While writing the popular 1990s song Friday I'm in Love, The Cure frontman Robert Smith became convinced that he stole the tune from somewhere, and was so paranoid that he called every person he knew and played the song for them, asking if they recognized it. It was, indeed, unique. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Author Robert Howard created Conan the Barbarian and invented the entire 'sword and sorcery' genre. He took care of his sickly mother his entire adult life, never married and barely dated. The day his mother finally died, he he walked out to his car, grabbed a gun, and shot himself in the head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Robert Smith (singer/guitarist of The Cure) played the piano as a child, but his younger sister Janet was a piano prodigy so he switched to the guitar because "she couldn't get her fingers around the neck." Janet later married Cure guitarist Porl Thompson and played on Cure side projects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The man credited with saving both Apollo 12 and Apollo 13 was forced to resign years later while serving as the Chief of NASA when Texas Senator Robert Krueger blamed him for $500 million of overspending on Space Station Freedom, which later evolved into the International Space Station (ISS). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Robert Downey Jr. only got clean because his girlfriend (now wife) saw him on drugs, then gave him an ultimatum of quitting or losing her. He stopped at a Burger King on the coast and threw his drugs in the ocean. She is now known around Hollywood as "the Miracle That Saved Robert Downey." harpersbazaar.com/culture…
Robert Downey Jr. provided his DVD commentary in Tropic Thunder as Lincoln Osiris, a nod to a joke in the film that Lazarus never breaks character until he completes the DVD commentary wikipedia.org/Tropic_Thun…
Today I learned about Dr. Robert Heath, who drilled holes in a gay mans skull, inserted electrodes in brain regions responsible for pleasure and arousal and zapped him while having sex with a female prostitute in order to find a β€žcureβ€œ for homosexuality. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Rob Lowe went to high school with Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Sean Penn, Chris Penn, and Robert Downey Jr.. youtu.be/3o-qEshWBUg
Actor Robert Pattinson dealt with an obsessed fan who had been camping outside his apartment by taking her out on a dinner date. "I just complained about everything in my life and she never came back." today.com/popculture/twil…
American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was related to 12 other U.S. presidents. This total constitutes over 25% of U.S. presidents. He was also related to Winston Churchill, Confederate president Jefferson Davis, and Confederate General Robert E Lee. businessinsider.com/frank…
The state of Mississippi observes Robert E Lee’s birthday as a state holiday while the rest of the country observes Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday (MLK day). They also have a state holiday for confederate memorials sos.ms.gov/Education-Publ…
Famous chemist and lifelong bachelor Robert Bunsen once proposed to a girl who said yes, but he then lost himself in his work for a few weeks. When he finally emerged from his lab, he couldn't remember if he ever proposed or not, so he did it again, only to have her turn him down. che.uc.edu/jensen/W.%20B.…
Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atom bomb, famously said "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." after witnessing his creations power. That quote is actually from the Hindu Epic Bhagavad-Gita, and Oppenheimer turned to Hinduism after seeing nuclear weapons capabilities years later. wired.co.uk/article/manha…
The trope of pirates saying "ARRR" was popularised by actor Robert Newton who played Long John Silver in the 1950 Disney film. In Treasure Island, Long John Silver is from the west country and so Newton took slang from the region and exaggerated it. "ooh arr" means "yes" childrensmuseum.org/blog/…
Actor Edwin Booth, elder brother of Abraham Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth, saved the life of Robert Todd Lincoln, the only one of Abraham Lincoln's sons to survive into adulthood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Madonna was very keen to record the vocals for the song Teardrop by Massive Attack, but Robert Del Naja and Grantley Marshall chose Elizabeth Fraser feeling her ethereal style suited the mournful melody and feel of the piece. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
Robert Craig McNamara, the son of the former United States Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, is an organic walnut farmer, expert in soil and sustainable farming, and president of California's state Board of Food and Agriculture latimes.com/business/la-x…
Today I learned about the poem, 'To a Mouse'. Written by Robert Burns in 1785, it is dedicated as an apology to a "mousie" whose nest he had turned over whilst ploughing a field, conveying his guilt at its happening. poetryfoundation.org/poem…
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…
In 1964, Robert Peabody was exposed to 7 Sieverts/10K rads of radiation after confusing his chemicals, adding uranium solution instead of trichloroethane to his Uranium-235 mixture. He died 49 hours later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
The hit song Children by Robert Miles was composed to calm rave parties at the end of the night and reduce car accidents on the way back home en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Eric Stolz was the original Marty McFly in Back to the Future, but was replaced by Michael J. Fox about a month into production because director Robert Zemeckis "felt that he wasn't getting what he needed from Stoltz." screenrant.com/michael-j-…
The Peelian Principles, developed by Sir Robert Peel in 1829, express an approach to policing based in the idea that police exercise their powers to police their fellow citizens only with the implicit consent of those fellow citizens en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pee…
That, once the Civil War began, Confederate general Robert E. Lee's plantation outside Washington DC was repurposed by the Lincoln administration to house a camp for escaped slaves. It contained a school, hospital, and cemetery, and it is now the site of Arlington National Cemetery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arl…
The Natural was filmed in 1983 with a 46 year old Robert Redford. Wilford Brimley was 48 at the time. mlb.nbcsports.com/2012/03…
Robert Downey, Jr. started using drugs at age 6 when his father gave him pot. By age 8, he admits he was a drug addict. B/n 1995-2001, he cycled through arrests, rehab & prison. Sober since 2001, he became the highest-paid actor 2013-2015 and the 2nd highest-grossing box office star of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
An edible fruitcake was discovered 100 years after British explorer Robert Falcon Scott died of starvation and exposure while attempting to become the first person to reach the South Pole in 1912 history.com/news/century-…
Today I learned about the movie "100 years" written by actor John Malkovitch directed by Robert Rodriguez, a movie due to be released on November 18, 2115. It was created as to match the span it takes for a Louis XIII Cognac to age properly. Pharrell Williams has also released a matching song called "100 years" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100…
Robert Stack voiced a role in the film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. He was so concerned that the producers of Unsolved Mysteries would fire him for appearing in the movie that he paid a lawyer $550 to have his name removed from the credits. He only earned $500 for the movie. youtu.be/3IzM_LBMw4k
After Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, his coffin was taken by train from New York to Washington DC and thousands gathered along the route to see it pass by. Paul Fusco photographed the crowds from the train. theatlantic.com/photo/201…
In 1999 Homer Simpson was voted in a BBC News Online Poll as the 5th Greatest Star of Stage or Screen of the last 1000 years, beating Robert De Niro (6th) and Marylin Monroe (9th). news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/enter…
Today I learned of Norman Morrison, who was a Quaker that set himself on fire under Robert McNamaras office in the pentagon. He was protesting the innocent lives that were being taken in Vietnam at the time. The city Da Nang has road named after Morrison in memory of his acts against the US-Vietnam conflict. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Robert Wadlow, the tallest man conclusively known, died at the age of 22 from an ankle infection. riverbender.com/articles/…
Robert Downey Junior went blackface for most of Tropic Thunder, but the movie was mostly criticised by Disability advocates for the alleged offensive treatment of individuals with mental disabilities throughout the film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tro…
Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter (pictured) drew artistic inspiration from hallucinations that he experienced while taking psychedelic drugs in a program covertly sponsored by the CIA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Robert E. Lee's wife was related to Martha Washington (George Washington's wife) through his adopted child en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
America's largest Confederate monument is Stone Mountain, Georgia. It's over 800 ft tall and 1.5 miles wide, draws 4 million visitors a year, and has a relief covering one face of the mountain that depicts three leaders of the Confederacy – Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis. kqed.org/lowdown/19119/st…
While GaΓ«tan Dugas was widely regarded as 'Patient Zero' of HIV, 16 year old Robert Rayford was admitted to a hospital in St. Louis in 1969, and died from pneumonia. Some of his tissue was preserved, and later tested positive for AIDS. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In 2017, the 93 year old former President of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda, was sent to Zimbabwe to try to convince President Robert Mugabe to step down in a β€œdignified exit” after the military seized power web.sabc.co.za/sabc/home/…
Today I learned about Dr. Robert Liston's fast-paced amputations. Apart from the famous incident, he once amputated a man's leg and testicles due to his focus on speed and showmanship. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
James Cameron originally wanted Billy Idol to play the T-1000 liquid metal Terminator in Terminator 2. Idol got into a serious motorcycle accident before filming and Robert Patrick was cast instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-1…
Robert Devereux once burst in on Elizabeth I before she had had the chance to change out of her nightgown and put on her wig and makeup. For this, he got grounded until further notice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned of N-rays, a new form of radiation described by French physicist Prosper-RenΓ© Blondlot in 1903, sparking the publication of hundreds of scientific articles. Failing to detect them himself, physicist Robert Wood later found them to be illusionary after sabotaging a experiment by Blondlot himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N_r…
A short time before Lincoln's assassination John Wilks Booths older brother Edwin Booth saved the life of Abraham Lincoln's eldest son Robert Lincoln. historynet.com/edwin-boot…
The movie Starships Troopers was originally called Bug Hunt at Outpost Nine, and had no link to Robert Heinlein's novel. When the director subsequently bought the book rights he only read 2 chapters, finding it boring. empireonline.com/movies/f…
Today I learned about Robert Landsberg, a photographer who upon realisation that he is going to die in the Mount St. Helens eruption of 1980 lied down on top of his equipment to preserve the photographs he had taken of the event. huckberry.com/journal/pos…
Clifford Roberts, co-founder of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Golf Tournament, serving as chairmen of the club from 1931 to 1976, committed suicide on the course at age 83. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
Today I learned of Robert Hubert, who was accused of causing the Great Fire of London. He declared that he had thrown a grenade through a window into the bakery where it had started. Yet, he hadn’t been in England, the bakery didn’t have any windows, and he was a cripple. He was still executed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Celebrities have to pay $30k for their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They must sign a form stating that they want a star and that they will attend the unveiling of it. Celebrities Julia Roberts, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, and Al Pacino still don't have a star. insider.com/celebs-buy-3k…
Robert Downey Jr was pulled over for speeding, but the officers quickly discovered Downey was naked and hallucinating allegedly throwing imaginary rats at the officers on the scene. On another occasion, Downey was discovered curled up in the fetal position behind a grungy LA hotel. iamsober.com/blog/robert-…
Today I learned of Robert Campbell, a World War One soldier who was a German prisoner, he learned that his mother was dying, and wrote to the Kaiser, asking to be released. His request was granted, with the condition that he had to return. Campbell spent a week with his mother, then returned. bbc.com/news/uk-23957605
Robert A. Heinlein is credited with popularizing the phrase "pay it forward." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
George Lucas asked three different people - Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis - if they wanted to direct the Prequels. He only decided to do it himself after they all turned him down. cinemablend.com/new/3-Peo…
Today I learned of the chemical compound perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as C8, which was used in many products across the United States and the world. Thanks to one man, Robert Bilott who took a gamble and risked his job and reputation, this harmful β€œforever chemical” is not being used anymore. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Sister Mary Robert, the shy red-head nun in Sister Act, didn't actually sing in the movie and lipsynched to professional singer Andrea Robinson digitalspy.com/movies/a83…
Robert Rodriguez's 2010 exploitation film Machete is a spin off of his kids' film series Spy Kids. Isador Cortez (AKA Machete, played by Danny Trejo) appears in both films en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
Only 10 to 15 percent of laughter is the result of someone making a joke, said Baltimore neuroscientist Robert Provine, who has studied laughter for decades. Laughter is mostly about social responses rather than reaction to a joke. nbcnews.com/id/36122340/n…
Sha Na Na founding member, Robert Leonard, is now a doctor of forensic linguistics, and uses this skill to help identify the writers of ransom notes, threatening letters and other correspondence. today.com/popculture/sha-…
President George Washington’s step-grandson in law was Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army. wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_A…
Robert Rodriguez and John Malkovich teamed up with RΓ©my Martin to produce a film centered around the 100 years it takes to make their Louis XIII cognac. It will be released on November 18, 2115. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100…
In an early draft of Back to the Future, the time machine was a refrigerator. It was changed because Robert Zemeckis was afraid kids would imitate the film and get trapped. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ref…
The author Edward Bunker (who played "Mr. Blue" in "Reservoir Dogs") did time in San Quentin with Danny Trejo. Bunker, remembering Trejo's boxing skills, offered Danny $320 per day to train Eric Roberts, for a boxing scene in the 1985 Movie "Runaway Train". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
After billionaire Robert F. Smith surprised the Morehouse College class of 2019 (400 graduates) by paying the educational loan debt worth $34 million, he will also pay off their parents college loans. usatoday.com/story/money/…
Robert De Niro was arrested on February 10, 1998 in Paris and "held for questioning in connection with an international prostitution ring." irishtimes.com/news/de-ni…
The late Robert Urich holds the record for starring in the most different TV series: fifteen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In "Goodfellas", Robert DeNiro learned details about the real Jimmy Burke. He found that Jimmy loved ketchup, and how he poured it-because dispensing ketchup out of a glass bottle was a common problem then. The "spin" technique is what he used in the film, the way the real Jimmy did. youtu.be/tkNIOuZPXSc?t=52…
George Washington's adopted son's daughter married Robert E. Lee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arl…
"Rhyming names were popular in the Middle Ages, so Richard became Rick, Hick, or Dick, William became Will, Gill, or Bill, and Robert became Rob, Hob, Dob, Nob, or Bob." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Robert Kiyosaki, the author of personal finance book Rich Dad Poor Dad and founder of Rich Global LLC was featured by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in an expose on scams in 2010, and on 2012 this company filed for bankruptcy. wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert…
Robert Ross won a Nobel prize for his work on how to control epidemics aeon.co/essays/how-mathem…
Henry "light horse harry" Lee was instrumental in helping the United States gain independence from Great Britain. His son Robert E. Lee, led the confederate forces that tried to gain independence from the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Martin Scorsese first heard about Leonardo DiCaprio from Robert De Niro, who worked with then 19-year-old DiCaprio in 'This Boy's Life', and suggested his work to Scorsese as "impressive." Scorsese and DiCaprio have brought in a total of $1.3 billion in earnings from 5 feature films since 2002. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
When Robert Ballard (professor of oceanography) announced a mission to find the Titanic, it was a cover story for a classified mission to search for lost nuclear submarines. They finished before they were due back, so the team spent the extra time looking for the Titanic and actually found it. news.nationalgeographic.c…
The classic underground song "Fish Heads" (Barnes & Barnes) was performed by Bill Mumy who starred in the tv series Lost in Space and Robert Haimer from the band America youtu.be/4IrWJbANIdU
Today I learned about Thad Roberts, a NASA intern who stole millions of dollars worth of moon rocks with his girlfriend, had sex with her on top of the moon rocks, tried to sell the rocks, and ended up in prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
Actor Eric Roberts has amassed over 500 credits to his name since the 1970s, making him one of the most prolific actors of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
Robert Curthose, eldest son of William the Conqueror and duke of Normandy after his father's death, loaned out Normandy to his brother for three years because he wanted to join the Crusaders. Sure enough, he never got Normandy back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
November 9th is often called the 'Day of Fate' in German history - Robert Blum's death in 1848, Kaiser Wilhelm's abdication in 1918, Einstein's Nobel Prize win in 1922, the Munich Putsch in 1923, Kristallnacht in 1938 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 all occurred on the same date. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nov…
Robert E. Lee greduated second in his class from the United States Military Academy. More impressive however, is that he recived no demerts his entire time there. To this day, that has never been matched. let.rug.nl/usa/biographie…
In the opening sequence of Adventures of Superman, 3 actors in the show have lines: "Look, up in the sky!" (Robert Shayne, insp. Bill Henderson); "It's a bird!"(George Reeves) and "It's a plane!" (Phyllis Coates, the first to play LL. She was told to use a high-pitched voice to sound childlike.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adv…
In 1920 The New York Times ridiculed the notion of rockets in space, calling it absurd, and criticized rocket scientist Robert H. Goddard as being less educated than a high school student. They issued a retraction in 1969 just days before Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon. popsci.com/military-aviat…
Robert Maxwell was a British media magnate who when at his peak was rival with Rupert Murdoch. When Maxwell died 1991 it was revealed that he had stolen hundreds millions from his companies pensions funds and many went bankrupt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Media baron Robert Maxwell fell to his death from his Β£15m yacht. His photographer believed it was an accident and he fell because he used to get up at night and pee over the stern of the ship theguardian.com/us-news/2…
The black cat on board the ship Terra Nova during Robert Falcon Scott's 1910 Antarctic Expedition was named "N-word" purr-n-fur.org.uk/famous/…
According to Robert De Niro's publicist, his last name must "ALWAYS" be written with a half-space between De and Niro latimes.com/archives/la-x…
A teenager, Peter Roberts invented a quick-release ratchet. He sold his patent to Sears for $10,000 who said that the invention was not worth very much and then went on to make $44 million selling the ratchet. He sued them for fraud and was awarded $1 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Robert Altman's 14-year-old son, Michael, wrote the lyrics to "Suicide is Painless" for his dad's movie M*A*S*H. When the movie was turned into a TV show, the song was used as the theme of the series and he earned over $1 million in royalties. genius.com/Suicide-is-pai…
General George Thomas was arguably better than both Robert E Lee and Ulysses S Grant. He never lost a battle and once completely destroyed a confederate army, earning him the nickname "sledgehammer". History has forgotten because he was too modest and always downplayed his own accomplishments smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Ethernet inventor Robert Metcalfe predicted that the internet would collapse in 1996, promising to eat his words if not. In 1997, he took a printed copy of his column that predicted the collapse, put it in a blender with some liquid and then consumed the pulpy mass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The songwriter Robert Lopez is responsible for co-writing the songs in both Book of Mormon and Frozen. He is the youngest person to ever receive an EGOT and is the only person to achieve an EGOT twice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The actor Robert Foulk also worked as an architectural draftsman because he found it a good therapy for the tensions that built up while acting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Henry Cavill was almost cast in the role of Edward in Twilight. Losing the role to Robert Pattinson just before filming began webcitation.org/68EJ4cL1Z…
Playboy 2010 Playmate of the Year Hope Dworaczyk graduated from high school at sixteen and competed in the Miss Texas Teen USA. Later, she married billionaire Robert F. Smith, the founder of Vista Equity Partners en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hop…
Today I learned about Point Roberts, Washington, a US city connected to and only accessible through Canada wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_…
British Member of Parliament Robert Pakington was probably the first person to be murdered by a handgun - in 1536. The case remains the oldest recorded unsolved murder in the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The track Children by Robert Miles cost Β£150 to make but sold platinum in 7 countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Robert Orci who cowrote the Star Trek reboot films would casually and regularly refer to the character of Mr. Spock using a derogatory racial epithet digitalspy.com/movies/a81…
Judge Richard Posner was on the short list of Reagan's potential Supreme Court nominees alongside Robert Bork. But Posner was considered unconfirmable because of an article he wrote arguing that parents should be able to buy and sell children on the open market. chicagounbound.uchicago.e…
Col. Robert J. Friend was an Air Force fighter pilot and was one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen from WW2. He also ran Project Blue Book investigating UFOs from 1958 - 1963 (He believed). In 2007 he was awarded The Congressional Gold Medal. He died on 6/21/19 at 99 years old. aopa.org/news-and-media/a…

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