Out of all the species that ever lived throughout all of Earth’s history, only a fraction of a percent have fossilized. Even fewer are discovered by humans. Most of life’s history will be forever unknown en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Oil magnate J. Paul Getty, one of the richest humans in history, was so miserly that he laundered his own shirts by hand, reused envelopes and paper, made all the phones in his home coin-operated, and stood in line for hours for show tickets to save 50 cents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._…
Italy built an entire courthouse to prosecute the Mafia. They charged 475 members in a trial that lasted from 1986-1992. To date, it is one of the biggest trials in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
J.R.R. Tolkien orginally set out to just create a language. Elfish. He then figured that that language needed a history. That history needed a world etc. Which eventually led to him writing LOTR in said world. mprnews.org/story/2015/03…
The 'Ghost Army' was created in 1944 as the first tactical deception unit in US Army history to fool the German Wehrmacht. They used inflatable tanks, fake radio traffic, sound effects, and created phony headquarters with bogus officers. This was kept a secret for decades after the war. nationalww2museum.org/vis…
Today I learned of Betty Ong, a flight attendant aboard American Airlines Flight 11. Ong notified the American Airlines ground crew of the hijacking, staying on the telephone for 25 minutes and relaying vital information that eventually led to the closing of airspace by the FAA for the first time in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
Today I learned of the battle of Blair Mountain, which took place in West Virginia and was the largest labor uprising in US history as well as the largest armed uprising in the US since the civil war. The uprising was caused by coal miners trying to unionize and was brutally crushed by the US government en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Death from laughter is a recorded cause of death throughout history. One such instance, an English man laughed for 25 consecutive minutes at a joke on the TV show The Goodies. His widow wrote a letter to the show creators thanking them for making his last moments of life so pleasant. historycollection.co/10-p…
The most skilled sniper in all of World War I was a Canadian Indigenous man, Francis Pegahmagabow. He had 378 confirmed kills, captured over 300 enemy soldiers, and spent his post-war life fighting for Indigenous rights. He remains the most decorated Indigenous soldier in Canadian history. youtube.com/watch?v=kYzDB…
The very first strike ever recorded in history started in 1152 BC. During the reign of Rameses III in Ancient Egypt, while building a royal necropolis, the workers felt they were being underpaid, so they organized a massive strike. Their wages were actually increased and workers returned to work peoplesworld.org/article/…
An 81 year old man called Giles Corey, accused of being a wizard in 1692, was the only man in American history to be subjected to death by pressing in an attempt to get him to submit to trial by jury. It is said that his response to the torture was to tell them to add 'more weight.' historyofmassachusetts.or…
Phil Collins of Genesis is the largest private collector of Alamo Memorabilia valued in the tens of millions. He donated the collection to the state owned historical site . He is also considered a leading expert on the battle and wrote a book documenting the collection and history. thealamo.org/visit/exhibi…
Today I learned scientists have been able to track the history of the AIDS virus. Through research they believe 'patient zero' lived Cameroon in Africa, and contracted the disease around 1908, after hunting a chimp and being infected with SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus) wnycstudios.org/podcasts/…
Each state is allowed to donate two statues to be displayed in the US Capitol Building to honor persons notable in their history aoc.gov/art/national-stat…
The first scientist named in history was En Hedu’anna, the chief astronomer-priestess of Ur. She lived around 2300 BC, the only daughter of the great empire architect Sargon of Akkad, and called the Shakespeare of the ancient world as her works were studied for 500 years or more after her death. aas.org/posts/news/2020/0…
American Airlines circumvented the manufacturer's instructions to save 200 man-hours, doing so they caused the US' worst airline disaster in history. Their procedure was damaging the pylon mounts without anyone knowing it. The manufacturer had warned American Airlines against their procedure. youtube.com/watch?v=QMIpX…
One of the deadliest explosions in history occurred in Beijing in 1626. An unexplained explosion at a gunpowder factory obliterated 4 square kilometers of city and killed around 20,000 people. The blast itself was about as powerful as the nuclear explosion over Hiroshima. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
Bill Nye's family has a history of a neurological disorder called ataxia and the reason he decided not to have kids was to avoid passing down the condition to them. arstechnica.com/gaming/20…
Today I learned about Twenty-one: the Alpha of the largest wolfpack in history. Twenty-one never lost a fight, and was a gentle and empathic leader. He loved to wrestle with the pups and letting them win. "Twenty-one was the perfect wolf". theweek.com/articles/5776…
Xenophanes, who died ca. 490 B.C.E., found fish fossils and concluded that the land where they were found must have been underwater at some time. He was the first person known to have used fossils as evidence for a theory of the history of the Earth. ucmp.berkeley.edu/history…
Garden Veggie Straws, which shows fresh vegetables on the bag, and are promoted as a healthy alternative to chips, are actually made of salt, starch, and tomato paste. They have less nutrition than actual potato chips and the manufacturer, which has a history of false claims, is now being sued. nypost.com/2017/07/06/the…
Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, a blackface parody of Snow White, has been praised by animation historians, and has been included on lists of the greatest animated films ever - but is considered to have racism unparalleled in cartoon history, and has been banned from circulation since 1968 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
Montana is the only US state constitutionally mandated to teach and preserve Native American history and culture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
After Pearl Harbor was bombed FDR gave his β€œDay of Infamy” speech, one of the most famous speeches in American history. FDR was paralyzed from the waist down due to polio, so he walked to the podium for his speech with the help of steel leg braces, a cane, and his son. cbsnews.com/news/pearl-ha…
In Sweden, due to The Producers, most Mel Brooks movies have been given similar names to Springtime for Hitler: Springtime for the Sheriff (Blazing Saddles); Springtime for Frankenstein (Young Frankenstein); Springtime for World History (History of the World); Springtime for Space (Spaceballs) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Napoleon had a healthy obsession with Australia his whole life. Had he won at Waterloo he intended to name part of Australia β€œTerre NapolΓ©on” (Napoleon Land) and brought back 200+ species of Australian flora and fauna to France, making JosephinΓ© the first person in history to breed black swans. ngv.vic.gov.au/media_rele…
Former Chinese President Yang Shangkun told his doctor before his death that the crackdown on June 4 had been the Communist Party's "most serious mistake in its history, a mistake he couldn't correct but which would eventually be corrected." He had initially opposed the use of force on students. voachinese.com/a/yangbaib…
Today I learned of the Ombalantu Baobab Tree. A tree so large that’s there’s a door in the trunk and 35 people can fit inside. It has served as a chapel, post office, house, and hiding spot during its history in Namibia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omb…
The Nigerian government has removed history from the secondary school curriculum as a result of the Nigerian civil war (the biafran war) being too controversial, where the Nigerian government blockaded and starved 3 million people to death. theguardian.com/commentis…
A California dam collapse in 1928 is considered one of the worst engineering disasters in US history. Its chief engineer took sole responsibility, testifying, "If there was an error in human judgment, I was the human." Over 400 people were killed when the dam failed in the middle of the night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
Spotify has never made a profit in its 12 year history. musicbusinessworldwide.co…
As of 2006, David Copperfield had sold 33 million tickets and grossed over 4 billion US dollars, more than any other solo entertainer in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
ZZ Top is the longest-running group with an unchanged line-up in the entire history of popular music udiscovermusic.com/storie…
Voltaire's joke that the Holy Roman Empire (HRE) was "neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire" was mostly true. The center of the Church at the time was actually the Vatican, the HRE's people were mostly Germanic and not Roman, and the nation was never truly unified at any point in its history. historytoday.com/archive/…
In 1861, the Japanese created an illustrated history of the United States called Osanaetoki Bankokubanashi (β€œChildren’s Illustrated Tales from 10,000 Countries”) which is a mythology of bizarre tales about the country, including John Adams and his fight against a giant serpent nextshark.com/japanese-bo…
The producer behind the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC was convicted of running one of the largest and longest Ponzi schemes in history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Natural gas is odorless, the smell is from a harmless chemical called mercaptan, first ordered by the Texas Legislature in 1937 to be put into gas so people could smell a leak after the worst school disaster in US history occured from a gas explosion in New London killing nearly 300 texasmonthly.com/articles…
Typhoon Karen was the most powerful tropical cyclone to strike the island of Guam, and has been regarded as one of the most destructive events in the island's history. It was classified as a Category 5 super typhoon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typ…
'Every Breath You Take' was written by Sting at the same desk at which Ian Fleming wrote his James Bond novels. Sting was staying at Fleming's property GoldenEye in Jamaica following the breakdown of his first marriage. In 2019 BMI declared the song the most played in radio history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
Today I learned about the West Point Class of 1915, "the class the stars fell on". Of the 164 graduates that year, 59 (36%) attained the rank of general, more than any other class in the history of the Academy. Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley both became five-star generals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Casey Anthony had β€œfool-proof suffocation methods” in her Firefox search history from the day before her daughter died. Police overlooked this evidence, because they only checked the history in Internet Explorer. cbsnews.com/news/casey-an…
Today I learned about the Battle of Cannae, in which the Carthaginian general, Hannibal crushed a Roman Republic army, resulting in an estimated loss of 55,000 - 70,000 men for the Romans, and is considered one of the most significant battles in history. britannica.com/event/Batt…
The phrase survival of the fittest is popularly wrongly attributed to Charles Darwin. It was coined by a philosopher called Herbert Spencer seven years before Darwin's publication of his theory of natural history, The Origin of the Species. newlearningonline.com/new…
The Japanese Shinkansen train network opened in 1964 and consists of 1,717 miles of track with trains reaching 200 MPH or 320 KM/H. Over the Shinkansen’s 50 year history there have been over 5.6 billion riders & not a single death or injury due to accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
In 1861, Japan had an illustrated history of America which depicted, among other things, John Adams stabbing a giant snake, and George Washington punching a Tiger. kottke.org/19/02/a-japane…
Today I learned about "The Great Leveler," a book that argues that the greatest redistributions of wealth in history are during times of war, plague, and catastrophe, citing the Black Death and WWI as "actually suppressing inequality, by raising the price of labour." theguardian.com/books/201…
The US fire-bombed Tokyo, Japan (100k) in 1945, which killed more lives than BOTH the atomic bombs dropped in Hiroshima (70k) and Nagasaki (46k), codenamed Operation Meetinghouse. It was the DEADLIEST bombing raid in human history. cnn.com/2020/03/07/asia/j…
One day after the sudden death of MLB pitcher Jose Fernandez, the Marlins all wore his jersey and even hit a home run after his field tribute. This is considered by many to be one of the most emotional moments in baseball history. youtu.be/Lc3WZVYwFgM
The Cocoanut Grove Fire, the deadliest nightclub fire in history. Boston,MA 1942, total of 492 people died and hundreds were injured. The revolving door entrance was quickly jammed, and other doors were hidden, locked, or unable to be opened. This caused major changes to be made in fire codes. bostonfirehistory.org/the…
Vlad the Impaler, is considered a national hero, despite him being one of the cruelest rulers in Romanian history and is the inspiration for Bram Stoker's novel Dracula rolandia.eu/en/blog/histo…
On the 19th of March 2016, the oldest known living land-animal the Giant Tortoise Jonathan (184) received its first bath in recorded history. youtu.be/ozVoDxddKlg?t=7
The worst record in MLB history belongs to the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, for losses (134) and winning percentage (.130). They were so bad that opponents refused to visit their park, forcing Cleveland to play 112 of 154 games on the road, leading to an impossible-to-break record of 101 road losses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/189…
Today I learned about spiderman : turn off the dark, a musical based on the 2002 film and the greek myth of arachne. It is the most expensive Broadway production in history, with a budget of $75 million. It received predominantly negative reviews, and closed production at a Massive financial loss. syfy.com/syfywire/spider-…
The TV Show Friends was loosely based on the Cameron Crowe film Singles. Crowe turned down the offer to turn the movie into a TV series, but NBC went ahead with the concept anyway, and Friends became one of the most popular TV series in history. rollingstone.com/movies/m…
Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas holds the record for most advertisements by one person in history, appearing in over 800 commercials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The concept for the show Quantum Leap (traveling back to different moments in history) came from a discarded premise for "Galactica 1980", which would have seen Apollo traveling back to different spots in Earth's history to fix changes made by Baltar. syfy.com/syfywire/watch-e…
Today I learned about Mir Osman Ali Khan, the fifth richest man in the history of mankind - donated 5tons gold to National Defence Funds of India and was using the Jacob Diamond as a paperweight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
Some of the first dwarfs to have their histories recorded were employed as court dwarfs. They were owned and traded amongst people of the court, and delivered as gifts to fellow kings and queens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Today I learned of Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, manicurists to the Pharaoh in ~2500BCE, they are considered by some historians to be the first recorded same-sex couple in history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khn…
The original version of "Washington Crossing the Delaware," one of the most famous paintings in American history, was later destroyed by an Allied firebombing raid during World War II. It had been acquired by a German art museum in 1850. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
There was a period in French history where the country actually was represented by a plain white flag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
If his Foreign Language Film Oscar is counted, Bong Joon Ho is tied as the most awarded person in a single night in Oscar history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There is an event in history called "The Great Stink". In 1858, central London got so stinky because of untreated sewage, that it became unbearable for local population. Incidentally that event became starting point to modernize sewage treatment as we have it today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned of Chicago's Leather Archives and Museum, an institution dedicated to preserving leather, kink, fetish, and BDSM history and culture and making it more accessible to the public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
Russia has an extremely long and sophisticated history of secret biological weapons development, including using such weapons. factsanddetails.com/russi…
The Battle of Leyte Gulf was, by some criteria, the largest naval battle in history, with over 200,000 naval personnel involved. The Japanese lost 1 fleet carrier, 3 light carriers, 3 battleships, 6 heavy cruisers, 4 light cruisers, 11 destroyers, 300 aircraft, & 12,500 killed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Sweden switched their entire traffic system from the left side of the road to the right side in a single day in 1967 called β€œDagen H”, the most logistically complex event in Sweden’s history. amusingplanet.com/2019/04…
5 Of The 10 Deadliest Wars in World History Began In China businessinsider.com/blood…
Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. His most famous work was a six volume memoir about WW2, but he also wrote a science fiction alternate history story about the US Civil War. sf-encyclopedia.com/entry…
The first recorded pizza delivery was in 1889 to Queen Margherita of Savoy. Reportedly, she was tired of courtly fare and requested a local peasant meal; they delivered a white, green, and red pie to symbolize the newly unified Italy's flag. She called it "delicious" and the rest is history. foodandwine.com/news/poli…
Richard ValliΓ¨res stole more than $18.7 million worth of maple syrup from a facility in Quebec between 2011-2012, making it the largest heist in Canadian history. lenouvelliste.ca/actualit…
The San Marino football team has only won one match in its entire history, and has scored 24 goals in 164 matches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Dubbed as one of the worse sales promotions in history, Hoover nearly went bankrupt after promising UK customers a flight to the USA and back if they spent Β£100 or more on their products. Hoover cancelled the promotion before many customers received their tickets and some even took legal action. thehustle.co/the-worst-sa…
The oldest known joke in history is a Sumerian fart joke from 1900 BC insider.com/historians-10…
Today I learned of the "End-of-History Illusion". The perception that you have reached a maximum of personal growth, your potential, and that no new personal maturing will happen in the future. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End…
Reinhard Heydrich was the architect of "The Final Solution". He was tasked with the deportation of the Jewish Community from Germany and what he came up with has been the one of the most horrific act in the history of mankind. bleeckerstreetmedia.com/e…
Regis Philbin holds the Guinness World Record for clocking more hours in front of a television camera than anyone else in the history of television npr.org/2011/11/15/142309…
In the 50-plus year history of the Japanese bullet train system, carrying over 5.3 billion passengers, there has been not a single passenger fatality or injury due to train accidents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Out of 24 SS Death Squad leaders, prosecuted in 1947 for the direct killings of more than 1m people, 9 were jurists, 1 university professor, 1 opera singer, 1 expert in art history, 1 architect, 1 economist, 2 teachers, 1 priest, 1 dentist en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ein…
A child prince from the Khwarezmian Empire was sold as a slave after the Mongols invaded their land and killed his family. He arrived in Egypt and rose among the ranks until he became Sultan. He then served the Mongols one of their first major defeats in history. A Historical turning point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qut…
Rian Johnson directed both the much maligned 'The Last Jedi' and the Breaking Bad episode 'Ozymandias' which is widely considered one one the best episodes in the best series in the history of television. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ria…
April 11, 1954 was calculated to be "The Most Boring Day in History". It featured only a handful of newsworthy events in the entire world. telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
Sobhuza II, King of Swaziland (now Eswatini) for over 82 years (the longest verifiable reign of any monarch in history), married 70 wives and had 210 children over a 50-year period, and had more than 1000 grandchildren at the time of his death. He was known by the honorific "Bull of Swazi" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sob…
The longest-reigning monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth II is the first British monarch to have a sapphire jubilee, marking 65 years of reign. There were no public celebrations and she spent the day in "quiet reflection" and undertaking official work en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sap…
The Flag of Arkansas was originally designed by a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution; but was subsequently updated by the State to reflect Confederate history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
The tallest woman in recorded history is alleged to be the Dutch Trijntje Cornelisdochter Keever: standing at 2.54 metres (8 ft 4 in) tall at the time of her death at age seventeen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Someone anonymously donated over $200 million to Berkeley for their Data Science program. It was the largest donation in the UC campus’s history. news.berkeley.edu/2020/02…
The history of White Gold dates back to 1710, when it was composed by alchemists Johan Frierich Bottger and Ehrenfried Walther Von Tcshirnhaus in Germany utsavpedia.com/attires/je…
A painting by Rembrandt, one of the greatest Dutch artists in history, was stolen in 1990 and has never been found. The painting depicts one of Jesus Christ’s miracles where He calmed the storm when it threatened to drown Him and His disciples while they were on a ship en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Between 2006 and 2007 Poland’s prime minister and president were identical twin brothers, making them the first brothers in history to hold a country’s prime ministership and presidency at the same time. britannica.com/biography/…
Today I learned about the oldest trees in the world, the oldest one ever found known as Prometheus located in Nevada, which lived for approx 5000 years until it was cut by a graduate student and United States and Forest Service for other research purposes unknowing of the history of the tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There’s an extremely rare 4-under par score in golf called a β€œCondor” that is so rare there have only been 4 confirmed instances of them in history liveabout.com/condor-golf…
Saudi Arabia accidentally printed history textbooks showing Yoda sitting next to the king as he signed the UN charter. The artist says he paired up both of them because Yoda’s green skin and green lightsaber matched the green of the Saudi flag. The artist denied placing it in history books. telegraph.co.uk/news/2017…
USA spent about 24 billion dollars on the β€œSaturn-Apollo” program until 1969, which would correspond to the sum of about 150 billion dollars today. It was the price to pay to make history, for the first people on the Moon to be American astronauts. needforscience.com/astron…
Tsuyama massacre (1938) was the deadliest shooting by lone gunman in Japanese history. This happened because women in village rejected his sexual advances. So, 21 years old Mutsuo Toi went rampage and killed 30 people with his shotgun, axe and katana. Toi's grandma was also one of the victims devastatingdisasters.com/…
The strongest beer ever sold is "The End of History", which was brewed by BrewDog in Fraserburgh, Scotland and has an alcohol volume of 55%. Bottles were sold for Β£500 (US $806) each or Β£700 ($1,129) when packaged in a taxidermied squirrel. The last bottles were sold in July 2010. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
There are many theories about the meaning of the children’s song β€œPop! Goes the Weasel,” but the true meaning remains unknown. It has likely been lost to history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
In 1964, 3 amateur jewel thieves stole $400,000 worth of jewels from the American Museum of Natural History. Using a glass cutter, duct tape, and a squeegee, they were able to take the world's largest sapphire, the world's most perfect ruby, and the largest black sapphire smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned about the most densely populated place in all of human history: Kowloon Walled City. Demolished by the government in 1994, the 6.4 acre piece of land in Hong Kong was home to over 50,000 people. The "City of Anarchy" was so densely constructed you couldn't see the sun from the streets below. youtube.com/watch?v=t6IOd…
Legendary film director Sergio Leone and composer Ennio Morricone, whose collaboration would make the history of cinema, were schoolmates in grade school. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enn…

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