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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
"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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
The British Standards Institute produced a 5000+ word report on how to make a perfect cup of tea, including implements and equipment, ideal temperature and when to add milk. iso.org/standard/73224.ht…
Many organ donation recipients report new traits and tendencies (such as food cravings) that they share with their donor. freep.com/story/life/well…
In 2011 the Chevrolet Volt topped Consumer Reports' ranking of vehicles with the most owners who would buy one again - 93% would. Next year the car got that honor again, with 92% of owners who would buy one again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
"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-…
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…
Astronauts report blurred vision in low-gravity environments as one of the strangest effects of spaceflight on the human body. nasa.gov/mission_pages/st…
In 1688 false reports of Irish soldiers burning and massacring English towns prompted a mass panic, with thousands of people arming themselves and preparing to resist non-existent groups of marauding Irishmen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iri…
If, in the interest of aviation safety, a pilot reports an incident that occurred due to their mistake or error, they are give immunity from any repercussions to incident en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avi…
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…
Democratic Republic of Congo completed its $22m National Museum in 2019. It is hoped the collection will be expanded with items taken abroad during the colonial era. In 2018, a landmark French report called for thousands of artefacts to be returned to Africa bbc.com/news/world-africa…
The phrase 'flying saucer' used as a substitute for an UFO is the result of a mistaken newspaper report in 1947 of the first well-known UFO sighting by the business mogul Kenneth Arnold who said the speeding aerial was crescent-shaped but moved "like saucers skipping on water". britannica.com/topic/unid…
All three cars with the highest Consumer Reports test scores are BMWs. The only other brands with cars in their Top 5 are Tesla and Kia. consumerreports.org/cars-…
The HMAS Melbourne was initially sold for scrapping, however China bought the rights to scrap and instead fully documented and analyzed the designs for their own carrier program. Decommissioned in 1982, reports suggest it was not scrapped until 2002, having been used for training in those years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMA…
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…
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…
Parts from Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 were recovered from the Everglades and used in other EAL planes, after which the airline's employees started to report ghost sightings of Flight 401's pilots in those planes, which ceased when the cannibalised parts were removed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
There is a Virtual Museum of Soviet Repression in Belarus. It covers a part of Belarusian history which is mainly excluded from current Belarusian official historiography by presenting recordings of inhabitants who report on their personal experiences with Repression during the Soviet time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
Today I learned about the Werther-Effect, the emulation of another suicide that the person attempting suicide knows about either from local knowledge or due to accounts or depictions of the original suicide. Due to this, in Australia it's illegal for media to report suicide as a reason a person has passed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aus…
While only 30% of 16-24 year olds in the UK report having had sex before turning 16, 72% of them thought half or more of 16 year olds had had sex before turning 16 natsal.ac.uk/media/3935/n…
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…
Through magnetic imaging resonance you can determine the intentions of another person before they make an action. Real world Minority Report theguardian.com/science/2…
Today I learned of the 'Battle of Brisbane' (1942), a standoff between American soldiers and Australian citizens leading to one death and hundreds of injured on both sides. The reports were censored to preserve wartime morale. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Fairy dust was later added to Peter Pan after several reports of kids hurting themselves after attempting to fly from their beds theguardian.com/childrens…
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…
After WWII, Col. S. L. A. Marshal published a report that found only 15-20% of soldiers in combat fired to kill during the war, even if their lives were threatened. This prompted the US Army to switch from bulls-eye targets to sillouette targets to desensitize soldiers to killing killology.com/aggression-…
More People Have Cell Phones Than Toilets. According to a UN report from 2015, 2.5 billion of the world's 7 billion people lack access to a toilet, particularly in areas of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. While another report put the number of mobile phone users at 6 billion. blogs.worldbank.org/opend…
Today I learned of the Battle of Ramree Island in which the Allies launched an attack to retake Ramree and its neighbour Cheduba Island. There were reports of Japanese soldiers being eaten by saltwater crocodiles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Great Britain once had a Cones Hotline for people to report rogue traffic cones. The Cones Hotline was launched in 1992 for citizens to report traffic cones on the road for no obvious reason. The policy was mocked for both being comically pointless and for being a waste of government money. independent.co.uk/news/co…
Thomas Edison was considered to be troubled at learning by administrators. When his mother got thus report she pulled him out of school and decided to home school him. She believed he just saw things differently than others and needed more attention. edisonmuckers.org/thomas-…
When Consumer Reports tested the Olympic WaterGuard wood stain, the product was so bad that it "didn’t take to the wood at all.". consumerreports.org/home-…
The FICO scoring system is routinely updated but, each lender determines if and when it will upgrade to the latest version. This is why a mortgage lender will come up with a very different score than your personal credit score report. myfico.com/credit-educati…
In 1920s, a famine struck Russia and forced people to eat raw seeds, grass, dirt, dogs, cats and leather horse harnesses. At its peak, people eat and sell human body parts as meat. Despite reports of cannibalism, the police took no action as it was deemed a legitimate method of survival. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
The German submarine U-530 surrendered to the Argentine Navy on 10 July 1945 at Mar del Plata, an Argentine reporter claimed that he had seen a police report to the effect that the submarine was transporting a officer and a civilian who might have been Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun in disguise. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
A study from 2016 identified an overall 57% diminution in mean sperm concentration over the past 35 years in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Reports in South America indicated no significant alteration. An increasing trend of sperm concentration was identified only in Australia. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
The Spanish Flu effected the entire world, killing more than 50 million. The outbreak was during WWI and to keep morale high, wartime censors for many countries minimized it. Papers were free to report its effects in neutral Spain causing many to think it was largely confined to that country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Today I learned about John Gurdon, who was ranked last out of 250 boys in his year group in Biology and in a progress report, his teacher said that pursuing Biology for him would be a "waste of time, for him and those who have to teach him". In 2012, John Gurdon won the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
Scattering of human ashes at Disneyland and Disney World happens so frequently park employees have a special code to report it for cleanup. gizmodo.com/the-urban-leg…
Canada recycles just 9 per cent of its plastics with the rest dumped in landfill and incinerators or tossed away as litter, a new report shows. rco.on.ca/canada-recycles…
Buddy Holly's pregnant wife MarΓ­a Elena learned about his tragic death from a news report and suffered a miscarriage shortly after due to the psychological trauma. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Coastal rubber boas are native to southwestern Canada and the northwestern US. They are considered the most docile of boa species and are often used to help people overcome their fear of snakes. There are no reports of rubber boas ever biting a human under any circumstance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
A mysterious 10-12kg (22-26lbs) icy ball fell into an Indian village. Some villagers thought it was an extra-terrestrial object. There were reports of villagers taking pieces home to put in their refrigerators. They found it was more likely to be frozen human faeces leaked from a plane overhead. bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia…
Today I learned of HMP Peterhead, a prison that was known as β€œScotland’s Gulag; a prison of no hope”. A report in 2005 found that electricity had just been added to all the cells and human waste was still manually emptied. It closed in 2013. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HM_…
The Soviet Union had an internationally televised song contest. As few viewers had phones, they would turn their lights on if they liked a song and off if they didn’t. The power spikes were recorded by the state energy company and the reports sent to the station to pick the winner. thetrumpet.com/11953-what…
Today I learned of Sombra, drug detection dog of the Colombian Nat'l Police. She's led to over 200 arrests & seizure of at least 9 tons of illicit drugs. Police upped security for Sombra after the cartel Los UrabeΓ±os (aka Gulf Clan) put a bounty on her head. Reports on price for her murder varied from $7K-$70K. nationalpost.com/news/wor…
The United States by far has the most tornadoes in the world, averaging 1,274 per year in the last decade while Canada reports nearly 100 annually. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
, Apr. 18, 1930 is a particularly slow day, that British Broadcasting Corporation ( BBC) has no news to report & just played Opera music on their airtime. sundaypost.com/fp/on-this…
The so-called "Spanish flu" was only known as such because WWI wartime censors made sure to keep reporting of illness in their own countries minimal so as to not appear weak. However, the news was free to report on Spain, which was neutral. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
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…
The Japanese command didn't realize Hiroshima had been totally destroyed until almost a whole day after it happened. Vague reports of some sort of large explosion had begun to filter in, but the Japanese high command knew that no large-scale air raid had taken place over the city. osti.gov/opennet/manhatta…
Scandinavians are adamant about letting their children nap outside, even in cold weather. Parents report that babies take longer and deeper naps when they sleep comfortably bundled up outside. amp.timeinc.net/time/4968…
Birds get drunk sometimes and fall, stumble, and crash into windows. In 2010 about 50 dead birds were found and a report showed nearby berries had high enough ethanol levels to intoxicate them. In 2018 berries fermented as a result of an early frost and a town was full of confused, erratic birds nytimes.com/2018/10/07/sc…
In 2019 the US government recovered over $3 Billion using the False Claims Act, generally from whistleblower reports. justice.gov/opa/pr/justic…
Prior to losing the $3 million settlement to the lady who spilled coffee and got 3rd degree burns, Mcdonald's had over 700 reports of injuries from similar incidents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie…
Sci-Fi writer Philip K. Dick's writing had accumulated a total revenue of over US $1 billion by 2009: Blade Runner (from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall (from We Can Remember It for You Wholesale), Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, The Adjustment Bureau, among others. wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip…
The Momo Challenge, in which it was reported in 2018 and 2019 that children were being enticed to perform dangerous tasks including suicide, was a hoax and media reports about deaths linked to the challenge were "far fetched and devoid of any evidence". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mom…
A pirate had a bounty of $500 put on him by a governor, so he put an even larger bounty on the governor (reports say either $1500 or $5000). famous-pirates.com/famous…
Planned obsolescence is illegal in France; it is a crime to intentionally shorten the lifespan of a product with the aim of making customers replace it. In early 2018, French authorities used this law to investigate reports that Apple deliberately slowed down older iPhones via software updates. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
When Consumer Reports tested a Renault 12 in 1972, the car had 34 defects, including a connecting rod breaking through the engine block, loosened flywheel bolts and the windshield wiper motor burning. The best car in the comparison, Toyota Corolla, had only 9 defects. curbsideclassic.com/blog/…
The popular MMO EVE Online hired an economist to oversee the in-game money. Besides writing internal reports, he occasionally intervenes to prevent inflation and unintended market consequences. EVE has about 500k users who partake in the game's hyper-libertarian online economy. fastcompany.com/3024392/m…
According to a quarterly earnings report in 2015, around 2.1 million Americans still use AOL's dial-up services - some of which still pay a (reduced) subscription fee. It is estimated that these users live in areas without proper broadband coverage, or simply can't afford to upgrade. money.cnn.com/2015/05/08/…
Stalin was actually warned about the Nazi invasion, 'Barbarossa', weeks before it actually happened. Refusing to believe the Nazis had broken the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact of 1939, dismissing the reports of war as British provocations. More than 800,000 Soviets were killed, 6 million captured. history.com/news/how-stal…
In 1625, a restoration of the Sistine Chapel was carried out by Simone Lagi, the "resident gilder", who wiped the ceiling with linen cloths and cleaned it by rubbing it with bread. His report states that the frescoes "were returned to their previous beauty without receiving any harm". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
The actor Kurt Russell was probably the first person to officially report the Phoenix Lights (one of the largest UFO sightings of all time). He was a flying a plane into Phoenix at the time and reported it to air traffic control. azcentral.com/story/news/…
75% of people who work 4 days a week report high job satisfaction and less illness in the workplace. Over half (69%) report lower stress levels. tsheets.com/resources/the…
Today I learned of Oxdown, a fictitious village trainee journalists would write about in exams. In 2006 it was decided the exams would use real places instead, and so Oxdown was destroyed in a series of deadly explosions. Trainees had to report on the explosions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Why Cilantro Tastes Like Soap. People who report that "cilantro tastes bad" have a variation of olfactory-receptor genes that allows them to detect aldehydesβ€”a compound found in cilantro that is also a by-product of soap and part of the chemical makeup of fluids sprayed by some bugs. delishably.com/spices-sea…
Today I learned of the "Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race". Finnish postman Ashprihanal Aalto won in just over 40 days, about 77 miles/day. The course is 5,649 laps aound a NYC block that's open to traffic. Some runners report out-of-body experiences. There's no prize money; finishers might receive a T-shirt. bbc.com/sport/48702452
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was the 2nd person on earth to publicly report the news of Osama bin Laden's death, only 47 seconds after a navy intel officer leaked it from official sources. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
That, while there have been reports of python snakes killing people since the early 20th century, the first documented case of a python eating a human happened in 2017. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ret…
Because of a 1954 report on illiteracy, Houghton Mifflin's edu director gave Theodor Geisel with a list of 348 words he thought 1st graders should learn, asking Geisel to cut it down to 250 and to use those words to write a book. Geisel returned using 236 of them in his book, The Cat in the Hat. biography.com/news/story-…
After Ted Bundy was convicted, Bundy helped police catch another notorious serial killer Gary Ridgway, known as the Green River Killer. The Express reports Bundy offered to help the FBI and gave his opinions on the β€œkiller’s psychology and motivation”. timeslive.co.za/sunday-ti…
A report by the American Psychological Association found that while pop music was becoming increasingly sexualized, age recommendations and content disclaimers actually "unintentionally and paradoxically attract youth to age-inappropriate media". apadivisions.org/division…
In 2011, regulators fined a Hong Kong TV station $39,000 for airing a report suggesting that former Chinese President Jiang Zemin had died. Jiang later appeared on a TV show with his successor Hu Jintao bbc.com/news/world-asia-c…
Today I learned of the 2007 Carancas impact event, where a meteor crashed into the ground near the village of Carancas, Peru. 100-200 people who got near the crash site fell ill, and there were reports of livestock dying in the area. The cause of this was determined to be arsenic poisoning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
When Facebook changed the report category "Embarassing" to "It's embarassing", it increased the report percentage from 50% to 80% wnycstudios.org/podcasts/…
During WW2 the Allies partly managed to break the German secret Enigma code because a German communications officer stationed in the Qattara Depression would regularly state "nothing to report" in his transmissions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qat…
Al Roker holds the world record for the longest uninterrupted live TV weather report: 34 hours, at NBC Studios in New York from November 12 to 14, 2014. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The first known mention of mixing whiskey with Coke was in a 1907 report of an employee of the United States Bureau of Chemistry and Soils, who encountered the drink when visiting the South. Today, the drink is considered low-brow cultural fare and tends to be frowned upon by whiskey aficionados en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Beethoven was not a prodigy as Mozart was and had shown no special abilities or intelligence in his childhood. Even later in his twenties, when he moved to Vienna he had a late start, no report from his early days mentioning him as unique talent or a possible successor of Mozart, Haydn. popularbeethoven.com/was-…
Flying saucers weren't the first reported UFOs. During the 1880s and 1890s, there were widespread reports of mysterious airships. Rumors that Thomas Edison was behind the airships were so common that he had to write a letter denying involvement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mys…
If you are a driver in the United Kingdom you are required by the law to stop and report to the police if you run over a dog, a horse, a cattle, a pig, a goat, a sheep, a donkey and a mule, but not if you run over a deer, a cat, a badger or a fox. lutontoday.co.uk/cars/car…
Spanish Flu was the common name for the 1918 pandemic, but it did not start in Spain. The Spanish took the rap because their king, Alfonso XIII, got sick, and because their nation was neutral in World War I and allowed an uncensored press to report on the flu. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Brazilian prisons offer to reduce the sentences of their prisoners by 4 days (up to 48 days/year) for every book they read and write a report on. npr.org/2017/07/04/535530…
The UK has a Treasure Act that mandates that people who find β€œtreasure” are legally obligated to report it within 14 days. If an inquest deems it is treasure, then it is offered to museums. Only if a museum expresses no interest in it, or can’t afford it, can the finder keep it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
In 2019, The Moscow Times cited a World Wildlife Fund report indicating that Russia now ranks first in the world for its amount of protected natural areas with 63.3 million hectares of specially protected natural areas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Despite being apex predators, orcas do not see humans as prey and they are even docile to them in some circumstances. There are no modern reports of fatalities caused by wild orcas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…

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