Car trunks got emergency release handles because a middle aged woman and her husband escaped being kidnapped and fought for it until it became a requirement atlasobscura.com/articles…
Milhouse from the Simpsons was named after U.S president Richard Milhous Nixon. The name was the most "unfortunate name Matt Groening could think of for a child". Later in the series, it was also revealed that Milhouse's middle name was Mussolini cinemablend.com/televisio…
When North Korea forced several officers from a captured US Navy spy ship to take a photo demonstrating their happiness, they all raised their middle finger, claiming it was a "Hawaiian good luck sign". The photo was published by North Korea. bbc.com/news/world-asia-1…
Robert Moses who built bridges across his parkways low in order to "restrict the use of state parks by poor and lower-middle-class families," who did not own cars and would arrive by bus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned about Richard Rowland Kirkland, a Confederate soldier who risked his life to tend to wounded soldiers from both sides of the Civil War in the middle of battle at Fredericksburg. Both sides held their fire as they watched him help every wounded soldier regardless of allegiance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
UPN bought "Malcolm In The Middle" before Fox. When they where shooting the pilot, UPN literally owned the show. At the last minute, UPN decided it wasn't a fit and passed on it. Fox picked it up instead. UPN folded in 2006. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Before clocks were commonplace, the terms "sunwise" and "deasil" from the Latin root "dexter" ("right") were used for clockwise. "Widdershins" (from Middle Low German "weddersinnes", "opposite course") was used for counterclockwise en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
Today I learned of the Catherine Wheel- A torture device used widely from the Middle Ages until 1841. A victim was tied down and had each limb broken by a cart wheel, and then the limbs were braided between the spokes and the person left to die. One man lasted 9 days before passing. wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaki…
The Inland Taipan is the most toxic snake in the world (death in 45mins). Despite this, there are no recorded human fatalities from an Inland Taipan bite. The snakes live out in the middle of nowhere, and all recorded bites have been successfully treated with anti-venom. pri.org/stories/2012-09-2…
King Alexander of Greece was killed by a monkey when he attempted to break up a fight between his dog and the monkey. In the middle of breaking the fight up, he was bitten by another monkey and later died of his wounds. He was only 27. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
When Upton Sinclair published his landmark 1906 work "The Jungle” about the lives of meatpacking factory workers, he hoped it would lead to worker protection reforms. Instead, it lead to sanitation reforms, as middle class readers were horrified their meat came from somewhere so unsanitary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A British man legally changed his name to James Bond and all its film titles up to Casino Royale as middle name. At 69 words, it was one of the longest recorded name in the world. digitaljournal.com/articl…
When Jerry Garcia, former founding-member and lead-guitarist/vocalist for the Grateful Dead, was 4 years old, he lost most of his right middle finger from a wood splitting accident during a family vacation. On the Garcia family's next vacation a year later, Jerry's father drowned to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
There is a naval museum in the middle of Alberta, a landlocked province. themilitarymuseums.ca/vis…
Glasgow, Montana is the "middle of nowhere" of the contiguous United States, about 4.5 hours in any direction from any metropolitan area of more than 75,000 people". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
Almond milk has existed since the middle ages en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alm…
In 2003, the mayor of Chicago illegally bulldozed the runway of a downtown airport in the middle of the night to create a park. This stranded 16 planes on the ground and required an inbound flight to be diverted. The FAA fined the city $33k - the maximum allowed at the time. aviationpros.com/home/new…
According to a 2015-2016 University of Pennsylvania Research Report (updated in 2018), Public School teachers are predominantly female: Elementary 90%; Middle 73%; Secondary 59%; (All 77%). Principals are more evenly divided: Elementary 68%; Middle 46%; Secondary 33% (All 54%). repository.upenn.edu/cgi/…
, that the British Once Built a 1,100-Mile Hedge Through the Middle of India, a barrier meant to enforce taxes. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Actress Tilda Swinton comes from an ancient Anglo-Scots family that can trace its lineage to the Middle Ages, & is one of only three British families that can trace their unbroken land ownership and lineage to before the Norman Conquest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Til…
When Dr. Roswell Park was interrupted in the middle of surgery, he said he could not leave "even if it were for the President of the United States." He was then told he had to operate on William McKinley, the President of the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Today I learned about the Battle of Talas which occurred in 751 AD. An engagement between the Abbasid Caliphate and the Tibetan empire against the Chinese Tang Dynasty. The Chinese were defeated and prisoners captured handed over paper making technology which spread across the Middle East and eventually Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Much of the filming for Malcolm in the Middle was done on location in various parts of Los Angeles. A privately owned home was rented for upwards of $3,000 a day to film as Malcolm's house. wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcol…
There is a bust of Lenin in the middle of Antartica youtube.com/watch?v=gNBOO…
In 2001 TacoBell offered to give "one free taco" to every US customer if the core of the Soviet Mir space station hit a TacoBell target in the middle of the south Pacific ocean. The target read: "Free Taco Here" with a TacoBell logo emblazoned in the middle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Americans speak rhotic English - But after the Revolutionary War, upper-class and upper-middle-class citizens in England began using non-rhotic speech as a way to show their social status. rd.com/article/american-b…
In the middle ages in Russia there was a custom of a community gathering together to build an entire church in a single day in order to ward of plagues and epidemics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Today I learned of the 'Pseudo-Henry', a document forged by the Austrian Habsburgs in the Middle Ages to claim greater rights in the Holy Roman Empire, 'citing' grants giving to Austria by Caesar and Nero. Petrarch immediately disputed its legitimacy, but it was nonetheless accepted as valid by the Emperor. weaponsandwarfare.com/202…
Women in the middle ages completely removed their eyelashes and eyebrows to give prominence to their foreheads which were their most important feature at that time. The Catholic church even made it a sin and an offence to God to show hair of any kind in public. eyelashesinhistory.com/mi…
Galileo's Middle finger is on display in the Galileo Museum, in Florence, Italy. The finger is to be interpreted by the viewer as sitting eternally defiant to the church that condemned him or pointing upwards to the sky, where Galileo glimpsed the glory of the universe. atlasobscura.com/places/g…
Today I learned of the father of extreme sports, Daniel Canary, was featured in a 1883 article describing his "fancy riding" where he did the first documented wheelies, nose wheelies and dark side bike flips. Center column towards the middle of the newspaper article. chroniclingamerica.loc.go…
Each one of the Temptations core members died in their middle ages except for Otis Williams. With Paul dying by Suicide, Bryant succumbing to alcoholism, Ruffin died of a cocaine overdose, meanwhile Franklin and Kendricks both died due to health ailments in the 90's en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Henry Ford once tried to start a colony in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest called "Fordlandia", in which the locals were forced to live a midwestern American lifestyle until they rebelled and chased their managers into the forest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Out of the 12.5 million slaves shipped to the New World from 1525-1866, only 10.7 million survived. Crossing the Middle Passage alone claimed 15% of all slaves, or roughly 1.8 million. pbs.org/wnet/african-amer…
When he was serving as an assistant at Comedy Central, John Mulaney was the one who answered the phone call when Dave Chappelle "went missing." He then was tasked with breaking the news of Chappelle's departure to Africa to the execs who were in the middle of meeting. ew.com/tv/2019/12/27/john…
The Tennessean lawyer Wiliam Walker, who during the middle of the 19th century tried to create his own personal empire in Central America and Mexico through filibustering (enganing in unauthorized military expeditions in a foreign country). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In the middle ages, some people used to "clip" coins, Coins in medieval Europe were based on gold or silver. The purpose of clipping was to remove slivers of this material from the edge of the coin. Do this enough times and you have enough for a new coin, if caught punishment was death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
The smallest bone in your body is in your ear. The stapes is a bone in the middle ear of humans that which helps conduct sound vibrations for identification. It is only roughly 0.04 inch (1mm) in size. dundeesciencecentre.org.u…
A road sign trick sent a self-driving car into high-speed mode. A two-inch piece of black electrical tape across the middle of the 3 in a 35 mph speed limit sign tricked Teslas into accelerating to 85 mph. techxplore.com/news/2020-…
Organized mobs of overly perfumed, armed, and costumed middle class youth were used by upper class politicians for over a year to attack the lower class leadership controlling the early days of the French Revolution. The youth were cast aside once the affluent leadership gained control. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
Lice were so prevalent during the middle ages that delousing became a social activity. People would sit down and have a chat or gossip while removing eachother's lice. wellcomecollection.org/ar…
That the preferred ink for documentation from the Middle Ages to the 20th century was Oak gall ink. irongallink.org/igi_index…
The safest position for any occupant involved in a motor-vehicle crash is the rear middle seat. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
The term "Cockney" literally means "cock's egg" in Middle English. It originally referred to the small, yolkless eggs that farmers sometimes find in their chicken coops, and later became slang for a feeble and useless personβ€”such as a city dweller. oed.com/view/Entry/35467
Camels and llamas originated from modern day North America roughly 44 million years ago. They later, along with early horses, migrated to Asia across the Bearing land bridge. The last camel in North America was known as the Camelops and lived there until the middle Pleistocene. nps.gov/hafo/learn/nature…
A California dam collapse in 1928 is considered one of the worst engineering disasters in US history. Its chief engineer took sole responsibility, testifying, "If there was an error in human judgment, I was the human." Over 400 people were killed when the dam failed in the middle of the night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
The famous photo of Johnny Cash giving the middle finger at San Quentin in 1969 was taken by photographer Jim Marshall when Marshall asked Cash to share his feelings on the prison authorities, saying to Cash, "John, let's do a shot for the warden" nme.com/news/music/johnny…
Only about 20-30% of the population has torus palatinus, "a harmless, painless bony growth located on the roof of the mouth (the hard palate). The mass appears in the middle of the hard palate and can vary in size and shape." healthline.com/health/tor…
Only about 1,000 years ago the largest lake in the world was located in the center of the country Chad in the middle of what is now the Sahara Desert. earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
The final expansion of the British Empire occurred in 1955 with the unilateral annexation of Rockall, an uninhabitable granite islet in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean scotsman.com/regions/when…

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