The screaming at Beatles concerts was so loud that no one could hear them playβ€”not even the Beatles themselves. It led them to stop playing live performances entirely, retreat to the studio, and ultimately create albums like Sgt. Pepper with no concern for performing any of the songs live. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
In 1998 Australian Astronomers detected fast radio burst signals, and named them Perytons. It was soon discovered that it was escaping radiation from the microwave in the lunch room, which was being stopped by using the door release without pushing the stop button first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Ed Sullivan took heat from show sponsors Ford Lincoln dealers, for kissing Pearl Baily on the cheek and shaking Nat King Cole's hand during his TV show. He also had a Ford executive thrown out of the theater after he suggested Sullivan should stop booking so many black acts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_…
The world record for the most number of non-stop push-ups is 10,507 by Minoru Yoshida of Japan, which was achieved in October 1980, no one has beat it since. recordholders.org/en/list…
In 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts launched an ad campaign in Seoul, Korea where scent spray devices installed on buses would release a fragrant coffee aroma when triggered by the sound of the DD radio jingle. The campaign reached more than 350,000 people, and sales near bus stops increased by 29%. theatlantic.com/technolog…
In 1990, Dr. Mary-Claire King discovered the human gene BRCA1 which is linked to breast cancer. Soon after, Myriad Genetics cloned and patented it. She was sent a cease-and-desist letter to stop researching it. Finally in 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that human genes cannot be patented. hopkinsmedicine.org/resea…
The original director of Jaws was Dick Richards but they fired him because he wouldn’t stop referring to the shark as a whale en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaw…
When Alexander was a boy, his tutor chastised him for burning too much incense at Gods' altars. After conquering Gaza, a major frankincense producer then, Alexander sent 500 talents of frankincense back to the old man in Macedonia, with the message: "Now you can stop short-changing the gods." redlandsdailyfacts.com/20…
In a traffic stop, Arizona officials seized illegal drugs with a street value of over $1M, then got a search warrant for the driver's property which included a former KFC restaurant. In the KFC floor, they found a hole leading to a 590 ft tunnel where drugs were funneled from the Mexican side. star-telegram.com/news/na…
Codex Gigas, largest manuscript in the world was the work of a single scribe according to a legend he added devil's picture out of gratitude for his aid. It is estimated it would have taken twenty years of non-stop writing to produce the work without the illustrations or embellishments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
Dutch authorities created over 300 little "parks" for bees on top of bus stop shelters in Utrecht; roofs are planted with low-maintenance sedum providing a safe habitat for bees. Over 50% of Netherlands' 358 bee species are endangered. Human commuters get with bamboo benches and LED lighting. thisiscolossal.com/2019/0…
Before 1954, stop signs used to be yellow with black lettering. This was because there was no red dye that would not fade over time. However, by 1954, sign makers began using a fade-resistant porcelain enamel, and it was declared that stop signs would be red with white lettering. rd.com/culture/yellow-sto…
The most requested song at British funerals is Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life". The comedy song beat out more traditional choices like "The Lord is My Shepherd" and "Abide With Me," as well as Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now". telegraph.co.uk/news/pict…
β€œthe ancient Greeks used spider web clusters to stop bleeding in soldiers. They combined honey and vinegar to clean out the wounds. Then a wad of spider webs would be placed on top and held until the bleeding reduced.” interestingengineering.co…
Sokushinbutsu is the practice of Buddhist monks self-mummifying while still alive. They'd spend years preparing by relying on a diet of pine needles, resins & seeds, which eliminates bodyfat. After starving, the monks would stop drinking, which dehydrated & shrank their organs, leading to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sok…
Today I learned of Dodger, a ginger cat who was discovered by his owner to have been riding the public buses near his home in England, at least once taking a 10 mile round trip. The drivers give him food, he sits on passengers' laps, and drivers know which stop to let him off at. telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle…
Most time and clock systems on computers will stop working at exactly 03:14:07 UTC on January 19 2038 because their time is stored as a 32-digit binary number which will become more than 32 digits when it reaches 3:14:07. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
Defibrillators work quite differently than in movies. Its actually used to stop the heart from fibrillating (hence the name defibrillator) The electric shock momentarily paralyzes the heart so that a synchronized rhythm can be restored. suddencardiacarrest.org/a…
One of the 'unwritten rules' of the Tour de France: if the Tour is passing through where one of the riders grew up, everyone will slow down to let that rider lead the whole Tour through his hometown (also, if the race leader needs to stop to take a pee break, everyone else slows down/stops too) nytimes.com/2019/07/25/sp…
Today I learned about a vigilante from the 1970s who called himself captain sticky. He was a peanut butter and jelly themed crime fighter who had a car that squirted PB&J from the front that he would use to stop kids from stealing hub caps and making graffiti. He later started targeting shady businesses. nightflight.com/meet-capt…
The potential assassin, Richard Lawrence, of Andrew Jackson had both of his guns misfire & Jackson then clubbed him with his cane. Even members of the House had to stop him from beating the man to death. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Dolly Parton used to stop business meetings for sixty seconds so that the men could stare at her boobs and focus for the rest of the meeting msn.com/en-us/entertainme…
Online piracy drove Epic Games to stop making PC games from 2006 to 2012. In 2006, for every bought copy of a PC game, there were 10 pirated ones. So Epic Games went console-only. dsogaming.com/news/epic-g…
Children stop believing in Santa at around 8 years old. Errors by 'bumbling parents' are the main cause of children losing their faith in Santa. phys.org/news/2018-12-int…
Lobsters have the enzyme called "telomerase" which stops DNA strands called "telomeres" from damage as new cells are made. Other organisms' telomeres erode with age, but lobsters can theoretically live forever, because their ability to create perfect copies of cells never erodes. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Your brain doesn’t stop developing at the previously thought age 21-24 and new studies show it may even keep developing until age 40 telegraph.co.uk/news/heal…
Irish Guardsman Edward Charlton was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for using a .30 cal machine gun to stop a numerically superior German force from overrunning his unit’s position. Ironically, many accounts of his actions came from the opposing Germans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
In 1894, President Grover Cleveland sent the Army to stop the Pullman Strike (manufacturer of railroad cars) and 30 strikers were killed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lab…
Danish Physicist Lene Hau lead a team in 2001 that was the first to completely stop a beam of light in its tracks. Later experiments included turning light into matter, and then matter back into light. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
The rise of disposable cups came in the early 20th century to stop the outbreak of communicable disease spread by the practice of sharing water dippers and communal cups in public places. Because the cups are meant for a single person to use and discard, people started to call them 'solo' cups. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Mike Myers thought up the Austin Powers character while driving home one day. His radio was playing Burt Bacharach’s β€œThe Look of Love”, and he was with his then-wife Robin Ruzan. Myers asked her if he was β€œmaking her horny”. She told him to stop it and write his new character down. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Beavers’ teeth never stop growing, so they are forced to gnaw. If they don’t, their teeth will loop around and pierce their brains. canadiangeographic.ca/art…
There was a Butt Hole Road in England but residents of Butt Hole Road had the name of the street changed to stop tourists from visiting the street wikipedia.org/wiki/Butt_H…
World population will most likely peak in the next 80 years. We should stop growing at around 11 billion people total world population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
A Norman Rockwell painting was discovered in a secret compartment inside the walls of a cartoonists house. It’d been hidden there for 35 years. The cartoonist had forged several paintings he owned to stop his ex-wife from getting them in a divorce settlement, and had hidden the originals. theguardian.com/artanddes…
There are only two organs with 64β€² pipes (stops) in the world. The lowest note of these stops has a frequency of 8 Hz, which humans can just feel, not hear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Org…
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated $4M to help stop malaria in a plan to create genetically modified non-biting male mosquitoes released to mate with malaria-carrying wild females, giving birth to progeny that dies before reaching the human biting age. businessinsider.com/bill-…
In areas with high Jewish populations, elevators are designed to stop at every floor on Saturdays. This is because the practice of Makeh B'patish, or "completion", is banned on the Sabbath, barring Jews from completing electrical circuits by using switches. youtu.be/KPYp3lOOOrg
"The day of two noons,” November 18, 1883, when people were required to stop what they were doing and reset their clocks anywhere from two to thirty minutes in the adoption of standard time zones. historymatters.gmu.edu/d/…
The origin of the British "lock-in" (Where pubs lock their doors at closing time and continue to serve customers inside) was a reaction to 1915 changes to licensing laws in England and Wales, which curtailed opening hours to stop factory workers from turning up drunk and harming the war effort. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magaz…
Gravity moves at the Speed of Light and is not Instantaneous. If the Sun were to disappear, we would continue our elliptical orbit for an additional 8 minutes and 20 seconds, the same time it would take us to stop seeing the light (according to General Relativity). math.ucr.edu/home/baez/ph…
Over the years bleachers have been set up on the roofs of residential buildings around Wrigley Field; unable to stop them from selling seats to view the game, the Cubs owners have been buying or leasing the roof top bleachers as part of their revenue stream. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
In 1968 Elton John attempted suicide but was discovered by Bernie Taupin. Upon finding Elton's head in the oven, resting on a pillow, with the gas on low, and all the windows open, Bernie couldn't stop laughing. This event inspired the hit single "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" ultimateclassicrock.com/e…
In 1831, a train suffered a boiler explosion when a fireman grew tired of listening to it whistle, and tried to stop the noise by placing a piece of lumber on the safety valve and sitting on it. The blocked valve caused the pressure within the boiler to exceed its capacity, and it exploded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bes…
Before 1954, stop signs used to be yellow with black lettering. This was because there was no red dye that would not fade over time. However, by 1954, sign makers began using a fade-resistant porcelain enamel, and it was declared that stop signs would be red with white lettering. rd.com/culture/yellow-sto…
Rick Riordan, author of Percy Jackson, wrote a teacher who was showing the movies in class: "No. Stop. Please. No class deserves such a punishment". On another occasion he wrote: "I would rather have my teeth pulled with no anesthesia". hypable.com/percy-jackson…
In 2017, a woman shot and killed her boyfriend while they were filming a youtube video. He was holding a book up to his chest and told her to shoot him through it. Earlier, he’d told her that the book would stop the bullet. edition.cnn.com/2017/06/2…
Venice banned Kebab Shops to preserve the decorum and traditions of the city. Measures were made to stop fast-food restaurants that were incompatible with the city's heritage. theguardian.com/world/201…
Bar-tailed godwits, a type of bird, breed in Alaska, and then migrate south for the winter - they fly to New Zealand in one non-stop trip which can take up to 9 days, not even stopping to feed. The round-trip migration for this subspecies is over 29,000 km. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Boris Yeltsin made a unplanned stop at a grocery store in Texas after visiting the Johnson Space Center. He was so amazed by what they had in the store compared to the USSR, it lead him to leave the Communist party and tried make massive economic reform in Russia nhregister.com/neighborho…
In 1990 when the Chicago White Sox changed their Logo and Hip Hop artists started wearing it, New Era cap company had to stop production of all other team caps and just make White Sox caps to meet the demand. wbez.org/shows/curious-ci…
Today I learned of Mostar Bridge that crosses the Neretva River in Bosnia Herzegovina is one of the tour stop for Red Bull Diving World Series since 2015. It was constructed in 1557, destroyed in Croat-Bosnian war in 1993. Restored in 2004, the bridge is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. youtube.com/watch?v=g9wtp…
Oprah Winfrey has such a severe phobia of chewing gum that it's banned from her television studio and this includes audience members. It all stems from her grandmother leaving gum all around the house to save for a later chew. It didn't stop Reese Witherspoon from chewing it in front of her dailyedge.ie/oprah-winfre…
Florida man Arnold Abbott had been feeding street people at a beach weekly from 1991 till he died age 94 in 2019; he refused to stop even when a FL law limiting public food sharing came out in 2014. FLPD showed up when Abbot was passing out food; an officer demanded: "Drop that plate right now." browardpalmbeach.com/news…
The Wood Frog can go eight months without peeing. While it hibernates, it uses the urea (the main waste in urine) to protect their cells and tissues, even as the critters heart, brain and bloodstream stop. phys.org/news/2018-05-woo…
Today I learned about UG99, a highly contagious wheat stem rust that can confer a 100% devastation rate to affected crops. It's essentially the Ebola of wheat and efforts are being made to stop it before we reach Wheatmaggedon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ug9…
The Union army once commandeered a boat to move 111 (unwilling) prostitutes to Louisville to stop VD spreading in their Nashville garrison. The Louisville authorities turned it away, as did everyone else, so after 28 days afloat it was forced to return to Nashville to disembark the furious girls smithsonianmag.com/histor…
During the battle of Hampton Roads, the USS Monitor's spinning turret became difficult to stop. The crew allowed the turret to spin around in circles and fired the turret on the fly, similar to a "360 no scope" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The answer to 'how fat do you need to be to stop a bullet?' depends on the gun. A 9mm bullet from a handgun will penetrate 60cm of human fat tissue. A bullet from an AK47 can shoot through a brick wall. A morbidly obese 125kg person can have around 60cm of fat at the thickest point. sciencefocus.com/the-huma…
In the Middle Ages, a nun in a French convent inexplicably began to meow like a cat, shortly leading to the other nuns in the convent also meowing. Eventually all the nuns would meow together for a certain period every day. This did not stop until the police threatened to whip the nuns en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about Marion Stokes, a Philadelphia woman who began taping whatever was on television in 1979 and didn't stop until her death in 2012.. The 71,000 VHS and Betamax tapes she made are the most complete collection preserving this era of TV. They are being digitized by the Internet Archive. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about the "Vigiles" or Watchmen of Rome. Created by Caesar Augustus, they were firefighters who were also allowed to stop petty crimes while patrolling the city at night. If a magistrate found that someone had ignored the Vigiles' fire safety tips, the citizen was ordered beaten. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vig…
The Who’s Roger Daltrey is allergic to cannabis, which affects his singing. On one occasion he threatened to stop a show due to people smoking, advising them to β€œstick it up your fuckin’ ass.” spin.com/2019/05/roger-da…
In 1666, the entire English village of Eyam, when contaminated with the bubonic plague, agreed to quarantine itself, essentially sentencing themselves to death, instead of fleeing to other villages. They did it to stop the disease from spreading. Some 260 villagers died. bbc.com/news/uk-england-3…
Today I learned about a Siberian Husky named Togo, he led his dog team on the 1925 Serum Run (bringing meds to stop a Diptheria epidemic), in -40Β°C weather. They set the record for longest distance and fastest team to do the run. However a dog named Balto received all the praise, including a statue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tog…
President LBJ thought Nixon's back-channel communications to S.Vietnam government were treasonous (Nixon secretly told the S.Vietnamese to stop the Vietnam War peace talks with President LBJ, and wait until Nixon gets elected to get a "better deal".) bbc.com/news/magazine-217…
The reason police tap on taillights or run their fingers along the side of a car during a traffic stop is because it left fingerprints used to identify the vehicle afterwards without pictures or video. Now all patrol cars have cameras but it still occurs since it was part of training for decades thelawdictionary.org/arti…
Japanese scientists have transplanted hair follicle germs (HFG) on mice which were grown on a substrate of dimethylpolysiloxane, (a silicone added to McDonald's fries to stop cooking oil from frothing). The technique created 5,000 HFGs at once and started new hair growth on mice. foxnews.com/food-drink/mc…
Today I learned about Project Cirrus. The USA's attempt to stop a hurricane by dropping 180lbs of dry ice into. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
New Zealand was the last Navy in the world to stop the traditional midday rum ration. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum…
A neuroscientist determined the most "feel-good" songs of all time... and #1 was "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015…
The question of whether or not everyday fabrics can prevent the spread of disease isn't new. Scientists farted into petri dishes clothed and naked, finding that clothing (while it may allow the smell through) did appear to stop the bacteria ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Robbers in India robbed trains using 1 rupee coins. The coins were used to complete the signal circuit normally completed by train wheels to make the light go red and stop the train telegraphindia.com/india/…
There is a traffic signal in Syracuse, NY where the green signal is on the top because local Irish youths kept breaking it when the "British" red symbol appeared on top. When they refused to stop breaking it, the State gave in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tip…
Today I learned about Mexican singer Chalino Sanchez receiving a death threat telling him to stop singing at his last concert on May 15, 1992, but continued singing despite the warning. He was killed later that night in Culiacan, Sinaloa. policemag.com/373240/chal…
The first non-stop flight across the Atlantic was piloted by... John Alcock and Arthur Brown in 1919. It would be 8 more years before Lindbergh did it, solo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Chinese government officials had failed to stop suicide attempts on a Guangzhou bridge by stationing guards at each end and putting up special fences. What finally worked was slathering butter on all climbable parts of the 1,000 ft. long steel bridge. en.people.cn/90001/90782/…
Serial killer David Berkowitz wrote a letter telling the D.C. sniper to "stop hurting innocent people" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Today I learned about a journalist/broadcaster from BBC who was assassinated at a bus stop in London by the KGB. A 1.7mm pallet was shot in his leg from the tip of an umbrella. The coating of the pallet melted and allowed the deadly toxin "Ricin" to be absorbed in his bloodstream. He was dead 4 days later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In the 1930s, Katherine Hepburn preferred wearing dungarees on set during filming. The RKO publicity department asked her to stop wearing them. She refused. The next day, they were missing. She walked around in her underwear until they were returned. theguardian.com/film/2003…
In 2016, Shabani, a male Gorilla at a Japanese zoo received worldwide attention when women started flocking to see him as they thought him to be extremely handsome and manly. The crowds of women yelling his name made him so uncomfortable, zoo staff had to put up signs telling them to stop en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
The UK has a road marking to stop people blocking road junctions. The Box Junction is a yellow criss-cross marking and you are not allowed to enter the box unless your exit is also clear, thus avoiding blocking traffic from other directions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box…
A 48 year old man in Ohio was arrested because he would not stop cutting the grass at the local public park. The grass was over 12 inches long, so he decided to cut it. He claimed he was just trying to save the city some money. en.wikinews.org/wiki/Ohio…
The term military tattoo comes from the early 17th-century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe ("turn off the tap"), a signal sounded by drummers or trumpeters to instruct innkeepers to stop serving beer and for soldiers to return to their barracks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Stop signs are used all over the world except in Turkey where they are labeled "Dur" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Mother polar bears nurse their cubs for as long as 30 months. Some cubs stop nursing as young as 18 months of age, but remain with their mothers for survival until they are 30 months old. The average fat content of polar bear milk is 33%, similar to the milkfat content of other marine mammals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
John Joseph Merlin invented roller skates in 1760, but hadn’t designed a way to make them stop. On his first demonstration, he crashed into a mirror and broke the skates. online-skating.com/articl…
Don LaFontaine, the movie trailer voice guy, offered to record an answering machine message for anyone that contacted him, if he had the time. He received so many requests, he had to stop offering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Dragon Ball has actually caused an international incident- It is so popular inMexico that there were government-sponsored public watch parties for the final episodes of Dragon Ball Super.They became so popular Japan had to send a formal diplomatic notice commanding them to stop,which they didn't torrentfreak.com/japanese…
Ultra endurance cyclists' necks can just give out and stop holding up their heads after a week of sleep deprived racing. Some racers continue by kinesio-taping their heads up or tying their helmets to a makeshift back brace. welovecycling.com/wide/20…
Julie Andrews children repeatedly tried to get her to stop swearing sandiegouniontribune.com/…
As a kid in DC, Duke Ellington loved to play baseball. Sometimes Teddy Roosevelt, who was President at the time, would ride by on his horse and stop to watch Duke & his friends play. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duk…
Laika Studios, the company behind stop motion classics such as Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, is owned by Phil Knight, cofounder of Nike, and run by his son, Travis Knight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lai…
I learned you can binge the soap Guiding Light every hour non-stop for 591 days. If you started this show on March 10, 2020, you would not be finished until October 23, 2021 bingeclock.com/s/guiding-…
Today I learned of "Hammer" Simwinga, a Zambian man who has helped stop poaching in North Luangwa Nat'l Park. Most villages near the park relied on poaching for income. Simwinga eliminated the need for poaching for 35K+ people in 60 villages by teaching sunflower planting, beekeeping, & sustainable farming. nationalgeographic.org/fi…
The study that yeilded the concept of the alpha wolf (commonly used by people to justify aggressive behaviour) originated in a debunked model using just a few wolves in captivity. Its originator spent years trying to stop the myth to no avail. businessinsider.com/no-su…
Today I learned of BRUE (Brief resolved unexplained event), when infants <1yo suddenly stop breathing or pass out, with no explanation nor lasting effects medlineplus.gov/ency/arti…
The pink haired mascot "Erin" was dropped from use by company Esurance because the internet wouldn't stop making X rated versions of her. cbsnews.com/news/esurance…

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