The USSR considered Darwinian evolution a lie created by "bourgeois capitalism", and instead opted for Lamarckian evolution for political reasons. The failure of Soviet biologists to acknowledge natural selection resulted in a series of crop failures and food shortages. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
KFC is Indonesia's biggest CD retailer. More than half a million CDs are sold a month in the more than 650 KFCs across the country. The CDs sold are selected by Steve Lillywhite, the producer for U2. Part of the selection process is offering KFC distribution deals to up-and-coming acts. thejakartapost.com/life/2…
The jury selection for the O. J. Simpson trial had very strict rules about exposure to the media. One juror was excluded for watching cartoons with her children, another for waking up to a clock radio. When a book about O. J. and Nicole came out, jurors were warned to keep out of bookstores law2.umkc.edu/faculty/pro…
In 1964 the actor Sidney Poitier released an album of himself reciting selections from Plato's dialogues en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poi…
Columbo’s famous overcoat was not part of the wardrobe department’s clothing selection, but originally purchased and owned by actor Peter Falk himself. In 1966, Falk was walking in New York when it started to rain, he entered a random shop and bought a raincoat to stay dry. columbo-site.freeuk.com/r…
Viruses are not alive because they do not have cells, they cannot turn food into energy, and without a host they are just inert packets of chemicals. Then I learned they are not exactly dead, either: They have genes, they reproduce, and they evolve through natural selection. discovermagazine.com/envi…
During the mating selection process, peahens spend less than a third of the time looking at the display peacock and focus on his tail and lower train. blogs.scientificamerican.…
David Bowie was turned down by a BBC talent selection group just before his breakthrough, stating β€œamateur sounding vocalist who sings wrong notes and out of tune”. theguardian.com/music/201…
Today I learned of Hans Munch - the good man of Auschwitz - the only doctor who refused to participate in the selection process. He created elaborate, safe, experiments to keep his subjects from being exterminated. He is the only person to be acquitted at the Auschwitz Trials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Ancient Athenians used Sortition (selection by lottery) to appoint public officials from a large pool of candidates. It was a pillar of their democracy. All competent and interested parties had equal chance of holding public office (minimizing Partisanship). Elections, by contrast, foster it.. britannica.com/topic/sort…
Our species is continuing to evolve in 3 ways: natural selection (by which many are adapting to malaria and high altitudes), random mutations (increasingly likely as more older males become fathers), and a mysterious genetic repair tool that biases eggs and sperm to C and G bases over A or T. theconversation.com/human…
Milk chocolate a dilatant fluid, exhibiting viscocity that increases with increasing agitation. Pump selection is critical for milk chocolate because it can become almost solid if the shear rate is high enough. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non…
The glass containers with a selection of rotating watches are called "watch winders", and they are not just a fancy part of a rich person's wardrobe, but can actually be used to wind watches while you are not wearing them blog.watchdoctor.biz/2017…
At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement. nobelprize.org/prizes/pea…
A rare mutation among the Bajau people lets them stay underwater longer: natural selection at the PDE10A gene has increased spleen size in the Bajau, providing them with a larger reservoir of oxygenated red blood cells. gizmodo.com/rare-mutation…
There is no established reason why men have beards. Possible explanations include beards increasing attractiveness to women (inter-sexual selection) or increasing dominance amongst other males (intra-sexual selection) by signalling sexual maturity and increasing perceived jaw size. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Today I learned of Evolutionary Anachronism which are attributes that emerge from selection in the past due to coevolution with other biological species that have since become extinct. For example, avocado seeds are too large to be dispersed by any wild animal presently alive in the Americas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo…
Walt Disney's younger sister Ruth lived to age 92. Ruth was very shy and private, giving less than a half dozen interviews over the decades. Walt would send an annual December birthday letter to Ruth, accompanied by a check along with a selection of Disney-related merchandise for her son mouseplanet.com/10148/Let…
In WW2 the U.S military initially recommended adding armor to areas of aircraft with the most bullet holes. However due to survivorship bias - where people or things that do not make it past a selection process are not factored into a decision - those were places that already had enough armor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
The destruction wrought by hurricanes results in lizards with strong toes, thanks to natural selection smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Kale, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage are all the same plant species, just with different pressures from artificial selection. vox.com/xpress/2014/8/6/5…
Natural evolution did not create a chicken that lays so many unfertilized eggs. Human engineering created such chickens. You could call the process "human-caused evolution", "artificial selection", or "selective breeding". wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2013…
Beethoven has "curious tempo selections" in his works that musicians today generally adapt the tempo from what was written. Historians believe in 1815, a deafening Beethoven was gifted an inaccurate early metronome by J. MΓ€lzel that is likley to have been sabotaged/broken in a fit of rage. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
One of the hardest parts of SAS selection is that unlike other areas of the military where you're ordered to do something, here you're simply asked politely, to prove your self-motivation - which most potential recruits can't handle themalestrom.com/intervie…
In 2004, Microsoft sued Mike Rowe for the domain MikeRoweSoft.com - They settled for an XBox and a selection of games en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
There's no proof that only advertising actually works. When tested, online advertising effect without selection effects, are statistically indistinguishable from zero. thecorrespondent.com/100/…
In 1986, Belgrade, then capital of SFR Yugoslavia, came in 4th in the selection of the host of 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona. Only 6 years later, during these olympics, athletes from the FR Yugoslavia were not allowed to participate due to United Nations sanctions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
When Sir Richard Owen (a critic of evolution by natural selection) bought a recently discovered Archaeopteryx feather, he was embarrassed to discover it was a missing link between reptiles and birds, which contradicted his belief that God had created the species by tweaking 'archetypes'. bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00l…
China has often complained that Nobel science prize selection boards have long favored Chinese winners only when they aren’t citizens. Chinese born Yang Chen Ning and Andrew Yao shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1957 but established their careers in the US sciencemag.org/news/2017/…
Being selected to β€œcome on down” on the Price is Right, is not a random selection. It is actually a vetting process by producers to make sure you are good looking enough for T.V. nypost.com/2013/05/03/mee…
The psychology of color plays a massive role in the soft drink industry’s beverage color selection visualcontent.space/brand…
In 1984 water beds were a $2 billion business with 3.4 million sold in the United States alone. At the time, 75 percent of all stores that sold water beds also offered a selection of water bed cribs. nytimes.com/1985/10/06/bu…
In a 1945 interview with The New York Times, Alexander Fleming, who won a Nobel Prize that year for his discovery of pencillin, warned that misuse of the drug could result in selection for resistant bacteria. True to this prediction, resistance began to emerge within 10 years. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Evangelist Ray Comfort recorded a video arguing the banana displayed many user-friendly features that were evidence of intelligent design. Comfort retracted the video upon learning that the banana is a result of artificial selection by humans, and that the wild banana is small and unpalatable. huffingtonpost.com/2014/0…
During "Hell Week" of Navy Seal Selection, 5 days of extreme physical testing, Navy Seal recruits are permitted only 4 hours of sleep. youtu.be/HrTl54K-NUY
Chinese Emperor Puyi had a selection of photographs of young women for him to choose from for a bride. When it was revealed the girl he picked was 12 years old, his family suggested another woman around his age, and he decided to marry both en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
There is an emergency Hall and Oats helpline called Call and Oats where you will be directed to a call tree to make a selection from a limited, but essential, selection of Hall and Oats songs to listen to. ibtimes.com/719-266-2837-…
The original theory of natural selection was first written down by Alfred Russell Wallace, but because of his failure to publish his paper, and the higher fame of "gentleman naturalist" Charles Darwin, Wallace's contribution to the theory of evolution went unnoticed independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Lysenkoism advocated that rye could transform into wheat and wheat into barley, that weeds could spontaneously transmute into food grains, and that "natural cooperation" was observed in nature as opposed to "natural selection". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lys…
Due to elephants with tusks getting poached, humans are literally causing natural selection from more elephants being born tuskless over the past decades. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/afric…
Before the Industrial Revolution, many dental problems (cavities, plaque buildup, misaligned teeth) were limited by a diet of hard, unprocessed, unsweetened foods. Natural selection has not prepared us for soft, processed, sugary foods. news.osu.edu/what-teeth-r…
Due to natural selection > 95% of S.E. Asians are allergic to dairy, whereas ~ 1% of Irish are lactose intolerant. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
A man named Curtis Flowers has been tried six times for the same crime and is currently sat on death row awaiting a US Supreme Court ruling on whether or not there was racial bias in jury selection en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
Today I learned of the National Film Registry, a selection of movies deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" and has earned preservation by the Library of Congress. loc.gov/programs/national…
A scientist let a computer program a chip, using natural selection. The outcome was an extremely efficient chip, the inner workings of which were impossible to understand. damninteresting.com/on-th…
Hermaphroditic snails use sharp tusk-shaped or harpoon-shaped "love darts" before mating for the purpose of sexual selection. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Final selections for Tokyo 2020 mascot design was chosen by students, for the first time ever. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
Charles Darwin's ship HMS Beagle, which circumnavigated the globe twice and had Darwin on board when he made the discoveries that led to his theory of natural selection, final resting place is believe to be in Paglesham, Essex where the vessel was likely dismantled, and repurposed elsewhere. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
Today I Learned that all photos of the selection process at Auschwitz-Birkenau were found in a single photo album that narrowly escaped the war, and used as evidence of crimes in the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials. It was given to the Holocaust Museum in Israel by Yad Vashem and shared with the world. yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhib…

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