It is illegal to trade onion futures in the United States due to the 1958 Onion Futures Act, after two traders in 1955 purchased 98% of the onions in Chicago and subsequently crashed onion prices while holding short positions on onion futures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni…
Harriet Tubman escaped slavery in the southerns states, then returned again and again to rescue 70 more enslaved people. Then later, after the Fugitive Slave Act was passed, she helped guide fugitives farther north into Canada. During the American Civil War she helped the Union Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Today I learned about Senator's Strom Thurmond's 24h 18min filibuster to delay and obstruct the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Horses can't vomit because they have a strong lower esophageal sphincter that acts as a one-way valve, preventing food from coming up. horseracingsense.com/hors…
Simone Segouin was a French Resistance fighter in WWII that was only 18 when Germany invaded. She took part in large-scale missions, such as capturing German troops, derailing trains, and other acts of sabotage. And she is still alive and just celebrated her 95th birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
Wood ants practice chemistry, and will synthesize an antibiotic substance using tree resin and formic acid to protect the health of their colony. It is considered to be the most advanced act of evolutionary pharmacology seen in the animal kingdom youtu.be/vt7jGGroF0Q?t=14…
A shoelace knot gets untied while running due to the foot striking the ground at 7G. As the knot loosens, the swinging leg applies an inertial force on the free ends of the laces, which rapidly leads to a failure of the knot in as few as 2 strides after inertia acts on the laces. news.berkeley.edu/2017/04…
William Blount was the first federal officer removed from office for conspiracy to instigate an act of war in order to increase the value of his real estate holdings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned about Frank "Cannonball" Richards, a carnival performer whose act involved being shot in the stomach by a cannonball. He lived to the age of 81. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
In the 2011 animation film Rango, there were more than 60 scenes depicting the act of tobacco smoking. Several advocacy groups at the time tried to pressure the film rating board to give the film an R rating. This came to nothing and the film continues to maintain a PG rating today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
The Eureka Moment (also known as 'Aha! moment) refers to the common human experience of suddenly understanding a previously incomprehensible problem or concept. Some research suggests it acts as a memory advantage. It is unclear where exactly it occurs in the brain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eur…
During the invasion crisis of 1940-1941, the British tried making up for a shortage of armored vehicles with the "Bison", a truck with a concrete cover to act as armor. They were mainly used as mobile pillboxes to protect airfields from paratroopers. tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww…
Pope John XII died on 14 May 964; one story relates that he died of a paralytic stroke suffered while having sex with a woman named Stefanetta. He may have died instead when the woman's husband defenestrated John or beat him to death with a hammer during the act. wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_…
The Chimney Sweepers Act of 1788 was a British Act of Parliament passed to stop child labor, as boys as young as four were being used as chimney sweeps. The Act raised the minimum age to eight years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Today I learned about Evil Dave Letterman, a midwestern man who would appear on The Howard Stern Show that happened to sound EXACTLY like David Letterman. Stern would have him read off-color jokes about race, pedophilia and homosexual acts, forcing the real David Letterman to make several cease & desist orders. youtu.be/m6NPnsup-Iw
Harry Houdini wanted to prevent people from copying his "Chinese water torture cell" trick, but didn't want to patent it, as that would require explaining how it works. So he gave a performance of the trick as a one-act play before an audience of one, and then filed for a copyright on the play smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
The red stuff dropped from airplanes to put out forest fires also acts as a fertilizer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Today I learned about highpointing: The act of ascending the highest point of every American state. Only 10 new people manage to climb them/year, making it more unique than climbing the Mount Everest! wanderlustpulse.com/highp…
Today I learned about Kuru. a terrifying disease caused by eating human brains. Villages in Papua NG ate brains of the dead as an act of love and twisted brain proteins caused trembling and β€œthe laughing death”. People die within 2-4 months. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
According to the Philippine Civil Code (RA 386, Article 680) if your property has a fruit tree and some of its fruits fell "naturally" (i.e. acts of god) into your neighbor's yard, your neighbor is entitled with the ownership of said fallen fruits. officialgazette.gov.ph/19…
The historical legacy of Christopher Columbus is not that he discovered America: he was not the first to get there. Columbus's voyages brought the Americas to the attention of Europe at a time ripe for Europe to act upon, thus initiating enduring association between the two continents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Today I learned about DOOMSCROLLING. The act of obsessively checking online news for updates, especially on social media feeds, with the expectation that the news will be bad, such that the feeling of dread from this negative. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doo…
Today I learned about Alien Hand Syndrome, a condition in which a person loses conscious control of one of their hands, and it seemingly acts as if it has a mind of its own. There is no known cure, although symptoms can be managed to some degree by keeping the alien hand occupied with something to play with. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
Everyone in Singapore above the age of 21 is automatically registered as an organ donor. Opting out from this Act will result in you being put at the very bottom of the organ priority list, should you need an organ transplantation. moh.gov.sg/policies-and-l…
At the new and full moon, the sun and moon are in syzygy (three celestial bodies in a straight line). Their tidal forces act to reinforce each other, creating the highest "high" tide twice a month. This is called the "spring" tide. sailingissues.com/navcour…
The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 prohibits condominium associations and real estate management organizations from restricting homeowners from displaying the flag of the United States on their property en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
For decades, southern states considered Thanksgiving an "act of northern aggression." Pumpkin pie was seen as a "Yankee food" and a symbol of anti-slavery sentiment. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Research shows that mirrors in public places like retails stores will improve customer behavior by increasing self awareness. You won't act like a jerk if you had to watch yourself doing so. behaviouraldesign.com/201…
In the 1820s, French mathematician Joseph Fourier was the first person to think of the possibility that the Earth's atmosphere might act as an insulator of some kind. He calculated that an object the size of the Earth, and at its distance from the Sun, couldn't be warmed by solar radiation only. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
ZZ Top's inspiration for "La Grange" was a Texas brothel named the "Chicken Ranch". During the Great Depression, the brothel got its name for charging live chickens in exchange for sexual acts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
When people act like Frankenstein's monster, they often stretch their arms out in front of them because of the 1943 movie Frankenstein Meets the Wolf-Man. In the movie the monster is blinded and has to walk holding his hands in front of him. wikipedia.org/wiki/Franke…
There was a paramilitary socialist group in Canada in the 1960s that wanted to overthrow their provincial government with an armed revolution. The only peace time use of Canada's War Measures Act was to stop them. The group was in contact with the KGB, and the top members were exiled to Cuba. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
The United States made it illegal to discriminate based on an individual's DNA sequence in 2008, an act that was passed almost unanimously by the house, senate, and executive branch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
When Robert Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court, his rental history was leaked to the press. Bork himself had stated that Americans only had privacy rights as afforded them by direct legislation. The incident led to the enactment of the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned of Alfredo Ormando who was a gay writer from Palermo who died as a result of setting himself on fire outside Saint Peter's Basilica. His self-immolation was an act of protest against the Roman Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
Before modern refrigerators, Russian and Finnish people would keep live brown frogs in their milk to keep it fresh. It was found that the secretions made by the frogs basically act as antibiotics, killing bacteria, and keeping the milk fresh and safe to drink. discovermagazine.com/envi…
Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr met only once in their lives in March 26, 1964, during Senate debates regarding the (eventual) Civil Rights Act of 1964. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
Construction on the remote Galehead Hut in the White Mountains was once halted because the design was found to not be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The mountaintop hut, accessible only via a rugged hiking trail with 2,200' of vertical ascent, now features a wheelchair ramp. archive.bdnblogs.com/1999…
Socialist Victor Berger was indicted/convicted under the Espionage Act. Despite this he was elected to the Wisconsin state Senate and returned to Congress in 1918. The House disqualified him; Berger ran in a special election and won again (eventually the Supreme Court overturned his conviction) heraldcourier.com/opinion…
Today I learned about Clair Engle, the senator who had himself rolled into the senate with terminal brain cancer, so he could vote on the Civil Rights Act. He couldn't speak due to the cancer so, when called, he pointed to his left eye to signal his vote ('Aye'). He died weeks later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
Caterpillars have structures at the tip of their walking legs called CROCHETS that act like velcro to keep them anchored to surfaces!! thecaterpillarlab.org/sin…
Today I learned about Project Artichoke; the CIA's project designed to create subjects who would involuntarily commit acts of attempted assassination. Among other things. cia.gov/library/readingro…
Today I learned about Russefeiring a norwegian celebration where highschool students engage in various dares before graduation known as "knots" which can involve illegal acts, such as public nudity or public sexual intercourse en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
There are β€œghost islands” off the coast of Virginia that have been uninhabitable since 1936 as they act as a natural barrier to the coast during hurricane season. They are home to a feral horse population, a NASA flight facility, and the second tallest lighthouse in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
Today I learned of Chinese assassin, Shi Jianqiao. In the Warlord Era (1916-1928) when Shi was 19, her warlord father was defeated & executed by a rival, Sun Chuanfang. Shi spent her 20s tracking Sun down, killing him in 1935. Chinese society was so moved by her act of filial revenge that the court pardoned her en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Sushi Parasites have increased by 238 times since 1970s according to the University of Washington. Scientists said this is likely due to humans recovering the seal, sea lion, and whale populations under Marine Mammal Protection Act which allows the parasites to fester. washington.edu/news/2020/…
Foreign nationals of just 15 countries have a right explicitly conferred in law for making requests based on the Freedom of Information act. 25 countries are explicitly banned. The status of the rest is ambiguous gijn.org/2019/09/28/where…
In 2013, Metallica performed in Antarctica just to break a record and be the first musical act to perform on all 7 continents. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Thanks to the National Labor Relations Act, an employer cannot prohibit their employees from discussing their salary or wage levels with one another. nlrb.gov/guidance/key-ref…
The user agreement of a popular Japanese robot includes: the owner must not perform any sexual act on the robot, and the robot may not be used to harm humans or to send out spam emails. The company has also said that tampering with the robot to give it a sexier voice would be frowned upon theguardian.com/world/201…

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