Monty Hall was born Monte Halparin. Excluded from medical school due to secret quotas restricting the number of Jewish students, he got a job in broadcasting. His station misspelled and shortened his names, making him Monty Hall. He co-created and hosted "Let's Make a Deal" for almost 30 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Before he was president, Lincoln was a wrestler winning 299 out of 300 matches. Old Abe is actually in the Wrestling Hall of Fame. nwhof.org/blog/hall-of-fa…
The quote "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" is by one Evelyn Beatrice Hall, not Voltaire en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
Chuck E. Cheese was originally a division of Atari. It was the pet project of Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, who wanted to expand video game arcades beyond more adult locations like pool halls to a child- and family-friendly venue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Sections of the shiny stainless steel exterior of the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles had to be de-polished because in bright sun they were cooking neighboring buildings and blinding drivers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Today I learned about the Monty Hall Problem: You're on a game show. There are 3 doors, a prize is behind one and goats behind two. You pick one, then the host opens one of the other doors revealing a goat and that door is removed. Host then asks if you want to switch your pick. You should ALWAYS switch! betterexplained.com/artic…
Today I learned of the Monty Hall problem. If a prize is hidden behind one of three doors and you choose a door, say door 1. The host then opens a door, say door 3, that didn’t have the prize and asks if you want to switch doors before the reveal. You are more likely to win the prize if you switch to door 2. statisticsbyjim.com/fun/m…
Hall of Fame Baseball pitcher Nolan Ryan was in the league long enough to strikeout 7 pairs of fathers and sons when they eventually joined the league later on his career. 80sbaseball.com/16-ridicu…
Daryl Hall and John Oates (Hall and Oates) first met in a service elevator, escaping gunfire between two rival gangs, at venue in which they were both competing in a music competition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Abraham Lincoln in in the Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was an accomplished wrestler who won 299/300 matches. nwhof.org/stillwater/reso…
As a young man, Abe Lincoln was an accomplished wrestler who lost only one match out of 300. He is even enshrined in the wrestling hall of fame. history.com/.amp/news/10-…
Today I learned of Tillie Anderson; the Swedish seamstress-turned-undisputed women’s cycling champion of the 1890s, who won all but seven of her 130 races before women’s races ceased in 1902. She was inducted into the US Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2000, 35 years after her death at age 90. outsideonline.com/2314716…
Ben Franklin was such an incredible swimmer that he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
The Supremes are the most successful American group on the US Billboard Hot 100 with 12 number-one peaks holding the record since 1970. The closest group after them is Hall & Oates with 6. 247wallst.com/special-rep…
Elementary school children in Japan came together online by creating a virtual graduation ceremony in a Minecraft-rendered graduation hall with students attending as Minecraft avatars. thegamer.com/students-vir…
Junior Seau, Hall of Fame NFL linebacker, killed himself by shooting himself in the chest as opposed to the head so that scientists could research his brain. The National Institute of Health later confirmed his depression symptoms were caused by Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed…
, Sandy Koufax, the youngest player ever elected to the Hall Of Fame was devoutly Jewish and alternately refused to pitch or attend workouts on the holidays of Passover, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. baseballhall.org/discover…
Before hiring Sammy Hagar to replace David Lee Roth, Van Halen asked Patty Smith of the band β€œScandal” and Daryl Hall from β€œDaryl Hall & John Oates” to be the replacement. grunge.com/186586/tragic-…
In 1883, gifts were distributed after a show in Victoria Hall. Many of the estimated 1100 children surged downstairs, but the door opened inward and had been bolted so only one could pass at a time. Those in front were crushed by those behind them. 183 children between the ages of 3 and 14 died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
While it is accepted that Big Ben was named after a man called Benjamin, it is not known whether that person was politician Sir Benjamin Hall or boxer Benjamin Caunt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Justin Fletcher's (A popular British children's entertainer) cousin was a member of Dire Straits and a Rock And Roll hall of fame inductee, and that his father is an Ivor-Novello winning songwriter with an OBE. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy…
Famed soul duo Sam & Dave - Grammy winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees - hated each other. They travelled on tour seperately, didn't talk to each other offstage for 13 years, and didn't look at each other onstage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Rideau Hall is the largest official residence in Canada’s Capital Region and the only one open to visitors. In 1864, Rideau Hall was inadequate in many ways, being small and distant from central Ottawa but it was leased anyway, as β€œtemporary” quarters ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/ride…
Memorial NecrΓ³pole EcumΓͺnica is the tallest cemetery in the world with restaurants, concert hall and gardens. It has 32 floors with 150 tombs in each floor. It offers a three year burial option which costs between between $5,900 and $21,000. odditycentral.com/archite…
In 1985, sportswriter Zotique LespΓ©rance was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame's media section, along with Tim Moriarty and Dick Johnson, however LespΓ©rance was not invited to his induction ceremony as the Hall of Fame was misinformed that he had died. LespΓ©rance was invited the next year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zot…
The song β€œI Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was supposed to be a ballad, but during a recording session, Hawkins β€œscreamed and grunted” through the whole song because he was drunk. It was his most-successful recording and is in The Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
Today I learned of Gary Hall Sr, a former Olympic medalist swimmer who became an opthalmologist. He made so many medical errors and was reprimanded so many times that he was banned from surgeries. His medical license was revoked after it was discovered that he performed a surgery following the ban anyway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
: In the early 1960's, Mohawk Airlines had 'Gaslight Service' flights that were Victorian themed planes including cigars, Victorian curtains, and the stewardesses dressed like dance hall ladies. airfoodhistory.com/2014/1…
In 2006, the Sex Pistols were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but they refused to attend the ceremony, calling the museum "a piss stain". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
DOOM was named after a Tom Cruise quote. Programmer John Carmack said in an interview that the game’s title was inspired by a scene in The Color of Money. Cruise’s character pulls out his custom cue case at a pool hall and someone asks β€˜What do you have in there?’ Cruise replies... β€˜Doom’ mentalfloss.com/article/6…
On 17th May 1972, 10,000 London school kids went on strike to march against caning, detention, uniforms and β€˜headmaster dictatorships’. Abandoning lessons to march on County Hall, the government thought it so serious MI5 and the Special Branch were involved to spy on 'school activists. flashbak.com/1972-schools…
Today I learned about the Victoria Hall disaster where 183 children died in a theater stampede because an exit door was locked. The disaster led to the invention of 'push bar' emergency exits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
In 2004, George Harrison and Prince were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, and other famous guitarists were playing β€œWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Prince took the last solo and threw his guitar in the air at the end. They don't know where the guitar went. guitarplayer.com/players/…
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…
Today I learned about Dinah, a slave woman who alerted of two British soldiers attempting to burn Stenton Hall in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War, and saved the legacy home from arson. However, she was only recognized by the Stenton Hall legacy as "Faithful Colored Caretaker". smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
New York City once had two competing police forces - city and state - who rioted in front of City Hall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
: Otar Taktakishvili was urged by his mother to enter the contest for Georgian ssr anthem so he wrote the music, submitted his entry and forgot about the contest. He only found out that his music had been selected when he stood outside the concert hall and heard his anthem being played. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ota…
Hall of Fame Pitcher Nolan Ryan played from 1966 until 1993. He was 19 when he debuted and 46 when he retired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nol…
The first Fantasy (American) Football player ever drafted upon its creation was the legendary Hall of Fame George Blanda in 1962 by the The Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl…
An orchestra consisting of amateurs or musicians playing instruments they were unfamiliar with sold out the Albert Hall. Members included Brian Eno. bbc.co.uk/programmes/b013…
Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers at age 32 (the youngest ever inductee), and was only 4 years old when RHCP was founded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
At the Tehran Conference Joseph Stalin proposed shooting 50,000-100,000 captured German officers. Churchill stormed out in disgust, and Stalin followed him in to the hall and said he was just joking. FDR joked, "maybe 49,000 would be enough." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teh…
Ken Griffey Jr. attempted suicide at the age of 18, right before the start of his Hall of Fame baseball career nesn.com/2016/01/ken-grif…
Bill Cosby was added to the NAACP’s Image Awards Hall of Fame in 2006 for being a β€œtrue humanitarian and role model.” longreads.com/2019/06/06/…
Today I learned of the word "defenestration," which is the act of throwing someone or something out of a window. The term comes from three incidents in Prague, several hundred years ago, involving multiple nobles and officials being flung out the windows of various town halls and a castle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Def…
There is a hall of fame for fictitious athletes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fic…
Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull's youngest son, Bart, briefly played runningback in the CFL. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Today I learned of an event called the Italian Hall Disaster, 73 people were trampled to death in a stampede because someone falsely yelled "FIRE!" in a crowded hall in Michigan. mlive.com/news/2017/12/ph…
It was Theodore Hall, a scientist working at Los Alamos during WWII, who gave the designs of the atomic bomb to the Soviets. He did so because he did not want the USA to have a monopoly on nuclear weapons. He was never charged for his crimes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Archibald Hall who was a thief and serial killer active while working for the British aristocracy, stealing and killing several of his employers and fellow house staff. So yes, the butler did it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
During the trial that would lead his execution, Socrates chose death over dishonor by insulting the jury in the greatest way possible. When asked what his punishment should be, he said he deserves praise and that the city should throw him a large banquet in the olympic champions dining hall worldfuturefund.org/Repor…
Today I learned of Walraven van Hall, a Dutch banker who during WW2 set up a shadow bank to finance the Dutch resistance movement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Basketball Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon wore off-brand shoes. To combat the robberies and killings for shoes that was common at the time, he even released his own signature shoe with Spalding, for $34.95. theguardian.com/sport/blo…
"right-wing" and "left-wing" labels originated from the French Revolution, in which anti-royalists sat on the left of the French National Assembly hall and pro-royalty sat on the right. history.com/news/election…
Hallmark created wrapping paper. In 1917, after running out of tissue paper, the Hall Brother's store in Kansas City resorted to selling colourful envelope liners. This proved to be successful and inspired them to create wrapping paper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gif…
In 1977 Tony Kiritsis held Richard Hall hostage for 63 hours before surrendering, Kiritsis was found not guilty by reason of insanity. At the time of the trial, Indiana law required the prosecution to prove the defendant sane, the law has subsequently changed so defense has to prove insanity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
While Freddie Mercury stated that "Killer Queen" was about a high-class girl, promoter Eric Hall claims that the song is actually about him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
When future Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage had a rough streak after joining NY Yankees, Mickey Rivers once jumped on the bullpen cart screaming "Don't let him in the game!" latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, is an NBA Hall of Famer and 19x NBA All Star. He is also a best selling author, actor, film maker. He was a former U.S. Cultural Ambassador, awarded the Double Helix Medal for his work in cancer research awareness, and also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
New York City was the first capital of the United States after the Constitution was ratified. Congress met at Federal Hall, which stood on Wall Street. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
Babe Ruth badly wanted to Manage an MLB team after retiring as a player and was denied due to the image he created of himself for his off-field exploits. Being one of the original five members inducted to the MLB Hall of Fame in 1936, the other four received offers to manage/coach a team. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
The FBI has an entire fake town for training agents. Hogan's Alley has a bank, post office, hotel, laundromat, barber shop, pool hall, shops, and homes. The town is populated by actors who roleplay parts like bystanders, terrorists, bank robbers, and drug dealers so scenarios always change en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hog…
On 18 April 1930, the BBC's news announced "There is no news," of the 20:45 news bulletin. Piano music was played for the rest of the 15-minute segment. Broadcasting then returned from the Queen's Hall in Langham Place, London, where the Wagner opera Parsifal was being performed. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
In 1961 Judy Garland became the first woman to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for her LIVE recording, "Judy at Carnegie Hall", and in 1962, at the age of 39, she became the first woman (and youngest person ever) to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement in film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
, entrepreneur Suzanne Ciani was the first female to have a voice on a pinball game, specifically Xenon, through a vocoder, and was even inducted into The Pinball Expo Hall of Fame in 2013 for that work of hers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suz…
Today I learned of Gus Hall, leader of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) and four-time U.S. presidential candidate who was imprisoned for eight years during the Red Scare. There was a time when the Communist Party actually participated in the elections. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
Former NFL Player, Hall of Fame NFL Coach, and NBC Personality, Tony Dungy is the only player in modern NFL history to have both thrown an interception, and made an interception in the same NFL game. espn.com/blog/nflnation/p…
In 1956, the American Legion hall in Roanoke, Virginia spontaneously desegregated during a Fats Domino concert, where approximately 2,000 whites, crowded on an undersized balcony, migrated to the main (blacks only) dance floor. newpittsburghcourier.com/…
Today I learned about the Grammy Hall of Fame, a list of singles and albums that they believe have had a lasting impact on music and culture, deserving of special recognition grammy.com/grammys/awards…
So prevalent is the empty cardboard box's reputation as a plaything that in 2005 a cardboard box was added to the National Toy Hall of Fame. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Until 1984 no buildings in Philadelphia were allowed to exceed the height of the statue of William Penn on top of city hall. nytimes.com/1984/04/15/us…
John Denver never won a Grammy while he was alive. After his death he won for best children's album and received a Grammy Hall of Fame award for "Take Me Home, Country Roads". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
When Allen Iverson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016, he became the first (and still only) former Grizzlies player to be inducted, a distinction he earned despite playing only three games for Memphis in 2009 espn.com/nba/story/_/id/1…
Today I learned about the Versailles wedding hall disaster, which resulted in 23 deaths and 380 injuries after the third floor of an Israeli building collapsed during a wedding due to poor structural design en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
That, upon their induction into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, legendary English Punk Band the Sex Pistols refused to attend their own ceremony and lead singer Johnny Rotten sent an angry note calling the museum a 'piss stain'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There's an arch at Boston's Symphony Hall that was intended to bear the names of all the greatest composers, but only one name could be agreed upon: Beethoven. No one has been added since. massmoments.org/moment-de…
A chimp, named Ham, originally from Cameroon, was sent into space and recovered alive in a test to ensure that a human being could survive space flight and perform useful functions outside Earth's atmosphere. He died at 25 and is buried at the International Space Hall of Fame in New Mexico. news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/…
Britain's Special Operation Executive initially struggled to coordinate resistance activities in WWII France. A stand-out agent emerged who made the program successful. An American woman with a prosthetic leg, turned down from her own government's foreign service. Her name was Virginia Hall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
Renowned concert pianist Krystian Zimerman's personal Steinway grand piano was confiscated when he landed in New York City to give a recital at Carnegie Hall. US customs destroyed his piano, claiming the glue smelled like explosives. theguardian.com/music/200…
The letter sent to NWA by the FBI is now enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. maxim.com/entertainment/n…
Hall of Fame Football Coach Jimmy Johnson and Janis Joplin went to high school together thesportsseer.com/jimmy-j…
In the 1930s, residents of Munich would take a small side street so they didn't need to render the Nazi salute to the shrine of the Nazis who died in the Beer Hall Putsch. This side road came to be called "DrΓΌckebergergasse" or "Shirker's alley" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr%…
The famed Japanese concert hall Budokan is actually the home of karate and judo when Tokyo hosts the Olympics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Iggy Pop's last stage dive was at Carnegie Hall - the crowd egged him on and then parted when he dove off the stage, allowing him to hit the ground. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Eric Clapton is the only person that has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times. Once with the Yardbirds, once with Cream, and once as a solo artist. rockhall.com/inductees/er…
In 2011 "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek woke up in his hotel room to a burglar going through his things, and chased the suspect down the hall half naked. nbclosangeles.com/enterta…
The videogame music genre has become a main income source for concert halls ever since traditional classical music performances declined in popularity over the years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vid…
Bobby Orr was born when Gordie Howe was in his second season in the NHL, but Orr was inducted into the hall of fame before Howe was done playing professionally.* hhof.com/htmlTimeCapsule/…
The most successful and feared allied spy of WWII, Virginia Hall, was an American woman with a prosthetic leg. She escaped France on foot through the Pyrenees mts, re-entered before D Day, and organized havoc behind the Nazi lines. history.com/news/female-a…
Reggie Miller, NBA Hall of Famer, couldn't escape his older sister Cheryl's shadow while in high school. On January 26, 1982, he scored a career high 40 points. He tried bragging about it on the car ride home, only to find out Cheryl scored 105 points and broken 8 national records! youtu.be/McOPVkeDlJ8?t=15…
Aretha Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rockhall.com/inductees/ar…
In the 1960s, Boston Mayor John Collins reportedly gasped as the new City Hall design was first unveiled, and someone in the room blurted out, "What the hell is that?" Stylistically, City Hall is considered one of the leading examples of Brutalist architecture architectuul.com/architec…
Pink Floyd is inducted into the National Association of Brick Distributors' Hall of Fame for their services to the brick industry through their 1979 album, "The Wall". angelfire.com/biz/velvetl…
NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw had elbow surgery in 1983. He used the alias β€œThomas Brady” when registering at the hospital. nytimes.com/1983/03/23/sp…
US Cellular CEO have banned exchanging emails between employees on Fridays to emphasize on teamwork and face to face meetings. One employee learned that a co-worker who he thought was across the country was, in fact, across the hall. abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?…
There is an emergency Hall and Oats helpline called Call and Oats where you will be directed to a call tree to make a selection from a limited, but essential, selection of Hall and Oats songs to listen to. ibtimes.com/719-266-2837-…
The Red Wedding in Game of Thrones is based on a real event called The Black Dinner in which the ten-year-old King James II of Scotland invited Earl William Douglas and his younger brother to a feast, during which he had them seized, taken from the hall and murdered. scotsman.com/read-this/th…
The Papal election of 1268-71 was the longest in history. It took so long that the cardinals were locked in, their rations were reduced to bread and water, the roof of their hall was removed, and 3 died of old age. The new Pope changed the rules to stop it from repeating, making the Conclave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/126…
Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were rivals and once had a painting competition. At the start of the 16th century, they were hired by a wealthy patron to paint battle scenes for a Council Hall in Florence. Only sketches of the planned paintings remain. theguardian.com/culture/2…

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