In 1986, Optimus Prime was actually killed off in the Transformers movie, in order to make way for new and more expensive toys. He was eventually resurrected due to Hasbro underestimating the backlash over his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A man was killed when he tried to shoot down a 125-year old Saguaro cactus. The man blasted most the way through and poked at one of the plants arms. The 500lb arm then fell crushing him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
In 1940, on the way to their invasion or Ardennes, France, the massive German army got into a major traffic jam. French reconnaissance pilots spotted it and reported it to French High Command who promptly said "that can't be true" and ignored it. An aerial attack could have ended the war historyhit.com/how-a-coup…
French Guiana is legally part of France, and not a separate country, in a similar way to Hawaii being legally part of the USA. Technically all maps of France should probably have a window with French Guiana in the corner, the way Hawaii usually appears on maps of the USA. independent.co.uk/travel/…
In 1932 Admiral Harry E. Yarnell launched a simulated carrier attack on Pearl Harbour, in almost exactly the same way as the actual Japanese attack 10 years later. Declared a total success by umpires, Yarnell warned of the vulnerability. Naval Intelligence knew Japanese writers reported on it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Horses can't vomit because they have a strong lower esophageal sphincter that acts as a one-way valve, preventing food from coming up. horseracingsense.com/hors…
Frederick the Great, Prussian Monarch from 1740 to 1786, known for his tactical genius on the battlefield, is considered by historians to be primarily homosexual in orientation. Following a demoralizing defeat, he wrote "Fortune has it in for me; she is a woman, and I am not that way inclined." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
No Kum-Sok, the first pilot to defect with an operational aircraft, received a $100,000 reward from Operation Moolah in 1953. He landed the wrong way on the runway: had he tried to land in the right direction, he would have been spotted and shot down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_…
In nightclubs in Ireland in the 80's & 90's the music had to be turned off and lights turned on half ways through the night because the nightclub had to serve a substantial meal by law so the clubs could keep their alcohol licence dublininquirer.com/2017/0…
Octopuses, when given the drug Ecstacy, were affected in very similar ways to humans, such as showing an increase in social behavior and more exploratory touching with their peers. cell.com/current-biology/…
Squanto was taken from his home village, transported to Europe, conscripted into slavery, escaped and made his way back to his homeland, only to find he was the last of his tribe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Prince’s β€œBreakfast Can Wait” album cover features Dave Chappelle impersonating Prince. Chappelle said he had to appreciate the way his joke was co-opted. "That's a Prince judo move right there.” diffuser.fm/prince-breakf…
The largest fossilised human faeces ever found is known as the Lloyds Bank coprolite. A paleoscatologist said: "This is the most exciting piece of excrement I've ever seen... In its own way, it's as irreplaceable as the Crown Jewels". In 2003, it was dropped and broke into 3 pieces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llo…
The word β€œmile” originally comes from the Latin phrase β€œmilia passuum” which means β€œ1000 paces” as paces was the way Romans measured distances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
After Lorena Bobbitt cut off her sleeping husband's penis, she fled the house and stole his Gameboy on the way out the door. rollingstone.com/culture/…
David Dunbar Buick was a plumber who invented the process for adhering enamel to cast iron, clearing the way for cast iron bathtubs in homes. He would later start the Buick Motor Company en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
There is a 1000 years old Japanese poem about the fleetingness of existence, which uses each letter of the Japanese alphabet exactly once. The poem was used as a way to order the alphabet until the Meiji restauration themathesontrust.org/libr…
"All Along the Watchtower" was a Bob Dylan Song. Dylan said he was so "overwhelmed" by the more famous Jimi Hendrix version, that he started playing it that way. After Hendrix died, Dylan said playing the song felt like a tribute to Hendrix. dailyreview.com.au/hendri…
In 1981 a group of scientists met to discuss ways of making future humans aware of nuclear waste disposal sites. One idea was genetically engineering cats to change color in the presence of radiation and introducing a cultural idea to run away when you see a cat change color. theguardian.com/environme…
In 2007, 33-year-old Steve Way weighed over 100kg, smoked 20 cigarettes a day & ate junk food regularly. In order to overcome lifestyle-related health issues, he started taking running seriously. In 2008, he ran the London Marathon in under 3 hours and, in 2014, he set the British 100 km record en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned of Encephalartos woodii, a near-extinct tree with only a single surviving male specimen. Without any female specimens the only way to reproduce it is to clone the male. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
Charles M. Schulz created a series of 'Peanuts' comic strips when Hank Aaron was on his way to break Babe Ruth's record of 714 home runs. Hank faced death threats from fans who did not want him to break the record. blog.newspapers.com/hamme…
In Sierra Leone, before getting a driver's license, you have to buy a board game called "The Drivers' Way" and play it at least once. The game involves rolling stoplight-themed dice and moving models of classic cars around a board, together with answering questions about the country’s road laws newsfeed.time.com/2013/10…
There are no Milky Way candy bars sold in Canada. The American Milky Way is sold as Mars is Canada, while the British Milky Way is sold as 3 Musketeers in Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
The way food is served alters the perception of its flavor. It is likely that a pecan pie taste sweeter if you ate it off of a white plate as opposed to a black one, and if it were presented as a circular piece instead of a triangular one. sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flas…
There are no actual photos of the Milky Way galaxy in its entirety from space. No manmade object has ventured out far enough to be able to take one. Every image so far has been artists' renditions based on data gathered from various telescopes over time. discovery.com/science/Pic…
An anonymous poster discovered a partial solution to a mathematical problem that hadn't been solved in over 25 years because they were trying to figure out the shortest way to watch every possible order of the first season of the anime "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya." theverge.com/2018/10/24/1…
Clue used to be spelled "clew". This was due to clew meaning "a ball of twine" which was symbolic of following the string through a maze and helping find "the way" or "an answer". quickanddirtytips.com/edu…
Before Charles Martin Hall discovered a cheaper way for smelting aluminium the metal was more expensive than gold or platinum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
The mere existence of other galaxies in the universe has only been known by humans for roughly 100 years; before that it was believed that the Milky Way contained every star in the universe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
In 1990 McDonanlds switched from beef tallow to vegetable oil as a way to improve the cholesterol-producing profile of its fries sfgate.com/health/article…
At a traditional Thai wedding, the groom's way to the ceremony is blocked by a series of "gates" (golden necklaces or belts) held up by bridesmaids and family members. Some can be passed with money, others require him to answer questions, and he may even need to yell out his love or sing a song thethailandlife.com/thai-…
The phrase β€œlive in the boonies” comes from the word Boondocks which in turn comes from the Philippine (Tagalog) word Bundok which means mountains, or an out of the way rural area. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
A fan drove three hours to deliver rapper, Boozie Badazz, a much needed dosage of insulin. She refused to accept payment and instead asked for just a photo. On her way home she stopped at a store, bought a scratch off ticket, and won $10,000. revolt.tv/platform/amp/ne…
Sagittarius A* - the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way - has a mass 4 million times that of our Sun, but a diameter only 31 times the Sun's. It is so dense that it could fit in the space between the Earth and the Sun, but can attract things 50k light years away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
The term "blowing smoke up your arse" originated in the 1700's when Doctors would quite literally blow smoke up a persons behind as a way to resuscitate them. Usually after drowning. gizmodo.com/blowing-smoke…
A sufferer of Truman Show delusion (a condition in which a person believes their live is a staged reality show) traveled all the way to New York City to check whether the World Trade Center had fallen, believing the 9/11 attacks to be an elaborate plot twist in his personal storyline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When in 2015 Domino's was rolling out their Driver Tracker, they were considering having the app show "fun facts" about the delivery driver, such as their favorite sports teams and music they listen to on the way over. theverge.com/2015/5/3/853…
The Northern Great Plains was home to many fortified Native American towns, beginning in the 800s and existing all the way until the 1880s. These towns had over a thousand residents and a plaza centric layout. These were sedentary towns where people lived year-round. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lik…
The "Keep Calm & Carry On" phrase was initially coined by the U.K.'s Ministry of Information in 1939 near the beginning of World War II. The phrase made its way to posters, but with paper scarce during the War, they did not receive a high degree of circulation. cnn.com/style/article/kee…
The word "galaxy" comes from the Greek word for milky, named after their appearance in the night sky, and a reference to our galaxy, the Milky Way. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal…
The concept of deviled eggs dates all the way back to 4th and 5th century AD. history.com/news/the-anci…
Gold can grow on Eucalyptus trees. In its search for water, the Eucalyptus tree absorbs gold particles dissolved in the water deep underground, then storing the gold in the leaves of the tree. This is a cheap and effective way to discover new gold deposits in Australia. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
There are no legal ways to be buried in Longyearbyen (Norway). In 1950 they discovered bodies of residents from the 1918 flu pandemic which had not begun to decompose in the cold. Scientists fear the corpses, preserved in permafrost, could still contain live strains of the virus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
That John Wick, Scarface, Point break and hotline Miami all share a universe by way of payday 2 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pay…
Today I learned of Charles Fraser-Smith (one of the inspirations behind 'Q' in the James Bond movies) designed a special left-hand thread for the disguised screw-off top of a hidden-document container; he thought that "no German would ever think of trying to unscrew something the wrong way." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The way a cat bares its front teeth and wrinkles its nose while smelling something is called the flehmen response, which helps draw the scent into its vomeronasal organ (extra olfactory organ above the roof of the mouth.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
During the Vietnam War, the 1st Infantry Division captured a vital road by sending the division band to march and play music on it. The North Vietnamese troops holding the area thought the music meant a major assault was on the way and fled. governorsfootguard.com/hi…
The Japanese work philosophy of β€œkaizen”, where people constantly seek to find ways to improve methods instead of just doing it the same way lifehacker.com/get-better…
The lyrics for Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do" were adapted from a poem from a poetry book her producer found in a used bookstore. The book only had an initial print run of 500 copies, but the song paved the way for multiple reprints and earned its author Wyn Cooper substantial royalties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…

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