Tame Impala is a single person named Kevin Parker who writes, plays, and produces all the recorded music, but tours with a group of other musicians to form the full live band. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tam…
When a chimpanzee that learns an effective method to crack nuts open is placed into a new group that uses a less effective strategy, it will eventually stop using the superior method just to blend in with the rest of the chimps. eva.mpg.de/documents/Else…
While climbing the Kanchenjunga mountain,the climbers from the first expedition in 1955 stopped 20 feet short of the summit out of respect for the religious significance of the mountain in Sikkim. Every climber or climbing group that has reached the summit has followed this tradition. deccanherald.com/specials…
Today I learned about the rarest blood type. Named SARAS, only 2 families in the world have it and is officially recognised as an entirely new blood group. donateblood.com.au/resear…
During his lifetime, George Washington owned almost every group of dog currently recognized by the American Kennel Club. Many of his dogs had interesting names too, such as: Madame Moose, Truelove, Tipsy, Mopesy, and Ragman. mountvernon.org/george-wa…
Today I learned about practice babies. In the early to mid 1900s, orphaned babies were lent out to college home economics programs where they were taken care of entirely by groups of students in order to learn child-rearing skills. stitcher.com/show/stuff-y…
While on tour in Germany in 2002 Liam Gallagher and his bodyguards were beaten up. They claimed it was the Russian Mob. It was actually a group of estate agents. contactmusic.com/liam-gal…
The internet's first uploaded image was of the joke band Les Horribles Cernettes (LHC), an all-girl group comprised of girlfriends & assistants of CERN employees. One chorus went "You never spend your nights with me / You don't go out with other girls either / You only love... your collider" vice.com/en/article/ezzza…
The Beatles filed preliminary legal papers against the Beastie Boys for their numerous Beatles samples on 1989's Paul's Boutique. Mike D of the group's response was "What's cooler than getting sued by the Beatles?" Over 105 tracks were sampled on the album, including 24 on the last song alone! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Modern Hollywood was started by a group of independent filmmakers who moved to California in the 1910s to get away from Thomas Edison’s total monopoly on all aspects (scripts, cameras, theaters, actors) of the early, east coast film industry. history.com/news/the-rene…
No single country owns Antarctica. Instead, it is governed by a group of nations in a unique international partnership. The Antarctic Treaty, 1959, designates Antarctica as a continent devoted to peace and science. It is also the only continent without an indigenous human population. antarctica.gov.au/about-a…
Researchers found that a blood test called PanSeer detected cancer in 95% of patients up to 4 years before they got a conventional cancer diagnosis. The test determines if the DNA in blood plasma was shed by tumours based on precence of particular methyl groups. theguardian.com/science/2…
Today I learned of a rare blood type known as "HH", or "Bombay Blood" that is is found in only .0004% of the human population. Because of the lack of "H Antigen" in their blood, they are unable to receive blood transfusions from anyone who has blood from the "ABO Blood" group. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
Not only was music video for "Drop" by The Pharcyde directed by Spike Jones, it was filmed in reverse. The group actually phonetically learned the song backwards to be able to film the music video. youtu.be/wqVsfGQ_1SU
Some Inuit groups used ridicule in the form of song duels as a means of conflict resolution. Two men who had failed to resolve a conflict by other means would secretly compose derisive songs about their adversary. The whole camp gathered in a large igloo to observe the song duel. sites.psu.edu/toombsrclbl…
In the weeks following the 2001 September 11 attacks the children's act The Wiggles were one of the only groups that would perform in New York, which earned them loyalty and respect, as many acts cancelled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A club of multidisciplinary scientists formed a group called NecroSearch, who volunteer to assist law enforcement in the location of clandestine graves and recovery of evidence (aka cold-case bodies). Their team is comprised of botanists, meteorologists and other technical specialists. necrosearch.org/
Today I learned of the 1985 Polar Sea controversy. The US Coast Guard sailed an icebreaker through the Northwest passage claiming it as international waters and sparking Canadian public outcry. One group planned to put Canadian flags in the path of the ship while another threw notes aboard asking them to leave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
In a promotional Volkswagon experiment, one randomized group of subway commuters was given the choice of regular stairs and the escalator while a second group could choose between musical "piano stairs" and an escalator. The piano stairs convinced 66% more people than normal to choose stairs. sites.psu.edu/siowfa15/20…
Five completely separate groups of crustaceans independently evolved into what we commonly refer to as "crabs." This phenomenon is called "carcinization." researchgate.net/publicat…
When JFK was only 3 years old, his father Joseph Kennedy narrowly escaped the infamous 1920 Wall Street bombing planned by a group of anarchists who used a wagon full of lead weights as a bomb. The explosion killed 38 bystanders, however, Kennedy was thrown unharmed to the ground. historycentral.com/TheTwe…
The CIA originally supported and funded the July 26th movement, which was Fidel Castro's rebel group that overthrew the Cuban dictatorship. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
When Digital Underground released its album "Sex Packet", they credited the album's name to a pill that gave you an ultra-realistic wet-dream invented by NASA scientist Dr Earl Cook. The group went as far as to distribute thousands of pamphlets in clubs warning about the drug. albumism.com/features/dig…
In 1984 a group of paleontologists discovered a 50,000-Year-Old Bison frozen in the permafrost in Alaska and consumed part of its neck meat. They described it as tasting like mud but smelling like beef and mushrooms. historythings.com/aged-be…
The last German troops to surrender after World War II were a group of soldiers stationed at a meteorological station on Svalbard. They lost radio contact in May 1945 and were unable to radio for support until August 1945. They were picked up by Norwegian seal hunters on September 4. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
There is a society of warmongering chimpanzees who viciously attack other moneys to expand their territory, and even gang up on others in their group if they deem it necessary. youtu.be/dQn1-mLkIHw
Miners' labor groups led the 1985 London Gay Pride parade en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les…
Today I learned about the Second Congo War, the deadliest conflict since World War II. Nine African countries and around twenty-five armed groups became involved in the war, with casualties ranging from 2.7 to 5.4 million deaths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
When the Billy Joel song β€œOnly The Good Die Young” was released as a single, religious groups attempted to censor the song from radio stations, which caused the initially poor sales of the song to skyrocket. performingsongwriter.com/…
In 2014 and 2019 an environmental group, the Center for Biological Diversity, wanted to introduce grizzly bears into Arizona, including Grand Canyon. The reintroduction of grizzly bears to the greater Southwest would’ve helped control prey population and sustain the health of deer and elk herds. ktar.com/story/2632453/co…
Claims that money raised by humanitarian groups for 1984-85 Ethiopian famine relief ended up being spent on weapons were false, and the BBC officially retracted their claims to such effect and apologized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der…
Today I learned about the Mirai botnet, a network of malware-infected devices that was used to shut down the internet for most of the US East Coast in 2016 and sparked fears of an attack from a hostile state. The botnet's creator? A group of college students trying to get more players on their Minecraft server. csoonline.com/article/325…
In 2013, the new image of "Marianne" (who symbolises the French Republic, and is typically depicted with bare breasts) on French stamps was inspired by Ukrainian topless activist Inna Shevchenko. After the stamp was released, a right-wing Christian group called for a boycott of the stamp bbc.com/news/world-europe…
An 'embassy' refers to a diplomatic mission - as in the group of people that represent one country in another. The actual building the mission is based out of is more correctly termed a chancery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Beverly Hills, originally a Spanish lima bean ranch, was founded by a group of investors who failed to find oil and, upon finding water instead, founded the town. Black and Jewish people were forbidden from owning property. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bev…
Namco didn't create the arcade game Mrs. Pac-Man -- a group of MIT dropouts did. It was the end result of an unofficial modification kit called Crazy Otto that was meant to make the original Pac-Man harder to beat. fastcompany.com/3067296/t…
Eliot Ness was only 27 years old when he led the group of federal agents that helped take down Al Capone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
The Lewis & Clark expedition only suffered one casualty. Dysentery, snake bites, a dislocated shoulder, venereal disease and Lewis being shot in the buttocks after being mistaken for an elk all threatened the group's well-being, but the only man to die did so as a result of a burst appendix. history.com/news/10-littl…
Tuvalu, a Small Country In the Pacific, Is the Least Visited Country in the World With Only 2000 Tourists in 2016. Scientists Believe This Polynesian Island Group Will Be Under Water Within a Century news.com.au/travel/destin…
Social media has become a staple of law enforcement and 4/5 of them use it during an investigation. This is due to criminals bragging online, posting evidence, and recording crimes. Some gangs had public Facebook groups. cnn.com/2012/08/30/tech/s…
From 1946 to 1948, a group of doctors from the United States Public Health Service intentionally infected 1,308 people in Guatemala, including children as young as 10, with various STDs. 83 people died, but the experiments were kept secret until papers describing them were found in 2005. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
An armed robbery attempt ended in a group hug after the victims offered the robber cheese and wine - an example of non-complementary behavior, where an unexpected warm response to a negative demand "flipped the script" of the situation. wbur.org/npr/485843453/it…
Today I learned of the tragedy of Love Canal, NY a town that was meant to be a dream community but was built on a toxic waste dump. The government ignored helping the families suffering from birth defects and health issues until a group of activist moms kidnapped 2 EPA officials for a few hours. wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_C…
In 623, Tuyuhun raiders invaded China. With the raiders holding the higher ground, a general sent two dancing girls and a group of musicians to a hill near their camp, where they performed an erotic dance. The raiders rushed to the hill, where they were attacked in the rear, with over 500 killed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuy…
In 1981 a group of scientists met to discuss ways of making future humans aware of nuclear waste disposal sites. One idea was genetically engineering cats to change color in the presence of radiation and introducing a cultural idea to run away when you see a cat change color. theguardian.com/environme…
The same bomber group that nuked Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the 509th Composite Group, was also the first U.S. Military group to respond to the 9/11 attacks. The group was at the time (2001) and still is known as the 509th Bomb Wing, stationed in Whiteman AFB, Missouri. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/509…
Today I learned of the Saint Gallen Group, a group of liberal-minded bishops and cardinals that held yearly secret meetings from 1996 to 2004 to discuss church policy, and were rumored to try to block Benedict XVI from being elected as pope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
The Comedian Harmonists was an internationally famous German music group, appearing in 21 films in Europe and the US remaining successful for years, until the Nazis broke them up. They tried to reform, but lack of discipline from new American members prevented it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Coca-Cola makes most of its money from selling syrup to companies that manufacture and distribute their drinks and, as a result, it has a group dedicated to sending resources and experts to help any that are in financial trouble. This helps avoid image and logistical problems for the brand. investopedia.com/articles…
Some birds form crΓ¨ches, a "daycare system" where baby birds separate from their parents and form a group supervised by a few adults, allowing their parents to go forage for food. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…

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