The firm Cantor Fitzgerald lost 658 employees on 9/11. The CEO, who was taking his child to school that day, later distributed $180 million to the families and offered jobs to all children of the victims. 57 of those children were employed by Cantor Fitzgerald as of 2016. ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/…
A 60 years old Japanese Truck Driver found out he was accidentally switched at birth in 1953 at San Ikukai Hospital in Tokyo. His biological parents are rich family & the infant who took his place grew up to be the Head of a Real Estate company. Meanwhile he was raised by a poor single mother. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Actress Tilda Swinton comes from an ancient Anglo-Scots family that can trace its lineage to the Middle Ages, & is one of only three British families that can trace their unbroken land ownership and lineage to before the Norman Conquest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Til…
At the end of each month, the president of USA receives a bill for him and his family’s personal food and expenses including dry cleaning, toothpaste, and toiletries, which is then deducted from his salary. headsup.boyslife.org/fast…
Heather Donahue brought a knife with her when filming "Blair Witch Project" because she was afraid it was a snuff film. All of her friends and family urged her not to work on it. whatculture.com/film/7-re…
Ed O'Neill of Married With Children/Modern Family is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the famous Gracie family, he has been training since he was around 42 years old, he is now 74 years old. jitsshop.com/blogs/journa…
Today I learned about the "Herbivore Men" of Japan, men who have basically given up on marriage and love. They often can’t afford it, and they don’t want to work to death to raise a family, instead they have hobbies or anime or the internet to fill up their time. sbpress.com/2019/04/herbi…
Nim Chimpsky was a chimpanzee raised like a human child by a surrogate family as part of a controversial project on animal language acquisition. During his lifetime, Nim learned over 125 signs, including "stone smoke time now" which Nim used when he wanted to smoke marijuana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nim…
Today I learned that the family name of Monty Python veteran, John Cleese, was actually Cheese, which his father felt was embarrassing, and changed it to Cleese when he enlisted during WWI. He later made it official by a deed poll in 1923. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Ishi is known as the β€œlast wild Indian” in America. He lived most of his life outside modern culture after his tribe, the Yahi (of the Yana group) became extinct in the late 1800s because of the California Gold Rush. He lived alone in the wilderness after his family died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ish…
Before 'The Addams Family' movie, actor Carl Struycken resembled the original Lurch so much that instead of a casting call, he had a meeting with the director and producer. The producer let him know he got the part by saying, "Well, that's what you're going to be for the rest of your life." hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
Today I learned about Grammy winning musician Janis Ian. At 16, while on tour & after performing late at night on a tv show, she fell asleep on her chaperone's (a female family friend) lap. Bill Cosby saw this, pronounced her a "lesbian", and actively attempted to blacklist her from all television. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
The most generations alive in a single family has been seven. Augusta Bunge aged 109 years, followed by her daughter aged 89, her grand-daughter, 70, her gr.-grand-daughter, 52, her gr.-gr. grand-daughter, 33, her gr.-gr.-gr. grand-daughter, 15 and her gr.-gr.-gr.-gr. grandson born in 1989. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Beretta, a popular firearms company based in Italy, is thought to be one of the oldest businesses still operating today. They predate Isaac Newton by over 100 years, and have been family owned since their inception. beretta.com/en-us/world-o…
In Japan the majority of adoptees are childless adult males, adopted by families needing a strong heir for their businesses en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Italy's wealthiest man, Giovanni Ferrero, comes from the family that created Nutella spread and also produce Ferrero Rocher, Tic Tac mints, Kinder chocolate and Butterfinger bars. businessinsider.com/giova…
The guy who played Marvin in 'Pulp Fiction' (Phil LaMarr) is the voice actor for Hermes Conrad in 'Futurama', Ollie Williams in 'Family Guy', Green Lantern in 'Justice League' and over 250 other characters. greatbigstory.com/stories…
That the children of Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, carry no Royal Titles. They are still in the Royal line of succession but have no peerage titles because thier father was common born and refused a title upon marriage into the Royal Family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
There's an eco friendly variation to standard cremation - hydro cremation. The process utilizes a mix of water and sodium to break down the soft tissue of a body, and the bones are then pulverized to be given to the family. It doesn't utilize formaldehyde, nor does it relase green house gas orderofthegooddeath.com/r…
Helen Keller's family forbade her from marrying her fiancΓ©, Peter Fagan, an ex-newspaper reporter who was working as her secretary, because of her disabilities. And society of her time believed women with disabilities shouldn't experience romance of any kind. aruma.com.au/about-us/blo…
The last name 'Fart' is the 2,921,133rd most commonly occurring family name in the world, borne by approximately 1 in 169,468,245 people. The last name Fart occurs predominantly in Asia, where 47 percent of 'Farts' live; 44 percent live in West Asia and 44 percent live in Levant. forebears.io/surnames/far…
Rube Goldberg made his sons Thomas and George change their lastname to protect them from backlash from his political cartoons. Thomas chose the lastname George as a tribute to his brother, and in the spirit of family, George followed suit, voluntarily spending entire life going by George George. nytimes.com/2007/11/15/th…
Today I learned of Gad Beck, a Jew who borrowed a neighbour’s Hitler Youth uniform in 1942 and snuck into a pre-deportation camp to rescue his lover, Manfred Lewin. He got Lewin released by lying to the camps CO. Outside, Lewin said he couldn’t abandon his family and went back. Lewin and his family all died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gad…
After president Harding died of a heart attack, VP Calvin Coolidge was visiting family with no electricity or telephone. He heard of Harding's death by messenger at 2:45 AM. He got dressed, prayed, and met with reporters downstairs and took oath next to a kerosene lamp. He then went back to bed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
The French soldier Jean Bernadotte became so popular in Sweden that they elected him king in 1818 when their own royal family was about to die out. The Bernadotte family still rules in Sweden today en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Sean Astin's adoptive father, John Astin, was the original Gomez of The Addams Family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of Herman Lehmann, who, at age 11, was captured as a child by Native Americans. He lived first among the Apache and then the Comanche but eventually returned to his family later in life. He wrote an autobiography, β€œNine Years Among the Indians,” about the experience. wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman…
Since the 1950s, every baseball in an MLB game has to be rubbed with mud harvested from a secret location, and the same family has been doing it for three generations si.com/mlb/2019/08/07/bas…
In October 2012, around 25 families showed up to the Nottingham Cineworld theater to watch Madagascar 3. Due to a technical error with the projector, they wound up watching the opening scene of Paranormal Activity 4 instead, causing children as young as 5-years-old to start crying as a result newsfeed.time.com/2012/10…
NASA as a practical joke played Hello Dolly to wake the Gemini 6 crew in 1965. The astronauts loved it and a tradition was born. Until 2011, families were allowed to choose a favorite song to wake up their loved one in space. popularmechanics.com/spac…
It is illegal for a person to defame, insult or threaten the royal family of Thailand, and if caught, can cost you 3 to 15 years PER COUNT of insult en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C…
Today I learned of Mim, an eastern grey kangaroo raised by a family who hand-fed her. After they released her, Mim roamed wild for years; but when wildfires burned near the family's home in Kulnura, Australia, Mim turned up at their door seeking shelter. They let her stay indoors where she lounged on a blanket. theguardian.com/environme…
Katsuya Eguchi, the creator for the game Animal Crossing, drew his inspiration for it from experiences of having to move from where he grew up to moving to Nintendo headquarters and wanted to "recreate the feeling of being alone in a new town, away from friends and family." mentalfloss.com/article/9…
Naomi Watts' father, Peter, was a roadie for Pink Floyd, who died of a heroin overdose when she was 7. Pink Floyd provided financial support to the family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The game Candyland was invented by a woman during the polio pandemic. The woman, Eleanor Abbott, was recovering in hospital she created the game to entertain the children in her hospital wing as they were left by family members for long periods of time to recover. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
Most of the Cambodians did not even know that Pol Pot was the head of Khmer Rouge until his communist friends from China β€œinsisted” him to show his face to the world as the leader of Cambodia. Even his family members who were working in the fields did not know he was running the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khm…
Khat is so popular in Yemen that about 40% of the country's water supply goes towards irrigating it, and families spend about 17% of their income on khat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kha…
Common vegetables from the Nightshade family such as tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant actually contain nicotine. sciencing.com/plants-cont…
A child prince from the Khwarezmian Empire was sold as a slave after the Mongols invaded their land and killed his family. He arrived in Egypt and rose among the ranks until he became Sultan. He then served the Mongols one of their first major defeats in history. A Historical turning point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qut…
Even though the country of Serbia is currently a republic with no royal family, their national seal and flag still retain the Serbian royal crown from the former Kingdom of Serbia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
The TV show "Big Brother" had a policy of keeping the contestants in total information isolation. This included not informing the cast about 9/11. They had to change the policy after one of the cast's family members was lost at Ground Zero. ew.com/article/2001/10/05…
Today I learned of the Likov's, a Russian family of Old Believers who lived in the Siberian wilderness completely isolated from the outside world for 40 years. They were discovered in 1978 for the first time by a group of Soviet geologists, unaware that World War II had taken place. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
A 20-pound Himalayan house cat went batshit crazy and held a family hostage in their bedroom time.com/20197/crazed-pet…
Undercover FBI agent Joseph Pistone led to over 200 indictments and over 100 convictions of Mafia members. The man who introduced Pistone to the Mafia was murdered for having allowed an FBI agent to infiltrate the family; he was shot dead and his hands were cut off. wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph…
A fearless goat-herding dog called Odin refused to abandon his flock of goats during deadly California wildfires in 2017, while his owners ran to safety. Days later his family returned to their destroyed home and found him AND the goats still alive. fox17online.com/2017/10/1…
Attending Harvard is free if your household income is below 65K a year. Harvard’s financial aid programs pay 100 percent of tuition, fees, room, and board for students from families earning less than $65,000 a year. college.harvard.edu/admis…
Family Video still operates over 500 stores in the US and Canada. They own the real estate where their stores are located and they own all of the media they rent out so they keep all of the profits. This is why they were able to outlast other video rental businesses like Blockbuster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fam…
Many scientists believe that there is a 'mean gene' that is passed down through families and that there are four categories of meanness. Some scientists believe that this will eventully go away via evolution. thestar.com/news/insight/…
A French family had a roof leak in 2011. Upon inspection, the culprit turned out to be a 4.5 billion year old meteorite that had smashed through their roof tile. the family's name? Commette. world.time.com/2011/10/11…
67% of millennials see their pet as part of the family and refer to them as a "fur baby." They would like to take leave from work to care for a new pet if their employer offered it. Millennial dog owners spend an average of $1,285 per year on their pet. petbusiness.com/How-Mille…
Vanilla comes from a flowering plant in the orchid family. It grows as a vine and flowers only bloom for one day. There is only a 1% chance of wild pollination so each flower must be hand pollinated. The fruits are 15–23 cm (6–9 in) long pods and are used to produce vanilla extract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
Boeing employees were exhausted, either deliberately or unconsciously circumventing established processes and one even revealed of being hesitant to put his family on Boeing plane during the production of 737 max cnbc.com/2019/10/30/boein…
In the last days of the war, South Vietnamese major Buang-Ly on a stolen plane with his family (wife and 2 children) dropped a note on USS Midway pleading to allow him to land. Comd. Chambers gave orders to push overboard millions of dollars' worth of helicopters to make room for landing. historynet.com/maj-buang-…
Today I learned about Timothy Evans, who was wrongfully convicted and hanged for murdering his wife and infant. Evans asserted that his downstairs neighbor, John Christie, was the real culprit. 3 years later, Christie was discovered to be a serial killer (8+) and later admitted to killing his neighbor's family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Today I learned of a family that lived in Kentucky know as the Blue People of Kentucky. This family is notable for carrying a rare genetic trait that leads to the disease methemoglobinemia, which gives the affected person blue-tinted skin. historycollection.co/the-…
Most of singer Avril Lavigne's family comes from France and the small town of Saint-JΓ©rΓ΄me in the French part of Canada, and her name "Avril" is the word for the month of April in French. republicain-lorrain.fr/ed…
Today I learned of the Da Silva family from Brasilia, whose members have 6 *functional* digits in each hand. youtu.be/LlfPIKQmPok
Angela Lansbury's daughter got involved with the Manson Family, so Lansbury responded by moving the family to a remote farmhouse in County Cork, Ireland. irishtimes.com/culture/fi…
Today I learned of Semyon Hitler, a Soviet soldier who fought against the Nazis in WW2. Despite his unlucky name, he was given a medal for bravery during the war. After the war, his family legally changed their name to Hitlev. rbth.com/history/327803-s…
Rober E Lee inherited his Father-in-law's plantation and instead of emancipating the enslaved people as instructed by the will; decided to run the plantation himself splitting families and being so cruel it led to a slave revolt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Since 1864, the British Royal Family has maintained one of the world's largest collections of postage stamps, with King George V once setting a record when he paid Β£1,450 for a single stamp en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Today I learned of Ruth Coker Burks. During the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s, she used her salary as a real estate agent to provide support, medication and palliative care for more than 1000 AIDS patients whose families had abandoned them, and for some, burying them in her own family cemetery in Arkansas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
Today I learned of angel gowns. Wedding dresses are donated to charities and people sew them into infant sized dresses for deceased infants that died in NICU. Grieving families can take pictures or baptize their babies prior to laying them to rest. These are made through no cost of the family. atriumhealth.org/dailydos…
Heather Donahue, the lead in The Blair Witch Project, brought a large knife with her to the set on the first day of filming because she was concerned it was a snuff film, and her friends & family didn't want her to do the movie. papermag.com/heather-dona…
Isaac Asimov died from complications of HIV. In 1983 got HIV from a blood transfusion during heart surgery. His doctors told him to keep it quiet. 10 Ten years later, after most of Asimov's physicians had died, Asimov's family agreed that the HIV story should be made public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
When Ben Rea (UK) died in May 1988, he bequeathed his Β£7-million ($12.5-million) fortune to Blackie, the last surviving of the 15 cats he shared his mansion with. The millionaire antiques dealer and recluse refused to recognize his family in his will. He left his wealth to his cats. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Yawning is more contagious among people who are emotionally close. An experiment found family members showed the greatest contagion, in terms of both occurrence of yawning and frequency of yawns, while strangers and acquaintances showed a comparatively longer delay in the yawn response. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The kid starring in Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" went on to become Uncle Fester in the Addams Family TV series (bonus he married Betty Grable too) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
In 2013 a French businessman died of a heart attack while having sex with a stranger while on a business trip. A French court subsequently ruled that this was an industrial accident and that his wife and family were entitled to compensation bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
Today I learned about β€œTeam Lioness,” one of Kenya’s first group of all-female Rangers, organized in 2017. While protecting the area surrounding Amboseli National Park from poachers, these 8 women are also involved with community education and are the first in their families to be employed. ifaw.org/journal/meet-the…
Today I learned of Operation Underworld. During WWII the U.S. government worked with Mafia families to secure the country's northeastern ports. They provided protection against spies and saboteurs, avoided wartime labor union strikes, and limited theft by black-marketeers of vital war supplies and equipment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
French queen Marie Antoinette was offered in 1787 a boy from Senegal as a servant but instead taking him as servant she adopted him as her son and baptized as Jean. During the revolution Jean was separated from the royal family and left by revolutionaries to die on streets at age of 10. sheffield.ac.uk/french/ne…
Today I learned of the Anoa'i family of professional wrestlers which includes The Rock, Peter Maivia, Rosey & Jamal (Jalal AKA Ekmo; AKA Umaga), Rikishi, Yokozuna, Roman Reigns, The Usos, Nia Jax, Tamina Snuka and The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika AnoaΚ»i). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ano…
Former Manson family member and convicted murderer Patricia Krenwinkel is the longest-serving female inmate in California's correctional system. latimes.com/local/lanow/l…
The "Hogwarts Express" rescued a family caught by a flood in the Scottish Highlands. Faced with a 3-mile walk in a bog for kids aged 6, 8, 10 & 12, the father called for help; police had the next train pick them up called the Jacobite, which happened to be the train from Harry Potter movies. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
Mafia leader John Gotti and the Gambino crime family used an area in New York City called The Hole as a mass grave for mafia targets. gothamist.com/news/welcom…
The reason the marathon is 26.2 miles long is due to the British Royal Family. At the 1908 London Olympics the race was started from Windsor Castle to accommodate a younger member and an extra 385 yards was needed so as to finish at the Royal Box in the White City stadium. changeofpace.com/2018/09/…
The story of Zeus, a 9 year old pitbull-mix from Montana who was stolen by a family "friend" and found 2k miles away in West Virginia after the thief was arrested. Zeus had a microchip with contact info but was too big to fly so 15 strangers volunteered to drive him home across 9 states . newsweek.com/dog-lost-mon…
Today I learned that Eva Mozes Kor and her sister survived the Holocaust Twin Experiments. They never got to say goodbye to their family, and were the only two to survive. Instead of hating them for what they’ve put her through, Eva forgave them. She died July 4, 2019. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…
Today I learned about Amanda "Powerhouse" Lucas, George Lucas' eldest daughter. She was a professional MMA fighter for six years until she retired to start a family. Lucas had bit parts in all three of the Star Wars prequel movies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
Wreaths Across America was started by the same family that owns a wreath manufacturer, Worcester Wreath. 75-80% of Worcester Wreath's business is supplying wreaths to the charity though an essentially no-bid contract. nonprofitquarterly.org/wr…
When an amateur historian found the bodies of the Romanov family in 1979 it was kept hidden until the fall of the Soviet Union. townandcountrymag.com/soc…
Today I learned about Joyce Carol Vincent - a young woman who died and lay undiscovered in her flat for almost 3 years surrounded by undelivered christmas presents she had purchased for friends and family. theguardian.com/film/2011…
today i learned that there is a genus of plants in the Aizoaceae family that is called Lithops (or living rock) which evolved to camouflage themselves in the surrounding rocks to avoid being eaten by predators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
The creator of Animal Crossing was inspired to make a game about friendship, family, and community after experiencing loneliness upon moving to a new city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, the diary of the Jewish girl who was eventually murdered towards the end of WWII, along with family members, after being found by the Nazis in Amsterdam, was banned by the Alabama State Textbook Committee in 1983 for being "a real downer." al.com/birmingham-news-st…
Before the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant struggled financially after leaving the military to start a family, working in fields with his wife's family's slaves which was uncommon, but after acquiring a slave, William Jones, he gave him his freedom unconditionally instead of selling him for profit. acwm.org/blog/myths-misun…
In the British Royal Family, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle technically don't have their own names. Because of how titles and peerages are awarded and defined, they actually adopt their husband's name and title - making them Princess William and Princess Henry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Today I learned of Eric Erickson, a Swedish businessman who pretended to be devoted to the Nazis, but was really a spy for the American military. He made more than 30 trips to Germany between 1939-1945. He mapped out oil refineries that were later bombed. His family had disowned him for β€œsupporting” Hitler. military.wikia.org/wiki/E…
Today I learned about the longest standoff in American history. John Joe Gray and his family patrolled their property with guns for 15 years after he didn’t show up to court for assaulting a police officer. kfor.com/news/longest-arm…
When John Balson started off as a butcher in Dorset in 1535, Henry VIII was on the throne. Hundreds of years later, the Balson family continues to trade just a few streets away from where their first market stall was set up in Bridport. They are the oldest family business in UK. bbc.com/news/uk-england-d…
90% of the profits of the O.J. Simpson book 'If I did it" went to Fred Goldman, Ron Goldman's father. Goldman had sued Simpson in a wrongful death civil suit and was awarded $33.5 million, which had gone unpaid. In 2007, a judge awarded the rights to the book to the Goldman family as payment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
The common phrase for the worst betrayal, "Sold Down The River," originates from the experience of slaves who were torn from family and friends, literally sold and sent south on the Mississippi to a fate worse than imaginable picking cotton. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
Perfect Strangers starring Bronson Pinchot as Balki Bartokomous takes place in the same universe as Family Matters, which shares a universe with Step by Step, where Bronson Pinchot plays a hair dresser named Jean-Luc Rieupeyroux en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
The Apollo astronauts couldn't get life insurance for their unique, dangerous jobs...so they signed hundreds of autographs, which their families would have been able to sell if they didn't make it home. npr.org/sections/money/20…
Real tequila is made from the blue agave (agave azul) plant, a relative of the lily family. Blue agave can take anywhere from 6 to 12 years to fully mature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aga…
There's a family of British military intelligence satellites called Skynet, the first of which was launched in 1969 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky…
The loofah(luffa) is a plant from the cucumber family that when matured and dried becomes very fibrous and is used as a sponge in kitchens and bathrooms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luf…
In the Antebellum South, slaves dreaded January 1 -- A.K.A. "Heartbreak Day" -- because New Year's Day was traditionally when debts were settled, resulting in black families being torn apart as slave owners sold or rented slaves out long-term to pay back those they owed money to. time.com/5750833/new-year…
Benny Medina created The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air after growing up poor in East LA. His life changed when he befriended a rich white teenager, whose family lived in Beverly Hills and allowed Medina to live with them. Medina decided to change the rich white family to a rich black family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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