Brazil was a monarchy until Crown Princess Isabel signed a law emancipating all slaves in Brazil in 1888. This was unpopular among the rich plantation owners and the imperial family was deposed in a military coup en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
In 1911 The Rigby family included their cat Tom in their census form. 'Tom Cat' was listed as being an 8-year old, married Mouse-Catcher, Soloist and Thief with 16 children. His birthplace was listed as Cheshire and he was described as being 'speechless' in the infirmity section of the form. findmypast.co.uk/blog/dis…
[] The first documented gold found in the United States was discovered by 12-year-old John Reed, who pulled a 17-pound gold nugget from a North Carolina creek. Unsure of the substance, Reed's family used the nugget as a doorstop for several years before selling it to a jeweler for $3.50. ourstate.com/north-caroli…
In 2008, a woman who had been missing for 24 years was discovered to be locked up against her will in her father's basement for all those years. In a prison interview, the father said: "Just look into the cellars of other people, you might find other families and other girls down there." who.com.au/josef-fritzl-1…
The Habsburgs were a dynasty that at one point controlled much of Europe. Many members of this family inherited a distinctive protruding jaw. Charles II (β€œthe bewitched") was the last Spanish Habsburg. He suffered from multiple health issues and infertility, and died without heirs in 1700. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The lone Supreme Court justice to dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson grew up in a household with a light-skinned, blue-eyed slave who was treated much like a family member. The slave, Robert Harlan, was believed to be John Harlan’s older half-brother. Even John’s father believed Robert was his son. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
A new kind of artificial cornea successfully restored sight in a 78-year-old man. The surgery uses a lens which can more easily replace damaged tissue in a simpler surgery. Immediately after the surgery, the patient was able to recognize family members and read numbers on an eye chart. engadget.com/synthetic-co…
Blue jays are in the Corvid family and are closely related to crows and ravens en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
Jim Henson originally wanted the Muppets to be for adults and didn't see his characters as a vehicle for children's education and family entertainment. Indeed, he first envisioned something closer to South Park rather than Sesame Street and in the 1950s they did dark comedy in commercials. slate.com/culture/2018/05…
Today I learned about the rarest blood type. Named SARAS, only 2 families in the world have it and is officially recognised as an entirely new blood group. donateblood.com.au/resear…
For the movie Star Wars, the sound designer for the Stormtrooper's blasters came up with the sound of the blaster during a family backpacking trip. He hit the guy-wire of an AM radio transmitter tower with a hammer and recorded the sound with a microphone close to the impact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Both Mozart and Michael Jackson were born the seventh child in a very musical family. Both missed out on a normal childhood, spending the entire time immersed in a punishing regime of practicing, touring and performing, all imposed by a strict father personalityspirituality.n…
Kraft Foods introduced its boxed macaroni and cheese in 1937 when America was in the throes of the Great Depression with the promise that buyers could feed a family of four for 19 cents. Kraft sold 8 million boxes of its quick-and-easy macaroni and cheese the first year smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Vitali Kaloyev, a Russian Architect who lost his family when the airliner they were flying in collided mid air with a cargo plane. He stalked and later murdered an air traffic controller he blamed for the incident. theguardian.com/world/200…
In 2005 a nonverbal man found wandering the streets was taken into care. When first given access to a piano, he played anything from Tchaikovsky to the Beatles non-stop for four hours. It took four months of media attention to reunite him with his family en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Every baseball used in MLB is conditioned with a specific β€œbaseball rubbing mud”, which has been provided by one family for 3 generations. si.com/mlb/2019/08/07/bas…
A 2018 study found that half of US adults have had a close family member jailed bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-c…
U.S. Congressman John Reilly bought the South Fork Dam, sold the dam's critical sluice pipes for scrap, then resold the dam to a club for wealthy families. Further alterations resulted in a failure that killed 2,209 people and destroyed 1,600 homes. No damages were paid. tribdem.com/news/its-stil…
New York’s Five Mafia Families received millions of dollars for contracts for the Ground Zero debris clean up and engaged in a variety of schemes from no show jobs for high level bosses to illegally dumping debris nydailynews.com/archives/…
Hitler's Family doctor, Eduard Bloch, was an Austrian Jew who was granted special protection by Hitler when he invaded Austria. Bloch emigrated in 1940 and died in the United States in 1945 a month after Hitler died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edu…
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…
The most generations alive in a single family has been 7. The great great great great grandparent being Augusta Bunge aged 109 years old guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned of Guillaume Le Gentil, a French astronomer who attempted to observe the 1761 and 1769 transits of Venus. By the time he returned, he had been declared legally dead, his wife remarried, and his property had been plundered by his family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Olive Oatman was captured in 1851 by Native Americans who slaughtered most of her family. She eventually integrated into a Mohave tribe and was given tattoos to enter the afterlife. Settlers traded to "free" her in 1857. She was the first tattooed American woman; her story remains mysterious. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
Today I learned that Tom Petty did not usually allow his music to be played on television, but he let The Simpsons use his song "The Waiting" in the episode "The Cartridge Family" because he was a fan of the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Some members of the Manson Family cult were removed from Manson's influence by an old prospector on a nearby ranch, who vied with Manson for followers through his own metaphysical musings and philosophical debates with Manson en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Today I learned about Grise Fiord. Canada's most northern Town. The forced relocation of 8 indigenous families by the Canadian government established the town in 1953 to claim sovereignty. Survivors of the families were awarded 10 million dollars and a formal apology in 2010 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gri…
In 2009, author Nevin Martell wrote a book about his quest to get an interview Bill Watterson. He ended up not getting one, but did get interviews with some of his family and friends. A few months after the book, Watterson did his first interview since the conclusion of Calvin and Hobbes. cleveland.com/living/2010…
A German man (Martin Juergens) claims the Moon has belonged to his family since 1756, when the Prussian King presented it to his ancestor as a symbolic gesture for services rendered. It was decreed the Moon would pass to the youngest born son. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
A 2000 paper by an Astronomical Society identified two reasons why there are fewer women in amateur astronomy. After family and career obligations "there is neither time nor energy left over for going observing". Also, many astronomy clubs in the woods are cold and lack toilet facilities adsabs.harvard.edu/full/2…
Ed McMahon was never the spokesperson for the Publishers Clearing House, nor has any association with the company. He was the spokesperson for a competitor company, American Family Publishers, which had basically the same kind of promotion. thebalanceeveryday.com/ed…
George R. R. Martin's family used to be wealthy owning a successful construction business however, they lost it all during the Great Depression. In 1953, the family moved to a federal housing project in Bayonne, New Jersey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
There was a special GM program that allowed astronauts to lease up to two Chevys per year for $1 each. Six of the seven original Mercury astronauts took full advantage of the program by leasing both a family wagon and a Corvette hagerty.com/media/archive…
The rapper M.I.A. was sued by the NFL for $16.6 million for briefly flashing her middle finger during Madonna's 2012 halftime show. The FCC received 222 complaints, including a mother who said her children had to witness the rapper "essentially flipping off America, and flipping off my family." espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/1…
Snapping shrimps (the family Alpheidae), which grow to only 3-5cm long, compete with sperm whales for title of loudest animal in the ocean. Their snaps are capable of stunning fish and breaking glass jars. In numbers, the shrimp can interfere with sonar and underwater communication. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alp…
Today I learned of the Pazzi conspiracy, an attempt by the Pazzi family to assassinate Lorenzo de Medici and his brother Giuliano and displace the Medici family as the rulers of renaissance era Florence. Lorenzo survived the plot and the way he dealt with it led to greater public support for the Medici regime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paz…
In Ukraine if a marriage proposal isn't accepted by the bride or her family, the would-be groom is given a pumpkin, so he doesn't leave empty-handed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukr…
There is no such thing as a tree, phylogenetically - we define trees loosely by their features and growth patterns with different plant families having converged into trees similar to how carcinization occurs in crustaceans. Palm trees and banana trees are not trees depending on the defintion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
President Kennedy was prescribed a rocking chair for back pain. He found one he liked so much he bought 14 copies for the Oval Office, Camp David, Air Force One, and homes of his family. He also gifted them to heads of state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Steven Seagal was a victim of attempted extortion by the Gambino Crime Family theguardian.com/film/2004…
The Japanese, other than nobles or samurai class families, did not have surnames until 1868, when the government required commoners to adopt surnames. Names were chosen based on locations, occupations, or simply were made up, explaining the diversity in Japanese surnames (100,000+ present). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
In 2004 a company attempted to use Jonny Cash's song Burning Ring of Fire in a commercial for a hemorrhoid relief product. The Cash family blocked this attempt as it would 'demean' the song foxnews.com/story/cash-fa…
The Ganges river dolphin is not only the only member of its genus, but of its family, Plantanistidae. They are thought to represent one of the earliest divergences within the odontocete (toothed whale) clade, and are some of the first river dolphins. edgeofexistence.org/speci…
From the late 1950s to the early 1970s, one man was solely responsible for the laugh tracks heard on television sitcoms. Charley Douglass and his family operated a mysterious tape loop machine, nicknamed the "laff box," that you'd play like a keyboard to create unique laugh tracks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
During WWI Italy refused to assist its prisoners, and even hindered efforts by soldiers’ families to send them food. As a result, the death rate for Italian prisoners was nine times worse than that of Austro-Hungarian prisoners in Italy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ita…
After the Salem Witch Trials, the town realised that they had made a mistake and compensated the families of the people they had convicted. More than 200 people had been accused of witchcraft, and 20 of them had been executed. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The oldest hotel in the world was established in 705. It was owned by 52 generations of the same family! insider.com/worlds-oldest…
Elizabeth Coleman White, whose family owned a cranberry farm, teamed up with botanist Frederick Coville to develop and cultivate the first blueberry crop. White paid people for each bush they found with blueberries that measured at least 5/8 of an inch. Coville uprooted and grafted them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Raul Julia or 'Gomez' from Addams Family (1991) was visibly ill with stomach cancer on set of the sequel. He died less than a year later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Add…
The Mighty Ducks (1992) was originally written much darker than the family-friendly movie ended up being. The script had more adult romance, dark humor, and emphasized Gordon Bombay's drinking. Which explains his name being the combination of two famous Gin brands, "Gordon's" & "Bombay" time.com/mighty-ducks/

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