If someone is more than $2,500 behind in child support payments, they are unable to get a US Passport travel.state.gov/content/…
Today I learned about Polish Haitians who date back to 1802 when they fought along side Haitian slaves during the Haitian Revolution which helped establish the world's first free black Republic. The Poles acquired Haitian citizenship for their support in overthrowing the French colonialists. friendlyborders.org/news/…
Today I learned of the Pazzi conspiracy, an attempt by the Pazzi family to assassinate Lorenzo de Medici and his brother Giuliano and displace the Medici family as the rulers of renaissance era Florence. Lorenzo survived the plot and the way he dealt with it led to greater public support for the Medici regime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paz…
The Gulf of Mexico has a dead zone: an area of hypoxic (less than 2 ppm dissolved oxygen) waters, which supports fewer organisms and has been linked to massive fish kills and can cover up to 6,000-7,000 square miles (9656-11265 square kilometers) at the mouth of the Mississippi River serc.carleton.edu/microbe…
The Stephen King book, The Tommyknockers, was loosely based on a creature from the folklore of Cornish miners. To some, knockers were malevolent spirits who knocked on supports to cause a cave-in. To others, the knocking a way of warning the miners that a collapse was imminent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kno…
The last German troops to surrender after World War II were a group of soldiers stationed at a meteorological station on Svalbard. They lost radio contact in May 1945 and were unable to radio for support until August 1945. They were picked up by Norwegian seal hunters on September 4. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
There is insufficient scientific evidence to support the popular metabolic window theory, being that for about half an hour after a workout the intake of protein & carbs aids the increase of muscle mass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Gordon Ramsay set up a business inside a London prison that taught inmates how to bake and sold the goods on the outside. Providing the prison with financial support while giving the inmates work experience they could use to find honest work after their sentence. theguardian.com/society/2…
When actor Nick Frost (Cornetto Trilogy) was young his parents' business tanked. They had to move into a neighbours’ home and his mother suffered a stroke from stress. Nick dropped out of school and worked to support his family. He was just working as a waiter when Simon Pegg cast him in Spaced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Landing humans on the Moon required the most sudden burst of technological creativity and the largest commitment of resources ever made by any nation in peacetime. At its peak, the Apollo program employed 400,000 people and required the support of over 20,000 industrial firms and universities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Hummingbird nests are the smallest in the world. Most species of hummingbirds weave spider silk into the nest for structural support and to make it more elastic to accommodate the offspring as they grow. Often lichen will be attached to the outside of the nest for camouflage. wildbirdscoop.com/humming…
The Chinese Army has been training 10,000 pigeons to provide support to the military's communications in the event that war renders its modern technology unusable. The pigeons, flying at speeds of up to 75 miles (120 km) per hour, are being trained to carry loads of up to 3.5 oz (100 g) content.time.com/time/wor…
Today I learned about Operation Pluto, an operation to lay submarine oil pipelines under the English Channel in support of the Allied invasion of Normandy during WWII. The two pipelines, "Bambi" and "Dumbo", carried 180 million imperial gallons of petrol to the Allied Expeditionary Force in North West Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Teddy Roosevelt was chosen as Vice President due to his support of anti-trust reform, and conservatives knew the VP had little power. Six months into the term, President McKinley was assassinated and Roosevelt became President, ushering in an unprecedented era of anti-trust and labor reforms. senate.gov/about/officers…
Canada had considered annexing the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean region. In the 1980s, local islanders in favor of joining the Canadian federation reached a peak support of 90%. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Each US state manages a federally-allocated fund to support victims of crime; if you are the victim of a crime, you can apply for reimbursement for medical services, mental health counseling, lost wages, and other costs incurred as a result of the crime. ovc.ojp.gov/help-for-vict…
Birds survive contact with power lines because of they way they are sitting, with both feet on the same wire. They are safe as long as they touch only a single wire, but as soon as they touch another wire, or a support pole at the same time, they will be electrocuted. oppdthewire.com/can-birds…
In 1900, William Clark, resigned his Montana (MT) senate seat after an investigation found he had won with bribery. In January 1901, a newly elected MT legislature, most of whom had also received financial support from Clark, again elected him to the Senate. Clark fully served out this term. senate.gov/artandhistory/…
Rita Crundwell embezzled $53.7 million from the city of Dixon Illinois for over twenty-two years as Comptroller & Treasurer to support her championship American Quarter Horse breeding operation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rit…
Captain America #1, with its iconic cover of Cap punching Hitler, came out a year before the US entered WWII. At the time most people did not support war with Germany, so Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, both Jews, received death threats. However, the Mayor of New York was a fan and pledged protection. cbr.com/the-history-behin…
Available scientific evidence does not support claims that cupping therapy has any health benefits, but it carries a risk of burns, persistent skin discoloration, scars, infection, and may worsen eczema or psoriasis. It has been characterized as quackery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cup…
Today I learned of sympathetic blindness where after permanent trauma to one eye the other unaffected eye will go blind in 'support' of the affected eye en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sym…
Support ships called 'Destroyer tenders' were common in navies in the first half of the 20th century; one Destroyer tender would travel with multiple destroyer ships, carrying supplies for them, thus extending their collective range on the open ocean en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
There are children in Kosovo named "Tonibler", named after Tony Blair for his support of the 1999 NATO bombing in Yugoslavia. bbc.co.uk/news/10576544
Pope Sixtus VI excommunicated the entire city of Florence for their support of the Medici family in the Pazzi Conspiracy in 1478. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paz…
The Mozart Effect is a theory that listening to Mozart boosts IQ scores. There is little to no evidence to support this theory. A meta-analysis found that listening to Mozart had no effect on general intelligence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moz…
An Australian Royal Commission found that Jehovah's Witnesses harbored 1,006 known pedophiles who they did not report to the authorities. The commission also found their policies to be outdated and that they provided inadequate support to victims. childabuseroyalcommission…
Adam Sandler's movie "50 First Dates" inspired a real therapy program in which patients with early dementia watch every morning a video message of support from their loved ones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_…
An artist want to string 10,000 bras across the Grand Canyon but couldn't get the needed government support. weirduniverse.net/blog/co…
:The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree (typically a 50- to 60-year-old Norway spruce, generally over 20 metres tall) is a Christmas tree gifted to the people of Britain by Norway each year since 1947 as a token of gratitude for British support to Norway during the Second World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Seth MacFarlane served as executive producer of the Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted series Cosmos. He was instrumental in providing funding for the series, as well as securing studio support for it from other entertainment execs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Set…
A woman sued Keanu Reeves, claiming that he was the father of her four adult children and sought $ 3 000 000 a month in spousal support and $150 000 a month in retroactive child support. DNA tests proved she was lying and she lost the case. thestar.com/news/ontario/…
Most high-quality hair extensions worn by celebrities are made from so-called "temple hair" sourced from religious organizations in India and China that shave women's heads for ritual purposes and then sell it to support the temple. theguardian.com/world/200…
Nan Britton claimed to have had an affair with US Pres. Warren Harding and gave birth to his daughter. She was ridiculed in court when she tried to sue for child support. In 2015, Ancestry.com confirmed that Britton was telling the truth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
The neck rings don't really stretch the neck, they push the shoulders and clavicles down to create the illusion of a longer neck, and removing them incorrectly may cause death because the neck muscles weaken so much they can't support the head on their own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nec…
The Maurice Ravel music was banned from the 'Ligue Nationale pour la Defense de la Musique FranΓ§aise' despite being french and fighting in the WWI because he refused to support banning performance of contemporary German music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau…
A Russian cat was used by prisoners to sneak drugs into their penal colony near Moscow. The cat allegedly had 5.79 grams of hashish & 1.56 grams of amphetamine under its collar. Defense/prosecution lawyers each wanted the cat to support their case but it escaped from its kennel before trial. telegraph.co.uk/news/2019…
Today I learned of Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother's Day in 1908. In 1943, she rescinded her support for the holiday due to increased commercialization. However, she was then placed in a Sanitorium for the rest of her life, where her bills were paid by people in the Floral and Greeting Card industries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
During D-day, the USS Texas intentionality flooded a part of itself to help provide inland fire support. It flooded the starboard torpedo blister to list the ship 2 degrees, giving the ship’s guns enough elevation to continue its mission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Norway is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. It has a 'sovereign fund' of $1 trillion, around $200,000 for each of it's 5 million citizens to support future generations. money.cnn.com/2017/09/19/…
After the execution of Lavrentiy Beria in 1953, the Great Soviet Encyclopedia instructed all its subscribers to remove the 3 pages about him, destroy them, and insert 3 (provided) replacement pages, due to "popular support" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Knights would work out in their armor and put weights on their swords to make themselves more effective in combat. One knight even climbed a 60-foot ladder in armor by hand, with no foot support. atlasobscura.com/articles…
After the UK ended the British Army Training and Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) program in 2011, Belizean political leaders pushed for its return until the UK resumed the program in 2015 and once again started training its military in jungle warfare using property provided by Belize. sanpedrosun.com/community…
Cheetahs are so instinctively shy animals, especially in captivity, that they even fail to procreate. And so for years, conservationists have been giving cheetahs emotional support dogs who are raised with them and help them socialise and reduce anxiety. youtu.be/xeq-eMBsRV8
The US Department of Defense withdrew its financial and logistical support for the TV series The Lieutenant (1963–1964) after its creater Gene Roddenberry pressed ahead with a plot titled "To Set It Right" in which a white and a black man find a common cause in their roles as Marines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Of Braddock's Road. Originally built by George Washington and his Virginia militia from Alexandria, VA to Pittsburgh, PA to support Braddock's ill fated attack on the French, was later to become the National Road, the first federal road in the United States. blogs.loc.gov/law/2020/01…
Nintendo dropped technical support for the NES and SNES in 2007. These systems came out in 1985 and 1991 respectively. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
As the Pacific plate moves Hawaii’s volcanoes farther from the hotspot, they erupt less frequently and begin to die. Millions of years from now, Hawai'i will disappear when the edge of the Pacific plate that supports them slides under the North American plate and returns to the mantle. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
Today I learned of pharaoh Ptolemy VIII and his sister-wife Cleopatra II. When Ptolemy married his niece (Cleopatra's daughter by another brother), it caused Cleopatra to rebel in support of their 12-year-old son. Ptolemy responded by dismembering their son and sending the pieces to Cleopatra on her birthday en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pto…
The movie "Independence Day" was originally meant to have support from the United States Armed Forces, but they backed out when the references to Area 51 were not removed from the script en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…

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