A Guatemalan boy saw soldiers come into his village and murder his parents along with the rest of the village, was adopted and raised in an abusive household by one of the men who massacred the villagers, and later gave testimony that sent the killer to prison with a 6,000 year sentence newsinteractives.cbc.ca/l…
Today I learned of the Kengir Gulag Uprising, where inmates assumed control over a camp. Due to the large body of educated inmates the 40 days of freedom saw the creation of plays, an ex-noble organizing a cafΓ©, priests organizing marriages, engineers creating improvised radios and a hydroelectric powerstation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
Little Richard, while performing in Australia in 1957, saw a fireball flying across the sky and took it to be a sign from God to repent from secular music and his wild lifestyle at the time; he wouldn't return to secular music until 1962. The fireball that he saw was the launch of Sputnik 1. theguardian.com/music/202…
Our brains do not necessarily process everything as that would be an overload of information, a study from 2016 found that under the influence of LSD, the brain recruited many more regions for visual processing than normal, enriching the images people saw even when their eyes were shut. theguardian.com/science/2…
Merle Haggard was a 20 year old prisoner at San Quentin when he saw Johnny Cash play his first concert for inmates in 1958. Haggard said it helped turn his life around and inspired him to be a country artist. Cash always told Haggard, β€œYou’re everything that people think I am.” history.com/.amp/this-day…
I learned about Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese-American pilot supporting the US Army during WW2. One time, her aircraft made an emergency landing on a farm. The farmer saw her, grabbed a pitchfork, and chased her around the plane, shouting to neighbors that the Japanese had invaded Kansas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haz…
Today I learned about Duncan MacDougall, a physician who conducted an experiment and weighed patients before and after their deaths. He saw that after death patients were 21g lighter and called this the β€œweight of the soul”. discovermagazine.com/mind…
The Battle of Adwa in 1896 saw Ethiopia win a decisive victory against Italy, securing Ethiopia's independence for another 40 years. In that period Ethiopia was hailed as the only surviving African state to defeat a European colonial power in open battle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
When Samuel Fuller left Hollywood to fight in WW2, he refused offers for desk jobs and instead enlisted as an infantryman, saw heavy fighting, and even liberated a concentration camp. Returning home with a Silver Star, he became one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Nelson Mandela was adopted by the leader of the Thembu tribe after his father died in 1927. His adopted father, Jongintaba Dalindyebo, saw potential in him and helped encourage him to be a young leader in the tribe. rd.com/list/famous-people…
Guitarist Slash walked into a room & saw David Bowie & his mom naked together rollingstone.com/music/mu…
During her visit to the United States, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands heard footsteps outside her White House bedroom, answered a knock on the door, saw the ghost of Abraham Lincoln and fainted in shock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Not only did Robert Todd Lincoln watch his father die, but he also saw the assassinations of Garfield and McKinley. When Roosevelt took office, Lincoln wrote β€œI do not congratulate you, for I have seen too much of the seamy side of the Presidential Robe to think it an enviable garment". werehistory.org/robert-to…
The father of the modern skyscraper (tube system of construction) was a Bangladeshi-American who never saw a skyscraper IRL until he was 21. He was inspired by the strength of bamboo, which is hollow & can grow to great heights. Fazlur Rahman Khan β€” designed the Willis Tower. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tub…
During WW2, DuPont was hired to build the Hanford nuclear site, producing plutonium. Reluctantly, they agreed to do so under a symbolic 1-dollar contract. After the war ended, a government accountant saw construction took 2 rather than the anticipated 3 years, and cut their pay to .68 cents b-reactor.org/wp-content/…
Today I learned about Pontiac’s Rebellion at Fort Michilimackinac. Native Americans played Lacrosse outside of the fort, and the British came outside to watch the games. Once the natives thought that enough soldiers were outside, they grabbed weapons and rushed the fort, killing every British soldier they saw. ss.sites.mtu.edu/mhugl/20…
A Leaf Blower puts out as much CO in 1 hour as a car does in over 8, as well as a DB level comparable to that of a Table Saw. dec.ny.gov/chemical/10942…
Even though Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of electronic television, was disappointed by it for most of his life, he changed his mind the day he saw Neil Armstrong walk on the Moon thanks to his invention, telling his wife "this has made it all worthwhile". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
In 1872, a group of hunters in India captured and 'saved' a 6-year-old feral boy they saw trailing behind a pack of wolves in the forest. The boy only ate meat, despised wearing clothes, sharpened his teeth on bones and communicated in animal noises. He might've served as inspiration for Mowgli history.com/news/6-famous…
A 12-yr-old Canadian boy was caught after hacking multiple sites in order to trade pirated information to the hacktivist group Anonymous for video games. His lawyer said the boy who had been hacking since age 9 was not politically motivated; he merely saw it as a challenge. theverge.com/2013/10/26/5…
At age 30, Wassily Kandinsky saw Monet at an exhibition and became obsessed. He promptly abandoned his law career and devoted himself full-time to the study of art, later becoming one of the founders of pure abstraction in painting biography.com/artist/wass…
Astronaut Jim Lovell was asked if he would go on another spaceflight after an explosion almost killed the crew of Apollo 13 on its way to the Moon. Lovell was about to say yes. Then he saw a hand shoot up from the audience and slowly give the thumbs-down sign. It was his wife, Marilyn. astronomy.com/magazine/ne…
When Roman Emperor Elagabalus saw adultΠ΅ry scenes shown on-stage, he would order what was usually "done" in pretence to be carried out in fact. He also never had sΠ΅x with the same woman twice (except with his wife), and opened brothΠ΅ls in his house for his friends, clients, and slavΠ΅s penelope.uchicago.edu/Tha…
When Sean Lennon, the son of John, was little, he didn't know about The Beatles because his parents never played Beatles records at home. When Sean saw Yellow Submarine at his friend's house, his dad had to explain why there was a cartoon version of him in the movie. ultimateclassicrock.com/s…
Wrestling official Pelle Svensson saw during the 84 kg class match between Russia and Sweden, that the Russian team leader Mikhail Mamiashvili was giving signals to the referee. When Svensson confronted him, Mamiashvili reportedly said to him "you should know that this may lead to your death." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wre…
There have been 13 different times where three people have been the pope in the same year, each of which are known as the "Year of Three Popes". Additionally, 1276, known as the "Year of Four Popes", saw four people as the pope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
As a teenager Penny Marshall starred as the "before" girl in a shampoo commercial with Farrah Fawcett as the "after" girl. Fawcett crossed out "Homely Girl" and changed it to "Plain Girl" on the placard Marshall's stand-in was holding because she saw it was making Marshall insecure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Today I learned about a study at Voyageurs National Park that tracked 6 different packs of wolves for 3 years and saw them never crossing each other’s territory. No turf wars in this park, only respect timberjay.com/stories/a-p…
Archduke Franz Ferdinand killed over 300,000 animals while hunting during his life. He’d ride on a train with servants loading rifles on either side of him and he’d shoot any animal he saw. Trailing train would pick up the carcasses. pbs.org/newshour/world/8-…
While filming 'Batman Begins' a drunk driver crashed into the Batmobile because he thought it was an alien spacecraft. "This poor drunken guy who didn’t have a license. [He] said he got so panicked when he saw the car that he thought aliens were landing," explained Christian Bale. yahoo.com/entertainment/b…
Today I learned about Yao Jiaxin, a 21-year-old student from Xi'an, ran down and injured a waitress, Zhang Miao, while driving. He then got out of his car and stabbed her to death when he saw her memorizing his license plate number. He was sentenced to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yao…
The Thirty Years' War could have only lasted 2 years if it wasn't for Frederick V's refusal to admit defeat, which caused Spain to invade the Holy Roman Empire and force him into exile. The other rulers within the Empire saw the removal of a hereditary prince as a threat and decide to intervene. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Initial designs for Donkey Kong's coconut gun in DK64 came from sketches by Shigeru Miyamoto. These sketches were made immediately after he saw the ape with an actual, bullet-firing, shotgun. gamesradar.com/uk/making-…
In 1985 expedition leader Mike Dunn organized a trip of the "greatest explorers" to the North Pole. Among them were Neil Armstrong, Steve Fossett and Sir Edmund Hillary. Armstrong said that he accepted the invitation because he only ever saw the North Pole from space and not from the ground en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
Today I learned of the Navratil boys, whose father had kidnapped them after separating from his wife. He tried to move them to America on the Titanic, but died when the ship sank. The brothers were rescued and re-united with their mother after she saw a newspaper picture of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The moonwalk dance move, popularized by Michael Jackson, is an old move dating back to the 1930s when Cab Calloway called it "the buzz." Dancer Bill Bailey was filmed doing the move at The Apollo Theater in 1955. Jackson saw a dancer on Soul Train doing the move and learned it from him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
"Lawnchair Larry" Walters in 1982 put giant balloons on a lawnchair and launched himself (along with food, beer, & a pellet gun to pop balloons --thus control elevation) 16000 feet up; jets saw him. He lost the gun overboard & drifted 45 min to land in power lines. He lived & was arrested. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
The Greek philosopher Chrysippus of Soli died in 206 BC, at the age of 73, after a laughing fit caused by his own joke. His biographer reports he saw a donkey eating some figs and yelled that it needed to be given a pure wine to wash the figs down. dailystoic.com/chrysippus…
Alice In Chains started recording their album Dirt in LA the day the LA riots broke out. After guitarist Jerry Cantrell saw people being pulled out of their cars near him in traffic, the band fled for the Joshua Tree desert with Slayer singer Tom Araya until the riots were over. killerguitarrigs.com/jerr…
The Space Race saw two superpowers spend decades demonstrating the technology needed to kill each other with nukes. Yet, instead of ending in a nuclear winter, the Space Race concluded with a American-Soviet handshake in microgravity during the Apollo-Soyuz docking mission in 1975. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
The origin of Pocari Sweat. When a researcher with the pharmaceutical company that makes the Japanese soft drink was hospitalized with diarrhea on a trip to Mexico, he saw a doctor drink the liquid from an IV bag after completing a surgery which gave him the idea for a drinkable IV solution. scmp.com/lifestyle/food-d…
A Georgia teacher who bought a $400 travel insurance policy was rewarded $10,000 because she read the fine print of the contract. After reading to page 7, she saw a β€œPays to Read” bit that said the first to email and mention the fine print contest would win 10K. tampabay.com/business/she…
Robert Downey Jr. only got clean because his girlfriend (now wife) saw him on drugs, then gave him an ultimatum of quitting or losing her. He stopped at a Burger King on the coast and threw his drugs in the ocean. She is now known around Hollywood as "the Miracle That Saved Robert Downey." harpersbazaar.com/culture…
The famous horror film "The nightmare on elm street" is actually based on a true story. The director claimed of a young boy who saw a mysterious creature trying to kill him in his dreams. Days after trying to stay awake, the boy screamed, then died in his sleep cinemablend.com/new/Night…
An 9 foot alligator clamped onto the leg of 10-yr-old Florida girl Juliana Ossa. She thought of a plan she'd learned in "Gatorland" where she saw a guy wrestle a gator with its mouth taped. The situation was reversed, so Juliana stuck her fingers up the gator's nose, and it released her leg. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Hugh Laurie struggles with severe clinical depression. He first became aware of it when he saw two cars collide and explode in a demolition derby and felt bored rather than excited or frightened. As he said: β€œboredom is not an appropriate response to exploding cars". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hug…
When the Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov visited the US in 1962, the American press initially portrayed him as affable and polite. But when he said, "I saw neither angels nor God up there. I believe in man," the press quickly turned on him and accused him of spreading "anti-religious propaganda." historylink.org/File/1010…
A 67-year-old neuro-scientist was "stereoblind" (unable to see depth) his entire life, but it was cured after he saw the movie "Hugo" in 3D at a movie theater. Afterwards he was permanently able to perceive depth. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The Neil Diamond song "Heartlight" is about ET. Diamond and co-songwriters Bayer Sager and Burt Bacharach saw the movie together, and had to pay $25,000 in licensing to Universal Studios en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…

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