After the 2011 earthquake in Japan, members of the yakuza gathered supplies and gave food to the victims. Some even opened their offices to people who couldn't return home. Some people felt like their response was much quicker and efficient than that of the government. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
The Japanese, other than nobles or samurai class families, did not have surnames until 1868, when the government required commoners to adopt surnames. Names were chosen based on locations, occupations, or simply were made up, explaining the diversity in Japanese surnames (100,000+ present). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
In 1896, a bubΠΎnΡ–c plΠ°gue epΡ–dΠ΅mic struck Bombay, and the government asked Waldemar Haffkine, developer of the first chΠΎlera vΠ°ccΡ–ne, to help. After 3 months of persistent work (1 assistant had a nervous breakdown and 2 others quit), a vΠ°ccΡ–ne was ready, with Haffkine tΠ΅sting it on himself first en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
USA only country in the world that where Olympic athletes are not government funded or sponsored teamusa.org/us-olympic-an…
"Sardines" aren't a specific fish. The word is used for multiple species of small, oily fish. The definition for what constitutes a sardine varies by government and region with the UN citing 21 different species classified as sardines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
During the Prohibition era, the U.S. Government allowed Whiskey to be sold through pharmacies. As a result, Walgreens grew from 20 retail stores to almost 400. atlasobscura.com/articles…
If you totally sleep-deprive a white-crowned sparrow in the laboratory during the migratory period of the year, it suffers virtually no ill effects whatsoever. The US government continues to have a vested interest in this sparrow: their hope for developing a 24-hour soldier. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of the tragedy of Love Canal, NY a town that was meant to be a dream community but was built on a toxic waste dump. The government ignored helping the families suffering from birth defects and health issues until a group of activist moms kidnapped 2 EPA officials for a few hours. wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_C…
Today I learned of the β€œFruit Machine”. In 1961 the Canadian government hired a university professor to develop a machine to identify gay people. It was at the height of the Cold War and homosexuals were thought to be more susceptible to communism. ottawasun.com/2016/04/08/…
In 1793, The French government implemented a new calendar, based on decimals. It had 10 days per week, 10 hours per day, 100 minutes per hour and 100 seconds per minute. The experiment lasted 12 years, failing to gain wider acceptance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
From 1777 to 1870, Vermont had a fourth branch of government called the Council of Censors. It consisted of 13 members, elected every 7 years, who had to check if "the legislative and executive branches have performed their duty as guardians of the people." They could also amend the constitution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Sony needed military export permits from the Japanese trade ministry for the export of PlayStation 2s. The PS2 was so good at processing high quality images quickly that the Japanese government believed it was possible to adapt it for use in missile guidance systems. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned about UNICOR, they a government company that uses federal prisoners paid between 23Β’ and $1.15 an hour to produce almost all the furniture seen in federal buildings. businessreview.berkeley.e…
In 1844, during a pleasure cruise on a US steamship, a ship's gun exploded, killing the US secretary of state, secretary of the Navy, and four other high-ranking federal officials. The disaster killed more top US government officials in a single day than any other tragedy in American history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The Swiss Constitution enshrines the right for every inhabitant to have a nuclear fallout shelter. If new houses and apartments are built without bunkers, the owners have to contribute a tax to their Canton to secure a place in a government-owned nuclear fallout shelter. swissinfo.ch/eng/always-b…
North Korea has its own smartphones for use in the nation, and users have to download apps at physical store locations where they can get only get government approved apps. businessinsider.com/north…
In 1997 a series of Ponzi schemes run by the Albanian government collapsed. 2/3rds of the citizenry were invested. This lead to mass protests. And the formation of gangs, who took control of entire cities. These gangs siezed weapons from military bases, and started a full blown civil war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The heaviest building in the world is the Palace of the Parliament located in Bucharest, Romania. Before becoming a government building, however, it was the home of dictator Nicolae CeauΘ™escu. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
That, in the Australian state of Queensland, the government places trivia questions periodically to keep drivers awake and aware. brisbanetimes.com.au/nati…
A guy in 19th Century China managed to convince over 30 million people he was Jesus Christ's brother, and attempted to rebel against the Chinese Government, starting one of the bloodiest civil wars in human history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
The My Lai Massacre committed by US soldiers was covered up until another soldier who had heard reports of the massacre began a campaign to bring the events to light. He didn't receive a response after writing to the government and finally gave an interview to the journalist to break the story. history.com/topics/vietna…
Even though he died in 1994, Kim Il-sung remains president of North Korea. The constitution was revised in 1998, declaring him 'Eternal President of the Republic', making North Korea the only necrocracy in the world - a government that still operates under the rules of a dead former leader. britannica.com/biography/…
The Canadian government will pay you to plant trees for a summer. It became so popular that work visas became available for foreign workers simply to plant trees. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
There was a paramilitary socialist group in Canada in the 1960s that wanted to overthrow their provincial government with an armed revolution. The only peace time use of Canada's War Measures Act was to stop them. The group was in contact with the KGB, and the top members were exiled to Cuba. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
In the 1970s rock music was banned in Mexico. The PRI government, which led the country from 1929 to 2000, also banned rock music from radio waves and ordered media outlets to refer to the genre as β€œincorrect, grotesque, and immoral” chicanobeat.com/2018/07/1…
Because of inconsistent government policy, Daylight Savings Time only applied to some businesses and cities when introduced in the province of Quebec, Canada. In one building in Montreal, DST was in effect on half the first floor and the fourth floor, but not in the rest of the building. muse.jhu.edu/article/4914…
Vatican City is the smallest country in the world. This city-state stands at just over 100 acres and only lacks taxation as a government function. The pope is the absolute monarch of the 800 citizens within. britannica.com/place/Vati…
A doctor in China used CRISPR to edit the genes of twin girls to be more resistant to HIV, creating the first genetically engineered "designer babies." The Chinese government sentenced him to to 3 years in prison for illegal medical practice. nature.com/articles/d4158…
The government of Italy gives its gluten-intolerant (Celiac disease) citizens a stiped of up to 140 euros per month to buy gluten-free food, and special vacation too deserthealthnews.com/stor…
After the Chinese Civil War, several units of the Nationalist army fled to Burma. When recalled to Taiwan, some refuse and marched into Thailand, where they grew opium while fighting Communists for the government. Their village is now "one of Thailand's top ten destinations among backpackers." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Gulag was a Soviet government office that controlled labor camps - the actual camps are not called Gulags. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gul…
The 1973 Czech film "Three Wishes for Cinderella" is so popular in Norway that the Norwegian government financed a HD digital restoration of it in 2015. regjeringen.no/en/aktuelt…
In 1933 the Japanese government began a campaign to employ cherry blossom imagery to help brainwash children into becoming suicide bombers. press.uchicago.edu/ucp/bo…
In 1942 the Canadian government sold the homes of Japanese-Canadians to pay for their own detention in camps during WW2. The majority were Canadian citizens by birth. Compensation in 1988 amounted to $21,000 to each surviving internee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
The Missouri Bar has produced coloring books to inform children about the functions of the government and the function of lawyers and judges, and made them available for free. missourilawyershelp.org/l…
The word "Putch" comes from swiss german, based on the events in 1839 when rural conservatives staged an insurrection againt the liberal government in Zurich. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z%C…
The largest treasure hoard in Britain was accidentally found by a man when he set out with a metal detector to find a hammer he had lost in a farm. It was a 1500 year old treasure hoard hidden by the Romans. The British government rewarded him with Β£1.75 million. He found his hammer afterwards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hox…
In the mid XX century, the British government tried to cultivate peanuts in over a million hectares in Tanganika, Tanzania, ignoring all the warnings that the territory was unsuitable, and only abandoned it after losing the equivalent of 1 billion pounds in 2020 value en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
The province of Alberta, Canada is the only place in the world where there are zero rats. Since the 1950s there has been a war between rats and the Albertan government. There is even a rat sighting hotline. nationalpost.com/news/can…
The Mexican Government Has Seized 599 aircraft β€” 586 planes and 13 helicopters β€” From The Sinaloa Cartel Between 2006 and 2015. That's More Planes Than Owned By Mexico's Largest Airline. vice.com/en_us/article/vv…
In 2011, the State of New York proclaimed that wiffle ball, as well as kickball, freeze tag and dodgeball were "unsafe" for children, and that any summer camp program that included two or more of such activities would be subject to government regulation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wif…
"The "Lavender Scare" was a moral panic during the mid-20th century about homosexual people in the United States government and their mass dismissal from government service. " en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lav…
During WW2, DuPont was hired to build the Hanford nuclear site, producing plutonium. Reluctantly, they agreed to do so under a symbolic 1-dollar contract. After the war ended, a government accountant saw construction took 2 rather than the anticipated 3 years, and cut their pay to .68 cents b-reactor.org/wp-content/…
Coca-Cola still uses coca-leaves as an ingredient in its syrup. The cocaine is removed at a unique US government authorized factory in New Jersey. businessinsider.com/what-…
Kim Philby, head of the MI6 anti-communist section, was forced to resign over allegations that he helped two KGB moles escape. However, he was exonerated by the government. He then defected to the Soviet Union after having been KGB double agent for 30 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim…
In 1932, Mussolini described antisemitism as a "German vice" and stated that "There was 'no Jewish Question' in Italy and could not be one in a country with a healthy system of government." en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Today I learned about Sarah Rector, an impoverished black girl who became a millionaire oil baron when oil was discovered on the land allotted to her by the government. She was so wealthy the Oklahoma legislature declared her to be a white person. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
The Rosetta Stone was not meant as a way to translate hieroglyphics, it was a government document containing three languages (Hieroglyphics, Greek and Demotic) so that all the people of Egypt at the time could read it blog.britishmuseum.org/ev…
In The War of 1812 the British captured and set fire to the White House, the Capitol, and other government and military facilities. β€˜The Burning of Washington’ is the only time since the American Revolutionary War that a foreign power has captured and occupied the capital of the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
In 2005 two engineers at Apple help the US Department of Energy create a Top Secret iPod the looked and functioned like a regular iPod but had added hardware to record data. They have no idea what kind of data they helped the government record. arstechnica.com/informati…

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