Serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer was brutally killed in prison when another inmate beat him to death with a metal bar taken from the prison weight room. The killer later revealed that he was sickened by Dahmer's crimes and his habit of fashioning severed limbs from the prison food. biography.com/crime-figur…
In 1998 Australian Astronomers detected fast radio burst signals, and named them Perytons. It was soon discovered that it was escaping radiation from the microwave in the lunch room, which was being stopped by using the door release without pushing the stop button first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Charlize Theron's abusive father was shot dead by her mother, in self defence. This happened on a night when he sprayed bullets into Charlize's room door, which Charlize and her mother had held shut for protection. Upon their miraculous survival, her mother immediately shot him down. bbc.com/news/newsbeat-508…
When you open your eyes in a perfectly dark room you don't see black, but "Eigengrau", a shade of gray that arises from visual noise en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eig…
McDonald's used to use an ingredient known as beef tallow β€” the rendered form of beef fat that's solid at room temperature β€” that gave McDonald's fries their signature rich and buttery flavor. However, this was replaced with 100% vegetable oil over concerns of high-cholesterol menu items. blog.cheapism.com/why-mcd…
The story of Eric Betzig, who conceived the idea for the world's first super-resolution microscope while unemployed after quitting his job at Bell Labs due to being frustrated with the scientific community. He built this microscope in his friend's lounge room, and went on to win the Nobel prize. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
The fourth funnel on the Titanic was fake. It was for appearances only: it made the ship look bigger. It was not connected to the charcoal ovens, but it was connected to the first-class smoking room, making it a sort of oversized kitchen hood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
Today I learned of Deep Springs College where students don't pay tuition, room, board but work a minimum of 20 hours and live on the college's ranch and farm. The college has fewer than 30 students at any one time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
In July 2014, six sealed glass vials of smallpox dated 1954 were discovered by chance in a storage room in an FDA laboratory at the NIH in Maryland. Upon transfer to the CDC in Atlanta, two of the vials had virus which proved to be viable in culture. They were destroyed 7 months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma…
Debbie Reynolds (19) had to kiss Gene Kelly (40) on the set of Singin’ in the Rain (1952). He jammed his tongue down her throat, which she had never expected or even heard of. Disgusted and outraged, she gagged, shrieked, and ran crying all the way back to her dressing room. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
The 1952 Great Smog of London was so bad that the smog came indoors and movie screenings and concerts had to be cancelled because it was more difficult to see inside a large room like a movie theater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
A Scottish teen's mother had been nagging him for weeks to clean his bedroom. When Ryan Kitching finally cleaned his room, he found 12 old lottery tickets in a drawer; one of them was a winner for Β£52,981. telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
In 2014, Walter Williams was pronounced dead. Paperwork was completed, he was put in a body bag and taken to a funeral home. When he was taken to the embalming room, his legs began to move and the coroner noticed him lightly breathing. He was still alive. Two weeks later he died for real. smithsonianmag.com/sponso…
A study showed that people who drank 32 ounces of energy drinks in an hour had abnormal electrical activity in their hearts and higher blood pressure four hours later. About 30% of Americans ages 12 through 17 regularly consume energy drinks, linked to increased emergency room visits and death heart.org/en/news/2019/05…
Minnie Freeman, a teacher in Nebraska in 1888, saved all of her students from blizzard. She led her children to shelter using rope after the storm tore the roof off of her one-room schoolhouse. omaha.com/weather/blizzar…
Junius Brutus Booth (father of the assassin) was a raging alcoholic and actor whose manager locked him up before plays to keep him sober. From a room Junius was locked in before one play, he bribed a bellboy to stand outside with brandy to drink it through the door’s keyhole using a small pipe. libsysdigi.library.illino…
Corey Hart's hit song Sunglasses at Night was inspired by the recording sessions for the album, where control room personnel wore sunglasses to protect their eyes from the A/C vents directly above the mixing console en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
Attending Harvard is free if your household income is below 65K a year. Harvard’s financial aid programs pay 100 percent of tuition, fees, room, and board for students from families earning less than $65,000 a year. college.harvard.edu/admis…
While experimenting on a jet pump project for NASA in his bathroom in 1982, Lonnie Johnson shot a stream of water across the room and thought, "This would make a great gun." The Super Soaker went on to make him some $73 million in royalties.⁠ ⁠ wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonnie…
The White House press briefing room was built on top of a 50 foot swimming pool. atlasobscura.com/places/f…
APA Hotel group, one of Japan's substantial hotel chains, have its own CEO author a historical revitionistic book that denies the Nanking Massacre, and having said book be available on every single room in their hotels. apa.co.jp/newsrelease/846…
In the last days of the war, South Vietnamese major Buang-Ly on a stolen plane with his family (wife and 2 children) dropped a note on USS Midway pleading to allow him to land. Comd. Chambers gave orders to push overboard millions of dollars' worth of helicopters to make room for landing. historynet.com/maj-buang-…
When Satruday Night Live alum Dana Carvey was hospitalized for an angioplasty in 1998, legendary crooner Frank Sinatra died in the room next to his. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
South Korea sells "mini studying rooms" for your home. soranews24.com/2015/12/18…
Today I learned about the "Murder Castle", a building owned by the serial killer H. H. Holmes. This complicated building included maze-like hallways, seemingly leading to nowhere airtight rooms used as elaborate torture rooms, acid vats a crematorium and more. It is suspected that Holmes had around 200 victims. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._…
Sleeping in a cold room can help you slim down! A study shows sleeping in a 66 degree room (Fahrenheit) can help increase your fat burning ability by 10 percent! nih.gov/news-events/nih-r…
The Edge of Daybreak, a 70s R&B band, recorded their album Eyes of Love in prison. The album was recorded in one take in the visiting room. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Fans dont make the room colder, they make you colder by evaporating your sweat foxnews.com/real-estate/d…
Contact lens wearers are younger on average than non-contact lens wearers and younger users are associated with lower contact lens compliance. More than 70,000 children go to the emergency room each year for injuries and complications from medical devices related to contact lenses. fda.gov/consumers/consume…
Today I learned about Twilight sleep, a procedure used for labor in the early 1900s. Women were drugged, restrained in a dark room with gauze on their eyes and ears plugged. The purpose of the drugs was to cause the women to forget the childbirth, not prevent pain, as they were still conscience the whole time. embryo.asu.edu/pages/twil…
Iowa Man Tyler Heep won $1.00 from a scratch-off, drove to Lottery Headquarters, and demanded a gigantic novelty check. They wrote him out an oversized check and had him hold it up for a photo in a room set up with a camera and the Lottery logo. Heep used his winnings to buy 1/2 a gallon of gas. whotv.com/2019/01/16/smal…
A legally blind hoarder whose son had not been seen for 20 years was found to have been living with his corpse. His fully clothed skeleton was found in a room filled with cobwebs and garbage, and she reported thinking that he had simply moved out. gothamist.com/news/blind-…
In 1994 Microsoft's Bill Gates, whose fortune is estimated at nearly $7 billion, bought out all the available rooms at the 250-room hotel to keep media from staying there and reportedly hired all the helicopters on Maui to keep photographers from flying over the wedding. archive.seattletimes.com/…
Ozzy Osbourne's lodgings were once invaded by Satanists (who camped out in front of his room). He eventually got rid of them by singing them "Happy Birthday" and putting out some candles. spinditty.com/artists-ban…
The quietest room in the world is so absolutely noiseless, you can hear the beating of your heart within the deathly silence. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The stalker of a Japanese singer was able to deduce where she lived by looking at her social media and studying the reflections of her eyes in photos. He deduced which station she used, tailed her home to her condo, and using other photos she’d posted, deduced which room she lived in soranews24.com/2019/10/12…
Michelangelo and Leonardo were actually commissioned to paint frescos in the same room on opposite walls and it was to be Florence's premier "event" at the time. They hated each other, bickered, and neither every actually completed their work. theguardian.com/culture/2…
The internals of NASA's Apollo computer were handwoven like a quilt by women at a Raytheon factory in Waltham, Massachusetts. They'd sit in special rooms and use long needles with wire attached to them, carefully weaving the wiring that was to be the computers' programming. fastcompany.com/90363966/…
NASA actually published a study of the benefits of plants in the room ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nas…
β€œThe Andy Griffith Show” was a spin-off of an episode of β€œMake Room for Daddy” poobala.com/dannyandandy.…
The sound quality of the album Back in Black by ACDC is so good, that after its release, studios in Nashville would use it to check the acoustics of a room, while MotΓΆrhead would use it to tune their sound system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
In 1982, rocker Billy Idol was staying at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. After Idol destroyed his room, the police arrived, and a naked Idol surrendered. He later learned they were not there for him, but were investigating the recent overdose death of John Belushi, who died that same night. telegraph.co.uk/films/0/s…
The guy who played the psychopathic murderer in the movie "Panic Room" is a best-selling country music artist named Dwight Yoakam who holds the record for appearing the most times as a musical guest on The Tonight Show en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwi…
Valerian Rybar, an American interior designer, lined the walls of his dining room with 400 bound leather books, all fake, but with titles relating to various chapters of his life. One, entitled "International Boredom", allegedly alluded to his ex wife. nymag.com/homedesign/desi…
Francisco Goya, depressed and having survived 2 life threatening illnesses in his later years, decorated his house with 14 "black paintings" with bleak themes. The famous "Saturn Devouring His Son" was a mural in his dining room en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Lyndon B. Johnson was known for wandering the White House turning off lights in rooms he thought empty, sometimes to the surprise of people working in those rooms! This earned him the nickname β€œLight Bulb Johnson.” kua.com/blog/6-electric-f…
While George Orwell's Room 101 has become a euphemism for torture, the other great anti-totalitarian novel of the 1940ies, Darkness At Noon (1940), had its protagonist trapped in cell... 404. encyclopedia.com/arts/edu…
How one of the hotels at Walt Disney World was built. The rooms were built off-site and then with a crane, halted into the frame of the building. youtu.be/hMvfrcfXqqU
In the US from 2014-2018, an average of 19,700 patients per year went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills. There’s an annual average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues. nfpa.org/grilling
The CDC had found a sample of small pox in a storage room and didn’t know it was lost! npr.org/2014/07/08/329884…
Charles Dickens once jumped in through the window of his wife-to-be's home dressed in a sailor suit, did a jig whilst playing the hornpipe, jumped back out the window again and re-entered the room as if nothing had happened. nytimes.com/2011/11/06/bo…
When Hattie McDaniel won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Gone with the Wind, the first Oscar won by any black entertainer, she had been sitting at a segregated table at the far wall of the room. The venue had a strict no-blacks policy and had only allowed McDaniel in as a favour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat…
Today I learned of Hotel Barges, a Sort-Of Sailing Hotel Room on a River in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and, Most Commonly, France. The Guest Capacity Can Be Anywhere from Four to Twenty-Four en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
The Quartering Act of 1765 did not force colonists host British troops in their homes as commonly believed. Rather, it called for construction of barracks, and if no room, housing was extended to β€œinns, livery stables, ale houses, victualling houses, and the houses of sellers of wine.” constitutioncenter.org/bl…
Measles is so contagious that, a person with measles can cough in a room and leave, and hours later, still infect a person who isn't already immune. vox.com/2019/1/29/1820198…
Today I learned of the Ross Village Bakery. Located in rural Tasmania, it is believed by many to have been the inspiration behind the bakery in "Kiki's Delivery Service". Roughly 200 fans of the movie visit every day, and people can pay to spend the night in the "Kiki Room", a loft above the bakery. japantimes.co.jp/life/201…
In 1995 Microsoft tried to develop a user friendly interface that made the home screen of a PC a cartoon living room. Microsoft "Bob" failed quickly after it was launched and remains today one of the worst product failures in Microsoft's history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Today I learned of king penguin, Lala who was injured and nursed back to health in Japan. He didn't leave so the family adopted him and lived in a air-conditioned room. He walked around the neighborhood and got himself fishes from the store. He lived with the family for 10 years before dying of old age in 1996. youtu.be/11xs9mFKObs
The citizens of Monaco are forbidden to enter the gaming rooms of the Monte Carlo casino. The citizens are not allowed to gamble at the country's famous casino. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
While the punishment for an incelibate Vestal Virgin was to be buried alive, ancient Roman law forbade burials within the city. Offenders instead were entombed in small underground apartments with food and provisions, changing the legal definition to "descending into a habitable room." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ves…
Lead vocalist of Boston, Brad Delp, committed suicide after personal tension between him and bandleader Scholz, and after his fiancΓ©'s sister discovered a hidden camera Delp had planted in her room. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Whitney Houston died in suite 434 of the Beverly Hilton hotel. After a reported stream of insensitive guests who partied in the room β€œlike Whitney did” and even snapped pictures of themselves lying in the bath where it happened, the hotel removed the room news.com.au/travel/travel…
Lego bricks helped solve a twenty-three year old cold case murder in 2014. The murderer allowed his child to play with the bricks in another room while murdering his victim, and fingerprints on a brick that was left behind allowed the police to connect the dots to the killer. abcnews.go.com/US/lego-fi…
The inventor of the Erector Set also released an "Atomic Energy Laboratory" that included real uranium ore. One suggested activity was to play "hide and seek with the gamma ray source" by using the included Geiger counter to find a radioactive sample hidden in a room. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
In 1940, Princess Juliana of The Netherlands was evacuated to Ottawa Canada. When her child Margaret was born, Canada declared her rooms at the Hospital as extraterritorial so the baby would have Dutch nationality. As thanks, Princess Juliana has given Ottawa 10,000 tulip bulbs every year since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
The Last Supper by Leonardo has a large missing section at the bottom of it where Jesus's feet would be. It was cut away in 1652 to make room for a door in the church where it was kept, after the paint faded away to the point of being unrecognizable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In a Roman hospital doctors used to hide Jews from Nazi troops by putting them in quarantine for the extremely contagious "K syndrome". The syndrome didn't actually exist, but the soldiers wouldn't dare enter these rooms. historytoday.com/history-…
Serial killer Ed Kemper befriended the very police officers investigating his murders, and would socialize with them at a bar called the β€œJury Room”. They called him β€œBig Ed” and never suspected him. When he initially confessed, they thought he was pulling a prank. tpgonlinedaily.com/dark-s…
An American man spent 12 years bulding his own 'castle' in the Nevada Desert from scratch. It features 22 rooms, including 2 kitchens, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a man cave with home thater. It's now on the market for $699,900, down from $3.2 million. houseandhistory.com/hard-…
In 1929, W. Forssmann performed the first human heart cath on himself. He tricked the OR nurse, put himself under local anesthesia, inserted a catheter into his arm, then walked to the X-ray room to see if it reached his heart. He was fired from the hospital, but awarded the Nobel Prize in 1956. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
NBC cancelled the scifi sitcom "ALF" in 1990 to make room for the Will Smith sitcom "Fresh Prince of Bel Air", leaving the show on a cliffhanger that never got resolved. metv.com/stories/alfs-spe…
A Boarding School called 'Midwest Academy' permanently closed in 2017 because "the school kept teens in isolation in 6-foot-by-8-foot rooms for weeks, requiring them to sit for hours on end in specific postures with little food" desmoinesregister.com/sto…
St. Claire of Assisi, who died in 1253 A.D., was named the Patron Saint of Television by Pope Pius XII in 1958, based on an incident in which she claimed the moving image and sound of a Catholic Mass had been miraculously projected on the wall of her room when she was too sick to attend. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
A Polish man received a building permit for a single-family home in the 1980s, he then spent his fortune building a 52-room castle, with 365 windows and 12 turrets. Once the authorities found out, they put an end to construction, he's still fighting with them now, 35 years later, to complete it. houseandhistory.com/lapal…
The UK's famous COBRA national emergency response committee is named after the room in which it meets - the Cabinet Office Briefing Room A. instituteforgovernment.or…
Paul Newman, while attending a small college in central Ohio, began a laundry service out of his dorm room. Newman’s Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service was a success, earning the young entrepreneur the nickname β€œThe Laundry Man of T-Barracks” in 1949. kenyon.edu/middle-path/st…
St. John of Egypt, whose feast day is today, spent most of his life in just three rooms in a cave. He would preach to crowds from a little window. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The world's quietest room is located at Microsoft's headquarters in Washington state. cnn.com/style/article/ane…
Today I learned that Located in the US state of Washington, a room in Microsoft's headquarters is the world's quietest place. worldatlas.com/articles/w…
Elvis Presley used to dream about building a guest house at his Graceland property. The dream went unrealized until 2016 when "The Guest House at Graceland" hotel opened, 22 times the size of Graceland, with many unique theme rooms ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/fit-…
The Class of ’75 at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, MD held their Senior Prom in the East Room of the White House and the event was covered by the Washington Post. ghostsofdc.org/2012/02/07…
There is a college just outside Death Valley on a cattle ranch where tuition and room/board is free, but students are expected to work 20 hours a week on the ranch owlcation.com/academia/Fr…
When the 2nd generation Honda Prelude was being developed, its 1.8 engine was engineered specifically for it to allow a low hoodline. However, Honda later fitted a bigger 2.0 engine to the Prelude and had to make a different, raised hood to make room for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
In the movie Gremlins (1984) monkeys were supposed to provide the special effects. The test monkey panicked when the mask was put on him and he ran around the editing room screaming and pooping everywhere. cinemablend.com/new/Why-G…
According to Greg Sestero, Tommy Wiseau submitted his film The Room to Paramount, hoping to get them as the distributor. Usually, it takes about two weeks to get a reply. The Room, however, was rejected within 24 hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about Katie Stubblefield who survived a shot in the face during a suicide attempt. She underwent a 31 hour face transplant surgery performed by 40 people in 2 operating rooms. At 21, she became the youngest face transplant recipient in the world and is now an advocate for suicide prevention. my.clevelandclinic.org/pa…
Today I learned about H.H. Holmes, an American serial killer who built a hotel with hidden rooms and passageways to kill his victims. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._…
To promote β€œThe Room”, Tommy Wiseau personally spent $5,000 a month on a highway billboard advert for 5 years. This is in spite of the fact that the film only played for 2 weeks in the summer of 2003. Wiseau kept promoting it for years after it closed. vox.com/culture/2017/12/2…
Today I learned about the Erfurt latrine disaster in 1184. A party of nobles gathered in a room within the Church of St. Peter in Erfurt, right above the latrine pit of the monks. Due to the weight of the party the floor of the room collapsed and up to 100 nobles died plummeting in the fecal pool. thefortweekly.com/issues/…
Some Canadian universities create Puppy Rooms and bring therapy dogs in to support students during stressful exam times. huffingtonpost.ca/amp/ent…
The shortest performance to ever be nominated for an acting Oscar was just 2 minutes and 19 seconds of screentime, performed by Hermione Baddeley in 'Room at the Top' (1959). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roo…
The phenomenon of forgetting things when you enter a room is called "Doorway Effect". Crossing from one side of the door to the other side causes a mental block in your brain to erase the old memory and make a room to a new one scienceabc.com/humans/doo…
Originally built as only a hunting lodge for King Francois I, Chateau de Chambord contains 440 rooms and 365 fireplaces. It is so large that the Loire was rumored to be diverted to make room. wanderwisdom.com/travel-d…
Jose Mourinho was banned for a game where he could not make contact with players/coaches on matchday. He snuck into the locker room early in the day and needed to figure out how to leave after the game w/o being seen. A staff member smuggled him out in a laundry bin where he almost suffocated. skysports.com/football/ne…
Principal Akbar Cook installed a free fully-stocked laundry room at school because students with dirty clothes were bullied and missing 3-5 days of school per month. Attendance rose 10%. abc7ny.com/education/nj-h…
Today I learned of the Whispering Gallery, where two people can stand on opposite corners of the room and hear each other while having a whispered conversation atlasobscura.com/places/g…
5 ft tall, 100 lbs Edward Leedskalnin single-handedly & secretly carved over 1,100 tons of coral rock to create a castle with a stone living room, rocking chairs, beds, bath, and dining table - known as Coral Castle. Engineers aren’t sure how Ed, a mason from Latvia, created the sculptures. coralcastle.com
Indiana liquor stores can't sell refrigerated water or soda. The law specifies that they should be in the exclusive business of selling adult beverages and that any water or soda sold needs to be room temperature. indianapublicmedia.org/ne…
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has sketched every hotel room he has stayed in, including the furniture en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is an excerpt from a Benjamin Franklin PSA to Philadelphia pertaining to the use of warmingpans with lids to transport coals around a house to start fires in separate rooms. ushistory.org/franklin/ph…

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