The very first sci-fi novel, A True Story, was written in ancient Greek in the 2nd century AD. It featured space travel, aliens, robots, artificial atmospheres and more en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_T…
During the heyday of The Sopranos FBI wiretaps of the real mafia revealed that the show was so realistic the real mobsters thought there was a connected guy feeding story lines for the show mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Two people have fallen from the Empire State and lived. Elvita Adams jumped in 1979 in a suicide attempt, but a gust of wind blew her onto a ledge one story below. In 2013, a man fell but was also saved by a ledge one story below. They both fell from the 86th floor and landed on the 85th floor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
The term "butterfly effect" in chaos theory *might* have its origins in a 1952 Ray Bradbury short story. In it, a time-traveler travels back 66 million years where he accidentally crushes a butterfly, resulting in an altered timeline observed upon his return. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
Today I learned that pixie dust in Peter Pan was added later on because children reading the story would think they too could fly like Peter Pan. Apparently there was a rash of young children hurting themselves by trying to fly like pan breakingcharacter.com/hom…
Today I learned about Mike Warnke: An evangelical celebrity claiming to be a former satanist who sacrificed children and engaged in ritual orgies before finding Christ. It was revealed he made the whole story up and was blacklisted from megachurches for not actually sacrificing babies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
John Knoll, the creator of Photoshop also wrote the story for Star Wars Rogue One en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
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/…
Nike fabricated a story about the Air Jordan 1 shoes being banned by the NBA and Jordan being fined every time he wore the shoes on the court which created a tale of defiance and "brazen charisma" that came to define the Air Jordan brand. epic.cpacamp.com/evolutio…
At the age of 14, in 1905, Charles de Gaulle wrote a short story titled "General De Gaulle" in which he imagined himself leading the French Army to victory over Germany "sometime in the 1930s." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
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-…
Today I learned about the hooded pitohui, one of the only known birds to be toxic. We all know about poison dart frogs - this bird’s feathers contain one of the most potent neurotoxins known to science – here’s their story. australiangeographic.com.…
Most of Coheed and Cambria's music follows an overarching Sci Fi story called "The Amory Wars" and that each album was accompanied by a Graphic Novel release boom-studios.com/series/a…
There is no left brain and right brain divide. People are not divided on the left-brain and the right-brain thinkers: those who are logical and analytical vs. those who are intuitive and creative. Scientific research has shown that the popular left brain / right brain story doesn't hold water. ideas.time.com/2013/11/29…
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…
Robert Maxwell, father of Ghislaine Maxwell, was the inspiration for the Bond Villain in Tomorrow Never Dies. At the end of the film M orders a cover-up story paralleling Maxwell's real death, β€œFalling overboard on his yacht." pastemagazine.com/movies/…
For the 1973 Clint Eastwood western film 'High Plains Drifer' over 50 technicians and construction workers built an entire townβ€”14 houses, a church, and a two-story hotelβ€”in 18 days, using 150,000 feet of timber. Complete buildings, rather than facades, were built. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
Today I learned of the crazy story of the colonial Australian Judge who refused to acknowledge the validity of any colonial law that contradicted British Law. Eventually he was removed from office and the British had to pass a law to specifically say that colonial laws were valid. adb.anu.edu.au/biography/…
Today I learned of Terence Kirk, an American soldier who was captured by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor day and spent the entire war at a brutal prison camp. While there, he built a camera out of scrap, and took many pictures. After the war, he was put under a gag order, and only told his story 38 years later. nbcnews.com/id/12759234/n…
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/…
The sequel to The Exorcist is actually a movie/novel called The Ninth Configuration and The Exorcist III is actually a story called Legion that has little to do with exorcism. fourthreefilm.com/2016/03…
There's still an Inca-style woven-grass bridge standing. It dangles around 5 stories above Peru's Apurimac River and is over 115 feet long. Continuing a centuries-old tradition, area villagers annually restore the Q'eswachaka Rope Bridge and keep it in usable condition. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
The movie 'Salt of the Earth' which is based in a true story of a 15 month-long strike and it was blacklisted by Hollywood because the writer, the director and the producer were alleged members of the Communist party and the actress Rosaura Revueltas was deported for being in this movie, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Today I learned of 'The Comet', a sci-fi short story written in 1920 by American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois. It tells the story of a Black man and White woman who survive when the population of New York is obliterated. It is credited by many as the foundation for writers of Afrofuturism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Stephen King's debut as a movie director was to make a film based on a short horror story he wrote about killer cars. He did the whole film coked out of his mind before swearing never to direct again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights are incredible light shows that caused by collisions between electrically charged particles and Earth’s atmosphere. They occur mostly in high altitudes near the poles. These events inspire stories from prehistoric times nineplanets.org/aurora-bo…
Today I learned of Craig Williamson, a Florida man who was watching "Unsolved Mysteries" and recognized himself as the missing person in Colorado. He claimed he was beaten in a robbery and developed amnesia. He was later reunited with his wife whom he had no memory of. Police are skeptical of the story. decider.com/2018/06/26/te…
The story "the vibrator was invented by doctors for giving female patients orgasms to treat hysteria" was a myth. bbc.com/future/article/20…
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…
A massive bridge can show the curvature of the Earth. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which is 4/5 mile long and 70 stories tall, is so big engineers designed the tops of the towers to be 1-5/8" further apart than their bases. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Eddie Murphy's film, Dolemite Is My Name, is a true story about a real man named Rudy Ray Moore. latimes.com/entertainment…
Today I learned about a Horror themed Japanese Anime series called Ghost Stories that was not well received in Japan and when it was dubbed over in English the voice acting cast were given free rein to say whatever they wanted. This led to the entire series becoming a Dark Comedy rather than Horror. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
The first published story of an abduction by extraterrestrials dates back to Stockton, California in 1896. A man claimed he and a friend encountered an attempted kidnapping by three tall, thin beings, 7 feet tall and nude, with small delicate hands and hairless except for a soft downy fur ufoupdateslist.com/2004/m…
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/…
Today I learned about The Human Library, an international organization/movement started in 2000 and active in more than 80 countries where, instead of books you 'borrow' people. People with interesting and unique life stories volunteer to be the 'books' and share their experience and answer questions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The stories of Aladdin, Ali Baba, and Sinbad were not in the original 1001 Arabian Nights, but are believed to have been added by the French explorer Antoine Galland, who heard them from various sources in Europe and implemented the stories into new translations of the Nights. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
The story that Victorian-era doctors used vibrators to treat female "hysteria" is an historical myth journalofpositivesexualit…
"Comrade Kim goes Flying" is North Korea’s first β€œgirl power” movie and it was screened at numerous film festivals in 2014. The story of coal miner, her dream of becoming a trapeze artist is crushed by an arrogant trapeze star who believes miners belong underground and not in the air comradekimgoesflying.com/
Today I learned of the groundscraper, the opposite of a skyscraper, which is a building like the Pentagon or Apple's headquarters with relatively few stories but greatly extends horizontally. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gro…
Summer in Japan is considered the season for ghost stories/spooky events and has the same eerie resonance as Halloween does for the U.S. The tradition comes from the Buddhist festival of the dead (Obon) which takes place in summer. workinjapan.today/culture…
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…
Tom Hanks' brother voiced Woody for Toy Story when Tom was busy with other stuff independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Inuits effectively teach their children to control their anger and emotions not with discipline, but through stories. npr.org/2019/03/04/689925…
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_…
Pro Wrestling Great, George "The Animal" Steele, was not an animal nor was he a dummy. He was a well educated man, teacher and all-around good guy. He has a YouTube video that was uploaded a day after his death, per his instructions, that shows him sharing his life story. youtube.com/watch?v=Tcc1B…
In the original Cinderella Story the ball was set over three days, and Cinderella had eluded him the first two nights, so the prince had set a mousetrap and covered the palace stairs in tar to catch Cinderella before she escaped. pitt.edu/~dash/grimm021.h…
There's a Japanese children's book called "Chirin no Suzu" (Chirin's Bell) about a lamb seeking revenge for a wolf killing his mother. The story is based on the author's (Takashi Yanase) experiences in World War 2. A film adaptation of the book was made in 1978 by Sanrio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
A Banana Splits movie was released in 2019; but instead of being for kids, the story involves the titular characters going on a murderous rampage in the studio upon finding out that their show has been cancelled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of George Story, whose birth was featured in the first issue of Life Magazine and whose death was featured in the final issue 63 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The Wild Thornberrys was the first Nicktoon to exclusively use 22 minute stories. Other Nicktoons relied on 10-11 minute stories, using 22 minute stories occasionally. Usually, Nicktoons focused on kids, but after running focus groups, they found kids fixating on the parent-child relationships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
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…
In Japan the cinema genre "Spaghetti Western" has been changed in "Macaroni Western" because in Japan spaghetti are conceptually "thin and meager", far from the iconic stories told in the movies. rioleo.org/spaghetti-and-…
In 1874, the NY Herald published an article about a mass escape of wild animals from the zoo, concluding with "the story given above is a pure fabrication". Most readers overlooked the final paragraph, and it sparked a mass panic, with the NY Times editor leaving his house with two pistols hoaxes.org/archive/permal…
Woody from Toy Story isn't just "Woody", or Sheriff Woody for that matter. His full name is Woody Pride. Apparently, the surname was discussed in the first film, but not officially used until the third film, as revealed bydDirector of Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
The Dilbert comic ran a story-line that was published around Easter about a new hire named Jesus, pronounced 'hey-soos', who was fired but returned three days later. dailycartoonist.com/index…
Today I learned about Chuck E Cheese's origin story. He grew up in an orphanage and did not know his own birthday. They celebrated birthdays on a weekly basis at the orphanage where they enjoyed pizza and sang "Happy Birthday", his favorite song. He's also really good at playing Pong and won $50 for it once. fatherly.com/news/chuck-e…
The term "butterfly effect" in chaos theory did not have its origin in a Ray Bradbury short story scholarpedia.org/article/…
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…
Popular actor and comedian Chevy Chase got his stage name from a 15th century English poem called The Ballad of Chevy Chase, which tells the story of the battle of Otterburn between the Percys and the Douglases. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
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…
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 film Mask (1985) is actually based on the true story of Roy Lee "Rocky" Dennis, an American boy who had craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, an extremely rare sclerotic bone disorder occurring in approximately one in every 220 million births, with fewer than 20 recorded cases. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Dr Watson ejaculates 11 times throughout the Sherlock Holmes stories. Ejaculate being used to mean exclaimed - 'β€œThank God!” I ejaculated from my very heart.' youtube.com/watch?v=N9mRt…
In 1633, a Turkish gentleman by the name of LagΓ’ri Hasan Γ‡elebi launched himself into the air on a rocket filled with 140 lbs of gunpowder. He landed in the river and was rewarded with silver by the Sultan. Mythbusters later tested this story in 2009 and considered it implausible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag…
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…
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…
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…
The final catalyst of the Thirty Years' War was when two Catholic Counts and their secretary were thrown out of the window ("defenstrated") by the Protestant Count Thurn in Prague. They survived the 3 story (21 m) fall, and the secretary was later given the title of "Baron of Highfall" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Def…
Today I learned of Mehran Karimi Nasseri, a man who lived at Terminal 1 at the Charles de Gaulle International Airport, France for 18 years. His story was the inspiration for the film "The Terminal" (2004) traveldailynews.com/post/…
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…
Today I learned about the Steinway Tower, 111 West 57th, the thinnest skyscraper in the world. The tower is the 3rd tallest in New York (1,438ft /84 story) with a width-to-height ratio of 1:24. The 60ft-wide base is less than the length of a tennis court (78ft) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/111…
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…
When David Lynch signed up for Dune (1984) he agreed to direct and write the screenplay, though he had not read the book, known the story, or even been interested in science fiction. Lynch worked on the script for six months yielding two drafts & subsequently worked on five more drafts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dun…
Precolonial Mesoamerican maps depicted both geographic features AND its history using logographs showing what an area was (i.e. a hill) and what happened there (i.e. glyphs for battles etc). As it told their stories, Native city-states used their city-maps as state symbols, akin to modern flags press.uchicago.edu/books/…
Today I learned of the Metropolitan Sepulchre - A 19th century proposal to build a pyramid in London that would have covered 18 acres, had the capacity for 5 million bodies and at 94 stories and 1500 feet would have been taller than the Empire State Building! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Beloved movie A Christmas Story was co-written and directed by Bob Clark who is also credited with helping creating the slasher genre by producing and directing the influential 1973 horror film Black Christmas just 9 years prior. letterboxd.com/director/b…
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…
We are designed to create stories as soon as we have enough informations available. The heider-Simmel illusion is a perfect example of it, as we only see triangles, lines and a circle, but still understand it as "a good one helping a circle to escape from the bad triangle after a fight". youtu.be/8FIEZXMUM2I
Joy Milne (The Lady Who Can Smell Parkinson’s) has a story of how she discovered her ability which differs from the β€˜dumb luck’/β€˜off-chance’ version first reported years ago npr.org/sections/health-s…
KvΔ›toslava Bartoň, born Axman. As 18 year old student she helped 45 war orphans from Slovak Valley of Death (place of most bloody battle of WWII on Eastern front). She never talked about it and asked for her story to be published after her death, because she didn't want fame or recognition. memoryofnations.eu/en/bar…
The shape of bagels came from Europe centuries ago. One theory is that Jews in 13th century Poland were allowed to boil (but not bake) bread, and the shape distinguished the bread. But that's not the whole story, modern food science proves the shape increases cooking surface area and chewiness. mashed.com/151894/the-rea…
Today I learned of Takarazuka, an all-female musical theater in Japan where women play all roles in lavish, Broadway-style productions of Western-style musicals, and sometimes stories adapted from shōjo manga and Japanese folktales. youtu.be/M9NnbqnziXs
The musical "A Chorus Line" is based on true stories from Broadway dancers, and the character of Sheila was based on, and originally played by, Kelly Bishop (Lorelai's mother from Gilmore Girls). Furthermore, the story Sheila tells in the play about her father cheating on her mother was true. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kel…
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…
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…
The tale generally considered to be the first detective story is Edgar Allan Poe's, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," in 1841. The story describes the extraordinary analytical power used by Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin to solve a series of murders in Paris. history.com/this-day-in-h…
The RUSH song "Red Barchetta" was based on a Sci Fi story of a near future where drivers of large, heavy and very crash worthy modern cars would hunt drivers of older, more fragile conventional cars and crash into them for sport and drive away unscathed. 2112.net/powerwindows/tra…
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
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…
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 story that Newton was hit on the head by an apple is almost certainly apocryphal. All Newton himself ever said was that the idea of gravity came to him as he sat in a contemplative mood, and was occasioned by the fall of an apple. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Historians have raised doubt on the popular stories of Nero's persecution of Christians, as they are based on a single questionable source cambridge.org/core/journa…
Woody from Toy Story was originally written as cruel and irredeemable. A storyboard showing Woody throwing Buzz Lightyear out of the second story window was shown to executives on Black Friday in 1993 and was rejected. John Lasseter and his team had one week to fix the story. youtube.com/watch?v=kQb9A…
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…
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…
The Beatles song β€œShe’s leaving home” was inspired by the news story of Melanie Coe and the story of her running away from home. Unbeknownst to Paul McCartney, who wrote the song, he had actually met Coe 3 years prior, on a TV gameshow in which he was a judge. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
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…
Today I learned about the 18th century folk song Maggie May. A prostitute in Liverpool who robs sailors after spending the night with them, Maggie is eventually caught and sent to the Botany Bay penal colony in Australia. It's possible the song's story is of a real woman, Nellie Ray, a prostitute and thief. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
During the American Civil War the Union troops came up with their own version of Dixieland called Union Dixie telling the story of how they felt about their southern counterparts. flashlyrics.com/lyrics/te…
An American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse in 1995, Artax, was named after the fictional horse from The Neverending Story. Artax equaled or broke three track records during the 1999 racing season when he won the Breeder's Cup Sprint, Carter Handicap and Forest Hills Handicap. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…

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