During the Prohibition era, the U.S. Government allowed Whiskey to be sold through pharmacies. As a result, Walgreens grew from 20 retail stores to almost 400. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The Lewis & Clark expedition only suffered one casualty. Dysentery, snake bites, a dislocated shoulder, venereal disease and Lewis being shot in the buttocks after being mistaken for an elk all threatened the group's well-being, but the only man to die did so as a result of a burst appendix. history.com/news/10-littl…
Each US state manages a federally-allocated fund to support victims of crime; if you are the victim of a crime, you can apply for reimbursement for medical services, mental health counseling, lost wages, and other costs incurred as a result of the crime. ovc.ojp.gov/help-for-vict…
The Diderot Effect is obtaining a new possession which often creates a spiral of consumption which leads you to acquire more new things. As a result, we end up buying things that our previous selves never needed to feel happy or fulfilled jamesclear.com/diderot-ef…
Robert Millikan disliked Einstein's results about light consisting of particles (photons) and carefully designed experiments to disprove them, but ended up confirming the particle nature of light, and earned a Nobel Prize for that. scienceblogs.com/principl…
Old houses in US could have hundreds of old rusting razor blades between the walls. This is the result of a safe solution designed to dispose blades after being used, which was to drop them in a slot in the wall. rd.com/article/if-you-liv…
South Korea is the second leading consumer of Spam. Spam was introduced in Korea during WWII, and it was "godsend" for people in Korea and Japan who were starving as result of the war. Koreans view Spam as a delicacy and it is a popular gift item for the Lunar New Year. eater.com/2014/7/9/619168…
Danny DeVito’s height is the result of Fairbank’s Disease, a rare genetic disorder that affects bone growth. biography.com/actor/danny…
Coca-Cola makes most of its money from selling syrup to companies that manufacture and distribute their drinks and, as a result, it has a group dedicated to sending resources and experts to help any that are in financial trouble. This helps avoid image and logistical problems for the brand. investopedia.com/articles…
Sammy Sosa suffered from an extreme back spasm before a game in 2004 as the result of two violent sneezes. He had to sit the game out and receive an epidural to bring down the inflammation. espn.com/mlb/news/story?i…
Pinot noir became considerably more popular among consumers as a result of the film Sideways. Throughout the film, the main character speaks fondly of Pinot Noir while denigrating Merlot. A study estimated that Sideways cost American Merlot farmers over US$400m in lost revenue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Physical attractiveness has a significant influence on judges sentencing. The more unattractive the criminal, the higher the sentence. Results of three studies show a minimum increase of 119.25% and a maximum increase of 304.88%. thelawproject.com.au/insi…
As many as three US Presidents, and also Abraham Lincoln's son, may have died as a result of a contaminated water supply to the White House. Until 1850 there was no sewage system and a field of human excrement called "night soil" flowed freely into the water supply. saturdayeveningpost.com/2…
As many as 1 million Vietnamese people are disabled or have health problems as a result of U.S. use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. Nearly 20 million gallons of various herbicides and defoliants were sprayed over Vietnam between 1962 and 1971 by the U.S. military. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age…
Today I learned of the death of Don Henry and Keven Ives, who were hit by a train as they lay on the tracks. The deaths were initially ruled an accident as a result of the boys sleeping on the tracks due to marijuana intoxication. The cause of death was changed to "definite homicide" after a second autopsy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
In the 1997 UK general election the Liberal Democrats won the Winchester constituency by 2 votes. The Conservative incumbent legally challenged the result and secured a re-run of the election. The second time he lost by 21,556 votes! wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_W…
Today I learned of balloon syndrome, a rare condition in hedgehogs in which gas is trapped under the skin as a result of injury or infection, causing the animal to inflate. This condition is unique to hedgehogs because they have significant space under their skin as a result of their ability to curl up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
The β€œDeath Zone” is what climbers call the highest part of Mount Everest (everything above 26,247ft). Due to its lack of oxygen, the body literally begins to die, cell by cell. This can result in health risks like impaired judgement, heart attack or stroke, and altitude sickness. businessinsider.com/mount…
Everyone in Singapore above the age of 21 is automatically registered as an organ donor. Opting out from this Act will result in you being put at the very bottom of the organ priority list, should you need an organ transplantation. moh.gov.sg/policies-and-l…
There are at least 3 companies operating under some form of the name WHATABURGER or What-A-Burger. There is the Texas based company, Virginia based, and a third based in the Carolinas. They sued each other in the early 2000's and a result of the lawsuits was that all 3 could keep using the name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
The lowest recorded temperature in the central Asian nation of Bangladesh was only 2.6 degrees C (37.7 degrees F), set in 1968 - the country has NEVER had freezing temperatures as a result; the cold snap caused 12 deaths theindependentbd.com/post…
Pilots can lose the sense of direction and as a result of this they sometimes fly into the ground at high speed. It's called "CFIT" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Today I learned of Alfredo Ormando who was a gay writer from Palermo who died as a result of setting himself on fire outside Saint Peter's Basilica. His self-immolation was an act of protest against the Roman Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
There is a thing called the "sweater curse." Some knitters believe that knitting a sweater for a signifcant other and giving it to them as a gift will result in a breakup. A 2005 poll found that 15% of knitters have experienced it firsthand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swe…
The exoplanet Kepler-70b has an average temperature hotter than the Sun's surface as a result of falling into its host star and subsequently surviving exoplanets.nasa.gov/eyes-…
The 1947 British partition of India was driven by fear of civil war. Yet, in haste, borders went unannounced for days after Independence Day. As a result, Hindus didn't know if they would wake up one day in Pakistan, or Muslims in India. 15 million were displaced and over a million died in chaos newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Walter Lewin (aka the "Trust in Physics" professor) was found to have sexually harassed at least one student on an online class in 2014. As a result, he had his Professor Emeritus title revoked, and had his courses and lectures removed from MIT. insidehighered.com/news/2…
An intracolonic explosion or colonic gas explosion is an explosion of fart gases inside the colon, which can happen as a result of the electrical nature of a colonoscope. The result can be acute colonic perforation, which can be fatal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
In late 1940s and 1950s, comic books were seen by parents, teachers, and others as a cause of juvenile crime. Groups organized comic book burnings in public and a 1954 Senate hearing was held, which led to the Comics Code Authority. As a result, edgy content in the comics was heavily toned down. cnbc.com/2018/06/10/comic…
In 1968 the Mauritanian president gave orders to shoot at a workers protest, nine people died as a result and the president immediately afterward made a statement on the radio saying he gave orders to shoot at their legs but because they reached down to pick up rocks they ended up getting killed tawary.com/spip.php?artic…
Safety glass was invented as a result of an assistant not sufficiently cleaning glassware sites.psu.edu/passion2ber…
Most cats are lactose-intolerant. Their digestive system cannot process dairy foods. Offering a cat a saucer of milk can result in digestive upset with diarrhea. pets.webmd.com/cats/ss/sl…
N-acetylcysteine is one of the few antioxidants that have shown promising results. It is approved to treat paracetamol overdose, and is being investigated to treat influenza, autism, muscular dystrophy, and addiction to alcohol, nicotine, cocaine, heroin, etc., among other medical disorders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ace…
Ramanujan's interest in mathematics was unlocked by a book.A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics (1880, revised in 1886), by George Shoobridge Carr.He encountered the book when he was 15 years old and came under false notion that proofs were supposed to be one liners britannica.com/story/inte…
Today I learned about the Trobriand Islanders. Because yams (a natural contraceptive) make up such a large portion of their diet, for much of their history they didn’t realize that pregnancy results from sex; there simply wasn’t enough of an observable correlation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tro…
Adidas and Puma were the result of two brothers, Adolf & Rudolf Dassler, who created the Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory and had a falling out which caised to split and form their own rival companies. Adolf who was nicknamed Adi Das made Adidas and Rudolf went on to make Puma. historybyday.com/human-st…
As a result of German colonial rule, Namibia has the highest per capita beer consumption outside of Europe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Vitamin C is a temperature-sensitive vitamin and is easily degraded when cooking at elevated temperatures with long cooking times, such as boiling. Steaming and microwaving, however, result in greater retention of Vit C due to reduced contact with water. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
As a child Jimi Hendrix carried an actual broom with him everywhere around school for over a year, as a pretend guitar. The school's social worker tried to get funding for a real guitar, insisting that leaving him without one might result in psychological damage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Today I learned about Taphephobia: the fear of being buried alive as a result of being incorrectly pronounced dead, and that before the era of modern medicine the fear was not entirely irrational and quite common. history.com/news/why-many…
Black American Sign Language (BASL) is a dialect of American Sign Language (ASL), used most commonly by deaf African Americans in the United States, that diverged from ASL largely as a result of the segregation of schools in the American South. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
During the sinking of the Titanic, an order to evacuate women and children first by Captain Smith was misinterpreted to mean women and children only. As a result, men were prevented from entering lifeboats even when they were empty seats and only 20% of men survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
The first AI program, "Logic Theorist," was pitted against the book Principia Mathematica in 1956. It was able to prove one theorem better than the book's authors had, however, the Journal of Symbolic Logic would not publish the results with the AI listed as a co-author. cs.swarthmore.edu/~erober…
Today I learned about Sigurd the Mighty, who after defeating his nemesis Mael Brigte, then tied the leader's head to his saddle as a trophy. The severed head bounced around and the teeth scratched Sigurd's leg. The leg became infected and as a result Sigurd died - Sigurd was defeated by a decapitated head. historycollection.com/biz…
Children's menus were created by the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel to replace liquor revenue lost as a result of Prohibition. slate.com/human-interest/…
The common chicken does not exist on the wild, they are the result of the domestication of another species of bird called the "Red Junglefowl" that lives in South Asia. They look like chickens except they live on trees and can actually fly ebird.org/species/redjun
Panko breadcrumbs are made from bread baked with an electrical current. This results in a bread without a crust which is then ground down into breadcrumbs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
Despite what Bugs Bunny cartoons tell us, carrots are like candy to rabbits and should only be fed as an occasional treat only to them; having too much can result in obesity animals.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned about Michele Mouton, a former French rally driver. After finishing runner-up in the 1982 WRC, she started competing in the infamous and savage Group B, which was later banned after a string of deaths. Mouton retired as a result, and she remains the last woman to compete in top-level rallying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Today I learned of Heros von Borcke, a Prussian cavalry officer who served as a Lt. Colonel in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War. He was shot in the neck at Gettysburg and died from sepsis as a result of the wound 32 years later in 1895. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…

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