#446 The term retifism for shoe fetishism is named after Nicolas-Edme Rétif, a French novelist.
He wrote a plan for regulating prostitution (Le Pornographe from 1769) which is said to have been actually carried out by the Emperor Joseph II.
#447 Pupils in France have Wednesdays off, and instead (many places) lessons Saturday mornings.
(It was dropped in 2008 but since reinstated.)
#449 Perry Rhodan is a German science fiction novel series which has been published each week since 8 September 1961.
Having sold approximately two billion copies worldwide alone, (including over one billion in Germany), it is the most successful science fiction book series ever written.
Matthias Rust, the then-19 year old aviator who landed his Cessna 172 aircraft on the Red Square in Moscow in 1987, has cited Perry Rhodan's adventures as his main inspiration to penetrate Soviet airspace.
The "hearts and minds" - to prevent starvation in areas that were too difficult to access from the ground (like areas with landmines and mountains).
It included a lot of other things, of course, like lentil stew and peanut butter.
They were labeled "Food gift from the people of the United States of America".
#451 In 1676 Ole Rømer was the first person to make quantitative measurements of the speed of light.
Before then light speed was seen as infinite. His view that the velocity of light was finite was not fully accepted until measurements of the so-called aberration of light were made by James Bradley in 1727 (51 years later!).
#452 In 2011 a Wonder Woman TV show was planned with a pilot that never aired (NBC turned it down).
Adrianne Palicki starred as Wonder Woman. Critics didn't like it, and the costume was also criticised ...