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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offers $100,000 grants to people trying to make better condoms. cosmopolitan.com/sex-love…
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…
Bill Gates' idea of a splurge was a used Porsche 911 after Microsoft went public that made him worth over $350Million before the age of 30 cnbc.com/2018/02/22/billi…
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%…
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…
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…
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 the Fieschi Letter from 1327, which claims that King Edward II was not murdered as always assumed but changed clothes with a servant, killed the gate-keeper where he was imprisoned and escaped to exile in Europe. The letter was rediscovered 500 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fie…
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-…
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…
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…
Charles Gilbert Gates built a mansion off Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis Minnesota and was the first person to build air conditioning into his home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
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…
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/…
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…
Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura in Star Trek, had a brother named Thomas who committed suicide along with 38 others in the Heavens Gate cult. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
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…
Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One, hid an easter egg inside the book. Players had to complete a series of gates including setting a new world record in a video game. The winner won a DeLorean and took 3 months to win giantfreakinrobot.com/sci…
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-…
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…
Today I learned of the Battle of Gate Pā in 1864 where Maori troops defeated a British force six times larger. nzhistory.govt.nz/war/war…
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…
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-…
During the Golden Gate Bridge sagged by 7 feet under the weight of 300,000 people on it celebrating its 50th anniversary . The towers were even pulled inward from so much weight. standard.net/lifestyle/25…
Someone walking the full 268 miles of the UK's Pennine Way will navigate 287 gates, 249 timber stiles, 183 stone stiles and 204 bridges, and will cross the border between England and Scotland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
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…
Thousands of Volkswagen diesel cars are parked in limbo in the California desert. VW spent $7.4 billion buying back 335,000 cars due to Diesel-gate and parked them in 37 remote storage facilities around the U.S. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
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…
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…
Today I learned about the McGold Card. A McDonald’s specialty card that grants 2 free meals, every week, for fifty years to the card holder. Notable holders include Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. businessinsider.com/mcdon…
Bill Gates hijacked the control panel at an airport gate -- and got the plane to come back. businessinsider.com/10-th…
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…
Control+Alt+Delete was used to log into Windows. According to Bill Gates, there was an option to make a single button for such a command, but the IBM keyboard designer didn’t want to give Microsoft a single button. So Microsoft decided to use β€œCtrl+Alt+Del” as a way to log into Windows. geekwire.com/2013/gates-h…
One of the last grizzly bears in CA was captured in 1889, brought to San Francisco as a publicity stunt, then spent 22 years on display in a concrete cell in Golden Gate Park. After he died, 1200-lb β€˜Monarch’ was stuffed, again put on display, and became the bear depicted on CA’s state flag. scpr.org/programs/take-tw…
60% of Bill Gates' net worth is in equity. That leaves him with $44 billion in liquid assets. newsweek.com/bill-gates-n…
California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Briggs, who battles depression himself, has personally talked more than 200 people off the ledge of the Golden Gate Bridge. cbc.ca/radio/outintheopen…
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…
Today I learned about The Giving Pledge, a campaign started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to encourage extremely wealthy people to contribute a majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There's so much concern about violence in Brazilian cities that some gated residences have "pizza holes," so that delivery people can hand pizzas in through gaps in a gate radicalurbanist.substack.…
Nebraska's highest honor is being a 'Nebraska Admiral', despite Nebraska being the Us's only triply-landlocked state. It has been awarded to numerous presidents, Bill Gates and Bill Murray, and The Queen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neb…
The medieval romantic trope of a Knight guarding a bridge or gate and forbidding passage unless dueled has a historical basis in the "Pas d'armes" where "any other knight who wished to pass must first fight, or be disgraced." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
Heaven's Gate was a cult that committed mass suicide in a mansion to "escape" Earth onto a UFO supposedly on the Hale-Bopp Comet in 1997 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Soon after Bill Gates had gone to start Microsoft, a Harvard professor who had worked with him recalled, "He had moved to Albuquerque... to run a small company writing code for microprocessors, of all things. I remember thinking: 'Such a brilliant kid. What a waste.'" businessinsider.com/a-sto…
You if your a sober alcoholic and struggling at an airport you can ask an airport employee to page for "Bill" or "Friends of Bill" to come to your gate. Bill W. being the founder of AA other sober alcoholics will show up to your gate as support theawl.com/2016/10/how-to…
McDonalds has a Gold Card that entitles the holder to free, unlimited food. Warren Buffet and Bill Gates have one, as does Charles Ramsey, who ditched his half-eaten Big Mac to help rescue three kidnapped women. businessinsider.com/story…
Warren Buffett once took Bill Gates to McDonalds. He offered to pay, and then reached into his pocket and pulled out coupons. couponit.com/blog/327/The…
Producer Lee Mendelson was working on a Peanuts special whenβ€”while driving over the Golden Gate Bridgeβ€”Vince Guaraldi's Cast Your Fate To The Wind came on the radio. He was so moved, he immediately booked lunch with Guaraldi & asked him to score the music for A Charlie Brown Christmas. pri.org/stories/2014-12-2…
Flight attendants do not get paid until the aircraft leaves the gate businessinsider.com/fligh…
Victoria's Secret was founded by Roy Raymond, who sold the business in 1982 for $6 million and used the money to fund other unsuccessful business ventures. Depression from his failures led him to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in 1993. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Actress Nichelle Nichols of Star Trek playing Nyota Uhura had a younger brother, Thomas who was a member of the Heaven's Gate cult. He died on March '97 in the cult's mass suicide that purposely coincided with the passing of the Hale-Bopp comet. They believed a spaceship was following the comet. wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven…
Bill Gates, since 2007, has given away 48% of his net worth (roughly $28 billion dollars), which has helped save 6 million lives. businessinsider.com/bill-…
There's a place in the coast of Namibia called "Skeleton coast" and nicknamed "The Land God made in Anger" and "The Gates of Hell", that holds the remains of over a thousand shipwrecks and, by land, can only be left by crossing hundreds of miles of marshes and desert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ske…
Today I learned of "The Bridge" - a documentary film in which 23 of 24 suicides committed by jumping of the Golden Gate Bridge in 2004 are recorded en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Canadian National Railway is Canada's largest railway with 32,831 KM of track and a market cap of $90 billion. Bill Gates is the largest single shareholder of CN stock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
When Sega was discontinuing the Dreamcast in 2001, Chairman Isao Okawa offered Microsoft their assets so that the Xbox could have backwards compatibility with Dreamcast games so the console could live on in some way. Okawa met with Bill Gates several times before negotiations fell through. tomsguide.com/us/dreamcas…
Werner Herzog claimed he would eat his own shoes if Errol Morris would ever complete the movie "Gates of Heaven". When he actually did, Herzog followed his own claim which is documented as the movie "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wer…
Bill Gates selected 11 condoms of the future, and each finalist was given $100,000 to pursue their quest for a superior condom. Gates says, "The idea is making them easier for people to use in the moment, in the dark, whatever situation they're in." theweek.com/articles/4557…
Jerry Lee Lewis once crashed into the gates at Graceland at 3am with a bottle of champagne under his arm and a loaded gun on the dashboard. He was arrested. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Before Windows became the standard operating system for PCs, there was CP/M. In 1980 IBM approached Digital Research at Bill Gates' suggestion. After the talks failed. IBM instead contracted with Microsoft to provide an operating system. Microsoft purchased 86-DOS for $50000 & renamed to MS-DOS. wikipedia.org/wiki/86-DOS
Bill Gates Has Donated More Than $50 billion to Charity money.com/money/4901017/b…
In the 1990s, the US had an Emu Ranching boom and bust. Emu was expected to compete with beef, and a pair of breeding Emu could fetch as much as $50,000. When the market for Emu meet bust, a lot of ranchers left their gates open rather than deal with the large number of unwanted Emu. nationalgeographic.com/pe…
A man who survived a jump from the Golden Gate Bridge but broke his back on impact was saved from drowning by a sea lion who kept him afloat until rescuers could reach him. abc.net.au/news/2015-03-0…
Bill Gates has given away over 28 billion dollars since 2007 resulting in an estimated 6 million+ lives saved. theheartysoul.com/bill-ga…
Golden Gate Bridge is named after the strait that connects San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. The bridge's orange color was selected by consulting architect Irving Morrow because it complements the natural surroundings and enhances the bridge's visibility in fog. wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden…
After the death of Pope Julius II, (the militaristic "warrior pope" who emulated Caesar) the scholar Erasmus wrote a satirical dialogue in which the pope is denied entrance at the gates of heaven, ending with him planning to invade Paradise using the same tactics he applied when alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
A man who committed suicide by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge had left a suicide note that read "I'm going to walk to the bridge. If one person smiles at me on the way, I won't jump." vice.com/en_us/article/wd…
Bill Gates founded the company TerraPower, hoping to innovate nuclear power by using depleted uranium as fuel. terrapower.com/
A Harvard professor who had worked with Bill Gates called him shortly after he had left to start Microsoft. The professor recalled, "He had moved to Albuquerque... to run a small company writing code for microprocessors, of all things. I remember thinking: 'Such a brilliant kid. What a waste.'" businessinsider.com/a-sto…
Today I learned about the Native American version of a Trojan Horse. In 1763 Native Americans played a early version of Lacrosse outside a British fortress during the Pontiac's Rebellion. They hit the ball through the open gate and both teams chased after the ball. Once inside they killed the soldiers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pon…
Bill Gates' father is still alive at 93 years old and is 6'6in tall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
In Peru, there is β€œa doorway to the lands of the gods” known as Amaru Muru. Legend says it was used by long past great heroes who entered a new life of immortality in the Otherworld through this gate. The Catholic zealots who conquered this land called it 'The Devil's Doorway'. sacredearthjourneys.ca/bl…
Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer created an Austin Powers parody video. youtube.com/watch?v=fI_xu…
The thirty-nine members of the Heaven's Gate cult that killed themselves used phenobarbital to kill themselves, which is also the world's oldest anti-seizure medication. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phe…
Marshall Herff Applewhite Jr. was an American cult leader that founded what became known as the Heaven's Gate religious group, who also organized their mass suicide in 1997 claiming the lives of 39 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
When Steve Jobs accused Microsoft of stealing idea for Windows from Mac, Bill Gates replied: "Well, Steve, .... I think it's more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it." folklore.org/StoryView.py…
Grace Slick, singer of Jefferson Airplane, conspired a plot to spike Richard Nixon’s drink with 600 micrograms of LSD at a White House tea party. She was denied entry, but not before her companion hung a huge black flag with a marijuana leaf on the WH gate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Bill Gates Has Given Away $28 Billion Since 2007, Saving 6 Million Lives businessinsider.com/bill-…
In 2003 a herd of wild elephants released a group of captive antelopes from a game reserve in Southeast Africa. The matriarch of the herd undid all of the gate's metal latches with her trunk & then pushed it open. The antelope took their chance & ran into the bush followed by the elephants. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
The Heaven's Gate cult was covered by a niche insurance policy that would pay out $1 Million per person if they were abducted, impregnated, or killed by aliens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Bill Gates bought the Most Expensive Book in the World, Leonardo Da Vinci's Codex Leicester for nearly $50 million. luxatic.com/the-top-10-mo…
In 1997, Bill Gates invested $150 million in Apple to save it from going bankrupt. cnbc.com/2017/08/29/steve…
Bill Gates' nickname is Trey, in reference to the III in his full name William Gates III. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
After her owner suffered a heart attack, a pig named LuLu saved her owner's life by squeezing through a doggy door, pushing open a gate and lay down in the middle of a nearby road until a motorist stopped and followed the pig back to the house. celebritypetworth.com/sto…
Kazimierz Piechowski managed to escape from the Auschwitz concentration camp by stealing SS uniforms and a car. He and his 4 companions then drove to the gate, yelled at the guards to open, and drove off. independent.co.uk/news/ob…
San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America being established in 1848 & draws more tourists annually to the city than the Golden Gate Bridge en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Knott's Berry Farm did a Cinco de Mayo promotion where guests would enter the park for only 5 cents. The park closed its gates at 10 a.m. after reaching capacity, turning away 4,000 people from the park, and getting so hectic that over 200 officers in riot gear were called in to restore order. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned of the Half Way to Hell Club, an exclusive club organized by the men who fell from the Golden Gate Bridge during its construction in 1936 and 1937 and were saved by the safety nets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Back in the year 2000, you could you could send an email impersonating anybody by just putting their address in the "From:" field. Your mail server would then deliver it as if e.g. Bill Gates sent it. twilio.com/blog/your-phon…
Today I learned of Speedgate - the world's first sport generated by artificial intelligence. It is described as a mixture of soccer, rugby, and football. The AI generated a complete set of rules, with the end goal of scoring points by kicking or passing a ball through a gate at either end of a field. news.developer.nvidia.com…
Bill Gates & Warren Buffet's Giving Pledge does not actually dictate that money will be spent in any certain way or towards any particular charity or cause, and there is no legal obligation to actually donate any money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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