In 1933, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt were at a White House event when they whimsically abandoned their guests for a joyride. Both took turns flying and Roosevelt later stated, "It does mark an epoch, doesn't it, when a girl in an evening dress and slippers can pilot a plane at night." baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
In Western dress codes, technically a black-tie event is still only 'semi-formal', as fully formal dress is 'white-tie', which for men requires a coat with tails. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
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…
The Earth's rotation and speed changes with the weather and geological events. This means atomic time and solar time may not be identical. Sometimes leap seconds are needed for an adjustment. On 31 Dec 2016, a leap second was added, and the time 23:59:60 existed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
Today I learned about exploding head syndrome, an event in which a person hallucinates a short and extremely loud noise as they are falling asleep. Despite the name, the syndrome isn’t associated to any dangerous condition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
There is a traditional European custom called "telling the bees," where bees would be informed about important events like deaths, births, and marriages; and that if the bees were not properly informed people feared they would leave the hive, stop pollinating or producing honey, or die daily.jstor.org/telling-t…
The AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas changes the gender signs on bathrooms based on the gender makeup of a crowd. This allows them to provide more female or male bathrooms depending on the event. It also prevents long lines for bathrooms. espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/2…
When Princess Diana died in 1997, the funeral's broadcast attracted an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide. Which makes it one of the biggest televised event in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fun…
Stanley Kubrick wanted to get an insurance policy from Lloyds of London to protect himself against losses in the event that extraterrestrial intelligence were discovered before the movie '2001: A Space Odyssey' was released. Lloyds refused. londonist.com/2014/07/sta…
Today I learned about "the Singing Revolution" which happened between 1987 and 1991 in Estonia when people gathered in public places to sing national songs together despite the ban. This and the "human chain" from Estonia to Lithuania were among the events that led to the independence of Baltic states. nonviolent-conflict.org/e…
Following a traumatic event, a person may develop a sense of a foreshortened future, which is currently considered an avoidance symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They may also feel as though they won't be able to reach milestones in their life, such as a career or marriage. verywellmind.com/coping-w…
The pre-printed championship apparel made for the losing team of major sporting events like the Super Bowl are shipped overseas to disaster areas or impoverished nations. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
The Chinese Army has been training 10,000 pigeons to provide support to the military's communications in the event that war renders its modern technology unusable. The pigeons, flying at speeds of up to 75 miles (120 km) per hour, are being trained to carry loads of up to 3.5 oz (100 g) content.time.com/time/wor…
In the event of The Queen's death (Operation London Bridge), Radio New Zealand stations are specifically instructed not to play music by the band Queen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned about the high levels of PTSD in low-income, urban neighborhoods in the United States. A sample of 1900 patients in Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital found that 87.8% of the sample suffered at least one-lifetime traumatic event, and the lifetime prevalence of PTSD was 46.2%. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
In 1985, the Soviets developed Dead Hand, a doomsday device that is still around. In the event of a total decapitation of the Soviet/Russian chain of command, an automatic system could detect a nuclear first strike and launch a retaliatory strike completely autonomously. science.howstuffworks.com…
There's a lake in Russia which we think might have been formed in 1908 by the Tunguska event, but we're not sure because there are no accurate pre-1908 maps of the area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Amazon Web Service's ToS includes a clause that, in the event of a zombie apocalypse, the Lumberyard program's acceptable use clause no longer applies. businessinsider.com/amazo…
Today I learned of Tank biathlon, a military sport event promoted by the Russian military, similar to biathlon, but with tanks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
Today I learned about Jim Thorpe, the first Native American to win a gold medal in the United States. On the morning of his decathlon event, his running shoes were stolen. Using two mismatched shoes (including one taken from the garbage), he won the gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
During the American Revolution at the Siege of Boston β€”as winter approachedβ€” the Americans were so short on gunpowder that soldiers were given spears to fight with in the event of a British attack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
The My Lai Massacre committed by US soldiers was covered up until another soldier who had heard reports of the massacre began a campaign to bring the events to light. He didn't receive a response after writing to the government and finally gave an interview to the journalist to break the story. history.com/topics/vietna…
Today I learned about the Rare Earth Hypothesis, which argues that the origin of life and the evolution of biological complexity on Earth required an improbable combination of events and circumstances. It rejects the Mediocrity Principle, which argues that the existence of life on Earth is nothing special. planetary-science.org/ast…
Putting antifreeze in wine as seen in The Simpsons episode "The Crepes of Wrath" was based on real events en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
At the 1896 Olympics, American Robert Garrett decided to enter the discus event; β€œto have a try”. He had never thrown a regulation discus in his life. Attendees were laughing, as his first 2 throws narrowly missed hitting audience members. However, his 3rd throw won him the gold medal. preservationmaryland.org/…
Today I learned about the Controlled Impact Demonstration, where NASA and the FAA intentionally crashed a remote controlled Boeing 720 to gain data on a fuel additive that was believed to help suppress an airline fire in the event of a crash. The test ruled that this additive was ineffective. nasa.gov/centers/armstron…
Pres. Jimmy Carter was fishing in his hometown of Plains, GA in a boat alone. A rabbit chased by hounds jumped in the water and swam towards him, trying to board. The event was sensationalized by press and critics framed the event as emblematic of Carter's presidency as hapless and enfeebled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
The word "Putch" comes from swiss german, based on the events in 1839 when rural conservatives staged an insurrection againt the liberal government in Zurich. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z%C…
Today I learned of hypercomputers, abstract machines capable of solving problems that were proven to be unsolvable by general-purpose computers. Some theorized cases of hypercomputation include the Universe itself, certain quantum mechanical events, and the human mind, but their existence has not been proven. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece is over 2000 years old and still used for it's original purpose after extensive renovations in the 19th century. It has hosted events from three modern Olympics, a Special Olympics, and is the finishing line for the annual Athens Classic Marathon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
A "Turnaround" is a scheduled event in which an entire process unit of an industrial plant is taken off stream for a scheduled period of time to perform maintenance, inspections, and testing... youtu.be/2gCk9yBBOUo
The use of cakes to celebrate special events goes back to Ancient Greece, where moon shaped cakes were adorned with candles in the Temple of Artemis. It wasn’t till the Industrial Revolution that new techniques made them widely available and associated with the celebration of a child’s birth. hankeringforhistory.com/t…
For the Sci-Fi Horror film 'Event Horizon' Sam Neill requested that the Australian flag on his character's uniform remove the Union Flag from the corner & for it to be replacedwith the Aboriginal flag, the way he thought it should look in 2047 sbs.com.au/movies/blog/20…
In 1987, a squirrel chewed through a power line near NASDAQ’s computer center and shut trading down for 87 minutes. Another squirrel repeated the event in 1994, shutting trading down for 34 minutes. cantechletter.com/2013/08…
West Virginia University's Mountaineer mascot carries a rifle during games and other events and was once reprimanded for using it to kill a black bear. cbsnews.com/news/west-vir…
In 1896, Bill Crush orchestrated the spectacle of smashing two trains into each other completely on purpose. Although no one was within 200 yards of the impact, the explosion from the steam engines killed two spectators and injured more. The event was considered a big PR and financial success. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Germany is permanently forbidden from expanding its territory, even in the event a foreign state/country asked and/or voted to join Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
China launched a localized cloud seeding project in Beijing shortly before the 2008 Olympics, which successfully forced anticipated rains to fall before the event started. theguardian.com/sport/200…
White holes are predicted by the theory of general relativity. They are the opposite of e black hole. They expel matter and nothing can enter its event horizon. Some believe that the big bang was a white hole. youtube.com/watch?v=S4aqG…
In the event of an engine failure, a helicopter can safely land in autorotation. The airflow caused by the fall rotates the blades and brakes the aircraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
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…
Japan has been holding precision walking competitions since 1966. The event is known as β€œShuudan Koudou,” which means β€œCollective Action.” boingboing.net/2015/04/24…
Today I learned of the Great Australian Camel Race. Held in 1988 and with a route of 3,236 km (2,011 mi) the event attracted 69 competitors including Australia's elite Special Air Service Regiment. They finished 2nd to a man called Gordon O'Connell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The movie The Exorcist is based on the real-life exorcism of Mt Rainier schoolboy Ronald Hunkeler. In 1949, the 'troubled' boy was exorcised by a group of Catholic Priests in mysterious circumstances. He went on to work for NASA and very little is known of his life after the event vt.co/entertainment/film-…
Today I learned of a Pre-christian Swedish Tradition called β€œYear Walking,” which allowed the β€œYear Walker” to know future events such as people’s deaths, crop yield, and natural disasters. academia.edu/9403910/He_m…
The first statue in Athens which was funded by the state without depicting a god/gods, was the one of Armodios and Aristogeiton, who killed the brother of the tyrant Hippias, son of Peisistratos. The event led to intervention by Sparta, and ultimately the democratic reforms of Kleisthenes. livius.org/articles/perso…
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 1857 India, the British rulers panicked when they found a network of Indians passing Chapatis (fleatbread) from village to village for no reason. When rebellion broke out later that year, the 'chapati movement' was credited. Historians now say that the events were completely unrelated. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned about the Totnes Orange Race. It's an event held every year where people chase oranges down a street. It's based on a story involving Sir Frances Drake bumping into a delivery of oranges which caused children to chase after them since they were an expensive fruit at the time. visittotnes.co.uk/1704-2/
The 1958 movie The Blob was based loosely on true events that occurred 8 years earlier in Philadelphia and that so-called star jelly, aka pwdre ser, an unidentified gelatinous substance, has been recorded falling from the sky for centuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…

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