Horses identify photographs of their current keepers, and even of former keepers whom they had not seen in six months, at a rate much better than chance. Horses correctly identified their current keeper and ignored the stranger’s face about 75 percent of the time. scientificamerican.com/po…
The StarCourt Mall set from 'Stranger Things' was built inside Gwinnett Place Mall, a dying shopping mall in metro Atlanta. Set designers installed authentic signage and storefronts of 1980s stores. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwi…
Jerri Blank's character in Strangers with Candy was based off of Florrie Fisher, a former addict and prostitute turned motivational speaker who was a cult icon for her outlandish stories shared with high school students in the 1960s and 70s. youtube.com/watch?v=8vd7o…
Today I learned about the "world's rudest, worst, most insulting waiter"β€”Edsel Ford Fong at the Sam Wo Restaurant in San Francisco, CA. Fong is known for seating people with strangers, criticizing customer's menu choices, slamming food on the table, and busing tables before people are finished eating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eds…
, There's an opposite to "deja vu", they call it "jamais vu", it's when you meet the same people or visit places, again and again, but each time, is the first. everybody is always a stranger. nothing is ever familiar. link.springer.com/referen…
According to the C-BARQ program run through the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, the most aggressive breed of dog - showing heightened aggression towards dogs, strangers, and even their owners - is...the Daschund. pri.org/stories/2015-02-2…
Today I learned about The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness; A study in which pairs of strangers were sat across each other, and given 36 questions to ask each other over a 45 minute period to see if they would fall in love. rd.com/list/arthur-aron-3…
David Harbour ( Hopper from Stranger Things) once auditioned for role of Blob in X-Man movie, but was deemed too fat for the role. screenrant.com/david-harb…
The second verse of The Doors - Riders on the Storm "There's a killer on the road, His brain is squirmin' like a toad", was inspired by a 1950 killing spree by Billy Cook. Among the six strangers he killed, was a family of four (and their dog) that he killed and dumped in a mine shaft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
In 2013 a French businessman died of a heart attack while having sex with a stranger while on a business trip. A French court subsequently ruled that this was an industrial accident and that his wife and family were entitled to compensation bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
The name "Scooby-Doo" was inspired by Frank Sinatra scatting "doo-be-doo-be-doo" in the song "Strangers in the Night" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
Today I learned of Jia Jiang, a startup founder who set out to overcome his fear of rejection in "100 Days of Rejection." He forced himself to ask strangers for favors with high risk of a "no" such as: Ask to borrow $100; ask for a free "burger refill" at a restaurant. His odd requests sometimes got a "yes." nextshark.com/chinese-ent…
Today I learned of Billie Bob Harrell, Jr. from Texas. In June 1997, he won $31M from lottery. He bought a ranch. He bought cars each for himself, wife & 3 children. He donated money to his church. Everyone he knew, even strangers, were asking him for money. 20 months later he shot himself to death. houstonpress.com/news/bil…
For some people, recognizing faces is an impossibility due the neurological disorder known as prosopagnosia (also called face blindness). For them, loved ones can appear to be strangers. brainandlife.org/articles…
Arthur Conan Doyle loosely based Sherlock Holmes on Dr Joseph Bell, a Scottish surgeon who was known for his skills in observation. Dr Bell would often pick a stranger, and by observing him, deduce his occupation and recent activities. He was considered a pioneer in forensic science. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
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…
Today I learned about "paired kidney exchange", which allows you to donate your kidney that wasn't a match for your intended recipient (spouse, child, etc.) to a stranger but in turn receive a kidney that is a match for your loved one. Instead of two people going without a transplant, both get a transplant. kidneyfund.org/kidney-dis…
The largest gold nugget ever found (called the Welcome Stranger), would be worth approximately $4.5M USD today, discovered by two miners John Deason and Richard Oates on February 5, 1869, near Moliagul, in the state of Victoria, Australia. bbc.com/news/uk-england-c…
Today I learned about Zell Kravinsky, who donated his kidney to a poor African American man. He calculated the chances of dying from the procedure at 1 in 4,000, and said "to withhold a kidney from someone who would otherwise die means valuing one’s own life at 4,000 times that of a stranger". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zel…
The popular 90s sitcom Family Matters was a spin-off of a popular 80s sitcom, Perfect Strangers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fam…
New Florida man Tom Brady accidentally walked into a stranger's home when he meant to go to the Buccaneers' offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich's house. Because of social distancing, Byron had told Tom he'd leave info for him in his open house, but Tom surprised a neighbor instead. people.com/sports/tom-bra…
The movie 'Seven Pounds' about a man (Will Smith) giving the gift of life to seven strangers, foregone the usual Hollywood premiere and instead chose Cleveland, Miami, Dallas, St. Louis, and Denver to premiere the film to raise funds for food banks in each region. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
Over 15 to 20 networks rejected the Duffer Brothers' "Stranger Things" series, saying no one would be interested in a Sci-Fi horror that revolves around kid protagonists. One executive said they need to make it a kids show or have an adult character (Jim Hopper) be the main protagonist instead. cnbc.com/2018/12/11/duffe…
A "familiar stranger" is a term used by social scientists for strangers we see on a regular basis but with whom we don't interact. Familiar strangers are more than complete strangers but do not rise to the level of an acquaintance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fam…
Today I learned of a suicidal man who went to a bridge to kill himself, changed his mind, then decided to push a stranger to his death instead. chroniclelive.co.uk/news/…
No cases of strangers hurting children by hiding poisons or sharp objects in candy have been proven. However, in rare cases, family members have used the story to try to cover up murder or accidental deaths. Also, some children have copycatted it and then pretended it was the work of a stranger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poi…
Yawning is more contagious among people who are emotionally close. An experiment found family members showed the greatest contagion, in terms of both occurrence of yawning and frequency of yawns, while strangers and acquaintances showed a comparatively longer delay in the yawn response. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Perfect Strangers starring Bronson Pinchot as Balki Bartokomous takes place in the same universe as Family Matters, which shares a universe with Step by Step, where Bronson Pinchot plays a hair dresser named Jean-Luc Rieupeyroux en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Bonobos are as closely related to humans as chimpanzees and also the only primates that do not kill. Rather than using violence they evolved to use empathy towards strangers 😍 youtube.com/watch?v=sN-Hj…
The font in the intro to Stranger Things is called ITC Benguiat, and it is an instrumental part of the 1980s feel of the show time.com/4984529/stranger…
Billy Joel didn't want to include Just The Way You Are on his album The Stranger, but was persuaded to by Phoebe Snow and Linda Ronstadt, who were recording in the same building at the time. The song became Joel's first Top 10 hit and won two Grammys. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus…
Despite launching at the tail end of a year that had seen much upheaval in the United States, the effect of Apollo 8 was summed up in a telegram sent by a stranger, received by astronaut commander Frank Borman, after the mission, that stated simply "Thank you Apollo 8. You saved 1968." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Chauncy Black, the teen who got $300K from a GoFundMe after offering a stranger help carrying groceries in exchange for food, is currently charged with shooting and killing a man. fox13memphis.com/news/loc…
When Mike Merrill considered getting a vasectomy or moving in with his girlfriend, the choice wasn't his to make. It was instead left up to 805 people who'd purchased his life. Merrill, a private citizen, sold 11,823 shares of his life to complete strangers who now control his decisions. thehustle.co/mike-merrill…
"potter's field," a term synonymous with mass graves, has a Biblical origin. It refers to an extremely clay-rich parcel of land in Jerusalem, purchased with the 30 pieces of silver which Judas returned to the chief priests. Useless for farming, the land was used to bury strangers. nytimes.com/interactive/2…
In 2000, two suicidal people met online and both decided they wanted to end their life by jumping off a cliff. The two strangers met up in Norway, took a cab to a popular cliff and jumped to their death together. theguardian.com/world/200…
Today I learned of Mount Kemukus, a hilltop shrine in Central Java where people go to have sex with other pilgrims who are total strangers, to bring goodluck. mountainculturegroup.com/…
Today I learned about the bundling board. While used for strangers having to share a bed, it is also used by the parents of young, courting, puritan couples to achieve the emotional intimacy of sharing a bed while at the same time "discouraging" any real physical intimacy before marriage. jmarkpowell.com/bundling-…
Ultima Thule was thought to have a unique snowman shape but once the spacecraft arrived it revealed an even stranger flattened gingerbread man shape spaceflightnow.com/2019/0…
There was an direct to VHS special of Disney Channel's "Welcome To Pooh Corner" (1983) that dealt with stranger danger, and what to do if a stranger wants to touch you inappropriately. youtu.be/3BINRuQoYdg
Today I learned about Charley Ross, a 4-year-old American child whose 1874 kidnapping for ransom (considered the first in US history) became a nationwide sensation. Charley, who was never found, was lured by two men offering candy and fireworks, giving rise to the warning "never take candy from strangers". yalereview.yale.edu/kidna…
A hitchhiking robot that relied on the kindness of strangers to travel the world was found with its head and arms ripped off, just two weeks into its first American tour. wired.co.uk/article/hitch…
Today I learned of Stone Soup, a European folk story in which hungry strangers convince the people of a town to each share a small amount of their food in order to make a meal that everyone enjoys, and exists as a moral regarding the value of sharing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
There are "cuddle cafes"/ "co-sleeping shops" in Japan that let you sleep with a stranger for Y6,000 an hour: Soineya, Japan’s first β€œco-sleeping specialty shop,” started in 2012 - where customers can pay to sleep in the arms of a beautiful girlβ€”with no strings attached. japantoday.com/category/f…
That in 1903 a pair of nearly identical strangers ended up in the same prison in Kansas which helped fingerprinting become widely accepted by law enforcement agencies in the U.S. ilikehistory.com/a-tale-o…
The term "Stranger Danger" may leave children more susceptible to abuse because it puts focus on strangers when in reality 93% of children know their abuser. childrescuenetwork.org/th…
C418, Daniel Rosenfeld, Creator of the Minecraft soundtrack created a remixed version of the Stranger Things Theme song, which led to him writing and producing the theme song for the talk show Beyond Stranger Things en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C41…
Stranger Things season 3 was filmed in a dying mall that someone was found murdered in just 6 months prior. The murderer wasn’t even charged until after shooting had wrapped up. dreadcentral.com/news/281…
In the 1980s, American Airlines needed cash, and sold lifetime, unlimited use, first class passes. Two men, in particular, made excellent use (traveling millions of miles and getting flights for strangers) until American revoked the β€œunlimited” passes. thehustle.co/aairpass-ame…
Babylonian women had to, by law, consort with 1 stranger who threw a silver coin into their lap while they sat in the "District of Venus". As Babylonian women were usually tall and beautiful, some uglier women had to wait up to 4 years for their coin, before returning home. oll.libertyfund.org/title…

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