Today I learned about the symbiotic relationship of wolves and ravens. Ravens will lead wolves to prey so that they can take a portion of the leftovers, play games of tail chasing with each other, and develop individual friendships. stemjobs.com/wolves-and-r…
Dave Grohl does not know how to read music, and plays only by ear en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Kobe’s grandma only came to see him play one game his entire career. That game he scored 81 points versus the Toronto Raptors. opencourt-basketball.com/…
When the Eagles broke up in 1980, Don Henley said in an interview that they would play again together β€œwhen Hell freezes over.” 14 years later, the Eagles released their comeback album, Hell Freezes Over. wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell_F…
Bill Murray once drove a taxi cab so that the cab driver could spend time playing saxophone in the backseat. The cab driver mentioned that he never had time to play his sax since he had to work 14 hours a day. Murray took the driver’s seat so that he could finally play some tunes. pagesix.com/2014/09/05/bi…
In Sierra Leone, before getting a driver's license, you have to buy a board game called "The Drivers' Way" and play it at least once. The game involves rolling stoplight-themed dice and moving models of classic cars around a board, together with answering questions about the country’s road laws newsfeed.time.com/2013/10…
Merle Haggard was a 20 year old prisoner at San Quentin when he saw Johnny Cash play his first concert for inmates in 1958. Haggard said it helped turn his life around and inspired him to be a country artist. Cash always told Haggard, β€œYou’re everything that people think I am.” history.com/.amp/this-day…
In 2006 VH1 ran a fundraiser for Hurricane Katerina where viewers who made donations were able to choose which music videos the station would play. One viewer donated $35,000 and requested continuous play of "99 Luftballons" and "99 Red Ballons" for an hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/99_…
Harry Houdini wanted to prevent people from copying his "Chinese water torture cell" trick, but didn't want to patent it, as that would require explaining how it works. So he gave a performance of the trick as a one-act play before an audience of one, and then filed for a copyright on the play smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
James Cameron originally wanted Billy Idol to play the T-1000 liquid metal Terminator in Terminator 2. Idol got into a serious motorcycle accident before filming and Robert Patrick was cast instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-1…
Prince was 5’2β€³, or 157.5 cm tall and weighed 112 pounds, he often wore heels to combat his small size. His grand piano was even modified by shortening the legs so he could reach the pedals while sitting down to play. musicinminnesota.com/20-f…
Will Ferrell once signed on to play Ronald Reagan in a film that focused on Reagan succumbing to Alzheimer’s-induced dementia while in office. He dropped out after outcry from Reagans family and the Alzheimer's Associaton, and the project died variety.com/2016/film/new…
Michael Jones, one of the all-time greatest rugby players, was a devout Christian, and didn't play on Sundays (which made him miss many World Cup matches). When asked how a religious person can be such a fierce tackler, he replied with a quote from the Bible: "It's better to give than receive" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Not only did Eddie Van Halen write and play the guitar solo for Michael Jackson's Beat it, but he did it for free and set a monitor speaker on fire (with his music) in the process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
In order to convince Robin Williams to play the Genie in Aladdin (1992), Disney hired an animator to draw and lip-sync the Genie performing Williams’ own stand-up comedy. Williams was so impressed that he signed on immediately. latimes.com/entertainment…
Laurence Fishburne was only 14 years old when he got the part to play in Apocalypse Now having lied about his age. Production took so long that he was 17 at release of the movie. youtu.be/mA6Lr70kxlk
Today I learned about LΓ‘szlΓ³ PolgΓ‘r, a Hungarian psychologist who believed "geniuses are not born, they are made." He raised all 3 of his daughters to play chess every day. All 3 became chess prodigies and grandmasters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C…
In 1957 at an MLB game a woman was hit by a foul ball. It broke her nose. The game was paused as medics came to tend to her. As they carried her away on a stretcher, play resumed and a foul ball then struck her as she was being carried off by the medics. The second ball broke a bone in her knee. billy-ball.com/2010/04/de…
Hasbro trademarked the smell of Play-Doh, and in order to do so they had to explicitly define every nuance of the scent. theverge.com/2018/5/18/17…
A stretch of Route 66, between Albuquerque and Tijeras, will play "America the Beautiful" as you drive over added grooves in the road. If you drive the speed limit of 45 mph for the quarter-mile stretch, you can hear "America the Beautiful" play through the vibrations in your car's wheels. popularmechanics.com/tech…
"pog" was a copyrighted word for a type of fruit juice made by the POG company, and the caps used from the juice were used to play a 1990s game called "Milk Caps" also called "Pogs" firstwefeast.com/drink/20…
Organs are not only older than pianos, but have existed as early as ancient Greece and required multiple people to play them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Org…
Ball boys in football originated in 1905 while William "Fatty" Foulke – 6'4" and 300+ pounds – was Chelsea's goalkeeper. The club placed small boys behind Foulke in order to accentuate his massive frame and intimidate strikers. Eventually the boys started collecting out-of-play balls too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
H. P. Lovecraft once snuck into the organ loft of the First Baptist Church in America, the church founded in Providence by Roger Williams himself in 1638, to play "Yes, We Have No Bananas" on the organ. However, he wasn't able to turn it on. hplovecraft.com/creation/…
Crocodiles show high cognitive behavior despite the fact they are reptiles and being very ancient species. They can lay traps, cooperate in hunting and even play with other crocs. The very dangerous nature of studying them has made their behavior studies relatively young and incomplete. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
Brenda Song turned down Harvard University (at 15) to play London Tipton in β€˜The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’ cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
The GameCube supports online play. A special attachment on the bottom of the console allows dial up internet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gam…
A Florida animal shelter removed breed cards and instead sorted dogs into a "Pawgwarts House" by watching each dog play with a "sorting toy": brave Gryffindor pups are athletic, Slytherins are cunning pack leaders, Ravenclaws are problem-solvers, and Hufflepuffs are loyal and friendly. today.com/pets/shelter-so…
Originally, Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar Binks in the Phantom Manace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jar…
Due to the constant threat of piracy around Somalia, the Royal Navy would play Britney Spears’ songs to try and prevent pirates from hijacking commercial shipping. newsfeed.time.com/2013/10…
Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan played the same character on the All My Children soap opera. Jordan landed the role of Reggie Porter after Boseman was fired from it for Refusing to Play a Racial Stereotype indiewire.com/2019/01/cha…
A hockey fan taunted his opposing home teams player for becoming injured. A few plays later that same fan took a puck to the face. The hockey player he had previously taunted made sure to swing by and say hello wimp.com/hockey-fan-taunt…
Severus Alexander, a generally meek emperor who ascended the throne at the age of 14, used to entertain himself by watching puppies play with little piglets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
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…
The funk band Vulfpeck released a completely silent album on Spotify and asked their fans to play it on repeat while they slept. The album, called Sleepify, earned $20,000 in royalties before spotify caught on, allowing Vulfpeck to give their fans a free tour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sle…
The screaming at Beatles concerts was so loud that no one could hear them playβ€”not even the Beatles themselves. It led them to stop playing live performances entirely, retreat to the studio, and ultimately create albums like Sgt. Pepper with no concern for performing any of the songs live. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
The Eastern Hognose snake will flatten its head like a cobra, hiss, and pretend to strike if it feels threatened. If that doesn't work, it will flip onto its back, hang its tongue from its mouth, and play dead until the danger passes. abcnews.go.com/amp/US/nor…
The tradition of using "Hail to the Chief" to announce the arrival of the US President was established by 11th President James Polk's wife. Polk himself was not deemed an impressive figure, so his wife Sarah had a band play the song to end his embarrassment of entering a room and no-one noticing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
Serial killer Randy Woodfield was actually drafted by the NFL to play for the Green Bay Packers but was cut due to a series of indecent exposure arrests. He would go on to become the I-5 Killer and is thought to have been responsible for over 40 murders along Interstate 5 from 1980-81 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Columbia Pictures were doubtful that Kevin Bacon was attractive enough to play the lead role in Footloose (1984). Then-studio-head Dawn Steel went around the lot flashing a photo of Bacon asking, "is he fuckable?" independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Devin Ratray, the actor who plays Buzz McAllister in the 'Home Alone' franchise, also starred in the 2008 film 'Courting Condi' about a love-struck man who goes on a journey to win the heart of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
William Atherton who plays the lawyer Walter Peck in Ghostbusters was so hated that after the movie came out he was harassed on the street and challenged to fights in bars. ifc.com/2014/08/7-things-…
A man calling himself Jack "Dolly" Gray managed to play several games in the 1923 NFL football season before it was realized he was an impostor who had lied about his background. The impostor's true identity was never discovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
After the Beatles fired drummer Pete Best in favor of Ringo Starr, he formed a new band and released the album: "Best of the Beatles", a play on his own name. This led to disappointment from fans who bought the album without reading the track listing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Today I learned about the phenomenon called Yakovlevian torque. This is the tendency of the right side of the human brain to be warped slightly forward relative to the left and the left side of the human brain to be warped slightly backward relative to the right. It is thought to play a role in handedness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yak…
High fructose corn syrup is no more unhealthy than natural sugars. The quantity of sugar consumed plays a fair more significant role in health. sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flas…
When Frank Sinatra covered Simon and Garfunkel's Mrs. Robinson, he replaced "Jesus" with "Jilly" because some radio stations refused to play the song because of the word "Jesus". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs…
Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme told Paul Thomas Anderson he wanted Meg Ryan or Laura Dern to play Clarice Starling before agreeing to cast Jodie Foster (who went on to win the Oscar) moviemaker.com/silence-of…
Berliners love the "currywurst", a sausage topped with curry ketchup, so much, that there have been commemorative coins, novels, plays and movies honoring its invention. By tradition, every candidate for mayor must be photographed in front of a currywurst stand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
Japan's Rabbit Island (Ōkunoshima) had a poison gas factory that supported much of the chemical warfare carried out in China. Although Japan was a signatory of the 1925 Geneva Protocol, they kept the development of their chemical weapons a secret. Today, many visitors can play with the rabbits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5…

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