Singer Rod Stewart took cocaine anally to protect his singing voice. Stewart bought anticold capsules; removed the contents; filled the empty capsules with cocaine; and put them up his butt to be absorbed. ultimateclassicrock.com/r…
Today I learned of Helen Foley, a 7th grade English teacher who encouraged the class clown to join public speaking activities. Rod Serling eventually joined the debate team, wrote for the school's paper, and went onto to have a career in early radio & TV pressconnects.com/story/n…
America considered weapon system called Thor or Rods of God. This would have been a upgrade from the"Lazy Dog Bombs. These Rods are kinetic projectiles made from tungsten from Earth's orbit with impacts of speed of Mach 10. This concept of Kinetic Bombardment started in the Cold war. businessinsider.com/air-f…
Rod Serling got the idea for the Twilight Zone episode "I Shot an Arrow into the Air" from a conversation with a friend, to whom he paid $500 for the rights. More people would pitch episode ideas to Serling in person over the years, but none were ever produced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_S…
Rod Blagojevich fronted an Elvis tribute band while in prison called "The Jailhouse Rockers" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
A 2 year old boy named James Bulger was taken away from his mother and murdered by two 10 year old boys. The boys threw paint in his face, threw bricks and dropped a 10kg rod on his head. In order to cover their tracks, they left James on rail tracks to make it look like a train accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Rod Stewart always books two hotel rooms wherever he stays while on tour. One for him and one for his portable model railway set. aol.co.uk/2015/10/08/rod-…
Today I learned about Frank Mundus. Believed to be the inspiration for Quint in the movie Jaws, he holds the record for the largest fish ever caught on a rod and reel; a 3427lb, 1554kg, great white shark. Talkseafishing.co.uk/the-…
After WWII Rod Serling (Creator of The Twilight Zone) made money testing military parachutes. On one occasion, he made $1,000 testing a jet ejection seat that had killed the previous three testers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Some lightning rods on the tops of buildings were made with radioactive materials. It was thought that the surrounding air, ionized by radiation would be more conductive and make the lightning rods more effective hps.org/publicinformation…
The punishment for patricide in Ancient Rome was: to be beaten with a rod, sewn into a sack with a dog, rooster, viper and a monkey and finally tossed into the sea. imperiumromanum.edu.pl/en…
In 2011 a small team of Japanese Firefighters saved Tokyo from being uninhabitable for decades by bravely keeping spent fuel rods cooled and unexposed youtu.be/-3GzQ9kryx4?t=25…
From 1964-66 the UN and ABC produced a series of made for TV movies meant to boost public approval for the organization in the US, with Rod Serling, Joesph Mankiewicz, and Ian Fleming among others contributing. Four of the planned six films were aired to mixed reviews and conservative criticism en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned about the ADE651 bomb detector device. Sold to over 20 countries including Β£52 million in sales to the Iraqi government. The device was a glorified dowsing rod. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADE…
Rod Serling wrote one of "The Twilight Zone" episodes as his reaction to JFK assassination. The episode ends with the news broadcast saying that the sky has turned dark over the street in Dallas; as well as North Vietnam, part of the Berlin Wall and "other places of hate around the world". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_A…
The rock and metal drummer Carmine Appice also co-wrote the Rod Stewart songs "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" and "Young Turks". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Rod Steward used to take cocaine anally, rather than risk destroying his nasal passages. nme.com/news/music/rod-st…
Today I learned about Pierre Levegh, who attempted to drive the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1952 all by himself. He held a 4-lap lead after 23 hours, but over-revved his engine by breaking a connecting rod, causing him to lose his lead in the final hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
The inspiration behind Crocodile Dundee, Rod Ansell, suffered a psychotic break due to amphetamines and went on a rampage, injuring two people and killing a policeman before being shot dead himself theguardian.com/world/199…
Today I learned of Phineas Gage, a railroad worker in 1848 who lived through an iron rod passing through his head, completely severing his frontal lobe. Gage may have been the first case to suggest the brains role in determining personality, and that damage to the brain could induce personality changes. britannica.com/biography/…
The Harley Davidson V-Rod was developed in collaboration with Porsche and was their first motorcycle that used water cooling and overhead cams. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
During WWII, in the Philippines, **Rod Serling** and his platoon were watching platoon member Melvin Levy deliver a comic monologue when a supply crate dropped from above and decapitated Levy. One version of the story has the two men posing for a picture when it happened. honorstates.org/index.php…
Many famous British artists, including Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones, left the UK in the early 70s to avoid an 83% tax on the top bracket of their income. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax…
Ex-England football star Paul Gascoigne tried to help save the fugitive murderer Raoul Moat by seeking him out in his dressing gown, with a fishing rod and a cooked chicken. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
The biggest concert ever was Rod Stewart concert in Rio with an audience of 4.2 million in 1994 guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The Rod of Asclepius, a snake winding around a stick and international symbol of medicine, represents the treatment for the bloodworm Dracunculus. This worm travels through the blood and eats its way to the skin: treatment involves wrapping the worm around a wooden stick and pulling it out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Today I learned of a bogus Deep Purple fronted by original Purple vocalist Rod Evans which toured North America in 1980 with shows often ending in riots. The real Deep Purple found out and placed an ad stating that none of them would be appearing. They sued and won and claim to have no knowledge of Evans since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
When Consumer Reports tested a Renault 12 in 1972, the car had 34 defects, including a connecting rod breaking through the engine block, loosened flywheel bolts and the windshield wiper motor burning. The best car in the comparison, Toyota Corolla, had only 9 defects. curbsideclassic.com/blog/…
When Python Lee Jackson first released "In a Broken Dream", their single with Rod Stewart vocals, in 1970, the song failed to chart. But when they re-released the song in 1972, after Stewart became a star, the song reached #3 on the UK single chart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
, while a 20 year old Rod Serling was serving in WWII, he saw his best friend killed by a falling crate of food. Seeing the unpredictability and irony of life and death, he would later use that experience to create, 'The Twilight Zone'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
The song "The First Cut is the Deepest," covered by Sheryl Crow (#1 Billboard Adult Top 40) and Rod Stewart (#1 UK Singles Chart), was actually written in 1965 by Cat Stevens. He sold the song for Β£30. youtube.com/watch?v=aBccr…
There's a 12-foot-tall replica of the Washington Monument hidden under a manhole on the grounds of the monument. Its purpose is that of a surveying tool that's usually just a metal rod, but because of the location this special version was installed. atlasobscura.com/places/w…
The Church of Narazo in Northern Italy, loaded with thousands of pounds of gunpowder, exploded when struck by lightning in 1767. Over 3,000 were killed and 1/6th of the city destroyed. The lightning rod was invented in 1752, but churches often refused to install them. esdjournal.com/articles/f…
David Bowie wasn't first choice to play The Goblin King in Jim Henson's Labyrinth movie. Other artists considered for the role include Freddie Mercury, Rod Stewart and David Lee Roth. ultimateclassicrock.com/f…
In the US the Rod of Asclepius, symbol of the deity associated with healing and medicine, is often confused with the staff of the god Hermes, the caduceus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Phineas Gage, (1823–1860) an American railroad construction foreman remembered for his improbable survival of an accident in which a large iron rod was driven completely through his head, destroying much of his brain's left frontal lobe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
In bacteria names, the 1st word often indicates what the bacteria look like under a microscope. For e.g., Staphylococcus = a cluster of spherical bacteria, where Staph = cluster and Coccus = spherical shape, or Streptobacillus, where Strep = chained together and bacillus = rod shaped. courses.lumenlearning.com…
Blind people may detect and respond to light if it is a kind of skyblue light at 481nm. "There is more to the eye than rods and cones β€” the discovery of a third photoreceptor is rewriting the visual rulebook." nature.com/news/2011/1101…
When The Kinks were being formed, Rod Stewart was briefly considered as the group's singer, being a schoolmate of three of their members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Rod Stewart was charged with battery after he punched a guard on New Year's Eve 2019 when the guard didn't let a group of children from his family enter a private children's party. theguardian.com/music/202…
Rod Stewart has been working on a massive model railroad for the last 23 years. bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
From The Munsters, the "Munster Koach" was a hot rod built on a lengthened 1926 Ford Model T chassis with a custom hearse body. It was 18 feet long and cost almost $20,000 to build. The "Drag-u-la" was the combination of an illegally acquired coffin and a Ford Hot Rod. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The 1961 western film One Eyed Jacks was originally meant to be directed by Stanley Kubrick from a script written by Rod Sterling and Sam Peckinpah, but studio disputes lead to Marlin Brando directing instead, and Sterling and Peckinpah going uncredited en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
A British company sold 1500 magic bomb-detecting dowsing rods to Iraq in 2008 and 2009, for more than Β£50 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADE…
Beethoven overcame deafness by biting a metal rod attached to his piano to hear his work. It's called bone conduction, and can also be used to help divers talk and hear underwater, and is also used by elephants to communicate blog.medel.com/how-beetho…
Planet of the Apes was written by Twilightzone creator Rod Serling and Michael Wilson, who had been blacklisted from Hollywood for being a communist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Rust Doesn't cause Tetanus. Tetanus, or lockjaw, is a bacterial infection caused by Clostridium tetani, an extremely hardy rod-shaped bacterium found in animal digestive tracts and soil worldwide. Humans can be exposed to Clostridium tetani in a variety of non-rusty ways, such as animal bites. mcgill.ca/oss/article/did…
Bone Conduction is when sound moves to the inner ear through the bones of the skull. Ludwig van Beethoven used bone conduction after losing most of his hearing, by placing one end of a rod in his mouth and resting the other end on the rim of his piano. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
Today I learned of Project Thor which explored using large projectiles from 1,000+ miles above the Earth. The "rods from god" idea was a bundle of telephone-pole-size tungsten rods, dropped from orbit, reaching up to 10 times the speed of sound. The explosion would be on par with a nuke - but no fallout. businessinsider.com/air-f…
The Caduceus, a staff carried by the Greek god Hermes, became established as a common medical symbol in the United States despite having no connection to medicine. It is believed that this is due to the Surgeon General of the United States confusing the symbol with the Rod of Asclepius. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…

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