Five Lithuanian soldiers serving in a reconnaissance unit were declared missing during a military exercise. They thought the drill was ongoing and successfully evaded all forces sent to find them, including trained dogs and a helicopter lrt.lt/en/news-in-english…
A Texas state representative introduced a bill honouring Albert DeSalvo, widely thought to be the Boston Strangler, for his work in "population control." He wanted to prove that his colleagues passed legislation without due diligence. They passed the bill unanimously. snopes.com/fact-check/the…
Serial killer Randy Woodfield was actually drafted by the NFL to play for the Green Bay Packers but was cut due to a series of indecent exposure arrests. He would go on to become the I-5 Killer and is thought to have been responsible for over 40 murders along Interstate 5 from 1980-81 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Matthew McConaughey originally auditioned with Kate Winslet for 'Titanic' (1997) and was confident he got the role of Jack, but Leonardo DiCaprio interviewed next and James Cameron said every woman in the building showed up for the meeting so he thought, 'maybe I should cast this guy'. thewrap.com/james-cameron…
In November of 1999, Kevin Smith attended a protest against his own movie: "Dogma." He even made it onto the local news, when the on-the-scene reporter asked him (not knowing it it was him) his thoughts on the movie. He responded: "I don't know, but I've been told, 'not good.'" comicbook.com/movies/news…
While filming 'Batman Begins' a drunk driver crashed into the Batmobile because he thought it was an alien spacecraft. "This poor drunken guy who didn’t have a license. [He] said he got so panicked when he saw the car that he thought aliens were landing," explained Christian Bale. yahoo.com/entertainment/b…
David Tennant was so popular as the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who that the BBC considered cancelling the show upon his exit rather than casting a new Doctor, as they thought the show would fail without him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Carl Weathers was a retired NFL linebacker who had only done minor acting roles when he auditioned for the part of Apollo Creed in Rocky. He got the role because during the audition, he said Sylvester Stallone wasn't a "real actor" and Stallone thought it was something Creed would say. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
Babe Ruth believed that his birthday was February 7, 1894. However, when he applied for a passport he looked up his birth certificate and found his birthday listed as February 6, 1895, nearly a full year later than he thought. history.com/news/10-thing…
Matt Groening named his show The Simpsons because he thought it was funny to have the word simp (short for simpleton) in their name. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Actor Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) suffered 4 strokes, thought to be caused by chiropractic manipulation, that left him with 10% vision loss, migrains and impaired balance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kev…
Mercury is thought to be the almost-exposed core of a planet that was 4.5x bigger before a collision with another proto-planet that blew away most of its crust and mantle space.com/26447-mercury-c…
Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts) from Beauty and the Beast (1991) sang β€œTale as old as time” in a single take after being initially against it because she thought her β€œaging singing voice” wasn’t suited for the song. insider.com/angela-lansbu…
In Ancient Rome, for males, homosexuality was not only completely normal but also thought of as a sign of masculinity, but only if they were the top. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
The inhabitants of islands that were temporarily occupied during the Pacific War thought they were being visited by gods, and when the soldiers eventually left, they formed rituals that imitate planes, runways, and marches to try to bring them back. Many still do this to this day. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The cinematographer for the music video of REM’s β€œThe One I Love” was chef Alton Brown. Reportedly, between takes he would watch cooking shows and thought he could do better. biography.com/personality…
During the filming of Poltergeist (1982), the clown doll nearly really killed Robbie Freeling due to an animatronic error when the clown's arm constricted too tightly around his neck. When the actor started protesting he couldn't breath, Spielberg thought he was improve acting. screenrant.com/poltergeis…
Anatoly Moskvin, a Russian philologist, historian and linguist, thought to be collecting antique dolls was arrested in 2011 after the mummified bodies of 26 girls between the ages of 3 and 15 were discovered in his apartment. His parents saw the mummies, but mistook them for large dolls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
Ken Jennings, the Jeopardy champion who shattered all the records for the game, refused to come out of retirement for the Jeopardy: Greatest Of All Time championship tournament, because he thought he'd lose badly. He ended up crushing, winning in only four rounds out of a possible seven. usatoday.com/story/entert…
An 9 foot alligator clamped onto the leg of 10-yr-old Florida girl Juliana Ossa. She thought of a plan she'd learned in "Gatorland" where she saw a guy wrestle a gator with its mouth taped. The situation was reversed, so Juliana stuck her fingers up the gator's nose, and it released her leg. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Several years after Harriet Tubman escaped to freedom, she returned to rescue her enslaved husband. When she found out he'd remarried another woman and didn't want to leave, she thought about making a scene, decided it wasn't worth it, and then led several other slaves to freedom instead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Today I learned about Jarrod Wyatt, an MMA fighter who ripped out a friend's heart and tongue after drinking psychedelic mushroom water. He said he thought his friend had turned into the devil and we was saving the world...he was sentenced in 2010 to life with a minimum of 50 years served. cbsnews.com/news/jarrod-w…
The Brontosaurus was thought to be a mistake, the creature had never existed. The animal was actually an Apatosaurus, a previously discovered dinosaur, and it should have had that name. Now it's been discovered that they actually are two separate animals, and the Brontosaurus exists again. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The male vocals in Evanescence's "Bring Me To Life" were added because radio stations thought the song was "too feminine." thefader.com/2017/11/08/a…
When Led Zeppelin briefly visited India in 1972, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page were largely ignored because the locals thought that they were hippies until they played at a local venue. bbc.com/news/world-asia-i…
Disney executives rejected Back to the Future in the 1980s because they thought the script was raunchy. They explicitly qualified the scene of Marty and his mum (in the past) sitting inside a car as "incestuous." mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of Charles O'Rear, a photographer who snapped the famous grassy hill (Bliss) image used as the default background for Windows XP. Another photo of his, "Full Moon over Red Dunes," was also considered for the default, yet was denied because testers thought the sand dunes resembled buttcheeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bli…
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…
The depictions of the mafia in The Sopranos were so accurate, that real members thought that they were being spied on. These conversations were overheard, when the FBI were indeed spying on them. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Beretta, a popular firearms company based in Italy, is thought to be one of the oldest businesses still operating today. They predate Isaac Newton by over 100 years, and have been family owned since their inception. beretta.com/en-us/world-o…
A 1485 poem describes the knight who killed Richard III as having 'shaved the boar's head.' This was thought to be a metaphor for beheading until his bones were discovered. The back of Richard III's skull had been sliced off. According to a French chronicler, it had been done with a halberd. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exh…
Products made in Japan were ridiculed and thought to be low quality until 1950 when The New York Times reported the excellence of Nikon cameras during the Korean war with the headline "Japanese camera" nikon.com/about/corporate…
After a woman murdered her husband and attempted suicide, their pet parrot who was the sole witness began repeating what's thought to have been their last conversation, including the words: "Don't shoot!" independent.co.uk/news/wo…
The man behind SNL's "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey" during the 1980s and 1990s, Jack Handey, is an actual person, and not a pen name or character texasmonthly.com/the-cult…
Caffeine in coffee beans is thought to serve as a toxic substance protecting the seeds of the plant, a form of plant defense, against herbivores. Its production has evolved independently to caffeine found in cacao and tea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
A 60-year-old American man with severe amnesia was blind for 9 months due not being able to afford cataract surgery. When a charity paid for it and he could see again, he was shocked to discover he was around 20 years older than he thought he was. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
A guy called Arnold Potter who thought he was Jesus rode a donkey to the edge of the bluffs, whereupon he leapt off the edge intending to "ascend," but instead fell to his death. His body was collected and buried by his followers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arn…
The red-crested tree rat, thought to have gone extinct 119 years ago, showed up out of the blue at a hotel in Colombia where two conservationists were staying and let them photograph him for a few hours before disappearing again. npr.org/2011/05/19/136468…
Wild camels used to roam British Columbia for 43 years. During the gold rush people thought it was a good idea to use camels as pack animals. Their soft feet ended out making them ill suited for the rocky terrain. They were let loose and multiple generations survived, last seen 1905. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
The colour Pantone 448 C is thought of as so ugly, that it is used on Cigarette packaging to discourage buyers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Alexander Graham Bell, despite having a deaf wife, thought that sign language shouldn't exist and deaf people should be prevented from marrying each other because it would ultimately create a deaf race pbs.org/weta/throughdeafe…
The 1995 film Judge Dredd was re-cut and sent to the MPAA 5 times to get it from a NC-17 to a R rating; Stallone tried to cut it even more for a PG-13 rating. The director had made the film dark and satirical like the source material; Stallone thought the film was supposed to be an action comedy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Today I learned about the Coelacanth deep-sea fish, called the "living fossil". It was thought to have been extinct for 65 million years until it was caught off the coast of South Africa in 1938. api.nationalgeographic.co…
In 1898 during the Spanish-American war, Nikola Tesla once invented a remote controlled boat he thought could end warfare. history.com/news/9-things…
Dogs can understand upto a 1000 human words. They can differentiate between nouns. and verbs. More importantly Dogs also feel emotions love, jealousy etc which was previously thought to be only present in primates. They can even read people better than chimps one of our closest genetic neighbour vox.com/2015/4/7/8360143/…
Nicolas Cage was considered for the role of Randy "The Ram" Robinson in The Wrestler. When taken to a live event, he thought wrestling was real like UFC! In the end, the crew had a meeting where it was determined that Cage looked too healthy for the part, so the role went to Mickey Rourke. prowrestlingstories.com/p…
Legendary video game composer Nobuo Uematsu is completely self-taught, and thought making video game music would be a fun side job. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nob…
There's a school of thought that believes JFK's assassination was aided by the corset/brace he was wearing for his bad back, which prevented him from falling forward after the first shot. edition.cnn.com/2017/11/2…
It was previously thought it was unlikely for elephants to get tipsy thanks to their sheer size. However, researchers found that elephants are poor metabolisers of alcohol and are the lightweights of the animal kingdom ucalgary.ca/news/elephant…
One of the chief executives of American Motors had a habit that every time he thought his salary and bonus was too high for a year, he would give the excess back to his company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Rick Allen, the drummer from Def Leppard, lost an arm in a car accident in 1984. He thought he would never play again until a friend noticed him tapping his foot while listening to music and offered to develop a specially designed electronic foot pedal. He returned to the band in 1986. montereycountyweekly.com/…
One of the first soldiers to charge the beach on D-Day was a Canadian bagpiper, who only survived because he said German Snipers thought he was to crazy to shoot insider.com/bill-millin-d…
The phrase "the empire on which the sun never sets" was first used to describe the lands controlled by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, and not the British Empire as is commonly thought. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned about Spanish long-distance runner Ivan Fernandez Anaya who helped Kenyan runner, Abel Mutai, find the finish line rather than passing him. Mutai was in the lead but mistakenly thought the race ended several meters sooner, and Anaya slowed to let him find the finish line. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iv%…
When Redd Foxx suffered his fatal heart attack, cast members on set of his new show thought he was doing his Sanford and Son heart attack bit ew.com/article/1998/10/09…
Formations called "the Devil's Corkscrew" were first found around Harrison, Nebraska, in 1891, and were once thought to be extinct forms of sea sponges, but it turns out they are actually fossilized dens of an extinct type of beaver called Palaeocastor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Alchemist Hennig Brand is thought to have used upwards of 1500 gallons of human urine in his quest to make gold. After he evaporated, boiled and distilled it multiple times, it started to glow in the dark and burst into flames. He had instead discovered the element phosphorus. gizmodo.com/how-one-man-s…
While experimenting on a jet pump project for NASA in his bathroom in 1982, Lonnie Johnson shot a stream of water across the room and thought, "This would make a great gun." The Super Soaker went on to make him some $73 million in royalties.⁠ ⁠ wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonnie…
There actually aren’t β€œ57 varieties” of Heinz ketchup, and never were. Company founder H.J. Heinz thought his product should have a number, and he liked 57. rd.com/food/fun/heinz-ket…
While only 30% of 16-24 year olds in the UK report having had sex before turning 16, 72% of them thought half or more of 16 year olds had had sex before turning 16 natsal.ac.uk/media/3935/n…
Today I learned about Earth’s oldest known natural Nuclear Reactor, located in Oklo, Gabon. It's around two-billion years old, and was thought to have been active for several thousand years. Its average power output was 100 kilowatts, enough to run a few dozen toasters. scientificamerican.com/ar…
In 2008 a conman named Bill Jakob swindled the small town of Gerald , Missouri & tricked the police department into thinking he was an FBI Agent and doing drug busts. After he was caught, the town was sued for $7.25M and Brad Pitt’s production company thought about making this into a movie riverfronttimes.com/stlou…
Walt Disney took out multiple loans to finance Snow White, evening mortgaging his own house to pay for it. At the time, insiders in the film industry thought the film would bomb and called it β€œDisney’s Folly”. Even Walt’s wife, Lillian, thought it would bomb. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The New England vampire panic was the reaction to an outbreak of tuberculosis in the 19th century throughout New England. Tuberculosis was thought to be caused by the deceased consuming the life of their surviving relatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Why we have a stronger urge to pee when closer to the toilet. From an early age, we're taught to associate the bathroom with peeing. So the closer we get to one, that programming, located deep in the rivers of the subconscious mind, activates the thought and the body acts. shape.com/lifestyle/mind-…
Some people sneeze when they think dirty thoughts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
Today I learned of the "Giant Panda Kindergarten" in China where 18 cubs celebrated their 1st birthday in 2019. Researchers mistakenly thought pandas liked solitary life & kept each panda in a tiny den; the pandas got depressed & didn't want to mate; this changed when pandas were allowed to hang out together. chinadaily.com.cn/a/20190…
An unusually high tide in January 1912 is thought to have contributed to an unusually high number of large icebergs in the area that would normally have gotten stuck in shallower water, contributing to the Titanic's sinking. "The iceberg’s accomplice: Did the moon sink the Titanic?" txstate.edu/news/news_rel…
The Chinese referred to the Roman Empire as "Great China" (Daqin) because they thought of Rome as a civilized counterpart to the Chinese Empire, and describing: "Their kings are not permanent. They select and appoint the most worthy man. [...] The people of this country are all tall and honest." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daq…
Karl Marx Suffered From A Very Painful Skin Condition That May Have Lead To Some Of His Thoughts. reuters.com/article/us-ma…
Today I learned about Thought-Terminating ClichΓ©s - a type of logical fallacy that employs the loaded language of a well known phrase or saying that offers seemingly simple solutions to complex questions for the sole purpose of shutting down further debate by diminishing critical thinking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Naomi Parker Fraley was the most likely inspiration for the WWII poster, "We Can Do It!" The image is thought to have been inspired by a photograph taken of Fraley, operating a machine-tool at the Navel Air Station Alameda, where she worked on aircraft assembly. Fraley died in 2018, aged 96. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nao…
The song "Cool, Cool, Considerate Men" was cut from the original film version of 1776 by producer Jack Warner at the request of Richard Nixon, who thought it insulted conservatives, against the director's wishes. Decades later, a cut was made that added the song back in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/177…
In 1942, after 2 U.S. military ships sank off the coast of Newfoundland the citizens of a small colonial town that recieved the surviors thought the African-Americans aboard had been covered in oil, and tried to scrub them clean. cbc.ca/news/canada/newfou…
Argonauts (also known as paper nautilus) are a branch of cephalopods capable on producing its own shell thought specialised tentacles. The shell is used to lay their eggs and for buoyancy. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Today I learned of James Tilly Matthews, an 18th-century peace activist who fell under the delusion that his thoughts were being remotely controlled by an apparatus he called the β€œAir Loom”. His case is considered to be an early example of paranoid schizophrenia. publicdomainreview.org/es…
In October 1958, Physicist William Higinbotham created what is thought to be the first video game called β€œTennis for Two” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Today I learned about the Kinsey Scale. Created by Alfred Kinsey in 1948. Kinsey thought that sexuality was fluid and could change over time. He created a scale 7 point scale with 0 being exclusively heterosexual and 6 being exclusively homosexual. The seventh point X is for asexuals. kinseyinstitute.org/resea…
Deficiency of Vitamin D worsens Respiratory Tract Infections. This is thought to be one of the reasons why there are fewer Flu cases in the summer. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Curious George's name is "Hitomane Kozaru" in Japan, "Peter Pedal" in Denmark, and "Nicke Nyfiken" in Sweden. He was given the spunky name "Zozo" in the UK, because people thought it was disrespectful to name a monkey after the current king. belvedereplantation.com/c…
When Denmark was under German Occupation during WW2, Adolf Hitler sent a letter to the King Christian X congratulating him on his 72nd birthday. When Christian wrote back thanking him. Hitler thought his response wasn't personal enough so he had the entire Danish government replaced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Today I learned of the KΓΆhler Effect: when one less-capable person works harder to match more-capable people in the same task. KΓΆhler Effect is strongest when a less-able man is paired with a more-capable woman, (thought to be because it's more embarrassing to men to be outperformed by a woman than a man). britannica.com/science/Ko…
Ned Kelly, Australian outlaw, made his last stand in homemade bulletproof armor and it scared the police so much they thought he was a bunyip or the devil en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned…
The Mongol conquests are thought to be responsible for the deadliest acts in human history, with estimates of up to 5% of the world's population wiped out. Despite this, many of the Mongol victories were achieved without fighting, but instead through instilling terror in their victims. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
Placebo (substance with no therapeutic value) is used not only in pharmacy to test drugs, but also in surgery to test the effect of intervention.It's called sham surgery, when surgical intervention omits the step thought to be therapeutically necessary. There was 53 sham surgery cases. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Mike Myers thought up the Austin Powers character while driving home one day. His radio was playing Burt Bacharach’s β€œThe Look of Love”, and he was with his then-wife Robin Ruzan. Myers asked her if he was β€œmaking her horny”. She told him to stop it and write his new character down. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
A Utah woman was allegedly murdered by her husband while on a murder mystery trivia cruise in Alaska. The event was a musical Sherlock Holmes-themed murder mystery trivia program, and some of her fellow passengers thought the screams coming from her cabin were part of the show. people.com/crime/alaska-c…
Orson Welles once met Hitler, but Welles was unimpressed and thought the Nazi Party had no chance of winning youtube.com/watch?time_co…
Your brain doesn’t stop developing at the previously thought age 21-24 and new studies show it may even keep developing until age 40 telegraph.co.uk/news/heal…
In 2007, reigning Jeopardy! champion Scott Weiss purposely placed his final bet in such a way as to force the first three-way tie in the game's history. He said he knew he could have bet more and won the game, but thought it would be fun to force a tie instead. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Brandon Sanders once, In his high school, sent his story to a writing contest, Judges thought he had written something really postmodern and telling the story backward, Turns out he had just stapled the pages backward. brandonsanderson.com/cent…
Today I learned about Mrs Chippy, a male cat that took part in Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Originally thought a female, he was given that name because the crew thought he followed the ship's carpenter, "Chippy" McNish, like an attentive wife. A statue of Mrs Chippy is on McNish's grave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs…
When you have something on the tip of your tongue, but all you can think of is that similar (but not the desired) fact, those intrusive thoughts are called "Ugly Sisters". oxfordreference.com/view/…
Oviraptor, which is latin for egg taker, is a misnomer. The first discovered specimen was next to what were thought to be protoceratops eggs, so it was presumed to be an egg eater. It later turned out that those were Oviraptor eggs, meaning it was brooding them, not eating them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovi…
Before being a comedian, Burt Kreischer was featured in Rolling Stone for being a prolific 25 year old student partier at FSU and is thought to be the inspiration for Van Wilder. rollingstone.com/culture/…
The first person to actually look at Saturn in a telescope was Galileo. He saw a strange oval-shaped planet. He thought the planet might have ears, or two small balls on either side. Later observations showed that these were actually Saturn’s grand ring system universetoday.com/46237/w…
β€˜Ahoy-Hoy’ was once the preferred way to answer the phone, as it was Alexander Graham Bell’s preferred way to answer the phone. However Edison popularized 'Hello' because he thought it was easily heard and distinguished from other words. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
The first KFC restaurant was actually in Utah and was named that way because the sign painter thought "Kentucky Fried Chicken" sounded more exotic. Colonel Sanders did invent and his famous chicken in Kentucky though. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KFC
No authentic writings of Pythagoras have survived. Almost nothing is known for certain about his life. The earliest source describes Pythagoras helping a dog that had been beaten. Pythagoras thought he could recognise his friend's voice in the dog's cries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyt…
After suffering a massive heart attack and thought to be on his death bed, an inmate in Nashville confessed to a decade-old murder as way to clear his conscious before he died. Instead, he made a full recovery. He was then indicted for murder, and later convicted abcnews.go.com/US/inmate-…

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