The K-Pop band BTS made US$3.6 billion for South Korea's economy in 2018, and was also why 1 in 13 foreign tourists visited the country the previous year scmp.com/news/asia/east-aโ€ฆ
Michael Jackson proposed a Harry Potter musical, but J.K. Rowling turned it down. Michael Jackson dreamed of turning Harry Potter into a musical but his idea was slapped down by JK Rowling because she feared it lacked credibility. mentalfloss.com/article/5โ€ฆ
Ursula K. LeGuin quit her membership to the Science Fiction Writers of America and refused a Nebula award nomination in protest after they revoked the honorary membership of Stanislaw Lem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staโ€ฆ
High doses of ketamine can temporarily switch off the brain. This pause in brain activity may correspond to what ketamine abusers describe as the 'K-hole' - a state of oblivion likened to a near-death experience, which is followed by a feeling of great serenity. medicalxpress.com/news/20โ€ฆ
Josef Mengele, a.k.a the Angel of Death, was a Nazi physician who conducted human experiments on prisoners. He escaped Germany and gained a foreign residence permit in Argentina and returned to Germany to visit his family with a passport just 11 years after Nazi Germany fell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josโ€ฆ
Actor Michael K. Williams got his big break playing Omar Little on The Wire due to the facial scar he received in a bar fight. npr.org/2014/06/30/326934โ€ฆ
Andrew W.K. was named the Person of the Year in 2018 by the American Association Of Suicidology "due to his consistent and powerful use of positivity to improve the lives of those who hear his music." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andโ€ฆ
In the U.K, lawyers and judges still wear powdered wigs, as it's seen as a formality. people.howstuffworks.com/โ€ฆ
:Police in West Midlands, U.K. have hung posters with photographs of staring eyes exploiting a phenomenon called โ€œgaze detection". While humans evolved it to avoid being eaten by predators, some law enforcement agencies believe that it might actually help to deter some crimes. smithsonianmag.com/smart-โ€ฆ
Today I learned about โ€˜Redemption Roastersโ€™ worldโ€™s first behind bars specialty coffee company in the U.K. who train offenders professionally in the art of roasting and barista skills and help find jobs in their own coffee shops or with partners. redemptionroasters.com/
The American English expression "Okay" (or O.K.) is nearly identical to the expression "Okeh" from the Amerindian Choctaw-Chickasaw language, which first appeared in print a decade earlier and means "it is so and not otherwise." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OK#โ€ฆ
J.K. Rowling wrote a real person into The Goblet of Fire. The girl was named Natalie McDonald, a Harry Potter fan who was dying of leukaemia while Rowling was still writing the book. You see her character as a first-year who dons the sorting hat and is sorted into Gryffindor. mentalfloss.com/article/6โ€ฆ
Only 14 States in the U.S. have mandatory media literacy classes as part of K-12 education. medialiteracynow.org/u-s-โ€ฆ
There's a 1967 film starring Sean Connery's brother Neil titled "O.K. Connery" (released as "Operation Kid Brother" in the US) about James Bond's brother being obliged to thwart a world domination plot, which also starred Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell and others from the early Bond films en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O.Kโ€ฆ
The girl featured singing in Technotronic's iconic Pump Up the Jam music video is not actually the singer of the song, but a model named Felly Kilingi that was lipsynching. The real singer was Ya Kid K. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumโ€ฆ
Meat Loaf (who was a vegetarian for 10 years) once asked about meeting singer and dedicated animals rights activist k.d. lang, but she refused because his stage name wasn't vegetarian friendly. ivu.org/people/music/meatโ€ฆ
The shootout never happened at the O.K. Corral. Instead it happened several doors down from it. A movie cemented the wrong location and the Earps as good guys. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunโ€ฆ
In 1991, Gerard O'Neill filed a patent for a vactrain system using magnetic propulsion (a.k.a. today's hyperloop) but died two years before his patent was granted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerโ€ฆ
Ursula K. Le Guin was a famous science fiction writer and poet. Her father was A. L. Kroeber, a cultural anthropologist, who studied Native Americans in California. One of his most recognized works involved a man that he had named Ishi, the last surviving member of the Yahi people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._โ€ฆ
The reason why fake tv/movie phone numbers start with 555 is because phone companies never used that prefix. No major place names in the United States began with a combination of the letters J, K, and L (the letters assigned to the 5 key on a phone) mentalfloss.com/article/2โ€ฆ
Jeff Buckley hated Michael Bolton for trying to be black and sucking. Buckley also almost got acting roles in commercials for K-Mart and The Gap. rollingstone.com/feature/โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the 18 British K-class submarines built, none were lost through enemy action, but 6 sank, with significant loss of life, in accidents. When their design had been proposed, 1 admiral had said 'the most fatal error imaginable would be to put steam engines in submarines.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Briโ€ฆ
Rifles like the AK-47 have curved magazines because their bullet cases are conical (a.k.a "tapered") rather than cylindrical. Thus, they stack in a curve. Tapered cases have less friction with the chamber when they feed or extract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7.6โ€ฆ
The Queen technically owns all unmarked mute swans on open water in the U.K., a right dating back to the medieval ages, when swans were prized as a delicacy and symbol of nobility. smithsonianmag.com/historโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the 1943 Quebec Agreement, where the United States and the United Kingdom agreed in secret not to use nuclear weapons without each others consent. When asked, the U.K. provided its consent to use nuclear weapons on Japan on July 4, 1945. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queโ€ฆ
In order to protest the high tariffs enforced by a U.K. censorship board, a filmmaker sent in a 10 hour โ€œmovieโ€ of white paint drying. They had to watch the entire film. independent.co.uk/arts-enโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Katherine Switzer, in 1967 she was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. She registered as K Switzer, and race manager Jock Semple, not expecting a woman to enter tried to physically remove her from the race but was stopped by her boyfriend. kathrineswitzer.com/1967-โ€ฆ
In 1962, K Kamaraj, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, India, introduced midday meal scheme which improved literacy rate from 21 to 45% in 20yrs in that state en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midโ€ฆ
Today I learned that the scene in Dragonheart where they are training in castle ruins is actually ฤŒachtice Castle a.k.a. Home to Countess Elizabeth Bร thory - the most prolific female serial killer who is rumored to bathe in virgin blood to retain her youth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4โ€ฆ
A question mark superimposed onto an exclamation mark, often seen as ?!, is called an Interrobang. Martin K. Speckter is credited with inventing the mark in 1962 which made it the first new punctuation mark to have been introduced in 300 years 99percentinvisible.org/epโ€ฆ
KFC's founder Colonel Sanders would pay unexpected visits to K.F.C. franchises in order to inspect them, and would often swear and bang his cane on whatever furniture was available if the gravy was't tasty enough. newyorker.com/magazine/19โ€ฆ
The BMT in Subway's Italian BMT stands for 'Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit' which ran trains like the 7, J, K, L, M, Q and others. They began using the letters for the sub in 1975 despite only having stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts, but none in New York. untappedcities.com/2013/1โ€ฆ
Glenn K. Tripp, a D.B Cooper copycat, hijacked a plane for a $600k ransom. He had his drink spiked with Valium by a flight attendant, and after a 10 hour standoff, lowered his ransom to 3 cheeseburgers and a head start on a getaway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._โ€ฆ
In the Antebellum South, slaves dreaded January 1 -- A.K.A. "Heartbreak Day" -- because New Year's Day was traditionally when debts were settled, resulting in black families being torn apart as slave owners sold or rented slaves out long-term to pay back those they owed money to. time.com/5750833/new-yearโ€ฆ
Your employer's match to your 401(k)/403(b)/457/TSP does not count toward the maximum contribution of $19,500. investopedia.com/ask/answโ€ฆ
J.K. Rowling originally wanted Monty Python member Terry Gilliam to direct the Harry Potter films. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._โ€ฆ
Technically speaking five nations have military bases on U.S. soil: The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, The U.K. and Singapore. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisโ€ฆ
The aircraft manufacturer Northrop Grumman, who built iconic fighter aircraft such as the F6F Hellcat, A-6 Intruder, and the well known and forever popular F-14 Tomcat, won a contract from the US government to mass produce the Grumman LLV, A.K.A. The USPS Postal Truck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gruโ€ฆ
Sheila Chandra who sings Braith of Life (a.k.a The Grace of Valar) from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers suffered from the burning mouth syndrome (BMS) starting 2010 and has been since been rendered effectively mute. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheโ€ฆ
The movie What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? (2004) was produced by Ramtha's School of Enlightenment. Ramtha is an alleged entity channelled by J.Z. Knight said to be over 35,000 years old and from Atlantis and Lemuria, where he was in charge of an army of over a million people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramโ€ฆ
TV writer David Wise was tutored by, among others, Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Frank Herbert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davโ€ฆ
Hersheys produces all cadbury products in the U.S and banned U.K made cadbury from being sold in the states cnbc.com/2015/01/28/outraโ€ฆ
As of 2019, K-Pop megastars BTS are purportedly worth more than $4.65 billion to South Korea's economy each year, or 0.3% of the country's GDP. BTS attracted one in every 13 foreign tourists that visited South Korea in 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BTS
The Queen is the only person in the U.K. who is allowed to drive without a license foxnews.com/auto/heres-whโ€ฆ
80s singer Brenda K. Starr was the daughter of the organist for the band Spiral Starecase, and although she only had one top 20 hit herself, helped launch Mariah Careyโ€™s career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breโ€ฆ
Philip K. Dick novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" ignited the New Wave sci fi movement in the 60s, inspired the founders of the cyberpunk sci fi movement in the 80s, and was the basis for the classic sci fi film "Blade Runner" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Gavel, a K-9 Cadet who was fired from the Police Academy for being too friendly after months of training; he then got a new job as Vice-Regal Dog for the Office of the Governor in Queensland where he greets visitors, attends official functions, sits in on Governor's briefings telegraph.co.uk/pets/newsโ€ฆ
Name of the company Kodak was created by the founder G. Eastman and his mother using an Anagrams set. The letter k was a favorite of Eastman's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodโ€ฆ
In a Roman hospital doctors used to hide Jews from Nazi troops by putting them in quarantine for the extremely contagious "K syndrome". The syndrome didn't actually exist, but the soldiers wouldn't dare enter these rooms. historytoday.com/history-โ€ฆ

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