Only 40 songs have ever reached diamond certification (11x platinum). "Baby Shark" is the only children's song to earn this designation. billboard.com/articles/co…
California has mandated all new homes to be energy neutral which is the equivalent of LEED Zero Carbon certification. cpuc.ca.gov/ZNE/
Because there is no certification or official national registry of legitimate service dogs, there is no way to verify whether a dog has undergone rigorous training to become a service animal. Service dogs receive up to two years of training, which can cost more than $40,000. pbs.org/newshour/health/1…
Today I learned of the NBTHK, a Japanese society dedicated to the review and grading of collector grade Japanese swords. The process to receive one of four grades of certification papers is rigorous and it can take up to a year in some cases for a sword to receive an evaluation. new.uniquejapan.com/nbthk…
Today I learned of the now closed Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong. Pilots required special certification due to its difficult approach: a last minute, 47Β° turn through a developed area between mountains and close to buildings that could only be done visually, as guidance system paths would crash into the mountain. unforbiddingcity.com/2013…
The Bronx Library Center is the first "green" library in New York City with LEED Silver certification. Approximately 40 percent of materials used in construction were manufactured locally (within 500 miles of the site) and the library itself is composed of roughly 20 percent recycled material en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
There is a national cheese society with an intense certification exam and memberships. cheesesociety.org/certifi…
The name "Kosher Salt" is not due to it receiving a Kosher certification, but because it was used in the Koshering of meat by drawing out blood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kos…
Daimler-Benz initially saw little market for G-class in US, so a small company Europa Motors did the certification and crash tests, and popularized it as an upmarket SUV. Once sales in US exploded, MB had to buy back the distribution rights in US. autotrader.com/car-news/h…
The Hampsterdance Song peaked at number one on the 2000-2001 Canadian Singles Chart and received Gold certification on the Australian Recording Industry Association. This means it sold 35,000 copies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
UC Merced is the only American university with the construction of every building on campus environmentally certified to LEED certification. A 1 megawatt solar-panel array that helps power the campus and there are lots of water refill stations ucmerced.edu/green-ground
All teachers in North Korea in the 1990s were required to play the accordion--and that you needed to pass an accordion test before getting your teaching certification. books.google.com/books?id…
American Airlines once flew the wrong plane from LA to Honolulu - the plane lacked certification to fly for long periods where there are no emergency landing alternatives nearby theverge.com/2015/9/13/93…
Gaming peripherals company Razer owns THX, the audio reproduction certification company theverge.com/2016/10/17/1…
There is a American fraternal order for men with beards who resemble Santa Claus. They host seminars and training on how to best portray Santa professionally and even offer official certification to their members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
There is an online certification program to become a professional cuddler. certifiedcuddlers.com/
Today I learned of the Sudbury school with no grade levels or classes. Instead, students aged 4 through 18 are age-mixed and a system of certifications for using equipment that requires specialized knowledge and of safety concerns. Certifications are typically restricted only by demonstrated ability. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sud…
In the weeks leading up to Passover, Coca-Cola bottlers in certain markets substitute Coke with cane sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup in order to obtain Kosher for Passover certification. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
Fair trade and organic coffee certification may actually be contributing to poverty among small-scale growers, not helping them out of it foreignpolicy.com/article…
Operating the VAB cranes is a specialized field. Kennedy's crane operators are required to go through about a year of extensive in-house training and achieve a 094-1 Overhead Crane Operator Certification. nasa.gov/content/upgrades…
You start at the bottom of the US Soccer coaching certification system (Level F), and have to work your way up certifications - similar to promotion/relegation! ussoccer.com/coaching-edu…
Even programming languages (Like C++) are standardized as ISO Certification. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%2…
To apply for FCC certification, the applicant cannot have been convicted of possession or distribution of drugs. fcc.gov/media/radio/anti-…
Today I learned of Mike Carmichael. A man who painted a baseball every day since 1977. It received a Guinness Book of World Records certification in 2014. roadsideamerica.com/story…
Wendel, a drum machine created specifically for the Steely Dan album "Gaucho", was awarded its own platinum record upon certification. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gau…
You may not insist on proof of state certification before permitting the service animal to accompany the person with a disability ada.gov/qasrvc.htm
The original Django (1966) was considered so violent that it was refused certification in Britain until 1993. In 2004 it was downgraded to a 15 certificate to keep up with the times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dja…
Organic Certification in Canada is regulated, and my apple juice doesn't just *say* it's Organic, it's certified! omafra.gov.on.ca/english/…
An 80s pop group from England named their band after a Vulcan elder from the original series of Star Trek, called T'Pau. They had a number four hit in the United States called 'Heart & Soul', and hit 4x platinum certification back on home soil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%2…
The children's animated film 'Watership Down' released in 1978 still receives complaints over it's certification sbbfc.co.uk/CaseStudies/W…
Duolingo is moving away from selling translation services towards selling language certifications. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duo…

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