Various formulas, algorithms, recipes, ingredients…are secure guarded from us so companies, states, labs and other important information is hidden from us and can not me revealed.
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World's best kept secrets
The quest for knowledge has pushed humankind to reach for the stars and uncover all sorts of mysteries, but there are some secrets we really aren’t meant to know.
Award shows wouldn’t be all that entertaining if the results were known beforehand, and the bigger the award, the bigger the surprise.
When two customers stopped in at a gas station restaurant in North Corbin, Kentucky, the 1930s, they didn’t realize just how unlikely it was that they’d figure out how their chicken meal was seasoned.
A secret list passed down to powerful company positions is also the strategy for maintaining the formula for Coca Cola. Much like KFC, the ingredient list and proportions for the stunning tonic is held only by the two CEOs at Coke.
How many times have you Googled something, and actually gone to the second page of the results?
While the recipes above have been kept secret for decades, there are other, more… “meaningful” recipes that have been hidden away for centuries. Chartreuse is a French liqueur first made by the monks of the Grande Chartreuse Monastery in 1737.
Hapsburg Napkin Fold
Some of these secrets are valuable to company profits, or secret ingredients kept hidden for centuries. Other classified information is a bit… well, less crucial. The Hapsburg Napkin Fold is essentially the fanciest way any human being can fold a single napkin.
When you work hard as a revolutionary, you can’t count on people respecting you after you leave the world of the living. Oliver Cromwell was an Englishman from the sixteen hundreds who ended a long line of monarchs, before taking over the country.
In war, it’s important to have a fallback, and perhaps more importantly, it’s essential that your enemy doesn’t know about it. Camp Century was plan B for the United States during the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
When Macmillan talked about the wind of change, he was referring to the desire of African nations for their independence. But he might just as easily have been talking about education in England, where many concerns - about the extent of underprivilege, the need for a more child-centred style of education in primary schools, the unfairness of the selective tripartite system of secondary schools, and wider access to higher education - were now reaching a climax.
Tory education policy.
In his book The Making of Tory Education Policy in Post-War Britain 1950-1986 , Christopher Knight argues that in the period between 1950 and 1974 the Conservative Party failed to fashion an educational policy in line with Conservative philosophy (Knight 1990:3).
However, the beginnings of a Tory education policy can be seen, Knight suggests, in One Nation - A Tory Approach to Social Problems , published by the Conservative Political Centre in 1950. It was written by nine members of what became known as the One Nation group of Tory MPs, including Edward Heath, lain Macleod, Angus Maude and Enoch Powell, who were committed to preserving the church schools and the private sector, to defending the tripartite system, and to opposing what they saw as the enforced uniformity of comprehensive education.
In his contribution to One Nation , Maude wrote: The modern insistence on humanising teaching methods . must not be made an excuse for abandoning the traditional disciplines of learning . We deplore the present tendency to drag down the brighter children to the level of the dull ones (quoted in Knight 1990:12-13). It was perhaps unsurprising that the Tories should have spent little effort in developing a coherent education policy in the early 1950s because, when they regained power in 1951, the overwhelming need was for more school places to cope with the rapidly rising birth rate. Oversize classes (forty or more pupils) and inadequate buildings were the dominant issues for politicians, civil servants and parents alike . A wider vision of schooling was not yet developed