NYTimes Favorite Facts: In Britain, the BBC is nicknamed “Auntie” for its staid and reliable reputation.

From a New York Times featured headlined “74 of Our Favorite Facts for 2020”:

McSorley’s Old Ale House, established in 1854 in the East Village, served beer to Abraham Lincoln and John Lennon.
After 190 Years, the ‘Most Famous Bar You’ve Never Heard of’ Avoids Last Call

In the 1960s, concertgoers at the rock promoter Bill Graham’s Fillmore theaters in New York and San Francisco were greeted with barrels offering free apples.
In Trippy Times, Bill Graham Took Care of Reality

The Scott Paper Company was the first company to introduce toilet paper with cardboard rolls, back in 1890.
My Tireless Quest for a Tubeless Wipe

In the 24 years since they appeared together in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick got engaged, married and had three children, but did not act together.
Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker Spend the Night Together

Years after Wyatt Earp’s famous turn at the O.K. Corral, in Tombstone, Ariz., he rambled around Los Angeles as an unpaid consultant for silent cowboy movies.
Richard Prince: This Ain’t No Retrospective, It’s a Rodeo

In Britain, the BBC is nicknamed “Auntie” for its staid and reliable reputation.
How the Beleaguered BBC Became ‘Comfort Food’ in a Pandemic

Before the Industrial Revolution, the principal sources of noise were thunder, church bells and cannon fire.
Loud, Louder, Loudest: How Classical Music Started to Roar

Richard Scherrer, the engineer listed first on the patent for Lockheed’s F-117 stealth aircraft, had moonlighted in the 1950s to design some of the rides at Disneyland, including Dumbo the Flying Elephant.
Looking at War Across 2,500 Years

“Brave New World,” Aldous Huxley’s 1932 science fiction novel, is set in a future with chemical birth control, mood stabilizers, genetic engineering, videoconferencing and television.
‘Brave New World’ Arrives in the Future It Predicted

At 17, Lucille Ball left her upstate New York high school for Broadway, only to be told: “You just don’t have it. Why don’t you go home?”
The ‘Wildcat’ Episode, or, Did Broadway Love Lucy?

Before taking what would become a famous photograph of Florence Owens Thompson known as “Migrant Mother” in 1936, Dorothea Lange drove 20 miles past the camp where Ms. Thompson was staying before deciding to turn around.
America at Hunger’s Edge

Martha Stewart, who has a line of CBD products, including pâte de fruit, was introduced to the palliative effects of cannabis by Snoop Dogg, a friend, at Comedy Central’s 2015 “Roast of Justin Bieber.”
Martha Stewart, Blissed Out on CBD, Rides Out the Pandemic

Often, the screams we hear in movies and TV are created by doubles and voice actors. One stock scream is so well-used it’s got a name, the Wilhelm. It’s in hundreds of films.
They Scream! We Scream!

The Olympic track star Rafer Johnson was a regular in Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign entourage in 1968. Johnson helped to tackle Sirhan Sirhan after the assassin shot Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
Remembering Rafer Johnson in a Long Year of Lost Sports Legends

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