Zach Galifianakis had a two-week trial run as a writer on β€œSNL” before being let go. He wrote a sketch with Will Ferrell being the bodyguard of Britney Spears’s belly button that bombed so bad in the writer’s room that Tina Fey put her hand on his shoulder to comfort him. phillyvoice.com/zach-gali…
The Lewis & Clark expedition only suffered one casualty. Dysentery, snake bites, a dislocated shoulder, venereal disease and Lewis being shot in the buttocks after being mistaken for an elk all threatened the group's well-being, but the only man to die did so as a result of a burst appendix. history.com/news/10-littl…
Professional Wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage played in Minor League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals, learning to throw with his left hand after he injured his right shoulder and strengthening his swing by hitting a hanging car tire; the latter technique adopted by teammate Larry Herndon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
During the filming of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ", Jim Caviezel - the actor portraying Jesus - endured accidental lashings, a dislocated shoulder, pneumonia, a lung infection, persistent migraines, and was ultimately struck by lightning. looper.com/107673/bizarre…
Today I learned that if everyone were to stand shoulder to shoulder with one another, the entire 7.6 billion people on this earth could fit in the city of Los Angeles nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Ludwig van Beethoven went totally deaf by his mid forties. this was before he composed Ode to Joy, and had to be tapped on the shoulder after he performed it to realise the crowd were giving a standing ovation pbs.org/newshour/health/w…
The first game of basketball ended with several black eyes, one separated shoulder, and one player knocked unconscious en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
From the 1910s to the early 1930s, the C melody saxophone was marketed as a saxophone that you could use to read over a piano player’s shoulders without needing to transpose. But it was a failed effort to reinvent the saxophone to make it easier to play musikalessons.com/blog/20…
Stephen Baldwin has a tattoo on his left shoulder of the initials "HM" for Hannah Montana. He got it because Miley Cryus told him he could cameo on the show if he had the initials tattooed on his body. He was never given the opportunity to cameo and now regrets getting the tattoo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
The neck rings don't really stretch the neck, they push the shoulders and clavicles down to create the illusion of a longer neck, and removing them incorrectly may cause death because the neck muscles weaken so much they can't support the head on their own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nec…
A dog was once inducted as an official crew member of a Norwegian fighting ship during World War 2. The canine was known for breaking up fights amongst his crew-mates by putting his paws on their shoulders and calming them down. The much-loved dog was buried with full military honors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bam…
Two 25m, 15,000 year old Mexican mammoth traps contained the bones of at least 14 mammoths, each of which had their left shoulder removed. We don’t know why. theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned of Tomatan, the Japanese robot made to sit on your shoulders and feed you tomatoes while you run. nbcnews.com/news/weird-ne…
Ann-Margret broke three ribs and her shoulder in a motorcycle accident at age 59 and was NHRA grand marshal the next day. And bought another bike. transcripts.cnn.com/TRANS…
John Denver's death was caused by his inability to switch fuel tanks during flight. The selector valve handle should have been located between the pilot's legs, but the builder put it behind the pilot's left shoulder. The fuel gauge was behind the pilot, not visible by him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Coffins and caskets differ in that coffins are tapered at the head and foot and wide at the shoulders, whereas caskets are rectangular in shape and are usually constructed of better quality timbers and feature higher standards of workmanship. burstows.com.au/arranging…
Today I learned of the Siege of Weinsberg. A surrender allowed the women to leave with whatever they could carry, so the women lifted their husbands onto their shoulders and walked out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
The ÞrΓ­drangaviti Lighthouse in Iceland was built on a 30 meter pillar in the sea before helicopters existed. Mountaineers had to scale the pillar carrying their tools and even resorted to standing on each other’s backs and shoulders to reach the top. random-times.com/2020/05/…
Today I learned about Huginn and Muninn (Old Norse for "thought" and "mind"), a pair of ravens that fly all over the world and bring information to the god Odin. The birds would depart at dawn and return at dinner-time to sit on Odin's shoulders and inform him of events on Midgard (Earth). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hug…
US soldiers wear flag insignia patches on their right shoulder reversed, "backward", so the rectangle with the stars is on the right. Army regs call for the flag to be worn so it looks as if the flag is flying against a breeze, symbolizing how the flag flies when carried into battle. stripes.com/news/is-the-f…
La Rinconada, Peru, the highest permanent settlement on Earth (5100 m or 16,700 ft elev) is a gold mining community where workers mine for 30 days without pay. On the 31st day, they're allowed to take as much raw ore as they can carry on their shoulders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_…
After one of his employees was shot and killed during a shootout, Colonel Sanders grabbed a gun and shot the perpetrator in the shoulder. msn.com/en-us/foodanddrin…
Today I learned about the Irish Elk, an extinct species of deer that stood 7 feet tall at the shoulders and had 12 foot wide antlers. The Irish Elk was the third largest deer to ever live, but had the largest and heaviest antler of any animal in the deer family. It went extinct 7000 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iri…
Over-exerting the neck can cause a stroke. This includes heavy lifting, surfing, holding a phone neck to shoulder - all can cause micro-tears in neck arteries. Carotid artery dissection is the most common cause of ischemic stroke in young people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of Hatshepsut, the first female ruler of ancient Egypt who acted as a full pharaoh. In art, she had herself depicted as a male ruler; she wore a false beard, had her breasts reduced and deemphasized, and her shoulders portrayed as broad and manly. She brought Egypt into a period of prosperity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
In 1984, Johnny Carson placed a giant eye over his shoulder on the Tonight Show set to reference Big Brother. They removed it after a week because viewers were too creeped out. youtu.be/4B_ZlL0GcjE?t=38…
The entire world population could fit inside Los Angeles if each one of us stood shoulder to shoulder. lakecountrycalendar.com/n…
After surviving the plane crash that killed three of his bandmates, Artimus Plyle (the drummer of Lynyrd Skynyrd) was shot in the shoulder by a farmer as he stumbled though a field with a group of survivors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
When King Conrad III placed Weinsberg under siege, the castle wives made a deal which let them leave with whatever they could carry on their shoulders. Leaving everything else, each woman took her husband and carried him out. Conrad laughed and said, "A king should always stand by his word." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
The orphica, a predecessor of the modern keytar, was a portable piano that could be worn with a shoulder strap and played in a position similar to guitar. It was invented in the late 1700s. Only about 30 orphicas still exist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orp…
Today I learned about the Loyal Wives of Weinsberg; were part of the surrender negotiation was that all women could leave with whatever they could carry and the defenders (men) would be imprisoned. The women carried their belongings and their husbands on their shoulders. Saving them from being imprisoned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
Plaid is not meant to describe a pattern, it was an article of clothing (blanket draped over shoulder), the pattern is named tartan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
The NFL uses tracking chips embedded in players shoulder pads to record a players every move on the field. They are also located inside footballs to track: velocity, rotation ,ball speed and location. nytimes.com/2017/09/07/sp…
Emperor Penguins can be as tall as 1.3m (or 4ft 3in), reaching the shoulder of the average man- much larger than most people realize en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
The entire world's population could fit in Los Angeles, standing shoulder-to-shoulder. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Moose can weigh "as much as 1800 pounds [816.4663 kilograms]. They can grow to be 6.5 ft. [1.9812 meters] from hooves to shoulders." "Male moose have flat, wide antlers that can span six feet [1.8288 meters] from tip to tip." blog.nwf.org/2018/12/are-…
Lemon is 2.7 times more effective than Head&Shoulders shampoos at inhibiting Malassezia, a fungus known to cause dandruff. researchgate.net/publicat…
In 1998 the Carolina Panthers needed a safety. They moved Ryan Sutter from the practice squad to the active roster. On the opening kickoff he went for a tackle, severely injuring his shoulder, playing only 5 seconds. He never played in the NFL again making his career the shortest in NFL history. portablepress.com/blog/20…
Today I learned of Bartosz Ostalowski who lost is arms in a motorcycle accident only to become one of the best professional race car drifters in Europe. He steers with his feet and uses a special prosthetic attached to his shoulder to change gears on a highly modified Nissan Skyline V8. roadandtrack.com/motorspo…
USC football player Marion Morrison, an early California bodysurfer, tore ligaments in his shoulder while riding the surf near Balboa Pier in 1926. Finished with organized sports, Morrison made his way to Hollywood and was renamed John Wayne. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bod…
The Queen uses her purse (handbag) to send secret messages to her staff, such as swapping which shoulder it is on when she's done talking with a particular person and wants an excuse to leave the conversation. rd.com/culture/queen-eliz…
The "Spider-Man Lizard" or the Mwanza flat-headed rock agama is found in Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya. Only the male is so brightly colored: head, neck, and shoulders are bright red, while the body is dark shiny blue. Males preferably have around five breeding partners and are highly territorial. amusingplanet.com/2012/04…
Shoulder rumbles have reduced single-vehicle run-off-road crashes by up to 80%. safety.fhwa.dot.gov/roadw…
British explorer Sir Samuel White Baker owned a gun he named the "Baby," a 2 bore rifle so absurdly powerful that it was almost unusable. As the largest caliber ever built for a shoulder gun, it fired a half pound shell that would outclass even a .50 BMG in terms of sheer force. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_b…
After his PhD thesis defense, philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein clapped the two examiners on the shoulder and said, "Don't worry, I know you'll never understand it." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
An Ohio magistrate was forced to resign after storming out of his courtroom and chasing down a woman, grabbing her shoulder. He made her back into the courtroom and sentenced her to three days in prison for "disrepectful and disruptive behavior" youtube.com/watch?v=N5Kd5…
Nobel prize winning physicist Eric Cornell contracted a rare flesh eating bacteria that kills 30 percent of people infected. His left arm and shoulder was amputated as a result he now excitedly talks about the device used to cut away the skin and doesn't feel disabled kunc.org/post/eric-cornel…
Today I learned about Convair XFY Pogo, a fighter plane designed for vertical take-off and landing. Design flaws meant it struggled to slow down, and had to be landed with the pilot looking over his shoulder while carefully working the throttle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
When Einstein was asked if he stood on the shoulders of Newton, he replied β€œNo, on the shoulders of Maxwell” theguardian.com/science/2…
Violinists are completely holding the violin with their head and shoulder and just uses their hand for balance violinonline.com/howtohol…

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