Japan had no intention of surrendering after the nukes were dropped until emperor Hirohito stepped in. This made some generals so mad that they tried to stage a coup to overthrow the emperor to keep the war going. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
Captain America #1, with its iconic cover of Cap punching Hitler, came out a year before the US entered WWII. At the time most people did not support war with Germany, so Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, both Jews, received death threats. However, the Mayor of New York was a fan and pledged protection. cbr.com/the-history-behin…
Today I learned about war pigs against the siege of Megara in 266BC. Pigs were set on fire with resin, and sent towards the army's war elephants. The squealing pigs terrorized the elephants, causing them panic and trample anyone close by, ending the siege due to the high number of elephant-caused casualties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
During the peak of the cold war, one of the tasks given to Niel Armstrong was to place two Soviet medals on the moon to honour their fallen Soviet competitors. theconversation.com/apoll…
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's father descended from Black Loyalists, who escaped to Nova Scotia after the Revolutionary War on the promise of British emancipation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Today I learned of Marcario Garcia, a Mexican national in the US Army who received the Medal of Honor in World War II. A month later a restaurant owner in Texas denied him service, beat him with a bat, and eventually filed charges against Marcario. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
A false surrender is a war crime under Protocol I of the Geneva Convention. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Following the Japanese attack on Pearl harbour, the United Kingdom declared war on Japan nine hours before the the United States, partially due to Winston Churchill's promise to declare war "within the hour" of a Japanese attack on the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
The β€œChinese gooseberry” was rebranded as the β€œkiwi fruit” when New Zealand began exporting them to the USA...during the Cold War. alimentarium.org/en/knowl…
Grant Imahara from Mythbusters was one of three people who operated the R2-D2's in the Star Wars prequels and he updated all of the electronics on 12 R2 units. starwars.com/news/don-bie…
Bill Burr repeatedly mocked the Star Wars franchise and its fans before accepting the role of Mayfeld in The Mandalorian - he was cast because it was believed his past criticism of the franchise would make his casting more amusing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
In Lord of War starring Nicholas Cage, they bought 3000 real guns for the filming because it was cheaper to buy real guns and resell later than buying props. They also rented 50 tanks which were only available for a short period because the source had to sell them to Libya later cinemablend.com/news/2472…
During the Second World War the German armed forces suffered 80% of its military deaths in the Eastern Front, which involved more land combat than all other WWII theatres combined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
In 2003, there was a movement in America to rename the "French" part of French Fries, French Toast, etc, to "Freedom" (Freedom Fries, etc) after France refused to support the Iraqi war - Demonstrators even included government officials in Congress. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
In 1978, 2,300 students tried to set a WR for the largest tug of war game. Instead, disaster ensued. The 2,000ft long braided nylon rope snapped, recoiling several thousand pounds of stored energy. Nearly 200 students lay wounded, 5 with severed fingertips, hundreds more faced 2nd degree burns. newspapers.com/clip/30819…
A Marine Corps veteran by the name of John "Chick" Donohue snuck into Vietnam in 1967 during the ongoing war simply to deliver beer to his friends in combat. chickdonohue.com/the-grea…
During the Vietnam War the US tried to weaponize the religious beliefs of the Vietnamese. They believed anyone improperly buried would wander the earth in agony. So the US played horrifying sounds of a wailing Vietnamese man over the jungle at night as part of a psyop campaign. youtu.be/eMPQXOqjidI
George Lucas wanted the final trilogy to take place in a microbiotic world. It would be shown that creatures called Whills are actually what use the Force and that Jedi only communicate with Whills via their midi-chlorians. His vision for Star Wars was to teach appreciation for ecosystems. indiewire.com/2018/06/geo…
George Lucas gave away all $4 Billion he got from Disney's purchasing of Star Wars huffpost.com/entry/george…
The 'Ghost Army' was created in 1944 as the first tactical deception unit in US Army history to fool the German Wehrmacht. They used inflatable tanks, fake radio traffic, sound effects, and created phony headquarters with bogus officers. This was kept a secret for decades after the war. nationalww2museum.org/vis…
Max Brooks, the author of "World War Z" and son of Mel Brooks, was invited to join the Modern War Institute at West Point as a non-resident fellow to write about non-military issues that could turn violent in the future, such as corporate control of the food chain. theguardian.com/books/202…
In 2013 Star Wars was Translated Into Navajo Making it the first major film dubbed in a Native American language npr.org/2013/06/20/193496…
A quiet American POW was nicknamed "The Incredibly Stupid One" by his Vietnamese captors. Upon his return to the US, he provided the names of over 200 prisoners of war, which he had memorized to the tune of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." pownetwork.org/bios/h/h13…
John Knoll, the creator of Photoshop also wrote the story for Star Wars Rogue One en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
During the Second World War, it was found that British tank crews regularly left the safety of their tanks in order to make tea. Accordingly, post war British tanks have been fitted with internal tea-making facilities to enable tank crews to make tea in safety. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boi…
A man that went looking for the Titanic was only using that as a cover for a secret Cold War US Navy mission. The mission was competed 12 days earlier than expected, so with the time he had left he looked, and he found it! nationalgeographic.co.uk/…
Today I learned of the battle of Blair Mountain, which took place in West Virginia and was the largest labor uprising in US history as well as the largest armed uprising in the US since the civil war. The uprising was caused by coal miners trying to unionize and was brutally crushed by the US government en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Berlin, the capital and largest city of Germany (with 3.8 million inhabitants in 2019) still hasn't reached its pre-war population (4.3 million in 1939). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
During the Bosnian War, a former Danish Special Forces officer named Helge Meyer used his 1979 Camaro to go through the front lines during the Bosnian War to deliver humanitarian aid. The US Air Force helped modify the Camaro by adding kevlar panels, reconnaissance and stealth tech. drivetribe.com/p/ghost-ca…
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…
A poor 19th century Chinese man failed the civil service exam, fell ill, reread a Christian pamphlet he had earlier ignored, & hallucinated that he was Jesus' brother. He led a cult/rebellion that conquered much of southern China, crowning himself as king. This civil war killed over 10 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai…
The current British dynasty is only known as the House of Windsor because they changed their original German name during World War I to sound more British. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
Wings (1927), not Top Gun, was one of the first collaborations with the DoD (War Department) and Hollywood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
The most skilled sniper in all of World War I was a Canadian Indigenous man, Francis Pegahmagabow. He had 378 confirmed kills, captured over 300 enemy soldiers, and spent his post-war life fighting for Indigenous rights. He remains the most decorated Indigenous soldier in Canadian history. youtube.com/watch?v=kYzDB…
In World War 2, Allied bombers frequently dropped leaflets warning Japanese citizens to evacuate when they were about to bomb a city, including Hiroshima. atomicheritage.org/key-do…
Two tribes of chimpanzees were observed to have engaged in a four year civil war. The war consisted of separatists from an existing chimp tribe. The chimps engaged in cannibalism & they fought over territorial gains. The result ended in the complete decimation of the separatists chimpanzees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gom…
Multiple Star Wars lead actors have struggled with a habit of making their own sound effects for fight scenes to the point where numerous takes needed to re-shot because you could see the actors making lightsaber noises. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
A dog was once inducted as an official crew member of a Norwegian fighting ship during World War 2. The canine was known for breaking up fights amongst his crew-mates by putting his paws on their shoulders and calming them down. The much-loved dog was buried with full military honors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bam…
During the Yom Kippur War, two damaged Israeli tanks engaged approximately 150 enemy tanks. During 30-hour tank battle, the two tanks knocked out over 60 tanks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
Diarrhea was the leading cause of death among soldiers in the American Civil War. And soldiers had a code of honor against shooting at someone who was pooping. academic.oup.com/jhmas/ar…
In WW2, US used Native Americans for message encryption. They were called "code talkers" as they simply talked in their native language for transmitting the messages. This allowed fast communication over open channels as enemy was unable to break this code. Was crucial in winning the war. britannica.com/topic/code…
Today I learned of 'Project 100,000.' 25% of US Army soldiers in the Vietnam were intentionally-recruited "misfits" who couldn't read and write, had an IQ of below 75, and/or dropped out of high school. Some didn't even know the US was at war. They had 3x the casualty rate of regular soldiers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Britain removed all their road signs during World War II so that if the Germans invaded, they would get lost. These defensive preparations included the removal of signposts, milestones, and railway station signs. Gas pumps were also removed from service stations near their coast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
; The U.S. government eventually disbursed more than $1.6 billion in reparations to 82,219 Japanese Americans who had been interned and their heirs the government actions that were based on "race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Nutella was invented during World War 2, when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his chocolate ration. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The confederate president tried to escape capture dressed as an old women at the end of the civil war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Harriet Tubman was the first woman to lead an armed assault in the Civil War, leading a raid into South Carolina that rescued 750 enslaved people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Up to 6000 Iraqi soldiers were buried alive by American tanks fitted with ploughs during the Gulf War theguardian.com/world/200…
In 1935, a Congressman proposed an amendment that any declaration of war would need a national referendum. He said that "If the United States had such an anti-war provision in its Constitution, other countries would follow our example, and I believe wars would be brought to an end" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
When George Lucas sold Star Wars to Disney in 2012, Lucas donated nearly the entirety of the $4 billion to charity’s based on education and wellbeing. consent.yahoo.com/collect…
In the US Civil War, the prisoner exchange system broke down over the CSA's treatment of the Union's black soldiers. Officially, the CSA tried them as rebellious slaves, a capital offense. In practice, they were often just killed instead of captured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Following the Civil War Robert E Lee was stricken of his citizenship and had to apply for it back. Instead of the letter reaching the president it was given as a souvenir to a friend of the secretary of state. theimaginativeconservativ…
US pennies were made of steel in 1943 due to a copper shortage during world war 2. wikipedia.org/wiki/1943_s…
Part of the Falklands Islands is littered with leftover landmines from the Falklands War. This stretch of beach has become home to hundreds of penguins as they are too light to trigger the mines when walking on them. bbc.com/news/magazine-398…
In 1942, a 12-year-old lied about his age to join the Navy. He became a decorated war hero at age 13 but was thrown out of the Navy after his mom found out. tweentribune.com/article/…
From 1965 to 1968, the United States was dropping 32 tons of bombs per hour on North Vietnam. 7 million tons of bombs including 400,000 tons of napalm were dropped in Southeast Asia during the conflict. This is more than three times as many tons of bombs than were dropped in all of World War II currentaffairs.org/2018/0…
Most of Coheed and Cambria's music follows an overarching Sci Fi story called "The Amory Wars" and that each album was accompanied by a Graphic Novel release boom-studios.com/series/a…
Ethiopia sent troops to the Korean War as part of the UN Command. Known as the Kagnew Battalions, 3,158 men served, of which 121 were killed and 538 wounded. They were never defeated in battle and not a single soldier surrendered. They were also respected for never leaving their dead behind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kag…
George Lucas actually didn't have a plan for where the story would go when the original Star Wars films came out. collider.com/george-lucas…
What's a "retronym" being something retroactively renamed so it now makes more sense. Like how "analog clock" used to just be a "clock" before digital clocks and how "The Great War" was later renamed "World War I" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ret…
At the height of the Cold War in 1984 President Reagan was about to appear on a radio interview and, as a soundcheck, said "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_…
Many US military officials, even war hawks such as Douglas MacArthur and several fleet admirals, opposed the usage of atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki as unnecessary and cruel. Curtis LeMay even went as far as to say "The atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war at all." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deb…
At the end of the Second World war. Japan only repatriated 56 Chinese prisoners. This was due to a brutal take no prisoners policy. nationalww2museum.org/war…
Today I learned of Canadian Air Marshal Charles Roy Slemon, who in 1960 prevented nuclear war when NORAID misidentified the rising moon as 1000 Soviet Nuclear missiles, by asking where Khrushchev was en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
During the 30-years war the Count of Tilly was going to burn down a city, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, when a councilman tried to change his mind with 3 1/2 liters of wine. The Count declared that if anyone could drink it all in one go, he would spare the city. The mayor succeeded, and Tilly left. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rot…
Archibald Roosevelt,son of President Teddy Roosevelt,was wounded during WW1. He rejoined the army during WW2 and was wounded in the same knee as he had been during WW1,making him only American to ever be classified as 100% disabled twice for the same wound incurred in two different wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
Lake Tahoe at one time was named Lake Bigler in honor of the popular third governor of California. However, once it was revealed that Bigler was a Confederate sympathizer during the US Civil War, his name was removed from the lake and renamed Tahoe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Belgrade, capital of Serbia, is in such a strategic position that it has been destroyed in wars 44 times, and battled over in 115 different wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, has his own fire department with one fire truck. He originally had two but donated one to the Muir Beach Fire Department. There are 12 firefighters in his department and they protect his land and surrounding areas from wild fires. firehouse.com/apparatus/n…
Today I learned of Orion P. Howe, a 14-year old drummer boy who received the Medal of Honor during the Civil War for volunteering to supply ammunition under heavy fire. He experienced 14 battles, and after the war he joined the Naval Academy because he was still too young for West Point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ori…
When Radovan KaradΕΎiΔ‡ went into hiding, he became Dr. DabiΔ‡. He lost 20 kilos. He grew a long white beard, changed his accent and was living in the open and working as a healer. He even went on TV shows without anyone knowing that he was the most wanted war criminal from the former Yugoslavia vanityfair.com/news/2020/…
About operation "come of power" where by a coven of British witches convened in the forest in 1940 to thwart the Nazi leadership and turn the tide of the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Robert Clive, a British Governor and General in India had a pet tortoise named Adwaita. Clive died in 1774. Adwaita died in 2006, 232 years later at the age of c.255. She was born before the 7 Years War, the founding of the USA and the French Revolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adw…
Today I learned about Hans Huber, a paper mill owner who refused to destroy the member records of the Nazi Party, hiding them instead to hand them over to the US after the war pro.magnumphotos.com/C.as…
The 369th Infantry Regiment (better known as the Harlem Hellfighters) served on the front lines for 191 days during World War I, longer than any other American unit. In that time they never gave up any ground they captured. military.com/history/afri…
In 1932, a group of World War I veterans gathered in Washington, DC to demand early payment of their service bonuses. President Hoover called in the Army to disperse the protestors. With a force of 500 infantrymen, 500 cavalry, and 6 tanks, the Army succeeded, and two veterans were killed. britannica.com/event/Bonu…
Angela Morley, the first openly transgender woman to be nominated for an Academy Award, was John Williams’ primary orchestrator throughout the 1970s and 1980s. She helped write and arrange the scores for Star Wars, ET, The Empire Strikes Back, Home Alone, Superman, and Schindler’s List. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
In 1941 the President of Haiti declared war on Japan, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania. Only Romania bothered to declare war on Haiti in return. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
During World War 2, Hawaii’s Japanese populationβ€”about 158,000, more than one third of the territory’s total populationβ€”did not face mass removal and imprisonment similar to what happened on the mainland. law.berkeley.edu/article/…
Paul Revere was one of America's first orthodontists, and used walrus teeth as dental implants. The walrus teeth were later helpful for identifying the corpses of his patients that were killed in the Revolutionary war. massar.org/2016/10/30/pau…
The movie Die Hard was based on a book "Nothing Lasts Forever" where the main character is depicted as a disturbed hero from his Second World War fighter pilot days, and it is hinted that if he never got involved, fewer people might have been killed. At the end, he likely dies from his wounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not…
The Treaty of Windsor (1386) which led to over 600 years of British-Portuguese relations was due to wine. French wine was heavily taxed in England due to wars with France. In the 1700’s, Portuguese wine accounted for 66% of all wine consumption in the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The Reichstag, which fell into disrepair after World War II but was rebuilt after the reunification of Germany, contains Soviet graffiti as "historical reminders," including one which reads "I fuck Hitler in the ass." newyorker.com/magazine/20…
A pigeon, Gustav, carried the first word of the Normandy invasion back to the British mainland in WW2, as the fleet underwent radio silence at that time. He flew 150 miles in 5 hours 16 minutes. He was awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery. He died after the war by being accidentally stepped on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
The Portuguese Man of War is not a jellyfish, but a colony of multiple organisms! nationalgeographic.com/an…
The United States Government encouraged Nazis to emigrate to the states and compensated them in exchange for foreign intelligence. Many of them were war criminals, yet they faced little to no punishment and were allowed to live out the rest of their lives in America ips-dc.org/the_cias_worst…
Today I learned about the two-week long lion-hyena war over disputed territory in Ethiopia during 1999, where lions killed 35 hyenas and hyenas managed to kill six lions, with the lions eventually taking over the territory. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/afric…
Γ‰amon De Valera, leader of the Irish Free State negotiated the return of three "Treaty" Ports, conceded to Britain in 1921, under the oral agreement that if war were to come, Britain would have access to them. When war came, De Valera denied Britain access to the Ports under Irish neutrality en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nev…
McDonalds founder Ray Kroc and Walt Disney both served as ambulance drivers in the same unit in World War I, and both had lied about their age to enlist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
Roughly 2,800 Japanese children were left behind in China after the war. Most were adopted and raised by rural Chinese families. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
China's "Lost Army." Following the Chinese Civil War, a KMT army fled into Burma and continued to fight the CCP from there. To fund their war, they seized a Burmese province and turned it into narco-state. Some of these soldiers eventually formed some of Southeast Asia's first drug syndicates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuo…
The inhabitants of islands that were temporarily occupied during the Pacific War thought they were being visited by gods, and when the soldiers eventually left, they formed rituals that imitate planes, runways, and marches to try to bring them back. Many still do this to this day. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned of the Flower wars, ritualistic wars fought between the Aztec Empire and neighboring states. Armies would meet at an agreed time and place and fight using only melee weapons. The (probable) purpose was to use the losers for human sacrifices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
During the Vietnam War, although 30-40K Americans dodged the draft in Canada, 30K Canadians volunteered to fight for the US in the Vietnam War. One even won the Congressional Medal of Honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
The first American to die in Vietnam was actually murdered by a fellow soldier in 1956. Richard B. Fitzgibbon Jr. gave candy to local children when he bumped into a drunk colleague that shot him on sight. It took 43 years for his name to be added to the Vietnam War Memorial. wbur.org/news/2015/04/24/…
The United States held a Presidential election in 1864 during the American civil war wikipedia.org/wiki/1864_U…
In 1917 the US War Industries Board asked women to stop buying corsets to free up the production of metal. It liberated 28,000 tonnes of metal, enough to build two battleships. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
After losing the American Civil War several southerners emigrated to Brazil. These people, and their decendants, came to be known as Confederados and are mainly concentrated in the towns of Americana and Santa Barbera D'Oeste in Sao Paulo state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
In the post-war Soviet Union, Russian mafioso that joined the army were referred to as "suka", or bitch, for allying with the government. The outcast suki formed their own gangs which became powerful enough to fight the original gangs. Their fighting is known as the "Bitch Wars". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
Lady Margaret Beaufort, who was married to Edmund Tudor at age 12, gave birth to the future Henry VII at just age 13. A political pawn during the Wars of the Roses, her first marriage took place when she was no older than 3. wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_M…

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