Francis Clifford Smith, of Connecticut, is the world's longest-serving current prisoner, having been imprisoned for more than 70 years since June 7, 1950. In three months he will become the longest-serving prisoner in world history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
When Winston Churchill Sold Chartwell, the family home, to the National Trust, he required that there always be a marmalade cat named Jock in "comfortable residence." The Trust honored that request. The current occupant is Jock VII, a six month old rescue kitten. nationaltrust.org.uk/char…
When McDonald's closed all its restaurants in Iceland in 2009, a man decided to buy his last hamburger and fries to see how long it would take to decompose. 10 yrs later, curious observers can watch a livestream of the burger & fries from its current location in a glass cabinet in Snotra House. bbc.com/news/blogs-trendi…
Adjusted for inflation the time when the president was paid the most was in 1909 earning $2,135,000 compared to the current salary of $400,000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
We have only ever measured the "round-trip" speed of light and it is impossible (based on our current understanding of relativity) to measure the speed of light in one direction. It is possible that light travels faster in one direction than another. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Out of all the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan is the deadliest because of it's unpredictable weather and abnormally high number of rip currents mlive.com/news/grand-rapi…
Horses identify photographs of their current keepers, and even of former keepers whom they had not seen in six months, at a rate much better than chance. Horses correctly identified their current keeper and ignored the stranger’s face about 75 percent of the time. scientificamerican.com/po…
Today I learned of Prince Charles Edward, a grandson of Queen Victoria and grandfather of the current King of Sweeden. Although was born and educated in England, he fought for Germany in WWI and lost his British royal titles. He later became an active member of the Nazi party and joined the SS during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 2017, it was revealed that the current King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, had been serving as First officer on Dutch airline KLM flights twice a month for 21 years, even after his ascension to the nation's throne in 2013. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
There was briefly a 49-starred US flag with a 7x7 design after Alaska was admitted as a state in 1959, but before Hawaii was admitted in 1960. The previous 48-star variant lasted for 47 years and the current 50-star variant has lasted for 60 years. chamberofcommerce.org/usf…
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt started a production company while they were married, and Pitt is the current owner and CEO. The company has produced over 30 movies, including The Departed, 12 Years a Slave, Moonlight, The Big Short, MoneyBall, Vice, Selma, Okja, Eat Pray Love, Troy, and The King en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
The current holder of the record for farthest archery target hit achieved this feat without arms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
From 1513 to 1972, the Danish Kings were named Christian, Frederick, Christian, Frederick, Christian, Frederick, Christian, Frederick, Christian, Frederick, Christian, Frederick, Christian, Frederick, Christian, Frederick, Christian, Frederick (it ended with the current monarch, a Queen) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There's a scientist named John B. Goodenough who was responsible for the invention of RAM, creation of Li-ion batteries in the 1970s (used in virtually all devices today), and is current working on the next breakthrough in revolutionary Solid State batteries at the age of 97 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
A study found that an Andean Condor can soar 100 miles without flapping its wings, staying airborne for up to 5 hours by surfing currents of rising air called thermals. It's the world's heaviest soaring bird at 33 pounds with a 10 foot wingspan. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The only thing which stopped current winner of 'FIFA Best Men's footballer' award Robert Lewandowski from signing for Blackburn Rovers in 2009 was that Icelandic volcano which grounded so many flights. bbc.co.uk/sport/football/…
As Apollo 8 was on its way back to Earth, astronaut Jim Lovell accidentally erased some of the guidance computer's memory, leading the computer to think the spacecraft's current orientation was what it had been on the launchpad. He would spend the next 25 minutes correcting it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
After Martin Luther King was killed in 1968, his funeral was held at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and a small group of current students were chosen to be ushers for his funeral. One of those ushers was Samuel L. Jackson. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Madonna's current manager, who also manages U2, has been working for her since the foundation of her entertainment company in 1992 when he was 19 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy…
Millions of Mayflies on river Tisza in Hungary hatch in June. First, males are hatched and they live only couple of hours, mating as fast as possible with females who then fly few miles up the river, lay the eggs and die. Current slowly transfers the eggs to the same location as they were born. hungarytoday.hu/tisza-may…
Some leaf cutter ants grow antibiotics on their backs so that when their nests get infected with microbes they roll on it to kill bacteria. This new discovery is helping doctors and researchers stop the current antibiotic crisis. news.ncsu.edu/2018/02/ant…
The Pacific Ocean's current name was coined by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan during the Spanish circumnavigation of the world in 1521, as he encountered favorable winds on reaching the ocean. He called it Mar PacΓ­fico, which in both Portuguese and Spanish means "peaceful sea". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac…
In thanks to Benjamin Franklin, all electrical diagrams (at least in the U.S.) are technically backwards (in terms of electron flow/direction). He assumed the flow of electricity originated from the positive terminal of a current source, and traveled to the negative terminal. douglaskrantz.com/ElecEle…
67% of prisoners in India have not had a trial due largely in part to the 25+ million backlogged cases. It is estimated that with the current amount of judges it would take at least 12 years to clear the pending cases. firstpost.com/india/numbe…
Ryan Hall is a multiple-time marathon winner, Hall is the current U.S. record holder for the fastest time in a half, clocking in at 59:43, becoming the first U.S. runner to ever eclipse the one-hour mark for 13.1 miles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rya…
Roman busts sometimes had removable "hair" so that you could update it later on with the current fashionable hairstyle! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Panko breadcrumbs are made from bread baked with an electrical current. This results in a bread without a crust which is then ground down into breadcrumbs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
GDP of Shenzhen soared from 196 million yuan in 1979 to more than 2.2 trillion yuan in 2018, increasing 2,152-fold with an average annual growth rate of 22.4 per cent. In the same period, GDP per capita grew from 606 yuan to 183,100 yuan (or 28,169 USD in current exchange rate USD/CNY 6.55) metropolis.org/sites/defa…
In 2008, Five European divers got swept away by strong currents in Indonesia and survived 12 hours adrift at sea. They ended up stranded on Rinca Island and fended off a Komodo dragon. After spending 2 days on the island they were eventually rescued by a search boat. nbcnews.com/id/25006226/n…
The 1900 Paris Olympics featured a 200m swimming obstacle race. Swimmers started by clambering over a pole to plunge into the River Seine. They fought the current to scramble over a row of boats moored in their path, before ducking under a second row of boats, and then sprinting to the finish history.com/news/5-strang…
The current British dynasty is only known as the House of Windsor because they changed their original German name during World War I to sound more British. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
The current holder of the title "worst vice president of the United States of America" according to the Time Magazine is held by Aaron Burr, the murderer of Alexander Hamilton. You become eligible for that list only after your first term. content.time.com/time/spe…
Coneheads (1993) is the film with the most SNL cast members featured (16). In addition to having the most cast members, its also the only film to feature past members (Aykroyd, Curtin), current members (Farley, Sander), and a future member (McKean). McKean would join SNL the year after the film vulture.com/2013/07/which…
Panko bread crumbs are made from bread baked by electrical current youtube.com/watch?v=bCNU9…
Scientists have discovered an exoplanet that resides within its star's habitable zone, has a temperate climate and contains water at its surface. However, even with spacecrafts much faster than our current ones, it would take a crew of 98 members 6,300 years to reach the Earth-like exoplanet. geneticliteracyproject.or…
Rin Tin Tin 12th Generation dog lives on. The original Rinty was brought back from France in 1918 and saved Warner Brothers, and some of his offspring have been on TV and in movies. The current Rinty does appearances, is a spokesdog, and even travels in a seat when flying. presspubs.com/white_bear/…
Mars has no protective magnetosphere, and the radiation on Mars is ~13 times higher than on Earth. To solve this issue, some scientists have proposed liquefying Mars' outer core, either by detonating a series of nuclear warheads near the core, or by running an electric current through the planet phys.org/news/2016-11-bad…
The 8 largest prime numbers currently known are all numbers that are one less than a power of two. The current largest one is 2^(82,589,933) βˆ’ 1, a number which has 24,862,048 digits when written in base 10. If it was saved to disk, the resulting text file would be nearly 25 megabytes long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Canadian singer Shania Twain met her current husband due to each of their ex-spouses having an affair with one another. cnn.com/2020/01/31/entert…
It's not pure water, but the salts and other ions found in natural water, that make it such a good conductor. However, the superconductivity of the ocean is so great that it is possible for an electric current to disperse across a human body within it, lessening the danger of electrocution. usgs.gov/special-topic/wa…
The stars on the Brazilian flag, much like the ones on the American flag, reflect the current number of states Brazil has. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Current theory why testicles are outside some animals are due to high mobility. Animals characterized by signicant ability to leap and land have external testes to avoid concussive hydrostatic rises in intra-abdominal pressure. Temperature moderation is actually a secondary benefit ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
For 5000 years, Europeans built huge magnificent cities, and lived in them, just to burn them to the ground every 75 years. People in current-day Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and the area, intentionally set their settlements on fire between 7000-2000 BC, for reasons still being researched. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
In 1933, FDR redesigned the West Wing, creating their current Oval Office on the old laundry drying yard, in part because a room without corners made it easier for a wheelchair-bound individual to navigate. whitehousehistory.org/pho…
Of the almost 200 current member states (and one observer state) of the United Nations, the British have, at some point in history, invaded and established a military presence in 171 of them. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
The Aztecs believed our current world was the fifth in a series of creation cycles, and the previous four worlds were destroyed in a variety of ways from flooding to raining flames. According to the Aztecs, the world we currently live in will be destroyed by earthquakes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiv…
If a person has metal dental work and chews on aluminum foil they will create an electric current, which can be quiet painful. Having neighboring teeth crowned or filled with different metals can also cause electric shocks if one eats acidic foods. mcgill.ca/oss/article/you…
In 1832 a Japanese sailing ship travelling from Nagoya to Tokyo was blown off course. In 1834, it eventually ended up where current day Washington state is, with 3 out of 14 crew members surviving. historylink.org/File/9065
There are more people buried in the Catacombs than the entire current population of Paris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Today I learned of the origin of the term "going Postal": Between 1970 and 1997, more than 40 people were killed by current or former employees in at least 20 incidents of workplace rage. Between 1986 and 2011, workplace shootings happened roughly twice per year, with an average of 11.8 people killed per year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goi…

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