Police are called to Walmart stores 3-4 times as often as they are to other big-box retailers like Target. 25% of all arrests in St. Petersburg, FL and 92% of larceny calls in Granite Falls, NC are attributed to single Walmart locations in each city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Robert Downey Jr. was paid $10M for only 8 minutes of screen time in β€˜Spider-Man: Homecoming’. He got paid over $1 million per minute he's in the movie. syfy.com/syfywire/report-…
Despite its association with the supernatural, a full moon rarely occurs on Halloween. The next time this will happen is Halloween night of 2020. almanac.com/news/almanac/…
In 2006 Bill Murray (56 at the time) accepted an invitation to a college party in the Scottish Town of St. Andrews after a round of golf. He showed up, drank their vodka, did all the dishes and left today.com/id/15281031/ns/…
Serena Williams, often considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all-time, voiced Ming the Prison Guard on "Avatar: The Last Airbender", after she said it was her "favorite show" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
As they became domesticated (in a remarkably short time), dogs evolved specific muscles that allow them to raise their inner eyebrows to manipulate human emotions. Dogs who made the facial movement enabled by these muscles are more likely to be adopted from a shelter than those who don't. theatlantic.com/science/a…
Former US President Andrew Jackson was approached by a man who pulled a gun on him.The man pulled the trigger and shot at him but misfired, he then took another gun out of his pocket and and pulled the trigger but that gun also misfired.Jackson who was 67 at that time then beat him with his cane en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Atomic tests were a tourist draw in 1950s Las Vegas. They advertised detonation times and best viewing spots to see the massive flash and mushroom cloud from the bomb test site, 65 miles away. Casinos flaunted their north-facing vistas, offering special β€œatomic cocktails” and β€œDawn Bomb Parties” citylab.com/equity/2014/0…
Tomato plants fertilized with human urine produce up to four times more fruit and had higher levels of beta-carotene & protein than traditional fertilizers. popsci.com/environment/ar…
A stray cat Scarlett risked her life 5 times returning to the burning garage to save her kittens. She touched each of them with her nose to ensure they were all alive as the blisters on her eyes kept her from being able to see them. She collapsed unconscious after assuring they were all safe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sca…
Than in the 1800's, Americans drank, on average, 90 bottles of whiskey per year, or 1.7 bottles per week. This was because at the time, whiskey was sold at twenty-five cents a gallon, making it cheaper than wine, beer, tea, coffee and even milk. moneycontrol.com/news/tre…
The snow in β€˜The Wizard of Oz’ was asbestos. The Wicked Witch’s broom was made of asbestos, as was the Scarecrow’s entire outfit despite the fact that asbestos’ health risks were already known at the time in 1939 chonday.com/snowizard18/
Rami Malek watched the YouTube video of Freddie Mercury’s Live Aid performance (1985), over 1500 times in preparation for the film Bohemian Rhapsody. news.com.au/entertainment…
Danny Antonucci who at the time was known for only making adult themed cartoons only made Ed Edd n Eddy because he was dared to make a kids show by a friend. It went on to be his most successful work en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Alfred Hitchcock was so afraid of Psycho being spoiled ahead of time that he bought up as many copies of the original novel as possible. He also insisted that cinemas (for the first time) schedule screening times, sell tickets for those screenings, and not let anyone in after the film started. syfy.com/syfywire/firsts-…
Today I learned about Soviet cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev who was in space when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Unable to return, he stayed in space for 10 months. He was supposed to do military service during that time. The army almost issued a desertion warrant until they realised he wasn't on the planet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Human hair rejected by wigmakers and sent from hair salons is being used to create oil adsorbing booms for ocean oil spills. Hair can adsorb 3-9 times its own weight in oil. everwideningcircles.com/2…
That, during the 2017 London Bridge Terror Attack, a man fought all three attackers with his fists shouting "Fuck you, I'm Millwall". He was stabbed eight times and survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
The letter Y is not just "sometimes" a vowel. It is almost always a vowel. It is only a consonant around 2.5% of the time. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Today I learned of Randy Gardner, a 17 year-old high school student from San Diego who set the record for the longest time a human has gone without sleep (11 days, 25 min). Gardner's experimental analysis found paranoia, hallucinations, loss of concentration, and being unable to count backwards from 100. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
John Bardeen, the only man to receive 2 Nobel Prizes in Physics: While receiving his first Nobel Prize, the King of Sweden asked him: why did he bring just one of his 3 kids? His reply: "I'll bring them all for the next time". He kept his promise! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
James Cagney in the 1932 film 'Taxi' is famous not only for Cagney's dancing, it's also the first film where he refused to be shot at with live ammo. This was very common at the time, due to it being much cheaper to use than blanks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The 369th Infantry Regiment (better known as the Harlem Hellfighters) served on the front lines for 191 days during World War I, longer than any other American unit. In that time they never gave up any ground they captured. military.com/history/afri…
A Vietnamese man was hospitalized unconscious from consuming too much methanol alcohol; doctors transfused 15 cans of beer about 1 per hr into his body to revive him. The liver breaks down ethanol before methanol which gave doctors more time to do dialysis to remove the alcohol from his system. newsweek.com/alcohol-pois…
Today I learned about the "Herbivore Men" of Japan, men who have basically given up on marriage and love. They often can’t afford it, and they don’t want to work to death to raise a family, instead they have hobbies or anime or the internet to fill up their time. sbpress.com/2019/04/herbi…
There is a "Sumerian King List" that claims kingship started over 260 thousand years ago and lists individual rulers (not dynasties) that ruled for up to tens of thousand of years at a time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sum…
Today I learned about Philipp MainlΓ€nder a philosopher who believed before the beginning of time there was God, and the only thing God wanted was to die, but since he was a being of infinite unity the only way he could kill himself was to shatter his timeless being into a time-bound and material universe. wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip…
Today I learned that being late in Brazil is so part of the culture, if they want to start on time they say β€œcom pontualidade britΓ’nica” which means β€œwith British punctuality.” streetsmartbrazil.com/how…
Philadelphia Cream Cheese was invented in New York and has never been produced in Philadelphia. It's name is was a 1880s marketing strategy because at the time Philadelphia was known for high quality dairy. inquirer.com/food/philade…
In June 1942, LBJ was supposed to be an observer on the Wabash Cannonball, a B-26 bomber in the South Pacific. Before takeoff, LBJ left the plane to relieve himself. By the time he returned, his seat was taken, so he couldn't get back on. The Wabash wound up crashing, killing everyone on board. constitutioncenter.org/bl…
Belgrade, capital of Serbia, is in such a strategic position that it has been destroyed in wars 44 times, and battled over in 115 different wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
Henry Ford had initially lead the movement of shorter working weeks from the entrepreneurial side of things. He (counterintuitively at the time) showed that shorter working hours led to higher productivity. cnbc.com/2017/05/03/how-t…
A pigeon, Gustav, carried the first word of the Normandy invasion back to the British mainland in WW2, as the fleet underwent radio silence at that time. He flew 150 miles in 5 hours 16 minutes. He was awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery. He died after the war by being accidentally stepped on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
There was a mysterious disease that existed in Guam. It was the leading cause of adult death between 1945 & 1956. Fruit bats were part of the local diet at the time & became extinct as a result of over hunting. A decline in fruit bat consumption led to a decline in incidence of the disease en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyt…
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…
Nim Chimpsky was a chimpanzee raised like a human child by a surrogate family as part of a controversial project on animal language acquisition. During his lifetime, Nim learned over 125 signs, including "stone smoke time now" which Nim used when he wanted to smoke marijuana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nim…
Xenophanes, who died ca. 490 B.C.E., found fish fossils and concluded that the land where they were found must have been underwater at some time. He was the first person known to have used fossils as evidence for a theory of the history of the Earth. ucmp.berkeley.edu/history…
The Bopal Chemical Disaster in India, where a methyl-isocyanate leak (500 times deadlier than hydrogen cyanide) from a factory killed more than 8000 residents in one night. The MIC leak went undetected due to the factory's earlier removal of the alarm siren in order to not disturb its neighbours theguardian.com/environme…
In 2016, partner surgeons Dr Darrell Cass and Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye successfully operated on a 23 week old baby by removing her from the mother’s womb, removing a tumour and then replacing her back in the womb. She was born a second time, healthy and on time. edition.cnn.com/2016/10/2…
Grand Theft Auto V is the highest grossing media title of all time. The game made more money than any movie, album, or video game. It made twice as much money as the highest grossing film of all time. marketwatch.com/story/thi…
Tlachihualtepetl, a giant pyramid hidden inside a mountain in modern-day Mexico, is the world's largest monument, with a base four times the size of the Great Pyramid at Giza bbc.com/future/article/20…
29-yr-old Marine veteran Taylor Winston stole a truck to drive victims of the Las Vegas shooting to the hospital. He and his girlfriend made 2 trips having to pick only the most critically injured 10 - 15 people each time after helping boost others over a fence away from the shooter. businessinsider.com/how-a…
Today I learned about UY Scuti, the largest-known star by radius. It is 1700 times bigger than our sun, and it would take 1200 years to fly around it in a 900km/h regular passenger airplane. If Earth was in its habitable zone, it would take 10.000 years for one full rotation, each season lasting 2500 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UY_…
A study on theft has indicated that most thieves are active only for a short period of time and make very little money at it. In fact, theft looks not so much like a way of getting free stuff or money as a stage some people experience in adolescence β€” and most grow out of it. sciencedirect.com/science…
The blue whale heart rate was measured for the first time last year! It gets as low as 2 beats per minute, raising up to 37 when it resurfaces (more oxygen access). It works at physiological extremes, and explains why the whale never evolved to be even bigger. newatlas.com/biology/firs…
When Dakota Meyer was contacted to arrange a time to inform him that his case for the Medal of Honor had been approved, the caller was told that Meyer was working at his construction job and were asked to call again during his lunch break. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dak…
Pooping is really the only reason for a sloth to ever leave its tree, and it's the only time they have to stand upright. They only poop once a week, and can lose up to one-third of their body weight by pooping. animals.howstuffworks.com…
The teen who sold a kidney for an iPhone is now attached to a dialysis machine. He suffered organ failure, and is likely to be bedridden for life after suffering renal deficiency. He could get a transplant for $336,000 AUD on the black market - more than 80 times what he received for his kidney. vice.com/en_au/article/bj…
The queen piece in chess used to only move one square at a time. Later on, this was changed to the movement we know today thanks to the 15th century Queen Isabella of Spain. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Modern body armor was created by a pizza delivery guy who was wounded in the head and leg after a pizza delivery turned into a shootout. Richard Davis, a former US Marine, developed the bulletproof vest using Kevlar. During testing, he shot himself in the chest 190 times. businessinsider.com/moder…
In 1915, Kulbir Thapa was the first Nepalese Gurkha to receive the Victoria Cross. Thapa carried two wounded Gurkhas through No-Man’s-Land despite being wounded himself. When he went back a third time, German soldiers stopped firing and began clapping, allowing him to walk back to his own line. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kul…
Today I learned about the moon landing’s β€˜Human Computers’. Who were a group of women, who held math and science degrees, and were responsible for managing the moon landing’s incredibly complex calculations. They also did it real-time, by written hand, and were faster than any technology available before 1970. wehackthemoon.com/people/…
Classical Greece wasn't filled with pure white marble everything. The statues and ruins we see today were actually painted in all kinds of vivid colors that were just stripped bare back to their original white marble by time. theancienthome.com/blogs/…
Yawning and stretching at the same time is called "pandiculation." It's apparently very important in waking up our nervous system. somaticmovementcenter.com…
, a graduate student studying bees at Cornell University, was stung on his testicles while wearing loose pants and experienced little pain. This piqued his curiosity, so he stung himself 5 times a day for the next 38 days. As a result, we know the most painful places to be stung on the human body nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Commerical Flight Attendants and Pilots are 4x more likely to get cancer in their lifetime, because of the time they spend flying, with a thinner atmosphere and more solar particles. They recive 3x more radiation a year than a nuclear plant employee ehjournal.biomedcentral.c…
Automakers invented the crime of "jaywalking." At that time, "jay" was a derogative term for people from rural areas, like "hick." vox.com/2015/1/15/7551873…
Stephanie Kwolek the inventor of Kevlar was working on finding a new, lightweight substitute for steel belting in automobile tires, on fears of a looming oil shortage and in anticipation of a market for lighter tires. What resulted was a new fiber five times stronger than steel by weight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Voltaire's joke that the Holy Roman Empire (HRE) was "neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire" was mostly true. The center of the Church at the time was actually the Vatican, the HRE's people were mostly Germanic and not Roman, and the nation was never truly unified at any point in its history. historytoday.com/archive/…
There is a monument in central Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia celebrating the Beatles. It was built because in Mongolian communist times, local people would sit around listening to forbidden western music and discussing the values of freedom and democracy. atlasobscura.com/places/b…
In 1936 part-time inventor Anton Loibl, a Nazi, and Hitler's chauffeur, invented bicycle reflectors. The SS went into business with him. The Nazis then brought in traffic laws requiring all bicycles to have reflectors, creating a cash windfall for the SS en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Raw milk is responsible for nearly three times more hospitalizations than any other food-borne disease source, making it one of the world's most dangerous food products en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
Caesar Rodney rode 70 miles in a thunderstorm, while it was night time to be the deciding vote for the Declaration Of Independence, arriving in Philadelphia in time for his crucial vote to split from the United Kingdom. history.com/news/founding…
Avengers: Endgame, the current highest-grossing film of all time with $2.8bn, is actually leapfrogged by four films when adjusted for inflation; Gone with the Wind (1939 $3.7bn), Avatar (2009 $3.3bn), Titanic (1997 $3.1bn) and Star Wars (1977 $3.0bn) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
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-…
Today I learned of Deep Springs College where students don't pay tuition, room, board but work a minimum of 20 hours and live on the college's ranch and farm. The college has fewer than 30 students at any one time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
There's a rare condition called spatio-temporal synesthesia where people can visualize time within space. discovermagazine.com/heal…
Gen. Chuck Yeager, a WWII fighter ace, the first human ever to break the speed of sound and considered the greatest test pilot of his generation, is still alive. The last time he surpassed Mach 1 was in 2012, when he was just 89 years old. edition.cnn.com/2013/01/3…
Crows can hold grudges against humans that they had bad experiences with and they can pass this grudge to their young crows other crows not present at the time of those experiences. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Today I learned of Capt. James Martin Stag, President Eisenhower's Chief Meteorologist, whose defiant decision to delay the Allies' invasion of Normandy from June 5th to June 6th due to weather conditions was dubbed "The most important weather forecast of all time". usatoday.com/story/weathe…
After spending the best part of 60 years in prison, mob boss John Franzese was finally released in 2017 at the age of 100, at the time he was the oldest inmate in the US and the only centenarian in prison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In season 4, episode 20 of Home Improvement, Dave Chappelle and Jim Breuer played Tool Time audience members three years before starring in Half Baked together. youtube.com/watch?v=dXVRC…
Males and females finish urination differently. Specifically, males contract a muscle called the bulbospongiosus several times to empty the urethra, whereas the female urethra is emptied by gravity, and females do not use this muscle to 'squeeze' out the urine like males do. wikidoc.org/index.php/Uri…
The day that "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" premiered, there was an op-ed in the New York Times titled "O'Brien flops" that said "one can't help but have grave doubts about his prospects". The op-ed was written by Conan O'Brien himself. archive.nytimes.com/www.n…
People who are depressed can dream 3 times more than the people who are not depressed. banyanmentalhealth.com/20…
Crows in Japan learned to crack walnuts by dropping them in a crosswalk. the birds hop in front of the cars and place walnuts. After the lights turn green the vehicles drive over the nuts, cracking them open. when it’s time to cross again, the crow join the pedestrians and pick up their meal. pbs.org/lifeofbirds/brain…
Researchers have found that the β€˜spring forward’ to daylight savings time (i.e. putting your clocks forward an hour) causes a 6% increase in fatal car accidents in the US during the workweek following the adjustment, and results in about 28 additional deaths each year. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Today I learned of the One-Electron Universe postulate, an hypothesis which claims all electrons in the universe are the same one just moving forward and backward in time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
A young female Arctic fox fitted with a tracking device trekked 2,175 miles from Norway to Canada in 76 days, settling on Ellesmere Island in Canada. She traveled an average of 28 miles/day with a maximum pace of 96 miles/day, outpacing a previously tracked adult male fox by 1.4 times. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The standard airline practice of pre-boarding (i.e., allowing passengers with small children and those who need extra assistance to board first) actually improves boarding efficiency by 28% and decreases time to takeoff. arstechnica.com/science/2…
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…
In 1908 a meteorite hit Russia with hundreds of times more power than an atom bomb, destroying 500,000 acres of forest, knocking ppl over 40 miles away and causing weather events around the globe - but no one was killed and no impact crater was found. history.com/news/6-bizarr…
Lisa Kudrow's (Phoebe from FRIENDS) first recurring television role was Ursula Buffay, the eccentric waitress on the NBC sitcom Mad About You. She reprises her role as Phoebe Buffay some time later, and also Cameos as Ursula, her twin sister. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
A 2 year study showed that washing hands 5 times daily reduced incidence of respiratory infections by 45%. ajpmonline.org/article/S0…
Hagfish were being transported to South Korea where they are eaten as a delicacy, but instead covered the car and road in slime. Hagfish slime expands by 10,000 times in a fraction of a second. It is 100,000 times softer than Jell-O. Hagfish produce slime when attacked or stressed. theatlantic.com/science/a…
Super Saiyans in Dragonball Z have blonde hair because the author didn't want his assistant to waste so much time coloring their hair black hypebeast.com/2018/3/drag…
Today I learned about Silver Star recipient SFC Alwyn Cashe. SFC Cashe was injured and soaked with fuel after a complex ambush in the Iraq. He entered a burning vehicle three times and pulled six soldiers to their safety. SFC Cashe received burns on 75% of his body, injuries he eventually succumbed to. taskandpurpose.com/opinio…
Helen Keller's family forbade her from marrying her fiancΓ©, Peter Fagan, an ex-newspaper reporter who was working as her secretary, because of her disabilities. And society of her time believed women with disabilities shouldn't experience romance of any kind. aruma.com.au/about-us/blo…
Today I learned about "The Great Leveler," a book that argues that the greatest redistributions of wealth in history are during times of war, plague, and catastrophe, citing the Black Death and WWI as "actually suppressing inequality, by raising the price of labour." theguardian.com/books/201…
26 of the 50 best selling video games of all time were made by Nintendo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about Japan’s 5pm bell, or national emergency broadcast system, that plays music each day at a specific time for over 90% of the country. The music is actually a daily test to ensure the system can inform residents of any major disasters (i.e. tsunami, industrial accident). japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
Turkeys can fly up to 60 miles an hour despite their 20 pound heft. They roost high up in the trees at night, but spend most of their time on the ground, causing the misconception that they are incapable of flight at all. grandviewoutdoors.com/tur…
In medieval times, corpses of sick people were used as catapult ammunition, as a form of biological weapon. sciencedirect.com/science…
Today I learned about the Chinese poem "Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den," or "ShΔ« shΓ¬ shΓ­ shΔ« shǐ." The poem is solely composed of "shi" 92 times, but pronounced with different tones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lio…
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (starring Clint Eastwood), one of the most famous westerns of all time, was written, directed, & produced by Italians in Italy. It was part of a popular trend of low budget Italian westerns called β€œSpaghetti Westerns”. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
A ton of old mobile phones has 100 times the concentration of gold found in an actual gold mine. fastcompany.com/90512610/…
If the universe had one dimension of space and three dimensions of time instead of the other way around, the speed of light would be the LOWER limit of speed instead of the upper limit. Thus, everything would be made of tachyons - theoretical faster-than-light particles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Today I learned of Eugene Bostwick, a retired Texas farmer who kept taking in dogs that people abandoned at the dead-end street near his horse barn; he would feed the dogs & take them to the vet to get spayed & neutered. He built a "dog train" in order to take all his dogs out at the same time with his tractor. cbc.ca/news/trending/texa…
Today I learned of Spurious Correlation. A phenomenon where two unrelated events coincidentally occur in the same pattern over time, such as the 99% correlation between the divorce rate in Maine and the per capita consumption of margarine. tylervigen.com/spurious-c…
A toothpaste was sold in early 20th century Germany which was slightly radioactive because it contained small amounts of thorium. Its radioactivity was promoted as imparting health benefits and the product is exemplary of the radioactive quackery which thrived in those times en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…

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