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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/
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…
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
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…
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.…
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…
Pop-up ads were created by Ethan Zuckerman and he issued an apology for ever creating them in 2014. telegraph.co.uk/technolog…
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…
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/…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
Due to resource shortages during WWII, UK game manufacturer John Waddington Ltd. created a "War Time" edition of Monopoly that was of such poor quality that various apologies were included in the box twistedsifter.com/2015/08…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned of Art Lacey, an Oregon man who purchased a B-17 bomber in 1947, tried to fly it home alone, crashed it when the wheels refused to lower, and was sold another one at a tenth of the cost as an apology. The plane sat above his gas station, and the wings served as the roof over the pumps. offbeatoregon.com/1601d.b…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned of the 1925 Shakee Massacre, where British, French and Portuguese forces gunned down hundreds of peaceful Chinese protesters & then declined to punish the perpetrators or even offer an apology hpcbristol.net/collection…
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…
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…
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…
Ontario, Canada's Apology Act states that saying "sorry" does not legally constitute an admission of guilt or liability. ontario.ca/laws/statute/0…
In 2007, British Airways issued an apology to a passenger flying first class who woke up to find that the body of an elderly woman who had passed away mid-flight had been moved into the seat next to him. cbc.ca/news/airline-apolo…
Ontario Canada has a law that states an apology is not an admission of guilt ontario.ca/laws/statute/0…
After the 'Soup Nazi' episode aired, Seinfeld visited the man it was based off, Ali Yeganeh, who got angry. Seinfeld responded with "the most insincere, sarcastic apology ever given." Then, Yeganeh bellowed "No Soup for You!" and ejected them from his restaurant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Al Sharpton demanded an apology from Cartoon Network for depicting Martin Luther King Jr using the term "nigga" in The Boondocks. Cartoon Network responded by making fun of Al Sharpton in a radio broadcast in a later episode. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ret…
The Japanese pilot who attacked a town in Oregon during WW2 returned years later to present his family's 400 year old sword in apology en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There's a law in Canada called the "Apology Act" which prevents parties from using an apology as a statement of fault in court. nelligan.ca/e/ontariosnew…
In 1987, a Secret Iraqi Warplane Struck an American Frigate and Killed 37 Sailors. The U.S. government never punished Iraq for the attack β€” Washington accepted Iraqis Apology and actually assigned blame to the Iranians, instead. warisboring.com/in-1987-a…
The Philippines banned all films starring Claire Danes for saying bad things about the city of Manila and that they will lift the ban if she makes a sincere apology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There's a law in Canada called the "Apology Act" which prevents parties from using an apology as an admittance of guilt in court. nelligan.ca/e/ontariosnew…
An old Heinz QR code on a ketchup bottle linked to a German hardcore porn site. A German man who scanned the code thinking it would go to a design you own label page, got an apology from Heinz, and offer of a free year's subscription from the porn site. theguardian.com/technolog…
In 1992, Dateline N.B.C issued an on-air apology for airing a story that claimed a GM truck burst into flames after a side-impact crash. Investigators found the truck in a junkyard and discovered an incendiary device to cause the flame. The Newsdivision president resigned and 3 producers fired. sfgate.com/business/artic…
Disney only paid Robin Williams $75,000 but promised not to use him in their advertising. When it became clear the genie was a fan favorite they went back on this deal and bought Robin a Picasso as an apology. Robin planned to burn the painting on live TV as revenge. scapegoat.podbean.com/e/a…
The vocalist of the punk band NOFX elbowed a fan to the ground and kicked him in the face onstage. Later he gave the fan a beer and a custom t-shirt, and letting him kick him as an apology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat…
Yubitsume is the Yakuza ritual of chopping off part of one's pinky as either punishment or an apology. Reason: Amputation of the little finger makes a proper grip on a samurai sword impossible, weakening him in battle and forcing the person to be more reliant on his boss for protection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yub…
In Japan, trains are so punctual that any delay over 5 minutes usually incurs an apology over the tanoy and a "delay certificate" for passengers on their way to work. When trains are delayed for an hour or more, it may even make the news. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga nearly pitched a perfect game in the final inning, but for a blown call by umpire Jim Joyce. After Joyce’s tearful apology to Galarraga, Galarraga unironically told reporters β€œNobody’s perfect.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
The Rock accidentally knocked out Michael Clarke Duncan while filming a fight scene for The Scorpion King and had a custom Rolex made as an apology gift, but liked the watch so much he kept it for himself. cinema.com/news/item/5914…
Mel Gibson said of the movie The Million Dollar Hotel "I thought it was as boring as a dog's ass." he later said "God, why did I say that? I'm an idiot! I produced this film. I'm distributing it!... I really regret saying that. I have written a lot of apology letters about it." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A restaurant once coupled an advertisement for a new dessert range with an apology for killing a customer with a nut allergy itv.com/news/tyne-tees/20…
In 1994, Actor Jack Nicholson got out of his car and smashed the windshield of another Driver's Mercedes with a golf club for "cutting him off". Nicholson reportedly offered an apology and a $500K check that successfully ended any criminal prosecution for the road-rage incident. history.com/this-day-in-h…
, after shooting a 78 yo man in the face with a shotgun, Dick Cheney received an apology from him. youtube.com/watch?v=ILqnY…
, the screenwriter for "Battlefield Earth" published a long apology for writing "the suckiest movie ever" nypost.com/p/entertainmen…
Peter Norman, the third man on the iconic black power salute photo from the 1968 Olympics, was treated like an outcast when he returned to Australia and wasn't given a formal apology until 6 years after his death. Both Smith and Carlos were pallbearers at Norman's funeral. griotmag.com/en/white-man…
In 1996 Fort Lauderdale, Florida resident Jackie Stern was convicted of wearing a Congressional Medal of Honor to which he was not entitled. A federal judge sentenced him to serve one year of probation and to write a letter of apology to each of the then-living 171 recipients of the medal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
'What does the fox say?' was expected to fail and Ylvis wrote part of a skit as an apology for making a stupid song. ew.com/article/2013/10/14…
After Barbara Bush called The Simpsons the dumbest thing she'd ever seen, "Marge" wrote a letter to her saying she felt they had a lot in common. Bush was so moved, she wrote back with an apology. huffingtonpost.com/2011/0…
The British tabloid The Sun heavily criticized Prime Minister Gordon Brown for misspelling the name of a deceased soldier in a letter of condolence to his mother. Brown apologized, and The Sun soon had to post an apology of its own for similarly misspelling the soldier's name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mup…
Until 2001 there was a malt liquor in the US named "Crazy Horse". John Stroh III made a peace offering to the descendants of Chief Crazy Horse at a ceremony that settled the legal battle. Stroh gave the family tobacco, horses, blankets, braids of sweetgrass and made a public apology. news.minnesota.publicradi…
In 1993 the U.S. government "hid" an apology to Native Americans in a spending bill. usgovinfo.about.com/b/201…
Queen Marie Antoinette of France last words were "Pardon me, sir, I meant not to do it" an apology to Henri Sanson, her executioner, for stepping on his toes accidentally while on her way to the guillotine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Kurt Cobain wanted to make a music video for "All Apologies" that spoofed the JFK assassination but with a pie instead of a gun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Burt Reynolds starred in a musical in 1975 that was such a disaster that the director had an apology printed in newspapers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/At_…
A Japanese pop star shaved her head and offered a filmed apology seen by millions on youtube after breaking her management firm's rules by spending a night with her boyfriend. She made the decision to do so to show contrition for her "thoughtless and immature" actions. bbc.com/news/world-asia-2…
The writer of DragonBall Evolution wrote an apology after 7 years of receiving loads of hate mail from angry fans of the anime. io9.gizmodo.com/the-write…
The Apology Act, law in several Canadian provinces, allows one to be Canada-nice without getting screwed for it in court. The law prevents someone from using an apology against the apologizing party in a civil court dispute. slaw.ca/2009/12/09/the-ap…
In 1992, NBC Staged A Fiery Crash Of A GM Pickup, Resulting In A Defamation Lawsuit By The Automaker, And An On-Air Apology By The Network articles.latimes.com/1993…
Thousands of American citizens of German descent were sent to internment camps during WWI and WWII. Unlike the Japanese, they never received any formal apology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Aside from Japanese-American concentration camps, the US also had German-American concentration camps. These US citizens never got an apology from the US government or reparations. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/G…
December, 2013 was the first time an Iceland police officer ever had to shoot a civilian and even though it was completely justified the government issued an apology to the family of the victim. npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/…
In 1960, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley presented the Crown Prince of Japan with a gift of bluegill fish. The prince donated the fish to fishery research agencies in Japan, from which they escaped and wreaked havoc with native species, provoking a rare public apology from the prince. theguardian.com/world/200…
In 2010, Ellen DeGeneres had to give a formal apology to Apple after showing a commercial parody of the Iphone in her show. appleinsider.com/articles…
The 'third man' standing on the podium as the Black Power salute was being given in the 1968 Olympics was banned from the 1972 Games - despite repeatedly qualifying - for wearing an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge. He received a posthumous apology from the Australian Government in 2012 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Jackie Gleason once hosted a game show that was so bad, it only aired two episodes. The second episode was a half-hour apology from Gleason. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
Nazi war criminal Walter Reder expressed profound repentance for his war crimes in 1984 and got released from prison shortly afterwards. After that, Reder relocated to Austria and retracted his apology for his war crimes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
The origin of the word "apology" has little to do with having regret for one's actions, and instead justifying and defending them oxforddictionaries.com/us…
The US Navy killed 290 innocent Iranians in 1988; no formal apology to date. youtube.com/watch?v=B_Ap6…
In 1988 the US shot down an Iranian passenger jet, killing 290. No official apology has been given iranchamber.com/history/a…
The word "sorry"s main use is not an apology and more about sympathy. dictionary.reference.com/…
In 2007, the Independent issued an apology for their previous position regarding cannabis legalization, due to a study by The Lancet revealing that cannabis had become 25 times stronger than in 1997 and was more harmful than LSD or ecstasy (see comments for The Lancet paper). independent.co.uk/life-st…
In 1987, Delta Airlines issued an apology for contending in litigation, after a plane crash, that it should pay less in monetary compensation for the life of a homosexual passenger than for a heterosexual because the man may have had AIDS. facts.randomhistory.com/f…
Japan was has been apologizing since 1957 for war crimes during WWII, with the most recent apology being in 2012 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The word Apology actual stems from the Greek word apologia, which refers to a defense of one's action, which is nearly the opposite of how it is used today worldwidewords.org/topica…
Machiavelli's The Prince could reasonably be seen not as an apology of tyranny, but a warning of what to expect from tyrants en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Plastic Surgery is technically illegal in North Korea and there are random inspections done at high schools to check whether the girls had their eyelids altered. Anyone caught with artifically widened eyelids could be punished with labor, or be asked to write a formal apology. washingtonpost.com/blogs/…

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