An unknown black organic material was found preserved on 2 altars at the entrance to a shrine's holy of holies, part of a fortress guarding the southern border of biblical Judah. Testing them found frankincense and cannabis, the first time the latter has been identified in the Ancient Near East. phys.org/news/2020-05-rev…
Vomitoriums were actually just the entrances and exits of stadiums and theaters, not rooms to throw up in after eating. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Ancient remains of at least 15 humans were found in a chamber in a cave, 80 m from the entrance, only 25–50 cm at its narrowest, and at the bottom of a 12 m vertical drop, in complete darkness and with no evidence of any tools or fire. They were from the previously undiscovered Homo Naledi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
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…
There were 147 maxims inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, in addition to famous maxims of "Know thyself" and "Nothing in excess" inscribed at the entrance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
1,418 entrance steps (one for each day the Soviet Union fought in the WWII) of the new 95m-tall β€œMain Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces” are forged from melted-down hardware seized from Nazi troops. bbc.com/news/amp/world-eu…
The Cocoanut Grove Fire, the deadliest nightclub fire in history. Boston,MA 1942, total of 492 people died and hundreds were injured. The revolving door entrance was quickly jammed, and other doors were hidden, locked, or unable to be opened. This caused major changes to be made in fire codes. bostonfirehistory.org/the…
Students in China can face up to seven years in prison for cheating on college entrance exams. globalcitizen.org/de/cont…
The Red Carpet at the entrance of the Oscars is not a traditional red: it has its own unique shade called "Academy Red" that is closer to burgundy longreads.com/2017/02/26/…
The song we commonly associate with clowns and circuses is actually a military march titled "Entrance of the Gladiators" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ent…
There is a secret entrance to the White House through an alley on H Street atlasobscura.com/places/s…
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…
Francisco MacΓ­as Nguema, the first President of Equatorial Guinea, was paranoid of educated people, because he had failed the entrance exams to the colonial civil service three times - so he killed everyone who wore glasses, which he saw as a sure sign of superior educational accomplishment telegraph.co.uk/comment/p…
Today I learned of Kazimierz Piechowski, a Holocaust Survivor, who, along with three other Polish inmates under the age of 21, successfully escaped Auschwitz by stealing a commandant's car, driving to the entrance posing in stolen Nazi uniforms, and demanding the guards to open the gate. theguardian.com/world/201…
Jane Addams, founder the social work profession, was adamantly opposed to the entrance of the U.S. into WWI. She was admitted to a Baltimore hospital on December 10, 1931, the day that she was to receive the Nobel Peace in Oslo. nobelprize.org/prizes/pea…
In 1951, Bing Crosby was initially denied entrance to a Canadian hotel for wearing his Levi’s denim jeans. Levi’s got wind and presented him with a denim tuxedo jacket at a celebration In Nevada, where he was honorary mayor. The term, β€œCanadian Tuxedo” is believed to have come from these events. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
The Statue of Liberty was orginally intended for the Suez Canal. When the Canal neared completion, the sculptor FrΓ©dΓ©ric-Auguste Bartholdi requested to build a sculpture he named "Egypt Bringing light to Asia" at the canal's entrance. When he was denied, he went with his ideas to New York. history.com/news/9-fascin…
Today I learned of the Brazilian Ant Forelius pusillus, which each night sends a few ants to completely conceal and protect the colony’s entrance. Those ants, stuck outside in the cold and the wind, wander away from the nest to die during the night sacrificing themselves for the greater good. discovermagazine.com/plan…
In 10th-20th century Europe, there was a hated, segregated minority group called Cagots who couldn't marry or live near non-cagots, couldn't touch food & had to use separate church entrances/holy water, despite being the same race as their neighbors. It isnt clear how the segregation started wikipedia.org/wiki/Cagot
For decades, the only "premature wards" in the US were carnival attractions at Coney Island and World's Fairs. From the 1890s-1930s, the "Incubator Exhibits" saved thousands of babies' lives, at no charge to the parents. All costs were paid by entrance fees. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Statues of supernatural beings called Yakshas who are traditionally considered the servants of Kubera (the God of wealth) are found at the entrance of the Reserve Bank of India rbi.org.in
Einstein failing a math exam is a myth. He failed the entrance exam to Zurich Polytechnic because he did poorly on botany, zoology and language sections. history.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned about Karl Richard Lepsius, a Prussian egyptologist who led an expedition to the Great Pyramids of Giza during the 1840s, leaving behind a hieroglyphic graffiti above its entrance, praising the patron of the project, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. catchpenny.org/gpglyph.ht…
, getting caught cheating on China's college entrance exam can get you sentenced to 7 years in prison. globalcitizen.org/en/cont…
In 1930, a lawyer tried to leave $50,000 in trust to build a Womanless library. β€œNo Woman Admitted” signs were to be posted at each entrance and no works by women were to be allowed on the premises. His family successfully challenged his will after his death, and the plans were scrapped. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
A Japanese hospital has an entrance test for aspiring medical students - they must perform 3 tasks in 15 minutes using surgical instruments - make miniature paper cranes, reassemble a dead bug from parts and make miniature sushi using a single rice grain. 40 students are selected odditycentral.com/pics/ja…
In the 70s, on their oral entrance exams to Moscow State University, special 'killer' problems were given to Jews and other β€œundesirables" to ensure they failed. These problems have simple solutions that are very difficult to find. Simple solutions protected the administration from scandals. tanyakhovanova.com/coffin…
Dr. Martin Luther King jr was allowed to attend Morehouse college at the age of 15 due to a classroom shortage of students brought on by world war II. He was still required to pass the college entrance exams which he did at only 15 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Adolf Hitler failed his entrance exam to the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna not once, but twice, in 1907 and 1908. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pai…
The following graffito message was found painted on the entrance a late 2nd century CE ancient Roman family tomb: "I remember touching the buttocks of a certain girl, whose ashes cover the golden earth." ostia-antica.org/valkvisu…
What we think of as "Carnival Music" or "Clown Music" is actually a military march called "Entrance of the Gladiators" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ent…
There was a 9ft wide, 7ft high, 200ft long "cow tunnel" that ran under 12th Ave in New York, NY that was used to herd cows across the city. A similar one, with an intact entrance is in Cambridge, MA. 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
In 1980, the MV Summit Venture collided with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge spanning the entrance to Tampa Bay. The southern span of the bridge collapsed onto the ship, killing 35 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
The music commonly associated with clowns in circuses was written by Julius Fucik. It was originally titled *Entrance of the Gladiators* and was meant to represent slaves marching into an arena to fight to the death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
After the death of Pope Julius II, (the militaristic "warrior pope" who emulated Caesar) the scholar Erasmus wrote a satirical dialogue in which the pope is denied entrance at the gates of heaven, ending with him planning to invade Paradise using the same tactics he applied when alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
There was a sign "Jedem das Seine" on the Buchenwald entrance that is a literal translation of "To each what he deserves" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jed…
In 2012, 12 Bangladesh students were sentenced to 15 days in jail each for cheating on a university entrance exam. Cheaters in previous years were sentenced to at least two years in prison. dhakatribune.com/banglade…
The Royal Navy had ships with names such as HMS Cockchafer, Happy Entrance, and HMS Spanker forces.net/services/navy/…
At just 2.06 meters in length, Ebenezer Place in Scotland is the world's shortest street. The street has only one address: an entrance to a bistro. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebe…
Today I learned about "Cave Canem" mosaics. Placed at the entrance to ancient Roman homes, they're Latin for "Beware of the Dog." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bew…
Steadicam-inventor Garrett Brown filmed his girlfriend and future wife Ellen ascending the 72 steps at the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with, miraculously, nary a camera wobble. One of the people who saw that demo reel was director John Avildsen, the director of "Rocky." variety.com/2019/artisans…
In 2004, before fame, Nicki Minaj (and former group HoodStarz) wrote and rapped the entrance theme to WWE's Victoria, "Don't Mess With" youtu.be/sVRu6gM1tH0
To prevent cheating during university entrance exams Uzbekistan shuts off the entire country's internet for five hours on exam day theatlantic.com/technolog…
Today I learned of a tradition in the United States Senate whereby a senator who sits at a particular desk near a busy entrance keeps a drawer full of candy for members of the body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Today I learned about Gaokao, China's toughest national college entrance exam and the high tech devices that have been employed by students to cheat on it. Systems like finger vein recognition are now in place to authenticate student identities as syndicates have been used by parents to impersonate their kids. scmp.com/news/china/socie…
When picking ring entrance music, Heavyweight Champ Mike Tyson would choose one ominous synth note and the occasional clanging of chains to intimidate his opponent. ontheaside.com/uncategori…
On January 1 2019, all works published in 1923 enter the public domain. This is the first public domain entrance of copyrighted material in 20 years. lifehacker.com/these-1923…
Huichol Indian men tie ropes around their testicles when their wives are giving birth. When she feels a painful contraction, she tugs on the rope so her husband will share some of the pain as part of their child's entrance into the world. weirduniverse.net/blog/co…
Romans didn't vomit during feasts, a vomitorium is a series of entrance or exit passages in an ancient Roman amphitheatre or theatre. theconversation.com/mythb…
Until 1970 bars in Ontario were mandated to have a separate entrance for women mackenzieinstitute.com/19…
When an Indian law required bars to be at least 500m from certain roads, one bar built a maze in front of its entrance to triple the walking distance from the door to the street. Regulators accepted this solution. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Stephen Fry was expelled from two schools and was imprisoned for three months for credit-card fraud. After studying for the entrance test, however, Fry was admitted to Cambridge University, where he met Emma Thompson and his future collaborator Hugh Laurie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
When IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands died, the Iranian government renamed Winston Churchill Boulevard, the location of the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Tehran, to Bobby Sands Street, prompting the embassy to move its entrance to avoid using Bobby Sands Street on its letterhead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
- In China, roughly 9.4 million students take the Gaokao, a college entrance exam that lasts two days. During testing time, factories shut down, motorists are banned form honking, and police monitor the streets to ensure that the students are not distracted. cnn.com/2016/06/07/asia/g…
Today I learned that the Pope had his architect Bramante build an impressive spiral staircase at the Vatican covering for several floors, which was large enough for his carriage, pulled by horses, to go all the way up and drop him at the entrance of his rooms! romaexperience.com/best-s…
Article 25 of the Argentinian constitution states that the country "will not restrict, limit or burden with any taxes the entrance into Argentine territory of foreigners who come with the goal of working the land, improving the industries and teach the sciences and the arts." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imm…
The University of Haiti costs only $15 a year to attend but it’s very difficult to get into. Only 15% of students who take the entrance exam are accepted, and its dentistry school admits only 20 of the 800 applicants it sees each year restavekfreedom.org/2017/…
In 1915 two adjacent theatres in Moncton, NB, were converted to share a single entrance. Inside, there were separate ticket booths for each theatre, which showed different films. The arrangement was so unusual, even decades later, that it was featured in Ripley's Believe It Or Not! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mul…
Why the New York State Capitol building has a massive entrance staircase: the building was sliding down a hill, so the stairs were built to keep it propped up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
The oldest subway tunnel in the world has had its only entrance welded shut, and it contains a 100+ year old steam engine. theverge.com/2014/2/5/528…
RM, leader of Korean boy band BTS scored in the top 1% of the national University entrance exam and has an IQ of 148 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RM_…
President Herbert Hoover did not attend high school and entered Stanford University in its inaugural year despite failing all the entrance exams except mathematics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Today I learned of The Winchester Mystery House, a house with over 160 rooms built to ward off spirits. It contains many unsettling aspects such as stairs and doors leading to nothing, or a seance room with one entrance but four exits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Jellyfish have been attacking nuclear power plants in Japan and India since the 1960s, with up to 150 tons per day removed from the cooling system of just 1 power plant. In India, workers removed over 4mil jellyfish from screens over the entrances to cooling pipes. That’s 80 tons of jellyfish. nybooks.com/articles/2013…
The popular japanese wrestler Jushin Thunder Liger is also an anime from the early 1980's. An early version of the wrestling costume was copied directly from the anime and he uses the anime theme song for his entrance theme to this day. trashmutant.com/from-anim…
Jack O'Lanterns got their name from the myth about Jack who tricked the devil into not claiming his soul, however he was also denied entrance to heaven. The devil gave Jack one burning piece of coal that he carried in a carved out turnip as he roamed the earth for eternity. history.com/topics/hallow…
Today I learned of the Candy Desk, a tradition of the US Senate since 1968, whereby a senator who sits at a desk near a busy entrance keeps a drawer full of candy for members of the body. The desk is currently supplied with candy made in Pennsylvania, including Milky Way bars, Mars bars, and jellybeans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
The region in Mongolia where Genghis Khan is supposedly buried has been guarded by the Darkhads, a group of elite warriors and their families, and now descendants since 1227 - the only legitimate reason for entrance was to bury a relative of Genghis Khan. sixthtone.com/news/1605/g…
A heteronym is the opposite of a homonym: two words that are spelled the same way (bass, entrance, dove) but different pronunciations have different meanings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Het…
At a launch site in South Dakota, the entrance to the underground missile launch control center is sealed by a blast-proof door painted like a Domino's Pizza logo, and hand-lettered text on the door reads "World-wide delivery in 30 minutes or less, or your next one is free". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piz…
In 1998 the MGM Grand casino removed its "lion's mouth" entrance, as many Asian gamblers saw passing through a lion's mouth as a sign of bad luck. aarontodd.casinocitytimes…
Today I learned of the 210 candidates who took Harvard's entrance exam in 1869, 185 were admitted. Its headings include: Translate into Latin, Greek Grammar, History and Geography, Arithmetic, Logarithms... bibletranslation.ws/2016/…
IM Pei's pyramid used as an entrance in the Louvre's courtyard has the exact same proportions as the Great Pyramid of Giza. The choice of this figure also serves as a reminder of the importance of the Egyptian antiquities collection inside the museum pariscityvision.com/en/pa…
The drum entrance reverb effect in Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" was created by accident by an intercom mic that was left on while Collins was playing the drums for a different track en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
In Pompeii around 2000 years ago, "Beware Of The Dog" mosaics were used near the entrances to houses, much like modern day signs serving the same purpose. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bew…
Newgrange, a prehistoric monument in Ireland was built c.3200 BC, millennia older than Egyptian pyramids. Chamber entrance is aligned with rising sun on the winter solstice, which floods the inner chamber with light. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
There is a "secret" entrance to the Louvre that allows you to bypass the ridiculous line at the public entrance. lemichaux.com/paris/secre…
During the WWF Royal Rumble in 1998, Mick Foley had three separate entrances for the event, having his other three personas (Cactus Jack entrant #1, Mankind entrant #16, and Dude Love entrant #28) participate in the main event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
When a 16th century cathedral in Salamanca, Spain was renovated in the early 1990s, ornate stone carvings of an astronaut and a gargoyle eating ice cream were added near the entrance. culturaltravelguide.com/s…
In South Korea, planes are not allowed to take off or land during the English language listening portion of their college entrance exam. apex.aero/2015/08/31/kore…
English inventor Joseph Merlin designed the first roller skates for a masquerade party in 1760. Not bothering to practice, he smashed into a wall length mirror upon entrance. rollerskatingmuseum.com/h…
After the death of Bobby Sands, a Provisional IRA hunger striker, Winston Churchill Boulevard, the entrance and mailing address of the UK embassy in Iran, was renamed to Bobby Sands Street. The embassy simply moved its entrance door to Fardowsi Avenue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
The sign "Arbeit macht frei" over the entrance to the concentration camp Auschwitz has an upside-down 'B', which was seen as a silent protest of its prisoners en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arb…
President Herbert Hoover was the first student of Stanford University, after he failed all of his entrance exams other than mathematics wikipedia.org/wiki/Herber…
Prince's intention was to establish his residence, Paisley Park as a public venue like Graceland. After he died, Graceland Holdings, the company that has managed Elvis Presley's Graceland, announced it would organize the tours and Prince's ashes are now on show in the main entrance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pai…
In 1939, the famous and notorious gangster, Al Capone donated two Japanese weeping cherry trees to the former Union Memorial Hospital in return for the excellent treatment and care he was offered and one of the trees still remains and blossoms outside the East 33rd Street entrance each spring. welcometobaltimorehon.com…
The Brazilian ant, Forelius pusillus, protects its nest every night by sealing off the entrances with sand from the outside. The ants that remain outside will be dead by morning, making them the first known example of a preemptive suicidal defense. sciencemag.org/news/2008/…
During oral entrance exams to the math department of Moscow State University problems were designed to prevent Jewish people from getting a passing grade. arxiv.org/pdf/1110.1556.p…
Anderson Cooper, soon after graduating college, forged a press pass and gained entrance to Myanmar to meet with students fighting the Burmese government. He was ultimately able to sell his home-made news segments to Channel One, launching his journalism career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Scotland Yard is just another name for Metropolitan Police in London. "Scotland Yard" is just the name of the street the entrance is on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
There's a furniture store IMAX theater hybrid in Boston MA. You can shop furniture in the entrance before your showing. laughingsquid.com/furnitu…
The last native speaker of Klallam language died in 2014 at age 103 but a dictionary was released in 2012 to teach future students. Port Angeles High School, Washington, offers Klallam classes, taught as a heritage language "to meet graduation and college entrance requirements." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kla…
There is a palm tree and pine tree planted next to each other at the midpoint of California. The palm tree signifies the entrance to Southern California, while the pine tree signifies the entrance to Northern California. duanehallca.blogspot.com/…
There is a species of ant whose head has evolved into a "door" that can block the entrance to its nest. scienceisbadass.com/2010/…
There is a desk full of candy at the entrance to the US Senate Floor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Today I learned of a secret German bunker containing 15 billion German Mark during two decades in the cold war. The entrance to the vault was hidden by two houses in the village of Cochem in the slopes of the Mosel valley. None of the village residents knew about it. bundesbank-bunker.de/en/b…
The MGM Grand in Las Vegas had to reconfigure it's original entrance, a large gold walk-through lion, as Chinese high rollers were avoiding it, believing walking through beasts to be unlucky before gambling. nytimes.com/2007/02/21/us…
The hamlet of Shitterton in Dorset England had it's town sign stolen so often, the inhabitants banded together to purchase a 1.5-ton block of stone to place at the entrance to Shitterton, carved with the hamlet's name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
: The first recorded inventor of roller skates, Joseph Merlin, wore his invention to a masquerade party. In an attempt to make a grand entrance, he rolled in while playing the violin, but ended up crashing into an expensive wall-length mirror. skatehereford.co.uk/histo…
In 1909 three children went exploring inside a cave in Newton, New Jersey and never returned, essentially lost in the underground caverns of the town. The entrance to the cave was sealed with their headstone and is known as the "cave grave". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…

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