," after attendance had fallen 25% when outside drinks were banned in 2009. vinepair.com/articles/keg…
The RMS in RMS Titanic stands for Royal mail steamer. Almost all civilian and military ships carried the distinction RMS, thus giving it protection of the British crown. titanicstory.com/interest…
β€œsea serpent” myths likely originated from Oarfish. This sometimes 50 foot long fish is known to surface with its head and β€œcrown” out of the water, seemingly searching for something. They usually die after surfacing, however. oceana.org/marine-life/oc…
Julius Caesar likely had epilepsy, with four documented seizures: 1) in the Senate while being offered the Emperor’s Crown, 2) while listening to an oration by Cicero, and in military campaigns in 3) North Africa and 4) Corduba, Spain. Caesar won both battles despite his seizures. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
When Pope John Paul II delivered a speech to the European Parliament, Ian Paisley shouted "I denounce you as the antichrist!" The former crown prince of Austria-Hungary, 77-year-old Otto von Habsburg, punched him in the face and pushed him out of the chamber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Pineapples are actually in a proto-carnivorous plant family called bromeliads. Water trapped in their crowns supports thriving mini-ecosystems, whose residents and their droppings are absorbed for nutrients (not energy) through their leaves, as most plants can actually do. youtu.be/ut3EviqJei8?t=25…
Romans first developed the slope or 'crown' and supporting sand layers of our modern roads have for water drainage. vaasphalt.org/pavement-gu…
Today I learned of Moctezuma's headdress, a featherwork crown which tradition holds belonged to Moctezuma II, the Aztec emperor at the time of the Spanish Conquest. It is now in the Museum of Ethnology, Vienna, and is a source of dispute between Austria and Mexico, as no similar pieces remain in Mexico. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The Declaration of Independence portrayed George III as an inflexible tyrant who had squandered his right to govern the colonies. In reality Parliamentary ministers, not the crown, were responsible for colonial policies, though George still had means of direct and indirect influence history.com/topics/britis…
15% (5.2 million acres) of land in England is unregistered. It has never been registered since the land hadn't been sold since before land registration became compulsory. Much of the land is owned by the Crown, the aristocracy, and the church. whoownsengland.org/2019/0…
Biting on the aluminum foil can be painful and is usually noticed if you have metal in your mouth from dental work (e.g. fillings, crowns). Basically, when you bite on foil, you set up a battery in your mouth and the electrical current stimulates nerve endings in your tooth. science.howstuffworks.com…
In order not to pay gas guzzler taxes for its US-made fleet, Ford made the Crown Victoria in Canada, so that it would count towards the imported fleet, where its low MPG rating was balanced out by the fuel-efficient Festiva. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The very first Miss Universe crown, used only in 1952, was actually from royalty. The Romanov Imperial nuptial crown, previously owned by the Russian Tsar, was used to crown Armi Kuusela of Finland. It is believed to be made with approximately 1,535 flawless diamonds rappler.com/entertainment…
Montezuma's Headdress/Crown still exists and is in Vienna. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is being eaten alive by millions of venomous sea stars known as crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS). Scientist have developed a new robot to hunt and kill these sea starsβ€”a murderous, autonomous underwater vehicle called RangerBot. It kills with a single shot of bile hakaimagazine.com/news/ra…
In 1795, the Spanish crown institutionalized the 'purchase of whiteness' through a decree called the 'gracias al sacar'. In the Spanish empire, wealthy mixed race people could now pay for a legal declaration that 'converted them' to white in order to conduct business freely and marry well. notevenpast.org/purchasin…
Over a century before independence was declared, on the 6th of June 1671 John Evelyn, councillor of the Foreign Plantations for Charles II, regarded New England "a people almost upon the very brink of renouncing any dependence on the Crown" gutenberg.org/files/42081…
The King James Version of the Bible is still under copyright in the United Kingdom and the right to publish it is restricted. The copyright is held by the crown. cambridge.org/about-us/wh…
The English Crown, fearing the potential devaluation of gold, should the philosopher's stone actually be discovered, made penalties for alchemy very severe. In some cases the punishment for unsanctioned alchemy would include the public hanging of an offender on a gilded scaffold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
In ancient China, a huge war was sparked because of a board game gone wrong. The crown prince was arguing with his cousin, the son of a regional king, during a match of a game called Liubo, and when his cousin offended him, he threw the board at him. He died from the blow. His father revolted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reb…
Rita Moreno is one of the few artists to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony. She is also one of 23 people who have achieved what is called the Triple Crown of Acting, with individual competitive Academy, Emmy and Tony awards for acting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rit…
In the movie "Dumb and Dumber", Jim Carrey's chipped tooth is genuine, resulting from a fight with a classmate in his childhood, but he had since had it capped. He simply had the crown temporarily removed from that tooth to portray Lloyd en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dum…
Sun Quan, Emperor of Wu in ancient China, ordered his son Sun Ba to kill himself and exiled Sun He as he was fed up with their rivalry over the throne. He then made his youngest crown prince. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
Korean-American Andrew Lee from California was inaugurated as Crown Prince in early 2018 by King Yi Seok, the nominal emperor of the Joseon Dynasty. He is the successor to the throne of his ancestor King Sejong, who created the Korean alphabet, Hangul. telegraph.co.uk/news/2018…
Post Malone once tried out for a metal core band called Crown The Empire in 2010 when he was just 15 years old. He was auditioning to be their guitar player but one of his strings broke and he did not make the band. He was in a high school band playing similar music. metalinsider.net/secret-m…
Liechtenstein's flag was once identical to Haiti's, but Liechtenstein did not realize this until delegations from the two countries met at the 1936 Summer Olympics. Liechtenstein added a crown to their flag in 1937 in response. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie…
Today I learned about Crown Prince Shah of Nepal who was named king, though he was in a coma after his suicide attempt, which took place after murdering his father King Birendra en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nep…
Benjamin Franklin's son Will was the Governor of New Jersey, when the Revolutionary War broke out Will sided with the crown and the two never spoke again for the rest of there lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…

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