A guide dog named Roselle led a group of people including her blind owner down 78 flights of stairs before the North Tower collapsed on 9/11. She only stopped to give kisses to a woman who was having a panic attack. money.cnn.com/galleries/2…
The Bose Corporation’s majority owner is MIT. In 2011, the company’s founder, Amar Bose donated the majority of his shares to the university which was his former employer and alma mater. An annual cash dividend is paid out to β€œadvance the research and education mission of MIT”. news.mit.edu/2011/bose-gi…
, in 1978, Richard Branson was trying to impress his girlfriend by pretending to buy a private island in the BVI. It was listed for $6M, he offered $100k as a joke. The owner settled for $180k, and Branson bought Necker Island. He would marry the same girl there 11 years later. virgin.com/richard-branso…
Betta fish are very intelligent. They have been known to be able to recognize their owners. There are even some Betta fish that can do tricks like pushing a tiny ball through a ring using their nose. This is something that most fish are incapable of. bettafishhomeguide.com/be…
In 1962, when Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall refused to integrate his team, President Kennedy forced his hand by refusing to allow the team to play in their then-new stadium, which was on Federal land. Marshall relented and became the last NFL owner to integrate. npr.org/2011/09/04/140066…
In 1161 the Bishop of Winchester was the largest brothel owner in the UK and his prostitutes were called the Winchester Geese. wikipedia.org/wiki/Libert…
Today I learned about Hans Huber, a paper mill owner who refused to destroy the member records of the Nazi Party, hiding them instead to hand them over to the US after the war pro.magnumphotos.com/C.as…
A cat in New Zealand tricked two different women into owning him. Neither knew they had the same cat until after he went to the vet for stitches. The cat got to keep both names as well as both owners through a shared custody agreement. mashable.com/2017/04/25/c…
The popular Sriracha sauce in the US (in the green-capped bottle) tastes different because they have a different supplier of chile peppers. The owner sued the original supplier for $1 million claiming he overpaid. The farmer countersued and won $23.3 million and now makes his own sriracha. latimes.com/local/lanow/l…
The current owner of the "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" flying car is director Peter Jackson. He could would drive cast members of The Hobbit films around in the car while playing the main theme song through a sound system. causeafrockus.com/2018/04…
The Sloppy Joe is a highly controversial sandwich. Historians believe it originated in Cuba, bar owner JosΓ© GarcΓ­a created a handheld version of ropa vieja to serve to his tipsy customers. Others believe that the loose meat sandwich started Sioux City, Iowa from a dinner cook named Joe. wideopeneats.com/sloppy-j…
Today I learned about the scandal involving "Tri-State Crematory" in Georgia. In 2002, it was revealed that the owner would just dump the corpses all over his ranch instead of cremating them. Investigators found over 300 decomposing bodies on his property. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
An African grey parrot named "Nigel," who spoke with a British accent, went missing from his California home. When he was returned 4 yrs later via his microchip to his British-American owner, Nigel was able to speak Spanish & sing bars from the theme of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly." theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Owners of sports teams are allowed to write their players' contracts off as depreciating assets in order to obtain huge tax benefits. greenberglawoffice.com/ro…
President Lyndon Johnson an owner of the Aphicar loved playing pranks on his passengers. It involved barrelling the vehicle down a hill into a lake and exclaiming to his passengers that the brakes had malfunctioned, while they had no idea the car was designed to float in water. mashable.com/2016/04/01/a…
Japan is so successful at returning lost property that 130,000 mobile phones, or 83% of those reported missing, were returned to their owners in 2018. bbc.com/future/article/20…
A Spanish town mailed dog poop back to offenders. A team of volunteers looked for careless dog owners and struck up conversations to learn the dog's name, which made it possible to identify the owner via pet records and mail back the poop, labeled "Lost Property." Violations dropped by 70%. newsfeed.time.com/2013/06…
The two oldest cats ever recorded was owned by one guy: Creme Puff (38 years) and Grandpa Rex Allen (34 years). The owner even revealed what he believed to be the key to their longevity, a diet of dry cat food supplemented with broccoli, eggs, turkey bacon, coffee with cream and red wine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
The first black baseball player wasn't Jackie Robinson, but rather Moses Fleetwood Walker, who played in the 1880s despite rampant racism. He was also an inventor, newspaper editor, hotel owner, opera house manager, postal worker, and a published author on race theory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
Today I learned of Ken Banks, a Queensland man who set up a "retirement home" for birds who outlive their owners, at one count housing at least 1,600 birds including a cockatoo in its 90s. He prefers not to sell birds but rather swap with breeders or give birds to people after teaching how to care for them. abc.net.au/news/2017-05-0…
Today I learned of Dodger, a ginger cat who was discovered by his owner to have been riding the public buses near his home in England, at least once taking a 10 mile round trip. The drivers give him food, he sits on passengers' laps, and drivers know which stop to let him off at. telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle…
In Dubai, a supermarket delivers mangoes in a Lamborghini to its customers. Not only does the owner of the supermarket deliver the mangoes himself but he also takes customers for a short joyride in the car. All of this for an order more than $30. gulfnews.com/amp/uae/vide…
In 1997 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a pot-bellied pig named Lulu saved her owner, having a heart attack. Lulu heard the owner's cries of pain then forced her way out of the yard and played dead on the road. Lulu successfully stopped a car and guided help to the owner, she survived. vault50.com/lulu-pig-play…
Owners of overweight cats are more likely to say their cat is like a child to them, & are more likely to talk to the cat about topics relating to friends and family or work. companionanimalpsychology…
A fearless goat-herding dog called Odin refused to abandon his flock of goats during deadly California wildfires in 2017, while his owners ran to safety. Days later his family returned to their destroyed home and found him AND the goats still alive. fox17online.com/2017/10/1…
l Python hunting is allowed in Florida's Everglades as a measure to control the non-native snake, the Pythons originally pets released by their owners have become an invasive species. The giant snakes have decimated local bird populations and wildlife because it has no know natural predators. sunshinestatenews.com/sto…
67% of millennials see their pet as part of the family and refer to them as a "fur baby." They would like to take leave from work to care for a new pet if their employer offered it. Millennial dog owners spend an average of $1,285 per year on their pet. petbusiness.com/How-Mille…
Today I learned about a 250 year old violin valued at $100k that was left at a bar by accident. The bar used it for a fiddle contest and the winner got to keep the violin. That winner pawned it for $600. The violin was then miraculously found abandoned in an alley and returned to its rightful owner. theglobeandmail.com/arts/…
Dog obesity is positively correlated with owner obesity. This effect is only seen in dogs and not cats. The study suggests that this correlation can be attributed to obese owners walking their dogs less. No explanation other than neutering is given for the variation in weight among cats. cambridge.org/core/journa…
In 2015, a guide dog in New York was awarded the ASPCA’s β€œDog of the Year” award for running in front of an oncoming bus to protect his blind owner, and didn’t leave her side until she received medical attention even though he suffered a broken leg. newyork.cbslocal.com/2015…
Adidas is an abbreviation of it's owner's name, Adolf (adi) Dassler (das) britannica.com/topic/Adid…
The only major court decision based primarily on the 3rd amendment of the US Constitution was in 1982, when the US Court of Appeals ruled that housing National Guardsmen in a private residence without the owner’s expressed consent was unconstitutional. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
Some states/cities consider it ownership to feed stray animals. They have laws which state if you feed strays, you are acting in responsibility for it as an owner. As a result, you're held legally liable for the animal's behavior (attacks) and liable for its medical needs (shots and checkups). kltv.com/story/9395720/li…
In 2013, a service dog named Kirsch and his owner were both awarded Master’s degrees in Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Kirsch received his for attending all of his owner’s classes. dogtime.com/trending/1841…
Today I learned about Raven Wilkinson, the first African-American ballet dancer of a major ballet company. In 1957, Raven was once barred from staying with her troupe when an Atlanta hotel owner asked her outright if she was black. Raven quit dancing for a time, only to return to a 27 year career at NYC Opera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rav…
In the original book for 101 Dalmatians, Pongo's wife was not Perdita but a dog called Missis; Perdita was a stray that was rescued by Pongo's master after she ran away when her pups were sold by her cruel owners to Cruella de Vil. It's in her name; Perdita means "Lost". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Contrary to popular belief, pet dogs are at least as likely as cats to start eating their dead owners nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Research shows that cats may reflect the personality of their owner, in the same way a parent's personality can affect their child. There is some evidence of similar personality traits of owners in cats. phys.org/news/2019-02-cat…
A 56-year-old grandmother's son had entered a competition to win a replica of a GTA Banshee on her behalf, making her the legal owner. She later sold it for $45k. carthrottle.com/post/this…
Today I learned of the GΓ€vle Goat, a straw goat put up and burned almost every year since 1966 in GΓ€vle Sweden. One problem though: the owners hate it when people burn it down and doing so can carry a prison sentence of up to 3 months. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Workers in Cuban cigar factories in the early 1900s employed 'lectores' to read to them while they worked. The reading materials were often literary or political, ranging from socialists newspapers to Shakespearean plays - sometimes leading to clashes with anti-communist factory owners. mashable.com/2016/11/19/c…
Today I learned of Bear, a "koala detection dog". Wearing special boots to protect his paws from scorched ground, Bear sniffs out koala survivors of Australian bushfires. His previous owners couldn't handle him as he chewed furniture & walls out of boredom, but his need to work made him an ideal detection dog. 9news.com.au/national/que…
Following the buyout of K.F.C in 1971, Colonel Sanders disliked their food so much that he developed plans to franchise β€œThe Colonel’s Lady’s Dinner House” restaurant (which he opened with his wife in Kentucky, in 1968) as a competitor. Followed by Sanders suing the new owners for $122 million. history.com/news/8-facts-…
In the Antebellum South, slaves dreaded January 1 -- A.K.A. "Heartbreak Day" -- because New Year's Day was traditionally when debts were settled, resulting in black families being torn apart as slave owners sold or rented slaves out long-term to pay back those they owed money to. time.com/5750833/new-year…
In the Fuggerei, the oldest social housing complex in the world (located in the German city of Augsburg), the rent hasn't changed for over 500 years, and still stands at one Rhenish guilder (0.88 euros) per year, as well as three daily Catholic prayers for the current owners en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fug…
Proslavery literature was written after the publication of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' like the parody 'Aunt Phillis's Cabin' which states: "slaves are comfortable and contented, and their owners humane and kind" encyclopedia.com/humaniti…
There's an island in Scotland owned by Tibetan Buddhists because the previous owner had a dream in which the Virgin Mary told her to give it to them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
When artist Peter Doig, whose work sells for up to $26m, refused to authenticate a piece signed Peter Doige, the owner sued Doig for $5million, claiming that Doig simply didn't want to admit he'd painted it in jail. The court agreed it was not his work. theguardian.com/artanddes…
The Koh-i-Noor, one of the largest cut diamonds in the world and part of the British Crown Jewels, doesn't have a monetary value. Worn by Queens, the diamond is known as the "Mountain of Light." The history of the diamond and the dispute to the rightful owner make the diamond's value priceless en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koh…
Today I learned of Bobbie the Wonder Dog, who walked 2,551 miles (4,105 km) on his own, to return home to Silverton, Oregon after he was lost while his owners were visiting family in Wolcott, Indiana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
After its independence and the freeing of its enormous slave population, France forced Haiti to compensate slave owners for the theft of property (the slaves), a debt lasting over 100 years which was paid off finally on 1947. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
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…
Popcorn was not allowed in movie theaters before 1927. With ornate architectural designs and costly seats, theater owners believed that popcorn was messy and would ruin the first-rate atmosphere they strived to create. When movies added sound, owners discovered the profitability of popcorn. tested.com/art/movies/458…
In 2015 Equity LifeStyle Properties, the US' largest trailer park owner, had controlling interests in nearly 140,000 parks. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
The creator of the 'Oh Yeah' song from Ferris Beuller is a swiss Millionare, professional gambler, performance artist, movie director, watch designer, investor, and chocolate factory owner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
According to a Kyoto University team, dogs can recognize a bad person & negatively evaluate people who refuse to help their owners. sciencedirect.com/science…
Over the years bleachers have been set up on the roofs of residential buildings around Wrigley Field; unable to stop them from selling seats to view the game, the Cubs owners have been buying or leasing the roof top bleachers as part of their revenue stream. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
Jesse Owens gave 1 of his 4 Olympic gold medals to Bill β€œBojangles” Robinson, he gavethe other 3 to a hotel owner in Philadelphia to pay for his outstanding bill at the hotel, and one of his medals sold for $615,000 in Dec 2019. omnibusproject.com/264
Ontario's Dog Owner's Liability Act ('DOLA') stipulates that a dog owner(s) assumes liability for damages caused by dog bites or attacks. This is strict liability test because it does not depend on an owner's negligence, fault, or the animal's known propensity to act aggressively. mondaq.com/canada/crime/5…
Bob Hope became a part-owner of the Cleveland Indians in 1946. Hope also owned a share of the Los Angeles Rams, along with Bing Crosby, from 1947-1962. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
The owners of Studio 54 went to investigate smell at the height of its popularity. They found the body of a crasher who had tried to sneak in through the vents but got stuck and died. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Today I learned of Hitler's Cross, an Adolf Hitler-themed restaurant in Mumbai. It was decked out in Nazi colors and had a gigantic portrait of Adolf Hitler. Following a huge backlash from Mumbai's Jewish community, the owner revealed he had no knowledge of Hitler's deeds and tore down the Nazi imagery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
A 238-lb (108-kg) pot-bellied pig named Ludwig apparently saved his owners from being burgled. The pig can growl in a low rumble that sounds like a large Rottweiler, and his owners believe this scared the burglars away. catersnews.com/stories/an…
A Russian Blue tomcat named "Xiaopi" needed a glucose drip after mating with five females during one night in a Chinese pet hotel. The cat's owner, Mr. Zhao, said he specifically told the hotel that Xiaopi wasn't neutered, but they let him roam freely anyway. nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/…
In 1935 a recently caught tiger shark at a Sydney aquarium regurgitated a human arm. The police were able to identify the owner of the arm and launch a murder investigation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Joel Bartsch, owner of the pro softball team Scrap Yard Dawgs, allegedly used his position as the head of the Houston Museum of Natural Science to fund the sport's first $1M contract. sports.yahoo.com/national…
Christopher Lee was once driving through Italy with his wife when their car had a puncture. He went for help, but fell into a ditch and got covered in mud. He reached a house and knocked on the door. The owner opened it, shrieked and fainted. They’d seen a Dracula film the night before. independent.co.uk/life-st…
A miniature horse named Digby is the UK’s first guide horse, trained to help his partially-sighted owner navigate London’s streets and its Metro. Horses are sometimes preferred over dogs due to their long lifespan, averaging anywhere from 30-45 years. news.sky.com/story/uks-fi…
The owner of a brand name can lost their legal protection for it if people started using it as the common or generic name for a type of product or service. This is what happened to Cellophane, Escalator, Flip Phone, Frisbee, Hovercraft, Kerosene, Sellotape, Trampoline, and Videotape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Thanks to skyrocketing real estate prices, Manhattan gas stations are worth much more than the money the owner can make selling gas. wnyc.org/story/say-goodby…
56 percent of dogs and 71 percent of cats that enter animal shelters are euthanized. More cats are euthanized than dogs because they are more likely to enter a shelter without any owner identification. americanhumane.org/fact-s…
An American army doctor who served in Vietnam returned an arm he’d amputated to its owner, a Vietnamese soldier, 47 years after he took it as a souvenir of a good deed. They met each other’s children and grandchildren and joked about which of them had been better looking back in the war. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
The only known copy of the first ever Super Bowl is unavailable for public view. The tape is currently tied up in a legal battle between its owner and the NFL. foxnews.com/media/first-s…
Jimi Heselden, the owner the Segway Company died after riding one of the scooters off a cliff and into a river near his home in Yorkshire, England. nbcnews.com/id/39377851/n…
In 1975 a Siamese cat coauthored an influential physics paper. His owner, who was the sole author, wrote the paper using plurals such as β€œwe” and β€œour”. To avoid correcting his errors, he added his cat, Chester, as a coauthor. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
The Allman Brothers Band's road manager murdered a club owner over $500, but was later declared not guilty by reason of insanity arguing that working for the hard-partying Allmans literally drove him crazy. ultimateclassicrock.com/a…
Today I learned about how you may not actually own the digital content you purchase. Which is bringing to light the issue of digital content being willed to heirs of its deceased owners. aarp.org/home-family/pers…
At Ford's Theatre a portrait of George Washington is hung on the box where President Abraham Lincoln was shot. At the time, there was no official presidential seal or symbol, so owner John T. Ford hung the portrait there, as a symbol of the office. fords.org/blog/post/why-i…
The first owner og Marlboro cigarettes, died of lung cancer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I Learned about Pirate Joe's, a popular specialty grocery store in Vancouver Canada that exclusively resold Trader Joe's products the owner bought in the US (Canada does not have TJs) which he did via weekly trips in an unmarked van to various locations that he became banned from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pir…
The owner of nissan.com and nissan.net was in a 20 year legal battle against Nissan Motor for control over the domain names. After many years of lawsuits and appeals, Nissan never got control over neither domain nissan.com/Lawsuit/The_St…
The British Government spent 40% of its 1833 revenue to abolish slavery - with the money going to the slave owners. These reparations to the owners was just paid off in 2015. Freed slaves were also committed to six to twelve years of further service as unpaid β€˜apprentices.' independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Today I learned of 'holdout houses' - old properties that hold out against new development. One such occupied 'million dollar corner' at Macy's in New York. Another example is Edith Macefield's house in Seattle, whose owner famously turned down an offer of $1M. She willed it to the construction superintendent. timeline.com/photos-holdo…
Family Video is still in business because the owners where smart enough to invest in PURCHASING property (which can be leased out even after DVD's are dead), instead of simply RENTING space like Blockbuster did. newsweek.com/blockbuster-…
Josie Jump was removed from Balamory after a few series after disagreements happened between the BBC and Josie's "house" owner. The house was actually a working hotel, and the owner got fed up with the tourists, so he told some children that he "killed Josie and put her under the hotel patio". telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
John Cleese based the character of Basil Fawlty on Donald Sinclair, an eccentric hotel owner who’d accommodated Monty Python. Sinclair threw Eric Idle’s briefcase out of a window because he mistook it for a bomb, and criticised Terry Gilliam’s table manners because he was American. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
The β€œpurple paint law” became official in Texas on September 1, 1997. It’s a warning signified by painting fence posts purple that trespassers can be held criminally liable for entering the property without the express permission of the owner. uslawshield.com/purple-pa…
Buddy, the golden retriever that played the original Air Bud, is the same dog that played Comet on Full House. In 1989, his owner originally found him as a stray in the Sierra Nevada. He took Buddy in and trained him to play basketball, baseball, football, soccer, and hockey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
One hotel owner's refusal to serve another's daughter fried chicken led to the second man building a rival hotel in right next door. Locals referred to it as the 'Fried Chicken War' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
When the Baltimore Colts tried to move to Indianapolis, the owner feared that the government would attempt to keep the team in the city by eminent domain. He secretly packed up everything in trucks in the middle of the night and was in Indiana before the government realized they were gone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
During WW2 a dollshop owner was convicted of espionage against the US when letters she sent abroad describing various dolls were intercepted and that the "dolls" in question were actually code names for various US warships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vel…
A German shepherd named Talero stayed next to the body of his owner for 23 days, after he had died in a snow storm. He prevented animals from attacking the body, and tried to keep his owner warm by sleeping by his side. lifewithdogs.tv/2013/08/g…
Feudalism was practiced until April 9, 2008 on one of the Channel Islands in the UK, Sark. It was a fiefdom of the larger nearby island of Guernsey and administered by a Seigneur, who was a vassal to the land's owner – the Queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth II. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exa…
Chimpanzees are the only primates apart from humans observed to not only have territory but also defend that territory, and go to war against other owners of territory for control over it, leading to (relatively) massive casualties. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
You paid more for your HDD in 2012 because after Saudi Arabian oil company Saudi Aramco was hit by targeted malware W32.DistTrack.Shamoon, its owners sent the company's private airplane fleet abroad to purchase every available hard drive, causing their global shortage and price increase. money.cnn.com/2015/08/05/…
Today I learned of Ellen and William Craft, who escaped slavery by travelling openly from Macon, Georgia to Boston. Ellen, who was light skinned, dressed as a man with a sling to hide the fact that she could not write and passed as William's slave owner. Eventually, they fled to Liverpool, England. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell…
A woman has been arrested after living undetected for almost a year. The home owner became suspicious that he was the victim of repeat burglaries after he noticed food was going missing from his refrigerator. He decided to install cameras and caught her walking around while he was out. telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
Deceased brothel owner Dennis Hof was elected to the Nevada State Assembly in 2018, having passed away between the primary and the general election silverstateelection.com/N…
If you try to steal the hood ornament from a Rolls Royce made after 2004, it will instantly retreat into the chassis of the car until the owner rights it. These hood ornaments, called "The Spirit of Ecstasy", cost roughly US $4000 to replace. youtube.com/watch?time_co…
The famous painting of a dog looking down a gramophone funnel, used as a logo by various companies, was inspired by the artists dog, Nipper. He inherited the animal from his dead brother, and noted that Nipper would look down a gramophone when a recording of his dead owner’s voice was played. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…

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