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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
Betty Crocker was never a real person. She was created for a Gold Medal Flour ad in 1921. Shortly after the company decided to use the character to answer all the baking and cooking questions received by mail, as a woman was a more trusted source of baking information than an all male staff pbs.org/food/the-history-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
In 559 BC a chinese prisoner was sentenced to death by being flown off the top of a large tower attached to a kite. He survived the flight, and claimed the record of the highest jump survived by a person in the process. He was later starved to death in prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yua…
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 last person to ever be executed in Western Europe was killed by GUILLOTINE of all things. Hamida Djandoubi was beheaded in France in 1977. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Cookie Monster, Yoda and many more are voiced by the same person. cbc.ca/radio/q/thursday-m…
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-…
Astronaut Alan Shepard hit 2 golf balls on the moon's surface. On the Apollo 14 space mission Alan became the first and only person to play golf somewhere other than Earth. He created the club by smuggling a six-iron head onboard in a sock and attached it to a piece of rock-collecting gear. foxnews.com/science/golf-…
Today I learned of Jeremiah Horrocks who died 23 years old, was the only person to predict the transit of Venus in front of the sun in 1639, and one of only two people in the world to witness it, ...the first two ever, and likely the first in 600+ years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Today I learned about the signal for help. β€œSignal for Help” is a simple one-handed sign someone can use on a video call. It can help a person silently show they need help and want someone to check in with them in a safe way. canadianwomen.org/signal-…
Paradoxical undressing is a term for a phenomenon frequently seen in cases of lethal hypothermia. Shortly before death, the person will remove all their clothes, as if they were burning up, when in fact they are freezing. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/5…
If you climb to the altitude of 408 km from Earth, a person’s weight would be around 90% of what it would be on the ground. The ISS astronauts’ weightlessness is not because β€œspace has no gravity”. Their weightlessness is due to them being in a free fall, constantly accelerating towards Earth. nasa.gov/audience/forstud…
Argentina is the country that consumes the most soda every year, with 155 liters per person per year. worldatlas.com/articles/c…
Today I learned of the most famous person ever to have literally been in a pickle, Horatio Nelson. He died at sea, so the surgeon on board pickled his body in brandy to preserve it for the long trip to England. 2 weeks into the journey, gaseous pressures burst the cask lid, making Nelson "rise from the dead." atlasobscura.com/articles…
In ancient Rome under times of crisis the senate could appoint a person to have almost complete control of Rome. This person was called a Dictator. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
The first recorded instance of a person living in three centuries was that of Margaret Ann Neve, a woman from the British island of Guernsey who lived from 1792 to 1903. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of the 2018 seismic event of Mayotte, a 20 minute long earthquake-like event that was detected by instruments across all the globe but wasn't felt by a single person, and lacked two of the three types of waves usually detected in earthqakes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11_…
The Groom of the Stool (person in charge of helping the English monarch poop) was a coveted position of power and influence due to the close, intimate access to the King/Queen. wikipedia.org/wiki/Groom_…
Actress Catherine O'hara (Schitt's Creek) has Situs Inversus, a rare congenital condition in which all of a person's internal organs in the thorax and abdomen are positioned on the opposite side to where they should be. theguardian.com/science/b…
Although all persons born or naturalized in the United States are citizens under the the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, "the amendment does not grant citizenship to children born in the U.S. to foreign diplomats or foreign soldiers" voanews.com/usa/qa-14th-a…
The person who is largely credited for inventing the polygraph machine is the same person who created Wonder Woman and the Lasso of Truth. blogs.scientificamerican.…
The Milwaukee Brewers mascot, Bernie Brewer, is based on a real person. Milt Mason sat on top of the scoreboard and refused to leave until 40,000 people came to a game. He stayed there 40 days. radiomilwaukee.org/story/…
There is a restaurant in tiny Union CT that gives books away to every person that dines there. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
Palmerston island is one of the most isolated communities in the world, it is visited by a supply ship only twice a year and most of its inhabitants (about 70) are descended from one person who arrived there 150 years ago bbc.com/news/magazine-254…
When the Red Army captured Hitler's bunker on 2 May 1945, the only person they found alive was mechanic, Johannes Hentschel. He had stayed behind after everyone else had either fled of committed suicide to keep the field hospital in the building above supplied with water and electricity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of a family that lived in Kentucky know as the Blue People of Kentucky. This family is notable for carrying a rare genetic trait that leads to the disease methemoglobinemia, which gives the affected person blue-tinted skin. historycollection.co/the-…
James Earl Ray, the man who assassinated Martin Luther King Jr, is the only person to escape Missouri State Penitentiary en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
There is a procedure called "fecal transplantation". The doctor transplants feces from a healthy donor into another person to restore the balance of bacteria in their gut. healthline.com/health/fec…
In 1798 Congressman Matthew Lyon was imprisoned under the Sedition Act for criticizing and insulting the President. Later that year he became the only person ever reelected to Congress while incarcerated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
For every person on earth there are 1.4 billion insects. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The average person swallows plastic equivalent to a credit card every week, due to micro plastics in our everyday lives telegraph.co.uk/science/2…
The first person to register for the first comics con, held in New York in 1964, was George R.R. Martin. syfy.com/syfywire/who-bou…
Today I learned of the KΓΆhler Effect: when one less-capable person works harder to match more-capable people in the same task. KΓΆhler Effect is strongest when a less-able man is paired with a more-capable woman, (thought to be because it's more embarrassing to men to be outperformed by a woman than a man). britannica.com/science/Ko…
Coins like pennies actually have no odor. Metals such as iron & copper catalyze a chemical reaction in skin oils which produces the source of the "metal smell", a compound called 1-octen-3-one, and every person's smell is slightly different. nature.com/news/2006/0610…
George Hull, an atheist, after an argument about the existence of Giants at a Methodist revival, hired men to quarry out a 10-foot-4.5-inch-long (3.2 m) block of gypsum to fake a giant body was buried. Nearly a year later, he hired 2 persons to dig a well and claim that they have discovered it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned about Lady Wonder, a horse who some believed had psychic abilities. 150,000 people paid to consult Lady Wonder ($1 for three questions). While many assumed it was an elaborate hoax, the horse did help locate the body of a missing person. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
A person with a one-hour commute has to earn 40 per cent more money to be as satisfied with life as someone who walks to the office. econstor.eu/bitstream/104…
Finland has planted 150 million trees per year for decades. For a small nation of 5Β½ million people that means 27 trees per person. If the entire European Union were to do the same, there would be nearly 14 billion trees planted every year in the EU. bioeconomy.fi/forest/
Jim Crow was not a real person, but a character played by a white actor performing minstrel routines. history.com/news/was-jim-…
A person takes, on average, about 8 showers per week. Men average 9 minutes per shower and women 9.5 minutes, which comes to about 62 hours per year for men and 65 hours for women. klaw.com/do-you-take-a-lo…
While the brain represents just 2% of a person’s total body weight, it accounts for 20% of the body’s energy use; the bulk of a brain’s energy consumption is put toward sustaining alertness and monitoring the environment for important information time.com/5400025/does-thi…
In Alaska, it's illegal to whisper in another person's ear if they are hunting moose. nearsay.com/c/317331/1236…
The Soup Nazi from Seinfeld is a real person, Ali Yeganeh. Yeganeh hates the eponymous episode and blames Jerry Seinfeld for β€œruining his business,” going so far as to throw Seinfeld out of his store. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The earliest-living historical person known by name is Iry-Hor, a predynastic pharaoh who ruled over Upper Egypt in around 3200 BC. His dynasty is regarded in Egyptology as 'Dynasty 0' - the first out of 30 dynasties that reigned over Egypt. ucl.ac.uk/museums-static/…
Alexythymia is a rare condition where the person is unable to describe his feelings and is often associated with autism and depression. healthline.com/health/aut…
Many fingerprint scanners won't recognize the fingerprint of a dead person, as dead people's skin does not have the electrical conductance needed for such fingerprint scanners to work. science.howstuffworks.com…
The filming of Hardcore Henry was so intense that it caused severe neck pain, and tooth loss for 2 actors played the protagonist. It is also the first full POV action movie, 96 minutes of Hardcore Henry are all in first person en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Each of the main musketeers in Dumas's "The Three Musketeers" is based on a real person. Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan was indeed a Captain of the Musketeers under Louis XIV. and even served Cardinal Mazarin in espionage. His memoirs inspired the whole of the D'Artagnan romances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
There is a "World’s Smallest Target Store" in Marathon, Texas. An unknown person painted a bullseye and the word Target on the side of a former railroad structure and turned it into an art installation. texashillcountry.com/smal…
In 2015 a 66-year-old woman sued every single gay person in America time.com/3848666/nebraska…
The rise of disposable cups came in the early 20th century to stop the outbreak of communicable disease spread by the practice of sharing water dippers and communal cups in public places. Because the cups are meant for a single person to use and discard, people started to call them 'solo' cups. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
American long-distance open-water swimmer Lynne Cox is known for being the first person to swim the 2.5 miles between the United States and the Soviet Union, via the Bering Strait. She was jointly congratulated by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
Before 2005 at Washington Reagan National Airport, 30 minutes prior to landing or following takeoff, passengers were required to remain seated. If anyone stood up, the aircraft was to be diverted to Dulles under military escort and the person standing would be detained and questioned tsa.gov/news/press/releas…
For the past two years it is no longer criminal in Canada to challenge somebody to a duel, accept a challenge to a duel or provoke somebody to challenge another person to a duel. laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/e…
Some types of dizziness can be cured by spinning a person on a machine that looks like an astronaut training simulator. youtu.be/Jwg_4mSzY2A?t=17
Today I learned about the practice of Thalaikoothal , the practice of using coconut water to perform Senicide, the act of killing of an aged person theweek.in/theweek/states…
In 1862, the District of Columbia Emancipation Act paid those loyal to the Union up to $300 for every enslaved person freed. The largest individual payout was $18,000 for 69 slaves, which is equal to $556,024.34 in 2020. newsone.com/3012856/did-y…
The famous deaf-blind writer Hellen Keller received a gift from a Japanese police officer who gave her an Akita dog named Kamikaze-Go as a present. After the dog's death Japan’s government gifted another Akita, making her the first person to bring the dog breed to the U.S. In 1948 akitaclub.org/helen-kelle…
The Black Knight from Monty Python was based on a real person: Arrichion of Phigalia, a Greek wrestler who famously refused to give up during a particularly tough wrestling match. He died during the match, but still won because his opponent surrendered, not realizing he was dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
The first person to actually look at Saturn in a telescope was Galileo. He saw a strange oval-shaped planet. He thought the planet might have ears, or two small balls on either side. Later observations showed that these were actually Saturn’s grand ring system universetoday.com/46237/w…
There is a town in Nebraska called Monowi with a population of one. The only resident is a woman, Eiler who is the mayor, clerk, treasurer, librarian, bartender and the only person left in the US’ tiniest town. bbc.com/travel/gallery/20…
The person Crocodile Dundee was based on, died in a shootout with police in 1999. cbsnews.com/news/real-cro…
Willie Francis survived the electric chair because the person that set it up was drunk. He unsuccessfully argued to the US Supreme Court that executing him again was double jeopardy. He died in the electric chair a year later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
An adult person could die from eating 4-8 raw castor seeds because of a toxin known as Ricin which is 6000 times more poisonous than Cyanide. webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ing…
A person who prioritizes calling "Shotgun" more than a normal person, to the degree that they'll compromise their own ethics to gain the front seat, is known pejoratively as a "Shotgun Gaper." shotgunrules.com/the-shot…
The first person killed by an automobile was Bridget Driscoll (UK), who received fatal injuries when she walked into the path of a car moving at 4 mph (6.4 km/h), as it was giving demonstration rides in the grounds of Crystal Palace, London, UK on 17 August 1896. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned of Jean-Dominique Bauby, a man who had a stroke at 43 years old and after a 20-day coma, awoke to find that he was almost fully paralyzed; he could only use his left eyelid. He wrote a memoir, by blinking when the correct letter was said by a person reciting the alphabet over and over again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Cartoonist, Mike Diana, whose comics often dealt with sexuality, violence and religion, was the first person in the United States to receive a criminal conviction for "Artistic Obscenity". The court also ruled that Diana was to submit to warrant-less searches, by police and the Salvation Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
The amount of arable land (land that crops can grow on) per person on the planet is .19 hectacres, less then half a football field (excluding endzone). data.worldbank.org/indica…
Halo was supposed to be an exclusive for the Mac. (Even being revealed by Steve Jobs himself.) the game was also meant to be a third person shooter. But before that was finalized, Microsoft bought bungie rest is history. kotaku.com/when-halo-was-…
It is a common misconception that one must wait 24 hours to file a missing persons report. Law enforcement agencies often stress that the case should be reported as early as possible en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Ten years ago (June 2, 2010) baseball pitcher Armando Galarraga nearly became the 21st person to pitch a perfect game. However umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly ruled that opposing team batter Jason Donald reached first base safely on a ground ball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
American Dialect Society (founded 1889) has voted for Singular 'They' as 'Word of the Decade' for its growing use to refer to a known person whose gender identity is non-binary. americandialect.org/wp-co…
Mavis Beacon is not a real person. She was played by RenΓ©e L'EspΓ©rance, who worked at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mav…
An Iraqi man slept through the invasion of his town after it was attacked by militants. He was the only person left behind the when the town was evacuated. He woke up, watched a movie and fiddled with his A/C, only noticing the takeover that evening. The militants left him alone. vice.com/en_us/article/7x…
'kahuna' is a Hawaiian word, defined as a respected person who has moral authority in society; a "priest, sorcerer, magician, wizard, minister, expert in any profession (whether male or female)". There are many different types of kahunas that represent all sectors of society and all skills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kah…
There are 11 black billionaires, and the first black person to become a billionare was BET founder Bob Johnson in 2001. The richest black billionaire is Nigerian Aliko Dangote, CEO of Dongote group, an industrial conglomerate. His networth of 8.1 billion makes him the 88th richest person. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
A government of a country could prosecute someone that results in the loss of civil rights. It is usually inflicted on persons convicted of crimes against the state. This civil death often led to actual death, since anyone could kill and injure a felon with impunity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civ…
That, in 2009, the National Academy of Sciences found only DNA analysis could rigorously and consistently match evidence to a single person/source with high confidence. Other methods, especially pattern matching (fingerprints, handwriting, bite marks, footprints, hair, fibers, etc.), could not. ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/g…
While it is accepted that Big Ben was named after a man called Benjamin, it is not known whether that person was politician Sir Benjamin Hall or boxer Benjamin Caunt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
The last person to die of smallpox was Janet Parker in Birmingham, UK in 1978. She was infected in the laboratory at Birmingham Medical School. When the Professor in charge of the lab found out about her illness, he committed suicide. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
Tongan custom dictates that one should not imitate the actions of persons one is honoring, so at Elisabeth II's coronation; the Queen of Tonga rode her carriage in the pouring rain refusing to pull the hood up as Elisabeth did. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C…
David Attenborough is the only person to have received BAFTAs for programs in five different video formats: black and white, colour, HD, 3D and 4K. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…

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