The 369th Infantry Regiment (better known as the Harlem Hellfighters) served on the front lines for 191 days during World War I, longer than any other American unit. In that time they never gave up any ground they captured. military.com/history/afri…
The waitlist for a liver transplant in california was going to take over a year, so steve jobs bought a house in tennessee, giving him access to their waitlist, which would only take four months. by doing this, he effectively cut in line on the national transplant list digitaljournal.com/articl…
In 1915, Kulbir Thapa was the first Nepalese Gurkha to receive the Victoria Cross. Thapa carried two wounded Gurkhas through No-Man’s-Land despite being wounded himself. When he went back a third time, German soldiers stopped firing and began clapping, allowing him to walk back to his own line. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kul…
The original English version of the Deck the Halls line "don we now our gay apparel" was "fill the meadcup, drain the barrel" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Today I learned about IvΓ‘n FernΓ‘ndez Anaya, a long distance runner who saw his competitor Abel Mutai slow down before the finish line due to a mistake. Instead of overtaking him to claim first place, he told/showed Abel the error and came second to him in an amazing display of sportsmanship. fairplayinternational.org…
In both World Wars, allies ships were painted with bright black and white lines. This was designed as the "opposite of camouflage." It was supposed to confused the enemy, mask their direction, and hide their speed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daz…
Putting LED lights on float lines of 864 fishing gillnets reduced the bycatch of sea turtles by 74.4% & by 70.8% for dolphins, whales, & porpoises. The same amount of targeted fish were caught by both 864 lighted gillnets & 864 unlighted gillnets in a study of 3 ports in Peru from 2015 - 2018. in.mashable.com/science/9…
ZZ Top is the longest-running group with an unchanged line-up in the entire history of popular music udiscovermusic.com/storie…
When Henry Ford doubled the pay of his auto workers from $2.50 per day to $5, he didn't do it for altruistic reasons. His factory had one of the highest turnover rates (due to danger of the assembly line and tedium of the work). After the raises, it dropped to the lowest. wsws.org/en/articles/2014…
That the children of Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, carry no Royal Titles. They are still in the Royal line of succession but have no peerage titles because thier father was common born and refused a title upon marriage into the Royal Family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
The line of thinking 'If I Can't Have It, Neither Can You' is called 'Crab Mentality' because when a crab in a bucket is trying to escape, the others will pull it down en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Gold coins are carried by elite military units as emergency currency in war and conflict situations behind enemy lines bullionstar.com/blogs/ron…
Wilt Chamberlain had his best free throw shooting season(61%), which included his 100 point game, by shooting his free throws underhanded. However, he abandoned this form immediately the following year because he "felt like a sissy", and never shot as well from the free throw line again si.com/nba/2016/06/30/mal…
In 2017, a Tinder profile was created for Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino describing him as the β€˜most eligible bachelor in the world’. His profile started with the line β€œI’m one of a kind”. He was euthanized on 19 March 2018, after suffering from age-related complications. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The Australian serial killer, Eric Cooke, was captured by police after he hid a murder weapon in a nearby bush. Police found the weapon and returned it to the same bush tied to fishing line. Police then constructed a hide and waited 17 days until Cooke retrieved the rifle. murderpedia.org/male.C/c/…
Cruise lines pay almost no taxes thanks to a maritime law loophole called "flags of convenience". Despite being headquartered in Miami, RCL and NCLH have all of their ships registered in the Bahamas. CCL has all of its ships registered in Panama. tourismconcern.org.uk/cru…
If you could drive your car at highway speeds in a straight line off the Earth, you could reach the International Space Station in about 4 hours. planetary.org/explore/spa…
In Aliens (1986), Bill Paxton improvised Hudson's famous line "Game over man! Game over!" during a rehearsal, and James Cameron told him to keep it in. uproxx.com/hitfix/aliens-…
Bob Marley moved near his mother's residence in Wilmington, Delaware for a short time, during which he worked as a DuPont lab assistant and on the assembly line at a Chrysler plant in nearby Newark, under the alias Donald Marley. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Adidas is named after founder Adolf Dassler. In WW2, some of its football line became known as "Kampf" and "Blitz." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
The 1990s AOL modem sound was a sequence that allowed digital devices to piggyback on an analog telephone network to use sound waves to carry data across phone lines theatlantic.com/technolog…
The early model pay phones had three slots, one for nickels, dimes and quarters. Each slot would play a different sounding bell, letting the operator on the line calculate how much money was deposited mcall.com/news/mc-xpm-200…
There is a poem written in 1936 by David Shulman called Washington Crossing the Delaware, a 14-line rhyming sonnet in which every line is an anagram of the title en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
Today I learned of John Monash, an Australian WWI general who was so good at organising battles and overseeing the wellbeing of his troops, that during the Battle of Hamel in 1918, he managed to arrange the delivery of hot meals to troops, even up to the front line. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In Battle of Wizna (1939), 700 Polish soldiers defended their fortified line for 3 days against 40,000 Germans. In the end, German forces broke through the line with 1400 casualties. For Poland, only around 70 Poles survived, got captured and eventually taken to camps vknagrani.com/blog/badass…
When Devo were opening for Sun Ra, they decided to annoy the audience by playing a half-hour rendition of Jocko Homo. They kept repeating the "Are we not men? We are Devo!" line for about 25 minutes until people started fighting them to make them stop playing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joc…
The famous "I drink your milkshake" line from "There Will Be Blood" was based on actual dialogue spoken by Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall during a 1924 congressional hearing about the Teapot Dome scandal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
In 2016, an 18-karat solid gold toilet named "America" was installed in an American museum where many waited in line to use it. In 2019 in the UK, it was stolen within the same month it was installed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The phrase "The camera adds 10 pounds" is due to the focal length and barrel distortion of the camera, flattening out facial features and making straight lines appear curved businessinsider.com/camer…
Today I learned about the Kazakh game "Kuuz Kuu" or "Catch the Girl." Young women on horseback use a whip to fend off young men on horseback who are chasing them to a finish line. If the man wins the race he is rewarded with a kiss, if he loses the girl gets to whip him again. search.globescope.com/kaz…
Marlon Brando refused to memorise his lines in 'Last Tango in Paris'. Cue cards were posted around & out of the frame. His eyes lifting upward in one act was not spontaneous dramatic acting but a search for his next cue card. And once asked if he could "write lines on Maria Schneider's rear end" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
Dune (by Frank Herbert) is actually a warning AGAINST the Hero's Journey: "The bottom line of the Dune trilogy is: beware of heroes. Much better rely on your own judgment, and your own mistakes." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Today I learned of Gordon Cooper, a NASA astronaut whose reentry vehicle lost nearly all power. He had to manually calculate reentry by scratching lines on his window for attitude and using his wrist watch for timing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor…
That, in 1969, (South) Korean Air Lines YS-11 was hijacked and made to fly to N. Korea. After 2 months, 39 of the 46 passengers were returned. The fate of the remaining 4 crew members and 7 passengers remains unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kor…
Mel Blanc, the voice of Barney Rubble, suffered a car crash during production of Season 1 and so the actors would crowd around his hospital bed to record lines while the producers used a built in speaker to direct. Around forty episodes were recorded in such a manner. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
J.K. Rowling confused the layout of King’s Cross with that of London Euston Station when writing Harry Potter, and that Platforms 9 and 10 are actually two train lines next to each other, with no separating platform. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Transoceanic internet cabling (AKA the "internet backbone") is a fiber optic line that is about as thick as some sturdy home ethernet cabling youtu.be/iMAThVcqzuk?t=42…
The lines "Hello darkness, my old friend, I've come to talk with you again," from "The Sounds of Silence" are about Paul Simon's singing in the bathroom with the lights off. ultimateclassicrock.com/s…
Gil Scott-Heron's song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" was a response to the spoken-word piece "When the Revolution Comes" by The Last Poets and which opens with the line "When the revolution comes some of us will probably catch it on TV". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Actor Paul Giamatti’s line in the movie Sideways upended the wine industry by crushing Merlot sales. -Wine without pretense – and the 2004 Merlot disaster hotstove.bangordailynews.…
State laws for online gambling are not based on residence, but rather location, so many people cross state lines in their car, place a bet via their phones, and drive back home, and it is all completely legal herald-dispatch.com/busin…
Number 4 (ε››; accounting 肆; pinyin sΓ¬) is considered an unlucky number in Chinese because it is nearly homophonous to the word "death" (ζ­» pinyin sǐ). Due to that, many numbered product lines skip the "4": e.g., Nokia cell phones (there is no series beginning with a 4), Palm PDAs, Canon PowerShot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
When Apple released the LaserWriter printer in 1985 it had a built-in programming language, its own RAM and used the same CPU as the original Macintosh, but running at a higher speed. Because of this, the LaserWriter printer had the most processing power in Apple's product line at that time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
Officer Ronald Speirs, just after being assigned commander of the E Company in January 1945 during the battle of Foy, ran through the German-occupied town and lines, linked up with the I Company soldiers on the other part of town and then proceeded to run back through without a scratch. military.wikia.org/wiki/R…
Alaska is not only the most northern and western state in the US, but also the most eastern state due to the fact that the Aleutian Islands cross the 180Β° longitude line worldatlas.com/aatlas/inf…
During the Battle of Germantown, a little terrier was seen wandering between the American and British lines; British General Lord Howe's dog had gotten loose. It was taken to Washington to keep as a trophy, instead he fed and brushed him, and formally returned the dog under a flag of truce en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
There is a temple in Hong Kong called the Che Kung Temple, and a corresponding metro station called Che Kung Temple Station. However, the next station on the line (Tai Wai) is actually closer to the temple than Che Kung Temple station. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
The full-length version of "Miracles" (Jefferson Starship) was cut by more than half its length for the single. This edit was done not only for length, but to remove the sexual reference in the line "I had a taste of the real world when I went down on you, girl" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
In 1944 Lex Luthor was the first character in a comic book (and one of the first in fiction) to use an atomic bomb. The United States Department of War asked this story line be delayed from publication, which it was until 1946, to protect the secrecy of the Manhattan Project. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lex…
President Ronald Reagan wrote in his diary that the 1983 film The Day After "left me greatly depressed" and that it changed his mind on the policy on nuclear war. Reagan's memoirs drew a direct line from the film to his signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1987. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Johnny Cash wrote 'I Walk the Line' as a proclamation of fidelity to his first wife, Vivian Liberto, after being met with temptation while on tour with Elvis Presley. npr.org/2000/12/23/111597…
Today I learned about Lt Gen Vasily Chuikov who took command of the defense of Stalingrad who put himself at the same level of risk as his soldiers and he was buried alive twice by German bombing and kept his HQ 200 meters from the German front line origins.osu.edu/milestone…
Disney had originally wanted to add Giselle from Enchanted (2007) to the Disney Princess line-up, but decided against it when they realized they would have to pay for lifelong rights to Amy Adams' image. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
Today I learned about Francis Marion, an American Patriot in SC who attacked British supply lines and harassed enemy communications then eluded capture through the swamps. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
An 18th century American businessman published a book in which he ranted about politicians, the clergy, and his wife. It had no punctuation and had random capitalization. In the 2nd edition, he added an extra page with 13 lines of punctuation marks, stating that readers could put them anywhere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
A significant contribution to the 2003 NE blackout was the tendency of high-voltage lines to sag under high current. As one power line sagged, touched an unmaintained tree and faulted, the load on remaining lines increased, causing a cascade of sagging onto trees and faulting. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Colgate once tried to expand their product line by making frozen dinners. "Colgate Kitchen Entrees" remains one of the worst brand expansion attempts in history. huffpost.com/entry/6-hila…
Today I learned about John Howard Griffin, who is best known for his project to temporarily pass as a black man and journey through the Deep South of 1959 to see life and segregation from the other side of the color line. wikipedia.org/wiki/John_H…
Due to a software glitch, in February 2007 six USAF F-22 fighter aircraft had their systems simultaneously crash mid-flight when they flew over the international date line. washingtonexaminer.com/we…
The ISS(International Space Station) orbits 250 miles(410km) above the surface of the Earth. This would be near equivalent to the straight line distance of San Antonio, Texas to Dallas, Texas. nasa.gov/audience/forstud…
Today I learned about Al - Naslaa rock that's mysteriously split in a perfectly straight line down the middle. unusualplaces.org/al-nasl…
Curly from the Three Stooges would often forget his lines and when that happened would retort to improvising noises which is how we got the phrase NYUK, NYUK, NYUK richardcrouse.ca/best-lin…
β€œNow is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.” is a typing drill written by a teacher named Charles E. Weller. β€œNow is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” is now used instead, because it exactly fills out a 70-space line. straightdope.com/columns/…
Australian fisherman Mathew Orlov caught a pregnant 8-foot-8-inch shark that was dead when he pulled it up, (he felt through the line the shark being attacked). Orlov did an impromptu C-section to free 98 shark pups back into the sea; he and his family ate the mother shark. foxnews.com/great-outdoor…
Pacific Gas & Electric attempted to build a nuclear reactor In Bodega Bay CA where the San Andreas Fault line ran directly through the reactor core. Protests by locals were ignored until an 8.6 earthquake in Alaska caused them to be listened to. sonomamag.com/nuclear-fau…
The Norwegian "Line Aquavit" is still to this day sent by boat to Australia and back before it gets bottled and sold en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akv…
The bass line in "Rapper's Delight" is not a direct sample of Chic's "Good Times"- rather, the producer paid a 17-year old bassist to play the same line for 15 minutes straight, with no mistakes. duluthnewstribune.com/lif…
"Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day" was actually a line created by Kelloggs to help sell their new cereal. daytwo.com/blog/nutrition…
An Australian restaurant called Pablo's Escoburgers came under fire for their burger called "The Patron," a double patty with candied bacon topped with a line of white powder (garlic flour) and a rolled up fake $100 bank note. They announced that people were "lining up for a taste." insider.com/pablos-escobu…
Today I learned about the Young Pioneers, a mass youth organization of the Soviet Union for children of age 9–15 that existed between 1922 and 1991. In line with the Soviet doctrine of state atheism, "every Pioneer would set up an atheist's corner at home with anti-religious pictures, poems, and sayings" armeniacamp.younglife.org…
The infamous "miserable pile of secrets" line from Castlevania predates the game series, first appearing in AntimΓ©moires by AndrΓ© Malraux legendsoflocalization.com…
An Eastern Air Lines flight crashed because the entire crew was so occupied with a burnt-out landing gear light that they failed to notice that autopilot had disconnected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Some DVD copies of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" include a subtitle track called "Subtitles For People Who Don’t Like The Film", which is comprised of lines from Shakespeare's Henry IV Part 2 which vaguely resemble what the actors are actually saying edevere17.com/2016/05/12/…
Today I Learned that in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), pilot Wedge Anles was played by three people. The first actor (Colin Higgins) was fired after one day on set, and the second actor (Denis Lawson) had a bad accent so a third actor (David Ankrum) dubbed all of Wedge's lines. nerdist.com/article/star-…
The last line of the psalm which the Boney M hit song Rivers of Babylon is based on, is "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stone" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psa…
Charlie Sheen launched a children’s clothing line called β€œSheen Kidz” in 2006. hollywood.com/celebrities…
Ancient Roman spies used urine as invisible ink to write secrets between the lines of their official documents, hence the saying: "read between the lines." The messages appeared only when heated. clinidirectpharmacy.co.uk…
The US-Canadian Border was known by the Plains Indians as "The Medicine Line" for it's seemingly magical ability to keep US troops from crossing it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/49t…
Microsoft Flight Simulator is the longest-running software product line for Microsoft at 37 years old, predating Windows by three years wikipedia.org/wiki/Micros…
The vertical line in the Peace Sign represents the flag semaphore signal for the letter D, and the downward lines on either side represent the semaphore signal for the letter N. β€œN” and β€œD”, for nuclear disarmament, enclosed in a circle. britannica.com/story/wher…
In 1856 a group of prussian railroad workers stole all the silver coins from a barrel and replaced them with sand. A scientist analized samples of sand from every station on that line which led to their capture. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Sega sold their own line of rear-projection TV’s in the 70’s. It was called the SEGA Vision and came in 3 different models with two size choices, 44 and 50 inch. While it never reached commercial success it did end up as a prize on an episode of The Price Is Right segaretro.org/Sega-Vision
The Bulldozer Assault-Today 1991 during the Desert Storm blitz two US 1st Inf. Div. brigades faced a large, complex trench system part of the heavily fortified Saddam Hussein Line. They opted to use anti-mine plows mounted on tanks and earthmovers to simply plow over & bury Iraqi soldiers alive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gul…
There is a zip line stretching across the border between Spain and Portugal. The journey on the zip line is over in less than one minute but when you land at the other side you are in a different time zone and will be one hour ahead, thanks to the time difference. interestingengineering.co…
At Willamette Falls a hydro-electric facility was built in 1888. It had a 14-mile long line to Portland, becoming the first long-distance transmission of electricity in the US in 1889. A second station was built on the falls in 1895 and is still operating today (Falls: USA 2nd highest flow rate) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon was created to sell the toy line by Playmates. They'd produce toys based on the darker indie comic only if they got a cartoon to promote it. They got different colored masks so kids could tell them apart and toned down drastically so parents wouldn't mind mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Sir Terry Pratchett wrote lines for an Oblivion mod eurogamer.net/articles/20…
When France was occupied by the Germans in 1940, Citroen was forced to produce vehicles for the Nazis. They chose to move the fill line on their oil dipsticks lower, causing the trucks to seize under stress from low oil. core77.com/posts/27638/A-…
A standard pencil can draw a line 35 miles long discovermagazine.com/the-…
A Jacksonville Florida man who wished to remain anonymous bought over 100 generators (at about $450 each) to send to the Bahamas via the Errol Thurston Bahamas Hurricane Relief Fund. (A fellow Florida man in line with him at Costco noticed it and posted about the man's deed on social media). clickorlando.com/weather/…
Polaris aka the North Star, appears stationary in the sky because it is positioned close to the line of the Earths axis projected into space. As such, it is the only bright star whose position relative to a rotating Earth does not change. earthsky.org/astronomy-es…
A man rigged his house up with Indiana Jones style booby traps, including a hot tub which would roll at you if you tripped a wire, a fortified front door, and animal traps. An FBI agent was shot by a wheelchair, fitted with a fishing line and shotgun cartridges. bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-c…
Medieval scribes would frequently scribble complaints in the margins of books as they copied them, as their work was so tedious. Recorded complaints range from β€œAs the harbor is welcome to the sailor, so is the last line to the scribe.”, to β€œOh, my hand.” and, "A curse on thee, O pen!" blog.bookstellyouwhy.com/…
While most air traffic communications around the world use the NATO phonetic alphabet (alpha, bravo, charlie, delta, etc), Atlanta doesn't. Taxiways, Gates, and others including a 'D' are referred to as 'Dixie', so as not to cause confusion with Delta Air Lines. Atlanta is Delta's hub. knaviation.net/nato-phone…
Actor Anthony Hopkins had a habit of reading his lines aloud 250 TIMES before shooting a movie. He also memorized a new poem every week to β€œexercise his mind” youtu.be/NP-Dw81oFJc
The cartoon/comic strip staples of censoring swear words with *!?#& symbols (grawlixes), using starbursts or circles above a character's head to denote drunkenness (squeans), and wavy rising lines to indicate steam or heat (indotherms) were all invented by one cartoonist: Mort Walker fastcompany.com/1673017/q…
In The Moscow Theater Hostage Crisis of '02, Olga Romanova, a 26-year-old civilian acting on her own, crossed the police line undetected, entered the theatre and began urging the hostages to stand up to their captors. The armed Chechens believed she was a Federal Security agent and executed her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
It took Tesla just a year from the time they've formed Shanghai subsidiary to actually producing cars β€” bidding process for land was automatically stopped early because Tesla was the only bidder; groundbreaking a few months later; 9 months after groundbreaking cars rolled off production line. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gig…
There is a remote, Alpine village in Austria with a population of just over 1,000 which has its own underground/metro line. It’s just 1.3 km long, has 4 stations and connects a parking lot with some ski lifts located at the opposite ends of the village. fascinatingmaps.com/serfa…
The NES game 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' included a real phone number that players could call and hear a recording of Jessica Rabbit offering hints. The phone line was discontinued by 1990 and reassigned to a sex hotline some time before 2010. The original recording has since been lost. lostmediawiki.com/Who_Fra…

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