A French bacteriologist trying to use a virus to kill rabbits on his property accidentally wiped out over 90% of the rabbits in Western Europe. He was prosecuted and fined, but the French government later gave him a medal depicting a dead rabbit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
During the Tokyo housing bubble in the 1980s, the combined housing value for all properties in Japan was worth four to five times that of the United States, and fifty percent higher than that of the rest of the world. sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/…
Today I learned about a French chemist named Bertrand, who drank 5 grams of arsenic trioxide (a very poisonous substance) mixed with activated charcoal, just to demonstrate the adsorptive properties of activated charcoal and survived. poison.org/articles/2015-…
In most legal systems, a bank deposit of money is not a bailment. In other words, when you deposit cash to a bank, the funds deposited are no longer your property. You merely loaned the money to the bank for a promised interest without security. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
DMSO, an organic solvent, has the unusual property that you can "Taste" it by touching it - actually, it directly triggers the nerves that normally react to taste. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dim…
Theodore Roosevelt's 1880 undergraduate thesis at Harvard was titled: "The Practicability of Equalizing Men and Women before the Law" which argued for women's rights, including property ownership, and argued that women ought to keep their birth names upon marrying. theodoreroosevelt.org/con…
When cartoonist Tom Batiuk lost the ownership of his comic strip John Darling to his syndicate in 1990, he had the main character murdered with no warning. With the protagonist dead, the syndicate had the rights to an unusable property and the strip ended the next day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned about the Great Sheep Panic of 1888. On November 3, at about eight o’clock, thousands of sheep broke free from their fields and farms in southern England, running away in a panic and damaging property. It is not clear what caused this, but it happened again then next year. youtube.com/watch?v=pvXiL…
Spider webs were used as bandages in ancient Greece due to having antifungal and antiseptic properties. loredohands.com/blog/post…
Painter Andrew Wyeth is buried at the Olson property in Maine next to Christina Olson, the woman he immortalised through his painting Christina's World. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ols…
Beverly Hills, originally a Spanish lima bean ranch, was founded by a group of investors who failed to find oil and, upon finding water instead, founded the town. Black and Jewish people were forbidden from owning property. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bev…
British Rail used to charge residents to receive light and air coming from their properties, as "you only have the right to receive light from above and not laterally" bbc.co.uk/archive/scarbor…
Today I learned about the Roman practice of damnatio memoriae. If the senate or emperor did not like the acts of an individual, they could have his property seized, his statues destroyed and his name obliterated from all public records khanacademy.org/humanitie…
In Massachusetts real estate brokers and home owners are not required to disclose whether a property is "the site of an alleged parapsychological or supernatural phenomenon." malegislature.gov/Laws/Ge…
At the height of the Tokyo housing bubble in the 1980s, the combined housing value for all properties in just Tokyo was double that of all the properties in the entire USA scmp.com/magazines/style/…
Today I learned about "Homegrown National Park," an effort to encourage Americans to plant as many native plants as possible everywhere on their property to help bring back the continent's biodiversity smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
All non-metered water bills in the UK are based on a 'Rateable Value' which were set between 1973-1990 using calculations that are not updated, cannot be changed by water companies (who do not know what calculation was used for each property), and cannot be appealed by the customer. unitedutilities.com/my-ac…
Hipparchia of Maroneia demanded to marry cynic philosopher Crates despite her parents objecting. Crates, removed his clothes in front of her parents and declared "this is the bridegroom and this is his property". They got married and lived in the streets as cynics, often having sex in public en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
Eastern Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus Foetidus) is one of the few plants in the world with thermogenic properties. It can generate internal temperatures from 27-63Β°F through cellular respiration. wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplo…
The concept of private property was unknown to ancient Hawaiians. Instead they had "ahupua'a", a belief system that connected spirituality into the natural landscape. It emphasized the interrelationship of elements and beings and honored them in the activities of daily and seasonal life. hawaiihistory.org/index.c…
There are twice as many bathrooms as necessary as the Pentagon because planners had to design the it for black and white employees, including β€œwhite” and β€œcolored” cafeterias. However, Pres. Roosevelt made Jim Crow laws illegal on Federal property prior to its opening and was never enforced. history.com/news/9-things…
One does not take a mortgage, one gives it. the borrower is the mortgagor and the lender is the mortgagee. You take a loan under a promissory note that is secured by a mortgage which is your personal pledge to secure the loan against your ownership of the property. uk.practicallaw.thomsonre…
There is as much vitamins and nutrients in frozen vegetables as in fresh ones. This is due to the fact that they have been quickly frozen after picking to preserve their properties, unlike "fresh" ones that can stay for days in a storage or display. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Many bigger species of mushroom have antifungal properties to kill smaller mushroom species researchgate.net/publicat…
According to the Philippine Civil Code (RA 386, Article 680) if your property has a fruit tree and some of its fruits fell "naturally" (i.e. acts of god) into your neighbor's yard, your neighbor is entitled with the ownership of said fallen fruits. officialgazette.gov.ph/19…
Foo Fighters recorded their new album in an old house. Grohl called it "an environment where strange things kept happening". They captured unexplainable video footage but due to a non-disclosure agreement with the house's owner, who was selling the property, the footage cannot be shown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
In 1990, BBC’s Tomorrow’s World featured a white, sticky coating with astonishing heat-resisting properties, Starlite. In a demonstration, a raw egg painted with the stuff stayed raw in the heat of a blowtorch. The inventor died in 2011, having failed to strike a deal with any manufacturer. sciencefocus.com/science/…
Coco de mer nuts that washed up in the Maldives used to be considered property of the king and keeping one was punishable by death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
Physicist Louis de Broglie's PhD thesis won him the Nobel Prize in Physics - he hypothesized the wave-like properties of matter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 prohibits condominium associations and real estate management organizations from restricting homeowners from displaying the flag of the United States on their property en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The Tangier American Legation is a building in the medina of Tangier, Morocco. The first American public property outside the United States, it commemorates the historic cultural and diplomatic relations between the United States and the Kingdom of Morocco. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The town Carmel-by-the-Sea in California has no street address. The business and houses are instead named, or have Geographical addresses such as "Monte Verde 4SW of 8th, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA". Which translates as the West side Monte Verde Street four properties south of the 8th Ave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned about Walter Schramm and escheat. He bought AMZN stock in 90's and pledged not to look at his stock account for 20 years. After 20 years logged on and $100,000 worth of Amazon stock was gone. Taken by the state government as unclaimed property because his account was deemed inactive. npr.org/2020/02/13/805760…
The US tried to buy it's UK embassy from the Duke of Westminster who leases it, but the Duke insisted on trading for property taken from his family from the US which includes the state of Florida tlio.org.uk/united-states…
After the UK ended the British Army Training and Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) program in 2011, Belizean political leaders pushed for its return until the UK resumed the program in 2015 and once again started training its military in jungle warfare using property provided by Belize. sanpedrosun.com/community…
Today I learned of the Chancel Repair Liability, where some property owners in England and Wales are liable to pay for any repairs to their local church. The law dates back to medieval times and was upheld in court in 2003 where a homeowner was presented with a Β£100,000 bill for repairs to a local church. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Chirality, a property of asymmetry, in which way that the structure and its mirror image are not superimposable. Human hands are the most universally recognized example of chirality. sawongam.com/science/a-sc…
A simple blood test can diagnose the number one cause of death in hospitals, sepsis. The technology is "founded upon research demonstrating that the mechanical properties of immune cells are altered during the disease." immunofrontiers.com/diagn…
After illegally demolishing a historic London pub that survived the Blitz, a property developer/lawyer was ordered by court to rebuild it brick by brick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
There is the Β£40m unfinished 'ghost' mansion that has been standing empty for 35 years in Sussex. The property is vanity project funded by British multi-millionaire criminal Nicholas van Hoogstratent. Few people have seen inside the building but it is reputedly bigger than Buckingham Palace. walesonline.co.uk/news/uk…
Today I learned about Ruth–Aaron pairs. After Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run, surpassing Babe Ruth's record of 714, a mathematician noticed that the sum of the prime factors of both numbers are equal and named this property after the two baseball players. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
You can do whatever you want with your medically amputated limbs. As they are your property. Take them home and preserve them, bury them. As long as there is no public health issue you are free to choose bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
For Soviets, landing on Venus was not hardest problem they had to overcome. It was the lens cap. Venera 9-12 had problems with the lens caps not coming off, while Venera 14's lens cap landed right under a sensor, resulting in it testing the properties of the lens cap instead of the soil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
Today I learned of HipΓ³lito Bouchard, an Argentine corsair and sailor who in 1818 occupied Monterrey, California for six days, planted a Argentina flag and burned all of the spanish forts leaving all properties of Americans unharmed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
After divorcing Tiger Woods, Elin Nordegren bought a home but her architect advised her to demolish the structure rather than renovate. She allowed Habitat for Humanity to salvage anything from the property. They later auctioned off items such as a 12' fountain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
A Spanish town mailed dog poop back to offenders. A team of volunteers looked for careless dog owners and struck up conversations to learn the dog's name, which made it possible to identify the owner via pet records and mail back the poop, labeled "Lost Property." Violations dropped by 70%. newsfeed.time.com/2013/06…
Katko v. Briney ruled that American homeowners, although able to defend their own property if present, are not allowed to set "deadly traps" for trespassers and thieves en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
Japan is so successful at returning lost property that 130,000 mobile phones, or 83% of those reported missing, were returned to their owners in 2018. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Rong Yiren, known as "the red capitalist", came from one of China's richest families and donated all his private property to the state in 1956. He was appointed vice mayor of Shanghai in 1957 and became vice chairman of the PRC in 1993. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
In a traffic stop, Arizona officials seized illegal drugs with a street value of over $1M, then got a search warrant for the driver's property which included a former KFC restaurant. In the KFC floor, they found a hole leading to a 590 ft tunnel where drugs were funneled from the Mexican side. star-telegram.com/news/na…

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