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…
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…
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 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-…
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 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…
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
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…
, 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 Paternoster; a largely obsolete style of elevator that has no doors and is continuously in motion. youtube.com/watch?v=Rvvbn…
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…
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…
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…
Lamborghini registered the unique motion of how the doors of their cars opened as a motion trademark. trademarks.justia.com/758…
The Doors' drummer John Densmore vetoed an offer by Cadillac of $15 million to use "Break on Through (To the Other Side)" for advertisement, citing lead singer Jim Morrison's historic and vehement opposition to licensing the Doors' music en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
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…
Starbuck's door handles are more germ-laden than NYC subway poles vice.com/en_us/article/j5…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Matthew Perry lost the tip of his middle finger as a child β€œdue to an unfortunate door-shutting accident” ruinmyweek.com/entertainm…
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…
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 tiny doors in the US Capitol Building aoc.gov/blog/meigs-miniat…
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…
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…
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…
Opening the emergency door on a airborne plane is impossible because of cabin pressure nbcdfw.com/news/local/aa-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
The first automatic sliding door was invented 2000 years ago greekboston.com/culture/i…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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 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…
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…
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…
In QuΓ©bec, it is illegal to leave your car doors unlocked cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa…
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…
Rates of nearsightedness has more than doubled in the past 100 years, this is largely thought to be a result of working in doors where our eyes focus on objects near us. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nea…
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…
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…
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…
Height strips on gas station doors were originally used to gauge the height of robbers but now they are used as physiological deterrents. The reason they aren't usually accurate is because they are angled to be accurate from the point of view of a security camera. slate.com/culture/2012/09…
, Danny Sugerman started a career in music at 12 years of age, opening fan mail for the Door's. After Jim Morrison's death he took over for their manager, following into Ray Manzarek's solo career. In addition to also managing Iggy Pop, he wrote 3 books about the Doors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
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…
There's an extinct lizard named after The Doors' singer Jim Morrison bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Today I learned of dollhouse grave markers used to mark the graves of girls who died very young. Complete with glass windows and working doors, these tombstones often contained the child’s toys. house-crazy.com/dollhouse…
At E3 2004, 2 dudes cracked the case protecting the demo disc of Metal Gear Solid 3 on PS2 and leaned against the console until they were able to eject the disc. They then made a mad dash for the doors, and got away with the disc ign.com/articles/2004/05/…
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…
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…
Car makers employ sound engineers to give car doors that satisfying 'thunk' when closed. bmwblog.com/2014/12/22/pe…
About 40 percent of the calls that come in to the emergency hotline (911) in San Francisco are deemed non emergencies. Examples include people complaining about rap music next door, car towing and, in one case, no internet. ktvu.com/news/abuse-of-91…
Avon was founded because a guy named David McConnell, who initially sold books as a door-to-door salesman to New York homes decided to sell perfumes rather than books. At first he manufactured his own perfumes at home and went during the day selling them along with books. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Saloons usually had a secondary set of doors; rather than just the swing-doors oft-seen in media mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Japanese bullet trains have never had fatalities due to derailments or collisions, but once a boy had his finger stuck in the closing doors and was dragged along until dead. Court fined the station officer present $5k and had Japan Railways pay the boy's parents $440k in compensation. japantimes.co.jp/news/200…
The Romans had a sacrificial "door to the underworld" in modern day Turkey where animals would appear to mystically drop dead. The eunuch priests that brought them there were left unscathed because they stood above the lethal cloud of carbon dioxide gas. sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
Mythbusters has saves lives: a woman trapped in her car as it filled with water recalled the episode with the Underwater Car Myth and waited until the pressure equalized to open the door. cinemablend.com/televisio…
Tut Ankh Amun's tomb is the only tomb to date to be discovered intact and complete. All others were looted some time during the years. This is the unbroken seal to the tomb's door since it was closed 3,341 years ago io9.gizmodo.com/this-is-t…
From about 1653-1856 there was a Secret Office in the UK Postal Service. Its job was to intercept and read all foreign mail. The department head was called The Chief Decipherer. Other secret office employee titles were The Door Keeper and The Alphabet Keeper. historyextra.com/period/5…
Francis Ford Coppola came up with the iconic opening scene of Apocalypse Now featuring The Doors' song "The End" on a whim while sorting through unused bins of footage and music the-talks.com/interview/f…
Toilet stalls in the US have a gap under the door and partition walls to accommodate the feet of people in wheelchairs, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. access-board.gov/guidelin…
About the Kamiza and Shimoza seats in Japanese etiquette. The Kamiza seat is the "top" seat furthest from the door and is for important people. The Shimoza(bottom) seat is closest to the door. This dates back to feudal Japan as the Shimoza seat was colder and vulnerable to attackers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kam…
There's a word (quaaltagh) for the first person to walk through your door on New Year's Day. The word originally described a group of entertainers who'd travel door to door during Christmas. It's said to be desirable for the quaaltagh to be a tall, dark-haired male. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
The break-in at the Watergate Hotel was discovered by a security guard, Frank Wills, who removed a piece of tape from the latch on a security door. When he came back later, the door had been re-taped, so he called police. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
The famous Law and Order sound effect, 'The Clang' is an amalgamation of nearly a dozen sounds, including an actual gavel, a jail door slamming, and five hundred Japanese monks walking across a hardwood floor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
On October 13, 2016, a man high on LSD, Michael Orchard from Halfmoon, NY, drove through his neighbours' fence, broke their glass door and stole their dog, hallucinating that the neighbours' house was burning and he was saving the canine. He then peacefully handed the dog to police officers. telegraph.co.uk/news/2016…
"paint the town red" refers a night of drunken vandalism by the Maquess of Waterford. In 1837, he and a group of fox-hunting friends arrived in the English town of Melton Mowbray, where they painted several doors, a sign, a tollgate, the tollkeeper, and sevearl police officers with red paint. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Some elevators have 'earthquake' or 'seismic' buttons when pressed these will direct the elevator to go to the nearest floor and open the doors. gwhoffman.com/blog/2013/1…
The Dodge Viper was the Only Original 2 Door Sports Coupe Produced by Dodge for the whole Decade from 2000-2010 roadandtrack.com/car-cult…
Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) made a plan to slip President Richard Nixon 600 micrograms of LSD when she was invited to a tea party at the White House by Nixon's daughter in 1970, but she was turned away by security at the door. blogs.weta.org/boundaryst…

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