The episode of Seinfeld titled "The Revenge" when George quits his job and then shows back up to work as if nothing happened in hopes of keeping it was inspired by Larry David's real-life story of quitting his job as a writer at SNL and doing the same thing vanityfair.com/news/2017/…
A Canadian man getting a rectal exam by his doctor at a hospital was observed by people he assumed were medical practitioners/med students. He sued the hospital and observers after learning the observers were two actors who play doctors on TV doing research for the TV series "Saving Hope." bramptonguardian.com/news…
During WWII the United Kingdom removed all roadsigns in hopes that if the Nazis mounted a ground invasion they would get lost and have trouble navigating en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roa…
William Hootkins, the actor who played the rebel pilot Porkins in Star Wars: A New Hope, was questioned by the FBI after the assassination of JFK, was school classmates with Tommy Lee Jones, and studied astrophysics and oriental studies at Princeton University. forcematerial.com/home/20…
In the early days of Harvest Moon, if you wanted to play as a girl you had to buy a whole separate copy! Plus you had to wait a year and hope you lived in Japan at the time... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
"Noodling" as a means of catching catfish using bare hands as bait, is practiced primarily in the South. It requires fishermen to reach into submerged breeding holes in riverbanks in hopes that the catfish will swim forward and latch onto their hand or is large enough to be grabbed by the gills en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noo…
An HIV-positive New Zealand man pricked his sleeping wife with a needle tainted with his blood, infecting her with the virus in hopes that she would have sex with him again. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/83976…
A "white elephant gift exchange" gets its name from the legend of the King of Siam gifting rare albino elephants to those who displeased him in hopes that the upkeep costs would financially ruin them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Rockstar games, the creator of GTA games, reportedly paid people to leave negative reviews in the hopes of getting some extra attention for the title during the very first game's launch gamebyte.com/gta-paid-for…
There is a turtle, named Hope, who was born with an exposed heart. This case is a very unique and has never been seen in a turtle before. youtu.be/c3s4n8MI2u4
Because the number 8 is considered very lucky in Chinese culture, a Chinese man spent the equivalent of 1 millions RMB to secure a license plate reading '88888' in the hope of increasing his luck, to get pulled over 8 times by cops who thought the plate was a fake. shanghaiist.com/2016/06/2…
The word β€œhope” (Expectation of something desired; desire combined with expectation) has been around for over 1000 years www-oed-com.library2.csum…
Princess Leia's ship in A New Hope, Tantive IV, was the original design for the Millennium Falcon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Legendary Guitarist Randy Rhoads died when his tour bus driver stole a plane and went joyriding with Rhoads on it. They buzzed the tour bus in hopes of waking up the band and clipped the wing of the plane and crashed. Sharon Osborne: "They were all in bits, it was just body parts everywhere" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Before dogfighting was a thing, enemy pilots would simply exchange waves or shake their fists at one another. At the beginning of WWI, recon pilots would often resort to throwing bricks, grenades, and even rope in hopes that it would get entangled in the enemy's propellor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
Today I Learned that in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), pilot Wedge Anles was played by three people. The first actor (Colin Higgins) was fired after one day on set, and the second actor (Denis Lawson) had a bad accent so a third actor (David Ankrum) dubbed all of Wedge's lines. nerdist.com/article/star-…
During the hunt for Radovan Karadzic, a member of the US Seals dressed in a gorilla uniform, in the hope that Karadzic's bodyguard would be so dumbfounded at seeing one in Yugoslavia, they'd slow down enabling an attack by US forces. theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned of HMP Peterhead, a prison that was known as β€œScotland’s Gulag; a prison of no hope”. A report in 2005 found that electricity had just been added to all the cells and human waste was still manually emptied. It closed in 2013. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HM_…
The African Spiny Mouse can release it's skin (like a lizard releases it's tail) on attack and completely regrow it. This feature, which is called autotomy, has given hope for replicating regeneration capabilities in humans. The African Spiny Mouse is the only known mammal, to do this. npr.org/2012/09/26/161817…
In 1947, chess grandmaster Miguel Najdorf played a record 45 simultaneous games of blindfolded chess. He had no way of contacting any friends or family who might have survived the Holocaust, and broke the record in hopes they might see the news coverage. The record stood for 64 years. en.chessbase.com/post/48-…
England doesn't have its own national anthem so God Save the Queen (the national anthem of the United Kingdom as a whole) is often used in its place. Candidates for an English national anthem include "Jerusalem", "Land of Hope and Glory"and "I Vow to Thee, My Country". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned of Paige Hunter, a UK young woman who has prevented at least 6 suicides by tying over 40 handwritten notes of hope to a bridge infamous for suicides. bbc.com/news/uk-england-t…
US Marine Reservist Hussein Mohamed Farrah Aidid served in Operation Restore Hope (the setting of Black Hawk Down). His father, Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid, was the opposition leader. One weekend in 1995 he didn’t show up to drill because he was busy taking over as warlord. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In 2007, Odyssey Moon was the first team to register for the Lunar X Prize competition, an event that hopes to rekindle the efforts of humans to return to the moon. The team's goals were to build and deploy a robotic lunar lander en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ody…
Bacteriophages are viruses that prey on bacteria and archaea, and some hope that phage therapy might one day be a useful alternate to antibiotics as antibiotic resistance becomes a bigger problem in treating deadly diseases en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
Three "spec scripts" -- an unsolicited screenplay written in hopes it will be eventually purchased by a film studio -- have gone on to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay: Thelma & Louise (1990), Good Will Hunting (1994), and American Beauty (1998). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Early in his career, Scott Cawthon creator of the 'Five Nights at Freddy's' horror franchise worked for Hope Animation, a company that created movies/games with Christian values for kids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
To please Lord Indra, Hindu god of rain, people in drought-stricken Bhopal, India "married" a frog couple. Then in light of heavy rainfall (26% more than normal) in the area, the frogs were "divorced" less than 2 months after their "wedding" in hopes the divorce would end the rain. indiatoday.in/india/story…
When the Hope Diamond is put under ultraviolet light it will continue to glow an orangish red color for almost 30 seconds after the light source is no longer present, longer than any diamond in existence. youtu.be/tQEWkK03CQQ
For the 1952 British Columbia election the Liberal/Conservative coalition introduced a ranked choice voting system with the hopes of keeping the surging Co-operative Commonwealth Federation out of power...it backfired and instead gave a majority to the fledgling Social Credit Party instead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
George Lucas told Carrie Fisher not to wear a bra under her white dress in Star Wars A New Hope "because nobody wears underwear in Space". syfy.com/syfywire/how_geo…
Bolivia, a landlocked country, has a navy that patrols its rivers and lakes. Bolivia lost it's coastal land following the War of the Pacific which ended in 1884, but maintains a navy in hopes that it will recover its coastal territory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bol…
France sent the one and only cat into space to gauge the effects of spaceflight on living creatures in the hopes that humans could follow en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C…
Operation Hope Not was the codename for planning Winston Churchill's funeral, the largest state funeral in British history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
German film director Werner Herzog nearly took LANSA Flight 508, but canceled at the last minute. The plane was struck by lightning, killing 91 of 92 crew members and passengers. The lone survivor was 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke, whose story was told in Herzog's documentary Wings of Hope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAN…
Today I learned about Zeal Akairaiwai, the Nigerian man who pays medical bills for fellow Nigerians that cannot afford to do it. He does that every week and had saved countless lives so far. As he said: "Be the angel you hope to meet". bbc.co.uk/news/amp/storie…
The Japanese government has been hosting speed-dating events in hopes that the result will lead to more children as the countries population has dropped by more than 1 million since 2010 businessinsider.com.au/ja…
Playboy 2010 Playmate of the Year Hope Dworaczyk graduated from high school at sixteen and competed in the Miss Texas Teen USA. Later, she married billionaire Robert F. Smith, the founder of Vista Equity Partners en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hop…
When Mary Queen of Scots was executed, her executioners knelt before her to ask her forgiveness. She granted it saying β€œI forgive you with all my heart, for now, I hope, you shall make an end of all my troubles.” Unfortunately the headsman missed his first stroke, hitting the back of her head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The original Star Wars movie wasn't named "A New Hope" until 1981, almost 4 years after it first hit movie theaters for the first time. screenrant.com/star-wars-…
Today I learned of Keli Lane, Aussie polo player. She hid multiple pregnancies. She delivered 1 baby (who was adopted) & delivered another that disappeared. Prosecutors said Lane abandoned/disposed of her baby in the hopes of making Australia's water polo team. (More in comments.) news.com.au/keli-lane-cas…
George H.W. Bush ordered emergency airlifts of food and supplies to Somalia in 1992.β€œOperation Restore Hope,” to help the starving country by protecting food shipments from the warlords. By helping to end the famine, American forces saved around 100,000 lives theatlantic.com/internati…
The Hiroshima Flame of Peace was lit on 1st August 1964 in hope of a world without nuclear weapons, and it will continue to burn until nuclear weapons are abolished worldwide visithiroshima.net/things…
Today I learned about diamond mining in India, which was the only place where diamonds were mined until 1726. Koh-i-Noor, Hope, Nizam, Jacob, Great Mughal, Orlov are some of famous diamonds from a region called Golconda(kollur) in India en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
During times of war and other crises in Britain, men with seafaring experience would be taken against their will by press gangs to become part of the Royal Navy crew. Sometimes they were taken in the middle of the street and would find themselves trapped on a ship and with no hope of escape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imp…
In Kill Bill Vol. 1, when O-Ren threatens the Bride with β€œI hope you saved your energy. If you haven’t you may not last five minutes,” the Bride takes exactly 4 minutes and 59 seconds from the music cue to slice O-Ren’s scalp off. uproxx.com/filmdrunk/20-t…
In 2007 Russia planted their national flag underwater in hopes of securing the arctic's potential natural resources. β€œThis isn’t the 15th century,” one foreign minister said. β€œYou can’t go around the world and just plant flags and say, β€˜We’re claiming this territory.’ nytimes.com/2007/08/03/wo…
German goalkeeper Robert Enke had a career of high hopes at Barca, followed by a loan to FenerbahΓ§e, where at his first game he got pelted with bottles by the fans for losing, cause him depression, ended up killing himself years later en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
China has cloned an award-winning police dog. A police force in China is hoping to speed up the training process via cloning. She was cloned using the DNA from current police dog Huahuangma, renowned for her detective skills, and hopes are the cloned puppy is just as adept at solving crimes scmp.com/news/china/scien…
The code-name for the funeral plan for Winston Churchill was 'Operation Hope Not.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
First Blood, the first Rambo movie released in 1982, took place in the fictional town of Hope, Washington but was almost entirely shot in the real town of Hope, British Columbia. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
Orthodox Hinduism claims Vishnu incarnated as the Buddha to spread a false doctrine in the hope of confusing demons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gau…
Due to the explosive popularity following the release of A New Hope, the cast was thrusted into stardom so quickly that when Harrison Ford went to a record store to buy an album one day, enthusiastic fans tore half his shirt off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Sitting opposite the well known 7 deadly sins are 7 cardinal virtues including: prudence, justice, temperance, courage, faith, hope, and charity en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
The Hope Diamond was mailed through the United States Postal Service costing only $2 and $150 to insure. postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2…
The Colombian army wrote a song which contained a secret message in the chorus written in Morse code. It was broadcasted to rebel occupied territories in order to raise the morale of hostages being held there. The message read, "19 people rescued. You're next. Don’t lose hope." theverge.com/2015/1/7/748…
When the Hope Diamond was sent to the Smithsonian, it was sent through U.S. Mail in a box wrapped in brown paper as simple registered mail with $2.44 postage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hop…
The parasitic worm Leucochloridium turns snails into virtual zombies, altering their behavior taking over their eye tentacles to mimic the appearance of maggots. They do this in hopes of having the snail's eyes (and themselves) being eaten by birds, in whose digestive system they reproduce. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leu…
In 1970, a pizzeria owner tried to catch the Zodiac Killer by filming a movie about him and hosting a premiere party in San Francisco, in the hope that the actual killer would show up to see it mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Bees are calmed by lavender which prevents getting stung while working in the garden. It also improves their memory over the bee's lifespan. Science hopes to apply these findings to humans suffering with dementia. youtu.be/HDadnBWXyrQ
Today I learned of the Brahma Kumari ("People of Brahma") Movement from 1930's India that focused on identity as souls, as opposed to bodies. They aimed to transcend identification with body, such as race, nationality, religion, & gender with hopes of establishing a global culture based on "soul-consciousness". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
In 1941 Britain proposed gifting the United States one of the original copies of the Magna Carta in hopes it would encourage them to enter WW2. The plans were scrapped after Lincoln Cathedral, which owned the proposed copy, refused to relinquish it usatoday.com/story/news/n…
The only thing remaining in Pandora's box was 'Hope'; it has been debated whether or not this was a curse or a blessing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
In the 1920s and 30s, a notable number of African Americans moved to the Soviet Union in hopes of escaping racial inequality. rbth.com/arts/2014/10/01/…
In 1884 Jane Whyte, a 40-year-old mother of 8 was walking on the beach in Aberdeenshire when she saw the SS William Hope drifting towards rocks. She waded into the sea, caught a rope flung by the crew, wrapped it round her waist, dragged it back to shore, & created a lifeline saving 15 sailors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
Arthur Zimmermann single handedly shaped the politics of 20th century. His telegram planning alliance with Mexico in case USA joined WW1 ultimately led to USA joining WW1. He allowed Lenin to go through Germany to an unstable Russia in hopes that a Bolshevik regime is friendly to the Germans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Jack Black used to put wires up his sleeves when he was a kid in the hopes that other kids would notice them poking out and think he was bionic. mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrit…
A man wrote Johnny Carson 800 times in hopes he would be allowed to appear on the show to yell "Here's Johnny"...He got his wish angiesdiary.com/psycholog…
Johnny Carson's least favorite Tonight Show guest was Bob Hope people.com/tv/bob-hope-wa…
The organizers of the 2012 Olympics asked The Who's manager about the possibility of drummer Keith Moon playing at the event. The manager replied that Moon was residing at the Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to the line "I hope I die before I get old". Keith Moon died in 1978. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Thousands of European parents cut off their childrens' testicles in hopes they'd become famous opera singers, who were seen as celebrities. We still have recordings from one of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Tōshōdai-ji Temple in Nara, Japan, was founded in 759 by the Tang dynasty Chinese monk Jianzhen. A reflection written by Yan Wenjing on the hope for friendly Sino-Japanese relations describing Lotus flowers imported from China had been planted around the Temple's portrait of Jianzhen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C…
Because the number 8 is considered very lucky in Chinese culture, a Chinese man spent the equivalent of $145,000 to secure a license plate reading '88888' in the hope of increasing his luck. On his first day with the plate, he was pulled over 8 times by cops who thought the plate was a fake. shanghaiist.com/2016/06/2…
The phrase 'Knock on Wood' derives from the pagan belief that malevolent spirits inhabited wood, and that if you expressed a hope for the future you should touch, or knock on, wood to prevent the spirits from hearing and presumably preventing your hopes from coming true. theguardian.com/notesandq…
Today I learned of the "Rubber Duck Debugging" used in Software Engineering that makes the programmer tell his code line by line to a rubber duck in hopes of finding a bug. thoughtfulcode.com/rubber…
A Brazilian wandering spider's venom can force an erection on to somebody bitten. Scientists hope they can use this venom for future drugs against erectile dysfunction. bbc.com/news/amp/uk-engla…
Only a single actor has ever won two Academy Awards for the same part. In 1946, WWII veteran and amputee Harold Russell won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Earlier in the ceremony the academy presented him with an Honorary Oscar for β€œbringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans.” latimes.com/entertainment…
Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, devised a WWII plan to plant false info about the Allies’ next attack on a dead man, drift him at sea, and hope he’d be found by Nazi sympathizers. Operation Mincemeat worked, turning the tide for the Allies, who stormed Italy while the Nazis defended Greece. npr.org/templates/story/s…
In the 1980s the Naval Investigative Service misunderstood the euphemism "a friend of Dorothy" and believed there was actually a woman named Dorothy at the center of a massive ring of gay military personnel. They searched for her in the hopes she would reveal names of gay military members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Today I learned about The Hartford Circus Fire where 167 people were killed and 700 injured. Actor Charles Nelson Reilly was 13 and survived the fire. Charles and a friend went without his mother's permission, she scolded him by saying "I hope it burns to the ground." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
A McDonald’s in Sedona, Arizona has its arches painted turquoise blue instead of the typical β€œGolden Arches”. The reason for this is because Sedona has strict rules concerning buildings in hopes that the colors don’t clash with the town’s surrounding natural scenery. businessinsider.com/mcdon…
More people are buried in Rochester, NY's Mount Hope Cemetery than are currently alive in the city limits (350,000 buried to 210,000 alive). rochestercitynewspaper.co…
America has an infrastructure grade of a D. Records report that the grade hasn’t changed since 2013 but hopes to see improvements by 2025 infrastructurereportcard.…
Ron Howard is the first person to have received multiple Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame since Bob Hope dailynews.com/arts-and-en…
Today I learned about Zozobra, also known as Old Man Gloom. Zozobra (which means anguish, anxiety, gloom in Spanish) is a 50 foot tall marionette who is the enemy of all that is good. Every year, residents of Santa Fe get together to burn the effigy and restore their hopes and dreams. burnzozobra.com/all-about…
"Finding Nemo" is the second film to be dubbed in Navajo, following the success of Navajo "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope". It was a joint effort between the Navajo Nation Museum and The Walt Disney Studios for more than a year cnn.com/2016/03/18/entert…
McDonald's is experimenting with playing classical music over the restaurants' loudspeakers at night in hopes of stopping fights from breaking out mnn.com/health/healthy-sp…
Harrison Ford made $10,000 for A New Hope and $20,000,000 for The Force Awakens moneynation.com/harrison-…
British merchants and government agents began supplying weapons to Indians living in the United States following the Revolution (1783-1812) in the hope that, if a war broke out, they would fight on the British side. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Ladies visiting the tower of London would stick pins in the lining of King Henry VIII's gigantic armour codpiece in the hopes of β€˜improving their fertility’. historyrevealed.com/eras/…
The New Year’s Eve confetti in NYC is made of people’s hopes and dreams. The Times Square Visitor Centre wall is open year round for people to put Post-Its up with their next-year’s wishes. Those wishes are made into confetti for when the ball drops. maps.roadtrippers.com/tri…
The mobile game "Send Me to Heaven" involves throwing your phone as high in the air as you can. the creator said he made it with the hope of destroying as many iPhones as possible, but Apple banned it from the App Store. wired.com/2013/09/send-me…
Today I learned about Jono Lancaster who was born with Treacher-Collins syndrome. He travels to meet children with the same disorder in hopes of inspiring them to embrace their features and live their lives to the fullest aplus.com/a/jono-lancaste…
We say God Bless You after you sneeze because one of the symptoms of the plague was coughing and sneezing, and it is believed that Pope Gregory I (Gregory the Great) suggested saying β€œGod bless you” after a person sneezed in hopes that this prayer would protect them from death loc.gov/rr/scitech/myster…
Franz von Papen, former Chancellor of Germany, brought in Adolf Hitler into power in hopes of becoming the leader of Prussia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
When a Pacific tribe watched the US military perform drills to prepare for supply planes, the tribe believed it to be a religious ritual and built their own runways, coconut headphones, wooden radio towers, and marched around like the soldiers, in hopes of having a plane drop supplies off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The infamous 18 1/2 minute gap in the Nixon tapes was not one gap, but five to nine separate erasures. The tape is preserved in the National Archives in the hope we may someday recover what was erased. nytimes.com/2003/05/09/us…
In 2001, a ten-year-old named Laura Buxton, released a balloon with her name and address in the hope of finding a pen pal. The balloon traveled 140 miles before coming down and was found by an almost-ten-year old also named Laura Buxton. They share a number of other similarities. priceonomics.com/two-girl…

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