. Mexican Singer Sergio Vega in 2010 publicly denied a news report that he had been murdered. One hour later he was murdered en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
The Lord of the Rings films originally would have been released by Disney via Miramax but they chose not to fund it due to costs. They let New Line Cinema have it on the condition they pay $10M in "turnaround" costs. The LOTR trilogy will later on gross over $2.9B at the global box office. hollywoodreporter.com/amp…
In 2004 there was a "election" for a new Chex flavor in South Korea. The green onion flavor won, but because Kellogg wasn't expecting this, they chose the chocolate flavor anyway. 16 years later, they south Koreans finally got it npr.org/2020/07/05/887386…
In 2010 Fox & Friends reported the LAPD intended to purchase 10,000 jetpacks at a cost of 1 billion dollars, their source was the Weekly World News a satirical newspaper latimesblogs.latimes.com/…
Jack Foley was so successful in the art of creating sounds for movies that he gave a name to the whole new profession: a foley artist. They specialize in creating sounds that are hard to record during filming. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fol…
Phil Collins has one of, if not the largest collection of Alamo artifacts. He started collecting artifacts in 1994, after getting a gift from his wife. In 2012 he published a book about the collection. He donated his collection to a new Texas museum in 2014, which debuted in public this year. texasmonthly.com/the-cult…
Japan burns a portion of its garbage and uses the resulting ash in land reclamation. As of 2012 Japan has created over 250 square kilometers (96 square miles) of new land using this method. storymaps.arcgis.com/stor…
Margot Robbie was nominated for an award called "Actress Most in Need of a New Agent" by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists in 2016 for her work on Tarzan and Suicide Squad. awfj.org/eda-awards-2/201…
Many Chinese medical tourists who go to South Korea for inexpensive and high quality plastic surgery have difficulty re-entering China due to their passports photos not matching their new face post op. kotaku.com/how-south-kore…
A new kind of artificial cornea successfully restored sight in a 78-year-old man. The surgery uses a lens which can more easily replace damaged tissue in a simpler surgery. Immediately after the surgery, the patient was able to recognize family members and read numbers on an eye chart. engadget.com/synthetic-co…
When a chimpanzee that learns an effective method to crack nuts open is placed into a new group that uses a less effective strategy, it will eventually stop using the superior method just to blend in with the rest of the chimps. eva.mpg.de/documents/Else…
The worlds rarest tree, Kaikōmako native to New Zealand, has been rescued from extinction after 40 years of trying to get the very last female tree in the world to fruit again landcareresearch.co.nz/ne…
In 1443, King Sejong single-handedly created Hangul, the Korean alphabet, in response to the immense difficulty that common people faced learning Chinese characters. The publication date of the document revealed in 1446 detailing the new alphabet is now a national holiday in both Koreas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
Today I learned about the North Korean third broadcast network. It is a network of speakers that are wired into people's homes and relays local news and instructions. There are also rumours that the system can't be turned off, but the volume can be lowered. nknews.org/2019/06/the-no…
Some luxury buildings in New York City will only let you buy an appartment there after board approval. Mariah Carey was once rejected after showing up to the interview in a 'bare midriff' and answering "he be dead" when asked if Biggie would be visiting the building. observer.com/2016/05/cele…
B92, a dissident radio station in Serbia, played Public Enemy's 'Fight the Power' on repeat when they were banned from broadcasting news. The song became an anti-MiloΕ‘eviΔ‡ anthem in 1991. bbc.com/culture/article/2…
Mary Baker Eddy started The Christian Science Monitor not for her religious reasons, but so that the world would have a source of news free from "Yellow Journalism" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1920, candy store owner Christian Kent Nelson, unable to decide between ice cream and chocolate bars, invented an ice cream brick with chocolate coating. He secured an agreement with local chocolate producer Russell C. Stover to mass-produce them under the new trademarked name "Eskimo Pie". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edy…
Independent filmmakers fled New Jersey around 1915 to California, both for the advantageous climate and to get away from Thomas Edison's Motion Picture Patent Company, who's heavy handed demands included the use of Mob thugs to demand payments on cameras, projectors and the films themselves. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Genghis Khan would marry off a daughter to the king of an allied nation. Then he would assign his new son in law to military duty in the Mongol wars, while his daughter took over the rule. Most sons in law died in combat, giving his daughters complete control of these nations thetyee.ca/Books/2010/07/…
There is a house in New Orleans, they call it the Rising Sun, but it’s not a brothel as singer Eric Burdon once described it. It's a bed and breakfast run by a Louisianan couple who love the legend and have collected over 40 versions of the Animals' song. Their B&B features ample brothelabilia. abcnews.go.com/Travel/sto…
Santa Fe, New Mexico is the oldest capital city in North America, founded (1607) over a decade before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock (1620). santafe.org/visiting-sant…
Today I learned about the rarest blood type. Named SARAS, only 2 families in the world have it and is officially recognised as an entirely new blood group. donateblood.com.au/resear…
On September 13, 1978, the four members of KISS each released solo albums, with Ace Frehley having the most successful album as well as the most successful song with "New York Groove" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ace…
As the Bangladesh liberation war neared its end, a final effort was made by Pakistan to kill as many intellectuals as possible, to eliminate the future leaders of the new nation of Bangladesh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In an attempt to boost the sales of the Playstation 2, Sony's marketing chief attempted to anonymously seed a story to news outlets that Saddam Hussein had imported 4,000 PS2s to use their processing power to build nuclear weapons. youtube.com/watch?v=YCr8i…
One particular alley in New York City serves as the movie shoot location for almost all alley scenes filmed in the city. This is because, contrary to popular conception, there are not many alleys in NYC. gothamist.com/arts-entert…
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…
The original proposal for the plot of the movie Anchorman was about news anchors trying to escape a mountaintop plane crash, while being stalked and killed by orangutans wielding ninja stars. esquire.com/entertainment…
After the musician Prince changed his name to The Love Symbol "Ƭ̡̬̊" in 1993, he sent out custom 3.5 inch floppy disks to news/media outlets with strict instructions that contained a custom font that would replace the capital letter "P" with that symbol on the PC and Macintosh. nymag.com/intelligencer/2…
Bill Hamilton developed modern jetboats since no existing boats could navigate the shallow, fast flowing rivers of New Zealand. He took his boats to the USA for demonstrations amidst criticism from the media. In 1960 his boats became the first and only boats to travel up the grand canyon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Kuru is found among people from New Guinea who practiced a form of cannibalism in which they ate the brains of dead people as part of a funeral ritual. This practice stopped in 1960, but cases of kuru were reported for many years afterward because the disease has a long incubation period healthline.com/health/kur…
New York uses steam as it's main source of heating! - You can often see it bellowing out of pipes in the city. It has the largest steam network in the world. The Steam system was built in the 1800's to reduce the amount of wood that was being burned as a heat source in the cold winter months. youtube.com/watch?v=mAB1g…
Today I learned of the 1950 death of Kevin Budden, a 20 y.o. amateur herpatologist bitten by the taipan snake he captured for antivenom research. News of Budden's death inspired others to capture additional snake species, resulting in the development of five new antivenoms within 12 years of Budden's death. kingsnake.com/aho/species…
All New Yorkers used to have to move on May 1st if their lease expired. It was known as "Moving Day" which led to massive traffic jams. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mov…
Neither the FBI or New York recorded the 9/11 attack in the crime statisitcs report for 2001. They claimed this single event would skew the entire crime statistics program and therefor could not be counted as deaths in New York. huffpost.com/entry/911-on…
Nicaraguan Sign Language is a sign language that spontaneously developed among deaf children in Nicaragua in the 1980s. It is of particular interest to linguists because it is believed to be to be an example of the birth of a new language, unrelated to any other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
The Channel 4 TV network in the UK does not produce any programming (including news) inhouse and instead purchases/commissions programming from independent production companies. channel4.com/corporate/ab…
In order to bolster its waning popularity as a travel hub, Japan's Kishigawa Train Line appointed a cat named Tama as its new station master in 2007, leading to a huge spike in popularity as a tourist destination. In 2010 a second cat was hired to "assist" Tama with her duties. zoomingjapan.com/travel/s…
Aquariums aren't allowed to pay to get animals from other aquariums as it encourages poaching. So there is a barter system in place where they swap animals. A New England aquarium traded a dozen penguins for 800 mackerel and their basic unit of trade is the jellyfish npr.org/transcripts/49329…
New York’s Five Mafia Families received millions of dollars for contracts for the Ground Zero debris clean up and engaged in a variety of schemes from no show jobs for high level bosses to illegally dumping debris nydailynews.com/archives/…
There is a rubbish dump named "Mt. Cleese" (altitude 45.2m), in retaliation after John Cleese described Palmerston North as "the suicide capital of New Zealand" and suggested that β€œif you wish to kill yourself but lack the courage to, I think a visit to Palmerston North will do the trick.” atlasobscura.com/places/m…
When future US President Herbert Hoover was born in 1874, his father announced the news by saying, "We have another General Grant at our house!", referencing the incumbent chief executive. This rural Iowan blacksmith would die nearly fifty years before his son fulfilled the prediction. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Holly Hunter's character in Broadcast News, Jane Craig, was inspired by Susan Zirinsky, a living legend in journalism and the first female President and Senior Executive Producer of CBS News slate.com/human-interest/…
In 1913, The Daily Mail suspected its competitor The Daily Standard was copying its news stories. The Daily Mail published a hoax article claiming the SS Waratah had been discovered in Antarctica. The Daily Standard also published the story and added a statement from the harbourmaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
When a queen bee dies, the worker bees quickly find new eggs or larvae to be next queen and house them in specially constructed, vertically-hanging "queen cells." They feed the larvae β€œroyal” jelly. sciencing.com/happens-que…
65% of Staten Island voted to secede from the rest of New York City in 1993, only to have their efforts blocked by the State Assembly en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Today I learned of the USS New York, a ship in the US Navy forged partially from steel that was salvaged from the World Trade Center after it was destroyed in 9/11. The ship's motto is "Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The news of John Lennon's death was broken during by American Football commentator Howard Cosell during ABC's Monday Night Football programme. newsday.com/sports/media/…
In Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), when first Darth Vader force chokes the imperial officer, he interrupts him saying the words "hidden fortress". This is a nod to The Hidden Fortress (1958), an Akira Kurosawa film set in Feudal Japan which Star Wars is based on. (timestamped link in comments) bbc.com/culture/article/2…

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