In the second largest ponzi scheme in history in Russia, 1994, management counted money in roomfuls, as so many rooms were filled with cash from share sales. After their bankruptcy, at least 50 investors, who lost their life savings, committed suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MMM…
Clara Blandick, known for her role as Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz, committed suicide in 1962 following a period of poor health. Before dying, she arranged her room with photos, memorabilia and press clippings from her career, and dressed in a royal blue dressing gown with her hair styled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
Outlaw Country Superstar Waylon Jennings earned $25,000 during contract negotiations when he quietly walked out of the room to pee because the record company thought he had walked out in frustration. savingcountrymusic.com/10…
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
When Eva Peron died at 33, her body was embalmed and put on display. After a military coup it was lost for 16 years, until it was found in Italy and returned to her husband who kept it in his dining room. Upon his death, both corpses were displayed together briefly before finally being buried. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…
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…
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…
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…
Hostel (2005) director Eli Roth was inspired to make the film after discovering a Thailand-based business offering β€œmurder vacations” in which you would pay $10,000, to go Thailand and shoot and random person in the head in a private room. screenrant.com/eli-roth-h…
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
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…
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…
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…
Roald Dahl submitted a deleted chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ("The Children's Delight Room,") to The Horn Book Review in the 70s. Rather than publish the chapter, it responded with a critical essay by a novelist who criticised Dahl's worth as a human being. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
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…
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…
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…
The AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas changes the gender signs on bathrooms based on the gender makeup of a crowd. This allows them to provide more female or male bathrooms depending on the event. It also prevents long lines for bathrooms. espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/2…
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…
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…
White torture is a type of psychological torture which involves putting the prisoner in a completely white, soundproof room, often leading the prisoner to madness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
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…
, 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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
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…
Rick Ross owns the largest private swimming pool in the whole US. His 54.000 sq ft mansion is the largest private residence in the whole state of Georgia. It has 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms and a total of 109 rooms. Upkeep is reportedly $1m per year. youtube.com/watch?v=43ewv…
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 Swiss Constitution enshrines the right for every inhabitant to have a nuclear fallout shelter. If new houses and apartments are built without bunkers, the owners have to contribute a tax to their Canton to secure a place in a government-owned nuclear fallout shelter. swissinfo.ch/eng/always-b…
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…
The Great Mouse Detective (1986) featured a battle in clock work, that was a one of the first to be aided by computer modeling. The computer used would get very hot and one night someone closed the door to the room it was in, frying the computer and forcing the programmer to redo everything. mouseplanet.com/9549/How_…
The author of Mexico's national anthem, refused to submit an entry for the nationally held anthem writing contest. Unsatisfied, his fiance lured/locked him in a room w/ images depicting key events and battles of Mexico's history. The poet produced an entry that won his freedom and the contest. frontera.library.ucla.edu…
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-…
David Carradine of Kill Bill fame, died of accidental autoerotic asphxyiation in his hotel room in Bangkok in 2009 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
There is a name for the color you see when you close your eyes: Eigengrau en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eig…
Vomitoriums were actually just the entrances and exits of stadiums and theaters, not rooms to throw up in after eating. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Two Ugandan fans bet on a match between Arsenal and Manchester United: the Arsenal fan staked his two-room home, while the Manchester United fan staked his car and his wife. After Manchester United won, the Arsenal fan was thrown out of his home, along with his three wives and five children belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sp…
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…
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller was fined a total of $15,000 for farting in the locker room. It was $500 per fart for 30 farts. businessinsider.com/von-m…
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…
Alice Cooper once lost his pet boa constrictor at a hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee. Two weeks later, country singer Charley Pride found the lost snake while staying in the same room. thedailytimes.com/enterta…
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…
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…
Every 13 years, the NHL removes the names of 13 teams engraved on the Stanely Cup to make room for more teams. youtube.com/watch?v=hY1W0…
After the Aurora theater shooting, Cinemark spent more than $1 million redesigning and renovating the complex, including combining two theaters where victims were shot into a large, X-D digital viewing room. It provided free tickets to shooting victims, first responders and medical personnel usatoday.com/story/news/n…
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 colour that you see when your eyes are opened in a dark room has a name. It's called 'eigengrau', which means intrinsic gray. It's the shade of dark gray people see when there's no light. whatthemicroscopesaw.co.u…
Today I learned about Nasubi, a contestant on a Japanese game show who was forced to live alone, naked, in a small room and required to enter contests in magazines to provide him with physical objects, such as food and cloths. He never knew he was on TV as the producers had lied to him. Show ran for 15 months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nas…
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…
Open-plan offices can lead to increases in health problems in officeworkers. The design increases noise polution and removes privacy which increases stress. Ultimately the design is related to lower job satisfaction and higher staff turnover. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
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…
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…
The Geneva Freeport, a warehouse complex in Geneva, houses approximately 1.2 million works of art with an estimated value of $100 billion, as well as gold bars and about 3 million bottles of wine. A small room that can hold multiple objects costs anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000 per month en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
A bell made from pewter will not ring clearly at room temperature because the alloy is too soft. However, if cooled in liquid nitrogen, the pewter will harden enough that the bell will ring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pew…
There are twice as many bathrooms as necessary as the Pentagon because planners had to design the it for black and white employees, including β€œwhite” and β€œcolored” cafeterias. However, Pres. Roosevelt made Jim Crow laws illegal on Federal property prior to its opening and was never enforced. history.com/news/9-things…
In 1909, the first truly salacious hit song β€œI Love, I Love, I Love My Wifeβ€”But Oh! You Kid!” made the leap from vaudeville stage to the sheet music stands of a million parlor room pianos in America, inciting newspaper editorials, outraged sermons by preachers, and at least one fatal shooting. slate.com/articles/arts/c…
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-…
Goldie Hawn kicked director Jonathan Demme out of the editing room on Swing Shift (1984) over concerns her performance was being overshadowed by actress Christine Lahti. www2.bfi.org.uk/news-opin…
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…
Today I learned about the Erfurt latrine disaster back in 1184. During a party composed of nobles, the floor of a room collapsed beneath them and plunged them into a pit of human excrement. Up to 100 died. interestingfactsworld.com…
In London, one of Tower Bridge's ornate cast-metal lampposts is actually no lamppost: It's a remarkably-lamppost-like hollow flue. It was meant to vent coal smoke (from the stove in the room below decks where guards could warm up). atlasobscura.com/places/t…
The Erfurt latrine disaster was an event that occurred in Erfurt, Duchy of Thuringia in 1184. A number of nobles from across the Holy Roman Empire were meeting in a room at the Church of St. Peter, when their combined weight caused the floor to collapse into the latrine beneath the cellar and le en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erf…
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…
In the state of Vermont, some homes have diagonal windows named "witch's windows", which are nearly exclusive to homes in that state vpr.org/post/whats-histor…
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…
Bill Murray and Chevy Chase got into a fist-fight in John Belushi's dressing room when Chase returned to host SNL where Belushi acted as referee. yahoo.com/entertainment/c…
Today I learned of a 1970's gameshow called Bowling for Dollars, which actually was a franchise of locally produced shows all across the nation. The use of each cities local celebrities and citizens gave it a homey feel. The show was created by the creator of Romper Room, which had the same franchise format. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow…
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…
It was common for elite Romans and Greeks to paint their banquet floors with pictures of food scraps. This trend was called β€œasarotos oikos”, or β€œunswept room”. atlasobscura.com/articles…
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…
When Winston Churchill was angry, he would throw his dentures across the room. bbc.com/news/uk-england-n…
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/…
Today I learned of Miss Baker, a squirrel monkey who was one of the first animals launched into space by the USA to return safely. After her space flight, Miss Baker set a record for longest lived squirrel monkey before dying at age 27. Her grave can often be found adorned with one or more bananas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Actor Crispin Glover, most famous as George McFly, lives in a 400 year old, 17-bedroom, 20-acre estate in Konarovice, Czech Republic that he has lovingly restored. architecturaldigest.com/s…
The Wow! signal, discovered by volunteers, remains the strongest evidence of extraterrestrial communication. The "Big Ear" observatory was since dismantled to make room for a golf course expansion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohi…
The superstition of the 13th floor in tall buildings is still alive and well. 85% of buildings installed with Otis elevators don't have a 13th floor. 13thfloorsanantonio.com/l…
Heinlich Himmler chose Wewelsburg Castle for the SS based on occult prophesies. They renovated it before moving in, & one of the rooms in the building became known as "the Grail Room" with a rock crystal representing the Holy Grail being placed in a central position. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahn…
Most sitcoms two-storey houses will have two staircases going upstairs usually in the living room and in the kitchen. This is meant to provide additional entry and exit points which helps with staging for the characters. Some examples I know: 8 simple rules, Grounded for life and That 70s show. branchedesign.com/blog/20…
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…
The French Revolution played a major role in the development of pornography. It was used as a political tool to mock political leaders, and subsequently lead to the first pornographic film ever being made, titled "A L’Ecu d’Or ou la bonne auberge" in 1908. thefulcrum.ca/features/a-…
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
Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, DC, used to be a drawbridge. It hasn't opened since the 60s. Attached to the bridge legs are the operator's office and control room --still present but long-abandoned and sealed shut in 1976. atlasobscura.com/places/m…
While the British TV show "The Avengers" started being filmed in color in 1966, UK viewers could only watch it in black and white, as there was no color broadcasting in their country. However, this decision was made with US export in mind, as Americans already did have color television in 1966. shropshirestar.com/news/l…
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…

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