- Tourette Syndrome Association released a statement after the South Park episode “Le Petit Tourette” where they complimented the show on being “well researched” and that it “served as a clever device” to get accurate information to the public.
- David Copperfield and two assistants were robbed at gunpoint in 2006. The renowned magician was able to employ sleight of hand to conceal his possessions when the thieves turned to him. He was quoted as calling his spontaneous illusion “…reverse pickpocketing.”
- in the knitting community there’s a ‘Second Sock Syndrome’ – after knitting one sock you never get to finish the second one.
- during WWII, Bill Tutte cracked the German Lorenz cipher using nothing more than a pen and paper, and having never seen the machine, after the Germans accidentally sent the same message twice. It is described as one the the greatest intellectual feats of the 20th Century.
- two million citizens of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia held hands in 1989, forming a 600 km (370 mi) human chain to protest against Soviet occupation. The Soviet Union threatened “catastrophic consequences”, but ended up peacefully giving the states their freedom.
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