The Make-a-Wish Foundation granted a child to visit the set of Thor: Ragnarok. When Thor sees Hulk enter the arena on Sakaar, the child said Thor should say "He's a friend from work!" comicbook.com/marvel/news…
, That since domestication, dogs' eyes have changed. Dogs now have eye muscles that make them more expressive and infant-like. These same muscles are absent in wolves, their closest relative. bbc.com/news/education-48…
Not long after Julius Caesar was assassinated, a comet shone for seven successive days. This signified Julius Caesar's ascension to Godhood, and propaganda for Caesar's nephew. The comet was described as: "To make that soul a star that burns forever, Above the Forum and the gates of Rome." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cae…
One reason Lyndon B. Johnson did not run for re-election was because a study he commissioned had predicted he would die at 64 and thus may not make it through a 2nd term. True enough, he would die on 22 January 1973 at 64, 2 days after what would have been the end of his 2nd term. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
In 1323, the Mexica - founders of the Aztec Empire - asked the King of Culhuacan for his daughter. The Mexica sacrificed her, believing that would make the princess into a deity. During a festival dinner, a priest came out wearing her flayed skin. Upon seeing this, the King expelled the Mexica en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Mel Gibson could not get any studio to fund 'Passion of the Christ'. Instead of scrapping the film, he chose to finance it all by himself, an action which analysts labelled as "idiotic". He spent $45M on the project and went on to make over $475M because he didn't have to split the profits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
42-year-old Zamboni driver, kidney transplant recipient, and practice hockey goalie David Ayres, led the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win after their two pro goalies were injured. Cheered by the opposing team's fans, he was the oldest player ever to make his pro debut in a major sport. tampabay.com/sports/light…
The cottage where Ulysses Grant finished his memoirs is now an historic monument and is kept how it was when he died. On his desk is a large bottle of liquid cocaine. Park rangers check it annually to make sure it is all there. blog.americanheritage1.co…
The Hindenburg Zepplin had a smoking lounge. The room was pressurized to prevent Hydrogen from leaking in and the airships stewards scrutinized passengers who left the room to make sure they weren't bringing out lit cigarettes or pipes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
Jackie Chan sang "I'll Make a Man Out of You" for the Mandarin AND Cantonese versions of Mulan (1998) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%2…
People who use heroin describe sensations of warmth and safety while they are high. When sleeping on the streets on a cold night, a hit of heroin can make it possible to relax and get some rest verywellmind.com/what-her…
The esteemed Swedish university, Lund University, had its Facebook admin put out a statement requesting Indians not to make fun of the university in the comment sections, because "Lund" translates to "penis" in Hindi. freepressjournal.in/world…
There is a group of human mutant who are virtually resistant to HIV infection. They have a mutation called CCR5-Ξ”32 which make their T-Cells impervious to HIV nature.com/scitable/blog/…
When future US President Lyndon B. Johnson was Senate majority leader, he instructed his staff to make his scotch and soda significantly weaker than his guest’s, so that he could keep a clearer head history.com/news/a-brief-…
Hitler's lover, Eva Braun, attempted suicide in 1932 by shooting herself in the chest with her father's pistol. Historians feel the attempt was not serious, but was a bid for Hitler's attention. In 1935 she attempted suicide again by overdose, when Hitler failed to make time for her in his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…
Snow globes were accidentally invented by a medical tool repair man. He was trying to make a brighter light bulb for operating rooms, so he tried using a water filled glass with reflective particles to do this. The effect looked like snow to him which is how he got the idea for snow globes. goworldtravel.com/snow-gl…
Bilingual reduced emotional resonance is a fairly well-established phenomenon were many bilinguals report β€œfeeling less” in their second language, which might make it easier to use highly emotional vocabulary, and swear. theguardian.com/science/b…
Coca-Cola makes most of its money from selling syrup to companies that manufacture and distribute their drinks and, as a result, it has a group dedicated to sending resources and experts to help any that are in financial trouble. This helps avoid image and logistical problems for the brand. investopedia.com/articles…
Daniel Oppenheimer won the Ig Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006 for his paper "Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems with using long words needlessly" which argues that simple writing makes authors appear more intelligent than complex writing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
In the early 19th century the US Senate's desks were updated to make them more usable (i.e. a writing box and an extra drawer). Daniel Webster refused to update his desk, thinking it was a waste of money. The desk is still used as nobody wants to get rid of it since it belonged to Daniel Webster mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Companies such as Wholefoods, Starbucks, Microsoft, IBM make use of prison labour blog.globaltel.com/compan…
Not only do bats make high-pitched sounds for echolocation, many bat species also sing. A team of scientists that analyzed one species’ song translated it as a sequence that opens with a hello, then a gender identification, then some geographic information, & then a "let's talk" section. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
The Michelin Man is white is because rubber tires are naturally white. It wasn't until 1912 that companies started mixing carbon chemicals with the rubber to make black tires. This process is not an aesthetic change, but a structural one, making the tires stronger and durable. guide.michelin.com/us/en/…
The computer chips that are put into spacecraft are not state of the art, but are so old as to be obsolete. Their known reliability makes up for it. arstechnica.com/science/2…
We still don’t know what greek fire is or how to make it. historydaily.org/greek-fi…
The cast of FRIENDS each made $1M per episode in the final two seasons and now make $20M per year per cast member for reruns. The show still generates $1B/year for Warner Bros. All thanks to David Schwimmer encouraging the cast to negotiate as a team. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
It takes approximately 75000 flowers, which need to be plucked by hand, to make one pound of Saffron. This is why the spice is so expensive. britannica.com/story/why-…
Artichokes contain a compound cynarine which makes other foods you pair it with taste sweeter. Apparently, this is the bane of sommeliers. thekitchn.com/food-scienc…
Charley Pride couldn’t make the majors in baseball, so he did something even more improbableβ€”he became the first black superstar in country music. si.com/.amp/mlb/2018/03/2…
In 1896, Auburn students greased the train tracks leading in and out of the local station. When Georgia Tech's train came into town, it skidded through town and didn't stop for five more miles. The GT football team had to make the trek back to town, then went on to lose, 45-0. thewareaglereader.com/201…
Despite flopping massively, Grease 2 inspired an Indian remake. While Bollywood didn't make a remake of the original Grease, instead only focusing on the sequel, the movie became so successful the state of Karnataka had to grant a public leave day so people could watch the movie en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
In 1877, George Cowan got shot in the head, crawled to make coffee at an old camp, crawled thru Yellowstone, crossed a river, got burned in a forest fire, had surgery to remove bullets, got thrown from a carriage before it rolled over a cliff, and while receiving care afterwards, his bed broke billingsgazette.com/lifes…
Michaelangelo made fake ancient art. While in Florence, he was asked to make a statue look like an ancient work so it would be easier to sell. One piece was sold to Cardinal Raffaele Riario who upon finding out the piece was a fraud was so impressed that he invited Michaelangelo to Rome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Plants make up 82% of the total biomass of Earth. Of all the mammals on Earth, 96% are livestock and humans, only 4% are wild mammals. Of all the birds on Earth, 70% are chicken and poultry, 30% are wild birds. The total biomass of the human race accounts for just 0.01% of all life on Earth. theguardian.com/environme…
Natural gas is actually odorless. That β€˜gas smell’ is infused to make leaks detectable. sciencenetlinks.com/scien…
The sun makes up 99.8 percent of the mass in the solar system. solarsystem.nasa.gov/sola…
Scientists tried β€” and failed β€” to make a knife out of frozen poop, debunking a story that an Inuit (Eskimo) man fashioned a knife out of his own frozen feces. cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/…
Benjamin Harrison before signing the statehood papers for North Dakota and South Dakota shuffled the papers so that no one could tell which became a state first. "They were born together," he reportedly said. "They are one and I will make them twins." grandforksherald.com/comm…
Today I learned of Joan Quiqley, an astrologer and secret "advisor" to the Reagan White House. "Virtually every move" the Reagans made was cleared through her to "make certain that the planets were in a favorable alignment." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
The camera company, Fujifilm, also makes skincare products because the CEO predicted that sales for their film would decrease with the rise of digital cameras. Chemicals they discovered earlier to prevent color fading in photographs are used to prevent sagging and fading skin now. jpninfo.com/104930
Red squirrels make mushroom jerky, hanging fungi on tree branches to dry for winter storage preservationparks.com/new…
They make and sell blue Santa suits in Liverpool as they are the colours of Everton FC and fans refuse to wear Red and White as they are the colours of their rivals, Liverpool FC. evertonfc.com/news/189954…
Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a volunteer position that accepts fewer than 20 percent of all applicants, and of those only a small percentage go on to become actual Tomb Guards. The high attrition rate makes it the second least awarded US military decoration. businessinsider.com/every…
The first person to survive going over Niagra Falls in a barrel was a 63 year old woman named Annie Edson Taylor. She was hoping to make enough money from her fame to become financially secure, but never got much, in part because her manager stole her barrel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Despite Christians making up only 1.5% of the population of Japan, the majority of Japanese people are married in a Christian ceremony. By contrast, the traditional Shinto ceremony makes up only 1 in 6 Japanese weddings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Mad honey is a type of honey that causes people to hallucinate. Honey hunters in Nepal make dangerous vertical climbs to harvest it because it sells for 60$-80$ a pound. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
Bruce Willis had to make three movies as a part of a settlement with Disney over its $17.5 million loss due to an abandoned project he had been slated to produce and star in, and those films were Armageddon, The Sixth Sense, and The Kid. throwbacks.com/facts-abou…
One Russian superstition is that you should make a wish when sitting in between two people with the same name. If you don't tell your wish to anyone, it may come true. rbth.com/arts/lifestyle/2…
In the 1960s The Beatles wanted to make their own version of The Lord of the Rings, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring John Lennon as Gollum and Paul McCartney as Frodo. However, Tolkien didn't give them the rights to his work. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
β€œTurboTax Free” is not actually free, but β€œTurboTax Free File” actually IS free (if you make under 36k). This was done to purposefully mislead the public into paying for a service that should be free according to the IRS. theverge.com/2019/4/26/18…

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