For nearly a century, Jimmy Red corn was used by bootleggers to make moonshine whiskey. The variety nearly went extinct in the early 2000s, but two remaining ears of corn were used to revive it. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Moviegoers seeing "13 Ghosts" in 1960 could choose if they wanted to see the ghosts or not. The ghosts were added with a red filter on scenes with a blue filter. People were given viewers with red and blue cellophane, and depending on which one they looked through could "remove" the ghosts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/13_…
The rarest natural hair color in the world is red, with only 1-2% of the world population having natural red hair. Second is blond, with 3%, then brown/brunette, with 11%, and finally black with 75-85%. skincaregeeks.com/rarest-…
The reason so many African flags have green, yellow and red is because of the Ethiopian flag; as one of the few independent African nations during the colonial period, the new countries of Africa looked to them for inspiration en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
The 1968 rock song In A Gadda Da Vida was intended to be "In The Garden of Eden". Frontman Doug Ingle, who came up with the song, was hammered on red wine and his band mates couldn't understand him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In-…
The American Bald Eagle sounds like a seagull. The mighty screech that is often dubbed over the image of a bald eagle is actually the cry of a Red Tailed Hawk. youtube.com/watch?v=PQ2uM…
The roof of some Tesla models appear orange and red when wet due to a protective UV/infrared layer in the glass to reduce heat. Water droplets cause light to bounce around and reflect some of the infrared light (normally not visible to us) in a form that is visible to our eyes adonisdetail.com/why-does…
In spite of Henry Fords mandate in 1909 that, "Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.", this was not implemented until 1914. Until then, they were only available in grey, green, blue, and red. autonews.com/article/2003…
Between 80,000 and 200,000 Freemasons were killed under the Nazi regime. Masonic concentration camp inmates were classified as political prisoners and wore an inverted red triangle. Hitler believed Freemasons had succumbed to Jews conspiring against Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Donating a pint of blood is equivalent to donating a chocolate bar calorie-wise, mainly from the regeneration of 2 TRILLION red blood cells in bone marrow at a rate of 2 million/sec. sciencefocus.com/the-huma…
Bulls are colorblind, and can't see the color red, it is the movement that angers them during matador fights. The reason behind the color red is so that the blood spilled is less visible. businessinsider.com/why-b…
Today I learned of Roza Shanina, whose teenage brother was killed by Germans in WWII. Seeing how sad her mother was, she joined the Red Army as a 17-year old sniper and killed 59 Nazis as revenge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roz…
A Danish company modified a version of thale cress (plant), that changes from green to red when being near landmines, because of the nitrogen dioxide gas released from landmines. This way you can detect landmines and save lives. nature.com/articles/news0…
A German study found that wine tasted better if the drinker thinks it's more expensive. Subjects inside an MRI scanner tasted a $14 red wine 3x but were told each sip was from bottles costing $3, $7, & $21. The brain's motivation & reward center was more active for the "more expensive" wine. nypost.com/2017/08/15/you…
The red-crested tree rat, thought to have gone extinct 119 years ago, showed up out of the blue at a hotel in Colombia where two conservationists were staying and let them photograph him for a few hours before disappearing again. npr.org/2011/05/19/136468…
The directors of Airplane! auditioned numerous voice actors for the opening red zone/white zone scene, disliking all of them. They ended up tracking down the married couple who originally recorded the announcements that were used at LAX in 1980. Their voices are in the finished film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
The Swiss Army Knives are red so they can more easily be found when dropped in snow newlyswissed.com/an-unabr…
Before 1954, stop signs used to be yellow with black lettering. This was because there was no red dye that would not fade over time. However, by 1954, sign makers began using a fade-resistant porcelain enamel, and it was declared that stop signs would be red with white lettering. rd.com/culture/yellow-sto…
In 1984, an anti-cruise missile activist poured red paint on the only good copy of the Canadian Constitution. He was subsequently sentenced to 89 days in weekend jail. cbc.ca/archives/entry/198…
Blink-182 was forced by the American Red Cross to remove a red cross from the artwork for their album "Enema of the State" as it was a violation of the international Geneva Conventions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ene…
There are only 149 wild apple trees left (the original ancestors to modern apples). Wild apples are much smaller than regular modern apples and contain red flesh instead of the white flesh we are used to. imperial.ac.uk/news/19052…
The two oldest cats ever recorded was owned by one guy: Creme Puff (38 years) and Grandpa Rex Allen (34 years). The owner even revealed what he believed to be the key to their longevity, a diet of dry cat food supplemented with broccoli, eggs, turkey bacon, coffee with cream and red wine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
Motobu Choki. A legendary Karate master who tested his combat prowess by fighting criminals in the Red Light Districts of Japan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
People such as astronomers who spend a lot of time in dark environments prefer to use red lighting when they need just a little light. Eyes are less sensitive to red light and they are less likely to mess with the dark-adaption of our eyes telescopicwatch.com/best-…
The color magenta does not appear on the visible spectrum of light and is the only non-monochromatic secondary color. It should be midway between red and violet on the light spectrum (approx 530 nm), but that position is occupied by green (magenta's complementary color). biotele.com/magenta.html
The first recorded pizza delivery was in 1889 to Queen Margherita of Savoy. Reportedly, she was tired of courtly fare and requested a local peasant meal; they delivered a white, green, and red pie to symbolize the newly unified Italy's flag. She called it "delicious" and the rest is history. foodandwine.com/news/poli…
If you feed canaries red peppers, they will change color. lafeber.com/pet-birds/spe…
Today I learned of Hannie Schaft, a WWII Dutch resistance fighter known as β€œthe girl with the red hair”. She carried out assassinations and sabotages, but once refused to kidnap the children of a Nazi official. At her execution, she was shot and injured and taunted her killers by saying β€œI shoot better”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
JalepeΓ±os are red,but because we pick them before they're completely ripe, we only ever see them green. azgunslinger.com/2019/03/…
The flag of the Philippines is flown with the red side on the upper side in times of war and the blue side on the upper side during times of peace. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The Pinkerton Detective Agency still exists and filed a law suit against the makers of Red Dead Redemption 2 for the use of their name and logo in the game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Today I learned of the old adage: β€œRed sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky in morning, sailor's warning". By basing the color of the sunset/sunrise one can tell of the weather conditions for that day/night. loc.gov/everyday-mysterie…
The name of the color crimson comes from the name of a Mediterranean insect whose dried body was used to create vibrant red dye. lithub.com/color-or-fruit…
When the Red Army captured Hitler's bunker on 2 May 1945, the only person they found alive was mechanic, Johannes Hentschel. He had stayed behind after everyone else had either fled of committed suicide to keep the field hospital in the building above supplied with water and electricity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Hawaii was never actually a part of the British Empire, a British flag was given as a gift of friendship in 1793 to King Kamehameha I. It flew as Hawaii's sole flag until 1816, when red, white and blue stripes were added. It has remained a part of the flag ever since as a symbol of friendship. bbc.com/news/magazine-358…
Red lenses binoculars were developed for hunting purpose. Hunting binoculars are coated in a way that makes the prey appear distinct in foliage and it does the job by blocking out red and making other colours prominent deanoptics.com/why-do-bin…
Some Californian red and white wines went up against French wines in a 1976 blind competition judged by the top wine experts in the world. It was considered a non-event... until the American wines won. And it changed the wine industry forever. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
The mother of Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers) was murdered in 1983 when he was just 15 years old. in 2015, he released a documentary called Mourning Son, addressing his mother's murder as well as his battle with addiction subsequent to her death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The first ever film rated "PG-13" by the MPAA was Red Dawn in 1984, Before that it went straight from PG to Rated R en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
The RUSH song "Red Barchetta" was based on a Sci Fi story of a near future where drivers of large, heavy and very crash worthy modern cars would hunt drivers of older, more fragile conventional cars and crash into them for sport and drive away unscathed. 2112.net/powerwindows/tra…
The color of a chicken's earlobe determines the color of the eggs it lays. If the ear lobe is brown (or red), the egg is brown, and if it is white, the egg is also white mcgill.ca/oss/article/did…
In 1987, Mathias Rust, an 19 year old from West Germany with about 50 hours flying experience, illegally flew his Cessna 172 aircraft from Helsinki through the Soviet airspace, bypassing their air defense systems, and landed near Red Square in Moscow. airspacemag.com/history-o…
Considered to be the first national flag of the US, the Grand Union Flag had the 13 alternating red and white stripes, but the upper inner corner featured the flag of the Kingdom of Great Britain. Other names for the flag are Continental Colors, Congress Flag, Cambridge Flag, First Navy Ensign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
The 13-star American flag attributed to Betsy Ross was just one of many designs that fit the Continental Congress’ resolution that the flag have β€œthirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field” 1stdibs.com/introspective…
Today I learned about teenage pilot Mathias Rust from West Germany, who OTD in 1987 landed his rented Cessna 172 in Red Square, Moscow to the sight of curious tourists. His flight into "impenetrable" Soviet air defenses irreparably weakened the world's perception of the Soviet military following this incident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Today I learned about the Memphis Peabody Marching Ducks. Every day at 11am they saunter down a red carpet to the hotel's water fountain, hang out for 6 hours then saunter back up to the rooftop. They've been doing this for over 30 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
Dave Thomas, the founder of the successful fast food chain, Wendy’s, worked at KFC prior to Wendy’s and was responsible for the red and white striped chicken bucket design. thebalancesmb.com/dave-th…
The 2000 one-hit wunder Butterfly (Crazy Town), that sounded strangely like the 1999 Red Hot Chili Peppers' hits, is based on a random 1989 sample from - the Red Hot Chili Peppers. youtube.com/watch?v=3mjZ6…
Mario was given his cap in his first appearance in Donkey Kong because of the limited advances in video game graphics when the game was made. A red cap was added because programmers found it difficult to create the hair movement that would occur when the character jumped. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
Canadian researchers discovered how to convert blood types A, B and AB to universal donor O-negative. They found that human gut bacteria makes a class of enzymes which react with the non-O type red blood cells, essentially transforming them into O-negative. cbc.ca/radio/quirks/aug-2…
In 2011, Harry Potter fans from across the UK, and as far as China and Argentina, were in Trafalgar Square to see JK Rowling and the cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2. The red carpet - which stretched 1.2km from Trafalgar Square to Leicester Square was the longest in the world bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Infrared is called infrared because it's below the red on the light color spectrum. Also ultraviolet is called ultraviolet because it's beyond the violet on the light color spectrum. youtube.com/watch?v=AyAK3…
Taurine which is a key ingredient in Red Bull, Monster, Rock Star, and other energy drinks, is an amino acid that humans and dogs can produce within their own bodies from other amino acid, but Cats cannot synthesize. Cats must get it from their diet, and it is required to remain healthy. vcahospitals.com/know-you…
Crows have been found to place nuts on the road so their tough shells can be broken open by passing vehicles. They even know to wait for the red light of traffic signals to retrieve the nuts. scienceabc.com/nature/ani…
The Red Cross charges hospitals about $150 for each pint of blood. abcnews.go.com/Health/sto…
That ostrich meat is red meat unlike other poultry. It is closer too beef than it is chicken. animals.howstuffworks.com…
Wine mixed with coke is an actual thing and it’s called Kalimotxo, it’s one part red wine and 1 part coke and it’s been around since the 1970s. It has become an icon of Basque culture and one of Spain's most international drinks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kal…
The Rainbow Shark isn't rainbow at all, and are usually a darker shade of black with red tips on it's fins. Furthermore, it's not even a shark, but a minnow with the appearance of a shark, thanks to it's dorsal fin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Today I learned of The Guardian Angels. A grouped formed in 1979 to combat violence in the NYC subway system. Trained in patrol & citizens arrest, members are told if other citizens' lives are endangered, they are allowed to do whatever is lawful and necessary. They can be spotted by their signature red beret. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
The reason "blue raspberry" is blue and not red is because flavored ice makers had an excess of red colored items and blue dye but not enough to go with the blue coloring. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Over half of road vehicles in North America have red turn signals, as opposed to amber. cnet.com/google-amp/news/…
Malcolm Little knew a dishwasher called Chicago Red, who was very funny. Malcolm Little became Malcolm X and Chicago Red became Redd Foxx. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Thailand’s Spirits Have a Taste for Red Fanta. The gods and spirits are offered the strawberry flavored drink which is a mainstay at most shrines and spirit-houses. atlasobscura.com/articles…
A piece of Martian meteorite is being returned to the red planet by NASA - this is the first time humans will bring a rock back to the surface of its original celestial body nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2…
A UK study found that North American gray squirrels are smarter than UK red squirrels at tasks to get hazelnuts. Both gray & red equally opened a clear flap to get a nut. But in a multi-step task including operating a lever to get a nut, 91% of gray squirrels solved it vs 62% of red squirrels. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned about Stephenson 2-18, which is a red supergiant (RSG) star that has a volume around 10 billion times bigger than the Sun and If placed at the center of the Solar System, its photosphere would engulf the entire orbit of Saturn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
The flag of the East India Company is said to have inspired the Grand Union Flag of 1775, ultimately inspiring the current flag of the United States. Mysorean rockets were also used in the Battle of Baltimore, and are mentioned in The Star Spangled Banner: "And the rockets' red glare..." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
-that the first flag to be raised in Berlin was a Polish one! raised by the polish signal corps whom were part of the red army advance in Berlin! outono.net/elentir/2017/0…
There was an (in)famous red light district in Boston. It was called: the Combat Zone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Poppies aren't always red, they can also be white, pink, yellow, orange and purple homeguides.sfgate.com/col…
Before 1954, stop signs used to be yellow with black lettering. This was because there was no red dye that would not fade over time. However, by 1954, sign makers began using a fade-resistant porcelain enamel, and it was declared that stop signs would be red with white lettering. rd.com/culture/yellow-sto…
Bees can't see red. What we perceive as the colour red is seen as black by bees. However, they can see ultraviolet. UV allows them to see vein like patterns in a flower, like a map which allows them to locate the nectar treasure. earthsky.org/earth/can-be…
Red Summer: January 1 and September 14, 1919, white mobs lynched at least 43 African Americans, with 16 hanged and others shot; while another 8 men were burned at the stake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
1967 Malmstrom AFB UFO Incident - On 16 March 1967, a red-hued UFO singlehandedly disabled and cut off radio communications of the entire Malmstrom AFB filled with Minuteman Nuclear ICBMs. ufocasebook.com/1967malms…
After the completion of Saint Basil's Cathedral (the colorful church in Moscow's Red Square), Czar Ivan the Terrible allegedly ordered the cathedral's architect blinded so he could never design anything so beautiful again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
While violets and purples look similar, but violets are a single wavelength and purples are a mix of red and blue or violet wavelengths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vio…
Facebook's primary color is blue because Zuckerberg is red–green colorblind, a realization that occurred after a test undertaken around 2007 newyorker.com/magazine/20…
"blue raspberry" is simply artificial raspberry flavoring, and its widespread use of being colored blue is credited to the ICEE brand who wanted their signature flavors (the other being red cherry) to match their logo. bonappetit.com/entertaini…
The United States only lost 1 of its first 50 conflicts. Every other war was either a US victory or had no clear victor. The first official defeat was in Red Cloud's War (1866) against the Lakota Tribe. Since then, the US has lost 5 out of 65 conflicts, for a total 95% win rate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were revealed as specimens of the popular turtle pet species Red-eared Slider, leading to people keeping them as pets in Great Britain and causing ecological damage due to deliberate/accidental release. The turtle is listed on the IUCN's top 100 invasive species. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Today I learned of the Schulze-Boysens, a married couple who were members of the German high society. They were also anti-Nazi activists who formed a resistance group known as the Red Orchestra. They were caught and executed in 1942 but the Red Orchestra continued throughout the war as an espionage network. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Walt Disney was in the Red Cross Ambulance Corps at the age of 16 during the height of the influenza pandemic in 1918 d23.com/this-day/walt-dis…
Today I learned about the "gringo tree". So named because when exposed to he sun it becomes red and peeling. sayulitabeach.com/tree-bl…
The Red Peppers used in Tabasco Sauce are made into a Pepper Mash and aged in decommissioned white oak bourbon barrels sourced from different distilleries around the US. tabasco.com/blog/about-ou…
Vindaloo (curry) originated from Portuguese sailors, carne de vinha d'alhos ("meat in garlic wine marinade"). The basic structure of the dish was "preserved" raw ingredients, packed in wooden barrels of layers of pork & garlic, soaked in red wine. This was "Indianized" by the local Goan cooks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Red dwarf stars can host life, will live trillions of years, and none have been witnessed as dying since the big bang space.com/23772-red-dwarf…
In the movie The Shawshank Redemption, Red's mugshot is actually of Morgan Freeman's son, Alfonso Freeman heraldweekly.com/fascinat…
Today I learned of a Welsh village LlanfairΒ­pwllgwyngyllΒ­gogeryΒ­chwyrnΒ­drobwllΒ­llanΒ­tysilioΒ­gogoΒ­goch named as a publicity stunt in 1869 to give the railway station the longest name in Britain. It means: St Marys Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel Near to the Rapid Whirlpool of Llantysilio of the Red Cave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lla…
Hippopotamus Milk is Pink in Color. Hippopotamuses produce two unique skin secretions (so unique they're named after the animal), "hipposudoric acid" and its analog "norhipposudoric acid". It gives the hippopotamuses' sweat a red coloration, commonly believed to be blood (it's not). ati-holidays.com/why-hipp…
Martian sunsets would appear bluish to human observers watching from the red planet solarsystem.nasa.gov/news…
Red, yellow, and green bell peppers are basically the same pepper, just at different levels of ripening. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
There is a Solar Library containing the Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy, stored in a 5D optical data storage made of quartz, in the glovebox of the Cherry Red Tesla Roadster orbiting the Sun. The Arch library will orbit the Sun for at least 30 millions of years inside Elon's Tesla Roadster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
There is an orchid (and its 118 species) named Dracula. Although the name Dracula means "little dragon" or "Son of Dragon" in medieval Romanian, the name was applied to the orchid because of its blood-red color, an allusion to Count Dracula and his thirst for blood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013) are known as 'The Three Flavors of Cornetto Trilogy" written and directed by Edgar Wright. Each Cornetto flavor (color) represents the themes: Red = blood/gore (Shaun), Blue = cop movie (Fuzz), Green = sci/fi (World's End) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
In June 23, 1971, Phillies pitcher, Rick Wise pitched a no-hitter and hit two home runs against the Cincinnati Reds. wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_W…
Today I learned of Sweden Hills, a village in Tobetsu town, Ishikari subprefecture of Hokkaido Japan. Local residents adopted Dalarna Sweden tradition of wooden houses painted in Falu Red, celebration of MidSummer Festival & 'Kraftskiva' crayfish party. art-sheep.com/theres-a-to…
70,000 years ago, a Red Dwarf star passed very close (In astronomy terms) to our Solar System. So close in fact, that it passed through the Solar System's outer shell known as the Oort Cloud and nudged some Comets out of their orbits. It may've been visible to early Humans and Neanderthals. phys.org/news/2018-03-evi…
Guinness World Records were started by the Guinness Breweries to settle arguments about records debated nightly in pubs throughout Ireland when their managing director got involved in an argument over which was the fastest game bird in Europe, the golden plover or the red grouse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
King George V, on a visit to Japan, had a local artist tattoo a blue and red dragon on his arm in 1881. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Almost 4,000 years ago, ancient Egyptian teachers used red ink to correct spelling mistakes, just like today. metmuseum.org/art/collect…

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