Today I learned of Charles Ramsey, a Cleveland man who was key in the rescue of 3 women & a child from over a decade of captivity in a neighbor's home. When word got out he was eating a Big Mac when he heard a woman's cries for help, over a dozen Ohio restaurants pledged to offer him a free burger anytime. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The White House was completely gutted and reinforced with steel beams in 1949-50. It was only standing, in the words of the Public Buildings Administration commissioner, β€œby force of habit.” mashable.com/2016/01/06/w…
Matt Groening named his show The Simpsons because he thought it was funny to have the word simp (short for simpleton) in their name. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
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…
Huy Fong Foods (maker of Sriracha) has never advertised its products and doesn't employ a single salesperson β€” all their success is based on word of mouth. huyfong.com/history/
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…
Today I learned of Trish Vickers, a blind author who wrote 26 pages of her first novel without realising her pen had run out of ink. The local police force used their forensic lab to find the missing words, and the book was published on the day of her death. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
Almost every word Neil deGrasse Tyson says in COSMOS was written by Carl Sagan’s wife, Ann Druyan wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmos…
Back in 2010, a man named Jon McLoone ran 15 million computer simulation of the game Hangman and found out that the most difficult word for that program to guess is "Jazz". blog.wolfram.com/2010/08/…
Today I learned that β€˜The Rule is Not "A" Before Consonants and "An" Before Vowels’, the rule is actually based around the sound of the word. For example: He has a unique point of view on the subject and talked about it for an hour. writersdigest.com/.amp/wr…
Proto-Germanic tribes created the word "bear" out of fear that using its true name, "arkto" would cause it to appear. This is considered by some to be the oldest known euphemism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Lance Armstrong owns a coffee shop in downtown Austin, Texas called "Juan Pelota Cafe". The name is a joking reference to his testicular cancer, with the name "Juan" being considered by some a homophone for "one" and "Pelota" being the Spanish word for "ball". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Designed by Benjamin Franklin, the first official circulation coin of United States was inscribed with the words "Mind Your Business" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fug…
When on tour, Queen would play their own version of Scrabble they called "Death Scrabble". They would have intense games through the night till morning.The highest single word laid down was by Brian, with the word Lacquers, worth 168 points. Freddie never forgave him for that. youtu.be/uw4ztyeOzNQ
Today I learned about Roman soldier Pantera. In Celsius' "The true word" Jesus was depicted as the result of an affair between his mother Mary and this soldier. Both the ancient Talmud and medieval Jewish writings reinforced this notion, referring "Yeshu ben Pantera", which means "Jesus, son of Pantera" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tib…
Today I learned of the Jumping Frenchmen of Maine, a group of 19th century lumberjacks who suffered a rare disorder. They had an exaggerated startle reflex and would immediately obey any sudden command and repeat the words. Modern studies have concluded it was a psychological condition rather than a tic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jum…
The word Geek was originally an early 20th-century term for a carnival worker who was so unskilled that the only thing they could do at a carnival to attract a crowd was to bite off the heads of live animals such as chickens, snakes and rats and swallow them britannica.com/story/wher…
Until the 1970's, the words moron, imbecile and idiot were actually medical diagnosis mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Snipe hunting is a real thing. Snipe are waterfowl that overwinter in marshes, bogs and wet meadows. They are notoriously difficult to hunt and the word "snipe" is the etymological root of the word "sniper" we use today. georgiawildlife.blog/2018…
The Ukrainian famineβ€”known as the Holodomor, a combination of the Ukrainian words for β€œstarvation” and β€œto inflict death”—by one estimate claimed the lives of 3.9 million people, about 13 percent of the population history.com/news/ukrainia…
Today I learned of the book β€œFinnegans Wake”. The book is written by James Joyce and is composed of composite words from sixty to seventy world languages. Written over a period of 17 years it is considered to be one of the most difficult works in the Western canon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
The word "canvas" is derived from the word cannabis. Hemp, a variety of the cannabis, was commonly used to make sail canvas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hem…
There are only 23 words that date back 15,000 years and are considered the oldest known words in the English language. They are: thou, I, not, that, we, to give, who, this, what, man/male, ye, old, mother, to hear, hand, fire, to pull, black, to flow, bark, ashes, to spit, and worm. itworld.com/article/27099…
After a woman murdered her husband and attempted suicide, their pet parrot who was the sole witness began repeating what's thought to have been their last conversation, including the words: "Don't shoot!" independent.co.uk/news/wo…
English and Norwegian share not only the same syntax, but also have very similar pronunciation / sounds and even shared words (although usually with different meanings). English is classified as western Germanic but it fits all the characteristics of a northern Germanic language. partner.sciencenorway.no/…
Certain languages lack any word for left/right and instead use the cardinal directions to express orientation on a small scale, e.g. "the cup is to the north of me." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bod…
JK Rowling attended Exeter University to study French with Greek and German. Her parents hoped that in studying languages, she would enjoy a career as a bilingual secretary. After completing her 3,000 word final essay in French, she graduated with a 2.2 exetermemories.co.uk/em/_…
"Cryptophasia" is a phenomenon where twins make up a language which they only speak with each other. Twin languages often consist of onomatopoeia, and new words twins create by simplifying the words used by adults around them. Up to 50% of young twins may develop their own twin language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
The longest poem in the world is the Mahābhārata, a Hindu text. It's literally 5 times the length of the bible and the Iliad and the odyssey combined! It has 220000 verses and about 1.8 million words en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
The word "Phony" comes from the pirate slang word "Fawney," which means "fake gold rings" businessinsider.com/words…
Dogs can understand upto a 1000 human words. They can differentiate between nouns. and verbs. More importantly Dogs also feel emotions love, jealousy etc which was previously thought to be only present in primates. They can even read people better than chimps one of our closest genetic neighbour vox.com/2015/4/7/8360143/…
Early versions of Microsoft Word included copy protection mechanisms that tried to detect debuggers, and if one was found, it produced the message "The tree of evil bears bitter fruit. Only the Shadow knows. Now trashing program disk." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is a real word that was first used in 1931 by Helen Herman in the Syracuse University Daily Orange. wikipedia.org/wiki/Superc…
In WWII, weather reports were censored to prevent enemy submarines from learning about conditions. A football game in Chicago was so covered in fog that the radio announcer couldn't see the field, but afterwards he was officially thanked for never using the word "fog" or mentioning the weather. wikipedia.org/wiki/Office…
Some ancient sling bullets excavated from the city of Athens, Greece were inscribed with the word "Ξ”Ξ•ΞžΞ‘Ξ™" (dexai), which translates to "catch!" research.britishmuseum.or…
Billy Ripken’s 1989 Fleer baseball card has the words β€œF*ckFace” written on the bat due to a prank from teammates. cnbc.com/id/28116692
The approximate Korean word for friend "Chingu" is only used with people of the same age. You can be friendly with older people or younger people, but you will never be friends with people who aren't the same age thesoulofseoul.net/2014/0…
Today I learned about Elizabeth McWilliams, a nurse's aid who took care of influenza patients in 1918. She worked tirelessly for patients before contracting the illness herself and dying. Her last words were "I am happy because I've tried to be a real American." loc.gov/pictures/item/201…
While recording the band Ween's 2003 album Quebec, Dean Ween got word from his roadie that Carlos Santana's guitar and equipment had arrived at a nearby storage locker. The band broke in and recorded the guitar solo for the song Transdermal Celebration on one take in less than ten minutes. ultimateclassicrock.com/d…
The Latin word for left hand is "sinister". This prejudice against left-handed people eventually made the word sinister mean evil and threatening. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bia…
The term "tire", the rubber component of a vehicle's wheel, comes from the word "attire", from the idea that a wheel with a tire is a dressed wheel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tir…
Both "Hung" and "Hanged" are past tenses of the word "Hang". "Hanged" is ONLY used when referring to people subjected to death by rope around the neck. "Hung" is used for all other purposes that don't involve an intention to kill. grammarist.com/usage/hang…
The Turkish word for a turkey bird means "India," the Hindi word means "Turkey," the Portuguese word means "Peru," Khmer and Scottish Gaelic call it a "French chicken," Malay calls it a "Dutch chicken," and various dialects of Arabic call it a Roman, Greek, or Ethiopian chicken. slate.com/human-interest/…
2020 is a harshad number. A harshad number exists when the number is evenly divisible by the sum of it's digits. For example: 48 is a harshad number because 48 is divisible by 12 (4+8). The word harshad comes from Sanskrit meaning joy giver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Shortly after the release of "The Empire Strikes Back" Darth Vader's name was changed to Lord Fener in Italy. This is because the word "vader' in Italian sounds like "toilet". myneatstuff.ca/store/hof-…
Today I learned of Joseph Tartaro who applied for a vanity license plate with the California DMV that said "NULL" as a joke. Because of how computers interpret that word it wreaked havoc in the system and he began to receive dozens of citations in bulk from all over the state. theverge.com/tldr/2019/8/…
The word "Sniper" refers to a hunter skilled enough to shoot a snipe, a small and fast bird. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sni…
Words "Audio", "Video," and "Disco" mean "I hear", "I see", "I learn" in Latin wordhippo.com/what-is/the…
β€œhuh” is a universal word, existing in almost every language across the world journals.plos.org/plosone…
There is an extinct language called Mbabaram which evolved separately from English. The word for "dog" in Mbabaram happens to also be "dog" by complete coincidence en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mba…
The citizens of Greek island of Lesbos have sued lesbians (homosexual women) in Greek court for β€œappropriating their national identity”. The island's inhabitants requested that the court ban the use of the word lesbian as a term to describe gay women. reuters.com/article/us-gr…
Most of singer Avril Lavigne's family comes from France and the small town of Saint-JΓ©rΓ΄me in the French part of Canada, and her name "Avril" is the word for the month of April in French. republicain-lorrain.fr/ed…
Today I learned of the Sator Square, a palindrome word square found in the ruins of Pompeii. The five words carved into it, "SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS" can be read top-to-bottom, bottom-to-top, left-to-right, or right-to-left. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
There is an English book on atomic theory that avoids all foreign loan words: elements become "firststuffs", hydrogen is "waterstuff", and the title, Uncleftish Beholding, means Atomic Theory en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
That, in Irish parliament, after Paul Gogarty responded to Emmet Stagg with "Fuck you, Deputy Stagg! Fuck you!", the incident was brought to the DΓ‘il committee, where it was discovered that the word "fuck" wasn't actually in the list of unparliamentary language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
A Killer Whale learned to mimic human words such as 'Hello' and 'Bye Bye.' The first of its kind to copy human speech. Whales and Dolphins are among the few animals other than humans which can learn to produce sound simply by hearing them. bbc.co.uk/news/science-en…
The song "Eenie Meenie Miney Mo" was not originally written with the word "tiger" in it but something much more offensive vox.com/2014/5/21/5732258…
The word β€œmuseum” is derived from the word β€œmusaeum” which translates to Institution Of The Muses, the Muses being the nine goddesses of the arts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
The word β€œcocksucker” is uttered 279 times in the series Deadwood. youtu.be/gWPcXZJV694
The first message ever sent over the internet was β€œLO” in 1969. A programmer at UCLA attempted to send each letter of the word β€œLOGIN” to the Stanford Research institute, but the machine crashed after the first two. 100.ucla.edu/timeline/the…
While filming "Barry Lyndon" in Ireland Director Stanley Kubrick received word his name was on an I.R.A. hit list for directing a movie featuring English soldiers. Star Ryan O Neil said "He was given 24 hours. He was gone in 12." thejournal.ie/stanley-kub…
The word β€˜oxymoron’ is itself an oxymoron. This is because it derives from Ancient Greek where β€˜oxy’ means β€˜sharp’ and β€˜moros’ means β€˜stupid’. haggardhawks.com/post/201…
The sentence "I didn't take the test yesterday" has six meanings, depending on what word is stressed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
The Wolf of Wall Street, with a fuck count of 857, is the 3rd highest ranked movie measured by how many times the word "fuck" was used. At 3.16fpm, it also has the 5th highest rank for fucks per minute. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of ablaut reduplication, an unwritten English rule that makes "tick-tock" sound normal, but not "tock-tick". When repeating words, the first vowel is always an I, then A or O. "Chit chat" not "chat chit"; "ping pong" not "pong ping", etc. It's unclear why this rule exists, but it's never broken rd.com/culture/ablaut-red…
Indian English has a word for a hundred thousand: Lakh en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
β€œDecimation” was a form of punishment within the Roman Army in which every tenth man was executed by his fellow troops. It was used to punish offenses such as mutiny, desertion, and cowardice. The word β€œdecimation” is derived from Latin meaning β€œremoval of a tenth.” militaryhistorynow.com/20…
The words can be drawn in such a way that they remain the same when viewed from different directions/perspectives. Ex: SWIMS (viewed from upside down it remains the same). These are called as ambigrams. adobe.com/in/creativeclou…
The Japanese word "tempura" originates from the Portuguese word "tempΓͺro" which means "to "season". Also, the tempura tradition was indirectly started by the Portuguese when they brought oil to Japan around 400 years ago. youtube.com/watch?v=xfaAX…
The word robot comes from a Czech word for forced labor. The word was first coined by Karel Capek in his 1920 play about manufactured humans rising up against their creators. The play first ran in 1920, the year Isaac Asimov was born. sciencefriday.com/segment…
A SYNANAGRAM is a word whose letters can be rearranged to form a different word with the same meaningβ€”like β€˜angered’ and β€˜enraged’. β€˜Twelve plus one’ is an anagram of β€˜eleven plus two.’ and both add up to 13! haggardhawks.com/post/201…
The word "daily" in the Lord's Prayer ("our daily bread") translates from the ancient Greek word "epiousios," which appears twice in the New Testament and nowhere else in any known ancient Greek text. We're not 100% sure of its meaning-some say it means "necessary" or "for the future" instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epi…
How "a figment of the imagination" is a tautology. A tautology is a phrase or idiom in which the same idea is expressed twice using different words, like "it was sufficient enough". grammarist.com/phrase/fig…
The words to the Algerian National Anthem were written by the activist Zakaria with his own blood after being tortured by the French colonialists in prison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kas…
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 word "thug" comes from a historical group of highway robbers known as the "thuggee" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thu…
George Washington gave the shortest inauguration speech of all time(135 words) and John Adams waited 9 months to be sworn in for his second term as Vice President en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
A man in the 1830s accused his church of murdering his wife, and had his grievance carved into her gravestone. Its specific, and gives names and events leading to her death. Its about 150 words long. atlasobscura.com/places/c…
When Scholastic was trying to decide on a new title for "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (feeling "philosopher" was too archaic of a word), a title considered for the book was "Harry Potter and the School of Magic" before settling on replacing "philosopher" with "sorcerer". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The word 'abracadabra" dates as far back as the 2nd century AD worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-…
Dustin Hoffman suggested to Paul McCartney that he write wrote a song based upon the dying words of Pablo Picasso. The result was 'Drink to Me' chimesfreedom.com/2015/11…
The word "Cappuccino" comes from the Capuchin friars of the Franciscan order of monks! The color of the espresso mixed with frothed milk was similar to the color of the Capuchin robe. bbc.com/news/blogs-magazi…
Today I learned of Semantic Satiation: the psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to lose meaning for the listener, who then perceives the speech as repeated meaningless sounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sem…
A man from New Zealand memorized every french word in the french scrabble dictionary and won the French Scrabble Championship. He still doesn't speak any french. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The word "cancer" is derived from the Latin term for crab because translations of Hippocrates observed that in surface-level tumors, "the veins are stretched on all sides as the animal the crab has its feet". Greek tradition forbade opening the body, so the description was limited to skin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In Scrabble, The Word "OXYPHENBUTAZONE" is Theoretically the Highest Possible Scoring Word, Netting 1778 Points. It Has Never Been Played. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
There is a "World’s Smallest Target Store" in Marathon, Texas. An unknown person painted a bullseye and the word Target on the side of a former railroad structure and turned it into an art installation. texashillcountry.com/smal…
Today I learned about Kangaroo and Joey words. A Kangaroo word contains letters of another word, in the same order and with the same meaning. The word β€˜acrid’ contains the word β€˜acid’, which is a synonym of β€˜acrid’. 'Acid’ is the Joey word. Here’s a list... proedit.com/what-are-kang…
The longest English word takes three and a half hours to pronounce en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Gil Scott-Heron's song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" was a response to the spoken-word piece "When the Revolution Comes" by The Last Poets and which opens with the line "When the revolution comes some of us will probably catch it on TV". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned that the slang word β€œstan” originates from an Eminem song of the same name, a portmanteau of β€œstalker” and β€œfan”. The connotation was originally negative. stereogum.com/2084185/emi…
Two men, Jinichi Kawakami and Masaaki Hatsumi, claim to be the last living descendants of authentic ninjutsuβ€”in other words, they are the world’s last true ninjas. In 2012, both men stated they would not be choosing an heir, thus likely dooming the ninja to extinction bbc.com/news/magazine-201…
The true meaning of 'Aloha' in Hawaiian is love, peace and compassion. The literal translation of Aloha from Hawaiian to English is β€œthe presence of breath”. β€œAlo” is a Hawaiian word for presence and β€œha” means β€œbreath”. icchawaii.edu/what-does-a…
β€˜Ahoy-Hoy’ was once the preferred way to answer the phone, as it was Alexander Graham Bell’s preferred way to answer the phone. However Edison popularized 'Hello' because he thought it was easily heard and distinguished from other words. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
A doctor in the UK was targeted by vigilantes because they were confusing her professional title (paediatrician) with the word "pedophile" theguardian.com/uk/2000/a…
The word 'assassin' comes from the order of Hashashins, a sect from the middle ages. Young boys were believed to be shown paradise by giving them cannabis (hashish). The leader would ask them to e.g. kill someone, 'so he could get them back to paradise' afterwards. They complied. hashashin.wikia.org/wiki/…
The English word 'Tantalise', meaning temptation without satisfaction, coes from the Greek Myth of Tantalus, a man who stole ambrosia from Zeus and served his son Pelops to the Olympic Gods at a banquet. As punishment he was stood by a pool that receding whenever he went to take a drink. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
Today I learned of the Pequot War (1636-1638), now considered a genocide by historians. English settlers led a campaign against the Pequot tribe, culminating with the Mystic massacre, when Pequot women and children were set on fire. Afterwards, Connecticut was formed and the word "Pequot" was banned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peq…
The phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning for the listener is called Semantic Satiation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sem…
There is a comment by a monk in a text from 1528. It is short and simple. "β€œO_d fuckin Abbot” It is the first known instance of the word's use as a curse word. huffpost.com/entry/a-fcki…

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