Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev died the same day as Joseph Stalin. The leading Soviet musical periodical at the time reported Prokofiev's death as a brief item on page 116, with the previous 115 pages dedicated to Stalin. houstonpress.com/music/ho…
Sergei Prokofiev died the same day as Stalin in 1953. Millions attended Stalin's funeral, but only 40 for Prokofiev's. A musical periodical noted his death on p. 116, with pages 1 to 115 devoted to Stalin. Flowers were so scarce in Moscow that Prokofiev's family used cuttings from house plants. houstonpress.com/music/ho…
Before taking a sharp swerve and becoming a extreme-right wing fascist, Benito Mussolini was an ardent left socialist who was named Benito and had his two middle names after prominent socialists; wrote for socialist periodicals; praised Karl Marx and criticized patriotism. history.com/news/9-things…
Marion Stokes single-handedly amassed hundreds of thousands of hours of television news footage from 1977 to 2012 via VCR, received half a dozen daily newspapers and 100-150 monthly periodicals over half a century, and more, as a believer in archiving human knowledge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The rebuilt Library of Alexandria not only archives books, periodicals, and other print publications, but also serves as a digital repository for the internet itself (among other ongoing projects) bibalex.org/en/project/in…
The most circulated daily paper in India is in Malayalam. In Kerala alone 170 daily papers, 235 weekly and 560 monthly periodicals are published in Malayalam script southasia.upenn.edu/malay…
Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem "The Raven" was rejected by one magazine and was eventually sold for $9. The poem became immediately successful and reprinted in prominent periodicals without any financial gain to Poe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
"Friendship and Freedom" was the first gay-interest periodical in the United States, published in 1924. It took its name from a German gay magazine that was published from 1919 to 1933. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Former prime minister of New Zealand, David Lange, once wrote in an opinion piece for a NZ military periodical: "Our military forces are an arm of government, just like the Department of Social Welfare, although probably less able to inflict widespread harm." en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Dav…
Periodical cicadas are an insect that spends up to 17 years underground before emerging for a month long frenzy of singing and sex before dying of exhaustion bbc.co.uk/earth/story/201…
There are Dog Day Cicadas that appear every year that are different from the Periodical Cicadas that appear every 13-17 years. The annual "Dog Day" Cicadas appear more because their nymphs only take 2-5 years to mature. mdc.mo.gov/discover-natur…
Today I learned of Soldier of Fortune magazine, a mercenary periodical devoted to reporting on warfare. In 1987 SOF was sued by a man who was injured during a murder attempt by 2 men hired through a 'gun for hire' ad in the magazine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
The Gentleman's Magazine, which published for almost 200 years, was the first periodical to use the term "magazine" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There is a periodical produced by a different blog each month called The Carnival of Mathematics, which discusses serious mathematics, puzzles, writing about mathematics education, etc aperiodical.com/carnival-…
In the early 1900's, Amoritis (AKA "Love-sickness") was believed to be a legitimate illness whose "germ" thrived in moonlight. "To all, it is a constant menace, and few go through life without periodical attacks." trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/…
Merck established and funded the "Australasian Journal of Bone & Joint Medicine": a periodical designed to look like a peer-reviewed medical journal, but was in reality a phony publication used as a marketing tool to present favorable reports of Merck products. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aus…
In Lord of War starring Nicholas Cage, they bought 3000 real guns for the filming because it was cheaper to buy real guns and resell later than buying props. They also rented 50 tanks which were only available for a short period because the source had to sell them to Libya later cinemablend.com/news/2472…
In the 1980s American Airlines sold tickets for unlimited travel (priced around 250000 dollar). One passenger, over a period of 10+ years, traveled more than 10 million miles, accumulated over 40 million frequent flier miles (all of which he gave away), and cost the airline more than $21 million bosshunting.com.au/travel…
The person on the 10,000-Yen banknote is Fukuzawa Yukichi, who was among the first Japanese to visit America in 1860, after the end of Japan's isolation period. He became known as one of the foremost experts on Western culture, and the college he founded, Keio University still stands today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuk…
The reason so many African flags have green, yellow and red is because of the Ethiopian flag; as one of the few independent African nations during the colonial period, the new countries of Africa looked to them for inspiration en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Spiders do not sleep, instead they lower their metabolic rate during periods of inactivity to conserve energy. Nor do they blink. tepapa.govt.nz/discover-c…
There is no practical way to draw our solar system to a visible scale. With Earth reduced to pea diameter, Pluto would be the size of a bacterium, 1.5 miles from Jupiter. With Jupiter the size of a period, Pluto would still be 35 feet away from it, and reduced to the size of a molecule. space.fm/astronomy/planet…
Double spacing after a period is no longer the standard, according to most style guides. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sen…
In 18th century during the Russian occupation tens of thousands of Finns were killed or sold to slavery. The total population of Finland was only 400,000 at the time. This period is known as 'The Great Hatred' (Isoviha). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
Shakespeare became wealthy by hoarding grain, and reselling at inflated prices during a period of famine. He used the profits for money-lending activity and was pursued by authorities for tax evasion and was prosecuted for hoarding grain. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Suffragette's were a militant movement that bombed Westminster Abbey and carried out roughly 250 arson or destruction attacks in one six-month period en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suf…
Warren Buffet bet $2,222,278 that, over a ten-year period, the S&P 500 will outperform a portfolio of funds of hedge funds when performance is measured on a basis net of fees, costs and expenses. He won. longbets.org/362/
Today I learned about the Cave of Crystals in Naica, Mexico discovered by miners in 2000. The cave, at a depth of 300m, includes some of the largest natural crystals ever found. With over 90 percent humidity, a person can only survive exposure in the cave for a short period of time. cen.acs.org/physical-chem…
As many as 55% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage -- most often before a woman misses a menstrual period or even knows she is pregnant and that more than 80% of miscarriages occur within the first three months of pregnancy, mostly caused by chromosomal abnormalities. researchgate.net/publicat…
Today I learned of the book β€œFinnegans Wake”. The book is written by James Joyce and is composed of composite words from sixty to seventy world languages. Written over a period of 17 years it is considered to be one of the most difficult works in the Western canon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
If a new element were to be discovered, we would have to create a new row on the periodic table smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Emperor Taizu of Song invited all the general officers to a lavish banquet where he convinced them all to retire as military leaders in favour of a luxurious lifestyle. none of them refused his terms, and thus began a period of relative internal peace within the realm of the Song dynasty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Scandinavians have traditionaly used things like moss, tree bark and burned bones during periods of famine. Bark bread, bread made from tree bark was a common recipe during food sortages and tree bark is still used today in certain recipes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
The game Candyland was invented by a woman during the polio pandemic. The woman, Eleanor Abbott, was recovering in hospital she created the game to entertain the children in her hospital wing as they were left by family members for long periods of time to recover. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
To deal with periods, β€œUntil the turn of the 20th century, women simply bled into their clothes or, where they could afford it, shaped scraps of cloth or other absorbents like bark or hay into a pad or tampon-like object” theconversation.com/thous…
The Sahara Desert was once green 5000-11000 years ago due to Earth's orbital movement as it created the Humid period, which lasted a few centuries. eos.org/articles/podcast-…
That the movie β€œThe Hills have eyes”, is loosely based on the exploits of The Bean clan of 16th century Scotland, whom murdered and cannibalised over 1000 people, with estimates of up to over 5000 in just a 25 year period. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
Bloomers, the short gym bottoms worn by Japanese girls in Anime and manga, were largely phased out IRL in favor of unisex longer-legged shorts in the 1990's after a student protest at one school over the shorts attracting "unwanted attention" spread nationally. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
The American Public Power Association has a β€˜Squirrel Index’ data tracker to track squirrel attacks on electrical power systems. They found that the two peak periods of highest squirrel activity are May-June and October-November. publicpower.org/blog/defe…
Over a fifth of all Kinects sold were sold in the first 60 days; 8 out of all 35 million shipped were bought in that period, making the Kinect the fastest-ever selling consumer electronics device at that time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
The world's longest hangover was recorded in 2007 and it lasted 4 weeks after a 37-year old Scotsman consumed 60 pints (35 litres) of beer over a 4-day period. brisbanetimes.com.au/worl…
In some cases it is better that a single product design dominates a market for a short period of time, regardless of relative quality (ex. iPod, Blu-Ray, VHS). "Dominant design" allows for relatively low-risk improvement of existing designs, increasing the rate of technological advancement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
In 1996, as a loss-leading tactic, British supermarkets competed so heavily on the price of baked beans that one store decided to sell them for MINUS 2p. This period is referred to by economists as The Bean Wars. youtube.com/watch?v=JGI4R…
President Harry S. Truman was not given a middle name, only the initial S. The S honors his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young. There is controversy over whether or not the period after the S should be included, although Truman's own letters suggest he regularly used a period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The period 1955-1972, the development of nuclear rocket engines in the USA began with the "Rover" project. The first experimental nuclear engine was named "KIWI" and experiments were performed on it until 1964. They constructed a compact nuclear reactor with U235 carbide in a graphite housing. needforscience.com/astron…
A second is technically defined to be "9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium-133 atom”. discovermagazine.com/the-…
Today I learned of a Great year. A period of time that lasts 25,772 years and measures the rotation of the earths axis. wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_…
The 3rd generation Ford Mustang was produced from 1978-1993, and during a period of slumping sales in the 80s was almost replaced with a Ford Probe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The Jurassic period is named after the french moutain of Jura where geological elements of that period were named "terrains jurassiques" in 1829 by Alexandre Brongniart en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
There exists an asteroid 2010 TK7 (diameter- 300 mt approx) which has the same orbit around sun as earth and period close to earth's period of 365.256 days. It oscillates a lot about its mean position and on its closest approach to earth it was around 50 times farther than the moon is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Three songs recorded by Mariah Carey in the period 1991-2 were the subject of successful plagiarism lawsuits. Other artists who have settled multiple plagiarism suits include The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Ed Sheeran. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about maple syrup mold. Generally harmless, the mold can form in syrup stored for long periods. Refrigeration of open syrup can help reduce the formation of the mold. If formed, you can remove the mold and boil the syrup to restore/purify it. mooresmaple.com/facts.php…
That, with war looming, President Wilson - had he lost the 1916 election - pragmatically planned to avoid a long lame-duck period by appointing his opponent, Charles Evans Hughes, Secretary of State, with Wilson & his VP then resigning, thereby making Hughes president ahead of schedule. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twe…
From 1994-99 George Foreman was paid about 40% of the profits on each Foreman grill sold, earning him $4.5M a month in payouts at its peak. In the period it’s estimated he received over $200M, more than he did as a boxer. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
The Nile river valley used to be a deep canyon system, up to 1.8 km deep where Cairo is today (the same depth as the Grand Canyon). It filled with sediment 5 million years ago when the Mediterranean Sea refilled after a period of drying out. thenaturalhistorian.com/2…
U-2 Spy planes requires chase cars that can accelerate 0-100mph in a short period of time at both landing and take-off. youtu.be/nTFCFNHDY_I
Helium (He) is the only element on the periodic table that was not discovered on Earth. It was found when analyzing the sun’s spectrum, hence its name which comes from the Greek god of the sun Helios. education.jlab.org/itsele…
The Costume Museum of Canada holds more than 35,000 textile artifacts reflecting clothing worn over a 400-year period. However, it was on the edge of bankruptcy and closed its doors to the public in 2010 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos…
Today I learned of the 228 Incident, when the govt. of Taiwan massacred between 5,000 to 28,000 protestors, an event which was the precursor to the White Terror - a 38 year period of martial law - in which tens of thousands of other Taiwanese went missing, died or were imprisoned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feb…
To promote Windows 7's launch in 2009, Burger King in Japan released the Windows 7 Whopper, which had 7 patties totaling over 1,000 kcal and weighing 2.2 lb (1 kg). Originally planned to be sold for only 7 days, unexpected popularity led to its available period being extended to 16 days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
A Navy study showed that washing hands 5 times daily reduced incidence of respiratory infections by 45% over a two year period. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned about an engineering principle called the "Bathtub Curve". It suggests all products have 3 phases of reliability: An early high failure rate that decreases as defects are removed, a period showing intrinsic (random) failure rate, and then an increase in failures as wearout occurs. sciencedirect.com/topics/…
Oliver Sacks used to count his age in terms of elements in Periodic Table, and had element friends who gifted him elements on birthdays, like Thallium(81) for his 81st Birthday. vice.com/en_us/article/wn…
During the earliest period of Earth's existence, the Hadean Period, 4.6-4.0 billion years ago, the surface temperature was over 200Β°C but there were still liquid-water oceans because the atmospheric pressure was 27 times as strong as it is now, significantly raising the boiling point of water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Had…
Pregnancy starts from the last 'normal' period of the mother, so when you would normally discover a pregnancy from a missed period, there is only ~8 months left, not 9. americanpregnancy.org/wee…
Scientists identified a vast underground ecosystem of billions of micro-organisms below the earth - twice the size of the Earth's oceans. Life was shown to survive far beneath the Earth's surface for long periods of time, without energy from the Sun. theguardian.com/science/2…
The song "Mr. Blue Sky" by the Electric Light Orchestra was found to be the happiest song ever using a formula made by studying songs from a period of 50 years. shareably.net/happiest-so…
How a Japanese man named Yoshie Shiratori escaped 4 different harsh Japanese prisons within a 12 year time period, with his most well-known escape involving the use of miso soup youtube.com/watch?v=oI8tr…
The First Crusade (1096–1099) was the first of a number of religious wars initiated, supported and sometimes directed by the Latin Church in the medieval period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Between 1981 and 1986 Kia had a period in which they didn't make any passenger cars, because government-enforced industry centralisation forced them to move out of that sector and focus on light trucks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kia…
In the Middle Ages, a nun in a French convent inexplicably began to meow like a cat, shortly leading to the other nuns in the convent also meowing. Eventually all the nuns would meow together for a certain period every day. This did not stop until the police threatened to whip the nuns en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Albanian Civil Unrest of 1997, also known as the Albanian rebellion, Albanian unrest or the Pyramid crisis, was a period of civil disorder in Albania in 1997, sparked by pyramid scheme failure. That escalated into a civil war. wikipedia.org/wiki/Albani…
Ainan Cawley has, allegedly, the highest IQ ever; said his first word at 2 weeks old, started walking at 6 months, he passed GCSE chemistry at 7, recited pi to 518 d.p. and remembered the periodic table at the age of 9. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain…
Today I learned of Pax Americana, a period of relative peace beginning around the middle of the 20th century, brought about by the dominant power of the United States. Similar time periods were Pax Romana and Pax Britannica. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pax…
A rare 400-year-old shimpaku tree, which was due to be entered in a Japanese beauty competition, was stolen from a roughly 5,000 hectare park run by a fifth generation bonsai master whose family practice dates back to the Edo period (1603-1868) cnn.com/2019/02/11/asia/j…
Pregnancy is counted from the first day of the last period. So if you were to conceive in the week before your period, you’d already be approx. 3 weeks pregnant (assuming a 4 week menstrual cycle)! betterhealth.vic.gov.au/h…
In the United States, in a single eighteen-month period during 1971 and 1972 the FBI counted an amazing 2,500 bombings on American soil, almost five a day. time.com/4501670/bombings…
Child Pornography in Japan was First Made Illegal in June of 2014. A 1-Year Grace Period of Lax Enforcement Followed. techinasia.com/japan-used…
Today I learned Mendelejeff (inventor of the periodic table), Bohr (formulated Quantum Theory, Einstein (created the Theory of Relativity) and many other inventors/scientists/etc discovered their ideas from dreams epdf.pub/dream-work-techn…
Apollo 13 was shot in β€œa hollowed-out, windowless, padded Boeing 707 jet that climbs to 30,000 ft. and then arcs into a steep dive, creating a 23-second period of weightlessness.” This plane is used by NASA for 0g training. amc.com/talk/2008/07/apol…
Despite being thin and athletic, serial killer Israel Keyes got lap band surgery in his late 20s, presumably so he could go for prolonged periods without eating during his murder sprees oxygen.com/martinis-murde…
That upwards of 50% of all accidental deaths in the Tudor period were drownings historyextra.com/period/t…
The largest air traffic shut down since World War II happened in 2010 due to the EyjafjallajΓΆkull eruption. 95,000 flights were cancelled in a 6-day period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
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 Newgrange, "an exceptionally grand passage tomb built [in Ireland] during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
We are currently living in an era called "The Long Peace", a period of peace which has not been seen since the Roman Empire. There are now less than 10 reported deaths per million each year due to war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Today I learned of the Ozark Medieval Fortress, a now defunct attempt to build a period authentic 13th-century French castle in northern Arkansas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oza…
Oxford University research shows that women's periods do not synchronise when they spend time together - as commonly claimed. Nevertheless, the myth continues to endure. theguardian.com/society/2…
When former slave Jordan Anderson was asked to come back and work for his old master, he replied with a deadpan letter asking for 52 years' back pay as proof of good faith. The letter has been described as a rare example of documented "slave humor" of the period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jor…
For a period in the early 1970s the North Korean GDP per capita was higher than the South Korean one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco…
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…
In Alaska, plants can grow freakishly large due to the 20 hours of sunshine they receive per day - which gives them a photosynthesis bonus. Examples include 138 lb cabbage, 65 lb cantaloupe, & 35 lb broccoli. A noted side effect is that the produce is also much sweeter due to the extra sunlight. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
For a period of time in 2010, Ozzy Osbourne was the health columnist in the British Sunday Times happymag.tv/ozzy-osbourne…
Today I learned of Hatshepsut, the first female ruler of ancient Egypt who acted as a full pharaoh. In art, she had herself depicted as a male ruler; she wore a false beard, had her breasts reduced and deemphasized, and her shoulders portrayed as broad and manly. She brought Egypt into a period of prosperity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Many jurisdictions use a "randomized alphabet", re-shuffled periodically, to determine the alphabetical order that candidates' names will appear on ballots, in order to prevent an unfair advantage for names starting with A. sos.ca.gov/elections/rand…
Today I learned about the holiday paradox and why time seems to go by more quickly as we age and when we are having fun. Our brain encodes new experiences, but not familiar ones, into memory, and our retrospective judgment of time is based on how many new memories we create over a certain period. scientificamerican.com/ar…
During the 1860s Italian reunification period, only about 2.5% of the future country could speak Italian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
There is a belief that most of the people in laugh tracks are dead as most audio is from the 1950s. There was a period when the few tracks of laughter meant anyone in audio work could predict the laugh order, but as TV audio engineers updated their reels both have become less true/harder to do. bbc.com/culture/story/201…
This species of desert tadpole shrimp, Triops newberryi, is found in the western US. It only hatches during periods of seasonal flooding and can live to 90 days. This shrimp's eggs are known to stay viable for at least 50 years. It is being considered as a biocontrol agent for larval mosquitoes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
: Lingchi ("death by a thousand cuts") was a form of torture and execution used in China from roughly 900 CE until it was banned in 1905. In this form of execution, a knife was used to methodically remove portions of the body over an extended period of time, eventually resulting in death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
In 1993 Rick James and girlfriend plead guilty to kidnapping and torturing a record executive for a 20 hour period. This happened while he was out on bail for holding another woman hostage for 6 days, with the help of his girlfriend, and burning her with a crack pipe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
The famous sportsball mascot "The San Diego Chicken" has been played by the same dude in all official appearances (aside from a short replacement period during a lawsuit) since it's debut in 1972. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Today I learned of Unserdeutsch ("Our German"), or Rabaul Creole German - the only known German-based creole language. It originated in New Guinea during the German colonial period there (1884-1919) and is still spoken by about 100 people, mostly elderly. It will soon become extinct. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uns…
The Gray Eagle Award is presented to the Naval Aviator on continuous active duty in U.S. Navy or Marine Corps who has held that designation for the longest period of time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
There exists a type of breathable liquid for animals called Perfluorohexane. You can be submerged in it and breathe without drowning for a period of time because Perfluorohexane is biologically inert and stable. vix.com/en/ovs/curiositie…
China was fighting Japanese imperialism in 1937 (two years before World War 2 started) in the Second Sino-Japanese War. This conflict continued all through WWII and only ended when the Japanese surrendered to the US in 1945. Between 15-20 million Chinese people died over this period. britannica.com/event/Seco…
Today I learned about HERA, a telescope searching for the oldest stars in the universe, from a period known as the Cosmic Dark Ages. And it is built from stuff you could buy at any local hardware store. "This is the beauty of low frequency radio astronomy: one doesn’t need custom, expensive hardware." supercluster.com/editoria…
Today I learned of the Interregnum period in Transjordan in 1920 where, for about a year, the region had no ruler or occupying power. Locals even wrote letters to nearby Sharif Hussein to send "one of his sons" to rule it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Hens store semen in storage tubules and can periodically release portions of it over the course of a month to produce numerous fertile eggs. If they happen to mate with a male they don't like, they can simply expel the entire sample and produce infertile eggs. blog.cacklehatchery.com/h…
The common poorwill, native to western North America, is the only bird known to go into torpor for extended periods of time.The bird's temperature can drop to as low as 41Β°F, and their rate of respiration is reduced up to 90%.They can remain in this state of near hibernation for weeks or months. allaboutbirds.org/guide/C…
Long periods of isolation without sunlight creates 'time-shifting' effects on the mind to the point of sleep-wake cycles being doubled. bbc.com/future/article/20…

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