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…
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…
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…
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.…
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-…
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…
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…
Oliver Sacks used to count his age in terms of elements in Periodic Table, and had element friends who gifted him elements on birthdays, like Thallium(81) for his 81st Birthday. vice.com/en_us/article/wn…
"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/…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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 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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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-…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
There are still people who speak ancient Egyptian, as it is the language of the Coptic Church. Notable Egyptian contributions to English include the words "sack" and "ebony" and the name Susan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egy…
Up to 12 million letters and 1 million parcels a week were delivered to soldiers during World War I. There was no automation beyond a stamping machine to date and stamp letters. All sorting was done by hand and the mail was transported in sacks. bbc.com/news/magazine-259…
Many nesting bird chicks excrete feces in a self-contained sack that the parent carries away, so it doesn't reveal the nest location. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fec…
In 1939 Austrian Sepp Benedikter, who played ski instructors in movies, opened the Pine Needle Ski Slope in North Hollywood, dumping 6000 sacks of pine needles on the northwest slope of Griffith Park to create a ski run. articles.latimes.com/1998…
The Illiad does not describe the sack of Troy nor the building of the Trojan Horse. Achilles is not killed by an arrow in his heel and the story ends with Hector's funeral. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ili…
The word 'Vandalism' stems from the sack of Rome by the Germanic Vandals in the year 455, during which they damaged objects of cultural significance such as the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus by stripping away the gilt bronze roof tiles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
The Visigothic sack of Rome in 410 caused the city's population to fall by about 300,000 people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
Oliver Wolf Sacks, author & neurologist, known as a "poet laureate of contemporary medicine”, burned his first book due to self-doubt. But went on to write many bestsellers. Including β€˜Awakenings’ about his breakthrough work with survivors of the 1920s sleeping sickness encephalitis lethargica en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
Linguists believe that people make up origin stories for words like β€œbae” or β€œf**k”. People started a rumor that f**k is an acronym dating back to royal days when people needed the king’s permission to get in the sack, so they would be having β€œfornication under consent of the King.” Untrue. time.com/3026192/this-is-…
Oliver Sacks, British neurologist and author, decided to chronicle neurological disorders and oddities following an amphetamine-facilitated epiphany. Described as the poet laureate of medicine, he would later be portrayed by Robin Williams in β€˜Awakenings’; the two becoming lifelong friends. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
In ancient Rome the punishment for parricide, killing one's own parent(s), was to be whipped repeatedly and then sewn up in a leather sack along with a serpent, a dog, a rooster and a monkey. The sack was then thrown into a river. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe…
During the Great Depression, flour distributors printed patterns on their cloth flour sacks because people made their own clothing out of them littlethings.com/flour-sa…
There is a 500-year-old statue of a man eating a sack of babies in Bern, Switzerland, and nobody is sure why. atlasobscura.com/place/ch…
During the Mongols sack of Baghdad they destroyed the fabled House of Wisdom and threw so many books into the Tigris that it ran black from the ink lostislamichistory.com/mo…
After the collapse of the South Sea company in 1720, which bankrupted many and severely affected the economy of England, a proposal was made in parliament to place bankers in sacks filled with snakes and throw them into the River Thames. thebubblebubble.com/south…
In ancient Rome the punishment for killing one’s father was to be drowned in a sack along with a viper, a dog, and a rooster. listverse.com/2010/09/20/…
In ancient Rome if you were found guilty of killing your parents your execution would be "poena cullei" where you'd be sewn up in a leather sack with a serpent, a cock, a monkey and a dog, and thrown in a river to all drown together en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe…
During a game of Rugby, Shelford had his scrotum torn open and had one testicle hanging out and just calmly walked off field to have his sack stitched back together and continued playing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way…
Medieval scribes invented a "Patron Demon of Scribes" called Titivillus. He would wander the earth every day collecting scribal errors until he could fill his sack 1000 times. The sack was taken to the devil and each mistake recorded against the name of the monk who had made the error. preces-latinae.org/thesau…
During the financial crisis of 1720, known as the South Sea Bubble, the Houses of Parliament called for stockbrokers to be sewn into sacks filled with poisonous snakes and thrown into the River Thames. Now with a better link! thesocietypages.org/econo…
There is a 500-year-old statue of a man eating a sack of babies in Bern, Switzerland β€” Nobody is sure why. atlasobscura.com/places/c…
During the Civil War, a man gained national recognition by repeatedly auctioning off a plain sack of flour. By doing so, he raised $250,000 which aided wounded soldiers. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/R…
The adorable Platypus not only has venom, but uses electric signals to locate objects underwater and has no nipples, using a milk-producing sack to feed young modernnotion.com/platypus…
The CIA poisoned 14,000 sacks of Cuban sugar bound for the Soviet Union maebrussell.com/Articles%…
When the King Gustav of Sweden invaded Bavaria during the Thirty Year War, he threatened to burn and sack the city of Munich, but agreed to leave in peace under the condition that the citizens surrender 600,000 barrels of HofbrΓ€uhaus beer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
The Ancient Chinese believed that if a Vampire came across a sack of rice it would have to stop and count every grain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vam…
During the depression flour and feed bags were reused to make clothes. In fact manufactures started to cater to the fact by printing different patterns on their sacks. w3bch1ck.com/?page_id=6
Until the 1800s, Turkish women suspected of cheating were tied in a sack with cats and thrown into the ocean. listverse.com/2011/02/20/…
Neurologist Oliver Sacks wrote about a man who after a night involving amphetamines, cocaine and PCP awoke with a extremely heightened sense of smell. Sacks revealed years later that it was in fact himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
During the sack of Kiev in 1240 by the Mongols only two thousand of the city's fifty thousand residents survived and only six of an original forty buildings were left standing however the commander in charge of the city's defenses was shown mercy because of his bravery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
Famed neurologist Oliver Sacks set a California state record for the back squat in 1961 by squatting 600 pounds. sciencefriday.com/article…
Today I learned about 'The Sea Peoples' seafaring raiders who "wouldn't just sack your ports, they’d march to your capital city and burn it to the ground. Then they’d scour the land until it was uninhabitable." And we don't know who they were. medium.com/p/1e6521d4467d
The Dutch version of Santa eschews flying reindeer in favour of arriving by steamboat from Madrid with a private army of guys named Pete that wear blackface and stuff naughty children in burlap sacks to take back to Spain.

Wikipedia, Zwarte Piet :

The characters of Zwarte Pieten appear only in the weeks before Saint Nicholas's feast, first when the saint is welcomed with a parade as he arrives in the country (generally by boat, having traveled from Madrid, Spain)... Zwarte Pieten are often portrayed as mischievous but rarely mean-spirited characters. Parents used to tell their children that if they have been good, a Zwarte Piet will bring them gifts and sweets, but if they have been bad, a Piet will scoop them up, stuff them in his huge dufflebag and spirit them away to Spain as punishment.

Esquire Magazine, Six to Eight Black Men :

While eight flying reindeer are a hard pill to swallow, our Christmas story remains relatively simple. Santa lives with his wife in a remote polar village and spends one night a year traveling around the world. If you're bad, he

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There are keychains sold in China that contain living animals living on nutrient-filled liquid sacks (lizards, turtles, fish etc.) inhabitat.com/live-animal…
Boeing uses sacks of potatoes as substitutes for human passengers to test for weak spots in in-flight wi-fi signals, as potatoes absorb and reflect radio waves in the same way as humans usatoday.com/story/todayi…
People used to burn sacks of cats as public entertainment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
To get an accurate kill count, the Mongolians cut the right ear off of every slain soldier. At the battle of Mohi in 1241, they 'filled nine large sacks' with (20-70.000) Hungarian ears. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In the 1527 Sack of Rome, the Pope's Swiss Guard was massacred while defending his retreat to safety en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
1930s Flour Sacks Featured Colorful Patterns For Women To Make Dresses littlethings.com/flour-sa…
The word salt led to words like salary, (in the Roman Empire, soldiers were paid with sacks of salt) salad, salvation and the list goes on. Salt has an incredibly long ranging etymology. saltworks.us/salt_info/si…
In 2008 the Russian air force dropped a 55lb sack of cement on a home while trying to create clouds reuters.com/article/2008/…
In Switzerland there is a statue of a man eating a sack of babies. Nobody knows why it's there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
In the celebratory aftermath of an Australian team winning the 1983 America's Cup, Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke essentially declared an impromptu public holiday on live TV, saying: "Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Today I learned of Charles Blondin, who crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope many times with different tricks: blindfolded, in a sack, with a wheelbarrow, on stilts, carrying a man on his back, sitting down midway while he cooked and ate an omelette, and standing on a chair with only one chair leg on the rope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Poet Laureate of England receives, as payment, a butt of sack (105 imperial gallons of sherry). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe…
In 1930s Flour Sacks Were Printed In Colorful Patterns To Save People Money In The Great Depression littlethings.com/flour-sa…
The Lord Speaker of the House of Lords sits on the 'Woolsack'; a large sack/cushion filled with wool from all parts of the Commonwealth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
Today I learned that if you hold your ball sack and watch it very close, you will see that it continuously moves around in your hand, go ahead and see for yourself.
Sultan Ibrahim I, being a hypochondriac, had 280 of his concubines tied up in sacks and drowned in the Bosporus, later on even his mother turned against him having him deposed and executed. books.google.com.eg/books…
Male camels salivate excessively, urinate on themselves, and extrude a dulla (a large pink sack) from their mouths while courting females. blog.nus.edu.sg/lsm1303st…
The NFL's top 4 all-time leaders in QB Sacks were all rookies in 1985 pro-football-reference.co…
One company, Wham-O, Inc. created the Hula Hoop, Frisbee, Slip 'N Slide, Super Ball, Trac-Ball, Silly String, Hacky Sack and Boogie board. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
Santa has an evil counterpart named Krampus, who punishes kids and takes them back to his lair in a large sack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kra…
Enrico Dandolo, the 2nd oldest state leader in history, led the Venetian forces in the Sack of Constantinople at age 90 and blind en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enr…
Rugby player 'Buck Shelford' had 4 of his teeth punched out, and his ball sack ripped open during a game. He continued to play all the way through, and win the match. The next year, they defeated France again, for the world cup. news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/…
The Fraunhofer Institute is developing an "Automated Virtual Reconstruction of Ripped Stasi Files", designed to reconstruct 15,000 sacks of ripped documents. It took 4 years to complete the first 400 of them. ipk.fraunhofer.de/en/divi…

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