Dave Grohl wrote and recorded an entire album by himself, singing and playing each instrument in the studio. He chose the name Foo Fighters to hide his identity. After a record label picked it up he needed to recruit members to perform the songs live. Thus the Foo Fighters were created. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
There is a Chinese MMA fighter challenging and taking out Chinese martial arts "masters" inkstonenews.com/society/…
An Algerian Muslim saved over 500 Jews and Resistance fighters during WWII by providing false papers stating they were Muslim. thehistoryreader.com/hist…
In 1985, while conducting Concorde's trial test flights, BA offered NATO to exercise on intercepting a fly-high supersonic bomber. all modern fighters, including F14, F15 and F16, failed to reach their target, except the 1950's EE Lightning, who intercepted the Concorde with ease. lightning.org.uk/oct04sot…
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…
The movie Die Hard was based on a book "Nothing Lasts Forever" where the main character is depicted as a disturbed hero from his Second World War fighter pilot days, and it is hinted that if he never got involved, fewer people might have been killed. At the end, he likely dies from his wounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not…
An Iranian F-4 Phantom was attempting to shoot down a drone. The drone was being escorted by an F-22 Raptor which is a stealth fighter. The F-22 flew underneath the F-4 to examine it's munitions all without the F-4 noticing. The F-22 then told the F-4 "you really ought to go home", and it did. nationalinterest.org/blog…
Today I learned about Aleksey Maresyev, a double amputee Russian fighter pilot in WWII. In 1942 his plane was shot down and his legs were so badly injured, he crawled for 18 days to return to the base where his legs were amputated. Despite that he returned to flying by 1943 and completed over 80 air combats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The aircraft manufacturer Northrop Grumman, who built iconic fighter aircraft such as the F6F Hellcat, A-6 Intruder, and the well known and forever popular F-14 Tomcat, won a contract from the US government to mass produce the Grumman LLV, A.K.A. The USPS Postal Truck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gru…
During the Vietnam War one damaged American F-4 Phantom fighter pushed another damaged F-4 away from certain capture by resting the second airplane’s tail hook onto his own cockpit glass and pushing him to a safer location before both crews bailed out and were rescued the next day. sierrahotel.net/blogs/new…
A French man was surprised by his colleagues with a free ride in a French Air Force fighter jet going 870 mph (but had never said he wanted such a ride). He panicked, accidentally grabbed the ejector button and ejected himself at 2,500 ft altitude. He parachuted safely to to the ground. cnn.com/travel/article/fr…
In 1956, F-11 Tiger fighter plane shot itself down because the plane was literally going faster than its own gunfire. navytimes.com/news/your-n…
Today I learned of the top 200 WW2 Fighter 'aces', 195 of them were German. The other 5 were made up of 3 Japanse and 2 Finnish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about Jarrod Wyatt, an MMA fighter who ripped out a friend's heart and tongue after drinking psychedelic mushroom water. He said he thought his friend had turned into the devil and we was saving the world...he was sentenced in 2010 to life with a minimum of 50 years served. cbsnews.com/news/jarrod-w…
Muay Thai fighters would deaden the nerves in their shins, and train so that their shins would be rock hard with no feelings while fighting. youtube.com/watch?time_co…
Gen. Chuck Yeager, a WWII fighter ace, the first human ever to break the speed of sound and considered the greatest test pilot of his generation, is still alive. The last time he surpassed Mach 1 was in 2012, when he was just 89 years old. edition.cnn.com/2013/01/3…
The Japanese Zero fighter plane was named from the last digit of the Japanese Imperial year 2600 when it entered service en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mit…
During a 2006-2007 tour of Afghanistan one Royal Marine sniper managed to kill over 90 Taliban fighters in just one day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
British childrens' author Roald Dahl was a fighter pilot during World War Two and shot down five Axis aircraft over Greece and North Africa, qualifying him as a fighter ace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roa…
Former Ugandan president Idi Amin asked Japan's government to loan him Kamikaze fighters in order to use them against the Tanzanians during the, 1979 Air campaign of the Uganda–Tanzania War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
The first documented same-sex marriage in the Philippines is between two guerrilla fighters Ka Jose and Ka Andres, members of New People's Army, a communist organization. workers.org/2005/world/np…
Legendary crime fighter Eliot Ness was promised by Al Capone that $2,000 would be on his desk every Monday morning if he turned a blind eye to his gang's bootlegging activities ( $33,000 a week in 2018 adjusting for inflation). Ness refused the bribe, was penniless when he died in 1957. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
In 2016, boxing promoter John Carden scheduled a boxing match between a pro fighter with 10 matches under his belt and an intellectually disabled man who had never been in a boxing ring before. It was stopped after two rounds. boxinginsider.com/columns…
The first female fighter pilot in the world was Sabiha GΓΆkΓ§en, adopted daughter of Mustafa Kemal AtatΓΌrk, founder of modern Turkey. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabiha…
Today I learned of Hannie Schaft, a WWII Dutch resistance fighter known as β€œthe girl with the red hair”. She carried out assassinations and sabotages, but once refused to kidnap the children of a Nazi official. At her execution, she was shot and injured and taunted her killers by saying β€œI shoot better”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Olivia de Havilland's cousin was Geoffrey de Havilland, designer of the famous Mosquito fighter-bomber en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Roald Dahl was a fighter pilot in WWII rafbf.org/news-and-blogs/…
The band Foo Fighters was named after the term foo fighter which was used by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II to describe various UFOs or mysterious aerial phenomena seen in the skies over both the European and Pacific theaters of operations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
Dalmatians are associated with Fire Fighters because they were originally used as sirens. Dating back to the 1800s, they could keep up with the horse drawn carriages and warn people they are coming as well as scare off anything that would spook the horses. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
The United States Airforce Thunderbirds Demonstration Squadron, are part of the USAF combat force and can be rapidly integrated into an operational fighter unit and be combat ready in less than 72 hours if the need arises. af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Shee…
After a Taliban fighter successfully shot down an American CH-47D Chinook, he bragged about it over his radio. Signals Intelligence was able to determine who had made the call and after only 2 days, an F-16, a C-130, and two Apache Gunships killed him and 5 others using their combined firepower. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Monster Hunter World is Capcom’s best selling game, passing even Resident Evil and Street Fighter capcom.co.jp/ir/english/f…
Today I learned about Wu Lien-Teh, β€œThe Plague Fighter,” a doctor who developed thicker, more substantial masks to be used against the pneumonic plague in Manchuria during 1910-1911. Dr. Wu identified the bacteria as airborne, and successfully contained the plague; the epidemic ended after 7 months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_…
Today I learned of Medieval Chinese "Biaoju" (Security Company). Founded by peasant fighters, ex-military men entering lucrative private sector, and even ex-bandits, they provided bodyguard/escort and detective services to clients (usually travelling merchants) for a fee. The last Biaoju closed in 1920. researchgate.net/publicat…
Today I learned about a vigilante from the 1970s who called himself captain sticky. He was a peanut butter and jelly themed crime fighter who had a car that squirted PB&J from the front that he would use to stop kids from stealing hub caps and making graffiti. He later started targeting shady businesses. nightflight.com/meet-capt…
The success World War II fighter ace Douglas Bader was put down to him having lost his legs in an aerobatics accident before the war, which allowed him to pull higher g-forces in combat turns without blacking out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
The Italians almost made a jet fighter prototype in WW2 developed from their N1 experimental craft, though under a mixed piston/jet power. A single prototype was under production and it is unknown what happened to it or if it was completed at all en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Today I learned of Charles MCGEE a retired American fighter pilot who saw combat missions in World War II, Korean War, & Vietnam making him one of the longest active duty air force pilots in history(spanning 30 years). He is also one of the last living tuskegee airmen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Yoko Shimomura, creator of the famous β€œGuile’s Theme” from Street Fighter II, wrote a nocturne in dedication to the rap artist XXXTentacion after he passed. youtu.be/1pnYtkjx5HE
MMA fighter Ronda Rousey is of English, Polish, Trinidadian & Venezuelan descent. Her Trinidadian great-grandfather was one of the first black doctors in Canada & her English-American mother holds a PhD & won the World Judo Championship in 1984. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
The engine that powers the MiG 21 fighter jet can, in an emergency, provide 143% of maximum thrust for two minutes before it explodes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tum…
Between 1967 and 1989 East Germany sent a massive amount of arms to ANYONE at war with Israel - to the tune of three quarters of a million Klashnikovs, 120 MiG fighters, 180,000 anti-personell mines, 235,000 grenades; 25,000 RPG launchers; and 25 million cartridges of varying sizes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Und…
Today I learned about Amanda "Powerhouse" Lucas, George Lucas' eldest daughter. She was a professional MMA fighter for six years until she retired to start a family. Lucas had bit parts in all three of the Star Wars prequel movies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
The co-creator of Street Fighter, Takashi Nishiyama, also created and produced titles such as Moon Patrol, Kung Fu Master, Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting and The King of Fighters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
In 2018 β€œOne of the four greatest wing chun masters” challenged an MMA fighter during live broadcast television in China. However, despite being knocked down 6 times in a row by the MMA fighter the fight was considered a draw by the referee scmp.com/sport/martial-ar…
Elvis Presley stopped a mugging 53 days before he died. He’d been passing by a gas station in his limo when he saw two men beating up a teen. He got out, assumed a karate stance and challenged the fighters to take him on. They were so thrilled that they stopped immediately. eu.jsonline.com/story/new…
In WW2, the first operational jet fighter, the deadly German Me 262s, were too fast for the Allied fighters, so the allies would follow the jets back to their base, then attack them on their landing approach, when they were travelling slowly, and incapable of rapid acceleration. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
Due to a software glitch, in February 2007 six USAF F-22 fighter aircraft had their systems simultaneously crash mid-flight when they flew over the international date line. washingtonexaminer.com/we…
Today I learned about the Lippisch P.13a, an experimental coal-powered jet fighter designed for Nazi Germany as a result of fuel shortages toward the end of WWII en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lip…
When the Soviet military shot down Gary Powers' U2 spy plane, they also shot down one of their own MiG fighters with the same missile salvo. aviationweek.com/defense-…
Today I learned about Ahmet Ali Γ‡elikten, an Ottoman-born aviator who is considered the first black fighter pilot in history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahm…
Ted Williams, baseball hall of famer, last to hit .400 in a season, flew fighter jets in the Korean War. He survived a belly landing that enflamed his F9F Panther, and half of his missions he flew as John Glenn’s (first American to orbit earth) wingman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
UFC fighters actually weigh much more in their daily lives than in the weight classes they compete in. They use extreme weight manipulation to lose 15-20 lbs. in 5 days before the weigh in, and then gain all that weight back in the 24 hrs before the fight. Including GSP and Silva. tim.blog/2013/05/06/how-t…
A civilian who went on a fly-along aboard a French Air Force Rafale B fighter jet was accidentally ejected during flight. He survived with back injuries and the pilot managed to land the jet with minor injuries to his hands from broken canopy glass but the cause of the error is unknown. militarytimes.com/off-dut…
A Royal Navy Sea Harrier once did an emergency landing on a Spanish Cargo ship and the crew claimed the fighter jet as legitimate salvage theaviationgeekclub.com/t…
The Air Force recently invented underwear for fighter pilots that automatically detects urine and flushes it into a sack where it freezes the urine for disposal after the flight, solving a major problem of inflight peeing. popularmechanics.com/mili…
In World War II, a few engineers wanted to reinforce the (returned) fighter planes where most of the bullet holes were. Mr. Abraham Wald then said: Let's reinforce them where no bullet holes are instead - because apparently, airplanes hit in these spots did NOT return. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
During the Korean War, hundreds of American pilots fought and died in a hot aerial war with the Soviet Union, which flew 75% of all fighter missions in support of North Korea. This was kept secret by both countries until the end of the Cold War to avoid pressure for confrontation. questia.com/read/1P3-4369…
In 2008 Foo Fighters held a Charity concert for the HIV-denialist group "Alive&Well". In private footage Grohl is seen with founder of the organization Christine Maggiore and Shiflett speaking in support of the Organization. Maggiore died in 2008 of suspected AIDS-related pneumonia. youtube.com/watch?v=XCFPw…
Dave Grohl, band member from Foo Fighters, broke his leg at the beginning of a concert at Sweden in 2015 and still came back to finish the show while a doctor held his leg for almost three hours straight. youtu.be/q7tRZlFIxWo
Today I learned about Manfred von Richtofen aka the Red Baron . The baron was a fighter pilot with the German Air Force during WW1. He is considered the ace-of-aces of the war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories. history.com/topics/world-…
There once lived a species of pterodactyl dubbed Cryodrakon boreas, which translates to "frozen dragon of the north wind," that had a wingspan of 33 feet, about as wide as an F-16 fighter jet. nbcnews.com/mach/science/…
Today I learned of No Kum-sok, a North Korean pilot who defected in his MiG-15, allowing the Wests first look at the fighter. As part of Operation Moolah, he was given $100k and later became a US Citizen and aeronautical engineer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_…
In 1943 the USS Robin was actually the Royal Navy carrier HMS Victorious tasked with working with the USS Saratoga in the Pacific until new US carriers could replace war losses. They cooperated the extent that US fighters were based on the Victorious and UK bombers were based on the Saratoga. usnhistory.navylive.dodli…
In 2017 a Canadian Joint Task Force 2 sniper breaks longest confirmed kill record with 3450 metre shot. The bullet was fired from a McMillan TAC-50 rifle set on a high-rise tower and took 10 seconds to travel towards the fighter. kurdistan24.net/en/news/a…
In 1970, a fighter pilot was forced to eject during a training mission. His plane, however, righted itself and continued flying for miles, finally touching down gently in a farmer's field. It earned the nickname "The Cornfield Bomber." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
During the Korean War, English-born John Koelsch was the first helicopter pilot awarded the Medal of Honor (posthumously) for volunteering to rescue a downed Marine without a fighter escort. He, his crew, and the pilot were all captured, yet Koelsch never broke despite dying in captivity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The 1980 comedy "Airplane!" is a remake of the 1957 drama "Zero Hour!" Both are about a guilt-stricken fighter pilot who called upon to land a plane after the crew and several passengers fall ill after eating fish. Many of the lines in "Airplane!" were taken verbatim from "Zero Hour!" youtube.com/watch?v=-BjU-…
A U.S. stealth fighter was shot down in 1999 by Serbians using a missile system from the early 1960s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-1…
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. spent roughly $3 million each year on weather modification campaigns designed to draw out the monsoon season and even one campaign involved an attempt to flood the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the main route that enemy fighters were using to deliver their supplies. finance.yahoo.com/news/ch…
In 1989 a Russian fighter jet pilot had to eject from his airplane causing the aircraft to fly pilotless over Western Europe and crashed into a solitary house in Belgium killing a 19-year old man that was taking a nap for his finals rbth.com/history/330613-r…
The first British jet fighter, the Meteor, killed more British pilots in accidents (450) than the Germans did in the Battle of Britain (407). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glo…
The Abraham Lincoln Battalion was a group of American fighters in the Spanish Civil War, including a vaudeville acrobat, a rabbi, and the first African-American ever to lead white troops into battle. history.com/news/7-things…
The street Fighter movie had: spent 22% of the budget casting Jean-Claude Van Damme, a script written in one night, Kylie Minogue shoehorned in as Cammy by the Australian Actors' Guild, M. Bison with terminal cancer; which caused rushed fight training sometimes just hours before a scene was shot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Today I learned about the business of β€œAdversary Air Support” in which a contractor has their own fleet of fighter jets that fly against U.S. military fighter pilots, replicating aerial threats from potential enemy nations. thedrive.com/the-war-zone…
1,000 Italian rockers simultaneously played Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly to impress the band and convince them to come to Cesena, Italy to play a concert. Dave Grohl was impressed by this effort and performed a full concert in Cesena for these 1,000 people 3 months later. billboard.com/articles/co…
Today I learned of Lydia Litvyak, The Jewish Soviet Fighter Ace. During WWII she claimed 14 kills, trained 45 pilots, and shot down an ace who wouldn't believe a woman beat him until she described the fight. She went missing on a flight Just before she was to receive the award "Hero of the Soviet Union" disciplesofflight.com/fir…
Luftwaffe pilot Paul Ratz was flying his fw190 fighter near St. Petersburg during ww2 and was shot down. His plane was found years later in a forest and has been restored to flying order since. warhistoryonline.com/whot…
After History Channel launched a show called Human Weapon the Discovery Channel aired a copycat show called Fight Quest. Discovery hired an MMA fighter who had defeated the host of History Channel’s show. mixedmartialarts.com/foru…
A RAF maintenance worker accidentally took flight in the fastest jet fighter in the RAF at the time, without a canopy or ejector. youtu.be/W4d7VKvG1z0
The USAF used to have a squadron equipped with Soviet fighter jets to simulate dogfights against Soviet pilots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/447…
Today I learned about Smoky the Yorkie, a pet dog to soldiers in the south pacific, weighing 4lbs, who kept operational 40 United States fighters by running a wire tied to her collar through a 6in pipe, completing a 3 day construction job in minutes. Also had 10 recognized combat flights, 8 combat stars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
Fire Fighters get paid $200,000+ per year in total compensation in many cities in Nevada transparentnevada.com/sal…
When actor Raul Julia was terminally ill, he decided that his last performance would be as the villain in Street Fighter, as his children were fans of the game it was based on. The movie received terrible reviews, but Julia's performance was critically acclaimed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ra%…
Sabiha GΓΆkΓ§en, one of the 13 children adopted by Mustafa Kemal AtatΓΌrk, became at the age of 23 the world's first female fighter pilot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sab…
British and American fighter pilots in WW1 weren’t given parachutes due being seen as cowardly and other implications. eastsussexww1.org.uk/dont…
Farah Karim, a protagonist in the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare video game, is based on a Kurdish Freedom Fighter unit from Syria known as the Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) which are mostly all women based fighter that fight for what they believe in. kurdistan24.net/en/news/7…
During WWII, the British mounted anti-tank guns in Mosquito fighter airplanes and used them to shoot holes in U-boats, as well as attack enemy aircraft. One shot tore the engine off a Junkers Ju 88. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_…
Morgan Freeman turned down a drama scholarship because he dreamed of being an Air Force fighter pilot. He spent four years as a tracking radar repairman. At age 65, he finally earned his private pilot license. airforce.togetherweserved…
, in a season of the Amazing Race, the contestant had to beat a professional Street Fighter V player in one round to continue to race. The professional player would play one-handed if the contestant could not win in ten rounds, and then played blindfolded after another ten rounds. polygon.com/tv/2017/5/23/…
Helicopter fire fighters (Aerial firefighter) can fill their buckets from local swimming pools. This is helpful when fighting wild fire and there are no lakes nearby. Happens mostly in California. huffpost.com/entry/helico…
Baseball legend Ted Williams set shooting records while training to be a fighter pilot and flew as astronaut John Glenn's wing-man during the Korean War. baseballhall.org/discover…
The wife of Japanese fighter pilot Hajime Fujii drowned herself and their two daughters in 1944. She wanted to unburden him of his fatherly duties so he could focus on his military obligations. warhistoryonline.com/worl…
The US created a replica of the J-20 stealth fighter jet for training purposes. businessinsider.com.au/us…
Two trapped miners once asked for an ipod with The Foo Fighters music on it to keep their spirits up. After hearing this, Dave Grohl wrote a note saying "I want you to know that when you come home, there's two tickets to any Foos show, anywhere, and two cold beers waiting for you". stereoboard.com/content/v…
Hollywood Actor James Garner was a decorated Military Veteran who served in WWII and Korea. He was awarded the purple heart twice in Korea, once from a friendly fire incident where he was shot in the buttocks by a U.S. Fighter as he dove into a foxhole. He was given his medal 32 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
A hijacked Ethiopian Airlines plane was headed to Switzerland, but had to be intercepted by French/Italian fighter jets because the Swiss Air force doesn't work on nights and weekends. theguardian.com/world/sho…
Dave Grohl wrote and recorded the first Foo Fighters album himself, apart from a guest guitar spot by Greg Dulli. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
Nazi Germany developed the only operational rocket-powered fighter aircraft in history (Me 163) with unsurpassed speed and climb rate for the time. However, it proved ineffective in engaging slower Allied aircraft as its target was reached and passed in seconds limiting its attack opportunities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
During the occupation of Denmark in World War II, 7200 Jews, aided by local resistance fighters, escaped Nazi internment. Of the Jewish community living there, only 500 were captured, and only 51 did not survive. history.com/news/wwii-dan…

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