The Lewis & Clark expedition only suffered one casualty. Dysentery, snake bites, a dislocated shoulder, venereal disease and Lewis being shot in the buttocks after being mistaken for an elk all threatened the group's well-being, but the only man to die did so as a result of a burst appendix. history.com/news/10-littl…
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…
:The Ringelmann effect is the tendency for individual members of a group to become increasingly less productive as the size of their group increases. As more people are involved in a task, their average performance decreases, each participant tending to feel that their own effort is not critical. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
Today I learned of an undercover operation in 2020 where a group of white hat hackers discovered a security vulnerability and preemptively stole $10mil USD worth of the cryptocurrency Ethereum before anyone else could, stored the funds somewhere else, and then returned all of the funds to their original owners. samczsun.com/escaping-the…
In 1981 a group of scientists met to discuss ways of making future humans aware of nuclear waste disposal sites. One idea was genetically engineering cats to change color in the presence of radiation and introducing a cultural idea to run away when you see a cat change color. theguardian.com/environme…
There is a group of human mutant who are virtually resistant to HIV infection. They have a mutation called CCR5-Ξ”32 which make their T-Cells impervious to HIV nature.com/scitable/blog/…
Coca-Cola makes most of its money from selling syrup to companies that manufacture and distribute their drinks and, as a result, it has a group dedicated to sending resources and experts to help any that are in financial trouble. This helps avoid image and logistical problems for the brand. investopedia.com/articles…
Bobby Farrell, member of the group Boney M., famous for the song Rasputin, died on the 30th of December in St. Petersburg, the same date and place that Grigori Rasputin died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
25 percent of Jamaican citizens claim Irish ancestry, the second-largest reported ethnic group in Jamaica after African ancestry. irishtimes.com/culture/bo…
In a 1966 study, a group of engineers, mathematicians, artists, and architects were administered 50 micrograms of LSD and 100 milligrams of mescaline over a period of time. They then discovered solutions to professional problems that were previously unsolvable for them for 3 months en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psy…
The Super Soaker was invented in 1990 by NASA engineer, and Air Force Veteran Lonnie George Johnson who describes himself as a "part of a small group of African-American inventors whose work accounts for 6 percent of all U.S. patent applications." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
The 1936 film 'Circus' - Stalin's favourite and the most successful of all time within the Soviet Union - was about an American woman with a Mixed Race son, who finds acceptance in the USSR. The movie's climax had the boy being held and sung to lovingly by various Soviet ethnic groups. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cir…
From November 1969 to June 1971, a Native American group occupied and held Alcatraz Island, claiming that, under the Treaty of Fort Laramie between the U.S. and the Lakota tribe, all retired, abandoned, or out-of-use federal land was returned to the Indians who once occupied it. nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/…
Today I learned about the "Pilgrim Army", a group of 15000 crusaders who were blown off course to the holy land and made to stop in Portugal where the King convinced them to help defeat the Moors in return for anything they could plunder, the majority elected to retire in Lisbon afterward. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
Today I learned of the Edelweiss Pirates. A proto-hippie youth group in Germany which fought Nazi's as they frolicked through the countryside playing guitars and singing Anti-Nazi folk songs at campfires. They sheltered escaped concentration-camp prisoners and Allied soldiers in a program of armed resistance. bust.com/living/194688-ei…
Today I learned about the Mercury 13 - a group of women in the early 1960's that passed the same vigorous tests as male astronauts and was part of a privately funded project that aimed to send them to the moon cnet.com/news/the-true-st…
Evolutionary musicologists believe that human ancestors evolved musical ability to help signal alliances between rival groups, long before advanced languages emerged, among other theories. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo…
In 1920 an amateur golfer named David Mulligan drove his friends to the golf course, but nearly missed their tee time. In his haste, David shanked his first shot, but as a courtesy, David’s playing group granted him a second chance, which for the past 100 years has been known as the β€œMulligan”. countryclubmontreal.com/t…
The study that was reported in saying β€œcheese is just as addictive as drugs” actually found no such thing. The dietician who made the questionable claim works for an advocacy group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which pushes veganism and urges people to shun cheese. time.com/4090741/cheese-a…
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…
The larger Pacific striped octopus is one of the only species of octopus that is not cannbalistic during mating, rather the two partners embrace each other intimately with their beaks and suckers, and they live in groups of up to 40 individuals unlike most other solitary species of octopus journals.plos.org/plosone…
Today I learned about the real lord of the flies where a group of six boys between 13 and 16, who, in 1965, ran away from a school on the island of Tonga, stole a boat, and became shipwrecked on the deserted remote island of 'Ata. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
In 2004, a group of Yale students pranked Harvard by posing as a Harvard Prep Squad and handing out placards to over 1,800 Harvard fans at a football game. The Harvard fans were told they would spell out, β€œGo Harvard” when in reality, it actually said β€œWe Suck.” theboola.com/5-best-harva…
There is a "Christmas Tree" (actually a large bush) located in the median of I-17 in Arizona, which has been decorated every year for over 30 years by an unknown group of persons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-1…
DNA evidence shows that groups in the Amazon are more closely related to indigenous Australians than Native Americans smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
[] About the Melanasians. A group of people with African descent who have naturally blonde hair. blkgirlculture.com/blog-2…
A pod of dolphins saved a group of swimmers from a great white shark by herding the swimmers together and doing tight circles around them to create a barrier. The dolphins kept this up for 40 minutes until the shark lost interest and was safe for the swimmers to swim to shore. theguardian.com/science/2…
In late 1940s and 1950s, comic books were seen by parents, teachers, and others as a cause of juvenile crime. Groups organized comic book burnings in public and a 1954 Senate hearing was held, which led to the Comics Code Authority. As a result, edgy content in the comics was heavily toned down. cnbc.com/2018/06/10/comic…
Today I learned about the Matthew Effect in science, whereby prominent scientists get most of the credit for group achievements, leading to an escalating concentration of acclaim science.sciencemag.org/co…
In World War II, a group of witches gathered in the New Forest of England to harness a 'cone of power', in order to stage a magical assault on the mind of Adolf Hitler, sending a message to him that the Germans would not be able to cross the Channel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
An Italian atheist group wanted to advertise on buses "The bad news is that God does not exist. The good news is you don't need it". When they were refused, they changed it to "The good news is there are millions of atheists in Italy. The excellent news is they believe in freedom of speech" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
A group of divers in the Caribbean were photographing a sperm whale when it decided to create a 'poonado' - a 30-metre wide bowel movement. This rarely documented defense mechanism allows the whale to hide in its own cloud of excrement until there's a moment it can escape into deeper waters. youtube.com/watch?v=r4JJW…
Neil Armstrong met his second wife at a group breakfast where they were seated together. Two weeks later, he called her to ask what she was doing and she said cutting down a cherry tree. Half an hour later, he was at her house to help. They stayed married until his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
During the suez crisis, the ww2 era fast minelayer HMS Manxman shadowed a US Carrier group. The Carrier group responded by moving at full speed to outrun her however Manxman responded by also moving at full speed and outran them, signaling "see you in egypt" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
A 1992 study looked into why obese people who reported eating less than 1200 calories per day failed to lose weight. The study found the group underreported their actual food intake by an average (Β±SD) of 47Β±16 percent and overreported their physical activity by 51Β±75 percent. (Corrected link.) nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056…
In 1872, a group of hunters in India captured and 'saved' a 6-year-old feral boy they saw trailing behind a pack of wolves in the forest. The boy only ate meat, despised wearing clothes, sharpened his teeth on bones and communicated in animal noises. He might've served as inspiration for Mowgli history.com/news/6-famous…
A 12-yr-old Canadian boy was caught after hacking multiple sites in order to trade pirated information to the hacktivist group Anonymous for video games. His lawyer said the boy who had been hacking since age 9 was not politically motivated; he merely saw it as a challenge. theverge.com/2013/10/26/5…
Hindus in America are the highest educated religious group with 77% of all Hindus in the United States have College Degrees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edu…
A group of people traveled from The Rude Man of CERNE to CERN in Switzerland. The CERNE to CERN Pilgrimage. Or, The Large Hard On to the Large Hadron. the-mycelium.com/2019/04/…
In 1963, a group of Catholic schoolchildren visiting the JFK eternal flame sprinkled it with holy water, accidentally extinguishing it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
A large number of Graffiti found in Pompeii are political ads. Specificaly, one Gnaeus Helvius Sabinus appears in no less than 140 political signs throughout the town, endorsed by all manner of individuals, trade unions, religious and social groups antiquitatem.com/en/pompe…
Creed Bratton of The Office played guitar in the 1960s rock group The Grass Roots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
A Group Of Flat Earthers Spend $20,000 Trying To Prove Earth Is Flat, Accidentally Prove It's Round triplem.com.au/story/flat…
A guide dog named Roselle led a group of people including her blind owner down 78 flights of stairs before the North Tower collapsed on 9/11. She only stopped to give kisses to a woman who was having a panic attack. money.cnn.com/galleries/2…
After Martin Luther King was killed in 1968, his funeral was held at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and a small group of current students were chosen to be ushers for his funeral. One of those ushers was Samuel L. Jackson. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
There is a all women vigilanty group in India called the Gulabi Gang that hunt down men who commit crimes against women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gul…
The Byzantine Emperor Basi II, or Basi the Bulgar Slayer, after the Battle of Kleidion, put captured Bulgarians into groups of one-hundred, and left ninety-nine of each group blind. The latter of whom was captured and left with only one eye, and had to lead the blind group back home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bli…
Ricky Gervais was the singer in an angsty New Wave group in the early 80s. They released two singles but, excepting success in the Philippines, didn't quite take off, so it disbanded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seo…
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony changed their name to Boneless Thugs-N-Harmony to promote Buffalo Wild Wings, and three of the group’s members also changed their individual rap names to Krayzie Boneless, Flesh Boneless, and Wish Boneless rollingstone.com/music/mu…
In ancient times, the Persians referred to Greece as Yunan, a form of Ionian, a Greek tribe in Anatolia. Because this tribe was the easternmost group of Greeks, they were among the first encountered by the Persians. Therefore all Greeks were known as Ionian, or Yunan. hellenisteukontos.opoudji…

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