A man was killed when he tried to shoot down a 125-year old Saguaro cactus. The man blasted most the way through and poked at one of the plants arms. The 500lb arm then fell crushing him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
When David Attenborough's series "Blue Planet II" aired in 2017, so many Chinese fans downloaded the programme on the country’s online Tencent Video channel that the internet in China temporarily slowed down standard.co.uk/culture/tv…
A man named George Raveling holds Martin Luther King, Jr.'s manuscript for the "I Have A Dream" speech. Raveling volunteered as a security guard at the event and asked for the document. King gave it to him, and Raveling, now 83, still has it today. He's turned down $3 million for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
For his role in the Oklahoma City Bombing (1995), Terry Nichols was sentenced to 161 life sentences plus 9300 years, without parole. His sentence is declared as the longest officially confirmed sentence ever handed down in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Psychologist George Stratton wore glasses that turned the world upside down for 8 days. By the third day his brain had adjusted the image to feel right side up and normal. Once he took the glasses off his normal vision looked inverted for hours. madsci.org/posts/archives…
The US National Park Service put out a set of guidelines to avoid being attacked by a bear, such as moving sideways away from the bear and vocalizing to identify yourself as a human. They also advised: β€œDo NOT push down a slower friend (even if you think the friendship has run its course)." theguardian.com/environme…
"larger crocodiles can go for over a year without eating a meal. In extreme situations, crocodiles appear to be able to shut down and live off their own tissue for a long period of time." pbs.org/wnet/nature/super…
The thick sheet you find at the foot of hotel beds are known as beds scarves and are meant to keep the bed clean if someone lies down with their shoes still on blog.innstyle.com/2016/07…
No Kum-Sok, the first pilot to defect with an operational aircraft, received a $100,000 reward from Operation Moolah in 1953. He landed the wrong way on the runway: had he tried to land in the right direction, he would have been spotted and shot down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_…
Eliot Ness was only 27 years old when he led the group of federal agents that helped take down Al Capone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
The music genre β€œshoegaze” got its name from British critics mocking the musicians always looking down at their shoes while playing instead of the audience. In reality, the musicians had to focus on the numerous music effect pedals in their playlist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
The story of the Chernobyl power plant didn’t end with the tragedy of 1986. There was actually a second fire that broke out on Reactor 2 in 1991, and it wasn’t until 2000 that the last operating reactor was fully shut down. nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-co…
Today I learned of the 1626 AD Explosion in Beijing, one of the largest and most lethal explosions ever, and the exact cause hasn't yet been determined. Body parts and animals rained down from the sky. Everything within 3-14 miles was utterly obliterated. The explosion was about equal to the Hiroshima bombing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
After Booth assassinated Lincoln by shooting him the back of the head, the largest manhunt in US history, involving thousands of troops and countless civilians, tracked him down to a barn. As he attempted escape, Sergeant Boston Corbett killed Booth by shooting him in the back of the head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
Feral rabbits are a big problem in Australia. It started by Thomas Austin. He had 24 rabbits sent to him from Europe for his game of hunting parties in 1859. In 7 years, those 24 rabbits became 14,000. Now there are about 200 million wild rabbits down under. nationalgeographic.org/ar…
The reason why businesses refer to the Super Bowl in their advertisements as "The Big Game" is because the NFL owns the trademark to the phrase "Super Bowl" and will severely crack down on any business that uses those words without officially licensing it from the NFL foxbusiness.com/markets/n…
Eliot Ness, famous for taking down feared gangster and bootlegger Al Capone, died a penniless alcoholic that no one had heard of. His autobiography was published after his death and only then did he become famous with TV shows and movies being made of his exploits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Only one man in history has ever turned down the Nobel Peace Prize: Vietnamese revolutionary, diplomat and politician, Le Duc Tho. For his role as Vietnam’s chief negotiator in the Paris Peace Accords, in 1973 he was jointly awarded the prize alongside his American counterpart, Henry Kissinger. chaohanoi.com/2021/01/04/…
Left-handers can have poor handwriting posture because they write with a β€œhooked” style when trying to copy how right-handers write, but if they position the paper to their left with the bottom-right edge angled down, then their wrist and arm straightens for neater and more comfortable writing. handedness.org/action/lef…
If you eat beetroot the body has difficulty in breaking down betalain, the chemical that gives it its red colour. When you go to the toilet chances are your urine will be red/pink in colour and is called beeturia. epainassist.com/abdominal…
Costco's hot dog has remained $1.50 since it was first introduced in 1984. After the company president complained they were losing money on it, CEO Jim Sinegal put his foot down. "If you raise [the price of] the effing hot dog, I will kill you," Sinegal said. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In the mid-18th century, Americans were so used to yellow milk, tinted with lead chromate to disguise the bluishness of watered-down dairy, that people refused to purchase white milk, thinking it had been coloured discovermagazine.com/mind…
Will smith turned down an offer to go to MIT because he was already successful in entertainment. blackhistory.mit.edu/arch…
Ringo Starr refused involvement with a documentary about the life of singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson. This was odd considering the two had been very close friends. Starr said he turned it down because there are 3 people he finds it difficult to talk about: Lennon, Harrison, and Nilsson. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
The cremaster muscle is responsible for moving your testicles up or down. It expands and contracts according to temperature – moving them further from the body when it’s warm and closer to the body when it’s cold. blogs.webmd.com/from-our-…
Dave Chappelle was offered the role of "Bubba" in Forrest Gump. He turned down the part because he was concerned that the character was demeaning and the movie would bomb. He later parodied the film in the 1997 short Bowl of Pork. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Today I learned of a population of Russian brown bears which appear to have become addicted to huffing gas fumes. The bears will sniff the fumes and then dig a shallow hole to lie down in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kro…
The Eiffel tower has a reletively untouched apartment designed and put in by Gustav Eiffel which few people were ever allowed in and he turned down every request by wealthy Parisians who wanted to stay the night in it. cntraveler.com/stories/20…
In 1950, an Austrian psychology researcher had his assistant wear a pair of goggles that turned the world upside-down. By the 10th day, everything looked "normal" to him to the point he could effortlessly walk through a crowded sidewalk and even ride a bicycle while wearing them. theguardian.com/education…
The actor playing Hedorah the Smog Monster in a 1971 Godzilla film came down with appendicitis. Doctors were forced to perform surgery while he was still wearing the monster suit due to the length of time it took to take off. During the operation he learned that painkillers had no effect on him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
Charlie Day was offered a part on the network show "Life on a Stick." At the same time, his friends began filming their own show with no money. Day turned down β€œLife on a Stick,” which lasted one season, while "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" became one of the longest running comedies ever. businessinsider.com/full-…
Among the many bizarre requests received by Virgin Atlantic flight attendants were: "Could you turn the engines down because they are too noisy?"; "Please can the Captain stop the turbulence?"; "Can you take my children to the playroom?"; and "Is there a McDonald's onboard?" archive.indianexpress.com…
Mel Gibson and Liam Neeson were largely considered to play James Bond in the movie "Goldeneye". Neeson turned it down because he wasn't interested in action films at the time and Gibson was too busy with his project "Braveheart" despite being recommended by Sean Connery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In during WW2, an American bomber -*ye olde pub*- was nearly shot down. A German fighter gave chase and once in range, he noticed the dead and injured crew and the terror in the pilots face. He didn’t attack and escorted the plane. Both pilots survived the war and finally met in 1990 jalopnik.com/why-a-german…
A researcher recorded more than 100 animal handlers and found it's pretty much universal -- regardless of the language spoken or the animal being handled -- that humans use short, repeated sounds to get an animal to go or speed up, and long, slow sounds to get an animal to stop or slow down. patriciamcconnell.com/the…
Today I learned of the Millennium Prize Problems, 7 seemingly impossible unsolved Mathematics problems that were revealed in 2000 and rewarded a $1 million prize to anyone who could solve one. In 2003, Gregori Perelman became the first (and so far only) person to solve one. He turned down the prize money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
When Stan Lee first introduced Spider-Man the publisher turned him down. Stan Lee didn't give up and snuck Spider-Man in to the last issue of the shuttered series Amazing Fantasy which went on to become a success. time.com/4117869/stan-lee…
Chuck Yeager enlisted as private, was an aircraft mechanic before becoming a pilot, got shot down over France but escaped, had 11.5 aerial victories, broke the sound barrier and multiple speed records as a test pilot, and retired from the US Air Force after 34 years as a brigadier general. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Today I learned about Styles Hutchins, the first African American man to argue a case in a Georgia court. After his success in court, his client, Ed Johnson, was lynched, and Hutchins' law firm was burned down. Hutchins fled to Illinois, where he ceased practicing law and opened a barber shop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sty…
Today I learned about the "Mystery Spot" near Santa Cruz, CA where balls roll uphill, chairs sit on walls and people lean over so far they can't see their shoes, yet they don't fall down. The attraction is pitched as some kind of supernatural phenomena, but derives from visual perceptions and visual distortions berkeley.edu/news/berkele…
In 3000 BC the North Star was not Polaris, but a star called Thuban, because the axis of the earth was pointed in a different direction back then. This is because of the precession of equinoxes speeding and slowing down of the earth's spin through imperceptible intervals. starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/d…
Sammy Sosa suffered from an extreme back spasm before a game in 2004 as the result of two violent sneezes. He had to sit the game out and receive an epidural to bring down the inflammation. espn.com/mlb/news/story?i…
In 2019, a nurse set the record for the fastest marathon in a nurse's uniform, but was originally rejected by Guinness World Records, because she was wearing scrubs and pants, and not a blue and white dress, apron, and a nurse's cap. After backlash, they backed down and accepted her record edition.cnn.com/2019/05/0…
That fully aquatic mammals, never fully go to sleep. instead it shuts down only half of its brain at a time, along with the opposite eye. The other half of the brain stays awake at a low level of alertness. So that they may continue to swim to surface to breath animals.howstuffworks.com…
A Texas man nearly died after being bitten by a rattlesnake that he decapitated with a shovel. The snake's head bit down on his hand, 10 minutes after being removed from its body, after he reached down to move it with a stick. rd.com/article/the-snakes…
Pieces of Mars have been falling down to Earth. They orbit the solar system amongst galactic debris for millions of years, before crash landing on Earth. space-facts.com/mars
In the 1960’s, Paul Klipsch was found in his office, stripped down to his skivvies with the thermostat set to high. He was trying to determine why early calculators would quit when operated at high temperatures. He later sent a letter to the manufacturer, explaining the source of the problem. madmikesamerica.com/2010/…
When Santa Anna stepped down from power in 1844 and fled from Mexico, a mob dug up his amputated leg and dragged it through the streets until nothing was left of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Today I learned about Jason Vukovich, known as the β€œAlaskan Avenger,” who was convicted of using the state’s sex offender registry to track down offenders, break into their homes, and beat them with a hammer. nypost.com/2018/01/02/ave…
In 1982, Larry Walters made made a 45-minute flight in a homemade airship made of an ordinary patio chair and 45 helium-filled weather balloons. During the landing, the aircraft became entangled in power lines, but Walters was able to safely climb down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…

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