During the American Revolutionary War the British offered freedom to any slave who fought for them under the badge 'Liberty to Slaves'. Despite the British defeat the promise was kept. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
NYPD officer John Perry was turning in his retirement papers on 9/11 when the first plane struck. He asked for his badge back and ran to help. He was killed while assisting a woman in the south tower as it collapsed. nypdangels.com/nypd/perry…
19-yr-old Eric Simons squatted at AOL HQ to work on his startup. When a mentorship ended, his badge still gave access; for 2 months he got basic free food from the lounge, used the showers, locker, & gym, did wash at AOL's free laundromat, & rotated sleep on 3 couches to evade night security. cnet.com/news/meet-the-ti…
Hitler was a highly decorated veteran of WWI. He only wore his wound badge, Iron Cross First Class, and Nazi Party Gold Badge #1 after assuming power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Today I learned of the Beggar's Badge, a badge given out by the Scottish government in the 1400s. Only beggars who demonstrated adherence to Christian morals, and could prove themselves unable to work, were given a badge. This gave the government a way to control who was allowed to beg. historyscotland.com/histo…
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…
Lynn Russell, a former CNN anchor, has two black belts, a deputy sheriff’s badge, a real estate license, and her private investigative license. Lynn and her husband, Chuck de Caro survived a shootout at a Motel 6 in 2015. ajc.com/lifestyles/harrow…
In 2018, a kitten named Pawfficer Donut was sworn in to the Troy, Michigan PD's "Feline Unit" to perform community outreach for the department as well as raise awareness for animal adoption. She replaced another police cat named Pawfficer Badges who got feline leukemia. miamiherald.com/news/nati…
Thirteenth-century philosopher John Duns Scotus believed that a pointed cap would help spread knowledge from the tip to the brain, and his β€œDunsmen” followers wore them as a badge of honor. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about the legendary pickpocket Apollo Robbins, who once stripped Jimmy Carter’s Secret Service detail of their watches, badges, keys, and the presidential itinerary. He once stole a man’s driver’s license and made it turn up inside a sealed bag of M&M’s in his wife’s purse. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Today I learned of Joe Petrosino - badge #285 - the NYPD's first Italian police officer. He created the first anti-mafia unit and tipped off the Secret Service about McKinley's assassination, but they didn't act on it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Elvis Presley's manager sold "I Hate Elvis" badges as a way to make money from people who weren't buying Elvis merchandise en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Today I Learned Elvis Presley asked President Nixon for a DEA badge because he believed β€˜With the federal narcotics badge, he could legally enter any country both wearing guns and carrying any drugs he wished’. cleveland.com/moviebuff/2…
When Eric Clapton and George Harrison were working on an untitled song, Harrison noted down the word "bridge" on the music sheet. Clapton misread the word as "badge", and the musicians decided to title the song "Badge". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad…
Today I learned of Patch Hurty, a six-year-old from Connecticut who wrote letters to over 50 car brands and asked for their badges. Not only did most companies send him badging, but some added extra goodies, like a Lincoln Continental pencil sketch. popularmechanics.com/cars…
That during WW1, the British created a campaign to shame men into enlisting. Women would hand out White Feathers to men not in uniform and berate them as cowards. The it was so successful that the government had to create badges for men in critical occupations so they would not be harassed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Only 10 Scouts earned the Invention merit badge, which required obtaining a patent for an invention. It was discontinued in 1915, and is the most rare badge. meritbadge.org/wiki/index…
There is a secret society called E Clampus Vitus started as a parody of societies like the Freemasons. members wore badges made of tin cans and held official titles such as "Grand Lama" and "Great High Humbug" although said titles meant nothing and everyone had one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_C…
Elvis's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, came up with "I hate Elvis" badges to earn money from his detractors. Elvis and Parker directly profited off their haters. boingboing.net/2017/07/31…
In Hitler's Germany, the government would give badges to "mothers who exhibited probity, exemplary motherhood, and who conceived and raised at least four or more children in the role of a parent". The highest class is a Gold Cross, for eligible mothers with eight or more children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
Today I learned of Inmate Kevin Pullum, who escaped Twin Towers Correctional Facility by walking out of an employee exit 2 hours after being convicted of attempted murder. He used a newspaper photograph of actor Eddie Murphy to alter an identification badge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twi…
Today I learned about Father Francis Gleeson, an Army chaplain during WWI. At the Battle of Ypres, among heavy casualties, he tore off the badges that marked him as a non-combatant so he could take command and hold the line. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
President Nixon gave Elvia Presley a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge. Elvis believed this would allow him to carry drugs and guns into any country. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
From the late 17th century to early 18th century, poor people in America and England were required to wear colorful badges of the letter β€˜P’ upon their shoulders if they received any assistance. This was also used as a form of shaming the poor away from mainstream society. history.org/foundation/jo…
, Dueling scars were seen as a badge of honor among upper class Germans through the mid-19th and 20th century. It was seen as ideal and a way of showing courage to be able to stand and take the blow portraitofwar.com/2017/12…
Steven Spielberg's carreer began when he was a boy scout, by making a nine-minute 8mm film entitled "The Last Gunfight" which earned him a photography merit badge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Badge engineering is the practice of applying a different badge or trademark to an existing product (e.g. a car) and marketing the variant as a distinct product en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reb…
Elvis Presley met with Richard Nixon. He wanted to get a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs because with it β€œhe [believed he] could legally enter any country... carrying any drugs he wished.” After denouncing America's drug culture to the President, the King got his wish. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Dueling scars or "mensur" scars weren't just a movie trope for Nazis but a badge of honor that was encouraged. Sometimes intentionally stuffed with horse hair to worsen the scar. theinquisition.eu/wordpre…
In 2013, the 'Walkie-Talkie' skyscraper in London reflected and concentrated sunlight onto a car nearby, causing the wing mirror, panels and Jaguar badge to melt. bbc.com/news/uk-england-l…
Students at Pace High School in Manhattan are granted University identification badges, which allow them access to the University's campuses. Starting in the 11th grade, students can take classes for credit at Pace University en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac…
When introducing the bodywork-sharing Plymouth Reliant and Dodge Aries Chrysler Co. was so cash-strapped that they could not afford two separate promotional cars, instead swapping the badges on the car they had. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ply…
Elvis' manager sold "I Hate Elvis" badges to make money from those who otherwise wouldn't have parted with their cash for Elvis merchandise. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Today I learned about the Silver Snoopy Award, a pin badge carried by NASA astronauts into space and presented to employees that kept them safe on their flight. Badges have been awarded to 15,000 NASA employees since 1968. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
About Cripple Punk, the movement to embrace physical disabilities as a badge of honor. The movement tells people with disabilities to shirk off the notion of the "perfect cripple" and be whoever they want. sbs.com.au/topics/life/ar…
When Elvis met President Nixon, he brought him a gun. His motive was to obtain a Bureau of Narcotics badge. He thought it would make him invincible, allowing him to travel anywhere with guns and drugs. crimefeed.com/2017/12/off…
Elvis Presley requested to be made a DEA agent so that he could travel with drugs without any problems. President Nixon agreed to meet him and gave him a special badge. theguardian.com/theguardi…
On New Jersey Shore you must purchase a 'Beach Badge' to access virtually every beach. Badge Checkers walk the beach looking for people without badges. If they catch you, you'll be asked to purchase a badge or be forced to leave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
In 2013 sunlight reflecting off a London skyscraper dubbed the Walkie Talkie melted a wing mirror, panels and badge of a Jaguar parked nearby bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
During the First World War New Zealand men were required to wear arm badges in public distinguishing enlistment status nzhistory.govt.nz/media/p…
There is a HMS Enterprise on active service with Royal Navy and the ship's nickname is Starship; the ship's badge is a lion under a silver star. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Misbehaving officers in Thailand are made to wear Hello Kitty armbands as a badge of shame. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world…
Michael Collins, one of three astronauts on Apollo 11 (first moon landing) designed the mission's insignia / badge. livemint.com/Leisure/6ARH…
People can wear a recognized pin badge shaped like a ring to show fluency in, or a willingness to speak, the Irish Language en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C…
Members of the public are allowed entry to Stanford University Libraries free-of-charge, up to seven days each year, upon registering for a visitor badge. No large groups are allowed in library.stanford.edu/usin…
Elvis Presley asked Richard Nixon if he could get a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Presley believed the badge would allow him to legally enter any country with whatever weapons and drugs he wanted. Nixon obliged. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned of the term "yellow cab" which refers to predominantly rich Asian women who are viewed as promiscuous and sexually aggressive outside of their own countries. Some Japanese women have even reclaimed the term as a badge of pride. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yel…
Mercedes Benz offers a High Mileage Club Program for offering 5 grille badges to Mercedes owners who's cars have travelled certain long distances in their lifetimes, starting from 250,000km up to 1,000,000 miles. daveknowscars.com/2010/12…
George H.W. Bush carried the badge of a 22-year old NYPD officer who was murdered by drug dealers while protecting a key witness on his 1988 campaign for president. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
During WWI women would hand out white feathers to men not in a uniform as a sign of cowardice. This prompted the creation of the Silver War Badge, to prevent wounded or sick veterans from being publicly shamed with a white feather. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
The Ferrari Prancing Horse logo originally decorated the plane of Count Francesco Baracca, Italy's top fighter ace of WWI. The badge was given to Enzo Ferrari after the ace was shot down by his mother, who said "Ferrari, put my son’s prancing horse on your cars. It will bring you good luck." businessinsider.com/ferra…
Aussie 200M record holder Peter Norman who won silver at the 1968 Olympics wore a badge to support Americans Smith and Carlos while on the podium during their infamous black power salute. After this he and his family were outcasts in Australia and he couldn't compete in the 72 Olympics. espn.com/video/clip?id=17…
Facebook's first annual Hacker Cup coding challenge was won by a programmer at Google. He showed up at Facebook headquarters to collect his prize while wearing his Google employee badge. technologyreview.com/news…
London Transport offers a free, embarrassment-saving "baby on board" badge so that travellers can be sure a woman is actually pregnant before offering them their seat. tfl.gov.uk/forms/23479.as…
Today I learned about Mel Wiley, a police chief from Ohio who disappeared more than 30 years ago. His car was found with his clothes, badge, and wallet neatly stacked inside. A fellow officer found a typewriter ribbon from an unsent letter suggesting he was going on a β€œone way trip”. medina-gazette.com/News/2…
The famous Amsterdam football team Ajax redesigned their badge in 1990 so that Ajax the Great – the Greek Mythological character – is depicted using eleven lines to represent the eleven players on the pitch. 1000logos.net/ajax-logo/
The LGBT triangle originated during Adolf Hitler's rise to power. It was used to identify male prisoners who were homosexual. Originally intended as a badge of shame,the pink triangle (often inverted from its Nazi usage) has been reclaimed as an international symbol of the gay rights movement. geneseo.edu/safe_zone/tri…
"Cop" in reference to a police officer likely comes from the term "cop" meaning to seize or catch. In 19th century England, the term "copper" began being used as slang for police officers, since their job is to catch criminals and not from the copper badges they used to wear. word-detective.com/2014/1…
Bangkok police officers used to use striped armbands as a badge of shame for minor infractions, but the striped armbands began to be viewed as collectibles by offending officers. As a result, since 2007, the police have been using Hello Kitty armbands to avoid the perverse incentive. nytimes.com/2007/08/08/wo…
Elvis Presley's Manager would sell "I Love Elvis" and "I Hate Elvis" badges to maximize revenue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Nixon gave Elvis a federal narcotics badge which Elvis thought would legally allow him to enter any country both wearing guns and carrying any drugs he wished! smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The Purple Heart is the oldest U.S. military decoration; General George Washington awarded the first purple-colored heart-shaped badges to soldiers who fought in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. armyhistory.org/the-purpl…
Today I learned of an American WW2-era federal civilian women pilot program called WASP whose badges were winged diamonds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
(When looking back at how big France has played apart in American history) Congress wore black and mourning badges for 30 days after Lafayette's death, the same treatment Washington got. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
England expelled all Jewish people in 1290, and was the first country to make Jewish people wear identifying badges. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edi…
Celtic Warriors invented the bleached spiked hairstyle that Punk rockers wear. Singer Billy Idol's hair during 1980's is an example of the style. The Celts bleached their hair blond using lime water and the hairstyle was considered a badge of honour and manhood en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
There are badges, in the Boy Scouts, for showing service to a particular religion including Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism. scouting.org/scoutsource/…
In 1910, Alice Stebbins Wells was sworn in as the first policewoman in the United States by the Los Angeles Police Department and was issued a standard badge. When she was accused of impersonating her husband, LAPD presented her with "Policewoman's Badge Number One". lapdonline.org/history_of…
The Suzuki Carry was the only badge-engineered vehicle sold by all Big Three American manufacturers, as the Chevrolet CMV, Ford Pronto and Chrysler L100. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suz…
There's an Astronaut Badge: To earn an Astronaut Badge, a military officer must complete all required training and participate in a space flight more than 100 kilometers (62 miles) above the Earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
A man got a job as the chief of police with falsified credentials which included a picture of a fake Los Angeles Police Department badge bearing the serial number 714, rightfully belonging to the fictional Sgt. Joe Friday of "Dragnet." articles.chicagotribune.c…
Texas Ranger badges are made from a Mexican cinco peso coin, as they were in the early days of the Republic of Texas americancowboy.com/people…
German Stalingrad veterans would often break their infantry assault badges as an indication that earning the assault badge in Stalingrad was a different level of achievement than earning it somewhere else ww2incolor.com/german/Fri…
Most Iranian women don't wear niqabs. The government once considered them to be a "badge of backwardness." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niq…
Police dogs in most countries are sworn in as actual officers with badge numbers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
While at the Wichita courthouse to get his City Inspector Badge, Dennis Rader was given a tour of the war room for the serial killer BTK. Years later it was uncovered that he was in fact BTK. raasnio.com/GenerationWhy…
Hitler's Nazi Party badge was stolen from a museum by a burglar. The guards thought a cat had set off the alarm, allowing the burglar to escape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
At age 13, Future U.S. President and current POW Andrew Jackson took a saber to the face from a British officer after he stubbornly refused to shine his boots. He then grew fond of the scar calling it his own badge of freedom. homeofheroes.com/brotherh…
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Guard Identification Badge is the second least-awarded decoration of the United States military with the first being the Astronaut Badge en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Elvis Presley desired a Narcotics officer badge so he could travel country to country with as many guns and drugs as he wanted. He went to the White House to ask President Nixon for the badge and got it. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In Japan both new and old drivers must wear a badge visible on their car so others can be cautious around that driver. news.3yen.com/2009-03-01/…
Apocalypse Now was first titled The Psychedelic Soldier, but was later changed by the writer inspired from the "Nirvana Now" badge popular with hippies in the 60s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
All North Koreans are required to wear badges with the faces of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim…
The most successful Prohibition enforcement agent in history made arrests by going into speakeasies, showing his badge, and asking for a drink. Bartenders assumed he was joking and served him. books.google.com/books?id…
Pregnant women in London can get a free "Baby on board" badge to wear on the Underground tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/…
Boy Scouts can earn a merit badge in Nuclear Science. scouting.org/scoutsource/…
The gay pink triangle is rooted in the Nazi concentration camp badge system en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naz…
The blood stain on the smiley badge that The Comedian wore in The Watchmen was the minute hand on a clock watchmen.wikia.com/wiki/C…
In the famous photo of Black American Olympic sprinters with fists raised on the winners podium, is Australian sprinter Peter Norman, who also wore a special Human Rights badge on the podium. They became friends & the Americans were pallbearers at his funeral in 2006. theconversation.com/i-wil…
Elvis crashed the White House to ask Nixon for a Federal Agent for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge. Nixon gave it to him. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Apple requires web developers to put the "Download on the App Store" badge before all other platform badges. developer.apple.com/app-s…
The Boy Scouts of America now has merit badges for Geocaching, Robotics, Inventing and Chess. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
Chairman Mao infected several women with an STD. However, "the young women were proud to be infected. The illness transmitted by Mao was a badge of honor and testimony to their close relations with the Chairman" according to his doctor. nytimes.com/1994/10/02/wo…
The 'third man' standing on the podium as the Black Power salute was being given in the 1968 Olympics was banned from the 1972 Games - despite repeatedly qualifying - for wearing an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge. He received a posthumous apology from the Australian Government in 2012 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The Army Astronaut Badge is the rarest badge issued by the US Army en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
The design of Alfa Romeo's badge features a crowned cobra consuming a north african man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
There is a dirty joke from the Vaudeville era that is still told by comedians today. It is seen as a badge of honor between expert comedians because it is notoriously hard to perform successfully. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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