The majority of Egyptian hieroglyphs represent sounds, not objects/ideas. In English, this would be like using pictures of a pear, ant, and hood to write "parenthood." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egy…
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…
Thomas Edison would hire thugs to destroy movie sets because he felt that he owned the rights to any and all film made since he filed the first patent for the motion picture camera history.com/.amp/news/the…
To compose a picture of a black hole in 2019, 5 petabytes of data were used, which took half a ton of hard drives. Part of this data was physically moved by plane. This allowed a transfer of 14 gigabytes per second, which was faster than if data would be transferred through the internet. sixcolors.com/post/2019/0…
Today I learned of the Navratil boys, whose father had kidnapped them after separating from his wife. He tried to move them to America on the Titanic, but died when the ship sank. The brothers were rescued and re-united with their mother after she saw a newspaper picture of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Dog Poop Girl (2005) is one of the first reported occurrences of doxing (publicly broadcasting private or identifying information). A young woman's dog pooped in a train. She refused to pick it up despite requests. Pictures were shared in Korea. She was publicly shamed and quit university. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
In 2019, a hipster complained to MIT Technology Review for using his picture to imply hipsters look the same, end up discovering the picture was of an entirely different hipster theregister.com/2019/03/0…
Child labor in the United States was largely ended by a photographer named Lewis Wickes Hine. He took child laborers photos at eye level to humanize and personalize each child. He captured nearly identical pictures across the country to show lawmakers this was a systemic problem. youtu.be/ddiOJLuu2mo
Actor, director, and producer Orson Welles refused admission into Harvard at age 16 so he could travel. When he landed in Dublin he convinced everyone that he was a famous Broadway star and began producing plays. When he grew bored of the farce, he went to North Africa to draw pictures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ors…
Necrogamy (posthumous marriage) is legal in France. The living partner must send the President a request, have a serious reason, prove the couple were planning to marry, and get approval from the family of the deceased. At the ceremony, the living partner stands next to a picture of their fiancΓ© en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
No one is 100% sure where the first white coat came into the picture or who exactly designed it, but it is clear that the white coat became synonymous with portraying the doctor as a clean, safe source of authority in the new-and-improved medical field and that image has never really left. medelita.com/blog/why-doc…
Elvis and The Beatles played together only once. No video, no recordings, no pictures, and no press. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
If you mix 25 or more random pictures from the internet, you will get orange. theatlantic.com/technolog…
John Cazale only appeared in 5 films throughout his career, each one was nominated for best picture. film.avclub.com/here-s-on…
Halo 2 was delayed because the developers included a picture of a literal asshole in the PC Version polygon.com/2015/4/7/8361…
The photographer (Eddie Adams) of the South Vietnamese officer (Nguyen Ngoc Loan) executing the North Vietnamese man in front of him regretted ever publishing the picture and refused to testify against him when Nguyen was brought to trial on charges of committing a war crime. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
, when Americans take pictures, we're usually asked to say "cheese", in China they say, "eggplant" and in Bulgaria they say, "cabbage", among other things in other countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Say…
The swastikas on Allied aircrafts in old pictures are called victory markings, and marked each Nazi plane downed by that aircraft. Bomb stencils marked each mission run. The names of pilots and crew were added before the craft was retired from duty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
Surrealist artist Salvador Dali had a pet anteater, delivered an art lecture wearing a full diving suit with two Russian wolfhounds at his side, and had a lifelong disgust for female genitalia after stumbling upon a picture book of venereal diseases as a child en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Getty Images has repeatedly been caught selling the rights for photographs it doesn't own, including public domain images. In one incident they demanded money from a famous photographer for the use of one of her own pictures. latimes.com/business/hilt…
The iconic picture of Earth coined, 'The Blue Marble", was the first picture that viewed the entire planet as a whole and was only possible due to the sun being behind the Apollo 17 crew. Originally, the image was South up with Antarctica on top, but NASA flipped it to be more recognizable. theatlantic.com/technolog…
In 1960, an Australian father won nearly $3 million (adjusted AU$) in the lottery, with his picture getting plastered all over the news. Shortly after, his 8-year-old son was kidnapped for ransom and eventually murdered. This changed anonymity laws for lottery winners in Australia forever. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
It was common for elite Romans and Greeks to paint their banquet floors with pictures of food scraps. This trend was called β€œasarotos oikos”, or β€œunswept room”. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Hilary Farr, the co-host of the HGTV and W Network television series Love It or List It, was Betty Munroe in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hil…
The only remake to win an Oscar for best picture is 'The Departed' guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned of 'Code of the Secret Service', a movie which lead actor Ronald Reagan called "the worst picture I ever made." The film inspired a man named Jerry Parr to join the Secret Service, who in 1981, saved President Ronald Reagan from an assassination attempt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
James Cameron sold the original Terminator script for just $1 to producer Gale Anne Hurd of New World Pictures. She would later marry James Cameron in 1985. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Today I learned about children's book author and illustrator, Gyo Fujikawa. "Fujikawa is recognized for being the earliest mainstream illustrator of picture books to include children of many races in her work, before it became common to do so." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyo…
The album Abbey Road was originally going to be called Mount Everest and feature a photo of the Beatles and Mount Everest on the cover, but most of the group didn't feel like flying to Mount Everest just for a picture, so they shot the photo on Abbey Road and renamed the album appropriately. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
The cover for Death Grip’s debut mixtape Exmilitary, is a picture of a man from an old National Geographic magazine that drummer Zach Hill kept around as a symbol of power, years later finding that it fit the mixtape perfectly and became the official cover in 2011 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exm…
Today I learned about the "tourist guy" picture which became an internet phenomenon after the 9/11. The picture of a tourist on the observation deck was supposed to be taken right before the plane hits the tower. He later said he edited the photo as a joke for his friends. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tou…
ThΓ­ch QuαΊ£ng Đức, the person in the famous picture of a burning monk, was re-cremated but his heart did not burn with the rest of the remains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%…
There is a guy who has been offering $200 to anyone who can tell him about this entirely random picture he found on the web in 2002 redpaperclip.com/whoareth…
Frank β€œTony Lip” Vallelonga was the man who portrayed Carmine Lupertazzi Sr. in the HBO Series β€œThe Sopranos.” He also acted as a driver and bodyguard for Dr. Don Shirley in the 1960s, which the basis for the 2018 Best Picture Winning Movie β€œGreen Book.” He was portrayed by Viggo Mortensen. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_L…
There is a radioactive mass created by the Chernobyl disaster that is so dense it could only be pierced by an AKM rifle, destroyed any camera that tried to take a picture of it (photographs had to be made with a mirror), and ate through 2m of materials to arrive at its current location. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Silent film star Harold Lloyd performed his stunts in the 1923 film Safety Last! effectively one-handed due to losing his right thumb and index finger while holding a bomb for publicity pictures four years earlier en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
During the great depression there was a Candy Bar Called Chicken Dinner that featured a picture of a delicious roasted chicken on the wrapper but contained no chicken. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Jazz legend Louis Armstrong loved laxatives. In fact, he printed cards which bore a picture of him sitting on a toiletβ€”as viewed through a keyholeβ€”with the slogan "Satch says, 'Leave it all behind ya!'" phoenixnewtimes.com/news/…
On a postflight tour in China in 1982, astronauts from STS-3 showed pictures of an emerald-colored lake taken over China to a crowd in Beijing and accidentally revealed a secret atomic test site. historycollection.jsc.nas…
Nike's Jumpman Logo was created from a studio set picture where Michael Jordan did "ballet moves" in order to try to recreate a Life Magazine photo shoot of him taken during the Olympics. ballislife.com/the-origin…
A 2015 Japanese study suggests that looking at pictures of puppies and kittens can help improve focus and concentration. psychologicalscience.org/…
Today I learned of angel gowns. Wedding dresses are donated to charities and people sew them into infant sized dresses for deceased infants that died in NICU. Grieving families can take pictures or baptize their babies prior to laying them to rest. These are made through no cost of the family. atriumhealth.org/dailydos…
By bringing light to a focus, a telescope forms an image β€” a little picture floating in the air inside the tube. Eyepieces makes it possible to view that image and changing eyepieces determines a telescope's magnifying power skyandtelescope.org/astro…
The 1969 movie "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" was nominated for a total of 9 Oscars including directing, screenplay, editing, music and 3 out of 4 acting awards. Yet, it somehow wasn't nominated for Best Picture. It still holds the record for most nominations without one for Best Picture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about the Kiss Kasket. Dubbed by Gene Simmons as β€œthe ultimate KISS collectible”, its a coffin with a design that features pictures of the band playing, lots of fire, and a massive Kiss logo on the front. Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was buried in one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kis…
Today I learned of the "Buddhabrot set", a plot of points that are not in the fractal Mandelbrot set, that under certain plotting settings looks similar to a picture of a sitting Buddha. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
The name "Ouija board" came from a medium asking a Ouija board what they should call it. The board also told her it meant "Good luck." In a related circumstance, the medium acknowledged she wearing a locket with the picture of a woman with the name β€œOuija” above her head. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The woman behind the Columbia Pictures image, Jenny Joseph, never modeled before & after that image. vintagenewsdaily.com/in-1…
Tanuka are seen as an animal of luck in Japan because of their hude ballsack (Just look at those pictures!) univie.ac.at/rel_jap/an/M…
It is illegal in the US to trade futures contracts on onions and "motion picture box office receipts" due to the Onion Futures Act en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni…
Touchstone Pictures was created by Disney for PG-13 and R-rated films. Ever since then, Disney has released films deemed inappropriate to be released under the Disney label as Touchstone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tou…
In 2003, Paramount Pictures planned to make a movie based on Avril Lavigne's song "Sk8r Boi". However, the project eventually ended up in development hell and was later abandoned. ew.com/article/2003/05/28…
The 3 Stooges shot a pilot called Jerks of All Trades in 1949 intended as a weekly sitcom where the Stooges would try a different job/business every week. Columbia Pictures claiming the TV series would compete with their two-reels threatened to cancel their contract so the show was abandoned. youtube.com/watch?v=w2vJz…
During WWII, in the Philippines, **Rod Serling** and his platoon were watching platoon member Melvin Levy deliver a comic monologue when a supply crate dropped from above and decapitated Levy. One version of the story has the two men posing for a picture when it happened. honorstates.org/index.php…
When "Sleepless in Seattle" opened in 1993, TriStar Pictures got an average of 25-30 calls a day from viewers demanding to know about Tom Hanks' tiramisu reference. When told it was just food; a lot of the callers didn't believe it, others sounded a little disappointed & some just went 'no way.' questia.com/newspaper/1P2…
Sylvester Stallone holds the record for the most Raspberry awards nominations with a whopping 14 nominations for worst actor and a further 3 for worst supporting actor beating Nicolas cage and Kevin Costner This is the same actor who acted in best picture winning Rocky as well as Rambo. msn.com/en-us/movies/awar…
Almost all pictures we see of Venus are filtered for more cloud detail, or remove all clouds completely. Viewed naturally the planet appears bright white and nearly featureless due to the complete cloud cover. planetary.org/blogs/emily…
Whitney Houston died in suite 434 of the Beverly Hilton hotel. After a reported stream of insensitive guests who partied in the room β€œlike Whitney did” and even snapped pictures of themselves lying in the bath where it happened, the hotel removed the room news.com.au/travel/travel…
The fultograph was able to broadcast pictures to homes via radio in the 1920s. Using the output from the loud speaker socket it darkened an area of sensitized paper on a rotating drum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ful…
Dodos were big, but not the fat birds we picture; the theory is that paintings and illustrations depicting them as such are based on overfed, captive specimens, or simply due to artistic license sciencemag.org/news/2011/…
When a random raccoon died in Toronto, people started paying their respects to it and build a small memorial with flowers and candles, even a picture, until the city took away the raccoon corpse. boredpanda.com/dead-racco…
The Godfather II (1974) was the first movie sequel in history to win the academy award for best picture. Only 2 other sequels have ever won the award: The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and LOTR: Return of the King (2003). mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The oldest surviving camera photograph dates back to 1826 or 1827, and depicts a view from a window. It took several days of exposure to take the picture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vie…
Today I learned about the PokΓ©mon Snap Station at Blockbuster, where you could play through the first level and print the pictures you took. arcade-museum.com/game_de…
The 1963 movie Charade, starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, entered the public domain immediately upon release due to Universal Pictures failing to actually include the word "Copyright" (or "Β©") in the copyright notice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In general, when asked to picture their own b-day party 20 yrs from now, those who picture the party in first person (thru their own eyes) are likely to save more for retirement than those who picture seeing themselves in 3rd person at the party. hbr.org/2013/06/you-make-…
The reason police tap on taillights or run their fingers along the side of a car during a traffic stop is because it left fingerprints used to identify the vehicle afterwards without pictures or video. Now all patrol cars have cameras but it still occurs since it was part of training for decades thelawdictionary.org/arti…
Only 5 films have won the Academy Award for Best Picture without being nominated for Best Director. The Green Book (2018) Argo (2012), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Grand Hotel (1932), and Wings (1927). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dri…
Today I learned about the Young Pioneers, a mass youth organization of the Soviet Union for children of age 9–15 that existed between 1922 and 1991. In line with the Soviet doctrine of state atheism, "every Pioneer would set up an atheist's corner at home with anti-religious pictures, poems, and sayings" armeniacamp.younglife.org…
In 1992, Singer SinΓ©ad O'Connor tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II during a performance on Saturday Night Live to protest the abuse of children within the Catholic Church. It was extremely controversial at the time and she was heavily criticised in the media. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
The Pict people were named by the Romans. They left no writings, so we don't know what they called themselves. The word 'pict' and 'picture' have the same Latin root, meaning, 'painted.' The Romans named them for the blue woad with which they painted themselves. youtu.be/glKe9njOB24
"The Deer Hunter" in 1978 was the first film to use Oscars as a marketing tool. Being too depressing for the box office, it did screenings for film critics and Academy members. It gained nine nominations and won Best Picture, and then that was used to make it a commercial success. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osc…
Japan's high schools often have strict standards of conformity regarding hair color. Half of Tokyo's schools require students whose hair is not naturally black to provide baby pictures as proof; in 2017 a Japanese student sued her school after being forced to darken her hair with dye. theguardian.com/world/201…
The LumiΓ¨re brothers, the inventors of motion picture, once said that "the cinema is an invention without any future" and gave up on the technology to go back to focusing on photography, so their involvement in the early history of film was quite brief en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aug…
There was no sound in films until the late 1920's. Before that, pianist or organists used to play along with the moving pictures live. At times this music was provided by the filmmakers and other times, musicians would improvise. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Katy Perry wrote "I Kissed A Girl" after seeing a picture of Scarlett Johansson nme.com/news/music/variou…
Star Wars was released in the Navajo Language, the first motion picture to be translated into a Native American language smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The Silence of the Lambs is not only one of only three movies in history to sweep the top five Oscars, it was the first film in its genre to ever win Best Picture. youtu.be/F-o3-_4DoPo
A man found a copy of the declaration of independence in an old picture frame he bought for $4 at a yard sale. It turned out to be a first print from the 4th July 1776. It later sold for $2.42 million, then $8.14 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phy…
, the first animated motion picture film was the β€˜Humorous Phases of Funny Faces’ (1906) - J. Stuart Blackton. He was the OG of the chalkboard animation that we love to watch today. youtu.be/LHXzVufTX_8
Today I learned about the Million Man March, a large gathering of African-American men that took place in Washington DC in 1995. It aimed to "convey to the world a vastly different picture of the Black male" and to unite in self-defense against economic and social ills plaguing the African American community. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Astronaut Wally Schirra would take pictures of his frozen pee as it floated through space, glinting with sunlight. The pee-flakes looked like a beautiful starfield, he said. One astronomer saw a photo & asked what constellation it was, and Schirra said "Jocelyn, that's the constellation Urion." cosmoquest.org/x/365dayso…
The great pyramid of Giza is not the pyramid with the chipped top, but actually the pyramid furthest back in the famous picture of all 3. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giz…
Soundtracks to movies were included as β€œoptical sound” on the edge of film reels starting in the 1920s. Usually the density or width of the signal was read by a photodiode and turned into sound with some delay to match the picture on the screen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opt…
Actor Joseph Fiennes was familiar with one of the key filming locations for Best Picture movie Shakespeare In Love (1998) as it was his ancestral home, Broughton Castle. Joseph is the fourth cousin of Nathaniel Fiennes, 21st Baron Saye and Sele, who owns the property. broughtoncastle.com/furth…
The Postal Service once printed 3 billion stamps featuring the Statue of Liberty, before realizing that the picture was actually of the Las Vegas replica cnn.com/style/article/sta…
How sound films work. The film reels would have a small squiggle alongside the picture. When the light from the projector hit the squiggle, the resulting vibrations would be amplified by a speaker.
Today I learned of Dingo Pictures, a German animation studio infamous for creating traditionally-animated cartoons plagiarizing the works of Disney, Pixar, Don Bluth, and DreamWorks throughout the 90s and early 2000s dingo-pictures.de/en/inde…
The model for Uncle Sam on the famous 1917 poster β€œI Want You” is the face of the painter, James Montgomery who used his own picture in order to avoid the need to find a model. For effect, he aged his portrait and added the goatee beard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
The patient in the National Geographic best picture of 1987 depicting the famous 23hrs heart transplantation which shows the Doctor monitoring his vitals while the assistant rests in the corner not only survived but outlived the doctor. zmescience.com/other/grea…
The Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappearance is not a total mystery. Although we haven't found the complete wreckage multiple investigations paint a picture of what probably happened. Spoiler: the senior pilot most likely flew the plane into the ocean after killing everyone on board. theatlantic.com/magazine/…
Today I learned about the BOKA Vanguard, is the world’s largest semi-submersible heavy lift ship and is typically used to lift offshore oil and gas structures. These pictures have to be seen to be believed as she β€œpicks up” the cruise ship, Carnival Vista. gcaptain.com/photos-boka-…
When it became apparent that Israel was going to win the 1978 Eurovision Singing Contest, Jordanian TV stopped the live broadcast, showed a picture of daffodils, and later announced that Belgium had won. abc.net.au/news/2015-05-2…
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences used to give out an Academy Juvenile Award, complete with a miniature statue. Shirley Temple was the first and youngest to win the award at the age of 6 in 1934. Mickey Rooney was the oldest to win at 18. Hayley Mills was the last to win in 1960. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aca…
Audience participation became an integral part of The Rocky Horror Picture Show after an audience member by the name of Louis Farese, Jr. began making snarky comments during a 1976 screening of the film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The color ultramarine was made from grounding the lapis lazuli stone. It was more sought after than gold and mainly reserved for painting pictures of the Virgin Mary. theparisreview.org/blog/2…
In October 2017, Spam shared a picture of Pumpkin Spice Spam and noted that it was not a real product they were selling. Two years later, Spam announced a legitimate limited edition Pumpkin Spice product for the autumn season. In less than 7 hours on the day of release, the Spam had sold out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pum…
Today I learned about a study looking to identify child abuse perpetrators by their hand anatomy, as it's often the only visible part in the videos. And you can help by uploading pictures of your hand for the research. lancaster.ac.uk/security-…
A picture of a giant robot helping Russia revolutionaries storm the winter palace in 1917, was accidentally used in an Australian history exam. Some students wasted time in trying to figure out what the giant robot was, thinking it was a statue of a Russian politician or a battleship. smh.com.au/education/vce-…
Movie 43 (2013) took 10 yrs to start production, has 14 directors, filled with A-lists like Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman and 32 others resulting in a 5% rotten tomato and 6 golden raspberry nominations and 3 wins, including worst director, worst picture, worst screenplay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mov…

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