The rise of Japanese whisky rests on the efforts of Masataka Taketsuru, a pioneering chemist who brought the craft of Scottish whisky to Japan. He married a Scottish woman and they founded Yoichi distillery in 1934. While the first whisky was maturing, they sold apple juice to make ends meet. chilledmagazine.com/masat…
The drought of 1976-77 aligned harmoniously with the rise of skateboarding. In effort to conserve water, pools were being emptied all throughout Southern California. With that, emerging skaters like Tony Alva, Steve Olson, and the late Jay Adams were jumping fences and skating empty pools. theinertia.com/environmen…
After the murder of his father, Genghis Khan went into poverty, even being enslaved at one point. It wasn’t until he was in his 50’s did he rise to power and become the Khan of Mongolia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Ethiopia adopted Christianity in 330 AD, just 17 years after the Roman empire. Despite the rise of Islam, fall of the Byzantine Orthodox Church, and being cut off from all other Christians for centuries Ethiopia remained Christian. They remain the only majority Orthodox Christian African nation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The human body literally glows, emitting a visible light in extremely small quantities at levels that rise and fall with the day, scientists now reveal. Past research has shown that the body emits visible light, 1,000 times less intense than the levels to which our naked eyes are sensitive. nbcnews.com/id/wbna320909…
From 1918-1933 the U.S. 45th Infantry Division had a swastika as their division insignia. It was a Native American symbol of good luck. Following the rise of the Nazi party, the insignia was changed to a Thunderbird. 45thdivisionmuseum.com/in…
George Segal was one of the first American film actors to rise to leading man status with an unchanged Jewish surname, thus helping to pave the way for artists such as Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The release of Rise of the Skywalker on Disney+ was set to Star Wars Day (May 4th) in most places, but it was delayed by one day in the Netherlands. May 4th is the anniversary of the surrender of Nazi forces in their country, and it is their equivalent of Remembrance Day or Memorial Day. variety.com/2020/digital/…
There's a natural phenomenon known as β€œthundersnow”, which happens when thunderstorms form in wintry conditions, giving rise to heavy downpours of snow, thunder and lightning. metoffice.gov.uk/weather/…
In 1939 a 24 year old Orson Welles attempted to adapt Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' but had to cancel due to budget constraints. The studio asked him for a more conventional project. He suggested a B film of his, an exploration of a newspaper tycoon’s rise and downfall. He called it Citizen Kane. oneroomwithaview.com/2015…
Due to the use of plastics (that leech hormone-mimicking chemicals), pesticides, & birth control meds, there has been a rise in aquatic animals found with intersex traits. In one US wildlife refuge, 85% of males of a bass species were found with eggs growing in their testes. nationalgeographic.com/an…
The Outer Banks in NC, USA is experiencing a 2000+ yr trend of sea level rise and serves as a bellwhether for what other coastal cities may face as global sea levels continue to shift ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/coast…
Figure Skating got its name from skaters' abilities to trace patterns on the ice to be judged for motor control and accuracy. The rise of broadcasting the sport made the art difficult to follow on TV, so tracing was dropped in 1991, and younger athletes began winning based on difficult leaping. britannica.com/sports/fig…
Mercury sometimes has double sunrises and sunsets. The sun will appear to rise over the horizon only to go back down again rather than going all across the sky. Also can happen with sunset as well, where the sun goes down only to pop back up. solarsystem.nasa.gov/plan…
The full Moon always rises near sunset, the first quarter Moon near noon, the new Moon near sunrise, and the last quarter Moon near midnight. almanac.com/when-will-moo…
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…
Today I learned of the architect Minoru Yamasaki who designed the Twin Towers also designed the Pruitt-Igoe. Pruit Igoe was a high-rise public housing consisting of 33 11-story towers that were destroyed in a widely televised implosion in 1972. theguardian.com/cities/20…
Crocodiles are the closest living relatives of the birds, sharing a common ancestor that lived around 240 million years ago and also gave rise to the dinosaurs. news.ucsc.edu/2014/12/cro…
Live and let live is the spontaneous rise of non-aggressive co-operative behaviour that developed during the First World War, particularly during prolonged periods of trench warfare on the Western Fron en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
Just before you start exercising, you will have an "anticipatory rise" in heart rate and cardiac output because your subconcious brain knows you will be active soon and triggers your sympathetic nervous system to prepare. oxfordreference.com/view/…
More than half of the original Venice Beach Canals were filled in with concrete and turned into roads in 1929, due to the rise in popularity of the car. This reduced the canal count from 13 to 6, making the current overall area of the canals 3-4 times smaller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
The "queen" in chess used to be the "advisor" which could only move one square diagonally. It wasn't until chess was brought to Europe and the rise of female monarchs during the 15th century was the "advisor" replaced with the "queen". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Today I learned about Ernst Thalmann, a German socialist politician who downplayed the rise of Nazism because he thought centrism was the real enemy. When the Nazis came to power, they imprisoned him in a concentration camp, destroyed his political party, and finally killed him ten years later. britannica.com/biography/…
Maude Flanders (from the Simpsons) was killed in the Season 11 episode titled, "Alone again, Natura-Diddily". The reason she was killed off was due to a dispute between Fox and Maggie Roswell (the voice of Maude Flanders) about a pay rise. Fox refused, and Maggie quit, so Maude was killed off. screenrant.com/simpsons-m…
The Late Sam Kinison, Prior to his Rise as an Actor and Stand-Up Comedian, was a Pentecostal Preacher. He Preached From the age of 17 to 24 and Recordings of his Sermons Reveal That he Used a "Fire and Brimstone" style, Punctuated With Shouts Similar to the Ones he Would Later use in Comedy. youtube.com/watch?v=8IsFA…
The island of Maui is a "volcanic doublet," formed from two shield volcanoes that overlapped one another to form an isthmus between them. The larger, younger volcano to the east, Haleakalā, rises to more than 10,000 feet above sea level, and measures 5 miles (8.0 km) from seafloor to summit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau…
Cicero wrote more than three-quarters of surviving Latin literature from the period of his adult life, encompassing the last of the Roman Republic and the rise and fall of Julius Caesar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cic…
In 1962 then manager of Benfica (a Portuguese football/soccer team) BΓ©la Guttmann, had his pay rise request denied. He stormed out and said these final words... "Not in a hundred years from now will benfica ever be European champions." It's known as the BΓ©la Guttmann curse. footballtalk.org/stories/…
Stalin could have single-handedly stopped Hitler's rise to power by ordering the German Communist Party (KPD) to ally with the moderate left and form a unity government which excluded the Nazis (NSDAP) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
The Burj Khalifa high rise is not connected to the municipal sewage system and trucks wait as long as 24 hours to ship the waste water out of town. inhabitat.com/the-incredi…
Today I learned about the Peter principle, where people in a hierarchy tend to rise to their "level of incompetence" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
When crank telephones were being replaced with dial phones, people used to take magneto out of crank telephones to electrocute water to shock fishes, when shocked the dead fish would rise to the surface. techwalla.com/articles/ho…
A terminally ill Star Wars fan got to see "The Rise of Skywalker" ahead of its scheduled release. A hospice worker tweeted the man's dying wish after seeing a Star Wars tattoo on his leg; 2 days later, a Disney rep arrived at the hospice with a black bag containing a hard drive with the movie. nbcnews.com/pop-culture/m…
In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism anightatthegarden.com/
Grey Squirrels do not hibernate, their bodies are incapable of storing enough fat to do so, they do sleep a lot though, giving rise to the belief they go into Winter hibernation until the spring. wildlifeworld.co.uk/squir…
Today I learned of Operation Gladio, a secret NATO operation during the Cold War, where hidden operatives were placed in NATO countries to prevent the rise of of communism. Gladio has been linked to a number of bombings, kidnappings and assasinations of leftist figures in various countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Current theory why testicles are outside some animals are due to high mobility. Animals characterized by signicant ability to leap and land have external testes to avoid concussive hydrostatic rises in intra-abdominal pressure. Temperature moderation is actually a secondary benefit ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The song "Kayleigh" (1985) by the UK band Marillion was responsible for a significant rise in popularity of the name in the UK and worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kay…
A resort in Madagascar wanted the sun to rise and set later, so they created their own time zone, an hour ahead of the rest of Madagascar. According to the hotel, "A time peculiar to the lodge was created so that we are better adjusted to the natural cycles of the reserve and the village." npr.org/sections/goatsand…
The last German Kaiser, Wilhelm II (born 1859), lived to see the rise of Hitler and the first two years of WW2, dying in 1941. When Hitler took Paris, he wrote a telegram, writing "Congratulations, you have won using my troops." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 2009, Hong Kong comedy director Mingle Ja (馬ζ₯šζˆ) directed a live action adaptation of the Mulan story called "Mulan: The Rise of a Warrior" (花木蘭). It starred Zhao Wei (θΆ™θ–‡), of Shaolin Soccer (ε°‘ζž—θΆ³ηƒ) fame, and dealt with the costs of war. The character Mushu (木須) was not present. bleedingcool.com/movies/m…
Men originally played the women's parts in Shakespeare's plays because women were not allowed to appear on stage at the time. This gave rise to fears that the crossdressing may corrupt the men. bl.uk/shakespeare/article…
The rise of electric toothbrushes has contributed to the decline of toothpaste use, given they have smaller heads and less surface to put paste on marketingweek.com/capping…
Today I learned about the Zanclean Flood, which formed the Gibraltar Strait and re-filled the dried up Mediterranean Basin in less than two years. Sea level rise may have reached greater than ten meters per day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zan…
The Chinese equivalent of "when pigs fly" is "when the sun rises in the West." Other variants include "when the crayfish whistles" (Russian), "when the crow turns white" (Tagalog), "when the fish climbs the poplar" (Turkish), and "when it snows red snowflakes" (Hungarian). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Thanks in large part to the global pandemic and the parabolic rise of home delivery services cardboard theft is now a multi-million dollar industry bbc.com/news/business-537…
Till 2016 Michael Caine's legal name was Maurice Micklewhite. He legally changed it to Michael Caine because of the rise in airport security checks. Airport security guards know him as Michael Caine but his passport had a different name which made him wait hours. theguardian.com/film/2016…
Women’s peak fertility is at age 24 with women under 25 having a 96% chance to conceive. By age 30, the chance of miscarriage rises 20% and women’s fertility begins to decline at age 35. parents.com/getting-pregn…
A "familiar stranger" is a term used by social scientists for strangers we see on a regular basis but with whom we don't interact. Familiar strangers are more than complete strangers but do not rise to the level of an acquaintance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fam…
A lot of the world's quartzite reserves form during massive tectonic events that give rise to high mountains such as Mount Everest. Continental plates collide, and the resulting compressional force crushes quartz-bearing sandstone. The remaining quartz grains recrystallize and form quartzite. eartheclipse.com/geology/…

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