When US Defense Secretary Robert McNamara visited South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, he didn't know that Vietnamese was a tonal language. So, he thought that he was saying "Long live a free Vietnam!" but actually said "Vietnam, go to sleep!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Switzerland finally dismantled last Cold War-era explosives from a bridge leading to Germany. They built such defenses to protect the country in the time of invasion! nationalpost.com/news/swi…
In WWII, the Japanese ambassador to Nazi Germany became one of the Western Allies greatest and highest-level sources in Berlin, offering up information on the invasion of the Soviet Union, German defenses at the Atlantic Wall, and more...without ever knowing his cables had been decrypted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hir…
When Mussolini’s Air Force attacked Malta in WW2, the British garrison had no defense prepared against the air raids. Luckily, they discovered biplanes packed away in crates and were able to assemble three Gladiators to disrupt the Italians for 10 days before reinforcements arrived. nationalww2museum.org/war…
Today I learned of the existence of the Octagon, the headquarters of the Egyptian Ministry of Defense en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A man sued PepsiCo, alleging he found a mouse in his Mountain Dew can. PepsiCo's defense won by proving that a mouse would dissolve inside the soda in the days after being put in the can. foxnews.com/health/lawsui…
A 2016 Department of Defense study found that 38 percent of current smokers in the military began smoking after joining. Among junior enlisted personnel, about 30 percent report current cigarette smoking after joining the military truthinitiative.org/resea…
It took 32 years to officially clear the parents in the famous β€œdingo took my baby case”. The mother spent three years in jail until evidence supporting their defense was found by chance. They ultimately received $1.3M for wrongful imprisonment, less than 1/3 of their legal fees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Amber (the gemstone) is actually fossilized tree resin. Resin is semi-solid and acts as a defense response for a tree's immune system – for instance, sealing and sterilizing wounds. zmescience.com/science/lo…
In 1871 criminal defense attorney Clement Vallandigham argued his clientβ€”accused of murderβ€”is innocent by conjecturing the victim accidentally shot himself. While demonstrating to the jury, Vallandigham accidentally shot himself dead with the same gun. His client was acquitted on those grounds. uknowledge.uky.edu/cgi/vi…
The microglia is a group of brain cell acts as defense and monitors the brain. Microglia is about 10-15% of all cells found within the brain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Today I learned of Sky Shield, a series of exercises conducted 1961-1963 to test air defenses against a strategic nuclear air attack from the USSR. The assessment report concluded in the event of an actual attack, NORAD could stop no more than 25% of attacking Soviet bombers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
South African inventor Charl Fourie invented a car-mounted flamethrower in 1998 to deter carjackings. The device was legal in South Africa when used in self-defense, but proved to be unprofitable, leading the inventor to design a pocket-sized flamethrower instead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Walt Disney studios made National Defense training videos youtu.be/WC5BAp2xvDc
Queen bees have smoother stingers than worker bees and can sting mammals multiple times. The main purpose of her stinger isn’t for defense of the hive but to dispatch rival queens en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
In correspondence chess there is a concept known as the "Dead Man's Defense", where a player spends as much time as possible playing out a lost position in hopes that the opposing player simply dies or loses interest, thereby winning the game. iccfwebfiles.blob.core.wi…
During the French Revolution , Robespierre law of 22 Prairial, year II (June 10, 1794), streamlined revolutionary justice, denying the accused any effective right to self-defense and eliminating all sentences other than acquittal or death. Leading to almost 800 execution/month britannica.com/place/Fran…
The official march music of the Israeli Defense Forces was written by a 19 year old conscript en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDF…
A certain larvae of insects carry their fecal matter on their back as a defense mechanism. These 'poop sheilds' come in a variety of shapes and sizes! earthtouchnews.com/wtf/wt…
Musicians formed the Music Defense League in 1930 to fight against movies with sound. They worried that without people playing music live at the movies, like in the silent era, they would lose jobs so they ran an expensive campaign arguing about how robots were taking over the world. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
"ignorance of the law is no defense" actually does not apply to tax evasion in America, where you can successfully get out of prosecution by proving your crime was due to your stupidity and ignorance. irs.gov/pub/irs-wd/094705…
The Treaty on the European Union contains a mutual defense clause: 7. If a Member State is the victim of armed aggression on its territory, the other Member States shall have towards it an obligation of aid and assistance by all the means in their power, in accordance with Article 51 of the UN C eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-c…
The United States Department of Defense disposed of unwanted munitions by loading ships with explosives and chemical weapons, then intentionally sinking them off the coast of Florida. The program was called Operation Chase (Cut Holes And Sink 'Em) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned of RenΓ© Duchez alias RenΓ© Β« le con Β» who stole the Atlantic Wall’s plans in 1943. The stolen document indicated very accurately the position of all the defenses, shelters, underwater obstacles, beach barriers, passages, phony mine fields, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
Sleepwalking was a valid legal defense in the 1840s youtube.com/watch?v=bY0W4…
A Russian cat was used by prisoners to sneak drugs into their penal colony near Moscow. The cat allegedly had 5.79 grams of hashish & 1.56 grams of amphetamine under its collar. Defense/prosecution lawyers each wanted the cat to support their case but it escaped from its kennel before trial. telegraph.co.uk/news/2019…
The Maurice Ravel music was banned from the 'Ligue Nationale pour la Defense de la Musique FranΓ§aise' despite being french and fighting in the WWI because he refused to support banning performance of contemporary German music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau…
6 years after resigning, Nixon testified on behalf of former FBI assistant director Mark Felt at Felt's own trial, and gave money to Felt's defense fund. In 2005 Felt revealed he had been "Deep Throat", Bob Woodward's source while breaking the Watergate scandal that led to Nixon's resignation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The assistant US secretary of defense in 1955 proposed that all citizens "have their blood type tattooed on their bodies in anticipation of a military attack." eportfolios.macaulay.cuny…
Today I learned of the Strategic Defense Initiative, which was an anti-ballistic missile program, launched by Ronald Reagan in the 80's, that was intended to use lasers and satellites to shoot down nuclear missiles in space. Because of this, the program was commonly referred to as "Star Wars". atomicheritage.org/histor…
Today I learned about HMS Minden, aboard which Francis scott key wrote the poem "Defense of Fort M'Henry", which became the lyrics for "The Star-Spangled Banner", was built in Bombay by Wadia Group, the oldest currently existing company in India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Disney World is the second-largest purchaser of explosives in the United States. The first is the U. S. Department of Defense mygoodtimes.in/lifestyle/…
During the early 1900s, hat pins were used by women for self-defense; Mademoiselle Gelas even wrote a manual advising a combination of jiu-jitsu, hatpin stabbing and umbrella work to fend off men. history.com/news/how-wome…
A group of divers in the Caribbean were photographing a sperm whale when it decided to create a 'poonado' - a 30-metre wide bowel movement. This rarely documented defense mechanism allows the whale to hide in its own cloud of excrement until there's a moment it can escape into deeper waters. youtube.com/watch?v=r4JJW…
There's a deep-sea snail called the scaly-foot snail with an iron sulfide shell and iron sulfide plates on its foot as defenses--so far one of the only animals known to make use of iron sulfide in such a manner. It's even magnetic! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sca…
In 2003 the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency created a set of playing cards to help the military identify key Iraqi leaders. To date, out of the 52 leaders carded, 47 have been either killed or captured en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
The US Department of Defense withdrew its financial and logistical support for the TV series The Lieutenant (1963–1964) after its creater Gene Roddenberry pressed ahead with a plot titled "To Set It Right" in which a white and a black man find a common cause in their roles as Marines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Hagfish create slime as a defense mechanism en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hag…
Ben Franklin's quote about liberty and safety isn't really what people think it's about and was actually a pro-taxation statement about the ability of the government to tax the Penn family to provide frontier defense during the French and Indian War. npr.org/2015/03/02/390245…
The key to American victory in the Revolutionary War was the 75-ton β€œGreat Chain” that stretched across the Hudson River to prevent the British from moving inland. It was such an obstacle, they paid Benedict Arnold Β£20,000 for the plans to the Chain’s main defenses, at Fort West Point hvmag.com/life-style/hist…
Irving Kanarek (Charles Mansons defense lawyer) was known for outrageous delaying tactics. He once claimed that a witness's name was hearsay as the witness had heard it from his mother first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irv…
Today I learned of Herbert Lee, a civil rights activists in the 60s who was murder in broad daylight by a representative. The representative claimed self defense. A black witness who was forced to tell a corroborated story ater was murdered as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Caffeine in coffee beans is thought to serve as a toxic substance protecting the seeds of the plant, a form of plant defense, against herbivores. Its production has evolved independently to caffeine found in cacao and tea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
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/…
Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture was performed with 16 cannons. The song commemorates the Russian defense against the invasion of Napoleon and his army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/181…
Today I learned of Paul Bergrin, a defense attorney with a 90% win rate, who was also a New Jersey pimp, crime boss and drug trafficker. He was sentenced to life in prison for prostitution, bribery, fraud, drug dealing and conspiracy to murder en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Today I learned of Matvey Kuzmin, known as 'Lone Wolf', the oldest person to be awarded Hero of the Soviet Union. During WW2, a Nazi battalion paid him to lead them to the rear of Russian defenses. Instead, he led the battalion directly into an ambush. Realizing his betrayal, the Nazis killed him. He was 83. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
The Swiss Cheese Model likens human systems to multiple slices of swiss cheese, stacked side by side, in which the risk of a threat becoming a reality is mitigated by the differing layers and types of defenses which are "layered" behind each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
Stairs go counter-clockwise because of castle defenses. Castle were defended from the top down and since most people are right-handed it gave an advantage to be able to hold the railing with your left and the sword with your right. lbc.co.uk/radio/special-s…

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