"In 2020, a man named David Zachary Ostrom requested a trial by combat in response to a custody and property dispute with his ex-wife over their children. Following Ostrom requesting trial by combat, he was court-ordered to be administered a sanity test and was temporarily restricted from parenting rights."
- Wikipedia, Trial by combat
"Abian gained a degree of international notoriety for his claim that blowing up the Moon would end virtually every natural disaster. He stated that a Moonless Earth wouldn't wobble, eliminating both the seasons and events like heat waves, snowstorms and hurricanes. He said that "Those critics who say 'Dismiss Abian's ideas' are very close to those who dismissed Galileo.""
- Wikipedia, Alexander Abian
"Taney held that the president could not suspend the writ of habeas corpus. Lincoln retaliated by invoking nonacquiescence. Taney later tried to hold one of Lincoln's generals in contempt of court and the Lincoln Administration again invoked nonacquiescence. Taney finally relented, saying: "I have exercised all the power which the Constitution and laws confer on me, but that power has been resisted by a force too strong for me to overcome." Taney died in 1864."
- Wikipedia, Roger B. Taney
"Some outspoken, fundamentalist Muslims claimed that Pokémon is a Jewish conspiracy intended to get Muslim children to renounce their faith. These same groups claimed that the word "Pokémon" means "I am Jewish", with the claimers and their followers generally unaware of the franchise's Japanese origin."
- Bulbapedia, Pokemon controversy
"Siegel and Kosuga bought so many onions and onion futures that they controlled 98% of the available onions in Chicago. Millions of pounds of onions were shipped to Chicago to cover their purchases. By late 1955, they had stored 30 million pounds of onions in Chicago. They soon changed course and convinced onion growers to begin purchasing their inventory by threatening to flood the market with onions if they did not."
- Wikipedia, Onion Futures Act
"Simultaneous “men’s rights” demonstrators arrived as counter-protestors, stating that more men died than women due to military service, this was epitomized by the 'pink elephant incident', where a man wearing a pink elephant body suit argued against 'reverse sexism', stating that the Disney movie Zootopia was a movie about reverse sexism."
- Wikipedia, Feminism in South Korea
"In his book Beyond Language: Adventures in Word and Thought, Dmitri Borgmann shows how feamyng, a purported collective noun for ferrets which appeared in several dictionaries, is actually the result of a centuries-long chain of typographical or misread-handwriting errors (from BUSYNESS to BESYNESS to FESYNES to FESNYNG to FEAMYNG)."
- Wikipedia, Ghost word
"In the early history of Islam, Muslim scholars recognized the idea of atheism and frequently attacked unbelievers, although they were unable to name any atheists. When individuals were accused of atheism, they were usually viewed as heretics rather than proponents of atheism."
- Wikipedia, History of Atheism
"At Peikapw, a place of prayer, Isokelekel saw his reflection in a pool of water and, realizing his old age, decided to commit suicide. According to one legend, he tied his penis to the top of a young palm tree. Letting go of the bent tree, his penis was torn off, and Isokelekel bled to death."
- Wikipedia, Isokelekel
"In 1965, BBC TV played an April Fools' Day joke on their viewers by airing an "interview" with a man who had invented a new technology called "Smellovision" that allowed viewers at home to experience aromas produced in the television studio. To demonstrate, the man chopped some onions and brewed a pot of coffee. Viewers called in to confirm that they had smelled the aromas that were "transmitted" through their television sets."
- Wikipedia, Smell-o-vision
"At one point of the film, Scott says "1-800-SPANK-ME. I know that number." In the United States, the exchange was removed from all home media releases after a 1996 incident in which a child from Steilacoom, Washington called the number (which turned out to be an actual, working sex line number) and incurred a phone bill of US$400 (equivalent to $660.05 in 2020)."
- Wikipedia, The Santa Clause
"Hong had supposedly experienced mystical visions in the wake of his third failure of the imperial examinations in 1837 and after failing for a fourth time in 1843, he sat down to carefully examine the tracts, believing that they were "the key to interpreting his visions" coming to the conclusion that he was "the son of God the Father and the younger brother of Jesus Christ who had been directed to rid the world of demon worship."
- WIkipedia, God-Worshipping Society
""In political jargon, a self-licking ice cream cone is a self-perpetuating system that has no purpose other than to sustain itself. The phrase appeared to have been first used in 1992, in On Self-Licking Ice Cream Cones, a paper by Pete Worden about NASA's bureaucracy"
- Wikipedia, Self-licking Ice Cream Cone
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