Because of the altitude at which they fly, U-2 pilots have to suck their food - provided in a toothpaste-like tube - through a straw built into their spacesuits. Because of the length of U2 missions, options include things like β€œcaffeinated apple pie” and β€œcaffeinated mac and cheese.” airman.dodlive.mil/2016/0…
The blue M&M replaced the tan M&M in 1995, people had the option to vote on which color they wanted to replace tann with and blue won with 54% of the votes content.time.com/time/spe…
Today I learned of the decoy effect. When there are only two options, people may have trouble making a choice. An unattractive third option, a "decoy", can change the perceived preference between the other two. Companies take advantage of this effect to sell its products by cleverly pricing its products. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
The New Mexico territory was often considered for statehood in the 19th century but was never approved. One attempt in 1905 included merging with Arizona under the name 'Montezuma'. The following year the same merger was suggested under the name 'Arizona'. Arizona rejected the option. abqjournal.com/286241/new…
Memorial NecrΓ³pole EcumΓͺnica is the tallest cemetery in the world with restaurants, concert hall and gardens. It has 32 floors with 150 tombs in each floor. It offers a three year burial option which costs between between $5,900 and $21,000. odditycentral.com/archite…
The Fiat 500L was the world's first production car to offer an espresso machine option. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fia…
In Soviet Russia North, at mornings drivers made a fire under engines their trucks for about two hours, before starting the engine. There were two options: never cut off the engine and run it 24/7 or make a fire. Otherwise, oil would freeze. youtu.be/ZpM62M6jN14?t=53
As one of only a handful of equatorial states, Uganda is ideally cited for a spaceport to launch satellites into geostationary orbit, but this option has never been pursued. The only one ever active in East Africa, is the Broglio Space Centre located off the coast of neighboring Kenya unoosa.org/documents/pdf/…
1980s Indy Car driver took stock options out of spite after being fired, with a 14000% profit currently. indystar.com/story/sports…
Flying a black Jolly Roger signaled piracy and offered your victim the option to surrender. Flying a red Jolly Roger signaled that no quarter would be given and your ship was about to be taken with no mercy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jol…
The iconic rear spoilers on Lamborghini Countachs first installed by a customer were entirely cosmetic & non functional, in fact it added drag since the car already had problematic lift at the front. When it was popularized by Cannonball Run, Lambo had little chose but to offer factory options drivetribe.com/p/the-stor…
Control+Alt+Delete was used to log into Windows. According to Bill Gates, there was an option to make a single button for such a command, but the IBM keyboard designer didn’t want to give Microsoft a single button. So Microsoft decided to use β€œCtrl+Alt+Del” as a way to log into Windows. geekwire.com/2013/gates-h…
Most gas stations only have tanks of regular and premium gas. The midgrade option is blended at the pump. Filling your tank with an equal mix of 87/91 is often cheaper than an equivalent amount of 89 cnet.com/roadshow/news/th…
Chevy had an option on almost all of its cars in the 60s called "Liquid Chain". It would spray a traction enhancing substance on the tires to aid traction in snow. hagerty.com/articles-vide…
The 2014 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso options list includes an ottoman footrest for the front passenger. caradvice.com.au/271838/2…
The British Rock band Radiohead released their album "In Rainbows" under a pay what you want pricing strategy where customers could even download all their songs for free. In spite of the free option, many customers paid and they netted more profits because of this marketing strategy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
Somebody named Shed Simove created a dating app where he was the only option. theverge.com/2017/2/14/14…
The U.S. Census Bureau removed Central and South American as options, because people from the Midwest and the South would mistakenly pick them. infoplease.com/us/race-po…
There is a thing called a Covenant Marriage, which exists in only three US states (AR, AZ and LA). Under a Covenant Marriage, premarital counseling is mandatory and no-fault divorce is not an option. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cov…
From 1850 to 1970 the Royal Navy gave a "Rum Ration" of one-eighth of a pint of rum to every sailor at midday. Sailors had the option of receiving an extra three pence a day instead, although most preferred the rum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum…
North Korea holds elections every 5 years, but the ballots have only one option and you are left with no choice other than voting the only candidate. theatlantic.com/internati…
Firefighters in Pana, Ill. found a cockroach infestation so massive that the city council agreed that the best option was to burn the house down sfglobe.com/2016/02/10/ma…
In August 1947, the British decided to end their 200-year long rule in the Indian subcontinent and to divide it into two separate nations, Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-majority India. Upon independence, the British gave the numerous princely states the option to join India or Pakistan aljazeera.com/indepth/int…
Indian voters get right to reject all election candidates. The Supreme Court ordered the Election Commission to provide a button on the voting machine which would give voters the option to choose "none of the above". bbc.com/news/world-asia-i…
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 buyers have a $5,000 option of going to the Corvette factory and putting their car's engine together with the help of a Chevy technician. The engine is then fitted with a plaque bearing the owner/builder's name and assembly date. caranddriver.com/news/for…
On the DVD release of Borat, there is a language option for Hebrew, but choosing it only results in a warning screen reading "You have been trapped, Jew!" wikipedia.org/wiki/Borat#…
Each year ancient Greeks had the option to pick a politician to exile for 10 years. They’d cast their vote with pieces of pottery called β€˜ostraka’ - it’s where we get the word ostracise from. britannica.com/topic/ostr…
The Japan release of Fallout 3 was tweaked to remove several references to nuclear bombs. The option to detonate a nuclear bomb in a town was removed, and the name of a weapon that launched mini nukes-the β€œFat Man” launcher- was changed to β€œNuka Launcher”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
In 1945 Eddie Slovik became the only American soldier to be executed for desertion since the Civil War. Slovik said he was 'too scared' to serve on the front line and, three times, refused the option to have his desertion swept under the rug if he returned to his company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
In order to work out how he would kill himself; British composer Jeremiah Clarke supposedly used a coin toss to decide between drowning or hanging. The coin landed on its edge, so he chose a third option; shooting himself with his gun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
A Maine restaurant will only take reservations by mail and not a phone, email or app after Boston Globe’s food critic once declared it β€œbest Maine restaurant you may never be able to eat at.” Your sole option: snail-mailing them a letter with your name and contact info. grubstreet.com/2018/03/lo…
The McDonald's Super Size option started as a cross promotion for the 1993 Jurassic Park movie. It was called 'Dino Size' and was so successful that after the movie left theaters the option remained under its new name 'Super Size'. ca.movies.yahoo.com/blogs…
The first 3D feature was "The Power of Love," a silent film released in 1922. It used red-and-green glasses to create the 3D effect and gave the audience the option of watching either a happy or tragic ending (in 2D) by closing one eye and looking through either the red or green filter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
: In marketing, the decoy effect (or attraction effect or asymmetric dominance effect) is the phenomenon whereby consumers will tend to have a specific change in preference between two options when also presented with a third option that is asymmetrically dominated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Gold nanoparticles can be used as a treatment option for prostate and other cancers. researchgate.net/publicat…
Hugh Hefner's girlfriend Vicky was eager to bring as many girls up into his bedroom as possible. Her reasoning: the more options Hef had, the less likely she’d be called to duty and the majority of the Playmates eventually selected had found their way into Hef’s bedroom people.com/celebrity/holl…
In July 2000, Turner Classic Movies aired The Wizard of Oz with the option of listening to Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon on a separate audio feed. stereophile.com/news/1077…
In 2011, an Australian beer company gave people the option to pay whatever they wanted for a glass of beer from a certain keg. The kegs - called β€˜The Karma Keg’ ended up raising at least 35% more than an average keg would make. theage.com.au/national/vi…
There is a movement in journalism to move away from β€œif it bleeds it leads”. In the past, crises and conflicts were reported as-is, but journalists in this movement are also reporting on options, solutions, and ways in which things could and are getting better. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Quebec almost became an independent country while making an offer to Canada for a political and economical partnership, but the No option won the referendum by only 1.12%. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
Gene Kranz, flight director for the Apollo 13 never uttered the words, "failure is not an option". That was part of the script for the Apollo 13 movie, and was used as the title for Kranz's autobiography en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
A pharmacist who had never done surgery performed an appendectomy on a crewmate aboard the submarine USS Seadragon because he was the best option. He was successful. warfarehistorynetwork.com…
In 1900, the Cambridge University exam required students to write a 2.5 hour essay from one of four options: English country life in the 18th century,The battle of Blenheim, The charΒ­acΒ­ter of Rachel Lady Castlewood, Duelling beebo.org/lately/2001-07-…
The presence of healthy options, like salad, on a menu makes people more likely to choose an unhealthy food like french fries. This is because of "vicarious goal fulfillment", where even just thinking of ordering a salad can make people feel they deserve a reward. fuqua.duke.edu/duke-fuqua…
A surgeon diagnosed himself with acute appendicitis while part of a Russian expedition to Antarctica in 1961. With no other options, he performed the surgery on himself over 2 hours. bbc.com/news/magazine-324…
Ceiling fans have a revserse option to create an updraft to push warm air down, and it can save money and energy in winter! youtu.be/_VfV4U4qHkw
The US Air Force built a military supercomputer out of PlayStation 3s running on Linux because they were much cheaper than using conventional computers. However, Sony's removal of the Linux install option later meant that any PS3 that failed could not be replaced. arstechnica.com/gaming/20…
Today I learned of the Boerne 0.5K Run, with a donut station and designated smoking area at the halfway point and 0.5K VIP Shuttle option runsignup.com/Race/TX/Boe…
Today I learned about the 'Wound Man' - a drawing of a man with tens of lesions, insect and animal bites, cuts from weapons etc. It's a sort of table of contents for medieval medical manuscripts, used by surgeons to quickly look for cures and treatment options. publicdomainreview.org/20…
Some airlines offer an option where three economy seats can be converted into a bed for families. Leg room is replaced with more seat bottom and a mattress is laid on top. traveller.com.au/airline-…
Mixing diet soda with alcohol will get you drunker than using a sugar-based option. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
A McDonald's franchisee invented the Filet-O-Fish as a option for Lent. McDonald's owner Ray Kroc wanted to sell the Hula burger (Pineapple on a bun) instead and held a sales contest. The Filet-O-Fish won hands down en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil…
Chinese high school students write a much-feared two-day exam and if their scores are especially low, college is the only option, so it’s seen as borderline shameful. Canadian colleges try to explain to parents that in Canada, college is seen as a quicker route to a job macleans.ca/education/col…
When Disneyland opened, visitors had the option of arriving by highway or skyway (helicopter). However in 1968, 12 years after Disneyland opened,the skyway ended after a crash took the lives of 23 people (20 passengers and 3 crew members), the worst civilian helicopter crash in U.S. history disneyhistoryinstitute.co…
Lewis Carroll gave his illustrator the option to do a butterfly or baronet instead of a carpenter, as they also matched the meter of the poem The Walrus and the Carpenter aliceiseverywhere.com/the…
Groundbreaking new cancer therapies ramp up the body's own immune system to eradicate cancer cells. One promising immunotherapy method, known as CAR T, has shown incredible success in clinical trials with children when most other options have failed. cancer.gov/about-cancer/t…
The ATMs in the Vatican City are the only ones in the world to offer Latin as a language display option aroundrometours.com/inter…
The UK has 4 nuclear submarines as a nuclear deterrent, each has an identical "letter of last resort". These letters contain orders from the current PM should the government collapse due to nuclear attack. The PM has only four options to choose and they're destroyed unopened upon a new PM. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let…
Today I learned that Oldsmobile was founded in 1897 and was General Motors’ β€˜innovation brand’, having been one of the first automakers to offer airbags as an option in 1974. joesherlock.com/nwsltr19.…
Today I learned about the K.C. Pennant Porch. In an effort to copy the dimensions of the short 296 foot right field fence at Yankee Stadium, Pennants Porch in right field was created. However, MLB vetoed this option and the fence was moved to the league minimum, 325 feet and renamed, β€œOne-Half Pennant Porch.” ballparksofbaseball.com/b…
Stephen Hawking's wife was given the option to take him off of life support after he was placed in a medically induced coma. She refused, and upon recovering he finished writing 'A Brief History of Time' timesofindia.indiatimes.c…
Male fruit flies drink away pain of rejection. Males who had been rejected and who'd gotten lucky had the option of eating normal food or food spiked with alcohol. While the happy/lucky fruit flies had no preference, the rejected fruit flys were far more likely to eat the alcohol-infused food. io9.gizmodo.com/5893637/d…
The natives of Mindoro island live in near violence-free societies. Violence is never a solution for any conflict, instead they discuss the issue as long as it takes for the parties to come to a mutual agreement. When facing a threat fleeing is the only option, fighting back is incomprehensible. philippinestudies.net/fil…
Fearful drivers have the option to be driven across Mackinac Bridge in northern Michigan upnorthlive.com/news/loca…
In a 1000 person test IBM's Watson found treatment options in 30% of cancer patients that doctors had missed. Part of Watson's insight comes from his ability to read all research papers that are published each year, a feat no single person could possibly do. nytimes.com/2016/10/17/te…
, Marshawn Lynch launched his own cell phone service giving customers the option to pay their bill or get free service by engaging in targeted advertising geekwire.com/2017/marshaw…
In 2007 an inoperable U.S. satellite was falling back to Earth, posing a much higher risk to people on the ground than with any previous re-entry. A team of government agencies "threw the rule book out the window" and eventually concluded that blowing it up was the best option. sma.nasa.gov/news/article…
The Japanese version of Fallout 3 does not give the player the option to detonate the Megaton nuclear bomb fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Th…
In 1860 the original The Game of Life board game had a "suicide" option. chnm.gmu.edu/exploring/19…
In the game Fallout 3, there is a nuclear bomb in the middle of a town, which the player can choose to detonate. The Japanese version of the game disables this option. fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Th…
Sea burials are an actual authorized/legal option for placement of human remains epa.gov/ocean-dumping/bur…
Whole milk is only 3.5% fat and is calorically very similar to the "healthier" option of 2% milk washingtonpost.com/news/w…
When Switzerland added a vote-by-mail option, voter turnout actually decreased in smaller cantons. Sociologists believe that in-person voting created a social pressure in smaller communities to show up at the polls, and this pressure was removed when people could claim that they voted by mail. graphics8.nytimes.com/ima…
Erwin Rommel, the "desert fox", became an anti-Nazi upon his return from Africa. Rather than execute him, the Gestapo gave him the option of suicide by poison and a hero's funeral. He was portrayed as a faithful Nazi at his funeral. The truth did not come to light until Nuremberg. eyewitnesstohistory.com/r…
In the Japanese version of Fallout 3, there is no option to rig the Megaton bomb to explode due to the still sensitive memory of the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. gamespot.com/articles/fal…
Howie Hubler, a Morgan Stanley bond trader, is responsible for the biggest loss on a trade in history: $9 billion in 2007 during the housing market collapse. He was given the option to resign instead of being fired in October 2007, receiving $10 million in back pay upon his departure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
Astronaut Michael Collin's secret fear was that he had to return to Earth alone, leaving Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stranded on the moon. He sometimes thought it would be better to not have that option. books.google.ca/books?id=…
An Oregon couple, with 2 disabled children of their own, launched a non-profit called "Magic Wheelchair" that develops and hand-crafts Halloween costume options for wheelchair-bound children wtkr.com/2015/05/08/orego…
Over 1100 men died aboard the USS Arizona in the attack on Pearl Harbor. When a survivor of the attack passes away, they have the option to be interred inside the ship, to be buried with the rest of their crew. trib.com/news/state-and-r…
Keanu Reeves gave up his profit sharing options for the Matrix sequels and gave them to the special effects team instead. It's shit like this, Keanu. abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
While wearing Mess Dress, Officers and Senior NCOs of the US Marines have the option of wearing a cloak. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
There is a John Cleese voice option for TomTom, and when you must "bear to the right", it is followed by "beaver to the left" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The US FDA recommends flushing some medications down the toilet if a take-back option is not readily available. fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesFo…
The Samson Option, Israel's deterrence strategy of massive retaliation with nuclear weapons as a "last resort" against a country whose military has destroyed much of Israel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
A Dilemma is a difficult choice between just 2 options, Trilemmas, Quadrilemmas, and so forth exist for more options en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Fedex got down to the last $5k, which wasn't enough to refuel the planes to make that weekend's deliveries. With impending bankruptcy and no other options Frederick Smith literally took it to Vegas, got lucky, and turned it into enough money to refuel, finish the shipments, and save the company. priceonomics.com/how-a-lu…
There is a Japanese company that creates and sells giant pilot-able mechs as art pieces. The price? $1.35 million, before options suidobashijuko.jp/
For many years Lawry's restaurant in Beverly Hills, where the famous seasoned salt developed, only offered a single entree on its menu: standing rib roast. It now offers lobster tails and vegetarian options. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
In the 90s during Pepsi's marketing campaign of using "points" to buy things, they hyperbolically put a Harrier Jet as an option of 7 Mil points and a guy won it and fought Pepsi in court for it when they said it was just a joke cbsnews.com/news/1996-man…
A 2007 study revealed that rats preferred saccharin (sugar) water over cocaine when given the option even when increasing the dose of cocaine and causing β€œintake escalation”, a characteristic of drug addiction. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
[] That the NES game Duck Hunt had a multiplayer option in which the second person controlled the duck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duc…
:Doughnuts are associated with police officers, in short, because they have long worked odd hours, but the options for food in the wee hours haven't always been plentiful. The option to pick up a doughnut dates to the years after World War II. time.com/4800386/donuts-d…
Toyota minivans and SUVs have an option called "Driver Easy Speak", which broadcasts the driver's voice through the speakers, making it easier to yell at your kids. toyota.custhelp.com/app/a…
In Japan, blood type is believed to be an indicator as to one's personality, creating a market for blood type themed goods (condoms, drinks, books). The belief is so prevalent that the Japanese version of Facebook has a "Blood Type" drop down option for profiles. us1.campaign-archive2.com…
The flight director of Apollo 13 never said "Failure is not an option" during the crisis, it was made up in the movie "Apollo 13", though he thought it was a such great quote that he later used it as a title for his book. en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Eug…
In Soviet Union during 1991, voting "none of above" led to new elections with new candidates in 200 races. Boris Yeltsin later said the "none of the above" option "helped convince the people they had real power even in a rigged election, and [it] played a role in building true democracy.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non…
When Apple recruited internal engineers to work on the original iPhone, it didn't tell them what the project was. Instead, employees were given the option to work on a revolutionary product that would force them to "work hard, give up nights, and work weekends for years." bgr.com/2016/12/26/iphone…
North Koreans must abide by one of 28 approved haircuts. Unmarried women must have short hair, but married woman have many more options, and the hair of young men should be less than 2 inches long, older men can go as long as 2ΒΎ usatoday.com/story/news/w…
The Tesla P85D has a $13,000 option called 'Ludicrous Mode', which enables the car to go 0-60 MPH in 2.8 seconds topgear.com/car-news/firs…
Arrow’s theorem proves that there is no accurate, multiple-option voting system (other than dictatorship) where the relative standing of two choices can’t be affected by the addition of a third party. youtube.com/watch?v=AhVR7…

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