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…
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…
Anatoly Moskvin, a Russian philologist, historian and linguist, thought to be collecting antique dolls was arrested in 2011 after the mummified bodies of 26 girls between the ages of 3 and 15 were discovered in his apartment. His parents saw the mummies, but mistook them for large dolls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
Today I learned about IvΓ‘n FernΓ‘ndez Anaya, a long distance runner who saw his competitor Abel Mutai slow down before the finish line due to a mistake. Instead of overtaking him to claim first place, he told/showed Abel the error and came second to him in an amazing display of sportsmanship. fairplayinternational.org…
When the famous roman politican Cato saw that Carthage could make a comeback after the Second Punic war, and threaten Rome. He began ending all his speeches, no matter what the subject was, with saying: "Furthermore, I think that Carthage must be destroyed". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anc…
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/…
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…
A male elephant in India smashed through a wall in the house of Kipak and Lalita Mahato where their baby was. They saw the elephant start to move away; but when the baby kept crying, the elephant returned and used his trunk to gently remove pieces of brick and stone that had fallen on the baby. independent.co.uk/news/we…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned of John Sedgwick, a Union general who was fatally shot in the head by a confederate soldier, after criticizing Confederate shooting skills. In battle, Sedgwick saw his men duck for cover. He said, "Why are you dodging like this? They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.” He was then shot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 1911, a "witchcat" appeared near Pottsville PA. It caused hens to crow like rooster and pigs to bark like dogs. Thomas Howell, the man who saw it, died along with eight cows and horses, the deaths attributed to a hex. The family crafted a golden bullet to shoot the cat and break the hex. schuylkillhavenhistory.co…
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…
Slinky was invented by sheer accident. A naval engineer Richard James was designated to come up with a device that would secure equipment on ships while they rocked at sea. When he accidentally dropped the coiled wires, he was tinkering with, he saw them tumble end-over-end across the floor. smithsonianmag.com/innova…
The name teddy bear comes from former United States President Theodore Roosevelt, who was commonly known as "Teddy". He refused to shoot a bear while hunting. This incident became the topic of a political cartoon. Morris Michtom saw the drawing of Roosevelt and was inspired to create the toy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
President Eisenhower would watch almost any movie that featured cowboys except for ones with Robert Mitchum because of his arrest for marijuana possession. As soon as Ike saw Mitchum in a movie he would walk out. whitehousemuseum.org/east…
Atari released the first memory game, called Touch Me in 1974. It wasn't terribly popular, and people who saw it later assumed it was a rip-off of Milton Bradley's Simon. They also released a handheld version later. retrothing.com/2009/03/at…
Caligula once tricked a man into buying 13 gladiators for the high price of 9 million Roman sesterces. He had been selling off some gladiators to replenish the Roman treasury, when he saw a man fall asleep at the auction. He told the auctioneer to consider each of the mans nods as a bid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Both the Carpathia (which rescued Titanic's passengers) and the Californian (which was nearby but allegedly never saw Titanic's distress signals) were both sunk in WW1. Carpathia lies in 600 feet of water off of Ireland and California lies somewhere off of Greece but has never been found youtube.com/watch?v=sL-6F…
15-yr-old Temar Boggs & a friend saved a 5-yr-old girl from a kidnapper; the teens saw the girl in the kidnapper's car & chased the car on their bicycles. After a 15 min. chase, the driver apparently knew he was being followed, stopped & let the girl out. cnn.com/2013/07/15/justic…
The prototype of the chain saw was pioneered in the late 18th century by two Scottish doctors, John Aitken and James Jeffray, for symphysiotomy, a surgical procedure whereby the cartilage of the pubic symphysis is divided to widen the pelvis allowing childbirth when there is a mechanical problem en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
An 11-yr-old girl in Zimbabwe rescued her 9-yr-old friend from a crocodile. Rebecca Munkombwe saw her friend being pulled under when swimming in a stream; she swam over, jumped on top of the croc & poked its eyes till it released its grip on her friend's leg. The 9-yr-old got only mild injuries. sundaynews.co.zw/girl-11-…
Today I learned of Steve Leech, a milkman who was doing his rounds when he saw a shop on fire. He used 320 pints of milk to put out the fire, saving 7 other stores. He received the award for "Hero Milkman of the Millennium" telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Today I learned of Charles MCGEE a retired American fighter pilot who saw combat missions in World War II, Korean War, & Vietnam making him one of the longest active duty air force pilots in history(spanning 30 years). He is also one of the last living tuskegee airmen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Chobani began after Hamdi Ulukaya saw an ad for a Kraft yogurt plant that had closed and bought it through a small business loan. Today they operate the world's largest yogurt plant and workers have 10% ownership stake. For the first few years the 800 number on the label went straight to Hamdi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
Today i learned about Great Zimbabwe, largest settlement ruins in sub-saharan Arica which also tradet with Arab-Indian states. When european colonists saw it, they claimed it was too complex to be of african origins, and ordered historians to dispute the evidence of its african history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Only two known Titanic survivors saw the Cameron movie, but there were 6 alive on its release. encyclopedia-titanica.org…
Dr. Seuss saw children's literature as a step down in a writer's career. Geisel was loved by millions of children but couldn't have children of his own; he wanted his work to be published but panicked when he had to talk about it publicly npr.org/2019/05/07/721005…
King George III is widely remembered for two things: losing the American colonies and going mad. However, George's strong defence of what he saw as the national interest and the prospect of long war with revolutionary France made him, if anything, more popular than before royal.uk/george-iii
The first person to actually look at Saturn in a telescope was Galileo. He saw a strange oval-shaped planet. He thought the planet might have ears, or two small balls on either side. Later observations showed that these were actually Saturn’s grand ring system universetoday.com/46237/w…
Pope John Paul II is considered to have begun the chain of events which saw the collapse of Communism in Europe, thanks to his trip to Poland in 1979. pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl…
Thomas Edison was considered to be troubled at learning by administrators. When his mother got thus report she pulled him out of school and decided to home school him. She believed he just saw things differently than others and needed more attention. edisonmuckers.org/thomas-…
In 1922 Raymond DeWalt invented the Radial Arm Saw, with the first saw blade driven directly by a motor. Naming it the "Wonder-Worker," he then started the DeWalt company which still exists today. Once a versatile staple of home workshops, the Radial Arm Saw is in extremely limited use today. vintagemachinery.org/mfgi…
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…
3 men were shipwrecked in the south Pacific; buoyed by life vests, they swam to the deserted island Fanadik. After 3 days on the island, a US Navy plane spotted a fire the men made and then saw the men waving life vests next to palm fronds that spelled H-E-L-P. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
Helicoprion is a genus of extinct shark whose fossil specimens reveal spirally arranged clusters of the individuals' teeth called "tooth whorls" that resemble our modern circular saw blades.The shark's blade, connected to cylindrical muscle tissue, would shred prey into small, bite-sized pieces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Why the term "Paradigm shift" came to be. Initially coined by Thomas Kuhn as "Paradigm change" Kuhn realized there were certain discoveries(revolutions) that so fundamentally changed the way we saw the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Gene Greytak was a real estate broker who moonlighted as an actor, but he only played and made personal appearances as Pope John Paul II. If you saw the Pope in a movie or on a sitcom before 2005, it was Gene. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
In Starship Troopers movie, one of the specimen in the crowd of bugs gets claustrophobic and freaks out flailing back and forth like he’s having a little seizure. The rendering system put it in the prominent position of the screen, Verhoeven saw an early version of the shot and loved it beforesandafters.com/2020…
Today I learned that the bagger 293 existed, a 315 foot tall, 738 foot long construction vehicle used to mine coal. It moves 8,500,000 cu ft of earth a day using a 70 foot long circular saw bucket mechanism. youtu.be/cocg1u0nwbI
Today I learned of catastrophism, a 19th century geological school of thought which saw the large fossil record as evidence proving the existence of a world previous to ours, destroyed by sudden natural catastrophes such as great floods and the rapid formation of major mountain chains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
In 2013 the city of Karlskoga made their policies gender neutral and switched their snow removal to clearing pedestrian paths first as women use these more. There was no cost to make this change and they saw a reduction in injuries and lost productivity due to injuries in slippery conditions. includegender.org/gender-…
During the filming of Quigley, actor Gary Busey demanded that Heaven be changed to reflect what he saw when he was there during his near-death experience. He then came to blows with another actor who had also had a near-death experience, over what Heaven actually looks like. vulture.com/2012/03/there…
The first anti-hacking law was passed after President Reagan saw the movie War Games and asked his staff if this could happen. A week later the response was β€œMr. President, the problem is much worse than you think.” newamerica.org/weekly/edi…
After visiting a prison in Norway that treated prisoners humanely, a warden from North Dakota went back and reformed her prison based on Norway's model. It later saw sharp decline in violence against inmates and threats against staff usnews.com/news/best-stat…
Today I learned of the Westall UFO encounter, which occurred on 6 April 1966 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, where more than 200 students and teachers saw a UFO in broad daylight. youtube.com/watch?v=sPHVv…
One particular new years eve party during the late 1970s held in studio 54 saw 4 tons of glitter dropped, months later it was possible to find traces of glitter in the homes of people who attended the party mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The Taliban used dynamite to destroy two 4th century statues of Buddha. They saw it as idolatry. The destruction revealed a previously unknown network of caves with wall paintings from the 5th to 9th centuries and another giant statue of Buddha. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
"Zyzzyx Road," a 2006 thriller starring Tom Sizemore and Katherine Heigl, was released in just one theater for a week. During its short run, a total of six people saw the film, which resulted in $30 in ticket sales, making it the lowest-grossing movie of all time. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Most safety features found in cars and other vehicles saw a boom in popularity from the creation of one car, the Tucker 48. Safety features included a pop out windshield, padded dashboard, and even a swivelling headlight depending on which direction you were steering. si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/nm…
Artimus Pyle, the drummer from Lynyrd Skynyrd survived a plane crash and walked to a nearby house only to be shot by the homeowner. The homeowner saw a bloody long-haired man and winged him. Pyle survived that as well and made a full recovery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
The anime studio Ufotable's name was created when its CEO saw a cool UFO-looking table and decided to name the studio after it gigazine.net/gsc_news/en/…
On a trip to Nepal, Apollo astronaut Stu Roosa met Nepalese who believe the spirits of their dead reside on the Moon. Roosa could not understand why a few of the local citizens treated him like a god, nor why they were distressed when he told them he saw no one else on the Moon vc.airvectors.net/tamrc_2…
Elvis Presley stopped a mugging 53 days before he died. He’d been passing by a gas station in his limo when he saw two men beating up a teen. He got out, assumed a karate stance and challenged the fighters to take him on. They were so thrilled that they stopped immediately. eu.jsonline.com/story/new…
Consonants and vowels are defined by the sound they make when voiced, not the letters themselves. For example, the letter U is a vowel in β€˜undergrad’ and a consonant in β€˜university.’ The letter W is a consonant in β€˜whisky’ and vowel(ish) in β€˜saw.’ quickanddirtytips.com/edu…
Today I learned about Boston Brahmins - upper class English colonists who saw themselves as the social equivalent of Brahmins in the Indian caste system en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bos…
The Seattle windshield pitting epidemic of 1954 was the result of mass delusion. When the media called attention to it people actually looked at their windshields and saw damage they had never noticed before. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
In the 1980's the yellow pages aired an advert in Britain. The ad saw a pregnant woman with cravings ask her husband for a pizza with tuna fish and banana. Thousands of people tried to place orders for this weird combination of toppings, prompting Domino's to put it on the menu. youtu.be/d6oKNn1oArk
John Prine's first ever review appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times after the movie critic (who didn't usually review music) randomly saw him perform at a bar and was compelled to write something. The critic's name: Roger Ebert chicagomag.com/Chicago-Ma…
Jimi Hendrix’s contract for Woodstock stipulated that no act could play after him. The scheduled performance times went so far off that he didn’t take the stage until 9am Monday morning. Most people had already left, and only about 10,000 people actually saw him play. history.com/.amp/news/rem…
In 1957 Little Richard saw a bright red fireball flying across the sky, which he took as "sign from God" to repent from performing secular music and his wild lifestyle at the time until 1962. The fireball actually was the launching of the first artificial Earth satellite Sputnik 1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
UK surgeon Simon Bramhall marked his initials with an argon beam on the livers of two of his patients. A colleague saw β€œSB” on a liver during a follow-up surgery. The marks aren't believed to be harmful to the liver but Bramhall pleaded guilty to assault. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
A "Wellerism" is an expression that comedically uses a saying in the wrong situation, such as "We'll have to rehearse that, said the undertaker as the coffin fell out of the car." or "So I see, said the blind carpenter as he picked up his hammer and saw." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
Charles Darwin was an avid beetle collector. One day he found 2 rare beetles and seized one in each hand. He then saw a third one, and thus put one of the beetles he already had into his mouth. It ejected some acid and burnt his tongue, forcing him to spit it out. He lost 2 of the beetles. darwin-online.org.uk/Edit…
After Brazil's defeat in FIFA World Cup Final 1998, a parliamentary hearing into Nike's role in the national squad saw Brazilian senators ask football players questions such as "Whose role was it to mark Zidane"? theguardian.com/media/200…
Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario and Zelda, came up with the idea of Pikmin when gardening. He saw a line of ants carrying leaves towards their nest and wondered what the scene would look like if they were tiny people instead. kotaku.com/pikmin-has-the…
Today I learned about Henry Berry Lowrie. Lowrie was born to a mixed-race family during the civil war, and in 1865, saw his family executed for owning weapons. He led a gang of Indians, African-Americans, and white men, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. He disappeared at 27, and was never caught. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Ernst Kaltenbrunner, the successor to Reinhard Heydrich was only identified after capture because his mistress, a Countess, saw him by chance being led away whilst he was undercover using false documentation, an alias and a cover story and proceeded to shout his name as she ran over to hug him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern…
Leonardo Da Vinci once conducted an experiment to understand the flow of blood through the valves of the heart, by pouring hot wax into one, making a mould of thin glass from the cast, and then pumping water mixed with seeds through it. He saw how a heart actually regulates itself. rct.uk/collection/919082/…
Nellie Bly the journalist that went undercover as a patient in an insane asylum in order to expose abuses there in 1887, went the following year, trying another assignment saw her turn the novel Around the World in Eighty Days into reality when she traveled around the globe herself. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
China was one of the only places in the world that did not release Elvis Presley's music at the time of its initial release. The few Elvis fans who managed to get their hands on his records often saw the material set ablaze by Red Guards and the government denounced his music as pornography news.cgtn.com/news/314d7a…
Astronaut Wally Schirra would take pictures of his frozen pee as it floated through space, glinting with sunlight. The pee-flakes looked like a beautiful starfield, he said. One astronomer saw a photo & asked what constellation it was, and Schirra said "Jocelyn, that's the constellation Urion." cosmoquest.org/x/365dayso…
The melting clocks in Salvador Dali's famous painting "The Persistence of Memory" were inspired when Dali saw the look of a Camembert cheese- a soft French cheese- melting in the sun bbc.com/culture/story/201…
Gene Simmons of Kiss saw Van Halen at a club in 1976 and decided to produce a demo tape for them. However, when he took the demo tape to Kiss management he was told that "they had no chance of making it" and that they wouldn't take them, so he opted out of further involvement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
One night in Ontario, 1978, two men with balaclavas and guns approached a restaurant. The manager saw them coming, but, unfazed, yelled: "Sorry, we're closed" and went back to mopping. The confused robbers fled and were apprehended. At appeal they were found not guilty of attempted robbery. canlii.org/en/on/onca/doc…
The lowest attendance for a Major League Baseball game was April 29, 2015, when zero fans saw the Chicago White Sox play the Baltimore Orioles. Due to civil unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, there was insufficient security available and no fans were allowed in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Sir George Everest actually protested Mount Everest being named after him. He never saw the mountain himself, only hired the man who made the first formal observations of the mountain. alansfactoryoutlet.com/th…
In 1966, during his second stint in jail, Charles Manson refused release and requested to stay in prison. He’d spent half of his 32 years behind bars, and saw it as his home. Authorities refused and released him. He quickly formed the family. biographics.org/charles-m…
A Magnetar Starquake occured on Dec.27, 2004 that would have probably registered Mag.23 on the Richter scale, blinding satellites and ionizing Earth's upper atmosphere. Coincidentally a day earlier, Dec. 26, saw the worst tsunami in modern history slate.com/technology/2012…
The origins of Banjo Kazooie can be traced back to Project Dream. Developer Rare had spent 16 months developing the game. When Rare saw Super Mario 64, it made their project look outdated. The company completely then scrapped all work on Project Dream and began development on Banjo Kazooie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban…
A Ugandan man, JOrdan Kinyera, saw his father lose their land in a legal fight at age 6. He spent 18 years in school and became a lawyer and won back the land 23 years later. bbc.com/news/world-africa…
Today I learned of the Battle of Cable Street, with saw protesters confront Met police and Blackshirts from the BUF at a fascist march in 1936. A commemorative plaque about the incident reads "They Shall Not Pass". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
People used to think that The Barnacle Goose grew out of Barnacles. Since migratory patterns weren't really known yet, they never saw the Geese offspring and assumed that the geese must come from barnacles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
The longest papal election took 3 years (1268-1271), saw three electors die and one resign, and led to the creation of papal conclave rules which were designed to speed up elections. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/126…
Why paper cuts are so painful is b/c at a microscopic level, paper is actually quite rough. A knife makes a straight cut, but paper acts like a saw blade and does more damage to cells and nerve endings. Paper also leaves behind tiny fibres and chemical residues, irritating the wound even more. sciencefocus.com/the-huma…
A stowaway bird that sneaked on board a plane where passengers saw it flying around the cabin once the aircraft was airborne has been refused entry into Europe – and deported back to Iraq. ananova.news/iraqi-plane-…
After studios refused, Monty Python and the Holy Grail was instead financed by the rock stars Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Jethro Tull and Elton John who all saw it as simply 'a good tax write-off". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Art for Education was a tax evasion scam in Canada. Promoter hired art dealers to buy prints for between $5 and $75. These were bundled into lots, and sold at about $300 per print. Then the promoters arranged for the lots to be donated. The donors never saw the art but profited on their taxes. advisor.ca/tax/tax-news/r…
After Japan's surrender in WW2, Emperor Hirohito was not prosecuted for war crimes as many other leading government figures were. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur insisted that he retain the throne. MacArthur saw the Emperor as a symbol of the continuity and cohesion of the Japanese people. wikipedia.org/wiki/Hirohi…
Today I learned about the murder of Laetitia Toureaux, a real life locked-room mystery. She was found stabbed in an empty carriage in Paris Metro. No one was saw entering the car. Her killer had less than 90 seconds to commit the crime and was never caught en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
In order to draw anatomical sketches, Leonardo Da Vinci would get grave robbers and a hospital director to get him cadavers to study. He would dissect dead human remains and then draw what he saw. Dissection at the time was completely illegal so he kept his sketches secret. clocktower.ucollege.edu/a…
Sir Isaac Newton's dog set his laboratory on fire, ruining his 20 years of research. When he saw what the dog had done, Newton is said to have exclaimed, "O Diamond, Diamond, thou little knowest the mischief thou hast done." mentalfloss.com/article/2…
The video game crash of 1983 saw an industry with $3.2 billion in revenue plummet to only $100 million two years later (a drop of almost 97 percent). uh.edu/engines/epi3038.ht…
Joe Shuster, comic book artist best known for co-creating Superman, spent 6 years trying to find a publisher. As part of the deal which saw Superman published in Action Comics, Siegel and Shuster sold the rights to the character in return for $130 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
A man by the name of Roger Williams was the galvanizer for Jeffersonian Democracy (ie separation of church and state) and was a staunch proponent for fair dealings with Native Americans. He was a devout man who saw organized religions as bastardizations of faith and God. history.com/topics/reform…
The Roman Catholic Church in Boston condemned the 1952 song β€œI Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” because it mixed kissing and Christmas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_S…
When a poacher’s snare killed one of their own, two young gorillas teamed up to find and dismantle traps in their Rwandan forest home. They saw what they had to do, they did it then moved to dismantle next trap. news.nationalgeographic.c…

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