In 1986, two Russian airline pilots got into an argument over wether one could land the plane without vision. The main pilot pulled the curtains over the windows, insisting he could. Then, the plane missed the runway, flipped and killed 70 of the passengers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
During the 1930-40s, "pretty ankle" contests were held as part of beauty pageants. Contestants were concealed behind a curtain, with only their ankles exposed for evaluation. Often, these shows served as promotions for hosiery companies, with winners receiving free stockings from the sponsors mashable.com/2015/10/12/a…
William Ellsworth Robinson pretended to be a Chinese illusionist for most of his life calling himself Chung Ling Soo. in his final moments of his life when he suddenly called out in perfect English β€œOh my God. Something’s happened. Lower the curtain." He died from a failed bullet catch on stage atlasobscura.com/articles…
In 1950 a Czech mechanic found a wrecked German AFV from WWII and rebuilt it to smash through the Iron Curtain and apply for US Citizenship. historyisnowmagazine.com/…
The owner and only resident of this ghost town in Utah is a former Prague University engineering student who at 24 escaped the Iron Curtain in 1984 using his DIY glider powered with a 600cc Trabant engine, and landed undetected at Vienna International Airport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
China's Hongzhi Emperor (r. 1487-1505) used toilet paper made of silk. When he discovered that palace maids collected his used toilet paper to make curtains, he stopped using silk toilet paper - but this led to the unemployment of some silkworm farmers, so he went back to using silk toilet paper mdhist.com/emperor/3950/
Today I learned of the "Cyrano de Bergerac" play which was premiered in 1897 in Paris. Success was such that one full hour after the curtain was down, the audience was still applauding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyr…
Agatha Christie wrote the final Hercule Poirot book "Curtain" in the 1940s, fearing she might die during the blitz and leave the book series without a proper ending. She kept writing more books after that, and once she decided she was done "Curtain" was finally published in 1975. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
Caligula’s uncle survived the assassination of his nephew by hiding behind a curtain. As he was the last man of his family, he was declared emperor. Despite his lack of experience, he proved to be an able administrator. He had also survived past purges due to his infirmity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, women turned their flour sacks into into dresses, underwear, towels, curtains, quilts, and other household necessities. So flour companies started packing their flour in bags with pretty patterns. slate.com/human-interest/…
: In the early 1960's, Mohawk Airlines had 'Gaslight Service' flights that were Victorian themed planes including cigars, Victorian curtains, and the stewardesses dressed like dance hall ladies. airfoodhistory.com/2014/1…
The phenomenon of a shower curtain bursting inwards the bathtub with a running shower has not yet been explained, despite several theories. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
In 1930, George Stathakis, went over Niagara falls in a barrel. Upon impact, the barrel was stuck behind a curtain of water and could not be recovered for 18 hours. Stathakis took the plunge with his pet turtle, which was said to be around 150 years old. The turtle survived the ordeal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
An opera singer received an 80-minute standing ovation and a 101 curtain calls after a performance of Otello. The same opera singer was also seen by a billion people who watched him in a telecast of Tosca. cbsnews.com/news/placido-…
I learned of Grandma Gatewood who hiked the 2,200 mile Appalachian trail at 55 bringing only Converse shoes, an army blanket and a plastic shower curtain after reading about it in a magazine and telling her children she was going for a walk. She hiked it again at 72 and 75. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
George Stathakis went down Niagara Falls in a barrel. However, the barrel got stuck behind a curtain of water and he could not be recovered for 18 hours. He only had air supply for eight hours and died of suffocation. Stathakis went down with his 150 year old turtle, which survived the ordeal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
After Queen's success with Bohemian Rhapsody, sacks of fan mail poured in from behind the Iron Curtain, addressed to "Queen, London". It was mistakenly delivered to Buckingham Palace. brianmay.com/queen/queend…
In 1972, a 200,000 square foot "curtain" was installed across a valley in the Grand Hogback mountain range christojeanneclaude.net/m…
The luxury Samsung Tower Palace in Seoul is highly automated. Everything from lighting, curtains, home networks and even washing machines can be pre-set to perform certain actions at a defined time and controlled from a mobile phone. A helipad is located on the roof of all seven buildings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Phthalates lower IQ levels. They can be found in shampoos, conditioners, body sprays, hair sprays, perfumes, colognes, soap, nail polish, shower curtains, medical tubing, IV bags, vinyl flooring and wall coverings, food packaging and coatings on time-release pharmaceuticals. cnn.com/2016/07/01/health…
An American magician in the 1900's acted as a Chinese man for his show and never broke character in public, even using a translator when speaking to journalists. he died on stage after a trick went wrong, his last words were "Oh my God. Something's happened. Lower the curtain." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
The original iphone prototypes were so secretive that the engineers had their own OS called the 'skankphone' only a few engineers got to see the real OS and worked together debugging code through a curtain. thenextweb.com/apple/2014…
While working on β€˜Curtains’, a Broadway musical about a series of deaths at a Broadway show, the musical’s lyricist, book writer, and orchestrator all died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Today I learned about two men, Daniel Pohl and Robert Ospald who escaped Czechoslovakia in the 1980s by zip lining over the Iron Curtain. They created a wooden pulleys and used them to zip line on a power line into Austria. youtube.com/watch?v=0ou2Y…
The seats and curtains in theatres are red because red is the first colour that is lost to our sight in low-light conditions, which thus makes the surroundings seem black and unobtrusive when watching a movie or performance orangeville.com/whatson-s…
There is a company that provides private flights for individuals who want to join the "mile high club". For $425.00 you get a 1 hour flight, chocolates, champagne, and a curtain. flamingoair.net/mile-high…
Ikea has clear structure around the naming of their products. Beds and wardrobes - Norweigan place names, Chairs/Desks - men's names, Kitchen items - foreign works, spices, herbs, and fish, Curtains - mathematical terms. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Bubble Wrap was originally supposed to be a textured wallpaper made from two sealed shower curtains mentalfloss.com/article/1…
While preparing a speech to create a permanent soil erosion service, Hugh H. Bennett was notified of a dust storm approaching Washington DC. He pushed back meeting with Congress until it was estimated to arrive to conclude with opening up the curtains to a dramatic view of a dust storm. weta.org/tv/program/dust-…
The use of "Iron Curtain" as applies to the Cold War was coined by Winston Churchill in Missouri. He was speaking at a place called Westminster College; the British Parliament in London (where he gave most of his speeches) is, coincidentally, in the suburb of Westminster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
In Agatha Christie's 1975 novel "Curtain", one character poisons another by putting poison in both of their cups, knowing he has a higher tolerance for poison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
Marie Donovan was unhappy with the repetitive and thankless tasks of changing her daughters messy cloth diapers. Sparked by her frustrations Donovan used a sewing machine and shower curtain to create the worlds first waterproof and disposable diaper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1989 the Bulgarian communist regime seeking to prop up its legitimacy and expelled 360,000 Turks and Muslims across the Iron Curtain into neighboring Turkey. It was the single largest ethnic cleansing during the Cold War in Europe routledge.com/Ethnic-Clea…
There is a species of deer in Germany who won't cross the border where the Iron Curtain once stood, even though that border has been gone physically for 20 years. online.wsj.com/article/SB…
Today I learned about Emma Rowena Gatewood, aka Grandma Gatewood, the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail. She did it in 1955 at the age of 67, wearing Keds sneakers and carrying an army blanket, a raincoat, and a plastic shower curtain, which she carried in a homemade bag slung over one shoulder. sectionhiker.com/the-real…
To β€˜draw the curtains’ can mean to either open or close them, depending on the context. oxfordlearnersdictionarie…
Jimi Hendrix played for Englebert Humperdinck when his regular guitarist failed to show, Hendrix had to play behind a curtain and Humperdinck says it was like having 3 guitarists behind him. eadt.co.uk/entertainment/…
Utah used to have a law which said that drinks must be prepared behind a curtain called a "Zion Curtain" in order to prevent excessive drinking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
In the 1800s moms were disguised as chairs and curtains so they could hold their children still during the exposure. These are now called the 'hidden mother' photos. retronaut.com/2011/10/the…
With exposure times of half a minute, Victorian mothers wanting a portrait of their children had to disguise themselves as chairs, couches and curtains to hold them still. theguardian.com/artanddes…
In 1930 George Stathakis died after going over Niagra Falls in a barrel. He suffocated after becoming trapped behind a water curtain upon impact. However, his 150 year old turtle, which came with him, survived the plunge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of Emma Gatewood, who in 1955 at the age of 67, told her children (now adults) that she was going for a walk, and became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. She wore Keds sneakers and only carried an army blanket, a raincoat and a plastic shower curtain in a homemade denim bag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
There is a waterfall in a park in New York which curtains an 'eternal flame' - a natural gas leak which visitors keep lit all year round amusingplanet.com/2012/11…
Today I learned about the omentum. A curtain of fatty tissue that wraps the intestines, it plays a role in immune responses and metabolism, and was dubbed the "policeman of the abdomen" in 1906. It has apparently been understudied, and surgeons commonly cut off pieces without knowledge of its role. blogs.discovermagazine.co…
In Utah, some bars and restaurants are legally required to put up "Zion Curtains" around the area where alcohol is served in an attempt to decrease excessive drinking en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
Today I learned of a prankster, who, in 1976 used curtains to cover up the letters in "Hollywood" to "Hollyweed," the day the state's relaxed marijuana law took effect. Also, that Easter he made the sign into "Holywood," and in 1990 made it to "Oilwar," to make a political statement against the Gulf War. articles.latimes.com/2007…
The reason why shower curtains blow inwards while showering has four competing theories zidbits.com/2010/11/the-s…
In 1950 three hijacked Czech airliners "burnt through" the Iron Curtain, landing in Munich instead of Prague. Two thirds of the people on board were involuntary passengers who all later returned to Czechoslovakia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cze…
While many theories exist, no one knows for sure why the shower curtain blows inward while the water is running en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Michael Caine and John Lennon got drunk at the Cannes Film Festival. Caine found Lennon peeing out the window of a local palace and he says β€œJohn β€” you’ve got it on the bloody curtains!” to which Lennon replies, β€œWho cares. They’re rich. F – – – ’em!" nypost.com/2010/10/24/mic…

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