Today I learned about the β€œThree Emperors Dinner.” A feast so elegant it is remembered 150 years later and a menu from the event remains in tact and on display at a French restaurant en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
Seagulls gather every summer to feast on swarms of flying ants as they emerge from their nests to mate (deemed as 'flying ant day'). The ants produce formic acid which can make the gulls feel 'drunk' bristolpost.co.uk/news/br…
On Halloween in Alaska Moose living near inhabited areas, such as Anchorage, feast on jack-o-lanterns in peoples front yards. State regulations prohibit the feeding of certain animals, including Moose, so if one is seen by enforcement agents snacking in your yard, you will receive a fine. alaskapublic.org/2012/10/…
Richard the Lionheart knighted his cook after one particularly memorable feast. Richard made him β€˜lord of the fief of the kitchen of the counts of Poitou’. In those days of little hygiene, the cook was an important member of a noble household because his mistakes could kill his employer. historyextra.com/period/m…
St. John of Egypt, whose feast day is today, spent most of his life in just three rooms in a cave. He would preach to crowds from a little window. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The sunfish can grow as big as a pickup truck and can carry up to 40 kinds of parasites. They let cleaner fish feast on the parasites. But some of the toughest parasites need to be removed by seagulls. The seagulls surgically cut into the fish's flesh to eat the most stubborn of parasites. youtu.be/U60obmWODLQ
Ancient Rome had a Great Religious Corporation that arranged feasts and public banquets at festivals and games. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epu…
Ancient Persians had a holiday celebrating the genocide of religious priests called the magi. They held a great feast called the β€œMagophonia,” and that during this feast all the Magi stayed home in order not to be killed iranicaonline.org/article…
[] Saint Valentine, a 3rd century Roman saint, was martyred and afterward celebrated with the Feast of Saint Valentine beginning on February 14th, 496 AD. He was historically associated with courtly love, but he is officially the patron saint of epilepsy. So, figure that one out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Gharials don't typically attack humans, but have been known to feast on human corpses in the Ganges River. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
The Red Wedding in Game of Thrones is based on a real event called The Black Dinner in which the ten-year-old King James II of Scotland invited Earl William Douglas and his younger brother to a feast, during which he had them seized, taken from the hall and murdered. scotsman.com/read-this/th…
Zoroastrians don't cremate or bury their dead, they put them in a structure called the Tower of Silence for scavenging birds to feast on. This is because Earth (Land) and fire are considered sacred in the religion. bbc.co.uk/religion/religi…
The "hallow" in Halloween refers to saints. Halloween is a contraction of "Hallows' Even" or "Hallows' Evening" and is the eve of Western Christian feast of All Hallow's Day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
In the early days, Indian Thali's were only reserved for Royalty. Emperors would feast on the bountiful meal that was offered to them by the villagers and servants. Thali's were known as the β€œrich mans” food and only the elite and rich would feast en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Hazelnuts are also known as "filberts", named after the feast day of French saint St. Philbert (August 20th) which is the peak harvest time for hazelnuts. seriouseats.com/2012/08/h…
Since World War II, every American president has brought a state visit to Mexico. The tradition begun in 1909, by President Taft. Taft’s meeting with Mexican President DΓ­az was the first official state visit to Mexico, leading to a gigantic feast and a failed assassination attempt roosevelt.nl/taft-diaz-me…
Mountain lions understand the concept of reciprocity. When one mountain lion allows another to feast on its kill, the other mountain lion returns the favor later on. peninsuladailynews.com/ne…
In the Middle Ages, Catholic women were prohibited from having sex on Sundays, Wednesdays, or Fridays, on feast days, while fasting for Lent or Advent or while "impure" (menstruation, pregnancy, 40 days after giving birth & while nursing). Everything but missionary position was considered sodomy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
Aug 26th is the Orthodox Christian feast day of Barlaam and Josaphat (aka Siddhartha Gautama, aka the BUDDHA). The story was written down and translated from Manichaean sources into greek by a Georgian monk telling of a Indian prince's conversion to Christianity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
January 14th is the Feast of the Ass. A Catholic feast day mostly celebrated in the Middle Ages that honors all asses in the Bible, especially the one that bore Mary and the baby Jesus into Egypt after the birth. thecompassnews.org/2013/0…
Romans didn't vomit during feasts, a vomitorium is a series of entrance or exit passages in an ancient Roman amphitheatre or theatre. theconversation.com/mythb…
, the Beaver Club was a dining club made mostly of Montreal's retired fur-trading Barons. They'd dress in golden finery, silks, and lace and tell stories of their survival in the wilderness over a grand feast. The reenactments of their canoeing prowess were highly destructive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
The word February is of Latin origin, from the word Februa, which means 'feast of purification' writingexplained.org/spel…
In medieval France there was a Christian feast day honoring Mary, Joseph, and Jesus' escape to Egypt. The day was called the Feast of the Ass, and included a woman and child riding on a donkey. It was celebrated on January 14. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fea…
NestlΓ© admitted that slave labor was involved in the production of its Fancy Feast catfood brand in Thailand. theguardian.com/sustainab…
Wild pigs are one of the most destructive animals in America causing more than $400mil damage a year in TX alone. They can dig 3' deep destoying crops and even feast on lambs, calves, sea turtle eggs, and everything in between. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Romans had an annual feast where they crucified dogs because around 390 BC Rome was overrun by the Gauls and the guard dogs had not warned them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
The Aghori are a cannibal tribe in India. They fish out dead humans and animals from the river Ganges to feast on their flesh. news.com.au/travel/travel…
Today I learned about the Tasier, an endangered nocturnal primate you could hold in your palm, with eyes so large that they can't be moved so instead move their heads like an owl, and feast on insects, reptiles like lizards and snakes, frogs, birds and even bats. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
A β€˜bean-feast’, demanded by Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a colloquial English term for a celebratory meal or party typically given to employees by their employer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
In 1183, while sultan Saladin was laying siege to a crusader Castle in modern Jordan, he instructed his catapults to avoid the tower of the newlyweds after receiving food from their feast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
Each year, the fountains of the U.S. Navy Memorial are salted with water from the Seven Seas in a ritual with ancient roots called "The Blessing of the Fleets." After the ceremony, attendants feast on traditional Navy Bean Soup. navymemorial.org/newsroom…
The Mongols once built a large wooden platform and forced six Russian princes to lay down underneath it. The Mongol generals then held a feast on the platform, crushing the Russians to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Baby koala's find eucalyptus leaves too toxic while they're growing so they feast on their mother's poop until they can handle the leaves pickle.nine.com.au/2015/0…
There is a species of bird which guides humans to beehives, so they can feast on the bee larvae after the human takes the honey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Today I learned of King Ingjald who, in honor of his ascension to the throne, invited the neighboring kings to a feast then vowed to enlarge his kingdom by half or else die. When the other leaders were drunk, Ingjald burned down the building and claimed their domains for himself, fulfilling his vow overnight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ing…
Santa Claus and Father Christmas were originally two separate characters, with the former visiting on the Feast of St. Nicholas and that latter visiting on Christmas theallusionist.org/allusi…
The 'Game of Throne' Red Wedding was based on a real Scottich event, named the 'Black Diner'. The king of Scotland reached out to make peace with his enemy, the Douglas Clan, so he offered safe passage and a great feast to the Earl of Douglas, to finally murder everybody after the feast. huffingtonpost.com/2013/0…
A sheriff once went to a feast hosted by a gentry, without bringing any money. The gentry was so impressed that he offered his daughter hand in marriage to the sheriff. The sheriff would later become the Emperor of China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
When Captain James Cook became the first European to set foot in Hawaii in 1779 his arrival coincided with an annual festival honouring a god. Since the natives had never seen white men or massive sailing ships like Cook’s, they assumed he was their deity and lavished him with feasts and gifts history.com/news/10-thing…
Harrison Ford was a cameraman for the only documentary made by The Doors called "Feast of Friends" (1970) and can be seen working with Jim Morrison and the band. i.stuff.co.nz/entertainme…
Harrison Ford had a brief stint as a cameraman. He was offered to fill the role of second camera/grip for a documentary about The Doors, called Feast of Friends, after director Paul Ferrara had hired him for carpentry work on his house. stuff.co.nz/entertainment…
The phrase "the writing on the wall", referring to impending doom, comes from the story of Belshazzar's feast in the Bible's book of Daniel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
Thanksgiving didn't become a national holiday until 200 years after the first feast. Sarah Joseph Hale (the writer of "Mary Had a Little Lamb") wrote letters for 17 years campaigning to make it a holiday. Abe Lincoln finally obliged. allparenting.com/my-life/…
The day after St. Valentine's Day is the feast of St. Faustino, patron saint of singles (and in some cases, cuckolds) deliciousitaly.com/lombar…
The word "Bridal" comes from the words "Bride-Ale" - one of a series of beers brewed to celebrate special occasions. Some sources state that it just referred to the wedding feast or celebration but there are enough sources and references that there is a strong connection to brewing. beerandbrewing.com/dictio…
A single adult blue whale can consume 36,000 kg of krill a day.Blue whales feast on krill; their stomachs can hold 2,200 pounds of the tiny crustaceans at a time. They require almost 9,000 pounds of the little guys a day. dinoanimals.com/animals/b…
Europeans settlers later decapitated the chief of the Native American tribe that had taught them how to grow crops and shared the first Thanksgiving feast. They displayed his head on a pike in town for 20 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wam…
The world's biggest bonfire is built every year for the Midsummer's Feast in Γ…lesund, Norway. This year they're aiming for a bonfire 45m high. gianthum.com/pallets-bonf…
It is not the Tryptophan in Turkey that makes us tired after a Thanksgiving feast but that the culprits are most likely excess carbs and alcohol. livescience.com/41543-tha…
Prince Philip, husband to Queen Elizabeth, is worshipped as a divine being by a tribe on the island of Tanna in the country of Vanuatu. The Yaohnanen tribe treasure official portraits of the Prince sent to them by Philip himself and hold feasts every year on his birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Astronauts still enjoy Thanksgiving feasts in space. The food just comes in packet form. blogs.discovermagazine.co…
The Buddha died after eating some bad pork at a feast ccbs.ntu.edu.tw/FULLTEXT/…
Ethiopia was referenced in the bible, twice in the Iliad, and three times in the Odyssey. Homer on Ethiopians: "Only yesterday Zeus went off to the Ocean River to feast with the Aethiopians, loyal, lordly men, and all of the gods went with him." department.monm.edu/class…
The common table knife is blunt and has a rounded tip due to King Louis XIV demanding the change to reduce bloodshed during feasts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tab…
In 1691, a group of Spanish explorers came upon the river and Native American settlement on June 13. As it was the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua, they named the place and river San Antonio in his honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Christmas originated from pagan holiday feasts that can be dated and found in pre-Christian Egypt. The actual holiday has no roots in the birth of Christ, but rather a residual homage to various pagan beliefs. (updated for the critics out there) realtruth.org/articles/16…
The first taco feast enjoyed by Europeans was a meal arranged for his captains by Hernan Cortes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…
At least 8 churches claimed to have Jesus's foreskin in the middle ages. After centuries of dispute, the Catholic church decreed in 1900 that anyone discussing the Holy Foreskin would be excommunicated. The Feast of the Circumcision of the Lord remained on the church calendar until 1960. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
A wasp lays eggs inside a spider which remains alive, and the larva brainwashes it into weaving the foundations of a cocoon. The zombified spider is then the larva's first feast. damninteresting.com/mind-…
In China, brains from still-live monkeys were consumed as part of a great feast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Today I learned of the Battle of the Kalka River between the Mongol Empire and Kievan Rus', which the Mongols won, killing over 60,000 enemy troops. In the aftermath, the Mongols buried alive the captive nobles and generals of the Rus' under the Mongol general's victory platform, which was used for a feast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Heinrich Himmler's daughter visited Dachau concentration camp in 1941 with family and friends. They had a feast and exchanged gifts. Today, she defends her father's actions and champions an organisation which provides support to arrested, condemned or fugitive former SS-members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gud…
Ancient Romans are said to have frozen asparagus in the Alps for the feast of Epicurious to eat it out-of-season, and the Emperor Augustus is said to have built a fleet of ships to transport asparagus around the Roman Empire. asparagus-lover.com/histo…
A KGB admin under Stalin was a serial rapist: "Beria was often driven slowly through the streets of Moscow in his armored limousine. He would point out young women to be detained and escorted to his mansion where wine and a feast awaited them." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lav…
Some traditional Catholics celebrate the "Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord" on January 1st and Bach composed several cantatas for this event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cir…
October 4th was chosen as World Animal Day because it's the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
The Mongol hordes, in 1223, executed the recently conquered Kievan nobles using the traditional caveat reserved for nobility: without shedding blood. They were buried and suffocated under the Mongol general's victory platform at the victory feast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The "Red Wedding" drew inspiration from the "Black Dinner," where the Scottish king invited the chieftains of a powerful clan to a feast. A black bull's head, the symbol of death, was served as the last course while a single drum was playing in the background, and the clan was murdered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
One of the biggest feasts ever served included 4 Porpoises, 104 Oxen, 8 Seals, and 400 Swans. It was for George Neville's coronation as Archbishop of York in 1466. books.google.ca/books?id=…
There is a species of large centipedes native to Texas the can grow up to 8-inches and they feast on lizards, toads, rodents, and snakes mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
In 1657, Samuel Pepys celebrated surviving kidney stone surgery– which involved sticking a metal needle down the penis, an incision btwn the anus and scrotum with two men prying out the stone with forceps, all while the patient was conscious– with a yearly feast called Stone's Feast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
There used to be a Flemish folk custom where, on Epiphany Day, the person able to find a bean hidden in a cake became king of the Feast, and then chose the most beautiful woman as queen. europeana.eu/portal/en/re…
In some Indian communities, when a girl menstruates for the first time, she is made to sit on a banana leaf and eat a raw egg while the extended family feasts and celebrates. birthingway.com/documents…
The tiny so called "Toothpick Fish" is able to enter the human penis, extend its spine to lock itself inside and feast from your blood. damninteresting.com/the-t…
The state flag of Louisiana features a mother pelican wounding her breast so that her young can feast on her blood. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/F…
The Pilgrims idea for Thanksgiving may have been inspired by a similar feast held in Leiden (modern day Netherlands) celebrating the end of a siege and the first shipment of food in nearly a year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
The Catholic Church denounced any New Year's celebrations as paganism. Ironically, as Christianity rolled through the world, the Catholic community devised other types of celebrations for the "Feast of Christ's Circumcision," which is observed the same as New Year's Eve and Day. 2020site.org/fun-facts/Ne…
Valentine's days roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15. Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day circa 496, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine's Day. infoplease.com/spot/valen…
The Italian town of Calcata paraded around what was to believed to be Jesus' foreskin every year on January 1st, in honor of the Feast of Circumcision. The practice ended when the jewel encrusted box it was in was stolen from the priest' home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
[] about Demodex folliculorum, a harmless mite that lives in the follicles of your lovely lashes while it feasts away on dead skin cells and old chunks of mascara. beestingbrose.blogspot.co…
Potlatch is a Native American tradition where hereditary leader hosts guests in their family's house and holds a feast. The guests demonstrate their wealth and prominence through giving away goods, the main purpose of this is the re-distribution and reciprocity of wealth. umista.org/masks_story/en…
December 6th is the feast day of St.Nicholas ( Santa Claus). Most famous for assaulting heretics and saving women from prostitution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
The bean feast sung about in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a real thing, not just the ramblings of a weird girl. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
While the western world observes November 11 as Remembrance Day or Veterans day, Germany is having a feast. german.about.com/library/…
There once lived a metre-long carnivorous platypus who would feast on turtles, frogs, and other platypi australiangeographic.com.…
The first taco feast experienced by Europeans was arranged by Conquistador HernΓ‘n CortΓ©s for him and his captains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…
The phrase "Nicky Nicky Nine Doors" comes from the Cornish Nickanan Night, a feast day where youths partake in minor mischief. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
March 17th is also the feast day for Saint Gertrude of Nivelles - the patron saint of cats. catholic.org/saints/saint…
The Chinese Emperor once enjoyed an imperial feast with 196 main dishes and 124 snack dishes, for a total of 320 dishes sampled over three days. Dishes included camel's hump, bear's paws, monkey's brains, ape's lips, leopard fetuses, rhinoceros tails and deer tendons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Party of the century: 1971 the Shah hosts world leaders in the ruins of Persepolis - a campsite made from 37km of silk, among thousands of imported trees filled with 50,000 European songbirds. They consume 2500 bottles of champagne and 30kg of caviar. The $200m, 5 hour+ feast is a world record. ealimentarium.ch/en/magaz…
King Richard’s Feast Of 1387 had among other things 1200 Pigeons,11,000 Eggs,120 Sheep’s Heads oakden.co.uk/king-richard…
A medieval, Christian feast was observed on January 14 to celebrate the Flight to Egypt known as Festum Asinorum or Feast of the Ass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fea…
Easter was originally a commemorative feast for the Germanic goddess Ostara en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ost…
The origin of the phrase "The Whole Megillah". Rather than the cartoon character the phrase refers to one of five books of the Old Testament which is read in its entirety at the feast of Purim (Jewish). worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-…
Today I learned of Zaduszki, a Polish tradition on All Souls Day to decorate graves with candles and to have a feast in cemeteries with deceased loved ones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zad…
The Virgin Mary has no less than 32 feast days in the Catholic Church en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Diamond Jim Brady didn't literally feast to death, but he did suffer from from Bright's disease, coronary artery disease, diabetes, gallstones, high blood pressure, inflammation of the prostate gland, and persistent and recurring urinary tract infections. nndb.com/people/472/00017…
Valentines Day was actually derived from a Roman feast called Lupercalis where the men whipped women to increase fertility. americanfamilytraditions.…
Some species of butterflies feast on decomposing meat, animal feces, and the liquefied insides of smaller insects. buzzle.com/articles/butte…

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