Zach Galifianakis had a two-week trial run as a writer on β€œSNL” before being let go. He wrote a sketch with Will Ferrell being the bodyguard of Britney Spears’s belly button that bombed so bad in the writer’s room that Tina Fey put her hand on his shoulder to comfort him. phillyvoice.com/zach-gali…
The Hindenburg Zepplin had a smoking lounge. The room was pressurized to prevent Hydrogen from leaking in and the airships stewards scrutinized passengers who left the room to make sure they weren't bringing out lit cigarettes or pipes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
Snow globes were accidentally invented by a medical tool repair man. He was trying to make a brighter light bulb for operating rooms, so he tried using a water filled glass with reflective particles to do this. The effect looked like snow to him which is how he got the idea for snow globes. goworldtravel.com/snow-gl…
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
A man suffering from gastrointestinal distress in a Kansas Home Depot mens room provided a friendly warning to other bathroom goers by saying: β€œYou need to get out of here because I’m fixin’ to blow it up.” Police were called on suspicion of a bomb threat. No charges were laid. canoe.com/news/weird/blow…
A 1949 BBC memo forbade employees to use desk lamps unless the main room light was on. The head of the Variety department believed that a man working at a desk in a confined space with only the light from a low-wattage lamp would nurture furtive ideas and produce degenerate programme material. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
The source of the term "green room" has been lost to history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned of a Russian analog computer built in 1936 that ran by a careful manipulation of water through a room full of interconnected pipes and pumps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
King Louis XV was stabbed in an assassination attempt, and fearing he was about to die, called his wife in his room and confessed to numerous affairs, asking for forgiveness. His thick winter clothes protected him, and the wound was only superficial. He survived en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In June 2014, vials labeled "variola" were found in an unused portion of a storage room in an FDA lab in Maryland. Testing confirmed the vials contained live variola major virus, otherwise known as smallpox. The vials were moved to BSL-4 lab and later destroyed on February 24th, 2015 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma…
At the end of the last episode of Cheers(TV show), Sam walks over to a picture of Geronimo and straightens it. That picture was in Nicholas Colasanto's(Coach) dressing room until his death 8 years prior. It was placed on the wall of the bar of Cheers production set in his memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Tiger Woods almost ran out of golf balls during the 2nd round of the 2000 US Open because his caddy forgot to pack the balls Tiger was putting with in his hotel room the night before. He finished the round with one ball and went on to win the tournament by a record-setting 15 strokes. golfdigest.com/story/us-o…
In the famous flower shop scene in "The Room," Tommy Wiseau didn't immediately notice the dog on the counter. According to Greg Sistero in his book The Disaster Artist, Wiseau improvised the "hi doggy" line. Wiseau later asked the flower shop owner, who was playing herself, if the dog was real. sbs.com.au/movies/article…
Blanche Monnier, a French woman who was held in captivity and isolated from the the outside world in a room which had no exposure to sunlight for 26 years by her aristocratic mother because Blanche wanted to marry an unsuccessful lawyer. historycollection.com/bla…
Harmony Korine was banned for life from The Late Show with David Letterman just prior to his 4th appearance on the show for going through Meryl Steep's purse in the green room, who was also a guest that night, and it was Letterman himself that caught him in the act. youtu.be/KRO6jZgQ6i4
Bathroom hand-dryers actually spew fecal matter into the air. They also pick up miniscule fecal matter after a toilet is flushed and disperse the bacteria not only around a public bathroom but into adjacent rooms as well vitalupdates.com/bathroom…
A fire broke out at the Sigma Phi chapter house at the University of Wisconsin in 2003. Fraternity members refused to disclose the location of the actively burning fire, because it was located in a hidden chapter room, admittance to which was β€œmembers only.” journaltimes.com/news/loc…
The Amber Room was a priceless work of art with over 6 tons of amber. It was once considered the 8th Wonder of the World. The entire room went 'missing' during WW2. history.co.uk/article/the…
In Ancient Anatolia a queen's bodyguard named Gyges ascended to the throne of Lydia after the king offered to let Gyges sneak into his room to see the queen naked. The queen spotted Gyges, and the next day gave him a choice to kill the king or die. He killed the king and became king himself en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyg…
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…
On July 31, 2001 a young 6 year old died in a MRI accident when the powerful magnetic field jerked a nearby oxygen canister across the room, crushing the boys head. abcnews.go.com/amp/US/sto…
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…
The tradition of using "Hail to the Chief" to announce the arrival of the US President was established by 11th President James Polk's wife. Polk himself was not deemed an impressive figure, so his wife Sarah had a band play the song to end his embarrassment of entering a room and no-one noticing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
In October 2005, there was a study to investigate whether the presence of clowns reduced anxiety in children undergoing anesthesia. It worked, but medical personnel resisted implementing clowns in operating rooms. It did encourage the use of distraction therapy, however. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
When the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl in 2010 the locker room was initially silent. That is, until someone yelled the β€˜It’s the fuckin’ Catalina Wine Mixer!’ line from Step Brothers. The other players repeated the sentiment, and the celebration began. maxim.com/entertainment/g…
A song-writer partner with Ed Sheeran, Johnny MdCaid, of which has written 200-300 songs with Ed. One way that Johnny handled Ed's low attention span was to bring in a huge amount of Lego into the studio and he'd keep him inside the room to be able to finish songs and keep writing youtu.be/ZpMNJbt3QDE?t=14…
Today I learned about Winter Lab. A 5x5m room with an ice floor that is mounted on a 6 axis motion simulator capable of simulating icy walking conditions. It is used to independently test winter boots, work boots, and ice cleats by the Toronto University Hospital Network Rehabilitation Institute. ratemytreads.com/about/
The Grand Lodge Room decorations in the Freemason Grand Lodge of New York were used by both Titanic architects and James Cameron in decorating aspects of the Titanic simonasacri.com/en/americ…
Forgetting why you went into a room is called the Doorway Effect, and can be explained as a result of how our minds are organised bbc.com/future/article/20…
The Powder Room bar in Hollywood offers a $500 milkshake with decadent chocolates, ultra-premium spirits, gold flake, and includes a Swarovski crystal cocktail ring. cnbc.com/2017/11/21/the-p…
, Big Kahuna Burger is a fictional chain of Hawaiian-themed fast-food restaurants that has appeared in films by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, including Death Proof, Four Rooms, Pulp Fiction, From Dusk till Dawn, and Reservoir Dogs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
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…
A man named beneficiaries in his will by picking 70 random names out of a phone book. His estate included a 12-room apartment in Lisbon, a house, a luxury car, two motorcycles, and money in bank accounts. Each beneficiary received several thousand euros. theguardian.com/world/200…
Today I learned of Harmony Korine, who had written his first movie at age 19, wrote and directed another by age 21, and wrote a novel before age 25. He was also permanently banned from the Late Show when David Letterman found him going through Meryl Streep's handbag in the green room. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Today I learned about the Panopticon, an 18th century prison design that allows all prisoners to be observed by a single security guard, without the inmates knowing whether they are being watched. Historian Shirley Letwin called it "a device of such monstrous efficiency that it left no room for humanity." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
White torture is a type of psychological torture that includes extreme sensory deprivation and isolation. It involves putting the prisoner in "a completely white, soundproof room." This torture makes the detainee lose personal identity and can cause hallucinations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Only 34 paintings are attributed to Johannes Vermeer and almost all of them are set in two smallish rooms in his house in Delft; they show the same furniture and decorations in various arrangements and they often portray the same people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The reason backseat windows in cars don't roll all the way down is not in fact for child safety, but because there isn't room in the car door to fit the full window due to the wheel well. autotrader.com/car-news/h…
When German geologist Alfred Wegener first presented his continental drift hypothesis to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, he was basically laughed out of the room. The English translation of his work was poor, and his English skills were not good enough to debate his peers. pubs.geoscienceworld.org/…
Today I learned about the burglar who broke into an escape room, stole a beer, cell phone, and TV remote, but had to call the cops for help because he couldn't get back out edition.cnn.com/2018/07/1…
Since the Gulf War in 1991, when Israel was attacked by Iraqi Scud missiles, all homes in Israel are required to have a reinforced security room, Merkhav Mugan, impermeable to chemical and biological substances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
Hotel Arbez, in the village of La Cure, is divided between Switzerland and France: the bed in the honeymoon suite is bisected by the border, as is the dining room; the lower half of the main stairway lies in France, the upper half in Switzerland; and the bar is entirely located in France en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
Falling asleep during summer or in hot environments is harder because our body temperature lowers 1 to 2 degrees when we sleep. An optimal room temperature for falling asleep is around 18.3Β°C or 65Β°F. healthline.com/health/sle…
Today I learned about Rogelio Moret, an MLB pitcher whose career ended after he entered a catatonic trance in the locker room before a game. His teammates found him frozen still for over 90 minutes in the shower with one arm extended holding a slipper. sabr.org/bioproj/person/r…
Before George Clooney and Mary McDonnell acted in ER, NBC's medical drama set in an emergency room, they acted in E/R, CBS's medical sitcom set in an emergency room en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E/R
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…
The phrase "the customer is always right" was coined by indigent Prussian migrant who worked in the hotel industry, invented room service, became a multi-millionaire, bought an island and built a castle for his beloved wife. Wife died before completion, and he never set foot on the island again pressconnects.com/story/l…
In 1933, FDR redesigned the West Wing, creating their current Oval Office on the old laundry drying yard, in part because a room without corners made it easier for a wheelchair-bound individual to navigate. whitehousehistory.org/pho…
In 1940, Nevada voters elected a dying man, later rumored to be dead and put on ice in a Tonopah hotel room, to the US Senate. knpr.org/knpr/2015-11/tru…
Today I learned of the Herodium: A massive Palace-fortress built on an artificial mountain by Herod the great, consisted of four seven story towers, a bathhouse with three temperatures, courtyards, a full Roman theatre, banquet rooms, a full Roman garden, a 2x Olympic size swimming pool, and more en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…

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