This Soviet Russian was so good at coal mining that he made it to the cover of Time magazine, and was awarded a handful of prestigious acknowledgments. Alexsei G Stakhanov. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Lesbianism is technically allowed under Judaism since, unlike male homosexuality, no punishment for it or acknowledgment of it is made in holy scriptures presumably because it was thought that women could not possibly form sexual attractions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
The Constitution was originally decried by prominent Christian fundamentalists as fundamentally godless, stating "We formed our Constitution without any acknowledgment of God...Thus we commenced our national existence under the present system, without God." wthrockmorton.com/2013/07…
There is only one acknowledgment of New Coke at the World of Coca-Cola, the official museum of Coca-Cola. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
During World War 2, over 120 000 Japanese Americans were held in concentration camps around America, most without any reason except their race. It wasn't publicly acknowledged as a human rights violation by the US government until four decades later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Jesse Owens was not only not acknowledged by Hitler, but also from his president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Only white Olympians were invited to the White House in 1936. Most likely, FDR did not want to risk losing the support of Southern Democrats by appearing overly soft on the race issue. britannica.com/story/was-…
In the movie "Pursuit of Happyness" Chris Gardner, the person who the movie is based on walks past Will and Jaden in the final scene. Gardner and Will acknowledge each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The cult fo the flying spaghetti monster is basically just a copy of the already existing BahÑí Faith, that acknowledges all other religions and embraces human rights and science en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bah…
The name "Ouija board" came from a medium asking a Ouija board what they should call it. The board also told her it meant "Good luck." In a related circumstance, the medium acknowledged she wearing a locket with the picture of a woman with the name β€œOuija” above her head. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In 2016 after a video essay by Every Frame a Painting criticised the music in the Marvel franchise as being 'unmemorable'. Marvel acknowledge the video and sought to improve their scores, with Mark Mothersbaugh paving the way in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) the following year. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
Julius Caesar’s only son, Caesarion, was the last Pharaoh of Egypt. Even though Cleopatra swears he is Caesar’s son, Caesar never officially acknowledged him. factzpedia.com/2020/01/ju…
Vernon J Baker was awarded the Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism in action near Viareggio, Italy, The federal government later acknowledged racism was the reason he wasn't awarded the medal until 50 years later. wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon…
The CIA actively helped Indonesian dictator Suharto massacre an estimated 1 million suspected Communist Party sympathizers in 1965, providing training, mass media suppression, and lists of individuals whom they later acknowledged as being innocent. theatlantic.com/internati…
Today I learned of Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB/MI6 double agent. If he required MI6 rescue, he was to stand on a street corner in Moscow at 730pm on a Tuesday holding a safeway bag, wearing a grey cap. MI6 would acknowledge by walking past him eating a chocolate bar. MI6 monitored this street corner for 10 years. theguardian.com/books/201…
A small war was fought between the 3 original settlements that would become Milwaukee. Even today the bridges downtown are crooked because each settlement refused to acknowledge the street layout of the settlements on the other side of the river. milwaukeeriverkeeper.org/…
Many dentists acknowledge that for adults with good oral hygiene practices, seeing the dentist twice a year is probably more often than is really necessary. Once every 12-16 months is perfectly sufficient for many people. theatlantic.com/magazine/…
Today I learned about the fallacy called "Galileo Gambit". The argument goes that since Galileo was ridiculed in his time but later acknowledged to be right, that since people with non-mainstream views are ridiculed and rejected by other scientists, they will later be recognized as correct too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
In California all DUI convicts are made to sign β€œThe Watson Admonishment”, which forces them to acknowledge the danger of DUI. If you are the cause of fatal DUI after signing this you are charged with murder rather than manslaughter. codes.findlaw.com/ca/vehi…
Fred Phelps was excommunicated from Westboro Baptist Church before his death for having a change of heart about his religious beliefs and acknowledging the "Equality House," a local LGBT support organization, as "good people." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
In 1857, a woman named Hannah Crafts escaped her owner by dressing up as a man and pretending to be white. She later wrote a book called The Bondwoman's Narrative, but didn't publish it. It was found years later in a New Jersey attic and was finally authenticated and published in 2002. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Roald Dahl, the author of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and other well acknowledged books for children also wrote adult novels, such as "My Uncle Oswald" - about selling semen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
In Japanese culture, shaving your head is a common form of public apology or an acknowledgement of failure. iromegane.com/japan/cultu…
Today I learned about the Zanclean Flood, which formed the Gibraltar Strait and re-filled the dried up Mediterranean Basin in less than two years. Sea level rise may have reached greater than ten meters per day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zan…
The movie β€œMars Attacks” is based off of a Topps trading cards series en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1989 around 2 million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania held hands in peaceful protest against the Soviet Union, creating a chain of people that was 600 km long. Known as the Baltic Chain, it sparked demonstrations overseas and forced the USSR to acknowledge its crimes. thebalticway.eu/en/histor…
After WW2, most countries did not acknowledge the treatement of homosexuals in concentration camps in Nazi Germany. Some men were even re-arrested and imprisoned based on evidence found during the Nazi years. The German government finally apologised in 2002. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Ben Franklin "predicted" Titan Leeds, a rival publicist, to die on Oct. 17, 1733. When he proceeded to not die, Franklin published an obituary anyways. When Leeds challenged this, Franklin insisted he did in-fact die and would only acknowledge the "inferior imposter" until Leeds actual death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit…
No mob figure had publicly admitted the Mafia existed until 1963, when Joseph Valachi acknowledged the existence of La Cosa Nostra in testimony to Congress after accidentally (& brutally) killing the wrong guy in prison. nyti.ms/2CQs43Y
The movie "Independence Day" was originally meant to have support from the United States Armed Forces, but they backed out when the references to Area 51 were not removed from the script en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
The American Kennel Club does not recognize the American Pit Bull Terrier, but does acknowledge the Staffordshire terrier. The name distinction was created in an effort to separate the breed from bad publicity dogtime.com/advocacy/3901…
Neil Armstrong while in the USSR collected a handful of soil from outside a Ukrainian man's house in Siberia to acknowledge that man's contribution to Apollo-11 Moon Mission en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yur…
Carolyn Davidson, the designer of the iconic Nike Swoosh, was originally paid just $35 for her work. Later the company acknowledged the impact of the logo and gave her shares, now worth a million dollars. businessinsider.com/how-a…
The Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius provided the the first international acknowledgement of American independence on November 16, 1776, when they responded to the arrival of the 14-gun American brig Andrew Doria, with two less gun acknowledgement of the ships arrival. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Francis Hong Yong-ho, the last Catholic Bishop of Pyongyang, was imprisoned in 1949 by Kim Il-sung's regime and disappeared. Vatican documents listed him as the Bishop until 2013, when they finally acknowledged his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
President John Adams’s last words were β€œThomas Jefferson survives” acknowledging his political rival yet not knowing that Jefferson had passed hours earlier on July 4, 1826 wikipedia.org/wiki/John_A…
Rather then acknowledging their role in the Armenian Genocide, Turkey built the Igdir Genocide Memorial in 1999 to commemorate the "massacres" which Armenians carried out against the Turks betweeen 1915-1920. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%C…
The Simpons character "Edna Krabappel" was retired after Emmy Award-winning voice actress Marcia Wallace died in 2013. To acknowledged her death, the chalkboard in the opening sequence was changed to read a single "We'll really miss you Mrs. K" simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/E…
In 2011, S.N.C.F., the French state railway company, apologized to victims of the Holocaust after lawmakers in the United States moved to block it from winning contracts there if the firm did not acknowledge its role in the shipping of Jews to death camps. nytimes.com/2014/12/06/wo…
The United States government did not even acknowledge the existence of Area 51 until a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was filed in 2005, where even then it took almost 10 years for the request come into fruition in 2013. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Are…
The Winslows from Family Matters had a 2nd daughter named Judy that went upstairs in Season 4 and was never heard from or acknowledged again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jai…
In 2016 scientists recommended a new geological age to acknowledge the impact from the nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s and later. theguardian.com/environme…
Seattle changed Columbus day to indigenous peoples day in 2014 to acknowledge that native Americans were living in the Americas long before Columbus "discovered" it. time.com/3476651/seattle-…
The young Joseph Stalin wrote poetry. His themes included Georgian nationalism and the beauty of nature. They were published anonymously and never acknowledged publicly by Stalin, but they became classics of Georgian literature until the 1970s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Despite the Seven Years' War between Britain and France, France instructed its ships not to interfere with the Endeavour's expedition to Tahiti to observe the 1769 Transit of Venus as, it was β€˜out on enterprises of service to all mankind'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/176…
In the year 1909, the British Intelligence Agency MI6 was formed but it was kept such a secret that it wasn't formally acknowledged until the year 1994. campaignlive.co.uk/articl…
When Beethoven first performed his Ninth Symphony, as he couldn’t hear the rapturous applause it received due to his deafness, one of his singers approached him and turned him around so that he could see the standing ovation he was receiving. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sym…
AtatΓΌrk, the founder of Turkey, was a critic of the Armenean genocide that Turkey today denies, writing "millions of our Christian subjects who were ruthlessly driven en masse from their homes and massacre". en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Arm…
The 1955 Bowery Boys comedy High Society was accidentally nominated for an Academy Award because a film with the same title had been released. Screenwriters Edward Bernds and Ellwood Ullman acknowledged it was a mistake and successfully requested their removal from the ballot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
Fred Phelps was excommunicated from Westboro Baptist Church before his death for having a change of heart about his religious beliefs and acknowledging the "Equality House," a local LGBT support organization, as "good people." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The Micronesian island of Yap uses some 6000 stones (ranging in size of a few cm to 4m) as a currency. As these Rai stones are too heavy to be physically moved, transactions involve an acknowledgement of ownership change, and an oral history past owners must be passed on to the new owner. bbc.com/travel/story/2018…
The author of FIGHT CLUB came up with the foundation of the novel after being beaten up on a camping trip when he complained to nearby campers about the noise of their radio. When he returned to work, nobody would acknowledge his injuries instead asking things like "How was your weekend?" theguardian.com/books/200…
Clement Wragge, an Australian forecaster, was the first to give actual names to tropical storms and hurricanes . When the Australian government refused to acknowledge his system, he started naming the hurricanes after the the politicians he disliked or those that wouldn't support him. weather.com/storms/hurric…
Today I learned about the Gell-Mann amnesia effect, which is when experts believe news articles outside of their field even after acknowledging that articles written in the same publication, that are within the experts' fields of expertise, are error-ridden. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gel…
Woody Allen has consistently refused to attend the Oscars or acknowledge his Oscar wins. His publicly given reason is his standing engagement to play clarinet in a Monday night ensemble. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Approximately two dozen Americans were killed by the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, a fact that the US did not acknowledge until the 1970s. thenation.com/article/hid…
The reason Microsoft changed their word font setting from Time New Roman to Calibri 11 was to acknowledge the end the print era and the rise of the digital age. forbes.com/sites/quora/20…
The commonly-acknowledge health goal "10,000 steps a day" has no real medical merit other than walking is good for you and it's a well rounded number. bbc.com/news/magazine-331…
Mickey Mantel, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest baseball players of all time, would have needed to have his leg amputated as a teen due to a bone infection had penicillin not become widely available in recent years earlier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
China openly acknowledges it's a dictatorship, and calls itself a People's Democratic Dictatorship en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peo…
Orson Wells's office was secretly bugged. Orson acknowledged the room was bugged and would greet the room upon arrival and farewell upon leaving as if he was on a radio show. "This is Orson Wells signing off." youtu.be/6dAGcorF1Vo?t=7m…
At age 20, NBA legend Karl Malone impregnated a 13 year old girl. He refused to acknowledge his son and only spoke to him once, saying it was too late for them to have a relationship. The child went on to play in the NFL. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before the year 2000. slate.com/articles/news_a…
Today I learned of the British Roundabout Appreciation Society, an organisation devoted to... appreciating roundabouts and acknowledging the fact that they're superior to "fascist, robotic traffic lights" roundaboutsofbritain.com/…
Today I learned of the lost cosmonaut conspiracy theory which alleges that Soviet cosmonauts were sent into space prior to the first successful space flight. These lost cosmonauts were never publicly acknowledged, because they died on their mission. youtube.com/watch?v=rml3l…
The Irish national anthem acknowledges American support and refers to England as "the Saxon foe." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amh…
In 1777, Morocco was the first country in the world to formally acknowledge the United States as an independent nation. forbes.com/sites/kerryado…
Guinness refuses to acknowledge world's shortest river due to continuing dispute between two rivers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D_R…
In 1977, Maureen Weston of the U.K. voluntarily stayed up for a whopping 449 hours(18 days), and made it into the 1978 Guinness Book of World Records. But because staying awake for such long stretches poses so many health risks, Guinness chose to no longer acknowledge sleep deprivation records. vanwinkles.com/what-s-the…
After days of hiding it from the world, Soviet was forced to acknowledge the Chernobyl disaster after an engineer at a power plant 1000miles away in Sweden surprisingly noticed radiation on his shoes on his way INTO the plant. They traced the wind patterns and reported the location of the source edition.cnn.com/WORLD/960…
Family-favorite comedy actor Kevin James competed on the same wrestling team as WWE wrestler Mick Foley (ManKind). dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/12/…
A researcher once proposed to his girlfriend in the acknowledgement section of a scientific paper that he published. retractionwatch.com/2015/…
The person actually responsible for making the first two Stars Wars films major box office hits was Ashley Boone Jr., the first black man to head the marketing and distribution dept. at a major studio--20 Century-Fox. He was also the first black president of the studio for a brief time. hollywoodreporter.com/fea…
Between Egypt and Sudan, there is a strip of land that neither country will acknowledge as part of their territory. It is is one of the few unclaimed regions on earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…
Dame Jocelyn Bell, a female astrophysicist who detected the first radio pulsar, acknowledged as one of the greatest astronomical discoveries of the 20th century, was overlooked for a Nobel Prize in 1974 and was named one of the Women of the Year in 2015. telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
Mission Control acknowledged a thousand year old Chinese myth when it asked the Apollo 11 crew to keep an eye out for a beautiful Chinese girl named Chang-O who lived on the moon and a large rabbit standing in the shade of a cinnamon tree books.google.ca/books?id=…
The 2002 Scooby-Doo film was originally PG-13, with full acknowledgement of Shaggy being a stoner, and Velma and Dephne kissing cjonline.com/stories/0614…
A woman is suing California, as well as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, for refusing to acknowledge the existence of the species of Bigfoot. abc7.com/society/crestlin…
In 2000 after Trey was nominated for "Blame Canada" in "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut", he took Matt to the Oscars where they both wore dresses and took LSD. They refused to acknowledge the dresses, instead just saying, "It’s just such a magical evening and everyone looks so spectacular” echoba.se/18-years-ago-to…
Today I learned of Chuck Cunningham syndrome, which describes the TV phenomenon where a character simply disappears, and their absence is never acknowledged and the other characters continue on as if nothing has happened. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
The first researcher to acknowledge the existence of asexuality was Alfred Kinsey, who over 50 years ago made a sexual orientation scale in which subjects ranged from a score of 0(homosexual) to 6(heterosexual). He labelled 1% of men as "X", not homosexual or heterosexual or anything in between. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Esports was acknowledged as a sporting activity by the International Olympic Committee in 2017 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ESp…
A man inserted 2100 acupuncture needles into his head. He raised over $12,000 for charity in the process. He has vitiligo, a skin condition characterized by a loss of pigmentation, and he wanted to acknowledge the suffering of others with more critical problems. thestar.com/news/gta/2012…
The United States Supreme Court did not acknowledge that men can be harassed in the workplace, until about 20 years ago. plbsh.com/yes-men-can-be-…
The existence of the BT Tower used to be an official secret. It was 189 metres tall, located in the centre of London, and had a rotating restaurant that anyone could visit. It did not appear on maps and was not officially acknowledged until 1993. home.bt.com/news/world-ne…
The US Gov. acknowledged that the takeover of Hawaii by a group of American missionary descendants was illegal & unethical yet never intervened, leading to the annexation of Hawaii. Also, this group's 1st president was Sanford Dole, cousin of the founder of what is today the Dole Food Company. youtu.be/m3jnu0zhZrU?t=43…
The earliest form of football, as acknowledged by Fifa, was played in ancient Han dynasty China and was called Cuju en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuj…
Bats aren't actually blind - they can see quite well! wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2013…
Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis began dating in 1989 when he was 26, and she was 16. They were together for 4 years. biography.com/actor/julie…
An unwed mother in Ireland spent years searching for her son, who was sold by the church. The son was taken by an American couple, became chief legal counsel to the Republican National Committee, was gay but did not publicly acknowledge it, and died of AIDS aged 43 in 1995. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
The last episode of Angry Beavers never aired because the voice actors broke two of Nickelodeon's rules:that a show doesn't acknowledge an episode is the last episode, and the other rule being a show doesn't break the fourth wall angrybeavers.wikia.com/wi…
Philip Morris ran an ad acknowledging β€œsmokers’ cough” in 1943. They claimed it was caused by smoking brands other than Philip Morris. archive.tobacco.org/resou…
Thomas More, executed for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as supreme head of the Church of England, was made the patron saint of politicians by Pope John Paul II in 2000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
People originally thought pennies would bring good luck because of religious beliefs.Ancient civilizations said metals-like copper-were gifts from Gods.Also, it comes down to the battle between good and evil-Finding a penny heads up meant you’d have luck on your side, tails would mean bad luck. rd.com/culture/why-are-pe…
The North Carolina requires that office holders acknowledge "Almighty God" ncleg.net/legislation/con…
Antony Flew was an English philosopher & a strong advocate of atheism, until in 2004 he stated to have acknowledged the existence of an Intelligent Creator of the universe, shocking his fellow colleagues and atheists. He was also known for the development of the no true Scotsman fallacy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
, in 1981 Lee Atwater, a prominent republican and Reagan adviser, acknowledged designing economic policies that would appeal to racists and harm African Americans thenation.com/article/exc…
Galileo was placed under house arrest by The Holy Office until his death in 1642 for defending his views about the Earth not being the center of the universe. The Vatican formally acknowledged they were wrong and Galileo was right in 1992. rferl.org/content/Four_Hu…
Jack White holds a grudge against Guinness World Records who don't acknowledge his shortest concert of all time record attempt. mtv.com/news/1685328/jack…
The Looney Toons Golden Collection DVDs have a disclaimer at the beginning given by Whoopi Goldberg explaining that the cartoons are a product of their time and contain ethnic stereotypes that have not been censored because editing them would be the same as denying the stereotypes ever existed youtube.com/watch?v=HCT1c…
Today I learned of a mysterious character on The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68) named "Mr. Schwamp" who would occasionally appear, often sitting on a park bench. The other characters would acknowledge him with "Hello Mr. Schwamp" but he would only nod silently. The actor who played him has yet to be identified. live.autographmagazine.co…

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