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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
Vincent van Gogh didn't start painting until he was 27 or 28 wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincen…
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…
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-…
Vincent van Gogh only sold One Painting during his life liveabout.com/van-gogh-so…
Martin Van Buren won the 1836 US Presidential election against 4 candidates from the same party. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/183…
During filming of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, written, produced, scored, edited, directed by and starring Melvin Van Peebles, he contracted gonorrhoea from an unsimulated sex scene and successfully applied to the Directors Guild to get compensation because he was "hurt on the job." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swe…
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…
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…
Floyd D. Rose, the inventor of the Floyd Rose tune-locking tremolo used by artists like Van Halen, used the money from his success to go back to school for biotechnology and genetic engineering. youtu.be/DmCLWitfWx8
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…
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…
Eddie Van Halen buried his original "Bumblebee" guitar (Seen on Van Halen 2) with Dimebag Darrell. iloveclassicrock.com/the-…
After seeing how good the costume was for Ludwig van Beethoven in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Fashion historian Hilary Davidson created the 'Bill & Ted test' as a benchmark by which to judge other Regency movies by. slate.com/culture/2020/04…
English musician Mike Edwards (AKA Pramada), known for artful 1970s cello play with the band ELO (Electric Light Orchestra), died suddenly in 2010 when a runaway round hay bale bounded downhill and crushed his van on the A381 Road. The hay roll's weight was estimated at around 1,300 pounds. bbc.com/news/uk-england-d…
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…
MTV in the 80s involved sex, cocaine and Van Halen for contest winners! pagesix.com/2019/04/20/se…
The Mazawattee Tea Company, one of the most important and most advertised tea firms in Britain during the late 19th century, used a small team of tame zebras to pull one of their vans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maz…
Eddie Van Halen is half Indonesian en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
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…
In 1876 Vincent Van Gogh spent 3 months working as a teachers assistant at a boarding school in Ramsgate, England teaching Maths and French to 24 boys between the ages of 10 and 14. theoldie.co.uk/blog/van-g…
Today I learned of Jean Van Landeghem, a Belgian man who has been repeatedly pranked with pizza deliveries for nearly a decade, and he does not know who is sending them. foodandwine.com/news/pizz…
In 2019 a Hicksville, NY man pretending to be a police officer pulled over a van with actual detectives inside. He tried to flee, but was soon stopped by the real NY Highway Patrol. patch.com/new-york/hicksv…
Eddie Van Halen's Frankenstrat was stolen from the Hard Rock cafe and later returned under unknown circumstances guitarworld.com/news/fran…
Vincent Van Gogh may not have killed himself, but may have been accidentally shot by two boys and instead he covered up for them by claiming that it was suicide so they would not get in trouble. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
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…
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc sold his HP scientific calculator while Steve Jobs sold his Volkswagen van to raise the money they needed to build the first batch of circuit boards for Apple-1 computers. They got $500 (About $2.3k today) and $1,500 (About $6.9k today) each. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned of an incident in which an extortionist claimed a nuclear weapon had been hidden in Boston. A team of nuclear experts rushed in, but their radiation detection gear arrived at the wrong airport. The FBI then rented vans to carry detectors around the city, but forgot to bring the required tools. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuc…
When Dimebag Darrell died, Eddie Van Halen gave him his original 1979 "Bumblebee" guitar to be buried with... vhnd.com/2014/12/08/dime-…
Today I learned of Martin Van Buren Bates, the "Kentucky Giant." He was 7ft 7in tall and weighed 330lb. He was a captain in the Confederate army, and was wounded and captured in battle. Upon his wedding to his wife Anna (7ft 11in), Queen Victoria gave them each two extra-large diamond-studded gold watches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Antony Van Leeuwenhoek made lenses for his microscope, which had up to 300X magnification. He is credited with discovering bacteria, protists, nematodes, and spermatozoa, among other things. He examined and drew the β€œanimalcules” of his own semen after sex daily.jstor.org/the-evolu…
Akshamsaddin, the tutor of Mehmed the Conqueror,wrote about the microbe in the 15th century,a full 2 century’s before Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aks…
Python, a programming language's name is derived from the British comedy group Monty Python, whom Python creator Guido van Rossum enjoyed while developing the language en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyt…
The first person to ever observe individual living sperm cells was Antonie van Leeuwenhoek who collected a sample from his wife immediately after intercourse. In his 1677 letter to the Royal Society, β€œde Natis e semine genital Animalculis,” he describes a scene teeming with tiny β€œanimalcules.” gizmodo.com/the-first-tim…
For good luck, cosmonauts pee on the wheel of the van that transports them to their space launch vehicle. A tradition that was started by Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The cellist of Electric Light Orchestra, Mike Edwards, was killed when a 1,300 pound hay bale rolled down a hill and collided with the van he was driving. wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_E…
English singer Birdy's real name is Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde. Her stage name came from a nickname her parents gave her as a child. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…
A patient who was resuscitated in the Van Lommel study of NDE reported experiences more consistent with real and verifiable events, rather than hallucination, indicating some kind of state of consciousness pre-resuscitation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nea…
When Sean Connery departed the role of James Bond, Dick Van Dyke was asked to consider taking over. When Van Dyke reminded Bond producer Albert Broccoli of his famously bad English accent from 'Mary Poppins,' Broccoli replied: "Oh, that's rightβ€”forget it!" yahoo.com/entertainment/b…
China created execution vans to make executions more efficient. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exe…
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…
Dawson's Creek star James Van Der Beek's Dutch last name translates to "from the creek" surnames.behindthename.co…
When in 1964 Ronnie Van Zant wanted to recruit Allen Collins to his band (which would later become Lynyrd Skynyrd), Collins fled Van Zant when approached by him and hid in a tree; Ronnie had to convince the guitarist that he meant no harm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
Dimebag Darrel, former lead guitarist of Pantera, asked Eddie Van Halen if he could have a copy of the "Bumblebee" that appears on the back cover of Van Halen II. Eddie said yes, but never got around to it. After hearing the news of Dimebag's death, he had the original buried with Darrel. guitarplayer.com/players/…
In 2016 Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche was discovered to have a hidden motor in her bicycle, the first proven instance of "Mechanical Doping" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fem…
There is a statue of Van Damme in a village called Vandam (in Azerbaijan) brusselstimes.com/all-new…

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