Scrooge's famous cry for the poor to die and thereby 'decrease the surplus population' was most likely a reference to Thomas Malthus who had written a generation before about the economic dangers of a lack of war, plague and famine. time.com/4597964/history-…
Harry Houdini in disguise would attend magic shows by people who claimed to be "spiritual mediums", knowing their trick, he would finally light a flashlight that left the deception in the open and stand up and cry β€œI am Houdini! And you are a fraud!" bbvaopenmind.com/en/scien…
Bob Marley gave a credit on "No Woman, No Cry" to one of his friends who ran a soup kitchen, to ensure the royalty checks would keep it open. ledgernote.com/blog/inter…
The Aztec god Tlaloc required the tears of the young as part of their human sacrifice. The priests made the children cry during their way to immolation, which was taken as a good omen that Tlaloc would wet the earth in the raining season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
The CIA found games such as Final Fantasy, Devil May Cry and even Animal Crossing on Osama Bin Laden's hard drive. They also found anime like Naruto, Bleach and Dragon Ball. comicbook.com/gaming/news…
Today I learned of Charles Ramsey, a Cleveland man who was key in the rescue of 3 women & a child from over a decade of captivity in a neighbor's home. When word got out he was eating a Big Mac when he heard a woman's cries for help, over a dozen Ohio restaurants pledged to offer him a free burger anytime. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Today I learned that the visual of Dante, from Devil may Cry, was inspired in Duran Duran's bassist John Taylor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dur…
The average American utters their first curse word of the day at 10:54 a.m., and one in four Americans who can’t get past 9 a.m. without cursing most days. Overall, when frustrated, 63% of Americans will frequently curse, 49% will frequently yell, and 39% will frequently cry foxnews.com/lifestyle/maj…
For Far Cry 4, Ubisoft Montreal knew it wanted to place the game inside the dangerous but exotic country of Nepal, but it didn't want to recreate a carbon copy of that South Asian state, so the team traveled to Nepal on a research trip that helped them craft the fictional world of Kyrat. gameinformer.com/games/fa…
In 1863, an escaped slave named Gordon stumbled into Union Army territory in Louisiana. He had trekked 80 miles after escaping a Mississippi plantation, where he had been whipped so badly that he almost died. His haunting image of gruesome injuries became a rallying cry across the North. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor…
In 1997 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a pot-bellied pig named Lulu saved her owner, having a heart attack. Lulu heard the owner's cries of pain then forced her way out of the yard and played dead on the road. Lulu successfully stopped a car and guided help to the owner, she survived. vault50.com/lulu-pig-play…
The song β€œIt’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To” by Lesley Gore has a sequel called β€œJudy’s Turn to Cry” where the girl’s boyfriend dumps the girl from the party (Judy) and comes back to her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Because mountain lions usually wander the wilderness alone, scent scraping sometimes isn’t enough to locate each other for mating. A female mountain lion will ascend to a high elevation and call to a male by caterwauling, a loud blood-curdling screeching cry that can be heard up to 5 miles away. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
What causes the β€œlump” in your throat when you cry. The autonomic nervous system responds to all types of crying as stress. In turn, this opens the glottis to allow more oxygen into the lungs. When we swallow, the glottis must close, creating the β€œlump”. indianapublicmedia.org/am…
Today I learned about the Great Butter Rebellion of 1766, America's first college protest. Harvard students rallied against bad food, led by the cry of Henry David Thoreau's grandfather: "Behold, our butter stinketh! β€” Give us, therefore, butter that stinketh not.” thecrimson.com/article/20…
Today I learned that Robert Tod Lincoln's only time he saw his father cry was when president lincoln found out Robert E. Lee escape across the potomac river and the evidence of the story became Robert Tod Lincoln's Gettysburg story. quod.lib.umich.edu/j/jala…
In 1906, a Moroccan serial killer was sentenced to be walled up alive after he was found guilty of murdering 36 women (the bodies were found buried beneath his shop and garden). His cries for help were heard for two days before he went silent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imm…
Elephants are so complex they are able to mourn, cry, have mental breakdowns, play the drums, paint, mimic humans’ speech and show basic arithmetic skills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Sea turtles basically cry salt (without the emotion). The sea turtles' tear gland evolved into a "salt gland" so that it could expel salt from its body, which is very important for reptilian sea creatures. The substance released is salty brine. cancunturtles.com/info/be…
Former NBA player Steve Nash was an accomplished chess player at a young age but quit in the fourth grade after making an opponent cry basketballnetwork.net/ste…
The word slogan derives from the Irish words sluagh "army" + gairm "cry". Its what the clan or army would chant going into battle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
Babies cry with an accent from the second day of life. abcnews.go.com/Health/Min…
Today I learned about the Squonk, a mythological creature from Pennsylvania that is so ugly that it cries constantly from loneliness and shame, dissolving in a puddle of its own tears when cornered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
No authentic writings of Pythagoras have survived. Almost nothing is known for certain about his life. The earliest source describes Pythagoras helping a dog that had been beaten. Pythagoras thought he could recognise his friend's voice in the dog's cries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyt…
In Japan, you can hire a handsome man to show up at your place, watch a sad video with you until you cry, then wipe your tears for you. bbc.com/news/magazine-371…
Mongolian custom called Β΄coaxing ritual for camelsΒ΄, when a female camel is rejecting her new-born calf, or to adopt an orphaned calf. The rite consists of playing music, the melody gradually induce deep feelings and so touches the female camel making her less aggressive and even cry. ich.unesco.org/en/USL/coa…
The reason your nose gets stuffy when you cry is because your Lacrimal gland drains your tears out to your nose imaios.com/en/e-Anatomy/A…
Adam Sandler actually pelted those children with dodgeballs in Billy Madison. He ended up making one of the kids cry. The parents were not happy and approached Sandler. He responded and said, β€œDidn’t they read the script?” and the parent said β€œThey’re six, they don’t read yet.” ew.com/tv/2017/03/16/adam…
Mister Rogers was bullied as a child. "I used to cry to myself when I was alone," he said. "And I would cry through my fingers and make up songs on the piano." As he grew up, he decided to always look past the surface of people to the "essential invisible" within them. mentalfloss.com/article/4…
When Natalie Wood was 7 years old, her mother would tear up butterflies in front of her to get her to cry for a scene in a World War 2 movie where she played an orphan. Her mother also moved the entire family to LA when Natalie’s child acting career gained traction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
For millennia Autism and other sudden disabilities was explained by the Changeling folklore. A fairy or demon would steal a normal baby and replace them with their own child in disguise. The Changeling would cry, scream, not display social behavior, or just become completely unresponsive. pitt.edu/~dash/changeling…
Today I learned about a "Cat Organ", a hypothetical musical instrument which consists of a line of cats fixed in place with their tails stretched out underneath a keyboard so that they cry out when a key is pressed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
When you cry your nose runs because the tears drain into your eyes and out your nose. self.com/story/the-real-r…
Women cry at work more than men do: 41 percent of women admit to crying at work, but only 9 percent of men do the same youtube.com/watch?v=1LHxi…
Today I learned of Marcus Crassus the creator of the first Roman fire brigade, employing 500 slaves. At the first cry of help, they would stand while Crassus offered to buy the building for cheap. If refused, he let it burn and simply rebuilt it with slave labour. He is often called "The richest man in Rome". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Humans are the only animals on the planet that cry due to emotional stress. time.com/4254089/science-…
Even babies display empathy. They cry more at other babies' cries than at theirs or loud noises. developmentalscience.com/…
Steve McQueen was originally offered the title role in 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', but turned it down as he was not able to cry on cue. When Spielberg offered to take the scene out of the movie, McQueen refused, saying it was the best scene in the script. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
A "heteronym" is when 2 words have the same spelling, but their meanings differ based on pronunciation (e.g. "tear out my heart" vs. "cry a tear" or "desert the army as it crossed the desert"). lexico.com/en/definition/…
We have three types of tears - basal, reflex and psychic. Psychic tears, the ones we produce when we are sad, have a different chemical make up than the other two and contain a natural painkiller, leucine enkephalin, which is perhaps why we feel better after we cry. independent.co.uk/life-st…
A pig named Lulu saved her owner’s life while the woman was having a heart attack. The pig heard the cries of pain, forced her way out of the yard, ran into the road and β€˜played dead’ to stop the traffic. A driver stopped, the pig led him to the trailer, he heard the woman and called 911. vault50.com/lulu-pig-play…
Babies have accents. example, a French babies cry will end with a rising note, while German babies have a dropping note at the end of theirs. they pick up on this in the womb. scientificamerican.com/po…
In 1935, Bette Davis failed to receive an Oscar nod for "Of Human Bondage", causing media uproar and cries of fraud. The Academy hired the accounting firm, Price Waterhouse to count votes, ensure the secrecy of results, and "stem the tide of unfavorable industry sentiment", even to this day. investopedia.com/what-doe…
In 2015 Sobe beverages in the US apologised for a joke that backfired. Some customers started voicing their concern after finding "Help me, Trapped in SoBe factory" under the lids of some of their bottles. Turns out the cry for help was intentionally put there by the company as a marketing ploy. businessinsider.com.au/so…
People who cry more are seen as warmer individuals who are more approachable. At the same time though, these individuals are seen as being less competent or "stupid." ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Three years after signing with Don King, Mike Tyson didn't even know that he had a fan club. When he finally went there, he found a letter from a woman wondering if Tyson could call her dying child. Tyson called, "hung up, cursed King and started to cry. The call was a year too late." cigaraficionado.com/webfe…
Newborn babies pick up their parent's accent while still in the womb. A French baby's cry tends to have a rising tone, while a German baby's cry tends to have a falling tone. pursuitofresearch.org/201…
Martin Luther King's iconic sentence "I have a dream" was improvised. Toward the end of the speech, King departed from his prepared text for a partly improvised peroration on the theme "I have a dream", prompted by Mahalia Jackson's cry: "Tell them about the dream, Martin!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_H…
You have holes in your bottom eyelids. The punctum drains excess tears into your nose, which is why your nose runs when you cry. youtube.com/watch?v=YZ-zN…
In parts of Britain if someone is wronging you, you can get on your knees and cry "Hear me! Hear me! Come to my aid, my Prince, for someone does me wrong" and then recite the Lord's Prayer in French, and the other person is legally required to stop what he's doing or pay a penalty en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…

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