Women also competed as gladiators in ancient Rome and there is a marble relief dating to around the 2nd century A.D. depicting a bout between two women dubbed β€œAmazon” and β€œAchillia,” whom the inscription says fought to an honorable draw. history.com/news/10-thing…
Richard Donner received hate mail and death threats for making Superman (1978), which draws parallels between Superman and Jesus, with one letter telling him his "blood would run in the streets". screenrant.com/superman-m…
Terry Crews used to draw and sell paintings of his colleagues while playing for NFL to help with his finances and of his family youtu.be/zUUWg4cW9jE?t=77
The Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria is elected by writing the names of the top three candidates, putting them in a box and having a five-year old child draw blindly one of the names. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
When Cambyses II of Persia invaded Egypt, knowing Egyptians loved cats and animals, he had his soldiers draw Bastet on their shields, and bring every animal they could find to be in front of his army. Celebrating his victory, Cambyses threw cats from a bag at Egyptian’s faces. ancient.eu/Bastet/
If you draw a line directly south from Jacksonville, Florida, the entire continent of South America is EAST of that line. 2009-2017.state.gov
Leonardo Da Vinci β€˜could write, draw and paint with both hands’ independent.co.uk/arts-en…
The best-selling living author, Danielle Steel, has received "a resounding lack of critical acclaim" for her 179 books. In her romance novels, she draws from her experiences of having been married 5 times to financiers, ex-convicts, and a vintner, and having 9 children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
In order to convince Robin Williams to play the Genie in Aladdin (1992), Disney hired an animator to draw and lip-sync the Genie performing Williams’ own stand-up comedy. Williams was so impressed that he signed on immediately. latimes.com/entertainment…
The way a cat bares its front teeth and wrinkles its nose while smelling something is called the flehmen response, which helps draw the scent into its vomeronasal organ (extra olfactory organ above the roof of the mouth.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
African American architect Paul Williams learned to draw upside down because white clients were uncomfortable sitting next to a black man. He practiced mostly in Southern California and designed the homes of numerous celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Lon Chaney en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
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…
The authors of Medieval texts would get bored and draw doodles... atlasobscura.com/articles…
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. popsci.com/science/articl…
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…
, Michigan's famous Great Lakes Crossing mall's opening and success would draw people away from Summit Place Mall in nearby Waterford Township in the Pontiac area. The success of Great Lakes Crossing would be part of the reason for Summit Place Mall's demise, and eventual closure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Beatrix Potter was an avid taxidermist, who used her knowledge of anatomy gained in this way to draw illustrations to her books commonreader.wustl.edu/th…
A rule was adopted in checkers tournaments compelling players to play random openings after an 1863 match of 40 games between the world's two leading players, in 21 of which they played the exact same sequence of moves leading to a draw. quadibloc.com/other/bo010…
The Seattle Space Needle keeps itself clean with elevators that draw in 100% fresh air from outside, incorporating UV-C and UV-C technologies. Using the Protexus PX00ES, a battery-powered electrostatic sprayer, a nontoxic cleanser is atomized throughout all spaces spaceneedle.com/elevating…
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/…
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/…
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…
The longest cricket test match in history lasted nine days and ended in a draw sahistory.org.za/dated-ev…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
Germany has an electric highway (eAutobahn) that lets trucks draw power from overhead cables businessinsider.com/germa…
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…
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…
, 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…
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…
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_…
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…
A standard pencil can draw a line 35 miles long discovermagazine.com/the-…
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…
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…
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…
'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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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