In 2018, doctors found that a patient, Kendra Jackson, had a leaky brain for 5 years. After an accident in 2013, she had a daily runny nose for years and suffered headaches. She lost half a pint of brain fluid a day through her nose. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
During the Danish Colonization of Greenland, missionary Hans Egede found that local Inuit had no concept for what bread was and so he changed the Lord’s Prayer to say β€œGive us this day our daily seal”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
The great smog of London in 1952 was so bad that pedestrians couldn't even see their feet. Some of the 4,000 who died in the 5 days it lasted didn't suffer lung problems – they fell into the Thames and drowned because they could not see the river theguardian.com/environme…
At the peak of the financial crisis of 2008 Volkswagen became the most valuable company in the world for one day despite being on the brink of bankruptcy moxreports.com/vw-infinit…
In January 2015, Marshawn Lynch was threatened with a $500,000 fine by the NFL if he didn't make himself available for Super Bowl Media Day. He showed up, set a timer on his phone, answered 29 questions with some variation of "I'm here so I won't get fined," and left the podium within 5 minutes espn.com/nfl/playoffs/201…
Although they failed to find missing pilot Steve Fossett for years, in the days following his disappearance, they DID find EIGHT other previously unidentified crash sites. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned of Erwin Kreuz, a German tourist who planned to visit San Francisco but accidentally disembarked early, and then spent days looking for the Golden Gate Bridge and other Bay Area landmarks in Bangor, Maine. Amused and touched, Maine residents turned him into a local celebrity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erw…
In 2016, the Swedish Tourism Council created a single phone number that connected the caller to a random Swede for you to have a conversation with. In the 79 days it was open, almost 200,000 calls were made with a combined 367 days worth of conversations. theswedishnumber.com/
Edgar Allen Poe died mysteriously after having been missing for six days. Though still alive when he was finally found, he was wearing someone else’s cheap clothes and not coherent enough to tell where he’d been. He had disappeared en route to his own wedding. history.com/news/how-did-…
A woman sued a TV weatherman after he predicted a sunny day, causing her to go out lightly dressed - and when it turned stormy, she caught the flu, missed 4 days’ work, spent $38 on medication, and suffered stress. The case was settled out of cΠΎurt for $1000, and the weatherman apologised to her kahanelaw.com/wacky-wedne…
Today I learned of a "cargo cult" in the South Pacific who worship an American soldier named John Frum. The cult started after American troops visited the island in WWII, with much more advanced technology than the indigenous people had ever seen. The cult believes John Frum will one day return, bringing cargo. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Ketamine was given to boys trapped in a cave to keep them unconscious & to prevent them from panicking during their six day rescue businessinsider.com/thai-…
Ants sleep by taking about 250 one minute naps throughout their day. It totals just under 5 hours of sleep. This allows for 80% of their colony to be awake, working and prepared at any given moment. kingstownelawn.com/blog/d…
Not long after Julius Caesar was assassinated, a comet shone for seven successive days. This signified Julius Caesar's ascension to Godhood, and propaganda for Caesar's nephew. The comet was described as: "To make that soul a star that burns forever, Above the Forum and the gates of Rome." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cae…
In 1969 LIFE magazine published a cover story called β€œThe Faces Of The American Dead In Vietnam: One Week’s Toll.” Page after page of images of young men, 242 of them, killed in seven days of fighting the war in Vietnam. life.com/history/faces-of…
During D-Day invasion of Normandy by the allied forces, German commanders wanted to send the armored (Panzer Tanks) division to stop them. They had to wait for the order from Hitler because he was sleeping at the time and didn't want to be disturbed. When he woke up, it was too late. history.com/news/d-day-hi…
Babylonians were using a rudimentary form of calculus to calculate Jupiter’s displacement each day along the ecliptic, the path that the sun appears to trace through the stars. Historians had thought such techniques did not emerge until more than 1400 years later, in 14th century Europe. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
Today I learned of the Kengir Gulag Uprising, where inmates assumed control over a camp. Due to the large body of educated inmates the 40 days of freedom saw the creation of plays, an ex-noble organizing a cafΓ©, priests organizing marriages, engineers creating improvised radios and a hydroelectric powerstation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
Psychologist George Stratton wore glasses that turned the world upside down for 8 days. By the third day his brain had adjusted the image to feel right side up and normal. Once he took the glasses off his normal vision looked inverted for hours. madsci.org/posts/archives…
Only one US president (Franklin D Roosevelt) has ever been inaugurated 4 times. Shortly afterwards, the 22nd Amendment was ratified, limiting presidents to two terms. Roosevelt died 82 days into his final term. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
One reason Lyndon B. Johnson did not run for re-election was because a study he commissioned had predicted he would die at 64 and thus may not make it through a 2nd term. True enough, he would die on 22 January 1973 at 64, 2 days after what would have been the end of his 2nd term. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
Notorious killer, Richard Kulinski, once put a body into a barrel of cement and left it in front of a diner. He regularly visited the diner waiting for the body to be discovered until one day the barrel went missing. The diner's patrons never discussed it and the body was never recovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Ancient Egyptians had 12 months of exactly 30 days each, with five epagomenal days to bring the total to 365. Each month was divided into three 10-day periods known as decans or decades. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egy…
[in 1926] Overcome with grief after the death of his wife, famed sharp shooter Annie Oakley, Francis Butler refused to eat and died of starvation 18 days later at the age of 78. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
The painting "The Scream" was stolen the same day as the opening of the 1994 Olympics; the thieves left a note saying "thanks for the poor security" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about Hannah Sabata, a 19 year old Nebraska woman who stole $6000 from a bank in 2012. After the crime she immediately posted a video to YouTube titled "Chick Bank Robber" where she held bundles of cash up to the camera and bragged about what she'd done. She was caught the same day. cbsnews.com/news/self-pro…
The 1995 short "multi-facial" written, directed, produced by and starring Vin diesel was made on a $3000 budget and shot over the course of three days. It aired at Cannes film Festival later that year and caught the eye of Steven Spielberg who would then go on to cast him in Saving Private Ryan. youtu.be/A6j1yfUxB0U
In the Netherlands, if you die and have no next of kin, friends or family to attend your funeral, they will send a poet who shall read a custom poem for you at your funeral so that you won’t be alone that day. It was started by poet and artist F Staril and is named "The Lonely Funeral" project. arcpublications.co.uk/boo…
Daylight Savings Time has been shown to increase the rate of heart attacks (AMI’s) by 24% the morning of the time change. Scientists think this is due to the change in our sleep cycle. Conversely, when the time switches back, the study showed a 21% decrease in AMI’s that day. openheart.bmj.com/content…
In 2017 a Toronto man pledged to eat a photo of Jason Segel every day until Jason Segel ate a picture of him. During one attempt, he choked on the photo and almost died news.avclub.com/guy-eatin…
Newborn blue whales gain about 200 pounds each day during the first year of their lives. whalefacts.org/how-big-is…
The founder of Old Bay seafood seasoning founded his own company after being fired by McCormick after two days on the job after they found out he was Jewish en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
The Hawaiian island of Kauai encourages tourists to check a dog out of shelters for a day as part of a field trip for dogs program. Having the dogs out and about gives them exercise and increases their chances of getting adopted by a local. hawaii-aloha.com/blog/201…
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) accounts for one-third of infant deaths in America. It occurs more often on weekends and 33% more on New Year’s Day. Infants whose caretakers drink alcohol are twice as likely to die from SIDS. reuters.com/article/us-dr…
A woman in a wheelchair won a treadmill on the Price is Right. When someone tweeted "I laughed but then felt bad", she replied "Don't feel bad. I feel great. I've been popping wheelies all day." youtu.be/AVBFHlpXGxY?t=0
In 14th December 1971, just two days before officially losing the war, Pakistan made a final effort was made to kill as many intellectuals (including professors, journalists, doctors, artists, engineers etc.) as possible, to eliminate the future leaders of the new nation of Bangladesh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Malta has a total of 359 churches, nearly one for every day of the year. With an area of only 316 square kilometres, the country's "church density" is slightly more than 1 church per square kilometre. It's difficult to get lost in Malta because a church will lead you to its village centre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The people living in modern day Cameroon, when they heard about the turmoil in the US during the Great Depression, raised $3.77 to help the poor suffering families shmoop.com/great-depressi…
Colonel Sanders (which is a the highest honorary title in the State of Kentucky) of KFC fame sold his company in 1964 for only $2 million dollars ($17 million today). He remained as brand ambassador but complained the company had cut costs and made an inferior product than the early days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Budapest, Hungary declares lomtalanΓ­tΓ‘s or "get-rid-of-junk" days where residents pile mountains of trash in the streets. Scavengers, scrappers, and collectors sift through the piles before sanitation workers clean it all up. welovebudapest.com/en/art…
The Gorkhas, soldiers native to the Kingdom of Gorkha, present-day Nepal, are well known for their fearlessness and combat prowess. They wield the signature Khukuri knife, a forward-curving traditional Nepali knife. In WWII, they fought with Allies against Axis powers in Asia and Europe. abc.net.au/news/2018-06-0…
In 2007, 33-year-old Steve Way weighed over 100kg, smoked 20 cigarettes a day & ate junk food regularly. In order to overcome lifestyle-related health issues, he started taking running seriously. In 2008, he ran the London Marathon in under 3 hours and, in 2014, he set the British 100 km record en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned of Wei Jie. A frail youth who lived in 3rd Century AD China, he was considered to be so beautiful that hordes of admirers mobbed him/his home all day, which caused him to die of stress. "Wei Jie died of stares" is now a Chinese idiom describing celebrities who have very obsessive fandoms. ecns.cn/learning-Chinese/…
US Senator William Proxmire of Wisconsin wanted the US to ratify the UN Genocide Convention. He gave a speech on the need to ratify it each day the Senate was in session from 1967-1986 (a total of 3,211 times) until the US Senate finally ratified it on Feb. 11th, 1986 in an 83-11 vote. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
36 million Americans have no teeth. It's driven largely by the fact that 30% don't brush their teeth twice a day, and 2% don't brush at all. This tooth loss is also compounded by their diet, aging, and not seeing a dentist. gotoapro.org/facts-figure…
When recording with Bowie in Berlin, Brian eno would use whatever loose change he had in his pocket to buy a U-Bahn subway ticket to however far that cash would take him, and then spend the day exploring there. Bowie says they took that approach to recording the album bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09…
Tom Hanks, who played Mr. Rogers in β€œ A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood”, is Mr. Rogers’ sixth cousin. edition.cnn.com/2019/11/1…
Bill Murray once drove a taxi cab so that the cab driver could spend time playing saxophone in the backseat. The cab driver mentioned that he never had time to play his sax since he had to work 14 hours a day. Murray took the driver’s seat so that he could finally play some tunes. pagesix.com/2014/09/05/bi…
After a Polish Admiral of German descent JΓ³zef Unrug was taken prisoner during WW2, his former Imperial German Navy friends came to visit him. Unrug refused to speak German with them, saying that he had forgotten that language in September 1939 the day Germany invaded Poland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
In 1950, an Austrian psychology researcher had his assistant wear a pair of goggles that turned the world upside-down. By the 10th day, everything looked "normal" to him to the point he could effortlessly walk through a crowded sidewalk and even ride a bicycle while wearing them. theguardian.com/education…

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