, in order to popularize potatoes in France, a pharmacist by the name of Antoine-Augustin Parmentier acquired a large plot of land from the king and hired guards to watch over them with instructions to allow thieves to get away. The plan worked and the potatoes helped fight off famine. farmersalmanac.com/parmen…
During WW2, Canada gave out buttons to people who tried to enlist but were refused due to medical reasons to show their willingness to fight. veterans.gc.ca/eng/rememb…
Many doctors have stopped calling cancer treatment a "fight" or "battle". They argue these terms misrepresent how treatment works and if treatments fail, the patient is left with guilt and a false belief they didn't "fight" hard enough. blogs.scientificamerican.…
While filming 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' (2017), Michael Keaton would whisper 'I'm Batman' to Tom Holland during fight scenes. "We have a fight in the movie and I punch him. He turns around and says [in a deep voice], β€˜I’m Batman.’ He kept doing Batman quotes on set” Holland said. batman-news.com/2017/01/1…
William Atherton who plays the lawyer Walter Peck in Ghostbusters was so hated that after the movie came out he was harassed on the street and challenged to fights in bars. ifc.com/2014/08/7-things-…
Multiple Star Wars lead actors have struggled with a habit of making their own sound effects for fight scenes to the point where numerous takes needed to re-shot because you could see the actors making lightsaber noises. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
A dog was once inducted as an official crew member of a Norwegian fighting ship during World War 2. The canine was known for breaking up fights amongst his crew-mates by putting his paws on their shoulders and calming them down. The much-loved dog was buried with full military honors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bam…
Today I learned of the primordial pouch: a skin flap on the stomach area of some cat breeds which appears regardless of weight; it helps to store energy when a cat goes a long period in between meals, and to protect vital organs when involved in fights. sepicat.com/primordial-po…
Texas law states that any two individuals who feel the need to fight can agree to mutual combat. georgeroland.com/when-ass…
Today I learned of the "Battle of London Airport" in 1948, where the officers of the "Flying Squad" learnt of a plot to steal bullion from the airport by drugging the guards. In response they replaced the guards and pretended to be drugged, then awoke leading to a violent fight with all criminals being caught airportstransfer.com/inde…
California prison inmates help fight forest fires. youtu.be/QLtsHbtuwNA
Boxer Tony Galento would avoid bathing before a fight so he could distract opponents with his body odor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote 23 sequels to Tarzan of the Apes. The ape-man discovers he is John Clayton, Lord of Greystoke, fights alongside Germans in WWI, finds a colony of Atlantis and the City of Gold, befriends a tribe of dog-sized humans, and has other bizarre adventures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Today I learned about Twenty-one: the Alpha of the largest wolfpack in history. Twenty-one never lost a fight, and was a gentle and empathic leader. He loved to wrestle with the pups and letting them win. "Twenty-one was the perfect wolf". theweek.com/articles/5776…
China's "Lost Army." Following the Chinese Civil War, a KMT army fled into Burma and continued to fight the CCP from there. To fund their war, they seized a Burmese province and turned it into narco-state. Some of these soldiers eventually formed some of Southeast Asia's first drug syndicates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuo…
Today I learned of the Flower wars, ritualistic wars fought between the Aztec Empire and neighboring states. Armies would meet at an agreed time and place and fight using only melee weapons. The (probable) purpose was to use the losers for human sacrifices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
During the Vietnam War, although 30-40K Americans dodged the draft in Canada, 30K Canadians volunteered to fight for the US in the Vietnam War. One even won the Congressional Medal of Honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Today I learned about William Breckinridge, a captain of the Confederacy who later renounced the views that led him to fight for them and became a racial equality advocate. He also represented blacks in court as a lawyer and was even noted by a black lawyer that he had helped many blacks in their law careers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Lisa Marie Presley the daughter of Elvis Presley threw Nicolas Cage’s $65,000 engagement ring into the ocean during a fight on his yacht. Cage hired professional divers to find the ring, but the ring was never recovered. nationalenquirer.com/mike…
Johnny Cash once got into a fight with an ostrich and lost. The ostrich broke two of his ribs and left him with a massive cut on his stomach. faroutmagazine.co.uk/john…
A man from Kansas challenged his wife from Iowa to a sword fight over custody dispute, asked the judge for a three-month delay in order to obtain Japanese samurai swords for combat, then was ordered to take a sanity test. nypost.com/2020/01/15/kan…
The original script for Fight Club was found to be 6 hours long in the initial reading. However, the film's creators managed to cut it down to 139 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fig…
Johann Trollmann who was a gypsy boxing champion put in a labour camp in Nazi Germany, was forced to fight against a feared ex-criminal and prison guard and won despite being malnourished and exhausted. The still bitter prison guard sought revenge by murdering Johann with a shovel later. fightland.vice.com/blog/g…
Maya Moore, the best women’s basketball player in the world, retired early to fight for criminal justice reform. She helped overturn a wrongly convicted man who served 22 years of a 50-year sentence. His name is Jonathan Irons. time.com/5770359/wnba-may…
West Point banned an annual pillow fight held by first year cadets after it devolved into a β€œbloody clash” in 2015. 30 people were injured, 24 of them had concussions. A report said upper-class cadets did not take proper control of the fight to ensure the safety of first years. militarytimes.com/news/yo…
In 1861, the Japanese created an illustrated history of the United States called Osanaetoki Bankokubanashi (β€œChildren’s Illustrated Tales from 10,000 Countries”) which is a mythology of bizarre tales about the country, including John Adams and his fight against a giant serpent nextshark.com/japanese-bo…
Today I learned of Operation Wikinger, where in February of 1940, because of poor communication between the German Kreigsmarine and the Luftwaffe, there was an intense fight between them, resulting in the loss of 578 German sailors and 2 destroyers despite there being no Allied forces anywhere near the battle wikipedia.org/wiki/Operat…
In August 1914, the British headed to Belgium to fight the Germans, commanded by an Irishman named French en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 1999 there was a week long fight between lions and hyenas in Ethiopia, that led to the deaths of 6 lions and 30 hyenas, with the military being called in. deseret.com/platform/amp/…
Bulls are colorblind, and can't see the color red, it is the movement that angers them during matador fights. The reason behind the color red is so that the blood spilled is less visible. businessinsider.com/why-b…
Today I learned about the phrase "If it's black, fight back. If it's brown, lay down". It tells you how to behave if attacked by a bear. Often "If it's white, say goodnight" is added, regarding the dangerousness of polar bears. Though apparently it depends on the situation, it can be used as a rule of thumb. nps.gov/subjects/bears/sa…
Today I learned about the Gaesatae, a group of Gaulish mercenaries hired to fight the Romans in 225 BC. The Gaesatae fought naked to intimidate their foes, but their small shields offered little protection against Roman javelins, and they were driven back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gae…
Bill Murray and Chevy Chase got into a fist-fight in John Belushi's dressing room when Chase returned to host SNL where Belushi acted as referee. yahoo.com/entertainment/c…
Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury struggled w/drug addiction & mental health issues for years. When he first fought Deontay Wilder in 2018, Fury donated his entire $9 million purse from the fight to charities that specialize in providing housing for recovering alcoholics and addicts goodnewsnetwork.org/boxer…
Great Depression author John Steinbeck was so enchanted by the Vietnam War that at age 65 he flew to Vietnam and talked an officer into letting him fight for one day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The creator of Bum Fights was asked onto the Dr. Phil Show. He dressed up just like him and exposed Dr. Phil for being guilty of the same exact thing, exploitation of the challenged for monetary gain. youtu.be/qT76-_e0S_g
During WW2 the British entertained the idea of building an aircraft carrier out of ice and wood pulp in order to fight German U-boats. They scrapped the idea after realizing they could just make airplanes fly farther instead. One admiral was accidentally shot during the development process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
In 1714, a Norwegian captain and an English captain had a 14-hour long ship fight. Afterwards, both ships were badly damaged and the Norwegian captain was running out of ammo. He sent an envoy to the English ship, asking if he could borrow some of their ammo. They said no. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Today I learned of underground cock-fighting arenas in Miami, Fl. Rings included small boxes with glass windows that dramatically lowered the competing cocks into the arena at the start of fights. A cock-fighting referee was even murdered at one, a pouch of ref equipment hanging from his neck. oxygen.com/crime-time/mur…
Singapore will pay couples the equivalent of $120,000 to have 2 babies. It’s called a baby bonus and it’s meant to fight the quickly dropping fertility rate in the country. youtu.be/2wTk8WHoFXw
The word "underdog" comes from the 19th century term for the losing dog in a dog fight grammarist.com/idiom/unde…
Contact Tracing has been used to fight epidemics since 1854 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Late last year, the Army launched an accelerated effort into training and equipping 26 of its 31 active combat brigades to fight in large-scale subterranean facilities that exist beneath dense urban areas around the world. military.com/daily-news/2…
Ernesto Miranda, made famous as the namesake of Miranda rights, was retried and convicted in a court of law, released and later stabbed and killed in a bar fight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern…
The 101st Airborne was nicknamed "The Chicken Men" by the NVA and the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War because the Eagle insignia looks like a Chicken. North Vietnamese commander was warned to not fight with the "The Chicken Men", because you will surely lose the battle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/101…
Today I learned of a NES video game called Holy Diver (1989), in which Emperor Ronnie IV entrusts his two sons, Randy and Zakk, to Ozzy, to learn magic so they can fight The Black Slayer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
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…
In June 1947 Sugar Ray Robinson defeated Jimmy Doyle with a knockout that resulted in his death. Prior to the fight, Robinson dreamt that he would kill Doyle and unsuccessfully tried to have the fight canceled scrapdigest.com/sugar-ray…
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…
Boxing star Tommy Morrison at the age of 13 got a fake ID and started fighting in β€œtough man” competitions in which you needed to be 21 to enter. He only lost one of those fights. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_…
Kangaroo β€œboxing”, in a serious fight, is really the kangaroo grappling for an opening to deliver a powerful kick with its sharp-clawed hind legs. Male kangaroos have thick belly skin to protect against this punishment. But it could easily eviscerate a human. echidnawalkabout.com.au/h…
Today I learned about Virophages, small virus-like particles that hijack the reproductive process of larger viruses for their own reproduction, and in the process sometimes deactivate the larger virus and help fight infections en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
On the coast of Northern Ireland, there is a plateau of basalt slabs called the Giant's Causeway, a result of lava contracting and fracturing as it cooled. There is also a mythical explanation for its origins that details a fight between two giants from Ireland and Scotland youtu.be/aQbyVYUob1o
To fight a communist insurgency in the Philippines, a CIA operative would drain the blood from captured enemy soldiers through two holes in their neck and leave the corpse to be found to spread rumors of vampire (aswang) attacks. ripleys.com/weird-news/fa…
Johnny Cash had a fight with an ostrich in an exotic animal refuge he kept near his Tennessee home. The incident left Cash with five broken ribs and a gaping stomach wound. He ended up taking prescription pain killers that caused a 2-year relapse into his alcohol and amphetamine addiction. midnightpulp.com/todays-h…
Multiple Star Wars lead actors have struggled with a habit of making their own sound effects for fight scenes - to the point where multiple takes needed to be re-shot because you could see the actors making lightsaber noises. mashable.com/2018/03/13/l…
In 1775, Mass. farmer Samuel Whittemore, 78 and alone, fired upon British soldiers killing 3. Now out of ammo, he drew his sword to continue the fight. He was shot in the face, bayoneted multiple times, and left for dead. When found, he was trying to reload his musket. He died 18 years later. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
We are designed to create stories as soon as we have enough informations available. The heider-Simmel illusion is a perfect example of it, as we only see triangles, lines and a circle, but still understand it as "a good one helping a circle to escape from the bad triangle after a fight". youtu.be/8FIEZXMUM2I
Last duel to occur between politicians in France occurred in 1967 between RenΓ© RibiΓ¨re and Gaston Defferre after Gaston insulted RenΓ© at French parliament and RenΓ© challenged Gaston to a sword fight. RenΓ© lost en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
UFC1 had no weight classes and just 3 rules - no biting, eye gouging, or groin shots. There was no time limit and the winner, Royce Gracie, had to fight 3 guys in the same day on November 12, 1993, to win. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFC…
On the Friday that Fight Club was released theatrically in the US, Rosie O'Donnell revealed on her TV show that she had already seen it while urging her viewers not to watch it and spoiling the ending. hollywoodreporter.com/amp…
Before the WWII Battle of Okinawa, the Japanese military forced Okinawan boys as young as 14 to fight against the US invasion. They weren't expected to win so the boys were given suicide missions. The only weapon most were given were 2 grenades - one for the US solders the other for themselves. ww2awartobewon.com/wwii-a…
During WW2, because Ireland remained neutral during the conflict, many Irish soldiers deserted and joined Britain's military to fight the Nazis. Ireland deprived these soldiers of pension, unemployment benefits, and public sector jobs (for 7 years) as punishment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iri…
There is a toxic lake in Butte- MT, which was an old mining site now filled with toxic waters. Scientists have found use of this lake in researching about microbes which thrive in these extreme conditions, helping our fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria and diseases like cancer cen.acs.org/biological-ch…
The same man was fight choreographer for The Princess Bride, Highlander, Lord of the Rings, The Mask of Zorro , and more. He was also a stunt double for Darth Vader's lightsaber battles in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. His name was Bob Anderson. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
World's largest pillow fight involved 7,681 participants in Minnesota. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned of the "Malice at the Palace", a 2004 fight between the NBA Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons as well as fans that resulted in nine players being suspended and five charged with assault, as well as five fans also facing assault charges and being banned from attending Pistons games for life en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac…
George Miller, an M.D. at the time, was inspired to make Mad Max (1979) when he witnessed fights break out during a gas shortage in Australia. He assumed in the future nations would not implement infrastructure for renewable energy until it was too late and this could lead to a dystopia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
The difference between David Bowie's eyes is caused by Anisocoria ( a condition where the pupils are two different sizes) which developed after Bowie got punched in the eye, in a fight over a girl when he was 15. allabouteyes.com/anisocor…
Commodus, a Roman emperor often portrayed in media as vile and cruel, would shoot hundreds of animals with arrows and javelins every morning, and fought as a gladiator every afternoon, winning all the fights. He was strangled by his wrestler partner and declared a public enemy post death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Despite being 23 kg (50 lbs), medieval knight armo(u)r is actually not as stiff as often portrayed and quite flexible. A Knight would be able to run full speed in it, fight with the dexterity of a common soldier and even perform acrobatics. youtu.be/qzTwBQniLSc
Twelve year old Calvin Leon Graham (April 3, 1930 – November 6, 1992) was the youngest U.S. serviceman to serve and fight during World War II. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the United States NAVY at the age of 12 on August 15th, 1942. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
In the mandrill species, if a beta male wins a fight, then it gradually transforms into an alpha male - gaining larger testicles, more colorful skin, and the ability to produce offspring with females. If an alpha male loses a fight, then the reverse happens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
In 2005 Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili fired all of the traffic police in his country, cutting 25,000 to 30,000 police from the payroll to fight corruption. He also increased the minimum weekly salary from $30-$40 to around $400 for the new officers. tandfonline.com/doi/abs/1…
Nicolas Cage once donated $2 million to Amnesty International for them to use to offer rehabilitation shelters, medical services and psychological and reintegration services to some of the 300,000 children forced to fight in conflicts across the world. digitalspy.com/showbiz/a3…
Nagoro village in Japan has only 27 human residents but is also populated by over 200 life-sized dolls. 69 year old Tsukimi Ayano makes these dolls to fight loneliness, leaving them in scenarios of daily life e.g. child dolls in the local school since no one under 55 is left in the village. straitstimes.com/asia/eas…
Other than huge global sports events like the Olympics and FIFA World Cups, the most watched television broadcasts of all time have been Muhammad Ali boxing matches, with the Ali-Spinks 1978 fight topping the list. He regularly drew global television audiences in the 70s and 80s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of Greek Jewish boxer and prisoner of Auschwitz, Salamo Arouch. He was forced to fight other prisoners for the guards entertainment. Losers of these fights were sent to the gas chambers. Salamo survived 2 years and won over 200 bouts, eventually being released when the camp was liberated. nytimes.com/2009/05/04/wo…
"Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk's short story "Guts" made people faint at his book readings. youtu.be/qX2BpC3irXM
The chronology of fights between Mohammad Ali and Frazier didn't limit to just 3 matches rather there was a fourth match between Ali's and Frazier's daughters in which Ali's daughter won. facttech.com
Admiral Lord Nelson, famous for his victory (and death) at the Battle of Trafalgar, attempted to hunt a polar bear in the Arctic at the age of 14. His musket misfired and he had to fight the now angry bear with the musket butt until a rift in the ice separated them. thetrafalgarway.org/blog/…
The beak like mask which the black plague doctors wore was actually filled with sweet smelling substances usually Lavander; It's purpose was to aid with the smell of rot and decay and second, they believed that good smell would help them fight Black plague, which they believed it to be airborne. wikipedia.org/wiki/Plague…
Boxer James Scott was a potential light heavyweight champion while in Rahway State Prison. Three of his professional fights were televised from inside the prison. tss.ib.tv/boxing/featured…
Xu Xiaodong a Chinese MMA who is known for taking down fake martial artists gained fame online. There was significant backlash on social media, banned from organising tournaments, sued and lowered social credit rating. Still win a fight after travel 36hours to fight and wear a clown makeup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xu_…
Deer antlers grow more like bone cancer cells than like regular cells. However, deer have one-fifth the cancer rate of other mammals. This could lead to new ways to fight cancer. sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
Beloved WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle was responsible for military troops receiving higher pay when in combat. Pyle felt that ground troops were at equal risk as airmen and that 'flight pay' should extend to 'fight pay'. It became the Ernie Pyle bill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern…
Muhammed Ali's Rumble in the Jungle was financed by Mobutu's plundering of Congo, and took place in the Stade du 20 Mai (20th of May Stadium) that was often used for torture and executions, and allegedly cleaned of blood the day before the fight abcnews.go.com/Sports/rum…
Frank Dux made up his past life, including winning the "kumite", a secret gathering of the best warriors from different combat styles(and knowing the death touch), which then led to Bloodsport(he was the fight coordinator), launching JCVD's career and inspiring Mortal Kombat and the UFC. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The Polish Beer-Lovers' Party was a satirical Polish political party, whose goal was to promote cultural beer-drinking in English-style pubs instead of vodka and thus fight alcoholism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Dan Rather got in a fight with a cop at the 1968 Democratic Convention youtu.be/ddrKLqpH5AA
In 2014 a Judge went and challangd to fight an attorney outside and walked back in alone nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Ernesto Miranda's supreme court case led to the Miranda rights (β€œyou have the right to remain silent...”). Miranda himself was later killed in a bar fight. His killer got away with it... because he chose to remain silent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
During the Civil War the king of Siam (now known as Thailand) offered Lincoln war elephants to help fight the confederates. Lincoln respectfully declined. foxnews.com/world/lincoln…
The flag of West Virginia is the only US State flag with crossed rifles, meant to illustrate the importance of the state's fight for liberty during the Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
There's a Starbucks cup visible in every scene of the movie Fight Club. Talk about Mischief, Mayhem and Soap. telegraph.co.uk/films/0/m…
During WW1 the british army created β€œPals Battalions” which let men fight alongside their friends, neighbours and colleagues. The objective of these battalions were so soldiers would fight harder and keep each others spirits up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Branford Marsalis played saxophone on Public Enemy's Fight the Power en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fig…
During World War I, a series of wolf attacks made Russian and German soldiers team up to fight wolves. After seeing wolves attack wounded soldiers and children, the commanders on both sides signed a temporary armistice, and killed hundreds of wolves. They then resumed fighting each other. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned about Bolivian festival Tinku. During this ritual, men and women from different communities will meet and begin the festivities by dancing. The women will then form circles and begin chanting while the men proceed to fight each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
Today I learned about a woman born without a vagina that gave oral sex before a knife fight, was impregnated by a stab wound from the knife, and gave birth to a baby boy via c-section. discovermagazine.com/the-…

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