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20 October 2021
- 00:00, 20 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that the Haukilahti water tower (pictured) has a water container inspired by The Jetsons?
- ... that Margaret Thatcher had to wait while a series of parish ministers objected before she could give her "Sermon on the Mound"?
- ... that Tungia Baker owned a cloak given to her by King Korokī Mahuta?
- ... that the owners of New York City's Grand Prospect Hall produced and starred in cheaply shot commercials, parodied on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Saturday Night Live?
- ... that Peter Macari extorted $500,000 from Qantas Airways, and that more than $200,000 remains unaccounted for?
- ... that the Gabby Petito disappearance has led to renewed media interest in the June 2021 disappearance of Lauren Cho?
- ... that the Pakistani film Shehr e Tabassum was the first animated cyberpunk film to be made by an Urdu development team?
- ... that Stinson Jarvis believed druids controlled history?
19 October 2021
- 00:00, 19 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that at least one man was killed during the Grand Jubilee of 1814 when a pagoda (pictured) in St James's Park burnt down?
- ... that Pan Am executive Bill Mullahey was nicknamed "Mr. Pacific" for his work promoting tourism to Hawaiʻi and other island destinations?
- ... that Michael Herbig, director of the 2018 film Balloon about the 1979 East German balloon escape, would not have made it without the blessing of the families who carried it out?
- ... that after Norman Dawe died, he was described as "a victim of [ice] hockey because he worked too hard for it"?
- ... that Kanye West's "Diamonds" was re-recorded as "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" after Q-Tip informed him about blood diamonds in Sierra Leone?
- ... that a hoard of Viking treasure was found in 1912 when it fell out of peat fuel being placed on a fire?
- ... that Indiana's WTAF-TV fought for more than six years to obtain a network affiliation and reached an agreement with NBC just ten days before shutting down for good?
- ... that the Marsh Family's parody of Les Misérables's "One Day More" required pizza?
18 October 2021
- 00:00, 18 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that many 15th- and 16th-century European paintings included a conspicuous depiction of a common fly (example pictured)?
- ... that the Sefine Shipyard in Turkey built a hybrid-electric ferry for Norway?
- ... that in 1345 and 1346 the English repeatedly defeated the French in both north and south-west France?
- ... that Jo Walton's An Informal History of the Hugos, which opines that the Hugo Award has a 69-percent success rate, was itself nominated for a Hugo?
- ... that Ham House contains a rare Charles I–era cabinet room, created for the display of miniature paintings?
- ... that the debate in "Game On" invokes the beer question?
- ... that the bonfires lit on the night of La Venuta recall the miraculous flight of the Holy House of Nazareth to Loreto?
- ... that chemist R. Nelson Smith replaced his colleague's desk chair with a porcelain toilet?
17 October 2021
- 00:00, 17 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that the historic facade of Henry Miller's Theatre (pictured) is preserved at the base of the Bank of America Tower, while the theater's interior was rebuilt underground?
- ... that ahead of the iPhone 4S's launch, Apple retail store workers in Rome went on strike using the slogan "Strike Different", a play on words on Apple's "Think Different"?
- ... that Blue Chip Electronics' low-cost Blue Chip PC was manufactured by Hyundai?
- ... that Clan Mother Catharine Brant had the right to nominate the Tekarihogen, the most important civil chief of the Mohawk nation?
- ... that Horselunges Manor was featured in the film The Song Remains the Same about Led Zeppelin?
- ... that in 1919, Ukrainians were using regular-issue paper money issued in denominations of 0.30, 0.40, 0.90, 1.80, 3.60 and 18 hryvnias?
- ... that "Oxytocin" was recorded expressly to "be insane live"?
- ... that Laura Jean McKay's 2020 novel about a fictional pandemic was first written in 2013?
16 October 2021
- 00:00, 16 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Johann Adam von Questenberg (pictured), who worked for the Austrian Imperial Court, was an amateur lutenist who made his palace a music centre?
- ... that the Chief Examiner, who first appeared in Questprobe featuring The Hulk, was modeled after game designer Scott Adams?
- ... that in his sculptures for the Daily Mirror, Ben Enwonwu carved a "religious group" flying news all over the world?
- ... that Zenith equipped the floppy-only models of the Eazy PC with power supplies too weak to accommodate a hard drive?
- ... that after the footballer Romeo Beckham was released by Arsenal, he trained in tennis before returning to football five years later?
- ... that the Düben collection contains the sole surviving copies of many works by Dieterich Buxtehude?
- ... that the tiny bivalve mollusc Montacuta substriata attaches to the spines of the purple heart urchin, where it resembles a grain of sand?
- ... that Abdullah Aidit did not want his son to change his name, mainly because he did not want to deal with the administrative consequences?
15 October 2021
- 00:00, 15 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Muang Thong Thani (street pictured), intended as a satellite city of Bangkok, has been called "one of the greatest planning disasters of the 20th century"?
- ... that as a result of David Albala's lobbying, Serbia became the first country to endorse the Balfour Declaration?
- ... that when the Louisville National Medical College was founded, it was the only medical school in the city to accept Black students?
- ... that an ancient Chinese medical text suggests that those of low social status will have many illnesses and die more easily?
- ... that a flat on London's Cadogan Lane has been described as "one of the happiest turn-on centres there's ever been" due to experiments with LSD done there?
- ... that the famous campaign slogan "I Like Ike" was associated with the 1952 Draft Eisenhower movement?
- ... that a painting of a Nigerian princess, unseen for more than 40 years, was discovered in 2017 and sold for more than £1 million?
- ... that when Charles P. Gross became the chairman of the New York City Board of Transportation, the mayor told him that "if you think war is Hell, then you have something waiting for you on this job"?
14 October 2021
- 00:00, 14 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that of the many Insular croziers (example pictured) made between c. 800 and 1200, fewer than 20 survive fully intact?
- ... that Richardson Island was involved in an "annexation war" between two cities in the 1950s?
- ... that after Polish commander Julian Filipowicz was tortured and pronounced dead by the Gestapo, he escaped from the morgue?
- ... that Faith No More's "Evidence" has drawn comparisons to Burt Bacharach?
- ... that the brown rock sea cucumber has been used in regeneration research?
- ... that according to legend, the Jain temple of Pisanhari Ki Marhia was built by a poor old woman who saved up money by milling flour?
- ... that the Division of Industrial Hygiene moved from a custom-built laboratory at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, to a converted warehouse in Cincinnati as interest in worker health waned?
- ... that Low is higher than its surroundings?
13 October 2021
- 00:00, 13 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that the fixed anvil temperature hypothesis proposes that anvil clouds (pictured) do not remove excess radiation as the Earth's surface temperature increases?
- ... that Anne Wyllie, also known as the "Spit Queen", now has a Wikipedia biography because a healthcare executive asked who she was?
- ... that Ryan Johnson became Stevenage's youngest player in the club's English Football League history in May 2014, debuting at 17 years and 215 days old?
- ... that more than 1,200 early American publishers and printers were prosecuted for seditious speech by royal colonial authorities?
- ... that after Natsuko Takahashi lost a screenwriting contest because her submission had the wrong theme, she was hired by the examiners?
- ... that in the browser game Neurocracy, players explore a fictional successor to Wikipedia launched in 2049?
- ... that Iyopawa Island's golf course, despite being on an island, has no water hazards?
- ... that the impatient sea cucumber readily expels sticky white cuvierian tubules when handled?
12 October 2021
- 00:00, 12 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Schneider's marmoset (pictured) is one of three primates newly described in the 2020s?
- ... that in 2010, ice hockey executive Kirovs Lipmans was reported to be the second-richest person in Latvia?
- ... that Benedict Cumberbatch was originally expected to have a cameo appearance as Dr. Strange in the WandaVision episode "Breaking the Fourth Wall"?
- ... that World War II war criminal Ivo Herenčić worked as an art dealer in Rome after the war?
- ... that L. P. Hollander & Company filed for bankruptcy less than two years after moving its New York City store to 3 East 57th Street?
- ... that "The Epic Split" featured an actor performing a gymnastic split between two backwards moving trucks?
- ... that academese has been criticized for being unnecessarily complex and in extreme cases, purposefully discriminating and obfuscating?
- ... that the Delphian Club designated John Neal as Magister Facetiarum of the Office of the Joke Master General?
11 October 2021
- 00:00, 11 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that mondeghili (pictured) became popular during the Spanish domination of the Duchy of Milan?
- ... that civil-rights lawyer Ni Yulan, sentenced after recording the forced demolition of homes to make way for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was prevented from leaving China to accept awards?
- ... that a Communist Party official was represented in Schneiderman v. United States by a previous Republican nominee for president?
- ... that the use of audience immersion in video games has been studied as a strategy for promoting behavior change for the implementation of public health objectives?
- ... that the Science Fiction Awards Database also covers fantasy and horror?
- ... that Thomas Foxcroft sold 307 people for £9,858?
- ... that the concept of immortality has been featured in fiction since fiction's oldest known work?
- ... that in downtown Seattle, approximately 8,000 bananas are given away daily by Amazon "banistas" under the supervision of their "bananagers"?
10 October 2021
- 00:00, 10 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that after John Oliver remarked that "the city of Danbury, Connecticut, can eat my whole ass", they named a sewage plant after him?
- ... that Anton Josef Reiss created a marble Pietà sculpture for Cologne's St. Gereon?
- ... that the Proseminar in Homophile Studies, one of the first university courses about homosexuality, was held only once?
- ... that monsoons in Asia may contribute to the dry climate of the Mediterranean during summer?
- ... that the racially themed time-travel comedy Timewasters was developed under the working title Black to the Future?
- ... that the 1909 Forbes Log sent speed measurements remotely to the gunnery calculators used by the Royal Navy?
- ... that Anoscopus albifrons males can only be differentiated from other species in its genus by examining their aedeagi?
- ... that William Whaley advised William Earle to "purchase all the elephants teeth you possible can"?
9 October 2021
- 00:00, 9 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Karl-Heinz Petzinka, the rector of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, designed the Stadttor (pictured) in Düsseldorf?
- ... that Show Me the Father is the fourth consecutive film produced by the Kendrick brothers to earn an "A+" grade on CinemaScore?
- ... that during the First World War, Senegalese Tirailleurs would be withdrawn from the Western Front to overwinter in camps in the south of France or northern Africa?
- ... that Hylozoic Ground, an interactive architecture model presented in the 18th Biennale of Sydney, is an example of architextiles?
- ... that Wanda Maximoff was referred to as the "Scarlet Witch" for the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the WandaVision episode "Previously On"?
- ... that the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Frederick V of the Palatinate included a staged sea-battle between Christian and Turkish ships in the River Thames?
- ... that William M. King, who was born in Connecticut, lived and worked in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Missouri before becoming the third speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives?
- ... that Richard Osman wrote that Squares were invented because "scientists were concerned that children weren't hurting the roofs of their mouths as often as they should be"?
8 October 2021
- 00:00, 8 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that James Milner (pictured) once held the title of the Premier League's youngest goal scorer?
- ... that Smoke Signal Broadcasting encased their Chieftain microcomputer in faux leather?
- ... that the New Zealand tree Dracophyllum fiordense has distinctive spirals at the ends of its leaves?
- ... that Elizabeth Olsen consulted on the Scarlet Witch costume that debuted in the WandaVision episode "The Series Finale" so it would be less revealing than her past Marvel Cinematic Universe costumes?
- ... that the trumpeting of Karnabo, a figure from Ardennes folklore with an elephant's trunk, is said to be heard during thunderstorms?
- ... that John Rudzinski, defensive coordinator for the Air Force Falcons, coached high school football while stationed at Charleston Air Force Base?
- ... that Dieter Trautwein gave his 2003 autobiography the same title as his hymn "Komm, Herr, segne uns" (Come, Lord, bless us), for which he wrote the text and music in 1978?
- ... that a dispute over bird droppings was connected to the impeachment of U.S. president Andrew Johnson?
7 October 2021
- 00:00, 7 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that one of the plaques of the Fundadores de São Paulo monument (pictured) was stolen in 2004, and cannot be replaced due to incomplete records?
- ... that the robotic enemies in the video game The Incredible Hulk were influenced by Marvel Comics' objection to the Hulk killing humanoid characters?
- ... that Miles Dempsey replicated the feat of a distant ancestor by being knighted in the field?
- ... that the 1913 Studebaker strike is regarded as the first major labor strike in the automotive industry?
- ... that in 1786, antiquarian Catherine Downes was one of the first women to excavate a Roman villa?
- ... that the Wapsipinicon Almanac was started "to silence anyone who thinks Iowa doesn't have a literary culture"?
- ... that the founders of the Turkish Republic despised Turkish classical music and tried to censor it?
- ... that one of the smallest known species of frog is Mini scule?
6 October 2021
- 00:00, 6 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that the mayor's office building in Palembang, Indonesia, was built to function as both a town hall and a water tower?
- ... that when H. P. Lovecraft was five years old, he was told Santa Claus did not exist and responded by asking why "God is not equally a myth"?
- ... that a leaked memo indicating that a government official would receive a bonus payment if she cut $667 million from Ontario's education budget contributed to the 1997 Ontario teachers' strike?
- ... that the Sharp PC-7000, compared in shape to a toaster, was manufactured in a factory that also produced Sharp's microwave ovens?
- ... that body image disturbance is a common symptom in patients with eating disorders?
- ... that in 1799, the federal government of the United States was evacuated to Trenton, New Jersey, due to an outbreak of yellow fever?
- ... that 50-year-old Lieutenant Colonel John Ford Elkington was reinstated into the British Army in 1916 after winning medals for bravery while serving in the ranks of the French Foreign Legion?
- ... that in 1863, the Union Navy built a ship with an outhouse serving as the pilothouse?
5 October 2021
- 00:00, 5 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Sobekneferu (bust pictured) of Egypt's Twelfth Dynasty is the earliest undisputed female king to reign over ancient Egypt?
- ... that the 1918 book Iowa Authors and Their Works was an attempt to document all Iowa authors and their writing starting from 1880?
- ... that the name of the Squirrel Scouts section of the Scout Association in the United Kingdom was inspired in part by the thriving population of red squirrels on Brownsea Island, where Scouting began?
- ... that the pungent and bitter yet prized Musang King has been called the "Hermès of durian"?
- ... that Washington State Route 971 is the highest-numbered state highway in Washington?
- ... that the United Nations described Ben Enwonwu's sculpture Anyanwu as "symbolic of the rising sun" of the new nation of Nigeria?
- ... that an ʻape-leaf design decorates the exterior of the Mabel Smyth Memorial Building in Honolulu?
- ... that after they met, evolutionary scientist Charles Darwin described Thomas Parr as an "old, miserly squire"?
4 October 2021
- 00:00, 4 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that following the controversial success of Amarin Plaza, Rangsan Torsuwan went on to design the Grand Hyatt Erawan hotel in the same vein, but with Thai-style columns replacing Ionic ones?
- ... that pacifist Theodora Wilson Wilson's science fiction book The Last Weapon was banned by the British Government in 1917?
- ... that Activision teased the video game Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time by sending jigsaw puzzles to members of the press?
- ... that during disaster events, elites will typically shift the focus away from disaster relief towards measures of command and control, a behaviour referred to as elite panic?
- ... that construction of Wyoming Highway 257 was delayed for several years by an eminent domain lawsuit?
- ... that the lead belt in the English East Midlands is named after the historic use of lead in the wargames miniatures manufactured there?
- ... that today's London Marathon is expected to have 50,000 runners, and another 50,000 virtual competitors?
- ... that Aung Myo Min, Union Minister of Human Rights for the National Unity Government of Myanmar, is the country's first openly LGBT minister?
3 October 2021
- 00:00, 3 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Wilfried Gruhn founded a centre for early childhood music learning in Freiburg, based on the Gordon music learning theory?
- ... that Wickiup Hill has undocumented Native American burial grounds that are protected by Iowa law?
- ... that the UK's former chief immigration adjudicator, Judge Hubert Dunn, published a book on the Irish poet Francis Ledwidge, including some previously unseen poems?
- ... that in a typical tarmac scam someone at your door claims to be a builder working on a contract nearby with some asphalt left over, and offers a cheap deal to resurface your driveway with it?
- ... that the tunnel boring machines that dug the London's new Northern line extension were named after the first British astronaut Helen Sharman, and British aviation pioneer Amy Johnson?
- ... that the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Three's a Crowd" references Fear and Loathing writer Hunter S. Thompson?
- ... that archaeologists found evidence at Michipicoten Provincial Park on the north shore of Canada's Lake Superior that indigenous people used the site since at least 1100 AD?
- ... that even the manager of Indiana radio station WMCZ confused it with WMEE, leading a federal judge to order the former to change its call sign?
2 October 2021
- 00:00, 2 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Jimmy Carter reported that he had seen a UFO?
- ... that Craft Horizons both documented and shaped the changing history of the American craft movement?
- ... that Wolfgang Anheisser was the leading baritone at the Cologne Opera while simultaneously a member of East Berlin's State Opera?
- ... that the availability of the chemical intermediate 4,7-dichloroquinoline facilitated the discovery of hydroxychloroquine in 1949?
- ... that a "lake" of liquid CO
2 exists underground at Yonaguni Knoll IV?
- ... that after Williams won the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix a conspiracy theory emerged which argued that the team had been given special tyres?
- ... that Battle of Demons was first published on an original fiction website in 2004?
- ... that the apartments and hotel rooms at Time Warner Center did not have internet from Time Warner because it was too expensive?
1 October 2021
- 00:00, 1 October 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Nigel Bonner, an Antarctic marine mammal specialist and Polar Medal recipient, researched the Antarctic fur seal (pictured) and published "the first modern scientific study of the species" in 1968?
- ... that the South American plant Phyla canescens has invaded wetlands and floodplains in the Murray–Darling basin of Australia?
- ... that Winchester Highlands station was used for church meetings in the 1880s?
- ... that Bob Jahnke started the first Māori visual arts degree programme in New Zealand in 1991?
- ... that Kathryn Gromatski was the first Miss Wool of Texas in 1952?
- ... that Zhang Shangwu, a two-time gold medal gymnast at the Universiade, turned to stealing and begging in the streets after his competitive career ended with an injury?
- ... that The Rolling Stones' single "Good Time Women", released in 2010, formed the basis for their 1972 hit single "Tumbling Dice"?
- ... that criticism of armchair theorizing in anthropology has resulted in scholars "coming down off the verandah"?