There was a controversy surround the teletubby Tinky Winky's sexuality.
You guys probably remember that mind-twisting, slightly frightening, children's show Teletubbies right?
Remember the oldest (or at least tallest) teletubby, Tinky Winky, with his triangular antena and handbag. Well, turns out that many people thought that both those things made Tinky Winky a "gay role model." Political commentator Jerry Falwell warned parents that Tinky Winky could be a covert homosexual symbol.
"He is purple;" Falwell said, "the gay pride colour, and his antenna is shaped like a triangle; the gay pride symbol." The BBC, who co-produced the program, gave the official response that "Tinky Winky is a sweet, technological baby with a magic bag. He is not gay or straight. He's just a character is a children's series."
Personally, I think that instead of being scared of Tinky Winky's non-existent sexuality, you should be slightly concerned over the fact that this show with alien/robotic babies jumping around, drinking smoothies, and talking in gibberish has a cult following consisting mainly of university and college students.
The colour "orange" was named after the fruit.
The word orange, as it is, is a noun for that spherical citrus fruit and an adjective for its colour. The word is derived from a Dravidian language, and it passed through numerous other languages (from Sanskrit to Old French) before finally reaching English.
The earliest use of the word in English refer to the fruit. The colour was later named after the fruit. Before the English-speaking world was exposed to the fruit, the colour was referred to as "yellow-red" or "red-yellow." So, we owe the colour orange to the fruit orange.
Wal-mart may be involved with human trafficking.
Wal-mart doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to workers' rights. It allegedly runs sweatshops in China and has hired illegal workers to clean their stores, forcing them to work seven days an week and locking him in the store at night.
One of Wal-mart's supply partners is the Phatthana Seafood Company (a shrimp processing plant in Thailand). The workers for the company actually pay recruitment agents for the opportunity to work and their passports are often taken away until they've worked long enough to pay off the debt. This phenomenon matches the criteria for human trafficking.
Contrary to all those "Irish jokes," that we hear so much this time of year, Ireland isn't the most wasted country in the world. Nope, Ireland actually ranks 15th for pure alcohol consumption among adults in litres per capita per year.
The United States, surprisingly, also isn't very high up on this list; it ranks at 53rd place. It doesn't even make the top 50! Come on guys, step up your game!
Meanwhile, the drunkest country in the world is little Moldova, where the average adult consumes 18.22 liters of pure alcohol each year. Then we have the Czech Republic in second place, Hungary in third place, and Russia in forth place.
It should be emphasized that the rankings are based on PURE alcohol consumption. It does not take into account individual drinks. For example, while it is at first place, Moldova consumes nearly half the amount of beer that 15th place Ireland consumes.
Oh, we've all seen those shows. The defendant is pushed into a corner, he/she's so obviously guilty, and then suddenly they announce that they weren't in their right state of mind when they did what they did. Dramatic music plays in the background, and then cut to a Burger King commercial.
However, like most of the legal stuff/stuff in general that you see on TV, this is highly inaccurate. First and foremost, a psychiatric hospital is just about as fun as prison, especially if you're sane.
Secondly, acting like you're crazy in the court room, does not prove that you weren't in the right state of mind at the time of the crime. You must prove that you were mentally impaired in some way at the time you committed the crime, which is extremely difficult to do. Three states in the US have actually banned the insanity defense all together.