Henry Cavendish, noted for his discovery of hydrogen, was a "notoriously shy man". He communicated with his female servants only by notes. By one account, Cavendish had a back staircase added to his house to avoid encountering his housekeeper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
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…
In 2011 Mythbusters accidentally fired a cannonball through a residential neighborhood. The show was testing a myth at the Alameda Sheriff's Department bomb range when the ball bounced 700 yards off course going through a house, across the street, off a roof and into a car. No one was injured. npr.org/2011/12/08/143349…
Socrates suggested a passive solar design for Greek houses. All openings faced south and roofs were angled north. Houses remained cool during summer since the roof provided shade, and warm during winter since the roof deflected cold north winds and sunlight entered through the south openings. dennisrhollowayarchitect.…
President Andrew Jackson was gifted a 1,400-pound block of cheese by a New York dairy farmer. The cheese remained on display at the White House for over a year but was entirely eaten by a large crowd during Jackson's final party as President. foodandwine.com/news/real…
There was a mail order service called Columbia House that accounted for 15.1% of all CD sales in 1994. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
The creator of the Rainforest Cafe chain first tested out the concept in his house. He decorated it with 45 birds, 9 fish tanks, and many plants. He even set up fake thunderstorms. His neighbors thought he was crazy. adweek.com/galleycat/what…
The Swiss Constitution enshrines the right for every inhabitant to have a nuclear fallout shelter. If new houses and apartments are built without bunkers, the owners have to contribute a tax to their Canton to secure a place in a government-owned nuclear fallout shelter. swissinfo.ch/eng/always-b…
As many as three US Presidents, and also Abraham Lincoln's son, may have died as a result of a contaminated water supply to the White House. Until 1850 there was no sewage system and a field of human excrement called "night soil" flowed freely into the water supply. saturdayeveningpost.com/2…
The mansion used on the ABC reality tv series, The Bachelor, is owned and lived in by a family. The family moves out and takes their furniture with them two times a year for 42 days of filming. This allows ABC to redecorate their house each season. housebeautiful.com/lifest…
After graduating college at 13 with a degree in Mathematics, child genius Promethea Pythaitha received considerable unwanted attention from the Greek-American Community, including an obsessive stalker who was killed in front of her house. en.goodtimes.my/2017/12/1…
Today I learned of Joan Quiqley, an astrologer and secret "advisor" to the Reagan White House. "Virtually every move" the Reagans made was cleared through her to "make certain that the planets were in a favorable alignment." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
Eddie Van Halen once put a gun to Fred Durst’s head and demanded Durst return music gear EVH had left at Durst’s house after a failed jam session. ultimateclassicrock.com/e…
There is a shanytown on the edge of Seoul's affluent Gangnam District, created by people evicted from houses in low-income areas demolished prior to the 1988 Olympics, who came there as their last refuge. It has 2500-4000 residents, mostly impoverished elderly, living in shacks and trailers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gur…
The US House of Representatives recognized that Alexander Graham Bell was not the original inventor of the telephone, in H. Res 269. They gave that recognition to Antonio Meucci. In 1887, the SCOTUS found the case viable and remanded a trial, but it was dismissed shortly after Meucci's death. congress.gov/bill/107th-c…
Bill Murray Likes to Call Kelly Lynch’s Husband Every Time He Sees Patrick Swayze Having Sex With Her in Road House grantland.com/hollywood-p…
In 2015, a British woman began receiving threatening emails from a stalker that included pictures of her in public she had no idea were being taken. When she contacted authorities, they told her the emails were coming from inside her house. It turned out to be her husband. mamamia.com.au/amanda-pla…
International building code originated from King Hammurabi of Babylon in 1758 B.C. Hammurabi's Code stated, β€œIf a builder has built a house for a man and his work is not strong, and if the house he has built falls in and kills the householder, that builder shall be slain.” motherearthnews.com/green…
Gerald Ford intended to retire from the US House of Representatives in 1976. Upon being nominated as Vice President he told his wife the Vice Presidency would be "a nice conclusion" to his career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
There are about 100 secret offices in the U.S. Capitol building used by members of the Senate and senior members of the House; their locations are unknown even by staff members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hid…
The United States made it illegal to discriminate based on an individual's DNA sequence in 2008, an act that was passed almost unanimously by the house, senate, and executive branch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Socialist Victor Berger was indicted/convicted under the Espionage Act. Despite this he was elected to the Wisconsin state Senate and returned to Congress in 1918. The House disqualified him; Berger ran in a special election and won again (eventually the Supreme Court overturned his conviction) heraldcourier.com/opinion…
In 1911 one of the US House of Representatives members proposed an amendment that would abolish the Senate. senate.gov/artandhistory/…
During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Molson delivered a fully-stocked beer fridge to Team Canada Olympic House. The only way to open the fridge was to use a Canadian passport on the electronic passport reader. abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/…
John Quincy Adams had a pool table installed in the White House that he enjoyed playing most days. Something his opponents and some dignitaries found scandalous. shannonselin.com/2018/04/…
Today I learned about the Winchester Mystery House, a maze-like mansion supposedly built to house the ghosts of those killed by Winchester rifles. The widow of the Winchester company heir built the house after her husband's spirit contacted her. The house was built to confuse the ghosts so she could hide. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In August 1864, a sniper tried to shoot Abraham Lincoln as he left the White House. They had missed by inches and shot through Lincoln’s hat, knocking it off his head. Lincoln had left without guards. He was just riding out to an evening retreat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Moses has the only full-face portrait in the US House of Representatives depicting lawmakers. All 22 others are half-faced and directed at him. aoc.gov/explore-capitol-c…
A man in Utah was cleaning out the attic of his house when he found $45,000 in wrapped bills and coins. Instead of keeping the money, he returned it to the previous owner’s family. abcnews.go.com/Business/u…
During her visit to the United States, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands heard footsteps outside her White House bedroom, answered a knock on the door, saw the ghost of Abraham Lincoln and fainted in shock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
An attempted assassination of Bob Marley occurred on Dec. 3, 1976, when seven armed men raided his house two days before a concert to quell violence. His wife was shot in the head in her car in the driveway. The gunmen shot Marley in the chest and arm. Astonishingly, there were no fatalities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
In 1978, The House Select Committee on Assassinations reported John F. Kennedy's brain is missing. During the autopsy, his brain was removed and placed in a stainless steel box given to the Secret Service. The box was moved to the National Archives building in 1965. As of 1966, it was gone. theguardian.com/world/sho…
In Canadian Parliament, it is tradition to drag the new Speaker of the House to their seat. The Speaker had to report to the Monarch, and sometimes the Monarch would kill them if the news was bad. It was an undesirable position and many Speakers were forced into that role. nationalobserver.com/2019…
Today I learned about β€œMummering,” a medieval practice that continues today in places like Newfoundland. People dress up in disguises and visit houses during Christmas time. newfoundlandlabrador.com/…
The vast majority of the American service members killed at Pearl Harbor were junior enlisted men. The officers of the Navy all lived in houses and the junior people were the ones on the boats, so pretty much all of the people who died in the direct line of the attack were very junior people. uso.org/stories/1732-9-th…
President Jimmy Carter’s son smoked weed with Willie Nelson on the roof of The White House countrymusicchannel.com.a…
The hedgehog was a holy animal for Persian Zoroastrians, and most houses had one living there to keep away ants, vipers and evil spirits avesta.org/vendidad/vd13s…
It’s been 30 years since Home Alone debuted. The McCallister’s house in the movie is an actual home in the Chicago suburbs. Located at 671 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL, the 5-bedroom house is 4,243 square feet & is currently valued at about $1.7 million & Kevin placed 14 bobby traps in the house. mccallisterhouse.com/maki…
In 1944, the American air force bombed the train station of Hasselt in Flanders. The bombs that missed made a network of craters in the nearby grasslands, which are now more than 110 ponds and house a large amount of aquatic animal species, some of which are of high conservation importance. pondscape.be/downloads/2a…
President Teddy Roosevelt was an avid boxer and would challenge people to boxing matches inside the White House when they came to visit him. ussporthistory.com/2016/1…
In 1957, San Francisco's "Youth for Service" program helped get young gang members off the streets by having them help the community. They did things like paint houses and help the elderly. The idea was that they just wanted to feel needed. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
When weather turns cold, ladybugs look for a warm, secluded place to hibernate, such as in rotting logs, under rocks, or even inside houses. kids.nationalgeographic.c…
Neil Armstrong met his second wife at a group breakfast where they were seated together. Two weeks later, he called her to ask what she was doing and she said cutting down a cherry tree. Half an hour later, he was at her house to help. They stayed married until his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
During his tenure, Theodore Roosevelt had a lion, a coyote, a hyena, a black bear and a zebra living on White House grounds at various times. Also, he shot 11397 creatures, including endangered animals. He also hired people, to find remains of a Mammoth, which he was successful in procuring. theguardian.com/books/202…
Despite being one of the smallest states by population and by land area, New Hampshire has by far the largest state house of representatives of all fifty states, with 400 seats, one rep for every 3,300 citizens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
The Hoovers both spoke Mandarin. In the White House they would speak in Mandarin to avoid eavesdroppers. To date, Lou Hoover is the only First Lady to speak an Asian language. They were also well versed in Latin; working together to translate "De Re Metallica" a 16th century mining textbook. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Lincoln loved cats so much that he once fed them from the table during a formal White House dinner. When his wife told him that it was β€œshameful in front of their guests,” he replied β€œIf the gold fork was good enough for former President James Buchanan, I think it is good enough for Tabby.” mentalfloss.com/article/8…
In 1991, Democrats had controlled the House of Representatives for 36 consecutive years, and 56 of the previous 60; they had run the Senate for 50 of the past 60 years ashbrook.org/publications…
Today I learned about the Vent Haven Museum a place that houses over 900 ventriloquist dummies and is seen a graveyard of sorts for famous dummies once the performer linked to them has died. venthaven.org/who-we-are
There have been documented cases of people committing murders while sleepwalking. In one case a man named Kenneth Parker managed to drive 20 kilometers to his in-laws house and murdered his mother-in-law all while sleepwalking. He immediately turned himself in and was later acquitted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…

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