A tame and friendly Beluga whale speculated to be an escaped Russian spy was released from a harness in Norway by villagers in 2019 and has lived there ever since. Russia didn't confirm or deny this claim, but said the nearby naval base made it a possibility. He's still alive and well. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
The Spanish Inquisition was devoid of its own budget, meaning it depended exclusively on the confiscation of the goods of the denounced. Due to this organization and possibility of abuse, someone wrote a letter to the king saying of the inquisitors "if they do not burn they do not eat". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Edgar Allan Poe posited the Big Bang theory of the universe in a poem 74 years before scientists considered it a possibility. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Ants are amongst the few animals who passed the mirror test, which is a strong evidence of self-recognition, and indicates the possibility of self-awareness (i.e. a β€œsense of self”). animalcognition.org/2015/…
Koala Bear fingerprints are almost indistinguishable from human fingerprints. A forensic scientist suggested that koala bears were unlikely to be at the scenes of crimes, but police should be aware of the possibility. ripleys.com/weird-news/ko…
Today I learned of the so-called 'Sewing Circle'; an underground group of lesbian and bisexual Hollywood actresses alleged to have included Marlene Dietrich, Lili Damita, Dolores del Rio, Claudette Colbert and many others. The group would meet at each other's homes for 'lunch, conversation and possibilities'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
There are six victims of John Wayne Gacy that are yet to be identified (as of 2020), with the possibility of more victims still undiscovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned about Memory of Mankind, a sophisticated time capsule project in Austria designed to last a million years. The designers made a system for the capsule to be discovered by a future society and even planned for the possibility of it being discovered by alien life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
The first videogame console with the possibility to install videogames over the internet was the Atari 2600 in 1983 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gam…
The field of archaeoacoustics looks at the possibility of extracting sound from ancient objects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
In 2019 researchers studied DNA samples from Loch Ness and ruled out the presence of the large animals that are commonly said to have been behind the monster sightings. However, the researchers did not discount the possibility that the sighted animal was a big eel. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
The Red, White, & Blue Bomb Pop was created the summer of 1955 as Cold War tensions between the US and Soviet Union were heating up, with nervousness and caution surrounding a possibility of nuclear war building to a fever pitch. Marketed as a Patriotic Popsicle, associated with the 4th of July. mylocalradio.com/cold-war…
Bill Gates' mother, Mary, knew John Opel, CEO of IBM, because both served on the national United Way committee. At Mary's request, Opel set up a meeting with Bill Gates, CEO of then-small software firm Microsoft, to discuss the possibility of using PC-DOS for IBM's about-to-be-released PC. pcworld.com/article/24331…
That, after the 1940 election, unsuccessful challenger Wendell Willkie gave FDR his full support, making wartime foreign trips as FDR's envoy & even discussing the possibility of forming a liberal third-party together after the war (which, unfortunately, neither would live to see the end of). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wen…
The UK has the 'Whole Life Order' whereby a prisoner who is being sentenced to life imprisonment is ordered to serve that sentence without any possibility of parole. It has been reportedly issued in approximate 100 cases since its introduction in 1983. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Frank Zappa was a futurist who was enthusiastic for the possibility of holographic imagery. So much so that he recorded footage of himself in the early 70s with the intention to be used when technology got to that point. A Frank Zappa holographic tour using that footage starts next year. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
In addition to performing β€œEndless Possibilities”, the theme for Sonic Unleashed, Bowling for Soup vocalist Jaret Reddick has also been the current voice for Chuck E. Cheese since 2012 wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaret_…
The Mythbusters once tested a combination of common materials that made an extremely powerful explosive. They deleted the tapes and swore to never release the information, then contacted DARPA and warned them about the possibility of misuse from the combination. nerdist.com/mythbusters-d…
Today I learned of the Fermi Paradox: There's a high possibility that intelligent alien life exists but no actual evidence of it. vox.com/science-and-healt…
Singer Edwyn Collins suffered a cerebral hemorrhage which left him able to say only four things: "yes", "no", "Grace Maxwell" (his wife's name) and "the possibilities are endless" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
One can only hike on San Miguel Island (one of 5 in Channel Islands National Park) if accompanied by a ranger, due to the possibility of unexploded mines, bombs, and grenades. laist.com/2016/05/04/san_…
Today I learned about the Nirvana Fallacy. Under this fallacy, the choice is not between real world solutions; it is, rather, a choice between one realistic achievable possibility and another unrealistic solution that could in some way be "better". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nir…
NASA is exploring the possibility of growing specially modified fungi that can be used for β€˜myco-architecture’ on Mars - making buildings out of mushrooms. vice.com/en_us/article/vv…
Stephen Hawking's fear of aliens comes from the possibility of aliens enslaving us based on the reality that we've done that to our selves in the past when a more technologically advanced civilization encountered a less technologically advanced civilization. space.com/34184-stephen-h…
In the mid-2000s Kevin Smith was approached about the possibility of a Jay & Silent Bob/Hellraiser crossover as sort of a 21st century Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein. They would have opened the box and their version of Hell would have been rehab. ihorror.com/that-time-jay…
In 2007 a self-confessed "vampire hunter" acted to prevent the very remote possibility that former dictator Slobodan Milosevic might stage a come-back - by driving a three-foot stake through his heart heraldscotland.com/news/1…
People accused of witchcraft who underwent trial by water actually had ropes to pull them out if they sank. The notion that the ordeal was devised as a situation without any possibility of live acquittal, even if the outcome was 'innocent', is a modern exaggeration. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Assortative (selective) mating is widespread among people with mental disorders, in order to compensate for the severely reduced possibility of mating with people not affected by psychiatric illness. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of the Mother of All demos given by Doug Engelbart. The demo talked about all the possibilities of modern computing. A year later the first link on what would be the internet connected UCLA and Stanford. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Che Guevara was furious that the Soviet Union removed their missiles from Cuba and didn't fire them off, as the "socialist liberation against global 'imperialist aggression' would ultimately have been worth the possibility of "millions of atomic war victims." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Sneha Philip was last seen on 9/10/01 and didn't go home that night. She hasn't been seen since. Foul play or leaving her family were possibilities over the years, but it was assumed by her family that she died on 9/11 as she was a doctor and lived 2 blocks from the WTC. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Apollo 11 astronauts were quarantined for 21 days after returning from the moon to prepare for "the remote possibility that they are harboring unknown lunar organisms that might endanger life on earth" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
SchrΓΆdinger did not believe in the possibility of a cat being simultaneously both dead and alive. His thought experiment was meant to criticize the absurdity of the existing view of quantum mechanics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Clement Vallandigham, a defense lawyer in a murder trial accidentally shot himself and died while reenacting the possibility of a victim accidentally shooting and killing themselves instead of his client. The defendant was then set free. bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-maga…
The organizers of the 2012 Olympics asked The Who's manager about the possibility of drummer Keith Moon playing at the event. The manager replied that Moon was residing at the Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to the line "I hope I die before I get old". Keith Moon died in 1978. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
If a children between 6 months to 5 years old has a temperature above 100.4Β°F (38Β°C), there is a possibility they can have a Febrile Seizure. medlineplus.gov/ency/arti…
Screenwriter David Goyer once fought against the idea of a Batman vs. Superman movie saying: "Batman Vs. Superman - Where You Go When You've Exhausted All Possibilities." A decade later he ended up writing Batman V. Superman. slashfilm.com/david-goyer…
When the VCR was invented, film companies tried to make it illegal due to the possibility of recording copyrighted material, in a case which reached the Supreme Court. The head of the MPAA compared the effect of the VCR on television to that of the Boston Strangler on women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vid…
Autism experts have suggested there is a real possibility that Bill Gates is on the Autism Spectrum. They cite things like Gates’s habit of rocking while he concentrates, his short and monotone speech patterns, and the way in which he tends to avoid eye contact abadegreeprograms.net/suc…
Metamaterials are artificial, engineered materials, designed to have specific properties not found in bulk materials. This opens the possibility to enhance devices like cameras, or create new ones like "invisibility" cloaks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, the CIA released nearly 12 million documents. One set of documents revealed research of possibility that "insane" people may be experiencing multiple "levels of reality" and their brains can't process this information, leading to mental instability [PDF] cia.gov/library/readingro…
Michael Phelps annually visits Johns Hopkins to monitor the possibility of Marfan Syndrome. A disease with symptoms including abnormally long limbs, slender physique and extreme flexibility. foxnews.com/story/2008/08…
FBI documents unsealed in 2011 show that it investigated the possibility that Tupac Shakur may have been murdered by the Jewish mafia. vault.fbi.gov/Tupac%20Sha…
Images depicting the World Trade Centre were removed from Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 and several retailers stopped stocking the game after the attacks. It included simulations of flying around New York and Washington skylines that features the possibility of crashing planes into buildings theregister.co.uk/2001/09…
There's a possibility that under the right (and not-too-far-fetched) circumstances, Alzheimer's, and maybe Parkinson's and ALS, are transmissible. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Lana Del Rey called feminism boring.."For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept. I'm more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what's going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities." motherjones.com/mixed-med…
Franklin D. Roosevelt was diagnosed with poliomyelitis at the time, but his symptoms are more consistent with Guillain–BarrΓ© syndrome (GBS): an autoimmune neuropathy which Roosevelt's doctors failed to consider as a possibility. 6 of 8 symptoms favor GBS but weren't widely known until after ww2. webmd.com/women/news/2003…
There is a strong possibility that the crew of Challenger did not die until their cabin hit the ocean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
ALL contestants on Shark Tank are made to see a psychiatrist after their pitch, no matter the outcome. It's meant to ensure they are able to come down from the emotional rush and deal with the possibility of appearing in front of seven million Americans. businessinsider.com/shark…
Theres a possibility that Adolf Hitlers grandfather was jewish news.com.au/world/europe/…

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