In 1991, a man broke into the Florida State Capitol & blockaded himself inside. His demands included pizza, beer, cigarettes, chinese food, weed, 666 donuts (for the cops) and phone calls w/ Ice Cube, Timothy Leary, & Lemmy from Motรถrhead. No demand was met, but the standoff ended peacefully en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marโ€ฆ
In the 90s, video game designer Kenji Eno learned he had blind fans, who played his games with great effort. So he designed a blank-screen game just for them: "Real Sound: Kaze no Regret." He made Sega send 1000 consoles (w/ the game) to blind people. It is still a popular game for the blind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reaโ€ฆ
George H.W. Bush disliked broccoli so much that he banned it from Air Force One. Afterwards broccoli growers sent the First Lady 10 tonnes of broccoli, most of it was donated away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoโ€ฆ
US president George H.W. Bush narrowly avoided being eaten by Japanese soldiers during World War II in late 1944 when he was 20 years old. It is known as Chichijima incident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiโ€ฆ
When Eazy-E died in 1995, only one member of N.W.A., DJ Yella, attended his funeral. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strโ€ฆ
Names for generic drugs has a prefix and suffix. The suffix tell you how the drug works. The prefix can me made up but has to follow a strict rule including not using the letters Y, H, K, J, and W because certain languages that use the Roman alphabet don't have these letters. pfizer.com/news/hot-topicโ€ฆ
The first word that Helen Keller learned was water. Her tutor took Helenโ€™s hand, poured water over it, and then spelled out W-A-T-E-R in Helenโ€™s palm. Helen made the association between the writing in her palm and the water. After this breakthrough, Helen learned 30 more words that day. biography.com/activist/heโ€ฆ
Today I learned about ongoing Greek TV show "Light in The Tunnel" which among solving countless muder and missing cases in Greece, was added twice on the Guinness W.R.; once for finding 85 missing persons in the span of 75 episodes and again for finding a woman missing for 58 years, in just 10 minutes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ligโ€ฆ
W (double u) looks like double v(vv) because v print block was more common during the printing press days. rd.com/article/why-w-is-pโ€ฆ
Today I learned about L. W. Wright, an unidentified conman who managed to compete in an official NASCAR race drivetribe.com/p/the-man-โ€ฆ
Silent-era film director F. W. Murnau (1888 - 1931, director of Nosferatu) had his grave robbed in 2015. His skull was removed and candle wax found in the grave suggests an occult ritual was performed. The crime is unsolved and his skull remains missing. news.artnet.com/art-worldโ€ฆ
Andrew W.K. was named the Person of the Year in 2018 by the American Association Of Suicidology "due to his consistent and powerful use of positivity to improve the lives of those who hear his music." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andโ€ฆ
George H.W. Bush drowned a rat in the White House swimming pool after it swam past First Lady Barbara Bush latimes.com/archives/la-xโ€ฆ
The Japanese made no effort to establish POW camps for captured Chinese during the 8 year long Sino-Japanese War. At the end of WW2 56 Chinese P.O.W.s were released. historycollection.com/8-hโ€ฆ
During the scene where Kane shouts at Boss Jim W Gettys (as Gettys exposed Kane's extramarital affair and left) in Citizen Kane, Orson Welles feel down ten feet while filming the scene. His injuries were so bad it required him to direct the film in a wheelchair for about two weeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citโ€ฆ
-US Navy conducted series of 23 nuclear bombs testing in Bikini Atoll, Marshall Island from 1946-1958.The biggest nuclear detonation happened on 3/1/54 w/ an est. 15 MT of TNT. The testingsโ€™ displaced 167 Marshallese, caused sickness, vaporized 3 islands & rendered Bikini unfit for habitation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nucโ€ฆ
In 1999, Warner Brothers were considering a live action Joel Schumacher adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns w/ Clint Eastwood (then, aged 69) as Batman and David Bowie as the Joker. batman-news.com/2013/07/0โ€ฆ
During World War II's U.S. air raid on Chichi Jima island, nine shot-down flyers parachuted and, of them, eight were captured. They were tortured and beheaded. Reportedly, some may have been partly eaten. The one flyer who evaded capture was George H.W. Bush, who later became president. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiโ€ฆ
, in 1990 Australian radio station Triple J, played N.W.A's 'Express Yourself' 82 times in a row in protest over its acting news editor Nick Franklin, getting suspended for playing N.W.A's 'Fuck The Police' on air. The protest was a success and Franklin had his suspension revoked. smh.com.au/entertainment/โ€ฆ
Korean chopsticks aremainly metal as during the Baekje(18BC-660AD)Period the royal family used silver chopsticks to detect poison in their food since silver changes color when it comes in contact w/ poisonous chemical.It is believed that commoners took after the king and adopted steel chopsticks. foodbeast.com/news/why-koโ€ฆ
Bill W., the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, was a proponent of LSD and believed that regular usage of LSD would be beneficial for many recovering alcoholics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilโ€ฆ
Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury struggled w/drug addiction & mental health issues for years. When he first fought Deontay Wilder in 2018, Fury donated his entire $9 million purse from the fight to charities that specialize in providing housing for recovering alcoholics and addicts goodnewsnetwork.org/boxerโ€ฆ
Canadian A&W restaurants have no corporate connection to the US A&W restaurants en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A%2โ€ฆ
The $2 bill makes up 1% of currency circulation. Its scarcity in daily use has confused some merchants who believe the bill to be fake. A 13 year-old girl in Texas was detained by Police when she tried to pay for her school lunch w/a $2 bill, b/c the schoolโ€™s counterfeit pen wouldnโ€™t work on it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniโ€ฆ
There are 41 peaks in the United States (and one in Antarctica) referred to as "Black Mesa." The one referred to as Black Mesa by the USGS map is in New Mexico at coordinates 32ยฐ10โ€ฒ27โ€ณN 106ยฐ46โ€ฒ29โ€ณW. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisโ€ฆ
In 1803 Hatian Revolutionary general Jean-Jacques Dessalines wrote to Thomas Jefferson proposing an alliance w/ the US, saying like Americans they were "tired of paying w/ our blood the price of our blind allegiance to a mother country that cuts her childrenโ€™s throats". Jefferson never responded theconversation.com/meet-โ€ฆ
Rap group N.W.A. used to perform a "dirty" version of the Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere" on live shows rollingstone.com/music/muโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the disappearance of Gary Mathias, who after attending a college basketball game w/ 4 friends, was never seen again. His 4 friends were found decaying in/around a remote cabin 20mi. away from their car having died from starvation&hypothermia, despite an ample supply of food/heating materials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yubโ€ฆ
The author of Mexico's national anthem, refused to submit an entry for the nationally held anthem writing contest. Unsatisfied, his fiance lured/locked him in a room w/ images depicting key events and battles of Mexico's history. The poet produced an entry that won his freedom and the contest. frontera.library.ucla.eduโ€ฆ
"Home Alone" has become a Christmas tradition in Poland, where it's known as "Kevin Sam w Domu" (literally "Kevin Alone in the House"), with Polish TV channels repeatedly airing the film around Christmas Eve for the last 25 years. culture.pl/en/article/homโ€ฆ
Paul W. Tibbets IV, grandson to Paul W. Tibbets, Jr. (who dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima), was given command of the same unit his grandfather commanded in 1944-1945 during the atomic bombings, the 509th Bomb Wing in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.โ€ฆ
In 2019, A&W became the first franchised restaurant chain to turn 100 years old businesswire.com/news/homโ€ฆ
Today I learned of 'The Comet', a sci-fi short story written in 1920 by American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois. It tells the story of a Black man and White woman who survive when the population of New York is obliterated. It is credited by many as the foundation for writers of Afrofuturism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
Christmas as we know it (family gatherings, seasonal food & drink, games, festive generosity, even saying Merry Christmas), is largely the result of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Before 1843 Christmas was associated w/ countryside peasant revelry & disconnected from modern city life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Cโ€ฆ
In 1992, President George H.W. Bush had become so sick during a dinner that he vomited all over the Japanese PMโ€™s lap. splinternews.com/lets-notโ€ฆ
There's no words in Spanish that started with the letter W. spanishdict.com/answers/1โ€ฆ
The letters J,U, and W didn't exist in the English (Latin) alphabet in 1541. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latโ€ฆ
In 1929, W. Forssmann performed the first human heart cath on himself. He tricked the OR nurse, put himself under local anesthesia, inserted a catheter into his arm, then walked to the X-ray room to see if it reached his heart. He was fired from the hospital, but awarded the Nobel Prize in 1956. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carโ€ฆ
C.W. Post created Grapenuts (purported to cure appendicitis) after visiting a sanitarium run by John Harvey Kellogg. Post later developed appendicitis himself and, after not obtaining relief from surgery, died of a self inflicted gunshot wound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._โ€ฆ
When Edison was 15 he sold newspapers to the railroads, & saved the Station Masterโ€™s 2 yr old son from getting hit by a train.The Station Master repaid Edison by training him as a telegraph operator. Edison was adept and sold a better process to W.Union giving him the $ needed to launch his lab. biography.com/news/thomasโ€ฆ
Out of the 36 United States presidents who ever had biological children, 19 lost a child in infancy or early childhood. The list includes George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and John F. Kennedy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisโ€ฆ
White Castle is known as the first fast-food hamburger chain in the world, founded by E.W. "Billy" Ingram in 1921. The restaurant's claim to fame is its invention of the slider, a miniature hamburger. Its original menu items were hamburgers, soft drinks and coffee, costing 5 cents each. insider.com/fast-food-menโ€ฆ
Hilary Farr, the co-host of the HGTV and W Network television series Love It or List It, was Betty Munroe in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilโ€ฆ
W. W. Johnson found a 16.37-carat white diamond in Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas in 1975 while he was vacationing at the park with his family. Its value has been estimated between $150,000 and $175,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaโ€ฆ
Michigan has the only floating post office in the United States. Itโ€™s called the J.W. Westcott II. It operates out of the Port of Detroit and delivers mail to crew throughout the Detroit River. onlyinyourstate.com/michiโ€ฆ
During 1944 Harry S. Truman wasn't the original VP candidate. Henry A. Wallace, FDR's VP from 1940, was up for reelection in 1944 and was progressive but conservative leaders of the DNC were concerned for FDR's health and realized that the VP would replace FDR so they replaced him w/ Truman senate.gov/about/officersโ€ฆ
The B/W dots that you see on TV, as well as the background "hiss" that you hear in-between radio channels are actually fragments of the Big Bang AKA "radiation leftover" or "cosmic microwave background radiation" universetoday.com/25560/tโ€ฆ
Radio and TV stations don't have random letters assigned. The K prefix is for stations west of the Mississippi River, and the W prefix is for stations east of the Mississippi River. Military stations use the prefix N. mentalfloss.com/article/2โ€ฆ
Under the small French village of Naours there was an underground city where at its height 3000 people lived. Originally a quarry in Roman times the site started to be used individuals to hide from invaders/raiders. It was during the Thirty Year war the community reached its height. There w atlasobscura.com/places/cโ€ฆ
Today I learned about 13-year old Eliza Armstrong who was purchased for ยฃ5 by journalist W.T. Stead in his attempt to expose sex slavery in Victorian London. Though his newspaper story led to tighter laws protecting women & girls, he was still arrested & jailed for abduction & procurement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliโ€ฆ

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