Today I learned about the craze of Pet Rocks in 1975. For about 6 months, they sold over one million Pet Rocks for $4 each. It was just a rock in a box with some straw and a care manual for tricks to teach. The creator had the idea in a bar as his friends complained about their pets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The 1947 classic "It's a Wonderful Life" was a box-office flop, and didn't become popular until the late 70's when its copyright expired and TV channels could play it for free. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
In 2018 Nabisco freed its animal cracker mascots from their cages, changing a box design that was used since 1902. chicagotribune.com/busine…
The Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria is elected by writing the names of the top three candidates, putting them in a box and having a five-year old child draw blindly one of the names. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Frank Abignale, who was a master conman and subject of the 2002 movie Catch Me If you Can (played by Leonardo di Caprio), once collected money by putting an out-of-service sign over a collection box. He was surprised that it worked, stating later, "How can a drop box be out of service?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The 1982 film "Annie" raised ticket prices in order to inflate box office receipts. When the 2005 film "The Producers" did the same, with tickets costing $2.50 more than other movies playing at the same cinemas, it was awarded a one-off "Annie Award" at the 28th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Today I learned of Boone Helm, an old-west serial killer and cannibal who, at his execution, yelled "Hurrah for Jeff Davis! Let 'er rip!" and then jumped off of the hangman's box before the executioner could kick it away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
In the early 19th century the US Senate's desks were updated to make them more usable (i.e. a writing box and an extra drawer). Daniel Webster refused to update his desk, thinking it was a waste of money. The desk is still used as nobody wants to get rid of it since it belonged to Daniel Webster mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Seven out of the nine core Star Wars films were the highest grossing films of the year they were released in. The only two films to not achieve this were Episode 9 and Episode 2, the later of which was only bested by Spider-Man in the 2002 Box Office boxofficemojo.com/year/?g…
The cereal box was one of the first commercial applications of cardboard, although, initially, instead of containing a bag with cereal, the box itself was inside the bag en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Andy Samberg won an Emmy for the song β€œDick in a Box” emmys.com/bios/andy-sambe…
Supreme stole their famous box logo from another artist named Barbara Kruger. When Supreme sued another company for copyright infringement of their box logo, Kruger was asked for comment by a Complex editor. Her comment was β€œWhat a ridiculous clusterfuck of totally uncool jokers”. thecut.com/2017/11/i-thin…
Disney produced 8 of the 10 biggest box office hits in 2019 boxofficemojo.com/year/wo…
Apple patented the round pizza box, for pizzas. theverge.com/platform/amp…
Police are called to Walmart stores 3-4 times as often as they are to other big-box retailers like Target. 25% of all arrests in St. Petersburg, FL and 92% of larceny calls in Granite Falls, NC are attributed to single Walmart locations in each city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
In his college days, Steve Wozniak used a blue box (an illegal phone hacking device) to call the Vatican. He pretended to be Henry Kissinger and asked to speak with the Pope but was denied because the Pope was asleep. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
The bear on the Celestial Seasonings box has a family in the original painting. celestialseasonings.com/l…
In 1978, The House Select Committee on Assassinations reported John F. Kennedy's brain is missing. During the autopsy, his brain was removed and placed in a stainless steel box given to the Secret Service. The box was moved to the National Archives building in 1965. As of 1966, it was gone. theguardian.com/world/sho…
The zany Dan Aykroyd comedy 'My Stepmother Is an Alien' was suppose to be a drama, an allegory about child abuse. The original writer pitched a movie about a child's nightmarish vision of his stepmother as an evil alien. After 3 studios and many rewrites it evolved into the '88 box-office flop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
Box jellyfish have true eyes, complete with lens, retina, cornea, and pigment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box…
David Box, who succeeded Buddy Holly as lead singer of The Crickets, was also killed in a plane crash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
In 2007, when Halo 3 released it broke records on video game sales, making $170 million on the first day. Film executives blamed Halo for a 27% drop in the box office for that week. gamesradar.com/halo-3-bla…
A producer on Family Ties felt Michael J. Fox was too short for the role and tried to have him replaced saying β€œthis isn’t the face you'll see on a lunch-box." Fox later gave him a custom-made lunch-box with the inscription "this is for you to put your crow in. Love and Kisses, Michael J. Fox.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Engineers have been able to increase the damage resistance of an airplane's black box by 60 times thanks to studying the anatomy of a woodpecker's skull.ο»Ώ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
James Earl Jones does not appear on screen in his eight movies with the highest domestic box office gross. He provides a voiceover in five Star Wars movies, two Lion King movies, and Adam Sandler’s Click. the-numbers.com/person/12…
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…
Mercedes designed and built a car based on the shape of the yellow box fish for its aerodynamic form en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
Today I learned of a woman who gave her neighbor a β€˜box of sex toys’ to hold on to. 6 months later the neighbor noticed a stench coming from her closet where the box was stored. She finally opened it and found a decomposing severed head inside. It was the original woman’s husband. nypost.com/2019/10/04/wom…
The quiz-show originated in Canada. In 1935, Richard Louis del Valle, who changed his name to Roy Ward Dickson, came up with an idea developed from his teaching days and proposed it to a local radio station where the show β€˜Professor Dick and his Question Box’ began rcinet.ca/en/2020/05/15/c…
"Maris," the famous unseen character on the sitcom Frasier, was originally only going to off camera for a few episodes, but the increasing absurdity in which she was described forced the show into a box; they couldn't find an actress to meet the character's odd physical description. yahoo.com/entertainment/w…
Manny Pacquiao ran away from home and lived in a cardboard box after his drunk father ate his dog. independent.co.uk/sport/g…
Pandora's Box is a mistranslation. In the original story of Pandora, the container was actually a large storage jar, meaning we should be saying "Pandora's Jar." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
The world’s oldest known intact wooden architecture, a timber box at the bottom of a well - 7,000 years old - was found near the eastern German city of Leipzig, buried more than 20 feet underground, and preserved for millennia by cold, wet, oxygen–free conditions. archaeology.org/issues/15…
In 2006, because of curiosity. Anne Bras from Netherlands started collecting retro computer games with his first purchase of Day of the Tentacle for 2.50 EUR. Now, he is holding Guinness World Record for largest collection of Big Box PC games (over 2000 in total) genesistemple.com/a-long-…
The 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie did not profit from its theatrical run, as it had a budget of between $42 and $48 million, but is estimated to have only earned around $35 million at the box office en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
Prior to After Earth's (2013) abysmal box-office performance, Will Smith had plans for the film to spawn a sequel, an animated television series, a video game, theme-park attractions, and a social media platform. screenrant.com/will-smith…
Not only was Marie Curie the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in physics and chemistry, but she was exposed doses of radiation that 100 years later her notebooks need to be kept sealed in a lead-lined box. blog.bir.org.uk/2015/09/0…
Today I learned of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the architect who designed the iconic British red telephone box, Battersea Power Station, Liverpool Cathedral and the Tate Modern building. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
In the 1988 box-office bomb "Mac and Me", the wheelchair-bound lead child character was played by a real wheelchair-bound actor with spina bifida. In real life, when people asked why he was in a wheelchair, the 12-year-old would reply, "Vietnam." latimes.com/archives/la-x…
A man was arrested because he was pissed off at Bank of America for freezing his account leaving him peniless, that he placed a bag of his own urine and fish bait to rot into their Safety Deposit Box as a form of justice. reviewjournal.com/news/an…
A pet tortoise was found alive in a wooden box, 30 years after she went missing blog.nationalgeographic.o…
The actor John Ratzenberger's box office gross is more than Robert Downey Jr's, Chris Evans', and Dwayne Johnson and he currently sits in 3rd place all-time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The hit song "Pandora's Box" by Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark was a tribute to silent film star Louise Brooks, and was named after the film "Pandora's Box" in which she starred en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Anyone who sings on a music track - no matter how minor - must be credited under US law. This is because house music groups Black Box and C+C Music Factory were sued by singer Martha Wash after they credited women lip-syncing to vocals she sang for them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Robert Downey, Jr. started using drugs at age 6 when his father gave him pot. By age 8, he admits he was a drug addict. B/n 1995-2001, he cycled through arrests, rehab & prison. Sober since 2001, he became the highest-paid actor 2013-2015 and the 2nd highest-grossing box office star of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned of John Frederick Parker, the bodyguard assigned to Abraham Lincoln on the night of his assassination, not only was he 3 hours late, but he left his post to get a drink at a saloon next door. It was during this that Booth entered the box seats where Lincoln was sitting and shot the president. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
While the 1983 play "Run for Your Wife" had a successful 9-year West End theatrical run, its 2013 film adaptation was panned by the critics and only grossed Β£602 in the British box office during its opening weekend. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run…
In 2019 there was a sixth Terminator movie (after Terminator: Genysis) which so few people saw that that it was even less successful than Terminator: Genysis. The film grossed only 13% of what was needed to break even and was considered a box office bomb due to lukewarm critical reception. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
For 25 years, two brothers re-gifted each other the same pair of pants, in increasingly inventive and difficult packaging, including a 600lb safe, a double-glazed window, a 16-foot rocket ship, and a crushed car, with a card that read "Merry Christmas, the pants are in the glove box". snopes.com/fact-check/pan…
In 2011 the US Department of Defense published a Counter-Zombie Dominance report as a legitimate document on how to plan and for worst case scenarios and foster out-of-box-thinking ibtimes.com/conplan-8888-…

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