In Churchill, Manitoba, it is customary to leave car doors unlocked in order to provide other residents a quick escape should they come face-to-face with a polar bear. cbc.ca/radio/day6/episode…
The only existing film footage of Anne Frank is posted on YouTube by the Amsterdam museum The Anne Frank House. The girl next door to Anne is getting married and the footage shows a 13-year-old Anne leaning out of a window to get a good look at the bride and groom. theguardian.com/world/200…
In 2013, a wild male tiger walked right up to a tiger enclosure at a zoo in India. Attracted by a captive female, the zookeepers let him in through a door in the enclosure. He stayed for a month, then escaped by jumping the fence, then returned a few weeks later. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
In Abraham Lincoln's time in the Illinois legislature, he once leapt out of a first-story window in a failed attempt to prevent a quorum from being present. The doors of the Capitol had been locked to prevent legislators from fleeing. wikipedia.org/wiki/Quorum…
In 1998 Australian Astronomers detected fast radio burst signals, and named them Perytons. It was soon discovered that it was escaping radiation from the microwave in the lunch room, which was being stopped by using the door release without pushing the stop button first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
John Travolta has been a fully licensed pilot since age 22. He owns several planes including a Boeing 707 and even has a taxiway leading straight to his door in Florida. He says his acting career has funded his passion for aviation. bjtonline.com/business-je…
The reason backseat windows in cars don't roll all the way down is not in fact for child safety, but because there isn't room in the car door to fit the full window due to the wheel well. autotrader.com/car-news/h…
Early in his stand-up career Steve Martin once took the entire audience next door to a McDonald's and ordered 300 hamburgers only to then change the order to 'one small fries' theguardian.com/culture/2…
Charlize Theron's abusive father was shot dead by her mother, in self defence. This happened on a night when he sprayed bullets into Charlize's room door, which Charlize and her mother had held shut for protection. Upon their miraculous survival, her mother immediately shot him down. bbc.com/news/newsbeat-508…
There are no regulations on what side the fuel tank door is on cars, it’s simply chosen by how the car is put together. allstate.com/blog/gas-tan…
In 1971, burglars broke into an FBI office by writing a note that said β€œPlease don’t lock this door tonight” and plastering it onto the front door. It worked and they stole several files. boingboing.net/2014/02/05…
Today I learned of 'poor doors', which are separate entrances for low income tenants, so that wealthier tenants don't need to encounter or see them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poo…
Today I learned about the mysterious disappearance of the Eilean Mor lighthouse keepers. The door to the lighthouse was unlocked, coats were missing and half eaten food was left behind. The last entries on the log described a storm on December 12th of severe winds, but no such storms were ever reported. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
The "dun dun" sound effect from Law and Order is meant to be a synthesized imitation of the sound of a prison cell door locking. The sound isn't one sound, but was created from half a dozen sounds, one of them being the sound of 500 Japanese men stomping on a hardwood floor. nydailynews.com/entertain…
The Mafia helped establish the Gay Bar scene in New York. Fat Tony purchased the Stonewall Inn in 1966 and transformed it into a bar and restaurant. He later bribed the New York Police Department around $1,200 a week to ignore 'indecent conduct' occurring behind closed doors. history.com/news/how-the-…
Today I learned of the Ombalantu Baobab Tree. A tree so large that’s there’s a door in the trunk and 35 people can fit inside. It has served as a chapel, post office, house, and hiding spot during its history in Namibia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omb…
Point Break, the movie starring Keanu Reeves about surfers who rob banks in LA to finance their endless summer, was almost called Riders on the Storm (The Doors, song) theinertia.com/comedy/12-…
A dog named Sundance (Sunny) was trained to go get a grocery list from his neighbor who is self-quarantining due to medical conditions that put her at high-risk such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and then he brings the groceries over to her front door every night. wmcactionnews5.com/2020/0…
Your central air systems works more efficiently, and saves more money, with interior doors open, not closed. easybreezyac.com/leave-do…
The Cocoanut Grove Fire, the deadliest nightclub fire in history. Boston,MA 1942, total of 492 people died and hundreds were injured. The revolving door entrance was quickly jammed, and other doors were hidden, locked, or unable to be opened. This caused major changes to be made in fire codes. bostonfirehistory.org/the…
When in 1988 Consumer Reports compared 4 American midsize cars, all suffered failures during the test - the Ford and Dodge had their A/C not work, the Eagle had a glovebox that did not close and an unopenable fuel filler door, and the Buick had a knocking engine and a broken door lock. curbsideclassic.com/vinta…
Today I learned of Mim, an eastern grey kangaroo raised by a family who hand-fed her. After they released her, Mim roamed wild for years; but when wildfires burned near the family's home in Kulnura, Australia, Mim turned up at their door seeking shelter. They let her stay indoors where she lounged on a blanket. theguardian.com/environme…
In 1923 the USPS instituted a requirement that all delivery addresses feature a mail-box or drop-slot to reduce the time that mail carriers waited at each door. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let…
Today I learned about the Monty Hall Problem: You're on a game show. There are 3 doors, a prize is behind one and goats behind two. You pick one, then the host opens one of the other doors revealing a goat and that door is removed. Host then asks if you want to switch your pick. You should ALWAYS switch! betterexplained.com/artic…
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…
Today I learned of the Monty Hall problem. If a prize is hidden behind one of three doors and you choose a door, say door 1. The host then opens a door, say door 3, that didn’t have the prize and asks if you want to switch doors before the reveal. You are more likely to win the prize if you switch to door 2. statisticsbyjim.com/fun/m…
In 1988, Denny's restaurants (which are open 24 hours, 365 days a year) decided to close for Christmas and give their employees a day off. The only problem: their doors had no locks on them, so they had to outfit 700 locations with new locks so they would be able to close for the day. nytimes.com/1988/12/20/us…
The Comics Code Authority refused to believe "Wolfman" was a real name until it was given a writing credit. They did, and thanks to Marv Wolfman, this opened the door for all comic book writers to receive credit for their work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
James Brown starred in a video explaining the use of the Blower Door Test; a test used to evaluate the airtightness of a building youtu.be/Xsp3yCxoYOA
The 1989-1991 BMW Z1 had vertically sliding doors that descended into the automobile’s body, providing an innovative and not since repeated aesthetic. youtu.be/uLGMQ6WG9Kc
, that the murder of Rebecca Schaeffer. A 21 year old actress who was shot at her front door by an obsessed fan and later died enacted the Nation’s first anti-stalking Law’s in 1990. In 1994, the β€˜Driver’s Privacy Protection Act’ made it illegal to release people’s private addresses. goodhousekeeping.com/life…
1956 USA passed the β€žRefrigerator Safety Actβ€œ. Early refrigerators would only open from the outside and trapped/suffocated children. Magnetic strips were used on fridge doors to create an air-proof seal, but would open from the inside with a light push. Even tests with children were conducted. goodhousekeeping.com/home…
Today I learned of John Frederick Parker, the bodyguard assigned to Abraham Lincoln on the night of his assassination, not only was he 3 hours late, but he left his post to get a drink at a saloon next door. It was during this that Booth entered the box seats where Lincoln was sitting and shot the president. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Matthew McConaughey's "alright, alright, alright" catch-phrase comes from his role in Dazed and Confused. He came up with it after listening to a Doors album where Jim Morrison kept saying "all right, all right, all right, all right" between songs. usatoday.com/story/life/p…
Junius Brutus Booth (father of the assassin) was a raging alcoholic and actor whose manager locked him up before plays to keep him sober. From a room Junius was locked in before one play, he bribed a bellboy to stand outside with brandy to drink it through the door’s keyhole using a small pipe. libsysdigi.library.illino…
Fancy car doors aren't necessarily more solid than lesser sounding ones melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
A goat named β€œBig Boy” escaped from an Ohio farm and headbutted through a glass door in a local home & was found in the bathroom. Failing to get lured out by carrots, dog bone & grass, he was led out by the horns. The family's home insurance covers damage from deer & bears but not goats. abcnews.go.com/US/goat-br…
Wild Bill Hickok usually sat with his back to a wall so he could see the entrance of the building he was in. On his last day, when he went to play poker, the only seat available was one facing away from the door. He tried changing seats twice, but couldn’t. He was shot in the back of the head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 1980, a woman named Jean Hilliard had a car accident. She walked 2 miles in freezing weather to her friend's house and collapsed 15 feet away from the door. The temperature dropped to βˆ’22 Β°F (βˆ’30 Β°C). She was found frozen the next morning after spending 6 hours as a popsicle. She survived. youtube.com/watch?v=HOcGZ…
Boston Police officers cared for a stray cat named "SWAT Cat" for 3 years; when the calico cat went missing, Officer Pietroski, (15-yr veteran of BPD), worked after hours to build a "kitty condo" including a large deck & sliding glass doors. The cat returned and moved into the new home. insideedition.com/headlin…
Today I learned about the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, a series of nuclear reactors and processing labs with a history of meltdowns and fires that resulted in radiological releases 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The incident in 1959 was so bad they opened control room loading doors to vent contamination. thebulletin.org/2019/02/a…
Today I learned about "the Beast", the US president's armored limo. It has a number of features to protect the president, including 8-inch doors, 5-inch bulletproof glass, Kevlar run-flat tires, fully-sealed pressured interior, and electrifying car door handles. It cost roughly US$1–1.5 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
In 1883, gifts were distributed after a show in Victoria Hall. Many of the estimated 1100 children surged downstairs, but the door opened inward and had been bolted so only one could pass at a time. Those in front were crushed by those behind them. 183 children between the ages of 3 and 14 died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
In 2004 actor Paul Walker secretly purchased a $10,000 engagement ring for a U.S. military veteran. Paul was at a jewelry store & overheard a couple talking about a ring they loved but that was too expensive. Paul quietly put the ring on his tab and walked out of the door. nydailynews.com/entertain…
Today I learned about the Paternoster; a largely obsolete style of elevator that has no doors and is continuously in motion. youtube.com/watch?v=Rvvbn…
A woman with a β€˜mutant’ gene who feels no pain and heals without scarring was discovered by scientists. She reported numerous injuries without pain, often smelling her burning flesh before noticing any injury, and could open door to new treatments. independent.co.uk/news/he…
Christopher Lee was once driving through Italy with his wife when their car had a puncture. He went for help, but fell into a ditch and got covered in mud. He reached a house and knocked on the door. The owner opened it, shrieked and fainted. They’d seen a Dracula film the night before. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Starbuck's door handles are more germ-laden than NYC subway poles vice.com/en_us/article/j5…
The origin of the British "lock-in" (Where pubs lock their doors at closing time and continue to serve customers inside) was a reaction to 1915 changes to licensing laws in England and Wales, which curtailed opening hours to stop factory workers from turning up drunk and harming the war effort. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magaz…
'slide to unlock' feature of iPhone was introduced after the UI designer, Freddy Anzures noticed the slide to lock/unlock mechanism on airplane bathroom door youtube.com/watch?v=24O00…
The Costume Museum of Canada holds more than 35,000 textile artifacts reflecting clothing worn over a 400-year period. However, it was on the edge of bankruptcy and closed its doors to the public in 2010 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos…
Carlos Alhinho, a Portuguese professional soccer player and manager was killed when he opened the doors on the elevator on the sixth floor of his hotel in Benguela. He stepped in and found that the carriage was not there, but the ground floor. He fell down five floors onto the top of the cabin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
A man rigged his house up with Indiana Jones style booby traps, including a hot tub which would roll at you if you tripped a wire, a fortified front door, and animal traps. An FBI agent was shot by a wheelchair, fitted with a fishing line and shotgun cartridges. bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-c…
Stuffed pizza came along in Chicago 1974 when Nancy's and Giordano's both opened their doors. They claim that their recipes came from old family recipes from Italy of scarciedda or Easter pies. thespruceeats.com/chicago…
Today I learned of the Window Tax in that was forced in England, France, Ireland and Scotland during the 18th and 19th centuries that spawned architectural decisions such as the double dutch doors as it was classified as a door to avoid the tax, but functioned as a window. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Today I learned about the Victoria Hall disaster where 183 children died in a theater stampede because an exit door was locked. The disaster led to the invention of 'push bar' emergency exits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
Lamborghini registered the unique motion of how the doors of their cars opened as a motion trademark. trademarks.justia.com/758…
The expression 'Paint the town red' has actual historical origins. In 1837, the Marquis of Waterford led a group of friends on a night of drinking through the English town of Melton Mowbray. The mob literally painted a tollgate, the doors of several homes a swan statue with red paint. bobthebrit.net/phrases-an…
Elvis Presley's granddaughter is married to the Door Warrior from Mad Max: Fury Road youtu.be/1TslFj-vxgY
The Last Supper by Leonardo has a large missing section at the bottom of it where Jesus's feet would be. It was cut away in 1652 to make room for a door in the church where it was kept, after the paint faded away to the point of being unrecognizable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Once Mr. Rogers opened the door of his closet on set to hang up his jacket, only to find a blow-up sex doll. Michael Keaton β€” then a young stagehand β€” had put it in there. jsonline.com/story/entert…
Today I learned about the "Herald of Free Enterprise," a ferry that capsized and killed 193 people because the crew forgot to close the bow doors. ship-disasters.com/passen…
Francis Marion, who didn't drink, broke his ankle jumping out a window at a party when the host refused to unlock the door until every guest was drunk. When Charleston fell to the British soon after, Marion would have been captured if he weren't on leave due to the injury. historynet.com/up-from-th…
Today I learned about β€œLatchkey Incontinence” - a phenomenon where the urge to urinate gets stronger the closer you are to a bathroom. One example would be when you put your key in your front door when returning home from work. melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
One hotel owner's refusal to serve another's daughter fried chicken led to the second man building a rival hotel in right next door. Locals referred to it as the 'Fried Chicken War' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Before found The Doors with Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek graduated from DePaul University with an economics degree, spent a year in US Army Security Agency as a prospective intelligence analyst, and received a M.F.A. in cinematography from UCLA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
For a 2014 study, psychologists hung out in public bathroom stalls and watched under the door to see how long men and women spent washing their hands digest.bps.org.uk/2014/06…
There are 7 main types of non-standard door designs for cars: Butterfly (f. ex. on McLaren Senna), Gullwing (i.e. DeLorean doors), Scissors ("Lambo doors"), Sliding (for vans), Suicide doors, Canopy (rare), and Swan doors, and that there are hundreds of cars (many hi-ends) using them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There are tiny doors in the US Capitol Building aoc.gov/blog/meigs-miniat…
Opening the emergency door on a airborne plane is impossible because of cabin pressure nbcdfw.com/news/local/aa-…
Matthew Perry lost the tip of his middle finger as a child β€œdue to an unfortunate door-shutting accident” ruinmyweek.com/entertainm…
Today I learned of the Man in the Iron Mask. An unidentified prisoner held for 34 years, until his death in 1703, who was forced to wear a mask to ensure no one knew his true identity. His cell had multiple doors so no one could listen; if he spoke of anything other than his immediate needs he would be killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The phenomenon of forgetting things when you enter a room is called "Doorway Effect". Crossing from one side of the door to the other side causes a mental block in your brain to erase the old memory and make a room to a new one scienceabc.com/humans/doo…
Muslims are responsible for opening the doors to one of the holiest churches in Christianity, in order to preserve the peace between different denominations. catholicnews.com/services…
A American Airlines DC-10 in 1972 had it's cargo door ripped off and caused the floor of the plane to collapse. The crew guided the plane to safety. airspacemag.com/flight-to…
When Denny’s stores closed for the first time ever for Christmas in 1988, many didn’t have door locks because they were always open. thedailymeal.com/eat/9-th…
In 1980 a Jean Hilliard had a car accident. She walked 2 miles (3.2 km) in freezing weather to her friends house and collapsed 15 feet (4.6 m) away from the door. The temperature dropped to βˆ’22 Β°F (βˆ’30 Β°C). She was found frozen the next morning after spending 6 hours as a popsicle. She survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Human Alarm Clocks: Before the advent of reliable and affordable alarm clocks, British and Irish workers were woken up by a person who made sure they could get to work on time. The knocker-up used a baton to knock on clients’ doors or a long and light stick to reach windows on higher floors. notechmagazine.com/2015/0…
In LA in the 40s Rachmaninoff got invited to a party at Stravinsky's house by Stravinsky's wife. When Stravinsky opened the door that night to let a guy in, Rach was standing there with a huge jar of honey and Stravinsky was really confused, but invited Rach inside and they became friends. serenademagazine.com/seri…
In 1498 Charles VIII of France, eager to attend a tennis match, banged his head on a door frame. He died a few hours later as a result of the injury en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Spartan Pausanias was accused of treason for conspiring with the Persians, but seeked refuge in a temple so he couldn't be tried and executed while inside. His mother went to the temple to lay the first brick at the door, which was sealed until he died of starvation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
The Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911 and was lost for 2 years and is one of many reasons the painting is so famous today. The thief's getaway door was locked during the heist, he was eventually helped out by one of Louvre's plumbers who mistook him for a co-worker. history.com/news/the-heis…
Today I learned of Forrest Bird, the creator of some of the first reliable mass-produced mechanical ventilators. He sold his first units to the army, and they were made of strawberry shortcake tins and door knobs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
A 65-year-old man was shot dead by his own booby trap. He had rigged a handgun to fire if a door was opened. The man called police and reported his injury but died in hospital. bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-c…
Today I learned of Frank Willis, a security guard in 1972. While on duty he noticed tape on a basement door lock. Thinking a worker had left it there accidentally, he removed it. Willis later found tape again in the same place. He called the police, saying he believed there had been a break-in at Watergate. nytimes.com/2000/09/29/us…
Today I learned of Erica Pratt, who was abducted and locked in a basement when she was seven years old. She escaped her kidnappers in less than 24 hours by gnawing through the duct tape binding her hands and feet, kicking out a panel on the basement door, punching out a window, and then screaming for help. nytimes.com/2002/07/24/us…
They have microchips in Sweden that they insert into people’s hands wich can be used to open doors, have train tickets and much more. npr.org/2018/10/22/658808…
The first automatic sliding door was invented 2000 years ago greekboston.com/culture/i…
In his famous scene in β€˜The Shining’, the crew made a fake door for Jack Nicholson to break through, but had to replace it with a real door as the fake one broke too quickly due to Jack previously being a Fire Marshall. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Prince was talked into becoming a Jehovah's Witness by bassist Larry Graham and occasionally knocked on doors to spread the faith en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
In 1891 women throughout Victoria went door to door, gathering signatures for a women’s suffrage petition, which became known as the β€˜Monster Petition'. The petition was approximately 260 metres long and contained nearly 30,000 signatures, including that of Jane Munro, the Premier’s wife. blogs.slv.vic.gov.au/such…
After winning the Nobel Prize in 1922, Carlsberg brewery gave Niels Bohr a special gift: a house with a pipeline connected to its brewery next door, thus providing him with free beer for life. theguardian.com/culture/g…
That, When Kicking In a Door, Always Aim Just Above or Just Below The Lock; It's One of The Weakest Points vocal.media/lifehack/how-…
Car makers employ sound engineers to give car doors that satisfying 'thunk' when closed. bmwblog.com/2014/12/22/pe…
Today I learned about Minnie Freeman, a teacher in Nebraska in 1888 who saved all of her students after a freak blizzard struck. The winds were so strong the roof and door blew off the school. Using string she roped the kids together and trekked over a mile in whiteout conditions to the closest farmhouse. nytimes.com/2018/10/03/ob…
Louis III of France, who became king of West Francia aged 15, died at 18 years old when jumped on a horse, rode through a low door and hit his head on the lintel, fracturing his skull. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
In QuΓ©bec, it is illegal to leave your car doors unlocked cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa…
Because of tight budget and small room, Naughty Dog (Uncharted, The Last of Us) had to open front door and shoot from apartment hallway for move sets in their Mortal Kombat's ripoff - Way of the Warrior. It made the neighbors mistakenly believed that the studio were shooting kinky porno en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way…
In Singapore some elevators are equipped with Urine Detection Devices that detect the scent of urine, setting off an alarm and closing the doors until the police arrive to arrest the offender! goabroad.com/articles/stu…
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails was the last resident of the house where Sharon Tate was murdered before it was demolished in 1994. After recording "The Downward Spiral" at the house, Reznor moved out following a chance encounter with Tate's sister, but still owns the house's front door. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100…

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