Eric Clapton’s Tears In Heaven was written about his 4 year old son, Connor Clapton, who died by falling out of an apartment building. biography.com/news/eric-c…
The Star Spangled Banner is a rendition of a musical called β€œAnacreon In Heaven” that was written in 1778 by a British man named John Stafford Smith about a Greek poet, Anacreon, known for his writings of praise and love of wine. The melody became the U.S. national anthem 153 years later. nationalgeographic.com/cu…
Today I learned of 'Heaven's Gate' (religious group), who had participated in a mass suicide of 39 of its members (a coordinated series of ritual suicides) in order to reach what they believed was an extraterrestrial spacecraft following Comet Hale–Bopp in 1997. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Am-Phu cave in Vietnam is decorated with "hell" themes: sculpted demons "and fanged devils bathed in sinister red light, where hands reach up from the waters below and river monsters threaten to gnash (visitors') souls to bits." It's located under the mountain associated with heaven. atlasobscura.com/places/a…
In the original version of Tenacious D's "Tribute", the "Greatest Song In The World" consists mainly of Stairway to Heaven. youtube.com/watch?v=BH35a…
The source tune for the American National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, came from an 18th century drinking song called "To Anacreon In Heaven." youtube.com/watch?v=3l-n6…
In Poland in 2010, a 90-ton WWII-era locomotive was propped-up vertically as a memorial sculpture. Artist Andrzej Jarodski titled it "PociΔ…g do Nieba" --The Train to Heaven. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
The β€œStar Spangled Banner,” the United States’ National Anthem, uses the exact melody of an old English drinking song called β€œTo Anacreon in Heaven” which was popular among Americans in 1812 sporcle.com/blog/2018/08/…
The infamous Heaven's Gate cult supported themselves by doubling as a moderately successful web design firm. Their clients included the San Diego Polo club and a Christian music store. vice.com/en_us/article/pg…
In 1997, Texas commissioners tried to designate β€œheaven-o” as their county’s official greeting. The reason, β€œhello” contains β€œhell”. centerforinquiry.org/blog…
Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura in Star Trek, had a brother named Thomas who committed suicide along with 38 others in the Heavens Gate cult. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
During the filming of Quigley, actor Gary Busey demanded that Heaven be changed to reflect what he saw when he was there during his near-death experience. He then came to blows with another actor who had also had a near-death experience, over what Heaven actually looks like. vulture.com/2012/03/there…
In a speech given by Martin Luther King Jr. in 1967, he mentioned that African-Americans in slavery often called Canada "Heaven." It was a code name used by people who were part of the Underground Railroad cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/…
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, was a first-class cricketer. He played 10 games for the MCC between 1900 and 1907, achieving a high score of 43 and taking one wicket. Also, the address 221B Baker street, is just down the road from Cricket's heaven, The Lord's. indiatoday.in/sports/stor…
Today I learned about the American Revolution's Pine Tree Flag which featured the words "An Appeal to Heaven." It was one of a few different flag designs used for the new nation during the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
There are 7 days in a week thanks to the Babylonians, who lived in modern-day Iraq. As keen observers of the heavens, the Babylonians adopted 7 days because they observed 7 celestial bodies β€” the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
, the word Nintendo can be translated as "leave luck to heaven" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
Boston Corbett, the soldier who killed Abraham Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth, was devoutly religious and amongst other things castrated himself with a pair of scissors in 1858, believing it would help him resist temptation by women and get into heaven. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
In 2000, Sonny Sandoval, lead singer of Nu Metal group POD, was responsible for the increased popularity of the name β€œNevaeh” which is β€œHeaven” spelled backwards. abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?…
Today I learned about Mandate of Heaven, theory in China, according to which the ruler must have the support of Heaven to rule. Moral rulers who care for their people gain the mandate. If a despot sits on the throne, the Heavens can withdraw it, which they signal through e.g. eclipses, floods, wars, plagues etc en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The music to the Star-Spangled​ Banner is from a British drinking song called "To Anacreon in Heaven” By John Stafford Smith written in 1780 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Heaven's Gate was a cult that committed mass suicide in a mansion to "escape" Earth onto a UFO supposedly on the Hale-Bopp Comet in 1997 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Actress Nichelle Nichols of Star Trek playing Nyota Uhura had a younger brother, Thomas who was a member of the Heaven's Gate cult. He died on March '97 in the cult's mass suicide that purposely coincided with the passing of the Hale-Bopp comet. They believed a spaceship was following the comet. wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven…
Werner Herzog claimed he would eat his own shoes if Errol Morris would ever complete the movie "Gates of Heaven". When he actually did, Herzog followed his own claim which is documented as the movie "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wer…
After ordering multiple massacres, Zhang Xianzhong had his few remaining loyal servants carve a stele to explain his actions. The stele read: "Heaven Brings Forth Numerous Things to Nurture Man. Man Has Nothing Good With Which To Recompense Heaven. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zha…
There was an amusement park inside Paris from 1900 to 1934 called "Magic City", predating Luna Park by 9 years. It was also an LGBT heaven where meet-ups were presented as "disguised dancings" in order to evade vice squad. matthewfraserauthor.com/u…
The American concept of 'manifest destiny' was born out of a mission to redeem the Old World by high example generated by the potentialities of a new earth for building a new heaven. There has always been a debate about the future of America leading by conquest or by democratic example. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
In ancient Egypt Iron was known as "Ba-en-pet" meaning, "Metal of Heaven" since humans hadn't discovered the process of smelting iron ore and the only source of Iron then was through fallen meteors smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
After the death of Pope Julius II, (the militaristic "warrior pope" who emulated Caesar) the scholar Erasmus wrote a satirical dialogue in which the pope is denied entrance at the gates of heaven, ending with him planning to invade Paradise using the same tactics he applied when alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
In ancient cosmologies, the Empyrean, was the place in the highest heaven. In Christian literature it is considered the dwelling-place of God, of celestial beings so divine they are made of pure light, and the source of light and creation itself. Dante visits this realm at the end of Paradiso. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
New York's Columbus Park features a statue of Sun Yat-sen with Manchurian dress that represents China’s diverse ethnic groups. Inscribed on the pedestal is his calligraphy, β€œAll Under Heaven Are Equal”. Inspired by the American Revolution, Dr. Sun envisioned a free and democratic China nycgovparks.org/parks/col…
The thirty-nine members of the Heaven's Gate cult that killed themselves used phenobarbital to kill themselves, which is also the world's oldest anti-seizure medication. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phe…
Marshall Herff Applewhite Jr. was an American cult leader that founded what became known as the Heaven's Gate religious group, who also organized their mass suicide in 1997 claiming the lives of 39 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The National Anthem is sung to the tune of an old drinking song called "To Anacreon in Heaven" youtube.com/watch?v=etJo9…
The idea that homeowners own the airspace above their homes comes from medieval Roman law β€œCuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos” ("Whoever owns the soil, it is theirs up to Heaven and down to Hell.") mentalfloss.com/article/3…
The song β€œMah NΓ  Mah NΓ ,” made famous by the Muppets on β€œSesame Street” and β€œThe Muppet Show,” originally appeared in the Italian film β€œSvezia, inferno e paradiso” (β€œSweden: Heaven and Hell”), a 1968 exploitation documentary film about wild sexual activity in Sweden. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mah…
Islam teaches that Jesus didn’t die of crucifixion, but was raised to heaven while alive. Some Christian denominations believe this as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ent…
The Heaven's Gate cult was covered by a niche insurance policy that would pay out $1 Million per person if they were abducted, impregnated, or killed by aliens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Goodfellas and My Blue Heaven are about both about the same mobster - Henry Hill. decider.com/2015/11/18/go…
The subject of the 2010 Christian book, "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven: A True Story," released an open letter to bookstores admitting he made up the story "because I thought it would get me attention." The publisher then withdrew the book, which had already sold over 1 million copies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Tibetans practice 'sky burials' where bodies are chopped up and left to be picked clean by vultures 'who take the dead to Heaven' nationalgeographic.com/vi…
A sad song, hymn, or poem mourning the death of someone is called a Threnody, e.g. Candle In The Wind, Tears in Heaven, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
– After 9/11, Clear Channel (now iheartMedia) told their stations not to play Stairway to Heaven, Walk Like an Egyptian, Highway to Hell and over 160 songs by Alice in Chains, Beatles, GnR, Tom Petty, U2 and others. In addition, they completely banned every song by Rage Against the Machine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
John Adams called Christianity a "fresh revelation" but if there was no Heaven; his advice to every man, woman, and child would be to take opium. oll.libertyfund.org/title…
Theres an painting in the US capitol painted by the Pope's personal painter that shows George Washington ascending to Heaven and becoming a God aoc.gov/art/other-paintin…
Back in 1984, religious fanatics in Iran sent children marching over minefields to clear them. They got plastic keys that would open the gates of heaven for them. Later, they also gave them blankets so corpse parts wouldn't be blown everywhere. matthiaskuentzel.de/conte…
In 1945, a woman was found with a knife in her neck and bullet wound to the head. A message in lipstick was left on the walls "For heavens sake, catch me before I kill more, I cannot control myself" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Robert Plant once pledged $10,000 to KBOO, an independent radio station in Portland Oregon, in order for them to never again play the song Stairway to Heaven on their station. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KBO…
Goodfellas and My Blue Heaven are based on the same person, Henry Hill en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
Mayan calendars were more accurate than the calendars of the invading Spanish. This is because the Mayans didn't make the mistake that the Greeks did in thinking of the heavens as a groups of spheres moving in circles, but instead based their system on hundreds of years of observations. youtube.com/watch?v=eZoe6…
The song "Mah NΓ  Mah NΓ " sung by The Muppets, was originally created for an Italian soft-core pron video called Svezia, inferno e paradiso (Sweden: Heaven and Hell). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swe…
The mobile game "Send Me to Heaven" involves throwing your phone as high in the air as you can. the creator said he made it with the hope of destroying as many iPhones as possible, but Apple banned it from the App Store. wired.com/2013/09/send-me…
Redbad, the last pagan King of Frisia (northern Netherlands), refused to convert to Christianity because he "preferred spending eternity in Hell with his pagan ancestors than in Heaven with his enemies." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Today I learned of Hatuey, an anti-colonial revolutionary in Cuba during the 16th century. Upon being captured by the Spaniards he was sentenced to be burned. Before being burned a priest offered to baptize him so he may go to heaven. To this he said, "If the Spaniards go to this heaven, I don't want to go". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat…
Jimmy Page considers Stairway to Heaven a masterpiece. Robert Plant does not share his fondness. Plant has referred to it as a "wedding song" and insists that his favourite Led Zeppelin song is "Kashmir." songfacts.com/detail.php?…
Marshall Applewhite, founder of the cult Heaven's Gate, told his followers that they had to commit suicide so they could board a spaceship that was trailing the comet Hale-Bopp, which was really approaching Earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The late King Hussein of Jordan sold his London apartment to pay for the 8.2 million dollar, 80kg gold plating of the Dome of the rock in Jerusalem, where Mohammed ascended to heaven. brewminate.com/dome-of-th…
Robert Plant once donated $10,000 to KBOO, a non-profit community radio station in Portland Oregon, to never play "Stairway to Heaven" ever again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KBO…
Members of Mother Teresa's order would secretly baptise dying patients of other religions. Patients were asked if they wanted a 'ticket to heaven'. While pretending to cool the patients forehead, words were quietly recited and the ceremony performed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
Stairway to Heaven was only made available as a single in 2007, 36 years after original release, through digital downloads. It still managed to reach the Norway and Portugal Top 10, New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland Top 20 and Ireland and UK Top 40 just through digital downloads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
In order to remember the 12 Cranial Nerves many medical students use the mnemonic β€œO, O, O, To Touch And Feel A Girl’s Vagina, Ah Heaven!” psmag.com/social-justice/…
Hours after Nintendo announced the death of their CEO, Satoru Iwata, a rainbow appeared over their headquarters in Kyoto, Japan. It was dubbed "The Rainbow Road to Heaven" telegraph.co.uk/technolog…
Thomas Nichols (brother of Nichelle Nichols, Uhura in the original Star Trek) died in the religious mass suicide of the Heaven's Gate group en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
The melody of "The Star-Spangled Banner" was taken from a popular British drinking song called "To Anacreon in Heaven". latimes.com/nation/nation…
Today I learned of an iPhone game called "Send me to heaven" which scores players on how high they can fling their iPhones into the air. The creator said he had hoped to have people shatter as many iPhones as possible. Apple banned it for "encouraging behavior that could result in damage to the user’s device" huffingtonpost.com/2013/0…
Cyril of Alexandria claimed that "camel" is a Greek misspelling in the phrase "it's easier for a camel to thread the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter heaven." He claimed camel was actually "kamilos," meaning rope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye…
Some churches offer an alternative to haunted houses. β€œJudgement House” is a walk through drama that portrays traumatic death scenes and the subsequent judgement at the gates of heaven, complete with a hell scene for the characters who weren’t Christians at the time of their death. judgementhouse.org/new-he…
Carl Sagan’s assertion that that there are more stars in the heavens than all the grains of sands covering the world's beaches holds up surprisingly well. cosmotography.com/images/…
Jehovah's Witnesses teach that Satan and his demons were cast down to earth from heaven 100 years ago today: October 1, 1914 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeh…
In Varanasi (India) dozens of bodies are burned daily and their ashes are deposed in the River Ganges so their souls escape the cycle of rebirth and ascend to heaven. Estimates say that around 100,000 bodies per year are laid on the river. nationalgeographic.com/ph…
Umberto Eco's surname is likely an acronym for "Ex Caelis Oblatus" (Gift from the Heavens). Eco's grandfather was abandoned as an infant and the name was given to him by a city official. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umb…
Comic book characters come back to life after dying so often that they are aware of the likely resurrections. Professor X said "in mutant heaven there are no pearly gates, but instead revolving doors." After one X-Man died, his daughter refused to mourn him because he'd be alive again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Robert Plant once donated $10k to a radio station promising never to play Stairway to Heaven. When asked why, he said it wasn't that he didn't like the song, but he'd heard it before. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
"The Star Spangled Banner" is actually a contrafactum of an older drinking ditty named "To Anacreon in Heaven." A contrafactum is a song that uses the same tune as another, but different lyrics. youtu.be/ydAIdVKv84g?t=0
Over 300 incidents of child murder occurred in 1700s Germany and Austria due to incidents of "suicide by proxy". Religious people were killing young children in order to have the government execute them so they could get into heaven. nowiknow.com/the-worlds-w…
The term jack-o-lantern is derived from the 17th century Irish myth of the drunkard/cheat Stingy Jack. Jack(refused entry to both heaven & hell) roamed purgatory with an ember from hell in a turnip lantern. Original jack-o-lanterns were lit veggies w/ demon faces placed outside to scare off Jack thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
Werner Herzog said he'd eat his own shoe if Errol Morris ever got his first documentary shown in a public theatre. Morris released 'Gates of Heaven' in 1978. The documentary 'Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe' was released in 1980. nofilmschool.com/2014/06/…
Jehovah’s witnessed believe Satan was cast down to earth on October 1, 1914 and that only 144,000 will enter Heaven. The rest of the righteous will be resurrected and enjoy life after death in a cleansed planet after Armageddon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeh…
Eric Clapton's inspiration for the song Tears in Heaven was the death of his four year old son, who fell from the 50th floor of an apartment. guitarworld.com/features/…
Today I learned of "Mit brennender Sorge," a papal letter secretly smuggled into Germany and read from every Catholic pulpit on Palm Sunday, 1937. It condemned the Reich Government and implied that everyone in Heaven was laughing at Hitler, a "prophet of nothingness". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mit…
Neither of the two most prominent sects of Judaism at the time of Jesus believed in Heaven. The Pharisees believed in reincarnation, and the Sadducees didn't believe in any afterlife at all. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sad…
Today I learned of Chinese folklore's "Pixiu", a creature that was banished from the heavens for being unruly--; It was spanked by the Jade Emperor so hard that its butthole was sealed, leaving it cursed to a diet of gold, silver, and jewels but unable to expel any of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pix…
The Aztecs regarded childbirth as a form of battle. Women who died during childbirth were thought to rise to one of the highest heavens - the same one as for male warriors who died in battle. mexicolore.co.uk/aztecs/a…
The Catholic Church specifically taught that indulgences do not affect whether or not a person goes to heaven. However, greedy "pardoners" lied about this and promised things like eternal salvation in return for money to increase donations. This led to Martin Luther's 95 Theses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Only 1 country song has debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Carrie Underwood's first song, "Inside Your Heaven", which she recorded after winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
A band called Bull of Heaven released an album titled Aleph-Ten (℡₁₀) that has a total of one million songs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bul…
Suicide candidates in 18th-century Denmark were afraid to take their own lives because they believed it would send them to hell. Instead, they resorted to killing other people to receive the death penalty and repented before execution, believing that doing so would send them to heaven. sciencenordic.com/danes-k…
"Babel" (talking nonsense), has its etymology related to the Bible story of the city and Tower of Babel. The story explains how God forced humans to spread across the world and speak different languages from one another as punishment for building the Tower which was an attempt to reach heaven. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tow…
The Mandate of Heaven, which legitimized the rule of Chinese Emperors, differed from the Divine Right of Kings in that natural disasters and revolts were seen as a sign from Heaven that the Emperor had lost the mandate and therefore deserved to be overthrown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state, with abandoned places like Horse Heaven and Idiotville en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
People in Late medieval Italy believed that god put poor people on earth so that rich people can get into heaven by donating to them. Been poor was a virtue. Poverty was a sign of good moral character, so helping the poor was never meant to improve their condition archives.columbusstate.ed…
Baphomet is often mistaken for Satan, but really represents the duality of male and female, Heaven and Hell, night and day. vigilantcitizen.com/hidde…
Louis Theroux contacted the Heaven's gate cult in early March 1997 for his BBC show "Weird Weekends". The mass suicide occurred two weeks later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Madrid's 'Fallen Angel' statue, which depicts Lucifer being cast out of heaven, just so happens to be at 666m above sea level. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fue…
The Star Spangled Banner borrowed its tune from β€œTo Anacreon in Heaven”, a British drinking song hailing the praises of an Ancient Greek poet famous for loving wine and writing erotic poetry. questseans.com/yesterwier…
Jack O'Lanterns got their name from the myth about Jack who tricked the devil into not claiming his soul, however he was also denied entrance to heaven. The devil gave Jack one burning piece of coal that he carried in a carved out turnip as he roamed the earth for eternity. history.com/topics/hallow…
Gladiator 2 was supposed to be about Maximus being revived by the Gods and is given the quest to murder Jesus Christ and his followers in order to save the Gods who are in heaven. No studio wanted to take on the project. indiewire.com/2013/07/nic…
Elvis wore a cross, a star of David and the Hebrew letter chai. He said: "I don't want to miss out on heaven due to a technicality" theguardian.com/uk/2005/j…
In 1997 Kleberg County, Texas voted unanimously to adopt "Heaven-O" as the county's official greeting. The resolution was the result of years of campaigning by local resident Leonso Canales who opposed the use of 'Hello' because it contained the word 'Hell.' nytimes.com/1997/01/26/ny…
Dr. Eben Alexander, author of 'Proof of Heaven', lost several malpractice lawsuits and had his license suspended before he wrote his first book. He is no longer able to practice medicine and now is an author of 3 books that are quite profitable. esquire.com/entertainment…

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