Dusty Hill from ZZ Top wanted to feel "normal" after their "Worldwide Texas Tour". So he cut his hair, got a job at an airport, went by the name of "Joe" and would go out on Friday nights with coworkers so he could feel "grounded". ultimateclassicrock.com/d…
In β€œForrest Gump,” when his microphone is cut off at the rally, what you don’t hear him say is β€œSometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.” mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Seat belts were very controversial when they first appeared in cars during the 40s and 50s with many arguing that they caused injuries and didn't work, no matter how much researchers disputed these claims. Many people refused to wear them and even cut them out of their car seats. wpr.org/surprisingly-cont…
Despite a diet of up to 7,000 calories per day and weighing up to 400 lbs, sumo wrestlers typically do not suffer from symptoms of obesity due to their intense workout regimens. Upon retirement, however, they must seriously cut calories or become at risk for cardiovascular disease. businessinsider.com/sumo-…
In 1820 Thomas Jefferson cut and pasted numerous sections from the New Testament to make his own Bible. Jefferson's condensed composition excludes all "miracles" of Jesus and most mentions of the "supernatural". It's called The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth. americanhistory.si.edu/Je…
Tomb Raider was initially going to give players the choice of playing either a male or female protagonist. Lara Croft creator, Toby Gard, decided to scrap the male option after realizing having two player characters doubled the amount of work required for the cut-scenes and also preferred Lara. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Serial killer Randy Woodfield was actually drafted by the NFL to play for the Green Bay Packers but was cut due to a series of indecent exposure arrests. He would go on to become the I-5 Killer and is thought to have been responsible for over 40 murders along Interstate 5 from 1980-81 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
If a flat worm's head is cut of, it regrows its head and brain. But not only that, the new brain contains all the memories of the old brain. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Most cigarette tobacco is in fact "reconstituted tobacco", sheets of waste material sprayed with nicotine and other chemicals, which are then cut to look like leaf. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/cigaret…
When Vincent Van Gogh cut his left ear with a razor, he was taken to hospital and treated by Dr Felix Rey. Van Gogh painted a portrait of Rey and gave it to him, who used it to repair a chicken coop, then gave it away. In 2016, it was valued at over $50 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
The shape of a lawn mowers blade creates lift which forces the grass to stick up, making it much easier to be cut by the next blade en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
Dwayne Johnson’s β€˜Seven Bucks Production’ Is Named After How Much Money He Had After Being Cut From The CFL In 1995 goals.com/from-seven-buck…
Iceland was extensively forested before the first humans settled there. But within 500 years of their arrival 95% of woodlands had been cut down, leading to soil erosion, crop failure and the eventual abandonment of many farms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
In the international standard for paper size (used everywhere except the USA and some Latin American countries), the aspect ratio is always √2:1, so that when cut in half, the halves also have the same aspect ratio. In the "A" series (including A4), A0 is 1 mΒ², A1 is 0.5 mΒ², and so on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO…
In 897, 7 months after dying, Pope Formosus' rotting corpse was exhumed, propped on a throne, and put on trial for a variety of offenses. A deacon sat behind the corpse answering for it, and unsurprisingly the corpse was found guilty of all charges and punished by having three fingers cut off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
The waitlist for a liver transplant in california was going to take over a year, so steve jobs bought a house in tennessee, giving him access to their waitlist, which would only take four months. by doing this, he effectively cut in line on the national transplant list digitaljournal.com/articl…
A judge told a convicted serial killer; "You will be strangled to death in front of the parents whose children you killed, Your body will then be cut into 100 pieces and put in acid, the same way you killed the children." The killer died before that happened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jav…
Cesar Chavez had a dog named Boycott who taught him "to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings." He said β€œRacism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting, and rodeos are all cut from the same defective fabric: violence.” vegnews.com/2018/3/did-yo…
In Billy Madison, Sandler shot the infamous dodgeball scene using a real ball and by throwing it as hard as he could at the kids. They cut the scene after each kid was hit so we wouldn’t see them crying. theplaylist.net/tamra-dav…
That, in America, before TV was on 24 hours, there was a nightly sign off where the Star Spangled Banner was played and an image of the American flag was shown before the TV cut to static. nytimes.com/2019/10/30/ar…
There's no agreement as to when Hitler first adopted his 'Toothbrush' moustache. A WW1 comrade said it happened in the trenches when Hitler had to trim his 'tache to make his gas mask fit. His sister-in-law Bridget Hitler claims he cut it like that because she hated his previous style. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Too…
Near the end of filming the movie Matilda, Mara Wilson's mother passed away from breast cancer. Director Danny DeVito was able to show a near final cut of the film to her so she could see her daughters performance. The movie is also dedicated to her memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
The Very First Kermit The Frog Puppet Was Made Of An Old Green Coat Creator Jim Henson's Mother Owned, And A Ping Pong Ball Cut In Half. britannica.com/topic/Kerm…
Johnny Cash once got into a fight with an ostrich and lost. The ostrich broke two of his ribs and left him with a massive cut on his stomach. faroutmagazine.co.uk/john…
Today I learned of the Bone Wars. In the late 1800s, two rival paleontologists sought to disgrace each other, resorting to bribery, theft, attempts to cut off funding, and destruction of bones. Both paleontologists were ruined financially, but their efforts led to the discovery of 136 new species of dinosaurs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
In 2011, Electronic Arts released DLC for Dragon Age 2 and Crysis 2 purchased directly through the game, bypassing Steam's 30% cut. This led to Valve taking down the store pages, and EA refusing to release any games on Steam between 2011 and 2020. ign.com/articles/2011/07/…
In 1971 Fleetwood Mac had to cancel a sold out show booked at the Whiskey A Go Go when their guitarist Jeremy Spencer simply vanished into thin air. He was eventually found having cut off all his hair, dressed in shabby clothes, and joined a cult called The Children of God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Many puzzle manufacturers reuse the dies which cut their puzzles into pieces, so pieces from one can fit into another. And one man has turned this into an art. mymodernmet.com/montage-p…
Squirrels are among the top causes of power outages across the U.S. In 2016 alone, utilities reported 3,456 outages caused by the ubiquitous rodents that cut off power to more than 193,873 customers. publicpower.org/blog/defe…
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves has a directors cut where all 12 additional minutes are Alan Rickman's character being extra weird and it changes the tone of the movie. filmstories.co.uk/feature…
In countries such as Lebanon and Syria, marriage between Druze and non-Druze is banned and frowned upon, and a Lebanese man who married a Druze woman was kidnapped by her family, who beat him up, pulled out some of his teeth and cut off his dick. news.com.au/world/breakin…
The original script for Fight Club was found to be 6 hours long in the initial reading. However, the film's creators managed to cut it down to 139 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fig…
Today I learned about "Kryptos", a sculpture at the CIA headquarters in Langley, VA composed of a matrix of letters cut into metal. It was installed 30 years ago, and contains an encrypted riddle that remains unsolved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kry…
20 people were killed at an Italian ski resort in 1998 when a US Marine Corps aircraft, flying over 1,600 feet below minimum height standards, cut the cable supporting their gondola. The pilot was acquitted of manslaughter, and the United States reimbursed 75% of Italy's victim compensation fund en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cav…
Robert Liston (1794-1847), a pioneering Scottish surgeon known for his speed when operating - he could remove a limb in two and a half minutes - once accidentally cut off his patient's testicles in an overly enthusiastic amputation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In the 17th century, Francesco Redi performed an experiment that involved removing the brain of a land tortoise, which then proceeded to live six months. Redi also cut the head off a tortoise entirely, and it lived for 23 days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
Viagra can double shelf life of cut flowers, making them stand up straight for as long as a week beyond their natural lifespan ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Some people cut their hair with a vacuum youtube.com/watch?v=LEuoi…
SNL comedian Maya Rudolf’s mother is Minnie Riperton, whose hit β€œLoving You” has her singing β€˜Maya, Maya... β€˜ at the end of the album cut. wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovin%…
"Wolf Tree" is the term used to describe trees that were not cut down during deforestation and left to grow in the new growth forests of New England. americanforests.org/magaz…
Why the cut apple turns brown. It turns out that the enzymes and polyphenols in the apple react with oxygen; now some apples on the market will not change color because they have been genetically modified. todayhealthonline.com/sci…
There is another version of Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut. Richard Donner was the original director before he was replaced with Richard Lester. Only 25% of his filming made it into the original film. Apparently you can buy it on DVD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
When filming Dr. Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick got George C. Scott to overact on his takes by promising him they wouldn't be used in the final cut (#7). mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Ed Sullivan asked Buddy Holly to not play his song β€œOh Boy” on his show because it was too suggestive. Holly refused, so Sullivan mispronounced Holly’s name and cut the feed from his guitar. The band was still a huge hit. When asked back again, Holly said Sullivan didn’t have enough money. youtube.com/watch?v=j53OP…
Today I learned of the Lake Taal snake, a species of marine snake that evolved to adapt to a freshwater environment. It is found in a single Phillipine lake that was cut off from the sea less than 500 years ago. This means that the snake evolved into a new species in just a few centuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyd…
The 1995 film Judge Dredd was re-cut and sent to the MPAA 5 times to get it from a NC-17 to a R rating; Stallone tried to cut it even more for a PG-13 rating. The director had made the film dark and satirical like the source material; Stallone thought the film was supposed to be an action comedy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Today I learned about Cymothoa exigua, a parasitic isopod that can cut off a fish's tongue and replace the tongue with itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cym…
Despite being filmed in Austria, The Sound of Music was and is still unpopular in the German-speaking world. The third act (the events surrounding the occupation of Austria) was cut by the Munich manager of the studio, before being restored after director Robert Wise intervened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The smell of fresh-cut grass is a signal of distress. research.tamu.edu/2014/09…
During the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, the German 4th Panzer Division cut off 10,000 Soviet troops. They took 2,000 prisoners... and just let the others go. They simply couldn't afford to take them all prisoner. youtube.com/watch?v=ejwTx…
Chainsaws were originally created to help with childbirth. If the baby was to large to fit through the birth canal, then the doctors had to cut parts of the pelvic bone with a chainsaw. Also, the woman that was giving birth was not given any anesthesia through this procedure. businessinsider.com/chain…
The cheese slicer (OstehΓΈvel) was invented by Thor BjΓΈrklund (Nor). The legend has it that, frustrated at the un-even cheese slices he cut with a knife, he wanted to improve the cheese world. He realized that a carpenter’s plane could do the job and the cheese slicer was born. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
When flatworms go to space, they can grow two heads. Usually a flatworm will regrow its head and tail after they are cut off, but one with its head and tail removed regrew two heads and a second mouth. (The flatworm's mouth is located on its belly.) arstechnica.com/science/2…
Diabetes increases the risk for foot ulcers and amputation. People with diabetes that have nerve damage in their feet and toes often don't notice minor cuts, sores, or blisters in these areas diabetes.ca/managing-my-d…
Thanks to a 1665 idea of King Charles II (and to river-meandering), there's a cut-off 5-mile lobe of Kentucky that's not connected to any of Kentucky; it's all surrounded by other states (Missouri & Tennessee). Fewer than 20 people live in this "bubble" of KY ("Bubbleland" AKA "Kentucky Bend"). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bub…
The technical term for wood and metallic powder, shavings, filings and other byproducts from machining or working such material is called "Swarf". This is comprised of everything from metal shavings after a cut, to sawdust from cutting, to metallic powder from sharpening. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
Today I learned of CSX 8888, known as "crazy eights": A runaway train that ran uncontrolled through Ohio for two hours at up to 82 km/h. Police tried to stop it by shooting at a fuel cut-off switch and it was eventually stopped by a second locomotive chasing behind it so an engineer could jump aboard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX…
, 11 GM buses were used for filming the 1994 film Speed. While the ramp gap jump was filmed in one take, some other buses had the front cut off for filming of inside shots of the bus. These scenes took place on California freeways. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Benicio Del Toro was originally chosen to play Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace but backed out when George Lucas cut most of the characters lines cbr.com/star-wars-darth-m…
Critics responded negatively to the use of nudity in the pilot episode of Stargate SG1, which was filmed at Showtime's insistence. Those scenes were cut or edited in future releases on DVD and TV. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Today I learned of Operation Paul Bunyan. Launched in response to the Korean Axe Murder Incident where Americans trimming a tree in the DMZ were killed by North Koreans, the US went back to cut it down. Bringing with them overwhelming firepower with hundreds of soldiers (some with suicide vests) and air support theatlantic.com/internati…
Today I learned about the oldest trees in the world, the oldest one ever found known as Prometheus located in Nevada, which lived for approx 5000 years until it was cut by a graduate student and United States and Forest Service for other research purposes unknowing of the history of the tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Marlon Wayans was cast as Robin in Batman Returns. Producers decided that, with The Penguin and Catwoman, the movie was too crowded and decided to cut out Robin. Despite not getting to actually play the role, Wayans was still paid $100,000 and receives royalty checks up to this very day. batman-news.com/2018/03/0…
After a heart transplant you'll have a resting pulse of around 90 bpm since the vagus nerve that usually regulates heart rate is cut during the transplant. The heart will still beat faster during exercise due to its internal regulatory mechanism, but the new "idle" will be around 90 bpm. journals.lww.com/transpla…
Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan was in several scenes in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind but was left out of the final cut of the movie. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
: There is a method to cut a cake between 3 people where everyone "thinks" they got the best slice. Because of that, this method is called envy free cutting. Same method can be generalized for any number of people, but its gets complicated. quantamagazine.org/new-al…
According to the testimony of people who have eaten other people, the taste of human meat does not reflect its beef-like appearance. Serial killers and Polynesian cannibals have described human as being most akin to pork. The taste also depends on how it is prepared and what cut is sampled. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
'Procrustes analysis' is a form of shape analysis. The name 'Procrustes' refers to a bandit from Greek mythology who made his victims fit his bed. If they were short, he would stretch their limbs. If they were too tall, he would cut their limbs off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Due to the plant hormone auxin, tulip stems continue to elongate after they are cut. bendbulletin.com/lifestyl…
Phages (a group of viruses) were supposed to be studied as antibacterial agents in human medicine, but were cut short by the discovery of penicillin shortly after. With today's increasingly drug-resistant bacteria, phages are being considered once again. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
Today I learned of Sir Rannulph Fiennes; oldest British person to summit Everest, first person to cross Antarctica on foot, completed the Transglobe Expedition, completed 7 marathons in 7 days 4 months after double heart bypass, cut off his own frostbitten fingers and was considered for the part of James Bond. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Today I learned about the Zanclean Flood which is a flood theorized to have refilled the Mediterranean Sea 5.33 million years ago after it had been cut off from the Atlantic for almost 600,000 years. It is theorized that it only took several months to two years to entirely fill the Mediterranean Basin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zan…
Undercover FBI agent Joseph Pistone led to over 200 indictments and over 100 convictions of Mafia members. The man who introduced Pistone to the Mafia was murdered for having allowed an FBI agent to infiltrate the family; he was shot dead and his hands were cut off. wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph…
4 sailors survived at sea off the coast of New Zealand for 118 days after their trimaran, the Rose-Noelle, was upturned by a rogue wave. They cut holes in the hull, collected rainwater, and eventually caught and cooked fish. They were in such good shape upon return many doubted their story. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
An additional 20 minutes commuting each day lowers job satisfaction equivalent to a 19% pay cut info.uwe.ac.uk/news/uwene…
The Dorobo tribe of Kenya steal fresh meat from the mouths of lions. The method is thousands of years old; they find a pride that has had a fresh kill during daytime, then walk up to them while they’re feeding and cut off some meat. The lions are too startled to react and usually run away. youtube.com/watch?v=y3MTD…
A study found tobacco and tomato plants emit ultrasonic "squeals" when stressed. Microphones 4" away picked up the sounds when plants had stems cut/were under-watered: an average of 15 - 25 sounds within 1 hr from cutting, and 11 - 35 sounds per hr from drought. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about Kentucky abolitionist politician Cassius Marcellus Clay. During a debate in 1843, he survived an assassination attempt due to his political views. Despite being shot in the chest, Clay drew his Bowie knife, tackled his would be assassin, cut out his eyes, and threw him over an embankment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
-"Sell or Starve" Act of 1877. After defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Congress attached, what the Sioux call the "sell or starve" rider, to the Indian Appropriations Act of 1876 that cut off all rations for the Sioux until they terminated hostilities and ceded the Black Hills to the US en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
In the original cut of The Santa Clause Tim Allen's character looks at a phone number and says "1-800-SPANK-ME. I know that number." This scene was cut from all home media releases after a kid in Washington called the number - which led to an active sex hotline - and racked up a $400 phone bill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The song "Cool, Cool, Considerate Men" was cut from the original film version of 1776 by producer Jack Warner at the request of Richard Nixon, who thought it insulted conservatives, against the director's wishes. Decades later, a cut was made that added the song back in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/177…
Monty Python sued ABC over their censorship of season 4 of their show. ABC had cut punchlines and entire characters. The judge and jury watched two versions of a season 4 episode; a BBC one they laughed at, and an edited ABC one which no one laughed at. The judge ruled in ABC’s favour. montypython.com/tvshow_Mo…
The best time of day to cut roses is in the afternoon. Sugars that feed the blooming process accumulate during the day, and peak in late afternoon. rose.org/single-post/2018…
Most paper sizes are rectangular (A series) is because it is made with a special mathematical property. If you cut it in half on the long side you get two rectangles that are smaller versions of the original. youtube.com/watch?v=5sKah…
The Persian Army brought an immense block of marble to the Battle of Marathon, intending to build a monument of their victory. Captured by the Greeks, they sculpted a statue of Nemesis, the goddess who cuts down those with too much pride en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nem…
In 2013 multiple gunmen shot up power transformers in Northern California and cut fiber optic cables, causing over $15 million in damage and outages. The gunmen were never caught. theatlantic.com/technolog…
When Japanese pole vaulters Shuhei Nishida and Sueo Oe tied for silver at the 1936 Olympics they refused a tie-breaker. The silver was arbitrarily awarded to Nishida. They had their medals cut in half and then welded together so they each had one "friendship medal" of half silver, half bronze. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue…
The San Francisco font was created by Susan Kare for Apple Macintosh computers in 1984 and originally mimicked the "ransom-note effect" (juxtaposed typefaces that appear as if words or letters were cut randomly from magazines). It was used in early Mac software demos and Apple company fliers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Essentially all penicillin produced after 1943 originated with a mold sample found on a cantaloupe in Peoria, Illinois. The moldy part was cut off and cultured and the lab technicians ate the rest of the fruit. saturdayeveningpost.com/2…
'Song 2' by Blur was almost cut as it was a deliberately-basic song the band never took seriously, but record execs liked it when it was on the list of possible singles; the band never bothered to change the album's tracklist placeholder, and coincidentally is 2:02 in length cbcmusic.ca/posts/18325/b…
To avoid being conscripted by the Roman Army, some men would cut off their thumbs so that they couldn’t wield a sword. By the end of the fourth century, conscription avoidance was so widespread that Emperor Theodosius passed a law that forced the thumb-less to serve. historyextra.com/period/r…
Pope Steven VI had Pope Formosus dug from the grave, placed in papal robes, put on trial, convicted of perjury, then cut off three of the corpse's fingers and thrown in the Tiber river. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
Alcohol activates the same receptors that respond to heat, and does so better than actual heat. Thats why getting alcohol in a cut hurts so damn bad. indianapublicmedia.org/am…
If you cut down a cactus in Arizona, you be penalized up to 25 years in jail. It is similar to cutting down a protected tree species. lawinfo.com/resources/cri…
In order to conserve gas in the 1970's during an oil crisis, the maximum speed limit in the US was cut to 55 mph. npr.org/sections/pictures…
The actual Mulberry bush that the nursery rhyme "Here we go around the Mulberry bush" is named after died in 2017 and was completely cut down and removed in 2019. In the 1980s cuttings were taken from it and they have grown into full trees now. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
On April 1st, 1991, a thief stole a box from the trunk of a car in New York City and discovered six partial human heads with the backs of the skulls cut away. They turned out to be specimens for study at an infirmary and not a strange April Fools' prank. evgrieve.com/2011/04/mark…
Slugs have around 27,000 microscopic teeth. These teeth are known as radula and grate/scrape food particles whilst the slug’s jaw cuts off larger pieces of food- like a leaf to be rasped by the radula. nhm.org/stories/microscop…
The music video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was re-edited by Kurt Cobain; among other things, he almost completely removed shots of a dorky teacher and an angry principal from the director's cut. (The teacher appears briefly at the end.) youtube.com/watch?v=x87S6…
Research shows that parents who want their children to cut back on screen-time must cut back on screen-time themselves thriveworks.com/blog/pare…

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