In 1967 the Soviet cosmonaut, Vladimir Komarov died in an accident on the Soyuz 1 mission, making him the first human to die in a space flight. Komarov was aware of the faulty design of the shuttle and specifically asked the authorities to give him an open casket funeral after the mission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla…
Famous anarchist Peter Kropotkin once escaped from a Russian prison, evading searchers by going to one of St. Petersburg's fanciest restaurants with his friends, where the authorities wouldn't think to look for an anarchist en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
A man was arrested in Japan for selling hacked PokΓ©mon. The suspect had his computer seized by authorities and police believe the man made up to the equivalent of $10,000 selling illegal PokΓ©mon. dexerto.com/pokemon/pokem…
Witches are banned from flying above 150 meters in the landlocked African nation of Eswatini. Any witch caught flying their broomstick above the limit faces arrest and a hefty R500,000 fine according to the country’s civil aviation authority. There's no penalty for flying below 150 meters. pri.org/stories/2013-05-1…
When George Carlin created his 'Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television' bit, the FCC didn't have the legal authority to ban dirty words from public airways. That bit, played uncensored by a NYC radio station, led to the getting that authority. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
In Canada coins are only considered legal tender up to a certain amount. For instance, if you attempt to pay for a $50 purchase with a wheelbarrow full of nickels, the local authority can refuse to accept the payment. canadiancoinnews.com/lega…
When 1700s pirate Samuel Mason was caught in Spanish Florida, he claimed he was simply a farmer, who had been maligned by his enemies. However, the authorities realized otherwise based on the $7,000 and twenty human scalps found in his baggage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
American comic writer Marv Wolfman is indirectly responsible for writers getting credits in comics. A reference to a tale told by a "wandering Wolfman" was flagged by the Comics Code Authority, who disallowed mentions of werewolves, and required he be credited to prove he was real. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about Dumah, the angel of silence and of the stillness of death, in Rabbinical and Islamic literature. Dumah is described as the thousand-eyed angel of death, armed with a flaming sword, having authority over the wicked dead. Dumah is also the Aramaic word for silence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dum…
Mobile payment is so popular and convenient, China’s authorities needed to punish merchants who refuse to accept cash payment scmp.com/business/compani…
In 2004, a woman's steel chastity belt triggered a security alarm at the metal detector. The woman explained that her husband had forced her to wear the device to prevent an extramarital affair while she was on vacation in Greece. She continued her flight to London on the pilot's authority. abc.net.au/news/2004-02-0…
The Secret Service of Switzerland (FIS) is certificated as a "particularly family-friendly authority". vbs.admin.ch/en/ddps/orga…
King Farouk of Egypt, the Pickpocket King. Infamous for stealing Winston Churchill's pocket watch, he was a known kleptomaniac and would steal from several rulers. Upon escaping from Egypt, authorities found the world's largest porn collection at the time among his belongings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
The Anarchist logo isthe mixture of "A" for anarkhia "without ruler/authority" and "O" for "order and organization". Which is a reference to Pierre-Joseph Proudhon's quote "as man seeks justice in equality, so society seeks order in anarchy" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
Hatshepsut dressed as a king, even wearing a false beard as a way of asserting her authority. amysmartgirls.com/hatshep…
With only 324 households declaring ownership of a swimming pool on their tax form and fearing tax evasion, Greek authorities turned to satellite imagery for further investigation of Athens' northern suburbs. They discovered a total of 16,974 swimming pools. boingboing.net/2010/05/04…
The continent of Antarctica was originally going to be called Australia, until the colonial authorities in Sydney took the name for their continent. After that Antarctica had no official name for over 80 years until the 1890s. It was just referred to as the Antarctic Continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Today I learned about a Swedish guy called Richard Handl that tried to build a nuclear reactor in his kitchen for months. He spent around 850 USD on equipment and one of his experiments involved boiling radioactive. He was only caught after he called the authorities asking if what he was doing is actually legal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
In 2015, a British woman began receiving threatening emails from a stalker that included pictures of her in public she had no idea were being taken. When she contacted authorities, they told her the emails were coming from inside her house. It turned out to be her husband. mamamia.com.au/amanda-pla…
The President of the United States has the authority to cancel treaties with Indian tribes should war break out. law.cornell.edu/uscode/te…
Today I learned about Abdul Hamid II, an Ottoman sultan who, because of his education reforms, undermined his own authority as sultan by emphasizing enlightenment values. These values of democracy and constitutional monarchy created fierce opposition to his rule in an effort to check his absolute power. britannica.com/biography/…
The US President has sole authority to authorize the use of nuclear weapons and does not need the concurrence of his military advisors or US Congress to order the launch of nuclear weapons. Land-based missles can be fired in 3 mins. crsreports.congress.gov/p…
Today I learned of the oldest known strike. On this date in 1152 BCE, the artisans of the Royal Necropolis at Deir el-Medina walked off their jobs because they had not been paid. The Egyptian authorities raised the wages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
The English Reformation of the 16th century, that resulted in separating the Church of England from Vatican authority, was initiated because Pope Clement VII did not approve of King Henry VIII's wish to annul his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
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…
An Australian Royal Commission found that Jehovah's Witnesses harbored 1,006 known pedophiles who they did not report to the authorities. The commission also found their policies to be outdated and that they provided inadequate support to victims. childabuseroyalcommission…
One of New Zealand PM, Julius Vogel, was a fantasy writer. In 1898 he wrote an utopian novel about a world where women held many positions of authority. Four years later, after 20 years of suffrage campaign, NZ became the first country to give women the right to vote. nzhistory.govt.nz/media/p…
In 2005 the UK's Advertising Standards Authority demanded a cancellation of an ad where 50 Cent remarked on having really survived being shot 9 times, saying that the ad was "[..] implying it was possible to survive being shot nine times". Reebok accepted their demands and withdrew the campaign. theguardian.com/media/200…
Today I learned about two boys from Dublin who travelled to New York via London on their own while evading authorities at only 8 and 10 years of age. They told their mother they wouldn’t go far as she had the dinner on. joe.ie/amp/movies-tv/the-…
In 2018, 3 people walked out of a Texas aquarium with a grey horn shark hidden in a baby stroller. When authorities arrived at a suspect's home, they were shocked to find the shark "continuing to thrive" in a tank very similar to the one at the aquarium. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
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…
On 9/11, after the first tower was hit by a plane, the Port Authority was telling people to not evacuate the second tower. theguardian.com/world/200…
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…
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…
In 2017, Apple announced plans to demolish a historic Aboriginal art gallery to make way for one of their stores in Melbourne. After intense backlash from Australians, authorities rejected the plan. macdailynews.com/2019/04/…
The origins of NASCAR racing go back to the prohibition era when moonshine runners would upgrade their vehicles in order to outrun authorities while leaving the vehicles looking ordinary so as not to attract attention. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
After the unification of Germany, all of the now useless East German Mark banknotes were buried in a cave complex, where they were left to rot. Two german men did however break in to the complex to steal banknotes and sell them to collectors, prompting authorities to burn all remaining notes. coinworld.com/news/precio…
In late 1940s and 1950s, comic books were seen by parents, teachers, and others as a cause of juvenile crime. Groups organized comic book burnings in public and a 1954 Senate hearing was held, which led to the Comics Code Authority. As a result, edgy content in the comics was heavily toned down. cnbc.com/2018/06/10/comic…
Authorities have revealed the full extent of PokΓ©mon Go crimes in the UK. In 2016, 290 mugging, assault, and driving offenses were due to PokΓ©mon. In one incident a 30 man brawl occurred. standard.co.uk/news/techa…
Dr Frederic Wertham said in his book "Seduction of the Innocent" and the Senate hearing in 1954 that the comic book industry was worse to kids than Hitler, Batman & Robin were homosexuals and Wonder Woman was a lesbian. This caused an outcry that led to the creation of the Comics Code Authority. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
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…
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…
The Serial Killer with the highest known kill-count will be released from jail next year because he showed authorities where he buried his victims. defrostthecoldcases.com/2…
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…
A USSR physicist published his equations for solving reflected electromagnetic waves from surfaces, as the Soviet authorities considered them insignificant for military purposes. His work was found by Lockheed in the 1970s, leading to a breakthrough in developing their stealth plane F-117. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
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…
In 1650, an English woman named Anne Greene was accused of infanticide. She was found guilty and sentenced to death. But she survived her execution and was revived by physicians. After, she was pardoned, as the authorities thought that the β€œhand of god” had saved her and proved her innocence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
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…
The swagger stick (a short stick used to display authority, usually made from rattan) derives from the vine staff carried by Roman centurions. General Patton famously carried one that alleged concealed a hidden dagger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
For 137 years, Barcelona's Sagrada Familia was being constructed illegally. It only got its building permit in 2019 when authorities found out it didn't have one in 2016. straitstimes.com/world/eu…

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