Raven the chimpanzee appeared in the 2009 Guinness World Records book as the most successful chimpanzee on Wall Street after choosing her stocks by throwing darts at a list of 133 internet companies. She became the 22nd most successful money manager in the USA. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Jim Henson originally wanted the Muppets to be for adults and didn't see his characters as a vehicle for children's education and family entertainment. Indeed, he first envisioned something closer to South Park rather than Sesame Street and in the 1950s they did dark comedy in commercials. slate.com/culture/2018/05…
In a village in India, an Indian robin had made a nest and laid her eggs on the village's switchboard. The village decided to go without street lights for over a month for the safety of the bird and to allow her eggs to hatch. After 45 days, the bird and its hatchlings safely flew away. deccanherald.com/national…
Early sections of San Francisco were built upon ships abandoned by prospectors during the California Gold Rush. Many were intentionally run aground to become bars and hotels. Now, hundreds of wooden ships lay beneath the city streets and a portion of their subway goes through the hull of one. interestingengineering.co…
There is a street that is split down the middle by the USA-Canadian border, aptly named Canusa street. People who live in houses on the south side of the street are in the USA, and the north side, in Canada. Crossing the street requires having to report to the border crossing office. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
In 2005 a nonverbal man found wandering the streets was taken into care. When first given access to a piano, he played anything from Tchaikovsky to the Beatles non-stop for four hours. It took four months of media attention to reunite him with his family en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
A professional security tester named Jayson E. Street, was once hired to attempt to compromise the computers and networks of a bank in Beirut. He succeeded in the compromise and found several exploits, but was soon shocked to discover he had just robbed/hacked the wrong bank darknetdiaries.com/episod…
Today I learned of Julia, a muppet introduced in April of 2015 on Sesame Street as the first to have Autism. Every year since she has been featured in the April show, as that is Autism Awareness month. She is played by Stacey Gordon, who's son is on the spectrum and named after her daughter. smithsonianmag.com/innova…
While the winners of the 1971 Cannonball Run - a street race across the USA - were driving a Ferrari Daytona, the 2nd place finishers had a Chevy van fitted with a 248-gallon auxiliary tank to minimize the refuel count. The van took only 53 minutes longer than the Ferrari to finish the race in. pistonheads.com/news/ph-f…
The Brooklyn Dodgers name stems from a nickname given in the 1890s to people who, in a matter of life and death, had to evade railcars speeding down the streets. They were known as trolley dodgers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Steven Van Zandt, guitarist with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, originally auditioned for the lead role of Tony in The Sopranos. HBO didn't think he would work as a lead since he never acted before, so creator David Chase wrote him Sylvio Dante, a character that Steven had created. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
It was Leonardo DiCaprio's idea to include Matthew McConaughey chest thumping in 'The Wolf of Wall Street' after seeing McConaughey beating his chest as a way of relaxing before the scene. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
A Danish ex-Jagercorps operative drove a post-apocalyptic 1979 Camaro through the war-torn streets of Sarajevo to deliver food to starving children during the Yugoslavia War. badassoftheweek.com/ghost…
Before elevators the piano nobile or noble level (first storey in European terms; second floor in American terms) had the best rooms with large windows and balconies, avoiding the damp and smell of the street. Some newer buildings preserve the tradition. architecturalobserver.com…
Today I learned that Count von Count from Sesame Street has hypnotic powers, but only used them in two episodes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Jack in The Box created a fake boy band called the Meaty Cheese Boys because NSYNC had a CD promo with McDonald’s and Back Street Boys had it with Burger King. enacademic.com/dic.nsf/en…
When JFK was only 3 years old, his father Joseph Kennedy narrowly escaped the infamous 1920 Wall Street bombing planned by a group of anarchists who used a wagon full of lead weights as a bomb. The explosion killed 38 bystanders, however, Kennedy was thrown unharmed to the ground. historycentral.com/TheTwe…
Michael Marin, a Wall Street trader, was famous for ingesting cyanide in court immediately after receiving his verdict. It was all caught on film. He had the cyanide mail ordered a year before. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Hermann GΓΆring's brother strongly opposed the Nazi party, and forged his brother's signature so people could leave the country. Once, he joined Jews who had to scrub the streets, so the SS officer stopped the activity in order not to humiliate Hermann GΓΆring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
A study from Yale found that kids who watched 'Mr. Rogers Neighborhood' retained more information than children who watched 'Sesame Street.' They also had a higher 'tolerance of delay', meaning they were more patient mentalfloss.com/article/9…
There is an English town called Chester-le-Street. The name refers to an ancient Roman fort and road. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
A 1:1 life size replica of The USS Enterprise, as long as the empire building is tall, was planned in 1992 and almost constructed in downtown Las Vegas as a plan to revitalize the area before the chairman of Paramount decided against it. The funding went instead to the Fremont Street Experience. giantfreakinrobot.com/sci…
For a while in the 2010s, you could rent the country of Liechtenstein on Airbnb for $70,000 a night. This included hanging out with the monarch, temporary currency, the ability to rename streets and a key to country. theguardian.com/world/201…
In 1964, David Bowie appeared on TV as the spokesperson for the "Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Men with Long Hair." He was protesting the treatment he and other post-Beatles long-haired men recieved on the streets of England. It was all a publicity stunt. mashable.com/2016/03/17/d…
An epidemic in 1872 affecting horses was a key moment in the animal rights movement as the founder of the ASPCA would stand in the street to block horse-drawn trolleys to insist that sick horses be returned to the stables instead of being worked to death slate.com/technology/2020…
80's metal bands Twisted Sister and Manowar were involved in a feud. In an interview, Manowar called Twisted Sister a bunch of 'sissy boys with makeup'. Twisted Sister challenged them to a street fight at Covent Garden, but Manowar never showed up and later apologised for offending them. metal-rules.com/2012/06/2…
In 1944, the Soviets had 50,000 German prisoners marched through Moscow in a ceremony reminiscent of a Roman triumph. Afterwards, street sweepers were used "to wipe out the stain of fascism". youtube.com/watch?v=-nbDI…
Some people earn a living by diving into sewers to collect tiny specks of gold that are accidentally brushed into the open sewers that run alongside the narrow streets of Dhaka's historic gold bazaar. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south…
Today I learned about the, Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club. An over 100 year old club of black urban cowboys in the heart of Philadelphia. The tend to horses and teach the youth of the area how to do the same. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
'short selling' on Wall Street has a colorful history dating back to 18th century. Notably by Daniel Drew who famously said 'He who sells what isn't his'n, must buy it back or go to pris'n. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
People who use heroin describe sensations of warmth and safety while they are high. When sleeping on the streets on a cold night, a hit of heroin can make it possible to relax and get some rest verywellmind.com/what-her…
Jonah Hill had to be hospitalised while filming The Wolf of Wall Street because he snorted too much fake cocaine. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Richard Donner received hate mail and death threats for making Superman (1978), which draws parallels between Superman and Jesus, with one letter telling him his "blood would run in the streets". screenrant.com/superman-m…
Several people walked out of every screening of Reservoir Dogs at the Sundance film festival because of its graphic violence, including horror movie director Wes Craven best known for his A Nightmare On Elm Street films. ew.com/movies/2017/04/29/…
Today I learned of the devastation of Sandby Borg. It was the scene of a massacre in the late 5th century AD. The victims of the massacre were never buried but are found lying as they fell, inside the houses and scattered on the streets of the fort. The site was never occupied again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Mapmakers used to plant fictitious streets in their maps, so that if a person copied their map, they could point out the replication of the fake street to prove copyright infringement. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Nyepi, a hindu festival, celebrated in Bali is a national self reflection day which is observed by silence. Surprisingly, tourists are not permitted onto the beaches or streets. telecommunications companies even switch off internet services for a 24 hour period. Airport are closed too. officeholidays.com/holida…
Budapest, Hungary declares lomtalanΓ­tΓ‘s or "get-rid-of-junk" days where residents pile mountains of trash in the streets. Scavengers, scrappers, and collectors sift through the piles before sanitation workers clean it all up. welovebudapest.com/en/art…
In 2011 Mythbusters accidentally fired a cannonball through a residential neighborhood. The show was testing a myth at the Alameda Sheriff's Department bomb range when the ball bounced 700 yards off course going through a house, across the street, off a roof and into a car. No one was injured. npr.org/2011/12/08/143349…
Hipparchia of Maroneia demanded to marry cynic philosopher Crates despite her parents objecting. Crates, removed his clothes in front of her parents and declared "this is the bridegroom and this is his property". They got married and lived in the streets as cynics, often having sex in public en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
The Italian city of Naples is entering pet dogs' DNA into a city-wide registry. Samples from piles of poo left on the street will then be entered into the database and be used to identify the irresponsible owner behind the mess. The city will fine culprits around $685 smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
β€” About 2,700 employees of 501(c)(3) nonprofits received annual compensation of more than $1 million in 2014, almost one-third more than in 2011. The study, conducted by the Wall Street Journal, analyzed IRS Form 990 Returns for nearly 100,000 organizations. nonprofitquarterly.org/mi…
Today I learned of Saturn, the crocodile who survived WW2 in the inhospitable streets of Berlin after intense bombing, un dying recently at the ripe old age of 84. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Vincent Gigante was an American mobster who was boss of the Genovese crime family in New York City. To avoid prosecution he feigned insanity often wandering the streets in a bathrobe and talking to himself. This earned him the nickname: The Oddfather" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
In 1993 they moved a 3000-tonne, four-storey Hotel 180 meters down and across a street in Wellington, New Zealand stuff.co.nz/dominion-post…
Today I learned about Raven the Chimpanzee, she became the 22nd most successful money manager on Wall Street after choosing her stocks by throwing darts at a list of 133 internet companies. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was created as a result of a lawsuit by the brokerage Stratton Oakmont. The firm and its founders was depicted in the film Wolf of Wall Street en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
The movie "The Wolf of Wall Street" set a Guinness World Records record title for most swearing in one film. Saying the f-word 506 times with an average of 2.81 times per minute. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The Wall Street "Charging Bull" sculpture was for sale from 1993 to at least 2008. The artist was trying to recover the $360,000 it cost him to cast the piece. He only received one major offer: a Las Vegas hotel bid $300k but he declined and insisted that it remain in its current location. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Street food in Vietnam is so available, fast and cheap that international fast food chains like McDonald’s flopped after entering youtu.be/l9pthhpd7So/

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