Before electricity, theatrical groups would heat up calcium oxide, also known as quicklime, for stage lighting. This is where the expression β€œin the limelight” originates from. People use to literally be in the limelight. britannica.com/art/limeli…
Thanks to a Swedish tax law regarding costumes, ABBA’s stage clothes were outlandishly-designed on purpose. As long as they were impractical for everyday wear, the group’s outfits were tax-deductible. wtop.com/news/2014/02/abb…
Today I learned of Ching Shih. Originally a prostitute who married a pirate, she ended up commanding a fleet of 20,000-40,000 pirates, battling the Portuguese empire, British empire, and Qing Dynasty at various stages. She married her adopted son, had two children with him and died a free woman at age 69. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
For the movie Rango they had all the actors, including Johnny Depp, get together and act out each scene like a stage play in order to get a more organic animation reference. youtube.com/watch?v=m48ZE…
Today I learned about Stage Coach Mary - 63 year old, gunslinging, booze drinking, cigar smoking, fist fighting freed slave - and first black woman is U.S. history to deliver the mail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The Lion King musical stage performance has made over 8.2 BILLION dollars worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about Judge Dread, the first white man who had a reggae hit in Jamaica. Only Bob Marley sold more reggae music in the UK during the 70s. Before he worked as a wrestler "The Masked Executioner", a dept collector and security guy for the Rolling Stones. He died walking off the stage in 1998. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Michael Caine (born Maurice Micklewhite) first used the stage name Michael Scott in Sussex, before moving to London, where another Michael Scott was already on stage. geek.com/tech/michael-cai…
People in the final stages of hypothermia end up trying to enter small, enclosed spaces. This is called terminal burrowing, and is believed by researchers to be an autonomous process, controlled by the brain stem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
In 1969 the Rolling Stones hired the Hell's Angels to provide security for their gig at the Altamont Free Concert for a fee of $500 worth of beer. A man by the name of Meredith Hunter Jr. drew a revolver at the stage and was stabbed and kicked to death by the Hell's Angels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
White mushrooms, cremini mushrooms, and portobello mushrooms are all the same mushroom but at different stages of growth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aga…
Stagecoaches were called so because they travelled in small "stages" of 10-15 miles historic-uk.com/CultureUK…
ABBA's famous outfits were chosen because of Swedish tax law. If they bought cloths for performance they could get a tax deduction, but they had to prove they couldn't be worn on the street. According to BjΓΆrn "we looked like nuts [...] Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were" theguardian.com/music/201…
'Deep Throat' pornographic actor Herbert Streicher aka "Harry Reems" later in life had a successful real estate career using his porn stage name to do real estate business en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Penguins propose to their mate during the courtship stage. oceana.org/blog/sea-creat…
Keith Moon once tried to put a hotel waterbed mattress in an elevator as a prank but it burst. He complained to the manager and convinced them it leaked and ruined his stage clothes. The hotel apologized and moved them to the antiques-filled Presidential Suite, which they demolished that night. videomuzic.eu/keith-moon-…
Neonics pesticides introduced to plants at the seed stage act like an appetite suppressant for birds, making them lose weight within hours. nationalgeographic.com/en…
Today I learned about an Indian art called Shatavadhana, where a person has to remember and answer questions on a stage from 100 people simultaneously while dealing with distractions in a round robin manner. The tasks vary from making up a poem spontaneously to keeping a count of a bell ringing at random. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ava…
In 1999 Homer Simpson was voted in a BBC News Online Poll as the 5th Greatest Star of Stage or Screen of the last 1000 years, beating Robert De Niro (6th) and Marylin Monroe (9th). news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/enter…
Katy Perry, David Bowie, and Michael Keaton all use stage names in order to avoid confusion with Kate Hudson, Davy Jones, and Michael Douglas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
Brie Larson legal last name is β€œDesaulniers” and she chose the stage name of Larson from her Swedish great-grandmother and the American Girl doll Kirsten Larson that she has as a child. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Tina Turner's real name was Anna Mae Bullock. Ike Turner not only invented the name "Tina Turner" as her stage name, but he had it trademarked, so that in case she left, another singer could perform under the same name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ike…
Goldfish can suffer an internal bacteria infection in the kidneys. In the late stages of dropsy, a goldfish will have a swollen belly so severe that its scales are raised outwards and most cases at this point are terminal caringpets.org/how-to-tak…
A pizza company, Zume Pizza uses robots for many stages of pizza production. The pizzas are cooked en route in a van equipped with 56 GPS-equipped automated ovens, timed to be ready shortly before arrival at the address, and are then sliced by a self-cleaning robot cutter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zum…
Today I learned of the infamous "Chicken Incident", when a chicken made its way on the stage of an Alice Cooper gig. Cooper, thinking a chicken would fly, picked it up and proceeded to throw it onto the crowd. It landed on the first few rows occupied by wheelchair users, who then teared the chicken to pieces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
A century after the bloody and violent Hatfield–McCoy feud in West Virginia/Kentucky, the two families faced off again on the game show "Family Fued" in 1979. The teams received a mannequin for every match they won as the producers thought it would be funny to β€œlitter the stage with bodies”. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Jimi Hendrix’s contract for Woodstock stipulated that no act could play after him. The scheduled performance times went so far off that he didn’t take the stage until 9am Monday morning. Most people had already left, and only about 10,000 people actually saw him play. history.com/.amp/news/rem…
Zebrafish can produce their own sunscreen, a chemical called gadusol which protects the fish against harmful UV radiation. Scientists are also now learning that many species of vertebrates, mammals excluded, produce gadusol. Zebrafish can also regenerate their hearts during their larval stages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeb…
Composer Richard Wagner's career was saved by a Gay Monarch who was clearly in love with him. Wagner played along enough to get money to stage his operas, but never "sealed the deal" so to speak. rictornorton.co.uk/ludwig…
Jason Hook, the current guitarist for the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch, began his career as a studio and stage guitarist for Hillary Duff. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jas…
The American flag planted on the Moon by Apollo 11 was knocked over by the exhaust of the ascent stage engine as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left the moon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Nero didn't play a fiddle while Rome burned in 64 A.D., bowed string instruments wouldn't appear in Europe for another 800 years. However several sources place Nero on the roof of his palace during the fire, dressed in stage garb and singing from the Greek epic β€œThe Sack of Ilium.” history.com/topics/ancien…
David Kirkpatrick adopted the stage name "Slim Dusty" in 1938 at age 11. He went on to release 118 records (60 studio albums) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…
Today I learned of the Station Nightclub Fire. This fire arose at a Great White concert in 2003 after the band's pyrotechnics set the stage on fire. Guitarist Ty Longley was killed trying to salvage their equipment. This remains the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in US history. firefighternation.com/201…
Sue Jones-Davies, who portrayed Judith in Monty Python's Life of Brian, later became Mayor of Aberystwyth. She discovered that the town had banned Life of Brian for thirty years, and her first act was to overturn the ban and stage a screening with Terry Jones and Michael Palin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue…
Whoopi Goldberg got her stage name from a "whoopee cushion" due to flatulence on stage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
Atlas Moths lack fully formed mouthparts and the adults cannot eat. They live entirely on fat reserves accumulated during the larval stage. As a result, they live for only a few days during which their sole objective is seeking out a mate. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In 1966 a relatively unknown young American musician asked to get on stage with Cream and THE guitar God Eric Clapton. He played the song Killing Floor, which Clapton had always said was too difficult to play live. That man was Jimi Hendrix and that became known as "The day Hendrix killed God." societyofrock.com/jimi-he…
The six-plumed birds of paradise, native to New Guinea, perform a courtship ritual (video) which includes preparing the stage by carefully clearing the forest floor, decorating the floor with red berries and rubbing branches with snake skin, and this is followed by an elaborate umbrella dance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Joel Zimmerman's stage name "Deadmau5" was inspired by an actual dead mouse that he found in his computer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Of the plight of actor Dudley Moore; amongst his most famous roles was that of the perpetually drunk "Arthur". His death was from a form of Parkinson's disease that in the early stages has a symptom of the sufferer appearing to be extremely intoxicated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dud…
Today I learned about Piaget’s theory of development. He believed infants in the early stages of development lack object permanence (the understanding that people and things still exist even when you can’t see them). Which would explain why peekaboo is so intriguing for them! positive-parenting-ally.c…
If you wake up during REM sleep, your chance to remember your dream is 80-90%, while it is less than 50% if you wake up during other sleep stages raphaelvallat.com/dreamre…
Judi Dench was to play two roles in the original London production of Cats, Jennyanydots and Grizabella. Six weeks before opening, she snapped her Achilles tendon during rehearsal, so she couldn't play Jennyanydots. At a later rehearsal she fell off the stage and ended up withdrawing entirely. usatoday.com/story/life/m…
Ticks need to have one blood-meal at each of their four stages of life to survive and most ticks never make it to adulthood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tic…
In 2007 a self-confessed "vampire hunter" acted to prevent the very remote possibility that former dictator Slobodan Milosevic might stage a come-back - by driving a three-foot stake through his heart heraldscotland.com/news/1…
Humans hear anywhere from 20 to 100 times faster than they see so that everything that they perceive with their ears is coloring every other perception they have, and every conscious thought they have. Sound gets in so fast that it modifies all the other input and sets the stage for it. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Before Viagra (sildenafil) was introduced to the market, there was a drug called Phentolamine. In 1983, Dr. Giles Brindley injected his penis with the drug and appeared on stage and dropped his pants to display one of the first drug-induced erections to the incredulous audience of urologists. science.howstuffworks.com…
During production of the 1935 musical Cain and Mabel the film crew realized the sound stage wasn't big enough, but they didn't have time to rip the roof off and build the walls up, so WB put hand jacks around the it and raised it off the ground before building wall underneath it. youtube.com/watch?v=92yWx…
Prince, as the opening act for the Rolling Stones and still early in his career, was forced off the stage after just three songs by audience members throwing trash at him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
, Leonard Cohen used to suffer from stage fright and anxiety during his previous years of performing, and used to drink some wine in an effort to ease that pain. youtube.com/watch?v=BVpG3…
Toffee is produced by heating a mixture of sugar and butter until it reaches the "hard crack" stage between 146 and 154 Β°C during which it begins to caramelize and become brittle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tof…
Today I learned about Dr Gisella Perl, an inmate and female doctor at Auschwitz. She was instructed to tell Joseph Mengele of any pregnant women, so that he could experiment on them. Instead, she tried to save as many lives as possible by terminating pregnancies, and doing late stage births, without any drugs. history.com/news/auschwit…
Today I learned about a different angle of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse discovered in February 2019. It shows the later stage of the collapse from the other side of Puget Sound as the more famous footage, and from a different perspective youtu.be/1jzUEG98erQ?t=34
In WWII, Allies and the Axis pressured Turkey to take sides and join the war. Turkey remained neutral until the final stages of World War II and tried to maintain an equal distance between both the Axis and the Allies until February 1945, when Turkey entered the war on the side of the Allies. wikipedia.org/wiki/Milita…
There is a change to the vagina’s elasticity starting from age 40. That’s because estrogen levels will begin to drop as a woman enter the perimenopausal stage. Vaginal cones and Neuromuscular electrical stimulation are ways to strengthen its muscles healthline.com/health/wom…
The band Chicago was so fond of cocaine that during a tour in the 1970's they put a fake phone booth on stage called the "Snortitorium" so they could do lines mid-concert without going backstage. decider.com/2018/01/19/no…
During the initial stages of decomposition – even before bacteria and grubs set in – dead bodies smell like freshly cut grass. techtimes.com/articles/82…
Poland, despite being part of the Eurozone, has not yet joined ERM-II (the fifth stage of the euro convergence criteria/Maastricht criteria), and does not use the euro. There are several other sovereign states that are part of the European community with similar situations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Sid Vicious was the name of John Lydon’s hamster before the bassist of Sex Pistols adopted it as his stage name. youtu.be/t92cEZFkxOk
John Mellencamp didn't learn his stage name was changed to John Cougar (for marketing reasons) until he saw it on his first album jacket. His manager said, "You're either going to go with it or we aren't putting the album out." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 2019, Australian meat producers voted on guidelines for speaking to the public: "The word slaughter is not appropriate for our industry as we are processing animals through the various stages that end up for food." theland.com.au/story/6291…
Aretha Franklin required that she would be paid, in cash, prior to any performance, often carrying the money in a bag, on stage during the show. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
A FedEx flight engineer tried to hijack a cargo plane by bludgeoning the pilots with hammers and threatening them with a speargun. He hoped to stage an accident so family could collect life insurance. While others fought back, the pilot flew at record speeds and rolled violently, saving them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
Today I learned of Team Hoyt - Richard Eugene "Dick" Hoyt and Richard Eugene "Rick" Hoyt Jr. who have competed together in various athletic endeavors ,including 257 Triathlons .Rick has cerebral palsy and during competition his father pulls/carries/pushes him during different stages of the race. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
During the movie "Sneakers," cast members would gather inside the makeup trailer for the hours it would take Ben Kingsley to get hair and makeup done every day, and he would regale them with stories of his early stage experiences in England. slate.com/culture/2012/09…
Today I learned about Brent Berlin and Paul Kay. They developed a theory that as languages evolve they acquire new basic color terms in a strict chronological sequence; if a basic color term is found in a language, then the colors of all earlier stages should also be present. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
The original designer and performer of the Audrey II puppet in the β€˜Little Shop of Horrors’ stage musical is the guy who plays Snuffleupagus and Telly Monster on β€˜Sesame Street’ littleshop.fandom.com/wik…
Henry Rollins became the lead singer of Black Flag after jumping on stage to sing at a concert, but he had to quit his day job as a manager at a HΓ€agen-Dazs consequenceofsound.net/20…
The Baconian theory of Shakespeare authorship says that Sir Francis Bacon, philosopher, essayist and scientist, wrote the plays that were attributed to Shakespeare because Bacon's rise to high office might have been hindered were it to become known that he wrote plays for the public stage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
Iggy Pop's last stage dive was at Carnegie Hall - the crowd egged him on and then parted when he dove off the stage, allowing him to hit the ground. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
People in the final stages of hypothermia engage in "paradoxical undressing" because, as they lose rationality and their nerves are damaged, they feel incredibly, irrationally hot. They strip off their clothes to cool themselves down as they are freezing to death and then start burrowing. io9.gizmodo.com/why-freez…
, superfetation is the simultaneous occurrence of more than one stage of developing offspring in the same animal, essentially getting pregnant while already pregnant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
Today I learned about a 4-foot, hunchbacked, Quaker dwarf named Benjamin Lay, who was a fierce anti-slavery abolitionist. Known as the "Quaker Comet," he used to troll religious elders during meetings and stage bizzare feats of anti-slavery performance art. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Ancient Greek historian Polybius came up with a cyclical theory of government (anacyclosis), where governments start off as monarchies, the final stage is ochlocracy, when a democracy degenerates into chaos and mob-rule. Then the cycle resets itself. gainweightjournal.com/11-…
"Edelweiss" is widely believed to be an old Austrian song, it was actually written in 1959 for the stage version of "The Sound of Music" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ede…
Keanu Reeve’s first name Keanu is Hawaiian, Ke’Anu meaning β€œCool breeze over the mountains, but almost went with Chuck Spadina as his stage name when starting out in Hollywood at his agents request cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Today I learned about rock & roll pioneer Bo Diddley's trademark guitar. Its rectangular design occured to him when, while jumping around on stage, he landed awkwardly, hurting his groin. Bo then went about designing a smaller, less restrictive guitar that allowed him to keep jumping around while still playing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo_…
That the song "Outside", by Staind, as we know it today was written live on stage in front of 14,000+ people. Aaron Lewis had been working on the song and had a chord progression and the chorus but really nothing else. youtu.be/7msV5qpE9sQ
A Brazilian actor playing Judas accidentally hanged himself in a stage production of The Passion of The Christ. He was strangled by his safety harness during Judas' suicide scene, and hung for 4 minutes before anyone realised something had gone wrong. theguardian.com/stage/201…
Today I learned about asteroid J002E3, which was discovered 16 years ago orbiting the earth. It turned out to be the 3rd stage of Apollo 12, which had come back to earth orbit after going around the sun for over 30 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J00…
The Saturn V Rocket, built for the Apollo Missions is the most powerful machine ever made. The first stage produced approx 160,000,000 horsepower. deskarati.com/2014/10/29/…
In the 1st century AD in Rome, the lead actor in the play, 'Laureolus," would be switched out in the end with a condemned criminal and actually crucified on stage. daily.jstor.org/stage-dea…
Tehran's Roudaki Hall was influenced by the Vienna State Opera, and was constructed during a period of ten years starting in 1957. It was constructed to function as the national stage for music, opera, and ballet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rou…
Silent film comedian Buster Keaton got his start in his father's vaudeville act at the age of 3. His act would be to goad his father into throwing him across the stage, and he became so good at falling that he rarely got bruises. He was eventually billed as "The Little Boy Who Can't Be Damaged." biography.com/actor/buste…
Avicii had severe stage fright despite touring and working as a DJ from 2009 to 2016. He suffered from pancreatis due to drinking on a daily basis and experienced hair loss because of how stressed he was. Fellow EDM DJ TiΓ«sto described as "very insecure" and who "really didn’t like DJ’ing." weraveyou.com/2018/04/avi…
Teresa Teng, a famous Taiwanese pop singer who died over 20 years ago, has been "brought back to life" by virtual reality technology. And she later "appeared" on stage and "reunited" with her fans in Taipei youtube.com/watch?v=AMviY…
In 2003, during a nightclub performance from the band Great White, sparks from stage pyrotechnics lit the sound-proofing foam on the ceiling of the club. The smoke and fire killed 100 people, including their guitarist, and seriously injured another 200. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 2016, an Indonesian pop star died on stage after she was bitten by the snake she was dancing with. She kept performing for 45 minutes before succumbing to the cobra's venom. foxnews.com/entertainment…
The stage play of The Lion King is the top-earning title in box-office history, making more money than any film or other stage production ever, now totaling over $8 billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Oskar Schindler helped stage the false-flag β€˜Gleiwitz Incident’ to justify Germany’s invasion of Poland timesofisrael.com/80-year…
Like Spinal Tap, Black Sabbath also had problems with an incorrectly-sized Stonehenge prop on stage. In Sabbath's case, the prop was too large as it had been built in meters instead of feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bor…
When the Beatles went to an Indian transcendental meditation retreat together, the Beatles were in the early stages of the disputes that would ultimately break up the band. However, Ringo Starr had to leave two days after arriving because his stomach couldn't handle Indian food. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Artimus Pyle, the drummer of Lynyrd Skynyrd, once entered the stage by being lowered on a trapeze rope while hallucinating on mescaline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Mark Zuckerberg is actually only five foot seven inches tall, but he stages his photos to exaggerate his height. lifehacker.com/we-tried-m…
In 1815 (aged 18), in the spare time from his teaching job in his father’s school, Franz Schubert found time to compose 2 masses, a pair of offertories, a cantata, 4 stage works, 9 solo works for piano, a string quartet, a symphony and a half, two dozen part songs, and 140 solo songs franzschubert.org.uk/docs…
The rapper Logic played Mario Kart against different rappers every night on stage for one of his tours and won all 35 games xxlmag.com/video/2017/08/…
A CIA agent named Edward Lansdale was helping the Philippine government in fighting leftist Huk rebels. In order to strike fear in the hearts of the rebels, Lansdale stage fake vampire attacks on them sunstar.com.ph/article/32…
At 23 River Phoenix died of a drug overdose outside a club owned by Johnny Depp in front of brother Joaquin, sister Rain Phoenix and then girl friend Samantha Mathis. Good friend Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers' was performing with Depp when Flea heard and ran off stage during a song en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riv…
Former Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas claimed that people acting on the orders of President Richard Nixon were trying to plant marijuana in his yard so that they could stage a televised raid and force him to retire from the court, with his replacement appointed by Nixon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…

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