The cottage where Ulysses Grant finished his memoirs is now an historic monument and is kept how it was when he died. On his desk is a large bottle of liquid cocaine. Park rangers check it annually to make sure it is all there. blog.americanheritage1.co…
In the early 19th century the US Senate's desks were updated to make them more usable (i.e. a writing box and an extra drawer). Daniel Webster refused to update his desk, thinking it was a waste of money. The desk is still used as nobody wants to get rid of it since it belonged to Daniel Webster mentalfloss.com/article/8…
The desk used by many presidents of the United States was named β€œResolute Desk” because it was made from pieces of wood of the HMS Resolute, a English ship discovered by an American in Artica, repaired and sent back to England as a sign of friendship between the two countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
A 1949 BBC memo forbade employees to use desk lamps unless the main room light was on. The head of the Variety department believed that a man working at a desk in a confined space with only the light from a low-wattage lamp would nurture furtive ideas and produce degenerate programme material. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
The inventor of the Lava Light, an accountant, originally didn't envision his product associating with groovy psychedelic hippie culture. An ad for them in the straight-laced American Bar Association Journal pitched an "executive" desk version mounted on a walnut base beside a ballpoint pen. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The Presidential seal doesn't change in a time of war. The eagle usually faces the olive branch, but on the Resolute desk, it faces the arrows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
Sting started writing the hit song "every breath you take" at Ian Fleming's writing desk on the Goldeneye estate in Jamaica en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
19th Century superstar juggler Paul Cinquevalli could juggle three balls while carrying his assistant, a chair and a desk, using his teeth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Legendary crime fighter Eliot Ness was promised by Al Capone that $2,000 would be on his desk every Monday morning if he turned a blind eye to his gang's bootlegging activities ( $33,000 a week in 2018 adjusting for inflation). Ness refused the bribe, was penniless when he died in 1957. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Harry S. Truman's famous "The Buck Stops Here" desk placard has a back that says "I'm from Missouri" trumanlibrary.gov/educati…
'Every Breath You Take' was written by Sting at the same desk at which Ian Fleming wrote his James Bond novels. Sting was staying at Fleming's property GoldenEye in Jamaica following the breakdown of his first marriage. In 2019 BMI declared the song the most played in radio history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
The Oval Office's current desk, a gift from Queen Victoria, was modified by FDR who had a carved front panel added to hide his leg braces. It has also been raised with a base because presidents from JFK to Reagan kept banging their knees against the underside. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
Neil Douglas boarded a flight & found his doppelgΓ€nger/lookalike, Robert Stirling, sitting in his seat. The whole plane laughed & they took a selfie. Douglas arrived at his hotel, only to find the same double at the check-in desk. Their paths crossed again at a bar & they shared a laugh & a pint bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
Rock paper scissors is a game that goes back 2000 years to ancient Han China. The game spread throughout Asia with various characters, often animals, replacing the desk supplies we know today. In a version, a village chief is beaten by a fox, who is beaten by a hunter, who is beaten by the chief wrpsa.com/the-official-hi…
Today I learned of Zonia Baber. During the late 1880s and early 1900s, she was responsible for revolutionizing geography teaching methods and patented a school desk design to enable students to store learning materials. Baber also pushed for students to be taught through experience and not just a textbook. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned about Cronus, the tarantula who whipped the Tory party in the United Kingdom. He is the pet of former chief whip Gavin Williamson. He kept Cronus positioned on his desk in his office in the Hous of Commons in order to intimidate MPs to vote with the government. theguardian.com/environme…
A park ranger on Rinca Island was attacked by a Komodo dragon in his own office after a cleaner had left the door open the night before. The dragon was hiding under his desk when he sat down. The smell of blood attracted more outside. The ranger was taken to the hospital and recovered. canberratimes.com.au/stor…
The National Archives sells a replica of the Resolute desk for $8000. nationalarchivesstore.org…
North Koreans are very proud of their one-of-a-kind desks. The desk was invented by Kim Jong Il and has a knob which can be used to adjust the height of the desk. youtube.com/watch?v=3HJj8…
A member of Al Capone's gang promised federal agent Eliot Ness that $2000 (around $33,250 in today's money) would be on his desk every Monday if he turned a blind eye to their bootlegging. Ness refused the bribe and in later years struggled with money; he died almost broke at the age of 54. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
80 to 90 percent of high school graduates in Singapore are myopic. The same is true in China, Taiwan, Japan and South Koreaβ€” all places where kids now spend far more time hunched over a desk or computer than did previous generations. Half the world could need glasses by 2050 dianakwon.com/highlights/…
Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, lost her virginity at a cemetery where she would secretly meet her future husband. After Shelley died, her family searched her desk and they found a copy of a poem written by her deceased husband, along with some of his ashes and the remains of his heart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The desk in the Oval Office is called the Resolute Desk, named after the ship it was built out of in 1880. The HMS Resolute was found empty and adrift in packice, then salvaged by the US and gifted back to the UK, which helped narrowly avoid a war. FDR would add the front to hide his polio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
Ancient Chinese physicians kept a small ivory "medicine doll" in their desks to help them treat female patients, who were forbidden from showing too much skin to a male other than their husband. Women seeking medical attention would point to the areas on the doll where they had discomfort. atlasobscura.com/articles…
When House Speaker Tip O'Neill showed Ronald Reagan the desk of former president Grover Cleveland, Reagan remarked that he'd played Cleveland in a film. O'Neill reminded him that Reagan had actually played Grover Cleveland Alexander, a baseball player. sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-…
The U.S. Presidential desk was made from a British exploration ship that was lost in the arctic, found & & fixed by the Americans, repatriated back to England to and eventually it's timber used to make a desk given to the president by Queen Victoria whitehousemuseum.org/furn…
Elton John answered an ad for a talent search. After failing the audition he told the person behind the desk that he can't write lyrics. He was handed an envelope with lyrics by another person who answered the ad and failed the audition Bernie Taupin, who then wrote the majority of Elton's songs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Ergonomists could show a relationship between the ergonomic characteristics of the educational furniture and the number of cognitive errors based on Stroop test. They found that an error percentage reduction using separated chair and desk against arm table student chair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Cereal is so popular at Pixar that they even have a cereal bar with over a dozen types of cereal available. Workers eat cereal in the screening rooms, during meetings, and even at their desks. disneyfoodblog.com/2012/0…
It has been a tradition to have a desk full of candy on the Republican side of the Senate since 1968. The desk provides snacks for Senators who are not allowed to eat inside the chamber. It is currently operated by Pat Toomey and stocked with Hershey products. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Today I learned about musician Gaelynn Lea ,winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert competition, who was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic condition that causes complications in the development of bones and limbs. youtu.be/n6oSeODGmoQ
During the development of Space Harrier, the president of SEGA insisted that if the graphics were done, a game was ready for release. To properly finish the game, the lead designer rigged a secret switch to the bottom of his desk that would mess up the colors whenever giving a demonstration. shmuplations.com/spacehar…
Often made fun of, the β€œDuck and Cover” under your desk Method for atomic blast survival is based on real research- and real survivor stories. Even a thin barrier like a desk can increase chances of survival. 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
Former US President Calvin Coolidge enjoyed "buzzing for his bodyguards and then hiding under his desk as they frantically searched for him" historytoday.com/peter-cl…
Upon graduating, Teddy Roosevelt's doctor advised him to pursue a desk job and avoid strenuous physical activity due to serious heart problems. Ignoring this, he instead pursued activities like regular exercise, boxing, tennis, hiking, rowing, polo and horseback riding, even into his presidency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Sting traveled to Jamaica to escape from the public eye after an affair. While there, he went to Ian Fleming's Jamaican estate and wrote Every Breath You Take on Fleming's writing desk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
A mummified body of German man was found in yacht adrift off Philippines. He had reportedly been sailing the world on his yacht, Sayo, for the past 20 years. The corpse was found slumped at desk β€˜like he was sleeping’ in cabin of vessel floating in the Pacific theguardian.com/world/201…
In 2012, Jazz FM accidentally aired 5 minutes of pornography. A member of staff had been watching porn at his desk, and had accidentally left the audio of his studio computer linked to a computer on the broadcast console. telegraph.co.uk/culture/t…
Saddam Hussein kept a plaque that said "Three Whom God Should Not Have Created: Persians, Jews, and Flies" on his desk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
, there was a 17th century Pope that kept his coffin in his bedroom, and a stone skull on his desk. He was so aware of his own mortality, that as he lay bedridden in his final days, he decided to bless the crowds of Rome one last time during Easter, going against medical advice. He died in May. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
In 2013, a US IT worker outsourced his own job to a man in China. He paid the man 1/5 of his salary and then he sat at his desk browsing the internet. He was found out after a security audit discovered some suspicious VPN activity. bbc.com/news/technology-2…
Vesna VuloviΔ‡, a former flight attendant, holds the world record for surviving the longest free fall without a parachute (10.1 kilometers). Following the plane crash (of which she was the sole survivor), she was willing to resume working flights, however the airline gave her a desk job. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ves…
There is a desk full of candy on the floor of the US Senate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Today I learned of a tradition in the United States Senate whereby a senator who sits at a particular desk near a busy entrance keeps a drawer full of candy for members of the body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
The President's desk in the Oval Office of the White House was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880, & was carved from the HMS Resolute, a 19th century British Royal Navy ship that an American whaler recovered from the Arctic en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
In the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, the shooter approached a group of five civilians hiding under a desk, pointed his laser sight on a man's face, then turned away without firing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
When Patrick Stewart was first asked to consider playing Professor X on film, the actor had no idea who the character was. So when one of the producers handed him an 'X-Men' comic from her desk he responded, "What am I doing on the front of a comic book?" rollingstone.com/movies/n…
The iconic desk used by every POTUS in the Oval Office since 1880 was made from the timbers of a British Royal Navy ship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Today I learned of Warren Hymer, actor in 129 films until he got blackballed after pissing on the desk of the president of Columbia Pictures en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…

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