While the winners of the 1971 Cannonball Run - a street race across the USA - were driving a Ferrari Daytona, the 2nd place finishers had a Chevy van fitted with a 248-gallon auxiliary tank to minimize the refuel count. The van took only 53 minutes longer than the Ferrari to finish the race in. pistonheads.com/news/ph-f…
Steven Van Zandt, guitarist with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, originally auditioned for the lead role of Tony in The Sopranos. HBO didn't think he would work as a lead since he never acted before, so creator David Chase wrote him Sylvio Dante, a character that Steven had created. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
When the FBI went undercover to expose the McDonald's Monopoly promotion scam that occurred between 1989-2001 they posed as a production company that interviewed supposed winners for TV commercials and named it Shamrock Productions with the byline β€œβ€˜Cause you’re just lucky” printed on their van. decider.com/2020/02/04/mc…
In 1823 Martin Van Buren's vice president proposed in the US Senate that the government fund an expedition to the center of the Earth. His "pet project" was soundly defeated, garnering 25 votes total. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
In 2017, a dead grasshopper was found in an 1889 Vincent van Gogh painting. A scientist discovered that the insect’s thorax and abdomen were missing and there was no sign of movement in the surrounding paint. So, it was already dead when it somehow landed on the artist’s wet canvas. theguardian.com/artanddes…
Dutch explorer Abel Tasman named Lutruwita, Anthoonij van Diemenslandt, the British called it Van Diemen's Land & it became Tasmania shortly after separating from New South Wales in 1855 abc.net.au/news/2018-03-2…
Today I learned about the 'Portrait of Dr. Gachet', the last portrait painted by Vincent Van Gogh before his death, which was sold for the then record sum of 82.5 million USD in 1990. It is one of Van Gogh’s most important works, but has been withheld from the public by its anonymous owner for almost 30 years. staedelmuseum.de/en/podca…
Today I learned of Han van Meegeren, a legendary art forger who sold fake Old Master paintings to the Nazis during the occupation of the Netherlands, once cheating Hermann GΓΆring out of over a million guilders. He is now celebrated as a Dutch national hero historyhit.com/nazi-sympa…
Today I learned of a Β£4m art heist Manchester in 2003 , including a Van Gogh painting. It is believed the culprit tipped off the police and revealed the location of the stolen artwork. Stating that his intentions were not to steal , but to highlight woeful security. manchestersfinest.com/art…
23rd March 1839, the initials O.K officially became part of the national vernacular after it was first published in the Boston Morning Post. It stood for "Oll Korrect", a popular slang then for "all correct". Then-President Martin Van Buren's nickname Old Kinderhook short form (O.K) history.com/this-day-in-h…
Kanye West rapped his entire unreleased new album for 2.5 hours to Seth Rogen and his wife in the back of a van youtu.be/UNvfq5Sy7Mo
David Lee Roth wrote the lyrics to the Van Halen song 'Jump' after watching a man waffle as to whether or not to commit suicide by jumping off a skyscraper vhnd.com/jump/
Eddie Van Halen once put a gun to Fred Durst’s head and demanded Durst return music gear EVH had left at Durst’s house after a failed jam session. ultimateclassicrock.com/e…
Jean-Claude Van Damme took up ballet when he was young, and has said "If you can survive a ballet workout, you can survive a workout in any other sport." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
The Don McLean song "Vincent" (written as a tribute to Vincent van Gogh) was played to Tupac Shakur as he lay dying in hospital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
After Eddie Van Halen and his wildly customized guitar soared in popularity, he started adding non-functional modifications to confuse commercial imitators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned about Hanny's Voorwerp (Dutch, meaning Object), a rare type of astronomical object called quasar ionization echo. It was discovered in 2007 by schoolteacher Hanny van Arkel while she was participating as a volunteer in a project.She asked on the project page: What's the blue stuff below. Anyone? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Dick Van Dyke tried to join the Army Air Corps in WWII repeatedly, and was denied for being too skinny en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
Not only did Eddie Van Halen write and play the guitar solo for Michael Jackson's Beat it, but he did it for free and set a monitor speaker on fire (with his music) in the process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
In 2014, Delain's bassist, Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije, was injured when he walked in front of a streamer cannon on stage. He then went on to finish the set and an encore, all with a ruptured testicle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
An academic paper advanced the theory that Van Gogh's painting CafΓ© Terrace at Night was intended to be a uniquely innovated Last Supper, in reference to his lifelong devotion to and imitation of Jesus Christ. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caf…
Six Georgia inmates out on work detail saved a Deputy Sheriff who collapsed unconscious. They could have taken his gun & fled with the work van but used the Deputy's phone to call 911. The Sheriff's Office gave the men a pizza party with homemade dessert & recommended reduced sentences. cbsnews.com/news/six-inma…
Van Halen only agreed to let Pepsi use the song 'Right Now' in Crystal Pepsi commercials in 1992 and 1993 because it was crystal clear that if Van Halen did not license the song, Pepsi would hire studio musicians to record a cover. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rig…
Van Morrison's 'Brown Eyed Girl.' Was originally Entitled 'Brown Skinned Girl' belfasttelegraph.co.uk/en…
During WW2 Han van Meegeren sold his own Vermeer forgery to Herman Goring, Hitler's No. 2. Goring traded him 150 real works for the fake. After the war, the Allies found out and jailed him. Van Meegeren freed himself by painting another Vermeer in jail to show them. Histories and novels on Amzn en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Van Halen refused to make videos for their album 5150, so Warner Bros quickly cobbled together a video for the song "Dreams" by using stock footage of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels. The cheap video became a surprise hit on MTV and the Navy began to use it as part of their recruiting efforts. navalhistory.org/2020/01/…
Gene Simmons originally recorded a demo of Van Halen with the intent to get them a contract but no one was interested. It worked out okay for them though. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
In 1958, on the same day James Van Allen announced the discovery of the 'Van Allen belts', he agreed with the U.S. military to be involved with a project to set off atomic bombs in the magnetosphere npr.org/sections/krulwich…
The movie *Bloodsport* starring Jean-Claude Van Damme was based on the exploits of martial artist Frank Dux. Who many opine was just a con artist who made up most of his claims. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Van Halen's producer (Ted Templeman) almost suggested replacing David Lee Roth for Sammy Hagar before the band's first album was recorded and 8 years before Sammy joined the band. Ted changed his mind after getting to know Roth's work ethic and songwriting skills. vhnd.com/2020/05/16/ted-t…
The person with the dubious honor of being the first to study sperm in detail was Anton van Leeuwenhoek, a Dutchman who developed the early compound microscope. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In 1991, 20 paintings were stolen from the Vincent Van Gogh museum in Amstderdam. However, the theft was foiled when the thieves getaway car suffered a blown tire, forcing them to flee and leave the paintings behind. 35 minutes after the robbery, the paintings were recovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Ludwig van Beethoven went totally deaf by his mid forties. this was before he composed Ode to Joy, and had to be tapped on the shoulder after he performed it to realise the crowd were giving a standing ovation pbs.org/newshour/health/w…
Vincent Van Gogh was named after his dead older brother, who died in infancy exactly a year before he was born. It’s been suggested that being given the same name might have had a deep psychological impact on him and influenced his art. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Nicholas van Hoogstraten was the real 'Nicholas Van Wotshisface' from Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine's hit 'Sheriff Fatman'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Vincent Van Gogh moved back into his parents’ house at 30. He was unaccomplished, distracted by prostitutes, and thought he was hot shit. vincentvangogh.org/biogra…
The 'Pine Barrens' episode of The Sopranos was based on a dream director Timothy Van Patten had where Paulie and Christopher were lost in the woods. This stemmed from Tim's childhood when his father would tell him about a creature that lived in the Barrens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
There is the Β£40m unfinished 'ghost' mansion that has been standing empty for 35 years in Sussex. The property is vanity project funded by British multi-millionaire criminal Nicholas van Hoogstratent. Few people have seen inside the building but it is reputedly bigger than Buckingham Palace. walesonline.co.uk/news/uk…
A Plaque in Plainfield, Indiana marks the spot where a Carriage Driver intentionally drove through a huge mudhole to fling ex-President Martin Van Buren out of the carriage and into the mud. Van Buren had opposed a bill that would have funded improvements to the National Road. npr.org/2011/07/17/137794…
After David L Roth left Van Halen, Eddie offered the lead singer position to Patty Smyth of Scandal. She declined. He then offered it to Daryl Hall, who also declined. Finally Eddie was introduced to Sammy Hagar via their mutual Ferrari mechanic and he accepted the position. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
Painter Anthony Van Dyke used to paint royalty considerably more attractive than they actually were. Sometimes going so far as to hid serious physical deformities. sartle.com/artwork/queen-…
Jan De Doot became a minor celebrity in early modern Netherlands after he became so frustrated with barber-surgeons he decided to remove his egg-sized bladder stone at home with a knife. Carel van Savoyen painted his portrait, depicting De Doot proudly holding the stone en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
The 1978 Dodge Sportsman van disguised as an ambulance driven by Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise in the movie 1981 "The Cannonball Run" was actually the real vehicle used by Brock Yates and Hal Needham in what was the final Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash held in 1979. arnesantics.com/the-canno…
Jorden van Foreest is the first Dutch grandmaster to win TATA Steel Chess Tournament since 1985 after defeating another Dutch grandmaster Anish Giri (runner-up). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tat…
Rock group Van Halen was discovered by Gene Simmons of KISS and that he even signed them to his recording company for their first contract. yahoo.com/entertainment/g…
When Vincent Van Gogh cut his left ear with a razor, he was taken to hospital and treated by Dr Felix Rey. Van Gogh painted a portrait of Rey and gave it to him, who used it to repair a chicken coop, then gave it away. In 2016, it was valued at over $50 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Martin Van Buren won the 1836 US Presidential election against 4 candidates from the same party. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/183…
There is a statue in the village Vandam in Azerbaijan of Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD) doing his famous split brusselstimes.com/news/ar…
It is believed that Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime. The remainder were sold and became famous after his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Vincent van Gogh only sold One Painting during his life liveabout.com/van-gogh-so…

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