Today I learned about the craze of Pet Rocks in 1975. For about 6 months, they sold over one million Pet Rocks for $4 each. It was just a rock in a box with some straw and a care manual for tricks to teach. The creator had the idea in a bar as his friends complained about their pets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Today I learned about Thomas Aikenhead who, at 20 years of age, became the last person executed in Great Britain on a charge of blasphemy. Aikenhead was accused of referring to theology as "ill-invented nonsense" while conversing with friends at the University of Edinburgh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
The Make-a-Wish Foundation granted a child to visit the set of Thor: Ragnarok. When Thor sees Hulk enter the arena on Sakaar, the child said Thor should say "He's a friend from work!" comicbook.com/marvel/news…
David Bowie was punched in the left eye as a teenager, leaving it permanently dilated. He later thanked his friend, George Underwood, for doing so, saying it gave him "a kind of mystique." This mystique helped enhance some of Bowie's most iconic images. steamregister.com/the-rem…
Today I learned of 67 yr-old 4'10" 100 lb Lorenza Marrujo, aka β€œLady Ninja” who has a black belt in jiujitsu. When she saw a 5'9" 170 lb man attacking her friend, Lorenza bent his fingers back, hit him twice with her elbow in his sternum, and pinned him to the floor with knees on neck & chest till help arrived. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
A Harvard research showed that having no friends is as deadly as smoking. Researchers have discovered a link between loneliness and the levels of blood-protein which can cause heart attacks and strokes newsweek.com/study-shows-…
In 1990, Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland were to be married - but Julia ran away to Europe with Kiefer's best friend. Humiliated, Kiefer took solace in steer roping. And despite breaking three fingers at his first rodeo he persevered to become a tournament-winning rider on the rodeo circuit. theguardian.com/film/2006…
The US National Park Service put out a set of guidelines to avoid being attacked by a bear, such as moving sideways away from the bear and vocalizing to identify yourself as a human. They also advised: β€œDo NOT push down a slower friend (even if you think the friendship has run its course)." theguardian.com/environme…
Janis Joplin's will stipulated that $2500 go to throwing a hard-partying funeral for her. The funeral was held in a popular rock venue she used to have shows at and many of her musician friends performed. The 300 attendees got drunk and partied hard. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
In the Netherlands, if you die and have no next of kin, friends or family to attend your funeral, they will send a poet who shall read a custom poem for you at your funeral so that you won’t be alone that day. It was started by poet and artist F Staril and is named "The Lonely Funeral" project. arcpublications.co.uk/boo…
Mortal Kombat was blamed for a boy's death after he and a friend reenacted moves from the game with a knife they found in the street. His mom tried to sue the game's developers, but lost. thegamer.com/video-game-l…
Rick Moranis improvised his entire Louis Tully speech in Ghostbusters at his apartment party, none of that was scripted. He decided he'd be a tax accountant and riffed all that gold. "I'm giving this whole thing as a promotional expense, that's why I invited clients instead of friends." cinemablend.com/news/1532…
The most expensive manuscript in existence is the Codex Leicester, a notebook written by Leonardo Da Vinci. When adjusted for inflation, it is worth $53 million and is currently owned by Bill Gates. The original Book of Mormon and a Letter from Zeng Gong to his friend follow in 2nd and 3rd. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
John Walker created the match by accident in 1826. He was scraping a mixture of dried chemicals off of a stick in his hearth and it caught fire. Against the advice of friends he did not patent his idea, leading to others greatly profiting off of his invention thenorthernecho.co.uk/new…
Today I learned of John, a teen who was the first person in the UK charged with inciting his own murder. He found his real-life friend Mark in a chatroom and convinced Mark to kill him (John) via a web of fictional characters. Mark stabbed John, convinced the CIA had ordered him to. crimeandinvestigation.co.…
Since 2014, Paul Rudd and Jeffrey Dean Morgan have been co-owners of Samuel's Sweet Shop, a candy store in the town of Rhinebeck, New York. They saved it from being closed after the previous owner, a friend of theirs, died suddenly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
The National Park Service has officially advised against sacrificing slower friends in a bear attack, β€˜even if the friendship has run its course’ theguardian.com/environme…
Ringo Starr refused involvement with a documentary about the life of singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson. This was odd considering the two had been very close friends. Starr said he turned it down because there are 3 people he finds it difficult to talk about: Lennon, Harrison, and Nilsson. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
After a Polish Admiral of German descent JΓ³zef Unrug was taken prisoner during WW2, his former Imperial German Navy friends came to visit him. Unrug refused to speak German with them, saying that he had forgotten that language in September 1939 the day Germany invaded Poland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
Today I learned about how in 2008 during the macy's thankgiving day parade, during the final performance of the "foster's home for imaginary friends" float the pre-planned musical number, the music was cut, only for Rick Asltey to come out and perform "Never Gonna Give You Up" live telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
In 1924, a Chinese-American named Ben Fee was refused service at a San Francisco restaurant. He returned the next day with 10 white friends who each ordered the most expensive dish. Fee was again refused service. He then β€œconfronted” his friends. They walked out, leaving the food unpaid for. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Charlie Day was offered a part on the network show "Life on a Stick." At the same time, his friends began filming their own show with no money. Day turned down β€œLife on a Stick,” which lasted one season, while "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" became one of the longest running comedies ever. businessinsider.com/full-…
In 1941, a little girl who was selling lemonade at her lemonade stand caused a polio outbreak. The health department found that she hadn't cleaned the cups customers used. She ended up getting polio along with her friends. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Biz Markie was not supposed to sing the chorus in his hit song "Just a Friend", but none of the people he invited showed up at the studio so he sang it himself. ew.com/music/2019/09/25/b…
In 1999 Yugoslavian Lt Col ZoltΓ‘n Dani was responsible for shooting down an F-117A with a surface-to-air missile. The American pilot, Dale Zelko, ejected safely and twelve years later became friends with Lt Col ZoltΓ‘n Dani, who now runs a bakery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
The cast of FRIENDS each made $1M per episode in the final two seasons and now make $20M per year per cast member for reruns. The show still generates $1B/year for Warner Bros. All thanks to David Schwimmer encouraging the cast to negotiate as a team. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
That, while in prison before his cult murdered Sharon Tate and others, Charles Manson took a class based on Dale Carnegie’s β€œHow to Win Friends and Influence People.” It was from Carnegie’s lessons that Manson learned much of what he used to heavily influence and manipulate his followers. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
Over the 125 years of the New York Public Library's existence, the most checked-out books are: The Snowy Day, The Cat in the Hat, 1984, Where the Wild Things Are, To Kill a Mockingbird, Charlotte's Web, Fahrenheit 451, How to Win Friends..., Harry Potter 1, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar nypl.org/125/topcheckouts
Seneca once sat through the half time at a gladiatorial fight, the time when the bloodiest spectacles usually took place. He expected staged fights with blunt swords but instead described the specacle as "plain butchery", and adviced his friend never to attend the games en.wikisource.org/wiki/Se…
A 17 year-old jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge (about 220 Feet) and survived with minor bruising. He did it to impress his friends. nbcbayarea.com/news/local…
Bob Marley gave a credit on "No Woman, No Cry" to one of his friends who ran a soup kitchen, to ensure the royalty checks would keep it open. ledgernote.com/blog/inter…
Paul Newman's friends loved his homemade salad dressing so much he started a company to sell it. That company, which now sells a variety of foods, gives 100% of its profits to charities. Newman never took any money and in just its first decade over 50 million dollars was given away. newmansownfoundation.org/…
Pete Townshend organized two concerts with rock star friends to drag Eric Clapton out of his two year heroin reclusion. ultimateclassicrock.com/e…
Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken isn’t a celebration of choice and individuality - It’s actually the opposite. He wrote it sarcastically to make fun of an indecisive friend, and the poem actually asserts that the choice between the β€œtwo paths” doesn’t really make a difference at all. poets.org/text/road-not-t…
Today I learned about Ada Lovelace, an English mathematician born in 1815, regarded as one of the first computer programmers. She was the first to write a set of instructions - "notes" - intended to be carried out by a machine. She was a friend with Charles Babbage and other important scientists of the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada…
The first song Joshua Radin ever wrote and recorded (on his roommate’s computer) was β€˜Winter’, which was featured at the end of arguably the best Scrubs episode, β€˜My Screw Up’. He was friends with Zach Braff because they went to Northwestern together. It launched his music career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Allen Iverson was reeling from the death of his best friend when he gave the infamous "talking about practice" rant. espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2…
Newman's Own started out as an inside joke between Paul Newman and friend and writer AE Hotchner, who would tease Newman for calling late at night just to 'talk about salad dressing'. They began making batches for holiday gifts. To date, over $500 million has gone to charities. vanityfair.com/news/2015/…
In 1920 an amateur golfer named David Mulligan drove his friends to the golf course, but nearly missed their tee time. In his haste, David shanked his first shot, but as a courtesy, David’s playing group granted him a second chance, which for the past 100 years has been known as the β€œMulligan”. countryclubmontreal.com/t…
Lt. Pham Quang Khiem managed to escape South Vietnam in April 1975 with 53 relatives and friends by stealing a C-130a and flying to Singapore. They were later flown to Guam and then the US, where Pham became a pilot for US Airways. The C-130a is currently at the National Warplane Museum. newyorkupstate.com/southe…
Cows have best friends. In a study to identify factors affecting milk yields, researchers noticed that cows form attachments to specific individuals in their herd. When these cows are together, indicators of stress in both noticeably reduce. plantbasednews.org/cultur…
Betty White was good friends with famed author John Steinbeck. White's husband Allen Ludden attended the same school as Steinbeck's wife Elaine. The couples became close friends and Steinbeck gave an early draft of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech to Ludden for his birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
A study from Harvard University finds that having no friends can be just as deadly as smoking. Both affect levels of a blood-clotting protein. telegraph.co.uk/science/2…
There is a band of 50-60-year-olds called Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends who sing Sea Shantys, was signed a $1,000,000 record deal and had a movie made about them. youtube.com/watch?v=AYA_0…
Spongebob voice actor Tom Kenny has been lifelong friends with Robert β€œBobcat” Goldthwait. At one of their first open-mics they each performed as β€œBobcat” and β€œTomcat”, as a tribute to another comedian who was performing that night; Barry β€œBear Cat” Crimmins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Today I learned of Atticus, a rich Roman. In a civil war, he fled Rome in order to not have to pick side. From Greece, he came back later with scribes and printed the classics in Latin. He opened the first edition company, and had many influencial friends, especially Cicero, who wrote him more than 450 letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit…
The 1970 Kent State Shootings directly led to the formation of the band DEVO, when co-founder Gerald Casale's friend Jeffery Miller was killed and a "devolution" joke between friends became serious. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Less than a quarter of U.S. workers report using math any more complicated than basic fractions and percentages during the course of their jobs. Blue-collar workers generally do more advanced math than their white-collar friends theatlantic.com/business/…
Teddy Roosevelt once had his boat stolen by three armed thieves. With the help of two friends he built a new boat and personally tracked down and captured the thieves. nps.gov/thro/learn/histor…
There is something called the Capgras Syndrome where a person has an irrational belief that a familiar person like a family or friend has been replaced with an exact duplicate, in other words, an impostor. healthline.com/health/cap…

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