Today I learned about Jack Horner, a paleontologist, who along with his research partner discovered a new dinosaur genus which they named Maiasaura. He was the technical advisor for all of the Jurassic Park films and is now working on the DinoChicken project in hopes to create a dinosaur using chicken DNA. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_H…
If you totally sleep-deprive a white-crowned sparrow in the laboratory during the migratory period of the year, it suffers virtually no ill effects whatsoever. The US government continues to have a vested interest in this sparrow: their hope for developing a 24-hour soldier. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
A single dose of the antibiotic azithromycin, taken orally, can cure yaws, a horrific tropical disease that causes disfiguring, ulcerating wounds and usually occurs in children. There’s hope that the disease can be completely eradicated, like smallpox has been. sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
Old European malaria remedies included throwing the patient head-first into a bush in the hope that they would get up quickly enough to leave the fever behind. lib.cam.ac.uk/collections…
In correspondence chess there is a concept known as the "Dead Man's Defense", where a player spends as much time as possible playing out a lost position in hopes that the opposing player simply dies or loses interest, thereby winning the game. iccfwebfiles.blob.core.wi…
Nelson Mandela would play songs over the speakers while incarcerated to sustain hope among prisoners. Among them was β€˜Jolene’ by Dolly Parton - it was the hope behind the plea to Jolene that someone might hear their desperate pleas for freedom. nasheville.com/featured-s…
The New Year's Confetti @ Times Square are literally made of people’s hopes and dreams; the Times Square Visitor Center wall is open year round for people to put Post-Its up with their next-year’s wishes, which are made into confetti maps.roadtrippers.com/tri…
The Wodaabe tribe from Chad has a courtship tradition called Gerewol. Men spend hours getting dressed to dance in front of the tribe's women in hopes of being judged the most beautiful. Women from the tribe can pick who they want to get married to. adventure.com/wodaabe-nom…
Today I learned of Herostratus, an Ancient Greek arsonist who burned down the Temple of Artemis in the hope that he would be remembered forever. His city not only executed him, but forbade his name ever being spoken again in the hopes of preventing this, obviously unsuccessfully en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
The Quintinshill rail disaster in 1915 was the worst railway accident in UK history, involving a 4 train crash with fire caused by gas lighting. Over 200 were killed, and a witness reported seeing an officer shooting people trapped in burning carriages with no hope of rescue en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
The Hope Diamond, which originated in India, was purchased in 1666 by French gem merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier. Tavernier sold it to King Louis XIV in 1668. It was stolen in 1791 and was recut and renamed by a London banking family called Hope in 1839. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hop…
In 1997, the American medical drama Chicago Hope featured a character named "Lisa Catera", which served as a promotion by Cadillac to promote their then-new Catera sedan ("Lease a Catera") eonline.com/news/35419/ne…
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…
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/…
Sacha Baron Cohen trained with an FBI interrogator before his conversation with O.J. Simpson for "Who Is America?" in the hope that he could trick OJ into confessing huffpost.com/entry/sacha-…
In 2010, a Japanese beach resort hosted men who took their digital girlfriends - one of three high school girls from a dating sim game - to a romantic "augmented reality" (AR) getaway. One 21-year-old participant said "I hope that this will serve as practice for when I have a real girlfriend" cnet.com/news/men-treat-v…
A Russian Cockroach named Hope gave birth to 33 baby cockroaches who were conceived during her 12-day space trip on the Foton-M bio-satellite, from the time period of September 14-26, 2007. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nad…
Today I learned of the Circumcellions. Active in the 4th century AD, they believed martyrdom was the highest Christian virtue. They could often be found harassing travelers with clubs and shouting Laudate Deum (Latin for Praise God) in the hopes of getting killed and achieving martyrdom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cir…
"Korla Pandit's Adventures In Music" was television's first all-music program. Korla Pandit claimed to be from Delhi and became friends with celebrities like Errol Flynn and Bob Hope. In truth, he was an African-American, which was revealed only after his death. His son refused to believe it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kor…
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…
A man named Clyde Lott in Nebraska has been breeding red cows and sending them to Israel since the early 1990's in hopes of a pure red heifer being born there. It's prophesied that such an event will prompt the construction of the Third Temple and ultimately the Second Coming of Jesus. pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl…
In 2014, Bungie and Activision got Paul McCartney to do a song for Destiny called Hope for the Future that exists within the game's lore and plays at the end credits. youtube.com/watch?v=163_C…
Caregivers can suffer from "Compassion Fatigue". Symptoms include loss of enjoyment, loss of hope, self-medication by drugs or alcohol, depression, anxiety, frustration/anger, difficulty concentrating, headaches and muscle pain. blogs.psychcentral.com/ca…
Gurudwara in Punjab where People offer Toy Aeroplanes in hope of getting their Visa done faster. daily.bhaskar.com/news/JM…
A statute of 13th Century Buddhist Shinran Shonin survived the atomic blast in Hiroshima. It was then moved to the NY Buddhist Church on September 11, 1955 with a plaque that reads "a testimonial to the atomic bomb devastation and a symbol of lasting hope for world peace." lionsroar.com/new-york-bu…
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…
Today I learned about HumanLight, a secular alternative to Christmas that celebrates values such as humanity and hope. You celebrate the day with some component of your choosing that celebrates these values. thehumanist.com/arts_ente…
The inventor of the transistor, William Shockley, "donated sperm to the Repository for Germinal Choice, a sperm bank founded... ...in hopes of spreading humanity's best genes. The bank, called by the media the "Nobel Prize sperm bank", claimed to have three Nobel Prize-winners." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 2008 Margaret Seltzer published a memoir, "Love and Consequences: A Memoir of Hope and Survival" about growing up as a half Native American Blood gang member in South Central LA. However Seltzer is white and grew up in an affluent LA suburb, attending private school en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The reason Mark Hamill looks different in β€˜Empire’ and β€˜Return’ is because had a car accident after filming β€œA New Hope” and needed cartilage from his ear to rebuild his nose. insider.com/the-empire-st…
Today I learned of Hope, an albino turtle that has her heart exposed due to a hole in her chest. The case is so rare that there is no existing name for this medical condition yahoo.com/news/baby-albin…
In the 9th Century, the nuns in the St. Cyr Monastry in Marseille performed self-inflicted mutilations of the nose in the hope that they would be spared from sexual attacks. It worked but cost the lives of the nuns, all of whom were assassinated ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Many people have gone over Niagara Falls. Annie Edison Taylor used a barrel as a stunt to cross in 1901 in hopes of fame. Bobby Leach went as a stunt in 1911, but in 1926, he slipped on an orange peel in New Zealand & died of infection, & Steve Trotter went over successfully in 1985 & 1995. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Two brothers from New York named a town in Michigan Zilwaukee in hopes of confusing travelers from the east and luring settlers to work there. puresaginaw.com/the-funny…
Today I learned about Operation Mincemeat, a British deception plot to fool the Nazis into thinking that the Allies were going to invade Greece instead of Italy by planting deceptive information on a corpse on the Spanish coast with the hopes that Spain would pass it on to German Intelligence. bbc.com/news/magazine-118…
The term "bless you" originated in the 7th century during the bubonic plague when Pope Gregory I suggested saying "god bless you" after a person sneezed in hopes that this prayer would protect them from an otherwise certain death loc.gov/everyday-mysterie…
Today I learned of the Circumcellions, a 4th century Christian sect. They believed that the greatest Christian virtue was martyrdom, so they attacked random people with clubs while praising God in the hopes that they would be killed by their victims. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cir…
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…
George Lucas originally wanted to cast renowned Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope yahoo.com/entertainment/b…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
"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…
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_…
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…
"High Hopes", the theme song of the 1959 film A Hole in the Head, was used in JFK's 1960 Presidential campaign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_H…
Taylor Parks (Tayla Parx) aka the actress who played Little Inez in the Hairspray movie (2007) is a co-writer for three Billboard Hot 100 top singles - Love Lies by Khalid & Normani, Thank U Next by Ariana Grande, and High Hopes by P!ATD/ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tay…
On Kenta Kobashi faced Kensuke Sasaki in a wrestling match where Yoshihiro Takayama, on commentary stated β€œI hope this never ends.” This was during a chop exchange fans were witness to. Over 180 chops across the chest were exchanged between the two men for nearly 5 minutes. prowrestlingpost.com/koba…

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