African elephants often bury dead or sleeping humans or aid them when they are hurt. One woman fell asleep under a tree and woke to find an elephant standing over her gently touching her. As other elephants arrived they buried her under branches. She was found the next morning unharmed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
A South African farmer rescued a baby hippo from a flood and gave it a home. The farmer fed him, brushed his teeth and helped him. The farmer was found dead with severe bite marks from the hippo and his body submerged in the river where he rescued the hippo 6 years earlier news.sky.com/story/pet-hi…
Today I learned of the "copper" scroll found with the Dead Sea Scrolls. Besides being metal, this scroll is different from the others in that it is not a religious work. It claims to list the locations of where various items of gold and silver were buried or hidden. Attempts to find it have been unsuccessful. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop…
At the beginning of Rob Zombie's song Dragula, the line "Superstition, fear and jealousy" was a clip spoken by Christopher Lee in the film, The City of the Dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
George A. Romero, legendary horror director of Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, got his start directing short films for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood screenrant.com/george-rom…
Aircraft manufacturers use specialized cannons to fire whole dead chickens at planes in order to simulate bird strikes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
In during WW2, an American bomber -*ye olde pub*- was nearly shot down. A German fighter gave chase and once in range, he noticed the dead and injured crew and the terror in the pilots face. He didn’t attack and escorted the plane. Both pilots survived the war and finally met in 1990 jalopnik.com/why-a-german…
A Grateful Dead concert from 43 years ago still remains the largest ticketed concert in the United States. September 3, 1977, Englishtown, New Jersey 107,019 people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 1917 when Shackleton found rescue from a doomed expedition he took to the Antarctic in August, 1914, he asked how the war turned out. The answer was "the war isn't over. Millions are dead. Europe is mad. The world is mad." todayinhistory.blog/2017/…
Today I learned about Kuru. a terrifying disease caused by eating human brains. Villages in Papua NG ate brains of the dead as an act of love and twisted brain proteins caused trembling and β€œthe laughing death”. People die within 2-4 months. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Researches at Uni. of Oklahoma injected almost 300 MG of LSD into a male Indian elephant in 1967. Within 5 minutes he collapsed; slightly under two hours later he was dead. illinoisscience.org/2016/…
In correspondence chess there is a concept known as the "Dead Man's Defense", where a player spends as much time as possible playing out a lost position in hopes that the opposing player simply dies or loses interest, thereby winning the game. iccfwebfiles.blob.core.wi…
SchrΓΆdinger never meant to prove that the cat was both alive and deadβ€”he meant to prove the exact opposite, that it had to be either dead or alive, not both. betterexplained.com/artic…
The song β€˜The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ mentioning β€œscary ghost stories” is from the pre-Christianity pagan belief that the winter solstice, being the longest night, was when the dead could most easily return. omnia.sas.upenn.edu/story…
Dogs would often dig up bodies and tombs in ancient Egypt, which was a problem because the dead and their belongings were sacred. So, the Egyptians gave the god Anubis a canine head and made him "protector of the dead." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anu…
In 1985, the Soviets developed Dead Hand, a doomsday device that is still around. In the event of a total decapitation of the Soviet/Russian chain of command, an automatic system could detect a nuclear first strike and launch a retaliatory strike completely autonomously. science.howstuffworks.com…
Gen. George Custer, before the disastrous Battle of Little Bighorn, was warned by his own Native American scouts that the Lakota allied forces vastly outnumbered Custer's men. Custer ignored these warnings believing his well armed forces to be nigh invincible. He was dead within the day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned that part of the reason Pythagoras hated beans so much was the belief that beans contained the souls of dead people. Hence, when you farted, you farted the souls of your dead ancestors. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Members of the crow family (crows, Jays, Ravens, etc) can conceive of 'fair' and 'unfair' treatment and can hold grudges against specific humans for years at a time. They also hold funerals for their dead. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
When Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley was found dead in his condo, he was so emaciated after years of heroin addiction and health issues that he only weighed 39kg. He died on the anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lay…
In 2008 suspected serial murderer Ricky Simonds was found dead of heat stroke in the trunk of his ex-girlfriends car. Investigators on the case believe Simonds was waiting in the trunk to ambush and murder his ex-girlfriend, when he became locked in the vehicle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
In 1979, two tiny silver scrolls were found in a burial chamber southwest of the Old City of Jerusalem. Dated 400 years before the Dead Sea Scrolls, the scrolls were examined and found to contain the Priestly Benediction, Numbers 6:24-26. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ket…
, in England, Oliver Cromwell was dead for seven years, dug up, put on trial, found guilty, then executed and burned. rmg.co.uk/discover/explor…
Futurama's gag about French being an undecipherable dead language was replaced with German being the dead language in the French dubs. thelinguafile.com/2015/01…
Even though he died in 1994, Kim Il-sung remains president of North Korea. The constitution was revised in 1998, declaring him 'Eternal President of the Republic', making North Korea the only necrocracy in the world - a government that still operates under the rules of a dead former leader. britannica.com/biography/…
German citizens in Ohrdruf were forced to view the inside of the Ohrdruf labor camp (the first concentration camp liberated) and bury the dead. A practice that was repeated at other camps. nationalww2museum.org/war…
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…
When Jerry Garcia, former founding-member and lead-guitarist/vocalist for the Grateful Dead, was 4 years old, he lost most of his right middle finger from a wood splitting accident during a family vacation. On the Garcia family's next vacation a year later, Jerry's father drowned to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
When the singer from the band Mayhem killed himself, he wrote in his suicide note, "Excuse all the blood." When the guitarist found him, he called the bassist and told him, "Dead has done something really cool! He killed himself" The band members also had necklaces made from bits of his skull. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
A small town in New York called Lily Dale, is the center of the American Spiritualist movement, and receives tens of thousands of visitors each year, many of them seeking out the town's many psychics and mediums to communicate with the dead goworldtravel.com/lily-da…
In 1992, popular British electronic band The KLF fired machine gun blanks at their audience at the BRIT Awards, dumped a dead sheep at the afterparty, retired from the music industry, and deleted their back catalogue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Iphone fingerprint sensors can differentiate between a living and dead. Apple-developed biometric uses radio frequency waves to check the skin underneath a finger's outer layer mashable.com/2017/11/15/s…
Today I learned of the National Eagle Repository. It is the central location for receipt, storage, and distribution of eagles that have been found dead to federally recognized native tribes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Today I learned about the Victoria Hall Disaster where throwing treats into the audience during a children's variety show led to a stampede that left 183 children dead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
Necropants are a pair of pants (trousers) made from the skin of a dead person. They were believed in Icelandic witchcraft to grant unlimited wealth. The only known pair of necropants is a recreation in the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft in HΓ³lmavΓ­k, Iceland atlasobscura.com/articles…
The largest shopping mall in the world (in terms of gross leasable area) is the South China Mall in Dongguan, China. When opened in 2005, the mall failed to attract merchants and has mostly remained vacant since it opened. Leading it to be dubbed a "dead mall." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Today I learned about the 'attack of the dead men' when Russian soldiers poisoned by German combat gases, attacked Germans stationed at Osowiec stronghold, effectively causing them to panic at the sight of 'dead men coughing blood' attacking, and causing them to flee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
Anthropomorphic taxidermy enraptured Victorians and was at the epicenter of the 19th century art world. Dead rodents mimicked the style of fashionable paintings and sculptures and the work dazzled the likes of Darwin, Dickens, Bronte, and Carroll. Queen Victoria called it "really marvelous". atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about Taphephobia: the fear of being buried alive as a result of being incorrectly pronounced dead, and that before the era of modern medicine the fear was not entirely irrational and quite common. history.com/news/why-many…
In late June of 2019 SpaceX lauched the remains of 152 dead people(along with 24 satellites). One of the people whose remains were sent into space was Scotty from the original star trek seires. zmescience.com/science/sp…
Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers Neighborhood) gave George Romero (Director of Dawn of the Dead) his first paying gig directing shorts for the children’s show. Romero then went on to create some of the most iconic zombie films of all time. screenrant.com/george-rom…
In WWI, the Germans faced a counterattack after using poison gases against the Russians. The soldiers had no protective equipment and their zombie-like appearance frightened the Germans into retreat in the Attack of the Dead Men en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
"Dead Cat Space" is an Auto Industry standard term for what engineers and designers call the area above the tire and below the fender. It got its name because the top of a car’s tire is often a warm place where cats seek to nap. detroitnews.com/story/bus…
After the battle of Waterloo in 1815, scavengers removed the teeth from tens of thousands of dead soldiers for use in dentures. The so-called "Waterloo teeth" were in demand because they came from relatively healthy young men en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
When a loved one died in parts of England, Scotland or Wales during the 18th/19th century, the family placed bread on the chest of the deceased. A sin eater would then sit with the dead and β€œabsorb” the sins of the departed’s soul. atlasobscura.com/articles…
A "dead" Egyptian snail was put on display in a British museum. Four years later, the "dead" snail awoke. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ere…
Today I learned of Ghulam Dastagir, a Stationmaster who refused to leave his post during the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, & prevented any trains from stopping at the station, saving thousands of lives even as his colleagues were dead and he himself spent 2 decades in and out of hospital due to long exposure to the Gas news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south…
William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada's longest serving Prime Minister viewed hitler as a misunderstood kindred spirit and hero who King's higher mission was to lead to peace, regularly communed with spirits of the dead, including Davinci, Roosevelt, and his dead dog. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In a subway station in the Chinese city of Nanjing, vending machines sell live crabs. The crabs are kept at 0-10Β° C (32-50Β° F) - not enough to freeze them, but cold enough to make them docile. Around 200 crabs are sold daily - and if you buy a dead one, you'll get three live ones for free npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
In 2012 the President of Malawi's dead body was flown to South Africa "for medical treatment" for a fatal heart attack, in an unsuccessful attempt to hide his death and organize a coup while preventing the Vice President from taking office iol.co.za/news/africa/mal…

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