Today I learned of Mark Roberts, a man from England who has streaked at more than 565 international events. He has his own set of 'rules' for streaking: don't interrupt the play of a game, be prepared to spend an evening in jail, have a good lawyer on hand, and don't eat spicy food the night before a streak news.sky.com/story/ill-ne…
German hyperinflation after WWI was so bad by 1923 the US dollar was worth 4.2 trillion marks (before the war it was about four marks). Restaurants even stopped printing menus because by the time food arrived prices had gone up. One guy ordered coffee at 5000 marks, the second cup cost him 9000. amusingplanet.com/2017/12…
The sign above the gates to Auschwitz-Birkenau, which reads 'Arbeit macht frei' (Work Sets You Free), was made by prisoners in the metalworking labor detail. The prisoners deliberately reversed the letter "B" as a camouflaged mark of disobedience. auschwitz.org/en/museum/n…
Samuel Clemons got his pen name of "Mark Twain" from when he worked with steamboats; it was the measurement of a river depth of 12 feet, which was a safe depth for the boats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Mark Riedl developed software to create parody lyrics to existing songs and dubbed his creation 'Weird A.I. Yankovic'. vice.com/en/article/m7jpp…
Today I learned about Jan Davis and Mark Lee, two NASA astronauts who were secretly married shortly before their launch on the space shuttle, becoming the only married couple to travel to space together time.com/4218472/astronau…
The Exeter Book, written in the 10th century and commonly seen as a building block of English literature, has been used as both a cutting board and a coaster; the opening pages have deep knife marks, and several folios of the book are stained with a circular ring atlasobscura.com/articles…
A South African farmer rescued a baby hippo from a flood and gave it a home. The farmer fed him, brushed his teeth and helped him. The farmer was found dead with severe bite marks from the hippo and his body submerged in the river where he rescued the hippo 6 years earlier news.sky.com/story/pet-hi…
In 1933, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt were at a White House event when they whimsically abandoned their guests for a joyride. Both took turns flying and Roosevelt later stated, "It does mark an epoch, doesn't it, when a girl in an evening dress and slippers can pilot a plane at night." baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
CIA revealed a "heart attack" gun in 1975. A battery operated gun which fired a dart of frozen water & shellfish toxin. Once inside the body it would melt leaving only a small red mark on the victim where it entered. The official cause of death would always be a heart attack. historycollection.com/con…
Mark Hamill auditioned for the role of Mozart in the movie adaptation of 'Amadeus' after playing the role on broadway, but was rejected after a studio executive said, "I don't want Luke Skywalker in this film". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The expletive "Jesus H. Christ" was first documented by Mark Twain in his autobiography en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes…
Mark Ruffalo won his role in Shutter Island by sending a fan letter to Martin Scorsese in which he told him how much he’d love to work with him. Ruffalo's future co-stars Robert Downey Jr and Josh Brolin were being considered for the role. screenrant.com/shutter-is…
The 20th Century Fox logo has a hidden sync mark. The flash in the bottom right at 0:11 lines up with the last beat before the finale. Editors & mixers use that to make sure the audio & picture are in sync. youtube.com/watch?v=lsgSG…
There were 53 extras in the 1993 film Philadelphia with AIDS or were HIV positive, and 43 of them had died by the end of 1994. During his Golden Globe acceptance speech for Best Actor, Tom Hanks paid tribute to the courage and humanity of one extra named Mark Sorensen. orlandosentinel.com/news/…
Before 1952 golfers couldn't mark their ball on the green, even if it interfered with another player's putt usga.org/articles/2016/07…
Today I learned of the K-Wagen, a prototype German super heavy tank. This 120 tonne, 13 meter (42ft 8in) behemoth would have outweigh the allied Mark IV tank by almost 90 tonnes ! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-W…
Eccentric 18th-century American businessman Timothy Dexter authored a book complaining about politicians, the clergy, and his wife. The book contained no punctuation, so in the second edition, he added a page with 11 lines of punctuation marks, for the readers to distribute them as they pleased en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
The black dots you see in movies are called cue marks and exist to signal the projectionist that the current reel of the film was ending. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cue…
Dik-diks, a small antelope species, mark their territories with their TEARS thedodo.com/daily-dodo/di…
In October 1923, Germany experienced a 29,500% hyperinflation (roughly 21% interest per day). The hyperinflation in October 1923 produced banknote denominations of 100 trillion Mark. At the end of the hyperinflation, these notes were worth approximately Β£5 sterling or $24 USD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Sushruta, the first known plastic surgeon specialized in rhinoplasty i.e. nose reconstruction. This was important in ancient India as convicted criminals and women accused of adultry had their noses amputated as a mark of untrustworthiness. Rhinoplasty offered them a chance to escape the stigma. ancient.eu/sushruta/
Since India has more than 400 million vegetarians, every packaged food or toothpaste in India must have a mark to distinguish whether it is vegetarian or non-vegetarian. The vegetarian symbol is a green square with a green dot in the centre while the non vegetarian is the same in red. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veg…
Micky Ward is credited for the boxing technique used in Marky Mark and the funky Bunches music video for "Good Vibrations". Mark Wahlberg would go on to play Ward in the 2010 film The Fighter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo…
Today I learned of John, a teen who was the first person in the UK charged with inciting his own murder. He found his real-life friend Mark in a chatroom and convinced Mark to kill him (John) via a web of fictional characters. Mark stabbed John, convinced the CIA had ordered him to. crimeandinvestigation.co.…
Today I Learned that in Japanese culture, the check mark symbol means 'incorrect', whereas the symbol for 'correct' is a circle. w3.org/standards/webdesig…
Mark Ruffalo had brain cancer when his wife was pregnant with their first child, and had to fight through facial paralysis and balance problems for months. cancerhorizons.com/cancer…
Joe Green alongside Mark Zuckerberg created Facemash the hot or not predecessor to Facebook. Green was offered shares of Facebook, but turned them down since Greens father famous Mathematician Mark Green told him to stay out of trouble. Those shares today are worth billions of dollars en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
Astronauts Mark Lee and Jan Davis married in secret 9 months before their joint flight to the ISS and didn't tell NASA until it was too late to train replacements. They are the only married couple to have ever flown in space together. vice.com/en_us/article/3d…
While Mark Zuckerberg was critical overall of his portrayal in "The Social Network", he was impressed by the accuracy of his depicted wardrobe: "Like every single shirt and fleece they had in that movie is actually a shirt or fleece that I own" theguardian.com/film/2010…
Because the original Pac-Man game stores the level counter as an 8-bit integer, an overflow error occurs when reaching level 256. This causes the level map to only half load, rendering it unbeatable. Making it to level 256 was used as a mark of prestige amongst players. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
F1 driver Ayrton Senna once claimed he crashed because a wall moved. A team engineer humored him and checked the location of the crash and discovered Senna was telling the truth. Tire marks showed that someone had hit the wall block, causing it to tilt and protrude enough for Senna to hit it. essentiallysports.com/gre…
Bassist Mark Hoppus of blink-182 stated that the opening guitar riff of the blink-182 song "What's My Age Again?" was created by him trying and failing to play the opening bass riff of the Green Day song "J.A.R." on his guitar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.A…
Australian convicted criminal Mark "Chopper" Reid had an inmate cut off both his ears to get transferred to another division and avoid an ambush by other inmates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 2018 IBM’s AI Project Debater (remember IBM Deep Blue on Jeopardy?) took on world recognized debate champion Harish Natarajan and actually held its own against him. You can skip to the 11:26 mark for the actual debate. Audio level of the AI gets better roughly a minute later. youtu.be/m3u-1yttrVw
Most of the LOTR major cast got matching tattoos with the number 9 in "elvish" to signify the 9 main actors of the movie. The director also got involved and got a tattoo with the number 10 in "elvish". The tattoos left their marks at the end of filming "LOTR - The Fellowship of the Ring" tattoodo.com/a/the-matchi…
Skateboarder Mark Anthony "Gator" Rogowski & his girlfriend at the time, Brandi McClain, were featured in the music video for Tom Petty’s 1989 hit song β€˜Free Fallin.’ After a messy breakup, he would go on to brutally assault and murder Jessica Bernstein, Brandi’s friend, two years later. villagevoice.com/2020/09/…
Today I learned about the Lion of Lucerne, a 30-foot long lion carved into the side of a quarry. The monument is dedicated to the Swiss Guards who were massacred during the French Revolution. Dying from a spear, the lion was described by Mark Twain as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world." atlasobscura.com/places/l…
Rolls Royce uses the leather of 15 to 18 Bulls per car, raised in cold climates to prevent marks from insect bites. Cows aren't used because they might have stretch marks from pregnancies. thehogring.com/2011/03/22…
Mark Twain made a substantial amount of money throughout his career but lost most of it. He lost the equivalent of $9,000,000 on a typesetting machine investment, his publishing company failed after selling only 200 copies of one of his books, & he was forced to sell his house in Connecticut. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
1945 marks the only time in Oscars history an individual was nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for playing the same role in the same film: Barry Fitzgerald in Going My Way (1944). He won for Best Supporting Actor while his co-star, Bing Crosby, won the Best Actor award. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/17t…
The author Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) and author Harriet Beecher Stow (Uncle Tom's Cabin) were neighbors in Hartford, Connecticut. connecticuthistory.org/wh…
"Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer", "Run Run, Rudolph", "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", and "A Holly Jolly Christmas" were all written by the same guy - Johnny Marks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The romans used sling bullets to trash talk their opponents. Many such bullets from the Perusine war(between Octavian and Mark Antony's relatives) were discovered, with simple inscriptions like "take that", or more elaborate, like "Lucius Antonius the bald, and Fulvia, show us your arse" historyofinformation.com/…
The theme music for MTV's Liquid Television was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liq…
6 years after resigning, Nixon testified on behalf of former FBI assistant director Mark Felt at Felt's own trial, and gave money to Felt's defense fund. In 2005 Felt revealed he had been "Deep Throat", Bob Woodward's source while breaking the Watergate scandal that led to Nixon's resignation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Tina Turner's hit song, "Private Dancer" was written by Mark Knopfler and intended for the Dire Straits. However, Mark felt the lyrics he wrote were unsuitable for him. When Tina recorded it, she had Jeff Beck do the solo to which Mark said, "it's the world's second ugliest guitar solo." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
An archaeological site near Ebbsfleet containing iron weapons (a javelin included) and battle wounded bones marks the location where Julius Caesar and his troops landed and encamped in Britain around 54 BC, the first archaeological site revealing evidence of Caesar's invasion of Britain smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
After the fallout of Bernie Madoff, his son Mark committed suicide, and his other son Andrew died of cancer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Mark Mothersbaugh, co-founder, lead singer, keyboardist of 1980's new wave powerhouse DEVO, was the composer for Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok soundtrack and is signed on for Thor: Love and Thunder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…

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