Jamie Foxx got the stage name of Jamie when he was starting out in doing stand up comedy and found out that female comedians usually got called up first on stage to perform. By choosing a more feminine sounding name, he tricked the promoters into putting him higher in the performing order. yahoo.com/entertainment/b…
Andre Tchaikowski, a Polish composer, donated his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company, asking that it be used as a prop on stage. The skull was used as Yorick's skull in a 2008 production of Hamlet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Shaq has been a DJ since 1986, and goes by the stage name DJ Diesel. He used to mix Hip Hop music until his retirement in 2011, where he performed at the TomorrowWorld Electronic Music Festival and discovered his love for electro. He now mixes Electronic genres, mostly riddim dubstep maxim.com/entertainment/s…
Coolio Attempted to stage dive in 2009. Instead of being caught the crowd beat him up and stole his belongings. mtv.com.au/news/f6q1kz/co…
In 1749 a stage show was advertised a where a man would squeeze his body into a wine bottle. It was a bet between the Duke of Portland and the Earl of Chesterfield that they could advertise something impossible and get fools to pay for it. The sold out theatre rioted when no performer showed up. hoaxes.org/archive/permal…
MoliΓ¨re's legendary death: collapsing on stage while performing in the last play he had written, insisting on completing his performance, collapsing again, died hours afterwards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
Michael Caine's stage name was originally Michael Scott, but he had to change his name because that name had already been registered by someone else. theguardian.com/film/2016…
A dragonfly can live for 5 years but only develops wings in its last 2-4 months of life. During its second stage of life, the nymph lives a water-bound existence where it molts (sheds skin) up to 12 times before developing wings. sciencing.com/life-cycle-…
When Phil Collins first performed "In The Air Tonight" on television, he had a pot of paint on the stage, as the song was inspired by his divorce from his wife as she had had an affair with a painter and decorator. stuff.co.nz/entertainment…
In the final stages of hypothermia, humans exhibit two strange behaviors; paradoxical undressing, in which a person will remove all their clothes despite being dangerously close to death, and a completely autonomous, instinctual burrowing behavior. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7…
There's a beetle whose larvae stage lures frogs to eat them, but then eats the frog instead. They can even eat the frog after the frog ingests and regurgitates them. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
In 1888, Richard Mansfield played Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in a stage production at a time when Jack the Ripper was murdering women. A theatre-goer wrote to the police accusing him of the murders because his stage transformation from a gentleman to mad killer was so convincing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
During Woodstock '94, Jesse James Dupree took the stage with a bottle of whiskey, lit up a joint, set a stool on fire, cut it up with a chainsaw, pulled out a rifle and shot it in the air, accidentally cut himself and bled heavily until security finally dragged him off of the stage. atlantasrockstation.com/2…
Chickens don’t produce one egg at a time. Instead, producing hens normally have several eggs in various stages of development. farmersalmanac.com/15-egg…
Johnny Cash was banned for life from the Grand Old Opry for smashing the stage lights with a microphone stand (while battling with drug and alcohol abuse) in 1965. The ban was later lifted and he continued to perform at the auditorium until his death in 2003. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Bees can be trained to detect early-stage cancers beekeepingbasic.com/honey…
Donna Summer decided to cease any future performances of her 1975 hit "Love To Love You Baby" after some 5000 Italian men charged the stage as she performed the song, and then started rocking the trailer where she sought refuge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lov…
In 2008 German actor Daniel Hoevels accidentally cut his own throat on stage in a β€œsuicide scene” when he was given a real knife by mistake. theguardian.com/world/200…
Japan had no intention of surrendering after the nukes were dropped until emperor Hirohito stepped in. This made some generals so mad that they tried to stage a coup to overthrow the emperor to keep the war going. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
The Church of Scientology tried to take over the city of Clearwater, Florida, in the 1970s. When mayor Gabriel Cazares criticized this, the Church tried to concoct a sex scandal and stage a false hit-and-run accident involving Cazares, calling the operation "Speedy Gonzalez." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gab…
Richard Melville Hall, better known by his stage name β€œMoby”, is the great-great-great nephew of Herman Melville, the author of Moby-Dick encyclopedia.com/people/l…
William Ellsworth Robinson pretended to be a Chinese illusionist for most of his life calling himself Chung Ling Soo. in his final moments of his life when he suddenly called out in perfect English β€œOh my God. Something’s happened. Lower the curtain." He died from a failed bullet catch on stage atlasobscura.com/articles…
James Brown would impose fines on his band members if they didn't wear the right stage clothes or if they made a mistake during a show. His dance moves and hand gestures were his way of pointing out the person who made the mistake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
When Primus played their song "My Name is Mud" at the rainy Woodstock 94, the crowd responded by pelting the band with mud. The band's singer, Les Claypool, stopped the song and said "when you throw things on stage, it's a sign of small and insignificant genitalia." The crowd ceased throwing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
The band Rush stopped using guitar amps on stage, instead replacing them with useful appliances like washing machines. During their Snakes And Arrows tour, a roadie in a chicken suit basted rotisserie chickens behind them. youtu.be/QuL_euRslTc?t=60
At the start of the 1951 Carrera Panamericana race driver JosΓ© Estrada said "I will win, or die trying.". He crashed during the first stage of the race and died along with his co-pilot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Chuck Berry played the Gibson ES-335 guitar from when it was issued in 1958, the same year as his hit single β€œSweet Little Sixteen” until his death, when he was buried with it. Eric Clapton hoped to impress Berry by appearing on stage with a Gibson ES-350TN but Berry never noticed americanbluesscene.com/wh…
There's no mysterious meaning behind why singer/songwriter The Weeknd has the "e" missing from his stage name. The spelling was altered simply to avoid copyright conflict with a Canadian band called "The Weekend". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In World War II, a group of witches gathered in the New Forest of England to harness a 'cone of power', in order to stage a magical assault on the mind of Adolf Hitler, sending a message to him that the Germans would not be able to cross the Channel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
There’s a chef that lost all of his taste due to radiation in curing his stage four cancer. He regained his taste back eventually, but slowly. Now he owns a three Michelin star restaurant in Chicago and is praised by his unique flavor combinations. npr.org/2011/08/29/139786…
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-bac…
It wasn't until the 17th Century AD when women in England were legally allowed to act on stage. Since antiquity, men usually played both gender roles. npg.org.uk/whatson/the-fi…
JFK-impersonator Vaughn Meader's 1962 comedy album "The First Family" became the best-selling album ever up to that time. Hours after JFK's assassination, Lenny Bruce walked on stage and stood in silence for a few moments, then stated in a sad voice "Boy, is Vaughn Meader fucked." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vau…
English actor David Bradley, famous for playing Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies and Sir Walder Frey in Game of Thrones, is also an accomplished stage actor who won a Laurence Olivier Award for his role in a production of King Lear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
A ghost light is a single bulb left burning in a theatre when it’s dark. Some argue it’s meant to chase away spirits; others say it lights the way for the ghosts that are said to inhabit virtually every theatre. Either way, the light ensures no one takes an accidental tumble off the stage. playbill.com/article/ask-…
When Roman Emperor Elagabalus saw adultΠ΅ry scenes shown on-stage, he would order what was usually "done" in pretence to be carried out in fact. He also never had sΠ΅x with the same woman twice (except with his wife), and opened brothΠ΅ls in his house for his friends, clients, and slavΠ΅s penelope.uchicago.edu/Tha…
Pinto Colvig, the original voice of Goofy, based the voice on a "grinny, half-baked village nitwit" from his hometown of Jacksonville, Oregon, and has previously used the voice on stage for a character called "The Oregon Appleknocker" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo…
Meat Loaf (who was a vegetarian for 10 years) once asked about meeting singer and dedicated animals rights activist k.d. lang, but she refused because his stage name wasn't vegetarian friendly. ivu.org/people/music/meat…
The drummer for R.E.M., Bill Berry, suffered an aneurysm on stage in 1995, then decided to quit the band along with the whole music industry and took up farming en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
To suppress the pest population, scientists genetically engineered male Diamondback Moths and released them into the wild so that they would mate with females, giving off female offspring which would die during the caterpillar life stage, while the male offspring survive and repeats the cycle. sciencemag.org/news/2020/…
A French ballerina, Emma Livry, died due to having her costume catch fire during a rehearsal. She ran screaming across the stage until it was put out. She, like many dancers at the time, had refused a fireproof costume. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emm…
Being in the early stage of a love affair is biochemically similar to having OCD pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
In 2019, Glastonbury streamed a English FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier match on one of their stages because a player's brother was at the festival and had no other way to watch it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
NASA planned on sending a crew to do a flyby of Venus. They would launch on an altered Saturn V and use the third stage as a workshop once it was emptied of fuel. The crew would make direct observations of Venus, Mercury, and the Sun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
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 of Julian Eltinge. A 'female impersonator', he became a star of stage and screen in the 1920s. The Great Depression ended his career and also led to a backlash against crossdressing - he was finally prevented from even performing onstage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
The first non-Neapolitan to win the World Pizza Cup in Naples had to escorted off the stage by police for fear of being attacked by the crowd. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
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…

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