The first series produced by Cartoon Network was Space Ghost Coast to Coast in 1994 and is considered instrumental in establishing Cartoon Network's appeal to older audiences. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartoo…
I learned about the Trans-Atlantic Accent which was cultivated Hollywood in the 1920's-40's to blend prestigious American and British accents for broader appeal, which is why people sound so different in older tv, films and radio back then. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
The game Bravely Default, an ultra-traditional jrpg released in 2012, was so successful globally, Square Enix had to reconsider their strategy of game making, as they were planning to only make action-focused, real-time based games to appeal the western audience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
The only major court decision based primarily on the 3rd amendment of the US Constitution was in 1982, when the US Court of Appeals ruled that housing National Guardsmen in a private residence without the owner’s expressed consent was unconstitutional. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was interested in criminal justice and helped exonerate two men of wrongdoing after their cases had been closed. His work in the first case also partially contributed to the establishment of the Court of Criminal Appeal in 1907. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
In 1956 two young girls who were obsessed with Elvis Presley went missing after going to see "Love Me Tender" for the 15th time. Elvis was so concerned that he issued a public appeal over the radio pleading with them to be β€œgood Presley fans and go home and ease their mother's worries". thecurrentatahs.com/5032/…
The owner of nissan.com and nissan.net was in a 20 year legal battle against Nissan Motor for control over the domain names. After many years of lawsuits and appeals, Nissan never got control over neither domain nissan.com/Lawsuit/The_St…
Today I learned about the American Revolution's Pine Tree Flag which featured the words "An Appeal to Heaven." It was one of a few different flag designs used for the new nation during the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
One night in Ontario, 1978, two men with balaclavas and guns approached a restaurant. The manager saw them coming, but, unfazed, yelled: "Sorry, we're closed" and went back to mopping. The confused robbers fled and were apprehended. At appeal they were found not guilty of attempted robbery. canlii.org/en/on/onca/doc…
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit finds Sanofi improperly listed insulin device patent in FDA’s Orange Book raps.org/news-and-article…
In light of the violence caused by kids trying to obtain limited Jordan’s, Hakeem Olajuwon released a cheap, $15 shoe and try and end the appeal of expensive shoe wear, stating: β€œHow can a poor working mother with three boys buy Nikes or Reeboks that cost $120?” amp.theguardian.com/sport…
, the producers of the H.R.Pufnstuf kid's television show successfully sued McDonald's for copyright infringement due to their McDonaldland commercial series. After several years in appeals, they won a million-dollar settlement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid…
The practice of β€œbaby kissing” is said to have developed to β€œappeal to women’s vote.” wikipedia.org/wiki/baby_k…
Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was originally written as "a little black boy." Roald Dahl's agent pushed changing the character to white as he thought a black Charlie would not appeal to readers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
A man avoided the electric chair due to an appeal, but was later electrocuted when his homemade headphones shorted out while he was on the toilet in his prison cell. deseret.com/1997/1/3/1928…
Wham!'s single "Last Christmas/Everything She Wants" is the highest-selling single ever to peak at #2 in the UK charts. They were kept from #1 by Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Wham! donated all the royalties from "Last Christmas" to the Ethiopian famine appeal, Band Aid's cause. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
In 1967, there was a classroom experiment created to explain how the German people could accept the actions of the Nazis and also demonstrate the appeal of fascism. What began with only a few students spiraled out of control with hundreds of people believing it to be a real social movement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of a man named Benjamin Spencer who is still in prison for a murder he did not commit. A Dallas judge ruled in 2008 that he believes Spencer's innocent he recommended that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Spencer's conviction he continues to await in a cell. npr.org/2017/12/06/568314…
In 1991 Isaac Wright Jr. was wrongfully convicted of being a drug kingpin in New Jersey and sentenced to life in prison. While in prison, he studied law to pursue his own appeal and extracted a confession of police misconduct from the detective responsible for his conviction, exonerating Wright. nydailynews.com/entertain…
Americans sought comfort TV after 9/11 and watched so much Food Network that the station had to restructure itself to appeal to a general audience. This led to the creation and subsequent rise of reality cooking shows like Chopped and Iron Chef USA. youtu.be/T1-k7VYwsHg?t=72…
Hermann Goering's daughter has attempted to claim ownership of the art collections that the Nazi Leader stole during WW2. Her appeals have been rejected since the sixties. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
In 2010, Microsoft banned a user from Xbox Live for putting Fort Gay as his address. When he tried to tell them that Fort Gay actually exists in West Virginia, it took an appeal from the town’s mayor for it to be corrected. kotaku.com/5632871/xbox-l…
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone is called β€œand the Sorcerers Stone” in the US because when Rowling attempted to get it published in the US through Scholastic they advised her the word Sorcerer would appeal more to American kids than Philosopher. She took their advice to make them happy. unlawfulacts.net/2016/07/…
American cigarette brands add sugar in cigarettes to increase the appeal and addictive potential of smoking, which also ends up increasing toxicity and cancer risk. cebp.aacrjournals.org/con…
In 1979, a ship smuggling marijuana into Alaska experienced mechanical trouble and had to dock in Canada. On appeal, the case was tossed because the accused never intended to enter Canada. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R_v…
"Urgent Call for Unity" was an appeal to defeat the Nazis. It was signed by German scientists, authors and artists in advance of the German federal election in 1932. The appeal was unsuccessful, Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor, and the Nazis were able to consolidate power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urg…
In 2015 A man had his sentence doubled after an appeal judge decided his original 4 year sentence received from starting a toilet fire on a commercial aircraft from a cigarette was too lenient theguardian.com/world/201…
In 1942 the BBC issued an appeal for postcards and photographs of the coast of Europe from Norway to the Pyrenees. It was actually an intelligence gathering exercise, they were sent to the War Office to help determine a suitable location (Normandy) for the eventual D-Day landings of 1944. bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pre…
Charlie Bucket, the main character in Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", according to Dahl's widow, was originally written as "a little black boy". Dahl's agent, who thought a black Charlie would not appeal to readers, insisted that Charlie be white. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Today I learned of an ancient Norman rite of "Clameur de Haro", or "raising a clameur", which is an appeal to stay some action until a court can have a hearing and make a decision. It is still valid in some parts of the UK. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
The Eve Appeal, a UK organization that raises awareness about gynaecological cancers, found that only half of women aged 26- 35 were able to label the vagina accurately. eveappeal.org.uk/wp-conte…
If you are sentenced to death in Japan, once your final appeal is exhausted you execution date is kept secret until the morning it happens. articles.latimes.com/2006…
It took nearly 2 hours to execute convicted murderer Joseph Wood. An hour after being injected with midazolam & hydromorphone (15 times the lethal dose), the prisoner was still alive. Lawyers filed an emergency appeal to halt the execution. Ten minutes after he died, the appeal was denied. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exe…
After Michael Ross waived his right to an appeal and being executed, his psychiatrist (who tried to argue that Ross was not mentally competent to stand trial), found a letter from Ross saying "Check, and mate. You never had a chance!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
In 1993, James R. Jordan (Michael Jordan's dad) pulled over while driving to take a nap. He was then shot by two men who then dumped his body into a swamp and stole the car. They were eventually caught and prosecuted. As of 2019 appeals continue to appear in court. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Emotional branding is the building of brands that appeal directly to a consumer's emotional state, needs and aspirations, and is successful when it triggers a desire for the advertised brand that cannot fully be rationalised. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emo…
Charlie Bucket was "written as 'a little black boy," but the author "agent, thought a black Charlie would not appeal to readers." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Belarus is the last country in Europe that still uses the death penalty. The convicts are shot in the back of the head with a silenced PB-9 pistol. The whole procedure, starting with the announcement about denied appeals and ending with the gunshot, lasts no longer than two minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Diamagntic Levitation was discovered and then forgotten because scientists were skeptical and when it was rediscovered, they used live frogs to get peoples attention and appeal to a broader audience because scientists still didn't believe it. ru.nl/hfml/research/levit…
Pikachu was chosen as the Pokemon mascot in the last stage of development it was supposed to be Clefairy. Because GameFreak apparently felt that Clefairy would appeal only to girls while Pikachu would appeal to everyone. twinfinite.net/2016/03/11…
In 1999 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that software source code is protected speech en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
In a study on the appeal of chocolate, it took researchers 1 year to find 11 men who don't like chocolate tastetv.com/2007/10/yearl…
When the Court of Appeals found it illegal for the US Government to compel Microsoft to hand overseas data over, the US Government passed a new law making it legal and reissued the warrant en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Andrew Lloyd Webber tried to make an animated Thomas the Tank Engine musical in the 1970s but the producers shut it down, saying it had no appeal outside of the UK. Webber later named his production company the Really Useful Group, and his 1984 musical Starlight Express is about singing trains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
One of the few reasons why the film industry is based in California because filmmakers wanted to get away from Thomas Edison, who owned nearly all film-making patents based in New Jersey. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covered Los Angeles County, was known not to enforce patent claims. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
In 2010 Microsoft banned a user from Xbox Live for putting Fort Gay (A real location in West Virginia) as his address. Microsoft refused to believe that Fort Gay actually existed, and eventually took an appeal from the towns Mayor David Thompson for the issue to be corrected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Muhammad Ali was a conscientious objector and refused to enlist during the Vietnam War. He was sentenced to 5 years' prison but never actually went owing to appeals. theatlantic.com/news/arch…
The 'appeal to nature' is a logical fallacy where people assume that something is either good because it's perceived as "natural", or bad because it's perceived as "unnatural". effectiviology.com/appeal…
Donald Goerke was tasked with developing a canned pasta that would appeal to children. His team reportedly considered pasta in the shapes of baseballs, cowboys, spacemen and stars before settling on the "O" shape. He became known as "The Daddy-O of SpaghettiOs." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Author Louisa May Alcott wrote the realist literary classic 'Little Women' because she thought it would have broad appeal and make a lot of money, but much preferred fast-paced stories full of sex and violence theallusionist.org/allusi…
Charlie from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" was actually supposed to be black. According to Roald Dahl's wife, he changed it because his agent pressured him that a black protagonist might not appeal to potential buyers. theguardian.com/books/201…
Hitler hid his relationship with Eva Braun because he believed that he was sexually attractive to women and wished to exploit this for political gain by remaining single, as he felt marriage would decrease his appeal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…
18-year-old Joshua Browder created a 'robot lawyer' that allows people to get free, custom-generated legal documents to appeal their wrongly issued parking fines. It's estimated that his service has already saved users $3 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
President Kennedy's appeal was more about his image than policies. He hung out with models, singers, and befriended actors such as Frank Sinatra and Tony Curtis. A fixture in magazines like Life, and Time, they which were more interested in his personal life than his political positions theconversation.com/when-…
Countdown, the iconic UK gameshow which has run for 35 years to date, went no further than a pilot in the US, apparently because producers thought its premise was too "brainy" to appeal to the general American public. wiki.apterous.org/Countdo…
Today I learned of The "rural purge" of American television networks (in particular CBS) which was a series of cancellations in the early 1970s of still-popular rural-themed shows that led toward ones with supposedly more appeal to urban and suburban audiences. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rur…
, a woman in Nebraska tried to sue all gay people. Her appeal had no legal references, but quoted Webster's Dictionary and the Bible. time.com/3848666/nebraska…
Gas is priced in tenths of a cent because of a $0.01 gas tax to get out of the Great Depression in 1932. The tax never went away and the government kept it as 9/10 because it appeals more to the consumer than if it was rounded up to the nearest cent. gizmodo.com/why-gas-is-pr…
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was under Martial Law. The government fingerprinted residents, imposed blackouts & curfews, rationed food & gasoline, censored the news and media, censored all mail, and prohibited alcohol. Violations meant punishment without appeal by military tribunals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
According to the Arizona Supreme Court, breasts are not private parts. It was decided in 1979, STATE of Arizona Appellee v. Willis Colson CARTER, Appellant. The defendant was accused of grabbing the private parts of a girl but successfully argued on appeal that breasts aren't private parts. law.justia.com/cases/ariz…
In 2001, the United States Court of Appeals upheld the right of Alice Randall to publish a parody of 'Gone with the Wind' called 'The Wind Done Gone', which told the same story from the point of view of Scarlett O'Hara's slaves, who were glad to be rid of her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
In 1987, a Kentucky teacher was fired for showing the movie "Pink Floyd: The Wall", after her students voted to watch it. She appealed the firing all the way to the Supreme Court. During the appeal process, 6th circuit court Judge H. Ted Milburn called the film "gross and bizarre". ultimateclassicrock.com/p…
In 2010 Microsoft banned a user from Xbox Live for putting Fort Gay (A real location in West Virginia) as his address. Microsoft refused to believe that Fort Gay actually existed, and eventually took an appeal from the towns Mayor David Thompson for the issue to be corrected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
SuperDry is actually a UK-based company that writes Japanese text on its clothing to emulate the practice of Japanese clothing companies that write meaningless English words on their clothes to attract appeal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
Today I learned about Joshua Phillips. At the age of 14 he murdered his 8 year old neighbor and hid her under his water bed for a week. During that time he was also a volunteer in the search party. He was later given a life sentence and now works as a paralegal to help other inmates with their appeals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
HΓ€agen-Dazs has no ties to Denmark. Reuben Mattus, its inventor, named the company as such and printed a map of Denmark on the box in the 1960s because he believed that the foreign connection would appeal to American customers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C…
Video game designer Toru Iwatani wanted to create a video game that could appeal to girls. To gauge their interests, he sat in cafes and eavesdropped on female conversations, until one day a group began discussing favorite foods. He used this info as the basis to create Pac-Man. venturebeat.com/2009/09/2…
The avocado evolved to appeal to extinct megafauna (e.g. the giant armadillo) in order to facilitate seed dispersal via ingestion and excretion. This is why the avocado has such a sizeable seed. io9.gizmodo.com/this-anci…
There's actually a fourth rhetorical appeal besides ethos, pathos, and logos: kairos, an appeal to timeliness/aptness. louisville.edu/writingcen…
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that competitive cheerleading is NOT a sport and thus, can not be used in place of another women's sport under Title IX. espn.com/college-sports/s…
Brazil is number 2 over all in the world at producing models after the US. Rio Grande do Sul represents 5% of Brazil's population but produces more than 50% of its models. The appeal of the region's inhabitants is attributed to the historical migration of Germans and Italians. pbs.org/pov/girlmodel/inf…
Today I learned about Sally Clark, a British woman that in 1999 was convicted of the murder of her two children, that died for natural causes, due to a wrong use of probability in court. She was released in 2003 after her second appeal, but she ended up drinking herself to death in 2007 understandinguncertainty.…
Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani wanted to turn arcades into date hangouts "that would not be intimidating to female customers." Pac-Man "appeals to a new generation of female players who have grown up empowered and want to be the pursuer rather than being the pursued." time.com/3892662/pac-mans…
Clarence Elkins was denied an appeal on rape/murder charges despite proving the DNA didn't match. He then did his own investigation, and found the real killer. The prosecutor still refused to overturn the conviction until the atty general publicly shamed him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
Today I learned of conjoined twins Rosie and Gracie and the Court of Appeal Judgement that allowed a separation operation to be performed, against the wishes of the parents, that would extend the life of Gracie but result in Rosie’s certain death. bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/…
A man was tried and convicted of raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl in Texas. When DNA analysis was discovered the court of appeals denied him a retrial even though he was not a match. pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl…
There was a second "Marlboro Man" cigarette advertising character. To go along with the famous cowboy, there was also a hip, urban, black Marlboro man created to appeal to African-Americans. npr.org/2015/06/15/414561…
In 2013 the Minnesota Court of Appeals revoked a man's license after he repeatedly ignored warnings from law enforcement that he was driving too slowly on two-lane highways. He told a lower court judge that 48 mph is his Ford Ranger pickup truck’s β€œsweet spot” for gas mileage. newsfeed.time.com/2013/08…
The United States hasn't completely banned asbestos. Certain products containing asbestos are still legal, like clothing and preformed building products. The EPA tried to ban almost all asbestos products in 1989, but the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the ban in 1991. epa.gov/asbestos/us-feder…
The United States Appeals court ruled that competitive cheerleading is not a sport espn.go.com/college-sport…
The Nissan Z series was originally named the Fairlady by the president of Nissan in Japan. The U.S. head knew this wouldn't appeal to the American male market, so he removed the Fairlady labels from the cars that arrive in the U.S. and replaced them with the internal code for the project, 240-Z youtube.com/watch?v=smXmC…
The term 'soap operas' originated from daily 15 minute programs on the radio and were so-called because they were sponsored by soap companies, such as Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble. Soap operas were specifically engineered to appeal to women with the intention of increasing sale of soap en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
A 17 year old who recruited two other teens to murder her parents - resulting in the death of one and the critical injuries to the other - attempted to appeal on the grounds that she was interviewed by police without parental consent. detroit.cbslocal.com/2012…
The exotic sounding La Croix sparkling water was actually started in Wisconsin as one of the first "Anti-Perrier" brands. Meant to appeal to sparkling water consumers who were put off by Perrier's "snobbish positioning."[TIL] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_…
The Statute of the UN allows any member to pursue preventive action against "enemy states" in case of aggressive behaviour of said states, without having to appeal to the Security Council first. The "enemy states" are the losers of WW2 (art. 53 and 107 for reference). un.org/en/sections/un-cha…
An xbox user was banned for putting his actual hometown, "Fort Gay" West Virginia as his residence. It took an appeal by the towns mayor for Microsoft to reverse it. katu.com/news/weird/10243…
Bugs Bunny is considered to be a gay icon due to his cross-dressing antics and camp appeal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay…
The advertising executive that first used sex appeal in ads was a female, and a member of the suffragette movement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
In 1970 the English Court of Appeal found that Scientology does not engage in religious worship en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R_v…
During development of the Star Wars prequels, George Lucas was warned by his animation team that the character Jar Jar Binks came across poorly. Lucas responded by saying he specifically wanted to keep the character in to appeal to small children age 12 and younger wikipedia.org/wiki/Jar_Ja…
Allan W. McLaurin, originally sentenced for 21,250 years won an appeal that reduced the sentence by 500 years. He is scheduled for release on September 20, 9837. huffingtonpost.com/adam-b…
The Vatican has its own justice system complete with courts, appeals courts, and a supreme court and tries criminal cases committed by people such as diplomats en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
In 1983, smoker Rose Cipollone filed a lawsuit against three cigarette companies. She died of lung cancer in 1984, but the trial continued, and The Liggett Group was found liable for $400,000 in damages, but the decision was reversed on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
In 2005 Tony Nicklinson suffered a stroke which left him completely paralysed (locked-in syndrome). He fought a legal battle for a right to assisted suicide, but lost. On learning the outcome of his appeal, he refused to eat, contracted pneumonia, deteriorated rapidly and died a week later. bbc.com/news/uk-england-w…
90% of drunk driving conviction appeals in Sweden in 1991 used an argument called the "hip flask defense" that the breathalyzer was unreliable because the convicted person could have consumed alcohol after being pulled over but before being breathalyzed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
The movie industry is based in Hollywood because movie makers were trying to get away from Thomas Edison (based in New Jersey). He had patents covering virtually all of the movie making process but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California was known to rule againt patent claims. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
Since the reinstitution of the death penalty, 143 prisoners have waived their appeals and asked that the execution be carried out. Four states (Connecticut, New Mexico, Oregon, and Pennsylvania) have executed only volunteers so far. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
Dos Equis replaced the most interesting man in the world to appeal to millennials. realclearlife.com/food-dr…
The Hawaiian state flag looks like both the US and UK flag because King Kamehameha wanted it to appeal to both sides during the War of 1812 hawaiimagazine.com/blogs/…

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