Today I learned about Blackstone's ratio, the idea that, "It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer." Blackstone's principle influenced the nineteenth-century development of "beyond a reasonable doubt" as the burden of proof in criminal law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Napoleon Hill known best for his book Think and Grow Rich was accused of fraud and kidnapping, modern historians also doubt many of his claims, such as that he met Andrew Carnegie and that he was an attorney. Gizmodo has called him "the most famous conman you've probably never heard of" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
Charles Darwin, who's work greatly contributed to the Theory of Evolution, was at one point in his life training to become an Anglican Minister. For a time, he "did not then in the least doubt the strict and literal truth of every word of the Bible." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Despite being very common in fictional works, historical information about ball-and-chain flails is scarce. A few doubt they existed at all due to the number of pieces in museums that turned out to be forgeries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
In the Catholic church, if a child is in peril of dying during delivery, the midwife may perform an emergency baptism. If the midwife is in doubt if the child still lives, she baptises the child saying: "In case you are able to receive the baptism, I baptise thee in the name of the Father etc" dutchgenealogy.nl/emergen…
Gwen Stefani’s older brother, Eric, was the brainchild behind No Doubt and also worked as an animator on Rugrats and The Simpsons news.amomama.com/169070-m…
Venus' surface is not covered by lava flows; in fact, there is considerable doubt that the planet is even volcanically active. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
Teddy Roosevelt nearly died on several occasions while exploring the previously uncharted River of Doubt. After surviving a close call with a coral snake and an emergency surgery on his leg, he became delirious with a fever and repeatedly demanded to be left alone to die in the jungle. history.com/news/the-amaz…
The day that "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" premiered, there was an op-ed in the New York Times titled "O'Brien flops" that said "one can't help but have grave doubts about his prospects". The op-ed was written by Conan O'Brien himself. archive.nytimes.com/www.n…
Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison tested positive for HIV in 1989, one year into his professional career. This would be hidden until 1996, only being revealed before a fight with Mike Tyson. During this time, he publicly expressed doubt about the existence of the disease. lawandcrime.com/high-prof…
In 1863, scientists started to doubt that the Sun is actually burning coal and proposed that the heat of the Sun has been kept up by meteoric bodies falling into it. "If the sun were composed of coal, it would last at the present rate only 5,000 years" scientificamerican.com/ar…
The Whydah Gally, a ship from the height of the Golden Age of Piracy was the first ever pirate shipwreck with its identity having been established and authenticated beyond doubt in 1986. 260 years after it sank. wikipedia.org/wiki/Whydah…
Today I learned of William Cowper - A British Poet, who was plagued by recurring mental instability and religious doubt all throughout his life. He was extremely popular in Colonial America among early anti-slavery supporters. He has been called one of the best modern poets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Gwen Stefani's brother Eric was originally the keyboardist for No Doubt but left to become an animator for The Simpsons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwe…
Serial killer Ted Bundy was convicted and sentenced to death in large part on the basis of now-discredited forensic bite mark evidence. Though there was other evidence implicating him and he later confessed to the killings anyway, so no one doubts his guilt. oxygen.com/blogs/how-ted-…
The word 'theory' in 'theory of evolution' does not imply scientific doubt about its validity. A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of facts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo…
Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense, the pamphlet that helped gain support for American Independence, was one of the first people to publicly doubt Jesus Christ existed. Prior Christian skeptics simply believed Christ wasn't the son of God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Sam Houston, for whom the city of Houston is named, was deposed as governor of Texas by the legislature after refusing to support the Confederacy, saying β€œyou may win Southern independence if God be not against you, but I doubt it.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Historians have raised doubt on the popular stories of Nero's persecution of Christians, as they are based on a single questionable source cambridge.org/core/journa…
During WWII, L Ron Hubbard once led a 68 hour battle against two Japanese submarines which he claimed "definitely sunk, beyond doubt". An analysis later concluded that there were never any submarines in the area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
, The Russian novel We (1920-21) by Yevgeny Zamyatin is considered one of the grandfathers of the dystopian genre and influenced George Orwell's 1984. "Zamyatin's influence on Orwell is beyond dispute...1984 shares so many features with We that there can be no doubt about its general debt to it." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_…
Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, impostorism, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud". cnet.com/news/impostor-sy…
In the Book of Job, Job does not maintain his faith in God's goodness β€” he even repents for his doubt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
Prior to his death, Roger Ebert enjoyed the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, calling it "without a doubt the best film we are ever likely to see on the subject". rogerebert.com/reviews/ab…
Levar Burton (Geordi Laforge from Star Trek: The Next Generation) originally attended a Catholic seminary in order to become a priest but changed his mind after having doubts about the Catholic religion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LeV…
The eldest son of Genghis Khan, Jochi, may not have been his. Khan's first wife was kidnapped and found 8 months later, pregnant. Khan treated him as his own, but doubt in legitimacy led to Γ–gedei as the heir. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joc…
Presumption of innocence and "guilt beyond a reasonable doubt" in common law was created because jurors were afraid their souls would be damned if they found an innocent person guilty yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9…
The band No Doubt was actually formed in 1986 by Gwen Stefani’s brother in their parent’s garage. There were 9 members in the first lineup, but by the time they had their breakthrough album, Tragic Kingdom, Gwen was the only original one left. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_…
Oscar winner Marion Cotillard is both a 9/11 denier and doubts the moon landing. slate.com/blogs/xx_factor…
Raisa Gorbachev once told a British minister there were more than 300 ways to cook potatoes in the USSR. When he had doubts, she sent him a cookbook and a note: "My apologies for being somewhat inaccurate: in fact, there are five hundred, rather than three hundred, recipes to cook potatoes." independent.ie/world-news…
An Alford plea,in United States law, is a guilty plea in criminal court, whereby a defendant does not admit to the act and asserts innocence. In entering the plea, the defendant admits that the evidence would be likely to persuade a judge or jury to find them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
Bertrand Russel said "in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt". This is actually a bias called the Dunning–Kruger effect which says unskilled individuals feel an illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their analysis to be much better than it is. spring.org.uk/2012/06/the…
The doubt regarding Shakespeare's actual authorship of the plays attributed to him was started by a 19th century American woman who had no proof, but just a "feeling" that Shakespeare couldn't have done it all himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
Lonely Planet published a guide to the USSR just as the Soviet Union collapsed. The book was published with a note saying that the due to recent events, there were doubts about which countries would continue to be in the Soviet Union and whether the name USSR would still be in use bbc.co.uk/ahistoryofthewo…
Mark Twain sent a letter to a β€œsnake oil” salesman re his ad, saying: The person who wrote the [ad] is without doubt the most ignorant person now alive...without doubt he is an idiot, an idiot of the 33rd degree, and scion of an ancestral procession of idiots stretching back to the Missing Link. lettersofnote.com/2010/01…
Today I learned of convicted train robber Frank Grigware, who escaped from federal prison in 1910. A short 6 years later, he became mayor of the small town of Spirit River, Alberta. The FBI discovered him in 1933, but his extradition request was dropped due to 'serious doubts' about his original conviction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The term Gaslighting - Lying to, or misinforming somebody about events or facts with the purpose of making them doubt their memory or sanity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas…
A 2007 meta-analysis study of Chiropractic concluded that its concepts are not based on solid science and that its therapeutic value has not been demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt. jpsmjournal.com/article/S…
Today I learned of the Murray Gell-Man Amnesia Effect, i.e., we give newspapers the benefit of the doubt even after we catch them being inaccurate on subjects we know about. (Term was coined by Michael Crichton in "Why Speculate?") firstthings.com/blogs/fir…
No Doubt's Don't Speak was originally written as a happy love song with lyrics like "We're always together/We will be forever/such a special treasure;" after breaking up with the band's bassist, Gwen Stefani re-wrote it to reflect her emotional anguish youtube.com/watch?v=l2y2k…
In a study requiring them to write out "door" 30 times in 60 seconds, 68 percent of participants began to doubt that "door" was a real word or showed similar symptoms of 'jamais vu' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
In 1966, French author HervΓ© Bazin proposed various new punctuation marks to represent things like love, doubt, irony and authority. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Gaslighting or gas-lighting is a form of mental abuse in which information is twisted or spun, selectively omitted to favor the abuser, or false information is presented with the intent of making victims doubt their own memory, perception, and sanity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas…
Today I learned of a train robber named Frank Grigware who escaped Leavenworth prison in 1910. He went on and became a mayor of a small town in Alberta, Canada. Later when he was found by the Canadian police and FBI, his charges were dropped due to doubts of his original conviction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Richard Pryor was raised in a brothel where his own mother worked. He found an escape in watching movies because, "you were never in doubt as to why the women in them were screaming." newyorker.com/culture/cul…
There is a term to explain why ignorant people tend to boast confidence in spite of being wrong and wiser people ofter have doubts about their knowledge : Dunning-Kruger Effect en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dun…
A history professor helped a landfill be granted historic landmark status due to its pioneering waste disposal method. But that landfill was also a EPA Superfund site. Doubts about whether such a site should remain a historic landmark faded after 9/11 occurred. atlasobscura.com/articles…
While filming the low budget monster flick Tremors, Kevin Bacon broke down over how low his career had gone. Despite his doubts, the film was very well received and became a huge hit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Lying to, or misinforming somebody about events or facts (with the purpose of making them doubt their memory or sanity), is called Gaslighting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas…
In 2009, DNA and forensic tests were performed on a skull fragment long believed to be Adolf Hitler's, which had been recovered from the crater where Hitler was buried. The tests revealed that the skull was actually that of a woman, casting doubt on Hitler's suicide story. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…

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