Today I learned of Elouise Cobell (β€œYellow Bird Woman”) who founded the first Native American owned bank. As treasurer of the Blackfeet Nation she tried to resolve accounting discrepancies regarding leases on Indian Land which led to a $3.4 Billion dollar class action settlement against the US government. womenshistory.org/educati…
On September 5, 1942, United States Navy Petty Officer First Class Charles Jackson French, of Omaha Nebraska, swam through the night for 6 - 8 hours pulling a raft of 15 wounded sailors with a rope around his stomach through shark-infested waters after the USS Gregory was hit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Black Death was responsible for the beginning of the end of European Feudalism/Manoralism. As there were fewer workers, their lords were forced to pay higher wages. With higher wages, there were fewer restrictions on travel. Eventually, this would lead to a trade class/middle class. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Today I learned of Motts Tonelli, a Notre Dame fullback who ran in the winning TD against USC in 1937. 5 years later in 1942 he had his class ring confiscated during the Bataan Death March. A Japanese officer returned his ring, telling Tonelli that he was US-educated and recognized him from his time at USC. armyhistory.org/mario-ton…
With the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066 the French took over England. The lower-class were the hunters so animal names persist, and the upper-class French only saw the butchered meats. As a result, we refer to beef (boeuf), pork (porc) and mutton (mouton) instead of cow/pig/sheep. thedailymeal.com/eat/why-…
The US Navy commissioned an Arleigh Burke class Destroyer named after Sir Winston Churchill, only the fourth time a US Navy ship to carry British citizens name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning was an incomplete Soviet Kutsenov class ship sold to Ukraine, and auctioned to the PLAN using a private purchaser as a cover, Hong Kong businessman Xu Zengping. Zengping claims his $120 million has never been reimbursed by the Chinese Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
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…
97% of women traveling 1st class on the Titanic survived, compared to 32% total survival rate of the passengers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
The US Navy is replacing the heavy and clunky control panel for the ship's periscope, with an Xbox 360 controller. The USS Colorado is the first to have the conversion installed with plans to convert all Virginia-class submarines with the Xbox controllers. geekwire.com/2017/u-s-nav…
In 1869 a first-class ticket on the Transcontinental Railroad from Omaha, Nebraska to San Francisco, a distance of 2000 miles, cost $134.50β€”the equivalent of about $2,700 today. history.com/news/transcon…
In X-Men First Class, 2011. Hugh Jackman used 8 takes to try to get his line just right. The line was originally, "fuck off" but on the 8th take Jackman improvised by saying, "go fuck yourself", which became the line used in the film and also gave a genuine reaction from McAvoy and Fassbender. collider.com/hugh-jackman…
James Earl Jones of Star Wars fame went mute for eight years until a high school English teacher coaxed him out of his silence by having him read poetry aloud to the class. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Robert E Lee was the second second in his class at the United States Military Academy at Westpoint, ranking only slightly lower than Charles Mason. Charles Mason resigned from the Army a year after graduation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle(author of Sherlock Holmes) played 1st class cricket. His one and only wicket was of legendary cricketer W. G. Grace, which he subsequently wrote a poem about taking said wicket. static.cricinfo.com/db/AR…
Mail-order service Columbia House was responsible for over 15% of all CD sales in 1994. Its practice of "negative option billing" is now banned in 15 states and most Canadian provinces and the service shut down in 2009. A class action lawsuit was filed in 2011 due to inability to cancel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Today I learned of Emil ZΓ‘topek a world class 5k and 10k runner that decided last minute to compete in his first ever marathon in the 1952 Olympics. He not only won but set an Olympic record time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emi…
In 1880s Britain, a fraudulent organization "catfished" singles by advertising high-class matches. Once a fee was paid, the promised wealthy matches disappeared and were replaced with working-class matches. After the organization was raided, they mocked the victims in court for being gullible. daily.jstor.org/a-19th-ce…
NASA astronaut classes get informal nicknames, which have ranged from "The Mercury Seven" (1959) to "The Excess Eleven" (1967) to "The Chumps" (2009). The most recent class (2017) are "The Turtles" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAS…
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…
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…
Robert Moses who built bridges across his parkways low in order to "restrict the use of state parks by poor and lower-middle-class families," who did not own cars and would arrive by bus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned of β€˜Cannibal! The Musical’ by Trey Parker & Matt stone. Originally just a 3 minute film trailer for film class, they showed it to various people raising 125k to finish the film. It features songs such as "Let's Build a Snowman", "When I Was on Top of You", "Hang the Bastard", and "Shpadoinkle" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Kurt Vonnegut had a cameo appearance in the movie; β€˜Back to School.’ When the protagonist (Rodney Dangerfield) is asked how he is gong to write a paper on β€˜Vonnegut’ for literature class, if he hasn’t read any of the books? ...the actual Kurt Vonnegut shows up at his dorm room. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
Jamie Foxx was used as a reward (to recite jokes) by his third grade teacher, if the entire class behaved well therake.com/stories/icons…
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…
In Bhutan, the colour of the silk scarf (kabney) worn by men is determined by rank and social class: saffron for the king and chief abbot, orange for ministers, red for the royal family, green for judges, blue for members of parliament, white with red stripes for mayors, and white for commoners en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kab…
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…
OJ Simpson had been called OJ from such a young age that he didn’t know his name was Orenthal until 3rd grade when a teacher read his name aloud in class en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._…
That, while in prison before his cult murdered Sharon Tate and others, Charles Manson took a class based on Dale Carnegie’s β€œHow to Win Friends and Influence People.” It was from Carnegie’s lessons that Manson learned much of what he used to heavily influence and manipulate his followers. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
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…
Powder wigs started because King Henry Louis XIII wanted to hide his premature balding and this trend became associated with high class because of the king wearing it. constitutionfacts.com/fou…
Many biologics, a class of drugs used for immunotherapy, are created from cells from Chinese hamster ovaries youtube.com/watch?v=_8h1H…
A WWII cruiser lies buried in the German port city of Kiel. The Admiral Scheer (a Deutschland-class heavy cruiser) was sunk in dock during an air raid in April 1945. After some salvaging operations after the war, what remained was buried when the dock was filled in 1949. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned of Helen Foley, a 7th grade English teacher who encouraged the class clown to join public speaking activities. Rod Serling eventually joined the debate team, wrote for the school's paper, and went onto to have a career in early radio & TV pressconnects.com/story/n…
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-…
Typhoon class submarines have a swimming pool and a sauna on board along with other luxury features like a full gym and wood paneled walls. technology.org/2019/01/31…
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…
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…
Today I learned about the British K-Class submarine which was steam-powered and was criticized as having too many holes theguardian.com/commentis…
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…
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…
Awardees of the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor, are entitled to a lifetime of free first-class tickets on Air India. factly.in/benefits-given-…
Mirror neurons are a class of neuron that regulate their activity both when an individual does a specific motor act and when they observe the same or similar act performed by another individual. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Walter Lewin (aka the "Trust in Physics" professor) was found to have sexually harassed at least one student on an online class in 2014. As a result, he had his Professor Emeritus title revoked, and had his courses and lectures removed from MIT. insidehighered.com/news/2…
Despite caviar now being considered high-class and fed to rich people, it was once commonly fed to pigs. businessinsider.com/why-i…
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_…

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