Lucid dreaming is an important practice in Tibetan Buddhism, developed between the 8th to 10th century. Believing all phenomenons are like dreams, the experiences we receive while sleeping can be as real as when we're awake, and lucid dreaming can unite dreams and reality into one existence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dre…
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…
The majority of Icelanders either believe in elves or are unwilling to rule out their existence en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
Despite being a cliche, only one historical map actually uses the phrase "Here Be Dragons". The Hunt-Lenox Globe from 1504, one of the oldest globes in existence, uses the phrase on the east coast of Asia. It is believed to have been inspired by tales of Komodo Dragons from Indonesia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
There were only two other SEAL teams when SEAL Team Six was created (ST1 and ST2). #'s 3-5 were skipped in order to confuse Soviet intelligence about the actual number of SEAL teams in existence. history.com/.amp/news/the…
There is only one non-terrestrial geocache in existence, placed by Richard Garriott on the ISS in 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Automatons have been in existence since Ancient Greece. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
Today I learned of the Buddhist concept of Anatta that states the non-existence of a permanent, unchanging Soul en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
Today I learned about the existence of the Kermode bear (aka the Spirit bear) which is a rare subspecies of the Black bear. 10%-20% of individuals are born white and there are only between 100 and 500 left in the wild. They are basically white Black bears. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ker…
The Lurie family tree is considered the oldest (3000 years old, started 1037 BCE) family tree in existence. It begins with King David and continues up to the present day and includes among its members Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx and many kings of Judah, and almost every Ashkenazi Jew in existence. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Tyrannosaurus Rex lived closer to the making of the movie Jurassic Park (1993) than they did to the existence of Stegosaurus. si.edu/newsdesk/factsheet…
The number of planck lengths (smallest thing in existence) you could stretch across a brain cell is equal to the number of brain cells it would take to stretch across the observable universe (largest thing in existence). This makes humans the middle (in terms of size). youtube.com/watch?v=Pxb5l…
The state with the largest number of black townships after the Civil War was Oklahoma, with more than 50 townships in the state. Some are still in existence today. history.com/news/black-wa…
Today I learned about the existence of krokodil, a homemade Russian heroin substitute that causes you to literally rot away un you die. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
The oldest military unit still in existence is the Spanish 1st regiment "Immemorial del Rey" dailymotion.com/video/x70…
Today I learned of the Newby-McMahon building in Wichita Falls, TX. Its existence is the result of a scam - the scammer collected investments in a high-rise building, but never verbally stated that the building would be 480 feet tall; instead, the actual height of the building is just 480 inches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
Today I learned about the existence of a "miniature" (2 m opposed to 4-5m) great white shark, the salmon shark, with a unusual and unexplained male to female ratio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
The Prohibition Party is still in existence and does still campaign on banning alcohol prohibitionparty.org/plat…
The Sperm Whale have the largest brain and cerebrum of any known animals in existence, it weighs 5 times that of a humans brain! Neanderthals also had, on average, larger brains than modern humans. youtu.be/nLRprrNklbQ
One of the 7 ancient worldwonders, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, probably did not exist. Scientists have not found any evidence of its existence even today. It is now assumed that the gardens either stood somewhere else, or they were merely a myth of writers. history.com/news/hanging-…
The 1997 experiment at Fermilab which confirmed the existence of the tau neutrino was called DONUT (Direct observation of the nu tau) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DON…
George Hull, an atheist, after an argument about the existence of Giants at a Methodist revival, hired men to quarry out a 10-foot-4.5-inch-long (3.2 m) block of gypsum to fake a giant body was buried. Nearly a year later, he hired 2 persons to dig a well and claim that they have discovered it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Tolar, NM has the distinction of being the only town in the USA to be bombed out of existence in World War II. Not that it was a large town at the time. The explosion from an accidental railroad disaster left a crater about 20-feet deep and 60-feet wide - the town was pretty much obliterated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tol…
During the earliest period of Earth's existence, the Hadean Period, 4.6-4.0 billion years ago, the surface temperature was over 200Β°C but there were still liquid-water oceans because the atmospheric pressure was 27 times as strong as it is now, significantly raising the boiling point of water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Had…
2 billion years a natural nuclear reactor existed in Gabon, and it is the only natural reactor we know the existence of today iaea.org/newscenter/news/…
In 1985 New York Governor Mario Cuomo denied the existence of the mafia when asked by reporters, and called them "a lot of baloney". This incident, and Cuomo's rumored mob ties, became a common explanation for him not running for President in 1992. news.yahoo.com/blogs/side…
Today I learned about the existence of Monkey Tail Beards and that there is a world record for largest gathering of people with them on their faces. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned of catastrophism, a 19th century geological school of thought which saw the large fossil record as evidence proving the existence of a world previous to ours, destroyed by sudden natural catastrophes such as great floods and the rapid formation of major mountain chains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
There was once an academic club called the Askesian Society. It's existence was dedicated promotion of scientific thinking and the use of nitrous oxide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ask…
In early medieval Europe there were no witch trials. Christian churches taught that magic was not real and belief in its existence was superstition and heresy. Only in the early Renaissance did belief in witchcraft’s actual existence spread widely in Europe, and witch trials began. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
A majority of Icelanders believe in the existence of elves nationalgeographic.com/tr…
Today I learned of the existence of eyebrow wigs and temporary eyebrow tattoos, for those who, for whatever reason, have lost their brows and want to look and feel more "normal". headcovers.com/eyebrows/
In the 1960s Soviet Russia trained an all-female space squad in absolute secrecy. One of these cosmonauts β€” Valentina Tereshkova β€” became the first woman in space. But the existence of the female program was classified. Moscow shut the space squad down, and hid its existence for decades. supercluster.com/editoria…
One of the rarest books on earth is a complete copy of The Gutenberg Bible. There are only 21 in existence and the only copy held outside of North America and Europe is in Tokyo. It was last sold in 1978 and if one became available it could easily fetch up to $40 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gut…
Today I learned of The Existence of the β€œ27 Club”, The cultural phenomenon when a popular musical artist, actor or athlete dies at the age of 27. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/27_…
Organisms that live around hydrothermal vents do not rely on sunlight and photosynthesis. Instead, archaea, the first living organisms in existence, use a process called chemosynthesis to reduce toxic minerals and chemicals into nutrients.Without them, no multicellular life would exist on Earth. ocean.si.edu/ecosystems/d…
Benito Mussolini signed Vatican City into existence. The 1929 Lateran Treaty ended the dispute between the Italian government & the Catholic Church, which allowed the Vatican to exist as its own sovereign state and compensated the church $92 million (> $1 billion today) for the Papal states. history.com/news/10-thing…
Gravity is the only fundamental force that does not have a clear explanation at the quantum level. Sub-atomic particles like electrons can be used to explain the other three forces. The existence of a graviton particle is theorized but has yet to be proven. space.com/quantum-gravity…
LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 Tornado was the last steam locomotive built by British Railways. It is the only surviving example of an LNER Peppercorn Class A1 locomotive in existence. Construction began in 1994 and was completed in 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LNE…
The Spanish Inquisiton "only" found guilty 4% of all trialed and killed "only" 1800 people over 350 years of existence. It was considered the most humane court in Europe as opposed to todays perception of the Inquisiton strangenotions.com/spanis…
Stalin extensively used photo alteration to rewrite history, having enemies who had been killed, then removed from photos to completely blot out their existence. history.com/news/josef-st…
Jews have lived in China since ~1000 AD, and their existence was unknown to Europeans until 1605. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kai…
Today I learned about Serica, a silk-producing country in East Asia whose existence the Ancient Greek and Romans were aware of. It was probably modern northern China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
When the Hope Diamond is put under ultraviolet light it will continue to glow an orangish red color for almost 30 seconds after the light source is no longer present, longer than any diamond in existence. youtu.be/tQEWkK03CQQ
Virtually every thoroughbred racehorse in existence can be traced back to exactly 3 sires brought to England in the 17th century: the Darley Arabian, the Godolphin Arabian, and the Byerly Turk. imh.org/exhibits/online/b…
Today I learned about Continuum, a pseudoscientific magazine that denied the existence of HIV/AIDS. It ran from 1992 until 2001 and ceased publication because the editors had died of AIDS-defining clinical conditions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Crabeater seals, found around the coast of Antarctica, have arguably the most unusual tooth shape in existence. They don't eat crabs; the seals' diet is 90% Antarctic krill. Its krill-filtering teeth act like a type of sieve. As they drain seawater after a gulp, their teeth strain out the krill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Physicist Heinrich Hertz, upon proving the existence of radio waves, stated that "It's of no use whatsoever." When asked about the applications of his discovery: "Nothing, I guess." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hei…
An annual Tennis award, the ATP Fan's Favourite has only ever had three different winners in its 20 years of existence. Gustavo Kuerten (2000), Marat Safin (2001,2002) and Roger Federer (2003,'04,'05,'06,'07,'08,'09,'10,'11,'12,'13,'14,'15,'16,'17,'18,'19) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATP…
British Admiral Horatio Nelson, commander-in-chief of the British fleet in the Mediterranean in 1804, then the largest naval force in existence suffered from seasickness ever since he joined the navy at the age of 12. reuters.com/article/us-br…
Today I learned of the existence of HOV-lanes in the USA, reserved exclusively for cars with multiple occupants. Some drivers try to trick the system by placing blow-up dolls in the passenger seat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
In the 1950s, psychologist Milton Rokeach performed an experiment in which three men with Messianic delusions lived together for two years. He wanted to study how they would reconcile their delusions with the existence of two others with the same irrational belief. slate.com/technology/2010…
Yajnavalkya (8th century BCE) is considered one of the earliest philosophers in recorded history and he likely lived in the Videha region of ancient India. Yajnavalkya had metaphysical questions about the nature of existence, consciousness and impermanence en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaj…
The idea that eating carrots helps you see in the dark was a lie invented by the British Airforce in WW2, in order to explain how British air raids were so successful in the dark without tipping the Germans off on the existence of radar. sciencefocus.com/the-huma…
Pope Benedict XVI is an accomplished pianist. His favourite composer is Mozart, of whom he said: β€œ"His music is by no means just entertainment; it contains the whole tragedy of human existence”. In 2009 he released an album of contemporary classical music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Vatican as independent city-state came into existence thanks to Benito Mussolini. His government also agreed to give the Roman Catholic Church financial compensation for the loss of the Papal States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat…
Today I learned of the existence of "scholarly publishing stings", in which academics submit absurd research papers to scholarly journals to test if the editors are actually paying attention. Sometimes, these are accepted and published. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
At the subatomic level, space is never truly empty. It is filled with a writhing, active population of "Virtual Particles" that pop in and out of existence. Physicists call this β€œquantum foam”. Physicists theorize fluctuations from this field of energy may have given rise to the Universe. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article…
The First Mexican Republic had nine presidents in its eleven years of existence, one of whom was ousted after only fifteen days in office. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Playstation 2 remains the best-selling video game console of all time. Sony's beloved system tops Nintendo DS, by roughly 5 million units sold. While handily outselling every other console in existence. Sony has slld 150 Million PS2s to retailers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Springsteen’s album Nebraska owes its existence to a Panasonic boombox. He’d previously dropped it in a river, dried it out, and it was the only deck in his house with a line-in when he needed to mix down the demos. He couldn’t get studio recordings to sound right, released the demo instead. tascam.com/us/support/new…
Gandalf and Saruman are not human, but actually part of a race of beings called the Maiar. They were part of a group sent by the Valar (basically gods) to help elves and men fight against Sauron (also Maia). In fact, the Maiar came into existence at the beginning of time like the Valar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mai…
Today I learned of a bird species, the Aldabra white-throated rail, that has gone extinct, and evolved back into existence, twice! academic.oup.com/zoolinne…
Apatheism is the belief that if a god exists, or not, it does not matter, because the effect is the same. Therefore there is no point engaging in worship or even positing the question of existence of the god at all. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apa…
South Korea formed a covert military unit in 1968 with the intention of assassinating North Korea's leader. Unemployed youths or petty criminals were recruited and trained on an uninhabited island for 3 years. The existence of the unit was covered up until the 1990s. nytimes.com/2004/02/15/wo…
Levi Strauss has a pair of jeans from 1879 in their archive, the oldest surviving pair in existence mashable.com/2015/03/17/o…
Worth Β£2 million, Lampy is the oldest garden gnome in existence, made in 1847. There had been 21 of them, but the original owner's daughter hated them and tried to remove them all. She missed this one. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
Cement is the most widely used material in existence and is the second most consumed resource on earth, behind water. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
In Jainism, the swastika is an important Jain symbol. Its four arms symbolise the four realms of existence in which rebirth occurs according to Jainism: humans, heavenly beings, hellish beings and non-humans (plants and animals) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jai…
Sea turtles are among the most ancient animals still in existence today with the oldest fossil dating back 215 million years – older than the oldest dinosaur. phys.org/news/2012-10-wor…
The World Chess Federation rearranges tournament matchups so that Iranians never have to play Israelis, because Iran does not recognize the existence of Israel chess.com/news/view/ouste…
Today I learned about the Murchison meteorite, estimated to be about 4600 million year old. It provides evidence that biochemical homochirality - the phenomenon by which organic molecules tend to all have the same 'handedness' - likely originated from outer space and predates the existence of life on Earth. youtube.com/watch?v=mFOXg…
Nobody can find or verify the existence of Hitoshi Akamatsu, the original creator of the castlevania series. castlevania.fandom.com/wi…
Tutankhamun's mummified body contains the oldest known genetic proof of the existence of malaria. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tut…
Cement is the most widely used material in existence and the most-used resource in the world, second only to water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cem…
Donald Byrd advised that Herbie Hancock should never give up his publishing rights. Hancock nearly walked out on Blue Note to keep them, and used his first $3000 royalty check to buy what is now the oldest one-owner Shelby Cobra in existence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Johannes Fibiger won Nobel Prize (1926) in Medicine for discovering a parasitic worm that causes cancer. Fermi won the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his demonstrations of the existence of new radioactive elements produced by neutron irradiation. Both of these theories were later disproved. realclearscience.com/blog…
The Pantheon had a bronze ceiling depicting the Titanomachy which was still in existence until the 1600's when Pope Urban VIII ordered it to be melted down. This coined the phrase "What the barbarians did not do the Barberinis [Urban VIII's family name] did" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
The 'mountain pass theorem' is an existence theorem from the calculus of variations. Given certain conditions on a function, the theorem demonstrates the existence of a saddle point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Animal Planet made a fake documentary claiming the existence of mermaids. Twice. businessinsider.com/anima…
Whataburger in Texas and What-A-Burger in Virginia opened about the same time in 1950 but didn't know of each other's existence until 1970. They both sued the other, but the court ruled that customers were not likely to be confused about whether the burgers served came from Texas or Virginia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
Backgammon is one of the oldest games in existence, alongside Go and Chess. It is probably about 5,000 years old and may well have originated in what today is Iraqβ€”previously Mesopotamia. bkgm.com/articles/Bray/Ba…
Stegosaurus did not exist in the same timeline as Tyrannosaurus Rex. In fact, T-Rex's existence is much closer to human's existence in the timeline than to Stegosaurus's existence. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Umami is one of the 5 basic tastes (bitterness, sourness, sweetness and saltiness). Proposal of its existence was by Kikunae Ikeda in 1908 since then scientists have debated on this topic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uma…
Zoroastrianism, a minority religion today in Iran, is one of the world's oldest religions still in existence, pre-dates the birth of both Christianity and Islam by centuries, and was once the official religion of the Persian Empire. historyworld.net/wrldhis/…
No mob figure had publicly admitted the Mafia existed until 1963, when Joseph Valachi acknowledged the existence of La Cosa Nostra in testimony to Congress after accidentally (& brutally) killing the wrong guy in prison. nyti.ms/2CQs43Y
Canadian Prime Minister Arthur Meighen was convinced that the chief threat to Canada’s national existence came from the economic power of the United States, so he advocated a protective tariff system britannica.com/biography/…
Today I learned of the Fairy Investigation Society, dedicated to proving and documenting the existence of fairies, whose members included, among others, Walt Disney en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
Today I learned about Phooey Duck, Donald Ducks 4th nephew who pops in and out of existence. scrooge-mcduck.fandom.com…
There is only one active Shaker community still in existence. It is located at a village near Maine, USA, and has two members. The community is open to new members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sab…
Basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal owns 155 Five Guys franchises, over 10% of all the Five Guys in existence. thehustle.co/shaq-is-a-he…
Ignosticism or igtheism is the idea that the question of the existence of God is meaningless because the term god has no coherent and unambiguous definition and/or that every other theological position assumes too much about the concept of god and many other theological concepts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ign…
The Cucuteni-Trypillian people experienced a considerable abundance of food, which contributed to why they had no evidence of war throughout their entire existence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco…
More than half of the population in Iceland honestly believes in the existence of Elves. relay.nationalgeographic.…
In 1903 after camping with John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt established Yosemite as a national park to preserve its "majestic beauty all unmarred." As President, TR signed into existence four other national parks, 18 national monuments, 55 national bird & wildlife refuges, and 150 national forests. vault.sierraclub.org/john…
The Centennial Light is the world's longest-lasting light bulb, burning since 1901. It is often cited as evidence for the existence of planned obsolescence in later-produced light bulbs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Lao Tzu is the one who said: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" is a major figure in Chinese philosophy whose historical existence is debated. He is recognized as the founding father of Taoism. bbc.co.uk/worldservice/le…
Mary Ann and Charles Goodnight were responsible for the continued existence of pure American Bison and returned them from the verge of extinction. wideopencountry.com/mary-…
In 2009, Elinor Ostrom received Nobel Prize in Economics for her work in disproving existence of The Tragedy of the Commons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
One Piece is the 3rd highest Grossing Comic of all time with 400 Million sales. Beating Spiderman and only being beaten by Superman and Batman. Selling 6 times more than any comic in existence, every year. youtu.be/2ZqnC-eVwrE?t=15…

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