Jonah Hill had to be hospitalised while filming The Wolf of Wall Street because he snorted too much fake cocaine. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Mad Max: Fury Road had filming moved from the Broken Hill region in Australia to Namibia after unusual rainfall caused the desert landscape to bloom with wildflowers. traveller.com.au/mad-max-…
Today I learned of Jerimoth Hill, an 812 foot gentle slope, which was one of the hardest highpoints to reach in the US, because of an angry elderly man who would threaten those who entered his driveway which intersected the path to reach the summit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
The film "My Blue Heaven" is related to "Goodfellas." Intended to be a comedic take on Henry Hill's (aka Vincent Antonelli) life in witness protection, it was written by Nora Ephron...the wife of "Goodfellas" co-writer Nicholas Pileggi...and her own convos with Hill during the same time period. decider.com/2019/08/22/do…
Today I learned of Graham Hill: the only race driver to win the "triple crown" of motorsports (Le Mans 24, Indeanapolis 500, Monaco Grand Prix) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Dusty Hill from ZZ Top wanted to feel "normal" after their "Worldwide Texas Tour". So he cut his hair, got a job at an airport, went by the name of "Joe" and would go out on Friday nights with coworkers so he could feel "grounded". ultimateclassicrock.com/d…
In Chapel Hill, NC, there’s an apartment complex with a fully operational Target on the first floor. bizjournals.com/triangle/…
Today I learned of the Uffington White Horse, a three thousand year old pictogram made of chalk. The horse is thought to be the oldest hill figure in England and requires regular cleaning and maintenance, a custom that has been occurring since it was constructed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uff…
Hill Valley from β€œBack to the Future” is a set used for a lot of other movies and tv shows including Leave it to Beaver, the first episode of Twilight Zone, The Incredible Hulk, Psycho II, Knight Rider, Gremlins, and Batman and Robin among others. wikipedia.org/wiki/Courth…
The Moken nomad Tribe of southern Thailand saved their lives during the 2004 tsunami thanks to their Elder's hability to read the "Sea Signs". Soon minutes before the waves hit shore, the entire comunity was able to flee up hills for cover. theguardian.com/global-de…
"Plan 9 From Outer Space," sometimes called "the worst movie of all time," was funded by the Baptist Church of Beverly Hills. The plan was to make a cheap science-fiction movie then invest the profits in a religious film. thedissolve.com/features/…
Today I learned of the Sophia Loren - Jayne Mansfield photo that caused an international sensation in 1957. Loren was being welcomed to Hollywood by Paramount at a dinner at Romanoff's in Beverly Hills. 20th Century Fox was promoting Mansfield as the blonde-bombshell successor to Marilyn Monroe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay…
Executives at McGraw Hill were curious to find out why their accountant was on television racing a Mclaren F1 GTR, chartering Concorde trips and showing up to work in a Ferrari. Turns out he had been embezzling Β£2.8 million from them the past 5 years since he was recruited! telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
When John Lewis was a Freedom Rider and was beaten in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in 1961, he never knew who attacked him. In 2009 the attacker met Lewis and apologized to him. heraldonline.com/news/loc…
Shortly after Benny Hill died in 1992, grave-robbers dug up his grave under the mistaken belief that he was buried with copious amounts of gold and jewelry. He was re-buried with a 1-foot thick slab of concrete on top to prevent future dusturbances. wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_…
Today I learned about KyffhΓ€user Hill in Germany, the legendary resting place of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, who died in 1190. According to legend, Barbarossa is actually asleep in a hidden cavern, sitting motionless at a stone table, and will emerge at his county's hour of greatest need. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyf…
Today I learned about "gravity hills" which is a place where the layout of the surrounding land produces an optical illusion, making a slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope. Thus, a car left out of gear will appear to be rolling uphill against gravity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
In May 1944, Robert Schock, a diver on the USS Bunker Hill, found the intact body of the kamikaze pilot, Kyoshi Ogawa, who’d hit the flight deck, and recovered his personal effects. In 2001, Schock’s grandson returned them to Ogawa’s family. sfgate.com/news/article/D…
Flying Tiger Flight 66 - a 747 cargo flight - crashed into a hill after its crew mistook ATC request "descend two four zero zero [2400]" for "descend to four zero zero [400]" aviation-safety.net/datab…
50 years ago, fried chicken tycoon David Bamberger used his fortune to purchase 5,500 acres of overgrazed land in the Texas Hill Country. Planting grasses to soak in rains and fill hillside aquifers, Bamberger devoted the rest of his life to restoring the degraded landscape. youtu.be/ZSPkcpGmflE
Gil Hill who appeared as Lt.Todd in the Beverly Hills Cop movies, was a real high ranking Detroit police officer, who was accused of many dodgy accounts including hiring hits and taking payoffs for giving information to drug traffickers. deadlinedetroit.com/artic…
Most recordings of "White Christmas" skip the opening verse and start with the chorus. The opening verse, though, reveals the song is being sung by someone in "Beverly Hills, LA," where "the sun is shining, the grass is green/The orange and palm trees sway," but is "longing to be up north." kqed.org/news/83832/why-w…
In 1915 Joe Hill, the author of "Rebel Girl", was executed on a murder conviction in Utah. The evidence, used in the trial, was circumstantial, and it was thought to be a political trial. In his last letter to Bill Haywood, he was quoted "Don't waste any time mourning. Organize". encyclopedia.com/law/law-…
In the 7th century BC, lawmaker Charondas forbade anyone from bringing in weapons to the assembly under penalty of death. One day, seeking to defeat some brigands in the hills, he brought a knife to the assembly. In order to uphold his own law, he killed himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Oldest known pieces of our planet’s surface are 4.4-Billion-year-old Zircon crystals from the Jack Hills of Western Australia. abc.net.au/news/2020-07-0…
Alex Rocco, who played Moe Greene in The Godfather, was an associate of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang and that an unwanted advance on his girlfriend started the Boston Gang War of the 1960s. wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_R…
Dale Gribble from King of the Hill is named in homage to Mike Gribble, from Spike & Mike's Twisted Animation Festival enacademic.com/dic.nsf/en…
Armageddon refers to and is derived from Megiddo "mount", specifically its Hebrew name "Har Megiddo". It is not actually a mountain, just a small hill in Israel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
Today I learned of the 1966 Aberfan disaster which killed 116 kids and 28 adults when a huge pile of coal mining debris slipped down a hill destroying the junior school. The National Coal Board were held responsible with 9 people named as culpable yet not a single person was fined, prosecuted or lost their job. history.com/.amp/news/eli…
The British band The Zombies split before their song "Time of the Season" became a hit in the U.S. in 1969, so a promoter put together two bands and sent them on tour as The Zombies. One of the fake Zombies included Frank Beard and Dusty Hill, who later became two-thirds of ZZ Top. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The song β€œWhere Are You, Christmas?” in How The Grinch Stole Christmas was originally recorded by Mariah Carey, but because of a legal case between her and Tommy Mottola, it wasn’t released. It was eventually re-recorded by country singer Faith Hill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whe…
America's first and largest pet cemetery is in Hartsdale, New York. A veterinarian started it in 1896 when he let a pet owner bury their deceased dog on a hill in his apple orchard. Now 70,000 pets are buried there today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Capitol Hill's mystery soda machine was a vending machine in Capitol Hill, Seattle, that had been in operation since at least the early 1990s. It is unknown who stocked the machine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
During Prohibition the U.S. Congress had an unofficial bootlegger with his own Capitol Hill office. atlasobscura.com/places/b…
Today I learned of Hazel Hill, a 13 year old schoolgirl who influenced the design of the Spitfire fighter aircraft. She and her father did the calculations that allowed for the aircraft to be fitted with 8 guns instead of 4. The aircraft became famous for winning the Battle of Britain. bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-5335…
The Puente Hills Landfill was the country’s largest before closing in 2013 at over 1300 acres. There are plans to build a huge park there, but the county sued the sanitation dept earlier this year since they aren’t delivering on those plans. nbclosangeles.com/news/lo…
Today I learned about Antoinette Tuff; a woman who worked at Robert E McNair Discovery and Learning Centre in Atlanta. Tuff managed to talk down 20 year old Michael Hill from shooting anyone in the school, and managing to convince him to surrender his weapon. antoinettetuff.com/
In 1971, as part of an experiment to study the causes and effects of landslides, Japanese scientists watered down a hill using fire hoses to simulate the effect of a torrential rainstorm. The soil on the hill gave way and the resulting landslide killed 4 scientists and 11 observers. blogs.agu.org/landslidebl…
The price of university textbooks increased 67% between 2008 and 2018. Some students spend around $500+ a year on textbooks. 80% of the textbook industry is dominated by five publishing companies (Pearson Education, Scholastic, McGraw-Hill Education, Cengage Learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) businessinsider.com/why-c…
There is an "upside down" traffic light in the Syracuse, New York neighborhood of Tipperary Hill gizmodo.com/the-story-beh…
Marquis de Lafayette was buried in Paris with dirt from Bunker Hill battlefield britannica.com/biography/…
Benny Medina created The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air after growing up poor in East LA. His life changed when he befriended a rich white teenager, whose family lived in Beverly Hills and allowed Medina to live with them. Medina decided to change the rich white family to a rich black family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Arikara, not the Lakota, were the original inhabitants of what is now Mount Rushmore (The Black Hills). The Lakota (hailing from what is now Minnesota) settled the region in the 18th century, driving out the native inhabitants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ari…
Jonah Hill asked for $10,000,000 to play the Riddler in β€œThe Batman” (twice Robert Pattinson’s salary), even though he worked on β€œThe Wolf Of Wall Street” for only $60,000 en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
"Happy Birthday To You" was created by a kindergarten teacher Patty Hill and her sister Mildred in 1912. It is the most recognized song in the English language. By one estimate, the song is the highest-earning single song in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
Today I learned of Salem Poor (1747–1802) was an African-American man who purchased his own freedom, became a soldier, and rose to fame as a war hero during the American Revolutionary War.He fought at Bunker Hill and was praised by 14 officers as β€œa Brave & gallant Soldier.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
The voice of Boomhauer in King of the Hill was inspired by a voicemail left by a β€˜deranged hillbilly’ to Mike Judge, ranting about β€˜Porky’s Butthole’. He thought this was the name of Judge’s TV show Beavis and Butthead. youtu.be/rd_rty0ovgQ
The cellist of Electric Light Orchestra, Mike Edwards, was killed when a 1,300 pound hay bale rolled down a hill and collided with the van he was driving. wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_E…
Fergie was not an original member of Black Eyed Peas. She replaced Kim Hill who left from growing concerns of objectification as the group was going mainstream in the early 2000s. youtube.com/watch?v=KkSDN…
Tribeca is one of a number of neighborhoods in New York City whose names are syllabic abbreviations, including SoHo (South of Houston Street), Nolita (North of Little Italy), NoMad (North Madison Square) and BoCoCa (Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…

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