The first first-person shooter, Maze, was created in 1973. It included features like corner peeking, AI bots, and 8-player online play. In fact, it was so popular that DARPA had to ban it from ARPANET because half of all network activity for a month was between players at MIT and Stanford. polygon.com/features/2015…
US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq is world's largest (almost of the same size as Vatican City). It houses its own power station, water & sewage treatment, internet and phone network, gym, cinema and sports facilities. Also has 6 apartment buildings for employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
The Simpsons producer's contract allows them to write the show without interference from Fox. This allows them to make fun of the network. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
A woman faked her entire tragedy and the loss of her husband during the 9/11 attacks and became President of the Support Network in New York. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
The first series produced by Cartoon Network was Space Ghost Coast to Coast in 1994 and is considered instrumental in establishing Cartoon Network's appeal to older audiences. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartoo…
Nirvana once purposefully butchered Smells like Teen Spirit while performing live on the British TV show "Top of the Pops". The network forced them to play over a pre recorded tape which the band disliked. They proceeded to jokingly play their instruments and changed the lyrics of the song cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
The Japanese Shinkansen train network opened in 1964 and consists of 1,717 miles of track with trains reaching 200 MPH or 320 KM/H. Over the Shinkansen’s 50 year history there have been over 5.6 billion riders & not a single death or injury due to accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Following the Roman departure from Britain, systematic construction of paved highways in the UK did not resume until the early 18th century. The Roman road network remained the only nationally-managed highway system until the early 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Food Network’s Chopped can take up to 14 hours to film a 30 minute episode and can include judging rounds of up to 90 minutes each mashed.com/32044/reasons-…
Encrochat was a encrypted messaging network, that run on custom phones, used by criminals to plan drug deals, murders and extortion plots. Each phone costed €1000, plus €1500 for a contract of six months, and had a β€œpanic button” that would erase all data. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
France had the most extensive network of optical telegraphs, and the inertia from this made it one of the slowest countries to adopt electrical telegraphs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opt…
The Brady Bunch bathrooms had no toilets. It was considered too crude by the networks. bestlifeonline.com/brady-…
In January 2020, approximately 518 US UFO sightings were reported to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) and 468 to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). Florida had the most, with 51 greyareanews.com/feature/…
A Russian eagle named "Min" & 3 other eagles being tracked by scientists unexpectedly flew into Iran/Pakistan; the birds racked up so many out-of-network data roaming charges on SMS text transmitters that scientists had to take out a loan & ask for help on social media to pay off the phone bill. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
The popular cartoon network show "Powerpuff Girls" was originally called "Whoopass Stew" youtu.be/ZIk_Y5T37mw
Through 1970 to 1971 TV networks cancelled some of their most popular and profitable shows including Green Acres, Lassie, Hee-Haw and The Beverly Hillbillies in what is often referred to as The Rural Purge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rur…
TV pickup is a phenomenon that affects electricity transmission networks. It occurs when a large numbers watch the same TV programmes while taking advantage of breaks in programming to operate electrical appliances, thus causing large synchronised surges in national electricity consumption. selectra.co.uk/energy/new…
In order to arrest two Russian hackers, the FBI created a fake startup company called Invita, and invited them to the U.S. for a β€œjob interview”. The two men accepted and were arrested. They had hacked into the networks of at least 40 U.S. companies and then tried to extort money. nbcnews.com/id/3078784#.X…
In 2017 Prison inmates in Ohio made a computer hidden in the ceiling, which was connected to the prisons network. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
The 1990s AOL modem sound was a sequence that allowed digital devices to piggyback on an analog telephone network to use sound waves to carry data across phone lines theatlantic.com/technolog…
Marion Stokes built an archive of network, local, and cable news, in her home, one tape at a time, recording every major (and trivial) news event until the day she died in 2012 at the age of 83 of lung disease. fastcompany.com/3022022/t…
Today I learned of TV Pickup in England which refers to a phenomenon that affects electricity generation and transmission networks. It happens a lot during "Tea Time" where folks start their electric kettles all at once. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_…
An AI composed it’s own song called Blue Jeans and Bloody Tears by being β€œfed hundreds of Eurovision songs into a neuron network”. youtu.be/4MKAf6YX_7M
A Neural Network (AI) for converting satellite images to street maps learned to "cheat" by subtly encoding the original image in the output. techcrunch.com/2018/12/31…
There is a trench network and no mans land for WW1 reenactments in rural PA. They run annual events that even feature WW1 aircraft and hundreds of reenactors greatwarassociation.com/
Trees communicate with each other mainly through the use of underground networks made of fungi that grow around their roots. These networks are called mycorrhizal networks. Mycorrhizal networks connect individual plants (like trees) together into a communication network via their roots. get-green-now.com/how-do-…
Today I learned of the E/I or educational and informative standards that regulate the content of network television programming aimed at a youth audience, forcing networks to drop the classic Saturday morning cartoons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg…
In 1987 the first episode of the British youth television show Network 7 featured a live demonstration of how to clone a credit card and showed it working. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net…
REM sleep improves creativity by priming associative networks ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
There is a network of powerful telescopes which is privately owned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
When the writers of LOST were pitching the show to ABC, the network was very concerned about the show being too serialized and genre based so they lied to ABC that you could drop in and watch from any episode, the show would be shot on a soundstage and there will be "no ultimate mystery". slashfilm.com/leaked-lost…
Today I learned of a parasitic fungus called cordyceps that infects ants. Once a spore finds a host it grows a network of roots inside, delivering chemicals that will eventually give the fungus full control of the ant, using the body to reach a suitable place to grow. It anchors down with its jaws, permanently. youtube.com/watch?v=vijGd…
Today I learned of the Schulze-Boysens, a married couple who were members of the German high society. They were also anti-Nazi activists who formed a resistance group known as the Red Orchestra. They were caught and executed in 1942 but the Red Orchestra continued throughout the war as an espionage network. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Richard Pryor hosted his own kids show on network television that drew comparisons to sesame street. An episode titled "Sex Education" featured Robin Williams as a guest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pry…
Submarine networking is the process by which data is carried on subsea cables to connect continents. Submarine networks carry 95 percent of the world’s intercontinental electronic communications traffic. ciena.com/insights/how/Ho…
Between 2007 and 2014 the US National Security Agency had been breaking into Huawei's internal networks, including spying on their headquarters and founder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
The Taliban used dynamite to destroy two 4th century statues of Buddha. They saw it as idolatry. The destruction revealed a previously unknown network of caves with wall paintings from the 5th to 9th centuries and another giant statue of Buddha. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
β€” Only 1% of Super Bowl XLVIII tickets were sold to the public. The NFL gave the remaining 99% to teams, broadcast networks, corporate sponsors and other entities. When a fan sued, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled the NFL's ticketing policies didn’t violate any state consumer protection laws. abcnews.go.com/US/jersey-…
The actress who played Daisy Duke in "The Dukes of Hazzard", Catherine Bach, was required by network censors to wear flesh-toned tights under her Daisy Dukes vice.com/en_asia/article/…
Moths are a crucial pollinator of a wide range of flowers and plants. New research shows that the moths' transport networks are larger and more complex than those of daytime pollinators like bees. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
In Finland people use the internet on their mobile phones ten times more than the OECD average because of the unlimited network access yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/new…
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…
The Vienna Police had a special unit that was assigned solely to patrol the city's intricate sewer system, as its network of interlocking tunnels make great hiding places for criminals on the run from the law, stolen property, drugs, etc. neorsd.org/video-police-o…
Twitter is the most used social network in Japan humblebunny.com/japans-to…
Between 1810 and 1840, wealthy tobacco merchant Joseph Williamson had an extensive network of tunnels constructed under Liverpool, England. The purpose of the tunnels is completely unknown but may simply have been Williamson's philanthropic desire to provide working men with employment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
FOX network refused to pick up the South Park series, saying the talking poo character (Mr. Hankey) would stain "[their] network." The series was then brought to Comedy Central, and it became the highest rated show that made the network one of the fastest-growing U.S. cable channels at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
There is a network of illegal, gang-run hot dog trolleys in London. Rival hot dog gangs have fought turf wars and often use spotters to evade enforcers. mylondon.news/news/local-…
Disney and Stampy (the Minecraft YouTuber) once had a partnership through Wonder Quest. Disney, alongside Stampy and others, actually made Wonder Quest. The studio was Disney’s Maker Studios, now called the Disney Digital Network. wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder…
Various networks suggested the title of the show [Schitt's Creek] be changed to sound less profane. The Levys resisted and to prove their point, brought pages copied from a phone book showing listings for individuals with the "Schitt" surname. The CBC allowed them to keep the original title. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Today I learned of the People's Republic of Korea (1945-1946), the short lived Socialist government of a unified Korea which, based on a network of people's committees, presented a program of radical social change. In the south, the US military government outlawed the PRK on December 12, 1945. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peo…
The inaugural winner of the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, William Grover-Williams, was a French secret agent responsible for organizing a resistance network who was executed by the Nazis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Hanna-Barbera pitched The Flintstones to networks for 8 weeks before it was finally picked up. It became the first ever animated show to air during primetime. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The legendary heart on satin intro for "I Love Lucy" was created specifically for the 1959–67 CBS daytime network rebroadcasts, and subsequent syndication. The original intros featured animated matchstick figures of Arnaz & Ball making reference to each episode's sponsors. youtube.com/watch?v=lqXso…
There is a bike highway network crossing through all of Europe en.eurovelo.com/
Over 15 to 20 networks rejected the Duffer Brothers' "Stranger Things" series, saying no one would be interested in a Sci-Fi horror that revolves around kid protagonists. One executive said they need to make it a kids show or have an adult character (Jim Hopper) be the main protagonist instead. cnbc.com/2018/12/11/duffe…
Cult Toons was cartoon that ran from 1999 to 2000 on Cartoon Network. The show was a series of seemingly irrelevant and obscure clips from films and cartoons edited together for comedic purposes and had a very surreal and non sequitur quality. Often featuring Andy LeBeau suddenly exploding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AKA…
The Fox broadcast network (also known as FOX) and 20th Century Fox TV refused to air/produce South Park respectively due to the show having the talking poo character Mr. Hankey. Comedy Central instead bought the series, which was largely credited with putting the once-low network "on the map". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The vlog brothers were negotiating a TV show, the network offered them $2000, Hank accidentally replied all "this number is missing 2 0's" the network replied back and agreed. (34:20) wnycstudios.org/podcasts/…
Before 1995, anyone who wanted a domain name could register it FREE OF CHARGE. That all changed when the National Science Foundation awarded tech consulting company Network Solutions the ability to charge for registration. Domain prices began at $100 for a two-year registration. mashable.com/2014/03/10/d…
In April of 1997, the internet faced a blackout due to a single bad router in Florida. The bug spread like a plague across the world, crashing networks everywhere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AS_…
4G LTE isn't actually 4G. It stands for 'Long Term Evolution', and was invented so that companies can market their networks as 4G without meeting its specifications. Actual 4G speeds are 100 Mb/s for moving devices (in a train/car) and 1 Gb/s for stationary devices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G
Traditional chess engines – rely on thousands of rules and heuristics handcrafted by strong human players that try to account for every eventuality in a game. AlphaZero takes a totally different approach, replacing these hand-crafted rules with a deep neural network . deepmind.com/blog/article…
The first computer virus 'Creeper System' (1971) was an experimental self-replicating program. It was not designed to cause damage, but left a message "I'm the creeper: catch me if you can". It moved between mainframe computers on ARPANET (US Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
Today I learned of Buckshot Yankee, the worst cyber attack in US military history. In 2008, an employee found a USB drive in the parking lot of a DoD facility and plugged into his work computer. It took 14 months to purge from DoD networks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
A scientist grew mold in a dish, placing it in the center representing Tokyo and oat flakes around it the other cities in the area. It first filled the space with plasmodia, and then thinned the network to focus on well connected branches. The network strikingly resembled Tokyo's rail system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…
Sandra Lee from Food Network's "Semi-Homemade Cooking" is current New York Governor Cuomo's ex and was New York's de facto First Lady for 8 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Today I learned of Rimjin-gang, a network of underground journalists operating in North Korea who work to smuggle out news and videos from the country npr.org/templates/story/s…
The Japanese bullet train system is equipped with a network of sensitive seismometers. On March 11, 2011, one of the seismometers detected an 8.9 magnitude earthquake 12 seconds before it hit and sent a stop signal to 33 trains. As a result, only one bullet train derailed that day. railway-technology.com/fe…
A catholic altar boy born in Boston dropped out of school, came to Jamaica and then join an Ethiopian Zion Church which he further transformed into an international drug network. The organization was later indicted in Florida for smuggling over 100 tons of marijuana. druglibrary.net/olsen/RAS…
Johnny Carson in an effort to work less towards the end of his career requested that NBC air his Saturday compilation show, The Best of Carson, during the week. The network had to scramble to develop a new show to fill the Saturday night slot, and thus Saturday Night Live was born. pensandpatron.com/lists/j…
Wi-fi as we know it was created and first released for consumers in 1997 when a committee called 802.11 was created. This lead to the creation of IEEE802.11, which refers to a set of standards that define communication for wireless local area networks. purple.ai/blogs/history-w…
Mythbusters got bullied out of airing an episode on how hackable and trackable RFID chips on credit cards are, when credit card companies threatened to boycott their TV network gizmodo.com/5882102/mythb…
Pornhub has a branch of their network called β€œPornhub Cares” where they focus on humanitarian efforts. Some of their causes are breast and testicular cancer research, planting trees, and funding student college scholarships. archive.attn.com/stories/…
Today I learned about the Medical Reserve Corps. Created after 9/11, it is a national network of volunteers trained to respond in emergencies. You likely have a unit in your area today and do not need any prior medical training to join. mrc.hhs.gov/HomePage
During initial release of Doom so many people tried to download it at once that it crashed the entire University of Wisconsin's network en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doo…
Because Nickelodeon’s Global GUTS featured 12 different countries, each episode had to be customized by region; with the exception of Great Britain, every international network had its own host and producer. orlandosentinel.com/news/…
Super Bowl I is the only Super Bowl to have been broadcast live in the U.S. by 2 television networks, CBS and NBC, but their tapes were either lost or recorded over, so no full game video existed. In 2016, the NFL compiled footage from over a dozen sources and stitched together the game. nflcommunications.com/Pag…
FranΓ§afrique is a term to criticise the alleged corrupt and clandestine activities of various Franco-African political, economic and military networks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned about Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs), a system where two AI’s effectively β€œcompete” against each other to create synthetic new versions of existing data like photos or music pathmind.com/wiki/generat…
There is a network of hi-res cameras in Spain called MIDAS which captures images of meteorite impacts on the moon. space.com/41356-watch-two…
A Spanish double agent, Juan Pujol Garcia got medals for spying from both Nazi Germany and the British Empire. He ran a fake spy network in London for Germany and recruited 27 fictitious agents all on German dime to provided them with fake intelligence during WW2. history.com/news/spy-doub…
A hypha is a branching filamentous structure of a fungus, oomycete, or actinobacterium. Mycorrhizal networks are underground hyphal networks created by mycorrhizal fungi that connect individual plants/trees/forests together and transfer water, carbon, nitrogen, and other nutrients and minerals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myc…
Winnipeg has a Skywalk System, a network of pedestrian skyways and tunnels connecting a significant portion of downtown. It provides year-round climate-controlled access to over 200 shops, 700 apartment units, 2 hotels, and 11 financial centres en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
The X-Files episode "Home" was so twisted, dark, and disturbing that it only aired on Fox once, was banned from re-runs on the network, and disappeared until the show re-aired on cable channel FX. uproxx.com/tv/10-fascinat…
Today I learned 83% of Psychiatry Providers listed as In-Network with an Insurance Company, either don't exist or aren't accepting new patients, a term described as "Ghost Networks" statnews.com/2019/06/17/g…
The CIA parachuted hundreds of people into North Korea throughout the 1950s to start resistance networks and, despite never hearing from most of them again, continued to parachute more in until an inquiry in the 1970s questioned the morality of such an initiative. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Docomo is the predominant mobile phone operator in Japan. The name is officially an abbreviation of the phrase, "DO COmmunications over the MObile network", and is also from the compound word dokomo, which means "everywhere" in Japanese. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTT…
It is illegal to include the Emergency Broadcast system alert tones in any broadcast media in any context, unless it's coming through the actual Emergency Broadcast System. Even when remixed to sound different, networks can be fined thousands of dollars for each time the tone is broadcast. 20k.org/episodes/emergenc…
There is a specific clause in The Simpsons' contract that the network can't give notes, make cuts or exert creative control over episodes, meaning the producers have free rein to poke fun of FOX itself. telegraph.co.uk/culture/t…
When Bill Cosby won 3 Razzies in 1987, he insisted that he wanted a real trophy. His original Razzie was worth $1.97, but the Fox Network made him real ones out of 24 carat gold and Italian marble, costing $30,000. He was the first actor to claim any Razzie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 2008, MI5 released a 14-page document warning British businesses of Chinese β€œhoneytraps”- that Chinese intelligence would use β€œsexual relationships and illegal activities to pressurize individuals to co-operate with them”, to gain access to computer networks. theregister.co.uk/2010/02…
Iggy Pop based 'Lust for Life' on the Armed Forces Network call signal, which he heard in a Berlin apartment with David Bowie...waiting for 'Starsky & Hutch' to come one. nytimes.com/2016/01/14/ar…
Avatar (2009 Film) required 4,000 servers, 35,000 CPU Cores, 104 TB of RAM, and 3 PB of Network Area Storage in a 10,000 sq ft farm to render the movies effects en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ava…
Stephanie Thompson, the Director of the National Down Sydrome Adoption Network, received the NDS Congress Presidential Award in 2017 for her work servicing over 2,300 inquiries, and connecting children with willing families. Link below is to a person anecdote. cedarsstory.com/adopting-…
The show The Brady Bunch mentions Mike's first wife dying. However, we don't learn about the girls' bio dad because the writer wanted Carol divorced from him but the network felt that was too risque. The compromise was to never mention it at all. bradyworld.com/cover/faq.…
A 2019 paper shows how brain-to-brain communication is possible and shows some interesting similarities it has to convention social networks. nature.com/articles/s4159…
A new tool to study neural networks uses the modified rabies virus. This will allow scientists to target specific cells for genetic modification that can be used to treat intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. youtu.be/hrVg9OCP3vI
Trees secretly talk to each other and share resources using a fungal network called the World Wood Web. Some trees use the system to support their offspring, while others hijack it to sabotage their rivals. bbc.co.uk/news/av/science…
Americans sought comfort TV after 9/11 and watched so much Food Network that the station had to restructure itself to appeal to a general audience. This led to the creation and subsequent rise of reality cooking shows like Chopped and Iron Chef USA. youtu.be/T1-k7VYwsHg?t=72…

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