US Senator William Proxmire of Wisconsin wanted the US to ratify the UN Genocide Convention. He gave a speech on the need to ratify it each day the Senate was in session from 1967-1986 (a total of 3,211 times) until the US Senate finally ratified it on Feb. 11th, 1986 in an 83-11 vote. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In several Chinese cities, there is a service called "jam-busting". Drivers in traffic jams who need to get somewhere urgently call for a couple of people to show up on a motorbike. One stays with your car, and the other puts you on the back of the bike, and blasts off through and around the jam theglobeandmail.com/globe…
The matador’s red cape does not need to be red to provoke the bull. The bull is colour blind. The red colour hides splatters of blood from the audience during the finale stabbing. scienceabc.com/nature/ani…
It takes approximately 75000 flowers, which need to be plucked by hand, to make one pound of Saffron. This is why the spice is so expensive. britannica.com/story/why-…
At a traditional Thai wedding, the groom's way to the ceremony is blocked by a series of "gates" (golden necklaces or belts) held up by bridesmaids and family members. Some can be passed with money, others require him to answer questions, and he may even need to yell out his love or sing a song thethailandlife.com/thai-…
Despite being one of the most fundamental elements on our planet, hydrogen is not available on earth but needs to be separated from water using electrolysis. This is a high energy process hydrogeneurope.eu/hydroge…
In 2015, a museum in Arkansas paid $7.7 million for a conceptual artwork by the late Felix Gonzalez-Torres. It consists of 50 pounds of candy that museum visitors can eat; the price includes the idea only, as the candy needs to be continually replenished. crystalbridges.org/blog/c…
In 1967, Paul McCartney forgot his passport when travelling to France to shoot a music video. He told the agents, β€˜You know who I am so why do you need to see a photograph of me in a passport?’ And was let through. beatlesbible.com/1967/10/…
Today I learned of Rebecca Fried, a high schooler who debunked a claim by historian Professor Richard Jenkins who claimed "No Irish Need Apply" signs never existed irishcentral.com/roots/hi…
The US President has sole authority to authorize the use of nuclear weapons and does not need the concurrence of his military advisors or US Congress to order the launch of nuclear weapons. Land-based missles can be fired in 3 mins. crsreports.congress.gov/p…
Today I learned about the Milt Kahl Head Swaggle, in the days of 2D animation moving a head while talking was an extremely difficult task as the timing would need to be perfect or it would look unnatural cartoonbrew.com/disney/th…
Everyone in Singapore above the age of 21 is automatically registered as an organ donor. Opting out from this Act will result in you being put at the very bottom of the organ priority list, should you need an organ transplantation. moh.gov.sg/policies-and-l…
Today I learned of Inochi Tendenko (go separately) - the maxim in tsunami prone areas of Japan that dictates that the individual need not stay and help others but should run and preserve his or her life instead japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
The reason companies refer to the Super Bowl as the "Big Game" is because the NFL has had the name trademarked since 1969, and some companies may need to pay over 50 million dollars to use the term. foxbusiness.com/markets/n…
A man suffering from gastrointestinal distress in a Kansas Home Depot mens room provided a friendly warning to other bathroom goers by saying: β€œYou need to get out of here because I’m fixin’ to blow it up.” Police were called on suspicion of a bomb threat. No charges were laid. canoe.com/news/weird/blow…
Today I learned about Exigent Circumstances: Exceptions to the requirement of a warrant under the 4th Amendment, including law enforcement's need to provide emergency assistance to an occupant, engage in pursuit of a fleeing suspect, recover threatened evidence, or extinguish a fire & investigate its cause. law.cornell.edu/wex/exige…
Casa Bonita needs to monitor the airing of the South Park episode because it causes an influx of customers. youtu.be/S6k26GDq9_0
By one legal definition of larceny, the rotating of a doughnut would count as larceny, but not the rotating of a pie, because all of the doughnut is moved through rotation while the pie's exact center remains in the same place when rotated, and the entire item needs to have been moved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
Today I learned about an annual festival held in Japan for which a Shin-Otoko ("Lucky Man") is chosen. During the festival, the Shin-Otoko, totally shaved of body hair, needs to run naked to a shrine, chased by hundreds of naked men. To touch the Shin-Otoko is good luck. aichi-now.jp/en/spots/det…
Billboard removed Old Town Road from their country charts because it did not β€œembrace enough elements of today’s country music.” Lil Nas X reached out to Billy Ray Cyrus who later said β€œit’s honest, humble, and has an infectious hook and a banjo. What the hell more do ya need?” people.com/country/billy-…
The CocaCola-Mentos reaction is not a chemical but a physical reaction. Gas dissolved in CocaCola needs a surface to form on. We can increase that surface by adding Mentos. The microscopic surface of Mentos is quite rough, so it allows a lot of gas to form and it creates a lot of pressure. eepybird.com/featured-vid…
Disposable diapers are the third largest individual constituent of municipal solid waste and need at least 500 years to decompose. dufferinresearch.com/imag…
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…
Today I learned of JosΓ© Sanjurjo a prominent figure in the Spanish civil war, who died when the biplane he rode which was overburdened with his luggage crashed. Before flight the pilot warned Sanjurjo of the danger to which he replied with, "I need to wear proper clothes as the new caudillo of Spain." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
The Warty’s Comb jellyfish has a 'disappearing' anus that only forms when it needs to go nypost.com/2019/03/07/the…
In 2016, Yukon Territory ran an awareness campaign advocating for Vitamin D with the slogan "We all need the D." nationalpost.com/news/can…
Humans spend less time sleeping than any other primate. However, humans also sleep deeper than other primates. Because we sleep on the ground (no risk of falling from tree) and are well-defended from predators, we can afford to get deeper, higher-quality sleepβ€”so we don't need to sleep as long. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
Hormel once sued Jim Henson alleging that Spa'am created a likelihood of confusion with Spam. Judge Kimba Wood wrote in her ruling, "Spam is a luncheon meat; Spa'am is the character of a wild boar in a Muppet motion picture. One might think that more need not be said." deseret.com/1995/9/23/191…
Today I learned about NHL Rule 31.11 which says if the officials cannot make it to a game and no suitable substitute can be found the players need to referee the game themselves, this rule has been enforced 1 time on January 15 1983, where only 1 of the 3 officials could make it due to a snowstorm. nhl.com/news/volcan-howat…
Today I learned about "Aztec Cheese", a fast growing algae, was responsible for the protein needs of the 1.5 million residents of the Lake Texcoco region. Today, it is known as the super food "Spirulina" and is sold in tablet form. mexicolore.co.uk/aztecs/h…
Today I learned about KyffhΓ€user Hill in Germany, the legendary resting place of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, who died in 1190. According to legend, Barbarossa is actually asleep in a hidden cavern, sitting motionless at a stone table, and will emerge at his county's hour of greatest need. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyf…
Robert Burns begged a local printing house to publish his collection of poems so he didn't need to sail to Jamaica and become a bookkeeper for the slaves on a sugar plantation scotsman.com/arts-and-cul…
One day, women will eventually be able to reproduce without the need of a man using their bone marrow. discovermagazine.com/heal…
Today I learned of Marco Pantani. Considered one of the best cyclists of all time, his resting heart rate was 34bpm, and could drop to even more dangerous levels in sleep. So dangerous he would need to wake up at night and cycle just to raise his heart rate to a safe level. youtu.be/hT8GZlBBv5k
The largest Masonic Temple in the world, the Detroit Masonic Temple, was saved from foreclosure in 2013 by Jack White of the White Stripes. White paid off $142,000 owed in back taxes by the Temple due to the fact that it had given his mother a job as an usher when she was in need. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Det…
A dad in Texas couldn’t find an amusement park that would accommodate his daughter with special needs so he sold his homebuilding business and built a completely accessible amusement park for kids with special needs called Morgan’s Wonderland. freethink.com/videos/morg…
Even though our nose is ALWAYS in our vision, our brain filters it out because it’s not information you need to function on a day to day basis. ceenta.com/news-blog/why-…
Barbra Streisand has built a shopping mall in the basement underneath her house, unstaffed and she stocks it with things she buys herself. Need a gift for a friend, she β€˜shops’ for it in her own private mall. harpersbazaar.com/fashion…
Point-blank range does not mean extremely close range. It means any distance over which a certain firearm can hit a target without the need to compensate for bullet drop. wikipedia.org/wiki/Point-…
The Prime Minister of Canada doesn't have to be a member of parliament, but does need a seat to participate. In the 1925 election Liberal Party leader William Lyon Mackenzie King lost his seat while his party won and "governed from the hallway" before winning a by-election a few weeks later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
The VoIP was invented by a woman. Maria Croak who holds more than 200 patents today and is an inspiration to many says "...children often produce the most creative of ideas which are fuel of innovation. β€œYou need to be childlike. A little naΓ―ve and not inhibited by what’s possible.” tribune.com.pk/story/2273…
Ancient Native American tribes around Great Lakes didn't need to smelt copper to make tools since the copper purity was around 95% and would be hammered into shape. While evidence of organized mining are present between 4000-500 BCE, there's oddly a lack of pottery and ceramics during this era. mpm.edu/research-collecti…
Along with the Captain, ships sometime need a Pilot to navigate through dangerous/ unknown waters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Music can help people suffering with dementia access certain memories and improve their cognitive function at least in the short term. More studies still need to be done and the results can vary but there is a noticeable improvement in the quality of life after receiving Music Therapy ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
In the United States, a check does not need to be written on a specific bank check paper; a check can be written on ANYTHING and can be legally cashed as long as the required information is included in it money.cnn.com/2001/03/22/…
Upon its release 'Stalker', a film by Andrei Tarkovsky, was criticized for being slow. In response to this Tarkovsky replied "The film needs to be slower and duller at the start so that the viewers who walked into the wrong theatre have time to leave before the main action starts." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Henry Winkler is an honorary OBE awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II for services to children with special educational needs and dyslexia in the UK en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Magnetic compasses on steel ships need the magnetic field to be β€œtuned” so the ship’s own magnetic field doesn’t affect the compass too much. marineinsight.com/marine-…
Background singers in the Beatles' All You Need Is Love include Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Moon, Graham Nash and Eric Clapton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…

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