Inuit in northern Greenland were using iron blades for centuries without knowledge of metallurgy. They made them by breaking pieces off of a huge iron meteorite and shaping them with heavy stones. They built their settlements close to the meteorite and used its iron for generations. now.ku.dk/documents/Meteo…
When the Rolling Stones were forced to make another single to fulfill their contract, they recorded a vulgar song known as "Cocksucker Blues." In retaliation, their former label released an album of the band's greatest hits - despite the Stone's renunciation, it hit top 10 on UK charts wikipedia.org/wiki/School…
The Mayans customized their teeth. They would carve holes into their teeth and fill the spaces with different stone inlays. They used minerals like jadeite, hematite, pyrite and turquoise. The stones also had specific meanings as jade may have symbolized pure breath or elegant speech. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
"Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones was originally written with the line "I shouted out 'Who killed Kennedy?'". The line was rewritten to "Who killed the Kennedys?" when Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated during the production of the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sym…
The stones at Stonehedge have been rearranged and repositioned by various groups since the early 1900’s. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about the Lion of Lucerne, a 30-foot long lion carved into the side of a quarry. The monument is dedicated to the Swiss Guards who were massacred during the French Revolution. Dying from a spear, the lion was described by Mark Twain as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world." atlasobscura.com/places/l…
Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts collects classic cars, but doesn't have a driving license. He has a tailored suit to match each car, which he wears while sitting in the driving seat in the garage. hotcars.com/cars-owned-by…
The oldest ever archaeological site was found in 2011, lomekwi 3, dated at 3.3 million years old, is 700,000 years older than previous stone tools discovered and predates the genus Homo by 500,000 years; around 150 artifacts found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lom…
The stone weight was an old English unit of mass equal to 14 pounds (6.35 kg). Although now prohibited for commercial use in the United Kingdom the stone is customarily used for body weight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
Stone Cold Steve Austin's character was inspired by serial killer Richard Kuklinski, and that his nickname came from his British ex-wife who once told him to drink his tea before it became stone cold. complex.com/sports/2014/1…
Today I learned about a rare bone disease called fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive, or stone man syndrome. The disease causes people’s muscle and connective tissue to be gradually replaced by bone. Joints become rigid, jaws won’t open more than an inch, and the rib cage won’t fully expand for breathing. webmd.com/children/what-i…
David Attenborough in 1968 as controller of BBC2 commissioned a programme that involved tunnelling into a huge stone age mound live on TV. theguardian.com/tv-and-ra…
Today I learned of Merry Clayton. The soul singer who performed on the Rolling Stones song β€œgimme shelter” miscarried after her powerful performance on the song while heavily pregnant and still dressed in her bedclothes, complete with hair rollers. cherwell.org/2019/01/28/i…
Today I learned about KyffhΓ€user Hill in Germany, the legendary resting place of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, who died in 1190. According to legend, Barbarossa is actually asleep in a hidden cavern, sitting motionless at a stone table, and will emerge at his county's hour of greatest need. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyf…
In addition to bifocals, the lighting rod and Franklin stove Benjamin Franklin also invented swim fins and the flexible urinary catheter for his brother who suffered from bladder stones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
A factor in the fall of Constantinople was a huge cannon called Basilica that was over 8m long, .75m in diameter, and could fire 270kg stone balls over 1.5km. Basilica took 3 hours to reload, and collapsed under its own recoil after 6 weeks of use. It took 60 oxen and 400 men to transport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
In ancient times people used Corn, Sponges and even Stones to wipe their butts! pristinesprays.com/blogs/…
β€˜Reach Out I'll Be There’ was written to be at the very top of vocalist Levi Stubb’s range, so that his voice would strain & crack trying to sing it. The band begged for it to not be released. It became their signature tune, and Rolling Stone ranked it as 206th greatest song of all time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rea…
A "trilithon" is a structure consisting of two large vertical stones (posts) supporting a third stone set horizontally across the top (lintel). Stonehenge in England is one of the most famous examples of a trilithon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
The Rosetta Stone was not meant as a way to translate hieroglyphics, it was a government document containing three languages (Hieroglyphics, Greek and Demotic) so that all the people of Egypt at the time could read it blog.britishmuseum.org/ev…
The Monkees never outsold the Beatles and Rolling Stones (as widely reported). Michael Nesmith was giving an interview in 1977 and lied. "It isn’t too well known that we sold over 35 million records in 1967", said Nesmith. He wondered if it was too outrageous, the next day it was printed as fact flashbak.com/in-1977-mike…
The gall stones of cows are a valuable commodity in the Asian alternative medicines market beefcentral.com/news/all-…
Queen composed the first thrash metal song in history, Stone Cold Crazy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
Today I learned about The Heart of Christ the Redeemer: inside the famous statue in Rio, there is a secret chamber with a big stone hearth. gringo-rio.com/facts-chri…
Japan has a shrine for hemorrhoids called the Kunigami Shrine. Visitors can point their butts towards the butt-washing stone and recite a chant to cure or prevent hemorrhoids. kotaku.com/in-japan-there…
600 years ago the Japanese placed ancient stone markers along the coastline to warn future generations not build there due to the risk of tsunamis cbsnews.com/news/ancient-…
Jan De Doot became a minor celebrity in early modern Netherlands after he became so frustrated with barber-surgeons he decided to remove his egg-sized bladder stone at home with a knife. Carel van Savoyen painted his portrait, depicting De Doot proudly holding the stone en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
Pecan is a Native American word meaning " β€œall nuts requiring a stone to crack.” ilovepecans.org/history
Rosetta Stone was discovered during the Egyptian campaign by Napoleon Bonaparte's French forces in 1799. It became the essential key to the modern understanding of ancient Egyptian literature and civilisation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
The world's first astronomical site, Nabta Playa, was built in Africa and is 2,000 years older than Stonehenge. Located in the Sahara desert, the 7,000-year-old stone circle was used to track the summer solstice and the arrival of the annual monsoon season. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
Residents in Shitterton, a hamlet in England, clubbed together to replace the town sign with one carved in 1.5 ton of stone to stop people stealing it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
"Ezana Stones" (DA 330-356) was written in Ge'ez (Ethiopian Semitic), Sabaean (South Arabian) and Greek. It Can be Found in Axum, Ethiopia. the capital of the ancient Kingdom Of Axum. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezana_…
The Rolling Stones had to censor their song, "Let's Spend the Night Together", when they went on Ed Sullivan's show. They had to change the lyric to "let's spend some time together", but Mick Jagger rolled his eyes each time this line was sung in protest. ultimateclassicrock.com/r…
Today I learned about Bishop's Castle, the largest one man architecture project in the world. Jim Bishop has been building, by hand, his very own castle in the mountains of Colorado. The stone castle is 16 stories high with cathedral windows, spiral staircases, iron walkways, and a fire breathing dragon. atlasobscura.com/places/b…
Gobekli Tepe is a 12,000-year-old temple (7,000 years older than Stonehenge) that's full of strange animal carvings and towering stone pillars. It's often touted as the world's first astronomical site, but those who spent decades excavating it say the evidence for astronomy just isn't there. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne has a feature where a Ray of Light shines on the word LOVE - engraved on the Stone of Remembrance - at 11 AM on the 11th of November (Remembrance Day) every year. youtube.com/watch?v=njV14…
Nim Chimpsky was a chimpanzee raised like a human child by a surrogate family as part of a controversial project on animal language acquisition. During his lifetime, Nim learned over 125 signs, including "stone smoke time now" which Nim used when he wanted to smoke marijuana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nim…
Today I learned about bezoar, a solid mass of indigestible material that can accumulate in the digestive tract, sometimes causing a blockage. Once eliminated, it has the appearance of a stone. They were once considered to have magical or medicinal properties and even made into jewelry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bez…
Only 4 people make up the majority of voices in South Park, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mona Marshall, and April Stewart en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Bridgestone tire company is named after its founder Shōjirō Ishibashi, whose surname means "stone bridge" in Japanese en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%…
Today I learned about the Chinese poem "Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den," or "ShΔ« shΓ¬ shΓ­ shΔ« shǐ." The poem is solely composed of "shi" 92 times, but pronounced with different tones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lio…
The German village in the final scenes of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory has multiple houses built from stone containing tiny diamonds from a meteorite impact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C…
In the 1860's an atheist tobacconist named George Hull created a 10-foot stone statue, buried it, then exhumed it a year later as proof of giants, all to mock a bible verse that states giants once lived on the Earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Barbed wire enabled cattle operations in the American West to become profitable in the mid 19th century. Before the invention of barbed wire, the wood and stone fences used to contain cattle were too expensive to make the business profitable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned of "hunger stones": the Central European practice of marking river levels with carved stones during droughts, to warn future generations that there will be a famine if the water level again gets low enough to see the carving. This has been done at least since 1115, and as recently as 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
Cecil Chubb was the last person to own Stonehenge. Stonehenge was put up for auction in 1915 and Chubb bought it on a whim. It is speculated he bought the stones as a present for his wife and she was less than pleased. Chubb donated Stonehenge to the nation in 1918 and was made a baronet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cec…
For most people, the pain from Kidney stones is not from passing the stone. Rather, its from the stone making its way from the kidney down the ureter towards the bladder, causing muscle spasms. Most stones pass from bladder out of urine relatively pain free newsnetwork.mayoclinic.or…
Bill Stone, one of the last five surviving WWI veterans, made multiple separate trips to rescue 1,000 men at Dunkirk although the first trip was "the worst experience of his life." His motto in life was "keep going." He died at age 108. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
There are over 100,000 miles of old stone walls in New England, simply because farmers didn’t know what to do with all the rocks, so they built walls with all the rocks atlasobscura.com/articles…
Rolling Stone started a hoax that Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and three Beatles had started a supergroup called The Masked Marauders and recorded an album. They were flooded with letters from people asking where to buy it. So they hired musicians to cut a fake album which sold 100,000 copies! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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