The operation of the largest fraud in US history was fairly simple. Bernie Madoff deposited all his investors' money into his Chase bank account and paid them off as necessary. At its height his account balance was over $5 billion. The scheme collapsed when he ran out of money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Today I learned about "foldering", a covert communications technique using emails saved as drafts in an account accessed by multiple people, and poses an extra challenge to detect because the messages are never sent. It has been used by Al Qaeda and drug cartels, amongst others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fol…
Henry Cavendish, noted for his discovery of hydrogen, was a "notoriously shy man". He communicated with his female servants only by notes. By one account, Cavendish had a back staircase added to his house to avoid encountering his housekeeper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) accounts for one-third of infant deaths in America. It occurs more often on weekends and 33% more on New Year’s Day. Infants whose caretakers drink alcohol are twice as likely to die from SIDS. reuters.com/article/us-dr…
In 1995, an inmΠ°te sued himself for $5 million, saying that he was drunk at the time of the crΡ–me, which caused him to violate his religious beliefs and civil rights by getting arrΠ΅sted. He reasoned that as a ward of state, and unable to work, the state should pay him the money on his account needles.com/learning/blog…
. Only 8% of the world's currency exists as physical cash. The rest exists only on a computer hard drive in electronic bank accounts around the world. money.howstuffworks.com/c…
Ashley Madison, a popular dating site for married people looking to have an affair, had so many fake accounts that in 2012 an employee tasked with creating these fake accounts sued the company due to "repetitive stress injury". The case settled out of court. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash…
The video game market accounts for more than half of UK's entertainment sector and is worth more than the music and movie industry combined, according to new report. bbc.com/news/technology-4…
Today I learned of Miguel Wattson, an electric eel from Tennessee with its own Twitter account. Whenever he discharges a large enough jolt, a tweet will be automatically send out to his account EelectricMiguel. Apart from sending tweets, he also helps power up Christmas trees at the aquarium. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
Today I learned of the Latin phrase "Damnatio memoriae" meaning "condemnation of memory", indicating that a person is to be excluded from official accounts, including the destruction of depictions, the removal of names from inscriptions and documents, and even large-scale rewritings of history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dam…
The villagers of Piplantri plants 111 trees every time a girl is born. To ensure the girls financial security, the villagers contribute Rs 21,000 and set a fixed deposit bank account, which can be used only, once she turns 18 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pip…
Today I learned about PayPal accidentally crediting $93 quadrillion to a man's PayPal account, which is an amount 1000 times the planet's entire GDP newsfeed.time.com/2013/07…
Spain had a guardianship system until 1985, which granted men near-total control over their wives and daughters. Women needed their guardian's consent to open a bank account, work, or drive, and men could legally kill their female wards for having extramarital sex. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
In 1997, Julie Rea Harper scuffled with a man in her home who had broken in and killed her son. She was initially tried and convicted of the murder, but after a later apprehension, serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells admitted to Harper's account and his guilt, resulting in Harper's exoneration. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
The Super Soaker was invented in 1990 by NASA engineer, and Air Force Veteran Lonnie George Johnson who describes himself as a "part of a small group of African-American inventors whose work accounts for 6 percent of all U.S. patent applications." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Irish-Americans account for almost 2 out every 3 US Medals of Honor awarded, and if the country of Ireland was compared to US states, it would come third to only Texas and California for the total number of MoH awarded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Plants make up 82% of the total biomass of Earth. Of all the mammals on Earth, 96% are livestock and humans, only 4% are wild mammals. Of all the birds on Earth, 70% are chicken and poultry, 30% are wild birds. The total biomass of the human race accounts for just 0.01% of all life on Earth. theguardian.com/environme…
Billions of wooden pallets are circulating through the world (2 billion in the United States alone). Some 80 percent of all U.S. commerce is carried on pallets. They’re so widespread they account for more than 46 percent of total U.S. hardwood lumber production. slate.com/business/2012/0…
Just 3 countries, the United States, Canada, and Chile, account for 98% of the world production of cranberries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
It’s theorized information could account for more than half the worlds mass in ~500 years at current rates. aip.scitation.org/doi/10.…
Annie Murphy (Alexis from Schitt’s Creek) almost quit her acting career after her apartment burnt to the ground and she had $3 in her bank account. A couple days later she secured her audition for Alexis. cnbc.com/2020/01/30/annie…
The six major Hollywood studios (i.e. Warners, Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony and Universal) only account for a small portion of the movies released every year; and the amount they are releasing is dropping in favour of smaller studios. stephenfollows.com/how-ma…
In January 1992, the banking system of Rhode Island suddenly collapsed, and hundreds of thousands of people lost access to their bank account for months, even years. Protesters were reported to smear excrement on the walls of the Rhode Island legislature in anger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rho…
Just 5% of salt is added at the table and only 10% of all salt comes from food freshly prepared at home. Restaurant meals and store bought foods - including crackers, breads and soups - account for over 70% percent of salt intake. webmd.com/food-recipes/ne…
A single invasive tree species, the Chinese Tallowtree, accounts for nearly a fifth of all trees in the Houston area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Toyota argued that, when empty, the Fuel Tank of the GT-One could theoretically hold a standard suitcase and be considered a trunk as required by the Le Mans GT1 rules. It worked, as the rules only required the suitcase to fit and didn't take into account if the "trunk" was actually usable. thedrive.com/accelerator/…
Libby's account for most if not all canned pumpkin's in the U.S. This was very apparent when poor weather affected the crop in Illinois where most of their farms are located and was known as the great pumpkin shortage in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
Humans are 99.9% genetically identical to each other. The 0.1% difference account for the various differences, like skin color, hair color, eyes, and even diseases. sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flas…
Gil Hill who appeared as Lt.Todd in the Beverly Hills Cop movies, was a real high ranking Detroit police officer, who was accused of many dodgy accounts including hiring hits and taking payoffs for giving information to drug traffickers. deadlinedetroit.com/artic…
Today I learned about R J Ellory - An author caught trashing his colleagues books while calling his own work "Magnificent" on Amazon using Sock Puppet Accounts theguardian.com/books/201…
There is an actual metal pole that marks the south pole. Aside from the ceremonial pole, there is a much smaller pole that must be replaced regularly to account for changing conditions. wikitravel.org/en/South_P…
Today I learned of Juana InΓ©s, a 17th century mexican nun, a feminist poet and an autodidact in an age were women were not allowed to study. She learned to read and write Latin by the age of 3, could do accounts by 5, wrote her first poem at 8, and at 13 she was teaching greek and was writing poems in Nahuatl en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jua…
Today I learned about Walter Schramm and escheat. He bought AMZN stock in 90's and pledged not to look at his stock account for 20 years. After 20 years logged on and $100,000 worth of Amazon stock was gone. Taken by the state government as unclaimed property because his account was deemed inactive. npr.org/2020/02/13/805760…
The Swiss Banking Act made it a criminal offense to disclose the account information and activity of Jewish clients to Nazi Germany affiliates during World War II en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
"Glomar response" ( the 'neither confirm nor deny' response) was created by the CIA in reaction to media inquiries about a covert agency program. When the CIA opened its twitter account for the first time, they tweeted: 'We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet' abcnews.go.com/US/cias-se…
Today I learned that Chinas high-speed rail network is 500 times longer than the US high-speed rail network and accounts for two thirds of the global total. eesi.org/papers/view/fact…
A man named beneficiaries in his will by picking 70 random names out of a phone book. His estate included a 12-room apartment in Lisbon, a house, a luxury car, two motorcycles, and money in bank accounts. Each beneficiary received several thousand euros. theguardian.com/world/200…
There is a form of telephone fraud called the "one ring scam," in which the scammer calls the victim via the area code (473) at times in which the victim is unable to take the call, and then when the victim calls back an automatic $20 fee is charged to their account for making the call. consumer.ftc.gov/blog/201…
Ancient Mesopotamians had written accounts of solider PTSD dating to the Assyrian dynasty (1300-609 BC). They believed the disorder was caused by the spirits of enemies whom the patient had killed during battle researchgate.net/publicat…
In the 1980s there was a persistent rumour in the UK that McDonald's was funding the Irish Republican Army. This was ultimately traced back to a U.S. talkshow where the company was praised for its generosity in funding Individual Retirement Accounts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McD…
Most employers (90%) factor a job candidate’s social media accounts into their hiring decisions, and 79% have rejected a candidate based on their social media content. themanifest.com/digital-m…
In 2015, Zimbabwe announced that it would credit 5 USD to bank accounts with balances of up to 175,000,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwean dollars, and would exchange Zimbabwean dollars for USD at a rate of 1 USD to 35,000,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwean dollars to accounts with higher balances en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zim…
In 2014, after Instagram cracked down on spam, rapper Mase lost so many followers he decided to delete his account entirely after dropping to just 100,000 followers from 1.6 million in 20 minutes. businessinsider.com/insta…
A man was arrested because he was pissed off at Bank of America for freezing his account leaving him peniless, that he placed a bag of his own urine and fish bait to rot into their Safety Deposit Box as a form of justice. reviewjournal.com/news/an…
According to a study developed for National Geographic in 2011, the world's "most typical" person is right-handed, makes less than $12,000 per year, has a mobile phone, and doesn't have a bank account. huffpost.com/entry/meet-t…
The typical American household has an average of $8,863 in their savings account. This varies greatly by age though, with ages 34 and younger who are single having $2,729, while ages 75 and older who are single only having $9,981. cnbc.com/2019/03/11/how-m…
Meriwether Lewis was the first naturalist to encounter grizzly bears firsthand. His terrifying accounts became the new standard scientific description of the species. Naturalist George Ord used these firsthand descriptions to name the bear *Ursus horribilis Ord meaning Ord's horrible bear animalplanet.com/tv-shows…
After leaving the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed moved to his parents' home on Long Island, and took a job at his father's tax accounting firm as a typist, by his own account earning $40 a week. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Most refrigerator doors are reversible to account for different kitchen spaces thekitchn.com/kitchen-des…
When 1930s workers found hidden marble bathtubs in the US Capitol, their origin was a mystery until a man "offered his account of using the tubs as a boy." They were put in before the Civil War for Senators staying at inns without plumbing. They were obsolete by the 1890s, forgotten by 1900. atlasobscura.com/places/s…

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