Today I learned about "three-quarter siblings": siblings who are genetically half way between full siblings and half siblings. This happens if they share the same father but different mothers who are sisters, or the same mother but different fathers who are brothers. isogg.org/wiki/Three-quar…
Madame Nhu, Catholic first lady of South Vietnam (sister-in-law of unmarried President Diem), publicly responded to monk Thich Quang Duc's self immolation with "Let them burn & we shall clap our hands," insulting many among the Buddhist majority. Her father, ambassador to the US, disowned her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
The parents of β€œSimpsons” creator, Matt Groenig, were named Homer & Marge. He also had sisters named Lisa, Maggie, & Patty. seattletimes.com/entertai…
The words that led to Zinedine Zidane's famous headbutt. Zidane had told Materazzi: I'll give you my shirt later'. Meterazzi replied that I'd rather have your sister than your shirt." nzherald.co.nz/sport/foot…
When Congolese dictator Mobutu's wife died he married his mistress and made her twin sister his new mistress. The Pope refused to officiate. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
The song "Come Dancing" by the Kinks was inspired by lead-singer Ray Davies' memories of his older sister, Rene, who suffered a fatal heart attack at age 31 while dancing at the Lyceum ballroom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
NASA has a date of October 2024 for the first woman landing on the moon, as well as the first person on the moon in 52 years. The mission is called Artemis III, after Apollo's twin sister. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Johnny Cash's brother, Jack, died when he was 14 after getting mangled by a table saw after cutting wood. Johnny, who admired his brother a lot, was heartbroken. According to his sister, Johnny helped dig Jack's grave. biography.com/news/johnny…
Today I learned of Marie Anna Mancini who married a French duke. During her marriage, she attempted to poison her husband in order to marry her nephew. She was never convicted for her crimes, instead her older sister was forced to flee the court. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
80's metal bands Twisted Sister and Manowar were involved in a feud. In an interview, Manowar called Twisted Sister a bunch of 'sissy boys with makeup'. Twisted Sister challenged them to a street fight at Covent Garden, but Manowar never showed up and later apologised for offending them. metal-rules.com/2012/06/2…
Aretha Franklin blocked her Sister Erma from getting a record deal as she didn't want people getting confused with too many 'Franklin Sisters'. people.com/music/aretha-f…
In the original version of Cinderella, the two step sisters amputate parts of their feet in order to fit into Cinderella’s missing shoe. pitt.edu/~dash/type0510a.…
"Dear Abby" and "Ann Landers", two of America's most iconic advice columnists, were identical twin sisters born Pauline Esther and Esther Pauline Friedman, respectively. newsfeed.time.com/2013/01…
Frances Burney, a satirical novelist and diarist born in 1752, underwent a mastectomy entirely without anesthesia in 1811. The account she sent to her sister remains one of the most compelling patient record in history as surgery was still in its infancy. bl.uk/collection-items/le…
Sister Nancy, singer of Bam Bam which has been sampled many times by the likes of Kanye West and Jay-Z, didnt get any royalties from her record up until 2014. She was working in a bank in New York and decided to take the record label to court. She now gets 50%. okayplayer.com/music/sist…
In 1960, debris from a failed American launch fell on Cuba, killing one cow. Many Cubans demonstrated, with banners on cows reading "The Yankees are killing us without mercy" and "Eisenhower, you murdered one of my sisters". Cuba received $2 million compensation, and the cow had a state funeral digitaljournal.com/tech-a…
Today I learned of Ida Wood, who lived 24 years with her sister in a hotel room in NYC without leaving the room and any contact to the outside world smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The birth of JFK's sister Rosemary in 1918 was complicated by medical resources focused elsewhere during a pandemic. A nurse, trying to delay delivery for a doctor, held her mother's legs closed. When that failed, she reached into the birth canal and held Rosemary's head in place for two hours. marieclaire.com/celebrity…
Kurt Vonnegut adopted his sister’s three sons after she died of cancer two days after her husband died in a train accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kur…
Osama bin Laden's father, brother, half-sister, and stepmother all died in plane crashes. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
Former WWE wrestler, The Godfather, owns a strip club whose sister location was frequented by the 9/11 hijackers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Women in ancient Rome didn’t have unique first names, but instead were just named after their family name. (For example, all women from Gaius Julius Caesar’s family were named Julia. Sisters were told apart by using nicknames, such as β€˜Julia the Younger’, β€˜Julia the Elder’, etc.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
Tiffany Sedaris, sister to comedienne Amy Sedaris and author David Sedaris, was a survivor of Elan School, but committed suicide after her graduation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
When Alan Alda was seven years old he contracted polio. To combat the disease his parents administered a painful treatment regimen developed by Sister Elizabeth Kenny consisting of applying hot woolen blankets to his limbs and stretching his muscles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
Isaac Newton wrote a list of his sins at 19, including: β€œThreat[e]ning my father and mother Smith to burne them and the house over them.", striking many, beating Arthur Storer, punching his sister, reading the History of the Christian Champions on Sunday, and eating an apple at Church. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Paul Sturgess's great height is an result of genetics, although his mother and younger sister are 1.65 meters and 1.68 meters. He is also the tallest man in Great Britain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
In 2001,Kenny Waters, a man who was wrongly imprisoned 18 years for murder, was finally freed after his high-school dropout sister went to law school to prove his innocence bbc.co.uk/worldservice/pr…
: The song Pinball Number Count (or Pinball Countdown) featured on 11 one minute animated segments on Sesame Street during the 70's was actually performed by the R&B group The Pointer Sisters, before they became popular. wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinbal…
Today I learned of the Mosuo people, a matriarchial society where its men have minimal responsibility in society, beyond "nighttime visits", raising their sisters children (but not their own), fishing and the occasional pig slaughter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
, when Germany surrendered at the end of WWII, huge celebrations broke out on the streets of London. Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and her sister secretly left Buckingham Palace to join the crowds outside, with Elizabeth describing it as "one of the most memorable nights of my life" britishlegion.org.uk/stor…
According Anne Frank's diary, considered to be one of the greatest and famous diaries of all time, Frank's sister Margot Frank had a diary. Unfortunately, Margot's diary hasn't been found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about 78-year-old twin sisters Margaret and Marjorie Barthel β€” who were purposefully and lovingly feeding rats, nurturing an exponentially multiplying population of rats on the affluent Westside of LA, which experts believe ranged from tens of thousands to as many as a half-million Rats laweekly.com/palisades-ra…
A free Emergency training session empowered a local reluctant 12-year-old student to give a lifesaving Heimlich Maneuver as his sister was choking on a waffle cone she was eating in the car midriversnewsmagazine.com…
Wolfgang Mozart had an older sister who would revive top billing when the two of them performed. When she reached marriageable age, Maria was no longer allowed to perform. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
When the British ambulance ship SS Donegal was sunk by a German submarine in 1917, two of her crew were survivors of the disasters on RMS Titanic and her sister ship HMHS Britannic. It was Archie Jewell's third sinking and John Priest's fifth! forgottenwrecks.maritimea…
The fig wasp grows a telescopic penis and inmediately impregnates his sisters after birth. The female wasps then have 48 hours to find a fig and lay eggs bedore dying. trendsmap.com/twitter/twe…
Today I learned of Taylor Alexis Muhl, a human chimera. She is fraternal twin sisters in one body. She has birthmark in her chest as her left side is darker, the recessive twin body part. She also has two immune system causing her to be sickly in her teens. Now in her 30's she works as a model. huffpost.com/entry/i-am-m…
The Titanic's nearly identical sister boat, the RMS Olympic, participated in WWI, becoming the first of two merchant vessels to sink an enemy vessel during the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
In 1771, Sarah Wilson, the maid of Queen Charlotte's Maid of Honor was sentenced to indentured labor in America for theft. Upon reaching there, she escaped and posed as the Queen's sister, living a life of luxury, defrauding many wealthy people with the promise of an audience with the queen. hsp.org/blogs/history-hit…
The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster could have been even more catastrophic, but 2000 workers at the sister Fukushima II Plant succeeded in stabilizing their reactors and achieving cold shut down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuk…
A woman gave birth to her own grandchild. 61-year old Cecile Eledge served as the gestational surrogate for her son and his husband, carrying to term a baby created from her son's sperm and her son's sister-in-law's egg. β€œI just never hesitated,” Eledge said. β€œIt was unconditional love." nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-o…
Julius Caesar was arguing with Cato in the senate. A messenger delivered a note to Caesar. Cato told Caesar to read it aloud. Caesar handed the note to Cato to read. The note was actually a love letter from Cato’s sister, who was madly in love with Caesar. Cato said, "Keep it you drunk." historyhustle.com/caesars…
Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the town that the Boston Marathon begins in, is sister cities with Marathon, Greece, the place the word "marathon" comes from. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of pharaoh Ptolemy VIII and his sister-wife Cleopatra II. When Ptolemy married his niece (Cleopatra's daughter by another brother), it caused Cleopatra to rebel in support of their 12-year-old son. Ptolemy responded by dismembering their son and sending the pieces to Cleopatra on her birthday en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pto…
The founder of Barbie named the dolls after her kids, Barbara and Kenneth. Therefore, the real Barbie and Ken are actually brother and sister. barbie.mattel.com/en-us/a…
On The Simpsons, not only was Homer's mother Mona named after an actual person, but that person was Steve Jobs' sister en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Tom Cruise was diagnosed with dyslexia at 6 yrs old and graduated high school as a functional illiterate, relying on his sister for help with schoolwork. He was in movies like Taps and Risky Business before learning to read in 1986 when he became a scientologist, the year Top Gun was released. people.com/archive/tom-cr…
When Katie White of the Ting Tings was 12 years old, her grandfather won Β£6.6 million on the lottery. He gave Β£1 million to Katie's father who, as well as buying ponies for Katie and her sister, used the money to start his own music management company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
After the death of the 4th-century BCE Mausolus of Caria (in Anatolia), his wife and sister Artemisia reigned for 2 years. She built the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) in his honour, and in her grief is said to have mixed his ashes in her daily drink en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
The Ouija board got its name after the inventor’s sister in law asked the board what they should call it. When they asked what the name meant, the board replied β€œGood luck”. vox.com/2015/6/11/8765053…

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