Not long after Julius Caesar was assassinated, a comet shone for seven successive days. This signified Julius Caesar's ascension to Godhood, and propaganda for Caesar's nephew. The comet was described as: "To make that soul a star that burns forever, Above the Forum and the gates of Rome." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caeโ€ฆ
Alexandria (Egypt) came to be regarded as the capital of knowledge and learning, in part because of the Great Library. It was unprecedented due to the scope and scale. According to popular description, an inscription above the shelves read: "The place of the cure of the soul." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libโ€ฆ
In 2014, Pope Francis said he would baptise Aliens if they asked. He did not want to close doors to green Martians with "long noses and big ears". In 2010, a papal astronomer also said he would baptise Aliens if they asked, he said "Any entity โ€“ no matter how many tentacles it has โ€“ has a soul.โ€ independent.co.uk/news/woโ€ฆ
During the Vietnam war, the CIA created "ghost tapes" designed to frighten Vietcong solders. the tapes were of fallen Vietnamese souls wandering the jungle telling of their suffering, and to go back to their loved ones. These were played loudly at night from helicopters. psywarrior.com/wanderingsโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Merry Clayton. The soul singer who performed on the Rolling Stones song โ€œgimme shelterโ€ miscarried after her powerful performance on the song while heavily pregnant and still dressed in her bedclothes, complete with hair rollers. cherwell.org/2019/01/28/iโ€ฆ
Today I learned that part of the reason Pythagoras hated beans so much was the belief that beans contained the souls of dead people. Hence, when you farted, you farted the souls of your dead ancestors. atlasobscura.com/articlesโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Duncan MacDougall, a physician who conducted an experiment and weighed patients before and after their deaths. He saw that after death patients were 21g lighter and called this the โ€œweight of the soulโ€. discovermagazine.com/mindโ€ฆ
Operation Wandering Soul was a psychological warfare campaign used by the United States during the Vietnam war where eerie sounds and altered screams were played in battlefields. This exploited the Vietnamese belief that unburied soldiersโ€™ souls would wander in constant pain and suffering en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opeโ€ฆ
According to Buddhism, at the core of all human beings and living creatures, there is no "eternal, essential and absolute something called a soul, self or atman". Nirvana, or liberation, is defined as the blissful state when a person realizes that he or she has "no self, no soul". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaโ€ฆ
Besides publishing motivational self-help books, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment distributes violent horror movies like Nicolas Cage's upcoming "Willy's Wonderland". cssentertainment.com/artiโ€ฆ
Charon, the concierge of The Continental in John Wick, is named after the ferryman in Greek mythology who carries souls across the Styx in Hades. In both mythology and the series, a coin must be paid to Charon for his services. looper.com/153402/the-untโ€ฆ
In 2009, a Latvian company offered short-term loans of up to $500, with the clients signing their immortal soul as collateral. The company said they wouldn't employ debt collectors to get its money back: "If they donโ€™t give it back, what can you do? They wonโ€™t have a soul, thatโ€™s all" fr.reuters.com/article/usโ€ฆ
Oscar Wilde was an anarchist, he wrote an essay called "The Soul of Man Under Socialism" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
Today I learned about R2-45, a practice in Scientology where a person achieves exteriorization by being shot in the head with a .45 pistol. Exteriorization is defined as the separation of the thetan (soul) and the physical body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R2-โ€ฆ
When a loved one died in parts of England, Scotland or Wales during the 18th/19th century, the family placed bread on the chest of the deceased. A sin eater would then sit with the dead and โ€œabsorbโ€ the sins of the departedโ€™s soul. atlasobscura.com/articlesโ€ฆ
Soul Superstar Curtis Mayfield ("Super Fly", "Move on Up", etc) was paralyzed from the neck down in an on-stage accident. Mayfield wrote and recorded his final album while paralyzed, lying flat or at a slant on the studio floor and singing a couple of lines at a time. popmatters.com/120209-bacโ€ฆ
American blues musician Robert Johnson was said to have sold his soul to the devil. The story is that he went to the crossroads near a plantation at midnight and met the devil, who took his guitar, tuned it, played a few songs, and handed the guitar back, granting him mastery of the instrument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robโ€ฆ
The moonwalk dance move, popularized by Michael Jackson, is an old move dating back to the 1930s when Cab Calloway called it "the buzz." Dancer Bill Bailey was filmed doing the move at The Apollo Theater in 1955. Jackson saw a dancer on Soul Train doing the move and learned it from him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mooโ€ฆ
The use of the word "milquetoast" to mean someone ineffectual or weak derives from the name of a once hugely popular American Newspaper Comic Strip character, "Caspar Milquetoast", who appeared in the comic strip "The Timid Soul" from 1925 - 1953. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casโ€ฆ
The practice of placing coins not the eyes of the deceased is referred to as โ€œCharon's obolโ€. The purpose of which was to provide adequate payment for the โ€œFerrymanโ€, who conveyed souls across the river that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaโ€ฆ
Robert Johnson was so good with his guitar that some believe he sold his soul to devil for his talent rolfpotts.com/robert-johnโ€ฆ
Today I learned of "Operation Wandering Soul". A psychological warfare campaign used by U.S. forces that exploited the Vietnamese superstition of a lost tortured soul who was not buried properly and would roam around in agony. The U.S. broadcast these eerie sounds on loud speakers to scare off the Viet Cong. pcf45.com/sealords/cuadaiโ€ฆ
Heironymous Bosch's "The Garden of Earthly Delight's" has a tortured soul depicted with music written on his butt. It was transcribed and recorded into music you can listen to. worldofwonder.net/hieronyโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Sin Eaters. In parts of England, Scotland, and Wales up until the 19th century, when a person died the family would pay a man to eat a piece of bread off the deceased in order to absorb their sins, risking their souls for a few pence atlasobscura.com/articlesโ€ฆ
Legendary musician and producer Nile Rodgers believes his single proudest moment is ''Soul Glo'' - a jingle for an in-movie commercial from โ€œComing To Americaโ€ vibe.com/2016/04/in-nile-โ€ฆ
Many ancient Romans loved their dogs and would not only have them depicted in jewelry, but also make graves for them with personal epitaphs. One read, "To Helena, foster child, soul without comparison and deserving of praise."โฃ newsbreak.com/news/159748โ€ฆ
The production of the movie "The Island of Dr. Moreau" was so insanely difficult that inspired a documentary called "Lost Soul" . The director hated Val Kilmer so much that said โ€œEven if I was directing a film called The Life of Val Kilmer, I wouldnโ€™t have that prick in itโ€ telegraph.co.uk/film/the-โ€ฆ
Sometimes it actually pays to read the Terms & Conditions. Some companies give out prizes for reading them. (And some even claim your soul if you don't...) npr.org/2019/03/08/701417โ€ฆ
"Baby Huey" was a 400lbs Chicago soul singer who died in 1970 at age 26 after releasing a single album. The album later became hugely influential on early hip-hop artists, eventually being sampled on hundreds of tracks over the past ~40 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babโ€ฆ
The person who announced the Demon's Souls remake for the first time, Shuhei Yoshida, was also the one who hated the original game and almost prevented it from published in other countries pushsquare.com/news/2012/โ€ฆ
In 1995, MCA released an alternative rock album of songs from classic cartoons such as Banana Splits, Speed Racer, Scooby-Doo, and Jetsons. Artists included Liz Phair, Collective Soul, Butthole Surfers, Sublime, Violent Femmes, and others. It was certified Gold, sold over 500k, and charted #67 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satโ€ฆ
The American boardgame "Chutes and Ladders" is a bastardization of an ancient Indian game called Moksha Patam. The game's original theming represented the Hindu soul's arduous path to liberation from the cycle of reincarnation and has been played by the same ruleset for nearly 2,000 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snaโ€ฆ
Members of BTS are into analytical psychology and have actually released two albums based on Carl Jung's Map of the Soul, exploring the psychological concepts of Persona, Shadow and Ego. Map of the Soul: Persona and Map of the Soul: 7 bbc.com/news/entertainmenโ€ฆ
In 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', most of the snakes in the 'Well of Souls' scene were actually just pieces of hose. The scene was filmed in England where producers couldn't find enough snakes in pet shops to make the scene work. Many of the real snakes used would also not be found in Africa. nothingbutnostalgia.com/rโ€ฆ
Norbert Pearlroth was the silent partner of Ripley's Believe It or Not. He was the soul researcher, answering 3000 letters a week, examining 7000 books a year, spending 10 hours a day, six days a week at the New York Library, and fluent in 14 languages. He produced 24 items a week for 52 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norโ€ฆ
Although most people believe that the distress signal SOS stands for "Save our souls" or "Save our ship", the letters don't actually stand for anything. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOS
Today I learned of the Buddhist concept of Anatta that states the non-existence of a permanent, unchanging Soul en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaโ€ฆ
On June 7th, 1692 the pirate city, Port Royal, in Jamaica was rocked by a massive earthquake that shook the city into the ocean, leaving 2,000 souls burried under sand and brick. Shortly after the quake, a tsunami flooded what was left. whc.unesco.org/en/tentatiโ€ฆ
Am-Phu cave in Vietnam is decorated with "hell" themes: sculpted demons "and fanged devils bathed in sinister red light, where hands reach up from the waters below and river monsters threaten to gnash (visitors') souls to bits." It's located under the mountain associated with heaven. atlasobscura.com/places/aโ€ฆ
The SOS distress signal was created because of its easiness in morse (ยท ยท ยท โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ ยท ยท ยท). And not because it is an abbreviation of save our souls or save our ship mentalfloss.com/article/3โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Sabena Flight 548, which crashed on February 15, 1961 while en route to Brussels, Belgium from New York. All 72 souls aboard perished, including the entire U.S. Figure Skating team, who were traveling to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabenaโ€ฆ
Many enemies in the Dark Souls games were inspired by the manga Berserk. Upon an interview with Hidetaka Miyazaki, many characters and mobs, like Siegmayer and Artorias, were heavily inspired upon in both art style and fighting style, by their Berserk inspirations, Bazuso and Guts himself. knowll.com/e/123/completeโ€ฆ
Milli Vanilliโ€™s fame collapsed after three #1 hit singles & winning the 1990 Best New Artist Grammy (later revoked), when they confessed lip syncing at concerts & entirely dubbing their voices on their debut album. They said of the scandal: โ€œWe sold our souls to the devilโ€ mentalfloss.com/article/6โ€ฆ
The gangster scene in Home Alone was from a fake movie called "Angels with Filthy Souls" and was specifically shot for Home Alone. vanityfair.com/hollywood/โ€ฆ
In Greek mythology Charon is the ferryman who carries souls of the newly dead across the river Styx and Acheron that divided the world of living from the world of the dead. As a payment or bribe for Charon, ancient Greeks started the custom of Placing a coin in the mouth of a dead body. britannica.com/topic/Charโ€ฆ
The American version of the music video for Soul Asylum's "Runaway Train" features 36 images of missing children. The music video helped resolve 26 of those cases. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runโ€ฆ
Fatboy Slim sampled so many songs to create "The Rockafeller Skank" (also known as "Funk Soul Brother") that he had to give up 100% of the song's royalties to pay the original artists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
The concept of a soulmate was originally put forth by Plato. According to his story humans originally had 4 arms, 4 legs and 2 faces. The gods feared humans were too powerful and so Zeus split them in two, condemning them to spend their lives searching for the other half of their soul. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Souโ€ฆ
The steaming service Crackle was sold to Chicken Soup For the Soul Entertainment (creator of the Chicken Soup For the Soul books) in March 2019. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craโ€ฆ
Bragging was a virtue in medieval Scandinavia and some made runestones for themselves. "Vigmund had this stone carved in memory of himself, the cleverest of men. May God help the soul of Vigmund, the ship captain. Vigmund and ร…frid carved this memorial while he lived." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runโ€ฆ

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