Although they had been invented during WWII, nachos wouldn't become well known worldwide until a Monday Night Football game in 1978, when during the Baltimore Colts/Dallas Cowboys games, Howard Cosell kept mentioning them (Texas Stadium happened to be serving them, which helped things) dallasnews.com/news/obitu…
Rick Moranis improvised his entire Louis Tully speech in Ghostbusters at his apartment party, none of that was scripted. He decided he'd be a tax accountant and riffed all that gold. "I'm giving this whole thing as a promotional expense, that's why I invited clients instead of friends." cinemablend.com/news/1532…
Festivus (Dec. 23rd) from "Seinfeld" was a real thing created in 1966 and not invented by the show. Daniel O'Keefe created it to celebrate his first date with his wife 3 years before. His son Dan introduced Festivus to the rest of us when he wrote the episode "The Strike." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
The Diderot Effect is obtaining a new possession which often creates a spiral of consumption which leads you to acquire more new things. As a result, we end up buying things that our previous selves never needed to feel happy or fulfilled jamesclear.com/diderot-ef…
Today I learned about Revolt, a book in which farm animals revolt and take over their farm in order to introduce equality, with things quickly denigrating into abuse and terror. The story was meant as a metaphor for the Bolshevik Revolution and was published 21 years before George Orwell's Animal Farm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C…
There is a thing as "smoking jacket" which is worn to prevent the tobacco smell from sticking on your clothes. cigars4dummies.com/cigar-…
Chevy Chase escaped the military draft by "falsely claiming, among other things, that he had homosexual tendencies" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Over the 125 years of the New York Public Library's existence, the most checked-out books are: The Snowy Day, The Cat in the Hat, 1984, Where the Wild Things Are, To Kill a Mockingbird, Charlotte's Web, Fahrenheit 451, How to Win Friends..., Harry Potter 1, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar nypl.org/125/topcheckouts
Sagittarius A* - the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way - has a mass 4 million times that of our Sun, but a diameter only 31 times the Sun's. It is so dense that it could fit in the space between the Earth and the Sun, but can attract things 50k light years away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
There are no such thing as kangaroo farms, all kangaroo meat served in grocery stores and restaurants around the world is sourced from wild populations choice.com.au/food-and-dr…
The maximum number things an average person can hold in their mind is 7Β±2 before the analytical portion of their mind is overwhelmed and the impulsive/emotional portion of their mind takes over decision-making. wnycstudios.org/podcasts/…
John Capenter's "The Thing" was the first movie in a Trilogy by Carpenter named "The Apocalypse Trilogy" all set in the same universe beginning with 'The Thing', followed by 'Prince of Darkness' and ending with 'In the Mouth of Madness'. theverge.com/2012/9/2/327…
It is an annual tradition at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station to screen John Carpenter's 'The Thing'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amu…
In β€œForrest Gump,” when his microphone is cut off at the rally, what you don’t hear him say is β€œSometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.” mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The word 'thing' originated in Norway during the Iron Age. An actual place, where members of a clan and surrounding freemen would gather to work out conflicts and dole out punishment to those who committed a crime. lifeinnorway.net/history-…
Christopher Nolan believes that "audiences can sense when things are actually there instead of just being all computer generated", which is why he prefers to build practical sets whenever possible. cinemablend.com/new/10-In…
The classic movie '10 Things I Hate About You' is a modernization of William Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10_…
While it takes 8+ minutes for a photon to travel from the sun to the earth, for the photon it leaves the sun and arrives at the earth in the same instant. Things that travel at the speed of light do not experience time. futurism.com/photons-mill…
The study that was reported in saying β€œcheese is just as addictive as drugs” actually found no such thing. The dietician who made the questionable claim works for an advocacy group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which pushes veganism and urges people to shun cheese. time.com/4090741/cheese-a…
While Wicca (modern pagan witchcraft) is associated with ancient traditions, the modern system of Wicca is actually a new thing. It was introduced in 1954 by Gerald Gardner. Gardner merged ancient ideas that he could find with Freemasonry and ideas from Aleister Crowley into a new system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wic…
There is a thing called the "sweater curse." Some knitters believe that knitting a sweater for a signifcant other and giving it to them as a gift will result in a breakup. A 2005 poll found that 15% of knitters have experienced it firsthand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swe…
Today I learned about Project Artichoke; the CIA's project designed to create subjects who would involuntarily commit acts of attempted assassination. Among other things. cia.gov/library/readingro…
Concrete Ships were a thing more than a curiosity for enthusiasts. Actually served on WWI, and WWII, were involved in D-Day where they were used for fuel and munitions transportation. Many are abandoned as them were never formally scraped and simply abandoned after decomission amusingplanet.com/2015/11…
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…
Staff at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica have an annual tradition of back-to-back viewings of The Thing from Another World (1951), The Thing (1982), and The Thing (2011) after the last flight has left for the winter io9.gizmodo.com/these-sou…
A β€œthing” was a term used to describe a governing assembly in medieval Saxon and Viking cultures. A thing was presided over by law speakers, and free members of the community were called to attend. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
Susan Bennett, the voice of Siri, also was the voice of many other things such as the voice of the public address system at Delta Airlines, or for television advertisements for many major companies like Ford, McDonald's, and the Home Depot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
Today I learned about Punga, a supernatural being in Maori mythology. Punga is believed to be the ancestor of all ugly and deformed things. All ugly and strange animals like sharks and rays are Punga's children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pun…
The Tourette Association of America initially feared South Park’s release of their Tourettes episode, but ended up being surprised at how accurate and well-researched the show was on the condition. The only thing they critiqued was the frequent use of β€œcoprolalia” or rampant swearing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
In 1957, San Francisco's "Youth for Service" program helped get young gang members off the streets by having them help the community. They did things like paint houses and help the elderly. The idea was that they just wanted to feel needed. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
Some frogs can't vomit, so they've learned to do the next best thing - after eating something nasty the American bullfrog turns its stomach inside out and cleans it manually with its front limbs, then puts it back in place [physiological study] SFW jstor.org/stable/30157929…
When you imagine something, you are using the same brain processes as when you remember something, which is why it's so easy to misremember things, or why some people confuse what they've imagined with what is real. sciencefocus.com/the-huma…
Thrasher Skateboard Magazine coined the term β€œemo” in 1985. The vocalist for the band Thrasher was describing called the term β€œthe stupidest fucking thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life”. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Macaroons and macarons are NOT the same things. Macaroons are American coconut-based cookies. Macarons are French (originally Italian) meringue-based confection made up of two cookies with filling in the center. chefsteps.com/activities/…
The only thing which stopped current winner of 'FIFA Best Men's footballer' award Robert Lewandowski from signing for Blackburn Rovers in 2009 was that Icelandic volcano which grounded so many flights. bbc.co.uk/sport/football/…
When Primus played their song "My Name is Mud" at the rainy Woodstock 94, the crowd responded by pelting the band with mud. The band's singer, Les Claypool, stopped the song and said "when you throw things on stage, it's a sign of small and insignificant genitalia." The crowd ceased throwing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
IBM introduced the first hard disk drive to break the 1GB barrier in 1980. It was called the IBM 3380 and could store 2.52GB (β€œ2.52 billion characters of information,” according to IBM). Its cabinet was about the size of a refrigerator and the whole thing weighed in at 550 pounds (250 kg). pingdom.com/blog/amazing-…
Theodore Roosevelt was a major force in labor rights, implementing eight hour workdays and industry safety regulations, abolishing slavery in the Philippines and peonage more generally, investigating child labor claims, and establishing the forerunner to the USES, among many other things. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
Experimental jet-engined trains were actually a thing back in the 1960s. The Black Beetle reached a speed of 183.68 mph, an American rail speed record that still stands today. youtube.com/watch?v=1m1p1…
In the 1970s there was a coin shortage in Italy, all sorts of things ended up being given as change such as candy, fruit and pencils numismatics.org/pocketcha…
"Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie" was a real thing. pri.org/stories/2015-07-1…
Barbra Streisand has built a shopping mall in the basement underneath her house, unstaffed and she stocks it with things she buys herself. Need a gift for a friend, she β€˜shops’ for it in her own private mall. harpersbazaar.com/fashion…
The piano in the 'Succession' theme song is out of tune. Composer Nicholas Britell wanted his theme to be weird, strange, and evoke feelings of humanness that comes through when things aren’t perfect. vulture.com/2019/08/succe…
Until 1870, the pope required all Jews living in Rome to attend compulsory sermons every Sabbath in front of the Church of San Gregorio. They all attended, but would often stuff wax in their ears in order not to hear a thing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
There are such things as raccoon dogs, which are neither raccoons or dogs (although they are part of the Canid family.) They regularly climb trees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
Today I learned of Chinook winds or "snow-eaters". With hurricane-force gusts (~75 mph) they can rapidly raise temps & melt snow. One in South Dakota took things from -4Β°F to 49Β°F in two minutes, got up to 54Β°, then dropped back to -4Β°, all within a half hour. The largest 24-hour change was 103Β°F, in Montana en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
"slot tvs" were a thing in Britain in the 60's. You rented a tv for your house with a coin slot and paid coins to watch as your rental fee. If you didn't have change, tough beans-no TV that night. radios-tv.co.uk/tv-slot-m…
Manatees Control Their Buoyancy by Farting (among other things) youtube.com/watch?v=TfUQZ…
The phenomenon of wind throb from an open car window is called Helmholtz resonance, and is the same thing occurring when you blow across an open bottle to produce a tone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons are all the same thing but named different where they appear. Hurricanes are storms that form in North Atlantic Ocean and Northeast Pacific, cyclones are formed over the South Pacific and Indian Ocean and typhoons are formed over the Northwest Pacific Ocean. byjus.com/physics/differe…

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