The former World Chess Champion G. Kasparov described Hungarian female chess player PolgΓ‘r as a "circus puppet" and said that women chess players should stick to having children. Later in September 2002, in the Russia versus the Rest of the World Match, PolgΓ‘r defeated Garry Kasparov. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
The residents of the Spanish village Villar de Corneja near Avila, where the average age is 75, toast the New Year 12 hours before the rest of their countrymen in a collective decision to get to bed at a decent hour. newsbeezer.com/austriaeng…
A Guatemalan boy saw soldiers come into his village and murder his parents along with the rest of the village, was adopted and raised in an abusive household by one of the men who massacred the villagers, and later gave testimony that sent the killer to prison with a 6,000 year sentence newsinteractives.cbc.ca/l…
Nazis left behind so many of their Karabiner 98k rifles at the end of WW2 that they ended up being used for the rest of the 20th century all over the world, and some were even used in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. Somewhere out there, an 80-year-old Nazi rifle is still used in warfare. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
. Only 8% of the world's currency exists as physical cash. The rest exists only on a computer hard drive in electronic bank accounts around the world. money.howstuffworks.com/c…
Rock music has died out in the UK so much that the Rock & Metal Number One spot consists of practically nothing but Don't Let the Bells End around every Christmas, and Bohemian Rhapsody for the rest of the year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Frank Sinatra Jr. was once kidnapped. His captors demanded all negotiations be conducted by payphone. During these conversations, Frank Sr. became concerned he wouldn't have enough coins to keep talking, prompting him to carry 10 dimes in his pocket for the rest of his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Elephants are tremendous distance swimmers. They can swim for up to six hours and 25 miles (48km). They are so buoyant that if they tire in the water, they can just rest by floating and will not sink. They can also use their trunk as a snorkel and dive. wildanimalpark.org/can-el…
Actress Margaret Hamilton, best known for terrifying multiple generations as the Wicked Witch of the West, was a former kindergarten teacher who used her fame to benefit children, animals, and public education for the rest of her life. She was described as very kind and great with kids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Festivus (Dec. 23rd) from "Seinfeld" was a real thing created in 1966 and not invented by the show. Daniel O'Keefe created it to celebrate his first date with his wife 3 years before. His son Dan introduced Festivus to the rest of us when he wrote the episode "The Strike." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
People who use heroin describe sensations of warmth and safety while they are high. When sleeping on the streets on a cold night, a hit of heroin can make it possible to relax and get some rest verywellmind.com/what-her…
The other man in the balcony with Lincoln the night he was assassinated was so consumed with guilt over not having prevented it that he slowly went mad and eventually stabbed his wife to death and tried to kill his children before he was committed to a mental asylum for the rest of his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
In the 1790s, an Oxford student introduced using guano (bird poop) as fertiliser. He spread guano across the university lawn, using it to spell G U A N O. The lawn was soon scrubbed, but when spring came, the word GUANO was clearly visible, growing higher and thicker than the rest of the grass npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Magpies in Australia are not related in anyway to Magpies in the rest of the world. theguardian.com/environme…
Today I learned about Matt Kennedy Gould. He was the only real person in a 1990's Big Brother type reality show called The Joe Schmo Show. The rest of the cast were all actors and actresses. gazettereview.com/2016/09…
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent not 1, not 5, but 21 hours, 36 minutes on the moon's surface, after a rest period that included seven hours of sleep. nasa.gov/mission_pages/ap…
John Tyler (10th president of the United States) is the only president ever laid to rest under a flag other than the United States. Tyler was a big supporter of the Confederacy and the secession of the South from the United States, so his coffin was instead draped with a Confederate flag. robinsonlibrary.com/ameri…
Audie Murphy, the most decorated American soldier of World War II, suffered from battle fatigue for the rest of his life. He endured chronic insomnia and recurring nightmares, and kept a loaded pistol under his pillow. He eventually took to sleeping alone in his garage with the lights on. historynet.com/let-there-…
Freddie Mercury spent his last months recording as many vocals as he could for the rest of Queen to finish after his death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
After the 1980 Irpina Earthquake hit Southern Italy, the corruption was so bad that only 1/4 of the 40 billion dollar rebuilding fund got spent on relief. The rest got distributed among politicians and the mafia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
There are β€œharbinger zip codes”, these contain people who tend to buy unpopular products that fail and tend to choose losing political candidates. Their home values also rise slower than surrounding zip codes. A yet to be explained phenomena where people are "out of sync" with the rest. kottke.org/19/12/the-harb…
At age 71 legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen discovered he was nearly broke after his long time manager and former lover stole $5M. The theft started after Cohen entered a Zen Buddhist retreat when he retired, believing he had enough money to live there the rest of his life. irishtimes.com/news/that-…
Thanks to a genetic algorithm, Dr. Adrian Thompson produced a prototype voice-recognition circuit distinguishing and responding to "stop" and "go" using only 37 logic gates; 5 of them weren't connected to the rest of the network, yet if they were removed, the device stopped working talkorigins.org/faqs/gena…
Today I learned about 400.000 children were fathered by four allied powers in post-war Germany. Around 300.000 of them were fathered by the Soviet Army soldiers and the rest by French, US and British troops. dw.com/en/troops-fathered…
Today I learned of Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother's Day in 1908. In 1943, she rescinded her support for the holiday due to increased commercialization. However, she was then placed in a Sanitorium for the rest of her life, where her bills were paid by people in the Floral and Greeting Card industries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
The Fermi Paradox seeks to answer the question of where the aliens are. Given that our star and Earth are part of a young planetary system - compared to the rest of the universe - alien civilizations have had more than enough time to develop interstellar travel and visit Earth by now. space.com/25325-fermi-par…
In Albania, some women choose to become "sworn virgins" in order to live life as a man, get the rights and priviliges of a man and are, for the rest of their lives, never adressed as female again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Because of inconsistent government policy, Daylight Savings Time only applied to some businesses and cities when introduced in the province of Quebec, Canada. In one building in Montreal, DST was in effect on half the first floor and the fourth floor, but not in the rest of the building. muse.jhu.edu/article/4914…
During a US WWII bombing mission in 1944, 1st Lt. Bill Lawley, took controls of a severely damaged B-17, managed to evade 20 attackers, pull out of a steep dive, and refused to bail-out with the rest of the crew as 2 team members were wounded. He was subsequently awarded the Metal of Honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Dorothy Good, the youngest accused in the Salem witch trials, was so traumatized by the ordeal she was left with "little to no reason" and required a carer for the rest of her life historyofmassachusetts.or…
The character Edwin from The Fast and the Furious was originally meant to return in 2 Fast 2 Furious, but Ja Rule felt that returning "wasn't the best move". The character Edwin was eventually rewritten as Tej and Ja Rule was replaced by Ludacris who went on to star in the rest of the franchise. screenrant.com/fast-furio…
The official measure/definition of a second (time): The duration of 9,192,631,770 β€˜oscillations’ of a Caesium 133 atom at rest and at absolute zero temperature astronomy.swin.edu.au/cos…
WWI Metal of Honor; Jake Allex, alone and exposed, ran directly towards machine gun fire, neutralizing the turret. Out of bullets, he used his bayonet to kill five soldiers before it snapped. He then used his rifle butt to subdue the rest of the nest, capturing 15 prisoners, all by himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jak…
Today I learned about the Tri-Cornered Baseball Game. An exhibition game was played between the Brooklyn Dodger, New York Yankees, and The New York Giants in 1944. Each team would bat and field for six innings, then rest for three innings. The Dodgers won with five runs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Foreign nationals of just 15 countries have a right explicitly conferred in law for making requests based on the Freedom of Information act. 25 countries are explicitly banned. The status of the rest is ambiguous gijn.org/2019/09/28/where…
The Navajo Nation in Arizona observes daylight savings time while the rest of the state does not, creating the β€œDaylight Saving Donut” cntraveler.com/stories/20…
Today I learned of flail chest, an injury in which broken ribs become detached from the rest of the chest wall and move opposite to the rest of the torso while breathing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Keith Moon passed out onstage with The Who after taking a combination of tranquillisers and brandy. Scot Halpin, a fan from the audience, was invited up from the crowd to drum for the rest of the gig. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Today I learned about Word the Lhasa Apso. Sentenced to death in 1993, he spent 8 years on 'doggy death row' in Seattle until he was released to live out the rest of his life in a sanctuary. According to Guinness World Records, Word set the record for longest condemned dog in capitivity. seattleweekly.com/news/ne…
Blue whales have a stroke volume (amount of blood pumped out of the heart’s left ventricle and into the rest of the body) of 80L and a resting heart rate of about 15 bpm. pnas.org/content/116/50/2…
50 years ago, fried chicken tycoon David Bamberger used his fortune to purchase 5,500 acres of overgrazed land in the Texas Hill Country. Planting grasses to soak in rains and fill hillside aquifers, Bamberger devoted the rest of his life to restoring the degraded landscape. youtu.be/ZSPkcpGmflE
Fish don't sleep but most fish do rest by reducing their activity and metabolism while remaining alert to danger. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
After Alexander Hamilton's son Philip was killed in a duel, his daughter Angelica lost her mind. She never recovered from her mental breakdown and spent the rest of her life in an "eternal childhood." In a sense, Hamilton lost two children that day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
When Joseph Stalin was dying, his private physician was not available because he was already being tortured in the basement of the KGB headquarters for suggesting the Soviet leader required more bed rest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lav…
The Energizer Bunny was created as a β€œcool” parody of a previously existing Duracell Bunny. Thanks to trademark laws, the Energizer is iconic in North America, while the Duracell Bunny is common in the rest of the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ene…
An English submarine on a combat patrol in WWII accepted a Russian reindeer as a gift. The reindeer spent six weeks at sea, slept under the captain's bed, and got fat off of condensed milk. It then spent the rest of its life in an English zoo. news.bbc.co.uk/local/hamp…
Today I learned about Nancy Dupree, an American-born woman who became known as the 'grandmother of Afghanistan.' Moving there in 1962 as a diplomat's wife, she spent the rest of her life in and around the country, collecting and saving documents and eventually founding a new library of Afghan history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
Play-Doh is a scented, colored wallpaper cleaner minus detergent. Vinyl wallpaper made dry paper cleaners obsolete. But kids used it for crafts. Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan) used the modified cleaner, Play-Doh, on TV in return for 2% of the sales, and the rest is history. businessinsider.com/the-s…
The disembodied hand of the Statue of Liberty sat in Madison Square for 6 years to raise money for the rest of the statue vinepair.com/cocktail-cha…
The Bible got its name from the ancient city of Byblos, which was the main hub for importing & exporting papyrus. Eventually, the Greeks associated the papyrus with the shipping port, so they called it "byblos" first, then "biblia". The rest is history. cnewa.org/magazine/byblos…

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