Are 2019 and 2020 the worst years ever? Wildfires in Australia, followed by COVID-19, the killing of George Floyd, and the deadly explosion in Beirut…

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Photo by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash

It really doesn’t matter which year we’re in. 2007, 2013, or 2020… if we have a quick look at some news from previous years, it looks like it is perfectly okay to consider, “Yes, this has to be one of the worst years in history.”

In 2019, wildfires engulfed Australia with apocalyptic scenes, followed by airplane crashes in Iran on 8th January 2020, the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant on the 26th of the same month, the killing of George Floyd on the 25th of May, the deadly explosion in Beirut on August 4th, and various natural disasters — all under the cloud of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

We never learned about these at school

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Some historical facts of yesterday sound fake because they are too extraordinary or strange for their time. In this age of misinformation, here are seven historical facts that are actually true, but we never learned about at school.

This piece belongs to the historical fact series, I have also written about:

1. A spy was awarded the highest honor of service from both the Allies and Axis in the Second World War.

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Small things matter

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Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

What if just a refund of as little as $2.07 could improve your company’s self-image? To my surprise — and hopefully yours — it’s possible. This strategy used by Slack is what makes their company so trustworthy and hence valuable. Just two weeks ago, Slack sent an automatic refund of $2.07 to one of its customers, because they didn’t use all of the slack services that they initially paid for.

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Credit Ryan Neu, CEO of Vendr

The concise and clear email about the refund gives Slack’s clients the feeling of security; that what they are paying for is guaranteed to be what it is represented to be. …

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Photo: Erfan Ro via Unsplash

Going against a meat-loving culture as a teenager wasn’t always easy, but I made it…

In the south of Iran, people eat chicken, beef, and lamb every day of the week except for Fridays. Friday is the weekend and weekends are reserved for seafood. In my community, animal sacrifice is an essential part of religious ritual and meat is seen as essential element of any meal. Dairy is also an essential part of the Persian cuisine I grew up with.

It can be difficult to be vegan here.

In early 2006, when I was 14, I watched the documentary Earthlings and fully realized for the first time what meat really was and where it came from. …

A single fart that caused 10,000 deaths and the fabulous farts that made fame and money.

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Photo by British Library on Unsplash

It can be difficult to believe, but some farts or stories of farts were strong enough to have an impact and make it to history.

1. The fart that started a conflict: in 44 B.C. 10,000 died in Jerusalem.

It is described in the bestseller, The Jewish War, that a soldier, who was against the Jewish people insulted them by farting and swearing while they were having a religious ceremony. This situation offended them. Thus, they started throwing stones at the soldier.

When Jews started throwing stones at the soldier, a Roman commander called for the intervention to stop and attacked the Jewish people. …

By 25% of men who cover up their shameful machinations.

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If you’re thinking that a dude can not possibly fake an orgasm because of the gooey evidence of the event, you are wrong. Here’s how they do it, the guide that at least 25% of men follow to fake orgasm and its evidence.

1. Make it so dark you can’t even see your own penis.

If you can, turn the lights off. But like, right off. It’s easy to cover up your shameful machinations if your partner can’t really see what’s going on.

Obviously, when you get rid of the condom, you don’t want your partner to notice that weird oozy post-cum is missing.

Plus in the darkness, your mind can wander into different realms, and maybe the fugue state of sensory deprivation will help you pop out a real orgasm instead of a fake one. …

Fun fact: There is even a poem on “7 Habits”.

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Photo by Deniz Altindas on Unsplash

Over the last few years, I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, read a ton of academic literature on productivity and self-improvement.

Recently, I joined Medium, and I didn’t find it surprising to find many articles with productivity or happiness in focus. Inspired by Danny Forest — a data engineer who analyzes Medium stories — I decided to analyze all the “7 habits” stories and their composition to find the most frequently mentioned habits.

Now, let’s jump right in!

Criteria

I’ve used the following criteria for choosing the “7 habits” type of articles:

1. Stories about habits that lead to self-improvement, productivity, success, and happiness…

Mozart’s arse, the killer bunnies, and Hitler’s dreadful farts

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Photo by Andrei Panfiloiu on Unsplash

History doesn’t have to be dull! As a matter of fact, the events of yesterday were just as funny and embarrassing as they are today, in modern times. Here are seven hilarious historical facts that actually happened.

1. Hitler, drugs, and farts

Hitler suffered from the most dreadful gas complaints. His extreme diet and stomach problems made life at his dinner table terrible for his guests.

According to the medical records, Hitler frequently had various prescriptions to attempt to limit his farting.

By the way, I also have written a piece dedicated to farts that made it to history:

2. Australia vs. Emus: the Great War of 1932

Following the great economic depression during the 1930s, Australia wanted to make sure their farmers’ wheat production was tip-top. However, the problem was the massive emu infestation in the farms. …

Last updated 21st October 2020

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About me

Hi, my name is Hossein Raspberry and I joined Medium in August 2020. In my fleeting spare time, I enjoy cooking, holding onto learning for dear life, writing, and analyzing digital products.

I have a background in Applied Psychology, and professionally I have worked as a User Experience and Academic Researcher.

This is a list of my stories in different categories.

Food

In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude. The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. — Julia Child

What It’s Like to Go Vegan in Iran

Going against a meat-loving culture as a teenager wasn’t always easy, but I made it… and now I’m sharing my recipe for vegan Ash Reshteh.

Now we can see them, +25 more photos from the same scene after four decades!

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Photo by Tamás Urbán from FORTEPAN

My father, Tamás Urbán photographer, photojournalist — in 1975 he made a photo series for his diploma in the Aszód Juvenile Detention Center and showcased it in the premises of the facility. This exhibition was banned on the spot. — Ádám Urbán said to Pictorial Collective

Tamás Urbán was born on 6 July 1945 in Szatmárnémeti, Hungary. He studied a high school in Debrecen and after graduation in 1964, he moved with his parents to Budapest.

Tamás had a great interest in photojournalism, and he was so talented that only at the age of 15, his articles were published in Pajtás — a well-known Hungarian newspaper.

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Researcher | Storyteller | Foodie | I love people and words 🇭🇺🇺🇸🇮🇷— On Medium since August 2020

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