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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Babies cry with an accent from the second day of life. abcnews.go.com/Health/Min…
Studies have shown that babies begin to cry silently in the womb at as early as 28 weeks, the findings where stumbled upon while researching the effects of tobacco and cocaine on pregnancy for another purpose. webmd.com/baby/news/20050…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned of the Leuven Library. Founded in 1425. it has been destroyed and rebuilt twice. It's burning by the Germans in WWI and WWII became a rallying cry for the Belgian people. bib.kuleuven.be/english/a…
Steve McQueen was Steven Spielberg's first choice for the lead role in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. McQueen was impressed by the script, but turned it down because he couldn't cry on cue mentalfloss.com/article/6…
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…
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 baby's cries can be an accurate way to predict how their voice will sound in adulthood cbc.ca/radio/quirks/augus…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Nakizumo is a 400-year old Japanese contest where sumo wrestlers compete to make a baby cry first. youtube.com/watch?time_co…
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…
Ralph Fiennes full name is Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes. When developing the role of Lord Voldemort, Fiennes said in an interview that he was secretly pleased to have made a child cry, because then he knew he'd gotten the character right. i.stuff.co.nz/entertainme…
A 2017 survey of passengers commissioned by London’s Gatwick Airport found that 15% of men and 6% of women are more likely to cry while watching a film on a flight than if they were to watch that movie elsewhere. time.com/5274209/airplane…
Martin Isherwood was a composer who couldn't afford to get on in the music industry. He entered a raffle and by chance won 2 days in a recording studio. He used it to write something which led to him recording the Eurovision entry, Cry Baby. It is the only British entry ever to get nil points. bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b00…
Professional Mourners are paid to cry at funerals. The job dates back to Ancient Egypt and Professional Mourners appear in the Bible. It remains a popular practice in China today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned about the Battle of Patay, where English longbowmen unintentionally revealed their position by raising a hunting cry, causing the French men-at-arms to rout them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Astronauts can’t cry effectively in space. Rather than gravity pulling the tears down as it does on earth, the tears congeal in their eye and sting. tested.com/science/space/…
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…
The Aztec god Tlaloc was said to require the tears of the young. As a result, if children did not cry, the priests would sometimes tear off the children's nails before the ritual sacrifice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Jimi Hendrix was inspired to write "The Wind Cries Mary" as an apology after having a heated argument with his girlfriend, Kathy Mary Etchingham, over her lumpy mashed potatoes. bbc.co.uk/programmes/b039…
The war cry and move "Kamehameha" from Dragon Ball is the name of the royal family on Hawaii. The family reigned from 1795 to 1872, ending with the death of Kamehameha V and his failure to name a new heir. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
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…
Actor Bill SkarsgΓ₯rd (Pennywise in "It") stayed in character so authentically while on set that when a group of (kid) extras met him for the first time, some got terrified and started to cry in the midst of the take. When filming cut, SkarsgΓ₯rd apologized to them, "Hey, I'm sorry, it's pretend". interviewmagazine.com/fil…
One of the methods used for identifying witches in the Salem Witch Trials, was to bake affected girls urine in a cake, feed it to a dog, and the controlling witch would then supposedly cry out in pain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
When the French Navy officially ceased using Morse Code on January 31st, 1997, the final message they transmitted was "Calling all. This is our last cry before our eternal silence." highbeam.com/doc/1G1-5366…
Jimi Hendrix and girlfriend Kathy Etchingham called each other by their middle names, Marshall and Mary. After an argument where Jimi complained about her lumpy mashed potatoes Etchingham stormed out into the street and left. When she returned the next day he had written β€˜The Wind Cries Mary’ bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Astronauts are unable to cry in space, tears form but cannot flow downwards so the tear just builds up around the eye. cbsnews.com/news/astronau…
Colic does not mean the baby is fussy or just cries a lot. A baby with colic will cry for at least three hours straight, for more than three days a week, for three weeks in a row. No one is sure of the cause en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
In a playing of Cliffhangers on Price is Right, that day's guest host called the climber Fritz, unaware that a prize model's husband named Fritz had gone missing in a climbing accident. When the climber fell, he yelled "There goes Fritz!" The model fled backstage to cry for the rest of the show. bathroomreader.com/2016/0…
: A newborn baby doesn’t cry out tear like older babies practicalparenting.com.au…
Astronauts cannot cry in space, but they do produce 'space tears'. tested.com/science/space/…
In Japan, you can hire handsome men to show up at your office and watch sad videos with you until you cry, then wipe your tears for you qz.com/506708/in-japan-yo…
We cry when we are happy because hypothalamus in our brain can't tell the difference between being happy or sad psychologytoday.com/blog/…
The Finnish in WWII had a battle cry (Tulta Munille!) Which translates to 'Fire at their balls!' twcenter.net/forums/showt…
Lord Timothy Dexter, late 1700s American businessman, faked his own death, but after attending his own funeral and not seeing his wife cry, revealed himself and caned her for not grieving hard enough en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
In XVII century, German philosopher Athanasius Kircher invented an hypothetical cat piano. This instrument consists in a line of cats, arranged according to the tone of their voices, with their tails stretched out underneath a keyboard so that they cry out when a key is pressed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
'The Shining's' Sally Duvall experienced a 'living hell" due to Kubrick's direction, including making her to cry for 12 hours a day, forcing her to do the same emotional scene 127 times, and reaming her out for missing a cue. rollingstone.com/movies/f…
The sound most of us have associated with Bald Eagles our entire lives is actually a Red tailed Hawk, because the Eagles cry is much less impressive. Also, most of the Bald Eagle's we see pictured are females because they are much larger than the males of the species. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
An 18th century man faked his own death to see how people would react. When his wife didn't cry he caned her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Babies can cry in the womb. This has only been discovered recently with 3D scans. webmd.com/baby/news/20050…
Among the many animal cries used for the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, the velociraptors were recordings of mating tortoises vulture.com/2013/04/how-t…
Onions make us cry as a natural defense mechanism and release lachrymatory factor to sting our eyes acs.org/content/acs/en/pr…
The lyrics of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" are officially credited to his childhood friend Vincent "Tata" Ford, who ran a soup kitchen in the Jamaican ghetto where Marley grew up. Marley gave Ford credit for writing the song so that the royalty payments could keep the soup kitchen open. rollingstone.com/music/li…
In World War Two, Finnish soldiers were told to "fire low", as their rifles would often jerk upwards when fired. Accordingly, their battle cry was changed to "Tulta munille!" loosely translated as, "Fire at their balls!" naturalselection.org.nz/s…
Mr Rodgers, when receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 Daytime Emmys, asked his audience to take "ten seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are", causing many to cry. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/F…
The song β€œThe Wind Cries Mary” by Jimi Hendrix, was about his girlfriend at the time, Kathy Mary Etchingham. He'd gotten into an argument with her, because didn't like her lumpy mashed potatoes. She got very angry and stormed out to stay at a friend's home for a few days. bbc.co.uk/programmes/b039…
Maxamillian Kolbe was a Polish priest who volunteered to die in the place of a man in Auschwitz after he overheard him cry out for his wife and children. The man he saved, Mr. Gajowniczek, died in 1995 at the age of 93. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
In Japan, letting a sumo wrestler make your baby cry is considered good luck. thefactspeak.com/japan-su…
Devil May Cry started out as a Resident Evil game en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dev…
In the '30s the Smithsonian recorded Confederate Civil War veterans reenacting the the rebel yell battle cry. This is the only recording of actual veterans doing the yell. smithsonianmag.com/videos…
The line "Maybe the Dingo Ate Your Baby" from Seinfeld was referencing Meryl Streep's portrayal of Lindy Chamberlain in the biopic A Cry in the Dark. Chamberlain was convicted of killing her own child and was later found to be innocent. The coroner ruled that a dingo, did in fact eat her baby. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
Today I learned of "making the bus monitor cry", a viral video in which elementary school children insulted and berated their bus monitor. The video went viral and the monitor was the recipient of $700k in crowdsourced funding. Two of the boys later were involved in other violent bullying incidents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus…
The last known breeding pair of Great auk were strangled to death and their lone incubating egg smashed. One of the men was later quoted in an interview recounting the events "I took him by the neck and he flapped his wings. He made no cry. I strangled him." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The 2008 film 'Rambo' provided a huge morale boost to the Karen Freedom Fighters in Burma, who even adopted dialogue from the movie (most notably "Live for nothing, or die for something") as rallying points and battle cries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
Today I learned of Washoe (chimpanzee), the first non-human to use Amercian Sign Language. When Washoe's caretaker returned to work after a miscarriage, Washoe ignored her. The caretaker then signed "MY BABY DIED", to which Washoe replied "CRY", simulating a tear running down the caretaker's face. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
Since 1405 until the present day without interruption, the city of Lausanne (Switzerland) has maintained a lookout in the Cathedral bell tower. The lookout announces the time by yelling the hour from 10 pm to 2 am, 365 days a year. The lookout cries the hour to each cardinal direction patrimoine.vd.ch/traditio…
In Japan there's a communal event called 'rui-katsu' (tear-seeking). It's when people get together to watch sad clips and then cry to relieve stress. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
The lyrebird is the most talented voice imitater in the animal kingdom. It has been heared voicing a chainsaw, car alarm, phone ring, dog barking, human speech, various genres of music, even other birds and animals' songs and cries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyr…
Rocky Lockridge, the β€œbest cry ever” meme guy, was an accomplished boxer who first defeated Floyd Mayweather’s uncle, who was a boxer and Floyd’s former trainer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Students at MIT conducted a study in which they told children to hold a Barbie doll, a Furby and a real hamster upside down for as long as they were comfortable. Although they knew the Furby was just a toy, they still felt guilty because it was programmed to cry and act scared. radiolab.org/story/137469…
Babies may cry while still in the womb. Using ultrasound imaging researchers found that fetus’ in their third trimester of gestation can sometimes display the behaviours of a crying baby. youtu.be/kcfQTAQrZTE
A lot of old movie theaters had "cry rooms" you could take your children to if they were becoming disruptive. This way you could still enjoy the movie while not disturbing other movie goers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
Elephants cry out of emotion, and in 2013 a baby elephant cried for 5 hours after being rejected by his mother twice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Theaters used to have "cry rooms": soundproof rooms at the back of theaters so mothers wouldn't disturb others with their children mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Why cutting onions make you cry. Onions produce the chemical irritant known as syn-propanethial-S-oxide. It stimulates the eyes' lachrymal glands so they release tears. loc.gov/rr/scitech/myster…
Men cry less than women largely due to physiology, not emotional control; men have larger tear ducts and less prolactin, meaning they are less quick to produce tears and require more before they fall nymag.com/scienceofus/201…
The distress calls of baby mammals share elements across species: a study in the Canadian prairies showed that mother deers rushed towards recorded cries not only of infant deers, but also those of fur seals, dogs, cats and humans. newscientist.com/article/…
When Washoe, first chimp to use sign language, was told that her caretaker's baby had died, she signed "CRY", touching her cheek and drawing her finger down the path a tear would make on a human (Chimpanzees don't shed tears) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
Adam Sandler made child actors cry filming the dodgeball scene in Billy Madison, parents were not happy ew.com/tv/2017/03/16/adam…
When Sally Ride was preparing to launch as the first US woman in space in 1983, reporters asked questions like "Do you cry when things go wrong on the job?" and "Will the flight affect your reproductive organs?” people.com/people/archive…
There is a custom in Japan called "Namahage" in which men dressed up as demon-like monsters scare the living shit out of children who are "guilty of laziness or bad behavior" while parents smile and laugh while their children scream and cry in terror. (Video in comments) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
Today I learned of the Japanese "Konaki-jiji": A spirit taking the form of an elderly man that cries until it is picked up, then increases its weight and crushes its victim. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon…
That, when Washoe (the first chimpanzee to use sign language) was told that her caretaker's baby had died, she signed "CRY". en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…

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