Tag Archive: news


Imagine you could go back in time to January 2020, what would you say to yourself?

 

There’s definitely a formula at play here.

No, this isn’t a deepfake. In 1973, the stock market crashed and an Arab oil embargo resulted in a gas crisis. With that as the context, a (false) rumor of a toilet paper shortage emerged and spread like wildfire via news outlets before it was further fueled by Johnny Carson (who later apologized). It’s a fascinating story of shortage psychology and panic buying.

Destin of SmarterEveryDay breaks down how the spread of disinformation works.

LastWeekTonight‘s John Oliver takes a look at the president of Turkmenistan, a dangerous autocrat with some notably strange obsessions.

Robocalls

On LastWeekTonight, John Oliver discusses the growing problem of robocalls. If only we could make the FCC care a little bit more about fixing it.

 

On April 7th, 1994, Federal Express Flight 705, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 cargo jet, was carrying electronics equipment across the United States from Memphis, Tennessee to San Jose, California, when an attempted hijacking took place.

In September 1986, the city of Cleveland attempted to set a special record: the simultaneous launch of 1.5 million balloons. But fate intervened, and the result was both crazier and more tragic than anyone could have imagined.

BE AMAZED presents twenty facts and images that will make you say “I Had No Idea!”

In remembrance of all those service members who’ve given their lives.

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