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…
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…
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-…
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…
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-…
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
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…
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…
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-…
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…
Today I learned of Mettigel, a German dish prepared by garnishing raw pork to look like a hedgehog. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
The guy who won the mobile phone throwing championships in 2012 said he prepared for the event by "mainly drinking" mentalfloss.com/article/1…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 "Be Prepared" scene featured in The Lion King was based off the 1935 Nazi propaganda film "Triumph of the Will" businessinsider.com/the-l…
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…
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…
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
The Times has eleven days of pre-prepared coverage in case Queen Elizabeth II dies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Mary Mallon infected at least 122 people with salmonella, killing 5, because she didn't wash her hands after pooping and then prepared their food, giving her the nickname "Typhoid Mary." ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The plan for Winston Churchill's funeral was prepared 12 years before his death and was more than 400 pages long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
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…
Bird's-eye maps" were created in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to promote cities all over America. A framework of streets would be prepared, then artists "walked the streets, sketching trees, buildings as though seen from an elevation of 600 to 900 metres without actually being able to seattletimes.nwsource.com…
2 people in Greenland died of botulism after eating poorly prepared Kiviak, a delicacy in which a seal is stuffed full of birds then left to ferment. The family of the first victim - not knowing that the meal caused his death - served it at his funeral, leading to the death of his daughter. thefourthcontinent.com/20…
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…
Today I learned about mushroom ketchup, the British ancestor of modern tomato ketchup prepared by packing whole mushrooms into containers with salt, letting the liquid from the mushrooms fill the container, cooking it to boiling point in an oven, adding spices, and straining it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
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…
Chicken fried steak is actually a piece of beef coated in flour and pan fried. It's named this way because the way it's prepared is similar to pan fried chicken breast. I also learned that country fried steak is the same as chicken fried steak. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Lt. Col. Marc H. Saseville and Lt. Heather Penney were prepared to give their lives and crash their fighter jets into flight 93 during 9/11 because they had no ammunition in their F-16's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S…
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…
For Apollo 11, there was a speech prepared just in case Neil and Buzz had to commit suicide on the moon. space.com/26604-apollo-11…
The CDC launched a zombie apocalypse preparedness campaign in 2011 to make people more prepared for earthquakes, tornadoes, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
During WW2, the Irish Republican Army attempted to collaborate with the Nazis, and even prepared an invasion plan to assist the German invasion of Northern Ireland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iri…
In the 1960's McDonald's was prepared to abandon its logo of the golden arches of the letter M, but psychologist Louis Cheskin successfully urged the company to maintain this branding because of their "Freudian symbolism of a pair of nourishing breasts." bbc.co.uk/worldservice/sp…
When the deadliest tornado touched down in 1925 Missouri, people were taken by surprise. This was because the word 'tornado' was banned from US weather forecasts since the late 19th century due to hysteria. This mentality shifted after the tornado killed 675 ill-prepared residents britannica.com/event/Tri-…
BBC radio has a network of blue "obit lights" to immediately alert presenters of the death of a member of the Royal Family. When the light goes off, broadcasters switch to a pre-prepared playlist of somber music in anticipation of the official announcement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Sorghum is a staple for most South Sudanese. The two main dishes prepared from it are akoop, which is similar to Lebanese cous cous, and kisra, a delicate flatbread. 3.9 million people across the country are β€˜food insecure’ or don’t have enough to eat wvi.org/south-sudan-crisi…
John Milton was totally blind during the composition of his ten-thousand-line epic poem Paradise Lost. Every morning he would have verses already prepared in his head for his aide to take dicatation. If the aide was late, Milton would complain, saying 'I want to be milked' newstatesman.com/culture/…
The oldest occurrence filibustering legislation is recored in ancient Rome. The roman senate was required to conclude all business by dusk so Cato the younger took advantage of this and prepared speeches that would go on all day until nightfall as a way to prevent voting on bills he opposed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil…
The Austrian mathematician Kurt Godel had an obsessive fear of being poisoned, and would only eat food prepared by his wife. When she had to be hospitalized in 1977, he refused to eat at all and died weighing 65 pounds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kur…
Plans for the death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II have been extensively prepared by most British government and media organizations since the 1960s. The codename is Operation London Bridge. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Genius mathematician, philosopher and logician Kurt GΓΆdel eventually starved to death, after his wife was hospitalised and he did not trust eating food prepared by anyone else en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kur…
Austrian mathematician Kurt GΓΆdel had an obsessive fear of being poisoned, and would only eat food that his wife prepared for him. When she had to be hospitalized for six months in 1977, he refused to eat at all and died weighing 65 pounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kur…
Today I learned about a time capsule prepared and entombed during the 1939 world fair that is to be opened in 6939. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
Botulinum toxin, the toxin that Botox is derived from, would take 0.00008mg to kill me, 2kg to kill everyone on the planet, considered the deadliest known toxin on earth, the most expensive substance ever made at Β£100 trillion per kilo and was first discovered in poorly prepared sausages. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-2…
John Wayne Gacy claimed his 1st murder happened when he awoke to see a male acquaintance in his room holding a knife. After killing him, Gacy noticed the breakfast the man had prepared them, presumably using the knife. Gacy said his involuntary orgasm from the murder was the "ultimate thrill" wikipedia.org/wiki/John_W…
Today I learned of LeMons, a series of endurance races where teams compete for up to 24 hours in race-prepared cars that cost no more than US$500. The title is a parody of the long running annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race, and lemon cars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24_…
William Safire, Richard Nixon's speechwriter, had prepared a statement for Nixon to deliver in the event of an Apollo 11 disaster; addressing a hypothetical (but highly possible) scenario where Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin would be stuck on the moon and left to die. businessinsider.com/nixon…
CDC has an actual "Zombie Plan" in place. It was started as a joke campaign, but actually evolved into real training and countermeasures because "if you're well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack." cdc.gov/phpr/zombies.htm
Heath Ledger prepared for the Joker role by going into complete isolation for 6 weeks in a hotel room with only a journal and comic books related to the script and Joker. empireonline.com/movies/n…
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. youtu.be/rNnkDjMVJqE
Baby carrots are just regular carrots prepared to look pretty huffpost.com/entry/baby-c…
Certain factions of the British Intelligence Services were prepared to launch a coup d'etat to overthrow the Labour government of Harold Wilson in the mid 1970s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Today I learned of Gingerbread lane, the largest gingerbread village. It's total area covered 300 square feet and weighs 1.5 tons. It has been prepared by chef Jon Lovitch since 1994 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gin…
In 2004 an engineering group from Toyota Motorsports prepared a modified Prius to race at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. It set a hybrid record speed of 130.794 miles per hour. motortrend.com/news/news0…
The Cascadia Subduction Zone has had 41 earthquakes in the last 10,000 years. This suggests a 250 year average interval. It has been 300+ years since the last. Portalnd and Seattle, please be prepared. pnsn.org/outreach/earthqu…
Switzerland is prepared to blow up its roads, bridges, and tunnels and trigger blockading mountain slides and tree-falls if an invasion were to ever happen. businessinsider.com/switz…
In In 2011, several remarkably expensive bowls of pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) were auctioned off for charity. "AnQi Phở" was prepared with type A5-Wagyu beef, white truffles, precious foie gras broth, and perfectly manicured noodles made of rare blue lobster meat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho
As a knife-wielding assassin jumped out of a crowd of people & lunged toward the President of the Maldives, a quick-thinking Boy Scout who was standing in the crowd in his uniform grabbed the blade & saved the leader’s life. As in the US, the motto of the Maldivian Boy Scouts is: β€œBe Prepared.” boston.com/news/world/asi…
Peanuts creator, Charles Schultz, was prepared to drop Charlie Brown and Snoopy from the comics if a disaster occurred on Apollo 10 since both characters were semi-official mascots for the mission. He felt the two would forever be symbols of disaster if a tragedy had occurred. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sno…
A study showed that in the early 20th century, the rich were more likely to die while giving birth than the poor, and giving birth in hospitals was far more dangerous than at home. This is theorized to be the result of infection by poorly prepared medical tools and the lack of antibiotics. academic.oup.com/ajcn/art…
Today I learned about the traditional Korean custom of Gosa. Where a real pigs head is used and surrounded by different types of food and alcohol.Visitors stick cash - in multiples of 10,000 won - they have prepared into the mouth and ears of the pig head. (The cash goes to the host of the event. shamanism.sgarrigues.net/…
DC comics was prepared to license the publishing rights to all of its characters to Marvel in the 1980s but the deal was stopped over anti-trust issues jimshooter.com/2011/08/su…
A New York restaurant chef once offered customers β€œMother’s Milk Cheese” made from his wife's breast milk. After people who had read about it on his blog demanded a chance to try it, he prepared a canape of the cheese with figs and Hungarian pepper and said the cheese went best with a Riesling. telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
The most poisonous fish called the fugu or pufferfish can only be prepared by a chef who is no less than 20 years old, has trained for 4-6 years and has obtained a license allowing the chef to do so. kobejones.com.au/the-art-…
It is highly advised for travellers in Kinshasa, Congo to have a local be with them at all times. Don't keep cameras in open view unless you've been cleared to take a photo. Also be equally prepared for hostility and positive reactions when taking photos wikitravel.org/en/Kinshas…
The song 'Be Prepared' from movie 'The Lion King' is sung by two different people. Voice actor Jim Cummings took over after original Scar actor Jeremy Irons blew his voice out halfway through the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be_…
The swiss are so prepared for an invasion that there are explosives ready in every bridge and tunnel crossing the border. businessinsider.com.au/sw…
When Ferdinand Magellan prepared to sail around the world in 1519, he spent more money on sherry than on weapons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
Toward "I Have A Dream" gospel singer Mahalia Jackson shouted,"Tell them about the dream, Martin."King departed from his prepared remarks and started "preaching" improvisationally, punctuating his points with "I have a dream." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_H…
The seeds of the Jerusalem tree are often prepared with molasses and given to children as a cure for intestinal worms. artsandsciences.sc.edu/ap…
Today I learned about the Utah War of 1857, where the Mormon army prepared to wage a war against the United States over fears that they would enact a genocide against them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uta…
Tesla invented the Tesla coil, a device essential to sending and receiving radio waves. But in 1895, a fire destroyed Tesla's lab as he prepared to send a radio signal approximately 50 miles (80 km) to West Point, N.Y. Marconi relied on Tesla's work won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1909 science.howstuffworks.com…
US Labeling Law allows any prepared food that is under 5 calories to be marked as 0 or "Calorie free". A packet of Splenda and a can of Diet Coke both have 4 calories. fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegu…
Utah used to have a law which said that drinks must be prepared behind a curtain called a "Zion Curtain" in order to prevent excessive drinking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
While Christopher Reeve nervously waited for his first correctional surgery, a doctor burst into his room speaking in a heavy Russian accent - prepared to perform a rectal exam. That doctor was Robin Williams. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Cassava, which produces an edible tuber and is a staple food in many regions, can cause acute cyanide poisoning if not prepared correctly en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
In Michigan sealed soda cans/bottles are exempt from sales tax while fountain pop is not because it is a "prepared food" food item michigan.gov/documents/tr…
When Patrick Stewart went bald at 19, "I believed that no woman would ever be interested in me again. I prepared myself for the reality that a large part of my life was over." deseretnews.com/article/2…
Cocktails sauce in the US is completely different from European one. In America they commonly use a mix of ketchup/chili sauce with prepared horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce, whereas in Europe it's simply mayo mixed witch ketchup, and Belgians also add whiskey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…

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