In 1990, Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland were to be married - but Julia ran away to Europe with Kiefer's best friend. Humiliated, Kiefer took solace in steer roping. And despite breaking three fingers at his first rodeo he persevered to become a tournament-winning rider on the rodeo circuit. theguardian.com/film/2006…
Actor Robert Mitchum proposed to his wife by saying "Stick with me, kid, and you'll be farting through silk." Their marriage lasted 57 years. theguardian.com/books/200…
A very frugal librarian, the late Robert Morin, left millions of his life savings to the University of New Hampshire where he worked as a librarian, then the University spent $1 million dollars of that money on a scoreboard for a new football stadium. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Robert Moses who built bridges across his parkways low in order to "restrict the use of state parks by poor and lower-middle-class families," who did not own cars and would arrive by bus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Robert Millikan disliked Einstein's results about light consisting of particles (photons) and carefully designed experiments to disprove them, but ended up confirming the particle nature of light, and earned a Nobel Prize for that. scienceblogs.com/principl…
"Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones was originally written with the line "I shouted out 'Who killed Kennedy?'". The line was rewritten to "Who killed the Kennedys?" when Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated during the production of the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sym…
Director/producer Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) worked at Burger King to collect funny stories during a writer's strike. He was given 1 of 12 known special Burger King Crown Cards that give people like Robert Downey Jr, Hugh Laurie, Jennifer Hudson. and Jay Leno unlimited free food for life. rd.com/article/burger-kin…
While Robert Durst was found not guilty of killing his neighbor in 2001, he was convicted of tempering with evidence for dismembering the corpse and dumping it in Galveston Bay en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
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 Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken isn’t a celebration of choice and individuality - It’s actually the opposite. He wrote it sarcastically to make fun of an indecisive friend, and the poem actually asserts that the choice between the β€œtwo paths” doesn’t really make a difference at all. poets.org/text/road-not-t…
In 2005 Freddy Kreuger (Robert Englund) was set to host A Nightmare on Elm Street: Real Nightmares. It was a reality stunt show in which contestants faced their fears for prizes. CBS decided it was too close to NBC's Fear Factor and cancelled it after filming four episodes. criticalhit.net/entertain…
Songwriter Robert Sherman was struggling to write a catchy song for Julie Andrews to sing in Mary Poppins. When Robert's son received the polio inoculation, and he discovered the medicine was put on a sugar cube, he was inspired to write "A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_S…
Batman's secret identity, Bruce Wayne, was based on two real life heroes. His first name was based on Robert Bruce, a Scottish Patriot, and his last name is based on Mad Anthony Wayne, an American Revolutionary War officer known for his "mad" battlefield exploits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
General George Pickett (who had been told by Robert E. Lee to hold Five Forks at all costs) was attending a shad bake several miles away with other Confederate Generals when his troops were routed at Five Forks, severing the last remaining lifeline to the Confederate capitol of Richmond. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Not only there was a 'Rat Pack' and a 'Brat Pack' but there was also a 'Black Pack' that was founded by Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall and featured Robert Townsend, Arsenio Hall, Paul Mooney and Keenen Ivory Wayans. The only white member was Pee-Wee Herman. news.avclub.com/in-1988-p…
Today I learned about Robert Williams, a Ford assembly line worker, who was the first human in history to have been killed by a robot. In 1979, he was hit by a robotic arm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
When Robert Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court, his rental history was leaked to the press. Bork himself had stated that Americans only had privacy rights as afforded them by direct legislation. The incident led to the enactment of the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Old Bob, the horse Abraham Lincoln owned while he was an attorney but sold after being elected president, was given a place of honour in Lincoln's funeral procession, directly behind his son Robert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
At the 1896 Olympics, American Robert Garrett decided to enter the discus event; β€œto have a try”. He had never thrown a regulation discus in his life. Attendees were laughing, as his first 2 throws narrowly missed hitting audience members. However, his 3rd throw won him the gold medal. preservationmaryland.org/…
Today I learned of Dr. Robert Liston, the "fastest knife in the West End.", who could amputate a leg in 2,5 minutes. He was a highly sought after surgeon, but also a show off, which led to some mishaps: he once accidentaly cut a patient's testicles off while trying to amputate his leg theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Today I learned of the book "Shadows from the Walls of Death", an 1874 book written by Dr. Robert C. Kedzie about the dangers of arsenic-pigmented wallpaper. The book contains only a forward and 86 specimens of such wallpapers. Of the 100 created, 4 remain today. collections.nlm.nih.gov/b…
That 'The Dark Crystal' is largely inspired by Jim Hensen's obsession with a new age prophet Jane Roberts, who claimed to be sending messages from an extradimensional being named of 'Seth.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1981, the president of the Cryonics Society of California, Robert Nelson, a high school dropout with no scientific background, was sued for leaving nine bodies to thaw and decompose in a cemetery vault in the 1970s. sandiegouniontribune.com/…
Today I learned of Joshua Norton, self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States. Who, whilst holding no formal power was nevertheless treated deferentially in San Francisco. Norton has been used as the basis for many literary characters by authors such as Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
After corrections officer Robert Johnson was nearly killed by a hitman hired by a prisoner using a contraband cellphone, he not only became an advocate for strong measures against prison phone use, but also influenced the FCC to pass a law that made it easier to stop phone use among prisoners. usnews.com/news/best-stat…
Abraham Lincoln's son Robert Todd Lincoln was either present or nearby during the assassinations of three U.S presidents. After the third assassination he vowed to never accept another presidential invite. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The "You Talkin' To Me?" line in Martin Scorsese's film, Taxi Driver, was improvised by Robert De Niro. In fact, he improvised the whole monologue and got the line from Bruce Springsteen, whom he'd seen perform a few days prior to filming in Greenwich Village. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Robert F. Kennedy saved his son’s life after he nearly drowned in a Malibu beach on June 4th, 1968. A few hours later he was assassinated; the son he saved, David, was watching the news coverage on TV. ajc.com/news/national/rob…
Not only did Robert Todd Lincoln watch his father die, but he also saw the assassinations of Garfield and McKinley. When Roosevelt took office, Lincoln wrote β€œI do not congratulate you, for I have seen too much of the seamy side of the Presidential Robe to think it an enviable garment". werehistory.org/robert-to…
"Philanthropist" Robert F. Smith was involved in the largest tax evasion case in US history. He "willfully failed to report" over $200 million in income and he signed a nonprosecution agreement. He paid a fine of $139 million and cooperated with investigators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Robert Downey Jr. was paid $10M for only 8 minutes of screen time in β€˜Spider-Man: Homecoming’. He got paid over $1 million per minute he's in the movie. syfy.com/syfywire/report-…
In May 1944, Robert Schock, a diver on the USS Bunker Hill, found the intact body of the kamikaze pilot, Kyoshi Ogawa, who’d hit the flight deck, and recovered his personal effects. In 2001, Schock’s grandson returned them to Ogawa’s family. sfgate.com/news/article/D…
Robert Waldlow, the worlds tallest man, had over a ten foot long casket that weighed 1000 lbs. and required 16 pallbearers. His family ordered his casket entombed in concrete as they feared grave diggers. riverbender.com/articles/…
Today I learned of Robert Rozier, a former NFL player who killed 7 people on behalf of a cult, went into the witness protection program, did 22 years in prison, got out, became a web developer, and then was sentenced to 25 years to life for passing $2,200 worth of bad checks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned about Christopher Roberts, a classical bassist, who in the 1980s hiked into Papua New Guinea's jungles with his bass and tape recorder. By doing so, he preserved a tribe's rich musical heritage & history, which were being lost because of mining & missionaries. scpr.org/programs/offramp…
'Star Spangled Banner' only became the anthem of the USA in 1931, after the huge outcry caused by Robert Ripley, who denounced in one of his famous "Believe it or Not" cartoons that the country, in fact, had no official anthem up until then. awb.com/dailydose/?p=1949
Poland and Bayern MΓΌnchen football star Robert Lewandowski only sleeps on his left side, to preserve his stronger right leg; and always eats desserts first, because sweet foods digest quicker, so by metabolising them first, he avoids mixing them in his stomach with protein and carbohydrates theguardian.com/football/…
Hospital staff were stunned when Bill Gates made an unexpected visit in 2010 to the death bed of Dr. Ed Roberts, his first employer and developer of the first commercially successful personal computer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_…
The only thing which stopped current winner of 'FIFA Best Men's footballer' award Robert Lewandowski from signing for Blackburn Rovers in 2009 was that Icelandic volcano which grounded so many flights. bbc.co.uk/sport/football/…
[] Less than a year before John Wilkes Booth killed Abraham Lincoln, Booth’s brother Edwin saved the life of Lincoln’s eldest son, Robert. history.com/news/6-famous…
The inventor of the weather forecast, Admiral Robert FitzRoy, took his own life after becoming depressed due to critics hounding him for the predictions that turned out false nzhistory.govt.nz/page/fo…
In 1936 Robert Moses once decided to begin demolishing a ferry terminal in Astoria, Queens despite a 60 day moratorium on it's demolition. The ferry was still moving commuters across the East River when they started. Mayor La Guardia himself had to dispatch the police to halt the demolition. takeawalknewyork.com/blog…
The first selfie ever was taken by Robert Cornelius, an amateur chemist and photography enthusiast from Philadelphia, back in 1839 publicdomainreview.org/co…
When Robert E. Lee invaded Pennsylvania for the Battle of Gettysburg, his army kidnapped free black civilians and sold them south into slavery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Rey Mysterio was Robert Englund's stunt double in Freddy Vs Jason en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Today I learned of photographer Robert Landsburg, who spent his last moments photographing the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, then putting away his film and protecting it with his body before he was caught in the pyroclastic flow en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In 1984, New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon got drunk and decided to spontaneously call a general election, which he lost. thespinoff.co.nz/food/bev…
Robert Bork, the SCOTUS nominee the Democrats voted down, fired the special prosecutor looking at Watergate at Nixon's request after his two predecessors refused to and resigned. He also stated a desire to roll back the civil rights decisions of the Warren and Burger courts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Charles Robert Jenkins, a disgruntled US solider, who in 1965 drank 10 cans of beer before abandoning his post in the demilitarized zone dividing the peninsula of South & North Korea - a mistake which led to Jenkins living under the brutal Kim regime for ~40 YEARS en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The only player who scored for two dofferent nations in FIFA world cup is Robert Prosinečki, who scored for Yugoslavia in 1990 and Croatia in 1998. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…

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