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.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
Kurt Vonnegut was once Geraldo Rivera's father-in-lawโ€ฆ
In the ancient Roman comedic play "The Mother-in-Law," a husband falsely accuses his new wife of infidelity after she gives birth mere months into marriage. A stolen ring reveals he assaulted his future wife in a dark street before they met, and is in fact the father of the child.โ€ฆ
Ulysses S. Grant, while poor and struggling to support his family in 1859, chose to free the slave he received from his father-in-law, rather than selling his slave journalofthecivilwarera.oโ€ฆ
Actress Kaley Cuoco's father-in-law is founder and Chairman of Intuit, maker of TurboTax & QuickBooksโ€ฆ
Jason Batemanโ€™s father-in-law is Paul Ankaโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Georges Lemaรฎtre, a Catholic priest and mathematician, called the father of the Big Bang. Praised in his time for originating the theories of an expanding universe, the Big Bang Theory, Hubble's Law, and Hubble's Constant, he was modest and eschewed taking credit for his work.โ€ฆ
Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is the father-in-law of Walking Dead actor Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes).โ€ฆ
At 52, Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman married 18-year-old Mandy Smith but divorced after a year. Bill's 30-year-old son then Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46. If Bill and Mandy had remained married, Stephen would have been his father's father-in-law and his own grandpa.โ€ฆ
When parents sued Ozzy Osbourne over their son killing himself because of his song Suicide Solution, his father in law defended him by saying "To be perfectly honest, I would be doubtful as to whether [he] knew the meaning of the lyrics, because his command of the English language is minimal."โ€ฆ
Arthur Miller, author of The Crucible, was married to Marilyn Monroe (who converted to Judaism for him) and was the father-in-law of actor Daniel Day Lewis.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Romeโ€™s Julian Marriage Laws, which allowed for fathers to kill their daughtersโ€™ partners if they were caught in the act, required husbands to divorce adulterous wives, and allowed for public viewing of adulterers for 20 hours.โ€ฆ
George Washinton's adopted son was the father-in-law of Confederate General Robert E. Leeโ€ฆ
John Paul Jones, "Father of the American Navy," shipped aboard a slaver early in his life, killed a crewman over a wage dispute, and that Jones was a fake last name to throw off the law afterwards!โ€ฆ
Before 1974 women couldn't legally have a credit card without a father or husband co-signing for them? It was in 1979 that law was passed so that employers couldn't fire a women for getting pregnant (married or not).โ€ฆ
After not being named a prince-elector by his father-in-law Charles IV, Rudolf IV of Austria instead forged a series of deeds, granting himself vast new powers. The so-called Privilegium maius consists of five individual forged deeds, some purported to have been issued by Caesar himself.โ€ฆ
รˆve Curie unlike her mother, father, sister, brother in law and husband never won even a single Nobel Prize.โ€ฆ
In 1985 Father-In-Law of Howard Schultz sat him down to say โ€œMy daughterโ€™s 7 months pregnant and itโ€™s time her husband forgot his hobby and got a real job.โ€ When Howard told his wife she said "No, weโ€™re going to do it.โ€ In 1986 the Schultz's opened their 1st coffee bar and called it Starbucksโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Harilal Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's oldest son. After being forbidden from going to England to study law like his father, he cut all ties with his family. He later converted to Islam in May 1936, only to convert back to Hinduism later that same year on his mother's request.โ€ฆ
While a Canadian Mafia boss was incarcerated his father,son,brother in law and close associate were all murdered. Upon his release he orchestrated the deaths of 11 people in retaliation and evaded both injury and re incarceration before dying of cancer.โ€ฆ
The Bastardy Act was a law enacted in the UK in 1733 to make fathers pay for the maintenance of their childrenโ€ฆ
Woody Allen's son tweeted last Father's Day: "Happy father's dayโ€” or as they call it in my family, happy brother-in-law's day"โ€ฆ
J Peterman from Seinfeld is based on a real person and is Steve Zahn's father-in-law.โ€ฆ
The step-grandson of George Washington was the father-in-law of Robert E. Lee.โ€ฆ
The famous composer John Williams wrote the campaign theme song for Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic nominee for US President, at the request of Dukakis' father-in-law.โ€ฆ
Adolf Hitler had Eva Braun's brother-in-law, Hermann Fegelein, a soon to be father court marshaled and "shot like a dog" in the Reich Chancellery for fleeing Berlin in 1945. He was found drunk in a hotel with drafts by Heinrich Himmler to surrender to the Allies.โ€ฆ
In 1987 Kenneth Parks drove 23km to his wife's parents' house where he strangled his father-in-law and murdered his mother-in-law but was completely acquitted of all crimes upon finding out he did it while sleepwalking.โ€ฆ
Huey "Kingfish" Long was shot by a 28-yr-old doctor, who's father in law--a judge--was going to be removed by Long. The Kingfish was becoming more popular than FDR in some respects & had announced a bid for the presidency.โ€ฆ
Einstein's cousin/wife was so closely related to him, his aunt became his sister-in-law and his father's cousin became his father-in-law. Both of their parents shared a blood relationship and her surname at birth was already Einstein.โ€ฆ
Many Americans, especially African Americans, hold my father-in-law's belief that operating on a tumor will cause cancer to spread, and refuse to accept evidence to the contrary.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of snokhachestvo, Russian for "daughter-in-law privileges" where Russian peasant father-in-laws would have sex with their daughter-in-laws while their sons were underage or away in the military.โ€ฆ
The 'father of the cellphone' found that the maximum number of voice conversations or data conducted in a given area doubles every 30 months; called 'Coopers Law'โ€ฆ
The National Geographic Society was founded by Alexander Graham Bell's father-in-law. Bell succeeded him as president in 1897 and Bell's son-in-law in turn became the first full-time editor of the magazine in 1899.โ€ฆ
Union General and President Ulysses S. Grant had owned one enslaved person, whom he freed in 1859, before the Civil War started. He had also overseen enslaved people on his father in law's farm.โ€ฆ
Oscar winner Frances Ford Coppola's father, daughter, nephew, ex-son-in-law, brother-in-law, niece-in-law are also Oscar winnersโ€ฆ
Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson's father-in-law (whom he never met) was Maj. Robert Cain, a recipient of the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest military honorโ€ฆ
Nicole Richie has singer Lionel Richie (adoptive father), Sheila E. (biological aunt) & Cameron Diaz (sister-in-law) as part of her familyโ€ฆ
William Proctor, the candlemaker from England, and James Gamble, the soapmaker from Ireland, became partners in 1837 after the suggestion of their mutual father in law. 20 years later sales hit $1 million. They now hold $138.35 billion in assets.โ€ฆ
It is against the law in Connecticut for a man to write love letters to a girl whose mother or father has forbidden the relationship.โ€ฆ
The father of Alaskan senator Mark Begich, Nick Begich (who was also an Alaskan politician), vanished when his plane disappeared with all its passengers in 1972. The accident prompted Congress to pass a law mandating emergency locator transmitters in all United States civil aircraft.โ€ฆ
Boxer Billy Conn had to postpone a fight with Joe Louise; after breaking his hand in a brawl against his Father-in-Law, former champion Greenfield Jimmie Smith.โ€ฆ
Christian IX of Denmark Was known as "The Father-in-law of Europe" because many of his children married into the ruling families of Europe.โ€ฆ
William Howard Taft's father upheld a law that would allow prohibition of Bible reading in schools (a fascinating 19th century school prayer dispute)โ€ฆ
Daniel Day Lewis convinced his father-in-law, Arthur Miller, to visit his institutionalized son who had been born with Downs Sydrome and had been sent away by Miller at a young age.โ€ฆ
Ed Mezvinsky, Chelsea Clinton's father-in-law sat in prison for a 10 million dollar Ponzi scheme.โ€ฆ
Former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos was in law school when he was convicted of murdering his father's political opponent. Marcos went on to pass the bar, represent himself in Supreme Court and successfully overturn his conviction.โ€ฆ
Daniel Day-Lewis' father-in-law was Arthur Miller, American playwright famous for The Crucible and Death of a Salesmanโ€ฆ
A Farmville addict stole from a blind man and killed his father-in-law in order to expand his virtual farmโ€ฆ
The Fifth Doctor is the 10th Doctor's father-in-lawโ€ฆ
Frederick Law Olmsted, popularly considered to be "the father of American landscape architecture," co-designed Central Park and Prospect Park in NYC and a hundred others in US and Canadaโ€ฆ
Andrew Lincoln's, Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead, father-in-law is Ian Anderson of Jethro Tullโ€ฆ
Kurt Vonnegut was once Geraldo Riveraโ€™s father-in-law. Geraldoโ€™s marriage to Edith Vonnegut ended in the mid-70s.โ€ฆ

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