A majority of the people Christopher Walken interacted with as a child were non-native English speakers, including his father. Walken attributes his unique halting speaking style to watching people hesitate to think of the right English word. grunge.com/90509/untold-t…
Today I learned about Norman Borlaug, an American agronomist who is credited with saving over a billion people from starvation. He is called "the father of the Green Revolution" and bred a high-yield and disease-resistant dwarf wheat that helped many countries to battle mass starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
The copyright for Anne Franke's diary was due to expire in 2016. To prevent it from falling into public domain, in 2015 the Anne Frank foundation added her father Otto Frank as a co-author. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Tolkien wrote yearly letters to his children as if they were from Father Christmas. They started off as simple Happy Christmas letters but grew more complex including a polar bear sidekick, the man on the moon, goblins, snow-elves, pictures, and he even developed an Arktik language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Martin Luther King Jr was actually named Michael King Jr on his birth. His father, aptly named Michael King Sr, was a pastor and eventually decided to rename himself and his son to Martin Luther King Jr/Sr after becoming inspired by Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. history.com/news/10-thing…
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…
Eddie Murphy has a daughter with former Spice Girl Melanie Brown. Murphy had initially denied it was his child until a DNA test proved he was the father. people.com/celebrity/mel-…
When future US President Herbert Hoover was born in 1874, his father announced the news by saying, "We have another General Grant at our house!", referencing the incumbent chief executive. This rural Iowan blacksmith would die nearly fifty years before his son fulfilled the prediction. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The iconic couple in the "American Gothic" painting are actually father and daughter, not husband and wife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
One of the few cases of a child actually dying from intentionally poisoned Halloween candy was Timothy O'Bryan. The Culprit had been his own father Ronald, who had laced his pixy sticks with cyanide to claim his life insurance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
In the Catholic church, if a child is in peril of dying during delivery, the midwife may perform an emergency baptism. If the midwife is in doubt if the child still lives, she baptises the child saying: "In case you are able to receive the baptism, I baptise thee in the name of the Father etc" dutchgenealogy.nl/emergen…
As a kid, Ice-T had his bike stolen. He told his father about it; he simply shrugged and said: "Well, then, you ain't got no bike." Ice-T then stole parts from various bicycles and assembled "three or four weird-looking, brightly-painted bikes" from the parts. His father never even noticed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Isaac Newton wrote a list of his sins at 19, including: β€œThreat[e]ning my father and mother Smith to burne them and the house over them.", striking many, beating Arthur Storer, punching his sister, reading the History of the Christian Champions on Sunday, and eating an apple at Church. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
"Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day is About, Lead Singer, Billie Joe Armstrong's Father Dying of Esophageal Cancer on September 1st, 1982, When Billie was 10 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wak…
As a child, Jane Goodall's father gave her a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee as an alternative to a teddy bear. Goodall has said her fondness for this figure started her early love of animals. Today, Jubilee still sits on Goodall's dresser in London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
Ray Burton, who was the father of Cliff Burton, used Cliff's royalties for the first 3 Metallica albums to fund kids scholarships at Castro Valley High School. Ray wanted to keep his sons name alive by putting kids through collage with his sons royalties for 30 years. loudwire.com/cliff-burton…
Judit Polgar was the only female chess player to reach the top 50. She was the product of an educational experiment by her father, who wanted to prove that "geniuses are made, not born". As such, he decided to vigarously train his daughters for chess from a young age en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee) was raised by John Astin (Gomez Addams from The Addams Family sitcom) But DNA paternal testing between John and two other men twenty-six years after Sean's birth -- John Astin was proven not to be Sean Astin's biological Father. news.amomama.com/189964-m…
Stalin had a son who he hated and who was later captured by the nazis. The nazis thought they could use him as a bargaining chip to trade to his father Joseph in return for Nazi generals. In response, Stalin said, "I do not trade generals for soldiers" Stalin's son would later kill himself. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Instagram star Dan Bilzerian's father Paul was involved in one of the SEC's longest running fraud cases. He spent 25 hiding assets from the US gov. and the SEC finally admitted defeat. Many believe Dan's fortune didn't come from poker, as he claims, but he simply inherited money from his father. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Today I learned of the Aquatots. In 1950, Bubba, aged 4, swam 22 miles of the Mississippi River while Kathy, aged 2, swam 5 miles. When their father attempted them crossing the English Channel, the British and French forbade it as child abuse. Later, the father bragged of their baby food diet and killed Kathy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqu…
In 1988, Meredith Maran announced to her family that her father molested her when she was a child. In 1996, she realized it was "false memories" and he was actually innocent. He had a heart attack and got Alzheimer's before she reconciled with him for his last few years. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
In 16th-century England, the midwives' oath included not allowing the mother to falsely name the father of the child, not exchanging the child after birth, not using sorcery or incantations during the labour or delivery, and not dismembering the child or cutting or pulling their head off elizabethan.org/compendiu…
John Astin, who played Gomez in the 1960's Addams Family is the man who raised LOTR actor Sean Astin as his stepchild. Due to Sean's mother, actress Patty Duke not knowing which man was the actual father when Sean was born, and a subsequent divorce and remarrying, Sean now has 4 'Dads'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
William "Billy" Mitchell was an US army general who was an outspoken proponent of air power and its ability to defeat battleships. Due to his unrelenting criticism of high command's refusal to adapt, he was demoted and court martialed. Today he is regarded as the father of the US Air Force. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
A 19 year old Dungeons and Dragons player was killed in a car accident, so his father built a fantasy themed public park in his honor atlasobscura.com/places/j…
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…
Anthropologists have recreated the name of the ancient Indo-European sky god DyΔ“us or DyαΈ—us PhtαΈ—r(Sky Father)from which is derived Deus, Dio, Zeus/Zeus Pater, Jove/Jupiter, ΰ€¦ΰ₯ΰ€―ΰ₯Œΰ€·ΰ₯(DyΓ‘uαΉ£), Deva, Tyr, Day, Tuesday, and Deity among many others en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dy%…
In Iceland, your surname is derived from your father's first name, and everyone addresses each other by first name, even in formal situations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
In 2004 the father of Professional Golfer Rory McIlroy placed a Β£200 ($341) bet, at 500-1 odds, that his son would win the British Open within the next 10 years when his son was just 15 years old. In 2014 McIlroy won the tournament earning his father $171,000 from the wager. mashable.com/2014/07/21/r…
The Greek God Cronus was eating his children in fear of them overthrowing him. His wife Rhea did not approve. When baby Zeus was born, she gave Cronus a rock wrapped in baby clothes. Later, the grown up Zeus along with his regurgitated siblings fought together against their father and won. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
In pre-Norman England, Father Christmas, originally wore a green suit with a long green hooded cloak, as well as a wreath made of holly, mistletoe or ivy which represented the coming spring. history.co.uk/article/8-f…
When Jerry Garcia, former founding-member and lead-guitarist/vocalist for the Grateful Dead, was 4 years old, he lost most of his right middle finger from a wood splitting accident during a family vacation. On the Garcia family's next vacation a year later, Jerry's father drowned to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Since religion was largely ignored in Randy Newman's childhood home, when Newman was informed that he couldn't come to a country club cotillion because he was a Jew, he had to ask his father what a "Jew" was. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand was the first and only monarch born in the US. His father, King Mahidol Adulyadej, was enrolled in a public health program at Harvard at the time of his son's birth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhu…
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…
The father of the modern skyscraper (tube system of construction) was a Bangladeshi-American who never saw a skyscraper IRL until he was 21. He was inspired by the strength of bamboo, which is hollow & can grow to great heights. Fazlur Rahman Khan β€” designed the Willis Tower. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tub…
Nelson Mandela was adopted by the leader of the Thembu tribe after his father died in 1927. His adopted father, Jongintaba Dalindyebo, saw potential in him and helped encourage him to be a young leader in the tribe. rd.com/list/famous-people…
Not only did Robert Todd Lincoln watch his father die, but he also saw the assassinations of Garfield and McKinley. When Roosevelt took office, Lincoln wrote β€œI do not congratulate you, for I have seen too much of the seamy side of the Presidential Robe to think it an enviable garment". werehistory.org/robert-to…
While filming The Empire Strikes Back, every actor except Mark Hamill & James Earl Jones was kept in the dark about Darth Vader being Luke's father. David Prowse's (Vader's physical actor whose voice Jones dubbed over) script had the line "No, Obi-Wan killed your father" instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A woman sued Keanu Reeves, claiming that he was the father of her four adult children and sought $ 3 000 000 a month in spousal support and $150 000 a month in retroactive child support. DNA tests proved she was lying and she lost the case. thestar.com/news/ontario/…
Peter Davison, the fifth doctor from the original Doctor Who TV series is the father-in-law of David Tennant, the tenth doctor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The 'Pine Barrens' episode of The Sopranos was based on a dream director Timothy Van Patten had where Paulie and Christopher were lost in the woods. This stemmed from Tim's childhood when his father would tell him about a creature that lived in the Barrens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
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…
French writer Alexandre Dumas ( The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers) was a black man. And his father was a black general during French Revolution known as "Black Devil" or Diable Noir, standing as one of the highest-ranking men of African descent. youtube.com/watch?v=yTW2V…
The father of copy and paste died this year bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a Japanese military leader who unified Japan and became the de facto leader of Japan, was never granted the title of Shogun because he had no traceable samurai lineage, and his father was an ashigaru – a peasant employed by the samurai as a foot soldier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
Hercules had a fraternal twin brother, Iphicles. They shared the same mother, Alcmene, but while Hercules' father was Zeus, Iphicles' father was Amphitryon, a normal man. Born one day apart, the brothers were close and Iphicles' son, Iolaus, became a favorite companion of Hercules. theoi.com/articles/who-is…
Martin Luther King Jr was born Michael King Jr. His father took the name Martin Luther King after a visit to the OG Martin Luther's stomping grounds in Berlin. Our MLK Jr's name wasn't officially changed until was 28 years old. insidehook.com/daily_brie…
Lou Ferrigno has been a Deputy Sheriff with San Luis Obispo County since 2012. This is not an "honorary position". He serves at least 20 hours a month. His father was a NYPD Lieutenant. louferrigno.com/pages/dep…

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