Four high-school students in the β€˜70s are the reason we no longer have pay toilets in America. They created an organization called CEPTIA, and were able to successfully lobby against the issue. 8 years later, pay toilets were all but nonexistent throughout the US. psmag.com/economics/dont-…
In 2014, New York City had $16 Million in unpaid parking tickets from foreign diplomats. The largest offender was Egypt, with about $1.9 Million. Diplomatic immunity is the main reason that those tickets remained outstanding. time.com/3421587/diplomat…
The USSR considered Darwinian evolution a lie created by "bourgeois capitalism", and instead opted for Lamarckian evolution for political reasons. The failure of Soviet biologists to acknowledge natural selection resulted in a series of crop failures and food shortages. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
One reason Lyndon B. Johnson did not run for re-election was because a study he commissioned had predicted he would die at 64 and thus may not make it through a 2nd term. True enough, he would die on 22 January 1973 at 64, 2 days after what would have been the end of his 2nd term. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
During the French Revolution, Catholicism was briefly replaced by the Cult of Reason. Notre Dame’s altar was dismantled and replaced by an altar to Liberty and β€œTo Philosophy” inscribed above it’s doors. The Festival of Reason had girls in Roman costumes, impersonating the Goddess of Reason encyclopedia.com/religion…
In the 1920s, one reason corsets went out of style was because they were made of lots of metal which was needed for tools during WWI. The U.S War Industries Board even asked women to stop buying them which helped them save enough metal to build two battleships. insidehook.com/article/hi…
The reason snow is able to absorb sound is because it is porous. Snowflakes are six-sided crystals, and they are filled with open spaces.Those spaces absorb sound waves, creating a quieting effect over a blanket of snow. reconnectwithnature.org/n…
The reason why businesses refer to the Super Bowl in their advertisements as "The Big Game" is because the NFL owns the trademark to the phrase "Super Bowl" and will severely crack down on any business that uses those words without officially licensing it from the NFL foxbusiness.com/markets/n…
TIL: Piranhas are mostly scavengers and fairly harmless fish to humans. The reason we think they're rabid flesh eaters is because a bunch of Brazilians played a practical joke on Teddy Roosevelt. youtube.com/watch?v=-F5Br…
The reason cellular signal is so bad in poor weather is because raindrops and water vapor reflect radio waves and convert them into heat energy before they can reach your phone. The same goes for clouds, snow, and fog. wilsonamplifiers.com/blog…
The reason the donkey represents the democratic party is because back in 1828, Andrew Jackson's political opposition started referring to him as a "jackass" he then incorporated that as his campaign symbol. ourwhitehouse.org/the-don…
The reason Yukon Cornelius keeps licking his ax in the "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" special is because he's looking for peppermint. The scene explaining that was deleted. huffpost.com/entry/rudolp…
The reason why Tenet features a real Boeing 747 crash is that when the numbers were crunched, it turned out that it was more efficient to wreck a real plane rather than use miniatures or CGI. cinemablend.com/news/2546…
The reason why It Wasn't Me by Shaggy got famous is because a DJ in Hawaii pirated it off of Napster and played it live on air. The song was not supposed to be on the album. youtu.be/qNqgWvHa3LQ?t=10…
The only reason Native Americans are called "Indians" is because Christopher Columbus wrongly inferred that he had reached the shores of South Asia... britannica.com/topic/Trib…
On a future Mars mission, the crew leaves a part of the ship (including all the supplies for the trip home), orbiting Mars, while a part of the crew lands on the surface. The reason is landing everything on the surface and lifting it off again would require enormous amounts of fuel. image.gsfc.nasa.gov/poetr…
The reason why Ancient Greek male statues are depicted with small penises is because they were symbolic to the ideals of male beauty at that time; youthfulness, strength and modesty. Large penises were considered to be vulgar and were associated with savages and evil spirits. theguardian.com/artanddes…
During the Cold War, the USA tried to intimidate the Soviet Bloc by convincing them that then president Richard Nixon was an unstable lunatic who was likely to lash out for no rational reason, based on the dubious "madman theory" of foreign policy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
German discount supermarket Lidl has failed to succeed in Norway, although being successful in other places. They left in 2008 after 4 years. Reasons stated for the failure are Norwegians not liking the foreign food, treatment of workers in other countries and money going out of the country. achievaint.com/study-fail…
Cats wag their tails for almost the exact opposite reasons for why dogs wag their tails. Cats do it when threatened, or when ready to attack, while Dogs do it when excited. spca.org/Document.Doc?id=…
Some clocks that use Roman numerals depict "4" as "IIII" for reasons that range from "IIII" being adapted from ancient sundials to "IIII" being visually balancing. monochrome-watches.com/wh…
The reason why the snowman is abominable, is because of a mistranslation by a journalist. The local name for the creature was "metoh-kangmi" which translates to "man-bear snow-man", but the metoh part was mistranslated as filthy which got later changed to abominable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yet…
The reason companies refer to the Super Bowl as the "Big Game" is because the NFL has had the name trademarked since 1969, and some companies may need to pay over 50 million dollars to use the term. foxbusiness.com/markets/n…
The reason for the Netherlands not being underwater is due to its complex network of dikes, ditches, canals and pumping stations that have been built through the course of its history. It is so intricate that controlled flooding can create a ring of fortification around Amsterdam, its capital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
BHM is in February and the reason behind it being in the 2nd month of the year is, the birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. Since they made history for the lives of African/Black people and reformed to try to give them equal rights. So they dedicate BHM in February. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
The reason Sherlock Holmes adaptations portray him as cold and unemotional is because later stories where he has empathy and warmth are owned by the Conan Doyle Estate. They will sue if a depiction of Holmes uses character traits that they own the rights to. intellectualpropertymagaz…
; The reason why medications have a foil seal on them was because of the Chicago Tylenol murders back in 1982. After the string of murders, drug companies began putting on tamper proof foil seals to prevent further tragedies.. arhsnewspaper.com/5757/ne…
Today I learned about the the statue of Lenin at the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility. This is one the of the last standing statues of Vladamir Lenin that wasn't taken down with the collapse of the Soviet Union. The reason being it is the furthest place from a coast in Antartica and now is a historic site. amusingplanet.com/2017/12…
The reason why we feel hangry is because the level of nutrients in the bloodstream begins to drop. When the brain runs out of dry fuel, it stimulates a stress response. Our inhibition to different emotions is lowered. bbc.com/news/amp/world-us…
In her nearly 70 year reign, the Queen has visited 116 countries in the world, but Greece is not one of them, despite her husband been born there. The reason is believed to be that Philip hates his birth country, because of how they treated his family over the years bbc.com/news/magazine-179…
Today I learned that part of the reason Pythagoras hated beans so much was the belief that beans contained the souls of dead people. Hence, when you farted, you farted the souls of your dead ancestors. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The reason why Olive Oil bottles are so dark is because it's protecting the oil from the light, Which if not dark will degrade the oil. oldtownoil.com/blogs/freq…
Even before cellphones, it was unusual to hear a dial tone after being hung up on. The reason it happens so often in movies and TV is because it was a peculiarity of the phone systems used in California. youtu.be/bUIiUXvnkUQ
One of the reasons people were wary of sending women to space was the fear her menstrual blood would flow back inside her, causing illness npr.org/sections/health-s…
After fatally shooting his parents, siblings and five other members of the royal family, and then himself, Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah became King of Nepal in 2001 for three days while in a coma. The reason for his shooting rampage is still unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dip…
During WW2, Canada gave out buttons to people who tried to enlist but were refused due to medical reasons to show their willingness to fight. veterans.gc.ca/eng/rememb…
Why singers lose their accents when they sing. There are 3 main reasons. Phonetics, the pace at which they sing and speak, and the air pressure from one’s vocal chords. ajournalofmusicalthings.c…
The reason astronauts in orbit 'float' is not due to lack of gravity but rather they are free-falling around Earth (inside the also falling space station) wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/mobi…
Rice Christian is an actual term. Rice Christian is a stereotype term used to describe someone who has formally declared himself/herself a Christian for material benefits rather than for religious reasons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
The reason your tongue feels weird after eating pineapples is because they eat/attack your tongue, cheeks and lips delish.com/food-news/a434…
A the reason why the American and English accents are different is partially because of the Rhotic β€˜R’ - Americans pronounce it, the English don’t. As an example, Card (pronounced CAHD in England became) CARRD in America. rd.com/article/american-b…
The reason Jonathan Frakes has a distinctive way of sitting (known as the Riker maneuver) on The Next Generation is because he injured his back working as a furniture mover. This is also why he leans on chairs and consoles, or has one leg propped up on something. themarysue.com/riker-sits…
, numbers that are the product of two prime numbers (e.g. 4, 6, 9, 10, etc.) are called semiprimes, and sometimes they can be the squares of prime numbers. Semiprime numbers have no composite numbers as factors other than themselves, which is another reason why they are called semiprimes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sem…
Dorothy Good, the youngest accused in the Salem witch trials, was so traumatized by the ordeal she was left with "little to no reason" and required a carer for the rest of her life historyofmassachusetts.or…
The only reason indigo was included in the ROYGBIV rainbow spectrum was because Sir Isaac Newton considered 7 a sacred number and didn't want the rainbow to be "unsacred" dailybreak.com/break/cabi…
The reason why the unicorn on the UK's royal coat of arms is chained, but the lion isn't, is that according to legend a free unicorn was a very dangerous animal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
The reason characters say β€œstation” and there’s an alien named Station in β€˜Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey’ was because of a typo in the script that became an inside joke with the writers. digitalspy.com/movies/a84…
The reason the music video for "White And Nerdy" features Donny Osmond is that Weird Al found him the whitest guy he could think of. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Part of the reason the etymology of the word "fuck" is so hard to trace is because, historically, it was much more commonly spoken than it was written; its profane nature would have discouraged scholars of the time from writing it down in most places they would write. snopes.com/fact-check/wha…
Today I Learned about migratory beekeeping, the practice of using beehives to pollinate crops. Millions of bees are transported across America each year to pollinate avocados, cherries, apples, melons, lettuce and other crops. For this reason, many American vegetables are not strictly vegan. scientificamerican.com/ar…

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