An Australian Royal Commission found that Jehovah's Witnesses harbored 1,006 known pedophiles who they did not report to the authorities. The commission also found their policies to be outdated and that they provided inadequate support to victims. childabuseroyalcommission…
Abner Doubleday did not invent baseball as most think today. 15 years after his death the Mills Commission made this false claim, but Doubleday never spoke on this during his life and this claim has been thoroughly debunked by baseball historians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abn…
In the 1950s the people of Ghana started the art of creating figurative coffins. Families commission these coffins to represent the dreams or achievements of a deceased loved one, or to characterize their personalities. bbc.com/news/world-africa…
Project Chariot was a 1958 US Atomic Energy Commission proposal to construct an artificial harbor in Alaska by burying and detonating a string of nuclear devices. wikipedia.org/wiki/Projec…
In the 1915 Mutual Film Corporation v. Industrial Commission of Ohio decision, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that motion pictures did not have free speech protections under the First Amendment. This ruling would not be overturned until 1952. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mut…
Each year about 100 US firefighters are convicted of arson. The issue is so prevalent that the South Carolina Forestry Commission and the FBI Behavior Analysis Unit both created profiles of an arsonist firefighter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
During the Tower Commission testimony Ronald Reagan had a piece of instruction written for him by one of his aides. However, the president actually read the instruction aloud, saying that "If the question comes up at the Tower Board meeting, you might want to say that you were surprised.”. dailyhowler.com/dh061004.…
In 1953, the Indiana Textbook Commission wanted to ban Robin Hood from schools for promoting communism. history.com/this-day-in-h…
The Federal Trade Commission will not pursue cases of false statements if puffery - statements "that the ordinary consumers do not take seriously" - is involved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puf…
Today I learned about the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, a small group that broke into an FBI field office and stole documents that revealed the FBI’s spying on and infiltration of left-wing organizations across the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
, per the Federal Trade Commission, if you receive unordered merchandise in the mail, you are legally allowed to keep it, even if you didn't pay for it. consumer.ftc.gov/articles…
Secret Service Agent Clinton J. Hill testified to the Warren Commission that Jackie Kennedy appeared to be reaching for something when she climbed out of the limo after JFK was shot. Also, the saw the back of JFK's skull missing after the shot, and a piece of skull was found the next day. aarclibrary.org/publib/jf…
The German War Graves Commission still finds over 25,000 bodies from WWII every year spiegel.de/international/…
Charles Lindbergh was a noted Anti-Semite who was a spokesman for the America First committee and who resigned his commission from the Air Force after FDR spoke against him. After the Attack on Pearl Harbor, he tried to rejoin the Air Force but was banned per Roosevelt's orders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
JFK's father Joseph Kennedy made much of his fortune through insider trading. FDR later made him chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. When asked why he appointed a crook, FDR replied, "set a thief to catch a thief." Kennedy proceeded to outlaw the practices that made him rich. theguardian.com/books/201…
Texas' state government has a directly elected Railroad Commission. Despite the name, it ceased to regulate railroads in 2005 and now regulates on the oil and gas industry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Today I learned about the HMS Victory, the oldest naval ship still in commission. Commissioned in 1778, it has 242 years of service in the Royal Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Anne Whitney, an American sculptor, won the blind contest to create a statue of Charles Sumner in Boston Public Garden in 1875. When they found out that she was a woman they declared it "inappropriate" for her to have sculpted a man and gave the commission to Thomas Ball instead. exhibits.tufts.edu/spotli…
The U.S. Constitution forbids members of Congress from holding β€˜any office under the United States’ concurrent with their congressional service. Legal scholars have concluded that individuals holding military commissions should be barred from serving in Congress. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ine…
Until 1871, officer commissions in the British Army could be bought and sold en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
During WW1 Germany refused to feed occupied Belgium, which was blockaded and unable to fulfill its food demands. In response Herbert Hoover established the Commission for Relief in Belgium. The CRB shipped 5.7 million tons of food and fed 11 million Belgians between 1914 and 1919. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
There is a man (Ioannis Ikonomou) in the European Commission who works as a translator and can speak 47 languages, including 21 of the 24 EU official languages. He can also speak dead languages like Old Church Slavic en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ioa…
On July 28 1866 at the age of 18, Vinnie Ream becomes the first and youngest female artist to receive a commission from the United States government for a statue of Abraham Lincoln. interestingfactsworld.com…
In 1997 BBC TV soap EastEnders broadcast episodes set in Ireland, which were criticised for negatively stereotyping the Irish as dirty, rude, poor and drunk. Complaints were upheld by the British Broadcasting Standards Commission and the BBC apologised for the episodes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Indian voters get right to reject all election candidates. The Supreme Court ordered the Election Commission to provide a button on the voting machine which would give voters the option to choose "none of the above". bbc.com/news/world-asia-i…
The Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act makes it illegal to molest, harass, or disturb manatees. A Florida father was arrested by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission after posting photos of himself hugging a baby manatee out of the water, and letting his daughter sit on it. io9.gizmodo.com/man-haras…
Iceland has a Horse Naming Commission that oversees horse names across the country to ensure that no horse gets a foreign, vulgar, or inappropriate name. icelandmag.is/article/the…
HMS Victory is the world's oldest naval ship still in commission, with 242 years' service. She has been the flagship of the First Sea Lord since October 2012. Launched in 1765 she has 104 guns and takes a crew of 850 men. hms-victory.com/history
In 1969, the Penn Central Railroad Co. planned to build a tower on top of Grand Central which would have required removal of a portion of the station's facade. The NYC Landmark Preservation Commission rejected the design, leading to a landmark Supreme Court "takings-clause"case in 1978. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Robert Moses at one point held 12 titles simultaneously (including New York City Parks Commissioner and Chairman of the Long Island State Park Commission). However he only held these positions as an appointee. When he ran for governor of New York as a Republican in 1934 he lost in a landslide. britannica.com/biography/…
The cornerstone of the US Atomic Energy Commission headquarters contains a time capsule. Inside the capsule are (among other items) scraps of linen from the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were authenticated by carbon-dating & included as evidence of atomic science's non-violent benefits to society public-blog.nrc-gateway.g…
Today I learned of eight deaths related to ingesting liquid laundry packets (i.e. Tide Pods) in the U.S. between 2012 and early 2017 that have been reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, only two of the cases were actually children, with six of them being adults with dementia. consumerreports.org/laund…
Sculptor Michelangelo had no experience painting frescoes and did not consider himself a painter when he reluctantly took the commission for the Sistine Chapel. He even wrote a poem about how much he hated doing it. history.com/news/7-things…
Today I learned about Richard L. McKinley, who died in a nuclear plant accident. His body ended so contaminated that had to be buried in a lead-lined casket which was then sealed in concrete and placed in a metal vault and cannot be moved from its location without the approval of the Atomic Energy Commission. arlingtoncemetery.net/rlm…
The USAF and later Atomic Energy Commission tried to develop a nuclear propulsion system for aircrafts between 1946 and 1961 at a total cost of about $1 billion. Two of assemblies, consisting of a reactor and two modified turbojets each, is on display at Idaho National Laboratory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Terry Crews supplemented his income in the NFL by painting portraits of his teammates. In some cases, this was his primary income. He typically earned $5,000 for a two-month commission to support his whole family. boredpanda.com/talented-a…
An Inuit truth commission failed to find any evidence of a conspiracy by Canadian police to slaughter Inuit dogs as part of a plan to force the nomadic people into government communities. cbc.ca/news/canada/north/…
A crocodile named Sweetheart was a 5.1 metre male saltwater crocodile responsible for a series of attacks on boats in Australia between 1974 and 1979. In July 1979, Sweetheart was finally caught alive by a team from the Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission, but drowned while being transported en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swe…
The Federal Trade Commission says four cancer charities run by extended members of the same family conned donors out of $187 million from 2008 through 2012 and spent almost nothing to help actual cancer patients. cnn.com/2015/05/19/us/sca…
Reinhard Heydrich served as the president of the International Criminal Police Commission/INTERPOL from 1940-42 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rei…
The position that holds the real power in Modern China is actually "Chairman of the Central Military Commission" and not "General Secretary" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Thomas Jefferson once met Mozart to commission a piece for his wife. However, he was put off by Mozart's personality, and ended up not going ahead with the idea. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Reinhard Heydrich, a NAZI, served as president of the International Criminal Police Commission (the ICPC), later known as INTERPOL. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rei…
In 1861, Giuseppe Garibaldi, known as hero of the two worlds and main protagonist in italian unification, voluntereed to president Lincoln and was offered a Major General's commission in the U.S. Army. With only one condition: that the war's objective be declared as slavery's abolition en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ita…
Hitchcock's 2nd movie "The Mountain Eagle" is considered a lost film, meaning that no prints of the film are known to exist. The Cine Tirol Film Commission calls it "the most wanted film in the world", and the British Film Institute is actively searching for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
"Princess Iron Fan", released in 1941, is the first Chinese animated feature film. Its influences were far-reaching; it was swiftly exported to wartime Japan, inspiring Osamu Tezuka to become a comics artist and prompting the Japanese Navy to commission Japan's own first animated film in 1945 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Mexican shamans began to use Coca-Cola in their religious rituals to heal worshippers. When PepsiCo discovered this, they offered commissions to shamans for using Pepsi instead. When Coca-Cola began paying too, rival religious groups were formed based on which soft drink they use. inthesetimes.com/article/…
From 1946 to 1953, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and the Quaker Oats corporation fed 73 mentally disabled children with radioactive oatmeal to track "how nutrients were digested". The children were not told what they were being fed but instead that they were joining a "science club". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Une…
Today I learned about Beatosu & Goblu, two non-existent towns that showed up on the official 1978-79 Michigan map. The chairman of the Highway Commission was a University of Michigan alumnus. Blue is their main color (hence Goblu) and they have a rivalry with Ohio State (Beatosu). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Schools can get 40 or 50% cut of sales from Lifetouch portrait sales, using signing bonuses and commission rates as incentives to win business from local school districts. nbcwashington.com/investi…

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