The top 10% of American drinkers consume nearly 60% of all alcohol sold - averaging 74 drinks per week. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The ZAZ trio (Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker), creators of movies like "Airplane!", "Top Secret" and "The Naked Gun", pulled a prank that cost them 60,000$ and took 4 years, just to have an announcer at a horse racetrack say "all pink on the inside" thelaughbutton.com/creato…
Doctors have the highest suicide rate of any profession, more than double the rate of the general population, and psychiatry is near the top in terms of suicide rates - with many doctors who have mental health issues reluctant to seek professional help because of the fear of stigma webmd.com/mental-health/n…
In 1961, a handful of the world's top scientists gathered at the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia, to give Dolphins LSD. They noted as soon as the dolphin on LSD had contact with another intelligent mammal, it wouldn't shut up. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Mr. Brightside has spent 235 weeks in the UK top 100 since its release in 2004. Over 16 years later its still at 94 in the chart. officialcharts.com/search…
Adolf Galland, one of the top-scoring German aces of WWII, often flew missions in just his swimming trunks, smoking a cigar, and with a plane emblazoned with Mickey Mouse art. "I've always liked Mickey Mouse," he said when asked about the strange behavior. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
In Taiwan, every receipt for every store in the country is also a ticket to a government-run lottery with top prizes worth up to US$300,000 guidetotaipei.com/article…
Tom Cruise was diagnosed with dyslexia at 6 yrs old and graduated high school as a functional illiterate, relying on his sister for help with schoolwork. He was in movies like Taps and Risky Business before learning to read in 1986 when he became a scientologist, the year Top Gun was released. people.com/archive/tom-cr…
The hotel where Jeremy Clarkson assaulted Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon now bears a plaque commemorating the event. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
In 1964 The Beatles were so popular that when "Sie liebt dich", a German language version of "She Loves You" that the Fab Four recorded to increase their German sales, was released in the US, it managed to reach the Billboard Top 100 chart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kom…
When quirky theatrical producer David Merrick got bad reviews for his 1961 musical, he found 7 random denizens of New York with names identical to those of 7 top theatre critics. He asked the civilians to talk ecstatically of the musical, then published an ad with their praises and names. masterworksbroadway.com/a…
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 first female American astronaut Sally Ride was a respected astrophysicist and a top athlete. However, before her flight, she fielded questions such as "Will the flight affect your reproductive organs?", "Do you weep when things go wrong?" and "Will you become a mother?" from the US media. people.com/archive/cover-…
At age 30, Dan McLaughlin with no golf experience, quit his job and dedicated to train to be a pro golfer. His philosophy was 10k hours to become an expert, and with the help of psychologists and trainers he was able to get a 2.5 handicap (top 6%), but his back went out at 6k hours and he quit. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The US Navy placed a top secret tap on a Russian underwater communications cable in the Sea of Okhotsk after finding the cables' location was marked by signs along the remote Siberian shoreline saying "No anchoring - underwater cable". interestingengineering.co…
The Burj Khalifa (world's tallest building) is so tall that you can watch the sunset from the base of the building, get to the top and watch the sunset again. meridian.net/united-arab-…
ZZ Top is the longest-running group with an unchanged line-up in the entire history of popular music udiscovermusic.com/storie…
Today I learned of the pareto principle also known as the 80/20 rule. Which states that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. ex. Microsoft has noted that by fixing the top 20% of the most-reported bugs, 80% of the related errors in a given system would be eliminated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Tom Petty's first solo album, "Full Moon Fever", which sold over five million copies, spawned five hit singles, and had collaborations with rock legends (George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison) was initially rejected by MCA Records because the top executive didn't hear any good songs pitchfork.com/reviews/alb…
Hatzegopteryx was the largest flying animal ever. With a skull nearly 3 meters long and a 10 meter wingspan, it was as tall as a giraffe and the top predator feeding on small dinosaurs prehistoric-wildlife.com/…
Today I learned about hypertumors, a type of tumor that forms on top of an existing tumor and kills it. This happens more on larger animals, which may explain why blue whales don't die of cancer often. nature.com/news/2007/0707…
Nirvana once purposefully butchered Smells like Teen Spirit while performing live on the British TV show "Top of the Pops". The network forced them to play over a pre recorded tape which the band disliked. They proceeded to jokingly play their instruments and changed the lyrics of the song cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
The descendants of the Ming Dynasty, whose last Emperor lost power in 1644, are not only alive and well, but still hold vast wealth and power over modern-day China, occupying top positions in the ruling Communist Party and various state corporations, schools, and societies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
The distance from the top of Africa to the bottom (5000 miles) is the same distance as London to Beijing, China (5055 miles). Senegal in west Africa is closer to Jamaica across the Atlantic than Somalia in east Africa. britannica.com/place/Afri…
For his PhD thesis, Ilya Bobvroskiy took a helicopter to a remote Russian bear infested ravine, rappelled down. Found fossils from the edicarian, & analysed cholesterol preserved in the ancient rocks. Science named his work amongst the top 10 breakthroughs of 2018. reporter.anu.edu.au/holy-…
Mt Chimborazo of Ecuador is the highest point on Earth, 1.5 miles/2.4 kilometers above Mt Everest. The Earth is an 'oblate spheroid' shape, so the equator bulges out. The mountain sits on top of this bulge so it is the closest point to the moon and outer space. universetoday.com/15025/h…
The water that sits on top of yoghurt is called whey. This liquid contains protein, calcium and B vitamins and so it’s better to stir it back in rather than drain myfearlesskitchen.com/why…
The iconic picture of Earth coined, 'The Blue Marble", was the first picture that viewed the entire planet as a whole and was only possible due to the sun being behind the Apollo 17 crew. Originally, the image was South up with Antarctica on top, but NASA flipped it to be more recognizable. theatlantic.com/technolog…
The people who built the Empire State Building added a 222-foot (68 m) mooring mast on top of it to serve as a docking station for zeppelins, just to make sure it would become the tallest building in the world in 1931 and not the Chrysler Building. listerious.com/facts-abou…
When astronauts are outside the ISS, space-borne compounds adhere to their suits causing a distinctive scent when they return to the station. The smell is so unusual that NASA reached out to a top fragrance maker to re-create the odor for its training simulations. popsci.com/science/articl…
Dutch authorities created over 300 little "parks" for bees on top of bus stop shelters in Utrecht; roofs are planted with low-maintenance sedum providing a safe habitat for bees. Over 50% of Netherlands' 358 bee species are endangered. Human commuters get with bamboo benches and LED lighting. thisiscolossal.com/2019/0…
Most people in the ancient city of Rome lived in apartment buildings that lacked kitchens. Thus most people relied on prepared food was sold at pubs, inns, and food stalls. Some establishments had counter tops fitted with openings for pots that may have kept food warm for extended serving. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
Kangchenjunga, the tallest mountain until a survey of Everest in 1849, has never been fully climbed. The first people to reach the top in 1955 stopped short of the summit because they promised the ruler of Sikkim to keep the sacred mountain intact. Every climber since has done this, too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
Today I learned about the β€œThree Finger Rule” - that people can generally only open their mouth as wide as three of their own fingers stacked on top of each other. This rule can help you know if food (such as a burger) is too large to comfortably bite. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
Not only can eyeballs be rugby-ball shaped (astigmatism) instead of basket-ball shaped, but one in 2000 people have a cornea shaped like the top of The Gherkin, rather than the O2 Arena. This is called Keratoconus and causes blurred vision, but not blindness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ker…
In 1986, the band Genesis and four out of the five associate members as solo artists, had songs in the Billboard Top 40 in the same calendar year ultimateclassicrock.com/p…
Free-ranging domestic cats are the top human-caused threat to wildlife in the United States, killing an estimated 1.3 to 3.7 billion birds and 6.3 to 22.3 billion mammals annually, according to a 2013 study en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
There is a pineapple on top of the Wimbledon trophy likely because it used to be a symbol of prestige at the time when the trophy was designed tennis365.com/grand-slam/…
French Bulldogs cannot swim because their flat snouts and top-heavy bodies make it hard to keep their heads above water. If you insist on having a swimming Frenchie, you can buy a tiny lifejacket for them---but be sure to supervise them at all times. frenchie.world/blogs/news…
Today I learned about Formula Rossa, a roller coaster in Dhabi with a top speed of 149mph. This ride requires you to wear safety glasses to ride, and is currently the fastest roller coaster in the world. rcdb.com/4485.htm
Despite selling over 35 million albums, the Grateful Dead have only had one song on the Billboard top 40: 1987’s β€œTouch of Grey” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tou…
Today I learned of Grecia. A Costa Rican Toucan who had the top half of his bill destroyed by several teenagers who attacked him. He now leads a happy life thanks to his 3D-printed beak. And he's even a better singer than before! :) earthtouchnews.com/discov…
In 559 BC a chinese prisoner was sentenced to death by being flown off the top of a large tower attached to a kite. He survived the flight, and claimed the record of the highest jump survived by a person in the process. He was later starved to death in prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yua…
There was a "Penthouse Club" located at the original Walt Disney Studios that was for the studio's top talent as a reward for their hard work and loyalty. On one of the walls hung a mural featuring many topless women that was drawn in house. disneyhistoryinstitute.co…
In 2010, the Colombian government successfully transmitted a Morse message to their captive soldiers by composing a song popular enough to hit local top 40 radio and disguising the Morse Code in a synth interlude exploratorium.edu/blogs/t…
Stairs go counter-clockwise because of castle defenses. Castle were defended from the top down and since most people are right-handed it gave an advantage to be able to hold the railing with your left and the sword with your right. lbc.co.uk/radio/special-s…
That, despite being one of the world's biggest bands ever, U2 has only had two number one hits on the Billboard Top 100: "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," both of which come from their 1987 album The Joshua Tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U2_…
The top 3 most expensive skateboards ever sold were a collaboration between Tony Hawk & Ben Harper to raise money for skateparks in low income communities. The highest price paid was $38,425 for a skateboard with the lyrics to "Blowin' in the Wind" personnally penned by Bob Dylan on it. moneyinc.com/most-expensi…
In 1945 the Soviet Union invited top leaders of the Polish government in exile to Moscow under a promise of safe conduct to participate in talks on the post war government. Upon their arrival, they were instead arrested, tortured, and convicted in subsequent show trials as German collaborators en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
β€œthe ancient Greeks used spider web clusters to stop bleeding in soldiers. They combined honey and vinegar to clean out the wounds. Then a wad of spider webs would be placed on top and held until the bleeding reduced.” interestingengineering.co…
There's a Volvo high mileage club, and the top car has apparently done 3,000,000 miles! And there are several over a million miles... volvoclub.org.uk/miles.ph…
Joe Walsh's Maserati 5000 GT couldn't do 185 (closer to 170) mph, but the top speedometer marking is 300 kph (186 mph). It was impounded by Austrailian authorities after being inspected for the presence of asbestos. Also, each 5000 GT had a custom body so each one is unique. Links in comments. stuff.co.nz/motoring/1024…
The reason images in mirrors appear flipped left to right and not top to bottom is that they're actually flipped front to back youtube.com/watch?v=P1ww1…
The Top Gun movie (1986) contained no footage of the actors in the air because they all vomited while shooting. cinemablend.com/news/2492…
A Disneyland guest attempted to pull the entire "Excalibur" sword from the stone (displayed in front of the "King Arthur Carousel") when his friend said he'd win a prize if he pulled it out. The man succeeded in breaking off the top portion of the sword. wdwnt.com/2020/01/photos-…
The Newseum, a neighbor to the Smithsonian, closed due to funding. It stood for the freedom of journalism, and displayed items from a German WW2 Tower to the Unabomber’s cabin to the antenna on top of the World Trade Center. usatoday.com/story/opinio…
Jeff Lynne wrote ELO's "Evil Woman" in thirty minutes as album filler. The song ended up being a hit single, reaching the Top 10 in both the UK and the USA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evi…
Some Californian red and white wines went up against French wines in a 1976 blind competition judged by the top wine experts in the world. It was considered a non-event... until the American wines won. And it changed the wine industry forever. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
The Milwaukee Brewers mascot, Bernie Brewer, is based on a real person. Milt Mason sat on top of the scoreboard and refused to leave until 40,000 people came to a game. He stayed there 40 days. radiomilwaukee.org/story/…
If someone tells you to 'relax your tongue' and you start thinking about it and it starts to cramp, say "N". This returns the tongue to neutral position at the base of the top incisors, in addition to returning jaw muscles to neutral position for people with bruxism. aronsonfamilydental.com/t…
The last known win at chess by a human against a top performing computer under normal tournament conditions was in 2005 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Richard Hammond's nickname "Hamster" was reinforced when he ate cardboard three times in just one series of Top Gear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
There’s only one active pitcher (Bartolo Colon) in the top 1000 all time for complete games, and he’s in the 997th spot. baseball-reference.com/le…
A group of amateur astronomers around the world hunt and track government spy satellites. Governments classify these top-secret missions, but a group of dedicated spy hunters tracks the satellites and publishes the data for fun. supercluster.com/editoria…
Pop music has been getting increasingly repetitive, no matter the genre, and that this trend correlates most strongly with the billboard top 10. pudding.cool/2017/05/song…
Mt. Elbert is the tallest mountain in the Rockies, 12 feet taller than the neighboring Mt. Massive. In the 1970s Mt. Massive fans tried to increase their mountain's height by stacking rocks on top. Detractors would hike the mountain and tear the stack down, Mt. Elbert has remained the highest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
If you gently press the bottom right corner of your eyeball through the eyelid, you see a little dark spot in the top left of your vision. This is because we see the world upside down, but our brain translate it so it looks right side up to us. mentalfloss.com/article/9…
The number of students caught cheating at the UK's top universities (including Oxford and Cambridge) increased by a third in three years. There was a surge in cases of academic misconduct. theguardian.com/education…
The Eagles have two of the top three highest-selling albums of all time in the US. businessinsider.com/50-be…
Roller coasters use three sets of wheels to keep the trains on the track. Running wheels which are on top of the rails, side friction wheels which are on the side of the rails, and up-stop wheels which are under the rails. This is why inversions and negative-g moments are possible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
The White House press briefing room was built on top of a 50 foot swimming pool. atlasobscura.com/places/f…
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…
There's a tree of Italian pasta dishes with Cacio E Pepe at the very top, and each branch below changing by adding only one ingredient. youtube.com/watch?v=Ng7GW…
Today I learned of the Sator Square, a palindrome word square found in the ruins of Pompeii. The five words carved into it, "SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS" can be read top-to-bottom, bottom-to-top, left-to-right, or right-to-left. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
For every 200 million sperm in each human ejaculation, 2 million make it into the cervix, 1 million make it into the uterus, 10,000 make it to the top of the organ, 5,000 enter the uterotubal junction, 1000 enter the Fallopian tube, 200 reach the egg and only 1 enters the egg to fertilize it. gizmodo.com/what-happens-…
An 11-yr-old girl in Zimbabwe rescued her 9-yr-old friend from a crocodile. Rebecca Munkombwe saw her friend being pulled under when swimming in a stream; she swam over, jumped on top of the croc & poked its eyes till it released its grip on her friend's leg. The 9-yr-old got only mild injuries. sundaynews.co.zw/girl-11-…
"Ice Ice Baby" was actually the B-side of a single version of a cover of "Play That Funky Music", but rose to popularity after a DJ played it instead of the A-side, ultimately becoming the first hip-hop song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
In 1985 the US tested a robotic anti-aircraft tank, the M247 Sergeant York. The tank malfunctioned and locked its guns onto a review stand packed with top generals. Mercifully it didn't fire, but did subsequently attack a portable toilet instead of a target drone. bbc.com/news/business-503…
Almost twice as many people died in captivity on board British prison ships during the American Revolution than were killed in battle. Remains of the dead would wash ashore for years until a memorial was built to intern the remains of the Prison Ship Martyrs on top of a hill in Brooklyn. whitmans-brooklyn.org/por…
Cuba Gooding, Sr. was the lead singer for the band The Main Ingredient. According to Billboard, they had 5 top 10 hits with him as lead singer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cub…
TV show Top Gear conducted an extreme test of a Toyota pickup truck by leaving it on a beach to be taken by the tide, leaving it on top of a highrise building that was demolished, and setting it on fire. It still ran after being repaired with only the tools in the truck's toolbox. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
Four months before his infamous match against Billie Jean King, 55-year old Bobby Riggs played against the top-ranked female tennis player at the time, Margaret Court. He won easily in straight sets: 6-2, 6-1 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Steph Curry and Tony Romo are ranked #2076 in the OWGR (Official World Golf Ranking) that ranks the top professional golfers in the world and has a cap of 2076 owgr.com/ranking?pageNo=1…
The city of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the world’s most expensive location for expatriates. Kinshasa rose by 26 places over the past five years to top the global rankings in 2016, ahead of all ranked Swiss cities occupying the global top 10 eca-international.com/new…
749 US Servicemen were killed in England in 1944's Top-Secret Exercise Tiger en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exe…
Prince's "Purple Rain" reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for two weeks, being kept off the top spot by "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham! faroutmagazine.co.uk/prin…
In the 80s a British Harrier pilot got disoriented and, with less than a minute of fuel remaining, successfully landed on top of a flower shop van on the deck of a Spanish cargo ship. The ship's crew were awarded over 500,000 pounds for the safe delivery of the Harrier to the Royal Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alr…
In the most well-known ranking of the world's top airlines, airlines from Indonesia (Garuda Indonesia), Russia (Aeroflot), the Philippines (Philippine Airlines), and multiple low-cost airlines (AirAsia, easyJet), are ranked ahead of the highest-ranked American airline worldairlineawards.com/wo…
Former Beatles roadie Mal Evans produced Badfingers top 10 hit No Matter What. He was also a reason how they became the first band signed under Apple Records. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
Today I learned about the Leap-The-Dips, the oldest operating roller coaster in the world. It was opened in 1902, and currently resides at Lakemont Park, in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The coaster has a top speed of 10MpH. coasterpedia.net/wiki/Lea…
Today I learned of the old jewish cemetery in prague. Dating back to 1478, it has gotten full so many times and they just kept adding layers. Now there are 12 layers of graves stacked on top of each other. There are about 12,000 visible tombstones but over 100,000 people buried there. jewishmuseum.cz/en/explor…
Strawberries top the 'Dirty Dozen' list of fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides time.com/5234787/dirty-do…
Today I learned of David Douglas: A Scottish botanist/explorer who became the first mountaineer in America. When climbing Mauna Kea in Hawaii he fell (or was pushed) into a pit trap with spikes. A bull then fell on top of him, crushing him to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
One of the only top government officials who opposed Japanese internment during World War II was...J. Edgar Hoover. encyclopedia.densho.org/J…
Rolling Stone Magazine published a 6-page article of future stand-up comic Bert Kreischer while he was attending Florida State University. The article, naming him the top partyer at the nation’s number one party school, became the inspiration for National Lampoon’s Van Wilder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
A man lived on top of the Astrodome for 10 days during the 1980 NLDS. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
Today I learned of Philippa Fawcett, an English mathematician and the first woman to have topped the Cambridge Mathematical Tripos, but who despite scoring 13% higher than the second top scorer did not receive the honorary title of Senior Wrangler. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
In 1969, the Penn Central Railroad Co. planned to build a tower on top of Grand Central which would have required removal of a portion of the station's facade. The NYC Landmark Preservation Commission rejected the design, leading to a landmark Supreme Court "takings-clause"case in 1978. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In 1978 a plane suddenly disappeared flying over Bass strait, the last communication of pilot was, ' huge strange aircraft is hovering of top of plane'. after a pause, 'It is not an aircraft'. Disappearance still remains mystery military-airshows.co.uk/u…

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