One factoid I learned last year was that lunch makes a difference in our legal system. When prisoners apply for appeals...there is a correlation between the ruling and lunch. This was just a reminder that people doling out these judgments are just as human as the rest of us...
"at the start of the day, the judges granted around two-thirds of the applications before them. As the hours passed, that number fell sharply (see chart), eventually reaching zero. But clemency returned after each of two daily breaks, during which the judges retired for food. The approval rate shot back up to near its original value, before falling again as the day wore on."
This is not a new fact either. But, I first heard about it last year.
What's something you learned in 2017?