Seat belts were very controversial when they first appeared in cars during the 40s and 50s with many arguing that they caused injuries and didn't work, no matter how much researchers disputed these claims. Many people refused to wear them and even cut them out of their car seats. wpr.org/surprisingly-cont…
In June 1942, LBJ was supposed to be an observer on the Wabash Cannonball, a B-26 bomber in the South Pacific. Before takeoff, LBJ left the plane to relieve himself. By the time he returned, his seat was taken, so he couldn't get back on. The Wabash wound up crashing, killing everyone on board. constitutioncenter.org/bl…
Ford uses a robotic butt, called Robutt, to quickly simulate 10 years worth of wear and tear on car seats in just 3 days. It is heated to 36 degrees Celsius (to approximate the human body’s temperature) and can sweat. theverge.com/tldr/2019/1/…
Neil Douglas boarded a flight & found his doppelgΓ€nger/lookalike, Robert Stirling, sitting in his seat. The whole plane laughed & they took a selfie. Douglas arrived at his hotel, only to find the same double at the check-in desk. Their paths crossed again at a bar & they shared a laugh & a pint bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
After WWII Rod Serling (Creator of The Twilight Zone) made money testing military parachutes. On one occasion, he made $1,000 testing a jet ejection seat that had killed the previous three testers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
In the 1970s, AMC released a special edition Levi's denim-branded Gremlin, with a faux-denim interior and copper rivets instead of seat buttons automobilemag.com/news/th…
Today I learned of John Frederick Parker, the bodyguard assigned to Abraham Lincoln on the night of his assassination, not only was he 3 hours late, but he left his post to get a drink at a saloon next door. It was during this that Booth entered the box seats where Lincoln was sitting and shot the president. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Every Honda CR-V from 1997 to 2006 had a picnic table stowed underneath the rear seats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Economy class passengers have lost up to eight inches of legroom and two inches of seat width since the so-called golden age of flying. Seats also have narrower arm rests - allowing for an increased number of passengers per flight. telegraph.co.uk/travel/co…
The Prankster Horace De Vera Cole once handed out free symphony tickets to bald men. He painted a letter on each of the men's heads. When they sat in their seats their shiny bald heads spelled "Bollocks" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Bangkok's full name is the longest capital name of any country. Roughly, it translates to: "City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Vishvakarman at Indra's behest." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban…
Mitigation explains one of the great anomalies of plane crashes. Crashes are far more likely to happen when the captain β€” that is, the more experienced pilot β€” is in the flying seat because of the 'Mitigated Speech'. whatsbestnext.com/2009/06…
In the US at least, automobile safety β€” air bags, seat belts, etc.β€”is tested with female- and infant-sized crash test dummies as well as adult male sizes. nhtsa.gov/crash-test-dumm…
A person who prioritizes calling "Shotgun" more than a normal person, to the degree that they'll compromise their own ethics to gain the front seat, is known pejoratively as a "Shotgun Gaper." shotgunrules.com/the-shot…
The day after John Lennon was murdered, Mark D. Chapman was supposed to attend a David Bowie concert, as Bowie was his next target. Lennon and Yoko Ono were supposed to go to the show too, so when the show started, there were three empty seats in front row. The ones for Lennon, Ono and Chapman adelaidenow.com.au/lifest…
In a car crash, the risk of death for a restrained driver or front-seat passenger is increased five-fold when the rear-seat passenger is unrestrained at the time of impact. sciencedirect.com/science…
Wild Bill Hickok usually sat with his back to a wall so he could see the entrance of the building he was in. On his last day, when he went to play poker, the only seat available was one facing away from the door. He tried changing seats twice, but couldn’t. He was shot in the back of the head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In In June 1836, a group of boys in Arthur’s Seat, Scotland found 17 miniature coffins with tiny dolls inside in a cave. Their origin is still debated but theories include witchcraft, burial superstitions and them being a tribute to the 17 victims of the notorious "body snatcher" serial killers. nms.ac.uk/explore-our-col…
In 2004 police discovered a movie theater in the Paris Catacombs. It was equipped with a giant cinema screen, seats, projection equipment, film reels, a fully stocked bar and a complete restaurant with tables and chairs. Its power source and the identity of those responsible remain unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Over the years bleachers have been set up on the roofs of residential buildings around Wrigley Field; unable to stop them from selling seats to view the game, the Cubs owners have been buying or leasing the roof top bleachers as part of their revenue stream. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
Today I learned of Sisamnes, a corrupt judge in the Persian Empire (525 BC). After accepting a bribe, the king had him arrested and skinned alive. His skin was then used to cover the seat from which judgments were made. His own son 'Otanes' then replaced him as judge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sis…
Today I learned about William Castle, a producer /director know for his unusual promotional gimmicks, such as wiring theater seats to vibrate and shake during the climax of his movie and setting up a booth for people to get refunds during a movie’s β€œFright Break” if they were too scared to see the ending en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In the event of victory in WWII the Nazis planned to host every Olympic Games that followed in a stadium that would seat 405’000 people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deu…
The Seoul Subway has heated seats citi.io/2017/08/30/top-10…
New Hampshire is the only state in the US where drivers over the age of 18 aren't required to wear a seat belt. nhpr.org/post/you-asked-w…
Subaru put seats and carpet in the back of their Brat truck to get around a light truck tariff wikipedia.org/wiki/Subaru…
After a British bicycle rental learned that the band Queen used their bikes for a music video that involved the bicycles being ridden by naked women, the band had to buy the bicycle seats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bic…
A cell phone contains 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Recent studies have found 17,000 bacterial gene copies on phones and also that Americans check their phones about 47 times per day. time.com/4908654/cell-pho…
Russian stadium didn't meet FIFA regulations so they added 18k seats businessinsider.com/russi…
In 2000, incumbent John Ashcroft lost to a dead man in the election for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
In 2015 Queen Elizabeth visited the set of Game of Thrones and got a close look at the Iron Throne, but refused to take a seat because there's an old rule that says the Queen is not allowed to sit on a foreign throne. esquire.com/entertainment…
The third most successful political party in the United States by number of seats in state and national offices is the local Vermont Progressive Party, and it even holds a majority in the Burlington City Council. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
A woman locked herself into a toilet one day, then refused to leave the toilet seat to the point her skin started to grow around the seat, becoming one with the toilet and making her stuck to it. discovermagazine.com/heal…
Today I learned about the Three-Fifths Compromise, where slaves were counted as 3/5 of a citizen. The Southern states wanted more seats in Congress than they might achieve with only white people, but counting them as equal would be plainly hypocritical, since slaves did no have the rights of free people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
Today I learned of Colleen Lachowicz who during her run for state Senate in Maine came under political attack for having played World of Warcraft and therefore being out-of-touch with reality and living in a "fantasy world." Colleen ending up winning the Senate seat. observer.com/2012/11/worl…
In 1989 a plane flying over the Pacific Ocean experienced a malfunction, causing several rows of seats to be blown out of the plane, and the pilots were still able to make a successful landing. nytimes.com/1989/02/26/us…
At the premiere of the Good Omens TV series, a front row seat was left empty in tribute to Terry Pratchett. His trademark scarf and hat were placed on it, and there was a bag of popcorn- Neil Gaiman said that Terry wanted to sit next to him and eat popcorn if an Omens movie ever happened. radiotimes.com/news/on-de…
The Ancient Romans held mock sea battles known as naumachia for entertainment. In some cases, whole amphitheaters like the coloseum would be flooded and the ship battles would take place within them while spectators would watch from their seats. nationalgeographic.com/hi…
Today I learned of the β€œKentucky bend”, 17 square miles of the state separated from the rest of the state and its county seat by Missouri, and only accessible by driving through Tennessee. appalachianmagazine.com/2…
The Apollo Lunar Module had no seats, its occupants stood during transit to and from the moon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
An Anti seat-belt advocate, Derek Kieper, once wrote that β€œUncle Sam is not here to regulate every facet of life no matter the consequences.” He later died after being thrown from his vehicle while driving without a seat-belt. snopes.com/fact-check/sea…
Apollo 13 astronaut Jack Swigert ran for Congress in 1982 and won, but died of cancer before taking his seat. He publicly disclosed his illness during the campaign. nytimes.com/1982/12/29/ob…
Manufacturer Martin-Baker provides a tie, patch, certificate, and membership in the "Ejection Tie Club" after the successful use of their ejection seats. The club currently has over 6000 members. martin-baker.com/ejection…
50 Cent once bought 200 front row seats to a Ja Rule concert just to leave them empty nationalpost.com/entertai…
The Italy is one of the few countries to reserve seats in parliament to represent Italians living abroad. This means there are 18 Italian-Brazilians, Italian-Americans, and others serving as senators or deputies in Rome. interno.gov.it/it/temi/el…
The Adirondack chair's deeply slanted seat, was actually designed to allow upright seating when placed facing down a steep hill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adi…
Before West Germany (the trizone) got its anthem, carnival songs were played to officially represent Germany. One such song was "We're the natives of Trizonesia" which is about making out with girls, to which the Allied officers, not speaking German, rose from their seats out of respect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Lamborghini, Audi, Bentley, Porsche, Ducati, Scoda , Seat are all owned by Volkswagen. learn.stashinvest.com/com…
Today I learned of the existence of HOV-lanes in the USA, reserved exclusively for cars with multiple occupants. Some drivers try to trick the system by placing blow-up dolls in the passenger seat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
Ed Sheeran never sells front row seats in order to see the real fans right in front of him. He gives them away to random fans outside so the front row isn't always just wealthy people. news.com.au/entertainment…
Jerry Springer resigned from the Cincinnati City Council in 1974 after the bad check he wrote for a prostitute was found by police racked up in the massage parlor’s wall with β€œFor Services Rendered” written in the memo. Springer won the seat back in 1975 by a landslide and became mayor in 1977. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_…
A German party created by a satire news company (with strange views such as having proposals to rebuild the Berlin wall) gained a seat in the European parliament in 2004 dw.com/en/germanys-die-pa…
Airline companies have had to redesign seats due to phones being crushed and catching fire in flights after falling down the seat. itnews.com.au/news/busine…
Your toothbrush harbors 10 million germs, more than a toilet seat. Even new toothbrushes can have germs on them because they aren’t sold in sterile packaging. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Baby car seats has expiry dates (amongst other protective equipments) as the wear and tear from frequent use deteriorates its quality over time. healthline.com/health/bab…
Toto, the Japanese toilet company, created a motorcycle that runs on waste. It has a toilet for a seat. inhabitat.com/toto-toilet…
When Steve-o was 13, his dad was a top executive at Nabisco and challenged Steve-o to do better than his corporate box seats at a Motley Crue concert. Steve-o managed to track down the band in Toronto and get backstage passes. youtube.com/watch?v=Ap-eh…
A group of embittered singles reserved all the odd-numbered seats at a cinema's primetime screening on Valentine's Day so that couples would be forced to sit apart theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Only once has a single parliamentary group won an absolute majority in a free election in Germany. This happened after the 1957 West German federal election, when the Christian Democratic Union and its longtime ally, the Christian Social Union in Bavaria, won 277 of 519 seats in the Bundestag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
Some states grow so much zucchini, people can randomly find baskets or bags full of them in their back seats if they forget to lock their cars. ag.ndsu.edu/sargentcounty…
Maria Von Trapp, whose memoir inspired β€œThe Sound of Music” and who made a cameo appearance in the film, was not invited to the premiere. Von Trapp later inquired why and producers told her, β€œThere were no seats left,” without apology. telegraph.co.uk/films/201…
The speed cameras in Germany are made to take photos of drivers who sit in the left side of the vehicle, so a driver using a British car put a muppet in the passenger seat to hide their identity. boingboing.net/2008/10/27…
If a pilot ejects above 16,400 feet, sensors in the seat will cause it to free-fall until the air is more breathable, after which the parachute will automatically deploy. popsci.com/what-aircraft-…
A 14 year old boy in China was killed anally after the gas cylinder in the base of his office chair (the part that allowed the user to adjust the seat up and down) exploded and sent chunks of the metal seat up his rectum, causing him to bleed to death. gizmodo.com/boy-killed-an…
If you're seated in the rear of a modern jumbo jet, the walk to your seat is longer than the Wright Brothers' 120 ft first flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
Nine months before Rosa Parks' arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin was arrested in Montgomery for the same act. The city's black leaders prepared to protest, until it was discovered Colvin was pregnant and deemed an inappropriate symbol for their cause. history.com/topics/black-…
The NES Hot Seat, an accessory by Power To The 10th Inc in 1990, released in the Midwest US, and available for sale or rent. It was a plastic chair with an attached, modified Quickjoy Ni-5 joystick, that allowed rudimentary motion control by tilting the chair. They went out of business in 1992. youtube.com/watch?v=fvws5…
The Canadian House of Commons has the government (party with the most seats) and its opposition two sword length's apart to remind its members to seek resolutions via peaceful means ourcommons.ca/procedure-b…
The space shuttle was built for people between 4’ 10-1/2” and 6’ 3”. Outside that range, you couldn’t reach the controls or fit in the seat. nytimes.com/1994/07/12/sc…
Britax-RΓΆmer & Volkswagen invented the Isofix/LATCH system and made it patent free so all automobile & car seat manufacturers could use it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Sledge hockey players sit on specially designed sleds, or β€˜sledges’, with skate blades under the seat. Two sticks are used to not only pass, stickhandle and shoot the puck, but also to propel and maneuver their sledges hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/hoc…
Line 1 of Wuhan Metro is the longest continuous metro viaduct in the world. A full train provides 176 seats, and can carry 1276 passengers of 9 people per square meter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
In Korea bus stops have heated seats. koreabizwire.com/seoul-di…
In the 1983 United Kingdom General Election The Social Democrat-Liberal Alliance received more than 25% of the vote but only 3.5% of the seats in parliament due to the First-Past-The-Post voting system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
A 16-year-old shot his parents, who disapproved of violent video games, for confiscating his Halo 3. Before the cops arrived, he drove off in the family van with Halo 3 in the passenger seat. When the cops got to him and were handcuffing him, he yelled "My Dad shot my Mom!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
About the Kamiza and Shimoza seats in Japanese etiquette. The Kamiza seat is the "top" seat furthest from the door and is for important people. The Shimoza(bottom) seat is closest to the door. This dates back to feudal Japan as the Shimoza seat was colder and vulnerable to attackers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kam…
The ZZ Top song "Master of Sparks" is based on a true story of people who used to weld together a spherical cage with a seat inside and then push it off a truck going 60 MPH with a person inside. Whoever survived got the title of Master of Sparks - one of them was ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
The world's biggest stadium is in North Korea and can seat around 114,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run…
That, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children who have moved to a booster seat should continue using it until t hey reach a height of at least 4 feet 9 inches and are 8 to 12 years old. aap.org/en-us/about-the-a…
Today I learned about Claudette Colvin, a 15 year old African American girl from Montgomery, AL who was arrested in 1955 after she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white woman, telling the bus driver, "It's my constitutional right to sit here." She did this 9 months prior to Rosa Parks' famous protest. biography.com/people/clau…
There was a brief period in the 1970s when U.S. airlines installed piano bars, cocktail lounges and restaurants on their larger planes. The lounges were eventually replaced so the airlines could add more seats. vinepair.com/wine-blog/th…
Keanu Reeves was initially offered Val Kilmer's role in the 1995 film Heat. He turned it down to play Hamlet in a 789 seat theatre in Manitoba. boomsbeat.com/articles/16…
Two musicians fatefully avoided flying on "The Day the Music Died" plane that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP 'The Big Bopper' Richardson. Waylon Jennings - generously gave his seat to Richardson, who had flu, and Tommy Allsup - lost his seat to Valens on a coin toss. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The longest home run hit ever made in Fenway park--502 feet-- was done by Ted Williams on June 9, 1946. The place where it landed in the stands, is marked by a red seat. wokq.com/the-hidden-story…
Broadway vs Off-Broadway is based on the number of seats, with Broadway having over 500, Off-Broadway between 100-499, and Off-Off-Broadway having less than 99 playbill.com/article/how-…
About the Monster Raving Loony Party, known for their mad policies, that was created to be satirical of British politics and has actually won some council seats. Some of their policies which were considered"mad" have actually been taken by other parties and become law loonyparty.com/about/poli…
A woman was stuck to a toilet seat for almost 2 years and to the point her skin had started growing around it. nbcnews.com/id/23595533/n…
The paper toilet seat covers, found in public restrooms, pretty much do nothing and do not actually have any health benefits. huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
Toilet Seat Covers don't do much besides just give you peace of mind time.com/5182826/how-to-u…
A group of embittered singles in Shanghai purchased all odd-numbered cinema seats forcing couples to sit apart on Valentine's Day theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Billy Joel never sells front row seats in order to see the real fans right in front of him. He gives them away to random people in the cheap seats so that front row isn't always just wealthy people. billboard.com/articles/ne…
The 007 DB5 Lego set took 4 to 5 months to develop, with an amazing 10-15 iterations of the ejector seat created before the design was fettled into the final version with the help of slow-motion cameras. Designer Michael Psiaki joked that the only feature they couldn’t create was the oil slick. driving.co.uk/news/incred…
In 1970 Volvo sued a seat belt manufacturer for infringement on its seat belt patent, but had the seat belt patent revoked instead due to lack of originality openjurist.org/435/f2d/98…
1981 Cadillac Eldorados were fitted with a metal plate under the driver's seat to fix a balancing problem. This saved mob associate Frank Rosenthal's life when the plate shielded him from the force of a car bomb exploding under his Eldorado. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
During screenings of the 1959 film The Tingler, - a film about a creature a creature that gets inside a person’s spine, causing them to feel a tingling which can only be stopped by screaming - buzzers were placed in random seats that caused the audience to feel tingling during the film. nerdist.com/schlock-awe-t…
The U.S. Air Force tested ejector seats on drugged up bears gizmodo.com/the-air-force…
Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska was instrumental in the release of the Pentagon Papers, using his seat on an obscure committee to force the Papers into Congressional record en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Rosa Parks didn't actually refuse to sit in the back of the bus. She was sitting in the back of the bus but refused to give up her seat in the "colored section" to a white passenger, after the whites-only section was filled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
King Henry VIII built a giant toilet called the Great House of Easement. It was 2 stories tall and could seat 28 people at a time. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Each Supreme Court Justice has their own spittoon (chewing tobacco receptacle) placed by their seat. However it's just there as a tradition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…

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