Penicillin is an accidental discovery. Fleming returned from a two-week vacation to find that a mold had developed on an accidentally contaminated staphylococcus culture plate. Upon examination of the mold, he noticed that the culture prevented the growth of staphylococci. healio.com/endocrinology/…
California administers what is widely considered the nation's most difficult bar examination twice each year. Unsuccessful applicants have even sued the State Barβ€”unsuccessfullyβ€”on the grounds that the exam is unnecessarily difficult. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
J Edgar Hoover wrote an angry letter stating the army wouldn't let him examine a crashed UFO: "We must insist...in the La case the Army grabbed it and would not let us have it for cursory examination.” telegraph.co.uk/technolog…
The Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II was issued a passport by the modern Egyptian government in order to have his mummified body sent to France for examination, as traveling humans no matter alive or deceased, are required by Egyptian law to have a passport in order to leave the country en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
Forensic examination of the recently discovered skeleton of King Richard III shows he perished at the hands of assailants who hacked away pieces of his scalp and rammed spikes into his brain as the helmetless monarch knelt in the mud. phys.org/news/2014-09-kin…
French marshal and eventual Swedish king Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte was worried about doctor examinations. The reason? The former Jacobin had β€œDeath to kings” tattooed on his chest. napoleon-empire.com/perso…
Covert consciousness "is consciousness that cannot be detected by bedside examination. Studies . . . suggest that approximately 10 percent of those believed to be in a vegetative state or a low-level minimally conscious state . . . can actually follow commands during functional MRI or EEG tests" news.martinos.org/uncover…
Toilets in Germany have a "stool examination shelf". germangirlinamerica.com/g…
Today I learned of air stewardess Vesna Vulovi, who drank coffee to combat low blood pressure in order to pass stewardess examination. She then was the only survivor of JAT Flight 367, due to her low blood pressure en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ves…
Today I learned that London taxicab drivers have to obtain something called "The Knowledge", an in depth understanding of London and it's streets, proven by a number of examinations. It's the world's most demanding training for taxi drivers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax…
When the mummy of Ramesses II was flown to Paris for examinations in 1974, it was issued an Egyptian passport listing his occupation as "King (deceased)". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
In 1935 a recently-captured shark vomited up a tatooed human arm. When a medical examination of the arm revealed it had not been bitten off by the shark but had been removed from its body in a non-surgical procedure, the focus of the investigation turned to murder. dictionaryofsydney.org/en…
The Taiping Rebellion, one of the deadliest wars in history, could have been prevented if the rebellion's leader, Hong Xiuquan, had passed his imperial examinations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Nigerian writer Chukwuemeka Ike earned a master's degree at Stanford and wrote the novel "Expo '77", a critical look at academic examination abuses in West Africa. The word "expo" was used in Nigeria as slang for academic cheating en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
The Court of Master Sommeliers examination is one of the toughest in the world where only 249 have passed since 1969. The final practical round can be as tough as distinguishing 6 types of wines by taste and identifying the type of grapes used along with the country of origin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Apollo 12 landed within 600 feet of the Surveyor 3 spacecraft that had arrived 2 years earlier. Parts of the spacecraft were retrieved and taken back home for examination. nasa.gov/content/astronau…
Whilst looking into puerperal infection in maternity hospitals, Ignaz Semmelweis concluded that students who came directly from the dissecting room to the maternity ward carried the infection. He ordered the students to wash their hands in a solution of chlorinated lime before each examination. britannica.com/biography/…
J.R.R. Tolkien started the Hobbit while grading examination papers. He found a blank page in one of the exams. Suddenly inspired, he wrote the words, "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The only definitive test of Alzheimer’s Disease can only be done with an autopsy--after a patient succumbs to the disease--which includes a thorough examination of brain tissue. nia.nih.gov/health/how-al…
A statistical examination of hockey has determined that if your team is down by 1 goal with 5:40 left in the game, that is the proper time to pull your goalie. If you are down by 2 points, the statistically correct time is 11:40. papers.ssrn.com/sol3/pape…
Prostate cancer is different from breast cancer or testicular cancer, in that early signs or symptoms can't easily be assessed by regular self examination. prostatecancerinfolink.ne…
"Post-mortem examinations of humans with Alzheimer's disease show that there are high concentrations of aluminum in the brain." ccohs.ca/oshanswers/disea…
Rutherford B. Hayes was the first US President to oppose the Spoils System of giving federal jobs to political supporters, wanting instead to pick them by merit according to an examination. history.com/topics/us-pre…
The 1992 comedy "My Cousin Vinny" is so well regarded in the US legal community that it is frequently used in law schools to demonstrate courtroom procedures such as voire dire and cross examination en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
Today I learned of the legend of Pope Joan, a woman who became pope. New popes were subjected to an examination whereby, having sat on a chair containing a hole, a cardinal had to reach up and establish that the new pope had testicles, before announcing "He has two, and they dangle nicely" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
When contestants are kicked off of Gordan Ramsey's show "Hell's Kitchen", they are giving psychological examinations. The show is so draining that the producers want to make sure the contestants won't kill themselves or someone else. nypost.com/2010/12/14/hel…
It is possible to purchase an insurance policy against alien abduction. The insurance policy is redeemed if the insured person can prove they were abducted by aliens and returned to Earth. Some companies offer policies for alien pregnancy, alien examinations and death caused by aliens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
In 2001, British author Giles Foden (Last King of Scotland) compared Eminem to Robert Browning, one of the foremost Victorian poets, and remarked that "a brief examination of β€˜Stan’ reveals it to have all the depth and texture of the greatest examples of English verse." usatoday30.usatoday.com/l…
Two tools aboard both the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, designed to grind rocks for examination, are made of recycled aluminum from the World Trade Center, recovered after 9/11. Honeybee Robotics, whom constructed the tools, were located in Lower Manhattan, just a mile away from ground zero. universetoday.com/88854/t…
The only reliable test for rabies requires an examination of an animal’s brain (post-mortem) cdc.gov/rabies/specific_g…
An illegally corked bat was confiscated during the 1st inning of a 1994 Indians vs White Sox game and stored in the umpire's room for later examination. A teammate crawled 30 feet through the stadium ductwork and swapped out the bat, and an investigation led by a former FBI agent ensued. chicagotribune.com/sports…
In 2007, a French man went to the doctor complaining of a sore leg. On examination, he was found to be missing the vast majority of his brain. Apart from a below average IQ, he was completely normal. thelancet.com/journals/la…
The Suanpan abacus was taught in Chinese schools into the 1990s. Chinese accountants had to pass examinations in bead arithmetic before they were qualified, until around the early 2000s when it was replaced by computer accounting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sua…
American black panthers are actually jaguars with a dominant gene that causes the black pigment (opposite of albino). And that close examination of their coats will show that the typical markings of a jaguar are still present, but are hidden by the excess black pigment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Today I learned of the Persian Princess, a mummy that was claimed to be the daughter of the Persian king Xerxes. Upon further examination, it was discovered to be a forgery. The body was that of a modern woman 21–25 years of age who had been killed with a blunt instrument, prompting a murder investigation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
The West Memphis Three, three Arkansas teenagers, who were convicted of killing three boys in a Satanic ritual were released 18 years later in a plea deal to avoid a new examination of evidence questioning their guilt. cnn.com/2011/CRIME/08/19/…
China has always been very meticulous in keeping secret Chinese leaders' health conditions. In the past when Jiang Zemin was visiting abroad, he would not even relieve and urinate in hotels' toilet bowls for fear that foreign governments could collect his excrements for examination hkhkhk.com/engpro/message…
There are insurances for alien abduction, alien pregnancy, alien examination and alien caused death en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A…
3 months before Muhammad Ali's last fight against Larry Holmes, the NAC ordered a neurological examination and Ali was unable to hop on one foot or touch his nose fightsaga.com/news/item/2…
In his first year of college at age 17, Edgar Allen Poe gambled away all of his scholarship aid, and often showed up in class drunk-even during examinations. In spite of his slovenly behavior, Edgar had the highest grades in his class. interestingfacts.org/fact…
If a patient photo is added to the patient file the quality of radiological examinations is significant improved: Reports were longer, more recommendations made, summaries usually included and more incidental findings recorded. nytimes.com/2009/04/07/he…
The mummy of Ramesses II was issued an Egyptian passport that listed his occupation as "King (deceased)", in order to fly it to Paris for examination en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
Alpacas are very tolerant of topical eye medication to dilate the pupil, and are very tolerant of examination with an ophthalmoscope and photography of their eyes rmla.com/html/-alpaca_eye…
The 1982 film WHITE DOG, praised as an "uncompromising, poignant examination of racism," was shelved by Paramount pictures after the NAACP threatened a boycott despite not having seen it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
There is a Jesus Project, formed by The Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion (CSER), in which a group of 20 scholars from relevant disciplinesβ€”historians, archeologists, philosophersβ€”meet every nine months for five years, to examine the evidence for Jesus's existence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The term "Software Engineer" was colloquial/professional, and not an official, licensed term in the US, until 2013. The NCEES worked with the IEEE to develop a Principles of and Practice of Engineering Examination (PE) starting in 2009. The pass rate last year was 47%. ncees.org/engineering/pe/
After Soviet pilot Viktor Belenko defected to Japan in his MiG-25, Japan, after examination of the MiG, billed the Soviets $40,000 for airport damage done by the jet. Upon receiving back the MiG, the Soviets found 20 parts missing and billed Japan $10M. Neither of the two paid each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vik…
One in eight people in the United States (13 percent, or 30 million) aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears, based on standard hearing examinations. nidcd.nih.gov/health/stat…
Students at Oxford are required to wear academic dress for their examinations, including suit, tie, gown and a colour-coded carnation in their buttonhole. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aca…
Many of the deals made on the show, Shark Tank, are never enacted due to the investor's vetting process following the deal, which includes product testing and the examination of the contestants' personal and business financials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
, invented in 1927, the Rabbit Test became a commonly used/reliable indicator of pregnancy. Urine from the possibly pregnant woman was injected into female rabbits and through an examination of the rabbit's ovaries a doctor could tell if the woman was pregnant. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Toilets in Germany have a shelf to facilitate stool examination asecular.com/~scott/misc/…
Starting in 2015, NFL independent ATI spotters may use a medical timeout to stop the game to remove a player from the field for medical examination operations.nfl.com/the-ga…
During a slow moment during OJ simpson's defense lawyer testimony, Judge Fujisaki interrupted, telling him "Your scintillating examination has put at least one of the jurors to sleep." usatoday30.usatoday.com/n…
Gregor Johann Mendel, before becoming the "Father of Modern Genetics", applied to teach math and science at Znaim High School. He failed both written and oral examinations on the natural sciences. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/gre…
The term "revisionist history" can be applied to the legitimate re-examination of history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
There are "Gynecological Educators", women trained to use their own bodies to teach the correct technique and language when doing breast and pelvic examinations. academia.edu/3839669/_Sha…
"Florida will not let you work as an interior designer unless you complete a four-year university degree and a two-year apprenticeship and pass a two-day examination."

Since we all know that clashing colors and poor mood can lead to serious societal problems if not done properly.

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends AGAINST testicular cancer screening via self-examination or clinical examination. uspreventiveservicestaskf…
When you sign up for the GRE, (graduate records examination) a test that is required for most graduate programs in the United States, you agree to let ETS sell your personal information to third-parties. ets.org/legal/privacy
The first somewhat rigorous examination of the "I before E" rhyme for spelling concluded, "[if not for the catchiness of the rhyme] the writer would recommend that the rule be reduced to 'I usually comes before e,' or that it be discarded entirely". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_b…
Until 2002, women in Lithuania were required to undergo a gynecological examination before receiving their driver's license to make sure they aren't suffering from any "female illnesses" baltictimes.com/news/arti…
Venetian merchants were able to smuggle relics of St. Mark and possibly his body from the Islamic caliphate at the time by placing the relics in a shipment of pork, which prevented the guards from close examination. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
In Lithuania, there was a rule that a required women to have a gynecological examination before obtaining a driver's license. nytimes.com/2002/01/11/wo…
In 2009 the FBI created a Highway Serial Killings Initiative based on a violent crime database examination which revealed over 500 murder victims and over 200 suspects who were predominantly truckers fbi.gov/news/stories/2009…
The Titanic's passage contract said, "All passengers are liable to be rejected, who, upon examination, are found to be lunatic, idiot, deaf, dumb, blind, maimed, or infirm, or above the age of 60 years; or widow with a child or children; or any woman without a husband with a child or children" boards.cruisecritic.com/s…
Today I learned of William Herbert Wallace, convicted of murdering his wife, which was later overturned by the Court Of Criminal Appeal, the first instance in British legal history where an appeal had been allowed after re-examination of evidence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
A scarlet koi named "Hanako" was estimated to be 226 years old upon her death in 1977, based on the examination of one of her scales. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koi…
The ingredient in my eye drops is the same ingredient used in cleansing the bowel before a gastrointestinal examination or surgery. nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/d…
Most cats will stop purring when hearing running water. Vets use this to silence cats during examinations by running a tap. drsfostersmith.com/pic/ar…

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