Today I learned about Cristina Zenato, a professional diver in the Bahamas, who is known as the "Shark Whisperer", who likes to nuzzle sharks as if they were dogs or cats. She has so far removed over 300 hooks from sharks' mouths mensjournal.com/adventure…
During the Vietnam War one damaged American F-4 Phantom fighter pushed another damaged F-4 away from certain capture by resting the second airplane’s tail hook onto his own cockpit glass and pushing him to a safer location before both crews bailed out and were rescued the next day. sierrahotel.net/blogs/new…
Southern American's stereotype of being lazy, stupid mouth breathers comes from a widespread infection of hook worm. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article…
Today I learned about the Crooked Forest (Krzywy Las) in Poland, a forest of pine trees that bend sharply to the North before returning upright after 3ft of growth, thus resembling fish hooks. No exact reason has been found for their shape as yet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
There are snakes that use popping farts as a defense mechanism (Chihuahuan hook-nosed snake) discovermagazine.com/plan…
A study found that a majority of women tended to prefer a man who cracks clean jokes vs dirty jokes, both for a casual hook-up & for a long-term relationship. But women who had a positive feeling about casual sex tended to find dirty jokes funnier. sciencedirect.com/science…
In Pennsylvania (USA), you can be on the hook for your parents’ debt without your knowledge or consent, and it’s completely legal paelderlaw.net/pennsylvan…
Jellyfish are part of the Physium Cnidaria (which also includes Corals) and start their life as Larva that hooks to the ground and can reproduce asexually. The part we know as a Jellyfish "spawns" once it reaches adult size and reproduces normally. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jel…
The song Hook by the Blues Traveler is literally about nothing. The lyrics state that the words have no meaning and are completely random but the inflection and music bed is all that matters. It is a stab at producers wanting catchy $$$ making songs and in turn, became one. music.avclub.com/why-hook…
Spielberg’s Hook (1991), is the sixth highest-grossing β€œpirate-themed” film of all time, behind all five Pirates of the Caribbean movies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
The word gadzooks comes from "God's hooks", referring to the nails that attached Jesus to the cross. mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-cu…
Velcro is the name brand of Hook and Loop Fastener. It was invented in the 40s by a Swiss engineer and patterned after cockleburrs, burdock seeds that would stick to his pants and in his dog's fur. He looked at them under a microscope and was inspired to recreate it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
Jason Hook, lead guitarist for metal band Five Finger Death Punch, got his big break as the guitarist for Hilary Duff’s live touring band in 2000. blabbermouth.herokuapp.co…
Today I learned of the Berners Street hoax: In 1809, Theodore Hook bet his friend that he could make a random house the most famous house in London within a week. He did so by ordering chimney sweeps, piano deliveries, and priests to the address. The ensuing chaos brought London to a standstill. wikipedia.org/wiki/Berner…
Wasps and many bees can sting more than once as they are able to pull out their stinger without injuring themselves. Only honeybees have special hooks on their stinger that keep the stinger in the skin after a person is stung. The stinger gets torn out of the bee's body as it tries to fly away kidshealth.org/en/kids/be…
Founders of Youtube imagined it as a dating site and they even had a slogan for it: "Tune in, Hook up" newest-websites.com/from-…
The Ferocactus genus of barrel cacti evolved hook-like spines and shallow roots so they could be uprooted by flash floods, go with the flow, and then re-settle in a place where water accumulates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Jason Hook, the current guitarist for the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch, began his career as a studio and stage guitarist for Hillary Duff. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jas…
Disney attempted to have Winnie the Pooh run for President that began in 1968. Pooh's Presidential campaign was held at Disneyland during the election year of 1972 and 1976 with Captain Hook trying to run against him. ocregister.com/2016/10/26…
The creator of Rocko’s Modern Life, Joe Murray, was asked by executives to put a female role model in the show. After some back and forth, a female executive requested β€œ"a professional woman, someone with a good hook.". So, Murray created Dr Hutchinson, a female doctor with a literal hook. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Rats and mice have hooked sperms and in some species they hook together to make a daisy chain that can swim faster pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
Darwin's Beetle (Chiasognathus grantii) have giant mandibles (more than 1/2 their body length) they use to battle males as they climb trees where females are found for a chance to mate. The mandibles can hook rivals under the wings to throw them off the tree, as well as the female after mating. snotr.com/video/4493/Kill…
A C-130 holds the record for the largest and heaviest plane to land on an aircraft carrier. In 1963 it made 29 touch-and-gos, 21 takeoffs and 21 full stop landings all without a catapult or tail hooks! boldmethod.com/blog/video…
In the United Kingdom the BBC refused refused to play the song "The Cover of Rolling Stone" by Dr Hook, as it contained the name of a commercial publication (Rolling Stone magazine) and could therefore be considered advertising. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The word "bangarang", made famous by the film Hook, is Jamaican slang for, "riot, disturbance, or mischief." jamaicanpatwah.com/term/b…
The hook or "catch" of a tape measure is supposed to be loose. It's so that you can accurately measure with it either pushing up against or pulling on something. There is no elusive 'high quality' tape measure that has no play in it. But it's worth making sure it is not bent. diy.blogoverflow.com/2011…
In the Robin Williams led Peter Pan movie "Hook," the pirate that was punished by Captain Hook and crew by being put in the Boo Box full of scorpions was played by award winning actress Glenn Close en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gle…
Today I learned of Pardo’s Push, where a crippled F4 Phantom lowered its tail hook to be given a push by another crippled F4 Phantom, clearing enemy airspace and saving both crews. airspacemag.com/military-…
Before military planes had guns, in WWI, pilots used to throw "grenades, and other objects -- even grappling hooks" at each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avi…
Jellyfish reproduce sexually creating a plantula larva, that hooks itself to the seafloor. It develops into a polyp resembling a "miniature sea anemone", which then reproduces asexually, cloning itself. After months to years, they leave the seafloor as ephyra, eventually maturing into medusa. scientificamerican.com/ar…
There is a Red Hook Society for the Apprehension and Detention of Horse Thieves that has been active since 1796 and is the oldest such organization in the US redhookhorsethieves.org/
Charlie Sheen once tried to catch the Loch Ness Monster by using a leg of lamb, a big hook and a bottle of whisky. dailyrecord.co.uk/news/sc…
During the embalming process Ancient Egyptians would insert a metal hook into their nose and draw out brain tissue. si.edu/spotlight/ancient-…
In 1962, the CIA stole an abandoned Soviet polar listening station. 2 agents were dropped to retrieve equipments and were later fished out from the site using a sky hook attached to a B-17 bomber. cia.gov/library/center-fo…
Since 2011, NOAA has required the use of thinner, weaker hooks, in the Gulf of Mexico, that straighten to release large bluefin tuna before they die of exhaustion on the line, which resulted in 75% less dead, discarded fish in the Gulf. nytimes.com/2011/05/08/bu…
Steve McQueen broke Charles Manson’s nose in a fight and narrowly avoided being murdered by the Manson family. He was set to attend the dinner in which Sharon Tate was killed , but cancelled at the last minute so he could go hook up with his mistress. the13thfloor.tv/2017/04/2…
Crows in New Caledonia were found to be bending twigs into hooks to extract food hidden in wooden logs. This confirms that wild birds can make tools. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
New Caledonian crows create their own hooks to pull out insects from hard to reach crevices. They are the only non-primate that manufacture their own tools. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
The YMCA song is often seen as a gay anthem, since many gay men used the YMCA as a place to cruise and hook up genius.com/Village-people…
Some People Have Learned How To Fish Using Tamed Birds Instead Of Using Hooks Or Nets. youtu.be/cS9wzAjbJ24
Shakespeare overheard the star of Richard III (Richard Burbage) agree to hook up with an enamored fan at her house. When the actor arrived after the show, Shakespeare answered the door, saying "William the Conqueror was before Richard III." shakespearedocumented.org…
Hook and Loop Fastener is non-trademarked name for Velcro en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
Today I learned of the phajaan process used to train elephants for tourism. They're routinely beaten with whips, sticks and hooks, kept in crampt cages with feet tied together and peirced with a long bullhook to remove any sense of wild in them. animalsupporter.com/pages…
Tenter hooks were used to attach wet cloth to a device called a tenter in order to avoid the cloth shrinking while it was being dried. This gave rise to the phrase "on tenter hooks" to mean being in a state of tension or suspense. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
There's a 2015 adaptation of Peter Pan where Captain Hook makes the children of Neverland mine fairy dust and sing Nirvana songs youtube.com/watch?v=0fZVA…
Carrie Fisher was a script doctor (uncredited writer brought in to fix a movie) on Hook, Sister Act, Lethal Weapon 3, The Wedding Singer, and all 3 of the Star Wars prequels youtube.com/watch?v=LWp5N…
In 1809 Theodore Hook made a bet that he could make any house in London the most talked-about address in a week. He sent out 1000s of letters in the name of Mrs Tottenham of 54 Berners Street, requesting deliveries, visitors, and assistance. A large part of London was brought to a standstill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
In the movie Hook, the scene where Rufio swings his sword close to Peter Pans face and says the line "You're dead, jollyman" was played in reverse for the movie. The actor had to learn to say those lines backwards. youtu.be/hnxgpVgB5nA
There is a growing conspiracy theory that the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting never happened. As a result many of the victim's families are being harassed. youtube.com/watch?v=jaQwp…
Today I learned of the "colossal squid," which is larger than a giant squid and has three-pointed hooks along its tentacles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
In China they can count to ten using just one hand using a type of sign that everyone uses. 6 is the western 'hang loose' gesture. 7 a snake head, 8 a finger gun, nine an index finger hook and 10 a cross or closed fist. wikipedia.org/wiki/Chines…
The hook on the end of a tape measure is intentionally loose. The distance it moves is equal to the thickness of the hook, to take into account the difference between hooking the end over an edge and pressing it against an object. community.seattletimes.nw…
On the same day as the Sandy Hook shooting (December 14th 2012), a mentally ill man wielding a knife attacked and non fatally injured 24 people at a school in Chenpeng China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Early telephones had no ringers and no hang-up hooks. Callers would get the attention of those they were calling by yelling loudly (often, β€œahoy!”) into the receiver until someone on the other end noticed. blog.summary.com/2012/06/…
There is a Colossal Squid as well as a Giant Squid. But the Colossal Squid has hooks on its tentacles to lacerate its prey en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Theodore Roosevelt, under threat of a bully at a bar and with a gun pointed at him, is told to make the man a drink, to this he stands up and says β€˜Well, if I’ve got to, I’ve got to,’ and throws a right hook, knocking the man down. The bully later left town on a train. nps.gov/thro/learn/histor…
There is a group that believes that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a large hoax; and nobody was hurt or killed. veteranstoday.com/2014/01…
The "Barney Rubble: trouble" joke from Ocean's Eleven was an example of "Cockney rhyming slang." Other examples include "lemon flavour: favour," "butcher's hook: look," and "apple and pears: stairs." Only lemon, butcher, and apple are spoken. For example: "he did me a lemon." vox.com/2015/2/16/8045999…
The lyrics to the song "Hook" by Blues Traveler were written to prove that a song only needs to sound good to be popular. songmeanings.com/m/songs/…
Totie Fields outed Gene Simmons as a Jew on the Mike Douglas show, but the audience wasn't hep to it. She said, "You can't hide the hook". youtube.com/watch?v=9ZWnc…
Dogs don't "lap" when they drink water like cats do, but rather they curl their tongue underneath and "hook" the water into their mouth. youtube.com/watch?v=63Ch2…
George Lucas and Carrie Fisher had an uncredited cameo in the "Hook", they were a couple kissing on a bridge. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
The team behind Treasure Planet researched on how 3D animation and traditional animation can blend together by going back to the past and putting a robotic arm on Captain Hook. This blending is applied to the main antagonist Long John Silver. ohmy.disney.com/movies/20…
The Hook On Your Measuring Tape Moves for Accurate Measurements In Both Directions diy.blogoverflow.com/2011…
Velcro gets its name from the French words for velvet "velour", and hook, "crochet". hookandloop.com/invention…
In 1810 London came to a standstill from a prank by Theodore Hook who sent out thousands of letters requesting services that included hundreds of coal deliveries, wedding cakes, priests, lawyers, doctors, chimney sweeps, and over a dozen pianos to be delivered to the same address. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
The kid that played Jack in Hook and "Kid" in Dick Tracy (Charlie Korsmo) quit acting, got a degree in physics from MIT, graduated from Yale Law, passed the Bar, became a lawyer, and is currently teaching law at Case Western. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Best selling author James Patterson offered a chance for a contest winner to become co-author with him. The contest is write a two-sentence hook for a new bestselling mystery or thriller and submit a sample chapter that grips Patterson and makes him want to work with you benjaminmcevoy.com/how-to…
Peter Hook and Steve Morris of the band Joy Division were questioned about the Yorkshire Ripper murders because their van was present in many of the areas where the murders took place as a result of their promoter getting them gigs in questionable areas. radiox.co.uk/news/peter-h…
Farmers used to hook watermelons up with electricity to stop thieves from stealing them. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
A circus elephant named Mary was hanged to death in front of people including children for killing the unqualified assistant elephant trainer immediately after he prodded her with a hook for no reason. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The hook from the Jay Z song 99 Problems was originally recorded by Ice T in his song of the same name back in 1993. The lyric "I got 99 Problems but a bitch ain't one" was coined during a conversation between Ice T and Brother Marquis of 2 Live Crew. hiphopdx.com/news/id.2986…
The Colossal Squid has rotating hooks on its tentacles. Each tentacle hook sits on a short stalk, flush with the inner surface of the tentacle club, in a flattened depression β€” this allows the flattened 'back' surface of the hook to rotate. The hooks can rotate right round, through 360 degrees. squid.tepapa.govt.nz/anat…
I learned that Juicy J, a then-member of Three 6 Mafia, convinced the director and the producer of "Hustle and flow" to let him co-wrote the Oscar-winning song "It's hard out here for a pimp" after he impressed them with a new beat, wrote the hook on a napkin, and completed it in within 4 hours. businessinsider.com/three…
Icelandic folklore's version of Santa Claus is the "Yule Lads", a group of 13 mischievous/criminal pranksters said to descend from mountain trolls, who steal from and otherwise harass the population. Their names include Sausage Swiper, Doorway Sniffer, Meat Hook & Skyr Gobbler. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yul…
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was originally called "Starlight" and the hook was "Give me some starlight! Starlight sun". youtube.com/watch?v=0_Eb7…
The pirate that gets thrown into the Boo Box in Hook was Glenn Close. themakeupgallery.info/gen…
Jim Jarmusch is one of the fishermen in the Spongebob episode about the Hooks youtube.com/watch?v=vzvpb…
The title/hook to Kid Rock’s β€œBawitdaba” was taken from a 1981-82 song called β€œMaking Cash Money” by Busy Bee whosampled.com/sample/101…
Vanilla Ice was in a pantomime of Peter Pan as Captain Hook alloy.com/entertainment/h…
Britney Spears' Toxic sampled its famous hook from a 1981 Bollywood musical. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ek_…
Carrie Fisher and George Lucas appear in the 1991 movie "Hook" (as uncredited extras, the kissing couple on the bridge). imdb.com/title/tt0102057/…
The largest plane to ever successfully land and take off from an aircraft carrier was a C-130 named "Look Ma, No Hook" to brag about how it needed neither an arresting hook nor a catapult assist. c-130.net/aircraft-databa…
In February 1977, Stevie Wonder was visiting Africa and could not be present at the Grammy's. Instead, a satellite hook-up was arranged so he could still be awarded. Andy Williams, the host, went on to make a public blunder when he asked him, "Stevie can you see us?" steviewonder.org.uk/bio/c…
Tinder in Nigeria is more likely to be used as a service for prostitution and money making rather than its intended use as a dating or casual hook up app pulse.ng/gist/how-to-find…
The couple kissing on the bridge as Tinkerbell flies Peter Pan away from London to Neverland in "Hook" are Carrie Fisher and George Lucas. imdb.com/title/tt0102057/…
The hook at the end of a tape measure is loose on purpose. It slides back and forth the width of the hook, making your measurement correct if you push the hook against something or hook it over something diy.blogoverflow.com/2011…
Upon his incarceration in 2015 hate preacher Abu Hamza had his sinister hook replaced with a spork! nypost.com/2015/01/08/hoo…
Velcro is actually the name brand, the actual product is called Hook and Loop. youtube.com/watch?v=rRi8L…
James Howard Snook was the only Olympic gold medalist to be executed for murder. He is also the inventor of the Snook Hook, a surgical instrument still used today in veterinary surgeries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
After the Sandy Hook shootings, people donated more than 65,000 teddy bears, 9 tractor trailers of paper snowflakes, and half a million letters to a town of only 27,000 people. Since then the bears have been re-donated across the globe to places including Haiti, and Afghanistan. thetrace.org/2015/12/sand…
The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan by Marianne Faithfull, A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash, and Sylvia's Mother by Dr. Hook were all written by Shel Silverstein. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Actress Carrie Fisher also worked as a script doctor, on scripts including Lethal Weapon 3, Hook, and The Wedding Singer. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Durng the filming of the 1991 film "Hook", Dustin Hoffman and Bob Hoskins decided to portray Captain Hook and Smee as a married gay couple, to which Steven Spielberg replied "this is a kids' movie". contactmusic.com/dustin-h…
In a scene of Hook(1991), there is a couple kissing on a bridge while Tinkerbell is flying over, dropping fairy dust on them and sending them flying. The couple was actually an uncredited cameo by George Lucas, and Carrie Fisher. neverpedia.com/pan/George…
In 1810, to win a bet that he could turn anywhere into the most talked-about address in London, Theodore Hook sent thousands of letters from 54 Berners St., requesting deliveries, visitors & assistance. Within a day, thousands had been drawn to the street - including the Archbishop of Canterbury en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Jay J Armes, a highly successful private investigator with hook hands (and also a built in .22 magnum) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay…
Tim Curry was the voice of Captain Hook on a Fox cartoon called Peter Pan & the Pirates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
700 years ago, bringing weaponry into the houses of parliament was made illegal. To this day, there are still hooks where MPs can hang their swords if they, for whatever reason, entered the Palace of Westminster armed. ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2013…
The record for crossing the Atlantic Ocean was set in 1992, when a vessel went from Sandy Hook, NJ to England in just 48 hours and 34 minutes. The ship averaged the equivalent of 50 miles per hour for the voyage. nytimes.com/1992/08/10/sp…

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