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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 filming The Empire Strikes Back, every actor except Mark Hamill & James Earl Jones was kept in the dark about Darth Vader being Luke's father. David Prowse's (Vader's physical actor whose voice Jones dubbed over) script had the line "No, Obi-Wan killed your father" instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Mark Hamill's laughter as the Joker was based on his Mozart laughter when he played the title role in Amadeus on Broadway. cinemablend.com/televisio…
There is an actual metal pole that marks the south pole. Aside from the ceremonial pole, there is a much smaller pole that must be replaced regularly to account for changing conditions. wikitravel.org/en/South_P…
Mark Twain's neighbor who was 6 at the time of his death helped imitate his voice for the film "Journey to Jerusalem" as no recordings of Twain's voice were present. Although the Dictaphone was available, he hated it and wanted his autobiography to be published 100 years after his death. screenbinge.com/sb-origin…
When the band Black Label Society didn't have a bass player for a video shoot, they brought in a stand-in. That stand-in was Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg. youtube.com/watch?v=csnvx…
Today I learned about The Apostrophe Protection Society which was a UK society with "the specific aim of preserving the correct use of this currently much abused punctuation mark". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Scholars think that Constantinople’s fall in 1453, and the exodus of Greeks to Italy, helped mark the end of the Medieval era and the start of the Renaissance, with the Byzantine intellectuals changing the course of humanism and the Renaissance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
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 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…
Mark Twain had a lifelong feud with the USPS. He called the cost of mailing letters to England "downright robbery," and remarked that "when England in 1848 invented stamps, my feelings were decidedly anti-English." atlasobscura.com/articles…
Queen Elizabeth I made a bet with Sir Walter Raleigh that he couldn’t weigh the smoke of a new import from America - tobacco. She lost the bet. [5:16 mark] youtu.be/pR8JUQVbaEg
The song "Sultans of Swing" was inspired by Mark Knopfler witnessing a shoddy pub band playing to a small, drunken crowd. At the end of their set, the singer finished with β€œGoodnight and thank you. We are the Sultans Of Swing.”. loudersound.com/features/…
Fulvia, the wife of Mark Antony, joyfully stabbed the tongue of dead Cicero several times with her hairpin in a final act of revenge against Cicero's power of speech. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ful…
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…
Mark Hamill went to Comic-Con dressed as a stormtrooper and took photos with a bunch of unknowing fans cnn.com/2018/07/23/entert…
Tree resin (Elastomer or Rubber) was actually used around 1736 to make bouncing balls or to make waterproof shoes. It was then that it was discovered that it could β€œRUB” out pencil marks, hence the name β€œRubber”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
John Lennon's assassin, Mark David Chapman, was married shortly before the murder. They are still married 41 years later and are allowed once a year conjugal visits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Sirocco, the Kakapo that gained global fame by his frisky encounter with zoologist Mark Carwadine, is New Zealand's official Spokesbird for conservation (partly because of said global fame) doc.govt.nz/sirocco
The year 1972 marks the United States’ first Olympic loss in basketball to the Soviets, by 51-50. Despite the ruling, the American basketball team felt "robbed" and subsequently boycotted the medal ceremony, refusing to accept their silver medals to this day. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Back in history Poland had a currency named Mark - just like Germany polishhistory.pl/the-mark…
Mark Zuckerberg spends $30 million on four homes to ensure privacy nbcnews.com/businessmain/…
In the throughout the centuries, many people carved their names on the walls of Hagia Sophia to leave their mark. It was not until 1964 that the cracks on the balcony of the upper gallery were transcribed as "Halvdan was here". Presumably written in the 9th century by a Viking soldier. fellowprimo.com/the-bored…
Mark Hoppus came up with the opening riff to 'What's My Age Again?' by messing up the intro to Green Day's 'J.A.R.' kroq.radio.com/articles/r…
Mark Zuckerberg once lost a game of Scrabble to a teenager on a corporate jet. This frustrated him so much that he built a computer program to find him all the word options for his letters theguardian.com/technolog…
"Uptown Funk" is not a song by Bruno Mars. The song is by British producer Mark Ronson, and Mars is simply "featured" on the track. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upt…
Hindus as a mark of respect and gratitude to God , show number of dishes to God called Annakut and distribution it among the less privileged on the occasion of Diwali. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gov…
In 828 Venice needed a new patron saint, they managed to discretely steal the body of St. Mark in Alexandria from the Abbasid Caliphate by hiding him in a shipment labeled β€˜Pork’ so that the guards (who followed Islam) wouldn’t be able to open it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Leeches have 10 stomachs, 32 brains, 9 pairs of testicles, and several hundred teeth that leave a distinctive bite mark. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
A Plaque in Plainfield, Indiana marks the spot where a Carriage Driver intentionally drove through a huge mudhole to fling ex-President Martin Van Buren out of the carriage and into the mud. Van Buren had opposed a bill that would have funded improvements to the National Road. npr.org/2011/07/17/137794…
Chase Bank and J.P. Morgan & Co helped Germany in WWII by allowing Nazi sympathizers to purchase Marks (known as RΓΌckwanderer) with dollars to fund the war effort. The banks also turned over their client lists to the Nazis who in turn used it to recruit spies in the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Grasshopper Mouse survives on a meat-based diet and is not only immune to scorpion venom, but converts it into a pain killer. It is also known as the Werewolf Mouse because it howls to mark its territory. youtube.com/watch?v=1K9mO…
In 1994 RΓ³isΓ­n Murphy approached producer Mark Brydon with the chat-up line "Do you like my tight sweater? See how it fits my body!". The two not only started dating each other, but also founded the band Moloko, with a debut album titled "Do You Like My Tight Sweater?". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
Mark Twain wrote an essay entitled Concerning the Jews. He claimed Jews didn't do their part of fighting in America's military. In response, the War Department revealed that Jewish Americans were represented in the military in a larger percentage than their share of the population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Mark Spitz, nine-time Olympic swimming champion, jokingly told a Russian journalist in 1972 that his moustache increased his speed in the water, deflecting water away from his mouth. By 1973 the Russian men’s swimming team had, according to Spitz, all grown moustaches. olympic.org/news/snapped-…
The Karate Kid is a semi-autobiographical story based on the life of American screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
There is a beetle that can actually shoot BOILING liquid as a defensive mechanism! (3:20 mark) youtube.com/watch?v=W3sxJ…
In 2007, a guitar intended for charity and signed by Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler, Bill Wyman, Gary Moore, Pete Townsend & Brian May, was 'lost' when it was given to a parcel company. The guitar appeared 10 years later in an on-line auction and was recovered by the police rainbows.co.uk/news/lost-…
Today I learned of a giant "WELCOME TO CLEVELAND" sign on a rooftop in the flight path of a Milwaukee airport. It has been causing confusion to passengers since 1978. Creator, Mark Gubin, said: "Living in the world is not a dress rehearsal. You better have fun with it." aviationhumor.net/this-gu…
The storm that strands Mark Watney in The Martian is not actually possible mars.nasa.gov/news/1854/t…
The 2013 MLB first overall draft pick Mark Appel is just the third first pick to never play in the majors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Big circles of brick set in the pavement of some San Francisco intersections aren't meant as old-timey street decoration. They mark buried emergency water tanks in case the city ever catches fire again. They were put in after The Great Fire of 1906 (the big earthquake then broke water mains). atlasobscura.com/places/1…
In England, the period, as in the punctuation mark indicating the end of a sentence, is called a full stop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/per…
Congress has met outside Washington DC twice since 1800: July 16, 1987, at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of ratification of the Constitution, & at Federal Hall in New York on September 11, 2002, to mark the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…

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