GameCube game Batman: Dark Tomorrow infamously ends with Batman failing to stop Ra's al Ghul from killing billions of people unless an unlabeled hidden objective is met whatculture.com/gaming/10…
Obake Kuruta i.e. Ghost cards or Monster cards are an old card game from the Edo period in Japan in which cards feature monsters and other creatures from Japanese mythology and the objective is the collect the most cards to beat your opponent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Today I learned about Wellington's Victory, widely considered the worst piece of music Beethoven ever wrote. He fully admitted he put no effort into the work and his sole objective was making money. When told by a critic it wasn't up to his usual standard he replied "I s*** better than you think." allmusic.com/composition/…
During WW1 the british army created β€œPals Battalions” which let men fight alongside their friends, neighbours and colleagues. The objective of these battalions were so soldiers would fight harder and keep each others spirits up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Naukan is a deserted Yupik village in Russia, once the easternmost settlement in the Eurasian continent. The eviction of the 400 indigenous inhabitants took place in 1954 with the objective of a possible military confrontation with the United States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nau…
The Northern Inuit Dog, along with its offshoot breed lines the Tamaskan dog, the British Timber dog and the Utonagan, is a breed of dog developed from a 1980s breeding project in the United Kingdom with the objective of producing a dog breed that resembles wolves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
During construction of the new Yankee Stadium, a construction worker and avid Boston Red Sox fan buried a replica jersey of Red Sox player David Ortiz underneath the visitors' dugout with the objective of placing a "hex" on the Yankees, much like the "Curse of the Bambino." wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankee…
Today I learned about objective tinnitus: a form of tinnitus that others can hear too medlink.com/article/objec…
The US military uses the terms PSYOPs and PSYWAR to replace the word propaganda. Psychological Operations or PSYOP are planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately their behavior psywarrior.com/
Atlas Moths lack fully formed mouthparts and the adults cannot eat. They live entirely on fat reserves accumulated during the larval stage. As a result, they live for only a few days during which their sole objective is seeking out a mate. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Every year in Peru on Dec 25th, they celebrate and practice something called Takanakuy. The objective is to settle any grievances or disputes among villagers by fist fighting it out in between dancing and partying after calling out their opponents by their first and last name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
Today I learned about Objective Tinnitus, where the ringing of the ears is actually audible and can be measured with a special microphone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
Soviet prime minister Ivan Silayev tried to modernise the Russian Government by electing members using an "objective" and "scientific" basis. To accomplish this, Silayev asked professional psychologists to interview candidate cabinet members. Only 14 of the 200 cabinet candidates passed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iva…
During a 1983 court-case, the New York Times conceded that their 'Bestseller List' is not "objective factual content" or a comprehensive list of the country's best-selling books, but instead admitted it was 'editorial content'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 2009 Sunagor launched what they claim to be the world's most powerful commercially available binoculars, going up to 160x magnification with a diameter of 70mm objectives en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
The brilliant chess Master, Jose Raul Capablanca, first learned what Chess was by watching his father play his friend. After two games, he understood how the pieces move and the objective. For the third game, he challenged his father and won. He was only four years old. chesshistory.com/winter/e…
In 1861, Giuseppe Garibaldi, known as hero of the two worlds and main protagonist in italian unification, voluntereed to president Lincoln and was offered a Major General's commission in the U.S. Army. With only one condition: that the war's objective be declared as slavery's abolition en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ita…
During construction of the new Yankee Stadium, a construction worker and avid Red Sox fan buried a replica David Ortiz jersey beneath the visitors' dugout, with the objective of placing a "hex" on the Yankees. After the worker was exposed by co-workers, he was forced to help exhume the jersey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yan…
Penn & Teller created a Sega Game in the 90s called 'Desert Bus.' The Objective is to drive in a straight line from Tucson, Arizona, to Las Vegas, Nevada. The Journey takes aprox 8 hours, cannot be paused and you are awarded 1 point every time you complete it. newyorker.com/tech/elemen…
Today I learned of "The 2904 Run" which is a NY to LA car race inspired by the Cannonball Run. The objective is to drive the 2904 miles from New York to California on a budget of $2,904 and that includes the car, fuel, toll, tickets, food, etc... The current record is 32 hours and 5 minutes edbolian.com/the2904/
Today I learned about effort justification, which is a person's tendency to attribute a value to an outcome, which they had to put effort into achieving, greater than the objective value of the outcome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eff…
One of the major objectives of the French Revolution was to switch all measures of time from base 12 to base 10, including a ten day week. Ironically, the experiment lasted 12 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
It is now possible to perform virtual autopsies. "Unlike traditional autopsies, which are invasive and result in the destruction of tissue, Virtopsy leaves the cadaver intact and creates an objective 3D data set that can be shared with other experts," theguardian.com/science/2…
As a reaction to slipping behind in the space race, the United States Air Force developed a plan to detonate a nuclear bomb on the moon. The main objective was to cause a nuclear explosion that would be visible from Earth, boosting the morale of the Amercian people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned of Wellie Wanging, a sport in which the objective is to throw a Wellington boot as far as possible en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
Today I learned of a weird sport named Ferret-Legging. The objective is to put a live ferret down ones trousers and time how long you can keep it in there. Also known as Put 'em Down and Ferret-Down-Trousers, FDT for short, it seems to have been popular among coal miners in Yorkshire, England in the 70's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Pre-WW1 Germany had plans to reduce U.S economic and political influence by invading the east coast of the United States. "Plan 3" involved roughly 100,000 soldiers with the objective of capturing New York and Boston. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imp…
Today I learned of a sport called Wife-carrying. The objective is for the male to carry the female through a special obstacle track in the fastest time. One need not carry one's own wife to take part, although you may want to run away as fast as possible afterwards! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wif…
Suffrageto was a 1908 board game was developed to "enact feminist ideology in a hybrid fantasy-real world environment" to support the activist strategies of the suffragettes. You played as suffragetes and the objective was to break through police lines and enter the House of Commons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suf…
Goose-pulling: A blood sport that involved securing a live goose onto a pole stretched above a road. The goose's head was greased and the objective of the game was to grab its head and pull it off its body while galloping on horseback. allthatsinteresting.com/a…
Along the busy highways of Australia, volunteers hand out coffee, tea , and snacks to sleepy drivers. The Stop, Revive and Survive program has been running for more than 20 years with one objective: to reduce road collisions by alleviating driver fatigue. greatershepparton.com.au/…
There is a game called Desert Bus. The objective of the game is to drive a bus from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada in real time at a maximum speed of 45mph. The feat requires 8 hours of continuous play to complete, since the game cannot be paused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Every year in the greek town of Vrontados, two rival church congregations perform a "Rocket War" by firing tens of thousands of home-made rockets across town, with the objective of hitting the bell tower of the church of the other side. rocketwar.com
Before the Battle of Midway in WW2, the Allies sent a message to Midway that they were "low on water." Intercepted Japanese messages stated that their next objective was low on water, giving Allies an advantage at the battle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 1861, Giuseppe Garibaldi, hero of Italy's independence, volunteered his services to President Abraham Lincoln and was offered a Major General's commission in the U.S. Army. His sole condition: that the war's objective be declared as the abolition of slavery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giu…
During WW II the 603rd unit was designated as Camouflage Engineers. Many of the soldiers were recruited from arts schools and set designers. Their objective was not only to teach camouflage, but to deceive the enemy through the art of design. They became known as the Ghost Army en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
In 1952 Albert Einstein was offered the Presidency of the State of Israel. He declined, saying that as a scientist trained to deal with objective facts, he lacked the aptitude and experience to deal with people. inktank.fi/five-fascinati…
There is no objective test for the condition labeled as schizophrenia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Sega created an RPG for the Dreamcast called Segagaga, in which the objective was to keep Sega in the console market. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seg…
On midnight before Easter Sunday, two rival church congregations in Greece perform a "Rocket War" by firing tens of thousands of home-made rockets across town, with the objective of hitting the bell tower of the church of the other side. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rou…
In 1952 Albert Einstein was offered the Presidency of the State of Israel. He declined, saying that as a scientist trained to deal with objective facts, he lacked the aptitude and experience to deal with people. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
On the island of Chios, Greece, every Easter is celebrated with a rocket war between two churches on Saturday night. The objective is to ring the other church's bell. youtube.com/watch?feature…
Today I learned of Horse race journalism, which is political coverage of elections that focuses on polling data and public perception instead of candidates policy objectives and makes more of the differences between candidates instead of similarities en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
From 2008-13, a tech journalist made his son play through mainstream videogames dating back to the 1970s in chronological order. The objective was to find out whether the experiment made his son appreciate lo-fi modern indie games like Spelunky and FTL more than his peers - it did. medium.com/message/playin…
Several meta-analysis showed that beauty is objective and attractive people are judged better. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…
Gouging is an American fighting style used in the 18th and 19th century to settle disputes. The objective was to remove an opponent's eye. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gou…
There is a thing called Polychronic culture where people value relationships and objectives over deadlines and schedules en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Today I learned of GuΓ©delon Castle, a 25 year project startet in 1997 with the objective of building a full size castle, using only the techniques and materials used in the Middle Ages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gu%…

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