Today I learned of an undercover operation in 2020 where a group of white hat hackers discovered a security vulnerability and preemptively stole $10mil USD worth of the cryptocurrency Ethereum before anyone else could, stored the funds somewhere else, and then returned all of the funds to their original owners. samczsun.com/escaping-the…
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
Sea urchins will pick up objects and wear them as hats...and one aquarium enthusiast decided to 3D-print mini cowboy hats and viking helmets to accommodate them. newsweek.com/sea-urchin-h…
When the film "Yesterday" (about a world where the Beatles only existed in one musician's memory) was released, Paul McCartney and his wife crept into a theater, with Paul disguising himself with a hat and sunglasses, and watched it from the back row, trying not to laugh when he was mentioned people.com/music/paul-mcc…
The South Korean baseball association banned players from placing a cabbage leaf under their hats during games. Except with the provision of a doctor's note in advance. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
In August 1864, a sniper tried to shoot Abraham Lincoln as he left the White House. They had missed by inches and shot through Lincoln’s hat, knocking it off his head. Lincoln had left without guards. He was just riding out to an evening retreat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The colloquial phrase "mad as a hatter" comes come British hatters slowly going crazy because of the poisoning from the mercury used in the hat making process en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
J.K. Rowling wrote a real person into The Goblet of Fire. The girl was named Natalie McDonald, a Harry Potter fan who was dying of leukaemia while Rowling was still writing the book. You see her character as a first-year who dons the sorting hat and is sorted into Gryffindor. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
In 1717, notorious pirate Benjamin Hornigold and him team attacked a ship off the coast of Honduras to steal all the hats on board as theirs' have been lost while partying drunk the night before. They stole all the hats and left the ship without causing any other trouble to the crew members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
The Hasidic Jewish hairstyle is actually a Shtreimel - a type of hair hat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sht…
There is no one origin of pointed birthday hats. In fact, this distinctive headgear has been around at the very least since 2800 BC, when ancient Egyptian pharaohs donned it. It is unknown if pointed hats were adopted from Egypt or if they simply began systematically appearing around the world. ehow.com/about_6458648_hi…
Cartoonist Bill Watterson named the main characters of his popular cartoon series Calvin and Hobbes after the 16th-century theologian John Calvin and the 17th-century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes allegedly as a "tip of the hat" to the political science department at Kenyon. britannica.com/topic/Calv…
During the early 1900s, hat pins were used by women for self-defense; Mademoiselle Gelas even wrote a manual advising a combination of jiu-jitsu, hatpin stabbing and umbrella work to fend off men. history.com/news/how-wome…
Lincoln was almost assassinated 9 months before he was assassinated. While riding back to the Soliders' Home, a rifle fired hitting his hat. His horse was startled and ran "break-neck speed" as the President described it. Lincoln dismissed it as a hunting accident. travelthruhistory.tv/fail…
In 1936, the city of Spokane gave their last electric streetcar a Viking funeral: After its final trip, it was paraded through the city, then filled with hay bales and set ablaze, until finally "six pretty girls in bathing suits and firemen's red hats" put out the fire historylink.org/File/8088
The identity of the blonde female co-lead in the Men Without Hats video for Safety Dance (her character Jenny arc'd through 2 other MWH videos) was kept secret for decades when it was disclosed she was played by Brit Louise Court who'd later become a journalist and editor of Cosmopolitan UK tampabay.com/can-you-name…
The exoplanet HAT-P-7b β€˜rains’ rubies and sapphires. The gas giant is tidally locked, with the same side facing its star. On its β€˜night’ side, high precipitation of corundumβ€”the mineral which forms rubies and sapphiresβ€”is found in the atmosphere. exoplanets.nasa.gov/news/…
In Chinese culture the expression "wearing a green hat" signifies that a man's wife or girlfriend has cheated on him, because the Chinese phrase for "green hat" sounds similar to the word for "cuckold". Because of this, Chinese men won't wear a green hat. squirrelsofafeather.com/c…
Today I learned about a 1994 race for state representative in Wyoming that was decided by a ping-pong ball. State law said tied elections must be settled by drawing lots, so the candidates' names were written on ping-pong balls, and a ball bearing the winner's name was drawn from the governor's cowboy hat. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
JFK was the last President to wear a top hat to his inauguration, and in fact had restored the tradition after Eisenhower hadn't worn one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ina…
the 2006 World Cup has been the only edition in which no hat-tricks have been scored, while the 1954 edition had a record of eight hat-tricks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about "Duck Buildings" buildings shape like the merchandise they're selling. Popular in the 20s and 30s, there were stores and restaurants shaped like kegs, hats, and all types of animals. restaurant-ingthroughhist…
From around 1857 to 1889, a man known only as the Leatherman repeatedly walked a 365-mile loop around the northeastern US. He wore a handmade leather coat, scarf and hat and although he frequently stopped in towns along his route, he never told anyone his name. His identity remains unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
Bakers Yeast has a symbiotic virus that encodes a toxin hat kills other yeast cells that dont have the virus. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
Today I learned of Hutterites, a communal branch of Anabaptists where colonies are limited in size. Once an upper limit is reached they branch off into daughter colonies by putting two pieces of paper, labeled "Group A" and "Group B", into a hat. The name drawn indicates which group is leaving. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hut…
Falconers/breeders wear a specialized hat that allows them to collect sperm from their birds for later artificial insemination. Basically the falcon is having sex with their keeper's head. abc10.com/video/entertain…
Dr. Seuss' widow disliked 'The Cat in the Hat' (2003) so much that she banned Hollywood from making Live Action movies of Seuss characters. today.com/popculture/seus…
Dung beetles orientate themselves using the milky way, and that researchers tested this by putting little hats on them cell.com/current-biology/…
Today I learned about Digby Tatham Warter, the man who led a charge in WW2 with a bowler hat and an umbrella, and immobilising an enemy tank using said umbrella. history.co.uk/article/ww2…
The old lady watching Mary Tyler Moore throw her hat into the air during the intro of The Mary Tyler Moore Show was named Hazel Frederick. Mary and Hazel finally met in 1996 after Hazel’s granddaughter heard a radio interview where Mary Tyler Moore inquired about the old lady’s identity. startribune.com/20-years-…
Today I learned of unique US city names. Booger Hole, West Virginia is named after the "boogieman" and for their crime and murder histories. Truth or Consequences, New Mexico named itself after a radio show, & Mexican Hat, Utah is named after a stone formation that looks like a person with a sombrero. theactivetimes.com/travel…
Bald Eagles are feeding in a suburban Seattle landfill and dropping their trash leftovers in nearby residents' yards. The official β€œbird management plan" sent drones to chase away birds but were ripped up in the sky by eagles. "Scarecrow" mannequins with safety vest and hard hat also failed. seattletimes.com/seattle-…
Dr. Seuss' widow disliked 'The Cat in the Hat' (2003) so much that she banned Hollywood from making Live Action movies of Seuss characters today.com/popculture/seus…
The bowler hat was the most popular in the American West, prompting Lucius Beebe to call the bowler, "the hat that won the West". The cowboy hat derives from the "Boss of the Plains" hat which was manufactured by J.B. Stetson in 1865 and was marketed to cowboys as a durable success symbol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow…
Today I learned of a program where shelter cats are cared for by prison inmates. Cats who formerly were in cages can roam freely in a refurbished prison office where inmates are allowed to care for the cats and learn to craft toys, furniture and even knit hats for the cats. youtube.com/watch?v=mpxHz…
In 1829, when pirates attacked a US ship, a man onboard managed to avoid their attention by dressing up as a priest. He put on black gown and a wide brimmed hat and stayed in his cabin. When the pirates found him, they made the sign of the cross and left. He was the only one not to be robbed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Notorious Pirate/Pirate hunter Benjamin Hornigold once attacked a ship just to steal all of the crew member's hats. His men had gotten drunk and lost their hats during a party the night before and decided to board a ship to get replacements. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
At the premiere of the Good Omens TV series, a front row seat was left empty in tribute to Terry Pratchett. His trademark scarf and hat were placed on it, and there was a bag of popcorn- Neil Gaiman said that Terry wanted to sit next to him and eat popcorn if an Omens movie ever happened. radiotimes.com/news/on-de…
Spain won basketball gold at the 2000 Paralympics but most of the team wasn't disabled. The coach asked the team to slow their scoring because they were playing too well. When journalists became suspicious, they were encouraged to grow beards and wear hats so as not to be recognisable. telegraph.co.uk/sport/299…
Today I learned about the Orange Alternative movement. Known as the Revolution of Dwarfs, attracted more than 10,000 people who marched through the city centre in WrocΕ‚aw, wearing orange dwarf hats. culture.pl/en/article/the…
Some of the retired Concordes have a pilot's hat permanently trapped in the cockpit, inserted during the final flight into a gap that opened up at high speed, but closed again as the fuselage cooled. youtube.com/watch?v=x4XBS…
Hospitals give newborns hats to wear to prevent them losing body heat through their head. naturalbabylife.com/why-d…
Napoleon was buried with one of his famous hats napoleon.org/en/history-o…
Today I learned about the Tanuki, a Japanese folklore creature that is referred to as the Raccoon Dog. Its most distinguishing characteristic is their large, magical pair of testicles that it used as a hat, umbrella, boat or drum. They are known as tricksters or bringers of good luck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak…
Hard hats are recommended to be replaced every 5 years, the webbing inside to be replaced every year, and they are recyclable as #2 plastic. (It's the first FAQ and last FAQ under head protection in the link) bullard.com/faq
Today I learned the phrase "mad as a hatter" or "madhatter" comes from old hat makers using mercury to shape animal pelts into top hats. history.com/news/where-di…
The β€œSmokey the Bear” hat was popularized by Buffalo Soldiers who went on to be National Park Rangers nationalparkstraveler.org…
The pirate Benjamin Hornigold once raided a merchant ship just to steal the hats from the ship's crew because his crew had gotten too drunk the night before and had thrown their hats overboard. history101.com/pirate-ben…
'Democracy sausage' is the Australian term for sausage sandwiches sold at polling booths. In 1989 the liberal party leader was accused of bribing voters with democracy sausages after wearing a BBQ hat and apron and "being involved in the dissemination of sausages" at an election campaign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
The Straw Hat Riots ensued in 1922 New York when too many people were wearing their straw hats after the socially acceptable annual deadline to wear straw hats en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…

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