The fourth-place through eighth-place finishers in an Olympic final event do not receive medals, but they do get paper β€œOlympic diplomas.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
In Germany they have installed these "Stolpersteins" (stumbling blocks), that have the biographical information of the victims of the Nazis. Their intent is to remind people of the victims of their Nazi past in a manner that does not glorify those events. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
The Catalina Wine Mixer from Step Brothers wasn't a real thing when the movie was made, but has since become a real event because of the movie lamag.com/digestblog/cata…
The reason it's called "the birds and the bees" is because it's a metaphor for naturally-occuring events. The "bees" part comes from bees depositing the flowers (a reference to fertilization), and the "birds" part comes from female birds laying eggs (a reference to ovulation). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The hotel where Jeremy Clarkson assaulted Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon now bears a plaque commemorating the event. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Sausage sizzles are public sausage barbecues generally held either as free community events or as fundraisers that have become a recognised and expected addition to polling booths at Australian elections. The sausages at these events have been nicknamed "Democracy Sausages". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sau…
Slow TV, very long coverage of mundane, ordinary events, is huge in Norway. The national broadcaster NRK has regularly shown programmes such as a 376 hr boat voyage, 60 hrs of choirs singing, and 12 hrs of knitting. Shorter shows include a lecture on Norway's past 200 years in 200 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
In the event of a nuclear attack, the United States will not engage in MAD, but will try to prevent and deal with the effects of a strike, then decide if it wants to retaliate with a nuclear attack of its own en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
It’s Australian tradition to eat sausages at polling places on election day called Democracy Sausages. For many communities, this is the biggest fundraising event of the year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
Today I learned of the sunkin library book burning memorial in Berlin, Germany. The library is built underground, is not accessible to the public, and can only be viewed through a glass plate that shows enough empty bookcases to hold 20,000 books, the amount burned in a book burning event on May 10, 1933. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
The Apollo astronauts could not get life insurance, so they signed hundreds of envelopes as memorabilia in the event of their death. businessinsider.com/neil-…
Today I learned about Huginn and Muninn (Old Norse for "thought" and "mind"), a pair of ravens that fly all over the world and bring information to the god Odin. The birds would depart at dawn and return at dinner-time to sit on Odin's shoulders and inform him of events on Midgard (Earth). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hug…
The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights are incredible light shows that caused by collisions between electrically charged particles and Earth’s atmosphere. They occur mostly in high altitudes near the poles. These events inspire stories from prehistoric times nineplanets.org/aurora-bo…
Today I learned of 'If Day'. In 1942 Winnipeg, Manitoba simulated a Nazi German invasion and occupation of the city. It included a staged firefight, the internment of prominent politicians, the imposition of Nazi rule, and a parade. The event was a fundraiser for the war effort: over $3 million was collected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
Canada had a counterfeit giant rubber duck at their 2017 sesquicentennial. Since 2007 artist Florentijn Hofman has created a series of giant rubber duck sculptures that have been on display at major events. In 2014 the duck designs were stolen and have been used for unauthorized giant ducks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
Today I learned of the pareto principle also known as the 80/20 rule. Which states that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. ex. Microsoft has noted that by fixing the top 20% of the most-reported bugs, 80% of the related errors in a given system would be eliminated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
In December 2014, a guy dressed as Santa robbed a bank in San Francisco. The robbery took place during β€œSantacon”, an annual event in which hundreds of people dressed as Santa swarm Union Square. nbcbayarea.com/news/local…
Almost all life on earth was destroyed around 2.4 billion years ago in the Oxygen Catastrophe (aka Great Oxidation Event). Photosynthesizing microorganisms pumped massive amounts of oxygen into the previously oxygen-poor atmosphere, making it oxygen rich. Most species perished, new ones arose. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Helena, Montana had a city park with a Confederate Memorial Fountain built by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It was removed in 2017 after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia and was replaced by the Equity Fountain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Today I learned about the Babushka Lady, an unknown woman present during the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy who might have photographed the events that occurred in Dallas's Dealey Plaza at the time President John F. Kennedy was shot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
"dietary supplements" in the United States don't need to pass any safety inspections or testing. Manufacturers don't have to prove their products are safe, or even effective, and the FDA can only remove an unsafe product after someone gets sick, dies, or files an "adverse event" report. fda.gov/food/information-…
Gambler's fallacy, the erroneous belief that if a particular event occurs more frequently than normal during the past it is less likely to happen in the future. In 1913, in a game of roulette, the ball fell in black 26 times in a row, the probability of the sequence is 1 in 66.6 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gam…
Typhoon Karen was the most powerful tropical cyclone to strike the island of Guam, and has been regarded as one of the most destructive events in the island's history. It was classified as a Category 5 super typhoon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typ…
The dangerous strains of E-Coli Bacteria only came into existence in the early 70s, when, by a freak event of DNA sharing, a E-Coli Bacterium gained the gene to produce kidney and intestine destroying Shiga Toxins from a Shigella Bacterium, the bacteria that causes Dysentery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esc…
Sturgis tourism dept measures the number of Bike Week visitors not by counting bikes or people, but by weighing the TRASH after the event time.com/5875694/sturgis-…
A patient who was resuscitated in the Van Lommel study of NDE reported experiences more consistent with real and verifiable events, rather than hallucination, indicating some kind of state of consciousness pre-resuscitation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nea…
Today I learned about the potlatch, a ceremony of some First Nations on the Canadian Northwest Coast held to celebrate events (ex. marriages, births). It served to confer status and redistribute wealth, which was seen as anti-Christian and wasteful of personal property, leading to a federal ban from 1884-1951. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
Two homosexual lovers, Harmodius and Aristogeiton, assassinated the king of Athens, Hipparchus, and triggered events that would usher in democracy. They became known as the Tyrannicides, the preeminent symbol of democracy to ancient Athenians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Today I learned of "Telling The Bees", a traditional European custom where bees were told of important household events, lest they might leave the hive or die off! The newly married couples had to introduce themselves to the bees before entering their new home to avoid an unfortunate marriage! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
McDonald's had an offer to give away free big Mac's, French fries and drinks through scratch cards with every medal that USA wins during the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. They lost millions of dollars because USSR and it's allies boycotted the event and USA unexpectedly topped the table. youtu.be/JBnVtUpCV28
In 1908 a meteorite hit Russia with hundreds of times more power than an atom bomb, destroying 500,000 acres of forest, knocking ppl over 40 miles away and causing weather events around the globe - but no one was killed and no impact crater was found. history.com/news/6-bizarr…
In 1968 a group of Star Trek fans cornered William Sharner as he left 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and attempted to rip his clothes off. It is likely that this event stopped Shatner from attending Star Trek conventions for over a decade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
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…
Today I learned about the 'Doomsday Vault' aka Svalbard Global Seed Vault. A secure facility built into a mountain in Norway that is intended to safeguard the seeds of the world’s food plants in the event of a global crisis. It is one of the most heavily guarded facilities on the planet. time.com/doomsday-vault/
Today I learned of the "Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks", a painting that depicts the legendary event whereby in reply to a demand for their surrender from the Ottoman Sultan, the Cossacks sent a letter back filled numerous insults and profanities, telling the Sultan to "fuck thy mother". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
Today I learned of Spurious Correlation. A phenomenon where two unrelated events coincidentally occur in the same pattern over time, such as the 99% correlation between the divorce rate in Maine and the per capita consumption of margarine. tylervigen.com/spurious-c…
After Czech gymnast VΔ›ra ČÑslavskΓ‘ lost her training facility due to the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, she trained for the 1968 Olympics in the forest using potato sacks as weights and logs as beams. She medaled in all six events, four of them Gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C…
Divorce rates increase during times of hardship, war, and major events. Rates increased after World War II because people were quick to marry each other before they went to war. When soldiers returned, they found out that they didn't have much in common with their spouses, so they divorced. wikipedia.org/wiki/Divorc…
Despite being filmed in Austria, The Sound of Music was and is still unpopular in the German-speaking world. The third act (the events surrounding the occupation of Austria) was cut by the Munich manager of the studio, before being restored after director Robert Wise intervened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The solar storm of 1859 caused the aurora borealis to be seen as far south as the Caribbean and was bright enough to wake miners in the Rockies. The geomagnetic current was also strong enough to power telegraph systems. A similar event happening today would cause widespread blackouts and damage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Sweden switched their entire traffic system from the left side of the road to the right side in a single day in 1967 called β€œDagen H”, the most logistically complex event in Sweden’s history. amusingplanet.com/2019/04…
Today I learned of former Congressman Leo Ryan (D), who was assassinated in the events leading up to the Jonestown Massacare en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Charlie Chaplin was one of the planned assassination targets during a May 15, 1932 coup attempt by Japanese naval officers. While the prime minister was killed at home, Chaplin survived as he was at a sumo event with the prime minister's son. japantoday.com/category/f…
Nicolas Cage was considered for the role of Randy "The Ram" Robinson in The Wrestler. When taken to a live event, he thought wrestling was real like UFC! In the end, the crew had a meeting where it was determined that Cage looked too healthy for the part, so the role went to Mickey Rourke. prowrestlingstories.com/p…
Today I learned about the β€œThree Emperors Dinner.” A feast so elegant it is remembered 150 years later and a menu from the event remains in tact and on display at a French restaurant en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
There was a virus in the popular video game, World of Warcraft, which, despite being intended for a small area, spread rapidly causing vacant cities and widespread death until it was fixed. The event grabbed the attention of epidemiologists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
The astronautical term β€œBlack Holes” are coined from a completely irrelevant event in 1756, which entails the death of POWs from suffocation and heat exhaustion from being overpacked into a dungeon overnight. wikipedia.org/wiki/black_…
A wild turkey named Turk Diggler likely escaped an agricultural event and has been meandering through neighborhoods for the past year in Calgary, Alberta much to the residents' delight. globalnews.ca/news/530403…
When in 1968 Greek politician Ioannis Ladas beat up an editor who accepted an article about homosexual acceptance in ancient Greece, he denounced BBC's coverage of the event by claiming all BBC journalists were biased homosexuals. This made him an unofficial spokesman for the Greek junta. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ioa…
On the 3 of September 1967 Swedish traffic switched from the left to the right side of the road. The event is known as "Dagen H" (Swedish for H Day), H standing for HΓΆgertrafikomlΓ€ggningen, or the Right-Hand Traffic Diversion. realscandinavia.com/this-…
April 11, 1954 was calculated to be "The Most Boring Day in History". It featured only a handful of newsworthy events in the entire world. telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
During the cold war, both the United States and the USSR had designated 'Signal Cities' in the opposing countries that, in the event of an escalation of hostilities, would be nuked to indicate strong resolve. It was called 'nuclear signaling'. Kiev and Boston were the cities. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
The heavy metal band Black Sabbath originally started wearing crosses to ward off a curse. After denying an offer to play at Stonehenge, the satanists hosting the event claimed to cast a curse on the band. ultimateclassicrock.com/b…
Some Californian red and white wines went up against French wines in a 1976 blind competition judged by the top wine experts in the world. It was considered a non-event... until the American wines won. And it changed the wine industry forever. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Today I learned about Banjawarn station in Western Australia, once owned by the Japanese cult responsible for the 1995 sarin subway attacks. They used the extremely remote property to experiment with chemical weapons and due to an unexplained seismic event some believe they detonated a nuclear bomb. vice.com/en_ca/article/7x…
The first time an event had a bigger TV audience than radio audience was the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. bbc.com/historyofthebbc/a…
BORTAC is the tactical unit of the United States Border Patrol and is equivalent to SWAT. Members have operated in 28 countries around the world. They've been used as event security for the Super Bowl and to assist in quelling civil unrest in the United States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BOR…
The Actor That Played Darth Vader In The Original Trilogy, David Prowse, Is Banned From Attending Oficial Star Wars Events And Consider Persona Non Grata In General By Lucasfilm news.avclub.com/david-pro…
Today I learned about NASA TALs (Transoceanic Abort Landing sites) that were specially built all over the world, including in Gambia, Senegal and Morocco, that would be used in the event of an aborted Shuttle Launch nasa.gov/mission_pages/sh…
A 2011 study found that playing the vuvuzela in a crowded event was an incredibly efficient way to spread a respiratory virus, over 100 times more than shouting. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The Erfurt latrine disaster was an event that occurred in Erfurt, Duchy of Thuringia. A number of nobles from across the Holy Roman Empire were meeting in a room at the Church of St. Peter, when their combined weight caused the floor to collapse into the latrine beneath the cellar. wikipedia.org/wiki/Erfurt…
The witching hour is the time of night between 3 - 4 a.m. in western christianity considered to be when supernatural events are at their most powerful and frequent due to the absence of prayers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
The film Saved from the Titanic premiered a mere 29 days after the sinking of the Titanic and starred an actress who survived the event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sav…
Rutherford B. Hayes didn't serve alcohol at White House events. Secretary of State Evarts quipped that at White House dinners, "water flowed like wine." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
In an Aalto University study, participants were shown the movie Memento while making use of fMRI technology to see how the brain remembers and interprets events from clues. Unprecedented in the setup was that the subjects freely viewed the featured film in its entirety in the brain scanner. aalto.fi/en/news/film-mem…
A man in the 1830s accused his church of murdering his wife, and had his grievance carved into her gravestone. Its specific, and gives names and events leading to her death. Its about 150 words long. atlasobscura.com/places/c…
Events like earthquakes create differences between GMT and UTC that require the introduction of Leap Seconds to keep them in sync, the last one being Dec 31 2016. en.worldtempus.com/articl…
From the 1950s until the 1970s, vending machines were used at American airports to sell life insurance policies covering death, in the event that the buyer's flight crashed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
Almost all the people of Xanthos, an ancient Lycian city in Anatolia, committed mass suicide in two events 500 years apart to avoid capture, first by the Persians and then by the Romans lycianturkey.com/lycian_s…
The Panic of 1873 was known as the "Great Depression" until the events of 1929 and the early 1930s set a new standard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Today I learned of the 2018 seismic event of Mayotte, a 20 minute long earthquake-like event that was detected by instruments across all the globe but wasn't felt by a single person, and lacked two of the three types of waves usually detected in earthqakes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11_…
Over 99 percent of all species that have ever existed on Earth are extinct. Extinction events that caused this include the Ordovician-Silurian extinction, the Late Devonian extinction, the Permian-Triassic extinction, the Triassic-Jurassic extinction, and the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction nationalgeographic.com/sc…
A Utah woman was allegedly murdered by her husband while on a murder mystery trivia cruise in Alaska. The event was a musical Sherlock Holmes-themed murder mystery trivia program, and some of her fellow passengers thought the screams coming from her cabin were part of the show. people.com/crime/alaska-c…
Toots & the Maytals made an unsuccessful attempt to get in the Guinness Book by recording, pressing and distributing a new album in 24hrs. Despite the fact that they managed, they did not get the record because nobody had notified Guinness book organization prior to the event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Too…
Infrasound, a sound wave with frequencies below 20 Hz making it unable to be heard by people, can cause recipients to feel fear, anxiety, sorrow, depression, and nausea; it has also caused recipients to see hallucinations which causes them to think of it as a paranormal/supernatural event. eastcoastrip.org/weather-…
There is an Asteroid Day with the purpose of raising asteroid awareness to protect the Earth. And it's today, the date of the Tunguska event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
In 1896 two locomotives were deliberately crashed together as a promotional event for the railroad in Crush, Texas. Over 40K people attended. Engineers had assured the organizers that it would be safe, but when both boilers exploded on impact two spectators were killed and several more injured. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Because of a near extinction event 10,000 years ago, Cheetahs are very inbred. They are so inbred, that genetically they are almost identical. A cheetah in a zoo in NYC is nearly identical to one in Tokyo, or in the wild. evolution.berkeley.edu/ev…
The German parliament decided to suspend compulsory military service from 1 July 2011. However, the end of compulsory military service applies only in peacetime, and it can be reactivated in the event of tension or defence. bundestag.de/resource/blo…
Marion Stokes built an archive of network, local, and cable news, in her home, one tape at a time, recording every major (and trivial) news event until the day she died in 2012 at the age of 83 of lung disease. fastcompany.com/3022022/t…
In 1968 Elton John attempted suicide but was discovered by Bernie Taupin. Upon finding Elton's head in the oven, resting on a pillow, with the gas on low, and all the windows open, Bernie couldn't stop laughing. This event inspired the hit single "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" ultimateclassicrock.com/e…
The death of Sherlock Holmes almost destroyed the magazine that had originally published the stories. When Arthur Conan Doyle killed him off in 1893, 20,000 people cancelled their subscriptions. The magazine barely survived. Its staff referred to Holmes’ death as β€œthe dreadful event”. bbc.com/culture/story/201…
Today I learned of β€œChronostasis”, a type of temporal illusion in which a new event introduced to the brain can appear to be extended in time. Chronostasis causes the β€œstopped-clock illusion” which is why the first second after looking at an analog clock can appear to be longer than normal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
During WWII, the US government recalled all paper currency circulating in Hawaii and replaced it with notes stamped with "HAWAII". In the event of a Japanese invasion of Hawaii, all currency captured would be easily identifiable and would be rendered worthless. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
Former Navy pilot and journalist Paco Chierici broke the Nimitz Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon event 2 years before the New York Times did sofrep.com/fightersweep/x…
Today I learned that CNN has planned a doomsday video to air during the end of the world for the last major event on the channel youtu.be/Iawzx1OdWW4
Today I learned about hypnagogic hallucinations: Visual, tactile, auditory, or other sensory events that occur at the transition from wakefulness to sleep en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
One 1990 episode of Quantum Leap managed to predict some of the events of the 1996 Super Bowl. Not only did the screenwriter correctly predict that the Pittsburgh Steelers would be playing, the Steelers also ended up trailing by 3 at some points of the game, just like in the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
Other than huge global sports events like the Olympics and FIFA World Cups, the most watched television broadcasts of all time have been Muhammad Ali boxing matches, with the Ali-Spinks 1978 fight topping the list. He regularly drew global television audiences in the 70s and 80s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Apollo 13 Splashdown Broadcast was the 4th most watched event in the history of UK, it even got more viewers than the Royal Wedding of Charles and Diana en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Temple of Doom is actually a prequel set one year before the events of Raiders of the Lost Ark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
There is a trench network and no mans land for WW1 reenactments in rural PA. They run annual events that even feature WW1 aircraft and hundreds of reenactors greatwarassociation.com/
While interbreeding occurred between neanderthals and early modern humans, the only genetic evidence of these events conserved within the human genome comes from Y chromosomal DNA meaning that all neanderthal DNA within modern humans comes from male neanderthal and female human pairings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
AladΓ‘r Gerevich, a Hungarian fencer, is regarded as "the greatest Olympic swordsman ever". The only athlete to win the same event 6 times, winning sabre in 6 Olympics between 1932 and 1960 (the 1940 and 1944 games were cancelled due to WWII). His first and last wins were 28 years apart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
American president Zachary Taylor (in office 1849-50) fell ill and died after consuming copious amounts of raw fruit and iced milk, while attending 4th of July celebrations during a fund-raising event at the Washington Monument then under construction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zac…
In the wake of the creepy clown trend, a 2016 "Clown Lives Matter" peace walk was scheduled in Tucson to demonstrate that "clowns are not psycho killers"; but the event had to be cancelled due to multiple death threats to the clowns. kold.com/story/33381384/c…
Some minutes have 59 or 61 seconds, known as Leap Seconds, to account for irregularities of Earth's rotation due to climatic/geological events en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Pope John Paul II is considered to have begun the chain of events which saw the collapse of Communism in Europe, thanks to his trip to Poland in 1979. pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl…
Today I learned about "July Morning", an event in Bulgaria, where people gather on the beach all night and wait for the first July sunrise. bnt.bg/en/a/the-bulgarian…
Michelangelo and Leonardo were actually commissioned to paint frescos in the same room on opposite walls and it was to be Florence's premier "event" at the time. They hated each other, bickered, and neither every actually completed their work. theguardian.com/culture/2…

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