On Thanksgiving 1926, President Calvin Coolidge pardoned the raccoon meant for dinner, named her Rebecca and kept her as a pet at the White House. An escape artist, she often led staff on chases throughout the president's home and loved to sit in a bathtub and play with a bar of soap. whitehousehistory.org/rac…
A filmmaker shot a soap opera web series called IKEA Heights entirely inside a Burbank, California IKEA without their permission. The creator of the show noticed that the well-lit sets and difficulty in getting the attention of employees made it an ideal location to film a show. gigaom.com/2009/09/04/ike…
Dr. Bronner, of the "all-one" Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, fled to the United States in 1929 and urged his parents to come with him. The last he heard from them was "You were right," before they were killed in the Holocaust. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ema…
Comedian Redd Foxx avoided the United States military draft for World War II by eating half of a soap bar before his physical, causing heart palpitations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
For hand washing, regular soap is just as good as antibacterial soap fda.gov/consumers/consume…
Soap Operas are called "Soap Operas" because they were literally designed to sell Dove Soap to stay-at-home women during WWII youtube.com/watch?v=h683c…
Soaps have been made for millennia. Alongside making fire and cooking food, turning oils and fats into soap is one of the oldest and simplest chemical reactions known to humankind. It is believed that the first soaps were accidentally made by fat dripping into the ashes of cooking fires. drbronner.com/about/our-c…
Koreans eat about 600 million chickens per year and Korean fried chicken (or KFC) and beer is so popular that its facination has spread to China via Korean soap operas. A Chinese company once flew all 4500 of its employees to Korea so they all can have KFC and beer. vice.com/en_us/article/vv…
”Days of our lives” is one of the longest running soap operas, spanning over seven decades of regular screenings with almost 14k episodes (and counting). Some actors have appeared as different characters and some who died in real life still appear years later in flashbacks with unused footage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day…
Soap Operas got their name from radio dramas which were sponsored by soap manufacturers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
Bacteria are becoming more tolerant of hand sanitizers, but that regular hand washing with soap is a solution: β€œIt's the physical action of lifting and moving them off your skin, and letting them run down the drain” npr.org/sections/goatsand…
There is a robust black market for Tide laundry soap, with drug dealers accepting it as payment and shoplifting rings finding it more lucrative and less legally risky than other illegal schemes. nymag.com/news/features/t…
Some people dislike coriander and tell it tastes like soap. This is an genetic predisposition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
The 0.56% unpure part of Ivory soap consisted of uncombined alkali, carbonates and mineral matter. The rest is all fatty acids and combined alkali. straightdope.com/columns/…
Crossroads, the first ever Kazakh soap opera (1996-2000), was funded by the British government in order to promote capitalism, was modeled on 'EastEnders' and became wildly popular across Central Asia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
A Soap Opera is the inspiration for the Harley Quinn character. Writer Paul Dini needed the Joker to have a sidekick and was friends with Arleen Sorkin. Dini remembered Sorkin had appeared as a jester in a dream sequence on Days of Our Lives and used the scene as an inspiration for Quinn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In 1997 BBC TV soap EastEnders broadcast episodes set in Ireland, which were criticised for negatively stereotyping the Irish as dirty, rude, poor and drunk. Complaints were upheld by the British Broadcasting Standards Commission and the BBC apologised for the episodes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
In 1998 the British soap Coronation Street debuted Hayley Patterson, who was the UK's first transgender soap character, and her storylines are given partial credit for the UK's 2004 Gender Recognition Act en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hay…
There's a Starbucks cup visible in every scene of the movie Fight Club. Talk about Mischief, Mayhem and Soap. telegraph.co.uk/films/0/m…
"Soap opera rapid aging syndrome" refers to the practice of soap operas to age child characters faster than the general timeline of the shows, sometimes becoming adults in a few years after their birth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
Benjamin T. Babbitt (famous soap businessman) was one of the first known people to offer free samples to entice people to purchase his soap in the 19th century en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The avarage human body has enough iron in it to forge a metal nail that is 3-inches long, enough sulfur to kill all fleas on a dog, enough carbon to make 900 pencils, enough potassium to fire a toy cannon, enough fat to make 7 bars of soap, and enough phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads. sciencenotes.org/elements…
Caswell-Massey is America's oldest and still thriving company, founded 24 years before the United States itself. They specialize in hand creams and soap. caswellmassey.com/
You should never wash a cast iron pan with soap because it can strip off the oil you've baked and cooked into the dish. Also, when you first get a cast iron, you need to "season" it by baking oil into it and each time you use it, the layers of oil and flavor will build. hunker.com/12433041/what-…
Ricky Gervais took on Grant Bovey ( UK soap opera Star) in a full contact boxing match. youtube.com/watch?v=SqvtE…
Julia Louis-Dreyfus once parked in Tom Arnold's parking spot on the CBS lot. He left a note on her windshield that read "How stupid are you? Move your f--king car, you asshole!" She later found "a Polaroid of someone's buttocks left on her windshield and the word 'cunt' written in soap." eonline.com/news/1054335/…
Today I learned of β€œDenatorium”, the most bitter chemical substance known, that is added to soap, paint, and even game cartridges to prevent ingestion by children. scienceofcooking.com/dena…
Dove bars aren't soap thebeautybrains.com/2013/…
Former US president Gerald Ford, his wife Betty Ford, and politician Henry Kissinger all made guest appearances as themselves in a 1983 episode of night-time soap Dynasty ew.com/article/1993/12/17…
I learned you can binge the soap Guiding Light every hour non-stop for 591 days. If you started this show on March 10, 2020, you would not be finished until October 23, 2021 bingeclock.com/s/guiding-…
Dish soap doesn't kill bacteria, it just lifts the food and grime off so that it can be rinsed away. realsimple.com/home-organ…
Why Cilantro Tastes Like Soap. People who report that "cilantro tastes bad" have a variation of olfactory-receptor genes that allows them to detect aldehydesβ€”a compound found in cilantro that is also a by-product of soap and part of the chemical makeup of fluids sprayed by some bugs. delishably.com/spices-sea…
A maximum-security prison in Uganda has a soccer league (run and played by prisoners), with an annual soccer tournament. The tournament is taken very seriously; they have a uniforms, referees, cleats, and a 30-page constitution. The winning team gets prizes such as soap, sugar, and a goat. theguardian.com/football/…
Australian singer Allan Caswell sued Sony, claiming song 'Christmas in Dixie' by US band Alabama copied Caswell's 1979 theme song to women's prison TV soap opera 'Prisoner', but lost smh.com.au/entertainment/…
The term Soap Opera originated with radio dramas that were sponsored by soap manufacturers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
The 2000 yr old Syrian soap industry finally returned to Aleppo. Their laurel soap is the oldest soap in the world. youtu.be/EsxyfoWWEI8
Today I learned about the Grafton castaways, a real-life Gilligan's Island. Shipwrecked for 18 months in the Auckland islands in 1864, the 5 men lived in a thatched hut complete with glass windows and bookshelves. They built a forge to work metal, tanned leather, made soap from seashells, and even brewed beer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Soap operas get their name from radio series sponsored by soap manufacturers during the Great Depression aimed primarily for housewives working alone at home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
It is so common to rapidly age children in soap operas, it's been classified as a syndrome: Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome (SORAS) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
Emanuel Bronner, of "Dr. Bronner's" soaps, was so intent on spreading his "Moral ABC" philosophy, which now covers the product packaging, that he abandoned his 3 kids into the foster system so he didn't have to spend time taking care of them. inc.com/magazine/201204/t…
The "pink slime" that sometimes grows in bathrooms isn't a mold, it's actually an airborne bacterium called *Serratia marcescens* that feeds on soap, hence why it thrives in bathtubs. huffpost.com/entry/pink-s…
Britain's power stations have to learn television schedules to anticipate when there will be a huge power draw as everyone turns on their electric kettles during a break in a soap opera or sporting event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_…
Wrigley’s was originally a soap company that gifted baking powder with their soap. The baking powder became more popular than the soap so they switched to selling baking powder with chewing gum as a gift. The gum became more popular than the baking powder so the company switched to selling gum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jui…
Soap Operas are called soap operas because the early drama shows were mainly sponsored by soap manufacturers. wordhistories.net/2017/12…
Nabulsi soap, is a Palestinian hard olive-oil based soap where it is still hand-made in factories in the West Bank since the 10th century en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nab…
Snoop Dogg is a fan of Manchester England based soap Coronation Street wikipedia.org/wiki/Corona…
That, following the closure of a Paris cemetery and removal of bodies in 1786, many of the bodies had improperly decayed and only remained as mounds of human fat. This fat, known as "corpse wax", was subsequently collected and turned into candles and soap. blogs.scientificamerican.…
William Wrigley Jr. began by selling soap and offered baking powder as an incentive to buy it. Finding the baking powder more popular, he switched to selling it instead and gave his customers gum as incentive. Again, he found that the gum was more popular and began to sell it instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
During WWI, British newspapers falsely claimed that the Germans rendered down soldiers' corpses to make soap, candles and nitroglycerin. As a result, when news of the Holocaust reached Britain during WWII, the government assumed it was another made-up atrocity story. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Dove chocolate and Dove soap are owned by different companies. Because they're separated as different classes of goods/services, there is no trademark infringement. thoughtstopaper.com/knowl…
Antibacterial soap is not better than plain soap. It kills most bacterias, but both bad bacterias and good bacterias. And then the bad bacterias that survive will get stronger and become harder to kill. aappublications.org/news/…
Rapper Snoop Dogg is a longtime fan of British soap opera "Coronation Street". He once asked for a cameo and tried to open a restaurant based on the show. bbc.com/news/10560305
Regular soap does not kill germs on your skin. It just makes your skin less adhesive so the germs and grime can be washed away. unitypoint.org/blankchild…
Some orangutans like to eat soap, they will also cover themselves up with it before eating it. And it doesn't hurt their stomachs. orangutancaringweek.com/F…
There's a gene that makes cilantro taste like soap. A study by the personal genomics company 23andMe identified a small DNA variation in a cluster of olfactory receptor genes that is strongly associated with the perception of a β€œsoapy” taste in cilantro. mentalfloss.com/article/9…
I Learned There's Petroleum Products (Derived from Crude Oil) in Toothpaste, Shampoo and Soap energy.gov/sites/prod/fil…
Soapy Smith used a dishonest $100 in a bar of soap raffle to get rich en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
The German children's show Unser SandmΓ€nnchen holds the record for the most TV episodes (20,000) and has been on the air since 1959. Soap operas in the US make up the next 4 highest programs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The character Dr. Harley Quinn was inspired by Arleen Sorkin, at the time most famous for her portrayal of Calliope Jones on the long-running TV soap opera Days of Our Lives, she provided much of the voice acting for the character subsequently, before retiring from the role in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arl…
In 1995 AndrΓ© Dallaire, armed with a knife, broke into the Prime Minister of Canada's residence. Jean & Aline ChrΓ©tien locked themselves in their bedroom and brandished a soap stone sculpture for defense. It took the RCMP 7 minutes to respond because they forgot their key to 24 Sussex Drive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
The USA Soap Opera 'General Hospital' has produced 14,290 episodes since it first aired. If you started today and watched 1 episode per day, you wouldn't finish the series until 2060 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The suds of shampoo, soap and many other foaming products is often artifically added to the product to help convince us that it is working. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
Antibacterial soap is no better than regular soap at preventing sickness, and children who use it regularly are more likely to develop peanut allergies and hay fever. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Phthalates lower IQ levels. They can be found in shampoos, conditioners, body sprays, hair sprays, perfumes, colognes, soap, nail polish, shower curtains, medical tubing, IV bags, vinyl flooring and wall coverings, food packaging and coatings on time-release pharmaceuticals. cnn.com/2016/07/01/health…
Basic essential products like soap and toothpaste fuel an underground illegal economy and hold their value as they are constantly in demand and easier to fence. gizmodo.com/why-do-drug-s…
Bar soap is better for the environment than liquid body wash and poses no health risk to the general population hongkongfp.com/2016/07/17…
"I Want to Break Free", a song by the British rock band Queen, known for its music video for which all the band members dressed in women's clothes which parodied the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street, was considered controversial in the United States and banned by MTV. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_W…
The term β€œsoap opera” came from radio dramas being sponsored by the soap company P&G in the 1920’s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
A Russian vice-admiral who fought in the Second World War was debarred from joining the ranks of the youth division of the Soviet Communist party as a young man because a report claimed that he washed with "perfumed" soap. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
Today I learned of cloud iridescence. It is a colorful optical phenomenon that occurs in a cloud and appears in the general proximity of the Sun or Moon. The colors resemble those seen in soap bubbles and oil on a water surface. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
Today I learned of actor Josh Ryan Evans who played Timmy Lenox on the soap opera Passions. When the episode where his character passes away aired, Josh died the same day of a heart failure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
In May 2006, over 300 Portuguese school children received medical attention for an illness which caused rashes and shortness of breath. The illness was later cited as being a case of mass hysteria caused by an episode of a soap opera which dealt with a deadly virus outbreak in a school. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
After defecation, many Filipinos use a water dipper called "tabo" to pour water down their buttocks while cleaning their anus with their hands and soap. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tab…
There is a Witches' Market in Mexico City (Mercado de Sonora). A place for Voodoo Brujeria or Mexican sorcery, it offers magic soaps, holy water sprays, spell books and caged animals contiki.com/ca/en/guides/…
The soap opera, Days of Our Lives, has been running since 1965 and has over 13,500 episodes. It would take over 470 days to watch the entire series non-stop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day…
Emanuel Bronner of "Dr. Bronner's Soaps" was a German-born Jew who escaped the rise of Nazism. His last correspondence from his parents was a postcard that read "You were right. β€”Your loving father." They died in the concentration camps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ema…
When the remains from an overcrowded Paris cemetery were moved to the catacombs, the "corpse wax" from partially decomposed bodies was used to make soap en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
A female Italian serial killer disposed of bodies by making them in to bars of soap en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
The 1946 film It’s a wonderful life pioneered a new way of making snow in film. The SFX advisor created a mix of foamite, sugar, water and soap flakes, and pumped it through a wind machine to create β€œfresh snow”. Before, white coloured cereal would be used and was too loud due to its crunch. bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti…
The World Health Organization recommends ash or sand as alternative to soap when it's not available en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash
The "squeaky clean" feeling you get from showering is actually caused by friction from the residual soap left behind after using hard water. water.usgs.gov/edu/qa-che…
The soap opera 'The Guiding Light' had over 18,200 episodes over a 72 year run on radio and TV. If you watched one episode every hour of every day it would take over two years to finish them all. The series ran from 1937 (radio) to 2009 (TV). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
The most expensive soap in the world is made in Lebanon, costs $2800, and is infused with gold and diamond dust. bbc.com/news/av/world-mid…
Students at Loyola University Chicago used a biodiesel byproduct to create an environmentally sustainable soap that is used throughout campus bathrooms luc.edu/sustainability/in…
Today I learned of Pyura Chilensis, a sea creature from Chile that resembles a rock. It is born male and becomes hermaphroditic at puberty, and it’s clear blood contains high levels of the rare element vanadium. It tastes like iodine, sea urchin and soap. grist.org/animals/crazy-l…
Dawn dish soap is made from petroleum which makes it better at cleaning oil and grease, especially from animals affected by oil spills. npr.org/templates/story/s…
I learned that 21% of East Asians, 17% of Caucasians, and 14% of people of African descent find the taste o cilantro/coriander/coentro disgusting, comparing it to soap, rotten and burnt rubber huffpostbrasil.com/entry/…
Some people taste soap when they eat Cilantro. huffingtonpost.ca/entry/w…
Baking soda and dish soap (hydrogen peroxide) can be used to remove the smell of skunk spray. The oxygen molecules from the hydrogen peroxide bond with the thiols compounds present in the skunk spray, completely neutralizing the odor. discovery.com/tv-shows/my…
General Hospital is the longest-running American soap opera en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Millenials are responsible for the decline in the bar soap industry. They prefer liquid soap because bar soap is deemed "dirty" and for old people. cnn.com/2016/08/29/health…
Bridge constructors use dish soap to slide bridges to their assigned place, reducing the required closing days for bridges to less than half the usual time. mntransportationresearch.…
Nazis made soap out of Jewish corpses en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
Half-used hotel soap is sterilized, melted down, and reformed and sent to poorer countries with scarce hygiene resources heelsfirsttravel.boarding…
In the 90s you could buy "soap shoes" that would let you grind on rails without a skateboard, ala Sonic the Hedgehog youtube.com/watch?v=Vd1wJ…
Microbeads, the little abrasive beads in found in soap products, are so dangerous to the environment they've been banned in the US cnn.com/2015/12/30/health…
Orangutans have been known to wash themselves with soap because they’ve seen us doing it, it has no benefit to them, they just do it anyway. mirror.co.uk/news/weird-n…
Antibacterial soaps aren't just useless, they're harmful. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
There's such a thing as vegan soap. Vegan soaps (or vegetable soaps) are made from fats or oils of vegetable origin rather than from saponified tallow or other animal fats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veg…
The World's longest running televised soap opera is Coronation Street en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…

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