The AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas changes the gender signs on bathrooms based on the gender makeup of a crowd. This allows them to provide more female or male bathrooms depending on the event. It also prevents long lines for bathrooms. espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/2…
A teenaged Evel Kinevel, while working at a copper mine, popped a wheelie with a piece of heavy machinery. He hit a power line, causing the city of Butte, Montana to lose power for several hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
Today I learned about the city of Cahokia; a Native American (Mississippian) city built on the Mississippi which had over 140 hand-built earthen mounds, more people than contemporaneous London, a copper smelting workshop and 5 concentric circles of posts which line up with the sun on equinoxes and solstices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cah…
Learned that in 1985 a guy programmed his computer to call Jerry Falwell Sr's toll free prayer line every 30 seconds for 8 months. It clogged up the lines and cost them over $750k in reverse charges. content.time.com/time/mag…
Telephone Party Lines Were Once High Entertainment - neighboring family's had to share 1 phone line in 20th century up in north country area due to telephone company's saying it was too expensive for individual installation. Each family had own 'ring tone' and could listen in on each other. adirondackalmanack.com/20…
An extra on the set of Star Trek IV ad-libbed a line that made it into the final movie. Since she wasn't an actor, she then had to be registered to the Screen Actors Guild since membership was required for anyone with speaking lines in a movie. legendsrevealed.com/enter…
Napoleon has a theorem named after him in geometry. It states that,"if equilateral triangles are constructed on the sides of any triangle, either all outward or all inward, the lines connecting the centres of those equilateral triangles themselves form an equilateral triangle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
The USA and Russia are technically 2.4 miles (3.8 km) apart from each other because of the Diomede Islands. Little Diomede is part of Alaska, USA and Big Diomede is part of Russia. Big Diomede is a day ahead of Little Diomede because of the International Date Line. earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
, that Chuck Lorre, the producer of huge TV hits like Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory co-wrote the soundtrack for the original 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. In the theme song, whenever a line is spoken (not sung), that is Chuck Lorre's actual voice (that's a fact, Jack!). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
A man in the UK grew tired of cold callers to his phone line, so he set up his own phone line as a premium rate number. When cold callers phoned him, he would be making money by keeping them talking. bbc.co.uk/news/technology…
"I'll Be Home For Christmas" is a bout a WW2 soldier who can't make it home for the holiday, which is why the last line is "if only in my dreams." robynnscorner.949starcoun…
Despite being seriously ill at the siege of Acre in the Third Crusade, Richard I, better known as Richard the Lionheart, had his men carry him on a stretcher on the front lines so he could shoot enemies on the walls of the city with his crossbow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
There's a farmer in South Africa who has bred ducks for many years. He uses the ducks instead of pesticides on his farm. Every morning he assembles over 1,000 ducks into a line to go and pluck the pests out of his vineyard. youtu.be/H6Ehoxu9QY8
Johnny cash got the tempo to "I Walk the Line" from his heartbeat when he wrote the song. His heart beat was pretty fast that day, he felt his pulse and put the music on beat with it. youtube.com/watch?v=ggWOd…
In 1986, Apple Launched a Clothing Line. It didn't go so well. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Today I learned about "The Mendoza Line," the .200 batting average at which a baseball player's defensive abilities don't justify his lack of offense and he's not a professional level player. Although named after shortstop Mario Mendoza, his actual batting average was .215. joeposnanski.substack.com…
The German International footballer Franz Beckenbauer specifically requested the mobile phone number 0176/666666, but was flooded by calls from Germans who thought the number belonged to a sex line. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
In 1987, a squirrel chewed through a power line near NASDAQ’s computer center and shut trading down for 87 minutes. Another squirrel repeated the event in 1994, shutting trading down for 34 minutes. cantechletter.com/2013/08…
Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s wife kept hanging up on his phone calls from the ISS thinking he was a telemarketer. The 3 second delay made her think no one was on the other side of the line when she’d answer. NASA then gave her the ISS’s phone number so her phone read β€œSPACE” each time he called. youtu.be/t93UCj1hzu8
Oil magnate J. Paul Getty, one of the richest humans in history, was so miserly that he laundered his own shirts by hand, reused envelopes and paper, made all the phones in his home coin-operated, and stood in line for hours for show tickets to save 50 cents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._…
During the heyday of The Sopranos FBI wiretaps of the real mafia revealed that the show was so realistic the real mobsters thought there was a connected guy feeding story lines for the show mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Soul Superstar Curtis Mayfield ("Super Fly", "Move on Up", etc) was paralyzed from the neck down in an on-stage accident. Mayfield wrote and recorded his final album while paralyzed, lying flat or at a slant on the studio floor and singing a couple of lines at a time. popmatters.com/120209-bac…
The longest straight-line path you can take on Earth while only travelling on land goes from Jinjang, China to Sagres, Portugal. It is 11.241 km (6.984 miles) long without ever hitting the sea. technologyreview.com/2018…
Ships have a 'Citadel', as their last line of anti-piracy defence, similar to how castles had keeps. marineinsight.com/marine-…
Julia Louis-Dreyfus's character Elaine on "Seinfeld" tells the Soup Nazi he looks like Al Pacino and exclaims "Hoo-Ah!" The line was an unscripted suggestion by Jerry Seinfeld. Louis-Dreyfus says she still has never seen "Scent of a Woman." youtu.be/f6SWr9gWKZM
Michael Keaton ad libbed the now iconic introductory line "I'm Batman" instead of the scripted line "I am the night" in the 1989 Tim Burton blockbuster film, reportedly because he wanted to simplify the dialogue. moviefone.com/2019/06/23/…
Towards the end of filming the first Harry Potter film, Daniel Radcliffe's voice broke. For the final filmed scenes, a "soundalike" child actor, Joe Sowerbutts, was recruited to overdub his lines in post-production. theguardian.com/film/2001…
The treble clef is actually a fancy letter "g" that circles the line corresponding to the note g wikipedia.org/wiki/Clef
When the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl in 2010 the locker room was initially silent. That is, until someone yelled the β€˜It’s the fuckin’ Catalina Wine Mixer!’ line from Step Brothers. The other players repeated the sentiment, and the celebration began. maxim.com/entertainment/g…
The Rolling Stones had to censor their song, "Let's Spend the Night Together", when they went on Ed Sullivan's show. They had to change the lyric to "let's spend some time together", but Mick Jagger rolled his eyes each time this line was sung in protest. ultimateclassicrock.com/r…
The White Star Line (the company behind the RMS Titanic) still technically exists today through mergers with other companies. It is part of Carnival Corporation's Cunard Line, and they still use the term "White Star Service" to describe the level of service and care customers will receive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
"Lawnchair Larry" Walters in 1982 put giant balloons on a lawnchair and launched himself (along with food, beer, & a pellet gun to pop balloons --thus control elevation) 16000 feet up; jets saw him. He lost the gun overboard & drifted 45 min to land in power lines. He lived & was arrested. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
Kaiser Wilhelm II was 6th in line to the British throne when he was born and second if absolute primogeniture was enacted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
On March 4th 1960, opera singer Leonard Warren was giving a performance as Don Carlo in Verdi's La Forza Del Destino at the New York Met. After delivering the line "Morir, tremenda cosa" (To die, a momentous thing) he dropped dead of a heart attack. classicfm.com/discover-mu…
Power companies in China use flamethrower drones to deice and clear garbage from power lines youtu.be/agxpAAKyZzg?t=3
The lyrics of the 1966 song "We Need a Little Christmas" originally included the line, "But, Auntie Mame, it's one week past Thanksgiving Day now!" which is now omitted, since "Christmas Creep" has resulted in the Holiday Season starting much sooner than in the past. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_…
Bestselling author James Patterson is the one who wrote the famous Toys R Us line "I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid" cnbc.com/amp/2018/03/19/j…
The longest railway in the world is the Yiwu-Madrid railway line. The railway is about 13,000 kilometers long starting in Yiwa, China and ending in Madrid, Spain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yiw…
During the Bosnian War, a former Danish Special Forces officer named Helge Meyer used his 1979 Camaro to go through the front lines during the Bosnian War to deliver humanitarian aid. The US Air Force helped modify the Camaro by adding kevlar panels, reconnaissance and stealth tech. drivetribe.com/p/ghost-ca…
"Mad" Mike Hughes died after crashing in his homemade steam powered rocket. He launched from the California desert and hoped to reach the KΓ‘rmΓ‘n Line, where Earth's atmosphere meets outer space 62 miles above the ground to prove that the Earth is a flat disk and not a sphere. popularmechanics.com/spac…
There is an informal β€˜Y’all’ line, which is more or less the Mason Dixon line which is a demarcation line between four U.S. states, forming part of the borders of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia. People south of this line usually say β€˜Y’all’. youtu.be/_8ZNnlYvXw0
Renowned children's Author, Roald Dahl, wrote the screenplay to the James Bond film, You Only Live Twice (1967) starring Sean Connery. Roald Dahl threw away most of original story line from the book by Ian Fleming, and created his own plot, because Dahl felt it was some Fleming worst work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
Today I learned of "Queueing Theory," the mathematical study of waiting lines, or queues. It was initially developed by a Danish engineer in 1909. Applications for the theory include telecommunication, traffic engineering, computing and industrial engineering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
In her wedding in 1981 Princess Diana deviated from tradition and omitted the line in which she promised to "obey" Prince Charles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
Brewer & Shipley with their hit "One Toke Over the Line" was labeled "subersives" by then Vice President Spiro Agnew and landed on Nixon's Enemies list, a badge of honor they wear proudly to this day brewerandshipley.com/Misc…
Peter Jackson originally pitched adapting the Lord of the Rings into two movies. That was changed by Bob Shaye, head of New Line who asked β€œWhy would you do two films when there’s three books? Why wouldn’t you do three films?” syfy.com/syfywire/how-pet…
Fiscally conservative Republican politician Howard Jarvis appears in the film Airplane! as the taxi passenger who waits patiently while the fare keeps going up. He delivers the last line of the movie and it was his only film appearance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
Today I learned about eggcorns, which are words or phrases that results from a mishearing or misinterpretation of another, an element of the original being substituted for one that sounds very similar or identical (e.g. tow the line instead of toe the line ). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg…
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…
The CEO of the MGA toy company, Isaac Larian, created the L.O.L Surprise toy line when he stayed up all night watching toy unboxing videos because he couldn't fall asleep. mentalfloss.com/article/5…

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