The north star is 4000 times brighter than our sun. The light we see when we look at the north star was generated in the year 1587, and it has been traveling through space for 434 years to reach us. space.com/15567-north-sta…
A CIA intelligence officer working undercover in Uganda became a minor celebrity as the lead singer of a popular local band known as the "Kampala Jazz All-Stars" abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
In 1939, a woman tried to assassinate 11 year old Shirley Temple while she was singing β€œSilent Night” on a live radio show, under the logic that the star had swiped her daughter's soul and shooting her would unleash it. yourememberthat.com/media…
Hall of Fame pitcher Lee Smith didn’t play baseball until he was a junior in high school, only tried out to win a $10 bet, and only started pitching after his team’s star pitcher was killed in a hunting accident. His first start was a no hitter sportscollectorsdigest.co…
A young Tina Fey provided voices for a pinball machine called Medieval Madness in 1997 as two princesses, the dialogue for the game was written by future 30 Rock co-star Scott Adsit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
Star Trek: The Next Generation was to include dolphins and whales as crewmembers but the idea proved too expensive to film and was stopped except for mentions of Cetacean Operations. screenrant.com/star-trek-…
More than 95% of all stars which will ever exist have already been born. Star formation is now 30 times lower than at its peak 11 billion years ago. popsci.com/science/articl…
Majel Barrett, the voice of the Starfleet computer on Star Trek, recorded an entire library of phonetic sounds before she died which allowed her voice to be used as the computer for future generations. news.avclub.com/the-late-…
Today I learned about Hanoi Hannah, a Vietnamese radio personality who read the names of GIs that were KIA directly from the Stars and Stripes newspaper, and played popular anti-war songs to incite homesickness, attempting to persuade US GIs to go home during the Vietnam War. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The most mass a planet can have is ~10-13x the mass of Jupiter. After this point, it's own sheer gravity begins to cause nuclear fusion and the body is classified as a brown dwarf (also called a failed star). hub.jhu.edu/2018/01/23/si…
Michael Jackson is estimated to have donated over half a billion dollars over his lifetime, setting a record for any pop star. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
A Texas 12-year-old Calvin Graham lied about his age to enlist in the Navy during WWII. He was awarded a 'Bronze Star' for his work as a gunner in a fight vs a Japanese destroyer but was later stripped of his award after the Navy discovered his real age. midlothianmirror.com/news…
The Star Trek theme tune is not just an instrumental but has lyrics (which were never intended to be recorded) in order to give the writer more money in royalties entertainment.howstuffwor…
Jefferies tubes in the star trek universe is really a tribute to the original designer of the enterprise Matt Jefferies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Today I learned of "Spocking Fives," where Canadians would alter five-dollar notes to make Prime Minister Laurier's features resemble Spock from Star Trek. "Spocking Fives" was so prevalent that later releases of the five-dollar note had a different image of Laurier with less resemblance to the famous Vulcan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
The closest star to our sun, Proxima Centauri, is at 4.25 light years away. If the most distant spacecraft Voyager 1 travels to Proxima Centauri at its current speed of 17.3 km/s, it would take over 73,000 years to arrive. imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/fea…
A research that analyzed the birthdays of all 20 million husbands and wives in England and Wales failed to reveal any evidence of attraction or compatibility between people of particular star signs. manchester.ac.uk/discover…
As Spock became popular on Star Trek, William Shatner became jealous and would hide the bicycle Nimoy rode to get around at work. Shatner also felt, as Captain, his intellect should be greater than anyone on the show, even a Vulcan with superior knowledge. So, he began stealing Nimoy’s lines. giantfreakinrobot.com/ent…
There was an official writer's guide for the original Star Trek series. The pages included story advice, character attributes ("Captain Kirk is a space-age Horatio Hornblower"), costuming ("no pockets or space suits"), Stardate calculation, and told writers to contact NASA for technical advice. slate.com/human-interest/…
Today I learned about the Seal of Solomon, a signet ring attributed to King Solomon in medieval Arabic tradition. It is the predecessor of the Star of David, and gave Solomon the power to command demons, jinn (genies) and spirits, or to speak with animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Rick Springfield, the singer behind the 80's rock hit, 'Jessie's Girl', has one of the largest collections of Star Wars toys in the world, with an estimated value of more than $500,000 entertainmentearth.com/ne…
Polaris, the famous north star at the tail end of the little dipper constellation, is actually 3 stars very close together that look like a single star hubblesite.org/contents/n…
Today I learned about β€œstar jelly”. According to folklore, star jelly is a mysterious substance deposited on Earth during meteor showers. Turns out, it’s actually a substance that comes from the glands in the oviducts of frogs and toads. biomeecology.com/nature/2…
Former tennis star Andre Agassi admitted the lion mane-style hairstyle he sported during the 1990s was actually a wig france24.com/en/20091102-…
When filming the TV series "The Mandalorian" in 2019, the crew ran out of Stormtrooper costumes, so they reached out to the local branch of a Star Wars fan organisation, whose members came to join the filming in their own home-made Stormtrooper costumes cbr.com/the-mandalorian-5…
King Abdullah bin al-Hussien of Jordan, is a MASSIVE Star Trek fan. So much so that during a visit to the US. His aides arranged a walk on part in Star Trek: Voyager. The then Prince appeared as a non speaking Science officer interacting with Harry Kim. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/enter…
Today I learned that Colleen Fitzpatrick, who played Amber Von Tussle in the original 1980's movie Hairspray by John Waters, went on to perform as Pop Star Vitamin C, known for the songs "Smile" and "Graduation( Friends Forever) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vit…
Jurassic Park's visual effects were so groundbreaking to filmmakers that it inspired Peter Jackson to begin work on Lord of the Rings, George Lucas to start on the Star Wars prequels, and Stanley Kubrick to invest in his pet project, A.I (Artificial Intelligence). Jurassic Park (film) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
The line "I think it's across the bay, in Alameda" in Star Trek IV was ad-libbed by an extra. Studio had to get her to join the Actor Guild so they could keep the spontaneous line in the movie. legendsrevealed.com/enter…
That, despite being classified as an yellow star, the Sun is actually white when seen from space. I only appears yellow or orange from us here on Earth because of the atmosphere solar-center.stanford.edu…
Today I learned about Hoshizuna no Hama ('Star Sand Beach') on the Japanese island of Taketomi-jima, where the grains of sand are shaped like tiny stars. They're actually exoskeletons of tiny one-celled organisms called 'Baclogypsina sphaerulata' atlasobscura.com/places/t…
The idea of black holes was first proposed in 1783 by John Michell, calling them "dark stars" and proposing a method to detect them by looking for star systems that showed the gravitational effects of two stars, but only one star was visible, which is indeed how scientists look for them today io9.gizmodo.com/the-forgo…
Suzanne Somers was fired from 'Three’s Company' for asking for equal pay with her male co-star, John Ritter, who was earning five times her salary. biography.com/news/suzann…
Gene Roddenberry created the Star Trek TNG character Geordi La Forge in honor of George La Forge, a quadriplegic fan of the original Star Trek series, who died in 1975. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In 2014, Stephen Collins, the actor who played Eric Camden on 7th Heaven TV Show as well as Commander Decker on Star Trek the Motion Picture, confessed to diddling children and then moved to Iowa to live in seclusion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
One of the flags historically used by Confederate army units depicted a crescent moon alongside thirteen stars representing the thirteen states admitted to the Confederacy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
There are approximately 60,000 stars that disappear from our view with every second that goes by. That's 300,000 stars just in the time it took you to read this sentence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fut…
A cafe in Bourges was once overwhelmed with customers after it was given a Michelin Star by accident theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Mark Ruffalo won his role in Shutter Island by sending a fan letter to Martin Scorsese in which he told him how much he’d love to work with him. Ruffalo's future co-stars Robert Downey Jr and Josh Brolin were being considered for the role. screenrant.com/shutter-is…
Alejandro Jodorowsky set out to make a film adaptation of Dune that would star Mick Jagger, Orson Welles, and Salvador Dali with a score by Pink Floyd, concept art by Moebius and H.R. Giger, and a run time of 10 to 14 hours. Dubbed "the greatest movie never made", it failed to secure funding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jod…
A sports writer wrote a rude and snarky article about the WNBA even though he had never been to a game. He was confronted by a WNBA star who chided him and invited him to watch her play. Two years later they were married. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reb…
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/Cae…
The rest of U2 were furious at Bono for spending too much time interacting with the crowd during their 1985 Live Aid set, forcing them to cut their hit "Pride (In the Name of Love)". To their surprise, that moment was considered the highpoint of the entire event, and it made them global stars. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
NBA Star Reggie Lewis suffered a sudden cardiac death on the basketball court during off-season practice at the age of 27. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg…
The Death Star was actually designed before we could see the massive crater on Mimas, one of Saturn's moons, meaning its resemblance is purely coincidental. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mim…
In 1977 while filming Star Wars, George Lucas decided to take a $500,000 pay cut to his salary as director in exchange for full ownership of the franchise's merchandising rights. By 2012, the first six films produced approximately US$20 billion in merchandising revenue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
One of The Rock's first acting roles was as an alien fighting Star Trek's Seven of Nine bigissue.com/culture/jeri…
My son's Star Wars Wall. (No idea how long it took me to paint) imgur.com/ihIu4Ga
Today I learned about "Extragalactic Planets" - In 2020 astronomers announced the first-ever detection of a planet in another galaxy. The planet, M51-ULS-1b, orbits a star in the Whirlpool Galaxy 31 million light-years away from Earth. earthsky.org/space/1st-ex…
Spaceballs creator Mel Brooks made a deal with George Lucas, that allowed him to spoof Star Wars in exchange for not selling any merchandise related to the film. The action figures Rick Moranis is seen playing with in the movie are the only official Spaceballs merchandise ever made. magazine.promomarketing.c…

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