Upon the death of her husband, Albert, Queen Victoria entered a state of mourning and wore black for the rest of her life. When she died and was laid in a coffin, she was dressed in a white gown and wedding veil. Albert's dressing gown was placed with her, along with a plaster cast of his hand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
:In January 1960, white jazz pianist Dave Brubeck canceled a twenty-five-date tour of colleges and universities across the American South after twenty-two schools had refused to allow his black bassist, Eugene Wright, to perform. He also canceled a tv show where they didn't want to show him. amacad.org/publication/da…
In the mid-18th century, Americans were so used to yellow milk, tinted with lead chromate to disguise the bluishness of watered-down dairy, that people refused to purchase white milk, thinking it had been coloured discovermagazine.com/mind…
The Olympic flag's colors are always red, black, blue, green, and yellow rings on a field of white. This is because at least one of those colors appears on the flag of every nation on the planet. olympic.org
In 1252, Henry III was given a magnificent white bear, presumably a polar bear, by the King of Norway. The bear lived in the Tower of London and was allowed to swim and hunt for fish in the River Thames. historic-uk.com/CultureUK…
Today I learned of an undercover operation in 2020 where a group of white hat hackers discovered a security vulnerability and preemptively stole $10mil USD worth of the cryptocurrency Ethereum before anyone else could, stored the funds somewhere else, and then returned all of the funds to their original owners. samczsun.com/escaping-the…
The US Navy sustainably manages over 50,000 acres of forest in Indiana in order to have 150+ year old white oak trees to replace wood on the 220 year old USS Constitution. usnhistory.navylive.dodli…
The formal clothing of the Roman Citizen was the Toga. During Roman elections, those running for political office would rub their Toga with a dazzling white chalk to stand out. Called Toga Candida (pure-white) this clothing was the origin of the word "candidate". ancient.eu/article/48/the…
Before opening his first Wendy's restaurant, Dave Thomas worked for KFC. He is credited with inventing the famous red & white KFC bucket, and advising Col. Sanders to appear in his own commercials. mashed.com/172378/secrets…
Wild orangutans use medicinal plants to sooth joint and muscle inflammation. The apes chew leaves of the Dracaena cantleyi plant to create a white lather, which they then rub onto their bodies. Local indigenous people also use the plant for the same purpose. scientificamerican.com/ar…
President Andrew Jackson was gifted a 1,400-pound block of cheese by a New York dairy farmer. The cheese remained on display at the White House for over a year but was entirely eaten by a large crowd during Jackson's final party as President. foodandwine.com/news/real…
In 1924, a Chinese-American named Ben Fee was refused service at a San Francisco restaurant. He returned the next day with 10 white friends who each ordered the most expensive dish. Fee was again refused service. He then β€œconfronted” his friends. They walked out, leaving the food unpaid for. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
In 2019, a nurse set the record for the fastest marathon in a nurse's uniform, but was originally rejected by Guinness World Records, because she was wearing scrubs and pants, and not a blue and white dress, apron, and a nurse's cap. After backlash, they backed down and accepted her record edition.cnn.com/2019/05/0…
Johann Sebastian Bach had 20 children. The family spawned 50 musicians and several notable composers: Joahnnes (a piper), Christoph (an instrumentalist), Johann Ambrosius (a violinist), and Veit (a white bread baker whose greatest pleasure was playing the Cittern). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
Windsocks are calibrated to visually show wind speed as well as wind direction. They are designed such that each inflated red/white stripe indicates a 3 knot increase in wind speed to a maximum of 15 knots. hollandaviation.nl/en/win…
Adriana Caselotti only made six movies, but half of those movies became all-time classics: Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, and It’s a Wonderful Life en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adr…
The Michelin Man is white is because rubber tires are naturally white. It wasn't until 1912 that companies started mixing carbon chemicals with the rubber to make black tires. This process is not an aesthetic change, but a structural one, making the tires stronger and durable. guide.michelin.com/us/en/…
Farmed salmon is actually naturally white in color. It's reddish pink only because farmers add in a pigmenting compound to the fishes' food that changes the color of their flesh, which is more appealing to consumers. time.com/4790794/farmed-s…
In Turkmenistan, colors themselves are considered state enemies. Only white cars are allowed in the capital. Cars that are not white are forbidden from the streets of Ashgabat, the non-white vehicles taken from the owners as hostages and forcibly painted white no matter what. unusualtraveler.com/visit…
Today I learned about the battle of bamber bridge 1943 an out break of racial violence between black and white american military personnel due to the white MPs trying to enforce jim crow laws the 3 pubs in the town responded by putting up signs that said black troops only blackpast.org/global-afri…
Martha Washington lived in "The White House", a plantation owned by her first husband, John Custis. The actual White House was finished and first occupied by President John Adams, and was first actually called the "White House" by Teddy Roosevelt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
As many as three US Presidents, and also Abraham Lincoln's son, may have died as a result of a contaminated water supply to the White House. Until 1850 there was no sewage system and a field of human excrement called "night soil" flowed freely into the water supply. saturdayeveningpost.com/2…
Today I learned of the Uffington White Horse, a three thousand year old pictogram made of chalk. The horse is thought to be the oldest hill figure in England and requires regular cleaning and maintenance, a custom that has been occurring since it was constructed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uff…
During the fall of Saigon in April of 1975, the American radio station played "White Christmas" to signal American troops to immediately move to evacuation points en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
During the reign of Tsar Peter the Great, it was customary for foreign dignitaries to drink from the "Cup of the White Eagle", a chalice containing 1.5 litres of vodka - so many nations' ambassadors travelled in pairs, with one official drinking the vodka, and the other discussing state issues mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of Joan Quiqley, an astrologer and secret "advisor" to the Reagan White House. "Virtually every move" the Reagans made was cleared through her to "make certain that the planets were in a favorable alignment." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
They make and sell blue Santa suits in Liverpool as they are the colours of Everton FC and fans refuse to wear Red and White as they are the colours of their rivals, Liverpool FC. evertonfc.com/news/189954…
Betty White was good friends with famed author John Steinbeck. White's husband Allen Ludden attended the same school as Steinbeck's wife Elaine. The couples became close friends and Steinbeck gave an early draft of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech to Ludden for his birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
Not only there was a 'Rat Pack' and a 'Brat Pack' but there was also a 'Black Pack' that was founded by Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall and featured Robert Townsend, Arsenio Hall, Paul Mooney and Keenen Ivory Wayans. The only white member was Pee-Wee Herman. news.avclub.com/in-1988-p…
Today I learned about Dr.Albert Johnston who went to medical school and became a doctor by hiding his black heritage and passing as white for 20 years. He outed himself by stating he was mixed-race on a Navy application during WWII.The hospital he worked at fired him when they found out. news.stanford.edu/pr/2013…
There are twice as many bathrooms as necessary as the Pentagon because planners had to design the it for black and white employees, including β€œwhite” and β€œcolored” cafeterias. However, Pres. Roosevelt made Jim Crow laws illegal on Federal property prior to its opening and was never enforced. history.com/news/9-things…
Sudan is the last male northern white rhinoceros. He was infertile for many years which makes the subspecies functionally extinct before his death by euthanasian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sud…
The Grinch is green because Chuck Jones (the director of the TV special) rented a car that he thought was a very ugly shade of green. The Grinch is black and white in the original book. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
John Quincy Adams had a pool table installed in the White House that he enjoyed playing most days. Something his opponents and some dignitaries found scandalous. shannonselin.com/2018/04/…
In August 1864, a sniper tried to shoot Abraham Lincoln as he left the White House. They had missed by inches and shot through Lincoln’s hat, knocking it off his head. Lincoln had left without guards. He was just riding out to an evening retreat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Sudan was the last male northern white rhinoceros. He died in 2018 by euthanasia from age related complications. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sud…
From 1984 - 1988, Spider-Man wore a black costume with a white spider design on his chest. The change to his iconic design was met with controversy. Years later, it was revealed the costume was an alien symbiote which, in turn, gave birth to Venom, one of Marvel's most popular characters en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
The original script of Jaws had Hooper die in the underwater β€˜shark cage attack’ scene. A real Great White Shark attacked an empty cage during off-site filming. The footage was so stunning; Spielberg decided to incorporate it in the movie, essentially saving Hooper from his original fate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaw…
Today I learned of miswak, a natural toothbrush made from chewing up a miswak branch so one end is a fibrous brush. Kenyans who use this have great dental hygiene and glowing white teeth. youtu.be/TPZ7kOxo9II
President Jimmy Carter’s son smoked weed with Willie Nelson on the roof of The White House countrymusicchannel.com.a…
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Byron Raymond "Whizzer" White was a star running back in the National Football League was also awarded two bronze stars during WWII as well as being Rhodes Scholar, and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byr…
The Knights Hospitaller, who were related to the Templars, defended sick and poor pilgrims during the Crusades and wore a white cross on their clothes instead, and are still in existence today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kni…
During her visit to the United States, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands heard footsteps outside her White House bedroom, answered a knock on the door, saw the ghost of Abraham Lincoln and fainted in shock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
A pod of dolphins saved a group of swimmers from a great white shark by herding the swimmers together and doing tight circles around them to create a barrier. The dolphins kept this up for 40 minutes until the shark lost interest and was safe for the swimmers to swim to shore. theguardian.com/science/2…
The Golden Girls show was almost called "Miami Nice" instead, and producers originally wanted Betty White to play Blanche Devereaux. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Mary Todd Lincoln Shut Herself in the White House for Weeks After Abraham's Death. The first lady refused to see all but a select group of visitors and feuded with officials from Springfield, Illinois, over the president’s burial site. biography.com/news/mary-t…
In 1990, BBC’s Tomorrow’s World featured a white, sticky coating with astonishing heat-resisting properties, Starlite. In a demonstration, a raw egg painted with the stuff stayed raw in the heat of a blowtorch. The inventor died in 2011, having failed to strike a deal with any manufacturer. sciencefocus.com/science/…
Most recordings of "White Christmas" skip the opening verse and start with the chorus. The opening verse, though, reveals the song is being sung by someone in "Beverly Hills, LA," where "the sun is shining, the grass is green/The orange and palm trees sway," but is "longing to be up north." kqed.org/news/83832/why-w…
White Castle was the country’s first fast food chain when it opened in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned about Henrie Berry Lowrie who lead a gang of American Indian, White, and African-American men in 1860's NC. The Lowry Gang fought the Confederates, fought the white establishment during Reconstruction, only robbed people who could afford it, and shared their profits with the poor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…

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