In 1913, The Daily Mail suspected its competitor The Daily Standard was copying its news stories. The Daily Mail published a hoax article claiming the SS Waratah had been discovered in Antarctica. The Daily Standard also published the story and added a statement from the harbourmaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
The esteemed Swedish university, Lund University, had its Facebook admin put out a statement requesting Indians not to make fun of the university in the comment sections, because "Lund" translates to "penis" in Hindi. freepressjournal.in/world…
A woman in France received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion euros. The phone company initially told her there was nothing they could do to amend the statement and offered to set up instalments to pay off the bill. Eventually, they admitted their mistake, and waived it altogether bbc.com/news/world-europe…
In 1968 the Mauritanian president gave orders to shoot at a workers protest, nine people died as a result and the president immediately afterward made a statement on the radio saying he gave orders to shoot at their legs but because they reached down to pick up rocks they ended up getting killed tawary.com/spip.php?artic…
Ben Franklin's quote about liberty and safety isn't really what people think it's about and was actually a pro-taxation statement about the ability of the government to tax the Penn family to provide frontier defense during the French and Indian War. npr.org/2015/03/02/390245…
After examining 2,500 witness statements and approximately 270,000 pages of evidence, The Shipman Inquiry concluded that doctor Harold Shipman had murdered 250 of his patients. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about MDZhB, a Russian ghost radio station that has been broadcasting since 1982. No one claims it but it has continuously produced a buzz punctuated with someone making a short random statement once or twice a week since its inception. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The Federal Trade Commission will not pursue cases of false statements if puffery - statements "that the ordinary consumers do not take seriously" - is involved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puf…
Macaques and by extension many other monkeys and mammals have the anatomical capacity to speak but not the brain capacity and neural control to do so. This contradicts the often claimed statement that animals can’t make speech due to their specific anatomy. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
Young children develop "theory of mind" earlier if they know two languages, and in older people, bilingualism can postpone the onset of dementia. Researchers say the statement that learning languages makes people smarter has a sound scientific basis. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
There were two witchcraft trials in Plymouth Colony 50 years before the Salem Trials. Unlike the later, more infamous trials, the accused were found Not Guilty and their accusers were fined for giving false statements mayflowerhistory.com/crim…
"spousal privilege", which prevents spouses from testifying against each other in a court of law, was abolished in New Mexico on August 30, 2019. As a result, New Mexico is now the only state where spouses lack any protections for confidential statements made during their marriage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
After author James Frey was caught fabricating parts of his memoir A Million Little Pieces, Random House offered purchasers of the book a refund. To get this refund, they had to send in page 163 of their book & a sworn statement that they purchased it under the assumption that it was a memoir. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_M…
Playwright and actor NoΓ«l Coward never publically confirmed that he was homosexual, even when it was known. When making a statement on his sexuality, he just said that "There are still a few old ladies in Worthing who don't know.". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No%…
Death Row prisoners’ last words are transcribed and recorded. They range from religious statements, familial farewells, true apologies, insistences of innocence, even and snarky one-liners. goodbyewarden.com/
Codpiece (Middle English: cod, meaning β€œscrotum”), feature of 15-16th c. men’s fashion, was shaped & padded to emphasize the genital area. It became fashionable to design the codpiece to hold the penis in a position insinuating it was erect constantlyβ€”a statement of political and economic power. fashionhistory.fitnyc.edu…
One of the most widely recognized statements about internet culture is a New York comic from the 1990s that says, "Nobody on the internet knows you're a dog." This kind of passing as something else is much easier using social media, hence "passing as a dog". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
For elections to the British House of Lords, hereditary peers (nobles who inherit their titles from their family) need only to submit a personal statement in order to run. One such peer, the Earl of Limerick, submitted his in the form of a poem. irishexaminer.com/news/ar…
Two men from Indiana were wrongfully convicted in a 1996 armed robbery because of a false statement from an informant who had sex with the lead detective who set them up. 20 years later, they were found innocent and one of them received $4.9 Million settlement. ponderwall.com/index.php/…
Some true statements in mathematics are true but cannot be proven. Ironically, if you prove that something cannot be proven, this proves that it must be true. youtu.be/O4ndIDcDSGc?t=72…
In 1913, a bank was shipped in 50 pound increments through the USPS mail system to save money. 40 tons of bricks ended up being shipped and the USPS released a statement saying β€œit is not the intent of the United States Postal Service that buildings be shipped through the mail." postalmuseum.si.edu/exhib…
Illusory truth effect is a tendency to believe that a statement is true if it is easier to process, or if it has been stated multiple times, regardless of its actual veracity. The illusory truth effect plays a significant role in election campaigns, advertising, news, and propaganda. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ill…
"Six degrees of separation" is the idea that all people are six, or fewer, social connections away from each other. Often called as 6 Handshakes rule. As a result, a chain of "a friend of a friend" statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
In July 2017, the Chinese government banned Justin Bieber from performing in China. They released a statement later on saying "In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus…
In 2007, a North Korean cargo vessel was captured by Somali pirates. Its distress signal was responded to by a nearby US destroyer, which provided medical assistance to injured NK sailors who were able to retake the vessel. It led to an unprecedented statement of gratitude by North Korean media. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai…
In December 1999 a schizophrenic man broke into George Harrison’s home and stabbed him over 40 times. His wife incapacitated the man and George was hospitalized. His official statement following the attack was β€œHe wasn't a burglar, and he certainly wasn't auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Uptalk is the term used to describe the habit of making statements sound like questions..? bbc.com/news/magazine-287…
A toilet cleaner in the Netherlands was advertised using the slogan "We, the people at Toilet Duck, recommend Toilet Duck." The slogan is still being used as today a general saying to dispute the independence of an expert when his statements align with his self-interest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toi…
August von Mackensen, a WW1 German Field Marshal, was captured by the British Army at his home near the end of WW2. Upon the arrival of the British, rather than making an expected war-like statement, the old soldier merely made the request that allied soldiers should not "steal his chickens" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aug…
Kente cloth colors and patterns have specific meanings, and is often used to make silent, but intentional statements. ultimatehistoryproject.co…
Today I learned about two black Olympic athletes who made the Black Power Salute on the podium and were subsequently banned from the Olympics for β€œovertly political statements” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
Don Johnson β€’ In 2002 German customs officers at the Swiss–German border performed a routine search of his car. Bank statements worth $8 BILLION in transactions were found in the trunk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Thomas Grasso's last meal before his execution was 24 mussels, 24 clams, a double cheeseburger, 6 ribs, 2 strawberry milkshakes, half a pumpkin pie, strawberries, and a can of SpaghettiOs. His final statement was, "I did not get my SpaghettiOs. I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
The statement that Dog is man's best friend was first recorded as being made by Frederick, King of Prussia (1740–1786). Frederick referred to one of his Italian Greyhounds as his best friend. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Porter Rockwell, the wild west lawman, was once accused of the attempted assassination of Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs. The jury were convinced of his innocence in part by his reputation as a deadly gunslinger and his statement that he "never shot at anybody, if I shoot they get shot!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
The City of Philadelphia had to issue a statement against using large dumpsters as swimming pools after people illegally tapped a fire hydrant to fill one. billypenn.com/2016/08/03/…
A mermaid documentary fooled so many people that the U.S. Government had to issue a statement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
A chimpanzee has been observed wearing a piece of grass into her ear, with no apparent function. After other members of her group started imitating her, researchers realised to be in presence of the first fashion statement observed in other animals. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
A study found that economists are more likely to agree with a statement if it’s attributed to a mainstream economics figure, regardless of who actually wrote it researchgate.net/publicat…
In 1955 Hugh Hefner released a short story about straight men being persecuted in a gay world. After receiving numerous hatemail, he released a statement saying "If it was wrong to persecute heterosexuals in a homosexual society then the reverse was wrong, too." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hug…
The "unmatched count" technique can be used to poll people on sensitive topics. Group 1 gets a list of unsubstantial statements, group 2 gets that list plus the sensitive statement. Only asking how many statements respondents agree with, the sensitive statement's frequency can be inferred. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unm…
Today I Learned that due to the popularity of the song β€œHey Ya” by OutKast, specifically the line β€œshake it like a Polaroid picture,” the Polaroid company had to issue a statement informing consumers that shaking the Polaroid picture will not assist in developing the photo and can actually ruin it. foxnews.com/story/dont-sh…
There is a 20 story light spire on a building in downtown Stockholm, and anyone with a smartphone can change the colors on the lights that are shining in it. Its creators hope that the work can stand as a statement on the power of democracy and the power of the public. atlasobscura.com/places/c…
A man found a newborn baby in the subway, and when he was in family court to give a statement the judge surprised him by asking if he and his partner wanted to adopt. They said yes. opinionator.blogs.nytimes…
When a North Korean merchant vessel was attacked by Somali pirates, an American destroyer came to their aid. This event led to rare pro US statements from the North Korean media. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai_Ho…
Today I learned of the Pinocchio Paradox which arises when Pinocchio says: "My nose grows now." If he were lying, his nose should grow, which is impossible since that would make the statement true. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
In 1982, the anchors of a TV station in Phoenix were held hostage by Joseph Gwin, who wanted "to prevent World War 3". Hours later at 9:30pm, he made anchor Bill Close read a statement on air. Joseph pointed a gun at him under the table. He let Close take it from him after the statement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KSA…
In 2006, "to understand and protect the home planet" was quietly removed from NASA's mission statement. ucsusa.org/our-work/cente…
Psychologists recognise "the need for drama" (NFD) as a personality trait. High NFD individuals agree with statements like, "Sometimes it’s fun to get people riled up”. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
A law school grad sued her alma mater, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, because she felt they made false statements that she'd be able to get a good job after acquiring a law degree from them. She lost the case. youtu.be/URMgpvoci_o

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