Dolly Parton is the only person to have been given The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. dollyparton.com/life-and-…
Today I learned about Frances Oldham Kelsey who received the US President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service in 1962 for not giving FDA approval to Thalidomide: a German medication that caused over 10,000 severe birth defects in Europe, Canada and S. America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Some countries (Russia, Norway, Eastern Europe) clap in rhythmic unison to express approval and enjoyment, as opposed to random clapping regan.med.harvard.edu/pdf…
Today I learned that Velveeta was the first cheese product to gain the American Medical Association's seal of approval wikipedia.org/wiki/Velvee…
Only one commercial entity in America can import Coco Leaves with approval from the DEA, The Stepan Company, after extracting the Cocaine, the leaves are then shipped to Coca Cola to be used as an ingredient in the secret recipe thus making an imitation recipe near impossible. bgr.com/2015/08/24/coca-c…
In some countries such as Greece, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Albania and Sicily, nodding your head means "no" or refusal of something, instead of the common meaning of approval. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nod…
Applause was invented in 6th Century BC so that audiences had to clap in approval of their leader, since there were too many people to meet individually. theatreinparis.com/blog/w…
Legendary saxophone player Lester Young not only revolutionized jazz through his unique laid-back approach, but also had a huge influence on our language today. He is said to have coined, among other expressions, "cool" to signify approval, "bread" as another word for money and "you dig?" smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
When Michael Jackson granted Weird Al Yankovic permission to do "Fat" (a parody of "Bad"), Jackson allowed him to use the same set built for his own "Badder" video from the Moonwalker film. Yankovic said that Jackson's support helped to gain approval from other artists he wanted to parody. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22…
The US has an Office of Antiboycott Compliance that enforces rules making it illegal for Americans to participate in foreign boycotts without government approval trade.gov/antiboycott-com…
In ancient Rome, clairvoyants acted as civil servants. Augures, or auspices, interpreted the signs of birds to determine whether the gods favoured everything from elections, wars, even whether or not to hold certain ceremonies. Nothing could move forward without the auspices approval. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aug…
In 1998, Mariah Carey wanted to buy a penthouse in NYC but needed approval by the city's board. During the interview, one of the board members asked her if β€œMr. Biggie” (recently murdered) would be visiting the building. She responded β€œMr. Biggie, he be dead.” She was denied the penthouse. hopkinsandcompany.com/Boo…
Today I learned about the Butt Hole Road, the former name of a street in England. Residents living on the street experienced issues with their address, as they were refused services due to the name and were the target of pranks. The residents raised funds, got local approval and had its name changed in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
: A French leave is a departure from a location or event without informing others or without seeking approval. Examples include relatively innocuous acts such leaving a party without bidding farewell in order to avoid disturbing or upsetting the host. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Researchers examined more than 1,000 decisions by eight Israeli judges who ruled on convicts’ parole requests. Judges granted 65 percent of requests they heard at the beginning of the day’s session and almost none at the end. Right after a snack break, approvals jumped back to 65 percent again. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned about Richard L. McKinley, who died in a nuclear plant accident. His body ended so contaminated that had to be buried in a lead-lined casket which was then sealed in concrete and placed in a metal vault and cannot be moved from its location without the approval of the Atomic Energy Commission. arlingtoncemetery.net/rlm…
, all beer labels in the U.S. are approved by one man. No approval = no sale. thedailybeast.com/meet-th…
When he left office in 1993, Brian Mulroney had the lowest approval ratings of any Canadian Prime Minister since the Second World War. Mulroney was close friends with several American Presidents and many in Canada accused him of being nothing more than a lackey to the United States mcgilltribune.com/opinion…
It is illegal in China to be reincarnated without government approval. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
It’s legal in 10 states for underage children to drink in a bar or restaurant with parental approval. legalmatch.com/law-librar…
A framed decree from L'Arte dei Salaroli (1250) on the wall of Bologna roughly translates to, β€œIf you make fake mortadella without the approval of the Salaroli, your body will be stretched on the rack three times, you will be fined 200 gold coins, and all the food you make will be destroyed.” 10best.com/interests/food…
Dr. Jay Neitz cured color blindness in Red-Green Color Blind (dichromatic) Squirrel Monkeys using gene therapy. The monkeys were given a shot which enabled them to distinguish red or green. After successful trials with the monkeys Dr. Neitz awaits NIH/ORDA/FDA approval for human trials. neitzvision.com/research/…
The emoji Movie had an 8% approval rating, was ranked "Worst Movie of 2017" by multiple major outlets, and yet still made four times its production budget. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
With its cross-dressing and homosexual pairings, Some Like It Hot was released without a "Hays Code" certificate of approval. The Tony Curtis-Jack Lemmon comedy was an overwhelming success, helping put a final nail into the authority of code. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Som…
There is a clause in the resolution that created the state of Texas which allows it to split itself into up to 5 new states. Although somewhat unclear, some claim that this can be done without Congressional approval. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tex…
The original cut of Rambo: First Blood was three hours long and so bad Sylvester Stallone β€œtried to buy it back and burn the negative.” He only gave the movie his approval after most of his dialogue was cut, resulting in the 93 minute version we know today. youtu.be/vTDwtHhR5qA
When 41 members of the Nazi Party were interviewed in 1938 just after Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass), "63% expressed extreme indignation against it, while only 5% expressed approval of racial persecution". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kri…
Apocalypse Now used real footage of a water buffalo being killed for the ending and thus was not given the "No animals were harmed in the making of this movie" stamp of approval from the American Humane Association. shmoop.com/apocalypse-now…
After her mental issues Britney Spears was placed under legal conservatorship. Her finances and many of her personal decisions are run by a group of paid conservators (including her father) for approval even today. nytimes.com/2016/05/08/ar…
Director Robert Zemeckis, who has approval over all films in the Back to the Future franchise, says that he will block all attempts to remake or reboot the original film. au.ign.com/articles/2015/…
The United States avoided the thalidomide tragedy because FDA inspector Frances Kelsey blocked its approval based on lack of safety data despite pressure from her FDA supervisors and the pharmaceutical company. Meanwhile, 10,000 thalidomide babies were born in Europe, Australia, and Japan helix.northwestern.edu/ar…
Phenylephrine (Sudafed PE), a common nasal decongestant often marketed as a alternative to pseudoephedrine, has been found to be no more effective than a placebo, and in 2007 the FDA withdrew its approval of the drug as a nasal decongestant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phe…
A satellite launched in 1978, and thought to be shutdown in 1997, was actually discovered in 2008 still be fully operational with plenty of fuel. Through efforts of crowd funding and approval from NASA, a group successfully established contact and fired the engines for the first time since 1987 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
The French equivalent of the English phrase "French leave" - meaning a departure from a location or event without informing others or without seeking approval - is "filer Γ  l'anglaise" - "to leave English style". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The OK hand sign used commonly in the US to signify approval and for getting pranked at school, is considered offensive or a form of swearing in many other countries like Brazil, Turkey and Greece. wikipedia.org/wiki/OK_(ge…
The "flourish of approval" is a check mark like symbol only used in the Kingdom of The Netherlands and its former colonies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
Today I learned of the US passenger airline, Baltia Airlines, which in it's 27 years of existence has never flown a single commercial flight and claims to have been awaiting FAA approval since 1989. traveller.com.au/baltia-a…
Harry Truman held both the highest (at 91%) and tied for the lowest (at 22%) approval ratings since Gallup started compiling them in 1937 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Holly Munter Koenig was the only person reviewing comics and approving them to use the Comics Code Authority stamp of approval from 2009 until it ended in 2011 newsarama.com/7084-myster…
In 2007, the Chinese government passed a decree that says Tibetan Buddhists lamas who plan to be reincarnated must complete an application and submit it to several government agencies for approval en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Nintendo's original licensing agreement to publish games on the NES system involved: game approval, a 2-year exclusivity clause, and the gray cartridges had to be purchased from Nintendo themselves by the thousands, but also game companies were only allowed to publish 5 games per year, youtube.com/watch?v=fLA_d…
Ronda Rousey originally opposed using the nickname her friends gave her, "Rowdy", feeling it would be disrespectful to professional wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. After meeting Piper through Gene LeBell, who helped train both of them, Piper personally gave his approval. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Kosher salt has absolutely nothing to do with rabbis checking it out and giving it their seal of approval. tastecooking.com/kosher-s…
To be naturalized as a citizen of Liechtenstein, 30 years of residency is generally required. This can be bypassed by a national referendum, followed by parliamentary approval and that of the Prince. dualcitizenship.com/count…
Congressional approval for the first Gulf War was effected by the testimony of a Kuwaiti nurse who claimed to have witnessed Iraqi soldiers pulling babies out of incubators and throwing them on the floor to die. This never happened. The nurse was not a nurse. She was coached by a PR firm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gul…
There is currently a company seeking FAA approval to offer home burrito delivery... By UAV Drone. darwinaerospace.com/burri…
The British crown had at least a 15% approval rating during the revolutionary war - higher than the current approval rating of the US Congress (13%). upa.pdx.edu/IMS/currentpr…
Today I learned of Snake Island. This island has the highest concentration of venomous snakes, travel requires approval by the Brazilian Navy, and a doctor is required to be present during any trip. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilh…
In 2009, Harry Connick Jr. was a guest on an Australian talent show where a blackface skit received roaring approval from the crowd. Shocked, he gave the act a 0 and later said had he known about the skit in advance, he wouldn't have been on the show. youtube.com/watch?v=Va51g…
In 1893 without Presidential approval, marines stormed Hawaii, raising the stars and stripes in HONOLULU. President Grover Cleveland thought Americans had acted shamefully and tried to withdraw the annexation treaty from the Senate and ordered an investigation into potential wrongdoings. ushistory.org/us/44b.asp?…
That, when they learned Princess Mononoke would possibly be edited without their approval, Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki mailed Harvey Weinstein an authentic katana with a simple messaged attached: "No cuts." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nau…
The average cost to develop and obtain approval for a new pharmaceutical drug is $2.87 billion csdd.tufts.edu/news/compl…
In 1945, a soldier forced into the US Army against his will via the draft was executed by firing squad with Eisenhowers approval after he signed a statement saying he would rUn away instead of fight history.com/this-day-in-h…
Harry Truman has held both the highest U.S. presidential approval rating (at 91%) and the lowest (at 22%) since Gallup started compiling them in 1937 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The Sierra Interagency Black Bear Group (SIBBG) regulates the approval of bear resistant containers in parts of the western United States. The container must past a zoo test, where a container is filled with food and left in cages of black bears at a California zoo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Coffee was once considered the Devil's drink by the Catholic church... Until 1603 when Pope Clement VIII tasted it and gave it Papal approval books.google.com/books?id…
"reddit" is the Latin word for render, which among other things means "to submit for consideration or approval"

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Third party candidates must get approval by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which was created and controlled by both the Democratic and Republican party. huffingtonpost.com/pete-t…
In China you need to fill out paperwork and get government approval if you want to be reincarnated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
JFK's elder brother who was groomed to be president before his untimely death, expressed approval of Hitler's ethnic cleansing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Germanic tribesmen (9 B.C) voted on policies either by grumbling their discontent, or by hitting their weapons together in approval. youtu.be/Heop7JpJtS0?t=19…
Under the Articles of Confederation, Canada was entitled to become a state and join the US. Any other former British colony would need the approval of at least nine states to become a state itself. (See Article XI) articlesofconfederation.c…
Several countries like Iceland, Germany and Denmark regulate baby names. They have lists of pre-approved names and any name not on those lists needs approval from the state. This is done primarily to save children from embarrassment and persecution, but also to avoid confusion. bbc.com/news/magazine-212…
In Sweden parents planning to name a baby must get the approval of the government, submitting the proposed name of a child within three months of birth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
In New Zealand and a handful of other countries parents are required to submit all baby names for approval theweek.com/articles/4474…
[] Pablo Escobar, the multi-billion dollar drug lord, was allowed to build his own prison which had jacuzzis and a soccer field and hire his own guards with the approval of the Colombian Government. druglord.pablo-escobar.in…
Abraham Lincoln might have had the lowest approval ratings of any U.S president during time in office civilwar.org/hallowed-gro…
Today I learned about "Medical Food": A special category of medical product that may require a prescription, but may not be covered by insurance because it is a "food", yet does not require approval by the FDA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
John Wayne Gacy met and took a photo with First Lady Rosalynn Carter with the secret service's approval en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Michael Jordan was fined $25,000 in 1995, when he changed jerseys from no. 45 to no. 23 during the playoffs without league approval sfgate.com/sports/article…
Nearly half the illegals in the US didn't cross the desert or pay a smuggler. They came legally and overstayed their visa. As did the 9/11 terrorists. And the US rate of visa approval has increased dramatically in recent years. npr.org/templates/story/s…
An Icelandic Naming Committee maintains a list of all first names parents can give their children. Any other name must be submitted to the committee for approval. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Emmerson "The Crocodile" Mnangagwa murdered approximately 30,000 members of the Ndebele ethnic group between 1983-1987 with the ostensive approval of Robert Mugabe in an event known as "Gukurahundi" nytimes.com/2011/01/24/wo…
At one point, Russia's president Yeltsin had an approval rating of only 2 percent transcripts.cnn.com/TRANS…
Walter Cronkite, pre-Watergate and with the approval of CBS, bugged the 1952 GOP convention nytimes.com/2012/07/08/bo…
In US movies can have a hard time getting approval for distribution in China because they do not allow movies with Ghosts or other spirits theatlantic.com/entertain…
Virgin Airlines was named because Richard Branson considered himself a virgin in business. Also the V is a check-mark, designating approval. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
Velveeta was once marketed as a nutritious health food and was "the first cheese product to gain the American Medical Association's seal of approval." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vel…
A gun range in Florida has been given approval to serve alcohol. foxnews.com/leisure/2015/…
Most antidepressants(SSRIs) cause sexual side effects in 70% of patients and can cause permanent sexual problems and loss of genital sensations year after usage is discontinued. Symptoms went underreported before approval due to their embarrassing nature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flu…
, that in 2009, the FDA demanded General Mills to apply for federal approval to sell Cheerios as a drug. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
John F. Kennedy's lowest approval rating as President was 56%. ropercenter.uconn.edu/dat…
The current USA flag was created by Robert Heft a teenager, who initially received a B- for the work which was upgraded to an A after Congressional approval of the flag en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Montecristo, a small offshore island in Italy, has a 1,000 visitors limit per year and it's prohibited to stay overnight, go fishing, swimming or surfing. The average approval time for visitors is three years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Apple is currently seeking approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to sell electricity to individuals and businesses under the name of Apple Energy sustainablebrands.com/new…
When John Young, pilot of the first Space Shuttle mission, first heard of the shuttle's congressional budget approval, he was standing on the surface of the moon. spaceline.org/flightchron…
At the end of his term as president of Russia, Vladamir Putin had a higher approval rating then every leader in the world. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/busin…
French Performers paid an organized body of professional applauders in theaters and opera houses to create the illusion of an increased level of approval by the audience en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
Washington is a "mutual combat" state - fight starts at 6:40 (with police approval) youtube.com/watch?v=CaxkD…
There are 38 signed treaties pending approval or rejection by the US senate, including the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (1994) and additions to the Geneva Conventions (1977) state.gov/s/l/treaty/pend…
In the 80s, intravenous vitamin E was marketed without FDA approval because it was a vitamin. It killed at least 38 infants. The doctor who blew the whistle was threatened with libel or slander charges and ultimately testified to congress over the deadly drug. nytimes.com/1984/05/27/we…
Bill Clinton's approval rating was higher after his 'personal affair' than before it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Pharmacologist Frances Kelsey prevented FDA approval of thalidomide, a drug that could have caused "the birth of hundreds or indeed thousands of armless and legless children" in the US en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
"Kosher Phones" exist - these restricted phones have rabbinical approval for use in Israel and elsewhere by observant Orthodox Jews. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mob…
The U.S. has the highest approval rating in the world per April, 2015 poll. gallup.com/poll/182795/ru…
The Japanese have a controversial textbook approval system that whitewashes the atrocities of the Japanese Empire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Abraham Lincoln had the lowest approval ratings in presidential history and was generally despised by the US population during his presidency civilwar.org/hallowed-gro…
Genentech refused to seek approval of Avastin to treat age related macular degeneration, even though it's much cheaper than Lucentis, its current drug to treat AMD ($60 vs $2000 per dose). articles.latimes.com/2008…
A 1958 plan to detonate a nuclear bomb in Alberta to collect oil sands did get the approval of the Alberta government, but was vetoed by Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. umanitoba.ca/outreach/cm/…

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