Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch of the East) was badly burned while filming The Wizard Of Oz. After being hospitalized she returned to set but refused to do any scenes with fire so her stunt double took her place in a scene riding a prop that spewed smoke which exploded injuring her as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double on the set of Harry Potter got paralyzed after an accident while filming a stunt for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows deadline.com/2020/06/dani…
After the 2011 Japanese nuclear plant in Fukushima was disabled by an earthquake tsunami double whammy, elderly Japanese people volunteered to do repairs to save young people from radiation exposure. bbc.com/news/world-asia-p…
In 1986, Double Dare filmed the first 65 episodes in just 23 days, sometimes 4 episodes per day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
The most profitable act at the Moulin Rouge was a Flatuist known as both Le Petomane and The Fartiste. His performance profited over 20,000 Francs per show, more than double that of Sarah Bernhardt. He would later open his own performance hall and his act was a success until WWI began weirdhistorian.com/le-pet…
Prior to 1920, a β€œwalk off” home run in baseball might only be counted as a single or double, as the game ended when enough runs to win crossed the plate. www4.stat.ncsu.edu/~reila…
The only ever double EGOT winner (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) is songwriter Robert Lopez. Lopez won for writing music for Frozen, Coco, The Book of Mormon, The Wonder Pets, and Avenue Q. He is half way to winning his third EGOT. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
British actor Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, thought he looked awkward running so every scene that showed Moore running was performed by a body double. He also had hoplophobia, a fear of firearms, due to a childhood accident. oversixty.co.nz/entertain…
Willem Defoe's "Confusing large penis" is so large that in the movie Antichrist a penis double was used to not "intimidate" the audience. thelmagazine.com/2010/01/…
The iconic shot of Julia Roberts on the poster for "Pretty Woman" isn't really her. The woman on the poster is mostly body double Shelley Michelle with Roberts' face super-imposed onto hers. Michelle also stands in as a body double for all the risque shots in the film itself. telegraph.co.uk/films/0/h…
Actor Verne Troyer, known for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series, began his career as the stunt double for the infant character "Baby Bink" in John Hughes' film Baby's Day Out (1994) wikipedia.org/wiki/Verne_…
The original 1954 Godzilla's roar was made by covering a leather glove in resin and dragging it across a double bass. npr.org/2014/05/18/312839…
The original Macintosh computers were sold with 9" screens that were 72 pixels per inch. This size was chosen because their printer would print at 144 ppi, exactly double the screen. This way the printed text and the screen text would end up being exactly the same size. photoshopessentials.com/e…
Mercury sometimes has double sunrises and sunsets. The sun will appear to rise over the horizon only to go back down again rather than going all across the sky. Also can happen with sunset as well, where the sun goes down only to pop back up. solarsystem.nasa.gov/plan…
Eddie Chapman was a British double agent recruited by both MI5 and the Germans to spy on each other. He faked a sabotage attack on the de Havilland aircraft plant, intentionally gave wrong information on V-1 strikes over London, and was awarded an Iron Cross for not blowing up a ship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
Linguistic philosopher J. L. Austin made the claim that there is no language in which a double positive implies a negative during a lecture. To which someone responded, "Yeah, yeah." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._…
Today I learned about a woman who received double hand transplant has regained nearly all function two years on news.sky.com/story/woman-…
Today I learned of Sybil Ludington, who rode double the length of Paul Revere at only 16 years old to alert Americans that the British were coming. She was personally thanked by George Washington for her service revolutionary-war.net/syb…
In the 1930s Bob Wian had a cushy job managing a restaurant but felt he didn't know the business fully. So he quit, got jobs as a dishwasher, fry cook, and then counter help. With that experience he started Bob's Big Boy, invented the double decker burger, and became hugely successful. burgerbeast.com/bobs-big-…
In the case of a double rainbow, the second arch has the colors in reverse order. weather.com/science/news/…
Today I Learned that Godzilla's roar was created by dragging a resin-coated leather glove along the loosened strings of a double bass. npr.org/2014/05/18/312839…
Kim Philby, head of the MI6 anti-communist section, was forced to resign over allegations that he helped two KGB moles escape. However, he was exonerated by the government. He then defected to the Soviet Union after having been KGB double agent for 30 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim…
1 in 6 women have herpes, which is double the male rate. This is due to anatomical differences that make it easier for women to become infected. nationaltoday.com/nationa…
Today I learned about Wendy the whippet and how a mutation in the myostatin genes in whippets can lead to these dogs becoming "double muscled." vancouversun.com/news/loc…
Lloyd Avery II, the man known for his role in Boyz in the Hood as the gunman who shoots down high school football star β€œRicky Baker” as he ran away, was later convicted of a double homicide in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison. While in prison he was killed by his cell mate in 2005. thetruecrimedatabase.com/…
The strategy where a gambler doubles the bet after every loss, so that the first win would recover all previous losses plus win a profit equal to the original stake is called the Martingale System. casino.org/blog/the-marti…
Viagra, when dissolved in water, can help plant stems stay erect and double their lifespan. telegraph.co.uk/gardening…
Today I learned of Operation Monopoly, which was a covert plan by the FBI to build a secret tunnel underneath the Soviet Embassy in Washington, D.C. to gather secret intelligence. It was largely a technical failure and was compromised by FBI double agent Robert Hanssen to the Soviets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
W (double u) looks like double v(vv) because v print block was more common during the printing press days. rd.com/article/why-w-is-p…
There use to be three genders, according to Pluto, M/M, F/F, and M/F. Zeus split them in two and this is where the idea of soulmates comes from. Eros (love) comes when you have found your other half, whether you originate from a double male, a double female or a hermaphrodite. sapardanis.org/2017/01/30…
The actor who played the killer in Boyz N Da Hood later became a Blood and was locked up for a double homicide. He was then murdered and his body was used for a satanic ritual thetruecrimedatabase.com/…
Increasing a sound by one octave doubles its pitch/frequency szynalski.com/tone#A4,v0.…
Johnny Depp spent $3 million blasting Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes out of a cannon that was placed atop a 153 ft tower shaped like a double-thumbed fist clutching a peyote button. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Today I learned about Rex Beaver, a private investigator hired by the Church of Scientology in 1968 to spy on Rupert Murdoch who had published unflattering stories about the church in his newspaper. After passing his security check Beaver went to Murdoch and offered to work as a double agent. abc.net.au/news/2016-11-0…
Philips developed a double-sided video cassette and player to rival the VHS and Betamax formats called β€˜Video 2000’. Similar in nature to an audio tape it was capable of 8 hours of recording (4 hours per side). Ultimately the product remained unpopular and lost out in the β€˜videotape format war’. wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_…
Double spacing after a period is no longer the standard, according to most style guides. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sen…
Kangaroos almost double the human population in Australia and people are urged to eat them independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Today I learned of Pomato, a grafted plant that is part tomato and part potato. The resulting plant have cherry tomatoes on the vine and white potatoes in the soil, resulting in plants with double crops. Grafting can also boost natural resilience and improve biodiversity by supporting different pollinators! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pom…
North Koreans are especially proud of Kim Jong Il for his "inventions". One of them is the Gogigyeopbbang or double breaded meat, which is essentially a hamburger. theguardian.com/world/sho…
Doctors have the highest suicide rate of any profession, more than double the rate of the general population, and psychiatry is near the top in terms of suicide rates - with many doctors who have mental health issues reluctant to seek professional help because of the fear of stigma webmd.com/mental-health/n…
Bobby Riggs bet on himself to win the Men's Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles of Wimbledon in 1939, which he did, winning himself the 2020 equivalent of $2M USD latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Some densely populated countries use Election ink to prevent double voting. The ink uses silver nitrate which stains the skin and is only removed by shedding of external skin cells, therefore providing a sure way of knowing who has or hasn't voted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
The "Ghibli" from Studio Ghibli is a double loanword from Arabic (qibliyy, a hot desert wind) to Italian (ghibli, pronounced with a hard G, also the source of the English spelling) to Japanese (Jiburi with an English J) β€” Studio Ghibli was a "new wind through the anime industry" tokyotreat.com/news/histo…
The contrabass clarinet, also known as a pedal or elephant clarinet, has a 10-foot tube which doubles back on itself twice. However, the lowest sounding clarinet is the octocontrabass. Only one such instrument is known to have existed, but it was created only for experimental interest classicfm.com/discover-mu…
Gwyneth Paltrow named her company Goop because some branding expert told her that all successful internet companies have double o's in their name, so she just put two o’s between her initials. insider.com/goop-history-…
Viagra can double shelf life of cut flowers, making them stand up straight for as long as a week beyond their natural lifespan ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The concept of the "double negative" does not exist in every language and in many languages, including Portuguese, French, Russian, Greek, Spanish, Old English and Italian, the use of multiple negatives serves to intensify rather than cancel out a previous negative. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
Today I learned of the 30 September Movement in Indonesia, an attempted coup by the Indonesian National Forces in 1965 where a wing of the army killed 7 generals and tried to capture the capital. The motive isn't confirmed, but evidence implicates the CIA and a double crossing general. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/30_…
In a double rainbow, the second arc that is seen outside the primary arc has the order of its colors reversed, with red on the inner side of the arc. metoffice.gov.uk/weather/…
If one pair of siblings mates with another pair of siblings, the resulting offspring are considered double cousins, sharing twice the genetic material as regular first cousins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…

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