The Japanese, other than nobles or samurai class families, did not have surnames until 1868, when the government required commoners to adopt surnames. Names were chosen based on locations, occupations, or simply were made up, explaining the diversity in Japanese surnames (100,000+ present). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
US sitcom Bewitched had a 1970 episode explicitly addressing racism. It was written by 26 African-American students from a tenth grade English class and was the favourite episode of series star Elizabeth Montgomery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sis…
A California HS teacher designed an experiment/demonstration to explain how the German population could accept the actions of the Nazi regime during WWII. It lasted 5 days and grew from just his class of 30 to over 200 students. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Ted Kaczynski (better known as the Unabomber) received an invitation in 2012, while incarcerated at ADX Florence, to his Harvard graduating class's 50th anniversary reunion. He RSVPed, noting his occupation as "prisoner" and his eight life sentences as "awards." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
Today I learned about Helga de la Brache. A woman who grew up in lower class circumstances but succesfully posed as a Swedish princess for years. Convincing even the Swedish royal family who gave her a pension and "furniture befitting a princess." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
In 1990, Judas Priest was sued over a suicide pact made by two young men in Nevada. The lawsuit by their families claimed that their album Stained Class contained hidden messages. The case was dismissed by the judge for insufficient evidence of placement of subliminal messages on the record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
Mozart was among the top income earners of society back in his day and lived lavishly, earning about 10,000 florins/yr vs 25 fl/yr for laborers and ~500 for some in the upper class. He was also not buried in a pauper’s grave, just that only Aristocrats were allowed to have private burials. biography.com/news/mozart…
When Upton Sinclair published his landmark 1906 work "The Jungle” about the lives of meatpacking factory workers, he hoped it would lead to worker protection reforms. Instead, it lead to sanitation reforms, as middle class readers were horrified their meat came from somewhere so unsanitary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Aztec noble class spoke in parallelisms, repeating a phrase in two different ways, and in difrasismo, words said in metaphorical sense. Examples are "may we not die, may we not perish" and "The flower, the song" – meaning "poetry" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nah…
Despite caviar now being considered high-class and fed to rich people, it was once commonly fed to pigs. businessinsider.com/why-i…
After the samurai class was dismantled in Japan, some samurai became farmers. These samurai were given apple seedlings in the town of Aomori so that they could produce them. Aomori would later become Japan's apple capital. tokyoweekender.com/2020/0…
The victims of the Titanic, that were recovered, were buried according to the class they were sailing in with First Class passengers being embalmed and buried in a Halifax cemetery while Third Class passengers were buried at sea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CS_…
When legendary Australian cricketer Sir Donald Bradman broke the world record for first-class runs (452 not out in a single innings), his opponents chaired him off the ground. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
In 2005, when speaking to a class of 4th graders, the Mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman, was asked what he'd take with him if stranded on a desert island. He replied: "A bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin." When asked about his hobbies, he said he enjoyed drinking Bombay Sapphire Gin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osc…
Old books smell like vanilla due to the decomposition of a class of organic polymers called lignin into vanillin. vox.com/2014/7/9/5881789/…
Helen Keller was a suffragist, pacifist, and radical socialist. She actively campaigned and wrote in support of the working class from 1909 to 1921. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
"Class" Action Park, a Notoriously Dangerous New Jersey Theme Park, Had a Waterslide in Which "Teeth Were Often Lost, Sometimes Embedded in the Top of the Loop." melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
Americans speak rhotic English - But after the Revolutionary War, upper-class and upper-middle-class citizens in England began using non-rhotic speech as a way to show their social status. rd.com/article/american-b…
Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman were in the same acting class and were voted by classmates as β€œThe Least Likely to Succeed.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
The Norwegian band A-Ha from the 80s ("Take On Me") is still touring and making albums and hits, earning well over $50 Million dollars in 2010 alone. Its members are also Knights of the 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-h…
Karl Marx distinguished between the proletariat, who create the wealth of a society, and the lumpenproletariat, who are criminals, extremely poor and unemployed. He considered the latter to be devoid of class consciousness and didn't believe they'd be involved in overthrowing the bourgeoisie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lum…
DeepMind developed an AI, called AlphaZero, that learned to master chess in under 4 hours. The AI then went on to beat the world-class program Stockfish and two other chess programs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alp…
Titanic Survivor Alfred Nourney gave a fake name and purchased an expensive suit in a scheme to get upgraded from second-class to first-class. It worked and he ultimately survived to tell the tale of "Baron von Drachstedt". geni.com/people/Alfred-No…
Because the UK Royal Navy's Astute class nuclear powered submarines can purify their own air and water and run on nuclear fuel, that the endurance is only limited to 90 days due to breakfast storage capacity for 18,000 sausages and 4200 Weetabix en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
John Legend graduated from high school salutatorian of his class and at age 16. He was then accepted to Harvard but turned it down for the University of Pennsylvania where he would graduate. He is also one of only 15 people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. cnbc.com/2018/09/11/john-…
Lynyrd Skynyrd is named after a P.E. teacher called Leonard Skinner who had the band members in his class and was known for being very strict about enforcing the schools no long hair on boys policy so the band named themselves to mock Skinner and changed a few letters to avoid a lawsuit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
RMS Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic and the only civilian class vessel to sink an enemy warship in World War 1 by tearing open a German U-boat's pressure hull with it's propeller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
The original British Airways policy for passengers who died mid-flight was to pretend they were alive, prop them up on their seats, and give them a vodka and tonic, a Daily Mail and eye-shades. Nowadays, they tuck a blanket up to their neck, and if possible, move them to a first-class seat traveller.com.au/put-them…
A "Carrington-Class Coronal Mass Ejection" might obliterate Earth electronics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Organized mobs of overly perfumed, armed, and costumed middle class youth were used by upper class politicians for over a year to attack the lower class leadership controlling the early days of the French Revolution. The youth were cast aside once the affluent leadership gained control. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
There is a hypothetical class of exoplanets called Blanets which orbit supermassive black holes. The word "Blanet" is a portmanteau of the words "black" and "planet". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Today I learned of the 18 British K-class submarines built, none were lost through enemy action, but 6 sank, with significant loss of life, in accidents. When their design had been proposed, 1 admiral had said 'the most fatal error imaginable would be to put steam engines in submarines.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
A disgruntled game dev student made a hilariously terrible animation of a dancing bear as a protest that he learned nothing from an animation class, by only utilizing techniques taught in the class. It became a meme after a friend uploaded it to youtube; he also got an A waxy.org/2008/01/colins_b…
The hairstyle β€œchonmage” or β€œtop knot” of the Japanese in the Edo era was a means to hold samurai helmets in place. In 1876 it was banned along with other references to the samurai class. samurai-world.com/chonmag…
In 2002, Steven Spielberg recieved a bachelors degree for completing a course on film and electronic arts at university. To pass the advanced filmmaking class exam, he submitted his own 1993 epic, 'Schindler's List'. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/enter…
Before it was Bank of America, it was Bank of Italy, and was founded by an Italian-American. He wanted to make banking accessible to the working class, and he was a pioneer of the modern day banking system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
Norman Wisdom, British actor, best known for his comedy films featuring his hapless character Pitkin (1953-66), gained celebrity status in Albania where his films were the only Western films permitted by dictator, Enver Hoxha, due to Pitkin’s struggles against capitalism & class. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
James Franco launched a college course entitled "Master Class: Editing James Franco...with James Franco," in which student editors are to compile a 30 minute documentary on Franco, using behind the scenes footage of Franco supplied by Franco, to "create a cinematic image of James Franco." news.avclub.com/james-fra…
The fourth funnel on the Titanic was fake. It was for appearances only: it made the ship look bigger. It was not connected to the charcoal ovens, but it was connected to the first-class smoking room, making it a sort of oversized kitchen hood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
Most of Hawaii's male prison population are housed in Eloy, Arizona by contract. The guards must take a Hawaiian diversity training class. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
A German student was sued for $3,772 by his alma mater for earning his bachelor's and master's "too fast". Both degrees usually take 11 semesters, but Marcel Pohl graduated in 2; he went to one class while having 2 friends share notes from other classes he was enrolled in at the same time. businessinsider.com/a-ger…
West Point banned an annual pillow fight held by first year cadets after it devolved into a β€œbloody clash” in 2015. 30 people were injured, 24 of them had concussions. A report said upper-class cadets did not take proper control of the fight to ensure the safety of first years. militarytimes.com/news/yo…
The 2013 NASA Astronaut class, which had 4 men and 4 women, is nicknamed the "8-balls" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAS…
19th century New York City was so lousy with oysters, they were typically sold for cheap from street carts for the working class. The remaining shells were then used as pavement for roads, crushed into mortar paste for construction, or burned for lime. atlasobscura.com/articles…
In March 1984, the USS Kitty Hawk collided with a Soviet Victor-class submarine. A red submarine was painted on her island near the bridge but was ordered removed upon return to home port North Island San Diego, CA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Dust mites belong to the arachnid class. This is the same class that spiders belong to. insidescience.org/news/so…
The Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan offers a driver's training class to teach people of any age to learn how to drive a Ford Model T built between 1908 and 1927 performance.ford.com/enth…
There is a TV show titled "I Get That a Lot" in which celebrities take working-class jobs and hidden cameras catch the reactions of bypassers. When recognized, they respond with "I get that a lot" until the end of the show, where they reveal themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_G…
Economy class passengers have lost up to eight inches of legroom and two inches of seat width since the so-called golden age of flying. Seats also have narrower arm rests - allowing for an increased number of passengers per flight. telegraph.co.uk/travel/co…

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