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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
The psychology of color plays a massive role in the soft drink industry’s beverage color selection visualcontent.space/brand…
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…
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…
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/…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
That, despite being one of the oldest national teams (played first game in 1870), England national football team didn't have a manager until 1946, and until then the "Selection Committee" was in charge of player selection, tactics and substitutes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
Hermaphroditic snails use sharp tusk-shaped or harpoon-shaped "love darts" before mating for the purpose of sexual selection. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
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
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…
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…
Final selections for Tokyo 2020 mascot design was chosen by students, for the first time ever. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
All life on Earth is "left-handed" and we don't know exactly why. Life on Earth is made of amino acids that are "left-handed" in shape, and not its mirror imageβ€”a "right-handed" version. This phenomenon of biological shape selection is called β€œchirality"β€”from the Greek for handedness. futurism.com/left-handed-…
Olympic Gold Medal Winner Bruce Jenner, now known as Caitlyn Jenner, was the seventh round selection of the Kansas City Kings in the 1977 NBA draft for the simple reason that he was the best athlete available. coronadonewsca.com/news/c…
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…
Sickle cell anemia is an example of natural selection in humans. Regions of the globe with higher rates of sickle cell are those with higher rates of malaria, as malaria is not effective against sickle cells. Being a carrier (one normal + one sickle gene) made one fit in that environment. youtu.be/Zsbhvl2nVNE
Due to hybridization, cross-polinization, artificial selection and other human forms of breeding, modern corn is unable to reproduce in the wild and relies on humans to plant and grow it. vox.com/2014/10/15/698205…
Irreducible complexity is the idea that certain biological systems cannot evolve by successive small modifications to pre-existing functional systems through natural selection. This idea is central to the creationist concept of intelligent design, but it is rejected by the scientific community. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irr…
Darwin received a letter from β€œworking man” Alfred Russell Wallace describing a theory of natural selection before Darwin even announced and published his research. npr.org/2013/04/30/177781…
The 3rd century BC philosopher Empedocles thought life arose through a simplified version of natural selection, where animals were created as random (often incomplete) assortments of parts, but the ones that "didn't fit" died until only the ones that could survive and reproduce were left en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
A creationist used the shape and appearance of the banana as proof of intelligent design. He later retracted his statements upon learning that bananas are a result of artificial selection by humans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
Germany has the most diverse selection and production of bread in the world with 200 types of bread. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
In 1970 a 24-year-old doctorate student in computer planning filed suit seeking to void the Vietnam draft lottery on the grounds that the selection process did not produce truly random results, resulting in birth dates later in the year being drawn disproportionately early, and vice versa. frewm.wikispaces.com/file…
In 1927 the United States Supreme Court ruled to allow for the compulsory sterilization (for example, cutting of the fallopian tubes) of those deemed to be "unfit" and "feeble minded". This decision was seen as a way to improve the human race by genetic selection. exhibits.hsl.virginia.edu…
WWII aircraft designers had selection bias by analyzing returning planes to increase armor on the damaged areas. Abraham Wald pointed the craft didn't need the armor to survive, and proposed armor on the undamaged sections as hits to these areas must have destroyed the craft not returning. johndcook.com/blog/2008/0…
Selection for the SAS is regarded as the hardest military selection process in the world. The pass rate is under 10%, and people only get 2 attempts at it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Canadian physicist and Nobel laureate Willard Boyle was not only the coinventor of the CCD, an important technology for digital imaging, but was also involved in the selection of lunar landing sites for the Apollo programme en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The USSR under Stalin believed in Lysenkoism, a pseudoscientific system that rejected natural selection and genetics. Because of this system, over 3,000 biologists were arrested and many who opposed it were even executed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lys…
Researchers found a single genetic mutation that occurred about 10 million years ago and endowed our ancestors with a stronger ability to metabolize ethanol. As getting drunk off fruit would render one unable to defend territory or look for food, selection favored those with the new mutation. iflscience.com/plants-and…
Nazi doctor Josef Mengele's bones - one of the responsible for the selection of victims to be killed in the gas chambers and for performing deadly human experiments on prisoners - are used by University of SΓ£o Paulo (Brazil) in forensic medicine courses. theguardian.com/science/2…
In 2010 research was done to find the most effective promotion strategy for employers. For the control group they used random selection. Random won. theguardian.com/education…
The mountain on the Patagonia logo, Mount Fitz Roy, is named after Robert FitzRoy, who was the captain of the HMS Beagle. Charles Darwin sailed aboard the Beagle, with FitzRoy at the helm, on his voyage that inspired his theories of evolution and natural selection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fit…
Vast amount of high-paying engineering disciplines in the US are overwhelmingly dominated by men, while the not-so-lucrative humanity/social/education disciplines are very much dominated by women; this career self-selection is thought to be behind the male-female pay disparity. thedailybeast.com/article…
A man was cured of HIV in Germany via a bone marrow transplant from a donor whose gene mutation made him immune to HIV. That gene is relatively common in N. Europe. Researchers have speculated that the gene is the result of natural selection during diseases similar to small pox or Black Death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CCR…
Stalin and Mao rejected evolution by natural selection and instead believed that animals evolved as a result of continual effort, like you should be able to make your future kids' necks longer by stretching yours. youtube.com/watch?v=eGmLD…
Adam Savage has expressed an interest in proving natural selection over creationism on MythBusters. And has been working on a pitch for Discovery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada…
Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian provides visitors the opportunity to enjoy the indigenous cuisines of the Americas and explore their history. Selections include authentic Native foods such as traditional fry bread and corn totopos americanindian.si.edu/vis…
The crack of the Apatosaurus dinosaur's tail tip would have released 2,000 times more energy than comes off a bullwhip, and the sound would have been over 200 decibels, a cannonlike boom traveling across the Mesozoic landscape for miles. This ability is believed to be due to sexual selection. discovermagazine.com/1997…
Many West Africans developed variants of APOL1 gene that make them resistant to African Sleeping Sickness. Although natural selection favors these variants, it has been proven that these variants are associated with increased risk of essential hypertension and renal disease. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Habsburg dynasty has a unique lip structure and this is a result of incestuous selection of marriage partners. figures-of-speech.com/201…
Elephants are all evolving smaller tusks due selection pressure put against the large tusked males by ivory poachers, which allows small tusked males to produce more calves. telegraph.co.uk/science/s…
The trial of Auschwitz staff acquitted only one man - SS member Hans MΓΌnch. Former prisoners testified on his behalf, as he refused to participate in inmate selection and appealed for better rations. MΓΌnch later spoke out against Holocaust denial. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/H…
There are 160 million girls "missing" from Asia due to sex-selection, abortion, and infanticide. earthsky.org/human-world/…
In the 13th round of the 1969 NBA draft, the San Francisco Warriors selected high schooler Denise Long, who averaged 62.8 points per game in her senior year. She became the first female ever drafted by an NBA team, however, the selection was later voided by the commissioner as a publicity stunt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
A strain of cockroaches in Europe has evolved to outsmart the sugar traps used to eradicate them. Scientists found that the mutant cockroaches react to glucose as distastefully bitter–an effective way for natural selection to quickly produce roaches that won't accept poisoned sweet baits bbc.com/news/science-envi…
There is a theory that cats became domesticated because they adapted to hunting the vermin found around humans in towns and villages. They were tolerated by people and gradually diverged from their wild relatives through natural selection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
There is an AI algorithm inspired by the natural selection process where portions of existing solutions are chosen to breed a new generation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
The single species of Brassica Oleracea has been turned, through artificial selection, into "every vegetable you hated as a kid":brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, collard greens. businessinsider.com/brocc…
The jury selection process for the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting lasted three months and summonsed 9,000 candidates, making it the largest jury summons in U.S. history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Nasir ad-Din Tusi, a Persian polymath, developed a theory of evolution by natural selection 600 years before Darwin. He wrote that hereditary variability is the leading force of evolution, and that organisms which can change faster are 'more variable', thus giving them an advantage over others azer.com/aiweb/categories…
The 1989 NFL Draft had 4 of its first 5 selections become Hall of Fame players. The exception, Offensive Tackle Tony Mandarich selected #2 overall by the Green Bay Packers, is considered one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history. nfl.com/draft/history/ful…
"Modern biologists have reaffirmed the role of sexual selection in the evolution of beards, concluding that there is evidence that a preponderance of females finds mates with beards more attractive than mates without beards." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
John Ottman's Score for "Halloween H20" was replaced in places with selections from Marco Beltrami's "Scream," "Scream 2," and "Mimic" scores because the execs wanted a more ominous, less-orchestrated score. bloody-disgusting.com/new…
The original title of Charles Darwin's groundbreaking book was "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life". Darwin later shorten the title to just "On the Origin of Species". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_…
Phil McGraw (Dr. Phil) used to assist in jury selections and was the inspiration for the TV show Bull. wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_M…
- In an effort to combat the deadening of flavors caused by microgravity, NASA added several recipes from Emeril Lagasse to their meal selection specifically to see if his traditional spicy flair could offset the flavor changes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eme…
Al-Jahiz, an Arabic scholar, wrote about evolution and natural selection 1,000 years before Charles Darwin avibushistoriae.com/Al-Ja…
There is a "Callin' Oates" hotline you can dial to listen to a selection of Hall and Oates songs at any time. npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2…
The Dutch are taller because of natural selection smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Boeing offers a free online resource for those interested in starting their own airline, e.g. on airport technology, airplane selection and international agreements. boeing.com/boeing/commerc…
Gravity's Rainbow was selected for the 1974 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, but a single passage concerning with sexual attraction to feces offended the board enough to reject the selection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Today I learned about Lyenkoism, a pseudo-scientific theory that claimed that communism was nature's base state in rejection to natural selection and genetic sciences. It was the official theory in the USSR until Stalin's death. rationalwiki.org/wiki/Lys…
John von Neumann, brilliant scientist and famous polymath, was on the target selection committee responsible for choosing which Japanese cities to nuke in WW2. His first choice was Kyoto, a militarily insignificant cultural center. This target was overruled by the Secretary of War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
"old person smell" is a universally recognized phenomenon, and may have survived millennia of natural selection by allowing humans to literally sniff out a suitable and fertile mate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
105 boys are born for every 100 girls. This difference cannot be attributed to sex selection and is present in all countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There are Malaysian languages which have a highly developed vocabulary for describing smells in the same way that English has a large word selection for describing colors. blogs.discovermagazine.co…
22% of the genome of Holstein dairy cattle has been altered by human selection in the last *40* years. Dairy cows are no longer bred for increased milk production because the average dairy cow already produces 21,000 pounds of milk, compared to 5,000 lbs in 1942. theatlantic.com/technolog…
US Navy SEAL Adam Brown was a recovering crack addict who passed Green Team selection and joined SEAL Team Six with only one good eye while shooting left-handed. news.investors.com/manage…
The effects of stage hypnosis are probably due to a combination of psychological factors, participant selection, suggestibility, physical manipulation, stagecraft, and trickery. Where the the pressure to please are thought to convince subjects to "play along". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
Through years of natural selection due to epidemics in Europe, a percentage of people of European decent carry the gene CCR5. Of that population, some have a CCR5-32 Delta mutation which makes them immune to HIV. evolution.berkeley.edu/ev…
Back in the 1990s, Indian government wanted to ban Windows 95 because the map on time zone selection screen showed India not controlling the Pakistan-occupied part of Kashmir. Microsoft "fixed" the problem by disabling the map altogether theregister.co.uk/2001/06…
The human hand evolved alongside the use of tools and that the hands of our ancestors may have been subject to natural selection as a result of using simple cutting tools. sciencedaily.com/releases…

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