Nazis offered Iron Cross for 4 Finnish Jews during WW2. None accepted. For example, Leo Skurnik was awarded Iron Cross for evacuating a German soldier under enemy fire. Major Skurnik told the Germans that Skurnik would "wipe his arse with the medal." nationalpost.com/news/wor…
When Leo Tolstoy became a vegetarian, two of his children followed, but his wife and aunt didn't. He didn't pressure them, but sometimes teased them. His aunt once came to dinner and found a knife and a chicken on her chair. Tolstoy said "We knew you wanted chicken, but none of us would kill it" veg.ca/1998/09/07/history…
Leo Fender was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992: a unique achievement given that he never learned to play the instruments that he made a career of making en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Famed 19th century author Leo Tolstoy was penpals with Mahatma Gandhi and inspired his practice of nonviolent protest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Vin Mariani was a mixture of wine and cocaine that was popular in Europe during the late 1800s. Two popes were known to drink it and it was so much enjoyed by Pope Leo XIII that he was used on posters promoting the product. The creator won a Vatican gold medal for creating it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Leo Tolstoy believed that Shakespeare was an insignificant, inartistic writer. He considered "Shakespeare veneration" a harmful cultural vacci-nation administered to everyone without their consent, and that the sooner people free themselves from the false glorification of Shakespeare, the better meetup.com/en-AU/Art-Appr…
In September 4, Benedict XVI became the longest lived pope ever, surpassing the record set by Leo XIII en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Today I learned of Leo Burt an American man indicted in connection with the August 24, 1970 Sterling Hall bombing at the University of Wisconsin. He has been a fugitive from justice since 1970 and his status and whereabouts unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Leo Tolstoy, Jules Verne, and J.R.R. Tolkien all spoke Esperanto, a 'universal' language created in the late 19th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about Leo Major, a Canadian Soldier that liberated the Dutch town of Zwole from the Nazis all by himself. cbc.ca/news/canada/montre…
17th century Vatican librarian Leo Allatius wrote a treatise entitled De Praeputio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Diatriba (A Discussion of the Foreskin of Our Lord Jesus Christ), claiming that the Holy Prepuce ascended , like Jesus himself, and was transformed into the rings of Saturn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
Today I learned of former Congressman Leo Ryan (D), who was assassinated in the events leading up to the Jonestown Massacare en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Congressman Leo Ryan, who was murdered while investigating Jonestown in 1978, had a record of directly looking into his constituents' concerns. As an assemblyman, he investigated the conditions of California prisons in 1970 by using a pseudonym to enter Folsom Prison as an inmate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
In 1962, elephant bones were discovered under the Vatican. Decades later, it was discovered that they were the bones of Pope Leo X's pet elephant Hanno, who died in 1516 after doctors (in an attempt to treat constipation) inserted a gold enema up its rectum. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Irene of Athens was the Empress Regnant of the Byzantine Empire from 797 to 802. Pope Leo the 3rd claimed that women couldn't be the Holy Roman Emperor so the throne was actually vacant and proclaimed Charlemagne emperor of the Holy Roman Empire on Christmas Day 800CE. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ire…
Today I learned about Leo, an early socio-interactive robot built in 2002. Leo was programmed with psychological theory and spatial scaffolding. It is able to communicate by perceiving expression, gesture, speech, and thus responds appropriately with equal expression, gesture and speech. youtu.be/ilmDN2e_Flc
In 1976 a film called "All This and World War II" was released, which included a soundtrack of Beatles covers by various artists such as Peter Gabriel, Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne, Elton John, David Essex, Leo Sayer, the Bee Gees, Frankie Laine, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and Tina Turner. allmusic.com/album/all-th…
"Tremolo bars" are called that way because Leo Fender had a habit of calling his volume pedal "vibrato pedal" and his vibrato bar "tremolo bar". Tremolo is a change in volume while vibrato is change in pitch. fender.com/articles/tech-…
In 1846, Henry David Thoreau refused to pay his taxes because he objected the Mexican-American War and slavery. He spent the night in jail for his actions. This popularized the concept of Civil Disobedience, peacefully protesting a law, which later influenced Gandhi, MLK, and Leo Tolstoy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
The same guy that charted with "It Never Rains in Southern California" also wrote "The Air That I Breathe" for The Hollies, "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" for Julio Iglesias/Willie Nelson, and "When I Need You" by Leo Sayer as well as the novelty hit "Gimme Dat Ding' for the Pip en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The image of actor Leo Gorcey was erased from the front cover of the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band because he asked for a fee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgt…
Althought Leonardo Da VinciΒ΄s original last supper in Milan is decaying rapidly there are 2 other known copies painted partially by assitants and Leo himself. One , is in the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the second one and is on display in the Tongerlo Abbey, Belgium. news.artnet.com/exhibitio…
Today I learned of Vin Mariani, a coca (cocaine) wine created in the 1860s; the wine exported to the US had a higher cocaine content than what was sold in Europe to better compete with similar products. Popes Leo XIII and Saint Pius X , US President Grant, and Thomas Edison were all advocates of the wine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Nazi-Germany tried to award a Finnish-Jewish soldier named Leo Skurnik with an Iron Cross. He told them he'd wipe his arse with it. thedailybeast.com/the-jew…
Vin Mariani the Cocaine-Laced Wine was new kind of wine invented by French Chemist Angelo Mariani in the 19th century. Queen Victoria, Thomas Edison, and Ulysses S. Grant were all big fans of Vin Mariani. Pope Leo XIII awarded the drink an official medal from the Vatican. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Today I learned about Leo Tolstoy's 1908 "A Letter to a Hindu," which had an indelible impact on Mohandes Gandhi's nonviolent resistance philosophy. Gandhi struck up a correspondence with Tolstoy after reading the letter, reprinted it in his own newspaper and even translated the letter to his native Gujarati. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_L…
UK astronomers found signs of water vapor in the atmosphere of exoplanet K2-18b which is found in the "habitable-zone" (region around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of a rocky planet). K2-18b orbits a small red dwarf star about 110 light-years away in the constellation Leo. nasa.gov/feature/goddard/…
After the John Amery was hanged for treason against the United Kingdom, his father Leo Amery requested that his own entry in Who's Who be changed from two sons to one en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Russian author Lev Tolstoy is referred to as Leo Tolstoy in English after his translated works were published in French (with his blessing) under the name LΓ©on Tolstoy. Lev, LΓ©on, and Leo all mean "Lion" mosaicmagazine.com/observ…
The first TV show that Michael J. Fox was in was Leo and Me. Four members of the cast and crew later caught Parkinson’s Disease causing some to suggest that there was an environmental factor. theguardian.com/education…
There is a "Name of the Year Award". Past winners include Leo Moses Spornstarr, Crescent Dragonwagon, Amanda Miranda Panda, Shamus Beaglehole, and Vanilla Dong. nymag.com/intelligencer/2…
"The Shawshank Redemption" is based on a Stephen King novella named "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption", which in its turn is based on a short story by Leo Tolstoy named "God Sees the Truth, But Waits" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
Leonardo DiCaprio blocked a film he was in from being released in the US and Canada. The producer of the film has released it on the Internet, and drafted a letter to Leo about it. freedonsplum.com/
Today I learned about Leo major, a Canadian soldier who captured 100 German soldiers at d-day and later in Holland captured a city all by himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C…
Canadian solider Leo Major made so much noise during a battle in WW2 that he made the German army think that the entire Canadian army was invading en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C…
Leo Allatius believed Jesus Christ's foreskin formed Saturn's rings. futurism.com/the-mysterie…
Leo Fender, inventor of the most popular electric guitars in the world couldn't play the guitar himself fender.com/articles/artis…
Pope Leo XIII outlined the rights of workers to a fair wage, safe working conditions, and the formation of labour unions, while affirming the rights of property and free enterprise, opposing both Atheistic Marxism and laissez-faire capitalism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Pope Leo X had a pet elephant named Hanno. Treated like a prince, he ate the scraps of the papal banquets thrown by Leo. However, this didn’t support Hanno's natural diet and he soon suffered from digestive problems. To treat him doctors gave Hanno a gold infused enema which killed him. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The traditional horoscope dates are wrong - over thousands of years the true dates have changed by about a month: Capr: Jan. 20, Aqu: Feb. 16, Pisc: March 11, Aries: Apr 18; Taur: May 13; Gem, June 21; Cancer: July 20; Leo, Aug. 10; Vir: Sept. 16; Lib, Oct. 30; Scor: Nov. 23; Sag: Dec. 17. newsfeed.time.com/2011/01…
Today I learned of Leo Major, a WWII French Canadian soldier who singlehandedly captured 93 German soldiers and in the following year liberated the German-occupied Dutch city of Zwolle by himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C…
Today I learned of Leo Major. A Canadian soldier in WW2 who single handily liberated the heavily reinforced Dutch city of Zwolle from the Nazi's. He received the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his heroics. He did this all with only one eye. explorethearchive.com/leo…
Leo Fender, inventor of the most famous guitars, didn't know how to play the guitar failurethebook.com/2012/1…
Although MGM has referred to all of the lions used in their trademark as "Leo the Lion", only the current lion, in use since 1957 (a total of 62 years), was actually named "Leo". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Michael J Fox was one of four cast members on the set of Leo and Me who was diagnosed with Parkinsons. The event was improbable enough that an investigation was launched. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Leo Szilard conceived the nuclear chain reaction,the nuclear reactor, and wrote the letter suggesting the Manhattan Project, which Einstein signed. After being diagnosed with bladder cancer, he designed his own radiation therapy which led to a full recovery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le%…
French Canadian Private Leo Major single-handedly liberated the entire city of Zwolle from German occupation in WWII - and in one night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C…
Today I learned about Leo Gradwell, a WWII Royal Navy volunteer. He saved his lightly-armed ship and three unarmed merchant ships from German attacks by sailing north against orders, and hiding in thick Arctic ice by painting the ships white. His only navigational aids were a sextant and a pocket atlas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
The Marlboro Man, Jolly Green Giant, Tony the Tiger, Pillsbury Doughboy, Keebler Elves and multiple other product icons were created by one person named Leo Burnett en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Leo Ryan, the Congressman who was assassinated by the Jonestown Cult, had a daughter who joined a cult, the Rajneesh Movement, a couple years after his death en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…

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