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…
Today I learned of the Bone Wars. In the late 1800s, two rival paleontologists sought to disgrace each other, resorting to bribery, theft, attempts to cut off funding, and destruction of bones. Both paleontologists were ruined financially, but their efforts led to the discovery of 136 new species of dinosaurs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
In 1972, hours after George Wallace was shot in an assassination attempt, Nixon rushed E. Howard Hunt to the shooter's apartment to plant campaign literature for Democrat George McGovern, hoping to sway McGovern supporters to Nixon. Hunt called it off after FBI sealed off the apartment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Bhagat Singh Thind gained US citizenship in 1918, only to be stripped of it 4 days later for being Indian. His 2nd attempt had the Supreme Court rule against him. He succeeded in his 3rd attempt. He was also the first turbaned (Sikh) member of the US Army, serving during WWI. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bha…
In an attempt to make McDonald’s food 'more healthy,' some of its nutrient-enhanced meals are actually worse for you than junk food. Most notably, McDonald’s Kale salad is the most outrageous offender, with more calories, fat, and sodium than a Double Big Mac burger. cnbc.com/2016/02/04/mcdon…
One of Edgar Allan Poe’s rivals wrote a scathing obituary about him in order to posthumously destroy him. However, his attempt failed and sales from Poe’s works skyrocketed. softschools.com/facts/aut…
Today I learned about the 101 freeway chickens. Since 1969 free roaming chickens have been spotted along the Hollywood freeway. After different attempts to round up the chickens and move them to a farm, they keep showing up and are slowly moving North. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Turkeys will attack or attempt to dominate humans they view as subordinate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Albert Speer refused Hitler's order known as the Nero Decree. Its content dictated to destroy the German infrastructure and resources in an attempt to prevent the Allies from obtaining them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ner…
Charlie Chaplin was one of the planned assassination targets during a May 15, 1932 coup attempt by Japanese naval officers. While the prime minister was killed at home, Chaplin survived as he was at a sumo event with the prime minister's son. japantoday.com/category/f…
Iran's Supreme Leader issued an order calling for the assassination of Salman Rushdie, a British writer accused of blaspheming Islam. While he was not killed, the Japanese translator of the book was murdered and two other translators survived murder attempts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruh…
The assassination of Abraham Lincoln was part of a larger plot that also included the assassination of then-VP Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William Seward. However, Seward survived the attempt, and Johnson’s would-be assassin chickened out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
Muhammad Ali was a guest referee at the first WrestleMania. The match was Hulk Hogan, and Mr. T against "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff. Midway through the match, all four men began brawling in the ring, and Muhammad Ali punched Piper in an attempt to restore order. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wre…
Toots & the Maytals made an unsuccessful attempt to get in the Guinness Book by recording, pressing and distributing a new album in 24hrs. Despite the fact that they managed, they did not get the record because nobody had notified Guinness book organization prior to the event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Too…
Hitler commissioned special "Wound Badges of 20 July 1944" to those who were wounded in the failed assassination attempt with him as per the Resistance's Operation Valkyrie. Only 24 people were awarded such medals. warmilitaria.it/en/wounde…
In 2016 France blocked an attempt by Belgium to issue a 2-euro coin commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Using a loophole in Eurozone guidelines, Belgium simply minted a 2.50-euro commemorative coin and put it into circulation anyway theguardian.com/world/201…
Rabies Disease produces Hydrophobia ("fear of water"), since the ability to transmit the virus would decrease significantly if the infected individual could swallow saliva and water. Thus, attempts to drink or even suggestion of drinking can cause painful spasms in the throat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
The ratio of people using email for fun versus those using it for work has flipped since the 1990s. Many people nowadays dread email "because it is a conduit for unwanted advertising, a wide range of spam, and flat out attempts to scam or β€˜phish’ us” bbc.com/worklife/article/…
A carnival game called "Hit the baby ni****" existed between the 1880s and as late as the 1950s. This game was sometimes played with live humans who would attempt to dodge eggs or baseballs thrown at them. As popularity faded the game was replaced with the dunk tanks we know today. snopes.com/fact-check/rac…
In 1885, British Criminal John "Babbacombe" Lee survived 3 attempts of excecution by hanging. He was dubbed 'The Man Who Could Not Be Hung'. His sentance was changed to 'Life in prison' and was released 22 years later. bbc.co.uk/insideout/south…
Today I learned about Tim Friede, who has endured 200 snakebites and 700 injections of lethal snake venom, in an attempt to immunise himself against snakebites and then offer scientists his blood to make a universal antivenom. outsideonline.com/2395803…
Warfarin was initially used as a rat poison, until a failed suicide attempt demonstrated its safety in humans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
There is a woman in the Bible named the Witch of Endor. King Saul consults her to summon the spirit of the prophet Samuel for battle advice, after various attempts to consult God through sacred lots and prophets had failed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
The New Mexico territory was often considered for statehood in the 19th century but was never approved. One attempt in 1905 included merging with Arizona under the name 'Montezuma'. The following year the same merger was suggested under the name 'Arizona'. Arizona rejected the option. abqjournal.com/286241/new…
Feeling sick is part of the body's attempts to preserve energy for the immune system and make you act in a way that signals to nearby people that you need help inverse.com/mind-body/618…
A European group is using back-breeding in attempts to re-introduce the aurochs, a forerunner of all modern cattle which has been extinct since 1627. discovermagazine.com/plan…
In the 1950s the CIA made a fake sex tape featuring the president of Indonesia in an attempt to destroy his career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Today I learned about the Prussian Scheme which was a rumored attempt in 1786 to establish a monarchy in the U.S. ruled by Prince Henry of Prussia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pru…
Today I learned of "Project A119" a plan from 1958 in which the US Air Force wished to nuke the moon in an attempt to show power over the Soviets and also collect data on astrogeology. The project was eventually rejected due to fear of public backlash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
In an attempt to resist the reintroduction of slavery in Guadeloupe, Louis DelgrΓ¨s (and hundreds of his followers blew themselves up, killing many French troops in the process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
A company once redirected all attempts to a non-registered domains to their own page, supposedly for profit. This also messed up with emails sent to non-existing domains for a while. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
Scottish scientists were awarded Β£250,000 in funding for a 3 year program to breed sheep who fart less. First they will work out how much methane the sheep produce; then they'll attempt to create more of the animals who fart the least. thescottishsun.co.uk/news…
King Zog of Albania survived 55 assasination attempts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zog…
Today I learned about Kentucky abolitionist politician Cassius Marcellus Clay. During a debate in 1843, he survived an assassination attempt due to his political views. Despite being shot in the chest, Clay drew his Bowie knife, tackled his would be assassin, cut out his eyes, and threw him over an embankment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Today I learned about Project Cirrus the first attempt to modify a hurricane by dropping nearly 180 pounds of crushed dry ice into the clouds of the storm. The hurricane changed direction and made landfall near Savannah, Georgia. en.wikipedia.com/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned about Crown Prince Shah of Nepal who was named king, though he was in a coma after his suicide attempt, which took place after murdering his father King Birendra en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nep…
Today I learned about Project Mohole, a failed attempt in the 1960s to drill all the way through the Earth’s crust to reach the mantle www8.nationalacademies.or…
Gore-Tex was discovered as attempt to reduce cable isolation costs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor…
Today I learned of the Great Bell of Dhammazedi, probably the largest bell to ever have been forged. Weighting a total of 297 tons it was lost in Myanmar's Yangon river when looted by Portuguese adventurers. It's still missing, despite many attempts to locate it in the muddy river bottom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Rolling Stone was planning to track down Jack eyVinson, the actor from The Wizard who said, "I love the Power Glove. It's so bad," and have him attempt to actually use a NES Power Glove before they discovered he was a convicted child molester rollingstone.com/movies/m…
Colgate once tried to expand their product line by making frozen dinners. "Colgate Kitchen Entrees" remains one of the worst brand expansion attempts in history. huffpost.com/entry/6-hila…
A Soviet scientist, Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov has attempted inseminate three female chimpanzees with human sperm as a part of his controversial attempts to create a human-ape hybrid. The purpose of the project was to "prove" evolution and use it as propaganda against the Russian Orthodox Church. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ily…
A Texas man walked his leashed African Watusi steer named Oliver into Petco in an attempt to call Petco's bluff on their "All leashed pets are welcome" policy. To his surprise, the Petco staff in the Humble, TX location welcomed Oliver who is trained to ride and rein like a horse. fox8.com/2019/03/20/video…
In an attempt to make his spy novels feel more authentic, author John Le CarrΓ© is credited with coining a number of terms for his fictional intelligence agency (terms like mole, honey trap, pavement artist, asset babysitter) which have become common terms used in real intelligence agencies. oregonlive.com/books/2015…
In an attempt to boost car sales in 1958, now defunct car brand Edsel launched a marketing campaign to give away 1000 Appaloosa ponies. All you had to had to do was test drive an Edsel. youtu.be/rZ4S24PruN8
"the Curse of Tippecanoe" is a pattern since 1840 of US presidents dying in office if elected in a year divisible by 20. The exceptions are Presidents Reagan and W. Bush, both of whom survived assassination attempts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
Male garter snakes secrete male and female pheromones, causing many males to attempt mating with each other. The advantage is that the male snake derives needed warmth after hibernation by being the center of a β€œmating ball” of amorous snakes. nature.com/articles/35104…
Scientists have been shining a light billions of times brighter than the sun through rolled-up, burned Roman papyrus fragments in an attempt to decipher the writing smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In an attempt to modernize Newfoundland, Canada, the province's Premier hired the former Latvian Minister of Finance, Alfred Valdmanis. While industrializing the province, Valdmanis embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars before being unmasked as a criminal and former Nazi collaborator. archive.macleans.ca/artic…
The British government admits to undertaking aerial release trials against it's own people, in an attempt to understand the spread of possible biological attacks gov.uk/government/news/th…
Parasites can manipulate their host’s behaviour to ensure their own transmission. Malaria parasites can manipulate mosquito feeding behaviours such as motivation, persistance in their feeding attempts and avidity to feed on vertebrate hosts in order to increase parasite transmission. evolbiol.peercommunityin.…
O.J Simpson in 2006 had a prank show called "Juiced". In one of the scenes, Simpson is at a used car lot in Las Vegas where he attempts to sell his white bullet holed Bronco en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._…
No peer-reviewed attempt to replicate the Stanford Prison Experiment have reproduced the results, leading to allegations of fraud. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
In 1918, a black man named Laurence C. Jones survived a lynching attempt from a White mob by convincing them of his passion to educate Black kids. The mob ended up collecting money for his cause. inspiremore.com/laurence-…
Today I learned of King's Lomatia, whose entire species consists of 500 identical clones in a 1.2 km area of Tasmania. The 44 thousand year old clonal colony β€œdoesn’t do sex” and is dying out despite conservation attempts. abc.net.au/news/2014-08-0…
The earliest of several attempts to ban coffee took place in Mecca 1511 CE. Its effects on the mind were decided to be as intoxicating as alcoholic drinks, and therefore was banned on religious grounds. It was overturned later as coffee has been shown to sharpen instead of dull the senses. businessinsider.com/coffe…
If an alpha male chimpanzee relies on intimidation and aggression in order to keep his status, then a coalition of chimpanzees will attempt to overthrow the alpha male en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alp…
Today I learned of the Ozark Medieval Fortress, a now defunct attempt to build a period authentic 13th-century French castle in northern Arkansas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oza…
Stunt performer Bobby Leach was the second person to go over Niagra Falls in a barrel. He was rescued three times from attempts to swim the Niagra Whirlpool Rapids. He died of a broken leg after slipping on an orange peel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
NBA player Ricky Davis received the nickname "Wrong Rim Ricky" in Cleveland. Davis was one rebound short of a triple double, when he deliberately tossed an inbound pass off his own rim & caught it in attempt to receive credit for a rebound, but shots taken at one's own basket do not count en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
The CIA not only tried to assassinate Fidel Castro literally but also tried their hand in character assassination including using thallium salts to attempt to destroy his famous beard en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
Today I learned about Project Cirrus. The USA's attempt to stop a hurricane by dropping 180lbs of dry ice into. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen has been decapitated twice, and there's a 7in deep cut on the neck from the third attempt. Its hand was cut off as well, and once someone tried to blow it up with explosives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
New Zealand's "arch environmental criminal" was an English communist who released thousands of exotic fish species other than trout into waterways in an attempt to break class barriers in the angling community (trout being associated with upper classes) stuff.co.nz/national/1188…
Alfred George Hinds today remains remembered as one of the most celebrated British prison break artists. During his life he managed to escape from not one, but three heavily guarded prisons, all in attempt to prove his innocence to the English legal system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
White House Police officer Leslie Coffelt was fatally shot while protecting President Truman in an assassination attempt, but managed to kill his attacker with a headshot from 30 feet away before dying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
Today I learned about Biosphere 2, an attempt to create a closed ecological system that could be used in space. 8 people lived in the dome for two years - only needing additional oxygen and one hospital visit. The experiment was deemed a failure, and the glass dome is now used as a research facility. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bio…
The D.C. Sniper attacks of 2002 were carried out as an attempt for John Allen Muhammad to kill his ex-wife and make authorities believe it was part of a series of random shootings. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Chinese government officials had failed to stop suicide attempts on a Guangzhou bridge by stationing guards at each end and putting up special fences. What finally worked was slathering butter on all climbable parts of the 1,000 ft. long steel bridge. en.people.cn/90001/90782/…
As the brain gets used to alcohol, it attempts to restore itself to a normal state in the presence of alcohol. If the influence of alcohol is suddenly removed, the brain has to readjust once again, leading to β€œthe shakes” or increased anxiety. pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/public…
Black US troops were welcome in Britain in WW2, but the US military's attempt to initiate segregation led to a shootout. theconversation.com/black…
Today I learned of Project West Ford, a semi-successful Cold War attempt to construct an artificial ionosphere comprised of space needles in Earth's orbit to assist in military communications. history.nasa.gov/SP-4217/…
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. spent roughly $3 million each year on weather modification campaigns designed to draw out the monsoon season and even one campaign involved an attempt to flood the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the main route that enemy fighters were using to deliver their supplies. finance.yahoo.com/news/ch…
A woman chugged a $200 of Remy Martin XO in an attempt to beat airplane fluid allowances. time.com/4009310/china-wo…
Bearded vultures seize turtles and fly high above the ground to release the reptile, typically over rocky ground or onto large rocks or boulders. These vultures will repeat the exercise if the shell of the turtle does not break after the first attempt. sciencing.com/animals-eat…
When the Baltimore Colts tried to move to Indianapolis, the owner feared that the government would attempt to keep the team in the city by eminent domain. He secretly packed up everything in trucks in the middle of the night and was in Indiana before the government realized they were gone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
There was an attempt to steal George Washington's skull from his tomb at Mount Vernon. The thief accidentally ended up stealing instead the skull of one of the in-laws of George Washington's nephew from the same crypt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
The Antonov A-40 was a Soviet attempt to allow a tank to glide onto a battlefield after being towed aloft by an airplane. The tank had to be stripped most of it's armament, ammunition and headlights, however the prototype still failed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The record for the Cannonball Run is now 27 hours and 25 minutes. At least two dozen attempts are known to have been made by others since the last record was set in 2013, but only one managed to break 30 hours until now. roadandtrack.com/car-cult…
Szilveszter Matuska was a Hungarian mass murderer and mechanical engineer who made two successful and at least two unsuccessful attempts to derail passenger trains. Matuska's motives remain unclear, although it was reported that he achieved orgasm while watching the trains crash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Szi…
Today I learned of Pareidolia, the tendency of people to see faces, animals or objects in random data, such as clouds. The Rorschach test attempts to use this phenomenon to gain insight into a person's mental state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Operation Marigold, a failed secret attempt by a Polish diplomat which would've ended Vietnam War much earlier had it succeeded en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Max Planck's life was filled with tragedy. His wife died early, his oldest son died in WWI, his two twin daughters both died while giving birth, and lastly, his second son was executed by Nazi Germany because of his participation in the failed attempt to assassinate Hitler. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
Tim Wong made the first and only successful attempt at singlehandedly repopulating the extremely rare pipevine swallowtail butterfly in San Francisco. In seven years, he cultivated more than 200 pipevine plants (sole food source) and donates thousands of caterpillars to the Botanical Gardens. returntonow.net/2019/04/2…
In 1962, elephant bones were discovered under the Vatican. Decades later, it was discovered that they were the bones of Pope Leo X's pet elephant Hanno, who died in 1516 after doctors (in an attempt to treat constipation) inserted a gold enema up its rectum. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The Roman Emperor Commodus had a bath attendant thrown into an oven after he found his bathwater was lukewarm. Due to repeated attempts on his life, he often had Roman citizens killed for making him angry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
If you're in a car accident, tow truck drivers will show up and attempt to tow your car to a shop that is paying the truck driver a "finders fee" for bringing them business. New or uninformed drivers, take heed. It could save you several thousands of dollars in tow and body shop fees. youtu.be/sOboCgIhcfk
Today I learned about Katie Stubblefield who survived a shot in the face during a suicide attempt. She underwent a 31 hour face transplant surgery performed by 40 people in 2 operating rooms. At 21, she became the youngest face transplant recipient in the world and is now an advocate for suicide prevention. my.clevelandclinic.org/pa…
Today I learned of the Australian outlaw group, β€œThe Kelly Gang”, and how they used crude improvised bulletproof armor in an attempt to derail a police train. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
The assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan in 1981 was motivated by a man trying to impress actress Jodie Foster, who was 18 at the time simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
In Pakistan in 2017, a tanker truck overturned and spilled 40,000 litres of petrol onto a highway. Hundreds of people gathered to collect it. They ignored attempts by police to clear the area. 10 minutes later, the truck exploded, killing 219 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
The band the Byrds was originally called the Jet Set and, in an attempt to cash in on the British Invasion craze, released a single under the British-sounding name the Beefeaters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of FordlΓ’ndia, Brazil. Henry Ford's ill-advised attempt to build his own city in the jungle in 1927 to harvest rubber trees. Resulting in catastrophic failure , shortly before the development of synthetic rubber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
In 1943, the Nazis dug up the bodies of the Jews killed during the Babi Yar Massacres two years prior (over 33000 victims) and burned the remains, in an attempt to destroy the evidence of their crimes in case they lost the war. hdot.org/debunking-denial…
Today I learned about William Martin, Mayor of the Royal Marines, who actually never was. It was a successful attempt of the British to spread rumours to Hitler and make him send his troops to defend a 'planned' invasion in Greece. Thus the actual Allied invasion of Sicily 1943 resulted in less casualties. youtube.com/watch?v=8lQtd…
In an attempt to enforce Prohibition, the Prohibition Bureau began adding poison to industrial alcohol to prevent its consumption, killing between 10,000 and 50,000 people. This was supported by people like Wayne Wheeler, who argued that the victims had committed suicide by breaking the law en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way…
There are 11 nonfatal suicide attempts for every suicide death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
Today I learned about 13-year old Eliza Armstrong who was purchased for Β£5 by journalist W.T. Stead in his attempt to expose sex slavery in Victorian London. Though his newspaper story led to tighter laws protecting women & girls, he was still arrested & jailed for abduction & procurement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
In Swedish elections, handwritten votes are scanned by computer and the results published on the internet. Someone attempted to delete the collected data with SQL injection, and someone else wrote down JavaScript to attempt a cross-site scripting attack on people viewing the results. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
There have been 60,000 attempts to get across the Berlin Wall. 5,000 people managed to escape through the Wall, with an estimated death toll of 136. warhistoryonline.com/cold…

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