Wayne Gretzky is the only Hockey player to have scored over 200 points in a season, and did so a total of four times. His stunning success as a Hockey player was immortalized in the fact that not only did is own team retire 99, Gretzky's Jersey number, but the league as whole did as well! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way…
Andrew Thielen's info was fraudulently sold to debt collectors. Their conduct enraged him to the point of spending a years-long crusade to find the source that committed this fraud. Using the same intimidating tactics collectors tried to use on him, he worked his way to the man responsible. bloomberg.com/news/featur…
Sonny and Cher at the lowest point of their career started a lounge act that was so depressing the audience would heckle them. Cher started heckling them back. Sonny would reprimand her and then Cher would heckle and berate Sonny. This became the basis for their TV variety show years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini were friends at one point, however Doyle refused to accept Houdini performed using trickery and believed he had supernatural powers. Their friendship ended after Houdini exposed sΓ©ance mediums who claimed to have powers to talk to the dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
The most mass a planet can have is ~10-13x the mass of Jupiter. After this point, it's own sheer gravity begins to cause nuclear fusion and the body is classified as a brown dwarf (also called a failed star). hub.jhu.edu/2018/01/23/si…
Today I learned about the Quadro Tracker, a metal antenna hinged to a hollow plastic handle bought by police in the 90s for $400-$8000/unit. The manufacturer claimed the antenna would swivel to point towards a sought object or person. The fraud was exposed in 1996 and the company executives acquitted in 1997. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
That the average ball point pen can write for 900m, BIC (cristal) pens have 2.5km of ink and Selter pens have 4-5km. There is also the Fisher Infinium pen that supposedly will not run out in your life time. blog.penvibe.com/how-far-…
In 1964 Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke spotted a UFO whilst writing the script for 2001. Kubrick was a big believer in UFOs, in sharp contrast with Clarke. Kubrick reported the sighting to the Pentagon to try to prove the point. However the object was ultimately identified as a satellite. 2001italia.it/2014/05/50-…
Citrus trees are almost always grafted and need to have their "suckers" removed if they're growing from the original rootstock (below the grafting point). Letting them grow could overtake the "scion" variety meant to produce the edible fruit. The rootstock fruit is usually watery and bland gregalder.com/yardposts/b…
After the murder of his father, Genghis Khan went into poverty, even being enslaved at one point. It wasn’t until he was in his 50’s did he rise to power and become the Khan of Mongolia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Larry Bird was once bored so he played against the Portland Trailblazers with his left hand; he finished the game with 47 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. nba.com/news/week-history…
When filming "The Lost Patrol" in Arizona, the cast only worked in early morning and late afternoon, to avoid the intense day heat. The producer wanted longer filming hours, and to prove his point, walked around in the open at midday. He soon collapsed from the heat, requiring hospital treatment en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 1921 a Danish geologist discovered a tiny island on the northern coast of Greenland and named it "Kaffeklubben Island" after an informal academic club held at the Copenhagen Mineralogical Museum. He didn't know that he had just named the northernmost point of land on Earth after a coffee club en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaf…
Today I learned of Jared Ream, card-carrying member of American Coaster Enthusiasts. At 430 lbs, he got rejected from Cedar Point's "Millenium Force", unable to buckle the restraint. The desire to ride Kings Island's new giga-coaster "Orion" motivated him to lose 190 lbs, so he was able to ride coasters again. dayton.com/what-to-love/h…
Empress Elisabeth of Austria would weigh herself 3 times a day. She used "tight-lacing" methods to reduce her waist size to 16 inches. Whenever her weight exceed 50 kg (110 lbs) she would do a "fasting cure". At her lowest point she weighed 95.7 lbs (43.5 kg). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Popper and Wittgenstein got into a heated argument about philosophical problems. An angry Wittgenstein used a fireplace poker to emphasize his points. When asked for an example of a moral rule, Popper said: "Not to threaten visiting lecturers with pokers". Wittgenstein then stormed out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
Today I learned of the silver mines of Potosi or the β€˜Mountain that eats men’. At one point it produced 60% of the worlds silver. The silver funded Spain’s wars and caused an economic crisis in China in the 16th Century theguardian.com/cities/20…
When dreaming, hardcore video gamers have been reported to be able to toggle between first and third-person point-of-view; readily take control over and even enjoy nightmares; and have more dreams that involve far-fetched or impossible scenarios, like imaginary characters or space travel theverge.com/2014/1/21/53…
On Queen Victoria's birthdays, Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary would send her a bottle of Tokaji AszΓΊ wine for every month she had lived to that point. For her 81st and final birthday he shipped her 972 bottles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tok…
There is a clear ceramic made out of Aluminum that is stronger than bulletproof glass, and has a higher melting point than stainless steel. It is called ALON, and is used for armored windows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alu…
Today I learned about a Korean CafΓ© that provides visitors dining amongst the illusion of entering a 2D reality. The design of the interior is done in such a fashion that the cafΓ© resembles hand drawn sketches regardless visitors’ points of reference. mymodernmet.com/cartoon-w…
When you move your eyes from one point to another point, there is a disconnect between your eyes and brain. This stretches your perception of time and can make you think time is standing still. This is why when you look at a clock, it appears to take more than a second for the hand to move. bbc.com/future/article/20…
About 21 percent of men and 13 percent of women reported infidelity at some point in their lifetime. colorado.edu/asmagazine/2…
The NBA didn't adopt the 3-point line until 1979. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
There's a mutant who has been on the X-men for several years, but nobody at all ever remembered due to his power of immediately forgetting he existed once he leaves your point of view. cbr.com/x-men-forget-me-n…
The deepest point on the Earth is Mariana Trench with the maximum depth of 11,034 meters (36,201 ft). If Mount Everest were placed into the trench at this point, its peak would still be under water by more than two kilometres (1.2 mi). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1978, two punk bands, "the cramps" and "the mutants", were booked to play a live show at a mental institution in Napa, California. At onother point, the mutants played at a school for the deaf, with the kids holding balloons in their hand in order to "feel the music" vice.com/en/article/rkqq3…
The "New England Vampire Panic" was an event in the 19th century where people thought that "consumption"(Tuberculosis) was actually the result of vampires. It got to the point where people would dig up those who died of Tuberculosis and stake them through the heart. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
The lowest point in Colorado is higher than the highest point of 18 states rei.com/blog/climb/highs-…
At one point, "Red Dawn" was the most violent American movie ever made. It had 2.23 violent scenes per minute. meaww.com/amp/gen-z-revie…
When stuck for a name, producers of the TV series chose the name "the Addams Family" after creator Charles 'chas' Addams. Up till this point, they were simply 'a family' of Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, and Fester in his books and syndicated cartoons. 27east.com/arts/recalling…
In 1974, drinkers in a British pub were bemoaning the fact that the UK didn't produce world champions, so they invented a sport that no one else knew about: toe wrestling. In 1976, a Canadian visitor competed and won, so with the point of the sport gone, the "World Championship" was discontinued en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toe…
, the head of the Tijuana Cartel was shot by an assassin who infiltrated his birthday party dressed as a clown. He was shot point blank in front of friends and family en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned about the world’s first interactive movie from 1967, the Kinoautomat. At nine points during the film the action stops and the audience has to choose between two scenes. Following an audience vote, the chosen scene is played. progetto.cz/kinoautomat-u…
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/…
The highest natural point in Texas is Guadalupe Peak, at 8,751 feet. There's a stainless steel pyramid at the peak, depicting American Airlines and the US Postal Service and the Boy Scouts of America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
The Russo brothers only allowed Robert Downey Jr. to read the entire 'Avengers: Endgame' script. This was done to help make it easier to contain spoilers and leaks of plot points by having fewer eyes on the full script. movieweb.com/amp/avengers…
The Disney film Tangled (2010) is one of the most expensive movies of all time, which is unusual for an animated film. This is often attributed to the complexity in animating Rapunzel’s hair, however others point to the copious reworking in its troubled 14-year development period. cbr.com/disney-tangled-mo…
Mapmakers used to plant fictitious streets in their maps, so that if a person copied their map, they could point out the replication of the fake street to prove copyright infringement. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The world's first seat belt law was put into place in 1970 in Victoria, Australia and that Volvo shared the patent for the three-point seat belt for free. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
As a schoolboy, JRR Tolkien felt "bitter disappointment and disgust" that the woods did not actually march on the villain's castle and Shakespeare’s prophecy was revealed as a rhetorical trick (Macbeth). Later, Tolkien made a point of writing a story where the trees performed as advertised. tolkienestate.com/en/writ…
Today I learned about the Fast Inverse Square Root, an ingenious set of code that quickly calculated accurate square roots in Quake 3 using floating points and Newton's method. However, it is not exactly known who on the dev team implemented the code. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fas…
Professional snooker player Bill Werbeniuk was known for consuming copious amounts of alcohol during his games to deal with an essential tremor. He once famously drank 42 pints of Lager in a game against Eddy Sinclair. At one point of his career Werbeniuk was ranked #8 in the world. theguardian.com/news/2003…
Lake Malawi (in Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique), the fourth-largest freshwater lake in the world, is called the "Calendar Lake", because it is 365 miles from top to bottom, 52 miles at its widest point, and 12 main rivers flow into the lake face2faceafrica.com/artic…
Canada and the US share a number of "pene-exclaves" which are parts of a country that that can only be conveniently reached through the territory of another, such as Point Roberts, WASH and the Northwest Angle, MINN ctvnews.ca/canada/beyond-…
Japan's reputation for longevity among its citizens is a point of controversy: In 2010, one man, believed to be 111, was found to have died some 30 years before; his body was discovered mummified in his bed. Investigators found at least 234,354 other Japanese centenarians were "missing." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Today I learned about Ithkuil, a spoken/written artificial language designed to be as efficient as theoretically possible. Complex anecdotes, such as: "On the contrary, I think it may turn out that this rugged mountain range trails off at some point" become "Tram-mΔΌΓΆi hhΓ’smaΕ™pΕ£uktΓ΄x" in romanized Ithkuil. ithkuil.net/index.htm
Though the highest point above sea level is still Everest, the furthest point from the Earth's center is actually Mt. Chimborazo, near the Equator. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The Grand Canyon is not the deepest river gorge in the country. In fact, Hells Canyon in Idaho is nearly 2,000 feet deeper (7,993 ft) at its lowest point than the Grand Canyon. americasraftingco.com/blo…
Due to the tip of the Tsawwassen peninsula being below the 49th parallel the town of Point Roberts (WA) is isolated from the rest of the state. The only land route out of Point Roberts is through Canada. atlasobscura.com/places/p…

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