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 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…
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…
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/…
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 The brand was withdrawn in UK.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…
Alcohol companies don't have to display nutrition information on their products in the USA because they aren't regulated by the FDA. Instead, they're regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. ttb.gov/labeling-wine/alc…
The metric system is "the preferred system of weights and measures for U.S. trade and commerce" in the USA (Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988) and that US Customary Units (e.g. foot, mile, pound, quart) have actually been defined in terms of their metric counterparts since 1893. nist.gov/system/files/doc…
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…
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…
In the Early Bronze Age bronze was made of copper and arsenic rather than copper and tin, due to the scarcity of sites where tin can be mined. Only after improvements in long-distance trade the copper-tin alloy became dominant. makin-metals.com/about/hi…
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…
Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 partly because of the trade embargoes on both oil and scrap metal. This ultimately interfered with Japan's expansion into China. history.com/news/why-did-…
In 2016 a company crowdfunded a fake video game console. The company used tape and cardboard with an Atari Jaguar shell and an SNES motherboard to show it off at a trade show. After confronted they were unable to produce a working prototype and canceled the console. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
One World Trade Center, the tallest building in North America, is 1,776 feet. It's height is a reference to the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. alansfactoryoutlet.com/th…
Two weeks after South Carolina seceded from the Union New York City's Mayor proposed secession as well in order to continue its extraordinarily lucrative cotton trade with the seceded South. historynet.com/new-york-c…
Jason Mraz once was a pickle boy at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, where he would offer to trade you his dill for a bill. startribune.com/mystic-la…
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…
Cat mummies were so plentiful in Egypt that, in the 1800s, an English company bought a load of 180,000, pulverized them and spread them on farm fields as fertilizer. Also so many baboons and ibises were mummified for the trade it likely drove them to extinction in Egypt. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
, per the Federal Trade Commission, if you receive unordered merchandise in the mail, you are legally allowed to keep it, even if you didn't pay for it. consumer.ftc.gov/articles…
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…
Today I learned about the reality tv show 'Murder In Small Town X" whose finale aired on September 4, 2001. The winner of the show Ángel Juarbe Jr. ,who was a firefighter in NYC, would be dead a week later, one of the 343 NY firefighters killed at the World Trade Center. legacy.com/sept11/story.a…
The Village People was formed when French songwriter/producer Jacques Morali put an ad in a local trade magazine that read, "Macho Types Wanted: Must Dance And Have A Moustache." bbc.co.uk/music/articles/…
Today I learned about β€œWar Babies” a very odd short film from 1934 that featured a bunch of toddlers in diapers acting out creepily grown-up plots. Shirley Temple does stuff like trade kisses for lollipops and says things like β€œI’m expensive.” Video is in the link. time.com/12851/before-the…
There are now just two countries in the world where Coca-Cola cannot be bought or sold - at least, not officially. They are Cuba and North Korea, which are both under long-term US trade embargoes (Cuba since 1962 and North Korea since 1950). bbc.com/news/magazine-195…
Hitler offered to trade a million Jews for material goods, including 10,000 trucks. The Jews would have been allowed to go to any Allied country except Palestine, as Hitler had promised the Grand Mufti no Jews would settle in Palestine. The offer was rejected. jewishvirtuallibrary.org/…
There was a complete ban of gum from 1992 to 2004 in Singapore. Since 2004, they have allowed dental gum to be imported in, because the US asked for it in a trade deal. The ban was to the annoyance of chewing gum being everywhere . eresources.nlb.gov.sg/inf…
England has a small scorpion population, believed to be brought by fruit trade in the 19th century, making them the northernmost found scorpion species telegraph.co.uk/travel/sa…
Chinese wildlife trade industry is worth around $76 billion and employs more than 14 million people. news.cgtn.com/news/2020-0…
A third of the world's parrot species are threatened due to poaching for the pet trade. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In the midnight of Dec 29, 2011 Samoa loses a day and jumps forward in time to Dec. 31, 2011 without experiencing Dec 30 as they move westward of international dateline. The switch was made to improve ties with major trade partners in Australia and New Zealand. bbc.com/news/world-asia-1…
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…
A Revolutionary-era wooden ship was found on the site of the World Trade Center during excavations after 9/11 nationalgeographic.com/ne…
It is illegal in the US to trade futures contracts on onions and "motion picture box office receipts" due to the Onion Futures Act en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni…
The first successful commercial propagation of an improved pecan variety (called "Centennial") by way of grafting was done by a slave named Antoine in 1846. This variety of pecan essentially began the commercial pecan trade. aggie-horticulture.tamu.e…
Today I learned about the Bronze Age collapse, in which the Sea People invaded the Mediterranean. In 50 years the Mycenaeans, Kassites, and Hittites collapsed, while Egypt was crippled economically. Trade routes were disrupted, literacy was severely reduced andcities were destroyed or abandoned permanently. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat…
Today I learned of Plains Indian Sign Language, a widely used trade language that was considered the lingua franca of North America amongst the Plains Nations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Bill Gates predicts that the growth of instructional software will replace textbooks. However, in a 2018 survey of college students, the trade publication Library Journal found that 75 percent say that reading print books is easier than e-books edsurge.com/news/2019-04-…
In 2002 a Chinese Toy Company Made a Handheld Video Game called Laden vs USA Where You Can Either Defend the World Trade Center from Being Attacked or Fly Planes Into It en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lad…
The 3 Stooges shot a pilot called Jerks of All Trades in 1949 intended as a weekly sitcom where the Stooges would try a different job/business every week. Columbia Pictures claiming the TV series would compete with their two-reels threatened to cancel their contract so the show was abandoned. youtube.com/watch?v=w2vJz…
Mammoth Ivory trade is almost totally unregulated and undocumented, this is not easily distinguishable from elephant ivory and thus there is tangible risk of illegal international trade in elephant ivory being being deliberately mislabeling as mammoth ivory. nationalgeographic.com.au…
Robert Morris, namesake of Robert Morris University, engaged in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and personally owned several slaves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
When John Balson started off as a butcher in Dorset in 1535, Henry VIII was on the throne. Hundreds of years later, the Balson family continues to trade just a few streets away from where their first market stall was set up in Bridport. They are the oldest family business in UK. bbc.com/news/uk-england-d…
For decades the US Navy Freedom of Navigation program has kept the global shipping lanes free and open for commerce and trade, even for US enemies like Russia and China. The FON program acts as a deterrent against regional conflict, arbitrary maritime claims and piracy. policy.defense.gov/Portal…
One of the things the Mafia can trace it's origins to is the citrus trade in the mid 1800's. The extortion, intimidation, and protection rackets that characterize Mafia activity were first practiced and perfected in the citrus gardens of Palermo, Italy. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s grandfather made his fortune by smuggling opium from China, calling it a β€œfair, honorable and legitimate trade” americanheritage.com/fair…
Virtually every single way of saying 'tea' in each language comes from the Chinese character 茢 (chΓ‘), reflecting the origins and widespread trade of tea from China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ety…
Today I learned of Glennon Engelmann, the "Killer Driller." A dentist by trade, Englemann was a serial killer who conspired with his dental assistants and ex-wife to kill their husbands in elaborate ways. Englemann would then take a portion of the insurance payout. nydailynews.com/news/crim…
"a moron in a hurry" is a legal test for trademark infringement in which two trade marks are considered to be different enough from each other to coexist if only a moron in a hurry would confuse them. This test has been applied in cases in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_m…
WD-40's formula is a trade secret, and has not changed. To avoid disclosing its composition, the product was not patented in 1953, and the window of opportunity for patenting it has long since closed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WD-…
Charles Joseph Minard was French Civil engineer and pioneer of info-graphics. Minard is famous for his flow graphs, one notably showing the trade of French wine. Information designer Edward Tufte said his map of the French invasion of Russia, "may well be the best statistical graphic ever drawn" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Viagra was originally meant to be for people with heart conditions. During early clinical trials of sildenafil, now better known by its trade name Viagra, male volunteers taking the pills consistently reported unprovoked, long-lasting erections. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
The Portuguese, who began the Atlantic Slave Trade, first began kidnapping west Africans and taking the enslaved back to Europe as early as the 15th century. bbc.co.uk/history/british…
One World Trade Center's tenants are mostly technology companies, as opposed to the finance companies that leased the Twin Towers businessinsider.com/nyc-n…
Tim McVeigh (the Oklahoma City Bomber), Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber) and Ramzi Yousef (the 1993 World Trade Center Bomber) All Became Friends In Prison edition.cnn.com/2007/US/l…
Today I learned of anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes, who after researching international black market organ trade, made the "unusual" decision" to share her findings with law enforcement including the FBI, which later resulted in several arrests. psmag.com/economics/nancy…
The 1993 World Trade Bomber, the Unabomber, and the Boston Marathon Bomber are all in the same Super Maximum Prison in Florence, CO. america.cgtn.com/2019/11/…
Today I learned about The Duge Bridge, the highest bridge in the world. The road deck sits 565 metres (1,850 feet) above the Beipan River. This is higher than One World Trade Center in New York City, 541 meters (1,776 feet) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dug…
Today I learned about Joseph Trombino, a Brinks security guard who, after being shot multiple times in the famed armored car robbery of 1981, was almost killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and eventually lost his life during the 9/11 attacks while making a delivery in the North Tower. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Frank Zappa introduced the Credit Card concept to Czechoslovakia in 1990 after he was named Special Ambassador to the West on Trade, Culture and Tourism. globalia.net/donlope/fz/v…
Before the advent of refrigeration "ice houses" were used to store ice, sometimes from nearby freshwater sources during winter, and sometimes from the "ice trade" where ice was imported from colder countries. Often locally sourced ice would stay frozen until the following winter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
The remains of an 18th century ship originating from Philadelphia was found during construction of the new World Trade Center in 2014 cnn.com/2014/08/05/us/new…
Norwegian jack-of-all trades call themselves "potato" because they go with everything bouvet.no/bouvet-deler/po…
The first proposal for space travel in English history was made by Oliver Cromwell’s brother-in-law in the 17th century, who thought that we just needed to fly 20 miles above the Earth to be released from its magnetism and sail to other planets to trade with the inhabitants. historyextra.com/period/s…
Today I learned of Redoshi, a woman believed to have been the last survivor of the transatlantic slave trade. She was captured in 1860 in West Africa at age 12 and worked on a plantation in Alabama. She died in 1937 and lived long enough to become acquainted with people active in the civil rights movement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Volkswagen was funded by the Nazi trades union organisation. (Deutsche Arbeitsfront) bbc.co.uk/news/business-3…
McDonalds sued Irish fast food chain Supermac for trade mark infringement but failed and ended up losing their Big Mac trade mark as well because they were unable to prove that they had used the Big Mac trade mark in the EU. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Out of the 50,000 workers that could have been in the world trade centre on September 11th 2001, only around 19,000 were there that day for two main reasons; because people were late taking their kids to the first day of school and voting at local polling station for the mayoral election 911memorial.org/museum
Despite the name, the New York Times Best Seller list does not simply compile which books have sold the most, but is a combination sales figures, other data, and internal guidelines. Exactly how the list is determined is a trade secret. observer.com/2016/02/the-…
After uniting Mongol tribes under one banner, Genghis Khan actually did not want any more war. To open up trade, Genghis Khan sent emissaries to Muhammad II of Khwarezm, but Khwarezm Empire killed the Mongolian party. Furious Genghis Khan demolished Khwarezmian Empire in two years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muh…
Today I learned of Efunroye Tinubu, a powerful slave trader in 19th century Nigeria. She was thought to have been so unapologetic and profit minded, she attempted to subvert a British anti-slavery treaty and, after a slave trade went wrong, said she: "would rather drown the slaves than sell them at a discount." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efu…
Today I learned about "ethical" ivory trade. Mammoth tusks and woolly rhino horns are dug up by the tons in the Artic permafrost. The horns are used in traditional medicine and tusks in the ivory-carving industry. While permits are available, the majority of tuskers work illegally, damaging fossils and nature. sciencefocus.com/nature/m…
During the Great Depression international trade fell by 50%, unemployment rose to 25% in the US and 33% in some countries, & worldwide GDP fell by an estimated 15% from 1929-1932. For comparison, worldwide GDP fell by less than 1% during the 2008 recession. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned about Monte Testaccio, the 'Mountain of Pots' in Rome, a hill made entirely from around 53 million discarded ancient Roman containers used to carry olive oil. It is one of the largest ancient 'spoil mounds' in the world, and is now key in understanding Roman trade routes in Spain and Libya. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Okra, which Louisiana Cajuns adore in their Creole seafood gumbo, most likely originated in Ethiopia and was brought to the US through the slave trade in the 1700's. foodreference.com/html/ar…
In the UK it is illegal under the Plant Variety and Seeds Act 1964 (with many amendments) for an individual or organisation to give, trade or sell seed of an older variety of wheat (or any other agricultural crop) to a third party for growing purposes, subject to a significant fine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Bootlegging, a popular term used during prohibition during the 1920s, apparently came into general use in the Midwest in the 1880s to denote the practice of concealing flasks of illicit liquor in boot tops when going to trade with Native Americans. britannica.com/topic/boot…
Genghis Khan wiped out an entire empire after they wrongly executed one of his trade caravans. The governor of a small town executed the Mongol traders under suspicion they were spies, and took their goods. Genghis responded by invading with an army of 200,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khw…
North Korea and Cuba are the only countries that don't sell Coca-Cola due to trade embargoes with the United States. bbc.com/news/magazine-195…
American History X director Tony Kaye was so dissatisfied with the final cut of the film he spent $100,000 of his own money to take out 35 full-page ads in the Hollywood trade press denouncing Norton and the producer, using quotations from a variety of people from John Lennon to Abraham Lincoln. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Vikings transported their ships overland to get past difficult stretches of water. Smaller ships would be carried by hand using poles, while larger ships would be pulled across tree branches. To trade with Turks, they would carry their boats 10km overland to get to the Black Sea. vikingorm.nl/en_page_viki…
The death toll due to 9/11 continues to rise. Cases of "life-threatening illnesses such as mesothelioma and asbestosis" are being newly reported years after the incident, as victims in the vicinity were covered in dust from the World Trade Center, which was created using asbestos mesotheliomaguide.com/mes…
Only one pre-9/11 tenant has returned to work at the new One World Trade Center: Greg Carafello. His company was located on the 18th floor of the South Tower and his current offices are on the 85th floor of 1WTC. nymag.com/intelligencer/2…
There is a mutation that causes bones to become 8 times denser than normal that allow people to walk away from car accidents without a single fracture but with a trade off of being unable to swim. the-scientist.com/noteboo…
The One World Trade Center in New York is 1,776 feet (541 m) tall. This symbolizes the year the USA Declaration of Independence was signed 1776. It’s the 6th tallest skyscraper in the world, the world's tallest all office building, and 2nd tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Wo…
In 2009, Russian and Belarus had a trade conflict over milk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
The biggest cannabis trade show in the world and the biggest dispensary in the world are in the same city: Sin City, Las Vegas, Nevada youtu.be/B-efirqEJHY
Rutland and the Isle of White trade places of being the UK’s smallest county twice a day - when the tide goes out. historic-uk.com/HistoryMa…
A Barber Surgeon was one of the most common jobs during the Middle Ages. Surgery was seldom conducted by physicians, but instead by barbers, who, possessing razors and coordination indispensable to their trade, were called upon for numerous tasks ranging from cutting hair to amputating limbs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
On September 11th, 2001, Officer John Perry of the NYPD went to headquarters to file retirement paperwork. When he heard the explosion at the world trade center he immediately responded and was later killed when one of the towers collapsed. He was the only off-duty officer killed on 9/11. odmp.org/officer/15820-po…
Eric Clapton gifted Geogre Harrison a unique red Gibson Les Paul that he nicknamed β€œLucy”. It was stolen in 1973, and after tracking it down, Harrison had to trade another Les Paul and a Fender Bass to get it back. Until his death in 2001, Harrison referred to the incident as a β€œkidnapping” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
Today I learned about Roselle, a seeing-eye dog that led her blind owner, Michael Hingson, down 1,463 steps from the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. Dog and owner exited just before the South Tower collapsed, and both survived. rd.com/advice/pets/heroic…
Today I learned of Joseph Trombino, Brinks truck driver, who narrowly survived an armed robbery in 1983 and the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, only to be killed in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 nyjnews.com/911victims/vi…
Phil Perry, performer of the "Goof Troop" theme song, was scheduled to perform a lunch-hour jazz concert to promote a new album inside the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. laphil.com/musicdb/artist…
President Jefferson, a slaveholder, refused to recognize Haiti after the Haitian Revolution and imposed a trade embargo on them to ensure their economic failure, for fear that a successful slave revolt in the West Indies would inspire slaves in the US en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
The piece of metal with the American flag on the rock abrasion tool of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, is made of aluminum recovered from the site of the World Trade Center towers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Sihanoukville is Cambodia's sole deep water port. The French colonial administration preferred to use Saigon for international trade and the Mekong River for further distribution. Thus Cambodia's access to high sea's trade was via the Mekong which required passage through Vietnamese territory en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sih…
Coca-Cola was accused of hiring hitmen from a prominent paramilitary group between 1990 and 2002 to kill at least 10 trade union leaders. telesurtv.net/english/new…
'chip pans' are the single largest cause of fires in the U.K., causing over 12,000 each year. Some cities even offer chip pan 'amnesty' programs where you can trade in your outdated deep-sided chip pan for a deep-fryer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Aluminum recovered from the World Trade Center is now used to shield cabling on Mars Rover Spirit and Opportunity. jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.ph…
Today I learned about Halloween candy buyback- a program that trades leftover candy (through local dentist's offices) for various dental items & sends the candy to the Troops halloweencandybuyback.com

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