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…
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…
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…
French queen Marie-Antoinette never said the infamous quote "let them eat cake" according to historians. The first recording of Marie Antoinette in relation to the phrase did not occur until 50 years after her death. britannica.com/story/did-…
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…
America invaded Russia in 1918 and attacked forced of the Red Army, leading to poor relations for some time between the two nations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
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…
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…
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…
In the time of the 1950s, Alfa Castaldi served as a reporter and he was in close relation to Ugo Mulas. Together they joined with other artists of various forms and lived what was recorded to be a bohemian lifestyle. Although Castaldi studied under an art critic while he was in college, the care en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
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…
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…
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…
Honey bees can communicate by dancing, it is known as the "waggle dance" and by moving in a certain way in relation to the hive the bees can indicate direction, and by moving for a certain amount of time they can indicate distance, by doing this they can tell other bees in the hive food sources bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
John D Rockefeller Jr was forced to testify to the Commission of Industrial Relations for his role in (and blamed in the media for masterminding) the 1913 Ludlow Massacre where 21 people including women and children were killed in an attack on a camp of striking coal workers. historymatters.gmu.edu/d/…
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…
Chinese warlord Zhang Zuolin had always remained cordial with Puyi, the last Emperor of China, and had sent him a gift of Β£1,600 for his wedding. Zhang sought good relations with Puyi in order to increase his power and cement his legitimacy if a restoration was ever attempted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zha…
Billy Bob Thornton's daughter is serving 20 years in relation to the death of her friends infant daughter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
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?…
Two massive earthquakes in 1999 helped mend Greek-Turkish relations that had been strained since 1832 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
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…
"ellipses" is the plural of the words "ellipse" and "ellipsis" - the two words have no relation to each other. writerscentre.com.au/blog…
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…
In the 2008 Olympics the CCP used 56 children dressed in ethnic clothing to represent the 56 ethnic groups of China. It was later revealed the children weren't actually from those groups, some of whom have tense relations with the government. reuters.com/article/us-ol…
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…
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…
Even though Turkey and Iran have always had peaceful relations, a 2015 study found 64% of Turkish citizens hold a negative view of Iran, with only 14% holding a positive view. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
Today I learned of the American Institute in Taiwan, a quasi-consular organization that exists because the PRC requires countries with diplomatic relations with them to not recognize Taiwan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Zhao Ziyang was the first Chinese head of government to visit the United States when Ronald Reagan honored him at the White House in 1984. Zhao told Reagan that The Taiwan issue remained the principal obstacle to the growth of Sino-U.S. relations reaganlibrary.gov/researc…
The Dalai Lama said that he had such good relations with Chairman Mao Zedong that he regarded him as β€œa father”. As a young man he was β€œattracted by some aspects of Communism” thehindu.com/news/interna…
The CIA covertly funded and trained Tibetan guerrilla fighters during the 1950s - 1960s in an attempt to destabilize Communist China. The program stopped when President Nixon opened relations with China during his terms in office. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Tōshōdai-ji Temple in Nara, Japan, was founded in 759 by the Tang dynasty Chinese monk Jianzhen. A reflection written by Yan Wenjing on the hope for friendly Sino-Japanese relations describing Lotus flowers imported from China had been planted around the Temple's portrait of Jianzhen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C…
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…
Today I learned the US has not had an embassy in Iran for the last 40 years. Informal relations are carried through a "US Interests" Section of the Swiss Embassy , which offers limited services to American citizens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
Flavor Flav is related to 3 members of the Wu Tang Clan - RZA, GZA, and Ol' Dirty Bastard (ODB). However, Flav did not know of his relation to ODB until after his death. youtu.be/6nkGnTKf9io?t=87
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…
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…
Zephany Nurse is a South African girl who was kidnapped as a baby. 17 years later, she was reunited with her real family when she coincidentally started going to the same school as her younger sister. The girls were inseparable and had a strong resemblance. A DNA test confirmed their relation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zep…
Construction of the Sydney Opera House was completed ten years late and 1,357 per cent over budget. Amid worsening relations with the government, the architect quit before its completion and his name was never mentioned at the opening ceremony. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syd…
Today I learned about "Katagelasticism", a psychological condition where a person takes joy in laughing at others. From light pranks to embarrassing and even harmful, mean-spirited jokes, these people thus often find it hard to gain and maintain any social relations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
One of the most awesome expirements recognized by researchers carried out in relation to the famous "physically bees shouldnt be able to fly" myth is, in 2001 a group of Chinese physisits glued tiny silver glass to some bumblebees and fired lasers at them to study their flying patterns. physicsworld.com/a/lasers…
Lake ducks not only have the largest avian reproductive organ, but also the longest penis of all vertebrates in relation to the size of its body. Typically coiled in flaccid state, when erect the penis can be as long as the animal itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
During his Presidency Richard Nixon established the EPA & OSHA, ended the Vietnam War, signed into law the Clean Air Act, desegregated southern schools, presided over Apollo 11 lunar landings, opened diplomatic relations with communist China, and initiated a detente with the Soviet Union us-presidents.insidegov.c…
Honey bees are the first insect known to grasp the concept of zero. Study shows that honey bees can learn and apply the concepts of greater than and less than to interpret a blank stimulus as representing the conceptual number of zero and place zero in relation to other numerical values. motherboard.vice.com/en_u…
There was significant opposition to the Louisiana Purchase at the time, fearing that it was unconstitutional, would move relations too closely to the french, and that it would cause the United States to declare war on Spain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
A Japanese man traveled to Mexico to establish trans-Pacific trade relations in 1610. His journey was recorded in the journal of an Aztec nobleman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
The US has no formal diplomatic relations with Bhutan. While the US broke relations with countries such as Iran and Syria after specific incidents, it simply never established them with the isolated himalayan kingdom, going through India whenever diplomacy is necessary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The former King of England, King Edward VIII, had initially favored Nazi Germany as an ally. Hitler was even quoted saying "I am certain through him permanent friendly relations could have been achieved... His abdication was a severe loss for us." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Today I learned about the Second Vatican Council between 1962 and 1965 Pope John Paul II invited church representatives from all over the world to discuss the future of the church, the churches relation with other religions especially Judaism, the rise of communism in the world, and the rise of atheism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
In Inuit myth a woman had carnal relations with a big dog, and had 10 kids: 5 dogs and 5 werewolf-like creatures. She sent the werewolves inland and sent the dogs across the atlantic, where legend says they were the ancestors of Europeans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adl…
Greasy, stinky, yellow stool is typically a sign of too much fat. This could also be a direct relation to a malabsorption disorder like celiac disease, where your body isn’t absorbing enough nutrients healthline.com/health/dig…
In 2003 relations between Japan and China were strained due to a semi public orgy involving 400 Japanese businessmen and over 500 Chinese prostitutes telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne added a W to his last name to hide his relation to his great-great grandfather John Hathorne, the only judge in the Salem Witch Trials to never repent of his actions. historyofmassachusetts.or…
Serotonin can be naturally produced in the human brain by engaging in meaningful social relations with other humans. researchgate.net/publicat…
Today I learned about David Reuveni, a 16th century adventurer/mystic, also described as a dwarf, who declared himself a relation to King Solomon, met with a Pope and tried to lead the Ten Tribes back to Israel. jewishvirtuallibrary.org/…
In 2001, a submarine in Hawaii rushed safety procedures to accommodate eight CEOs on a Public Relations "mission" that resulted in killing 4 high school students, 2 teachers and 3 crew members, all Japanese, when surfacing. Resulting in a Military judge's "verbal reprimand" of the commander. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ehi…
In 2012, to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations with South Korea, New Zealand sent a group of traditional Haka dancers to Seoul who performed a mix between the Haka and Gangnam Style. newshub.co.nz/entertainme…
Argentina invaded a small British colony in 1982 called the Falkland Islands which became a 2 month long conflict where about 900 died and about 2,400 were injured, causing Britain and Argentina to sever relations until 1989. nationalinterest.org/blog…
In 2008, a penguin living in the Edinburgh Zoo, named Nils Olav III was knighted. He is the mascot of the King of Norway’s Guard, making it a special figure for the country’s military and an opportunity to celebrate the relations between the two countries. In 2016, he was promoted to Brigadie. telegraph.co.uk/news/2016…
Today I learned of Werner Goering, who flew 48 bombing missions over Germany in ww2. He mistakenly believed himself a nephew of the Luftwaffe Chief Herman, so was assigned a copilot who had orders to shoot him if he looked likely to defect or be captured. Recent research proved he was no relation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wer…
Chicken does not need relations with a rooster to lay eggs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg
The Finnish Air Force Academy still uses a swastika on its flag, as this kind of cross was used by the Sami shamans in pre-Christian Finland in relation with Horagalles, the Thunder God en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Obsessed with modernization and technology, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping opened trade relations with the West, which lifted hundreds of millions of his countrymen out of poverty. At the same time he answered to his authoritarian roots, when he ordered the crackdown in 1989 at Tiananmen Square hup.harvard.edu/catalog.p…
The character of Wonder Woman was developed upon a girl in a polyamorous relation with the inventor of polygraph to promote suffrage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Won…
In 1971 at the World Ping-Pong championships in Japan, an American player accidentally boarded the Chinese team’s bus, birthing a friendship between him and a Chinese player which was captured by Time magazine. The photo would go on that year to inspire a normalization in US-China relations. independent.co.uk/news/ob…
The 1988 Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis tried to toughen his image by having a photo op with a M1 Abrams tank. The image completely backfired and he would go on to lose decisively to George H.W. Bush. "Dukakis in the tank" remains shorthand for backfired public relations outings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
French women had their heads shaved and were paraded in streets for having relations with German soldiers theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Jody Miller answered the song "King of the Road" by Roger Miller (no relation) with the song "Queen of the House." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Charles Stratton AKA General Tom Thumb was a diminutive relation who worked for PT Barnum, and became an internationally acclaimed stage performer. He is credited with changing the perception of β€œfreak shows”, which were previously seen as base work, and they soon after became highly popular. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
After WWI, some U.S. soldiers were sent to Russia to fight the Bolsheviks during the Russian Civil War. Because of this, early relations between the U.S. and the USSR were poor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The illustrator of Animorphs cover didn't read the books when he was working on them and has never contacted the author although she sent him Christmas presents with candy. Publishers discourage illustrators from developing relations with authors vice.com/en_us/article/me…
Until 1981, the Italian penal code carried a provision for mild punishment of "honour killings", sentencing killers of a wife, sister or daughter caught in an "illegitimate carnal relation" to three to seven years. surt.org/gvei/docs/nation…
Today I learned about Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath. A British peer who paints erotic scenes from the Kama Sutra on the walls of his estate, has openly had sexual relations with over seventy women during his marriage, many of them live in estate cottages, and he refers to them as wifelets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
A Zeugma is a rhetoric device in which a single word is used with two other parts of a sentence, but must be understood differently in relation to each, such as in β€œhe took his hat and his leave.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeu…
During the Cold War, Chairman Mao held meetings in his swimming pool to embarrass Nikola Khrushchev, who had to wear a floatie as he couldn’t swim. Khrushchev felt insulted and the incident furthered the deterioration of relations between the Soviet Union and China. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned of paradiplomacy, a form of international relations where subnational units(like federal states, provinces, regions, and cities) promote their own interests and form relationships between each other on the world stage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
In Warlpiri culture, it is considered impolite or shameful for certain family relations to converse. (For example, a woman should not converse with her son-in-law.) If such conversation is necessary, the speakers use the avoidance register, which has a drastically reduced lexicon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
China did not establish relations with South Korea until 1992. Throughout the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, China recognized only North Korea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The Channel Islands are Dependencies of the British Crown, being the last remnants of the Duchy of Normandy. They're not a part of the UK, Commonwealth, or EU, have their own laws, legislatures, languages, and currencies, but depend on the UK for defence and international relations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Someone was allegedly caught in relation to the β€œNigerian prince” scam. Michae Neu, from Slidell, Louisiana, is suspected of being the scam's "middle man" who obtained money and "subsequently wired" funds to his co-conspirators in Nigeria. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Seychelles is the most vegetarian friendly country in the world, thanks to a combination of its low meat consumption and a high number of veggie-friendly restaurants in relation to its small population lonelyplanet.com/news/201…
In 1973, a Libyan passenger jet having navigational problems wandered into Israeli airspace. When 2 Israeli F-4s intercepted the jet and instructed the crew to land, they refused because of bad Libyan-Israeli relations at the time. The jet was then shot down, killing 108 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
In 1984, in response to protests outside the Libyan embassy in London, machine gun fire was turned on protesters on the street from inside the embassy, hitting 11 people and killing a police officer. This lead to an armed siege of the embassy by police and breaking of diplomatic relations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Due to apartheid Ireland was the only EU country that did not have full diplomatic relations with South Africa until 1993 when an exchange of ambassadors was agreed with the De Klerk administration in anticipation of the ending of apartheid en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ire…
Jewish Nobel Prize Winner Isaac Bashevis Singer, who fled Poland because of the Nazi threat in the 1930s, wrote that "In relation to animals, all people are Nazis; for the animals, it is an eternal Treblinka." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
China practices "Panda Diplomacy" wherein the government gifts Pandas to other countries to improve their relations, a practice dating back to the 600s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
As recently as 2013 Virginia law banned cohabitation and sexual relations between unmarried adults... the law was last used in the 90s digitaljournal.com/articl…
When JAL Flight 2 landed in San Francisco Bay short of the runway, captain Kohei Asoh told investigators, "As you Americans say, I fucked up." Today the "Asoh defense" is hailed by corporate strategists as one of the most effective public relations strategies. check-six.com/Crash_Sites…
A friendly exchange between an American and Chinese player in the 1971 World Ping-Pong Championship prompted Mao Zedong to invite the American table-tennis to China, helping re-open Sino-American relations for the first time since the cold war. history.com/news/ping-pon…
Pope John Paul II entered and prayed in a mosque, and even kissed the Qur'an, in an effort to improve religious relations with Islam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
The term "Goomba" as used in the Mario games is actually a slang term for an Italian male. Generally it is said in relation with gangs and the Mafia. onlineslangdictionary.com…
The reason sprinkles are called Jimmies in New England is because in 1948 Dr. Farber founded The Jimmy Fund and an ice cream shoppe named Brigham's (owned by a relation to Peter Brigham) would charge an extra penny for chocolate sprinkles on a cone which went to The Jimmy Fund mr-sprinkles.com/about
In 2005, Roy E. Disney ousted then CEO Micheal Eisner for being timid in the theme park business, neglecting animation studios, fracturing relations with Pixar, instilling corporate mentality among employees, and turning Disney into a "rapacious, soul-less" conglomerate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
David Letterman was blackmailed in 2009 for having sexual relations with his employees youtube.com/watch?v=f7f9D…

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