In 2016 the writer of Dragonball Evolution formally apologized to fans of the franchise. He said that he approached the project with no passion and only wanted the money. He accepted full responsibility for the quality of the film and viewed it as a learning experience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Sony needed military export permits from the Japanese trade ministry for the export of PlayStation 2s. The PS2 was so good at processing high quality images quickly that the Japanese government believed it was possible to adapt it for use in missile guidance systems. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
82 percent of avocado oil sold in the United States is either rancid or mixed with other oils. While it is a great source of vitamins and minerals when fresh and pure, the vast majority of avocado oil in the United States is of extremely poor quality. ucdavis.edu/food/study-fi…
American cheeses have that distinctive orange color because producers dye it with a natural food additive, Annatto. The color was once considered to indicate higher quality cow diet and superior quality cheese. curd-nerd.com/annatto-wha…
Humans spend less time sleeping than any other primate. However, humans also sleep deeper than other primates. Because we sleep on the ground (no risk of falling from tree) and are well-defended from predators, we can afford to get deeper, higher-quality sleepβ€”so we don't need to sleep as long. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
Cotton balls in pill bottles don’t preserve quality or freshness in any wayβ€”and, in fact, they might have the opposite effect. rd.com/article/cotton-bal…
Proper care for a gore-tex (or similar fabric) raincoat is actually putting it in the washing machine AND dryer because the heat is needed to restore the waterproof quality. eu.patagonia.com/gb/en/st…
When the largest gem quality diamond ever found was sent to the King of England as a gift, it was accompanied by multiple armed police, locked in a safe, and guarded at all times. This was a ruse. The diamond was actually sent by standard mail. It is valued to be worth over $50 Million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
The reason that most pencils are colored yellow is because during the 19th century, the best graphite available came from China, and yellow is a royal color in that country, so that color was used to indicate their high quality and their connection with China southernliving.com/news/w…
High quality agarwood can cost more than $30,000 per kilogram, almost as much as gold. It is formed in the heartwood of aquilaria trees only when they become infected with a type of mold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aga…
Martin Luther, founder of Protestant Christianity, loved good beer - his wife, runaway nun Katharina von Bora, owned a brewery, his letters often discussed the quality of beer (hers and others'), and he often gave religious discourses at his dining table with tankard in hand npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
The coloured wrappings on the Christmas treat "Quality Street" chocolates are made of cellulose, are fully compostable, and have been for years. Simply put them in your food waste bin or compost heap. nestle.co.uk/en-gb/media/…
Physicist Wallace Sabine was assigned the impossible task of fixing the sound quality of a poorly designed lecture hall. Despite having no background in acoustics, he discovered a relationship between chamber size, absorption surface and sound quality. Thus founding the field of acoustics. acoustics.mpiwg-berlin.mp…
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…
Today I learned about Lapland New Forest, a Christmas theme park in the UK. Advertised as a β€œwinter wonderland”, the park was in such dismal quality that violence began to break out between visitors and staff. It shut down after a week and the organizers were sentenced to 13 months in jail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lap…
Sumo wrestlers must wear traditional dress when in public: the lower-ranked wrestlers wear only a thin cotton robe, even in winter, and wear wooden sandals; those ranked higher wear a short overcoat over their robe, and may wear straw sandals; and the highest-ranked wear quality silk robes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sum…
Coffins and caskets differ in that coffins are tapered at the head and foot and wide at the shoulders, whereas caskets are rectangular in shape and are usually constructed of better quality timbers and feature higher standards of workmanship. burstows.com.au/arranging…
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…
[] Working By A Window Adds 46 Minutes of More Quality Sleep! The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, suggest that where you work is crucial to setting the body's own internal clock. edition.cnn.com/2014/08/1…
Increased Body Mass Index improves vocal quality. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
Today I learned of the Tea-Horse-Road. During Imperial-era, the Chinese noticed that Tibetans prized tea so much, they would trade high-quality horses for tea-bricks. As they needed warhorses to fight nomads, the Chinese set up a government office to sell tea for Tibetan horses, creating the Tea-Horse Road. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
The English have a public office in charge of the quality and fair sale price of beer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
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…
Chewing gum retains its quality for so long that it is not required by law in most countries to be labeled with an expiration date. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Today I learned of Musopen, a non-profit org. that provides high-quality recordings of classical music in the public domain, so that anyone can use them. The project emerged as a response to the big corporations in the music industry that were burying old artists, like Beethoven and Chopin, behind copyright musopen.org/music/
(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…
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…
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…
Some guys in the Czech Republic figured out how to broadcast data in beams of light capable of streaming DVD-quality video over neighbourhoods.( 10 Mbit/s full duplex Ethernet point-to-point link.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RON…
The British Medical Journal does an annual Christmas Issue, where they publish research-quality but satirical articles, like a randomized trial on the effectiveness of parachutes, or investigating the driving behaviors of different physician specialties bmj.com/about-bmj/resourc…
The term "shoddy" comes from the Civil War when in their rush for uniforms the Union bought ones made from a recycled wool product called shoddy. When it fell apart in rain or after a couple of weeks wear it quickly became synonymous among the troops with poor quality and workmanship. historyextra.com/period/w…
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_…
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…
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…
Tequila is regulated by the CRT. They ensure compliance regarding quality & source materials during the production, bottling/labeling phases and ensure tequila is made in specified areas in Mexico (similar to Champagne) They collect samples from products to verify compliance using a chemical lab crt.org.mx/index.php/en/f…
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…
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…
For the film 'Green Book', Kris Bowers had to step in to play piano for Mahershala Ali, since the original recordings were too low-quality to use. Bowers had never heard of Don Shirley before he was asked this, and had to teach Ali to play piano realistically for the part. npr.org/2019/02/21/696397…
Huaxi Village is the so-called richest village in China. Founded in 1961 by Wu Renbao, Huaxi touts itself as a model of Chinese communism. The citizens enjoy a high quality of life, most having well over $100,000 in their bank accounts, living in mansions, and driving expensive European cars. atlasobscura.com/places/h…
Wealthier urban and suburban neighborhoods are associated with larger and more fertile spiders due to the higher quality of food and green spaces. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
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…
The lyrics of "Paperback Writer" actually show a bad pitch of a book - reasons for the pitch's low quality include not telling enough about the plot, revealing the writer's desperation, making outlandish claims and showing that the book is unfinished. nathanbransford.com/blog/…
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…
In some cases it is better that a single product design dominates a market for a short period of time, regardless of relative quality (ex. iPod, Blu-Ray, VHS). "Dominant design" allows for relatively low-risk improvement of existing designs, increasing the rate of technological advancement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
Research suggests that people who take long naps during the day or sleep 9 or more hours at night may have an increased risk of stroke. Long nappers and long sleepers were 85% more likely to have a stroke. Those with poor sleep quality were 29% more likely to have a stroke. ajmc.com/newsroom/long-mi…
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…
Human sperm can have antidepressant qualities theweek.com/articles/4729…
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…
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…
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…

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