If you totally sleep-deprive a white-crowned sparrow in the laboratory during the migratory period of the year, it suffers virtually no ill effects whatsoever. The US government continues to have a vested interest in this sparrow: their hope for developing a 24-hour soldier. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
House sparrows will sometimes pluck feathers from live pigeons to incorporate into their nests. rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wil…
Today I learned of Tyrannoraptora, a clade of dinosaur defined as containing "all descendants of the last common ancestor of Tyrannosaurus rex and Passer domesticus (the house sparrow)". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyr…
The bird chirps in the background of the song "Blackbird" by the Beatles were a mix of sound effect plus live "sparrows and finches singing outside the Abbey Road studio". beatlesebooks.com/blackbi…
During the Great Leap Forward, when Chinese sparrows were deemed a pest and tried to be exterminated, some of the sparrows found refuge at the Polish Embassy in Beijing. The Embassy refused to scare away the birds and was surrounded by people playing on drums causing the sparrows to die. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
While filming Pirates of the Caribbean in London, Johnny Depp received a letter from a local 9 year old girl, who asked for help with "munity" against her teachers. Depp turned up with no warning at the school in full Jack Sparrow outfit, but advised against munity. telegraph.co.uk/culture/f…
Paul McCartney starred in pirates of the Caribbean: Salazars revenge as Sparrows uncle jack, who he briefly speaks to whilst on his way to be executed youtu.be/xQfxXZQgl90
The English sparrow (Passer domesticus) is by far the most common bird in the world, and while there are no reliable estimates for today's population, the number estimated in 1943 was 150 billion. Sparrows can be found on all continents except Antarctica. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The population of the Dusky seaside sparrow was devastated by intentional flooding of Merritt Island to reduce mosquito populations around the Kennedy Space Center. The last known sparrow died in July 1987 at Disney's Discovery Island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dus…
In the late 1950s, China's government began a campaign to kill millions of sparrows because they ate crops. As a result, there was a huge increase in crop-eating insects, which led to a severe famine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
Disney executives were initially confused by Johnny Depp's performance as Jack Sparrow in POTC, questioning whether he was drunk or gay. The CEO of Disney proclaimed that Depp was ruining the film. Depp's response to Disney executives was they could trust him with his choices or let him go. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Carol of the Bells is originally a Ukrainian folk song about the sparrow welcoming the spring en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shc…
During Mao's China in 1958, thousands of sparrows were killed to try and alleviate a 'pest' problem they posed. In 1960 a huge amount of locusts appeared in China and ate all the crops due to the fact that their natural predator had been destroyed. 20 million Chinese people died after en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
Johnny Depp's daughter nearly died from an E.Coli infection and had an extended hospital stay. In order to thank the hospital for taking care of her, Depp dressed up as Jack Sparrow and read stories to kids for four hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Johnny Depp always travels with his Jack Sparrow costume so he can randomly visit children's hospitals dressed in character. eonline.com/news/433160/j…
One man personally introduced starlings to The Americas, which have caused billions of dollars in damages and outcompeted native species, all so he could enjoy birds mentioned by Shakespeare. He also helped introduce the house sparrow, which has had similar effects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug…
The role of Captain Jack Sparrow was initially offered to Jim Carrey but he turned it down for Bruce Almighty. splitsider.com/2011/03/th…
45 Million people were accidentally starved to death in China due to a pest control program that backfired in 1958. The program eliminated sparrows, which caused bug populations to explode and destroy crops. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
Johnny Depp's daughter nearly died from an E.Coli infection and had an extended hospital stay. In order to thank the hospital for taking care of her, Depp dressed up as Jack Sparrow and read stories to kids for four hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 1856, a teacher strangled his student to death for killing his pet sparrow. The student's father shot and killed the teacher chroniclingamerica.loc.go…
Sparrow-sized birds called Sociable Weavers create enormous nesting structures that act like avian apartment complexes, housing families by the hundreds. The nests stay cool in summer and warm in winter. Nests are also occupied by barbets, tits, lovebirds, finches, and the Pygmy Falcon. allaboutbirds.org/in-afri…
In 1856 a school master, after warning his students not to harm his tamed sparrow, strangled a student after class because the student stepped on it. School master was later shot dead by the student's father wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o…
Producers feared Johnny Depp's portrayal of Jack Sparrow would kill the Pirates of the Caribbean, with the head of Disney Studios exclaiming "Goddammit, Johnny Depp's ruining the film!" moviefone.com/2015/11/09/…
Canadian prime minister Sir John Sparrow David Thompson died only an hour after being sworn in as a member of the Imperial Privy Council by Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle. His estate of $20 000 left his family, which included a crippled daughter, hard up thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
Jim Carrey was originally cast or considered to play Ferris Bueller, Edward Scissorhands, Captain Jack Sparrow, Willy Wonka, Buddy the Elf, Doctor Who, Dr. Evil, Buzz Lightyear, Gaylord β€œGreg” Focker, and Howard Hughes. vulture.com/2011/03/the-l…
The Eurasian Tree Sparrow, while common in Europe and Asia, can only be found in North America around the city of St Louis. All of them are descended from 12 birds released on April 25, 1870. wgnss.wustl.edu/ets/index…
Johnny Depp travels with his Capt. Jack Sparrow costume to make impromptu visits to sick kids in hospitals metro.co.uk/2013/06/25/jo…
Johnny Depp's characterization of Jack Sparrow is based on guiarist Keith Richards from The Rolling Stones and skunk Pepe Le Pew from Looney Tunes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Mao Zedong ordered the people of China to kill sparrows because they steal grain. Since sparrows also eat insects, their absence caused a locust epidemic that ravaged crops and killed millions of people. io9.com/5927112/chinas-wo…
Johnny Depp's first performance as Jack Sparrow earned him an Academy Award nomination. Roger Ebert himself reviewed: "There has never been a pirate, or for that matter a human being, like this in any other movie." en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
Jim Carrey was chosen to play Captain Jack Sparrow, but turned it down to be in Bruce Almighty whatculture.com/film/20-a…
The original ending to the 2014 movie, Birdman, was going to end the same way it began, except with Johnny Depp in the dressing room Michael Keaton’s character started in and we would hear Captain Jack Sparrow’s voice talking to him, just as Birdman was talking to Keaton in the beginning slashfilm.com/birdman-alt…
As a way of thanking the doctors that looked after his seriously ill daughter, Johnny Depp visited the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and read stories to sick kids for over four hours in full Jack Sparrow attire

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A sparrow was shot because it knocked over 23000 domino bricks, just 4 days prior to the Domino Day Event. The shooter was later fined for shooting an endangered species. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
During the Chinese Sparrow extermination campaign, the Polish Embassy refused to allow Chinese to kill the Sparrows hiding in their complex, so Chinese waited outside hitting drums for two days straight until all the sparrows died of exhaustion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
Jack Sparrow was branded as a "pirate" because rather than selling the slaves on the ship he was Captain of, as he was commanded to, he freed them- and there's a series that recounts his story. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pir…
Fox 1 is a military code for a semiactive radar-guided missile launch (AIM-7 Sparrow) while Fox 2 = infrared-guided missile launch (AIM-9 Sidewinder). Multiservice tactical brevity codes also gave us the terms 'Roger, wilko', 'Guns' , 'Bandits' and 'Splash'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mul…
Kim Jung Il wanted to make his father a quilt from the softest material in the world so he, with the help of the North Korean populace, killed 700,000 sparrows for their neck feathers. articles.chicagotribune.c…
Today I learned of a real life β€œRed Sparrow”: Lilly Barbara Carola Stein was a Nazi spy who was tasked with seducing men in nightclubs, to find intelligence, and then blackmail them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duq…
In response to being booed by Brooklyn Dodger fans during a ballgame, future manager extraordinaire Casey Stengel came to the plate with a sparrow tucked beneath his cap. Turning to the crowd he tipped his cap and out flew the sparrow, effectively giving the crowd "the bird". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
"The Four Pests Campaign" (aka the Kill a Sparrow Campaign) at the beginning of Mao Zedong's "The Great Leap Forward" was an effort to exterminate mosquitoes, flies, rats, and sparrows. Without sparrows, locusts overpopulated, created a famine killing 20-45 million people youtube.com/watch?v=f-woa…
Captain Jack Sparrow was based on The Rolling Stones Guitarist Keith Richards as well as Pep Le Pew en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Johnny Depp based his portrayal of Jack Sparrow on Keith Richards. When Disney executives expressed dissatisfaction Depp responded "Look, these are the choices I made. You know my work. So either trust me, or give me the boot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pir…
Mao started a campaign to remove sparrows from China, by making noise to keep them in flight and exhaust them, without realising that they eat locusts. The resulting ecological imbalance helped exacerbate The Great Chinese Famine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The character Jack Sparrow was originally a completly diffrent one. The producers wanted to ban Johnny Depps Captian Jack. anitasnotebook.com/2013/0…
Johnny Depp largely modeled Captain Jack Sparrow's mannerisms after Keith Richards, leading Disney to cast Richards as Sparrow's father. nme.com/news/johnny-depp-…
While filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Johnny Depp received a letter from a 9-yrs old schoolgirl, claiming needed help to 'mutiny' against her teachers. He turned up with almost no warning at the school in full Sparrow outfit, but advised against mutiny.. imdb.com/title/tt1298650/…
Officials at the Detroit airport have been unsuccessful in removing the sparrows from their terminals. One of the birds even appeared in a poster for the film "Up in the Air" starring George Clooney. mlive.com/business/detroi…
Andy Samberg won an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for "Dick In A Box", and he has 5 other nominations including "I Just Had Sex" and "Jack Sparrow". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
In 1856 a teacher promised to kill any student who hurt his pet sparrow. He eventually strangled a student to death for stepping on the sparrow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…

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