The juggling done by David Bowie's character in Labyrinth was actually performed by juggler Michael Moschen, who had to do all the tricks blind while standing behind Bowie. He won a MacArthur Fellowship "Genius Grant" for his techniques a few years later in 1990. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
There is a rubbish dump named "Mt. Cleese" (altitude 45.2m), in retaliation after John Cleese described Palmerston North as "the suicide capital of New Zealand" and suggested that β€œif you wish to kill yourself but lack the courage to, I think a visit to Palmerston North will do the trick.” atlasobscura.com/places/m…
Since the late 1980s, the music industry is making their songs louder than average thanks to a trick called "dynamic range compression". bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Michael Keaton's real name is Michael Douglas, but he was forced to use Keaton because the other actor was already using his name. As a result, he often inadvertently plays tricks on people expecting Michael Douglas - only to get Michael Keaton. cinemablend.com/news/1676…
Today I learned about the craze of Pet Rocks in 1975. For about 6 months, they sold over one million Pet Rocks for $4 each. It was just a rock in a box with some straw and a care manual for tricks to teach. The creator had the idea in a bar as his friends complained about their pets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The first steam turbine was invented in the 1st century by Greek engineer Hero of Alexandria, along with the first wind organ, vending machine, and piston pump. Most of his works were written off as party tricks or display relics for temples. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Today I learned about Massopora, a fungus which infects 13 and 17 year cycle cicadas. It can dissolve the gonads of males, cause their butts to fall off, turning them into "flying zombie salt shakers", and can also change the behavior of some males to make them trick other males into trying to breed with them. cicadamania.com/cicadas/c…
As a schoolboy, JRR Tolkien felt "bitter disappointment and disgust" that the woods did not actually march on the villain's castle and Shakespeare’s prophecy was revealed as a rhetorical trick (Macbeth). Later, Tolkien made a point of writing a story where the trees performed as advertised. tolkienestate.com/en/writ…
Harry Houdini wanted to prevent people from copying his "Chinese water torture cell" trick, but didn't want to patent it, as that would require explaining how it works. So he gave a performance of the trick as a one-act play before an audience of one, and then filed for a copyright on the play smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
Today I learned about Jimmy the Crow who appeared in over 1,000 features from the β€˜30s through the β€˜50s. He was trained in an assortment of tricks, such as typing, opening letters, and even riding a tiny motorcycle. Jimmy Stewart said he was the β€œsmartest actor” on the set of It’s A Wonderful Life. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_…
Harry Houdini in disguise would attend magic shows by people who claimed to be "spiritual mediums", knowing their trick, he would finally light a flashlight that left the deception in the open and stand up and cry β€œI am Houdini! And you are a fraud!" bbvaopenmind.com/en/scien…
Barnstorming, a form of rural entertainment where stunt pilots performed tricks individually or in flying circuses, was first performed by Charles Foster Willard. He's also the first person to be shot down in an airplane when an annoyed farmer fired a squirrel gun at him and broke his propeller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Wildlife officials covered orphaned polar bear cubs with Vicks voporub to trick female bears into adopting them. theglobeandmail.com/news/…
There was a serial slasher in London called the London monster. He affixed sharp blades to his knees then would stab women in the butt by kneeing them. He would also put knives in flower bouquets then trick women into smelling it before stabbing them in the face. youtu.be/tN4DHMKAWPo
There is a species of parasitic barnacle that infects crabs by burrowing into their genitals and releasing hormones that trick the crab into caring for the parasite as if it were a clutch of eggs. This can happen to both male and female crabs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
Today I learned about Phengaris Rebeli, a cartepillar that tricks certain species of ants into believing that they are the queen and take over the ant nest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phe…
Sacha Baron Cohen trained with an FBI interrogator before his conversation with O.J. Simpson for "Who Is America?" in the hope that he could trick OJ into confessing huffpost.com/entry/sacha-…
In some earlier version of Little Red Ridding Hood the wolf tricks her into eating grandma along with him cbc.ca/amp/1.3951441
A road sign trick sent a self-driving car into high-speed mode. A two-inch piece of black electrical tape across the middle of the 3 in a 35 mph speed limit sign tricked Teslas into accelerating to 85 mph. techxplore.com/news/2020-…
The element Cobalt gets its name from a trickster goblin of German folklore, the kobold, because when medieval miners discovered it and tried to smelt it thinking it was silver, it released toxic gasses they believed to be the goblin playing a trick on them. etymologynerd.com/blog/a-…
In 1584, over a century before the Salem Witch Trials, an English nobleman wrote a book exposing fraudulent witches using simple tricks, and criticizing the prosecution of witchcraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1860, the first Japanese envoy to the US was met with great enthusiasm. Particularly "Tommy," a 17 y/o interpreter. Unlike his reserved companions, he waved and blew kisses at the crowds. To quiet groups of chanting women, he let them into the envoy's hotel and charmed them with magic tricks. whitehousehistory.org/the…
Male cichlids have oval-shaped dots on their anal fins called egg-spots used to trick females who are carrying unfertilised eggs in their mouth to think they’ve dropped some. The female will then place her mouth to the anal fin and receive a load blown into her face. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cic…
It's possible for a bot to trick the Turing Test into thinking it's human simply by claiming a foreign mother-tongue whoson.com/chatbots-ai/th…
the 2006 World Cup has been the only edition in which no hat-tricks have been scored, while the 1954 edition had a record of eight hat-tricks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In some US cities, local authorities regulated Trick or Treating by creating a fake holiday called "Beggars Night" to replace Halloween en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beg…
In parts of Virginia it's illegal to trick or treat if you are over the age of 13 and is punishable as a misdemeanor unless you are just walking your kid or sibling(s). nbcwashington.com/enterta…
50% of Panda births result in twins, but Panda moms almost always abandon one. Therefore, Zookeepers have to switch the cubs every few hours to trick the mom in to caring for both. youtu.be/oSRv6znj-n8
Cheap Trick has performed live more than 3,700 times. usatoday.com/story/life/m…
Change blindness is the phenomenon due to which a person observing a particular scene fails to detect large changes induced in the scene. Most common failure happens when we are distracted or inattentive. This trick is used by magicians and in nature. cse.iitk.ac.in/users/se36…
The largest Yakuza family had a tradition of handing out Halloween candy to trick or treaters vice.com/en_us/article/9a…
Dogs evolved the specific muscles that give them the ability to raise their inner eyebrows more than 33,000 years ago; as they became domesticated. It's an evolutionary trick used to manipulate humans. theatlantic.com/science/a…
Some female penguins engage in prostitution. Performing sex act in exchange for pebbles. However, sometimes they will just trick the male into thinking they’ll have sex, then run off once she gets the pebble. dailypicksandflicks.com/2…
Many freshwater mussel species use elaborate lures to trick fish into carrying their parasitic offspring. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Bumblebees have parasitic "doppelgangers" called cuckoo bumblebees that resemble a specific race enough to be able to sneak into their nest, kill the queen, and trick all the workers into feeding their offspring and ultimately taking over the whole nest before moving onto their next target. bumblebee.org/cuckoo.htm
The famous pull to refresh in most of our social medias is actually a psychologic trick linking the lever of a gambling machine, thus you anticipate more glory upon doing this some movement of finger on your screen ihpi.umich.edu/news/socia…
[] A "Who wants to be a millionaire" contestant, Charles Ingram cheated his way to the 1 Million British Pound question by using a trick. The production team discovered that whenever Ingram read out an answer that was correct, an accomplice from the audience would make a coughing sound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Steve Martin's Rope Tricks in the "3 Amigos" Were a Skill He Picked Up While Working at Disneyland in His Younger Days. youtu.be/FVJGb7UpnMA?t=31…
Among skaters, the benihana is considered a kook trick. It’s forbidden, only done in jest or ignorance. jenkemmag.com/home/2019/0…
Today I learned about Marjoe Gortner. Forced to be an evangelical preacher at a young age, he left his religion, but then returned to make some money. He eventually invited a documentary crew to follow him as he showed the β€œtricks” of his revivals. The 1972 film won an Oscar. wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjoe
During WWI, the British Army had a group of entertainers assigned to every division. They offered soldiers a respite from war, reminded them of home, and provided a neutral outlet to air grievances. "The Diamond Troupe" was most famous because of their female impersonator and trick cyclist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A Canadian man placed feces in his mouth in order to trick a breathalyzer. It didn't work. drugfoundation.org.nz/mat…
Female fish can fake an orgasm to trick the male into thinking they've successfully mated and swim off to find a better partner. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
The Soviets set up fake border posts at the Czechoslovak borders in order to trick emigrants, making them think they were already in Germany. Once comfortable, they would talk to an "American" agent, revealing their contacts. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Tony Hawk Performed 50 Tricks in Celebration of Turning 50. The 50 tricks were among the 100+ tricks that he created since he started skating in '77. youtu.be/8Zx7fFFfPis
Today I learned about Police Constable Steve Hutton, who, on 2 separate occasions, barked at fleeing criminals to trick them into thinking he had a police dog with him. It worked. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
In the non-canonical Acts of Thomas that Jesus Christ sells his twin brother Judas Thomas into slavery in order to trick him into going to India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
The trick from "Office Space" where they stole tiny fractions of a cent from a large number of transactions and put it into their own bank accounts is called 'salami slicing' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Christmas in the Middle Ages was more like Mardi Gras on steroids; including raucous parties that lasted for days, animal sacrifices, and adult trick or treating. mentalfloss.com/article/5…

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