Major Pentagon officials once called Five Guys and requested them to break their no delivery rule. Not only did they refuse, the restaurant's founder ordered a 22-foot banner saying "ABSOLUTELY NO DELIVERY" and hung it in front of the store. Business from Pentagon employees increased. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
In admiralty law, pirates are "hostis humani generis" (Latin for "enemy of mankind"), because they are viewed as waging a private war against all nations in a space (the sea) where cooperation should be the rule en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hos…
In May 1998, Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf beat Leonardo DiCaprio as People Magazine's Most Beautiful Person. As a joke write-in candidate, Hank was nominated enmass by fans of The Howard Stern Show as a chance to "violate People's expectations while still playing by its rules". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Byzantine Emperor Justinian II was called "the slit-nosed". After he was deposed in 695, his nose was cut off, to prevent him from seeking the throne again - tradition prevented mutilated people from Imperial rule. He replaced his nose with a solid golden prosthesis, and in 705 retook the throne en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus…
Even though he died in 1994, Kim Il-sung remains president of North Korea. The constitution was revised in 1998, declaring him 'Eternal President of the Republic', making North Korea the only necrocracy in the world - a government that still operates under the rules of a dead former leader. britannica.com/biography/…
The character Edwin from The Fast and the Furious was originally meant to return in 2 Fast 2 Furious, but Ja Rule felt that returning "wasn't the best move". The character Edwin was eventually rewritten as Tej and Ja Rule was replaced by Ludacris who went on to star in the rest of the franchise. screenrant.com/fast-furio…
When naming a newborn in Iceland names not previously used aren't permitted via Icelandic rule. A new name would have to be pre-approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee. Also they are not permitted to give a child a name that would embarrass them. wsimag.com/culture/2248-t…
Toyota argued that, when empty, the Fuel Tank of the GT-One could theoretically hold a standard suitcase and be considered a trunk as required by the Le Mans GT1 rules. It worked, as the rules only required the suitcase to fit and didn't take into account if the "trunk" was actually usable. thedrive.com/accelerator/…
Today I learned about the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 50/30/20 personal budgeting rule: allocate 50% of your annual income to necessities like housing, 30% to discretionary expenses like travel, and the remaining 20% to savings. businessinsider.com/livin…
The FBI has struggled to hire hackers because of the FBI hiring rule that the applicant must not have used marijuana during the last 3 years. nydailynews.com/life-styl…
The Kangxi Emperor, China's longest-reigning emperor (ruled 1661-1722), had a strict military rule: a commander or a soldier who returned from a battle alone would be put to death. This pushed them to fight valiantly, because there was no benefit in being the sole survivor of a battle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
Today I learned of King Bansah, an African king that lives in Germany and work as a mechanic at the same time that rules his kingdom in Ghana. vice.com/en/article/exq8p…
NASA considered Eris the solar system's 10th planet until the IAU changed the rules en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
Since 1973 women in the White House were allowed to wear pants. The reason to relax the rules was less heating due to the oil crisis. nyti.ms/33YEzHJ
. Children in Iceland are not allowed to have names with the letter "C" in them. All names must conform to rules of Icelandic language, which does not have the letter "C" theguardian.com/world/201…
Since 2017 Six Flags over Texas only flies U.S. flags. It used to fly the Six Flag of the nations that used to rule Texas (France, Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate "Stars and Bars" (not the battle flag) and the US Flag) wfaa.com/article/news/ent…
Arminius was born a Germanic tribal prince and grew up a hostage of the Roman Empire. Having been granted Roman citizenship and knighthood, he secretly plotted and led a Germanic revolt against Roman rule, which culminated in the ambush and destruction of 3 Roman legions in the Teutoburg Forest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
When Congress imposed a gag rule in 1836 to suppress debate about slavery, ex-President John Quincy Adams refused to comply, risking censure and spending the next eight years introducing thousands of antislavery petitions until the rule was repealed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In Ireland there is a popular tradition known as The 12 pubs of Christmas. You must go to 12 different pubs in one night, having one drink (most commonly a pint of beer) in each Pub. Participants usually have 12 rules to follow, e.g "No sitting in pub 3", "No using the bathroom in pub 7" etc. irishcentral.com/culture/…
The creator of Clarissa Explains It All had a strict rule about not allowing the color purple on set, requiring parts of the set to be repainted. When asked about this rule, he revealed that it was completely arbitrary, only existing to make him seem more assertive as someone new in the business mentalfloss.com/article/6…
From 1920-1989 Rangers FC had an unwritten rule which prohibited them from signing Catholic players. This was lifted when the team signed Mo Johnston in 1989. Catholic players alleged that they had to hide their religion upon signing including Gennaro Gattuso and Fernando Ricksen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Today I learned about β€œKing” Jadwiga of Poland. She was named king of Poland because there were no ruling queens allowed but the rules didnt specify the king had to be a male. historychannel.com.au/thi…
Disney television enforced a 65th Episode Rule from the late 1990s-mid 2000s. With 65 episodes, one episode can be broadcast each weekday, reaching the 65th episode at the end of the 13th week. This is why shows Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens were canceled at their peak of popularity fr24news.com/a/2020/04/di…
Alchemists considered Mercury as a magical substance that a Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang took it as the elixir of immorality which resulted in him dying at the age of 49 and even he was buried in an underground mausoleum full of mercury thinking it's going to help him rule in the afterlife thestar.com/news/insight/…
In Portuguese universities, part of the official uniform is a long black cape. The cape is worn by males and females, together with a black jacket, black tie, and black trousers/skirt. There are strict rules on how to wear it, and the frequency that it is worn differs between universities comap-portugal.com/portug…
Today I learned of "Freddish" - Mr. Rogers' carefully crafted set of rules for talking to children, designed to keep kids from taking things too literally or becoming unnecessarily scared theatlantic.com/family/ar…
There is a country in South America called Suriname and it's one of the most culturally and religiously diverse nations on Earth due to successive periods of forced or contracted migration by various nationalities under centuries of Dutch rule. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
Every part of the Tulsi plant ('holy basil') is revered and considered sacred to Hindus, even the soil around the plant. Though Tulsi leaves are necessary for worship, there are strict rules for it. A prayer of forgiveness may also be offered to Tulsi before the act. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tul…
James Bond's first filmed appearance WASN'T Sean Connery in 1962's "Dr. No," but a 3-episode US TV series in 1954 (and the first filmed version of "Casino Royale"). Bond was an AMERICAN agent named Jimmy; 1/2 of the 1st episode explained the rules of baccarat; Peter Lorre played Le Chiffre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
When Ireland was breaking away from British Rule one proposal was a joint monarchy based on the Austro-Hungarian model: "[Arthur] Griffith modelled his proposal on the 'dual monarchy' of Austria and Hungary, established in 1867 to reform the Austrian empire and..." irishnews.com/opinion/201…
Plesiosaurs, the marine reptile group associated with the Loch Ness Monster, had stiff necks and could not raise their heads to the iconic β€œNessie” position. This rules out the plesiosaur theory for Nessie, as almost every description of her as a plesiosaur uses the outdated neck posture. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of Battle of Plassey where Bengali army chief Mir Jafar betrayed the Nawab of Bengal after being promised he would be the new ruler. British victory in Plassey, where they annexed Bengal. allowed them to kick the French and the Dutch out of India and establish Company Rule in India and Myanmar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Russia had fair elections in 1917 and the Bolsheviks lost to the Socialist Revolutionary Party, but the Bolsheviks shortly stripped the Constituent Assembly of it's power and implemented their own one-party rule. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
In 1977, the NHL introduced a rule that required jerseys to display the players' names, but the Toronto Maple Leafs refused to follow the rule, fearing that they wouldn't sell programs at their games. The NHL threatened to fine them - so they made the letters the same colour as the jersey colour en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
This year, the official Yu Gi Oh tournament hosted by Konami instituted a hygiene clause to rulebook. This allows judges to penalize players with dirty clothing or terrible odor by giving them a loss. Super Smash Bros tournament have also started implementing similar rules. theregister.co.uk/2019/04…
The French soldier Jean Bernadotte became so popular in Sweden that they elected him king in 1818 when their own royal family was about to die out. The Bernadotte family still rules in Sweden today en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned of 'If Day'. In 1942 Winnipeg, Manitoba simulated a Nazi German invasion and occupation of the city. It included a staged firefight, the internment of prominent politicians, the imposition of Nazi rule, and a parade. The event was a fundraiser for the war effort: over $3 million was collected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
North Korea has their own basketball rules: slam dunks are worth three points, field goals in the final three minutes of the game are worth eight points, three-pointers are worth four if the ball doesn't touch the rim, and a point is deducted for missed free throws. heraldsun.com.au/sport/ba…
That, until 2014, NCAA rules dictated that any bagels served to college athletes could not be paired with cream cheese. thedailygopher.com/2014/4…
Under Islamic sumptuary laws based upon teachings in the Quran and Hadith, men are exhorted not to wear silk clothes or gold jewelry. These rules do not apply to women, who are allowed all this, but also need to cover their bodies and faces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sum…
The first documented game of chess with modern rules is a 15th-century poem using chess as an allegory for love. The 1st stanza in each group represents White's move ("Love"), the 2nd one Black's move ("Glory"), both debating about love, and the 3rd one a comment on the rules by the arbiter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sca…
The majority of Icelanders either believe in elves or are unwilling to rule out their existence en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
A rule was adopted in checkers tournaments compelling players to play random openings after an 1863 match of 40 games between the world's two leading players, in 21 of which they played the exact same sequence of moves leading to a draw. quadibloc.com/other/bo010…
There is a small island known as Pheasant Island which is located in the Bidasoa river of the France-Spain border, and it changes ownership between the two countries every six months. From February 1 to July 31, it is under Spanish rule and for the following six months it's French. amusingplanet.com/2016/10…
In 2009 Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America voluntarily enacted new rules that forbid pharmaceutical reps from giving doctors offices pens, mugs, mousepads, and other swag to prevent any undue influence on doctors to prescribe their products chron.com/news/houston-te…
Today I learned of ablaut reduplication, an unwritten English rule that makes "tick-tock" sound normal, but not "tock-tick". When repeating words, the first vowel is always an I, then A or O. "Chit chat" not "chat chit"; "ping pong" not "pong ping", etc. It's unclear why this rule exists, but it's never broken rd.com/culture/ablaut-red…
Today I learned about a game called 'Uppies and Downies', A game that involves a full town, can have 1000 players and the only rule is to get it into the opponants "goal" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upp…
In 1980 Real Madrid(a prominent Spanish Football Club) had to face their reserve team Real Madrid Castilla in the finals of the Copa Del Ray. It is the first and only incident of such a thing happening as after that the rules were changed. theturffootball.com/artic…
President Park Chung Hee was responsible in large part for South Korea’s β€œeconomic miracle”; the programs he initiated gave his country one of the fastest-growing economies in the world during his 18 year rule britannica.com/biography/…
Today I learned of the pareto principle also known as the 80/20 rule. Which states that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. ex. Microsoft has noted that by fixing the top 20% of the most-reported bugs, 80% of the related errors in a given system would be eliminated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…

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