Chinese Mythology also has a Great Flood Myth. Unlike the Biblical story, humans fought the flood, led by the mythical heroes Prince Gun and his son, Yu the Engineer, who battled evil demons & solicited the aid of gods & dragons to build massive drainage basins & mighty dams to end the flooding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
On several late 60's recordings, prominent jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman used his 10-year-old son to play drums, though he could have employed high-profile adult jazz drummers. He prized the child's joyful child musical curiosity over a more technically skilled adult newyorker.com/culture/cul…
The lone Supreme Court justice to dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson grew up in a household with a light-skinned, blue-eyed slave who was treated much like a family member. The slave, Robert Harlan, was believed to be John Harlan’s older half-brother. Even John’s father believed Robert was his son. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In the original "Wayne's World" script, the T-1000 simply told Wayne "you're speeding". The line was changed at the last second when a producer's son said it wasn't funny. cinemablend.com/news/2484…
Genghis Khan would marry off a daughter to the king of an allied nation. Then he would assign his new son in law to military duty in the Mongol wars, while his daughter took over the rule. Most sons in law died in combat, giving his daughters complete control of these nations thetyee.ca/Books/2010/07/…
Prince Edward, youngest son of Elizabeth II, was made Earl of Wessex on his wedding in 1999. He wanted that title, which hadn't existed for centuries, because he liked Colin Firth's character Lord Wessex in "Shakespeare in Love" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Henry Heimlich, the inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, has a son, Peter, who is devoted to exposing him as a serial liar and con artist. Peter says his father paid off the study that persuaded the American Red Cross to change its response to choking to Heimlich's. inhomecpr.com/choking-eme…
'Saturn devouring his son' and the 13 other Black Paintings were never ment for public display. In 1819 Francisco Goya went into near isolation and painted the works directly onto the walls of his house. The haunting pictures reflect Goya's internal demons and civil strife occuring in Spain joyofmuseums.com/museums/…
Famous actor John Witherspoon ("Pops" in the Friday series, Granddad in The Boondocks, Lloyd in Black Jesus) was best friends with late night talk show host David Letterman. Letterman was even the godfather of his two sons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
On 29 May 1886, Coca-Cola’s 1st ad appeared in The Atlanta Journal. Creator John Pemberton predicted Coca-Cola would be a β€œnational drink” but he & his son sold their stake to satisfy morphine addiction. He died penniless but the recipe remains a closely guarded trade secret today historyofyesterday.com/th…
"All of My Love" by Led Zeppelin was written as a tribute to Robert Plant's son Karac, who died in 1977 of a stomach infection when he was only five years old. Plant reportedly recorded his vocals in one take. ultimateclassicrock.com/l…
Rick Riordan based the Percy Jackson series on bedtime stories about Greek mythology he told his son. His son had ADHD and dyslexia which inspired him to also make Percy Jackson have ADHD amd dyslexia. romper.com/p/in-rick-rior…
Mary, Queen of Scots, was raised in France, was married to the French king, and signed documents that any son she bore would rule both realms. But for Elizabeth I's outmaneuvering of her rival, Scotland might well have spent the past four centuries as part of France instead of Britain. historytoday.com/archive/…
The Beatles hit 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' wasn't about the drug LSD. John Lennon's son drew a picture at school one day, and told Lennon that it was called Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. John thought that was sweet and used it in the song, only realizing the LSD in the name after the fact youtube.com/watch?v=umF60…
Mary Ball Washington, George Washington's mother, was orphaned at 12 and named her son after her guardian, George Eskridge. Her husband, Augustine Washington, died when their son George was 11, and she never remarried. She died of breast cancer in 1789, after George became the president. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of William Cantelo, a British inventor born in 1839 who mysteriously disappeared in the 1880s. His sons developed a theory that he had re-emerged under the name "Hiram Maxim", the inventor of the famous Maxim gun. This was due to a striking resemblance and similar occupation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
A German man (Martin Juergens) claims the Moon has belonged to his family since 1756, when the Prussian King presented it to his ancestor as a symbolic gesture for services rendered. It was decreed the Moon would pass to the youngest born son. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
Today I learned of John II of France, who was captured by the English, in the Hundred Years War, and held hostage in London. An exchange of hostages occurred, with his son, Louis, taking his place. When John II was informed that Louis had escaped from captivity, he voluntarily returned to England as a hostage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
When her son Jeremy began showing symptoms of schizophrenia, Elli Perkins refused to consult a psychiatrist due to her Scientologist beliefs and tried to cure him with alternative medicine instead. This resulted in Jeremy murdering her because he believed she was trying to poison him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
The need for courtroom sketch artists in the United States was born in response to the 1935 media circus over the murder of aviator Charles Lindbergh’s infant son. After newsreels, noisy shutters, and flashing lights overtook that court the American Bar Association recommended to ban cameras. artsy.net/article/artsy-e…
During the filming of A Christmas Story the actress playing the teacher was pregnant with her son who would go on to be known as 40, Drake's main producer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/40_…
In 1957 Richie Ashburn of The Phillies hit a foul ball into the stands that struck fan Alice Roth, breaking her nose. Roth was carried off on a stretcher, and was hit again by another foul ball from Ashburn. The two become friends, and Roth's son later served at the Phillies batboy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
On the day he was assassinated by revolutionary nihilists, Alexander II of Russia had signed a ukaz establishing elected positions for commoners in the Tsardom. This edict was immediately dissolved by his son, who went on to consolidate and expand the Tsar's power in Russia. history.com/this-day-in-h…
The son of the inventor of the Moka pot was burried in a Moka pot edition.cnn.com/2016/02/1…
The author of Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame, based the beloved character Mr. Toad on his spirited and headstrong son, Alastair, who was born blind in one eye and suffered chronic, lifelong health conditions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
Spike Milligan, member of comedy team The Goons, joked after fellow member Harry Secombe sang at Peter Sellers' funeral, "I hope you die before me because I don't want you singing at my funeral." 22 years later, at Milligan's memorial, Secombe's son played a recording of his late father singing. theguardian.com/uk/2002/j…
Abraham Lincoln's youngest son's nickname was Tad because of his large head and he was "as wiggly as a tadpole." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tad…
From 1953 to 2020, all 7-Eleven stores in Oklahoma were independently operated from its parent company under an agreement with William Brown (his son James heading things in later years); as a result of this, 7-Elevens in that state beared slight differences to stores elsewhere in the country cspdailynews.com/mergers-…
The Marquis de Lafayette named his son Georges Washington de La Fayette en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Colonel Gaddafi’s son, Saadi Gaddafi, played football in Serie A for Perugia. He played a total of 2 games. He was voted the worst player to have ever partook in Italian top-flight football thesetpieces.com/latest-p…
Drug lord Roberto SuΓ‘rez GΓ³mez wrote a letter to then-President of the United States Ronald Reagan offering to pay Bolivia's foreign debt of $3 billion, in exchange for he and his son Roberto Levy receiving amnesty, after the latter was arrested en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
A farmer in Colorado paid $60K for the retired squad car of a deputy who was killed in the line of duty to gift the car to the deputy’s son. youtube.com/watch?v=7BF6B…
Duct tape was invented by Vesta Stoudt, a factor worker during WWII and the mother of 2 sons in the Navy. When her supervisors at the factory dismissed her idea for a stronger cloth-based tape, she wrote a letter to President FDR, who then ordered Johnson&Johnson to manufacture her idea. kilmerhouse.com/2012/06/t…
: 100 Imposters claimed to be Marie Antoinette's dead son history.com/news/louis-xv…
Despite Theodore Roosevelt giving his name to the β€œTeddy Bear” after refusing to kill one, his sons Kermit and Theodore Jr. are the first westerners to have shot a Giant Panda. chinahighlights.com/giant…
An early draft of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" called "Charlie's Chocolate Boy" has a Black-skinned Charlie get trapped in a life-sized chocolate mold. Unaware that Charlie is inside, Wonka brings the chocolate home for his son's Easter basket, and Charlie thwarts a home invasion. theguardian.com/books/201…
Arthur Williams Jr. is responsible for printing more than $10 million in counterfeit cash. While in prison his son would soon join him sharing the same cell for the same crime! Today, he’s still printing, but for the service of his art. nbclosangeles.com/lx/how-…
Cat Stevens earns 75% of royalties from The Flaming Lips's song "Fight Test" due to the song having a similar melody to Stevens's song "Father and Son." theguardian.com/music/200…
When Germany invaded Belgium in World War I, King Albert I took personal command of the Belgian Army. He led his army for 4 years, fighting alongside his troops, while his wife, Queen Elisabeth, worked as a nurse at the front. His 12 year-old son, the Crown Prince, also fought in the ranks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Today I learned about the siege of the alcazar during the spanish civil war. The defenders held out for 2 months in which the entire castle was reduced to rubble by constant artillery fire and mines dug underneath it. The defending commander refused to surrender even when his own son was captured and executed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
"King of the Hill" nearly was a Beavis & Butthead spin-off where Hank would have been Mr. Anderson's son. Fox shot the idea down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Michael Jackson and Sting were Jim Henson's first choices for Jareth in Labyrinth, before his son Brian convinced him that David Bowie would be perfect smoothradio.com/artists/d…
Benjamin Pierce, son of President-elect Franklin Pierce, died in a train accident when he was 11 years old. Although Benjamin was the only person killed, it was initially reported that Franklin was also a fatality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Theodore Roosevelt's youngest son Quentin Roosevelt I was a pilot in World War I and was killed in France during combat. He is the only child of a US President to die in combat en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Irene of Athens had her son's eyes gouged out & had him imprisoned declaring herself as Empress. However, Pope Leo III declared no woman could rule the Roman Empire throne. Irene was exiled to the island of Lesbos and died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ire…
Pope Sergius III had his predecessor Pope Leo V killed. He also had an illegitimate son. This son himself went on to become Pope John XI en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
The word "Mughal" is derived from the Arabic/Persian corruption of the term "Mongol". But the Mughals themselves called them "Gurkani", which means sons-in-laws, referring to the fact that they were sons-in-laws of the Mongol, Genghis Khan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mug…
The black sheep son of Kirk Douglas attempted a career in stand-up, had a tantrum on stage in London, and sparked a notorious incident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
Martin Luther King Jr was actually named Michael King Jr on his birth. His father, aptly named Michael King Sr, was a pastor and eventually decided to rename himself and his son to Martin Luther King Jr/Sr after becoming inspired by Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. history.com/news/10-thing…
The Five Guys fast food chain was originally named for co-founder Jim Murrell and his four sons; today, all five sons are involved with the brand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiv…

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