40 Controversies You Probably Didn’t Know About

26Wingdings font

The font "Wingdings" has been involved in 2 controversies, including one where if the user typed "NYC" the font would render "Skull", "Star of David" (Jewish Star), and "Thumbs Up."


27. The 2011 World Scrabble Championship descended into controversy when one player Chollapat Itthi-Aree demanded that another player Ed Martin be strip-searched into a restroom to check his skivvies for the missing letter-tile "G."


28. “The Eisenhower Baseball Controversy” refers to a series of allegations that Dwight D. Eisenhower played minor league baseball under an alias prior to joining the United States Military Academy.


29. The characters known as "The Twins" from The Matrix Reloaded stirred controversy because they were seen as emblematic of Hollywood's "negative portrayal of characters with albinism."


30. From 1975 to 1977 Mattel produced a Barbie named "Growing Up Skipper" that grew breasts, a slimmer waist and grew an inch taller when you turned its left arm, which led to controversy over the sexualization of the doll.


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31Resistance: Fall of Man

The game Resistance: Fall of Man faced controversy from the Church of England due to it featuring the Manchester Cathedral as a battleground.


32. In response to the controversy over a scene in the music video The Bad Touch in which two gay men are beaten with baguettes, Jimmy Pop said: "I will give any gay man two tickets to the musical of his choice if he could describe exactly who's going to become violent based on that scene."


33. George Patton was involved in a controversy where he risked the lives of 300 men in a mission to liberate POW camp OFLAG XIII-B where his son-in-law John K. Waters was imprisoned.


34. In 2008, a Yale student named Aliza Shvarts created controversy by allegedly videotaping her own self-induced abortions and calling it 'art.' 


35. One of the earliest video game to cause controversy was Gotcha in 1973 over the controls being perceived as pink rubber bulges meant to represent breasts that were squeezed in order to control the action.


36Sugar Daddy Ken doll

In 2009, Mattel released 'Sugar Daddy Ken' doll aimed at collectors. When faced with controversy and protest, Mattel claimed the name of the dog included in the playset was "Sugar", thus making Ken "Sugar's Daddy".


37. Insertion of a beer bottle into the rectum of a Serbian farmer (Dorđe Martinovich) caused a major ethnic and political controversy in Serbia in 1985 and contributed to the collapse of Yugoslavia.


38. Since the release of 'Captain Phillips', there has been controversy over its portrayal of Phillips, with several crew members claiming that he was not the hero presented in the film and that he was at least partly at fault for an "insistence on being fast and making money.


39. Singer Sinead O’Connor revealed she was a victim of the Magdalene Laundries scandal. She caused worldwide controversy by tearing up a picture of the Pope on live television.


40. There is a gene that has been named sonic hedgehog. There is controversy regarding the naming of this gene due to situations where patients or parents of patients with a serious disorder are told that they or their child “have a mutation in their sonic hedgehog.”

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