When Germany invaded Belgium in World War I, King Albert I took personal command of the Belgian Army. He led his army for 4 years, fighting alongside his troops, while his wife, Queen Elisabeth, worked as a nurse at the front. His 12 year-old son, the Crown Prince, also fought in the ranks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The birth of JFK's sister Rosemary in 1918 was complicated by medical resources focused elsewhere during a pandemic. A nurse, trying to delay delivery for a doctor, held her mother's legs closed. When that failed, she reached into the birth canal and held Rosemary's head in place for two hours. marieclaire.com/celebrity…
A British nurse named Edith Cavell helped treat soldiers regardless of their nationalities in WWI. She also helped them escape from German occupied Belgium. When caught, she refused to lie about her actions and was executed by firing squad. history.com/news/wwi-nurs…
In 2019, a nurse set the record for the fastest marathon in a nurse's uniform, but was originally rejected by Guinness World Records, because she was wearing scrubs and pants, and not a blue and white dress, apron, and a nurse's cap. After backlash, they backed down and accepted her record edition.cnn.com/2019/05/0…
Satchel Paige pitched his last Major League Baseball game at age 59 for the KC Athletics. Before the game, Paige sat in the bullpen on a rocking chair, being attended to by a "nurse". He pitched three scoreless innings, giving up one hit and then walked off to the song "The Old Gray Mare". sabr.org/gamesproj/game/s…
In 2012, an Indian nurse looking after the Duchess of Cambridge was prank called by an Australian radio station pretending to be the Queen. This led to her revealing confidential information which was then broadcast on the radio. 3 days later, she committed suicide by hanging. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
During WWI Charles de Gaulle was imprisoned for 32 months in 6 different prison camps. He tried to escape 5 times in various ways, including hiding in a laundry basket, digging a tunnel, digging a hole through a wall, and even posing as a nurse to fool his guards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Before Florence Nightingale was a nurse, she was a statistician. She used her skills to pioneer medical research methods, medical hygiene practices, and infographics. bbc.co.uk/ideas/videos/wh…
: photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt (famous for his iconic V-J Day in Times Square - photograph, sailor kissing a nurse in a dancelike dip) was threatened by an enraged Ernest Hemingway, who tore his own shirt to shreds, to be thrown overboard for trying to create a relaxed setting for his shot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
There was about 28,000 new Nurse Practitioner graduates vs. 21,000 (MD) Medical Doctor graduates in 2017. healthaffairs.org/do/10.1…
Today I learned of Nancy Wake who ran away from home at 16 with just Β£200. Her husband was executed by the German and she worked as a nurse, a journalist, a courier & finally a spy for the UK. She is responsible for destroying the Gestapo HQ & was awarded medals by the US, UK, France, among others post-WW2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
In the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th seasons of Lost, 76 different babies were used to play Aaron, Claire's son. Most were girls, as they tend to have a rounder face, don’t age as quickly, and squirm less. During the group shot, the nurse told everyone to switch babies, and pick the baby they really want stereogum.com/1779483/spo…
Kleenex Tissues Were Originally Made For Gas Masks During WWI, Not For Blowing Your Nose. Some Nurses Also Found That They Were Also Able To Be Used As A Great Subsitute For Menstrual Pads wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleene…
Donald Harvey, a nurse who killed 37 of his patients, was only caught because a medical examiner who performed the autopsy on one of his victims had the genetic ability to smell cyanide. This prompted an investigation and Harvey was discovered. usatoday.com/story/news/h…
Today I learned about Elizabeth McWilliams, a nurse's aid who took care of influenza patients in 1918. She worked tirelessly for patients before contracting the illness herself and dying. Her last words were "I am happy because I've tried to be a real American." loc.gov/pictures/item/201…
Agatha Christie described the symptoms of thallium poisoning so well in her novel, The Pale Horse, a nurse who read the novel recognized the symptoms in a baby that was dying, and saved it’s life. nytimes.com/1977/06/24/ar…
Rayna Kasabova (1897 - 1969) was a Bulgarian Air Force nurse and the first woman in the world who participated in a military flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
During the US Civil War, Union Lt. Custer (of later Little Big Horn fame) found a West Point classmate Capt. Lea who was fighting for the Confederates and was captured. While recuperating, Lea met and married his nurse. Custer attended the wedding in full blue Union uniform, with Lea in gray. dailypress.com/history/dp…
Today I learned that the final words of King George VI were β€œGod Damn You”, said to the nurse who had administered him a sedative. mysteriumtours.com/the-li…
Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon, died from a blood clot caused by kicking up her leg to show her nurses how well she was feeling after having surgery for an ovarian cyst en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Louise Fletcher (Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) was so upset that the other actors could laugh and be happy while she had to be so cold and heartless that near the end of production she removed her dress and stood in only her panties to prove she was not a cold-hearted monster gointothestory.blcklst.co…
Today I learned about Yolanda Saldivar, a nurse who quit her job to become Tejana music star Selena's fan club president in San Antonio, then proceeded to embezzle thousands from her. She shot the singer dead in 1995 after being confronted for her actions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yol…
The Angels of Bataan were a group of military nurses who were the largest group of American females captured during WWII. They continued nursing even as prisoners of war. They were stationed in Manila in 1941 and were freed in 1945. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
A nurse named Niels HΓΆgel is one of the most prolific medical serial killers of all time (85 confirmed, 300+ suspected). He administered lethal doses of heart meds to patients so he could try to revive them in front of colleagues for attention and praise. yourlawyer.com/library/pr…
Nurses are sometimes called sisters because in Medieval Europe, the Catholic Church provided hospital services and nuns (sisters) would serve as nurses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Than manatee calf’s nurse under water on a nipple behind their mother flippers neafamily.com/your-family…
When the Six Flags Over Texas theme park opened in 1961, it had a section dedicated to the Confederacy where actors would hunt through the crowd for Union "spies" and "execute" them by firing squad, and where boys and girls could sign up to defend the South as soldiers and nurses. dallasnews.com/news/news/…
A German nurse was sentenced to life in prison without eligibility for parole after he murdered more than 85 patients because he wanted to show off his resuscitation skills and be the hero who saves them on the hospital bed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nie…
Honeybees sleep between five and eight hours a day, some bees hold each other's legs as they sleep. Colonies are divided into different sectors of work. There are cleaners, nurses, security guards, also collection bees whose sole job is to cache nectar in comb. Promotions happen as well. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
In 1929, W. Forssmann performed the first human heart cath on himself. He tricked the OR nurse, put himself under local anesthesia, inserted a catheter into his arm, then walked to the X-ray room to see if it reached his heart. He was fired from the hospital, but awarded the Nobel Prize in 1956. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
After the third time Dennis Rodmen broke his penis, the nurse who treated him threatened to sell secret photos of his broken genitalia to the National Enquirer for $25,000. Rodmen's then girlfriend dared her to do it and was never heard from again. youtu.be/p3zDKkoNMcg?t=1m…
While dying of stomach cancer and hospitalized in 1989. Osamu Tezuka (creator of Kimba and Astro Boy) was still able to draw tons of sketches with his pens and paper. His last words was "I'm begging you, let me keep working!" as a hospital nurse took away his pens and paper so he could rest. tofugu.com/japan/osamu-te…
In 2017, five Denver nurses were suspended for opening a body bag and β€œadmiring” the size of the dead man’s genitals. nypost.com/2017/09/06/nur…
Hitler's personal nurse revealed in 2005 that the death of Blondi the German Shepherd affected people in the bunker more than Eva Braun's suicide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Today I learned about Kim Bok-Dong and what a "comfort woman" was. During WWII, at 14 years old, Kim Bok-Dong was taken to Japan where she joined other young women who were forced to work as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers. The Japanese government later made them work as nurses to try to hide what had happened youtube.com/watch?v=qsT97…
The Orangutan birth rate of once every 9 years is one of the slowest among mammals, hindering their survival but also creates one the strongest mother-child bonds in nature as kids stay close to their mother during that whole period and nurse for most of it nytimes.com/2017/05/17/sc…
Surgical Gloves Were Invented Because a Doctor had the Hots for his Nurse pastmedicalhistory.co.uk/…
Priest Joseph MΓΌller told a joke of a dying German soldier who asked to see people for whom he was laying down his life. The nurse laid a portrait of Hitler and GΓΆring next to him. The soldier said "Now I can die like Jesus Christ" [between two criminals]. MΓΌller was executed for the joke. wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph…
In 1918 Chicago during the Great Flu Pandemic Julia β€œSlick Julia” Lyons posed as a home nurse and then robbed them. First she would over-charge them for prescriptions ($63 for a $5 dose of oxygen) and then would flat out steal cash, jewelry, clothing, or any other valuables she could find. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned about Helen Jones Woods, a trombonist with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, an all-female multi-racial band that toured the south in the era of Jim Crow. After retiring from music, she served as a nurse for 23 years and was inducted into the Omaha Black Music Hall of Fame in 2007. thehistorymakers.org/biog…
American alligators have been known to venture into saltwater to capture prey. They've been spotted muching on nurse sharks, bonnethead sharks, lemon sharks, and Atlantic stingrays. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The last words of Osamu Tezuka, the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion, were: "I'm begging you, let me work!", spoken to a nurse who had tried to take away his drawing equipment. He died of stomach cancer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osa…
The original plot for the TV show Frasier had Kelsey Grammer playing a paralyzed media mogul cared for by a street-smart nurse in a Manhattan penthouse. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned about Abbie Sweetwine, an African American Nurse who helped save passengers in Britain's largest peacetime accident, Harrow & Wealdstone airforcemedicine.af.mil/N…
Today I learned of the Nightingale Pledge, a modified Hippocratic Oath named in honor of Florence Nightingale, US nurses take at their graduation ceremony en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
In 1857 Senator James Hammond, representative of South Carolina, released a manual of breastfeeding rules for enslaved women. The manual regulated time spent breastfeeding and rigidly set weaning schedules. The women were forced to nurse the children of their owners as well as other babies. encyclopedia.com/social-s…
Today I learned of Mary Seacole a Jamaican-born nurse who applied to join Florence Nightingale in Crimea, but was turned down due to her race. Instead of giving up, Seacole sailed to the Crimea at her own expense and set up a hotel to tend to sick and wounded soldiers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Mother polar bears nurse their cubs for as long as 30 months. Some cubs stop nursing as young as 18 months of age, but remain with their mothers for survival until they are 30 months old. The average fat content of polar bear milk is 33%, similar to the milkfat content of other marine mammals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Today I learned about White Tower restaurants started in the 1920s, which was a knock off of White Castle, had staff dressed as nurses to help give the impression that it was a hygienic place to eat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Einstein’s last words were spoken in German to a nurse who didn’t speak German and are lost for ever. During Einstein's autopsy, the pathologist stole his brain. He kept it for forty years in a tupperware container, before being convinced to return it to Einstein's relatives. fromthegrapevine.com/life…

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