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…
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…
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…
Carol of the Bells is originally a Ukrainian folk song about the sparrow welcoming the spring en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shc…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
In Florence, AL in 1856 a teacher strangled a student for stepping on his pet sparrow. Once the students father heard about this he shot the teacher dead. chroniclingamerica.loc.go…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
People used to think sparrows hibernate at the bottom of lakes during the winter. uh.edu/engines/epi2228.ht…
Jim Carrey was chosen to play Captain Jack Sparrow, but turned it down to be in Bruce Almighty whatculture.com/film/20-a…
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…
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…
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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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…
Captain Jack Sparrow was based on The Rolling Stones Guitarist Keith Richards as well as Pep Le Pew en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The character Jack Sparrow was originally a completly diffrent one. The producers wanted to ban Johnny Depps Captian Jack. anitasnotebook.com/2013/0…
The character of Captain Jack Sparrow was originally written especially for Hugh Jackman, however he wasn't considered well known enough for the role at the time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pir…
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…
"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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
Brown Rats on the island of Norderoog in the North Sea have been Observed Stalking and Killing Sparrows and Ducks, therefore demonstrating socially acquired hunting behaviours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Today I learned of Helichrysum pumilio, a flowering plant native to Africa that is used by Cape sparrows in their nest to protect against parasites. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
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/…
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 1958, the Chinese declared war on Sparrows, thinking that they were a pest. After killing billions, their crops were all but wiped out by locusts. The sparrows had been the only thing controlling the locust population youtube.com/watch?v=LjRZI…
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…
Johnny Depp responded to a letter from a little girl requesting pirates to help her and her friends escape her school, by turning up at the school as Captain Jack Sparrow youtube.com/watch?v=izs9Y…
In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the gun with one shot that Captain Jack Sparrow wields the whole movie with one shot for the mutinous Barbossa is not a reproduction, but an actual 17th Century English .50 caliber flintlock pistol. imfdb.org/wiki/Pirates_of…
Trickle down economics was attempted before. It was called Horse and Sparrow economics. "Feed the horse and the sparrow eats too." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
The common house sparrow is not native to the Americas. audubon.org/field-guide/b…
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, In order to get an actual surprised reaction, the small kissing scene between Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann was cut out of Orlando Bloom's script. myfilmo.com/movies_facts.…
Male White-crowned Sparrows have a narrow "sensitive period" (around 60 days after hatching) that is crucial for them to learn how to sing their species' song. Past this period, a bird will just chirp unstructured twittering for the rest of its life. life.umd.edu/classroom/bi…
While his daughter was in hospital, Johnny Depp had his Captain Jack Sparrow costume flown from LA to London so he could dress up and tell bedtime stories to all the children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of the Great Sparrow Campaign in China when sparrows were hunted down for being pests, which caused the locust population to explode and eat up most of China's crop, which the sparrows were originally killed for en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
In 2005 a sparrow was shot after it knocked over 23,000 dominoes during an attempt to set a world record. mydeathspace.com/article/…
During the Four Pests Campaign in China, a large flock of sparrows found political asylum in the Polish embassy, and the ambassador attempted to protect the sparrows by denying entry to the Chinese en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
Johnny Depp's Character "Captain Jack Sparrow" was initially written as a supporting trickster character not the protagonist. Due to his popularity, however, he became a breakout character in the later films. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
, Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean was written for and named for Hugh JACKman movies.com/movie-news/did…
The largest insect was weighed at 70g making it heavier than a sparrow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wet…
In 1996 both Marvel and DC comics published a crossover series in which Batman and Wolverine were made into one character named Dark Claw who takes as his apprentice Sparrow (a combination of Robin and Jubilee). comicvine.com/sparrow/400…
The kill a sparrow campaign created an ecological imbalance that is credited with exacerbating the Great Chinese Famine, in which 20–45 million people died of starvation, in Communist China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
Mao Zedong ordered killing sparrows to improve agricultural output. Lack of sparrows triggered locust population increase and even bigger losses in crops. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
The dusky seaside sparrow was driven to extinction primarily due to NASA the US Government trying to reduce the mosquito population around the Kennedy Space Center. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dus…
Vastly different animal species such as antelopes, sparrows and chipmunks share an "eye stripe" design which evolved to disguise their eyes, which predators commonly use to identify potential prey gurneyjourney.blogspot.ca…
Princess Olga of Kiev destroyed the Derevlians by getting them to bring her pigeons and sparrows as a offering and then she tied sulfur onto their legs, when released they flew home and set the whole city on fire at once!! www2.stetson.edu/~psteeve…
Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean series is actually believed to be partly based on Captain Jack "Birdy" Ward: A Muslim Pirate who lived in the 17th Century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
A Giant Weta female reached a mass of about 70 g, making it one of the heaviest documented insects in the world and heavier than a sparrow. wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_…
1958 Mao Zedong induced the killing of all Sparrows in china by not let them land on the ground. More than 3 Billions of sparrows died of exhaustion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
Johnny Depp created the persona of Capt. Jack Sparrow by heating up in a sauna for dangerous periods of time. youtube.com/watch?feature…
While filming Pirates 4 in London in October 2010, Johnny Depp received a letter from a local 9-year old schoolgirl, telling him her classmates needed help to 'mutiny' against her teachers. He turned up with almost no warning at the school in full Sparrow outfit in support. imdb.com/title/tt1298650/…
Mao Zedong formed a campaign to kill sparrows as he thought they robbed people of their food. This stopped when he realized that they killed alot of insects and the rice yield in China became much smaller. The birds nearly became extinct. io9.com/5927112/chinas-wo…
A sparrow flew into a Domino Day hall, sat on a few bricks that caused to 23,000 of them to fall, and then the company decide to shoot it, which sparked an animal rights protest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
The white-crowned sparrow can stay awake up to 2 weeks during migration en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
"Trickle-Down" economics was previously referred to as "Horse-and-Sparrow" theory.

"If you feed the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows."

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The common House Sparrow was first introduced in the US in the 1850s when 25 mating pairs were released in Brooklyn, then became an invasive species, and are now declining in numbers across the country for unknown reasons. sialis.org/hosphistory.ht…
The Latin name Asparagus was corrupted into English as 'Sparrow Grass' and was considered a term "so general that asparagus has an air of stiffness and pedantry" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asp…
The North Korean government claims that Kim Jong-ils birth was heralded by a sparrow, winter turning to spring and a double rainbow appearing in the sky. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Birds such as robins and sparrows find worms underground with their sight and their sense of hearing. indianapublicmedia.org/am…
The ancient Greek for ostrich is strouthokamelos, or 'sparrow-camel' etymonline.com/index.php?…
Discovery Island on Bay Lake located at Walt Disney World was home to the last dusky seaside sparrows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dus…
In the 50's China tried exterminating all Sparrows to try and save their grain seeds, instead they exacerbated The Great Chinese Famine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
Actor Johnny Depp once went to a boarding school right by his movie set, dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow to settle a mutiny amongst classmates against a teacher. dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz…
The female Red-winged blackbird is neither black nor red-winged, but looks like a sparrow. allaboutbirds.org/guide/R…
sparrows have been seen feeding on the 80th floor of the Empire State Building and breeding nearly 2,000 feet underground in a mine smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Jack Sparrow was based on The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and cartoon character PepΓ© Le Pew festival-cannes.fr/en/the…
The actor who was supposed to originally play Captain Jack Sparrow... blog.movies.yahoo.com/blo…

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