Canadians in WW1 regularly executed prisoners and exploited truces. "[He] described the practice of lobbing tins of corned beef into a neighbouring German trench. When the Canadians started hearing happy shouts of β€œMore! Give us more!” they then let loose with an armload of grenades." nationalpost.com/news/can…
A mother whose daughter was having brain surgery, called the Mister Rogers Neighborhood studio to ask for a signed photo. After hearing about this, Mr Rogers flew to the hospital to see her. His only request was that there was no press. wusa9.com/article/syndica…
Two Liverpool fans travelled to see Liverpool play against the Belgian team Genk - but by mistake, went to Ghent, 150 km away, only discovering their mistake an hour before the match. After hearing the story, the local team KAA Gent offered them to be VIP guests at an upcoming match against Genk bbc.com/sport/football/50…
Giuseppe Piazzi, following his discovery of the Dwarf Planet Ceres, had difficulty tracking its position given the lack of data. Carl Friedrich Gauss, upon hearing this, worked for three months on the problem and successfully predicted its position within half a degree a year after discovery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Beethoven never went completely deaf. Although his hearing loss affected his professional and personal life, he could still hear speech and music until 1812 and at the end of his life was still able to distinguish low tones and sudden loud sounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
The 2020 Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine was given to researchers who diagnosed, Misophonia, which is a condition causing distress at hearing other people make chewing sounds improbable.com/ig-about/w…
Gene Autry wrote "Here Comes Santa Claus" after hearing children repeatedly scream the phrase during the Hollywood Christmas Parade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
In late 1940s and 1950s, comic books were seen by parents, teachers, and others as a cause of juvenile crime. Groups organized comic book burnings in public and a 1954 Senate hearing was held, which led to the Comics Code Authority. As a result, edgy content in the comics was heavily toned down. cnbc.com/2018/06/10/comic…
Dr Frederic Wertham said in his book "Seduction of the Innocent" and the Senate hearing in 1954 that the comic book industry was worse to kids than Hitler, Batman & Robin were homosexuals and Wonder Woman was a lesbian. This caused an outcry that led to the creation of the Comics Code Authority. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
A British man named Chris discovered his girlfriend was cheating when his pet parrot Ziggy Stardust started saying "I love you, Gary" in her voice. To make matters worse he later had to get rid of Ziggy because "it was torture hearing him repeat that name over and over again." theguardian.com/uk/2006/j…
Today I learned of Peter Buxtun, an epidemiologist at the Public Health Service who after filing two protests with his superiors was the man who blew the whistle on the Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiment.t It would become front page news in the New York Times the next day and congressional hearings would be called. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Even though he received surgery to correct his nearsightedness, Horace Grant continued to wear his trademark goggles on the court during his NBA career after hearing from parents that he was a inspiration to children who wore glasses. sbnation.com/lookit/2016/…
Joss Whedon wrote the Buffy episode "Hush" after hearing people say that the show was only successful because of the dialogue. Hush, with only 17 minutes of dialogue, became the only episode nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing and is considered to be one of the show's greatest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hus…
Both South Korea and the Maldives once used the tune of Scottish song "Auld Lang Syne" for their anthems. South Korea inherited it from Scottish missionaries. The poet behind the Maldives' anthem, for his part, chose the music after hearing it chiming out of an uncle's novelty clock bbc.com/news/magazine-340…
In Bethel, Alaska (population 6,200), pranksters papered the town with flyers & banners advertising the arrival of a Taco Bell restaurant which was false. After hearing of the residents' disappointment, Taco Bell helicoptered in a truck laden with 10,000 tacos which was then mobbed by thousands. nydailynews.com/life-styl…
Today I learned of Henry the Young King. Crowned Junior King while his father still reigned, Henry revolted wanting the throne. Defeated once, Henry rebelled again but suddenly died of dysentery. Upon hearing news of his son's death, Henry II remarked "He cost me much, but I wish he had lived to cost me more." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
"Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp" and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" were not part of the original versions of "Arabian Nights" collection but were added by French archaeologist Antoine Galland after hearing from a Maronite Christian storyteller Hanna Diab in Paris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Near the end of the Beatles song "A Day In the Life", there is a 15-kilohertz sound that is at the upper limit of human hearing, but can be heard clearly by cats and dogs. This was done by the request of John Lennon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_D…
It is illegal to swear in public in some parts of Australia. The Summary Offenses Act 1988 states, " a person must not use offensive language in or near, or within hearing from, a public place or school." Punishment can includes fines or jail. novafm.com.au/lifestyle/s…
Today I learned about "Leonardo da Toenail", a man who went about the University of Southern California surreptitiously painting women's toenails as they studied in the library in the 1980s. Eventually a suspect was caught with 15 bottles of nail polish on him but disappeared before his hearing. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In 1931, mass murderer Szilveszter Matuska derailed trains using explosives. After being caught, he reported to take great delight in hearing screams of the dying. After being sentenced to life in prison, he escaped and was never found again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Szi…
A Killer Whale learned to mimic human words such as 'Hello' and 'Bye Bye.' The first of its kind to copy human speech. Whales and Dolphins are among the few animals other than humans which can learn to produce sound simply by hearing them. bbc.co.uk/news/science-en…
Hearing is the fastest human sense. You can recognize a sound in as little as 0.05 seconds. wnycstudios.org/podcasts/…
There's a mass grave near Chicago containing about 60 circus performers. Some visitors report hearing ghostly elephant sounds at night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Dimebag Darrel, former lead guitarist of Pantera, asked Eddie Van Halen if he could have a copy of the "Bumblebee" that appears on the back cover of Van Halen II. Eddie said yes, but never got around to it. After hearing the news of Dimebag's death, he had the original buried with Darrel. guitarplayer.com/players/…
In 1660, Scottish writer Thomas Urquhart died from laughter after hearing that Charles II had came back to the throne. historycollection.com/10-…
After hearing on the radio of Germany's surrender on 9th May 1945,the citizens of the Soviet Union celebrated Victory Day by drinking ALL the vodka in the nation within the next 22 hours. warhistoryonline.com/inst…
The PietΓ  sculpture of Michelangelo Buonarroti was the only work he ever signed. He only did it after hearing someone claiming the sculpture is theirs. He later regretted his outburst of pride and swore never to sign another work of his hands again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
Woody Guthrie wrote β€œThis Land is Your Land” sarcastically after he got tired of hearing Kate Smith’s β€œGod Bless America” over and over again. wikipedia.org/wiki/This_L…
There is a company attempting to heal aging and noise-related permanent hearing loss by utilizing the same regenerative properties naturally found in our intestines biospace.com/article/rele…
Wigs are still a part of British criminal courts. Judges and barristers, their term for lawyers, have specific standards for wigs that must be worn during criminal case hearings. people.howstuffworks.com/…
In 1972 a Royal Air Force Harrier was struck in the engine intake by a large bird. After hearing irregular sounds in the engine the pilot ejected, only to watch his plane ascend beautifully into the clouds. It flew for 38 miles without a pilot before running out of fuel. aviation-safety.net/wikib…
Today I learned about Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea (c. 490–430 BC), who claimed that motion is nothing but an illusion. Upon hearing Zeno's arguments, Diogenes the Cynic stood up and walked away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen…
The Killers re-wrote their entire album β€˜Hot Fuss’ after hearing an album by The Strokes entitled β€˜Is This It’. udiscovermusic.com/storie…
That’s the pilot of Gilligan’s Island was filmed on the day of JFK’s assassination. Even after hearing this news, they continued filming and when they shot the Minnow’s departure scene, all the flags were at halfmast en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Deaf people suffering from schizophrenia still have auditory hallucinations. However, instead of hearing voices, they see hands signing at them mosaicscience.com/story/c…
In Japan there is a therapy called Forest Bathing. It is not taking a bath in the forest, or exercise, or hiking, or jogging. It is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Look for a place where there are trees, and off you go. time.com/5259602/japanese…
After hearing Is This It by The Strokes, The Killers scrapped nearly all the songs they were working on, with the only exception being "Mr. Brightside" nme.com/news/music/the-st…
The famous "I drink your milkshake" line from "There Will Be Blood" was based on actual dialogue spoken by Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall during a 1924 congressional hearing about the Teapot Dome scandal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Atlanta artist TI has saved at least two people from suicide attempts. One of them was the lead singer of Creed, Scott Stapp. The other was a 24-year-old Atlanta resident who was going to jump from a 22-story building. After hearing about the situation, TI drove to the scene to help. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T.I…
Today I learned about Vic Tandy, an engineer who established a connection between supposed paranormal activity and infrasound frequency (~19Hz), which is below the range of human hearing and also roughly the resonant frequency of our eyeballs, causing some people to 'see' things that aren't there. gizmodo.com/some-ghosts-m…
Today I learned about Gunner, Gunner was an Australian stray dog who helped the air-force in WW2. His hearing was so acute that he could detect Japanese planes twenty minutes before the arrived - and before they showed up on radar. warhistoryonline.com/inst…
Today I learned of "Mexican Divorce", a practice in the mid 20th century where Americans would divorce in Mexico since it was easier, quicker, and only required the spouses to send in lawyers to the hearings instead of attending themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
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…
The CIA parachuted hundreds of people into North Korea throughout the 1950s to start resistance networks and, despite never hearing from most of them again, continued to parachute more in until an inquiry in the 1970s questioned the morality of such an initiative. npr.org/templates/story/s…
A good portion of the pre-recorded laugh tracks you hear are from the 1940s and 50s, so when there’s a funny moment on a sitcom there’s a good chance you’re hearing lots of dead people laugh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
There's a genetic abnormality called Turner Syndrome, which occurs when the second X chromosome is partially or completely missing, which can cause internal and external physical deformities, as well as vision and hearing and problems, and learning disabilities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Baleen whales evolved to use bone conduction as their primary hearing mechanism. journals.plos.org/plosone…
After completing his 20 yr sentence in 2000, John Lennon's killer has been denied parole every 2 years since. Next parole hearing is Aug 2020. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Actress Halle Berry was in an abusive relationship with co-actor Wesley Snipes. At one point he hit her so hard she lost 80% of her hearing in one ear. respectability.org/2018/0…

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