Good evening, it's Victor! Hope you're enjoying the last days of summer. This is the 30th edition of this newsletter already! Here's some things I read and wanted to share before closing this month.
The Anti-Flirt Club launched in the 1920s, to protect young women from unwelcome attention from men in the street and offer them a drive.
Frenchville French is a dialect of French still spoken by only two people in 2007.
The Chinese word for "crisis" has its own page, to cover the famous misinterpretation of the characters as “danger” + “opportunity”.
In 1971 an American prisoner sued Satan and his servants for causing him misery and unwarranted threats, caused his downfall, and therefore "deprived him of his constitutional rights". (The lawsuit was dismissed on procedural grounds; I guess they couldn't find the Devil's advocate.)
The Volkswagen currywurst isn't just some name coincidence: the German car maker has been producing sausage since 1973 (under the part number 199 398 500 A). Initially made for their workers, in the restaurants in its German factories, they are now also sold externally and given as a gift in dealerships to people purchasing a new car. In fact, in recent years the company has recently produced more sausages than cars.
They also produce Volkswagen ketchup to go with it.
If it's that good, it's not one you'd like to put in horsebread.
Alice in Wonderland syndrome is a neuropsychological condition that distorts perception, meaning objects may appear bigger, smaller, farther or closer than they actually are.
A shit flow diagram… actually does what it says on the tin. It is used as a tool in developing cities to identify easy-win areas of improvement in the sewage and waste systems.
A sham surgery is used in clinical trials for new surgical interventions in order to neutralise the placebo effect, and identify incidental side effects of procedures around the surgery.
For example, I remember reading that some people who have been experiencing intense back pain have recovered after a sham orthopaedic operation: the mandated post-surgery rest of several weeks and physiotherapy exercises were enough on their own to let the body recover. Previously, doctors did not make patients take all that time off work and activities before considering a surgery.
Being a faggot voter was a common form of electoral abuse in the UK. Back when landowners were the only people with a right to vote, it was possible for them to divide their property into subunits and transfer the title of each one to another person, hence creating new voters who could then vote for whoever the original landowner wished, “bundling” their ballots.
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