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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
'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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Germanic societies had governing assemblies called "Things" enacademic.com/dic.nsf/en…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
In 1991 the Department of Energy commissioned futurists to deal with nuclear waste and they imagined a society led by women where previous scientific discoveries were deemed inferior on the grounds of obvious male biases. atlasobscura.com/articles…
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…
The vast number of murals in Mexico City were thought to educate the Mexican people, and the movement was important in the art history of the nation as well as its impact on the educational and expressive capabaility of the broader society en.mxcity.mx/2016/09/7-mo…
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…
Sweden is expected to be the first world's cashless society in March 2023. interestingengineering.co…
A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reports that most police officers receive little to no training in aging-related health concerns. For example, a police officer might not know the best way to assist a senior with dementia who is behaving disruptively or even violently phys.org/news/2017-05-pol…
In sociology β€œMcDonaldization” refers to a phenomenon where society adopts characteristics of a fast food restaurant. This was defined by a sociologist, George Ritzer, who published a book in 1993 titled: β€œThe McDonaldization of Society” courses.lumenlearning.com…
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…
The woman who sang β€œHow Much for that Doggie in the Window” later recorded a version called β€œDo You See that Doggie in the Shelter” due to her opposition to the puppy mills that stock pet stores with exclusive rights to the song given the the Human Society of the United States. youtube.com/watch?v=ugPQT…
Collapse of Aztec society was linked to an outbreak of salmonella after the Spanish conquest nature.com/news/collapse-…
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…
Today I learned of the NBTHK, a Japanese society dedicated to the review and grading of collector grade Japanese swords. The process to receive one of four grades of certification papers is rigorous and it can take up to a year in some cases for a sword to receive an evaluation. new.uniquejapan.com/nbthk…
Coco Chanel, the founder of fashion and perfume empire Chanel, was a nazi spy during WWII with the code name of β€˜Westminster’ due to her connections with British high society. biography.com/news/coco-c…
"the American Dream is a set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity & equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity & success, as well as an upward social mobility for the family & children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
When Reza Shah came into control in 1925, the status of women changed significantly because he introduced policies that brought change to their lives. Because he wanted the Iranian state to be a society with secular ideas and a modern outlook, his policies worked to liberate women stmuhistorymedia.org/life…
Today I learned about dadaism, an artistic movement started around World War 1. Its purpose was to ridicule the meaninglessness of the modern world and consisted of artists who rejected the logic and reason of modern society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dad…
The New Hampshire Astronomical Society donated over a dozen telescopes to local public libraries around the state so they can be put into circulation just like a book. Their 4.5-inch telescopes shows the Moon and deep sky objects in far more detail than common "beginners" telescopes nhastro.com/ltp.php
Thomas Jefferson allowed two of his children by Sally Hemings, Beverly and Harriet, to escape slavery at Monticello in 1822 because legally freeing them would be a public affair that involved the state legislature. Due to their light skin, both were able to assimilate into white society. monticello.org/sallyhemin…
In college LBJ tried to join the Black Stars, a secret society who ruled campus politics. The Black Stars wouldn't let him in, so he formed the White Stars who secretly opposed the Black Stars. Here, LBJ developed the relentless leadership techniques that would carry him to the White House. lbjmuseum.com/lbj-in-coll…
An alligator terrorizing Chicago locals was captured and named Chance the Snapper by the local Herpetological society en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Walt Disney wasn’t cryogenically frozen. He was cremated and his ashes interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. The rumor that he wanted to be frozen was started in 1972 by the president of the California Cryogenics Society and has since been denied by Disney’s family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
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…
Today I learned of the Hikikomori: The Postmodern Hermits of Japan; Over a million youths and middle-aged Japanese who withdraw from society and seek extreme isolation warscapes.com/opinion/hik…
Today I learned of the Guilt-Shame-Fear Spectrum of Cultures. In a guilt society, control is maintained by creating & reinforcing the feeling of guilt for certain behaviors. In a shame society, the means of control is the inculcation of shame & threat of ostracism. In a fear society, control is by retribution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Elton John's smash hit "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" was written by his long time partner Bernie Taupin and is about Bernie's rejection of fame, high society riches and his desire to go back to a simple way of living. Taupin was raised on a farm without electricity as a child. ultimateclassicrock.com/e…
The original owners of bomb.com put up the domain name for sale in 2002 because of medical debt. They were looking for at least $25,000 and promised that any surplus would go to the American Cancer Society. theregister.co.uk/2002/06…
In 1980 New York Congressman Allard Lowenstein was assassinated by a mentally ill gunman. The assassin, Dennis Sweeney, was institutionalized, but found not guilty by reason of insanity. By 2000, a judge deemed Sweeney no longer a threat and granted his release back into society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Sandy Island a non-existent island included on many maps and nautical charts, including National Geographic Society and Google Maps. It showed up on maps in the late 19th century, until 2012 when a ship "undiscovered" it. It was removed from French hydrographic charts in 1974. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Societies that historically used the plow in agriculture have greater gender inequality today. Researchers theorize the upper body strength needed for the plow generally favored men over women, which consequently sparked unequal gender norms that have been passed down through generations. freakonomics.com/2011/06/…
The Queen's Engineering Society's motto "Quis Dolor Cui Dolium" translates to "Who suffers who has a cask of wine?" This motto was devised in 1963 to lend some Latin dignity to the Society's informal English motto, "What the hell as long as there's free beer." queensu.ca/encyclopedia/m…
The Oneida Community, a religious communal society in which older women acted as sexual "mentors" to adolescent boys, eventually dissolved and became a silverware company that is still in business today en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Chinese parents consider horse riding an elite education to make their kids more outstanding in the highly competitive Chinese society. There were 1,802 equestrian clubs in China to July 2018, double the number in 2016 scmp.com/news/china/socie…
The Royal Society published a study showing a strong correlation between Internet searches for a company's name and its trade volume, the total number of times the stock changed hands over a given week. royalsocietypublishing.or…
Today I learned about the legend of β€œBob”, a newfoundland terrier from the nineteenth century who was found shipwrecked off the coast of England. He became known in London for saving people from drowning; 23 rescues in 14 years. In thanks, he became an honorary member of the Royal Humane Society. ncanewfs.org/history/page…
Prior to 1861, Santa Clause appeared on numerous bank notes in the United States. The use of his image was one of the first ways Christmas was introduced to American society. ripleys.com/weird-news/sa…
Neotribalism (a.k.a. neo-tribalism and modern tribalism) is a sociological concept which postulates that human beings have evolved to live in tribal society, as opposed to mass society, and thus will naturally form social networks constituting new "tribes". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo…
Today I learned of Madame Helena Blavatsky, a 19th century occultist and founder of the Theosophical Society, an "ancient wisdom religion." Her claims included communicating with immortals responsible for creating the cosmos, and that giant Atlanteans built Stonehenge, amongst others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
David Unaipon's contribution to Australian society helped to break many Indigenous Australian stereotypes, and he is featured on the Australian $50 note. Unaipon was the first Aboriginal writer to publish in English, the author of numerous articles and tried inventing a perpetual motion machine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…

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