In 2005, a chinese man found that he could still buy lottery tickets within a 5 minute window after the winning numbers were announced. this allowed him to win over $4 million. when chinese authorities caught on, he was sentenced to life in prison reuters.com/article/us-lo…
Your printer puts information in every sheet you print that will allow authorities to track any printed page back to your printer. This hidden information most likely survives scans and photos of your printed documents, allowing those to be tracked as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
If you are being questioned by authorities in the US and you choose to remain silent in response to a specific question, that silence may itself be construed as evidence of guilt, unless you specifically state that you're invoking your right to remain silent under the 5th Amendment. scotusblog.com/case-files…
The famous photo of Johnny Cash giving the middle finger at San Quentin in 1969 was taken by photographer Jim Marshall when Marshall asked Cash to share his feelings on the prison authorities, saying to Cash, "John, let's do a shot for the warden" nme.com/news/music/johnny…
A man was jailed for 17 years until lawyers found his doppelganger with the same first name. The authorities reversed his conviction. nypost.com/2017/06/12/man…
Shakespeare became wealthy by hoarding grain, and reselling at inflated prices during a period of famine. He used the profits for money-lending activity and was pursued by authorities for tax evasion and was prosecuted for hoarding grain. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Jesse Dimmick, a kidnapper, tried to sue his hostages for escaping, claiming that "they broke an oral contract" in exchange for offering them money to keep him hidden from the authorities knewthenews.com/Market/13…
Dutch authorities created over 300 little "parks" for bees on top of bus stop shelters in Utrecht; roofs are planted with low-maintenance sedum providing a safe habitat for bees. Over 50% of Netherlands' 358 bee species are endangered. Human commuters get with bamboo benches and LED lighting. thisiscolossal.com/2019/0…
Today I learned of William Howard Hughes, a United States Air Force officer with security clearance and expertise in rocket self-destruct technology, vanished in 1983. Authorities feared he had defected to the Soviet Union. In June 2018, he was found living in California under an assumed name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
A Kentucky man escaped from jail after a friend of his faxed the prison a false demand for his release from a grocery store. It took two weeks for the authorities to realize their mistake and start looking for him. He was found at his mother’s house. theguardian.com/world/200…
In 1963, Alweg (known for Disneyland's Monorail) offered to fund/build a monorail transit system throughout Los Angeles County at no cost to county taxpayers. Instead, L.A. County authorities killed off the project due to being pressured from Standard Oil of California and General Motors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alw…
Antarctica was originally called Terra Australis, sometimes shortened to Australia, but in the 19th century the colonial authorities in Sydney took the name Australia, leaving Antarctica without a name for eighty years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Today I learned about an African American man who was shot by authorities during a protest in Boston. His name was Crispus Attucks, and he took two musket balls in the chest. First death of the American Revolution. Attucks was said to be exhibiting "mad behavior" and his shooters were acquitted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
Today I learned of Jonathan Luna, an Assistant United States Attorney in Baltimore who was found dead next to his car in a creek, having drowned after sustaining a head injury and being stabbed 36 times with his own pocketknife. Authorities disagree whether his death was murder or suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
'kahuna' is a Hawaiian word, defined as a respected person who has moral authority in society; a "priest, sorcerer, magician, wizard, minister, expert in any profession (whether male or female)". There are many different types of kahunas that represent all sectors of society and all skills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kah…
In Indonesia, some teenagers collect used tampons and menstrual pads, boil them and drink the liquid. Authorities say the chlorine used to sanitise menstrual products gets the kids tipsy. nypost.com/2018/11/16/tee…
In 2004, Iranian authorities permitted an album of songs by English rock band Queen to be released, partly because the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" contains several exclamations of the word Bismillah. Bismillah is a phrase in Arabic meaning "in the name of God." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Throughout South London, there are large sections of fence made out of WWII stretchers. These stretchers were used by civil authorities to transport the injured during the Blitz. They are what remain of the 600,000 built for the city during the war. citymetric.com/fabric/hid…
The Union army once commandeered a boat to move 111 (unwilling) prostitutes to Louisville to stop VD spreading in their Nashville garrison. The Louisville authorities turned it away, as did everyone else, so after 28 days afloat it was forced to return to Nashville to disembark the furious girls smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned about Vlado Taneski, a journalist who wrote about the women he killed. He was discovered by authorities after he wrote details of the crime in his work that was not released to the public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla…
Today I learned of the Talking Statues of Rome, where critiques & satires of authority figures were posted when they couldn't be published openly en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tal…
Pakistan used Indian currency notes from 1947 to 1948, Indian notes were stamped with β€˜Government of Pakistan’ title | The Reserve Bank of India acted as the common currency authority for India and Pakistan until September 1948 insider.pk/business/money…
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…
In the summer of 2011, authorities were finally able to create a DNA profile of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy and upload it to the FBI’s national database when vials of his blood, taken in 1978, were discovered previously untouched and forgotten in a Florida crime lab khq.com/news/newly-discov…
Nicolas Cage once outbid Leonardo DiCaprio for a 70 million year old dinosaur skull paying $276,000 for it. After later finding out that the skull was stolen he agreed to return it to the Mongolian authorities. bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
Congress can write laws that apply to only a particular person or entity. While a majority of laws passed by Congress apply to all people Congress has authority over, a small number of β€œPrivate Laws” are passed by Congress every few years, usually to grant specific relief actions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
A Polish man received a building permit for a single-family home in the 1980s, he then spent his fortune building a 52-room castle, with 365 windows and 12 turrets. Once the authorities found out, they put an end to construction, he's still fighting with them now, 35 years later, to complete it. houseandhistory.com/lapal…
Prior to production of Valkyrie (2008), German Defence Ministry said that filming would not be allowed at the country's military sites. Because Tom Cruise is a member of Scientology, which is viewed as a dangerous cult by the German authorities en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Val…
In the United Kingdom, it is an offense to watch or record TV without a valid license. The TV Licensing authority can prosecute you, and the fine can be as much as Β£1,000. The TV license fee goes towards the services provided by the BBC, including TV, radio and online content. litrg.org.uk/tax-guides/m…
Today I learned about the Carthusian Martyrs. These men refused to accept Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church in England and were brutally killed because of it. The English authorities under Thomas Cromwell killed and harrassed the Carthusians until they were finally able to loot their monastery. universalis.com/today.htm
During the American Civil War, Southern Unionists and Quakers formed a secret society known as the Red Strings. Red Strings aided deserters, spies, escaped prisoners, and passed intelligence on Confederate forces to Union authorities. After the war, they actively opposed the KKK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
In 2019, a Florida man captures a WWII grenade while magnet fishing. Instead of reporting it immediately to the authorities, he placed it on his trunk and headed to a Taco Bell before calling 911. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Antarctica was originally called Terra Australis until the nineteenth century, when the colonial authorities in Sydney removed the Dutch name from New Holland. Instead of inventing a new name to replace it, they took the name Australia from Antarctica leaving it nameless for eighty years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
(the hard way) that the Norwegian Road Authority automaticly issues a 150kr/$16 fine for each day a car is registered but uninsured. 0.73% of vehicles are currently uninsured as opposed to over 3% in 2017. tff.no/en/gebyr/omission-…
"High" in High Crimes and Misdemeanors refers to "the office, not the offense" in fact, "the offense may not even be a breach of criminal statute" this is due to more being expected from our leaders and can even include dishonesty and abuse of authority. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
There is a Canadian corporation that actually has its own private armed police force operating in the USA, with full authority to arrest US citizens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Today I learned about the Milgram Experiment: Ordinary people are likely to follow orders given by an authority figure, even to the extent of killing an innocent human being. Obedience to authority is ingrained in us all from the way we are brought up. simplypsychology.org/milg…
During the middle Ages saffron was so expensive some traders would try to increase their profits by bulking up the herb with yellow marigold petals. When authorities in Nuremberg, where the herb was mainly traded, found out about these tainted parcels of saffron, the traders were burned alive. theherbexchange.com/surpr…
People complained to the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority that Apples β€œstudio quality” iPhone camera ads were misleading. Apple won the complaint when it showed there was no real definition of what β€œstudio quality” meant. asa.org.uk/rulings/apple-…
Tomomasa Nakagawa, a former doctor sentenced to death in 2011 for his involvement in VX and sarin attacks, including the 1995 sarin attack on Tokyo’s subway system, determined that Kim Jong Nam was attacked with VX before the announcement from Malaysian authorities. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
Buddy Holly's wife found out about his death while watching TV and suffered a miscarriage the next day due to "psychological trauma"; his mother heard the news on the radio and collapsed. Soon after, authorities adopted a policy of notifying a victim's family before their name was released. content.time.com/time/art…
The Archbishop of Canterbury has the legal authority to award academic degrees under the Ecclesiastical Licenses Act, 1533. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lam…
Planned obsolescence is illegal in France; it is a crime to intentionally shorten the lifespan of a product with the aim of making customers replace it. In early 2018, French authorities used this law to investigate reports that Apple deliberately slowed down older iPhones via software updates. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
In 1966, during his second stint in jail, Charles Manson refused release and requested to stay in prison. He’d spent half of his 32 years behind bars, and saw it as his home. Authorities refused and released him. He quickly formed the family. biographics.org/charles-m…
Authorities use accidentally and/or criminally leaked data to track down tax evaders whitecase.com/publication…
The official authority for lighthouses in England is formally named "The Master Wardens and Assistants of the Guild Fraternity or Brotherhood of the most glorious and undivided Trinity and of St Clement in the Parish of Deptford Strond in the County of Kent". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
An island in Brazil (Ilha da Queimada Grande) is considered to be one of the most dangerous places in the world; the concentration of snakes is so huge that ther's one for every square meter. Authorities only visit it once a year to maintain an automated lighthouse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilh…
James Scott was convicted of causing the 'Great Mississippi Flood of 1993', the most costly flood in US history. His friend told authorities that Scott broke the levee to strand his wife on the other side of the river, so Scott could drink and have an affair en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Adolf Hitler spent years evading taxes and owed German authorities 405,000 Reichsmarks, equivalent to $8 million today. Soon after he took power, He was declared free of tax obligations. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europ…
Today I learned of Mariz Abril, a scammer in the Philippines who has allegedly sextorted $29,000 from at least 24 men in the US and driven another to suicide. Despite authorities having a name, phone numbers and a specific location, he has never been punished. thedailybeast.com/sextort…
In 2018, Indian authorities used the perfume Obsession by Calvin Klein to attract and trap a wild tiger that had attacked and killed more than a dozen people. npr.org/2018/10/14/657238…
Spider Jerusalem, a sarcastic, drug-addicted, foul-mouthed, troubled, bitter, but brilliant gonzo journalist with a deep-seated hatred of authority, political corruption, and dogs. He exists within the Helix imprint of the DC Universe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
To help prostitute's business in 16th c. Venice, the authorities designated a bridge where they could stand and show their breasts to potential clients. The bridge still stands to this day and is called "Ponte delle Tette" or the bridge of tits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pon…
Today I learned of Action park, a New Jersey theme park that was known to have so many accidents in the 1980s, 5-10 victims on the busiest days, that park authority bought the nearby town of Vernon extra ambulances to keep up with the number of injured. At least 6 people died there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
A woman was convicted of murder of her son. Authorities suspected antifreeze poisoning. After she went to prison, Stallings gave birth to another child; he was diagnosed with methylmalonic acidemia, a medical condition that can mimic antifreeze poisoning. Stallings was then released from prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
The End of the World has been predicted as early as 66CE. Respected authorities from Religious Leaders to Mathematicians have tried and failed for centuries. For the scientific community, the end of the world is not expected to occur for hundreds of thousands or even billions of years from now. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
An Indian tribe man was kept in prison for 54 years without facing any trial. Him not knowing any common language prevented him from communicating with the authorities. He was released in 2005, died in 2007 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
In the early 1990s, New York City's Metro Transit Authority had a mascot for their new MetroCard service (that replaced tokens) - the Caardvark gothamist.com/arts-entert…
The parents of 17-year-old Jesse Shipley who had died in a car crash only learned that authorities had kept his brain when his classmates went on a field trip to a morgue and saw a jar labeled Jesse Shipley that had a brain in it. edition.cnn.com/2010/HEAL…
In 1966 after failing for 3 years to extinguish a gas well fire Soviet authorities decided to use a 30kt atomic bomb. It was detonated at a depth of 1,500m, crushing the well and extinguishing the flames in seconds. Following this success the same technique was use on 4 other well fires. energyglobalnews.com/1966…
Today I learned about Bishop Curry V - a 11 year old boy from Texas who invented a device called 'Oasis' that is intended to prevent hot car deaths of children. The device contains sensors that detects and manages the car's temperature as it alert parents and authorities. nbcnews.com/storyline/hot…
Ibn Sina or Avicenna is widely considered to be the β€œFather of modern Medicine”. His book β€œThe Canon of Medicine” published in 1025 became the standard textbook of medicine and remained a medical authority for centuries in the Medieval Europe and the Islamic world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avi…
Lizzie Post, the Great-great-granddaughter of etiquette authority Emily Post (and current co-president of the Emily Post Institute) has released a book called "Higher Etiquette." This book covers the social etiquette of all things cannabis. penguinrandomhouse.com/bo…
Robert Wagner is a person of interest in actress Natalie Wood's 1981 drowning death. The captain of the boat admitted that he lied to police & that Wood & Wagner had argued the night she drowned & that Wagner had prevented the captain from turning on the search lights & contacting authorities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
No Shōgun tried to usurp the throne, even when they had at their disposal the military power because the Shōgun received the power of the Emperor, as his symbol of authority, and a tradition tracing the imperial line from the "age of the gods" into an "eternal line unbroken by the times". wikipedia.org/wiki/Shōgun…
High heels were first used by Persian calvary. Owning horses was expensive, so to wear heels implied the wearer had significant wealth. Europe caught on and was used to imply their upper-class status. Authorities even began regulating the length of a high heel's point according to social rank. wikipedia.org/wiki/High-h…
Genelle Guzman-McMillan, a Port Authority Secretary was the last survivor to be pulled out from the rubble of the Twin Towers after the 9/11 attacks. She remained under the rubble for 27 hours only to be discovered by rescuers when a rescue dog named Trakr recognized her scent. nymag.com/news/9-11/10th-…
In 1778, Gerasim Izmailov, the explorer who established the Russian America in Alaska, met James Cook, who would go on to discover Hawaii, in Unalaska. Cook gave Izmailov an octant in exchange for a letter of introduction to the Kamchatka authorities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
The" Pineapple Primary" had the threat of election day violence so severe that Chicago's U.S. Marshal requested the U.S. Attorney General for authority to deputize 500 additional federal marshals to assure the electorate cast their ballots in safety. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Harry Potter books are banned in some schools because some religious authorities claim that the curses used in the book are real! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rel…
To fight illegal logging of their land, an indigenous community of 9000 members in Guyana built a drone by watching DIY videos on YouTube, to film the illegal activities and report the footage to Guyanese authorities. atlasobscura.com/articles…
In 1924, two brilliant and wealthy young men murdered 14 year old boy just to see if they could get away with the gruesome act. One of them was traced by authority from unique glasses, he dropped accidentally at site while hiding body. chicagocrimetours.com/cri…
Rodney David Marks was an Australian astrophysicist who died from methanol poisoning while working in Antarctica. Authorities have been unable to determine if it was accidental or if it was deliberate and Antarctica's first homicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Today I learned of Genie Wiley, a girl who was raised in a dark isolated room with no indication of an outside world for the first 13 years of her life, her father was incredibly abusive, and when authorities rescued her she couldn't speak at all and only made infantile noises. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
A Chinese author based some of the murders in his books on ones he’s committed years earlier. Liu Yongbiao was convicted last year of killing four people in 1994. He’d also boasted of planning a book about a murderous author that bested capture and escaped authorities. bbc.com/culture/story/201…
Einstein actually had good grades in school, with the highest scores in his A-levels for algebra, geometry, descriptive geometry, history and physics. His reputation for being bad at school comes from his dislike of school authority, leading to clashes with teachers. gizmodo.com/einstein-actu…
Nikolay Shvernik was the titular Soviet head of state, but in fact had little power because the real authority lay with Joseph Stalin as General Secretary of the Communist Party. During WWII, Shvernik was responsible for evacuating Soviet industry away from the advancing Wehrmacht en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
Amelia Earhart likely survived and sent distress signals for weeks after disappearing, but the authorities immediately presumed all signals to be hoaxes with no further investigation nbcnews.com/id/47653021/n…
In the British Crown dependency of Jersey, the state-wide police service cannot charge people with a crime. Instead, senior members of an unpaid, elected "Honorary Police" are the only people with legal authority to charge with a crime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Tennessee Valley Authority is a federally owned electric utility company that competes with private utility corporations to this day. history.com/topics/great-…
Titus Adams, aged 7, walked barefoot in the snow for half a mile to get help for his mom after she was thrown from her crashed pick-up truck. His courageous half-mile walk amid 23-degree weather saved his mother's life, authorities in Greeley, Colo., said. nydailynews.com/archives/…
Copra (dried coconut meat) is capable of spontaneous combustion and is thus forbidden from being transported by air unless express permission is given by a relevant authority. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop…
The street plan of Rovaniemi in Lapland, home of 'Santa Claus Village', is based on a reindeer's head and antlers. Architect Alvar Aalto was commissioned in 1945 after the retreating German army burnt down the city in WWII. He was partly inspired by Roosevelt's Tennessee Valley Authority. theguardian.com/cities/20…
In the 1960s, the sugar industry paid three Harvard scientists $50,000 to say that heart disease was most likely caused by saturated fat. After their report was published in JAMA, diets concentrating on low fat gained the endorsement of many health authorities. nyti.ms/2cynH0S
In 1930, soccer star Alexandre Villaplane captained France's first-ever World Cup team. In 1944, Villaplane was executed by French authorities as a Nazi collaborator. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Pennsylvania humane societies and SPCAs have the authority to employ Humane Society Police Officers who are trained and court appointed to enforce one section of the PA Crimes Code: Section 5511, which deals with cruelty to animals. pafederatedhumane.org/hsp…
Venice has put a strict ban on feeding pigeons at the famous St. Marks Square. If a tourist is caught in the act, he/she will have to pay a heavy fine for that. As per authorities, the pigeons were causing damage to the city’s marble statues and other structures by pecking. reuters.com/article/us-ve…
In 1987, in Brazil, a ship carrying 22tons of weed in 3lb cans dumped all of it in the sea after being chased by Brazilian authorities. The cans were carried to the coastline by the tides, and most ended up being found (and used) by locals. This event came to be known as "The Summer of the Cans" localsofbrazil.com/books/…
On a trip to China, Prince Philip joked to students that "if you stay here much longer, you'll go slit-eyed". After initial concerns of offence, it was revealed that Chinese authorities were unconcerned. They explained that travelling Chinese students were likewise warned not to go "round-eyed". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Japanese performance artist Mao Sugiyama cooked his genitals with mushrooms and parsley, and served it to 5 individuals that had paid 100,000 yen each. Japanese authorities were notified but chose not to act, as cannibalism is not illegal in Japan. huffingtonpost.ca/2012/05…
Bobby Dunbar was a 4 year old boy who disappeared in 1914. After 8 months, authorities found a boy who they believed was him. Bobby’s parents, after some initial reluctance, agreed. The boy was taken from his home and given to them. In 2004, DNA testing proved he wasn’t the real Bobby. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
In 1970, a dead whale washed up on Florence Beach, Oregon. Instead of cremating or burying the creature, authorities decided to blow it up with dynamite. The explosion caused bits of whale and chunks of blubber to rain from the sky, injuring spectators and damaging cars. wweek.com/culture/2016/09…
An anonymous Brit drew penises around potholes in Manchester to force authorities to stop delaying fixing them. It worked theverge.com/2015/5/2/853…
Today I learned about Samuel Little. In November 2018, he confessed to 93 murders. This would make him the most prolific serial killer in American history. Authorities have so far confirmed 34. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Two brothers from a set of triplets fooled a Russian prison when one brother swapped places with the other to give him a brief taste of freedom. Rather than returning, the freed brother ran off with his brother's girlfriend. It took years for the authorities to realize they had been duped. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europ…
An Air Canada flight was asked by Australian authorities to investigate an emergency beacon. The plane, with 270 people, flew at 4000 feet as crew and passengers used binoculars to locate a stranded sailor, who was later rescued by police. The flight landed safely in Sydney, 90 minutes delayed. cbc.ca/news/world/air-can…
In 2012, an Afghan Taliban Commander Mohammed Ashan turned himself in to local authorities, trying to claim the $100 reward prize he had seen on a poster for his arrest. nypost.com/2012/04/19/tal…
After World War II, Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie was recruited by the CIA as an anti-communist counter-intelligence offer in France; upon being discovered by French authorities, the CIA helped Barbie escape to Bolivia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kla…
A Sesame Street episode in the year 1976 scared children so much, that the authorities had to pull it off air after several complaints that were made by parents, whose kids screamed in horror. muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Ep…
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…

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