Monthly Archives: November 2016

Edsel Ford Fong

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Edsel Ford Fung (often spelled Fong) (May 6, 1927 – April 1984) was an American restaurant server from San Francisco, California. He was called the “world’s rudest, worst, most insulting waiter” and worked at Sam Wo restaurant.

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Pankration

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In an odd turn of events, a pankration fighter named Arrhichion (Ἀρριχίων) of Phigalia won the pankration competition at the Olympic Games despite being dead. His opponent had locked him in a chokehold and Arrhichion, desperate to loosen it, broke his opponent’s toe (some records say his ankle). The opponent nearly passed out from pain and submitted. As the referee raised Arrhichion’s hand, it was discovered that he had died from the chokehold. His body was crowned with the olive wreath and returned to Phigaleia as a hero.

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Common Scold

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In the common law of crime in England and Wales, a common scold was a species of public nuisance—a troublesome and angry woman who broke the public peace by habitually arguing and quarreling with her neighbors.

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Magnetoreception

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Magnetoreception (also magnetoception) is a sense which allows an organism to detect a magnetic field to perceive direction, altitude or location.

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The Glass Delusion

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The neurotic behavior of the 19th century Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky seems reflective of the Glass Delusion, centering as it did around his difficulties caused by his belief that his head would fall off while conducting if he didn’t hold his chin.

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Augury

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Augury is the practice from ancient Roman religion of interpreting omens from the observed flight of birds.

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The Niihau Incident

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The Niʻihau incident (or Battle of Niʻihau) occurred on December 7, 1941, when Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service pilot Shigenori Nishikaichi (西開地 重徳 Nishikaichi Shigenori) crash-landed his Zero on the Hawaiian island of Niʻihau after participating in the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was killed in a struggle with people on the island.

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Malicious Compliance

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Malicious compliance is the behaviour of intentionally inflicting harm by strictly following the orders of a superior, knowing that compliance with the orders will not have the intended result.

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Anglerfish

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When scientists first started capturing anglerfish, they noticed that all of the specimens were female. These individuals were a few centimetres in size and almost all of them had what appeared to be parasites attached to them. It turned out that these “parasites” were highly reduced males.

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Radiotrophic Fungus

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Radiotrophic fungi are fungi which appear to use the pigment melanin to convert gamma radiation into chemical energy for growth. These were discovered in 1991 growing inside and around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

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Echopraxia

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Echopraxia is the involuntary repetition or imitation of another person’s actions.

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Freeman Dyson

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He theorized that a technologically advanced extraterrestrial civilization might completely surround its native star with artificial structures in order to maximize the capture of the star’s available energy.

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Cascadia

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Cascadia is a bioregion and possible proposed country located within the western region of North America. The country might consist of Washington, Oregon, portions of other U.S. states and British Columbia, Canada.

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United States v. Forty Barrels & Twenty Kegs of Coca-Cola

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United States v. Forty Barrels and Twenty Kegs of Coca-Cola was a federal suit under which the government unsuccessfully attempted to force The Coca-Cola Company to remove caffeine from its product.

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Psychohistory

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Psychohistorians suggest that social behavior such as crime and war may be a self-destructive re-enactment of earlier abuse and neglect; that unconscious flashbacks to early fears and destructive parenting could dominate individual and social behavior.

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Noël Godin

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Noël Godin is a Belgian writer, critic, actor and notorious pie thrower or entarteur. Godin gained global attention in 1998 when his group ambushed Microsoft CEO Bill Gates in Brussels, pelting the software magnate with pies. After bombarding Gates, Godin allegedly said, “My work is done here.”

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Eternal Return

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Eternal return (also known as “eternal recurrence”) is a concept that the universe and all existence and energy has been recurring, and will continue to recur, in a self-similar form an infinite number of times across infinite time or space.

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The X-Seed 4000

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The X-Seed 4000 is the tallest building ever fully envisioned, meaning that the designs for the building have been completed. The idea was initially created and developed by Peter Neville. Its proposed 4-kilometre (2.5 mi) height, 6-kilometre (3.7 mi) wide sea-base, and 800-floor capacity could accommodate 500,000 to 1,000,000 inhabitants.

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Harry Bensley

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According to the original tale, one evening in 1907 at the National Sporting Club in London, J.P. Morgan and Lonsdale were arguing whether a man could walk around the world without being identified. Bensley, a notorious “playboy” and womaniser with a substantial private income, overheard the conversation and offered to test the proposition on their behalf.

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Nicholas If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barebone

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Nicholas If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barebone who traded as Nicholas Barbon (c. 1640 – c. 1698) was an English economist, physician, and financial speculator.

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