During the U.S. Civil War, Andrew Carnegie was drafted for the Army; however, rather than serve, he paid another man $850 to report for duty in his place, a common practice at the time. history.com/topics/19th-c…
Today I learned about "cattle mutilation": thousands of worldwide cases where cattle have been found inexplicably dead with surgical wounds, specific body parts removed, and their blood drained. Reports go back to the 17th century, and despite federal investigations, no well-accepted explanation exists en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Bilingual reduced emotional resonance is a fairly well-established phenomenon were many bilinguals report β€œfeeling less” in their second language, which might make it easier to use highly emotional vocabulary, and swear. theguardian.com/science/b…
Today I learned about the dancing plague of 1518. There was an outbreak of dancing after a woman started dancing and others joined in, and the dancing did not seem to die down for days. There are even reports that some people danced until they died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
The video game market accounts for more than half of UK's entertainment sector and is worth more than the music and movie industry combined, according to new report. bbc.com/news/technology-4…
Journalist Dan Rather, became famous after his reporting saved thousands of lives during Hurricane Carla in 1961. Rather created the first radar weather report by overlaying a transparent map over a radar image of Hurricane Carla. This then helped initiate the evacuation of 350,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Sugar can be dangerously explosive. In 2008, 14 people died and 40 were injured when sugar dust combusted at Imperial Sugar's refinery in Georgia. A U.S. Chemical Safety Board report found the explosion was entirely preventable. The sugar industry has been aware of explosion risks since 1926. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
UK TV viewing figures are calculated from a sample of just 5300 households, who report everything they watch and aren’t allowed to publicly disclose their participation. radiotimes.com/tv/enterta…
On multiple occasions after the official end of WWII in 1945, there were numerous reports of American and Soviet aircraft engaged in combat with one another on May 8 and afterwards. One such pilot to be shot down was Captain Malcolm L. Nash flying a PoW camp pinpoint mission over Dresden. theaviationgeekclub.com/f…
People who are in love report at least one hour less of sleep per night than their romantically unattached peers. This lack of sleep is attributed to the hypomanic-like condition our brain enters when we are in love. theglobeandmail.com/life/…
Today I learned about a case report on a 19 year old wrestler who died after losing 9 pounds in 8.5 hours by exercising vigorously in a hot environment wearing a vapour-impermeable suit under a cotton warm-up suit. He resumed exercising 2 hours after the weight loss and died from cardiac arrest an hour later. cmaj.ca/content/158/9/117…
The US DoI's Slattery Report (aka "The Problem of Alaskan Development) included a proposal for bringing in Jews from Nazi Germany en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
Notorious crime boss and FBI's No.1 most-wanted fugitive at the time James 'Whitey' Bulger was arrested in 2011 after a former Ms. Iceland recognized him as her neighbor in California from a news report whilst she was home in Iceland. She was awarded $2 million for informing the FBI. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
The second person to report the death of Osama Bin Laden was Dwayne Johnson. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
When in the 1940s Peter Drucker, the creator of modern management, studied General Motors for two years and then outlined its problems, GM chairman Alfred Sloan treated his report "as if it did not exist" and banned other people from mentioning it in his presence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The My Lai Massacre committed by US soldiers was covered up until another soldier who had heard reports of the massacre began a campaign to bring the events to light. He didn't receive a response after writing to the government and finally gave an interview to the journalist to break the story. history.com/topics/vietna…
Today I learned of the U.S. Army's 'Camel Corps,' started in 1855 which tested the benefits of camels in the military. Although proving indispensable, the project was abandoned and the camels were sold off. There were still reports of wild camels in the Southwest and into British Columbia as late as the 1900's armyhistory.org/the-u-s-a…
An Australian Royal Commission found that Jehovah's Witnesses harbored 1,006 known pedophiles who they did not report to the authorities. The commission also found their policies to be outdated and that they provided inadequate support to victims. childabuseroyalcommission…
Less than a quarter of U.S. workers report using math any more complicated than basic fractions and percentages during the course of their jobs. Blue-collar workers generally do more advanced math than their white-collar friends theatlantic.com/business/…
"Philanthropist" Robert F. Smith was involved in the largest tax evasion case in US history. He "willfully failed to report" over $200 million in income and he signed a nonprosecution agreement. He paid a fine of $139 million and cooperated with investigators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In Canadian Parliament, it is tradition to drag the new Speaker of the House to their seat. The Speaker had to report to the Monarch, and sometimes the Monarch would kill them if the news was bad. It was an undesirable position and many Speakers were forced into that role. nationalobserver.com/2019…
According to a 2015-2016 University of Pennsylvania Research Report (updated in 2018), Public School teachers are predominantly female: Elementary 90%; Middle 73%; Secondary 59%; (All 77%). Principals are more evenly divided: Elementary 68%; Middle 46%; Secondary 33% (All 54%). repository.upenn.edu/cgi/…
In the 1930s NBC Radio added a 4th Chime to their 3 Chime jingle, alerting employees that historic news was happening, and all staff members needed to report. The 4th Chime was used after the Hindenburg explosion, and on D-Day nbcnews.com/storyline/d-d…
The "Holbrook Holiday" is a creative punishment invented by an Ohio judge. Instead of a standard jail term, he takes a holiday away from the criminal for the next several years by making them report to jail for the holiday abcnews.go.com/US/ohio-ju…
In 1953, J Edgar Hoover published a FBI report warning β€œthe nation can expect an appalling increase in the number of crimes that will be committed by teenagers in the years ahead." Leading President Eisenhower to ask for legislation to β€œassist the states in dealing with this nationwide problem." saturdayeveningpost.com/2…
Today I learned that Jingle Bells was the first song ever broadcast from space on Dec. 16th 1965. Astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra smuggled a harmonica and bells onboard and pranked mission control with a report of a 'sattallite' going from north to south, then played the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jin…
Alligators are scared of humans and it's usually safe to swim in most alligator infested waters. A 2010 report tallied all the reported alligator attacks over the 81 years from 1928 to 2009. It found there were only 24 deaths from alligators in the United States, most of them in Florida. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
The Greek philosopher Chrysippus of Soli died in 206 BC, at the age of 73, after a laughing fit caused by his own joke. His biographer reports he saw a donkey eating some figs and yelled that it needed to be given a pure wine to wash the figs down. dailystoic.com/chrysippus…
Though "Time Out" is often cited as the first Jazz album to sell one million copies, Herbie Hancock's "Head Hunters" and Weather Reports "Heavy Weather" were certified platinum twenty years before "Time Out." rateyourmusic.com/list/Ri…
A former Michelin Guide inspector said an inspector's life is lonely, underpaid drudgery, driving around France for weeks on end, dining alone, under intense pressure to file detailed reports on strict deadlines, the guide had become lax in its standards, & some famous chefs are "untouchables". wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel…
The BBC almost didn't air the first report from the Belsen concentration camp as they couldn't believe its content. They only relented when journalist Richard Dimbleby threatened to resign if they didn't. bbc.co.uk/archive/richard…
The heroine of Zero Dark Thirty and villain of The Report are based on the same CIA expert, once dubbed the "Queen of Torture" moviemaker.com/is-maura-t…
There is a dialect of Arabic that isn't naturally spoken anywhere, but which is understandable to all speakers of Arabic. While people from Egypt, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen or Syria might not understand each other, they can understand the same news report. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mod…
Touch the Clouds was a Chief of the Lakota Indian Tribe. He was a friend of Crazy Horse. Fought in The Battle of Little Bighorn. Some historians report he was around 6'10, 280 pounds. He was a great warrior, highly intelligent, diplomatic and well respected by Natives and white men alike. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tou…
To disprove reports of his death after a weeks-long disappearance, the President of Turkmenistan appeared on state television driving a rally car around a flaming gas crater known as "Hell's Gate" abc.net.au/news/2019-08-0…
Today I learned about a report on the case of a 17 year old man who was admitted to a hospital due to severe iron-deficiency anemia. He also suffered from pagophagia, a psychological disorder characterized by the compulsive consumption of ice. Pagophagia is known to improve some symptoms of iron deficiency. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
Researchers report that they used newly discovered gut bacteria enzymes to convert type A blood to type O at a rate faster than ever before. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article…
Gremlins were invented by the RAF as mythical creatures who break airplanes, as way to explain random mechanical failures in reports; an "investigation" was even conducted to make sure Gremlins didn't have nazi sympathies historynet.com/gremlins.h…
West Point banned an annual pillow fight held by first year cadets after it devolved into a β€œbloody clash” in 2015. 30 people were injured, 24 of them had concussions. A report said upper-class cadets did not take proper control of the fight to ensure the safety of first years. militarytimes.com/news/yo…
In WWII, weather reports were censored to prevent enemy submarines from learning about conditions. A football game in Chicago was so covered in fog that the radio announcer couldn't see the field, but afterwards he was officially thanked for never using the word "fog" or mentioning the weather. wikipedia.org/wiki/Office…
Kids falling victim to tampered Halloween candy is an urban myth. None of the reports have found to be true. In one case a child died from heroin found at a relative's. In another a child died after eating cyanide-laced candy from his father who'd taken out a life insurance policy on him. joelbest.net/halloween-sa…
In 2015 the Tesla Model S P85D became the first car that Consumer Reports gave a road test score outside the normal bounds - that then-new Tesla scored 103 out of 100 points. autonews.com/article/2015…
When the first white man came back to describe Yellow Stone and consequentially its geothermal features, his report was considered fictional. The same also happened for the second non-native. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyo…
"ball lightening" has no explanation despite being seen by 3% of people. Reports describe it as floating orbs of light that sometimes enter people's homes. wikipedia.org/w/index.php…
"dietary supplements" in the United States don't need to pass any safety inspections or testing. Manufacturers don't have to prove their products are safe, or even effective, and the FDA can only remove an unsafe product after someone gets sick, dies, or files an "adverse event" report. fda.gov/food/information-…
It is a common misconception that one must wait 24 hours to file a missing persons report. Law enforcement agencies often stress that the case should be reported as early as possible en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
There's a mass grave near Chicago containing about 60 circus performers. Some visitors report hearing ghostly elephant sounds at night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Each year, over 100 firefighters are arrested for arson. This comes from a report by the National Volunteer Fire Council. Some of the offenders seem to be motivated by boredom, or by the prospect of receiving attention for responding to the fires they have set. nvfc.org/wp-content/uploa…
Many organ donation recipients report new traits and tendencies (such as food cravings) that they share with their donor. freep.com/story/life/well…
When in 1988 Consumer Reports compared 4 American midsize cars, all suffered failures during the test - the Ford and Dodge had their A/C not work, the Eagle had a glovebox that did not close and an unopenable fuel filler door, and the Buick had a knocking engine and a broken door lock. curbsideclassic.com/vinta…

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