Eddie Murphy recorded "Party All The Time" following a $1 million bet with Richard Pryor that he couldn't sing. The album it appears on is dedicated to Pryor, with the liner notes reading "To Richard Pryor, my idol with whom I have a $1,000,000 bet. No Mother Fucker, I didn't forget." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
Hermann GΓΆring's brother strongly opposed the Nazi party, and forged his brother's signature so people could leave the country. Once, he joined Jews who had to scrub the streets, so the SS officer stopped the activity in order not to humiliate Hermann GΓΆring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Mr. Rogers loved to fart in public to amuse his wife when they attended boring parties or gatherings. According to Joanne Rogers, "He would just raise one cheek and he would look at me and smile." She also said Rogers enjoyed listening to her tell dirty jokes mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Rick Moranis improvised his entire Louis Tully speech in Ghostbusters at his apartment party, none of that was scripted. He decided he'd be a tax accountant and riffed all that gold. "I'm giving this whole thing as a promotional expense, that's why I invited clients instead of friends." cinemablend.com/news/1532…
Origin of the whoopee cushion can be traced back to the teenage Roman emperor Elagabalus, who regularly pulled the practical joke at aristocratic dinner parties. His guards were soon fed up with these antics and he lost the respect of his people. He was assassinated at the age of 18. historyandheadlines.com/m…
Bōnenkai is a Japanese drinking party that is organized at the end of a year. It literally translates to "forget the year gathering" and is meant to forget the woes and troubles of the past year, and hopefully look to the new year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C…
Alan Alda met his wife of over 60 years at a dinner party when they were the only two guests who ate the rum cake after it fell on the kitchen floor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
President Andrew Jackson was gifted a 1,400-pound block of cheese by a New York dairy farmer. The cheese remained on display at the White House for over a year but was entirely eaten by a large crowd during Jackson's final party as President. foodandwine.com/news/real…
John Stark, an unpaid rescuer of the Donner Party, refused to leave any of the 9 dying survivors, mostly children, behind (unlike his paid partners who just grabbed one kid each and left). He carried 2-3 at a time, then went back and repeated the process. All 9, and Stark, survived. donnersummithistoricalsoc…
The USSR's lead rocket scientist, Sergei Korolev, planted newspaper articles falsely suggesting approval for a Soviet space program. President Eisenhower responded by approving an American space program. This forced the Communist Party to approve the space program they previously denied. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Saddam Hussein televised a purge of Ba'ath party members during an assembly in 1979. A Prisoner named 68 alleged conspirators against Saddam who were dragged out of the assembly. Of the 68, those who were spared were forced to execute 22 of the guilty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Today I learned about the Italian Unionist Movement, a party whose goal was the annexation of Italy to the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ita…
Today I learned about Ghost Marriage, where a living bride or groom is married to someone that is deceased, or where two deceased parties are married by their families. It is still practiced even today in China, Japan, Sudan, France and the US atlasobscura.com/articles…
Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury threw a party where he had dwarves walk around with plates full of cocaine strapped to the tops of their heads, as an offering to his guests. theguardian.com/media/200…
The Democratic Party in the United States is the world's oldest active political party. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
Telephone Party Lines Were Once High Entertainment - neighboring family's had to share 1 phone line in 20th century up in north country area due to telephone company's saying it was too expensive for individual installation. Each family had own 'ring tone' and could listen in on each other. adirondackalmanack.com/20…
In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt indirectly aided in Woodrow Wilson’s win when he formed the β€œBull Moose Party” in retaliation to not winning the republican presidential nomination against Taft, splitting the republican vote. history.com/this-day-in-h…
The cast of Whose line is it anyway? attended Steve Jobs' 50th birthday party and did live improv reader.epubee.com/books/m…
Today I learned of Prince Charles Edward, a grandson of Queen Victoria and grandfather of the current King of Sweeden. Although was born and educated in England, he fought for Germany in WWI and lost his British royal titles. He later became an active member of the Nazi party and joined the SS during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The song "Party In the USA" by Miley Cyrus regained popularity after Osama Bin Laden was killed in May of 2011. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Taiwan effectively had one party rule by the KMT until 2000, partly because they ushered in an era of economic boom that saw the country become one of the Four Asian Tigers scmp.com/article/981433/w…
Today I learned about the Marxist-Leninist party of Canada, who hasn't been able to secure a single seat in the Canadian Parliament despite running candidates for every election since 1974. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
In 1961, as the 17th century Swedish war ship Vasa was being lifted from the sea, statue of a runner was found on board, momentarily baffling scientists. It was placed there as prank by Finnish students on their way to party in Stockholm. ayy.fi/en/student-culture…
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…
A wave of Jew-burning swept through Western Europe in the beginning of the Black Death (1348-50). Localities with those pogroms were: 6 times more likely to attack jews, had 1.5 times more votes for the nazi party and reported more jews than other localities almost 600 years later. nber.org/system/files/wor…
A grandmother was killed at a gender reveal party when the partygoers mistakenly built a pipe bomb instead of a clever gender reveal device. cnn.com/2019/10/28/us/iow…
In 2006 Bill Murray (56 at the time) accepted an invitation to a college party in the Scottish Town of St. Andrews after a round of golf. He showed up, drank their vodka, did all the dishes and left today.com/id/15281031/ns/…
Elvis's chimpanzee 'Scatter' drank beer & whiskey & pulled clothes off women. He bit people & went to the bathroom into his hands & threw it during parties. Elvis's friend Lamar Fike electrocuted Scatter with a cattle prod & claimed Elvis once assaulted him with a pool cue. elvis.com.au/presley/scat…
President Andrew Jackson once held an open house party at the White House at which he served a 1,400 lb block of Cheddar cheese. The White House is said to have smelled of cheese for weeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Nirvana were once kicked out of their own β€˜Nevermind’ album release party for starting a food fight faroutmagazine.co.uk/nirv…
Today I learned about Ernst Thalmann, a German socialist politician who downplayed the rise of Nazism because he thought centrism was the real enemy. When the Nazis came to power, they imprisoned him in a concentration camp, destroyed his political party, and finally killed him ten years later. britannica.com/biography/…
In 1937, dancer Patricia Douglas was brutally assaulted at an MGM party. Instead of bartering her silence for a studio contract or cash, Douglas went public with her story and filed a landmark lawsuit. The studio covered up the crime and destroyed her life. vanityfair.com/news/2003/…
Six Georgia inmates out on work detail saved a Deputy Sheriff who collapsed unconscious. They could have taken his gun & fled with the work van but used the Deputy's phone to call 911. The Sheriff's Office gave the men a pizza party with homemade dessert & recommended reduced sentences. cbsnews.com/news/six-inma…
Today I learned that the "Indian People's Party" has twice as many members as the "Communist Party of China", which makes it the biggest organization on the planet with over 180 million members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Atomic tests were a tourist draw in 1950s Las Vegas. They advertised detonation times and best viewing spots to see the massive flash and mushroom cloud from the bomb test site, 65 miles away. Casinos flaunted their north-facing vistas, offering special β€œatomic cocktails” and β€œDawn Bomb Parties” citylab.com/equity/2014/0…
The tavern Merry and Pippin sang a jig about in the Lord of the Rings shares its name with the the one the Sons of Liberty planned the Boston Tea Party in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The Bedouin tribes have a ritual for resolving grave civil or criminal disputes, in cases where there are no witnesses. A metal ladle is stuck down into flames while both parties recount their sides. The defendant then licks the ladle 3 times, and if his tongue is scarred, he is judged guilty en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
The Washington Capitals hockey team has been a party in the two longest shootouts since the rules inception. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
One of the biggest diamonds mined in the USSR is literally called "26th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/26t…
On 3 December 1976, seven gunmen attempted to assassinate Bob Marley. During the trial, one of the gunmen claimed that the CIA hired them to do it, as Marley backed the left wing party PNP rather than the right wing JLP. Two days after the injured Marley gave a 90 minute concert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
The reason monarchs moved their courts constantly was because they were forced to by filthy residences, as within days of a royal party settling in one palace or another, a stink would set in from poorly discarded food, animal waste, vermin from or attracted to unwashed bodies, and human waste. history.com/news/royal-pa…
Learned that Bad Faith, in discussion/debate/negotiation, means that one or more parties pretend to reason to reach settlement, but have no intention to do so; for example, one political party may pretend to negotiate, with no intention to compromise, for political effect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad…
The Anti-Masonic Party was the first American political party to decide their presidential nominee by national convention. The convention occured in 1831 and was quickly adopted by the other parties. Ultimately the Anti-Masons peaked at 7.8% of the vote and were absorbed into the Whig Party en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
After losing the 1860 presidential election, John Bell, the candidate for the Constitutional Union Party (a party dedicated to preserving the union and avoiding debates over slavery) declared his support for the Confederate rebellion 5 months later en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Stalin could have single-handedly stopped Hitler's rise to power by ordering the German Communist Party (KPD) to ally with the moderate left and form a unity government which excluded the Nazis (NSDAP) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
The Prime Minister of Canada doesn't have to be a member of parliament, but does need a seat to participate. In the 1925 election Liberal Party leader William Lyon Mackenzie King lost his seat while his party won and "governed from the hallway" before winning a by-election a few weeks later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
The Berlin Wall came down by mistake. When the East Germans planned to slowly open the border they announced it at a press conference without including a plan. When a reporter asked when it would be opened, the party official mistakenly said "Immediately, without delay" causing a run on the wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Pineapples in the 1700s were worth over $8000 in present-day currency. People would literally rent them to flex at parties. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
At an Ancient Grecian dinner party, people wiped their greasy hands with a piece of bread called apomagdalia. Upon finishing, they threw itβ€”along with any other scrapsβ€”on the floor for the dogs. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
During the Siege of Changchun, a 150-day military blockade during Chinese Civil War, Communist Party prevented the civilians from leaving the city to exhaust the food supply of the KMT defenders, which resulted in "tens of thousands people starv[ing] to death". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…

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