The Roman Emperor Vespasian wanted to see the Dead Sea for himself. Once there, he ordered certain persons who were unable to swim to be flung into the deep water with their hands tied behind them. Naturally, they rose to the surface and and floated en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ves…
Ethel Rosenberg's execution did not go smoothly. After she was given three electric shocks, attendants removed the strapping only to have doctors determine that Ethel's heart was still beating. Two more electric shocks were applied, eyewitnesses reported that smoke rose from her head theguardian.com/world/195…
The hand holding the rose for the "American Beauty" movie poster belongs to Christina Hendricks time.com/5659726/christin…
Chickens used to be fitted with tiny glasses to prevent eye-pecking and cannibalism. Rose-colored glasses were especially popular as they were thought to prevent chickens from seeing blood and becoming enraged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The famous WW2 Japanese propaganda broadcaster Iva Toguri( wrongly associated with the name "Tokyo Rose"), was an American citizen who actively assisted the Allied war effort by smuggling rations to prisoners, and making the broadcasts as much as a farce as possible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iva…
Today I learned of Hurrem Sultana aka Roxelana. She was captured during a slave raid by the Crimean Tatars & taken to the harem of the Ottoman Empire. She rose through the ranks & eventually married Suleiman the Magnificent. She broke tradition as the Sultan only married noble ladies prior. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
The song "November Rain" was left off of Guns N' Roses major breakthrough album "Appetite for Destruction" at the last minute, as "Sweet Child of Mine" was thought to be enough of a ballad for one album. loudwire.com/guns-n-roses…
BeyoncΓ© assumed she would automatically get the title role of Princess Tiana - Disney's first black princess - in the 2009 film The Princess and the Frog, so she refused to audition. The role went to Anika Noni Rose, who had co-starred with BeyoncΓ© in the 2006 film Dreamgirls cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Sports teams in the neighbouring cities of York and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA have a historic rivalry appropriately named the 'War of the Roses' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
Between 2009 and 2018, pedestrian fatalities across the USA rose by 53% from 4109 deaths in 2009 to 6283 in 2018. perma.cc/EC6V-7WNJ
James Stewart, an American actor, rose from the rank of Private to Colonel in only 4 years during his WW2 military service, and eventually became a Brigadier General, making him the highest ranking actor in American military history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Up to 1980 there were only 5 English medieval longbows known to still exist. In 1980, 137 longbows in excellent condition were recovered from the wreck of King Henry VIII's naval ship, the Mary Rose, which had capsized in the 1500s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
The Nazis massacred an entire village in France (Oradour-sur-Glane), killing 642 people, including 247 children. Unlike other Nazi village massacre sites, which were razed or rebuilt and marked by monuments or fields of roses, the charred remains of the village have been left untouched. theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned of tulip mania when in 1630's the price of one tulip bulb rose to about 20 years wages. Everybody got rich and then the last ones in went bankrupt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tul…
A gravestone from the closing shot of The Presidio (Connery/Harman) inscribed Russell S. Hahn, Colonel US Army WORLD WAR II KOREA VIETNAM is real, not a prop. Hahn enlisted 1929 and rose to Sergeant, Warrant Officer, Captain, and Colonel. findagrave.com/memorial/3…
King Leopold I of Belgium was made an honorary colonel in Russia’s Imperial Guard when he was only six years old. He rose to the rank of major general at the age of 12, and finally promoted to lieutenant general at 25. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
The Roses Are Red poem dates back to a poem from 1590. The original lines were, "She bath'd with roses red, and violets blew, And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Animals, including insects, faced the possibility of criminal charges for several centuries across many parts of Europe. The earliest extant record of an animal trial is the execution of a pig in 1266 at Fontenay-aux-Roses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
Today I learned about Alberta Jones. She was a pioneering black female attorney and civil rights icon. She rose to national recognition as the legal representation for Cassius Clay's first professional fighting contract. In 1965, Ms. Jones was assassinated at the age of 34, and the crime remains unsolved today. blackpast.org/african-ame…
Cillian Murphy's character Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders has smoked over 3000 herbal rose cigarettes so far birminghammail.co.uk/what…
Owl trafficking rose as a result of the Harry Potter films sciencedirect.com/science…
On January 9, 1493, Christopher Columbus mistook manatees for mermaids and wrote about them "they rose well out of the sea; but they are not so beautiful as they are said to be, for their faces had some masculine traits" nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The only President and Vice President not elected to the office was Gerald Ford. Using the 25th Amendment, President Richard Nixon appointed Ford as Vice President after Spiro Agnew resigned from the position. Nine months later, President Nixon resigned and Gerald Ford rose up in his place. history.com/news/9-things…
Faith No More singer Mike Patton has the biggest vocal range of pop music, passing others such as previous record holder Axl Rose, Mariah Carey or David Lee Roth. spin.com/2014/05/mike-pat…
The saying β€œevery rose has its thorn” is actually false; they are actually prickles. Prickles grow from the "skin" of a plant, similar to a toenail on a human, but a thorn is like another "limb" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
There are feral Rose-Ringed Parakeets in London, and that you can even hand-feed them in London's Kensington Gardens. mylondon.news/news/west-l…
The U.S. First Lady in 1885 - 86 was a lesbian. Rose Cleveland served as the First Lady for her brother who was unmarried. She carried on a relationship for more than 30 years with Evangeline Whipple until Rose died of the Spanish Influenza in 1918. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Hitler was called as a witness in a murder trail being held for 4 storm troopers before he rose to Chancellor. He was cross examined for just over 3 hours, lost his temper, and his outburst is recorded testimony. pbs.org/show/rise-nazis/
Cigarettes used to be handmade with rose petals covering the tips for people that found the ordinary cork filters too harsh on their lips youtu.be/PrldWmzUoNE?t=65
The compound which gives feces its smell, skatole, smells like flowers in small amounts meaning that roses really do smell like poo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ska…
Today I learned of "Zen," a perfume that incorporated the scent of a rose carried onboard the NASA shuttle Discovery. Scent molecules from the rose were collected by astronauts using a tiny silicon fiber. Following the 10 day mission, the samples were analyzed by fragrance researchers and used to create Zen. nasa.gov/audience/forstud…
Today I learned of James Scott. A prisoner who fought in 7 nationally televised boxing matches from behind bars. He rose to be the No.2 contender in the WBA rankings, defeating the No.1 along the way. The WBA stripped his ranking after becoming concerned that a prison inmate might actually win the world title. boxrec.com/media/index.ph…
Today I learned about Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who was kept captive for 19 yrs by her mother, Dee Dee, who faked medical conditions that her daughter had in order for her to be seen as a caregiver. Dee Dee is a classic Munchausen syndrome by proxy. After Gypsy had Dee Dee killed, she was sentenced 10yrs in prison biography.com/news/gypsy-…
Lady Margaret Beaufort, who was married to Edmund Tudor at age 12, gave birth to the future Henry VII at just age 13. A political pawn during the Wars of the Roses, her first marriage took place when she was no older than 3. wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_M…
4 sailors survived at sea off the coast of New Zealand for 118 days after their trimaran, the Rose-Noelle, was upturned by a rogue wave. They cut holes in the hull, collected rainwater, and eventually caught and cooked fish. They were in such good shape upon return many doubted their story. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In 1986, a limnic eruption at Lake Nyos in northwestern Cameroon killed 1,746 people. The eruption triggered the sudden release of a cloud of CO2 which rose at nearly 100 km/h and then descended onto nearby villages, displacing all the air and suffocating people and livestock. sci.sdsu.edu/how_volcanoe…
Betty White was originally set to play Blanche and Rue McClanahan was set to play Rose. However, with neither actress wanting to be typecast, Golden Girls producers allowed them to switch parts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Today I learned about Munchausen syndrome by proxy (also called factitious disorder imposed on another) from the case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard where her Mom fabricate Gypsy's physical wellbeing and lying about her symptoms to receive attention and sympathy for taking care of a sick child. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
A child prince from the Khwarezmian Empire was sold as a slave after the Mongols invaded their land and killed his family. He arrived in Egypt and rose among the ranks until he became Sultan. He then served the Mongols one of their first major defeats in history. A Historical turning point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qut…
In 1943 German student Sophie Scholl was sentenced to death for her role in the White Rose non-violent resistence group. The entire process of being taken from her cell to being executed by guillotine was recorded as having taken 48 seconds. whiterosehistory.com/1943…
In 1941, when a General asked Winston Churchill for more men to man Antiaircraft guns, Churchill replied "No, I can’t spare any men, you’ll have to use women." Mary Churchill (18), Winston Churchill's youngest daughter was among the first to join and rose to the rank of Junior Commander in 1944. telegraph.co.uk/culture/b…
Floyd D. Rose, the inventor of the Floyd Rose tune-locking tremolo used by artists like Van Halen, used the money from his success to go back to school for biotechnology and genetic engineering. youtu.be/DmCLWitfWx8
In the USA the proportion of organ donor transplants involving drug (fentanyl primarily) over-dose donors rose from 1.1% in 2000 to 14.2% in 2017 (and in Delaware half of all heart transplants in 2018 came from drug overdose donors). tctmd.com/news/these-are-…
In the 16th century a Ruthenian/Ukrainian woman was taken captive and brought to Istanbul as a slave. Her joyful spirit earned her a name Hurrem - "the Cheerful One”. She rose to become Suleiman's legal wife and "Queen of the Ottoman Empire" known in history as Hurrem Sultan or Roxelana en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
On April 23, 1951 Barbara Rose Johns, at 16 years old, led a student strike to protest the inequality of segregated schools in Virginia. A civil suit filed by the NAACP on her behalf was the only student led suit to join the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
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…
There is no clear meaning behind the title of Umberto Eco's debut novel, "The Name of the Rose". Eco himself once stated that his intention was to find a "totally neutral title", and "because the rose is a symbolic figure so rich in meanings that by now it hardly has any meaning left". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
James Cameron altered just one scene of the night sky when Rose is on the raft because according to Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the star field Rose sees wasn't accurate for the time and place. Cameron asked him for the correct one and changed it for the Titanic re-release in 2012. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
In Spearfish, South Dakota on January 22, 1943 at 7:30 am, it was -4 Β°F, then two minutes later, the temperature rose up to 45 Β°F. This is the fastest temperature change ever. weathernationtv.com/news/…
Today I learned of Salem Poor (1747–1802) was an African-American man who purchased his own freedom, became a soldier, and rose to fame as a war hero during the American Revolutionary War.He fought at Bunker Hill and was praised by 14 officers as β€œa Brave & gallant Soldier.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…

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