The first mixed-race Miss Universe Japan winner, Ariana Miyamoto, was inspired to compete after her biracial Japanese friend committed suicide. Her goal was to help people being bullied over their skin color. tokyoweekender.com/2015/0…
Today I learned about Buzkashi, a popular game in many central asian countries which involves scooping up a 50kg calf or goat carcass while riding a horse and depositing it into a β€œgoal” all while defending yourself from other players with a whip. Games can last for a day or more. wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzkas…
John Adams is considered the Father of the American Navy. Founding it during the Quasi-War, a non-declared war between America and post-revolution France. Adams believed in peace and neutrality, but felt such goals could only be obtained if backed by the ability for America to defend itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Hantaro Nagaoka synthesized gold in 1924, achieving the symbolic goal of Alchemy (Chrysopoeia). Glenn Seaborg improved on this result in 1980 producing a non-radioactive gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syn…
Buffon was recruited by Parma as a midfielder in 1991 and He accidentally became a Goal Keeper in 1995 after being substituted on because all of the Goal Keepers at the time had got injured. uefa.com/uefachampionslea…
In the US state of Illinois, there is a town called "Normal". It was named after the "normal school" (teacher-training institution - which has the goal of instilling cultural norms within students) located there. The town's motto is "Everything Is Just as It Seems!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Today I learned of Kok Boru, a traditional game from Kyrgyzstan where players on horseback maneuver with a goat’s carcass and score by putting it into opponents’ goal. journalofnomads.com/kok-b…
Buzkashi is the national sport of Afghanistan. Horse-mounted players attempt to throw a goat or calf carcass in a goal. youtu.be/1JUn8MsEyPs
47% of random numbers found in real life (restaurant prices, city populations, goals or touchdowns scored, etc.) begin with a 1 or a 2. This is Benford's law. It's used to detect tax fraud. mathworld.wolfram.com/Ben…
Today I learned about a game called 'Uppies and Downies', A game that involves a full town, can have 1000 players and the only rule is to get it into the opponants "goal" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upp…
North Korea has their own basketball rules: slam dunks are worth three points, field goals in the final three minutes of the game are worth eight points, three-pointers are worth four if the ball doesn't touch the rim, and a point is deducted for missed free throws. heraldsun.com.au/sport/ba…
β€˜Star Trek’ creator Gene Roddenberry was a pilot for a Pan Am flight that crashed in the Syrian desert in 1947. He took charge of the survivors and even walked to get help from a local village. The crash convinced him to leave the airline to pursue his goal of becoming a screen writer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
A young boy with cancer scored a football goal for Sunderland and was given goal of the month. bbc.com/news/uk-england-3…
In a soccer game between Barbados and Grenada in 1994, Barbados were forced to score an own goal and then had to stop Grenada doing the same due to a bizarre rule set. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Shortly after returning from the moon Buzz Aldrin began to suffer from alcoholism and depression. "I wanted to resume my duties, but there were no duties to resume. There was no goal, no sense of calling, no project worth pouring myself into." biography.com/news/buzz-a…
Today I learned about Operation Sea-Spray, where in September 1950 a U.S. Navy ship spent a week spraying bacteria into the air about two miles off the northern California coast. The secret project's goal was to determine the susceptibility of a big city like San Francisco to a bioweapon attack. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about the Anti-PowerPoint Party, an actual political party in Switzerland whose single campaign goal is to reduce the use of MS PowerPoint. The Party advocates for the use of paper flip charts instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
During WWII, large corporations like Bosch and Daimler Benz, unequivocally supported goals of Hitler’s regime and its war effort in exchange for advantageous contracts, subsidies and in exchange was allowed to use slave labor from occupied countries, which accounted for one quarter of workforce wikipedia.org/wiki/Econom…
There was an Indian Legion, also known as the "Indische Freiwilligen Legion der Waffen-SS", that joined the Nazis and fought in France, Italy, and the Battle of Berlin. Their goal was to gain independence for British-ruled India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
The San Marino football team has only won one match in its entire history, and has scored 24 goals in 164 matches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
In 2018, a man plotted to plant small bombs in Target stores disguised in food packages. His goal was to create bad publicity for Target, which would lower stock prices and allow him to buy cheap shares before they rebounded. He was caught after paying someone else to plant the bombs. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
The common fitness target of 10,000 steps/day came from a Japanese pedometer company who gave their product a name that means "the 10,000-step meter” because the Japanese character for β€œ10,000” resembles a person walking: δΈ‡. There is no known science behind a goal of 10,000 steps theatlantic.com/health/ar…
During his 19 year NBA career, Shaq made 11,330 field goals. Only one of those goals was a 3-pointer. basketball-reference.com/…
Architect Oscar Niemeyer and urbanist LΓΊcio Costa invented an urban plan for Brasilia and structures that would attempt to micromanage the daily activity of human life. The unabashed goal was to create the space that would birth β€œthe new Brazilian citizen” cbc.ca/documentarychannel…
Human procrastination is considered a complex psychological behavior because of the wide variety of reasons people do it. Although often attributed to "laziness", research shows it is more likely to be caused by anxiety, depression, a fear of failure, or a reliance on abstract goals. solvingprocrastination.co…
About β€œemergency backup goalies” (EBUGs) in the NHL. If a team’s primary and backup goalie are both injured during a game, anyone in the arena can be called on to suit up and play goal. The home team is always expected to have an amateur goalie in the arena. sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/w…
Fantasia (1940) was the first commercial film with stereo audio. The film was originally supposed to just be the Silly Symphony 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' with the goal to popularize 'Fantasound' and Mickey Mouse, but as costs increased a series of segments were made for a film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan…
The Polish Beer-Lovers' Party was a satirical Polish political party, whose goal was to promote cultural beer-drinking in English-style pubs instead of vodka and thus fight alcoholism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
A teenager from Connecticut completed her bucket list right before she was hit by a car. She had one goal left: save a life and before the car hit her she pushed her friend to get him out of the way. nbcnewyork.com/news/local…
Narcissistic personality disorder and bipolar disorders share many traits in common, such as: setting high, unattainable, goals; and being very impulsive. This makes diagnosis difficult, since what looks like one of the disorders in a person might actually be the other. healthline.com/health/bip…
In 1980, with less than 5 seconds on the clock and a tied score, college basketball player Les Henson made a full-court field goal, setting a record of 89 feet, 3 inches ncaa.com/news/basketball-…
Lunchables were created over 30 years ago because bologna was losing popularity. Their goal was to β€œdream up something that was livelier than sliced, sandwich-ready meat sealed in plastic.” theatlantic.com/family/ar…
AndrΓ©s Escobar, a Colombian national team soccer player, was murdered by drug lords in retaliation for accidentally scoring a goal against his own team in the 1994 World Cup. The killer shouted "Goal!" with each bullet he put in Escobar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Today I learned about an orangutan named Ken who escaped from his enclosure at the San Diego Zoo multiple times in the 80's. His apparent goals were visiting other animals, throwing rocks at a despised orangutan rival and taking photos with tourists. newsweek.com/2016/06/24/o…
Prince Ali Ben Hussein of Jordan set out on horseback together with 14 Circassian riders in 1998 to Circassia (Russia). They followed the trail of the mass Circassian exodus in reverse. His goal was to make it possible for Circassians to return to their ancestral homeland. angelfire.com/hi2/Royalty…
In 1982 video game company, Mystique, released a game called Custer's Revenge for the Atari 2600. The game received immediate backlash because the player controlled the character George Custer, sporting a visible erection, whose main goal was to find and "abuse" native women tied to poles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cus…
The Four Freedoms were goals articulated by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Monday, January 6, 1941. In an address known as the Four Freedoms speech ), he proposed four fundamental freedoms that people "everywhere in the world ought to enjoy: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
Japanese mayonnaise Kewpie, was started in 1925 by Tochiro Nakashima, whose goal was to create a condiment that made eating vegetables more enjoyable en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
On February 22 2020 the Carolina Hurricane an NHL team had there two goalies injured in the game and had to bring in David Ayres who was a Zamboni driver for the other team the Toronto Maple Leafs. David Ayres let in 2 goals but would help Carolina secure the win. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
There is an exclusive Antarctic group of scientists called the Club 300. To be a member, they would soak in a 200Β°F sauna, then run outside naked in -100Β°F temperatures. The goal is to experience a 300 degree temperature swing, and see how long they can run around the Ceremonial South Pole. theatlantic.com/internati…
Today I learned about Genna, a traditional Ethiopian sport similar to field hockey, played on a cow field without removing the cows. The goals are sometimes miles apart. youtube.com/watch?v=UOttB…
A soccer/football game in the UK was canceled shortly after it began due to heavy fog, everyone left except goalkeeper Sam Bartram who didn't hear the referee and guarded his goal in silence for 15 minutes before a policeman came and told him of the cancellation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Scouser John A. Brodie, who invented the goal net for use in football matches, also engineered the world's longest underwater road tunnel (Mersey Tunnel, a record held for 24 years), and also chose the site where New Delhi stands today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Andrew Jackson, face of the $20 bill, made it the goal of his administration to destroy the National Bank. He even cautioned the public about paper money in his farewell address. yakimaherald.com/opinion/…
China began efforts to its first manned space flight in 1968 and accomplished the goal in 2003 with Shenzhou 5. The design of Shenzhou resembles the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The Chinese spacecraft is, however, larger than Soyuz and is an all new construction aerospace-technology.com/…
In 2016, Alex Trebek, the host of "Jeopardy!", donated a total of $7.5 million to his Alma mater, University of Ottawa, to fund a Forum for Dialogue and a Speaker Series. The goal is to expose students to different world views through discussions and panels by speakers from around the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
In 2007, Odyssey Moon was the first team to register for the Lunar X Prize competition, an event that hopes to rekindle the efforts of humans to return to the moon. The team's goals were to build and deploy a robotic lunar lander en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ody…
Hugh Jackman started his own coffee brand and foundation called "Laughing Man" after meeting a struggling coffee farmer in Ethiopia. His goal was to provide a marketplace for farmers in developing countries to sell their goods for a fair price. Jackman donates 100% of profits. cbsnews.com/news/hugh-jac…
Before the persecution of the Jews became an active Nazi policy in 1933, there was a German Jewish organization that supported Adolf Hitler in the early years of Nazi Germany. Their goals were: assimilation of Jews, self-eradication of Jewish identity, and expulsion of Jews from Eastern Europe. wikipedia.org/wiki/Associ…

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