Today I learned of George Remus, who after being released from jail for bootlegging, murdered his estranged wife in broad daylight. She had stolen his fortune and attempted to have him killed after running off with a corrupt federal agent. He was acquitted by a jury after only 19 minutes of deliberation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned of Henry Gunther, an American soldier who charged a German machine gun nest trying to regain his rank after being demoted. He was reluctantly killed by them at 10:59am on November 11th, 1918. One minute before the Armistice took effect. Making him the last soldier killed in World War I. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
GoldeneEye 007’s multiplayer mode was so last-minute that neither Rare nor Nintendo management knew about it. The first time executives saw anything was when programmers were playing it. engadget.com/2012-08-14-g…
For 1 fight against each other in 2017, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was paid $280,000,000 and Conor McGregor was paid $130,000,000. The fight lasted for 28 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
A former Google employee bought the Google domain for $12 from Google's very own domain registrar. He owned the domain for one minute before the purchase was rescinded, and he was later offered $6006.13 due to the incident. money.cnn.com/2016/01/29/…
In 1982 a line drive foul ball hit a 4 year old boy in the head. Red Sox player Jim Rice scooped up the boy and laid him on the dugout floor so the Red Sox medical team could treat him. When the boy arrived at the hospital 30 minutes later doctors said that Jim's actions saved the boy's life. nola.com/sports/article_f…
When Who Framed Roger Rabbit was released on LaserDisc in 1994 it was found that animators had included brief flashes of nudity from Jessica Rabbit. After Variety broke the story, many LaserDisc retailers reported that their entire inventory sold out within minutes. variety.com/1994/voices/c…
While the winners of the 1971 Cannonball Run - a street race across the USA - were driving a Ferrari Daytona, the 2nd place finishers had a Chevy van fitted with a 248-gallon auxiliary tank to minimize the refuel count. The van took only 53 minutes longer than the Ferrari to finish the race in. pistonheads.com/news/ph-f…
Courtroom sketches became popular in the earlier 20th century due to a general prohibition of cameras in the courtroom. Artists are able to sketch scenes in just minutes, often from memory. Despite most courtrooms now allowing cameras, sketch art is still in demand today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
In 1628 a Swedish warship Vasa, coined as the most spectacular warship ever built, sank only 20 minutes into her maiden voyage, sailing less than a single nautical mile. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned of Dennis Tito, the first space tourist. He paid $20 million in 2001 to spend 7 days, 22 hours, and 4 minutes in space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Today I learned about Decimal Time. Implemented during the French Revolution, it was thought up to simplify time and better regulate work. Clocks/calendars were changed so that a week now had 10 days, a day had 10 hours, an hour had a 100 minutes, and a minute had a 1000 seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
30 years ago you had 15-17 minutes to escape a house fire. Nowadays you only have 3-5 minutes (due to more plastics & petroleum-based products in the house as well as more open floor plans, bigger rooms, & higher ceilings). buyersask.com/interior/al…
Berkshire Hathaway was a failing textile business. The chairman at the time offered to buy Warren Buffet's stake, but changed his offer last minute. Angered, Buffet bought more, taking control of the company and firing the chairman. Berkshire Hathaway is now the 8th largest company in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Top Fuel Dragsters burn up to 15 gallons of nitromethane per approximately 4 second run reaching speeds of up to 330 MPH. The engine is entirely rebuilt between each run in just 40 minutes. The drivers experience up to 4.75g's of force, more than an austronaut during a space shuttle launch. youtu.be/-VF0JwxQqcA
Jan Demczur, a window washer who worked at the World Trade Center, used a squeegee handle to save himself as well as 5 other men trapped in an elevator during the 9/11 attacks. All six men managed to escape and run to safety just minutes before the second tower collapsed. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
There are species of bamboo that can grow an inch every 40 minutes guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Human decomposition begins 4 minutes after death, its called autolysis, or self-digestion. Blood circulation and respiration stop. Excess carbon dioxide causes an acidic environment, causing membranes in cells to rupture. Enzymes begin eating the cells from the inside out. aftermath.com/content/hum…
In January 2015, Marshawn Lynch was threatened with a $500,000 fine by the NFL if he didn't make himself available for Super Bowl Media Day. He showed up, set a timer on his phone, answered 29 questions with some variation of "I'm here so I won't get fined," and left the podium within 5 minutes espn.com/nfl/playoffs/201…
Marlon Brando was paid $3.7 million and an amazing 11.75% backend to play Jor-El, for 13 days work and less than 20 minutes onscreen. In comparison, Christopher Reeves earned $250,000 in the title role, dominating most of the 143-minute running time. eightieskids.com/things-p…
The International Space Station travels at speeds over 17K miles/hr or nearly 5 miles/second and orbits the Earth about every 92 minutes. For the astronauts on board, they can see a sunrise every hour and a half. coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.e…
In 1991, 60 Minutes suggested red wine was the answer to the "French Paradox" (France enjoys a low incidence of heart disease despite a diet high in saturated fats). Within a year, American consumption of wine increased 40% and some wine sellers began promoting their products as "health food". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Today I learned about Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which flew inverted for over a minute before crashing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
There is a ancient monument in Ireland called Newgrange and every winter solstice its chamber is illuminated for 17 minutes by a beam of light which reveals the mysterious carvings within. history.co.uk/articles/th…
Ants sleep by taking about 250 one minute naps throughout their day. It totals just under 5 hours of sleep. This allows for 80% of their colony to be awake, working and prepared at any given moment. kingstownelawn.com/blog/d…
The Victorians had a machine for making fresh ice cream in under 10 minutes, patented by the 'Queen of Ices' in 1885 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agn…
Beavers can stay underwater for about 15 minutes and their large webbed feet acts like swimming fins. The fur present on their body is oily and waterproof and their eyelids perform much like goggles which allows them to stay much time underwater knovhov.com/why-do-beaver…
When Alfred Hitchcock was five, his father sent him to a police station with a note. The policeman read the note and locked him in jail for few minutes, saying "this is what we do to naughty boys". This experience left him with lifelong fear of policemen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
Giraffes sleep between 30 minutes and 2 hours per day often broken up into smaller sections. Because getting up from the ground takes them a little time, laying down makes them more vulnerable to predators such as crocodiles and lions. startsleeping.org/animal-…
At one point, "Red Dawn" was the most violent American movie ever made. It had 2.23 violent scenes per minute. meaww.com/amp/gen-z-revie…
Today I learned about brothel candles, which burned for precisely 7 minutes and were heavily used during Victorian times. The individual would pay the fee, light the candle, and when the candle burned out, the session was over. gleek.com/nothing-says-ro…
The song "November Rain" was left off of Guns N' Roses major breakthrough album "Appetite for Destruction" at the last minute, as "Sweet Child of Mine" was thought to be enough of a ballad for one album. loudwire.com/guns-n-roses…
In 1977 a UK TV news bulletin was interrupted by a voice claiming to be the 'Ashtar Galactic Command' and instructed humanity to abandon its weapons, so it could participate in a 'future awakening' and 'achieve a higher state of evolution'. After six minutes, the broadcast returned to normal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Ed Sheeran granted a dying fans wish, which was to hear him sing, by singing to her minutes before she died popcrush.com/ed-sheeran-f…
Hitler dodged at least 42 assassination attempts. Geroge Elser's Beer Hall time bomb missed by only 13 minutes due to Hitler finishing his speech earlier than expected. history.co.uk/article/kil…
Today I learned of Emil ZΓ‘topek a world class 5k and 10k runner that decided last minute to compete in his first ever marathon in the 1952 Olympics. He not only won but set an Olympic record time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emi…
The Beatles spent 34 hours recording the song "A Day in the Life" as they needed multiple takes to perfect the orchestral parts and the famous final chord. By contrast, the Beatles' debut album, Please Please Me, had been recorded in its entirety in only 15 hours, 45 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_D…
Staring at someone's eyes in a dimly lit room for 10 minutes can produce LSD-like effects usatoday.com/story/news/2…
Today I learned about Taxi Dance Halls of the late 1920s and early '30s where lonely men looking for human contact paid 10 cents a song to dance with women for a few minutes. In 1931, there were at least 100 taxi dance halls in New York, visited by up to 50,000 men each week. atlasobscura.com/articles…
In UK the maximum amount of airtime allowed for TV commercials is 12 minutes for any particular clock hour wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_adv…
The chub lock, the lock that troubled many locksmiths and considered unpickable, was picked by Alfred C. Hobbs who called the lock a plaything and picked it in 25 minutes mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Carl Douglas quickly recorded the number #1 hit, "Kung Fu Fighting", during the last 10 minutes of a studio session in 1974. The song was originally meant to be a B-side track, but went on to sell more than 11 million copies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kun…
A nautical mile is based on the circumference of the earth itself. 1 nautical mile is equal to 1 minute of arc on the planet earth. So 60 nautical miles is equal to 1 degree of arc. Consequently earth circumference is 60*360 = 21600 nautical miles. science.howstuffworks.com…
In 1966 a coal waste landslide of approximately 140,000 cubic yards engulfed a village in Wales, destroying a primary school and killing 116 children within minutes. history.com/news/elizabet…
Studies have concluded that all mammals get about a billion heartbeats per lifetime. They can use them at a rate of 1,000 per minute, like the shrew, or space them out into slow, ponderous beats, over many years, as is the case for the Grey whale. researchgate.net/figure/T…
Sony didn't believe that Aaron Sorkin's 162 page script for 'The Social Network' would come out under 2 hours. David Fincher timed Sorkin reading it aloud. The reading took 1 hour and 59 minutes, which was the exact running time of the final cut youtube.com/watch?v=Ya3jO…
On 17 May 2007, Leroy Rosenior was appointed as manager of English football club Torquay United. 10 minutes later, he was sacked, because at the exact same time, Torquay United were bought by a local consortium, whose chief executive then appointed a different manager en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ler…
A zebra foal can be up and walking within 20 minutes of being born kids.sandiegozoo.org/anim…
If you're under 18 in China you can only play games up to 90 minutes on weekdays and three hours on weekends. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Jerry Weintraub, the producer of the 2016 Tarzan movie, originally wanted swimmer Michael Phelps to play Tarzan. Weintraub changed his mind after watching Phelps host Saturday Night Live for 2 minutes. yahoo.com/entertainment/m…

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