Michelangelo hid under the Medici Chapel in Florence for 3 months during a period of political turmoil, occupying his time by sketching on the walls with charcoal. His whereabouts were a secret for almost 500 years until the museum director stumbled upon the drawings in 1976. atlasobscura.com/places/m…
Jonah Hill had to be hospitalised while filming The Wolf of Wall Street because he snorted too much fake cocaine. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
There is a species of sheep that survives completely on seaweed. on the island of north ronaldsay in scotland, a wall was built around the island to protect crops from sheep grazing, limiting them to the shoreline where they have adapted to survive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
The majority of the Great Wall of China has broken down or disappeared. Only sections built in the Ming Dynasty (roughly 10% of it) is still in good condition. chinahighlights.com/great…
Today I learned about Raven the Chimpanzee, she became the 22nd most successful money manager on Wall Street after choosing her stocks by throwing darts at a list of 133 internet companies. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
A number of roman era wooden tablets were found in Hadrian's wall in 1973. They contain correspondence of soldiers stationed there, including a birthday invitation written by a woman and a letter from a soldier's mom, telling him that she sents new pairs of underpants and socks petersommer.com/blog/arch…
F1 driver Ayrton Senna once claimed he crashed because a wall moved. A team engineer humored him and checked the location of the crash and discovered Senna was telling the truth. Tire marks showed that someone had hit the wall block, causing it to tilt and protrude enough for Senna to hit it. essentiallysports.com/gre…
In Africa, people are planting a Great Green Wall of trees to stop the Sahara from expanding into arable land bbc.com/news/world-africa…
Today I learned about β€žWonderwallβ€œ, a movie from 1968 about a lonely professor and his increasing obsession with his female neighbour, a fashion model whose life he spies on via a hole in the wall. George Harrison from the Beatles wrote the film music which in turn inspired the hit song β€žWonderwallβ€œ from Oasis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Won…
The Great Wall of China has stood for centurie thanks to it being made of a unique mortar made of a mix of rice flour and slaked lime ripleys.com/weird-news/gr…
The Blaster is a invention by the BMW company in South Africa created in 1998 in response to the growing amout of car jackings in the cities. The Blaster is basically a flamethrower attached to the side of your car that could create a wall of fire up to 2 meters or 6,5 feet high next to your car youtube.com/watch?v=aLhWz…
At the end of the last episode of Cheers(TV show), Sam walks over to a picture of Geronimo and straightens it. That picture was in Nicholas Colasanto's(Coach) dressing room until his death 8 years prior. It was placed on the wall of the bar of Cheers production set in his memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Today I learned of "Spring-Heeled Jack," an entity in English folklore popular in the Victorian era, the first "sighting," being in 1837. He was described as having the ability to leap over 9ft walls, eyes that resembled "red balls of fire," and a mouth that vomited blue and white flame. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spr…
Some major blood vessels are so large that they have smaller blood vessels within the walls called vasa vasorum sciencedirect.com/topics/…
In 1990, a man scaled an airport wall without a stitch of clothing, fought off four security guards, stole a Jeep, and drove it into a running jet engine. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Despite being seriously ill at the siege of Acre in the Third Crusade, Richard I, better known as Richard the Lionheart, had his men carry him on a stretcher on the front lines so he could shoot enemies on the walls of the city with his crossbow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour. ksl.com/article/16687545
The Great Wall of China was built over 2500 years (~124 generations) and that multiple states and dynasties contributed to it, including the Wei Dynasty featured in the popular video game Dynasty Warriors. history.com/topics/ancien…
Raccoons are not native to Germany. They were brought there in the 1920s for their pelts. During World War II, an Allied bomb hit a raccoon farm wall, allowing a dozen or so to escape. Today, German cities are being overrun by millions of raccoons! dw.com/en/raccoons-take-t…
Jordan Belfort, the Wolf of Wall Street, was the executive producer of the movie "Santa with Muscles" (1996), which is often in the rankings for the worst christmas movie of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Ayrton Senna blamed a "moving wall" for his crash at the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix. It was later found that the concrete wall had indeed moved out of place! formula1.com/en/latest/fe…
In 2003, the lead singer of Creed, Scott Stapp, contemplated suicide. He put two guns to his head, but did not pull the triggers. He instead fired a few rounds through the walls of his house, put the guns away, went to the garage, got some putty and patched the holes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
When New York Times reporter Raymond Bonner broke the story of the El Mozote massacre in El Salvador, backlash from outlets such as the Wall Street Journal led to Bonner eventually resigning. Forensic evidence later confirmed Bonner's reporting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
The Berlin Wall came down by mistake. When the East Germans planned to slowly open the border they announced it at a press conference without including a plan. When a reporter asked when it would be opened, the party official mistakenly said "Immediately, without delay" causing a run on the wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
In December 1962, a trapeze artist named Horst Klein scaled an electricity Pole near the Berlin Wall and climbed over it by inching across a disused power cable. Unfortunately, his hands became numb from the cold and he fell, breaking both of his arms. Fortunately, he landed inside West Berlin. huffpost.com/entry/berlin…
The East German name name for the Berlin Wall was the "Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
The Potala Palace's wall is painted with milk! chinahighlights.com/lhasa…
In 1710, Russian forces attacked the Swedes by flinging plague-infected corpses over the city walls of the capital of Estonia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned of the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant. It was much closer to the epicenter of the 2011 Earthquake than the Fukushima Power Plant, yet it sustained only minor damage and even housed tsunami evacuees. It's safety is credited to engineer Hirai Yanosuke who insisted it have a 14m (46FT) tall sea wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ona…
To discourage public urination the district St.Pauli, in Hamburg, Germany, came up with a unique solution. By coating walls with hydrophobic paint, the walls could reflect a person's urine. Signs were placed warning of these walls saying β€œWir pinkeln zurΓΌck” which translated to β€œWe pee back" theguardian.com/cities/20…
Andre Geim is the only person to have won both a Nobel Prize and an Ig Nobel Prize. He won the Nobel for working on isolating graphene and the Ig Nobel for levitating a living frog with magnets. He also has worked on a project to enable people to climb on walls "like Spider-Man." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
The Wolf of Wall Street movie was funded by a fraudulent bond scheme run by Goldman Sachs employees and a Malaysian PM. bbc.com/news/business-535…
In the throughout the centuries, many people carved their names on the walls of Hagia Sophia to leave their mark. It was not until 1964 that the cracks on the balcony of the upper gallery were transcribed as "Halvdan was here". Presumably written in the 9th century by a Viking soldier. fellowprimo.com/the-bored…
In 1963, an East Berlin soldier named Wolfgang Engels stole an APC and tried to ram it through the Berlin wall to escape to West Berlin. It wasn’t strong enough to get through. He tried to flee on foot but was shot twice by border-guards. He survived and was pulled to safety by West Berliners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wol…
Today I learned about Hetty Green, the Witch of Wall Street. Know as "the greatest miser", she was said never to turn on the heat or use hot water, wore one dress and undergarments until they worn out, didn't wash her hands and ate fifteen cents pies. Her son lost his leg after she refused to pay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Het…
'Sushi parasites' have increased 283-fold in past 40 years. When people eat live herring worms, the parasite can invade the intestinal wall and cause symptoms that mimic those of food poisoning, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. phys.org/news/2020-03-sus…
A team of paleontologists has discovered 17 million-year-old sperm inside tiny shrimp fossils encased in bat guano on the walls of a cave in Queensland, Australia history.com/news/scientis…
There are over 100,000 miles of old stone walls in New England, simply because farmers didn’t know what to do with all the rocks, so they built walls with all the rocks atlasobscura.com/articles…
Carbon monoxide can go through walls consumer.healthday.com/pu…
A β€œHa-Ha” is a term for a recessed wall that preserves a view of the landscape. theenglishgarden.co.uk/ex…
Serena Williams is a umass Amherst alumni. She was specifically part of the University Without Walls program for nontraditional studentsβ€”older students, those getting another degree, etc. bostonmagazine.com/health…
Wall St. is named from the wall built to keep British and Native Americans from entering New Amsterdam, now known as Manhattan, New York City. The original Lenape native trade route, Wickquasgeck, then became Brede weg, now known as Broadway. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Cobain came up with the song's title when a friend wrote "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his wall. She meant that Cobain smelled like the deodorant Teen Spirit, which his girlfriend wore. Cobain said he was unaware of the deodorant and had interpreted it as a revolutionary slogan. thisdayinmusic.com/liner-…
Play-Doh before it was known as Play-Doh, was actually used as cleaner for walls and wallpaper when coal was used to heat homes. After WWII coal was phased out by natural gas to heat homes. Near bankruptcy, the company pivoted to become one of the most successful toy companies in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California gained unfavorable attention when it emerged in 2018 that two workers had been injured and required hospital treatment after walking into the building's futuristic clear glass walls and doors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
Today I learned about the Walls of Nicosia, battlements, strongholds, and a moat arrayed around the capital city of Cyprus in the form of an 11-pointed star when the island was held by the Venetians around 1567 CE. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
The voice actor for General Grievous in Star Wars is also a prolific sound editor who has worked on several other Star Wars movies, as well as There Will Be Blood and WALL-E. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Around 400,000 labourers died during the construction of the Great Wall of China and many of these labourers were buried within the wall itself. history.com/topics/ancien…
About 85 percent of hospitals still use pagers because hospitals can be dead zones for cell service. In some hospital areas, the walls are built to keep X-rays from penetrating, but those heavy-duty designs also make it hard for a cell phone signal to make it through but not pagers. rd.com/health/healthcare/…
Today I learned of "fruit walls". Used before greenhouses, fruit walls stored the heat from the sun and released it at night which created a microclimate that could increase the surrounding temperature by more than 10Β°C (18Β°F). lowtechmagazine.com/2015/…

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