Today I learned of King Alexander of Greece who died after being bitten by a monkey that had attacked his German shepherd. This significantly impacted Balkan history and Winston Churchill later wrote, "it is perhaps no exaggeration to remark that a quarter of a million persons died of this monkey's bite." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
From 1843 to 1937, French shepherds traveled on stilts to keep track of their sheep and watch for wolves. Detailed story and pictures in comments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
The first ATM was patented by Scotsman James Goodfellow in 1966. The first one was invented by John Shepherd -Barron and unveiled in London 1967, Shepherd - Barron's one used impregnated cheques. Where's name Goodfellow's used a plastic card similar to today's machines. bbc.com/news/amp/uk-scotl…
When the first commander of the International Space Station was being interviewed to be an astronaut he was asked "What are you best at?" The candidate, Bill Shepherd, Navy Seal, answered "Killing people with a knife." space.com/2322-nasa-space…
The most requested song at British funerals is Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life". The comedy song beat out more traditional choices like "The Lord is My Shepherd" and "Abide With Me," as well as Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now". telegraph.co.uk/news/pict…
Over 1,000,000 wills in the United States list a dog as the primary beneficiary. A German Shepherd who inherited his owner's money was able to pass $375 million onto his puppies. insider.com/richest-pets-…
The Shepherd's Purse plant is considered a protocarnivore. The seeds of the plant attract and kill worms, which then decay and enrich the surrounding soil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Kangals and Anatolian Shepherd dogs are being distributed to Namibian farmers for use as guard dogs to protect livestock, in a bid to save the local cheetah population edition.cnn.com/2016/03/0…
A German shepherd named Talero stayed next to the body of his owner for 23 days, after he had died in a snow storm. He prevented animals from attacking the body, and tried to keep his owner warm by sleeping by his side. lifewithdogs.tv/2013/08/g…
Today I learned Shepherd's Pie is made with minced lamb or mutton, while one with minced beef is properly called a cottage pie. culinarycraftiness.com/co…
Today I learned about the Quinto Real on the French-Spanish border, a place which is part of Spain but under French administration, enabling French shepherds to sent their cattle in these pastures en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
The cast of Friday the Thirteenth Part V did not know that they were auditioning for a film in the series. The lead actor, John Shepherd, believed he was acting in a film about teens with PTSD, and in real life he worked with troubled youths. gq.com/story/friday-the-1…
Hitler's personal nurse revealed in 2005 that the death of Blondi the German Shepherd affected people in the bunker more than Eva Braun's suicide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Today I learned of William Shepherd of the Expedition 1 crew on the ISS. He is a Navy SEAL, studied 3 types of engineering, and was award the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The idea for the ATM cash machine came about when its inventor, John Shepherd-Barron, took a bath after his bank branch had closed for the day and was inspired by chocolate bar vending machines nydailynews.com/news/mone…
A Spoonerism is when parts of two words are switched in a phrase, such as "The Lord is a shoving leopard", instead of "a loving shepherd." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
Televangelist Shepherd Bushiri (net worth $150 million) is the richest man in the Malawi, one of poorest country in the world. en.protothema.gr/meet-the…
Michael Keaton was originally considered for the role of Dr. Jack Shepherd in 'Lost', and he was going to be killed off at the end of the pilot episode screencrush.com/michael-k…
In 1910 a Spanish shepherd went missing. Rumour spread he’d been murdered. Two men confessed to his murder under torture by the Civil Guard and served 12 years in prison before being pardoned in 1925. In 1926 it was discovered the shepherd had been living in a nearby town the entire time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
All Scottish fold cats are descended from a single barn cat named Susie. A local shepherd found Susie and started a breeding program in 1966. Susie's, and her descendants' iconic floppy ears are actually a sign of a painful genetic disease where the cat's cartilage is weak. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
Today I learned of the legend of the French shepherd boy who hid his milk curds and bread in a cave to chase a beautiful girl. Although he lost the girl, a few weeks later he discovered his milk curds had become a tasty cheese with veins of a blue mold. Roquefort cheese is still made from the same mold. francetoday.com/food-drin…
Spiked dog collars don't only "look cool", they originated from actual sharp spiked wolf collars used to protect shepherd dogs from wolf attaks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wol…
Mongolian shepherds use female golden eagles to defend against wolves. irishtimes.com/news/world…
There was an English Shepherd in the 1700s that not only learned basic mathematics, but became highly sought after as a tutor, often spending two or three months at a time in the houses of his "pupils" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
While filming Taxi Driver, Robert De Niro asked out Cybill Shepherd but was rejected. He then refused to speak to her unless a scene from the movie required them too. thiswillblowmymind.com/di…
Eight "Sea Shepherd" activists were arrested in 1979 for violating the Seal Protection Act, for spraying a thousand seal pups with permanent red dye; rendering their pelts useless for hunters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Miniature Australian Shepherds have such a strong herding tendency that they'll try to herd little children en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
Our term for syphilis comes from a 16th-century epic poem, "Syphilis," by the Italian poet Girolamo Fracastoro, about a shepherd boy named Syphilis who insults the Greek god Apollo and is punished with a horrible disease. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gir…
Plato wrote of the Ring of Gyges: A shepherd found a golden ring in a tomb in a cave, pocketed it, realized it could make him invisible, used it to seduce the queen, commit regicide, and become the new king. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
Shepherds in Gascony, France traditionally wore stilts called tchangues (β€œbig legs”) that allowed them to walk rapidly on marshy ground. amusingplanet.com/2017/08…
Ancient Egypt not only had specialised proctologists, but that the name of their profession can be translated as "shepherd of the anus". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anc…
Ancient Egypt already had physicians with specialities, like 'shepherd of the anus' or 'doctors of the tooth' history.com/news/11-thing…
Today I learned of the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. Originally an experiment in 1955 made by breeding German Shepherds with Carpathian Wolves to create attack dogs with the temperament, pack mentality, and trainability of the German Shepherd and the strength, physical build and stamina of the Carpathian wolf. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cze…
During the filming of Taxi Driver, De Niro asked Cybill Shepherd out on a date. She turned him down, and he did not speak to her, except in character, for the rest of the filming. She later said that she regretted turning him down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyb…
Hitler had a german shepherd named Blondi. He was adored by Hitler and even slept in his bed. Towards the end, due to fear of Blondi getting in the hands of the enemy, Hitler ordered his personal physician to test the cyanide capsules given to him on Blondi to verify if they were working or not. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Gabi, a German Shepherd who worked as a guard dog at the Belgrade Zoo in the 1980s, managed to defeat an escaped jaguar. She was patrolling with her owner and another dog, when she noticed the escaped big cat and attacked it, keeping it busy enough for her owner to go and call for help en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gab…
The first joke Bob Saget ever told onstage was "I have the brain of a German Shepherd and the body of a 16-year-old boy; they’re both in my car and I want you to see them" thestar.com/entertainment…
In Super Mario 64 a Shepherd Tone (a noise composed of sine waves that gives the illusion of constantly ascending or descending in pitch) was used in the soundtrack for the 'endless staircase' "to provide an unsettling feeling" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
A German Shepherd guard dog in a Belgrade Zoo once fought and defeated an escaped jaguar and in doing so saved the life of a zoo employee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gab…
Astronaut groupies in Florida were nicknamed "Cape Cookies". Infidelity was rife; wives had to maintain a perfect facade. Only 7/30 astro-marriages in the 60s survived. Alan Shepherd (first american in space), Pete Conrad (3rd man on the moon) and Dick Gordon (Apollo 12) formed the Go-Go crew. nypost.com/2013/06/09/i-n…
The Kong dog toy is based on part of a Volkswagen bus suspension that the creator's German Shepherds loved to play with en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon…
Alan Shepherd, first American in space, told reporters his final thought before takeoff was "the fact that every part of the ship was built by the lowest bidder" en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A…
'Shepherd of the Royal Anus' (neru pehut) was a title held by several court physicians in Ancient Egypt. touregypt.net/historicale…
There was a pod of killer whales in Eden, Australia between 1840 and 1930 that would assist whalers in hunting baleen whales. The killer whales would find target whales, shepherd them into Twofold Bay, and alert whalers to their presence, often helping them to kill the whales. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
In the middle ages, spiked collars were placed on shepherd and hunting dogs to protect their necks from lurking wolves and other predators, not as a fashion statement as they are today. dogcollarsboutique.com/A-…
Cybill Shepherd was named after her grandfather, Cy, and her dad, Bill. oprah.com/entertainment/c…
At the urging of radio host Jean Shepherd, listeners entered bookstores and asked for a book that did not exist. So many people took part in this hoax that the book was soon on The New York Times Best Seller list. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_…
In the 90's, John Candy paid $19,000 for a German Shepherd, unaware the going rate for a dog with a similar pedigree was about $1,500 to $4,000 deseretnews.com/article/2…
The first medical literature about the enema is in the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus (c. 1550 BCE). Their enema specialist was named "Shepherd of the Anus". There was also a "Keeper of the Royal Rectum" who was the pharaoh's enema maker. According to Egyptian mythology, the god Thoth invented the enema en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ene…
Enyas song "Orinoco Flow,” was a hit in every country in which it was released. The follow-up album, Shepherd Moons was even more successful, selling an amazing 11 million copies worldwide. enya.sk/2012/06/enya-the-…

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