Nearly 40% of Americans expressed a negative opinion of "Wisian-Americans"β€”a fictitious groupβ€”in a survey about social attitudes that was conducted by the General Social Survey, a project of the National Science Foundation. tampabay.com/archive/1992…
Dipsy is the most stubborn of the Teletubbies, and will occasionally refuse to go along with the others' group opinion. His face is notably darker than the rest of the Teletubbies, and the creators have stated that he is black. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
In a survey of leading economists, only 8 percent agreed with a proposal to prohibit "unconscionably excessive" price gouging during natural disasters in Connecticut. 51 percent disagreed with the proposal, 15 percent were uncertain and 8 percent had no opinion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
- The "Hundred Flowers Campaign" of 1956 China, allowed and encouraged people to speak freely and openly express their opinions about the communist regime. After a year, the campaign was withdrawn the Chinese government imprisoned those who spoke critically about them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
After Ted Bundy was convicted, Bundy helped police catch another notorious serial killer Gary Ridgway, known as the Green River Killer. The Express reports Bundy offered to help the FBI and gave his opinions on the β€œkiller’s psychology and motivation”. timeslive.co.za/sunday-ti…
Today I learned of the Powell Memorandum. A confidential memorandum entitled "The Attack on the American Free Enterprise System". It kickstarted a concerted effort to shift US opinion to the right and started a massive PR campaign to persuade Americans that the 'left' was bad for the average American. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lew…
Today I learned about Geek Code, a compact language of numbers and symbols used by self-described "Geeks" to inform other geeks about all aspects of their personality, appearance, interests, skills, and opinions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gee…
Various Nazis used a secret codeword to get exclusive service at a Nazi run brothel. Joseph Goebbels enjoyed β€œlesbian displays”, and an SS general enjoyed an all-night orgy with 20 girls. The building was tapped. Mussolini’s son in law was recorded expressing negative opinions of Hitler. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Pirates were generally considered by the English government to be reserve naval forces, and were sometimes given active encouragement such as knighthoods. Royal pardons were regularly issued and the public's opinion of pirates was often favorable, some considering them akin to patrons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
The shortest opinion in Supreme Court history simply reads "The United States never pays costs." The case, United States v. Baker, upheld a common law tradition that private citizens may not demand costs from the federal government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
There is a specific order to Adjectives for the English language. Native speakers can just tell if it sounds right or not, and it may not be apparent to non-native speakers at first - in general the order is: opinion, size, age / shape, color, origin, material, purpose. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adj…
Native English speakers say adjectives in a specific order: opinion, size, age, shape, color, origin, material, and purpose. An example of this is the normal sounding "silly old fool" vs the weird sounding "old silly fool". theguardian.com/commentis…
Before his assassination, almost two-thirds of Americans had an unfavorable opinion of Dr. Martin Luther King. newsweek.com/martin-luthe…
English pacifist Geoffrey Pyke planned to avert WW2 by sending Hitler the results of covert opinion polls showing the German populace were against military expansion. He trained spies to conduct the polls, they posed as golfers. Their efforts were too late and the results were not sent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
β€œThe allegory of the cave” was created by Plato to explain β€œthe effect of education (παιδΡία) and the lack of it on our nature...claiming that β€œknowledge gained through the senses is no more than opinion” & that β€œin order to have real knowledge, we must gain it through philosophical reasoning.” youtu.be/SWlUKJIMge4
Today I learned about the Hundred Flowers Campaign of 1956 China, in which Mao Zedong allowed citizens to speak out their opinions on the Communist regime freely before ending the campaign within a year and imprisoning those who spoke critically of the regime en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
During the Civil War people would come out to see the generals. General Grant was only 41 years old while his medical officer was older and gray haired. The people would swarm the doctor allowing Grant to dismount in peace and hear the public's opinion of the supposed general. gutenberg.org/files/4367/…
Today I learned of the "Running of the Interns", in which interns of news organizations run up to a quarter-mile to deliver a paper copy of the US Supreme Court's opinion on major cases, as recording devices are not permitted within the building. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run…
When Stan Lee was asked about his opinion on Wings' song "Magneto and Titanium Man", which included his characters Magneto, Titanium Man and the Crimson Dynamo, he called it "terrific". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Penn and Teller have been refused membership in The Magic Circle, the most prestigious group of magicians in the world, despite the Circle having asked them to donate items to their museum and write opinion pieces for their newsletter. magicdaily.co.uk/news/pen…
After Nietzsche's death his sister Elisabeth curated and edited his manuscripts, reworking Nietzsche's unpublished writings to fit her own German nationalist ideology while often contradicting or distorting his stated opinions, which were explicitly opposed to antisemitism and nationalism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Gp. Capt. Sir Douglas Bader, the legless WWII RAF flying ace, was known for his uncensored and often humorous opinions. Once on a visit to Munich some years after the war, he walked into a room full of ex-Luftwaffe pilots and said, "My God, I had no idea we left so many of you bastards alive!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
Bikini islanders left to deal with fallout of US nuclear tests without compensation. They now fight for nuclear disarmament worldwide, despite slim chance of success, hoping to at least shame nuclear armed nations in the court of public opinion. theconversation.com/bikin…
Today I learned about The Invention Secrecy Act of 1951 which is a body of United States federal law designed to prevent disclosure of new inventions and technologies that, in the opinion of selected federal agencies, present a possible threat to the national security of the United States. uslaw.link/citation/us-la…
To apply to become a communist party member in China, you need to write periodic "thought reports" for two years, detailing your opinions on society and about your personal life. Additionally you have to attend classes once a week for three months and pass a final exam. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
The "Sedition Act" of 1798 USA. Seven years after the first amendment allowed and encouraged people to speak freely and openly express their opinions about the American regime, the campaign was withdrawn and the government imprisoned those who spoke critically about them. historyisaweapon.com/defc…
Gandhi was met with incredulity when he chose a tax on salt as a focus in a campaign for India's independence, but his "Great Salt March" helped change world opinion. As the march ended, he raised a lump of salty mud and declared, "With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Longtime Looney Tunes animator Chuck Jones hated Space Jam, so much that when Warner Brothers asked him to give a speech at a dinner for the Space Jam producers, he tried to give his honest opinion in a polite manner, but got escorted off the lot by security en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
The expression "cut of one's jib" comes from the maritime practice of identifying a ship's country of origin, and consequently the sailor's opinion of the ship, by the shape of their sails phrases.org.uk/meanings/c…
Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse, one of the major early German princes to support Protestantism, married a second wife using Martin Luther's opinion that it wasn't technically forbidden according to Scripture. This caused a scandal for the early Protestant movement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Mark Twain hated Jane Austen's books and summarized his opinion of her by saying "every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin bone!” mentalfloss.com/article/3…
The steel man argument (or steelmanning) is the opposite of the straw man argument. The idea is to find the best form of the opponent's argument to test opposing opinions. Steelmanning will make you better at arguing and improve your critical thinking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
A newspaper posted a poll asking readers if watching Blackfish -- a documentary critical of SeaWorld for keeping orcas captive -- changed their opinions of SeaWorld. The results were "No." It was later revealed that 55% of the votes came from a single IP-address . . . hosted by SeaWorld en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
In 1962 if astronaut John Glenn's Mercury mission resulted in disaster or failed, the CIA was ready to blame the Cuban government and Castro using fabricated intelligence suggesting Cuban sabotage in an effort to sway public opinion for a war with Cuba. Named Operation Dirty Trick. abcnews.go.com/US/story?i…
Technically all humans are two semi independent "beings" who can have differing opinions, but the one able to speak is the dominant one youtube.com/watch?v=wfYbg…
, on the last day of his life, Robert E. Lee responded to a psychic's letter asking his opinion on the Franco-Prussian War. Lee suggested the psychic consult Caesar, Alexander, and Napoleon because Lee's opinion was deficient. scarydc.com/2018/07/24/ro…
Juneau, Alaska is reachable only by ferry or airplane and is not connected to the North American highway system, despite being the state capital. Plans for connecting a highway go back to 1972, but state research funding was halted in 2016, citing budget concerns. Local opinions are mixed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun…
In the Hundred Flowers Campaign, Mao Zedong invited people to openly express their opinions and have free discussions. Once this happened, he cracked down on those who said the wrong things. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
Bullet forensics tests are based on the opinions of the examiner, rather than precise measurements, despite their acceptance as evidence in criminal cases popularmechanics.com/scie…
It is possible for the two hemispheres of our brains to be independently conscious – and even to have differing opinions. soulask.com/are-the-left-…
The Queen never gave a press interview, went to an election or publicly expressed a personal opinion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
In 1710, famous author Jonathan Swift wrote an article on "the continual Corruption of our English Tongue" in which he described the word "bamboozle" as one of the words that were in his opinion, "corroding, if not destroying, the English language" word-detective.com/2009/0…
That, in 2003, Pew polled Jordanians on their public opinion of the US, and found that 99% did not like the US. pewglobal.org/database/in…
Today I learned that when writing adjectives the order is: Quantity, Value/opinion, Size, Temperature, Age, Shape, Colour, Origin, Material ef.co.nz/english-resource…
The phrase "Shouting fire in a crowded theater" is taken from Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.'s opinion in the 1919 U.S. Supreme Court Case Schenck v. United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Today I learned of the Goldwater Rule, a rule that prohibits psychiatrists from giving professional opinions about public figures whom they have not examined in person en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
7 years after the Republic was established, Mao Zedong allowed people to express their opinions on the way the country was being run in a campaign called the Hundred Flowers Campaign. Once this happened,those who said things against the government who were then jailed or unheard of since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
Justice Ginsberg wears a different collar depending on whether she agrees with the majority or minority opinion in supreme court opinions. revelist.com/accessories/…
Merely talking about "evidence" or "data" does not typically change a skeptic's mind about a particular topic. People use science and fact to support their particular opinion and will downplay what they don't agree with. phys.org/news/2017-01-fac…
β€” Pommer’s Law, one of the "Laws" of the Internet, states: β€œA person's mind can be changed by reading information on the internet. The nature of this change will be from having no opinion to having a wrong opinion.” telegraph.co.uk/technolog…
A 2017 Nielsen study found that 83% of Americans somewhat or completely trust endorsements and recommendations from people they know. This is closely followed by anonymous customer opinions posted online at 66% sproutsocial.com/insights…
Australian child murderer, psychopath & pedophile Nicole Louise Pearce (born Paul Luckman) underwent gender-reassignment at state expense while incarcerated, was paroled in 1999 against the advice of majority professional opinion and repeatedly relocated to within close proximity of children en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Bob Dylan's song lyrics are used more than any other writer's in court opinions and briefs. npr.org/2011/05/10/136181…
English adjectives have a specific order - Opinion, Size, Physical Quality, Shape, Age, Colour, Origin, Material, Type, Purpose dictionary.cambridge.org/…
Nanjing is officially the safest city in China. However, many older Nanjingese may have a resentment towards the Japanese because of the events during World War II and it is recommended for Japanese tourists to not appear too conspicuously Japanese and keep any opinions to oneself wikitravel.org/en/Nanjing
The Allies detained Germany's nuclear scientists in an English farm estate after the war. Their conversations were secretly recorded, giving us clues about their opinions on the war and on nuclear weapons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Author Malcolm Gladwell was listed on a secret Phillip Morris internal document as aβ€œthird-party advocate”, a term reserved for prominent personalities who promote corporate agendas. In 1990, he wrote an opinion for the Washington Post that anti-tobacco campaigns were bad for pension funds. pando.com/2015/07/07/shil…
A study found if a person is expected or forced to have an opinion on a topic, even though they may not have the knowledge or experience to have an informed opinion, the social pressure will cause them to spout off. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Poll founder George Gallup argued that polling is good for democarcy as democracy is ultimately based on public opinion and knowing public opinion between the elections is important datacamp.com/community/bl…
Today I learned of the US invasion of Grenada. The invasion was widely condemned in the international community. Thatcher was not told until hours before it was happening. This was an invasion on a Commonwealth country, although Queen Elizabeth II, the head of state, has never given her opinion on the invasion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
In 1539 Henry VIII of England passed a law officially named "An Act Abolishing Diversity In Opinions" in an effort to force his beliefs on the English people tudorplace.com.ar/Documen…
In English, multiple adjectives are supposed to be listed in the following order: Quantity, Opinion, Size, Age, Shape, Color, Origin, Material, Purpose. learnenglish.de/grammar/a…
Frank Sinatra was a big activist in the civil rights movement, refusing to stay at hotels that didn't allow "blacks". Even using his mafia ties to help get labor unions behind JFK because he knew they shared the same opinions on equal rights. blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com…
In the 6th century a Swedish king – to demonstrate his low opinion of the Danes – sent a small dog to Denmark and officially made it their king. Appointing dogs to rule the conquered became a tradition in Scandinavia. They were given thrones and mansions, and routinely signed paw-print decrees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
Someone who gives opinions on subjects they know nothing about is called an ultracrepidarian wordsmith.org/words/ultra…
A Ultracrepidarian is a person who has a habit of giving opinions and advice on matters outside of one's knowledge en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ult…
"The Goldwater Rule" forbids psychiatrists from offering opinions on somebody s/he hasn't interviewed. It was created in response to Barry Goldwater suing Fact Magazine for $75K after publishing "1189 Psychiatrists Think Goldwater is Pyschologically Unfit to be President" in 1964. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Fatwa does not mean a death sentence, but rather a legal opinion in Islamic Law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat…
The 50-Cent Party is a group of trained internet commentators who are paid 50 cents per post by the Chinese government to sway public opinion in their favor. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
A 1944 opinion poll that asked what should be done with Japan found that 13% of the U.S. public were in favor of "killing off" all Japanese men, women, and children en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A…
Researchers polled 250 children regarding their opinions on clowns; all 250 children in the study reported that they found clowns frightening en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
The Percentage of airtime on Fox News dedicated to opinion is 55%. For MSNBC, it's 85%. pewresearch.org/fact-tank…
When Edison died in 1931, Tesla was the only one to submit a negative opinion of him to the NY Times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
The last surviving conspirator in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand died in 1990. "In my opinion the assassination turned out well, considering who they gave the job to. In any event, it wasn't our intention to cause a world war." wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaso_ΔŒβ€¦
Despite common opinion that Nile crocodiles have the strongest bite force at ~5,000 psi, Orcas actually have a stronger bite force though not accurately measured, it has been approximated more than 19,000 psi. thechive.com/2015/09/17/t…
During America's eugenics movement some 60,000 people were involuntarily sterilized. The Supreme Court upheld the practice in an opinion written by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, who wrote that "three generations of imbeciles is enough." historynewsnetwork.org/ar…
In a study to improve hospital design for children, researchers polled 250 children regarding their opinions on clowns; every single one reported disliking or fearing them. reuters.com/article/2008/…
In 10th century lived Syrian poet who was attacking and rejecting Islamic (or any other religion) claims and could freely express his opinions in Arabic lands without fear of his life. In 2013, almost a thousand years after his death, a Jihadist group beheaded his statue en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-…
The Japanese have the world's most negative opinion of the Chinese, and vice versa en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Portland, OR has the most strip clubs per capita, 8.86 clubs per 100,000 people. This is because the Oregon constitution says: No law shall be passed restraining the free expression of opinion, or restricting the right to speak, write or print freely on any subject whatever. businessinsider.com/why-p…
Spartans used Voting by Acclamation, meaning they yelled their opinions, and the side that yelled the loudest won the vote en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Today I learned about Edgardo Mortara, a Jewish boy in Italy secretly baptized by his Catholic nanny, later kidnapped by the Vatican, all of which turned global opinion against Catholicism and helped Italy become a secular state theatlantic.com/internati…
Hitler had a favorable opinion of Islam. He viewed Islam as "a religion that believed in spreading the faith by the sword and in subjugating all nations to that faith. Such a creed was perfectly suited to the German temperament." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rel…
According to a General Social Survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center: Adults who smoked cigarettes at the time of the survey were 53% more likely to have experienced divorce than were those who did not smoke psycnet.apa.org/doiLandin…
A fake testimony from a 15 yr old girl helped the US government to gain public opinion support to the 1st Gulf War. nytimes.com/1992/01/15/op…
Before 1954, it was popular opinion that the human body was incapable of running a mile in under 4 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rog…
Mattel filed a lawsuit against Aqua's record claiming that their hit song "Barbie Girl" damaged their Barbie brand. After finding MCA Records not guilty, the Judge concluded his opinion by writing "The parties are advised to chill." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqu…
While on a visit to Poland, President Carter tried to tell the Polish people "I wish to learn your opinions and understand your desires for the future." Instead, what he said translated to "I desire Poles carnally." content.time.com/time/spe…
There is a last known recording of Hitler in conversation describing why the war didn't go well in his own opinion. youtube.com/watch?t=17&am…
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has a collection of jabots (fancy collars) she wears for different types of court cases, including a "dissent jabot" that she wears for all dissenting opinions. bustle.com/articles/81407…
Sigmund Freud's nephew believed the scientific manipulation of public opinion was necessary to overcome chaos and conflict in society. His subsequent work did much to create the consumerist culture we live in today. youtube.com/watch?v=H_8W5…
An β€œultracrepidarian” is somebody who gives opinions on subjects they know nothing about. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ult…
Learning about facts usually enforces most people's false opinion rather than correct it archive.boston.com/boston…
According to a 2011 poll, Paris Hilton is the most unpopular celebrity among Americans, with 60% of the responders having an unfavorable opinion on her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The Chief Consul for the US House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) reversed his opinion of the CIA's participation in the investigations of the HSCA and The Warren Commission stating that not only did the CIA NOT participate, but that their activities were bent toward obfuscation pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl…
A 2012 study found that uninformed people are influenced more by subjective reporting: "If you want to reach a bigger audience β€” those less-informed β€” you need to inject as much opinion into your work as possible" poynter.org/news/mediawir…
A 1944 opinion poll found that 13% of the U.S. public were in favor of the extermination of all Japanese being held in internment camps in the U.S. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
A 1944 opinion poll in the US found that 13% of the public were in favor of "killing off" all Japanese: men, women, and children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ato…
The US Supreme Court case Baker v. Carr (which enabled federal courts to intervene in redistricting cases) was so contentious that one of the justices chose to retire for stress-related health reasons without giving an opinion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak…

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