The “bar” in Law, isn’t just the name of the exam. It refers to the physical gated wall in a courtroom dividing the lawyers and judges from the general viewing public. “Passing the bar” gains you admittance to work on the other side of the wall.
J. R. R. Tolkien might have gotten the idea for a ring that makes its wearer invisible from an ancient, Greek story told by one of Plato’s students about a shepherd discovering such a ring on a cadaver in a cave, and then using it to kill his king.
The Shanghai government will lower your credit score if you don’t visit your parents. Parents can also sue their kids for neglect.
In 1795, French cavalry charged across the frozen bay at Den Helder to capture a trapped Dutch fleet. It is the only time in history a naval fleet has been defeated by a cavalry charge.
In 2015, Japan lifted its 67-year old ban on dancing after midnight.
The Greek religion’s God (Zeus Pater), the Roman religion’s God (Jupiter), and the Indian Vedic religion’s God (Dyaus Pita), have similar names because those religions – along with Norse, Persian, and Slavic mythologies – all evolved from the same original religion.
In 1770 a man invented a machine that could play a strong game of chess against a human opponent. The “android” that played the game was nicknamed The Turk (as was the machine itself). It wasn’t until 1857 that it was revealed to be a hoax (a chess master was hiding in the machine).