"Stalin’s interpretation of Marxist philosophy was based on the theory of interconnectedness, under which everything depends on everything else. The notion of independent events in probability theory didn’t fit at all with this interpretation. Russian research on probability theory came almost to the brink of extinction. Kolmogorov being the leading probability theorist set up a meeting with the government officials and asked them “Consider a priest who during a drought prays for rain. The following day it rains. Are these events independent or not?” Probability was saved."
"In 1324, a statute was passed which gave the Crown qualified rights to cetaceans stranded on, or caught in the waters of England and Wales. Similar rights were claimed for the Crown of Scotland. The animals were described as “Fishes Royal.”"