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…
Abraham Lincoln was self-educated, having received a total of less than 12 months of formal education. Lincoln described his education as β€œdefective” and never attended college. He was an avid reader, however, who maintained a lifelong interest in learning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
Wilbur & Orville Wright's father gifted them a toy helicopter (based on an invention of French aeronautical pioneer Alphonse PΓ©naud). They played with it until it broke, and then built their own. They later pointed to their experience with the toy as the spark of their interest in flying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
George Lucas wanted to be a racecar driver when he was a teenager. In 1962, he suffered a terrible car accident when another driver broadsided him. He required emergency medical treatment. The incident caused him to lose interest in racing, but inspired him to pursue other interests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Nancy Grace Roman: called β€˜The Mother of Hubble’ telescope program. NASA's 1st chief astronomer. She paved the way in taking Hubble Space Telescope from an idea to reality. Her interest to astronomy was sparked because of her walks with her mom who would show her constellation and auroras. solarsystem.nasa.gov/peop…
A pod of dolphins saved a group of swimmers from a great white shark by herding the swimmers together and doing tight circles around them to create a barrier. The dolphins kept this up for 40 minutes until the shark lost interest and was safe for the swimmers to swim to shore. theguardian.com/science/2…
In Karate Kid III (1989) Robyn Lively, who played the part of Jessica, was supposed to be Dainel Larusso's love interest. However, at the time of filming she was only 17, while Ralph Macchio played a teenager, he was actually 27. Due to the ages the script has to be re-written. nothingbutnostalgia.com/t…
The term "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" was coined by film critic, Nathan Rabin. He made up the term to describe the love interest played by Kristen Dunst in the 2005 film "Elizabethtown" in his review. Needless to say, he didn't like the film. film.avclub.com/the-bataa…
Ramanujan's interest in mathematics was unlocked by a book.A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics (1880, revised in 1886), by George Shoobridge Carr.He encountered the book when he was 15 years old and came under false notion that proofs were supposed to be one liners britannica.com/story/inte…
Today I learned of erotomania, a delusional disorder in which a person believes another person, often famous or important, is in love with them. The person suffering from this delusion might think the person of interest is sending them subliminal messages. This disorder is most often seen in women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ero…
George Lucas shifted his interests from cars to film after he crashed his tiny yellow Autobianchi Bianchina and had to be hospitalized for four months biography.com/news/george…
American Express cards aren't accepted everywhere because Amex is a 'charge card', requiring customers to pay off balances monthly. Since they make little-to-no profit off interest payments & have competitive reward offerings, they raise their per-transaction interchange fees to compensate. experian.com/blogs/ask-ex…
The Milton Hershey School was established in 1909 by the chocolate tycoon and his wife, as a school for poor orphans. Milton Hershey left his entire fortune to the school, including a controlling interest in the Hershey Company, and it now has an endowment in excess of $12 billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Eli Manning was once tapped to be the face of a watch company. A competing watch company then signed a deal with Manning’s team the Giants, which resulted in a conflict of interest. psmag.com/.amp/economics/…
The government of Nigeria has to pay a high interest rate on bonds in part because of the high fertility rate; there are many children and less savings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco…
Today I learned of the ancient law of General Average. If a ship carrying cargo is required to jettison some of its load to save the rest, the loss of the cargo is to be shared proportionally among interest holders. First written in law in 800BC, it continues to be declared in present-day maritime emergencies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
, despite composing two of the most recognizable songs in US history, 'Maple Leaf Rag' and 'The Entertainer' Scott Joplin died penniless and was nearly forgotten until a revival in ragtime during the 60s sparked renewed interest, culminating with the movie 'The Sting' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
DHL has been aquired by the Deutsche Post (German Federal Post Service) in 2002, after slowly buying up shares since 1998 and gaining controlling interest in 2001. DHL has since been used as the Express delivery service of the Deutsche Post. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DHL…
George Harrison’s interest in Indian music began accidentally on the set of The Beatles’ film Help!, which had a sequence filmed in an Indian restaurant in London with Indian musicians, sparking off a lifelong passion for Indian music and friendship with Ravi Shankar. livemint.com/Leisure/6ff6…
Today I learned about the Antarctica Treaty, which 54 countries are a part of, states that it’s primary purpose is β€œto ensure in the interests of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord." scar.org/policy/antarctic…
19th century England was swept by "Egyptomania", a renewed interest in Egypt's past. Rich Victorians would travel to Egypt and bring back ancient mummies with which they would hold "mummy unwrapping parties" for their friends. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Charles Darwin was invited on the voyage of HMS Beagle not as a biologist but for his interest in geology. The ship’s primary mission wasn’t even on zoology, it was to conduct hydrographic surveys and test new chronometers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
The term "Cletus Safari" - (the kind of news article in which the writer makes an expedition from some enclave of sophisticationβ€”New York City, let's sayβ€”to go talk to the exotic folk out in the hinterlands to get their take on an issue of interest.) mikepope.com/blog/AddComm…
In 1978, the Supreme Court ruled that credit card companies did not have to abide by state interest rate caps. It allowed them to relocate to states without rate caps and issue credit cards across the nation with whatever rate they wanted. creditcards.com/credit-ca…
If, in the interest of aviation safety, a pilot reports an incident that occurred due to their mistake or error, they are give immunity from any repercussions to incident en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avi…
In the mid 2000s, Quentin Tarantino expressed interest in directing Casino Royale, the 2006 film adaptation of Ian Fleming's debut novel and the debut of James Bond. Tarantino said he would have set it in the 1960s and would have only made it with Pierce Brosnan returning as Bond. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
"Perfidious Albion" is a pejorative phrase used within the context of international relations diplomacy to refer to alleged acts of diplomatic sleights, duplicity, treachery and hence infidelity by monarchs or governments of the UK in their pursuit of self-interest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Elephants are known to take a great interest in the bones of their deceased and to mourn for dead relatives and Magpies have been observed burying their dead under twigs of grass smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Before Benedict Cumberbatch joined the cast of "The Imitation Game", Warner Bros. bought the screenplay for a reported 7-figure sum because of Leonardo DiCaprio's interest in playing Turing. However, DiCaprio didn't come on board and the rights of the script reverted to the screenwriter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When Stuart Sutcliffe left The Beatles to pursue his artistic interests, he was so good at it that his professor, noted pop artist Eduardo Paolozzi, called him one of his best students. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
In 1989 a Martini commercial helped the sales of a different brand - Roberts Radio experienced a revival in consumer interest when one of their radios apperared in the ad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Before Liam Neeson was cast as Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List, Mel Gibson expressed interest in the part. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Outside the academic space Dmitry Mendeleev (creator of Periodic table of elements) was a man of unusual interests and the widest professional knowledge. It’s hard to count them all. He was a chemist, physicist, economist, meteorologist, technologist, geologist, meteorologist, pedagogue, aviator needforscience.com/chemis…
Today I learned of Dmitry Argarkov who scanned a credit card agreement, edited it, and returned it with a 0% interest rate and no limit in the new terms. The bank signed and approved without reading and a judge held them to it. telegraph.co.uk/finance/p…
Today I learned about the indigenous Brazilian tribe of the PirahΓ£, who lost interest in converting to Christianity when they found out the missionary Daniel Everett had never seen Jesus himself. newsmaven.io/indiancountr…
KFC released a romance novella set in Victorian England called 'Tender Wings of Desire', featuring Colonel Sanders as a 'man of passion' and fierce love interest for the protagonist the-delve.com/2019/04/18/…
Nikola Tesla was an ardent follower of Vedanta and frequently used Sanskrit terminology in his works. His meeting with the Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda in 1896, facilitated by actress Sarah Bernhardt, triggered his lifelong interest in the Vedas and Indian philosophy. faena.com/aleph/articles/…
The iconic Civil Rights photo of Walter Gadsen being attacked by a police dog was a mistake. Gadsen had no interest in the Civil Rights movement, but was skipping school, when he stumbled into a cop and frightened his dog. The cop was pulling his dog away. belzian.com/racism-and-wh…
Pixar co-founder John Lasseter has ascribed importance to the film Yellow Submarine, claiming that it brought interest to animation as a serious art form. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yel…
When Chris Foreman was a child, his father tried to teach him to play the guitar, but Foreman was not interested. However, he gained interest in guitar playing at the age of 17, and shortly later he joined Madness as their guitarist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Tori Amos taught herself to play piano at the age of 2, and started composing at the age of 3. She was admitted into the Peabody Conservatory at the age of 5, but lost the scholarship six years later, reportedly due to her dislike for using sheet music and interest in rock and pop music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
Gilbert Grosvenor boosted the circulation of National Geographic from 1,000 to 2 million in 1899 by discarding the magazine’s format of short, overly technical articles for articles of general interest accompanied by photographs history.com/this-day-in-h…
Abraham Lincoln's interest in law starts at the bottom of a barrel. Lincoln was running a store when he bought a barrel full of rubbish from a traveler. Upon emptying the barrel Lincoln found a complete set of 'Blackstone's Commentaries' which he spent more time reading than manning the store. gutenberg.org/files/22925…
Migros, Switzerland's largest retail company, gives a share to every Swiss adult for free, allowing them to vote in general assemblies. Furthermore, if the earnings before interest/taxes exceed 5%, the supermarkets are forced to lower their prices en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mig…
The Coolidge effect is a biological phenomenon seen in animals, whereby males exhibit renewed sexual interest whenever a new female is introduced to have sex with, even after cessation of sex with prior but still available sexual partners. It is named after President Calvin Coolidge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coo…
In 1978 the supreme Court changed the credit card industry by erasing state laws that limit interest rates. creditcards.com/credit-ca…
Before his death, Phil Hartman had expressed an interest in making a live action film about Troy McClure and was prepared to buy the film rights himself in order to make it happen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
In 1974 Elvis Presley expressed interest in covering Dolly Parton's "I will always love you". She was initially was thrilled about the proposal, however when she found out she would have to sign over half of the royalties to Elvis she refused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_W…

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