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…
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-…
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…
Following the Civil War Robert E Lee was stricken of his citizenship and had to apply for it back. Instead of the letter reaching the president it was given as a souvenir to a friend of the secretary of state. theimaginativeconservativ…
American blues musician Robert Johnson was said to have sold his soul to the devil. The story is that he went to the crossroads near a plantation at midnight and met the devil, who took his guitar, tuned it, played a few songs, and handed the guitar back, granting him mastery of the instrument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Robert E. Howard created Conan the Barbarian at age 26 and committed suicide at age 30. He didn't live to see Conan become successful and is considered to be the father of sword and sorcery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Robert Maxwell, father of Ghislaine Maxwell, was the inspiration for the Bond Villain in Tomorrow Never Dies. At the end of the film M orders a cover-up story paralleling Maxwell's real death, β€œFalling overboard on his yacht." pastemagazine.com/movies/…
The FBI agent, Robert Hansen, who spied for the USSR also allowed his neighbor to watch him and his wife have sex, had a long term relationship with a stripper, and was an active member of Opus Dei. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Robert Clive, a British Governor and General in India had a pet tortoise named Adwaita. Clive died in 1774. Adwaita died in 2006, 232 years later at the age of c.255. She was born before the 7 Years War, the founding of the USA and the French Revolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adw…
The actor John Ratzenberger's box office gross is more than Robert Downey Jr's, Chris Evans', and Dwayne Johnson and he currently sits in 3rd place all-time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
300 years ago, Robert Boyle wrote down a 'wish list' of inventions he hoped science would one day accomplish. We're over half way there. irishphilosophy.com/2014/…
Jonah Hill asked for $10,000,000 to play the Riddler in β€œThe Batman” (twice Robert Pattinson’s salary), even though he worked on β€œThe Wolf Of Wall Street” for only $60,000 en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
200 years ago, Robert Gibbon Johnson ate a whole basket of tomatoes outside a courthouse to prove that they were safe to eat and not posionous! dailytelegraph.com.au/new…
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…
Robert Liston (1794-1847), a pioneering Scottish surgeon known for his speed when operating - he could remove a limb in two and a half minutes - once accidentally cut off his patient's testicles in an overly enthusiastic amputation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
A key piece of evidence in an active murder investigation, a unique pair of eyeglasses, was sent to the show "Unsolved Mysteries" for their segment profiling the case. After Robert Stack handled them with his bare hands, they were lost. An innocent man was imprisoned for two decades. denverpost.com/2007/07/24…
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…
Before 1762, there was no influential prescribed English grammar rules, but a desire within the middle class to teach their children to speak like the upperclass prompted Bishop Robert Lowth to publish the prescriptive grammar book which has been the foundation of current English grammar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Neil Douglas boarded a flight & found his doppelgΓ€nger/lookalike, Robert Stirling, sitting in his seat. The whole plane laughed & they took a selfie. Douglas arrived at his hotel, only to find the same double at the check-in desk. Their paths crossed again at a bar & they shared a laugh & a pint bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
Cyndi Lauper's hit single "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," is actually a cover. The original was written and recorded by Robert Hazard in 1979, and was written from a male point of view. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gir…
Rosemary Kennedy (younger sister of John and Robert) was lobotomised at 23 to deal with mood swings and erratic behaviour. Her mother was informed of this decision after the procedure had taken place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
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…
When Led Zeppelin briefly visited India in 1972, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page were largely ignored because the locals thought that they were hippies until they played at a local venue. bbc.com/news/world-asia-i…
Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's son, was in close proximity to three out of four presidential assassinations. biography.com/political-f…
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…
The man who eulogized George Washington with the famous quote "First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen" was Henry β€œLight Horse Harry” Lee, father of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. mountvernon.org/library/d…
Despite being filmed in Austria, The Sound of Music was and is still unpopular in the German-speaking world. The third act (the events surrounding the occupation of Austria) was cut by the Munich manager of the studio, before being restored after director Robert Wise intervened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Robert Downey Jr considered retiring as Iron Man in 2013 after receiving an on-set injury, believing that he was too old to continue playing the role of Tony Stark. hindustantimes.com/hollyw…
Each year, a social group called the Alfalfa Club, which includes elites from both business and government, celebrate General Robert E. Lee's birthday with a banquet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Before Rob Wietoff was casted as John Marston in Red Dead Redemption. Rockstar wanted to get Clint Eastwood or Robert Redford for the role but they all turned it down whatculture.com/gaming/10…
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 food scientist Robert Baker who invented the chicken nugget in a laboratory at Cornell University in the early 1960s. He successfully created a "chicken stick" that would retain form when freezing or frying. Instead of patenting the invention, he sent the recipe to hundreds of companies. carolinanewsandreporter.c…
For the film Cape Fear, Robert De Niro reportedly took his body fat down to 4%. De Niro also paid a doctor $5,000 to grind down his teeth for the role to give the character 'Max Cady' a more menacing look, later paying $20,000 to have his teeth restored after the film production was over. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Robert Healey spent $35.31 on a third party RI gubernatorial campaign & won 22% of the vote. Healey ran on the Cool Moose Party ticket for Governor in the 1990s & won 39% of the vote for lieutenant governor on a platform of abolishing the office. 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…
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…
The real Erin Brockovich has a cameo in 'Erin Brockovich', as a waitress speaking to Julia Roberts. She is credited as 'Julia R.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
During WWII, Robert Johnson II’s Permacell division of Johnson&Johnson invented duct tape as a sealant for ammunition boxes to keep them from becoming waterlogged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Sir Robert Walpole, who led the government of Great Britain for twenty-one years from 1721 to 1742, was the first British Prime Minister; he is also the longest serving Prime Minister of the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Robert Downey Jr. gave Chris Evans a custom-designed "Steve Rogers" car with the Cap shield emblazoned on the steering wheel menshealth.com/entertainm…
Charles Darwin's captain of the HMS Beagle, Robert FitzRoy, invented the first scientific weather forecasts and weather forecasting service. While often correct and immensely popular, the inaccuracy of his predictions and subsequent criticisms contributed to his depression and eventual suicide. bbc.com/news/magazine-324…
Than in January of 1987, televangelist Oral Roberts told his TV audience that God had told him to raise $8 million by March 1987 or he would "call him home." He ended up raising over $9 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ora…
Robert De Niro is the only child of two well-regarded Greenwich Village painters, Virginia Admiral and Robert De Niro, Sr. robertdenirosr.com/biogra…
Robert Oppenheimer, "the father of the atom bomb" and the head of the Manhattan Project, once tried to poison his advisor for making him do experimental work instead of theoretical physics. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Dr. Robert Lopez, a vet, suspected a connection between cat ear mites and a child's rash, experimenting by transferring them into his left ear. "I heard scratching sounds... as the mites began to explore my ear canal." He repeated the experiment twice, and won the Ig Nobel Prize in entomology. theguardian.com/education…
Arlington National Cemetery includes Arlington House, a Memorial to Robert E Lee nps.gov/arho/learn/histor…
Robert Blake, star of the 70s detective series "Baretta", was acquitted of his wife's murder in 2005 after a contentious 4-year legal drama. He was, however, found liable by a civil suit brought by his children. foxnews.com/entertainment…
Actor Robert Pattinson dealt with an obsessed fan who had been camping outside his apartment by taking her out on a dinner date. today.com/popculture/twil…
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.…
In 2015, Martin Scorsese directed a 16-minute short film called β€œThe Audition” that served as an advertisement for a Chinese casino. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, with a cameo appearance from Brad Pitt. The budget was $70 million. bestentertainmentreviews.…
Sir Roger Moore turned fifty-seven during the filming of A View to a Kill, 1985, making him the oldest actor to play Bond. He decided to quit the role afterwards as he realised that he was older than his Bond Girl's (Tanya Roberts') mother. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_V…
President Eisenhower would watch almost any movie that featured cowboys except for ones with Robert Mitchum because of his arrest for marijuana possession. As soon as Ike saw Mitchum in a movie he would walk out. whitehousemuseum.org/east…
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.…
Rob Lowe went to high school with Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Sean Penn, Chris Penn, and Robert Downey Jr.. youtu.be/3o-qEshWBUg
Robert Stack was not the original host of Unsolved Mysteries but rather Raymond Burr who was subsequently followed by Karl Malden who both hosted specials. Stack hosted the first regular season youtu.be/xAem0NJpTmI
When filming Forrest Gump, director Robert Zemeckis sent set designers to his old college so Forrest's dorm could look just like the one Zemeckis stayed in. 949wdkb.com/niu-facts-pt-…
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…
NFL running back Robert Edwards was fresh off a 1,000 yard rookie season when he destroyed his knee in a beach football game at the Pro Bowl. His NFL career was ruined and his team, the New England Patriots, would go on to win 3 Super Bowls in the next 6 years without him. theglobeandmail.com/sport…
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…
Today I learned of Robert W. Faid, a numerologist who calculated the exact odds of Mikhail Gorbachev being the antichrist at 710,609,175,188,282,000 to 1. theguardian.com/education…
North Carolina Congress man Robert Potter resigned from Congress after castrating two men he believed were having an affair with his wife in (1831). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
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…
Robert De Niro's line 'You talkin' to me?' in Taxi Driver wasn't in the script. It was freestyled by De Niro. today.com/popculture/mart…
The chicken nugget was invented in the 1950s by Robert C. Baker, a food science professor at Cornell University, and published as unpatented academic work. Dr. Baker's innovations made it possible to form chicken nuggets in any shape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The Urban Legend that Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) was responsible for Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) auditioning for Star Wars is NOT true. Though they were friends, Mark Hamill says that Robert Englund was 1 of several people who told him and his agent had already scheduled an audition. comicbook.com/starwars/ne…
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…
British police are referred to as "Bobbies" due to the fact that Prime Minister Robert Peel founded the Metropolitan Police Force for London at Scottland Yard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Robert Morris, namesake of Robert Morris University, engaged in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and personally owned several slaves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Sir Robert Peel started the first police force for England. But when it came to major towns having their own police force, Sir Robert Peel’s hometown of Bury only set up its own police force in 1974, approximately 150 years later gmpmuseum.co.uk/collectio…
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…
While young Robert E. Lee worked surveying the boundary between Ohio and Michigan, he jokingly referred in a letter to a snake he killed in a lighthouse as the lighthouse's keeper. Lee's biographer Douglas Southall Freeman misinterpreted this as an admission that Lee killed a human keeper. civildiscourse-historyblo…
Thanks to Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Ozzy, and current Metallica's bass player), the family of legendary bass player Jaco Pastorius regained ownership of the bassist's "Bass of Doom" after having it stolen from a park bench in 1986, and resurfaced in a guitar shop in 2006. blabbermouth.net/news/met…
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…
Botanist Robert Brown was not the first who discovered Brownian motion (It was Jan Ingenhousz) and Einstien was not the first who described it. But Einstien used Brownian motion to calculate the size of an atom. youtu.be/xAY8C0c2Ba4
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…
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/…
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…
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 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…
Robert Rodriguez's sons are named Racer,Rebel and Rocket gettyimages.co.nz/detail/…
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…
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
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…
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…
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
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…
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…
Philosopher, architect and polymath Robert Hooke invented an acoustic string telephone as early as 1667. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
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…
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-…
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…
Robert Moses at one point held 12 titles simultaneously (including New York City Parks Commissioner and Chairman of the Long Island State Park Commission). However he only held these positions as an appointee. When he ran for governor of New York as a Republican in 1934 he lost in a landslide. britannica.com/biography/…
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 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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…

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