Today I learned about Jerry Mander, an American activist and author best known for his 1978 book "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television", in which he argues that many of the problems with television are inherent in the medium and technology itself, and thus cannot be reformed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
A Utah Highway Patrol officer pulled over what he believed to be an impaired driver. It was a 5 year old who had stolen his parents car and made it on to the freeway after an argument with Mom because she wouldn't buy him a Lamborghini. He was on his way to California with $3 to purchase one. jalopnik.com/utah-highway…
In 1970 a 13-year old boy and his father conducted the first known successful airline hijacking in the Soviet Union, killing a flight attendant in the process. Years later in 2002, after they were granted asylum in the US, the son killed his then 77-year old father over a family argument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
Today I learned of a man in England was jailed for the manslaughter of his ex-girlfriend, after she came to his home with an 8 inch kitchen knife in her handbag, that she fell on after he pushed her during an ensuing argument bbc.com/news/uk-england-l…
There were arguments over nudity regarding the Pioneer Plaque en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pio…
That, in 1967, due an argument with their bishop everyone in a small Italian village renounced Catholicism and converted en masse to Greek Orthodox. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Microorganisms that could survive being heated to 420Β°C (788Β°F) were recently discovered in Morocco. This strengthened the argument for panspermia, a theory suggesting that life exists throughout the Universe and is distributed by space dust, meteoroids, asteroids, comets, planetoids, etc. airspacemag.com/daily-pla…
Today I learned about β€œwhataboutisms” - a logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
In 1864 John A. Macdonald - the first Prime Minister of Canada famously vomited on stage during a debate with his Liberal party opponent, later remarking that it was not that he was drunk, but that the arguments of his honourable opponent made him sick en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The argument for using "pled" (as opposed to "pleaded") as the past tense for "plea" has persisted since the 1200s. michiganradio.org/post/ca…
Today I learned of the "Law of Triviality" - AKA the "The Bike Shedding" effect. C. Northcote Parkinson's argument claims individuals or organizations spend a disproportionate amount of time on trivial, easy to grasp issues rather than far more important, difficult tasks. en.wikipedia.org/?wiki/La…
In the original Pulp Fiction script, Vincent actually shoots Marvin in the throat first - then he and Jules have an entire argument over what to do next while Marvin gurgles & listens in horror scriptslug.com/script/pul…
Alexander the Great Killed His Friend in a Drunken Rage by Throwing a Javelin Threw His Chest During an Argument en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
Alabama prosecutors tried to charge a woman with manslaughter because she had a miscarriage after being shot during an argument en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
Today I learned about Paul Graham's Hierarchy of Disagreement, a measure for the credibility of a rebuttal to an argument, explored in his 2008 essay (link to essay in comment) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil…
Erotic artist Toshio Maeda in the 80s started to feature tentacles in his intercourse scenes to avoid being censored by the Japanese government. His "a tentacle is not a penis" argument worked and started the trend of Japanese anime, manga, and video games featuring tentacles. kotaku.com.au/2010/10/wha…
In February 1335, two Oxford University students complained to the bartender of the Swindlestock Tavern about the quality of wine served. The argument turned into a brawl which escalated into a riot that lasted over three days, killing around 30 townsfolk and 63 members of the university en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_…
Paul McCartney in 2002 threw his fiance' Heather Mills' diamond-and-sapphire engagement ring (Β£15,000 ($25,500) out of a hotel window during an argument. After calming down he asked security at the Turnberry Isle Resort and Club to search the grounds and it was eventually found. nypost.com/2002/06/03/ex-…
Today I learned about Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea (c. 490–430 BC), who claimed that motion is nothing but an illusion. Upon hearing Zeno's arguments, Diogenes the Cynic stood up and walked away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen…
Of Dilsey Pope a woman of colour from Columbus, Georgia, who owned her husband as a slave. During an argument she sold her husband to a neighbour, when she was ready to reconcile he wouldn't sell him back. face2faceafrica.com/artic…
Guinness World Records were started by the Guinness Breweries to settle arguments about records debated nightly in pubs throughout Ireland when their managing director got involved in an argument over which was the fastest game bird in Europe, the golden plover or the red grouse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
: Decision for a Pakistani corruption case which involved falsified documents, was given based on the font which was used in the documents. The argument was that the used font, 'Calibri' was not commercially available until 2007. Court decided that the documents were re printed with false dates. bbc.com/news/blogs-trendi…
Before filming the gradual marriage fallout in Blue Valentine, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams prepared by living together in their onscreen home, buying groceries with a budget based on their characters, taking family portraits at Sears, and staging arguments for a month. backstage.com/magazine/ar…
Today I learned about the fallacy called "Galileo Gambit". The argument goes that since Galileo was ridiculed in his time but later acknowledged to be right, that since people with non-mainstream views are ridiculed and rejected by other scientists, they will later be recognized as correct too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
In 2017, Russian man was convicted of murder after killing friend over AMD vs Nvidia argument pcgamer.com/russian-man-c…
George Hull, an atheist, after an argument about the existence of Giants at a Methodist revival, hired men to quarry out a 10-foot-4.5-inch-long (3.2 m) block of gypsum to fake a giant body was buried. Nearly a year later, he hired 2 persons to dig a well and claim that they have discovered it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The Boltzmann Brain argument suggests it is more likely for a brain to spontaneously form (complete with false memories) than it is for our universe to have formed in the first place. This leads to the conclusion that statistically, we ourselves are Boltzmann Brains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bol…
Toby Keith named his tenth album β€œWhite Trash with Money” after his daughter was in an argument with a local β€œdebutante” and the debutante’s mother uttered the phrase. billboard.com/articles/ne…
James Stewart (Republican) and Henry Fonda (Democrat) maintained a 50 year friendship by never discussing politics after a political argument reportedly dissolved into a fistfight. Instead they spent their time together building and painting model airplanes villagevoice.com/2017/10/…
"Begging the question" does not mean "Raising the question", but is a common logical fallacy, where the premises of an argument already assume the conclusion to be true, for example, "My experience of reality must be true, because what I see, hear, smell, and touch feels so real." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beg…
Evolutionary biologists believe that humans developed the ability to use reason and rationality to win arguments and manipulate their surroundings rather than to find truth and make decisions. discovermagazine.com/mind…
Today I learned about the theory of inoculation and its uses in politics and advertising: introducing a weak form of an argument that can easily be thwarted in order to prepare the audience to disregard a stronger, full-fledged form of the argument from an opposing party en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ino…
There’s a phrase for thinking of the perfect response a week after the argument - l’esprit d’escalier. sites.psu.edu/kielarpassi…
Today I learned about George and Otto, a ventriloquist act. After performing at the Adult Video Awards ceremony, they were asked not to come back, their act was too offensive. One of the first George dummies was destroyed after it got into an argument which led to the puppet being attacked with a knife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott…
Ned Kelly once mailed someone bull testicles after an argument ironoutlaw.com/captain-ja…
Researchers have determined that bats address each other as individuals and frequently get into arguments. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Sweden and Spain got into an argument in 1434 about who was more Gothic and deserving of higher honors. The Swedes claimed direct descent from the Goths. The Spanish claimed that only lazy Goths had stayed in Scandinavia while the heroic ones conquered Spain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Got…
Today I learned of an Idahoan student who made a science project about the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide (water). The project was so convincing it caused his fellow students to call for it to be banned. This was used as an argument against leading the public to false conclusions with the manipulation of facts. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
According to Stan Lee, during an argument, his wife Joanie destroyed the typewriter he used to write the first issues for characters including Spider-Man and The Fantastic Four npnews24.com/2018/11/13/t…
Professional wrestler Richard Garza, aka β€˜Mighty Igor’, began his career in wrestling after he knocked a man unconscious during an argument in the gym. A promoter witnessing the event informed Garza that the man he fought was actually a professional wrestler and promptly invited him to compete. wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty…
Pringle is not a potato chip. Procter & Gamble argued that Pringles were only 42% potato flour, with the rest mostly a slurry of wheat starch, corn and rice flour, and vegetable oil. They made this argument because according to Britain's 1994 VAT Act, potato products was subject to a 17.5% tax. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned about the St. Scholastica Day Riot on February 10, 1355, where two students from the University of Oxford complained about the wine in a local tavern, the argument with the bartender came to blows, which turned into a bar brawl, which turned into a citywide riot that left nearly 100 people dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_…
The fallacy fallacy is the formal fallacy of analyzing an argument and inferring that, since it contains a fallacy, its conclusion must be false. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arg…
Today I learned of the Chewbacca Defense, a legal tactic that confuses the jury rather than factually refuting the opponent's case. The term originated in an episode of "South Park" that satirized the closing argument of the O.J Simpson trial, and is now widely used. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Today I learned of "Gish Gallop", a fallacious debate tactic of drowning your opponent in a flood of individually-weak arguments, that the opponent cannot possibly answer every falsehood in real time. It was named after "Duane Gish", a prominent member of the creationist movement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dua…
Mail was delivered 7 days a week, despite arguments from Churches and Organized Labor, up until 1912 theatlantic.com/technolog…
After argument with Liam Gallagher of Oasis, Michael Hutchence of INXS re-recorded some of the backing vocals on "Elegantly Wasted" to "I'm better than Oasis". The band members of INXS had no idea until months after the album had been released. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
DMT has been found to bind to the sigma-1 receptor, which plays a key role in protecting cells from dying when oxygen is low, making room for the argument that DMT may indeed be released in large quantities during death in a last-gasp attempt to keep our cells alive. beckleyfoundation.org/201…
Mark Twain once wrote a book in which he argued that William Shakespeare was not the true author of the plays attributed to him, in which he summarized the many theories and arguments against him made over the past few centuries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Is_…
Today I learned about the Boltzmann brain theory. This argument suggests that it is more likely for a single brain to spontaneously and briefly form in a void (complete with a false memory of having existed in our universe) than it is for our universe to have come about in the way modern science. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bol…

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