Today I learned of the 'Surprisingly popular' technique to tap into the expert opinion within a group of people. It ignores the people with a viewpoint they think is popular, and instead focuses on the difference between oppositional viewpoints which are perceived as unpopular by the respondents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
The Iffland-Ring is a ring awarded to the "most significant and most worthy actor of the German-speaking theatre", in the opinion of the previous holder who has passes it on by will following their death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iff…
In 1978 Austria has built a €1.4 billion nuclear reactor, capable of powering 1.8 million households. It was ready to start at a press of a button, but due to negative popular opinion and protests, a referendum was triggered with 50.47% voting against the start-up. It never split a single atom. youtube.com/watch?v=WUVZb…
For a year between 1575 and 1576, Ivan the Terrible of Russian abdicated and appointed a descendant of Genghis Khan, Simeon Bekbulatovich, to take his place as Tsar. There are a number of opinions as to why he did this, the most popular being to seize Church lands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
English has a very specific order for adjectives: 1. determiner 2. opinion 3. size 4. shape 5. age 6. color 7. origin 8. material 9. purpose/qualifier english-the-easy-way.com/…
The name β€œOp-Ed” doesn’t refer to opinions, but because the section was originally placed β€œopposite the editorial section.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Op-…
- 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 After a year, the campaign was withdrawn the Chinese government imprisoned those who spoke critically about them.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…
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…
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…
A case decided in California in 1974 cited the Magna Carta (1215) in it's opinion. The Supreme Court of California used the document to interpreted a requirement in common law that a defendant faced with incarceration be entitled to a trial overseen by a legally trained judge. online.ceb.com/calcases/C…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Cato the Elder's constant reiteration of "Carthage must be destroyed" was countered by Publius Cornelius Scipio Nasica Corculum's constant reiteration of "Carthage should be preserved". Scipio's opinion prevailed at the time because many Romans believed that the threat of Carthage united them. attalus.org/translate/dio…
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…
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…
Rural Indiana lore has long claimed that much of the world's first-ever Ferris wheel was recycled and made into a bridge by farmer J.D. Dunn. Dissenting opinion says the salvaged metal came from the world expos of either 1893 or 1904. portercountyparks.org/dun…
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…
Before his assassination, almost two-thirds of Americans had an unfavorable opinion of Dr. Martin Luther King. newsweek.com/martin-luthe…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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/…
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…
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…
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…
The Queen never gave a press interview, went to an election or publicly expressed a personal opinion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Justice Ginsberg wears a different collar depending on whether she agrees with the majority or minority opinion in supreme court opinions. revelist.com/accessories/…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
English adjectives have a specific order - Opinion, Size, Physical Quality, Shape, Age, Colour, Origin, Material, Type, Purpose dictionary.cambridge.org/…
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…

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