Bootlegger Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton killed himself rather than report to federal prison after being convicted of moonshining offences. He prepared his grave footstone years in advance and had it by his front porch and kept his casket in his living room. The epitaph read, "Popcorn Said Fuck You." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
1000 year old wooden structures are made of Ore-pine, the heartwood of prepared old-growth mountain pines; the trees had their branches removed and were left to stand, the tree resins bleeding upward and out through the cut branches and thus making the heartwood more resinous and rot resistant. talknorway.no/wooden-buil…
Ireland was neutral in world war II and actively prepared for an allied invasion of the island along side a Nazi attack. This neutral stance was held until the end of the war, with the president even signing a book of condolences for Adolf Hitler's death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iri…
Solomon Sanborn of Massachusetts who left his body to be prepared and placed in an anatomical museum of Harvard, after having two drumheads made of his skin. Upon one was inscribed Alexander Pope's "Universal Prayer" and on the other Declaration of Independence. jstor.org/stable/pdf/1274…
People started wearing pajamas, originally spelled β€œpyjamas,” instead of nightgowns so they’d be prepared to run outside in public during World War I air raids in England. bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti…
Most people in the ancient city of Rome lived in apartment buildings that lacked kitchens. Thus most people relied on prepared food was sold at pubs, inns, and food stalls. Some establishments had counter tops fitted with openings for pots that may have kept food warm for extended serving. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
Kosher pickles are not made not necessarily kosher in the sense that it has been prepared in accordance with Jewish dietary law. Rather, it is a pickle made in the traditional manner of Jewish New York City pickle makers, with generous addition of garlic and dill to a natural salt brine. myjewishlearning.com/mixe…
Prior to the 1950 World Cup Final the FIFA president, Jules Rimet, was so confident in a Brazilian victory he only prepared one speech, in Portuguese. When Uruguay won 2-1 instead, he simply silently handed them the trophy. vavel.com/en/football/201…
The US gave hallucinogenic drugs to soldiers to make sure they are prepared to exposure to chemical warfare. Between 1955-75 the army used 7,000 volunteer soldiers to test LSD, nerve agents, irritants, and blistering agents. Some volunteers were asked to workout & do math while on LSD. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Peter Porco, after being hit in the head 16 times with an axe, woke up with his alarm and shaved, prepared breakfast, retrieved the newspaper and made his lunch all before succumbing to his injuries. youtu.be/3beEkXoZUao
The banned french delicacy Ortolan is customarily eaten while covering your face with a napkin. Partially to keep in the aroma and partially to hide the shame of eating the bird from God as it is prepared for cooking by force feeding it and then finally drowning it in a vat of Armagnac brandy. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
According to the testimony of people who have eaten other people, the taste of human meat does not reflect its beef-like appearance. Serial killers and Polynesian cannibals have described human as being most akin to pork. The taste also depends on how it is prepared and what cut is sampled. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
U.S. General Dwight Eisenhower had a speech prepared in the event that the 1944 D-Day invasion failed. In the speech he takes full responsibility for the failure of the operation. npr.org/2013/06/08/189535…
During the Rivonia Trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela delivered an opening speech that lasted 3 hours. The addition of the 3 words in the last sentence, proclaiming he was β€˜if needs be’ prepared to die for the ideal of all living together In harmony, is credited with saving him from the gallows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riv…
Before filming the gradual marriage fallout in Blue Valentine, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams prepared by living together in their onscreen home, buying groceries with a budget based on their characters, taking family portraits at Sears, and staging arguments for a month. backstage.com/magazine/ar…
Approximately 3/4 of Russia's Anadyrsky District is of non-indigenous origin; mainly Russian and Ukrainian. They were enticed by the higher pay, large pensions, and more generous allowances permitted to those prepared to endure the cold and the isolation, as well as those who were exiled here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
Robert De Niro prepared for his role in 'Taxi Driver' by obtaining a New York taxi license and spending a month working up to 14 hour shifts picking people up all over New York. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax…
Before his death, Phil Hartman had expressed an interest in making a live action film about Troy McClure and was prepared to buy the film rights himself in order to make it happen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
In 2012 there was a massive solar flare, at least as powerful as the Carrington event in 1859. It could have devastated the electrical grid and even disabled the water supply, but missed Earth by a week. The chance of another hit was 12% in the next 10 years. "We need to be prepared." science.nasa.gov/science-…
The IRS and the USPS both have a plan in place in case of a nuclear war. The IRS has an employee handbook called the "Internal Revenue Manual" that details how to collect taxes after the nukes. The USPS will continue delivering mail and has 60 million change-of-adress forms prepared. myemail.constantcontact.c…
Frank Sinatra regularly tipped waiters, busboys and chefs $100-200 each. However, he had a fearsome temper in restaurants. He would throw food against the wall if he didn’t like how it was prepared, and would throw drinks if he didn’t like how he was treated. eu.desertsun.com/story/li…
The FDA has banned Kraft Singles from using the term "pasteurized processed cheese food", meaning that all Kraft Singles are now known as "pasteurized prepared cheese product" instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Sushi is not defined as prepared raw fish, rather it is the way of preparing and seasoning the rice with vinegar, sugar, and salt which is then often paired with raw fish as well as various other non-fish ingredients. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
Today I learned of Mettigel, a German dish prepared by garnishing raw pork to look like a hedgehog. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Pozole, a traditional soup with hominy, used to be prepared with human meat. After the Conquest cannibalism was banned and pork was used instead because of its similarities to human meat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poz…
Nine months before Rosa Parks' arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin was arrested in Montgomery for the same act. The city's black leaders prepared to protest, until it was discovered Colvin was pregnant and deemed an inappropriate symbol for their cause. history.com/topics/black-…
One of Switzerland’s defense strategies is to demolish every main road, bridge and railway access into Switzerland in case of a foreign invasion, with at least 3,000 locations around the country prepared to blow at a moment’s notice. expatica.com/ch/about/bas…
In 2001, Honda prepared to release a car called the Fit, or in European markets, 'Fitta', unaware that in Swedish, the word translates to a vulgar term for a vagina. The slogan would have been, 'The all-new Fitta, small on the outside, big on the inside.' It was renamed the Jazz before release carlist.my/news/honda-nea…
Muammar Gadaffi had a serious crush on U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. When Rice prepared to leave Libya after a state visit, Gadaffi gifted her $212,225 worth of gifts, including a locket with his own picture inside, a signed copy of his Green Book, and a lute. theatlantic.com/internati…
While the body of Pedro II, the last Emperor of Brazil, was being prepared for the funeral, a sealed package in the room was found, next to a message written by the Emperor himself: "It is soil from my country, I wish it to be placed in my coffin in case I die away from my fatherland." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ped…
Taco Bell was founded by Glen Bell who watched long lines of customers at a Mexican restaurant. He ate there regularly, attempting to reverse-engineer the taco recipe, and eventually persuaded the owners to show him how they were prepared. With this knowledge, he opened a stand selling tacos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…
While mathematician Kurt GΓΆdel prepared for his U.S. citizenship exam he discovered an inconsistency in the constitution that could, despite of its individual articles to protect democracy, allow the USA to become a dictatorship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kur…
The shrimp cocktail was invented in a bar on Boston Harbor in 1941. It was first prepared as a drunken β€œlet’s put gross shit together in a glass and dare people to drink it” concoction with shrimp, ketchup, and vodka, but it proved to be delicious while hammered. savagehenrymagazine.com/h…
Plans for Queen Elizabeth II's death and funeral have been prepared by British government and media organisations since the 1960s and is updated several times each year. wikipedia.org/wiki/Operat…
Before the Battle of Pratapgarh, Shivaji met with the enemy general Khan; prepared for treachery. He wore an armour under his clothes which saved him from being stabbed during a hug, to which he retaliated by disembowelling the general with Wolverine-style claws. The battle was won. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about Ackee, a fruit native to tropical W. Africa and imported to Jamaica in 1773. Its use in food is prominent in the Caribbean, and is Jamaica's national fruit. It has a reputation of being poisonous, but the fruit's arils are renowned as "delicious" when ripe, prepared properly, and cooked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ack…
Today I learned of the word "Charcuterie" which is the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, ballotines, pΓ’tΓ©s, and confit, primarily from pork. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The "Be Prepared" scene featured in The Lion King was based off the 1935 Nazi propaganda film "Triumph of the Will" businessinsider.com/the-l…
Before the Industrial Revolution, many dental problems (cavities, plaque buildup, misaligned teeth) were limited by a diet of hard, unprocessed, unsweetened foods. Natural selection has not prepared us for soft, processed, sugary foods. news.osu.edu/what-teeth-r…
Martin Luther King's iconic sentence "I have a dream" was improvised. Toward the end of the speech, King departed from his prepared text for a partly improvised peroration on the theme "I have a dream", prompted by Mahalia Jackson's cry: "Tell them about the dream, Martin!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_H…
Benjamin Franklin prepared an essay for the Royal Academy of Brussels in 1781 urging scientific study into methods of improving the odor of human flatulence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
There is no scientific research to back up '8 glasses of water a day' nor any health benefits to drinking more. Most of this quantity needed is contained in prepared foods nytimes.com/2015/08/25/up…
On a flight, Nicolas Cage used the PA system and said that he was the pilot and was not feeling well. At the airport, police prepared to arrest Cage and his travelling partner Charlie Sheen. After Cage politely talked his way out of it, he later discovered that Sheen was carrying cocaine on him. digitalspy.com/showbiz/ne…
Stu Roosa was afraid of heights but still became a jet pilot and Apollo astronaut. As command module pilot, Roosa did scientific observations from orbit, and prepared to swoop down in case trouble arose when Antares rose off the lunar surface space.com/20392-stuart-ro…
Comedian Bill Burr decided to abandon his prepared comedy set in Philadelphia in order to heckle and berate the audience for his entire 12 minute set after they drunkenly booed several preceding comedians. youtube.com/watch?v=rNnkD…
The Times has eleven days of pre-prepared coverage in case Queen Elizabeth II dies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Groundhogs are edible and taste good when prepared correctly. Due to them being vegetarians, their meat is tender and tastes similar to squirrel or rabbit. pitch.com/food-drink/arti…
The Emperor of Japan is forbidden by law from eating fugu, the poisonous Japanese puffer fish famous for killing people if prepared incorrectly en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fug…
In Brazil there is a pine nut, 20 times the size of normal pine nuts, which is both very tasty, and at the same time also under threat of extinction. This nut ("pinhΓ£o") is prepared in a similar way to chestnuts, e.g. by boiling on the stove, and has a buttery, creamy taste. healthtraveljunkie.com/pi…
The hyena march during "Be Prepared" is a reference to the Nazi rallys held in Germany. youtu.be/XkU23m6yX04

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