When Thoreau lived β€œalone” at Walden Pond the woods around him were actually full of people, mostly former slaves and poor people who had been forced to live in the margins of society. wbur.org/radioboston/2017…
Portuguese, not Spanish, is the predominately spoken language on the continent of South America. (by a small margin) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
In 1995, the Blockbuster video rental chain had more than 4,500 stores. The company made $785 million in profits on $2.4 billion in revenues: a profit margin of over 30 percent. Much of this profit came from "late fees" on overdue rentals smallbusiness.chron.com/m…
The Constitution of the State of Alabama is the longest constitutional document in the world, by a huge margin. annistonstar.com/is-the-a…
The oldest occurrence of the word "fuck" in adjectival form in English comes from the margins of a 1528 manuscript copy of Cicero's De Officiis. A monk had scrawled in the margin notes, "fuckin Abbot". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuc…
The 1929 stock market crash was a result of an unsustainable boom in share prices in the preceding years. The boom in share prices was caused by the irrational exuberance of investors, buying shares on the margin, and over-confidence in the sustainability of economic growth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Goldbach's Conjecture asks if every even integer is the sum of two prime numbers. It's deemed a "million buck problem" because its solution would advance mathematics by a great margin, although it remains unsolved since 1742 artofproblemsolving.com/w…
4 years ago 16 year old Korean Pop star Chao Tzuyu of TWICE released a video apology for waving a Taiwanese flag during a show of JYP Entertainment. The reactions in Taiwan "may have widened the opposition's victory margin by 1%... gaining a majority in parliament for the first time". youtu.be/6Edmbqjum8w
Medieval scribes would frequently scribble complaints in the margins of books as they copied them, as their work was so tedious. Recorded complaints range from β€œAs the harbor is welcome to the sailor, so is the last line to the scribe.”, to β€œOh, my hand.” and, "A curse on thee, O pen!" blog.bookstellyouwhy.com/…
Scientists have developed measurement formulas so precise that the distance between the Earth and Moon can be calculated with a margin of error smaller than the distance of a red blood cell. youtube.com/watch?v=7IyHu…
Switzerland is among the top 5 coffee exporters in the world. In dollar amounts, coffee surpasses cheese and chocolates by a big margin. lenews.ch/2016/12/14/swis…
There is little-to-no evidence that video doorbells prevent crime. The studies that suggested they do have not been successfully reproduced, and in fact, follow-up studies came to the opposite conclusion (within a margin of error, however). technologyreview.com/s/61…
The ancient Greeks had known the world is round since Pythagoras, and successfully calculated the circumference of the globe when Eratosthenes measued the angles of the mid-day sun between two towns of a known distance. His calculation had only about a 10% margin of error. khanacademy.org/partner-c…
A rancher in Oregon named Bill Brown would often write checks on any paper available. This often included soup can labels and newspaper margins. As he was rich and known for this, the banks would cash the checks without question. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
A study found that castrated men outlived their peers by a wide margin healthland.time.com/2012/…
A high school basketball coach was fired after his team won 100-0 because the Catholic school he worked for thought that winning by such a wide margin did not show a β€œChristlike and honourable approach to competition”. espn.com/highschool/rise/…
In 1988, DC ran a phone poll asking viewers to vote whether or not Batman’s sidekick Robin should live or die in an upcoming story arc. 10,614 votes were tallied-5,343 in favour of Robin’s death, and 5,271 for his survival- a margin of just 72 votes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Upward of 50 percent of what we buy in a supermarket we had no intention of buying as we walked in the door. Supermarkets aren’t faring too well these days, getting by on razor-thin margins. The average supermarket has 64,000 products. We experience the overwhelming amount of choices. bonappetit.com/test-kitch…
You only need 40 digits of pi to calculate the circumference of the observable universe to a margin of error of 1 hydrogen atom jpl.nasa.gov/edu/news/201…
The TI-84/83 calculators have comparably higher profit margins than apple due to their monopoly on the school system washingtonpost.com/news/i…
Time Warner has a 97% profit margin on high speed internet huffingtonpost.com/bruce-…
Divorce in Ireland was only legalised in 1995 after a referendum. The margin of victory was 0.56% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fif…
The record for largest winning margin of a professional soccer match is held by the Australian national team, who beat American Samoa during the qualification stages of the 2002 world cup, with 31-0 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aus…
Korean is a language isolate; having developed independent of all other languages. It is the largest language isolate by a wide margin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kor…
Kip Keino got stuck in traffic on his way to the 1500m race at the 1968 Olympics and had to jog the last mile to the stadium. He ended up winning the race by the longest margin in history and was part of the start of the African dominance of the event olympic.org/news/keino-tr…
The Chinese population census margin of error (26 million) is bigger than the population of 180 countries telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Today I learned about Baker v. Nelson, a Minnesota Supreme Court case in 1971. The plaintiffs in it argued that the US Constitution provides a right to same-sex marriage through the 1st, 8th, 9th, and 14th Amendments. They lost their case by a unanimous margin but this ruling was overturned by SCOTUS in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak…
Richard Feynman's claim that his IQ was only 125 was probably bogus. He earned the highest score on the Putnam competitions exam by a large margin and set the record for the highest scores on the math/physics portion of the Princeton graduate admissions exam. in-sightjournal.com/2014/…
Ding sound of a typewriter is called a margin bell, and it wasn't to tell you that you were at the end of the line, but that you had a few characters left, so you could prepare for it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typ…
In 1975, a Senate Race in New Hampshire was decided by 2 votes, the narrowest margin of victory in any Senate Race in U.S. history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
The pinstripe on a Rolls Royce is handpainted, with no margin for error as the the paint has special properties that instantly bond it to the underlying car paint. money.cnn.com/2015/04/30/…
On OKCupid, amongst all racial groups, white females are most likely to strongly prefer to date someone of their own skin color by a huge margin. blog.okcupid.com/index.ph…
Dr. Dre was the highest paid musician in 2014, earning $620 million compared to second placed Beyonce who earned $115 million. This was the widest margin in history between first and second place. ibtimes.com/forbes-dr-dre…
Surveys in the U.S. & other countries show that college students continue to prefer printed textbooks to electronic ones by wide margins nautil.us/issue/4/the-unl…
Former FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover, liked to write on the margin of memos. One time, he read a memo w/ narrow margins, and replied "Watch the borders!" The next week was met w/ mass confusion, as multiple inquiries were sent to Border Patrol inquiring about any suspicious border activity. newworldencyclopedia.org/…
An Italian mob pulled an elaborate heist involving olive oil, using adulterated and chemically treated oils and labelling their containers as extra virgin. The profit margin of this heist was said to have "three times the profit margin of cocaine." oliveoiltimes.com/olive-o…
Samuel J. Tilden, the guy who lost the 1876 U.S. Presidential election by a razor-thin margin, bears the phrase "I Still Trust The People" on his gravestone. content.time.com/time/spe…
At around 250 BC Eratosthenes measured the circumference of the earth using only a water well and a metal rod. He was accurate within a 15% margin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Era…
The International Space Station is the most expensive single object in the world. By a wide margin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Medieval Monks drew dicks in the margins of their manuscripts collectorsweekly.com/arti…
Despite massive increases in revenue, health insurers' profit margins are razor-thin, averaging 3.3%, and that no insurance carrier is on the top 100 firms with highest-paid CEOs. verywell.com/health-insur…
Amazon has an average profit margin of 00.35% and has often run negative margins in the past 5 years ycharts.com/companies/AMZ…
Latvia has one of the fastest Internet download and upload speeds in the world, and beats out the U.S by a sizable margin. theatlanticwire.com/techn…
The 1990 Nutrition Labeling and Education Act allowed the FDA to establish a 20% margin of error when it comes to stated nutritional values on nutrition labels. So something that says it is 100 calories could actually be somewhere between 80-120 calories. health.usnews.com/health-…
A new radio telescope being built in Australia and South Africa will generate so much data about space that it will exceed global internet traffic by a large margin. An exabyte per day of raw data, which could be compressed to around 10 petabytes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
The original Rocky movie was shot in only 28 days, on a budget of 1 million dollars. It is also has one of the highest profit margins of all time, at 225:1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
The highest earning ethnic group in the U.S. isn't whites; it's Asian-Americans and they are first by a wide margin at 31.2% above the U.S. median income. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
A degree in Engineering is a better predictor that you'll become a terrorist than a degree in Islamic Studies. In fact the degree has a higher correlation than any other degree by a LARGE margin. slate.com/id/2240157/
Budget airlines actually have higher profit margins than traditional airlines youtu.be/069y1MpOkQY?t=38…
The U2 reconnaissance aircraft is more than 50 years old but it is super difficult to fly, having little instrumentation for autopilots and allowing, in some versions, only 10 knots of margin between stall speed and critical speed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loc…
The NYC Subway system is ranked #1 by ridership in the US by a huge margin. It carries 11x the daily volume as the #2 system (Washington DC) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The largest margin of victory in an international football match was in a 2002 World Cup qualifier: Australia 31–0 American Samoa en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aus…
The Hawk-eye system used at Wimbledon has a margin of error of 3.6 mm iop.org/resources/topic/a…
The biggest margin of victory in Women's Hockey was 82-0 during the 2008 Olympic Qualifying tournament stats.iihf.com/Hydra/166/…
Vietnam has a longer life expectancy than Russia, by a margin of over 2 years. cia.gov/library/publicati…
The oldest occurrence of the word "fuck" in adjectival form (which implies use of the verb) in English comes from the margins of a 1528 manuscript copy of Cicero's De Officiis. A monk had scrawled in the margin notes, "fuckin Abbot" wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuck
The average profit margin for a restaurant is less than 3.5% smallbusiness.chron.com/a…
The largest victory in a US Presidential Election happened in 1920 - Warren Harding defeats James Cox, 1920 (26.17% margin) worldatlas.com/articles/l…
NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne has lost the win to Matt Kenseth with a margin of less than 0,025 seconds on two occations. He lost by 0,010 seconds at the 2004 Subway 400, and by 0,022 seconds at the 2014 Budweiser Duel 1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
'The Phantom of the Opera' is the longest running show in Broadway history by a wide margin, having celebrated its 10,000th Broadway performance on 11 Feb 2012, the first production ever to do so. By 2011, it had been seen by over 130 million people in 145 cities across 27 countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In the 1994 Soccer Shell Cup, the first goal scored in extra time counted as double. Barbados needed to win by a two-goal margin against Grenada. As they only led 2-1 going into the end of normal time they scored an own-goal to force extra-time. They won 4-2 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
The oldest occurrence of the word "fuck" in adjectival form is in a 1528 copy of Cicero's "De Officiis," in which a monk had scrawled in the margin , "fuckin Abbot". en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/F…
Norway has the most Winter Game gold medals by a considerable margin sitting at 118 in 22 Winter Games followed by USA with 96 in 22 Winter Games. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
The state constitution of Alabama still contains language requiring the segregation of schools and in 2012 a bill proposing to change the language was voted down by a 61-39 margin. ballotpedia.org/Alabama_S…
Writing in a page margin is called Marginalia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of Greek mathematician Erastosthenes, who measured the Earth's circumference with an error margin of less than 1% using a stick. www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.…
The manufacturer's margin on a new smartphone is 2x *LESS* than the margin on a refurbished one economictimes.indiatimes.…
In 1995, Quebec voted against independence from the rest of Canada by a margin of only 1% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
The US has more firearms per capita than syria by a fairly wide margin smallarmssurvey.org/publi…
If Apple decided to manufacture the iPad 2 in the USA, instead of using overseas labour, while maintaining the same margins. The price that the consumer would pay for each unit would be $1140. theatlantic.com/business/…
On average, small cellphone carriers earn 1/5 the margin of the Big 4 cellphone carriers for the exact same wireless networks. blog.cellbreaker.com/save…
Orange cats are more likely to develop a condition called lentigo simplex that forms black spots on the cats lips, nose, or eye margins, and is not a form of cancer. vetmedicine.about.com/od/…
The Indian Removal Act, which effectively expelled the vast majority of Native Americans living East of the Mississippi River, passed the House of Representatives by the slim margin of 101-97, with 15 members not voting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Jack Kerouac typed the first draft of "On the Road" in three weeks in 1951, on a 120 foot long "scroll" of tracing paper he sized and taped together. It was single spaced, and had no margins or paragraph breaks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_…
Someone took over half a year's worth of forecasted temperature/precipitation data and compared it with the actual temp/rain on that day. Among other things, he found that over 11 days out, a forecast is worse than the average high by a 95% confidence margin. josh-rosenberg.com/2013/0…
, That A Vulcanic Dome On Venus Is Called A Scalloped Margin Dome. It is nicknamed "The Tick" because it looks like one from above. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sca…
The profit margins for fountain beverages are extremely high. 5 gallons of post mix (fountain syrup), enough to make 30 gallons of soda, costs restaurants just $13.49 - enough to get the customer about 192 oz, or 1.5 gallons, of soda. ngcoa.org/pdf/smartbuy/Pe…
For Eurovision Song Contest 1994, Ireland may have deliberately chosen a band with a slim chance to win in order to avoid hosting and funding the competition the following year. The band ended up winning Eurovision '94 with a clear margin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Airlines operate on small margins, with an average profit of just $8.27 per passenger iata.org/pressroom/pr/Pag…
A man ran for an EU seat under the party name "Literal Democrats" and received more than ten thousand votes, much more than the margin of seven hundred votes that the Liberal Democrat candidate lost by. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
RadioShack's Market cap is $38 Million but CEO gets paid $8 Million despite a negative 24% profit margin reuters.com/finance/stock…
In one week’s worth of data across Twitter/Facebook/Google+ Pumpkin Pie was more popular than the second-most popular (Pecan) by a margin of at least 4:1 blog.gnip.com/gnip-cagefi…
Ol' Roy dog food brand is owned by Walmart and is the top selling dog food in the USA by 20% margin despite never having a single commercial advertisement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Pierre de Fermat, a 17th century mathematician, came up with a proof that required math that wasn't discovered until the 19th century. He never completed his proof because "it was too large to fit in the margin". It wasn't fully proven until 1995. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Sean Parker (founder of Napster, Facebook) is in the top 100 of political donors in America. He's also the most bipartisan donor by a wide margin. opensecrets.org/overview/…
The largest winning margin in Major League Baseball history was in 1897 when the Chicago Colts defeated the Louisville Colonels 36-7 excite.com/events/blog/5-…
The Allowed Margin of Error for Food Nutrition Labels is 20% fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegu…
Lithium is the lightest metal in existence by a large margin, and would easily float in water if it were unreactive engineeringtoolbox.com/me…
The Nazis wanted to build a battleship that would've outweighed the Yamato by a Factor of Two! (The Yamato was the most heavily armed and armored battleship ever built by a large margin.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-c…
India is developing the world's fastest missile by a sizeable margin, capable of reaching Mach 7 using an air breathing scramjet engine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
During the change from imperialism to republic in China, there was a debate over which would be the official dialect. It came down to a vote and Cantonese lost by a slim margin to Mandarin. scmp.com/article/694592/c…
Oil companies ranked 114th in profit margins for providing the most essential good mjperry.blogspot.com/2011…
More people search "Facebook" than they do the term "Porn" on Google, by a VERY significant margin google.com/trends?q=faceb…
Warren G. Harding, widely considered the worst US president ever, was elected with a larger margin of popular vote than any other US president. Also TIL that his opponent was a newspaper publisher from Ohio just like Harding was en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Branded drug pharma companies have been known to pay off manufacturers of generic equivalents when their patent runs out in order to maintain their profit margin and control of the market. It is known as "Pay for Delay." ftc.gov/news-events/media…
Colorado isn't just the thinnest state in America. They are the thinnest state in america by a large margin. calorielab.com/news/2011/…
Switzerland only passed women's suffrage in 1971, after voting it down by a 2-1 margin in 1959. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
In 1984, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 margin that it was legal to use betamax to video tape television shows. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Family feud polls people by phone. The #1 answer has a margin of error + or - 10% catalystnyc.com/2013/04/t…

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