Despite stealing $2.2 million dollars and being a convicted felon for being a perpetrator of the largest public school embezzlement in American history, Frank Tassone receives a pension of $173,495 a year for life because New York State does not bar felons from collecting pensions. newsday.com/long-island/n…
Today I learned of Duncan Hamilton, a racing driver who was disqualified from Le Mans in 1953 due to a technicality. He went to a bar and got drunk, but was told he had been reinstated in the race shortly after. During the race he drank brandy on pitstops, hit a bird at 130mph that broke his nose, and then won. motorsportmagazine.com/ar…
"Lawrence of Arabia" star Peter O'Toole was famous for his drunk shenanigans. During one epic drinking session with Oscar-winning actor Peter Finch, they tried to order drinks at a bar after closing time. The landlord refused to serve them - so they wrote out a cheque and bought the bar uk.movies.yahoo.com/blogs…
Bounty is a candy bar made by Mars and sold in Canada and Europe made with coconut covered with milk chocolate. If this sounds familiar to Americas, it is similar to the Mounds bar except Mounds is made with dark chocolate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
There are no Milky Way candy bars sold in Canada. The American Milky Way is sold as Mars is Canada, while the British Milky Way is sold as 3 Musketeers in Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Today I learned of Patrick’s Pub and Grill, a bar located on the border of Georgia and Tennessee and split between the two states; the Georgia half is in a β€œdry county”, meaning that any alcohol purchased at the bar on the Tennessee side cannot be brought to the Georgia side where the restrooms are gainesville.com/article/L…
Some bars in German-speaking countries have β€œSpeibecken”, which are basins in the restrooms designed for users to vomit into. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Hitler tried to distance himself from Mein Kampf, saying "If I had had any idea in 1924 that I would have become Reich chancellor, I never would have written the book." and dismissing it as "fantasies behind bars". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mei…
Japanese pro wrestler Rikidōzan often went to the bar immediately after his matches, without treating his wounds first. When patrons asked him why his face was bloodied, he'd reply "I had a tough day at work." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rik…
The bobsled used in the film Cool Runnings was stolen from a bar in Calgary where it sat since the film wrapped. screenrant.com/cool-runni…
The microwave was created on accident and derived from radar technology. One day, Percy Spencer arrived at the lab with a candy bar and noticed it get extremely warm. After testing more foods, they came out with the first microwave, "The Radarange". businessinsider.com/how-t…
The "color bars" we see used on TVs are called SMPTE bars. These bars, which were created in 1951 and became widespread in 1978, are used to calibrate color and audio levels for taped recordings. vice.com/en_us/article/y3…
Today I learned about Horatio Nelson Jackson who was the first person to drive across the continental United States and he did it for a $50 bar bet. It took him just over 2 months, having to replace most of the parts on his car. When he got it to Vermont from SF the Drive chain snapped pulling into the garage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Mars bars are named after their creator, Forrest Mars, who invented them in 1932. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Bar code scanners don’t read the black lines. They read the more reflective white space between the black lines. taltech.com/barcodesoftwa…
Pompey had around 200 wine bars or thermopolium, far more than most cities at the time due to its importance as a commercial hub with many temporary residents murielwines.com/en/los-20…
In the Czech Republic, beer is cheaper than water in pubs, leading its health minister to call on restaurants and bars to offer at least one nonalcoholic drink at a price less than that of beer - but the Czech Hotel and Restaurant Association said that it is ready to fight "excessive regulation" firstwefeast.com/eat/2013…
Dog the Bounty Hunter AKA Duane Chapman offered his third wife $1,000 to have his child, to which she agreed. The two had met just days prior in a bar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dua…
At the end of the last episode of Cheers(TV show), Sam walks over to a picture of Geronimo and straightens it. That picture was in Nicholas Colasanto's(Coach) dressing room until his death 8 years prior. It was placed on the wall of the bar of Cheers production set in his memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
The Missouri Bar has produced coloring books to inform children about the functions of the government and the function of lawyers and judges, and made them available for free. missourilawyershelp.org/l…
Jon Lovitz slam-dunked Andy Dick’s face into a bar because of their feud regarding Phil Hartman’s death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
Serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer was brutally killed in prison when another inmate beat him to death with a metal bar taken from the prison weight room. The killer later revealed that he was sickened by Dahmer's crimes and his habit of fashioning severed limbs from the prison food. biography.com/crime-figur…
Actor Michael K. Williams got his big break playing Omar Little on The Wire due to the facial scar he received in a bar fight. npr.org/2014/06/30/326934…
The Soviets bugged US Embassy and Consulate typewriters with one of the world's first keyloggers. It was a long bit of circuitry inside a supporting bar in the typewriter, capturing text by measuring magnetic disturbance as the print head moved. This was sent by radio bursts to the Soviets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM…
The rights to the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was bought from author Roald Dahl and financed by the Quaker Oats Company as a vehicle to introduce it’s new "Wonka Bars" but the candy didn’t arrive on shelves until years after the film's release due to factory production problems. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nes…
Today I learned about β€˜Redemption Roasters’ world’s first behind bars specialty coffee company in the U.K. who train offenders professionally in the art of roasting and barista skills and help find jobs in their own coffee shops or with partners. redemptionroasters.com/
Early in his career, H.B. Reese, inventor of the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, created two nearly identical candy bars. The "Lizzie Bar" was named after his oldest daughter and the "Johnny Bar" was named after his son. The only difference between the two was that the Johnny Bar had nuts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._…
Gay men of London congregated in gay bars called "molly houses" from at least the 17th Century onwards, which survived despite fierce persecution atlasobscura.com/articles…
William Atherton who plays the lawyer Walter Peck in Ghostbusters was so hated that after the movie came out he was harassed on the street and challenged to fights in bars. ifc.com/2014/08/7-things-…
Buzkashi, a central Asian no holds bar game and national sport of Afghanistan, is played on horseback and the object of the game is to get a headless legless goat carcass, that can weight up to 90 pounds, into a goal hole. youtu.be/7vGmion3fWM
Since 2017 Six Flags over Texas only flies U.S. flags. It used to fly the Six Flag of the nations that used to rule Texas (France, Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate "Stars and Bars" (not the battle flag) and the US Flag) wfaa.com/article/news/ent…
Mr. Goodbar was created in response to the Great Depression. It was marketed as a "meal replacement bar" for lunch and allowed the Hershey company to be one of the only major companies to not lay off a single employee. hersheyarchives.org/encyc…
When Milka chocolate launched in France, they removed a single square from 13 million chocolate bars. Consumers received a code to enter online, where they could either send the missing piece - with a personalized message - to a friend, or enter their own address to have the piece sent to them blog.hubspot.com/marketin…
On Thanksgiving 1926, President Calvin Coolidge pardoned the raccoon meant for dinner, named her Rebecca and kept her as a pet at the White House. An escape artist, she often led staff on chases throughout the president's home and loved to sit in a bathtub and play with a bar of soap. whitehousehistory.org/rac…
Today I learned about Dunbar' number. He proposed that humans can comfortably maintain 150 stable relationships. Dunbar explained it informally as "the number of people you would not feel embarrassed about joining uninvited for a drink if you happened to bump into them in a bar." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dun…
In the 1990s, Las Vegas wanted to revitalize its downtown area. There was a plan to build a full scale replica of the USS Enterprise, with a bar and restaurant on top. Casinos were willing to pay for it and the city was onboard; a Paramount executive said no fearing it would be a failure. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
The Snickers candy bar was named after the Mars’ families favorite horse. wikipedia.org/wiki/Snicke…
The inventor of the Lava Light, an accountant, originally didn't envision his product associating with groovy psychedelic hippie culture. An ad for them in the straight-laced American Bar Association Journal pitched an "executive" desk version mounted on a walnut base beside a ballpoint pen. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The Savoy Hotel had a wooden cat called Kaspar who would be used as an extra dinner guest if any party at the Seafood Bar & Grill had 13 members en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sav…
The full-size Krackel bar was discontinued in 1997, despite being available as a Hershey Miniature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kra…
There was a full movie theater with a bar, concessions, seats, and movie screen in an underground catacomb of Paris. ( theguardian.com/world/200…
John Mayer's production team couldn't decide a budget for the music video of his song "New Light", so he went downtown and shot one with a company that makes birthday and bar mitzvah videos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
The Powder Room bar in Hollywood offers a $500 milkshake with decadent chocolates, ultra-premium spirits, gold flake, and includes a Swarovski crystal cocktail ring. cnbc.com/2017/11/21/the-p…
Today I learned about Virgil D. Hawkins, a black lawyer who spent half his life fighting to practice law after being rejected from the UF Law School due to his race. After opening his law office at 69 and resigning from the Bar due to problems, he was posthumously reinstated and had a DC hero named after him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
Today I learned of James Scott. A prisoner who fought in 7 nationally televised boxing matches from behind bars. He rose to be the No.2 contender in the WBA rankings, defeating the No.1 along the way. The WBA stripped his ranking after becoming concerned that a prison inmate might actually win the world title. boxrec.com/media/index.ph…
An African grey parrot named "Nigel," who spoke with a British accent, went missing from his California home. When he was returned 4 yrs later via his microchip to his British-American owner, Nigel was able to speak Spanish & sing bars from the theme of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly." theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Cadbury's Flake chocolate bar gained some notoriety for its highly sensual advertising. In the UK, the advertisements showed people – almost always women – enjoying a Flake whilst relaxing. The Flake Girl became famous as a symbol of indulgence and secret pleasure en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Today I learned of Troy Leon Gregg, an inmate who had been sentenced to death but escaped from prison on July 28th 1980, only to be killed in a bar later that same night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tro…
Pizza Hut restaurants in China stopped offering one trip salad bars- due to customer's creating elaborately engineered "salad towers" carefully balanced on one plate. kotaku.com/how-chinese-in…
Some of the actors playing zombies in 1978's "Dawn of the Dead" were drunk, regularly going to nearby bar while they waited for filming to begin. Some even jumped on a golf cart and crashed it into a pillar, causing thousands of dollars in damage. pghcitypaper.com/pittsbur…

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