Jean-Paul Sartre, Nobel prize winning philosopher, suffered a bad trip after using Mescaline, in which he thought he was menaced by sea creatures. For years following this, he consistently believed that he was being followed by lobsters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
Jean-Claude Van Damme took up ballet when he was young, and has said "If you can survive a ballet workout, you can survive a workout in any other sport." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
The movie *Bloodsport* starring Jean-Claude Van Damme was based on the exploits of martial artist Frank Dux. Who many opine was just a con artist who made up most of his claims. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
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…
Today I learned of Jean Mill, a cat breeder and conservationist who worked to protect the asian leopard cat, she disliked the fur trade so much that she successfully crossed an asian leopard with a domestic cat, creating the Bengal Cat breed, such that people can own cats with the same style of fur. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
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…
Jean-Pascal Danneels, a 34 y/o French veterinary surgeon, was a passenger on an airliner that crashed into the Atlantic and disintegrated more than a mile offshore from CΓ΄te d'Ivoire. He survived the impact, swam for four hours in darkness to the shore and lived. gettyimages.ie/detail/new…
Orchestral Conductors used to keep time by pounding on the ground with a large staff until the composer Jean-Baptiste Lully stabbed himself in the foot, refused treatment, got gangrene and died. This eventually led to conductors using their hands or a baton to conduct music. classicfm.com/discover-mu…
There is a statue in the village Vandam in Azerbaijan of Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD) doing his famous split brusselstimes.com/news/ar…
Jeans were originally dyed blue with a natural indigo dye, which was chosen for the way it interacted with cotton. When heated, most dyes penetrate cotton fibers but indigo dye attaches to the fibers' surface. Some of the molecules escape over time, giving jeans the signature faded look. businessinsider.com/why-j…
, the first seismometer was made in China in 132 AD by mathematician and inventor, Zhang Heng. The first Western description of the device comes from the French physicist and priest Jean de Hautefeuille in 1703. The modern seismometer was developed in the 19th century. wikipedia.org/wiki/Seismo…
While filming Leon The Professional, Natalie Portman helped Jean Reno quit smoking. youtu.be/53uC0A4il8k?t=24…
, Jean Thurel 1698-1807 was a fusilier in the French Army with a stunning career that spanned 75 years. Enlisted in 1716, he would continuously serve with his comrades without support, retiring at age 93 in 1792. Thurel never accepted any offers of promotion and stayed a private his whole career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
In 1797, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, a general in the French Revolutionary Army, wrote, "Being a republican both by principle and by conviction, I want to fight all royalists to my death." 21 years later, Bernadotte was crowned King of Sweden and Norway en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The small pocket in jeans was designed to store pocket watch. The original copper-riveted jeans had a tiny pocket to hold small pocket watches for working men, from carpenters and miners to railroad engineers. And the design stuck ever since! today.com/style/why-do-je…
Charlotte Corday's last request before death was to have her portrait painted. She even picked Jean-Jacques Hauer as the artist, and the painting was finished shortly before her execution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The French soldier Jean Bernadotte became so popular in Sweden that they elected him king in 1818 when their own royal family was about to die out. The Bernadotte family still rules in Sweden today en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Of Mathurine de Vallois. Female court jester of Henry II, Henry IV and Louid XIII. Famous for not only her sharp wit, but for arresting Jean ChΓ’tel when he tried to assassinate Henri IV. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
In 1803 Hatian Revolutionary general Jean-Jacques Dessalines wrote to Thomas Jefferson proposing an alliance w/ the US, saying like Americans they were "tired of paying w/ our blood the price of our blind allegiance to a mother country that cuts her children’s throats". Jefferson never responded theconversation.com/meet-…
Today I learned of Jean Van Landeghem, a Belgian man who has been repeatedly pranked with pizza deliveries for nearly a decade, and he does not know who is sending them. foodandwine.com/news/pizz…
A guy called Dale Schroeder used his life savings to send 33 students to college. he grew up poor in Iowa, never married, had no children, and worked as a carpenter at the same company for 67 years and only owned 2 jeans. cbsnews.com/news/dale-sch…
At the beginning of the Pokemon franchise, Pikachu was named "Jean Luc" by Ash. This name was quickly abandoned though. svg.com/165901/what-is-pi…
In Singin' in the Rain (1952), though much of the plot revolves around Debbie Reynolds' character dubbing for Jean Hagan's character, in reality Reynolds' voice was itself dubbed over in several placesβ€”twice by Betty Noyes, and once by Hagan herself. radiotimes.com/news/2016-…
The Genoese navy in the 16th century equipped its sailors with jeans, "as they needed a fabric which could be worn wet or dry." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Because she supported the Civil Rights movement, the FBI created a fake story that actress Jean Seberg had cheated on her husband with a black man, the stress of the fake story caused her to go into labor premature and resulted in the death of her baby. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Song Blue Moon originated with a song composed in 1933 to be sung by Jean Harlow in a film - a situation that never came to fruition. The tune received a third set of lyrics and was used in film Manhattan Melodrama (1934) before receiving a commercial release with a fourth set of lyrics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, Sacagawea's infant son who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition, later befriended a German Duke, lived for a decade in his palace, learned a dozen languages fluently, became mayor of a California city, struck gold, and made a fortune on buffalo tongues. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
A zoo in Hokkaido sells lion-ripped jeans, beaver-gnawed coasters and other animal inspired products to stay open amid the COVID pandemic. pop.inquirer.net/95626/zo…
Today I learned that the little pockets on your blue jeans are for carrying pocket watches. lbc.co.uk/radio/special-s…
'Singin' the Rain' mirrored it's own story in real life. Debbie Reynolds plays a character who records the singing voice for a famous actress (played by Jean Hagan) to lip sync to. In reality, Debbie Reynolds had her voice dubbed over by Jean Hagan for parts of the film. radiotimes.com/news/2016-…
Today I learned of Jean-Dominique Bauby, a man who had a stroke at 43 years old and after a 20-day coma, awoke to find that he was almost fully paralyzed; he could only use his left eyelid. He wrote a memoir, by blinking when the correct letter was said by a person reciting the alphabet over and over again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
The little pocket on the front of jeans was for a pocket watch. Early jeans only had one pocket on the back and two on the front, plus the little one. levistrauss.com/2014/04/1…
Composer Erik Satie's ballet "Parade" came close to starting a riot, got Jean Cocteau beaten by the police, and landed Satie in jail for 8 days for calling a critic "an arse." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
In 1968 the french author and rΓ©sistance hero Romain Gary challenged Clint Eastwood to a duel after he learned that Eastwood had an affair with his wife, the actress Jean Seberg telegraph.co.uk/culture/b…
In 1951, Bing Crosby was initially denied entrance to a Canadian hotel for wearing his Levi’s denim jeans. Levi’s got wind and presented him with a denim tuxedo jacket at a celebration In Nevada, where he was honorary mayor. The term, β€œCanadian Tuxedo” is believed to have come from these events. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier, was just 19 when he inherited the title of president-for-life from his father. He was forced from power but was allowed to live in the obscurity of a Port-au-Prince suburb, freely roaming the capital as he pleased until his death bbc.com/news/world-latin-…
Jean Meslier (1664-1729) was a French Catholic priest, actually an atheist, who left after his death an entire book criticizing religion historytoday.com/history-…
Since their inception in 1997, numerous line up changes have left the band Norma Jean with no original members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
6 kids were poisoned in 1963 from wearing new, unwashed jeans that had been exposed to pesticide. (2 boys whose pants were washed before wearing them did not get sick) atlasobscura.com/articles…
There is speculation that MartΓ­n Alonso PinzΓ³n, the captain of the Pinta in Christopher Columbus' fleet and a major financial backer of the expedition, had already been to the New World in a voyage with French navigator Jean Cousin in 1488. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Alex Trebek married his second wife, Jean, when he was 50 and she was 27. They've been married 30 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The tiny pockets on jeans and some other pants were designed for pocket watches. They were first used with the original Levi's "waist overalls" jeans in 1890. It is called a watch pocket. insider.com/small-pocket-…
To reconstruct the Great Pyramid of Giza today, it would require about $5 billion, 5 years, 1,500 to 2,000 workers, and 2.3 million stones weighing 3 tons each, according to Jean-Pierre Houdin, a French architect who has helped create a virtual model of the ancient construction system. allgov.com/news/unusual-n…
Sacagawea's son, Jean Baptiste, at 18 befriended a German prince, travelled to Europe, lived with royalty for 6 years, and learned 4 languages. He went back to the U.S. to be a frontiersman, became a gold miner, a hotel clerk, and also led a Mormon group. oregonencyclopedia.org/ar…
French queen Marie Antoinette was offered in 1787 a boy from Senegal as a servant but instead taking him as servant she adopted him as her son and baptized as Jean. During the revolution Jean was separated from the royal family and left by revolutionaries to die on streets at age of 10. sheffield.ac.uk/french/ne…
Jean-Paul Sartre won the Nobel Prize in Literature but rejected the award and prize money because he thought it would compromise his independent thinking. theguardian.com/sport/201…
A French footballer, Jean-Pierre Adams, has spent nearly 40 years in a coma he entered at age 34 following an anesthetist’s error. His wife has stayed by his side this whole time. edition.cnn.com/2016/03/1…
The Jordache jeans company, whose product line was popular in the 1980s has now diversified into real estate, hotel chains and an airline among other things en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jor…
Ebola was actually discovered by a "Congolese" doctor Jean-Jacques Muyembe and not a doctor in "Belgium" named Peter Piot. globalhealth.washington.e…
When a ptition for the decrimnalization of all consensual relations between adults and minors below the age of fifteen was addressed to the French parliment in 1977, it was signed by such intellectuals as Michel Foucault, Jean-Paul Sartre, Roland Barthes and Simone de Beauvoir. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…

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