Atomic tests were a tourist draw in 1950s Las Vegas. They advertised detonation times and best viewing spots to see the massive flash and mushroom cloud from the bomb test site, 65 miles away. Casinos flaunted their north-facing vistas, offering special β€œatomic cocktails” and β€œDawn Bomb Parties” citylab.com/equity/2014/0…
Actor, director, and producer Orson Welles refused admission into Harvard at age 16 so he could travel. When he landed in Dublin he convinced everyone that he was a famous Broadway star and began producing plays. When he grew bored of the farce, he went to North Africa to draw pictures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ors…
Today I learned of Aglaonice of Thessaly, an ancient greek sorceress, part of a coven of witches known for their abillity to "draw down the moon". In reality, Aglaonice and her female accolites were likely accomplished astronomers able to predict lunar eclipses en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agl…
Today I learned of the Pharaoh Sesostris who would erect columns in the place he conquered. If the cities fought bravely he included a description of the battle, if they were cowardly he'd draw a woman's vulva. perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/…
, Heracleitus, sick with Dropsy, tried to cure it by covering himself in cow dung, thinking that it would draw the bad humours out. One version claims that the manure was too wet and he drowned in it, another that it was too dry and he dried out, third version says dogs ate him whole. pdfs.semanticscholar.org/…
Germany has an electric highway (eAutobahn) that lets trucks draw power from overhead cables businessinsider.com/germa…
There is no practical way to draw our solar system to a visible scale. With Earth reduced to pea diameter, Pluto would be the size of a bacterium, 1.5 miles from Jupiter. With Jupiter the size of a period, Pluto would still be 35 feet away from it, and reduced to the size of a molecule. space.fm/astronomy/planet…
Hayao Miyazaki, founder of Studio Ghibli still draws almost every animation frame for his films by hand. One of his films,Ponyo features 170,000 framesβ€”a record for Miyazaki en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hay…
Starting this May, the Netherlands will no longer refer to itself as "Holland" in international events, seeking to draw tourists to lesser-visited areas as well as to deemphasize drug use and prostitution. theguardian.com/world/201…
The initial working title of the book was β€˜Where The Wild Horses Are’, and the story was supposed to be about a child who escapes to the land of the wild horses. Although his editor loved the idea, Maurice realized he was unable to draw horses, and the idea of the β€˜Wild Things’ was born. huffingtonpost.in/entry/w…
On 13 February 2000, the day after Charles M. Schulz's death, the last-ever new Peanuts strip ran in papers. Although Schulz did not draw any daily strips that ran past January 3, he had drawn five Sunday strips that had yet to run. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, repeatedly warned Viennas hardline Chief of Staff that continued harsh oppression of the Serbians would eventually draw Austria into a war with Russia and spell the doom of both empires. Neither empire survived World War I. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
Luxembourg's version of Superman is Superjhemp, who unlike the American version has a sizeable belly and draws his powers from eating cheese and drinking beer. He also flies around with his hands in his pockets, "because every real Luxembourger has his hands in his pockets". luxtimes.lu/culture-life/…
There was a battle that supposedly took place in 585 BC which was interrupted by a solar eclipse. The battle ended in a draw and peace was negotiated ending a 6 year war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about Sputnik Monroe, a 60's Memphis wrestler. As part of his villainous act, he fought against segregation and frequented black neighbourhoods. He succeeded in ending segregation in wrestling arenas and became one of the biggest draws in wrestling history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spu…
Decimation (removal of a tenth) was a roman military punishment wherein a cohort of soldiers was divided into groups of ten, each of these groups was made to draw lots, and the soldier who drew the shortest straw was then clubbed to death by the other nine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Today I learned about the Dutch postal code lottery. They draw a postal code and if you live there and you bought a ticket, you win. That increases the feeling of regret for those who didn't buy a ticket, as they see their neighbors buying new cars, renovating, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
There's an award called the 'Bad Sex in Fiction' award. The aim of the award is "to draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it". literaryreview.co.uk/bad-…
The Marvel character Howard the Duck, under threat of legal action, is forced to wear always pants. Disney was afraid people would confuse him for Donald Duck and demanded Marvel draw pants on Howard so that you could tell them apart. cbr.com/howard-the-duck-w…
The 'Baba Booey' sound effect comes from Gary Dell'Abate, the presenter of the Howard Stern radio show. He said it when he was asking how much the Quick Draw McGraw animation cel sold for, mispronouncing McGraw's sidekick Baba Looey's name as 'Baba Booey'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Today I learned of Francis Tsai, an artist who did work for Marvel, and was later diagnosed with ALS. When the disease paralyzed his arms, he learned to draw using his right foot on an iPhone. When he was no longer able to use his feet, he used eye-gaze technology in order to keep drawing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
In the 2004 Afghan election, the government instructed illiterate voters to draw an icon for their candidate, but both progressives and traditionalists were represented by drawing a book. One was meant to represent secular education, the other the Quran. publicaffairsbooks.com/ti…
In 2018 β€œOne of the four greatest wing chun masters” challenged an MMA fighter during live broadcast television in China. However, despite being knocked down 6 times in a row by the MMA fighter the fight was considered a draw by the referee scmp.com/sport/martial-ar…
While dying of stomach cancer and hospitalized in 1989. Osamu Tezuka (creator of Kimba and Astro Boy) was still able to draw tons of sketches with his pens and paper. His last words was "I'm begging you, let me keep working!" as a hospital nurse took away his pens and paper so he could rest. tofugu.com/japan/osamu-te…
'figure skating' is named after a requirement that skaters draw figures in the ice, such as loops, figure-8s, and swirls, called "compulsory figures". Once making up the majority of a skater's score, figures were slowly reduced and eventually eliminated from competition entirely by 1990. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
A standard pencil can draw a line 35 miles long discovermagazine.com/the-…
America's largest Confederate monument is Stone Mountain, Georgia. It's over 800 ft tall and 1.5 miles wide, draws 4 million visitors a year, and has a relief covering one face of the mountain that depicts three leaders of the Confederacy – Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis. kqed.org/lowdown/19119/st…
Today I learned of Stephen Wiltshire, an autistic British artist who can draw a landscape from memory after seeing it just once. He can draw entire cities from memory, after just a single, short, helicopter ride. When he drew Rome, he drew the exact number of columns in the Pantheon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
During WWII nylon was rationed leaving women with no stockings, and since going out bare legged was a fashion faux pas, women had to get creative and began painting on their stockings. Some even used eyeliner to draw a trompe l’oeil seam on the back of their legs. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The original comic book Superman couldn't fly but only leap tall buildings. It wasn't until the 1940s, when animators for a new animated series decided it would be too difficult to routinely draw him bending his knees, that it was decided that Superman could take off into the air. newsarama.com/5489-10-thi…
Courtroom artists in the UK & Hong Kong draw their sketches from memory as they are not permitted to draw in the court. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. spent roughly $3 million each year on weather modification campaigns designed to draw out the monsoon season and even one campaign involved an attempt to flood the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the main route that enemy fighters were using to deliver their supplies. finance.yahoo.com/news/ch…
Non-invasive prenatal testing, which draws blood from the mom to detect fetal abnormalities, can detect maternal cancer. Multiple severe chromosomal abnormalities can mean mom has cancer rather than fetus has many birth defects technologyreview.com/2015…
Why mandrills have such colorful bums. Turns out the bright red and blue on a male mandrill’s backside really draws the eye – especially the ladies’. Only dominant, top males flaunt such vibrant hues, and female mandrills see them as a badge of fitness. video.nationalgeographic.…
In 2008, fossilized ink sacs we recovered from preserved remains of Belemnotheutis cephalopods. Mixed with ammonia solution, the team was able to return the ink to its liquid form and used the ~150 million year old ink to draw a replica of of the original illustration of Belemnotheutis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
Maurice Sendak's classic book "Where the Wild Things Are" was supposed to be titled "Where the Wild Horses Are" but he realized he couldn't draw horses so he changed it to "things" instead theguardian.com/childrens…
In the U.K. lesbianism was never illegal. Previous laws only referred to men; it was a similar situation in the U.S. The U.K. Parliament in the 1920s decided against passing a law as they didn’t want to draw attention to it, as it might have encouraged women to explore homosexuality. bl.uk/lgbtq-histories/art…
This yellow-pigmented male northern cardinal is most likely a genetic mutation that renders the pigments the bird draws from foods making it appear with yellow coloration rather than red. This is called xanthochromism; in addition to cardinals, it has also been seen in rose-breasted grosbeaks. audubon.org/news/why-nort…
The 1976 Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki match had odd rules and strategy that led to Inoki scooting around the ring on his back and kicking at Ali for most of the fight. The match ended in a draw and angered fans who threw garbage into the ring. The match had an estimated 1.4 billion viewers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muh…
, Calvin Klein's cologne 'Obsession' can draw big cats like Tigers, Jaguars etc from as far as half a mile, who then proceed to taking long sniffs and cuddling against the source, savouring the smell much longer than they savour even their meals blogs.discovermagazine.co…
Britain's power stations have to learn television schedules to anticipate when there will be a huge power draw as everyone turns on their electric kettles during a break in a soap opera or sporting event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_…
Bill Haley ("Rock Around the Clock") sported a 'kiss curl' above his right eye because as a child he was blinded in his left eye, and wanted to draw the audience's attention away from it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
In order to draw anatomical sketches, Leonardo Da Vinci would get grave robbers and a hospital director to get him cadavers to study. He would dissect dead human remains and then draw what he saw. Dissection at the time was completely illegal so he kept his sketches secret. clocktower.ucollege.edu/a…
The Atolla jellyfish is bioluminescent. When attacked, it will launch a series of flashes, whose function is to draw predators who will be more interested in the attacker than itself. This has earned the animal the nickname "alarm jellyfish". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ato…
Today I learned of β€œThe Custom of the Sea,” an old tradition among sailors where in dire circumstances, such as being stranded at sea and on the verge of starvation, the remaining sailors would all draw straws and whoever drew the shortest would then be killed and eaten to ensure the survival of the others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cus…
A Pantograph is the accordion-like apparatus on top of a train that draws current from the overhead wires. Its called that due to its resemblance to the other Pantograph, linked sticks which produce a duplicate copy of handwriting and artwork. The word itself means "All writing/drawing." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Famed EC Comics artist John Severin refused to draw any horror stories for moral reasons. When publisher William Gaines suggested he was making excuses and just couldn't draw the style, Severin drew something so horrific that it gave Gaines nightmares. lambiek.net/artists/s/sev…
One of W.C. Fields' first acting jobs was as a professional drownee, who faked being saved and resuscitated to draw crowds to an Atlantic City boardwalk. historydaily.org/w.c.-fie…
In 1943, the British took a civilian's corpse, filled his lungs with water, dressed him in a military uniform, gave him fake intelligence letters, and dropped him off the coast of Spain -- all in an elaborate ruse to draw the Germans away from Sicily. It worked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
During pregnancy, the baby growing in its mother’s womb needs plenty of calcium to develop its skeleton. If the mother doesn’t get enough calcium, her baby will draw what it needs from the mother’s bones. Women often lose 3 to 5 percent of their bone mass during breastfeeding, and recover after bones.nih.gov/health-info…
Stephen Wiltshire, autistic savant who draws detailed landscapes from memory and was featured in a BBC documentary as a child, now has his own gallery in London. A 76m panoramic memory drawing of New York is on display at JFK Airport. He was appointed an MBE in 2006. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Numa, the second king of Rome, is thought to have propagated rituals and worship of Egeria, and claimed direct revelation from her, in order to play on Roman superstitions and draw them away from their violent warrior culture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Num…
Today I learned of "pseudoneglect," a tendency of healthy people to shift their spatial attention to the left and thus regularly draw a central dividing line left of the actual centre. This preference for the left side persists when vision is completely removed, and has been also observed in birds. thepsychologist.bps.org.u…
Nintendo converted old bowling alleys into light gun shooting ranges in 1973. In 1974 the system was shrunk down to an arcade cabinet and featured films of cowboys that the player could quick draw against. This became the basis for the NES Zapper games like Wild Gunman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
Maurice Sendak’s classic "Where The Wild Things Are" was originally titled "Where The Wild Horses Are" but Maurice realized he was unable to draw horses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whe…
A 2012 study found that when answering yes or no questions, use of an Ouija board was significantly more accurate than guesswork, suggesting that it might draw on the unconscious mind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oui…
Wally Wood the creator of Power Girl, Made a bet with a studiomate that he could draw Power Girls chest bigger every issue and DC editorial wouldn’t notice geek.com/comics/the-histo…
Due to nylon being reserved for the war effort, women during WWII would paint stockings onto their legs. In fact, there was a business for β€œliquid stockings”. Black eyeliner pencils were used to draw the β€œseam.” There were even leg makeup bars. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Margrethe II, the queen of Denmark, felt compelled to draw illustrations for The Lord of the Rings in the 70s and sent them to Tolkien himself. He noted her style was quite similar to his own. Her drawings were used as a basis for the illustrations in the Danish translation of the books. tolkiengateway.net/wiki/M…
A circle is used to represent a city on a map since early maps would draw small bird's-eye views of cities, and walled cities during that time were usually circular. Eventually the drawing was dropped and only the circular outline remained. mapdiva.com/ortelius/ortl…
Ben Franklin left the cities of Boston and Philadelphia $2,000 in his will, but they could not draw the full balance for 200 years. In 1990, the cities received $6.5 million. nytimes.com/1990/04/21/us…
The Pot-in-pot refrigerator uses a porous outer clay pot (lined with wet sand) containing an inner pot within which food is placed. The evaporation of the outer liquid draws heat from the inner pot, and requires only a flow of relatively dry air and a source of water, but no electricity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
The longest boxing match on record lasted 110 rounds which is roughly 7 hours and ended in a draw mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The expression "Only Nixon could go to China". It's used for situations where a politician has such a strong reputation among his core supporters that he gets away with doing things that would draw criticism had they been done by others, like a diplomatic trip to Communist China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nix…
Walt Disney used the term "weenie" to describe an enticing feature or visual magnet that would draw people unconsciously towards a certain area. He got the term from the way his dog would follow him around if he was holding an uncooked hot dog. Cinderella's castle at Disney World is a weenie. youtu.be/S7COKSbmXWk
Every year in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, there's a two-week long mock medieval war that draws so many participants, it has its own mayor and post office for the weeks it is active atlasobscura.com/places/t…
During the Winter War, Finns used mannequins posing as officers to draw fire from Soviet snipers. The Finns would then return fire with the Lahti L-39, a 20 mm anti-tank rifle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lah…
The same winning lottery jackpot numbers (4, 15, 23, 24, 35 and 42) were drawn in two consecutive draws in Bulgaria, leading to accusations of fixing, but it was deemed completely random news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/82598…
San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America being established in 1848 & draws more tourists annually to the city than the Golden Gate Bridge en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Used Crayola crayons that are too small to grasp or too flat to draw with are named β€œLeftolas”. In 2003, the company asked kids around the country to send in blue β€œLeftolas”. Crayola received the equivalent of 123,000 crayons. They used it to create Big Blue, a 1,500lb crayon that’s 15ft long. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
In the movie Titanic, When Jack draws Rose on the couch, the hand shown drawing is actually of James Cameron, a gifted artist who drew the picture. Cameron also drew all the sketches of the "French girls" Jack carried in his binder. The scene was also the first one filmed for the movie. titanicuniverse.com/titan…
Mushroom Cloud tourist attraction in Vegas. People could see the atomic blasts from the roof tops of Vegas Casinos, and it was a draw for tourists. Photo: Mushroom cloud, Las Vegas, Photo by National Nuclear Security Administration, c1950s. cjverb.com/2017/04/21/ato…
Garfield's favorite food was almost pizza because illustrator Jim Davis said: "it's easier to draw than lasagna." garfield.fandom.com/wiki/…
The band Kansas got their record deal by posting signs that said free beer when they knew a producer was coming to their show. They had a huge crowd and the producer thought that if they could draw a crowd like that he should sign them. youtu.be/bEGPf1AiH4I
Tickling is a self defence mechanism against creeping insects like spiders and mosquitoes. Not only does light tickling not make us laugh, it draws attention to the spot where you feel it. alltop10.org/en/10-intere…
The 1st title of "Where the Wild Things Are" was "Where the Wild Horses Are" - until Sendak realized he could not draw a horse. So he drew the Wild Things, modeled after his relatives. pbs.org/now/arts/sendak.h…
Where the Wild Things Are was originally titled Where the Wild Horses Are. The title changed because the author, Maurice Sendak, didn't know how to draw horses. When asked by his editor what he could draw, he said "things" and "things" is what he drew. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Stan Lee took away artist duties from Jack Kirby on Amazing Fantasy #15, the first appearance of Spider-Man, hating Kirby’s take on the book. Lee would assign Steve Ditko to draw the comic but did reject Ditko's cover art and commissioned Kirby to pencil a cover that Ditko then inked. wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider…
During the embalming process Ancient Egyptians would insert a metal hook into their nose and draw out brain tissue. si.edu/spotlight/ancient-…
In 2010, Israel's weekly state lottery drew exactly the same 6 numbers as the draw 3 weeks earlier – an event statisticians said was a one in four trillion chance. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
The short draw is a hand spinning technique that produces yarn suitable for weaving but not knitting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
According to the rules of UNO you can only play a Draw 4 card if you have no other play in your hand of the same color as the discard pile. pop.inquirer.net/45834/pl…
Nepal has instructions on how to draw its flag in its Constitution. lawcommission.gov.np/en/a…
In 2017 two Navy aviators used the contrails from a state-of-the-art electronic attack plane to draw a giant penis in the sky over Washington state. navytimes.com/news/your-n…
Ottawa's Parliament Pub is located directly opposite the 92.2m (302-foot) Peace Tower. It is a politics-themed pub where menu items are named after Canadian Cabinet Ministers, Party Leaders, other Members of Parliament, while a resident artist draws caricatures of Ottawa’s politicians ottawatourism.ca/ottawa-i…
During WW2, there was a shortage of hosiery for women. To be creative they would use makeup and even use a liguid foundation called liquid hosiery to apply. Sometimes a black eye liner pencil was used to draw seams. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
After a wave of Vietnamese immigrants moved into Houston, TX they developed a fusion of local and Vietnamese cuisines called Viet-Cajun. It blends bits of both cuisines the signature dish being Viet-Cajun crawfish which draws crowds and sees long lines at the restaurants that serve it. houston.eater.com/2017/2/…
BIC has sold more than 100 billion ballpoint pens globally since 1950, which is enough to draw a line to the moon and back more than 320,000 times. theguardian.com/technolog…
Longbows might have required up to 180 lbs (80kg) or force to draw. britannica.com/technology…
So many American Indians joined the military during WW2 that had all Americans joined at the same proportion, conscription would not have been necessary. The Blackfeet tribe mocked the idea of a draft: "Since when has it been necessary for Blackfeet to draw lots to fight?" shsu.edu/his_ncp/NAWWII.h…
Today I learned of the "Custom of the Sea" where shipwreck survivors will draw lots to see who's killed and cannibalized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cus…
Today I learned about the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy, when someone draws conclusions conclusions based on only the consistent data, ignoring data that may not support the conclusion. philosophyterms.com/the-t…
During WW2 the British maintained an entirely fictional army, the 4th Army, that they successfully used to draw German forces away from invasion targets on multiple occasions, including the Normandy landings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
Today I learned about the existence of Marlett, a TrueType font that since 1995, has been used in Microsoft Windows to draw scalable user interface icons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1994, cartoonist Mike Diana received a criminal conviction for obscenity for artwork in America, he wasn't allowed to draw comics even for personal use or just for his house. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Today I learned of the Bad Sex in Fiction Award, presented annually to the author who produces the worst description of a sex scene in a novel. The award is "to draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
Today I learned of Firehawks, birds that collect burning brush and spread wildfires to draw out prey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
There are 4 clans of Orcas off the coast of BC and Washington. Clans host numerous pods that often overlap each other. However, they can easily be told apart as each clan has it's own unique "language". Each pod even has different dialects similar to a southern draw or New England accent. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Monowi village in USA has a population of 1 and the only resident runs a 5000-volume library and a tavern that draws regular customers from as far as 80 miles away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Nancy Cartwright, the voice actor behind Bart Simpson, was mentored by legendary voice actor Daws Butler who voiced Yogi Bear, Elroy Jetson, Quick Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss, and Huckleberry Hound, among many other characters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…

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