Hurricane Katrina (2005) caused $170 billion in damages. Harvey (2017) caused $131.3 billion in damages. Maria (2017) caused $94.5 billion in damages. Sandy (2012) caused $74.8 billion in damages. Irma (2017) caused $52.5 billion in damages. 3 of the 5 costliest U.S. storms occurred in 2017. thebalance.com/hurricane-…
Although lunar maria (dark basins on the moon) are usually named after psychic states, the IAU accepted the Soviet-discovered-and-named Mare Moscoviense on the basis that Moscow is a state of mind en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Brazilian man Joao Maria de Souza was killed in his bed when a cow fell through the roof and landed on him huffpost.com/entry/joao-m…
Joey Ramone developed a friendship with Maria Bartiromo and wrote a song about her on his first solo album, released posthumously in 2002. theguardian.com/business/…
Today I learned of "Enoteca Maria" a Staten Island restaurant that only employs grandmothers to cook traditional food from their homelands goodmorningamerica.com/fo…
Today I learned of the Dickin Medal, instituted in 1943 in the UK by Maria Dickin to honor the work of animals in World War II. It is awarded to animals that have displayed "conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving or associated with any branch of the Armed Forces or Civil Defence Units". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
Maria SkΕ‚odowska-Curie had two talented students who contributed to the development of radiology (and consequently oncology) polishhistory.pl/the-powe…
Today I learned of the Miss Stone affair, where members of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization kidnapped American protestant missionary Ellen Maria Stone and her pregnant fellow missionary friend Katerina Stefanova–Tsilka. It is regarded as "America's first modern hostage crisis". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Maria Theresa of Austria had her children inoculated against smallpox after the epidemic of 1767. This changed the negative perception of inoculation among Austrian physicians. Maria Theresa also held a dinner in her palace for the first 65 children who had been inoculated in Austria. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The First sporting event ever filmed was in 1894 James "Gentlemen Jim" Corbett fought Peter Courtney in 6 one-minute rounds at Thomas Edison's Black Maria studio. This small piece of Round 1 is all that remains and is the oldest surviving footage of a sport being filmed. youtube.com/watch?v=fk8Rd…
From 1885 to 1916 eggs made from precious metals, or FabergΓ© eggs, were crafted for the wives of Alexander III and Nicholas II, constructed under the supervision of Peter Carl FabergΓ©. The first FabergΓ© egg was made for Tsar Alexander III to give to his wife, Maria Feodorovna. faberge.com/the-world-of-…
The Crypt of the Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini church in Rome is decorated with thousands of human skeletons and bones. A placard addressed at those who enter the crypt, reads "What you are now, we once were; what we are now, you shall be." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Marlon Brando refused to memorise his lines in 'Last Tango in Paris'. Cue cards were posted around & out of the frame. His eyes lifting upward in one act was not spontaneous dramatic acting but a search for his next cue card. And once asked if he could "write lines on Maria Schneider's rear end" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
"Granny Smith" namesake of the apple, was a real person. Maria Ann "Granny" Smith first cultivated her famous apple tree after throwing away tazmanian crabapples' seeds and cores while baking a pie, and taking care of the tree that sprouted as a result en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The original Hamilton actors that played John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton and Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds are engaged in real life youtu.be/BqsNBBG0avs
Today I learned about Pedro Alonso Nino, a Black-Spanish explorer who piloted The Santa Maria on Columbus’s first voyage to America. He comes from the famed Nino Brothers. The La NiΓ±a, another of Columbus ships was actually owned by Pedro’s brother, Juan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ped…
Rasputin's daughter Maria moved to the US and became a lion tamer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The second woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics, Maria Goeppert Mayer, had to work without pay for most of her career, and was referred to as S.D mother in newspaper headlines when she won her Nobel. sandiegouniontribune.com/…
Elizabeth Ruth Naomi Belville (1854 –1943), also known as the Greenwich Time Lady, was a businesswoman from London. She, her mother Maria Elizabeth, and her father John Henry, sold people the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
The "My" in MySQL is the name of co-founder Michael Widenius's daughter, My. He later created MariaDB, named after another daughter, Maria. mariadb.com/kb/en/why-is-…
Maria Von Trapp, whose memoir inspired β€œThe Sound of Music” and who made a cameo appearance in the film, was not invited to the premiere. Von Trapp later inquired why and producers told her, β€œThere were no seats left,” without apology. telegraph.co.uk/films/201…
When the Romanov family was executed in 1918 the daughters Tatiana, Anastasia, and Maria survived the initial gunfire because they had over 1.3 kilograms (2.9 pounds) of diamonds sewn into their clothing, which the bullets ricocheted off. They were subsequently killed with bayonets. nytimes.com/1995/08/06/bo…
Maria Daume, the first female marine to go through the traditional training process, was born in a Siberian prison and orphaned at age 2. voanews.com/a/female-mari…
When Karl-Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg was appointed as a minister, many newspapers mistakenly added "Wilhelm" to his already long name. frontlineclub.com/the_bus…
Maria Sharapova's on court grunt has been recorded at a volume of 101 decibels. That's louder than a motorcycle, a lawnmower and a small aircraft. In fact it's only 5 decibels less than a lion's roar. edition.cnn.com/2017/05/3…
Today I learned of Maria Sibylla Merian, the naturalist who discovered the life cycle of butterflies and insects, painted them in breathtakingly accurate watercolors, and braved the jungles of Africa with her daughter to greatly advance the science of entomology. theconversation.com/hidde…
Two of the most popular database systems (MySQL and MariaDB) are named from their founder Michael β€œMonty” Widenius's daughters My and Maria. mariadb.org/about/#michae…
The Maria Theresa thaler, a silver coin from the Austrian empire created on 1780, was widely used in the Red Sea, Arabia and Eastern Africa until after World War Two en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The First sporting event ever filmed was in 1894 James "Gentlemen Jim" Corbett fought Peter Courtney in 6 one-minute rounds at Thomas Edison's Black Maria studio. This small piece of Round 1 is all that remains and is the oldest surviving footage of a sport being filmed. youtube.com/watch?v=fk8Rd…
Today I learned of Maria Theresa, Queen of Austria and mother of 16 children, 5 of whom also became royalty. habsburger.net/en/chapter…
Matthew and Maria Emanuel dug up a safe with $52,000 of cash and jewelry in their back yard but didn't keep it. Inside they found wet money, and a lot of jewelry, also a paper with their neighbors address. Eight years earlier their neighbors were robbed, so the couple returned everything. cnn.com/2018/05/17/us/tre…
Today I learned about Project Monkey Island. An island off the coast of Puerto Rico is used to study things like primate behavior and disease. It was devastated by Hurricane Maria but the monkeys have miraculously survived. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Kristen Stewart, widely panned for her stiff performance in the also widely-panned "Twilight" series, was the first and only American actress to win a French CΓ©sar Award - the French equivalent of an Oscar - for her performance in the film "Clouds of Sils Maria" bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Aleut Alaskan tribesmen traveled as far south as LA for otter pelts to quench the Russian colonists demand. In 1811 they massacred the NicoleΓ±o nation on San Nicolas island off the LA coast, leaving only one surviver: Juana Maria. She lived on the island alone for 18 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jua…
500 years ago, China destroyed its world-dominating navy because its political elite was afraid of free trade. Some vessels were 6x larger than Columbus' Santa Maria. businessinsider.com/china…
UK newspapers such as The Sun and the Sunday Sport regularly featured topless photos of girls with Samantha Fox, Maria Whittaker, Debee Ashby appearing at age 16 and Linsey Dawn McKenzie debuting on her 16th birthday. After 2003 the legal age for topless modelling was raised to 18 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pag…
Rising numbers of catwalk models and cover stars come from β€˜world’s emerging beauty capital’, Siberia. Maria Shantanova, who is considered to be the most beautiful woman of Buryatia, a Siberian region, has made it in China and became the face of the country’s Nescafe Gold siberiantimes.com/culture…
Today I learned about Maria Lewis, a 17 yr old emancipated slave who disguised herself as a white guy and fought in a Union cavalry unit for over two years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of a currency called "Maria Theresa thaler" that has been continuously used in world trade since 1741 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Buddy Holly's wife, Maria Elena, did not attend his funeral and has never visited his grave site. She blames herself for his passing and said that had she gone on tour with him (she stayed home as she was pregnant), Buddy never would have gotten into that airplane. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
Former Spanish hurdler Maria Patino was barred from the Olympic team for failing the gender test; Her testes were hidden in her labia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
During the filming of The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews kept giggling during the love scene between Maria and Captain Von Trapp because the lights above her were making so much noise. As a result, director Robert Wise turned the lights off and filmed the scene in silhouette. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Christopher Columbus's famous ship the Santa Maria was not a galleon, but rather a "carrack." Galleons did not exist in 1492, and would only later evolve from carracks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of Juana Maria, the last indigenous inhabitant of San Nicolas Island. After Aleut otter hunters massacred most of her tribe, a relocation effort of the survivors to the mainland ended with her being stranded alone on the island for 18 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jua…
Today I learned of Juana Maria - A native woman who survived all alone on an island for 18-20 years until her discovery in 1853 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jua…
Today I learned of Louis XIV of France, who had many bastard children and mistresses while married to his cousin, Queen Maria Theresa of Spain, settled down and married a common woman named Francoise when the Queen died. He stayed faithful to her until the day he died, despite his adulteress past. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Maria Anna Mozart, sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was also a talented musician, but once she reached a "marriageable age", her parents would no longer permit her to show her artistic talents. wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_…
Contrary to urban legend, the woman who accepted Marlon Brando's 1973 Academy Award was in fact a Native American. Sacheen Littlefeather was born Maria Cruz to a white mother & full-blooded (but mixed tribe) Native dad. John Wayne had to be restrained from dragging her off stage. indiancountrytodaymediane…
Pablo Picasso's full name is Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Crispiniano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pab…
Maria Grazia "Lella" Lombardi is the only woman ever to score points in a Formula 1 auto race, and that was by finishing sixth in a shortened race. jalopnik.com/lella-lombar…

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