Harry Truman dreamed of attending West Point and becoming a career Army officer, but although he passed the written test, he failed the eye exam and was denied entry. Undeterred from the desire to serve, in 1905 he memorized the eye chart and joined the National Guard. trumanlibraryinstitute.or…
Although Adolphe Sax originally intended for the saxophone to be an orchestra instrument, this never happened. This is primarily because Sax had a few enemies in the orchestral institution since he had a constant desire to improve their wind instruments and because the saxophone lacked precision olimpusmusic.com/saxophon…
There were TWO pandemics running together during WW1. ”Encephalitis Lethargica” affected 5M and killed over 1,5M. The patients were conscious – yet not fully awake; they would sit motionless, totally lacking initiative, affect or desire; they registered the inputs with profound indifference en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
Robert Bork, the SCOTUS nominee the Democrats voted down, fired the special prosecutor looking at Watergate at Nixon's request after his two predecessors refused to and resigned. He also stated a desire to roll back the civil rights decisions of the Warren and Burger courts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The American game Chutes and Ladders is based on a British game called Snakes and Ladders, which is based on an ancient Indian game called Moksha Patam, which teaches people about karma(destiny) and kama(desire). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sna…
Rommel’s stance as an anti-Nazi and supporter of the July 20 plot to kill Hitler is largely exaggerated. He remained loyal, and his desire to negotiate a surrender was driven by the knowledge that the successful Allied landings in Normandy would lead to catastrophe for Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Colombian author Gabriel GarcΓ­a MΓ‘rquez turned down a lucrative offer to adapt his books, explaining that he has a desire for direct communication with his readers - by means of the letters he writes they can imagine the characters to be as they wish, and not as the borrowed face of an actor tvguide.com/news/one-hund…
The 1982 Modern English song "I Melt With You" is about love during atomic warfare. The band was inspired by the bleak living conditions in England at the time, a general fear of nuclear war, and their desire to avoid writing a typical love song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_M…
Jack Nicholson's first job in Hollywood was an office worker for animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. They offered him an entry-level job as an animator, but he declined, citing his desire to become an actor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Before 1762, there was no influential prescribed English grammar rules, but a desire within the middle class to teach their children to speak like the upperclass prompted Bishop Robert Lowth to publish the prescriptive grammar book which has been the foundation of current English grammar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned about Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry, where there are companies that offer rentable family members to people willing to pay. People can be rented for a selected family role you desire up to a certain period of time. Real marriages and relationships have formed from these services. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
George Washington quarantined his troops during a smallpox outbreak, and several of his retreats can be attributed to his desire to avoid smallpox en.wikipedia.org/wiki/177…
Frederick Douglass's master didn't want his slaves being taught to read, believing that it would foster a desire for freedom. Douglass learned to read anyway, escaped, and became the foremost abolitionist in the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
In Finland, city planners are known to visit parks immediately after the first snowfall, when the existing walking paths are not visible. People naturally choose desire paths, clearly marked by their footprints, which can be then used to guide the routing of new purpose-built paved paths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
KFC released a romance novella set in Victorian England called 'Tender Wings of Desire', featuring Colonel Sanders as a 'man of passion' and fierce love interest for the protagonist the-delve.com/2019/04/18/…
Today I learned about Brigham Young, a Mormon who stated that "the idea of plural marriage" made him "desire the grave.". He went on to have fifty-five wives and fifty-six children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Between 1810 and 1840, wealthy tobacco merchant Joseph Williamson had an extensive network of tunnels constructed under Liverpool, England. The purpose of the tunnels is completely unknown but may simply have been Williamson's philanthropic desire to provide working men with employment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned about "vanity sizing" in which clothing of the same size classification becomes bigger over time in order to satisfy the wearers' desire to feel thinner and to promote a more positive self-image. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
During the 14th century Plague, the ever-present threat of death lead to many people to either religion or constant satisfying of physical desires. This combination of opposing coping mechanisms lead to a later artistic genre called "Danse Macabre" or "Dance of Death" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
There is a theory that explains advertising wants, international conflicts, friendship and rivlary. Mimetic theory’s key insight is that human desire is not an autonomous process, but a collective one. We want things because other people want them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
The Ancient Greeks had 6 different distinct words for love. Eros, sexual passion or desire. Philia, deep friendship. Ludus, playful love. Agape, selfless love. Pragma, a long standing love. Philautia, love of the self. yesmagazine.org/happiness…
The Puritans got their name from their desire to have a completely Biblical "pure" church in England after the reformation. theroadtoemmaus.net/2020/…
In 1895, UK prime minister William Gladstone founded a public library. Aged 85, he wheelbarrowed his personal collection of 32,000 books the ΒΎ mile between his home and the library. His desire, his daughter said, was to "bring together books who had no readers with readers who had no books" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
The word β€œhope” (Expectation of something desired; desire combined with expectation) has been around for over 1000 years www-oed-com.library2.csum…
When Micheal Jordan signed his first professional contract it came with a unique clause allowing participation in competitive off-season pickup games. Specifically, this clause allowed for Jordan's "Love of the game" (a desire to play anywhere, anytime), regardless of potential liability. news.nike.com/news/jordan…
Actress Charlotte Gainsbourg has a song called "Lemon Incest" with her father Serge about an impossible physical love between an adult and his child. 2 years later, they starred in the film "Charlotte for Ever" about a man who develops incestuous desires for his teen daughter after his wife dies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lem…
Elton John's smash hit "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" was written by his long time partner Bernie Taupin and is about Bernie's rejection of fame, high society riches and his desire to go back to a simple way of living. Taupin was raised on a farm without electricity as a child. ultimateclassicrock.com/e…
The term "kangaroo court" comes from travelling judges "hopping from place to place, guided less by concern for justice than by the desire to wrap up as many trials as the day allowed." encyclopedia.com/social-s…
Colonel Harlan Sanders (of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame) is the love interest of a romance novella, "Tender Wings of Desire" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
The co-creator of "Parks and Recreation" read an article which stated that scientists believe the first human who will live 150 years has already been born. He felt this applied to Rob Lowe's character, which inspired Chris Traeger's desire to live to 150. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Rats will rescue their distressed pals even when they’re offered chocolate instead, showing that the urge to help a fellow rat was at least as strong as the desire for food. sciencemag.org/news/2015/…
The Stella Shouting Contest happens in New Orleans every year to commemorate Tennessee Williams and A Streetcar Named Desire youtu.be/bItJgkT9TWU
Italian herbalist Pietro Andrae Matthioli declared the red tomato as a mandrake, a halogenic poisonous planet root long associated with sexual desires, hallucinations and temptation because the tomato was similar looking to nightshade, an actual poisonous fruit. foodandwine.com/lifestyle…
Despite the twenty-four centuries separating the two men, both Plato and Freud shared the same pessimism regarding human nature: man is driven by his desires or what Freud called β€˜drives’ or instincts blogs.osc-ib.com/2017/04/…
Frenchman Michael Lotito ate a plane. As a teenager he developed an eating disorder known as Pica leaving him with a persistent desire to eat things that have no nutritional value such as metal. He became a performer known as Mr Eat All flight-delayed.co.uk/blog…
The Nazi Party planned to hold a rally on September 2-11, 1939 to illustrate their desire for peace to other countries. It was cancelled on short notice, because on September 1st, Germany invaded Poland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nur…
Fearful-Avoidant adults are torn between a desire for intimacy and a fear of sharing their emotions. They want close relationships, but have trouble trusting others relationshipslovehappines…
KFC released a Harlequin style Colonel Sanders romance novel: "Tender Wings of Desire" time.com/4770024/kfc-roma…
The Clash released a triple album as their way of mocking CBS for resisting their desire to release London Calling as a double album, then releasing Bruce Springsteen double album The River less than a year later. They agreed to a decrease in royalties in order to release the album at low price en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
The Lululemon retail chain's name came from the founder's desire to watch Japanese people try to pronounce it businessinsider.com/histo…
The brown paths of worn down grass are called "desire paths" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
Illegal home distilling of pΓ‘linka became popular in the 18th century when peasant breweries were shut down. The practice was fuelled by the desire to make use of fruit that had fallen from the tree and could not be eaten, coupled with the knowledge that making it at home was much less expensive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C…
T-shirts have only existed since the late 1800's, and were not considered fashionable stand-alone garments until the 1950's when Marlon Brando wore one in the film "A Streetcar Named Desire" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-s…
The city of Edinburgh, Scotland had buildings as tall as 14 stories as early as the 17th century. This was due to a desire to keep all the cities buildings within the city walls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Sylvester Graham invented graham crackers as part of a radical vegetarian diet meant to curb the desire to masturbate huffingtonpost.com/2014/0…
A study involving college students in the United States and Germany found that people who show hostility toward gay people are more likely to have same-sex desires. scientificamerican.com/ar…
H. L. Mencken when writing about the US Presidency predicted that "On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._…
The United States has official legislation (the Metric Conversion Act 1975) for metrication; however, conversion was not mandatory and many industries chose not to convert, and unlike other countries, there is no government or major social desire to implement further en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Today I learned about the Hedonic Treadmill - the tendency of a person to remain at a relatively stable level of happiness despite changes in fortune or the achievement of major goals. As a person makes more money, expectations and desires rise in tandem, which results in no permanent gain in happiness. positivepsychologyprogram…
Emotional branding is the building of brands that appeal directly to a consumer's emotional state, needs and aspirations, and is successful when it triggers a desire for the advertised brand that cannot fully be rationalised. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emo…

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