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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider wrote a christmas song, sung by Celine Dion which appeared on her album"these are special times". ultimateclassicrock.com/d…
Multiple Grammy Award winner Luther Vandross, who died of a heart attack at 54 in 2004, had 2 sisters and 1 brother who all died before him and a mother who outlived all of her children. today.com/popculture/luth…
, 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…
Sam Sheppard who the TV show and movie The Fugitive are based on remarried after being released from prison. His new wife's half sister was married to Joseph Goebbels. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Sh…
RMS Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic and the only civilian class vessel to sink an enemy warship in World War 1 by tearing open a German U-boat's pressure hull with it's propeller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
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…
The first Korean to try coffee was Emperor Gojong in 1896. It was given to him by Antoinette Sontag, the sister in law of a Russian ambassador. She helped Emperor Gojong open Korea's first cafe. thekrazemagazine.com/late…
The Jewish, Portuguese naturalist Garcia de Orta was exhumed from the grave and burned in a mock execution after his sister confessed to being Jewish (she was burned alive). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
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…
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…
Sponges were the first to branch off the evolutionary tree of animals, making them the sister group of all other animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Napoleon Bonaparte's sister-in-law needed an Act of the Legislature of Maryland to get divorced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Mtv permanently removed references to "fire" from several Beavis and Butthead master tapes after a 5 year old burned his home down with a lighter, killing his 2 year old sister. Their mother claimed her son got the idea from an episode of Beavis and Butthead but the family didn't have cable tv. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Anne of Cleves, after divorcing Henry VIII, became very good friends with him and his new wife Catherine Howard, and was reffered to as "the King's beloved sister" olivialongueville.com/201…
Lisa Kudrow's (Phoebe from FRIENDS) first recurring television role was Ursula Buffay, the eccentric waitress on the NBC sitcom Mad About You. She reprises her role as Phoebe Buffay some time later, and also Cameos as Ursula, her twin sister. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Rosemary Kennedy (younger sister of John and Robert) was lobotomised at 23 to deal with mood swings and erratic behaviour. Her mother was informed of this decision after the procedure had taken place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Bill Murray's sister is a Sister...a nun nancymurrayop.org/about/
Cebu, Philippines is a sister city of Seattle. Cebu is the oldest city and the first capital of the Philippines seattle.gov/oir/sister-ci…
The infamous RMS Titanic had a near-identical sister ship called Olympic, nicknamed "Old Reliable", that was re-commissioned in WWI as a troop transport ship and was notable for having carried over 200,000 troops during the war and sinking a German u-boat by ramming into it head-on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
There's no agreement as to when Hitler first adopted his 'Toothbrush' moustache. A WW1 comrade said it happened in the trenches when Hitler had to trim his 'tache to make his gas mask fit. His sister-in-law Bridget Hitler claims he cut it like that because she hated his previous style. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Too…
Jack Nicholson discovered through TIME magazine that his sister was in fact his mother(!) when a reporter unearthed this as research for a cover story to promote the film Chinatown (1974) instyle.com/celebrity/jac…
Robert Smith (singer/guitarist of The Cure) played the piano as a child, but his younger sister Janet was a piano prodigy so he switched to the guitar because "she couldn't get her fingers around the neck." Janet later married Cure guitarist Porl Thompson and played on Cure side projects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
"Happy Birthday To You" was created by a kindergarten teacher Patty Hill and her sister Mildred in 1912. It is the most recognized song in the English language. By one estimate, the song is the highest-earning single song in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
Dwight from The Office nearly got a spinoff called "The Farm". It would have focused on expert beet-farmer Dwight, his brother Jeb, and his sister Fannie take over the land that his aunt left behind. However, people did not receive this idea well, saying that it was too late for a spinoff. screenrant.com/dwight-off…
Anne Frank's sister also Margot kept a diary, but it has never been found en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
A harmless 2009 coffee commercial for Folgers sparked internet theories about the brother and sister in the ad being incestuous, to the point fan fiction about them was (and still is!) being written. news.avclub.com/this-oral…
Eunice Shriver Kennedy, JFKs older sister, founded an athletics camp in 1962 for children with intellectual disabilities. The camp would go on to evolve into the Special Olympics. specialolympics.org/about…
Lady Jane Grey was the unofficial Queen of England for 9 days after Edward VI nominated her before his death since he didn’t want his Catholic sister, Mary I, to take the throne. She was beheaded by Mary I for treason britannica.com/biography/…
A 7-year-old boy named Zhenya Tabakov was posthumously awarded Russia’s Order of Courage. He died defending his older sister from being assaulted by a criminal in their home. Zhenya stabbed him with a kitchen knife and he let his sister go. She ran for help. The criminal stabbed Zhenya 8 times. real-life-heroes-and-good…
The Titanic isn't the largest passenger ship wreck on the sea floor. Its sister ship, the Brittanic, sank in WWI during its service as a hospital ship, after hitting a sea mine near Greece. 1035 survived while 30 people died, most from a lifeboat hitting the ship's propeller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMH…
Rather than 'We're not going to take it, anymore,' Twisted Sister sings 'Huevos con aceite y limΓ³n' ('Eggs with oil and lemon') when performing to the song to latin American audiences. youtube.com/watch?v=r4JjR…
Geneva, the city which hosts the highest number of international organizations in the world, does not have any sister relationships with other cities, declaring itself related to the entire world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Cheng Chui Ping, also known as Sister Ping, ran a human smuggling empire and is widely regarded as the most prolific smuggler of the 20th century. She ran her operation between Hong Kong and New York City from 1984 until 2000. The FBI still doesn't know how many people she smuggled into the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sis…
Today I learned of triplets Aliyah, Zarrea & Evan Medina from Massachusetts. They are a unique kind of triplets, with Aliyah & Zarrea as identical sisters & Evan their fraternal brother. stcc.edu/about-stcc/news/…
Nurses are sometimes called sisters because in Medieval Europe, the Catholic Church provided hospital services and nuns (sisters) would serve as nurses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…

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