Mussolini did not make the trains run on time. Most railway repair work was performed pre-Fascist, and trains didn't actually run remarkably close to schedule either. independent.co.uk/voices/…
Today I learned of the Mikoyan Project 1.44/1.42 (MiG-1.44), a tech demo fighter which only performed a couple flights in 2000 (nine years behind schedule) before being retired and put on display 15 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Today I learned about β€œUnschooling”, a form of homeschooling where the child has no curriculum or schedule. Instead they learn by living their life while following their passions. Proponents say it increases the child’s general well being and improved attitude towards learning. wbur.org/onpoint/2019/12/…
The city of Philadelphia, which was where Washington had to live when he was president, had laws in place that said any slave that lived there for more than 6 months would be freed. So, Washington set up a rotational schedule exchanging his slaves between states to prevent their freedom. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Alfred Hitchcock was so afraid of Psycho being spoiled ahead of time that he bought up as many copies of the original novel as possible. He also insisted that cinemas (for the first time) schedule screening times, sell tickets for those screenings, and not let anyone in after the film started. syfy.com/syfywire/firsts-…
The band Cannibal Corpse appeared in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective because Jim Carrey was a fan and wanted them. They declined at first because of a tour but agreed after production rearranged their schedule to accommodate them and when they met Jim "he rattled off lyrics to 'Rancid Amputation'." vice.com/en_us/article/6v…
Bryan Cranston produced and hosted a kids educational video series called "KidSmatz", he made with the crew of "Malcolm In The Middle" between production schedules of the show. He went on later to donate the name of the video series to NCMEC who continues the video series with new characters. scotttrolan.com/new-page
22 Americans fought off 500 Nazi paratroopers for almost an entire day. After the war, they learned they'd put an entire Panzer Division hours behind schedule during the Battle of the Bulge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Mongoose were imported to Hawaii to control the rat population, not realizing that the two animals were on opposite sleep schedules (nocturnal/diurnal) and thus innefective. bigislandnow.com/2016/04/…
War for the Spartans was in some ways a respite from the strict schedule of their everyday lives and was almost seen as a holiday. Physical exercise was less rigorous, they were allowed a regimen less rigid and in the afternoons, they held competitions, sang hymns and recited poetry. nationalgeographic.com/hi…
, Whiplash (2014), was shot in 19 days, with a schedule of 14 hours of filming per day. Also, Chazelle (Director) was involved in a serious car accident in the third week of shooting and was hospitalized with possible concussion, but he returned to set the next day to finish the film on time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
The train schedule in Tokyo is so reliable that if they run more than 5 minutes late, they issue a note to passengers to prove to their employers that it was the train's fault they were late to work bbc.com/news/world-asia-4…
That, with war looming, President Wilson - had he lost the 1916 election - pragmatically planned to avoid a long lame-duck period by appointing his opponent, Charles Evans Hughes, Secretary of State, with Wilson & his VP then resigning, thereby making Hughes president ahead of schedule. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twe…
It is the second time Tokyo Olympics did not happen according to schedule. The 1940 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XII Olympiad, were originally scheduled to be held from September 21 to October 6, 1940, in Tokyo, Japan, but were cancelled due to the outbreak of WWII. wikipedia.org/wiki/1940_S…
Christopher Walken is one of only two actors (the other being Alec Baldwin) to have a standing offer from Lorne Michaels to host Saturday Night Live whenever his schedule permits. Thus far he has hosted the show 7 times, his most famous appearance being the "More Cowbell!" sketch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Alexander Shulgin, the man who rediscovered MDMA and "the godfather of psychedelics", had a license from the DEA to produce any schedule 1 substance. He managed to discover over 200 psychoactive compounds before the license was revoked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Britain's power stations have to learn television schedules to anticipate when there will be a huge power draw as everyone turns on their electric kettles during a break in a soap opera or sporting event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_…
Today I learned of Barra Airport in Scotland, the only airport in the world where scheduled flights use a tidal beach as the runway, thus the flight schedule varies with the tides. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
In 1857 Senator James Hammond, representative of South Carolina, released a manual of breastfeeding rules for enslaved women. The manual regulated time spent breastfeeding and rigidly set weaning schedules. The women were forced to nurse the children of their owners as well as other babies. encyclopedia.com/social-s…
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney forged a deep friendship with the Queen. On Canada Day, the Queen asked to clear some time in her schedule to relax with the Mulroneys. A glass of wine in hand, the Queen kicked off her shoes, put her feet up and started to chat to him about "free spirits" thespec.com/news-story/22…
Some companies in china have a 6 day, 12 hour work schedule en.wikipedia.org/wiki/996…
Once the great director Akira Kurasawa sent Stanley Kubrick a fan letter. The latter was known for his endless takes and long production schedules, obsessed for months over the proper response. Following many unsent drafts over several months, Kurosawa died before Kubrick could reply. bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/s…
The last time Mtv's schedule was only music videos with no other programming was the weeks after 9/11/2001 when they played a tight playlist of light and mournful songs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
NASA's Juno spacecraft travelled 1.8 billion miles over almost five years and arrived at Jupiter on July 4, 2016 at 8:53 PM US Pacific time, only ONE SECOND off-schedule. latimes.com/science/scien…
The French reparations of war for the 1871 war against Germany (Prussia) amounted to 23% of France's GDP and the sum was paid back in full by 1873, 2 years ahead of schedule. By contrast, Germany only ended up paying the equivalent of 2.5% of its GDP for the much criticised WW1 war reparations. ageconsearch.umn.edu/reco…
Kodak discovered the US was testing atomic weapons due to problems appearing on their consumer film. Kodak was worried about their product and profits ultimately striking a deal with the US Government in order to get schedules and maps of future tests in exchange for Kodak's silence. popularmechanics.com/scie…
The number of vasectomies during March Madness goes up 50+% because guys schedule the procedure during that time so they can sit around and watch basketball for days during recovery. espn.go.com/mens-college-…
Nebraska has a unicameral state legislature, meaning there is not the two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. In the cornhusker state, there is only a Senate. Which also runs on a schedule of 60 days or 90 days depending on if the year is even or odd. nebraskalegislature.gov/
Today I learned of Carl McCunn, a wildlife photographer who arranged to be flown out to remote Alaskan wilderness but forgot to schedule when he'd be picked up. He wrote of a plane spotting him stranded, in his excitement he accidentally gave the pilot an "All is well" signal, his diary was found with his body nytimes.com/1982/12/19/us…
Before it became male-dominated, computer programming was a promising career choice for women, who were considered "naturals" at it. Computer scientist Dr. Grace Hopper said programming was "like planning a dinner. You have to plan ahead and schedule everything so it’s ready when you need it." smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Spain uses a different time zone than its geography would suggest. Instead of most of Spain being on Greenwich Mean Time, it has used Central European Time (one hour later) since 1940. Some claim this mismatch between clock time and solar time causes an unusual daily schedule. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
In 1973, three astronauts on the Skylab 4 mission went on strike in space because of NASA's tight work schedule and not enough time to rest. astronaut.com/the-day-whe…
By convention on lander projects martian hours, minutes, and seconds are 2.7% longer than on Earth. This results in the crew's schedule sliding approximately 40 minutes later in Earth time each day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Christopher Columbus, in an effort to induce the natives of Jamaica to continue provisioning him and his hungry men, successfully intimidated the natives by correctly predicting a total lunar eclipse for 1 March 1504. The red Moon appeared on schedule and the indigenous people were frightened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that schools delay the start of classes until 8:30 or later, better aligning school schedules with the biological sleep rhythms of adolescents during puberty. aap.org/en-us/about-the-a…
Extermination camp Treblinka II was disguised as a transit camp for deportations further east, complete with made-up train schedules, a fake train-station clock with hands painted on it, names of destinations and a fake ticket window. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Airlines never schedule flights for noon or midnight, instead using 11:59 or 12:01 to prevent confusion. earthsky.org/space/edit-t…
The National Braille Press prints the Celtics, Red Sox and Revolution game schedules in Braille. It has been in the same Boston location since 1946. patch.com/massachusetts/r…
After avoiding a nearly successful assassination attempt, Gerald Ford yelled at his protective detail to put him down, went directly to a meeting with the governor of California, didn't mention the incident and said, "I thought I'd better get on with my day's schedule" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
From 1981 to 2004, Major League Baseball outsourced schedule making to the husband and wife team of Henry and Holly Stephenson, who accomodated all team requests. The change to a computer algorithm was noticed in 2013 when Mariano Rivera was scheduled to play his final series in Houston. grantland.com/features/ou…
Director Stanley Kubrick, known for his endless takes and long production schedules, obsessed for months over the proper response to a fan letter from the great director Akira Kurosawa. Following many unsent drafts over several months, Kurosawa died before Kubrick could reply. bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/s…
A contractor won a tender to rebuild part of the MacArthur Maze interchange in San Francisco with a bid of just over $876,000 - about a third of the projected cost. By completing the rebuild more than a month ahead of schedule, the contractor pocketed a $5 million bonus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
One of the last types of steam locomotive was maintained while the boiler was still in steam, by men in asbestos clothes entering the 220Β°F firebox and repairing the engine, while it was still under pressure. This was done to reduce downtime and allow a 6-day-a-week schedule. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Elizabeth Taylor was actually late to her own funeral. As part of her final arrangements, she requested that her funeral run 15 minutes behind schedule. telegraph.co.uk/culture/f…
The Empire State Building only took a little over a year for its construction to complete (410 days β€” twelve days ahead of schedule). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Today I learned about the East Side Access project in Manhattan; running 15 years behind schedule drove its estimated costs to over $11B and makes it one of the world's most expensive underground rail projects despite it only being 2 miles long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
The Stephen Colbert is actually a devote Christian who teaches Sunday school at his church when his schedule permits. freerepublic.com/focus/f-…
The IRS wants to tax your illegal income: "Income from illegal activities, such as money from dealing illegal drugs, must be included in your income on Form 1040, line 21, or on Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) if from your self-employment activity." money.cnn.com/2013/02/28/…
School administrators let 16-year old Bill Gates write the computer code to schedule their students in classes. He modified the code so he was placed with "a disproportionate number of interesting girls". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
There was a detailed operation to assassinate Adolf Hitler by the British in 1944 which wasn't even attempted because of the lack of discipline and punctuality in Hitler's schedule. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…

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