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 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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
"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…
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…
Leo Allatius believed Jesus Christ's foreskin formed Saturn's rings. futurism.com/the-mysterie…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
Leo Fender, inventor of the most popular electric guitars in the world couldn't play the guitar himself fender.com/articles/artis…
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 Tolstoy was a major figure in Christian Anarchism, holding a deep skepticism of private property and violence. His espousal of nonviolent resistance to evil ultimately deeply influenced Mahatma Gandhi, who later credited him as a "[great] apostle of non-violence." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
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 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…
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/
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…
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 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.…
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…
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…
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%…
Freddie Mercury, having attended art college, designed Queens 'crest'. The logo combines the zodiac signs of all four members: two lions for Leo, a crab for Cancer, and two fairies for Virgo wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_…
Einstein was determined to come up with a new fridge design after reading newspaper reports regarding the tragic death of an entire family in Berlin. He and his student, Leo Szilard were granted 45 patents for the fridge's various models, but none of their designs ever became a consumer product. blogs.unimelb.edu.au/scie…
Today I learned of US Rep. Leo Ryan who went to Guyana on behalf of constituents who had relatives in the Jonestown cult. While helping people escape, he was shot and killed, becoming 1 of only 2 Congressmen ever to be assassinated on the job, His aide, Jackie Speier, who was also shot, now holds his old seat. history.house.gov/Histori…
Leo Fender, founder of the Fender Musical Instruments company and creator of the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitar, did not know how to play the guitar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Today I learned of Leo Sharp, known as 'El Tata', a world-renowned horticulturist. Facing financial difficulty, he became the world's oldest drug mule, moving hundreds of kilos of cocaine for the Sinaloa Cartel for over ten years. He was arrested in 2011 at 87 while in possession of 200 pounds of cocaine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
The founder of Fender, Music Man, and G&L, Leo Fender, didn’t know how to play guitar. wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Fe…
Leo Ryan is the only member of US Congress ever killed in the line of duty. He was assassinated while investigating human rights violations at Jonestown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Leo Fender, the founder of Fender and the person who developed the first solid-body electric guitar and electric bass guitar, never learned to play either instrument. failurethebook.com/2012/1…
Leo Da Vinci used to buy caged animals at the market just to set them free sketchreaders.com/2011/11…
Leo Tolstoy - a Russian writer generally regarded as one of the greatest of all-time died believing in Georgism: an economic philosophy holding that, while people should own the value they produce themselves, economic value derived from land should belong equally to all members of society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The Peace Studies department of Bradford University and War Studies department of King’s College London compete every year in a football match called the Tolstoy Cup, named after the author of War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tol…
A member of the WWII Canadian forces, Leo Major, single-handedly captured 93 Nazi's at once, and liberated a town in the Netherlands on his own as well. torontosun.com/2013/11/01…
Leo Fender, inventor of Fender Guitars, never learned how to play the guitar. ultimate-guitar.com/news/…
Pope Leo I met with Attila the Hun and convinced him not to invade Rome awesomestories.com/asset/…
Pope Leo XIII 1810-1902 endorsed a popular wine that had 6 to 7.2 mg of cocaine per ounce. He was purported to have carried a hipflask of it with him and he awarded a gold medal to the French chemist who concocted it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Leo Fender , the inventer of Fender Guitars never knew how to play the guitar anitasnotebook.com/2010/1…
The last king of Armenia, Leo V, is buried in Paris. 100years100facts.com/fact…
In 1981 Shannon Ryan used part of her dead father Congressman Leo Ryan's life insurance money after he was killed by the Jonestown cult in 1978, to join a religious sex guru and his followers at Rajneeshpuram, Oregon in what was later dubbed as a cult people.com/archive/the-da…
The Russian author Leo Tolstoy's last words were "But the peasants … how do the peasants die?" Seven years after his death, the Russian Revolution began. theguardian.com/books/gal…
The Leo DiCaprio film "Wolf of Wall Street" that immortalised the life of corrupt wall street traders was largely financed by money stolen by corrupt financial traders. theguardian.com/world/201…
One of the only senators ever assassinated was Leo Ryan who was killed by Jim Jones's cult members while they were in the process of committing mass suicide. He had come to investigate reports from concerned family members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
The first color photograph to be taken in Russia was of Leo Tolstoy, author of reality fiction War and Peace and Anna Karenina. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Gandhi credited writer Leo Tolstoy as the source of his philosophy of nonviolent resistance. Reading "The Kingdom of God Is Within You" convinced him to avoid violence, declaring Tolstoy "the greatest apostle of non-violence that the present age has produced". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Today I learned of the 1833 Leonids meteor shower, the largest one ever recorded estimated at 240 000 "shooting stars" per hour (~67 every second) radiating from Leo constellation over a 9 hour period. The event had such an impact on society that it was used to date people with no birth certificate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Leo Fender, the inventor of Fender Guitars never knew how to play the guitar fender.com/news/leo-fende…
Vin Mariani, a French Wine Fortified With Cocaine, Was So Enjoyed By Then Pope Leo XIII, That He Appeared On Their Posters. Queen Victoria And Thomas Edison Also Enjoyed The Drink. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Leonardo DiCaprio once led a group called the "Pussy Posse" in the 90's where he and other young celeb friends tore through cities and pretty much had women delivered to them. Roger Wilson eventually pressed charges because Leo and company wanted his wife and ended up getting into a brawl vulture.com/2013/11/leona…
Leo Kuvayev, the man responsible for more than 20% of spam on the internet, is serving 20 years in a Russian prison for raping and molesting 13-18 year old girls who lived in orphanages and boarding schools, and had mental problems. spamtrackers.eu/wiki/inde…
The recipe for Tootsie Rolls calls for the inclusion of the previous day's batch. Therefore, there's (theoretically) a bit of Leo's very first Tootsie Roll in every one of the sixty four million Tootsie Rolls that Tootsie produces each day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Too…
These five authors, namely Leo Tolstoy, George B. Shaw, J. R.R. Tolkien, Voltaire and Robert Greene, shared a distaste for Shakespeare. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Leopards (Panthera pardus) are actually a type of panther. The name leopard reflects that in antiquity, leopards were believed to have been a combination of a lion (leo) and a panther (pardos). In reality, the genus Leopardos are the small spotted cats like the ocelot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Today I learned of Leo Sharp, the world's oldest drug mule. When arrested at age 87, it was believed the world-renowned horticulturist and WWII vet trafficked more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine for the Sinaloa Cartel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
4 out of 125 People on the Set of Micheal J Fox's first sitcom "Leo And Me," had been diagnosed with Parkinson's. It's usually 1 in 300. seattlepi.com/news/articl…
Leo Fender, inventor of Fender Guitars, never knew how to play the guitar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
One of the co-founders of Dos Toros, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant in NY and Chicago, is former Third Eye Blind bassist Leo Kremer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dos…
The British Monarchy gained the Title "Defender of the Faith" from Pope Leo X when Henry VIII wrote a books defending the rite of marriage in the catholic church and Criticizing Martin Luther on his protestant "Heresies". Henry kept the title after Leaving the Church to spite the Pope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fid…
In WW2 French Canadian soldier Leo Major single-handedly: seized an armoured vehicle, captured 93 German soldiers, liberated the city of Zwolle and killed 4 Nazi officers. During the Korean war his squad, counting 18 men, defended a hill for 3 days while facing 14000 Chinese soldiers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C…
During WWII, Canadian soldier, Leo Major, single handedly captured 93 Nazi soldiers in the Netherlands. He later single handedly captured the German town Zwolle, and was blind in one eye. leomajormovie.com/
The infamous "Dark Knight" Satellite, an objected photographed in LEO thought to be an ancient Satellite left by extraterrestrials, is in fact just a thermal blanket. jamesoberg.com/sts88_and-…
Leo Messi, widely considered the best soccer player in the world and arguably the best player in history, often vomits before games because he is so nervous theguardian.com/football/…
Leo DiCaprio auditioned for and was up for the role of Max in the movie Hocus Pocus time.com/4989996/leonardo…
Today I learned that the first coloured photograph in Russia was of Leo Tolstoy four months before his 80th birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio was so popular that 7% of American teen girls had seen it twice within five weeks. The phenomenon of girls repeatedly watching the film was nicknamed "Leo-Mania". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit…
Leo Allatius, the 17th century Vatican librarian wrote a thesis that claimed the rings of Saturn are made from Jesus' Foreskin wired.com/2006/12/whateve…
During WW2 Canadian soldier Leo Major singlehandedly captured 93 Nazis in the Netherlands. He later singlehandedly captured the town of Zwolle from the Germans. And he was blind in one eye. badassoftheweek.com/leoma…
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, and legendary guitar builder, Leo Fender never learned how to play the guitar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
When reading a copy of Luther's 95 Theses, Pope Leo X allegedly dismissed them saying: "Luther is a drunken German. He will feel different when he is sober." law2.umkc.edu/faculty/pro…
Leo Bonten had his amputated leg turned into a lamp, and tried selling it on eBay for nearly $128,000 medicaldaily.com/leo-bont…
Leo Tolstoy disliked William Shakespeare works tremendously and considered him "an average author." psychologytoday.com/blog/…
80's/90's comedian Leo Gallagher allowed his brother Ron to copy his famous "Sledge-O-Matic" routine, but wound up suing him once it became apparent Ron was confusing audiences and co-opting Leo's identity by, among other things, referring to himself as "Gallagher Too" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal…
Leo Fender, founder of the Fender Electric Guitar Company, couldn't play guitar and had no desire to learn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
In Finland speeding ticket fines are proportionate to how much money you make. For example, national hockey leaguer Leo Komarov, recently paid over $50k for two speeding tickets. tsn.ca/report-komarov-fin…
Leo Fender, the man who popularized the electric guitar, invented the electric bass, and started one of the biggest musical instrument companies in the world, never learned how to play the guitar. guitarplayer.com/miscella…
VA election officers can become LEO in the area around the polling place and as a result can arrest people for insulting or abusing them. law.lis.virginia.gov/vaco…
Leo Tolstoy wrote a book in 1908 called "Letter to a Hindu" in which he argued that the only way for India to gain independence from Britain was through non-violent resistance. Gandhi read this book and others by Tolstoy. They struck up a correspondence and the course of history was changed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_L…
There was one US Congress member killed in the line of duty, Leo Ryan. He was gunned down while attempting to help families escape Peoples Temple right before the Jonestown Massacre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
The recipe for Tootsie Rolls calls for the inclusion of the previous day's batch to be mixed into the current batch. So there is "[theoretically] a bit of Leo's very first Tootsie Roll in every one of the sixty four million Tootsie Rolls that Tootsie produces each day." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Too…
The real Frank Abegnale Jr. made a cameo in "Catch Me If You Can" as the French police officer who takes Leo DiCaprio into custody. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The non-winners of Nobel Prize in Literature include Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Vladimir Nabokov, Mark Twain, Marcel Proust, Graham Greene, Isak Dinesen, Flannery O'Connor and John Updike. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nob…

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