People who quit smoking before the age of 40 may live as long as people who never smoked at all. Researchers found a smoker loses roughly 10 years of life to the habit but regained most of that time if they quit before 40. The benefit is increased the sooner before 40 you quit. cbsnews.com/news/people-w…
Today I learned about King Tut's dagger, which was found in his tomb and is believed to have been made from iron from a meteor. At the time of King Tut, iron smelting was rare and the iron would have been worth more than gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tut…
Bilinguals experience tip-of-the-tongue moments twice as often as monolinguals. Processing two languages at the same time comes with a computational cost. Although, this kind of β€œmultitasking” trains the brain. thebrainstorms.io/brain-l…
Eddie Murphy recorded "Party All The Time" following a $1 million bet with Richard Pryor that he couldn't sing. The album it appears on is dedicated to Pryor, with the liner notes reading "To Richard Pryor, my idol with whom I have a $1,000,000 bet. No Mother Fucker, I didn't forget." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
There are no Wendy's in Europe due to a local Dutch snackbar owner owning the Wendy's trademark in Europe. They have been in a legal battle for years and Dutch courts side with the snackbar every time. gourmandize.com/article-8…
Tchaikovsky had a patron who gave him enough money to quit his job and become a full-time composer, on the condition that they never meet in person. californiasymphony.org/20…
Instead of saying "once upon a time," Korean fantasies usually begin with "back when tigers used to smoke". waywordradio.org/when-tig…
Red Rocks Amphitheatre was removed from consideration for the award for best outdoor venue in the word because it kept winning over and over (11 times). The award is now known as the Red Rocks Award. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Eminem broke the "Fastest rap in a #1 single" world record three times in a row - after having set the record with 6.46 words per second in "Rap God", he then broke it in "Majesty" at 6.5 wps and later broke it once again by rapping at 7.5 wps in "Godzilla". guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Frank Sinatra died the night of Seinfeld's finale and his ambulance made it to the hospital in record time because traffic was so light due to everyone watching the show. groovyhistory.com/frank-s…
A man was attacked for having a beard in 1830, then imprisoned for defending himself. He died in 1873, by which time beards were fashionable. His tombstone reads, "Persecuted for wearing the beard." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
In the film Psycho (1960), a concern for the censors, was an actresses flushing a toilet, with its contents (torn-up note paper) fully visible the first time. No flushing toilet had appeared in mainstream film and television in the United States at that time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psy…
The Earth's rotation and speed changes with the weather and geological events. This means atomic time and solar time may not be identical. Sometimes leap seconds are needed for an adjustment. On 31 Dec 2016, a leap second was added, and the time 23:59:60 existed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
Today I learned about brothel candles, which burned for precisely 7 minutes and were heavily used during Victorian times. The individual would pay the fee, light the candle, and when the candle burned out, the session was over. gleek.com/nothing-says-ro…
Popcorn, being relatively inexpensive, became popular during the Great Depression. It became a source of income for many struggling farmers, including the Redenbacher family. In fact, when sugar was rationed during WWII, Americans ate three times as much popcorn as they had before. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Gut fermentation syndrome (called auto-brewery syndrome) is a rare disorder in which intestines produce ethanol from carbohydrates. If you have this disease, you're drunk all the time. vice.com/en/article/3b7dz…
Taco Bell tried twice to enter the Mexican market - with both times failing spectacularly as locals decried the food as inauthentic and a joke. vice.com/en/article/a3d4x…
Suzanne Somers was fired from 'Three’s Company' for asking for equal pay with her male co-star, John Ritter, who was earning five times her salary. biography.com/news/suzann…
George Washington's salary as a US President was 2% of the total US budget at that time. businessinsider.in/person…
Only one US president (Franklin D Roosevelt) has ever been inaugurated 4 times. Shortly afterwards, the 22nd Amendment was ratified, limiting presidents to two terms. Roosevelt died 82 days into his final term. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
"larger crocodiles can go for over a year without eating a meal. In extreme situations, crocodiles appear to be able to shut down and live off their own tissue for a long period of time." pbs.org/wnet/nature/super…
The idea of Catholic Monks/Nuns taking a "vow of silence" never existed. The concept is a misunderstanding of "Monastic Silence" which established rules for time and place when speaking in a monastery. There was never a rule which required perpetual silence. catholicculture.org/cultu…
There are close to 15,000 farms growing Christmas Trees in the U.S., and over 100,000 people are employed full or part-time in the industry. realchristmastrees.org/ed…
Daylight Savings Time has been shown to increase the rate of heart attacks (AMI’s) by 24% the morning of the time change. Scientists think this is due to the change in our sleep cycle. Conversely, when the time switches back, the study showed a 21% decrease in AMI’s that day. openheart.bmj.com/content…
Homo erectus stood about 1.79m (5'10"). Only 17% of modern male humans are taller - Their fossils were the oldest known early humans to have possessed modern human-like body proportions. And they are the longest lived human species around 9 times as long as our own species H.Sapiens. humanorigins.si.edu/evide…
A cult in Papua New Guinea promised villagers that their banana harvest would increase every time they engaged in public sex. After a villager reported to the polΡ–cΠ΅ that the cult members had been using thrΠ΅ats of viΠΎlence to fΠΎrce people to have sex in public, the leader escΠ°ped abc.net.au/news/2009-09-1…
Today I learned about Alex Zanardi who in 2001 crashed his racing car which ripped off his legs. Two years later he had recovered enough to complete his remaining 13 laps with the help of prosthetics and hand controls. Zanardi overcame his injuries and resumed full time racing again in 2004. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
October 31, 2000 was the last time every person in the world was on Earth. Since then, there has been a continuous human presence on the International Space Station. nationalpost.com/entertai…
About Austin Rogers-a bartender that became a 12-time β€œJeopardy!” champion whose impressively broad knowledge helped him win more than $400,000 on the show. Today, Rogers still works as a bartender in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
In the 2011 animation film Rango, there were more than 60 scenes depicting the act of tobacco smoking. Several advocacy groups at the time tried to pressure the film rating board to give the film an R rating. This came to nothing and the film continues to maintain a PG rating today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Michelangelo hid under the Medici Chapel in Florence for 3 months during a period of political turmoil, occupying his time by sketching on the walls with charcoal. His whereabouts were a secret for almost 500 years until the museum director stumbled upon the drawings in 1976. atlasobscura.com/places/m…
Leonardo DiCaprio used to be a break dancer before he made it big as an actor. According to him he thinks he kept getting rejected by agents because he was a break dancer at the time and had crazy haircuts. insider.com/leonardo-dica…
The last time the British Empire expanded was 1955, when they annexed a tiny rock 300km off the Scottish coast to prevent the Soviets spying on their ballistic missile tests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Today I learned of Mamitu Gashe, an Ethiopian woman who suffered from an obstetric fistula as a teen. She remained at the free hospital where it was repaired to help out with chores. Over time her responsibilities grew, until she became one of the leading surgeons in her field without formal medical education. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mam…
The founder of Hyundai was born to an impoverished family of peasants in what is now North Korea. In 1998, he sent 1001 cows to his hometown in North Korea as a repayment 1000 times over for a cow that he stole in the early 1930s to afford his train ticket to Seoul and escape from poverty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
The main cause of "soft errors" in computer memory is cosmic rays. Systems buried in caves have a negligible rate of cosmic-ray induced soft errors; computers on mountains have a far higher error rate than at sea level; and the rate of errors in aircraft can be over 300 times the sea level rate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sof…
The actress who played the girl in the red jacket in Schindler's List was 3 at the time of filming. Spielberg asked her not to watch the film until she was 18, but she watched it when she was 11 and said she was "horrified" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
The highest g force voluntarily experienced by a person was 46.2 g's by John Stapp. He rode a rocket sled that reached a top speed of 632 MPH, The land speed record at the time and he stopped in 1 second. For a brief moment his body weighed 7700 pounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
"Lawrence of Arabia" star Peter O'Toole was famous for his drunk shenanigans. During one epic drinking session with Oscar-winning actor Peter Finch, they tried to order drinks at a bar after closing time. The landlord refused to serve them - so they wrote out a cheque and bought the bar uk.movies.yahoo.com/blogs…
Pomeranians used to be much bigger, weighing about 40 lbs (18 kilos). Then Queen Victoria got a tiny one, which immediately became popular. By the time she died 12 years later, the size of the breed had decreased by half. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pom…
King Farouk of Egypt, the Pickpocket King. Infamous for stealing Winston Churchill's pocket watch, he was a known kleptomaniac and would steal from several rulers. Upon escaping from Egypt, authorities found the world's largest porn collection at the time among his belongings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
In 1995, an inmΠ°te sued himself for $5 million, saying that he was drunk at the time of the crΡ–me, which caused him to violate his religious beliefs and civil rights by getting arrΠ΅sted. He reasoned that as a ward of state, and unable to work, the state should pay him the money on his account needles.com/learning/blog…
Little Richard, while performing in Australia in 1957, saw a fireball flying across the sky and took it to be a sign from God to repent from secular music and his wild lifestyle at the time; he wouldn't return to secular music until 1962. The fireball that he saw was the launch of Sputnik 1. theguardian.com/music/202…
People who grew up with black and white tv dreamed in black and white about a quarter of the time. People who were under 25 at the time only dreamt in black and white about 4.4% of the time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dre…
The movie "The Wolf of Wall Street" set a Guinness World Records record title for most swearing in one film. Saying the f-word 506 times with an average of 2.81 times per minute. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
When France increased the price of cigarettes by 66% over an eight-year period, the smoking rate among French executives and professionals declined. However, the smoking rate among manual laborers remained about the same and among the unemployed, it increased. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
When game designer Tim Schafer was interviewed to work at LucasArts, he said he was a fan of their game "Ballblaster." The interviewer told him their game was titled "Ballblazer" and only pirated copies were named "Ballblaster." He eventually got the job, and co-created Secret of Monkey Island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Professional basketball player Marvin Barnes, once refused to board a plane from Louisville to St. Louis. Because the flight was scheduled to arrive (Central Time) before its departure time (Eastern Time), Barnes famously said, "I ain't getting in no damn time machine." He rented a car instead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Homicide levels in medieval England were at least 10 times what they are today. historyextra.com/period/m…
Serial killer Richard Ramirez spent time in his youth with his Vietnam Veteran cousin who spoke of his love for killing, polaroids of severed heads, and taught him military tactics until the cousin shot and killed his wife in front of Ramirez. He plead insanity and was not charged. stmuhistorymedia.org/crea…

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