Kim Philby, head of the MI6 anti-communist section, was forced to resign over allegations that he helped two KGB moles escape. However, he was exonerated by the government. He then defected to the Soviet Union after having been KGB double agent for 30 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim…
Modern body armor was created by a pizza delivery guy who was wounded in the head and leg after a pizza delivery turned into a shootout. Richard Davis, a former US Marine, developed the bulletproof vest using Kevlar. During testing, he shot himself in the chest 190 times. businessinsider.com/moder…
The Shanghai heroin trade in the 1920s was dominated by two men. One was Chief of Police, the other was head of the government Anti-Opium Board. shanghailiving.com/shangh…
The original Mr. Potato Head didn't come with a plastic body. The pieces were meant to be put into an actual potato. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
Today I learned of a woman who gave her neighbor a β€˜box of sex toys’ to hold on to. 6 months later the neighbor noticed a stench coming from her closet where the box was stored. She finally opened it and found a decomposing severed head inside. It was the original woman’s husband. nypost.com/2019/10/04/wom…
The letter "A" is an upside down ox head - it's from an ancient Egyptian symbol of an ox, and "leads" the alphabet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
A 1485 poem describes the knight who killed Richard III as having 'shaved the boar's head.' This was thought to be a metaphor for beheading until his bones were discovered. The back of Richard III's skull had been sliced off. According to a French chronicler, it had been done with a halberd. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exh…
Nicholas Cage spent $150 million on a 70-million-year-old dinosaur skull, a tomb, a $150,000 first edition Superman comic, pygmy heads, two European castles; one worth $10 million and the other $2.6 million, and 15 residences. He later had to return the skull to the Mongolian govt. cnbc.com/2019/08/09/why-n…
In the movie The Princess Bride, when Count Rugen knocks Westly played by Cary Elwes on the head the tap came a little too hard and Elwes was knocked legitimately unconscious; he later awoke in the hospital. It's that take, with Elwes actually passing out, that appears in the film. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
George Washington borrowed The Law of Nations from the New York Society Library and didn't return it. Mount Vernon estate returned the book in 2010 (221 years overdue) after the Head librarian joked they were "not actively pursuing the overdue fines," they would appreciate having it back. rd.com/culture/overdue-li…
In 2011, near Syracuse, N.Y., a man riding bareheaded in an anti-helmet law rally lost control of his cycle, went over his handlebars, hit his head on the pavement and died. A state troopers said he motorcyclist likely would have survived the accident if he'd been wearing a helmet. cbc.ca/news/world/motorcy…
Today I learned of John Sedgwick, a Union general who was fatally shot in the head by a confederate soldier, after criticizing Confederate shooting skills. In battle, Sedgwick saw his men duck for cover. He said, "Why are you dodging like this? They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.” He was then shot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
A coin flip actually has a 51/49 probability of landing heads or tails -- favoring the side facing up when flipped. If you spin a US penny on its side, however, it has an 80% chance of landing tails up. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Killer whales use a hunting technique known as a "karate chop" against sharks. Using its tail it pushes the shark to the surface on a vortex, then raises its tail high in the air and slams it on the shark’s head. Then it flips the shark over causing tonic immobility, rendering it paralyzed. pbs.org/wnet/nature/kille…
Author Robert Howard created Conan the Barbarian and invented the entire 'sword and sorcery' genre. He took care of his sickly mother his entire adult life, never married and barely dated. The day his mother finally died, he he walked out to his car, grabbed a gun, and shot himself in the head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The infamous RMS Titanic had a near-identical sister ship called Olympic, nicknamed "Old Reliable", that was re-commissioned in WWI as a troop transport ship and was notable for having carried over 200,000 troops during the war and sinking a German u-boat by ramming into it head-on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
In 1978, a Soviet scientist named Anatoli Bugorski stuck his head in a particle accelerator that sent a beam of protons traveling at nearly the speed of light straight through his head. He survived with half his face paralysed & deafness in one ear, completing his doctorate shortly after. amusingplanet.com/2020/02…
Two Gemini astronauts died when their plane crashed into the building where their spacecraft was being assembled. One astronaut was decapitated, and his head was found in the rafters of the building en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Decaffeinated coffee was discovered in 1903 by accident by Ludwig Roselius, head of German coffee company Kaffee HAG. One of his shipments got swamped by seawater in transit, leaching out the caffeine but not the flavour. Roselius worked out an industrial method to repeat it. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The US is in eternal battle with a flesh eating fly called the Screw Worm. Basically a maggot that burrow into live flesh, head first. There's a worm screw border guard at Panama, having mostly irradicating them in North America. Last US case in 2016. Yes, they will lay their eggs in you. entomologytoday.org/2018/…
Mr Potato Head was originally just the accessories. You provided your own potatoes. youtu.be/ICGrjmJouWA
Queen Elizabeth II is 36.4% of the world's current monarchs. There are currently 44 monarchies on earth, of which she is the head of 16. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about Pitchcapping. It was a British form of torture used on suspected Irish rebels in 1798. They would heat up tar and pour it on their heads allow it to cool and tear their scalp off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit…
In cases of spinal injury emergency doctors may check for the 'bulbocavernosus reflex' where they squeeze head of the penis or the clitoris while their finger is inside the anus to check for contraction of the anal sphincter. Absence of this reflex indicates spinal cord damage pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
In 2004, American singer Teena Marie was sleeping in a hotel room, when a large picture frame fell and struck her on the head. The blow caused a serious concussion that caused momentary seizures for the rest of her life en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tee…
In the movie The Godfather, the horse head from the scene where Jack Woltz, played by John Marley, wakes up to find it lying in his bed, is from an actual dead horse. During rehearsals a fake one was used, and Marley wasn't told beforehand, so his screams during the actual shot were genuine. businessinsider.com.au/4-…
A study found that wearing a tie can reduce blood flow to the brain. Men wearing ties & men without ties were scanned using MRI to measure the blood flow to the head; brains of tie-wearers on average received 7.5% less cerebral blood flow than brains of those with no ties. businessinsider.com/weari…
The Prankster Horace De Vera Cole once handed out free symphony tickets to bald men. He painted a letter on each of the men's heads. When they sat in their seats their shiny bald heads spelled "Bollocks" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Government in Japan runs dating ads in which they tell the women what kind of stocking to wear and even at what angle to tilt your head when looking at a man to attract him youtu.be/a1jGZUbN06M
Today I learned of Jonathan Luna, an Assistant United States Attorney in Baltimore who was found dead next to his car in a creek, having drowned after sustaining a head injury and being stabbed 36 times with his own pocketknife. Authorities disagree whether his death was murder or suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
Sean Connery was targeted by a gang in Edinburgh in the 1950s. 6 gang members followed him up to a 15-foot high balcony. He singlehandedly beat them up. He grabbed one by the throat and another by the biceps and cracked their heads together. After, they treated him with great respect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
In 1985, Hulk Hogan and Mr. T were guests on Hot Properties hosted by Richard Belzer. Belzer persistently asked Hogan to put him in a wrestling move. Pressured by the Mr. T/audience, Hogan put Belzer in a front chin lock and Belzer passed out, hit his head on the floor, resulting in 9 stitches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
Two sisters were killed when their vehicles collided head-on on a rural highway as they traveled to visit each other deseret.com/2002/11/20/19…
In Switzerland rabies was virtually eliminated after scientists placed chicken heads laced with live attenuated vaccine in the Swiss Alps, which the foxes (the main carriers of the virus) ate and therefore immunized themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
The ground-to-air signal for needing medical assistance in a survival situation is to just lay there flat with your arms above your head. aircav.com/survival/asch1…
Peter Porco, after being hit in the head 16 times with an axe, woke up with his alarm and shaved, prepared breakfast, retrieved the newspaper and made his lunch all before succumbing to his injuries. youtu.be/3beEkXoZUao
Ulysses S. Grant went on a post-presidency world tour from 1877-79. He was received quite well, often greeting cheering crowds, being offered gifts, and meeting various heads-of-state. He even acted as an unofficial diplomat in some cases, such as a land dispute between China and Japan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
There was a popular chocolate product from Lebanon called Ras El Abed, meaning "slave's head". It has recently changed its name. stepfeed.com/these-produc…
The reason why the music genre "shoegazing" got its name is that the performers would stand in a detached state with their heads down. It was because the heavy use of effects pedals meant the musicians had to observe the pedals' readouts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
A study found that the "hand on knees" posture results in better heart rate recovery and a greater amount of air inhaled into the lungs with each breath than the "hands on head" posture. journals.lww.com/acsm-tj/…
Today I learned of Phineas Gage, a railroad worker in 1848 who lived through an iron rod passing through his head, completely severing his frontal lobe. Gage may have been the first case to suggest the brains role in determining personality, and that damage to the brain could induce personality changes. britannica.com/biography/…
Carl Sagan lived in an Egyptian Revival home called The Sphinx Head Tomb in Ithaca, NY architectuul.com/architec…
Today I learned of the Thorpe Affair, where in 1975 the head of the British Liberal Party Jeremy Thorpe hired a hitman to kill his homosexual lover from the 1960’s causing one of the biggest scandals in British politics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Today I learned about JIS-spec screws, which look an awful lot like Phillips-head screws, but the tools are not always interchangeable and can cause mechanics tremendous frustration. motorcycle.com/ask-mo-any…
There is a teenager who was kicked in the head. As a result her memory resets every two hours, meaning she wakes up thinking every day is 11 June. news.yahoo.com/teenager-m…
A duck is called a duck because it ducks its head under the water to feed. The animal was named after the verb and not the other way around. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duc…
Today I learned about Goose Pulling, where people would tie a goose upside down and grease its neck, then ride past it and try to pull its head off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo…
Today I learned of the Dracula parrot found only in New Guinea. Despite its name, the parrot eats no meat but rather feeds almost exclusively on figs. Just as vultures adapted a featherless head to feed cleanly on bloody carcasses, a Dracula parrot's lack of face feathers keeps its face clean of sticky figs. australiangeographic.com.…
All vertebrates (except fish) have the same basic skeleton design: a column of vertebrae that supports the body and head, a skull that houses and protects the brain and sense organs, ribs that protect the heart and lungs and 4 limbs. Every limb also shares the same basic pattern and has 5 digits en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Ana…
An outbreak of Syphilis caused a surge in Wigmaking. Wigs covered up baldness and head sores caused by Syphilis. Powdered Wigs were popular because the powder contained lavender or orange, to cover up bad smells. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
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…
A toilet hose & spray head ($15) must not be installed without an RPZ valve ($400). The fresh water supply to your house and your whole street can be infected with bacteria. vba.vic.gov.au/__data/ass…
While performing in an SNL skit parodying Jackass stunts, Chris Kattan fell, hit his head, and severly injured his neck requiring 5 serguries. vulture.com/2019/05/chris…
In 1968 Elton John attempted suicide but was discovered by Bernie Taupin. Upon finding Elton's head in the oven, resting on a pillow, with the gas on low, and all the windows open, Bernie couldn't stop laughing. This event inspired the hit single "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" ultimateclassicrock.com/e…
Today I learned of the Talheim Death Pit, a mass grave dating to 5000BC, containing the remains of 34 bodies, bearing some of the earliest evidence of habitual warfare, including fatal adze, axe and arrow wounds to the back of the head. It has been suggested that this site represents an early form of genocide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tal…
A Missouri man was sentenced to watch "Bambi" once a month while serving 1 year jail time for illegal deer hunting; he and his family used lights to startle deer for easy kill, used illegal weapons, & killed deer from a cruising vehicle. At times he took the head for a trophy and left the body. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Glenn K. Tripp, a D.B Cooper copycat, hijacked a plane for a $600k ransom. He had his drink spiked with Valium by a flight attendant, and after a 10 hour standoff, lowered his ransom to 3 cheeseburgers and a head start on a getaway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._…
None of the Beatles knew how to read or write music. They started writing songs by modeling them after chord progressions and structures of tunes they knew. Then they began to change them to develop their own style. Paul McCartney said, "I don’t see music as dots on a page. It's in my head." cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Today I learned Jonestown Survivor Jackie Speier Who was Shot in the Head and Stomach After an Ambush, Survived and Crawled into a Forest Only to be Attacked by a Swarm of Fire Ants. She spent 22 hours Without Medical Help. sfgate.com/opinion/articl…
The knobby bumps on a giraffes head are not bone antlers (as with deer) but are hard cartilage (like the hard part of a human ear), and add weight and firmness that allow the giraffe to use its neck and head as a ball and chain flail and deliver fatal blows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oss…
Intermarche supermarkets in France offered a 70% discount on Nutella, bringing the price down from €4.50 to €1.40. This led to riots & violence in stores. One customer claimed 'They are like animals. A woman had her hair pulled, an elderly lady took a box on her head, another had a bloody hand.' bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
Wild Bill Hickok usually sat with his back to a wall so he could see the entrance of the building he was in. On his last day, when he went to play poker, the only seat available was one facing away from the door. He tried changing seats twice, but couldn’t. He was shot in the back of the head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 1946, George Kennan, then USA's deputy head of mission in Moscow, sent a 8000 worded "Long Telegram", which became the basis of US approach towards USSR is the Cold War. He warned US of Kremlin's expansionist dreams, which, if unchecked, would shatter the principals on which US stands. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Apparently Easter Island's Heads Have Bodies news.artnet.com/art-world…
In 2019, a mammoth tusk hunter found a perfectly preserved 32,000 year-old wolf head smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Some cultures use remoras to catch turtles. When a turtle is sighted from a boat, a remora is released attached by a rope; it heads directly for the turtle and fastens itself to the turtle's shell, and then both remora and turtle are hauled in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rem…
Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward almost died after a prank by his band. After finding Ward naked and unconscious after a night of heavy drinking, they thought it would be funny to cover the drummer from head to toe in paint. Ward soon became violently ill and had a seizure wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_W…
Today I learned of Sombra, drug detection dog of the Colombian Nat'l Police. She's led to over 200 arrests & seizure of at least 9 tons of illicit drugs. Police upped security for Sombra after the cartel Los UrabeΓ±os (aka Gulf Clan) put a bounty on her head. Reports on price for her murder varied from $7K-$70K. nationalpost.com/news/wor…
The average number of hairs someone has on their head is about 100,000 hairs but it can vary by hair color. Blondes can have an average of 150,000 hairs. healthline.com/health/how…
Today I learned of Exploding Head Syndrome - a little understood condition in which people experience a sudden loud noise either when waking or when falling asleep. Some also experience a flashing light, myoclonic jerks or tachycardia. The cause is unknown but some conspiracy theories have emerged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
In 1386 a pig was convicted of murder for β€œhad indulged in the evil propensity of eating infants on the street” and was was sentenced to be maimed in the head and forelegs prior to hanging. daily.jstor.org/when-soci…
Spotted Hyenas have a bite force of about 1,000 lbs per square inch. That is enough to bite through bone. Hyenas are also known to hunt lions and have been photographed with full animal heads (including a lions) in their mouth. stillunfold.com/animal/hy…
When Curly (Jerry Howard) auditioned for the Three Stooges, he had long ginger hair and a handle bar mustache. He shaved his head to get the part. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Over the past 104 years, the Syracuse men's lacrosse team have only had (4) head coaches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syr…
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
Serial Killers are more likely to have suffered a head injury as a child than non-serial killers. medicaldaily.com/serial-k…
In 1995 a man from australia committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest with a shotgun. He then shot himself in the head with a pistol. When both failed he used the shotgun and shot his throat and jaw. Finally he walked two hundred metres & shot himself in the heart en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mul…
The inventor of the Saxophone, Adolphe Sax survived multiple near death experiences as a child such as; falling from a height of 3 stories and hitting his head on a stone, drinking a bowl of vitriolized water age 3 and surviving a gunpowder explosion that left him seriously burnt, among others en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
In 1935, suspected for murder Lloyd Holmes shot himself in the head with a .32 caliber pistol in a boatshed. However, the bullet only knocked him unconscious causing him to fall into the water. He later awoke, climbed into a speedboat, and lead the police on a chase for several hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Upon hearing of the Teutoburg incident (9 CE) a.k.a the Varian Disaster, where three whole legions were wiped in an ambush by Germanic tribes, Emperor Augustus was so shaken that he stood butting his head against the walls of his palace shouting 'Quintilius Varus, give me back my legions' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
When Henry Ford II took control of Ford Motor Co., the first thing he did was fire his grandfather's brutal, union-busting head of security by sending his own second-in-command, a former FBI agent, to deliver the news. Both men drew handguns on each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Grizzly Bears are strong enough to smack a human's head off, crushing crushing a bowling ball with their jaws, and running 35 mph mentalfloss.com/article/5…
That, when Dan Aykroyd was developing Crystal Head Vodka, he thought there would be a trademark conflict with "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull", a meeting between Aykroyd and director Steven Spielberg resulted in the drink being served at the movie's premiere en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
Hearing your own voice and/or breathing in your ears is not normal. It can be caused by Patulous Eustachian tube disorder. The tube helps equalize pressure in your head. It’s normally closed, but stays open occasionally with the disorder. It only affects about 1% of the population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Today I learned of the improbable case of Phineas Gage, An American railroad worker who survived an accident where a metal bar went completely through his head en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Putting your hands on your knees after an intense HIIT session is actually better for you than putting your hands on your head, contrary to what coaches have been espousing all these years. journals.lww.com/acsm-tj/…
Chickens' heads are gyroscopic. Move their bodies but their heads stay steady. youtu.be/xws0DnRkzbg?t=19
On July 13, 1978, a guy named Anatoli Bugorski leaned his head inside a proton accelerator while working at the Institute for High Energy Physics in Russia and miraculously survived. Anatoli suffered many physical impairments but ended up finishing his doctorate. discovermagazine.com/heal…
Balkan sworn virgins, women who would take a vow of celibacy in order to be able to live as a man in certain Balkan nations. They could wear male clothing, inherit property, and become the head of a household. Women would take the oath to escape arranged marriages and having to bear children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Robert Stack voiced a role in the film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. He was so concerned that the producers of Unsolved Mysteries would fire him for appearing in the movie that he paid a lawyer $550 to have his name removed from the credits. He only earned $500 for the movie. youtu.be/3IzM_LBMw4k
In June 2013, a fossil analysis discovered a large lizard in Myanmar. The extinct reptile was given the moniker Barbaturex morrisoni in honor of Morrison. "This is a king lizard, and he was the lizard king, so it just fit," said Jason Head, a paleontologist at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Today I learned of Alfred Holmes, one of Gibraltar's "Officers-in-Charge of the Apes." From 1913 to 1991, these soldiers cared for Gibraltar's macaque population. Holmes fed, nursed, and even trained them. Using eye signals and subtle head movements, he stopped the macaques from taking food offered by tourists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
The voice in your head while reading is subvocalization psychology.wikia.org/wiki…
Today I learned about Thomas Norris, a Navy SEAL who was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing two pilots during the Vietnam war. On a subsequent mission he was shot in the head and left for dead, but fellow SEAL Michael Thornton dragged him to a boat offshore and saved him. Thornton won the Medal of Honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
In some countries such as Greece, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Albania and Sicily, nodding your head means "no" or refusal of something, instead of the common meaning of approval. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nod…
Fred Durst and his band (Limp Bizkit) wanted a band name that would turn people's heads away when reading it. Names they considered included Gimp Disco, Split Dickslit, Bitch Piglet, and Blood Fart. wikipedia.org/wiki/Limp_B…
The actress who played one of the prostitutes in "Fargo" was also one of the movie's dialect coaches and taught lead actress Frances McDormand the movie's signature "Yeah?"-"Yeah" head-nod. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
A cockroach can "karate kick" an emerald jewel wasp in the head. If not kicked away, a wasp injects venom into a roach's brain & midsection which paralyzes a roach's front legs & makes it a zombie to be led by its antennae; then it gets stuck with a wasp egg & eaten alive by wasp larvae. nationalgeographic.com/an…
In 2012, a Polish woman set the record for labor duration. Joanna Krzysztonek was in labor for 75 days straight. At the insistence of her doctors, she had her feet above her head for part of that time. reuters.com/article/us-po…
In 2013, a head injury left an Australian woman with a French accent. This is a case of foreign accent syndrome, which is a medical condition in which patients acquire a foreign accent through a stroke or head trauma. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…

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