Today I learned of erotomania, a delusional disorder in which a person believes another person, often famous or important, is in love with them. The person suffering from this delusion might think the person of interest is sending them subliminal messages. This disorder is most often seen in women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ero…
Andrew W.K. was named the Person of the Year in 2018 by the American Association Of Suicidology "due to his consistent and powerful use of positivity to improve the lives of those who hear his music." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Perp walks (perpetrator walks) are illegal in France, as it is illegal to publish pictures of an identifiable person in handcuffs or police custody unless they have been convicted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Former professional athlete Bo Jackson frequently refers to himself in the third person, a habit he developed as a child due to his severe stutter which made it difficult for him to say "I" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo_…
The last person who spoke exclusively Irish, SeΓ‘n Γ“ hEinirΓ­, died only 22 years ago in 1998 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Se%…
Voting is mandatory in Belgium. Citizens are automatically registered in the electoral polls and more than 90% of the eligible population takes part in the voting process, since you risk a fine if you do not vote either in person or by proxy. angloinfo.com/how-to/belg…
The first person to be voted out of the first version of Survivor committed suicide a month after going home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
The names at the 9/11 memorial are not organized alphabetically, by company or location, but rather by how close of a relationship that person had with those names around them. 911memorial.org/connect/b…
A concerned person walked by a house and heard a man shouting "why won't you die?" with a child screaming inside. The police were called. This triggered a full police response. It turned out he was trying to kill a spider. theguardian.com/environme…
Stephen Hawking is believed to be the longest living person ever with ALS at 55 years since diagnosis. ALS can kill in months, with less than 20% living past 10 years. wwbcn.com/how-did-stephen…
An annual supply of bottled water for a person who consumes 8 glasses a day would cost approximately $200; the same amount of tap water would cost approximately $0.33. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bot…
The first first-person shooter, Maze, was created in 1973. It included features like corner peeking, AI bots, and 8-player online play. In fact, it was so popular that DARPA had to ban it from ARPANET because half of all network activity for a month was between players at MIT and Stanford. polygon.com/features/2015…
A "Power Ranger" has spent 2 hrs a day helping Tokyo subway riders lug heavy packages and baby strollers up the station stairs, as it has no elevators nor escalators. He said: "Japanese people find it hard to accept help, they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out." nbcnews.com/news/world/ma…
There is no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person, or an organization must accept currency or coins as payment for goods or services. Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether to accept cash unless there is a state law which says otherwise. federalreserve.gov/faqs/c…
The standard High Jump Technique was created by one Person, which was considered weird at that time youtu.be/Id4W6VA0uLc
Napoleon had a healthy obsession with Australia his whole life. Had he won at Waterloo he intended to name part of Australia β€œTerre NapolΓ©on” (Napoleon Land) and brought back 200+ species of Australian flora and fauna to France, making JosephinΓ© the first person in history to breed black swans. ngv.vic.gov.au/media_rele…
Today I learned about Sarah Rector, an impoverished black girl who became a millionaire oil baron when oil was discovered on the land allotted to her by the government. She was so wealthy the Oklahoma legislature declared her to be a white person. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
The person who coined the derogatory term "patent troll" to criticize those who abuse patents through litigation is now a founding/managing partner of Intellectual Ventures, the "most hated company in tech" and largest of all the patent trolls. psmag.com/magazine/a-pate…
J.K. Rowling wrote a real person into The Goblet of Fire. The girl was named Natalie McDonald, a Harry Potter fan who was dying of leukaemia while Rowling was still writing the book. You see her character as a first-year who dons the sorting hat and is sorted into Gryffindor. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The term "Cockney" literally means "cock's egg" in Middle English. It originally referred to the small, yolkless eggs that farmers sometimes find in their chicken coops, and later became slang for a feeble and useless personβ€”such as a city dweller. oed.com/view/Entry/35467
Today I learned about Fremdscham, the opposite of schadenfreude. Fremdscham is the feeling of embarrassment from observing the embarrassing actions of another person. npr.org/2014/07/19/332760…
Being tall is such an advantage that on average for every inch in height a person makes on average an additional $789 per year. Meaning someone who is six feet tall would earn $5,525 more than someone who is 5'6 cnn.com/2007/US/Careers/0…
Scotland has an additional criminal verdict known as the 'barstard verdict' or 'not proven' as well as 'guilty' and 'not guilty'. The 'barstard verdict' can be used the jury when they feel the person is guilty, but not enough proofs have been shown by the crown. (It is treated as an aquittal). theconversation.com/scotl…
In 2000, Tim Miller founded Texas EquuSearch, a search-and-recovery non-profit which has assisted with hundreds of missing-persons cases and located more than 400 living people and 238 bodies. His own daughter was abducted & murdered in 1984. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
Today I learned of the saying "Irish Goodbye," it refers to a person ducking out of a party, social gathering or very bad date without bidding farewell. abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/…
The term β€œGreen Thumb” comes from the fact that algae growing on the outside of earthenware pots will stain a person's thumb (and fingers) if he or she handles enough pots. Hence, a person who is always working with flowerpots has a green thumb almanac.com/fact/can-you-…
Today I learned about Ingeborg Rapoport, the oldest person to ever receive a regular Doctorate degree. She submitted her thesis on diphteria in Nazi Germany 1937 but was refused oral examination because she was jewish. She successfully defended her thesis 2015 at the age of 102. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ing…
Liechtenstein, a country that has one of the highest gross domestic products per person in the world when adjusted for purchasing power parity, has no army because it was deemed too costly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about Dillibe Onyeama who in 1969 became the first black person to finish their studies at the prestigious Eton College in England. He wrote a book about racism at Eton and was subsequently banned from visiting the school. He finally received an apology for his treatment this year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dil…
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker was in an 2008 Plane Crash in which he and only one other person survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Today I learned of the "thrower's fracture": a rare phenomenon in which a young, otherwise healthy person breaks their upper arm bone in half just by throwing a ball too forcefully. brownemblog.com/blog-1/20…
Marie SkΕ‚odowska-Curie is not only the first woman to win the Nobel Prize but also the first person to win it twice in two different fieldss genius.substack.com/p/gen…
Each state is allowed to donate two statues to be displayed in the US Capitol Building to honor persons notable in their history aoc.gov/art/national-stat…
Buzz Aldrin is the first person documented to have drunk alcohol in space as he took communion on the Moon during Apollo 11 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
Michael Jackson went grocery shopping shopping in a closed down supermarket with all the other people being actors just to experience what's it like to be an ordinary person boingboing.net/2018/07/02…
The term "Patient Zero" was actually β€œPatient O” as in the letter O, meaning that the person was from β€œoutside” California. The ambiguous circular symbol on a chart was later read as a zero and the term became widely used. thecut.com/2016/10/hivs-p…
Cayman Island is just 260 Sq. Km (approx 16 km*16 km) with a population of nearly 65,000 has nearly 100,000 registered companies with a ratio of 1.5 companies per person. Caymanians have the highest standard of living in the Caribbean. Their currency = 1.2 US $. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cay…
The bellybutton is so dirty scientists are finding new unknown bacteria. One person had bacterium previously found only on Japanese soil, where he had never been. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
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…
According to a study developed for National Geographic in 2011, the world's "most typical" person is right-handed, makes less than $12,000 per year, has a mobile phone, and doesn't have a bank account. huffpost.com/entry/meet-t…
In Alaska, it is illegal to be drunk in a bar. Per state laws, a person who is already drunk may not β€œknowingly” enter a bar to drink more, or remain in the bar that got them drunk in the first place. abcnews.go.com/US/illegal…
Today I learned of Sin Eaters. In parts of England, Scotland, and Wales up until the 19th century, when a person died the family would pay a man to eat a piece of bread off the deceased in order to absorb their sins, risking their souls for a few pence atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of Raymond Robinson, a severely disfigured man who only went out for walks late at night so as not to cause a panic. Urban legend spread about "The Green Man", a faceless monster that wandered the roads at night. People who heard the legend are often shocked to find out he was a real person. historydaily.org/green-ma…
Xenophanes, who died ca. 490 B.C.E., found fish fossils and concluded that the land where they were found must have been underwater at some time. He was the first person known to have used fossils as evidence for a theory of the history of the Earth. ucmp.berkeley.edu/history…
Talking to yourself in the third person - a technique known as illeism - can improve your decision making and emotional stability digest.bps.org.uk/2019/05…
Sydney Opera House architect JΓΈrn Utzon was not invited to opening nor did he ever see completed building in person. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Edd Kalehoff, the original composer of "The Price is Right" theme song, was pressured into giving his ASCAP credit to another person and as a result has lost out on millions in royalties over the years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
Today I learned about Marvin Creamer an American college professor who became the first person to sail around the world without any navigational equipment. He relied on the sun, stars and moon to guide him instead of a compass, sextent, clock or any other type of navigational instrument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Shrikant Jichkar ( 14 September 1955 – 2 June 2004) was known as the most qualified person in India. He obtained 20 degrees after appearing for 42 university examinations. He was also a politician, known to be the elected as the youngest MLA in the country at age 26 indiatoday.in/education-t…
When you blink your brain treats it as a tiny nap. Giving the average person between 20,000 and 30,000 two-tenths of a second naps every day, or roughly 10 percent of their waking hours. thecut.com/2017/06/blinki…
Mosquitos prefer a certain human blood type. When looking at blood types A, B, AB and O, the mosquitoes were more attracted to persons with type O blood, with type A blood being the next preferred blood type. unitypoint.org/livewell/a…
Kobe Bryant is the only person to have won both an Olympic Medal and an Oscar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The person who sung the song 'Santa Baby' was also the person who voiced the character Yzma from 'The Emperor's New Groove' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
Today I learned about 'moral luck'. If two random drivers accidentally run a red light, but only one hits a person, we tend to think the latter is more guilty en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Sprinters and long-distance runners rely on different aerobic processes to run and that Usain Bolt, the fastest person in the world, has never run a mile. newyorker.com/sports/spor…
Cecil Chubb was the last person to own Stonehenge. Stonehenge was put up for auction in 1915 and Chubb bought it on a whim. It is speculated he bought the stones as a present for his wife and she was less than pleased. Chubb donated Stonehenge to the nation in 1918 and was made a baronet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cec…
The Americas were never named after Christopher Columbus, because Columbus believed he had sailed across the Atlantic to India. Instead, the Americas were named after Amerigo Vespucci, the first person to suggest there was a new world. britannica.com/biography/…
Pythagoras invented a Greedy Cup for his students to share the wine equally. If somebody was greedy, The cup was designed in a way that it would spill the wine all over the person. interestingengineering.co…
US homes today are 1,000 square feet larger than in 1973 and living space per person has nearly doubled aei.org/carpe-diem/new-us…
Down Syndrome named as such because the term "Mongolian Idiocy" is deemed offensive and so the family name of the person who published paper about it, John Langdon Down, used to rename the syndrome and that happened long after he died. Down also used to call them "Mongolian Idiots" ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about Post orgasmic illness syndrome (POIS), a chronic disorder in which a person develops flu-like and allergy symptoms after having an orgasm. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The person who has had the worlds longest name ever had a 666 letter surname, made up of 26 forenames and 1 very long surname all together. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
The most G force a person has survived was in the 2003 Chevy 500 when the car driven by Kenny BrΓ€ck made contact with Tomas Scheckter's car. This immediately resulted in BrΓ€ck's car impacting the catch fence that would record a peak of 214 g meaning he weighed 30000 lbs for a few seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-f…
Finland has ten trees for every person in the world finlandabroad.fi/web/eu/n…
Convicted murderer Victor Feguer the last person to be put to death in Iowa requested a single olive with the pit still in it as his last meal. He hoped once dead, the seed would produce an olive tree which would be seen as a symbol of peace murderpedia.org/male.F/f/…
Today I learned of Craig Williamson, a Florida man who was watching "Unsolved Mysteries" and recognized himself as the missing person in Colorado. He claimed he was beaten in a robbery and developed amnesia. He was later reunited with his wife whom he had no memory of. Police are skeptical of the story. decider.com/2018/06/26/te…
Smallpox inoculation had been practiced in China, India, Turkey, and East and West Africa, starting as early as 1000 AD. The procedure involved exposing a small wound to pus from the sores of an infected person, to cause a limited infection, which would then provide lifelong immunity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ino…
While writing the popular 1990s song Friday I'm in Love, The Cure frontman Robert Smith became convinced that he stole the tune from somewhere, and was so paranoid that he called every person he knew and played the song for them, asking if they recognized it. It was, indeed, unique. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Charles "Old Hoss " Radbourn, an MLB pitcher from 1880 to 1891, won 60 games in a single season and is believed to be the first person ever photographed "flipping the bird". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Marvel Comics' Thanos and DC Comics' Darkseid, as well as sharing many other similarities, were created by the same person en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Today I learned of the only person in Nevada to die by firing squad. No men were willing to shoot him, so a shooting machine was built to carry out his execution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Noblesse oblige is generally used to imply that with wealth, power, and prestige come responsibilities. Privilege must be balanced by duty towards those who lack such privilege. It can describe a person taking the blame for something in order to solve an issue or save someone else. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nob…
The first person to ever observe individual living sperm cells was Antonie van Leeuwenhoek who collected a sample from his wife immediately after intercourse. In his 1677 letter to the Royal Society, β€œde Natis e semine genital Animalculis,” he describes a scene teeming with tiny β€œanimalcules.” gizmodo.com/the-first-tim…
Today I learned of Hans Munch - the good man of Auschwitz - the only doctor who refused to participate in the selection process. He created elaborate, safe, experiments to keep his subjects from being exterminated. He is the only person to be acquitted at the Auschwitz Trials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Today I learned of GuΓ°laugur Friðþórsson, who was fishing off the coast of a remote Icelandic island inhabited by puffins when his ship capsized. He survived by swimming six hours in freezing water and walking several miles over volcanic rock. An average person survives in those conditions for about 75 minutes. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Czechia (the Czech Republic) consumes more beer per capita than any other country in the world with an average of 161 liters per person each year. bbc.com/travel/story/2011…
7 year-old Jessica Dubroff attempted to become the youngest person to fly an aircraft across the USA. On the final leg of her flight, the plane crashed during a rainstorm immediately after takeoff, killing Dubroff, her father, and her flight instructor (who was at the controls at all times) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes…
''The Wizard of Oz'' and ''Gone with the Wind'' were directed by the same person in the same year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
A mathematician named Nicolas Bourbaki who has made many strides in mathematics, never even was a real person, but was a collective pseudonym for a group of mathematicians who wrote their own textbooks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
A person's ability for spacial and verbal memory can be affected by which nostril is used: left, right, or alternate nostril breathing ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Connecticut ratified an amendment in 1790 that should give each Representative no more than 50,000 persons. But since Congress never noticed, it never took effect. If it did then the House of Representatives would be full of 6,489 Representatives. vox.com/2018/6/4/17417452…
The world's heaviest person, Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari, went from 1340lbs to now weighing only 150lbs after 4 years of a weight loss program en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kha…
During the apartheid era in South Africa some of the tests to decide ancestry of a person included pinching to see what language they would say "Ouch" in and putting a pencil in the subjects' hair to see if it would fall off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apa…
The glass containers with a selection of rotating watches are called "watch winders", and they are not just a fancy part of a rich person's wardrobe, but can actually be used to wind watches while you are not wearing them blog.watchdoctor.biz/2017…
An Indonesian man who claimed to be world’s oldest person died at β€˜age 146’ in 2017. According to his identity card, Sodimejo was born on Dec. 31, 1870 but Indonesia only started recording births in 1900 globalnews.ca/news/342006…
Dolly Parton is the only person to have been given The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. dollyparton.com/life-and-…
In 1786, Hannah Ocuish confessed to beating and choking 6 year old Eunice Bolles to death over strawberries. Ocuish would become the youngest person to be legally executed in the United States (12 years 9 months) and the last female to be executed in Connecticut. courant.com/news/connecti…
The Queen of England is not the Queen of Canada or any other independent commonwealth nation. Although the position is held by the same person (Queen Elizabeth II), each country's monarchy is separate and legally distinct. thecanadaguide.com/govern…
Angostura bitters recipe was developed as a tonic by Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert, a German surgeon general in SimΓ³n BolΓ­var's army in Venezuela. The exact formula is a closely guarded secret, with only one person knowing the whole recipe, passed hereditarily.[ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Alcohol withdrawal(delirium tremens) can kill a person health.harvard.edu/a_to_z…
Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas holds the record for most advertisements by one person in history, appearing in over 800 commercials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Today I learned that Ringo Starr's unique drumming style stems from him being a left handed person playing a right handed drum kit. youtube.com/watch?v=vl918…
Ingesting around 600 freshly ground cherry pits would provide enough cyanide to kill a 150 lb person foodsforbetterhealth.com/…
Puzzled for years, a French municipality finally offered a reward for the translation of β€œROC AR B…DRE AR GRIO SE EVELOH AR VIRIONES BAOAVEL” and other 18th century markings on a person-sized stone often submerged until low tide. The deadline for submissions passed --no news of a breakthrough. atlasobscura.com/articles…
High self-esteem has no impact or very little impact on a person's success. bbc.com/news/magazine-207…
Pope Benedict IX is the only person who has been pope on more than one occasion. He was notorious for selling the papacy and reclaiming the office afterwards twice, making him pope three times in 1032 to 1044, from April to May 1045 and from 1047 to 1048. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Depersonalization disorder (also known as depersonalization-derealization disorder) is a mental disorder in which the person feels detached from reality and/or their own body. The person perceives the world as foggy, dreamlike/surreal, or visually distorted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dep…
The term "bless you" originated in the 7th century during the bubonic plague when Pope Gregory I suggested saying "god bless you" after a person sneezed in hopes that this prayer would protect them from an otherwise certain death loc.gov/everyday-mysterie…
When Boeing fired over 70,000 employees in Seattle during the 1970s Boeing Bust, a billboard was placed on the highway leaving Seattle stating: β€œWill the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights.” seattletimes.com/seattle-…
Today I learned of the first person to be banned from the internet, Chris Lamprecht (u/mthreat) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…

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