Today I learned of the Helen, a unit of measurement based on Helen of Troy. She was known as "the face that launched a thousand ships", therefore 1 milliHelen is the amount of beauty needed to launch a single ship. The negative Helen is the power to beach ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
The first word that Helen Keller learned was water. Her tutor took Helen’s hand, poured water over it, and then spelled out W-A-T-E-R in Helen’s palm. Helen made the association between the writing in her palm and the water. After this breakthrough, Helen learned 30 more words that day. biography.com/activist/he…
A lot of the greek tragedies of the classical period are "spin offs" or new takes on stories from the works of Homer. In Euripides' "Helen", Helen of Troy never really went to Troy, but unbeknownst to the Achaeans, she was in Egypt the whole time, and the trojan war was completely pointless en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Today I learned of Helen Foley, a 7th grade English teacher who encouraged the class clown to join public speaking activities. Rod Serling eventually joined the debate team, wrote for the school's paper, and went onto to have a career in early radio & TV pressconnects.com/story/n…
Today I learned about the case of Carl Tanzler, a Florida man who dug up the body of the β€œlove of his life” Elena "Helen" Milagro de Hoyos, essentially taxidermied her, and then lived with her corpse in his home for 7 years. historydaily.org/carl-tan…
Helen Keller learned how to talk through the work of her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Sullivan taught her by placing one of Anne’s fingers over Sullivan’s throat, one over her mouth, and one on her nose so that she could feel the vibrations of all the different letters and replicate them herself sus.org/1930-rare-footage…
Helen Keller was a suffragist, pacifist, and radical socialist. She actively campaigned and wrote in support of the working class from 1909 to 1921. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Today I learned of photographer Robert Landsburg, who spent his last moments photographing the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, then putting away his film and protecting it with his body before he was caught in the pyroclastic flow en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Actors Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt were temporarily blinded with 'burnt retinas' on the set of Twister (1996) by bright lamps used to make the sky look stormy. ew.com/article/1996/05/17…
Cartoon character Betty Boop was a complete visual and vocal copy of singer/actress Helen Kane, AKA the "Boop Boop a Doop girl." Kane sued over theft of her image but lost when it was discovered she had copied her own act from a Harlem jazz singer, Baby Esther. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
During the 1912 US presidential election, First Lady Helen Taft attended the national conventions held by both major political parties. While watching the nomination proceedings in opposition to her own husband, Taft placed herself front-row in an effort to deter harsher criticism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Today I learned of Helenite, a green obsidian-like gemstone created accidentally after the Mount St. Helens explosion. Local timber workers were using acetylene torches to free equipment when they noticed that the heat was transforming the volcanic ash and rock into an alluring green compound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Today I learned about the Match of The Century, a tennis game between Suzanne Lenglen and Helen Wills, tickets were sold at 20 times the price of the US Open final the same year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Helen Keller's family forbade her from marrying her fiancΓ©, Peter Fagan, an ex-newspaper reporter who was working as her secretary, because of her disabilities. And society of her time believed women with disabilities shouldn't experience romance of any kind. aruma.com.au/about-us/blo…
Helen Keller was a co-founder of the ACLU. aclumontana.org/en/news/w…
Today I learned about Robert Landsberg, a photographer who upon realisation that he is going to die in the Mount St. Helens eruption of 1980 lied down on top of his equipment to preserve the photographs he had taken of the event. huckberry.com/journal/pos…
Helen Keller took over the controls of a Douglas Skymaster airplane for 20 minutes while flying over the Mediterranean during a trip from Rome to Paris. The instructions were relayed from the pilot to Polly Thompson, and then to Helen through fingerspelling. afb.org/HelenKellerArchiv…
For 26 years, German feminists Ottilie Assing and African-American Abolitionist Frederick Douglass were believed to be having an affair. I’m August 1884, after learning Douglass remarried to Helen Pitts, Assing killed herself by swallowing cyanide in a public park in Paris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott…
Harry R. Truman refused to leave his lodge at the base of Mount St. Helens in Washington state despite evacuation orders due to its seismic activity, saying to reporters "If the mountain goes, I'm going with it." He was killed by the pyroclastic flow from the eruption on May 18th, 1980. knkx.org/post/mount-st-he…
Today I learned the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is a real word that was first used in 1931 by Helen Herman in the Syracuse University Daily Orange. wikipedia.org/wiki/Superc…
Helen Keller, an American author who was deaf and blind, could distinguish people by the vibration of their footsteps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
In 1997 Steven Seagal was declared a tulku, the reincarnation of Chungdrag Dorje, a 17th-century treasure revealer from the oldest sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Seagal was not enthronement as it would require extended study and practice. Helen Tworkov suggested that Seagal bought his Buddhahood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned about Helen Jones Woods, a trombonist with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, an all-female multi-racial band that toured the south in the era of Jim Crow. After retiring from music, she served as a nurse for 23 years and was inducted into the Omaha Black Music Hall of Fame in 2007. thehistorymakers.org/biog…
Mount St. Helens is most notorious for its major eruption on May 18, 1980, the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in U.S. history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
When Mt. St. Helens erupted, it blew and pushed tens of thousands of trees into the surrounding lake. The trees are still there burnt and floating to this day, creating a carpet of dead trees. tripadvisor.com/LocationP…
Helen Keller was a radical socialist who ended up being investigated by the FBI most of her adult life. yesmagazine.org/people-po…
Helen Keller was an radical activist, campaigning for the Socialist Party and helping start the ACLU. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
The 1984 movie Supergirl was the first English language superhero film to feature a woman in the lead role. Demi Moore and Brooke Shields were both rejected and unknown Helen Slater was paid $75,000 for the role en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
Today I learned of Helen Gandy who was Edgar Hoover's secretary for 54 years. The day of his death, she resigned and destroyed all of his personal FBI files that he used to manipulate key Washington figures. cs.mcgill.ca/~rwest/wikis…
Alexander Graham Bell had a strong interest in the deaf community, particularly in helping deaf people learn to speak. He was friends with Helen Keller, who dedicated her book to him. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
Helen Keller thought it was okay to let infants die if they had severe mental impairments or physical deformities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut came from Mars. The Mars company that is. She replied to a radio advertisement in 1989 to get the space fairing job. britannica.com/biography/…
Agamemnon won the Trojan War and recovered Helen, his brother's wife. Upon his return home, Agamemnon was then immediately murdered by his own wife. greeklegendsandmyths.com/…
Singer Helen Kane sued Fleischer Studios for basing Betty Boop's singing style on her and demanded royalties. She lost because Fleischer lawyers proved that Kane stole the style from African American singer Esther Jones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
A German radiology technologist (Carl) developed an obsession for a young tuberculosis patient (Helen). After Helen died, Carl removed her body from the tomb and lived with the corpse for seven years. Some reports suggest he was having sex with the corpse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The first Titanic movie in color was 1979 TV movie S.O.S. Titanic. The cast included Cloris Leachman, Ian Holm, Helen Mirren, and David Warner who was also in James Cameron's Titanic en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.O…
Both Helen Hunt and Jodie Foster auditioned for the role of Tabitha Stephens on Bewitched. mydailymagazine.com/post-…
Helen Keller was a radical socialist. After she expressed her socialist beliefs, news columnists who had once praised her then dismissed her stances based on her disabilities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
The famous character BETTY BOOP was based on Helen Kane's real voice & appearance, but she based HER jazz act & routine after a little Black girl called "Baby Esther" when the child performed at The Cotton Club in Harlem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Robert Landsburg, while filming Mount St. Helens volcano eruption in 1980 realized he could not survive it, so he rewound the film back into its case, put his camera in his backpack, and then lay himself on top of the backpack to protect the film for future researchers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
3 people stole a small shark from the San Antonio Aquarium in Texas, by grabbing it with a net and transporting the animal in a stroller. Police tracked down and returned the shark known as Miss Helen, who was unharmed. cnn.com/2018/07/31/us/sha…
Helen Keller was a radical socialist, birth control supporter, and helped found the ACLU in 1920.(Corrected title) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
"Once in a blue moon" is not just a saying. Ashes from volcanoe eruptions will scatter light and cause the moon to appear blue. This same effect can also cause the sun to look purple. In cases like St. Helens, this effect lasted in parts of the world for many years. science.nasa.gov/science-…
When Mount St. Helens erupted on 18 May 1980 the volcano's lateral blast blew down "4 billion board feet of timber (enough to build about 300,000 two-bedroom homes)." Mount St. Helens, located in Washington, United States of America, "is the most active volcano in the Cascade Range." pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2000/fs0…
While playing Queen Elizabeth in a stage play, Helen Mirren stayed in character after the show to fulfil a 10 year old boy's dying wish to meet the Queen. They had tea together, and he thought he was with Her Majesty the entire time. huffingtonpost.com/2013/0…
The scene at the top of Mount St Helens is a huge crater with a dome growing rapidly in size each year and Washington state’s newest glacier forming a horseshoe around it. The hike to the summit is covered by boulder fields and rocks are dusted with ash pumice that can shred the skin in a fall wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/m…
Ornithologist Helen Hays has lived for six months of the year since 1969 on Great Gull Island (a remote, critical nesting area for migrating birds) to help restore the island's ecosystem for threatened terns. Due to her work on the island, the tern population was successfully recovered. nytimes.com/2012/07/22/ny…
Joseph Smith married two 14 year old girls when he was 37-38 years old: Nancy Winchester and Helen Kimball. He married many other wives, but these two were the youngest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Helen Keller was mostly photographed in profile because of a protruding left eye. Her eyes were replaced for "medical and cosmetic reasons" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Benito Mussolini’s son Romano Mussolini was a respected Jazz musician who toured internationally with artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Helen Merrill and Chet Baker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…

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