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  1. A "devil's advocate" was a person sanctioned by the Vatican to argue against the canonization of a potential new saint by pointing out their flaws and critically evaluating their miracles. Christopher Hitchens served as a devil's advocate for Mother Theresa.

  2. Tommy Lee Jones did not and possibly still doesn't like Jim Carrey. They worked together on "Batman Forever." When Carrey asked him why he didn't like him, Jones replied, "I cannot sanction your buffoonery."

  3. Chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer literally spat on a US order warning him that a rematch in Eastern Europe would violate US sanctions. He played the match and then spent the next 16 years as a fugitive outside the US until his death.

  4. Pentagon freaked out in the 1980s when they realized Finland had, against their expectations, managed to build two Mir submarines capable of diving to 6000 meters. They went on to shut down the whole Finnish submarine industry by privately threatening the country with heavy sanctions.

  5. When US imposed sanctions against Russia’s space program the Russian Deputy Prime Minister tweeted "After reviewing the sanctions against our space industry, I suggest that the United States deliver their astronauts to the ISS using a trampoline"

  6. During the filming of Batman Forever, Jim Carrey approached Tommy Lee Jones to say hello. Jones replied, "I hate you. I really don't like you...I cannot sanction your buffoonery."

  7. Under CEO Carly Fiorina, HP sold over $120 million in computers and printers to Iran despite US sanction policy, through a foreign subsidiary

  8. A father wrote 4 self-published novels about James Potter and his generation of wizards. They have been sanctioned by J.K. Rowling and are available for free online.

  9. The word "sanction" is an auto-antonym, a word with two contradicting meanings. It means both to approve of an action, and to penalize for an offense.

  10. In 1988 Reagan prevented the Senate from putting sanctions on Iraq for its violation of the Geneva Protocol on Chemical Weapons. The US also voted against a UN Security Council statement condemning Iraq’s use of chemical weapons

Data charts about Sanction

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Country of Origin for Individuals on the US Treasury Department's Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Sanctions Regulations list

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Growth of International Participation in Officially Sanctioned Rubik's Cube Competitions

What are some fun facts about sanction?

The Post-It note was created by employees at 3M during their own "permitted bootlegging" time, a company-sanctioned time in which employees could work on their own side projects.

Hitler sanctioned the construction of a six-wheeled 3,000hp Porsche intended to break the land speed record. It was 27ft long and made its power from a 44.5 liter V12

Tommy Lee Jones Really Hated Working With Jim Carrey while filming Batman Forever. Jim Carrey said hello to him during the set and Tommy Lee's response was "'I hate you. I really don't like you... I cannot sanction your buffoonery!"

The infamous car decal of Calvin peeing on the Ford logo wasn’t sanctioned by the “Calvin and Hobbes” syndicate and when asked about it, Bill Watterson said “he clearly miscalculated how popular it would be to show Calvin urinating on a Ford logo.”

Despite sanctions, ExxonMobil has been (and still is) drilling and producing oil in Russia via a loophole that has since been closed.

A quarantined leper colony in Hawaii that, when the patients were cured, was made into an independent county where the patients could stay as residents. To this day no one under the age of 16 is allowed in, and the only visits allowed are officially sanctioned tours.

99.9% of Americans have never tasted blackcurrant due to sanctions put in place to protect white pine trees.

Pistachios in the US are no longer dyed red as a result of the Iran Hostage Crisis (sanctions against Iran). Red dye was used to cover staining that picking methods in Iran left. US production increased, and quicker harvesting eliminated the shell stains - and the need for the dye.

There are six million iPhones in Iran, despite them being banned by both the Iranian government and international sanctions.

In 2012, a sanctioned penetration test used an attractive woman's picture on facebook and LinkedIn to compromise the CIA at the highest levels.

The Three Alls Policy was a Japanese scorched earth policy adopted in China during World War II, the three "alls" being "kill all, burn all, loot all." The Policy, sanctioned by Emperor Hirohito himself, was responsible for the deaths of "more than 2.7 million" Chinese civilians. - fact check

Captain Morgan (who the rum is named after) sailed as a legally sanctioned privateer of the British Government to pillage Spanish ships. King George II then knighted Captain Morgan for his efforts.

Because DHL, a German company, isn't affected by sanctions, it can ship packages to countries like Cuba and North Korea.

In North Korea there are a total of 28 state-sanctioned haircuts that citizens have to choose from. Women have a choice of 18, men get 10. Young men have to cut once every 15 days as it is believed longer hair takes nutrition from their brains.

Thomas Paine enlisted and briefly served as a privateer, which was basically a state sanctioned pirate.

Hunter-gatherers apply techniques of social control in suppressing both dominant leadership and undue competitiveness. If a dominant male tries to take control of the group, they practice “egalitarian sanctioning”. They team up against the domineering person, and ostracise or desert him.

All Japanese households with at least one TV are supposed to pay a fee for broadcasting. But there is no authority to impose sanctions or fines in the event of non-payment; people may (and many do) throw away the bills and turn away the occasional bill collector, without consequence.

Davis is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

Black soldiers, both free and freedmen, were first allowed to fight in the Union army under the Militia Act of July 1862: the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863 further sanctioned the use of black troops in the Union army

On September 26 1986, Ronald Reagan vetoed The Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act - a legislation enacted by the US congress to impose sanctions against South Africa and stop Apartheid

Pope Francis quietly reduced sanctions on pedophile priests and in some cases, that provided opportunity for reoffending. - fact check

Prior to the attack the U.S. and Japan had gone through months of unsuccessful negotiations to find a peaceful solution to the sanctions the U.S. had imposed on them.

The first slave owner in the U.S. was reportedly a black man named Anthony Johnson, and in 1654, the first legal sanction of slavery was born

Abraham Lincoln established the earliest U.S. "air force" in 1861 when he sanctioned the Union Army Balloon Corps which used gas-filled balloons to perform aerial reconnaissance on the Confederate Army

The Canadian government stores hundreds of millions of dollars worth of maple syrup in a government-sanctioned cartel in Quebec.