1Lewis Fry Richardson
Lewis Fry Richardson derived many of the complex equations needed for weather prediction in the 1920s. However, the math to predict the weather six hours in advance was so difficult that it would take him six weeks to do the calculations.
2. Leonardo Da Vinci once conducted an experiment to understand the flow of blood through the valves of the heart, by pouring hot wax into one, making a mold of thin glass from the cast and then pumping water mixed with seeds through it. He saw how a heart actually regulates itself.
3. A woman named Angela adopted a cat and named her Missy. Missy pawed at Angela's chest and Angela felt that was not right and went to the doctor only to reveal that Angela had breast cancer. A year later Missy pawed Angela's chest again and tests revealed breast cancer again.
4. Redheads have a 25% higher pain threshold, can make their own supply of vitamin D (they need less UV exposure to synthesize larger amounts of vitamin D) and feel temperature changes better than the rest of us due to their 'redhead gene' MC1R.
5. Seinfeld, Mad About You, and Friends all exist in the same universe. Kramer is subletting his apartment from Paul; Jamie appeared in an episode of Friends and mistook Phoebe for Ursula; Ursula works as a waitress in Mad About You.
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Judge Doom's scheme to dismantle the streetcars in favor of freeways in Who Framed Roger Rabbit was based on a real-life conspiracy from General Motors.
7. The American flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission was inserted only 7 inches deep and was placed about 27 feet from the Eagle landing craft. As a result, it was blown over by the blast of the rocket exhaust during the takeoff back to Earth.
8. J.R.R.Tolkien had a peculiar sense of humor. Along with his friend C.S. Lewis, he once dressed as a polar bear for a non-costume party and would chase neighbors away dressed as an Anglo-Saxon warrior.
9. The Catholic Church has a zero-tolerance policy on revealing confessions. If a Catholic priest reveals anything someone confessed to him, he is automatically excommunicated and can only be forgiven by the Pope.
10. Queen Elizabeth stopped breeding corgis in 2015. She doesn’t want to leave any young dogs behind when she dies.
11The War of the Worlds
"The War of the Worlds" plot arose from H.G. Wells wondering "if Martians did to Britain what the British had done to the [indigenous] Tasmanians?", which most modern scholars characterize as a genocide.
12. While touring in Australia, Frank Sinatra insulted the media, especially female media. The stagehands union refused to work his show until he apologized. Sinatra threatened to cancel his shows. The transport union refused to prepare his airplane for departure.
13. Cambodian dictator Pol Pot killed people who were wearing glasses or if they spoke a foreign language, just because he thought they were smart.
14. Adolf Hitler was Walt Disney' biggest fan. He thought Snow White was the best movie ever made and would draw characters near perfectly. The director of a war museum in northern Norway said he found the drawings hidden in a painting signed "A. Hitler" that he bought at an auction in Germany.
15. The Bank of Canada once had to urge Canadian citizens to stop “Spocking” their five dollar bills.
SUVs, with their higher front-end profile, are at least twice as likely as other cars to kill pedestrians. Higher SUV sales have led to a huge increase in pedestrian fatalities in the US during the past decade.
17. At the age of 89, philosopher Bertrand Russell was jailed for "breach of peace" for anti-nuclear demonstration. They offered to exempt him from jail if he pledged himself to "good behavior", to which Russell replied: "No, I won't."
18. The capacity to lie has also been claimed to be possessed by non-humans in language studies with great apes. In one instance, gorilla Koko, when asked who tore a sink from the wall, pointed to one of her handlers and then laughed.
19. Dr. Gisella Perl was an inmate and female doctor at Auschwitz. She was instructed to tell Joseph Mengele of any pregnant women so that he could experiment on them. Instead, she tried to save as many lives as possible by terminating pregnancies, and doing late stage births, without any drugs.
20. The term ‘antisocial’ is very commonly misused and actually means to be violently against society and the rules imposed upon it, whereas the term for just being shut off/introverted is ‘asocial’.
David “Carbine” Williams, who helped invent the M1 Carbine, was a convicted murderer and created innovative gun ideas while in jail. He was convicted of the shooting of a sheriff who busted his illegal moonshine still. He was released after his family argued his inventions could help America.
22. When Billie Holiday would perform “Strange Fruit” at gigs, the club owner would order the waiters to stop serving, and the room would be in complete darkness except for a single spotlight on her face. It would close her act and there would be no encore.
23. FDR's White House housekeeper, Henrietta Nesbitt, was a legendarily awful cook. “Of course Henrietta did not personally do the cooking,” wrote a former WH maid, “but she stood over the cooks, making sure that each dish was overcooked or undercooked or ruined one way or another.”
24. In 1922, there were a series of riots in New York over whether it was acceptable to wear a straw hat after 15 September.
25. Brian was a mentally ill Bonobo who was prescribed Paxil to help with his anxiety, but he was taken off of it a few years later after he started sharing it amongst the other apes.