Today I learned of a French soldier who was taken as a POW and fed only potatoes during his captivity, and survived. Feeling like he should have died, he made it his life’s mission to convince the world of the nutritional value of potatoes, and his tomb in France is decorated with potatoes as a tribute. atlasobscura.com/places/g…
William Blount was the first federal officer removed from office for conspiracy to instigate an act of war in order to increase the value of his real estate holdings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The Soviet Union loved Bollywood films. The values of Indian society and the USSR were very similar and the socialist country enjoyed the common rags to riches narrative. In fact, the highest grossing film of the Soviet Era was a 1982 Bollywood film called Disco Dancer. varsity.co.uk/film-and-tv…
President Andrew Jackson didn’t like paper money. This is because during his presidency, Paper money was printed by individual banks, and their value could fluctuate greatly. Some of it was worthless, and Jackson felt bankers were abusing the citizenry. seattletimes.com/nation-w…
There are β€œharbinger zip codes”, these contain people who tend to buy unpopular products that fail and tend to choose losing political candidates. Their home values also rise slower than surrounding zip codes. A yet to be explained phenomena where people are "out of sync" with the rest. kottke.org/19/12/the-harb…
When Picasso died at the age of 91, he left more than 45,000 works. In 1980 the Picasso estate was appraised at $250 million, but experts have said the true value was actually in the billions. Picasso did not leave a will, the division of his holdings took six years among seven heirs vanityfair.com/culture/20…
The Netherlands loaned 2,5 million dollars to John Adams, who was the ambassador to NL back in 1782. This was done in order to stabilize the US after their war of independence finished. In today's value that would be a loan of roughly 150 billion dollars. nlintheusa.com/holland-lo…
PH value can be less than 0 for very strong acids, or greater than 14 for very strong bases en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PH
Due to the mass suicide by Heaven's Gate members all wearing Nike Decades, the shoes were discontinued resulting in pairs having a high resale value. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
In the mid XX century, the British government tried to cultivate peanuts in over a million hectares in Tanganika, Tanzania, ignoring all the warnings that the territory was unsuitable, and only abandoned it after losing the equivalent of 1 billion pounds in 2020 value en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
Shirley Temple disliked her namesake drink, as she disliked the idea of cocktails for children. She also found most varieties to be "too sweet" for her tastes. She also sued companies seeking to mass produce the drink, claiming it diluted her commercial value and invaded her privacy. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In 2017 a 100kg, Royal Canadian Mint made (but privately owned) gold coin dubbed the "Big Maple Leaf” was stolen from Bode Museum in Germany. It has a face value of $1 million but by weight was worth $4 million. cbc.ca/news/entertainment…
The idea of a company's primary goal being to create shareholder wealth and increasing shareholder value wasn't very popular until 1981. It was a response to "stagflation" which was seen as a big issue due to Japan's competitive nature with the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Ming China placed limits on how frequently its client states could offer tribute. This was because Ming China always provided a return gift whenever they received tribute, which would often be of greater value than the tribute received. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
The Maluku Islands were the world's sole source of nutmeg, cloves, and mace. The islands were occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch, French, English, and Dutch again. During a British occupation spice tree seedlings were stolen and taken to British colonies thus depreciating the islands' value. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inv…
A ternary computer is a computer that uses ternary logic (three possible values) instead of the more popular binary system ("Base 2") in its calculations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
Canada is making numerous changes to its food labeling laws. Among other changes, companies must list the daily value of sugar on their nutrition labels, and also must group sugar-based ingredients together in ingredient lists canada.ca/en/health-canad…
Today I learned of the St. Petersburg paradox, a theoretical lottery game offering infinite expected value and low apparent value en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
The Japanese yen, now worth about one U.S. cent, was originally defined in 1871 as 1.5 g gold, then about one U.S. dollar. Soon after losing most of its value in the aftermath of WWII, Bretton Woods fixed the rate at 360 yen per dollar until 1971. nippon.com/en/column/g005…
The oldest documented computer-generated 3D animation was a hand created in 1972 by Pixar founder Ed Catmull at the University of Utah. Believed to be the world's first rendered 3D model, it was later short-listed from 2,228 films nominated by the public for its cultural & historical value. youtube.com/watch?v=wdedV…
The value of the Forbidden City in Beijing is estimated to be over 70 billion dollars, making it the most valuable piece of real estate in the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
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…
Graphite (pencil lead) was so valuable to the English in the 1500s that the only mine was guarded and flooded to prevent theft. The value of graphite came from its ability to act as a sealant on cannonball molds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
When Japan invaded the Philippines during WW2, they issued their own Peso. This money, nicknamed "Mickey Mouse money" by the locals due to the low monetary value and a play money look, was later turned against the Japanese by the US as propaganda leaflets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Today I learned about Mary Anderson, inventor of the windshield wiper. She got a 17-year patent for it in 1903. She tried to sell the rights in 1905 but was rejected by a firm saying "we do not consider it to be of such commercial value as would warrant our undertaking its sale." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
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…
Today I learned of Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi in charge of Bohemia. The Czech Resistance begged the Allies not to, knowing the reprisal would be brutal, but the exiled President needed to show his country's value. ~5,000 were killed and two villages leveled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
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…
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…
The main thing Europeans did with Egyptian mummies was grind them up and eat them. This was due to a misunderstanding that they were preserved with mumia, or bitumen, which medieval physicians thought had medicinal value. A thriving trade in mummy developed to a nearly industrial scale. aeon.co/essays/when-we-li…
Today I learned about HumanLight, a secular alternative to Christmas that celebrates values such as humanity and hope. You celebrate the day with some component of your choosing that celebrates these values. thehumanist.com/arts_ente…
Imperial and Metric systems have different values for 1 Horse Power. thecompressedairblog.com/…
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/…
Today I learned about 235 BC - Eratosthenes of Cyrene calculated the circumference of the Earth with astonishing accuracy, with a value that is only 6% higher than the actual one. needforscience.com/math/t…
Today I learned about the Bloodbath of B-R5RB, the largest player-versus-player online battle in history. It took place in the game EVE Online and in-game damages amounted to an approximate real-currency value of $300,000-330,000 USD. Over 7000 players took part in the nearly 20-hour battle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Today (Sep 12) is International Programmer's Day. It is 256 days from the beginning of the year. This number was chosen because it is 2^8 days, which is the total number of distinct values that can be represented by a byte en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day…
In May this year, the market cap (total value of shares) of Zoom Video Communications became worth more than the market cap of world’s 7 biggest airlines combined (American, United, Delta, Southwest, Lufthansa, Air France-KLM, IAG - British Airways & Iberia) techstartups.com/2020/05/…
The Federal Reserve Bank pays only about 7.7 cents for each dollar bill printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, but that it must pay face value for each coin (penny, nickel, dime, quarter) produced by the U.S. Mint. coinweek.com/featured-new…
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…
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…
The Geneva Freeport, a warehouse complex in Geneva, houses approximately 1.2 million works of art with an estimated value of $100 billion, as well as gold bars and about 3 million bottles of wine. A small room that can hold multiple objects costs anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000 per month en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
One way to visualize multivariate data is through "Chernoff faces," where the shape of each part of the face represents different values for each variable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
As of 2018, it costs the US government 2.06 cents to mint a penny, which results in a $90 million annual loss. Also, because the price of the raw materials from which the penny is made exceeds the face value, pennies are illegally melted down for raw materials. usmint.gov/news?flash=yes…
Zera Yacob an Ethiopian Philosopher, who predated the Enlightenment but came to many philosophical views that would form the core of Enlightenment values, and comes to conclusions that echo John Locke’s theory of natural law and religious toleration. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zer…
For a brief period of time, Target mistakenly priced digital versions of Yoshi's Crafted World at $1. Because it was digital download, they could not recall or cancel orders. Purchasers wound up with more in reward point value than they actually spent vice.com/en_us/article/93…
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…
Wind turbines have only three blades because a fourth blade wouldn't add as much value as it costs extra youtu.be/RNPIRfxUTQ4
The Big Mac Index is published by The Economist to help understand the value of two different economies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
The value of the materials mined in North America that come specifically from extraterrestrial impacts totals over $5 billion per year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imp…
About aurichalcum (AKA orichalcum), a "lost" precious metal written of in ancient times and now gone to legend. It was considered second in value to gold. The word is used among present-day coin collectors to describe a certain alloy of brass used in Roman-era sestertius and dupondius coins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ori…

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