A Florida man heard purring coming from his parked truck; he ended up using sheet metal cutters to peel back a portion of his truck to reveal a kitten. The Humane Society helped him coax the kitten out. When the public heard about it, several people offered to help pay to repair his truck. cnn.com/2014/06/13/living…
For the movie "O Brother, Where art Thou?", the cows that were shot and hit by the police car looked so realistic that the American Humane Society wouldn't immediately certify the movie as "No Animals Were Harmed". A representative had to be shown how they were digitally created ten times. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
When Thoreau lived β€œalone” at Walden Pond the woods around him were actually full of people, mostly former slaves and poor people who had been forced to live in the margins of society. wbur.org/radioboston/2017…
In 1789, George Washington borrowed a book from the New York Society Library and never returned it. In 2010, Mount Vernon staff returned the book 221 years late, by which time the overdue fine had reached $300,000, adjusted for inflation. (The fine was waived.) in.reuters.com/article/us…
In 2010 a man was sentenced to 2 years for stabbing a man who knifed him in Counter Strike. He spent 6 months tracking down his rival's real life location. The judge called him a "menace to society" nydailynews.com/news/worl…
In 1915 the Boy Scouts created a secret society with its own symbols, handshakes, and private rituals. It was eventually named "Order of the Arrow" and was inspired by Native American and Masonic culture. Their society was also influenced by the poem "Hiawatha" and novel "Last of the Mohicans". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ord…
Ivy league schools all had ties to the Opium trade in the late 19th century with major benefactors using their drug money to fund libraries, societies and even Princeton itself. Undergrads even began running opium dens from Boston to New York until a Harvard student OD'd in 1889. thecrimson.com/article/20…
Harry Houdini invited his friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the annual meeting of the Society of American Magicians in 1922. Doyle set up a projector and shocked them all with footage of live dinosaurs on screen. It was actually a clip from the upcoming 1925 film The Lost World based on his novel mcgill.ca/oss/article/his…
Lord of the Rings author J. R. R. Tolkien formed a secret society with his friends that idolized tea-drinking en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._…
Classic Hollywood film star Fred Astaire took up skateboarding as a hobby in his late seventies and was even awarded a life membership in the National Skateboard Society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The Oneida silverware company started as a utopian society where they would have post menopausal women teach teenage boys about sex en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
The first person to ever observe individual living sperm cells was Antonie van Leeuwenhoek who collected a sample from his wife immediately after intercourse. In his 1677 letter to the Royal Society, β€œde Natis e semine genital Animalculis,” he describes a scene teeming with tiny β€œanimalcules.” gizmodo.com/the-first-tim…
Today I learned about Memory of Mankind, a sophisticated time capsule project in Austria designed to last a million years. The designers made a system for the capsule to be discovered by a future society and even planned for the possibility of it being discovered by alien life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
The descendants of the Ming Dynasty, whose last Emperor lost power in 1644, are not only alive and well, but still hold vast wealth and power over modern-day China, occupying top positions in the ruling Communist Party and various state corporations, schools, and societies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
Developers in China built a sex theme park β€˜Love Land’ with naked human sculptures, giant replica genitals, sex technique workshops and a photo gallery on the history of sex. It was deemed a negative influence on Chinese society and the government demolished it before it could open odt.co.nz/news/world/love…
George Washington borrowed The Law of Nations from the New York Society Library and didn't return it. Mount Vernon estate returned the book in 2010 (221 years overdue) after the Head librarian joked they were "not actively pursuing the overdue fines," they would appreciate having it back. rd.com/culture/overdue-li…
Some of the oldest preserved female litterature come from poems by early Buddhist nuns in 6th century BCE (2500 years ago!). The women express their spiritual equality to men, and issues such as child mortality. They also discuss the role and abilities women in society en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Norah Vincent, a writer who disguised herself as a man named 'Ned' for an experiment where she discovers the advantages and struggles that men face in today's society. Her experiment is recorded in her book 'Self-Made Man' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Today I learned of the condition Hikikomori which is seen among the youth of Japan and is also seen in UK, US, etc. Hikikomoris are reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from society and seek extreme degrees of isolation and confinement. It is estimated that there are about a million hikikomoris in Japan youtube.com/watch?v=q9IRm…
Helen Keller's family forbade her from marrying her fiancΓ©, Peter Fagan, an ex-newspaper reporter who was working as her secretary, because of her disabilities. And society of her time believed women with disabilities shouldn't experience romance of any kind. aruma.com.au/about-us/blo…
The British Royal Society of Chemistry recommends adding tea to milk, and not the other way around, as adding milk to tea results in "significant denaturation" of the milk, adversely affecting flavor. academiaobscura.com/wp-co…
The current Portuguese constitution states that "The Constituent Assembly affirms the Portuguese people's decision to [...] open up a path towards a socialist society" in its preamble. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
Mike Rowe (famous from Dirty Jobs) is an distinguished barbershop singer, and was named an Honorary Life Member of the Barbershop Harmony Society in 2017 barbershop.org/mike-rowe/
The Canadian Down Syndrome Society advocacy group petitioned to have people with Down syndrome added to endangered species list. toronto.citynews.ca/2018/…
Mussolini beleived pasta was the reason for many problems in the italian society and pushed for rice based food like risotto.He had support from artists of Italian Futurism, who claimed that pasta made people weak and lazy. contemporaryfoodlab.com/h…
The earliest advanced society in Europe wrote both written word and hieroglyphs which have still never been deciphered en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
British imperialist Cecil Rhodes advocated for a secret society that would bring the entire world under British rule. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cec…
When Washington became president, he scrapped the plans for "Washington monument" as he didn’t want to use public money for a personal memorial monument. Long after he died, In 1833 a small group of Washingtonians established a society to raise private funds for the project and got it built. wikipedia.org/wiki/Washin…
Today I learned about the 7 society, a secret society at the University of Virginia that is so secret that members are only revealed after their death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
The Vidocq Society - an elite global society of law enforcement professionals from numerous investigative, scientific and forensic specialties - will accept cold cases from law enforcement agencies and use their skills to help local police to solve the crimes on a pro bono basis. whyy.org/articles/cold-ca…
Mary Kay Letourneau's father John G. Schmitz once ran for President of the United States, and was such an extreme right-winger, the ultra-conservative John Birch Society expelled him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of a secret society called Cicada 3301, that has on six occasions uploaded puzzles and also alternative fact games (some enduring years) in an attempt to recruit code breakers from the public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cic…
The CIA funded Various African Civil Society Organizations (Such as the American Society of African Culture) to counter communism within the African Diaspora. link.springer.com/chapter…
When the Chinese migrated overseas to California in the 1800s, secret society chapters migrated with them. The chapters were known as tongs, from the Chinese word meaning assembly hall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Newton & Leibniz, both independently came up with Calculus at roughly the same time. To get the sole credit, the Royal Society acted as the jury, whose President was Newton. Newton even wrote a review on his own work to get the credit. However, the calculus notations that we use are from Leibniz youtu.be/LN--erHStqA
The Incas referred to their civilization as β€œThe Four Regions”. Despite lacking a writing system, livestock, wheel technology and currency, they covered more territory than any other pre-Colombian society. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
In 1638 Bishop John Wilkins – an English clergyman, naturalist, and member of The Royal Society – wrote A Discourse Concerning a New World and Another Planet, in which he predicted a human colony on the Moon. universetoday.com/121140/…
Susan B. Anthony, although known for work for women's suffrage, was also an abolitionist: she collected anti-slavery petitions when she was 17, and in her 30's she became the New York state agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
The Bugis ethnic group in Indonesia recognize five genders within their society since the 13th century (makkunrai, oroanΓ©, bissu, calabai, and calalai). To the Bugis, coexistence between the five genders is necessary to maintain universal harmony and separating even one leads to unbalance theconversation.com/what-…
Today I learned about the American Colonization Society, which was an early advocate of the idea of resettling American-born blacks in Africa; Notable members of the American Colonization Society included Thomas Buchanan, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Abraham Lincoln, James Madison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
'kahuna' is a Hawaiian word, defined as a respected person who has moral authority in society; a "priest, sorcerer, magician, wizard, minister, expert in any profession (whether male or female)". There are many different types of kahunas that represent all sectors of society and all skills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kah…
Today I learned of the Schulze-Boysens, a married couple who were members of the German high society. They were also anti-Nazi activists who formed a resistance group known as the Red Orchestra. They were caught and executed in 1942 but the Red Orchestra continued throughout the war as an espionage network. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Dirk Obbink got a MacArthur genius grant for reassembling papyrus scrolls carbonized by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79, but then got fired from Oxford Uni for allegedly fraudulently selling biblical papyri belonging to the Egypt Exploration Society as his own for millions of dollars. theguardian.com/news/2020…
American Dialect Society (founded 1889) has voted for Singular 'They' as 'Word of the Decade' for its growing use to refer to a known person whose gender identity is non-binary. americandialect.org/wp-co…
There is a Live Oak Society composed entirely of live oak trees. The current president of the Live Oak Society is the Seven Sisters Oak, and is at least 500 years old. lgcfinc.org/live-oak-soci…
Ostracism, intentionally excluding people, is derived from the Ancient Greek practice of temporarily expelling citizens they thought were a threat to society. Voters would scratch the name of the person to be expelled on broken pieces of pottery, called in Ancient Greek, "ostrakon." agathe.gr/democracy/pract…
Doubling the ventilation rate from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers minimum cost less than $40 per person per year and improved the performance of workers by 8%, equivalent to a $6500 increase in employee productivity each year. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Canada officially became a multicultural society in 1971 when the government began to recognize the value and dignity of Canadians of all races and ethnic groups, all languages and all religions canadianculturalmosaicfou…
The cornerstone of the US Atomic Energy Commission headquarters contains a time capsule. Inside the capsule are (among other items) scraps of linen from the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were authenticated by carbon-dating & included as evidence of atomic science's non-violent benefits to society public-blog.nrc-gateway.g…
There was once an academic club called the Askesian Society. It's existence was dedicated promotion of scientific thinking and the use of nitrous oxide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ask…
The Federal Child Abuse and Protection Act (CAPTA) was loosely birthed from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The 1st documented case of child abuse was Mary Ellen Wilson. Local law enforcement were reluctant to act, so a neighbor turned to SPCA founder for help. garbagebagsuitcase.com/si…
In 1968, Joachim Foikis received a $3500 grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to dress up in a jester’s outfit and "mock the four pillars of society: money, status, respectability, and conformity". He served as Vancouver's official Town Fool for two years. thetyee.ca/Life/2012/08/2…
Kogi ethinic group of Colombia choose male members of their society called Mamos at birth to become leaders. These selected children are taken from birth and put in a dark cave for the first nine years of their lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kog…
Most plastic soda bottle tops are designed to save materials by using gapped thread standard called PCO 1881 published by the International Society of Beverage Technologists. bevtech.org/assets/Commit…
Posadism, a current of communism believed that visiting aliens from other planets must live in highly advanced communist societies and are bound to help earth-based communists in bringing an interplanetary communist revolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
Joachim von Ribbentrop would summon tailors from British firms, make them wait for hours, and then send them away with instructions to return the next day, only to repeat the process. This damaged his reputation with British high society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
The "Austrian Association of Hiking, Sports and Society" was a CIA-funded paramiltary group created to engage in guerilla warfare in case of a Soviet invasion in Austria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aus…
Hawaii is the birthplace of the Modern Chinese Revolution because Sun Yat-sen established the Revived China Society to overthrow the Qing Dynasty there. His brother Sun Mei was one of the wealthiest Chinese in Hawaii and sold all of his properties and businesses to support the Revolution mauinow.com/2011/11/15/ph…
Isaac Newton studied alchemy, tried to put all the world's religious histories together into one timeline, thought Atlantis was real, associated with secret societies like the Freemasons, and predicted the end of the world in 2060. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
During the American Civil War, Southern Unionists and Quakers formed a secret society known as the Red Strings. Red Strings aided deserters, spies, escaped prisoners, and passed intelligence on Confederate forces to Union authorities. After the war, they actively opposed the KKK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Victorian upper class society ate ice cream and ices with a specialized fork (that was definitely a spork) atlasobscura.com/foods/ic…
Our ancestors standing up and walking on two feet turned social links into a necessary aspect for Survival (and leading to our current society) due to how this position changed some of women's caracteristics (narrower hips). ynharari.com/book/sapiens…
In the 1920s, fashion-designer Coco Chanel accidentally got sunburnt while visiting the French Riviera, she returned home with a sun tan. Because of Coco’s status and the longing for her lifestyle by other members of society, tanned skin became seen as fashionable, healthy, and luxurious. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
The term "teetotaler" came from the abbreviation "T.A.", for Total Abstinence. This was written on pledge cards in temperance societies, proclaiming that you were abstaining from alcohol rather than just drinking in moderation. alcoholproblemsandsolutio…
The eldest son of the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb has played guitar for heavy metal bands including Black Label Society and Crowbar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned of Agafia Lykova (75 yr, F) who was born in woods in "Old Believers" family, that has lieved in extreme isolation from the rest of society since 1930`s. She was discovered by chance by team of geologists only in 1978, while circling the area in a helicopter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aga…
Anarcho-capitalism is a thing and .... "In an anarcho-capitalist society, law enforcement, courts & all other security services would be operated by privately funded competitors selected by consumers rather than centrally through "confiscatory" taxation." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
Alexander Scourby recorded the first audio book version of the King James Bible. The American Bible Society distributed the recordings as The Talking Bible, a set of 169 LP records with a running time of 84.5 hours. Scourby recorded 422 books and considered Talking Books his most important work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
John Harrington, the inventor of the flush toilet introduced his invention to the world in a political allegory called "A New Discourse of a Stale Subject, called the Metamorphosis of Ajax" (1596) which was a coded attack on the monarchy and "the stercus or excrement that was poisoning society". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
There is a monument in Georgia which gives instructions in 8 languages on how to rebuild society after an unknown apocalyptic event, whilst also functioning as a compass, calendar and clock zmescience.com/other/feat…
There used to be diving horse attractions where horses would dive into water as high as 60 feet. It was temporarily revived in 2012 before being halted again, when the President of the Humane Society of the United States said ""This is a merciful end to a colossally stupid idea." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Div…
The term β€˜antisocial’ is very commonly misused, and actually means to be violently against society and the rules imposed upon it, whereas the term for just being shut off/introverted is β€˜asocial’. lovepanky.com/my-life/rel…
Japanese writer Kōbō Abe wrote surreal, often nightmarish explorations of individuals in contemporary society. His experiences in Manchuria deeply influenced his writing, imprinting terrors and fever dreams that became surrealist hallmarks of his works en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C…
Richard Kuhn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1938 "for his work on carotenoids and vitamins". Kuhn collaborated with high-ranking Nazi officials, denounced Jewish co-workers in 1936, and is no longer considered a suitable role model by the Society of German Chemists en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
The Phoenix Zoo and the Fauna and Flora Preservation Society of London (now Fauna and Flora International), with financial help from the World Wildlife Fund, are credited with saving the Arabian oryx from extinction.Starting with 9 animals and now estimated more than 8,000 Arabian oryx's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
Today I learned about Cargo cults a belief system based on the following of a more technologicallly advance society without understanding their culture or their technology. Most commonly associated with island people paying cult to people that stopped on their island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Germanic societies had governing assemblies called "Things" enacademic.com/dic.nsf/en…
Japan has a sociological phenomena known as Hikikomori, in which there's an estimated 1 million Japanese who choose to completely isolate themselves from society. nationalgeographic.com/ph…
The French writer and philosopher Georges Bataille founded a secret society called AcΓ©phale to explore ritualism and human sacrifice, but apparently everyone volunteered to be the sacrificial victim and no one wanted to be the executioner so no sacrifice was ever carried out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Before becoming president of the American Pediatric Society Saul Krugman experimented on mentally disabled children by purposefully infecting them with Hepatitis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sau…
Today I learned about the Anti-Superstition Society of Chicago who, in 1962, awarded John Glenn (occupant of the 13th capsule in space) with a gold watch with each number replaced with the number 13. There were 13 senators attending, each paid $13.13 to be there, and it was held on Friday the 13th. britishpathe.com/video/co…
There was an attempt to steal Lincoln's body. The suspects were caught and a group of Lincoln admirers formed a secret society to hide the body for 16 years until it was given to Lincoln's son, who had it placed in a concrete vault. usnews.com/news/articles/…
Millions of years ago, the collisions between the continents of Avalonia (where England and Wales were) and Laurentia (where Scotland was), formed the Scottish Highlands border. The different soil and rocks have lead to differences in flora, fauna and societies between the two countries. youtube.com/watch?v=9DqZY…
The few species of insects that can recognize faces share one trait: communal societies with multiple queens. In communal groups with a single queen, the roles are clear. But paper wasps may have 5 or more queens in one nest and facial recognition helps these queens negotiate with one another. phys.org/news/2020-01-pro…
Mike Rowe is an honorary lifetime member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. His high school music teacher was quartet singer Fred King, who forced him into barbershop when he heard Mike's voice youtu.be/lLLx_7lTbFc?t=45
Today I learned about the Public Universal Friend, an 18th century Quaker preacher who claimed to have died and been reborn as a genderless, nameless individual and went on to found a religious movement known as the Society of Universal Friends. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pub…
Roald Dahl, while stationed in America in World War 2, slept with countless high society women while gathering intelligence. According to one socialite friend, Dahl had a β€œwhole stable” of women, and β€œhe slept with everybody on the east and west coasts that had more than $50,000 a year." telegraph.co.uk/culture/b…
Sweden is expected to be the first world's cashless society in March 2023. interestingengineering.co…
Since 1922, the British Royal Horticultural Society has given out an annual Award of Garden Merit to the plant or crop which performs best under UK growing conditions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awa…
About Georgia Tan, the director of the Children’s Home Society, who became wealthy by kidnapping over 5,000 children and selling them for a steep profit. 500 children died under her care in Memphis, TN latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned about the mid-Atlantic or transatlantic accent. It was not a natural accent; it was generally taught to actors and the upper class in north eastern American society. Many news reels from the 30s and 40s reek of it. Transatlantic accent fell out of vogue after World War 2. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Cambodian leader Pol Pot began a radical experiment to create an agrarian utopia inspired in part by Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution which he had witnessed first-hand during a visit to Communist China. He began by declaring, "This is Year Zero," and that society was about to be "purified." historyplace.com/worldhis…
Dr. Jane Goodall set herself apart from traditional conventions by naming the animals in her studies of primates instead of assigning each a number. This also led her to develop a close bond with the chimpanzees and to become, to this day, the only human ever accepted into chimpanzee society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
The Aetherius Society is a New Age religion founded by British yoga master, Dr. George King, in the 1950s that is built around the belief that a series of β€œCosmic Masters”, mostly from Venus and Saturn, control the fate of humanity en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aet…
The Queen's English Society is a charity that aims to keep the English language safe from perceived declining standards. In June 2012 the Society announced its closure because of declining participation, but it continued to exist, as volunteers filled the committee in September 2012. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Sana Amanat, born into a Pakistani family, co-created Marvel's first solo series to feature a Muslim female superhero, Ms. Marvel. Growing up, she often saw women who were blonde and white idolized in society while Muslims were often demonized and she wished to become a pretty white girl en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Today I learned of SPLAT - The Society for the Prevention of Little Amphibian Tragedies on the west coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. They exist to stop amphibian road mortalities by capturing frogs and salamanders near the roadside and transport them across the highway by hand. youtu.be/5G9Z2_uFvUc
There is a secret society called E Clampus Vitus started as a parody of societies like the Freemasons. members wore badges made of tin cans and held official titles such as "Grand Lama" and "Great High Humbug" although said titles meant nothing and everyone had one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_C…
Fred Astaire started skateboarding in his 70's, got a lifetime membership to the Nat'l Skateboard Society, and broke his wrist skateboarding at age 78. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Collapse of Aztec society was linked to an outbreak of salmonella after the Spanish conquest nature.com/news/collapse-…

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