The top 10% of American drinkers consume nearly 60% of all alcohol sold - averaging 74 drinks per week. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In 2013, a wild male tiger walked right up to a tiger enclosure at a zoo in India. Attracted by a captive female, the zookeepers let him in through a door in the enclosure. He stayed for a month, then escaped by jumping the fence, then returned a few weeks later. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Humans have developed injections containing nanoparticles which when administered into the eye convert infrared into visible light giving night vision for up to 10 weeks popularmechanics.com/mili…
A Marine sniper unit in Iraq became huge fans of Gilmore Girls. Near Christmas in 2005 one of them wrote to the show's creator about the lack of male clothing options in the show's gift store. Weeks later they received five boxes of Gilmore Girls jackets. thisamericanlife.org/606/…
Actor Dean Winters suffered from a bacterial infection in 2009, died in the ambulance, was revived and in the ICU for 3 weeks, after recovering he developed Gangrene and had multiple amputations and skin grafts. He is now better known for playing "Mayhem" in the Allstate Insurance commercials. pagesix.com/2010/06/18/de…
Mr. Brightside has spent 235 weeks in the UK top 100 since its release in 2004. Over 16 years later its still at 94 in the chart. officialcharts.com/search…
One of the conditions Woody Harrelson had for taking his role in Zombieland was that the director, Ruben Fleischer, not eat dairy products for a week. Instead of sticking with just a week he maintained a vegetarian diet for 11 months en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zom…
Than in the 1800's, Americans drank, on average, 90 bottles of whiskey per year, or 1.7 bottles per week. This was because at the time, whiskey was sold at twenty-five cents a gallon, making it cheaper than wine, beer, tea, coffee and even milk. moneycontrol.com/news/tre…
In 2008 a school Camden, NJ forced students to eat their lunch off the floor for 2 weeks after a child accidentally spilled water while refilling a water cooler. 7 students won a $500,000 legal settlement. reuters.com/article/us-sc…
In 2007, when Halo 3 released it broke records on video game sales, making $170 million on the first day. Film executives blamed Halo for a 27% drop in the box office for that week. gamesradar.com/halo-3-bla…
The days of the week come from the Norse names for the 7 Ptolemaic planets: Sun's day, Moon's day, Tiw's day, Woden's day, Thor's day, Freya's day, and Saturn's day techtimes.com/articles/35…
British academics conducted an experiment with 6 monkeys & typewriters inspired by the famed "an infinite number of monkeys will eventually type out Shakespeare's plays" theory. After 4 weeks, the monkeys had typed out 5 pages, mostly of the letter S, then "got bored and shit on the keyboard" theguardian.com/uk/2003/m…
Today I learned about MDZhB, a Russian ghost radio station that has been broadcasting since 1982. No one claims it but it has continuously produced a buzz punctuated with someone making a short random statement once or twice a week since its inception. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Puppies removed from their mother before 12 weeks of age experience more behavioral problems and are less healthy than puppies separated from mother after 3 months. Removing puppies early doesn't improve puppies' ability to bond with humans. europepmc.org/article/MED…
In 2018 a 75-year-old British man pooped into a container for six to eight weeks, built a homemade pump, drove 200 miles to his former friend's house and used the pump to spray the poo all over the hallway and stairs through the mailbox. mandatory.com/the-world/1…
Today I learned of the weird, dangerous, and isolated life of the saturation diver where a job might require the diver to stay isolated for weeks in a pressurized metal tube, up to 1000 feet below the surface of the ocean. atlasobscura.com/articles…
In 2019, singer Mike Posner announced he would walk completely across the United States. On August 7, his walk was delayed a few weeks after he was bitten by a rattlesnake in Colorado and airlifted to a local hospital. He finished his walk across America on October 18, 2019. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album was on the Billboard charts for 741 consecutive weeks from 1973 to 1988, and in total has charted for 950 weeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Henry Ford had initially lead the movement of shorter working weeks from the entrepreneurial side of things. He (counterintuitively at the time) showed that shorter working hours led to higher productivity. cnbc.com/2017/05/03/how-t…
Iceland in 1940 passed a law that made swimming lessons mandatory in schools starting at grade 1 (age 6) to grade 10 (age 16). Lessons are held once a week. Historically, a lot of Icelandic seamen had met a tragic end because of the harsh sea and this law was an attempt at saving lives. hakaimagazine.com/feature…
To disprove reports of his death after a weeks-long disappearance, the President of Turkmenistan appeared on state television driving a rally car around a flaming gas crater known as "Hell's Gate" abc.net.au/news/2019-08-0…
Today I learned about 'baby hatches', places where mothers can safely and anonymously abandon their newborns (usually in hospitals or churches). In Germany, babies abandoned in this way are looked after for 8 weeks, during which time, the mother can 'reclaim' her child without legal repercussions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
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…
Pooping is really the only reason for a sloth to ever leave its tree, and it's the only time they have to stand upright. They only poop once a week, and can lose up to one-third of their body weight by pooping. animals.howstuffworks.com…
For 2 weeks from when Saving Private Ryan was first screened, the Department of Veterans Affairs had to increase staffing on its telephone counseling line, as numerous veterans were disturbed by the film and were compelled to seek professional help. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Nicholas White, a Business Week employee, spent 41 hours trapped in an elevator, even though he signaled an alarm, and there was surveillance video inside the elevator cab en.wikipedia.org/wiki/122…
Back to the Future co-writer Bob Gale was reluctant to include original footage of Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly for the Blu-Ray set because "We didn't want to make Eric feel bad". Stoltz shot for five weeks in the lead role before Michael J. Fox was picked instead cinemablend.com/dvdnews/B…
There was an entire horror movie filmed inside the US Disney parks, without permission. Actors and crew dressed up as tourists and filmed over 2 weeks in each park. Disney chose to ignore the movie, most likely to avoid giving it further attention. It premiered at Sundance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esc…
The Luna Moth does not have a mouth or digestive system. It will only live for about a week, with the singular purpose of mating en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
The Mafia helped establish the Gay Bar scene in New York. Fat Tony purchased the Stonewall Inn in 1966 and transformed it into a bar and restaurant. He later bribed the New York Police Department around $1,200 a week to ignore 'indecent conduct' occurring behind closed doors. history.com/news/how-the-…
Joe DiMaggio was so in love with Marilyn Monroe that after her death he had flowers delivered to her grave twice a week for 20 years pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
Today I learned about John Howard Griffin, a journalist who in 1959 took anti-vitiligo drugs and spent 15 hours daily under an ultraviolet lamp to temporarily "become" a black man and travel through the South for six weeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 1999 there was a week long fight between lions and hyenas in Ethiopia, that led to the deaths of 6 lions and 30 hyenas, with the military being called in. deseret.com/platform/amp/…
Eddie Redmayne spent four months researching Stephen Hawking before playing him on-screen when he was forced to sit in a wheelchair for hours, which made it hard to breathe. He watched every single documentary and YouTube video of Hawking and visited a neurology clinic in London every two weeks businessinsider.com/how-e…
Two weeks after South Carolina seceded from the Union New York City's Mayor proposed secession as well in order to continue its extraordinarily lucrative cotton trade with the seceded South. historynet.com/new-york-c…
Falconers (and trainers of other birds of prey) will sew the eyelids of a wild caught bird shut, slowly allowing them to reopen to imprint themselves. The reopening process takes anywhere from a week to 40 days depending on the bird’s nature and the skill of the trainer cntraveler.com/galleries/…
In 1977, a plane carrying the Evansville University men's basketball team crashed on takeoff, killing all on board. One player on the team did not make the trip due to a season-ending injury. He was killed two weeks later in a car accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Viagra can double shelf life of cut flowers, making them stand up straight for as long as a week beyond their natural lifespan ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
When you were born, you had 300 bones. Now you have 206. The human skeleton begins to develop 13 to 16 weeks after conception. At birth, a human has about 300 bones and cartilage elements, and many bones that will eventually fuse together are still separate, although joined by tough membranes. bendbulletin.com/lifestyl…
A former Michelin Guide inspector said an inspector's life is lonely, underpaid drudgery, driving around France for weeks on end, dining alone, under intense pressure to file detailed reports on strict deadlines, the guide had become lax in its standards, & some famous chefs are "untouchables". wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel…
The term "shoddy" comes from the Civil War when in their rush for uniforms the Union bought ones made from a recycled wool product called shoddy. When it fell apart in rain or after a couple of weeks wear it quickly became synonymous among the troops with poor quality and workmanship. historyextra.com/period/w…
Frank Darabont managed to acquire the script of The Shawshank Redemption for just $5,000 from Stephen King. After working on it for just 8 weeks to turn it into a movie script he was offered $3 million by Rob Reiner, but refused it and decided to direct the movie himself. listerious.com/facts-abou…
Once a Queen ant has mated she nips off her wings and uses the energy from the flight muscles and fat reserves to lay her first batch of eggs before eating weeks later. She stores the sperm acquired during her nuptial flight for decades continuing to lay fertilised eggs for her entire life. theconversation.com/six-a…
In 2014, Walter Williams was pronounced dead. Paperwork was completed, he was put in a body bag and taken to a funeral home. When he was taken to the embalming room, his legs began to move and the coroner noticed him lightly breathing. He was still alive. Two weeks later he died for real. smithsonianmag.com/sponso…
A Scottish teen's mother had been nagging him for weeks to clean his bedroom. When Ryan Kitching finally cleaned his room, he found 12 old lottery tickets in a drawer; one of them was a winner for Β£52,981. telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
In 1996, an American citizen swam across a Chinese river into North Korea on a drunken dare. He got caught, was held and imprisoned under suspicion of being a spy, but was eventually released back to the U.S. He committed suicide a few weeks later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…
Clocks ran behind in Europe in 2018 due to a power shortage caused by politics and when the dispute was resolved, they ran the power grid above frequency to fix clocks that were behind for a few weeks arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
The Barenaked Ladies song β€œOne Week” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard charts β€” where it remained for exactly one week. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
The Ramones first album took only a week to record (three days for the instruments and four days for vocals), and costs only $6,400 to produce. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
Several years ago there was somehow a common cold outbreak at a research base in Antarctica after 17 weeks of complete isolation. No cause was found. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
There are creatures called Tardigrades that can survive the end of humanity and live in outer space for over a week with no oxygen, and also these things can survive in temperatures of over -350 degrees Fahrenheit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Sherpa people have a small number of names and children are often called by days of the week. They also give names according to certain virtues. By mistake of the enumerators in Nepal, their nationality was added as a surname. Otherwise, they have no last name. needforscience.com/geogra…
Legendary crime fighter Eliot Ness was promised by Al Capone that $2,000 would be on his desk every Monday morning if he turned a blind eye to his gang's bootlegging activities ( $33,000 a week in 2018 adjusting for inflation). Ness refused the bribe, was penniless when he died in 1957. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Today I learned about the reality tv show 'Murder In Small Town X" whose finale aired on September 4, 2001. The winner of the show Ángel Juarbe Jr. ,who was a firefighter in NYC, would be dead a week later, one of the 343 NY firefighters killed at the World Trade Center. legacy.com/sept11/story.a…
The founder of Toys-R-Us, Charles Lazarus, died a week after Toys-R-Us announced it would be forced to close its retail stores. cnet.com/news/toys-r-us-f…
LL Cool J's wife wouldn't talk to him for 2 weeks after she saw the "Doin' It" music video, which features a woman licking his face. youtu.be/3Pcrasl6trU
Today I learned about substitute teachers’ week. Every year in Alberta, Canada the Alberta Teachers’ Association dedicates a week to recognizing the work of substitute teachers. teachers.ab.ca/For%20Memb…
Beekeepers rent out their hives to orchards to pollinate their trees. After a couple weeks of pollination the beekeeper collects their hives and moves them to the next orchard in need. slate.com/news-and-politi…
William Faulkner wrote his masterpiece As I Lay Dying in 6 weeks without ever changing a word after it was written en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_…
β€œlinguicide” is an actual term that refers to the death of language. Through linguicide, a language goes extinct every two weeks independent.co.uk/news/sc…
The modern seven-day week originated with the ancient Babylonians, for whom each day was associated with one of the seven planetary deities. wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o…
Sloths only poop once a week, and when they do they lose up to 1/5th of their body weight. Pooping for sloths is also responsible for 50% of their deaths, as being down on the ground is a vulnerable time for them. Overall, the entire trip to poop uses 8% of their daily energy needs. blog.nature.org/science/2…
Unexploded bombs from WW2 are found in Germany approximately once every two weeks. youtu.be/2QsNJMXJFjQ
The mini-series Shogun (1980) is the most watched show ever on NBC. It was so popular that restaurants and theaters reported a decrease in business for the week it aired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%…
A Kentucky man escaped from jail after a friend of his faxed the prison a false demand for his release from a grocery store. It took two weeks for the authorities to realize their mistake and start looking for him. He was found at his mother’s house. theguardian.com/world/200…
After an intense 8 artillery week barrage, British troops on the first day of the Battle of the Somme were so sure of their victory that 4 platoons had a competition to see who could kick a soccer ball into the German trenches first. Nearly 20,000 British men were killed that day history.com/news/10-thing…
Goldeneye for the Nintendo 64's popular multiplayer mode was created as an afterthought in six weeks at practically the last minute, without developper Rare or Nintendo knowing about it or wanting it. digitalspy.com/videogames…
Edward Jenner discovered vacination by injecting puss from a milkmaid's cowpox sore into an eight-year-old boy and then attempting to infect him with smallpox six weeks later. The boy did not develop smallpox, indicating that the earlier exposure to cowpox protected him from infection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
LBJ as VP "invited" a Pakistani camel cart driver named Bashir Sarban to the White House. Though he said it as a formality, the governments of both the US and Pakistan made it happen. LBJ and Bashir had a meal at the Johnson ranch outside Dallas, and Bashir toured the country over a week. dawn.com/news/1221711
Ford initiated the 5 day work week... not to give people a 2 day break, but to improve human output and spending observer.com/2017/03/kill…
Today I learned of the Halifax Slasher, a supposed criminal who attacked locals (particularly women) in Halifax, England. For two weeks people came out saying they had been attacked until one day, a man admitted he had self-inflicted his injuries fpr attention. All the other victims followed suit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Today I learned about the '996 system' endorsed in 2019 by Alibaba's co-founder Jack Ma, that requires employees work from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, 6 days per week. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/996…
In the 1920s, a man convinced his wife to pull out all her teeth and then refused to buy her dentures because it was β€˜cheaper to feed her soup than solid food’. The wife took him to court and the man was told to get her two new sets of teeth and at least a beef steak a week. stanforddailyarchive.com/…
There is a species of moth called the Bagworm moth. They build a cocoons out of sticks and small twigs. These cocoons can sometimes look like small log cabins. After metamorphosis the female of the species spend their whole lives, of a few weeks, in the little home they made. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Aimo Koivunen overdosed on methamphetamine, stepped on a land mine, survived for a week in a ditch by eating pine cones, skied 250 miles and was found weighing 94lb with a heart rate of 200bpm. Then wen ton to live for another 45 years! thedorkages.com/aimo-koiv…
During the meltdown, Chernobyl electrician Oleksander Lelechenko saved his younger colleagues from radiation exposure by walking through radioactive water three times to effect emergency repairs alone. He died in Kiev hospital less than 2 weeks after the disaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Today I learned of the most famous person ever to have literally been in a pickle, Horatio Nelson. He died at sea, so the surgeon on board pickled his body in brandy to preserve it for the long trip to England. 2 weeks into the journey, gaseous pressures burst the cask lid, making Nelson "rise from the dead." atlasobscura.com/articles…
Only a week after the deadly arson attack on Kyoto Animation's studio, the Japanese government mandated that all gas stations keep sales records of all people who buy gasoline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyo…
0.3% of bee stings can cause a delayed secondary reaction days or weeks after the initial sting medicinenet.com/bee_and_w…
Today I learned of the Burnside Fountain, "Boy With Turtle," infamous in a nearby town for its design. Sculptor Charles Y. Harvey killed himself a week after beginning the piece, claiming to have heard voices coming from inside the sculpture which instructed him to commit suicide on a specific date. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
The world's longest hangover was recorded in 2007 and it lasted 4 weeks after a 37-year old Scotsman consumed 60 pints (35 litres) of beer over a 4-day period. brisbanetimes.com.au/worl…
Having two small children means on average someone is sick in a household 29 weeks out of the year, meaning the household has a sickness more often than it is healthy. gizmodo.com/new-study-rev…
In the 1952 polio epidemic in Denmark, mortality was over 85 per cent due to a shortage of respirators. Dr Bjorn Ibsen invented a new kind of ventilator, proved it worked and then recruited thousands of volunteers to hand-pump them for weeks (they were fully manual). Mortality fell to 26%. researchgate.net/publicat…
It took seven weeks for Franklin Roosevelt's parents to name him "Franklin". youtube.com/watch?v=xTzP9…
Alaska Congressman Nick Begich won re-election in 1972, despite having been declared missing in a plane crash three weeks before. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
On average, it takes 11 weeks to feel better after a relationship ends. Another study found it takes closer to 18 months to heal from the end of a marriage. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Duffy disappeared from the public because she was drugged, kidnapped and abused for 4 weeks bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
When Viagra is dissolved in water with flowers in them, the flowers stay erect up to a week longer than usual. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The Glitter Band, the former backing group of Gary Glitter, fought a lawsuit for the right to use the name. The band won, but two weeks later the Glitter name was ruined when Gary Glitter was revealed as a pedophile manchestereveningnews.co.…
The average person swallows plastic equivalent to a credit card every week, due to micro plastics in our everyday lives telegraph.co.uk/science/2…
Ontario Canada has a combined Paternal and Maternal leave of 63 weeks in addition to 17 weeks pregnancy leave for the mother. ontario.ca/document/your-…
Today I learned that the release of Little Big Planet was delayed by a week because of the inclusion of music with arabic lyrics from the Quran en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
Famous chemist and lifelong bachelor Robert Bunsen once proposed to a girl who said yes, but he then lost himself in his work for a few weeks. When he finally emerged from his lab, he couldn't remember if he ever proposed or not, so he did it again, only to have her turn him down. che.uc.edu/jensen/W.%20B.…
That, upon the declaration of the result of Missouri's 2000 race for the U.S. Senate, then-Senator John Ashcroft became the first ever U.S. Senate candidate (incumbent or otherwise) to be defeated by a dead person. His opponent - Governor Mel Carnahan - had died in a plane crash 3 weeks earlier. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
A person takes, on average, about 8 showers per week. Men average 9 minutes per shower and women 9.5 minutes, which comes to about 62 hours per year for men and 65 hours for women. klaw.com/do-you-take-a-lo…
In The Wizard of OZ, the dog playing Toto made more money than the munchkin actors. The Munchkins earned $50 a week, while the dog earned $125 a week. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Mecca has a metro line with a capacity of 24 trains and 72,000 passengers per hour that is only used for one week a year to transport pilgrims between the holy sites of Mecca during the Hajj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage holiday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_…
The New York City Ballet has a shoe budget of $780,000: the dancers go through 500 to 800 pairs of pointe shoes performing The Nutcracker over 6 weeks, and use up even more pairs in 2 weeks performing Swan Lake. dancespirit.com/the-secre…
When the ship the HMS Guardian struck an iceberg in 1789, its captain decided to stay on it with 62 people. 259 left in boats. However, the captain was able to save the ship and sail back to land. It took 9 weeks, but everyone on the ship made it. Of the 259 that left, only 15 survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Ketamine is a potent antidepressant. A single low, sub-anesthetic dose of ketamine given via intravenous infusion may produce antidepressant effects within four hours in people with depression. These antidepressant effects may persist for up to several weeks following a single infusion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ket…

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