Scrooge's famous cry for the poor to die and thereby 'decrease the surplus population' was most likely a reference to Thomas Malthus who had written a generation before about the economic dangers of a lack of war, plague and famine. time.com/4597964/history-…
Today I learned about the Living National Treasures of Japan - individuals and groups certified by the government because they are masters of a traditional art or craft that is in danger of being lost. As a reward, they receive a small amount of money from the government every year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Prairie dog language is complex. They don’t just have a call for β€œdanger”: their calls differentiate human, hawk, domesticated dog, coyote etc. and specify size & color. One study found that they can communicate β€œHere comes the short human in the yellow” (vs the tall human in blue) to each other npr.org/2011/01/20/132650…
There were once people who considered Elvis to be a danger to the security of the United States, because he danced too provocatively. wikipedia.org/wiki/FBI_fi…
Today I learned of JosΓ© Sanjurjo a prominent figure in the Spanish civil war, who died when the biplane he rode which was overburdened with his luggage crashed. Before flight the pilot warned Sanjurjo of the danger to which he replied with, "I need to wear proper clothes as the new caudillo of Spain." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Today I learned of the book "Shadows from the Walls of Death", an 1874 book written by Dr. Robert C. Kedzie about the dangers of arsenic-pigmented wallpaper. The book contains only a forward and 86 specimens of such wallpapers. Of the 100 created, 4 remain today. collections.nlm.nih.gov/b…
In Germany you can be punished by up to one year in prison if you don't help someone who's in danger or has had an accident lewik.org/term/15890/omis…
On β€œWin Ben Stein's Money,” money won by contestants was paid by the producers. Money left over at the end of a season was given to Stein. If the total amount paid out exceeded that budget, the production company paid the excess so Stein was never in any danger of losing his own money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Fish don't sleep but most fish do rest by reducing their activity and metabolism while remaining alert to danger. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
Violet Bonham Carter, friend of Winston Churchill and grandmother of actress Helena Honham Carter, actively spoke at anti-fascist gatherings in efforts to inform the public about the dangers of fascism growing in Europe. wikipedia.org/wiki/Violet…
You usually can't smell your house or your own scent because of 'olfactory adaptation.' The brain is always looking for new, strange, or changing smells as a sign of possible danger and ignores familiar scents. wikipedia.org/wiki/Olfact…
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…
In 1978 an architectural student discovered that a skyscraper in NY could topple if strong winds hit the building. The engineer that is credited for designing the building then made secret nightly repairs in collaboration with the NYPD, without alerting the general public to the danger 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
In 1889, the USS Trenton was in Samoa when a cyclone struck, ravaging the harbour. The ship lost steam and rudder, and was in imminent danger of foundering on the reef, so the entire crew went into the port rigging, the mass of bodies forming a sail. When the wind struck, the ship steered away en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs and the Bill Gates Foundation proposed a mosquito emoji be created in order to raise awareness about them and to make it easier to communicate the dangers they pose. The emoji was approved in 2018. ccp.jhu.edu/2018/02/07/mo…
When Henry Ford doubled the pay of his auto workers from $2.50 per day to $5, he didn't do it for altruistic reasons. His factory had one of the highest turnover rates (due to danger of the assembly line and tedium of the work). After the raises, it dropped to the lowest. wsws.org/en/articles/2014…
The Eastern Hognose snake will flatten its head like a cobra, hiss, and pretend to strike if it feels threatened. If that doesn't work, it will flip onto its back, hang its tongue from its mouth, and play dead until the danger passes. abcnews.go.com/amp/US/nor…
The mens' Olympic Javelin was modified in 1986 to reduce throwing distances. The longest throws were beginning to exceed the length of the field and were a danger to people in the stands. The new javelins only fly 90% as far as the previous design and all pre-1986 records have been nullified. worldathletics.org/discip…
When giraffes nibble on Acacia Trees it kicks off a defense mechanism which makes leaves unpalatable, and warns release a chemical warning system to warn nearby trees of approaching danger southerndestinations.com/…
Today I Learned that propane has no smell. That smell of rotting eggs associated with propane is actually ethanethiol, a β€œstench gas” used as an additive in odorless combustible gasses to help accidental ingesters to identify it as a danger. nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb/…
It's not pure water, but the salts and other ions found in natural water, that make it such a good conductor. However, the superconductivity of the ocean is so great that it is possible for an electric current to disperse across a human body within it, lessening the danger of electrocution. usgs.gov/special-topic/wa…
Today I learned about the β€œPhillip Island fox”, a pet fox that jumped from a ship in 1907 and swam till Phillip Island, home to extensive colonies of seabirds including penguins. The fox put their population in danger and it was later joined by other foxes, starting a β€œfox eradication” hunt that lasted decades decision-point.com.au/art…
In the Mongol army if one soldier ran from danger in battle he would be killed along with the nine comrades in his unit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Left-handed hockey sticks are banned in Field Hockey. According to the rules of the International Hockey Federation, left-handed sticks create too much danger on the field when used in competition against right-handed sticks, so it was banned due to safety concerns and injury prevention. sportsrec.com/6533675/why…
Alexander Flemming, The Discoverer of Penicillin Warned of The Dangers of Antibiotic Overuse In His Nobel Prize Acceptance Speach futurelearn.com/courses/i…
The ghost town of Picher, Oklahoma was evacuated in 2009. The town was the center of a massive lead and zinc mining complex; the Army Corps of Engineers declared in 2006 that 86% of the town's structures were so undermined that they were in imminent danger of collapse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic…
In California all DUI convicts are made to sign β€œThe Watson Admonishment”, which forces them to acknowledge the danger of DUI. If you are the cause of fatal DUI after signing this you are charged with murder rather than manslaughter. codes.findlaw.com/ca/vehi…
Theres an island off the east coast (near Washington DC) where the residents have unique British American accents, that are similar to Americas first settlers and founders. The accent is in danger of disappearing, because the island is sinking into the ocean wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangie…
Washington's Farewell speech warned against the dangers of political parties growing too powerful avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_…
A goby will sometimes live with a shrimp. The shrimp digs a burrow for the two of them to live in, and in return, the goby touches the (nearly blind) shrimp with its tail as a danger signal. In which case they both quickly retreat to the burrow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sym…
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…
In 1962 two US scientists discovered Peru's highest mountain was in danger of collapsing. When this was made public, the government threatened the scientists and banned civilians from speaking of it. In 1970, during a major earthquake, it collapsed on the town of Yangoy killing 20,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yun…
In Germany, it is illegal to kill any animal that is a vertebrate "without proper reason" like the animal being ill or a danger to humans. Because of this, all German animal shelters are no-kill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
Buganda's Indigenous religion has a saying for when they pray to their gods for help β€œLubaale mbeera, nga n'embiro kw'otadde" (pray for deliverance from danger, but start running too). buganda.com/eddiini.htm
Physicist Nikola Tesla once paid an overdue hotel bill with a box containing a working model of his β€˜death beamβ€˜, warning employees never to open it because of the danger. They hid the box & when it was discovered years later & opened, found to contain old (harmless) electrial parts. history.com/news/9-things…
The "Clear and Present Danger" doctrine is no longer the standard of discerning when speech is criminal. The current standard is called "Imminent lawless action" and was established by the United States Supreme Court in Brandenburg v. Ohio in 1969. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imm…
Today I learned about long-time nuclear waste warning messages, including a "landscape of thorns whose shape suggests danger and bodily harm". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Today I learned of "A Counterblaste to Tobacco", an anti-smoking treatise written by King James VI in 1604. In it, he warns of the dangers of passive smoking as well as the damage to the lungs and brain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
Chernobyl has been safe to visit since 2011 and that most of the danger is not from radiation but from unmaintained structures. independent.co.uk/travel/…
To solve the problem of communicating to humans 10,000 years from now about nuclear waste sites one solution proposed was to form an atomic priesthood like the catholic church to preserve information of locations and danger of nuclear waste using rituals and myths. semiotik.tu-berlin.de/men…
In 1973 before reality TV, an anthropologist sailed across the Atlantic with 11 attractive people of different races/sex/nationalities. Known as the "sex raft" he'd purposely done this to stoke sexual relations, create tension, and purposely sought danger to see if humans would act like monkeys. theguardian.com/film/2019…
Today I learned that there exists a formal, research-based protocol for assessing the degree of danger a woman faces of being murdered by her male spouse/boyfriend/partner/ex dangerassessment.org/DA.a…
Bath Abbey church in England had up to an estimated 6,000 people buried under it which caused voids to form and put the church floors in danger of collapse. A church rep said "they just jammed them in and jammed them in β€” it would have been very unpleasant to put it mildly." theverge.com/2013/8/15/46…
People often ignore public fire alarms or fires that break out in front of them, hesitating to escape and denying any danger, because they are committed to finishing what they came to do, or they believe they have a role to be passive pdfs.semanticscholar.org/…
Moscow did not cancel May Parade in Kiev just 4 days after Chernobyl meltdown. Empty reviewing stands prove that even the local party leaders knew the danger, but let the unsuspecting ordinary people absorb the radiation time.com/4313139/post-che…
, of Prader-Willi Syndrome. Those affected can never feel full and if let unattended would literally eat until their belly's burst. Sufferers are also afflicted with diminished mental capacity so they can't understand the dangers involved. mayoclinic.org/diseases-c…
The Captain Planet cartoon had an episode dedicated to the dangers of over population with the planeteer alert telling you not to have too many kids captainplanet.fandom.com/…
Nickelodeon, a children's television channel, used to run an ad during the mid 2000s warning about the dangers of hidden sugars and how to correctly identify them. youtu.be/qe7UlKPMHUw
Even before the surgeon general issued his report on the dangers of tobacco, Mad Magazine went on an anti-smoking crusade ridiculing big tobacco, as agencies, and even smokers. Also before it became law, Mad Magazine's offices were smoke free and none of their content featured smoking. newyorker.com/culture/cul…
NFL player Tyrann Mathieu filmed a PSA on the dangers of leaving a dog in a hot car. It was 90 degrees outside and Tyrann gave up after 8 minutes when the inside temperature reached 120 degrees abc7chicago.com/weather/n…

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