Today I learned about the Chinese poem "Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den," or "ShΔ« shΓ¬ shΓ­ shΔ« shǐ." The poem is solely composed of "shi" 92 times, but pronounced with different tones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lio…
Ivy league schools all had ties to the Opium trade in the late 19th century with major benefactors using their drug money to fund libraries, societies and even Princeton itself. Undergrads even began running opium dens from Boston to New York until a Harvard student OD'd in 1889. thecrimson.com/article/20…
Today I learned of Leslie Grantham who finished a prison sentence for murder, became an actor appearing in Doctor Who, then became an immensely popular star as Den in UK soap opera EastEnders in 1985. Den was killed off, brought back from the dead, then killed permanently after a sex scandal in 2004 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les…
Today I learned of the "Giant Panda Kindergarten" in China where 18 cubs celebrated their 1st birthday in 2019. Researchers mistakenly thought pandas liked solitary life & kept each panda in a tiny den; the pandas got depressed & didn't want to mate; this changed when pandas were allowed to hang out together. chinadaily.com.cn/a/20190…
The capital of The Netherlands is Amsterdam. However, it is not the seat of government (Den Haag; The Hague) nor the capital of the province it's located in (Haarlem). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net…
The term "Pipe Dream" originated from the opium dens of the old west, where people would hallucinate after smoking too much opium. grammarist.com/phrase/pip…
In 2016 Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche was discovered to have a hidden motor in her bicycle, the first proven instance of "Mechanical Doping" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fem…
English singer Birdy's real name is Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde. Her stage name came from a nickname her parents gave her as a child. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…
Today I learned about The Hyena Man. He started feeding them to keep them away from livestock, only to gain their trust and be led to their den and meet some of the cubs. relay.nationalgeographic.…
Formations called "the Devil's Corkscrew" were first found around Harrison, Nebraska, in 1891, and were once thought to be extinct forms of sea sponges, but it turns out they are actually fossilized dens of an extinct type of beaver called Palaeocastor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
All of the characters in a Chinese poem called the "Lion-eating Poet in the Stone Den" is pronounced "Shi" but with different tones en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lio…
Today I learned about Octopolis and Octlantis of the coast of Australia. Octopuses are usually solitary creatures, but in these places they have been observed meeting up, living together, communicating with each other, chasing unwelcome octopuses away, and even evicting each other from dens. theguardian.com/environme…
Porcupines haul large bones back to their dens to eat because they need the nutrients for growing their quills en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gig…
After Nicole van den Hurk's death, her stepbrother falsely confessed to the killing in order to get her body exhumed for DNA tests, leading to the arrest and prosecution of her real attacker en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
A study of spiny lobsters showed they avoid others who've contracted an infectious disease called PaV1 that is transmitted by physical contact and which has a steady 7% infection rate in Florida waters. Spiny lobsters are very social and share communal dens but will shun infected individuals. odu.edu/news/2014/4/butle…
Following the death of Nicole van den Hurk, her stepbrother falsely confessed to killing her to get her body exhumed for DNA testing, thus leading to the arrest and prosecution of her attacker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
The term military tattoo comes from the early 17th-century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe ("turn off the tap"), a signal sounded by drummers or trumpeters to instruct innkeepers to stop serving beer and for soldiers to return to their barracks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
In 1970, 3 men broke into the zoo in Portland. 1 was mauled to death by lions while showing off by lowering himself into the lions den. The next night, one of the surviving 2, broke in again & shot the lions to death gizmodo.com/the-saga-of-a…
The Timber Rattlesnake brumates in dens during the Winter, often together with copperheads and black rat snakes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Arctic foxes create unintentional gardens by reusing den sites for generations and that these gardens are hotspots of biodiversity in such a challenging landscape indefenseofplants.com/blo…
During Napoleon's return from Elba, a Parisian paper printed headlines along the lines of: "Mar 9: The Monster has left his den. Mar 10: The Ogre has landed. Mar 13: The Tyrant has passed through Lyon. Mar 22: Yesterday evening His Majesty the Emperor made his entry and arrived at Paris." en.wikisource.org/wiki/Na…
Around 2,000 coyotes live in and around downtown Chicago. One GPS-collared coyote and his mate even raised a litter of healthy pups inside a secret concrete den in the parking lot of Soldier Field Stadium news.nationalgeographic.c…
To show how Classical Chinese had become an impractical language, linguist Chao Yuen Ren wrote a 92-character poem in which every syllable has the sound "shi". The poem "ShΔ« ShΓ¬ shΓ­ shΔ« shǐ" translates to "Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lio…
Opium dens existed in Melbourne, Australia into the 1950s abc.net.au/news/2018-03-2…
Den Fujita who opened the first McDonald's in Japan believed if the Japanese ate McDonald's hamburgers and potatoes for one thousand years it would make the people taller, have white skin and turn their hair blonde. nytimes.com/2008/03/26/di…
In 1795, French cavalry charged across the frozen bay at Den Helder to capture a trapped Dutch fleet. It is the only time in history a naval fleet has been defeated by a cavalry charge. wikipedia.org/wiki/Captur…
When Lodewijk van den Ber designed an experiment for the Space Shuttle, NASA asked for a list of eight people who could fly in orbit to run it. Adding his own name to finish the list, to van den Ber's amazement he became the first Dutch spaceman despite his age (53) and physical condition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lod…
There is a poem written in Classical Chinese composed of 92 characters in which every syllable has the sound "shi" when read in modern Mandarin Chinese, with only the tones differing. It begins: "In a stone den was a poet called Shi, who was a lion addict, and had resolved to eat ten lions." youtube.com/watch?v=vExjn…
In 18th century England, gambling dens hired people whose jobs was to swallow the dice in the event of a police raid blog.caesars.com/las-vega…
The brewery in Belgium that created and produces Stella Artois pilsner beer was founded in 1366 as the "Den Hoorn" brewery in Leuven and turns 650 this year. It became "Brouwerij Artois" in 1717. The horn logo is recognized as the oldest known continuously-used company logo in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
The Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den in a short story in Chinese in which every word is pronounced "shi". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lio…
In 1854 John "Grizzly" Adams had retrieved 2 male Grizzly bears that were 2 weeks old from their mothers den, he named one Ben Franklin. A year later Ben defended him from a mother grizzly attack. They both received scars from the attack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Rattlesnakes hibernate for the winter in large communal dens. Sometimes, dens can contain over a thousand snakes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat…
Chinese during the Great Depression embraced stereotypes by adding fake opium dens to Chinatowns along with other Chinese sterotypes in order to bring in Tourist and money books.google.com/books?id…
When Superman: The Movie first aired on TV, Lex Luthor played β€œYou Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” on piano while lowering Miss Tessmacher into a lion’s den. The scene was never shown again. moviepilot.com/p/a-3-hour…
76 of the 143 pitches (to date) made on Dragon's Den in the UK fell through. This is (mostly) due to lies in the pitch, false claims of holding a patent, and in a few cases the business just went silent on the investor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Today I learned about the Narcisse Snake Dens in Manitoba, Canada. Each year, tens of thousands of snakes congregate here to mate, making it the largest single agglomeration of snakes in the world. gov.mb.ca/sd/wildlife/spm…
Jerry Garcia played a custom built guitar named 'Lightning Bolt' which was made from the recycled rosewood of a bed from an Asian opium den. jerrygarcia.com/guitars/
Theres a german tv show (Schlag den Raab) where you compete against the shows host in all kinds of games (everything from sports, quiz, fun stuff etc.). The price is 500000 euros for every show, if the host wins it goes into the jackpot which is at 3,5 millions right now. prosieben.at/tv/schlag-de…
A Chinese prostitute became a pirate with a fleet of 18,000 men, defeating the Chinese, British and Portuguese Navies before retiring to run a brothel and gambling den! theworldofchinese.com/201…
Today i have learnt that polar bears do not hibernate; they are just too big to become dormant. Furthermore, the female polar bear starves for as long as 4 to 5 months in her den. polarbearfacts.net/do-pol…
Fort Livingstone was built in the summer of 1874 with the intent of making it the capital of Canada's Northwest Territories. The next spring, they realized the fort had been built on top of an enormous garter snake den. Within a few years, the fort was abandoned. pelly.ca/facts/snakes.htm…
There is a Chinese poem named "Lion- Eating Poet in the Stone Den" in which every syllable is the same, just in different tones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lio…
A fox's den is called an Earth. onekind.org/be_inspired/a…
Today I learned of Harold Davidson, vicar of Stiffkey, who called himself the "Prostitutes' Padre" and tried to help sex workers. Defrocked for immoral conduct by the church, he became a showman and was mauled to death while re-enacting the story of Daniel in the Den of Lions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
58% of investments on Dragons' Den fell through after the cameras stopped rolling. tigermobiles.com/dragons-…
The European Polecat will, at times when food is scarce, paralyze its prey with a bite to the brain, then store it alive in its den to keep it fresh en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eur…
Dragons Den Dragon Michael Wekerle, in a drunken 2012 tirade, blew an air horn in a hotel lobby, tossed money from a fanny pack into the air, dropped his pants, licked a woman’s foot, made lewd comments and injured a valet when he tried to carry the man on his shoulders. canadianbusiness.com/lead…
Today I learned of "The Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den", a Chinese poem written using only the syllable 'shi' with different tones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lio…
The show Shark Tank and Dragon's Den are both based on the Japanese show: "ManΔ“ no Tora" or "Money Tigers" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…

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