The † obelus not only references footnotes, but may also indicate a deceased person typography.com/blog/house…
Stephenie Meyer's 'Twilight' novels, when translated into Chinese, were published with detailed footnotes explaining cultural references (Pop-Tarts, slumber parties, Ivy League colleges, Greek mythology, etc.); some took up more than half the page. The books were all best sellers. bruce-humes.com/archives/…
Some Japanese textbooks only mention Rape of Nanking and comfort women as one-line footnotes. Some Japanese scholars even say rape of Nanking was staged with Chinese actors bbc.com/news/magazine-212…
That: "on application of heat of 107-118 F. for forty-five minutes daily [in a hot tub] during a period of ... twenty-five days, temporary sterility [of a test group of nine men] lasting from four to seven months was obtained in all cases" (second footnote) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
A university student was placed on the Child Abuse Registry because of a missing footnote on a term paper scc.lexum.org/decisia-scc…
Today I learned about a 1,905 page suicide note with 1,433 footnotes, a 20-page bibliography, and released under a Creative Commons license suicidenote.info/
Soviet textbooks had only "footnotes" about the defense of Moscow in WWII, because the operation to drive the Germans away from Moscow completed none of its goals, and so the Germans remained outside the city.... until the next year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
There is an opera about Scalia and Ginsburg's friendship- complete with legal footnotes in the libretto washingtonpost.com/entert…
Novelist Thomas Pynchon is known reclusiveness but has been on The Simpsons. He returned the script with notes and a refusal to say "No wonder Homer is such a fatass." It had nothing to do with the language, as he explained in a footnote, "...Homer is my role model and I can't speak ill of him." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Other names for the typographical footnote markers "star" which is usually followed by "dagger" are asterisk and obelisk... english.stackexchange.com…
For 50 years every edition of The Oxford English Dictionary listed an incorrect page reference for a footnote on Titivillus, the the "Patron Demon of Scribes," said to be responsible for errors in texts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit…
The Rev. John Hodgson's "History of Northumberland" contains a 165-page footnote describing the history of Roman walls in Britain. nytimes.com/2011/10/09/bo…
Gravity Maps were Top-Secret during the Cold War because gravity fluctuations could throw missile trajectories off up to a mile (scroll to footnote of linked page). books.google.com/books?id…
J.R.R Tolkien was trained as a codebreaker during WWII, and would have worked with Alan Turing to crack Germany’s Enigma Machine, if he hadn’t turned down the offer first. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Neil Armstrong earned his Masters from USC in 1970 and presented a seminar on "Moon Landing Techniques" spark.adobe.com/page/mLU9…
The symbol (†) usually written beside a person's name to indicate that he/she has died is that of a dagger and not a cross. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dag…
Today I learned of JΓ©rΓ΄me of Sandy Cove, a mysterious deaf-mute man who was found on a beach in 1863 with both legs amputated above the knee. He never spoke a word for the rest of his life and died in 1912. His origins are still unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Uranus is a Greek god, while all the other planets are named after the Roman gods. Uranus' Roman equivalent is Caelus, from which the word 'celestrial' is derived. greekmythology.com/Other_…
Quentin Tarantino's favorite movie is The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly bfi.org.uk/films-tv-peopl…
A "poque" was a small bag people would carry with them to store items on their person. When tailors put little spaces on pants to do the same thing, they were called little poques, or pouqettes, which became anglicized as pockets. etymonline.com/index.php?…
Novak Djokovic has more career earnings than Roger Federer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
-- In 1961 the CIA abducted New Orleans crime boss Carlos Marcello and forced him to jump from a C-130 at night over Central America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
A 500km wide asteroid impact would blast much of earth into low orbit and the resulting firestorm would vaporize nearly all life in less than a day. youtube.com/watch?v=bU1QP…
The "bitch" in Jay-Z's 99 Problems refers to a K-9 police dog and not a woman. (x-post from r/hiphopheads)

Footnote 91, page 584, from Decoded by Jay-Z

>JAY-Z, supra note 3, at 61 (β€œIn this verse, the bitch is a female dog, the K-9 cop coming to sniff the ride.”); Id. at 56 (β€œAt no point in the song am I talking about a girl.”).

On a side note, this is a fairly interesting read.

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Keanu Reeves is starring in an upcoming live action Cowboy Bebop film en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
, there is a move by people to declare themselves "Freemen on the land" . Canadian courts have responded with scathing and incredibly sarcastic judgements. canlii.ca/en/on/oncj/doc/…
Throughout all of World War II, the mainland United States suffered 6 civilian causalties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
Only 3% of the energy in coal is actually used in a lightbulb powered by coal derived electricity. The rest is lost to mining, processing, transporting, and burning the coal. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
A 0.6% wealth tax on the richest 1% could pay for eliminating of ALL capital gains investment taxes

Capital gains taxes give the US government ~$100 billion/year [1]. The total wealth of the top 1% is around 17 trillion [2]. 100 billion/17000 billion = 0.006. This means ALL capital gains tax revenue could be replaced by a 0.6% tax on net worth.

.... but ... what? and why?

People, for the most part, aren't taxed on how much they have but only on they much they make. But the point of an economy is to get people to work productively: buying a house for $100k, fixing it up, and then selling it for $200k adds $100k to the value of the whole US. There would normally be at least $15k in taxes paid on a $100k increase in the value of capital (the house), since the capital gains tax rate is 15%.

The thing is, once people get rich it makes more and more sense to hold on to their status by not risking their money. But riskier investments (e.g. in new businesses or products) are better for the economy, because they create more jobs and value.

So why not replace those capital gains t

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The in medieval Japanese society, farting contests were regularly held.

Not even joking. According to a text a professor gave me, the rich and cultured would bare ass and beef in their competitor's face. There were even referees. So awesome.

Edit:

Here's the page it comes from out of the text:

http://imgur.com/OlfNr.png

The footnote cites it as being:

Beurdly et. al., Erotic Art of Japan pp. 17, 19

Chief Justice John Marshall (served from 1801-1835 and had a huge impact on our judicial system) only had six weeks of formal legal training.

He wrote the majority opinions on landmark cases such as Marbury v. Madison, McCulloch v. Maryland, Johnson v. M'Intosh.

Footnote from text: John Marshal (1755-1835), the fourth Chief Justice of the United States (from 1801-1835), is one of the greatest figures in the constitutional history of the United States. Marshall had little formal education (and only six weeks of formal legal training!) but had a remarkable mind and character.

Edit: Text is "Property" by Dukeminer, Krier, Alexander, Schill

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