In 2011, a team of experts explored the gold plated Padmanabhaswamy Temple in India. They discovered $22 billion worth of valuables inside five out of six vaults. The sixth vault, Vault B, remains sealed shut under the order of the Supreme Court, and its Contents remains unknown. theprint.in/?p=460345
When you see the writing credits for a movie, the word β€œand” between names means the writers worked separately and an ampersand (i.e., β€œ&”) between names means they were a writing team. raindance.org/what-an-amp…
In 1962, when Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall refused to integrate his team, President Kennedy forced his hand by refusing to allow the team to play in their then-new stadium, which was on Federal land. Marshall relented and became the last NFL owner to integrate. npr.org/2011/09/04/140066…
A burglar stole a Super 8 camera & video tapes from a youth soccer coach; he then turned over the tapes & coach's address to police upon finding sex abuse of the boys from the man's soccer team on the tapes. Police found more child porn of his soccer players in the coach's home & arrested him. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Mark Spitz, nine-time Olympic swimming champion, jokingly told a Russian journalist in 1972 that his moustache increased his speed in the water, deflecting water away from his mouth. By 1973 the Russian men’s swimming team had, according to Spitz, all grown moustaches. olympic.org/news/snapped-…
There were only two other SEAL teams when SEAL Team Six was created (ST1 and ST2). #'s 3-5 were skipped in order to confuse Soviet intelligence about the actual number of SEAL teams in existence. history.com/.amp/news/the…
The tradition of spraying champagne after winning a championship was started by Dan Gurney (Team Ford) after the 1967 Le Mans 24-hour race. A huge underdog, Gurney thought the "hard-fought victory needed something special" and spontaneously hosed down all gathered, including Henry Ford II dyler.com/posts/191/how-t…
In 2014, actor William Hurt and a film crew shot a scene on a railroad trestle. The production team lied about getting permission to film on the tracks, and a train came mid-scene, giving the cast and crew less than a minute to evacuate. One crew member died and many were injured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
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/…
Breaking Bad has a shot-for-shot Spanish remake titled "MetΓ‘stasis" featuring Walter Blanco, a struggling high school chemistry teacher in BogotΓ‘, Colombia, who teams up with his previous student JosΓ© to cook methamphetamine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
In 1977, a plane carrying the Evansville University men's basketball team crashed on takeoff, killing all on board. One player on the team did not make the trip due to a season-ending injury. He was killed two weeks later in a car accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
All about the DISCO DEMOLITION of 1979, wherein disco-hating White Sox fans were invited to witness a disco-filled dumpster explode in center field before a game. The game never happened and the visiting team won. history.com/this-day-in-h…
In 1995, France found a man guilty of killing a teen girl, but he was able to avoid sentencing by hiding out in Germany. In 2009, the victim's father hired a team to kidnap the killer out of Germany and dump him in front of a French courthouse. It worked, and he is now serving 15 years. latimes.com/world/la-xpm-…
Although Balto is famously accredited for the 1925 Alaskan serum run, it was actually another Siberian Husky named Togo that lead the most perilous leg of the relay. Togo ran over 300 miles while the other relay sled teams, including Balto, averaged around 31 miles. akc.org/expert-advice/new…
As a defensive measure Israel installed an underwater pipe system to pump flammable crude oil into the Suez Canal, thereby creating a sheet of flame. On the eve of the Yom Kippur War, teams of Egyptian frogmen blocked the underwater openings with concrete before launching their attack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Owners of sports teams are allowed to write their players' contracts off as depreciating assets in order to obtain huge tax benefits. greenberglawoffice.com/ro…
During the 1999 University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt one of the teams managed to build a working nuclear reactor from scratch. uchicago.edu/features/201…
Dueling Dino fossil that shows a Triceratops and juvenile T rex battling to death hasn't been available to paleontologists for 13 years after its discovery because of a legal battle between the landowners and the excavation team. theguardian.com/science/2…
In 2011 a small team of Japanese Firefighters saved Tokyo from being uninhabitable for decades by bravely keeping spent fuel rods cooled and unexposed youtu.be/-3GzQ9kryx4?t=25…
A Spanish town mailed dog poop back to offenders. A team of volunteers looked for careless dog owners and struck up conversations to learn the dog's name, which made it possible to identify the owner via pet records and mail back the poop, labeled "Lost Property." Violations dropped by 70%. newsfeed.time.com/2013/06…
In 1911 there was a baseball team made up of death row inmates who had been told that as long as they kept wining games, their executions would be delayed. nypost.com/2014/09/14/the…
Dennis Rodman's height was only 5'6 as a high school freshman and he never made the varsity basketball team. He decided to give basketball another chance when he hit another growth spurt after graduating high school and working as a janitor. He grew to be 6 feet 7 inches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
When Adolf Eichmann was tried in Israel for his actions in the Holocaust, it was necessary to modify Israeli law to allow a team of foreign lawyers to defend him, since no Israeli lawyer would. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
The United States military pays professional sports teams to display patriotism. Between 2012-2014 the military spent $10.4 million on marketing contracts with teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS, while spending $88 million sponsoring a NASCAR racer's car. post-gazette.com/news/nat…
New Zealand were the only undefeated team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, despite some squad members only playing semi-professionally, and one amateur who worked as a full-time banker at the time nzherald.co.nz/sport/news…
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…
In 2017, Canadian scientists recreated an extinct horse pox virus to demonstrate that the smallpox virus can be recreated in a small lab at a cost of about $100,000, by a team of scientists without specialist knowledge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma…
[] A "Who wants to be a millionaire" contestant, Charles Ingram cheated his way to the 1 Million British Pound question by using a trick. The production team discovered that whenever Ingram read out an answer that was correct, an accomplice from the audience would make a coughing sound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
How the 1992 USA Men's basketball 'Dream Team' Olympic win was the highlight of the players' careers except Michael Jordan who said that the biggest benefit for him was that he learned more about his teammates' weaknesses. He later defeated Barkley, Malone, and Stockton in three NBA finals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
Aubrey Plaza played on a rec league basketball team called the Pistol Shrimps, a team that consisted of models, actresses and comedy writers in 2016. youtube.com/watch?v=-sE81…
Today I learned that cats don’t perceive music the way we do. Kitties have different acoustic, vocal, and heartbeat ranges than us. And there's music made specifically for them such as Cozmo’s Air composed by a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin. catological.com/cats-like…
On May 19th 1989, CBS broke into their primetime programming for over half an hour to broadcast a live dispute between the CBS News team and representatives of the Chinese government. (The government was terminating all foreign broadcasts in a lead up to the Tiananmen Square Massacre.) youtu.be/Af14Ksv79uk
Spain won basketball gold at the 2000 Paralympics but most of the team wasn't disabled. The coach asked the team to slow their scoring because they were playing too well. When journalists became suspicious, they were encouraged to grow beards and wear hats so as not to be recognisable. telegraph.co.uk/sport/299…
Two men led a team of 80 people to collect over 1.2 million golden orb spiders, milk them for their silk, and create the rarest textile on earth: a golden silk cape mymodernmet.com/simon-pee…
Today I learned about 6-on-6 high school girls basketball that was extremely popular in Iowa. The teams had 3 guards that only played defense and 3 forwards that only played offense; these players had to stay on one side of the court. thegazette.com/subject/sp…
Following the teams first Stanley Cup victory, Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington included the name of his father, Basil, who was unaffiliated with the team, to be engraved on the cup. After the NHL learned of the move, it ordered the name removed. The name is now covered by a line of X's. nhl.com/news/stanley-cup-…
Former NFL player Eugene Robinson was arrested in a prostitution sting the night before his team the Atlanta Falcons were going to play in the Super Bowl. Earlier on the day of his arrest, he was awarded the Bart Starr Award which is given to the player who best exemplifies outstanding character en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug…
To just be allowed to try out for the US Olympic team for running the marathon, you have to run a marathon in under 2 hours and 19 minutes. That is the same thing as running 26 miles where each mile is done in around 5 minutes and 18 seconds. usatf.org/events/2020/202…
The US army has an esports team. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S…
Greg LeMond, in order to win the 1986 Tour de France and become the first American to wear the Yellow Jersey, did so not only without help from his own team, but had to actively fend off their attacks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Ilha da Queimada Grande aka Snake Island located off the coast of the state of SΓ£o Paulo, Brazil is one of the most dangerous places on Earth. By some estimates you can find one venomous snake on every square meter. The island is deemed dangerous to public and open only to research teams. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilh…
After the 2015 terror attacks in Paris, the German football team was advised not to leave the stadium they were playing in due to threats on their hotel, so they slept in the stadium on mattresses. The French team they had just played against stayed the night with them, out of solidarity. theguardian.com/football/…
Osama bin Laden and Mohammed Atef had to play on separate teams for Al Qaeda volleyball games since they were both tall, skilled players. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moh…
The Tragically Hip song, "Fifty Mission Cap" is credited with single handedly reviving the memory of Toronto Maple Leaf's Defenceman Bill Barilko and is so important to the team that they have a copy of hand written lyrics in the player's lounge and use the song at nearly every home game. cbc.ca/news/canada/toront…
A team of international scholars have been working to recreate recipes from 4000 years ago from tablets. One Mesopotamian dish resembles a chicken pot pie, with layers of dough and chunks of bird smothered by a sort of Babylonian bΓ©chamel sauce bbc.com/travel/story/2019…
After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Lithuania could not afford to send its men's basketball team to the 1992 Olympics, so the Grateful Dead sent the team colorful, free-flowing tie-dye warm-up jerseys with a flying, dunking skeleton, and the team took the bronze medal. thesmartset.com/article03…
Not only is field hockey the national sport of Pakistan, but the national team has won four Hockey World Cup championships, eight gold medals at the Asian Games, and the only Asian team to win the Champions Trophy (three wins). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pak…
The term "goose" is properly used for a female bird, while "gander" refers specifically to a male. Young birds before fledging are called goslings. A group on the ground is a gaggle; when in flight, they are called a skein, a team, or a wedge; when flying close together, they are called a plump. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo…
In 2018, the US Army started its own e-sports team as an attempt to recruit from a younger audience pcgamer.com/the-us-army-i…
The Dept. of Education has their own SWAT team. In 2011 they suspected a woman of a white collar crime so they raided her house at dawn. Except it wasn’t her home anymore so they held her ex husband and his 3 children. abajournal.com/news/artic…
For Willis Carrier, the invention of modern air conditioning was incidental. He was actually part of team tasked with controlling the humidity inside a printing company. But he learned that by removing moisture from the air with his invention, it also, quite effectively cooled it. interestingengineering.co…
NFL running back Robert Edwards was fresh off a 1,000 yard rookie season when he destroyed his knee in a beach football game at the Pro Bowl. His NFL career was ruined and his team, the New England Patriots, would go on to win 3 Super Bowls in the next 6 years without him. theglobeandmail.com/sport…
Michael Jordan says Kobe Bryant is the only player to ever have approached him in work ethic, waking up at 430 in the morning to practice before his required practice with his team businessinsider.com/kobe-…
The FBI has a rapid deployment Art Crime Team consisting of 20 special agents. Since its conception in 2004, it has recovered over 15,000 items valued at over $800,000,000 fbi.gov/investigate/viole…
Today I learned about β€œTeam Lioness,” one of Kenya’s first group of all-female Rangers, organized in 2017. While protecting the area surrounding Amboseli National Park from poachers, these 8 women are also involved with community education and are the first in their families to be employed. ifaw.org/journal/meet-the…
The Soviet Union women's rugby team sold smuggled vodka to pay for their 1991 World Cup expenses and Customs didn't issue any enforcement due to a language barrier en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
Danish Physicist Lene Hau lead a team in 2001 that was the first to completely stop a beam of light in its tracks. Later experiments included turning light into matter, and then matter back into light. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
During WW2 in US occupied Aachen, an OSS agent assessed that the US installed mayor was planning to form a dictatorship. The agent leaked the information to the press and the mayor, whose identity was secret, was killed by an SS commando team which parachuted from a captured American B-17. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Denmark football team won UEFA Euro in 1992 being just over a week's notice to participate in the competition after Yugoslavia was disqualified. bbc.com/sport/football/17…
Romans had groups of fans supporting their teams during chariot races. They dressed in their team's colors and often had a brawl with fans of their opponents at the Circus Maximus, just as modern-day hooligans during soccer riots. listerious.com/facts-abou…
There is a Pakistan Blind Cricket Council that forms blind cricket teams and organizes games. pbcc.org.pk/
The two sides in the Nigerian Civil War agreed to a 48-hour ceasefire to watch PelΓ© when he and his team came to visit Nigeria in 1967. britannica.com/biography/…
In the entire 120+ year history of Kansas University's basketball team there has been only one coach with a losing record. His name is James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
Prior to the 92 Olympics several members of Australia’s Olympic basketball team threatened to boycott out of fears of contracting HIV from Magic Johnson. Australia basketball’s medical director Dr. Brian Sando recommended the Australians don’t play. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The guy who played the Xenomorph in β€˜Alien’ was a 7’2” man from Nigeria named Bolanji Badejo. He was discovered by a member of Ridley Scott’s casting team by chance in a pub in Soho. His role as the Xenomorph was his only film credit ever. cnn.com/2016/03/07/africa…
Spiderman was featured in an anti-drug comic book series in 1993. In the first issue, Spidey helps a kid's hockey team say "NO" to drugs comics.org/issue/86054/
Teams that disagree more perform better than those which do not aqwebs.com/swimming-again…
Spaghetti almost invariably breaks into more than two pieces. It required a team of scientists, including a MIT mathematician, to figure out how to reliably snap spaghetti into just two pieces cnet.com/news/mit-scienti…
Ten years ago (June 2, 2010) baseball pitcher Armando Galarraga nearly became the 21st person to pitch a perfect game. However umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly ruled that opposing team batter Jason Donald reached first base safely on a ground ball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
In 2016, Manchester United canceled a game and evacuated the stadium after a steward discovered a pipe bomb in the bathrooms. Fortunately, the bomb was a fake; it had been left there by the security team during a training exercise and forgotten. theguardian.com/football/…
The US had nuclear-armed suicide commandos called Green Light Teams baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
The United States Army has an Esports team en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S…
In the 2000 paralympics, the Spanish team in basketball-ID consisted of fully functional semi-pros. They won gold by a landslide but where discovered because one of the players was an undercover journalist investigating fraud comitted by the president of the Spanish Disabled Sports Federation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Saudi Arabia's special needs football team won the World Cup four times in a row arabnews.com/node/1358506…
A research team figured out how to produce a fossil in as little as five days nature.com/articles/news0…
According to a Kyoto University team, dogs can recognize a bad person & negatively evaluate people who refuse to help their owners. sciencedirect.com/science…
There is an annual Olympiad for high school Chemistry. It began in 1968 in Prague, and had 3 countries participate. It now includes 75 countries, each sending one student team of 4. There is a practical exam, followed by a written exam. Both can be up to 5 hours in length. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
A team of 500 goats helped save the Ronald Reagan library in California from wildfires, by eating through 13 acres of surrounding scrubland. This created a vital fire break. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
The the only US unit that regularly trains to chase nuclear weapons that fall into the wrong hands is SEAL Team 6, one of the toughest units in US military. The Black Squadron snipers (~100 members) is the most exclusive group within Seal Team 6, and the only one to admit female operatives. thestate.com/news/local/m…
Professional footballer Manfred Starke is actually a Namibian native and plays for their national team en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
MLB planned to fold the Montreal Expos and Minnesota Twins in 2001. When the Twins had to honor the end of its lease at the Metrodome, MLB kept both squads to maintain an even number of teams. Unluckily for the Expos, they had sold most of their prospects, and moved to Washington, D.C. in 2005. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The Arizona Cardinals football team (1898) is older than the state of Arizona (1912). sportsteamhistory.com/ari…
About β€œemergency backup goalies” (EBUGs) in the NHL. If a team’s primary and backup goalie are both injured during a game, anyone in the arena can be called on to suit up and play goal. The home team is always expected to have an amateur goalie in the arena. sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/w…
The sport of lacrosse was originally a form of ceremonial combat played by Native American tribes with teams of 100-1,000 players, on a field several kilometers long, in games that lasted two to three days straight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lac…
In 1912 the New Zealand rugby team toured the US west coast and played matches agaisnt several universities. Their dominant wins in every match (allowing only 1 try and scoring 457 points across 12 games) is considered a factor in the decline of rugby in America. en.espn.co.uk/newzealand/…
In 1925 an all African-American baseball team, the Wichita Monrovians, played against a team sponsored by and made up of Ku Klux Klan members. The Monrovians won 10-8. wbur.org/onlyagame/2012/0…
The Avengers was a real team of jewish assassins. The Nakam (which roughly translates to The Avengers) sought out to get revenge on those, who they deemed responsible for holocaust. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
In 1990 when the Chicago White Sox changed their Logo and Hip Hop artists started wearing it, New Era cap company had to stop production of all other team caps and just make White Sox caps to meet the demand. wbez.org/shows/curious-ci…
Whole Foods hires its employees by a process known as "Team Member voting" (Where your coworkers in your department will vote on you. A 2/3rd majority of them must vote to keep you on in order for you to stay and become a regular team member). youtube.com/watch?v=ZLj9y…
During a sailing competition in the 1988 South Korea Olympics, the Singapore team’s ship capsized and the two-man team was thrown overboard. They were rescued up by Lawrence Lemieux, who went off course to reach them. Lemieux finished 22nd, but was given 2nd place. He later received a medal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
A camel by the name of Douglas was killed by a Union sharpshooter at the Siege of Vicksburg. A team of six Confederate snipers was assembled and tasked with avenging his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
There was a professional football league in the 80s known as the USFL and fielded a team from New Jersey known as the Generals maxim.com/sports/10-thing…
A popular sport among Native Americans was basically LaCrosse with teams of "5 to 100" that would last for days. It was used as training, entertainment, and dispute resolution. Being a sore loser is considered to be the spark that ignited an actual war in the 1600's. encyclopedia.com/history/…
β€” Only 1% of Super Bowl XLVIII tickets were sold to the public. The NFL gave the remaining 99% to teams, broadcast networks, corporate sponsors and other entities. When a fan sued, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled the NFL's ticketing policies didn’t violate any state consumer protection laws. abcnews.go.com/US/jersey-…
During the Argentina-Brazil match during the Italy 1990 World Cup, a Brazilian player was drugged with contaminated water by the Argentinean team. v-brazil.com/world-cup/hi…
There is only one publicly known operator who served both DEVGRU (US Navy Seal Team 6) and US Army Delta Force special-ops.org/the-only-…
Iowa had a professional NBA team in 1950 iowapublicradio.org/post/…
The TV show Mr Robot has a team of hackers and cyber security experts who make sure that the hacking shown on the show is accurate. Hacking scenes are also performed by members of the technical team in real life, then recorded and rebuilt using Flash animation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…

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