Minnesota law enforcement agencies created a deck of "Cold Case Playing Cards," each card featuring photos and info for victims of unsolved homicide, missing person, and unidentified remains cases, to generate tips. dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/โ€ฆ
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/2019โ€ฆ
After WWII the US got Franz Halder to write a history on the Eastern Front. He made sure that the 700+ authors in the project followed his version of history, creating myths such as the "Clean Wehrmacht" and "everything was Hitler's fault", but was ignored cause they wanted info on USSR. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraโ€ฆ
The human brain stores up to 100,000 gigabytes of information, more than 100 desktop computers! Brains likely store info in synapses, the connection between pairs of Neurons, contrary to computers which store 1โ€™s and 0โ€™s in its hard drive. Thatโ€™s why human brains are faster than computers aiimpacts.org/informationโ€ฆ
A BBC reporter saw a Queen death reporting rehearsal and thought it was real, and tweeted that the Queen was in hospital, then that the Queen had died - as in the scenario. Since the Queen was in hospital for a check-up on that day, many news outlets assumed the info was true and reported on it bbc.com/news/uk-33432647
Today I learned of Aimรฉe de Heeren, a Brazilian socialite who dazzled the high society of Paris in the 30's. She befriended Coco Chanel and later fell in love with JFK's older brother. In Paris she was actually a spy for the president of Brazil, gathered info on Nazi plans and drove Brazil away from the axis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aimโ€ฆ
Today I learned about CONELRAD, the civil defense system in the โ€˜50s and โ€˜60s to get info out to Americans by rapidly switching radio transmitters around at 640AM & 1240AM so Soviet bombers couldnโ€™t direction-find on their signals. rfcafe.com/references/radโ€ฆ
The story of Zeus, a 9 year old pitbull-mix from Montana who was stolen by a family "friend" and found 2k miles away in West Virginia after the thief was arrested. Zeus had a microchip with contact info but was too big to fly so 15 strangers volunteered to drive him home across 9 states . newsweek.com/dog-lost-monโ€ฆ
A trucker hauling potato chips got lost in an unfamiliar area after entering wrong gps info and becoming stuck on a snowy embankment while attempting to turn around. He was found after 4 days so dehydrated his kidneys shut down and close to having frostbite on one foot but he didn't eat one chip cnn.com/2018/04/29/us/oreโ€ฆ
New Florida man Tom Brady accidentally walked into a stranger's home when he meant to go to the Buccaneers' offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich's house. Because of social distancing, Byron had told Tom he'd leave info for him in his open house, but Tom surprised a neighbor instead. people.com/sports/tom-braโ€ฆ
How British Cmdr Terence Otway, wanting to be sure his men wouldnโ€™t leak the D-Day plans, tested them by sending 30 pretty members of the Womenโ€™s Aux. Air Force in civilian clothes to the local pubs with instructions to do all they could try and get the info, but none of the men fell for it. euronews.com/2014/06/03/7โ€ฆ
Charles Joseph Minard was French Civil engineer and pioneer of info-graphics. Minard is famous for his flow graphs, one notably showing the trade of French wine. Information designer Edward Tufte said his map of the French invasion of Russia, "may well be the best statistical graphic ever drawn" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaโ€ฆ
Bengal famine of 1943 and that the 2 millions deaths are considered by historians to have been preventable. (This video gives a recap but more info is on wiki) youtube.com/watch?v=9hH0Dโ€ฆ
The LAGEOS Satellite, in stable medium Earth orbit, contains a plaque (designed by Carl Sagan) of various binary numbers, a map of Earth's continents (1974), among other info. Intended to be message to future humanity, 8.4 million years from now, when the satellite re-enters Earth's atmosphere en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAGโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Dryton and Apollonia archive, a family archive from 2nd century BC Egypt which contains info for 3 generations of a soldier's family, in the form of wills, divorce papers, financial accounts, personal letters etc en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dryโ€ฆ
Good Judgement Project (GJP) that demonstrated certain "superforecasters" were better at predicting geopolitical and economic events than even experts in that field (even if they had classified info) based on HOW they thought about problems & ability to reduce basic biases experts tend to have. slate.com/technology/2015โ€ฆ
Today I learned of William A. Jackson, a former slave of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederates, who regularly watched meetings between Davis and Confederate officials. He escaped in 1861 and went north, giving the union much info about Confederate military deployments and planning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilโ€ฆ
Scientists debunked the โ€œpeople look left when lyingโ€ myth by studying adults in press conferences appealing for info about missing family members. They tracked the eye movements of speakers later convicted of murdering the โ€œmissingโ€ loved one. smithsonianmag.com/sciencโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Idiot Plot, defined by Roger Ebert, where a story is only happening because all of the characters involved are being idiots (not sharing key info, jumping to assumptions, etc) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiโ€ฆ
US and UK were reluctant to release info about the Holocaust, as they felt that the extreme stories would undermine the credibility of both governments. US also didn't want to turn the war into being about Jews, as antisemitism was quite common in US at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
A Maine restaurant will only take reservations by mail and not a phone, email or app after Boston Globeโ€™s food critic once declared it โ€œbest Maine restaurant you may never be able to eat at.โ€ Your sole option: snail-mailing them a letter with your name and contact info. grubstreet.com/2018/03/loโ€ฆ
An octopus often takes time to think about how to solve a problem. They try something, and then take up to 5 minutes to think before they try again. Info @ 1:17 in the video. youtube.com/watch?v=dKWssโ€ฆ
Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, devised a WWII plan to plant false info about the Alliesโ€™ next attack on a dead man, drift him at sea, and hope heโ€™d be found by Nazi sympathizers. Operation Mincemeat worked, turning the tide for the Allies, who stormed Italy while the Nazis defended Greece. npr.org/templates/story/sโ€ฆ
After a Florida Highway Patrol Officer ticketed a Miami cop for driving in excess of 120MPH on his way to an off-duty job, she was relentlessly harassed by other officers, including finding out that her driver's license info had been accessed by 88 officers from 25 agencies over three months. news.msn.com/crime-justicโ€ฆ
The Berlin Wall was opened accidentally. After being told wrong info, a Soviet spokesman stated that border crossings would be allowed, โ€œimmediatelyโ€. Crossings were actually planned to be allowed in limited circumstances. Thousands of East Germans then ran to the border and forced it open. reuters.com/article/us-geโ€ฆ
The Ponemon institute conducted an experiment on visual hacking (people looking at your screen) and found out that an undercover hacker was able to visually hack information in 91% of trials in <15 minutes, obtained about 5 pieces of sensitive info per trial, but stopped only 30% of the time. 3m.com/3M/en_US/privacy-sโ€ฆ
Today I learned of red cell, which was a team of ex navy seals tasked to take over millitary bases, kidnap and take hostage VIPs, steal top secret info, and even ifiltrate air force one in order to expose security flaws en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redโ€ฆ
Take This Lollipop is an interactive film which accesses viewer's Facebook profile and locates the viewer's home from data in profile. It depicts the dangers in posting too much personal info on the Internet. Information gathered is then deleted which makes the film different for each viewer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takโ€ฆ
Due to the way other parts of the brain processes the info sent to it from our eyes, people who are blind from an injury to the visual cortex are still able to sense emotion in faces or sense obstacles in their way and avoid them despite their visual cortex not recognizing the signals sent. youtu.be/CSf8i8bHIns
In Finland meat sold in supermarkets has been labeled with the info on which farm the animals grew on. atria.fi/en/exports/meat-โ€ฆ
In Iceland you can tell who is genetically related to who because they have 95% genelogical info of their population youtube.com/watch?v=B5HORโ€ฆ
Kate Beckinsale doesn't have her drivers license because her instructor would leave creepy poems on her doorstep when she was 17. (Latter info from interview on the Late Late Show with James Corden) youtu.be/wlGv2LchlR8
Juan Garcia, was a Spanish double agent working against the Germans in World War 2.He fed false info to the Germans with his fictional network of 27 agents in Britain. He remains the only person that have received Military Honour from both side of the war, earning both the Iron Cross and the MBE en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juaโ€ฆ
Today I learned of George Koval, who, in WWII, was an American soldier that secretly gave info the USSR about the Manhattan Project. In 1999, although living in Russia and having been outed as a spy for nearly a half-century, he applied for an American Veteran's Social Security Cheque. He was denied. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoโ€ฆ
A physicist was threatened with 80 years in prison for "sharing U.S secretes" with China. It was later found that he had permission to share the info, and had even been asked by the National Science Foundation to form a coalition with other Chinese scientists. sciencemag.org/news/2015/โ€ฆ
There are 40+ consumer reporting companies. One is the "MIB group" which maintains a database of our medical/personal info - like obesity, bad driving record, risky hobbies, and more - that is used by over 450 insurance companies in the United States and Canada to determine eligibility/pricing. nytimes.com/2014/01/15/yoโ€ฆ
Video game designer Toru Iwatani wanted to create a video game that could appeal to girls. To gauge their interests, he sat in cafes and eavesdropped on female conversations, until one day a group began discussing favorite foods. He used this info as the basis to create Pac-Man. venturebeat.com/2009/09/2โ€ฆ
The Soviet Venus probe Venera 14 landed and a lens cap landed under a probe. The probe sent back info on the lens cap instead of Venusian soil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venโ€ฆ
Streisand Effect is when a deliberate censorship attempt on something (info/news) totally backfires. thefire.org/uc-davis-spenโ€ฆ
When you learn something new, for example someone tells you a new word, new piece of info, etc. your brain will start creating a frequency illusion called the Baader-Meinof illusion which starts to place the new piece of information everywhere and you will start seeing it much more frequently. damninteresting.com/the-bโ€ฆ
The Forest Owlet was thought extinct when none were found after repeated searches at the locality of the last known specimen. The researchers later found why; an infamous thief had previously stolen the specimen from the museum and resubmitted it as his own, complete with false locality info. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forโ€ฆ
Take This Lollipop was a 2011 interactive horror short film/Facebook app that requested access to your Facebook account, then used info from that account to fill in details of the film. Its goal was to underscore the dangers inherent in posting too much personal information about oneself online. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takโ€ฆ
In January 1986, Brain, the first IBM PC compatible virus, was released by two Pakistani brothers as an attempt to stop people from pirating their medical software. The virus contained their contact info, and they were surprised when people from all around the world contacted them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braโ€ฆ
Today I learned about "Baghdad Bob", Information Minister for Iraq during the 2003 invasion. When asked where he got his info, he replied "authentic sourcesโ€”many authentic sources" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhโ€ฆ
There are in fact two words that rhyme with orange, they are Blorenge and sporange. More info on the page provided blog.dictionary.com/rhymeโ€ฆ
General Mills is planning to bring back fruit shaped Trix. (Info about Trix shapes found after info about Trix color) usatoday.com/story/money/โ€ฆ
Susan Warren, a woman from Cleveland, was arrested because she broke into random houses, cleaned them and left a bill for her services with her contact info for payment huffingtonpost.com/2012/0โ€ฆ
Franklin Roosevelt used wartime censorship to hide negative information about himself. Controlling the Office of Censorship, he hid weekend trips to his New York estate and probably hid meetings with a mistress. During the 1944 election FDR might have hidden info about his poor health. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offโ€ฆ
During WWII, a Polish Army Captain VOLUNTEERED to enter Auschwitz in order to get info, then escaped with info about the camp, which was given to the allies. After the war, he was tortured and executed by the new Communist regime en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the info-compressing constructed language Ithkuil. It can produce words such as "qhรปl-lyaiโ€™svukลกeiโ€™arpรฎptรณโ€™ks" meaning "...being hard to believe, after allegedly trying to go back to repeatedly inspiring fear using rag-tag groups of suspicious-looking clowns, despite resistance." ithkuil.net/02_morpho-phoโ€ฆ

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