Aboriginal Australians often traveled to Indonesia for trade, and when British explorers first visited inland Australia they met an Aboriginal man who had already learned English from his visit to Singapore. mikedashhistory.com/2016/…
The only clear footage of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center on 9/11 was filmed by french filmmakers who were making a documentary on a Manhattan firehouse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Aquariums aren't allowed to pay to get animals from other aquariums as it encourages poaching. So there is a barter system in place where they swap animals. A New England aquarium traded a dozen penguins for 800 mackerel and their basic unit of trade is the jellyfish npr.org/transcripts/49329…
It is illegal to trade onion futures in the United States due to the 1958 Onion Futures Act, after two traders in 1955 purchased 98% of the onions in Chicago and subsequently crashed onion prices while holding short positions on onion futures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni…
Today I learned of the USS New York, a ship in the US Navy forged partially from steel that was salvaged from the World Trade Center after it was destroyed in 9/11. The ship's motto is "Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
A 3000 mile long fiber-optic cable called Project Express was installed between London & New York in 2012. At a cost of $300 Million, the line was designed to shave 5 milliseconds from financial trades between the two cities. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
In 1995, a Nick Leeson single handedly bankrupted Britain's oldest merchant bank by losing $1.4 B dollars in bad trades. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
North Korean Ri Myung-hun, the world's tallest basketball player in the 1990s (at 235 cm/7" 8.5'), was scouted by many NBA teams. Kim Jong-il told a scout that he would allow Ri to play in the NBA if the team paid North Korea in wheat, but the US ban on trade with North Korea stopped that en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ri_…
A sufferer of Truman Show delusion (a condition in which a person believes their live is a staged reality show) traveled all the way to New York City to check whether the World Trade Center had fallen, believing the 9/11 attacks to be an elaborate plot twist in his personal storyline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Stalin had a son who he hated and who was later captured by the nazis. The nazis thought they could use him as a bargaining chip to trade to his father Joseph in return for Nazi generals. In response, Stalin said, "I do not trade generals for soldiers" Stalin's son would later kill himself. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Sony needed military export permits from the Japanese trade ministry for the export of PlayStation 2s. The PS2 was so good at processing high quality images quickly that the Japanese government believed it was possible to adapt it for use in missile guidance systems. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
David Lawrence Angell, co-creator and co-executive producer of the sitcoms Wings and Frasier, and his wife Lynn both died heading home aboard American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to hit the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks. dailybruin.com/2001/09/11…
British sailors on the HMS Dolphin in the 18th century discovered that native Tahitian women were eager to exchange sex for iron, and they began pulling nails out. The resulting trade became so extensive that the loss of nails started to threaten the ship's structural integrity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
In a 1915 federal case against "fancy mixed nuts" that were argued by competitors to be an inferior grade, the court declined to accept a trade standard, saying: "...such a vague and indefinite standard... to establish by the testimony of men engaged in the business of handling nuts." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mix…
US Stocks used to trade cents in fractions up until 2001. (Ex: $20 1/4 ) investopedia.com/terms/d/…
During WW1, Imperial Germany built two submarines (Deutschland and Bremen) in order to pass through the blockade of the Entente to trade with the still neutral United States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
Construction workers at the new World Trade Center site in NYC stumbled upon the hull of an 18th century Philadelphia sloop active in colonial-era Caribbean trade. Tree-ring scientists at Columbia University found that the wood used to build the ship were felled in 1773. history.com/news/tree-rin…
A 12-yr-old Canadian boy was caught after hacking multiple sites in order to trade pirated information to the hacktivist group Anonymous for video games. His lawyer said the boy who had been hacking since age 9 was not politically motivated; he merely saw it as a challenge. theverge.com/2013/10/26/5…
Today I learned of Jean Mill, a cat breeder and conservationist who worked to protect the asian leopard cat, she disliked the fur trade so much that she successfully crossed an asian leopard with a domestic cat, creating the Bengal Cat breed, such that people can own cats with the same style of fur. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Trading cards originated as cards with different images placed in soft cigarette packs to keep them from bending. Cards would have appealing images on them and people started to trade with each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
The One World Trade Center is exactly 1,776 feet (541 m) tall, a deliberate reference to the year when the United States Declaration of Independence was signed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
King Offa of Mercia once minted copies of dinars of the Abbasid caliphate in the heart of England. He intended to increase trade and relations with Islamic Spain, the global super power at the time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off…
A large number of Graffiti found in Pompeii are political ads. Specificaly, one Gnaeus Helvius Sabinus appears in no less than 140 political signs throughout the town, endorsed by all manner of individuals, trade unions, religious and social groups antiquitatem.com/en/pompe…
There were a few "sponsored" units in the American Civil War. The Chicago Board of Trade Independent Light Artillery, one such unit, was formed in August 1862, and swiftly followed later that month by the competing Chicago Mercantile Independent Light Battery Artillery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Part of the motivation for European exploration of the world, besides gauging the strength of the Muslim enemy and finding the source of the spice trade, was to establish contact with the elusive Christian rulers that were thought to inhabit the vast interior of the Asian continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
While in prison Ted Kaczynski the Unabomber was friends with Ramzi Yousef the World Trade Center bomber and Timothy McVeigh the Oklahoma City bomber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
In 1571, parliament passed a law requiring all men, except noblemen, to wear wool caps on Sundays and holidays or be fined. This was to protect the wool trade. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
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…
Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber), Ramzi Yousef (the 1993 World Trade Center bomber), and Timothy McVeigh (the Oklahoma City bomber), all became friends in prison, and regularly discussed religion and politics until McVeigh's execution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
Tangue vermin (or beavums) are native to South America and were brought to the United States for fur trade. They were released and spread throughout the country in the 1940s after the fur market collapsed. oregonencyclopedia.org/ar…
The Shanghai heroin trade in the 1920s was dominated by two men. One was Chief of Police, the other was head of the government Anti-Opium Board. shanghailiving.com/shangh…
The US Department of Agriculture once had the fictional state of Wakanda listed as a free-trade partner - the Wakandans apparently sold ducks, donkeys and dairy cows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wak…
Today I learned of Sir Hans Sloane, an Irishman heavily involved in the Slave Trade to his personal enrichment. His botany collections form the basis of todays Natural History Museum. nhm.ac.uk/discover/hans-s…
Today I learned of the fiasco that ensued when Coca Cola launched its 'Dasani' brand of 'pure' bottled water in the UK in 2004. A trade magazine revealed that the source was ordinary tap water. The resulting press outcry led to an investigation and a contaminated batch was found. The brand was withdrawn in UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
Today I learned of one of the strangest trades in NBA history: In 1983, former All-Star Point Guard of the Indiana Pacers, Don Buse, was to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for just two weeks of advice for the Pacers front office executives from Portland's Vice President of Marketing, Jon Spoelstra. si.com/nba/2020/02/05/mos…
Part of the World Trade Center is on Mars. NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity has a aluminum cuff serving as a cable shield on each of the rock abrasion tools, this was made from aluminum recovered from the destroyed World Trade Center towers. nasa.gov/mission_pages/me…
Pidgin languages are languages formed from mixing two or more languages to help facilitate trade between peoples with different native languages. Usually less complex due to their limited purposes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pid…
Most Modern Chewing Gums, are made from polyethylene and polyvinyl acetate. Plastic Polymers that are commonly used to create Grocery Bags, & Plastic Bottles. These ingredients are considered Trade Secrets & are generally listed in the Ingredients under the description 'Gum Base.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Today I learned about CANZUK, a theoretical political and economic union of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The international body would be similar in scope to the former European Economic Community and focus on trade, foreign policy co-operation, and military co-operation between the four nations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAN…
Today I learned of the Windows on the World restaurant, which occupied the 107th floor of the world trade center north tower. More than 60 languages were spoken among the staff and it's kitchen was run by celebrity chefs. In it's final year it was the highest grossing fine dining establishment in the country. ny.eater.com/2013/9/11/65…
Today I learned about Plains Indian Sign Language, a trade language once used as a lingua franca connecting the diverse indigenous nations of the Great Plains, spanning an area stretching from Canada to northern Mexico. plainsindiansignlanguage.…
Ice Cube made a reality show where a white family was applied black face and a black family was applied white face and would 'trade experiences' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
King Eric of Pomerania, ruler of the Kalmar Union (Denmark/Sweden/Norway), imposed a tax on all ships entering or leaving the Baltic Sea, but a war forced him to exempt ships from major trade cities. After he was deposed in 1439, he lived as a pirate, attacking merchant ships in the Baltic Sea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
Due to dark chicken meat being disliked in the US, they export it to other countries that do prefer it such as Russia. Their trade with Russia began in 1991 after the fall of the USSR. The chicken legs became so popular that they're nicknamed "Bush legs" after then President Bush Sr. slate.com/human-interest/…
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…
The largest amount of debt accrued by a single person was $7B through trade practices and bank fraud en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
The Newseum, a neighbor to the Smithsonian, closed due to funding. It stood for the freedom of journalism, and displayed items from a German WW2 Tower to the Unabomber’s cabin to the antenna on top of the World Trade Center. usatoday.com/story/opinio…
The word Boycott is named after an Irish landlord named Charles Boycott. After Boycott attempted to evict 11 tenants, the local community decided to shun him. Workers would not work for him, traders would not trade with him, and the postman would not deliver the post. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy…
16 people survived the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center - they were all in the same stairwell. nymag.com/nymetro/news/se…
Wall St. is named from the wall built to keep British and Native Americans from entering New Amsterdam, now known as Manhattan, New York City. The original Lenape native trade route, Wickquasgeck, then became Brede weg, now known as Broadway. smithsonianmag.com/histor…

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