Ulysses S. Grant created the Department of Justice, ratified the Fifteenth Amendment and asked for Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1871, enabling him to combat and prosecute the Ku Klux Klan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, has his own fire department with one fire truck. He originally had two but donated one to the Muir Beach Fire Department. There are 12 firefighters in his department and they protect his land and surrounding areas from wild fires. firehouse.com/apparatus/n…
Police Woman, a 1974-1978 NBC TV show starring Angie Dickinson about a female cop caused an avalanche of applications for employment from women to police departments around the United States & was President Ford's favorite show, cancelling a press conference in order to avoid delaying an episode en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
The Mafia helped establish the Gay Bar scene in New York. Fat Tony purchased the Stonewall Inn in 1966 and transformed it into a bar and restaurant. He later bribed the New York Police Department around $1,200 a week to ignore 'indecent conduct' occurring behind closed doors. history.com/news/how-the-…
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/…
The United States Department of Agriculture says the official definition of a sandwich is: β€œat least 35% cooked meat and no more than 50 percent bread”. hot-dog.org/press/nationa…
Mark Twain wrote an essay entitled Concerning the Jews. He claimed Jews didn't do their part of fighting in America's military. In response, the War Department revealed that Jewish Americans were represented in the military in a larger percentage than their share of the population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Auto insurance companies donate laser guns to police departments. Laser is much more difficult to defeat than radar guns, and this investment pays back the insurance company dividends because of the increased revenue raised through higher insurance premiums. autoblog.com/2015/11/10/l…
Modern fire departments were the creation of insurance companies. Insurance companies hired private brigades to put out fires for their policy holders. Each insurance company had their own brigade and would extinguish the fires of their customers while leaving non-customer properties to burn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
The 2nd deadliest day for law enforcement in the U.S. was a 1917 bomb attack that killed nine Milwaukee police officers. The original target was a local church but a boy discovered the suspicious package and brought it to the police department, where it exploded. (The deadliest day was 9/11.) usatoday.com/story/news/n…
In 1969 during the Murry hill riots in Montreal, the entire police and fire departments went on strike in order to receive a better wage. It took the city 16 hours to give in to the demands. urbansurvivalsite.com/tim…
In 1959 USS Barbero launched the first official Mail Rocket, it was Regulus Cruise missile that had its nuclear warhead replaced with two mail containers. The missile carried 3000 pieces of mail and the launch was assisted by the Post Office Department. engadget.com/amp/2019-02-…
In the evening of September 11, 2001, a man named Henryk Siwiak was murdered in New York City. Since the entire police department was focused on the attacks, little investigation took place. His death remains unsolved and the killer was never found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
In 2018, a kitten named Pawfficer Donut was sworn in to the Troy, Michigan PD's "Feline Unit" to perform community outreach for the department as well as raise awareness for animal adoption. She replaced another police cat named Pawfficer Badges who got feline leukemia. miamiherald.com/news/nati…
In 1944 Lex Luthor was the first character in a comic book (and one of the first in fiction) to use an atomic bomb. The United States Department of War asked this story line be delayed from publication, which it was until 1946, to protect the secrecy of the Manhattan Project. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lex…
Various ideas such as radioactive cats and spiky landscapes have been proposed for the Department of Energy to deter future civilization from interfering with nuclear waste burial sites. vice.com/en_us/article/9a…
Today I learned about Ron Stallworth, the first African-American police officer and detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department who conducted an infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
In 2008 footballer Mathieu Flamini co-founded GF Biochemicals, the first company in the world to mass produce Levulinic acid, a a chemical identified by the US Department of Energy as key to unlocking a greener world. The company has won a John Sime award for most innovative new technology. bbc.co.uk/news/business-3…
Whole Foods hires its employees by a process known as "Team Member voting" (Where your coworkers in your department will vote on you. A 2/3rd majority of them must vote to keep you on in order for you to stay and become a regular team member). youtube.com/watch?v=ZLj9y…
Three Honolulu firefighters were killed, and six wounded, during the attack on Pearl Harbor, making them the only fire department on American soil to be attacked by a foreign power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Up until the 1950's, NYC had an abundance of wild marijuana plants, with some in Brooklyn growing as high as seven feet tall. They were all eventually eradicated by the Department of Sanitation, destroying nearly 41,000 pounds of wild weed. wnyc.org/story/weed-in-br…
A 13-year-old opened a hot dog stand in front of his home in Minnesota, causing a complaint to the health department. Instead of shutting him down, the inspectors helped him bring his stand up to code and paid the $87 fee for his permit out of their own pockets. cnbc.com/2018/08/05/jaequ…
J. Edgar Hoover recommended that Einstein be kept out of America by the Alien Exclusion Act, but he was overruled by the U.S. State Department. FBI spied on Einstein for 22 years and kept a dossier with 1400+ Pages on him. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The Klingons were created by screenwriter Gene L. Coon, and first appeared in the Star Trek episode "Errand of Mercy" (1967). They were named after Lieutenant Wilbur Clingan, who served with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry in the Los Angeles Police Department en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kli…
Target has their own forensics lab which is so good that police departments routinely ask them for help. mprnews.org/story/2011/10…
Today I learned of a Light Bulb that has been burning for over 100 hundred years. It hangs on a cord from the ceiling of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department’s Fire Station #6, and it has been burning since 1901 mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The department of defense developed a Hellfire Missile with swords for precise target elimination with little to no collateral damage. thedrive.com/the-war-zone…
When the '79 fullsize Chryslers were being launched, the quality engineering department estimated that there would be 1077 defects per 100 cars built. allpar.com/cars/dodge/R-b…
In 1927 Santa Clause was officially given a pilots license and airway maps from the Department of Commerce loc.gov/pictures/resource…
In the 1930s, Katherine Hepburn preferred wearing dungarees on set during filming. The RKO publicity department asked her to stop wearing them. She refused. The next day, they were missing. She walked around in her underwear until they were returned. theguardian.com/film/2003…
In 1898 the US Department of Landscaping set up a committee to search the world for crops that could be grown back home in the US. It was this committee that brought avocados, mangoes, and new varieties of oranges. While at it they introduced America to Dates from Iraq because of Aladdin. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Today I learned about Dewey Beard, the last Native American veteran of the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn. In 1892, his family was killed by the US Army at the Wounded Knee Massacre, and he was shot. In 1942, the Department of War confiscated his land to form a firing range. He died in poverty in 1955. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dew…
Coca-Cola came under scrutiny in Egypt in 1951 because of a conspiracy that the Coca-Cola logo, when reflected in a mirror, spells out "No Mohammed No Mecca" in Arabic. After some analysis the Department of Fatwas declared the drinks permissible under Islamic law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cok…
, the US Department of Transportation was created in 1966 after congressional hearings prompted by the book "Unsafe at Any Speed" by Ralph Nader. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uns…
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a "pirate certificate" to students who complete the archery, sailing, fencing, and pistol or rifle shooting courses. The department frequently holds "pirate induction" days and has had a steady stream of students awarded the achievement. snopes.com/fact-check/mit…
The Australian Department of Health made cigarette packaging Pantone 448, considered by researchers to be the "ugliest color in the world." They initially referred to the color as "olive green", but the name was changed after concerns were expressed by the Australian Olive Association. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Nearly every single resident of Whittier, AK (population 200+) lives in the Begich Towers Condominium. The Whittier Police Department, hospital, mayor’s office, etc., are also located in the same complex. dailybreak.com/break/whit…
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) has their own police department, a jurisdiction that covers 34,000 miles of railroad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BNS…
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…
Ally Bank is the re-brand of the General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC), the financing arm of GM that was bailed out by the Department of Treasury during the Great Recession in 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Today I learned of the Folk Nation, a gang alliance created in 1978 in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The alliance is now found nationally, and their main rival is the People Nation, another alliance from 1970s Chicago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fol…
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was first published as a giveaway for the department store Montgomery Ward in 1939. The story was initially rejected because, in 1930s pop culture, a bright red nose was closely associated with chronic alcoholism and drunkards. wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolp…
Canada Goose was originally made for rangers & police departments. In 2001, the company only had $3 million in revenue but chose to remain in Canada rather than outsource labor to Asia where it was cheaper. In 2014, the company revenue was around $200 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
In 2016 news anchor Anderson Cooper donated bullet proof vests to every K9 unit in the Virginia Police Department after finding out that a police dog was shot and killed during a shootout. mashable.com/2016/01/15/a…
There is a department store chain in Australia named "Target" that has a red bulls-eye as its logo and is in no way affiliated with the American company of the same name en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
The White House has an intern in the department of Presidential Correspondence, who responds and organizes the public’s communication with the President. It is a full program with speakers, professional development sessions, and networking events phc.edu/learnphc/internin…
Today I learned about French Guiana, a department of the country of France in South America. Not a colony, it is the only territory of the mainland Americas to have full integration in a European country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Several studies compiled by the US Department of Education, Commerce, Labor, and various colleges from 2009-2016 found a large correlation between SAT scores and taste in music by genre and artist. Beethoven, Rock, Indie has above average and Lil Wayne, Rap, Punk has below average. ledgernote.com/features/h…
The man who first created a Bureau of Investigation within the US Department of Justice, which would later become the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was a nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 1950, Idaho's Department of Fish and Game dropped 76 beavers out of a plane using surplus WWII parachutes in an effort to relocate them to a state wilderness area npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Dennis Farina was the only cast member of Law & Order who was actually a Cop. He served in the Burglary division of the Chicago Police Department from 1967 - 1985. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
The principal designer of the B-2 Stealth Bomber, Department of Defense engineer Noshir Gowadia, was convicted in 2001 of using classified information to assist the People's Republic of China in producing cruise missiles with stealth technology. He was sentenced to 32 Years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADX…
Today I learned of the Lavender Scare which purged homosexuals from the State department during the same time period of McCarthyism and the Red Scare. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lav…
In 2000 the University of Hawaii changed their nickname from the "Rainbow Warriors" to just the "Warriors" because the athletic department claimed the association of rainbows with gay people was hurting recruitment. The "Rainbow" nickname was later restored in 2013. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
In the Philippines, some Catholics volunteer to be non-lethally crucified on Good Friday. Sterilised nails are driven through their palms and they are hung on crosses. Ruben Enaje has been crucified 27 times. Philippines Department of Health advises tetanus shots before crucifixion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cru…
In 2010, The U.S. Air Force made the fastest computer in the US Defense Department with 1,760 PlayStation 3's phys.org/news/2010-12-air…
There is a Target Australia that is completely unrelated to Target America, even though they share the same logo and are both department stores. businessinsider.com/austr…
When the United States Post Office Department (now the United States Postal Service) introduced its ZIP Code system in 1963, it also had a mascot to go with it: Mr. ZIP postalmuseum.si.edu/exhib…
If Texas was a country... It would have the tenth largest economy in the world, ahead of both Canada and Australia. [Texas's GDP is about $1.7 trillion, which would make it the 10th largest economy in the world, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.] markets.businessinsider.c…
In 1991 the Department of Energy commissioned futurists to deal with nuclear waste and they imagined a society led by women where previous scientific discoveries were deemed inferior on the grounds of obvious male biases. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The Department of Energy will warn future humans 10,000 years from now about the presence of buried nuclear waste in New Mexico with 32 25-foot granite pillars. The pillars will be engraved with pictograms and warnings in many languages, along with buried magnets and radar reflectors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
Up until the year 1916, London's famed department store Harrods offered packages of morphine and cocaine complete with syringe and spare needles, which was recommended as β€œA Useful Present for Friends at the Front.” volteface.me/feature/grea…
The Macy's department store red star logo was inspired by a tattoo that the company's founder had gotten during a sailing trip when he was 15 boston.com/news/history/2…
Batman the animated series issued a standing order to the animation department that all backgrounds be painted using light colors on black paper (as opposed to the industry standard of dark colors on white paper) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Woolworth’s department stores are now Foot Locker britannica.com/topic/Wool…
The United States' first department store was created in Utah, and lasted around 130 years before being sold to the Macy's Corporation deseret.com/2018/10/14/20…
Elvis Presley was an official captain of the Memphis Police Department and even had dashboard police lights for his cars. He was known for pulling people over and lecturing them on safety before giving them an autograph and letting them go. graceland.com/blog/posts/…
In 1986, Harrods, a small restaurant in the town of Otorohanga, New Zealand, was threatened with a lawsuit by the famous department store of the same name. In response, the town changed its name to Harrodsville and renamed all of its businesses β€˜Harrods'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oto…
In 2016 in the small city of White, Georgia, the chief of police and only other full-time officer were both arrested on false imprisonment charges, leaving the city with no police department. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
NASA has a Planetary Protection department, dedicated to protecting solar system bodies from contamination by Earth life and protecting Earth from possible alien life forms sma.nasa.gov/sma-discipli…
The Paris Fire Department is part of the French Military, and thus all of the firefighters are members of its Engineering Arm. During the Bastille Day Parade, members are armed with Famas rifles to signify this military connection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
From about 1653-1856 there was a Secret Office in the UK Postal Service. Its job was to intercept and read all foreign mail. The department head was called The Chief Decipherer. Other secret office employee titles were The Door Keeper and The Alphabet Keeper. historyextra.com/period/5…
, in 2011 Apple had more cash than the United States Treasury Department. edition.cnn.com/2011/TECH…
Macy's originally agreed to be the department store in "Elf" however one stipulation was that Santa couldn't be revealed as a fake. Jon Favreau was unwilling to change the content so he changed the store to "Gimbel's" and filmed it in the cafeteria of a Vancouver mental hospital. rollingstone.com/movies/m…
Some Police Departments actually have the "enhance" software for images/videos and it was developed by NASA technology.nasa.gov/paten…
In 1952, French physician Paul-FΓ©lix Armand-Delille infected the rabbits on his estate with the myxomatosis virus to cull them. The virus escaped and killed most of the western European rabbit population. He was fined, but was later awarded a medal by the French Department of Rivers and Forests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Ulysses S. Grant not only created the Department of Justice, he also supported the Fifteenth Amendment and asked Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1871, allowing him to combat and prosecute the Ku Klux Klan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
In 1998, the United States Department of Justice filed suit against Microsoft, in essence claiming that Microsoft included too much functionality in its operating systems and thus prevented application vendors from competing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
For free, the US Treasury Department provides blind US citizens with a machine to read their currency for them. "The iBill is compact enough to slip into a side pocket. It can identify all US currency," They have also developed free apps to read currency with a smartphone. afb.org/info/living-with-…
The Vatican has its own football league. It was founded in 1972. Teams are made up of workers representing various state departments. The best players are combined to form a national team for rare friendly matches. Teams can field an outside player from Italian amateur teams to be goalkeeper en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vat…
Today I learned of the Tolstoy Cup. A football competition involving only two teams, the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford and the Department of War Studies at King's College London. enacademic.com/dic.nsf/en…
Today I learned of professional "fired men" that were used as department store scapegoats who were fired several times a day to please costumers who were disgruntled about some error slate.com/blogs/browbeat/…
A Kent State communications major took an audio recording of the war protest from his dorm room in 1970. He created the only real-time account of the shooting, and his original tape was destroyed by the Department of Justice in 1979. huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
Taiwan's second president Yen Chia-kan contributed significantly for China's food supply during World War II when he was director of the finance department of Fujian Provincial Government en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yen…
A house cat bit its owner in the middle of the night to alert the family for the house fire. The family got out in time with no injuries and the fire department confirmed the cat was partially responsible for the rescue, "Hero kitty" cbsnews.com/news/this-her…
Pearl Jam discovered Ticketmaster was adding a service charge to all their concert tickets without informing the band. The band then created their own outdoor stadiums for the fans and testified against Ticketmaster to the United States Department of Justice articles.latimes.com/1994…
Rage Against the Machine unsuccessfully sued the State Department for using their song "Killing in the name of" in torture methods at Guantanamo Bay. spin.com/2012/11/rage-aga…
Ito-Yokado (A Japanese department store) plays Symphony No. 5/1. Allegro con brio by Beethoven if there is a bomb threat at the store. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ito…
The GPS service used globally is paid for by the U.S. Department of Defense, and costs upwards of a billion dollars annually. gps.gov/policy/funding/
Energy Star is a program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy since 1992 that promotes energy efficiency en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ene…
Skywalker Ranch has its own fire department. marinfirehistory.org/skyw…
In Japanese department stores, the staff will offer to put a plastic cover on your shopping bag when it rains. All of the staff knows it is raining outside without looking is because of a special BGM played only when it rains. guidable.co/move_to_japan…
Today I learned of a sidewalk curb in Hayward, California that unintentionally marked the progression of a fault line for decades - until the city infrastructure department unknowingly paved over it. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Today I learned of Supai, Arizona, the only place in the US where mail is still delivered by mules. The community has been referred to as "the most remote community" in the contiguous United States by the U.S. Department of Agriculture en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
The US Air Force drops every christmas since 1952 10s of thousands of pounds of supply, food, toys and commodities on the islands of Micronesia. It is the longest running mission of the United States Department of Defense and the longest running humanitarian airlift in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Philanthropist Peter B. Fletcher once succeeded in inserting the fictional northern Ohio towns "Goblu" and "Beatosu" into a 1978 Michigan Department of Transportation map as a way to show his loyalty to his alma mater annarbor.com/news/ypsilan…
When the band plays "Jump Around" at University of Wisconsin football games the fans jumping registers on the Geology Department's seismograph 2 miles away. offtackleempire.com/2016/…
The Illinois Department of Corrections provides β€˜gate money’ of up to $50 and a bus ticket home to released inmates who are without savings. A released inmate said, "You go to [fast‐food restaurant] and you broke! . . . [A]fter a while...You go back to your old habits and your old ways" onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
A senior director at the United States Department of Homeland Security resigned in 2004 after an investigation found she had obtained her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from a diploma mill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
In Stringtown, Oklahoma, population 400, 76 percent of the town's 2013 budget came from traffic tickets. After a state investigation into excessive speed trapping the town's police department was disbanded. cbsnews.com/news/speed-tr…

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