In 1933, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt were at a White House event when they whimsically abandoned their guests for a joyride. Both took turns flying and Roosevelt later stated, "It does mark an epoch, doesn't it, when a girl in an evening dress and slippers can pilot a plane at night." baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
Frank Sinatra died the night of Seinfeld's finale and his ambulance made it to the hospital in record time because traffic was so light due to everyone watching the show. groovyhistory.com/frank-s…
Mike Birbiglia is a diagnosed sleepwalker who jumped through a second story window while dreaming that a missile was about to hit his hotel. Birbiglia restrains himself by sleeping in a sleeping bag and wearing mittens at night. rollingstone.com/culture/…
For a while in the 2010s, you could rent the country of Liechtenstein on Airbnb for $70,000 a night. This included hanging out with the monarch, temporary currency, the ability to rename streets and a key to country. theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned about John Bulkeley, who evacuated MacArthur from the Philippines, recruited JFK into the Navy, and tested security on the base he commanded by dressing up as a ninja and sneaking around at night en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In nightclubs in Ireland in the 80's & 90's the music had to be turned off and lights turned on half ways through the night because the nightclub had to serve a substantial meal by law so the clubs could keep their alcohol licence dublininquirer.com/2017/0…
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…
Although they had been invented during WWII, nachos wouldn't become well known worldwide until a Monday Night Football game in 1978, when during the Baltimore Colts/Dallas Cowboys games, Howard Cosell kept mentioning them (Texas Stadium happened to be serving them, which helped things) dallasnews.com/news/obitu…
The Eiffel tower has a reletively untouched apartment designed and put in by Gustav Eiffel which few people were ever allowed in and he turned down every request by wealthy Parisians who wanted to stay the night in it. cntraveler.com/stories/20…
People who use heroin describe sensations of warmth and safety while they are high. When sleeping on the streets on a cold night, a hit of heroin can make it possible to relax and get some rest verywellmind.com/what-her…
On the night that MTV launched, the opening sequence for the network featured footage of the Apollo 11 launch, simply because it was public domain and free to use. It was that opening sequence that connected MTVs image with astronauts, including the Video Music Award β€œmoon man” trophy. mtv.com/news/2924701/vma-…
44% of adults have held on to their childhood teddies and dolls, and as many as 34% of adults still sleep with a soft toy every night theguardian.com/global/20…
The other man in the balcony with Lincoln the night he was assassinated was so consumed with guilt over not having prevented it that he slowly went mad and eventually stabbed his wife to death and tried to kill his children before he was committed to a mental asylum for the rest of his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
George A. Romero, legendary horror director of Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, got his start directing short films for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood screenrant.com/george-rom…
Persian King Agha Mohammad Khan ordered the execution of two servants for being too loud. Since it was a holy day, he postponed their execution by a day and made the servants return to their duties. They murdered the king in his sleep that night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agh…
During the Vietnam war, the CIA created "ghost tapes" designed to frighten Vietcong solders. the tapes were of fallen Vietnamese souls wandering the jungle telling of their suffering, and to go back to their loved ones. These were played loudly at night from helicopters. psywarrior.com/wanderings…
Fred Savage was the first person to host Saturday Night Live who was born after the show’s premier in 1975. He was 13 when he hosted in 1990. popsugar.com/entertainmen…
Scheherazade, the storyteller from One Thousand and One Nights tells her stories (Aladdin, Sinbad, ...) to the monarch so that he would stop marrying and killing a new virgin every day after his first wife betrayed him. He had already killed 1001 women when they met. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
The song β€˜The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ mentioning β€œscary ghost stories” is from the pre-Christianity pagan belief that the winter solstice, being the longest night, was when the dead could most easily return. omnia.sas.upenn.edu/story…
Disney had to change the lyrics of Aladdin's 'Arabian Nights' after backlash, replacing, "Where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face," with the current lyrics. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
As many as three US Presidents, and also Abraham Lincoln's son, may have died as a result of a contaminated water supply to the White House. Until 1850 there was no sewage system and a field of human excrement called "night soil" flowed freely into the water supply. saturdayeveningpost.com/2…
Jamie McDonald ran 524 treadmill miles in a week. He had less than 3 hours of sleep a night, covering 3 marathons a day, a total of 20 marathons. A few weeks earlier he'd run 5,500 miles across America over a period of a year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Joey Ramone of the punk band The Ramones recorded an ode to financial journalist Maria Bartiromo, who, at the time, reported from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on CNBC. Sample lyric: "I watch her every day / I watch her every night / She's really out of sight / Maria Bartiromo." theguardian.com/business/…
The 19th-century Countess of Castiglione, mistress of Napoleon III, was so desirable that the famously stingy Lord Hertford offered her 1 million francs for one night, on the condition that she had to do anything he wanted. She agreed, and they later avoided each other, out of "mutual respect" brightyellowblossoms.com/…
Dusty Hill from ZZ Top wanted to feel "normal" after their "Worldwide Texas Tour". So he cut his hair, got a job at an airport, went by the name of "Joe" and would go out on Friday nights with coworkers so he could feel "grounded". ultimateclassicrock.com/d…
People who are in love report at least one hour less of sleep per night than their romantically unattached peers. This lack of sleep is attributed to the hypomanic-like condition our brain enters when we are in love. theglobeandmail.com/life/…
Newman's Own started out as an inside joke between Paul Newman and friend and writer AE Hotchner, who would tease Newman for calling late at night just to 'talk about salad dressing'. They began making batches for holiday gifts. To date, over $500 million has gone to charities. vanityfair.com/news/2015/…
It was demonstrated birds navigated using the night sky by putting them in a planetarium and rotating it to see if they changed orientation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
The ancestors of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who harbored and set John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg after killing President Lincoln, still believe he was innocent and did not know it was Booth at his house that night, even though he was famous, Dr. Mudd had met him multiple times, and he knew of the plot. drmudd.org/
While filming Tokyo Drift, they couldn't get a permit to film a scene. They filmed it anyway, and the studio hired a fall guy to claim to be the director and spend a night in jail. digitalspy.com/movies/a15…
South Korea has a myth called fan death which states that your electric fan can kill you if you leave it running all night long in a room with no ventilation. youtu.be/87JlODftwhs
In 1997, Conan taped a show with an audience filled only with children. One of his guests that night was CNN financial expert Myron Kandel. vulture.com/2019/08/conan…
Today I learned of "temple garment", also referred to as Mormon underwear, which is a type of underwear worn by some members of the Latter Day Saint church, both day and night as a symbolic reminder of the covenants made in temple ceremonies and as a source of protection from the evils of the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tem…
In 1948-1958, a man wore 30lb, 3 toed lead shoes and stomped around a Florida beach during the night, leading people to believe there was a 15ft tall penguin roaming their lands. The hoax was only revealed 40 years later. tampabay.com/features/hum…
Spongebob voice actor Tom Kenny has been lifelong friends with Robert β€œBobcat” Goldthwait. At one of their first open-mics they each performed as β€œBobcat” and β€œTomcat”, as a tribute to another comedian who was performing that night; Barry β€œBear Cat” Crimmins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Tiger Woods almost ran out of golf balls during the 2nd round of the 2000 US Open because his caddy forgot to pack the balls Tiger was putting with in his hotel room the night before. He finished the round with one ball and went on to win the tournament by a record-setting 15 strokes. golfdigest.com/story/us-o…
It is not known who wrote "Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St Nicholas)" with Clement Clarke Moore claiming authorship but many contending that Henry Livingstone Jr was the actual author. The poem is largely responsible for the modern conceptions of Santa Claus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_V…
The Offspring's Album 'Smash' had a small budget of $20,000, which limited studio time, the last four songs recorded for the album were worked through in just two nights. 'Smash' went on to be the best-selling album released by an independent record label with over 11 million sales. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma…
Every night the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence are lowered underground into a bomb-proof vault atlasobscura.com/places/n…
Researchers found that cannabis can improve night vision by studying Moroccan and Jamaican fishermen who attributed their ability to see and navigate at night to smoking cannabis. theguardian.com/science/2…
Director Adam Rifkin bought the movie rights for Peeps Candy. Rifkin planned "to adapt Peeps into a Lego Movie-esque family epic set the night before a Peeps diorama contest, when a wayward Peep gets misplaced and must adventure through the fantasy lands of different-themed dioramas" deadline.com/2014/04/peep…
Current Saturday Night Live head writer Colin Jost was first a contestant on the Syndicated edition of The Weakest Link with George Gray back in 2002. Spoiler Alert: He won. uproxx.com/tv/colin-jost-…
β€œGadget” spent the night prior to the Trinity test atop a steel tower during a lighting storm. Had a lightning strike occurred, it could have prematurely detonated the world’s first atomic weapon. thebulletin.org/2020/07/i…
Today I learned about the Beacon of Maracaibo where the so-called Catacumbo lightning strikes on average 28 times per minute, 9 hours a day, for roughly 300 nights per year. earthdata.nasa.gov/learn/…
Ed Solomon, co-writer of the Bill and Ted's trilogy, was once suspected of being the Night Stalker cinemablend.com/news/2561…
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…
The neon-green-hued liqueur Midori was introduced to America in 1978 at the iconic discotheque Studio 54 during a cast party for β€œSaturday Night Fever.” liquor.com/articles/midor…
Novelty New Years Glasses were invented by two struggling musicians/best friends Richard Sclafani and Peter Cicero, who jotted the design down on a napkin during a late night of smoking weed and doodling in their Seattle apartment. melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
The production budget of the first season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" was so low, the cast shot the opening credits sequence using a digital camera themselves while driving around Philadelphia one night. Charlie Day called it the "cheapest credits ever." indigoprod.com/nyc-video-…
Today I learned of Marco Pantani. Considered one of the best cyclists of all time, his resting heart rate was 34bpm, and could drop to even more dangerous levels in sleep. So dangerous he would need to wake up at night and cycle just to raise his heart rate to a safe level. youtu.be/hT8GZlBBv5k

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