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  1. A riddle from 1688 goes. "If a man born blind can feel the differences between shapes such as spheres and cubes, could he, if given the ability, distinguish those objects by sight alone?" In 2003 the riddle was solved when five people had their sight restored though surgery. They could not.

  2. The "friendliness" gene mutation that distinguishes dogs from wolves causes Williams syndrome in humans, which causes hypersociality and reduced intelligence

  3. The ampersand (&) was the 27th letter of the alphabet as a ligature of the letters 'e' and 't' to form the Latin word 'et' meaning 'and'. So the alphabet would go X,Y,Z and And. So to distinguish it from the rest, children started to say 'and per say and' which later evolved into 'ampersand'.

  4. A philosophy riddle from 1688 was recently solved. If a man born blind can feel the differences between shapes such as spheres and cubes, could he, if given the ability, distinguish those objects by sight alone? In 2003 five people had their vision restored though surgery, and no, they couldn't.

  5. Scientists proposed a “Minimal Turing Test” where you get to use only one word to convince others you are human, and not a machine. The single word that people found most likely to distinguish a human from a machine based on a new study was the word “poop”.

  6. A B-17 bomber named Old 666 survived being attacked by 20 Japanese fighters for 40 minutes. The pilot and a gunner earned the Medal of Honor, the rest of the crew each received the Distinguished Service Cross. To this day, they're the most decorated American aircrew in history.

  7. About the Rosenhan experiment where fake patients feigned hallucinations to enter psychiatric hospitals were diagnosed with schizophrenia and continued to be treated even after they started acting normally proving that it's nearly impossible to distinguish sane from insane in a psych ward.

  8. Trevor Richards, a 16-year-old South African immigrant, got suspended from his Omaha, Nebraska school when he nominated himself for a "Distinguished African-American Student of the Year" prize. He was the only pupil in this school to have ever lived in Africa.

  9. In 1209, crusaders were sent to siege Béziers (in France) as many citizens had become heretics. Before the attack, the army asked the Pope's ambassador on how to distinguish between heretics and Catholics, he replied: "Kill them all; let God sort them out." All 20,000 inhabitants were killed.

  10. A philosophy riddle from 1688 was recently solved. If a man born blind can feel the differences between shapes such as spheres and cubes, could he, if given the ability, distinguish those objects by sight alone? In 2003 five people had their sight restored though surgery, and, no they could not.

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'The Office' Characters' Most Distinguishing Words

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Words that distinguishes CNN and Fox News coverage on the day following the Democratic candidates debate (Interactive version and comparison with other stations linked in comment)

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The most decorated American WWI veteran from Texas was an undocumented Mexican immigrant named Marcelino Serna. He was also the first Hispanic to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross

Because babies listen to the languages spoken around them while still in the womb, they develop distinctive cries that reflect this when they're born. Thus - babies cry with an accent, making it possible to distinguish a French baby from a German baby, based purely on the way they cry.

Charles Henry Turner. He was an African American scientist who earned his PhD in 1907. He discovered that insects could distinguish pitch, that cockroaches can learn by trial and error and that honeybees can see color.

When Alexander the Great asked the philosopher Diogenes why he was sifting through the garbage, Diogenes responded,"I am looking for the bones of your father but I cannot distinguish them from the bones of his slaves."

Car tires are black because one manufacturer wanted "more distinguished looking" tires and had carbon black added to the white rubber; the result lasted 4-5 times as long

The identical triplets Nicole, Erica and Jaclyn Dahm have tiny black dots tattooed onto their bottocks, which their parents used to distinguish them when they were babies.

Beer bottles are brown because brown glass blocks harmful UV sunlight, preserving the taste. However due to a shortage during WWII most beer companies were forced to use clear glass and higher quality beer makers chose green to distinguish themselves.

In 2004, a white, African-born Omaha student was suspended for seeking his school's "Distinguished African-American Student” award

Scientists have been working on a mosquito-killing laser that can kill up to 100 mosquitos a second. The system can even distinguish gender and species by calculating the speed at which their wings beat.

The measly 20W signal from Voyager 1, the equivalent of a fridge light-bulb, can be distinguished from background radiation in the sky almost instantly, despite being 11 billion miles away

A man's AI watched and recreated blade runner. The recreation was taken down. Essentially: Warner DMCA'd an artificial reconstruction of a film about artificial intelligence being indistinguishable from humans, because it couldn't distinguish between the simulation and the real thing.

Why lawyers say 'attorney at law'. It's to distinguish them from attornies in fact, which is when you give a relative the legal power to make decisions on your behalf. Attorney at law is a legally trained representative who acts for a party.

Most birds can’t move their eyes, which are not spherical like in mammals. They are also tetrachomatic, meaning they have 4 retinal cones (primary colors) versus 3 in humans, allowing most birds to see the UV spectrum and distinguish between colors that appear identical to humans.

Alex the Grey Parrot had a vocabulary of over 100 words and could distinguish seven colors and five shapes. He once asked what color he was, making him the first and only non-human animal to ever ask an existential question.

In 1959 Apartheid South Africa, the words "European" and "Non-European" were replaced by "Whites" and "Non-Whites" at Johannesburg Airport, because Americans tended to use the Non-European doors in order to distinguish themselves from actual Europeans.

During the Revolutionary War, fife and drum players would wear colors opposite from what their regiment wore in order to be easily distinguished as an unarmed musician. If a continental soldier fighting in the war had a blue coat with red cuffs, a musician would wear a red coat with blue cuffs.

"Tall poppy syndrome" is a term used to describe a social phenomenon in which people of genuine merit are resented, attacked, cut down, or criticized because their talents or achievements elevate them above or distinguish them from their peers.

The Golden Age of Porn (1969.-1984.), when pornografic movies were regurarly shown in mainstream cinemas, had high production value and were dicussed by distinguished film critics, including Roger Ebert

King Herod "The Great" was so concerned that no one would mourn his death that he ordered a large group of distinguished men be killed at the time of his death to cause more widespread grief. His Son and Sister never carried out his request.

Artificial intelligence can distinguish authentic Pollock's paintings from fake ones with 93% accuracy.

Ancient Roman philosophers sported different styles of beards to distinguish which school of philosophy they belonged to.

The Nazis forged British pounds at a total value of £134,610,810. The notes are considered to be among the most perfect counterfeits ever produced, being almost impossible to distinguish from the real currency.

Mormon scripture teaches you to distinguish between angels and the devil by offering to shake hands (you won't feel anything if it's the devil).

Humans can gain the ability to see ultraviolet light. We simply have a layer in our eyes which filters it out. Individuals who suffered eye damage from disease, injury or surgery have sometimes gained the ability to distinguish ultraviolet light.

A philosophy riddle from 1688 was recently solved. If a man born blind can feel the differences between shapes such as spheres and cubes, could he, if given the ability, distinguish those objects by sight alone? In 2003 five people had their sight restored though surgery, and, no they could not.

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Average word count at State of the Union address by POTUS and their Most Distinguishing words

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Distinguishing INTP (my type) from the other 15 MBTI personality types using data from Kaggle / Personality Cafe