Brock Lesnar is the all-time biggest draw in the UFC... main-eventing 4 of the top 5 selling UFC PPVs ever mma-manifesto.com/ufc-ppv…
Billy Joel got into an argument with a younger man about what the worst era to be young in was. The younger man told Joel that at least he got to grow up in the 50s when "nothing happened." Flabbergasted, Joel began listing the events of the 50s, which later became "We Didn't Start the Fire" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_…
With 5 million vending machines nationwide (that's 1 vending machine for every 23 people) and natural disasters commonplace, Japan has specialized vending machines that have a backup battery and dispense free drinks and food in the event of a major emergency. inventorspot.com/articles…
Neither the FBI or New York recorded the 9/11 attack in the crime statisitcs report for 2001. They claimed this single event would skew the entire crime statistics program and therefor could not be counted as deaths in New York. huffpost.com/entry/911-on…
Breakdancing has become an Olympic sport. β€œBreaking” officially added to the medal events program at the 2024 Paris Games. espn.com/olympics/story/_…
When Helium is cooled close to absolute zero, it becomes a superfluid that flows without friction, and behaves in a similar manner to the event horizon of a black hole sci-news.com/physics/supe…
British royal family members must pack a black outfit with them when they travel in the event of a death in the family rd.com/article/royal-fami…
Today I learned of the California Genocide, an oft-forgotten event in U.S. history due to occurring at the same time at the California Gold Rush. The Native American population of California decreased from as many as 150,000 in 1848 to 30,000 in 1870. Tribes such as the Yahi were hunted to extinction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
The Prince hit β€œPurple Rain” was actually recorded in front of an audience at a charity event and that guitarist Wendy Melvoin was only 19 at the time and playing the song live for the very first time. wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple…
In 1859, a massive solar flare caused telegraph communications around the world to fail. Auroras glowed so bright in the night that birds chirped and people went to work believing it was sunrise. A similar event today could impact power grids, satellites, and GPS systems, costing $1-2 trillion. history.com/news/a-perfec…
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…
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-…
1,235 Canada geese were captured and gassed and 1,739 goose eggs were coated with oil in an attempt to prevent bird strikes following the events of US Airways Flight 1549 crashing into the Hudson theguardian.com/world/201…
Just 29 days after the Titanic sank, a silent film was released chronicling the event. It starred Dorothy Gibson, an actress who had survived the sinking. To add to the film's authenticity, she wore the same clothes that she had worn on the night of the disaster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sav…
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 rest of U2 were furious at Bono for spending too much time interacting with the crowd during their 1985 Live Aid set, forcing them to cut their hit "Pride (In the Name of Love)". To their surprise, that moment was considered the highpoint of the entire event, and it made them global stars. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
In the most famous scene of the movie "Gone With The Wind", an alternate line "Frankly my dear, I just don't care." was also shot in the event the censors would object. The censors approved the movie but fined producer David O. Selznick $5,000 for including the curse. history.com/this-day-in-h…
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…
CNN has a pre-recorded broadcast that was shot over 20 years ago set to be played in the event that the world is ending. theguardian.com/media/vid…
Cars built after 2014 are mandated by law in the US to have an event data recorder - typically called a β€œblack box” similar to those analyzed after airplane crashes hyperlube.com/blog/blog/d…
Today I learned about the Great Dying, Earth's most severe known extinction event, which happened more than 250 million years ago. During this event, around 81% of all marine species and 70% of terrestrial vertebrate species became extinct. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
The "New England Vampire Panic" was an event in the 19th century where people thought that "consumption"(Tuberculosis) was actually the result of vampires. It got to the point where people would dig up those who died of Tuberculosis and stake them through the heart. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Today I learned of golfer Margaret Abbott, the first American woman to win an Olympic event. Rather than receiving a gold medal, she won a porcelain bowl, as was customary at the time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
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…
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…
William Pitt the Younger became the youngest prime minister of Great Britain in 1783 at the age of just 24, but nonetheless distinguished himself in his tenure during major political events in Europe, including the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Nintendo held a now-lost livestream boxing event to promote Super Smash Bros. in 1998. The lost event included Mario, Yoshi, Pikachu and Donkey Kong costumes in a boxing mach. As of now, only a few screenshots from the event are available. Footage is being searched for by fans. vice.com/en/article/v7ggd…
In 1939 the London zoo killed all it's venomous animals to avoid releasing dangerous animals into the city in the event that the zoo was bombed. zsl.org/blogs/artefact-of…
, aroundf 2.1 billion years ago, there existeed several multicellular organisms, that were likely one of the first forays into multicellularity, they coincided with a brief moment of increased oxygen levels and went extinct after the levels dropped, they do not have any modern-day descendants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
People who are born blind have more nightmares than the average person and that they are used to help develop better coping mechanisms for dangerous events in waking life such as getting hit by a car or getting lost. bbc.com/news/blogs-ouch-2…
Balloonfest '86 was an event in which Cleveland, Ohio set a world record by releasing almost one-and-a-half million balloons. The event caused multiple traffic accidents and prevented coast guards from rescuing two boaters who ultimately drowned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Today I learned of Sky Shield, a series of exercises conducted 1961-1963 to test air defenses against a strategic nuclear air attack from the USSR. The assessment report concluded in the event of an actual attack, NORAD could stop no more than 25% of attacking Soviet bombers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
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…
Today I learned about the Kentucky Meat Shower, this is a bizarre event which lasted for several minutes. 5 by 5 centimeter meat cubes fell from the sky. Some suggest this is regurgitated from vultures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
Today I learned of the International Nuclear and radiological Event Scale (INES), a logarithmic scale with 7 distinct levels designed to communicate the extent of a nuclear accident. There have been only 2 level 7 events so far, the Chernobyl accident and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
During an episode of the Breton War of Succession in 1351, England and France sent 30 of their best knights, champions and squires to fight for the Duchy of Brittany. The event is celebrated as a noble display of the ideals of chivalry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
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…
Olympians prior to and following their events hold massive parties or benders at the β€œOlympic Village” built in the hosting country. With tension and hormones running rampant, and in the comfort of a press free environment, festivities often include heavy drinking, wild sex, and even orgies. espn.com/olympics/summer/…
, 180 years ago today (March 9, 1841) the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ruling that Africans aboard the Amistad were not Spanish slaves, but had been illegally captured, and should be returned to Africa. This event is the basis for the 1997 Steven Spielberg movie, Amistad. history.com/topics/abolit…
Today I learned about Stu Ungar, one of only two to win the World Series of Poker Main Event 3 times. He burned his way through several fortunes, threw away a 10-year-long marriage, drugged himself up to the eyeballs and, by the end, could barely stand up. He died with only $800. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Today I learned about The Chelyabinsk meteor which entered into the earth's atmosphere undetected and exploded over the Ural region of Russia at a hight of around 29.7 km. Almost 1500 people were injured by the shock wave created by this event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Hear 'n Aid was a charity record by 40 heavy metal musicians. Aware that the funds raised from similar events such as Band Aid were squandered due to corruption and disorganization which led to "food rotting on docks", Hear 'n Aid instead used funds to purchase and ship agricultural machinery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Today I learned of the Darwin Beer Can Regatta, an annual boat race where contestants crafts their boats out of empty beer cans. The vessels are not tested for seaworthiness prior to water events, and those that fall apart are part of the day's entertainment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
Today I learned of the Tunguska Event. In 1908, a massive explosion occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Russia. The explosion is generally attributed to the air burst of a large stony meteoroid. Estimates of its energy have ranged from 3–30 megatons of TNT, capable of destroying a large city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tun…
In movie making a MacGuffin is an object, device, or event that is necessary to the plot and the motivation of the characters but insignificant, unimportant, or irrelevant in itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
Today I learned of the Kanamara Matsuri, The Festival of the Steel Phallus, where the Japanese celebrate the penis. The event happens around the local penis-venerating shrine, and the penis is celebrated by illustrations, candy, carved vegetables, decorations, and a mikoshi parade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
There is a yearly event in Hungary where various peoples of Asian nomadic celebrate the first week of August called the Great KurultΓ‘j. In addition to a nations parade, they ride horses, shoot arrows, etc. Hungary, Turkey, Mongolia, the ex Soviet states, and even Manchus participate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
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…
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a tradition of passing around a lucky jar of peanuts throughout mission control during critical events. The tradition started with the Ranger 7 Moon-imaging mission in 1964, which was the first successful Ranger mission after six previous failed attempts. space.com/16927-mars-rove…
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…
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…

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