In January 2015, Marshawn Lynch was threatened with a $500,000 fine by the NFL if he didn't make himself available for Super Bowl Media Day. He showed up, set a timer on his phone, answered 29 questions with some variation of "I'm here so I won't get fined," and left the podium within 5 minutes espn.com/nfl/playoffs/201…
In 1714, 2 gunships fought for 14 hours, before one ran out of ammunition. The captain messaged his opponent, thanking him for a fine duel, and asking for more ammunition, so that the fight could continue. His opponent refused, but they then agreed to sail away in opposite directions. historyanswers.co.uk/hist…
The Three Stooges performed at the very first Super Bowl Halftime Show. During their performance, Larry Fine spotted a football player hitting on his wife. He flipped him the bird, and for this he got in trouble with CBS and had to pay a fine of $42.50. sandiegoreader.com/weblog…
The state of Arizona has a "stupid motorist law"; it allows the state to fine any motorists for their rescue in the event that they drive around barricades and get stuck in flooded motorways in the process kold.com/2019/06/13/monso…
The world's first photographic process, the daguerreotype, was capable of recording fine detail better than today's digital cameras. A panoramic photo captured in 1848 was taken at a resolution equivalent to 140,000 megapixels. blog.redbubble.com/2010/0…
The Travelling Wilbury's first album was recorded at a house where the five guys casually hung out, free form jamming on acoustic guitars with no other instruments. George Harrison then took those tapes to his studio, remastered them, added other instruments and fine polished the album. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
The Italian city of Naples is entering pet dogs' DNA into a city-wide registry. Samples from piles of poo left on the street will then be entered into the database and be used to identify the irresponsible owner behind the mess. The city will fine culprits around $685 smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about Hair Ice. An ice that forms on dead wood and takes the shape of fine silky hair. It is mostly found between 45 to 55 degrees North in broadleaf forests and is formed due to the fungus Exidiopsis effusa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
10th century Norwegian Viking ruler King Haakon the Good made the household production of JuleΓΈl (Christmas Beer) a law. Families that did not have beer at their Christmas feast were issued a fine. vinepair.com/articles/chr…
James Brown would impose fines on his band members if they didn't wear the right stage clothes or if they made a mistake during a show. His dance moves and hand gestures were his way of pointing out the person who made the mistake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Today I learned of CASL, the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation, which can issue fines of up to $10M for spam email. fightspam.gc.ca/eic/site/…
"Philanthropist" Robert F. Smith was involved in the largest tax evasion case in US history. He "willfully failed to report" over $200 million in income and he signed a nonprosecution agreement. He paid a fine of $139 million and cooperated with investigators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Voting is mandatory in Belgium. Citizens are automatically registered in the electoral polls and more than 90% of the eligible population takes part in the voting process, since you risk a fine if you do not vote either in person or by proxy. angloinfo.com/how-to/belg…
A little girl who had debilitating seizures got half of her brain removed through surgery and lives perfectly fine relieved.co/girl-brain-su…
Prior to 2012, beer could not be sold in Texas that was over 4% alcohol. This let to many brewers putting fine print on their labels: β€œin Texas, malt liquor” to get around the law texastribune.org/2012/08/…
The FCC can fine individuals and networks up to $495,000 for each instance of "Fuck" said on public airwaves, but only if it refers to a sexual act. There is no penalty if "Fuck" is used as a noun or adjective in an exclamation. cbsnews.com/news/fcc-oks-…
A man known only as "Django" drove his own boat out & freed a whale caught in a shark net off an Australian beach (without cutting the net). Before taking action, Django had waited hours for help from officials who had been called; when officials arrived, he faced a fine for acting alone. bbc.com/news/world-austra…
Today I learned about two lesser known measures of lethal doses than the popular LD50 and about theobromine, the chemical in chocolate that makes it toxic. This chemical is toxic to humans at a much higher dosage than dogs. That's why we can eat chocolate and be fine, but chocolate can be lethal to dogs. compoundchem.com/2014/07/…
A California man got 'NULL' as a personalized license plate hoping that 'NULL' would confuse the computer system. Instead, when cops left the plate number info empty on a ticket or citation, the fine went to him. He got over $12k fines sent to him his first year. arstechnica.com/cars/2019…
A Georgia teacher who bought a $400 travel insurance policy was rewarded $10,000 because she read the fine print of the contract. After reading to page 7, she saw a β€œPays to Read” bit that said the first to email and mention the fine print contest would win 10K. tampabay.com/business/she…
Today I learned about Hair Ice, which is uncommonly found and gets its name from its resemblance to hair. The fine ice strands are formed with the assistance of the fungus Exidiopsis effusa bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
The crunchy bits in toothpaste is microscopic silica glass called diatoms. It's used as a fine abrasive to clean your teeth. microcosmos.foldscope.com…
In 1977, the NHL introduced a rule that required jerseys to display the players' names, but the Toronto Maple Leafs refused to follow the rule, fearing that they wouldn't sell programs at their games. The NHL threatened to fine them - so they made the letters the same colour as the jersey colour en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
All male U.S. citizens (and male residents) must register for military conscription ("Selective Service") within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Failure to register is a felony punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or 5 years imprisonment. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
In 1944 in the UK a woman was imprisoned for witchcraft under the Witchcraft Act 1735. She got hold of military a secrets and used them during seances to pretend to act as a medium. She first was arrested as a fraudster but that would have only led to a fine so the charges were modified en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
It is illegal to swear in public in some parts of Australia. The Summary Offenses Act 1988 states, " a person must not use offensive language in or near, or within hearing from, a public place or school." Punishment can includes fines or jail. novafm.com.au/lifestyle/s…
George Washington borrowed The Law of Nations from the New York Society Library and didn't return it. Mount Vernon estate returned the book in 2010 (221 years overdue) after the Head librarian joked they were "not actively pursuing the overdue fines," they would appreciate having it back. rd.com/culture/overdue-li…
Though Casio (1985) and Sharp (1986) were the first to market graphing calculators, it wasn’t until 1990, when Texas Instruments released the TI-81, that they began to hit the mainstream. At the time, most students were fine with drawing graphs on paper and educators were wary of change thehustle.co/graphing-cal…
A tiny English village twinned itself with Paris after writing to the Mayor of Paris proposing a twinning, receiving no reply, assuming it was fine, and so put up road signs declaring it official. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
When you see a sunset from the planet Mars, it is blue. This is due to fine dust making the blue near the Sun's part of the sky much more prominent, while normal daylight makes the Red Planet's familiar rusty dust colour more prominent. solarsystem.nasa.gov/news…
Today I learned of the Windows on the World restaurant, which occupied the 107th floor of the world trade center north tower. More than 60 languages were spoken among the staff and it's kitchen was run by celebrity chefs. In it's final year it was the highest grossing fine dining establishment in the country. ny.eater.com/2013/9/11/65…
Alan Turing volunteered during war and in the application form he answered a question that asked the applicant if they understood that by signing up they place themselves liable to military law as "No". No one noticed, he became a fine marksman and then got out by citing this technicality. spectator.co.uk/article/c…
George Harrison was sued for $1.6 million for subconsciously copying The Chiffons β€œHe’s So Fine”. This action would cause Harrison to become paranoid when writing songs. ultimateclassicrock.com/g…
There is a collection agency that specializes in collecting library late fees, and have collected over $1 billion in fines on behalf of 2,000 libraries pymnts.com/news/retail/20…
From 1917 and 1926, 4,000 workers were told that the luminous paint (radium) used for watch dials was harmless, and were encouraged to lick their brushes to form a fine point. These β€œradium girls" experienced gruesome effects. Radiation could even be detected above their graves. yourlawyer.com/library/20…
In 1974, after Congress threatened to withhold funding for states that didn't set a highway speed limit of 55, Montana complied by enacting a $5 fine for exceeding it. Some drivers kept wads of $5 bills ready to hand an officer when stopped. missoulian.com/news/state…
Fines were introduced to decrease the number of parents late to pickup their child from school. This actually doubled them, because people felt their tardiness was okay because they paid the fine for it. theguardian.com/commentis…
Australia fines citizens $55 for not voting elections.nsw.gov.au/Vote…
13 nations in Europe have Blasphemy laws with punishments ranging from fines to imprisonment. france24.com/en/20181031-…
:Circa 1917-28, clock dial painters (mostly women) were told to lick the brushes to get a fine point --and told the night-glow paint was harmless. However, radioactive radium made it luminous! Later, when sued, some employers tried to discredit workers by blaming the cancer & jaw rot on syphilis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
Fines collected by the NFL do not go towards the organization itself, but to the league's foundation. Since 2009 about $4M in fines per year has gone to NFL Foundation. operations.nfl.com/footba…
A "Baker's Dozen" is a result of a 13th century English law saying that selling a dozen units that failed to meet a certain average weight could result in a fine. Bakers got around the law by selling by the "13" instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doz…
It's not actually illegal to drive barefoot. In many countries including the UK, US and Canada it's fine as long as you have the ability to operate the controls safely. rac.co.uk/drive/advice/ro…
The real Top Gun School imposes a $5 fine to any staff member that quotes the movie amc.com/talk/2011/08/stor…
In France, you can’t keep home the ashes of your beloved ones. If you try to keep the ashes or scatter them anywhere except in designated areas, you are liable to a €15,000 fine. completefrance.com/living…
Fine sugar particles are extremely flammable. So much that they caught a silo on fire in Georgia, 2008. The fire reached about 4000 degrees Fahrenheit. slate.com/news-and-politi…
After Nike released Air Jordan sneakers in 1985, the NBA banned Michael Jordan from wearing them because it's colours didn't match his team's uniform. Nike supposedly paid the fine of $5000 the NBA charged Jordan each game so he would continue wearing them. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
The scientist that discovered how sweat regulated body temperature did so by standing in an oven. On occasion he was joined by a colleague, a dog, and beef steaks. The food cooked, the men and dog were fine. publicdomainreview.org/co…
Today I learned about an underground insurance scheme which existed in Mumbai for local train commuters. It works by paying RS.500 to the insurer, who will pay back any fine paid, if caught while traveling ticketless in the local trains. freakonomics.com/2007/03/…
Today I learned of the Johnson gang. Travelling criminals from Gloucestershire, UK who specialised in stealing fine art and antiques from English country manors over a period of 20 years. The goods they stole are valued between Β£30 - Β£80 million. The gang were sentenced to a total of 49 years in prison in 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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