Everyone in Singapore above the age of 21 is automatically registered as an organ donor. Opting out from this Act will result in you being put at the very bottom of the organ priority list, should you need an organ transplantation. moh.gov.sg/policies-and-l…
Today I learned about the Indonesian Communist purge in 1965/66 - over 500,000 to 1 M communists were killed, and US played a significant role in the killings, supplying economic, technical and military aid to the Indonesian military when the killings began and providing "kill lists" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
NBC's broadcast of Schindler's List was the first film to get a TV-M rating and was unedited. The broadcast was controversial, with a Republican congressman complaining "it was all-time low, with full-frontal nudity, violence and profanity and a insult to decent-minded individuals everywhere". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
The current holder of the title "worst vice president of the United States of America" according to the Time Magazine is held by Aaron Burr, the murderer of Alexander Hamilton. You become eligible for that list only after your first term. content.time.com/time/spe…
The Pharoah Akhenaten broke tradition by only allowing the worship of Aten, the sun god. The statues of other gods were destroyed and many monuments to Aten were built. After his death, Akhenaten's monuments were dismantled, his statues were destroyed, and his name excluded from lists of rulers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akh…
According to models, Titanic should have tipped over about an hour into the sinking, killing practically everyone. Miraculously a rare coal fire during the voyage required coal to be shifted to the opposite side of the ship, creating a list that offset the incoming water during the sinking xumo.tv/channel/9999255/t…
The oldest surviving copy of the Book of Revelations lists the number of the beast as 616 not 666. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
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…
Angela Morley, the first openly transgender woman to be nominated for an Academy Award, was John Williams’ primary orchestrator throughout the 1970s and 1980s. She helped write and arrange the scores for Star Wars, ET, The Empire Strikes Back, Home Alone, Superman, and Schindler’s List. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
During D-day, the USS Texas intentionality flooded a part of itself to help provide inland fire support. It flooded the starboard torpedo blister to list the ship 2 degrees, giving the ship’s guns enough elevation to continue its mission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
There is a "Sumerian King List" that claims kingship started over 260 thousand years ago and lists individual rulers (not dynasties) that ruled for up to tens of thousand of years at a time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sum…
300 years ago, Robert Boyle wrote down a 'wish list' of inventions he hoped science would one day accomplish. We're over half way there. irishphilosophy.com/2014/…
Time magazine has a list of the 50 worst inventions of all time, which includes the segway, new coke, and crocs content.time.com/time/spe…
Nelson Mandela was good friends with Fidel Castro and Muammar Gaddafi, and was once listed on the U.S. trerrorist watch list. He was also a fan of the Spice Girls. historydaily.org/nelson-m…
Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, a blackface parody of Snow White, has been praised by animation historians, and has been included on lists of the greatest animated films ever - but is considered to have racism unparalleled in cartoon history, and has been banned from circulation since 1968 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
Over 1,000,000 wills in the United States list a dog as the primary beneficiary. A German Shepherd who inherited his owner's money was able to pass $375 million onto his puppies. insider.com/richest-pets-…
Since the death of Freddie Mercury Queen bassist John Deacon has lived a reclusive life and has only played with the band three more times, the last in 1997. He lives with his wife of 45 years and has six children. According to the 2019 Sunday Times Rich List, he's worth Β£130 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 2002, Steven Spielberg recieved a bachelors degree for completing a course on film and electronic arts at university. To pass the advanced filmmaking class exam, he submitted his own 1993 epic, 'Schindler's List'. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/enter…
Chase Bank and J.P. Morgan & Co helped Germany in WWII by allowing Nazi sympathizers to purchase Marks (known as RΓΌckwanderer) with dollars to fund the war effort. The banks also turned over their client lists to the Nazis who in turn used it to recruit spies in the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
On the list of celebrity plane crashes in the last 20 years, Harrison Ford is the only one who has been in more than one. He's been in 4. airsafe.com/events/celebs…
Caffeine is a psychoactive drug that populates a list among others such as Alcohol, Nicotine, Cannabis, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, Ecstasy, LSD, Xanax, Fentanyl, Percocet, Psilocybe Mushrooms, and Amanita Muscaria. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caf…
Steven Spielberg watched Seinfeld episodes while filming Schindler's List to cheer himself up. businessinsider.com/jerry…
A 'master-mind' cyber-criminal, who was on the FBI's most wanted list, was arrested when detectives were able to figure out his laptop password. It was the name of his cat, followed by 123 telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
A dog named Sundance (Sunny) was trained to go get a grocery list from his neighbor who is self-quarantining due to medical conditions that put her at high-risk such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and then he brings the groceries over to her front door every night. wmcactionnews5.com/2020/0…
Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, famous film critics, agreed nine times on 'best of the year' film: Z, The Godfather, Nashville, The Right Stuff, Do the Right Thing, GoodFellas, Schindler's List, Hoop Dreams, and Fargo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
John Mellancamp's former keyboardist was placed on the FBI's most wanted list and eventually caught for producing child pornography en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
The seeds of the Abrus precatorius plant contain the toxin abrin. Abrin is fatal at just 1/75 the dose of ricin. Abrin has an LD50 of 0.56 ΞΌg/kg in mice, and Kingsbury lists a toxic dose in humans at 0.00015% body weight, or approximately 0.1 mg for a 150 lb human. One chewed seed can be fatal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abr…
Winnie-the-Pooh book was translated in latin in 1958 and that in 1960 became the first foreign-language book to be featured on the New York Times Best Seller List and the only book in Latin ever to have been featured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Out of the 36 United States presidents who ever had biological children, 19 lost a child in infancy or early childhood. The list includes George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and John F. Kennedy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Hilary Farr, the co-host of the HGTV and W Network television series Love It or List It, was Betty Munroe in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hil…
The US army maintains a public list of deserters fugitives.army.mil/desert…
Some food banks and food pantries accept produce donations. If your garden produced too much, Ample Harvest can provide you a list of local food pantries that will take your excess. ampleharvest.org
The Canadian Down Syndrome Society advocacy group petitioned to have people with Down syndrome added to endangered species list. toronto.citynews.ca/2018/…
Before Liam Neeson was cast as Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List, Mel Gibson expressed interest in the part. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
The Parliament of New Zealand keeps an official list of "unparliamentary language", that is, insults/obscenities its members have used through the years that were not considered appropriate, such as "His brains could revolve inside a peanut shell for a thousand years without touching the sides" parliament.nz/en/visit-an…
Today I learned about Fitzwilliam Notebook, which was a diary kept by Isaac Newton when he was 19 or 20 years old. It contained a list of Newton's 57 deeds that he considered sins. The list included entries like 'making pies on Sunday night', 'calling Dorothy Rose a jade' etc. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
That, in Irish parliament, after Paul Gogarty responded to Emmet Stagg with "Fuck you, Deputy Stagg! Fuck you!", the incident was brought to the DΓ‘il committee, where it was discovered that the word "fuck" wasn't actually in the list of unparliamentary language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
If Pluto was recognized as a planet, then there should be 4 other dwarf planets added to the planet list: Ceres, Haumea, Makemake and Eris. starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/d…
The are two different model-actresses named Peyton List, and they've appeared together in the same productions twice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pey…
Fewer than 12% of the companies that were on the 1955 Fortune 500 list still were on it in 2017. aei.org/carpe-diem/fortun…
Kyoto was actually at the top of the list of targets for the atomic bomb, not Nagasaki nor Hiroshima. Secretary of War Henry Stimson ordered for the ancient city with its thousands of palaces, temples, and shrines to be removed from the list, but the military kept on putting it back. bbc.com/news/world-asia-3…
Guinness World Records still lists Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" as the best-selling single of all time. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Anthony Hopkins gave up on Hollywood and returned to London’s West End theatre before his casting in The Silence of The Lambs. For his role as Hannibal Lecter, he won the Oscar for Best Actor and AFI lists the character as the #1 film villain of all time walesonline.co.uk/whats-o…
Today I learned that when the PBS Newshour lists their major financial contributors at the end of the program, the "Rosalind P. Walter" they thank is Rosie the Riveter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
An Arizona man found a balloon with a Christmas list for Santa while out hiking. He tracked down the 8-yr-old Mexican girl who released the balloon and fulfilled her wishlist. cnn.com/2018/12/26/us/bal…
While filming "Barry Lyndon" in Ireland Director Stanley Kubrick received word his name was on an I.R.A. hit list for directing a movie featuring English soldiers. Star Ryan O Neil said "He was given 24 hours. He was gone in 12." thejournal.ie/stanley-kub…
Other than huge global sports events like the Olympics and FIFA World Cups, the most watched television broadcasts of all time have been Muhammad Ali boxing matches, with the Ali-Spinks 1978 fight topping the list. He regularly drew global television audiences in the 70s and 80s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about The Black Book, a list of people that the Nazis would have arrested if they have occupied Britain during WWII. The list included notable politicians and Jewish people as well as author H G Wells, suffragist Sylvia Pankhurst and philosopher Bertrand Russell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
'Song 2' by Blur was almost cut as it was a deliberately-basic song the band never took seriously, but record execs liked it when it was on the list of possible singles; the band never bothered to change the album's tracklist placeholder, and coincidentally is 2:02 in length cbcmusic.ca/posts/18325/b…
Today I learned about Kangaroo and Joey words. A Kangaroo word contains letters of another word, in the same order and with the same meaning. The word β€˜acrid’ contains the word β€˜acid’, which is a synonym of β€˜acrid’. 'Acid’ is the Joey word. Here’s a list... proedit.com/what-are-kang…
Battle of Grunwald painting depicting Polish-Lithuanian victory over German Teutonic Order topped list of most wanted paintings by Nazis, whoes aim was to destroy it. Bounty of 10M marks was offred by Goebbles and several restance mebers died protecting its location, but it survived the war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The CIA actively helped Indonesian dictator Suharto massacre an estimated 1 million suspected Communist Party sympathizers in 1965, providing training, mass media suppression, and lists of individuals whom they later acknowledged as being innocent. theatlantic.com/internati…
Irish actor Liam Neeson (Taken, Schindler's List, etc.) was offered the role of James Bond, but turned it down because his fiancΓ©e told him she wouldn't marry him if he took the role. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Strawberries top the 'Dirty Dozen' list of fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides time.com/5234787/dirty-do…
The earliest known list of games is one created by Guatama Buddha explicitly saying they were ones he would not play believing them to be a "cause for negligence." The list includes proto forms of hop scotch, pick-up sticks, and chess. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
, acclaimed novelist Kurt Vonnegut loved the TV show Cheers, even claiming, "I'd rather have written 'Cheers' than anything I've written" (#9 on the list) mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Dodge makes both the #1 and the #2 on the list of the 2016-18 cars that are most likely to be stolen - the Charger HEMI and the Challenger SRT Hellcat. iihs.org/news/detail/dodg…
Today I learned of Peribsen, an early Egyptian pharaoh whose royal name identified him with the god Seth, rather than with Horus as tradition dictated (particularly strange, since the two gods were mortal enemies). Little is known of his reign, but he's conspicuously absent from later king lists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Set…
The United States firebombed (i.e., dropped incendiary bombs on) not one, not two, but SIXTY-SEVEN cities in Japan during World War II. This list doesn't include the A-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. ditext.com/japan/napalm.h…
11 Different Versions of Captain America's To-Do List Appeared in Various International Releases of Captain America: The Winter Soldier; the German One Included Currywurst yahoo.com/entertainment/b…
Scientists from the World Meteorological Organization developed six lists of twenty-one (21) names for tropical storms and hurricanes that rotate each year. Each letter of the alphabet has a name for a storm except Q, U, X, Y, and Z. Right now, we are on letter C, Cristobal. farmersalmanac.com/hurric…
Though he had the rights, Steven Spielberg decided not to go ahead with β€œCape Fear” because it was too violent. He traded it with Martin Scorsese for one that he had the rights to, but decided against: β€œSchindler’s List.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
The first "Seven Wonders" lists came guidebooks popular with Hellenic sightseers that date from the 2nd-1st century BC. wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder…
Victor Fleming directed Gone With The Wind and The Wizard of Oz in the same year, the 4th and 6th best American films according to the American Film Institute's 1998 list. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFI…
David Koresh, leader of the Branch Davidian ranch cult in Waco was a songwriter and musician that attempted to make it big in Hollywood. (Fact #5 on list in link) history.com/news/waco-sie…
FIVE movies sold more than an estimated 135 million tickets in North American; Titanic 135.5 million ; E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 141.8 million ; The Sound of Music 142.5 million ; Star Wars (Episode IV) 178.1 million and Gone with the Wind 202.3 million (the full list is in the link) boxofficemojo.com/chart/t…
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Cap's list of things to learn about varies based on the regional release. In Australia, it includes Steve Irwin, in South Korea, it has Dance Dance Revolution, etc. yahoo.com/entertainment/b…
There exists a non profit organization whose sole mission is to assure the six Apollo lunar landing sites are preserved and protected for posterity by having them included on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage List airandspacelaw.olemiss.ed…
Keso, a brand of cottage cheese, is so popular in Sweden that many recipes list cottage cheese as Keso, the brand name. swedishfood.com/keso
Cosmetic companies list water as "aqua" because they are abiding by the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) which is a naming system for oils, pigments, chemicals, and other ingredients of cosmetics. This way everyone knows exactly what's what when they read the label. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Steven Spielberg traded Cape Fear with Martin Scorsese in return for Schindler’s List. After the controversy of Goodfellas and The Last a Temptation of Christ, Scorsese was reluctant to tackle such dire material, and Spielberg β€œwasn’t in the mood” to helm a movie about a β€œmaniac.” mentalfloss.com/article/8…
A teenager from Connecticut completed her bucket list right before she was hit by a car. She had one goal left: save a life and before the car hit her she pushed her friend to get him out of the way. nbcnewyork.com/news/local…
There is a seemingly endless list of nicknames of poker hands. For example, a pair of nines is called a pair of Wayne Gretzkys. gamblingsites.com/poker/i…
American cruise ship 'Eastland' overturned at port in the Chicago River on July 24, 1915, taking the lives of 844 people. This was caused by having too many life boats making the ship top heavy and list. Due to the lack of rich/famous passengers, this disaster has largely been forgotten. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The USA only ranks #43 in a list of countries by home ownership rate (64.5%). Romania is 1st with 96.4%. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
A 'master-mind' cyber-criminal, who was on the FBI's most wanted list, was arrested when detectives were able to figure out his laptop password. It was the name of his cat, followed by 123 telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
NASCAR fans were upset when Movoto, a real estate brokerage firm in San Mateo, Calif, used a rating system to list the top 10 most "redneck" cities in America abcnews.go.com/Business/t…
Hurricane names are predetermined. There are six years of names that get rotated. If a hurricane is particularly devastating (Katrina) the name is removed from the list. nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.s…
Despite general recognition and his inclusion on various lists of saints, St. Patrick has never formally been canonized a saint by the Catholic Church en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Mars Attacks originally had trouble attracting A list actors because most of the characters either die in some cartoonish manner or end up disfigured. That was until Jack Nicholson enthusiastically joined the film. Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Michael J Fox and others followed suit mentalfloss.com/article/9…
Since the turn of the century, cockroach populations have plummeted in some former Soviet countries for unknown reasons, with at least one species being proposed for inclusion in lists of threatened fauna en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dep…
An inventory of the Imperial Palace of Rome, dated to the year 214 AD, lists 17 tons of opium afghanistan-analysts.org/…
In 2017 Glastonbury Festival had to add pineapples to their list of contraband following the success of Glass Animals and their song Pork Soda, which contained the lyric "Pineapples are in my head" and caused fans to bring the fruit to live performances en masse bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-eng…
There are two well-known actresses in Hollywood named Peyton List. Both are 5'8" attractive, white, grew up in the Northeast US, started their career as a child, and were in DC movies (Batman: Hush). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pey…
The oldest catalogue of board games (and other games) in the world dates from the 5th-6th century BC and is presented as the List of Games That Buddha Would Not Play en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Each year U of Chicago students embark on a scavenger hunt. The 1999 list included a French Canadian, Fisher Price Baby's First Flamethrower, 5 Mensa membership cards and a nuclear reactor. Justin Kasper and Fred Niell built a plutonium-producing reactor in a single day to get 2nd place realclearscience.com/list…
Because of a 1954 report on illiteracy, Houghton Mifflin's edu director gave Theodor Geisel with a list of 348 words he thought 1st graders should learn, asking Geisel to cut it down to 250 and to use those words to write a book. Geisel returned using 236 of them in his book, The Cat in the Hat. biography.com/news/story-…
Despite the name, the New York Times Best Seller list does not simply compile which books have sold the most, but is a combination sales figures, other data, and internal guidelines. Exactly how the list is determined is a trade secret. observer.com/2016/02/the-…
During the production of Schindler's List (1993), to gather costumes for the more than 20,000 extras, the costume designer took out advertisements seeking clothes from the 1930s and 40's. Economic conditions were so poor in Poland, many people were eager to sell their clothing. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
That John Wilkes Booth was a well-known A-list actor, considered equivalent in status to Leonardo DiCaprio. He was a heartthrob and named β€œSexiest Man Alive” nypost.com/2018/04/21/lin…
In Norway parents must pick their child's name from a government provided list and in 1998 a mother was sent to prison for refusing to pick a name on the list and trying to name her child Gesher. deseret.com/1998/12/23/19…
Movie 43 (2013) took 10 yrs to start production, has 14 directors, filled with A-lists like Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman and 32 others resulting in a 5% rotten tomato and 6 golden raspberry nominations and 3 wins, including worst director, worst picture, worst screenplay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mov…
Hurricane names are established years in advance, and 2019's list includes a Karen earthsky.org/earth/how-do…
Despite Led Zeppelin being #5 on the list of all-time records sold in the US, with 111 million records sold, they never had a #1 single on the Billboard Top 100. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Today I learned of Benford's law, which states that the first digit is most likely to be 1 and least likely to be 9 in a set of data (ex. the first digit will be 1 most often in a list of house prices, followed by 2, ect.); people use it to detect fake data by checking if the first digits match Benford's law en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
The 2014 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso options list includes an ottoman footrest for the front passenger. caradvice.com.au/271838/2…
Today I learned about the Particle Data Group's Particle Listings, which is a list of the characteristics and details of more than 150 observed and proposed particles pdg.lbl.gov/2019/listings…
In 2009, the film Braveheart was second on a list of "most historically inaccurate movies" in The Times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Today I learned about Painless Parker, a flamboyant street dentist who, among a list of other hijinks, legally changed his name to that after being accused of breaking false advertisement law by claiming that his dentistry was truly painless en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pai…
Dan Akroyd was included in the group singing for "USA For Africa - We Are The World". His name is first on the credit list in the opening seconds of the video and he can he seen in the group shots. youtube.com/watch?v=wUPoc…

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