When John Lennon performed "Woman Is the N****r of the World" on the Dick Cavett Show, Cavett was told to apologise for the song's content before the performance. The show received about 600 letters of complaint - but all criticized Cavett's apology, not the song's lyrics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
Nirvana considered making a video for All Apologies that featured Kurt Cobain playing Lee Harvey Oswald, singing to the camera and making a pie in the book depository. Cobain would then throw the pie out the window, which would hit Kennedy (played by Grohl or Novoselic) in the back of the head. vice.com/en/article/7bmvd…
The first time "Fuck" was ever said on TV was in 1965 when British critic Kenneth Tynan inquired "What exactly is wrong with the word 'fuck'?". Four house of commons motions signed by 133 Tory and Labour backbenchers were tabled and the BBC broadcasted a formal apology. theguardian.com/media/200…
The term β€œwardrobe malfunction” was coined in 2004. Justin Timberlake first used it in an apology to Janet Jackson for the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show, where Jackson’s breast was exposed. Media began using the term, and eventually it was added to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
Shia LaBeouf was caught plagerizing Daniel Clowes work, in response he tweeted apologises that were later discovered to be plagerized from public figures, including Nick Clegg. When called out by Lena Dunham for his sky writing apology to Clowe, he apologised to her using her own apology tweets. telegraph.co.uk/films/0/s…
Accepting an apology led to Pope Gregory VII dying in exile. Gregory excommunicated King Henry IV taking his power. Henry went to the Pope’s castle, waited barefoot in snow 3 days til Gregory forgave him. Henry returned home as King, fought & won a civil war, then imprisoned Gregory encyclopedia.com/history/…
Today I learned about Dillibe Onyeama who in 1969 became the first black person to finish their studies at the prestigious Eton College in England. He wrote a book about racism at Eton and was subsequently banned from visiting the school. He finally received an apology for his treatment this year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dil…
In year 2004 Greek Orthodox church formally accepted the Catholic church apology for the Sack of Constantinople in 1204. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
Gary Larson apologized for the Far Side strip Hell's Video Store; it has nothing but copies of Ishtar. After seeing Ishtar he said "There are so many cartoons for which I should probably write an apology, but this is the only one which compels me to do so." ishtarthemovie.com/Trivia…
Fast food chain KFC temporarily closed some branches in the UK due to a shortage of chicken supply. As an apology, they ran an ad that rearranged the letters on their chicken buckets to FCK. bbc.com/news/newsbeat-431…
Death Row prisoners’ last words are transcribed and recorded. They range from religious statements, familial farewells, true apologies, insistences of innocence, even and snarky one-liners. goodbyewarden.com/
A Zander (type of fish) in Switzerland attacked two tourists in 2009. The local police then caught and cooked it for the tourists as way of an apology for the trouble caused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zan…
Dr. Seuss drew anti-Japanese cartoons during WWII. When he met the survivors of Hiroshima, he realized "A person is a person no matter how small". He later created Horton Hears a Who! as an apology, dedicating it to a Japanese friend. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr.…
The song "Freaking Out the Neighborhood" by Mac Demarco is an apology to his mother for putting drumsticks up his ass timeout.com/newyork/music…
Today I learned about the poem, 'To a Mouse'. Written by Robert Burns in 1785, it is dedicated as an apology to a "mousie" whose nest he had turned over whilst ploughing a field, conveying his guilt at its happening. poetryfoundation.org/poem…
British Columbia, Canada has a law called the "Apology Act" which states that apologising can not be used as admission of fault or liability bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bcl…
Maria Von Trapp, whose memoir inspired β€œThe Sound of Music” and who made a cameo appearance in the film, was not invited to the premiere. Von Trapp later inquired why and producers told her, β€œThere were no seats left,” without apology. telegraph.co.uk/films/201…
4 years ago 16 year old Korean Pop star Chao Tzuyu of TWICE released a video apology for waving a Taiwanese flag during a show of JYP Entertainment. The reactions in Taiwan "may have widened the opposition's victory margin by 1%... gaining a majority in parliament for the first time". youtu.be/6Edmbqjum8w
Canada has the "Apology Act", whereby apologising to someone after an incident can't be used in court to establish guilt or liability of the person apologising. bclaws.ca/civix/document/…
Pop-up ads were created by Ethan Zuckerman and he issued an apology for ever creating them in 2014. telegraph.co.uk/technolog…
In 2013, a woman got furious at Target for naming the color of her plus-size dress "Manatee gray" while the regular-size dress was called "dark heather gray". Target changed the color name and issued an apology. articles.latimes.com/2013…
The "Wednesday Demonstration" in Korea is the world's oldest rally on a single theme. Every Wednesday since 1992, former victims of Imperial Japan's large scale sexual slavery system has been organizing a rally in front of the Japanese embassy, requesting a sincere apology from Japan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wed…
In 2015, Whole Foods tried to sell Asparagus Water for $6 (literally three stalks of asparagus in a bottle of water). Twitter users made fun of the company for selling such a ridiculously pricey item. The company's CEO then issued an apology and pulled off the product from the shelves. usatoday.com/story/money/…
After regretting supporting the internment camps, Dr. Seuss dedicated Horton Hears a Who to a Japanese friend as an apology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
In 2009, A man was unable to cash a check at a Bank of America branch in Tampa, Florida, because he could not provide a thumbprint. The man has two prosthetic arms. The bank later issued an apology nbcnews.com/id/32675980/n…
In 2009 Canada passed the "Apology Act", establishing that apologizing to someone after an incident cannot be used in court against the person who apologized to establish their guilt or liability. theloop.ca/canadians-love…
Hedy Lamarr filed a $10 million lawsuit against Warner Bros., claiming that the running parody of her name ("Hedley Lamarr") in Blazing Saddles infringed her right to privacy. The studio settled out of court for an undisclosed nominal sum and an apology for the "almost use of her name" wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedy_L…
Jonathan James was only 15 when he hacked into the systems of NASA and the United States Department of Defense in June 1999 . Since he was a juvenile, he was charged with 2 counts of β€œjuvenile delinquency” placed under a 6 month home arrest and asked to write apology letters to NASA and DOD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
Marie Antoinette's last words were, "Pardon me, sir. I meant not to do it". It was an apology to the executioner for accidentally stepping on his foot on her way to the guillotine. sites.psu.edu/famouslastw…
Jimi Hendrix was inspired to write "The Wind Cries Mary" as an apology after having a heated argument with his girlfriend, Kathy Mary Etchingham, over her lumpy mashed potatoes. bbc.co.uk/programmes/b039…
Today I learned of a contract between Disney and Robin Williams stating that the Genie from Aladin could not be used in any sort of merchandising or tie-in products. After Disney broke the contract, Robin received a Picasso painting as an apology. cinemablend.com/new/Robin…
Canadians love to say 'I'm sorry' so much they had to make a law stipulating that an apology of any kind is not an admission of fault or liability nelligan.ca/article/ontar…
In 1995, Courtney Love was ejected from Lollapalooza after starting a fight with the crowd for not cheering loud enough. She jumped off stage and began chasing two men. After security carried her off the premises, the festival MC began playing "All Apologies" by Nirvana in retaliation. sfgate.com/entertainment/…
English computer scientist, Alan Turing, the father of the model of general purpose computers, was actually a homosexual. Homosexuality was considered a crime in the UK back then and the Queen of England made a posthumous apology in 2013. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
Raisa Gorbachev once told a British minister there were more than 300 ways to cook potatoes in the USSR. When he had doubts, she sent him a cookbook and a note: "My apologies for being somewhat inaccurate: in fact, there are five hundred, rather than three hundred, recipes to cook potatoes." independent.ie/world-news…
A 10th grader was jailed for 3 years without a trial for a robbery he didn't commit. When they finally let him go, he never even got an apology. opposingviews.com/i/socie…
Weeks after "The Soup Nazi" aired on Seinfeld, the man (Ali Yeganeh) that the character is based on kicked Jerry Seinfeld out of his restaurant for ruining his business. When Seinfeld gave him an insincere apology, Yeganeh ejected him from the restaurant, yelling, "No soup for you!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
British PM Gordon Brown hand-wrote a letter of condolence to a mother whose son had died in Afghanistan where he misspelled the deceased's surname. The Sun published a vitriolic article criticising his lack of care but misspelled the same name and was forced to publish an apology of its own en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mup…
Ontario, a province in Canada has a apology act- "apologies do not constitute an admission of fault" ontario.ca/laws/statute/0…
When JJ Abrams chose to have John Williams score The Force Awakens, he gave his frequent composer/collaborator Michael Giacchino a role as stormtrooper FN-3181 in the raid on Jakku as an apology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
In 1996, when a man was arrested for wearing a Medal of Honor he did not earn a judge forced him to write an apology letter to all living Medal of Honor recipients as punishment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
After WW2 the Japanese Admiral who invented the idea of kamikaze pilots committed ritual suicide, seppuku, as an apology. After cutting through his abdomen he refused the customary beheading, instead slowly dying over several hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
One of the primary accusers in the Salem Witch Trials publicly apologized 14 years later and blamed Satan. The remaining Survivors and families of the victims accept her apology and reconciled with her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Grave of the Fireflies is based on the authors own experiences as a child and was written as a personal apology for not being able to save his younger sister Keiko. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/G…
A student issued a bomb threat at university to get out of a class presentation due to his fear of public speaking. He was banned from campus and forced to write an apology letter, which led a company to offer him free public speaking lessons library.ubc.ca/archives/p…
Today I learned of the "Petticoat duel"; in 1792, Lady Almeria Braddock challenged Mrs. Elphinstone to a duel in London's Hyde Park over remarks the latter made about the former's true age; they dueled with pistols, then with swords, until Mrs. E agreed to write Lady A an apology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The "60 Minutes" whitewash of Audi wasn't the first time a major news network was caught rigging an automotive test. NBC did it to Chevrolet in 1992, but a firefighter at the test blew the whistle, forcing NBC to cough up an on-air apology. youtube.com/watch?v=KtpMz…
If Train in Japan is even 5 minutes late, the passengers get a formal apology, and most times they'll even get a "delay certificate." If a Train delays over an hour, its reported on the news. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
During New Zealand's first rugby match vs England, an English player's shorts got ripped off. The NZ players formed a circle so he could change. Another Englishman picked up the ball and scored. Later the English demanded an apology after NZ criticised the referee, which was "unsportsmanlike". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/188…
Ontario, Canada's Apology Act states that saying "sorry" does not legally constitute an admission of guilt or liability. ontario.ca/laws/statute/0…

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