'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…
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-…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
, 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 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…
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…
The bobblehead on Dwight Schrute's desk in 'The Office' is of the former Philadelphia Phillies' Catcher Mike Lieberthal, whose full name is Michael Scott Lieberthal. sportingnews.com/us/mlb/n…
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…
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…
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…
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…
There is a desk full of candy on the floor of the US Senate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
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…
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…
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…
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…
According to Mike Rinder, Scientology's Dear Leader has a secret wall in his private offices, to hide in case of a raid by the FBI ("or Martians landing", as Rinder puts it). There's also a panic button to lock all doors, installed in his desk, which "cost more than a car". mikerindersblog.org/scien…
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…
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…
Ronald Reagan regularly worked at his Century City office until 1999. Even as Alzheimer's eroded his mind, Reagan still would show up, sitting at his desk quietly reading the newspaper comics hollywoodreporter.com/new…
During the first live iPhone presentation, Steve Jobs had to frequently switch phone to an identical one behind his desk because it would otherwise run out of RAM and crash techspot.com/news/54246-f…
President Ronald Reagan had a stack of index cards with one-liner jokes on them. He kept it in his desk in the Oval Office, and would insert the lines into speeches to help them go over well. youtube.com/watch?v=HA7sP…
A tax auditor in Finland died at his desk in his office, and no one realized he was dead for 2 days. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europ…
Mary Shelley kept the calcified heart of her husband; a year after she died it was found in her desk. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
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…
That on 9/11, after the first plane hit the North Tower of the WTC, people in the South Tower wanted to leave but were advised by a announcement to stay at their desks. Some of those who tried to leave anyway were turned back by security in the building before the exits. 1,120 died. youtube.com/watch?v=RXkfs…
There is not much research to support that standing desks provide actual health benefits npr.org/sections/health-s…
A tax auditor in Finland died at his desk, and despite there being 100 staff on the same floor in the department no-one realised he was dead for 2 days. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world…
Ikea has clear structure around the naming of their products. Beds and wardrobes - Norweigan place names, Chairs/Desks - men's names, Kitchen items - foreign works, spices, herbs, and fish, Curtains - mathematical terms. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Henry Ford was a big admirer of Adolf Hitler, and continued to do business with in Nazi Germany, including building war materiel and using French POWs as slave labor. Hitler also admired Ford, keeping a life size portrait of him next to his desk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
There is a candy desk in the United States Senate chamber wikipedia.org/wiki/Candy_…
When actress RenΓ©e Zellweger was preparing for the movie Bridget Jones' Diary, she worked for a publishing company under the name Bridget Cavendish. She went largely unrecognized and had a framed photo of her then boyfriend Jim Carrey on her desk. Most of her co-workers thought was weird. goodhousekeeping.com/uk/n…
In 2009, an Indonesian National Park guide was attacked by a Komodo Dragon who entered his office and laid under his desk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kom…
There is a desk in the US Senate, operated by whichever senator sits there, that is traditionally stocked with candy of that senator's choice to give out to other senators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Because a patch of clovers usually contains around 10,000 plants in 13 square feet, you only have to search an area around the size of an office desk to find a four leaf clover. people.howstuffworks.com/…
A 12-year-old girl was arrested, handcuffed, and detained at a police precinct for several hours for doodling on her desk in class. nydailynews.com/new-york/…
President William Howard Taft, doubled the size of the West Wing and built its first Oval Office. He placed the famous Roosevelt desk there where it survived a major fire in 1929 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Robert Maudsley, a UK serial killer said to be intelligent, personable and a lover of classical music. He once killed two prisoners by brutally stabbing them before placing the shiv on an officers desk, stating that, "next roll call would be two short." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In the United States Senate has a long tradition to serve candy. Both parties have their own desk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Former US President Calvin Coolidge (1924-28) enjoyed "buzzing for his bodyguards and then hiding under his desk as they frantically searched for him" historytoday.com/peter-cl…
Interrogation rooms are intentionally made in a way that makes the suspect in question feel discomfort and a sense of powerlessness. An uncomfortable chair for the suspect, a desk, and a one sided mirror can cause the suspect to feel a need for dependence. people.howstuffworks.com/…
The original intention of the United States Secret Service was to track down counterfeit currency, and the legislation to approve the angency was on Abraham Lincoln's desk the night he was assassinated en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
When MCA president Mike Maitland initially refused to pay for an elaborate cover design for Keith Moon's album "Two Sides of the Moon", Moon came to his office with a fire axe and asked "What's it going to be, dear boy? My album cover or a new desk?". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two…
Today I learned of the Candy Desk, a tradition of the US Senate since 1968, whereby a senator who sits at a desk near a busy entrance keeps a drawer full of candy for members of the body. The desk is currently supplied with candy made in Pennsylvania, including Milky Way bars, Mars bars, and jellybeans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
George H.W Bush was a big fan of baseball, he even kept his first baseman’s glove in a drawer of his desk in the Oval Office. He oiled it regularly and often used it to concentrate, putting it on to sock his hand in while he was thinking. nytimes.com/2018/12/01/ob…
There's a hotel in Japan staffed by robots. The check-in desk is an animatronic velociraptor. wired.com/2016/03/robot-h…
The Virgin Hotel in Chicago has no check-in desk; it uses a smartphone system in which you scan a QR code and retrieve your room key from a vending machine. The personal comfort assistant app named Lucy can order more pillows, control room temperature, and coordinate messages with hotel staff. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
Talk-show host Johnny Carson had pencils at his desk; these were fitted with erasers at both ends to avoid on-set accidents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Margaret Atwood's book The Handmaid's Tale is full of hidden puns and in-jokes, including a reference to Atwood's relationship with Graeme Gibson, which started in 1972, in a graffito on a desk that says "M. loves G. 1972." io9.gizmodo.com/puns-puzz…
Harlan Ellison was once hired to write for Disney. Roy O. Disney overheard him in the lunchroom impersonating Donald, Goofy and Mickey, joking about making an animated porno with Disney characters. After lunch he found a pink slip on his desk. He had been fired on his very first day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In the Senate, there is a desk with a drawer, filled with candy of the of the designated Senator's choice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Adolf Hitler kept a life-sized portrait of Henry Ford next to his desk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
There’s a desk full of candy on the floor of the U.S. Senate. huffingtonpost.com/2014/0…
Frankenstein author Mary Shelley kept her dead husband’s heart and carried it with her for almost 30 years until she died in 1851. It was found in a desk drawer a year later, wrapped in a copy of one of his final poems. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
In German there is a word for when cables under the desk tangle and create a mess: Kabelsalat (Cable Salad) germany.info/Vertretung/u…
The US has been sending checks annually for $4,085 to Cuba for the lease of Guantanamo Bay. Since 1959, only one check has been cashed...Fidel Castro keeps the rest locked in his desk drawer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
Today I learned of Adrian Schoolcraft, ex NYPD officer who recorded corruption,wrongdoings and police abuse in the NYPD. He submitted it to investigators and ended up reassigned to a desk job, got abducted from his house and thrown in a psychiatric facility against his will and fired. His family got the bill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adr…
The nursery rhyme β€œMary Had a Little Lamb” is based on a true story. The girl in the rhyme is Mary Sawyer who, as a young girl, hid her pet lamb in a basket under her desk after it followed her to school. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, the legislation to form the Secret Service was on his desk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Deep inside an abandoned mine 230' below Pennsylvania 600 federal workers process truckloads of retirement paperwork by hand moving files to and from over 28,000 file cabinets, desk to desk, from cavern to cavern. The process works as slowly now as it did in 1977. washingtonpost.com/nation…
There is a special seat in the US Senate known as the Candy Desk because it has a drawer full of sweets. The senator who sits there must stock it full of candy from their home state. It has been a tradition since the 1960s. wisegeek.com/what-is-the-…
On the desk of major Chinese corporations is a red telephone that connects to the Chinese Community Party leadership in Beijing. If the phone rings, you answer. online.wsj.com/news/artic…
A man outsourced his entire job to China while sitting at his desk browsing reddit gizmodo.com.au/2013/01/de…
Switches don't simply go on and off, instead they go boing-g-g like a ruler twanged on a desk (but much much faster) , because of that, electronics quick enough to notice need a "debounce" circuit. allaboutcircuits.com/tech…
After resigning the presidency, Richard Nixon would sit at his desk at 7 am with nothing to do en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
There is a desk full of candy at the entrance to the US Senate Floor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
The original title of video game "South Park: The Fractured But Whole" was "The Butthole of Time." When the creators were informed that retailers would not sell a game with a lewd title, Trey Parker spent hours at his desk figuring out how to sneak the phrase onto the game. kotaku.com/south-park-the…
Mathematician William Shanks' lifetime of work led to the determination of the value of Pi to 707 decimal places in the year 1873. 75 years later, calculations on a desk calculator revealed that the last 180 decimal places were incorrect. mathlair.allfunandgames.c…
Some schools are introducing desks with pedals underneath to provide exercise to restless children. communityhealthmagazine.c…
The legislation to create the Secret Service was waiting for Abraham Lincoln on his desk the night he was assassinated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Since 1968, one of the desks in the U.S. Senate chamber has been filled with free candy, known as the "Candy Desk". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a "laptop," a kind of writing desk that could fit on one's lap. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
JFK, when stranded on the Solomon Islands, wrote a rescue message on a coconut, and was rescued. He got the coconut back, and it was on his desk in the Oval Office. jfklibrary.org/Asset-View…
In the famous Canadian Club whiskey hidden crate challenge, John Blewett in 1978 found the crate in a Manhattan skyscraper under a receptionist's desk. She had been holding it there for years. abcnews.go.com/Travel/adv…
When US Senator Henry Styles Bridges Bridges threatened to publicize the homosexuality of US Senator Lester Hunt’s son if Hunt did not withdraw from the upcoming senatorial election in Wyoming, Hunt eventually became so despondent he committed suicide at his desk in his Senate Office. trib.com/lifestyles/home-…
Hitler admired Henry Ford so much, that he kept a life-size portrait of him next to his desk. He also bestowed upon Ford the Grand Cross of the German Eagle, the highest medal that Nazi Germany could bestow on a foreigner. Ford was also an admirer of Nazi Germany. washingtonpost.com/wp-srv…
Director Darren Aronofsky writes his movies on a custom desk containing 25 hidden puzzles; As you solve the puzzles, you find hidden pieces of wood, each of which displays a few musical notes that when played in order open a secret safe. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
The author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, kept her deceased husbands heart wrapped in silk, in her desk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
There's a hotel in Japan stuffed by Robots and the check-in desk is an animatronic velociraptor theguardian.com/travel/20…
US federal retirement paperwork is processed in an old mine located 20 stories underground in Pennsylvania. It's done by hand, and mostly on paper. Workers retrieve records from any of the 28,000 file cabinets and pass them from desk to desk, and cavern to cavern. washingtonpost.com/nation…
The old propaganda cartoons telling kids to "duck and cover" under their desk in case of a nuclear bomb were actually giving really useful advice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duc…
The image of a burned Buchenwald victim which was used for the cover of Ministry's third album was only favored by the label in comparison to the alternative: a deer head which the lead singer decapitated himself and threw on the studio's desk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Lewis Carroll eventually did answer the Mad Hatter's famous unanswered riddle, "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" In an 1896 edition, he wrote, "Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!" [pg.71(5.)] books.google.com/books?id…
Charles Schulz's inspiration for the proportions of Peanuts characters was a dwarf with whom he worked named Frieda Mae Rich. The way she’d rest her elbows on his desk is how Schulz would depict his characters on the brick wall. Their friendship inspired him to put big ideas in small bodies. twincities.com/2007/10/27…

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