It took 32 years to officially clear the parents in the famous β€œdingo took my baby case”. The mother spent three years in jail until evidence supporting their defense was found by chance. They ultimately received $1.3M for wrongful imprisonment, less than 1/3 of their legal fees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
A study was conducted in an Australian University in 2008 found that "male science nerds" are most likely to be virgins and that female art majors were the most sexually active, but have little knowledge of what chlamydia is. The study was prompted by rapidly increasing cases of chlamydia. smh.com.au/national/male-…
Instagram star Dan Bilzerian's father Paul was involved in one of the SEC's longest running fraud cases. He spent 25 hiding assets from the US gov. and the SEC finally admitted defeat. Many believe Dan's fortune didn't come from poker, as he claims, but he simply inherited money from his father. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
When YoungKio sold one of his beats to Lil Nas X, the price was just $30. However, the agreement stated that he had 50% of the publishing rights to the finished song - and in this case, he became half-owner of the smash hit "Old Town Road". abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
Today I learned about a case report on a 19 year old wrestler who died after losing 9 pounds in 8.5 hours by exercising vigorously in a hot environment wearing a vapour-impermeable suit under a cotton warm-up suit. He resumed exercising 2 hours after the weight loss and died from cardiac arrest an hour later. cmaj.ca/content/158/9/117…
Consuming too much lean protein can cause symptoms similar to broad malnutrition in a condition known as protein poisoning, or more colloquially called "rabbit poisoning" due to the first observed cases in frontiersmen who ate nothing but wild rabbits over the winter and developed symptoms. wisegeek.com/what-is-rabb…
In 2008 suspected serial murderer Ricky Simonds was found dead of heat stroke in the trunk of his ex-girlfriends car. Investigators on the case believe Simonds was waiting in the trunk to ambush and murder his ex-girlfriend, when he became locked in the vehicle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Some school districts argued that Brown v Board only applied to African Americans and continued discriminating against Latinos. Not until the case Cisneros v CCISD was it fully reversed in 1970. tshaonline.org/handbook/e…
Today I learned about the case of Carl Tanzler, a Florida man who dug up the body of the β€œlove of his life” Elena "Helen" Milagro de Hoyos, essentially taxidermied her, and then lived with her corpse in his home for 7 years. historydaily.org/carl-tan…
There are 7 primary keyholders of the Internet. Each keyholder is chosen for their geographical spread and Internet security background to ensure that no one country has more keyholders. The keyholders are a last resort option in case something catastrophic happens to the world's Internet. theguardian.com/technolog…
Today I learned about Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy that solved his own murder case. He was poisoned with a cup of tea in a London hotel. Working with Scotland Yard detectives, as he lay dying, he traced the lethal substance to a former comrade in the Russian secret service theguardian.com/world/201…
A woman sued Keanu Reeves, claiming that he was the father of her four adult children and sought $ 3 000 000 a month in spousal support and $150 000 a month in retroactive child support. DNA tests proved she was lying and she lost the case. thestar.com/news/ontario/…
Today I learned of Brown v Burdett, an English trust law case in which an old lady left a clause in her will that her house was to be boarded up with bent nails, but for some reason that her clock should be left inside, for 20 years. The term was quickly thrown out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
After writing the main riff of Seven Nation Army, Jack White planned to save it in case he was ever asked to write a James Bond theme. Deciding this was unlikely to happen, he recorded the song anyways. Five years later, he was asked to write the theme song for the Bond film Quantum of Solace. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/2…
The lone dissenting justice in Plessy v. Ferguson (the case that made β€œseparate but equal” constitutional) wrote in his dissent that the case would eventually be considered as historically harmful. law.cornell.edu/supremeco…
There have been documented cases of people committing murders while sleepwalking. In one case a man named Kenneth Parker managed to drive 20 kilometers to his in-laws house and murdered his mother-in-law all while sleepwalking. He immediately turned himself in and was later acquitted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
The U.S. Supreme Court has only tried one criminal case in its history, a 1906 contempt of court case against a Tennessee sheriff who ignored court rulings for the rights of a black man and allowed a mob to lynch him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Dogs, more commonly elderly dogs, can catch a case of vertigo. It’s a vestibular disease which causes the dog to lose its sense of balance. It can last from one day to two weeks, and unfortunately there’s no treatment other than to wait. ardmoreah.com/pet-care/co…
67% of prisoners in India have not had a trial due largely in part to the 25+ million backlogged cases. It is estimated that with the current amount of judges it would take at least 12 years to clear the pending cases. firstpost.com/india/numbe…
Naegleriasis is near-fatal disease caused by a small amoeba. It is quite rare but out of 450 cases in the last 60 years, only 7 have survived. It is essentially a brain-eating amoeba that is caused by contaminated water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nae…
In U.S. criminal cases, more than 90% of defendants plead guilty rather than go to trial uscourts.gov/about-federa…
A county in Oregon advertised that it was hiring Klingon translators for its mental health program, in case patients came into a psychiatric hospital speaking nothing but Klingon. They later clarified that this wasn't a situation they had faced, and only a precaution for a hypothetical case en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kli…
Minnesota law enforcement agencies created a deck of "Cold Case Playing Cards," each card featuring photos and info for victims of unsolved homicide, missing person, and unidentified remains cases, to generate tips. dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/…
Today I learned about Loving Day, June 12th; the day that Mildred and Richard Loving finally won their case against Virginia in the US Supreme Court in 1967, legalizing interracial marriage in the US. history.com/topics/civil-…
Today I learned of Mary Anne Holmes' 1995 cold case. Her 4 yr old daughter had run to her neighbors' house naked and bound, screaming that her mother was killed. Mary had been assaulted and murdered while her 2 girls were forced to watch. The girl made a drawing of the crime and described the killer as a lion. gilavalleycentral.net/mar…
XF-84H, aka Thunderscreech, is perhaps the loudest aircraft ever. A turboprop plane intended to break the sound barrier, its single propeller visibly produced a continuous sonic boom that radiated for 100s of yards. Ground crew were regularly incapacitated by nausea and, in one case, a seizure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
Children commonly develop an accent closer to that of their peers than their parents’ native accent. There have been no recorded cases of children speaking with a foreign accent that they have not been exposed to adc.bmj.com/content/98/Su…
In 1692, an 80yo Livonian farmer came to court as a witness on a robbery case. Instead he ended up admiting that he was a werewolf. He would transform into a werewolf at night, travel to hell and fight evil witches. One of the witches was his neighbour, who broke his nose with his broomstick en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
Today I learned about Munchausen syndrome by proxy (also called factitious disorder imposed on another) from the case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard where her Mom fabricate Gypsy's physical wellbeing and lying about her symptoms to receive attention and sympathy for taking care of a sick child. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Around 25% of women display a persistent, visible breast asymmetry. Around 5-10% of women have severely different breasts with the left breast being larger in 62% of cases. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
A Russian cat was used by prisoners to sneak drugs into their penal colony near Moscow. The cat allegedly had 5.79 grams of hashish & 1.56 grams of amphetamine under its collar. Defense/prosecution lawyers each wanted the cat to support their case but it escaped from its kennel before trial. telegraph.co.uk/news/2019…
Acclimatization societies in the 1800s and 1900s introduced non-native species into new areas. Their intent was usually to release animals as sources of game or to combat pests. In some other cases, species were introduced to provide some color and birdsong for homesick settlers. unintendedconsequenc.es/i…
Tomatoes were officially declared as a vegetable by the Supreme Court in the case Nix V Heddon. wikipedia.org/wiki/Nix_v.…
Uri Geller sued James Randi several times, losing each case en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In case of an emergency, Switzerland could fit 114% of its population in bunkers. swissinfo.ch/eng/prepared…
Charles Lindbergh's plane, the Spirit of St Louis, was designed with the fuel tank in front because he had crashed before and didn't want to sit between the engine and fuel tank in case of crash. It totally blocked his view and he had to look out of the side windows or a periscope to see ahead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
The Bobbitt worm gets its name from the case of Lorena Bobbitt cutting off her husband's penis with a knife while he was asleep. The worm is an ambush predator that lives in the seabed and catches prey in its scissorlike mandibles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 2000, Tim Miller founded Texas EquuSearch, a search-and-recovery non-profit which has assisted with hundreds of missing-persons cases and located more than 400 living people and 238 bodies. His own daughter was abducted & murdered in 1984. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
Today I learned of Operation Tamarisk, a Cold War spy op where Western agents dug through used Soviet toilet paper. In the GDR, Soviet troops weren't given TP so they used letters from home, or sometimes, military documents. In one case, British spies found a log with top-secret data on the latest Russian tank. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Until 1994, blood tests for syphilis were required for a marriage license in California at a cost of over $20 million/year to the state. In 1992, 37 cases were found or $413k per case. leginfo.ca.gov/pub/93-94/…
Bounty Hunters are real in the USA and are considered part of Law Enforcement thanks to a ruling in an 1872 case: Taylor V Taintor. Which basically established that the person to whom a bailor is remanded to has sweeping rights over that person. The practice continues today. law.jrank.org/pages/4830/…
Paris Hilton helped the LAPD solve an extortion case nbcnews.com/id/14928838/n…
Eminem's mom sued him for $10 million for defamation over lyrics in the song "My Name Is". The case was settled out of court for $25,000, with her lawyers taking nearly $24,000 of that. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
During China’s Ming Dynasty, powdered smallpox scabs were blown up the noses of the healthy. The patients would then develop a mild case of the disease, & from then on were immune to it. Although the technique had a 0.5–2.0% mortality rate, it was better than the diseases 20–30% mortality rate. wikipedia.org/wiki/Smallp…
In 3 to 5% of cases of invasive cancer, secondary metastasised tumors are found but the primary tumor is not located. This is called "cancer of unknown primary origin". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
While some babies can be born with an appendage resembling a tail, cases of a true tail with vertebrae are extremely rare, with less than 40 cases in record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai…
The retirement case files for every Federal Employee are not digitally stored. Instead they are in paper form deep underground in an abandoned mine in Pennsylvania. When a Federal Employee retires one of 600 workers in the mine process it by hand and mostly on paper. This is still used today. blog.stwserve.com/iron-mo…
EDS lost a 2010 court case because their star witness, a senior EDS executive, bought his Masters degree from an online diploma mill. The opposing lawyer signed his dog up for the same degree, and the dog graduated with a higher score than the EDS executive. The judge ruled against EDS. itnews.com.au/news/key-ed…
When Dakota Meyer was contacted to arrange a time to inform him that his case for the Medal of Honor had been approved, the caller was told that Meyer was working at his construction job and were asked to call again during his lunch break. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dak…
Today I learned of Joseph Grew, the US ambassador to Japan during the lead-up to WWII, who in Jan. 1941 heard rumors in Tokyo that the Japanese were preparing a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in case of a break with the US. When Grew alerted Washington, his warnings were ignored. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…

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