Dave Grohl wrote and recorded an entire album by himself, singing and playing each instrument in the studio. He chose the name Foo Fighters to hide his identity. After a record label picked it up he needed to recruit members to perform the songs live. Thus the Foo Fighters were created. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
After Buddy Holly died at 22, he left enough music recorded that his record label could release new material from him for the next 10 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
The Offspring's Album 'Smash' had a small budget of $20,000, which limited studio time, the last four songs recorded for the album were worked through in just two nights. 'Smash' went on to be the best-selling album released by an independent record label with over 11 million sales. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma…
Tiger Woods almost ran out of golf balls during the 2nd round of the 2000 US Open because his caddy forgot to pack the balls Tiger was putting with in his hotel room the night before. He finished the round with one ball and went on to win the tournament by a record-setting 15 strokes. golfdigest.com/story/us-o…
Since Jason Alexander (George Costanza) is a trained Broadway singer, he had to re-record the famous George answering machine song because he sung it too well; Larry David wanted him to purposely sing terrible to make it sound believable. thecrimson.com/article/20…
When Sean Lennon, the son of John, was little, he didn't know about The Beatles because his parents never played Beatles records at home. When Sean saw Yellow Submarine at his friend's house, his dad had to explain why there was a cartoon version of him in the movie. ultimateclassicrock.com/s…
In 2013, Metallica performed in Antarctica just to break a record and be the first musical act to perform on all 7 continents. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The founder of Guinness World Records was assassinated by the IRA after offering Β£50,000 for information on several bombing suspects. news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/…
English has a subtle stress pattern to identify the Noun or Verb in a related word. For example Record; *Re*cord (N) and Re*cord* ; *Con*tract (N) and Con*Tract* (V) ; *Re*fuse (N) and Re*fuse*. onestopenglish.com/ask-th…
The light atop a Hollywood record company building has been quietly blinking-out messages in Morse code since first being turned-on in 1956 --by Morse's own granddaughter. (The default message is one word, but it once revealed an album release date: β€œKaty Perry. Prism. October 22, 2013.") atlasobscura.com/places/c…
The mens' Olympic Javelin was modified in 1986 to reduce throwing distances. The longest throws were beginning to exceed the length of the field and were a danger to people in the stands. The new javelins only fly 90% as far as the previous design and all pre-1986 records have been nullified. worldathletics.org/discip…
The B-side of the cassette release of "In God We Trust, Inc" by Dead Kennedys is left blank. The B-side label states "Home taping is killing record industry profits! We left this side blank so you can help.". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-s…
Child actor Bobby Driscoll (Peter Pan and other Disney classics) is buried as an unknown vagrant in a mass grave on Hart island (NYC), and was only identified after his mother, who thought he was still alive, matched his fingerprints to a burial record. ew.com/oscars/2019/01/22/…
In 2007, when Halo 3 released it broke records on video game sales, making $170 million on the first day. Film executives blamed Halo for a 27% drop in the box office for that week. gamesradar.com/halo-3-bla…
The world record for the most number of non-stop push-ups is 10,507 by Minoru Yoshida of Japan, which was achieved in October 1980, no one has beat it since. recordholders.org/en/list…
All of the world's four deepest caves are in located in Abkhazia. The record-holder is Veryovkina Cave, which goes down at least 1.3 miles. Due to the hazards and need for specialized rope techniques, "the round trip β€”top to bottom and backβ€” takes professional speleologists about a week." atlasobscura.com/places/v…
Eddie Murphy never left his home when he did the voice of Mushu in Mulan. He accepted the role on the condition he could record all his lines at his home recording studio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mul…
Tom Kenny was laughing so much during the recording of the Spongebob episode 'Sailor Mouth' that they had to record him while he lay on the floor of the sound booth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
The RIAA criticized the first MP3 player for having "no function other than playing material that was stolen from record companies" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPM…
Today I learned of Randy Gardner, a 17 year-old high school student from San Diego who set the record for the longest time a human has gone without sleep (11 days, 25 min). Gardner's experimental analysis found paranoia, hallucinations, loss of concentration, and being unable to count backwards from 100. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Today I learned about Roy Sullivan, a man who holds the record for being struck by lightning, with 7 times during his lifetime. After the 4th strike, he sought to run away from storms but couldn't escape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Today I learned about Hans Huber, a paper mill owner who refused to destroy the member records of the Nazi Party, hiding them instead to hand them over to the US after the war pro.magnumphotos.com/C.as…
The TV show 'The Voice' heavily promotes the fact that the winner gets a free record deal. However, many of them get dropped shortly after signing. The winner of season 7 even admits none of the label executives knew who he was when he first entered the office shortly after winning. talentrecap.com/arent-voi…
, in an effort to set the world record for the longest drift, BMW used one M5 to refuel another M5 (5 times) by drifting alongside it guinnessworldrecords.com/…
In Pittsburgh in 1850, a 14-year-old girl escaped from her owner, a businessman from Arkansas, by simply walking out of the luxury hotel they were staying at. No records of her life after her escape exist. exhibit.library.pitt.edu/…
The band Genesis' debut psychedelic rock album "From Genesis to Revelation" was a huge flop, selling only 650 copies, mainly because record stores incorrectly placed the album in their "religious" section en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fro…
Researchers figured out a way to break into locks by using a smart phone to record the sound of a key being inserted. They were able to narrow down the range from more than 330,000 keys to 3. dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.114…
Wilt Chamberlain's record setting 100-point game on March 2, 1962 was not televised (and no video exists of it as a result); only two different audio recordings from a radio telecast made by two different people (which were combined by historians) survives today of that game phillymag.com/news/2016/0…
After a long legal battle between Apple and The Beatles’ Apple Records, an Apple employee created the iconic Mac start up sound, which bears a significant resemblance to the last cord in β€œA day in the life” by the Beatles, and he called it Sosumi, taunting the Beatles, saying β€œSo sue me” reekes.net/sosumi-story-m…
In the 1920s Helene Adelaide Shelby patented a device to help obtain criminal confessions. The suspect was confronted by a human skeleton with glowing red eyes and the interrogator would talk through the skeleton via megaphone. A camera in the skull would record the confessions. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Guinness World Records accepts payments (ranging from $12,000 to $500,000) from individuals, organizations and governments to either find a record that they could break or to create an entirely new record category en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
The rarest stamp in the world (the 1856 British Guiana 1c magenta) - of which only one specimen exists - has broken the world record stamp price each of the last four times it has been sold. It was sold for 6s, Β£120, Β£150, $36,000, $40,000, $280,000, $935,000, and most recently $9,480,000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
As of 2019, the quit rate of U.S. employees was at a record-breaking high of 2.3%, the highest it's been in 15 years. That number remained unchanged for 11 straight months, from June 2018 through May 2019, making the longest static period for the rate on record. cnbc.com/2020/01/07/worke…
Today I learned of the Chelsea Drugstore, in London. Aside from having a bar, chemist, newsstand, record store and other amenities, there was a service called the "flying squad". People would have their purchases hand-delivered by women in purple cat suits riding motorcycles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Out of 21 phonorecords of Stalin's speech of 1936, one and a half records contain nothing but applause russian-records.com/categ…
There was a Russian spy in the U.S. Congress. Representative Samuel Dickstein of New York, in office from from 1923 to 1945, was a paid agent of the NKVDβ€”the precursor to the KGBβ€”according to USSR records. The Soviets gave Dickstein the codename "Crook" due to his monetary demands. theguardian.com/theguardi…
In 2016 William Leonard Pickard - who was sentenced to life without parole in 2003 for creating 90% of the worlds LSD won a decade long lawsuit against the DEA to get his Snitch's records unsealed. vice.com/en_uk/article/qb…
The most G force a person has survived was in the 2003 Chevy 500 when the car driven by Kenny BrΓ€ck made contact with Tomas Scheckter's car. This immediately resulted in BrΓ€ck's car impacting the catch fence that would record a peak of 214 g meaning he weighed 30000 lbs for a few seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-f…
Aroldis Chapman holds the record for fastest pitch at 105.1 MPH. When Nolan Ryan played they clocked pitches at 10 feet from the plate, now they clock it at release point. Had Ryan pitched his record 100.9 today it would have clocked at around 108 MPH and he would have regularly thrown 106-107. beyondtheboxscore.com/201…
Wayne and Brent Gretsky hold the NHL record for most combines points scored by two brothers in a playing career. Wayne has 2,857 and Brent has 4. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
A California couple’s pet cat stole more than 600 items from neighbors, including gloves, towels, bubble wrap, a San Francisco Giants baseball cap, and even a bikini. The kleptomaniac kitty’s record was 11 items in 24 hours. sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…
Ken Jennings, the Jeopardy champion who shattered all the records for the game, refused to come out of retirement for the Jeopardy: Greatest Of All Time championship tournament, because he thought he'd lose badly. He ended up crushing, winning in only four rounds out of a possible seven. usatoday.com/story/entert…
Hayao Miyazaki, founder of Studio Ghibli still draws almost every animation frame for his films by hand. One of his films,Ponyo features 170,000 framesβ€”a record for Miyazaki en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hay…
Tom Petty's first solo album, "Full Moon Fever", which sold over five million copies, spawned five hit singles, and had collaborations with rock legends (George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison) was initially rejected by MCA Records because the top executive didn't hear any good songs pitchfork.com/reviews/alb…
Vassilyev and his first wife are alleged to hold the record for the most children a couple has parented. She gave birth to a total of 69 children – 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets – between 1725 and 1765. 67 of the 69 children were said to have survived infancy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feo…
The Black Eyed Peas hold the record for the longest uninterrupted time at #1 on the Hot 100, a total of 26 consecutive weeks from April to October 2009, with "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Detroit holds the record for the city with the most rejected bids to host the Olympics. freep.com/story/sports/ol…
In 1968, in protest of the UK government cutting military funding, a Royal Air Force pilot went rogue and flew a Hunter jet low over parliament, rattling their windows, before tucking through a gap just 200 ft wide in Tower Bridge. The stunt remains as a record to this day. youtube.com/watch?v=Gavx5…
John Phillip Sousa, A Famous Bandleader, Composer, and "The March King" Hated Records, as he called them "Canned Music" or "Mechanical Music" smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Henry Starr claimed to hold the record for most bank robberies in America. He wrote & starred in a movie about his robberies, "A Debtor to the Law," in 1919. Two years later he was shot & killed robbing a bank in Arkansas. okhistory.org/publication…
The earliest record of a named cat is from over 3400 years in Egypt, his name was "Nedjem" which means sweet or pleasant. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Miranda Cosgrove earned $180,000 per episode of iCarly, and in 2012 was listed in the Guinness World Records as the highest paid child actress guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Stanley Kubrick wanted to use Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother suite in A Clockwork Orange. Pink Floyd's bassist Roger Waters refused when he found out Kubrick would edit the music to fit the film. Later, Waters asked Kubrick to use sounds from 2001: A Space Odyssey on a record. Kubrick refused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
Today I learned about Disco Demolition Night. In the Late 70s the White Sox hired a shock-jock, anti-disco campaigner to promote an event where fans were urged to bring in disco records for discounted ticket priced. These records were collected and then blown up. The even ended with riot police dispersal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Mystery writer and the inventor of the detective novel Edgar Allen Poe's death is actually a mystery itself. The death certificate and medical records were lost and there is no definitive cause of death. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Typing 40 WPM(words per minute) on a QWERTY keyboard is above average. But you can take it even further by learning steno type. A trained typist reaches 226+ WPM with 360WPM being the record. github.com/openstenoproje…
The largest firework on record used a 62" shell, weighed 2797 pounds, was launched from a 26 ft metal pipe buried into Emerald Mountain in Colorado, and was launched with a starting velocity of at least 300mph. datagenetics.com/blog/jul…
A tortoiseshell cat named Towser holds the Guinness World Record for most mice caught at 28,899. She was so famous that a statue was erected of her in the city where she lived, and her paw prints are marked on every bottle of Fairlie’s Light Highland Liqueur. lovemeow.com/towser-the-w…
Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas holds the record for most advertisements by one person in history, appearing in over 800 commercials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
John Williams, the legend film composer (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) had problems with the musical timings in E.T.’s BMX chase scene. Steven Spielberg told him to record the music just as he wanted, he then edited the chase sequence around Willams’s Oscar winning soundtrack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T…
A Spanish town mailed dog poop back to offenders. A team of volunteers looked for careless dog owners and struck up conversations to learn the dog's name, which made it possible to identify the owner via pet records and mail back the poop, labeled "Lost Property." Violations dropped by 70%. newsfeed.time.com/2013/06…
A man spent 16 years typing numbers from one to one million to feature in the Guinness Book of Records sunshinecoastdaily.com.au…
The worst record in MLB history belongs to the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, for losses (134) and winning percentage (.130). They were so bad that opponents refused to visit their park, forcing Cleveland to play 112 of 154 games on the road, leading to an impossible-to-break record of 101 road losses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/189…
There is a world record for weirdest diet, the diet included 18 bicycles and a few TV sets guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned of Lamar Gant. He deadlifted 5 times his own bodyweight and held the world record bench press. All while having scoliosis. hudsonvalleyscoliosis.com…
Jonathan Lee Riches got the Guinness world record for having filed the highest number of lawsuits in the world. When he heard of this, he sued the Guinness Book of World Records. spokesman.com/stories/200…
A Tribe Called Quest received no money for their hit song, Can I Kick It? because of a mistake made by the record label not clearing Lou Reed's bass sample beforehand. Reed agreed the use under the one condition, he gets the royalties. factmag.com/2015/11/18/a-…
Annie Hawkins-Turner, better known by the stage name Norma Stitz ("enormous tits"), holds the Guinness World Record for largest natural breasts. By American bra estimation, her measurements would put her in a 48V bra. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Karen Carpenter will be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021 despite dying 37 years ago. Due to the fact her first solo album was released 16 years after she died. Eligibility requires 25 years after an artist’s first record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
From 1946-1993, RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL (medical waste-spent nuclear fuel/reactors) was DUMPED INTO THE OCEANS by 13 nations. Records are often incomplete/incorrect, and ~982,394 cubic metres of radioactive waste was dumped in all major oceans, seas around Europe and Japan, and the English Channel. youtu.be/CNV0cmKO8sM
On New Order’s first pressing of their hit single Blue Monday, the record label actually lost 20 cents for every copy sold due to the intricately designed packaging, totaling a loss of near $100,000. uk.news.yahoo.com/backspi…
Despite being one of the most popular musicians of the modern era, Bruce Springsteen has never had an Number 1 record in America clashmusic.com/features/1…
In 1980’s a construction company renovating the Lexington Hotel discovered a secret vault, once used by the notorious gangster β€˜Al’ Capone. A record number of people tuned in to watch the vault being opened live. It turned out to be completely empty save for some empty bottles and debris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The longest congaline in the world is 119,986 people long and that record hasn't been broken since 1988 guinnessworldrecords.com/…
More than 98 inches of water rained down on Cherrapunji, India in two days (June 15-16, 1995). This is the world record for the most rain to fall in a 48-hour period. wunderground.com/blog/wea…
Van Gogh's Portrait of Dr. Gachet sold at auction for the then record price of $82 million in 1990. Since then it has not been seen in public. Its Japanese buyer threatened to have it burnt with his cremation but it is now believed to be owned by a collector in Switzerland. theartnewspaper.com/blog/…
Wim Hof "The Iceman", holder of over 20 other world records, climbed Africa's tallest peak in his shorts, in a record 2 days, a feat he claims anyone can do with his breathing technique "The Wim Hof Method" rollingstone.com/culture/…
Today I learned of "The Golden Ratio" of Male Versus Female Speed Records for Swimming and Running: Females Tend to Set Times at 90% of the Male Equivalent. theatlantic.com/technolog…
In 2016, Aleix Segura Vendrell set a Guinness World Record by holding his breath for 24 minutes and 3 seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
In 1990 rap group 2 Live Crew’s album β€œAs Nasty As They Wanna Be” was ruled obscene by a Florida judge and was subsequently banned. Record store owners and employees were arrested for selling the album. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Xbox kinect holds the fastest-selling gaming peripheral record, which sold through an average of 133,333 units per day in its first 60 days on sale from 4 November 2010 to 3 January 2011. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The Pantheon, in Roma, holds the record for the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome, and presents no signs of weakening more than 1800 years after its rebuilding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
There is a sport called Extreme ironing. With a Championship and world records en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
In 559 BC a chinese prisoner was sentenced to death by being flown off the top of a large tower attached to a kite. He survived the flight, and claimed the record of the highest jump survived by a person in the process. He was later starved to death in prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yua…
The Ramones first album took only a week to record (three days for the instruments and four days for vocals), and costs only $6,400 to produce. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
Wayne and Brent Gretzky hold the NHL record for most combined points by two brothers: 2,857 for Wayne and 4 for Brent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
Today I learned of Eliud Kipchoge. He is the current world record holder in the marathon and the only person to run an under 2h marathon (unofficially). He has won 12 of the 13 professional marathons he has entered. In his only loss he placed second with the winner setting the world record at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
The Beastie Boys have sold 20 million records in the United States, making them the biggest-selling rap group since Billboard began recording sales in 1991 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
In 1979 the company Shell pressed a release of The Beatles' album Help! with the Shell logo added on the cover and gave the records to their managers and staff. discogs.com/The-Beatles-H…
The fastest land speed record is 1,227.985 km/h (763.03 mph), the fastest manned rocket-powered aircraft was 7,270 km/h (4,520 mph), and water speed record was 275.98 knots (511.11 km/h, 317.59 mph). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The record for most rainfall from a single storm is 253 inches, which fell on the island of RΓ©union during Cyclone Hyacinthe in January 1980 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The guy who holds the world record for most consecutive made free throws didn't even make the β€œA” basketball team in high school. He attributes his skill to the concentration he learned as a dairy farmer. vault.si.com/vault/1991/0…
In 1962, Decca Records turned down a band auditioning with them, by saying "guitar groups are on the way out". The band they turned down: the Beatles, who later sold more than 600 million albums worldwide. beatlesbible.com/1962/01/…
Peter Gabriel intended for the 1986 song "In Your Eyes" to be the last track on his album "So", but due to the prominent bass line and the limitations of vinyl records, it had to be placed earlier on the record. This was rectified on the CD release of the album. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
Connie Mack, manager of the Philadelphia Athletics for 50 years holds the managerial records for most wins and most losses en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Regis Philbin holds the Guinness World Record for clocking more hours in front of a television camera than anyone else in the history of television npr.org/2011/11/15/142309…
Philips has a record label subsidiary. One artist that it produced for was Elton John’s singles from 1968 to 1970. Another artist was The Singing Nun’s β€œDominique” which played frequently in the US anthology series β€œAmerican Horror Story: Asylum”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
The Roman legion of the "Legio IX Hispana", stationed in Britannia, mysteriously disappeared from surviving Roman records after around AD 120. There are no accounts on the disapperance, nor there has been any clear consensus on the matter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
In 1590 there was a Hungarian noblewoman named Elizabeth BΓ‘thory, aka Countess Dracula. She has the Guinness World Records as the most prolific female murderer of all time. The highest number of victims cited during her trial was 650, most of them servant girls aged 10 to 14 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…

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