King Louis XVI was condemned to death by a majority of only 1 vote. Amongst those who voted in favor of the execution was the king's own cousin, Philippe Γ‰galitΓ©, whom the king did not have positive relations with. Philippe himself would be guillotined on the same scaffold a year later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
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…
Today I learned of the Bandung Conference, a meeting between Asian and African countries during the Cold War to strengthen relations and to condemn Western and Soviet Imperialism towards their nations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban…
Today I learned about the C-2 visa, given to UN representatives of nations that have poor relations with the United States. It allows travel within a 25-mile radius of New York's Columbus Circle and is designed to only allow travel to and from the United Nations headquarters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-2…
Today I learned about β€œcooping,” a form of electoral fraud in which unwilling victims were kidnapped, drugged, and forced to vote; often several times over, for a particular candidate in an election. Cooping is cited in relation to the death of Edgar Allan Poe in 1849. sampsoniaway.org/fearless…
Bruce Lee's first student was a black man named Jesse Glover. Glover would also end up becoming Lee's first assistant instructor in the U.S. Glover helped teach Lee about the state of race relations in the U.S at the time. nbcnews.com/news/asian-am…
Thanks to the National Labor Relations Act, an employer cannot prohibit their employees from discussing their salary or wage levels with one another. nlrb.gov/guidance/key-ref…
Generic SNES space shooter β€œPhalanx” had an old man playing a banjo on the cover, not for any relation to the game itself, but purely as a marketing technique to differentiate itself in the crowded space shooter market. β€œBanjo man” does not appear in the game at any point. nintendolife.com/news/201…
King Offa of Mercia once minted copies of dinars of the Abbasid caliphate in the heart of England. He intended to increase trade and relations with Islamic Spain, the global super power at the time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off…
By certain fringe interpretations of the Treaty of San Francisco, which normalized US/Japan relations post-WWII, Taiwan is rightfully Japanese territory. taiwanus.net/tcg/taiwan-j…
, during WWII, Poland declared war on Japan, but the Japanese Government rejected the war declaration, making it the only war declaration to be rejected. The state of war between Poland and Japan lasted until 1957, when an agreement to restore relations between the two countries was signed. thefirstnews.com/article/…
Today I learned about Beltane, aka "the other Halloween." It incorporates traditions from the Gaelic Bealtaine, such as the bonfire, but it bears more relation to the Germanic May Day festival, both in its significance (focusing on fertility) and its rituals (such as May pole dancing). al.com/strange-alabama/20…
Hawaii is the only US state with the Union Jack (the UK flag) on its flag, this is to represent the British Empire's relations with Hawaii, especially with King Kamehameha britannica.com/topic/flag…
The 6th Dalai Lama led a playboy lifestyle, sleeping with girls and getting drunk on the journey to become Dalai Lama, and spending nights in the streets of Lhasa, drinking wine, singing love songs and having amorous relations with girls. He later disappeared, with his body never found en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th…
The Treaty of Windsor (1386) which led to over 600 years of British-Portuguese relations was due to wine. French wine was heavily taxed in England due to wars with France. In the 1700’s, Portuguese wine accounted for 66% of all wine consumption in the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Charlie Chaplin made the Hitler mocking film, "The Great Dictator", in 1940 using his own money because none of the Hollywood studios were comfortable irking the Germans as they had financial relations with them. The film is said to be one of the greatest works of Charlie Chaplin. vulture.com/2014/12/charl…
Research suggests that a future Martian colony should grow and develop completely independently from Earth. Its members would relinquish their Earthly citizenship, have no nation on Earth to answer to, and only establish diplomatic and economic relations with new crews that land on the planet. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Mongoose have an extraordinary amount of incest. While most mammals avoid incest as it leads to health problems and inbreeding depression, the mongoose are the exception. 63% of offspring are the result of incest between father-daughter and no observed mother-son relations. phys.org/news/2014-12-inc…
"Perfidious Albion" is a pejorative phrase used within the context of international relations diplomacy to refer to alleged acts of diplomatic sleights, duplicity, treachery and hence infidelity by monarchs or governments of the UK in their pursuit of self-interest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
During the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz mission, to help USA/USSR relations, astronauts and cosmonauts played smuggled audio recordings of glasses clinking, laughter, and many female voices. Houston radioed to ask what’s going on. "Oh nothing,” they said. β€œWe finished work, just having a party up here." supercluster.com/editoria…
During WW2 after the Nazis had taken over France, Churchill made the decision to attack the French naval fleet rather than let it fall into enemy hands. The bombardment killed nearly 2,000 men. France then severed all diplomatic relations with the UK and even mounted several retaliation attacks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
In WW2 American soldiers were instructed to temper prejudice against black soldiers when stationed in the UK as race relations were much better there. youtu.be/SyYSBBE1DFw?t=15…
Union General Jefferson C. Davis (no relation to the Confederate president) publicly murdered his superior officer in a hotel in 1862. Due to a need for experienced generals in the army, he received no punishment and served to the end of the Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
China produced a swimsuit poster in 1990, "The feeling of the sisters of the two coasts", showing young Chinese and Taiwanese women in a sisterly gathering, indicating how good relations are (or should be) on both sides of the Taiwan Strait chineseposters.net/poster…
Today I learned of all the planets in the solar system, Venus is the most similar in size to Earth - its diameter is 0.95 and its mass is 0.82 in relation to the Earth’s size - gravity on the surface is 0.9 G. The problem is in the surface temperature which is about 470 C, the pressure is around 93 bar. needforscience.com/astron…
In the extinct Australian language Mbabaram, the word for dog is 'dog'. This is purely a coincidence and there is no relation between the words en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mba…
Author of β€œHow to Win Friends and Influence People” Dale Carnegie bears no relation to steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. Dale changed his name from its original spelling, "Carnagey," to "Carnegie.” The new spelling made people associate his classes and books with the wealthy Carnegie family. biography.com/.amp/writer…
When a ptition for the decrimnalization of all consensual relations between adults and minors below the age of fifteen was addressed to the French parliment in 1977, it was signed by such intellectuals as Michel Foucault, Jean-Paul Sartre, Roland Barthes and Simone de Beauvoir. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
St Chad of Mercia is jocularly suggested to be the patron saint of botched election due to the confused nature of his appointment as saint and the relation to the word chad which is the small fragment of paper left when holes are made in paper en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The LINPACK benchmpark, which is used to measure the processing power of supercomputers, is pretty commonly criticized as having little relation with the actual performance of the computers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LIN…
In 1973 before reality TV, an anthropologist sailed across the Atlantic with 11 attractive people of different races/sex/nationalities. Known as the "sex raft" he'd purposely done this to stoke sexual relations, create tension, and purposely sought danger to see if humans would act like monkeys. theguardian.com/film/2019…
Mitsumi Electric, designer of the PS2 controller's circuit board, refused to strain their relations with Sony by supplying their boards to Microsoft. The original Xbox controller was 3x larger than the Dualshock 2 due to an inferior in-house circuit board design. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbo…
There are two KENWOOD companies, KENWOOD Limited (UK) that makes kitchen appliances and KENWOOD Corporation (JP) that makes mainly audio equipment, and that they have no relation to each other en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
To cover up My Lai massacre, Hugh Thompson jr. was quickly awarded Distinguished Flying Cross with citation of fabricated events that included promoting Vietnamese–American relations in the operational area. Thompson threw away the citation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hug…
The first animated X-rated movie released in the US was a cartoon called Fritz the Cat (1972). The film is a satire focusing on American college life of the era, race relations, the free love movement and left-wing politics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
One of the charges against Marie Antoinette included incestuous relations with her son Louis-Charles, who was forced to testify that his mother had molested him. After a two-day show trial, an all-male jury found the former queen guilty on all charges and unanimously condemned her to death. history.com/news/10-thing…
When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, Pablo Picasso was brought in for questioning in relation to the theft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Universal Studios, United Artists, and Disney rejected to get involved with "Star Wars" due to budget concerns or believing it wouldn't succeed due to being too strange. Only 20th Century Fox agreed because they wanted to form relations with George Lucas after his success of "American Graffiti". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
The "Murderkill River" in Delaware actually has no relation at all to death. "Muderkill" comes from the Middle Dutch words "moeder" (mother) and "kille" (river), meaning "Mother River". Which also makes it a tautological (redundant) name since Murderkill River = "Mother River River". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
In 1925 the reporter and public relations executive Dorish Fleischman was the first married woman to be issued a United States passport in her maiden name. Also she was the first woman to report on a boxing match while working for the New York Tribune in the 1910s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
US President Franklin Roosevelt had tasked Walt Disney himself to travel to South America on a "goodwill tour" to prevent Fascism and Nazi ideals from spreading. While there, he created the film "Saludos Amigos" and Jose Carioca to bridge relations between the US and S. American Countries npr.org/templates/story/s…
Today I learned about the Blue Diamond Affair, which began with a Thai servant stealing valuable jewels from the Saudi Royal Family and taking them back to Thailand in 1989, then became a series of unsolved crimes, which have soured Thai and Saudi relations for 31 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
That, one of the few references that Leonardo Da Vinci made to sexuality in his notebooks states: "The act of procreation and anything that has any relation to it is so disgusting that human beings would soon die out if there were no pretty faces and sensuous dispositions." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Loki gave birth to an 8-legged horse, after disguising himself as a mare in heat and having relations with a stallion. It became "the best horse among gods and men". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sva…
In the extinct Australian language Mbabaram, the word for dog is 'dog'. This is purely a coincidence and there is no relation between the words en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mba…
Foucault put forward the view that the homosexual category did not exist until the 19th century. Although same sex relations have been practiced throughout history, people who practised homosexuality were not classified as homosexuals, and did not think of themselves in terms of sexuality. scielo.org.co/scielo.php?…
George Orwell had trouble getting Animal Farm published due to Soviet-British relations during WW2. Once, a publisher agreed to release the novella but later reneged after warning from an officer at the British Ministry of Information. The officer was soon discovered to be a Soviet spy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
Pluto is technically a binary system. Its moon, Charon, is massive enough in relation to Pluto that the point around which they orbit is somewhere in between the two. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
The "expiration dates" on most packaged foods are not legally required, rarely have any relation to food safety, and contribute to massive food waste when consumers and merchants throw out perfectly safe food. [pdf] nrdc.org/sites/default/fi…
That, when asked to investigate the space shuttle Challenger disaster, Richard Feynman wrote a very critical report about NASA's safety policy concluding: "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled." history.nasa.gov/rogersre…

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