Jack Black desperately wanted to use a Led Zeppelin song in School Of Rock but the band was notoriously reluctant to let their music be used in films. The director suggested having Black record a personal plea to the band members, in front of a crowd of 1,000 extras. It worked. youtu.be/SFDMyiUjoWU
A young Tina Fey provided voices for a pinball machine called Medieval Madness in 1997 as two princesses, the dialogue for the game was written by future 30 Rock co-star Scott Adsit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
Santa Fe, New Mexico is the oldest capital city in North America, founded (1607) over a decade before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock (1620). santafe.org/visiting-sant…
While filming a 170 foot waterfall in the movie Apocalypto, a cow was trying to cross upstream and went over the falls. It emerged at bottom, banging against the rocks, but after a local man swam in to calm the cow it then climbed up the bank and began eating grass as if nothing had happened. movieweb.com/talking-apoc…
The B-52's song "Rock Lobster" inspired John Lennon to start making music again in 1980, because it reminded him of his wife Yoko's work. rollingstone.com/feature/…
There is a musical genre called Bardcore, which contains medieval-inspired covers of pop/rock songs. Some covers are instrumental, while others contain altered versions of original lyrics to make them sound "more authentically medieval". Enjoy! youtube.com/watch?v=Ch1aV…
The blue planet used to be purple. 250 million years ago, the oceans lost all their oxygen and one of the only things to survive was a purple alga/bacteria which would have given the seas an irridescent violet hue. Geologists have found remnants of this purple bacteria embedded in ancient rock. astrobio.net/biosphere/di…
Sea urchins will place rocks and other small objects on their bodies for protection from UV rays, inspiring aquarium enthusiast Wilson Souza to give his urchins tiny hats. interestingengineering.co…
Rick Springfield, the singer behind the 80's rock hit, 'Jessie's Girl', has one of the largest collections of Star Wars toys in the world, with an estimated value of more than $500,000 entertainmentearth.com/ne…
Today I learned about the craze of Pet Rocks in 1975. For about 6 months, they sold over one million Pet Rocks for $4 each. It was just a rock in a box with some straw and a care manual for tricks to teach. The creator had the idea in a bar as his friends complained about their pets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The "Tarpeian Rock" is a cliff, some distance higher at 80 feet in Roman times, that was used by the Roman public to execute criminals and perceived traitors for over 300 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Red Rocks Amphitheatre was removed from consideration for the award for best outdoor venue in the word because it kept winning over and over (11 times). The award is now known as the Red Rocks Award. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Johnny Otis, a seminal influence on American R&B and rock and roll, lived his professional and personal life as a Black man despite the fact he was ethnically Greek. He wrote, "As a kid I decided that if our society dictated that one had to be black or white, I would be black." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 1975 a fella named Gary Dahl listened to his friends loudly complain about their pets. That have him an inspiration to offer an alternative pet. Rocks. Loyal companions without any of the drawbacks animals have. Ridiculous in everyway so naturally pet rocks made him a millionaire overnight. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The controversial Strangler Cairn, a 4m high self-supporting rock structure that cost $700,000aus, has a strangler fig atop it, which the artist intended to wrap around the cairn as it grew. But that species of fig gets its nutrients from a host tree, so in this case it can't actually grow weekendnotes.com/strangle…
The band Chicago is the second most successful American rock band of all time (topped by the Beach Boys) in terms of both albums and singles on the Billboard charts. allmusic.com/artist/chica…
One of The Rock's first acting roles was as an alien fighting Star Trek's Seven of Nine bigissue.com/culture/jeri…
Alternative rock band R.E.M.'s 1991 album "Out of Time" was politically significant, and had a Rock the Vote form inside the CD Long-Box packaging (the only way the band would agree to use the "wasteful" long box), resulting in an unprecedented 10,000 petitions delivered to Senate. 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
Today I learned about zombie taxa. A zombie taxon is a fossil specimen that somehow gets washed out and re-deposited into much younger rock, making it seem like the animal was walking around long after it had gone extinct. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zom…
When Indonesia's Mt. Tambora erupted in 1815, it ejected up to 51 cubic miles of pulverized rock and ash into the atmosphere. The debris blocked so much sunlight that it caused global cooling, with New England getting heavy snow into June. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/181…
During a prosperous economic boon in the 1970s, Zambia developed a rich and developed Psychadelic Rock movement known as "Zamrock". Which ended by late-70s when the economy crashed and Zambia was embroiled in turmoil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zam…
Rock n roll impessario Larry Parnes is suspected to have renamed his artists based on their sexual characteristics. Names included Billy Fury, Johnny Gentle, and Dickie Proud. Joe Brown refused to change his name to Elmer Twitch en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
Rock and roll musician Ritchie Valens was descended from the founders of Los Angeles in the 1700s. indigenousmexico.org/sout…
In 1995 Hayao Miyazaki directed a cyberpunk shortfilm for a rock song after having writer's block. He purposely misinterpreted the lyrics to make the video cryptic to evoke creative interpretations among viewers. SciFi writers and magazines called it "the most perfect short science fantasy film" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_…
Rock music has died out in the UK so much that the Rock & Metal Number One spot consists of practically nothing but Don't Let the Bells End around every Christmas, and Bohemian Rhapsody for the rest of the year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Actress Shawnee Smith fronted a band called Fydolla Ho in early 2000s named after Chris Rock's character in 'I'm Gonna Git You Sucka' from 1988. The group was originally formed by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, Suicidal Tendencies guitarist Rick Battson and Skindred vocalist Benji Webbe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Today I learned of Sverd i fjell, three bronze swords stand 10 metres (33 ft) tall and are planted into the rock of a small hill next to a fjord in Norway. They commemorate the historic Battle of Hafrsfjord which by tradition took place there in the year 872. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sve…
Mariah Carey secretly wrote, recorded and released an alt rock album in 1995 under the name "Chick". She initially provided leading vocals but producers told her it could damage her career so she asked her roommate Clarissa Dane to provide lead vocals. This wasn't revealed until 2020. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Som…
Green Day drummer TrΓ© Cool got his punk rock start when he was 12, after he was recruited into a band by his neighbor who was in his late-30s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The last time the British Empire expanded was 1955, when they annexed a tiny rock 300km off the Scottish coast to prevent the Soviets spying on their ballistic missile tests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Glacier ice is technically a type of rock usgs.gov/faqs/glacier-ice…
Cynthia Plaster Caster has cast the penises of 77 famous rock musicians, and now she does breasts too! faroutmagazine.co.uk/cynt…
Carlos Santana was the first Hispanic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 1998 britannica.com/biography/…
Before becoming a wrestler, Hulk Hogan was a musician and played bass guitar in several Florida-based rock bands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hul…
The Seminole Tribe of Florida generated so much revenue from opening tax-free smoke shops and organizing high-stakes bingo games that in 2007 they bought Hard Rock Cafe International. The tribe still owns it today, with 180 Restaurants, 24 Hotels, and 11 Casinos in 74 different countries. money.cnn.com/2006/12/07/…
The dots on the ΓΆ of many metal and rock groups have a name: 'rΓΆck dΓΆts' or 'metal umlaut' kerrang.com/features/a-br…
In 1999, Garth Brooks started a poorly named children's charity called Touch'Em All Foundation and released an album as dead alter ego Aussie rock star named Chris Gaines, whose fictional backstory was written by the guy who wrote the Die Hard script. stereogum.com/1876750/par…
Today I learned of exoplanet K2-141 b whose precipitation isn’t raining water droplets, but is instead a β€œrain” made of rocks. The planet is so hot (over 5,000 Degrees F) that it has oceans made up of lava which evaporate, condense in the atmosphere, and then rain back to the surface as rocks. earthsky.org/space/k2-141…
The Portrait of a Musician is an unfinished painting widely attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. It is his only known male portrait painting. It shares many similarities with other paintings Leonardo executed such as the Virgin of the Rocks and the Lady with an Ermine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
Nicole Scherzinger, lead singer in the former girl group Pussycat Dolls, was also a member of the alternative rock band Days of The New and appeared on its second studio album released in 1999. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day…
The song "Butterfly" by American rap rock band Crazy Town is based on a sample of "Pretty Little Ditty" from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1989 album Mother's Milk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
There were 96 industrial fatalities during the construction of the Hoover Dam. This includes drowning, blasting, falling rocks, falling from the canyon, being struck by heavy equipment, truck accidents, etc. usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/his…
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's father descended from Black Loyalists, who escaped to Nova Scotia after the Revolutionary War on the promise of British emancipation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Trollpikken is a famous Norwegian rock formation noted for its phallic appearance. It was severed in 2017, but later reattached visitnorway.com/places-to…
The video game Rock Band: The Beatles was produced under the code name Rock Band: Nickelback, in order to keep the game's development a secret and deflect curiosity about it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
In 1963, Italian designer, Joe Colombo, designed an asymmetric set of rocks glasses to make it easier to drink and hold a cigarette at the same time. arnolfodicambio.com/en/co…
A rare rock formation called "shatter cone" is formed after high velocity impacts from meteors. sciencedirect.com/topics/…
There is a radium-laced hot springs in Iran, the radium eroding from rocks underground. Despite the cancer risk associated with the radiation, the hot springs are used as spas and are a popular tourist destination. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota has some of the oldest rocks in the US, dating back to 2.5 billion years old, which is even older than some geologic formations in the western US! nps.gov/articles/nps-geod…
A 37 meter cat image was found etched on a hillside in Nazca, Peru. The feline geoglyph adds to 100s of Nazca geoglyphs made by removing surface rocks/earth to reveal contrasting earth. Discovered and restored just months ago, archaeologists say the big cat was first made between 200BC - 100 BC. theguardian.com/world/202…

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