Today I learned of the tragedy of Love Canal, NY a town that was meant to be a dream community but was built on a toxic waste dump. The government ignored helping the families suffering from birth defects and health issues until a group of activist moms kidnapped 2 EPA officials for a few hours. wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_C…
A Filipino singer made a song with Chinese-sounding gibberish. Some of the Chinese community at the Filipino province of Cebu wanted it removed from jukeboxes. According to the singer, a plan to bring it to court failed because no one could find a single Chinese lyric in the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
After graduating college at 13 with a degree in Mathematics, child genius Promethea Pythaitha received considerable unwanted attention from the Greek-American Community, including an obsessive stalker who was killed in front of her house. en.goodtimes.my/2017/12/1…
There is a planned community near Sarasota, Florida where Amish and Mennonite families go for vacation. visitsarasota.com/article…
A β€œthing” was a term used to describe a governing assembly in medieval Saxon and Viking cultures. A thing was presided over by law speakers, and free members of the community were called to attend. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
A sundown town is a community that for decades kept non-whites from living in it and was thus β€œall-white” on purpose. abhmuseum.org/sundown-tow…
The first dinosaur skeleton discovered in the US was in 1858 in Haddonfield, N.J. After excavations were complete the dig was ignored, became a dump, and was lost until 1984 when a local Boy Scout decided his community project to qualify for Eagle Scout would be rediscovering the original site. levins.com/marking.shtml
In 1957, San Francisco's "Youth for Service" program helped get young gang members off the streets by having them help the community. They did things like paint houses and help the elderly. The idea was that they just wanted to feel needed. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
Today I learned about Tangier Island, Virginia, a small island community in the Chesapeake Bay, where people speak with a unique dialect resembling British English. Due to rising sea levels, the island is expected to be lost in the next 50 years. youtube.com/watch?v=AIZgw…
About Agloe, New York. A fictional town that became an actual landmark after mapmakers made up the community as a phantom settlement, an example of a "copyright trap" and was put onto the map in order to catch plagiarism as it appears only on their map and not on any others. theguardian.com/travel/20…
Europe has a "Gefilte Fish" line. The border is a cultural one which separates the Jewish communities which eat savory gefilte fish and communities which eat sweet varieties. The border follows no political or geographic logic and simply defines sweet and savory preference. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Disneyland has a community of cats that help control the pest population vice.com/en/article/vdpj7…
Navajo was once in danger of losing a lot of speakers, but the Navajo nation set up programs to teach the language as well as many bilingual schools. Now there are even institutes, community colleges, and technical universities with classes in the Navajo language alphaomegatranslations.co…
The name Calfornia comes from the fictional Queen Calafia, a pagan warrior queen who ruled a kingdom of black women, in a 16th-century Spanish romance novel. This name came from "calif"--the leader of an Islamic community. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ori…
Today I learned of Adam Purple, who single-handedly built a 15,000 sq ft. community garden on the site of an abandoned lot in Manhattan in 1975. This act of guerrilla gardening was bulldozed by NYC in 1986. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gue…
In the middle ages in Russia there was a custom of a community gathering together to build an entire church in a single day in order to ward of plagues and epidemics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Today I learned about Philippa Raschker,she is one of the most successful masters athletes to ever compete.She has 70 gold medals from the World Masters Athletics Championships,making her an icon within the running community and earning her a spot in the U.S. Track & Field Hall of Fame. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
The 1st doctor to discover that doctors should wash their hands before performing surgery was ridiculed for suggesting that doctors were causing their own patients harm. He was ostracized and exiled from the medical community until his death. youtu.be/_VZrY2vSbws?t=24…
Today I learned of the "Fleming myth" that although Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928 and published findings in 1929, penicillin was largely ignored by the medical community for over a decade until a group at Oxford successfully purified it in 1940 and enabled mass production in 1945 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Today I learned of Ding Dong, Texas - An unincorporated community founded in the 1930s that got its name from a sign that had "Ding" and "Dong" painted underneath two bells. In 2000 it had a population of 22! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
There's a (tiny) community of people who regularly consume rotten meat (on top of an entirely raw diet that eschews fruit) and believe it's a "healthy" diet. They call it "High Meat" as it apparently gives them a "tremendous viagra effect" from eating raw, rotten meat. weirduniverse.net/blog/co…
The stop-motion masterpiece Anomalisa was produced by Starburns Industries, a company created by Dan Harmon and Dino Stamatopoulos, who played the character Starburns on Community. starburnsindustries.com/a…
Chimpanzees show deference to the alpha male of their community by performing ritualized postures and gestures. If an alpha male is present, then they will offer their hands while grunting as a sign of submission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alp…
There are underwater lakes that are toxic to marine life, but at their edges are complex communities of life clinging to the boundary between life and death. youtube.com/watch?v=ksr56…
Sausage sizzles are public sausage barbecues generally held either as free community events or as fundraisers that have become a recognised and expected addition to polling booths at Australian elections. The sausages at these events have been nicknamed "Democracy Sausages". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sau…
That, in 1990, the Community Protection Act was introduced in Victoria, Australia to solely keep one man, Garry David, in prison classic.austlii.edu.au/au…
In 1666, the plague-infested village of Eyam quarantined itself inside a marked circle for 14 months. Neighboring communities left food at the edge of the circle in exchange for disinfected coins. 80% of the people died, but no one crossed the circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
In the Ainu community (Japan's indigenous people), when a man proposed to a woman, he visited her house, ate half a full bowl of rice handed to him by her, and returned the rest. If the woman ate the rest, she accepted his proposal. If she did not and put it beside her, she rejected his proposal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain…
Walt Disney originally intended EPCOT to be a self-contained community in which everything, including schools and churches, would be provided and carefully controlled. youtu.be/tKYEXjMlKKQ
People live inside the Grand Canyon. Supai Village, the capital of the Havasupai Indian Reservation, boasts a population of a couple of hundred residents, is considered the most remote community in the continental US, and is the only place where mail is delivered and carried out by mule. wikipedia.org/wiki/Supai,…
During Russian Civil War there was faction called Green army that consisted of peasants who opposed all sides and fought to protect their communities from requisitions or reprisals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
A Louisiana Church Filled A Drop-Duster With Holy Water And Blessed A Whole Community npr.org/2019/12/23/790973…
The community of Anacostia, one of the oldest residential areas in Washington, D.C, got the first public library built under the D.C. Public Works Program in 1956. The one-story, red brick modern-style library was designed by the same architect for the National Zoo dclibrary.org/node/719
Jonas Salk, the virologist who developed the polio vaccine was an international hero but was disliked by the medical community. The director of National Foundation of Infantile Paralysis said at the time, "It's as if Salk had halitosis or committed a felony." youtube.com/watch?v=cym21…
Scottsdale Community College's sports teams are nicknamed the Artichokes. The name was chosen initially as a source of derision but has since been embraced by the student community scottsdalecc.edu/about/hi…
A company in Thailand created vests with hidden cameras for stray dogs to wear. The vests can livestream video whenever the dog barks in order to help patrol the community. They say they'll still need to do more tests before implementing them though. ipdefenseforum.com/2018/0…
There is a community in Florida known as Pervert Park, a trailer community strongly concentrated with convicted pedophiles living together upon release from prison thedailybeast.com/inside-…
Today I learned about CANZUK, a theoretical political and economic union of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The international body would be similar in scope to the former European Economic Community and focus on trade, foreign policy co-operation, and military co-operation between the four nations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAN…
Today I learned about the Swedish Vipeholm experiments, where disabled people were experimented upon to find the reason for tooth decay. The experiments were sponsored both by the sugar industry and the dentist community, in an effort to determine whether carbohydrates affected the formation of cavities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vip…
The Afro-Bolivian Community of Bolivia has a ceremonial monarchy that may trace back to a historic monarchy from Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afr…
It’s Australian tradition to eat sausages at polling places on election day called Democracy Sausages. For many communities, this is the biggest fundraising event of the year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
Two astronomers in 1830 proposed a Prime Meridian for the planet Mars as a point in a dark feature called Sinus Meridiani; and this was quickly adopted by the astronomical community. Mars had a universally accepted Prime Meridian over fifty years before Earth, which got one in 1884. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
James Lovelock started defining the idea of a self-regulating Earth ("The Gaia Hypothesis") controlled by the community of living organisms in September 1965, while working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California on methods of detecting life on Mars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gai…
Danny John-Jules (Cat in "Red Dwarf") was arrested and sentenced to community service for getting into a fistfight with a refuse collector. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/engla…
Since the real-life area of Nutbush, TN, mentioned in "Nutbush City Limits", is an unincorporated community, it has no official boundaries and therefore there are no Nutbush city limits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut…
The story of Eric Betzig, who conceived the idea for the world's first super-resolution microscope while unemployed after quitting his job at Bell Labs due to being frustrated with the scientific community. He built this microscope in his friend's lounge room, and went on to win the Nobel prize. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
Today I learned about the Gombe Chimpanzee War, a violent conflict between two communities of chimpanzees that lasted 4 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gom…
More than 95% of ball propellant used in United States military small arms manufacturing comes from one unincorporated community in rural Florida with under 4,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
The former Bloods and Crips gang leaders made peace with each other and started an organization to promote peace in their communities. They’re now training former gang members and community leaders to help younger generations. freethink.com/shows/catal…

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