The largest Masonic Temple in the world, the Detroit Masonic Temple, was saved from foreclosure in 2013 by Jack White of the White Stripes. White paid off $142,000 owed in back taxes by the Temple due to the fact that it had given his mother a job as an usher when she was in need. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Det…
An ancient underwater temple, originally considered a myth, was discovered in India after a deadly Tsunami parted the sea, revealing it's location. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
The thousands of monkeys in the Lopburi province of Thailand are split in two gangs: temple and city monkeys. The monkeys rely on tourists for food but due to the lack of tourism, the monkeys are starving and have taken to waging large scale 'gang wars' over as little as a single banana. nypost.com/2020/03/12/mon…
Today I learned of TempleOS. An operating system written entirely by schizophrenic programmer Terry Davis, who believed his code was a third temple that could talk to God. The innovative os has been noted for its speed, one engineer noting Davis would have been another Wozniak or Jobs were he not mentally ill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tem…
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was responsible for the creation of the PG-13 rating businessinsider.com/india…
Shirley Temple appeared in blackface in "Littlest Rebel" reappropriate.co/2014/02/…
A Greco-Roman temple in Turkey was once considered to be the doorway to Hell time.com/5171047/turkey-g…
Shirley Temple's first role at age three was in β€œBaby Burlesks,” a series of sexually suggestive short films. When she misbehaved on set, she was confined to a black box where she had to sit on a block of ice. theatlantic.com/entertain…
Kyoto was actually at the top of the list of targets for the atomic bomb, not Nagasaki nor Hiroshima. Secretary of War Henry Stimson ordered for the ancient city with its thousands of palaces, temples, and shrines to be removed from the list, but the military kept on putting it back. bbc.com/news/world-asia-3…
After selling its temple, a small B.C. Sikh community gave the funds back to its town - BC globalnews.ca/news/513230…
Today I learned about Terry A. Davis, creator of the free operating software Temple OS. Diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early 20's, Davis created the software because he stated that God commanded him to. He was able to finish most of the software by himself before his untimely death in 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
Shirley Temple's first acting job was in series of short film called Baby Burlesks, and in one of them she played an elite prostitute sent to influence a backwoods politician. She was 4-5 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
Many buildings in the Roman Forum were reasonably intact until the Renaissance. Several temples and arches were destroyed to provide building materials for St. Peter's Basilica and other projects. wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_…
Temple of Doom is actually a prequel set one year before the events of Raiders of the Lost Ark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Heron of Alexandria invented the first vending machine in the 1st century AD to prevent people from stealing holy water. Temple goers stuck a coin in the slot to apply pressure on a lever that released water. Once the coin reached the end of its path, no more water came out. io9.gizmodo.com/the-first…
The oldest continuously ongoing company in the world is a construction company in Japan specializing in Buddhist temples. Established in 578 CE, it is as old as the time when Buddhism was introduced into Japan in 538 CE. In 2007, after 1,429 years in business, it ran out of money. theatlantic.com/business/…
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) is the PREQUEL to Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and not the sequel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
There is a temple in Hong Kong called the Che Kung Temple, and a corresponding metro station called Che Kung Temple Station. However, the next station on the line (Tai Wai) is actually closer to the temple than Che Kung Temple station. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Before Judy Garland landed the role of Dorothy Gale, it was offered to Shirley Temple, and Deanna Durbin. Temple would have played the role if her studio let her out of her contract, and Durbin flat out refused the role. biography.com/news/judy-g…
Today I learned of The Eleusinian Mysteries: Secret religious ancient Greek rites held annually for some two millennia (starting in 1600 B.C.) at the temple of Demeter. To this day, the controversy puzzles historians; all details were marked by a sworn oath of secrecy by the initiated and vanished through time. ancient.eu/article/32/the…
Today I learned about an elaborate complex of temples in Caral, Peru, which was a thriving metropolis at the time the Egyptian pyramids were being built, and is the oldest know city in the Americas. It was inhabited between 2,600 and 2,000 BCE. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
There was once a city called Crocodilopolis, where they worshiped the crocodile god Sobek. The people of Crocodilopolis paid devotion to an earthly representative of Sobek, a living crocodile they called Petsuchos and covered in gold and gems and kept in a temple. theguardian.com/cities/20…
Swedish Painter Hilma Af Klint is considered to have invented abstract painting and was supposedly led to do so by a group of spirits called the "High Masters" that she contacted at sΓ©ances. She left instructions that her work can only be displayed 20 years after her death at a special temple. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Burt Reynolds was considered for the role of Michael Corleone but Brando said he would walk if they cast him. β€œHe is the epitome of something that makes me want to throw up. He is the epitome of everything that is disgusting about the thespian, he worships at the temple of his own narcissism.” variety.com/2018/film/new…
The Vatican once sent a priest to find out if Shirley Temple was secretly an adult with dwarfism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
The origin of the word money comes from the Temple of Juno Moneta where coins were minted for 4 centuries. Moneta was regarded as the protectress of the city's funds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tem…
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences used to give out an Academy Juvenile Award, complete with a miniature statue. Shirley Temple was the first and youngest to win the award at the age of 6 in 1934. Mickey Rooney was the oldest to win at 18. Hayley Mills was the last to win in 1960. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aca…
The first proper banks would have sprung up in ancient Mesopotamia. There's evidence that there were temples and palaces throughout Babylonia and other cities which provided lending activities. Although, a lot of this was not in the form of financial lending. Instead, banks would lend out seeds. worldbank.org.ro/about-ba…
The largest Pyramid in the World is not in Egypt. It's actually located in Puebla, Mexico andis named the Great Pyramid of Cholula. It is an ancient Aztec temple with a base four times larger than Giza's, and nearly twice the volume. It's also hidden in a mountain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Famed child star Shirley Temple served as the US ambassador to both Czechoslovakia and Ghana newsweek.com/shirley-temp…
Shirley Temple witnessed the Soviet invasion of Prague following Prague Spring, later becoming ambassador to Czechoslovakia. nytimes.com/1989/09/11/wo…
There is a religion based on Star Wars called "Jediism," which is practiced by a group called the Temple of the Jedi order, and has been legally recognized as a legitimate faith (and granted tax-exempt status) by the United States Federal Government en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jed…
There's a Buddhist majority republic in Europe called Kalmykia. It's part of Russia, many inhabitants are ethnically Mongolian and it's capital features several beautiful Buddhist temples. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kal…
Within the Dome of the Rock is thought to be the site of the Holy of Holies of the Jewish Temple. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
The first known vending machine was invented by the Greek engineer and mathematician Hero of Alexandria around 215 BC. These first vending machines were located in Egyptian temples and dispensed holy water in exchange for coins. gumballs.com/history-of-v…
Yoshiaki Sugita,one of Japans best sword smiths, wanted to create a mysterious pattern of overlapping petals on the edge of his swords(from the Kamakura period)but kept failing for 30 yrs. Finally he used 200 yr old temple nails to recreate his dream sword, ceremoniously gifting it to the temple amazingjapan.org/a-japane…
The Spartan Pausanias was accused of treason for conspiring with the Persians, but seeked refuge in a temple so he couldn't be tried and executed while inside. His mother went to the temple to lay the first brick at the door, which was sealed until he died of starvation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
In 1793 Sec. of State Thomas Jefferson named the Capitol Hill building after the Temple of Jupiter on the Capitoline Hill in ancient Rome. Historian William Allen said, "He wanted them based on buildings that were already famous and admired. He wanted the Europeans to stop laughing at us." smithsonianmag.com/histor…
It was because of Indiana Jones and the temple of doom that PG13 was created. Apparently they took it to the "extreme" hollywoodreporter.com/amp…
Today I learned of Dessau-WΓΆrlitz Garden an 17th century garden that contains a Synagogue that survived the Nazis, A grotto, Gothic House, replicas of Roman temples and a working replica volcano. youtube.com/watch?v=fAhbc…
The first FakeNews was when Rameses the Great spread lies about the stunning victory in the Battle of Kadesh; he depicted scenes of himself smiting his foes during the battle on the walls of nearly all his temples. The treaty reveals that the battle was actually a stalemate. wikipedia.org/wiki/Fake_n…
Today I learned of Herostratus, a 4th century BC Greek arsonist who burned down the Temple of Artemis, considered one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. He said he had done it to immortalise his name. He was executed him and a law was passed forbidding anyone from saying his name, under penalty of death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Today I learned of the Raqch'i ruins, which features the largest known roof of the Incan Empire on a massive temple that stands 65' tall and spans 302 feet, surrounded by a 4km long defensive wall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raq…
History's first recorded pyromaniac burnt down the Temple of Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders, the day Alexander the Great was born. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tem…
July 21, 2014, Research was published that showed how scientists from Temple University were able to permanently delete the HIV virus from human DNAβ€”snipping out the gene, and allowing the cell’s repair machinery to take over, soldering the genome back togetherβ€”resulting in virus-free cells. engadget.com/2014/07/22/r…
After leaving cinema, Shirley Temple grew into the political scene, eventually becoming the ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia theatlantic.com/internati…
When Gareth Southgate missed a penalty against Germany in the 1996 Euro Cup semi-finals, he went to Bali to clear his mind when he found himself at an isolated Buddhist temple and a monk came by and said: "You Gareth Southgate, you England penalty drama." theguardian.com/football/…
Shirley Temple was among the highest profile advocates about breast cancer awareness. In 1972 it was common for doctors not to tell women their diagnosis and to initiate mastectomy without their knowledge or consent because they were thought unable to deal with the news of their affliction. groovyhistory.com/shirley…
Their is a 110-acre alligator and crocodile themed Park in Florida called Gatorland. The park features thousands of alligators and crocodiles, a breeding marsh where it was used for filming the movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and known for buying and rescuing nuisance alligators. gatorland.com/
Even if a madman burned down the Temple of Artemis en Ephesus, the temple was rebuilt and lasted several centuries more until it was abandoned when a majority of the population became Christian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tem…
Today I learned of "After School Satan", an after school program run in public schools across the US by The Satanic Temple, which emphasizes a scientific and rationalist, non-superstitious world view. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aft…
A Russian field marshal was shot in the left temple twice in battle over 15 years (1773 and 1787). The first time he survived with sharp head pains and his right eye twisted. The second time he lived but with his eye even more twisted and with worse head pains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
After the Battle of Changping in 206 BC, the victorious general Bai Qi from the State of Qin ordered over 450,000 captured soldiers from the State of Zhao be buried alive, from fear of revolt. Emperor Xuanzong later built a temple over a collection of some of the human remains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The last pagan Emperor of Rome, Julian the Apostate, tried to rebuild the Jewish Temple in a bid to undermine Christianity, but according to pagan chroniclers efforts stopped because "terrible flames coming from inside the earth" kept bursting forth near the foundations, burning workmen to death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
Teotihuacan was the largest city anywhere in the Western Hemisphere before the 1400s. It had thousands of residential compounds and scores of pyramid-temples, comparable to the largest pyramids of Egypt. It contains a massive central road and buildings but oddly, no military structures nationalgeographic.com/ar…
India now a rather conservative country was not always so. It has several ancient Hindu temples with numerous erotic carvings, both inside and outside the temple, that depict men, women, and even animals engaging in lovemaking, orgies, and bestiality under the benign smiles of divinities. bbc.com/travel/story/2015…
Agra has three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort in the city and Fatehpur Sikri nearby. Aside from these sites, there is not much else for tourists as travellers are pestered by swarms of touts and hawkers at every monument, mosque, temple or palace wikitravel.org/en/Agra
Mexico's Great Pyramid of Cholula is the largest monument ever constructed on earth, having nearly twice the volume of the Great Pyramid of Giza. A pre-classical masterpiece, it was found to be part of a vast complex of interwoven rooms and temples. Excavations are ongoing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Childhood actress Shirley Temple became a UN delegate when Richard Nixon appointed her as ambassador to Ghana thelist.com/129652/the-un…
Cardston Alberta Temple is a National Historic Site of Canada and the oldest LDS temple outside the United States. It is one of eight temples that do not have an angel Moroni statue, and one of six without spires, similar to Solomon's Temple en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The PG-13 rating system was a result of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. It was to account for violence in movies that didn’t quite make a movie R rated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
The Great Pyramid at Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders and the only one still standing today. The Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Temple of Artemis, the Statue of Zeus were destroyed. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon is still unknown. ancient.eu/The_Seven_Wond…
Wuhan's Guishan TV Tower is China's first self-developed TV tower, opened in 1986. It is located upon the northwestern shoulder of the mountain, reducing the impact upon the ancient temple set upon the peak en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
A woman named Edith Roller kept a journal of her life in the People's Temple until she died with 918 other Americans during a mass suicide in Jonestown. jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_…
An elderly woman slept through the People’s Temple mass suicide in Jonestown. She woke up the next morning to discover the bodies of over 900 members of the cult. rollingstone.com/culture/…
In 2001, the Crown Prince of Nepal shot 9 members of the royal family including the King and Queen before shooting himself in the left temple, despite being right handed, and dying three days later. nytimes.com/2001/06/08/wo…
β€œIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” was originally planned to start with Indie riding a motorcycle on the Great Wall of China, followed by the discovery of a β€œLost World” type of hidden valley with dinosaurs. The idea was scrapped when the Chinese government refused to let them film there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
The Egyptian origin hypothesis of the Phoenix, which is based on Herodotus (5th century BC) relating a story from the Egyptians: A bird about the size of an eagle with red and gold plumage carries his dead father from Arabia to Egypt when his father dies to bury him in the temple of the Sun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784 CE. The Nara Period produced some of the most important temples still in use today, including at Todaiji, the largest wooden building in the world at that time, which still houses the largest bronze statue of Buddha ever made ancient.eu/Nara_Period/
There is a "real" Valhalla in Germany, a huge memorial that honours "politicians, sovereigns, scientists and artists of the German tongue" designed after ancient Greek temples en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Emperor Hadrian was in a committed relationship with a man named Antinous and upon his death, Hadrian deified him, constructed temples and placed statues throughout the empire for his worship, founded a city in his name, held festivals in his honour and minted medals and coins bearing his image en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Had…
Today I learned of the Caves of Ajanta, known for early Buddhist temple architecture and delicately drawn murals. ancient.eu/Ajanta/
The saying "Red sky at night, sailors' delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning..." is over two thousand years old and is attributed to the Jewish people of the Second Temple Period (between 516 BCE and 70 CE). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Anybody can walk into a Sikh temple after prayers and partake of the free communal meal called langar. The meal, a symbol of equality and community is given to anybody who wishes to partake, without any expectation of payment. pluralism.org/religions/s…
Stephen Spielberg considers Temple of Doom his least favourite Indiana Jones film, and that the greatest thing that came out of the film, was that it led him to his current wife, Kate Capshaw. In his own words:” That to me was the reason I was fated to make Temple of Doom." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
There are 5 temples in Kyoto, Japan that have blood stained ceilings. The ceilings are made from the floorboards of a castle where warriors killed themselves after a long hold-off against an army. To this day, you can still see the bloody outlines and footprints. samuelhawley.com/bloodcei…
The last Ancient Egyptian temple closed in 537 CE...61 years after the fall of the Roman Empire and 34 years before the birth of Muhammad en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Shirley Temple attempted to run for the United States Congress in 1967 in California, but she finished second in the Republican Party primary election en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' is a prequel to 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' - Temple of Doom is set in 1935, whilst Raiders of the Lost Ark is set in 1936. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Today I learned about Kiyomizu-dera, a temple where people used to jump off its 43ft stage due to a belief that those who survived the fall would have their wish granted. Of the 234 jumps recorded during the Edo period, 85.4% survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiy…
After destroying Jerusalem and its temple in 70 AD, Rome imposed a tax on all Jews living in the Roman Empire. The revenues were donated to the pagan temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus in Rome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fis…
The bass player for the influential proto-grunge band "The Melvins" was the daughter of 1930s child superstar and US Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia Shirley (nee Temple) Black. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel…
The Tennessee State Capitol was designed by renowned architect William Strickland, who modeled it after a Greek Ionic temple. Fifteen enslaved Black men worked on carving its limestone cellar and it is believed to be "the most significant project where the state government rented slave labor" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Shirley Temple's daughter played bass for The Melvins en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
Homosexuality and homo-eroticism in China have been documented since ancient times and were regarded as a normal facet of life in China prior to Western influence from 1840 onward. There was even a matchmaker god for homosexual relationships whose temple was destroyed during WW2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGB…
The Syracusia was one of biggest ship of antiquity, being 110 m (360 ft) , it featured various amenities, a library and even a small temple. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syr…
The Kingdom of Jordan has custodianship of Jerusalem's Muslim and Christian holy sites and is responsible for renovations at the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Since gaining custodianship in 1924, they've spent $1 billion on the Temple Mount compound alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Has…
Today I learned of Okiku's Doll, an allegedly haunted doll found in Hokkaido's Mannenji temple with the ability to grow its hair and a set of teeth sites.psu.edu/getcultured…
There’s a temple in India dedicated to rats. The temple has about 20,000 rats in it, and you need to take your shoes off to enter. People believe the rats are a form of the goddess. Many people make offerings to the rats; some even eat and sleep with them. vice.com/sv/article/9bkvj…
In 1838, a man stopped on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris to get his boots cleaned. He and the cleaner stood still for at least seven minutes on the street, and accidentally became the first people in history to be photographed. edition.cnn.com/2014/11/0…
Today I learned about the Wilhelm Scream, a sound effect recorded in 1951 named after the character Private Wilhelm in 1953’s β€˜Charge at Feather River’, that has been used in over 380 movies and TV shows since then including β€˜Toy story 2’, the Star Wars series, and β€˜Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Tōshōdai-ji Temple in Nara, Japan, was founded in 759 by the Tang dynasty Chinese monk Jianzhen. A reflection written by Yan Wenjing on the hope for friendly Sino-Japanese relations describing Lotus flowers imported from China had been planted around the Temple's portrait of Jianzhen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C…
Ancient japanese temples and castles had thief proof "Nightingale" floors that chirped when walked on youtube.com/watch?v=jJThE…
Around 200,000 tonnes of rock were removed to build the ancient Indian temple called Kailasa. A megalith carved out of one single rock. Carvers started at the top of the original rock and excavated downward. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kai…
140 years after an ancient stolen ring was found on a rural farm, a tablet was found at another site (β€œAmong those who bear the name of Senicianus to none grant health until he bring back the ring to the temple of Nodens”). One of the scholars who translated it: Oxford prof. J R R Tolkien en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
Israel's Kfar Nahum National Park contains remains of a fishing village from the time of the Second Temple, on a site that was the focus of Jesus’ Galilee ministry parks.org.il/en/reserve-p…
The second Mughal Emperor Humayun died when he heard the call to Prayer and knelt, unfortunately he caught his foot in his robe, tumbled down several steps and hit his temple on a rugged stone edge. He died three days later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
In 1939 there was an assassination attempt on Shirley Temple during a performance by a mentally unstable woman who believed her deceased daughter’s soul had been stolen by Temple. She was not injured because bodyguards disarmed the would be assassin before she could discharge her weapon. youtube.com/watch?v=en32P…
Cyrus the Great of Persia was the first and only non-jewish person in the Bible to be identified as Messiah. He was given this title for helping the jews build their second temple. bibleodyssey.org/en/peopl…
During the filming of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Kate Capshaw's custom-made beaded dress was hanging on a tree for a background shot. An elephant ate most of the back of it. Because of the dress' value, the production submitted an insurance claim, noting "dress eaten by elephant." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…

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