Philadelphia Cream Cheese was invented in New York and has never been produced in Philadelphia. It's name is was a 1880s marketing strategy because at the time Philadelphia was known for high quality dairy. inquirer.com/food/philade…
When building the SR-71, Lockheed Martin could not get titanium of the proper quality and quantity through their normal suppliers. The CIA solved this issue by setting up dummy companies and buying the needed titanium from the world's largest producer of titanium, the Soviet Union. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loc…
(US-Style) Biscuits are generally of a better quality in the South because they require soft-wheat, which is grown and sold in the South almost exclusively. Soft wheat is better for biscuits but worse for bread - the opposite is true for the hard wheat of the North and West of the US. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Today I learned of the term "betamaxed" which is used to describe when a superior product loses out in the market to an inferior one as a result of marketing, influence or other factors unrelated to product quality. techopedia.com/definition…
Products made in Japan were ridiculed and thought to be low quality until 1950 when The New York Times reported the excellence of Nikon cameras during the Korean war with the headline "Japanese camera" nikon.com/about/corporate…
There is an elite private prep school in NYC called the Horace Mann school, named after the 19th Century American educational reformer Horace Mann, who advocated for quality public education. Tuition is more than $52,000/year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Scientists have discovered a remarkable fossil of 180-million-year-old 'sea monster' preserved its Jurassic-era blubber and skin. The creature was a warm-blooded β€˜fish- lizard.' The uniqueness of this find comes in the fact that warm-blooded is an unusual quality in a reptile. abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
There is a jigsaw puzzle designer that specifically targets the wealthy with his extremely difficult high-quality wooden puzzles. His name is Steve Richardson but people call him the 'Chief Tormentor' and his puzzle can go as high as $8,000. thefader.com/2016/06/09/d…
In February 1335, two Oxford University students complained to the bartender of the Swindlestock Tavern about the quality of wine served. The argument turned into a brawl which escalated into a riot that lasted over three days, killing around 30 townsfolk and 63 members of the university en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_…
Paris holds an annual contest to find the city’s best baguette. Around 200 bakers each submit two baguettes (must be eligible) to be graded on quality, look, smell, taste, and crunch. The winner wins €4000 and a contract to supply the French president fresh baguettes every day for 1 year. bbc.com/travel/story/2019…
Today I learned of the Harvard Sentences, a set of phonetically-balanced words used to test audio quality. It is used to test phone call quality, text-to-speech programming, and more. gizmodo.com/the-harvard-s…
The sound quality of the album Back in Black by ACDC is so good, that after its release, studios in Nashville would use it to check the acoustics of a room, while MotΓΆrhead would use it to tune their sound system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
Human sperm can have antidepressant qualities theweek.com/articles/4729…
C.S. Lewis nominated J.R.R. Tolkien for the 1961 Nobel Prize for Literature. He was rejected on the grounds that his writing "has not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality." bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
Today I learned about Prince Rupert's Drop, also called Batavian tears, a piece of glass in a shape of a long drop which is strong enough to shatter a bullet. This piece of glass and its qualities have been known for at least 300 years. youtube.com/watch?v=24q80…
Today I learned of the St Scholastica day riots of 1355. On the 10th of February 1355 two students from Oxford university verbally and physically assaulted a taverner over the quality of the drinks they were served. The ensuing riots lead to 93 deaths and a 500 year tradition commemorating the event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_…
Viruses are considered by some to be a life form, although they lack key characteristics that are generally considered necessary to count as life. Because they possess some but not all such qualities, viruses have been described as "organisms at the edge of life." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
For over 100 years, Canada forced many Indigenous children to attend Residential schools away from their families years at a time. The quality of instruction was sub-par, many children were physically, sexually, and mentally abused, and at least 4000 children died in the school system. nationalpost.com/news/can…
When the '79 fullsize Chryslers were being launched, the quality engineering department estimated that there would be 1077 defects per 100 cars built. allpar.com/cars/dodge/R-b…
Despite being a popular fad, Gluten-Free diet is not healthier for people who do not have gluten intolerance or allergy β€œFor the general population, the presence or absence of gluten alone is not related to diet quality. What’s important are the overall food choices made within a diet” gluten.org/resources/gett…
Cult Toons was cartoon that ran from 1999 to 2000 on Cartoon Network. The show was a series of seemingly irrelevant and obscure clips from films and cartoons edited together for comedic purposes and had a very surreal and non sequitur quality. Often featuring Andy LeBeau suddenly exploding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AKA…
Chinese factories sometimes label their goods "Made in PRC" (people's republic of China) instead of "Made in China" due to the stigma of the name meaning bad-quality. all-spares.com/en/technic…
Height in poor countries correlates with protein quantity and height in developed countries correlates with protein quality. sciencedirect.com/science…
"Made In x" label originates from the Germans who took quality assurance seriously 133 years ago newyorker.com/business/cu…
Ribs, music recordings on X-rays, to smuggle and distribute prohibited music in the USSR. The films were bought or taken from the trash, cut into 7-inch discs, and the center hole was burned via a cigarette. The quality was awful, the price was low, and could really only be played 5 to 10 times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rib…
A biosimilar is a biologic medical product highly similar to another already approved biological medicine. Biosimilars are approved according to the same standards of pharmaceutical quality, safety and efficacy that apply to all biological medicines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bio…
According to The Specialty Coffee Association of America, the Kopi Luwak (digested coffee cherries, which have been eaten and defecated by a Civet) which costs US$700 per kilogram, is sold for the story, not for quality. The coffee's good acidity and flavor is diminished by the process. wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_l…
People complained to the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority that Apples β€œstudio quality” iPhone camera ads were misleading. Apple won the complaint when it showed there was no real definition of what β€œstudio quality” meant. asa.org.uk/rulings/apple-…
Asphalt pavements are America's most recycled product. Reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) can be recycled into pavement that is as high, or even higher, in quality as pavements made of all-virgin materials. And, the same material can be recycled again and again; it never loses its value. asphaltpavement.org/index…
Napoleon was of average or slightly above average height for a man of his era at 5'7", and was called the "little General" in comparison to other General officers of the age. As height was considered an essential quality of leadership a taller man was more likely to advance to the rank. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
Speed limits are sometimes for air quality reasons wvlt.tv/content/news/TDOT…
Baby car seats has expiry dates (amongst other protective equipments) as the wear and tear from frequent use deteriorates its quality over time. healthline.com/health/bab…
Air duct cleaning provides no benefits and actually makes indoor air quality worse. Despite all the hype, there are no associated health benefits, cost savings or increased system performance. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed…
Researchers found that people were more interested in learning from scientists who were seen as physically attractive and who appeared "competent and moral". But the better looking and more sociable they were perceived to be, the less they were expected to be conducting high quality research telegraph.co.uk/science/2…
Van Halen stipulated in their performance contracts that a bowl of M&M's, with all of the brown M&M's removed, was to be placed in their dressing room. They didn't do this to be jerks, but as a simple test to see if more important safety and quality specifications were attended to as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
The Kyrgyz are not poor. Though paper money is almost nonexistent, many camps’ herds contain hundreds of valuable animals. The basic unit of Kyrgyz currency is a sheep. A cell phone costs one sheep. A yak costs about 10 sheep. A high-quality horse is 50. The going rate for a bride is 100. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
- The US government had a secret operation called 'Project Eldest Son' during the Vietnam war. It involved leaving behind thousands of rounds of faulty ammo that would backfire in Vietcong AKs while also leaking fake documents that questioned quality control in Chinese munition factories. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Genuine leather is the lowest quality of real leather blog.thejacketmaker.com/r…
The creator of the TV show Archer became bored with the show and wrote a Country music career for Cheryl in season 5. The shows producers went so far as record a full country album. That album surprised music fans with its quality and reached #68 on iTunes. theatlantic.com/entertain…
Queen bees face increased chance of execution if they mate with two males rather than one. A colony may kill their queen because of the quality of offspring. phys.org/news/2019-08-que…
The Lego set 10179 UCS Millennium Falcon spent a day in a sauna, since it couldn’t fit into the ovens used to quality check a product’s resistance towards sunlight lego.com/en-us/aboutus/ne…
You should not vacuum your house during a bushfire smoke event. Doing so will stir up smoke particles that have settled making the air quality in your house worse. airnow.gov/index.cfm?acti…
Bees dance to each other in the hive to tell each other where to find good pollen. The angle of the dance is the angle relative to the sun, the tempo of dance is the distance, the duration of dance is the quality of the pollen, and the dancer hands out free samples to whoever’s watching! articles.extension.org/pa…
In Sumo the referee is called "gyōji". They get promoted higher based on accuracy in refereeing, good voice projection, leadership qualities, calligraphy skill, speed, and agility. Top gyōji carry a tanto to symbolize their willingness to commit seppuku if they have their call overturned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gy%…
Orange cheese is fake. Long ago, cow’s cheese had a natural yellowish tint (a mark of quality) from the beta-carotene in their diet. Cheesemakers then started skimming the cream (the color source) for butter, while adding coloring to make their cheese look high quality. This is still done today. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Pavlov never trained a dog to salivate to the sound of a bell. He required precise control over the quality and duration of stimuli and the iconic bell would have proven totally useless to his goal. Instead, he most frequently used a metronome, a harmonium, a buzzer, and electric shock. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
We had digital VHS tapes back in the 90s comparable to modern blue ray as far as storage and image quality. lifewire.com/when-vhs-wen…
The US government had a secret military operation called Project Eldest Son during the Vietnam War. It involved leaving behind thousands of rounds of faulty ammo that would backfire in Vietcong AKs while also leaking fake docs that questioned quality control in Chinese munitions factories. militaryhistorynow.com/20…
Photomorphogenesis is light-mediated development, where plant growth patterns respond to the light spectrum. Theophrastus of Eresus (371 to 287 BC) may have been the first to write about it when he described the different wood qualities of fir trees grown in different levels of light. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
The hook or "catch" of a tape measure is supposed to be loose. It's so that you can accurately measure with it either pushing up against or pulling on something. There is no elusive 'high quality' tape measure that has no play in it. But it's worth making sure it is not bent. diy.blogoverflow.com/2011…
Today I learned of the slow movement, which advocates a cultural shift toward slowing down life's pace, and "doing everything as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible." It began with a protest against the opening of a McDonald's in Rome in 1986. "It’s about quality over quantity in everything." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
There is an Antarctic cuisine. That consists of pemmican, sledging biscuits and hoosh. The qualities of high nutritional density, being long lasting and being physically resilient made it an ideal foodstuff for the early Antarctic explorers to use away from base. coolantarctica.com/school…
Velveeta, American and Cheddar cheeses are only orange because it makes them look high quality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Today I learned of channel drift, the gradual shift of a TV network from its original programming to target either a newer audience or a more profitable one, or to broaden its viewership. Often, this results in a shift from informative and quality programming to sensational or ratings-based programming. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Jerry Seinfeld got offered 100 million dollars for a tenth Seinfeld season, but turned it down because he wanted a better "quality of life" foxnews.com/entertainment…
One contributing factor of the Titanic sinking was due to faulty/low quality rivets nytimes.com/2008/04/15/sc…
Between 2007-2014, U.S. consumers wasted nearly 150K tons of food per day - nearly a pound (422 grams) of food per person each day. While most people want to eat better, eating more fruit and vegetables, the study found that higher quality diets were associated with higher levels of food waste. phys.org/news/2018-04-peo…
In the Viking period, Ulfberht swords were made of crucible (very pure) steel all the way from India. The exceptional quality of this steel made them so valuable that forgers faked the name Ulfberht on lower-quality swords, the equivalent of a fake designer logo. steffmetal.com/metal-hist…
A team of 15 biblical scholars worked from the oldest copies of reliable texts, variously written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greeks to create the The New International Version Bible. First published in 1978, it ensured a high quality translation in modern English en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
J.R.R. Tolkien was nominated by fellow author CS Lewis for the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature, but was overlooked because the jury said the quality of his storytelling wasn’t good enough. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Hidden hunger", deficiencies in micronutrients, has been a problem for decades in many developing countries because staple food crops were bred for high yield and pest resistance rather than nutritional quality. Experimental golden tubers have far more vitamin A and vitamin E than white potatoes phys.org/news/2017-11-gol…
It was common for some Romans to take up a "beautiful-looking" prepubescent boy as a sex-slave to serve both the master and mistress of a household, castrating him so the boy retains his prepubescent qualities. heritagedaily.com/2018/01…
In 2008, game designer Sid Meier cited the Nintendo Seal of Quality as one of the three most important innovations in video game history, as it helped set a standard for game quality that protected consumers from shovelware. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
, the reason why "weed from a can" is a Brazilian slang meaning good weed is because in 1987 thousands of cans full of weed were found in the beaches of Rio. A lot of locals got some for themselves and for selling and apparently it was of great quality. newsbeezer.com/mexicoeng/…
Today I learned about Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky a Russian photographer who traveled the Russian Empire from around 1909 to 1915, and would take 3 individual black-and-white photos, each with a filter (red, blue, and green) to create high-quality pictures in full color way before full color images were available. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Bose, the audio equipment company was founded by Amar Bose, an MIT engineering professor who bought a high-end stereo speaker system in 1956 and was disappointed of its sound quality. Despite owning Bose, he remained as a professor. He donated most of Bose shares to MIT as non-voting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
Cruise ships emissions can equal the equivalent of one million cars per day and air quality on deck can be worse than in the world's most polluted cities. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
The Father of Microbiology was a cloth merchant who decided to use microscopes in order to better examine the quality of his wares. humanurehandbook.com/down…
Cruise ships can emit as much particulate matter as a million cars every day and the air quality on deck can be as bad as the world’s most polluted cities. euractiv.com/section/air-…
Lidocaine is often added to cocaine as a diluent, this is why it numbs the gums when applied. This often gives users the impression of high quality cocaine, when in actuality the user is receiving a diluted product. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lid…
A home for orphaned boys in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is a walled, secure complex that also includes a guest house that can hold as many as 24 visitors. In a country without reliable access to museum-quality art, the home has a wide-ranging, deep collection of Haitian paintings latimes.com/travel/la-tr-…
In a review/comparison for the video games "Infamous" and "Prototype", Yahtzee Croshaw of Zero Punctuation ruled a tie for quality and jokingly said that a tiebreaker would involve the developers dressing up the competing game's protagonist in drag. Both development teams complied. kotaku.com/infamous-defea…
With an estimated 35,000 hospitalizations ascribed to dirty air per year, Mexico City was known as β€œMexsicko City.” Now the air quality levels have improved to become comparable to those of Los Angeles architectmagazine.com/tec…
Television networks transitioned away from from quality hard-news reporting, to the more entertaining and sensationalized news we see today, strictly because it was more profitable. niemanreports.org/article…
Lidocaine (the topical anesthetic) is used as an adulterant in cocaine, because it numbs the gums like high-quality coke sciencedirect.com/science…
The Silkie Chicken is a breed named for its atypically fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk and satin. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as black skin and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot, whereas most chickens only have four. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
The student's t test, widely used by statisticians today, was created by William Sealy Gosset as an economical way to test the quality of stout whilst working for the Guinness company. He wasn't allowed under company policy to publish his work, so instead did so using the pen name "student" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
Adam Driver (Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is an Ex-Marine and founder of Arts in the Armed Forces. The AITAF provide high-quality theater programming for active duty service members, veterans and their families. nytimes.com/2011/02/22/th…
Half of India’s population (600 mn people) face high to extreme water stress - 75% households do not have drinking water on-premise; 84% rural households do not have piped water access; 70% of water is contaminated. India currently ranks 120 among 122 in the water quality index madrascourier.com/environ…
Although there's no difference in taste or quality, egg color is a highly variable regional preference: most of the US prefers white eggs, part of New England, as well as China, Brazil, and Costa Rica prefer brown eggs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg…
In order to breed high quality sport horses, "Embryo Transfers" are used. It involves breeding a sport horse mare and a stallion, then transferring the resulting embryo into a reproductively competent mare. This to allow the original breeding mares to continue their competitive careers. rossdales.com/services/sp…
Playing "pink noise" - the sound of uniform static - while sleeping has been found to improve sleep quality and also help memory. time.com/4694555/pink-noi…
Today I learned about 6 American soldiers who defected to North Korea from 1962-1982. They were given quality hospitality, spouses and four being used for propaganda films who became celebrities to the North Koreans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
During Russia's Stalin era, praise for the quality of any aspect of U.S. life prompted the response: "Yes, but they lynch Blacks, don't they?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Dysthanasia (opposite of Euthanasia) refers to the life extension of a person without regards to that person's quality of life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dys…
Pet food tasters (humans) serve as professional quality control for pet food. they make up to 120k/yr menttes.com/jobs/petfoodt…
There's an inverse relationship between a lobster's price and the quality of its flavor. Old-shell lobsters have a courser taste but can survive being shipped worldwide, and thus command a higher price. wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobste…
The phrase "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" comes from the fact that a horse's age and health can be estimated buy examining the number and quality of their teeth. phrases.org.uk/meanings/d…
The Chinese government estimates almost 50 percent of the current housing stock β€” or everything built before 1999 is of such poor quality it will need to be demolished within 20 years. citymetric.com/skylines/h…
Today I learned that a backlight behind your TV can improve the the quality of the image and reduce eye strain. digitaltrends.com/home-th…
DJ Khaled used his baby son Asahd Tuck Khaled's reactions to the sounds to gauge the quality of songs for the album "Grateful" (the baby vomiting indicated best quality), and then had the baby legally declared the album's executive producer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
β€œwifi” is not an acronym but a pun on the word hi-fi (high fidelity), a term for high-quality audio technology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-…
Happy cows actually do produce better milk. Higher levels of serotonin (a chemical associated with feelings of happiness), led to improved blood calcium in cows, reducing chance of disease and improving nutritional quality of the milk. dysci.wisc.edu/2016/07/15…
A 2018 research study found allowing disgruntled staff to stab Voodoo dolls of their bosses helped them feel less resentful and improve the quality of their work telegraph.co.uk/science/2…
White chocolate is white because it doesnt contain cocoa solids. Instead it is made from cocoa butter (the fatty part). As a result, one can tell that the more yellowy white chocolate is actually better quality than the white chocolate. culinarylore.com/specialt…
Over the past 40 years, men in western countries (but not other parts of the world) have experienced a rapid decline in their sperm quality. The number of fertile sperm in men has halved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
The Aztecs made swords embedded with prismatic obsidian blades that are far sharper than even high quality present day steel razor blades. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
The average lifespan of US currency is about 5 years. The Federal Reserve regularly evaluates the quality of notes in circulation and destroys roughly 6 million dollars cash a day. theatlantic.com/business/…
The DC hero Elongated Man was only created because a 1960 episode of 'The Flash' called for a character similar to Plastic Man, who editor Julius Schwartz believed still belonged to Quality Comics. In fact, DC had purchased the rights to Plastic Man four years earlier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elo…
The world record for stone skipping is 88 skips and that the world record holder, Kurt Steiner, has collected over 10,000 β€œquality rocks” of different types to prepare for the best possible throw. guinnessworldrecords.com/…

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