Today I learned of the Scholomance, a school of black magic located in Romania. According to legend, the teacher of the school was the Devil. Upon graduation, the Devil would select one of the students to be the Weathermaker, a dragon rider responsible for controlling the weather. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Browser cookies - originally known as "magic cookies" - were first applied to web communicationes in June of 1994 by computer programmer Lou Montulli, an employee of Netscape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTT…
Back in the 90s magic mushrooms were still legal in Japan up until the 2002. grapee.jp/en/138346
The song 'Puff the Magic Dragon' was banned in Singapore and Hong Kong because of claims that it was about drugs, mainly marijuana. Some of the alleged drug references in the song include "autumn mist," - allegedly, marijuana smoke and "Jackie Paper" - alleged reference to rolling joints. snopes.com/fact-check/puf…
Harry Houdini in disguise would attend magic shows by people who claimed to be "spiritual mediums", knowing their trick, he would finally light a flashlight that left the deception in the open and stand up and cry β€œI am Houdini! And you are a fraud!" bbvaopenmind.com/en/scien…
Jack Parsons was one of the founders of NASA JPL and a pioneer of the American space program. He also practiced esoteric magic rituals, and was a devoted follower of British occultist Aleister Crowley, and his group, The Ordo Templis Orientis. supercluster.com/editoria…
Darkened Skye was a video game that used a Skittles based magic system, but it never said anything about this on the box. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
The dress worn by Katrina at the end of Sleepy Hollow (1999) was just a white silk dress drawn on with magic marker to give it its black stripes. costumersguide.com/sleepy…
Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, never approved a Hobbes plush toy. He said the comic strip is ambiguous as to whether Hobbes is a real tiger or a child's stuffed animal and creating a toy would destroy the magic. It's estimated he lost out on over $300 million in merchandising. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
There are over 43 billion-billion possible combinations in a standard 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube. There are more than 100 million starting positions that can be solved in exactly 20 moves. It took 30 years to determine this magic number. bbc.co.uk/news/technology…
When Wizards of the Coast, short of funds after surviving being sued by Kevin Siembieda/Palladium, told Richard Garfield his boardgame idea (RoboRally) was too expensive for them to make at that time, and asked him if he had anything that would be cheaper, he came up with Magic: The Gathering. rpg.net/columns/briefhist…
Prehistoric rock art near Villar del Humo in Spain, offers a hypothesis that Psilocybe hispanica magic mushrooms was used in religious rituals 6,000 years ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psi…
Dr. Bronner, of the "all-one" Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, fled to the United States in 1929 and urged his parents to come with him. The last he heard from them was "You were right," before they were killed in the Holocaust. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ema…
Jesus was often depicted performing his miracles with a magic wand in early Christian art. rome101.com/Christian/Mag…
Only two fragments of text predating Christianization in (Old High) German still survive, which refer to pagan beliefs. They are magic spells dating from the 9th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
The invention of satanic witchcraft by medieval authorities was initially met with public skepticism. While people were concerned about magic, the public didn't initially believe witches gathered to worship demons, have orgies, eat babies, and perform other abominable acts. theconversation.com/the-i…
Teller (the silent half of Penn and Teller) began doing magic in complete silence when performing at fraternity houses as he found it reduced heckling and beer thrown at him during his act. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
On June 24 2015, NBA player Luke Ridnour was traded from the Magic to the Grizzlies. The next day, he was traded to the Hornets. Later that same day, he was traded to the Thunder. 5 days later, he was traded to the Raptors - but 9 days afterwards, he was waived, and never played in the NBA again en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luk…
Today I learned of the 1883 Victoria Hall Stampede. Following a magic show, prizes were given to kids in the ground-floor audience, upsetting those in the balcony. Hundreds of kids swarmed down the stairwell, piling up at a narrow exit. 183 children were killed. This inspired the development of the crash bar. greatdisasters.co.uk/the-…
In 1860, the first Japanese envoy to the US was met with great enthusiasm. Particularly "Tommy," a 17 y/o interpreter. Unlike his reserved companions, he waved and blew kisses at the crowds. To quiet groups of chanting women, he let them into the envoy's hotel and charmed them with magic tricks. whitehousehistory.org/the…
Today I learned about the frog coffin, a magic trinket people used to hide in churches back in the day in eastern Finland. An average sized coffin was 15cm/5.9in long en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fro…
In 1823, Giralomo Segato invented an improved process to petrify and preserve human corpses with colors and textures intact. Accused of dealing in Egyptian black magic and denied funding, he destroyed his research, his own body rotted away as a "gloriously unhappy human". ghoulsguides.com/2016/01/…
L. Ron. Hubbard’s own son, L. Ron Hubbard Jr. was highly critical of Scientology and claimed black magic was the inner core of Scientology once stating, "my father did not worship Satan. He thought he was Satan." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
The digital effects pioneered in the 1992 film "Death Becomes Her" would be incorporated into Industrial Light and Magic's next project, "Jurassic Park," released only a year later. Both films shared cinematographer Dean Cundey and production designer Rick Carter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Today I learned about Jack Parsons, one of the fathers of rocketry that was involved in an occultist church Thelema, and believed that magic was science that hadn't been understood yet. wired.co.uk/article/jpl-j…
There was a planned Beetlejuice sequel called "Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian" where the Deetz family moves to Hawaii and involved Beetlejuice becoming a hero by winning a surf contest with magic. In April 2019, Warner Bros. stated the sequel remained shelved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
"Alpha: Black Lotus" is an incredibly powerful card and is the most expensive and iconic Magic card in existence. Featured on Magic's Reserved List, it will never be reprinted, ensuring it will always be the rarest and most precious card in the world. cardkingdom.com/mtg/alpha…
That magician Houdini took off a year during WWI to promote the war effort and taught soldiers how to get out of handcuffs giving away some of his magic secrets. houdini.org/interest.html
According to MIT, Magic: The Gathering is considered the world's most complex game. A proof shows that optimal play in Magic: The Gathering is so difficult that a computer would be unable to figure out the winner. technologyreview.com/s/61…
Air Bud, about a dog who plays basketball, has 13 sequels. In the last one, 'Super Buddies', Bud's 5 puppies acquire magic rings that grant them superpowers and use them to defeat the warlord Commander Drex from the planet Inspiron en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Mr. Toad has a headstone in the pet cemetery at the Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom at Disney World as a tribute to the now extinct Mr. Toad's Wild Ride orlandoparkstop.com/news/…
Only in the twentieth century did humans decide that the dandelion was a weed. Before the invention of lawns, the golden blossoms and lion-toothed leaves were more likely to be praised as a bounty of food, medicine and magic. Gardeners used to weed out the grass to make room for the dandelions. mofga.org/Publications/Th…
Before Ian Fleming used "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" for his book about a magic car, the original phrase referred to the permission slip soldiers needed to leave the barracks to visit local brothels during WWI. scmp.com/magazines/post-m…
Voodoo is not witchcraft or black magic, it's an west African religion, though it has many variation in Whole America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
In 2017, William Shatner appeared in the animated TV series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned of a NES video game called Holy Diver (1989), in which Emperor Ronnie IV entrusts his two sons, Randy and Zakk, to Ozzy, to learn magic so they can fight The Black Slayer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
In Papua New Guinea, sorcery is legally defined: "Good magic", used for things like healing and fertility, is legal; while "Black magic", held responsible for unexplained deaths, is illegal nzherald.co.nz/world/news…
The Main Street train station in Disney World was designed to look like the turn of the century railroad station in Saratoga Springs, NY. The station designed to replicate the Upstate NY station is the second most photographed building in the Magic Kingdom. retrowdw.com/podcast/podc…
Today I learned of the Magic Roundabout, the β€œmost complex intersection” in the world. 99percentinvisible.org/ar…
In early medieval Europe there were no witch trials. Christian churches taught that magic was not real and belief in its existence was superstition and heresy. Only in the early Renaissance did belief in witchcraft’s actual existence spread widely in Europe, and witch trials began. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
In 2011, it was discovered by police that the 26 life-sized "dolls" that Russian academic Anatoly Moskvin kept in his apartment each contained a child's corpse. He had dug them up, planning to resurrect them through magic, and built the dolls to give them a body for their resurrection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
During the 1920s and 30s, Chrysotile was used and marketed as "artificial snow". It was sold under the brand names of "White Magic", "Pure White", and "Snow Drift". Another name for Chrysotile is White Asbestos. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The hallucinogen found in "magic mushrooms" triggers brain activity patterns that are similar to those seen when someone is dreaming nbcnews.com/science/scien…
Today I learned of the Broken Wand Ceremony: A ritual performed at the funeral of a magician. The wand which the magician used in performances is broken, indicating that with the their death, the wand has lost its magic. The first broken wand ceremony was held in 1926, after the death of Harry Houdini sternbergclarke.co.uk/blo…
Today I learned about Cargo Cults, Melanesian groups that attempted to recreate the magic that was "cargo drops". When the U.S military occupied Pacific islands during WW2, the islanders witnessed the soldiers receive goods from the sky, and thought it was the result of magic rituals performed by the soldiers. anthroencyclopedia.com/en…
When James Dean died in 1955, the character of Vampira, performed by Dean's close friend Maila Nurmi, was embroiled in scandal. Including a magazine expose accusing her of causing his death with black magic. Her link to the tragedy caused the show to be cancelled after only 1 successful year. youtube.com/watch?v=jDfaV…
Chad Kroeger took a $4000 loan from his stepfather so his band, Nickelback, could record their first EP. In truth, only half went towards recording the EP; the other half went to buying magic mushrooms. loudwire.com/nickelback-w…
There are large tunnels called Utilidors running under the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. The Utilidors allow employees to perform services like trash removal and for characters to travel around the park without being seen. disneyfanatic.com/12-terr…
Prior to the 92 Olympics several members of Australia’s Olympic basketball team threatened to boycott out of fears of contracting HIV from Magic Johnson. Australia basketball’s medical director Dr. Brian Sando recommended the Australians don’t play. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
When Scholastic was trying to decide on a new title for "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (feeling "philosopher" was too archaic of a word), a title considered for the book was "Harry Potter and the School of Magic" before settling on replacing "philosopher" with "sorcerer". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…

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