The Beechcraft Bonanza airplane is nicknamed "the doctor killer". This is due to the number of wealthy professionals who take up flying as a hobby and end up crashing in it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
The late king of Jordan was an avid Amateur Radio operator who regularly interacted with people around the world. Taking conversations from anyone who had the privilege of having his JY1 call sign respond he never allowed anyone to call him King on the net, and helped the hobby gain members. theguardian.com/theguardi…
In 2005, when speaking to a class of 4th graders, the Mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman, was asked what he'd take with him if stranded on a desert island. He replied: "A bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin." When asked about his hobbies, he said he enjoyed drinking Bombay Sapphire Gin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osc…
Today I learned about the "Herbivore Men" of Japan, men who have basically given up on marriage and love. They often can’t afford it, and they don’t want to work to death to raise a family, instead they have hobbies or anime or the internet to fill up their time. sbpress.com/2019/04/herbi…
The popular tabletop soccer game Subbuteo got its name from the Latin name of the "hobby" bird, "Falco Subbuteo" after the original name of the game (Hobby) was rejected. Creator Peter Adolph was a keen ornithologist. gwct.org.uk/wildlife/spec…
Subbuteo was named after a falcons Latin name, as the creater could not trademark the word hobby, so named it after the falcons common name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub…
Classic Hollywood film star Fred Astaire took up skateboarding as a hobby in his late seventies and was even awarded a life membership in the National Skateboard Society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Today I learned of Farley Files, created by Roosevelt's Campaign Manager, James Farley. They were notes about everyone FDR ever met (e.g. spouse's name, hobbies, prior meeting notes). Farley & FDR would review the files prior to any meeting and the effect was powerful and intimate for visitors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
There’s a place in a country town in MA where people have deposited their old hobby horses called β€œPonyhenge”. roadtrippers.com/magazine…
Over 3,800 Ancient artifacts, including cuneiform tablets and cylinder seals, were smuggled into the United States and shipped to Hobby Lobby Stores before being discovered by ICE and returned to the Republic of Iraq. ice.gov/news/releases/ice…
Today I learned about a Welsh Christmas tradition in which a hobby horse, made of a real horse's skull, called Mary Lwyd is taken from house to house. Mary and her group is allowed to enter the house for food and drinks if they win the exchange of rude rhymes with the house owner. wales.com/en-us/about/cul…
Hobby Lobby was fined $3,000,000 for the illegal smuggling of over 5,500 cuneiform tablets from the middle east en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hob…
Today I learned of Lucy, a chimpanzee who was raised to believe she was human. She learned to sign over 250 words and some of her hobbies included drinking gin, browsing Playgirl magazines, and masturbating using a vacuum cleaner. vt.co/animals/stories/sto…
British comedian Spike Milligan wrote his own obituary, which was published soon after his death. He listed his hobbies as "Writing Goon Shows and dying". standard.co.uk/news/my-ob…
Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin through his hobby of microbial art. Leaving a Petri dish painting of bacteria unattended for two weeks it was being killed by Penicillium fungus. Thus the antibiotic properties were studied leading to Penicillin. sciencehistory.org/histor…
Theologian and hobby paleontologist William Buckland, famous for writing the first full account of a fossil dinosaur, ate the heart of King Luis XIV en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Marble Crayfish are the only type of crayfish that can clone itself. All specimens are female. It was discover in the aquarium hobby, no known wild population exist before it was discovered. It was likely due to accidental hybridization. It is now an invasive species in many counties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The actor who played David Wallace on The Office was actually a full time wealth-management adviser at the time, and considered acting on the TV show a hobby - "this is what I do instead of playing golf" palmbeachpost.com/enterta…
Lava Lamps were invented by an accountant whose hobby was making underwater nudist films en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
, Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of such Nintendo games as Mario, Donkey Kong, and Zelda, has a hobby of guessing the measurements of objects, then checking to see if he was correct. He enjoys the hobby so much he carries a tape measure with him everywhere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
The Dutch King had secretly been piloting commercial KLM airplanes as a "relaxing hobby" for 21 years as of May, 2017 theguardian.com/world/201…
Prop masters make and test fake drugs before they’re used in movies like The Wolf of Wall Street. Cornstarch or Vitamin B powder for cocaine, oregano or hobby store moss for marijuana, freeze-dried regular mushrooms for magic mushrooms. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned about the hobby magnet fishing, where people pull up old discarded items from rivers and lakes. It is forbidden in France without a permit, one young fisher caught a gas canister that detonated and blinded him telegraph.co.uk/news/2019…
98% of the marine fish found in the aquarium hobby cannot be bred on a commercial scale in captivity; they are instead stunned using cyanide poison to enable capture, a process which not only kills many of the fish caught this way, but also destroys a square yard of the worlds ailing reefs news.nationalgeographic.c…
The tabletop game Subbuteo was so called because it’s creator, Peter Adolph, was denied the trademark to call it β€˜Hobby’ and so use the neo-classical term for the Eurasian Hobby bird (Falco Subbuteo). en.subbuteo.com/app.php/h…
Heart transplant recipients often report changes in temperament or aesthetic taste which parallel traits of their donor, going as far as pursuing the same hobbies as and adopting the donor's musical tastes. link.springer.com/article…
Leonard Nimoy was an accomplished photographer. His interest in the hobby began in childhood, and for his whole life he owned a camera he’d built at the age of 13. He even seriously considered changing careers after Star Trek, as he studied extensively at UCLA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Al Capone’s hobby was music and he rocked out the banjo with a prison band on Alcatraz called The Rock Islanders mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The one who came up with Pokemon, Satoshi Tajiri, got the idea for the franchise from seeing his bug-collecting hobby being impeded by Japan's rapidly expanding urban areas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto as a hobby guesses the measurements of an object and seeing if he is right with a tape measure he always carries with him kotaku.com/5381876/miyamo…
Satoshi Tajiri was inspired to create the Pokemon franchise by his childhood hobby of collecting insects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
Collecting stamps was a nearly lifelong passion for Franklin D. Roosevelt. When FDR contracted polio in 1921, he turned to his stamps as a distraction during his bedridden days. He once said, "I owe my life to my hobbiesβ€”especially stamp collecting." biography.com/news/frankl…
"herping" is both a verb and a hobby, which is the act of searching for amphibians or reptiles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
A chemistry teacher from Ede, The Netherlands made mustard gas in his storage block β€œas a hobby” dutchnews.nl/news/archive…
When John F. Kennedy met Joseph Luns, the former Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kennedy asked for his hobbies and he answered: "I fok horses", Kennedy, struck with surprise responded: "Pardon?", Luns replied: "Yes, paarden!". 'Fokken' means 'to breed', and 'horses' means 'paarden' in Dutch nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
HG Wells, science fiction novelist and visionary, is credited as the father of modern hobby wargames (Warhammer, D&D, Infinity, etc...) bbc.com/news/magazine-227…
There are 40+ consumer reporting companies. One is the "MIB group" which maintains a database of our medical/personal info - like obesity, bad driving record, risky hobbies, and more - that is used by over 450 insurance companies in the United States and Canada to determine eligibility/pricing. nytimes.com/2014/01/15/yo…
Today I learned of a blind American man who taught himself to navigate using echolocation. His hobbies include hiking and mountain-biking, and he has now trained over 500 students in his 'tongue-click' technique. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-1…
A teen in Michigan built a working nuclear reactor. He taught himself how to build it as a weekend hobby project in his basement from ages 15-17 for $3500. discovermagazine.com/2007…
They have a hobby horse competition and subculture in Finland nytimes.com/2019/04/21/wo…
Today I learned of Kane Tanaka, the worlds oldest living woman at 115 years, 257 days (as of 16/9/18) who credits her longevity to family, sleep, and hope. Her hobbies include calligraphy and calculations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
Hugh Trenchard, a British soldier in the Boer War, was shot in the chest and spine, becoming partially paralyzed. He took up bobsledding as a hobby, and after a major accident regained use of his legs. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
'urban exploration' is becoming an increasingly popular hobby where people photograph/document their experiences exploring abandoned ruins en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urb…
Eric Gill, the famous artist who designed Gill Sans, the official font of the BBC, was also notorious for his sexual experiments with incest and bestiality. In 1989, the typographer Barry Deck designed a font in homage to Gill and his hobbies called "Canicopulus Script." luc.devroye.org/fonts-263…
PokΓ©mon was inspired by creator Satoshi Tajiri's childhood hobby of catching bugs. time.com/time/magazine/ar…
The third richest man in China lives on $20 dollars a day, eats the same meals as his workers and only has two hobbies bbc.co.uk/news/business-1…
In 1985 Father-In-Law of Howard Schultz sat him down to say β€œMy daughter’s 7 months pregnant and it’s time her husband forgot his hobby and got a real job.” When Howard told his wife she said "No, we’re going to do it.” In 1986 the Schultz's opened their 1st coffee bar and called it Starbucks ft.com/cms/s/2/04ac1236-5…
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, founding guitarist of Steely Dan and longtime member of the Doobie Brothers, researched aviation systems as a hobby in the 1980s. Today, he is a defense consultant that chairs a congressional advisory board on missile defense. old.post-gazette.com/pg/0…
Google blacklisted all CNET reporters for an entire year after it published Eric Schmidt's salary, neighborhood where he lived, some of his hobbies, and political donations. All that info came from Google searches en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CNE…
Today I learned of Major Allison Digby Tatham-Warter, DSO, who fought at the Battle of Arnhem with an umbrella & bowler hat. His peacetime hobbies included tiger hunting and pig sticking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…

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