Today I learned of Nandy, a Neanderthal skeleton recovered in Iraq. He suffered extensive injuries, including the loss of an arm early in his life, and was unlikely to have been able to care for himself. Despite this, he lived until the age of 45, suggesting that he was cared for by his society en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Kermit the Frog was awarded an honorary doctorate of Amphibious Letters on May 19, 1996, at Southampton College, New York, where he also gave a commencement speech. He is also the only "amphibian" to have had the honor of addressing the Oxford Union debating society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ker…
The Soviet Union loved Bollywood films. The values of Indian society and the USSR were very similar and the socialist country enjoyed the common rags to riches narrative. In fact, the highest grossing film of the Soviet Era was a 1982 Bollywood film called Disco Dancer. varsity.co.uk/film-and-tv…
The Apostrophe Protection Society that was founded to enforce the proper use of the apostrophe in written English was brought to a "full stop" in 2019. The founder of the society stated that "the ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Mozart was among the top income earners of society back in his day and lived lavishly, earning about 10,000 florins/yr vs 25 fl/yr for laborers and ~500 for some in the upper class. He was also not buried in a pauper’s grave, just that only Aristocrats were allowed to have private burials. biography.com/news/mozart…
Today I learned of the Mosuo people, a matriarchial society where its men have minimal responsibility in society, beyond "nighttime visits", raising their sisters children (but not their own), fishing and the occasional pig slaughter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
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…
In 1981, the president of the Cryonics Society of California, Robert Nelson, a high school dropout with no scientific background, was sued for leaving nine bodies to thaw and decompose in a cemetery vault in the 1970s. sandiegouniontribune.com/…
Walt Disney designed Epcot to be a fully functioning city of the future with over 20,000 inhabitants. The city was to be Disney’s biggest contribution to society but he died from lung cancer before construction began. His ambitious plan was then turned into the theme park we see today. businessinsider.com/walt-…
U of Alabama has a Secret Society called the Machine al.com/news/2018/08/climb…
The origin of the word spud has erroneously been attributed to an 18th-century activist group dedicated to keeping the potato out of Britain, calling itself The Society for the Prevention of Unwholesome Diet (S.P.U.D.). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
Karl Marx was a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fel…
Today I learned of Chinese assassin, Shi Jianqiao. In the Warlord Era (1916-1928) when Shi was 19, her warlord father was defeated & executed by a rival, Sun Chuanfang. Shi spent her 20s tracking Sun down, killing him in 1935. Chinese society was so moved by her act of filial revenge that the court pardoned her en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
GΓΆbekli Tepe is the site of an ancient temple built by a hunter gatherer society around 9000 BCE. It consists of 10 ton pillars with artwork carved on them, which were transported 500 meters without the use of the wheel which had yet to be invented. This site also predates farming and writing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
There is an electoral constituency in Belize called Mesopotamia, named after the region in Western Asia where early human society developed. It is represented by rapper Shyne in the Belize House of Representatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
Today I learned of the Japanese Society of Manhole Covers, dedicated to tracking the elaborate manholes of Japan atlasobscura.com/articles…
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…
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…
Anthropologists have never found an indisputable example of a matriarchal society that existed in human history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
When the band Black Label Society didn't have a bass player for a video shoot, they brought in a stand-in. That stand-in was Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg. youtube.com/watch?v=csnvx…
Today I learned about The Apostrophe Protection Society which was a UK society with "the specific aim of preserving the correct use of this currently much abused punctuation mark". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Fred Astaire took up skateboarding in his late seventies, and has a life membership in the National Skateboard Society en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
David Bowie founded the β€œSociety for the Prevention of Cruelty to Men with Long Hair” when he was 17. The BBC interviewed him about it on which he stated β€œIt's not nice when people call you darling and that" davidbowienews.com/2014/0…
Dignitas is a Swiss non-profit members' society providing assisted/accompanied suicide to those members of the organization who suffer from a terminal illness and/or severe physical and/or mental illnesses, supported by qualified Swiss doctors independent of the organization. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
Game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? got its title from a song performed by Frank Sinatra in the 1956 comedy musical High Society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
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…
Karl Marx distinguished between the proletariat, who create the wealth of a society, and the lumpenproletariat, who are criminals, extremely poor and unemployed. He considered the latter to be devoid of class consciousness and didn't believe they'd be involved in overthrowing the bourgeoisie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lum…
The Black Guard was a Brazilian 19th century secret paramilitary society of recently freed slaves whose purpose was to protect the emancipation of slaves, the Brazilian Imperial family and the institution of the Monarchy against Republicanism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Acclimatization societies in the 1800s and 1900s introduced non-native species into new areas. Their intent was usually to release animals as sources of game or to combat pests. In some other cases, species were introduced to provide some color and birdsong for homesick settlers. unintendedconsequenc.es/i…
The Swedish Cancer Society had to use diagrams with square breasts to avoid Facebook auto-censoring. theguardian.com/technolog…
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…
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…
Today I learned of Microbial Art done using fluorescent or pigmented microorganisms as "paint" on agar plate canvases; the American Society of Microbiology has held an annual Agar Art competition since 2015 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
NIMH (of The Secret of NIMH) is a reference to the National Institute for Mental Health, and the book/film was inspired by John B. Calhoun's experiment with mice Utopias and the collapse in society that occurs with overpopulation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
After the Pope banned joining the Freemasons in 1738, a group of Catholics started their own secret society named 'The Order of the Pug' in which initiation involved wearing a collar, walking on all fours, pawing at the door to be let in, getting barked at and kissing a pug statue's butt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ord…
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 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…
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…
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…
There's an industry award for film editing called an Eddie, and it has been around since 1962. It is awarded by the society of editors known as the American Cinema Editors (ACE), which has been around since 1950-51 americancinemaeditors.org…
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…
Bonobos have sex all the time. Sexual activity generally plays a major role in bonobo society, being used as what some scientists perceive as a greeting, a means of forming social bonds, a means of conflict resolution, and postconflict reconciliation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
Today I learned about Nair of India. They are matrilineal society with unusual marriage practices leading to full sexual agency of the woman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nai…
Today I learned of WEIRD studies - skewed by overrepresentation of White Educated Industrialized Rich Democratic societies. apa.org/monitor/2010/05/w…
Lyubov Popova died at 35, the peak of her artistic powers two days after the death of her son, from whom she had contracted scarlet fever in 1924. Popova once declared that easel painting was to be abandoned and all creative work was to be for the people and the making of the new society en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyu…
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…
General George S. Patton didn't accept his military salary, and assigned it to the Army Relief Society. youtube.com/watch?v=Gz9lO…
Today I learned of AimΓ©e de Heeren, a Brazilian socialite who dazzled the high society of Paris in the 30's. She befriended Coco Chanel and later fell in love with JFK's older brother. In Paris she was actually a spy for the president of Brazil, gathered info on Nazi plans and drove Brazil away from the axis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aim…
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…

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