The actor James Finlayson’s catchphrase “dohhhhhhh!” inspired Homer Simpson’s catchphrase. Dan Castellaneta was to utter an “annoyed grunt” while recording for the Tracey Ullman Show, so he said “dohhhhhhh”. Matt Groening felt that faster would be better and Castellaneta shortened it to “D’oh!”
Adolf Hitler gifted King Truibhuvan of Nepal with this 1938 model Mercedes Benz, which was the first car ever seen in Nepal. It was carried to the capital by men as in 1940s there were no roads in the city.
In the 1952 Olympics, Luxembourg won a gold medal which was so unexpected that the band did not know their national anthem and instead had to improvise and played gibberish.
In 1940 Disney’s movie “Fantasia” invented the concept of stereo sound, eventually changing the music industry forever. To promote the film, Disney created a surround sound system called “Fantasound” that used multiple speakers spread across a room to immerse audiences in the film’s music.
Badgers and Coyotes hanging out together is well documented. Here is a rare video of a coyote and badger playing and hunting together in Northern California.
A new telescope built to study the Sun has released its first images. They show the surface of the Sun in the most exquisite detail we’ve ever seen – revealing convection granules the size of Texas, and tiny magnetic features – the roots of fields that extend far into space.
The reason glasses are so expensive is because most major brands and retailers are owned by the same company.
A 3 year old genius girl was accepted into Mensa. The doctors who tested Alexis said she tested so high, they couldn’t even calculate her IQ score. They say she is smarter than 99.9% of the world. Alexis started reading at two and taught herself Spanish via her parents’ iPad.
A Japanese hospital has an entrance test for aspiring medical students – they must perform 3 tasks in 15 minutes using surgical instruments – make miniature paper cranes, reassemble a dead bug from parts and make miniature sushi using a single rice grain. 40 students are selected.
One fantastic and wonderful origin theory of Santa Claus involves psychedelic mushrooms and shamanic rituals of the indigenous Sámi people who live in northern Finland. Paul Devereux wrote about this incredible hidden history in his fascinating 2008 book The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia. Then, Brooklyn filmmaker Matthew Salton blew mainstream minds with this fantastic New York Times “Op-Doc” short video on the topic.
For more on psychedelic Santa, check out the following pieces by Greg Taylor at the Daily Grail: