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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
The word β€œhope” (Expectation of something desired; desire combined with expectation) has been around for over 1000 years www-oed-com.library2.csum…
The Puritans got their name from their desire to have a completely Biblical "pure" church in England after the reformation. theroadtoemmaus.net/2020/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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 Stella Shouting Contest happens in New Orleans every year to commemorate Tennessee Williams and A Streetcar Named Desire youtu.be/bItJgkT9TWU
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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 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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
The brown paths of worn down grass are called "desire paths" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
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 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…
There is an "erotic" section of the Bible that described intimacy, desire, and sexual love en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
The Lululemon retail chain's name came from the founder's desire to watch Japanese people try to pronounce it businessinsider.com/histo…
Sylvester Graham invented graham crackers as part of a radical vegetarian diet meant to curb the desire to masturbate huffingtonpost.com/2014/0…
In 1906 Pres. Roosevelt exprest his thoro support to reform English spelling. To fulfil his desire, he past a directive that strest that all government documents use the new spelling. Congress lasht out, exprest their hate, and supprest the changes when printing funds were thoroly stript. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
George Washington Carver's research into uses for peanuts was motivated by a desire to help poor sharecroppers in the South. At the time, the overproduction of cotton was depleting the soil of nutrients, and the boll weevil infestation threatened to destroy cotton crops. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
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…
In 2017 a "Wheel of Fortune" contestant lost because he had to solve "A STREETCAR NA_ED DESIRE" and he guessed "K" thinking that the missing word was "NAKED" hollywoodreporter.com/new…
Until 1996, the Japanese government permitted forced sterilization of people with conditions such as albinism, deafness, hemophilia, "remarkable abnormal sexual desire" and "remarkable criminal inclination". lit.osaka-cu.ac.jp/user/t…
There’s a psychological condition commonly found in Japan called Hikikomori in which people will isolate themselves in their room for at least a year, in which they have no desire to socialize with the outside world. relay.nationalgeographic.…
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._…
In 1872 natives of Japan were prohibited from getting tattoos due to the countries desire to appear sophisticated to westerners and avoid ridicule, this caused studios to go underground until 1948 when tattoos were legal again. sites.wp.odu.edu/bodylore…
After Czech resistance assassinated brutal Nazi Reinhard Heydrich, the Czech town of Lidice was razed and nearly all of its citizens, pets and livestock were shot. In response to Hitler's desire to wipe Lidice off the map, Venezuela, Brazil, Panama and Mexico renamed towns to Lidice. czechmatediary.com/2009/0…
According to medieval bestiaries elephants had no desire for sex, and to mate at all the female would have to travel to the garden of Eden and pick a fruit from a Madrake to offer to a male elephant. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about Theory of mind. Theory of mind is the ability to attribute mental statesβ€”beliefs, intents, desires, emotions, knowledge, etc.β€”to oneself, and to others, and to understand that others have beliefs, desires, intentions, and perspectives that are different from one's own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Before the Civil War, some psychiatrists diagnosed slaves with what they called drapetomania: "a mental illness in which the slave possessed an irrational desire for freedom and a tendency to try to escape." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Envy is the desire to possess something someone else has, while jealousy is the fear of losing something you have to somebody else psychologytoday.com/blog/…
The ingredients of desire may differ for men and women, but researchers have revealed some surprising similarities. For example, visual stimuli spur sexual stirrings in women, as they do in men paulocoelhoblog.com/2008/…
In Mexico the act of escaping from prison is considered legal because the law recognizes that all people have a fundamental desire to be free. pulitzer.org/archives/671…
Today I learned about the motivation behind Necrophilia: 1) desire to possess a non-resisting and non-rejecting romantic partner (21%), sexual attraction to corpses (15%), comfort or overcoming feelings of isolation (15%), or seeking self-esteem by expressing power over a homicide victim (12%). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nec…
George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party, was friends with Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam, due in part to their shared hatred of Jews and desire for racial segregation. vice.com/en_us/article/dp…
One of the symptoms of hookworm disease is a desire to eat soil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
A 14-year-old, who died in 2016, was at the centre of a bitter legal row between her parents over her desire to be frozen after her death until there was a possibility of bringing her back to life. After writing a letter to a High Court judge, her wish was granted. metro.co.uk/2016/11/20/th…
Cancelled 11th NSDAP Nuremberg Rally was given name β€œRally of Peace” It was meant to reiterate the German desire for peace. It should’ve been hosted on 2nd-11th September 1939 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nur…
Although the urinary bladder may hold as much as 600 ml of urine, the desire to urinate is usually experienced when it contains about 150 ml hypertextbook.com/facts/2…
"Kenjataimu" is the Japanese word for the post-orgasm period in which he can think clearly because his mind is free of sexual desire. japandict.com/%E8%B3%A2%E…
A Baku is a creature from Chinese folklore that can be summoned to devour nightmares. However if he remains hungry after eating one’s nightmares, he may also devour their hopes and desires. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak…
Around 400 years ago, a barely literate German cobbler came up with the idea that God was a binary, fractal, self-replicating algorithm and that the universe was a genetic matrix resulting from the existential tension created by His desire for self-knowledge. rotten.com/library/bio/ma…
Alexander the Great expressed in his last will and testament the desire to see "transplant of populations from Asia to Europe and in the opposite direction from Europe to Asia, in order to bring the largest continent to common unity and to friendship by means of intermarriage and family ties." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
A handwritten note from Michael Jackson indicated his desire that the songβ€œHold My Hand” be the first single on his next project. Unfortunately, the unfinished song leaked in 2008 which pulled it from an album until it was released officially as a commercial success in 2010 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
Russian Tsar Peter II was quick-witted but had no desire to rule. He spend much time feasting, playing cards and enjoying the company of wome and died at age 14 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
In the 1960s economist Thomas Schelling devised a simple model in which a mixed group of people spontaneously segregates by race even though none desires that outcome. Despite being happy with a 50–50 mix, they wind up forming enclaves where 80 percent of their neighbors are the same race. americanscientist.org/art…
The last Nuremberg Rally intended to be held by Germany in 1939 was given the name "Rally of Peace", to reiterate the German desire for peace, but it was cancelled at short notice because one day before the planned date, on September 1, Germany began its military offensive against Poland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nur…
Roger Ebert considers Armageddon (1998) to be one of his most hated films. He said it was "an assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense and the human desire to be entertained." rogerebert.com/reviews/ar…
Tennessee Williams, famous 20th century playwright and author of The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and A Streetcar Named Desire, choked to death from inhaling the plastic cap of a bottle of nasal spray. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
The Queen Mother always carries a handbag in public and can use it to discretely send unspoken instructions to her staff such as her desire to end an conversation with someone or her rediness to depart a location. urbo.com/content/heres-wh…
When Elton John told his parents of his desire to become an entertainer, they tried to steer him towards a more conventional career, like banking. The flamboyant costumes he wore on stage early in his career were a way of 'letting go' after his restrictive childhood en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elt…
Terry Gilliam's 'Trilogy of Imagination,' (Time Bandits, Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen) are about the "craziness of our awkwardly ordered society and the desire to escape it through whatever means possible" shown through the eyes of a child, a man in his 30's and an elderly man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Tarantism, a disease once thought to result from the bite of the tarantula spider. This extraordinary affliction was associated with melancholy, stupor, madness and an uncontrollable desire to dance. In fact, dancing off the tarantula venom was considered the only cure. medicinenet.com/script/ma…
In 1977 in Poland, Jimmy Carter's interpreter changed Carter's phrase explaining the Polish people's 'desires for the future' to one expressing sexual desire, and instead of being glad to be in Poland, Carter had left the US for Poland and wasn't going back. nytimes.com/1977/12/31/ar…
Alexander the Great expressed in his last will and testament the desire to see "transplant of populations from Asia to Europe and in the opposite direction from Europe to Asia, in order to bring the largest continent to common unity and to friendship by means of intermarriage and family ties." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The Italian version of "You can't have your cake and eat it too" is "Your barrel is full and the wife is drunk." Other languages translate the phrase as, "You desire to have both the moustache and to drink the soup." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
2 million people formed a 675 km chain between the three Baltic states to demonstrate a desire for independence from the USSR in 1989 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
The term "Sweet Death" refers to dying of hypothermia, because you feel an innocent desire to lie down and sleep. A certain feeling of wellness overcomes you. And with a sardonic β€˜Mona Lisa’ smile on your face, you die. mounteverest.net/story/Sw…
The desire to squeeze and hug cute things comes from the same place in your brain as aggression scientificamerican.com/ar…
that In medieval times, red hair was associated with moral degradation and intense sexual desire. Redheads were regarded as vampires, werewolves and witches. The Spanish Inquisition singled them out for persecution, believing their hair to be sure sign that they stole the fires of hell. news.sympatico.ca/oped/co…
Guillermo del Toro desperately wanted to direct Breaking Bad's episode "Ozymandias". When he expressed this desire to the episode's eventual director Rian Johnson, Johnson responded, "Yeah, sorry, I'm the one who gets to f*** the prom queen." breakingbad.wikia.com/wik…
France bans all non-court ordered paternity tests in a desire to "preserve the peace." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
In Italy, pizza was generally looked down upon until it was redeveloped by Italian immigrants in the US. The consequent American desire to find the "authentic" product in Italy led to the retroactive invention of "authentic" pizza, much to the US tourists' delight. [PIZZA EFFECT] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piz…
Today I learned about "desire paths." What other common things did you never know had a name? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
The Sanskrit word for war literally means "a desire for more cows" wisegeek.com/what-is-the-…
Deep fried chicken was a Scottish tradition that was motivated in part by the desire to capture the caloric value of lard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
The mother of Ernest Hemingway (author, soldier, hunter, boxer, drinker, famous manly man) often dressed young Ernest and his older sister in matching pink flowery dresses (and similar outfits) to fulfill her obsessive desire to instead be mother to a pair of twin girls. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Today I learned of Draptomania: A mental illness "discovered" in 1851 in which the afflicted slaves show a desire to escape from their masters pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h…
Men with 'madonna whore complex' are only sexual attracted to slutty women (whores) but cannot love such a woman. They can love a chaste partner (a madonna) but not be sexually attracted to them. Freud described it,"Where such men love they have no desire and where they desire they cannot love" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
In a 1977 speech in Poland, President Jimmy Carter was mistranslated as saying, ""when I left the United States never to return...", "I desire the Poles carnally," and "I am happy to grasp Poland's private parts." (2nd part of article) bbc.com/culture/story/201…
Dr. Kellogg firmly believed that red meat increased sexual desire and he advocated a diet rich in nuts and cereals. He began to develop a sort of anti-masturbation food and Kellogg’s Corn Flakes are meant to help decrease your likelihood of masturbation. iquitsugar.com/true-story…
A "Desire Path" is the worn track that multiple people mark on grass or other surfaces because it's the most easily navigated route between places. In Finland, desire paths made by footprints in snow in winter are used to design purpose-built pathways. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
The phrase "In Like Flynn" was associated with actor Errol Flynn, who had a reputation for womanizing, consumption of alcohol, and brawling. Especially for his desire for under-age girls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
While on a visit to Poland, President Carter tried to tell the Polish people "I wish to learn your opinions and understand your desires for the future." Instead, what he said translated to "I desire Poles carnally." content.time.com/time/spe…
Right before his death, Jim Henson did not go to the hospital right away because, his wife believes, "it was likely due to his desire not to be a bother to people." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Today I learned of William and Francis Buckland, eccentric father and son scientists who both developed the desire to consume as many different animals as possible. It is believed William Buckland also ate the heart of King Louis XIV. Charles Darwin called him a β€œvulgar and almost coarse man” atlasobscura.com/articles…

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