James Buchanan, the 15th President of the United States, is the only president to have military experience without having been an officer. He was a private in the Pennsylvania militia in 1814. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Gordon Ramsay set up a business inside a London prison that taught inmates how to bake and sold the goods on the outside. Providing the prison with financial support while giving the inmates work experience they could use to find honest work after their sentence. theguardian.com/society/2…
When Alfred Hitchcock was five, his father sent him to a police station with a note. The policeman read the note and locked him in jail for few minutes, saying "this is what we do to naughty boys". This experience left him with lifelong fear of policemen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
According to research, temporary, strong emotions, like sadness we experience from a weepy movie, can significantly decrease our ability to taste or perceive the amount of fat we're eating. People who are mildly depressed and who have elevated body weight may have lower sensitivity to fat. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
In 2016 the writer of Dragonball Evolution formally apologized to fans of the franchise. He said that he approached the project with no passion and only wanted the money. He accepted full responsibility for the quality of the film and viewed it as a learning experience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Cards Against Humanity was initially named 'Cardenfreude', a pun on 'Schadenfreude', which is the experience of joy that comes from the humiliation of someone else. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Wilbur & Orville Wright's father gifted them a toy helicopter (based on an invention of French aeronautical pioneer Alphonse PΓ©naud). They played with it until it broke, and then built their own. They later pointed to their experience with the toy as the spark of their interest in flying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
The author of Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton, also created ER based on his experience as a med student en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ER_…
A man in a wheelchair advocating for disability inclusion successfully sued Chipotle after having claimed its tall ordering counter denied him from seeing the "Chipotle experience." law.justia.com/cases/fede…
The best-selling living author, Danielle Steel, has received "a resounding lack of critical acclaim" for her 179 books. In her romance novels, she draws from her experiences of having been married 5 times to financiers, ex-convicts, and a vintner, and having 9 children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
In the 1930s Bob Wian had a cushy job managing a restaurant but felt he didn't know the business fully. So he quit, got jobs as a dishwasher, fry cook, and then counter help. With that experience he started Bob's Big Boy, invented the double decker burger, and became hugely successful. burgerbeast.com/bobs-big-…
People who are susceptible to Hay Fever can experience a short term burning or itchy sensation when eating Fruit, due to "Oral Allergy Syndrome", in which your body reacts to something it mistakenly believes is pollen. verywellhealth.com/apple-…
High doses of ketamine can temporarily switch off the brain. This pause in brain activity may correspond to what ketamine abusers describe as the 'K-hole' - a state of oblivion likened to a near-death experience, which is followed by a feeling of great serenity. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
While it takes 8+ minutes for a photon to travel from the sun to the earth, for the photon it leaves the sun and arrives at the earth in the same instant. Things that travel at the speed of light do not experience time. futurism.com/photons-mill…
An 80 year old woman landed a twin engine Cessna after her husband had a heart attack at the controls. With the help of the tower and a shadow aircraft, she landed successfully. She only had limited flight experience. youtube.com/watch?v=rVAqi…
A large fraction of astronauts experience unexplained vision problems in long-term flights that sometimes become permanent vice.com/en/article/8q8vj…
Sexsomnia is a sleep disorder where people experience sleep-related sexual behavior. These behaviors range from masturbation to sexual intercourse. People with this disorder engage in sexual behaviors while asleep, often with other people. healthline.com/health/sle…
Back in May 1984, a 72 years old grandmother ordered her groceries online from Tescos. (world's 1st home online shopping experience) bbc.com/news/magazine-240…
People really do have a "type" when it comes to romantic attraction. According to a study, 50% of people’s preferences for faces is unique to them, and who we find attractive is most strongly influenced by our life experiences. time.com/4057616/yes-you-…
Hysteria was believed to be a condition that only women could experience and that it was caused by the uterus wandering around the body and putting pressure on other organs (like the lungs) mcgill.ca/oss/article/his…
Depth vision has to be "learned" by the nervous system by relevant visual experience during a critical period. If one is eye is covered during this critical period the individual will not develop stereoscopical vision, and the opportunity to do so will be permantly lost. scholarpedia.org/article/…
The length of time it takes for cyanide to kill a person ranges from around 2-5 minutes, and during this timeframe, they're fully conscious and experience every bit of the chemical's effects. labroots.com/trending/vid…
Childhood trauma is actually relatively common. 60% of the population experiences trauma by the age of 16. Research suggests childhood trauma has life-long impacts in the form of diminished health, financial and academic success, and social life. bbrfoundation.org/content…
In 2019, a British woman married her dog. She explained that after four failed engagements, 220 dates, and a range of unsatisfactory experiences in the search for love, she had given up on the male of her species - whereas with her dog, she felt that he had saved her and she had saved him theguardian.com/lifeandst…
In the 60s, three new physics PhDs with no weapons experience, working only with unclassified information and limited support, produced a "credible design" for an implosion-type nuclear bomb in just 2.5 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nth…
Nikola Tesla's childhood cat, Macak, played a role in his famous contribution to science. Reflecting upon the experience of static electricity after he stroked his cat, he wrote, "Is Nature a gigantic cat? If so, who strokes its back? Day after day I have asked myself, what is electricity?" animals.howstuffworks.com…
After (assassinated) president William McKinley was shot and sent to a nearby hospital, the doctor that performed his emergency surgery was Dr. Matthew Mann. He was a gynecologist with next to no surgery experience, but he was chosen because he was the only available doctor nearby. pbs.org/newshour/health/w…
Today I learned about the Kinsey Scale, which is used in research to describe a person's sexual orientation based on one’s experience or response at a given time. The scale typically ranges from 0, meaning exclusively heterosexual, to a 6, meaning exclusively homosexual. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Michael Jackson went grocery shopping shopping in a closed down supermarket with all the other people being actors just to experience what's it like to be an ordinary person boingboing.net/2018/07/02…
Today I learned about Sandra Perron, the first female infantry officer in the Canadian Army. Viewed as a threat by the male officers, she was beaten, tied to a tree, and left in the snow for two hours without boots. Her experience forced the army to revise its procedures to prevent harassment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Humans are the only animals whose brains shrink and become subject to cognitive dysfunctions like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Not even close relatives like Chimpanzees experience this shrinkage. sciencemag.org/news/2011/…
Astronauts on the International Space Station experience 90% of Earth's gravity unlike the moon which experiences 16.6% and Mars, 37.6%. However, on the ISS, astronauts appear to float as they are in free fall around the Earth. nasa.gov/audience/forstud…
The movie Legally Blonde is based on a novel of the same title, which the author based on her experiences at Stanford Law School. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
Puppies removed from their mother before 12 weeks of age experience more behavioral problems and are less healthy than puppies separated from mother after 3 months. Removing puppies early doesn't improve puppies' ability to bond with humans. europepmc.org/article/MED…
Today I learned about the man raised by wolves. Meet Marcos Rodriguez. He was abandoned as a child at the age of 7 and found at 19 by the police. He hated being around humans because he was not familiar with them and he was usually exploited by them. Nowadays, he give talks about his amazing experience. theguardian.com/news/2018…
The "overview effect" is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space. It is the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ove…
Some people experience visual snow, a condition in which they continuously see white or black flickering dots similar to that of a television screen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vis…
Legendary sound designer Ben Burtt edited all three Star Wars prequels, despite having no feature film editing experience beyond a Young Indiana Jones TV movie, which he also directed and co-wrote en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Anechoic chambers are the quietest places on Earth and have background noises measured in negative decibels. After a few minutes in chambers, you can hear your heartbeat and blood circulating in your ears and may experience troubles with orienting yourself or even standing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ane…
The creators of the Game of Thrones TV series, Benioff and Weiss, had no prior experience in television and only limited experience writing movie scripts. Their original pilot episode was so poorly received at test screenings that HBO demanded that they re-shoot 90% of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gam…
Adam DeVine of Workaholics and Pitch Perfect was paralyzed and nearly had his legs amputated at age 11 after being run over by a truck. He recovered years later after multiple surgeries and still has scarring. He credits this experience with giving him his ambition and drive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada…
Today I learned about Cecelia Chiang, the "Mother of Mandarin Chinese Cooking" in the US. A spy for the OSS during WWII, she came to America in 1960, and ended up guaranteeing a lease for friend for what became the Mandarin restaurant, they backed out and she became owner with zero restaurant experience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cec…
Dave Gahan, lead singer of depeche mode. was notorious for near death experiences. los Angeles paramedics referred to him. as the cat for having not one not two but four different near death overdoses in A Short period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Bill Stone, one of the last five surviving WWI veterans, made multiple separate trips to rescue 1,000 men at Dunkirk although the first trip was "the worst experience of his life." His motto in life was "keep going." He died at age 108. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
In 1952, a nuclear reactor in Canada had a partial meltdown. American and Canadian service personnel disassembled the reactor a few minutes at a time to limit radioactive exposure. Jimmy Carter was one of the Americans. His experience led him to cease development of the neutron bomb as POTUS. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Ice Cube made a reality show where a white family was applied black face and a black family was applied white face and would 'trade experiences' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Billy Joel's signature song, "Piano Man" is based on Joel's real-life experiences as a lounge musician. John-the-bartender, Paul-the-real-estate-novelist, and the waitress are all real people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia…
Crows can hold grudges against humans that they had bad experiences with and they can pass this grudge to their young crows other crows not present at the time of those experiences. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Our conscious experience of deciding to act happens after the brain has already set the act in motion. So, what we perceive to be the present moment is actually a memory. theatlantic.com/magazine/…
Today I learned about Lifespring, a massive cult in the 1970s and 80s that attracted many prominent people to their new age workshops. Clarence Thomas(US Supreme Court Justice) wife was a member and has become a vocal activist against cults since her experience en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lif…

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