William Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller's father and patriarch of the incredibly wealthy family, was a con man and snake oil salesman, and intentionally lent money to impoverished farmers to take their land history.com/news/john-d-r…
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's father descended from Black Loyalists, who escaped to Nova Scotia after the Revolutionary War on the promise of British emancipation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Today I learned of Chinese assassin, Shi Jianqiao. In the Warlord Era (1916-1928) when Shi was 19, her warlord father was defeated & executed by a rival, Sun Chuanfang. Shi spent her 20s tracking Sun down, killing him in 1935. Chinese society was so moved by her act of filial revenge that the court pardoned her en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
A top-level Dutch football club signed up an 18-month old for a ten year contract, after his father posted a video of the boy kicking a ball into his toy chest 3 times in a row. After scribbling his signature for the club, the toddler celebrated with a glass of orange juice en.espn.co.uk/football/sp…
A 2019 found that kids associate beards with being old and strong, but unattractive. As kids grow older into teenagers, they dislike beards even more. However, women with children see bearded men as better fathers. npr.org/2019/07/30/746616…
Sarah Hyland, of Modern Family fame, was diagnosed with kidney dysplasia when she was young, received two kidney transplants from her father and her brother and has undergone 16 surgeries, even during the shooting of Modern Family en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Today I learned of the Navratil boys, whose father had kidnapped them after separating from his wife. He tried to move them to America on the Titanic, but died when the ship sank. The brothers were rescued and re-united with their mother after she saw a newspaper picture of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Milton Wright, a bishop once famously said: "Men will never fly, because flying is reserved for the angels." He was the father of the Wright Brothers. pawprints.kashalinka.com/…
Today I learned about Carl Emil Pettersson, a Swedish sailor who shipwrecked on an island inhabited by cannibals in 1904. He was captured and taken to a local king, whose daughter fell in love with him. He married, had nine children with her, and became the king after his father-in-law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Dwayne Johnson’s First Acting Role was on β€˜That 70’s Show’ in which he Played his Real-Life Father, Rocky Johnson screenrant.com/dwayne-joh…
Young girls in Cameroon would forcefully flatten their breasts, so they wouldn't be sexually harassed or sold off to marriage by their fathers, as men in Cameroon associate breast growth with sexual maturity and consent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
In 2001, the Crown Prince of Nepal shot and killed his father the King, his mother the Queen, and 7 other members of the royal family, before shooting himself in the head. He was then declared King while in a coma, and died three days later without regaining conciousness en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nep…
The character who played Elaine's father on Seinfeld, Alton Benis, was meant to have a recurring role, but the staff became scared of the actor after he stole a butcher's knife from the set. When confronted, he pretended to stab seinfeld with the knife and was not asked to return en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Manny Pacquiao ran away from home and lived in a cardboard box after his drunk father ate his dog. independent.co.uk/sport/g…
After a student failed the math portion of Minnesota’s Basic Standards Tests her father demanded to see the exam, threatening to sue for it. A series of scoring errors were found meaning math scores for 45,739 Minnesota students were wrong and 7,935 students who were told they failed had passed. bc.edu/research/nbetpp/st…
Steven Spielberg initially wanted to make a James Bond film in the 1970s; after being turned down by the producers, George Lucas told him that he had a better idea... The result was Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones (this was why Bond actor Sean Connery would later play Indy's father). slashfilm.com/star-wars-j…
Charlize Theron's abusive father was shot dead by her mother, in self defence. This happened on a night when he sprayed bullets into Charlize's room door, which Charlize and her mother had held shut for protection. Upon their miraculous survival, her mother immediately shot him down. bbc.com/news/newsbeat-508…
Today I learned of Hazel Hill, a 13 year old schoolgirl who influenced the design of the Spitfire fighter aircraft. She and her father did the calculations that allowed for the aircraft to be fitted with 8 guns instead of 4. The aircraft became famous for winning the Battle of Britain. bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-5335…
Robert E. Howard created Conan the Barbarian at age 26 and committed suicide at age 30. He didn't live to see Conan become successful and is considered to be the father of sword and sorcery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Robert Maxwell, father of Ghislaine Maxwell, was the inspiration for the Bond Villain in Tomorrow Never Dies. At the end of the film M orders a cover-up story paralleling Maxwell's real death, β€œFalling overboard on his yacht." pastemagazine.com/movies/…
Adam and Eve weren't alone in Paradise, according to some Jewish lore. With them were Lilith and Samael. Lilith was created alongside Adam (not from him) to be his wife, while Samael was the one who commanded the snake to tempt Eve, and is actually the true father of Cain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Aaron Burr married at age 77 to a woman that was well-off. She realized her fortunes were dwindling because of his land speculations, and filed for divorce. It was granted on the day of his death. Her lawyer? Alexander Hamilton, Jr., who was graduating college when his father died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aar…
Our species is continuing to evolve in 3 ways: natural selection (by which many are adapting to malaria and high altitudes), random mutations (increasingly likely as more older males become fathers), and a mysterious genetic repair tool that biases eggs and sperm to C and G bases over A or T. theconversation.com/human…
:Britney Spears' alcoholic drug addicted father controls all her money and finances. vanityfair.com/style/2020…
The Youngest American First Lady was 21 year old Francis Cleveland. She married her godfather, 48 year old President Grover Cleveland who helped raise her after Francis’ father/his good friend died when she was 9. He bought her a baby carriage and doted on her from the moment she was born. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
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…
Today I learned about a unit of 'shyness' called a dirac, named after the famous theoretical physicist and father of quantum physics, Paul Dirac. Known for his succinctness, his colleagues jokingly defined 1 dirac as 1 word per hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Bruce Lee tried to create an American TV show in the 70’s but Warner Brothers stole the idea, created β€œKung Fu” and cast David Carradine as the lead. 50 yrs later Bruce Lee’s daughter took her fathers idea and created β€œThe Warrior” for Cinemax. theguardian.com/film/film…
7'4" (2.24m) Boban MarjanoviΔ‡, is currently the tallest player in the NBA. His father is 5'9" (1.75m) and his mother is 5'6" (1.68m). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
The father of the sixth President of Israel moved to Ireland, learned fluent Irish Gaelic, became Ireland’s first chief rabbi, supported the First DΓ‘il and the Irish Republicans during the Irish War of Independence, and became close friends with Γ‰amon de Valera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yit…
The famous painting "American Gothic" is of a father and daughter, not a couple. It was meant to show the resiliency of midwestern farmers. artic.edu/artworks/6565/a…
To reduce infanticide, Sweden passed a law in 1778 allowing unwed pregnant women to go to a different area where she is unknown to give birth. The midwife was forbidden to ask her identity or to ask who the father was. The baby was then put in an orphanage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inf…
7 year-old Jessica Dubroff attempted to become the youngest person to fly an aircraft across the USA. On the final leg of her flight, the plane crashed during a rainstorm immediately after takeoff, killing Dubroff, her father, and her flight instructor (who was at the controls at all times) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes…
In 1995, France found a man guilty of killing a teen girl, but he was able to avoid sentencing by hiding out in Germany. In 2009, the victim's father hired a team to kidnap the killer out of Germany and dump him in front of a French courthouse. It worked, and he is now serving 15 years. latimes.com/world/la-xpm-…
The Father of General Douglas MacArthur, Arthur MacArthur Jr. was also military commander of the Philippines in 1900. Similarly he would also go on to be relieved of duty by a (future) president, Howard Taft in 1901. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Millennial dads are spending 3 times as much times with their kids than their fathers spent with them. Back in 1982, 43% of fathers admitted they'd never changed a diaper. Today, that number is down to about 3%. mother.ly/news/millennial…
Today I learned about the Druze, a religious group who believe that Jethro of Midian (Moses' father-in-law) is their anscestor and chief prophet. They also believe in the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, and Pythagoras and incorporate elements of both major and minor religions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dru…
As a child, as an alternative to a teddy bear, Jane Goodall's father gave her a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee - which started her early love of animals. Today, Jubilee still sits on Goodall's dresser in London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
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…
(initially from my textbook) that the Cheaper by the Dozen family was inspired by the Gilbreths. The mother Lilian (a psychologist), and the father Frank (an engineer) were famous for many other things besides the book one of their daughters wrote about the family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Milton Rubenfeld, the father of Paul Reubens(who played Pee-Wee Herman) flew for the Royal Air Force and U.S. Army during World War II, later becoming one of the five founding pilots of the Israeli Air Force in Israel's War of Independence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
In the 2007 comic book series of "The Boys", Hughie was modeled off Simon Pegg... who then later played as Hugie's father in the Amazon Prime Show in 2019. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A stroke used to be called apoplexy which is Greek "struck down by violence." Hippocrates, the father of medicine, first recognized stroke over 2,400 years ago. columbianeurology.org/neu…
John Quincy Adams, 6th US President, was the first President to not to have been a founding father. The first son of a president to be elected. The first to marry a woman born outside the United States. history.com/news/john-qui…
Today I learned about John Carpenter who called his father on the popular television show "Who wants to be a Millionaire" and told him that he was going to win the million dollars. youtube.com/watch?v=2f9OJ…
Taylor Wilson built a nuclear reactor at the age of 14. He gets obsessed, his father Kenneth says. Whatever he is involved in, he goes at it non-stop. api.nationalgeographic.co…
In 1986, when a murdered woman was found by her husband in their LA apartment, the LAPD considered the case a botched burglary. The woman’s father said that an old lover of his daughter’s husband-an LA cop, was the murderer. He was proven right by a DNA match over 20 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
In Taiwan, today, August 8th is celebrated as Father's Day because in Mandarin, 08/08 has the same pronunciation as the word for father: "Ba Ba" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat…
William Franklin, the son of Benjamin Franklin, was the last colonial governor of New Jersey a steadfast Loyalist through the American Revolution and organized military units to combat the Patriots. He and his father Benjamin sadly never reconciled after. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Frank Sinatra's father owned a speakeasy named M.O.B. Association. Rumor has it that it was associated with the mob. hoboken.pastperfectonline…
Alexander Litvinenko, the Soviet Secret Service defector that was assassinated by polonium poisoning for defecting, converted to Islam in Britain. His father's reaction to this was "It doesn't matter. At least you're not a communist" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Heteropaternal Superfecundation is referred to as a form of twinning where genetically the twins are half siblings or they have different fathers. In 2013, a New Jersey woman found out her twin daughters have different Daddy thru DNA test when she sought for child support on her partner. abc7ny.com/paterson-new-j…
Hall of Fame Baseball pitcher Nolan Ryan was in the league long enough to strikeout 7 pairs of fathers and sons when they eventually joined the league later on his career. 80sbaseball.com/16-ridicu…
Today I learned about superfecundation, which is the phenomenon of conceiving twins from two different fathers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
The man who eulogized George Washington with the famous quote "First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen" was Henry β€œLight Horse Harry” Lee, father of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. mountvernon.org/library/d…
Woody Harrelsons father (Charles Harrelson) was an American hitman and organized crime figure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
James Taylor’s father served as the medical officer for Deep Freeze, an expedition to Antarctica. wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_…
Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier, was just 19 when he inherited the title of president-for-life from his father. He was forced from power but was allowed to live in the obscurity of a Port-au-Prince suburb, freely roaming the capital as he pleased until his death bbc.com/news/world-latin-…
In 1960, an Australian father won nearly $3 million (adjusted AU$) in the lottery, with his picture getting plastered all over the news. Shortly after, his 8-year-old son was kidnapped for ransom and eventually murdered. This changed anonymity laws for lottery winners in Australia forever. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Bryan Cranston's father was an actor, but did not secure enough roles to provide for his family. He walked out on the family when Bryan was 11 years old, and they did not see each other again until a 22-year-old Bryan and his brother Kyle decided to track him down. wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_…
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…
Today I learned that Grover Cleveland became the first sitting president to get married. He married a woman 27 years younger than him, Frances Folsom, whom he had literally known since her birth. After Folsom's father died when she was 11, Cleveland became her legal guardian. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Lincoln Logs were invented by John Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the toy’s design was based on his father’s blueprint for the Tokyo Imperial Hotel. history.com/news/the-birt…
The due to internet popularity, Sammy Griner, the child from the 'Success Kid' meme raised enough money to fund his father's kidney transplant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suc…
Today I learned about Tomohiro Nishikado father of SupΔ“su InbΔ“dā sold in America as Space Invaders. Tanks and soldiers were replaced by aliens to not create image of war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Sean Astin's adoptive father, John Astin, was the original Gomez of The Addams Family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
A species of rare freshwater turtle, classified Elseya irwini was discovered by and later named after Steve Irwin and his father Bob Irwin while on a 1990 crocodile hunting trip. youtu.be/wRdnNN1N-zA
'Somethin' Stupid' recorded by Frank and Nancy Sinatra is the only father-daughter duet to reach #1 on the charts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Som…
In the Middle Ages it was believed that lion cubs were born dead and their father resurrected them with his breath after three days. d.lib.rochester.edu/camel…
Qubilah Shabazz tried to arrange the murder of Louis Farrakhan because of his responsibility in the death of her father. Malcolm X. history.com/this-day-in-h…
John Scott Harrison is both the child and the parent of a U.S. president, being the son of William Henry Harrison and the father of Benjamin Harrison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Princess Diana and her brothers had such a bad relationship with their stepmother than, two days after their father died, they threw her out of their house. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Roberto Benigni, writer and director of Life Is Beautiful, was inspired to make the film based on his father’s recollection of his two-year experience in a concentration camp, which he told humorously to help him cope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lif…
Marvin Gaye died in April of 1984 after being shot twice in the chest. Marvin had tried to break up a fight between his parents when Marvin's father pulled out a .38 Smith & Wesson, a Christmas gift from Marvin to his father from the year before, and fatally shot his son. history.com/this-day-in-h…
When actor Dylan McDermott was born his mom was 15 and his dad 17. His parents split and his mother was later killed by a boyfriend. At 15-years-old McDermott was adopted by his father's 3rd wife, she was 23. His stepmother is Eve Ensler, who wrote The Vagina Monologues, she got him into acting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyl…
Today I learned of Mason McDeid who cried constantly from severe cerebral palsy issues; his father failed to comfort him with classical & new age music. Then he tried Metallica & the child stopped crying, fell asleep. Now in his 20s, unable to speak, Mason has had 100+ surgeries & attended 450+ metal concerts. stage-www.startribune.com…
Today I learned of penis fencing, a mating behavior in hermaphroditic species of flatworm. Two flatworm β€œfight” and try to penetrate the other's epidermis and inject sperm into them (aka "traumatic insemination"). The loser becomes fertilized and is known as the "mother", while the victor becomes the "father" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Founding Father and Author of the US Constitution James Madison had a Bachelor of Arts Degree en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Dymphna, patron saint of mental illness, fled from her "mad king" father to Geel, Belgium. She founded an sanctuary for the mentally ill. After her death, the afflicted continued to flock to Geel. Citizens began boarding and caring for them in their homes, a tradition that continues today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dym…
Winston Churchill was the first foreign national to receive honorary United States citizenship. While he did not attend the ceremony in person, his son went and received (on behalf of his father) the only "honorary citizen’s identification document" ever issued. history.com/news/americas…
Michael Jordan inherited his habit of sticking his tongue out through his teeth while playing basketball from his father James Jordan who would stick his tongue out while repairing the family car. orlandosentinel.com/news/…
Father Damien, who cared for the lepers in Molokai, realized that he contracted leprosy when he accidentally stepped on scalding water and felt nothing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat…
Roger Waters', bassist for Pink Floyd, wrote When The Tigers Broke Free about his father who served in the unit he sings about, The Royal Fusiliers and died holding the Anzio Bridgehead with his unit. youtu.be/9KUSl4-GKwQ
Father's Day was first officially declared a holiday by President Nixon in 1972. thedailymeal.com/holidays…
Mary Kay Letourneau's father John G. Schmitz once ran for President of the United States, and was such an extreme right-winger, the ultra-conservative John Birch Society expelled him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The women of Bari tribe of Venezuela believes that a child can have multiple biological fathers. That, a child is not born from the sperm of a single man, but from the accumulation of sperm in a woman's womb. discovermagazine.com/heal…
Alexander the Great's father likely built gymnasiums in order to supercharge his elite warrior class in preparation for an invasion of the Persian Empire. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Sean Penn began his acting career as an extra on the television series "Little House on the Prairie", when his father directed some episodes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Thomas Paine, one of America's founding fathers, was extremely progressive for his time. He advocated for the separation of church and state, universal suffrage, the abolition of slavery, and an early kind of socialism. When he died, only six men came to his funeral. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Junius Brutus Booth (father of the assassin) was a raging alcoholic and actor whose manager locked him up before plays to keep him sober. From a room Junius was locked in before one play, he bribed a bellboy to stand outside with brandy to drink it through the door’s keyhole using a small pipe. libsysdigi.library.illino…
Robert Oppenheimer, "the father of the atom bomb" and the head of the Manhattan Project, once tried to poison his advisor for making him do experimental work instead of theoretical physics. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Woody Harrelson's father was a hitman who murdered a federal judge. grunge.com/160475/the-tru…
Following the teams first Stanley Cup victory, Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington included the name of his father, Basil, who was unaffiliated with the team, to be engraved on the cup. After the NHL learned of the move, it ordered the name removed. The name is now covered by a line of X's. nhl.com/news/stanley-cup-…
Japanese filmaker Goro Miyazaki son of Hayako Miyazaki from Studio Ghibli made a movie in 2006 where the M.C Prince killed his father. Hayako Miyazaki 2 years later made Ponyo where the M.C a Goldfish has a protective father who for her happiness submits to her wishes to become human. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tal…
Damon Wayans was a guest star in the shows Happy Together (episode title, "Like Father, Like Son" and Happy Endings (episode title, "Like Father, Like Gun"), both times playing the father of his real son, Damon Wayans Jr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dam…
Today I learned about the 80s Pakistani action flick, Hitlar, in which der FΓΌhrer settles down in Pakistan and sires a son. The son of Hitler -Hitlar - spends his days terrorizing a small town, using his musical sting to petrify his enemies, and conversing with paintings of his dead Nazi father. uproxx.com/filmdrunk/hitl…
Britney Spears has been under conservatorship for 12 years, her father has legal control over most of her life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The musical "A Chorus Line" is based on true stories from Broadway dancers, and the character of Sheila was based on, and originally played by, Kelly Bishop (Lorelai's mother from Gilmore Girls). Furthermore, the story Sheila tells in the play about her father cheating on her mother was true. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kel…
During WW1, a Canadian soldier brought his pet bear to Britain. He named the bear Winnie after his home town Winnipeg an later donated the bear to the London Zoo where a boy named Christopher Robin liked it so much it inspired his father to write about it, thus Winnie the Pooh. s.telegraph.co.uk/graphic…
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…

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