John Wayne didnt like the Way Clint Eastwood Movies Portrayed the West, going so far as to send him a Letter Criticizing his Directing Skills wideopencountry.com/john-…
Gymnast Elena Mukhina, who made history at the 1978 World Championships by, among other things, unveiling a new version of the Korbut Flip was left quadriplegic when practicing a now banned skill, the Thomas Salto. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Today I learned about practice babies. In the early to mid 1900s, orphaned babies were lent out to college home economics programs where they were taken care of entirely by groups of students in order to learn child-rearing skills. stitcher.com/show/stuff-y…
Navajo Code Talkers were commended for the skill, speed and accuracy they demonstrated throughout WWII. One officer said, "Were it not for the Navajos the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima". They were also assigned bodyguards to protect them from fellow Americans: or kill them if captured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
Navajo Code Talkers were commended for the skill, speed and accuracy they demonstrated throughout WWII. One officer said, "Were it not for the Navajos the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima". They were also assigned bodyguards to protect them from fellow Americans: or kill them if captured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
Today I learned of Marcel Marceau, a French mime who used his acting skills to save Jewish children during WWII. He smuggled them over the Swiss border and would mime to keep them happy and get them to stay quiet. He saved at least 70 children. history.com/news/marcel-m…
A study found that by spending a predominant part of the day gaming, excessive video gamers are at risk of showing lower educational and career attainment, problems with peers, and lower social skills. frontiersin.org/articles/…
Today I learned about Kurt Lee, who was the first Asian (US) Marine Corps officer, when fighting in the Korean War used his Mandarin language skills to confuse the enemy soldiers and infiltrate their positions during the battles around Inchon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kur…
Jason Padgett was hit in the head after a violent attack in 2002, this attack in turn made him acquire Savant Syndrome, which gave his extremely good math skills and a different view in the world, with water looking like flowing lines as opposed to the smoothness most of us see. bbc.com/future/article/20…
NASCAR was formed after Prohibition when out-of-work bootleggers wanted to keep their driving skills sharp through organized races. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
Van Halen's producer (Ted Templeman) almost suggested replacing David Lee Roth for Sammy Hagar before the band's first album was recorded and 8 years before Sammy joined the band. Ted changed his mind after getting to know Roth's work ethic and songwriting skills. vhnd.com/2020/05/16/ted-t…
In 1908 William "Bigfoot" Anakin, a local champion, was taken along by a publican to court to help demonstrate that darts was not gambling, it was a game of skill. Bigfoot showed that whatever number the court mentioned, he could hit on the board. Judge agreed darts was a game of skill. independent.co.uk/sport/g…
Today I learned of the Parthian shot, an ancient military tactic where archers on horses would feign retreat and then turn their bodies while at full gallop to shoot at the pursuing enemy. It required great skill to master. Without a stirrup, the rider relied solely on pressure from his legs to guide his horse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The best age to start piano lessons is typically between the ages of 6 and 9-years-old. If the child has basic motor skills, can focus on a task for 30 minutes, then they should be able to handle taking lessons schoolofrock.com/resource…
Today I learned about β€˜Redemption Roasters’ world’s first behind bars specialty coffee company in the U.K. who train offenders professionally in the art of roasting and barista skills and help find jobs in their own coffee shops or with partners. redemptionroasters.com/
Prominent mathematician Leonhard Euler had a botched eye surgery which left him almost totally blind at 59. Despite this, he still used his mental calculation skills to contribute more work to mathematics, and he could recite epic poems by memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
The word 'charisma' has been used to mean inspiring charm/devotion in others only for the past ~100 years. For centuries it was used to mean extraordinary power given by God (the Holy Spirit). People were charismatic because of a relationship with God, not inter-personal skills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Before Florence Nightingale was a nurse, she was a statistician. She used her skills to pioneer medical research methods, medical hygiene practices, and infographics. bbc.co.uk/ideas/videos/wh…
Mike Rowe launched the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in 2008 to help close the skills gap by challenging the stigmas and stereotypes that discourage people from pursuing the millions of available jobs that don't require a college degree mikeroweworks.org/about/
When German geologist Alfred Wegener first presented his continental drift hypothesis to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, he was basically laughed out of the room. The English translation of his work was poor, and his English skills were not good enough to debate his peers. pubs.geoscienceworld.org/…
In 1824, Thomas Jefferson introduced legislature for the United States to end slavery by purchasing all slave children, train them for various skills and crafts, and then send them to the Dominican Republic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Multiple institutions have the Duolingo English test as an option in proving your English proficiency. It was created as an alternative to increase accessibility (financially, logistically, etc.) in certifying a person’s English skills. wes.org/advisor-blog/unde…
In 1942, the Nazis cracked the algorithm for the serial numbers and rag content of British Pound notes. Using prisoners with counterfeiting skills, near perfect bills were produced with the plan to scatter them over England by air to induce hyperinflation and collapse the economy. pmgnotes.com/news/article…
Scientists have found that people who abstain from alcohol are also more likely to lack social skills, have higher levels of anxiety and have more mental health issues than those considered heavy drinkers. nhs.uk/news/mental-health…
Arthur Conan Doyle loosely based Sherlock Holmes on Dr Joseph Bell, a Scottish surgeon who was known for his skills in observation. Dr Bell would often pick a stranger, and by observing him, deduce his occupation and recent activities. He was considered a pioneer in forensic science. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Elephants are so complex they are able to mourn, cry, have mental breakdowns, play the drums, paint, mimic humans’ speech and show basic arithmetic skills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Today I learned of John Sedgwick, a Union general who was fatally shot in the head by a confederate soldier, after criticizing Confederate shooting skills. In battle, Sedgwick saw his men duck for cover. He said, "Why are you dodging like this? They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.” He was then shot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
A German nurse was sentenced to life in prison without eligibility for parole after he murdered more than 85 patients because he wanted to show off his resuscitation skills and be the hero who saves them on the hospital bed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nie…
Frank Farian, the man responsible for Milli Vanilli was also responsible for Boney M (Rasputin, Ma Baker, Daddy Cool). Milli Vanilli got caught lip synching, but Bobby Farrell from Boney M was hired because of his dancing skills and also lip synched his performances. dw.com/en/boney-m-produce…
Today I learned about the Third Wave experiment. Kids were instructed in posture, began each remark with Mr. and saluted. In 3 days the movement had grown to 200 students. Students showed increased academic skill and motivation. After 5 days students were informed it was an experiment on how NAZIsm spread. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Almost all American drivers describe their driving skills as "above average" psychologicalscience.org/…
In 2007, a 12 year old Norwegian boy named Hans Jorgen Olsen saved both himself and his sister from a vicious moose attack using skills he learned from playing World of Warcraft; taunt and feign death. geek.com/games/world-of-w…
Today I learned of Paniolos, Hawaiian cowboys trained in the late 1800s at the request of King Kamehameha III by vaqueros (Spanish-Mexican cowboys) in roping, herding, and other skills to manage the tens of thousands of wild cattle roaming the countryside. paniolopreservation.org/w…
Children with the chromosomal abnormality William's syndrome are known to present with well developed verbal skills, extreme friendliness, and elf-like features. bbc.com/news/health-26888…
Because lotteries are illegal in Canada, companies tie the award to a game of skill, which is typically asking an elementary math question youtu.be/jOmnx-V1zBo
Falconers (and trainers of other birds of prey) will sew the eyelids of a wild caught bird shut, slowly allowing them to reopen to imprint themselves. The reopening process takes anywhere from a week to 40 days depending on the bird’s nature and the skill of the trainer cntraveler.com/galleries/…
Electric toothbrushes were originally intended to help people with limited motor skills electricteeth.com/ca/the-…
An estimated 1 in 4 Alabamans are functionally illiterate, meaning they're unable to manage daily living and employment tasks that require reading skills beyond a basic level uab.edu/news/service/item…
Steve Martin's Rope Tricks in the "3 Amigos" Were a Skill He Picked Up While Working at Disneyland in His Younger Days. youtu.be/FVJGb7UpnMA?t=31…
Shaggy from Scooby Doo's real name is Norville Rogers and he was once a track star and gymnast, both of which hint at his "uncanny skills in quickly evading villains." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
The guy who holds the world record for most consecutive made free throws didn't even make the β€œA” basketball team in high school. He attributes his skill to the concentration he learned as a dairy farmer. vault.si.com/vault/1991/0…
Today I learned about the Agoge, the compulsory training program for all male citizens of ancient Sparta between the ages of 7 to 21. This included not only military training, but also tuition in dancing, singing, stealth and thievery, social skills, and loyalty to Sparta. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ago…
'kahuna' is a Hawaiian word, defined as a respected person who has moral authority in society; a "priest, sorcerer, magician, wizard, minister, expert in any profession (whether male or female)". There are many different types of kahunas that represent all sectors of society and all skills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kah…
In 1974, a trainee who failed to become a US Army pilot stole a helicopter and buzzed around Washington DC to demonstrate his skills. He intended to personally surrender to President Nixon, and landed on the South Lawn en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
In Canada the winner of a sweepstakes is required by law to correctly answer a skill testing question, usually math related, in order to receive the prize. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The author Edward Bunker (who played "Mr. Blue" in "Reservoir Dogs") did time in San Quentin with Danny Trejo. Bunker, remembering Trejo's boxing skills, offered Danny $320 per day to train Eric Roberts, for a boxing scene in the 1985 Movie "Runaway Train". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Jean-Claude Van Damme was originally cast as the Predator with the intent that the action star would use his martial arts skills to make the Predator an agile, ninja-like hunter. It was reported that Van Damme constantly complained about the suit being too hot and caused him to pass out. wikipedia.org/wiki/Predat…
A teacher in South Carolina started a 'Gentleman's Club' for more than 60 at-risk children to teach them important life lessons and social skills and support them so that they would grow up to become successful adults. He even provides donated jackets and ties to students who cannot afford them. cbsnews.com/news/teacher-…
:Pinbal was banned from the early 1940s to the mid-1970s in most of America's big cities. It was a game of chance, not skill, and so it was a form of gambling. In fact, one of the key parts of pinball: the flippers, weren't invented until 1947, five years after most of the bans were implemented. popularmechanics.com/tech…
A U.S. Army veteran used his military sharp-shooting skills to rescue a bald eagle which had been hanging upside down in a tree for days with its leg tangled in a rope, 70 ft from the ground; Jason Galvin fired 150 shots from a .22 rifle with scope at the rope until it released the eagle. abcnews.go.com/US/sharp-s…

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