William Atherton who plays the lawyer Walter Peck in Ghostbusters was so hated that after the movie came out he was harassed on the street and challenged to fights in bars. ifc.com/2014/08/7-things-…
Serena Williams, often considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all-time, voiced Ming the Prison Guard on "Avatar: The Last Airbender", after she said it was her "favorite show" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Today I learned of William Burke, a Scottish murderer who would sell corpses for a profit to medical researchers. After he was hanged for his crimes, scientists dissected him, wrote with his blood, and bound a book with his skin. wikipedia.org/wiki/Burke_…
During the filming of Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) Robin Williams improvised so much that there were PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 edits of the film nydailynews.com/entertain…
When Dr. Roswell Park was interrupted in the middle of surgery, he said he could not leave "even if it were for the President of the United States." He was then told he had to operate on William McKinley, the President of the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
, William Harvey (1578-1657), an English physician discovered the circulation of blood when it was believed that blood oscillated in the body. For his idea, he was ridiculed and was called a "circulator". But after his death, his idea was accepted as a biological fact. ahajournals.org/doi/full/…
In 1908 William "Bigfoot" Anakin, a local champion, was taken along by a publican to court to help demonstrate that darts was not gambling, it was a game of skill. Bigfoot showed that whatever number the court mentioned, he could hit on the board. Judge agreed darts was a game of skill. independent.co.uk/sport/g…
William Henry Sheppard, one of the first Black American missionaries to Africa, helped to expose King Leopold’s atrocities in the Belgian Congo to the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The actor that played Creed Bratton in the Office was named Creed Bratton. Additionally, his birth name was William Charles Schneider, the character's alternative name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
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…
Not only did then-future Supreme Court Justices William Rehnquist & Sandra Day O'Connor date during their time at Stanford Law School, but he actually asked her to marry him as well. She turned down his proposal. 30 years later, however, they found themselves serving on the Court together. npr.org/2018/10/31/662293…
Today I learned about William Breckinridge, a captain of the Confederacy who later renounced the views that led him to fight for them and became a racial equality advocate. He also represented blacks in court as a lawyer and was even noted by a black lawyer that he had helped many blacks in their law careers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Renowned American conservative thinker William F Buckley Jr wrote that "everyone detected with AIDS should be tattooed in the upper forearm, to protect common-needle users, and on the buttocks, to prevent the victimization of other homosexuals." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
How William Shakespeare’s name is spelled is unknown, even to himself. His contemporaries spelled it more than 80 different ways, including β€œShappere” and β€œShaxberd”. It turns out, he never used β€œWilliam Shakespeare” once history.com/news/10-thing…
In 2016 William Leonard Pickard - who was sentenced to life without parole in 2003 for creating 90% of the worlds LSD won a decade long lawsuit against the DEA to get his Snitch's records unsealed. vice.com/en_uk/article/qb…
Today I learned of longest ever US presidential inauguration speech was made by William Henry Harrison running 8445 words. the speech was so long, and the weather so terrible, that Harrison caught pneumonia and died on April 4th, making him the shortest reigning US president ever. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Prince John William Friso (d. 1711) is the ancestor of every European royal house (Albania, Austria-Hungary, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, UK, Yugoslavia) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Robin Williams was interested for the role of Hagrid (Harry Potter) but was rejected due to the "all-British and Irish cast" policy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
In 1715, a Scottish Nobleman named William Maxwell escaped death by switching clothes with his wife’s maid on the night before his execution and fleeing the Tower of London. He escaped to Rome, where he lived with his wife for the rest of his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 2014, actor William Hurt and a film crew shot a scene on a railroad trestle. The production team lied about getting permission to film on the tracks, and a train came mid-scene, giving the cast and crew less than a minute to evacuate. One crew member died and many were injured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
William Franklin, the son of Benjamin Franklin, was the last colonial governor of New Jersey a steadfast Loyalist through the American Revolution and organized military units to combat the Patriots. He and his father Benjamin sadly never reconciled after. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 1968 a group of Star Trek fans cornered William Sharner as he left 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and attempted to rip his clothes off. It is likely that this event stopped Shatner from attending Star Trek conventions for over a decade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The guy who played Marvin in 'Pulp Fiction' (Phil LaMarr) is the voice actor for Hermes Conrad in 'Futurama', Ollie Williams in 'Family Guy', Green Lantern in 'Justice League' and over 250 other characters. greatbigstory.com/stories…
In 1862, a referendum was held in Greece to determine who should be King. Every candidate declined until finally Prince William of Denmark was elected. He received only 6 of the 241 202 votes cast en.wikipedia.org/wiki/186…
John Williams, the legend film composer (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) had problems with the musical timings in E.T.’s BMX chase scene. Steven Spielberg told him to record the music just as he wanted, he then edited the chase sequence around Willams’s Oscar winning soundtrack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T…
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…
One of television’s first interracial kisses, between Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura, was originally supposed to be between Spock and Uhura. However, when William Shatner (Captain Kirk) heard, he said 'If anybody is gonna get to kiss Lieutenant Uhura it’s gonna be me.’ syfy.com/syfywire/little-…
Sharks can suffer from cancer. The misconception that sharks do not get cancer was spread by the 1992 book 'Sharks Don't Get Cancer' by I. William Lane and used to sell extracts of shark cartilage as cancer prevention treatments. cancerres.aacrjournals.or…
Warner Brothers called composer John Williams to compose music for a promotional reel for Harry Potter. He did it "sight unseen" (without looking at it). This music became Hedwig's theme and is the most recognized Harry Potter theme. youtu.be/91URVrdNlX8
Today I learned of William Howard Hughes, a United States Air Force officer with security clearance and expertise in rocket self-destruct technology, vanished in 1983. Authorities feared he had defected to the Soviet Union. In June 2018, he was found living in California under an assumed name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned of William Shepherd of the Expedition 1 crew on the ISS. He is a Navy SEAL, studied 3 types of engineering, and was award the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 1927 William Smith, a college student received two enrollment forms for Georgia Tech, and decided to make an imaginary student with the second form. Over the years, the imaginary student has received multiple degrees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The Infinite Monkey Theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter will produce, in an infinite amount of time, any finite text we can think of. This would include, as an example, the complete works of William Shakespeare. towardsdatascience.com/un…
In 1848 a geologist named William Buckland once attended a banquet held by Lord Harcourt. After dinner Lord Harcourt displayed for his guests a mummified piece of King Louis XIV's heart. It was passed around the table & when it got to Buckland, he popped it in his mouth and swallowed it whole! anchor.fm/foodhistory/epi…
In the 13th century, a Muslim polymath named Ibn al-Nafis discovered the circulation of blood 300 years before William Harvey ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Dr. William Marston is the creator of Wonder Woman and the "lie detector" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
John Scott Harrison is both the child and the parent of a U.S. president, being the son of William Henry Harrison and the father of Benjamin Harrison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
President Franklin D. Roosevelt was related to 12 other US presidents: Theodore Roosevelt, Martin Van Buren, John Adams, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, William Howard Taft and George Washington haystack.tv/v/fdr-related…
William Shatner starred in a Horror movie in 1965 in which he spoke entirely in Esperanto youtube.com/watch?v=zhgl7…
William Daniels (Mr. Feeny) has been married to his wife, Bonnie Bartlett, for going on 70 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Robin Williams' widow wrote an appraisal of his disease in the journal Neurology n.neurology.org/content/8…
Today I learned about Vickrey auction, a type of sealed-bid auction. Bidders submit written bids without knowing the bid of the other people in the auction. The highest bidder wins, but the price paid is the second-highest bid. This was first described academically by Nobel winner William Vickrey in 1961. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
Since 1986, the lead singer of the band 'Toto' has been Joseph Williams, the son of legendary composer John Williams (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tot…
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_…
Jack Nicholson's first job in Hollywood was an office worker for animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. They offered him an entry-level job as an animator, but he declined, citing his desire to become an actor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The US Secret Service was originally founded in 1865 to combat the then-widespread counterfeiting of U.S. currency. In 1901, the agency was asked to begin its protective mission after the assassination of President William McKinley – the third sitting U.S. President to be assassinated. secretservice.gov/about/h…
The man who crafted the original California Bear flag during the Bear Flag Revolt in 1846 (William L. Todd) was Mary Todd Lincoln’s nephew. sfmuseum.org/hist6/toddfl…
A man named William "Burro" Smith spent 33 years of his life single handedly digging a 2000ft tunnel through a mountain in the Mojave Desert. desertusa.com/desert-pros…
Today I learned of William A. Jackson, a former slave who had served Jefferson Davis. He routinely observed communications between Davis and other Confederate officials. When he fled north in 1861, he gave the Union detailed information about Confederate military deployments, supply issues, and planning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
William Shatner did a spoken word cover of Golden Earring's Twilight Zone youtu.be/LfHPbxawzUI
Despite eating alone virtually every day, English writer and politician William Thomas Beckford would have his kitchens prepare food for 12 and then send the surplus food away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fon…
Christopher Reeves’s wife Dana died 2 years later than him from lung cancer after never smoking a cigarette. Leaving their son William orphaned at 13. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Titanic crew member William Murdoch who was portrayed as shooting a passenger and then commiting suicide in the movie, was in fact last seen trying to fill as many life boats as possible and heroically went down with the ship. scottishfield.co.uk/cultu…
The 98th Illinois Regiment, part of General William T. Sherman's 23rd Army Corps, made their Corps battle flag from captured Confederate flags from the southern arsenal in Macon, Georgia, during Sherman's famous March to the Sea historical.ha.com/itm/mil…
William White, a black student at Brown University, posed as a white man to become the first black man to play major league baseball. sabr.org/gamesproj/game/j…
Quentin Blake, probably best known for Roald Dahl illustrations, also illustrated books written by Dr. Seuss and William Steig quentinblake.com/books
Today I learned of William Jennens, who died in 1798 with an estate valued at Β£2 million (Β£2.5 billion in 2020). He died without a signed will and subsequent court proceedings for his estate lasted until 1915, when legal fees had exhausted all remaining funds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The Leviathan of Parsonstown (aka. Rosse six-foot telescope) was the biggest telescope in the world until 1917 when the Hooker Telescope was constructed, he was built by William Parsons in County Offaly, Ireland and you can visit a reconstructed version of the telescope today en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lev…
One of the first mass produced Treadmills were by Sir William Cubitt in 1818, who used it to torture inmates in jails of England. It consisted of 24 inmates side by side, with partitions. This pointless labor was meant to deter poor people from committing crimes to just get in jail for shelter. daily.jstor.org/treadmill…
Dr. William Dove was able to produce unicorn (single-horn) rams, goats, and a bull in 1930 by moving the un-anchored horn buds of the animal and trimming them so that they fit together. Dove reported that his unicorn bull became the leader of its herd and was very rarely challenged by others. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Not much is known about him, but scholars know that William Shakespeare had a son who died at the age of 11. His name was "Hamnet." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
William Hootkins, the actor who played the rebel pilot Porkins in Star Wars: A New Hope, was questioned by the FBI after the assassination of JFK, was school classmates with Tommy Lee Jones, and studied astrophysics and oriental studies at Princeton University. forcematerial.com/home/20…
One of the singers of Africa by the band Toto was also the singing voice of adult Simba in The Lion King. And he is the son of composer John Williams en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Harland Williams, the pee drinking trooper from Dumb and Dumber, created Puppy Dog Pals, a Disney cartoon harlandwilliams.com/
Pharrell Williams was in the Hollaback Girl Official video youtu.be/Kgjkth6BRRY?t=10…
In October 1958, Physicist William Higinbotham created what is thought to be the first video game called β€œTennis for Two” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Jaws’ production woes added suspense. Unreliable mechanical sharks forced Spielberg to only suggest an unseen shark; actors heightened performances to help; J Williams’ ominous theme induced fear. Spielberg said β€œJaws went from Japanese Saturday matinee horror flick to more of a Hitchcock" theguardian.com/film/2015…
John Williams' soundtrack in "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" lost to Howard Shore's score of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" for Best Original Score. Critical reactions to the soundtrack were almost universally positive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
William Shatner starred in a horror film written entirely in the international constructed language Esperanto en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inc…
Kay Thompson, author of the Eloise children's books, was also a popular singer who had a young Andy Williams as one of her backups, and became "romantically involved" with him on tour, when he was 19 and she was 38. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
The phrase, "It does exactly what it says on the tin" is a registered trademark of the Sherwin-Williams Company, and has been in their advertisements since 1994. In 2004, Colgate used a copycat advertising campaign in Ireland stating that its product "does exactly what it says on the tube". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doe…
Calgacus, the first Scot in recorded history, sounded a lot like an ancient William Wallace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Before Gilligan's Island got its famous theme, the pilot featured a 6 minute long Calypso song written by a then-unknown John Williams en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
Today I learned of William S. Clark who founded what would become Hokkaido University. Although forgotten in America, he had a significant impact on the scientific and economic development of Hokkaido and is widely revered in Japan. His parting words to his college were, "Boys, be ambitious!" historicaldigression.com/…
The Origin of the Knock Knock Joke Was William Shakespeare’s Macbeth bestlifeonline.com/knock-…
For over 70 years, allied navy ships in the Pacific fought over a photo of actress Esther Williams. Ships officers would steal or take it by force, and display it in their ship’s officers mess. It was retired in 2013 after Esther Williams died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Est…
The movie Shrek is based on the 1990 children’s books Shrek! by William Steig. Steig also provided the illustrations for the book. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shr…
"Boris Karloff" was just a stage name of the actor William Henry Pratt. bbcamerica.com/anglopheni…
William Friedkin (Exorcist, French Connection) came upon the idea for the 'wrong-way chase scene' in To Live and Die in LA when he fell asleep at the wheel and woke up in the wrong lane with traffic heading straight for him. He spent the next 20 years wondering how he would use it in a film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_…
Today I learned about Sgt. William Carney, the first African American to win the Medal of Honor defense.gov/Explore/News/…
Before the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant struggled financially after leaving the military to start a family, working in fields with his wife's family's slaves which was uncommon, but after acquiring a slave, William Jones, he gave him his freedom unconditionally instead of selling him for profit. acwm.org/blog/myths-misun…
George Lucas' choice of John Williams as the composer for Star Wars was due to a recommendation from Steven Spielberg, who worked with Williams on the film 'Jaws' udiscovermusic.com/storie…
In the British Royal Family, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle technically don't have their own names. Because of how titles and peerages are awarded and defined, they actually adopt their husband's name and title - making them Princess William and Princess Henry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
William Clark's slave, York, was instrumental to the Lewis and Clark Expedition not only because of his strength and services to the corps, but because many Native American tribes regarded him as a God due to his black skin and showered him with gifts and praise en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yor…
William Henry Harrison, born 1773, was the last American president to be born a British subject. By age 28, in 1801 Harrison was the governor of Indiana battlefields.org/learn/bi…
William Safire was asked to prepare a speech for president Nixon to read on television to the world if Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became stranded on the moon. businessinsider.com/nixon…
William Still, the father of the Underground Railroad, interviewed and kept records of every escaped slave he came across. Once, while interviewing a man, he discovered that the man was actually his long-lost brother. freedomcenter.org/content…
Today I learned of William Walker, an American who wanted to add more slave states from Latin America. He invaded Mexico, failed after a year, invaded Nicaragua, surrendered to the US Navy after a year, tried to invade Nicaragua again, was arrested, then tried to invade Honduras and was finally executed. britannica.com/biography/…
The two 'M's of M & M's represent the names of Forrest E. Mars Sr., the founder of Newark Company, and Bruce Murrie, son of Hershey Chocolate's president William F. R. Murrie, who had a 20 percent share in the product. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%2…
William Walker was a mercenary from Tennessee, who organized several military expeditions into Latin America. He usurped the presidency of Nicaragua in 1856. And ruled over there for 1 year, making him the first and only American president in a Latino country globalsecurity.org/milita…
William Burroughs’ book β€œNaked Lunch” was written while high. (And banned under US obscenity laws) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
Before filming the gradual marriage fallout in Blue Valentine, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams prepared by living together in their onscreen home, buying groceries with a budget based on their characters, taking family portraits at Sears, and staging arguments for a month. backstage.com/magazine/ar…
Richard Pryor hosted his own kids show on network television that drew comparisons to sesame street. An episode titled "Sex Education" featured Robin Williams as a guest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pry…
Today I learned about York, a slave belonging to William Clark (of Lewis and Clark) and the first African American to cross North America to reach the Pacific en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yor…
The first ever draft pick in Pittsburgh Steelers' (then known as the Pirates) history was William Shakespeare en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Halley's comet was depicted in the famous 11th century Bayeux Tapestry which recounts the story of Duke William the Bastard conquering England in 1066. solarsystem.nasa.gov/aste…
Today I learned about the Domesday Book, a survey of all of England ordered by William the Conqueror. It was meant to determine who held what land and what taxes were owed on them. Completed in 1086 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
There is a town in Florida 45 minutes from Orlando called Howey-in-the-Hills. Named after William Howey, a citrus grower and real estate developer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
Today I learned of the English succession wars which all started because 3 of England's potential heirs drowned in the English Channel. The white ship sank in 1120 with the legitimate son of Henry 1st, William, his bastard, Richard and his daughter Matilda, on board. medievalists.net/2017/01/…
The hip hop music video style of the mid nineties to mid naughties was all heavily inspired by one guy, Hype Williams youtube.com/watch?v=hHcyJ…

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