Many Chinese medical tourists who go to South Korea for inexpensive and high quality plastic surgery have difficulty re-entering China due to their passports photos not matching their new face post op. kotaku.com/how-south-kore…
The Angola Rodeo is an event hosted by the Louisiana State Penitentiary. People all over the world come to hear inmate bands, shop affordable, high quality arts and crafts from over 800 inmate artists, and witness inmates attempt to pull a poker chip off a bull or get airborne trying. angolarodeo.com/?q=Advert…
There is an upscale McDonalds restaurant in Hong Kong called β€œNext” that has table service . It has a β€œcreate your own” menu with fresher and higher quality ingredients than any other McDonalds . cnn.com/travel/article/ho…
"Made in Germany" was used in the UK as a warning of allegedly inferior German products. Over time, they turned out to be of excellent quality, establishing the brand as a seal of quality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
In a study of 38 on the mental Effects of Probiotics, there was found to be a significant improvement in mood, with a reduction in depressive mood state, anger, and fatigue, and an improvement in sleep quality ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about LaserDisc, an analog (not digital) disc format for movies from 1978 with higher-quality video and audio than VHS and Betamax but wasn’t as popular due to high costs wikipedia.org/wiki/LaserD…
When an inmate enters San Pedro Prison they have to purchase a cell. They can purchase a cell from the prison mayor or freelance agents who typically advertises avaliable cells in restaurants and bulletin boards. Housing in the prison varies between $20 and $5,000 depending on the quality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) had a massive coffee shortage in the 70s. As such, the SED (Social Unity Party) contacted Angola, Cuba, and especially Vietnam, to trade weapons for high quality coffee beans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Due to poor air quality the South Korean governments were already distributing face masks to citizens in 2018 koreabizwire.com/dust-mas…
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…
When the PS2 was being launched, it received special import regulations because of its GPU's capability to generate high quality images at high speeds, a shared trait with missile guidance systems. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dua…
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…
Black Forest ham is a Protected Geographical Indication in the EU, requiring the ham to be traditionally and partially manufactured in the Black Forest region of Germany. However, the US and Canada do not recognize this, resulting in various qualities and types of ham being marketed as such. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
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…
The clarinet is the most popular woodwind instrument in school band. Most quality clarinets are made of a special wood, called Grenadilla, which only grows in the savanna of Africa abileneisd.org/wp-content…
Meat can be electrocuted to "decreases the microbial total count of the carcasses by preventing cold shortening and improving some quality parameters such as colour, tenderness, and flavour". hindawi.com/journals/tswj…
Most high-quality hair extensions worn by celebrities are made from so-called "temple hair" sourced from religious organizations in India and China that shave women's heads for ritual purposes and then sell it to support the temple. theguardian.com/world/200…
Lichens on trees cannot filter air pollutants; therefore more lichens on trees indicates better, cleaner air quality nhm.ac.uk/discover/nature…
The red dye used in the flag that flew over Fort McHenry and inspired the Star Spangled banner was originally discovered by squeezing tiny parasitic scale creatures known as cochineal, known for habiting prickly pear cacti. Cochineal are now bred and cultivated for color and quality. smithsonianmag.com/innova…
I learned that the popular Bell Gothic font was commissioned by AT&T in 1938, specifically to be used in small sizes on low-quality paper, like a telephone directory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned about the Airport Equestrian Program. It was a program started at certain airports in the early 2000s with the purpose to "to provide additional perimeter security for the airport, and to give equestrians a quality place to trail ride. " elcr.org/airport-equestri…
The Venova is single-reeded woodwind musical instrument produced by Yamaha in 2017. It approximate the acoustic qualities of an instrument with a conical bore, such as a saxophone, and received the "Good Design Award" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
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…
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…
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…
Music can help people suffering with dementia access certain memories and improve their cognitive function at least in the short term. More studies still need to be done and the results can vary but there is a noticeable improvement in the quality of life after receiving Music Therapy ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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_…
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/…
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…
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…
(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 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/
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…
Increased Body Mass Index improves vocal quality. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
[] 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…
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…
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…
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…
The English have a public office in charge of the quality and fair sale price of beer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
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…

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