Pike Place Market in Seattle is one of the oldest farmers' markets in the U.S. In the early 1940's most of the stalls were owned by Japanese-Americans. After Japanese internment during WWII, β€œThe majority of the Market's farmers were forced from their homes and livelihoods, never to return.” pikeplacemarket.org/histo…
In 15th c. Europe, excessively long, pointy shoes called β€œpoulaines” were popular among nobles, with some tips extending 5” past the toe. The longer the point/pike the more leisurely the wearer’s lifestyle. England equated them to public indecency and banned pikes of more than 2” in 1463. atlasobscura.com/articles…
During World War Two, the British Home Guard was issued with 250,000 pikes. Due to a lack of guns in 1941, Churchill wrote to the War Office saying, "every man must have a weapon of some sort, be it only a mace or a pike." His request was taken seriously. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
, Seattle's famous Pike Place Market gum wall was steam cleaned in 2015, removing 20 years worth of chewing gum stuck on the brick. youtube.com/watch?v=1MN-J…
In 1941, with a lot of the Home Guard unarmed, Churchill wrote to the War Office that "every man must have a weapon of some sort, be it only a mace or a pike". The War Office took him literally and order 250,000 pikes, there was an uproar and none were ever issued. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
The movie Jaws (1975), inspired Cliff Twemlow to try and create a watery horror in which a small community located at Lake Windermere (in the Lake District) is terrorised by a 3.6 m (12 ft) long, man-eating... pike. io9.gizmodo.com/joan-coll…
The pike with cars impaled on it (as seen in the Bohemian Rhapsody scene in Wayne's World) was a controversial art installation titled Spindle. It was demolished in 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Today I Learned that Elmer McCurdy (mentioned in a Sam O’Nella episode dubbed β€œDead Body Hijinks”), who was in the Pike Amusement Park ended up inspiring a young man to later create Skeletor for β€œHe-Man and the Masters of the Universe”. bloody-disgusting.com/edi…
Pikes Peak is the second most visited mountain in the world. Following Mt. Fuji in Japan mountainjourney.com/inter…
For her role of Amy in Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike gained and lost 13 lbs 3 times to play the character at different times in her life. She consumed hamburgers & malts to gain the weight & exercised with a professional boxer for up to 4 hours a day & ran 5 miles (in 42 minutes) to lose weight variety.com/2014/film/fea…
Today I learned of The Market Theater Gum Wall. The Gum Wall is a brick wall covered in used chewing gum located in an alleyway in Post Alley under Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle. its a local landmark. Parts of the wall are covered several inches thick, 15 feet high for 50 feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gum…
In the Second World War, the UK's home guard ran out of rifles to issue to it's soldiers, and ordered a quarter of a million medieval-era Pikes to be made to fight off the Nazis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
A texas man once spent 22 days using only his nose to push a peanut all the way up Pikes Peak (for a $50 bet) justtrails.com/great-adve…
During World War 2, Winston Churchill said the British home guard should have a proper weapon, even if it was a pike or mace. In response, the army manufactured 250,000 pikes. home-guard.org.uk/hg/pike…
The Wampanoag chief in the 1660s, Metacom, had such good relations with the New England colonists that he adopted the English name "King Philip" and bought his clothes in Boston. A few years later, King Philip was beheaded, quartered, and his head stuck on a pike, where it remained for 20 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Benjamin Franklin campaigned for pikes and longbows to be used by Americans in the Revolutionary War instead of guns. jstor.org/stable/3101785?…
After the storming of the Bastille, the Governor of the prison was subjected to such abuse by the mob that he eventually cried out "Enough! Let me die!" and kicked a pastry chef in the groin. He was immediately stabbed to death and his head sawed off and stuck on a pike victorianweb.org/authors/…
Europeans settlers later decapitated the chief of the Native American tribe that had taught them how to grow crops and shared the first Thanksgiving feast. They displayed his head on a pike in town for 20 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wam…
A real corpse was once unknowingly used for years in a Haunted House at Pike Amusement Park weirdca.com/location.php?…
There is a place called Pee Pee Township in Pike County, Ohio. Named after the Pee Pee Creek, which was named after a settler inscribed his initials P. P. on a tree near the bank. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pee…
Two handed spears called pikes, were commonly used in European warfare up to 1700, well beyond the introduction of firearms into warfare there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pik…
There is a lawyer in Switzerland who represents animals in court. He has even prosecuted a fisherman for taking too long to catch a Pike! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
In 1941 Winston Churchill wrote to the War Office ordering that "every man must have a weapon of some kind, be it only a mace or pike." The War Office took this instruction literally and ordered 250,000 long metal tubes with sword bayonets welded in one end. beckingham-northnotts.org…
Jeffrey Hunter, the actor who played Captain Pike in the original Star Trek, died as a result of an explosion that caused him to lose his ability to speak. en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/…
The original pilot of Star Trek starred Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike and was rejected by NBC. When a second pilot was made, Hunter declined to appear in it, allowing for William Shatner to be cast as Captain James T. Kirk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
In 1976 a University of Colorado student pushed a peanut to the top of Pike's Peak (over 14,000 feet) with his nose. nationalpeanutboard.org/t…
Lt. John Pike (aka Pepper Spray Cop) was officially fired 9 months later after the UC Davis Pepper Spray accident, after collecting over $100,000 in paid leave. sacbee.com/2012/08/01/467…
The American Patriotic Song "America The Beautiful" was written by Kathy Lee Bates As a poem while she looked at Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, CO. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A…
The first Starbucks was opened by two teachers and a writer in 1971 at Pike Place Market. wisegeek.org/how-did-star…
A 17 year-old drove his car off the summit of Pikes Peak in a suicide attempt. He lived. denverpost.com/news/ci_96…
Tom Miller pushed a peanut to the top of Pike's Peak using his nose (14,100 ft) in 4 days, 23hrs, 47 mins and 3 seconds. articles.latimes.com/2002…
Pikes Hotel, a destination for the rich and famed, was where Freddy Mercury held his 41st birthday. It’s described as β€œthe most incredible example of excess the Mediterranean islands had ever seen.” Guests included Julio Iglesias, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bon Jovi, Robert Plant, & Naomi Campbell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pik…
That, because electric vehicles are so quiet, some race events (such as Pikes Peak) require sirens be attached to them for track safety reasons youtube.com/watch?v=CRSZJ…
The original Star Trek concept included Captain April of the S.S. Yorktown, who later was reconceptualized as Captain Christopher Pike during the first pilot. After the first pilot was canceled, Captain Kirk replaced Pike. facts.randomhistory.com/2…
That, since 2013, virtuoso guitarist Buckethead has released 226 full length albums as part of his 'Pikes' album series en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buc…
Pike Place Market in Seattle is home to 500 low-income residents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pik…
The Pikes Peak Marathon (the one where you run up and back down a mountain) started as a challenge between smokers and non-smokers pikespeakmarathon.org/
The pike/spear called the sarissa in Alexander's army was actually about 12-15 lbs. and 15-18 ft. long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
The word "turnpike" comes from the practice in 15th century England of blocking toll roads with rotating barriers of spears or "pikes" to prevent charges by men on horseback. worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-…
Victor Steinbrueck, one of the main designers of the Space Needle also was one of the leading people in the (succesful) fight to save another Seattle Landmark, Pike Place Market. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
During the French Revolution, thousands of women "fish sellers" raided the palace at Versailles, cut off many of the guards heads and paraded them on pikes, and forced the king and queen back to Paris, effectively ending the monarchy and beginning the Republic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There's a small town in Pike County, Ohio where all the black people are white. prx.org/pieces/85361-pike…
Tom Miller pushed a peanut to the top of pikes peak with his nose. It took nearly 5 days. nationalpeanutboard.org/c…

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