Adam Sandler's movie "50 First Dates" inspired a real therapy program in which patients with early dementia watch every morning a video message of support from their loved ones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_…
The US Department of Defense withdrew its financial and logistical support for the TV series The Lieutenant (1963–1964) after its creater Gene Roddenberry pressed ahead with a plot titled "To Set It Right" in which a white and a black man find a common cause in their roles as Marines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Seth MacFarlane served as executive producer of the Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted series Cosmos. He was instrumental in providing funding for the series, as well as securing studio support for it from other entertainment execs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Set…
Nan Britton claimed to have had an affair with US Pres. Warren Harding and gave birth to his daughter. She was ridiculed in court when she tried to sue for child support. In 2015, Ancestry.com confirmed that Britton was telling the truth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
Knights would work out in their armor and put weights on their swords to make themselves more effective in combat. One knight even climbed a 60-foot ladder in armor by hand, with no foot support. atlasobscura.com/articles…
During D-day, the USS Texas intentionality flooded a part of itself to help provide inland fire support. It flooded the starboard torpedo blister to list the ship 2 degrees, giving the ship’s guns enough elevation to continue its mission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Many customer service agents can actually see what you are typing in the online support chat before you actually hit "send" gizmodo.com/be-warned-cus…
Today I learned of pharaoh Ptolemy VIII and his sister-wife Cleopatra II. When Ptolemy married his niece (Cleopatra's daughter by another brother), it caused Cleopatra to rebel in support of their 12-year-old son. Ptolemy responded by dismembering their son and sending the pieces to Cleopatra on her birthday en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pto…
Heteropaternal Superfecundation is referred to as a form of twinning where genetically the twins are half siblings or they have different fathers. In 2013, a New Jersey woman found out her twin daughters have different Daddy thru DNA test when she sought for child support on her partner. abc7ny.com/paterson-new-j…
Czech doctors successfully delivered a baby girl 117 days after her mother had suffered a severe stroke and became brain dead. After delivery, they disconnected the mother’s life support. reuters.com/article/us-cz…
Jesse Owens was not only not acknowledged by Hitler, but also from his president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Only white Olympians were invited to the White House in 1936. Most likely, FDR did not want to risk losing the support of Southern Democrats by appearing overly soft on the race issue. britannica.com/story/was-…
France provided 'material support' to Argentina during the Falklands War. Despite France claiming they were not helping Argentina, evidence surfaced that indicated French technical teams remained in Argentina helping them to fix and use missiles that were deployed against British forces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
Mussolini beleived pasta was the reason for many problems in the italian society and pushed for rice based food like risotto.He had support from artists of Italian Futurism, who claimed that pasta made people weak and lazy. contemporaryfoodlab.com/h…
Despite being aligned with Nazi Germany in WWII, Finnish Jews were not persecuted by the government of Finland. The Finnish Army set up the only field synagogue on the Eastern Front and Finnish Jews fought with Germans in support of the Axis Powers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Naomi Watts' father, Peter, was a roadie for Pink Floyd, who died of a heroin overdose when she was 7. Pink Floyd provided financial support to the family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Texaco, Inc. ("The Texas Company"), the American oil subsidiary of the Chevron Corporation, illegally supplied oil on credit to Franco's forces during the Spanish Civil War and also shipped oil to Germany to support the Nazis during World War II. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
The Clovis people were not the first Americans. The find supports growing archaeological evidence found in recent years that disputes the notion that the Americas were originally populated by a single migration of people from Asia about 13,000 years ago. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The entire EU plus a dozen other countries including the US, Brazil, Turkey, and Kazakhstan are part of a huge treaty requiring countries to pursue child support payments levied in other member countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hag…
The movie "Independence Day" was originally meant to have support from the United States Armed Forces, but they backed out when the references to Area 51 were not removed from the script en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Today I learned of Ruth Coker Burks. During the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s, she used her salary as a real estate agent to provide support, medication and palliative care for more than 1000 AIDS patients whose families had abandoned them, and for some, burying them in her own family cemetery in Arkansas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
90% of Americans support the inscription "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Norway is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. It has a 'sovereign fund' of $1 trillion, around $200,000 for each of it's 5 million citizens to support future generations. money.cnn.com/2017/09/19/…
Divorce decrees in Canada circa 1950 could stipulate that a woman must remain chaste in order to continue receiving spousal support scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc…
Today I learned about Mehran Karimi Nasseri, a man who spent 18 years (1988-2006) living in Terminal 1 of Paris CDG airport. He was the inspiration for the movie The Terminal. Nasseri lived with his carry-on belongings on a bench, and received food and support from airport staff and travelers. wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehran…
The Unicode Consortium allows you to "adopt a character" as a way to support the foundation home.unicode.org/adopt-a-…
In 1990, Nayirah al-αΉ’abaαΈ₯, daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the US, gave a false testimony which galvanized support for the first Persian Gulf War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nay…
It is custom in Indian culture to give gifts in amounts like $101 and $501, especially at weddings. This is to support the idea that, like the gift, the couple is indivisable daily.bhaskar.com/news/JM…
, FDR asked singer Eddie Cantor if he could get a million people to send in a dollar to support polio research. He replied that it would be easier to ask for dimes. By the end of the month, the White House had received 2.68 million dimes ($268k) and the March of Dimes began. time.com/5062520/march-of…
The Secret Service spent 10 years searching for Emerich Juettner, a senior citizen counterfeiter. He only made $1 bills, just enough to support himself and his dog, never passing more than one in the same place. When Hollywood based a movie on him, he made more money than his counterfeiting did. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
A con man tricked Al Capone out of $5,000. He got Capone to give him $50,000 to invest in a scam. After 2 months, he returned it. He told Capone that the scam had fallen through, and he had no money left to support himself. Capone, stung by his honesty, gave him $5,000 to β€œtide him over”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
6 American soldiers defected to North Korea after the Korean War. Most of which lived in NK for the rest of their lives while being "given" wives by the NK government along with support and housing. Some of which had children who live in NK still. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
That, after the 1940 election, unsuccessful challenger Wendell Willkie gave FDR his full support, making wartime foreign trips as FDR's envoy & even discussing the possibility of forming a liberal third-party together after the war (which, unfortunately, neither would live to see the end of). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wen…
Today I learned of the Hindu-German Conspiracy, an attempt to organize a revolt in the British Raj during WW1 by Indian nationalists. It received support from Germany, Turkey and the Irish republican movement. A major mutiny was prevented after the US Ghadar Party was infiltrated by British intelligence agents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hin…
Today I learned about the Yellow Fleet. During the Israel-Egypt 6-Day-War, a group of 15 ships was trapped in a war-zone for 8 years (1967-1975) in the Suez Canal. While trapped the crews met regularly, socialized & founded an association for mutual support. They even issued postage stamps recognized worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yel…
Sanora Babb was writing a book about the Dust Bowl but John Steinbeck stole her notes to write The Grapes of Wrath, and as it was felt the market couldn’t support two books about the subject, her book remained unpublished until 2004. broadstreetonline.org/201…
A 57 year old woman named Velma Thomas was presumed dead and taken off life support 17 hours before somehow pushing through. telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense, the pamphlet that helped gain support for American Independence, was one of the first people to publicly doubt Jesus Christ existed. Prior Christian skeptics simply believed Christ wasn't the son of God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Rover Curiosity has been on Mars for 8 yrs [2012-2020] and still performing it's mission of studying the climate, geology, life support capacity & other task assigned by Mars Exploration Program (MEP).. space.com/17963-mars-curi…
Ulysses S. Grant, while poor and struggling to support his family in 1859, chose to free the slave he received from his father-in-law, rather than selling his slave journalofthecivilwarera.o…
Because of the subject of mutiny, 'Crimson Tide' did not receive support from the US Navy but still managed to get actual footage of The USS Alabama. They filmed it when Tony Scott got a tip as to when the Alabama was shipping out and followed it with a yacht and a helicopter for 8 miles. ew.com/article/1995/05/26…
At a summit in Geneva during the Cold War, President Reagan asked President Gorbachev, β€œIf we were invaded by aliens, would you support us?” Gorbachev said that he would. Reagan replied he would too. sofrep.com/news/sofrep-x-…
All vertebrates (except fish) have the same basic skeleton design: a column of vertebrae that supports the body and head, a skull that houses and protects the brain and sense organs, ribs that protect the heart and lungs and 4 limbs. Every limb also shares the same basic pattern and has 5 digits en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Ana…
As a joke, the Apple II release of "Karateka" had a full version of the game on the reverse side of the disk that rendered the game upside down prompting users to call support and ask why the game was upside down. They were told to "take the disk out, insert it right-side up, and reboot". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Magda and Joseph Goebbels in the last days of WWII and while confined to the FΓΌhrerbunker, arranged to have all 6 of their children killed with cyanide as they slept. They believed the children would support their decision to commit suicide if they were old enough to speak for themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goe…
The Military Industrial Complex Created Caning to Preserve Food - Napoleon Offered Prize for New Food Preparation to Support Russian Invasion britannica.com/topic/cann…
The Soviet Union disapproved of Somalia's 1977 invasion of Ethiopia and so ceased its support of Somalia and started supporting Ethiopia. In response, the United States ceased its support of Ethiopia and started supporting Somalia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oga…
Emotional support insects are a thing and got banned by American Airlines cbsnews.com/news/american…
In 2013 a petition requesting that the United States Government build a Death Star reached 25,000 signatures, the threshold requiring the White House office to make a response. One part of the response was, "The Administration does not support blowing up planets." space.com/19246-death-sta…
, of the Battle of Blair Mountain WV. The Largest armed uprising in the US since the Civil War. where 10,000 armed miners fought 2,000 mine backed 'strike breakers'. the anti-union forces were armed with machine guns, air support, and eventually supported by the WV National guard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Beavers have been successfully reintroduced to Knapdale in Scotland. Unofficial populations are thriving in the River Tay and its tributaries. They have also become established in the River Otter in Devon. The re-establishment of beavers has widespread public support. rewildingbritain.org.uk/r…
Atari Democrats were American Democratic legislators who suggested that the support and development of high tech and related businesses would stimulate the economy and create jobs in the 1980s and 1990s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ata…
Today I learned of Rita Crundwell, who embezzled $53.7 million during her 22 year career as treasure and controller of Dixon, Illinois. She used this money to support her championship Quarter Horse breeding operation. In 2008 alone, she was able to embezzle $5.8 million off of a city budget of $8-9 million. wikipedia.org/wiki/Rita_C…
An antibullying campaign by UK radio "Radio 1" gave out blue wristbands for people to pledge their support. Pupils who wore these wristbands soon after got bullied themselves. theguardian.com/education…
Hawaii is the birthplace of the Modern Chinese Revolution because Sun Yat-sen established the Revived China Society to overthrow the Qing Dynasty there. His brother Sun Mei was one of the wealthiest Chinese in Hawaii and sold all of his properties and businesses to support the Revolution mauinow.com/2011/11/15/ph…
For over a century, locals in Meghalaya, India have been using trees to build root bridges, known locally as jing kieng jri. Taking 15 to 30 years to grow, they can span up to 250β€² above gorges and rivers and support up to 35 people at a time. nationalgeographic.com/tr…
The Simpsons writer/producer Mike Reiss insists The Itchy & Scratchy Show is based on Herman and Katnip, which he calls a "cheap, ultra-violent knockoff" of Tom and Jerry. Director David Silverman supports this, stating Herman and Katnip "is hilarious because it's just bad." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Identical twins both ordered to pay child support after DNA tests fail to determine who baby's father is independent.co.uk/news/wo…
In 2008 Foo Fighters held a Charity concert for the HIV-denialist group "Alive&Well". In private footage Grohl is seen with founder of the organization Christine Maggiore and Shiflett speaking in support of the Organization. Maggiore died in 2008 of suspected AIDS-related pneumonia. youtube.com/watch?v=XCFPw…
Apple told tech support not to instruct customers to press "Any key", because they would "panic" and ask what key to press en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Any…
Friedrich Nietzsche's work was manipulated by his sister to support her own antisemitic ideals - these manipulated works were then further abused by the Nazi party telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
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…
Today I learned of 'elysis', a new smelting process for aluminum that releases oxygen instead of carbon dioxide. This new production process both cuts operating costs by 15% and increases production by 15%. Apple has invested $11 million in the venture behind it and is offering technical support. greentechmedia.com/articl…
Fred Phelps was excommunicated from Westboro Baptist Church before his death for having a change of heart about his religious beliefs and acknowledging the "Equality House," a local LGBT support organization, as "good people." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Penguin poop will change Antarctica's ecosystem. Their nutrient rich poop can one day support plant and animals which currently can't survive in Antarctica. npr.org/2019/05/12/722095…
Today I learned of Pink Shirt Day - an anti-bullying day in school. It started in 2007 when a Grade 9 student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. In response, two older students bought and distributed pink shirts in support. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Kombucha is claimed to treat AIDS, aging, anorexia, arthritis, atherosclerosis, cancer, constipation, and diabetes, but there is no evidence to support any of these claims. Moreover, the beverage has caused rare cases of serious adverse effects, including fatalities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kom…
Today I learned of Wally, the licensed "Emotional Support Alligator" of PA Marine Corps veteran Joie Henney; Wally was approved by Henney's doctor when he refused anti-depressant medication. When not out on his ESA leash, Wally eats chicken wings and watches tv from his 300-gallon pond inside Henney's home. inquirer.com/news/alligat…
Czech hospital kept brain-dead mother 18 weeks on life support and prepeare her to gave a successful birth. It's one of the longest time ever msn.com/en-sg/health/heal…
The United States Government was in full support of the movie Independence Day [1996] offering real military uniforms and even jets until the film makers refused to remove Area 51 from the movie. The government withdrew all support. uproxx.com/movies/why-mil…
The 12-year-old girl in the photo that appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic is Sharbat Gula during Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. She is now widowed and provided financial support by the Afghan government. Her photo has been called "the First World's Third World Mona Lisa". wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghan…
During the Korean War, hundreds of American pilots fought and died in a hot aerial war with the Soviet Union, which flew 75% of all fighter missions in support of North Korea. This was kept secret by both countries until the end of the Cold War to avoid pressure for confrontation. questia.com/read/1P3-4369…
Although the breakaway basketball rim (a rim that contains a hinge and a spring to prevent the glass backboard from shattering) became a a required equipment upgrade in 1982, Shaquille O'Neal dunked so hard that he still broke the rims off its supports. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
NASA scientists at JPL use repurposed gaming computers for exploring Mars. Their high performance graphics cards support special 3D imaging goggles for navigating on the red planet. jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.ph…
Michael J. Anderson, the actor who played The Man from Another Place in Twin Peaks, worked as a computer technician on the ground support system for NASA’s space shuttle prior to his acting career. wikipedia.org/wiki/Michae…
When Charles Dickens was 12 years old, his father was thrown into prison for debt. Charles was forced to leave school and work ten-hour days at a boot factory in order to help support his family. The poor conditions of the working class became a major theme in several of his works. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In traditional Chinese medicine, a tiger penis is said to have important therapeutic properties. The penis of a tiger when consumed is said to be a potent aphrodisiac and an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tig…
Today I learned about the People's Olympiad, a planned international sports event to be held in Barcelona meant as a protest to the Berlin 1936 Olympics. It had the support of Stalin's Soviet Union and athletes from many countries, but in the end it was cancelled due to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peo…
Today I learned about half of the Lincoln Memorial is hidden underground. The 43,800-square-foot basement was built with dozens of concrete columns to support the weight of the marble structure. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
Today I learned about the business of β€œAdversary Air Support” in which a contractor has their own fleet of fighter jets that fly against U.S. military fighter pilots, replicating aerial threats from potential enemy nations. thedrive.com/the-war-zone…
There are a handful of arthropods that grow tiny gardens on their backs as a form of camouflage and that those mini gardens support microscopic ecosystems of their own! indefenseofplants.com/blo…
France's ruling class wanted to support the Confederacy and Mexico's Cinco de Mayo victory at the Battle of Puebla may have prevented them from doing so. history.com/news/cinco-de…
The Kaiten (manned suicide torpedoes), used by the Japanese in WW2, were not nearly as effective as the Type 93 torpedo they were based on, and while they did kill 187 US, over 1,000 Kaiten crews and support staff died in training and on missions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kai…
Galvanic reactions between the State of Liberty's copper skin and wrought iron supports caused the iron to corrode. The Statue required extensive renovation, and was entirely disassembled and Teflon insulation placed in between the iron and copper en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal…
The Christmas tree that is annually set up in Trafalgar Square is donated by Norway as a token of gratitude for British support to Norway during the Second World War.. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
The judge in the Terri Schiavo case had to be flown to a secret location to make a final decision to take her off life support, he wore a bullet-proof vest after her death and had cops on land and water guarding his home, and had to quit his church. He also was Jim Morrison's college roommate. tampabay.com/florida/2019…
The cover of Captain America's first issue showed Cap punching Hitler. Some readers took objection, and the publishers received threats and hate mail. The threats proved so serious that police protection was posted with Mayor La Guardia personally contacting Simon and Kirby to give his support. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Some Canadian universities create Puppy Rooms and bring therapy dogs in to support students during stressful exam times. huffingtonpost.ca/amp/ent…
In Japan, Nintendo continued to produce the Famicom (known as the NES in North America) until 2003, with technical support continuing for four years after that, citing a scarcity of parts as its discontinuation of it computinghistory.org.uk/d…
Today I learned about Mandate of Heaven, theory in China, according to which the ruler must have the support of Heaven to rule. Moral rulers who care for their people gain the mandate. If a despot sits on the throne, the Heavens can withdraw it, which they signal through e.g. eclipses, floods, wars, plagues etc en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Today I learned about Juliette Hampton Morgan, a librarian and civil rights activist in Alabama. She wrote to newspapers in support of the bus boycott and spoke out against racism. She killed herself due to the unrelenting retaliation for her beliefs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
That, in 2012, the Catholic Church provided one quarter of HIV/AIDS treatment, care and support, worldwide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
During WWII, DC Comics featured a fictional President Roosevelt who asked all heroes to directly support the war effort. Comics often advocated for kids to support the war by buying war bonds or stamps and many schools held β€œWar Bond drives” nww2m.com/2015/10/home-fr…
Only the outer layer of tree trunks are alive. The center of the trunk is technically dead but it will not decay or lose strength while the outer layers are intact. A piece of the dead core 12" long and 1" by 2" in cross section set vertically can support a weight of twenty tons. arborday.org/trees/RingsT…
The origin of Backslash in MS Windows. Unix introduced in '70 the forward slash as its directory separator. In '81 MS-DOS 1.0 didn’t support directories at all and already were using "/" as switch operator, hence the DOS 2 had to chose the "\" as the only viable to keep compatibility. howtogeek.com/181774/why-…
When Michael Jackson granted Weird Al Yankovic permission to do "Fat" (a parody of "Bad"), Jackson allowed him to use the same set built for his own "Badder" video from the Moonwalker film. Yankovic said that Jackson's support helped to gain approval from other artists he wanted to parody. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22…
A tankette is a tracked armoured fighting vehicle that resembles a small tank, roughly the size of a car. It is mainly intended for light infantry support and scouting. Some were so low that the occupant had to lie prone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
While the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples make up less than five percent of the total human population, they manage or hold tenure over 25 percent of the world’s land surface and support about 80 percent of the global biodiversity nationalgeographic.com/en…
Today I learned of Jim Shooter, a Comic Book writer who started writing comics at the age of 13 and sent them in to DC comics. The head of DC liked them so much that he immediately commissioned Shooter to write Superman stories. Shooter got a regular position at 14, working to support his struggling parents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
You don’t really need your brain to walk. You can still walk - with appropriate support - after a spinal cord injury using a process known as spinal locomotion which can proceed independently from your brain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
The cover of RATM's self-titled album is a pulitzer-winning photo of a monk, ThΓ­ch QuαΊ£ng Đức, who set himself ablaze in 1963 to protest the persecution of Buddhists by the govt. of Vietnam. This drew enough international attention to persuade JFK to withdraw support for President Ngo Dinh Diem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rag…

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