In 1937, dancer Patricia Douglas was brutally assaulted at an MGM party. Instead of bartering her silence for a studio contract or cash, Douglas went public with her story and filed a landmark lawsuit. The studio covered up the crime and destroyed her life. vanityfair.com/news/2003/…
CNN pays airports to show news on their TVs. It's not normal CNN but a special version that excludes any stories about plane crashes. rd.com/advice/travel/why-…
American blues musician Robert Johnson was said to have sold his soul to the devil. The story is that he went to the crossroads near a plantation at midnight and met the devil, who took his guitar, tuned it, played a few songs, and handed the guitar back, granting him mastery of the instrument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The episode of Seinfeld titled "The Revenge" when George quits his job and then shows back up to work as if nothing happened in hopes of keeping it was inspired by Larry David's real-life story of quitting his job as a writer at SNL and doing the same thing vanityfair.com/news/2017/…
Today I learned about Ghost Stories, an anime that did so poorly in Japan they gave the American dub free reign to do whatever they wanted and the voice over team went nuts. bloody-disgusting.com/tv/…
Inuits effectively teach their children to control their anger and emotions not with discipline, but through stories. npr.org/2019/03/04/689925…
The story 'Jack and the Beanstalk' is over 5000 years old, making it one of the oldest stories that we know of that is still told today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Clare Hollingworth, an English journalist who first broke the story of the German occupation of Poland in 1939, putting her phone out her window so a doubting British diplomat could hear the tanks. wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_…
The initial working title of the book was β€˜Where The Wild Horses Are’, and the story was supposed to be about a child who escapes to the land of the wild horses. Although his editor loved the idea, Maurice realized he was unable to draw horses, and the idea of the β€˜Wild Things’ was born. huffingtonpost.in/entry/w…
A TV station in Atlanta, Georgia once broadcast a story on a new kind of Krispy Kreme donut. The caption in the image behind the on-air reporter read, "So good you'll suck dick." youtube.com/watch?v=Zg9Oa…
Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. His most famous work was a six volume memoir about WW2, but he also wrote a science fiction alternate history story about the US Civil War. sf-encyclopedia.com/entry…
Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and John Polidori wrote 'Frankenstein', 'Darkness' and 'The Vampyre' respectively after Byron issued a ghost story challenge during a dinner party in Switzerland bl.uk/romantics-and-victo…
JRR Tolkien did not like the title The Return of the King as he felt it revealed too much of the story. He preferred The War of the Ring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The BBC were infamous for "wiping" tapes of their shows (fans of Doctor Who know this story very well). But it's even worse then you'd expect. It's estimated 60 to 70 percent of all BBC programming produced between the mid-1950s and mid-1970s was deleted. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
A South African man plans to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to provide drinking water to 4 million people. After facing droughts limiting water usage, the 125 million ton, 70 story tall iceberg would supply 20% of Cape Town’s water needs for a year. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
In Toy Story 4 instead of creating all of the individual cobwebs by hand, Pixer created AI spiders that were programmed to spin the webs wherever the cobwebs needed to be. kottke.org/19/09/pixars-a…
In the early 1970s, a story was widely reported that Ken Osmond (the actor who played Eddie Haskell on Leave It to Beaver) had become rock star Alice Cooper. Cooper eventually got a T-shirt that said 'No, I am not Eddie Haskell.' But people still believed it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
Actor/singer Sheb Wooley, who sang β€œThe Purple People Eater” is also the voice of the famous Wilhelm scream sound effect used in movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Toy Story, and more. youtu.be/Zf8aBFTVNEU
The story of Eric Betzig, who conceived the idea for the world's first super-resolution microscope while unemployed after quitting his job at Bell Labs due to being frustrated with the scientific community. He built this microscope in his friend's lounge room, and went on to win the Nobel prize. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
Isaac Asimov died from complications of HIV. In 1983 got HIV from a blood transfusion during heart surgery. His doctors told him to keep it quiet. 10 Ten years later, after most of Asimov's physicians had died, Asimov's family agreed that the HIV story should be made public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
Because she supported the Civil Rights movement, the FBI created a fake story that actress Jean Seberg had cheated on her husband with a black man, the stress of the fake story caused her to go into labor premature and resulted in the death of her baby. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
The story of Zeus, a 9 year old pitbull-mix from Montana who was stolen by a family "friend" and found 2k miles away in West Virginia after the thief was arrested. Zeus had a microchip with contact info but was too big to fly so 15 strangers volunteered to drive him home across 9 states . newsweek.com/dog-lost-mon…
In June of Year Without Summer (1816), a group of writers had to stay indoors in Switzerland because of β€œincessant rain”. As a result of a contest to write the scariest story, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, Lord Byron wrote A Fragment, a precursor to Dracula en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
Brandon Sanders once, In his high school, sent his story to a writing contest, Judges thought he had written something really postmodern and telling the story backward, Turns out he had just stapled the pages backward. brandonsanderson.com/cent…
Today I learned about Jack London. Oyster pirate, Socialist, and rail rider. Berkeley attendee, trekked the Yukon and Chilkoot Pass, took a rowboat 1500 miles down the Yukon River to the Bering Sea. Built his own yacht and mansion and wrote 23 novels, 7 plays, short stories, and poems. Died of alcoholism age 40 smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The 1998 science fiction film "Soldier" starring Kurt Russell was meant to share a universe with "Blade Runner" and has oblique references to it and stories by Philip K. Dick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
"Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk's short story "Guts" made people faint at his book readings. youtu.be/qX2BpC3irXM
Up until the early 1900s, German used to be the dominant language of international science. "The story of the 20th Century is not so much the rise of English as the serial collapse of German as the up-and-coming language of scientific communication". bbc.com/news/magazine-295…
During WWII, in the Philippines, **Rod Serling** and his platoon were watching platoon member Melvin Levy deliver a comic monologue when a supply crate dropped from above and decapitated Levy. One version of the story has the two men posing for a picture when it happened. honorstates.org/index.php…
Today I learned of the Gnostic Gospels. Discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt in 1945, these texts carry non-canonical stories of Jesus from the perspectives of Mary Magdalene, Judas, Thomas and others. youtube.com/watch?v=MdR1y…
In a study of cats who have fallen from multi-story buildings, 90% have survived, and cats who fell higher than 7 stories suffered less injuries, while those who fell between 2 and 6 stories sustained more injuries. purina.co.uk/cats/behavio…
The Decameron is a frame story written in 1353 by Boccaccio, containing 100 erotic tales told by a group of seven young women and three young men sheltering in a secluded villa just outside Florence to escape the Black Death, which was afflicting the city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
"Fighting With My Family" is based on a true story about a wrestling family from Norwich, England. The youngest daughter made it to the WWE and her wrestling name is Paige. refinery29.com/en-us/2019…
The 'Butterfly Effect' can be traced back to a short story called 'A Sound of Thunder', written by Ray Bradbury in 1952. timetravelnexus.com/a-sou…
4 sailors survived at sea off the coast of New Zealand for 118 days after their trimaran, the Rose-Noelle, was upturned by a rogue wave. They cut holes in the hull, collected rainwater, and eventually caught and cooked fish. They were in such good shape upon return many doubted their story. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Niccolo Machiavelli, the author of the prince, once had an encounter with a prostitute so ugly and repuslive he threw up on her in disgust once they were done. He tells the story on a letter to his boss in 1509 alphahistory.com/pastpecu…
A pre-Goosebumps R.L. Stine wrote Spaceballs: The Book, a young adult version of the story that substituted some of the stronger language and bits for child-friendly content. It remains the only exclusion to Lucasfilm’s β€œno tie-in” mandate. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The death of Sherlock Holmes almost destroyed the magazine that had originally published the stories. When Arthur Conan Doyle killed him off in 1893, 20,000 people cancelled their subscriptions. The magazine barely survived. Its staff referred to Holmes’ death as β€œthe dreadful event”. bbc.com/culture/story/201…
Halley's comet was depicted in the famous 11th century Bayeux Tapestry which recounts the story of Duke William the Bastard conquering England in 1066. solarsystem.nasa.gov/aste…
In 1944 Lex Luthor was the first character in a comic book (and one of the first in fiction) to use an atomic bomb. The United States Department of War asked this story line be delayed from publication, which it was until 1946, to protect the secrecy of the Manhattan Project. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lex…
Debian (a linux based Operating System - Parent of Ubuntu) has its versions named after toy story characters since its initial release in 1996 (code named Buzz after Buzz Lightyear) electrictoolbox.com/debia…
Ned Vizzini, author of It's Kind of a Funny Story, and various teenage angst books about what makes life worth living and preventing suicide, ultimately committed suicide in 2013, aged 32. cnn.com/2013/12/22/showbi…
A peice of horse tack known as the 'Bearing Rein' was extreamly in the 18th and 19th century to keep horses heads up due to a fashion, they were often tightened til the point of discomfort for the horse, until a story about a horse was released in 1877 and bearing reins fell out of fashion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ove…
The US Army never gave the Native Americans smallpox infested blankets as a tool of genocide. The US did inflict countless atrocities against the natives, but the smallpox blankets story was fabricated by a University of Colorado professor. quod.lib.umich.edu/p/plag…
Yuuzhan Vong War episodes are not slated for any Star Wars movies. When Disney acquired Star Wars, Lucasfilm announced the all the stories of the Expanded Universe had been jettisoned. io9.gizmodo.com/star-wars…
In the first published version of the story of Pinocchio , the author has Pinocchio die a gruesome death and hanged for his innumerable faults. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In the original story of Peter Pan, the Lost Boys do age, even in Neverland. The reason the group is always made up of children is because if they don't die by other means (which is common), Peter "thins them out." The author never clarifies whether this means they're executed or banished. gutenberg.org/files/16/16…
The house in Parasite (2019) was not a real house, but a set constructed to Bong Joon Ho' s script and specific camera needs. Lee Ha Jun, who is also the production designer on BJH's earlier film 'Snowpiercer', designed the house from scratch to match the story and blocking requirements. indiewire.com/2019/10/par…
The story of Pete Shoening who saved 5 people at 8600 metres using a rope and a pickaxe on the harshest mountain in the world, K2 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
The Director's commentary on Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story introduces extra characters and half way through switches to the Director's commentary from There's Something About Mary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dod…
Studies in 'ice cores' found in Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania - the mountain which supplies the Nile with its water - have revealed that a drought did take place around 3600 years ago - around the time the Bible sets Joseph's story in Egypt bbc.co.uk/religion/religi…
Ernest Hemingway mocked the interpretation of Chekhov's gun in his short story "Fifty Grand" with an example of two characters that are introduced and then never again mentioned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
The biblical story of Susanna and the Elders also appears in the One Thousand and One Nights en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
The Iron Maiden is a mythical torture and execution device, consisting of an iron cabinet with a hinged front and spike-covered interior, sufficiently tall to enclose a human being. The first stories citing the iron maiden were composed in the 19th century. medievalists.net/2016/03/…
The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe in 1842 is widely considered the first story based on a true crime. The murder of Mary Cecelia Rogers in NYC is the basis of the Paris based story. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The inventor of the Saxophone, Adolphe Sax survived multiple near death experiences as a child such as; falling from a height of 3 stories and hitting his head on a stone, drinking a bowl of vitriolized water age 3 and surviving a gunpowder explosion that left him seriously burnt, among others en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
The Song "Ballad of the 20th Maine" which tells the story of the decorated civil war unit, is the state anthem of Maine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Today I learned of the 'transported soldier legend' where in 1593 a Spanish soldier from the Philippines appeared in Mexico City speaking of the death of the Philippines governor the night before. His story was backed up by sailors arriving to Mexico months later, who even recognised the soldier as being there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/159…
Today I learned of The Essex, an American ship which was attacked by a sperm whale in 1820. The 20-man crew set out in the surviving life boats for several months, resorting to drawing lots to decide who would be sacrificed and consumed. 8 men survived. The story was the inspiration for the novel 'Moby Dick'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ess…
Former Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935) met both John Quincy Adams and a young JFK. He'd also relate stories of his grandmother watching the Redcoats invade colonial America. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Joseph Kennedy threatened to sue ABC for revealing that his son John F. Kennedy's Pulitzer-prize winning book Profiles in Courage was ghost-written. They retracted the story. The book wasn't considered for the prize until Joe convinced a boardmember to persuade others to vote for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
There is a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' - '2010: The Year We Make Contact' was released 14 years after the first movie, and is based on Arthur C Clarke's sequel to the short story which inspired Kubrick's film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
The Wilhelm Scream, a sound clip from a 1950s movie, has been used in at least 433 movies since then including "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood," all of the Indiana Jones movies, and "Toy Story." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned about the untold story behind Harrison Ford's deleted cameo in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Spielberg cut the scene as it didn’t add much, and Ford’s presence seemed more of a distraction. It now only exists as a blurry YouTube video and in fragments on making-of featurettes ew.com/movies/2017/03/30/…
A poem and a short story helped spark the first U.S. Supreme Court case protecting same-sex content. The 1958 decision was less than 100 words, but reversed a lower court’s ruling against the magazine they appeared in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
One reason Action Comics #1 from 1938 is so valuable is because it had a coloring contest which required entrants to tear out the last page of the Superman story in order to enter coinbooks.org/esylum_v16n…
At the end of WW2 30,000 copies of Munro Leaf's 'The Story of Ferdinand' were given out to German children in order to encourage peace. It had previously been banned under Hitler. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
An instrumental version of the song "Sukiyaki", a story of a man who looks up and whistles while he is walking so that his tears will not fall, was played by NASA over the radio for the Gemini VII astronauts as mood music, thereby becoming one of the first pieces of music sent to humans in space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suk…
That the origin of the saying β€œslow as molasses in January” is a story of a huge wave of runaway molasses that claimed many lives in Boston in January 1919. chicagotribune.com/nation…
Robin Hood being of noble birth and loyal to Richard Lionheart are relatively recent additions to the mythos, and in his earliest stories he was very devoted to the Virgin Mary while also being very anti-clerical. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned about ATLAS-I, aka Trestle, the world's largest structure made entirely of wood, glue laminate, wooden bolts/nuts and sufficient to support a fully loaded B-52 bomber (for elevated EMP testing) 1,000 ft long, 125 ft (about 12 stories) tall, and constructed of 6.5 million board-feet of lumber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATL…
The story of Horatio on the Bridge. A junior Roman officer, he defended a bridge leading to Rome when an Etruscan army invaded. While the rest had retreated, Horatio rallied men to destroy the bridge behind him while he stopped the enemy from crossing. Jumping into the river, he swam to safety. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
The Sound of Music's story was based on a real family of singers and now the real Von Trapp house is a hotel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Because of the commercial failure of anime Ghost Stories’ Japanese airing, the studio allowed ADV Films to make English dubbing with loose set of rules. This resulted in tons of American culture references for the English dub version (sex, politics, races, religion, Mormon,...) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
The character of Oliver in novel and movie Love Story, is partly based on Tommy Lee Jones who author Erich Segal met at Harvard. Jones plays one of Oliver's roommates in the 1970 film en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lov…
β€œThe Princess Bride” director Rob Reiner had the screenplay writer change the last scene from the fairytale characters riding off happily ever after to the grandfather and grandson coming together through the experience of reading the story latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Rasputin's autopsy showed no signs of poisoning, no water in his lungs, and in-tact genitalia. He simply died from three bullet wounds and the popular story of his incredible survivability is likely completely inaccurate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gri…
The Soviet Union tried to suppress Genghis Khan’s memory in Mongolia by removing his story from school textbooks and forbidding people from making pilgrimages to his birthplace history.com/news/10-thing…
David E. Durston, the director of 'I Drink Your Blood' and 'Manhole' is associated with two suspicious deaths. Durston had a fight with actress Carol Wayne, 3 days later she was found dead by fishermen. Durston visited actress Diane Linkletter at 3am, she jumped out a 6th story window at 9am. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The original MST3k movie was originally set at Paramount and was going to be a origin story of the characters without a movie they are riffing on, but the deal fell through. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mys…
The story of how the Daddy Long Legs is one of the most venomous spiders in the world, but that it lacks big enough fangs to bite is false three times. It’s fangs are as long as a recluse, they lack venom, and they are Harvestmen, not even spiders. backyardnature.net/longle…
Richard Dominick, the man responsible for much of the success of the Jerry Springer Show, Hardcore Pawn, Bait Car, etc. was also a reporter for "The Sun" grocery store tabloid and swore on David Letterman's show that all the stories reported are 100% true. youtube.com/watch?v=ed3Ly…
-An undergraduate architecture student in '78 found a flaw in the Design of Citicorp Center '77: that Citicorp Center could blow over in the wind. Repair work was done throughout the night and quit at daybreak, just as the building occupants returned to work. The story remained a secret until '95 slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2…
The 2002 Canadian cartoon 'RoboRoach' (which followed the story of a cyborg cockroach) was inspired by the true story of cyborg cockroaches created by scientists at the University of Tokyo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Gunnison Colorado was one of the few success stories during the Spanish Flu. Not a single person had died in that town while other towns around it were ravaged. gunnisontimes.com/content…
In the 1920s in America jazz was considered the "the devil's music". In 1921, the town of Zion (Illinois) banned jazz for being "sinful". And even The New York Times ran a story about jazz records and called jazz, music "from the African Jungle" creativesamba.substack.co…
Annually around 40 million Olive Ridley hatchlings are born in Odisha coast of India and they are monitored around the year from adults laying eggs to birth. Fishing and commercial activities are banned around particular coast. One of the most successful conservation story. youtu.be/KmjlzOm0LCY
Deepfakes are a tiny branch in a much more vast field of AI called "synthetic media". These AIs are or will be capable of generating entire stories, endless music and video, swapping actors or genres, generating video games, and much, much more (even create waifus!) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syn…
Disney cut a post-credits 'casting couch' reference scene (between the Prospector and two Barbie dolls) from Toy Story 2 when they re-released the DVD in 2019 alongside the theatrical release of Toy Story 4. variety.com/2019/film/new…
Ernst Kaltenbrunner, the successor to Reinhard Heydrich was only identified after capture because his mistress, a Countess, saw him by chance being led away whilst he was undercover using false documentation, an alias and a cover story and proceeded to shout his name as she ran over to hug him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern…
Canadian author, Markoosie Patsauq published the first Inuktitut language novel in 1974. Patsauq wrote the coming of age story Harpoon of the Hunter in 1969 when he worked as a pilot (the first Inuk pilot in Canada), using material he had heard from family members en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of the amazing and fearless POW dog Judy, who uplifted and protected British prisoners captured by the Japanese during WW2. She skirted death multiple times and survived the war. Her β€œmaster” built her a granite memorial inscribed with her life story when she died of old age nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned of a poodle that fell 13 stories, hitting and killing and elderly woman. A second woman was killed after a bus hit her as she came to see the incident, and a man died of a heart attack after witnessing the events. wikipedia.org/wiki/list_o…
Joseph Smith, the founder of the LDS church, and his brother Hyrum were shot to death by an angry mob while in prison in Carthage, Illinois. After being shot in the face, Hyrum exclaimed β€œI’m a dead man, Joseph!” Then Joseph was shot while trying to escape out of a second story window. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
In the original Pinocchio story he is executed by hanging. The Fox and the Cat bind his arms, pass a noose around his throat and hang him from the branch of an oak tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
The Animals' Eric Burdon is "The Eggman" from The Beatles' "I am the Walrus". John Lennon gave him the nickname "Eggman" after hearing a story where Burdon's girlfriend used a popper on him while he was making breakfast, cracked an egg on his naked body, and had sex with him on the floor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
, although it sounds incredible that people have survived falls from aircraft as high as 20 000 feet, the extreme height makes little difference as anything above 10 or 12 stories and you've reached terminal velocity. So a fall from 20,000 is no different from a 500 foot fall." popularmechanics.com/adve…
The protagonist of a story does not necessarily have to be a β€œgood guy”. They are just the main character of the story. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Terry Pratchett's daughter, Rhianna Pratchett, is a video game writer responsible for stories like BioShock Infinite, Mirror's Edge, the new Tomb Raider series and Overlord. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhi…

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