Today I learned of an ape named Oliver who preferred walking upright. He was bald, freckled, showed sexual attraction towards humans and even liked to pour himself a cup of brandy every night while wearing a smoking jacket. Due to his human-like features and mannerisms he was once believed to be a "Humanzee". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
German hyperinflation after WWI was so bad by 1923 the US dollar was worth 4.2 trillion marks (before the war it was about four marks). Restaurants even stopped printing menus because by the time food arrived prices had gone up. One guy ordered coffee at 5000 marks, the second cup cost him 9000. amusingplanet.com/2017/12…
Today I learned that Colombian footballer Andres Escobar was shot dead by cartel after he accidentally scored an own goal against USA in the 1994 world cup that eventually lead to his country's elimination from the competition. sportscasting.com/the-chi…
Out of the 31 teams currently in the National Hockey League, over 1/3rd have never won the Stanley Cup (11/31 teams). Four have not even made it to the finals. thehockeywriters.com/nhl-…
Today I learned about Pickles the Dog who found the FIFA World Cup in a bush after it had been stolen prior to the 1966 tournament. Pickles became famous - he earned a medal, opened a zoo and even appeared in a film londonist.com/london/hist…
Today I learned about Kumbh Mela, the world's largest event that brings more than 50 million into one place for a religious festival, that is more than ten times those who attend The World Cup and Olympic Games. The Hindu festival happens after every 12 years and lasts for approx 55 days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kum…
In 2006 the Iranian Government sued an English art gallery seeking the return of 18 ancient jars, bowls and cups sherloc.unodc.org/cld/cas…
The coffee cup sleeve was invented by a dad who spilled hot coffee in his lap. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Miroslav Klose is the only men’s football player to have four or more consecutive World Cup Medals; the only men’s player to appear in four or more consecutive World Cup semi-finals; hold the record for most goals scored with a header in a World Cup en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
Today I learned about the ThermalTake Xray, a PC accessory that fit a 5.25” expansion bay and functioned as an cup holder and cigarette lighter. youtu.be/_ErL39wqO-c
West German footballer Paul Mebus played only one World Cup match, the 3-8 defeat to Hungary in 1954. After that match, the manager caught Mebus singing under the shower. In face of the harsh defeat, the manager saw this as unacceptable, and Mebus was never again selected for West Germany en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Coffee drinking is associated with a decreased risk of dementia. Drinking 3-5 cups of coffee per day in midlife is associated with a decreased risk of dementia by about 65%. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
In 1907 the small town of Kenora, Ontario beat Montreal in hockey for the Stanley Cup. Kenora's population at the time was just over 5000 sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/k…
Belgian football club Anderlecht bribed the referee ahead of their Uefa Cup semi-final victory over Nottingham Forest. Proof only came out after a criminal stole details of the deal and blackmailed the club. bbc.com/news/uk-england-n…
Bell Peppers contain more Vitamin C than oranges do, and contain higher amounts the riper the color becomes. A cup of chopped Red bell pepper "contains nearly three times more Vitamin C than an orangeβ€”190 mg." health.com/nutrition/12-f…
A border collie named β€œPickles” recovered the stolen FIFA World Cup in 1966. bbc.com/news/uk-england-s…
Gerard Pique first met his future partner Shakira right before the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the music video "Waka Waka." Pique told her that Spain (his team) would win the World Cup so that he could meet her again when she sang at the final. That year, Spain won their first-ever World Cup. en.as.com/en/2016/10/14/f…
Starbucks has a secret menu item called a Puppuccino, which is a free cup of whipped cream for dogs. cosmopolitan.com/food-coc…
The inventor of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups worked for Hershey before starting his own company. Some sources claim H.B. Reese was laid off, others claim he quit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._…
Beethoven loved his coffee so much that he had his own recipe. It consisted of 60 beans. Not 59, not 61, but precisely 60. He would drop them into a cup separately and sometimes do a second recount. He also had a special apparatus for preparing it. greenfarmcoffee.shop/blog…
Scene in Airplane! where the husband has a second cup of coffee was a takeoff of Yuban coffee commercials. The joke was that the same actress says "He never has a second cup at home". youtube.com/watch?v=MJ4kC…
Although a highly regarded rivalry for 40 yrs , the East and West German football teams only played against each other once, in the 1974 World Cup, where East Germany won 1-0 but West Germany won the tournament en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
The mostly glass Vdara hotel in Las Vegas was said to have it's own "death ray" due to the way the glass reflected the sun into the pool area and was hot enough to singe hair or melt plastic cups. nbcnews.com/id/wbna394033…
In the 1987 Canada Cup Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemiuex, the two best players in NHL history, played on the same team and often the same line. They combined for 39 points in just nine games, winning the gold medal. hhof.com/htmlTimeCapsule/…
Actor John Candy was a high school football player, and a knee injury kept him from playing professionally. He was also part owner of the Toronto Argonauts and they won the Grey Cup that year. grunge.com/288460/the-spo…
During the reign of Tsar Peter the Great, it was customary for foreign dignitaries to drink from the "Cup of the White Eagle", a chalice containing 1.5 litres of vodka - so many nations' ambassadors travelled in pairs, with one official drinking the vodka, and the other discussing state issues mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Argentinian soccer goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea would crouch down and covertly urinate on the field before every penalty shootout for good luck; he started the ritual during the 1990 World Cup quarter-finals and continued on for the rest of his career (he retired in 1998) bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/articl…
Today I learned about Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy that solved his own murder case. He was poisoned with a cup of tea in a London hotel. Working with Scotland Yard detectives, as he lay dying, he traced the lethal substance to a former comrade in the Russian secret service theguardian.com/world/201…
The St. Patrick's Day custom of "drowning the shamrock" or "wetting the shamrock". A shamrock is put into the bottom of a cup, which is then filled with booze. It is drunk as a toast to St. Patrick, Ireland, or those present. The shamrock would be swallowed or tossed over the shoulder for luck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Michael Jones, one of the all-time greatest rugby players, was a devout Christian, and didn't play on Sundays (which made him miss many World Cup matches). When asked how a religious person can be such a fierce tackler, he replied with a quote from the Bible: "It's better to give than receive" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
On October 25th, 1760, King George II arose at 6 A.M., drank a cup of hot chocolate, and then suddenly died on the toilet from a ruptured artery. hekint.org/2020/03/10/the…
In 2006, Nelson Dida became the first black goalkeeper to play for Brazil in FIFA world cup in 56 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Did…
Today I learned of the 1636-37 Tulip Mania speculative bubble, during which 1 Tulip bulb was exchanged for 2 lasts of wheat, 4 lasts of rye, 4 fat oxen, 8 swine, 12 sheep, 2 hogsheads of wine, 4 tuns of beer, 2 tuns of butter, 1000lbs. of cheese, a bed, a suit of clothes, and a silver cup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tul…
NFL players pee "all over the sideline in every game, into cups, on the ground, in towels, behind the bench, in their pants, everywhere" espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/1…
Early in his career, H.B. Reese, inventor of the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, created two nearly identical candy bars. The "Lizzie Bar" was named after his oldest daughter and the "Johnny Bar" was named after his son. The only difference between the two was that the Johnny Bar had nuts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._…
In 2003, Brazil passed a law outlawing alcohol sales in stadiums. FIFA asked Brazil to undo that law as Budweiser was a major sponsor of the 2014 World Cup. In 2012, Brazil passed "Budweiser Bill" to allow alcohol sales in the World Cup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anh…
Despite being blind in one eye, ice hockey player Frank McGee set the record for most goals in a Stanley Cup game when he scored 14 against the Dawson City Nuggets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
In Singapore it is common to get take away coffee (kopi) in a plastic bag (not dissimilar to a small shopping bag with handles), rather than a takeaway cup. expatliving.sg/local-coff…
A study was once done which found that people were more likely to spill a cup of coffee if they were walking backwards with it sciencedirect.com/science…
Colombian ex-footballer Juan Carlos Osorio, while studying for a degree in Sports Science in the UK, once rented a tiny room overlooking Liverpool FC's training ground to watch their training methods. Osorio later became coach of Mexico for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. espn.co.uk/soccer/club/me…
Today I learned about Geoff Huish who cut his testicles off when Wales won their match against England in the 2005 Six Nations' Cup scotsman.com/sport/rugby-…
Dr. Khurshid Guru, the Director of Robotic Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York, saved the life of a child having an asthma attack aboard his transatlantic flight, by making a makeshift inhaler with a water bottle, cup, some tape, and an oxygen tank. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p039…
Today I learned of Swansea Jack, a dog from Wales who saved 27 people from drowning in the river Tawe, he was awarded a silver cup by the Mayor of London and to this day is the only dog to have been awarded two bronze medals by the National Canine Defence League, he was named 'Dog of the Century after his death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
Today I learned about Viki, a Chimpanzee who was able to say the words: "mama", "papa", "cup" and "up" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vik…
Grant Wood was a sugar addict that put half a cup in his coffee and poured it on lettuce. With frequent dental visits he became enamored with his dentist's hand and grim face, once commenting "This is a marvelous hand". That dentist became the farmer in American Gothic and his hand a focal point mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Alcides Ghiggia, the soccer player from Uruguay who scored the victory goal against Brazil in the 1950 World Cup, died exactly on the 65th anniversary of that victory en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
In the 1938 World Cup, Brazil were so sure of winning the semi-final against Italy that they requisitioned the only plane to Paris on the day after the match. After losing to Italy, they refused to sell them the tickets, and the Italian team had to travel from Marseilles to Paris by train en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vit…
In 1973, the USSR missed out on the 1974World Cup for refusing to play in a Chilean stadium that had been used to detain, torture, and execute political dissidents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Today I learned about the discovery of the oldest known winery in the world. The Areni-1 cave complex in Armenia contains a 6,100-year-old winery complete with a wine press, fermentation vats, storage vessels, drinking cups, and withered grape vines, skins, and seeds. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
As well as being captain of Brazil's 1982 World Cup football team, Socrates was a practising medical doctor. He also founded a pro-democracy political movement opposing Brazil's dictatorship en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C…

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