After writing the main riff of Seven Nation Army, Jack White planned to save it in case he was ever asked to write a James Bond theme. Deciding this was unlikely to happen, he recorded the song anyways. Five years later, he was asked to write the theme song for the Bond film Quantum of Solace. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/2…
Speeding doesn't save you much time. Accounting for traffic and road conditions, driving 10-20 miles over the limit only saves you on average 4 minutes on a 30 minute trip. Even driving 20 over for a 5 minute drive saved on average less than 2 minutes. hondaoakland.net/2018/12/…
Oil magnate J. Paul Getty, one of the richest humans in history, was so miserly that he laundered his own shirts by hand, reused envelopes and paper, made all the phones in his home coin-operated, and stood in line for hours for show tickets to save 50 cents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._…
Today I learned of the "Ghosts of Flight 401", a fairly well documented case of "ghost pilots trying to save their planes" confessionsofatrolleydoll…
Today I learned of Marcel Marceau, a French mime who used his acting skills to save Jewish children during WWII. He smuggled them over the Swiss border and would mime to keep them happy and get them to stay quiet. He saved at least 70 children. history.com/news/marcel-m…
Painting artificial eyespots on the rear-ends of cattle reduces predation by large carnivores. The technique is being used in Africa as an effective, low-cost, anti-predation method to save the lives of both cattle and predators. snippetscience.com/painti…
Hugh Hefner wanted to save his virginity for his first wife, Mildred. A few days before their wedding, she slept with him and revealed that she cheated on him. Mildred gave him permission to sleep with other women due to this. independent.co.uk/life-st…
When Julie Andrews received her damehood in 2000, Queen Elizabeth said to her that she’d β€˜been waiting for this for a very long time.’ One of Julie Andrews’ earliest performances was at age 13, singing β€œGod Save the King” before a then Princess Elizabeth. youtu.be/wFjYb4xpBas
Hungarian scientists working on a project to save the critically endangered Russian sturgeon from extinction by encouraging asexual reproduction through a process called gynogenesis accidentally created a hybrid fish between the sturgeon and the American paddlefish, dubbed the Sturddlefish. thetakeout.com/sturddlefi…
An average anime 13-episode season can cost around 250 Million yen (or around $2 million dollars) to make. Most anime’s can’t recoup this expense so they rely on the β€˜windfall’ of other big animes to save budget. animenewsnetwork.com/inte…
President of World Airways, Ed Daily, flew a Being 727 to Da Nang to save women and children from the north Vietnamese, only to be shot at and overrun by south Vietnamese troops. Some held on to the landing gear when it took flight. youtu.be/0eC73rZPH3Q
A stray cat Scarlett risked her life 5 times returning to the burning garage to save her kittens. She touched each of them with her nose to ensure they were all alive as the blisters on her eyes kept her from being able to see them. She collapsed unconscious after assuring they were all safe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sca…
Arial is a super popular default font because Microsoft adopted it to save costs. youtube.com/watch?v=8ktRN…
Today I learned about 'The Adventures of Superpup', a 1958 unaired live-action TV pilot, in which the Superman story takes place in a universe populated by dogs, not people. Superpup (or Bark Bent) saves his friend Pamela Poodle from evil Professor Sheepdip. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There is a Portuguese messianic mystic belief called Sebastianism in which a child King from the 16th century that vanished in battle will come back to save Portugal in its darkest hour en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seb…
The folk song My Country Tis of Thee uses the same melody as the British National Anthem, God Save the Queen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Today I learned of Michael Patterson, a man who jumped into a creek to save a drowning four-year-old girl. He ended up severing his spinal cord during the rescue and paralyzing both of his legs and one of his arms. He also suffered other injuries. He later died in hospital. today.com/news/good-samar…
In 2004, German football club FC Union Berlin was facing bankruptcy and didn't have the €1.5 million deposit required to participate in the season. Their fans gave blood en masse and donated the money they got to save the club. footyaccumulators.com/new…
Frederick Banting discovered insulin in 1923, he refused to put his name on the patent. He felt it was unethical for a doctor to profit from a discovery that would save lives. Banting's co-inventors, James Collip and Charles Best, sold the insulin patent to the University of Toronto for $1 vox.com/2019/4/3/18293950…
Roundabouts reduce fatalities from accidents by 72-82%. They also lower wait times and save gas. safety.fhwa.dot.gov/inter…
Someone tried and failed to save President Abraham Lincoln. His name was Major Henry Rathbone. After Booth fired the shot, Rathbone tried to tackle him to the ground, but Booth was able to get free by slicing Rathbone in the arm with a dagger. Rathbone was never free of the guilt till his death. blog.nyhistory.org/attend…
American Airlines circumvented the manufacturer's instructions to save 200 man-hours, doing so they caused the US' worst airline disaster in history. Their procedure was damaging the pylon mounts without anyone knowing it. The manufacturer had warned American Airlines against their procedure. youtube.com/watch?v=QMIpX…
Days before "Superman III" was going to start shooting, the director Richard Lester begged Christoper Reeves to return to his role as Superman, to save the movie from the producer's new choice for the role, Tony Danza. screenrant.com/superman-i…
Waltzing Matilda came second in a referendum to determine the Australian national anthem with 28 % of the vote, beating 'God save the Queen' and 'Song of Australia' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
In 1974 an all-female team of Soviet climbers perished on Lenin Peak in Pamir. Other Soviets, Japanese and American climbers tried to save them but in vain edition.cnn.com/interacti…
Today I learned of the United States Life-Saving Service, a US Government Agency that began as private and local efforts to save shipwrecked people. It started in 1848 and eventually merged with the Revenue Cutter Service to create the US Coast Guard in 1915. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
"America (My Country Tis of Thee)" is written to the same melody of "God Save the Queen" (formerly King) and they sound identical. Because apart from the lyrics - they are. loc.gov/item/ihas.2000000…
Readers voted via telephone calls whether to kill or save Robin for the Batman: A Death in the Family Comic (#428 issue). Approximately 10,614 calls were received. Of those, 5271 backed Robin while 5343 voted to kill him. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
To save money real human skeletons were used in the climatic pool scene in Poltergeist (1982). screenrant.com/poltergeis…
A Danish company modified a version of thale cress (plant), that changes from green to red when being near landmines, because of the nitrogen dioxide gas released from landmines. This way you can detect landmines and save lives. nature.com/articles/news0…
Today I learned of the ancient law of General Average. If a ship carrying cargo is required to jettison some of its load to save the rest, the loss of the cargo is to be shared proportionally among interest holders. First written in law in 800BC, it continues to be declared in present-day maritime emergencies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Larry Bird scored 20 points with his left (non-dominant) hand in a single game to "save his right for the Lakers." basketballnetwork.net/198…
Kangals and Anatolian Shepherd dogs are being distributed to Namibian farmers for use as guard dogs to protect livestock, in a bid to save the local cheetah population edition.cnn.com/2016/03/0…
Today I learned of Tom Crean, an Antarctic explorer who with Ernest Shackleton, sailed 17 days in a lifeboat through 800 miles of storm-tossed Drake Passage to save 22 men. Shackleton later recalled, "He always sang when he was steering and nobody ever discovered what the song was...but somehow it was cheerful" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
A "bottle episode" in TV, in which characters sit around and talk for an entire episode, was created to save money and/or time, as in "we pulled that episode out of a bottle like a genie." Today it is revered, and shows like Seinfeld, Friends and Always Sunny have turned it into an art en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bot…
Hummingbirds go into a form of hibernation almost every night called torpor. This puts their body into a state of hypothermia in order to save energy and keep them from dying throughout the night while they can't feed. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Noblesse oblige is generally used to imply that with wealth, power, and prestige come responsibilities. Privilege must be balanced by duty towards those who lack such privilege. It can describe a person taking the blame for something in order to solve an issue or save someone else. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nob…
When the ship the HMS Guardian struck an iceberg in 1789, its captain decided to stay on it with 62 people. 259 left in boats. However, the captain was able to save the ship and sail back to land. It took 9 weeks, but everyone on the ship made it. Of the 259 that left, only 15 survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Ulysses S. Grant invested his own money in his son's firm, but it was not enough to save the firm from failure. Essentially penniless, but compelled by a sense of personal honor, Grant repaid Vanderbilt with his Civil War mementos. The matter left Grant financially destitute. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
Your central air systems works more efficiently, and saves more money, with interior doors open, not closed. easybreezyac.com/leave-do…
Doc Pomus wrote Save The Last Dance For Me on a napkin on his wedding day while watching his wife dance with guests. He was wheelchair bound from polio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sav…
Today I learned of Tyra Winters, a Highschool cheerleader who saved the life of a choking toddler during a homecoming parade. She was on a float and jumped down from it when she spotted the suffering boy in the crowd. She’d gotten CPR training in the 8th grade and used it to save his life. edition.cnn.com/2019/10/0…
In 1999, multinational cigarette company Philip Morris attempted to convince the Czech Republic that smoking was highly beneficial to the country's economy, as more people would die earlier, hence allowing the government to save millions on health-care, pension and public-housing. edition.cnn.com/2001/BUSI…
Today I learned of Pete Goss; A British yachtsman who turned back during the 1996 Vendee Globe race to save a fellow competitor, Raphael Dinelli. Goss sailed into hurricane force winds for two days to reach Dinelli; who was said to have been clutching a bottle of champagne when he was pulled from the sea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
In 1980’s a construction company renovating the Lexington Hotel discovered a secret vault, once used by the notorious gangster β€˜Al’ Capone. A record number of people tuned in to watch the vault being opened live. It turned out to be completely empty save for some empty bottles and debris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Professional cyclists pee while cycling to save time, but are fined if it is in front of spectators or cameras. connexionfrance.com/Archi…
Jesse Brown, the first USN black aviator, was killed after his F4U Corsair was hit by Chinese fire and crashed near Chosin Reservoir on 12/4/1950. His wingman, Thomas Hudner, purposely crashed his plane to try & save him and in doing so, was the only USN pilot in the Korean War to receive a MOH. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes…
Today I learned about the Hmong people's exogamous wedding customs . Before he may "zij" (snatch) her, the boy must first give a gift to the girl. After which, the boy may then zij the girl. If the boy never presented a gift, she is allowed to refuse and return home with any family member who comes to save her. travelsense.asia/pulling-…
Before firing the director of β€œThe Walking Dead”, AMC sent notes to then director Frank Darabont with suggestions on how to lower the budget for season 2. One of these suggestions read: β€œCouldn't the audience hear the zombies sometimes and not see them, to save on makeup?” hollywoodreporter.com/new…
A British Royal Marine threw himself onto a grenade to save the lives of his comrades. His body armour and backpack shielded him from the blast. He was left with just a nosebleed and headache. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…

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