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/…
Dwight D. Eisenhower wanted to attend his son John's graduation from West Point, but was unable to do so because he was "a bit too busy with work." On graduation day - June 6, 1944 - the elder Eisenhower was overseeing the Allied invasion of Normandy. pennlive.com/entertainmen…
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…
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…
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…
There is a cavernous 40-foot tall basement underneath the Lincoln Memorial excavated during its construction. At one point it was open to the public, before being closed after asbestos was found by a tourist. As recently as 2017, it was proposed the basement should be converted to a museum. architectofthecapital.org…
Jeremy Clarkson published his bank details in a newspaper to try and make the point that his money would be safe and that the spectre of identity theft was a sham. Within a few days, someone set up a direct debit for Β£500 in favor of a charity, which didn’t require any identification theguardian.com/money/200…
That, when performing calculations for interplanetary navigation, NASA scientists only use Pi to the 15th decimal point. When calculating the circumference of a 25 billion mile wide circle, for instance, the calculation would only be off by 1.5 inches. jpl.nasa.gov/edu/news/201…
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar only made one 3-point shot in his entire career. kareemabduljabbar.com/qa-…
Ice, water, and vapour can coexist under a specific condition known as the triple point where water can freeze, melt and boil at the same time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
The floor plans of MI6 (British Secret Intelligence Service) headquarters in London were 'lost' by building contractors during refurbishment. The documents held sensitive information on the layout, including entry and exit points. Most documents (but not all) were later recovered. bbc.com/news/uk-50927854
WhopperCoin was a cryptocurrency launched by the Russian branch of Burger King as a loyalty program in the summer of 2017. It was the first issuance of branded cryptocurrency by a major company, and the first form of loyalty points that traded freely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
Starting in 1817, the first year curriculum at West Point consisted solely of mathematics and French classes. The best available textbooks were in French, so all cadets had to learn French so they could read their math texts. maa.org/book/export/html/…
Japan has a shrine for hemorrhoids called the Kunigami Shrine. Visitors can point their butts towards the butt-washing stone and recite a chant to cure or prevent hemorrhoids. kotaku.com/in-japan-there…
Today I learned about Dan O'brien, a USA decathlete who in 1992 was considered so transcendent and perfect that olympic gold was a fait accompli. Reebok built a marketing campaign around his coming gold a year hence (Superb Owl commercial launch). Dan failed making the US team with zero points in pole vault marketplace.org/2018/02/0…
There is a sequence of six 9's which occurs in the decimal representation of the number Ο€ starting at the 762nd decimal place. This mathematical coincidence is also known as Feynman point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
Generic SNES space shooter β€œPhalanx” had an old man playing a banjo on the cover, not for any relation to the game itself, but purely as a marketing technique to differentiate itself in the crowded space shooter market. β€œBanjo man” does not appear in the game at any point. nintendolife.com/news/201…
The color of Siamese cats' fur is temperature sensitive. At birth, they are all white, but they develop dark patches (known as "points") on the colder parts of their bodies after a few weeks. Cats raised in colder climates have noticeably more points or are even completely dark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sia…
In January 2018, a disturbed gunman broke into the home of youtubers Gavin Free (of Slow-Mo Guys / Achievement Hunter Fame) and Meg Turney, intending to murder Free and kidnap Turney. The couple survived by hiding in a closet until police arrived, at which point the gunman killed himself. variety.com/2018/digital/…
A German man reported his car stolen in 1997 and found it 20 years later. It was in the same spot where he left it, but was so old by that point that he could no longer drive it. huffingtonpost.com.au/201…
A Lagrange point in space "are positions in space where objects sent there tend to stay put." solarsystem.nasa.gov/reso…
, if you were able to travel from the Earth to a distance of 8.3 BILLION Light Years, you would cross the Cosmic Point of No Return, where you would NEVER be able to make it back to Earth, even if you somehow traveled the speed of light. youtube.com/watch?v=b_TkF…
Today I learned of one of the strangest trades in NBA history: In 1983, former All-Star Point Guard of the Indiana Pacers, Don Buse, was to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for just two weeks of advice for the Pacers front office executives from Portland's Vice President of Marketing, Jon Spoelstra. si.com/nba/2020/02/05/mos…
Today I learned of Razzle Dazzle. A carnival game that is designed to make the player believe he is ALMOST winning. But mathematically it actually is near impossible to win despite being very very few points from winning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raz…
In 1941, an Italian newspaper reported that the Loch Ness Monster had been killed by a direct hit in a German air raid. However, when a family boating on the Loch in August 1941 sighted the monster, the Daily Mail made a point of noting that Nessie had survived the Nazi attempt on her life hoaxes.org/archive/permal…
Grant Wood was a sugar addict that put half a cup in his coffee and poured it on lettuce. With frequent dental visits he became enamored with his dentist's hand and grim face, once commenting "This is a marvelous hand". That dentist became the farmer in American Gothic and his hand a focal point mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Today I learned about the Disgrace of GijΓ³n, a Football (Soccer) match between West Germany and Austria so bad, the German TV Commentator refused to comment the game at one point, the Austrian TV commentator asked people to change the channel, and Spain's newspaper printed the match in their Crimes Section. footiecentral.com/footbal…
The founder of Jersey Mikes wasn’t named Mike. In 1971 Peter Cancro worked at β€œMike’s Subs” in Point Pleasant, NJ at age 14, bought the shop at age 17, and opened up multiple locations. In 1987 he franchised and changed the name to Jersey Mike’s. jerseymikes.com/history
Max Brooks, the author of "World War Z" and son of Mel Brooks, was invited to join the Modern War Institute at West Point as a non-resident fellow to write about non-military issues that could turn violent in the future, such as corporate control of the food chain. theguardian.com/books/202…
Multiple Star Wars lead actors have struggled with a habit of making their own sound effects for fight scenes to the point where numerous takes needed to re-shot because you could see the actors making lightsaber noises. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
Today I learned of the unofficial Russian book The Last Ringbearer which describes The Lord of the Rings trilogy from Sauron's point of view and portrays Mordor as the good guys en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In the 1800s there was a NYC neighborhood built on a pond called Five Points. The area was gradually redeveloped in the 1900s. During excavations in early 1990s, 1 million artifacts from the former neighborhood were found and temporarily stored in WTC 6, which were mostly all destroyed on 9/11. archive.archaeology.org/o…
The Backward galaxy has 2 "leading" spiral arms: they point TOWARDS the direction the galaxy is rotating (in the exact opposite direction you'd expect from the picture). NGC 4622 also has 1 "trailing" inner arm that moves as normal (pointing away from the direction of rotation). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NGC…
Today I learned of Null Island, a fictional island represented by a buoy at coordinates 0,0; the point which the equator meets the prime meridian. Its used to help prevent and remedy navigational errors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nul…
A Greedy cup, also known as a Pythagoras cup, is a drinking cup that drains itself if someone gets too greedy and fills it up past a certain point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyt…
Point-blank range does not mean extremely close range. It means any distance over which a certain firearm can hit a target without the need to compensate for bullet drop. wikipedia.org/wiki/Point-…
The season 1 finale of The West Wing included a plot point where Space Shuttle Columbia was unable to land and they discussed a rescue with the shuttle Atlantis. Two years later Columbia broke up on reentry, killing all on board. NASA engineers had recommended using Atlantis for a rescue mission en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Today I learned of the frog galvanoscope. The first electrical voltage testers were made by using a frog's leg with the sciatic nerve still attached and connecting two points on the leg to a potential electrical source. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fro…
Monty Python's famous gag in Holy Grail of using coconuts for horse clops was NOT out of budget necessity, but was in fact the first idea they had which served as a starting point for the film. filmschoolrejects.com/42-…
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…
In 1917 U.S. Radium Corporation manufactured glow-in-the-dark watch dials that used radium to make them luminous.The women would dip their brushes into radium, lick the tip of the brushes to give them a precise point, That direct contact and exposure led to many women dying from radium poisoning en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
Due to inflation, Zimbabweans paid 1.6 trillion Zimbabwe dollars for a loaf bread at one point in time. edition.cnn.com/2008/BUSI…
The Earth and the Moon are so far apart from eachother that, at the farthest point from the Earth in the Moon's orbit, you could fit every other planet in our solar system universetoday.com/115672/…
Today I learned of Anton's syndrome, a disorder where people believe they can see when in fact, they are cortically blind. They can't be convinced otherwise though and will be very offended if you point their blindness out and start confabulating/making things up when asked what exactly they are seeing. hindawi.com/journals/crin…
ENIAC (the world's first electronic general-purpose digital computer) is estimated to have done more arithmetic in its first 10 years than the entire human race had done up to that point pbs.org/video/electronic-…
Computers are incapable of producing randomness so when perfoming tasks like procedural generation they use outside sources like the mouse position or the fan noise as a starting point or even use "pseudorandom" generation algorithms using pre-made numbers. howtogeek.com/183051/htg-…
In the USA, you can just un-adopt children at any point if you don't want them anymore reuters.com/investigates/…
Pat Morita was originally denied the opportunity to audition for the role of Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid and only got the part because he grew his hair and beard out during a low point in his life and the producers didn't recognize him when he he was accidentally invited for a script reading. youtube.com/watch?v=MoBeH…
Today I learned of Orion P. Howe, a 14-year old drummer boy who received the Medal of Honor during the Civil War for volunteering to supply ammunition under heavy fire. He experienced 14 battles, and after the war he joined the Naval Academy because he was still too young for West Point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ori…
Today I learned of Jochen Rindt, who is the only Formula 1 driver to posthumously win the Driver's World Championship. After competitors failed to score enough points after his death to beat him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joc…

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