The USSR's lead rocket scientist, Sergei Korolev, planted newspaper articles falsely suggesting approval for a Soviet space program. President Eisenhower responded by approving an American space program. This forced the Communist Party to approve the space program they previously denied. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
At 6.5%, Bob Taft has the lowest ever recorded approval rating of an American elected official, this occurred after he pleaded guilty to corruption but did not resign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
[] The producers of WKRP in Cincinnati needed the approval of the Cincinnati City Council to air an episode about the 1979 Who concert disaster youtube.com/watch?v=IroA_…
When a German noble wanted to marry one of his wife's ladies-in-waiting, he received the approval of Martin Luther to marry her secretly, because divorce is worse than bigamy. After the scandal became public, Luther told him to "tell a good, strong lie" and deny the marriage completely en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of Sitlington, a historic township in England whose name until 1929 was Shitlington. The h was later dropped and Sitlington was adopted with the approval of the county council. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sit…
Necrogamy (posthumous marriage) is legal in France. The living partner must send the President a request, have a serious reason, prove the couple were planning to marry, and get approval from the family of the deceased. At the ceremony, the living partner stands next to a picture of their fiancΓ© en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
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…
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…
From 1964-66 the UN and ABC produced a series of made for TV movies meant to boost public approval for the organization in the US, with Rod Serling, Joesph Mankiewicz, and Ian Fleming among others contributing. Four of the planned six films were aired to mixed reviews and conservative criticism en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned that Velveeta was the first cheese product to gain the American Medical Association's seal of approval wikipedia.org/wiki/Velvee…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
It is illegal in China to be reincarnated without government approval. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
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…
: 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…
, all beer labels in the U.S. are approved by one man. No approval = no sale. thedailybeast.com/meet-th…
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…
It’s legal in 10 states for underage children to drink in a bar or restaurant with parental approval. legalmatch.com/law-librar…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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