today I learned: a roman merchant who sold fake jewels was sentenced to face a lion in the arena. when the gate finally opened, a chicken walked out. emporor gallienus proclaimed, “he practiced deceit and then had it practiced on him”. also, the test pilot for the first US aircraft would wear a gorilla suit while flying the secret prototype, so that other pilots who reported seeing a gorilla flying a propellerless plane wouldn’t be believed. next, garry kasparov played the world at a game of chess online, where over 50,000 different people from over 75 countries voted on the best move. kasparov won. finally, the legendary hollywood producer hal roach would employ someone called a “wildie” who was either an insane person or a drunk to sit in his writers’ room and spout crazy ideas whenever he had writers block.