CIA revealed a "heart attack" gun in 1975. A battery operated gun which fired a dart of frozen water & shellfish toxin. Once inside the body it would melt leaving only a small red mark on the victim where it entered. The official cause of death would always be a heart attack. historycollection.com/con…
In 1915, a pilot planned a stunt to drop a baseball into an MLB coach’s glove from a plane during a flyover. As a prank she dropped a grapefruit instead; it exploded in the coach’s glove and covered him in red pulp, and he was convinced he was seriously injured and bleeding to death. mlb.com/news/wilbert-robi…
Joe DiMaggio sent half a dozen red roses to Marilyn Monroe's grave, 3 times a week for 20 years and he never remarried. He also barred the Kennedy family from attending her funeral. wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Di…
Dolphins sometimes play with Orcas, even though some Orcas eat Dolphins. Researchers believe this is because Orcas that eat red meat tend to avoid Orcas that only eat fish, so if they stay near the fish-eaters, they won't encounter the mammal-eaters. cbc.ca/news/technology/pa…
The actress who played the girl in the red jacket in Schindler's List was 3 at the time of filming. Spielberg asked her not to watch the film until she was 18, but she watched it when she was 11 and said she was "horrified" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Bell Peppers contain more Vitamin C than oranges do, and contain higher amounts the riper the color becomes. A cup of chopped Red bell pepper "contains nearly three times more Vitamin C than an orangeβ€”190 mg." health.com/nutrition/12-f…
The reason Yukon Cornelius keeps licking his ax in the "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" special is because he's looking for peppermint. The scene explaining that was deleted. huffpost.com/entry/rudolp…
In 2006 VH1 ran a fundraiser for Hurricane Katerina where viewers who made donations were able to choose which music videos the station would play. One viewer donated $35,000 and requested continuous play of "99 Luftballons" and "99 Red Ballons" for an hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/99_…
The red stuff dropped from airplanes to put out forest fires also acts as a fertilizer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Windsocks are calibrated to visually show wind speed as well as wind direction. They are designed such that each inflated red/white stripe indicates a 3 knot increase in wind speed to a maximum of 15 knots. hollandaviation.nl/en/win…
Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, saved a baby's life whilst filming Carpool Karaoke. A hysterical woman approached the set screaming "My baby can’t breathe”, Kiedis calmly took the child and restored it's breathing through CPR. He then resumed filming the show. radiox.co.uk/artists/red-…
Trey Parker admitted to his own prejudice of Gingers. He said on the DVD Commentary to the South Park episode "Ginger Kids" he once ended a relationship with a girl whose mother had red hair. This was to avoid having any red-headed children of his own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gin…
An egg yolk’s color can be affected by a chicken’s diet and that a diet of peppers that naturally have lots of red pigment produces completely red egg yolks newworlder.com/article/39…
They make and sell blue Santa suits in Liverpool as they are the colours of Everton FC and fans refuse to wear Red and White as they are the colours of their rivals, Liverpool FC. evertonfc.com/news/189954…
During the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, storms were so severe that its clouds blew smoke as far away as Boston, MA. Red snow fell on New England in winter 1934-1935. It was the largest American exodus in history, with over 86k relocating to California. 1/8 of CA's populace is of "Okie" heritage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dus…
Red squirrels make mushroom jerky, hanging fungi on tree branches to dry for winter storage preservationparks.com/new…
Spock was originally going to have red skin, but the idea was scrapped because the makeup looked like blackface on a monochrome television. legendsrevealed.com/enter…
The liquid inside a blister is actually called serum, not pus, and is essentially blood without red blood cells and clotting agents your.md/condition/blister…
The worlds smallest playable guitar is 10 microns long (about the size of a red blood cell). It has six strings each about 100 atoms wide and is played by aiming lasers at the strings. Its tone is about 130,000 times higher than a regular guitar supposedly the highest pitch ever recorded. theguardian.com/music/201…
The Little Red-Haired Girl, the object of Charlie Brown's affection, was based on a woman named Donna who Charles Schultz loved in his youth. Schultz proposed to her but she chose another man. Many Peanuts strips where characters discuss love are based on dates Schultz and Donna went on. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
The sky on Mars is red and its sunsets are blue, exactly the opposite of Earth's. solarsystem.nasa.gov/news…
Red Velvet cake is just chocolate cake with red food coloring livewellbakeoften.com/the…
Hakone Kowakien Yunessen hot springs spa in Hakone, Japan allows visitors to bathe in baths containing real green tea, red wine, and coffee. The spas are made from real ingredients known to rejuvenate the body and attract many visitors. lonelyplanet.com/articles…
The poppy has been a symbol of fallen soldiers since the Napoleonic wars, when the war would turn the battlefields into barren muck; the blood-red poppy was one of the few flowers that could grow in the churned soil. bbc.co.uk/remembrance/how…
Comedian Steve Smith (better known as Red Green of The Red Green Show) still performs as Red Green, with his most recent tour wrapping up in October of 2019. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Barns are red due to the mixture of linseed oil, milk, lime, and ferrous oxide used on wood to resist mold and sun damage in the late 1700s mentalfloss.com/article/2…
There is a bird called the Cream Coloured Woodpecker, also known as the Pikachu Bird. Males have the same colouration as Pikachu including the red cheeks. These birds are found in South America. ebird.org/species/crcwoo2
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is copyright protected until 2034. theflg.com/rudolph-the-co…
The red-eye effect in pictures is literally blood in our eyes. If a picture is taken when our pupils are dilated, they don't have enough time to constrict and the light reflects off the blood in the back of our eyes. yalescientific.org/2011/0…
Today I Learned red pandas, one of the most liked and famous animals aren't a single species but two. Chinese red pandas have redder fur and striped tail rings, while Himalayan pandas have whiter faces. This makes the efforts of their conservation a bit trickier. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
'The Hobbit' famous cover or 'dust protector' illustrated by Tolkien himself was meant to have a red sun. But the publisher wrote "ignore red" to the printers as it would of been too expensive to print a 3rd colour. museoteca.com/r/en/work/7…
Boston College football wears a uniform every year with red bandana pattering in honor of alumni student Welles Crowther, who died saving 18 people on 9/11 while wearing a red bandana. si.com/college/bostoncoll…
Today I learned that when the mongols sacked Baghdad in 1258, they threw all books from the house of wisdom in the river, doing so erased much of the information that was discovered during the Arabic golden age.(and the river went black from the inc after first being red with blood) thegreatcoursesdaily.com/…
Today I learned of Gerard Roope: commanding the destroyer HMS Glowworm, he engaged the 14000-ton German battlecruiser Admiral Hipper, and ended up ramming the ship, though the Glowworm was subsequently destroyed. The German captain recommended the Victoria Cross, UK's highest honor, to Roope via the Red Cross. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
In some early versions of Little Red Riding Hood, the girl and the wolf eat Grandma together. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
While Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown is credited with shooting down the Red Baron's plane, the Red Baron himself was actually killed after being shot once in the heart by small arms fire from the ground, not the air. It is still unknown who, exactly, fired the fatal bullet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Mafia boss Lucky Luciano's "favorite assassin", "Red" Levine, an Orthodox Jew who never planned to murder from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. If he had to make the hit on Shabbat, he would first put on a prayer shawl, say his prayers, and then do the job. vox.com/2014/10/4/6901083…
Although red, yellow and green LED lights have been widely available since the 1960s, blue and white LEDs did not exist until the 1990s. The people who invented the blue LED won the Nobel prize for it in 2014, as it finally allowed for them to display the full color spectrum with LEDs. physicsworld.com/a/my-fav…
In some earlier version of Little Red Ridding Hood the wolf tricks her into eating grandma along with him cbc.ca/amp/1.3951441
The European blueberry is actually a 'bilberry' and is different from the American blueberry. The bilberry has a dark red flesh and will cause stains on the fingers and tongue when eaten while the American blueberry has a paler translucent flesh and cause less staining. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vac…
The coffee bean is actually just the pit of a bright red fruit called a coffee cherry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
The common chicken does not exist on the wild, they are the result of the domestication of another species of bird called the "Red Junglefowl" that lives in South Asia. They look like chickens except they live on trees and can actually fly ebird.org/species/redjun
During WWII, the Merchant Marines had the highest casualty rate of any service. Mariners died at a rate of 1 in 26. Much of the deaths and lost tonnage occurred in the North Atlantic while providing materiel and supplies for the Red Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
For the first 6 years of the production of the Ford Model T (1908-1913), it was only available in green, blue, gray (only for the town cars), and red (only for the touring cars). "Any colour so long as it is black" only started in 1914, due to the low cost, durability, and faster drying time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Today I learned of cranberry glass, which owes its red colour to particles of gold suspended in the glass matrix. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Black Friday got it's name due to businesses being "in the black" after Black Friday, as opposed to being "in the red" thebalance.com/why-is-it-…
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-…
Today I learned about Jānis PΔ«nups, a Latvian patriot who was conscripted into and then deserted from the Red Army in 1944. Opposing the Soviet occupation of Latvia, he hid in the forest for 51 years and did not emerge until 1995, thereby avoiding ever becoming a Soviet citizen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
Today I learned of the Green Corn Rebellion, an armed socialist uprising in Oklahoma in 1917. The rebels planned to march on Washington and overthrow the president, but they were immediately betrayed by an informer in their midst. The incident was used to discredit Socialism and helped fuel the First Red Scare. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Besides white, cotton can grow in shades of green, blue, red, brown, and tan southernexposure.com/cott…

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