Paper books still outsells e-books by a huge margin, even among young people. cnbc.com/2019/09/19/physi…
In 1983’s Trading Places, the Dukes are squeezed by a margin call that came about due to short selling based on insider information. While legal at the time, the β€œEddie Murphy Rule” finally made this illegal in 2010. uproxx.com/movies/how-tra…
In 1920, the town of Jackson, Wyoming elected an all-female town council by a margin of 2-1 over the men, drawing the most voters the town had ever seen. Known as the "pettycoat rulers," the women served for 3 years and did a great deal to clean up the notoriously lawless town. atlasobscura.com/articles…
In the 1832 presidential election, Henry Clay won Maryland by 4 votes, or 0.01%. The record for the smallest margin of victory was only beaten by Florida in 2000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/183…
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…
There is a shortage in chemotherapy treatment medications across the USA due to the slim profit margins that medical companies make from them. journalofclinicalpathways…
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…
Portuguese, not Spanish, is the predominately spoken language on the continent of South America. (by a small margin) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
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/…
Margins in books are literally meant for taking notes. The practice (in books) started in the renaissance when people who copied the bible would leave space at the edges of their pages to write notes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
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 Constitution of the State of Alabama is the longest constitutional document in the world, by a huge margin. annistonstar.com/is-the-a…
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…
At the start of the 2008 crash, the second Wall Street firm to reduce its position in mortgage-backed securities was Lehman Brothers Inc, which went bankrupt soon after. The first firm was Goldman Sachs, who moved early at the urging of two employees as dramatized in the 2011 film "Margin Call". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
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…
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…
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
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…
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/…
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…
A study found that castrated men outlived their peers by a wide margin healthland.time.com/2012/…
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-…
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…
Divorce in Ireland was only legalised in 1995 after a referendum. The margin of victory was 0.56% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fif…
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…
The Chinese population census margin of error (26 million) is bigger than the population of 180 countries telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
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…
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/…
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 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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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 International Space Station is the most expensive single object in the world. By a wide margin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
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…
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…
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/
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…
Amazon has an average profit margin of 00.35% and has often run negative margins in the past 5 years ycharts.com/companies/AMZ…

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