In 2012, a survey in eastern Germany (regions formerly part of East Germany/GDR) was unable to find a single person under the age of 28 who believed in God theguardian.com/commentis…
Jason Paige, the singer of the original PokΓ©mon Theme, didn't expect the song to become popular and knew nothing about the franchise when he recorded it. He considers the song to be a relatively minor part of his career, as he has worked with Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, and Frankie Valli. spin.com/2016/07/jason-pa…
Simone Segouin was a French Resistance fighter in WWII that was only 18 when Germany invaded. She took part in large-scale missions, such as capturing German troops, derailing trains, and other acts of sabotage. And she is still alive and just celebrated her 95th birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
The Parental Advisory label was created in part because a mom caught her 11 year old daughter singing the sexually explicit lyrics to β€œDarling Nikki" by Prince. The Recording Industry Association of America responded by introducing a content warning label. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Drew Carey had eye surgery in 2001 and no longer requires glasses but continues to wear them as part of his celebrity persona. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
There are close to 15,000 farms growing Christmas Trees in the U.S., and over 100,000 people are employed full or part-time in the industry. realchristmastrees.org/ed…
Today I learned of the 1626 AD Explosion in Beijing, one of the largest and most lethal explosions ever, and the exact cause hasn't yet been determined. Body parts and animals rained down from the sky. Everything within 3-14 miles was utterly obliterated. The explosion was about equal to the Hiroshima bombing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
Danny DeVito played a huge part in getting Pulp Fiction made, including shopping the script around to dozens of studios after Tristar passed on it for being "too violent". faroutmagazine.co.uk/pulp…
The Hawaiian island of Kauai encourages tourists to check a dog out of shelters for a day as part of a field trip for dogs program. Having the dogs out and about gives them exercise and increases their chances of getting adopted by a local. hawaii-aloha.com/blog/201…
The former president of SEGA gave the company $730M as part of his dying will, in the form of stocks and debt forgiveness, covering the loss from the the Dreamcast failure. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/busin…
George Lucas didn’t want Harrison Ford to play Indiana Jones because he didn’t want them to become known as a pair like DeNiro and Scorsese. Lucas and Spielberg thought Tom Selleck was perfect for the part but he had already filmed the pilot β€œMagnum P.I.” and couldn’t get out of the contract businessinsider.com/georg…
Ayn Rand's pro-free market novel Atlas Shrugged was adapted into a three part film series in the 2010s. After the first two movies bombed, the producers resorted to Kickstarter to fund the third film. indiewire.com/2013/09/wha…
Today I learned about the Juicero, a $799 juice press, made with $1000 in parts. The company received $120M in venture capital. It only "pressed" $7 DRM-controlled pre-juiced juice bags (not fresh fruit). The packs were easily opened and emptied by hand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jui…
Steve Jobs did an internship for HP at age 12 after cold calling the CEO from a phone book asking for parts. finance.yahoo.com/news/co…
Some 19th century Japanese artwork depicted westerners with the whites of their eyes as blue because the artists were confused about which part of the eye was supposed to be blue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Charlie Day was offered a part on the network show "Life on a Stick." At the same time, his friends began filming their own show with no money. Day turned down β€œLife on a Stick,” which lasted one season, while "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" became one of the longest running comedies ever. businessinsider.com/full-…
When Albert Einstein and Mileva Maric's marriage wasn't going well, Einstein left his family, moved to Berlin and began a relationship with his cousin, Elsa. Einstein and Maric divorced in 1919, with Einstein giving her his Nobel Prize as part of their divorce settlement. history.com/news/9-things…
As a kid, Ice-T had his bike stolen. He told his father about it; he simply shrugged and said: "Well, then, you ain't got no bike." Ice-T then stole parts from various bicycles and assembled "three or four weird-looking, brightly-painted bikes" from the parts. His father never even noticed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
The Young Ones comedy had bands playing at random parts in episodes so it was classed as 'light entertainment' and not a sitcom, as the BBC has no budget for sitcoms at the time eightieskids.com/you-wont…
Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947 only after Bell Aircraft balked at the $150,000 bonus requested by their own test pilot. Yeager completed the task as part of his standard USAAF $283/month Captain’s salary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Massachusetts has a ruling regarding what qualifies as a sandwich. Qdoba and Panera were part of a 2006 contract dispute in which it was claimed that a burrito was a sandwich. The court ruled that only two pieces of bread, along with some sort of filling, could hold the mantle of sandwich. wistv.com/story/5664109/m…
Da Vinci's The Last Supper painting (1498) is 29 feet wide and 23 feet tall, and around 1652 a door was cut through part of it, destroying the area in which Jesus's feet were depicted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Evangeline Lilly agreed to play Tauriel in the Hobbit movies on the condition that she would not be part of a love triangle. The love triangle was added during reshoots. yahoo.com/entertainment/b…
The reason why the snowman is abominable, is because of a mistranslation by a journalist. The local name for the creature was "metoh-kangmi" which translates to "man-bear snow-man", but the metoh part was mistranslated as filthy which got later changed to abominable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yet…
French Guiana is not a fully-autonomous territory, but rather an overseas department and region of France. Despite being in South America, French Guiana is part of the European Union and uses the euro, and Guianans are fully French citizens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The iconic riff to Rage Against The Machine's "Killing in the Name" was conceived while guitarist Tom Morello was giving a student a guitar lesson. He then stopped the session to record the part. abc.net.au/triplej/hottes…
The Super Soaker was invented in 1990 by NASA engineer, and Air Force Veteran Lonnie George Johnson who describes himself as a "part of a small group of African-American inventors whose work accounts for 6 percent of all U.S. patent applications." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
In 1903 Horatio Nelson Jackson, Sewall K. Crocker, and Bud the Pit Bull became the first people to drive across the US in a 20 HP Winton touring car. The trip took 64 days, it started in SF and ended in NY. By the end of the trip there were only a few original parts left on the vehicle. pbs.org/kenburns/horatios…
In 1997 a poacher named Vladimir Markov shot and wounded a tiger and then stole a part of the tiger's kill. The injured tiger staked out Markov's cabin, waited 12-48 hours for Markov to come home and then proceeded to kill him and eat him. wbur.org/npr/129551459/st…
In the movie Child’s Play, it took 11 different people to control the animatronic puppet Chucky, with a different person handling each part of his body from his legs to his eyebrows screenrant.com/childs-pla…
Today I learned that part of the reason Pythagoras hated beans so much was the belief that beans contained the souls of dead people. Hence, when you farted, you farted the souls of your dead ancestors. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Dr. Martin Luther King improvised the most famous part of his historic "I Have A Dream" speech, abandoning paragraphs of his prepared speech. Also, contrary to popular image, the speech faded quickly into obscurity and only resurfaced after King was murdered. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
During the 1930-40s, "pretty ankle" contests were held as part of beauty pageants. Contestants were concealed behind a curtain, with only their ankles exposed for evaluation. Often, these shows served as promotions for hosiery companies, with winners receiving free stockings from the sponsors mashable.com/2015/10/12/a…
In the mid-1990s, a man in Montana was able to build fully armed Cobra attack helicopters out of supposedly demilitarized military surplus parts. He then used them to hunt coyotes. olive-drab.com/od_surplus…
Viggo Mortensen would not have taken the part of Aragorn in LOTR had it not been for his 11 year old son's enthusiasm for the books. He performed his own stunts insisting he used a real steel sword and he also purchased the two horses, whom he rode and bonded with over the duration of the films. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vig…
Bruce Willis had to make three movies as a part of a settlement with Disney over its $17.5 million loss due to an abandoned project he had been slated to produce and star in, and those films were Armageddon, The Sixth Sense, and The Kid. throwbacks.com/facts-abou…
Today I learned about Horatio Nelson Jackson who was the first person to drive across the continental United States and he did it for a $50 bar bet. It took him just over 2 months, having to replace most of the parts on his car. When he got it to Vermont from SF the Drive chain snapped pulling into the garage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
The β€œDeath Zone” is what climbers call the highest part of Mount Everest (everything above 26,247ft). Due to its lack of oxygen, the body literally begins to die, cell by cell. This can result in health risks like impaired judgement, heart attack or stroke, and altitude sickness. businessinsider.com/mount…
The first person to survive going over Niagra Falls in a barrel was a 63 year old woman named Annie Edson Taylor. She was hoping to make enough money from her fame to become financially secure, but never got much, in part because her manager stole her barrel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Anni-Fryd Lyngstad, one of the lead singers of the band ABBA, was a child of a Nazi soldier during the occupation of Norway as part of Nazi breeding experiments ajournalofmusicalthings.c…
The Fermi Paradox seeks to answer the question of where the aliens are. Given that our star and Earth are part of a young planetary system - compared to the rest of the universe - alien civilizations have had more than enough time to develop interstellar travel and visit Earth by now. space.com/25325-fermi-par…
Today I learned about the Mercury 13 - a group of women in the early 1960's that passed the same vigorous tests as male astronauts and was part of a privately funded project that aimed to send them to the moon cnet.com/news/the-true-st…
140 million years ago, India was part of an immense supercontinent called Gondwana, in the Southern Hemisphere. About 80 million years ago, it accelerated its drift to Eurasia at about 15cm per year β€” about twice as fast as the fastest modern tectonic drift. The impact created the Himalayas. earthsky.org/earth/myster…
The earliest known incident of "streaking" was in 1799, when a man ran naked through London as part of a $1000 bet si.com/extra-mustard/2014…
Rice that was cooled and then reheated increase resistant starch content, meaning more part of the rice can't be digested, which is good for weight loss and people with Diabetes Mellitus pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
In the spring of 1922, the United Mine Workers of America announced a national strike. And then, that summer in Herrin, Illinois, 23 people were murdered over two days. Men, women, and children came out of their houses to watch, and in some cases, to take part in the violence. americanheritage.com/1922…
There is a psychological state called β€œhelper’s high” whereby giving produces endorphins in the brain that provide a mild version of a morphine high. Research has shown that helping others lights up the same part of the brain as receiving rewards or experiencing pleasure. greatergood.berkeley.edu/…
Daniel Berriganβ€” an anti-war priest wanted by the FBI for raiding a draft office & burning draft cards as part of the β€œCatonsville Nine” in 1968β€” emerged from hiding at a Cornell University rally, gave a speech, & was smuggled offstage inside of a large puppet. He evaded capture for 4 months. ithacajournal.com/story/o…
The famous Canadian beer Labatt Blue got its name from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers who are part of what is now the Canadian Football League labatt.com/brands/nationa…
Haiti was the first independent nation in Latin America, the first post-colonial independent black-led nation in the world, and the only nation whose independence was gained as part of a successful slave rebellion. britannica.com/topic/Hait…

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