Today I learned of Erwin Kreuz, a German tourist who planned to visit San Francisco but accidentally disembarked early, and then spent days looking for the Golden Gate Bridge and other Bay Area landmarks in Bangor, Maine. Amused and touched, Maine residents turned him into a local celebrity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erw…
Not long after Julius Caesar was assassinated, a comet shone for seven successive days. This signified Julius Caesar's ascension to Godhood, and propaganda for Caesar's nephew. The comet was described as: "To make that soul a star that burns forever, Above the Forum and the gates of Rome." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cae…
On Disneyland's opening day in 1955, an invitation-only crowd of 15,000 was expected, but thanks to counterfeit tickets, 28,154 entered the gates. A few more even scaled a fence, using a ladder erected by an entrepreneur who charged $5 a head. On the Santa Ana Freeway, there was a 7-mile backup history.com/news/disneyla…
When Nelson Mandela left the prison gates in 1990, one newsman shoved a modern microphone in his face. He recoiled slightly, wondering if it were some newfangled weapon that had been developed while he was in prison history.com/news/mandela-…
In 2015, Neil Moore, a prisoner serving time for a $2.7 million fraud conviction, walked out the front gate of a high security prison by forging his own release papers. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
At a traditional Thai wedding, the groom's way to the ceremony is blocked by a series of "gates" (golden necklaces or belts) held up by bridesmaids and family members. Some can be passed with money, others require him to answer questions, and he may even need to yell out his love or sing a song thethailandlife.com/thai-…
Thanks to a genetic algorithm, Dr. Adrian Thompson produced a prototype voice-recognition circuit distinguishing and responding to "stop" and "go" using only 37 logic gates; 5 of them weren't connected to the rest of the network, yet if they were removed, the device stopped working talkorigins.org/faqs/gena…
Due to the mass suicide by Heaven's Gate members all wearing Nike Decades, the shoes were discontinued resulting in pairs having a high resale value. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
The Golden Gate Bridge's famed color, "International Orange" selected by architect Irving Morrow for aesthetics and for visibility in fog, won out over the US Navy's preferred color scheme. The Navy wanted it black with yellow safety stripes --the better for ships to see it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
In 2014 Korean Air vice president Heather Cho was so angry about receiving macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a plate, she forced the plane to taxi back to gate and unload the offending flight attendant. "Nutgate" ended up costing her 5 months in jail en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut…
Relocating sea otters to SF bay could greatly increase their population and aid in conservation efforts by keeping them safer from shark bites...but getting them there means they have to swim the "shark gauntlet" near the Golden Gate. universityofcalifornia.ed…
The Golden Gate Bridge, due to new bicycle-path railings and a wind retrofit project that helps it to be more aerodynamic, is now a giant harmonica whose "songs" has been heard at more than three miles away from it theguardian.com/us-news/2…
Hospital staff were stunned when Bill Gates made an unexpected visit in 2010 to the death bed of Dr. Ed Roberts, his first employer and developer of the first commercially successful personal computer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_…
Arthur Guinness, founder of Guinness, signed a 9,000 year lease at the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin for Β£45 per year back in 1759 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Today I learned about the 'cyber seat', the world's first park bench with free internet. It was installed in the UK in 2001 by Microsoft. Within days, two teens had plugged their house phone into it, attempting to call Bill Gates to say 'we are calling you from your bench'. They managed to reach his secretary. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/t…
The John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs and the Bill Gates Foundation proposed a mosquito emoji be created in order to raise awareness about them and to make it easier to communicate the dangers they pose. The emoji was approved in 2018. ccp.jhu.edu/2018/02/07/mo…
A 9 yr old Pakistani girl, Arfa Karim, was the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) until 2008. When she suffered cardiac arrest in 2011, Bill Gates assembled an international panel of doctors to advise the local physicians treating her and offered to pay for treatment in the U.S. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arf…
Gates McFadden, best known for playing Dr Beverly Crusher is also a choreographer, and was choreographer on Labyrinth, including the famous ballroom dance scene. youtube.com/watch?v=TdiTg…
The Fall Back Photo Avatar in Outlook 2010 Is Actually Taken from Bill Gates’ Mug Shot arstechnica.com/informati…
Today I learned of Aitzaz Hasan, who died after noticing and stopping a suicide bomber from entering the gates of his school during morning assembly in 2014. He has been credited with saving hundreds of students' lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ait…
Bill gates purchased the Leonardo da Vinci's Codex for $30,802,500. Three years later he had its pages scanned into digital image files, some of which were later distributed as screen saver and wallpaper files on a CD-ROM as part of a Microsoft Plus! for Windows so everyone could enjoy them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
Bill Gates succeeded in his mission to build a Toilet to help combat the sanitary crisis across multiple parts of Africa and India. Costing $350, its powered by worms, and doesnt require to be hooked up to a sewer system. businessinsider.com/bill-…
Roy Raymond, founder of Victoria's Secret committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge after a series of business failures en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
To disprove reports of his death after a weeks-long disappearance, the President of Turkmenistan appeared on state television driving a rally car around a flaming gas crater known as "Hell's Gate" abc.net.au/news/2019-08-0…
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offers $100,000 grants to people trying to make better condoms. cosmopolitan.com/sex-love…
Today I learned about America's top ace of all time, Major Richard Bong. He flew through Market Street, SF, and looped around the Golden Gate Bridge before eventually serving in the Pacific theater of WWII. He died in a testing accident on the same day the first nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Werner Herzog bet Errol Morris that his documentary "Gates of Heaven" would never be completed, or he'd eat his shoe. Morris finished it, and Herzog fulfilled his promise at the "Gates of Heaven" premiere, which was filmed for another documentary called "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wer…
Shigeru Miyamoto got the inspiration to create Starfox when walking through the gates at Fushimi Inari shrine. He thought it would be great if they could fly through the gates. The word Inari means fox and Starfox was born. tay.kinja.com/exploring-t…
In 1994 Microsoft's Bill Gates, whose fortune is estimated at nearly $7 billion, bought out all the available rooms at the 250-room hotel to keep media from staying there and reportedly hired all the helicopters on Maui to keep photographers from flying over the wedding. archive.seattletimes.com/…
Bill Gates predicts that the growth of instructional software will replace textbooks. However, in a 2018 survey of college students, the trade publication Library Journal found that 75 percent say that reading print books is easier than e-books edsurge.com/news/2019-04-…
Roy Raymond, the founder of Victoria's Secret, committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in 1993 askmen.com/entertainment/…
Today I learned about Elsa-Gate, a phenomenon of mass-produced low budget YouTube videos aimed at children featuring adult and bizarre themes including violence, pregnancy, suicide and medical procedures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Els…
The Mormon Church maintains a $100 billion investment fund meant for religious, education, and charitable purposes, exceeding the combined net worths of the world's largest university endowment (Harvard University) and the world's largest philanthropic foundation (Gates Foundation) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
Today I learned of 'Heaven's Gate' (religious group), who had participated in a mass suicide of 39 of its members (a coordinated series of ritual suicides) in order to reach what they believed was an extraterrestrial spacecraft following Comet Hale–Bopp in 1997. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
The infamous Heaven's Gate cult supported themselves by doubling as a moderately successful web design firm. Their clients included the San Diego Polo club and a Christian music store. vice.com/en_us/article/pg…
Today I learned of Kevin Briggs, a San Francisco Highway Patrol Officer and a veteran of US Army, who has talked approximately 200 people out of suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge since 1994. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kev…
Today I learned about Belgian pie thrower NoΓ«l Godin who's pied the likes of Bill Gates and Nicolas Sarkozy. His sworn enemies are "authority, depressing laws, the return of moral order, nuclear power, and any form of political power." His pie of choice is a simple whipped cream and chocolate on a soft sponge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No%…
The Magikarp-Gyarados evolution is inspired by the Chinese myth that a carp that swims up the Dragon Gate waterfall on the Yellow River is transformed into a dragon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asi…
Today I learned of Kazimierz Piechowski, a Holocaust Survivor, who, along with three other Polish inmates under the age of 21, successfully escaped Auschwitz by stealing a commandant's car, driving to the entrance posing in stolen Nazi uniforms, and demanding the guards to open the gate. theguardian.com/world/201…
Bill and Melinda Gates plan to leave $10 million each to their three kids as an inheritance out of his $80 billion fortune. He is set to give away approximately 99.96% of his wealth to charity and foundations. philanthropyroundtable.or…
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated $4M to help stop malaria in a plan to create genetically modified non-biting male mosquitoes released to mate with malaria-carrying wild females, giving birth to progeny that dies before reaching the human biting age. businessinsider.com/bill-…
Today I learned of BjΓΆrn Again, a parody band of Swedish pop group ABBA. They sing in "Swenglish" and use the stage names of Agnetha Falstart, Benny Anderwear, Frida Longstokin, BjΓΆrn Volvo-us, Rutger Sonofagunn, and Ola Drumkitt. They've played private parties for Bill Gates, Russel Crowe, and Vladimir Pootin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bj%…
Bill gates bought a Porsche 959 which was seized by customs & sat on a storage for 13 years before he helped pass law β€œshow & display law” which allowed for legally importing exotic cars that did not meet the federal safety standards motor1.com/news/76136/dri…
Bill Gates' mother, Mary, knew John Opel, CEO of IBM, because both served on the national United Way committee. At Mary's request, Opel set up a meeting with Bill Gates, CEO of then-small software firm Microsoft, to discuss the possibility of using PC-DOS for IBM's about-to-be-released PC. pcworld.com/article/24331…
While most air traffic communications around the world use the NATO phonetic alphabet (alpha, bravo, charlie, delta, etc), Atlanta doesn't. Taxiways, Gates, and others including a 'D' are referred to as 'Dixie', so as not to cause confusion with Delta Air Lines. Atlanta is Delta's hub. knaviation.net/nato-phone…
Today I learned of Fred, a New Jersey goat who was blamed for freeing over 60 animals from a livestock auction pen. Fred had escaped the auction house a year prior. After some of the animals were rounded up, Fred was seen headbutting the gate, leading the auction house manager to suspect Fred as the culprit. nypost.com/2018/08/09/rog…
The generic silhouette in Microsoft Outlook is actually a shadow cutout of Bill Gates' mugshot when he got arrested for a driving offense in 1977 news.softpedia.com/news/d…
Jimmy Carter born October 1, 1924 as James Earl Carter Jr. In Plains, Georgia was the first U.S. President born in a hospital. He is also 6th cousins with Richard Nixon and 9th cousins 3 times removed with Bill Gates. history.com/.amp/this-day…
Today I learned about David Gates, former member of 70’s soft rock band Bread, who studied the cattle ranching business while touring with his band. He married his highschool sweetheart, raised four children with her and is currently retired in his 1,400-acre (570 ha) ranch in Mount Vernon, Washington. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Back in school, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen would throw Bill Gates in dumpsters so that Gates could go rummaging around in the rubbish looking for computer print-outs that would provide clues to early operating systems theguardian.com/technolog…

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