After the 2011 earthquake in Japan, members of the yakuza gathered supplies and gave food to the victims. Some even opened their offices to people who couldn't return home. Some people felt like their response was much quicker and efficient than that of the government. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
President Kennedy was prescribed a rocking chair for back pain. He found one he liked so much he bought 14 copies for the Oval Office, Camp David, Air Force One, and homes of his family. He also gifted them to heads of state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
A South African farmer rescued a baby hippo from a flood and gave it a home. The farmer fed him, brushed his teeth and helped him. The farmer was found dead with severe bite marks from the hippo and his body submerged in the river where he rescued the hippo 6 years earlier news.sky.com/story/pet-hi…
When filming the TV series "The Mandalorian" in 2019, the crew ran out of Stormtrooper costumes, so they reached out to the local branch of a Star Wars fan organisation, whose members came to join the filming in their own home-made Stormtrooper costumes cbr.com/the-mandalorian-5…
In the 1950s, the average size of a new home was 983 square feet and a household size of 3.37 people. In the 2010s, the average size of a new home was 2,392 square feet and a household size of 2.59 people. compasscaliforniablog.com…
Squanto was taken from his home village, transported to Europe, conscripted into slavery, escaped and made his way back to his homeland, only to find he was the last of his tribe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
When actor Nick Frost (Cornetto Trilogy) was young his parents' business tanked. They had to move into a neighbours’ home and his mother suffered a stroke from stress. Nick dropped out of school and worked to support his family. He was just working as a waiter when Simon Pegg cast him in Spaced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
When Wizards of the Coast bought TSR and D&D, they hired most of TSR's staff and moved them all to Seattle. They helped find new homes, hired movers, and helped those still paying rent in WI and WA. One said Wizards was doing everything but putting them on their backs and carrying them. geekandsundry.com/the-sto…
David Dunbar Buick was a plumber who invented the process for adhering enamel to cast iron, clearing the way for cast iron bathtubs in homes. He would later start the Buick Motor Company en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Nineteenth century New Orleans socialite Delphine LaLaurie was discovered to have been torturing several slaves in her home for months on end. In public life, she put on a facade of politeness toward black Americans and bragged about taking good care of her slaves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
80's pop sensations Spandau Ballet got its name from the standard drop method hangings at Spandau Prison when the condemned would twitch and jump at the end of a rope. Spandau Prison was home to seven high ranking Nazis sentenced to imprisonment at the Nuremberg Trials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Today I learned of Wei Jie. A frail youth who lived in 3rd Century AD China, he was considered to be so beautiful that hordes of admirers mobbed him/his home all day, which caused him to die of stress. "Wei Jie died of stares" is now a Chinese idiom describing celebrities who have very obsessive fandoms. ecns.cn/learning-Chinese/…
The Griswold's home in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is the same home from American Beauty filmoblivion.com/2019/01/…
Today I learned about how in 2008 during the macy's thankgiving day parade, during the final performance of the "foster's home for imaginary friends" float the pre-planned musical number, the music was cut, only for Rick Asltey to come out and perform "Never Gonna Give You Up" live telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
Despite Disney claiming that Steamboat Willie was the "first synchronized sound cartoon", the actual first cartoon to feature synchronized sound was the Fleischer Studios "My Old Kentucky Home" in 1926, 2 years before Steamboat Willie was released youtube.com/watch?v=GvW55…
The TV show Mork & Mindy is a spinoff of a specific episode of Happy Days, which featured Mork trying to take Richie back to his home planet. The show was trying to capitalize on the popularity of the recently released Star Wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Ant queens can take over other colonies by murdering their real queen and bathing in her bodily fluids to avoid detection. Since ants can only parasitize other specific species, it is speculated that some ants decorate their homes with the heads of other ant species to mask their own scent. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Many of the scenes in "Elf" were filmed at an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Vancouver. In the 50's, Riverview Hospital was home to more than 4,000 patients. The X Files, Supernatural, Saw, Deadpool 2 and many others have filmed scenes on the site. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riv…
When Winston Churchill Sold Chartwell, the family home, to the National Trust, he required that there always be a marmalade cat named Jock in "comfortable residence." The Trust honored that request. The current occupant is Jock VII, a six month old rescue kitten. nationaltrust.org.uk/char…
Today I learned about Jason Vukovich, known as the β€œAlaskan Avenger,” who was convicted of using the state’s sex offender registry to track down offenders, break into their homes, and beat them with a hammer. nypost.com/2018/01/02/ave…
Almost all pianos that are given away for free are not worth the cost of having it moved into your home. The simplest of piano moves will cost a minimum of $250. If you discover it cannot be tuned or fixed, for a reasonable price, then it will cost more to have it disposed masterpianoservices.com/2…
In 1997, Julie Rea Harper scuffled with a man in her home who had broken in and killed her son. She was initially tried and convicted of the murder, but after a later apprehension, serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells admitted to Harper's account and his guilt, resulting in Harper's exoneration. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
A fan drove three hours to deliver rapper, Boozie Badazz, a much needed dosage of insulin. She refused to accept payment and instead asked for just a photo. On her way home she stopped at a store, bought a scratch off ticket, and won $10,000. revolt.tv/platform/amp/ne…
Today I learned about the TorreΓ³n massacre, in 13-15 May 1911, over 300 Chinese residents in the Mexican city of TorreΓ³n, Coahuila were killed in a racially-motivated massacre by a local mob and a large number of Chinese homes were looted and destroyed. globalvoices.org/2015/05/…
In 1989, a man placed a Β£30 bet that as of January 1, 2000: U2 would still be active; Cliff Richard would be knighted; EastEnders would still be a weekly BBC show; and Neighbours and Home and Away would still be on British TV. He was given odds of 6,479-1, and in January 2000 collected Β£194,400 bettingdoctor.co.uk/blog/…
The Northern Great Plains was home to many fortified Native American towns, beginning in the 800s and existing all the way until the 1880s. These towns had over a thousand residents and a plaza centric layout. These were sedentary towns where people lived year-round. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lik…
There are β€œharbinger zip codes”, these contain people who tend to buy unpopular products that fail and tend to choose losing political candidates. Their home values also rise slower than surrounding zip codes. A yet to be explained phenomena where people are "out of sync" with the rest. kottke.org/19/12/the-harb…
Modern car thieves use a scanner to amplify the signal of the key from inside your home. carlock.co/blog/en/2019/0…
In 1997 a poacher named Vladimir Markov shot and wounded a tiger and then stole a part of the tiger's kill. The injured tiger staked out Markov's cabin, waited 12-48 hours for Markov to come home and then proceeded to kill him and eat him. wbur.org/npr/129551459/st…
Buzz's "girlfriend," (woof!) in Home Alone was actually the art director's son dressed as a girl. The movie bosses thought that it would be too mean to use a real girl only to be mocked movieweb.com/home-alone-m…
At it's height, 'Old London Bridge' had over 200 shops, with some buildings 6 storeys tall. The bridge was home to one of London's most notorious sights β€” a display of the severed heads of traitors on spikes. The first head to be displayed was that of William Wallace. thetudortravelguide.com/2…
A man suffering from gastrointestinal distress in a Kansas Home Depot mens room provided a friendly warning to other bathroom goers by saying: β€œYou need to get out of here because I’m fixin’ to blow it up.” Police were called on suspicion of a bomb threat. No charges were laid. canoe.com/news/weird/blow…
Charm bracelets had an increase in popularity in the U.S during and after WWII. Soldiers found that they could easily buy and send small charms home to their partners. The charms helped their wives and girlfriends feel connected to them still. historydaily.org/a-charmi…
The comedian Steve Allen got into a minor car accident when another driver backed into him. Allen joked, 'What some people will do to get my autograph' and went about his day, taking a nap at his son's home. Allen never woke up because the accident had broken his ribs and pierced blood vessels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In β€œForrest Gump,” when his microphone is cut off at the rally, what you don’t hear him say is β€œSometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.” mentalfloss.com/article/6…
In 1910, two boys, Louis and Temple Abernathy decided to cross America by horseback from Oklahoma to Manhattan to meet Theodore Roosevelt. They were 10 and 6 years old. Then they decided to buy a car to come back home, while their horses made the return by train. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
James Bond creator Ian Fleming named one of his most famous villains, Auric Goldfinger, after the architect in revenge for his bulldozing of a number of Victorian villas in order to build his own modern home at Willow Road in Hampstead. idealhome.co.uk/news/erno…
Today I learned of Eddie Gaedel, the shortest player to ever play in a Major League Baseball game. Standing 3’7”, Gaedel made 1 plate appearance and drew a walk on four pitches. At age 36, he was beaten to death on his way home from the bowling alley. sabr.org/bioproj/person/e…
Pike Place Market in Seattle is one of the oldest farmers' markets in the U.S. In the early 1940's most of the stalls were owned by Japanese-Americans. After Japanese internment during WWII, β€œThe majority of the Market's farmers were forced from their homes and livelihoods, never to return.” pikeplacemarket.org/histo…
The long-term ban on switchblades in the US owes its origin to a 1950 article that appeared in β€˜Women's Home Companion’, entitled; β€˜The Toy That Kills’. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
The heaviest building in the world is the Palace of the Parliament located in Bucharest, Romania. Before becoming a government building, however, it was the home of dictator Nicolae CeauΘ™escu. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
An elderly Rwandan woman saved the lives of over 100 Tutsis by hiding them in her home and scaring away Hutus by claiming her home was inhabited by ghosts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zur…
Notorious crime boss and FBI's No.1 most-wanted fugitive at the time James 'Whitey' Bulger was arrested in 2011 after a former Ms. Iceland recognized him as her neighbor in California from a news report whilst she was home in Iceland. She was awarded $2 million for informing the FBI. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Apollo 14 brought home a moon rock, with an earth rock embedded within en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
In 2000 a doctor was driven from her home by vandals who were confused between paedophile and paediatrician and thought she was a child molester. theguardian.com/uk/2000/a…
Lost songs from the evacuated Hebridean archipelago of St Kilda were discovered being played by old man in an Old Folks Home and saved for prosterity. bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-sco…
Clint Eastwood was mayor of tiny Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA in the 1980s; he ran because he wanted to lift a ban on public ice cream sales, flew home from movie sets for weekly council meetings, wrote a column in the town paper, and a local hotel changed their slogan to "make my stay". mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Louis Braille (the inventor of Braille) is buried in his home which now is a museum, but his hands were cut off at the wrists and buried in his childhood hometown jamanetwork.com/journals/…
The moment Gerald Ford was sworn in, Nixon was on Air Force One flying home. Because he was no longer President, the airplane's call sign was changed mid-flight from Air Force One to SAM 27000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VC-…
Today I learned about "Rogue Planets", celestial worlds that have no parent star and wander the cold depths of space alone, some, known as Extragalactic Planets, are even believed to have been completely ejected from their home galaxy into the never-ending void of intergalactic space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rog…

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