After Marcelo Bielsa became manager of Leeds United FC, he found out that the average fan had to work 3 hours to pay for a match ticket. He called his players together and made them pick up litter from around the training ground for 3 hours, to appreciate how the fans laboured for their passion theguardian.com/football/…
The former World Chess Champion G. Kasparov described Hungarian female chess player PolgΓ‘r as a "circus puppet" and said that women chess players should stick to having children. Later in September 2002, in the Russia versus the Rest of the World Match, PolgΓ‘r defeated Garry Kasparov. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
English cricket great Denis Compton was renowned for his absent-mindedness. He once arrived at a match without his kitbag, so he used an antique bat from the stadium's museum; and during a major celebration in honour of his 70th birthday, his mother rang, telling him that he was only 69 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
John Walker created the match by accident in 1826. He was scraping a mixture of dried chemicals off of a stick in his hearth and it caught fire. Against the advice of friends he did not patent his idea, leading to others greatly profiting off of his invention thenorthernecho.co.uk/new…
For the first Superman movie producers wanted Christopher Reeve to wear fake muscles under the suit but he refused. He instead started an intense two-month training program which added 14kg to his 86kg frame. He got so big they had to reshoot earlier scenes as they didn’t match the later shots. aruma.com.au/about-us/blo…
Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts collects classic cars, but doesn't have a driving license. He has a tailored suit to match each car, which he wears while sitting in the driving seat in the garage. hotcars.com/cars-owned-by…
Two Liverpool fans travelled to see Liverpool play against the Belgian team Genk - but by mistake, went to Ghent, 150 km away, only discovering their mistake an hour before the match. After hearing the story, the local team KAA Gent offered them to be VIP guests at an upcoming match against Genk bbc.com/sport/football/50…
Lighters (1823) were invented before matches (1826). The first lighter used hydrogen and platinum. The first friction match was made by an English chemist. reference.com/history/did…
In 2020 two rival Drug Cartels Decided to have a friendly soccer Match. The match ended with 16 deaths and 5 injuries sportbible.com/football/n…
In 1998 There was a soccer match in the Democratic Republic of Congo between Bena Tshadi and Basangana teams. The Score was 1-1 when suddenly lightning struck the pitch during the match and killed all eleven Bena Tshadi players while the the athletes from Basanga came out unscathed. theguardian.com/football/…
In 1971, basketball star Wilt Chamberlain challenged Muhammad Ali to a boxing match. Although the 7' 2" tall Chamberlain had physical advantages over Aliβ€”weighing 60 lbs more and able to reach 14" furtherβ€”Ali got Chamberlain to cancel the bout after taunting him during a shared interview. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muh…
Today I learned of NZ rugby player Wayne Shelford, who in a match against France had a testicle pop from his scrotum mid-match. Upon realizing this he insisted on returning to the game after stitching his own wound back up. theversed.com/10170/his-s…
Arnold Schwartzenneger wanted to dub his own voice for German versions of the Terminator films, but the film studio thought his rural Austrian accent didn’t match the tough-guy role and employed a German voice actor instead. screenrant.com/terminator…
Today I learned about a popular trend in the 1950s, known as Chameleon Streaks or Hair Flashes, where women attached colorful hairpieces to their updos to match their dress or mood. youtu.be/lwVA4t56PLI
Today I learned about Geoff Huish who cut his testicles off when Wales won their match against England in the 2005 Six Nations' Cup scotsman.com/sport/rugby-…
Today I learned about nominative determinism: the theory that people are drawn to jobs that match their names. bbc.com/worklife/article/…
In a 2018 English women's football (soccer) match, the referee, upon being without a coin for the pregame coin toss, had the team captains play rock paper scissors to determine which team would kick-off. The referee was subsequently suspended by the FA for three weeks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
When Southwest Airlines tried to change their motto to β€œJust Plane Smart” in the 1990s, they found out a much smaller company was already using it. To settle the issue, the CEOs of each company engaged in an arm wrestling match and the smaller company, Steven’s Aviation, ended up winning. community.southwest.com/t…
The longest tennis match ever recorded took place in 2010 at Wimbledon. John Isner of the United States beat Nicolas Mahut of France in a match that lasted 11 hours and five minutes. It took 3 days to complete simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
There is a recurring column in the magazine New Scientist that lists people with names that match their professions (i.e. book about polar explorations by author Daniel Snowman). β€œNominative determinism” is the hypothesis that people tend to gravitate towards areas of work that fit their names. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nom…
Dinner (and prime-time television) in Spain starts as late as 10pm because it is in the wrong time zone. In 1940, General Francisco Franco moved clocks one hour forward in solidarity with Nazi Germany but the residents never bothered to adjusted their dinner time to match the new time zone. bbc.com/travel/story/2017…
When the Japanese occupied what is now Malaysia during WWII, they changed the local time zone to match Japan’s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
A human would have to eat 300 hamburgers or a refrigerator full of food just to match the equivalent of what hummingbirds consume to survive every day. video.nationalgeographic.…
In the early 1910s people had to be informed not to attempt lighting electric lights with a match hdl.huntington.org/digita…
The story of PelΓ© causing a ceasefire in the Nigerian Civil War is a myth. There was a heavy Nigerian military presence during the match to deter a Biafran attack. africasacountry.com/2015/…
The lighter was invented before the match wisdombiscuits.com/which-…
The Stasi would store collected sweat samples from interrogations and use dogs to match suspects with odors from crime scenes. deutsches-spionagemuseum.…
Today I learned about the Disgrace of GijΓ³n, a Football (Soccer) match between West Germany and Austria so bad, the German TV Commentator refused to comment the game at one point, the Austrian TV commentator asked people to change the channel, and Spain's newspaper printed the match in their Crimes Section. footiecentral.com/footbal…
Jonno Mears was the first person to win VIA the Boston Crab in a professional MMA match. youtube.com/watch?v=GMMig…
Karen Keegan needed a kidney transplant, so blood relatives tested for compatibility. It was found that her children's DNA did NOT match her own as the mother. Further testing found that she is a genetic chimera, meaning she has the DNA of multiple organisms. She absorbed her twin in the womb. abcnews.go.com/Primetime/…
Today I learned of the 1888 Matchgirl's strike at Bryant & May match factory. If employees complained of toothaches (indicative of 'phossy jaw' - phosphorus necrosis of the jaw), they were told to get the tooth removed or they would be terminated. That and other factors led to a worker's strike. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
In a 1991 football match in Uruguay, a striker was wearing multiple gold chains. When he went up front for a corner, a defender pulled off one of the chains and put it in his sock. Neither the striker nor anyone else noticed, but TV cameras picked it up. At full time, the defender was arre-sted theguardian.com/football/…
The first ever documented football match happened in Canada and was a practice game played on November 9, 1861. varsityblues.ca/sports/20…
Deep Blue versus Garry Kasparov was a pair of chess matches between the then world chess champion Garry Kasparov and an IBM supercomputer called Deep Blue played in 1996 and 1997. The 1997 match was the first defeat of a reigning world chess champion by a computer under tournament conditions. independent.co.uk/sport/g…
In the 1938 World Cup, Brazil were so sure of winning the semi-final against Italy that they requisitioned the only plane to Paris on the day after the match. After losing to Italy, they refused to sell them the tickets, and the Italian team had to travel from Marseilles to Paris by train en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vit…
In 2019, Glastonbury streamed a English FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier match on one of their stages because a player's brother was at the festival and had no other way to watch it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
Sam Allardyce is the only England football manager to have a 100% win record. The team only played one match before he was fired. bbc.com/sport/football/37…
, a bank teller refused to cash Charlize Theron's check when she first came to Hollywood; so she engaged in a shouting match with him. A talent agent, waiting behind her, handed her his business card and subsequently introduced her to casting agents. She made her film debut several months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned about metamerism, a phenomen when two colors that aren't true matches appear to match. This is especially common for neutral and dark colors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Today I learned about Correspondence Chess, a form of chess played over long distances, whereby participants would play their games via postcards. A single match could last up to several years. wikipedia.org/wiki/Corres…
When the Brazilian team celebrated after winning the 1958 World Cup final, their superstar Garrincha was initially bemused - he hadn't bothered about the "details" of the match, and was under the impression that the competition was like a league, with Brazil playing all the other teams twice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
In 1986, when a murdered woman was found by her husband in their LA apartment, the LAPD considered the case a botched burglary. The woman’s father said that an old lover of his daughter’s husband-an LA cop, was the murderer. He was proven right by a DNA match over 20 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
The city of Calcutta changed its name to Kolkata in 2001, in order to match Bengali pronunciation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kol…
Early in life, Abraham Lincoln wrestled. When local gang leader Jack Armstrong heard of him, he challenged The Honest One to a match. It ended with Abe grabbing him by the throat, hoisting him up, giving a little shake, then throwing him to the dirt. It was the first chokeslam used in wrestling. prowrestlingstories.com/p…
Michael Jackson composed songs despite not playing any instruments. He would build each element of a track with his voice, so pitch perfect that studio musicians could match chords to his singing. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/t…
Victoria, Australia has a public holiday to celebrate the day before a football match and one to celebrate a horse race. publicholidays.com.au/vic…
The first international cricket match in history was played in New York City in 1844 between Canada and the USA. Canada won the match by 23 runs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
A rule was adopted in checkers tournaments compelling players to play random openings after an 1863 match of 40 games between the world's two leading players, in 21 of which they played the exact same sequence of moves leading to a draw. quadibloc.com/other/bo010…
Ara Abrahamian, Greco-Roman wrestler for the Swedes in the 2008 Olympics, lost a semifinal due to a controversial ruling. The refs refused to review match video. Ara calmly accepted the bronze medal, then placed it on the mat and walked off. The IOC gave him a lifetime ban from the Olympics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
The FBI's $1B facial recognition system couldn't match photos of the Boston marathon bombers to their drivers licenses. The system was only good for matching drivers license and passport photos to other drivers license and passport photos abcnews.go.com/US/boston-…

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