The IKEA effect is a cognitive bias in which consumers place a disproportionately high value on products they partially created en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IKE…
There is a monument in central Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia celebrating the Beatles. It was built because in Mongolian communist times, local people would sit around listening to forbidden western music and discussing the values of freedom and democracy. atlasobscura.com/places/b…
There's a psychological bias called the IKEA effect in which consumers place a disproportionately high value on products they partially created. A 2011 study found that subjects were willing to pay 63% more for furniture they had assembled themselves, than for equivalent pre-assembled items. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IKE…
In a traffic stop, Arizona officials seized illegal drugs with a street value of over $1M, then got a search warrant for the driver's property which included a former KFC restaurant. In the KFC floor, they found a hole leading to a 590 ft tunnel where drugs were funneled from the Mexican side. star-telegram.com/news/na…
While the Tokyo Disneyland was a success, as Disney aligned to Japanese values of "cuteness", politeness, and gift giving, Disneyland Paris was initially a failure as the retelling of European folk-tales was seen as elitist and insulting, and it's stores were only selling "cheap trinkets" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sem…
There’s a cryptocurrency named Dogecoin with the face of a Shiba Inu as it’s logo. It was made as joke in 2013 but is now worth over $350 million in market value. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogeco…
Today I learned of Bloodbath of B-R5RB, a massive-scale virtual battle fought in the MMORPG space game EVE Online in January 2014 that involved 7,548 player characters and lasted for 21 hours resulting in losses of approximate real-currency value of $300,000 USD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
In the Philippines, cutting plants of scenic value on public grounds is punishable by an imprisonment of 6 months, 1 day as minimum to 8 years as maximum. thecorpusjuris.com/legisl…
The most landed on property in Monopoly is Illinois Ave. A hotel on Illinois Ave is second in value only to a hotel on Boardwalk. mindyourdecisions.com/blo…
In WWII around 140 Jewish prisoners were employed by the Nazis to forge British pound banknotes for a total value of Β£300 million ($24 billion in 2020). They were so successful that in 1943 the Bank of England withdrew all denominations above Β£5, until 1964. All the prisoners survived the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Bhutan only permitted television and the Internet in 1999, with the King saying that television was a critical step to the modernization of Bhutan, but warning that the "misuse" of this new technology could erode traditional Bhutanese values en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhu…
It's actually illegal for companies like FedEx to ship "non-urgent" letters unless the customer pays at least six times the value of USPS postage. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
James "Honest Dick" Tate was a Kentucky State Treasurer, so-called due to his good reputation. In reality, he had quietly misappropriated over $250,000 ($7 million in present value) from the treasury. In 1888, he fled the state with a sack of gold and silver coins and was never seen again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
In 2003, a woman found a stolen painting worth $1 million in the trash on a NYC curb. She felt it "had power" and took it without knowing its origin or value. She spent 4 years researching it and discovered it’d been stolen in 1987. She got a $15,000 reward plus a % of its $1,049,000 sale price. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruf…
In 2013, while walking their dog in their back yard, a married couple came across several rusty buckets sticking out of their land. The buckets were full of gold coins minted from 1847 to 1894. The total value of all the coins was about $11 million. nydailynews.com/news/nati…
The term "Judeo-Christian" in reference to a common set of values and traditions was not widely used until the 1940s, when American military chaplains attempted to promote religious inclusivity during wartime memorial services. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
In Japan, a home loses value from Day 1 β€” losing half its value in 10 years and becoming almost entirely worthless in 25. When a property is sold, the existing house is almost always razed and rebuilt. Even the most important shrines in Japan face regular rebuilding. rethinktokyo.com/2018/06/…
Hay is a crop from grass, straw is a byproduct of grain production (the stems). Hay has more nutritional value for animal feed detroitnews.com/story/lif…
Placebo (substance with no therapeutic value) is used not only in pharmacy to test drugs, but also in surgery to test the effect of intervention.It's called sham surgery, when surgical intervention omits the step thought to be therapeutically necessary. There was 53 sham surgery cases. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
There are at least 711 asteroids each with a value exceeding $100 trillion USD. The current global economy is roughly $80 trillion USD. wikipedia.org/wiki/Astero…
Stu Krieger, screenwriter for Smart House, was largely inspired by The Swiss Family Robinson and The Parent Trap. He channeled the values he absorbed from those movies in Smart House as well as The Land Before Time. theringer.com/movies/2019…
Ressentiment is a sense of hostility toward an object that one identifies as the cause of frustration, i.e. an assignment of blame for one's frustration. The sense of inferiority complex and jealousy in the face of the "cause" generates a rejecting value system which attacks the perceived source en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
The United States $100,000 bill is the highest value banknote ever produced by the United States. It was never Legal Tender and was only used in transactions between banks. americanhistory.si.edu/co…
Enrico Fermi estimated the energy released by first atom bomb (Trinity test at Manhattan Project) by dropping small pieces of paper before, during, and after the passage of the blast wave and measuring their displacement. His estimate of 10 kilotons was pretty close to actual value of 21. dannen.com/decision/fermi…
In 2005, a Japanese stockbroker set the value of J-Com’s share price to one yen for 610,000 shares, when he was supposed to have set it to 610,000 yen for one share. That error costed J-Com 27 billion yenβ€”or about $236 millionβ€”which was the near equivalent to their previous years’ total income. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/busin…
There is no agreement on what the value is of Zero to the power of zero. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zer…
Templar Knights would issue letters of credit to the pilgrims journeying to the Holy Land. Pilgrims deposited their valuables with a local Templar, received a document indicating the value of their deposit, then used that document upon arrival to retrieve their funds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
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…
Psilocybin comprises approximately 1% of the weight of Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms, and so nearly 1.7 kilograms (3.7 lb) of dried mushrooms, or 17 kilograms (37 lb) of fresh mushrooms, would be required for a 60-kilogram (130 lb) person to reach the 280 mg/kg LD50 value of rats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psi…
There is no closed formula that can be used to exactly find perimeter of a Ellipse like a circle or square. We can only approximate it values. mathsisfun.com/geometry/e…
"Enron Fraud", the largest bankruptcy reorganization in American history. The energy company's bankruptcy in 2001 after allegations of massive accounting fraud wiped out $78 billion in stock market value and led to the collapse of Arthur Andersen and the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enr…
The creator of The Sims, Will Wright, was inspired to make the game after losing his home and most of his material possessions in a fire in 1997. Thinking about the value of material needs as he rebuilt his life gave him the idea of a game where players managed the life of a suburban household. berkeleyside.com/2011/10/…
Precision refers to how tightly clustered your data is; accuracy refers to how close that data is to the real value. You might have a dozen miscalibrated thermometers that all tell you the wrong temperature with a very high degree of precision. howtogeek.com/423720/how-…
Today I learned of "Artist's Shit", an artwork that consists of 90 tin cans, each reportedly filled with 30 grams of the artist's feces. The cans are steel, and cannot be x-rayed or scanned to determine the contents, and opening a can would cause it to lose its value; thus, the true contents are unknown en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Body fat has the exact same net calorific value (energy by volume) as gasoline, 9700 calories per liter. batteryuniversity.com/lea…
Spanish conquistadors in America didn't realize the true value and rarity of platinum and only cared about gold, but counterfeiters would use platinum to make fake gold and silver, so the Spaniards would dump any confiscated platinum into the sea to try and combat this forging problem en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Royal Bank of Canada, founded in 1864, is the overall leading Canadian brand and the most valuable banking brand in North America as of February 2019, with 17.4 billion U.S. dollars in brand value statista.com/topics/3030/…
A long-lost Rembrandt painting was found in a basement in New Jersey. It was initially valued by a local auction house at $800, who were unaware of its true value. But numerous art buffs recognised its true value, resulting in it selling for $870,000 ($1.1 million with the sale premium). reuters.com/article/us-ne…
Volvo opened up the patent for three-point seatbelt cause "it had more value as a free life saving tool than something to profit from" arnoldclark.com/newsroom/…
Orange peels are rich in several nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, and plant compounds like polyphenols. In fact, just 1 tbsp (6g) of orange peel provides 14% of the Daily Value of vitamin C β€” nearly 3 times more than the inner fruit. The same serving also packs about 4x more fiber healthline.com/nutrition/…
Asphalt pavements are America's most recycled product. Reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) can be recycled into pavement that is as high, or even higher, in quality as pavements made of all-virgin materials. And, the same material can be recycled again and again; it never loses its value. asphaltpavement.org/index…
Between 1981 and 1987 the value of Ford shares increased by 1342%, going from 68 cents to over 10 dollars. curbsideclassic.com/autom…
Today I learned of the Jelly bean rule, a rule put forth by the FDA saying that companies can't claim their food to be healthy simply because it's low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and must contain at least 10% of Daily Values of nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, protein, fiber, or iron. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jel…
One reason why Stalingrad was heavily attacked and defended was the propaganda value to the city, based on it bearing the name of the current leader of the Soviet Union at that time. About 2 million died in the Battle of Stalingrad. wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle…
Early in his career, Scott Cawthon creator of the 'Five Nights at Freddy's' horror franchise worked for Hope Animation, a company that created movies/games with Christian values for kids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
Today I learned of the Golden Buddha. A solid gold statue of The Buddha, weighing five and half tons, which was covered with a layer of stucco and coloured glass to conceal its true value, and remained hidden for 200 years before being rediscoverd during renovation in 1955. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
A USA nickel coin, value 5 cents, weighs exactly 5.000 grams usmint.gov/learn/coin-and…
A fisherman in Philippine found a perl weighing 34kg and estimated around $100 million. Not knowing it's value, the pearl was kept under his bed for 10 years as a good luck charm. theguardian.com/world/201…
Before 1974, Britain and the USA had different values for the numerical value Billion. In Britain it was One Million Million and in the USA it was One Thousand Million. In 1974, Britain adopted the USA’s version of not just the billion, but values higher than that as well. lexico.com/en/explore/how…
In the Bernard Madoff Ponzi Scheme, Madoff claimed his fund's total value is $64 billion. It was designed by Madoff to keep investors investing. The actual money victims have invested was $36 billion. $14.328 billion was recovered, of which $12.936 billion was distributed to victims. madofftrustee.com/
Jake (the boy) from Two and a Half Men left the show after converting to a 7th Day Adventist, denouncing the show as "filth that contradicts his moral values" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two…
Victor Hugo wrote the Hunchback of Norte-Dame to inform people of the value of Gothic architecture, which was being neglected and destroyed at the time. This explains the large descriptive sections of the book, which far exceed the requirements of the story. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The annual 72,500 roubles rent that USA payed for the ambassadors house in Moscow was equal to 3 dollars in 2001 post-soviet inflation value. Since the US-Soviet contract didn't provide for currency fluctuations, USA argued that the rent should stay fixed. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ameri…
Today I learned of Sheldon Yellen, the CEO of Belfor Holdings, Inc. He writes 9,200 employee birthday cards a year and explains the value of gratitude. businessinsider.com/ceo-w…
Print-cartridge page yield values ( the number of pages you can print with a cartridge) are based on printing on only 5% of a full page. ldproducts.com/blog/how-t…
Canadians are entitled to receive a free flag from the government ($150 value), but the waiting period is 99 years cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-s…
Calorie values on packaging weren’t created to be exact. They’re meant to serve as a guide. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned about Church of Kopimism where information is holy and copying is a sacrament. Information holds a value, in itself and in what it contains and the value multiplies through copying. Therefore copying is central for the organisation and its members. bbc.com/news/technology-1…
Crimes punishable by Australia included such things as stealing a rabbit from a warren or a theft of goods over the value of five shillings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Kelly Blue Book has been purchased by Autotrader (used car seller) and NADA Guides has been purchased by J.D. Power (a P.R. firm) and no longer give accurate values of used cars. youtu.be/yUwx3TEJuAs
Astronauts returning from space report higher concern with Universalism, Spirituality and references to "values orientated toward the collective good". ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed…
Waste management, recycling, and environmentalism were extremely important values to Nazi Germany doi.org/10.1080/03071022.…
The 1950s are known as "The Golden Age of Science Fiction Films," although many of these films are known today as β€œB” rated movies. They are riddled with corny dialogue, poor screenplays, bad acting, and amateurish production values vocal.media/futurism/top-…
Today I learned of Stone Soup, a European folk story in which hungry strangers convince the people of a town to each share a small amount of their food in order to make a meal that everyone enjoys, and exists as a moral regarding the value of sharing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
In Australia, half a banknote is actually proportional to its full value and size. (half a $10 note is worth $5) banknotes.rba.gov.au/dama…
Today I learned of "White monkey" jobs in China, Caucasian foreigners are hired to stand around and pretend to be a employee of the chinese company or representative of a international company to increase the value of the Chinese company vice.com/en_us/article/4w…
The U.S. government used to buy the dairy industry’s excess cheese and butter in order to maintain the industry as a vital national resource. At its peak in 1983, the stockpile of excess milk fat, stored in cool caves in Missouri, grew to a value of more than $4 billion. nytimes.com/2010/11/07/us…
A billion has two possible values. A short scale billion has 9 zeroes (1 000 000 000) and a long scale billion has 12 zeroes (1 000 000 000 000). The short scale is the one most commonly used in english. The same is also true for a trillion, quadrillion, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
On October 24, 1975 an estimated 90 percent of women of Iceland participated a β€œwomen’s day off” to demonstrate the value of their work, both paid and unpaid. Fathers had little choice but to bring their children to work or stay home themselves, leading them to call it β€œthe long Friday.” theguardian.com/world/200…
In the San Gabriel Valley, the city of San Marino was envisioned as the exclusive domain of the well-to-do from its inception. β€œSan Marino was formed to … control the growth and activities of the city” so that β€œproperty values will be protected by stringent zoning regulations.” latimes.com/business/real…
It costs the US Government more to make its pennies and nickels than the actual face value of the coins. thepricer.org/how-much-do…
The American Government tried to instill the values of home ownership in the American people with federal programs in 1917 to prevent the rise of communism as they believed people who owned their own homes had a stake in the capitalist system. nationalaffairs.com/publi…
Today I learned about Golden Rice, genetically modified rice that has an increased nutritional value in an attempt to fight malnutrition in poverty stricken places. sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flas…
Frenchman Michael Lotito ate a plane. As a teenager he developed an eating disorder known as Pica leaving him with a persistent desire to eat things that have no nutritional value such as metal. He became a performer known as Mr Eat All flight-delayed.co.uk/blog…
One Manhattan Zip Code is worth $42billion in home values, even taking mortgage debt into account walletwyse.com/analytics/…
Short sellers briefly made Volkswagen the world’s biggest company by market value with some paying as much as €1,005 a share, giving the company a value of $370 billion making it more valuable than Exxon Mobil which had a value of $343 billion. reuters.com/article/us-vo…
Amish people end formal education at the 8th grade. This is mainly because they value apprenticeship and hands-on learning, and that more advanced learning can foster anti-Christian beliefs and counter their values. amishamerica.com/why-do-a…
California Penal Code Section 330 makes it illegal for me to conduct, play or bet at or against the Hokey-Pokey for any money, checks, credit, or other representative of value . I can be charged a misdemeanor that carries a fine and/or jail time. california.public.law/cod…
There is a supergolden ration in mathmatics, which comes from a sequence very similar to Fibonnacci sequence, but, instead of adding the last two numbers of the sequence, one has to add the last number with the term two places before that. Its value is approximately 1.465571231876768026656731... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
The European Union released a zero euro bank note for pure collective purposes. The bill itself has no value as it’s denomination states. However, it is printed on genuine currency paper and has many of the same security features present in the other euro bank notes. banknoteworld.com/zero-eu…
The Chinese and Jewish peoples have traditionally deeply admired and respected each other for centuries, based in their trade interactions and shared familial and cultural values of hard work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
, In Australia, torn money is valued by the percentage of the banknote remaining. Half of a $20 bill is valued at $10. Banknotes must be greater than 20% of the original size to have any value. If a banknote is 80% or greater in size it is worth the full value banknotes.rba.gov.au/dama…
Due to internet rumors and some media articles, some folks eat fruit/veggie UPC codes intentionally. Mistaking the idea that β€œIt’s ok to accidentally consume a sticker” for β€œthe FDA regulates them and the stickers have nutritional value.” snopes.com/fact-check/fru…
Two species of vultures (New World and Old World) evolved completely separately from each other on different continents, suggesting that vultures have a huge and essential ecological value in nature. royalsocietypublishing.or…
The street sign where Scrabble was created has point values on the letters. atlasobscura.com/places/b…
The first Roman fire brigade was created to be very lucrative. Arriving at the scene the fire fighters did nothing while a price was negotiated. Failing to reach a deal, the structure was allowed to burn to the ground after which an offer was made to purchase it for a fraction of its value. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
During the Great Depression, the Hershey Company marketed Mr. Goodbar as a "tasty lunch" because the peanuts it contained provided added nutritional value. During the 1950s and '60s it was marketed as an "quick energy" bar. hersheyarchives.org/encyc…
Gerald Ratner, ex-CEO of a budget jewelry chain, destroyed Β£500 million in company value with a single speech in which he called his products "total crap" and "cheaper than an M&S prawn sandwich but probably wouldn't last as long." Such gaffes are now known as "doing a Ratner." wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald…
Hello Kitty has four official tartans registered with The Scottish Register of Tartans. One, β€œHello Kitty Navy”, with β€œnavy representing trust, white for honesty, red for vigour and the signature Hello Kitty pink, this tartan represents the true value of Hello Kitty’s character.” tartanregister.gov.uk/qRe…
A Chinese man withdrew a newly issued 100-yuan banknote showing Mao Zedong with two left eyebrows. He was told that the banknote, although genuine, featured a rare printing mistake, which agents said could mean it had a resale value of up to 1.5 million yuan scmp.com/news/china/econo…
Furio, from the Sopranos, is a real-life visual artist who found a mistake and purchased a misattributed painting for roughly $60,000 from an art gallery. Its actual value was 10 MM. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
Today I learned about the IKEA effect which is a cognitive bias in which consumers place a disproportionately high value on products they partially created. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IKE…
Today I learned about the β€œBeirut Grudge House”. The product of a dispute between two brothers over inherited land from their father, unable to agree on what to build. The brother with the plot closest to the road decided to build a house to block his brother’s sea view, and to decrease the value of his land. the961.com/arts-culture/t…
Male ducks have unique, corkscrew-shaped genitalia that regrow every mating season. The duck’s penis size depends on its social environment and hierarchical valueβ€” with some ducks growing penises as large as their bodies. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Computers can only generate 'true random' numbers by measuring unpredictable real-world physical phenomenon such as radioactive-decay or noise, whilst many generate 'psuedo-random' numbers which are not truly random and are produced using mathematical algorithms based on an initial value. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
The value of a bottle of water aboard the International Space Station is around $10,000 alphr.com/space/1003486/h…
Between 17% to 80% of UK doctors prescribe placebos. 97% said they have prescribed substances or methods that lack therapeutic value such as vitamin C for cancer, antibiotics for suspected viral infections, or peppermint pills for pharyngitis. cbc.ca/news/health/placeb…
There's an β€œOutstanding Americans by Choice” award to honor naturalized U.S. citizens who have made significant contributions to their community and country. β€œRecipients of this honor have demonstrated their commitment to this country and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans." uscis.gov/us-citizenship/…
From the 1970s through the late 1990s, McDonald's shares soared almost without interruption. The biggest threat to McDonald's came during the end of the tech boom from 2000 to 2003 when it lost more than half of its value fool.com/investing/2016/0…
In the 1940s, the Canadian government deliberately starved and Indigenous children and used them as test subjects just to study the value of vitamins ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/d…

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