As a young boy Yuri Gagarin (first man in space) had his village occupied by nazis, his family forced to work while living in a 3 by 3 meter mud hut for 21 months, saw his little brother being hanged (but saved by his parents) and his two older siblings deported for slave labor (who escaped). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yur…
Police in Finland believe they have caught a car thief with the help of a dead mosquito they noticed inside an abandoned vehicle. Police saw that the mosquito had recently sucked blood and decided to send the insect for analysis, and the DNA matched the man on the Police Register. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europ…
GoldeneEye 007’s multiplayer mode was so last-minute that neither Rare nor Nintendo management knew about it. The first time executives saw anything was when programmers were playing it. engadget.com/2012-08-14-g…
Max Yasgur, whose farm held the infamous 1969 Woodstock concert, was a Vietnam War-supporting Conservative Republican. Nonetheless, he saw the concert as a way to close the generation gap, as well as subsidize the cost of purchasing hay for his dairy farm. nashuatelegraph.com/news/…
The Apollo Guidance computer was programmed in metric, but showed imperial values in the displays. Using metric meant fewer calculations thus optimizing the use of the limited processing power and the astronauts were used to imperial so that's what they saw on the display. ukma.org.uk/why-metric/my…
September 4th 1909, saw the first Boys Scout rally in Crystal Palace, South London. The gathering was organized by Baden-Powell & saw 11,000 boys in attendance. Amongst the thousands in attendance, a handful of girls crashed the event. Dressed in uniform, they called themselves Girl Scouts. wagggs.org/en/about-us/ou…
Legend says Alexander the Great used an ancient submarine "bathysphere" to survey the underwater sea. What he saw horrified him: "the world is damned and lost". hellenicaworld.com/Greece…
Today I learned of the more than 750,000 drafted in the American Civl War during 1863 and 1864, only about 46,000 actually saw battle. The remaining 85% avoided the war by literally running away, finding someone else to take their place, or paying the $300 commutation fee. fords.org/blog/post/civil…
With the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066 the French took over England. The lower-class were the hunters so animal names persist, and the upper-class French only saw the butchered meats. As a result, we refer to beef (boeuf), pork (porc) and mutton (mouton) instead of cow/pig/sheep. thedailymeal.com/eat/why-…
A man tried to mummify his amputated leg inside a BBQ grill placed inside of a storage unit. However, after falling behind on payments, the grill was sold to a local entrepreneur who saw the leg as a way for fame, fortune, and a roadside attraction. A feud over ownership was settled on court TV. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
After a Far Side cartoon featured a chimpanzee referring to Jane Goodall as a "tramp", the cartoonist received a letter from Goodall's lawyers calling the comic an "atrocity". Goodall herself later saw the cartoon and loved it, and wrote the introduction to one of the Far Side collections. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
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 Operation Linebacker II or The Christmas Bombings. It saw the largest heavy bomber strikes launched by the U.S. Air Force since the end of World War II, intended to be a "maximum effort" campaign which could only be accomplished by B-52s". 2 years later, Saigon would fall to North Vietnam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Johnny Cash's brother, Jack, died when he was 14 after getting mangled by a table saw after cutting wood. Johnny, who admired his brother a lot, was heartbroken. According to his sister, Johnny helped dig Jack's grave. biography.com/news/johnny…
Today I learned of 67 yr-old 4'10" 100 lb Lorenza Marrujo, aka β€œLady Ninja” who has a black belt in jiujitsu. When she saw a 5'9" 170 lb man attacking her friend, Lorenza bent his fingers back, hit him twice with her elbow in his sternum, and pinned him to the floor with knees on neck & chest till help arrived. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
In 1969, the charity Save The Children, funded and hired director Ken Loach to film a documentary about the charity. Loach laid bare the hypocrisy and colonial attitudes he saw at the heart of the charity. Save The Children banned the documentary for 42 years, finally showing it in 2011. theguardian.com/film/2011…
West German footballer Paul Mebus played only one World Cup match, the 3-8 defeat to Hungary in 1954. After that match, the manager caught Mebus singing under the shower. In face of the harsh defeat, the manager saw this as unacceptable, and Mebus was never again selected for West Germany en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
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…
Kobe Bryant was named after Kobe beef, which his parents saw on a restaurant menu en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kob…
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…
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…
When shooting The Godfather, the studio wanted a more salacious gangster movie, so it threatened to fire director Francis Ford Coppola, and even had stand-in directors waiting on set. The executives only decided not to fire him after they saw the scene where Michael kills Sollozzo and McCluskey mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The archives of Ebla show reference people coming to Cannan from Iran. The collapse of the Akkadian Empire in 2154 BC saw the arrival of peoples using Khirbet Kerak ware (pottery), coming originally from the Zagros Mountains east of the Tigris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
The future King George V of the UK, reportedly saw the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman,a ship known to be an omen of doom, seemingly disappear into thin air,off the coast of Australia.Hours after her sighting, the crew-mate responsible for first reporting the ship fell from the crosstrees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly…
In the 1962 Western film "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", 51-year-old O. Z. Whitehead played the part of a teenager who is dismissed from the saloon because he is "too young to vΠΎte". He looked so youthful that neither he nor the director John Ford saw anything unusual in his playing the part independent.co.uk/arts-en…
The 'beach ball' or 'wait' cursor on the Mac is originally from the NeXT line of computers and represents a spinning optical drive. These drives were slow, so users often saw the cursor. Originally black and white, it was later updated to reflect the bright rainbow surface of optical disks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
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…
As a result of the Battle of the Somme, a major World War I engagement that saw some of the most destructive, attritional warfare known to mankind, 25 Somme villages and towns disappeared off of the map..forever. historyextra.com/period/f…
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…
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…
Mulberry Street is a historic street and tourist destination in Springfield, Massachusetts. Made famous by Dr. Seuss' first children's book "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street", it is less than one mile southwest of Dr. Seuss' boyhood home on Fairfield Street en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mul…
Many of the scenes in "Elf" were filmed at an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Vancouver. In the 50's, Riverview Hospital was home to more than 4,000 patients. The X Files, Supernatural, Saw, Deadpool 2 and many others have filmed scenes on the site. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riv…
Today I learned about the Battle of the Belly River in 1870 in Western Canada, when a Cree war party chose to attack the Blackfoot tribe weakened by smallpox. The plan backfired and saw some 300 Cree killed. It is the last major conflict fought exclusively between Native Americans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
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…
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…
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…
The oldest active naval vessel saw service in Tsar Nicolas II’s navy, the USSR, and the Russian Federation. foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com…
During World War II, β€œItaly’s Popolo D’Italia newspaper reported that the Loch Ness Monster had been killed by a direct bomb hit in a German air raid,” when J. MacFarlan-Barrow and his three children saw Nessie while boating in 1941, the Daily Mail made a point that Nessie had survived.” history.com/news/loch-nes…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
The parents were conceived as the leads of sitcom Family Ties but positive reaction to Michael J Fox's character saw focus switch to Alex after the fourth episode en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
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…
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…
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…

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