The lack of an Oxford comma in the wording of a state law laying out what activities qualify a worker for overtime pay, more than 120 drivers for the Oakhurst Dairy became eligible for a multi-million settlement for unpaid overtime. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
There's a 43,000-square-foot basement underneath the Lincoln Memorial that was forgotten about until 1974. It has its own plant life and ecosystem and graffiti from the original workers. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
Vietnam War medics formed the core of early EMS. Their training and experience were needed, as many first responders in the 60s were undertrained funeral home workers. So, those wounded in combat actually had a better chance of survival than those getting into car accidents in the US. time.com/5835912/ems-week…
A baby elephant struck by a motorbike while crossing a road in Thailand survived after an off-duty rescue worker performed CPR on it. The man had worked in rescue for 26 years and performed dozens of CPR attempts on humans, but the elephant was the first victim he had ever managed to revive bbc.com/news/world-asia-5…
The Black Death was responsible for the beginning of the end of European Feudalism/Manoralism. As there were fewer workers, their lords were forced to pay higher wages. With higher wages, there were fewer restrictions on travel. Eventually, this would lead to a trade class/middle class. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Some ant queens will find a queen with an established nest to kill and impersonate. To sneak into the nest they first find and kill a worker ant for its scent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
Alexander Fleming’s mold could not produce penicillin fast enough for mass production; itwasn’t until 15 years later that lab worker β€˜Mouldy’ Mary Hunt tested a moldy cantaloupe in a grocery store and discovered the strain that is used to produce all penicillin today mcdreeamiemusings.com/blo…
The Pan-American Coffee Bureau coined the phrase 'coffee break' in 1952, and ran a $2 million advertising campaign with the message that a 'coffee break' would give workers 'a needed moment of relaxation along with a caffeine jolt' herbmuseum.ca/content/inv…
Canadian sports network rivals TSN and SportsNet were once based at the same office complex, with only a parking lot separating the two. Workers would refer to leaving one channel for the other as β€œcrossing the lot” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9_C…
One of the people convicted during the (thoroughly debunked) Satanic Panic of the 80s, which accused daycare workers of abusing children for Satanic purposes, is still in prison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Joseph Strauss, the chief engineer for the 1933-1937 construction of the Golden Gate bridge made safety a high priority on the project. It was the first construction site in America to require workers to wear hard hats. history.com/news/6-things…
After Chairman Mao gifted mangoes to workers during China's Cultural Revolution, a mango cult developed, with workers preserving mangoes in formaldehyde and making wax mango replicas. Workers worshipped mangoes, holding processions that celebrated them and equating them with Mao's image. bbc.com/news/magazine-354…
Today I learned about a Japanese seafood processing company where workers can work whenever they want, and every week they report what tasks they dislike, which they are then not allowed to do. soranews24.com/2018/08/02…
ITunes helped save "The Office" when it reached four of the top five slots for downloaded TV shows in the platform. That’s when the people behind the show learned that their audience skewed young, rather than the white-collar workers they thought would be watching mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Occupations in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry have the highest fatality rate, at 23.1 per 100,000 workers. 2nd is mining, quarrying, natural gas extraction at 14.6. 3rd is transportation and warehousing at 13.9. The safest is educational and health services at only 0.8. bls.gov/charts/census-of-…
Duct tape was invented by Vesta Stoudt, a factor worker during WWII and the mother of 2 sons in the Navy. When her supervisors at the factory dismissed her idea for a stronger cloth-based tape, she wrote a letter to President FDR, who then ordered Johnson&Johnson to manufacture her idea. kilmerhouse.com/2012/06/t…
The practice of worker's compensation has its origins in 18th century piracy. A system of compensation was established as a result of the occupation's high risk of injury and included payments for different types of injuries as well as giving crewmates less strenuous duties when injured. accidentfund.com/about/wh…
The Great Sphinx of Giza was carved from a single mass of limestone exposed when workers dug a horseshoe-shaped quarry in the Giza plateau. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Mississippi set up a commission that became a de facto intelligence organization which surveilled people suspected of being anti-segregationist. The commission was eventually linked to the murder of three civil rights workers. It existed between 1956 and 1977 and profiled over 87 000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
The first person in recorded history to be killed by a robot was a factory worker at the Ford Motor Company in 1979. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned about the β€œBum Blockade,” an unconstitutional program enacted during the Great Depression by the LAPD to place officers at the California state lines in order to keep migrant workers (Okies) from crossing over to find work or housing. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The typical full-time office worker in America spends over two and a half hours at work just reading and responding to an average of 120 emails each day. hbr.org/2019/01/how-to-sp…
Budapest, Hungary declares lomtalanΓ­tΓ‘s or "get-rid-of-junk" days where residents pile mountains of trash in the streets. Scavengers, scrappers, and collectors sift through the piles before sanitation workers clean it all up. welovebudapest.com/en/art…
The average worker bee forages only about 4-5 days before dying. They take multiple foraging trips per day and usually die after flying around 500 total miles. entnemdept.ufl.edu/media/…
That, in 1968, Mao gifted factory workers with mangoes he received from Pakistan's foreign minister. They were interpreted as symbols of Mao's favour towards the peasantry, and a cult dedicated towards mango worship was established. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-3…
In 1999 North Korea tried to get a national set of computer characters added to Unicode; it had the symbol of the Workers' Party (hammer, sickle, *and* paintbrush) and the names of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il written in a special font northkoreatech.org/2011/0…
India requires voting booths within 2 km of every registered voter. This means some poll workers trek for days through mountains and jungles to reach small, remote villages, sometimes for only a single registered voter. cbc.ca/news/world/india-e…
Today I learned of Richard Pavlick, a retired postal worker who slipped past the Secret Service on a mission to assassinate president-elect JFK in 1960. Pavlick decided not to attempt the assassination because he did not wish to harm Kennedy's wife and children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Today I learned of Richard Russell, an airport ground service worker who stole a 76-seat passenger plane and flew for an hour doing barrel rolls before committing suicide by crash landing, all while talking to ATC seattletimes.com/seattle-…
Workers in Valdosta, Georgia who were readying commercial space found an estimated 1,000 human teeth buried in a second floor wall. valdostadailytimes.com/ne…
America's top five most dangerous jobs are (1) logging, (2) fishing work, (3) aircraft pilots/engineers, (4) roofers, and (5) recycling workers. A worker dies roughly every 99 minutes. bls.gov/news.release/cfoi…
Today I learned of "Harambee", a Swahili word that means "All pull together" and describes a tradition of community self-help. It comes from the Hindi "har har Ambeh"; Indian workers on the Uganda Railway invoked Amba, the Hindu god of strength, for tasks requiring a team effort, such as lifting heavy loads. bbc.com/travel/story/2020…
Queen bees have smoother stingers than worker bees and can sting mammals multiple times. The main purpose of her stinger isn’t for defense of the hive but to dispatch rival queens en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
A study on workplace murders was conducted in 2015. Women workers were 20x more likely to be killed by a domestic partner and 20% more likely to be killed by another coworker than men. However, men were more likely to be killed by robbers, escaped inmates, and customers. bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/wo…
In the mini-series "Band of Brothers" (2001), Jimmy Fallon was so nervous during his cameo appearance, that he struggled to drive the standard WWII jeep, and feared he would hit the cast. Director Tom Hanks, eventually ordered 2 crew workers to push the Jeep around with Fallon at the wheel. parade.com/674259/lindsay…
German discount supermarket Lidl has failed to succeed in Norway, although being successful in other places. They left in 2008 after 4 years. Reasons stated for the failure are Norwegians not liking the foreign food, treatment of workers in other countries and money going out of the country. achievaint.com/study-fail…
When Upton Sinclair published his landmark 1906 work "The Jungle” about the lives of meatpacking factory workers, he hoped it would lead to worker protection reforms. Instead, it lead to sanitation reforms, as middle class readers were horrified their meat came from somewhere so unsanitary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
After Larry Bird left Indiana University, he worked collecting trash in his home town. When leaving for college a 2nd time, this time at Indiana State, he told his co-workers, "I'll be going up there to get a little education. Then I'll be back and be boss of you guys." espn.com/sportscentury/fe…
Today I learned of the Stakhanovite movement, a Stalinist propaganda maneuver which encouraged workers to produce more by working harder and longer hours. Production goals were increased and workers were pitted aganst each other in competition to produce more. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Today I learned of Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian agricultural worker, who was was sentenced to death in February 1977 and executed by guillotine in September that year. He was the last person to be executed in Western Europe and the last person in the world to be lawfully executed by guillotine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
Less than a quarter of U.S. workers report using math any more complicated than basic fractions and percentages during the course of their jobs. Blue-collar workers generally do more advanced math than their white-collar friends theatlantic.com/business/…
Today I learned about the Italian Hall Disaster. On December 24, 1913, in Calumet, Michigan. Seventy-three men, women, and children, mostly striking mine workers and their families, were crushed to death in a stampede when someone falsely shouted "fire" at a crowded Christmas party. peoplesworld.org/article/…
Today I learned of the Ford Sociological Department, Henry Ford’s β€œsecret police” that spied on his workers ensuring they followed β€œmoral” lives encouraging workers to avoid political agitation and gambling jalopnik.com/when-henry-f…
The Canadian government will pay you to plant trees for a summer. It became so popular that work visas became available for foreign workers simply to plant trees. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker, known for a viral video of him being interviewed for saving a utility worker from an attacker with his hatchet, was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing a New York attorney and was sentenced to 57 years in 2019 cbsnews.com/news/kai-the-…
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…
The movie The Ghost And The Darkness was based on the story of the Tsavo Maneaters, two lions in 1898 that killed and ate up to an estimated 135 workers in Africa. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In 1889 Nellie Bly, an incredible pioneer in journalism became the first person to travel round the world in 72 days. She was also an industrialist, inventor and charity worker. historyextra.com/period/v…
As a child Jimi Hendrix carried an actual broom with him everywhere around school for over a year, as a pretend guitar. The school's social worker tried to get funding for a real guitar, insisting that leaving him without one might result in psychological damage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Production of alarm clocks in the US stopped in 1942, to direct resources towards the war effort. In 1944 production was restarted due to the number of workers arriving late because broken alarm clocks, and being unable to buy new ones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…

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