Gaddafi had a serious obsession with Condoleezza Rice, showering her with over $200,000 in gifts and having a famous local composer write a song for her called β€œBlack Flower in the White House” cnn.com/2011/11/03/us/ric…
James K. Polk is the only US president who pledged to serve only one term during his campaign. He was known for fulfilling all his major promises and died 3 months after his term ended, making his retirement the shortest. He is also the only speaker of the house to be elected as president. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Some guy broke into 200lbs UFC title challenger Anthony Smith's house, gave him "one of the toughest fights" he has ever had. espn.com/mma/story/_/id/2…
Today I learned of Dominomus, a female house sparrow that flew into a convention center in Netherlands and caused 23,000 of the dominos being prepared for β€œDomino Day 2005” to be knocked over. A hunting company hired to capture the bird failed, and finally just shot it, sparking an animal rights controversy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
There is a street that is split down the middle by the USA-Canadian border, aptly named Canusa street. People who live in houses on the south side of the street are in the USA, and the north side, in Canada. Crossing the street requires having to report to the border crossing office. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Eight years after JFK’s assassination, Jackie Kennedy avoided the public unveiling of their White House portraits, but the Nixons graciously agreed to a secret, private tour for her and her kids. It was her only return visit. whitehousehistory.org/a-s…
'Saturn devouring his son' and the 13 other Black Paintings were never ment for public display. In 1819 Francisco Goya went into near isolation and painted the works directly onto the walls of his house. The haunting pictures reflect Goya's internal demons and civil strife occuring in Spain joyofmuseums.com/museums/…
Late wrestler Bam Bam Bigelow once saved three children from a burning house and 40% of his skin was left with second degree burns forcing him to retire and hospitalized for two months. Bam Bam said he had "no regrets" of his act of courage, as long as all three kids were safe. ign.com/articles/2000/07/…
In 882 Louis III of France mounted his horse in pursuit of a girl who was running to seek refuge in her father's house. He then rode through a low door, hit his head on the lintel and fractured his skull. He died childless. He is one of two French kings to die from hitting a door lintel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin bought a penthouse in NYC for $238M, the most ever paid for residential real estate in the US, and it’s just the raw space (unfinished). He also bought a London mansion for $122M and property in Palm Beach for $350M+ where he plans to build a 55,000 sf house. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
The Talking Heads only had ONE top 10 hit: Burning Down the House. Once in a Lifetime didn’t even make the top 100. ultimateclassicrock.com/t…
30 years ago you had 15-17 minutes to escape a house fire. Nowadays you only have 3-5 minutes (due to more plastics & petroleum-based products in the house as well as more open floor plans, bigger rooms, & higher ceilings). buyersask.com/interior/al…
In 2017, a man in Texas purchased a working Sherman tank and parked it outside his house. After sending a β€œsternly worded letter” and realizing that they couldn’t tow the vehicle, the local HOA began issuing parking tickets on the tank. The owner left it there for two more weeks out of spite. texasmonthly.com/the-dail…
Hugh Laurie gave Lin-Manuel Miranda the idea for the song "You'll Be Back" from Hamilton after guest starring on House in 2009. Miranda mentioned to Laurie he was trying to write a breakup letter from King George to the colonies and "without blinking, he improv'd at me, 'Awwww, you'll be back'." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
The lookout who first spotted the iceberg that sank the Titanic survived the sinking and went on to serve in the merchant navy in WWI and WWII. Shortly after Christmas in 1964, at the age of 77, his wife died, he was evicted from his house and he hanged himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Ed McMahon was never the spokesperson for the Publishers Clearing House, nor has any association with the company. He was the spokesperson for a competitor company, American Family Publishers, which had basically the same kind of promotion. thebalanceeveryday.com/ed…
Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice had a pet snake named Emily Spinach. She liked to carry it around the White House in her purse and take it out at unexpected moments. mentalfloss.com/amazingfa…
The song '(She's a) Brick House' was written after the band (The Commodores) couldn't come up with lyrics to the funky riff. The wife of the record's producer wrote the lyrics one night and the band loved it. She never got official credit but the band has publicly acknowledged her as the writer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The huge underground secret bunker located at Mt. Weather, VA, intended to house the Government in case of a nuclear war, was disclosed to the public when TWA Flight 514 slammed into the mountain close to the entrance of the base in 1974. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
After the first Congress first addressed the first amendments to the Constitution (the Bill of Rights), which, among other things, guaranteed separation of church and state, they promptly chose a former preacher as the first Speaker of the House. history.house.gov/Histori…
In 1933, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt were at a White House event when they whimsically abandoned their guests for a joyride. Both took turns flying and Roosevelt later stated, "It does mark an epoch, doesn't it, when a girl in an evening dress and slippers can pilot a plane at night." baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
Groucho Marx and T.S.Eliot were fond penpals but hadn't met because life got in the way. When they did at last meet for dinner at Eliot's house, it didn't go well. All that Groucho wanted to talk about was Shakespeare and The Wasteland. But T.S. Eliot wanted to hear about Duck Soup. historynet.com/encounter-…
In 1857, there were an estimated 80,000 prostitutes in London, and one out of every 60 houses functioned as a brothel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Former Vice President Alben W. Barkley suddenly collapsed and died from a massive heart attack during his keynote speech at the Washington and Lee University Mock Convention upon uttering: "I would rather be a servant in the House of the Lord than sit in the seats of the mighty." April 30, 1956. marshallcountydaily.com/2…
During Prohibition, the US Congress had their own alcohol bootlegger named George Cassiday who operated for 5 years before being arrested. He delivered 25 orders per day to a private storeroom in the basement of the House Office so he could avoid the Capitol Police. vinepair.com/articles/pro…
After Ford left the White House in 1977, he privately justified his pardon of Nixon by carrying in his wallet a portion of the text of Burdick v. United States, a Supreme Court decision which states that a pardon carries an imputation of guilt and that acceptance carries a confession of guilt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Today I learned about a Kiek in de KΓΆk. An artillery tower in Tallinn, Estonia, built in 1475. It gained the name from the ability of tower occupants to see into kitchens of nearby houses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kie…
Repairs on Benjamin Franklin’s old London house turned up 1200 pieces of bone from at least 15 people. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
During the 1930's, brothers Homer and Langley Collyer filled their house with over 140 tons of debris (including guns, human organs in jars, and fourteen pianos) which they made into a booby-trapped maze. Langley was killed by one of the traps in 1947, and Homer, unable to escape, starved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
The Chicken Ranch was the Oldest Continually Operating Whorehouse in the United States when it closed in 1973. - During the Great Depression the "house of ill repute" offered time with a "lady of the evening" in exchange for a chicken. [The brothel was listed on the tax rolls as a poultry farm.] cityoflg.com/tourism/visi…
Frank Sinatra was such a fan of Jack Daniel's that he flew a Jack Daniel's flag at his house in Palm Springs and claimed to finish an entire bottle of it every day. vinepair.com/articles/com…
During the persecution of English Catholics, Nicholas Owen built secret compartments called "priest holes" into Catholic houses to hide priests from being rounded up. 400 years later some may still be undiscovered, since Owen was tortured to death rather than give up their locations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Most British houses have separate hot and cold taps because of old laws to prevent contamination of the mains water supply bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
A 2008 computer reconstruction of Bach worked from a copper replica of his skull shows him as a strong-jawed man with a slight underbite, large head, short, silver hair. Images of Bach are plentiful, the Bach House alone has 140 likenesses, but he is only known to have sat for one portrait abcnews.go.com/Technology…
H. L. Mencken when writing about the US Presidency predicted that "On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._…
The first appliances had to be plugged into the light sockets in the ceiling because houses were wired for illumination, not general electricity use. plugsocketmuseum.nl/North…
The first 2 black senators in the US, who served in the 1870s, were both from the Deep South state of Mississippi. Mississippi also had a black Speaker of the House at this time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Houses in Bermuda have white stepped roofs to harvest rain water and store it, as the island has no fresh-water springs, rivers or lakes. bbc.com/news/amp/magazine…
In 2006, Dustin Diamond asked listeners of Howard Stern's show to purchase a T-shirt reading "I paid $15.00 to save Screeech's house" (spelling "Screech" with an extra E for copyright reasons), hoping to sell 30,000 shirts in order to raise $250,000 and avoid foreclosure on his house en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dus…
The "childish decorations... on the wall behind" President Bush during the 9/11 attacks were designed by a "White House stage artist, not teachers or students" heraldtribune.com/article…
George Clooney bet Brad Pitt and Don Cheadle $10,000 to spend the night in a haunted house on Lake Como with a candle, a book of matches, and wine, but they couldn't do it businessinsider.in/entert…
Many medieval bridges had shops and houses on them. One such house was the Nonsuch House on London Bridge. It was the first prefab house house having first been constructed in the Netherlands and then shipped in pieces to London to be reassembled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non…
In order to raise funds for new furniture, President Chester Arthur held a yard sale at the White House. Items such as Abraham Lincoln’s pants, John Quincy Adams hats and 24 wagons worth of items were sold off to the public. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Children from Roosevelt's family would crawl through the space between ceilings and floors in the White House, where no living being but rats and ferrets had been for years. eyewitnesstohistory.com/t…
Prior to making Finding Nemo, Pixar's in-house art team was required to take Marine Biology, Oceanography, Ichthyology, and Scuba Diving Classes in order to get the look & feel of the characters and their world just right. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate army on April 9, 1865 in the house of Wilmer McLean, a farmer who had moved to Appomattox Court House, VA for safety after the Battles of Bull Run took place on his land in 1861 and 1862 nps.gov/people/wilmer-mcl…
Today I learned of the devastation of Sandby Borg. It was the scene of a massacre in the late 5th century AD. The victims of the massacre were never buried but are found lying as they fell, inside the houses and scattered on the streets of the fort. The site was never occupied again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson brought their own books to the White House and removed them at the end of their terms. It was not until 1850 that Millard and Abigail Fillmore established the first official White House collection psupress.org/books/titles…
In 2016, a previously unknown room was discovered in the Winchester Mystery House, bringing the total number of rooms to 161. The mansion has 47 staircases, 47 fireplaces, and over 10,000 windows. architecturaldigest.com/s…
Mail-order service Columbia House was responsible for over 15% of all CD sales in 1994. Its practice of "negative option billing" is now banned in 15 states and most Canadian provinces and the service shut down in 2009. A class action lawsuit was filed in 2011 due to inability to cancel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…

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