Spaceballs creator Mel Brooks made a deal with George Lucas, that allowed him to spoof Star Wars in exchange for not selling any merchandise related to the film. The action figures Rick Moranis is seen playing with in the movie are the only official Spaceballs merchandise ever made. magazine.promomarketing.c…
Mel Gibson could not get any studio to fund 'Passion of the Christ'. Instead of scrapping the film, he chose to finance it all by himself, an action which analysts labelled as "idiotic". He spent $45M on the project and went on to make over $475M because he didn't have to split the profits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A British nurse named Edith Cavell helped treat soldiers regardless of their nationalities in WWI. She also helped them escape from German occupied Belgium. When caught, she refused to lie about her actions and was executed by firing squad. history.com/news/wwi-nurs…
Mel Gibson and Liam Neeson were largely considered to play James Bond in the movie "Goldeneye". Neeson turned it down because he wasn't interested in action films at the time and Gibson was too busy with his project "Braveheart" despite being recommended by Sean Connery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
11,000 year old footprints of giant sloths have been found preserved in gypsum in New Mexico. Some also have human footprints within them, which effectively records all the action of a sloth hunt learningenglish.voanews.c…
A California HS teacher designed an experiment/demonstration to explain how the German population could accept the actions of the Nazi regime during WWII. It lasted 5 days and grew from just his class of 30 to over 200 students. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Star Trek almost never happened; its first pilot, β€œThe Cage” was rejected by NBC from being ordered to series because it was too sexy, too cerebral, and lacking action; a second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before" aired and was picked up - the original pilot was not seen until 1986 liveabout.com/the-lost-st…
Today I learned of John Brown. An abolitionist who was the first person executed for treason in the US for leading a slave rebellion in 1859. His actions and hanging helped ignite the start of the Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Thomas Young proved that light is a wave, described elasticity, capillary action, explained how our eyes focus and see color, compared the grammar and vocabulary of 400 languages, deciphered hieroglyphs and contributed to music theory. He is called "The Last Man Who Knew Everything". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
When the United States Marines occupied Haiti for 19 years, one of the first actions was to take control of Haiti's economy and finances and rewrite its Constitution to give foreigners land-owning rights. history.state.gov/milesto…
The Montreal Protocol to protect the Ozone layer was the first treaty in UN history to have been accepted by all member states. If the treaty and it's actions had not been accepted, the ozone layer would've been so degraded by 2070 that just 5 minutes in sunlight would burn you. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The largest action of the American War of Independence was actually the Great Siege of Gibraltar (1779-1783) by a combined French & Spanish force, showing how the Thirteen Colonies were merely one theatre of a much wider war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned of Margaret Corbin. During the battle of Fort Washington, her husband fell in action. She took control of the cannon and fired well aimed shots at the enemy before being seriously wounded. She later became the first woman in U.S. history to receive a pension from Congress for military service. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1999, Warner Brothers were considering a live action Joel Schumacher adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns w/ Clint Eastwood (then, aged 69) as Batman and David Bowie as the Joker. batman-news.com/2013/07/0…
When the Grand Mosque of Mecca was seized by hundreds of insurgents in 1979, since Islam forbids any violence within (to the extent that plants cannot be uprooted), action couldn't be taken until a religious sanction was given and French commandos who participated had to convert to Islam en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
William Randolph Hearst, media tycoon and inspiration for "Citizen Kane", was a pioneer of comics and animation. However, his cartoons failed partly because they used speech balloons and froze during action. Embarrassed, he destroyed most film, but many of his animators would later go to Disney. lambiek.net/artists/h/hea…
Today I learned about Operation MIAS (Missing in Action Stingers). After giving cash & missiles to Afghani Mujahideen to fight the USSR, the US later approved $55m to buy back missiles (then being sold on the black market) to prevent use against American aircraft. The program is considered a "failure." wikipedia.org/wiki/Operat…
The USS Hornet was only in service for a year, but was a participant in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo and the Battle of Midway, and is the last US Naval Fleet Aircraft Carrier to have been sunk by enemy action. It even resisted being scuttled by its own escorts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Superman was originally envisioned as a villain by Jerry Siegel in a self-published story in 1933 called β€œThe Reign of the Superman”. It was 5 years before Action Comics #1 debuted in 1938. history.com/news/8-things…
The 1995 post-apocalyptic action film Waterworld used a miniaturized model of Denver as the drowned city. deletionscifi.org/episode…
Tom Hanks was in consideration for Luigi in the live-action Super Mario Bros. film but lost it due to his box office flops en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
A man known only as "Django" drove his own boat out & freed a whale caught in a shark net off an Australian beach (without cutting the net). Before taking action, Django had waited hours for help from officials who had been called; when officials arrived, he faced a fine for acting alone. bbc.com/news/world-austra…
John Stanley Wojtowicz, in 1972, robbed a bank to pay for his wife's sex change surgery. His actions inspired the movie "Dog Day Afternoon". aventurasnahistoria.uol.c…
Japan has been holding precision walking competitions since 1966. The event is known as β€œShuudan Koudou,” which means β€œCollective Action.” boingboing.net/2015/04/24…
"Class" Action Park, a Notoriously Dangerous New Jersey Theme Park, Had a Waterslide in Which "Teeth Were Often Lost, Sometimes Embedded in the Top of the Loop." melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
Permissive Action Links are devices included in or attached to nuclear weapon systems to preclude arming and/or launching until the insertion of a prescribed discrete code or combination. wikipedia.org/wiki/Permis…
November 20 is Universal Children’s Day / World Children’s Day, due to the UN’s actions to protect and promote the rights of children. un.org/en/observances
What DARVO means. It stands for Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender. It is a common reaction for abusers and perpetrators trying to flip the script on their victims in order to avoid accountability for their actions. dynamic.uoregon.edu/jjf/d…
Today I learned about 'The Adventures of Superpup', a 1958 unaired live-action TV pilot, in which the Superman story takes place in a universe populated by dogs, not people. Superpup (or Bark Bent) saves his friend Pamela Poodle from evil Professor Sheepdip. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The 'Cowboy Load' - in the Wild West, it was most common for 6-shot revolvers to only be loaded with 5 rounds. A live bullet in the chamber below the hammer of a 19th century single-action revolver can be set off with a sharp knock, hence it was not desirable to carry one fully loaded en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
The German armed forces have the concept β€œinner guidance”, which obliges every citizen-soldier to think for themselves. Soldiers may disobey orders against their conscience and it officially traditionalizes the actions of the July-plot conspirators, like Claus von Stauffenberg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Upon its release 'Stalker', a film by Andrei Tarkovsky, was criticized for being slow. In response to this Tarkovsky replied "The film needs to be slower and duller at the start so that the viewers who walked into the wrong theatre have time to leave before the main action starts." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Nicolas Cage's copy of Action Comics #1, featuring the first appearance of Superman and worth $2 million, was stolen from his house and found in an abandoned storage locker 11 years later. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
Today I learned about Fremdscham, the opposite of schadenfreude. Fremdscham is the feeling of embarrassment from observing the embarrassing actions of another person. npr.org/2014/07/19/332760…
Today I learned of the 18 British K-class submarines built, none were lost through enemy action, but 6 sank, with significant loss of life, in accidents. When their design had been proposed, 1 admiral had said 'the most fatal error imaginable would be to put steam engines in submarines.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Today I learned of the "creamy layer", a political term in India to refer to members of the lower castes who nevertheless have high income, and are therefore seen to unfairly benefit from affirmative-action programs that benefit the lower castes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
Today I learned about Action Park, a theme park in New Jersey that was a literal death trap. At least 5 patrons died on the poorly constructed and engineered rides. One particularly dangerous ride was the Cannonball Loop, a waterslide with a loop that caused patrons scrapes, concussions, and lost teeth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
A starfish does not have the capacity to plan its actions. If one arm detects an attractive odor, it becomes dominant and temporarily over-rides the other arms to initiate movement towards the prey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Australia's Thorny Devil can gather water by standing in it, and through capillary action similar to plants can suck water up over its skin toward its mouth. phys.org/news/2016-11-tho…
Spider-man received a Japanese live-action adaption in 1978, in which he piloted a giant robot. This use of giant robots subsequently became its own franchise, which, in turn, is adapted back in the US as Power Rangers ign.com/articles/2018/08/…
In 2002, a Marvel comics writer based an alternate version of Nick Fury on Samuel L Jackson, using his image without permission. Jackson discovered this and nearly took legal action. Marvel offered to cast him as Fury if the character was ever in a movie. Jackson took the deal. time.com/5533325/nick-fur…
Australia has a few β€œactive” volcanos meaning they’ve erupted in the last 10k years, could erupt again and scientists are pushing for a volcanic eruption action plan. lighthouse.mq.edu.au/arti…
The only body part ever to be sold on eBay was the hip bone of Irish pop singer and entertainer Joe Dolan. The seller had originally purchased it for €650 in a charity auction in aid of Irish Autism Action. eBay subsequently banned the sale of human body parts, apart from hair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
Today I learned about Lieutenant General Timothy Maude; the highest ranking US military officer killed by foreign action since WWII. He died in the Pentagon during the September 11th 2001 attacks, just days before his office was scheduled to move. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
George Harrison was sued for $1.6 million for subconsciously copying The Chiffons β€œHe’s So Fine”. This action would cause Harrison to become paranoid when writing songs. ultimateclassicrock.com/g…
When Adolf Eichmann was tried in Israel for his actions in the Holocaust, it was necessary to modify Israeli law to allow a team of foreign lawyers to defend him, since no Israeli lawyer would. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
The WW1 Battle of Tanga saw swarms of bees attacking both German and Indian forces, breaking up formations and causing the action to be named "Battle of the Bees" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 2009, Hong Kong comedy director Mingle Ja (馬ζ₯šζˆ) directed a live action adaptation of the Mulan story called "Mulan: The Rise of a Warrior" (花木蘭). It starred Zhao Wei (θΆ™θ–‡), of Shaolin Soccer (ε°‘ζž—θΆ³ηƒ) fame, and dealt with the costs of war. The character Mushu (木須) was not present. bleedingcool.com/movies/m…
In 1853 the US sent military ships to Japan and ordered them to open trade to the US or face military action. afe.easia.columbia.edu/sp…
Dr. Seuss' widow disliked 'The Cat in the Hat' (2003) so much that she banned Hollywood from making Live Action movies of Seuss characters. today.com/popculture/seus…

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