Charles Lindbergh may have been known as a legendary pilot but he was also a Nazi sympathizer and spokesperson for the America First Committee. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
Bears at Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in MT have jobs: try to open coolers/dumpsters/containers of treats. If bears can't make more than a tiny hole, the item is certified bear-proof. The GWDC is the only place where products can earn a certificate from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. outsideonline.com/2417218…
One of the founders of the House Un-American Activities Committee, Samuel Dickstein, was himself a Soviet agent during the late 1930s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
In 1992, Bosnian sportsman Aleksandar ĐuriΔ‡ was invited to compete in canoeing at the Barcelona Olympics. The Bosnian Olympic Committee couldn't afford to pay for his travel, so he hitch-hiked his way over 1500 km, including a 2 day trek, and borrowed equipment from the Spanish and Italian teams en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The United States Olympics Committee, and U.S. Olympic & Paralympic athletes are not funded by the federal government, and rely on individual, and corporate sponsorship for funding. This is the exception, as most countries that participate in the Olympics fund their athletes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned of the "God Committee," a group of 7 American citizens chosen in 1961 to decide which patients needing dialysis received it. A lawyer, minister, banker, housewife, state official, labor leader, and surgeon had to chose who in their community would live as dialysis machines had just been invented healthaffairs.org/do/10.1…
The study that was reported in saying β€œcheese is just as addictive as drugs” actually found no such thing. The dietician who made the questionable claim works for an advocacy group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which pushes veganism and urges people to shun cheese. time.com/4090741/cheese-a…
When naming a newborn in Iceland names not previously used aren't permitted via Icelandic rule. A new name would have to be pre-approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee. Also they are not permitted to give a child a name that would embarrass them. wsimag.com/culture/2248-t…
Lion Feuchtwanger, an anti-nazi German author in exile, had applied for US citizenship but the Committee on Un-American Activities scrutinized him for being a "premature antifascist". The letter confirming citizenship reached him the day after his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exi…
There are only two "mind sports" recognized by the International Olympic Committee : chess and bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
In 1978, The House Select Committee on Assassinations reported John F. Kennedy's brain is missing. During the autopsy, his brain was removed and placed in a stainless steel box given to the Secret Service. The box was moved to the National Archives building in 1965. As of 1966, it was gone. theguardian.com/world/sho…
HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee renamed several human genes, because MS Excel was autocorrecting their names, changing them into dates bionews.org.uk/page_15134…
The first African-American to serve on the Massachusetts Republican State Committee was born into slavery, Julius Caesar Chappelle was 13 when Slavery was finally abolished following the end of the Civil War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
There's no Noble prize in Economic Science. It is given by "The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences". Even though it is given according to same principle followed by Noble Committee. nobelprize.org/prizes/eco…
In 2003, when the inventor of the first MRI was snubbed by the Nobel Committee, he took out full page ads in the New York Times, Washington Post and LA Times to criticize their decision. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
From 1967 to 1979, the United States House of Representatives had a committee regarding the operations of a Beauty Shop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The first store in what would become the City of Los Angeles was started by a cattle ranger from Massachusetts. He also hosted the first vigilance committee in the city. This group sentenced two lovers to death by hanging, the first lynching in CA history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
That, in Irish parliament, after Paul Gogarty responded to Emmet Stagg with "Fuck you, Deputy Stagg! Fuck you!", the incident was brought to the DΓ‘il committee, where it was discovered that the word "fuck" wasn't actually in the list of unparliamentary language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
The first American mayor of Los Angeles was also a member of a vigilante committee. In early 1854, he resigned from mayor duties lead a lynch mob. Town residents then held a special election where he was returned to office and was later even re-elected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Robert Mardian, the political co-ordinator for the Committee to Re-elect the President, was convicted for his part in the Watergate scandal but later had the conviction overturned because his lawyer had fallen ill en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, the diary of the Jewish girl who was eventually murdered towards the end of WWII, along with family members, after being found by the Nazis in Amsterdam, was banned by the Alabama State Textbook Committee in 1983 for being "a real downer." al.com/birmingham-news-st…
The London 2012 Summer Olympic Committee contacted Keith Moon’s manager to see if the former Who drummer would be interested in performing at the games. Keith Moon died in 1978. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
, so much buried treasure is found in the UK that they need specific laws regarding finds. Any discovered treasure must first be offered to UK museums at a price set by the independent Treasure Valuation Committee. Only if no museums want the find can the treasure be privately sold or kept. gov.uk/treasure
The man who organized the anti WWII intervention America First Committee died in 2014. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._…
Most of the Federalist Papers (51 out of 85) that defended the the United States Constitution and lead to its ratification were written by Alexander Hamilton when he was 30 year old. He was also one of the five members of the committee that made the final draft of the original constitution. history.com/topics/early-…
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…
The 2012 Summer Olympic Committee contacted the manager of β€œThe Who” to see if drummer Keith Moon was available to perform at the Olympics. Unbeknownst to them, he died 34 years earlier in 1978. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
Bill Gates' mother, Mary, knew John Opel, CEO of IBM, because both served on the national United Way committee. At Mary's request, Opel set up a meeting with Bill Gates, CEO of then-small software firm Microsoft, to discuss the possibility of using PC-DOS for IBM's about-to-be-released PC. pcworld.com/article/24331…
Today I learned about the Reign of Terror, in which Robespierre, Danton and the Committee of Public Safety sentenced multiple people to the guillotine. In 11 months, 16,594 were killed, including allies to the regime. Both ended up guillotined themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rei…
There were "Human Zoo's" across Europe displaying Africans. The last one, in Belgium, was closed in 1958. To stop visitors from throwing too much candy to the captives, they put up a sign that said, 'the blacks are fed by the organizing committee.' npr.org/2018/09/26/649600…
Alexander Graham Bell offered to sell his telephone patent to Western Union for $100,000 in 1876. The committee appointed to investigate the offer concluded the telephone was "hardly more than a toy" and "inherently of no use to us". elon.edu/e-web/prediction…
Linus Pauling is the only person to have been awarded 2 unshared Nobel Prizes, Marie Curie is the only woman to receive 2 Nobels and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been honoured by a Nobel Peace Prize three times. The ICRC is the only organization/person with 3 awards. nobelprize.org/prizes/fac…
Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee, won an Olympic gold medal for himself in 1912 - with a poem. 'Ode to Sport' won in the category for literature. Previous Olympic events also included architecture, music, painting and sculpture, until 1948. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
The word 'propaganda' derives from a committee of Catholic cardinals set up in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV, the Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide (the Sacred College for Propagating the Faith), called Propaganda for short. It's aim was to spread the Catholic faith in non-Catholic countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The longest serving member of the International Olympic Committee is Dick Pound, a former Olympic swimmer for Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
The Chelyabinsk meteor event (a 20m wide meteor that exploded around 29.7 km above Chelyabinsk, Russia) occured on the same day that a UN Committee's Working Group, was meeting in Vienna to conclude on how to defend Earth from possible asteroid impacts. solarsystem.nasa.gov/news…
Wi-fi as we know it was created and first released for consumers in 1997 when a committee called 802.11 was created. This lead to the creation of IEEE802.11, which refers to a set of standards that define communication for wireless local area networks. purple.ai/blogs/history-w…
Toe wrestling is actually a competitive sport. Every year they hold championship in England. But in 1997 the Olympic Committee turned the sport down on the basis that they just couldn't decide if it was a winter or a summer sport. bbc.co.uk/derby/features/…
The Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang , a leftist breakaway of the main Kuomintang, is one of eight registered minor political parties in the People's Republic of China and is seen as second in status to the Communist Party of China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rev…
The UK's famous COBRA national emergency response committee is named after the room in which it meets - the Cabinet Office Briefing Room A. instituteforgovernment.or…
Australian athlete, Peter Norman, is only now being recognised for his brave actions in the 1968 Olympics. β€œI’ll stand with you”, he said to Tommie Smith and John Carlos as they raised their fists in one of the most powerful images of all time. However, the Olympic committee ostracised him. smh.com.au/sport/peter-no…
The Nobel Prize committee maintains its funds by investing in securities, real estate, the stock market, bonds, loans etc. As per the will which established the committee it was supposed to invest in "safe securities" but the term was re-interpreted after the two world wars. nobelprize.org/about/fina…
Today I learned about Centennial Light, the worlds longest lasting light bulb, installed in 1901 at the Livermore Pleasanton (CA) Fire Department. It’s has only been turned off a few times and even has its own Centennial Light Bulb Committee to take care if it. wikipedia.org/wiki/Centen…
In 1967, when the first black mayor of Washington D.C. sent his first budget to the House Committee on District of Columbia, chairman John L. McMillan of South Carolina responded by sending back a truck full of watermelons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
A group of vultures is referred to differently depending on what they're observed doing: "kettle", "committee" or "wake." The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee refers to vultures resting on the ground or in trees. Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vul…
In 1972, Ted Bundy was appointed to the Seattle Crime Prevention Advisory Committee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska was instrumental in the release of the Pentagon Papers, using his seat on an obscure committee to force the Papers into Congressional record en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
If you want to name your child something that is not typically used in Iceland, it needs to be approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
The Queen's English Society is a charity that aims to keep the English language safe from perceived declining standards. In June 2012 the Society announced its closure because of declining participation, but it continued to exist, as volunteers filled the committee in September 2012. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…

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