Today I learned of Jean Meslier, a catholic priest and exemplary clergyman of 40 years, known for his charity work. After his death a 633 page "testament" was found in his house. In it he claims he only became a priest to please his parents, denies the existance of god and calls religion "a castle in the air" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Toronto has around 90 fake houses (they look real on the outside) which contain transformers that convert raw, high voltage electricity to a voltage low enough to distribute throughout the city. blogto.com/city/2010/10/t…
The White House was completely gutted and reinforced with steel beams in 1949-50. It was only standing, in the words of the Public Buildings Administration commissioner, β€œby force of habit.” mashable.com/2016/01/06/w…
In 2018 a 75-year-old British man pooped into a container for six to eight weeks, built a homemade pump, drove 200 miles to his former friend's house and used the pump to spray the poo all over the hallway and stairs through the mailbox. mandatory.com/the-world/1…
The waitlist for a liver transplant in california was going to take over a year, so steve jobs bought a house in tennessee, giving him access to their waitlist, which would only take four months. by doing this, he effectively cut in line on the national transplant list digitaljournal.com/articl…
Willie Nelson Definitely Smoked Weed on the Roof of the White House with Jimmy Carter's Son vice.com/en_us/article/rg…
In 1990 Disney wanted to put Minnie Mouse on the $5 bill of their in house currency and promote it as the first woman on a dollar bill. It was then revealed that Martha Washington on a $1 bill in 1891. In reality Pocahontas was even earlier, appearing on a $20 bill in 1863. sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-…
In Germany, a doctor diagnosed a case of cobalt poisoning because the symptoms matched a case shown in an episode of Dr. House, and that he wrote a book on how to apply Dr. House's diagnosis in real life. newsfeed.time.com/2014/02…
Nicolas Cage's copy of Action Comics #1, featuring the first appearance of Superman and worth $2 million, was stolen from his house and found in an abandoned storage locker 11 years later. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
A male elephant in India smashed through a wall in the house of Kipak and Lalita Mahato where their baby was. They saw the elephant start to move away; but when the baby kept crying, the elephant returned and used his trunk to gently remove pieces of brick and stone that had fallen on the baby. independent.co.uk/news/we…
There's an eco friendly variation to standard cremation - hydro cremation. The process utilizes a mix of water and sodium to break down the soft tissue of a body, and the bones are then pulverized to be given to the family. It doesn't utilize formaldehyde, nor does it relase green house gas orderofthegooddeath.com/r…
Jesse Owens was not only not acknowledged by Hitler, but also from his president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Only white Olympians were invited to the White House in 1936. Most likely, FDR did not want to risk losing the support of Southern Democrats by appearing overly soft on the race issue. britannica.com/story/was-…
- The 26th President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt, regularly staged boxing matches in the White House and took on anyone he could- including professional boxers. ussporthistory.com/2016/1…
The ponds that are common in residential neighborhoods are not installed as water features, they’re actually retention basins used to offset the drainage capacity of the ground removed by paving roads and building houses en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ret…
Waffle House was founded when a restaurant manager and a real-estate agent met during the purchase of a house. They became friends and went into business together. Waffle House claims to be the world's largest seller of waffles, ham, pork chops, grits, and T-bone steaks, and 2% of all US eggs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waf…
The zipper brand, YKK, makes everything they use in their production processes, in-house. From the machines they use to make their zippers, to smelting their own brass - they even make the boxes they ship their zippers in. slate.com/business/2012/0…
One of the Seven Great Houses in Ancient Iran was the House of Karen who once tried to claim independence and refused to pay their tribute, but were ultimately defeated for this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
Princess Diana and her brothers had such a bad relationship with their stepmother than, two days after their father died, they threw her out of their house. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
JFK refused to let Sammy Davis Jr perform at the White House because he was black and had married a white woman abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
Diplomats carry 'diplomatic bags'. These house secret information or anything pertaining to the duties of the diplomats who carry it - diplomatic bags have just the same immunity as diplomats themselves, meaning it cannot be opened/searched by law enforcement in a foreign country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dip…
There is a Polar Bear jail in Canada that houses incarcerated Polar Bears that are guilty of being nuisances. lonelyplanet.com/canada/m…
There is a secret entrance to the White House through an alley on H Street atlasobscura.com/places/s…
The first black baseball player wasn't Jackie Robinson, but rather Moses Fleetwood Walker, who played in the 1880s despite rampant racism. He was also an inventor, newspaper editor, hotel owner, opera house manager, postal worker, and a published author on race theory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
In 1826, a restaurant called Atwood & Bacon Oyster House opened in Boston in a building that was already more than 100 years old at the time. Today, it’s called Union Oyster House and is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Rodney Dangerfield smoked pot at the White House during the Reagan administration. rollingstone.com/culture/…
President Jimmy Carter became the parole officer of his daughters nanny so she could work in the White House. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Jamie Lee Curtis is a Baroness because her husband Christopher Guest inherited the title of Baron and is a member of the House of Lords. She however rejects the use of the title because she believes it has nothing to do with her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
A 20-pound Himalayan house cat went batshit crazy and held a family hostage in their bedroom time.com/20197/crazed-pet…
The US Navy has a massive indoor pool called MASK (maneuvering and seakeeping basin) in Maryland that houses 12-million gallons of water and can replicate any ocean wave situation in the world, ideal for testing equipment and scale models of boats youtu.be/39nPJjG_1J0
There was a man known as β€œThe Glastonbury Tickler” who would break into people’s houses at night, tickle their feet while they were sleeping, and immediately leave. courant.com/news/connecti…
On November 30, 1954, a grapefruit-sized meteorite crashed through the roof of a farm house in Oak Grove, Alabama, bounced off a large wooden console radio, and hit Ann Hodges while she napped on a couch. This was the first documented extraterrestrial object to have injured a human being. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syl…
Walt Disney took out multiple loans to finance Snow White, evening mortgaging his own house to pay for it. At the time, insiders in the film industry thought the film would bomb and called it β€œDisney’s Folly”. Even Walt’s wife, Lillian, thought it would bomb. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The Dept. of Education has their own SWAT team. In 2011 they suspected a woman of a white collar crime so they raided her house at dawn. Except it wasn’t her home anymore so they held her ex husband and his 3 children. abajournal.com/news/artic…
The Nixon White House considered using nuclear bombs on North Vietnam nsarchive2.gwu.edu/NSAEBB…
The first computers in the White House were installed by Jimmy Carter's administration. In 1978, the West Wing was equipped with a Hewlett Packard 3000. By the end of Carter's term, the White House had purchased its first laser printer whitehousehistory.org/com…
The potential assassin, Richard Lawrence, of Andrew Jackson had both of his guns misfire & Jackson then clubbed him with his cane. Even members of the House had to stop him from beating the man to death. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Dan Bilzerian once tossed actress Janice Griffith off a roof of a house for a photoshoot for Hustler Magazine. She fell short of the pool, braking her foot. Bilzerian rejected her request for $85k. She sued Hustler and Bilzerian and lost. Hustler's attorney claimed the toss was an "act of God". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Famous stunt performer and daredevil Evel Knievel was about to die because he couldn't get a life-saving liver transplant. When he was literally going to die in his house he got a phonecall. There was a liver available from a young guy who just passed away... in a motorcycle accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
Late artist HR Giger decorated his house like his art and included a haunted train ride and a penis guillotine youtube.com/watch?v=iqZqm…
A wedding planner in England died after eating a scalding-hot fishcake at a wedding. It burned his throat so badly that it left him unable to breathe. The cause of death was ruled as asphyxiation. The coroner said it was similar to smoke inhalation from house fires. aol.com/article/news/2019…
A window sill is only on the outside of a house, inside a house it's called a window stool. paulryanwindows.com/windo…
Walt Disney had a neat little private apartment above the fire house off the Town Square in Disneyland complete with with a 2nd floor terrace. Even today there is always a lamp burning in the window above the old firehouse justdisney.com/features/a…
Inmates at Riker's Island are paid $1 an hour to bury unclaimed bodies on Hart Island. I also learned that Hart Island is a place in NYC that used to house an insane asylum for women, city jails, and a "reformatory for vicious boys." ny.curbed.com/2019/11/14/…
Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart were very close friends. One time, they snuck out of the White House to go to a party together. After flying with Earhart, Roosevelt obtained a student’s permit to fly, though didn't pursue this further since Franklin didn't want his wife to be a pilot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Today I learned of a 91 year old Czech granny, "street artist" (AneΕΎka KaΕ‘pΓ‘rkovΓ‘), who paints beautiful murals, with traditional Moravian motifs, on the sides of houses and churches. tresbohemes.com/2017/03/s…
, FDR asked singer Eddie Cantor if he could get a million people to send in a dollar to support polio research. He replied that it would be easier to ask for dimes. By the end of the month, the White House had received 2.68 million dimes ($268k) and the March of Dimes began. time.com/5062520/march-of…
Thailand’s Spirits Have a Taste for Red Fanta. The gods and spirits are offered the strawberry flavored drink which is a mainstay at most shrines and spirit-houses. atlasobscura.com/articles…
After losing a drunken bet with his bandmates, Sabaton singer Joakim Broden had to walk to the band's next gig. Broden walked from Falun, Sweden to Trondheim, Norway, over ~700km, staying at fans' houses and accepting food/beer donations along the way to complete the journey. bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
President John Tyler had 8 children with his wife Letitia. She died of a stroke in the White House at age 52. After Letitia’s death his niece served as First Lady until he married Julia who was 30 years younger and had 7 children. Tyler’s 15 kids are the most of any U.S. President. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
A Norman Rockwell painting was discovered in a secret compartment inside the walls of a cartoonists house. It’d been hidden there for 35 years. The cartoonist had forged several paintings he owned to stop his ex-wife from getting them in a divorce settlement, and had hidden the originals. theguardian.com/artanddes…
Since the studio didn’t have enough budget to shoot Riddick (2013). Vin Diesel had to mortgage his house, obtain loans and spend most of his own money on the production en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rid…
In Japan, a home loses value from Day 1 β€” losing half its value in 10 years and becoming almost entirely worthless in 25. When a property is sold, the existing house is almost always razed and rebuilt. Even the most important shrines in Japan face regular rebuilding. rethinktokyo.com/2018/06/…
After fifteen year old Sharon Sheeley was convinced to start songwriting by Elvis Presley, she drove to the house of Ricky Nelson, pretended her car broke down, and suggested he record one of her songs. The song hit #1 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poo…
Infamous NSDAP Member Herman GΓΆring kept Lions in his house like a Nazi Tiger King youtu.be/gzDK4RVfARs
Kato Kaelin, the man staying in OJ Simpsons guest house during the Simpson/Goldman murders, won a landmark libel case against the tabloid National Examiner for a headline saying "Cops think Kato did it!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
Screenwriter Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3) is known for obnoxiously breaking the 4th wall in his scripts. An example is when he describes a house as "the kind of house that I'll buy if this movie is a huge hit". These quips have become to be known as "Shane Blackisms" in the industry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Today I learned of Γ‡atalhΓΆyΓΌk, which is considered to be the first human settlement. One of it's features is that it was entirely built undergroundm with no actual streets - the citizens would travel on the rooftops and enter the houses from the roof. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
Lobert is the founder of Hookers for Jesus, an international, Christian faith-based nonprofit organization that addresses prostitution, sex trafficking, and sexual violence and exploitation. In 2008, a safe house program was established in the Las Vegas area for victims. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
'Jump round' was mean't for Cypress Hill but they turned it down, then it was offered to Ice Cube who also refused it, finally it was given to House of Pain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jum…
"Home Alone" has become a Christmas tradition in Poland, where it's known as "Kevin Sam w Domu" (literally "Kevin Alone in the House"), with Polish TV channels repeatedly airing the film around Christmas Eve for the last 25 years. culture.pl/en/article/hom…
In 1980 Don Henley had police called to a party at his house where a 16-year-old girl was found naked and a 15-year-old girl was arrested for being under the influence of drugs. Henley was arrested and subsequently charged for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He pled no contest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
All vertebrates (except fish) have the same basic skeleton design: a column of vertebrae that supports the body and head, a skull that houses and protects the brain and sense organs, ribs that protect the heart and lungs and 4 limbs. Every limb also shares the same basic pattern and has 5 digits en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Ana…
Today I learned of Antonio Paoli, a Puerto Rican tenor considered one of the most outstanding opera singers of all time. During WWI, when all opera houses closed, he lost his voice and became a profession boxer (5-1), retiring after breaking his wrist. He retrained and gained his voice back after the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Crosby, Stills and Nash are in the wrong order on the front cover of their first album, causing confusion for generations of fans. By the time they'd decided which order their names should be in, the house in the photo had been demolished and so they couldn't reshoot. morrisonhotelgallery.com/…
A toilet hose & spray head ($15) must not be installed without an RPZ valve ($400). The fresh water supply to your house and your whole street can be infected with bacteria. vba.vic.gov.au/__data/ass…
20 years ago, DotComGuy (Mitch Maddox) in a promotion for Internet companies, changed his name to DotComGuy and was paid to live the entire year of 2000 in his house in Dallas, Texas, buying all food and necessities online. Video from the house was streamed 24 hours a day on the DotComGuy.com urgo.org/dotcomguy/
Francisco Goya, depressed and having survived 2 life threatening illnesses in his later years, decorated his house with 14 "black paintings" with bleak themes. The famous "Saturn Devouring His Son" was a mural in his dining room en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Since the 13th century, the German Princely House of Reuss has named all its male children Heinrich, who are identified by a number. Numbers are assigned in birth order and roll over each century: the current patriarch is Heinrich XIV, whose two sons are named Heinrich XXIX and Heinrich V en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
The "Trailblazer" monorail car that carried over 1 million Texas State Fair visitors in the late 50s and early 60s is now a house in Willis Point, TX. blog.chron.com/bayoucityh…
A mob member hired an architect to design his house, then murdered the architect when the architect asked for a bill ganglandgazette.com/antho…
The house in Parasite (2019) was not a real house, but a set constructed to Bong Joon Ho' s script and specific camera needs. Lee Ha Jun, who is also the production designer on BJH's earlier film 'Snowpiercer', designed the house from scratch to match the story and blocking requirements. indiewire.com/2019/10/par…
In 2001, a baby bear, lion, and tiger were rescued from a drug dealers house in Atlanta. They had bonded as a trio and remained friends for over 15 years. Usually as animals grow older, they grow apart from other species, but these three remained close and even lived in the same habitat. huffpost.com/entry/bear-l…
Lisa β€œLeft Eye” Lopes of TLC burned her NFL ex-boyfriends house down theboombox.com/lisa-left-…
A lawyer used his will for practical jokes. He gave a house to 3 men who hated each other, stocks in a brewery to preachers, shares of a racetrack to each ministers "except Spracklin, who shot a hotelkeeper", and gave the rest to whoever had the most kids in 10 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
That, once the Civil War began, Confederate general Robert E. Lee's plantation outside Washington DC was repurposed by the Lincoln administration to house a camp for escaped slaves. It contained a school, hospital, and cemetery, and it is now the site of Arlington National Cemetery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arl…
Lyndon B. Johnson was known for wandering the White House turning off lights in rooms he thought empty, sometimes to the surprise of people working in those rooms! This earned him the nickname β€œLight Bulb Johnson.” kua.com/blog/6-electric-f…
In the US, people running to represent a congressional district in the US House don't have to live in the congressional district in order to be able to be eligible to run knkx.org/post/why-dont-co…
The House of Representatives is surrounded by 23 marble relief portraits of famous historical lawgivers, including Napoleon, Jefferson, Moses, Lycurgus, Solon, Gaius and Hammurabi. aoc.gov/art/relief-portra…
The house band in The Muppet Show was called Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr.…
Cynthia Moon is rumored to have yelled "No siree, Bob!" before leaving General Burnside at the alter. Later Burnside would put her and her family under house arrest for spying for the Confederacy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyn…
There are only two remaining residential buildings from the 19th century in what was at the time one of Detroit's most fashionable areas. The units of one house built in 1888 are mostly rented out to Wayne State University students and faculty en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The Quartering Act of 1765 did not force colonists host British troops in their homes as commonly believed. Rather, it called for construction of barracks, and if no room, housing was extended to β€œinns, livery stables, ale houses, victualling houses, and the houses of sellers of wine.” constitutioncenter.org/bl…
Police in the UK can legally break into any person's house under the Bees Act 1980 if they suspect it contains foreign bees legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/…
Oprah Winfrey has such a severe phobia of chewing gum that it's banned from her television studio and this includes audience members. It all stems from her grandmother leaving gum all around the house to save for a later chew. It didn't stop Reese Witherspoon from chewing it in front of her dailyedge.ie/oprah-winfre…
A house in Kansas had over 2,000 brown recluse spiders removed without a single bite, leading researchers to conclude that bites were unlikely unless humans come in skin contact with the recluse. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
JFK refused to let Sammie Davis, Jr. to perform at the White House because Davis had married a white woman abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
Today I learned about Frank "Sugarchile" Robinson, who taught himself to play piano at the age of two, played with Lionel Hampton when he was 5, was the first black entertainer at the White House Correspondents dinner when he was 8, recorded for Capitol Records (with two hits) from 9-12 then retired from music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sug…
The Alabama State Capital building is located on the same plot of land as the "First White House of the Confederacy," inhabited by Jefferson Davis in 1861 when Montgomery, Alabama was the Confederacy's interim capital en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
There was a second sequel to β€œThe Brady Bunch Movie” in 2002. The FOX TV Movie β€œThe Brady Bunch in the White House” once again starred Gary Cole and Shelley Long as Mike and Carol, but recast the actors for all the Brady Kids and Alice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Christopher Lee was once driving through Italy with his wife when their car had a puncture. He went for help, but fell into a ditch and got covered in mud. He reached a house and knocked on the door. The owner opened it, shrieked and fainted. They’d seen a Dracula film the night before. independent.co.uk/life-st…
In some countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, and parts of Hungary) there is a traditional Easter Whipping. Men spank women with special handmade whips on Easter Monday. If men arrive at women's houses after 12:00, women throw a bucket of cold water on them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
It costs NYC $209,000 per year to house one inmate at Rikers Island en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rik…
In 1989 A Soviet Pilot Abandoned His Plane Due To A System Failure Only To Have It Fly 900KM Unassisted And Kill Some Poor Random 18 Year Old Sap Sitting In His House In Kortrijk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
In 1926 President Coolidge and his wife were gifted a raccoon as a Thanksgiving dinner gift. They did not want to eat her, so they named Rebecca and kept her as a pet. She had free range of The White House and would go on trips with the couple. whitehousehistory.org/rac…
When kids in Asia lose baby teeth from their lower jaw, they throw the teeth on the roof of the house. Those from the upper jaw are thrown on the floor or buried. They believe the new teeth grow toward the lost teeth. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt once snuck out of a White House event, commandeered an airplane, and went on a joyride to Baltimore. pioneersofflight.si.edu/c…
In 2013 a petition requesting that the United States Government build a Death Star reached 25,000 signatures, the threshold requiring the White House office to make a response. One part of the response was, "The Administration does not support blowing up planets." space.com/19246-death-sta…
Today I learned of Tibs the Great, British Royal Mail's "Number One Cat", who kept Post Office headquarters mouse-free for 14 years. He was considered an official employee, and his low salary was the subject of debate in the House of Commons. When he died in 1964 several newspapers ran obituaries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tib…
Republican Founder Sun Yat-Sen circled the world six times to overseas Chinese communities and people sold their businesses, houses, and life savings for his revolution. In Hong Kong, he slept on a church bench rather than a hotel because he wouldn't use other people's money for enjoyment newsen.pku.edu.cn/news_ev…
David Bowie briefly considered becoming a Buddhist monk. After a few months' study at Tibet House in London, he was told by a Lama, "You don't want to be Buddhist. ... You should follow music." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…

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