Eccentric 18th-century American businessman Timothy Dexter authored a book complaining about politicians, the clergy, and his wife. The book contained no punctuation, so in the second edition, he added a page with 11 lines of punctuation marks, for the readers to distribute them as they pleased en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
After the 1980 Irpina Earthquake hit Southern Italy, the corruption was so bad that only 1/4 of the 40 billion dollar rebuilding fund got spent on relief. The rest got distributed among politicians and the mafia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Before the trial of Soviet politicians Zinoviev and Kamenev, they had agreed to plead guilty to the false charges on the condition that they not be executed, a condition that Stalin accepted, stating "that goes without saying". A few hours after their conviction, Stalin ordered their execution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gri…
In 1842, Santa Anna, a Mexican politician and general, staged a state funeral that included cannon salvos, poetry and lofty orations for his amputated leg. And in 1847, his prosthetic leg was captured as a battlefield trophy. britannica.com/biography/…
2 donkeys that have been together for 10 years at a zoo in Poland were separated after a local politician and parents complained about them mating in front of children. Experts weighted in and a petition to rejoin them got 7,000 signatures so the zoo put them back together. thestar.com/news/world/20…
A city in California elected a dog as its mayor since it didn't have enough people that lived there to have actual human politicians. mayormax.com/
Today I learned about Ernst Thalmann, a German socialist politician who downplayed the rise of Nazism because he thought centrism was the real enemy. When the Nazis came to power, they imprisoned him in a concentration camp, destroyed his political party, and finally killed him ten years later. britannica.com/biography/…
Today I learned of James Stephen "Big Jim" Hogg, a Texas politician. He had a daughter in 1882, named Ima Hogg. He claimed to have not seen the irony at the time. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ima_Ho…
In 1872 a Japanese samurai and politician Shinpei Eto established a wanted photograph distribution system. Its first subject was Shipei Eto himself. The circulation of wanted photographs aided his swift arrest. He was executed at the age of 41 japanese-wiki-corpus.gith…
After making up the state name Idaho, the politician George Willing created a fake etymology, claiming it came from a Shosoni word meaning "Behold! the sun coming down the mountain." Despite lacking evidence, this fake etymology was repeated in many textbooks through the 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida…
, in 1999 a local cemetery was too crowded, and some politicians were blocking the purchase of land to build a new one, while demanding a solution,the mayor got fed up, and passed a law banning death in the city deseret.com/1999/10/3/194…
British politician Tony Benn met his wife in Oxford in 1949. 9 days later, he proposed to her on a park bench. Later, he bought the bench from Oxford City Council and installed it in the garden of their home. They were together for 51 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Organized mobs of overly perfumed, armed, and costumed middle class youth were used by upper class politicians for over a year to attack the lower class leadership controlling the early days of the French Revolution. The youth were cast aside once the affluent leadership gained control. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
Fiscally conservative Republican politician Howard Jarvis appears in the film Airplane! as the taxi passenger who waits patiently while the fare keeps going up. He delivers the last line of the movie and it was his only film appearance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
Today I learned of 'If Day'. In 1942 Winnipeg, Manitoba simulated a Nazi German invasion and occupation of the city. It included a staged firefight, the internment of prominent politicians, the imposition of Nazi rule, and a parade. The event was a fundraiser for the war effort: over $3 million was collected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
, that to raise money for the war effort, the City of Winnipeg, Canada, staged a Nazi invasion and Occupation of the city. The events included, a mock battle, a book burning, arrest of politicians and civilians, a parade and more. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
The Duke of Wellington had a profound hatred of rail travel after witnessing a fellow politician getting crushed by a train. After death, his body was transported by train back to London for the state funeral. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Walt Disney originally considered building Disney World in New Orleans, but instead turned it down because he found out that "Florida offered Disney everything while Louisiana’s politicians demanded everything" by jacking up prices for the planned area kpel965.com/was-disney-wo…
Today I learned of Pedro LascurΓ‘in Paredes, a Mexican politician who was president for less than one hour on February 19 1913. This was due to a military coup by a General. The general had LascurΓ‘in assume the presidency, then appoint him interior secretary, before resigning to make him president. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ped…
Shrikant Jichkar ( 14 September 1955 – 2 June 2004) was known as the most qualified person in India. He obtained 20 degrees after appearing for 42 university examinations. He was also a politician, known to be the elected as the youngest MLA in the country at age 26 indiatoday.in/education-t…
Today I learned about Ximen Bao, a Chinese minister. He learned corrupt politicians sacrificed beautiful women to a River God and threatened floods if they weren't paid high taxes. Ximen had the politicians thrown into the river to tell the God they could not find a beautiful sacrifice, ending the practice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xim…
To call someone a monitor lizard in thailand is one of the worst insults or curses in the thai language. so much that people have been killed over it and a politician who called protesters this made front page news. it's so offensive its basically banned in broadcast media. bangkokpost.com/life/soci…
Today I learned of Cassius M. Clay, a politician and rabid abolitionist. He was once shot during a debate, and chased down his assassin, stabbing him & throwing him off an embankment. He later fended off 6 men, even though they had guns and he only had a bowie knife. He was a candidate to be Lincoln's VP. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Today I learned about Kentucky abolitionist politician Cassius Marcellus Clay. During a debate in 1843, he survived an assassination attempt due to his political views. Despite being shot in the chest, Clay drew his Bowie knife, tackled his would be assassin, cut out his eyes, and threw him over an embankment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
An 18th century American businessman published a book in which he ranted about politicians, the clergy, and his wife. It had no punctuation and had random capitalization. In the 2nd edition, he added an extra page with 13 lines of punctuation marks, stating that readers could put them anywhere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Milada HorΓ‘kovΓ‘ was a Czech politician who helped people flee the Nazi and Communist regimes in Czechoslovakia. She was executed for treason in 1950 just to have her verdict reversed 18 years later and receive multiple rewards for her heroic work globaloutlooknews.org/pos…
Today I learned about Murray Hall (1841 - 1901), a trans man who served as a New York politician for nearly 25 years, was married twice to women, and had an adopted daughter who had no idea he was assigned female at birth until it was discovered upon his death. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Politicians mocked John Adams, nicknaming him "His Rotundity" after he had suggested that the president should be titled like royalty, suggesting titles such as, "His Majesty the President" and β€œHis Highness, the President of the United States of America, and Protector of the Rights of the Same" history.com/news/10-thing…
In 1992 German politician Vera Lengsfeld divorced her second husband after finding out he had been an informant for the Stasi and had spied on her for most of their marriage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
Learie Constantine, a Trinidadian Cricketer, Lawyer and Politician, who served as Trinidad's High Commissioner to the UK and was the UK's first Black Peer, successfully sued a Hotel Company in London in 1943, which had earlier denied him and his family accommodations based on their race en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
Last duel to occur between politicians in France occurred in 1967 between RenΓ© RibiΓ¨re and Gaston Defferre after Gaston insulted RenΓ© at French parliament and RenΓ© challenged Gaston to a sword fight. RenΓ© lost en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
The characterization of Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars saga as an ambitious and ruthless politician dismantling a democratic republic to achieve supreme power is in part inspired by Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Adolf Hitler. Other elements of the character come from Richard Nixon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Following an immensely popular TED talk about the benefits of power poses, many politicians adopted wide-legged stances in photos. But 11 further studies on power posing failed to replicate the original findings. There is no science to it at all. theguardian.com/science/h…
Today I learned of the Tory Power Stance, a stance done by British politicians where they stretch their legs far apart while ragdolling their arms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
Today I learned about The Black Book, a list of people that the Nazis would have arrested if they have occupied Britain during WWII. The list included notable politicians and Jewish people as well as author H G Wells, suffragist Sylvia Pankhurst and philosopher Bertrand Russell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Shirley Temple's first acting job was in series of short film called Baby Burlesks, and in one of them she played an elite prostitute sent to influence a backwoods politician. She was 4-5 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
When in 1968 Greek politician Ioannis Ladas beat up an editor who accepted an article about homosexual acceptance in ancient Greece, he denounced BBC's coverage of the event by claiming all BBC journalists were biased homosexuals. This made him an unofficial spokesman for the Greek junta. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ioa…
In the 1400’s to the 1600’s the people of the Czech Republic protested corrupt politicians by throwing people out of windows, an act known as Defenestrations of Prague(the capital city of Czech.) czechcenter.org/blog/2019…
Despite eating alone virtually every day, English writer and politician William Thomas Beckford would have his kitchens prepare food for 12 and then send the surplus food away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fon…
A Californian politician accidentally left his microphone on during a meeting break and was caught graphically boasting about two different affairs he was having. He resigned less than 15 hours after the story broke. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
A young, successful Liberal politician, John Napier Turner served as Canada's Prime Minister for only 79 days in 1984 trekmagazine.alumni.ubc.c…
In Fortaleza, Brazil, in 1920, the population elected a goat as a city councilor in protest to local oligarchies and politicians. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Lithuanian politician ArtΕ«ras Zuokas won an IG Nobel prize in 2011, for β€œdemonstrating that the problem of illegal parked luxury cars can be solved by running them over with a tank”. Zuokas had used an armoured vehicle to run over an illegally parked car in a Vilinus bike lane. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
While it is accepted that Big Ben was named after a man called Benjamin, it is not known whether that person was politician Sir Benjamin Hall or boxer Benjamin Caunt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Gary Hart, a politician running for president in 1988, invited the media to follow him around after he was alleged to be a womanizer. He was quoted as saying, β€œFollow me around. I don't care. I'm serious.” Members of the media complied and he was caught having an affair 2 weeks later. nytimes.com/2014/09/21/ma…
There have been 16 Republican politicians and 26 Democratic politicians assassinated in US history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Chicago is named the Windy City because in the mid 1800’s, journalists thought that the well to do and politicians were β€œwindbags” that only cared about money. worldatlas.com/articles/w…
Cassius Marcellus Clay was a farmer, politician and abolitionist from Kentucky. After being shot in an assassination attempt, Clay killed his would-be assassin with a Bowie knife. Clay would later successfully fight off six attackers at once following a speech for the abolition of slavery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Today I learned about the Icarians, a French-based utopian socialist movement in the United States, established by the followers of politician and journalist Γ‰tienne Cabet, who invented the word "communism" in 1839. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ica…

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