Facts of Today – Hallucinatory ‘voices’ shaped by local culture. In the U.S.A., voices are harsh and threatening while those heard by schizophrenics in Africa and India tend to be more benign and playful.
Facts of Today – Genghis Khan exempted the poor and clergy from taxes, encouraged literacy, and established free religion, leading many peoples to join his empire before they were even conquered.
Facts of Today – Henry Ford was an anti-semite and a Nazi supporter, and used his company, money and influence to spread and legitimize antisemitic views. He blamed every national problem on Jews, from strikes to depressions, and received the “Grand Cross of the German Eagle” from the Nazis in 1938.
Facts of Today – Piss from the Maned wolf smells like marijuana and one day had police searching for pot smokers at a Dutch zoo. The officers were really just smelling wolf piss.
Facts of Today – the expiration date on bottled water is for the bottle, not the water
Facts of Today – Einstein wanted to be cremated and his ashes scattered with his brain in his head to discourage idolaters but the Doctor performing the autopsy put the brain in formaldehyde and kept it for himself
Facts of Today – that in 1889 a dam owned by an exclusive hunting and fishing club gave way, causing a flood that killed 2,209 people in southern Pennsylvania. The club’s members included many of the richest men in America and efforts to hold it legally responsible went nowhere
Facts of Today – in the Marvel Universe the cleanup from major battles is handled by Damage Control, a joint venture of Tony Stark and the Kingpin. They even had their own series in the late 80’s.
Facts of Today – that Humans will create more information in the form of data in the next 2 days than was created in all of history up until the year 2003.
Facts of Today – there is a book by Russian scientist Kirill Yeskov, which tells the tale of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings from Sauron’s perspective, and of the orcs retreat as they are pursued by elves in an attempt to exterminate them.
Facts of Today – that there is a classified airline called “Janet” that operates out of Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport which transports contractors and government workers to and from the Nevada National Security Site
Facts of Today – that AMC cut the budget of ‘The Walking Dead’ by 20% for season 2 despite wanting twice as many episodes, and fired the show’s creator 3 days after he promoted the show at Comicon
Facts of Today – that the album “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles was inspired by the album “Pet Sounds” by The Beach Boys, which was inspired by the album “Rubber Soul” by The Beatles.
Facts of Today – that the painting ‘American Gothic’ is not a farmer and his wife but a farmer and his “spinster daughter,” meaning she is past the age of matrimonial eligibility.
Facts of Today – that the Hubble Space Telescope has collected more than 100 TB of data and generates 844 GB per month.
Facts of Today – That the QWERTY keyboard came about because the original alphabetical order keyboard made the keys jam, & this way the most popular key combinations would be spaced apart so the keys won’t jam.
Facts of Today – that a U.S. court once debated whether the X-Men are human or not, because “dolls”- which represent human beings – are tariffed at twice the rate of “toys” – which represent something other than human (monsters, robots, etc.). The court decided that X-men are not human.
Facts of Today – America sends Cuba a check every year for the Guantanamo Naval Base lease. The checks are not adjusted for inflation and are made out to the Treasurer General of the Republic, which no longer exists. Fidel Castro only ever cashed one, and stuffed the rest into a desk drawer.
Facts of Today – Henry Ford once refused to pay $10,000 to General Electric for fixing a generator problem and asked for an itemized bill. The engineer from the job, Charles Steinmetz, sent this: “Making chalk mark on generator, $1. Knowing where to make mark, $9,999.” Ford ended up paying the bill.
Facts of Today – the brains of rats have a “random mode” that is switched on when they are in unfamiliar situations
Facts of Today – Japan’s population is projected to fall from 128 million to around 40 million in this century
Facts of Today – that STD rates amongst old people have more than doubled over the last decade
Facts of Today – The Horseshoe Crab Has Survived 4 Mass Extinction Events
Facts of Today – the rock formations in Monument Valley are actually the hardened cores of extinct volcanoes whose surrounding rock was eroded away after millions of years.
Facts of Today – the Venera 14 probe landed on Venus in 1982 to measure the compressibility of the soil. It ended up measuring the compressibility of its own lens cap, which landed right where the probe was to measure the soil.