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…
, 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…
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-…
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…
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…
When Southwest began using the motto "Just Plane Smart," Stevens Aviation, which had been using "Plane Smart," advised of infringing its trademark. Instead of a lawsuit, the CEOs staged an arm wrestling match. The loser paid to a charity of his choice and the winner claimed the motto. wikipedia.org/wiki/Southw…
Some retailers who price match, purposely change the model numbers on some electronic items and appliances so they won't have to accept your price match inquiry, even if they item has the same model number in their product photos as another retailer. today.com/money/6-ways-re…
As a young man, Abe Lincoln was an accomplished wrestler who lost only one match out of 300. He is even enshrined in the wrestling hall of fame. history.com/.amp/news/10-…
Trey, famous for his 'basketball game tomorrow' on Vine, did not only win the match, but also beat cancer after being diagnosed at just 11 abcnews4.com/sports/prep-…
How insanely dominant Rafael Nadal's French Open record is. Winning it the first time he qualified at 19, so far he's won 12 of 15 losing a match only twice and withdrawing once. 93 wins in total (98%) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raf…
Today I learned of the KΓΆhler Effect: when one less-capable person works harder to match more-capable people in the same task. KΓΆhler Effect is strongest when a less-able man is paired with a more-capable woman, (thought to be because it's more embarrassing to men to be outperformed by a woman than a man). britannica.com/science/Ko…
Muhammad Ali was a guest referee at the first WrestleMania. The match was Hulk Hogan, and Mr. T against "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff. Midway through the match, all four men began brawling in the ring, and Muhammad Ali punched Piper in an attempt to restore order. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wre…
Since it can't match the Earth's rotational speed, a westward plane technically travels east β€” just like the entire planet beneath it. It just has engines that help it travel east a little more slowly than everything else, making it move west relative to the ground. discovery.com/science/Ear…
Four months before his infamous match against Billie Jean King, 55-year old Bobby Riggs played against the top-ranked female tennis player at the time, Margaret Court. He won easily in straight sets: 6-2, 6-1 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Bobby Fischer invented the Fischer clock, the standard chess clock in major tournaments. It was even used in his match against Spassky in 1992. Fischer later complained he was cheated out of the royalties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
British actor Trevor Howard (known for movies such as The Third Man, Brief Encounter, Gandhi, and Superman), insisted that all his contracts include a clause excusing him from work whenever a cricket Test Match was being played. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
The Black Knight from Monty Python was based on a real person: Arrichion of Phigalia, a Greek wrestler who famously refused to give up during a particularly tough wrestling match. He died during the match, but still won because his opponent surrendered, not realizing he was dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
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…
Henry II, King of France 1547-1559, died due to a septic infection caused by splinter piercing his eye during a jousting match. His death played a significant role in the decline of jousting as a sport in France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
The longest tennis match in history was played at Wimbledon in 2010. It was 11 hours and 5 minutes long, played over 3 days. The final set lasted 8 hours and 11 minutes-longer than the previous record. After, both players and the umpire were given a crystal bowl and champagne flutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isn…
The house in Parasite (2019) was not a real house, but a set constructed to Bong Joon Ho' s script and specific camera needs. Lee Ha Jun, who is also the production designer on BJH's earlier film 'Snowpiercer', designed the house from scratch to match the story and blocking requirements. indiewire.com/2019/10/par…
The Philippine's crime rate dropped to a near zero during the Pacquiao vs Mayweather boxing match newsinfo.inquirer.net/689…
"blue raspberry" is simply artificial raspberry flavoring, and its widespread use of being colored blue is credited to the ICEE brand who wanted their signature flavors (the other being red cherry) to match their logo. bonappetit.com/entertaini…
The ManhattAnt is a unique species of ant found only in New York City. Biologists stumbled upon them in the Broadway medians at 63rd and 76th streets in 2010, and the biologists claim the ant species does not match any of the 13,000 known species. The ants subsist on a diet high in corn syrup. blog.therainforestsite.gr…
Making girls play video games improves their spatial intelligence to match boys kqed.org/mindshift/30171/…
In 1912 the New Zealand rugby team toured the US west coast and played matches agaisnt several universities. Their dominant wins in every match (allowing only 1 try and scoring 457 points across 12 games) is considered a factor in the decline of rugby in America. en.espn.co.uk/newzealand/…
Ricky Gervais took on Grant Bovey ( UK soap opera Star) in a full contact boxing match. youtube.com/watch?v=SqvtE…
Benjamin Franklin used chess as a means of learning Italian. He would play games with a friend who was also studying the language. The winner of their match assigned a task to the loser; such as making them learn some Italian grammar, which had to be performed before their next match. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Today I learned about "paired kidney exchange", which allows you to donate your kidney that wasn't a match for your intended recipient (spouse, child, etc.) to a stranger but in turn receive a kidney that is a match for your loved one. Instead of two people going without a transplant, both get a transplant. kidneyfund.org/kidney-dis…
Whenever WWE wrestler Ric Flair wore red, it meant he was going to lose that match. whatculture.com/wwe/18-ww…
Today I learned about the movie "100 years" written by actor John Malkovitch directed by Robert Rodriguez, a movie due to be released on November 18, 2115. It was created as to match the span it takes for a Louis XIII Cognac to age properly. Pharrell Williams has also released a matching song called "100 years" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100…
During the Christmas truce of the great war in 1914, German and British troops held a football match in no man's land. Germans won 3-2. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk/41…
When Deep Blue, the chess-playing computer developed by IBM, became the first computer system to defeat world champion Garry Kasparov in a match under standard chess tournament time controls, Kasparov accused IBM of cheating and demanded a rematch. IBM refused and dismantled Deep Blue. wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_B…
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/…
The avarage human body has enough iron in it to forge a metal nail that is 3-inches long, enough sulfur to kill all fleas on a dog, enough carbon to make 900 pencils, enough potassium to fire a toy cannon, enough fat to make 7 bars of soap, and enough phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads. sciencenotes.org/elements…
Match.com was sold in 1997 for only 8 million dollars. As of 2018, it's worth 2.1 billion. businessinsider.com/match…
Soundtracks to movies were included as β€œoptical sound” on the edge of film reels starting in the 1920s. Usually the density or width of the signal was read by a photodiode and turned into sound with some delay to match the picture on the screen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opt…
In April 1989, 96 people died during a football match at Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, Yorkshire bbc.com/news/uk-19545126
In 1905 the Welsh rugby team responded to the traditional New Zealand pre-match haka by singing. Within seconds the 40,000 capacity crowd joined the players in song. The tradition of singing anthems before international fixtures had been invented. sportinglandmarks.co.uk/s…
Conservationists created a match.com profile for the world’s loneliest frog named Romeo, in order to raise funds for expeditions to find more of his species. Their work paid off, and Romeo and Juliet are together at last. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Mad Magazine writer Dick DeBartolo was on the staff of game show Match Game. When it was cancelled DeBartolo started writing silly and suggestive questions - which led to improved ratings and a reversal of the decision to cancel the show en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
After TJ Miller got accused of sexual misconduct and called in a fake bomb threat, Dreamworks hired an impersonator to dub over his lines in How To Train Your Dragon 3 to match his performance exactly (it had already been animated) in order to not change the film but still dissociate him from it insider.com/tj-miller-how…
After Nike released Air Jordan sneakers in 1985, the NBA banned Michael Jordan from wearing them because it's colours didn't match his team's uniform. Nike supposedly paid the fine of $5000 the NBA charged Jordan each game so he would continue wearing them. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Today I learned about the 1998 AFF match, in which neither Thailand nor Indonesia wanted to win as the winner would have to face Vietnam. Indonesia scored an own goal to face Singapore, the 'easier opposition'. Thailand lost to Vietnam, Indonesia lost to Singapore, and Singapore went on to win the tournament. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
A century after the bloody and violent Hatfield–McCoy feud in West Virginia/Kentucky, the two families faced off again on the game show "Family Fued" in 1979. The teams received a mannequin for every match they won as the producers thought it would be funny to β€œlitter the stage with bodies”. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned about the crab spider which can change colour to match the flower it waits on to ambush its prey. uksafari.com/crabspider.h…
Bethesda tried to sue Notch (Markus Persson) over the title of the video game scrolls. In return notch challenged Bethesda to a match of Quake 3 to determine the outcome of the lawsuit. Bethesda declined. pcgamer.com/notch-challen…
A scientist stationed in Antarctica managed to score a match through Tinder with a woman camping 45 minutes away. people.com/celebrity/tind…
The bank HSBC laundered so much drug money that the Mexican cartels moved their cash in boxes designed to match the dimensions of HSBC's teller windows. reuters.com/article/us-hs…
Marvel owned the rights to the name Hulk Hogan from '84-'04. For each match Hogan wrestled, Marvel was paid $100. Marvel also made royalties on merch and every project involving his name. When he dropped "Hulk" and started going by "Hollywood" Hogan in '96, he was able to avoid paying the fees. prowrestlingstories.com/p…
The Norway National Soccer Team is the only national team that has never lost a match against Brazil. Moreover, Norway has won two matches against Brazil and tied two. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Croatian defender Josip Ε imuniΔ‡ received three yellow cards in the match against Australia during the 2006 World Cup.Referee Graham Poll later revealed that upon booking Ε imuniΔ‡ for the second time, he had erroneously recorded him as "Australia #3", due to Ε imuniΔ‡'s Australian accent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Colored toilet paper used to be popular in the U.S. until the 80s. It was colored to better match different bathroom decors. It is still widely used in France today. apartmenttherapy.com/colo…
In 1498 Charles VIII of France, eager to attend a tennis match, banged his head on a door frame. He died a few hours later as a result of the injury en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Actor Oliver Reed died during a break from shooting Gladiator after winning a drinking match with British sailors. He "drank eight pints of German lager, a dozen shots of rum, half a bottle of whiskey and a few shots of Hennessy" and beat five young sailors at arm wrestling before collapsing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
A skeleton from 7150 BC found in an English cave was a DNA match for a history teacher living nearby en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gou…
The 1976 Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki match had odd rules and strategy that led to Inoki scooting around the ring on his back and kicking at Ali for most of the fight. The match ended in a draw and angered fans who threw garbage into the ring. The match had an estimated 1.4 billion viewers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muh…
Today I learned about "Geostationary Orbit" where satellites match the rotation of the earth and stay above a fixed point on the earth's surface space.com/29222-geosynchr…
In 1989 96 people were killed at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England after they were crushed due to overcrowding. Although match attendees and hooliganism were first cited as the cause, a 2016 inquiry found the police to be at fault due to their mismanagement of the crowd. theguardian.com/uk-news/v…
Today I learned of Benford's law, which states that the first digit is most likely to be 1 and least likely to be 9 in a set of data (ex. the first digit will be 1 most often in a list of house prices, followed by 2, ect.); people use it to detect fake data by checking if the first digits match Benford's law en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
The mile was originally 5000 feet, until Parliament changed it in 1592 to match up with eight furlongs. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
In '92 world #1 Tennis star Monica Seles was stabbed during a match by an obsessed fan of her rival, Steffi Graf who wanted Graf to regain the #1 ranking. It permanently derailed her career as she suffered physical wounds, PTSD, and depression. The man served less than 6 months in detention. ndsmcobserver.com/2019/04…
Chuck Wepner, the inspiration for Rocky, boxed/wrestled Andre the Giant in 1976. It is speculated that the match influenced Rocky III (1982), which features a fight where Hulk Hogan, "Thunderlips", throws Rocky out of the ring, as Andre did Wepner in real life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Alfred Hitchcock based the villain of one of his films on a producer that he hated, David Selznick. Hitchcock gave the actor playing the villain glasses just like Selznick’s and made his hair curly and grey to match Selznick’s hair. He also taught him many of the producer’s mannerisms. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Power lines are made of aluminum and not copper because even though aluminum lines must be 1.5 times thicker to match the same conductivity, they're still 2 times lighter. youtu.be/yn9qhQSMCRk
WWE owner Vince McMahon fought "God" in a no holds barred match on PPV aiptcomics.com/2011/11/01…
The first official international game was a cricket match between US and Canada in NYC in 1844 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Before Fred the Red Manchester United had another mascot, Billy the goat. Billy would regularly drink with the players down the pub after a game. When United won the FA Cup in 1909, he had too much champagne in the post match celebrations & died of alcohol poisoning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/190…
Wyatt Earp Refereed A Boxing Match in 1896 with a Colt 45 under his jacket theguardian.com/sport/201…
Today I learned of the infamous "Fan Man" that crashed into a 1993 boxing match between Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe; he later flew into an NFL playoff game and Buckingham Palace (which resulted in his being banned from the UK for life) and then committed suicide in 2003 telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
In ancient China, a huge war was sparked because of a board game gone wrong. The crown prince was arguing with his cousin, the son of a regional king, during a match of a game called Liubo, and when his cousin offended him, he threw the board at him. He died from the blow. His father revolted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reb…
Sachin Tendulkar played for Pakistan before India. He was just a 13 year old boy when he made his international debut as a fielder, during a practice match between India and Pakistan at the Brabourne Stadium in 1987 where he came on the field as a substitute fielder for Pakistan newsable.asianetnews.com/…
Today I learned about the Super Recognizer. They are able to memorise and recall 1000’s of faces, often having seen them only once. Most people can only remember about 20% of faces. Super recognizers can match faces better than computer recognition systems in some instances. Scotland Yard has 200 SR’s. wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_…
After Korean boxer's Kim Duk-koo's life was violently cut short during a boxing match, both the referee who officiated the match and Kim's mother committed suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim…
In 1982 a boxing match occurred between Ray Boom Boom Mancini and Duk Koo Kim. After loosing the fight in the 14th round Kim suffered a severe head injury, fell into a coma and died. 3 months later Kim’s mother committed suicide,the referee of the bout also committed suicide later that year. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Ma…
Blood and semen type are generally the same, except for very rare cases. This is part of what caused the β€œButcher of Rostov” to be such an active killer in the 1980s, since his blood type didn’t match the semen found at crime scenes and no one knew at the time this was possible. cryobank.com/how-it-works…
Today I learned about the Estadio Nacional disaster. In a soccer match between Peru and Argentina in 1964 a referee made a call that Peruvian fans found unfavourable and swarmed the pitch. The use of police tear gas caused so much panic that 328 people died attempting to leave the stadium. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Est…
In 1937 a football match was interrupted due to fog. But the goalkeeper stood there for 20 minutes without knowing it. espn.in/football/columns/…
A bone marrow transplant recipient’s blood type eventually changes to match the blood type of the donor. nationalcmlsociety.org/fa…
A US senator sent a complaint to Tinder that hackers can hack users by measuring the difference in transmission length between a left and right swipe. Match.com which owns Tinder fixed the issue and sent a response letter. techcrunch.com/2018/02/14…
Japan has officially regulated snowball fights called "Yukigassen" which dictates size of snowballs and number used per match en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuk…
In 2005, Eric James Torpy, was convicted of shooting with intent to kill and robbery. He asked that his sentence be changed from 30 years' imprisonment to 33 so that it would match Larry Bird's jersey number. His request was granted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
During a visit to Japan in 1932, Charlie Chaplin was nearly assassinated in an ultranationalist coup d'Γ©tat. While the Prime Minister was assassinated in his residence, Chaplin likely survived because he was watching a sumo wrestling match with the Prime Minister's son. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
A doctor who was accused of sexual assault managed to beat three DNA tests by implanting a plastic tube filled with another man's blood in his arm. A more comprehensive test using hair and saliva samples resulted in a match. He was eventually convicted, jailed, and deported. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of Carlos Kaiser, a con-artist, who had a 20+yr football/soccer career despite never play a single match. He'd fake injuries and even fight opposing fans (and be sent off the field) to avoid being discovered en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The longest pro men's tennis match was 11 hrs and 5 mins over 3 days, including a 138-game final set, won by John Isner; the longest women's game was 6 hrs and 31 mins, which was only straight sets but included a record-breaking 29-minute, 643-shot rally. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Orcas can teach themselves to communicate with dolphins. A group of researchers in California discovered that orcas living alongside dolphins changed their vocalizations by adding in more clicks and whistles to match the dolphin’s communication. azula.com/orcas-learned-s…
Each episode of Seinfeld has a unique performance of the theme to match Jerry's introductory monologue youtu.be/oVldNNHQWVw?t=13…
Henry VIII asked the king of France, Francis I, to a wrestling match. Francis quickly beat Henry, humiliating him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fie…
Mixed-race and ethnic minority individuals struggle to find life-saving bone marrow and stem-cell transplant matches. A partial genetic match is required, and direct siblings only have a 25% chance of matching. sbs.com.au/news/why-mixed…
In 2014, Tinder made its first match on the continent of Antarctica. Not surprisingly, both parties involved were research scientists. thecut.com/2014/02/tinder…
A 39 story building in Seoul was evacuated after tremors were felt on the top floors. Instead of an earthquake, it was found that an exercise class on the 12th floor was playing Snap!'s "The Power", which happened to match the building's resonant frequency and caused it to violently shake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tec…
The longest boxing match on record lasted 110 rounds which is roughly 7 hours and ended in a draw mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned about Luther Lindsay, one of the first black stars in professional wrestling. He died of a heart attack at the end of a match in 1972. Lindsay had just delivered his winning move and died while lying on top of his opponent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lut…
Highly trained singers, such as opera stars, are unable to match the precision of even the most basic of musical instruments. Researchers suggest this is due to the more recent evolutionary development of the larynx muscles. phys.org/news/2018-04-lar…
The Luchador antagonist in Jack Black's movie Nacho Libre, Ramses, was a real luchador known as Silver King, and that he died from a heart attack in the middle of a wrestling match earlier this year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
The oldest football (soccer) player to appear in a professional match is a 73-year old Israeli, Isaak Hayik. reuters.com/article/us-is…
In 1992, Continental Cablevision busted cable thieves during a Pay-Per-View boxing match by displaying a toll-free number (for a free T-shirt) that only viewers with illegal decoding equipment could see. orlandosentinel.com/news/…

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