Death from laughter is a recorded cause of death throughout history. One such instance, an English man laughed for 25 consecutive minutes at a joke on the TV show The Goodies. His widow wrote a letter to the show creators thanking them for making his last moments of life so pleasant. historycollection.co/10-p…
Former US President Andrew Jackson was approached by a man who pulled a gun on him.The man pulled the trigger and shot at him but misfired, he then took another gun out of his pocket and and pulled the trigger but that gun also misfired.Jackson who was 67 at that time then beat him with his cane en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Ethan Zuckerman, the man who invented pop-up ads has apologized to the world for creating one of the Internet's most hated forms of advertising. nbcnews.com/tech/tech-new…
In 2005, a chinese man found that he could still buy lottery tickets within a 5 minute window after the winning numbers were announced. this allowed him to win over $4 million. when chinese authorities caught on, he was sentenced to life in prison reuters.com/article/us-lo…
A poor 19th century Chinese man failed the civil service exam, fell ill, reread a Christian pamphlet he had earlier ignored, & hallucinated that he was Jesus' brother. He led a cult/rebellion that conquered much of southern China, crowning himself as king. This civil war killed over 10 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai…
A Chinese businessman hired a hitman to take out a competitor for $282,800. That hitman hired another hitman (offering $141,000). That man hired another hitman, who hired another hitman, who hired another hitman. The fifth hitman simply asked the man to fake his death. live5news.com/2019/10/30/…
Today I learned of Charles Ramsey, a Cleveland man who was key in the rescue of 3 women & a child from over a decade of captivity in a neighbor's home. When word got out he was eating a Big Mac when he heard a woman's cries for help, over a dozen Ohio restaurants pledged to offer him a free burger anytime. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
In 2005, the US introduced a new $1 coin that you could buy and have shipped for free. people took advantage of this by buying them with a credit card then immediately using the coins to pay their bill to get free airline miles. one man abused this so much that he earned 4 million airline miles worthly.com/most-expensiv…
A waitress was tipped a lottery ticket and won $10,000,000. She was then sued by her colleagues for their share. Then she was sued by the man who tipped her the ticket. Then she was kidnapped by her ex husband, and shot him in the chest. Then she went to court against the IRS. al.com/news/mobile/2018/1…
An Arizona man, Paul Menchaca, was charged with multiple counts of sex abuse and fraudulent schemes after he allegedly faked having Down syndrome and hired female caregivers to bathe him and change his diapers. Using an online service, Menchaca posed as his mother to lure alleged victims. q13fox.com/2018/09/14/man…
That, during the 2017 London Bridge Terror Attack, a man fought all three attackers with his fists shouting "Fuck you, I'm Millwall". He was stabbed eight times and survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
John Bardeen, the only man to receive 2 Nobel Prizes in Physics: While receiving his first Nobel Prize, the King of Sweden asked him: why did he bring just one of his 3 kids? His reply: "I'll bring them all for the next time". He kept his promise! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Jeffrey Skilling - the CEO mastermind of the Enron scandal - is now a free man and plans to start another energy company with his former colleagues. cnbc.com/amp/2019/03/23/f…
A Vietnamese man was hospitalized unconscious from consuming too much methanol alcohol; doctors transfused 15 cans of beer about 1 per hr into his body to revive him. The liver breaks down ethanol before methanol which gave doctors more time to do dialysis to remove the alcohol from his system. newsweek.com/alcohol-pois…
In 2018 a 75-year-old British man pooped into a container for six to eight weeks, built a homemade pump, drove 200 miles to his former friend's house and used the pump to spray the poo all over the hallway and stairs through the mailbox. mandatory.com/the-world/1…
In 2010 a man was sentenced to 2 years for stabbing a man who knifed him in Counter Strike. He spent 6 months tracking down his rival's real life location. The judge called him a "menace to society" nydailynews.com/news/worl…
One man, Steven Pruitt, was responsible for a third of Wiki pedia's English content with nearly 3 million edits and 35k original articles. Nicknamed the Wizard of Wiki pedia, he still holds the highest number of edits for the English Wiki pedia under the alias "Ser Amantio di Nicolao". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned of Dorothy Thompson, an American journalist working in Europe in the 1930's. She was granted an interview with Adolf Hitler in 1931, after which she referred to him as "... insecureβ€”the very prototype of the Little Man." She eventually became the first American journalist expelled from Germany getpocket.com/explore/ite…
4 months after Florida man Ryan Lee Carroll won a Breaking Bad contest to meet the cast, he was charged with running a drug distribution operation when he was found with $1M in synthetic marijuana. Also seized was a souvenir Hazmat suit signed by the Breaking Bad cast. theguardian.com/world/201…
A man decided to deposit a check that he received from a junk mail ad just to see what would happen. to his surprise, they allowed him to deposit the $95,000 check. the bank tried to take the money back, but since he didn’t break any laws, there was nothing they could do. nytimes.com/1995/08/20/us…
An English man, Darren Hickey, died after eating a scolding hot fishcake at a wedding - He suffered injuries to his throat similar to those who die of smoke inhalation in house fires. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Today I learned about a 30-foot tall tree stump that has been floating upright in Crater Lake, OR since 1896. Dubbed the "Old Man of the Lake" the stump 450 years old, is strong enough to stand on, and is known to drift against the wind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
Today I learned of Raymond Robinson, a severely disfigured man who only went out for walks late at night so as not to cause a panic. Urban legend spread about "The Green Man", a faceless monster that wandered the roads at night. People who heard the legend are often shocked to find out he was a real person. historydaily.org/green-ma…
A man called Roland the Farter was required to perform one jump, one whistle, and one fart each Christmas for King Henry II in return for a 30-acre estate. zmescience.com/other/offb…
Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote 23 sequels to Tarzan of the Apes. The ape-man discovers he is John Clayton, Lord of Greystoke, fights alongside Germans in WWI, finds a colony of Atlantis and the City of Gold, befriends a tribe of dog-sized humans, and has other bizarre adventures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Marlon Brando tried to purchase the rights to a movie about the Iran-Contra scandal using a former CIA connection. The CIA was able to derail this by creating a front company to outbid Brando for the rights. The man they put in charge of this operation was none other than Col. Oliver North independent.co.uk/voices/…
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…
A California man got 'NULL' as a personalized license plate hoping that 'NULL' would confuse the computer system. Instead, when cops left the plate number info empty on a ticket or citation, the fine went to him. He got over $12k fines sent to him his first year. arstechnica.com/cars/2019…
A burglar stole a Super 8 camera & video tapes from a youth soccer coach; he then turned over the tapes & coach's address to police upon finding sex abuse of the boys from the man's soccer team on the tapes. Police found more child porn of his soccer players in the coach's home & arrested him. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
In the 17th century, a man named Lazarus Colloredo was convicted of murder. Lazuras had a parasitic conjoined twin, and successfully argued his death would kill his twin, an innocent man. He was pardoned wikipedia.org/wiki/Lazaru…
A 28-yr-old Welsh man with a "no regrets" tattoo partying in Vegas in a bachelor party ended up at the Hoover Dam. He reported thinking: "fuck it! I'm going for a swim." His friends cheered as he swam across the Hoover Dam reservoir which luckily had 9 of its 10 turbines off. He was fined $330. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Maya Moore, the best women’s basketball player in the world, retired early to fight for criminal justice reform. She helped overturn a wrongly convicted man who served 22 years of a 50-year sentence. His name is Jonathan Irons. time.com/5770359/wnba-may…
When Alexander was a boy, his tutor chastised him for burning too much incense at Gods' altars. After conquering Gaza, a major frankincense producer then, Alexander sent 500 talents of frankincense back to the old man in Macedonia, with the message: "Now you can stop short-changing the gods." redlandsdailyfacts.com/20…
A New York deaf man sued Pornhub for not providing closed captioning to all of their videos. Despite Pornhub's VP asserting that they do have a closed captions video section, the man's lawsuit specifically cites β€œHot Step Aunt Babysits Disobedient Nephew" as a video that lacked closed captions. abcnews.go.com/US/deaf-ma…
Billy Joel's signature song, "Piano Man" is based on Joel's real-life experiences as a lounge musician. John-the-bartender, Paul-the-real-estate-novelist, and the waitress are all real people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia…
Many puzzle manufacturers reuse the dies which cut their puzzles into pieces, so pieces from one can fit into another. And one man has turned this into an art. mymodernmet.com/montage-p…
Back in 2010, a man named Jon McLoone ran 15 million computer simulation of the game Hangman and found out that the most difficult word for that program to guess is "Jazz". blog.wolfram.com/2010/08/…
~1865, Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln, was saved by a man named Edwin Booth from a train platform. Robert soon after the incident sent a letter thanking Edwin for saving his life. Later in the same year, Edwin Booth’s brother, John Wilkes Booth, shot Abraham Lincoln. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of Gabe Sonnier, a man who started off as a janitor in a Louisiana elementary school until one day in 1985, when he was inspired by the then-principal to take up teaching. Gabe was 39 years old when he started studying for a teaching degree. He’s now the principal of that elementary school. cbsnews.com/news/louisian…
A man was jailed for 17 years until lawyers found his doppelganger with the same first name. The authorities reversed his conviction. nypost.com/2017/06/12/man…
A Canadian man getting a rectal exam by his doctor at a hospital was observed by people he assumed were medical practitioners/med students. He sued the hospital and observers after learning the observers were two actors who play doctors on TV doing research for the TV series "Saving Hope." bramptonguardian.com/news…
Today I learned of Hans Munch - the good man of Auschwitz - the only doctor who refused to participate in the selection process. He created elaborate, safe, experiments to keep his subjects from being exterminated. He is the only person to be acquitted at the Auschwitz Trials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
In March 2006 a man purchased an authentic official copy of the Declaration of Independence, one of 200 β€œofficial copies” commissioned by John Quincy Adams in 1820, for $2.48 at a Nashville, TN thrift shop. It later sold for $477,650 at auction. deseret.com/2007/6/22/200…
In 2016 a man named Joshua won an entire resort located on the Micronesian island of Kosrae in a raffle he paid $65 to enter. When he won it, the resort was free of debt, profitable and had more than 20 years remaining on its lease. abc.net.au/news/2016-07-2…
Due to error in communication, the state of Missouri assumed that a man Michael Anderson was in prison, serving his 13-year sentence for armed robbery. They only realised that they had forgotten to take him to jail when they were preparing for him to be released. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
A New Jersey man bought a $5 bottle of orange juice from Shoprite; his wife said it was too expensive and sent him back to return it, because it was on sale for $2.50 elsewhere. He then decided to buy 2 lottery tickets with the cash refunded from the OJ; he won $315.3 million. abcnews.go.com/US/lucky-j…
In 2012 a lifeguard named Tommy Lopez was fired for saving a drowning man who was outside the protected area youtube.com/watch?v=9mKj7…
Jesse James once paid off a widow's mortgage and saved her from foreclosure because she gave him food. He made sure she got a receipt from the banker and then robbed the man a mile down the road. truewestmagazine.com/a-kn…
Italy's wealthiest man, Giovanni Ferrero, comes from the family that created Nutella spread and also produce Ferrero Rocher, Tic Tac mints, Kinder chocolate and Butterfinger bars. businessinsider.com/giova…
A Connecticut man purchased a 17 lb lobster named "Lucky Larry" from a restaurant & released him into an undisclosed location in Long Island Sound likely not to be dragged by fishermen. Based on Larry's size, he's estimated to be about 80 years old. nydailynews.com/news/nati…
Taron Egerton sang β€œI’m Still Standing” by Elton John as the Gorilla in the movie β€œSing” prior to starring in the movie β€œRocket Man” as Elton John where he sings the same song. youtu.be/pHZneOidj9A
22-yr-old Canadian man John McCue took it upon himself to fill potholes with the sign: "I filled the potholes. Pay me instead of your taxes." Drivers gave him cash, coffee and joints for filling in potholes. cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-s…
The man who eulogized George Washington with the famous quote "First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen" was Henry β€œLight Horse Harry” Lee, father of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. mountvernon.org/library/d…
The man who played McGruff the crime dog was sentenced to 16 years in jail for drugs time.com/5234/mcgruff-the…
Today I learned that the Canary Islands are named after Man’s Best Friend, and not birds. The Spanish name for the islands is β€œIslas Canarias”, which is derived from Latin and means β€œIsland of Dogs.” worldatlas.com/articles/d…
Ted Jorgenson abandoned his son shortly after his birth. A reporter managed to find Ted, who owns a bike shop, and asked about his son. He had no clue who his son was, and upon refreshing his memory Ted asked if he's still alive. His son ended up being the richest man on earth, Jeff Bezos. businessinsider.com/jeff-…
Robert Downey Jr considered retiring as Iron Man in 2013 after receiving an on-set injury, believing that he was too old to continue playing the role of Tony Stark. hindustantimes.com/hollyw…
The most expensive marketing campaign ever done for a film was for Spider-Man: Far from Home en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
The β€œFlorida man” phenomenon exists because freedom of information laws in Florida make it easier for journalists to obtain information about arrests from the police than in other states en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
, In 2012, Scientist at Large Hadron Collider stationed at France-Switzerland border, formed a quark-gluon plasma that reached the highest temperature created by man; 9.9 trillion degrees Fahrenheit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
After 25 years of wondering about a strange dip in the floor beneath his couch, a man in Plymouth, England finally dug down into his home's foundation and found a medieval well 33 feet deep, along with an old sword hidden deep inside. aol.com/2012/08/30/colin-…
When there's merely a suspicion of testicular cancer in a man, a testicle must be removed in almost every case, so a biopsy can be performed after the fact, and doctors can assess if the cancer has spread. melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
Today I learned about Brandt Kuykendal, a man who created his own ISP after discovering that he could not get reliable and fast internet in his town. He mainly built the ISP because his daughter needed fast internet to excel in school. sfchronicle.com/business/…
Andes Chocolate Mints was founded by George Andrew Kanelos and originally named Andy's Candies. Male customers disliked gifting candy that had another man's name to their wives and/or girlfriends, so Andrew changed the name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
There are only 23 words that date back 15,000 years and are considered the oldest known words in the English language. They are: thou, I, not, that, we, to give, who, this, what, man/male, ye, old, mother, to hear, hand, fire, to pull, black, to flow, bark, ashes, to spit, and worm. itworld.com/article/27099…
Today I learned of Brian Shaffer, a man who disappeared after entering a bar in Columbus, OH in April, 2006. He was recorded on security cameras entering the bar, but never leaving the bar. He is still missing today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Sony reportedly fired Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man and nearly replaced him with Jake Gyllenhaal because they suspected Tobey of faking an injury to negotiate bigger pay. hindustantimes.com/hollyw…
Johnny Cash performed dressed all in black, in contrast to most of the major country acts in his day – rhinestone suits and cowboy boots. Cash wrote the song "Man in Black" to explain that he wore black for the poor and hungry and those betrayed by age or drugs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 2011, near Syracuse, N.Y., a man riding bareheaded in an anti-helmet law rally lost control of his cycle, went over his handlebars, hit his head on the pavement and died. A state troopers said he motorcyclist likely would have survived the accident if he'd been wearing a helmet. cbc.ca/news/world/motorcy…
The mummified remains of a German man, Manfred Fritz Bajorat, were found on his boat off the coast of the Philippines in February 2016. He had died of a heart attack and a combination of salt air, ocean winds and hot temperatures created the perfect climate needed to preserve his body. everipedia.org/wiki/lang_…
The Neanderthal was named after the valley where their first remains were found, and the valley itself was named after pastor Joachim Neander. Neander is the Greek translation of his name, both mean "new man". New man was found from a valley named after a man named "new man". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nea…
In 1995, France found a man guilty of killing a teen girl, but he was able to avoid sentencing by hiding out in Germany. In 2009, the victim's father hired a team to kidnap the killer out of Germany and dump him in front of a French courthouse. It worked, and he is now serving 15 years. latimes.com/world/la-xpm-…
When the Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov visited the US in 1962, the American press initially portrayed him as affable and polite. But when he said, "I saw neither angels nor God up there. I believe in man," the press quickly turned on him and accused him of spreading "anti-religious propaganda." historylink.org/File/1010…
A study found that a majority of women tended to prefer a man who cracks clean jokes vs dirty jokes, both for a casual hook-up & for a long-term relationship. But women who had a positive feeling about casual sex tended to find dirty jokes funnier. sciencedirect.com/science…
From around 1857 to 1889, a man known only as the Leatherman repeatedly walked a 365-mile loop around the northeastern US. He wore a handmade leather coat, scarf and hat and although he frequently stopped in towns along his route, he never told anyone his name. His identity remains unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
Mary Shelley, the inventor of the Sci-fi genre with her 1818 novel β€˜Frankenstein’ also invented the Post-Apocalyptic Plague genre with her 1826 novel, β€˜The Last Man.’ smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
A 60-year-old American man with severe amnesia was blind for 9 months due not being able to afford cataract surgery. When a charity paid for it and he could see again, he was shocked to discover he was around 20 years older than he thought he was. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
A Roman slave master, Vedius Pollio, kept sharp-toothed moray eels in a pool, to throw slaves in to be eaten alive. Wen Emperor Augustus came, a slave accidentally broke a goblet. When Augustus tried to plead for the man's life, Pollio refused. Augustus ordered all Pollio's goblets smashed. napoliunplugged.com/pausi…
A deceased man was considered a coauthor of a 1990 math paper after he appeared in a dream to the other author to explain some of the key ideas. gwern.net/docs/math/1990-…
A Disneyland guest attempted to pull the entire "Excalibur" sword from the stone (displayed in front of the "King Arthur Carousel") when his friend said he'd win a prize if he pulled it out. The man succeeded in breaking off the top portion of the sword. wdwnt.com/2020/01/photos-…
Big cats like tigers and cheetahs are attracted to Calvin Klein's Obsession. The Banham Zoo has requested people to drop off their perfumes due to low supplies. The fragrance has also been used in India in 2018 to catch a reported man-eating tiger. bbc.com/news/uk-england-n…
Today I learned of Ken Banks, a Queensland man who set up a "retirement home" for birds who outlive their owners, at one count housing at least 1,600 birds including a cockatoo in its 90s. He prefers not to sell birds but rather swap with breeders or give birds to people after teaching how to care for them. abc.net.au/news/2017-05-0…
Dolly Parton lost a Dolly lookalike contest. The winner was a man. womansworld.com/posts/ent…
A 27-year old man from India attempted to sue his parents for giving birth to him without his consent. He claims it is wrong to bring a child into the world, because they have to put up with lifelong suffering. bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia…
The man credited with saving both Apollo 12 and Apollo 13 was forced to resign years later while serving as the Chief of NASA when Texas Senator Robert Krueger blamed him for $500 million of overspending on Space Station Freedom, which later evolved into the International Space Station (ISS). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Following a public petition to release him, at the age of 100 Bill Wallace, an Australian man who had spent several decades in an institution for the criminally insane, was allowed to leave. He refused, reportedly saying "β€œDon’t be f***ing silly, I live here.”. oldest.org/people/prisone…
During 2005 in Glendale, CA a suicidal man parked his car in front of a commuter train. The train derailed and collided with two additional trains resulting in over a 100 casualties. The man survived and was sentenced to life without parole. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Today I learned of Lee Ellis, a Canadian man who evaded police to give water/food to pets left behind during the May 3, 2016 wildfire evacuation in Fort McMurray, Alberta. He and his buddy managed to help dozens of pets before getting forced to evacuate by police. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
A man who was paralyzed from a surfing accident neck injury was able to walk again from an experimental treatment. Stem cells from the man's own stomach fat were injected into his spinal cord to regenerate and repair the injury. goodmorningamerica.com/we…
R.E.M.’s β€œMan on the Moon” lyrics repeat β€œYeah, yeah, yeah, yeah”. Michael Stipe said his friend Kurt Cobain had a habit of placing "yeah" in Nirvana songs so Stipe wanted to outdo him by writing a song with more β€œyeahs” npr.org/sections/allsongs…
The largest fire in California's history was caused by a man trying to plug a wasp's nest with a stake and hammer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men…
A South African man plans to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to provide drinking water to 4 million people. After facing droughts limiting water usage, the 125 million ton, 70 story tall iceberg would supply 20% of Cape Town’s water needs for a year. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
A man faked being an internationally renowned heavy metal artist and tricked clubs all over the world into booking his shows rollingstone.com/culture/…
There was a man known as β€œThe Glastonbury Tickler” who would break into people’s houses at night, tickle their feet while they were sleeping, and immediately leave. courant.com/news/connecti…
Tom Morello, the front man of Rage Against the Machine, is a Harvard Graduate harvardmagazine.com/2018/…
Massachusetts man Richard Noll bought two scratch-offs in order to break a $100 bill to buy lunch and won $10 million from one of the tickets. Mitesh Patel, who sold him the winning ticket, will receive a $50,000 bonus. nydailynews.com/news/nati…
The Deepest Point in the Ocean Known to Man is the Challenger Deep which is is 10,924 Meters or 10.92 Kilometers. And there is still life deep down under. epic.cpacamp.com/the-deep…
A man was arrested because he was pissed off at Bank of America for freezing his account leaving him peniless, that he placed a bag of his own urine and fish bait to rot into their Safety Deposit Box as a form of justice. reviewjournal.com/news/an…
Today I learned of a man, who in 1977 rode his bike from India to Sweden to be with the women he would end up marrying. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
In 1972 Jerry Lewis wrote, directed, and starred in a movie about a Jewish man who dresses as a clown to lead children into gas chambers in the Holocaust; upon screening, Lewis had the film locked in a vault so nobody would ever see it; as per his will, the film will be made public in 2025. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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