Ancient Mesopotamian beer has been recreated by archeologists who describe it as flat, lukewarm, sour, milky-looking and sometimes a bit cloying; the Mesopotamians didn't know about hops and drank it with long reed straws pri.org/stories/2020-09-0…
Major Walter Reed, after whom Walter Reed Medical Center was named, led the team that confirmed that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Torakusa Yamaha founded Yamaha in 1887 due to his obsession with western technology and science. After successfully fixing a school’s reed organ, he realized the business opportunity of instrument brand, since at the time there were no Japanese makers of Western instruments notestem.com/blog/yamaha-…
On a cane reed played on saxophone, the sound is warmer and the response is even through all registers. However, great cane reeds can be hard to find and not every piece of cane will produce a great reed. Many boxes of 10 reeds will have 2-3 great reeds, 3-4 playable reeds, and unplayable ones wwbw.com/the-music-room/c…
Carlos Finlay, Spanish-Cuban doctor, was actually the first to discover that yellow fever was transmitted by mosquitos and pioneered the continuing research and preventative methods in mitigating it - including the Walter Reed commission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
In 2012, scientists discovered a species of velvet spider that lives underground and named it Loureedia in honor of rock musician Lou Reed. In 2020, a subspecies was discovered and named L. phoenixi after actor Joaquin Phoenix. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Despite not having a nuclear engineering program (no engineering programs at all) Reed College in Portland, OR is the only liberal-arts school to have a nuclear reactor. It is run by undergraduates, and has more female operators than any other nuclear program in the world combined. reactor.reed.edu/about.ht…
Brides were so scarce in Gold Rush era California that widows from the cannibalistic Donner Party tragedy remarried within months of rescue. Virginia Reed wrote with amusement of declining the proposal of a young man at Sutter's Fort when she was 12 and recovering from starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Surfing existed in ancient Peruvian cultures, which used reed watercraft since 200 CE; in 1590, a Jesuit missionary commented, "They looked like Tritons, or Neptunes, who paint upon the water" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
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-…
In 1975 actor Oliver Reed had a pie thrown in his face at a premiere. Then a man came up to him with a card saying "Pie in the Face International. You have been selected by Mr. Keith Moon to become a member." and a certificate with the words "You are a member, sponsored by Keith Moon.". rollingstone.com/music/mu…
After leaving the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed moved to his parents' home on Long Island, and took a job at his father's tax accounting firm as a typist, by his own account earning $40 a week. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Actor Oliver Reed, who appeared in over 50 movies died during the shooting of "Gladiator" in 1999, after out drinking sailors from the royal navy in a pub in malta. It is reported that he drunk eight pints of lager, twelve double rums and half a bottle of whiskey, and insisted on paying airmalta.com/blog/malta/o…
Loureedia is a species of velvet spider that lives underground - named after Lou Reed, the frontman of The Velvet Underground. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Actor Oliver Reed died during a break from shooting Gladiator after winning a drinking match with British sailors. He "drank eight pints of German lager, a dozen shots of rum, half a bottle of whiskey and a few shots of Hennessy" and beat five young sailors at arm wrestling before collapsing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
The concept for Spider-Man's black costume came from a fan named Randy Schueller, who was paid $220 in 1982 for the idea by then-Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter. Schueller conceived a black stealth version with a dark red spider chest emblem made by Reed Richards with unstable molecules. screencrush.com/venom-cre…
Today I learned Shelly Winters dumped her drink on Oliver Reed's head after arguing back and forth on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1975 youtube.com/watch?v=5S_KI…
Marina AbramoviΔ‡ performed The Artist Is Present, a 736-hour and 30-minute static, silent piece, in which she sat immobile in the museum's atrium across from 1,545 sitters, including Klaus Biesenbach, James Franco, Lou Reed, Alan Rickman, Jemima Kirke, Jennifer Carpenter and BjΓΆrk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl, who among other things, sailed from the west coast of Africa to Barbados in a papyrus reed boat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Robert Reed hated playing Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch, considering the show to be beneath his talents as a Shakespearean actor abcnews.go.com/2020/story…
"Louie Louie" has been covered by The Beach Boys, The Kinks, Jim Morrison, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, Blondie, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, the Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, The Stooges, Joan Jett, Motorhead, Black Flag, Iggy Pop, and Toots & The Maytals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
The 1967 Velvet Underground album "The Velvet Underground & Nico" didn't reach the UK charts until 1994, and peaked in 2013, after Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Stan Lee used alliterative names like Peter Parker and Reed Richards because he has a poor memory - having first and last name start with the same letter made them easier to remember cbr.com/stan-lees-a-brief…
Archer doesn't have a team of writers; the only writer is the creator, Adam Reed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
The bagpipes are a double reed instrument, using reeds similar to the oboe and bassoon. britannica.com/art/bagpip…
There is a genus of velvet spiders who live underground, named Loureedia - After Lou Reed, guitairst and singer for The Velvet Underground en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Adam Reed (Sealab, Archer) was tasked with watching all 166 Flintstones episodes to find those without (or the fewest) dinosaur references for a potential mail-in promotion with Little Debbie snacks, at the time owned by Seventh Day Adventists who were skeptical of dinosaurs. It fell through. dailyhive.com/vancouver/i…
Robert Reed, the father from The Brady Bunch, was gay but never came out publicly in fear of ruining his career and the show queerty.com/tv-dad-robert…
Today I learned of Margaret Reed. Margaret was convicted of being a witch in 1590 in King's Lynn and was burned at the stake. Legend has it, while she burned, her heart burst from her chest and smashed into the building across the street. The spot where her heart struck is still visible to this day. edp24.co.uk/news/weird-no…
Abraham Lincoln could've been part of the Donner Party. Lincoln was James F. Reed's lawyer, who organized the trip. Lincoln showed interest in going but couldn't because his wife was pregnant. However, Mary Todd Lincoln waved the Donner Party goodbye in Illinois. relay.nationalgeographic.…
Nikki Reed moved out of her mother's house and began living on her own at age 14. After success of her movie "Thirteen", Reed returned to high school but dropped out again after a year because of "mothers who were sneaking into the school at lunchtime to confront and harass her about the film" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music, while critically panned, is widely considered a forerunner of industrial music, noise rock, and contemporary sound art en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Robert Reed was the producers' second choice for the role of Mike Brady on the "Brady Bunch," after first choice Gene Hackman was rejected by the network because he was unknown at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Reed Hastings has said that he was inspired to start Neflix after a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ree…
Built on the site of a pre-Columbian town, Xochimilco is famous for its floating gardens. Locals constructed branch and reed rafts on the lake, covered them with mud from the bottom of the lake, and cultivated fruits, vegetables, and flowers, which they shipped to Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City) britannica.com/place/Xoch…
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's first cousin (Tanoai Reed) has nearly the same body type as The Rock, and has been his stunt double for all of his movies the past 13 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
In his review of "Lulu", the collaboration between Metallica and Lou Reed, Chuck Klosterman wrote: "If the Red Hot Chili Peppers acoustically covered the 12 worst Primus songs for Starbucks, it would still be (slightly) better than this." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lul…
There is a poem called "The Lost Generation" by Jonathan Reed that when read one way speaks negatively about a generation and when read backwards has the exact opposite effect. genius.com/Jonathan-reed-…
The Velvet Underground was originally so unsuccessful that Lou Reed’s first job after leaving the band in 1970 was as a typist as his father’s accounting firm. considerable.com/lou-reed…
The founder of Yamaha carried his first prototype reed organ over his shoulder on a pole (by foot!) through the mountains on his way to show it off at the Tokyo Music Institute. After it was criticized harshly, Yamaha studied music theory for months in order to deliver an improved prototype. hub.yamaha.com/the-yamaha…
A Tribe Called Quest hasn't made a penny off of "Can I Kick It?" Lou Reed took 100% of all royalties and publishing because the song sampled the bass line from his hit "Walk on the Wild Side." rollingstone.com/music/ne…
Today I learned of John Reed, a Hessian soldier who deserted in 1782 to South Carolina, whose son found a 17-pound gold nugget on their farm in 1799. They used it as a door stop until 1802, when a jeweler identified it as gold. Reed built a gold mine and died a rich man. nchistoricsites.org/reed/…
Adam Reed, the creator of Archer, was in a cafe and found himself unable to approach a beautiful woman seated nearby. Instead of talking to her, he conjured up the idea of a spy who "would have a perfect line." blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2…
Reed Hasting started Netflix after receiving $40 in late fees when returning Apollo 13. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net…
Reed frogs can spontaneously change sex from female to male. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Today I learned of the Uru people, who live on 42 artificial floating islands made of reeds in Lake Titicaca. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uru…
That, because cows have 4 distinct stomach chambers, there are four distinct types of tripe: blanket, honeycomb, book, and reed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
David Bowie was a huge fan of Lou Reed & Metallica's Lulu album, calling it Reed's "greatest work" americansongwriter.com/20…
Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after racking up a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ree…
Ron Howard has given each of his children the middle name of where they were conceived: Bryce (Dallas), Jocelyn and Paige (Carlyle; Carlyle Hotel, NYC), and Reed (Cross; famous London street. Reed was named after the street because according to Howard, "Volvo isn't a very good middle name." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…

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