Learned that Bad Faith, in discussion/debate/negotiation, means that one or more parties pretend to reason to reach settlement, but have no intention to do so; for example, one political party may pretend to negotiate, with no intention to compromise, for political effect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad…
Famous architect Frank Gehry realized that he wanted to be an architect after sitting in on a discussion of one his professor's "secret projects in progress"β€”a palace that he was designing for right-wing Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
During the discussion of the proposed House of Lord Reform in 1999 which will limit the numbers of Hederitary peers to 92, the Earl of Burford protest by leaped to his feet, crossed the floor of the House, stood on the speaker chair and denounce the proposed bill in front of the house. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned of an island in Scotland named Eilean a’ Chombraidh, commonly known as the β€œIsle of Discussion,” a tiny island located south of Loch Leven’s, where arguing members of the MacDonald Clan were sent to the island by the clan’s chief and had to remain there until coming to a mutual agreement vinepair.com/articles/sco…
17th century Vatican librarian Leo Allatius wrote a treatise entitled De Praeputio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Diatriba (A Discussion of the Foreskin of Our Lord Jesus Christ), claiming that the Holy Prepuce ascended , like Jesus himself, and was transformed into the rings of Saturn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
In Ancient Greece, prostitutes were classified into two classes; the Pornai and the Hetairai. The Pornai served many men at once, and frequently worked on the street. In contrast, Hetarai were educated, had few clients, and provided companionship and intellectual discussion as well as sex. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Het…
The film adaptation of the musical β€œWicked” has been in discussion since 2004. It has been delayed multiple times, the most recent being August of 2018 when the production was yet again put on hold and β€œCats” was given the green light and release date instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wic…
British prime minister Harold Wilson was so unliked by senior members of the army and MI5 that there allegedly were discussions about a military coup against the government in 1974 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In 2016, Alex Trebek, the host of "Jeopardy!", donated a total of $7.5 million to his Alma mater, University of Ottawa, to fund a Forum for Dialogue and a Speaker Series. The goal is to expose students to different world views through discussions and panels by speakers from around the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Today I learned of the BoΓΆtes void also known as the Great Nothing , an enormous spherical region of space which has a very small number of galaxies. This void has opened space for many discussions of its origin, including the hypothesis of a Type III civilization in the Kardashev scale. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo%…
"Spotlight effect" is a feeling in which you overthink that you are being continuously observed, noticed, and judged by others (like walking into a room full of people or participating in a meeting discussion). The effect arises from being extremely self-conscious about what others may think. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
A Norway TV channel planned to show a reindeer migration nonstop in real time for 168 hours, using drones, antler-cams and snowmobiles. Previous "slow TV" included nonstop knitting, 18 hours of live salmon fishing, and hours of "firewood chopping" discussion followed by live footage of a fire. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
Godwins law is an internet adage asserting that "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
For almost a month after their surrender the Nazi cabinet under Karl DΓΆnitz continued to meet despite having no power. "much time was devoted to discussion of how far the symbols, medals and insignia of the Hitler regime should be retained within [their local] headquarters" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
AMC gave the writers of 'Breaking Bad' permission to use only one 'fuck' each season, which led to giant discussions when to use the one 'fuck'. Because the pilot episode was independent, they used a bunch of 'fucks' there. kcrw.com/news-culture/sho…
The 20th President of the US, James A. Garfield, contributed an original proof of the Pythagorean Theorem before he became president. He came up with it during a discussion with other members of Congress, and it was published in the New England Journal of Education. maa.org/press/periodicals…
James Baldwin, Marlon Brando, Harry Belafonte, Charleton Heston, and Sidney Poitier all attended the March on Washington (August 28, 1963). Later that same day, they met for televised panel discussion of their views on the gathering. youtu.be/ZjZBZxPk4Pc
Today I learned of Godwin's Law which asserts: As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin…
Unbeknownst to Will Ferrell and SNL, when Blue Oyster Cult originally recorded (Don't Fear) The Reaper, the band had a serious discussion about whether or not to use a cowbell in the first place. youtube.com/watch?v=uFTFT…
Godwin's law states that "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
Today I learned about a Lutheran theologian named Emmanuel Swedenborg, born in the 1700th century, who wrote volumes about visions he had. He claimed to have met spirits from other planets, and had discussions with them regarded their cultures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ema…
The very first use of the word fuck on television was on November 13, 1965 by literary agent Kenneth Tynan during a satirical discussion show entitled BBC3. wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennet…
The '$100,000' Hermes 'Birkin' handbag was created when the contents spilled out of the actress Jane Birkin's bag as she sat next to the CEO on a flight. They began discussing what the perfect bag for her would be like. In 1984, a bag was launched inspired by that discussion. bbc.com/culture/story/201…
No recorded copy of George Orwell's voice is known to exist, even though he was frequently heard on the BBC for panel discussion and one-man broadcasts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned about a political model called the Overton Window, which describes the range of ideas acceptable in public discussion. The model uses a spectrum which represents lesser or greater degrees of freedom, and where "Unthinkable" is at each end, and "Policy" (fully accepted) is in the center. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ove…
For the most part, all armor in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is chain mail, leather, helms, etc. There is no mention of metal plate armor. This has been a long standing discussion even before Jackson's movies. middle-earth.xenite.org/h…
The American idiom "to table an item" has the opposite meaning in British English. In the US, "to table an item" means let's postpone the proposal, discussion indefinitely. In Britain, it actually means the opposite. "to table an item" means you are setting things up for discussion. youtube.com/watch?v=qXeCS…
A myriad technically means 10000. Ironically Archimedes used it as part of a discussion of very large but still finite numbers, but now we use it in every day language to mean an incalculably high number. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myr…
In 1999 Garry Kasparov played a chess match against 50,000 people over the Internet. He won and said it was his hardest game--and later revealed that he had been checking the opponents' discussion forum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kas…
Sex in space would be extremely difficult and is a topic of serious discussion amongst the scientific community. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
In 1999, Bill Gates made 15 bold predictions in his book Business @ the Speed of Thought. Among them: social media, smartphones, price comparison sights, online payment systems, smart advertising, online discussion boards, online recruiting like LinkedIn, and online home monitoring. amp.businessinsider.com/b…
Sociologist Diana C. Mutz discovered in her 2006 book Hearing the Other Side, those with the highest levels of education had the lowest exposure to people with conflicting points of view, while those who have not graduated from high school can claim the most diverse discussion mates.' davidthompson.typepad.com…
AMC only allowed Breaking Bad to use the word 'fuck' once per season, leading to lengthy discussions among the show's writers about where it could be best deployed. (Vince Gilligan interview, starting at 21 minute mark) kcrw.com/etc/programs/tb/…
C.S. Lewis after being raised in a Christian family, became an atheist at 15, and later became a Christian again after a long discussion with J.R.R Tolkien and Hugo Dyson. He wrote about this in his book Surprised by Joy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
The piledriver was banned in WWE in 2000, unless the wrestler has special permission to use it. In a discussion in 2007, Stephanie McMahon said that only two wrestlers were allowed to use the move, "two of the stronger guys", Undertaker and Kane. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pil…
John F Kennedy, C.S Lewis and Aldous Huxley died on the same day and that a book called Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis & Aldous Huxley, had those three In Purgatory engaged in a philosophical discussion on faith. blogs.thegospelcoalition.…
Today I learned about Scott Abraham. A skiing enthusiast banned by court order in 1999 from posting on a discussion group after engaging in a flame war with other online posters. That eventually led to death threats en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Use…
Doctors from teaching hospitals around the world regularly hold Morbidity and Mortality Conferences (or simply M&Ms), where they can candidly discuss unexpected patient deaths. The discussions are confidential and legally protected, and help improves patient mortality rates. physiciansweekly.com/morb…
The comments section of online news sites were found to have a higher quality of discussion when the commenters had to use their facebook account rather than an anonymous name. poynter.org/media-innovat…
Stonewalling is a persistent refusal to communicate or to express emotions. It is common during conflicts, when people may stonewall in an attempt to avoid uncomfortable conversations or out of fear that engaging in an emotional discussion will result in a fight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
A Stanford Professor and his doc student came up with a mathematical model based on the jerking people off discussion in Silicon Valley; the "R-rated" paper describing it is titled "Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency - a model for male audience stimulation" spectrum.ieee.org/view-fr…
Today I learned of Godwin's Law: As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/G…
In the late 17th century a Vatican librarian wrote a treatise entitled De Praeputio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Diatriba (A Discussion of the Foreskin of Our Lord Jesus Christ), in it he stated that Jesus's foreskin had transcended like Christ and had become the rings of the planet Saturn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
A group of some of the most powerful/wealthy/influential people meet every year to have discussions in complete confidentiality. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/B…
You're only supposed to downvote comments that don't add to the discussion. Posting because I'm sure many others also didn't know this. reddit.com/r/politics/com…
1/3 of all girls in the developing world are married off before age 18, but this practice can be heavily reduced by giving their families discussion groups, school supplies and chickens or goats. good.is/articles/child-ma…
An ultralight craft, like a paper airplane, could in theory be dropped from space and land safely on Earth. There have even been discussions about releasing one from the International Space Station to see what would happen. newscientist.com/article/…
In 2007 online arguments between Blu-ray and HD-DVD fans became so violent on AVSForum.com that it closed the discussion board, citing "physical threats that have involved police and possible legal action" between the participants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis were part of the same literary discussion group, The Inklings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ink…
EasyJet almost jeopardised the world's first synthetic trachea transplant after refusing cells onto the flight despite previous discussion news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/healt…

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