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…
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…
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 founder and lead singer of new-wave band Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh, also composed the music for many TV shows including The Rugrats and Pee-wee's Playhouse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
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-…
There is a proposed punctuation mark for irony and sarcasm, but due to lack of adoption it remains unused en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
In 1917, 7 years after Mark Twain's death, two spiritualist mediums claimed that Twain’s ghost had dictated them a new novel via Ouija Board. The novel was published, received very poor reviews and the book publisher was prosecuted by the Twain estate. splinternews.com/how-mark…
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…
Modern US nuclear-powered aircraft carriers typically refuel only once in their lifespan, at around the halfway mark of 25 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ref…
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 David Chapman, the man who shot and killed musician John Lennon, is still alive and is up for parole for the 11th time. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Mark Twain wrote the very first novel that was ever written with a typewriter. That novel was Tom Sawyer twain.lib.virginia.edu/ya…
Serial killer Ted Bundy was convicted and sentenced to death in large part on the basis of now-discredited forensic bite mark evidence. Though there was other evidence implicating him and he later confessed to the killings anyway, so no one doubts his guilt. oxygen.com/blogs/how-ted-…
Mark Wahlberg loved his giant penis prosthetic from Boogie Nights so much that he would wear it even in scenes where he didn't need it movieweb.com/boogie-night…
Tattoos in Japan (Irezumi) were banned from 1868-1948. Traditional Japanese tattoos were associated with the yakuza (Japanese Mafia) as they were used to mark the skin of outlaws. To this day they retain a stigma of criminality and many businesses still ban customers with tattoos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ire…
The hyperinflation of German currency got so bad that in 1919 a loaf of bread cost β„³4.00 marks but by 1923, a loaf of bread cost β„³650,000,000. Restrooms had to post signage asking patrons to use toilet paper instead of currency as the currency was clogging the toilets and plumbing. learnsomethinginteresting…
In 2016 after a video essay by Every Frame a Painting criticised the music in the Marvel franchise as being 'unmemorable'. Marvel acknowledge the video and sought to improve their scores, with Mark Mothersbaugh paving the way in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) the following year. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
Rubber, the material, got its name on 1770 when Joseph Priestley noted that a piece was extremely good for rubbing off pencil marks on paper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Edward Rulloff, a 19th-century serial killer, doctor, philologist, and inventor, was deemed so intelligent that even after his conviction for murder, some believed he was too valuable to be hanged. Even Mark Twain jokingly offered to find a replacement to take his place at the gallows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Mark Fisher, who designed the stage for Pink Floyd’s original THE WALL concert also went on to design stages for U2, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Madonna, and Metallica. stufish.com/about/mark-fi…
The Urban Legend that Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) was responsible for Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) auditioning for Star Wars is NOT true. Though they were friends, Mark Hamill says that Robert Englund was 1 of several people who told him and his agent had already scheduled an audition. comicbook.com/starwars/ne…
The US military has never banned the use of napalm on military targets away from civilian areas, and still has a type of bomb very similar to napalm called the Mark 77 that has been used in both Iraq and Afghanistan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about Dr. Rodney Marks, an Australian astrophysicist who died from methanol poisoning while working at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. The cause of the fatal methanol poisoning has never been determined. Forty-nine other people were at the base at the time of Marks' death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Today I learned about Grace Hopper (1906-1992). She was rejected by the Navy during WWII due to her age, her weight-to-height ratio and utility as a mathematics professor. Instead she became a programmer of the Harvard Mark I computer, and later popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
That, in 2009, the National Academy of Sciences found only DNA analysis could rigorously and consistently match evidence to a single person/source with high confidence. Other methods, especially pattern matching (fingerprints, handwriting, bite marks, footprints, hair, fibers, etc.), could not. ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/g…
The fastest human powered vehicle on water was 18.5 knots/21.3 mph/34km/h , set by Mark Drela in 1991 using a hydrofoil Decavitator. Some think it took undue advantage of a Dupont Prize rule allowing for 3mph tail wind. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The day after John Lennon was murdered, Mark D. Chapman was supposed to attend a David Bowie concert, as Bowie was his next target. Lennon and Yoko Ono were supposed to go to the show too, so when the show started, there were three empty seats in front row. The ones for Lennon, Ono and Chapman adelaidenow.com.au/lifest…
Mark Hamill visited a dying fan in the hospital and answered every question as Luke Skywalker because the fan couldn't tell reality from fiction anymore. hollywoodreporter.com/amp…
Battle of Grunwald painting depicting Polish-Lithuanian victory over German Teutonic Order topped list of most wanted paintings by Nazis, whoes aim was to destroy it. Bounty of 10M marks was offred by Goebbles and several restance mebers died protecting its location, but it survived the war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of Friedrich Wilhelm Voight, a German man who in 1906 impersonated a Prussian military officer and rounded up a group of soldiers in order to steal over 4,000 marks from the municipal treasury of KΓΆpenick en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Anton LaVey's writings (author of "The Satanic Bible") were influenced by Ayn Rand, Friedrich Nietzsche, H. L. Mencken, the members of the carnival with whom LaVey had supposedly worked in his youth, P. T. Barnum, Mark Twain, John Milton, and Lord Byron. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Car and Driver testing revealed that the Lincoln Continental Mark V was quieter than the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and had better city fuel economy. curbsideclassic.com/blog/…
American rapper Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album β€˜DAMN’. This marks the first time the Pulitzer Prize in Music went to someone outside the classical or jazz community. npr.org/sections/therecor…
An 18th century American businessman published a book in which he ranted about politicians, the clergy, and his wife. It had no punctuation and had random capitalization. In the 2nd edition, he added an extra page with 13 lines of punctuation marks, stating that readers could put them anywhere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
The "Never argue with a fool" quote lacks proof crediting it to Mark Twain. The oldest suspected source is biblical proverbs 26:4 and 26:5: "Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him. Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes." checkyourfact.com/2019/08…
Today I learned that, if it weren't for Planet of the Apes (2001 film), Mark Wahlberg could have been "Rusty" Ryan (Ocean's Eleven) and Tim Roth, Severus Snape (Harry Potter). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Today I learned of Talitha Kum, a network of thousands of Catholic nuns working to end subjugation of women. The religious sisters reportedly masquerade as prostitutes in order to rescue women from brothels. The term Talitha Kum is Aramaic from the Gospel of Mark which means "Maiden, I say to you, arise." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tal…
As Late Republican Rome descended into civil war, the collection of precious rocks was exploited in elite political competition. Senator Nonius refused to sell Mark Antony his opal ring for 2 million sesterces, so the triumvir proscribed him. He fled into exile with nothing but his gem. perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/…
This year marks 61 years since the US has added a state, making this the longest the country has ever gone without adding a state. In the USA's 233 years, it's added a state every 6.3 years on average. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Australian medical pioneers, doctor Mark Lidwill and physicist Edgar Booth, developed the first artificial pacemaker in the 1920s. Lidwill even used the invention in 1928 to revive a stillborn baby, who went on to make a full recovery. sydney.edu.au/medicine/mu…
A booker for WCW once told Mark Calaway, then using the name Mean Mark Callous, that nobody would ever pay to see him wrestle. The next year he left the company and joined WWF and started wrestling as The Undertaker en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
After his presidency, US Grant lost nearly every cent in a Ponzi scheme. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with terminal throat cancer. Pushing through the pain, and with the help of Mark Twain, Grant penned his autobiography in order to not leave his wife with no financial security. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Both Andrew Carnegie and Mark Twain opposed the United States' purchase of the Philippines during the Treaty of Paris. Carnegie later offered to buy the Philippines' independence but was denied. esquiremag.ph/long-reads/…
Ryan Gosling gained 60 pounds for a role in Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones" by drinking melted Haagen Dazs ice cream when he was thirsty. He was fired days before production began and replaced with Mark Wahlberg. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
In 1952, West Germany agreed to reparations and paid Israel 3.45 billion deutsche marks, or more than $7 billion in today’s dollars for psychological trauma, for offense to Jewish honor, for life insurance, and for time spent in concentration camps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
Mark Hamill voices Master Eraqus and Leonard Nimoy voices Master Xehanort in Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep. The game’s creator, Tetsuya Nomura, cast them because the rivalry between the characters mirrors the rivalry between Star Wars and Star Trek. khwiki.com/Eraqus
A boy dying of an incurable illness wanted to meet Luke Skywalker (in character). His mental state devolved to the point where he did not realise Luke was fictional. Mark Hamill agreed to dress up in character and meet the boy. He spent hours answering questions. bestlifeonline.com/this-m…
Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO had the worlds largest ruby carved in to a turd on an ice cream cone. greyartgallery.nyu.edu/20…
"a moron in a hurry" is a legal test for trademark infringement in which two trade marks are considered to be different enough from each other to coexist if only a moron in a hurry would confuse them. This test has been applied in cases in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_m…
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was challenged to a duel against James Laird. Clemens' marksmanship was so dreadful that his friend, Steve Gillis, shot off the head of a small bird before Laird arrived and told him that Clemens had shot it down. Thus, Laird retreated in fear and canceled the match. washingtontimes.com/news/…
Today I learned about the spitting stone in Bremen, Germany, where people express their disgust by spitting at a stone which marks the execution spot of Gesche Gottfried who poisoned 15 people with arsenic during the early 19th century. bremen.eu/tourism/attract…
Mark Wahlberg was supposed to play the lead role in 'Donnie Darko' but he refused cause he couldn't play it without a lisp. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
There’s a β€œdead spot” in the Black Sea where scientists have found ships as old as 1200 years preserved well enough to see chisel marks from original builder. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Ryan Gosling gained 60 pounds by drinking melted ice cream to play the father in Peter Jackson's 'The Lovely Bones.' He was then told he was too fat to play the part and the role went to Mark Wahlberg. abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
Hippos will spray their poop using their tails in order to mark their territory. Since baby hippos' intestines are sterile, they eat their mother's feces in order to mark their territory as well. technology.org/2018/12/05…
In 1968 RAF pilot Alan Pollock illegally flew his Hawker Hunter Jet through the span of Tower Bridge in Central London. His actions were to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the RAF and as a demonstration against the Ministry of Defence for not recognising it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
UK surgeon Simon Bramhall marked his initials with an argon beam on the livers of two of his patients. A colleague saw β€œSB” on a liver during a follow-up surgery. The marks aren't believed to be harmful to the liver but Bramhall pleaded guilty to assault. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
After Brazil's defeat in FIFA World Cup Final 1998, a parliamentary hearing into Nike's role in the national squad saw Brazilian senators ask football players questions such as "Whose role was it to mark Zidane"? theguardian.com/media/200…
Today I learned of stuntman Mark Joseph Connolly, who sued for damages when he was permanently injured being hit by a flying motorbike while filming Mission Impossible II in 1999. In 2007, he died at age 45 of unrelated pancreatic cancer a few hours after learning he had won about a $1 million settlement. nzherald.co.nz/entertainm…
The Gerber Mark II combat knife originally had a 5 degree offset between the blade and the grip, one of the reasons being to ride in the sheath more comfortably - many were returned because of a 'bent blade'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Today I learned about Carl Schurz, at first a soldier in the German revolution of '48, who busted out his friend from a prison in Berlin, fled on a boat to Edinburg, emigrated to the US, became a Union General in the Civil War, then US Senator, and later secretary of the interior. Mark Twain wrote his obituary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Villages in Northern Portugal mark their boats and homes with runic symbols depending on which family they belong to. These same symbols have been found in Fyn Denmark where it's called "bomarken" or "home-marks" and was a widely held practice in older Scandinavia. enacademic.com/dic.nsf/en…
Today I learned about a beauty contest held in Singapore in 1998, which awarded 60% of the marks for knowledge of the internet. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/scien…
Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg began developing a fleet of spacecraft in 2016 that can travel to the Alpha Centauri star system powered by sunlight independent.co.uk/news/sc…
A loaf of bread in Berlin that cost around 160 Marks at the end of 1922 cost 200,000,000,000 Marks by late 1923. By November 1923, the US dollar was worth 4,210,500,000,000 German marks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Sigmund Freud, Malcolm X, were amongst the supporters of the Shakespeare authorship question, arguing that Shakespeare was a front to shield the identity of the real author or authors, who for some reason did not want or could not accept public credit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Mark Walton, the voice of Rhino in the 2008 Disney movie Bolt, was only supposed to record the character's scratch voice for reference. He ended up performing so well that the directors decided to give him the part. nytimes.com/2008/11/16/mo…
There are twin astronauts, Mark and Scott Kelly, born on February 21 1964. Scott spent 340 days in the International Space Station. During and after Scott's year-long mission, the brothers were studied to find physical differences caused by living in space versus a baseline on Earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about the Q source, a hypothetical text that, with the gospel of Mark, contain the original material that the gospels of Matthew and Luke elaborated upon. And the Q source theory got traction with the discovery of the complete copy of the gospel of Thomas in 1945. wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_sour…
Kai Hahto and the rest of Wintersun recorded the music for Time II back in 2006 and the studio is just waiting to release the album when the time is right (around the 30 minutes mark). youtube.com/watch?v=c2grQ…
Mark St. John, lead guitarist for KISS on one album, 1984's Animalize, died from a brain hemorrhage under mysterious circumstances in 2007. His girlfriend said it was the result of a beating he received in jail. Coroner said overdose. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of Kenny "K-Strass" Strasser. Before achieving fame as Nate on The Office, comedian Mark Proksch convinced multiple news shows that he was a Yo-Yo Master named "K Strass". He appeared an multiple morning shows, often unable to do basic Yo-Yo tricks deadspin.com/fake-yo-yo-t…
Today I learned about the cookiecutter shark. The name refers to its feeding habit of gouging round plugs, as if cut with a cookie cutter, out of larger animals. Marks made by cookiecutter sharks have been found on a wide variety of marine life, as well as on submarines, undersea cables, and even human bodies! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coo…
The 'Space Window' at Washington National Cathedral features a moon rock returned to Earth by Neil Armstrong and his Apollo 11 crew. The cathedral hosted a memorial service for Armstrong in 2012 to mark the passing of the first moonwalker space.com/17579-neil-arms…
Today I learned of the 1904 disaster of the burning and sinking of sidewheel passenger steamboat PS General Slocum. At the time of the accident, she was on a chartered run carrying members of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church to a church picnic. An estimated 1,021 of the 1,342 people on board died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PS_…
In Germany, November 1923, the cost of a loaf of bread rose to over a billion marks due to hyperinflation businessinsider.com/hyper…
In an effort to protect his privacy, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg paid more than $30 million for four houses surrounding his Palo Alto home, including one he bought for $14 million, even though it was valued at the time at $3.71 million. money.com/mark-zuckerberg…
To prepare for the role of Mark Renton in Trainspotting; Ewan McGregor considered injecting heroin to better understand the character. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
, Mark Felt, ex-FBI Ass. Director, had job where he had to find out if Red Cross toilet paper misled consumers into thinking it was endorsed by the US Red Cross.He found that 1)Most people DID use toilet paper &2) did not appreciate being asked about it.He applied & started at FBI the next year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
LimeWire founded in 2000 by Mark Gorton. In 2010, LimeWire was ordered cease operations after losing a court battle with the RIAA. In 2011, the RIAA sued LimeWire for $72 trillion - a sum greater than the global GDP. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lim…
Today I learned about Octavia Minor, Augustus' sister, and wife of Mark Antony. Her abandonment and divorce from Antony in favor of Cleopatra led to the Final War of the Roman Republic after which Augustus became sole ruler of Rome. Augustus granted her full financial autonomy and made it a crime to insult her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oct…
North American glacier iceworms, native to Pacific coastal areas from Alaska to Washington, are the only annelid worms known to spend their entire lives in glacial ice, capable of completing their entire lifecycles at or below the freezing mark.They usually perish when temperatures reach 40F/4C. alaskacenters.gov/explore…
Mark Twain authored a revised version of The Battle Hymn of the Republic in response to the US Imperialism and the Philippine-American War in 1900. Lines include "Mine eyes have seen the orgy of the launching of the Sword" and "As Christ died to make men holy, let men die to make us rich" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The now-forgotten Booth Tarkington was once considered one of the greatest American novelists, mentioned in the same breath as Mark Twain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
Nutrition professor Mark Haub lost 27 pounds on a Twinkie/Dorito/Sugar diet to prove that weight loss is based on caloric intake, and not on nutrition. cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08…
McDonalds sued Irish fast food chain Supermac for trade mark infringement but failed and ended up losing their Big Mac trade mark as well because they were unable to prove that they had used the Big Mac trade mark in the EU. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Tabby cats are defined as having an "M" mark on their forehead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tab…
Today I learned of Katie Brumbach, a 20th century strongwoman who met her husband of 52 years after he took her on in the circus ring; her father was offering a 100 gold marks to anyone who could defeat his daughter. An aspiring acrobat named Max Heymann took her on, but lost. He then fell in love with her. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Mathematician Claude E. Shannon published his article "A Mathematical Theory of Communication" in 1948. One year later it was renamed "THE Mathematical Theory of Communication". The article marks the foundation of an entire new field of mathematics, information theory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_M…
The check mark is believed to have been created during the Roman Empire. "V" was used to shorten the word "veritas", meaning 'truth'. This was used to indicate yes, true, or confirmed on items in a list. Over time, the design of the mark changed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Mark Knopfler agreed to allow Weird Al to parody "Money For Nothing" on the condition that Knopfler play the lead guitar on the track to add "authenticity." ifc.com/shows/comedy-bang…
University of Reading researcher Mark Gasson is the first human known to be infected by a computer virus. nbcnews.com/id/37360942/n…
Mark Augustus Landis (born 1955) is an American painter whom is best known for "donating" large numbers of forged paintings and drawings (deemed authentic) to American art museums. The damages of his 'gifts' is however estimated to be around 5 million dollars despite not breaking any laws. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Mark Zuckerberg has an AI assistant name Jarvis who is voiced by Morgan Freeman. bbc.com/news/technology-3…
Mark Hollis frontman of Talk Talk retired from music and public life to spend more time with his family. vice.com/en_uk/article/j5…
Using an asterisk to mark a correction has been common practice in stenotype typewriting since the 1800s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Mark Hamill was originally hired to voice Invader Zim. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inv…

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