The first word that Helen Keller learned was water. Her tutor took Helen’s hand, poured water over it, and then spelled out W-A-T-E-R in Helen’s palm. Helen made the association between the writing in her palm and the water. After this breakthrough, Helen learned 30 more words that day. biography.com/activist/he…
Jeremy Clarkson published his bank details in a newspaper to try and make the point that his money would be safe and that the spectre of identity theft was a sham. Within a few days, someone set up a direct debit for Β£500 in favor of a charity, which didn’t require any identification theguardian.com/money/200…
India requires voting booths within 2 km of every registered voter. This means some poll workers trek for days through mountains and jungles to reach small, remote villages, sometimes for only a single registered voter. cbc.ca/news/world/india-e…
Paula Deen (of deep-fried cheesecake and doughnut hamburger fame) kept her diabetes diagnosis secret for 3 years. She also announced she took a sponsorship from a diabetes drug company the day she revealed her condition. eater.com/2012/1/17/66221…
Goats are completely immune to poison ivy, oak, and sumac. They love the stuff and can eat several pounds a day. npr.org/sections/goatsand…
Today I learned about LΓ‘szlΓ³ PolgΓ‘r, a Hungarian psychologist who believed "geniuses are not born, they are made." He raised all 3 of his daughters to play chess every day. All 3 became chess prodigies and grandmasters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C…
In August 1968 after being turned down by 19 other teams, the Atlanta Braves signed 62-year-old pitcher Satchel Paige so he could get his MLB pension. He needed only 158 days on an active roster to reach the five-year minimum required to receive his pension. He collected $250 a month. theundefeated.com/feature…
In 2012, an Indian nurse looking after the Duchess of Cambridge was prank called by an Australian radio station pretending to be the Queen. This led to her revealing confidential information which was then broadcast on the radio. 3 days later, she committed suicide by hanging. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
In 1954, Ernest Hemingway survived two plane crashes in two days. He was presumed dead almost 24 hours later until he was spotted coming out of the jungle carrying bananas and a bottle of gin. time.com/3961119/birthday…
A 1992 study looked into why obese people who reported eating less than 1200 calories per day failed to lose weight. The study found the group underreported their actual food intake by an average (Β±SD) of 47Β±16 percent and overreported their physical activity by 51Β±75 percent. (Corrected link.) nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056…
Shipwreck hunter Tommy G. Thompson is imprisoned and fined 1,000$ per day for not revealing where he hides the gold he found and had promised to split with investors arkansasonline.com/news/2…
Today I learned of decision fatique, that feeling when you’re overly stressed by the endless amount of decisions you’ve had to make throughout the day - from what to eat for lunch to more complicated decisions that involve our emotional, financial, and physical well-being. msn.com/en-gb/health/mind…
In his college days, Steve Wozniak used a blue box (an illegal phone hacking device) to call the Vatican. He pretended to be Henry Kissinger and asked to speak with the Pope but was denied because the Pope was asleep. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
Today I learned about Eugene Shoemaker. He was a geologist in the mid 1900's who wanted to go to the moon. He failed the medical exam to go to the moon, but he still helped train astronauts on Apollo 11,12, 13. After dying in a car crash his ashes made it to the moon. To this day they're still there. wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene…
The production budget of the first season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" was so low, the cast shot the opening credits sequence using a digital camera themselves while driving around Philadelphia one night. Charlie Day called it the "cheapest credits ever." indigoprod.com/nyc-video-…
That, in 2013, a 31 year old woman in New Zealand died from a cardiac arrhythmia linked to her habit of drinking 6-10 liters a day of Coca-Cola. nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar…
Teddy Roosevelt took a break from the presidency to go camping with John Muir for four days. They explored without any supervision/security. Roosevelt was so inspired by the trip that it eventually led to the creation of the National Park Service. bbvaopenmind.com/en/scien…
One Canadian tank, nicknamed "Bomb," never missed a day of service from when it landed in Normandy on D-Day until the surrender of Germany, firing over 6,000 rounds and taking two enemy hits across France, Belgium, and the Netherlands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
Before Edward I was king of England, he was a prisoner of Simon de Montfort. One day, he asked if he could ride the guards horses and raced them one by one. When he got to the last horse, he rode off to freedom, and all the other horses were too tired to give chase. medievalists.net/2018/02/…
In 1906, a man in Seattle was sentenced to one minute in jail for drunkenness and disorder. The original sentence was 30 days, but after an appeal and six months of litigation, it was shortened to one minute. He was kept in jail until the second hand of the jailer’s watch completed a circle blogs.sos.wa.gov/fromourc…
Glasgow's Duke of Wellington statue was allowed to keep a traffic cone on his head by the local council because every time they removed it over the last 30 years a new one would appear within days costing them Β£10,000 a year to remove them. inews.co.uk/inews-lifesty…
Disney tried unsuccessfully to trademark "SEAL Team 6" the day after the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned about Cahokia, the largest pre-Columbia city in what is now the United States. Its pyramids and earthen mounds stood near present-day East St. Louis, IL. Around the year 1050, it had 30,000 people, making it larger than London or Paris at the time. It was abandoned by 1400. arstechnica.com/science/2…
The firm Cantor Fitzgerald lost 658 employees on 9/11. The CEO, who was taking his child to school that day, later distributed $180 million to the families and offered jobs to all children of the victims. 57 of those children were employed by Cantor Fitzgerald as of 2016. ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/…
Today I learned of β€œCow Tools,” a cartoon described as the most loathed Far Side strip ever, that confused so many readers the newspaper’s phones didn’t stop ringing for two days. The author, Gary Larson, issued a press release explaining the joke after receiving hundreds of letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow…
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-…
Even though Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of electronic television, was disappointed by it for most of his life, he changed his mind the day he saw Neil Armstrong walk on the Moon thanks to his invention, telling his wife "this has made it all worthwhile". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi vowed to pay the average adoption fee of $150 for every dog at a Missouri shelter if the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. They won, and Nnadi paid the fees. A few days later, all 109 shelter dogs had been adopted. cnn.com/2020/02/07/us/kan…
During the 2008 financial crisis, Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFJ made a $9 billion investment in Morgan Stanley, to keep it from collapsing. The emergency deal was confirmed on Columbus Day, when banks are closed, so the money couldn't be wired - so Mitsubishi UFJ wrote out a $9,000,000,000 cheque businessinsider.com/the-9…
The majority of coconuts are picked by trained monkeys. Most coconut oil and meat comes from Thailand where monkeys are used to climb trees and retrieve coconuts. Male monkeys on average get 1,600 coconuts a day, humans only get about 80. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
In 2002 a midwestern college student attempted to create a "smile" across America with pipe bombs in mailboxes. He was committed to an FBI psych hospital where he remains to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luk…
Orangutans are very gentle and solitary animals. Males live 90% of their long lifespans alone, only spending a few days with a female to mate before going back into seclusion. redapes.org/about-orangut…
Denise Rossi, who won 1.3$ millions in lottery and 11 days later went on to divorce her husband so that she wouldn't have to share her money, had to give all of the winnings to her Husband ultimately, because she didn't disclosed her assets beforehand. lottoanalyst.com/greedy-l…
The British Library must store one copy of every single book published in the UK and Ireland. It houses over 200,000,000 publications, adds 6 miles (9.65 km) of new shelf space a year, and receives over 8000 new publications each day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
In 2016 an employee at brewing company Brewdog printed "Mother F**cker Day" on 200,000 cans of their Punk IPA, after saying the company were not punk enough anymore, all of which had to be recalled. The Company made him employee of the month thedrinksbusiness.com/201…
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…
An annual supply of bottled water for a person who consumes 8 glasses a day would cost approximately $200; the same amount of tap water would cost approximately $0.33. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bot…
For the film 'Ray' (2004), Jamie Foxx had to wear eye prosthetics that would make him go blind for up to 12 hours a day. It barely left him any time to sleep because he would practice piano after shooting with the blindfold on. He went on to win the Oscar for best actor for his performance. sfgate.com/entertainment/…
The first Sikh member of the US Army - Bhagat Singh Thind gained US citizenship in 1918 and was stripped of it 4 days later for being Indian. The Supreme Court ruled against him in his second attempt. He succeeded in his third attempt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bha…
Today I learned about the 'cyber seat', the world's first park bench with free internet. It was installed in the UK in 2001 by Microsoft. Within days, two teens had plugged their house phone into it, attempting to call Bill Gates to say 'we are calling you from your bench'. They managed to reach his secretary. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/t…
A man that went looking for the Titanic was only using that as a cover for a secret Cold War US Navy mission. The mission was competed 12 days earlier than expected, so with the time he had left he looked, and he found it! nationalgeographic.co.uk/…
Today I learned about Loving Day, June 12th; the day that Mildred and Richard Loving finally won their case against Virginia in the US Supreme Court in 1967, legalizing interracial marriage in the US. history.com/topics/civil-…
A "Power Ranger" has spent 2 hrs a day helping Tokyo subway riders lug heavy packages and baby strollers up the station stairs, as it has no elevators nor escalators. He said: "Japanese people find it hard to accept help, they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out." nbcnews.com/news/world/ma…
Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard ran 27 marathons in 27 days to raise money for Sport Relief bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-3…
To prevent a rodent infestation, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia owns around 70 cats. The cats spend their days mostly in the basement and are taken care of by the museum staff. The museum has a small kitchen and a pet clinic dedicated to the well-being of the cats. telegraph.co.uk/travel/de…
Reading all privacy policies the average internet consumer encounters in a year would take 76 work days techland.time.com/2012/03…
The average office worker spends 77 minutes a day watching videos unrelated to their job, according to a 2017 survey. psychnewsdaily.com/a-bit-…
Because the UK Royal Navy's Astute class nuclear powered submarines can purify their own air and water and run on nuclear fuel, that the endurance is only limited to 90 days due to breakfast storage capacity for 18,000 sausages and 4200 Weetabix en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
In 2001, the Crown Prince of Nepal shot and killed his father the King, his mother the Queen, and 7 other members of the royal family, before shooting himself in the head. He was then declared King while in a coma, and died three days later without regaining conciousness en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nep…
The author of Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins, helped develop several Nickelodeon shows such as "Little Bear" and "Clarissa Explains It All". She was also head writer for Scholastic's "Clifford's Puppy Days". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suz…
In 2017 , 2 Students Left A Pineapple in an art gallery. When they came back 4 days later , it was in a glass frame. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Much of the filming for Malcolm in the Middle was done on location in various parts of Los Angeles. A privately owned home was rented for upwards of $3,000 a day to film as Malcolm's house. wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcol…
In 2007, when Halo 3 released it broke records on video game sales, making $170 million on the first day. Film executives blamed Halo for a 27% drop in the box office for that week. gamesradar.com/halo-3-bla…
Today I learned of Lloyd Scott, a former footballer who, in 2002, completed the London Marathon while wearing a 130lb (59kg) deep sea diving suit. Finishing the entire race took him five days, eight hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
In 2018, Judge Judy made $147 million, and she films her show 52 days a year. Thus, in 2018 she made ~$2.8 million a day when working. sunshinecoastdaily.com.au…
When practicing for the D-Day landings in "Exercise Tiger" at least 749 Americans were killed by friendly fire and a "wolf pack" of 6 German E-boats who stumbled on the LST ships in the dark. D-Day was nearly called off because 10 officers who knew the exact plans went missing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exe…
The famous horror film "The nightmare on elm street" is actually based on a true story. The director claimed of a young boy who saw a mysterious creature trying to kill him in his dreams. Days after trying to stay awake, the boy screamed, then died in his sleep cinemablend.com/new/Night…
Somali Pirates set up an exchange (like a stock market) where people could buy shares in pirate groups to finance their operations. A 22 year old 'investor' made $75,000 in 38 days after joining the 'company' - after getting a share of ransom money. reuters.com/article/us-so…
The Slim Jim beef jerky factory in Garner coincidentally closed down on the same day that spokesman "Macho Man" Randy Savage died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…
Today I learned about the 2001 hit-and-run accident in Ft. Worth, TX, that left Gregory Biggs lodged - broken-boned and bleeding - in the windshield of the car driven by Chante Mallard. Instead of summoning help, Mallard drove home, parked in her garage and allowed Biggs to slowly die over the next two days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Alcoholics Anonymous was founded by Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith in May 1935, six months after Wilson got sober. Thirty days later, on 10 June 1935, Smith drank his last drink. This is date marked by AA for its anniversaries. As of 2018, AA had over 2 million members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Charlize Theron has suffered many injuries such as dislocating her jaw due to a camel and laughing so hard at Borat that her neck locked up for 5 days en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
America consumes 100 acres of pizza per day. theatlantic.com/culture/a…
The days of the week come from the Norse names for the 7 Ptolemaic planets: Sun's day, Moon's day, Tiw's day, Woden's day, Thor's day, Freya's day, and Saturn's day techtimes.com/articles/35…
William Henry Harrison was the oldest man inaugurated as president (until Reagan). Harrison seemed determined to show that a man his age was up to the rigors of the presidency, but after standing out in the cold rain for two hours, President Harrison fell ill and died 31 days after inauguration loc.gov/wiseguide/aug05/h…
From 1847, Rudolf Wolf started counting sunspots. He peered through a telescope every day, if he could, and recorded the number of spots he observed. Today, all sorts of models use Wolf's sunspot record to predict things like the climate, the orbit of satellites, and the stability of power grids skyandtelescope.org/astro…
Loneliness and social isolation are as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and can lead to a a 29% increase in risk of coronary heart disease and a 32% increase in risk of a stroke. hrsa.gov/enews/past-issue…
Pineapples in the 1700s were worth over $8000 in present-day currency. People would literally rent them to flex at parties. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
During the response to a major bridge collapse in Oklahoma in 2002, an ex-con took command of the disaster site by impersonating a US Army Captain. He directed FBI agents, appropriated vehicles and equipment and lead the rescue/recovery effort for two days before fleeing the scene. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-4…
The average man shouldn't have more than 36g of added sugar and the average woman shouldn't have more than 25g per day. To put that into perspective a can of soda has 40g of sugar in it. heart.org/en/healthy-livi…
Greg Louganis cracked his head in the 1988 Olympics springboard preliminaries. He got 4 stitches and went on to win the gold medal the next day. olympics.nbcsports.com/20…
British politician Tony Benn met his wife in Oxford in 1949. 9 days later, he proposed to her on a park bench. Later, he bought the bench from Oxford City Council and installed it in the garden of their home. They were together for 51 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Today I learned about Rosie Ruiz, a woman who won the Boston Marathon in 1980. It turns out, she cheated and simply hopped in a cab and only pretended to run the race. She hopped out 1/2 of a mile away and jogged to her trophy(which was subsequently taken away 8 days later). nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna…
Steve Callahan survived 76 days lost at sea in a small raft after his sloop sank due to a collision; where he faced sharks, lack of drinkable water, food and atrophy. His survival skills were sought after by the director of the critically acclaimed Life of Pi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In 1971, after LANSA flight 508 was struck by lightening above Peru, 17 year old Juliane Koepcke fell from the sky for two miles but survived. Despite extensive wounds, she walked for 11 days in the rainforest before finding a group of fishermen who helped transport her to a hospital. cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe…
Paul McCartney was arrested in Japan for bringing 8 ounces of Marijuana into the country in 1980. After spending 10 days in Jail he was released without charge and immediately deported. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Today I learned of Lady Jane Grey, aka England’s Forgotten Queen, because she was only the Queen of England for nine days in 1553. She only ascended to the throne because Edward VI wanted to keep a Protestant as the sovereign of England. She was then deposed and executed the following year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lad…
That, in their natural state, olives are almost completely inedible; to combat this 99% of olives are bathed in lye, a powerful corrosive, for several days. mic.com/articles/107536/i…
Today I learned of Randy Gardner, a 17 year-old high school student from San Diego who set the record for the longest time a human has gone without sleep (11 days, 25 min). Gardner's experimental analysis found paranoia, hallucinations, loss of concentration, and being unable to count backwards from 100. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
In Russia the first day of school is called "Knowledge Day" falls on Sept 1st and is a national holiday. Kids and parents celebrate by bringing their kids to school carrying balloons and presents for their teachers, it's especially special for first graders. realrussia.co.uk/Blog/kno…
Snakes can detect earthquakes up to 5 days before one happens. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Joaquin Phoenix lived on "lettuce, asparagus and apples" to slim down for 'Joker'. The Oscar-winning actor previously revealed he'd lost over 50lbs (22.6kg) for his lead role in the movie and has admitted he undertook a "horrible diet" involving just one very limited meal a day. perthnow.com.au/entertain…
During D-day, the USS Texas intentionality flooded a part of itself to help provide inland fire support. It flooded the starboard torpedo blister to list the ship 2 degrees, giving the ship’s guns enough elevation to continue its mission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The 369th Infantry Regiment (better known as the Harlem Hellfighters) served on the front lines for 191 days during World War I, longer than any other American unit. In that time they never gave up any ground they captured. military.com/history/afri…
All male U.S. citizens (and male residents) must register for military conscription ("Selective Service") within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Failure to register is a felony punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or 5 years imprisonment. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
In Alaska, plants can grow freakishly large due to the 20 hours of sunshine they receive per day - which gives them a photosynthesis bonus. Examples include 138 lb cabbage, 65 lb cantaloupe, & 35 lb broccoli. A noted side effect is that the produce is also much sweeter due to the extra sunlight. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
A β€œKermit” is a unit of time equal to 1/100th of a day (approximately 14.4 minutes) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 2000, Canadian opposition leader Stockwell Day proposed referendums on internet petitions if they reached 350,000 signatures - or about 3% of the population. A comedian proposed that Stockwell Day legally change his first name to Doris. It got over 370,000 signatures cbc.ca/news/canada/doris-…
The modern-day hoodie was invented in the 1930s by Knickerbocker Knitting Company, which eventually became the brand 'Champion' frankandoak.com/handbook/…
An unusual friendship between a Female Grey Wolf and a Male Brown Bear was spotted every night for 10 days straight, spending several hours together between 8pm to 4am. They would even share food together. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Aaron Burr married at age 77 to a woman that was well-off. She realized her fortunes were dwindling because of his land speculations, and filed for divorce. It was granted on the day of his death. Her lawyer? Alexander Hamilton, Jr., who was graduating college when his father died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aar…
For the 1973 Clint Eastwood western film 'High Plains Drifer' over 50 technicians and construction workers built an entire townβ€”14 houses, a church, and a two-story hotelβ€”in 18 days, using 150,000 feet of timber. Complete buildings, rather than facades, were built. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
Not only did then-future Supreme Court Justices William Rehnquist & Sandra Day O'Connor date during their time at Stanford Law School, but he actually asked her to marry him as well. She turned down his proposal. 30 years later, however, they found themselves serving on the Court together. npr.org/2018/10/31/662293…
Teddy Roosevelt drank a gallon of coffee every day myrecipes.com/extracrispy…
Barrow in Alaska remains in daylight for 84 days in Summer and dark for 67 days in Winter. It even experiences a midnight Sun! alaska.org/weather/daylig…
While Mexico only drinks 50% more soda per capital than the US(100L & 150L respectively), the Mexican state of Chiapas drinks 820L per capital every year(2.2L per day) due to the drink being introduced into the religious activities of the Mayan people of the region themazatlanpost.com/2019/…
Today I learned of Viper. A rapper that released a full album a day for almost a full year in 2014. To date he's released over 1500 albums, although only 15 of those actually consist of original material. wikipedia.org/wiki/Viper_…
Today I learned about how the Tylenol murders of 1982 changed the way we consume medication. Advent of the tamper proof seal we see and know today. The murders still remain unsolved to this day pbs.org/newshour/health/t…
The movie Die Hard was based on a book "Nothing Lasts Forever" where the main character is depicted as a disturbed hero from his Second World War fighter pilot days, and it is hinted that if he never got involved, fewer people might have been killed. At the end, he likely dies from his wounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not…
In 1955 a Plymouth owner had her 10-day-old car suddenly veer off into a wall while she was driving. The dealer refused to pay for repairs, claiming that the warranty only covered repairing defective parts, not the damages caused by them. However, they got sued and lost the case. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…

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