Jurassic Park's visual effects were so groundbreaking to filmmakers that it inspired Peter Jackson to begin work on Lord of the Rings, George Lucas to start on the Star Wars prequels, and Stanley Kubrick to invest in his pet project, A.I (Artificial Intelligence). Jurassic Park (film) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
The Olympic flag's colors are always red, black, blue, green, and yellow rings on a field of white. This is because at least one of those colors appears on the flag of every nation on the planet. olympic.org
Today I learned of Lucky and Flo, two Labrador Retrievers who were the first animals trained to detect optical discs by scent, in order to sniff out DVDs. After a raid on a bootleg DVD ring in Malaysia, reports said the dogs were now targeted by the DVD pirates and that a bounty had been put on their heads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
In 1920 a 4th century lead tablet was discovered in which Silvanus asked the god Nodens to curse the thief that stole his ring. The ring, interestingly, has been identified as one found 130km from the tablet 200 years prior. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
The first paperback edition of the Lord of the Rings was unauthorized, as Tolkien refused to have anything to do with "so degenerate a form" as the paperback book. kirkusreviews.com/news-an…
The reason for the Netherlands not being underwater is due to its complex network of dikes, ditches, canals and pumping stations that have been built through the course of its history. It is so intricate that controlled flooding can create a ring of fortification around Amsterdam, its capital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Steve Bartman, a fan who in 2003 infamously but inadvertently interfered with a foul ball contributing to the Chicago Cubs' loss in playoffs that year, received a World Series ring when the Cubs won in 2016. wgntv.com/sports/cubs/ste…
Fairy rings, i.e. mushrooms growing in a circle, are an actual natural occurrence, caused by mushroom mycelia growing out from the center and exhausting nutrients on the inside of the circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
In the 1960s The Beatles wanted to make their own version of The Lord of the Rings, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring John Lennon as Gollum and Paul McCartney as Frodo. However, Tolkien didn't give them the rights to his work. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Telephone Party Lines Were Once High Entertainment - neighboring family's had to share 1 phone line in 20th century up in north country area due to telephone company's saying it was too expensive for individual installation. Each family had own 'ring tone' and could listen in on each other. adirondackalmanack.com/20…
The Tempest Prognosticator was a device that kept 12 leeches inside small bottles. They attempted to climb out of the bottles when a storm was approaching, causing a bell to ring. The number of times the bell was struck indicated the likelihood of a storm. amusingplanet.com/2019/07…
Construction workers at the new World Trade Center site in NYC stumbled upon the hull of an 18th century Philadelphia sloop active in colonial-era Caribbean trade. Tree-ring scientists at Columbia University found that the wood used to build the ship were felled in 1773. history.com/news/tree-rin…
The outermost ring of Saturn to date is so massive that it could fit 1 Billion Earths inside of it. space.com/48-saturn-the-s…
Vikings never wore horned helmets. The notion that the Vikings wore horned helmets actually comes from a costume designer for the 1876 performance of Wagner's classic Norse saga, Der Ring des Nibelungen vox.com/2016/4/29/1152656…
JRR Tolkien began writing a sequel to Lord of the Rings called The New Shadow which he found so depressing that he abandoned it after 13 pages. tolkiengateway.net/wiki/T…
There is an exoplanet, J1407, that has a ring system with a larger diameter than the sun (120M km as opposed to 1.4M km) exoplanets.nasa.gov/resou…
Jamie Siminoff , the inventor of the Ring Doorbell failed to secure a deal on ABC’s Shark Tank but later went on to sell his company to Amazon for $1 Billion . He then later got the opportunity to guest star on the show alongside the same investors who once turned him down. inc.com/magazine/201808/e…
The two highest-ranked Sumo referees have a dagger tucked into the belt of their kimono representing their willingness to commit ritual suicide if they get a decision wrong in the ring japantimes.co.jp/sports/2…
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 tavern Merry and Pippin sang a jig about in the Lord of the Rings shares its name with the the one the Sons of Liberty planned the Boston Tea Party in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The neck rings don't really stretch the neck, they push the shoulders and clavicles down to create the illusion of a longer neck, and removing them incorrectly may cause death because the neck muscles weaken so much they can't support the head on their own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nec…
The Iffland-Ring is a ring awarded to the "most significant and most worthy actor of the German-speaking theatre", in the opinion of the previous holder who has passes it on by will following their death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iff…
NFL refs also receive Super Bowl rings thepilot.com/sports/nfl-o…
Today I learned of the unofficial Russian book The Last Ringbearer which describes The Lord of the Rings trilogy from Sauron's point of view and portrays Mordor as the good guys en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A $3 million lottery winner was sentenced to 21 years in prison after using his winnings to finance a meth trafficking ring. jacksonville.com/news/geo…
Bob Marley was buried with his Gibson "Les Paul" guitar, a soccer ball, a marijuana bud, a ring that had been given to him by the Prince Asfa Wossen of Ethiopia, and a Bible. A month before his death, he was awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit. newworldencyclopedia.org/…
Today I learned about Penis Snake (Atretochoana), It belongs to a group of limbless, serpentine amphibians that are snake-like in appearance, but have rings like an earthworm. factanimal.com/atretochoa…
The Powder Room bar in Hollywood offers a $500 milkshake with decadent chocolates, ultra-premium spirits, gold flake, and includes a Swarovski crystal cocktail ring. cnbc.com/2017/11/21/the-p…
Peter Jackson originally pitched adapting the Lord of the Rings into two movies. That was changed by Bob Shaye, head of New Line who asked β€œWhy would you do two films when there’s three books? Why wouldn’t you do three films?” syfy.com/syfywire/how-pet…
Saturn’s rings are just 100 million years old and formed when dinosaurs roamed Earth. This is much younger than Saturn, which formed about 4.5 billion years ago. Their age was determined by studying doppler-shifted radio signals from the doomed Cassini spacecraft. physicsworld.com/a/saturn…
The origin of Samsung's "Galaxy" moniker was a $95 bottle of wine enjoyed by its top executives, the Terlato family’s "Galaxy" red blend. It inspired Samsung executives to later choose the name "Galaxy", which had to them a premium ring, for their phones onepercentamonth.com/2020…
Houston Harris, ring name Bobo Brazil, was credited with breaking down racial barriers as one of the first successful African-Americans in wrestling and he was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1994 wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobo_B…
Today I learned of boxing fighter Edwin Valero, one of only two fighters with 100% KO ratio. Despite his record, he failed to attract big names to climb into the ring with him. Later, Valero was jailed after stabbing his wife to death, and hung himself in his prison cell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
There is a form of telephone fraud called the "one ring scam," in which the scammer calls the victim via the area code (473) at times in which the victim is unable to take the call, and then when the victim calls back an automatic $20 fee is charged to their account for making the call. consumer.ftc.gov/blog/201…
Enya is a recluse who lives in a mansion with her cats and makes music with an elderly couple, the lyrics to which she sometimes sings in Sindarin and Quenya - elven languages JRR Tolkien invented for Lord of the Rings. pagesix.com/2016/04/26/in…
Saturn’s rings are much younger than the planet itself. Approximately only 150 million years old meaning that Sharks have been around 4x longer than Saturns rings. astronomy.com/news/2019/0…
Thomas Edison recorded the first cat video in 1894. It shows two cats boxing in a little boxing ring. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
Today I learned about Fairy Rings. Once thought to be gathering places for fairies and elves, they're caused by a cluster of mushrooms spreading in an expanding ring after depleting the nutrients inside the circle. mushroom-appreciation.com…
Today I learned of the existence of Planet J1407b, a planet that has more than 30 rings, each of them being millions of kilometers in diameter. rochester.edu/newscenter/…
Ariana Grande tried to get Japanese tattoo that read "Seven Rings" but found out later it read "Small Charcoal Grill" and then attempted to correct it, only for it to still be wrong and then read "Japanese BBQ finger" stereogum.com/2030449/ari…
Today I Learned Taika Waititi Directed and Starred in an Air New Zealand Safety Ad inspired by The Lord of the Rings. lbbonline.com/news/one-do…
J.R.R. Tolkien sold the film rights to Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit in 1969 for Β£100000 and 7.5% of the gross revenue. His estate ended up suing New Line Cinema for Β£75 million in 2008 telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
During Operation Bullpen, the FBI seized approximately $10 million in forged sports memorabilia. Some of the cooperating subjects believe that between 50-90% of all autographs on memorabilia is fake. The operation shut down a ring that was responsible for $100 million in forged items. autograph-market.com/comp…
There was a roller coaster that was only open for one week. Ring Racer at the NΓΌrburgring race complex in Germany. When tested at its intended launch speed in 2009, a series of explosions in the pneumatic system caused injuries to seven people and blew out nearby windows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
Howard Shore (composer for The Lord of the Rings) was music director for Saturday Night Live from 1975-80 and suggested the name The Blues Brothers to Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
Lisa Marie Presley the daughter of Elvis Presley threw Nicolas Cage’s $65,000 engagement ring into the ocean during a fight on his yacht. Cage hired professional divers to find the ring, but the ring was never recovered. nationalenquirer.com/mike…
Some lady lost her ring, and found it on a carrot 13 years later. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Sir Christopher Lee(who played Saruman in "The Lord of the Rings") read the trilogy every year from the year it was published to his death in 2015. He was also the only member of the cast and crew ever to have met J.R.R Tolkien himself. tolkiengateway.net/wiki/C…
The Lord of the Rings trilogy recieved in total 475 film awards out of 800 nominations, making it the most awarded film series in cinematic history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There is a strong correlation between spending less on wedding and/or ring and lower divorce rates edition.cnn.com/2014/10/1…

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