There is a demon found in Catholic lore that collects all the mispronounced words said by priests and puts them in a sack. That sack is later carried by the offending priests in hell. gallimaufry.typepad.com/b…
The Roman punishment for the killing of parents was known as Poena cullei ('penalty of the sack') and it consisted of being sewn up in a leather sack, with an assortment of live animals including a dog, snake, monkey, and a chicken or rooster, and then being thrown into a body of water. imperiumromanum.edu.pl/en…
A footbag is the term for a small, round bag usually filled with plastic pellets or sand, which is kicked into the air as part of a competitive game or as a display of dexterity. "Hacky Sack" is the name of a brand of footbag popular in the 1970s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hac…
Today I learned about Charles Blondin, a tightrope walker who walked across the Niagra Gorge numerous times. He made the journey backward, blindfolded, in a sack, somersaulting, locked in chains, on stilts, and carrying people on his back. On one occasion he even stopped halfway and cooked an omelette. ripleys.com/weird-news/gr…
Flour distributors used to make their sacks more colorful during the Great Depression to help the people who often made clothes out of them remain at least somewhat fashionable. winkgo.com/1930s-flour-sa…
The naming system for unearthed dinosaur fossils didn't start until 1758, and that the first named bone was called "Scrotum humanum" -- because it was originally believed to be the ball sack of an ancient giant man bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
In year 2004 Greek Orthodox church formally accepted the Catholic church apology for the Sack of Constantinople in 1204. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
After Czech gymnast VΔ›ra ČÑslavskΓ‘ lost her training facility due to the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, she trained for the 1968 Olympics in the forest using potato sacks as weights and logs as beams. She medaled in all six events, four of them Gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C…
Today I learned about Ashley's Sack. Ashley, a slave, was sold at nine years old. Her mother provided a cotton sack as a parting gift. Telling her "it be filled with my love always", it contained a tattered dress, a handful of pecans, and a braid of her mother's hair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash…
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…
After the sack of Baghdad, the Caliph was surrendered to the Mongols on the belief that their practices prevented them from shedding the blood of a man of such a high royal and religious status. Sure enough, the Mongols kept to their custom by wrapping him in a rug and trampling him to death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-…
The reason some dinosaurs were able to get so large was that they had "air sacks" in and around their bones, which prevented them from being crushed under their own weight and allowing them to grow to enormous sizes. blogs.scientificamerican.…
James "Honest Dick" Tate was a Kentucky State Treasurer, so-called due to his good reputation. In reality, he had quietly misappropriated over $250,000 ($7 million in present value) from the treasury. In 1888, he fled the state with a sack of gold and silver coins and was never seen again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
In 1943, the life of a 2 Β½ year old Jewish boy named Josef Schleifstein was saved after his father hid him in a large sack when they arrived at Buchenwald concentration camp. He was eventually found, but the guards took a liking to him and saw him as a "camp mascot". He survived the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Dolly Parton's family was so poor that the doctor who brought her into the world was paid with a sack of cornmeal rollingstone.com/music/mu…
"Happy Buddha" is not really the Buddha, but a Chinese monk who carried a sack to give rice and sweets to children, like our Santa. people.howstuffworks.com/…
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, women turned their flour sacks into into dresses, underwear, towels, curtains, quilts, and other household necessities. So flour companies started packing their flour in bags with pretty patterns. slate.com/human-interest/…
The Vandals (origin of the word "vandalism"), notorious for the sack of Rome, actually negotiated with the then Pope and only raided the city's wealth but left the buildings intact nationalgeographic.com/cu…
Today I learned of Poena cullei, a form of punishment for those found guilty of parricide under Roman Law, in which the offender was sewn into a leather sack, with an assortment of live animals, including a dog, snake, monkey and a chicken before being thrown into water and left to drown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe…
The Air Force recently invented underwear for fighter pilots that automatically detects urine and flushes it into a sack where it freezes the urine for disposal after the flight, solving a major problem of inflight peeing. popularmechanics.com/mili…
Today I learned about Castrator barnacles, a species that feminizes male crabs after parasitically taking control of their reproductive physiology. This causes the male crab to grow ovaries, develop female behaviors, and care for the barnacle's egg sack as its own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
Nero didn't play a fiddle while Rome burned in 64 A.D., bowed string instruments wouldn't appear in Europe for another 800 years. However several sources place Nero on the roof of his palace during the fire, dressed in stage garb and singing from the Greek epic β€œThe Sack of Ilium.” history.com/topics/ancien…
The Samians came to Sparta seeking aid and made a speech to show their need. The Spartans rejected them for being long-winded. Later the Samians came a second time with a sack, and said β€œThe sack wants flour.” The Spartans replied that they were over-wordy with β€œthe sack”; but resolved to help. perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/…
Today I learned about Marco Bragadin gruesomely killed, first dragged around with sacks of stone on his back; then tied to a chair and hoisted up a Turkish flagship, then tied to a column and flayed alive, then his skin was stuffed and redressed in his military clothes, then rode on an ox around town venetoinside.com/hidden-t…
The Indian Bullfrog male, during the monsoon mating season, turns from drab green to yellow in color and their vocal sacks turn blue. Their loud bellows and changed appearance are key in attracting females.These frogs are able to jump right out of water as though on land despite their huge size. zmescience.com/ecology/an…
Santa Claus was based on a REAL Person. Saint Nicholas was an early Christian Bishop in ancient Greece who had a habit of secret gift giving. He is said to have rescued three girls from being forced into prostitution by dropping a sack of gold coins through the window of their house. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
In medieval Germany, married couples could legally settle their disputes by fighting a Marital Duel. To even the field, the man had to fight from inside a hole with one arm tied behind his back. The woman was free to move and was armed with a sack filled with rocks. fscclub.com/history/mduel…
Today I learned of the Sack of Antwerp .In 1576 Spanish regiments in Flanders mutinied after a long delay in payments from the Spanish crown. Taking the matter of compensation into their own hands the Spanish army pillaged Antwerp for three days and massacred an estimated 7000 men women and children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
Dolly Parton's father paid for her birth with a sack of oats! She is the fourth of 12 children born to Robert and Avie Lee Parton of Sevierville, Tennessee. Her family was so poor that grain was all her father had to give the doctor who delivered her! countryliving.com/life/en…
Doug Flutie’s 1984 Hail Mary pass saw the quarterback scramble to his right, narrowly averting a sack. He threw the football from his own 37, requiring the 5' 10" quarterback to throw the ball at least 63 yards against 30 mph winds. WR Gerald Phelan caught the catch and Boston won the game. wikipedia.org/wiki/Hail_F…
An illiterate retired guard in his 70s saved many of Timbuktu’s priceless manuscripts during the 2012 Al Qaeda occupation of the city, by smuggling them out of the city at night in rice sacks, in a cart. Jihadists went on to burn whatever manuscripts were left. irishtimes.com/news/world…
After Queen's success with Bohemian Rhapsody, sacks of fan mail poured in from behind the Iron Curtain, addressed to "Queen, London". It was mistakenly delivered to Buckingham Palace. brianmay.com/queen/queend…
The Titanic was hauling over 3000 mail sacks during its maiden voyage. When it began to flood, the five postal clerks on board tried to save as much mail as they could by hauling the sacks on deck. All five of the postal clerks died in the sinking. postalmuseum.si.edu/firea…
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, flour manufacturers saw women turning their flour sacks into clothing, diapers, dish cloths, and more, so they started packing their flour in pretty patterns. littlethings.com/flour-sa…
In medieval Germany, married couples could legally settle their disputes by fighting a Marital Duel. To even the field, the man had to fight from inside a hole with one arm tied behind his back. The woman was free to move and was armed with a sack filled with rocks. fscclub.com/history/mduel…
When the Carpathia reached the Titanic survivors in the lifeboats, in order to get the small children up onto the ship above, they lowered down luggage nets and then packed each child into a sack so they wouldn't slip through the holes youtu.be/MD5J43Z9AWI?t=55…
Today I learned about "Atomic Annie". An artillery cannon that in 1953 shot the only nuclear artillery test in the US ever. Its yield was estimated at 15 kilotons, around the same level as Little Boy. It also had a backup version: "Sad Sack". Both are still around today. atlasobscura.com/articles…
During the Great Depression, companies would print colorful patterns onto flour sacks so that women can make dresses out of them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
A surprise inspection of a men's prison in Acapulco unearthed 100 plasma TVs, 2 sacks of marijuana, 2 peacocks, 100 cockerels for cock fighting... and 25 women. bbc.com/news/world-latin-…
During the Great Depression, companies would print colorful patterns onto flour sacks so that women can make dresses out of them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
Males of the Bonellia viridis species spend most of their lives living inside the female's Genital sack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
During the Depression, women commonly made clothing out of cotton feed sacks - the feed companies got word of this, and began decorating them with patterns and colors: "feed companies were being encouraged to use the latest dress print bags and feed supply stores were turned into fabric stores" flashbak.com/feed-sack-fa…
A man raised $275,000 for disabled veterans in 1864 by repeatedly auctioning the same sack of flour over and over again en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reu…
The reason some dinosaurs were able to get so large was that they had "air sacks" in and around their bones, which prevented them from being crushed under their own weight and allowing them to grow to enormous sizes. youtu.be/ENK245mtPTo
In the 1930's, amidst wide spread poverty, flour mills realised that some woman were using sacks to make clothes for their children. In response, the flour mills started using fabric with flowers printed on for their sacks. kindnessblog.com/2015/05/…
Today I learned of the Sack of Rome in 390 BC. After the Romans were routed and the city was all but destroyed, the Romans figured their only decision was to pay the invaders to leave. It worked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of Poena Cullei, an ancient Roman execution method. The condemned was stuffed into a sack with an assortment of animals and then thrown into a river. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe…
During the Great Depression women made clothes out of flour sacks and when manufacturers learned of this they started using patterned fabrics and designed the label to wash out. littlethings.com/flour-sa…
In Brett Favre's entire rookie season with Atlanta, he took five snaps total. The results: two incompletions, two interceptions, and a sack for a loss of 11 yards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
Today I learned about the Sack AS-6. A circular winged airplane that might have been the origin of the Nazi-UFO myth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…

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