NBC executives hated the script for the Seinfeld episode, 'The Chinese Restaurant', and only agreed to allow it to be filmed after co-creator Larry David threatened to quit. It is now considered a ground-breaking episode of TV, and the best example of Seinfeld's 'show about nothing' premise en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In the 60s not only could you advertise cigarettes on television, but you could have cartoon characters be the pitchmen. For example, The Flintstones endorsed Winston cigarettes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Nose jobs were performed in ancient India. The earliest example was in 6th century B.C. where a piece of the patient's cheek was used to fashion a new nose. Nose jobs didn't become normal in the west until syphilis came about as advanced syphilis leaves a hole in the sufferer's face/nose. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Some animals can be made from just one parent. For example, the Komodo dragon, only has a mother. Asexual reproduction, the most primitive method of reproduction, involves a single parent and produces a clone, an organism that is genetically identical to the parent. ck12.org/book/cbse_biolog…
Nazis offered Iron Cross for 4 Finnish Jews during WW2. None accepted. For example, Leo Skurnik was awarded Iron Cross for evacuating a German soldier under enemy fire. Major Skurnik told the Germans that Skurnik would "wipe his arse with the medal." nationalpost.com/news/wor…
A the reason why the American and English accents are different is partially because of the Rhotic β€˜R’ - Americans pronounce it, the English don’t. As an example, Card (pronounced CAHD in England became) CARRD in America. rd.com/article/american-b…
Women in ancient Rome didn’t have unique first names, but instead were just named after their family name. (For example, all women from Gaius Julius Caesar’s family were named Julia. Sisters were told apart by using nicknames, such as β€˜Julia the Younger’, β€˜Julia the Elder’, etc.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
Before the adoption of Latin/Roman names for the months, Old English had its own set of names. For example, August was Weod-mōnaΓΎ or "Weed month" in modern English. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
Today I learned about doljabi which is a tradition for a child's first birthday in Korea. The child is placed in front of a table with many items and the item they pick up first shows what the child will grow up to be. For example, if they pick money, they'll be rich. If they pick a book, they'll be smart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
The Aztec noble class spoke in parallelisms, repeating a phrase in two different ways, and in difrasismo, words said in metaphorical sense. Examples are "may we not die, may we not perish" and "The flower, the song" – meaning "poetry" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nah…
Genetic drug name suffixes indicate the kind of drug they are, for example anything ending in -tricin is an antibiotic druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/m.dr…
Ming emperor Hongwu had a secretary flogged for writing a 17,000-word request to the emperor. However, when the flogging was carried out, the emperor had only gotten to the 16,370th word, and when the emperor finished reading it he praised it as an example of a very well-written letter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
From 1999 to 2009 (at minimum), the number of people killed by venomous spiders each year correlated with the number of letters in the winning word of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This fact is deliberate illustrative example of data dredging AKA P-hacking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dat…
About Agloe, New York. A fictional town that became an actual landmark after mapmakers made up the community as a phantom settlement, an example of a "copyright trap" and was put onto the map in order to catch plagiarism as it appears only on their map and not on any others. theguardian.com/travel/20…
Chirality, a property of asymmetry, in which way that the structure and its mirror image are not superimposable. Human hands are the most universally recognized example of chirality. sawongam.com/science/a-sc…
Anders Breivik, Norwegian who murdered 77 people, is unhappy with his Playstation 2 - "Other inmates have access to adult games while I only have the right to play less interesting kids' games. One example is "Rayman Revolution" a game aimed at three year-olds". He has since got a xbox en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
A "trilithon" is a structure consisting of two large vertical stones (posts) supporting a third stone set horizontally across the top (lintel). Stonehenge in England is one of the most famous examples of a trilithon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Today I learned about the intermediate axis theorem, stating that objects can't have a stable spin about the medium axis if it has 3. Your phone is a good example - you can spin it like a frisbee, or like hotdog, but it is impossible to spin it end over end - it will always tumble en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
In some cultures, parents are referred to by the names of their firstborn children. In Arabic, for example, the father of Malik would be Abu Malik and the mother would be Umm Malik. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tek…
Anthropologists have never found an indisputable example of a matriarchal society that existed in human history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
6 times in US history the President in office has been the only living President, with no surviving predecessors. Nixon was the last example of this after LBJ died until his resignation, coincidentally he was also alive for 1 of 4 periods when there were 6 living Presidents, until his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
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…
It was once popular to name your children after the President of the United States. Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Grover Cleaveland Alexander is an example of this phenomenon. The trend fell out of style during Nixon’s term. huffpost.com/entry/popula…
You capitalize a disease only if it is named after a person or place. For example, Parkinson's disease is capital, but cancer is not. apastyle.apa.org/style-gr…
In the 60s Batman series, following a complaint by the National Safety Council, seatbelts were introduced in the Batmobile which Batman and Robin would 'buckle up' to set a good example. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
English has a subtle stress pattern to identify the Noun or Verb in a related word. For example Record; *Re*cord (N) and Re*cord* ; *Con*tract (N) and Con*Tract* (V) ; *Re*fuse (N) and Re*fuse*. onestopenglish.com/ask-th…
In Alaska, plants can grow freakishly large due to the 20 hours of sunshine they receive per day - which gives them a photosynthesis bonus. Examples include 138 lb cabbage, 65 lb cantaloupe, & 35 lb broccoli. A noted side effect is that the produce is also much sweeter due to the extra sunlight. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Some feral cats in Australia eat staggering numbers of reptiles. Researchers found many examples of single cats bingeing on lizards, with a record of 40 individual lizards in a single cat stomach. phys.org/news/2018-06-aus…
Today I learned about Environmental DNA. It's used, for example, to get DNA from large sea creatures. Sea water near them is gathered and filtered to get shed skin, excrement, etc. to their DNA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Env…
A patronymic is a name derived from an ancestor or occupation usually by the addition of a suffix or prefix meaning daughter, son, or belonging. Examples: MacDonald is of Donald, O'Riley of Riley, Ivanovich son of Ivan, Ivanovna daughter of Ivan, Edwards of Edward, or Clerkson of a Clerk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
There’s a name for the incorrect use of an apostrophe, when adding an β€˜s’ to a pluralized word in English. (For example, β€œbook’s” instead of β€œbooks”). It is called a β€œGreengrocer’s Apostrophe.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Today I learned of Flicker Vertigo. A vertigo-, nausea-, disorientation-inducing effect caused by rapid flashing. For example, it can be caused when you see sunlight flickering through a tree-lined street. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fli…
Chameleons’ craziest color changes aren’t to camouflage and hide by taking the same pattern or color of their environment. But that they change color according to their moods -- reserving their most impressive color changes for mating, for example. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Metal doesn't actually have a smell, what you smell when you touch for example coins is the metal reacting to your skin oils. nature.com/news/2006/0610…
Today I learned of rebracketing, a linguistic phenomena where parts of words are moved or removed. For example, "A Napron" became "An Apron". It also explains words like Helipad, Cheeseburger and Ned. theparisreview.org/blog/2…
The FDA has added a daily percentage to added sugars in foods and drink. For example, a single can of Coke contains 78% of your daily recommended sugar intake limit. fda.gov/food/new-nutritio…
The amount of sugar in soft drinks vary a lot from country to country: for example in Thailand a small bottle of Sprite contains 47 grams of sugar whereas in Austria it's just 19 actiononsugar.org/media/a…
Smoke, Jelly, Styrofoam, and Whipped Cream are all considered colloids and are classified based on the phase (state of matter) of the suspended particles and the medium. For example, Smoke is a Solid aerosol as solid particles are suspended in the air (gas). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Many early American Cold-War plans were based on using hundreds of non-existing weapons; for example, an autumn 1945 plan envisioned using 196 atomic bombs on Soviet industrial targets, but U. S. Strategic Air Command could not deliver such quantities until 1952. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
The names for the secondary and tertiary characters of stories, after the protagonist, are the deuteragonist and tritagonist, respectively. John Watson, for example, is the deuteragonist in Sherlock Holmes. The deuteragonist can support and/or oppose the protagonist based on their own plotlines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deu…
Nodding "yes" and shaking your head "no" is not universal. For example, in Bulgaria the two gestures and meanings are reversed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Many products are getting smaller due to 'shrinkflation', for example Mars shrank its Maltesers, M&Ms by up to 15%. In the past, companies blamed the rising price of raw materials. Recently, these prices dropped back, but the shrinkage continued as manufacturers try to stealthily boost profits independent.co.uk/news/bu…
Many female workers at RavensbrΓΌck concentration were forced to produce army uniforms for the Nazis. They deliberately sabotaged them. An example of this is that they made the heels of socks too narrow or defective. This gave soldiers painful blisters on their feet. repository.canterbury.ac.…
Portugal wasn't that neutral in WW2, as it offered help to people who needed it in Madeira and had to deal with some issues that would make Portugal join the war, like countries wich wanted Azores (owned by Portugal) for example. But managed to not join the war. youtu.be/mP8JSnPuvWs
In 1935, a Congressman proposed an amendment that any declaration of war would need a national referendum. He said that "If the United States had such an anti-war provision in its Constitution, other countries would follow our example, and I believe wars would be brought to an end" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
Today I learned of Bible Code theory. An ancient idea that there are secret messages in the bible and torah. By, for example, using each Xth letter or word a message will be found. The search got a big upshoot in the 90ies with computerization, but the theory has been widely disproven by several disciplines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bib…
A working title is a temporary name given to a project while it is in development. It's used to disguise the project, an example being "Group Hug" for the Avengers movie. Sam Jackson insisted that "Snakes on a Plane" be used as the actual title for the movie as the real title was too boring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
Many products are getting smaller due to 'shrinkflation', for example Mars shrank its Maltesers, M&Ms by up to 15%. In the past, companies blamed the rising price of raw materials. Recently, these prices dropped back, but the shrinkage continued as manufacturers try to stealthily boost profits independent.co.uk/news/bu…
Today I learned about Tidal locking when rotation and translation takes the same time. For example, the same side of the Moon always faces the Earth. And almost all bodies will eventually be tidal locked. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidal_…
September, October, November, and December all have their names because the original Roman calendar only had 10 months, so for example October has "Octo" which means 8 in Latin theguardian.com/notesandq…

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