The Grimpoteuthis is a genus of pelagic umbrella octopuses known as the dumbo octopuses because they resemble Disney’s elephant Dumbo with their large ear like fins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gri…
The Church of England co-owns the rights to Beyoncé’s β€œSingle Ladies,” Rihanna’s β€œUmbrella” and Justin Timberlake’s β€œSexyBack.” nypost.com/2020/10/17/chu…
That, through investing in music rights business Hipgnosis, the Church of England co-owns songs such as BeyoncΓ©'s "Single Ladies", Rihanna's "Umbrella", and Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack". bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
During the early 1900s, hat pins were used by women for self-defense; Mademoiselle Gelas even wrote a manual advising a combination of jiu-jitsu, hatpin stabbing and umbrella work to fend off men. history.com/news/how-wome…
The Umbrella Academy comic was written by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When Earth passed through the tail of Halley's Comet in 1910, Astronomer Camille Flammarion claimed that toxic gas from the comet would penetrate the atmosphere and kill all life on Earth. This led to mass panic buying of gas masks and "anti-comet" pills and umbrellas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
The CONIFA World Football Cup is an international football tournament organized by CONIFA, an umbrella association for states, minorities, stateless peoples and regions unaffiliated with FIFA, which as been held every two years since 2014. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CON…
Today I learned about Digby Tatham Warter, the man who led a charge in WW2 with a bowler hat and an umbrella, and immobilising an enemy tank using said umbrella. history.co.uk/article/ww2…
Ryan North (Marvel writer) once got stuck in a skate pit with only "his dog Noam Chompsky, an umbrella, a leash, a t-shirt, and a pocket computer" after the rain had made the pit slippery. When he asked Twitter users for help, they found a way for him to combine those items that let him escape. boingboing.net/2015/08/19…
The original reason why umbrella handles are curved is to make it easier for servants to hold the umbrella at an angle to shield their employer gentlemansgazette.com/umb…
Today I learned about the Tanuki, a Japanese folklore creature that is referred to as the Raccoon Dog. Its most distinguishing characteristic is their large, magical pair of testicles that it used as a hat, umbrella, boat or drum. They are known as tricksters or bringers of good luck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak…
Today I learned about a journalist/broadcaster from BBC who was assassinated at a bus stop in London by the KGB. A 1.7mm pallet was shot in his leg from the tip of an umbrella. The coating of the pallet melted and allowed the deadly toxin "Ricin" to be absorbed in his bloodstream. He was dead 4 days later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Gerard Way, co-founder and lead vocalist of My Chemical Romance, is also the creator and writer of the comic book series, The Umbrella Academy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Squirrels can use their tails as an umbrella in the rain, a rudder when swimming, and a towel when its wet. wildlife-removal.com/squi…
Today I learned about the Rihanna curse, when horrible weather in the UK, New Zealand, and Romania coincided with the song Umbrella being the #1 song in those countries papermag.com/rihanna-umbr…
In 1910 spectroscopic analysis of volatile gases in the tail of Halley's Comet caused panicked buying of gas masks and quack "anti-comet pills" and "anti-comet umbrellas" by the public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Today I learned of Turner D. Century, a Marvel villain motivated by a hatred of post-WW1 social changes. His gadgets include a flame-throwing umbrella, a flying tandem bicycle, and a "time horn" that induces unconciousness in those under the age of 65. He was killed after only three appearances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
In 1608, English writer Thomas Coryat wrote a book detailing his five months’ travel through Europe in which he described, among other things, use of the table fork as an eating utensil. He also introduced β€œumbrella” into English after noticing Italians shielding themselves from the sun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
In Japanese folklore there's a yokai called Karakasa kozō who's a bouncing one-eyed umbrella that sneaks up on people and licks them. yokai.com/karakasakozou/
In the 1920s, New York Giants players would ride to games in Brooklyn in horse drawn carts. Dodgers fans would wait along the route and pelt the players with beer, coins, and umbrella parts. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Umbrellas commonly cause eye-injuries, and also can become dangerous projectiles from a gust of wind. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
The six-plumed birds of paradise, native to New Guinea, perform a courtship ritual (video) which includes preparing the stage by carefully clearing the forest floor, decorating the floor with red berries and rubbing branches with snake skin, and this is followed by an elaborate umbrella dance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Today I learned about Major Digby Tatham-Warter who was known to walk into battle with an umbrella. It was said that he disabled an armored car by incapacitating the driver by shoving the umbrella through the car's observational slit and poking the driver in the eye en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
Today I learned of Digby Tatham-Warter, A British Army officer who often carried an umbrella into battle during WW2. He once disabled a German armoured car by poking the driver in the eye with it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
The KGB and the Bulgarian governemnt assassinated a journalist in 1978. They used an umbrella to shoot a bullet containing ricin in him. telegraph.co.uk/news/2158…
Ancient Egyptians are certainly responsible for an early version of umbrella, as recovered art depicts priests and royalty using them for shade as early as 1200BC. rd.com/advice/opening-umb…
The Dodge La Femme, 1955, was the first car made exclusively for women and it included purse, boots, raincoat and umbrella. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dod…
The umbrellabird is a large, tropical species of bird found in the rainforests of Central and South America. Its most distinctive feature is the inflatable wattle on its neck which serves to amplify its loud, booming calls.The male flares its crest into the shape of an umbrella during courtship. a-z-animals.com/animals/u…
'Plankton' is not a single species, but is instead an umbrella term used to refer to any lifeform that drifts with the ocean currents, including microorganisms like bacteria and algae, as well as larger creatures like jellyfish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
During the battle of Arnhem, Major Digby Tatham-Warter brought an umbrella and put it to good use, stopping an armoured car by poking the driver in the eyes with his umbrella. When a fellow soldier told him "that thing won't do you any good", he replied "Oh my goodness Pat, but what if it rains? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
The red umbrella is an important symbol for sex worker rights and is used for events that are held on December 17. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
The first man in England to use an umbrella in the early 1750s, Jonas Hanway, was pelted with insults and trash as men using umbrellas was taboo. In the minds of many Brits, umbrella usage was symptomatic of a weakness of character. The British also regarded umbrellas as too French. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The poison tipped umbrella, a favorite murder weapon of spies, is called the β€œBulgarian Umbrella” when the KGB first used it to kill a Bulgarian dissident in London deutsches-spionagemuseum.…
Digby Tatham-Warter was a British soldier who, during WWII, was known for carrying an umbrella into battle. During a battle at Arnhem Bridge, he used it to disable a German armoured car by stabbing the umbrella through the car's observational slit and into the driver's eye. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
"Catapult" is an umbrella term which includes most projectile siege weapons including Ballistae and Trebuchets, what most of us think of when we hear catapult is actually a Mangonel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
"The town of Brookline, MA recommends that citizens be aggressive toward turkeys, β€˜take a step towards them and don't back down’. Officials have also recommended 'pop open an umbrella; shout and wave arms; squirt them with a hose; allow your dog to bark at them; and fend them off with a broom.'" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
In 1991 two artists paid $26 million to install thousands of umbrellas along the California highway, one of the umbrellas was toppled by high winds, killing one woman and injuring several others. The exhibit was ordered closed and another person died during the removal of the umbrellas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
In 1947 Queen Elizabeth (current Queen's mommy) beat an African with her umbrella, police quickly stepped in to drag him away and beat him senseless. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
The builders of the National Cathedral held a contest for kids to design gargoyles with the winners earning spots on the cathedral. The winning designs include Darth Vader, a raccoon, a girl with pigtails and braces, and a man with large teeth and an umbrella. cathedral.org/what-to-see…
In Paris in 1778 lightning rods were the height of fashion, being included in hats, umbrellas and the like. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
The "Rihanna Curse" was popularized after "Umbrella" hit number one in the United Kingdom as it was undergoing extreme rainfall and flooding. This led to a campaign to knock the song out of the charts in favor of more sun or summer-themed songs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umb…
There was mass panic in 1910 after a spectrographic analysis found traces of cyanogen in the tail of Halley's Comet, causing frightened consumers to buy gas masks and quack "anti-comet" pills and umbrellas to protect themselves from the toxin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
The Air Force Academy's Cadet Chapel has a worship area for Earth-Centered Spirituality, an umbrella of traditions that includes Wicca, Paganism and Druidism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
My Chemical Romance's lead singer Gerard Way is not only the creator of the Umbrella Academy but he was also inspired by DC's Doom Patrol to create it and he later went on to work on Doom Patrol for DC in 2016 dccomics.com/talent/gerar…
The ubiquitous β€œlittle paper umbrella” that adorn cocktail glasses was first made popular by a man who’d grown weary of customers’ partially chewed-up food in his bar bonappetit.com/drinks/coc…
In England, there is a 'Chap Olympiad' where contestants compete in events like Umbrella Joustin and Shouting at Foreigners guardian.co.uk/lifeandsty…
After President Grover Cleveland lost his reelection bid in 1888 to Benjamin Harrison, Cleveland held an umbrella over his successor's head while Harrison delivered his inaugural address in a rainstorm. presidentprofiles.com/Gra…
There's a skyscraper in Tokyo which tells you, using colored lights, whether you should bring an umbrella when you go outside. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTT…
The largest class of satellites are the Orion spy satellite class. These giant listening devices are equipped with an umbrella shaped sail that is estimated to be 330 ft in diameter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ori…
Reginald Hargreeves, a character in The Umbrella Academy comic/tv series, is also the name of Alice Liddell's husband. She was the real life inspiration for Alice in Wonderland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg…

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